Thursday, May 26, 2011
Sanford Florida - "Alive After 5" April 2011
We are back from our first winter in Florida. We absolutely fell in love with our new city, Sanford.
Sanford is a small city 20 miles northeast of Orlando and about 30 miles from the Canaveral National Seashore and the Atlantic Ocean. Sanford has a diverse population of 60,000 people. The city has a funky vibe and is home to artists, musicians and latter day hippies. Sanford sits on the shores of Lake Monroe and boasts a beautiful Marina and the recently completed "River Walk". Downtown and the historic district are famous for brick paved streets lined with Live Oaks with Spanish Moss and historical architecture.
Many local eateries, bistros and bars, many with out door seating compliment the art galleries, antique shops and boutiques in the down town area.
Each month the city closes down about five city blocks on the second Thursday of the month and puts on a mini "Mardi Gras" type street party known as "Alive After 5". Every month it has a theme that is appropriate to the time of year. Several thousand folks attend to hear live music and sample food and beverages from local establishments.
The photos here are from this past April. The theme in April was "Shrimp Shindig".