Happy 130th Birthday Maitland!

Happy 130th Birthday Maitland Celebration

Happy 130th Birthday Maitland Celebration

Coming up very soon is our city’s fabulous birthday celebration – Happy 130th Birthday Maitland! The City of Maitland was incorporated the same year Thurston House was built – 1885.

This celebration is much fun and only a short stroll away from Thurston House. There will be food, music and fabulous fireworks, all held at beautiful Lake Lily Park. Come and have fun. You don’t even have to bring a present, just say Happy 130th Birthday Maitland! Pack your picnic blanket and basket of goodies and set up early on the shores of Lake Lily, close to all the fun. You will have a front row seat for the fabulous fireworks that start at 8:45pm!

Lake Lily Park location for Happy 130th Birthday Maitland

Lake Lily Park

Room availability is limited so book now!

 

Dali Central Florida – A Maitland Marvel!

Just a week after the Maitland Art Center proudly accepted its’ National Historic Landmark designation, it opens a long awaited and much anticipated Salvador Dali exhibit! The Spanish surrealist painter has been called one of the biggest artistic names in history, and certainly the most famous to be displayed at the center. The Research Studio founder (now called the Maitland Arts Center) Andre Smith and Salvador Dali were contemporaries, but moved in very different artistic circles.

The Dali Central Florida exhibit – Art and the Subconscious – will showcase works of both Dali and Smith side by side. This will highlight the contrast between the two men’s work and their own unique styles.

The Maitland Art Center is just a short stroll or dirve from our North Orlando Central Florida Bed & Breakfast Thurston House. This area has a feeling of quiet and culture, yet is just minutes from downtown Orlando and Winter Park. Expect to be impressed during your stay here in Central Florida.

Newest National Historic Landmark Florida

The newest National Historic Landmark Florida, and the only one in Orange County, is being dedicated tomorrow! It is such an honor for all of us who live in Maitland. The Maitland Art Center was built by Andre Smith in 1937 to be used as an artists’ colony. The complex of buildings and courtyards, considered “Fantasy Architecture”, are quite unique and feature many Aztec & Mayan design elements. There is a Chapel & Mayan Courtyard, Main Garden, and many small studio buildings. The studios are hosts to a variety of artists who are involved in the Artists-In-Action program.

Gallery exibits are changed often and feature a wide variety of collections. Art instruction classes are offered both for children and adults. The museum gift store has many unique one of a kind gifts, ranging from jewelry to pottery, and more. Newest National Historic Landmark Florida is truly a treasure for us all to enjoy.

Lake on the way to visit Newest National Historic Landmark Florida

Lake on the way to visit Newest National Historic Landmark Florida

Guests at Thurston House, our north Orlando Maitland Winter Park area bed & breakfast can easily stroll over to the center, through wonderful neighborhoods and along several lakes. Wander the beautiful grounds, explore the chapel area, peak in the studio windows and check out the latest gallery exhibit. You will even be able to see the newest National Historic Landmark Florida plaque after the dedication that takes place tomorrow.

National Historic Landmark Orange County, Florida

Maitland Art CenterI am proud to announce that the Maitland Art Center has become the first National Historic Landmark in Orange County and the 44th National Historic Landmark in the state of Florida. Just awarded yesterday, this designation applies to places that “exceptionally illustrate or interpret the heritage of the United States.” The center is one of the few remaining examples of “fantasy architecture” in the Southeast. It’s Mayan details make it pleasure to stroll around the grounds and is a real treat for photographers!

Founded in 1937 by visionary artist and architect Jules André Smith the A&H’s Maitland Art Center is built in the very rare Mayan Revival style. It was built as an art colony, providing a place for artists to live and to further experiment in their medium.

Today the center has beautiful gardens, ongoing exhibits and continuing education in the arts available in many different mediums. The outdoor chapel has been the location for many weddings, and the courtyards often host special events. The lobby store has many unique gift items featuring local artists, some who have taken advantage of working in one of the buildings at the center.

 

Thurston House bed & breakfast has hosted wedding couples for their special night after their ceremony at the center. Wouldn’t this be special for someone you know? Book now!

Summer Concert Series North Orlando!

Summer Concert Series North Orlando – The next summer concert at the Art & History’s Maitland Art Center main garden is coming up soon – Friday, June 14  at 7 PM featuring The Dan Jordan Trio.

The A&H Associates, volunteer corps of the Art & History Museums – Maitland  (A&H), in partnership with Performing Arts of Maitland, proudly present a Summer Concert Series in the A&H’s beautiful Main Garden, located at  231 W. Packwood Avenue, Maitland.  The series, titled Art. Music. Food. Architecture., takes place the second Friday of every month from May –September.   

This perfect way to enjoy a summer evening under the stars, the Summer Concert Series is sure to delight.

The Dan Jordan Trio takes the stage on June 14 with a program of original Jazz music with South American and Middle Eastern influences.  The group has played together for over 20 years, and has performed with some of the best musicians in the business.  The instrumentation is Flautist and Saxophonist Dan Jordan, percussion/spoken word artist Michael Welch, and Songwriter/Bassist Dan Walters.

Our North Orlando Bed & Breakfast, Maitland lodging Thurston House is the perfect place to stay. Actually, one of the musicians is already booked for that night. Still rooms are open!

2012 Florida Film Festival is almost upon us!

This year’s Florida Film Festival features a record breaking 168 films respresenting 31 countries. Running from April 13-22, films will be shown at the following venues – Enzian Theater, Regal Winter Park Village 20, Winter Garden Theater, and Central Park on Park Avenue.

   Every year the Florida Film Festival premieres the best in current independent and foreign cinema. And this year they are saluting their 21st anniversary by bringing you more of the best. With cutting-edge films, 100 visiting filmmakers, plenty of special guests, and non-stop events, this festival will do everything to ensure 10-days of Film, Food, and Fun.

 

Thurston House, North Orlando’s only bed & breakfast accommodation, is just a short stroll away from the Enzian Theater, the major hub of all the activity. Book now!

Special Event Venues in Central Florida

Thurston House yard overlooking Lake Eulalia

Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland is a beautiful place, but alas we cannot host special events. That’s OK, because it means that our fabulous setting amid 8 lakefront acres will be a quiet oasis for your getaway. 

Just minutes away from us there are five inspirational venues for your celebration or meeting . At the Maitland Art Center you find – The Chapel & Mayan Courtyard, The Main Garden, and The Germaine Marvel Building. At Lake Lily you find – The Cottage at Lake Lily and The Waterhouse Residence Museum Lawn. They all have unique characteristics, and I am sure one will be absolutely perfect for your needs! Contact Lauren Murphy to discuss your needs and plan your event – lauren@artandhistory.org or #407-539-2181 ext. 253.

Then, don’t forget to book your room or rooms at our Central Florida Bed & Breakfast, Thurston House!

Maitland’s Cultural Corridor


The City of Maitland in Central Florida is renowned for it’s wonderful neighborhoods, great neighborhood parks and even CULTURE! The Cultural Corridor starts at Lake Lily Park, home to the Waterhouse Residence & Carpentry Shop Museums. Also overlooking Lake Lily Park is the Maitland Civic Center, a location used for antique shows, receptions and all sorts of other events. Traveling along the corridor is the historic Maitland Library building, the Maitland Senior Center, the Maitland Historical Museum and the Antique Telephony Museum. At the far end of the Cultural Coridor is the unique Maitland Art Center. So much to do in Central Florida. Book your getaway now at Thurston House bed & breakfast!

Maitlands’ 125th Celebration Begins!

Join us for the Opening of our next exhibition  Friday, July 16th

 
2010 marks a special year for the City of Maitland, Central Florida, the 125th anniversary of its incorporation and the 40th anniversary for the Maitland Art Center and the Historical Museums to serve the community as public institutions. In the late 1800s Lake Maitland was a small town, which included a few families, citrus crops, and a handful of businesses. Maitland has come a long way since then but what makes it special is it “continues to carry with it the dreams and visions of hardworking vibrant citizenry while maintaining its picturesque setting amid cypress and lakes.”Leslie Kemp Poole, Images of America: Maitland

July 16th “Maitland’s Founding Families” and Opening Reception

Temporary exhibition opens in the ‘We Make History’ community gallery at Maitland Historical Museum. This museum is just minutes from Thurston House bed & breakfast.

 Keep tuned for more about this exciting week of festivities!!!