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Club Continental is in Orange Park, on the St. Johns River. It is in the northeastern part of the state, on the outskirts of Jacksonville. The club is included in “A Guide to Florida’s Historic Architecture”. See more photos here.

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Club Continental? Answer tomorrow.

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The Ted Smallwood Store is in Chokoloskee. It is in the southwestern part of the state, southeast of Naples and close to the Everglades. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See more photos here.

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The Ted Smallwood Store? Answer tomorrow.

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The Saenger Theatre is in Pensacola. The city is in the Panhandle, and the furthest west city in the state. The theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

An (long) aside. It was strange seeing the Saenger Theatre again. I wasn’t sure how long it had been, but after digging through some files, I found out. Sixteen years. Well, fourteen years. The first time I visited (with camera) was March of 2008, but was only there for a day and it was very overcast when I got downtown. So it wasn’t until I returned in November of 2010 that I finally got pictures of it. And this time I was driving myself.

The first time I’d been in Pensacola was Memorial Day. In 1994. Yeesh! It was when I was with the Gainesville Pride Chorus, and on the board of directors. I suppose I technically still am on the board. Weirdness. Anyway, we decided to put on a concert with The Flirtations on Memorial Day (when it turns into the “Gay Riviera“) to raise funds for the chorus going to GALA V in Tampa in 1996. The theatre had about 1800 seats at the time. About twenty to thirty thousand people were expected to be in Pensacola for the weekend. I estimated we needed only half a percent of those folks for us to have a full house. Unfortunately, we didn’t anticipate (a) the people in Pensacola who were promoting the concert for us hardly did any promoting and (b) going to a classy concert was the last thing on the minds of the people in the area for the weekend. It was all lounging on the beach in the day and partying all night. I was so concerned about us salvaging as much as we could that I hardly had any fun at all. I worked the concession table and everything. The concert was great, but we only had about 200 people in the audience. Yeah, we lost our shirts, and it took a while to recoop. I did get an autographed photo from the group and a free CD, though, so I suppose it wasn’t a total loss. And we did get to GALA, which was amazingly fantastic. Live and learn.

I wanted to go inside the theatre and check it out, but it was closed at the time I was there. I wouldn’t mind going back and spending some time in Pensacola. I rather like the area. And it’s the home of Dinosaur Adventure Land, which is bizarrely trippy.

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Where in Florida is…

The Saenger Theatre? Answer tomorrow.

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The New River Tunnel, also known as the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel, is in Fort Lauderdale, in the southeastern part of the state. It carries U.S. 1 underneath the New River and Las Olas Boulevard. I know, I was surprised too. You’d think something like that would be much farther north. The tunnel is is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and included in “A Guide to Florida’s Historic Architecture”.

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