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What’s your favorite hangout downtown?
Lake Eola
What juicy tidbit can you share about your favorite downtown memory?
I loved living high above Lake Eola Park with a spectacular view of the city from my apartment in the old Plaza Hotel -- formerly the Cherry Plaza Hotel. For those in pursuit of trivia -- the Cherry Plaza Hotel was where Walt Disney announced his plans to build Disney World here in Central Florida.The Post Properties are nice, but there’s nothing like the old Plaza, Lee’s Lakeside and a cold drink downstairs in her tavern. I miss Lee, she was a grand lady.
What brings you to THE SLICE?
I am Chairman of the Downtown Arts District Board, creator and administrator of the OrlandoSlice.com website. I founded the Young Artists Group for the Arts District in 2010. And now you know the rest of the story... Let me know if you need any help with the site.


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At 10:01pm on August 5, 2014, Steve Erwin said…

Hi David ... I remember the Cherry Plaza from the early 1960s, when I spent some nights sleeping in Lake Eola Park --- after running out of money to stay at (what I think was a YMCA or hotel at the site and building that now houses the Panera Bread Company at the north east corner of Lake Eola).  I was a college student and had a bus ticket home to Ohio, but didn't want to go home yet.  Being an avid reader of Jack Kerouac's books, I was no stranger to backpacking and sleeping in parks and had done the same at Lummus Park in Miami Beach.  My memory is fuzzy with details from 50 years ago, but Lake Eola holds many fond memories for me, (as it does for you!)  I was a rather social young guy, so I met and talked with many Cherry Plaza people around that time.  Years later, in the 1980s, I had an aunt who also lived at the Cherry Plaza (probably then called 'The Plaza' (?)  I was also, in those days, fascinated with the Confederate Soldier statue at the east end of the lake and did an art project at my college in Ohio based on it.  Thanks for sharing your memories ... (you could likely fill in some of the details of my sometimes faulty 'recall').  Having had a fond relationship with central Florida, I retired from my art director career to Orlando just a few weeks ago.  

At 7:47am on July 29, 2014, Sandra Lacey said…
Who created the fabulous work of art NEXT to the winner of "What the Dickens"? (The painting with a clock in the man's beard.) Intriguing!
At 5:06am on August 30, 2013, Terry Olson said…

1) How can I repost the See Art Orlando interview with Jennifer Quigley on my FB page?

2) Are you going to help me set up a "What the Dickens" page?

3) Have a great Labor Day weekend.

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City of Orlando Seeks Artist to Create Public Art Piece for Orlando Loch Haven Park Area

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 11:19pm 0 Comments

Thanks to a generous contribution by the National Endowment for the Arts’  “Our Town” grant and matching funds by Florida Hospital, the City of Orlando is seeking an artist to design and create a public art piece for the Orlando Loch Haven Park area.   The selected work will be displayed on or near the platform of Orlando’s new SunRail stop at Florida Hospital’s Health Village SunRail stop and serve as a gateway to Orlando Loch Haven Park to reflect…


There's Still Time, 24 Hours -- Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory Needs Your Support

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

Approximately 24 hours remain to reach our goal supporting this annual event. If 106 people donate $10, we get fully funded as a result of the 50% match from Bank of America.


Vote for the Best Photo Now Through Monday, August 4th!

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 9:46pm 0 Comments

Vote NOW by visiting www.downtownorlando.com and clicking on the pink box that will directly link you to the voting…


"What the Dickens" Best in Show Winner Announced

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:41pm 0 Comments

Artist DaMarco Rondle won with his piece, "I Used to Be Like You" displayed here at CityArts Factory. 

$5K for Staging a Flash Mob, What The Dickens?

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:40pm 0 Comments

You heard right, What the Dickens Orlando is offering a cash prize of $5,000 to the best flash mob video that is built around a song from a musical inspired by the works of Charles Dickens. Examples include “Who Will Buy” or “Food, Glorious Food” from Oliver! and “Thank you Very Much” from Scrooge. To be eligible, a video cannot be longer than 7 minutes, and must be posted on YouTube by 5 pm Eastern…


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