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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 3 years ago

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

Experience the charm of Winter Park's Park Avenue at the Sip, Shop & Stroll, where you spend the evening exploring Park Avenue's shops and restaurants.
by: Josh Garrick Columnist

June 12 – Sip, Shop & Stroll on Park Avenue

Experience the charm of Winter Park’s Park Avenue at the Sip, Shop & Stroll, where you spend the evening exploring Park Avenue’s shops and restaurants. Discover new shops, check out the fashions, gift ideas and menu items as you enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres along the way from 5 to 8 p.m. Check-in at the corner of Park Avenue and Morse Boulevard on June 12 beginning at 5 p.m. Attendees receive a wine glass and passport at check-in. Call 407-644-8281 or email [email protected]

June 13 – Good Morning Winter Park

Good Morning Winter Park is the popular monthly breakfast gathering where Winter Park residents and community leaders interact for insights on timely topics and networking. Free and open to the public, the meeting on June 13 will begin at 7:45 a.m. with a complimentary continental breakfast. At 8:15 a.m. Orange County Florida Property Appraiser Rick Singh will speak to the group on “The State of Orange County's Real Estate: What is to Come in 2014” at the Winter Park Welcome Center at 151 W. Lyman Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-644-8281 or visit

June 13, 14 and 15 – Tim Mooney’s ‘Shakespeare's Histories’

Following sell-out performances at Orlando Fringe, Tim Mooney presents all 10 of Shakespeare’s histories in one epic, one-man performance, capturing the history of England from 1066 to 1533 in just one hour. Including the most brilliant speeches of Shakespeare’s plays, “Shakespeare’s Histories” reveals the genius of Shakespeare’s historical vision. “Histories” will be performed at Breakthrough Theatre on June 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and June 15 at 3 p.m. Breakthrough Theatre is at 419A W. Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-920-4034 for reservations.

June 13 to 29 – Elton John's ‘AIDA’

Following the story line of Verdi’s famous opera, Elton John and Tim Rice took the timeless love story from Egypt and created a rock musical that won both Tony and Grammy awards on Broadway. Now Director Derek Critzer is creating a new production about the enslaved princess to be presented at The Venue at 511 Virginia Drive in Orlando from June 13 to 29. Featuring LaDawn Taylor and Tony Flaherty, this is a special opportunity to see a Broadway musical with extraordinary local talent. Tickets are available at (including an Industry Night Special on June 16.)

June 13 and 21 – ‘Grease’ Sing-A-Long

But, oh-oh-oh-oh … those summer nights. Those crazy time-travelers at The Abbey invite us to embrace our inner T-Bird or Pink Lady at the phenomenon that is the “Grease” Sing-A-Long. Part “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (costumes encouraged and interactive goodie-bags provided) – and part mob karaoke, this promises to be a watch, rinse and repeat sing-along. The only rule – apart from the fact that it begins around 9 p.m. – is “there are no freakin’ rules,” so break out those leather jackets, poodle skirts, and sing-a-long. Call 407-704-6103.

June 14 – Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard

With the goal to “unite, serve and educate through music, entertainment and the arts,” the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard will present its summer concert – ¡Celebrac√≠on! The Music of Spain and Latin America – on June 14 at 3 p.m. at the Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. The diverse program includes orchestral works, dance performances by the Color Guard and guest Flamenco artists Alborea Dances, and the Orlando Gay Chorus. Admission is free, with a $10 suggested donation accepted. Visit

June 14 – The All Stars of Dance Gala

The World Ballet Competition – founded here in Central Florida – is held in Orlando each June, bringing together an impressive array of international talent, all of which comes together on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. for a not-to-be-missed All Stars of Dance Gala. Held at the Bob Carr PAC, the audience is treated to brilliant performances from visiting dance stars who share the spotlight with medal-winners from the week-long competition. The event comes highly recommended. For tickets, call 407-849-4669 or visit

June 15 – Harp music at the Casa

With the beautiful backdrop of the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, harpist Christine MacPhail will present a concert on June 15 beginning at noon. A professional harpist for more than 20 years, Christine has provided the special music of the harp for thousands of events from weddings to corporate parties at Disney. Performing every style of music, Christine performs works by artists as varied as Bruno Mars to Frank Sinatra, mixed with classical selections by Mozart and Beethoven. Casa Feliz is at 656 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-628-8200 or visit

June 16 to July 19 – ‘Art Is Dead’ exhibit by Parker Sketch

Recent works by artist Parker Sketch will be at The Peacock Room with an opening on June 16 beginning at 8 p.m. Running through July 19, the exhibit is titled “Art is Dead,” referencing the idea that everything (in art) has been done. Drawing heavily on pop art, Dada, and “action painting,” Parker also references expressionism and minimalism. The result is a playful look at art history with traditional painting, found objects, collage, and spray paint represented. Visit or or call 407-228-0048.

June 18 – Recital by lyric soprano Lindsay Renee Cash

We are invited to savor songs of the Romantic era by lyric soprano Lindsay Renee Cash at the University Club of Winter Park's Classical Music meeting on June 18 at 1 p.m. The recital will include songs in six languages by composers Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten and more. Ms. Cash has performed with the Orlando Opera, Orlando Philharmonic, the Bach Festival, and Rollins College orchestras. This free concert experience will be accompanied by refreshments. Call 407-629-2125 or visit

June 19 to July 27 – ‘Rapunzel’ at Orlando Shakespeare

In a playful adaptation by Brandon Roberts from the story by the Brothers Grimm, Orlando Shakespeare offers up a summertime tale for the whole family. Shut away in a lonely tower, Rapunzel grows, and so does her hair! Will Rapunzel escape the clutches of her evil captor? Find out in this very contemporary adaptation with an Orlando Shakes twist! Arrive early and Shake Out The Sillies as members of the cast offer pre-show fun for the whole family. Call 407-447-1700 or visit

June 20 – CFAMily Day at the Cornell

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College invites Central Florida families to a free event filled with fun and educational activities. From gallery tours to hands-on art-making to scavenger hunts and games, the programs are designed for ages 6 and older, but all ages are welcome. The first CFAMily Day is Friday, June 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the museum. The event is free and no RSVPs are necessary. Call 407-646-2526 or visit

June 20 to Sept. 7 – OMART offers the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

The Orlando Museum of Art will offer a preview of the exhibit “Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art” in a reception June 20 beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit presents 10 artists working in diverse mediums, often combining materials – creating work from reclaimed materials along with imagery from historic and/or popular culture. The diversity of the work reflects the dynamic – and challenging – nature of art today. Admission is $5. Call 407-896-4231 or visit

June 20 to July 19 – Back by Popular Demand – ‘SHOUT! The Mod Musical’

In one of the funniest and wildly enjoyable musicals ever presented at the Winter Park Playhouse, “SHOUT! The Mod Musical” returns to the Playhouse from June 20 to July 19. The hit musical tells the story of five women coming of age in 1960s London and features an incredible collection of ’60s classics by Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, LuLu and more. The production features a powerhouse cast of Playhouse professionals, and is highly recommended. Call 407-645-0145 or visit

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