by Benjamin D.
book invites you to visit the number 1 vacation destination in the world
and see sights that tens of millions of people miss every year!
Whether you're a central Florida resident or tourist in the Orlando area,
this illustrated book takes you to attractions within easy driving distance
where you can enjoy and explore a rich real-life heritage more varied
and extensive than any theme park: cowboy culture and competition (a century
in the making), the London Symphony Orchestra at their official summer
home, Zora Neale Hurston's legacy in the oldest incorporated African-American
municipality in the United States, a hotbed of antiques and collectibles
and the most comprehensive collection of Tiffany glass in the world, a
thriving spiritualist community (since 1894), a working Pioneer Florida
settlement, the home of American space exploration, the biggest stock
car races and motorcycle rallies in the country, and art communities and
festivals, architectural marvels, and examples of historic preservation
throughout the region.
Beyond the Theme Parks also includes photographs, an easy-to-follow
map, a cultural arts calendar, and lists of historic sites and arts organizations
with brief descriptions, addresses, and phone numbers. More than a guide,
this book offers a rich blend of heritage and history, a delightful primer
for newcomers, and a homeowner's manual in which residents can (re)discover
the delights of their own backyard.
Benjamin D. Brotemarkle, host and producer of "The Arts Connection"
on radio station 90.7 WMFE-FM in Orlando, has won journalism awards for
his coverage of central Florida history and culture. His features have
been heard around the world on Voice of America radio, around the country
on National Public Radio, and throughout the state on Florida public radio.
242pp. 6 X 9. 55 b&w photos, map, notes, bibliography, index.
ISBN 0-8130-1657-6 Cloth, $24.95