Sunday, February 3, 2008

Most Picturesque Facade

By far, the winner of the "Most Picturesque Facade" is the Bean School of Dance in Fernandina Beach, FL. With its palm trees and awning, the school looks more like a gift shop than a dance studio.

The studio space itself is on the second floor up a narrow staircase. Under an A-frame ceiling is a wooden tile floor reminiscent of a dining room.

Broadway posters line the studio walls including one of the most interesting-- "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Tom Wopat of "The Dukes of Hazard" and Cyrstal Bernard of the TV series "Wings."

Along the back wall is something that looks like a collection of giant Pac Men. (Younger readers: Pac Man was a video game popular in the early 1980s)

We had two classes at this studio and thoroughly enjoyed our time. The students found the class rigorous and challenging, judging by their reactions.

Fernandina Beach, located on Amelia Island, claims to be the second oldest city in the United States. It was settled by Spaniards in 1567. We had an opportunity to see downtown Fernandina Beach with Victorian facades lined with palm trees. It has the charm of a seaside resort town, but is not overrun with tourists. Unfortunately, this may be because of the two huge petroleum factories that dot either end of the waterfront.