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posted Sep 26, 2013 - 8:42:50am
As fall approaches in West Volusia, community events multiply, and weekends become whirlwinds of activity. The weekend of Sept. 27-29 is no exception, as at least five events converge in Downtown DeLand.
The Craft & Quilt Show will close Woodland Boulevard through Downtown DeLand Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, as artists, quilters and crafters gather from far and wide to show their wares in tents on the street, and quilters display fabric-art creations inside the Volusia County Administration Building at 123 W. Indiana Ave.
• DeLand Naval Air Station Museum, 910 Biscayne Blvd. on the DeLand Municipal Airport
• Florida Museum for Women Artists, upstairs at 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
• Museum of Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
• Stetson University Gillespie Museum, 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand
• Hand Art Center, 139 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand
• Stetson University Natural History Museum in the Sage Hall Science Center, 136 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand
• The Henry A. DeLand House Museum and The Robert M. Conrad Educational & Research Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand
• The DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum at Bill Dreggors Park, 230 N. Stone St., DeLand
• DeBary Hall Historic Site, 210 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary
• Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. Charles Richard Beall Blvd., DeBary.
Note: A shuttle will circulate 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during Smithsonian Day, stopping at Rinker Environmental Learning Center, 234 E. Michigan Ave. on the Stetson University campus, and traveling to the Museum of Art, the African-American Museum of the Arts, the Women's Museum, the Henry A. DeLand House and the DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum.
Admission to the outdoor show is free, while visitors will pay $5 admission for the Quilt Show in the administration center. Visitors can also see, for free, 31 art quilts on display at participating Downtown DeLand businesses.
While all that's going on, 11 West Volusia museums will roll out the red carpet Saturday, Sept. 28, welcoming the public with free admission.
It's Smithsonian Day, and museums across the nation will waive admission charges to encourage people to stop by.
In DeLand, Smithsonian Day is coordinated by the Mainstreet Art and Culture committee of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to showcase the arts, museums, historical sites, world-class education and natural resources that exist in DeLand.
Guili Schacht, one of the founding members of the committee, commonly called MAC DeLand, said a map of showing the 11 participating West Volusia locations can be picked up at any one of the museums.
A shuttle will be provided for visitors who want to tour of all the museums in DeLand. However, the shuttle will not be traveling to DeBary Hall or Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, two other spots that are waiving admission.
Schacht said the event is perfect for families with children who wouldn't normally go to the museums, as well as for senior citizens, or anybody interested in discovering West Volusia's culture.
Participants will be asked to fill out a survey about their experiences, and will be entered into a drawing to win a "discover DeLand" package including an overnight stay for two at 1876 Heritage Inn in Orange City, a St. John's River Scenic boat tour for two, two tickets to a show at the Athens Theatre, one household membership to the Museum of Art in DeLand, dinner for two at Mainstreet Grill, and more.
"It's a very special day that you can share with the family that they won't forget," Schacht said. "It's an opportunity to educate and inspire children simultaneously really. And it doesn't cost you a dime."
As a prelude to the big day Saturday, Friday, Sept. 27, is Fourth Friday in Artisan Alley, between the 100 blocks of West New York Avenue and West Georgia Avenue in Downtown DeLand, across from the Volusia County Historic Courthouse. Here, artists will converge to display their wares, Nest will offer beer and wine, and other the Artisan Alley businesses will welcome visitors.
Nearby, the newly developed Da Vinci House art studios at 117 W. Howry Ave., will host an open house 6:30-9 p.m., to show off improvements to this recently renovated historic structure.
On Saturday, following a day of taking in museums and the Craft & Quilt Show, visitors are invited to close out the evening with the International Beer and Food Tasting. Nine craft beers and complimentary food samples will be available at various businesses 5-8 p.m. Sept. 28. The event is presented by the MainStreet DeLand Association. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased in advance by visiting mainstreetdeland.org.
Art quilts on display at these Downtown DeLand businesses:
Back Home Antiques
Bellini's Deli & Restaurant
Carasells Pop-Culture Collectibles
Casey's on the Corner
Elduets Jewelry & Gifts
Funky Trunk Treasures
Grrs and Purrs
Kathryn's Beads & Baubles
Lace & Accessories
Mr. Bill's Donuts & Sandwiches
Pinup Parlor Boutique
Pretty Little Things
Quilt Shop of DeLand
Santorini Greek Cuisine
Somewhere in Time Consignment
Stephen Parker Rain Coin Gallery
Stetson Flower & Wedding Boutique
The Elusive Grape
The Muse Book Shop
The Shoppes at Rivertown
The West Volusia Beacon
Trophy Factory Plus Framing
Victorian Rose Antiques
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