Monthly Archives: August 2016

Orange Crush: a Story From the Citrus Groves

Many beverages conjure the upcoming winter holidays: mulled wine, hot cocoa, peppermint-flavored tea and lattes. But for my family, nothing more aptly toasts the season than an icy, pulpy glass of orange juice, just-squeezed from Hamlins grown on my grandfather’s grove in Zolfo Springs. (It’s great with a splash of champagne, too.) My family relishes […]

Thanks a Lot-tery

I walked into my neighborhood Publix one night in 2012 and immediately spotted a man in line for Powerball tickets who was far better dressed than the usual gamblers. The lottery line offers a cross section of the Sunshine State’s poor to middle-class residents: young and old, fat and skinny, gay and straight, white, black, […]

The Roost: Signature Florida Architecture

SIESTA KEY The modern main home was built in 2007. Its 4,755 square feet of living space includes three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The adjacent 935-square-foot guest home is the restored 1948 Revere Quality House, built in the Sarasota School of Architecture style. The guest house has two bedrooms and one bathroom, and was originally […]

Made In FLA: Crackercaster Guitar, Tree-mendous Tunes

Sure they debate about strings and superstars, but Tampa-based guitar makers Ben Chafin and Mick Donner also banter a lot about wood—What’s a protected species? What can’t you import? With forest-friendly thinking, they challenged themselves to design a line of instruments constructed entirely of timber from their home state. Dubbed “Crackercasters” (an homage to Florida […]

The Spread: Old-Florida Seafood Soirée

In the pages of their book, Saints of Old Florida, coauthors Melissa Farrell, Christina McDermott and Emily Raffield pay homage to small towns with saintly prefixes along the Gulf Coast by recounting stories and sharing recipes for the food that flavors the seaside way of life, from Port St. Joe to St. Marks. Here we […]

The Tide: Fall 2016

North BULLS ON THE BEACH Perdido Key September 9–10 This adrenaline-filled rock-and-roll rodeo features professional bull riders from across the Southeast, roping and wrangling live cattle on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Should the pros’ athleticism inspire you (or Flora-Bama’s signature beverage, the Bushwhacker, provide some liquid bravado), show off your own riding […]

Floridiana: Air Supply

When acclaimed Sarasota architect Tim Seibert remodeled a then-unremarkable house on Siesta Key in 1971, he dressed up the home with a lacelike curtain of mid-century modern breeze blocks along its western wall. The breeze blocks—concrete structures crafted in geometrically appealing shapes and patterns that facilitate the flow of air and outside views from inside […]

Made In FLA: Clyde Butcher Inspired Images

Growing up in Southern California in the 1960s, Clyde Butcher’s favorite Florida-based television shows—Flipper and Sea Hunt—made him daydream about moving cross-country. When he finally arrived in the Sunshine State in 1980, camera in hand, his new home exceeded his expectations. “I felt like I had found a whole new planet,” he says. “Nowhere else in […]

It’s in the Blood

Examining the ire of college football fans and why Noles love to hate Gators—and vice versa