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Video Round Up for 2010

Okay, so it was a bit tougher to search through an entire year’s worth of videos about Central Florida… but we managed to find what we think are the Top 5 videos of 2010.  (And, hey, if you disagree, feel free to post a link to your favorites in the comments section!)

So, what was our criteria? Well, we used YouTube’s viewer count as our main guide as well our own judgement as to the quality and interest of the clips.  So, without further adieu, here are our Top 5:

Really Weird Cloud Formations

(Note: This is not in Central Florida, but it occurred when UCF was playing K-State and they had the now infamous hour and a half lightning delay, so we still counted it.)  And, after seeing the clouds, all we could think of was why were those people still in the stands?  Didn’t they see the Wizard of Oz?!

Black and Gold!

We love that UCF has become a powerhouse in sports, being ranked in the top 25 in both football and basketball (WOOT!) and so this song clip by Wiz Khalifa seems entirely appropriate for the yearly Top 5. (From Central Florida’s very own Scott Kinmartin TV)


As a salute to the agricultural side of Florida, which is hugely important to our local economy, check out this video of a foal being born…too adorable! (And if you’ve never driven through Horse Country, think Ocala which is called the Horse Capitol of the World, then you need to take a Sunday afternoon drive up 441!)

Missing Girl Found

We just love happy endings…yes!

Central Florida Fair!

This film is pure art…just lovely, really.  (By Ben Van Hook)

And, two honorable mentions for the Central Florida Zoo…one good and one NOT so good (but really funny):

Good video – ZOOM

NOT so good video: Inappropriate Commercial. (This just missed our year cut off date, actually, but is it even real? Anyone know?  Somehow we’re thinking it’s not, but it does tickle our funny bones!)

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Announcing the December Top 5 Events!

Top 5 “Special Events”

Christmas in the Park
December 3
Central Park in Winter Park
Imagine strolling through lighted Tiffany windows on display while listening to the 150-member Bach Festival Choir performs…yeah, it’s all that!

Orlando Puppet Festival
December 3-10
Multiple Venues
IBEX Puppetry’s 6th annual festival…live shows, puppets, and more!

Leu’s Holiday House
Through January 3
Leu Gardens
The Leu House is decorated with different themes to celebrate the holiday season.

Holidays at the Waterhouse
Through January 9
Lake Lily in Maitland
After you stroll around the picturesque lake, stop in at the historic Waterhouse residence, decorated for the holidays.

Theme Parks (Yes, all of them!)
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Sea World’s Christmas Celebration
Sea World

Top 5 “Family” Events

The Little Drummer Boy
Opens December 4
Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater
This holiday favorite has become a tradition at Pinocchio’s…and it is fabulous!

Brunch with Santa
December 11
Central Florida Zoo
Watch the animals get their holiday gifts as Santa visits the zoo!

The Polar Express
December 17
Leu Gardens
One of our favorite holiday movies, starring the voice of Tom Hanks.

History Holiday Camp
December 20-22 and 27-29
Orange County Regional History Museum
Children in grades K-2 and 3-5 can attend a fun, educational and interactive camp featuring themes like “Holidays Around the World” and “Under the Sea.”

Parades (Yes, 3 of them!)
Christmas Parade
December 4
Winter Park or Mount Dora… your pick!

Lighted Boat Parade and Water Ski Show
December 11
Winter Park – Lakes Osceola and Virginia (Viewable from the Polasek Museum of Art)

Citrus Bowl Parade
December 30
Downtown Orlando

Top 5 “Performing Arts” Events

Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas
Opens December 1
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Get your cowboy hat on because this hilarious show will bring back our favorite cowboys (and songs) from yesteryear.

The Festival of Lights – An Evening of Stories in Celebration of Chanukah
December 2-5
Seminole State College Fine Arts Theater
Southern Winds Theatre presents a show honoring the Jewish holiday tradition.

19th Annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase
December 4-5
Enzian Theater
Support local filmakers as they feature their best and most entertaining videos, documentaries, animation, and experimental movies. A juried show, the winners will have a chance to be shown at the 20th Annual Florida Film Festival.

December 11-12
Center for Contemporary Dance
For a decidedly non-holiday event, the Moore Dance Projects in partnership with the Florida Museum of Art presents the story of a man discovering possibilities.

The Nutcrackers (Yes, plural!)
The Chocolate Nutcracker
December 11-12
Bob Carr
A multicultural and charming approach to the holiday tradition… well worth seeing!

The Nutcracker
December 17-19
Bob Carr
A holiday tradition from Orlando Ballet and favorite for decades. Love it!

Top 5 “Fitness” Events

OUC Half Marathon
December 4
Lake Eola
Billed as one of the Southeast’s top road races, over 3,500 runners will show what their made of, going anywhere from 3 to 13 miles!

A Bicycle Ride through Christmas Fantasy Land
December 11
Casselberry/Winter Park
Join hundreds of bike riders as they cruise through the brightly lit neighborhoods. Even registration benefits New Hope for Kids.

Dan Newlin Reindeer Run
December 11
Sea World
Run or walk the 3.1 miles through Sea World… how fun!

Elf Classic Running Festival
December 11-12
Moss Park
Billed as one of the best “off road” running events in Florida, there are a multitude of races and challenges for the avid runner.

5th Annual Kangaroo Run
December 11
Central Winds Park, Winter Springs
Almost a thousand students, grades K-5 from 12 schools, will be making the Kangaroo Run this year. All are invited!

Top 5 “Visual Arts” Events

Bizarre Bazaar
December 1
Washburn Imports
Featuring favorite artisans in jewelry, artwork, and accessories…fun! Sponsored by Orange Appeal.

The Grab & Go Show
December 11
Neon Forest
A group art show featuring works of art for $100 or less…how fabulous for a holiday gift!

Hoard by Tess Bonacci
December 16 only
The Daily City Mobile Art Show
Unusual artwork, indeed…this spotlights the strange disorder of animal hoarding. Definitely a must-see!

Cheers to the Holidaze!
December 16
Gallery on First, Sanford
Ring in the season with the annual Cheers to the Holidaze December street party, where the Vendo-Art machine will be full of affordable hand-painted artwork.

XX-XY/Gender Representation in Art
Opens December 18
Orlando Museum of Art
This exhibit will call upon the museum’s permanent collections as well as loans from other museums in order to examine the role of men and women in different cultures and time periods.

Top 5 “Charity” Events

2010 Taste of the NFL
December 2
Sonesta Hotel
Six local restaurant will work together to fight hunger. Wine sales, silent auction, and ticket sales will help feed the hungry by benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank.

She Stoops to Conquer
December 2
Mad Cow Theatre
For one night only this hilarious show will have 20% of ticket sales benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Nice!

Hoppen Family Holiday Show
December 4
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
Larry Hoppen, from the band ORLEANS who sings “Still the One” will fill the theater with holiday songs to raise funds and bring in non-perishable food for Sanford’s Rescue Outreach Mission.

Happy Hour for the History Center at Urban Flats Downtown
December 7
Urban Flats, Downtown
Wine, food and friends at a holiday happy hour? And it all benefits the Orange County Regional History Center’s educational programs for children and adults? We’re in!

Ugly Sweater Party
December 18
The Lodge, Downtown Orlando
Benefiting XL1067’s Baby DJ program, just put on an ugly sweater, bring a toy, and enjoy!

Top 5 “Other Music” Events

Christmas at the Casa
December 2
Casa Feliz
A holiday open house featuring Victorian carolers. We just love the atmosphere to get us in the seasonal spirit!

A Classic Christmas
December 11-12
Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents its annual Christmas program, featuring the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 12
Amway Center
One of the bestselling concert acts in the world is back with its holiday magic…sounds ideal!

Merry TubaChristmas
December 18
Central Park in Winter Park
Brass and baritone players of all ages take center stage… what fun!

December 21
The Plaza Theater
With the success of Glee bringing fans back to this style of music, we can’t wait!

Top 5 “Literary” Events

Meet Author Marc Franco
December 3
Barnes and Noble, Colonial Plaza
Meet this local author as he signs his new children’s book Catching Santa: The Kringle Chronicles, Book 1.

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn – Yes, You! An Entertaining Autobiography in Three Easy Steps
December 8
Orange County Regional History Museum
Regardless of your writing experience, author Elizabeth Coursen can show everyone how to write an entertaining life story!

125th Anniversary Party
December 9
Winter Park Public Library
We just love the fact that there have been bibliophiles here for over a century! Let’s celebrate!

Meet Florida Lottery Winner: Richard Lustig
December 11
Orlando Public Library
Meet local author and seven-time grand prize lottery winner (Yes, 7 times!) as he shares his secret to winning.

Local Authors Festival
December 18
Orlando Public Library
Support Central Florida authors from a variety of genres and experiences…win prizes, too.

Top 5 “Sporting” Events

Florida Citrus Sports Shoot Out
December 1
Amway Center
Florida Gators vs. the UCF Knights in basketball… the first collegiate game in the new Amway Center… YES!

LPGA Tour Championship
December 2-5
Grand Cypress Golf Club
More than 100 professional female golfers will play for 1.5 millions dollars in prize money.

Conference USA Championship
December 4
Brighthouse Stadium
Congrats to the Golden Knights for taking UCF to the conference championships! Woot!

Champs Sports Bowl
December 28
Florida Citrus Bowl
The teams haven’t been announced yet, but as one of Orlando two bowls, we’re excited to see who’s coming!

Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks
December 30
Amway Center
Anytime the Magic take on the Knicks, you know it’s going to be good!

Top 5 “Popular Music” Events

Mix 105.1’s Holiday Soiree: The Goo Goo Dolls with Kris Allen
December 5
House of Blues
American Idol winner paired with one of our favorite bands? Oh yeah! Can’t wait!

Jim Brickman
December 8
Bob Carr
We’re hoping to get these tickets as an early Christmas present!

12 Days of Christmas: Amy Grant & Vince Gill
December 9
King Performing Arts Center, Melbourne
We just love this in-love couple…and we think they sing pretty darn well, too!

XL1067 XL’Ent XMAS 2010
December 12-14
House of Blues
Featuring a variety of acts ranging from Maroon 5, Train, Enrique Iglesias, B.O.B., Bruno Mars, Jay Sean, Paramore, and more, it looks like an excellent series of holiday concerts!

Huey Lewis and the News
December 15
Hard Rock Live
Be still our hearts as we are whisked back to the 80s!


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Feel like Ice-Skating? In Central Florida?!

It’s finally here… one of the BIGGEST seasonal events in Central Florida, compliments of UCF.  55 nights of seasonal cheer!

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Mayor Dyer Declares Black and Gold Day! (Friday, Oct. 29)

To get Orlando in the right mindset for Saturday’s game, when UCF takes on ECU (both undefeated in Conference USA), Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has declared tomorrow “Black and Gold Day.”

So, get our your colors, Orlando, and show the University of Central Florida some support! (They are the home team after all!)


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Lily’s Plastic Purse: Calling All Little Ones!

OMG…look how adorable!

Parents of young ones are more than familiar with the picture books of  Kevin Henkes, and now there’s a play that centers around three of his storylines: Chester’s Way, Julius, Baby of the World,and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.

For those NOT in the know, Lilly is a mouse who knows what she likes: “She likes that she is ‘Queen of the World,’ and she likes the way her red cowboy boots go clickety-click down the hallway. She especially LOVES her purple plastic purse.”

So, if anyone loves to laugh, they will love Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse!

Lilly’s Plastic Purse is opening on October 23rd at 2:00pm at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF and will run through November 20. But, as a special bonus, those who attend the opening day show will receive a mini cupcake provided by Sweet! By Holly in Waterford Lakes, winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.  Now, that’s a sweet touch!

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Cure for the Run MMX – Just Awesome!

The second annual Cure for the Run was this past weekend at Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando. Hosted by SomaCow.com and benefiting New Hope for Kids, the endurance race (0.05k or about 165 feet) was a humongous success raising well over $4000! It was lots of fun, featuring guest appearances by much of Orlando’s podcasting community, area mascots such as UCF’s Knightro, as well as musicians like Jeff Howell.

If you weren’t able to make it, you can still donate on the event’s website, but for now, enjoy this video:

Special thanks to Bananakin (AKA Jeff Peak) for his help in filming.

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Harry Potter Comes to the UCF College of Medicine!

Well, not really Harry Potter, per se, but an exhibit tracing medical history starting with potions, herbs, and mythical monsters and going up to today’s modern science is on display at the UCF College of Medicine’s library now until August 21.

“There was a lot more to magic, Harry quickly finds out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words,” once explained J.K. Rowling, author of the international best-selling children’s book about the boy who discovers he can do magic.  Using Harry’s success, the National Library of Medicine created an entire exhibit centered around the medicine behind the books and it is now traveling around the county.

Here’s what the exhibit’s website says:

“Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.”

Ever wonder about the medicinal value behind a unicorn’s horn? This exhibit will explain it to you…pretty cool, huh?

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Top 3 and Sweet 16 – Home Teams Rock!

Orlando supports its Orlando Magic in a BIG TIME way (and we should) but we often forget about our collegiate home teams: UCF and Rollins College

Did you know UCF is the country third largest university? Bigger than UF, FSU, and USF. Wow! And if you haven’t visited the campus lately…it’s truly a cool college place. (I attended the Lady Gaga concert at the new UCF Arena… it’s awesome!) Let’s just say the school has come a loooong way since 1963! 

Ranked 3rd in the Nation in 2010


And, while their football and basketball teams have yet to hit the big time (Men’s Basketball Coach Kirk Speraw was just fired this past week despite having Michael Jordan’s son on the roster), the cheerleading squad has consistently been ranked one of the top squads in the nation. (Well, this is what I judge a college’s success on, you know!) 

2010 marks the fourth year in a row, the Knights have finished in the Top 3, this year behind Kentucky and Alabama, but finishing ahead of LSU and Ohio State. So, while many Orlandoans know very little about UCF’s successes, rest assured that ‘technology school out east of here’ is beginning to claim its rightful place as a major college to be reckoned with. 

Now on to Orlando’s other home team: The Rollins College Tars. (Yep, that beautiful little school on the end of Park Avenue in Winter Park.) I may be a bit biased as I coached the Rollins Cheerleaders for a decade, but this hometeam is one worth rooting for. First of all, for the fifth year in a row, Rollins College was ranked #1 southern college by US News & World Report. And while it isn’t nearly the size of UCF (Rollins boasts around 2,600 students), it does have a very impressive set of athletic teams.  Soccer, tennis, golf, baseball, and crew are always in the running for conference titles and national rankings.  

In particular, this year’s Men’s Basketball Team (27-6) made it to the Sweet 16, where it lost to Valdosta State on Tuesday, March 16.  How many Orlandoans even knew Rollins had a basketball team or knew they were any good? Well, now you do!  And probably one of the most vital things to note is Rollins athletes are students first. They come to school for an education, not to advance to the professional athletic ranks.  And, to me that is what college sports should be about most; kids playing because they love the sport, not because they might eventually get a paycheck from it.  

And, while UCF was founded in 1963, Rollins was one the earliest Florida schools, forming in 1895! (Some of its early athletes even went to the early Modern Olympic Games… Rex Beah won a silver medal in water polo in 1904!)  So, on February 5, Rollins held a campus-wide event “Rally Rollins” in celebration of 125 years of athletic heritage and school spirit. The inaugural event featured a ceremony honoring Class of 2010 athletes, followed by much-anticipated performances by comedians Jeff Heffron  and Dean EdwardsClick here for more info on upcoming events celebrating Rollins’ 125th anniversary

The Rollins Rally!Rollins students with their Tar mascot.


Rollins students with their Tar mascot.

So, now that you know…perhaps put both UCF and Rollins on your radar to see some quality sporting events!

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