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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Sanford's St Johns River Festival of the Arts returns from pandemic lull for 10th anniversary

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 5:01 PM

The St. Johns River Festival of the Arts is back for its tenth anniversary. Art lovers of all kinds can gather in Historic Downtown Sanford for the festival. According to a press release, over 150 local, regional and national artisans will set up shop to showcase their creations. “We’re...

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Support the next generation of women in museums and archives by donating to the History Center's 'HERstory' internship fund

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 3:30 PM

The Orange County Regional History Center is holding a fundraiser for the next few weeks to help foster the next generation of women historians, researchers and archivists. The new HERstory: Women in History Internship Fund seeks to give women interested in careers in "public history, history, public administration, education and...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Walt Disney World has program to vaccinate employees on-site

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 3:19 PM

After months of requests from Disney's park employees, it appears that Walt Disney World has opened up a vaccine clinic for its workers. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney World distributed vaccines to park employees onsite at their employee healthcare center. Disney reps say they were approached by...

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Mayhem on Mills to celebrate 2nd anniversary (again) with night of brawls at Carlotta's Culture Park

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 2:54 PM

The waterways are clear, birds are singing and body slams are coming back to Carlotta's Culture Park. Nature is healing, and so on, and so on. As part of their return from a year that didn't count, local indie wrestling promotion Mayhem on Mills will host a second, second...

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Universal Studios unveils 'Jurassic World'-themed VelociCoaster, sets opening date for June

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 2:15 PM

Universal Studios shared the opening date for its latest ride built around the Jurassic Park franchise. The Jurassic World Velocicoaster will open to the public on June 10. The outdoor coaster appears to be themed around a hunting pack of velociraptors, who seem to escape and get into...

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Orlando performance artist Brian Feldman says 'hey' to St. Pete art lovers for 75 days

Posted By on Tue, Apr 6, 2021 at 5:06 PM

Orlando performance artist and arch-conceptualist Brian Feldman has announced his next gallery installation, and though it's not in the City Beautiful, it's worth the drive to St. Pete's Morean Arts Center. As part of the ongoing Juicy group exhibition of emerging Florida artists, Feldman's durational project hey will be ongoing...

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Toys R Us could be plotting a theme park

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 4:36 PM

After a failed comeback last year, Toys R Us may have a return plan that’s bigger than ever. Like other physical stores, the 73-year-old toy store chain struggled as consumer tastes and shopping patterns changed. A 2017 bankruptcy (forced by private equity vultures who bought the chain in 2005...

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Disney Imagineers may be planning pop-up experiences in a dead mall near you

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 4:15 PM

After a year where many people were unable to visit Disney, the Mouse might be looking at ways to visit them. In recent weeks, a new division within Imagineering seems to have emerged with indications that it focuses on unique Disney-filled experiences far away from the existing resorts. Walt...

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Disney announces dates for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Posted By on Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 1:50 PM

Disney has announced the dates for Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival along with details on Ratatouille-themed food events. According to a post on Disney's official blog, the festival will begin on July 15 and will feature the return of global marketplaces, including Canada, Greece, Germany, Hops and Barley,...

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Orlando director Jeremy Seghers to stage an immersive version of U.K. theater sensation 'The Woman in Black' in June

Posted By on Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 10:12 AM

Orlando's Jeremy Seghers — who we last checked in with back in August during his outdoors staging of The Bacchae in an airport field — has announced that his next production will be an immersive version of The Woman in Black. The original Woman in Black by Stephen Mallatratt (from a 1983 novel...

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