Floral City

 Less than a month away. Can you taste the strawberries?

     We have been driving past the Honey Hole Family Restaurant for months keeping notice of the remodeling activities and anxiously awaiting its opening. Happy to say that it is open and the food is delicious.

     We ordered from the breakfast menu. The Western Omelette was very tasty and the Corned Beef Hash with eggs was delicious and the servings were plentiful. The hash was prepared to my demanding instructions which is not the case in many restaurants.

     The decor is very "bee like" and very clean and well lighted. The servers are dressed in black and yellow (they don't sting) and are very prompt and attentive. The prices are good and their dinner menu is very ambitious for a restaurant open from 6:00 til 2:00.

     The Honey Hole is located at 5490 S. Florida Avenue just a bit north of Gobbler Drive. 

     We strongly suggest you stop in soon and when you do tell Eric and the staff that you read about them here at Floral City Home.

A Garden Tour With Historical Overtones,

Including Art, Music and Chocolate Tasting 

     The previously held, popular "Secret Gardens Tour" will return on Saturday May 19, and Sunday May 20. With an historical overview and a chocolate tasting added. This years' tour includes eight (8) gardens in the historic old Florida village of Floral City with its' frequently photographed century old canopy of oak trees. Art may be purchased in the gardens on the tour and music will accompany a chocolate tasting in the Heritage Museum. The Tour, music, chocolate tasting, parking, bottled water at each garden and a descriptive brochure are provided in the $20.00 ticket price. 

     The Tour is presented in partnership by the Floral City Garden Club and the Floral City Heritage Council.

     Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (352)-726-7740 or mailing a check to: Floral City Garden Club, Treasurer Diane Little c/o 8111 Sunray Lane, Floral City, FL 34436. All tickets purchased in advance are priced at $15.00. Tickets may be purchased on the day of Tour at the Community House, 8370 E. Orange Avenue, Floral City, during the hours of the Tour: between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday the 19th and between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday the 20th.

     Co-chair for the event are Cathi Ayers (352)-637-6345 at cabp6540@tampabay.rr.com and Patsy Neel (352)-860-1531 at neelpatricia@aol.com

     Visit the Garden Clubs' website at www.flloralcitygardenclub.com or the Heritage Councils' website at www.floralcityhc.org

   Amandas' Garden has been on previous tours, to include the Annual Tour of Historic Homes. Behind the high-walled gate lies vignette after vignette as one turns this way and that through this enchanted garden.

  Floral City Community Garden was developed by the Floral City Garden Club in 1993 and dedicated in 1996. It was redesigned in 2009 to coordinate with the building of the new Floral City Public Library. It contains the first outdoor Labyrinth in Citrus County. There are no names in the Garden, only memories. Memorial names are listed in a book displayed in the Library.

  One of the eight Floral City gardens to be on the Tour May 19th & 20th. Although the azaleas will not be in bloom in May they will have a summer vegetable garden encircled by a handmade white picket fence.

     Long time resident Alida Langley has a passion for sewing and has taught classes at Withlacootchee Tech for 17 years and at Whispering Pines for 10 years. A year ago she opened the Alida Langley Sewing, Quilting, & Gift Shop at 7930 S. Florida Avenue (US 41) where she gives lessons in sewing, quilting, and machine embroidery.

     Her adult sewing classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 til 8:30. They are offered in 8 week sessions and cost $60.00. Students are encouraged to bring their own machines and learn how to use and care for them and how to take full advantage of each machines features.

     Students range from beginners to advanced and all learn to make their projects look as professional as possible (we are told there is a lot of ripping out) and the students we talked to are very pleased with their progress.

     If a student does not have a machine there are some available to be used.

     A basic sewing class for children (9 - 14) is held on Wednesday evening from 5:30 til 7:30 also in 8 week sessions and at a cost of $36.00.

    She also offers specialty classes in quilting and machine embroidery. To see some of her quilts go to the Gallery page. For more information call 352-726-1989 or email at Angel1955@embarqmail.com.

   Allow me to tell you about a woman who had a vision and then went about making her vision real. I first met Beth Jensen about a year ago when she started a Needle Arts Group in Floral City. I was impressed with the art work these women produced but thought that there probably were not a lot folks like them and thought that Beth had probably reached everyone in Floral City and surrounding areas who shared that interest.                                                     Read more and see images on our gallery page.

     There appears to be something going on at Floral Park. I will continue to monitor the activity and report my observations.

     I fear that if this continues I may not be able to play Disc Golf this weekend.

     Does anyone know where I can get some strawberry shortcake?



     The second Market Day will take place this Saturday March 3 behind the Frugal Frog on Route 41 just North of Route 48. The first was quite a success and this one looks to be even better.

     Just a note; When I attended the first Market Day I overheard someone giving some folks from out of town a short history of the naming of Orange Avenue. Now to be fair I was involved in another conversation at the time and may have missed some things. But the way I understood it had something to do with mass plantings of orange trees which were wiped out by huge herds of giant flesh eating jack rabbits.

     That's the way I heard it. If you run into the guy who was there selling strawberries that day he might clear it up for you. I know he can be found at Ferris Groves.

     Well it is almost time for the Strawberry Festival. County crews are cleaning up Floral Park, resurfacing areas of the sidewalk and trimming the trees of old dead limbs, and painting some of the buildings.

     Floral City is looking to a new feature of the Festival this year. Friday evening March 2nd we will host a Festival Kick Off party. From 6:00 until 9:00 there will be live music, food, beer, soft drinks, and strawberry shortcake. Please come and be a part of the fun. The party will be held in the Linear Park in front of the library.


     The festivities are brought to you by the Floral City Merchants Association and the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce.

     A group of Heritage Council members spent Valentines Day afternoon with the girls and staff at Camp E-Nini-Hassee. The group served the girls ice cream sundaes as our way of thanking them for their help with Heritage Days.

     Speaking of the camp, mark your calendars for their Annual Fish Fry. It will be held on March 29th from 4:00 until 7:00. Musical entertainment will be provided and the menu will consist of Fried Fish, Cole Slaw, Hush Puppies,Grits, Baked Beans, Dessert, and Iced Tea. Donation is $8.00 per plate with tickets available at the door.

     If you have never been, you will be impressed. If you have been, you don't want to miss it. 

Frozen Blueberries February 13, 2012

Not to worry we were told they will be fine and very tasty. 

     The first Market Day was held on February 11th behind the Frugal Frog. Attendance was great and the vendors were very pleased and are looking forward to the next one in March. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment. 

A most inspiring meeting of the Floral City Heritage Council on Tuesday February 2nd. Important business discussed and election of officers for 2012. But the recognition of the selfless dedication to the city and it's historic significance by Marcia and Ossie Beasley was heart warming and inspirational. These are very humble folks so if you see them don't tell them that you saw this here.





Barbara Kerr, Jaret Lubowiecki are to be featured artists at Florida Artists Gallery’s preview opening at the new location:

Mixed media artist Jaret Lubowiecki and Water colorist Barbara Kerr have been selected as featured artists by the Florida Artists Gallery for the month of February, 2012.  Their work will be on display at a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on February 3 at the Gallery’s new home at the Historic Knight House in Floral City.

The Florida Artist Gallery opens in their new home at the Jont Knight Historical home at 8219 E. Orange Ave. Floral City, located one block WEST of the traffic light at Orange Ave. (also know as hwy 48 and hwy 41).

Heritage Council Meeting:

    Thursday February 2nd. the Floral City Heritage council meets at the community Building at 7 p.m.. The public is always invited, and the meeting starts with a pot-luck supper, so bring your own place setting and a dish to share. We will have a short business meeting along with the election of officers and then a special short program.

February 11th Market Days:

Watch for the first Floral City Market days Feb. 11th.  on Hwy 41 behind the Frugal Frog. Contact Louise Clark for more information 352- 344-1000

Very exciting news:

    Floral City will have a kick off party on the Friday night (3/2) before Floral City’s 25th Strawberry Festival (March 2nd). The party will be in the Town Center and there will be Entertainment, food, and possibly a beer wagon. The C.C. Chamber is sponsoring this event to celebrate 25 years of the festival, which began at Ferris Farms. Shops will remain open that evening.

    On the weekend of the Strawberry Festival, the Chamber is loaning us a bus. We will now be able to provide parking and shuttle people to and from the festival. We will also have a booth at the festival handing out information about the shops in Floral City. We will
need volunteers to sit at our booth on Saturday and Sunday so email me if you’re interested in helping out.

Please read the following with the gentle light heartedness with which it is intended. 

 Checking out at the supermarket recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own bags because plastic bags were not good for the environment. I apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my day“.

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations“.

She was right about one thing–our generation didn’t have the green thing in “Our” day. So what did we have back then? After some reflection and soul-searching on “Our” day, here’s what I remembered we did have….

Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 240 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Wyoming. In the kitchen, we blended & stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam peanuts or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right. We didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a water fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning mom into a 24-hour taxi service. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

Please pass this on so another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a condescending young person can add to it.

 Florida Artist Gallery to have a new home.

Bill and Ann Covington have bought the Historic Jont Knight Home. On January 28th at 1:pm the Gallery will close on the corner of Orange and Old Floral City road and reopen on Feb 1st at the Jont Knight home. There will be a Framing and Matting shop on the premise's run by local Ed Kuchling, this will be located in the garage at the Jont Knight home and Ed can be reached by email ekuchling@tampabay.rr.com. There are more plans in the near future which include a Tea Room and Gardens, I will keep you informed on new developments.
The Florida Artist Gallery is a co-op and if your interested in joining them call Ann Covington at the gallery number 344-9300.
I visited the Knight home today and I am really excited and looking forward to their opening on Feb. 1st. You may also reach Bill at 422-6264
toric Jont Knight home is located one block west of US 41 at 8219 E. Orange Ave. FC Best of Luck to Bill and Ann in there new adventure.
The Jont knight home is located at 8219 E. Orange Ave. F.C. one block west of hwy 41.

 Happy New Year

Floral City has a lot of things in the works. Soon Floral City will have it's own Farmers Market and I know they are looking for Vendors that want to set up. It will be the Second Saturday of each month and it will be located behind the Frugal Frog Resale Shop. There is a large piece of property in the back of the shop that can be used for a farmers market. It will be on U.S. hwy 41 just north of the intersection of Hwy 48 (aka Orange Ave). 
The First Market day will be Feb 11th, make your reservation before Feb. 1st.
Its $20. for a 10 X 15 spot with a limit of 25 spaces. electricity not available. 
Call Louise at the Frugal Frog for an application, spots must be paid for in advance. call at 352-344-1000.

Good News from the Shamrock, They will start this week serving fresh Beef from Ferris Farms. If you did not have a chance to sample it last year when they bought a steer from the Citrus County Fair, take it from me that it was the best Beef I have had in a long time. 

Susan from "Touch of Glass" is celebrating her 6th year in business with an open house Saturday Jan. 14th from 9am - 2pm. Refreshments will be served.
Touch of Glass is on Hwy 41, North of town. Email Susan for more information or directions.  touchofglass6040@embarqmail.com

The new bakery "Sandy's House of Flavors" is off to a good start; as a reminder, Their fresh baked goods do not have all the preservatives that store bought have. 
The shelf life is only 2 days, if keeping them longer store in the freezer. Putting items in the microwave a few seconds before you serve them makes them taste like they are fresh from the oven.

Sorry the news letter is a little late in coming but after selling the Jont Knight home I have bought a new Historic Home on Orange Ave. and have been busy moving.
Some have been confused and asked if I was moving Forgotten Treasures. No FTG is staying right where it is, but I am moving and have been a little busy.
Have a great 2012
Love Pam

Pam Bellman
FCMA President
FCGC Civic & Community Development 
Forgotten Treasures and Gifts
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am - 4pm
7838 S. Great Oaks drive 
Floral City, Florida 34436

352-419-5496 cell # 727-810-1425

 January will be exciting in Floral City. Below is the January edition of the Floral City Newsletter. Read all about it!