For those of you who visit my web site, http://www.dlhavlin.com you know that the pictures featured in the header change from time to time. For some reason the four that appear there now have stimulated a large number of questions. I’ll answer the most frequent ones.
Q. Where is that wonderful house and what is its significance?
A. The house is located in a beautiful small town located in rural central Georgia named Eatonton. The town is a treasure of antebellum houses, southern charm, and warm friendly folks. Eatonton has the honor of being the “home town” of famous authors Flannery O’Connor (Wise Blood, A Good Man is Hard to Find and many others), Alice Walker (The Color Purple), and Joel Chandler Harris (Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, characters that were the basis for Disney’s Song of the South, etc.) AND, oh yes, Eatonton is the setting for my novel The Cross on Cotton Creek.
Q. What’s the occasion? …and … Who are the people at the table at the restaurant? …and… Is that restaurant in New York … Atlanta … Paris … Mobile … etc. …etc. … etc.
A. I’ll answer these together. Larry and Linda are dear friends who are celebrating our nation’s birthday with “J” and me at the Fin and Crab located on St. Armands Key, across the causeway from Sarasota, Florida. Try the shrimp chimichanga – wow!!!! – fantastic!!!!
Q. What kind of birds are they?
A. Depends on who you are. If you’re an old Florida Cracker, they’re iron heads. If you’re most of the rest of the world they’re sand hill cranes. Florida’s early inhabitants thought the red “cap” on the birds’ heads looked like red rust. Though they don’t look a bit rusty to me, I still call them iron heads. No matter what you name them, these birds have one of the most beautiful haunting calls you’ll ever hear.
Q. Who is the couple posing like the famous WW II photo? A. That’s Iron Mike and Iron Minnie. It’s not a flesh and blood couple at all; its a statue located in a bay-side park in Sarasota.
Visit my site http://www.dlhavlin.com to see the pics.
I hope to see you at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center for Christmas in July this Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, or Sunday 14th.