Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With A Week Of #AntiOrdinary Events

Artegon Marketplace

Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With #AntiOrdinary Events

Free admission festivities include amped up Signature Events, Concert with Superstar Recording Artists, fun for all ages…and a Real Housewife of New Jersey

This week Artegon Marketplace is hosting a week-long line-up of free admission festivities and amped up signature events to celebrate its first anniversary.

They are also celebrating a transformation that has created a unique shopping experience to create Orlando’s most eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining destination.

I had the opportunity to walk around Artegon Marketplace with David Miskin (Chief Creative Officer and mighty fine dancer), Amy Higgins (Vice President, Leasing), and their wonderful team to take in the changes that have taken place since their doors opened last year.

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If you haven’t had that chance to visit or haven’t visited in awhile, you will be bowled over by the changes, additions, and re-invention of the Artegon Marketplace.

Artegon’s Anti-Ordinary First Anniversary Spectacular kicks off on Monday, November 16 with a free wine stroll and tasting of more than 10 varieties of vino with a special guest appearance by one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey; continues nightly with special events for every age, from a movie night to family food truck rally; and culminates on Saturday, November 21 with a free live concert hosted by Orlando hometown favorite, Joey Fatone from the legendary boyband N’SYNC.

Here’s the week’s line-up; pop the champagne and let’s get this party started!

Monday, November 16, 6-9 pm    Sip.  Stroll.  Shop. 

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Cheers to Artegon’s anniversary!! During this signature event, Wine Stroll guests will meander by wine tasting stations scattered throughout the entire center. Shoppers can sample more than 10 varieties paired with bite-sized morsels that perfectly enhance each wine – all for free (while supplies last). Sip and stroll through the center while enjoying live Jazz and Flamenco music. As you’re sauntering from station to station, you might just bump into New Jersey Housewife Melissa Gorga! Be among the first 150 shoppers in line at the anniversary edition of the Wine Stroll and receive a commemorative Artegon-embossed stemless wine glass. Do a little shopping. Earn free movie tickets.  See you Monday. Artegon Marketplace

The ARTegon Co-op is popping up at Artegon Marketplace.  6-9 P.M. An anti-ordinary art-oriented pop-up shop is celebrating its arrival at Artegon through an Opening Gala, spearheaded by Orlando’s own Justin Skip Skipper and Chris Tobar Rodriguez. Opening festivities involve appetizing foods and bubbly drinks (while supplies last) plus live music by DJ BMF.  Join the celebration of #AntiOrdinary #art #cooppopupshop

Tuesday, November 17, 5-7 pm    The Art of Beer 

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Craft beers have tapped into America’s love of suds. The celebration continues on Tuesday with the anniversary edition of The Art of Beer. Sample and savor more than 10 styles of Florida craft beers (while supplies last). The first 150 guests in attendance will enjoy their brewskis from a commemorative Artegon-embossed glass mug. Use the mug to try out one, three or all 10 of the craft beers. What else goes well with beer? Food and music! Enjoy discounted meals from Artegon food vendors while kicking back to the Smoking Torpedoes. Real Radio 104.1 talk show host favorite Dirty Jim will make an appearance and give away prizes to local loyal fans. And that’s not all. Former Orlando Magic basketball player Nick Anderson will be there. See you Tuesday. 

Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-10:30 pm    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Come watch the most eagerly awaited movie of the year and celebrate the Cinemark Theatre’s renovation at Artegon Marketplace. Check out The Hunger Games:Mockingjay: Part 2 at Cinemark Artegon.

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Let the battle commence on an extra-large, ceiling-to-ceiling screen with custom sound, all in the comfort of stadium seating. Stay tuned to see how you can win tickets to a sneak preview of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 before the entire country sees it. (Attendance limited to contest winners.) Visit www.Artegon.com for details.) See you Wednesday. 

Thursday, November 19, 11 am – 8 pm   Prize Day, All Day

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As a “Thank You” to everyone who’s made Artegon Marketplace the area’s most eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining venue, the center is giving away prizes every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to lucky shoppers. Prizes include gift cards to a number of Artegon’s new retailers and artisans, free meals at the center’s eateries, free movie passes – and other unexpected surprises throughout the day. In order to win the prizes, shoppers must be present.  See you Thursday.

Friday, November 20, 5-9 pm.    Food Truck Family Night

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Bring the entire family to Food Truck Family Night on Friday and taste the offerings of local gourmet food trucks, with selections cooked fresh right on the spot. Shoppers who spend $20 or more during the event will receive a $5 Food Truck Buck to spend at any food truck of their choice that evening. Enjoy meet-and-greet opportunities with mascots UCF’s Knightro, Solar Bears’ Shades, Orlando Magic’s Stuff, three Orlando Predators dancers, and Orlando City’s street team. See you Friday.

Saturday, November 21 11. am – 9 pm    Artegon’s Festival of Music

The grand finale of Artegon’s Anti-Ordinary Anniversary Week Spectacular is Artegon’s Festival of Music, including all-time favorites and up-and-coming recording artists and entertainers. The entire community is invited to experience the stylings of the following recording superstars and entertainers at this free concert. The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with local entertainers, followed by a DJ getting everyone into the groove at 4 p.m. and headliners at 5 p.m. Sample from a variety of food trucks presented by Food Truck Crazy. Shoppers who spend $20 or more during the event will receive a $5 Food Truck Buck to spend at any food truck of their choice that evening. Meet and greets with select artists will be available.

Check out Artegon Marketplace’s website and Facebook events page for dates, times and details.  See you Saturday.

SAMANTHA MUMBA

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Samantha Mumba is an Irish singer and actress whose hit single Gotta Tell You reached the Top 10 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland in 2000.  Her album Gotta Tell You stayed on the charts for six months and is certified platinum with a total of four million copies sold to date. Mumba enjoyed five more Top 10 hits in the UK and her song Baby, Come Over peaked at 50 on the US charts. 

JUDY TORRES

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Judy Torres is known as “The Queen of Freestyle.” She scored club hits with songs such as Please Stay TonightCome into My ArmsLove StoryI Love You, Will You Love MeNo Reason to Cry, and chart- topping remake of Journey’s Faithfully. Torres has performed non-stop to sold out crowds since the release of her first single in 1987. In 1998, Torres joined iHeart Radio’s 103.5 FM KTU in New York as an on-air personality.

AARON CARTER

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Aaron Carter came to fame very early in life at the age of seven and released his first self-titled debut album at the age of 10. He was one the biggest teenage heart throbs in the late 1990’s and in the early 2000’s. Carter’s second album Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) put him on the map, selling 1.5 million copies. He is set to release new music in early 2016. In addition, Carter has recently starred in the Broadway classic Fantasticks, and competed on Dancing with the Stars.

BEFORE YOU EXIT (BYE)

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This Orlando-based band consists of three brothers: Connor, 21 (vocals/guitar); Riley, 19, (lead vocals); and Toby, 17, (vocals, guitar).  They caught the attention of the legendary music manager Johnny Wright, who signed the group. Wright also manages Justin Timberlake and many others. BYE was named the winners of the Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star campaign, and performed at the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  BYE has had three hit singles on the Radio Disney charts.

ROB BASE

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Part of the hip hop duo with DJ E-Z Rock, Rob Base is most famous for his hit single It Takes two.  This song was a Top 40 hit and became platinum, along with their album. They were also known for being pioneers of the crossover success that rap music would have in the popular music mainstream.

JOEY FATONE (HOST)

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Best known as a member of the legendary boyband N’SYNC, Joey Fatone’s current hosting gigs include the announcer on Family FeudFood Network’s Rewrapped; and Live Well Network’s My Family Recipe Rocks. Joey is also guest host of the live version of The Price is Right in Las Vegas.

Artegon Marketplace Check back frequently at Artegon Marketplace’s website and Facebook events page for updates on all anniversary week events dates, times and locations. Talent appearances subject to change without notice.

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About Artegon Marketplace:

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that is reinventing the retail experience for today’s discerning consumer. Located on the north end of International Drive, Artegon caters to both local residents and visitors looking for an eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining adventure. Distinguishing the retail destination is Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace where over 165 local artisans and crafts people sell one-of-a-kind items. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Boot Barn and Gods & Monsters, plus blow their own works of art at International Hot Glass, climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theatres, sip craft beers at signature monthly events, and much more – essentially creating their own authentic experience with every visit.

For operating hours, directions and more information, visit Artegon Marketplace Orlando (Artegon.com.) Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram 

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel: Holiday Season Activities

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel: Holiday Season Activities

Escape the cold and join guests for Holiday Happenings at Santa’s favorite resort – the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is always one of my favorite places to visit during the Holiday Season, and this year their line-up of activities

During this month-long celebration, children and kids at heart can enjoy a magical holiday vacation experience at the Epcot Resort Area hotel with special holiday season room rates starting at $159 per night and this year’s activities line-up:

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets 

Decked out in their Florida vacation attire, Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki Hut on select nights. Featuring reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, this holiday photo opportunity is like no other.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Largest Santa

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene 

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture weighs in at approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair, a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker, chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train.  The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the hotel throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet, should consider that it is 4 million calories! (By the way, the sculpture is not available for tasting!)

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Dolphin Lobby

A Florida Snow Fall and Tree Lighting Ceremony

With the help of some holiday magic, guests can experience a snow fall in the comfort of the Dolphin lobby. Throughout December, the lobby is transformed into a festive holiday scene featuring a 45-ft tall Christmas tree surrounded by a holiday train set.  The scene is completed with regularly timed snow fall. This snow, however, requires no shoveling.  On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus for the lighting of the Christmas tree, followed by hot holiday beverages and crafts for kids at Santa’s Tiki Hut.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Santa in Bed

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins

Even after Santa’s elves have finished making presents, their work isn’t really finished! On December 24, a fully costumed elf will deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to the room, read a bedtime story and tuck children into bed before Santa arrives. This premium service costs $59 for one child and $25 for each additional child. A service charge of 20 percent is added. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Santa Golf Cart

Dancing Lights Show

A dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes.

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Holiday Entertainment

On select nights, guests can catch entertainment by carolers, choirs and musicians in the hotel lobbies, on the causeway and in other public areas throughout the hotel.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Santa and Mrs. Claus on the balcony

Magic Keys for Santa

How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available at the concierge desk.

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Dessert Decorating and Holiday Movies

Throughout December, families can tune in to free holiday-themed movies either on their guest room televisions or, on select nights, on a large screen on the hotel’s private beach. Children can also decorate delicious holiday sweets in the lobby.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call 1-800-227-1500. Overnight rates start at $159 per night.

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About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney WorldResort, the extended park hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and Disney FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The hotel can be reached at 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.

 

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