November 19- a Friday. Orlando Festival of Trees. This is the 35th anniversary of the festival held at the Orlando Museum of Art.
December 4- a Saturday. An evening concert on the Bok Tower grounds after touring the gardens. Picnic on the lawn in your own chairs and revel in the holiday sounds from the Orlando Symphony Orchestra and
the ?bell carillon. One of the largest carillons in the world and a nice day and evening.
Home for the Holidays
December 17- a Friday. Christmas at The Stetson Mansion in DeLand. Tour of the wonderfully decorated mansion and have lunch too.
As the holiday season is drawing near we thought that the December garden club field trip should be something to help celebrate the season. Thus, we are going to be visiting the beautifully decorated Stetson Mansion in Deland on Monday, December 17. The High Victorian style home was built in 1886 by John Stetson of the Stetson hat fame. Interestingly, his friend, Thomas Edison, helped design the house and it was one of the first homes to incorporate electricity. Thomas even ran the electrical lines in the house. We will head out from Heritage Hall once again, leaving at 8:30am. We will do the tour and then go to a nice local spot for lunch (on your own). I think that it will be a gorgeous day in December and that we will have a grand time. Tickets are 27.00 plus tax etc. and we are having tour participants buy their own tickets online from the website. Be sure to get the 10:00am ticket for Friday, December 17. Small groups of 8-10 are taken through the mansion with a knowledgeable tour guide. Hopefully we can have a large turnout to tour one of the best “old money” mansions in Florida. Here are some pictures of the mansion from prior years. We did this tour a number of years ago but it is impressive as heck and worth a revisit as the Christmas decorations change every year.