I love Sanford. Since moving to Orlando in 2010, it’s been one of my favorite places and inspires me to create. The artsy and culinary parts can be glorious. So I picked up my pass from Pat Greene at Gallery at Avalon Island for this trip and decided I’d depart from the Winter Park station.
Before heading out, I went to Barney’s Coffee on Park Ave for a salad to go and an iced latte (their coffee is to die for by the way. Get the Ethiopian beans.)
A shuttle driver named Michael greeted me at the Sanford train station. He said it was a free shuttle service and he could take me into town. So I took him up on this offer. Apparently, it’s been running for at least a year or more and I had no idea it existed. Sure, you can take the bus as well, but the shuttle shows up for every train arrival and departure. [Michael also told me about another train system that connects there in Sanford that allows you to transport your car up north (Virginia, etc.). I need to look more into this.]
My itinerary/ stopping points in Sanford:
- “Gallery on First”/ Jeanine Taylor Folk Art (if you’ve never been- it’s a must!)
- Antiques & Dustibles
- Mrs Libby’s Antique Imporium
- Something Special & Antiques
- German market (run by Hollerbach’s)
- Maya’s Books & Music
- Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café German restaurant
- Also got to see the art festival beginnings (Sanford has regular festivals that take up half of first street).
At the antique shops I ended up getting some Life magazines from the 60s and a music & lyrics magazine from the 70s to use in collaging for my art.
I’m going to save more illustrations and stories for my next installment. I’ve got a piece started on Michael, and interestingly, he’s drawing a picture of me as well. I’ll pass that along when I have it. Dueling portraits!