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    Enjoy the downtown parks

    by 850prc Written Apr 9, 2005

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    Lewis Park, downtown Tallahassee

    The city of Tallahassee has always valued her greenery. Park Avenue is a divided street running east and west through the heart of Tallahassee. It was named "Park" avenue because of its parks. The street is divided widely, almost by half a city block. The division between each east and west lane forms a series of small, green landscapes in the center of town. Each has lush green grass, park benches and huge southern live oaks.

    A terrific place to take a morning coffee break, if you work downtown. Or maybe.... how about a picnic lunch.

    Many years ago, Tallahassee used to have its annual "May Day" celebrations, when the May Queen was crowned, in Lewis Park downtown. Lewis Park is between the Park avenue lanes, and is bordered on the west by Calhoun Street and on the east of Gadsden Street. The May celebration ended years ago, but Lewis Park remains one of Tallahassee's most beautiful and peaceful spots.

    Spend an hour or two doing nothing in one of our city parks.

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    7 Days of Opening Nights (mid-FEBRUARY)

    by 850prc Written Feb 18, 2007

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    7 Days of opening nights...always terrific!

    February in Tallahassee brings the annual "7 Days of Opening Nights" festival. 7 Days began as a dream nine years ago, and has grown to be a truly outstanding event. Each year, during about a ten day period (they fib a bit on that seven days business...), a wide variety of entertainment and artistic events are hosted by Florida State University, and in some cases Tallahassee Community College. There are author readings (one year, Stephen King came), concerts (my favorite so far was Bruce Hornsby two years ago), dance troupes, symphony orchestras, art exhibits.

    This year's festival features the following:
    Feb 12 A special presentation of the FSU Prism concert series, featuring MY son directing
    The Florida State University Marching Band. :)
    Feb 13 "Healing and the Arts" presentation
    Feb 14 The Paul Taylor Dance Company
    Feb 16 Opening Exhibition at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts
    The Irish Rovers in concert. (we attended this, it was great)
    Feb 17 The Marian McPartland Trio
    Feb 19 James Bradley, author of "Flags of our Fathers"
    Feb 20 Rita Coolidge and the John PIzzarelli Quartet
    Feb 21 "Gothic at Midnight"... a tribute to the masters of the macabre
    Feb 22 The Five Browns, a group of brothers and sisters who are accomplished pianists
    Feb 23 The Manhattan Transfer in concert
    Feb 24 The Matinee of the Arts
    Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson in concert (we have tickets to this, too)
    Feb 25 Film.. "The Trees Have a Mother, stories of the Amazon"
    Feb 26 Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert (backup S African band on Paul Simon's Graceland)
    Art opening at the Mary Brogan Museum
    Feb 27 Lynn Harrell with the FSU University Symphony

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    Visit St. John's Episcopal Church

    by 850prc Written Apr 9, 2005

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    St John's Episcopal Church belltower

    Right in downtown Tallahassee is historic St. John's Episcopal church. It's truly a little slice of England nestled into the heart of Florida's Capital City.

    Besides being a very peaceful place to rest on a hot afternoon, a small picnic on the church grounds is also a good idea.

    The interior of St. John's is also very pleasing and old fashioned. The church has an excellent pipe organ. And on any given day, the bells of St. John's ring out over the city of Tallahassee on the hour.

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    Walk around historic downtown Tallahassee

    by 850prc Updated Apr 9, 2005

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    Restored historic office buildings, downtown

    Over the last twenty years, the city of Tallahassee has slowly and magnificently restored many of her older buildings to their late 19th-early 20th century glory. The style of architecture most common is shared with many other cities of the old South, and in some places, it's a look that has long vanished. Atlanta actually used to look a lot like downtown Tallahassee, way before they dynamited everything and built gleaming steel and glass skyscrapers.

    Tallahassee, being more gentle and laid-back, treasures her past. And, these are not JUST historic buildings. For the most part, they again serve the community, usually as office space for entities doing business with the City of Tallahassee and state of Florida... lots of lawyers and lobbyists.

    NOTE... THE ACCOMPANYING PHOTO WAS TAKEN DURING THE 2004 SPRINGTIME FESTIVAL. IT'S NOT USUAL ::THIS:: CROWDED IN DOWNTOWN TALLAHASSEE. On that particular day, traffic had been closed off and the entire historic center of Tallahassee was a pedestrian zone.

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    Florida State University College of Music

    by 850prc Written Feb 19, 2007

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    FSU College of Music.  One of the nation's best

    Florida State University has an excellent fine arts department. Among the crown jewels at FSU is the world-renowned school of music. It has been said that FSU has "the finest school of music south of Julliard".

    One huge bonus of having all of these talented students and faculty in Tallahassee is the rich opportunity we all have for world-class musical entertainment...at a bargain price. My wife and I, due to my son's being in the college of music as a music ed major, have become more involved recently as a donor/benefactor. We have been truly amazed and thrilled by the wide variety of venues we've enjoyed, courtesy of the College of Music.

    Among the items offered for enjoyment are Mainstage Theatre productions (a combo of the school of theatre, drama and music), FSU Opera, the University Symphony, the University Philharmonia, the FSU Jazz Bands, the Chamber Orchestra, the Wind Orchestra, the Symphonic Band, the University Singers, the Chamber Choir, ..... it just goes on and on. There's something for everybody...actually there are lots of somethings for everybody. And for the most part, you'll be able to enjoy most venues for under $10 a person. Some are even free!

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    Tallahassee's TWO seasons

    by 850prc Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    There are two basic seasons in Tallahassee...

    College football season
    (mid-August, when training camp starts, through early January, when the bowl games are played. There is another little two week snippet of college football hysteria in the spring, during spring practice.)



    NOT college football season
    (all other times)

    And, our favorite teams are the Florida State University Seminoles and the Florida A&M University Rattlers.

    Although BOTH universities are located in Tallahassee, FSU is a much larger school, and is by far the biggest sports name in town.

    My advice to you....
    if you don't like college football, you need to bring a good book in the fall. : )

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    Florida State University

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 25, 2004

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    Florida State University campus

    The FSU campus is located just west of downtown Tallahassee. Take a stroll through the scenic campus and admire the beautiful old brick buildings that house the various departments.

    Florida State University, originally called the Seminary West of the Suwanee River, was founded before the civil war. Many of its buildings are circa mid-1800's.

    Student enrollment is 35,000, which means the you can stroll for quite a while - all afternoon if you want. I took a very enjoyable stroll through the campus on a balmy afternoon looking for two of my favorite university departments - music and chemistry.

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    The Knott House

    by karenincalifornia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Knott House, Tallahassee

    Many stately old Antebellum mansions line the streets in downtown Tallahassee. Pictured here is the Knott House, which is a Florida Heritage Landmark.

    The house was built in 1843 as a wedding gift for Catherine Gamble, wife of attorney Thomas Hagner. During the Civil War the house was used as temporary Union Headquarters. On May 20, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was read from the front steps proclaiming freedom for all slaves in the Florida Panhandle.

    The house was acquired by William Knott, former Florida State Treasurer and his wife, Luella in 1928. Luella was a huge temperance advocate and due to her efforts, the sale of alcohol was banned in Tallahassee for 50 years.

    In case the previous paragraph has you worried, Tallahassee is no longer dry and you can now buy alcohol in town. I checked that out at a Tallahassee Publix supermarket.

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    Halftime Entertainment

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 25, 2004

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    Marching Chiefs at FSU game

    If you attend an FSU home game, be sure to take in the half time entertainment, rather than stand in line at the food stands to buy pizza and boiled peanuts. (Pick those up before kick-off.) The Marching Chiefs, FSU's world reknown marching band, puts on a incredible show. You'll be amazed at the talent of the Chiefs!

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    The Two Faces of FSU

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 24, 2004

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    Florida State University Campus

    On a sunny Tallahassee afternoon, you'll be tempted to join the FSU students and relax or throw the frisbee around on one of the many grassy areas on campus.

    On this particular afternoon, one day after an FSU home game, the campus was peaceful and serene. Almost pastoral. You would never know that on the day before, the campus was one huge party before the game with free beer being passed out along frat row.

    On game day, if you want to make the most of the pre-game festivities, your best bet is to find a friendly Seminole or FSU alumnus to serve as your guide to make sure you pass through all the locations with free beer.

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    War Chant

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    Seminoles fans doing the war chant

    You might as well learn how to do the "war chant" if you are planning to attend an FSU football game. The FSU fans do it about 91 times during one game.

    Do not call it the "tomahawk chop". At least not in Tallahassee. It is a "war chant."

    A true Seminoles fan knows how to do this without hitting the spectator sitting in front.

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    Florida State Capitol

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 24, 2004

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    Old Capitol of Florida

    The original core of the Old Capitol of Florida was completed in 1845. Additions were later built in 1902, 1923, 1936 and 1947. The Capitol is a Florida Heritage Landmark.

    Government offices have now been moved to a newer highrise building built in the same vicinity. Jeb Bush, Governor of the fine Sunshine State and brother of George W Bush, has his offices in this highrise building. I'll say no more on this particular topic. Suffice it to say some of my best friends are Republicans and staunch supporters of the entire Bush clan.

    Tours through the capitol are operated seven days a week.

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    Go 'Noles!

    by karenincalifornia Written Sep 23, 2004

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    FSU football in Doak Campbell Stadium

    If you are lucky enough to visit Tallahassee during football season, you must attend a Florida State University football game. The city lives, breathes and sleeps college football during the fall. This should be no surprise since the Seminoles have had 11 consecutive bowl wins. College football is the lifeblood of Tallahassee, and the entire city comes unglued during a home game weekend. It's quite an experience to be part of the energy and excitement.

    FSU tickets to the biggest games can be very difficult to get, so your best bet is to find a very good friend who has tickets and mooch one off him or her.

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    Wear Garnet

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    Appropriate attire at an FSU home football game

    If you want to look really cool in Tallahassee and like you belong, you must wear garnet colored attire. The FSU team colors are garnet and gold, but most people wear garnet colored T-shirts and tank tops. In fact, the city is a sea of garnet, especially in the fall.

    Definitely wear garnet threads if you are attending a Florida State University football game. If you put on any other color, you might accidentally wear the opposing team's colors, and that would not be a good idea if you are setting foot inside Doak Campbell Stadium. You might value your life too much to do this.

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    Downtown Tallahassee

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    Downtown Tallahassee

    Downtown Tallahassee is also old town Tallahassee. Tallahassee isn't one of those cities where the new business area was built in some place outside the original old town area. Today, downtown is a combination of modern and historic old buildings.

    Downtown Tallahassee was restored and redeveloped recently and is exceptionally charming. Some of the historic buildings reminded me of the buildings on Bourbon Street in New Orleans with their second story decks that run along the width of the building. After all, this is the South, and I had plenty of reminders of that during my stay in Tallahassee.

    The immediate downtown area does not have many restaurants and shops. Being the center of state government, there is an abundance of law offices. A lunch reservation at a downtown restaurant might be tough to get at the last minute, but you should have no trouble finding someone to draw up your will.

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