Matheson event offers everything Florida
Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:11 a.m.
The history of the Sunshine State will be on display for all to see at Floridiana 2010, an event planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Matheson Museum in Gainesville.
What: Annual sale of Florida mementos, collectibles and souvenirs
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today
Where: Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave., Gainesville
Information: 378-2280 or www.MathesonMuseum.org
“We have had this event every year except for last year, when we took a bit of a hiatus,” said Carla Summers, the executive director of the Matheson Museum.
“It is one of our signature events and something that we are known for.”
The annual event, which has been around for at least 10 years, celebrates Florida's history by having antiques vendors present for sale collectibles, souvenirs, mementos and keepsakes that represent the nation's 27th state.
“We have maybe 14 to 20 tables right now, with vendors like The Book Chaser, The Peddler, The Painted Table, Gator Trading Company and Wolf Head Books. We hope to get some more before the show,” said Brent Richardson, the special event production manager at the Matheson Museum.
Those who attend will have the opportunity to purchase items such as rare books, photographs, postcards, trinkets, antique bottles and jewelry from the assembled vendors.
“We have fabulous book vendors which will have books about Florida that are written by Floridians, which is really key, because people want to buy first editions of Florida writers,” said Summers.
“We also have other vendors who will have wonderful souvenirs of Florida, things that are evocative of past times, like railroad tickets, brochures and flamingoes that were sold years ago. Then there are postcards, which are wonderful things to buy because they are not very expensive. In fact, I collect postcards from my hometown.”
In addition to highlighting wares commemorating Florida's history, Floridiana 2010 also includes writing workshops by the faculty of the Anhinga Writer's Studio for guests that pre-register at the new Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Gainesville. Those that attend these daylong workshops, titled “Writing in the Floridiana Spirit,” will receive instruction about improving their memoir writing and travel prose, as well as learning how to infuse their pieces with a sense of purpose. Those workshops start at 9 this morning, with registration costing $75.
“This is our first big writing workshop,” said Richardson, “and hopefully, we can get enough interest in it to make it something that we can do regularly.”
Maurice Sullivan also will speak at Floridiana, with a speech titled “The Florida Dozen: 12 Writers Who Shaped the Sunshine State.” The Florida Humanities Council, in partnership with the Matheson Museum, makes O'Sullivan's presence possible at this event.
For more information, see www.MathesonMuseum.org.
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