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Micanopy, northwest Fla. 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©. The owner stays open until tourists drive off.


Paul Goldfinger,  MD.   Editor Blogfinger.net


In the 19th century, the town of Micanopy, Fla. prospered with agriculture;  in sequence came cane sugar, cotton, vegetables, oranges and lumber.

In 1836 there was a battle with the local Seminole Indians.   The US Army showed up to rescue the town, and a fort was built.  There were settlers and some slaves in the town.  But later the town’s founder Moses Levy, a Jewish immigrant from Morocco, encouraged schools and opposed slavery.

These days (December, 2018) it is a tourist town on the National Historic Register. Antiques used to be big in Micanopy,  but now millennials hate that old stuff.  It is a fine place to visit and explore for a couple of hours.

Last year I bought a T shirt, but this year they were sold out.  The town panhandler hit me up, and a young couple were posing for a professional wedding photographer.   I snapped a couple of frames from a distance;  the groom looked at me and gave me a grin and a thumbs up.

A guitarist was playing outside some shops.  He said that he has made some country recordings. A hat on the ground collected some change and bills.  Christmas decorations were scattered about.

Micanopy is near Gainesville (U. of Florida) and had a population of 600 in the last Census.


BOB DYLAN:  “The Man in Me.”



Bob Dylan. Photographer unknown.

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Micanopy #1  2018 series. The Garage Café. All photos are dated December. By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net


By Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Editor@Blogfinger.net


Micanopy, a historic town in central Florida, was founded in 1821 after the United States purchased Florida from Spain. It is the oldest inland town in the state.

A wealthy Moroccan immigrant named Moses Levy founded the town after purchasing a large tract of land from the Seminoles.  He brought in immigrants to start a new life and a variety of businesses, and the place was successful.

The settlement was practically destroyed during the Second Seminole War  (1830,)  but it survived.

Levy became a well connected businessman there, and his son eventually became the first Jewish U.S. Senator in American history.

We have visited this historic town  (on the US National Historic Registry) twice.  The census  population is about 800. There are old preserved buildings, art galleries, shops and restaurants.

My special  interest is in finding photographic subjects for my Micanopy project. Last year we had Micanopy series 2017.  This year we are working on 2018.

While we were there, a young couple, she, lovely in a white gown, were posing for a photographer who seemed to enjoy positioning them in front of a decrepit wall down a side street.  The visuals are nice, but the idea of it is confusing.

Anyhow, I snapped a few photos from a distance.  The groom spotted me and waved. I gave him a thumbs up. We will show that photo soon.




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Micanopy Series #2. 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©


LAJOS MAYER plays Vivaldi’s “Mandoline Concerto in C Major.”   Allegro from Casanova.




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Historic Micanopy, Fla. Christmastime 2018. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©   December 16, 2018.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT at Carnegie Hall  (From his show Rufus does Judy)   “If Love Were All.”


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Micanopy, Florida. “No trespassing.” Dec, 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.


THE CITY OF PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.  “Octapussy—All time High”  From the collection of music from the James Bond films.

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