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Santa Claus is a legendary figure who is the traditional patron of Christmas in the United States and other countries. His popular image is based on traditions associated with Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Christian saint, while Father Christmas fills the role in many European countries. The image of Santa Claus has changed throughout the years. If someone was asked to describe Santa they probably would not describe him as a saint or stern man...
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With a beautifully coordinated effort from an incredible team in the local community and nearby areas, we created a watercolor wedding stylized photo shoot in August to showcase the wide array of unique spaces at the Museum of Arts & Sciences. Every vendor donated their time, effort, items, and skills towards this pastel-inspired shoot, which together, was a lovely fusion of romance and drama. The photo shoot was most recently published in Every Last Detail in November, and we are so grateful they featured the Museum...
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"The Burgoyne House", a watercolor painting by Sandra DeArmas Lloyd, is located in the Volusia County Gallery of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art at the Museum of Arts & Sciences. Charles Grover Burgoyne was born on January 3, 1847, in Fairmont, Virginia, now Fairmont, West Virginia. He fought in the Civil War, and after the war arrived in New York City with 5 cents in his pocket. In 1875, he established the Burgoyne printing business there and through hard work he was extremely successful...
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Gamble Place, located off of Taylor Road in Port Orange on the Spruce Creek River, is more than just a historic landmark - it is an environmental oasis that can take anyone back to the natural and wild setting of old Florida. James Gamble, an avid outdoorsman, purchased the large property in 1898 with the intention of creating a hunting and fishing retreat. Over 100 years later, Volusia County preserved it as an environmental, cultural, historical, and outdoor recreation site for public use...
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The Relationship Between the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection and Nature The Cici and Hyatt Brown collection is a showcase of the diversity of natural history in the state of Florida. For over 150 years, tourists have not only visited Florida for its fantastic weather but also to see the exotic flora and fauna that can only be found on this sub-tropic peninsula...
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A colossal story recently slipped through the cracks of the busy news cycle but has been making big waves in the scientific community. Officially reported on October 16th, 2017, but actually occurring back on August 17th, a major milestone was reached in our never-ending...
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Halloween has its origins in the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced SOW-in). It was a celebration of the Celtic new year which falls on November 1st of the Gregorian calendar. For the Celts this was the date when the transition from the harvest season to winter happened. The festival would begin the night before on what is now October 31st. During this period the Celts believed the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead became weaker allowing spirits to cross over...
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When the dark umbral shadow of the moon raced over the United Stations on August 21st, 2017, it was a celestial spectacle that millions of people flocked to witness. Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, this was a rare occurrence when the moon completely covered the sun and could be seen along a narrow 65-mile wide path that stretched from Oregon to South Carolina.