Thursday, February 18, 2010

Arcadia, FL

Yesterday we drove 45 minutes in an Easterly direction to Arcadia.  We took the trip to drop off the blankets and toys we made for the little doggies.  Originally, we were going to turn them in on Saturday in Port Charlotte, but we are taking a dog to the North Port farmer's market instead.  We hope to take Cheyenne, our favorite dog, unless she gets adopted between now and then.  That would make us happy  ;o) and sad :o( at the same time.


Arcadia was heavily damaged during Hurricane Charley.  We had driven by there a few years ago on our way to Orlando.  We didn't see much reason to stop at the time as Bill was determined that we were going to eat breakfast at a Waffle House!  Just in case you are thinking the same...between Port Charlotte and Orlando, going Rt. 17 rather than the highway...there is NO Waffle House.  not any,zero, nada, zilch, none  We finally ate LUNCH in Winter Haven and it was not at a Waffle House.

After dropping off our donations, we parked and did some walking around the downtown area.  Either they did a marvelous job of rebuilding after the hurricane or there wasn't much damage to this area.  


Apparently, the best way to make a living in this area is to operate an antique store.  There must have been a dozen of them.  We did some window shopping (not much sense buying stuff we have to pack up and move home). We found this cute guy in front of, what else, a book store.

 

  This one makes me laugh because of the sign behind him.  The only reason you can read it is because he's open, too.














We did go into the Old Opera House and museum and were glad we did.

(nice photo Mr. Bill)

This building was built in 1906, used as an opera house, then a movie theater and now is an antique store and museum.  I found a lot of nice vintage fabric and a cool quilt all with reasonable prices but kept control of myself and left empty handed.



 
As you can see, there was a lot of stuff in this place and there were many, many rooms stuffed with stuff.





Yikes...

Across the street was an old movie theater and it's PINK!  I like the broken reflections in the windows.  I think it would make a cool art quilt.

 
and, I missed this little guy completely.



Thanks for stopping by...
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2 comments:

  1. I didn't know it was possible to drive that far in the South and not hit a Waffle House ;) That's bad luck. It would be like driving 45 minutes around here without seeing a Dunkin Donuts.

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  2. Thanks for the excellent blog and for visiting the Opera House! :) We just finished the website http://www.arcadiaoperahouse.com if you'd like to see what we're up to!

    Come back soon. :)
    Joyce

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