Winter Park Guide

A Travel and Entertainment Guide to Winter Park

Violinist Matitiahu Braun recital at Winter Park Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Matitiahu Braun
Violinst Matitiahu (Mati) Braun will hold a recital in the sanctuary of Winter Park Presbyterian Church, a 700-seat venue well-known for its traditional Spanish Mediterranean architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and high sound quality on Sunday, September 18th, 2016 at 3pm. Braun came to the United States from Israel in 1962 to study at The Juilliard School with Joseph Fuchs and retired to Maitland after playing for the New York Philharmonic. His album, Voices in Time, was hailed by Phil’s Classical Reviews as “veritable master classes in both violin and viola.”

Accompanying Braun is pianist Holly Small, who has taught piano at the University of Central Florida and served as staff accompanist and coach at Rollins College and Stetson University. Small is currently a choral accompanist with Orange County Public Schools as well as a freelance pianist and organist.

Violinst Matitiahu (Mati) Braun and Holly Small Performance Video

Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate with Letty Cottin Pogrebin at Rollins College

"Lettie Cottin Pogrebin at Jewish Women's Archive event, March 18, 2012" by Dana Meilijson

“Lettie Cottin Pogrebin at Jewish Women’s Archive event, March 18, 2012” by Dana Meilijson

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor of Ms. Magazine and renowned feminist author, will be at Rollins College on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7 p.m in the Galloway Room at Mills Memorial Hall. Pogrebin will converse with former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder and Rollins President Emeritus Rita Bornstein about her new book, Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate. The event is open and free to the public.

Aloma Bowl Grand Re-oPINing (Reopening) Highlights

alomaBowlRibbonAloma Bowl celebrated their Grand Reopening in Winter Park on October 14th, 2015 after a year-long makeover to the bowling alley that included more than $500,000 in improvements and additions including:

– A completely renovated interior
– New signage
– Twice as many arcade games
– Lane improvements
– Updated scoring systems
– Menu updates in Brooklyn South Bar & Grill
– An updated bar and kitchen

“We’ve proudly been a part of the Winter Park community for 38 years and we’re excited to celebrate our renovation with the community,” said Aloma Bowl General Manager, Kendra Gaines.

Aloma Bowl Community & Youth Safety Day on Saturday, August 15

aloma-bowl Aloma Bowl will have its annual Community Day and Youth Safety Day on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 9am-5pm. All attendees can enjoy two free games of bowling, along with a free shoe rental, from 9am to 5pm.

Aloma Bowl recently completed a year-long renovation, making $450,000 in improvements and additions to the property. In addition to bowling, families will find safety demonstrations and information from the Winter Park Police Department and Winter Park Fire Department. Meet first responders, see emergency vehicles up close and get answers to family safety questions.

Aloma Bowl will also be holding signups for its Fall Youth Leagues – the first 200 kids age 17 and under will receive a special goody bag. Aloma Bowl offers 32 lanes, a full service bar, grille, and arcade – right in the heart of Winter Park. It’s the perfect place for a family night out, birthday party, corporate or group event.

For more information, visit or call 407-671-8675.

Aloma Bowl Video

Don’t Miss: Fractured Narratives Exhibit at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College

Don’t Miss: Fractured Narratives Exhibit at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College

Fractured Narratives: a strategy to engage

Fractured Narratives: a strategy to engage

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Fractured Narratives Exhibit at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College you still have a few more days as the exhibit will be shown through January 4th, 2015. Admission is free.

The exhibition features work by established and emerging artists who address contemporary global issues such as privacy, modern warfare, the environment, and freedom of expression. Fractured Narratives aims to provoke critical dialogue and reflection by engaging visitors with the challenging ambiguities of complex narratives. The selected works offer diverse and nuanced considerations of the changing political, cultural, psychological, and social context of the past 10 years.

Co-curated by Cornell Fine Arts Museum Curator Amy Galpin and independent curator Abigail Ross Goodman, the exhibition features film, photography, painting, sculpture, and sound by 14 artists from around the world: Dawoud Bey, Omer Fast, Eric Gottesman, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Amar Kanwar, William Kentridge, An-My Lê, Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga, Moris (Israel Meza Moreno), Rivane Neuenschwander, Trevor Paglen, and Martha Rosler.

See our video preview below:


Christmas Caroling at Costco

Christmas Caroling at Costco

christmas-costcoOver the weekend, one of the employees at Costco at the Winter Park location on University Boulevard sang Christmas Carols as shoppers checked-out in line. It was a big hit for all of the shoppers as clapping and whistles followed the conclusion to each of his songs.

It was a great reminder that it is the simple gestures like singing Christmas carols for a stranger that pulls the community together to celebrate the season of Christmas! Merry Christmas Winter Park and check out the video we took at Costco below!

Christmas Events this month in Winter Park

Christmas Events this month in Winter Park

winter-park-holiday-pops-concertThe holidays are officially upon us and there are plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas in Orlando. Winter Park gets into the celebration as well with many of the city’s main holiday events happening this week. On Sunday, the city held it’s annual “Holiday Pops” concert in central park featuring the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (see video below).

Upcoming Winter Park Holiday Events include:

  • Christmas in the Park on Thursday, December 4th at 6:15 PM
  • The Holiday Tree Lighting takes place on Friday, December 5th at 5:15 PM
  • Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 6th at 9 AM
  • Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 13th with activities beginning around 4 PM
  • The Parade of Bands will be held on Monday, December 29th at 11 AM

Click here for more information about all of the events happening in Winter Park during the holidays.

Writer’s Block Independent Bookstore Now Open on Park Avenue

A new independent bookstore has opened in Winter Park caddy-corner to Cocina 214 just off Park Avenue called Writer’s Block Bookstore. Great to have a bookstore open back up in Winter Park after Border’s closed down in Winter Park Village a couple of years ago. Writer’s Block Bookstore is located at 124 E. Welbourne Ave; Winter Park, Fl; 407.385.7084

Regular Store Hours
Thurs: 10a-6p
Fri: 11a-8p
Saturday: 10a-6p
Sunday: 12a-4p

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Writer's Block Bookstore

Writer’s Block Bookstore

Frank & Steins and New Starbucks coming to Winter Park

Frank & Steins and New Starbucks coming to Winter Park

Frank & Steins is planning on opening a new restaurant in Winter Park in the old Shipyard Brew Pub space near Rollins College. See the picture below that we took and read more from the Orlando Business Journal. Also, Starbucks is building a new location on Aloma Avenue across the street from Panera Bread near the Crealdé School of Art that will make it easier for morning commuters to get their morning joe that travel through Winter Park to access I-4. See the pictures below:





Mellow Mushroom 40th Anniversary

Mellow Mushroom 40th Anniversary

Mellow Mushroom is celebrating their 40th Anniversary tonight in Winter Park with $2.50 small pizzas and $0.75 beers. The wait time around 5:30pm tonight is around three hours. Happy Anniversary!

Update: Four hour wait at 6:30pm.

Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom