O-Town Interview: Nicole Dupré

Give Nicole Dupré five minutes, and she’ll convince you that you’ll love opera almost as much as she does. It’s an important and unique storytelling medium, and you can find her take on it at Opera del Sol. She is celebrating two years as the creative director of the opera company, and their latest work, “The Mikado by Gilbert & […]

Downtown Orlando’s civil rights sit-ins

The way we were

“For an appetizing meal or snack, visit a Woolworth’s lunch department.” This was a familiar advertisement readers would see in their daily 1950s newspaper. However, it was known that this invitation did not extend to everybody. In 1960, four black students from North Carolina A&T State College were refused service at Woolworth’s all-white lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, because […]

Will Benton: The man behind FAVO

Artist of the month

There is an old saying: “Where there is a ‘Will’ there is a way.” In every aspect, that describes Will Benton and his journey to create the Faith Arts Village, commonly known as FAVO. Benton’s story begins on a cattle farm in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. The youngest of four boys of a Methodist preacher, his love of classical and church […]

July recommended events

42nd Annual Fireworks at the Fountain July 4 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate a day of independence with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and your fellow Orlando residents at Lake Eola Park. The event will include a kids’ play area, live music, food and beverages for purchase and a special, designated military-appreciation area with a custom, covered fireworks viewing […]

Day Trippin’: Circuses, Elvis and beaches

Our Day Trippin’ contributor needed to take this month off. We could either reprint an old article by her or improvise. Good thing I just got back from a weekend vacation. I grew up in Sarasota, and went back for the first time in years this June to visit some old friends. We took a trip down memory lane but […]

And the winner is…Regalia in Thornton Park

Business Spotlight

If you have ever tuned into a Miss America pageant, it is very likely you got a glimpse at this month’s business spotlight. Right in the heart of the Thornton Park District resides a recognized pageant apparel store that has been wardrobing local-, state- and national-pageant winners since 1989. Regalia has been in the Thornton Park District since 1995. Owned […]

My daughter rests her head on my chest while I read to her little brother at bedtime

Brian A. Salmons is a welcomed, emerging voice in the rich territory of Florida poets. His ability to grasp and then relax into the ineffable moments of daily experience with family life, city life and interior life is astonishing. Selected by Susan Lilley.   “My daughter rests her head on my chest while I read to her little brother at […]

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