2017 Casselberry Rock ‘N’ Blues Concert and Car Show Preview

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Looking for something to do over the Memorial Day weekend? Then check out the 2017 Casselberry Rock ‘N’ Blues Concert and Car Show featuring the singer Mike Zito and his band at Lake Concord Park on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from 5pm – 9pm. This is a free annual event from the City of Casselberry and is sponsored by the radio station 105.9 Sunny FM.

It is only a short drive from Orlando to Casselberry in Seminole County. Check your GPS for the best travel route. There is limited parking around this event. Attendees are advised to park at either the Casselberry Target or Home Deport parking lots. Some street around this event will be closed.  Limited handicap parking is available at the Casselberry Police Department. Contact the City of Casselberry for information on handicap parking for this event.

 Here is a little background on the opening act and headliner at this event. Zito co-founded the Royal Southern Brotherhood that features Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott and went on to major international success. In 2012, Zito debuted his new band “The Wheel,” and its 2014 album “Gone to Texas” was nominated for a Blues Music Award. In 2015, the band released “Keep Coming Back” and Zito has been on the road ever since. “I love the blues, I love rock ‘n’ roll and I love country music. It’s what I do and who I am,” Zito said. “Having fun and playing music you love and believe in.” Opening up for Zito will be Tony Sheridan’s Band and Paul Stott and Band.  Back in 2015, Devon Allman was the headliner act at the Casselberry Hot Rods & Rock N Roll event.

Besides the music taking you down Memory Lane, there will be plenty of classic cars, muscle cars, and hot rods for car enthusiasts to enjoy. DJ Don from Cruising Orlando will be spinning some tunes. Plus, there will be awards for the best cars at this show. So bring your clean and shinny vintage to modern car or truck to this event for all to see.

Along with this holiday, Casselberry City Hall will have a Rock ‘N’ Blues Art Exhibit on display from May 25 – July 31, 2017, theme on cars and music. The City of Casselberry is a proud champion of the arts, and its City Hall reflects this through the display of quarterly art exhibitions. Visitors to City Hall will find it adorned with artwork by renowned local and national artists, featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media works.

As part of this Memorial Weekend celebration, the City will again honor all veterans for their service with a color guard display and plaque. Plus, There will be over 20 vendors providing food, beverage, and an assortment of products will be on hand. So come down and enjoy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Concord Park in Casselberry. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs and come join us for this event.

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2017 Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout in Oviedo Preview

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Oviedo, FL (April 24, 2017) – The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (OWSRCC), the City of Oviedo and Helpful Hands are thrilled to announce the entertainment lineup for Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout presented by Sonny’s BBQ and Oviedo Roofing. The BBQ Blowout will take place on Saturday, May 27, from 2pm-10pm at Oviedo Mall. Admission is free. Alexa Neilen will be singing the National Anthem at 1:50pm,and the final performance will be the Jeff Howell and Bubba Wilson Band from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

OWSRCC is collaborating with Helpful Hands, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a better quality of life for children and their families by picking up where other agencies leave off.

“We are thrilled about this year’s stage line up,” stated Bridget Lake, Senior Director of Sponsorships and Events. “Amazing musicians and delicious BBQ, it doesn’t get better than that.”

Below is the main-stage entertainment lineup:

1:50 Alexa Neilen

2:00 Bailey Callahan

3:00 Paul Stott Duo

4:00 Michelle Lambert

5:00 Hoot n Holler

6:00 Megan Katarina w/ Band

7:00 Jeff Howell, Bubba Wilson and Band

Our emcees include OWSRCC’s house emcee Arnie Lee Nussbaum; Mr and Miss UCF, Angelo Baldado and Madison Daniel; Josh Strzalko, Helpful Hands; Alex Diaz, MIX 105.1; Mitchell Kenneth Perera, film director; and Brandon Lunzman, screenwriter and director.

For more information about Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout please visit http://www.bbqblowout.com

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The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit business membership association. With corporate offices located at 376 N. Central Ave., near downtown Oviedo, the purpose of the chamber is to serve as an advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. For more information on the Chamber, please visit www.oviedowintersprings.org.

Helpful Hands, Inc. is a 100% volunteer run nonprofit charity. 96% of all fundraising and donations go to grant funding of Community Partners that strategically align with Helpful Hands, Inc. mission. With this support, Helpful Hands, Inc. funded $78,000 in grants in 2016 and over $84,000 in grants in 2017. All funded programs benefit more than 2,300 children and families in crisis. For more information on Helpful Hands, please visit www.helpfulhands.org. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please visit us at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Main Event PBA Tour Finals in Orlando Preview

 

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

The Professional Bowlers Association is coming back to Central Florida for a bowling tournament. This sporting event is being held at the Main Event Entertainment Center (MEEC) in Orlando on May 19 & 20, 2017. This is a huge tournament stop for Orlando. Get your tickets now.

This venue is located south of Orlando in the tourist area. It is an easy drive to get too. Check your GPS for the best travel route. The Main Event Entertainment Center is located at 9101 International Drive, Suite 1032, Orlando, FL 32819, on the Pointe Orlando property. There is plenty of parking in the Point Orlando parking garage. Parking is for a fee. This is based on the hourly or day rate. Sorry, no free parking available on this property.

The MEEC open in November 2015 has 18 high end bowling lanes with state of the art electronic scoring system, surround entertainment system that rocks, music videos on HD screens, black and ambient lighting. There is much more than just bowling. They have multi-level laser tag, full-service American Grill, bar, and much more.

The Orlando Sentinel just recently published an article about the PBA Tour coming back to town. To attend a live PBA Tour finals show in Orlando please call 407-352-3300. Spectator seating on the lanes start at $35 each ticket and go on up from there. There is general admission and VIP seats are available. Some general admission spectators will have bleacher to seating on which is on either the side of the lanes or in the back facing the lanes. The seating very limited and tickets are expected to sell-out fast for the finals. The Orlando Sentinel reported the last big tournament held in Florida since 2009 was the “King of Bowling” in Lake Wales.

The PBA Tour has just released more information about this tournament stop. There will be only a 42’type of oil pattern on the lanes for both the semifinals and finals. This tournament stop will have a round robin match-play bowling format.

The bowlers have been announced and are list at the PBA website. Who are the current top bowlers to watch for? Here is the list of top bowlers such as EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Jesper Svensson, Dom Barett, Pete Webber, Tommy Jones, Jason Belmonte, Franocis Lavoie, Walter Ray Williams Jr, and Amleto Monacelli. The first place winner will take home $30,000 along with a trophy. Just keep an eye out for one of these top bowlers to take home the PBA Tour Finals trophy. Who will win this trophy? This is up for grabs.

Every game will be taped which is a first time for the PBA. This event is tape-delayed and will air at a later date on CBS Sports on May 30, 2017 @ 9:30pm ET, June 6, 2017 @ 9:30pm ET, June 13, 2017 @ 9:30pm ET, June 20, 2017 @ 9:30pm ET, and June 27, 2017 @9:30pm. It is unknown why they are tape-delaying this event. Air times maybe subjected to change without notice. Years ago ABC sports had the live telecasts of the bowling finals every Saturday afternoons.

If you love bowling then check out this tournament. For more information go to www.pba.com/Tournaments/Details/2421 or www.mainevent.com/locations/orlando-fl . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please visit us at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Baby Owl Shower at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland

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Come down and bring the whole family for the Baby Owl Shower at the Audubon Center for Birds in Maitland on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10am – 2pm. Each Spring the Center holds its annual Baby Owl Shower to raise funds to offset the increased costs during baby season.  Join us for a day of activities plus special visits with the Center’s Ambassador birds. Non-releasable baby raptors will be available to view (pending).  Admission is “free” that day with an item from our wish list  that is used in caring for these young raptors.

Driving from Orlando to Maitland is only a short drive. Check your GPS for the best route. Due to the popularity of this event we encourage carpooling.  Offsite parking will be available at St. Lawrence AME Church located at 549 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville, FL 32751 is just a $5 donation.

This day would not be possible without the participating community sponsors from Orange Audubon Society, Art & History Museums-Maitland, Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society/Pine Lily Chapter Native plant society, UCF Entomology Club, Maitland Public Library

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The reason why the Audubon Center host this event every year to raise money and collect supplies to help support the new birds coming into this world. Spring is coming and with it brings baby bird season.  During “baby season,” as the Center calls it, the clinic receives approximately 20% of our annual patient load.  Most of these young birds have been temporarily displaced from their nests. The Center’s ultimate goal is to get all these babies back into the wild where they belong.  Many of these babies will be reunited with their families or placed in foster nests. Others that are orphaned or that cannot be returned with their families are being raised and prepared for life in the wild.  Center staff spends many hours educating the public on what to do if they find a baby bird and if the bird is in need of help.  The best procedure is to get the baby back up into the nest with its parents if at all possible.

Funds raised will be used to buy food, medications, medical care and other essential supplies.  To give you an idea of what it takes to care for these youngsters, a typical season looks like this:

  • FOOD…287 pounds of fish, 148 quail, 595 chicks, 679 mice, 93 rats, 5000 crickets and 4000 mealworms.  We went through 2 knives and three pairs of scissors cutting it all up into baby-size portions!
  • HYDRATION…12,000ml of fluids were administered.
  • CLEAN-UP…we washed 956 baby blankets and used 150 pounds of newspaper.
  • LABOR…500+ volunteer hours were donated to rescue, feed, clean cages and care for the babies.

The Audubon Center needs your help!  Please donate to help these birds get back into their natural habitat. For more information go to http://fl.audubon.org/chapters-centers/baby-owl-shower . Contact the Center at 407-644-0190 for more details or if you have questions.

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2017 WMMO Downtown Concert Series featuring George Thorogood with the Destroyers Band Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Come down an experience a WMMO DCS concert in person at City Commons on Orange Avenue by Orlando City Hall. This event is being held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 4pm -11pm. This concert is free and everyone is welcome. Rain or Shine this concert will go on.

In previous years this event has always been packed with people. Arrive early to secure your place to watch the George Thorogood and the Destoryers live and in person. What make this event great are the various food trucks and the live band on stage. These two combinations are what make it a great event in Central Florida. Parking for this event are scattered through Downtown Orlando. There are many public and private parking garages to park for a fee. Sorry, no free parking near concert location.

Who is George Thorogood and the Destroyers? Some music fans may have heard of Thorogood popular songs, which are Bad to the Bone, Madison Blues, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Move It On Over, and Who Do You Love?

The sights and sound of a WMMO DCS event brings many people down together for a great Rock and Roll music. DCS opens the gates at 4pm. The main gate is located on Orange Avenue and East South Street. There is a security checkpoint to access this concert event. All bags will be searched. Law Enforcement is present during the duration of this venue. For general admission it is recommended to bring your own folding chair. One may not want to stand the whole time for the concert.

For preferred Listener / Sponsor VIPs there are more amenities that the general admission doesn’t get. For the Listener VIP ticket go on-line and purchase them ahead of time. These VIP tickets sell out fast when released. Plus, VIP attendees get close seating near the stage, private pot-a-lets, and a private cash bar.

This event is a great photo opportunity for serious amateurs and advanced photographers to capture Thorogood and the Destroyers Band. Check with event security if they allow long 70-200mm lens and or 150-500mm lens. Please note that images of the singer and the band are copy righted.

Besides the music, there are vendors and other service providers on hand selling their goods and services. These vendors are located near the front entrance of the concert area. Some of the previous vendors have been law firms, cell phone providers, a motorcycle dealer, a winery, party merchandise, and much more.

If you come hungry than don’t worry, they have you covered. There are a limited number of food trucks and other food vendors. Prices on food will vary depending on the food item. Bring cash however some vendors may take credit cards. There will be many types of foods sold Attendees have a choice from chicken, hamburgers, BBQ sandwiches, fish, and much more. For dessert one will find cupcakes, ice cream, and much more.

There are a few local bands that will open for the headliner singer and or band. Usually, the headliner comes on stage around 8:30pm. Times are subject to change without notice. Some band may be repeat acts from previous DCS events. Some of the local bands are Amp’d, AM/FM Stereo, and much more. These bands play some great rock music with some song that everybody likes and knows.

There is usually 2-3 WMMO DCS concerts a year. Check back for future rock concerts in Downtown Orlando. For more information go to www.wmmo.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Winter Springs Food & Wine Festival Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Are you looking for some great food and wine samplings? Then get your ticket now for this year’s 2017 Winter Springs Food & Wine Festival held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting at 5pm, at Winter Springs Town Center. Gates open at 4pm. Attendees must be 21 and up to sample alcohol. Under 21 welcome, but cannot sample without wristband. This event will happen Rain or Shine. Sorry, no refunds.

Driving from Orlando to Winter Springs is an easy drive depending on the route you take. Check your GPS for the best route. There is plenty of free parking in the Winter Springs Town Center Shopping Center and at Winter Springs High School. Some streets may be closed off for this event. Arrive early for the best parking spaces closest to this venue.

Hungry? Check out the ABC Fine Wine & Sprits and iHeartRadio present the 2nd Annual Winter Springs Food and Wine Festival taking place Saturday, May 6th, 2017 starting at 5pm. Enjoy a nice evening in the beautiful Winter Springs Town Center with samples of wine, spirits and craft beer. Plus, enjoy delicious food from area restaurants and live entertainment.

Ticket prices are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. If purchasing tickets on-line there is a service charge. Cash only when buying tickets at the door on day of event. To save on the service charge pick up your tickets at Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa, Winter Springs Town Center, Big City Pizza, Casey’s Grill on Tuskawilla Road, and Zoo Health Club in Winter Springs Town Center. Each ticket includes a five food samples, 10-1oz wine sample or 2oz beer sample. To purchase tickets online go to

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There are many participating restaurants dishing out some of their best samples. Here is a list of restaurants such as Dunkin Donuts, BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse, Old Fashion Amarena Gelato, Rock & Brew, Crave it Love It, Casey’s Restaurant, Stefano’s Trattoria Restaurant, Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders, Victorios II Italian Restaurant, Kona Ice, Gator’s Dockside, King’s Smokehouse, DeVine Wine &Grill, Festive Affairs Food & Catering Service, Senor Tequila Mexican Grill, and Bonefish Grill. Some restaurants may change without notice. Attendees to this event will only be receiving samples and not a full meal from each of the restaurants.

Besides eating, there will be plenty of wine to choose from. Here is a list of choices such as Valckenberg Dornfelder, Undone Pinot Noir, Valckenberg Pinot Blanc, Malbec del Mercado, Sainta Julia Dry Rose, Kawin Sauvignon Blnac, The Ripper Shiraz, Ca’Momi Rosso, Bianco, Chardonnay, Cabernet , Vista Peak Chardonnay, Vista Peak Cabernet Sauv, Yellow Bird Chardonnay, Yellow Bird Shiraz, Oak Grove Reserve Zinfandel, Ste Genevieve Sweet Moscato, Yellow Bird Cabernet, Oak Grove Pinot Grigio, Oak Grove Sauv Blanc, Oak Grove Merlot, Vista Peak Charonnay, Arctic Fox White, Morro Bay Cabernet, Shannon Ridge Wrangler, Kawin Sauvingnon Blanc, M Lynch Merlot Cab, Paisajes De Los Andes Classic Carmenere, Le Temps Des Vendanges Dry White, Domaine Maby Tavel, Gouleyant Malbec Cahors, Castell Silvaner, Les Fosses D’Harengs Vouray, Chevalier de Bayard, Duca d’Amalfi, Southern Red, and Sunblush. Additional wines may be provided by Lakeridge Winery & Vineyard and PRP Wine International. Some wine selections are subjected to change without notice.

Some of the beer selection on hand are White Claw Black, Cherry, Lime, Grapefruit Brooklyn Brewery lager, defender, local 1, and Bel Aire Sour, Sailfish, Hedden Springs, Infinite, Walking Tree, Ocean Sun, Slim Pickens, Anchor Brewing – Blood Orange, Blackberry Daze IPA, Mango Wheat, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, Radberger and Palm Amber Ale, Deep Roots , Spook Hill, Boricua Beer, Taino Light, Tomoka Red Ale, Tomoka Oceanside IPA. Also, some beers are provided by Rogue Pub, Red Cypress Brewery, and Boricua Beer. Plus, there are some selection spirits on hand as well too. Choose from Pigalle Vodka with Steve’s Gourmet Olivesand Bloody Mary Mix, Tequila, and Moonshine.

This event was made possible by the following sponsors by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, iHeart Radio, XL 106.7, Real Radio 104.1, and Magic 107.7. For more information on this event please visit www.winterspringsfoodandwine.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 St Johns River Festival of the Arts Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Downtown Sanford, FL – The St Johns River Festival of the Arts is the last Spring time arts festival in Central Florida. Come see top artists from around the United States show off their wonderful masterpieces. One might even find the artist working on a new artwork and much more. This show is being held on May 6 & 7, 2017, on 1st Street in Sanford.

Driving from Orlando to Sanford is an easy drive depending on the route you take. Check your GPS for the best route. There is plenty of free parking in Downtown Sanford. The art festival is right in the middle of Downtown Sanford. Parking is available at River Front Park, Fort Mellon Park, and even some street parking is available.

Come visit historic downtown Sanford, FL. will be transformed into an artist mecca for the sixth annual St. John’s River Festival of the Arts – A Fine Arts & Fine Crafts event! Stroll historic brick streets filled with art work from some of the best artists across the country. See Art-in-Action from live artist demonstrations. Create your own piece of artwork at workshops scheduled during the weekend. Enjoy gourmet tastes at our Culinary Arts Court while you listen to the sounds of acoustic performers. Aligned with our theme of Art-in-Action, we will have talented chalk artists adding more color to the streets of Sanford. Come spend the day in beautiful downtown Sanford and take home a beautiful piece of art to add to your art collection. Visit Sanford Florida, where there is so much to see and do!

Beside the artwork, there are three music stages set-up throughout the art festival. They are located on Myrtle Avenue & 1st Street, Sanford Avenue & 1st Street, and at Magnolia Square. Some of the type of music that will be performed will vary from Classical, Jazz, Folk, Contemporary Bluegrass, Rhythm & Blues, Caribbean, Latin, Easy listening, and Indie. Check art festival website for music listing times. Many of these singers are bands are locals.

Another thing attendees will not want to miss is the sidewalk chalk paintings located on the side on 1st Street & Sanford Avenue. The artists will start on Saturday at 8am and end at 5pm. Come cheer on these artists while they create a masterpiece live and in person. These sidewalk chalk paintings will be judge and awarded at the end of the day on Saturday.

While viewing the many art booths some artists will be conducting art demonstrations. The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts is sure to be a feast for the soul and the senses. Fine Artists and craftsmen in a vast array of disciplines are invited to demonstrate their artistic talents offering visitors a rare opportunity to observe their creative process first hand and a chance to interact with the artist. People are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their techniques. Demonstrations are sure to leave our visitors with inspiration and a deeper appreciation of the creative process for each medium. Artist demonstrations inspire creativity and significantly encourage purchases and commissions. This year we will select a total of 12 featured demonstrating artists in such disciplines as Painting, Wood, Glass, Leather, Fiber, Sculpture, Drawing, Digital, Jewelry, Ceramics and Photography.

Sanford is more than just a small town. There are many shops and restaurants will be open for business during this art festival. Even the local bars will be open too. It is worth the drive to Downtown Sanford to check this year’s St. Johns River Festival of the Arts. For more information on this event please visit www.stjohnsriverfestivalofthearts.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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