Two Golfsmith Stores Closing in Central Florida in 2016

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Altamonte Springs, FL — Back in November 2016, Golfsmith published a press release stated they were closing 59 stores nationwide. The company was force to close stores because they were in bankruptcy. Now Central Florida has two store closings in Orlando and Altamonte Springs. The Altamonte store will be closing on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the end of the retail business day. Then the doors locked for a few months and rebranded. It is a great time to shop for golf merchandises at a discount whatever is leftover on the selves. There are very few holdover items in the front portion of this store. Some of the items still for sell are mainly woman’s clothing and a few single golf clubs. The final day is near and they are offering 70-90% off the retail price on all merchandise. Everything must go! See stores for more details go to www.golfsmith.com/sitedown .

The flip side of this story is that Dick’s Sporting Goods has bought the Golfsmith brand from the bankruptcy auction and is now rebranding it into Galaxy Golf brand as another division to their flagship brand. Changes are taking place now. The current employees of Golfsmith will be staying on and transitioning into the Galaxy Golf branded stores. The Altamonte store plans to reopen under the Galaxy Golf brand store sometime in the Spring 2017. Look for more up dates in the future from Galaxy Golf go to www.galaxygolf.com

Golfsmith Company is a US based business and has been around 1967 created Carl and Barbra Paul. In August 2014, the company expanded their brick and mortar stores in 20 states with 100 retail stores.

It is sad to see a company like Golfsmith calling four out on the golf course! There are many reasons why the company filed for bankruptcy. Soon the Golfsmith brand will be gone forever. There are many other local golf stores ready to earn your business in Central Florida.

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Source of information found at Golf Digest, Golfsmith, and Wikipedia.

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2016 8th Annual Chanukah Concert & Celebration at Lake Mary City Hall Preview

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Lake Mary, FL – This event is an annual tradition at Lake Mary City Hall in Seminole County, which celebrates the Chanukah – Jewish Festival of Lights. Come celebrate the Jewish holiday in style. This celebration is open to all faiths who wants to participate in the fun.

What is Chabad (pronounced hu-bod) North Orlando? The Majesky’s began setting the groundwork to build a most vibrant Jewish community in North Orlando. With their warm smiles and non-judgmental approach they have touched hundreds of local Jews, visiting many homes and celebrating the Jewish Holidays with the community. Together, the Majeskys form a most powerful team bringing warmth and happiness to the friends, families and community around them. Jewish Orlando North is always looking for new members.

Chabad North Orlando produces this yearly event which takes place on Monday, December 26, 2016, at 5:30pm located at Lake Mary City Hall west side of the park near the gazebo. There is plenty of free parking at Lake Mary City Hall and at the surrounding shops.

There is much to see and do at this Chanukah Concert & Celebration. Here is a sample of what is going on featuring Maks Annaev – Comedy, Juggling, & Magic Show,  Face Painting Balloon Twisting, Giant Balloon Menorah, Dr Laz & The Cure in concert, crafts, Chocolate Gelt, Donuts and more! Stop relax and enjoy the festivities.

Also this event is here to raise money for the Jewish North Orlando Community. Any amount is most appreciated. Please help spread the word about this amazing event and make sure that other fellow Jews can celebrate this holiday proudly and together as one people. The Jewish North Orlando Community would like to thank you for your support! Come meet Rabbi Yanky & Chanshy Majesky at this event and get to know them.

Overall, this is one of the best Chanukah events in Central Florida. For more information go to: www.jewishnorthorlandocom.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1691846/lang/en

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2016 Florida Citrus Parade in Orlando Preview

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – If you and your family have never seen a Florida Citrus Parade than now is your chance for this free entertainment opportunity. The Florida Citrus Parade coincides with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Game. This parade is an annual event in Downtown Orlando. This year’s parade is held on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at 11am.

Before coming down to this parade these are some items you should bring. Depending on weather conditions bring a poncho and or jacket. For the best seat in the house bring your own comfortable folding chairs. It is not recommended to bring your pet to this parade. Your pet may not enjoy the many people and distractions in the area.

Parking will be very spotty in the Downtown area. There is no free parking for this event. Paid parking is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at various lots and parking structures near the parade route.  All “No Parking” areas and red curb zones remain off-limits, and vehicles in violation will be subject to impound and a fine.  There is no parking allowed on the parade route. Only parking garages and surface lot will be open for a parking fee. Parking fees will vary depending on location. Here are some recommended parking lots. Lot 9 – located at 57 South Hughey Avenue, under Interstate 4. Lot 10 – located at 81 North Hughey Avenue, near I-4 between Washington St. & Central Blvd. Garland Parking Lot – located at 109 West Pine Street. Church Street Garage – located at 150 South Hughey Avenue. Thornton Park Central Garage – located at 10 North Summerlin Avenue. Garage entrances are located on North Eola Drive and East Washington Street. For a more complete list of all available downtown area parking garages go to the City of Orlando website. Please be advised to lock your valuable away from plain sight inside your vehicle and to lock all vehicle doors before walking down to the parade.

It is advised to arrive about two hour before the start of the parade for the best selection of curbside seating and view point. There is grandstand-seating area with a paid ticket available, which is located at Lake Eola Park on Rosalind Avenue (between Central Avenue and Robinson Street). The grandstands open at 9:30 a.m. The Pre Parade Show will begin promptly at 10:00am. The parade will last about 2-3 hours depending upon the flow of the parade. The parade begins on Orange Avenue and Robinson Street and continues south on Orange Avenue, east on Anderson Street, then north on Rosalind Avenue. The parade concludes at Rosalind Avenue and Robinson Street. The route is 1.4 miles in length to complete.

While waiting for the parade to start one will encounter a few approved parade vendors selling carnival style merchandise at various prices. It is advised to remain seated while the floats pass you on their route as a courtesy for others enjoy the same viewing. Law enforcement will be in uniform and in plain clothes covering this event.

Some of the highlights in this year’s parade will be both LSU and Louisville marching bands, Disney characters, Universal Studios characters, a bunch of mascots, many corporate sponsor floats. Upwards of 3,000 participants take part in this year’s spectacular event. Some corporate floats may toss out from their float such as beads, t-shirts, and other items. Keep your eyes open so one does not get hurt.

Just a minder there is a spectator code of conduct, which all attendees must adhere to. Grandstand ticket holders will not be allowed to bring backpacks, coolers or large bags.
You must vacate the grandstands if you would like to smoke. Overnight camping is not permitted the night before the parade. Blankets, chairs, private coolers, must remain on the curb along the parade route. Tents, umbrellas, scaffolding, barbecues and alcohol are prohibited along the parade route. No items may be sold along the parade route without an official parade permit. Throwing any item onto the parade route is prohibited.
Vehicles obstructing emergency lanes will be towed. Walking in the street once the parade has started is not permitted. Public restrooms are located behind the grandstands and at Lake Eola Park.

The Florida Citrus Parade is a taped broadcast. The major part of the taping will be by the grandstand area. If you would like to see it on TV please check your local TV listings. The taping of the parade is edited down to fit into a TV time slot. No everything will be taped during the parade. Most of the highlights of the parade will be shown on TV. Other media outlets will be on assignment covering this parade as well too.

When the parade ends there will be heavy traffic departing the Downtown Orlando area. Please be patient while traffic gets back to normal. Many local businesses will be open for normal business hours. It is suggested to go eat a bite at one of the many local restaurants and pubs while the traffic thins out.

For more information on the Florida Citrus Parade go to www.floridacitrussports.com/event/florida-citrus-parade .

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2016 Light Up UCF Review

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – On the main campus of UCF is an annual event called Light Up UCF. This event is open to the general public. There was much to see and do at this venue. This venue lasts now until January 8, 2017, which is held every night of the week.

If you have never seen this event before it is a worthwhile experience for the whole family to go for a visit. This year is a different experience than last year because of the remodeled CFE Arena courtyard and set-up of this event. Plus, there are a few vendor at the event selling products and services.

It is an easy drive from Orlando to the UCF main campus in East Orlando. When arriving on the UCF property to for the CFE Arena signs directing drivers to this event, which is located outside of the CFE Arena. There is plenty of free parking available near event arena with three parking garages near by. Plus, there are some limited meter street parking next to the university shops.

There is much to see and do at Light Up UCF. Some of the activities include the a color light show, photo area, movie night on select nights, large Farris wheel rides, ice skating rink, horse and carriage rides. One will not be bored at this venue!

The colorful light show dances to the music on every hour starts at 7pm and running thru 11pm nightly. Spectators can see the holiday lights dance to music from songs you know by heart. Also, there is palm trees on both sides of the ice skating rink which are all decked out with color LED holiday lights. Towards the end of the holiday light show will have synthetic snow pouring out a machine above your head. This snow is some sort of soap. Children just love the snow fall from the sky. See children’s faces light up when the snow starts pouring out.

The one of the main attraction at this venue is the ice skating rink. There is a fee to lace up your skates. Also, there is a disclaimer posted at the rink. Skate at your own risk. This venue is not liable for your injuries and or property loss. Everyone is welcome to skate whether one is beginner to professional. Just remember to bring a jacket to this venue. This venue tries keep the ice cold at a certain temperature. If the ice gets too humid it will be very slippery and wet.

There are two carnival style rides to enjoy at this venue. The Farris wheel will take your around a few times for a paid ticket. One is able to get a birds eye view of the venue and surrounding areas. The other ride is a pendulum style ride, which gives the rider a bird eye view of the venue. This ride is not acceptable for small children.

Overall, this is one of the most popular holiday events in town. For more information on this venue go to www.lightupucf.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great event content please check us out at www.otownfun.com

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2016 Live Noel Production Produced By First Baptist Church of Longwood Review

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Longwood, FL – The First Baptist Church of Longwood produces a free live nativity production every year on the first and second weekends of the month of December. This was a great opportunity to see a unique presentation of birth of Jesus along with music and live drama. Many people brought their entire family out to see this free live Christmas entertainment and teaching moments. All faiths were welcome to attend.

Driving to the First Baptist Church of Longwood is located at 891 State Road 434 East, Longwood, FL 32750. The church is located in between State 17-92 and Warren Ave on State Road 434. There was plenty of free parking available.

Once you arrive and walk to the main building one was greeted by a village citizen that welcome attendees by says Shalom to all people before entering the building. Upon entering the building one will receive one gold coin to give to the guard in costume. Then one proceeds to the sanctuary to find a seat before the production starts. There is plenty of seating in the main sanctuary. The church ask the attendees to silence all cell phones and to refrain from shooting any video recording and or flash photography.

The production lasts about thirty to forty-five minutes. At the end of the production, the Rev. Eric Scholten, of First Baptist Church of Longwood, speaks for a minutes on stage about his church. Next, the audience is escorted to the village for an interactive opportunity to see what it was like back in these biblical times.

This interactive village market is a chance to get an up and close and personal what it would was like to live in these ages. Many people of today forget that they did not have the luxuries back then. Many attendees will have a chance to see how they made fresh baked bread in an old style bakery. One could even smell the fresh bread while it is baking. Next, they had a leather workshop. A master leather tech along with his assistant re-enacts how leather goods were made. Besides the leather goods they had fresh fruits and vegetable market stand. A lady at the fresh fruits and vegetable stand explains about her stand. Next, there is a clothing text style booth. One can see how they made and sewed many articles of clothing. Some children had an opportunity to take home a handmade doll with them. Another booth was the metal works stand. This stand had copper candle stands, platters, cooking utensils, and many other items too. Attendees asked many questions to the village citizens who were working.

After viewing the village, there is free hot coca and cookies for everyone to enjoy. The church produces this production every year for recruitment of new members to attend their church. No one is obligated to attend any church service. Overall, I highly recommend this venue to anyone who would like to be entertainment and seeing this great learning opportunity.

This year the production was held inside in the main sanctuary. For other reasons, normally the production would have been outside on the lawn in front of State Road 434. The entire Noel production is produced and directed by members at First Baptist Church of Longwood. For more information about the church go to www.fbclongwood.org . A photo slide of this year’s Noel production is located in the Holidays section on www.otownfun.com .

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Photo Tip Series – Photographing Festivals

Written by: Nathan Wertheimer

The next Photo Tip Series I will be writing about is how to photograph local festivals. Depending on the festival some festivals frown upon people photographing at these events. Here are a list of festivals to check out like art festivals, cultural festivals, food festivals, and carnivals. All of these festivals are visually fun to photograph. You only need a camera with an 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm lens only or a general 28-300mm lens. Plus, bring plenty of camera batteries and extra SD cards.

Art festivals are some of the most visual interesting subject to photograph. Most artists do not want the general public taking photographs of their work. You have to respect that. Some artists post no photographing signs at their booths. If you want to photograph one of their works please ask permission from the artist before photographing it. Beside the artwork, there are always free concerts on stage. You might be able to get some close-up near the stage of the entertainment performing live. This is your chance to photograph concert photography. There is not a big different between the high end and the low-end concert photographs. The low-end concert photography is easier to photograph and the singer and musicians already like the spotlight getting photograph while on stage. It makes a photographer job a little easier.

Cultural Festivals is another great opportunity to take photographs. One big local cultural festival is in Seminole County called the Central Florida Scottish Highland Games. There are no photo restrictions at this event. There are many things to photograph. I recommend bringing extra SD cards for your camera. Be mindful not to over step your boundaries at these games before you could get hurt.

Food Festivals are always great if you’re hungry. I recommend a small meal before coming to this event. Food festivals only give out samples for a small fee. Some of the many restaurants have booths displaying some of best work of art on a platter.

Carnivals and County Fairs are usually held in the spring and fall, which is a great time of year to be outside. There are many photo opportunities at a carnival or fair whether it is day or night. The daytime hours are the best time to get the fast rides, games, and out door shows. Beside the daytime, there is always the night for the lit up rides and vendor stands. It is recommended to bring a steady tripod for long exposure photography. Bracket your shots and choose the best ones later at home.

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Experience A WMMO Downtown Concert Series

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Many people not have heard about the free 98.9 FM WMMO Downtown Concert Series, which takes place in Downtown Orlando a few Saturday nights throughout each year. These concerts are free and open to everyone.

Currently, WMMO DCS has their event on the street of Orange Avenue in between the Dr. Phillips Center and City Hall of Orlando. Some of the other past locations were on location at the corner of Orange Avenue and Amelia Avenue at the Orange County Court House, and at the public parking lot near the Orlando Fire Department Headquarters building on Livingston Street. In the future, DCS might move their venue to another location.

When heading to the current location at the Dr.Phillips Center and City Hall of Orlando, there is limited parking at the event location. There are many commercial office buildings with public parking for a fee. If you’re looking for free parking, there are not any free parking spaces around.

The WMMO DCS has been running since the 1990’s and has been going strong ever since this time period. There were many bands and singer that have performed throughout the years for the WMMO DCS. Some of the performers have been the Yes Band, Modern English, The Romantics, Huey Lewis and the News, Bret Michaels, Pat Benitar, Vince Neil, the Blues Travelers, .38 Special, Kenny Loggin, String, and much more.

Besides the headliner bands there have been many locals band that open up for the headliners. Here are just a few local bands in the past such as, AM/FM Band, Amp’d Band, 3 Bucksworth Band, and much more. WMMO are always looking for great local opening bands to perform at DCS.

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Downtown Orlando hosted another WMMO DCS concert featuring Bret Michaels and AM/FM Band. The concert started at 4pm and went to 11pm. For those who went to the concert, the best seating was purchase ahead of time online for the WMMO Listener VIP tickets. Along with the best seats in the house, also came with convenient pot-a-lets and bar area. Plus, these ticket goers did not deal with the regular crowds. Also, there was a WMMO sponsor VIP section too which has some fringe benefits too.

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