Review: The 42nd Annual Daytona Turkey Run

By: Nathan Wertheimer

On Thursday, November 26, 2015, I attended the 42nd Annual Daytona Turkey Run at the Daytona International Speedway. This was my first time to this event at the speedway, which is a much different speedway than a NASCAR race day event. This event is for the whole family along children. There is much to see and do at the Turkey Run for the half-day or whole day.

When planning your trip to this event remember to bring these items. Don’t forget the camera, windbreaker, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, earplugs (if needed), dress casually, and extra cash. Some vendors do not accept credit cards, but there are some ATMs on property for a fee.

When traveling from Orlando to this event there is road construction on both Interstate 4 and Interstate 95. Watch for the road construction signs. After getting off the interstate 95 stay in the right lane and it will take you to right onto Williamson Blvd and left into the Westside of the speedway. There are two different parking area which will depend on if you are an attendee or a show car. There is plenty of free parking available on the outside of the speedway.

Once you have a paid ticket getting into the speedway starts the real fun. I recommend getting an event map at the one of the information booths to make your day a little easier. Plan your day by dividing the speedway into section starting at the farthest area first. If you need assistance moving around there are scooters for rent and also some shuttle available.

I started in the show car area, which is in the east side of the infield of the speedway. Many show cars were still arriving into the infield. Domestic cars out number import cars inside the show car area. There are roughly 6,000 who pack the infield on a busy day. From cars to trucks there were many early model vehicles. Some vehicles had custom engines and paint jobs. Many of the vehicles owners were lounging by their vehicle to answer any questions anyone had. Some of the owners could tell you long stories on how they purchased the vehicle to facts of what made there vehicle unique. Everyone had a story to tell. One owner told me this is not a cheap hobby to get into too.

Another area of the event was the antique and vintage area in the yellow garage area. There was a famous “The Monkeys” red vehicle. This was the highlight of my day. The red vehicle on display was a replica, which was shown on one of the TV episodes. Another famous vehicle was the “The Fastest Woody” vehicle on display. Many of these vehicles one could get up close, but you could not sit inside the vehicles.

After finishing the antique and vintage area in the yellow garage was the fair style food vendor. One of the vendors had corn dogs, French fries, and much more for a reasonable price. I purchased the French fries and they were hot from the fryer and very good.

After eating a snack, I went back to the show car area to check out more vehicles on display. Another vehicle that stands out is the dropped down black tow truck marked “Danburry Auto Body.” This vehicle fascinated many spectators. I checked out even more vehicles and then called it a day. I did not have a chance to see everything at this event.

I would highly recommend this event is any car lovers and for family fun. If were you have bored over the Thanksgiving weekend this is the event for you. If you missed this event there is a smaller version of this event coming to Spring 2016 at the same location. Stay tuned for more details. Be sure to check out the event photos posted in a photo slideshow on www.otownfun.com and at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1006104852765662.1073741833.369365506439603&type=3

The 42nd Annual Daytona Turkey Run held November 26-29, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, Price of admission varies, Call 386-255-7355 or visit http://www.turkeyrun.com

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MegaCon: Fan Days coming to Orlando!

Press Release Information:

MegaCon Fan Days Orlando is a new installment from the producers of MegaCon, the Southeast’s largest annual comic book, anime, gaming and multi-media extravaganza.  The two-day show debuts at the Orange County Convention Center November 21-22 and will offer the same fandom and fun of MegaCon with the awesomeness of smaller crowds and lower ticket prices.

MegaCon Fan Days is a family-friendly playground for fans of all ages! The event’s line-up includes autographs, photo ops and panels with celebrity guests; Artist Alley, a ”must experience area” for anyone interested in meeting the comic industry’s veterans and rising stars; plus costumed characters and an exhibit hall bursting with 100,000-square-feet of shopping madness. Retailers from across the country will sell comics, original artwork, memorabilia, games, toys, t-shirts and much more.

For more information, visit www.megaconfandays.com. Stay connected with the show for announcements, updates and contests by registering for the FAN EXPO HQ newsletter, and by following the show on its social networks: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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2015 The Violectric Holiday Show at Lake Eola

Violectric Holiday Show 12.12.15 @ Lake Eola Park

Press Release From passionprconsulting.com:

Rock Into The Holiday Season With Strings Sensation Violectric At The “Violectric Holiday Show” On Saturday, December 12 At Lake Eola Park In Downtown Orlando

  Central Florida’s Top Strings Rock Group Return to the Walt Disney Amphitheatre and Offer a Fun and Free Concert Featuring All Your Favorite Holiday Tunes with a Twist

Catch a Special Preview Friday, December 4 at the Lake Eola Tree Lighting Ceremony

WHAT:  Following a sizzling fall season scoring the music for Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream plus performances all across the region, the talented musicians of Central Florida’s rockin’ strings group “Violectric,” the electric string quintet with keyboards and drums, are ringing in the holiday season with their special annual holiday show.  Free and open to the public, the concert will feature traditional holiday songs like “Jingle Bells,” “O Christmas Tree” and “Hanukkah, O Hanukkah” mashed up with classic rock tunes like “Kashmir,” “Born to Run” and “Sweet Dreams,” which combined with audience participation, deliver a fun-filled and highly-unique holiday show unlike anything seen and heard before.

WHEN:  Saturday, December 12, 2015.  Show starts at 7:30pm.

WHERE:  Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park, 99 N Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801.

WHO:  Formed in 2008, the accomplished members of the “Classic Musicians Who Rock!” Violectric have been performing in various groups, orchestras and together for over 20 years across the globe.  Led by esteemed musician “Vinylinist” Michelle Jones, Violectric is a unique fusion of the passion and beauty of classical string instruments with the excitement of cutting-edge modern technology and effects.  Violectric’s custom arrangements of classic and modern rock tunes like “Billie Jean,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Moves Like Jagger” and “Chandelier” cannot be heard anywhere else. 

HOW:  Using custom arrangements tailored to sound unlike any other, Violectric takes audiences on a musical revolution that is guaranteed to change the way they look at everything they play.  Performing on classic acoustic string instruments with electric pickups and effects, you have never heard a string quintet quite like this.  From The Beatles to Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith to The Rolling Stones, Violectric performs live musical hits without any recorded elements or backing tracks.

WHY:  Violectric is committed to music education offering music education programs throughout the United States and Asia including master classes and performances combining Violectric with student string groups, which Violectric produces in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and School for the Arts as their artists in residence.  For more news and information on upcoming performances, albums and happenings with Violectric and sister group Fretless Rock, visit http://violectric.net, http://stringsetc.net and http://vinylinist.com, and contact 407-434-1261 for booking inquiries.  For more information on Violectric Educational Programs, visit http://education.violectric.net/.

Review: Marina Jurica performed the “Weather Cabaret”

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Winter Park Playhouse, Winter Park, FL — On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, It was the third and final performance for the “Weather Cabaret” featuring Marina Jurica, a WFTV Meteorologist and actress/singer. Roughly about forty theatergoers and a few of Jurica’s closest coworkers showed up to see her live on stage. Even Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry, and Anchor/Reporter Carla Ray, from WFTV were even in attendance too.

The Cabaret Series was performed in the lobby of the Winter Park Playhouse where there is plenty of space to enjoy this musical performance. If you have never been to the Winter Park Playhouse you don’t know what you’re missing. This is a quaint place to watch live musical theater. Ticket prices are very reasonable. Plus, there is plenty of parking on the street in the evening show.

To set the Weather Cabaret mood, Jurica came out on stage in front of the lobby window with a gentleman playing the piano in the background. The musical songs were divided up into four seasons such as Fall, Winter, Springs, and Summer. Between songs she gave the audience a perspective of why she picked the song she was singing. Jurcia hit many high tunes with voice and was very entertaining to watch and listen.

One of the audience favorite song was “Let it rain, let it rain” and even the audience got a chance to sing along with Jurica. At the end of the Cabaret everyone gave her a standing ovation for her performance. Jurica will be back on stage in the near future. Stay tuned for more information.

The Weather Cabaret ran through select days in the month of October/November 2015 at Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Avenue Suite C, Winter Park, FL 32789, Ticket prices vary, Call 407-645-0145 or visit http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org

The Winter Park Playhouse is featuring Marina Jurica

Courtesy Photo from Winter Park Playhouse
Photo Courtesy from The Winter Park Playhouse

Come out to on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 7:30pm to see Marina Jurica, a Meteorologist from WFTV, take the stage in a Cabaret Series. If you have not see seen Marina before you are missing out a great Central Floridian star. She has been in many productions in the Central Florida area. Now is your chance to see her live and in person. Get your tickets online or at the door. Tickets are just $20.00 for general admission. Doors open at 6:30pm. The Winter Park Playhouse is located in the heart of the City of Winter Park. For more information go to this link below.

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