DeLand is evolving into a cultural hub in many ways. One way is through the arts thanks to organizations such as the Athens Theater, Stetson University and the DeLand Museum of Art. We are blessed to have quality talent come through our small town. An example of that talent is the works of artist M.C. Escher, now on display at the DeLand Museum of Art.
If you attended George Marks Elementary as a kid, raise your hand. Okay, you probably look ridiculous, so you can put it down. If you grew up in DeLand and went to George Marks, you aren’t alone with several other longtime residents who proudly state they are a GME Bulldog.
Anyone who has walked the streets of DeLand knows what a jewel it is. After all, its downtown was named “America’s Mainstreet” in 2017. But, what you may not know is that DeLand is home to a new local “celebrity” thanks to a commercial for the prescription drug Chantix. Mark Blanchette, a fine arts photographer who calls DeLand home, was featured in the commercial that started airing in January. One of the settings is DeLand's Forno Bello restaurant.
You may have never heard of Erica Group, but you've likely seen her art, especially if you follow anyone on social media that lives in the DeLand area. Erica is the creator of the DeLand wings, a mural in Downtown DeLand that has come to be a social media phenomena.
Many of us make resolutions to get in better shape and to lose weight. However, by February, those resolutions fade. The busyness of life sets in. What if instead you committed to not only take care of your own health, but also join a community to help and bring awareness to those battling cancer?
Construction officially began in November on the highly-anticipated Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center, a Stetson University facility that will provide a permanent home for Stetson's intercollegiate rowing teams, along with study/research space. What many are not aware of is that the new facility will also give public access to Lake Beresford as part of the center's 10-acre site.
The National Retail Federation says that 69% of Americans plan to do some form of Christmas shopping between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday and Sunday. The bulk of all shopping is expected to follow the trend of purchasing online. However, local shopping has a lot to offer for the person that is hard to buy for. Downtown DeLand also providesa great experience to shop with friends and family.
Recently, DeLand was named as America’s best Mainstreet. That title didn’t come from happenstance, but from a community of businesses that share the same vision for their community.
Hurricane Irma brought a lot of chaos to our community due to the howling winds, loss of power and displaced residents who evacuated. However, in the midst of that chaos, our community came together. The most obvious place that was manifested was through local businesses and organizations.
Living in Florida, we get to enjoy outdoor activities like bike-riding all year. Of course you may want to go early morning or late evening during the summer, so that it’s a bit cooler. DeLand is great for taking bike rides, and there are some nice paved trails that you can use. The good thing is that you don’t have to live near the paved trails in order to get the family out on them, because there are plenty to choose from. Just invest in a bike carrier for your vehicle, load up the bikes, and head to the trail.
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Swann Real Estate has been an established part of the local community since 1987.