FSC was originally founded as a Methodist seminaryin1852. Eventually, the college relocated from Orlando to Lakeland in 1921 on a 67-acre former citrus grove. Years later in the late ’20s, the school experienced a steady decrease in enrollment, due tothe devastating socio-economic impact of the era.
But, the college being resilient as usual, FSC President, Dr. Ludd Spivey (1925-1957), developed a plan to attract students while heightening the college’s recognition nationally. Dr. Spivey resolved that architectural development was the key to revolutionizing FSC’s campus. Way to go Dr. Spivey.
Wright’s style of “organic architecture” weaves the buildings he designed for FSC naturally into the landscape situated on a geometric grid. Out of the 18 designs drafted by Wright over 20-years for FSC, 13 of them were built.
Wright’s commission with the collegeis the longest and largest in his career and is the only project he designed for a college campus. Here are some of his notable structures across the campus to check out the next time you’re in Mocs Country:
The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel Almost immediately after his visit, Wright began drafting his designs with the first building, The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel – c.1938. The chapel was the first college chapel in the nation crafted in a modern design fitted with vaulted ceilings, textile blocks, and a 65 ft.bell tower.
E.T. Roux Library The E.T. Roux Library was the second building to be completed and was built during the height of WWII. Due to labor and material shortages, the construction crew was composed of mostly female students. If you find yourself feeling extraterrestrial after visiting this library, you can check out the novel E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial from the library here – We had to.
Water Dome The Water Dome is the largest water structure designed by Wright in the world creating a 45-foot spouted dome. The dome was only partially completed as a reflecting pool at the time due to “technological limitations”, but was later fully developed via a restoration project. #FunFact: FSC seniors participate annually in the Water Dome Splash to celebrate the Spring commencement ceremony.
State ○Florida is now the largest clean air state in the US. This news comes after the Sunshine State hit all the EPA benchmarks for air quality. The Polk County + Hillsborough County regions were the final areas in the state to have lower sulfur-dioxide levels – which can impact the lungs + childhood asthma. (Fox 13 News) ○ The New York Times recently gathered up a list of the scariest stories that have been set in each US state. Ever heard the tale of the “Cold Moon Over Babylon?” Taking place in Florida, this small town murder story follows a killer coming face-to-face with their victims. 📚 (New York Times)
DYK ○You can check to make sure your vote has been counted in the 2020 general election? Check out FL’s Division of Elections website, enter your information + click the button that states “Ballot and Precinct Information.” From there, you’ll be redirected to your local supervisor of elections office, where you can see the status of your ballot. 🗳️ (WFTS Tampa Bay)
Number ○ $1 million. The prize that Lakelander Joe Hayes won from a $20 scratch-off lottery ticket. He was playing in the Florida Lottery’s 200X The Cash Scratch-Off game from the Circle K, located at 8324 US Hwy 98 N., and chose to claim his prize as a one-time payment of $890,00. The gas station received a $2,000 commission bonus. 🤑 (Fox 35 Orlando)
Arts ○If you’re stuck somewhere between being tired of the generic pumpkin stencils, but not quite enough of an artist to come up with your own design, we’ve got you covered with our #LALtoday stencil of Lakeland’s iconic Southgate Arch. To use, download + print the custom pumpkin carving stencil. We’ll be sharing your gourd-geous pumpkin pics, so make sure to submit a photo of your carved pumpkin or tag us using @thelaltoday and #LALtoday when you’re all done. ✏️
Asked ○It’s spooky season + we want the low-down on Lakeland’s scariest stories and most haunted sites. Do you know of any local legends or haunted spots in or around the city?Let us know. 💀
Number ○ $50 million. The total cost of property damagecaused by boat accidents in 2018.Accidents happen, but it can come with a cost if you’re not insured. Get peace of mind knowing that you have the correct coverage in place while you are out on the water. Explore Heacock Insurance’s boat insurance options. 🚤 Ⓟ
Arts ○Paint the Box Pink| Mon., Oct. 26 | 5 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | CrossFit OCI, 1248 George Jenkins Blvd. Building C-1 | Free | Work out and slip a donation into the donation box to support Ginger Lands Head, a mother fighting breast cancer.
Cause ○Mega Pantry Distribution | Mon., Oct. 26 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Lakes Church, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | Stop by this food drive and pick up pre-packaged groceries. 🥫
Drink ○Hospitality Night| Mon., Oct. 26 | 9-11 p.m. | The Brass Tap, 1515 Town Center Dr. | Prices Vary | ½ of off pint drafts for hospitality industry workers, just provide proof of employment.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Whether you’re looking tobrush up on your cooking skills – or are a cereal three-times a day kind of person – Publix Aprons Cooking School has talented chefs on staff waiting to prepare a four-course meal just for you (oh, and they’ll show you how to make the dish yourself, too). We took the “Food Heaven” class/demo, and it’s safe to say that we were expertly wined and dined.
Here are all of the wonderful dishes we devoured – and all of the details so you can #TryThis yourself:
Chefs interact with attendees as they cook | Photo via @thelaltoday
What we tried (with pricing): We chose this class ($50/person) from the online calendar because the menu looked delicious – and we wanted to brush up on our knowledge of wine pairings. Typical classes range from $25-100/person.
The demo class lasted about an hour and every dish we ate was perfectlypaired with a wine of the chefs’ choosing. Every group is assigned their own table with a view of the kitchen where two Publix chefs whip up the delicious meals on your menu. All of the meals are prix fixe and as you eat, you get to see how each course was prepared.
The chefs allow for questions, comments, and even throw in their own humor to make sure their “students” are both fed + entertained.
Bonus: It felt safe. COVID-19 precautions were being taken – like socially-distanced tables and mask requirements.
See our menu (with pics) – including a chocolatey dessert – plus our #ProTips for when you go by clicking below. Ⓟ
🎂 Hey Lakeland, Kaylee here. I just wanted to take a minute and let you all know that my work wife, personal hero, and someone I believe to be an actual Disney princess, Katelyn, celebrated her birthday this past weekend. Feel free to fill up her inbox with love + well wishes at [email protected]. Hope your birthday was as incredible as you are, Katelyn!
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