EXPLORE THE MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART IN WINTER PARK

EXPLORE THE MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART IN WINTER PARK

Explore the Morse Museum: A Winter Park Gem

Tucked away in the charming city of Winter Park, Florida, just a few miles from our historic Thurston House bed and breakfast, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is a hidden gem that beckons art enthusiasts, history buffs, and curious minds alike. This remarkable museum is renowned for its extensive collection of American decorative and fine arts, particularly its unparalleled holdings of works by renowned artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. Let’s uncover the Morse Museum’s offerings, its rich history, and exciting events to look forward to during the 2023 holiday season.

Louis Comfort Tiffany Collection

The Morse Museum boasts a diverse and awe-inspiring array of American artistry spanning several centuries. Its centerpiece is the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), the celebrated artist known for his exquisite stained glass creations. Visitors are transported into a world of shimmering beauty as they explore Tiffany’s intricate glass lamps, windows, jewelry, and other decorative arts. The Morse Museum also houses an exquisite chapel interior designed by Tiffany for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, known as the “Tiffany Chapel,” which is a breathtaking sight to behold.

Architectural objects and art from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall, are also on display.In addition to Tiffany’s creations, the museum features a wide range of American art, including pottery, paintings, and decorative objects from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection includes pieces by prominent artists and designers such as John La Farge, Alice Gouvy, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

A Glimpse into the Morse Museum’s History

The Morse Museum has a history as rich and captivating as the art it houses. It was founded in 1942 by Jeannette Genius McKean, who named the museum after her grandfather, Winter Park philanthropist Charles Hosmer Morse. Together, she and her husband, Hugh McKean, who directed the Museum for many years, dedicated their lives to preserving Tiffany’s legacy and promoting American art. The McKeans built the collection over half a century, and today, their vision has resulted in a museum that stands as a testament to their passion and commitment.

Originally housed on the campus of Rollins College, it opened on North Park Avenue in 1995, today occupying over 42,000 square feet of gallery space. The Morse is owned and operated privately by foundation and receives no public funds.

Christmas Holidays at the Morse Museum 2023

One of the most exciting events to look forward to during the holiday season in Central Florida is “Christmas in the Park” in Winter Park. Each year, the Morse Museum helps launch this festive season when they light up Tiffany windows in Central Park and present the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble in concert. This year, the 45th annual celebration of Christmas in the Park, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 30 starting at 6:15pm. The Museum’s website tells the touching history of the event and the significance or the windows.

Another beloved holiday tradition at the Morse Museum is the “Friday Nights at the Morse” series, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience the museum after hours in a special and engaging way. Each Friday night during the series, the museum comes alive with a variety of activities, including live music, art demonstrations, and special tours. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in the world of American art while enjoying a vibrant and social atmosphere.

The 2023-2024 season series coincides with the holiday festivities in Winter Park and kicks off the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 24, 2023, with a lively jazz quartet.  Holiday Friday Nights will continue every Friday night through the end of 2023. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or just looking for a fun and cultural night out, “Friday Nights at the Morse” is an event not to be missed.

Visiting the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

The Museum is located at 445 N Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida. Free parking is available behind the Museum and on several levels of the Park Place garage across from the Museum. The Museum and Museum Shop are open every day except on Mondays, and visitors can make appointments on the Museum’s website: https://morsemuseum.org/plan-your-visit/. Several  orientation videos are offered online as well, and the Museum provides complimentary audio tours of the galleries via cell phone.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, is a cultural treasure that invites visitors to explore the beauty and history of American art. It’s remarkable collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s works and its dedication to preserving American artistry make it a must-visit destination.

Plan a weekend getaway to Winter Park during this Christmas season and include “Friday Nights at the Morse” in your plan. The Museum, and Central Park are just a quick ten minutes from our historic bed and breakfast, Thurston House. Who knows, but very likely the Morses and the Thurstons attended the same social events while wintering in Central Florida in the late 1800s. And surely, both families offered comfortable and gracious accommodations to their friends and family visiting during the holidays.

Certainly today, the Morse Museum promises an enchanting and immersive experience that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the museum’s offerings. Mark your calendars, book your stay at Thurston House, and prepare to be captivated by the area’s artistry and history this Christmas season!

MAITLAND FLORIDA ROTARY ART FESTIVAL 2023: EXPLORE ART, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

MAITLAND FLORIDA ROTARY ART FESTIVAL 2023: EXPLORE ART, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

Lake Lily fountain in Maitland. ARt under the Stars theme. Duke sponsorship.Are you a discerning traveler seeking an enriching weekend getaway? Nestled within the charming town of Maitland, Florida, Thurston House Bed and Breakfast invites you to embark on a captivating journey into the world of art, culture, and community spirit. The Maitland Florida Rotary Art Festival 2023, has been captivating Central Florida residents and visitors since 1976. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Maitland, Florida, this event has evolved into a grand celebration of the arts, showcasing exceptional talents and giving back to the community.

“Art Under the Stars”

The 47th Annual Maitland Rotary Art Festival, aptly named “Art Under the Stars,” will take place from November 10-12, 2023, at the scenic Lake Lily Park in Maitland, one of Orlando’s most affluent suburbs. With a full weekend format, this juried art show promises an unforgettable experience for art enthusiasts and those looking to make a difference in the community.

Fountain in Lake Lily with lily pads and birds on a fence.Set against the backdrop of Lake Lily Park, this festival offers a unique and inviting atmosphere, especially with the cooler November days. As you explore the festival, you’ll enjoy live entertainment, displays, and demonstrations from cultural partners, as well as captivating student art exhibits from local schools. The event kicks off Friday evening at 5 PM, and then runs Saturday 10AM-9PM and Sunday 10AM-4PM.

Limited Spots, Maximum Quality

Only 145 artists have been selected for this juried show, ensuring that you experience the best of the best in the world of art. It’s an opportunity to connect with artists, immerse yourself in their creative processes, and perhaps find that perfect piece to adorn your home.

Diverse Artistic Categories

Prepare to be mesmerized by the sheer variety of art styles and mediums at this event. The Southeast’s finest artists will converge in Maitland to showcase their talents in ten distinct categories, including Fiber/Leather, Fine Crafts, Glassworks, Graphics & Drawing, Jewelry & Metalwork, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Pottery/Ceramics, and Sculpture & Woodworks. Each artist undergoes a rigorous jury process to ensure the highest quality of artwork.

Festival tents at night.Community Giving and Patron Program

The Maitland Rotary Art Festival is not just about art; it’s about community. This event thrives on public and private partnerships, allowing Maitland Rotarians to give back to their community. With artist awards totaling $14,000, your support directly contributes to local causes and artists. Play a vital role in promoting the arts and community development.

Mark Your Calendar

The Maitland Florida Rotary Art Festival 2023 is a must-attend event for art and culture enthusiasts who appreciate the finer things in life and believe in the power of giving back. Plan your weekend getaway now and book your stay at Thurston House. Our historic bed & breakfast offers a peaceful retreat just minutes away from the festival’s vibrant hub. After a day filled with art and culture, you can relax in our comfortable accommodations and relish a gourmet breakfast to start your day. Hope to see you there!

LIKE MUSICAL THEATER? DISCOVER THE WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE!

LIKE MUSICAL THEATER? DISCOVER THE WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE!

Winter Park Playhouse logoCentral Florida’s only professional musical theater is nestled right here in our neighboring City of Winter Park, Florida. The Winter Park Playhouse is a hidden gem that’s been delighting audiences for over 20 years. If you’re searching for a place where the magic of live theater meets the joy of music, look no further. This cozy playhouse has a rich history of bringing toe-tapping tunes and heartwarming stories to life, and the 2023-24 Mainstage Musical series promises to be a musical extravaganza like no other. It’s one of the top things our guests like to do when staying at Thurston House, our Orlando area bed and breakfast.

A Glimpse into History

Founded in 2002 by Roy Alan and Heather Alexander, the Winter Park Playhouse has become a beloved institution in Central Florida. This intimate, 123-seat theater, with its comfortable seating and friendly atmosphere, offers an up-close and personal experience that’s perfect for musical enthusiasts of all ages.

Over the years, the Playhouse has progressively broadened its reach, and today, the Playhouse presents six main stage musical productions, monthly cabarets, quarterly special events, the Florida Festival of New Musicals, and numerous community outreach programs each season.

Affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers, Winter Park Playhouse maintains high artistic standards and proudly employs professional actors, musicians and technicians. Offering a diverse range of shows, from classic Broadway hits to lesser-known gems, all while showcasing the immense talent of local and visiting performers, the Playhouse is not just a theater; it’s a place where memories are made and musical dreams come true.

2023-24 Mainstage Series Schedule

If you like musical theater, discover the Winter Park Playhouse and prepare to be entertained, moved, and thoroughly enchanted by their exciting lineup of shows. Whether you’re a seasoned theatergoer or a newbie looking for a great night out, there’s something for everyone. While there are a variety of other great series, here are highlights from the 2023-24 Mainstage Series:

“Ruthless” September 22-October 15, 2023~Judy, a naive 1950s housewife, and her adorable 8-year-old daughter, Tina, will do ANYTHING to get the lead role in her school play “including murdering the leading lady!” This fun spoof has its twists, turns and killer laughs!

Christmas show with Tony Bennett picture“A Swingin’ Christmas: The Holiday Music of Tony Bennett” November 10-December 16, 2023~Ring in the holidays with this unforgettable evening of quintessential Tony Bennett songs! Featuring eighteen classic holiday tunes plus the standards that made Bennett famous, like his signature “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Grab your friends and family and celebrate the season Tony Bennett style! (WPP)

“Breaking Up is Hard to Do” January 19 – February 17, 2024~ This nostalgic musical comedy celebrates the timeless songwriting of the legendary Neil Sedaka! Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this humorous and heartwarming musical follows two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. Featuring twenty of Sedaka’s most popular songs.

“Five Guys Named Moe” March 15 – April 20, 2024~A high-energy Broadway musical set to Louis Jordan’s iconic rhythm and blues/jazz score! After Nomax’s world is turned upside down, he finds comfort and joy through five guys named Moe, stepping out through his radio! With dozens of whimsical hit songs, this musical fantasy delivers exuberant entertainment!

“George M. Cohan Tonight!” May 10 – June 9, 2024~ Meet “The Yankee Doodle Boy” himself in this high-energy, one-man journey through the life, music, and artistry of this legendary entertainer. This off-Broadway musical features a plethora of tap dancing and hit songs including “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Over There,” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag.”

Make it a Weekend Theater Getaway!

Winter Park Playhouse Musical Theater from entranceDon’t miss out on these fantastic shows during the Winter Park Playhouse’s 2023-24 season. With only 123 seats, shows sell out fast! Here’s an idea…make it a weekend getaway! Thurston House is just a quick 10-minute drive to the Playhouse.

Check out our specials on our website. We offer a theater package from time to time with special ticket prices! That makes things simple! After checking in to our historic Central Florida B&B, you can head out to the theater (with many dining options nearby). It’s a lineup filled with diverse musical experiences (and cozy accommodations) that promise to entertain and enchant! We can’t wait to see you!

WINTER PARK AUTUMN ART FESTIVAL 2023: CELEBRATING FLORIDA ARTISTS!

WINTER PARK AUTUMN ART FESTIVAL 2023: CELEBRATING FLORIDA ARTISTS! 

📅 Date: October 7-8, 2023 📍 Location: Central Park, Winter Park, Florida

Are you an Art Enthusiast? Mark your calendar and get ready to immerse yourself in a world of creativity and inspiration at the 2023 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, the only juried fine art festival exclusively featuring Florida artists. This spectacular event promises to be a celebration of Florida’s rich artistic talent, and you simply can’t afford to miss it!

Picture a crisp autumn weekend (we can dream) in the charming city of Winter Park, where the lush foliage provides a breathtaking backdrop to the exceptional talents of Florida’s most gifted artists. Whether you’re a seasoned art aficionado or just looking for a delightful way to spend your weekend, this festival has something for everyone.

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival booth with paintings and patrons.

INTERACT WITH FLORIDA ARTISTS

Stroll through the picturesque Central Park, located along the historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park, where vibrant colors and intricate designs will adorn the booths of 186 Florida artists chosen this year. From stunning paintings and sculptures to unique ceramics and handcrafted jewelry, you’ll discover a treasure trove of artistic expressions that capture the essence of our Sunshine State.

As you explore the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with the artists themselves, gaining insight into their creative process and the stories behind their works. It’s a chance to connect with the creators, forging a deeper appreciation for the art that surrounds us.

ALL YOUR SENSES WILL THANK YOU!

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival logo with captial letters AAFThe Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, celebrating Florida artists, isn’t just about visual art; it’s a multi-sensory experience. You’ll savor delicious culinary delights from over a dozen local food vendors while enjoying live music that sets the perfect ambiance for your day. There’s a great line-up of entertainment on the main stage from 9AM-5PM each day.

And for our younger art enthusiasts, there are engaging activities to nurture their own budding creativity. The Crealde School of Art will hold workshops for kids in the Children’s Tent both days.

This year, we invite you to become a part of a vibrant artistic community, where talent meets passion, and creativity knows no bounds. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the rich tapestry of Florida’s artistic scene at the 2023 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, October 7-8, hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

Need a home base for the weekend? Thurston House, our historic bed & breakfast, is just 5 minutes from all the fun in Winter Park. We look forward to welcoming you with open arms and open hearts! Save the date and let the art adventure begin! 🍂🎨

DISCOVER THE ART & HISTORY MUSEUMS MAITLAND: A RETIREE’S HIDDEN GEM

 DISCOVER THE ART & HISTORY MUSEUMS MAITLAND: A Retiree’s Hidden Gem

Art & History Museum Maitland white stucco buildings with pond in forefront

Where can retirees find museums with great art and rich history when traveling to Central Florida? Here’s one to consider! Nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Sybelia in Maitland, just north of Orlando, the Art & History Museums Maitland (A&H) is a cultural treasure waiting to be explored. Steeped in history and brimming with artistic wonders, this institution is a must-visit destination for retirees and art enthusiasts alike when vacationing in Central Florida. And, lucky for you, it’s just a quick five-minute jaunt from Thurston House, our historic B&B.

HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE A&H MUSEUMS

The Art & History Museums Maitland boasts a rich history dating back to the 1930s when J. Andre’ Smith established the “Research Studio” as a haven for artists and historians. He envisioned a place where art and history converged, and his dream came to fruition when the Maitland Art Center was opened.

Did you know? The Maitland Art Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few surviving examples of Mayan Revival architecture in the Southeastern United States. Its unique architecture alone is worth the visit.

Today, the A&H is a dynamic cultural institution comprising five museums and historic properties. These include the Maitland Art Center, Maitland Historical Museum, Waterhouse Residence Museum, Telephone Museum, and Carpentry Shop Museum. Each site offers a distinct glimpse into the region’s art and history, creating a comprehensive experience for visitors.

WHY IS THE ART & HISTORY MUSEUM MAITLAND A HIDDEN GEM FOR RETIREES? 

Retirees looking for art and history, in particular, will find the A&H to be an enriching and leisurely destination. Here are some reasons why:

  • Artistic Inspiration: The A&H hosts rotating exhibitions that showcase the works of local and international artists. Immerse yourself in the beauty of contemporary and historical art.
  • Historical Insights: The historical museums provide a fascinating journey through time, offering a chance to delve into the history of Maitland and the broader region of Orange County. In a short afternoon, you can gain a deeper understanding of the community near Orlando that has been home to so many through the years.
  • Cultural Engagement: The A&H Maitland Art Center regularly hosts events, workshops, and lectures, making it a vibrant hub for cultural engagement. One can easily participate in art classes, attend lectures, or simply relax in the serene gardens.
  • Peaceful Surroundings: The A&H’s tranquil setting is perfect for anyone seeking a peaceful escape. Strolling through lush gardens or enjoying the serene lakeside views can provide a sense of relaxation and restoration.

Art & History Museum Maitland orange logoDon’t miss out on the Art & History Museum Maitland for a unique opportunity to blend appreciation for art and history while enjoying the beauty of Florida’s landscapes. With its rich history, diverse exhibits, and serene ambiance, it’s a hidden gem waiting to be discovered and cherished by those seeking cultural enrichment and relaxation. Reserve a few days at Thurston House, our 1885 built bed & breakfast, and let us be your restful haven during your Central Florida adventures. We’ll take good care of you!

GUIDE TO 30 GREAT THINGS TO DO NEAR ORLANDO THIS SEPTEMBER 2023

GUIDE TO 30 GREAT THINGS TO DO NEAR ORLANDO THIS SEPTEMBER 2023

 

JAZZ & BLUES CONCERT

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

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Saturday, September 9, 2023

Get ready for  an amazing evening of jazz, blues and a little bit of everything in between from some of the most popular bands in Central Florida. Pack a picnic of your favorite foods and bring seating, alcohol is permitted.  

Concert Map

How it works: 3 bands in 3 locations in the 50-acre gardens. Bring chairs or blanket and sit wherever you like on any lawn area or find a nice spot in a gazebo. Stroll around to the bands and enjoy the gardens. Tickets are only available online, not sold at Leu Gardens. The gardens will open at 6:30 p.m. for guests with tickets. 

Presented By: Harry P. Leu Gardens

Dates: September 9, 2023

Price: $20-30

Time: 7 p.m.

 

 

ART’S THE SPARK!

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 North Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

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Through interactive tours of the Museum’s exhibitions, Art’s the Spark gives those living with memory impairment, or any other neurological impairment, such as early stage Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, and their healthy caregivers a fun experience, an expressive outlet and an opportunity for adult discussions. The program strives to provide a rich and satisfying experience for all participants. FREE, pre-registration is required. Please call 407.896.4231 ext. 262 or email education@omart.org to register.

Dates: 9/2/2023, 10/7/2023

Price: Free

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: QUEEN ‘A NIGHT AT THE OPERA’

Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando

6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

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Classic Albums Live: Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera’ comes to Hard Rock Live Orlando.

Presented By: Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando

Dates: September 2, 2023

Price: $21 – $36

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

 

MAITLAND STAGE BAND

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts

1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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The Maitland Stage Band is supported by PAM (Performing Arts Matter). This 16-piece big band performs modern arrangements, as well as hits from the legends of the big band era. They have played all over Central Florida under direction of trumpeter Rick Ingoglia.

Dates: September 2, 2023

Price: $25

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

 

WILD FLORIDA 5K

Lake Baldwin Park 4990 New Broad St, Orlando, FL 32814

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RUN WILD FOR FLORIDA WITH CONSERVATION FLORIDA!

This Summer, you’re invited to RUN WILD with Conservation Florida! Join us on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at our annual Wild Florida 5k at Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando, Florida! The run supports our mission to save natural and agricultural landscapes for future generations. Participants will receive a branded 5k t-shirt, medal, and lots of good vibes knowing they are saving land and creating a healthier future for Florida! After the 5k, join Team Conservation Florida for light refreshments and conservation conversations.

Dates: September 2, 2023

Price: $45

Time: 8 a.m.

 

CAMPING WORLD KICKOFF: FLORIDA STATE VS. LSU

1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805

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The Florida State Seminoles and LSU Tigers will face off in Orlando to open their 2023 seasons. The 2023 game is the fourth in a multi-year agreement between Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, to host a major neutral-site college football game in Camping World Stadium during the opening weekend of the college football season.

Dates: September 3, 2023

Price: Varies

Time: 7 p.m.

 

JAZZPRO SERIES PRESENTS: JOHN REDFIELD TRIO

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts

1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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John Redfield is an innovative, virtuosic pianist. His rapid-fire playing technique is dazzling, but he also plays melodically and with sensitivity. In John’s playing you can hear the influences of masters like Oscar Peterson and Wynton Kelly, and also stride piano legends like Art Tatum. John will be joined by Doug Mathews on bass and Walt Hubbard on drums for a concert featuring jazz standards and John’s original compositions.

Dates: September 6, 2023

Price: $20

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

 

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Orlando Shakes

812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

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Set during the revelries of Mardi Gras and featuring New Orleans Jazz, Zydeco and Delta Blues music, Shakespeare’s non-stop hilarious farce of love, mistaken identity, and two sets of twins separated as babies – gets swept up in the carnival celebrations. Bring your Mardi Gras beads and let the good times roll!

Presented By: Orlando Shakes

Dates: September 6, 2023 – October 1, 2023

Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Price: Varies

Time: Varies by Date

 

 

 

CANDLELIGHT: A TRIBUTE TO TAYLOR SWIFT

The Abbey

100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL 32801

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Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Orlando. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Taylor Swift at The Abbey under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Dates: 9/7/2023, 11/30/2023

Price: $35 – $55

Time: 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.

 

BLUE BAMBOO JAZZ FESTIVAL 2023 KICKOFF PARTY

1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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Join us for the Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival 2023! Four concert events September 14th-17th. This kickoff concert will feature Chris Cortez and Friends in the first set, and the Alain Bradette Quartet in the second set. Admission is free for this event, but reservations are strongly suggested. To purchase tickets for all 4 events at a 20% discount, please call Melody Cortez at 407-636-9951.

The Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival 2023 is sponsored in part by United Arts of Central Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dates: September 14, 2023

Price: Free

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

 

THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL 2023

Festival Park

2911 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803

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The International Food and Drink Festival 2023 at Downtown Orlando is back! Enjoy the best restaurants from Central Florida, exotic drinks, food eating contests, giveaways and more!

Dates: Sunday, September 17, 2023

Price: Free

Time: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

21ST ANNUAL GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL

400 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

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Continuing its mission to use creative media as a catalyst to inspire and educate people to initiate positive change in their local communities and worldwide, the Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.

The Festival’s opening night film to be screened at Enzian Theater on Tuesday, September 19 at 6 p.m. is The League, a film that celebrates the dynamic journey of Negro League baseball’s triumphs and challenges through the first half of the twentieth century. A complete list of films can be found online at peacefilmfest.org.

Dates: September 19, 2023 – September 23, 2023

Recurrence: Recurring daily

Price: Varies

Time: Varies

 

COOKING WITH AMY: 30 MINUTE ITALIAN MEALS

Maitland Public Library,501 Maitland Avenue South, Maitland, FL 32751

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Join Amy as she demonstrates how to make some quick and easy Italian meals. Space is limited for this class and registration is required. Ages 14 and up. RSVP on our website beginning September 1st.

Dates: September 19, 2023

Price: Free

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

RUTHLESS!

The Winter Park Playhouse, 711 North Orange Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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Ruthless! September 22 – October 15, 2023

Previews: Sep. 21 at 7:30pm & Sep. 22 at 2:00pm

This outrageous hit musical comedy garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.  Meet Judy, a naive 1950s housewife, and her adorable but sociopath 8-year-old daughter Tina.  Encouraged by her manager, Sylvia, Tina will do ANYTHING to get the lead role in her school play “including murdering the leading lady!”  This fun spoof has its twists, turns and killer laughs!  “A wonderfully smart and funny send-up of every Broadway brat… loaded with campy with and charm.” –Variety.  Book & Lyrics by Joel Paley / Music by Marvin Laird

Presented By: The Winter Park Playhouse

Dates: 9/21/2023, 9/22/2023, 9/23/2023, 9/28/2023, 9/29/2023, 9/30/2023, 10/1/2023

Price: $20 – $46

Time: Varies by Date

 

 

ORLANDO SALSA FESTIVAL

Amway Center, 400 W Church St #200, Orlando, FL 32801

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The Orlando Salsa Festival is coming to Amway Center on September 22, featuring the legendary Willie Colón and El Gran Combo! Prepare to dance the night away to the electrifying rhythms of salsa and experience a once-in-a-lifetime concert event.

Dates: September 22, 2023

Price: Varies

Time: 8 p.m.

 

 

TERRY MYERS QUINTET FEATURING JAIMIE ROBERTS

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts

1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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Terry Myers is pleased to present the talented and dynamic vocalist Jaimie Roberts! This afternoon will feature jazz standards alongside a selection of Jaimie’s popular material, cabaret numbers, and fresh new songs and surprises! Jaime is a multi-faceted vocalist and comedienne, who has worked professionally in the Central Florida area for many years. Her repertoire is extensive, and performs across all genres from Big Band jazz, comedy and parody songs, Country, Broadway, and more. If you are not already a fan, prepare to fall in love with Jaimie’s larger-than-life stage presence!

The Terry Myers Quintet is: Terry Myers – saxophone, Jaime Roberts – vocals, Randy Morris – piano, Jay Mueller – bass, and Paul Parker – drums.

Terry has had a storied career in Central Florida, including being a band leader at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, the band leader at Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Emporium, and as an original member of Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band. Terry is the director of the famed Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and has appeared at many jazz festivals across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Dates: September 24, 2023

Price: $20 – $35

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

 

 

HAPPY FRIGHTS

Harry P. Leu Gardens 1920 North Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

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Gather the entire family for a fun, family-friendly Halloween adventure throughout Orlando’s Leu Gardens featuring exciting immersive worlds, live characters, food and trick-or-treating.

Presented By: Creative City Project

Dates: Begins Sept. 29, 2023

 

 

LAKE NONA ORLANDO VEGFEST

USTA National Campus 10000 USTA Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827

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This completely vegan festival will have over 60 vegan vendors including local businesses and special guests from out of town. You can expect live music, speakers, dance classes, yoga classes and other entertainment all free. This is a family and pet friendly event where all are welcome.

Dates: September 30, 2023

Price: Free

Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

OKTOBERFEST

Lake Nona, 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827

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Oktoberfest is returning on Saturday, September 30 at Lake Nona Town Center with live music, German food from Park Pizza, German themed entertainment, photo-ops, games, and our annual Stein Hoisting competition. This event is free and open to the public, no ticket needed!

Presented By: Lake Nona

Dates: September 30, 2023

Price: Free

Time: 4 – 10 p.m.

 

 

RICKY SYLVIA & THE BUZZCATZ: 70S GOLD

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts

1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

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Dates: September 30, 2023

Price: $20 – $35

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

 

WISDOM OF WORDS: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES OF WRITING

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 North Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

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When you see a painting, what do you feel? When you look at a photograph, what memories surface? Tap into your creativity with the use of paintings, photographs, and objects as award-winning writer Elaine Person prompts you to write original stories, poems, and essays. Learn writing tools and techniques. Different genres of writing and reflection will be discussed.

Dates: September 30, 2023

Price: Members $27, Non-members $30

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

 

 

 

DISCOVER FLORIDA’S BLUE SPRING STATE PARK

DISCOVER BLUE SPRING STATE PARK manatee swimming

Looking for an outdoor adventure during your getaway to Central Florida? Florida State Parks proudly call themselves “…the Real Florida,” and Blue Spring State Park is the crown jewel of Central Florida. Lucky for you, it’s only a 30-minute drive from Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland.

A wide variety of outdoor recreation is readily available here in Central Florida—birding, hiking, lakes, swimming, paddling and more. According to Visit Central Florida, the region touts over 550 bodies of water, but the refreshing 72-degree waters of Blue Spring, along the St. Johns River, delights visitors year round. Blue Spring is considered a “first-magnitude” spring, discharging over 70 million gallons of water daily into the St. Johns River.

For hundreds of years, the Timacuan Indians made the spring area their home. The spring run, river, and surrounding swamps and uplands, provided food, clothing, shelter and materials for tools and weapons. First journaled in the 1700s, it later became a hub of community life when Louis Thursby built a house nearby in 1872. “Blue Spring Landing,” was a busy port for steamboats transporting tourists and goods to Jacksonville and beyond, before the railroad came through.  A century later, a Jacques Cousteau documentary, called “The Forgotten Mermaids,” was filmed there showing Blue Spring as a winter refuge for hundreds of manatee each year. Eventually, the State purchased the land in order to preserve this treasure.

Blue Spring State Park is spread over 2,643 acres within which are 21 natural communities, including 2 lagoons, a north-flowing river, and a first-magnitude spring. This diversity of habitats allows for a vast diversity of flora and fauna. In addition to more than 300 West Indian manatee each winter, Blue Spring is the habitat for at least 15 threatened or endangered plants and animals. On a guided hike or boat tour, keep an eye out for gopher tortoise, Florida scrub jay, herons, sunfish, alligator, osprey and a slew of other wildlife.

ADVENTURES AT BLUE SPRING STATE PARK

looking down on lagoon with paddlers and kayakersBlue Spring State Park offers as much diversity of fun as it does nature. A self-guided boardwalk leads visitors through a lush hammock to Blue Spring. An observation platform provides a view of the endangered manatees which leave the colder waters of the St. Johns River for the safety and comfort of the 72-degree spring—primarily from November through March. Visitors can also swim, tube, snorkel, dive, and kayak in the perfectly refreshing water, even in summertime. Three pavilions offer areas to picnic, barbeque or sunbathe, and there are numerous trails for biking, walking and hiking. There are also boat ramps and camp sites.

For the ultimate Blue Spring experience, why not scout for that illusive Florida scrub jay while a professional nature guide pilots the boat down the St. Johns River narrating the history and beauty of your surroundings? Thurston House offers a river cruise package with food, drinks and all the supplies you’ll need for a carefree adventure in nature. Grab your binoculars or camera and board a covered pontoon for a two-hour narrated cruise. St. Johns River Cruises has become the latest Florida eco-tour provider to successfully complete the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism’s rigorous certification program and was awarded the prestigious Platinum Level Certification for meeting over 90% of the bonus criteria on the society’s checklist. You’ll discover the secrets of Blue Spring aided by the trained eyes of your guide. You’re in good hands!

For a real “up-close-and-personal” adventure, choose a 2-hour guided kayak tour with an experienced river guide. These small group tours of up to 10 people allow for more specialized attention to guests and a closer look at breathtaking wildlife.

blue and white bird, Florida scrub jayFISHING, BIRDING, DIVING, AND HIKING AT BLUE SPRING

Looking to get some fishing in? Great idea! Bring your fishing supplies and fish from the dock on the St. Johns River. Popular catches include flounder, snook, redfish, catfish, bass, bluegill, and crappie. Be sure to pick up a Florida fishing license before heading to the park.

For bird enthusiasts, Blue Spring State Park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail. A great spot to see native and migrating birds! The protected Florida scrub jay, the only bird species that exclusively lives in Florida, nests among the low growing oak scrub and flatwoods inside the park. Visitors can often hear their singing while hiking the Pine Island Trail.

Diving is allowed in Blue Spring Park, except from November through March when manatees are present. Certified divers can now enjoy Blue Spring and all of its underwater habitats. Divers must show proof of certification and have a dive partner. Only those certified in cave diving will be allowed into those underwater structures. Florida Dive Company offers a guided underwater discovery tour. For more information, call 386-663-8030.

You’d rather walk or hike? There are a couple of noteworthy trails at Blue Spring State Park just for you. Pine Island Trail is a moderate 5-mile trail that travels through the sand pine scrub, flatwoods, freshwater marsh and out to St. Johns River. Blue Spring Boardwalk Trail is an easy 1-mile trail along the wooden boardwalk that runs parallel to Blue Spring Run. Viewing decks are located along the path to showcase the manatees, sea turtles and other sea life. Picnic tables and a concession are located in the middle.

VISITING BLUE SPRING STATE PARK

pontoon boat on lake at Blue SpringBlue Spring State Park is located about 30 minutes north of Thurston House, at 2100 W. French Ave, Orange City, Florida. Getting to the park from our Orlando-area bed and breakfast is easy. Head north on I-4, then take Hwy 17-92 to Orange City. The Park entrance is a few miles west on French Avenue. The park is open daily and river cruises depart twice a day at 10 am and 1 pm. Learn more about Blue Spring State Park online at FloridaStateParks.org.

Thurston House, our historic bed and breakfast near Orlando, is here to help you make the most of your Central Florida adventures! Add our Nature Lover’s River Cruise Package when booking your accommodations, for a stress-free nature adventure. We’ve got you covered with a picnic lunch, drinks, and sunscreen—even binoculars for getting a better look at that blue heron in the marsh!

Even if you’re one who prefers to go it alone, let us know if we can assist with gear rental, directions, or suggestions for your day’s itinerary. Thurston House is here to help you have a fabulous Central Florida vacation!

Guide to 30 Great Things to Do in Central Florida this August 2023

GUIDE TO 30 GREAT THINGS TO DO IN CENTRAL FLORIDA THIS AUGUST 2023

August is the perfect time to come to Central Florida! The Orlando area offers Things To Do for every kind of traveler. There are events for the music lover, the art enthusiast, the outdoor festival explorer, and even the sports fanatic.

As always, we invite you to make Thurston House your home away from home while you visit Central Florida for your summertime adventures. Most of the August events we’ve listed below take place within a 20-minute drive of our Central Florida bed & breakfast.

 

SUMMERTOBERFEST  Visit Website

Krush Brau Park 2198 Four Winds Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746mugs of beer, cheese, sausage on platter for Octoberfest

Celebrate German culture at Summertoberfest: a lively event with music, food, and beer. Enjoy traditional tunes, dance, and modern performances. Indulge in bratwurst, pretzels, and more. Sip on authentic German beers. Family-friendly activities and contests included. Join us for a memorable day of joy and authentic German experiences. Prost!

Presented By: Krush Brau Park

Dates: Saturdays, August 5, 2023 – September 2, 2023

Price: Free

Time: 12 – 8 p.m.

 

A CHORUS LINE  Visit Website

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

College performers, a part of Dr. Phillips Center’s Pre-Professional Production, present A Chorus Line, directed by Baayork Lee. An icon of American musical theatre, this Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “singular sensation” comes from the genius of choreographer Michael Bennett and the legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch.

Presented By: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dates: August 4, 2023 – August 6, 2023

Price: From $25.25

 

KATRINA MENA RICK FEATURING THE JULIAN BOND TRIO  Visit Website

1905 Kentucky Ave Winter Park, FL 32789

Powerhouse vocalist Katrina Mena Rick partners with the locally acclaimed Julian Bond Trio to present “Dreams Come True” – a celebration of jazz, bossa nova, and Cuban music. Featuring Julian Bond on piano, Charlie Silva on bass, and Don Sanderson on drums.

Katrina Mena Rick is a classically trained jazz vocalist who specializes in bossa nova and bolero. Katrina began singing professionally at the age of 8 with the Florida Grand Opera, and has performed both as a featured vocalist for the Puppa Santana Jazz Band in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as well as background vocalist for recording artists such as Joey Fatone, Ryan Cabrera, and more.

Dates: August 4, 2023

Price: $25

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

 

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET  Visit Website

Orlando Shakes 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

It was December 4th, 1956, and Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee was about to become the mecca of music for a magical moment in music history. Be witness to this true to life jam session – credited by many to be the direct influence of rock ‘n roll in the late 50s and 60s – between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins! Come hear “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog” and many more!

Presented By: Orlando Shakes

Dates: August 2, 2023 – August 20, 2023

Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

SOCCER CHAMPIONS TOUR HOSTED BY FLORIDA CUP: JUVENTUS VS. REAL MADRID  Visit Website  1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805

Real Madrid CF will meet Juventus in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on the evening of Wednesday, August 2. The match between the two iconic global clubs is part of the Soccer Champions Tour and will be hosted by the Florida Cup, the Sunshine State’s largest annual international soccer event.

Dates: August 2, 2023

 

GAMING COMMUNITY EXPO 2023  Visit Website

Rosen Shingle Creek 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

The Gaming Community Expo (GCX) will host a two-day event, partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to create a unique gaming experience for attendees. The GCX event will bring together over 300 content creators and their communities, including YouTube, Facebook Gaming, Twitch, and TikTok personalities. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in personal meet-and-greet sessions with 30 content creators.

Dates: August 4, 2023 – August 5, 2023

Time:9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

ART’S THE SPARK!  Visit Website

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 North Mills Avenue Orlando, FL 32803

Through interactive tours of the Museum’s exhibitions, Art’s the Spark gives those living with memory impairment, or any other neurological impairment, such as early stage Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, and their healthy caregivers a fun experience, an expressive outlet and an opportunity for adult discussions.

Dates: Select Saturdays 8/5/2023, 9/2/2023, 10/7/2023

Price: Free

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

  

DON SOLEDAD QUARTET PRESENTS: ARTE Y PASION  Visit Website

1905 Kentucky Ave Winter Park, FL 32789

Don Soledad presents “Arte y Pasíon” (Art and Passion) – an evening of flamenco. Join Don Soledad on flamenco guitar and his quartet as they take you on a journey to Southern Spain and beyond. Featuring Tanner Johnson on violin, Josip E. Zambrano on percussion, and flamenco dancer Laura Pirela.

Dates: August 5, 2023

Price: $20 – $35

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

 

GEORGE LOPEZ: ALLLRIIIIGHT! COMEDY TOUR  Visit Website

Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando 6050 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819entrance and sign to Hard Rock Cafe entertainment center in Orlando FL

George Lopez comes to Hard Rock Live Orlando.

Presented By: Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando

Dates: August 5, 2023

Price: $60.50 – $75.50

Time: 8 – 10:30 p.m.

 

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY  Visit Website

The Mennello Museum of American Art 900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803

Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday! Join us at the museum for free admission, docent led tours of the galleries, and a fine art project! Art Projects are available to make or take home with you between 12 pm – 2:30 pm. The museum galleries also stay open until 4:30 p.m. for all guests.

Presented By: The Mennello Museum of American Art

Dates: 8/13/2023, 9/10/2023, 10/8/2023

Price: Free

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS  Visit Website

4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium.

Presented By: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dates: August 11, 2023

Time: 7 p.m.

 

FLORIDA KIDS AND FAMILY EXPO  Visit Website

9800 INTERNATIONAL DRIVE ORLANDO, FL 32819

Spend the day discovering over 200 exhibitors with schools, products, services, entertainment, and more. While you’re busy discovering all that’s possible for your family, your kids can interact with animals, meet their favorite characters, ride a pony, watch a live show, learn to use a lightsaber, play games, and so much more! There is simply too much to list it all. The only way to experience it is to attend!

Dates: August 12, 2023 – August 13, 2023

Price: $8 in advance and $15 at the door (ages 3+)

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

NASA & SPACEX LAUNCH: NASA’S SPACEX CREW-7  Visit Websitespace shuttle taking off at night with fire below

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex1 Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953

NASA and SpaceX will soon launch the seventh crewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

Presented By: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Dates: August 15, 2023

Price: Included with admission

 

LICENSE TO DRIVE TRACK LAPS AT DAYTONA  Visit Website

1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

DRIVE YOUR PERSONAL VEHICLE FOR TWO ESCORTED LAPS AROUND THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE

Dates: August 15, 2023

Price: $50 Per Vehicle

Time: 1 – 7 p.m.

 

CULTURAL CELEBRATION  Visit Website

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens 3755 West Seminole Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32771

Join us at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens for our fourth Sunset event of 2023, as we proudly celebrate Native American & Alaska Native culture and heritage! We’ll reopen the gates at 5:00 p.m. for guests to enjoy exploring the zoo, with music, food & more until the sun goes down!

  • Vendors
  • Food Trucks
  • Plus other one-night only food options
  • DJ Darren spinning your favorite tunes
  • Themed crafts & family activities

Presented By: Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Dates: August 25, 2023

Price: $6 online, $8 onsite

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

 

ORLANDO PRIDE VS. CHICAGO RED STARS  Visit Website

Orlando City Soccer Club 655 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805

Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League take on Chicago Red Stars at Exploria Stadium.

Presented By: Orlando City Soccer Club

Dates: August 20, 2023

Price: Varies

Time: 7 p.m.

 

WAWA 250 POWERED BY COCA-COLA  Visit Website

1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS FOR THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Be here to experience the intensity as NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers go all out to keep their championship hopes alive at the World Center of Racing.

Dates: August 25, 2023

Price: From $35

Time: 7:30 p.m.

 

FROZEN JR.  Visit Website

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 South Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

Tap Into Theater Academy proudly presents Frozen Junior The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for to take the stage by (snow)storm! Frozen JR. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage.

Presented By: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dates: 8/9/2023

Price: From $30

 

HONKY TONK LAUNDRY  Visit Website

The Winter Park Playhouse 711 North Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Wash your cares away with this musical comedy full of country favorites from Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and more!

Presented By: The Winter Park Playhouse

Dates: August 4 – 27, 2023

Price: $20 – 46

 

NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK TOUR  Visit Website

Art & History Museums – Maitland 210 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland, FL 32751

mayan ruins image from Art and History Museum in MaitlandAn exotic art adventure just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando! See more than 2,000 carvings, sculptures, & murals on a guided tour of the beautiful gardens & architecture of this National Historic Landmark.

Presented By:  Art & History Museums – Maitland

Dates: 8/5/2023, 8/10/2023, 8/19/2023, 8/24/2023

Price: $6, includes admission to 3 museums and grounds for the day / Free for members

Time: 10 – 10:45 a.m.

 

BILLY VS. ELTON: A CONCERT TRIBUTE TO BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN  Visit Website

House of Blues 1490 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Billy vs Elton: A Concert Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John comes to House of Blues Orlando at Disney Springs.

Presented By: House of Blues

Dates: August 11, 2023

Price: $16.50 – $75.00

Time: 8:30 p.m.

 

SPOTLIGHT CABARET SERIES: PATRECE BLOOMFIELD  Visit Website

The Winter Park Playhouse 711 North Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Patrece Bloomfield returns to The Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series with her latest solo cabaret, Hollywood Meets Jazz: A Tribute to the Legends. Join Patrece for an exciting evening of music and story.

This unique form of entertainment showcases a different professional singer each month. A truly “New York-style” cabaret, each performance is approximately 55 minutes in length with no intermission. Doors open at 6:30pm for seating.

Presented By: The Winter Park Playhouse

Dates: August 16, 2023 – August 17, 2023

Price: $20

Time: 7:30 p.m.

  

CANDLELIGHT: A TRIBUTE TO COLDPLAY  Visit Website

100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL 32801

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Orlando. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Coldplay at The Abbey under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Dates: 8/17/2023, 9/13/2023

Price: $35 – $55

Time: 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.

 

DEPARTURE: TRIBUTE TO JOURNEY  Visit Website

House of Blues 1490 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Departure: Tribute To Journey comes to House of Blues Orlando.

Presented By: House of Blues

Dates: August 18, 2023

Price: $16.50 – $70.00

Time: 8:45 p.m.

  

TRIBUTE TO JIMI HENDRIX FT. WILL PATRICK  Visit Website

Timucua Arts Foundation 2000 S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, FL 32806

Jimi Hendrix is still considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Will Patrick will pay tribute with his power trio of virtuosos. Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer-songwriter from Orlando, Will Patrick combines R&B, jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, and soul music.

Presented By: Timucua Arts Foundation

Dates: August 18, 2023

Price: $25

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

 

CLASSICALLY SUMMER: STRINGS  Visit Website

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853

Welcome to Classically Summer, a 3-part concert series featuring musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Programs have been specially curated by the musicians performing them. All concerts will feature outstanding OPO Principal Musicians plus a few special surprise guests. You won’t want to miss these delightful and intriguing programs designed to fill your summer with music!

Presented By: Orlando Philharmonic

Dates: August 19, 2023

Price: Members: $25 adults, $5 children under 13 | Non-Members: $35 adults, $15 children under 13

Time: 6 p.m.

 

OPERA ORLANDO: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – L’ARTE NEL SUO MISTERO  Visit Website

Opera Orlando 841 N Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Opera Orlando launches its 2023-24 All for Art season in song this August with its annual Opera Orlando in Concert: Summer Concert Series at the University Club of Winter Park. Enjoy a fun and diverse selection of songs, arias, and duets, as well as wine and light hors d’oeuvres during a post-concert reception with each artist, who will be featured throughout the Opera’s upcoming season.

Dates: Sundays | August 13, 20, & 27 at 2 p.m.; Sunday | August 20 at 2 p.m.

Price: Individual tickets $45, season subscription $125

 

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC  Visit Website

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

With beloved musical numbers, including “A Weekend In The Country” and “Send In The Clowns,” Central Florida Vocal Arts launches its eleventh season with Sondheim’s romantic comedy, A Little Night Music.

Recently named company Artistic Director, stage director Eric Pinder will lead a cast of the finest local performers in this piece that asks what happens to love when it is tarnished by time and man’s foolishness? It has not been produced in Central Florida in over a decade. Sondheim’s score will be embodied in its fullness by Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Aaron Collins.

Presented By: Central Florida Vocal Arts

Dates: 8/19/2023, 8/20/2023

Price: $35 – $45

Time: 8 p.m.

 

CANDLELIGHT: A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD  Visit Website

100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL 32801

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Orlando. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Pink Floyd at The Abbey under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Dates: 8/22/2023

Price: $35 – $55

Time: 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.

 

ORLANDO PLAY-IN-A-DAY 2023!  Visit Website

The Orlando Fringe 54 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801

Teams of local artists work in the course of 24 hours to create short plays (10 min. or less) with a theme given to them the day before and these works are presented off-book with minimal props/set/costumes for a live audience.

Presented By: The Orlando Fringe

Dates: August 26, 2023

Price: $15 – $23

Time: 7 p.m.

 

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE LIVE IN CONCERT  Visit Website

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

Featuring a soundtrack that blends symphonic orchestral music with hip-hop, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert pairs a screening of the Academy Award   ®-winning animated film with live musicians and turntables featuring a DJ scratcher live on stage.

Presented By: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dates: August 30, 2023

Price: From $30

Time: 7:30 p.m.

RECIPE: BLUEBERRY BREAD PUDDING

RECIPE: BLUEBERRY BREAD PUDDING

ramekins of bread and blueberries baked in puddingMany of you have requested the recipe for the breakfast bread pudding you enjoyed while staying at Thurston House. I use croissants in this because I like the texture and because they fit the breakfast theme. You could certainly use challah bread or leftover waffles if you prefer.

And what about those fresh blueberries…that seem sweeter when they’re warm and bursting in your mouth. As with most things, if you can time everything to serve this right out of the oven, then even better!

On the other hand, you could simply come back to our Central Florida bed & breakfast, and I’ll make it for you! Either way… Bon Appétit!                                 

 

4 servings/ Bake at 360 degrees

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk or half & half
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1 T. orange juice (optional)
  • 2 T. brown sugar (or regular white)
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2-3 large croissants (or 5-6 small)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Garnish (optional):

  • sliced almonds
  • sliced pear
  • maple syrup

Preheat oven. Coat baking dishes with non-stick cooking spray. You can use four individual ramekins or a medium casserole dish depending on the presentation you want. The method is the same.

Combine the first six ingredients and whisk together until the sugar seems dissolved. Tear croissants into small pieces and layer about half into dish. Sprinkle about half of the berries and repeat with remaining bread and berries. Pour the custard mixture over the layers and press the bread down with fingers until all bread is wet.

Before baking, I like to add a few slices of pear on top along with a sprinkle of almonds. Before putting in the oven, let dish sit for 5 minutes to allow bread to soak up as much liquid as possible. Bake at 360 degrees for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of dish you chose. The middle of the bread pudding should seem baked but still moist. Drizzle just a little real maple syrup on top and serve.