Tuesday November 26, 2013
If you're tired of spending Thanksgiving cooking and cleaning in the kitchen, pack up the family and do dinner this year at one of Orlando's fabulous restaurants. Leaving the work to someone else means more quality time with family and friends.
I've compiled a list of some of the best options around for feasting this Thursday. If you know of a restaurant that should be added to the list next year, please let me know.
Thanksgiving Guide 2013
Also, if you're interested, Emeril has recently released a free holiday cookbook with 18 recipes from his kitchen. You can download a copy of that here. Feel free to share it with friends!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, everyone.
Photo Courtesy of Emeril's Tchoup Chop
Thursday November 21, 2013
What a busy weekend!
Tomorrow night, November 22, is the lighting of the Happy Holidays sign on top of the Historic Ivanhoe Building in Ivanhoe Village. If you want to watch as this historic sign comes to life for the first time in two decades, stop by 1111 North Orange Avenue at 6:00 p.m. Mayor Buddy Dyer will be flipping the switch.
Tomorrow is also the first day to begin dropping off donations of household goods and building materials to support the new Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area ReStore. The new store will be located in South Orlando by the Florida Mall and should be open in January 2014.
Saturday morning, grab the kids and head to 123 East Livingston Street in downtown for the Downtown Orlando Touch-a-Truck. This event provides families with an opportunity to explore and learn about various types of trucks and construction vehicles. The hands-on experience will delight kids of all ages (and maybe mom and dad, too). The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit Trinity Lutheran School.
From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday is the Winter Park Harvest Festival in Central Park. This year's event features a fabulous beer garden, over 50 food artisans, demonstrations and seminars, farm and garden vendors, and an exciting lineup of musicians. The festival, located at 150 N. New York Avenue, is a great place to do some holiday shopping.
Later on Saturday, Ivanhoe Village is getting into the holiday spirit with Jingle Eve, a neighborhood celebration, wine stroll and boat parade. Kids can visit with Santa at his workshop at 5:00 p.m., and the parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Lake Ivanhoe.
Also, if you have some extra blankets lying around and you want to help someone in need, bring them with you and drop them off in Gaston Edwards Park on Orange Ave.
Photo © Patrick O'Connor
Wednesday November 20, 2013
It has been an incredible (and busy) week so far in Orlando.
On Monday night, See Art Orlando unveiled eight new sculptures in downtown. If you haven't seen them yet, spend one day this weekend wandering around Lake Eola and the surrounding area. If you come on Sunday, you can pick up some goodies at the farmers market, too. The pieces are gorgeous and add a lot of visual interest to downtown.
And, in case you're hungry for even more art, last night was the unveiling of the Urban Art Museum in the Mills 50 District. The Urban Art Museum is a project that aims to improve neglected urban areas through the installation of public art. The project is one of the most interesting and promising to come to Orlando in a long time. The Urban Art Museum is a collaborative effort by Process Architecture, Marcos Cruz and Jai Gallery.
Last night was also the official announcement that Orlando City Soccer Club will be joining MLS in 2015! More on that later.
Do you have any ideas for projects to add more culture and beauty to our city?
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Mayor Buddy Dyer will be kicking off this year's Festival of Trees by lighting the Grand Tree at the Orlando Museum of Art. Tickets to the lighting are $50 per person, and the pre-festival opening is Thursday, November 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The annual Festival of Trees showcases stunning displays of professionally-decorated trees, gingerbread creations and wreaths. All decorations are available for purchase, and proceeds go to support the Orlando Museum of Art.
The 27th Annual Festival of Trees, "All That Glitters," is presented by the Council of 101 and runs from November 16 to 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Special Events Worth Noting:
- Light Up the Holidays: Thursday, November 14th; $50 per person; Pre-Festival Opening 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- The Great Gala: Friday, November 15th; $125 per person; A Gatsby Evening 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
- Senior's Day: Tuesday, November 19th; $9 per senior; Celebrating Seniors 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Reindeer Romp: Wednesday, November 20th; $12 per person; Santa, activities and more! 6:30 to 8:30 pm
- Shake, Glitter & Stroll: Friday, November 22nd; $40 per person; Happy Days, Good Times, Date Night! 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Tickets are available online or at the Orlando Museum of Art.
Photo Courtesy of Orlando Museum of Art