Fall Leaves in Florida

Yes, central Florida does have a fall season; it happens to be in December and January.  The colors are the same as you would find in the northern part of North America, but without the hills, mountains and miles of trees.  we can enjoy limited fall colors in the warm weather.


Hotdoggers drive Wienermobile

Watching the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile go down the street is something that will catch your eye.  The first Wienermobile was created in 1936 by Karl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer, founder of the company.  There are six Wienermobiles that crisscross the country every year.  You can’t miss a hot dog driving down the road.  I have had unusual luck seeing them on the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana campus.  The company recruits drivers from college campuses.   When a college student is selected as a hotdogger, he/she attends “Hot Dog High.”  Here they learn how to be a good ambassador for Oscar Mayer.   When the Hotdogger hit the road they make visits to charitable organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Red Cross Foundation, and retailers selling Oscar Mayer products.  They provide goodwill, enhance public relations, and hand out thousands of wiener whistles.

I usually see them every year on campus.  This last time I was able to take a quick peak inside before they started their next excursion.  It was extremely roomy and comfortable looking.


Grand Ole Oprey

The beginning of the what is now Grand Ole Opry began in 1925 at the National Life and Accident Insurance Company, moving from place to place until it found its “permanent” home at the Ryman Auditorium in 1943.  Country talent graced the halls of the auditorium from 1943 to 1974 when it moved to its current location called the Grand Ole Oprey.

The Ryman Auditorium has quite a history.  Originally built as a church by Thomas Ryman, a wealthy riverboat captain, it was called Union Gospel Tabernacle and later after it use expanded, the name was changed to the Ryman Auditorium.  The building was later given a second floor in 1897 and a stage in 1901 where national and international talent performed (John Phillip Sousa’s Peerless Band, The Imperial Russian Ballet, Katherine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Edward Strauss and his Vienna Orchestra, CarusoKatherine Hepburn, Bob Hope).  Lectures by leaders of their time gave public lectures (Susan B. Anthony Booker T. Washington, President Theodore Roosevelt, President William Howard Taft, etc.).

Today the Ryman Auditorium has live radio country music performances with audiences four times per week.

Ryman Auditorium
Ryman Auditorium
Inside the Ryman
Inside the Ryman Auditorium
Ryman Stage
Ryman Stage

Because the Ryman Auditorium had deteriorated a new build was built called the Grand Ole Opry.  It opened on March 16, 1974.  It continues to host top names in country music and comedy as well as offer new talent while packing in crowds of enthusiasts every week.


Grand Ole Opry


We attended the 9:00 pm show and it went until 11:30.  The music and comedy were great.  Well worth the price of admission, but buy your tickets ahead of time. Depending on the time of the year, it may be hard to get into the show.