Winter Park Guide

A Travel and Entertainment Guide to Winter Park
Free Family Activities at the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts on Friday

Free Family Activities at the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts on Friday

The Cornell Museum of Fine Arts will be having their CFAMily Day this Friday, August 8th, 2014 from 2pm until 6pm that will have hands-on activities for children as well as gallery tours. The event is free to attend and participate in and the Museum always has free admission on the campus of Rollins College. Watch the video below for more information about the CFAMily day event on Friday:

Shake Shack Sign Appears in Winter Park

Shake Shack Sign Appears in Winter Park

The Shake Shack restaurant sign in now visible in Winter Park in the same shopping plaza as Trader Joe’s. As you can see from the image below, the restaurant will have a lakefront view of Lake Killarney. This will be the first central Florida location for the restaurant as it is for Trader Joe’s. Update: The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Shake Shack will open on July 30th, 2014.

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photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

Check out the video below for more information about Shake Shack where people will wait an hour in-line at the Central Park location in New York City for a burger and a frozen custard:

Common Sense Density in Winter Park

(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel / July 8, 2014)

(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel / July 8, 2014)

When talking about density in Winter Park, the city and the residents need to have “common sense” in the type of projects and the density of the projects to be built. As a new resident of Winter Park, that has a lot of respect for the citizens that have lived in the city for many years, I understand that they must be doing something right so they should not be written off when they express their concerns over the way that city grows.

So what is “Common Sense” when it comes to density in Winter Park? Common Sense is the understanding that the city is very mature in the infrastructure of the roads, buildings, and parks that make up the city with many of the roads tight and narrow. Building high-density apartments similar to the ones being built around Winter Park Village are going to put more cars on the roads and cause traffic problems on roads that were never intended for that type of density. Building just about anything in Central Park will begin to chip away at the great asset that the city has but I think that building a new library in the west meadow area makes a lot of sense. Wouldn’t it be nice to check out a book at the library and go read it on a bench in the park?

Building up Winter Park Hospital to a higher density in a land-locked space is providing a better service to the residence of Winter Park so higher density in this regard is good for the city along with building up parts of the city that have become dilapidated like abandoned office buildings and auto dealerships.

“Frozen” Dive-In Movie at the Cady Way Pool on Friday, June 20th at 8:15pm

The Cady Way Pool in Winter Park, weather permitting, will be having a dive-in movie on Friday, June 20th, 2014 with Disney’s “Frozen” being shown (see flyer below). Families and children can bring pool floats and towels as they enjoy letting it go and watching the movie on a 17 foot movie screen. Doors open at 7 pm. The cost is $3.00 for YMCA members and $5.00 for non-members.

The Cady Way Pool is located at 2525 Cady Way; Winter Park, FL 32792 (407-740-7956)

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2014 Winter Park High School Yearbook Impressions

2014 Winter Park High School Yearbook Impressions

photo by Randy Noles

photo by Randy Noles

The 2014 Winter Park Yearbook has been getting a lot of press this month for all of the wrong reasons by the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly, several local news stations, and Randy Noles, the group publisher of Orlando Life Magazine. The yearbook is a grammatical nightmare and an embarrassment to the students of Winter Park High School.

My observation of the yearbook from what I have seen thus far is that it appears that there was some procrastination on the part of the yearbook staff with missed deadlines and the finished product was ugly. I don’t think it was a problem of grammar checks or editing but just an inability of putting in the time that was needed to put together a good product and it shows. In essence, the yearbook looks like it was thrown together at the last minute.

The silver lining to the members of the yearbook staff this year is that they will all have learned a valuable lesson that when you don’t do what you have committed to do as a team and as a staff, the consequences can be embarrassing. Many of the same students will be heading off to college some day and more mistakes will be made along the way during their academic and transformative years. In many ways, that is a lot of what high school and college is all about with making mistakes and learning from them. Just remember that if a similar product was produced in the real world for a publisher or for an advertising agency as a finished product, the entire staff would be fired.

Winter Park Media Update for May 2014

Winter Park Media Update for May 2014

Here is our update of different happenings around Winter Park for the month of May 2014 being covered in the media:

photo credit: aci architects inc.

photo credit: aci architects inc.

  1. The Alfond Inn has welcomed new executive chef Marc Kusche that will be revamping the menu at the signature Hamilton’s Kitchen restaurant at the hotel.
  2. Rollins College made the national news this month as Tiger Woods ex-wife Elin Nordengren graduated and gave the Commencement speech.
  3. Winter Park may be getting a Class-A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers with a new Rollins College baseball stadium that will be shared with the team.
  4. Winter Park was featured on the March 2014 cover of US Airways magazine as the “Florida Oasis Where You’ll Wished You Lived“.
  5. Winter Park was featured on the USA Today website in their “Orlando for Luxury Lovers” story.
  6. Whole Foods took one step closer of having their new store start construction as the Winter Park City Commission endorsed a proposed route for the extension of Lee Road.
  7. SunRail started on May 1st and Winter Park businesses have seen a boost in traffic and revenues because of it.
  8. The Olive Garden on 17/92 across from Winter Park Village is currently undergoing a remodel.
Alfond Inn Welcomes New Executive Chef Marc Kusche

Alfond Inn Welcomes New Executive Chef Marc Kusche

The Alfond Inn is welcoming a new executive chef by the name of Marc Kusche to the hotel that will be revising the menu at their Hamilton’s Kitchen restaurant over the next few weeks as he gets settled in. Some of the menu items that were previewed at a media event that we attended on May 13th, 2014 included watermelon salad, seared ahi tuna, rib eye, lemon crusted salmon, chocolate mousse, and key lime cheese cake.

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photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

Check out our exclusive video below of the introduction of Chef Kusche and the delicious culinary items that will be making their way to the Hamilton’s Kitchen Menu in the near future.

Chef Kusche comes to the Alfond Inn after finishing a long tenure as the Executive Chef for several Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts with the most recent property being the Four Season Residence Club Aviara, in Carlsbad, California. Welcome to Winter Park Chef Kusche!

Alfond Inn Welcomes Executive Chef Marc Kusche

Mary Poppins Popcorn Flick in Central Park on Thursday, May 8th

Mary Poppins Popcorn Flick in Central Park on Thursday, May 8th

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

The Enzian Theater will be presenting a free showing of Disney’s Mary Poppins in Central Park in Winter Park on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 from 8pm until 10pm.

The Popcorn Flicks movie showings are a great family event where you can setup a blanket or chairs and watch a movie outside with friends and family.

Click here for more information about the presentation of Mary Poppins.

Check out the original movie trailer below:

Olive Garden Transformation in Winter Park

Olive Garden Transformation in Winter Park

photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

The Olive Garden across the street from Winter Park Village is currently in the midst of a major renovation that will give the restaurant a sleek and contemporary look to go along with a new menu roll-out just released over the last few months. Wine bottles will be prominently displayed throughout the bar and will feature a much-more open floor plan. This will be only the second Olive Garden in the country that will have received this style (the first being in Kansas City) and will also feature a new logo for the restaurant at the completion of the renovation. The restaurant is open to guests while the renovation is going on and is expected to be finished towards the end of June, beginning of July in 2014. See our video below and click here to read our full story about the renovation and a review of the new menu on our sister website Orlando Local Guide.

Winter Park Olive Garden Preview

2014 Winter Park High School “Night on Broadway” Performances in April

2014 Winter Park High School “Night on Broadway” Performances in April

photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

The Winter Park High School Choral Department will present a “Night on Broadway” at the Ann Derflinger Auditorium on April 24 through the 26th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased by calling 407-628-3028 or email NOBTICKETS@AOL.COM.

Ticket Information

TICKET INFORMATION
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available online at:
https://www.mypaynetapps.com/pay.php?mip=4698913940374960417379360101

All tickets are $16.00 each. Reserved Seating. Balcony is general admission.
All performances will be held in the WPHS Ann Derfinger Auditorium

Questions? Contact the box office at…
Phone: (407) 628-3028
Email: NOBTICKETS@AOL.COM