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Swampy says ‘Happy Bow Tie Day’!

Swampy says ‘Happy Bow Tie Day’!

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Swampy celebrates Bow Tie Day with a bow tie from Nathan’s Mens Store. Nathan’s has been in Downtown Lakeland since 1942. It still thrives today just across from Munn Park. Carrying a full line of mens and womens wear. The store also caries an extensive array of hats. They also have bow ties.

Click here to learn more about Nathan’s Mens Store in Lakeland.

Here’s where and how to reach Nathan’s…

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Swampy’s Webcomic: Named for a movie!

Swampy’s Webcomic: Named for a movie!

Source: ‘Florida Place Names’ by Allen Morris, pages 133-34.

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Swampy says Happy Burger Day with BIFF Burgers!

Swampy says Happy Burger Day with BIFF Burgers!

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Swampy celebrates Burger Day by picking up a few bags of burgers from St. Petersburg’s BIFF Burger. BIFF Burger has been a popular spot for burgers in Pinellas County for over fifty years. At one time BIFF Burger shops were all over Florida and other parts of teh country. Today there is just one. They still serve there special sauce on their burgers and people still pack in to graqb a sack full.

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Swampy says ‘Happy Dog Day’!

Trilby, Zuber and Alva were going to celebrate all things canine and then decided to chase a dog instead!

Swampy says ‘Happy Dog Day’!

Trilby, Zuber and Alva were going to celebrate all things canine and then decided to chase a dog instead!

Swampy says Happy Banana Split Day!

Swampy says Happy Banana Split Day!

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Alva, the mouse, got a head start of Banana Split Day before Zuber can celebrate.

An exciting and unique place to get a banana split is Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor in Dania Beach. Memorabilia decorates the entire establishment. The restaurant will harken those that remember to the days of Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor. The ice cream menu is extensive ! Click here for the menu for Jaxson’s.

Warnings:…

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Swampy’s Postcard Monday: Port Tampa City

Swampy’s Postcard Monday: Port Tampa City

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Here’s a postcard from the collection of what is still known as Port Tampa City. All of this developed because of the wealth of Henry B. Plant. He named the area Port Tampa City. The rail lines are also Plants and ran folks from up north to Tampa and other parts of Florida. It’s at Port Tampa City that folks could stay in one of two of Plant’s hotels. The St. Elmo Inn is in the foreground and…

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Swampy’s Books: ‘The Neon Flamingo’ by W.R. Philbrick

Swampy’s Books: ‘The Neon Flamingo’ by W.R. Philbrick

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The biggest plus to this book by Philbrick is his ability to capture the feel and look of the Keys with words. This is the second of the Stash series I’ve read and I’d say he captured the location better than other books set in the area, including James Hall’s Thorn series.

Otherwise the story is pretty straightforward with a mystery…

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Swampy says Happy National Knife Day!

Swampy says Happy National Knife Day!

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Trilby tries his juggling skills with Randall knives and Alva, the mouse.

One of the world’s most known independent knife makers is located in south Orange County. Since 1938 Randall knives have carved a place in knife history. Considered to be some of the finest crafted blades used by servicemen and women, hunters, collectors or anyone wanting the finest in knives.

Click here to learn more…

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Swampy’s Sunday Services: Eustis Presbyterian Church, 1924.

Here’s a postcard of the Presbyterian Church in Eustis. This postcard was mailed June 11th, 1924 to Mrs.

Swampy’s Sunday Services: Eustis Presbyterian Church, 1924.

Here’s a postcard of the Presbyterian Church in Eustis. This postcard was mailed June 11th, 1924 to Mrs.