The Lake Santa Fe Story

The Lake Santa Fe Story (2016)

The Lake Santa Fe Story premiered in April 2016 at Melrose Elementary School in the charming community of Melrose, Florida. I so enjoyed my visits to this town and the time spent with area residents. They take such deep pride in their history and their lake.

Melrose might be a mirage, a past with charm and resolve, a future with main street parades and wrap-around porches. It might evaporate when you get close, with a whiff of long-lost citrus in the air. Or, beneath cheerful music and among hospitable neighbors, the ideas of this place might be real. I didn’t have the good fortune to stay, but on many quiet mornings looking across Melrose Bay I could feel the authenticity of kindness that resides here. I could see the passion rising through the spanish moss. If you’ve ever thought about stopping for a while when you’re driving down 26 from here or to there, you might just be thinking it’s a mirage too. I’d recommend a turn on an old dirt street. Go slow as you come down to the bay, to really see the shine in the jewel. There’s a bench down there you can sit awhile, and after a few more bird calls echo through the bald cypress, you’ll have your answer.

A benefit to help paint the historic school gym, the screening and production was a collaborative effort between Historic Melrose Inc., Melrose Business Association, Santa Fe Lake Dwellers Association and Alert Production Team.


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