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Boring Weather in Florida

“They” say we are overdue for a hurricane to take us out.

Common little black bird found all over central Florida
Common little black bird found all over central Florida

But “they” also say that the “big one” out in California is also overdue. While the Northeast and Midwest get pummeled by the frosty weather, we are suffering through glorious “boring” weather of 70 + degrees F each day with blue skies, fluffy clouds, and generally wonderful wind with a weekly rain or two thrown in. Tough, huh?

Fresh water turtle
Fresh water turtle

We are visiting friends across the state and making plans to go to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the northern part of the Everglades National Park at the end of the month. We have room and restaurant reservations for the week. I may have said the DH’s idea of “roughing it” is “no remote control on the TV.” It may be expensive (high season during these ideal weather conditions), but I am hoping it is worth it.

Egret with lots of turtles behind
Egret with lots of turtles behind

We also hope to take several more trips to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We have to find more “nature” places to visit with our cameras. We don’t want to get in a rut, do we?

Looking up through the Spanish Moss
Looking up through the Spanish Moss

And then again, what’s wrong with the rut we are in?

Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences

We visited Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Science (MOAS) and were most surprised at the depth and breadth of the exhibits. We posted earlier about their collection of Coca Cola memorabilia donated by the Root family. Their Helena and William Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art contains about 100 pieces of rare porcelain, gemstones, bronzes, cloisonne, manuscripts and pottery that illustrate thousands of years in  art in China.

Some very special Asian art pieces
Some very special Asian art pieces

Carvings of jade, wood, and other precious stones
Carvings of jade, wood, and other precious stones

I believe this is an incense burner
I believe this is an incense burner

Every piece in the museum flows from exhibit to exhibit. There is a large collection of Tiffany stained glass in a state whose museum benefactors collected it big time.

Tiffany Lamp at Daytona Beach MOAS
Tiffany Lamp at Daytona Beach MOAS

MOAS is eclectic but the museum directors really know what is appealing to the museum goer. And Daytona Beach MOAS rotates its collections to keep from staleness and to attract the locals.

DH insisted he color the background for each piece
DH insisted he color the background for each piece

Russian troika carving of extraordinary detail and beauty
Russian troika carving of extraordinary detail and beauty

Some Tiffany stained glass in a Tiffany-rich area
Some Tiffany stained glass in a Tiffany-rich area

Lovely old furniture at Daytona Beach MOAS
Lovely old furniture at Daytona Beach MOAS

Chihuly art glass
Chihuly art glass

MOAS even has trains
MOAS even has trains

Toy, teddy bears, and doll houses at MOAS
Toy, teddy bears, and doll houses at MOAS

So should you be near Daytona Beach, make time for a visit to an indoor venue that is quite remarkable. Do you have a local museum favorite? Or a favorite Florida stop you might share?

Coca Cola and Racing Artifacts in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) is a truly cool place! Quite unexpected and very much worth visiting. You won’t be disappointed. One surprise is a large permanent exhibit devoted to Coca Cola and Americana:

Coca Cola dispensers over the years
Coca Cola dispensers over the years

This is because of the very interesting early years of Coca Cola and its marketing and manufacture. In 1916, a nationwide competition was held by Coca Cola to design a unique bottle for the stuff.

The original bottle was bowed quite a bit and had to be modified to fit into existing dispensers.
The original bottle was bowed quite a bit and had to be modified to fit into existing dispensers.

Chapman J. Root won the competition with the iconic 6 1/2 ounce green glass design. The prize gave his glass company the exclusive right to produce the bottle for the company.

Coca Cola as a part of America
Coca Cola as a part of America

Root started bottling the product, sold the glass factory in 1932,  and founded the Associated Coca Cola Bottling Plants in 1939, becoming the largest independent bottler of Coca Cola in the world.

Antique bottling equipment even Coca Cola doesn't have
Antique bottling equipment even Coca Cola doesn’t have

His grandson, Chapman S. Root,  moved the company from Indiana to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1952 along with the family’s sizable collection of Coca Cola artifacts and memorabilia.

Early transport of Coca Cola
Early transport of Coca Cola

You put your coin in and ...
You put your coin in and …

More period dispensers for Coca Cola
More period dispensers for Coca Cola

Coca Cola is part of Americana
Coca Cola is part of Americana

The considerable Root fortune allowed them to diversify into many other collections and interests: racing cars, teddy bears, and doll houses among others. As many of you might be collectors yourselves, there is even a collector’s club.

 

Here are a few shots of the race cars:

Sumar race car is fitting for Daytona -- so well known for racing
Sumar race car is fitting for Daytona — so well known for racing

Sumar was a combination of the names of the wives of the race car owners and 1948 was when Root married
Sumar was a combination of the names of the wives of the race car owners and 1948 was when Root married

So I'm a sucker for race cars
So I’m a sucker for race cars

Roots' interest in race cars moved from Indianapolis 500 to Daytona 500
Roots’ interest in race cars moved from Indianapolis 500 to Daytona 500

More from this great Americana museum in posts to come. What’s your favorite? Coca Cola or race cars?

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