Category Archives: November 2010

Top 5 Sporting Events in November

Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat

November 24 at the Amway Center
King James and Company? Bring it on! If you haven’t been to the new Amway Center, then you are in for such a treat. (Literally…great food!)  And who doesn’t want to see a showdown between our Superman and the Fab 3?

Old Spice Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

November 25-28 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports
Love college basketball? Then you’ll want to see the Old Spice Classic tournament featuring play by Notre Dame, Georgia, Boston College, Cal State, Texas A&M, and more!

Florida Tuskers vs. Omaha

November 5 and then 19 at the Citrus Bowl
Central Florida’s other professional football league (no, not the Orlando Fantasy or Predators) are gearing up for big wins against Omaha! Gooooo Tuskers!

From the Tusker website.

Florida vs. Florida State

November 27 in Tallahassee
The Top 5 is full of Gators, and while we won’t talk as much smack as in previous years, we can still get pumped up for FSU!

Rollins College Soccer

Ongoing this month at Rollins College
In case you hand’t heard, these Tars are pretty good!

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Top 5 “Other Music” Events for November

1. 38th Annual Handel’s Messiah

November 28 at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
A traditional show, we can’t wait to allow our ears to be blessed with this music!

2. Thanksgiving Day Carillon Concerts

November 25 at Bok Tower Gardens
If you have never been to the Bok Tower Gardens, treat yourself and family this Thanksgiving. Sumptuous as pumpkin pie!

3. Orlando Philharmonic Home for the Holidays

November 27 at The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
We love to ring in the coming holidays with some of our favorite holiday melodies!

The Orlando Philharmonic performing with the legendary John Williams at the recent opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

4. The Grand Knights of Singing-An Opera Gala

November 7-14 at UCF Opera Rehearsal Hall Auditorium
We love the thought of listening to gorgeous voices fill the air during this season. And until Orlando Opera makes a come back, we’re heading to UCF!

5. Something New

November 8 and 12 at Winter Park Playhouse
Featuring T. Robby Piggot and then Tim Evanicki, the area’s only theater dedicated to musical theater may have a hit on its hands!

T. Robert Piggott

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Top 5 “Popular Music” Events for November

1. America’s Got Talent

November 7 at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
One of our favorite shows is coming featuring the 10 ten performers from this latest season, including Jackie Evancho and Prince Poppycock! If you are not familiar with Jackie Evancho, just listen to her unbelievably beautiful voice… and no, she is NOT lipsynching!

And, for flair and fashion (as well as incredible talent) here’s Prince Poppycock:

2. Sevendust with 10 Years

November 11 at House of Blues
We’re so excited about Sevendust and 10 Years coming… sure winners for our ears!



With their hit song “Driven” we’re excited to hear them sing in the more intimate setting of the House of Blues. We think dinner at Downtown Disney and then rocking out with Sevendust and 10 Years sounds like an awesome night!

3. Rock For Hunger 5

November 6 at Festival Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl
Featuring a variety of local bands, we love rocking out for a cause! Especially during the upcoming season where so many are hungry!

4. Diana Ross

November 19 at King Performing Arts Center in Melbourne
Want a chance to see a legend? You don’t get much more legendary that Diana Ross! Appearing in her “More Than Yesterday” tour, we can’t wait!

The fabulous Diana Ross

6. Loretta Lynn

November 21 at King Performing Arts Center in Melbourne
Country fans unite! For over 50 years now she has been a cultural icon in the country music industry… whoah!

Legendary Loretta Lynn

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Top 5 “Literary” Events in November

1. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

November 4 at Rollins College
One of Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet,” Kennedy will discuss “Green Gold Rush: A Vision for Energy Independence, Jobs and National Wealth.” Sounds like an important discussion to us!

Yes, he’s one of the Kennedys and, yes, he’s pretty passionate about doing good in the world. This is a must-see ticket!

2. James Robert Smith: The Flock

November 14 at Barnes and Noble, Colonial
Author of more than 60 short stories, comic strips published by Marvel, and is the co-editor of Evermore, The Flock is his first novel…sounds fascinating!

So, if you need a little escape from reality, a little action and adventure, perhaps The Flock and its author are just what you need!

3. Anthony Flint

November 3 at Rollins College
Calling all builders and planners: Flint will discuss the story of his book Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City holds lessons for the 21st Century City.

Don’t believe in the power of the “little guy” anymore? Well, hear about how a common housewife took on the Yale-educated and Oxford Phd power elite to help shape the New York City we know and love today.

4. Orville Schell: Climate Change and the Melting Glaciers of Himalayas – Why It Matters

November 11 at Rollins College
Schell is a journalist who specializes in US-China relations and has been a contributor on PBS, NBC, CBS, and had a 60 Minutes program win an Emmy. He will shed light on how the other side of the world (and the top of the world) can have far-reaching consequences.

Schell will also hold a second lecture at Rollins College on November 12 entitled: What’s Happening in China and Why It Matters: Q & A with Orville Schell

5. Timothy Michael Carson: When the Truth Lies

November 11 at Barnes and Noble, Colonial
Come out to support Orlando resident and author in his debut novel!

From the book’s description: “When the Truth Lies is an intricate urban tale of love lost and found through the intertwining lives of four engaging characters all in pursuit of love, happiness and success.”

Now how’s that for a debut novel!?

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Top 5 “Performing Art” Events in November

1. Young Frankenstein

Opens November 30 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
One of our all-time favorite movies that we’ve heard will become a favorite show! Part of the Fairwinds Broadway Across America series, we’re sure Frankenstein’s creation won’t be the only one in stitches!

Produced by the incomparable Mel Brooks, follow Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen!) as he tries to complete his grandfather’s legendary work. “It’s alive!”

2. Celtic Thunder

November 26 at the King Performing Arts Center in Melbourne
We love the kilted cloggers! Okay, so they probably won’t wear kilts, and actually, this group is not even cloggers or dancers, but the music these five guys produce is soul-inpsiring!

And this is your chance to get into the holiday season while Celtic Thunder is on their Christmas tour.

3. She Stoops to Conquer

November 19 – December 19 at Mad Cow Theatre
Advertised as a “frothy romp,” we’re intrigued by a comedy that has been a hit for nearly two centuries!  Mistaken identities, elegant costumes, town vs. city folk?  Sounds fun!

4. Grease

November 12 – November 20 at  Annie Russell Theatre
A fun musical for all ages, bring back the poodle skirts, bad boys, and jumping jiving music!

And who among us doesn’t want to sing along (quietly please!) to “Summer Nights!” or “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee…” We’re in!

5. Christmas Carol

November 26 – December 21 at Theatre Downtown
What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to see Scrooge relearning the whole message of the season!

And, starting 30 minutes prior to each show, you can catch some seasonal caroling…what a nice touch!

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November’s Top 5 “Visual Arts” Events

1) 35th Annual Festival of the Masters

November 12-14 at Downtown Disney
We love this annual event that showcases 150 award-winning sculptors, jewelers, and painters, both local and national. It is a FREE event held at Downtown Disney West Side from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm daily. (And, check out all the great dining you can enjoy at lunch or dinner!)

2010 Festival artwork "Coming Together" by Amel Platon


Add in the House of Blues special Folk Art Festival, featuring over 40 folk artists and musicians, and then the Central Florida Chalk Association decorating over 6,000 square feet of sidewalks, and this is a pretty cool weekend to see!

One of the sidewalk chalk masterpieces from last year.

Another sidewalk chalk masterpiece, by Orangewood Christian School.

2. Art at the Casa

November 3-10 at Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum
Featuring Bernie Martin, this artist is famous for his look of a 19th Century impressionist. Often featuring ballerinas, we’re excited to see his work in person! Martin’s work has won top awards in numerous festivals, including the Coconut Grove and Maitland Art Festivals, and has sold internationally through Sotheby’s and Mayer’s.

And, if you have yet to visit Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, you are in for a real treat. Currently situated along Winter Park’s famed Park Avenue, the home was once located a long block or two east and sat on the banks of Lake Osceola and was slated for demolition. Alarmed residents rallied together and raised $ to have the historic home moved to its current home. Casa Feliz, or “Happy House” in Spanish, was designed by noted architect James Gamble Rogers II and built in 1932. It is definitely worth a visit!

Casa Feliz at its current location

3. Highwaymen Weekend

November 20-21 at the Orange County Regional History Center
You’ve heard about the legendary Florida Highwaymen that painted the scenes of Florida, right? Well, now’s your chance to meet some of the original painters at the Orange County Regional History Center. With a special exhibit entitled “Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwayman,” you can come and discover what makes this artwork so valuable and highly collectible.

Artist James Gibson showing an original.

The history of the Highwaymen dates back to the 1950s and 60s when a group of self-taught painters from Fort Pierce, Florida banded together to produce over 200,000 pieces of art depicting Florida’s landscapes. The paintings were sold out of cars for a relatively cheap price; however, when rediscovered in the 90s, the values sky-rocketed.

Schedule of events:

  • November 20: Meet Mary Ann Carroll, James Gibson, and Issac Knight
  • November 21: Meet Curtis Arnett, Robert Lewis Jr., and Roy McLendon

4. Season’s Celebration

November 13-December 24 at Gallery on First in Historic Sanford
We love any excuse to go visit Historic Sanford, and this gives us the right reason. “Season’s Celebration,” held at Gallery on First, will feature original artwork by studio artists Stewart Jones, Cindy Sturla, Stan Surman, Robert Holewinski, Sharon Rae Hyder, and Lori Anne Harris. Lots of great work to see!

Artist Stewart Jones at work

"Winter Wonderland" by Stewart Jones

Curious about Sanford itself? It used to be a thriving port town, one of the biggest and most important in Central Florida. In fact, it was almost chosen as the home for Rollins College before a sudden change of heart placed the school in Winter Park. Situated on the St. John’s River, Sanford features bricklined streets, towering oaks, elegant store-fronts and large, nineteenth-century Victorian homes. The downtown, which once featured feed stores and dry good sellers, now showcases antique shops, restaurants and art galleries. And with the marina, Central Florida Zoo, and Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Sanford is a great pace to visit!

Monroe Harbour Marina, Orlando's closest marina

5. Rob Reedy: Doodah DADA

November 5 – January 5 at Maitland Art Center
Known for whimsical sculptures, Rob Reedy has recently returned to mixed media and painting.  We can’t wait to see his whimsy in person… I mean, check out the name of the exhibit already!

From the artist’s perspective: “Growing up in rural Mississippi was challenging. Traditions, such as storytelling, family, and faith had a tremendous affect in shaping my work, as well as my values. I see it as a refreshing force in a world that can sometimes be cold, static, and impersonal. My philosophy is an interesting balance between intellect and superstition, science and magic, New York and Mississippi….a sort of ‘Doo Da Dada.’ ”

And, if you have never visited the Maitland Art Center, it is such a delightfully artsy place! Founded as founded as an art colony in 1937 by visionary American artist and architect André Smith, it continues today as a center of art, education, and excellence. And, the building itself is a work of art, adorned with carvings, statues, and beads. Truly beautiful!

Courtyard at the Maitland Art Center

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Top 5 “Special Events” in November

1) Winter Park Harvest Festival

November 20 – in Central Park in Winter Park
Come check out the first ever Harvest Festival to come to the heart of Winter Park. Learn about local farmers and coops, farm to table dinner, tips for growing your own food, and other slow food items of interest. The day will culminate with a special outdoor screening of the movie FRESH. (You can even “adopt a local farmer”… love it!)

Organizer John Rife, a Winter Park High School grad who also blogs at A Local Folkus, came up with the idea for an event that is one part feast, one part farmer’s market, and one part gardening seminar.  There’s even an option to attend a high-end “farm to table.” Yum! (Get your dinner tickets here…limited availability.)

John Rife teaches elementary and middle school students about grow boxes.

Rife said he has always had a “bleeding heart” about such slow food issues. (Yes, slow food is a newish term to contrast fast food.)  Rife even produced a documentary on the subject of “locavore” when he was working towards a Masters degree in Digital Media at the University of Florida.

2) Light Up UCF

November 12 – January 2 at the UCF Arena
This has evolved into one of the most exciting events of the season! This year’s theme is “50 Nights of Music, Lights, and Ice” and it is going to be fantastic!

At this 50 day-event, there’s a featured outdoor Holiday Film Festival, special light shows, rides including the Holiday Santa Train, and Orlando’s largest outdoor skating rink!  And, UCF keeps this economy and local families in mind, as many of the activities are free or at least very affordable.

And, for long-time Central Florida residents, if you haven’t been to UCF in a while, you are in for a treat!  Long gone are the days of a commuter school; the University of Central Florida‘s campus and student life area are fabulously college-campus like!  There’s a reason it is the largest university in the state and the third largest in the United States! Go Knights!

3. 9th Annual Concours d’Elegance

November 6 -7 in Winter Park
Love vintage and luxury cars? Exotic machines are your thing? Then this is the show to see! Fabulous!

According to their website, the Concours d’Elegance is “one of the most highly-regarded, judged exotic car shows in the United States” and welcomes “over 120 of the world’s most prestigious automobiles.”   It is one of our favorite car events to attend, especially since it is held on lovely Park Avenue in Winter Park! Here was our trip there last year:

4. 12th Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Fest

November 7 – 9 at the Enzian Theater
Billed as a cinematic celebration of Jewish life, culture, and history, this is the 12th annual festival.

Poster image for the Enzian's Jewish Film Festival.

Co-oresented by the JCC of Greater Orlando, you can buy passes for the entire festival, or single for specific movies.

Here’s the line up:

The Enzian Theater has goal of being more than simply a movie theater, but rather they try to create an entire movie experience, from their fine menu offerings (love the gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches!) to their selection of wine and mixed drinks. You can dine while watching a movie, or by sitting amid lush trees, artsy sculptures and fountains of water while at Enzian’s outdoor Eden Bar.

5. ICE!

November 20 – January 2  at the Gaylord Palms
Direct from Harbin, China, some of the best ice sculptors in the world create a fabulous ice park, complete with 30 foot slides. (Don’t worry, parkas are provided for that 9 degree indoor-weather!)

From the ICE! website

The “ice” for ICE! is manufactured at an ice factory and is delivered over a three week time period. (Two trucks a day for 15 days!) And to get crystal clear ice takes a very special slow-freezing formula that allows the molecules to line up perfectly…in fact, this clear ice has been compared to Waterford Crystal! Then, Chinese artisans spend nearly a month indoors at the Gaylord Palms carving these winter wonder pieces. Kind of cool, no?

And while you are at the Gaylord Palms to see ICE!, you can also check out the live stage shows, holiday dining, early visits with Santa, and the Polar Bear Pursuit in the hotel’s 4.5 acre atrium. (Fun!) And this year, after you finish with ICE!, your children can go play in 40 tons of real SNOW! indoors at the hotel, too.

And how else is a Floridian going to see such cold weather without hopping on a plane?


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