Hello, Season

Spectacular scenes handcrafted by volunteers all year long come to life in Heathcote Botanical Gardens’ Garden of Lights.
Spectacular scenes handcrafted by volunteers all year long come to life in Heathcote Botanical Gardens’ Garden of Lights.

What does the word “season” mean to you? Does it call to mind that time of the year on the Treasure Coast when the weather gets a little cooler, the roads get a little busier and the calendar gets a lot fuller? Us, too. Or does it make you think of turkey stuffing, strands of lights and “Auld Lang Syne?” We’re right with you. In this issue, we celebrate it all.

In our special section, Season of the Arts, we preview the exciting performances and exhibits coming to our theaters, museums, gardens and galleries, as well as a feature about the 65-year history of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, which opens its season with an out-of-this-world concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. We also take a stroll through the Eau Gallie Arts District, a virtual outdoor museum with its 30-some vibrant and thought-provoking murals. Art lovers will also want to read our festivals feature which lists a number of art shows up and down the coast, but that’s just the start. Name your interest — boats, buccaneers, bacon — there’s a festival for you, too.

For those of you who are raring to ring in the holidays, our Season of Celebration section begins with a story about the history of Hallstrom House, which honors its Swedish roots and marks the beginning of Christmas season with a traditional St. Lucia procession performed by a local Swedish-American family. For more calendar-filling fun, our “December Delights” feature and holiday datebook offer a comprehensive list of events and shows from an Indian River Lagoon-themed Nutcracker to a holiday-themed tribute to Neil Diamond. If you’re looking for the perfect ways to give, our gift guide and guide to charities will help lead the way.

Maybe all this talk of the holidays has made you anticipate the delicious eats ahead. In this issue food writer Barbara Reid talks turkey, sharing the “trash-can” method, an unconventional, but foolproof, recipe for the perfectly juicy Thanksgiving bird.

It’s the social season, theater season, festival season and holiday boat parade season along the Indian River Lagoon. The list goes on. Who says Florida doesn’t have seasons?

Gregory Enns and Allen Osteen Signatures

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