Wild Florida Welcomes Albino Alligators

Wild Florida is thrilled to announce the arrival of two rare albino alligators to its Gator and Wildlife Park in Kenansville. The 23-year-old female and 12-year-old male were acquired from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

Wild Florida Albino Alligator
Wild Florida

This will be the first pair of breeding albino alligators in Central Florida and one of the few places in the world visitors can see these rare animals. Due to the lack of melanin this species produces, their skin is completely white and sensitive to sunlight, so a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled exhibit has been built for the pair.

The addition of these gators to the park will allow the park to have the opportunity to showcase how unique gators are and further educate visitors.

“We’re very fortunate to add these gators to our Wild Florida family and can’t wait for our guests to see how incredible they are,”  says Sam Haught, co-owner and co-founder of Wild Florida.

Admission to the Gator and Wildlife Park is free for the remainder of 2017 to celebrate Wild Florida’s 7th anniversary as well as give all visitors the chance to see these rare alligators.

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, which opened on Lake Cypress in 2010, focuses on educating individuals on Central Florida’s natural resources. The Wild Florida team is dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wonders of wild, native Florida. For additional information, visit www.wildfloridairboats.com.

Wild Florida Welcomes Two Nile Crocodiles

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park has welcomed two Nile Crocodiles to its Gator and Wildlife Park. The male and female crocodile pair were among a surplus of reptiles at a park located near the Florida Keys.

Wild Florida Gators March 2017

The 8-foot-long male and 6-foot-long female are acclimating to their new exhibit at Wild Florida and will begin training in the next couple of weeks. Known to be extremely intelligent animals, Wild Florida’s goal is for the crocodiles to eventually respond to their names and various queues.

Wild Florida’s mission has always been to promote a connection with the animals and further educate guests on the species in its wildlife park and nature conservation.

Along with these reptiles, a new animal trainer will join the Wild Florida team. Andrew Biddle will be responsible for training the crocodiles as well as enhancing the daily alligator feeding shows. Biddle has more than 20 years of experience in training and handling several species of animals, including alligators and crocodiles.

Wild Florida Andrew Biddle March 2017

“My mission is teaching the world how amazing animals are. Conservation through education. Giving people the chance to experience opportunities like no other with these amazing animals,” Biddle shared.

In addition to the new crocodiles, the wildlife park is home to various native Florida species and exotic animals such as sloths, lemurs, zebras, tropical birds, and more. Admission to the Gator and Wildlife Park is free with the purchase of an airboat tour, or separately for $18 per adult and $15 per child. Florida residents get 50% off with valid photo ID.

Wild Florida Logo

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, which opened on Lake Cypress in Kenansville in 2010, focuses on educating individuals on Central Florida’s natural resources. The Wild Florida team is dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wonders of wild, native Florida.

Boardwalk Bowl Hosts PBA Event

Bowlers in the Orlando area have the chance to compete with some of the best bowlers in the world while making a difference.
Boardwalk Bowl
Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center will be the site of the inaugural PBA South Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis Open Pro-Am on Friday, March 24. The event benefits the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
Professional bowler Rhino Page is set to host the event, and scheduled pros include Tommy Jones, Walter Ray Williams Jr., EJ Tackett, Ronnie Russell and Norm Duke.
Bowlers can participate in two ways. For $25, bowlers will receive the Champion for Charity package, which includes a chance to bowl with the professionals, a PBA certificate and a souvenir.
For $40, bowlers will receive the Charitable Competition package, which also includes the chance to compete for monetary prizes.
Both packages allow participants to bowl three games of 3-6-9 with three PBA professionals. The professionals move every game so bowlers can meet and compete with the very best.
A portion of the entry fee will go to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Entries must be paid by Friday, March 24, 2017, at noon. Walk-ins are also welcome for $5 more if space is available. The additional $5 collected from walk-ins will go directly to the foundation.
In addition, on Saturday, March 25, there will be a special Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Fundraising event. It will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.at Boardwalk Bowl.
Participants will be able to bowl and will receive shoe rental and a T-shirt, and there will be music and entertainment. Price for the bowling event is $35. General admission and a T-shirt is $20, and a donation and T-shirt is $30. Sign up must be completed by Thursday, March 23. For more information, email CCFASouthOpen@hotmail.com.
For more information on the PBA South Open Pro-Am, visit the leagues page of the Boardwalk Bowl website here.

2017 Vans Warped Tour Announcement At Full Sail Live

2017 Vans Warped Tour Logo

The entire lineup for 2017’s Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, will be unveiled via a LIVE webcast, direct from Full Sail Live, the state-of-the-art performance venue on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6pm EST.

Now in its 23rd year, the Vans Warped Tour is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and the longest-running touring music festival in North America. The festival was originally conceived by founder Lyman in 1995 as an eclectic alternative rock festival, with a focus on punk rock, over the years the tour has grown to include a multitude of genres, including metal, hip hop, reggae, pop and more.

The webcast will feature live performances from a selection of artists performing on this summer’s tour. Fans can tune into the webcast on March 22nd, via vanswarpedtour.com.

A limited number of free tickets to the announcement event will be made available to the public. Space is limited, and will be available on a first come, first served basis. If you are in the Central Florida area and are interested in learning how to attend the event in person, visit www.FullSailBlog.com/VWT.

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman added, “The entire team at Full Sail University was amazing to work with for the [artist announcement] event last year, so we are honored that they wanted to host the event again. After 22 years on the road, it’s great to have partners like Full Sail University that believe in the tour, its message, and its success.”

Tickets for this year’s tour will go on sale on March 22nd at 10am local time at vanswarpedtour.com, and will be coming to Orlando on June 30th!

As a bonus for early ticket buyers, the first 500 tickets sold for each show will be at the lowest price available and will include a digital download of the Official Vans Warped Tour 50-song compilation.

Ed Sheeran Returns To The Amway Center

Ed Sheeran 2017 Tour Amway Center

If you are like me, you were really excited when multiple Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran announced the details for his North American arena tour included a return to Orlando’s Amway Center on Thursday, August 31.

The tour celebrates Sheeran’s landmark third studio album, “÷.” The album – pronounced “divide” – includes the universal hit singles, “Shape of You” and “Castle On The Hill,” both of which made incredible chart entries after their simultaneous January release. “Shape of You” debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 – Sheeran’s first time atop the overall chart and has remained there for six weeks total. Meanwhile, “Castle On The Hill” entered the Hot 100 at number six, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape of You” was quickly certified double-platinum by the RIAA, while “Castle on the Hill” earned gold — the first two songs released in 2017 to achieve RIAA certifications this year.

Ed Sheeran Orlando Information At-A-Glance:

What:           

ED SHEERAN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

When:          

Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Where:        

Amway Center | Orlando, FL

On Sale:     

Friday, March 17, 2017 | 10 am

Tickets:

$36.50, $66.50 & $86.50 (prices subject to change). Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the 

Super Ed Sheeran fans will want to make sure that they keep up with him on his Official website, InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Youtube.
 

March 2017 Events At The Morse Museum

This year the Morse Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the celebration continues in March with the third of our lectures for 2017, the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival open house; and the start of six weeks of live music on Friday nights for the Morse’s rites of spring.

Morse Museum 75th Anniversary Logo

March 2017 Events at the Morse Museum:

Wednesday, March 8

Wednesday Lecture Series. 2:30 p.m. “Arts and Crafts: Progressive and Conservative Paths,” Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion, 161 West Canton Avenue (just behind the Museum). Free. 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 17–19

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Open House. Free admission Friday, 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, 1–4 p.m. during the art festival weekend.

Friday, March 24

Live Music5–8 p.m. Victoria Lynn Schultz Harp Trio (Celtic harp, flute, and violin). Free.

Evening Curator Tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall7 p.m. Find out more about Tiffany’s grand Long Island estate with Curator Donna Climenhage. Free. 

Friday, March 31

Live Music5–8 p.m. Beautiful Music Romance Duo (flute and guitar). Free.

Evening Curator Tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall7 p.m. Find out more about Tiffany’s grand Long Island estate with Curator Donna Climenhage. Free. 

The Morse Museum Daffodils window

Fridays, through April

Friday Nights at the Morse. 4–8 p.m. Free admission to the galleries.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Curator Tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. Learn more about Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Long Island estate with Curator Donna Climenhage. Space limited. No advance reservations. Free with admission.

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk on Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century EnvironmentLearn more about the rich diversity of styles, especially in leaded-glass windows, that made up the visual environment of the late 19th century in Europe and America. Space limited. No advance reservations. Free with admission.

 Fridays, 11 a.m.

Gallery Talk on Celebrating 75 years—Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum.Learn about the more than 60 objects in the exhibition, which include paintings, pottery, art glass, and works on paper. Together the works reflect the range of the Morse’s collection and the values of the Museum. Free with admission.

The Morse Museum is located at 445 N. Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.

Morse Museum Exterior

Through April, the Museum’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children younger than age 12. For more information, call (407) 645-5311, or visit www.morsemuseum.org.

 

Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center Mayhem of March

 Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center

Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center offers deals, prizes for Mayhem of March

It’s that time of year again. Friends and family gather around the TV to cheer on their favorite college basketball team, and for one month, everyone is talking about their bracket.
 Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center
Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center will take some of that excitement off the court and to the alley for its Mayhem of March event.
No matter which team you’re cheering for, Boardwalk Bowl is the place to catch all the games – and with Mayhem of March, you’ll always have something to celebrate.
While the NCAA tournament starts March 14, Boardwalk Bowl will kick the fun off early so you can brush up on your basketball knowledge. Mayhem of March will last from March 1 to April 3. During that time, guests can enjoy Boardwalk’s Mug Madness. Those who purchase a commemorative mug for $8 with domestic beer and $10 with imported beer will get $2 domestic and $4 import refills throughout the promotional period.
There will also be great food specials, including Stadium Nachos, BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos and March Madness Fries, which have a different twist inspired by each bracket region.
When the tournament kicks off, there will be even more fun. Prize drawings will take place during tournament games. Guests who sign up for the eClub and select a team by March 17 will also be eligible to win a drawing. Anyone who picks one of two finals teams and who watches the championship game at the entertainment center will be entered to win prizes, including a 50″ HDTV as the top prize.
With 20 HDTVs and nine projection screens throughout the venue, guests will never miss a moment of the action at Boardwalk Bowl.

Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center features 80 lanes and is one of the largest bowling centers in the Southeast. For more information, visit www.AlomaBowlingCenters.com/boardwalk/.

Aloma Bowling Centers Offer A Sweet Offer

Whether you’re a fun-loving couple or a group of friends, Aloma Bowling Centers have a deal that will bowl you over this Valentine’s Day.

Aloma Bowling Centers Valentine's Day Offer 2017

On Sunday, February 12th, all three entertainment venues will have Sweetheart Sunday, featuring a sweet deal for guests and their loved ones. Aloma Bowl in Winter Park, Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando and Airport Lanes in Sanford will all offer guests buy one get one free games and shoe rental so couples can celebrate their love of bowling and save.

And Boardwalk Bowl will take things to another level. Couples looking to prove their undying love can take on the new Zombie Boardwalk attraction together for the price of one. Zombie Boardwalk is a shooting gallery style game that calls on guests to defeat lifelike animatronic zombies. Admission is normally $5.

To complete the date, all three Aloma Bowling Center locations offer a variety of additional attractions including arcades, billiards, as well as a selection of food and drinks.

For more information, visit AlomaBowlingCenters.com.

Finding Disney in New York City

New York City
Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre

Recently I took my first trip to New York City in December. This was a pretty big deal for me since I’d driven by it, flown through it, and even lived upstate for years, and never set foot on the island of Manhattan until a couple months ago. I finally made this trip happen, but wanted to squeeze in some Disney into my vacation to the Big Apple.

Standing in front of the Aladdin poster

Although we weren’t catching a Broadway show this trip, everyone knows there have been many hits from Disney in New York City from Beauty and the Beast, to Newsies, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Aida, The Lion King, and Tarzan. I did get to go by the New Amsterdam Theatre many times since we were staying just a few blocks from Times Square, so of course I had to get my picture in front of the Aladdin posters. Also in Times Square is a large Disney Store with an escalator that is fun to ride if for other reason than to see the beautiful lanterns from Tangled and the decor. Going to the second floor to see more exclusive NYC merchandise is a good reason too. I ended up getting an awesome New York City shirt at the Disney Store.

New York City
Disney Store in Times Square
Escalator
New York City Disney Store merchandise
My NYC Disney shirt
Another Mickey NYC shirt
New York shirt
I Heart NY pin
New York City Apple pin
Minnie Lady Liberty pin

Not a lot of people realize this, but Walt Disney lived in New York City for a period of time. He had a place in Greenwich Village, where Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. had also lived at one point, called Twin Peaks at 102 Bedford St. This is just a couple houses down from where the Friends building exterior shots are. It is a very cool neighborhood where Cary Grant also lived. This was one of my favorite places in the city that seemed a bit more chill, aside from all the tour groups trying to take pictures outside of Monica and Rachel’s apartment.

Walt Disney’s house Twin Peaks

There are also a ton of Disney tv and movie connections to New York City. Every time I’d catch a glimpse of the Chrysler Building, I’d think of the Disney/ABC TV 1999 Adaptation of Annie, which is my favorite version. Of course, the Avengers, and Captain America were on my mind anytime I rode the subway and saw signs for Brooklyn, or when I was near Grand Central Terminal where their final battle is in the first movie. The Empire State Building reminded me of James and the Giant Peach, and I thought of Enchanted when I went by Central Park. When I was in the Village, I had to look for Waverly Place and see if there were any Wizards around, but I didn’t find any (Selena Gomez must have been busy). There are many more set in the city like Oliver and Company, Bolt, The Rescuers have their headquarters under the United Nations, the tv shows Jessie, and Girl Meets World were also set in New York City.

Chrysler Building top shining
Grand Central Terminal
Empire State Building minus the Peach
Central Park

Now even with the Disney Cruise Line having a port with departures leaving from New York City, it is even easier to find little bits of Disney magic in the city. There are new Broadway shows in development like Frozen. The ABC Studios at Times Square where Good Morning America broadcasts live during the week often feature actors from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar movies that debut soon. You also have Adventures by Disney with a New York City Itinerary that lets you see Aladdin, attend a taping of GMA, museums, restaurants, free time to explore the city and more! There are a variety of ways to experience Disney in NYC and I’m glad I finally got to see a few of them, but there are so many more. The new Festival of the Arts at Epcot has me clamoring to get back to see a show on Broadway after seeing these fantastic performances.

2017 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida

Speical Olympics Florida Polar Plunge at Aquatica

 Take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark is usually warm and tropical, but for one day only they are chilling down their wave pool so the brave of heart can experience the “thrill of the chill” while supporting a great cause.

On Saturday, February 11, 2017, more than a thousand Plungers will participate in the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida, and there is still plenty of time to join in this unique, wacky, and family-friendly event. In addition to jumping into cold water for a good cause, a highlight of the annual event is the array of crazy costumes Plungers are encouraged to wear in the name of fun. To take the Plunge, individually or with a team, register at www.plungefl.org. Each person who raises a minimum of $100 may take the Plunge.

Special Olympics Florida Polar Plunge at Aquatica

Warm-hearted Floridians will be freezin’ for a very good reason:  all proceeds raised by Polar Plungers will support Special Olympics Florida, which provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In its eighth year, the event has raised more than $1.5 million dollars for athletes.

All registered Plungers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, two spectator passes so friends and family can watch the Plunge, and passes to stay and enjoy Aquatica all day (the rest of the park is heated).

2017 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Florida

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. Official start of the Polar Plunge is 11:00 a.m. Event concludes at approximately 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, 5800 Water Play Way (off International Drive), Orlando, FL 32821

2017 Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

2017 Council of 101 35th Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

Council of 101 Presents the 35th Annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

OMA’s galleries will be filled with antiques, vintage, and garden blooms 

The Council of 101 is proud to present the 35th annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show, combining fine antiques, art, jewelry, vintage and unique collectibles, garden blooms and more into one outstanding three-day show at the Orlando Museum of Art February 17-19, 2017. The event will feature more than two dozen antiques and vintage dealers from around the country.

Admission is $15 and tickets can be purchased online, in person, or by calling 407-896-4231 ext. 254.

2017 Council of 101 35th Antiques Vintage & Garden Show
Council of 101

Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Show Dates and Times:

Friday, February 17 from 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, February 18 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, February 19 from 11 am – 4 pm

Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Guest Speaker

This year’s special guest is Eddie Ross; he’s a designer, editor, author of Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, and a self-proclaimed “extreme hoarder of beautiful things.”

2017 Council of 101 35th Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

His work has been featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Country Living, the New York Times and more. He will share his secrets to find items at thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets and incorporate them into a warm and inviting décor. Ross will be speaking and signing copies of Modern Mix on Friday, February 17 at 11 am. Tickets are $45, which includes show admission.

Council of 101 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Special Events

  • Thursday, Feb. 16: Opening Night Preview Party – Jackets Jeans & Jewels! $95 per person, includes show admission, 630 pm – 10 pm.

  • Friday, Feb. 17: The Art of the Cocktail $50 per person, includes show admission, 6 pm – 830 pm.

  • Saturday, Feb. 18: Mystery Home Tour – tour a local home filled with flawless design and exceptional taste; the location remains a mystery until the arrival. $35 per person, includes show admission. Tours depart at 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm.

  • Saturday, Feb. 18 & Sunday, Feb. 19: What’s It Worth? Appraisal Days – antiques expert and show manager Charlie Miller gives a professional appraisal of family heirlooms and treasured items. $15 general admission plus $10 per item, two item limit, 12 pm – 230 pm. Reservations taken at the door and begin at 11 am on both days.

Tickets to the Antiques Vintage & Garden Show include admission to Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions, including The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine.

2017 Council of 101 35th Antiques Vintage & Garden Show
Council of 101

The Antiques Vintage & Garden Show is a longstanding fundraiser event benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art and promoting the museum’s mission to advance the positive impact of art and creativity. This and other Council of 101 events have raised more than $6.8 million for the museum’s educational programs.

Orlando Date Night Discovery Club

Orlando Date Night Discovery Club Image
Photo: Orlando Date Night Discovery Club

 

I’ll say it…after being together almost 20 years (we met on the first day of History and Drama class at Virginia Tech…Go Hokies!) my husband and I have fallen into a bit of a date night rut! With kids, work, to do lists that never seem to end, and life finding time to think of new date night ideas isn’t always on the top of our priority list.

One of our New Year’s resolutions is to find more time to spend together, and our friends over at Orlando Date Night Guide have launched a new way to make planning fun date nights easier!

The Orlando Date Night Guide has been sharing fantastic date night ideas since 2007, and now they are bringing them to your home with the launch of the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club!

How the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club Works:

Every month subscribers receive 2 fully curated date night itineraries in the mail that will take you to Orlando and Winter Park’s hidden gems and familiar favorites.

Included in your Date Night Discovery Club packet, you will also receive:

  • More than $20 in gifts and vouchers to use at places included on your itinerary.
  • A local calendar of events that is chocked full of the best local festivals, special events, foodie favorites, outdoor entertainment, and more to experience in the City Beautiful.
  • Conversation cues and fun questions to spark discussions while you are on your date night.

Orlando Date Night Discovery Club members perks include:

  • Special member privileges for select Orlando Date Night Guide events that include front of the line access and the opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public,
  • During Orlando Date Night Guide giveaways members receive automatic double entries, and
  • Online content that’s exclusively created for Discovery Club members

Subscriptions start for as little as $18.95 a month and are available in monthly, 3 6, and 12 month options on their website.

 

Tranquilo Golf Course Hosts Diamond Resorts Invitational

tranquilo golf course 2016 diamond resorts invitational Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Tranquilo Golf Course hosts Diamond Resorts Invitational with PGA Tour Champions, LPGA Players, and celebrities this January

Tranquilo Golf Club, located at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, will be the host venue for the 2nd annual Diamond Resorts Invitational benefitting Florida Hospital for Children and taking place January 13-15, 2017. The three-day tournament will be nationally televised on Golf Channel.

The event brings together up to 27 PGA TOUR Champions players, three LPGA players, and 50 celebrities from the sports and entertainment industry to compete side-by-side for purses totaling USD 1.25 million. PGA TOUR Champions players will compete for USD 750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while celebrities will play for a USD 500,000 purse. The tournament will utilise a Modified Stableford scoring format, which awards points as opposed to strokes, encouraging players to make the most out of every hole and creating a heightened sense of anticipation for fans.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Diamond Resorts Invitational and to welcome this world-class tournament to Tranquilo Golf Club,” said Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Orlando. “It is a distinct honour to take part in an event that will benefit Florida Hospital for Children and leave a lasting charitable impact in our community.”

Proceeds from the event’s live and silent auction will directly benefit Florida Hospital for Children, one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals, setting standards for innovation, quality and comprehensive care. The child-centric healing environment designed to keep kids comfortable is complemented by a staff of world-class doctors, specialists, nurses and healthcare professionals utilising advanced technologies, therapies and treatments.

Tranquilo Golf Club

Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is named to reflect the Spanish revival style of the Resort and pay homage to the Florida landscape, such as the southern live oak trees that are found throughout the course. Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio, the golf course was enhanced by Fazio for its October 2014 reopening. Enhancements included creating a completely new hole and renovated bunkers, plus improved visibility and airflow by enhancing the landscape design, in addition to a fully renovated clubhouse.  The course is a par 71 and plays to 6,901 yards. Home to abundant wildlife, the course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for golf by the National Audubon Society.

“It’s very exciting for Tranquilo Golf Club to host this special tournament in its second year and to be put in the national spotlight on the Golf Channel,” said Charlie Kent, Director of Golf at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. “Our team has been working hard over the past few months to ensure the course is in impeccable condition for this main event. We could not be more thrilled to work with Diamond Resorts International and their team on this amazing tournament.”

tranquilo golf course 2016 diamond resorts invitational Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

“This combination of PGA TOUR Champions and celebrities is the only format of its kind,” said Michael Flaskey, Chief Operating Officer for Diamond Resorts International. “With the calibre of well-known golf professionals and sports and entertainment stars, plus the incredible venue of Tranquilo Golf Club, we hope to capture the public’s imagination.”

The Bobby Jones Golf and Spa Experience Package

For those who wish to enjoy all that Four Seasons Resort Orlando has to offer, the Bobby Jones Golf and Spa experience package includes a daily USD 100 Resort credit toward either a golf lesson, round of 18 holes of golf at Tranquilo Golf Club, or a treatment at The Spa; a USD 100 one-time credit toward a Bobby Jones purchase from the Golf Shop, plus a deluxe coffee table book, The Legend of Bobby Jones: The Greatest of Them All. To learn more about the package, click here.

Continuing the support for the hospital, for the month of January 2017, each of the Resort’s restaurants will donate a portion of dining proceeds to the hospital when patrons mention Florida Hospital for Children. A portion of revenue will also be donated for treatments experienced at The Spa, tennis lessons, golf lessons or rounds of golf, as well as retail purchases at the Resort’s boutiques, simply when the patron references “Florida Hospital” upon booking or purchase.  For reservations or tee times, call 4073138090.

One-day and three-day grounds passes for the Diamond Resorts Invitational are on sale now through January 15, 2017 and can be purchased online.

Circus XTREME At The Amway Center With A Special Offer

Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to attend Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, but all opinions are my own. 

Circus Xtreme Logo Amway Center

Circus XTREME Is Coming To The Amway Center With A Special Discount Offer

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME will be at the Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017, and we can’t wait!

What makes this show so spectacular is that it magnifies the traditional elements of the circus by combining elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments.

Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Join us at Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before. 

Circus Xtreme Amway Center BMX
Photo: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide two and a half hours of thrilling entertainment.  

With such an exciting lineup, The Greatest Show On Earth® guarantees to dazzle and astound, and a Ringling Bros.® show wouldn’t be complete without a full menagerie of amazing animals. Circus XTREME features beautiful Bengal tigers and two-humped camels ridden by brave Mongolian women.

There are two ways to take your Circus Xtreme experience to the next level!

The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with ticket purchase. Families can meet an international cast of performers and get up close to the menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills — like juggling — from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. Together with the show, families receive over three hours of extreme family fun not to be missed.

Also Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts.  To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

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Photo: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME – Amway Center – Performance Schedule:

Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME are available now and all seats are reserved. Tickets are available at www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801) 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740

As a special bonus fans and followers of On the Go in MCO can save $5 off select seats using promo code 5CIRCUS. Offer valid on all shows EXCEPT Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (opening night), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Not valid on Front Row and Premium Seating, nor day of show. Offer valid through January 12. Ringling Bros. tickets make great holiday gifts! Special Twitter handle and hashtag: @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver

Morse Museum Hosts Holiday Events

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Holidays at the Morse Museum

Celebrate with Tiffany Windows in the park, Christmas Eve Open House, and live music on Friday Nights

The holiday season at the Morse Museum begins just after Thanksgiving when Harpist Bizarre Quartet helps the Museum launch a festive schedule of free events on Friday nights, including live music, tours, and an art demonstration.

For six consecutive Friday evenings during the holidays (November 25 through December 30), visitors can enjoy not only free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. but live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, at 7 p.m. on December 2, 9, and 16, the Morse will offer curator tours of the exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. The December 9programming also includes a family tour of selected galleries and a demonstration on the art of making pottery with a free take-home art activity for participants.

On Thursday, December 1, the Morse and the City of Winter Park will present the 38th annual Christmas in the Park in downtown Winter Park. At this free event, always a highlight of the holiday season in Winter Park, the Morse lights up nine Tiffany windows in Central Park and sponsors the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Brass Ensemble in an outdoor concert.

Admission to the Museum also will be free for a Christmas Eve open house, Saturday,December 24.

The complete schedule of Morse Museum holiday events, programs, and tours is as follows:

November 25:       Harpist Bizarre Quartet (bass, flute, guitar, and harp), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 1:          38th Annual Christmas in the Park, Downtown Winter Park, 6:15 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 2:          Victorian Lynn Schultz (harp), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
                                Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 9:          Beautiful Music Vintage Jazz Quartet (bass, flute, guitar, and trumpet), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Family tour of selected galleries, 5:15 p.m.
Pottery-making demonstration with artist Cindy McDowell, 6 p.m.
Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 16:        Beautiful Music Italian Trio (bass, flute, and guitar or mandolin), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Curator tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall, 7 p.m.

December 23:        Beautiful Music Three Flutes Only, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

December 24:        Christmas Eve Open House, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Live music by the Raintree Chamber Players, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

December 30:        Beautiful Music Jazz Trio (flute, guitar, and upright bass), 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

The Morse Museum, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this season, houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art and architectural elements from his Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall.

In the Museum’s galleries, visitors will also find exhibits of American art pottery; Arts and Crafts furnishings; late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings; and leaded-glass windows and lamps by other artists of the period. In its new exhibition Celebrating 75 Years—Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum, the Museum presents a range of objects that illustrate the breadth and depth of the collection assembled by Hugh and Jeannette McKean over five decades.

Museum hours from November through April are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; and l p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 seniors, $1 for students, and free for children under 12. All visitors receive free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, consult the Museum’s website, www.morsemuseum.org.