Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Solomon’s Castle Ona, Florida
Howard Solomon is a soft ­ spoken man - a sculptor with muscular arms and an unfinished high school education. He did not enjoy school. One day when he was 17 years old and his parents were at work, Howard ripped the back wall off their new suburban home and began adding on a porch and he found that he loved building things on a grand scale. Now Solomon’s parents live in a back room of their son’s home, which happens to be a castle in a Central Florida swamp. Solomon’s Castle covers 12,000 sq. acres and stands three stories high. Hidden in the lush Florida woodlands is one man’s dream of paradise
Cost: $100 pp includes bus transportation, full tour of castle and lunch at the Boat on the Moat Restaurant (located at Solomon’s Castle).
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Energy Whiz Florida Solar Energy Center Cocoa
Energy Whiz, created by the Florida Solar Energy Center which is located on the University of Central Florida and the East Florida State College campuses in Cocoa, is a forum for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) capabilities through participation in hands -on energy - focused projects and activities. The competition and displays will include the Critter Comfort Cottage featuring green -building designs & construction; Solar Energy Cook -off that combines engineering and construction with the culinary arts (solar energy stoves/ovens); Junior Solar Spring Sprint where students design and build model electric cars; Energy Innovations and the Electrathon which is a competition involving custom designed and built electric motor and batteries vehicles. There will be food trucks on site.
Cost: $50 pp and includes bus transportation to and from the UCF/EFSC campus, snacks and water.
November 3 - 5, 2017
Overnight Trip to St. Simons Island - The Golden Isles of Georgia
Located on the southern part of Georgia's scenic coastline and only four hours driving time from Vero Beach, St. Simons Island is rich in beauty and culture. St. Simons Island is the largest barrier island in the Golden Isles and was made famous by poet Sidney Lanier and novelist Eugenia Price. We will spend two nights and three days in the Village of St. Simons which offers a view of the waterfront with ships passing by, a tour of the beautiful lighthouse, quaint shops along tree-lined streets and restaurants that offer a variety of culinary delights including fresh seafood. We will stay in the Village's oldest hotel - the Village Inn and Pub, winner of the 2003 Coastal Living Award and is walking distance to the entire village area; We will venture outside the village for a few hours when we take a guided tour of other historical sites in and around St. Simon's Island - i.e., Christ Church, Fort Frederica, the old Coast Guard Station and Museum, eateries, etc.
Cost: Double accommodations: $450 pp; Single: $550 pp. Cost includes: bus transportation aboard large bus; two nights stay at the Village Inn; wine and cheese reception; breakfast each morning at the Village Inn; admission to the Lighthouse; guided tour of St. Simon’s Island & snacks aboard bus.