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    Field Trip to Flagler College in St. Augustine

    Tuesday, November 12 

    St. Augustine is a very special place, with many beautiful historic and architectural buildings. But the biggest and best is the Hotel Ponce de Leon and we’ve arranged to go behind the scenes to learn all about it! A walking tour in November, when the weather is finally Fallish, should be perfect, right? And after seeing the Downton Abbey movie I’m excited to walk back into that time period myself.

    “Historic Tours of Flagler College showcase the architectural heritage and fascinating history of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a nationally designated historic landmark building, built by Henry Flagler in 1887. Millionaire industrialist and developer Henry M. Flagler envisioned creating an American Riviera in St. Augustine. His Hotel Ponce de Leon, now Flagler College, beautifully recaptures the architectural spirit of old Europe.

    Presidents, dignitaries, royalty, and the upper class walked the halls of this magnificent hotel during its heyday. Designed for entertainment, relaxation and grandeur, Flagler's hotel incorporated all of the modern conveniences of the time, including electricity, running water, and a Thomas Edison clock, one of the first ever to be used in a public space. The Ponce de Leon is also home to the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows, with over 79 windows decorate the Dining Hall, which is included on the tour.

    On the tour, visitors will be taken through several rooms in the old hotel, including the Rotunda, Flagler Room, and Dining Hall. Guests will see the beautiful murals painted by George W. Maynard, who also worked on the Jefferson Building and Library of Congress Building in Washington D.C. The impressive Flagler Room features Tiffany Austrian Crystal Chandeliers, and a large onyx Thomas Edison Clock.

    Historic Tours of Flagler College offer visitors a chance to step back in time to the Gilded Age and experience a true turn-of-the-century grand hotel. Tours last about one hour and depart daily from the main lobby (Rotunda) of Flagler College located at 74 King St.”

    Lunch will be at the historic Columbia Restaurant and we have asked them to give us a fixed menu with 3 choices of entrée for $25 to make it easier to order and be served.

    Please make your reservation with Brenda Edwards 629-0133. The cost is $35 in a check made payable to the Deercreek Home and Garden Club so that we can give each of them one check. $10 for the tour and $25 for lunch. We are carpooling from Deercreek, meeting at the pool at 8:30 am, as we need to be there by 9:30 for the tour. The Columbia Restaurant is letting us park in their lot for free and it is just across the street from Flagler.

    Our field trips are always fun and a great way to meet neighbors and see wonderful things. This isn’t limited to members, so you can bring friends along. We hope to see you there!

    Note: photo is from the tour’s website ‘© 2019 Flagler’s Legacy’'

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    William Bartram in Person

    Deercreek Home and Garden Club
    Tuesday, October 22,  10 am
    William Bartram in Person
    (as portrayed by historical actor Mike Adams)

    You’ve heard about The Shoppes at Bartram Park, Bartram Trail, Bartram Springs, etc. They must have been named after somebody famous, right? Well, we’ve asked William Bartram himself to come and tell you about his adventures in Florida.

    William Bartram was 14 years old when he accompanied his father down here in 1765. They were Quakers from Philadelphia and his father, John Bartram, had been named King’s Botanist by King George III so they were surveying the land for the king while collecting seeds and specimens as they traveled the Southern states, including East Florida. William provided drawings and collected seeds that eventually found their way to numerous English clients as well as Kew Gardens and botanical gardens in Oxford, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland.

    His second trip, in April 1774, was to explore and document what he had found. His nine month stay on his favorite river in Putnam County is documented in Bartram’s masterpiece TRAVELS. His discoveries and illustrations of nature and his vivid descriptions of encounters with alligators, snakes and the natives made his book a worldwide sensation, catching the attention of Benjamin Franklin back home.

    In the fall of 1774 William Bartram experienced what was known as the Indian Frolic at Spalding’s Lower Store, the local trading post. The Seminoles named him Puc Puggy, ’The flower hunter’. With Micco-Chlucco, the Long Warrior and Job Wiggens, his guide and interpreter he travelled safely through Palatka, Walaka, Salt Springs, Mt. Royal and St. Augustine.

    245 years later, the annual St. Johns River Bartram Frolic on Palatka’s riverfront is still being celebrated in Putnam County in September. If you’d like to go next year, check here for information: http://bartram.putnam-fl.com/?page_id=7800

    Mike Adams is an environmental consultant and biologist who brings history to life with his stories and costumes. Plan to come and see him and be entertained while learning some of our story. Invite any of your friends who are history buffs to join us and then stay for lunch together.

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    Mark Woods, columnist for The Florida Times Union and a recipient of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, will be the guest speaker for the Garden Club on Sept. 25. The program will begin at 11:00 with lunch offered afterwards. Mark will be speaking about his book, Lassoing the Sun, and copies will be available for purchase.

    For many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his family and headed to America’s national parks. His most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like the Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.

    On the eve of turning 50 and feeling a little burned out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He’d spent a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she’d not yet visited and re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter.

    But then the unthinkable happened: His mother was diagnosed with cancer and given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of national parks, but it grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, and the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.

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