2017 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – If you have never been to a home and garden show before, this is the place to be on this weekend of August 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Admission to this show is $9.68 with a surcharge. There is much too see and do and this year’s show where you can have your home and garden project solved. See industry experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions. This home and garden show is under one roof. Also, this is a family friendly show, so bring the kids too.

It is only a quick drive from Downtown Orlando. Check your GPS for the best possible route. Parking on the property of OCCC is $10-18 per car. OCCC parking is located in the back of the building. Sorry, no free parking in the area.

It is recommended to wear comfortable shows to this event. One will be doing a lot of walking. Don’t forge to bring your camera and pad of paper along with a pen to write down some notes for your own place. On one day, attendees plan on spending 3-4 hours at this show. (The Fall Home and Garden Show) can help you get your Projects Solved! With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more. Sorry, promoter does not list the vendors attending this Fall’s Home & Garden Show.

Upon entering the convention hall, one will be amazed of the beautiful lush gardens with fountains surrounded by natural plants. Master Gardeners will be on hand to explain to attendees how to grow these native plants in our tropical climate in Central Florida.

There will be rows and rows of a variety of vendors on hand show casing their products and services. Some of these products may not be found in any retail stores. This is your opportunity to test out these new products in the marketplace. Some vendors even give out free sample and coupons of their products. Plus, Cool 105.9 FM is giving away a Virtual Garage at Booth 948. The virtual garage has washer & dryer, tools, shop vacuum, garage cabinets, and much more.

Here are some of the features at this year’s home and garden show in Orlando. There will be design, décor & home improvement down every aisle. Plus, see landscapes, gardening & plants to take home for purchase too. See featured Gardening Expert, Tom MacCubbin live and in person. Also, there will be DIY Workshop Stage by The Home Depot. Check out Boyce Thompson’s Life Changing New Product Zone. Wine & Shop for art, gift, gourmet & wine tasting. Plus, there is a Fun Filled Kid’s Zone. Finally, see Live Birds of Prey & Pet Zone to round out your show experience.

Also, there will be some celebrity guests on hand at this year’s Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show. Some of the celebrity guests are Ahmed Hassan, Celebrity Landscaper as seen on DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers”, kip Bedell, Co-Host of Spike TV’s “Catch A Contractor”, and Boyce Thompson with his life-changing products. Many of these celebrity guests will appear at various times throughout this home and garden show. Check this show schedule for more information.

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and this is the place to be. Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit this home and garden show. For more information on this show go to http://showtechnology.com/event/orlando-fall-home-garden-show . If you missed this home and garden show there are other ones throughout the United States from this promoter. 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 Orlando Boat Show Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Have you ever wanted to relax on the water in a boat? If you said yes, than this is the place to be this weekend for the Orlando Boat Show from August 11-13, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center West Building in Halls C & D (Westside of the Building). Show hours are Friday & Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission is $8 at the door on the day of the show. Plus, kids 12 and under are free with adult ticket purchase. What you’ll see at this boat show is over 60 great vendor booths, 15 Central Florida local boat dealers, plus over 60 boat manufacturers, Meet Professional Captain Jim Ross, fishing skill competition, kids trout pond, and much more.

It is only a short drive from Downtown Orlando to the OCCC. Get your GPS for the best travel route there. There is a surcharge of $10-20 cash/credit card for parking on the property at the OCCC. Parking is located in the back of the convention center. Sorry, there is no free parking around the OCCC area.

This boat show is produced and operated by Marine Industry Association of Central Florida (MIACF). The MIACF organization is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the promotion, protection and advancement of recreational boating and industry in Central Florida. The Orlando Boat Show is held once a year show in the fall only. This show is known as Central Florida’s premier boat show.

Upon entering the convention hall floor one will be amazed how many different styles, color, and sizes of various boats all under one roof. These are just some of the various watercrafts such as bow riders, pontoon boats, ski boats, cruisers, fishing boats, bass boats, and desk boats. Besides watercrafts there will also be marine electronics suppliers and boat accessories. Come meet with local dealers who will get you the best deal on any new and or used boat a this show. Attendees will be able board some boats with permission from a dealer. As a reminder please do not climb on any boats. Some dealers provide steps to get easy access to board some boats.

While at this show, don’t forget to play a crack-the-code and for a chance to win a $30,000 NauticStar 215XTS, 150HP Yamaha and Road King Tandem Axle Trailer from Boaters Exchange in Rockledge, Florida. Test your mind at this challenge.

Another feature at this year’s boat show is Professional Captain Jim Ross giving seminars on great boating and fishing. Capt. Jim Ross knows how to land massive fish on extremely light gear, and has an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) World Record certificate in the Fly Fishing division to show for it. He is also one of the few anglers to ever land a blue Marlin on a fly rod on his first attempt. He’s heralded as one of the “pioneers” credited with bringing shallow water “sight” fishing to the Indian and Banana Rivers, and Mosquito Lagoon in the late 1980’s after learning these techniques
on his frequent trips to Islamorada in the Florida Keys. For two decades Capt. Jim has been teaching his charter fishing clients these highly productive techniques, creating memorable fishing adventures whenever possible. Capt. Ross will give away one 1/2 day fishing experience on the Indian River valued at $400 at seminars scheduled at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday only.

Try your chance at the fishing skills simulator against catching a bull dolphin fish. Don’t worry you won’t get wet or tangled up in the fishing line. Attendees can reel in a bull dolphin fish in this virtue saltwater fishing simulator. Anyone can give it a try. Some young children may not be able try this fishing experience due to their age.

The Orlando Boat Show is very excited to bring back the Kids Trout Pond.  Children attending the show have the opportunity to catch a real live trout.  For many this may be their introduction to fishing and it has always provided a lasting memory for both parents and child alike.  It’s safe, fun and always catch and release!  See children faces
light up when they catch the big one! Sorry, attendee can’t take home the bass they caught.

If you have any questions or would like to be a vendor for next year’s Orlando Boat Show contact by phone at 386-943-8383 or email at contact@orlandoboatshow.com , or website at www.orlandoboatshow.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 Hope Now Back 2 School Bash in Orlando Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Are you looking to get your kids ready back to school? If you said yes, than this is the place to be on Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 10am – 2pm, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Hope Now International and WFTV 9 Family Connection are sponsoring this FREE event. This event is on a first come, first serve on school supplies and services.

This event is located at Camping World Stadium at 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805. Check your GPS for the best travel route to this location. There is free parking available on the property of Camping World Stadium. Look for parking attendants directing traffic.

The background of Hope Now International is a 100% all-volunteer organization, which has no paid staff members. Plus, is a non-profit organization with a 501c3 certified organization. The very first Back 2 School Bash was started in 1995 and has grown ever since then. Hope Now truly cares about the Central Florida community. Many other organizations, companies, and individuals, have donated school supplies to this worth cause. This is what makes this event so special.

If you plan on arriving early to this event before 10am, expect to wait in a long line. Most people arrive early to get a choice of a color and style backpack when entering the stadium gates. This event does not open any early than 10am. When entering the stadium gates there is a security checkpoint to enter for all attendees. Sorry, certain items are not allowed inside this stadium. Check with security for more information. Your child must be present to get free school supplies and services at this event.

This place is a one-stop shop to get your children ready for school. There are many health screenings such as dental checks, haircuts, eye screening, and physicals. All services are free. Please bring your patience while waiting in these lines. There are trained medical and licensed professionals that are providing these free services.

Plus, many other vendors will be on hand giving out free things as well. Stop by the WFTV booth and meet some on-air personalities. Also, check out the Orange County School District (OCSD) has a yellow mini-school bus golf cart that kids can have their photos taken with. This is one of the family favorites. Another vendor is FunSpot America, which will be on hand too giving out candy. Check out Brownie’s Plumbing and Septic Alligator will be on hand to your photo taken with. Plus, there will be much more to see and do at this event.

So if your kids are not prepared for school yet, then come out down to this event. When leaving this event please thank the event host and sponsors for all that they do. For more information go to www.hopenowinternational.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 National Model Train Show in Orlando Preview

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is the place to be on the weekend of August 4 – 6, 2017, for the 2017 NMRA Orange Blossom Special Convention and The National Train Show. This show is open to the general public and is a family friendly event. Admission prices will vary. Bring your entire family down and have some fun.

It is only a short drive from Downtown Orlando to the OCCC. Get your GPS for the best travel route there. There is a surcharge of $15 cash/credit card for parking on the property at the OCCC. Sorry, there is no free parking around the OCCC area.

Upon arriving inside the OCCC expect to walk a lot. Wear some good tennis shoes.  There is much to see and do at this years train show. Attendees will see a variety of different scale trains from O to Z scales.  Some of the features are the 2-football field train layouts, all of the latest and greatest model trains, accessories, collectibles and more from the world’s best-known manufacturers and retailers geared for all model railroaders – from first timers to old timers. Plus, there will be a Lego® MiniLand with 2,500 sq. ft. area of tracks. Also, there will be train appraisers on-hand to give one an estimated value on your model train collection. This is a free service to attendees. And Ffinally, check out the hands-on-demonstrations too. This show has everything is under one roof.

Just a little insight in to this show. The National Train Show® was established in 1988 by the National Model Railroad Association as a nationally sponsored combined industry trade show and public train show to promote the hobby of model railroading. The 2017 National Train Show is held in conjunction with the national convention of the NMRA in Orlando, FL.

If you’re getting into this hobby, this is the best place to learn and ask questions on becoming avid model railroader. Everyone starts at the bottom and work their way up. This hobby can teach one to being a craftsman, an artist, an electrician, an engineer, and so much more. You control your own destiny with model railroading.

Looking to get into this hobby? Shop around for a reasonably price train sets depending on the scale size. Most of these new train sets include an engine, a few cars, some tracks, and a transform controller, all packaged into one box. Go home put your train set together and let the fun start. Most new beginners will want to expand their collection in the near future.

Also, this train show just doesn’t stop after this weekend. Look for smaller model train shows around Central Florida during the entire year. From beginners to seasoned model train collectors, a train show is a place to pick up new and used pieces for your collection. Why pay retail, when you can get better prices on trains and accessories at a model train show.

So come on down and learn about model railroading. For more information on this train show visit www.nmra2017orlando.org/NationalTrainShow.aspx or www.nationaltrainshow.org/2017/ntsorlando.html . 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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Photo Tip Series – Photographing 4th of July Fireworks

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

The next Photo Tip Series I will be writing about is photographing 4th of July Fireworks. This is one day out of the year that we celebrate our independence in America. Many people love to view theses colorful fireworks in the sky and why not capture the memories through your photos.

First, check your local listings to see who has a large fireworks display. In Central Florida we have quite a few. I recommend checking one of these fireworks display at either Fireworks at the Fountain at Lake Eola Park, Kissimmee Lake Front Fireworks, Star Spangled Sanford, and Altamonte’s Red Hot & Boom – at Cranes Roost Park. Please pack your patience because of traffic and parks will be very crowded at many of these venues.

Next, check and clean your camera gear the day before attending a fireworks events. One needs to have their gear in top shape with freshly charged batteries and along with extra flash disk cards with you. These are some of the items to bring to a fireworks display such as a backpack with one SLR Camera, wide angle lens such as a 18-50mm lens or a 28-300mm lens, cable release, tripod, (3) orange cones, umbrellas/poncho, few cold bottled drinks, a snack, and a folding chair. Then your all set.

Plan to arrive early to one of these many 4th of July Fireworks displays. It is recommended to arrive 3-4 hours before the event takes place. Try to stay cool and dry before the fireworks are launched into the sky. Once at the event location plan and scope out the best area the fireworks will be launched from. Some places I have photographed from are top decks of parking garages close to the venue, a high-rise apartment building balcony, a building’s roof top, on the dock of the lake (sometimes not permitted), on the edge of the lake. The goal is to come up with a creative way to capture the fireworks. Once you find a great place camp out until the event starts. Bring someone to do while waiting around such as a tablet, book, and or a video game.

There are many articles out there on how to photograph 4th of July Fireworks displays. This is not an exact science because of many factors. These factors are the location, the amount of light the fireworks give off, the ISO setting, Shutter speed, and aperture. Here are some brief guidelines. First always have the camera on a tripod for long exposure images such as for fireworks display. Stay free and clear not to shake the tripod. One will use a cable release, which is a must to capture the long exposure photos. Place orange cones around the tripod to keep people way so they don’t knock into it. If there is a lot of wind put your backpack underneath the tripod hanging to weigh it down.

Once you’re all set-up, closer to the time of the fireworks being launch, take some test shoots. This is a trial and error type of photography. Be aware that the fireworks may put out a bunch of light. Not as bright as the daytime. Make sure you compose your field of view ahead of time. Some setting to photograph are the aperture between F8 – F16 and shutter speed will vary on the setting of blub – 1/100. Many other articles will try to get you the exact settings but this is not accurate because there are many factors. Each location is going to be different.

During the fireworks display, one may have to shift the camera to the direction of the fireworks. It will be too late to change locations. Just make the best of it. Plus, adjust both the aperture and shutter speed on the camera. Other things to look for is the wind direction because if you’re very close to the fireworks launch area they’re maybe some heavy smoke in your direction. The fireworks may look dull through the smoke.

After the fireworks is the fun part by making sure one has everything like your tripod, camera, backpack, etc. One does not want to leave anything behind. Now everyone will be walking back to your vehicle to leave and sitting in heavy traffic for a while. Just wait 1 hour to 2 hours before leaving. It is a good idea to bring a laptop with you then you can start color correcting the photos to be published on your social media accounts right away. Many people like instant action of today’s fun events.

Most people will work on post-production color correcting photos at home. It does matter how you color correcting your photos from either Photoshop, Light Room, or any other so photo touch up software. After color correction share your photos on your social media accounts. People love to view great photos of the holiday. One will need to post just a few as soon as one can. The longer you hold off to publish the photos fewer people will want to view your holiday photos.

I wish everyone happy photography to you. Thank you for reading this Photo Tip Series and check back again for some more Photography Tips Series in the near future. 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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Casselberry Art House Review

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Casselberry is a small town in Seminole County, which is Northeast of Downtown Orlando. The Art House is owned and managed by the City of Casselberry. What makes the Art House unique is the art exhibits, art classes, lectures, and much more.

The Art House is easy to get to. They are located at 127 Quail Pond right near Casselberry City Hall off of State Highway 17-92. Just look for the colorful art deco style house. There is plenty of free parking nearby. They are open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm.

There is a lot of history behind the Art House. The city opened the Art House in 2002. With the 2,500 square feet of space, the city wanted to use the space for many functions. The house is nestled in a quiet, park-like setting on Lake Concord, the Casselberry Art House continues to provide a wonderful opportunity for residents, Central Florida businesses and other organizations to enjoy and appreciate art.

Throughout the year the Art House has many different types of art exhibits. Many of the art exhibits are from professionals to amateur artists. These art exhibits are free to view. Some art exhibits have 80 – 100 pieces on the wall along with sculpture works as well.

One can even take an art class for fifty dollars for a six-week class. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to be an artist and learning the craft of creating a masterpiece. The Art House offers oil paining, watercolor painting, drawing, and much more. To register for a class go to https://apm.activecommunities.com/casselberryparksandrec/Home

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2017 Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL) Baseball Preview

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Summer is here in Central Florida. Don’t make it a boring hot Summer, the college boys are back in town for another Summer season of college baseball. This is a great venue to bring your whole family down and experience some the rising college baseball stars. The start runs from June 1, 2017 – August 6, 2017. Games and times may vary between teams at home stadiums.

Here is some history about the The Florida Collegiate Summer League (Florida League), which is a wood bat baseball league with six teams in Central Florida. Founded in 2003, the Florida League provides a valuable opportunity for college players to play wood bat baseball against top-level competition with the goal of preparing them for a career in professional baseball.

The Florida League is one of twelve leagues affiliated with the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) – an alliance of college summer wood bat leagues which operates under National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) legislation. It is funded in part by Major League Baseball and is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that is primarily dependent on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations in each team’s community.

The Florida League is recognized by Baseball America as one of the top summer leagues in the United States. Presently, 367 former Florida League players have been drafted by Major League Baseball (MLB) teams – with 33 former players taken in the 2015 MLB draft.

Entering its fourteenth season, the Florida League will give more than 200 college players the opportunity to compete. The League also provides positions for 24 coaches, and more than 30 summer internships for college students and recent graduates. Team rosters are comprised solely of players who have completed one year of college and have college eligibility remaining, positioning the NACSB summer leagues at the highest level of pre-professional amateur baseball in America.

The Florida League has a 45-game schedule per team. All games are played at night to allow players time during the day to work, attend summer classes or condition on their own. The night schedule is also conducive to attendance by families, for whom the Florida League baseball provides affordable entertainment.  In 2016, the Florida League welcomed over 70,000 fans to the ballpark!  Fan events – such as the Rubber Chicken Chuck and Races of the Bases during every game – are among the fun activities that promote family participation.

Community involvement is a priority for the Florida League. We partner with local non-profit and civic groups through the FUNraiser program, providing a venue for interaction with fans and an opportunity to sell tickets to raise money for their respective cause. Our players, coaches and interns also volunteer their time by performing community service for other non-profit organizations in each team’s hometown.

There are six teams this year, which are the Sanford River Rats, Winter Park Dawgs, Winter Garden Squeeze, Altamonte Scorpions, DeLand Suns, and Leesburg Lightning. These baseball games are reasonably priced for the entire family outing. There are a variety of stadium to attend a college baseball game in the Central Florida area. Here are these stadiums, which are Sanford Memorial Stadium, Conrad Park, West Orange High School, Lake Brantley High School, Bishop Moore High School, and Pat Thomas Stadium. Most baseball games start at 7pm, but check the schedule for times and locations. Some games maybe rain delayed due to afternoon and evening storms. Check the schedule for cancelled games.

The final championship baseball game is played at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg on Sunday, August 6, 2017. This is a double-header game with Tampa Bay Rays playing the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:10pm. Following the game the FCSL will play their final game for this Summer season. More information about this Championship game will be posted in the future from the FCSL.

For more information on the Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL) go to www.floridaleague.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 http://www.otownfun.com .

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