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Halloween Review: The Shallow Grave

By: Denna Beena Contributing Writer

When I first heard that there was going to be a new haunt opening in Winter Haven I thought, "Oh that's nice". When I heard that my super talented friend JD Ellis, owner of Post Mortum FX was going to be involved I thought, "That's going to be bad ass" and after driving close to an hour to get there, The Shallow Grave BLEW every expectation right out the being chased by a maniac door!!

This place has got to be on every Halloween, horror loving persons schedule. In my opinion (and I am not alone) it is the best haunted house in Central Florida and that IS taking into account the big players HHN and HOS and the other really great solid local haunts.

You can clearly see that the design, build and follow through was done by people who have looked at what works and what doesn't and then pushed even further to bring scares that are very well played. The detail is amazing. The effects are like what you should see at a big theme …

Hardships and Joys of the "Jazz Existence" the Focus of Original Play by Joseph Reed Hayes

The 13in13 Project, a year filled with 13 artistic events – theater, jazz, literary readings, workshops and movie screenings – culminates Dec. 6-9 as playwright and music producer Joseph Reed Hayes presents his jazz play, "Solos", in the Goldman Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. 

The play, about love, deception and the hardships and joys of the jazz existence, is directed by theater veteran Paul Castaneda and stars Michael Sapp and Desiree Perez It features the music of Brian Groder, and the final evening will feature a live performance by the dynamic jazz ensemble La Lucha.

Sapp, called "a force of nature" by the Orlando Sentinel, plays trumpeter Ben "Blue" Miller through several decades of American jazz. Perez, a charismatic musical theater performer, plays Eleanor Grace, a composer whose work propels her partner to fame. Groder, named "Best of the Year" by Downbeat Magazine, has written music specifically for this production. The show…

30 Guerrilla Gardners, Graphic Novelists, Composers, Fashion Designers, Tactical Urbanists and Psychogeographers Will Ride a Different LYNX Bus Route in November and Create Art Based on the Experience

David Moran, who has been an integral part of The Corridor Project, is one of many participants in a 30 day event called Transit Interpretation Project

Moran will get on a LYNX bus the night before Halloween Night and ride from the UCF area to the Parliament House. He plans on walking back home after the bar closes. He says Google Maps says the walk home is 4 hours and 17 minutes long. The next day he will pass the 30 day Lynx pass to Hannah Plate who will take the 313 towards Winter Park. 
Everyday in November artists, writers, urban planners, guerrilla gardners, graphic novelists, composers, fashion designers, tactical urbanists, psychogeographers and others will take the Lynx pass riding at least one route that a previous person has not taken. 
The participants have 30 days after they ride to give us something that we can post on the blog. It can be glimpse of a work in progress or a complete work.

Sweet Potato Cupcake at Blue Bird Bake Shop

Blue Bird Bake Shop has a Sweet Potato cupcake on its Fall/Winter menu. It's a sweet potato cupcake topped with cream cheese icing and dusted with cinnamon. Wow! If that sounds good, take a look at their pumpkin spice whoopie pie, pumpkin cupcake and pumpkin muffin. Photo Credit Blue Bird Bake Shop

Blue Bird Bake Shop 3122 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803 (Map) Website |Facebook |Twitter |Email 407-228-3822

Tower of Light to be Re-Lit at City Hall in Public Ceremony

The Tower of Light in front of City Hall will once again be lit starting with an Illumination ceremony on Tues., Nov 12 at 6 pm at City Hall Plaza (400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando). The public is welcome.

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Jungle Cruise Getting Holiday Makeover with Homesick Skippers, Cute Queue Decor and Renamed Boats

By Mark Baratelli
Occasional Theme Park Fan
Walt Disney Imagineering announced that the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland is getting a temporary holiday makeover for the first time ever starting in November. 

The new name? Jingle Cruise:
"In this new seasonal storyline of the attraction, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they’ve created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background."Jingle Cruise will debut on November 12 at Disneyland park. No date has been announced yet for Magic Kingdom.

Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meets November 6th

The Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Transportation’s Orlando Urban Office, 133 South Semoran Boulevard, Orlando, Florida.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Ms. Jennifer Taylor, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, FL 32720, or by phone at 386-943-5367, or by email at Please contact Steve Olson atsteve.olson@dot.state.fl.usor 386-943-5479.

Artisanal Cheese Advocate, Consultant and Maître Fromager Max McCalman to Teach Wine and Cheese Pairing Class at East End Market

Join Tonda Corrente Nazario of La Femme Du Fromage (Instagram | Website) as she celebrates the grand opening of her new specialty cheese shop with a wine and cheese pairing class by the legendary Max McCalman on November 8, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm at the Audubon Park Exchange (3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL 32803). Buy Tickets Here

Max McCalman (Twitter | Website) is a renowned advocate for artisanal cheese production. He acts as consultant to the trade, judges at cheese competitions and was America’s first restaurant-based Maître Fromager. Max’s work takes him across North America and Europe, exploring the dairies and farms that contribute to artisanal cheese making. Max has been conferred the title of Garde et Jure as designated by France’s Guilde des Fromagers. He is the Dean of Curriculum, Maître Fromager and Director of Affinage at the Artisanal Premium Cheese (APC) Center in New York City. McCalman’s books will be available for sale and signing as well.

Starter Studio Demo Day: Local Entrepreneurs Present 3 Months of Work on One Night

Starter Studio (Facebook | Twitter | Website) provides education, mentorship, legal and financial resources, networking opportunities, and the right culture to help startups... start up! It aims to foster them in Orlando by exposing them to the resources needed to reach long-term sustainability through mentorship and educational events, combined with a three-month program for select startups to work in their office space.

Their first class of 8 startups will be pitching their products at Starter Studio Demo Day on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6-10pm at Cheyanne Saloon & Opera House (128 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801). Buy tickets online.

Seven of their startups will take the stage to highlight what they’ve accomplished, pitch their business, and show attendees why their startup will succeed. It's a night of networking and presentations to celebrate Orlando's blossoming startup community.

6:00 PM - Networking, drinks, and appetizers.7:00 PM - Introductions & Keyn…

Orange Avenue Corridor Planning Study Public Meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct a public meeting for the Orange Avenue Corridor Planning Study. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Beardall Senior Center located at 800 S. Delaney Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801. The meeting will begin as an open house at 5:00 p.m. with a presentation at approximately 6:00 p.m.

The Corridor Planning Study involves the development of a range of feasible improvement strategies to provide a safe and efficient multi-modal transportation corridor that serves a wide array of users while providing and enhancing livability consistent with the future vision for the area. The project limits are Pineloch Avenue to Anderson Street, a distance of approximately two miles. This section is located within the City of Orlando and Orange County.

The meeting is being conducted to present and explain project alternatives, explain the study process, seek public and agencies input, and provi…

Startup Weekend Orlando November 22-24

Startup Weekend Orlando (Twitter | Facebook | Website) is Nov 22, 23, 24, 2013. It's a unique three-day experience that brings together the best and brightest minds to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch companies!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start com…

The Food Truck Bazaar Titusville Rocked!

We took one of our signature events, The Food Truck Bazaar, to Titusville on Monday October 28, 2013. The turn out was really, really strong. We'll take our event back out to Titusville November 25 and December 15, both run 5-8pm at Searstown Mall, 3550 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32780. Bring chairs!

Face of Orlando is Our Own Humans of New York

In the vein of humans of new york, a new Orlando blog featuring photos of random locals has popped up called Faces of Orlando. It's new and awesome. Glad it's here and cannot wait to see what it turns into!

Trailer Trash Christmas Play Tickets On Sale Now

Reserve your opening night seats now for the campy crazy play TRAILER TRASH CHRISTMAS before they go on sale to the masses Thursday.
The plot revolves around the Christmastime eviction of an eclectic group of stragglers who failed to vacate the premises when first notified the dilapidated Carolina Moon trailer park would be demolished to make room for a planned Gay time share complex. The oddball residents strain to join forces to raise money for their legal defense fund as they attempt to stave off the wrecking ball and maintain their residency in their beloved mobile home estates.

Yes, it’s Christmas at Carolina Moon and those zany trailerites are planning a Holiday Festival! Don’t miss “The Parade of Trailers Decorating Contest” and the “Drive-Thru Nativity Shooting Gallery”. It’s a Spectacle!
The show runs Saturdays, November 30 and December 7, 14 & 21 at 7:30pm and also Monday December 16 at 8pm. 
Original cast members Tommy Wooten and Michael Wanzie will revive the many colorful…

Virtual Food Drive to Support Second Harvest Food Bank

This fall the Winter Park community is breaking new ground in an effort to end hunger in Central Florida. Feed the Need is the first ever community wide virtual food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission of providing food for those who are struggling in our community.

Get Involved:  Sign up to become a community champion by starting a virtual food drive.Donate to one of Feed the Need's community championsDonate to the campaign.

Locals Invited to Free Gathering at Hyatt Regency, Formerly The Peabody Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando (Facebook | Twitter), formerly The Peabody Orlando, s hosting locals Saturday November 9, 2013, 11am-4pm, at a complimentary open house called "Welcome Weekend."
Swim in the Grotto Pool, a zero-entry oasis with 20-foot waterslide. Drink handcrafted cocktail sample and watch mixology demonstration from Rocks’ expert bartenders. Meet Executive Chef Larry Eells for food-and-wine tastings from Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse and Napa Chef de Cuisine Jared Gross for creative farm-to-table cuisine.Recreation associates will host fun-filled activities for kids at the Grotto Pool playground.Adults may indulge in mini services from The SpaPreview of its first-ever holiday events (1) Santa’s Breakfast and Workshop: an interactive event with kids’ activities, delicious breakfast buffet and free photos with Santa Claus, (2) Thanksgiving and Christmas brunches, (3) New Year’s Eve celebrations at Napa and Rocks.  Locals can also take advantage of a special $59 rate that …

East End Market Closed for the Week After Fantastic Opening Weekend, Will ReOpen Saturday

After a fantastic opening weekend (see photos here) save the unexpected fire inspection at 1:30pm which forced the doors to close on opening day, East End Market is taking a breather this week and reopening Saturday November 2 at 10am, according to their instagram feed. Scott Joseph has more details

It was said in the opening remarks Friday morning at 9am by the man with the plan John Rife, that there is no blueprint for what this organization is doing. They're taking guides and cues from other cities, but there's no "Open an Inside Year-Round Market for Dummies" book out there at Barnes & Noble. So expect hiccups and learning curves. But to us, that's part of the fun. We get to watch as this fantastic business is born and grows into maturity. Sure to be a staple of the community, we are excited to watch the progress.

Capen-Showalter House to be on Barge in Middle of Lake During Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade

The 9th Annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights and Ski Show will take place December 14, 2013 on Lakes Virginia and Osceola during which the historic and much talked about Capen-Showalter House will float on top of a barge at the center of this procession around the lake.

Unless of course this lawsuit goes through. 
Admission to the Polasek Gardens for the Parade is FREE. Limited onsite parking will begin at 3:30 p.m. for a $5 donation. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family to The Polasek to enjoy a Winter Park holiday tradition. Additional public viewing of the boat parade at Dinky Dock (off Fairbanks Avenue) beginning at sundown. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 
Schedule of Events:
3:30 pm:
Water ski show presented by Southeast Marine Sales will be on Lake Virginia with viewing on the Rollins College campus by the Jump Ramp in front of the Campus Student Center/Swimming Pool. The area’s leading water skiers will be performing a one-hour ski show set to m…

Community Solar Farm is 2nd One in the State, First in Central Florida

On Tuesday October 29, 2013 at 10:30am, the Orlando Utilities Commission will host the Community Solar Farm Ribbon Cutting at OUC’s Gardenia Lot (3800 Gardenia Avenue). City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will join with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and OUC Board President Dan Kirby to officially open the first community solar farm in Central Florida and only the second in the state. The 400-kilowatt solar farm will give Orlando residents and small businesses the benefits of solar energy without having to install it on their own roof.

2nd Annual Orlando Main Street Program Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday October 29, 2013, at 6pm, the Orlando Main Street Program (Twitter | Facebook | Website) will host the 2nd Annual Orlando Main Street Program Awards Ceremony at the Tap Room at Dubsdread (549 West Par Street). 

More than 100 Main Street District Board members, Mayor Buddy Dyer, volunteers and residents to honor individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on the Orlando Main Street Program. The Orlando Main Street program empowers neighborhood business districts within the City to maintain, strengthen and revitalize their unique physical, historical and cultural characteristics.

SunRail Fact Sheet

Phase I
• DeBary/Fort Florida Road in Volusia County to Sand Lake Road in Orange County
• 32 miles; 12 stations
• Anticipated opening – 2014

Phase II
• Sand Lake Road in Orange County to Poinciana in Osceola County and north to DeLand Amtrak station in Volusia County
• 29 miles; 5 stations
• Anticipated opening – 2016

Funding (Capital)
• Anticipated capital costs approximately $615 million (Approximately $10 million per mile, one of least expensive new starts projects in the country on a per mile basis)

Split 50% federal; 25% state; 25% localFive local funding partners (Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties, and city ofOrlando) unanimously approved funding commitments in Summer of 2007Full Funding Grant Agreement for half of SunRail’s Phase I capital costs ($178.6 million) awarded in July 2011

Funding (Operations and Maintenance)
• FDOT to pay for Operations and Maintenance for first seven years of operation• Local funding partners to pay Operations and Maintenance year 8 and beyond (una…

Smiling Bison and Iced bakery Fundraiser TODAY 2-7pm for Glenridge Middle School

Smiling Bison (Website | Facebook | 745 Bennet Rd, Orlando, FL 32803) is hosting a fundraiser 2-7pm today (Sunday October 27, 2013) for Glenridge Middle School in the style of a family BBQ. Iced Bakery(Website | Facebook) will be there too! Smiling Bison will be serving BBQ plates of Baby Back Ribs, Kielbasa, Mac n Cheese, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Cornbread and more. Expect live music, raffles and refreshments available from the bar. 50% of all proceeds go to Glenridge Partners in Education.

Other Smiling Bison Stories: 
Smiling Bison Opening Aug 1 in Redlight Redlight's Old Bennett Rd Spot Smiling Bison Preview Night

Orlando WordCamp Event Helps You With WordPress

Do you use WordPress?

Do you want to learn/teach others about WordPress?

Do you want to network with others who use WordPress?

Do you want to learn the secrets of the top WordPress money-makers?

Do you want free stuff?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you should be attending WordCamp Orlando 2013 at Rosen College November 16 + 17.  Two full days of WordPress learning and networking.


We want to clarify that this is an event for everyone. Last year we had attendees of all ages and skill levels learning and sharing their knowledge about WordPress. The sessions are scheduled so there's something for everyone going on at all times. Do you love code? The developer track has talks from the basics to the advanced. If design is your thing we have sessions dedicated to basic theme layouts to the more technical aspects of making a functional and eye-catching site. The user track is a great mix of content, business, and everything else that makes WordPress the best website platform o…

Capen House Might Have to be Floated on a Barge Back Across the Lake in New Lawsuit

This is a graphic we made for our May 2013 story on the Capen house

Remember we told you that a house in Winter Park is going to be cut in half, placed on a barge and floated across a lake? Well, a new lawsuit has been filed stating that if that happens, the homeowners have to put it back together, put it back on the barge and float it back across the river. 

According to the Winter Park Voice, Plaintiff attorney Richard Wilson says there is no provision or ordinance to remove a historic designation, so the removal of the house's historic designation can't happen... even though it did already. If he wins, the house may have to be brought back to its original location and put back together again:

"Concerned Citizens for Historic Preservation, Inc., requests that this Court issue a mandatory injunction, compelling Defendant 520 N. Interlachen, L.L.C. to return the property to its condition before the historic landmark designation was wrongfully rescinded."

Built in 1885 …

The Food Truck Bazaar Brings 28 Food Trucks to Avalon Park Tonight

Our signature event The Food Truck Bazaar (Schedule | Facebook | Twitter) is bringing 28 food trucks to Avalon Park tonight and 11 trucks to Titusville Monday night. See below for details. 

Tonight Sunday October 27 6-9pm Avalon Park (3680 Avalon Park E Blvd). Cafe Rouge, Fork in the Road, The Crepe Company, The Treehouse Truck, Melissa's Chicken and Waffles, Saigon Sizzle, SwedeDish, Korean BBQ Taco Box, La Empanada, Mayan Grill, Twisted Cuban, Tastebuds, C&S Brisket Bus, Carobama BBQ, Pastrami Project, Monsta Lobsta, Curbside Chef, Dixieland Diner, Local Yolk'l, Bem Bom, The Big Cheese, Wako Taco, Charlie's Bakery, Midnight Sun Ice Cream Sandwich Co, Sweet City Gelato,Yum Yum Cupcake Truck,Cafe Cocoa Mo, Sit and Stay Pet Cafe 
Monday October 28 5-8pm  Titusville (Searstown Mall 3550 S. Washington Ave). Bem Bom, The Treehouse Truck, Korean BBQ Taco Box, Mayan Grill, Twisted Cuban, Up In Smoke BBQ, Monsta Lobsta, Dixieland Diner, The Big Cheese, Charlie's Bakery, Yum Y…

East End Market in Audubon Park is Local and Lovely!

By Mark Baratelli
East End Fan 

East End Market (3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando) opened this morning and wow. Just wow. It's so freaking lovely I want to kiss every light fixture, stained concrete step and relaimed wood panel. The space looks fantastic. And the food vendors are great too. But I think so often we overlook the importance of designed spaces, or lack thereof, in Orlando. This is one. Look at it. More, please. 

Operation Gratitude Orlando Halloween Candy Collection in in Full Swing Thanks to Trinity Preparatory School Senior

Andrew Weinstock, a senior at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, is on his fifth year collecting Halloween candy for deployed soldiers as part of the 2013 Operation Gratitude Orlando Halloween Candy Collection.  Last year he collected 10,460 lbs and this year's goal for himself is 12,000 lbs. (6 tons). The candy collection runs from October 15th - November 18th.

Operation Gratitude sends individual care packages to soldiers deployed in various combat zones throughout the world. The care packages include items such as hygiene products, magazines and letters of appreciation from school children as well as handmade cards and pictures. The letters build morale. These boxes also include candy collected during Halloween. The candy is used as a tool to foster community relations with local village children, and is also given to them as “currency” in exchange for information that frequently saves the lives of U.S. soldiers. This candy is not only a sweet treat from home, but i…

Plans Leaked for Universal Orlando's Garden Bridge over Hollywood Way

Early in 2014, the Universal Orlando Resort will debut its fourth hotel, the value-priced Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Located on the corner of Turkey Lake Road and Hollywood Way, the new hotel will feature a retro 1960's theme, lazy river, and 10-lane bowling alley. But unlike Universal's first three hotels, it will not offer water taxi service to the theme parks and CityWalk. Instead, a pedestrian bridge will be built to help guests travel across Hollywood way, and yesterday the first concept art and plans leaked for the innovative "green bridge" that Universal will be building.
Green Roof Technology released on their website (and then quietly removed) concept art and a press release announcing their "Garden Bridge" project for Universal Orland. Described as "the first of its kind in Florida," the 145' long bridge features "selected ground covers, shrubs" and a gently-sloping wheelchair-accessible approach that will "escort pedes…

CWonder Mall at Millenia Friends and Family Sale

The Orlando CWonder store in Mall at Millenia is having its first Friends and Family event. Stop in anytime this weekend (Friday to Monday) and receive 30% off your entire full price purchase. This discount applies to the holiday preview items and stocking stuffers not yet available online. 

Halloween Sneak Peak! Sleuth's The Rocky Horror Show

By: Denna Beena Contributing Writer

I got a sneak peak of Sleuth's The Rocky Horror Show and I can tell you, you should see it! Sad thing is the 8pm show is already SOLD OUT and the midnight in getting close! I hope that they will pick it up for additional shows...maybe even a monthly thing?!

CANstruction Orlando Brings the Canned Corn and Beans

CANstruction Orlando is an annual contest in which local architectural firms build objects out of canned food, battling it out to see who goes to Nationals. All the attention (and food) goes to Second Harvest Food Bank. 

The big question nobody cares about except me because I was a judge this year is 'How is it judged?'. I'll tell you. You're welcome. 

There were seven judges total, including the Publisher of the Orlando Weekly, Graham Jarrett in his tidy shirt and flat front pants, who gathered on a rainy Monday night inside the Fashion Square Mall at 6:30pm. I didn't bring an umbrella, so I arrived wet and sloppy, like my kisses and Thursday nights. 

So this was Monday night, and here I am inside a mall after a full day of work taking photos of muffins and instagramming photos of muffins and talking about muffins to store owners. After all that work, I had the energy to give back to the community. You're welcome, The City Beautiful.

When I arrived, I made eye con…

Semoran Boulevard Sidewalk and Streetscape Improvement Project Dedication Ceremony

Today, Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 2 City Commissioner Tony Ortiz will lay the final paver at a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Semoran Boulevard Sidewalk and Streetscape Improvement Project. The revitalization project extends from Curry Ford Road to Colonial Drive along Semoran Boulevard and features many pedestrian upgrades that will enhance safety in this high-traffic area including eight-foot wide sidewalks, upgraded crosswalks at signalized intersections and ADA ramp improvements.
The completion of the Semoran Boulevard Improvements project signifies a milestone in the vision plan for the Semoran Corridor, the main gateway for visitors to the Orlando community. Developed under Commissioner Ortiz’s leadership, the Semoran Boulevard Vision Plan is a long-term guide for future developments and improvements in the area. 
Through the vision plan process, the City and Commissioner Ortiz have helped the Semoran neighborhood s…