2016 Orlando Chili Cook-Off

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FEB. 17

Love antiques? The Orlando Museum of Art’s Council 101 presents the 35th annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show, a three-day showcase featuring more than two-dozen antiques and vintage dealers from all over the nation. Eddie Ross, author of “Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds,” is this year’s guest speaker. The show is located at the Orlando Museum of Art at 2416 N. Mills Ave. and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18. On Sunday, Feb. 19, the show starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be bought at or by calling 407-896-4231 ext. 254.

This month, the Orlando Garden Club’s general meeting will be all about a popular morning beverage. The program, titled “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” features Kenny Youmans, a speaker and storyteller. The event is free at will take place on Friday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Orlando Garden Club located at 710 E. Rollins St. For more information, call 407-894-2250.

For those of you who weave and love bold splashes of color, but are too afraid to weave with them, the Weavers of Orlando will have a three-day workshop to help you get over that. Starting Friday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 19, former art book editor Betty Vera will present “Weaving with Colors that Move,” at the Westminster Winter Park Towers meeting room located at 1111 S. Lakemont Ave. For times and further details on the workshop, contact Nancy Reach at [email protected] or visit

FEB. 18

“Pablo Picasso: The Diary of a Master” will benefit the Florida Hospital for Children and will be the largest exhibition display of Picasso's the state of Florida has ever seen. This charitable event will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Baterbys Art Gallery, located at 6848 Stapoint Court in Winter Park. In celebration of the life and art of Picasso, fun and informational talks on various topics about the artist will be presented as attendees view and experience the artist's masterful renditions on display. There will be live musical performances as guests partake of Spanish-style hors d'eourves and beverages will complement Baterbys' first major event for 2017. A special silent art auction featuring items such as a Royal Caribbean Cruise for two, artwork and more awaits those who attend this unique opportunity to be the first to view this impressive display; but more importantly, lend generous support to the beneficiaries of the Florida Hospital for Children. General viewing is from Feb. 20 through May 5 with a suggested $5 per person as an entrance fee. All exhibition ticket sales from the opening reception and general admission will be given directly to the Florida Hospital for Children. A generous portion of all proceeds from Picasso artworks sold for the duration of the exhibition, including the reception, will also be donated to the foundation.

The 2016 Orlando Chili Cook-Off runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Festival Park, located at 2911 Robinson St. in Orlando. Enjoy tasty chili samples, live bands all day, the World Chili Eating Challenge, a massive kids zone and thirst-quenching beer and wine. It’s all for a good cause, with proceeds benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Visit for more information.

This month, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park continues its annual presentation of live music and Bach-inspired beers at its “Bach & Beer” event in Winter Park. One of the first events in the 82nd annual Winter Park Bach Festival, “Bach & Beer” will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at The Ravenous Pig restaurant, located at 565 W. Fairbanks Ave. This free event is the first social event of the 82nd annual Winter Park Bach Festival’s many concerts, master classes, lectures, and events running through March 6. More information at

FEB. 19

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey will host “Wind Beneath Our Wings – Celebrating Audubon Eagle Watch and 25 years of Eagle Conservation in Florida” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Venue on the Lake/Maitland Civic Center located at 641 S. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. The event will include beer/wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Cost is $75 per person. To purchase tickets online, go to For more information, call Vicky Johnston at 305-371-6396.

Get your lawn chairs and blankets out and join the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra as they call for warmer weather with their presentation of “Spring in the Garden,” which will feature prelude, philharmonia orchestras and overture strings. The concert will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Mead Botanical Garden’s The Grove, located at 1300 S. Denning Drive. Tickets cost $10 to $20 and can be bought online or at the door. For tickets and more information, visit

Regarded across America and around the world as one of today’s finest concert organists, Todd Wilson serves as head of the Organ Department at Cleveland Institute of Music and has been heard in recital at many major venues throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Knowles Memorial Chapel, located at 1000 Holt Ave. in Winter Park. Cost is $25. For more information, call 407-646-2115.

FEB. 21

The best planned homes adapt to the ebb and flow of life, according to nationally renowned interior designer and author Leah Richardson, A.S.I.D. Join the Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 331 Lake Ave., Maitland, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon for brunch, inspiration and shopping. Cost is $25. For tickets or information, call the church at 407-644-5350.

The AARP Winter Park Chapter 1047 will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Winter Park Community Center, located at 721 New England Ave. in Winter Park. President Lena Roche will present the program all about the Chapter and AARP. Mr. Bill Ternent of the State AARP Executive Council will present the 2016 State Award for Chapter Beyond Excellence to Chapter 1047. For more information, call 407-671-8393.

FEB. 22

Orlando American Mah Jongg players meet every Wednesday, starting Feb. 22, from 12:30 to 4 pm, to play at Westerly’s Restaurant at MetroWest Golf Club, located at 2100 S. Hiawassee Road in Orlando. This group is for experienced players who have their current National Mah Jongg league card. For more information and to RSVP, visit

Taking the Hot Seat this month is 4 Rivers Smokehouse owner John Rivers. While many may love barbeque, Rivers turned his love for the “art of brisket” into a successful barbeque chain here in Florida. Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, hear Rivers speak about his achievements at noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Those interested can register for the event at

FEB. 23

"The Fantasticks" presented by Theater at the J runs from Feb. 23 to March 5 the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando's Harriett & Hymen Lake Cultural Center Auditorium, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. Join them for the world's longest-running musicals about two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt, and directed by Kerry A. Giese. Cost is $10 to $20. Contact Kerry Giese at 407-645-5933 or [email protected]

A Mardi Gras Festival runs Feb. 23-26 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, located at 5900 Oleander Drive in Orlando. The festival features midway rides, a food tent, bingo, funnel cake, games and entertainment. There’s a parade at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Amber Road and Oleander Drive, followed by a Royal Court Party from 7 to 11 p.m. and entertainment by Blue Stone Circle. Hours of the festival are 5 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 (Good Shepherd Night) and Friday, Feb. 24; noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. All-you-can-ride wristbands range from $15 to $25 depending on which night you attend. A raffle will be held on Saturday and Sunday. There’s free parking and free admission. For more information, contact the church at 407-277-3939.

FEB. 25

The Woman’s Club Woman’s Show is an annual event consisting of 20 to 24 vendors showcasing various products that will interest women of all ages. There are a wide variety of goods and services represented in the show. In the past, the event has featured jewelry, beauty products, art, plants, candles and unique gifts. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Woman’s Club of Winter Park, located at 419 S. Interlachen Ave. in Winter Park. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds go to The Winter Park Woman’s Club charitable giving. For more information, call 407-644-2237.

Fort Stewart Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, will be conducting its annual Retiree Appreciation Day on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena/The Venue, located at 12777 N. Gemini Blvd. in Orlando from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All retired soldiers and their family members are invited to attend this event, which will provide retired soldiers and their families the latest information on the current state of the Army, benefits and entitlements, and future outlook for defense programs supporting retirees and compensation. All military retirees from all branches of the military their families are invited to attend the RAD for information on federal/state legislation impacting retirees and their families. Free parking. Guests are encouraged to carpool for this event.

Winter Park’s second annual Restore the Roar 2017 – Feast on the 50 is back, complete with food by Sonny’s BBQ, fireworks and live music by local band, Room 2. Brought to you by the WPHS Foundation, the city of Winter Park, Rollins College, Winter Park Pride and Orange County Public Schools, the feast has a fundraising goal of $500,000. Restore the Roar will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Showalter Field located at 2525 Cady Way. Tickets start at $20. You must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, email [email protected]

FEB. 26

First Baptist Church of Winter Park will dedicate their newly-renovated sanctuary at 1021 N. New York Ave. on Sunday, Feb. 19. The celebration service will begin at 10:30 a.m. (small groups begin at 9 a.m.). The public is invited to attend the dedication of this service-oriented church, nestled in historic Winter Park. The service will include special orchestrated music by the Connection Choir and an encouraging message from pastor Dr. Walter Jackson. For more information about First Baptist Church Winter Park, please contact the church’s office at 407-644-3061 or visit

Enjoy a free outdoor concert starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 as the Maitland Stage Band performs on the Rotary Plaza, located at 231 W. Packwood Ave. at the Maitland Art Center. The concert is graciously sponsored by Duke Energy, Maitland Tire Co. and Flowers Chemical Labs. Small town celebrations with music and American heritage would not be complete without the sounds of the Big Band era. The MSB helps our community remember and honor our veterans and artisans. Their music comes from the songs of America. Beer and wine available will be available at the concert. Call 321-303-1404 or visit or


Albin Polasek, founder of the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden, believed that artists have a duty to preserve culturally significant events through their art. In this spirit, the museum will remember a local tragedy, which devastated and shocked the country: the Pulse nightclub shooting. Approaching the one-year anniversary of this horrific event, the museum has chosen to honor the victims by marking this date with a celebration of life, beauty, art and love through an exhibit titled “Summer of Love: Reflections on Pulse.” The museum says a resounding “yes” to diversity and invites the entire Central Florida community to keep love in your hearts and keep dancing! Now accepting submissions through March 1. All artists and mediums welcome. The exhibit will run from Tuesday, May 9, through Sunday, Sept. 3. For more information, call 407-647-6294 or visit


South Street & Co. are hosting a birthday bash for their two-year anniversary celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at 415 S. Summerlin Ave. in Orlando. Come meet the South Street & Co. team and help them celebrate with food and drinks. The entire community is welcome to attend. For more information, visit


Each year, the ArtEvents Council of The Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art hosts an elegant gala to raise funds for The Mennello Museum. Funds raised from the gala directly supports exhibitions, education programs, publications and helps the museum achieve its mission to serve our community, support artists and advance American art and ideas across Central Florida and beyond. The 14th annual “An Evening with Fabulous Friends Gala” will take place on Saturday, March 4 at The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. In addition, all work in the inaugural Mennello Museum Invitational exhibition, on view at The Mennello Museum from Feb. 14 through March 3, will also be featured and available for purchase at the Gala. Local artists include Victor Bokas, Shosh C, Mindy Colton, Nancy Jay, Richard Munster, Jackie Otto Miller, Victor Quino, Maria Ramos, Paul T. Scarborough and Katty Smith. All artists have generously donated 50 percent of their proceeds to benefit The Mennello Museum. Dance the night away with live music by Emoja, and take part in both live and silent auctions. Tickets start at $375. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 407-246-4278, ext. 4860. Room rates at The Four Seasons are $299 per night and can be booked at


The Winter Park Playhouse, Central Florida’s only professional musical theatre, will hold annual auditions for its 2017-2018 Series of musicals on Monday, March 13, from noon to 9 p.m. For the list of productions and a detailed cast breakdown, visit, click on “Get involved” and “Auditions.” All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to attend! Auditions are by appointment only and will take place at The Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., Suite C in Winter Park. Call 407-645-0145 to schedule an audition time.


ONYX Magazine presents the second annual Women on the Move, which honors a diverse array of women who are power brokers in their own right. Herzing University is the title sponsor for the event. Attendees will be inspired as the honorees are awarded on Thursday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Alfond Inn, located at 300 E. New England Ave. in Winter Park. Join ONYX Magazine, Florida’s premier African-American publication, for what has become one of the most prestigious celebrations for women of color, Women on the Move. This highly anticipated event will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of some of Florida’s most influential and impactful women. Women on the Move tickets are on sale now through Tickets start at $125 and tables of 10 at $1,000. Contact Marianne Eggleston at 855-986-6699, ext. 5, or email [email protected]


The Winter Park Playhouse, Central Florida's only professional musical theatre, announces their 2017-2018 Mainstage Series of musical productions! Current annual subscription renewals are going on now, new annual six-show series subscription sales begin Feb. 14 and "You Pick Three" mini-subscriptions, as well as single tickets, go on sale March 10. In honor of the 15th anniversary of The Winter Park Playhouse, all six-show series subscribers will receive 15 percent off of the established price with a six-show annual subscription priced at only $214 for Adult Evening and $199 for Senior Evening (62 years and older). Matinee series subscriptions are all priced at $163 for all six shows. In an ongoing effort to serve the community, accommodate demand and make their popular musicals accessible, The Playhouse will offer two preview shows – one evening and one matinee prior to opening night – at a reduced $20 per ticket price. Visit

“Anne Frank – A History for Today” tells the story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust and World War II. It shows photographs of Anne Frank’s childhood in Frankfurt and in Amsterdam, and portrays the rise of the Nazis, the persecution of the Jews and the way the people responded to this. In a consequent way the exhibition shows the impact of the Nazi policy on one particular family. Throughout the exhibit, Anne’s own candid writing provides a central voice to the exhibit narrative, bringing a poignant and truly beautiful perspective to the story. The exhibit will be on display from through March 18 at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center, located at 851 N. Maitland Ave. in Maitland. For more information, call 407-628-0555.

The Florida Blue Center at 434 N. Orlando Ave. in Winter Park has several ongoing classes. Tai Chi classes are every Monday at 3:30 p.m. Zumba classes are every Wednesday at 6 p.m. For more information, call 407-441-2020.

MicheLee Puppets and Venue on the Lake are partnering up once again for a year’s worth of Sunday Family Fun Days in 2017. Sunday Family Fun Days will take place on the last Sunday of selected months at Venue on the Lake in Maitland, and will feature special guests, themed events, and puppet performances. MicheLee Puppets is Florida’s leader in educational puppetry and focuses on early childhood education, health and wellness, STEAM, and several other important issues. Each Sunday Family Fun Day will have a different theme that reflects these topics. Some of the upcoming themes include “World Day of Puppetry Celebration,” “Film Festival,” and “Back to School.” It’s open to the public and a donation of $5 per family is suggested. Visit


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