A Day in Lakeland

I apologize for the blurry images.  This happened while importing my posts from my old blog site to my new one.  The content is still good.

For several weeks now, my mom and I had been planning on going to the Annie Leibovitz’s WOMEN exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland.  We finally got around to going this morning.  We also did lunch and visited a couple businesses along with doing a little window shopping on our way back to the car.  We had a very nice time.

I brought my camera, I almost always bring my camera everywhere.  I knew that I wouldn’t be able to take pictures inside, but I was hoping to get a few pictures from their outdoor patio area.  Maybe another day.  I was very politely told (by the nice young man behind the counter) that he would hold on to my camera for me while I was inside.  He did say that it would probably be ok to take a couple pictures on the patio, but besides the Leibovitz exhibit and the usual exhibits, there was a book signing going on.  I didn’t want to get in the way, so like I said, maybe another day.

The museum is always hopping with activities.  They’ve got a Summer Art Camp for kids 5-13, they’ve got classes, workshops, and so much more.  Be sure to check out their website!

They’re located directly across from the main branch of the Lakeland Public Library, right near Lake Morton – the bird lake.  Here are some shots of the outside of the museum:

We then drove over to Munn Park and……parked.  I wanted to go to Arts on The Park to check out a few pictures that a friend had on display there.  I also got the information that I need on how to display my own photography.  That’s my plan – one of these days!

Arts on The Park is a great place for local artists to display/sell their art work.  They also hold classes and events:

We then walked to lunch.  We went to Fresco’s Bakery & Bistro.  My mom had been here a couple times before, so she knew the food would be good.  They serve breakfast and lunch, have blue plate specials, homemade soups, “hand crafted spuds”, salads, custom sandwiches, quiche, homemade granola, custom made desserts, and they cater.

I had the Chicken Caeser Wrap and my mom had 1/2 a Veggie Panini and 1/2 a Stuffed Veggie Spud.  When she got her lunch, she questioned the waitress – she had ordered a 1/2 spud and got a whole spud.  The waitress said that their whole spud is actually 2 spuds put together.  They definately have good sized servings of their food!

While we were eating, my mom was telling me about the historic walks that Lakeland now has once a month on Tuesday nights (8:30pm) near Lake Mirror.  A guy dresses up in old Victorian clothing, walks around carrying an old oil lantern, and talks about the history of Lakeland – he even shows a slideshow.  The walk lasts around an 1 hr 15 min.  To reserve a spot, you can contact 863-834-2280.  In the nicer months (Spring/Fall) they have walking tours on certain Saturday’s during the day.

After lunch, we walked across the street to check out The General Store.  It has been there since 2007.  Who knew?!  Not me!  Even though we walk around town during the First Friday events – I had NEVER seen it.  Tunnel Vision.

C-U-T-E!  They’ve got two rocking chairs outside with a barrel in between them and a checkerboard on top of that with magazines.  People are welcome to stop by and play a game of checkers.  There’s a screened door that bangs shut nice and loud.  There’s a cute window display where you might even see their CFO resting.  Yes, their CFO (Chief Fuzzy Officer) – Sparky.  They say she’s Downtown’s 4-legged therapist and security officer.  Sparky has her own apron and a little dog house shaped door that leads from behind the counter to the front window.

You’ll find books from local authors, Nehi soda, Smith Brother’s cough drops, and old games.  Items you would find in a general store/convenience store.  Check out their website above to find out more about them and to read articles from Terisa, the owner.

This store has been in the Lakeland Ledger and Charley Belcher from Fox 13 News in Tampa did a story on them.

While window shopping, I saw this outside a store on a table:

It’s a record store!  When was the last time you’ve seen one of those?  It’s called Evolution and they’ve got live music:

My mom brought me back to my car and that was the end of our nice day in Lakeland.  Their downtown is booming!  Always nice to see.  I get sad when I see other downtown area’s that aren’t thriving any longer.   If you’re ever in the area, make sure to stop by Lakeland’s downtown.  There is a lot to see and do!


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