A Splendid Disaster

There is something to be said for indoor weddings and that something is that they happen inside.  The following is an oral history of Samuel and Aimee Scheib’s wedding, cobbled together through interviews with 23 people who attended (and one who did not), for the occasion of their 13th Anniversary.

Bridal party

L to R: Zack Benz, Joe King, Mike Stemac, Lyle Scheib, Edu Stuivenberg, Paul Scheib, Samuel Scheib, Aimee Scheib, Alyson Juliano Bullard, Marisa Barlok, Kate Morrison, Lenee Carroll, Marsha Sykes, Jessy Towry.

The summer is long in Florida, and counter-intuitively, the summer is even longer in North Florida where the coastal breezes do not go, a part of the country with names like Shadesville, Starke, and Tate’s Hell. But then there is the delight of cooler temperatures in November and some variation in the leaves that passes for foliage in the Big Bend. So it was in that glorious autumn month in 2003 that Sam proposed and Aimee accepted and they began to plan for a spring wedding, a late spring wedding around a holiday so people could travel on a Monday without missing a day of work. That day was Memorial Day 2004, the 30th of May, pretty close to end of spring. Continue Reading

The New Black and White

Pirates were early and ardent fans of the northwest coast of Florida whose shallow bays made convenient staging areas for raids on Spanish ships and hideouts for counting and burying treasure. The Great Northwest, as the area is now known, was for generations the Forgotten Coast, occasionally “discovered” by military men whether during Andrew Jackson’s campaigns, the Civil War blockades, or the World War II training bases established in the area. More recently, the area’s beautiful beaches and low population density have led to the development of weekend and retirement beach home communities. Between the rogue seafarers and the more refined coastal dwellers were the Florida crackers.

In retrospect, “back then” causes were nobler, women were stronger, and men more dedicated. Today, by contrast, tens of thousands of advertising messages are a daily reminder that our modern conveniences, products, and services are bought with the loss of simplicity and sincerity. This notion at least begins to explain the phenomenal sales of Fiesta ware dishes and everything in Restoration Hardware stores.

Tallahassee artist Mary Adore Coloney (pronounced: colony) taps into that same longing we call nostalgia in her award-winning style of painting she calls “prismatic realism.”   Her subjects are culled from Florida’s rural and coastal roots; rustic, rugged, and strong, they are captured in a single moment, rendered in a bright, duo-chromatic scheme, and accented with native flora and fauna. Although her subject matter is from another time, her handling of the material, the colors she chooses, and the touch of fantasy she invokes convey a sense of rebirth and hope that makes her work original and fresh. Continue Reading