What do “mud boggers, furries, ufologists, and nudists” all have in common?
They are among the weird, wacky, and wonderful cultural curiosities who have found refuge in Florida and are making an indelible mark on the reputation of the Sunshine State.
On January 12 at 7 PM, author and journalist Lynn Waddell will appear in a free lecture at The Emerson Center’s Florida Humanities Series to explore Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State. Her presentation, drawn from her 2013 book published by the University of Florida Press, begins at 7:00 p.m.
Waddell contends that many Florida tourists are bypassing the attractions of Miami Beach, Orlando, and Tampa. Instead, they are spending their time in less familiar locations, seeking to witness odd behaviors and lifestyles that challenge traditional cultural norms. To make her point, Waddell will go behind the sensational headlines to take our audience inside some of the state’s most eclectic and daring worlds. She will reveal the colorful people and lifestyles that make Florida truly unique, while discussing how these edgy subcultures came to