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Sticker sighting: Hamburger Marys

Another "Orlando is Wonderful" sticker sighting was sent in to us via photo, this one at "Hambingo" at the downtown restaurant Hamburger Marys.  Here's where to get one of your own.

Potluck: Creative Community Gathering "From shared vision to community action."

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 5-9pm at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1901 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL) is Transition Orlando's 3rd Creative Community Gathering "From shared vision to community action."

5:00 p.m. Conscious, Compassion, Connection, Creativity, and Community Action -- a creative session
6:30 p.m. Potluck -- great food and conversation
7:30 p.m. Green Team film screening: TBA
Presented by The First Unitarian Church of Orlando Green Team

About: Transition Orlando is part of the Transition Network supporting communities becoming more resilient and self-reliant and less dependent on cheap oil.

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Transition Orlando, like the other transition initiatives around the world, is based on four key assumptions:
1. That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.
2. That our settlements and communities lack the resilience to enable them to weather the seve…

Southern Fried Sundays | Annual B-Day Benefit

Sunday July 18th join us for The 2nd Annual B-Day Benefit for The Mustard Seed of Central Florida! 6 musical acts, classic cars, a pin-up girl contest, a cornhole tournament, carnival games and the return of the dunk tank and a southern food & bbq buffet included in the price of admission! Plus come early and get your car washed by The Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls! All ages are welcome until 8pm!
Betty Lou Fox (Blues)
The Barnstorm Quartet (Bluegrass/Swing)
Giddy Up Go (Vintage Country feat. DJ White Lightning from WPRK)
Izzy and The Kesstronics ( Rockabilly/Swing from Brooklyn, NY)
Hymn For Her (Slamgrass from Philly and the Bambi Airstream)
The Downgetters
(Orlando Supergroup playing songs from the depths of RocknRoll's vault )

All proceeds go the The Mustard Seed of Central Florida! The Mustard Seed of Central Florida is a referral based furniture, clothing and household goods bank that works exclusively with Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Volusia County residen…

Mad Cow Theatre | 2010-2011 Season

Mad Cow Theatre's 2010-11 Season:
Subscriptions are available with packages ranging from $90- $400 and can be purchased through the Mad Cow Theatre Box Office at 407.297.8788 ext 1. Mad Cow Theatre is located in Downtown Orlando at the corner of Pine and Magnolia.

9/10 - 10/17 – COMPANY a musical with lyrics and music by Stephen Sondhiem and book by George Furth
This landmark musical comedy ushered in the modern musical era, and was awarded six Tonys in 1971, including Best Musical, for its innovative approach. Company is a hilarious and affecting portrayal of five married couples — as seen through the eyes of perpetual bachelor Robert. It features a brilliant, energetic, quintessentially Sondheim score, as a cast of 14 examines questions surrounding love, commitment and marriage. 39 years after the Broadway premiere, at a time when society is still passing laws and re-defining what marriage means, this hip, sexy show remains as relevant and razor-sharp as ever.

10/1 - 10/24 – …

Another reader finds our sticker

Another reader took a photo of their sticker and tweeted it. Kind of matches their bright yellow door!  Send us your sticker photos and we'll put them on the blog! Get stickers at Stardust Coffee, SAK Comedy Lab, Park Ave CDs, Pom Poms. If they're out, let us know and we'll drop more off.

Opera on Film is Back at Enzian Thanks to Partnership With Emerging Pictures

Note:All dates below have been added to our calendar.

Enzian has partnered with Emerging Pictures for a third year to present the best in filmed high definition opera from around the globe. Showcased on the big screen with English subtitles in digital cinema exclusively in Central Florida, Enzian’s Opera on Film summer line up begins Saturday, July 3. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy productions starring opera’s most internationally recognized and renowned performers including Placido Domingo (SIMON BOCCANEGRA) and Juan Diego Florez (I PURITANI).

All screenings begin at 12 p.m. (noon) and include Bizet’s CARMEN, Verdi’s SIMON BOCCANEGRA, LA TRAVIATA, and AIDA as well as Bellini’s I PURITANI. These productions were filmed at various prestigious international venues including La Scala, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the Bregenz Festival - which features a spectacular AIDA production filmed outdoors on a floating stage.

“At a time when the arts community is at a loss for a maj…

Another reader finds our sticker

Another reader found our sticker today, took a great photo of it in front of the scene the sticker represents (great idea!) and says "Totally sticking this babe in my car." Send us YOUR sticker pics today!

Brice Stephens Is Mother Falcon's Artist For July

Mother Falcon (817 E. Washington Street, Orlando, FL) is a custom t-shirt shop, but is really getting into the art show scene now, hosting artist shows and becoming a must-visit gallery on Third Thursdays downtown gallery hop and any Thursday really.

On Thursday, July 8, 2010 7-10pm, they will be will be hosting Orlando artist Brice Stephens. Free beer will be served. Music provided by DJ Diddles.

Artist Brice Stephens' paintings are ink and acrylic on glass, created on windowpanes, many of which remain in their original frame, and doorframes. Stephens primarily paints nude women. He works backwards to produce an effect on the back of the glass. This process was once economical and expressive, but throughout his career he has stayed true to this format and technique. Stephens has been called the most recognizable artist in the avante garde regional scene and has been compared to expressionist Egon Schiele.

The Bee's Knees Sweet Treats will be making an appearance serving up the…

Transgendered Mistreatment in Hospitals Subject of Public Display at Orlando Farmers Market at lake Eola

Come Out Orlando will be at Lake Eola Sunday, June 27th at 12 PM near the Farmer’s Market on the southeast side of the park spreading the word about the problem of the mistreatment of the transgendered at Florida hospitals and asking Central Floridians to demand all three major hospital systems in Central Florida add transgender protections to their patient’s bill of rights so they can be on par with truly world class hospital systems like:Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA
Jackson Memorial Hospital – Miami, FL
Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL
Group Health Central Hospital – Seattle, WA
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Houston, TX“The transitioning process can make for some awkward situations if, say, a transgender man complete with baritone voice and facial hair must check female on his intake form and hope that the correct pronouns are observed. Or when he has to explain to his docto…

Michael Jackson Dance Tribute Benefitting Ronald McDonald Charities

There was a Michael Jackson tribute benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida June 25th, 2010 at 5:26 pm at Church Street Station, Orlando, Florida. Text GIVE to 52000 on your cell phone to donate $10.*

*Text messaging and data rates may apply. $10 donation will be directly applied to your next mobile phone bill. For terms and conditions, please visit

Our Stickers | Your Hands

Get our fun "Orlando is Wonderful" stickers at Stardust Coffee, SAK Comedy Lab, Park Ave CDs, Pom Poms while they last. If they're gone, let us know and we'll go replenish stock (until our own stock is gone!).

Homespun Chic Marketplace | New "Buy Handmade" Annual Event in Downtown Winter Park

The First Annual Homespun Chic Marketplace will take place on Sunday, August 8, 2010 from 2:30pm to 6pm at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market located (one of our choice venue rentals!) at 200 West New England Avenue in Downtown Winter Park. The event will feature 19 local artisans, selling their handmade wares varying from postcards to plush; children’s clothing to chic jewelry, and everything in between.

See the event on Yelp.

Independent artisans and designers from around Central Florida will be in attendance, offering handcrafted wares. Fueled by the “Buy Handmade” movement, the marketplace is at the backbone of a growing craft culture, seeking to prove to Americans that high quality, everyday items are easily available at places other than the mall. The marketplace also offers shoppers an easy way to give back to the community. A portion of this year's event sales will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida®

The Winter Park Farmer’s Market, locate…

Blend | Watch the painters, listen to the music and drink in the atmosphere

"Blend!" is a live collaboration painting and mural event July 2, 2010 7-11pm at Taste Restaurant (717 W. Smith Street, Orlando, FL | College Park). Free admission before 9:30pm, $3 after.

Taste Restaurant will be showcasing some of Orlando's best and brightest artists out for a night of live painting and musical entertainment. This is your opportunity to meet and observe the artists who decorate the walls of numerous downtown restaurants, galleries, and entertainment venues such as Tracy Burke, Mauricio Murillo and many more. DJ Natch plays 7-10 pm and a live band will be performs after 10 pm. Sponsored by Apartment E

Urban Outfitters Says it Clearly. Wish We Could Do the Same.

"Lifestyle merchandising is our business and our passion. The goal for our brands is to build a strong emotional bond with the customer. To do this we must build lifestyle environments that appeal emotionally, and offer fashion correct products on a timely basis. Our customers are the reason and the inspiration for everything we do."

By Mark Baratelli

I think this statement by the clothing and "lifestyle" shop Urban Outfitters states clearly, CLEARLY what they do. While we enjoy producing this blog, we're aware others can do the *exact* same thing, *are* doing the exact same thing and more will come along to do it better, faster and with more style. Soon we'll be one of many in a heap of trendy city guides telling about the new art gallery, the new hot neighborhood or the best events. We don't want to be in there with all of them. We need a mission statement that will lead us to places others won't go. Got one for us? Mobile Art Show #12 | Karen Russell

Downtown Arts District Orlando Slice Mobile Art Show #12 is Thursday August 19, 2010 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Uhaul at the corner of Orange and Pine in downtown Orlando, near City Arts Factory (MAP). Parking available at the Library Parking Garage (112 East Central Street for $2/hour). More parking options. Cost: Free. Producer: Mark Baratelli
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This month's show features the work of artist Karen Russell. She'll be displaying eight 30" by 40" painted portraits of women in various states of shock, sadness or solitude in muted soft colors, along with several smaller-sized prints perfect for framing.

About Karen Russell: I suffered an expulsion from the womb on April 22, 1983. I was born with ten fingers and ten toes. Briefly reared in my place of conception, East Hanover, NJ., my family moved to Florida. Dabbling with different mediums, I soon fell for pigment on canvas. My main focus has been the human animal. Painting s…

Ax Handle Saturday.

As part of Juneteenth the Well's Built Museum hosted a literary review where author Rodney L. Hurst S. spoke about his book, "It was never about a hot dog and a Coke!". The book recounts Rodaney's personal account of the 1960 sit in demonstrations in Jacksonville Florida. At age 11 he joined the National Association of Colored People (NAACP).
Woolworth Department store would accept a black persons money at one counter but not allow the same person the right to shop at another counter. The store had two lunch counters one had the sign that read, FOR WHITES ONLY. The other counter located in the far reaches of the store had 15 seats and no windows. This was FOR BLACKS ONLY. The plan was for the students to buy something in the store, which was easy enough to do, and then as a group they would sit down at the white lunch counter. The first sit in was on August 13th 1960. The students employed the philosophy of passive resistance being sure to keep the sit ins non violen…

Our Orlando is Wonderful Stickers Getting Around

Our "Orlando is Wonderful" stickers are being found! Reader Colleen B's laptop looks a wee bit sassier now, don't you think? Tweet your sticker pics and we'll share them here.

Where to find the stickers:
Park Ave CDs
Pom Poms Teahouse and Sandwicheria
Stardust Coffee
SAK Comedy Lab
Mochi at Plaza Cinema Cafe (they're out, but we'll replenish soon!)

Froyo expands to Ocoee with Orange Leaf

Our page has a new entry: Orange Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt (364 Moore Road, Ocoee, FL 34761) Its located in the Windermere, Ocoee, Winter Garden area and is having its grand opening on Saturday July 10, 2010 in the Publix shopping center at Maguire and Moore Road. 16 flavors, 30 toppings. They're doing a raffle to win a year's worth of free yogurt.

Watch out cupcakes. Froyo is on your tail for the trendy snack of the summer.

Froyolando: Orlando frozen yogurt guide
What the Fro-Yo? | Is Frozen Yogurt Taking Over Orlando? Chat: Fashion Square Mall Cast Chat: Is FroYo the New CuCa?
Mochi Frozen Yogurt in Plaza Cinema Cafe
Gurtzberry is Expensive

Styxxx & Clones

I met the owners of Styxxx and Clones today at Blank Space downtown. They run a locally-based clothing line with sweet tees and satchels you can buy online.

Orlando Moms and Daughters Rejoice: Madonna and Madaughter launch joint clothing line "Material Girl"

Madonna, her daughter (Lola? Lourdes?) and the Iconix Brand Group's in-house fashion department put together a new juniors line called Material Girl that launches at Macy's August 3, 2010, just in time for back-to-school. Macy's is the only store that's got it, with apparel, footwear, handbags and jewelry ranging from $12.00 to $40.00.

The "Orlando is Wonderful" stickers are in and they are wonderful!

Our "Orlando is Wonderful" sticker can be found at the following locations:Park Ave CDs
Pom Poms Teahouse and Sandwicheria
Stardust Coffee
SAK Comedy Lab
Mochi at Plaza Cinema Cafe

"My Nonprofit Corner" Offers Seminars

How to Start a Nonprofit and File for 501c3 Status Seminar Hosted by "My Nonprofit Corner." Seminar Highlights Important Aspects of Building a Viable Nonprofit Organization.

My Nonprofit Corner will host their seminar “So You Think You Want to Start a Nonprofit” ( on July 17, 2010 at 1117 Florida Mall Avenue Orlando, FL from 9:30 am – 12:00 noon. The seminar will be held every third Saturday and will cover a wide variety of key issues facing individuals or organizations when considering how to start a nonprofit and filing for 501c3 status.

The monthly seminar covers many aspects of how to start a nonprofit and the 501c3 process including: Choosing a Grant Fundable Program, Developing Fundraising Plans, Developing a Team of Board of Directors, Grant Writing and Navigating Through the 501c3 process. Additionally, seminar participants will be eligible to apply for a grant from My Nonprofit Corner to go towards the 501c3 nonprofit tax-exempt…

I-4 Fest 2010 at Austins Coffee

I-4 Fest at Austin's Coffee (929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, Fl 32789) is Sunday July 4, 2010 12pm-12am. 26 bands. Admission is five bucks. Beer, live music, handmade art fair and more. In addition to music there will be artists, Body/Face/Henna Painters, Tribal Dancers, and more. A graffiti cube will be set up, with live painting from B-Side Artists. Ourlando will have a booth with information and membership packets available. Rusted Chain Bike Collective will do Bike tune-ups and information on cycling.

Philharmonic Concert... At the Airport?

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra proudly performs The Sounds of America in the Atrium under the stars of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Orlando International Airport on Saturday, June 26 at 8:00 PM. The concert is part of the Liberty Weekend Food and Wine Experience, sponsored by the Greater Orlando Avaition Authority and presented by the Hyatt Regency Hotel Orlando. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Orlando Philharmonic's program, The Sounds of America, features patriotic music in honor of Independence Day. Maestro Christopher Wilkins leads the orchestra in this program, which includes Sousa's Liberty Bell March, Anderson's Bugler's Holiday, Miller's Moonlight Serenade, and A Tribute to Irving Berlin, including his incomparable God Bless America.

A dinner package is also available for $105 per person, where guests can enjoy the Philharmonic's concert while dining in style. The Hyatt Regency Hotel combines its June Hemisphere Steak & Seafo…

Unicycle Loves You | Mirror Mirror

Two years after their debut release, Unicycle Loves You are back with their next pop experiment, Mirror, Mirror, being released September 7, 2010. The album sees this former quintet stripped down to its core trio and removed from the glossy studio setting. Download a free mp3 from the album: "Mirror Mirror"Got a band you want us to feature? Send us press release & mp3 link. 

Day Trip: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751 (7 miles from downtown Orlando)


Website | Facebook | Documentary | Newsletter

Center Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Mondays & Holidays

Adults - $5
Children - $4, under 3 are free

For over 30 years the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey has been lovingly rehabilitating injured and sick birds of prey at this urban facility in Maitland. They care for the largest volume of rehabilitated birds East of the Missippi, over 600 annually. They have a release rate of 40% back into the wild.

This rehabilitation center is home to 22 species of raptors including owls, hawks, vultures, and the American Bald Eagle.

They offer many educational opportunities for the public to come and learn about these magnificent animals and how to be sensitive to them by not polluting the habitats in which we all live in. They teach us how important it is to remove life-threatening dangers to wildlife, by pitchin…

Only in Orlando | Lady Table

This is made by DSquared and we love it. 
OIO = Only in Orlando

Austins Coffee Weekly Events

Austin's Coffee (929 W. Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 | 407-975-3364) has some weekly events that might be worth checking out. And Happy Hour is 5-7 Monday-Friday. $1 PBR. $1 Coffee.Wednesday, June 23rd
Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word
Hosted by Irina Wolfe
Starts @ 8:30 PM

Thursday, June 24th
Magic: The Gathering Night
Starts @ 5:00 PM

Friday, June 25th
Carin Macwith with special guests Jeff Jones, Daniel Weeks
Comedy Showcase with MC Clayton Anderson
Starts @ 9:30 PM

Saturday, June 26th
Live Music – Melissa Reyes with guests Tina Nicole and Laiza Rodriguez of Vasti Music Show
All Ages, $5Cover
Starts @ 9:00 PM

Sunday, June 27th
Open Mic Comedy Night
Hosted by Craig Norbert
Show Starts @ 8:30 PM

Monday, June 28th
Open Mic Hip Hop Plus
Cypher Style (be ready to battle it on the mic!)
Hosted by "Monday Night Raw"
w/ guest appearances by DJ Strange and DJ Dizzle
Starts @ 9:00 PM

Tuesday, June 29th
Open Mic Music
Hosted by Christian Summers
Starts @ 8:00 pm


Chilly Gonzales | Ivory Tower single "Never Stop"

Rapper/pianist/Grammy-nominated producer Chilly Gonzales is about to release Ivory Tower, produced by German producer Boys Noize. The album is a musical companion to a new feature film of the same name, written and produced by Gonzales, starring Tiga, Peaches and Gonzo himself. Listen to free mp3: Never Stop (Rap Mix). Got a song you want to share here? Send me press release and mp3 link.

Festival Park Community Garden: Organic food may be expensive, but seeds are cheap

Festival Park Community Garden (Facebook)
Participants have a 4'x12' raised bed. They currently have 30 participants with a waiting list of 30 more. This garden was made possible through the support of Get Active Orlando and Commissioner Sheehan. Richard Powell, am the founder. Simply Living Institute's Tia Meer is garden consultant

on Robinson between Primrose and Crystal Lake in The Milk District

Hours of Operation:
Sunrise to sunset (the gate is locked fyi)

About Festival Park Community Garden
By Richard Powell, Founder
Festival Park Community Garden

When you look around at all of the so-called problems we face as a now world-wide society, they all stem from misunderstanding. We destroy the environment because we don't understand it. We destroy each other in the form of wars because we don't understand each other. Misunderstanding leads to a disconnection.

It is this fundamental problem of a core level misunderstanding that a community garden addresses…

Fixed Gear Bike Race: Rat Race

First 45 racers to register will get a prize courtesy of s Fleshmans Quality T-shirts. Prizes including a complete Subrosa Malum for 1st place overall. After party at Wills on Mills. (Source)

Local Actor Buys Winter park Coffee Shop Cup O Soul

Saturday, June 26th 7pm-10pm, local actor Mark Richard Taylor takes ownership of "Cup O Soul," a formerly Christian-based coffee shop in Winter Park located at 711-A Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, next door to Master Class Academy and Winter Park Playhouse. He is throwing a small party that night to celebrate. MAP

"Beer, Wine, finger food and live band. Come meet the former and current owners! Celebrate and raise a glass to our new extended family! To all my performer friends: Check out this nice intimate space to perform in!"

Taco Truck Taste Test is Back! | Sample Orlando Mobile Food Trucks and Vendors

Filmed & edited by Dan Ginader, featuring Editor Mark Baratelli
Last summer we introduced a live event to Orlando highlighting mobile food/ food truck vendors called Taco Truck Taste Test. We'd announce the date/time/location in advance and meet for an hour-long sampling of the food, neighborhood and the "trucking" experience. The nice thing for those who've never "trucked" is that you're there with a group of people who've also never trucked before. It was also a nice event to bring friends to, and an excuse to explore your city and try something new. After an almost year-long hiatus, we are pleased to announce that we're bringing it back for 2010!

Taco Truck Taste Test #5 | Facebook | Yelp

Friday July 23, 2010, 9pm-10pm

Meet at the parking lot of Tacos Del Rio (9785 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL 32837). There are several taco trucks in that area within walking distance serving a variety of spanish treats. Note: Vegan opt…

Come See Easy Rider with us TONIGHT at 9:30pm at Enzian Theater

We're going to the 9:30pm showing of Easy Rider tonight at Enzian Theatre. We've never seen it, its only five bucks AND they're including a free shot of tequila. Come get you're motor running and join us tonight!

Central Florida Top 5 Hosting Tweetup

The Orlando blog Central Florida Top 5 is hosting a "Central Florida Tweet-Up" Thursday, July 22, 2010 7-9pm at Enzian Theater (1300 South Orlando Avenue Maitland, FL 32751) in their outside bar. "Special raffle prizes, great networking, good food and drink! All are invited!" We'll be there. Follow on Twitter.

Chandeliers Along the Streets

Skip to the 48 second point, and see a lovely display of chandeliers. It immediately reminded me of the ones hanging in the streets of Beverly Hills. Could you handle chandeliers hanging along public roads in Orlando?

Blues Jam & Market | The Plaza Theatre

The Plaza Theatre (on Bumby) is starting a new "Blues Jam & Market" on Wednesday nights starting at 5:30pm. It launched June 16, 2010.

The outdoor Market, taking place each Wednesday from 5:30pm - 9:30pm will feature local produce, honey, candles, soaps and lotions, essential oils, jewelry, unique items such as wine bottle lamps, tie dye clothing, doggie treats, art work and more. You can enjoy a variety of foods such as hot dogs, sausages, bar-b-que, chicken salad, spring rolls, salsas, hummus, baklava, pickles, stuffed olives and gourmet pastas.

The Jam, which begins at 6:30pm and is free, will feature some of Orlando├»¿½s finest Blues and Jazz musicians in a casual, improvisational setting that will provide great entertainment for everyone! Beer and wine will be available throughout the evening.

Sarasota Improv Festival 2010

Florida Studio Theatre announces the 2010 Sarasota Improv Festival. A two-day event, July 16th and 17th, the festival will highlight great improvisation companies from across the state of Florida and throughout the United States.

Disney Entrepreneur Center | Dawn Pici Workshop

Panera Bread Charges Fee For Non To-Go Orders

By Mark Baratelli, Editor
June 21, 2010

File this under odd and possibly suspect, in my opinion. I ordered a "Pumpkin Muffie" at the Panera Bread on Michigcan Avenue (a) because it looked good and not as huge as the rest of the store's diabetes-causing fare and (b) because the price was ninety-nine cents. Small snack, small price. Nice job Panera.

Video | Fathers Day Rap by Droll Academy's Daniel Collins

This Fathers Day rap beats the *heck* out of any Fathers Day gift ever. Its by local Orlando improvisor Daniel Collins, one half of the improv duo Droll Academy.

Gallery Watch: Neon Forest Opening Night Photos

Artist Tires of Couch Surfing, Turns to Discardboard Artist in Residence

Artist In Residence: a survival technique
By Doug Rhodehamel

Coming off of two very large endeavors - the SPORE Project and LUMINEAX, my art habit has once again exhausted my finances and resources. and, once again... I'm teetering on the brink of homelessness. This time I've decided to have a bit more fun with it. Mobile Art Show #10 | Jack Fields

Video Filming & Editing by Mark Baratelli

On June 17, 2010 | We were proud to showcase the work of artist and puppeteer Jack Fields in the tenth Mobile Art Show Thursday evening during the Downtown Arts District's "Third Thursday Gallery Hop."

Reaction to his google-eyed puppets, rag-tag afghans and reconfigured scary toys was phenomenal. Visitors loved being inside the UHaul with its tin-foil covered walls, milk crate light boxes and the artist-as-host, dressed in a women's gold 1980s gown welcoming them.

The delicious cupcakes and chocolate-covered marshmallows of Bees Knees Sweet Treats were an added bonus visitors snacked on as they walked through the UHaul.

Day Trip: Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs State Park
2100 W. French Avenue
Orange City, Florida 32763
(386) 775-3663
Miles from Downtown Orlando: 33
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Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. The spring and spring run are closed during Manatee season, mid-November through March, swimming or diving with manatees is not permitted, this rule is strictly enforced.

For centuries, the spring area was home for Native Americans. In 1766 it was visited by Colonial American botanist John Bartram, but it was not until 1856 that it was settled by Louis Thursby and his family. The Thursby house, built in 1872, remains standing. The spring´s crystal clear, 73 degree water can be enjoyed by swimmers, snorkelers, and certified scuba divers with a partner. The river is popular for fishing, canoeing, and boating. River boat tour…