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Video from Red, Hot & Boom!

It’s featured on the vopod on the right —————->
We the Kings as well as the fireworks and immense crowds are featured. (150,000+ estimated attendance.)
Check it out!

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Best Event of 2009!

First of all, Happy birthday, America! I celebrated your big day last night (on the 3rd) at Red, Hot, & Boom. If you were able to follow me on Twitter, you would have read that I had VIP tickets to the Embassy Suites tent sponsored by Omaha Steaks. There, I enjoyed a sumptuous feat of lamb, seafood pasta, a variety of salads and desserts. I ate at a table with Altamonte Springs mayor Pat Bates before we moved out to the masses. (I can’t wait to see the final estimate of how many people were squeezed into the narrow area known as Cranes Roost…wow!)

We got there just as Matt Nathanson came on stage, and unfortunately while our tent had closed circuit TV of the stage, it had very poor sound. So, while he looked like he was giving a good show, I actually have no idea.  By the time we got out, my son and friend had gone toward the stage to see Kevin Rudolf. Their review of him? “Awesome!” 

Then came the band I wanted to see: We the Kings. The stage, being set in the middle of the lake as it is, makes it difficult to see anyone too well but I think lead inger Travis Clark did a good job projecting and communicating to his distant audience. They did a fabulous rendition of Jimmy Eats World’s “It Just Takes Some Time” before ending with “Check Yes Juliet.”  Now it was my turn to review them: “Awesome!”

And on to the main attraction of the fireworks. Altamonte Springs does a nice job of “Disney-like” audio to accompany the fireworks. They had a mix ranging from Prine’s “Purple Rain” to Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.” My personal favorite was the “Jaws theme song” going into Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” where fireworks literally launched from the water itself. Very cool effect!  (And, thanks to Guitar Hero, my son’s generation actually recognizes these songs!)

The only drawback? Too many people in too small a space!  How many sardines can you pack in one can? (Still waiting to hear the final estimate from City of Altamonte Springs.)   The hours-long traffic created a parking lot all through the Altamonte Mall, Cranes Roost, 436, and surrounding neighborhoods. After waiting 45 minutes on the top of a parking garage and not seeing one car move, we parked it and walked about a mile to where we had somebody pick us up. We made it home only to then receive a phone call from friends we left on top of the parking garage–they hadn’t moved yet!  Ugh!  Still, I’ll probably do it again next year. 🙂

Now, just twelve hours later, the EVENT OF THE YEAR is starting! Okay, so this isn’t in Central Florida, but in my book, it still counts because I am watching here in Central Florida: The Tour de France.  I have watched the Tour since the early 90’s while in college at the University of Florida. My husband and I would meet friends at the Copper Monkey and watch it there. (It was one of the few bars that had satellite TV.)  We spend each afternoon for nearly a month watching each stage. (At that time, Lance seemed like a nobody and dropped out more than one.) Later on, I listened to the Tour on the internet, buffering and streaming it live while calling in updates to my husband at work.

Now, we watch it live on VS Channel(102 on Brighthouse)…coverage is in the morning and takes a while because they ride for like 4 hours each stage, but with the commentary of Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwin (and their English accents) it’s fun to pretend you’re in Europe watching it. (Oh, and Bob Roll is a major dweeb! His goofy commentary reminds me I still back here in the States!)

Now, why is this Tour my event of the year? Simple–Lance Armstrong is returning to ride! And, what makes it even more impressive, he is doing it as a volunteer. He is waiving the normal salary of a rider (which can be in the millions)  and is content to ride to spread the message about Livestrong. Simply amazing! 

Please visit his foundation to find out more and support his cause!

And, follow Lance on Twitter…pretty cool! 

Okay, the time trial are starting, so I’m cutting myself off…enjoy your fourth of July! And, viva le Lance!

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Happy 4th, Orlando!

I’ve had several friends asking where’s the best place to see fireworks this weekend. The nice thing about the Orlando area is that you are never very far from a great firework display. From the theme parks and city displays to private country clubs, there is bound to be at least one you can easily view.

Most of the firework displays are on Saturday evening, which is the actual fourth, but 106.7’s Red, Hot, and Boom concert and firework display is on Friday, the third. This is an incredible event, but beware parking and traffic problems. This venue has yet to solve this hours-long dilemma. Also, beware slowdowns on I-4 during the actual firework display, as cars have actually been known to pull over and park on the side of the interstate to watch. Yikes!

On Saturday, Lake Eola will be another crowded display, with slightly better parking and traffic control (but not by much). Be sure to get to either of these popular events early (by noon or one by the latest) to get a prime seat. Fortunately there are plenty of food and drink vendors (and port-o-lets) to last you, and a picnic from home is always appropriate (and cheaper).

If you are interested in a more old-fashioned celebration, the cities of Sanford, Oviedo, and Winter Park all do a nice job. While definitely less crowded than Eola and Red, Hot & Boom, it won’t feel like it when you are there!

And finally, check around your neighborhood. Several private clubs do great fireworks display that you can enjoy “off property.” For example, the Winter Park Racquet Club does fireworks over Lake Maitland, which can be enjoyed by everyone on the lake. (It has a public boat ramp at Fort Maitland.) And Interlachen Country Club typically does fireworks over its golf course, which is visible by surrounding homes.

At last resort, climb on your roof and you will probably be able to see several fireworks show, albeit from a distance. (But be careful! Emergency room trips are never fun!)

Here’s a brief list of area firework displays for you:

  • Red, Hot & Boom (Friday, July 3)
  • Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando
  • St. Cloud Lake Front
  • Downtown Mt. Dora
  • Avalon Park
  • Celebration
  • Kissimmee Lakefront Park
  • Sanford, Fort Mellon Park
  • Disney
  • Universal

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