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The Audubon Park Garden District is a thriving community filled with award winning shops, restaurants, bars, hair salons, health care providers, interior designers and other service professionals. Just a short walk from beautiful Leu Gardens to the west, the Garden District is anchored on its east side by expansive Blue Jacket Park. In between visitors will find Central Florida’s best cupcakes and ice cream, craft beer, books, flowers, antiques, original art and much more.

In addition to the best retail and service experience around, the Garden District is home to some of Orlando’s most original events.

Upcoming APGD Area Events

Small Business Saturday

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When it comes to shopping and building strong communities, your choice matters. Shopping at local independent businesses keeps $45 out of every $100 spent in the local economy, versus just $14 at big box retailers. Plus, spending your money in local shops keeps decision making and control at the community level, not in some board room far away; helps give neighborhoods their unique flavor; and local businesses contribute more time and money to local schools and charities than any national retailer.

So shop small this year, Saturday November 28. Our shops are largely what give APGD it’s je ne sais quoi – be sure to hit up our award winning businesses to kick off your holiday shopping.

Pretend You’re a Time Traveler Sip + Stroll

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Spend the afternoon with time travelers in the Audubon Park Garden District Saturday, December 5, 2015 2 – 5 p.m. Enjoy curated wine, craft beer and light bites in multiple stops throughout the district. Or better yet, enjoy the event as a time traveler and spend the Sip and Stroll in costume and character. Get your tickets here, just $15 for APGD members and $20 general. Not a member yet? Join here.

There are three possible time traveler options:

Utopian/cliché Future – Think Star Trek: TNG or Futurama. Run with it. Your job is to dress with moderately anachronistic clothing and speak in slang from varying decades. Here are some good starters:

Greet people by referring to things that don’t yet exist or haven’t existed for a long time. Example: “What spectrum will today’s broadcast be in?” and “Your king must be a kindly soul!”

Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Chuckle knowingly at cell phones.

Dystopian Future – It can be any kind of future from Terminator to Freejack. The important thing to remember is dress like a crazy person with armor. Black spray painted football pads, high tech visors or worn trench coats. Remember, dystopian future travelers are very startled that they’ve gone back in time. Some starters:

Walk up to random people and say “WHAT YEAR IS THIS?” and when they tell you, get quiet and then say “Then there’s still time!” and run off.

Stare at newspaper headlines and look astonished.

Take some trinket with you (it can be anything really), hand it to some stranger and say “In thirty years you’ll know what to do with this.” Then slip away.

The Past – This one is great. Dress in period-ish clothing (preferably Victorian era) and walk around looking amazed at everything.

That’s it! Remember, the only real rule is staying in character and try to fit in. Never directly admit you’re a time traveler.

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Note: Many of our beautiful photographs have been taken by the Garden District’s official photographer, Steven Miller. His portfolio can be seen here. All the images belong to him and we use them with his permission. They are available for sale should anyone wish to use them. Steven can be reached at 407.504.7314.