The 104th Annual Central Florida Fair in Orlando Preview

What: 2016 Central Florida Fair

When: February 25 – March 13, 2016

Where: Central Florida Fairgrounds on West Colonial Drive in Orlando

How: This fair is produced and managed by the Central Florida Fair along with their vendors and service providers. This is private funded fair, which is held in our community every year.

Why: The Central Florida Fair was founded in 1910 by a group of community leaders who sought an outlet to celebrate the agricultural industry in Orlando and its surrounding counties. With an average annual attendance of 250,000, the Central Florida Fair successfully continues its mission to preserve and enhance the agricultural, cultural, educational, and historical legacy of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia Counties, known collectively as “Central Florida.” It is the largest not-for-profit fair in Central Florida and among the top five largest fairs in the state.

Who: Open to the General Public. Great for families and friends ages 1-100

Parking: Free parking on the Central Florida Fairgrounds

Overview of the Event: At the annual Fair, visitors and residents alike will enjoy a large number of rides through our exciting Midway, from stomach dropping thrillers for our adrenaline seekers to Kiddie Land for our youngest riders, the Central Florida Fair delivers clean family fun for everyone! In addition to the traditional rides and fair food, this 11-day event will celebrate the accomplishments of local residents awarding nearly $200,000 in prize money to exhibitors in: Creative Arts – with nearly 3,000 handmade items in over 200 categories, including Fine Arts, Needlework, and Crafts & Hobbies, Food Arts & Sciences – a feast of baked goods, canned fruits, decorated cakes, and decorative touches for the home, plus dozens of daily chef demonstrations on a state-of-the-art kitchen stage, Horticulture – lush displays of flowers and foliage, plus information on gardening, water conservation, landscaping, and more, FFA – local middle and high school chapters present educational booths on landscaping, animal husbandry, veterinary care, and more, 4-H – this leadership-building organization presents a year’s worth of youth activities in informative booths and creative contests, Livestock – featuring over 2,000 cows, horses, sheep, hogs, goats, chickens, and rabbits, Entertainment – over 100 groups featuring 800 singers, dancers and musicians on three stages

Sights and Sounds of this Event: When you attend this year’s Central Florida Fair there is much to see and do and one cannot get it all-in in one day. Bring your walking shoes because you will need them. The fair is about having fun and learning a few new things too. There are a variety of carnival style rides and games. A long line at any of the rides and games will indicate it is a popular attraction at the fair. If waiting in line is not your thing, check out the arts and science area exhibits inside a few of the fair buildings. After walking around the fair you might feel hungry so there is plenty of fair food options available. They have the crazy donuts bacon cheeseburger, grilled corn on the cob, large turkey strum sticks, and much more. Check the daily schedule for free entertainment located throughout the fairgrounds. See pigs racing rally; a magic show, and even a Seal show are all free entertainment. Please note that some entertainment may change without notice. Your kids will love the entire fair experience and they will ask you to bring them back next year.

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Marianna Hamilton Ross Exhibit Preview

What: Marianna Hamilton Ross Solo Exhibition, Works on Paper

When: February 11 – March 16, 2016

Where: Seminole State College – Lake Mary/Sanford Campus at the Center for Fine & Performance Arts Building

How: See a largest collection of Hamilton Ross work of art at one location

Why: Get an up close and personal with the original works of art by Hamilton Ross

Who: Open to the general public during normal business hours and open during theater intermissions

Parking: Free, park near the Northwest parking lot closest to the CFDA Automotive Program Building.

Overview of the Exhibit: Our season continues with an exhibit featuring pastel and watercolor works by Marianna Hamilton Ross; former Art Professor and Gallery Curator at Seminole State College of Florida. After retiring, Mrs. Hamilton Ross has been actively producing and exhibiting her paintings and drawings, and teaching workshops both in Florida and in northeast Pennsylvania. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery, Scranton, PA; Willow River Gallery, Honesdale, PA; Cooperstown Art Association, NY, and Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, plus a Solo show at the University Club in Winter Park.

 The Sights of this Exhibit: When you walk into the SSC Fine Arts Gallery, you will notice the lights are dimmed and the colors of the artwork will pop out. There is a total of twenty-four works of art hanging on the walls in the gallery. There are a variety of works from abstract figure forms to abstract botanicals created in watercolor and pastels.

Many viewers have asked where are her famous silk paintings. There are no available silk paintings on the wall at this exhibit. This exhibit has only 2-D works of art. One will notice that she layers some of her artwork with paper stacked on paper. Her color palette uses a variety of color gradients. She uses a cool color scheme throughout most of her artwork. Hamilton Ross finished all of her works of art with a light wooden trim frame.

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Dining Review at The Orlando Titanic Gala Dinner

Written by: Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – If you are looking for a unique dinning experience then the Titanic Gala Dinner Experience is what you need. Many Titanic movie fans at heart will love this entertainment and dinner experience. Before heading over to the Titanic Gala Dinner it is recommended to dress casually in a nice shirt and pants. Plus, bring a jacket because some of the exhibits have very cold rooms.

Once you arrive on the property of the Titanic The Experience. This attraction is located in what used to be a strip mall and at former Racing Rock Museum attraction. There is plenty of free parking in the front and back of the building. Crowds tend to line up before the doors even open.

When you enter the door of the building, you will be greeted by nice lady dressed in a black and white Boarding Stewardess in the Lobby which is the Purser’s Deck. The dinner gala is by reservation only. Guests are then given a boarding pass along with your dinning table number. Don’t forget to save this card. I will explain later in this dinning review.

After getting your boarding pass which is your ticket into this attraction. Next, the Executive Director of the White Star Line will then greet you. Then, you will have an opportunity for a family photo taken on the front bow of the Titanic in the lobby with out any of the actors. These photos are available to purchase at the end of your night. While waiting in the lobby and guest are welcome to the Captain’s cocktail party with cheese and crackers appetizer. Also, there is a cash bar for beverages and liquor. Plus, guests will interact with the Titanic crew and guests.

The Titanic crew and guests are professional actors. It is encouraged to play along with their skit. The old man guest will ask you where you’re from. I told him I’m from nowhere. Then he asked what class are you? Marked on my boarding pass in the back is listed a name of a male/female of a real Titanic guest, class, and other information. I told him I was a third class passenger just to be funny and he ran away with poking fun at me in a good way. Please be aware you might be picked on. This is all in good fun.

Another character you will meet Margaret “Molly” Brown who is known as the damsel. She is quite flirtatious with the guys. Ask her to kiss your guy on the cheek. She will do it in a photo. She is very talkative. You never know what see will say next.

Once all the guest have arrived, they are then spilt up into two groups to see the first half of the Titanic Experience which consists of the ship building room, recovered artifacts of many different ship items. While going thru the first part of the museum, guests have another photo opportunity see the wooden Grand Staircase Room. These photos are available to purchase at the end of your night. Photography and video is not permitted in the attraction and during the Gala dinning show. You are permitted to take photos in the lobby and gift shop only.

When the dinning room is ready, the Stewardess call out assigned table numbers. There are a total of nine or ten tables in the Dinning Room consisting of ten people per table. Walking into the dinning room you will feel like you are on a cruise ship. Everyone is served the same dinner unless you make a special request ahead of time.

The first course dinner is served with the mixed green salad with raspberry vinaigrette. Also, on the table is an artisan cheese and olive plate. Don’t forget the mixed Vienna dinner rolls with butter. Some of the rolls are plain or have garlic seasoned.

After the first course then the main course is served. The main course consists of a fillet of beef with mushroom Dem-glaze along with a chicken breast with Lyonniase sauce on the plate. Also, on the plate is a serving of green beans and Rosemary roasted potatoes on the side. The beef tips were the best out of the meal. While guests eat their diner, the crew and guests of the Titanic entertain them. Don’t be surprised if you see a little drama-taking place. Plus, the Captain of the Titanic walks around the Dinning Room interacting with the guests.

The third course consists of a champagne toast to the retiring Captain Edward John Smith. He will give a few words about his retirement. And the final course is the desert, which consist of a white chocolate mousse with raspberry drizzle in an edible chocolate cup. Note some food items may change without notice.

After dinner, guest can see the second part of the Titanic Museum which consist of the cargo bay area, the Boiler Room, the ship’s bridge, the deck, a Memorial Room, the Ice Burg, and finally, the gift shop. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to meet and greet again with the Titanic crew and guests. Ask any last questions before you depart.

After concluding your night, the gift shop has a lot of wonderful merchandise to take home with you. Some of these items cannot be found in retail stores. Some of the items on shelve are glassware, apparel, postcards, artwork, kids toys, and novelties items. If you forget to buy a Titanic souvenir there is an online gift shop to with a limited number of items. Go to .

I highly recommend this dinning experience to locals and tourist alike. It is worth the value of what you get for your money. This tour not recommended for children eight and under. This attraction combines a museum with a gala dinning experience. Guests will come away with historical information along with memories of the Titanic.

The Titanic Gala Dinner is only offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the year. The Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is located on 7324 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. See ticket prices and other information on-line at