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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016 3 years ago


Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival


Enjoy original art from Steph Wood at the 57th annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival on Friday, March 18, from 6 to 11 p.m. Wood will be headlining the modern exhibit “Good Vibrations: A Modern Art” on Park Avenue. For more information, please visit

The 57th annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival will be held Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 20, in Central Park and on Park Avenue. Along with 225 nationally juried fine artists, the three-day event will feature concerts, a wide variety of quality food and beverages and interactive art activities for children. This year’s Friday night concert will feature contemporary jazz saxophonist Steve Cole and special guest JJ Sansaverino.

Jerry Herman’s hit Broadway show “Showtune!” will be performed at The Winter Park Playhouse Mainstage from Friday, March 18, to Saturday, March 19, as well as Thursday, March 31, to Saturday, April 23. Ticket prices are $40 for evenings, $36 for senior evenings, $30 for matinees and $15 for student and industry professionals. For those who are eligible, student rush tickets will be available depending on the availability of seats. For showtimes and ticket information, please call the box office at 407-645-0145 or visit

Kirsten Kiwior will be playing the role of Mary Poppins in the musical “Mary Poppins” at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center from Friday, March 18, to Sunday, March 27. For ticket information, please call 407-542-4526 or visit


New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger will be speaking at Writer’s Block Bookstore on Saturday, March 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 407-335-4192 or email [email protected]


Femmes de Coeur presents the High Tea and Fashion Show on Sunday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. The show combines exquisite and traditional high tea with the latest fashions. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for youth. For more information, please call 407-644-0358 or email [email protected]


School is closed, but the JCC is open! Come spend the day with your friends at Orange and Seminole County Spring Break Camp from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday, March 21, to Friday, March 25, at the Roth Family JCC, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. From art, to sports, to science, kids are sure to have a blast! Pizza lunch is included. The JCC will also be hosting field trip days including a visit to Boardwalk Bowl on Tuesday, March 22, and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater on Thursday, Mach 24. Days at the JCC cost $50 ($40 JCC members) and field trip days cost $60 ($50 JCC members). For more information, call Amanda Dennis at 407-621-4049.

The Winter Park Playhouse, Central Florida’s only professional musical theatre, will hold its annual auditions for the 2016-2017 Series of professional musicals on Monday, March 21 from noon to 9 p.m. To schedule an audition time, please call 407-645-0145. Auditions are by appointment only. For the list of productions and a detailed cast breakdown, please visit


New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne will be speaking at Writer’s Block Bookstore on Tuesday, March 22, from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, please call 407-335-4192 or email [email protected].


Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business will host its 11th annual Venture Plan Competition, Central Florida’s very own “Shark Tank,” with up to $50,000 in funding at stake. The public is invited to attend this free event on Thursday, March 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The four finalists will present their new products or business plans to a panel of Central Florida entrepreneurial experts. For more information, please visit


The Morse Museum’s three-day Easter weekend open house begins on Good Friday, March 25, with free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well as live music and a curator tour in the evening. Admission is also free Saturday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Easter Sunday, March 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. On Good Friday, classical guitarist Joshua Englert plays from 5 to 8 p.m. and the curator tour of the exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 407-645-5311.


The 62nd annual Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26. Over 10,000 stuffed eggs will be placed throughout Central Park West Meadow. This fun-filled event will provide as much excitement and laughs for the adults as it will for the kids. For more information, please call 407-599-3463.


Come out to the Bob Carr Theater for a night of brainteasers, pub trivia, comedy and music on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. Ask Me Another is a rambunctious live show from NPR and WNYC. The show will feature comedian and actress Ophira Eisenberg as host and a performance by musician Jonathan Coulton. Please visit for ticket details.


The Mustard Seed of Central Florida is proud to host the sixth annual Chairs 4 Charity event on Friday, April 1, between 6 to 10 p.m. at the Art and History Museums – Maitland’s Maitland Art Center. This event is not associated with A&H. Tickets are $50 for entry, and sponsorships are available. The event is generously sponsored by Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Hylant Insurance Group. Chairs 4 Charity invited nine local Central Florida artists to select a donated chair to use as their canvas, which are then put up for live auction. The funds raised at this event will be used to assist Central Florida families in need and to support our furniture, clothing and recycling programs. For more information, call 407-875-2040.


Dress in your most spectacular hat for a delightful afternoon celebrating seniors at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, located at 9700 International Drive in Orlando. The Rosen Plaza Hotel hosts the ninth annual High Tea & Hats event to benefit Seniors First with exotic teas, scrumptious tea sandwiches, desserts and fresh fruit. Guests will participate in the annual stylish hat contest and parade plus enjoy the Itsy Bitsy Hat Parade, just for kids. Bid on fabulous items available in the silent and chance auctions, and purchase tickets for a chance to the “Wall of Wine” and the Grand Prize Package, all while raising funds to support Seniors First in its mission to maintain seniors’ dignity and independence with nutritional, home improvement and other much-needed support. Individual tickets are now available; $60 for an adult ticket and $40 for children 12 and under. Tables and sponsorships are also available. Celebrity emcees and hat judges will preside over the festivities, and the 2016 Hats Off Award winner will be presented, recognizing a person or organization for their support of the community and the mission of Seniors First. Call 407-615-8979 for tickets and more information, or visit

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