My Flickr Photos of Springs

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids

Orlando Public Library - Albertson Room on Sept 8, 2007, 10 a.m.
Take a trip to Weeki Wachee and soak up a fish-out-of-water tale at September’s Second Saturday program! The Friends of the Orange County Library System will present Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids with author and FSU Fellow Dr. Lu Vickers. Vickers will share a nostalgic look at the last surviving mermaid attraction in the country. In its pre-Disney heyday, Weeki Wachee was a marriage of quintessential Florida spring and kitschy roadside tourist attraction. It features mermaids on the move with its submerged ballets presented by women dressed as real-life Ariels. Although Weeki Wachee just celebrated its 60th anniversary and is still in the swim of things, the once-popular attraction is now struggling to keep its head below water.

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