Once a year, in our little village, we have what’s called the Gifford Lane Art Stroll – it’s about art, but it’s also about food, music and friends – it’s an old fashioned block party and it’s a place where everybody knows everybody else.
I took a Freebee over, it’s a little golf cart that drives people around town, and the driver told me, “The whole town is there!” And that’s the way it’s been for 21 years. It’s one of our favorite events of the year.
Money raised through the art, food and cucumber punch – the best part of the event, goes to two local charities.
My friend Dave and his wife Trina, who started the event so long ago, open their house to visitors. The green cucumber punch is ladled out in the kitchen and people stroll out back to their tropical back yard. It’s old Florida.
A funny thing is that Dave calls out to people as they obliviously walk by, “Thank you for coming! Take all the punch you want!” If I said it, that would be sarcastic, but he means it. And that’s part of the charm of the whole thing.
Pauline Goldsmith, a fantastic artist and friend and her friend Beverly Borland.
The tree-lined Gifford Land.
My friend Theresa does lots of exotic art.
The Solar Dogs perform
Lots of art, lots of friends.
Dogs are always a part of the Art Stroll.
My friend Sheri Friedman shows off her custom painted denim.
My friend Eileen Seitz shows off her tropical paintings.
This is the original art for this year’s poster.
Liz Gibson’s painted rocks.
Liz, Louis and Lana.
It’s the event of the season.
The cucumber punch is the hit of the event.
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Went to a Porsche show in the City of South Miami today. A friend called and asked me to meet him there. As you know from my last post, I’m not really into cars, but it was a beautiful day and nice to walk around and hang out.
I didn’t stay long because when I texted my friend that I had arrived he texted back that he was at a local restaurant/bar with a couple of friends he ran into. I didn’t know them by their names (he mentioned the names in the text), so I wasn’t up to meeting new people. As I get older, the introverted side of me comes out more. It’s either that or I’m just not into making small talk. It’s not that I’m shy, I think I just don’t want to be bothered.
So I took a few pictures and came home.
It was quite an obstacle course getting out and getting home, the Miami Marathon was still going on from earlier in the morning and traffic was re-routed all different directions. You want to go north and they send you south.
The U.S. Post Office is releasing Sesame Street stamps to help celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary.
I’m not sure the last time I mailed something with an actual stamp, but these would be cool to collect and save. Art Director Derry Noyes designed them.
I’ve been finding some very cool comics related items on Etsy these days. As you know, I collect vintage comics and comic-related items and most are these are new, but they are pretty cool. Here are some of my favorites.
Superman, Batman and Spider-man cuff links! On sale now, too! On sale for $16.14 each with $4.00 shipping. At FabuStuff Store.
A full 131-page screenplay of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 movie, Oscar 2019 Best Animated Feature Film winner, with pre-printed autographs of cast members including Stan Lee. Note, the autographs are pre-printed. $19.95 plus shipping from Singapore. From Autograph101 Shop.
A Captail Marvel mask from My Cosplay Props. $150.00 Free shipping.
A intage 1994 Archie Comics Big Face White Promo T-Shirt. $44.00. Free shipping from cTwetnyTwo shop.
Retro Inspired Comic Strip Skater Dress from VintageGaleria. $35.00, $4.95 shipping.
Vintage Set of Walt Kellys Comic Strip Pogo Figures. $49.00 plus $8.20 shipping from PutFamilyFirst.
Dick Tracy Wall Clock by Fun Around the Clock. $21.99 plus $6.95 shipping