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New Feature:

Area artists and writers.aboriginalBessy NakamarraSims

Submit samples of your art or short stories in the form of graphic .jpg files or PDF for text to for publication in our blog.

Sample art Aboriginal tapestry from Australia.

Please accompany your personal and contact information and a statement that you are the original artist or writer and own the rights to the work. Only verified original pieces will be published. 2000SOG will create a new Art Section and Creative Writing section. Submissions from artists under 18 years must be accompanied by references from a responsible adult. All works submitted remain the property of the artist and may be deleted at your request by email to

We will need phone and email information from artists and website addresses where applicable. For Sale items may be included. Limit 5 pieces per artist in each category.

Please try to keep your files small. Large text files may be zipped for emailing.

This should be fun!


Come join the agriculture family of the Barberville Family Farm Swap & Market this Saturday morning, meet your local farmers and ranchers & enjoy some of the best homemade cooked goods that you will find along with organic, hydro, vegan foods.

Several Nurseries’ will have just about any landscaping plants/trees that you will need, and there will be plenty of livestock, fowl, tools, etc.

Everybody can sell at this farm market, only $5.00 donation and there will be a farmer only raffle at noon where a single farmer goes home with the $, after operating expenses. (Please, only farm, agricultural related) If you have any questions, call Lloyd at 386-469-9409.

Please check out our web site at, it is always kept updated with new information and our Face book page is a great way to stay in touch with your farmers and let them know what your looking to buy or sell at this weeks farm market.

Tell a friend to meet you at the Barberville Family Farm Swap & Market this Saturday morning !

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Tech DeLand is a group of technology enthusiasts in the Downtown DeLand area meeting once a month to encourage a better understanding of technology. This month’s meeting will be at Cafe DaVinci from 6pm-9pm. This month’s topics are Child Themes in WordPress for Podcasters and an Introduction to Angular.js. For more information, please visit:


Downtown DeLand is the place to be on 4th Fridays! Enjoy the Art Walk along the Boulevard, see demonstrations, and meet artists hosted by our local merchants. Continue your stroll to Artisan Alley for more festivities including the farmer’s market and Art in the Alley.

January 23 – Tech DeLandJanuary 24 – 4th Friday DeLand January 24-February 9 – Sands Theater Company Presents: The 39 Steps
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! At the Athens Theatre. January 31- February 9 – DeLand Craft Beer Week
There will be a week full of events leading up to the DeLand Craft Beer Festival including a homebrew competition, kickoff party, bottle share, beer scavenger hunt “meet the reps” reception, DeLand Craft Beer Festival after party & hangover brunch. More Info


February 8 – DeLand Craft Beer Festival
Featuring craft beers, rare & vintage beers, imports, educational break out sessions, live music from The Republik, live art by Paleface & a home brew competition. Must be 21 to enter. No pets. No children. Held in Artisan Alley, Downtown DeLand. General admission tickets are $35. VIP tickets are $55 and also include admission to a Rare and Vintage Pairing Party on Thursday February 6 (limited qty available). Pick up tickets at the MainStreet DeLand Association or reserve online at: .February 12 – Wine, Women & Chocolate
Be a Downtown Diva the second Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm and discover what downtown DeLand has to offer! Enjoy special sales, discounts, giveaways and other promotions.

February 15 – Cruisin’ Downtown DeLand Classic Car Show
Classic cars & rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. 3pm-7pm. 386-738-0649
February 27 – Tech DeLand
Tech DeLand is a group of technology enthusiasts in the Downtown DeLand area meeting once a month to encourage a better understanding of technology. For meeting locations and speaker information, please visit: February 28 – 4th Friday DeLand
Downtown DeLand is the place to be on 4th Fridays! Enjoy the Art Walk along the Boulevard, see demonstrations, and meet artists hosted by our local merchants. Continue your stroll to Artisan Alley for more festivities including the farmer’s market and Art in the Alley.

MainStreet DeLand Association
100 N Woodland Blvd. Suite 4, DeLand, FL 32720

“Ron Burgher had his own version of the dial-up cell phone for seniors in this month’s Senior Stuff.
Here is the newest on cell-phone technology. One day I pointed my cell phone at the payment swiper at WalMart — perhaps in a pre-cognitive gesture of the future of PayPal. Or maybe I just spend too much time pressing the TV box buttons to find a decent program on the BrightHouse cable system. I don’t even use the Texting feature on my old LG Shine.
I understand that cell-phone payment at check-out is available in some European countries and in India.
Some local businesses already have the SQUARE that enables you to swipe your card on the plug-in attachment on the vendor’s cell phone. I used one at Dr. Steve Hayman’s office. Dr. Hayman says he loves the convenience for his practice and his clients.”  Blogger

following article from ABC News online By Joanna Stern
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PayPal Here Turns Phones Into Credit Card Readers

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Joanna Stern/ABC News

You’re likely familiar with PayPal as an online payment system. The company’s logos are frequently found on eBay pages or on other websites. Click it and you can pay big or small retailers online via credit card or checking account.

But the equivalent of those online PayPal buttons are going to start showing up in the world outside of your computer screen. Or at least that’s the company’s mission.

“The mobile phone has revolutionized the way we shop,” PayPal’s director of communications Anuj Nayar told ABC News. “If you are making a purchase from your mobile phone in store, what sort of purchase is that? Is it an online purchase? The reality is it is all about multichannel retail.”

And multiple options is exactly PayPal’s strategy. The company has a number of solutions that allow consumers to use the service to pay away from the computer, but its newest one — PayPal Here — allows small merchants and independent sellers to take credit cards right on their phones.

The entire solution is based around a small triangle-shaped dongle, which plugs into an iPhone. When plugged into the headphone jack, sellers can swipe a customer’s credit card right along the top, and then process the payment on the phone using PayPal’s backend. The dongle is fully encrypted.

A companion app provides a place for the customer to confirm the transaction and sign. The same app allows the seller to invoice the buyer or record a cash transaction. While PayPal’s Internet services paved the way for small sellers to open up shop, the dongle and just an iPhone now let small stores, street merchants and others to create a very mobile, electronic cash register.

If a merchant doesn’t have the new dongle they can use the app to just take a picture of the credit card. The little triangle  itself doesn’t cost anything, but sellers are required to pay PayPal a flat rate of 2.7 percent on any transaction. PayPal Here will be rolling out soon to select small merchants. It will also be available for Android phones very soon, says Nayar.

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But that’s not all PayPal has been up to. It recently updated its original PayPal app — not to be confused with the PayPal Here meant for merchants. A new “local” feature lets consumers pay by just tapping the app on their phone if they are in a store that uses the PayPal Here service. Merchants can then accept payment by tapping the shopper’s name and picture.

Other companies, like Square, provide similar tools to sellers. However, PayPal isn’t deterred. ”Shopping is going to fundamentally change more in the next three years than it has in the previous 15,” Nayar said. “The last major innovation in retail was the credit card, and we think we are about to start the next revolution in retail.”

Seniors looking to fill the empty spaces in retirement might find  beekeeping a profitable and entertaining hobby. A new club for beekeepers is forming in this area now. There are many benefits to keeping bees. Everyone of all ages can keep bees. If you have a bee sting allergy, you might want to start an ant farm instead.

The Bee Hive blog, “give bees a chance” has information on the history of beekeeping, modern methods, what flowers bees love, the anatomy of the bee and many other facts. There are also links to some other major beekeeping sites including Ten Amazing Bee Facts.

Individuals and communities could cooperate in a beekeeping enterprise. When the club starts meeting there will be a lot of information shared. The weather in Florida is ideal for bees. There is still enough garden and farm growth to sustain bees food supplies. Go to the link below to read for yourself.


Posted: June 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Camp Create LOGO
Summer Camp started this week but there are still openings available for upcoming weeks in three different age categories.

Two week session teen workshop programs-ages 13 to 16 on Mondays through Fridays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm are available.

One week Camp Create programs-ages 6 to 12 on Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am to 4:00pm and the Camp Create-ages 4 and 5 programs on Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am to 11:30am still has openings.



The museum is still seeking student volunteers to assist with Camp Create programs. Interested students should contact Pam Coffman, Curator of Education at the museum.



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Make a Creative Investment in the Life of a Child. Spark a child’s creativity by giving the gift of a scholarship. Art is an exciting and essential part of the learning process.

Now more than ever your  tax deductibledonation will allow us to provide scholarships for children in Volusia County who could not otherwise afford to attend. Please help by making your donation today!  Contact us at (386) 734-4371

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Funding Provided In Part By The
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Volusia County

   Three New Exhibits Open


The Museum of Florida Art has opened three new exhibits. Two of the exhibits will remain on display through Sunday, October 30. Habits and Habitat which is on loan from the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection and the St. Petersburg College Foundation will close 10 weeks earlier on Sunday, August 21. All three of the exhibitions are sponsored by the Beck Family Foundation and The Jaffe Family Foundation.


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This exhibition in the Chris Harris Gallery on the lower floor gives gallery-goers an opportunity to participate in a “Mix and Match” experience by arranging and re-arranging a unique system of Modular Art Panels (MAPs). The MAPs incorporate various types of imagery and media, such as digital photography, acrylic painting and silkscreen. Members of the public are encouraged to play with themes, shapes, colors and patterns as they recreate the look of the show. The possibilities of ever-changing diptychs, triptychs and polytychs will be multiplied throughout the months that the exhibition is on display.

John Wilton, a retired professor of digital media at Daytona State College, is well known for his multi-media works, digital photography and video. His paintings, often free-association collages of personal impressions and cultural icons, mimic the barrage of popular images we encounter in our multi-media age. Wilton’s current work aims to involve the viewers in the creative process, by mixing and matching elements in ways that seem right to them. Unlike “traditional” art, there is no “right way” to recreate each piece or grouping. The show will be a free-association experience, intended as an affirmation of life and art.



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Watchdog, Mixed Media/Ceramic by Mary Engle, 1995

This presentation of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection and St. Petersburg College Foundation will show, through an artist’s hands, how ordinary objects are used as a metaphor for everyday life and are often given great importance through choice of medium or the way the art is executed. The exhibit will be located in the Main Gallery on the lower level through Sunday, August 21 only.

Daily life, as seen through the artist’s eyes, becomes a very personal and common theme as artists often paint what they know. There is a comfort level in using ordinary objects that are within immediate reach or people with whom they interact on a daily basis as their subject. Common objects, such as a shirt and tie or a missing shoe, are small details of our personal lives that are not usually given a second thought. Whether it is finding humor in the corporate workplace or discovering the beauty in colorful fruit, the viewer is forced to stop and look at the ordinary and relate to the art on a personal level.

OFF THE PAGE : Florida Book Art

Blindspin, Mixed Media/ Ink Jet Prints by Andrew Binder, 2011

The exhibition is curated by Leslie Madigan and will be on display in the Dorothy Johnson Gallery on the upper floor. It features eight Florida book artists reconfiguring the traditional book into unique works of art, challenging the viewer’s idea of what books are. The exhibition poses the question: What is an artist book? Is it a literary, sculptural, paper or mixed media work of art?

Off the Page will be curated and organized to allow audience exploration of the issues facing contemporary book artists. All of the works will be selected based on their narrative ability to communicate a story or tradition drawn from southern influence and will offer the public a comprehensive view of contemporary book making.

The included work will be one of a kind with a small selection of limited edition books using letterpress, offset print, digital and inkjet processes.  A library environment with tables and chairs will be installed in one section of the gallery to provide the viewer with a quiet area for intimate observation. This is in contrast to the other spaces filled with books on shelves, wall pieces, and freestanding sculptural book forms.

The eight Florida book artists participating in this exhibit are Robert Beck-Winter Park, Andrew Binder-Fort Lauderdale, Linda Broadfoot-Atlantic Beach, Martin Casuso-Miami, Larry Cooper-Sanford, Ke Francis- Orlando, Anthony Rice-Sarasota and Tennille Davis Shuster-Oakland Park. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 36-page catalogue, produced by the Museum of Florida Art and indicative of the exhibition’s view of contemporary book making.  The catalogue will be available for purchase at the museum gift shop.


The galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. In celebration of the museum’s 60th Anniversary, all 2011 admissions are free to Volusia County residents with an ID. Non-Residence admission is $5. Children under 12 are free.




Posted: June 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

Recent psychological studies have discovered what we all already knew. Men who are depressed, stressed and perhaps subject to health issues in their senior years are better off  if  they have a wife. Doctors are recommending that men invest their time in making their spouses or significant other happy to bolster their own well-being.

OK, but what about the girls? Women “of a certain age” are not necessarily helped by finding a spouse. The recommendation for this situation is to foster relationships with other women.


Posted: June 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Welcome to MainStreet DeLand! The Best Downtown Around!

Downtown DeLand is an award winning MainStreet community where we have learned to cherish that which is special about our past while still planning and moving into the 21st Century. MainStreet DeLand has many dedicated merchants and volunteers who work daily to maintain a lively and economically successful downtown.

We invite you to see for yourself what makes MainStreet DeLand so special. Spend a day downtown browsing our shops and galleries; dine at one of our great restaurants; have a coffee pick-me-up in one of our specialty coffee shops; enjoy one of our many events. You won’t be disappointed!

sAs a non-profit (501-C-3) corporation, MainStreet DeLand is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the economic development downtown while protecting and promoting DeLand’s historic heritage.

Formed in 1985, MainStreet DeLand is celebrating 25 years of success. In fact, DeLand was the first community to receive the Mainstreet designation. Moreover, our community was the recipient of the “Great American MainStreet Award” and has been voted as the best Mainstreet in Florida five times.