Photojournalist Nathan Wertheimer will showcase his photos at Casselberry City Hall

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Photo courtesy from icflorida.com by Nathan Wertheimer

“Photography is more than just art.” – Nathan Wertheimer, 2017

(Seminole County – May 24, 2017) Casselberry City Hall is having another quarterly art exhibit featuring Photojournalist Nathan Wertheimer along with a few other artists on May 29, on view until July 27, 2017. The Casselberry City Hall art exhibit is open during regular business hours Monday thru Thursday. Wertheimer was previously invited back in 2015 will once again invited to participate in this year’s art exhibit in Casselberry. He will feature his 24-framed color 8×10 photographs of cars and various music concerts. This art exhibit is theme around the Rock N Blues Concert and Car Show, which is being held on May 29, 2017, from 5pm – 9pm, at Lake Concord Park. Come meet Wertheimer at this event.

There will be a mixture of color photographs showcasing Wertheimer’s work on the walls at Casselberry City Hall. Viewers will see some local music concerts along with car show photos too. Here are a few samples of some of Wertheimer’s music concerts photographs from Vince Neil, The Blues Traveler, Craig Chaquico, and much more. These photos will bring the viewer closer to the music stage filled with energy and excitement. Besides music concerts there will be hot rods, classic cars, and vintage cars photos from various car shows from around Central Florida area. Some of the featured car shows sample photos are of the Batmobile®, VW Bugs, c1967 Blue Chevy Nova Custom, and much more.

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Photo courtesy from icflorida.com by Nathan Wertheimer

About Wertheimer
Wertheimer has always had a passion for photography. As a kid, he was always looking through pages of magazines, books, and newspapers, and he was captivated by the wonderful world of photography.

Wertheimer very first camera was a Kodak Disc 3100, given to him on his birthday. From that point forward, he always had a camera with him. In high school, he was a yearbook photographer, capturing the great photo moments at his institution. Those photos still live on.

After high school, he attended Seminole Community College, which is now Seminole State College. One of his first college courses he chose was PGY Photo 1. That class expanded his knowledge and skills and knew he wanted to learn more. While in college, he became a freelance photojournalist for the college newspaper covering many fun, college-related events.

After he graduated Seminole State College, he transferred to Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, to work on his B.A Degree in Graphic Design, with a minor in Fine Arts and Illustration. While at Flagler, he was a staff photojournalist for the college newspaper covering sporting events to special features. After he graduated from Flagler College, he went into the commercial art field to hone his skills as a designer. With some of my free time, he did a home study program from Penn Foster Career School and graduated with a Career Diploma in Photography.

His drive in photography did not stop there. Once he transitioned from being a graphic designer to becoming a school portrait photographer for a while. Then he got his big break by working as a photographer and designer. After leaving the design field for a while, he still had the itch to continue his personal photography at various events throughout Central Florida.

While doing his personal photography, he was noticed by one of the staff members of WFTV Channel 9 and icFlorida.com for his wonderful images. From then on he has been a freelance photojournalist for icFlorida.com. Plus, he own and manages otownfun.com since 2015.

One will never know where he’ll show up next in the Central Florida area. Just look for the guy with two DSLR cameras on a shoulder harness, wearing a fanny pack, kneepads, and a bonnie hat, and that’s likely him on assignment. Look for more of his photos on www.icflorida.com and www.otownfun.com ,

One fun fact about Wertheimer is that he has a distant relative, Alford Wertheimer (born Nov. 16, 1929 & died on Dec. 19, 2014); he was a famous photojournalist for his work in concert photography. He also photographed numerous celebrities throughout his life. One of Senior Wertheimer’s famous photos he captured was of singer Elvis Presley. Younger Wertheimer also would wants to become a great photographer and follow in his footsteps.

“The camera is only a tool. One must have a great eye for capturing the moments! My work will live on through my photographs.” – Nathan Wertheimer.

For more information contact Nathan Wertheimer directly at otownfunnow@gmail.com
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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.

For more information on this event go to http://www.casselberry.org/index.aspx?NID=771 . 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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Source of information from the City of Casselberry website

2017 Casselberry Spring Jazz & Art Festival Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry, FL — Jazz comes alive at Lake Concord Park with saxophonist Steve Cole and keyboardist Brian Simpson coming to Casselberry for the Spring Jazz Concert and Art Festival at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017. This free event, sponsored by 102.5 WLOQ Orlando’s Smooth Jazz and the City of Casselberry, will entice all jazz lovers to gather and enjoy a spectacular evening at the lakefront park.

This event is only a short drive from Orlando. There are many routes to take to arrive at this event. Please check your GPS for the best travel route. Parking near Lake Concord Park is very limited. Here are some areas where one can park their vehicle and walk over to the park. There is plenty of parking at the Casselberry Target and Home Depot. It is recommended to get to this event early for the best parking spaces. There is a limited number of handicap spaces near the Casselberry Police Station and Casselberry City Hall public parking lot.

Don’t forget to bring your folding chair and or blanket to sit out on the lawn in front of the stage. Anywhere you sit will be the best seat in the house. Relax and enjoy some great jazz music from these well-known musicians. Coolers are welcome too. Pack your cooler with some great refreshing drinks.

Cole, a Chicago native, exploded onto the scene in 1998 with the album “Stay Awhile” that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. In addition to his work as solo artist, Steve has performed/recorded, with Culbertson, Larry Carlton, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Boz Scaggs, and many smooth jazz performers. Simpson, an inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer, has an eloquent style to playing sophisticated harmonics, bluesy overtones, and R&B flavor.

Brian had been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years, and his approach to music has made him first call to tour with many greats including Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, Sheena Easton, Stanley Clarke and Gerald Albright. Riding high on the 2017 newly released album Persuasion, Simpson is sure to throw in some new tunes, as well as all the classics.

Besides the music there are vendors and artisans selling and providing services. Check out the many local companies on hand. Just about all crafts and fine arts are hand made by the individual artists. Some items you’ll find are handmade soaps, candles, fresh honey, floral arrangements, artwork in and various styles. Plus, there will be some service vendors such as investment planning services, insurance brokers, and much more. Prices on items and services are reasonable. Don’t forget to bring cash. Some vendors may only take cash while others take both cash and credit cards.

One can’t forget the food. There will be plenty of food trucks on hand with a variety of food and drinks to choose from. It is unknown at this time what food truck will be at this venue. Prices range from $2 – $15 depending on what you order. On average a full meal can costs about $10.

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Don’t forget there is another Casselberry Fall Jazz and Art Fest in the fall. For more information on this event go to www.casselberry.org . 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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Sources of Information: Came from a Casselberry Press Release

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Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Casselberry’s Store is Now Open!

Written by: Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry, FL – There is now a new store in town to complete with Big Lots, which is right down the road. When you walk thru the doors of Ollie’s you will see a huge load of great merchandise on the shelves. It is like a mini Super Walmart and with much more…

Here is a little history about Ollie’s from the past to the present. Ollie’s was formed with the four fathers of investors. The very first Ollie’s Store opened in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on July 29, 1982, and from then on they have been adding more stores throughout the eastern United States. Where did they get the slogan “Good Stuff Cheap?” This was a concept from Ollie’s second store known as the annex, which changed the Central Pennsylvania landscape. A coupe of years later in 1985, Ollie open his 3rd store in York, PA. While gaining loyal customers at their stores, the company came up with Ollie’s Army Bargain Battalion, which is a customer rewards card. One can apply in-store for one of this reward card.

In 2000, there was leadership shake-up at the top of the company. Then in 2011, Ollie built a new distribution Center in York, Pa. Later in 2011, Ollie opened his 100th store opening in Barboursville, WV. With many stores open now, Ollie built a 2nd distribution center in Atlanta, GA area, with paving the way for further expansion into the Southeastern United States. Another big miles stone was in middle 2015 with Chairman, President and CEO Mark Bulter rang the opening bell on NASDAQ, which became a public traded company using the “OLLI” symbol. Now in 2016, Ollie’s company is now one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory, and salvage merchandise. This chain currently operates 224 stores in 19 states including Florida.

There are many Ollie’s Stores in Florida now. Here are the list of stores in Florida, which are in West Orlando, Jacksonville, Niceville, Ocala, Leesburg, and finally Casselberry. You have not seen the last of Ollie’s Bargain Outlets in Central Florida. Look for more stores in the future. There is a store coming to Osceola County in the City of Kissimmee in the near future.

When entering the one of Ollie’s store, be sure to get a shopping cart because you’ll need it to fill it up with all the great bargains. This store has everything from A-Z with fifteen store departments located within one place. Here is the break down of Store Departments such as Housewares & Home Textiles, Food, Flooring, Books & Stationary, Toys, Home Improvements & Hardware, Electronics, Clothing & Luggage, Lawn-Garden-Patio, Health & Beauty Supplies, Sporting Goods, Pet Supplies, Automotive, and Holiday Items, and Odds & Ends. You will find brand name merchandise at up to 70% off the fancy retail store prices. You can expect to see this assortment of items in the each department, but you won’t likely find the exact same products or brands in every category on every visit as claimed by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. If you see a product you like buy it because it may not be there the next time you shop there.

I highly recommend this store to everyone. It is worth the drive to the Casselberry’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet store located at 942 Semoran Blvd (HWY 436), Casselberry, FL 32707. 407-262-0995. Store Hours are Sunday: 10am – 7pm, Monday-Saturday: 9am – 9pm.

Note: Some sources of information came from the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet website.

 

 

A review at the 2016 Casselberry’s Latin Jazz Concert & Art Festival

Review written by Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry, FL – Many hundred of people came out to Secret Lake Park to see Grammy Award Winner Latin Jazz extraordinaire Nestor Torres perform live on stage for this free concert. You don’t have to be Hispanic to enjoy this music. Everyone was welcome to attend this event. Many speakers spoke in both English and Spanish.

Nestor Torres was inspired by the aftermath of the Pulse Shooting in Orlando and wanted to perform at this year’s Casselberry Latin Jazz Concert. So he contacted Linda Moor, who works for the City of Casselberry, who got the ball rolling. This was not his first time he has performed at this Latin Jazz Concert. Back in September 2012, Torres performed at this concert in the City of Casselberry.

There were many special guests invited to the private pre-concert reception. During this reception, Casselberry City Mayor Charlene Glancy called Torres a friend of Casselberry. Torres was deeply touched by the moving words by Mayor Glancy. Torres briefly spoke about his music and what it meant to him. After his short presentation he went to prepare for the concert.

Before the concert even begun, the crowds started showing up with their folding chairs to get their best spot on the lawn in front of the stage. To open the concert there was opening Jazz band gave attendees of great smooth jazz music. It is estimated that was around 6,000 concertgoers attended this night concert. This is one of the biggest gatherings for one of these concerts at Secret Lake Park for the city. Torres tend to move around to the music with his flute. Look for Torres to come back in the future to perform a live concert for this city again.

What make this event possible are the great sponsors like El Sentinel, 107.7 HD-2 WLOQ Smooth Jazz, and Telemundo. Also there were many vendor booths such as the Casselberry Chamber, Cricket Cell Phone Service, Florida Council Compulsive Gambling, independent food services, Tijuana Flats, and arts and crafts items.

Besides this concert going on there is also a Latin Art Exhibit Esperanza Neuvo-Phoenix Rises at Casselberry’s City Hall located at 95 Triplet Lake Drive. Artwork can be viewed Monday thru Thursday 8am – 5:30pm. This art exhibit will continue until November 2016. Some of the many artists include Pedro Brull, MPilar Vargas, Pablo Hernandez, Jose M. Feliciano, Yasir Nieves, Felipe Morales, Julsan, and Jose Sanchez. Many of these works of art are paintings on canvas and 3-D sculptures depicting the Latin Culture.

The City of Casselberry looks forward to see you at next year’s Latin Jazz Concert. For more information on this Latin Jazz Concert, please visit
http://www.casselberry.org/index.aspx?NID=656

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Photos courtesy of icflorida.com. Bottom photo is a painting by Pedro Brull. Top photo is Nester Torres performing at this year’s Latin Jazz Concert.