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    Myrt Tharpe Park

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 28, 2005

    "Once upon a time," starts the story in the March April 2002 Cocoa Village, (as any good story should), "Stone Street (formerly Magnolia Street) came all the way through from U.S.1 to Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. There was no tranquil little park, bubbling water fountain, carefully tended plants and flowers or a charming gazebo. In the 1960’s there was a wonderful woman, a city councilperson who loved Cocoa and devoted herself to its improvement. Her name was Myrtice Tharpe (1913-1982). She owned Myrt’s, a popular restaurant (where the Black Tulip is) where city business was conducted over a good meal. After she passed away, the intersection at Brevard and Stone was closed. The Rotary Club built the Myrtice Tharpe Square landmark to honor her memory. Today, the gazebo is used for weddings and celebrations. Story tellers tell their tales and, of course, jazz , blues, country and other musicians perform on Fridays and Saturdays to put us in an upbeat frame of mind. We savor our lunches or sip our evenng coffee, tapping our feet, wrapped in warm breezes and the good company around us."

    Website: http://www.cocoavillage.com/cvnews/2002/200203-04/cvnews200203_72dpi.pdf

    Fountain in the park in the spring of 2004
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    Historic Cocoa Village Craft Fair

    by grandmaR Updated May 5, 2005

    We were here well before the Summer Fair, but I took a picture of the sign. Cocoa Village has four craft shows a year. Craftsmen can not only display and sell their work, but can also have it judged and win prizes at the Summer Fair. It is very popular and often sells out of spaces.

    March 5-6 2005
    1st weekend of March)
    $106.00 per space (outside)


    May 21-22 2005
    (3rd weekend of May)
    $106.00 per space (outside)

    October 15-16 2005
    (3rd weekend of October)
    $106.00 per space (outside)

    December 3-4 2005
    (1st weekend of December)
    $106.00 per space (outside)

    For the SUMMER CRAFT FAIR
    $2900 in cash awards will be given at this show. Crafts will be judged in eight categories
    1. Wood 5. Jewelry
    2 Pottery and ceramics 6. Art & Photography
    3. Floral 7. Miscellaneous
    4. Clothing & Needlework 8. Stained Glass & Glass Art

    Awards will be given in each category as follows:
    Award of Excellence - $150.00 Award of Honor - $100 Award of Merit - $50.00

    In addition, a single BEST OF SHOW award will be given in the amount of $500.00 from all categories

    ALL CRAFTWORK MUST BE ORIGINAL, NON-COMMERCIAL, IN KEEPING FOR FAMILY VIEWING, AND CREATED BY THE HANDS OF THE EXHIBITING CRAFTERS. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

    Phone: (321) 631-907

    Website: http://www.cocoavillage.com/hcva/craftfairrules.html

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    1919 Masonic Building

    by grandmaR Updated May 5, 2005

    Also known as the Village Tower, the Masonic Temple is a three story brick building, which was where dances were often held, and during Prohibition it was a favorite watering hole. At one time there was a large clock next to the right balcony. Little change has been made to the exterior. You can still see the Masons emblem in the brickwork

    Today, the Village Tower is home to businesses and retail stores, including a Country Life boutique store, Mangos, Country Pleasures, and several others. It is one of the original buildings in Cocoa that has survived fires, wars, depression, land booms and development.

    Website: http://www.cocoavillage.com/buildings/

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