Giving Thanks to History

Many characterize Thanksgiving by the Macy’s Day Parade, overeating without judgement and elastic waistbands. If we’re lucky, maybe the weather will even drop below 70 degrees so we can put on a sweater. Orlando may not have any longstanding Turkey Day traditions, but that’s not to say we haven’t been creative in celebrating the holiday. In honor of our favorite […]

Community Spotlight: David Matteson talks state of the art

For David Matteson, associate curator of education and outreach at the Orlando Museum of Art, visitor connection isn’t just the greatest struggle in his everyday routine; it’s also his greatest joy. Matteson, 26, has been involved with the Orlando Museum of Art since 2014, where he volunteered with the curatorial staff to prepare for the Maya Lin exhibition. However, Matteson […]

O-Town Interview: Brendan Byrne goes into the wild brew yonder

It wasn’t Brendan Byrne’s intention to end up on the aerospace beat at WMFE. Not much of a science-fiction fan growing up and a political science major at UCF, he surprised even himself by pitching a lot of space stories when he got to the station. His editor at the time suggested starting a podcast as an outlet. A few […]

O-Town Artist of the Month: Terry Olson: Orange County is his stage

Yes, you know him: that guy with the spiky hair, crazy, colorful ties and a huge smile. Yes, that is Terry Olson, the director of Orange County’s Arts & Cultural Affairs. Olson’s roots are far from sunny Florida. Born in Minnesota, he attended school in Alaska and graduated from college back in Minnesota. It took courage and a novel approach […]

November recommended events

Save the date Dec. 5 – What’s Up Downtown for the Holidays Dec. 14 – Orlando Christmas Parade and Family Fun Fest     Mark Your Calendars   Nov. 2 48th Annual Fall Fiesta in the Park Arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and a Kidszone. 10 a.m. Lake Eola Park 512 E Washington St. www.downtownorlando.com/events/48th-annual-fall-fiesta-in-the-park/#.XasPYPVKjIU   Nov. 9 Outdoor […]

Business Spotlight: Orlando Photography Studio, a unique creative space in the Milk District

There is a good chance you have passed this month’s business spotlight multiple times and didn’t even realize it. In the heart of Downtown Orlando, in the confines of the Milk District, there lies the Orlando Photography Studio. It is a 1,750-square-foot space providing a unique environment to “create in.” Carlos Romero and Deon Cooper are the owners and operators […]

October recommended events

Save the Date   Nov. 9 – 20th annual City of Orlando Veterans Day Parade Mark Your Calendars   1 National Night Out Goes to Church Local churches are invited to host their own National Night Out party on their church property. Oct. 1 – 6:00 p.m. Open to all City of Orlando churches www.orlando.gov/Events/National-Night-Out-Goes-to-Church   6 Orlando City SC […]

Day Trippin’ – Taking a step back in time in McIntosh

If you ever get a chance to just meander along some of Florida’s backroads, do it. There is an abundance of treasures to be found. One such backroad can lead you to McIntosh, a town with a population of 455, according to the 2013 U.S. Census. Located off U.S. Highway 441, McIntosh is less than 20 miles south of Gainesville. Not […]

O-Town Interview: Tom Terry

If you watch the weather in Orlando, you’ve probably had a Tom Terry sighting over the past 23 years. And if you’re on the Internet in Central Florida, you may have seen a meme or two about his jacket-wearing habits. It turns out his sleeve-rolling is part severe-weather signal, part tribute to the weathermen he watched growing up in Oklahoma. […]

2009: An Orlando Odyssey

What era would you choose to tell a story about the City Beautiful? In the beginning, 1838, when Fort Gatlin was built? Right before the turn of the 20th century as Orlando was officially established and served as the focal point for Florida’s citrus industry? Maybe between 1963 with the founding of the University of Central Florida and 1971 with […]

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