The Orlando Eye Releases Preview Weekend Tickets

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The Orlando Eye to Release First Set of Tickets for May 1-3 Preview Weekend

Subscribers of The Orlando Eye’s e-newsletter will be among the first to purchase tickets for the 400-foot observation wheel


Want to be the first to fly? The Orlando Eye has released tickets for International Drive’s newest attraction.

Guests seeking to be on the first flights can sign up at Only subscribers to the observation wheel’s e-newsletter will be able to purchase tickets for the May 1-3 preview weekend.

Starting at $18, exclusive tickets will be available for the special weekend preview ahead of the official May 4 grand opening, and can only be purchased with an invitational link included in the e-newsletter distribution.

For more information, or to sign up for the e-newsletter, go to

Who:               The Orlando Eye

What:              The Orlando Eye to release tickets for May 1-3 preview weekend via email invitation

Where:           To sign-up for the e-newsletter, go to

The Orlando Eye


Located in the heart of International Drive, the 400-foot Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the U.S. eastern coast, offering a new way to experience the breathtaking views of Central Florida.


Poised to become a top visitor attraction for the tourism capital of the U.S., the Orlando Eye, part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex, will showcase 360-degree views of Central Florida, including nearby theme parks and attractions, downtown Orlando and Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast, all within the comfort of 30 air-conditioned glass capsules. Each capsule has room for up to 15 guests to enjoy a serene 20-minute journey above the scenic landscape.


Included in the Orlando Eye journey is access to the pre-flight 4D cinema experience, taking guests on a full 3D aerial journey of Florida, with the added dimension of sensory experiences, including lighting, wind, spray and scent effects.


The Orlando Eye opens May 4, 2015. Visit for more information.

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New I-Drive Four Pass Attraction Combo Ticket

 Four Orlando I-Drive Attractions Offer New Combo Ticket

Visit four of Orlando’s most popular attractions with just one ticket 


Solve a crime and catch a killer … see Titanic artifacts recovered from the ocean floor … explore oddities from around the world … experience more than 100 interactive exhibits – all on a single ticket.

Four of Orlando’s most popular I-Drive attractions – CSI: The Experience, Titanic: The Artifact ExhibitionRipley’s Orlando Odditorium and WonderWorks – are now offering anew I-Drive Four Pass ticket that allows guests to visit all four attractions for one low price.

The new ticket saves both time – all the attractions are conveniently located along a two-mile stretch of International Drive – and money.

An adult I-Drive Four Pass ticket costs just $74.99 (plus tax); that’s a savings of more than $12 compared to purchasing an adult ticket to each attraction individually. A children’s ticket (ages 12 and under) costs $54.99, saving more than $6. Children under three are free.

I-Drive Four Pass tickets are now available and can be purchased at each of the four attractions or online at Tickets are good for one year from the date of purchase and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. 

Orlando I-Drive Four Pass Attraction Combo Ticket

WonderWorks is an indoor amusement park for the mind, featuring more than 100 interactive exhibits for all ages to experience, including a ropes course and 4D motion theater ride.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium is the only place in Orlando where visitors will find shrunken heads, an authentic vampire killing kit, a shooting gallery and a spinning vortex tunnel among the hundreds of oddities, exhibits and artifacts.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition tells the dramatic story of the most legendary ocean liner ever built. The 25,000 square foot exhibit features artifacts recovered from Titanic’s wreck site 2.5 miles beneath the ocean’s surface. Guest can walk her decks, peer into her cabins and meet some of the passengers and crew.

CSI: The Experience puts visitors in the role of crime scene investigator, collecting clues and analyzing evidence in lab rooms. After reviewing all the evidence, they submit their report to Gil Grissom to see if they have successfully solved the crime and put the killer behind bars.

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Orlando Museum Of Art To Host Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

Orlando Museum Of Art  2015 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show

The Antiques Vintage & Garden Show Opens February 20 at the Orlando Museum of Art 

Renowned author and garden designer Jon Carloftis named as show’s guest speaker
The 2015 Antiques Vintage & Garden Show “The Art of Living” begins Friday, Feb. 20
Jon Carloftis
through Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Orlando Museum of Art. This three-day show presented by the Council of 101, is a favorite among new and seasoned collectors and features premier dealers from across the United States. This is your chance to gain access to a wide array of vintage and unique collectibles art, jewelry, oriental rugs, silver, porcelains, fine antiquities, garden and decorative table-top accessories.
Don’t miss this chance to discover unique, one of a kind items that
will distinguish your style from the average and unoriginal. This year you can truly experience The Art of Living with interactive lectures that capture your imagination and enhance your lifestyle. Learn the art of urban gardening, eclectic décor, vintage fashion and entertaining from experts in their field.


This year’s event includes several exciting highlights:


Opening Night Preview Party

Thursday, February 19 – An exclusive preview of show merchandise accompanied by cocktails, delectable cuisine and entertainment.

Guest Speaker & Book Signing by Jon Carloftis, Beautiful Gardens of Kentucky

Friday, February 20 – Kentucky native, Jon Carloftis, is an award-winning garden designer, garden writer, television guest and author.  Get a chance to meet one of America’s pioneers in rooftop and small space gardening and add a signed edition of his book to your personal style library.

What’s it Worth? Appraisal Days 

Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22 – Do you have a family heirloom or interesting yard sale “find”? Antiques expert and show manager, Charlie Miller, will give you a professional verbal appraisal of your treasure. $10 per item/limit two items per person.


Antiques Vintage and Garden Show 2013


The Art of Living (NEW Event) 

Saturday, February 21 – Living a stylish life does not happen by accident. Good taste is cultivated and great style is curated. Get a crash course in how to elevate the finer things in your life with interactive lectures that will inspire you to take your personal style, home décor and entertaining to the next level.



Mystery Home Tour

Sunday, February 22 – This popular tour allows guests to get inspired by one of Orlando’s most stylish homes. Feast your senses on a home filled with flawless design and exceptional taste at every turn. The location of this special home will remain a mystery until your arrival, but rest assured that it is a tour you will never forget.



For information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Council of 101 at 407-896-4231, Ext. 254 or visit

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Downtown Food & Wine Fest At Lake Eola Returns In February

Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015

Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015

Produced by MIX 105.1, 1059 SUNNY FM, and 101.9 AMP Radio in partnership with the
Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
The Seventh Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is set for Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 2015 for more than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers to experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015 Downntown Food and Wine Fest
Date / Time: Saturday, February 21 (noon to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, February 22, 2015 (noon to 7 p.m.)
Location: Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola along Robinson Street
Tickets: Admission is $15 per person, per day with advance online purchase.    Admission at the door is $20 per person, per day. Admission for children under age 12 is free.
For all-weekend Fest fans, a two-day ticket is available for $20 per person with advance online purchase.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.
The Fest is presented and produced by CBS RADIO Orlando, led by Orlando favorites MIX 105.1, 1059 SUNNY FM, and 101.9 AMP Radio in partnership with the Central Florida Chapter of the FRLA.  Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, domestic and international wines, and live entertainment.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the FRLA Educational Foundation.
Wine Tasters Club
A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $15 per person at the Fest.  Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest and a souvenir lanyard.
 Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
“The Downtown Food & Wine Fest is one of our Downtown’s signature cultural events, showcasing the best of Orlando’s culinary scene. Events like this continue to expand Downtown’s offerings and bring more and more people to our urban core to celebrate the beauty, diversity, and vibrancy of our community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
Dave Robbins, senior vice president and market manager, CBS RADIO Orlando commented, “Through the power of radio and the strength of our FRLA restaurants, foodies and fans come together to celebrate an event that truly brings our community together to indulge in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Orlando.”
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
“Now in its seventh year, the Fest is the perfect combination of divine food, unique wines, and entertainment,” said Leigh Doyle, president-elect, Central Florida Chapter of the FRLA.  “Orlando has emerged onto the national culinary stage with award-winning restaurants and memorable events to showcase the spirit of the City Beautiful.”
Thirty  top restaurants are scheduled to present culinary tastings including the return of the 2014 Foodie Award winners as honored by a panel of Orlando elected officials, food writers and reporters, and celebrity chefs.
Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola Set for February 21 and 22, 2015
2014 Foodie Award (based on one food item for taste, unique flavor and culinary excellence)
Smiling Bison – Pretzel Bread Pudding
2014 Best Overall Menu (based on overall menu creativity, depth of offerings, and quality)
Kasa Tapas & Raw Bar
2014 Best of Show (based on fun factor, overall energy, and crowd vibe)
Siro at Orlando World Center Marriott – winner in 2013 and 2014
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Free Reading With Ringling Day

Reading With Ringling Clown Around Central Florida

Free Reading with Ringling Day for the Public

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Ambassadors Of Laughter
Clown Around on January 7
Get ready to giggle, Central Florida.  On Wednesday, January 7, clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®  make a special appearance to entertain and interact with the public. The Ambassadors of Laughter will ignite attendees’ funny bones with lighthearted antics that offer a sneak preview of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME. 
Reading with Ringling
On Wednesday, January 7, clowns will blend the magic of the circus with the importance of reading during Reading with Ringling Day, a special presentation with the Orange County Library System at the Downtown Branch. After a lively rendition of a circus-themed book, they’ll engage the audience with juggling, plate spinning and other silly and dynamic demonstrations previewing The Greatest Show On Earth®.   The clowns will give away stickers and clown noses (while supplies last).
The library event is free and everyone is invited!
Orange County Library System
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Downtown Branch – 101 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801
For more information, call 407-835-7481, or visit
Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts that can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth.® Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals. From the highest mountains to the deepest seas, join us at Amway Center in Orlando January 811, 2015 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before.
Circus Xtreme Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Amway Center Reading with Ringling
In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME, Ringmaster David Shipman guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin.
The show will thrill you as the Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky. This all-female troupe displays their skills in one of the most unique acts this year, performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels. Jaw-dropping freestyle BMX riders and free running tumblers fill the arena floor performing crazy-stunts mixed with acrobats leaping through a 15-foot transparent tower – and this is just one act!
Circus Xtreme Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Reading with Ringling
During this energetic show, personal introductions to our performing pachyderms will allow audiences to be on a first name basis with our magnificent animals. All this and more happens during the most unexpected circus experience at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME.
Tickets: Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents CIRCUS XTREME start at $16.  All seats are reserved. Purchase tickets and view show times at or, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.  Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included.  For more information, or visit us on Facebook.
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2014 Orlando Home Show Returns October 24-26

Orlando Home Show


Featuring HGTV’s Chip & Joanna, Top Secret Recipes® Author Todd Wilbur, DIY Experts, and More


The Orlando Home Showone of the region’s most anticipated fall events, returns October 24-26 to the Orange County Convention Center in West Concourse, Hall C facing International Drive. The three-day home improvement extravaganza is the premier place to find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, design and fall outdoor projects with hundreds of experts all under one roof.

Show highlights include appearances by Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, and Todd Wilbur, author of Top Secret Recipes; demonstrations by top local chefs and Elaine and David of TLC’s The Next Great Baker on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage; and daily how-to presentations by DIY expert, Chris Tice. Plus designer rooms, a Sunday food truck rally, featured products that are new to the market or making their Orlando Home Show debut, and much more!

“Show guests will find some of the best prices and deals of the year they can’t find elsewhere,” said Cristian Moore, show manager for Marketplace Events, which produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America. “There is simply no better place to shop, compare, save, and gather valuable tips from hundreds of experts in one day,” Moore added. “Whether planning a specific project or simply seeking a fun day out, inspiration starts here, and not just for homeowners. Renters will find products to make them feel right at home in their current residence. From stylish furniture and decorative accessories to an array of cash and carry items, all at excellent show pricing.”

Chief Inspiration Ambassadors at the show include Chip and Joanna Gaines, who are passionate about every aspect of the construction and design process and helping turn dreams into realities. They’ll share tips and behind-the-scenes insights from their HGTV show during appearances on the Fresh Ideas Home Stage on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 12 noon and 2:00 p.m.Orlando Home Show Chip Joanna

Todd Wilbur has made a career out of reverse-engineering famous foods. The author of Top Secret Recipes® will disclose the secret ingredients to famous fast food restaurant items during his demonstrations on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage on Friday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m. andSaturday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Elaine and David will share cake decorating tips and backstage tidbits from their TLC show on Friday at 6:30 p.m.Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Orlando Home Show Todd Wilbur

Guest can savor mouth-watering demonstrations and tasty samples prepared by some of the area’s favorite chefs and culinary pros throughout the weekend on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage. Scheduled to demonstrate their signature recipes and dispense advice are chefs from Hamilton’s Kitchen; Highball & Harvest; Cress Restaurant; The Wine Barn; Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen; The Oceanaire Seafood Room; and The Boheme. Real Radio 104.1’s Dirty Jim appears on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. whipping up his favorite brunch recipe, while Edible Orlando Publisher Kendra Lott will also be on hand overseeing the culinary festivities. (All stage presentations are subject to change without notice.)

Speaking of food, the Orlando Home Show will bring back its popular food truck rally on Sunday only from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Some of Central Florida’s favorite mobile food purveyors, including Treehouse Truck, The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, The Crepe Company, APP’S Wings, Tostones & Burgers, and Renaissance Catering of Orlando will be serving up delicious fare for purchase at the Westwood Lobby Entrance.

After fueling up at the stage or truck rally, “Stay Calm and DIY.” Do-it-yourself projects can be daunting, especially for first-timers. Enter Chris Tice. The Central Florida-based military veteran and DIY expert will demystify the process while demonstrating useful and decorative items in the show’s DIY feature area, Booth 119 (all projects will be repeated each day).

DIY is storming the nation. Who will be named the nation’s top home and gardening trendsetter? Will it be DIY Diva Leanne Lee of Parkville, Missouri? Revolutionary gardening guru David Marciniak of Culpepper, Virginia? Or will Painesville, Ohio, design innovator Ursula Carmona take home the prize? Guests, along with celebrity experts, can help select the winner of Marketplace Event’s Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year, a search to find the nation’s most dynamic home and garden blogger. Launched last July, the online contest is culminating at the Orlando Home Showon the Fresh Ideas Stage on Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m. with the winner crowned at 3:00 p.m.

Guests can also get valuable answers to important questions about remodeling, home improvement, design and fall outdoor project from hundreds of experts around the show floor and on the main stage throughout the weekend. Learn how to save 90% on groceries without spending 90% of the time clipping coupons from savings guru Mary Edwards of Couponers United. Create favorite home improvement ideas on Pinterest with tips from Jana from XL106.7. Visit for a complete listing of stage presentations and times.

Other not-to-be-missed features and opportunities include Hero Day on Friday, Oct. 24 (current and former military qualify for one FREE ticket on Friday, and are invited to purchase discounted tickets at 50% off any day during show with pre-verified status at; and three designer rooms created by Moore Design & Interiors Group using custom and affordable pieces and specializing in pet-friendly and child-friendly materials. New and interesting products making their debut at the Orlando Home Show will be noted by a “featured product” floor tile, making it easy for guests to find them. Giveaways, enter-to-win contests and prize drawings round out the winning line-up for guests.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 for adults 13+, $5 for seniors (60+, at the box office only), $5 for children ages 6-12 (at the box office only), and free for children ages five and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online for a $3 discount off full-price $10 admission at Parking is available in the West Concourse and is $9 per car, per day. The Orange County Convention Center/West Concourse is located at 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Directions here:

For more information, visit , or call 877-871-SHOW (7469).  Connect on FacebookTwitter (@FloridaHomeShow), and Pinterest ( for up-to-the-minute show details, discounts and fabulous home improvement tips. Visit the show’s blog at

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Barktoberfest At Lake Eola Park Tomorrow

Barktoberfest Lake Eola Park

The fourth annual Barktoberfest is a rescue appreciation event to celebrate the partnership between Orange County Animal Services and the rescue community is tomorrow at Lake Eola Park (on the south east grassy area) in Downtown Orlando from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

For this event Orange County Animal Services works with approximately 70 rescue partners that aid in the recovery and adoption of many homeless animals. 

Barktoberfest will have many of these rescued pets available for adoption, and along with adoptable animals there will also be delicious food trucks, pet microchipping, vendors, raffles and more!

Lambs Eat Ivy Salon‘s SHAMPOOCH event will be taking place just steps from Lake Eola, along Washington Street. SHAMPOOCH invites people to bring their owned pets for a day of dog washing fun with proceeds benefitting a local pet rescue group.

Free microchipping will be conducted by Animal Services from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Low-cost rabies vaccinations will be offered by the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for $5 between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Find out more at

The following food trucks will be attending:
Kona Dog
Fork In The Road Truck
SwedeDISH Food Truck
Monsta Lobsta
Sweet City Gelato and Gourmet Desserts
The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck
Louie’s Bistro
Tastebuds-Catering Food Truck

The following rescue groups will be attending:
A Cause 4 Paws
A Forever Home Animal Rescue
Animal Advocates FL, Inc
Big Dog Ranch Rescue
Boston Terrier Rescue of East TN – FL Division
Broward Friends of Shelter Animals CFL
Cats Are My Love
Central Florida Pug Rescue
Dream Catcher German Shepherd Rescue
Florida Boxer Rescue
Furever Bully Love Rescue, Inc.
Furever Friendz, Inc.
Labrador Retriever Rescue of FL
Me and My Shadow Dog Rescue
Orlando Bully Rescue
Paradise for Pets Rescue
Passion 4 Pits Rescue
Phoenix Rising Animal Rescue
Poodle and Pooch Rescue
Pug Rescue of Florida
Ruff Times Rescue, Inc.
Sniffing Snouts Pitbull Rescue
The Pixel Fund
VIP Rescue

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KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Visits Kissimmee

KaBoom! Play Together Tour 2014

KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Visits Kissimmee 

Free Pop-Up Kids Event – Register Now!
Don’t miss this free family event coming to a city near you

The KaBOOM! Play Together Tour is wrapping up its nation-wide travels in Kissimmee, and this is definitely a family fun event you won’t want to miss!

The secret to rich, rewarding, memorable family time is play! And the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour— powered by Disney Parks— makes family bonding fun and easy. This FREE, state-of-the-art, pop-up play attraction features team-building stations, games that build mental and physical play prowess, and an incredible family-friendly obstacle course. Your entire family will learn how balanced and active play helps children thrive.

Reserve your spot in AnaheimSacramentoSan FranciscoChicagoAtlanta or Kissimmee.

KaBOOM! Play Together Tour

Kissimmee Location Details:

Mill Run Park
1451 Mill Slough Road
KissimmeeFL 34744

Registration will also be available on-site the day of the event.

Parking is free at the park, and drivers also have permission to park their cars at the Cita Con La Vida Church parking lot, just adjacent to Mill Run Park.

For more information about this event, please call 407.935.1412, log on to or follow us on Facebook 

Want to help us run an event? Volunteer at a Play Together Tour stop and receive good vibes, a free t-shirt and lunch on us!

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Hi Eugene! Theatre Presents Matt & Ben

Hi Eugene! Theatre Productions Presents

Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers’

Matt & Ben

Hi Eugene Portion of Proceeds to be Donated to The American Heart Association
of Greater Orlando in Honor of Recently Passed Orlando Actor Carl Krickmire

After the wild success of its inaugural production, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Hi Eugene! Theatre Productions is proud to present Mindy Kaling &Brenda Wither’s Matt & Ben.  The show will run at Bay Street Theatre in Eustis, Fla., Aug. 22 to 24, 2014, and at The Venue in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 8 to 9, 2014.

Hi Eugene

Written by actress and producer Mindy Kaling – best known for her roles on NBC’s The Office and The Mindy Project – Matt & Bendepicts its Hollywood golden boys – before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar and before anyone actually gave a damn. When the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens, the boys realize they’re being tested by a higher power.

“This show is really a story of true, ever-lasting friendship,” director Devon Lucia said. “Friends are the family you choose to surround yourself with.  Since moving to Florida, my friends have really been my backbone through some tough times and now I’m pursuing my dream of directing.  I couldn’t do it without them.”

Hi Eugene

A portion of proceeds from the Orlando run will go to The American Heart Association of Greater Orlando in honor of recently passed Orlando actor Carl Krickmire.  Krickmire’s most recent performance was in SAK Comedy Lab’s Jekyll n’ Hyde at the Orlando Fringe Festival.  The show was written and directed by Lindsay Taylor, who will play “Matt” in Matt & Ben.

“Carl’s death strongly affected the Central Florida theater community, really bringing people together,” Taylor said. “I’ve put my entire heart into this show for one person.  This is for Carl.”

Hi Eugene

About Hi Eugene! Theatre Productions
Created by the Lucia sisters – Devon and Dannon – in 2009 and launched the theatre company in 2013, Hi Eugene! Theatre Productions is a local production company striving to provide community arts and entertainment that have both a heart and a message. Hi Eugene! brings awareness to causes affecting young people today through relevant, poignant and entertaining stage productions. In an effort to raise awareness even offstage, the company hosts fundraising events and charitable outreach programs.  If fundraising goals are met, Hi Eugene! donates 100 percent of a specific night’s profits to a pre-determined charity. To learn more about Hi Eugene!, its mission and upcoming productions or to donate and purchase tickets, visit

Hi Eugene! Theatre Productions Presents

Matt & Ben
Written by Mindy Kaling & Brenda Withers
Directed by Devon D. Lucia

Hi Eugene

August 22 – 24, 2014
8:00 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.)
2:00, 8:00 p.m. (Sun.)

Bay Street Theatre
109 N. Bay St.
Eustis, FL 32726

November 8 – 9, 2014
8:00 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.)
2:00, 7:30 p.m. (Sun.)

The Venue
511 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803

Tickets:  $15

Our Company:
“Matt” – Lindsay Taylor
“Ben” – Christina Carmona

Our Team:
Director & Producer – Devon D. Lucia
Assistant Director – Brian Gutierrez
Executive Producer – Dannon Lucia
Graphic Designer – Samantha Sanders
Set Designer and Construction – Adam S. Ressa
Stage Manager – Jordan Irvine

**Matt & Ben has not been authorized or approved in any manner by Matt Damon or Ben Affleck Estate, which have no responsibility for its content. Produced with permission from Samuel French INC


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City of Kissimmee Unveils Project “Texas” and Welcomes Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology

aviator-college-logoThe City of Kissimmee’s Economic Development Office announced that Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, will open a new campus at Kissimmee Gateway Airport, in early 2015. This Kissimmee facility will offer airframe and power plant (A&P) mechanics classes that go towards preparation of Federal Aviation Administration A&P certifications.

Aviator College currently has a campus in Fort Pierce, Florida whose primary focus is flight training with a small offering of A&P training. Their new Kissimmee campus will be the reverse – with a strong focus on the airframe and power plant classes.

Aviator College will not only offer classes towards A&P certification, they will also develop a college degree program as advanced as their Fort Pierce operation. “Given the expected shortage and the wide acceptance for FAA A&P certifications, this academic program will place Kissimmee in the forefront as a leading aviation training location,” said Terry Lloyd, Kissimmee Aviation Director.

Aviator College has committed to creating 60 jobs over the next three years, with a company average wage of $40,000 – which is 115% over the annual average wage in Osceola County. The company will begin immediate renovations to 606 Dyer Boulevard, and within three years expand their campus with another facility. Aviator College will invest over $7 Million in their Kissimmee campus.

City of Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan stated, “We share great pride in Aviator College’s decision to expand their campus to Kissimmee Gateway Airport. This new company will fill an A&P shortage at our airport, and also significantly diversify our airport economic base.”

Kissimmee Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the City of Kissimmee, with administrative offices located at 301 North Dyer Boulevard. For more information about the Airport, please visit To learn more about Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, please visit

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