Planning ahead for Central Florida Fall Events!

The Fall is when things start to get busy again in Central Florida. There is a variety of upcoming events very near to Thurston House B&B in Maitland –

10/1-10/3 – 34th Annual Art Under the Stars – Maitland Rotary Arts Festival 

10/8 – Groovy In The Grove – Maitland History’s 12th Annual Benefit Auction

10/9-10 – 37th Annual Winter Park Autumn Arts Festival

10/23 – Leu Gardens Jazz & Blues Stroll

11/6-7 – Rollins College Family Weekend – Sorry, already full!

11/15 – Taste of Maitland – 13th Annual Maitland Chamber of Commerce event

12/2 – Christmas in the Park – Yearly Winter Park Tiffany event

12/4 – Maitland’s Season of Light

And there is much more coming up…..Keep tuned! Click here to book your favorite room for your favorite event before we are sold out!

Christmas in the Park & Tiffany Too!

Thursday, December 2, 2010 6:15 p.m.–8:00 p.m. (Rain date December 3)

Each year, on the first Thursday of December, the Morse Museum helps launch the holiday season in Winter Park when it lights up Tiffany windows in Central Park and presents the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Brass Ensemble in concert. This December is the 32nd annual celebration of Christmas in the Park.

The nine leaded-glass windows installed in the park set the stage for a free outdoor concert of seasonal favorites by the 150-voice Bach Festival Choir, one of America’s premier oratorio ensembles.

Eight of the windows are memorials with religious themes produced by Tiffany Studios for the chapel constructed in 1908 for the Association for the Relief of Respectable Aged Indigent Females in New York.

The Association was founded in 1814 by a group of wealthy New Yorkers as a genteel private charity for elderly, indigent women, including widows of soldiers who fought in the War of 1812 and the Revolution. The first residence, constructed in 1838, was an alternative to the common almshouse. An expanded building was designed 30 years later by Richard Morris Hunt, architect to the rich and famous of the late-19th century.

When the residence was threatened with demolition in 1974, Hugh and Jeannette McKean bought its Tiffany chapel windows at the request of the Association board. The windows are memorials to prominent women who it is believed supported the Association in some way. The Association residence is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tiffany Studios’ Christmas Eve window, c. 1902, in which a figure resembling Father Christmas holds the Christ child, is also on view at the event and in the Morse Museum following Christmas in the Park. The window was designed by Thomas Nast Jr.—son of the famous political cartoonist—for his sister’s home in New Rochelle, New York.

Christmas in the Park was started by the McKeans in 1979 as a way to share a part of their rare Tiffany collection with the public in an informal setting.

Every year guests at Thurston B&B in Maitland drive the short distance to attend this wonderful event!

Fiddler’s Green Tavern

 

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Originally uploaded by Mr Long

 

Where will you be on March 17th? Thurston House has rooms available, and Fiddler’s Green in Winter Park has special goings on. Why haven’t you booked your room and table yet?

Fiddler’s Green Irish Tavern,  featuring the Boston Band Currachs Fancy that night, offers wonder traditional Irish food. Enjoy Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips, Irish Stew, and many other food items while sipping on a fantastic Irish brew.

Thurston House breakfast time

I’ll even serve breakfast a little later the next morning!

Winter Park 1980’s dining!

Dine like it’s 1980 at Park Plaza Gardens! Celebrating their 30th anniversary this month, they have rolled back the prices and are using their original menu from that time.  Choose your room at Thurston House bed & breakfast, have the innkeeper book your dinner reservation, and prepare to be very pampered!

Thurston House Times – Holidays!

The holiday decorating is almost done here at Thurston House. Come stay and get into the spirit of the holidays. There is lots going on in this area the next few weeks. It starts with Tiffany in the Park celebration this Thursday in Winter Park, then Maitland’s Season of Light this Saturday, then on and on…. Start it all with a reservation at Thurston House bed & breakfast in Maitland!

Thurston House dining room mantle

Thurston House dining room mantle

Thurston House Times – CARS!

One of Joe’s favorite yearly events was this past weekend – the 8th annual Concours de Elegance in Winter Park. It is held in the heart of downtown Winter Park, Park Avenue. The street is lined with every high end car you can imagine, from Joe’s beloved Porsche to Ferrari, to Mercedes, and even some custom motorcycles this year. Joe hopes Santa was listening when he picked his favorites…keep dreaming! There is so much to do and see around Thurston House bed & breakfast….come stay!

Concours de Elegance along Park Avenue

Concours de Elegance along Park Avenue

Thurston House Times – Rollin’s College!

Rollin’s College Parent’s/family weekend will come fast once school gets back in session. There are only two rooms left so hurry and book soon. The weekend is scheduled 10/23-25…. Students and parents come from all over and there is always a mad scramble for rooms if you wait too long. 

Entrance to Rollins College

Entrance to Rollins College

Ironically, we have a place in York Harbor, Maine where the Rollins name is part of its’ history…yes, same family connection. That is a story for another day!