Florida House – 2011 Distinguished Artist Award

Clyde was honored with the Florida House
2011 Distinguished Artist Award. We traveled
up to DC to receive the award where we met
the Trustees of the Florida House, members
of both the Florida House of Representatives
and our Florida Senators.
Every trip to DC is an educational experience
and this was no exception. We met a lot of
very influential folks and it was fun hearing
the variety of opinions from everyone.
Flor those of you who don’t know what the Florida
House is: Florida is the only state that has an
embassy in DC…the Florida House. So, if you are
a resident of Florida and are traveling in DC
and would like a place to rest in peace and
quiet while you’re seeing the sites, stop by
and enjoy the Florida House.

On our way into DC

Bart Hudson, Executive Director of the Florida
House presenting the Florida House
2011 Distinguished Artist Award to Clyde

Clyde & Niki with the
2011 Distinguished Artist Award

Clyde with our favorite Senator…Senator Nelson

The Florida House

The Florida Representatives from the House
and our two state Senators came and talked
to us. We were amazed that they found the
time because the final vote on the budget
cuts were going to happen the next day! It
was great to hear them express their opinions,
even if sometimes we didn’t agree. It’s fun to
see democracy in action.

Washington DC is always an amazing place
to visit. Every time we see our nations
capitol I am filled with pride. We had a
wonderful time.
On the way home we stopped by the
Boone Hall Plantation to see some
of the history of the old south.

Boone Hall Plantation is famous for
it’s avenue of oak trees leading up
to the house

Clyde using my iPhone to take a photo

Looking down the oak avenue with
the plantation home behind us

Niki in the garden with plantation
home in the background

Beautiful flowers in the garden

Learning about the history of the
black community during the
slavery period

Clyde and Niki with an incredible oak tree

We took a tram tour of the property

A field of lavender in bloom

Azalea’s in bloom everywhere

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