Who Says There Is Nothing To Do In Orlando – Snap! Print Day

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Snap! Orlando will be hosting the Snap! Print Day this Saturday, August 29th from 11AM – 4PM.  This one day event is a community print sale at the Snap! Space located at 1013 E Colonial Drive.  Snap! Orlando’s mission is “to celebrate master photographers, and artists, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography and art worldwide.”

Prints will be available from artists including works by Thomas Thorspecken, Dan L. Hess, Marcus Adkins, Nathan Selikoff, Tina Craig, Erika Rech, Derek Gores and Chris Tobar Rodriguez.  While special limited edition prints will be available from international artists Mark Gmehling, Andrew Soria, Elena Vizerskaya, Joe Conzo, and Patricia Van DeCamp will also be available.  Sam Flax will even be offering 25% off custom framing to all buyers that day.  Admission is free, so don’t miss your chance to get some beautiful prints at great prices!

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Go Local Wednesday – Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria

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To say I have a new found love for Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sanwicheria would  be an understatement!  Sometimes you just need a good sandwich and Pom Pom’s definitely delivers.  The location is small but the team is very welcoming and the food is phenomenal.

I had the Mama Ling Ling’s Thanksgiving sandwich and chef’s pasta with a glass of sweet English Breakfast iced tea.  The sandwich is everything you love about Thanksgiving leftovers!  It’s filled with roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a ginger cranberry spread.  What’s even better?  It comes with a side of gravy to dunk your sandwich in.  The chef’s pasta was a spicy turkey macaroni and cheese with an out of this world sauce!

If you don’t stuff yourself full like I did, I would also recommend trying their delicious looking pastries.  I heard the waiter tell a patron the brownies  are their top sellers.  They all looked amazing.

While waiting for my food, I was able to review friends and fans posts on Facebook.    While this was only my first trip to Pom Pom’s Teahouse, it will certainly not be my last!

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Who Says There Is Nothing To Do In Orlando? – B-Boy Competition

BboyThe Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando will be hosting the Red Bull BC One North America Final on Saturday, Aug. 22nd.  This free event will feature two local B-boys going head to head with other competitors for the North American title and a chance to go to Rome for the World final in November.  Orlando will be represented by last year’s North American Final champion, Victor Montalvo and Rob Adamyan.

B-Boying is a dance style, also known as breakdancing, that first became popular in the 70’s and 80’s.  According to Wikipedia, “b-boying consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes. B-boying is typically danced to hip-hop, funk music, and specially breakbeats, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.”

While this event is free, online tickets for the event are already all reserved.  Some tickets will be available for walk-up guests at 8PM on Saturday.   There will also be a viewing party on the Seneff Arts Plaza for all overflow guests.  The event will also be  live streamed on RedBullBCOne.com.  This should be a great event!  Don’t miss it!

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando? – Orlando Conductor Crawl

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Trying to choo-choo-choose what to to do tonight?  Why not hop a ride on the Sunrail for their monthly Conductor Crawl?  Having celebrated their 1 year anniversary in May, this successful event brings locals together for a much more sophisticated and safer pub crawl.  The monthly event is held the 2nd Friday of each month.  While the event is free, you will be responsible for your own Sunrail ticket and libations.  You can purchase advance Sunrail tickets or packages that include drink tickets online here.

This month’s event starts at Graffiti Junction Church Street, offering specials for the event like $3 wines and $4 wells.  Then make a quick jump onto the Sunrail for a ride down to The Gnarly Barley, near Sand Lake Road.    The crawl is offering a speed dating for 50 lucky ladies and gentlemen at the Gnarly Barley, as well as drink specials.  After some fun at the Gnarly Barley you can jump back on the Sunrail and return to downtown.  But keep in mind, the scheduled itinerary has you on the last ride from Sand Lake.  If you miss the ride, you’ll have to find another way home.

For more information on this and their upcoming events, click here.

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Go Local Wednesday – Magnolia Orlando Bar

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I’d like to feature a  cool little place I was introduced to in May.  The Magnolia Orlando Bar is located on S Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Orlando.  The location is a quick walk from the Central Blvd parking garage, which is always helpful when libations are involved!

I’ll admit the first time I walked I was a little under enthused by the low-key atmosphere.  The downstairs bar, while long felt a little small and cramped, but don’t let this give you a reason for pause.  I went for a good friend’s going away party and had arrived early, as I despise tardiness!  I ordered my usual drink and began to take in the scenery.  You could tell a lot of people at the bar were locals.  When their drinks got half way down, they had another prepared and waiting for them.  I do appreciate an attentive bartender.  The bar backs were diligently squeezing fresh orange, lemon and lime juice and pulling leaves off of various herbs.  The walls are all painted murals and are truly striking, featuring Magnolia’s of course!

At 7PM the private party area upstairs opened up and I was instantly over the moon.  Upstairs is a small bar, private bathroom, a pool table and a large picture window so you can spy on people walking by on the street below. Once upstairs my husband decided he wanted something different to drink.  The young bartender recommended that he try their namesake drink, the Magnolia.  It is a drink mixed with a ginger beer, some kind of liqour and some of those fresh picked herb leaves muddled at the bottom.  I am never one to deviate from my drink but I have to tell you, I really like it!  It had a nice flavor and was very refreshing.  The upstairs area was fairly large.  Easily holding our 30+ guests comfortably and allowing for a nice place to toast our friends “bon voyage” as they were about to embark on a new life adventure to sunny SoCal.

While I haven’t been back recently, my husband and I talk about the bar and the Magnolia drink often.  We will definitely be back.  I think I’ll introduce my friend from Texas to Magnolia Orlando Bar, after our ghost tour over Labor Day weekend.  Maybe we’ll see you there!

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando? – Crealdé Cup-A-Thon XXXI

Crealdé School of Art will be hosting their 31st Annual Crealdé Cup-A-Thon XXXI, beginning today through Saturday in Winter Park.  Crealdé artists, students and supporters create ceramic cups, goblets and bowls, which are then available for purchase as one-of-a-kind collectibles or gifts.  The proceeds go to the ceramic department at the school.  The event was started by artist Vincent Sansone.

The Crealdé School of Art also offers classes for children and adults, amateurs and professionals alike.  Class costs can vary.  There is also the option to become a member or donor, which gets you more benefits, including discounts on class costs.  We could all use more art in our lives!  I know I could.

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Go Local Wednesday – Lake Eola

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Over the last few weeks there have been a lot of news articles about “The City Beautiful’s” iconic Lake Eola.  City hall is currently hashing out whether they will allow development on the southwest corner of Lake Eola Park.  Many residents and critics don’t want the new residential tower, which might impede the view and splendor of such a beautiful area in Downtown Orlando.

Did you know that Lake Eola is actually a huge sinkhole?  Neither did I!  At its deepest place it is 80 ft.  Lake Eola plays host to many local events, including the weekly Lake Eola Farmer’s Market on Sundays and the annual Fourth of July Fireworks at the Fountain, just to name a few.  On the east side of Lake Eola is a park which houses a playground for the little ones, a historical monument and a Chinese Pagoda.

The park site was originally donated to the city by wealthy Orlandoan Jacob Summerlin.  His only stipulations were that the gifted area be beautified and turned into a park.  As part of the deal he put in a reverter clause that states if the area around Lake Eola wasn’t beautified, turned into a park and maintained by the city, his heirs could reclaim the land.

For locals and visitors Lake Eola is truly a gem in our large metropolis.  A picture of authentic Florida beauty.  Go to the farmer’s market, attend one of the events held throughout the year, whatever you do – Go!  Be a local at Lake Eola.

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