Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness, a week-long series of educational and public events inspired by the nationally renowned children’s television host and American icon, is set to commence March 20, 2023, throughout the greater Orlando area on what would have been Fred Rogers’ 95th birthday.

“He was probably the kindest person I ever knew,” shared David Newell, a close friend to Fred, and more famously known as the actor who portrayed Mr. McFeely on the children’s television program. “He was kind; he was thoughtful. He practiced that every day. He was that way with everyone.”

Newell, as well as longtime Rogers employee Hedda Sharapan (now a senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Institute and child development consultant to Fred Rogers Productions) and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood producer Margy Whitmer, are among those cast and crew veterans coming to Orlando to participate in the activities.

The free public events March 23-25 for the inaugural year of Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness include:

Remember the Rogers Afternoon Tea

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Join friends and colleagues of part-year Winter Park residents Fred and Joanne Rogers as we share warm stories and favorite memories of our former Winter Park Neighbors. There are very limited seats for this event. 

Thursday, March 23, at the Woman’s Club of Winter Park, 419 South Interlachen Avenue (Winter Park), from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free street parking in the area is generally available.

Mister Rogers’ Prayer Breakfast of Thanksgiving and Celebration

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood cast member and close personal friend of Fred Rogers, David Newell, headlines a discussion with Pastor Seth Kane of The Foundry (and author of the sermon series “The Gospel According to Fred” as they share their observations, near and from a distance, as to how Mister Rogers lived out his faith as we celebrate an extraordinary life of faithfulness. This event is held due to the generosity of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Breakfast is included courtesy of Panera Bread. 

Friday, March 24, at First Baptist Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway (Orlando), from 8:00 am – 9:30 am. Free parking is available in the church parking lot.

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Our Winter Park Neighbor Lunch & Learn with David Newell (Mr. McFeely)

Mr. McFeely (David Newell) leads a lunch discussion as he invites you into the world of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. You‘ll learn about both the making the show and more about Winter Park’s “Good Neighbor”, Fred Rogers, and his time in the area. Lunch is included courtesy of Chick-fil-A. 

Friday, March 24, at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 West Lyman Avenue (Winter Park), from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Free parking is available in a lot across from the Chamber of Commerce and along the street.

Inside Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Screening and Q&A

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Take a peek behind the scenes of some landmark episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with show producer Margy Whitmer, Mr. McFeely cast member David Newell, and Hedda Sharapan, Senior Fellow (The Fred Rogers Institute) and Child Development Consultant (Fred Rogers Productions). 

Friday, March 24, at the Winter Park Library, 1052 West Morse Boulevard (Winter Park), from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free parking is available in the garage across the street from the library.

Mr. Rogers' Week of Kindness

Mr. McFeely Meet & Greet 

Come visit our favorite Speedy Delivery man, Mr. McFeely (David Newell), at Taste of Oviedo. Get a selfie or pick up an autographed photo from the man at Mister Rogers’ side from the first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. 

Saturday, March 25, at the Original Orlando Tours booth at Taste of Oviedo in the Oviedo Mall parking lot, 1700 Oviedo Mall Boulevard (Oviedo), from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Free parking is available in the Oviedo Mall parking lot.

“Fred McFeely Rogers devoted his entire life to reminding us of some of the most important ideas of what it means to be human among humans: love, respect and kindness,” explained Rich Bradley, President & CEO of Buena Vista Events & Management, which is in-part underwriting and producing Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness. “Many of us find that nearly 20 years after Fred’s passing, it is important to focus on his teachings once again, perhaps now more than ever. This is a week to re-engage with his massive body of work with some folks, and to introduce his teachings to others.”

Unbeknownst to some locals, Central Florida was a major part of Fred Rogers’ life. He took to the area immediately in 1948 when he transferred from Dartmouth College to Rollins College in Winter Park.

He met the love of his life and future spouse, Sara Joanne Byrd, on the tarmac of what is now the Orlando Executive Airport. His sister (Elaine) and one of his sons (John) attended Rollins, as did his nephew Dan Crozier, who has served on the school’s music faculty for many years.

Most importantly, at a point in his career, Fred and Joanne returned to Winter Park annually, where he used his time in Central Florida to write many of the 895 scripts and over 200 pieces of original music for the TV program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

The Orlando region is truly Mister Rogers’ real neighborhood.

For more information on the events, please visit the official website.

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Orlando Fringe ArtSpace Opening Soon

Fringe ArtSpace

Orlando Fringe announced the Grand Opening of their year-round performing arts space Fringe ArtSpace in Downtown Orlando to be held next Wednesday, January 11, 2023. 

Starting at 5:30 pm, Fringe ArtSpace Grand Opening Bash open house and street party is free and open to the community. 

It will commence with a ribbon cutting with Orlando Mayor Dyer and feature a live DJ, strolling entertainment, drinks, and two special preview performances of the Fringe Winter Mini-Fest. 

Fringe ArtSpace

The 9,100 square foot Fringe ArtsSpace includes two performing theatre spaces: a mainstage with 166 seats and a black box with 40-60 seats.  The Grand Opening Bash will also serve as a fundraiser, with all donations benefitting Orlando Fringe and Fringe ArtSpace.

“We listened to artists, patrons and community members, and we are excited to have everyone join us at the Grand Opening Bash on January 11 to launch this amazing new space,” says Executive Director of Orlando Fringe Alauna Friskics.  “This curated season is just the beginning.  We have so much more in store and are looking for many more ways to bring artists together and let their voices and stories be heard.  Stay tuned for much, much more.”

Fringe ArtSpace is also delighted to announce its all-new programming lineup to kick off 2023. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to finally announce the spring season of the MainStage theatrical programming at Fringe ArtSpace!” says Joshian and Kayla Kelsay Morales of Kelsay + Morales Company.  “This is a truly exciting occasion, as we have come together to create a performance space that truly represents and serves the needs of our community.  At Fringe ArtSpace, the programming will be a living, breathing model that continues to evolve and adapt based on the needs of our community.  We look forward to hearing from local artists and working together to create the best possible experience at Fringe ArtSpace.”

Fringe ArtSpace 2023 Programming

January 12-15, 2023

Fringe Winter Mini-Fest: The 7th annual Winter Mini-Fest is a 4-day curated theatre festival with the best of past festivals, new works by fan favorites and brand new artists scouted from the international Fringe circuit.  With 18 artists performing several times throughout the weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Fringe for the first time in the new Fringe ArtSpace.

January 26-29, 2023

VarieTEASE GENESIS by BlueLaLa Entertainment: An extension of the last installment of VarieTEASE On The Move, which tells the story of the closing of the unique theatre, THE VENUE, and the four years following, this dance performance was specially created by Blue for the launch of ArtSpace.  GENESIS embodies the growth, healing and start of anew, but have no fear, the nostalgic avant guard story telling that is VarieTEASE is very apparent and lends itself to the part of the plot that “makes no sense”, and audiences won’t want to miss the new featured talent that is the future of this legendary ensemble.  Consider this a rebirth 20 years in the making.

February 3-5, 2023

CARRIE the Musical by William Daniel Mills Theatre Company: CARRIE The Musical is a thrilling and engaging retelling of Stephen King’s classic thriller novel Carrie.  It tells the story of Carrie White, a teenager from a small town in New England, who is relentlessly bullied at school for being different and is harshly controlled at home by her fanatical mother.  It’s gonna be “a night you’ll never forget.”  This is the first production as part of a new collaboration between Fringe ArtSpace and the William Daniel Mills Theatre Company to provide a home venue for the amazing young artists that make up the theatre company.

February 17-March 5, 2023

Middletown by Kangagirl Productions & Ant Farm: A deeply moving and funny new play by acclaimed writer Will Eno that explores the universe of a small American town featuring an all-star cast directed by Orlando Fringe Festival Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Lee.  As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.  Middletown, which is modeled after Thorton Wilder’s classic play Our Town, will draw together artists from across the Central Florida community to collaborate on a very special production.

March 9-11, 2023

A Quarter of A Century…and then some! by Beth Marshall Presents: Arius has been on this Earth for A Quarter of A Century…and then some.  Throughout his evolutions around the sun he has learned so much, but also has unlearned or recalibrated some of those learnings to fit his morality of understanding them.  Through brave exploration, vulnerability, self discovery, reflection, discipline, love and motivation, Arius has found the new hobby of growth.  He continually finds ways to improve on himself, do the inner work and share his light and joy.  By mixing comedy, drama, rap, R&B, spoken word, dance and songs to share his evolution of growth as a Black queer artist in 2022, Arius tells the story of his 25+ years of what he has learned and unlearned.

March 17-19, 2023

Our Lady of the Tortilla/Nuestra Señora de la Tortilla by Descolonizarte TEATRO: This comedy tells the story of an intergenerational, Latinx family in the U.S. struggling with tradition, culture, language, love, and… each other!  Everything changes when the pious tia (aunty) sees the Virgin Mary on a tortilla, and family ties are put to the test.  Written by Emmy and National Hispanic Playwright Award Winner, Luis Santeiro.  The play is in Spanglish (Spanish and English) with Spanish and English supertitles, and it features live music.

May 16-29, 2023

Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival: A 14-day arts festival, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is the longest-running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States, celebrating 32 years as “Orlando’s Most Unique Cultural Experience.”  This year, the Purple and Teal venues will be located at Fringe ArtSpace.

“Fringe ArtSpace is the right balance of retro Fringe meets right NOW,” says Beth Marshall.  “Veteran creators are given a supportive platform with the proper resources to create and produce original work often amplifying underrepresented voices and mentor up-and-coming artists.  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this!”

Fringe ArtSpace

Tickets on sale now for Fringe ArtSpace located at 54 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801.  For more information on upcoming shows and ticket purchase, visit www.fringeartspace.org.

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Boardwalk Bowl Hosts 20th Anniversary celebration

Boardwalk Bowl 20th anniversary events flyer

Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando is turning 20 this August, and the entertainment center is gearing up for a month-long celebration, including events, bowling specials, giveaways, and more. 

August Specials

Every weekday in August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., children 15 and under can bowl two free games (registration required).

Mondays through Thursdays, Boardwalk Bowl will offer $2 bowling games from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $20.02 lanes per hour in honor of its opening year.

Giveaways will be held each weekend throughout the month with prizes such as arcade cards, bowling games, and food.

Party on the Boardwalk

The celebration’s highlight will be Party on the Boardwalk, a large, indoor carnival.

On Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28, guests can enjoy live music throughout the venue, $2 bowling games, bounce houses, carnival games, and food. Kids will love the face painter, balloon artist, and magician.

At 1 p.m. each day of the event, Boardwalk Bowl guests can visit a special meet and greet with live mermaids and have their picture taken.

National Bowling Day

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, the entertainment center offers two-for-one bowling games in honor of National Bowling Day.

College Knights Kick-Off Party

To start the school year off right, Boardwalk Bowl is hosting its annual College Knights Kick-Off Party on Thursday, August 25, from 9 p.m. to midnight. College students can enjoy bowling games, shoe rentals, and domestic drafts for just $2 each.

To learn more about Boardwalk Bowl and its anniversary, visit their website.

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Central Florida Zoo Fan Favorite Returns

Central Florida Zoo Train

All aboard! Something exciting is coming down the tracks at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

The Zoo announced today that it has a new train and that attraction will open in Fall 2022. The community mainstay is currently working to make updates and improvements to the tracks and crossings and is working with state and other independent inspectors for approvals on the attraction.

“The upcoming launch of our new train is one of the biggest announcements I have the honor of making this year,” said Richard E. Glover, Jr., the Zoo’s CEO. “Our train was always a favorite for kids and adults alike, and we’re excited to bring a new train for the community to enjoy.”

The streamliner carries guests on a loop around the Zoo’s property, through some natural Florida landscapes, across realistic railroad crossings and into the train depot near the Zoo’s entrance. The Zoo’s train, called The Champion, was built last year and is a one-quarter scale model of its namesake, an Atlantic Coast Line Railroad streamliner that started providing daily service from New York to Miami in 1939.

Central Florida Zoo Train from above

Glover said the Central Florida Zoo is able to offer the new train attraction to the public thanks to support it received from several outstanding sponsors, including Wharton-Smith Inc. and VyStar Credit Union.

“We could not be more thankful for their support,” Glover said. “We couldn’t have made this happen without them.” 

More details about the train, including an opening date, pricing, and ticketing information, will be available soon.

For more information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Red Hot & Boom returns to Cranes Roost Park

Red Hot & Boom 2022

Now in its 25th year, Red Hot & Boom returns to Cranes Roost Park on Sunday, July 3, 2022. The City of Altamonte Springs and XL106.7 partner to host one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in Florida with a full lineup of artists and fireworks. 

This legendary event attracts more than 150,000 spectators each year. Guests will enjoy family-friendly, free performances on the iconic floating stage starting at 4 p.m.*, including:  

  • Em Beihold 
  • Sofia Carson 
  • JVKE (pronounced JAKE) 
  • Leah Kate 
  • Emmy Meli 
  • Alyssa Raghu 
  • The Walters 
  • Nicky Youre 

*Performances are subject to change without notice. 

Red Hot & Boom 2022

For the silver anniversary year, a 25-minute firework display will launch over Cranes Roost Lake highlighting the 25th annual celebration with popular and patriotic music as more than 13,000 bursts illuminate the night sky at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting, followed by the closing musical act. 

“Red Hot & Boom is back with amazing live music from national and regional stars and the City’s famous fireworks show, one of the largest and well-known in Florida. For 25 years, the City of Altamonte Springs has hosted our most popular event to celebrate our nation’s independence. Here, friends and neighbors from across Central Florida can join together in the spirit of patriotism and kinship,” said City Manager Frank Martz. “Altamonte Springs is centrally located at a regional crossroad, so we are a natural place for people to come together at Cranes Roost Park to celebrate the very best of our country!” 

The event is rain or shine, admission is free and food and beverages are available for purchase. No coolers, glass, personal fireworks or pets are permitted.

Red Hot & Boom 2022

For more information, please visit www.Altamonte.org/RHB.   

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On the Go in MCO: Family Volunteer Opportunities

On the Go in MCO Family Volunteer

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It is easy to get caught up in being On the Go in MCO, but taking a step back as a family and giving back to our community is a fantastic way to spend time together.

While there are many ways that families can come together to make our City MORE Beautiful, I wanted to share three ways that my family has chosen to be involved in our community!

On the Go in MCO: Family Volunteer Opportunities

On the Go in MCO Family Volunteering Share-A-Meal

Share-a-Meal at the Ronald McDonald House

We never want to think about anything happening to our children, but the three Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida homes in our area are always at the ready to provide a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando.

One easy and impactful way to help these families is to participate in the Share-a-Meal volunteer opportunity!

Here are the current guidelines for our Share-A-Meal Program:

  • Each meal provider must purchase and provide all necessary food ingredients and disposable to-go containers or heavy-duty paper plates.
  • The current meal count is 25 to 30 individuals.
  • All groups are required to be five individuals or fewer.
  • The shift time for the program is from 4 pm-6 pm.
  • All volunteers are required to wear a mask while inside the house at all times and gloves during meal preparation.
  • After the meal is prepared, meal provider groups are asked to assist the house staff by plating or boxing the meals for our families. Due to House guidelines, buffet/family-style meals cannot be offered.

I once hosted a Share-a-Meal “Taco Tuesday,” and it was awesome! I was able to work with staff members to include fun touches and decorations for the pick-up area. 

What may seem like “just a simple meal” can make all the difference in the world for families with seriously ill children. 

On the Go in MCO Family Volunteer Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank

In 2021, Second Harvest Food Bank relied on more than 39,000 volunteers whose hours totaled 111,420 through a variety of volunteer opportunities to help our neighbors in need.

There are a variety of ways that families can help beyond the typical donations, which are always appreciated! 

Volunteer for a Shift

Second Harvest Food Bank has three facilities that are always in need of volunteers to help with picking, daily food sorting, assisting feeding partners with the loading of food, and light warehouse tasks (sweeping, organizing, order pulling, and file sorting).

Volunteers have to be at least ten years old with a chaperone who is 18 years or older in order to help out in the facility, 16 years old without a chaperone, but they do also host a “Family Night” or a “Family Day” for families with children ages 5-9 years old.

Become a Virtual Volunteer

Fight hunger without even changing out of your pajamas! Start a Virtual Food Drive and help provide meals to your neighbors in need.

Brand Ambassadors

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Ambassador Program aims to engage energetic and committed community volunteers in the mission and work of the Food Bank by serving as Hunger Champions in our community. 

Are you interested in learning more about Second Harvest Food Bank volunteer opportunities? Sign up here to receive their Volunteer Voice in your inbox each month.

Give Kids the World Village

Rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator, Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Florida, that provides week-long, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from around the world who want to visit Central Florida.

A stay at the Village is much more than a vacation. During one transformative week, wish families to laugh, play, and create priceless memories together away from hospital visits and medical procedures. It’s a magical week of “YES” where wish kids can experience the simple joys of childhood and where families can recapture some of the precious moments that may have been missed due to illness.

Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 177,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries. 

The Village is made possible by the support of generous donors and community partners and thousands of passionate volunteers – who donate their time and talent to making wishes come true.

Volunteering On-Site

Families with children over the age of 10 can apply to complete volunteer shifts at the Give Kids the World Village campus.

During these shifts, families will help with a variety of tasks throughout the Village.

Purchase with a Purpose

Did you know that you can shop for products you love and support Give Kids The World? Could there be an easier way to help support Give Kids the World Village? Nope.

DIS Con 2022

DIS Con 2022 On the Go in MCO

DIS Con 2022 is a one-of-a-kind expo celebrating all facets of the wonderful world of Disney – from Disney, Marvel, and Pixar animation to film, television, theme parks, music, and memorabilia benefitting Give Kids the World Village.

The event will take place on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (1000 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830)

While you may be concerned that volunteering at Give Kids the World Village could be difficult, I can PROMISE that you will remain inspired and devoted to helping this wonderful organization.

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Family Sunsets Return to Central Florida Zoo

Family Sunsets Return to Central Florida Zoo
Central Florida Zoo

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ popular all-ages event, Family Sunset at the Zoo, is back, offering everyone a chance to enjoy the community institution in a whole new light. 

The event takes place every fourth Friday from May to September. The Zoo reopens at 5 p.m. and comes alive with all sorts of fun until the sun goes down. Family Sunset features music at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, inflatable games, and some of your favorite animals along the shaded boardwalks.

Dates for Family Sunset are as follows: 

  • May 27 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • June 24 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • July 22 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • August 26 – 5p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • September 23 – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The last admission is at 7:30 p.m. for each event. Tickets are $6 per person when purchased online and $8 per person when purchased on-site. The event is separate from daytime admission and is not included for Annual Passholders.

Guests can also bundle and save with the Family 4-Pack for $40, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, and four regular fountain drinks to fuel the whole family for fun.

Guests can purchase tickets here.

On the Go in MCO Summer Must Do's

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Morse Museum Easter Weekend Celebration

Morse Museum Story of the Cross
Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Story of the Cross leaded-glass window, c. 1892, from his famed 1893 chapel interior.

As is traditional each spring, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will offer free admission throughout the three-day Easter weekend.

The Morse Museum’s Easter Weekend Celebration begins on Friday, April 15, with free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well as music by classical guitarist Joshua Englert from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is also free Saturday, April 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Morse Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). Tiffany is renowned for his innovations in glass. In the galleries, visitors may walk among Tiffany creations featuring the flowers of spring: tall white lilies, sunny yellow daffodils, and showy pink tulipsThe Chapel designed by Tiffany for the 1893 world’s fair in Chicago is always a highlight of a visit to the Morse and the Easter holiday.

The free Easter weekend is also a chance to see the Museum’s newest exhibition The Stebbins Collection: A Gift for the Morse Museum. Seventy paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from the once private Stebbins collection are on view for the first time.

Morse Museum Exterior

Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89), Charles Hosmer Morse’s granddaughter, founded the Museum in 1942. She and her husband, Hugh F. McKean (1908–95), the Museum’s director until his death, built the Morse collection over a period of fifty years. The Easter Weekend Celebration continues a tradition they established more than thirty years ago. 

The Museum is owned and operated by the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation and receives additional support from the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. It receives no public funds.

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Brews Around the Zoo 2022

Brews Around the Zoo

Brews Around the Zoo, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens fundraiser, will put the FUN in fundraiser on April 9, 2022.

Brews Around the Zoo is one of the Zoo’s biggest benefits, offering attendees the chance to sample more than 30 different craft beers as well as soak up the fun atmosphere. The 2022 event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 9 at the Zoo in Sanford.

Early Access and VIP ticket holders will get in an hour early at 4 p.m. Brews Around the Zoo is presented by Wayne Densch.

Brews Around the Zoo

“Events like Brews Around the Zoo allow us to do what we do,” said Stephanie Williams, Zoo director. “It’s a win-win. We get to connect with the community through something fun, and we get to raise money to continue our mission of educating people and empowering them to act on behalf of wildlife by sharing these awesome animals.”

In addition to great beer from breweries near and far, Brews Around the Zoo will feature live music, a seltzer station, and wine tastings. Delicious food selections will be available for purchase.

General Admission tickets are $50. For $70, guests can take advantage of exclusive early admission at 4 p.m. Or, for $150, guests can gain VIP status, with access to exclusive cocktails, food offerings, and more.

Brews Around the Zoo

Tickets are available now at www.centralfloridazoo.org/event/brews/.

Only those 21+ are permitted to attend, and guests must show a valid ID upon entry.

The Zoo will be closed all day April 9 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for event set up. Brews Around the Zoo takes place rain or shine.

For more information about the Central Florida Zoo, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts & Flowers

Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

Celebrate the return of spring with Art in Bloom: Festival of Fine Arts and Flowers, a museum-wide showcase of floral interpretations, antique dealers, and lifestyle designs to inspire everyone, at the Orlando Museum of Art, March 24-27, 2022, with show hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Presented by the Council of 101, this annual springtime fundraiser advances the many educational programs and exhibits of the Museum. The event will feature special events, art auctions, curated antiques and an outdoor farmers market, and daily entertainment.

“From garden enthusiasts to art interpreters, Art in Bloom has a little something for everyone,” said Joan Kennedy, President of Council of 101. “We’re very excited to host this festival and kickoff spring, bringing a mixture of art and nature’s beauty to Orlando.”  

Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

Art in Bloom Daily Show Features

  • Antique Dealers
  • Appraisal Days
  • Art Auction
  • Blooming Orchids
  • Café 101
  • Floral Interpretations
  • Outdoor Farmers Market
  • Tables in Bloom

The Council of 101 has raised over 12 million dollars for the Orlando Museum of Art’s educational programs and operational expenses over the years.

Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

Art in Bloom General Admission Tickets:                                                     

  • $20 Adults / $12 Children (Ages 3-12) / $12 Seniors (60+), Military, First Responders
  • Tickets for general admission and all events will be sold on Eventbrite beginning February 24th
  • Admission includes access to the Museum’s current exhibitionsArt in Bloom, and Cafe 101. 
  • Parking is available on-site for $5.
  • Advanced, online ticket purchase is encouraged.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  
Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

Art in Bloom Show Hours

Thursday, March 24

  • Opening Night Preview party
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • $ 130 per person / Includes show admission
  • Celebrate Art in Bloom at the Opening Night Preview Party benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art with an evening of elegance. Guests will enjoy exquisite culinary creations, beverages, delightful entertainment and complimentary valet parking.

 Friday, March 25

  • VIP Event + Lecture + Book Signing with Guest Speaker Danielle Rollins
  • Be one of the lucky guests to mix and mingle with Danielle Rollins – tastemaker, trendsetter and author! Enjoy lite bites and libations before her Gracious Living and Stylish Entertaining lecture and have the opportunity to purchase A Home for All Seasons and have it signed by Danielle. Reserved seating for VIP ticket holders.
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • $ 125 per person / Includes show admission
  • Lecture + Book Signing with Guest Speaker Danielle Rollins
  • Please join us to hear Danielle Rollins speak about Gracious Living and Stylish Entertaining. Following the lecture you will have the opportunity to purchase her book A Home for All Seasons and have it signed. 
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • $ 50 per person / Includes show admission

Saturday, March 26

  • Mystery Home Tour11 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.
  • $ 45 per person / Includes show admission / Limited capacity
  • Hop on Board! You will be transported by bus from the Orlando Museum of Art to the undisclosed mystery home. Once you arrive you will hear about the beautiful antiques and special features of this awe-inspiring home. This event is has very limited availability and will sell out quickly. 
Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art

 Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27

  • What it’s Worth? Appraisal Days
  • 12:00 – 2:00pm 
  • $10 Per Item / Verbal appraisal only / General admission ticket required 
  • Reservations begin at 11:00am each day 
  • Do you have a family heirloom or interesting “find?” Antiques expert and Show Manager, Charlie Miller, will give you a professional appraisal of your treasure.

 Sunday, March 27

  • Family Fun Activities: Engage in a museum scavenger hunt, shop the Outdoor Farmers Market, or escape to the fresh air in Loch Haven Cultural Park for a family picnic. Before you head home, the Orlando Science Center welcomes you to step inside for a visit!
  • Sunday Jazz Sounds: Be swept away by the sounds of Jazz while enjoying a leisurely Sunday at the Museum.  Sunny smiles and Southern hospitality are the order of the day in Café 101!

 For more information, please visit the website or call 407-896-4231 ext. 254.

Art in Bloom 2022 Orlando Museum of Art
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2022 Gatorland Photography Program

Gatorland Photography

Gatorland is the”Alligator Capital of the World,” but the annual Gatorland Photography Program allows unique access for a limited time.

Gatorland’s Bird Rookery, created in 1991 as an alligator breeding marsh, attracts hundreds of wild birds every Spring.

The unique habitat has grown into one of the largest and most accessible wading bird rookeries in Florida, providing a protected area for nesting, foraging, and roosting for over 20 different species of wild birds, many of which are listed as Endangered or Species of Special Concern.

Gatorland has created a special photographer’s pass program offered on 10 select dates in March, April, and May, allowing early morning entry at 7 am before the park opens to the general public at 10 a.m.

Gatorland’s boardwalks provide birders and photographers with close access to incredible birds to capture stunning photographs.

Gatorland Photography

The 2022 Gatorland Photography Program dates are:

  • March 19
  • March 27
  • April 2
  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 22
  • April 30
  • May 8
  • May 13
  • May 21

Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, and availability is limited so booking right away is recommended.

Reservations can be made online at a cost of $25 plus tax per person per date, and a Birding Seasonal Pass is also available for $125 plus tax per person.  

All tickets are date specific and non-transferable. No late stay is offered.

For more information on the Gatorland Photography Pass for the birding season, call the Bird Line at (407) 855-5496, ext. 233 or send a message to Gatorland at  dannyperich@gatorland.com.

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Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

Do you think you and nine other friends have what it takes to pull a truck?

The Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull will include live music, food trucks, artisans, and craft beer in a family-friendly environment on March 19, 2022.

The truck pull begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Teams of 10 will go head-to-head pulling a fire truck a block down Palmetto Ave. in “The Famous L” for the coveted trophy and ultimate bragging rights. Participants include the Sanford Fire Department, Sanford Police Department, and many locally-owned businesses.

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

The St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull is featuring live music from 4 to 5 p.m. performed by Rosie O’Grady’s Highlanders to get everyone into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit and then afterward Papa Wheelie ends with a hardcore bang from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We are so excited to be doing the St. Paddy’s truck pull again” said Paul Williams, owner of West End Trading Company. “In most St. Paddy’s Day celebrations people are lifting beers but in true Sanford Style, we’re taking it a step further and pulling a truck.”

The event welcomes a new fire station-themed bar, The Station Bar & Grub—making the perfect backdrop for the Fire Truck Pull. In addition, there will be a DJ leading the fun from their classic fire truck stationed right out front.

Sanford St. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival

“We love being a part of the Sanford community,” said Alex Sirica, owner of The Station Bar & Grub. “Participating in this fantastic event is right up our alley. We’re excited to see the teams compete and celebrate giving back.”

All sign-up fees from the truck pull will go towards SNAP (Special Needs Ability Program, Inc.)Special Needs Advocacy Program, Inc. serves families in Sanford who support children with disabilities. SNAP provides children with disabilities a platform to understand and retain positive social skills to successfully enter the workforce, social events, and other public areas. Plus, proceeds from the truck pull to benefit the Special Needs Advocacy Program, Inc.

The fourth annual Sanford t. Paddy’s Day Truck Pull and Street Festival is sponsored by the newly formed ‘Famous L Collective.’

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On the Go in MCO: Valentine’s Day Fun Around Town

On the Go in MCO Valentine's Day Around Town

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and in TRUE City Beautiful fashion there are a ton of ways to celebrate your significant other On the Go in MCO!

On the Go in MCO: Valentine’s Day Fun Around Town

Love Makes The Wheel Go Round

On the Go in MCO The Wheel ICON Park Date night

ICON Park is celebrating love by bringing back the popular “I’m Sweet On You” package for the entire month of February.

For a single price, guests can enjoy a private ride on The Wheel along with many other romantic perks.

For $115 plus tax, couples who book the “I’m Sweet On You” package will receive:

  • A private capsule on The Wheel for two with two rotations (that’s 40 minutes taking in the romantic views of the City Beautiful)
  • One bottle of sparkling wine with a keepsake coozie (Both guests must be at least 21 years old)
  • Two mini cupcakes from Let’s Jess Bake at The Wheelhouse Market Food Hall
  • VIP photo package including unlimited digital downloads to commemorate your special evening
The Wheel at ICON Park: 8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Sunset at Southern Hill Farms

Sunset at Southern Hill Farms Valentine's Day On the Go in MCO

Southern Hill Farms is hosting extended hours on Friday, February 11, where you can get out of the city to enjoy strawberry and sunflower picking, Kids Zone activities, live music, beer and wine, food trucks, and more without an admission or parking fee.

Folding chairs and blankets are welcome and encouraged, but please remember that pets, outside meals, outside alcohol, and coolers are prohibited at the farm.

Highlights of the evening include:
• Sunflower and strawberry picking, available until sunset (Entry into the fields will close at 6:00 pm)
• Live music from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
• Southern Hill Eatery, Pasta and Grill, and Phil Real’s Smokin’ BBQ food trucks
• Strawberry donuts, blueberry cobbler, blueberry muffins, and more seasonal treats
• Complimentary yard games
• Covered playground

Southern Hill Farms: 16651 Schofield Road, Clermont, FL 34714

Winter Garden Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Winter Garden Carriage Rides Valentine's Day On the Go in MCO

On Valentine’s Day, SOUL Haven Ranch is offering 20 minute private, horse-drawn carriage evening rides along charming Plant Street.

You’ll find your carriage and noble steeds at the Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave, but you will want to call (407) 509-1981 to book your tour in advance.

The tour costs $95.00, with the carriage accommodating up to 4 adults.

Love, Lake Nona

Love, Lake Nona Valentine's Day On the Go in MCO

One of my FAVORITE spots in Orlando is Boxi Park in Lake Nona, and on Saturday, February 12 they are hosting quite the shindig!

In addition to their amazing food and beverages, the night will also feature a live DJ, Champagne bar, Poppy’s’ Flower Truck (which if you haven’t checked out you are missing out), event-exclusive Sweet Treats, a caricature artist, and a surprise photo op!

Boxi Park: 6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827
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On the Go in MCO: Wild Holiday Fun

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When you think of being On the Go in MCO I’m sure that animals aren’t the first thing that pop into your head, but this holiday season animal lovers will find that there are a ton of ways to celebrate the season with their favorite animals!

On the Go in MCO: Wild Holiday Fun

Gatorland Holiday Ho Ho Ho Down 2021 On the Go in MCO

Ho Ho Ho-Down at Gatorland

This holiday season Gatorland, the Alligator Capital of the World, will host the Holiday Ho, Ho Ho-Down event weekends through December 19th.

During the holiday shindig guests will enjoy Family Friendly Holiday Fun, included in the regular price of admission.

Ho Ho Ho-Down highlights include holiday displays, interactive characters, and the most Floridian holiday photo opportunities you’ll ever find!

Throughout the attraction, you can meet a variety of characters including Gator Claus, on his…unique sleigh, merry elves, and the infamous Krampus Croc!

Deck the Seas SEA LIFE Orlando 2021 Scuba Claus On the Go in MCO

Deck the Seas at SEA LIFE Orlando

This holiday season SEA LIFE Orlando at ICON PARK is inviting you to Deck the Seas daily until December 31, 2021, with unique experiences below the surface.

What’s better than listening to a holiday story?

Listening to a holiday story with Scuba Claus underwater surrounded by spectacular sea creatures!

Ready for some interactive fun?

Pick up your Deck the Seas Scavenger Hunt guide on your way inside the attraction and begin your adventure to find six cold water sea creatures located throughout the aquarium!

Ready for even more fun?

Before you leave SEA LIFE Orlando, make sure to leave a special holiday card for your favorite sea creature! Drop it in the mailbox on your way out so their creatures can get all their cards in time for the holidays.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration 2021 Map On the Go in MCO

Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando

The SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration festivities are filled with more cheer than ever until January 2, 2021!

For 2021 SeaWorld Orlando has been transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million sparkling lights to welcome a new holiday entertainment and fireworks finale while returning favorites will bring a smile to your heart!

Dinso in lights Orlando Science Center 2021 On the Go in MCO

BONUS: Dinos in Lights at the Orlando Science Center

Join STAN the T-Rex and his fossil friends in DinoDigs at the Orlando Science Center as they show off their twinkling talent in a festive display of music and light.

Each family-friendly show will begin every half hour and runs for four minutes, concluding with a wintry surprise.

While you are there, make sure to check out their newest exhibit Design Zone!

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ICON Park Spotlights the Christmas spirit

Frostival The Orlando Eye ICON Orlando Orlando Wine Festival 2020 ICON Park Play Pass

ICON Park will be hosting a celebration of the beloved hymns and carols, goodwill toward all, and of course, gathering together to spread light and love with the Light the World with Love Christmas Concerts.

From December 6 to 11, local high school, church, and community choirs will be performing nightly from 5 through 8 p.m. Each night, four choirs will perform traditional Christmas songs in front of ICON Park’s holiday tree. There will also be Christmas-inspired videos, and emcees will lead the crowd in singing some Christmas carols themselves. To close out the evening, professional performers will take the stage each night.

ICON Park Christmas Concerts 2021

But that’s not all. To really drive home the reason for the season, the concerts will spotlight local charities. Attendees will be invited to donate via a virtual giving machine at www.lightorlando.acahand.org to help make a difference.

“At ICON Park, we’re all about showing locals and visitors alike what Orlando is all about,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “The Light the World with Love Christmas Concerts are a perfect way to show off the talent here in Orlando, as well as to give back to the community we care about so much—plus, who couldn’t use a dose of the Christmas spirit?”

This is the first year for this event.

Local charities to be featured throughout this year’s event include Clarita’s House Outreach, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Edgewood Children’s Ranch, Frontline Outreach, Latisha’s House, Matthew’s Hope, One Heart for Women and Children, Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Orlando Day Nursery & Childcare, Orlando Serve Foundation, Poverty Solutions Group, Russell Home, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, United Against Poverty, and The Salvation Army.

Featured performers include Daniel Emmet, Sunshine Mafia, Opera Orlando, David Osmond, Ofi, and God’s Example. Community choirs come from all over Central Florida.

ICON Park is at the center of the Orlando Entertainment District. With free parking and conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard, and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist.

The schedule for this year’s performances can be found here. To learn more about ICON Park, visit https://iconparkorlando.com.

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