VOLUME 30, NO. 9 YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. O bserver WINTER PARK / MAITLAND FREE FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 A dream come true Seminole State College hosts annual Dream Gala. SEE PAGE 8B. WINTER PARK ENCOURAGES PEDAL POWER The city of Winter Park will present its Bike to Work Day group bike ride Wednesday March 7. Riders are encouraged to ride their bike to work, or bring it for the group ride through Winter Park. Checkin begins at 3:30 p.m., and riders should meet on Gareld Avenue behind the main stage in Central Park. YOUR TOWN HARRY SAYER BLACK TIE REPORTER Maitland City Council members passed a motion to draft a plan allowing medical marijuana treat ment centers in Maitland after nearly an hour of debate. Following a Florida Senate bill that preempted local regulation of medical marijuana in June 2017, the council enacted a moratorium on the issue in August 2017 to monitor new state level regulations. Although Seminole County and Eatonville still have moratoriums in place, a number of Central Florida cities already have decided on banning dispensaries or allowing them to be established. Council members were present ed with three options: banning Maitland pursues plan for medical marijuana centers SEE DISPENSARY PAGE 4 Farewell, Chief Winter Park Fire Chief Jim White, who has served the city for 25 years, will retire in May. SEE PAGE 4. Winter Park urges county to put brakes on RaceTrac The City Commission voted on a resolution to keep the project away from a Winter Park neighborhood. The City Council will take six months to settle on a satisfactory regulation plan. Jim White: I cant be any more appreciative. Everyone in Winter Park has just been wonderful. SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW See inside for our exclusive look at Winter Parkarea baseball and softball squads. SEE PAGE 11. SEE STORY PAGE 2. Tim Freed
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Semoran Blvd. The resolution came before the City Commission in response to opposition from Winter Park residents living near the project. Orange County staff held a community meeting Jan. 17, where fifty-two Winter Park residents from the nearby Golfside neighborhood as well as the owner of the adjacent Winter Park Pines neighborhood attended to voice their disapproval. Winter Park residents have expressed concerns about noise coming from the gas station 24-hours-a-day, seven-daysa-week. Residents also said they were concerned about the light coming from 30-foot-tall poles at night and fuel runoff. Attorney Scott Clark, repre senting the Winter Pines Golf Club, said all of these factors would create a negative impact on the golfing experience at two holes while looking at the adja cent RaceTrac gas station. The proposed use opens a horrible, ugly window into a very nice golf course that fits very well into the residential area, Clark said. Its simply incompatible. As I understand, this is a 24-hour RaceTrac gas station. The use of course is going to have an open window into our golf course at night, which of course puts it in the backyard of hundreds and hundreds of residents. PARKLAND Winter Park City Commissioners also took a moment to comment on the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, as well as gun laws, in general. I have two daughters at Winter Park High School, and we had a shooting at a high school down in South Florida that was very close to where I was that day; I was working on a project down there, Commis sioner Greg Seidel said. Im not a Republican or a Democrat Ive been independent since I was 18. I like to make up my own mind. Im not against guns either, but what bothers me is that theres this perception that guns make us safer some how and that everyone should have one. What Ive not had in my life is someone save a life because of a gun, he said. Im looking for reasonable laws. I would not like to see mentally ill people being able to buy guns. The kids are telling us this. Commissioner Sarah Sprin kel, who has a long background as an educator, said guns dont belong in schools in the hands of teachers. I know that they have no places in schools period, she said. Thats not even an issue. I dont know what we can do, but what I do believe honestly is that the children who watched that and saw that and lived through that will change this. It has to get changed. Cooper who said she was raised in a family of military ser vice, hunting and marksman ship said the school shootings are linked to exposure to violent media. Ive seen enough to know the problem, Cooper said. The problem starts with the video games. The problem starts with the movies. Until the American people put the family first and stop entertaining our children with violence its going to be hard to change. Its up to the nations lead ers to come together and find the right solution, Mayor Steve Leary said. We should expect our leaders to get in a room and figure these things out, rather than demonize one another every opportunity they get, Leary said. City opposes RaceTrac project IN OTHER NEWS The request of Bebes/ Liz, 311 S. Park Ave. to host a fashion runway show with street closure was denied. The resolution adopting a special assessment for Pansy Avenue for the instal lation of street bricks and proposed non-ad valorem assessment was approved. The resolution between the town of Eatonville, city of Maitland and city of Winter Park supporting the expansion of Wymore Road was approved. WINTER PARK SATURDAY, MARCH 3 10TH ANNUAL FIDDLERS GREEN 5K 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. This fun run/walk is hosted by Fiddlers Green Irish Pub. The race, which begins at 7:30 a.m., starts at Mead Garden and me anders though beautiful Winter Park, returning to nish at Mead Garden. From there, the runners are invited back for a beer and some fun at Fiddlers Green Irish Pub. Cost is $25 to $35. For more information, call (407) 599-3397. WINTER PARK BLOOMS 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3, at the Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Winter Park Blooms through Keep Winter Park Beautiful & Sustainable Advisory Board is once again selling a wide assortment of caladium bulbs at the Winter Park Farmers Market. Cala dium bulbs provide up to nine months of colorful foliage from year to year with minimal care. The funds are used for Winter Park beautication projects and to host the America in Bloom judges as they evaluate Winter Park in late April 2019. To join the eorts of Winter Park Blooms or for informa tion about caladiums and how they can brighten your life, call Stephen Pategas at (407) 622-4886. SUNDAY, MARCH 4 40TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. The city of Winter Park and the St. Patricks Day Parade Committee are proud to present the 40th annual Winter Park St. Patricks Day Parade. This is the only St. Patricks Day Parade in Central Florida, so wear some green and gather your family and friends to enjoy the annual Irish festivities. The parade will begin at the Winter Park Country Club and proceed south down Park Avenue to Lyman Avenue. The celebration also will feature Irish music and step-dancing at the main stage in Central Park with demonstrations by three Irish dance schools including Sarah Costello, Tir Na Greine and the Watters School of Irish Dance. Irish music will be provided by Mike Daly. For more informa tion, call (386) 785-6965. THURSDAY, MARCH 8 POPCORN FLICKS IN THE PARK 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Central Park, 150 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park. Enjoy a free screening of True Grit, pre sented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater. This lm series features classic lms for the whole family. Take a blanket, a picnic or snacks. Free popcorn for everyone. A $5 contribution is appreci ated. For more information, call (407) 629-0054. MAITLAND SATURDAY, MARCH 3 SCREEN ON THE GREEN 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Maitland Middle School, 1901 Choctaw Trail. Enjoy a free screening of the movie Secret Life of Pets. For more informa tion, call (407) 539-6268. YOUR CALENDAR
WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 3 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORTheres plenty happening in Winter Park and residents got to hear all about it. Local leaders, businessmen and women, elected officials, city staff and residents of Winter Park gathered Friday, Feb. 23 at The Alfond Inn for the State of the City luncheon a comprehensive update on whats happening in the city. Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary gave his annual address, touching on everything from the recent addition of park land off Howell Branch Road to the approval of a fiberoptic network to help imple ment an intelligent traffic light system. 7 was another great year in Winter Park, Leary said. This past year, we added 55 acres of park land to Winter Park with the acquisition of the How ell Branch Preserve. To give you a bit of a picture of how big that is, thats bigger than the golf course and Central Park combined. I dont know when the last time that has happened in the city. Leary also brought up the ongoing effort to underground the citys power lines. Areas where the lines are above ground lost power due to the hurricane last year. After Hurricane Irma, your City Commission approved an additional $1 million to address issues that arose during the storm, Leary said. This year, well have at least $4.5 million going toward electric undergrounding. We have nine years left on our original 20-year program. We continue to review ways to responsibly expedite that time. The mayor also noted the groundbreaking for Project Wellness, the citys successful community paramedicine program and a well-received Weekend of the Arts just the week before. This room is filled with individuals and organizations that make this community a very special place, Leary said. We as elected officials can not do this alone.AND THE AWARD GOES TO The luncheon was also an oppor tunity to honor the citys Employ ee of the Year, Firefighter of the Year and Officer of the Year. Winter Park gave the distinc tion of Employee of the Year to Field Supervisor George Richardson, of the Water and Wastewater Utilities Department. Richardson planned and directed the completion of water main replacement in conjunction with the I-4 Ultimate project, resulting in a savings of nearly $1.7 million by keeping major portions of the project inhouse. His division completed the installation of the new wet well for the lift station on Lee Road as well, completing the project ahead of schedule and with an estimated $85,000 in cost savings. Richardson wasnt present to accept the award, but Water and Wastewater Utilities Director David Zusi spoke of the employees hard work over the past year. Im very, very proud that George was selected as employee of the year, Zusi said. Every manager of people has a handful of go-to people. George Richardson, who is a field supervisor for our water and wastewater construction services division, is one of my top go-to people. Engineer Eric Wheaton took home the Firefighter of the Year award for his leadership and the example he sets for others. Eric is what we refer to in the fire service as a legacy his father Wally Wheaton who is also with us here today, had worked for the department for over 30 years, Deputy Fire Chief Pat McCabe said. Since coming on with the city in July 2007, Eric has excelled in every aspect of his job. His care for the job is unmatched. He routinely leads training programs not only within our own agency, but serves as a well-respected instructor on the national stage. Police officer Ryan Wing of the patrol division was named as Officer of the Year at the luncheon. Officer Wing was nominated by his peers and his supervisor because he continually goes above and beyond the call of duty, Police Chief Michael Deal said. Whether hes looking for criminal suspects, interacting with the public or coming up with new training ideas, Officer Wings level of service and commitment are exemplary. There was another noteworthy award presentation at the luncheon: The Mayors Founders Award, given to an individual, family or organization whose commitment, dedication and actions builds upon the founders vision for Winter Park. After being introduced at last years luncheon, the award was presented this year to former Winter Park Mayor Allen Trovillion, who oversaw the construction of city hall and many improvements to the west side of Winter Park. This years honoree moved a lot of earth and a lot of pipes, Leary said. They built a lot of roads and built a lot of buildings. Give it up for the 43rd mayor of Winter Park, Mr. Allen Trovillion.A very special placeWinter Park residents received an update on everything happening in the city Friday, Feb. 23, at the annual State of the City luncheon. Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary spoke before a packed ballroom at The Alfond Inn for his State of the City Address. Patrol Ocer Ryan Wing, center, was named Ocer of the Year in Winter Park.Photos by Tim FreedEric Wheaton, left, was named Fireghter of the Year in Winter Park and honored by City Manager Randy Knight, center, and Deputy Fire Chief Pat McCabe, right. Former Winter Park Mayor Allen Trovillion was given the Mayors Founders Award for his impact on Winter Park.
4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 Whites retirement brings a 35-year career of firefighting to an end. Its all Ive known for most of my adult life, White said. Its going to be a difference, but Im excited. I cant be any more appre ciative. Everyone in Winter Park has just been wonderful. Much has changed in the field since White first became a career firefighter in Myrtle Beach in 1982 a time when a firefighters own safety was perhaps not as high a priority, White said. The days of firefighters hanging on to the back of a fire truck going full speed to answer a call are long gone. We always thought that we needed to take care of our fire fighters better, meaning their safety and their equipment, but I dont think its ever been as pro nounced as it is now, White said. Were finding out that the pre dominance of cancer in the fire service is just unmatched. I think weve become a safer operation, he said. Taking care of our own has been a tremendous change from where it was even 25 to 30 years ago. You used to be very proud to go in and come out and your gear was all soot covered and dirty, like, Oh, that was a real firefighter kind of thing. Now its looked at like, Hey, why dont you go clean your gear, because that stuff will kill you eventually. Chief McCabe and I will be talking about something the guys will bring up and we go, How did we survive? IN THE BLOOD White comes from a family of firefighters growing up in Arlington, Virginia, where some of his earliest memories are eating dinners with the crews and being around fire trucks. His father worked as a volunteer firefighter and his brother went on to become deputy chief of the Arlington County Fire Department. White became a volunteer firefighter at the age of 18 and shortly after took that first job at Myrtle Beach. After about 10 years in South Carolina, White came to the Sun shine State and joined the Winter Park department as a deputy chief back in 1992 before taking the head position in 2002. RIGHT EVERY TIME In his 25 years serving Win ter Park, White made several improvements to the depart ment, including developing the citys first Office of Emergency Management that is implement ed during hurricanes, transition ing patient transport care from an outsourced service to an in-house service, and assisting with the final design for the citys public safety building in 2001. When we make a change or we make something that we need (the citys) support on, they find a way to make it happen for us, White said. Weve just had tremendous support. White also has spent the past several years working as the head of code compliance at the city, helping Winter Park maintain its character and charm by keeping tabs on road signs, overgrown lots and other violations. White said he is proud of his time serving Winter Park and how well the department serves the citys residents. The technology and practices have advanced over the years, but the mission has never changed, White said. Theyre there to save lives, he said. As much has changed, a lot of its still the same, White said. People expect us to be there for them every time. I often tell people theres no 912. They cant call anybody else, so weve got to be right every time. dispensaries outright; treating them as pharmacies; or permit ting them with modifications such as separation requirements and usage conditions. City staff rec ommended council to ban dis pensaries due to their availability in neighboring cities. When we look at all of our plans for the west side and down town, medical marijuana dispen sary is not on the list of things that bring people to your downtown experience, City Manager Sha ron Anselmo said. I think a lot of people (who voted for the bill) assumed it could be dispensed through Walgreens or Publix, and it cant be. Its single, standalone and only does one thing. Councilwoman Bev Reponen and Mayor Dale McDonald were strongly in favor of enacting a dis pensary ban but failed to acquire a second for a motion. The council ultimately decided to have city staff draft an ordinance with new conditions to differenti ate dispensaries from pharmacies. The moratorium was extended six months as well, with the condi tion the ban could be enacted if the current plan proves fruitless. The motion was passed 3-2. HOME RULE City Council approved the distri bution of a letter urging residents to contact state representatives over a series of controversial bills preventing city officials from making decisions in favor of state wide rules. The series of House and Sen ate bills threaten the citys abil ity to regulate short-term vaca tion rentals, tree trimming and removals, and have control over the community redevelopment agency. The city adopted a resolu tion opposing the tree-trimming bills in January. The letter will be distributed through the city website and social media and will include contact information for senators and rep resentatives who serve Maitland, according to the city document. The citys actions will line up with a similar letter put out by the city of Winter Park to its residents. IN OTHER NEWS The council approved a submission for the Depart ment of Homeland Securitys Assistance to Fireghters Fire Prevention and Safety grant. The Fire Rescue Department is looking to use the funding to distribute carbon monox ide detectors to unequipped homes following several fatalities and injuries during Hurricane Irma from mis placed generators. Council members approved a change order with CPH to perform additional easement services for the Dommerich/ Choctaw design. The city determined it would be more convenient to have a tempo rary construction easement over some homeowners driveways while working on the design. An easement allowing a new, ve-foot sidewalk to be built at Dom merich Drive and Horatio Avenue was also approved. The new easements will cost $6,750, bringing the projects total cost to $55,250. TREATMENT CENTERS STATUS BY CITY ALLOWED Casseberry Altamonte Springs Longwood Orange County Orlando Oviedo BANNED Winter Park Lake Mary Apopka Dispensary discussion CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 MCCABE ALSO TO RETIRE The department also will say goodbye to its second-in-command, Deputy Fire Chief Patrick McCabe, who is set to retire in May as well. A homegrown reghter who grew up in Winter Park, McCabe rst joined the department in 1985 after working for Volusia County Lifeguard Services fresh out of high school. McCabe has served his hometown as a re ghter ever since. Im very excited, but theres also a slight bit of trepidation, because Ive been doing this for 33 years, he said. Its most of what Ive known for my adult life. McCabe said hes been honored to serve the city of Winter Park, and that hes especially grateful for Whites lead ership. Ive been fortunate enough to have a re chief like Jim White, Mc Cabe said. Hes been a great leader to me, hes been a great mentor to me and hes been a great friend. He made that whole trip so much more pleasant. Its been a great career. THE SEARCH Winter Park City Manag er Randy Knight already is looking for suitable candidates to ll the two roles. Whoever takes on the helm, White said he is condent they will move the department in the right direction. Im not hesitant about turning the keys over, he said. I trust Randys decisions and the mayor and the civil service board will all pick the right individual they want to move it forward. Fire chief set to retire TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR T hey say you should leave things better than the way you found them. The head of the Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department has done just that. The department will see an era come to an end this May when Winter Park Fire Chief Jim White retires aer more than two de cades of service to the city. Tim Freed If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944 WINTER PARK/MAITLAND O bserver 2017 The Observer Media Group Inc. 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I believe in small business and entrepreneurship I own two businesses and a law firm and Im a working mom, and Im a business owner, Nix said More importantly, (I) have (a) back ground to make a difference in the district. Our district is pretty diverse, and I believe I represent the diversity of this district. Nix, a self-described fiscal conservative who will run as a Republican, is the second candidate from the GOP. Republican businessman Stockton Reeves, of Winter Park, already announced his candidacy. Democrat Anna Eskamani, an Orlando resident, also has filed. Although she is originally from Rochelle, which sits just outside of Gainesville, and was partly raised in Miami, Nix has been in the Orlando area for some time. Nix earned a bachelors degree from the University of Central Florida in 2004 and her juris doctorate in 2009 from Florida A&Ms College of Law in Orlando. She now lives in College Park. Currently, Nix runs her own law firm Nix Law, P.A. in Orlando where she practices family law. Along with running her firm and two other businesses, she also serves as an adjunct professor at both Valencia College and Seminole State College. The newcomer made the decision in early January to enter the race after folks approached her about running though it took a lot of thought and planning on her behalf as the mother to an 11-month-old baby. Despite the concern, Nix decided to file. She believes she is the best candidate who can shape and improve the district with her policymaking. Among those policies that Nix plans to put in the forefront of her campaign includes access to vocational training, safer schools and streets, the promotion of small business, and ethics reforms. One of my main passions is vocational education although I hold a juris doctorate, everybody is not going to go to college, but everyone should have equal access to jobs, Nix said. Another key issue for Nix is what she sees as serious issues in ethics at the state level in Florida. We need some transparency in the Florida government, and that is something Im going to be really big on, Nix said. Actual legislators should not be employed by a lobbying firm, and they should be able to report that if they do we use to have that rule and I would like to bring that rule back. People are tired of the common public political rhetoric they want to have transparency in their government, she said. Nix also said part of her reform would include keeping an eye out for family members of politicians who are hired by companies after elections. With nine months left before the Nov. 6 midterm, Nix will some time to get her message out and boost her campaign. We have a strong grassroots campaign, and I think thats what you need you need the community behind you, and if you have he community behind you, you can feel strong about running for that district, Nix said. So far, we are geared up and we are ready to go. Nix announces candidacy for District 47 raceOrlando lawyer Mikaela Nix is the second Republican to le for candidacy. People are tired of the common public political rhetoric they want to have transparency in their government. Mikaela NixCourtesy photoMikaela Nix hopes take her policies to Tallahassee to represent the residents of Winter Park.
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8 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 265334 Sat. & Sun., March 3rd & 4th, 2018 10AM to 5PM Fine Art Exhibits Music Food FREE Admission Pet Friendly r rf r rfntbntbfrt r btf trff tnrf n rfntb r fff rfrfnb f rrfn 266822 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORBaldwin Parks local elementary school has finally been given a new name and there are still more exciting changes to come. Orange County School Board members started a new chapter for Audubon Park Elementary families and students Tuesday, Feb. 13, as they voted to change the schools name to Baldwin Park Elementary. The school at 1750 Common Way in Orlando was given the opportunity for a name change in the wake of a new K-8 school coming to Audubon Park and taking the Audubon Park name. The elementary school in Baldwin Park opened in August 2008 as a swing site leading up to the demolition of the original Audubon Park Elementary School. Surveys were conducted in September and October at the school, and parents were asked to suggest a new name, mascot and colors. More than 1,100 stakeholders voted, and the name finalists included Baldwin Park Elementary, Blue Jacket Elementary and Lake Baldwin Elementary. Baldwin Park Elementary was chosen as the clear favorite with 71% of the votes and was made official by the School Board Feb. 13. Weve waited for this forever, School Board member Nancy Robbinson said. Its the longest swing site I think in the history of OCPS. Its been 10 years as a swing site they never put a name on the building. Its really exciting. It was no big surprise to me when I saw the numbers its right in the middle of Baldwin Park. I am so glad this is just a pet peeve of mine that you named the school after the neighborhood and the area youre in, School Board Chairman Bill Sublette said. Sometimes, we come up with names that sound very California like Pleasant Valley and Sunnyvale. I like schools that are named after the places that they are. I know youve waited for this. Kudos. The parents also decided on Bobcats as their mascot, with their new colors being navy and silver. PTA President Stephanie Harley said the name change marks a new era for the school, adding that parents can expect to see some changes in the coming months. These will include an official sign with the new name, along with new welcome mats, a redesigned front office, a new mural and more. The new sign will be funded by the school district, while other changes will be funded by the PTA using funds raised during the schools Boosterthon Fun Run Jan. 31. A new name for the school has been approved, and so now its up to the parents, faculty and community to shape the schools future, Harley said. Its definitely a great fit its what the community wanted, she said. We are a true neighborhood school, and now our name reflects that. New name, new chapterAudubon Park Elementary School has been ocially renamed to Baldwin Park Elementary School.The school at 1750 Common Way has been renamed Baldwin Park Elementary School. Tim FreedParents and teachers gathered with School Board member Nancy Robbinson for a photo after the ocial vote for the name change.We are a true neighborhood school, and now our name reects that. Stephanie Harley, PTA president
WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 9 439 Lake Howell Road, Maitland, FL 32751 www.CreeganGroup.comRanked #1 for Homes Sold in 2016 Orlando Magazine Hot 100 Orlando Style Magazine 5 Star Realtor Orlando Style Magazine Top Boutique Brokerage Chris Creegan, Broker/Owner407.622.1111 CREEGAN PROPERTY GROUP 262113 Strike zone Lakemont Elementary School boys enjoyed a fun-lled night with their mothers Friday, Feb. 23, during the schools Mother-Son Bowling Night at Aloma Bowl. Hosted by the Lakemont Elementary PTO, students took over the bowling alley for a fun night of bowling alongside their moms. They also enjoyed some pizza and cookies. Along with the festivities, the PTO also held a rae that featured prizes ranging from donuts to a Nintendo Switch. TROY HERRING Roman Fiorinza, a rst-grader at Lakemont, tried to win tickets in the arcade at the Mother-Son Bowling Night. Sebastian Fahey, a fth-grader at Lakemont, showed o his new toy he won during a rae as he stood alongside his mother, Cris Philips and Lakemont Principal Karl Fox. Javier Brown, a fourth-grader, tosseed his bowling bowl down the lane as he looked for a strike. Ezekial Henry and his mother, Vanessa Marshall, enjoyed a fun night of bowling. Left: Lakemont third-grader Marley Louis had a blast at the Mother-Son Bowling Night. Austin Saladyga, a second-grader at Lakemont, aimed carefully for the pocket.
10 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 268803 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORDon your best kilt and wear the greenest of greens, because the city of Winter Park is celebrating St. Patricks Day early. Although the popular Irish holiday is not until March 15, the St. Patricks Day Parade Committee along with the city will be painted green as the 40th Annual St. Patricks Day Parade will take place March 4. It is a community affair, and the community all comes out for it whether theyre Irish or not Irish, said Cathy Quinlivan, who serves as the president of the committee. Were promoting our Irish culture, but in the meantime, we are also doing something nice for the community. More than 60 entities be rep resented in this years parade. Those will include Irish-Amer ican bands, the Shriners, dance groups, local officials and more, Quinlivan said. The parades marshal this year is Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. Starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, those participants will begin their march at the Winter Park Country Club, then follow a route that takes them south down Park Avenue to Lyman Avenue. And the fun for this early celebration doesnt stop just there. The event will feature Irish music and step-dancing at the main stage in Central Park right after the parade. Sarah Costello, Tir Na Greine and the Watters School of Irish Dance will all per form alongside music performed by Mike Daly. Everybody seems to like to go back to the park and watch the dancers, Quinlivan said. People bring their blankets and their chairs and they camp out so its pretty nice after the parade. The parade is a celebration of Irish culture, and to a first-generation American and daughter of Irish immigrants, it is something that has meant much to Quinlivan. Although she has only served on the committee for going on four years, Quinlivan has been a part of the parade since its inception in 1978. She recalls with clarity the first St. Patricks Day Parade in Winter Park, when it was started by a small group called the Irish-American Cultural Society, March of the Irish which later went on to become the Irish-American Club. We wanted to see a parade in Winter Park a parade to be proud of, Quinlivan said. So the beginnings were just those few stragglers walking up the street holding our flags and everything thats really what it was. In those early days, Quinlivan said she remembered walking alongside her children during the parades and that there was only one entertainer a gentleman who played music as he sat in the back of a flatbed truck. Quinlivan also said her mother, who turns 95 this year, was a part of every parade leading up to this years celebration. She wont be able to participate this year because she now is in a nursing home. Since then, the parade in Winter Park has blossomed into a half-day event enjoyed by thousands of visitors. We are surprised, ourselves, at how long it has lasted and how big it has gotten, Quinlivan said. But without the city of Winter Park backing us we tried doing it on our own, but we didnt have enough money to do it so thats how we keep it going.We are showing and promoting our Irish culture that we are very proud of that is the whole thing. When you have that parade, and people see you coming down the road and the ags are up, you are very proud of that Irish culture. Cathy Quinlivan, president, St. Patricks Day Parade CommitteeThe St. Patricks Day Parade Committee, alongside the city of Winter Park, will celebrate the Irish holiday with its 40th Annual St. Patricks Day Parade. IF YOU GO40TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE WHEN: 2 p.m. March 4 WHERE: Park Avenue, Winter Park WEBSITE: cityofwinterpark. org/event/38th-annual-stpatricks-day-parade-2Courtesy photoThe parade will include everything Irish bagpipes, shades of green and Irish dancing.
WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 11 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORWith the arrival of warm weather and layers of pollen comes Americas Pastime. As the new season unfolds, here are ve questions were looking at that involve our local teams.1 CAN WINTER PARK OVER COME ITS MASSIVE STAFF TURNOVER?Its still too early in the season to tell, but so far, the answer is a cautiously optimistic yes. Through four games this season, the Wildcats are 3-1, with the lone loss coming in a 3-1 defeat to Cypress Creek. They have outscored opponents 20-5 thus far. The start is a pleasant surprise for a team that did not make a playoff appearance last year. In 2017, the Wildcats had a respectable season as they went 17-11 and finished third in the district with a record of 6-4 thanks to an experienced group. But this season, the Wildcats are in a much different situation. They lost a total of 11 players 10 graduated while one decided not to play. Of those 11, seven were frequent starters. While many would see the situ ation as critical, Head Coach Dee Brown is looking at it from a positive stance. Its good and bad obviously bad because of the unknown, but its good because you get fresh kids (who) know that they have an opportunity to play where they can, Brown said. In most of our positions you dont have a senior that has been there for three years and its tough to remove that guy. Hopefully, it turns around the other way where our guys our hungry and compete everyday at practice thats what we are hoping that it pushes.2 WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET BISHOP MOORE BACK TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME?One word offense. Over the last few seasons, the Hornets have put in work to become a team of reckoning in Class 4A ball, and the offense has was a huge part of it for last years team. Since 2012, the Hornets have won at least 20 games five times with the only exception being in 2014 and have seen their progression through the playoffs get better. In 2015, the Hornets made it to the regional finals, then to the state semis in 2016 before reaching the state finals in 2017, where they lost 7-2 to Bolles. If the Hornets want to make it back to the state title for a second-consecutive year, they wll have to tap into that same explosive offense which allowed them to outscore opponents 215 to 136 an average of 6.5 to 4.1. So far, things seem to be going smoothly for the Hornets, who currently sit at 4-1 through five games. The Hornets have doubled up opponents through their first five games outscoring the other side 40-20. In their matchup with Trinity Prep, the Hornets went off for 19 runs while only allow ing four.3 WHO STEPS UP AND HELPS ORANGEWOOD TAKE BACKTOBACK DISTRICT CROWNS?If you ask Head Coach Scott Hilinski, he will tell you that there are too many kids to name, but there are a few that stick out. The first is junior first-baseman and DH Troy McPeak, who last year only played in four games. But McPeaks role on the team goes far beyond playing first; he also acts as an inspiration for the team as a whole. He is kind of the glue that keeps us together, Hilinski said. He had a loss in his family a couple of weeks ago that hit home not only for him but for the whole team. To watch him go through that adversity and have the baseball team be an extension of his family through that tough time has been inspiring. With McPeak as the inspira tional glue that keeps the team together on a familial level, junior Josh Morse provides the hammer on offense. So far through the first four games of the season, the Rams are 2-1-1 thanks in large part to the hot hitting of Morse, who has picked up three RBI on 6-for-12 hitting which sees him sitting with a batting average of .500. Morse also has been an asset on defense. He has racked up a .923 fielding percentage while notch ing seven putouts and five assists to one error.4 WILL EDGEWATER MAKE IT ABOVE .500?Its been a tough couple of seasons for the Eagles of Edgewater, and so far, its been the same old, same old. The Eagles havent ended a season over the .500 mark since 2015, when they finished 17-8. In 2016, they finished at 15-15 overall. Through their first five games, the Eagles have struggled to a 1-4 record and have been outscored 36-11. If the Eagles want to make a push to make it to at least .500, then the pitching will have to find some improvements. Edgewaters opponents are averaging nine runs per game. But its not all bad news for the Eagles. In their game against Wekiva in the Ocoee Invitational, the Eagles put up a 3-0 shutout of the Mustangs showing that when things click, they can make a splash.5 WILL IT BE BACKTO BACK PLAYOFFS FOR TRINITY PREP?Every team enters the season with the goals of making the state playoffs. But making it can be dif ficult. Its been six years since the last time the Saints have had backto-back playoffs appearances which occurred in 2011 and 2012. Those teams amassed a 39-16 record, but thats in the past, and this is the present. Last season, the Saints managed a 13-13 overall record, but a 6-4 standing in the district placed the Saints in second good enough for a playoff appearance. That year, much like this seasons 0-3-1 start, was difficult, but the Saints managed to pull it together. Its still early, so there is plenty of time, but the Saints will need to rely on another outburst of offense like they did last year to put together a strong middle and end to this season. BASEBALL PREVIEW Baseball is backTroy HerringWinter Park Highs David Bulmer, Wilfredo Santiago, JT Story, and Tucker Marrillia will lead the Wildcats this season.
12 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 rfntbrfn rfnt r t fnntbnntb 250530 rfntbrfn rfnt r t fnntbnntb Scan the QR code to RSVP for Open House or to schedule your personal tour or email email@example.comThe First Academy is celebrating record enrollment! Come to Open House to secure your spot for 2018-2019.www.therstacademy.org rfntrfn rfntbrfn rfnt rt fnntbnntb rfntbrfn rfnt rt fnntbnntb rfntbrfn rfnt rt fnntbnntb Sunday, March 4 1 PITCHER RILEY OAKES LOOKS TO TAKE BISHOP MOORE TO THE NEXT LEVELLike many teams at the highschool level, the Hornets face the task this year of dealing with a lot of turnover. Seven seniors from last years playoff squad are now gone five of which were starters but luck ily, the Hornets have their key core back for this season. First off is junior pitcher Riley Oakes, who has become an absolute force of reckoning on the mound. Shes a dominating pitcher, said Hornets head coach David Occhialini. And dominating may be an understatement. In her two years as a starting pitcher, Oakes is 42-10. So far this season, she has racked up a 4-0 record with an ERA of 2.56 to go along with a whopping 47 strike outs. Although Oakes has stepped forward as a leader for the Hor nets, Occhialini said he hopes to further round out his team on dif ferent levels particularly in hitting. We lost a lot of people, and the team is young so our objective has been to develop those younger players, Occhialini said. Two seniors (who) graduated last year, and one of my outfielders who just decided she wasnt going to play this year were the key to the hitting last year. So replacing hitting and developing a consistent outfield have been the two key goals.2 WINTER PARK LOOKS TO MAKE IT TO BACKTO BACK PLAYOFFSLast season was a breakout for the Wildcats, who finished with a 18-7 (7-3) record and made a playoff appearance for the first time since 2015. So far this season, the Wildcats have struggled a bit coming out of the gate starting 1-3 (0-1) but there is still plenty of time to right the ship. On the mound for the Wildcats is the trio of Lauren Staudt, Bridget Gorman and Karolyn Walker. Thus far, Staudt has pitched the most innings (12) for coach Bob Eckrich going 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA. She currently leads the team in strikeouts with seven. Despite struggles offensively the Wildcats are being outscored by a 17 to 34 margin there are seven players batting at least .308. Walker, who also swings a heavy bat for the Wildcats, leads the team through four-games with an impressive .625 batting aver age on 8-for-10 hitting shes also been responsible for two RBI. Alongside Walker in the scor ing department is Alyssa Lynch, whose .375 average has helped haul in four RBI. Lynch and Walk er makeup just more than 35% of the Wildcats current run total. If the Wildcats want to make a run back to states, they will need to keep up the strong pitching while shoring up their game at the plate.3 TRINITY PREP PUTS IT ALL TOGETHEROf all the teams in the area, the Saints may be the most complete team. With a 4-0 record early in the season, the Saints are clicking are literally every cylinder from hit ting, to pitching, to stealing bases like madwomen. Through just four games the Saints have racked up 15 stolen bases with sophomore captain Callie Wells leading the pack with five overall. Wells also has been a force on the offensive side of the ball as well, as she has gone for .571 on 8-of-14 hitting. The big hitter for the Saints comes in the form of freshman Kayla Alexander who matches Wells .571 on 8-for-14 hitting, but has added a team-high nine RBI and a home run. Alongside other offensive pow ers such as freshman Francesca Fulmer (.364, four hits, three RBI) and senior Hannah Cavanaugh (.375, three hits, four RBI), the Saints have outscored opponents in a brutal 39-9 scoreline. Cavanaugh also has been the dominant force on the mound for the Saints. During her three appearances, she has picked up two wins. Through her 17 innings of work, Cavanaugh has given up only three runs and eight hits, while striking out 28 and walking six. So far, the well-rounded mix of softball played by these girls has helped land them in a good spot early which is a definite improvement over last season. If they can keep up the work, expect the Saints to make a splash in the district and beyond. SOFTBALL PREVIEWDiamond girls make their returnTROY HERRING | ASSOCIATE EDITORTheyve been waiting all o-season for this moment the arrival of soball season. For Winter Park-area soball players, the camaraderie, the chants from the dugout and the desire to just get out and play ball are undeniable. Although teams are already a few games in to the new season, here are a few things to watch out for as our local teams take to the eld. Troy HerringBishop Moore is hoping for a return to post-season play.
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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 15 3-1-8 rfrfrfntbt r frn tbrr n rr t trr tt tr tn trrr trr r t tnn r trr r rrrn rn frnrr rn rnr tbrr r rr f rn rnn r r frrr nrn r rr fr rnr frrn frrn fr frr ffbrr rn rr r rrr rrr r trr brnr r rr rrnr trr ttn t tn tn rn tr tr tf t tt nrn tbr rn trr r rnr rn f r t rn r f tf r rrrn brnrr frrr brn rr t b r r rrr r r rnrn fr r trn r r rnr tnr rn brr fr fr ftr f frrr frnr r t r r rr fbrn rnrr rn r fr r rnrr r t r rrr frrr r t trrt nt t rt r fntbtntt nt r rr r rr r r r r rf 259848 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE, MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 A FANTASTIC WOMANAcademy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film Fri & Sat: 3:30PM, 6:30PM, 9:30PM Sun: 1PM, 4PM Mon-Thurs: 6:30PM, 9:30PMReel Short Teen Film Festival Showcase Short lms from local students! FREE and open to the public! Sat: 11AMOscar Watch Party on Enzians Big ScreenFREE and open to the public! Sun: 7PMPopcorn Flick in the Park: TRUE GRIT 1969 FREE in Central Park! Thurs, March 8th at 7PM WEATHERTeri Salvador, of Maitland, captured this nice photo of the Winter Park rose garden next to Central Park. The Winter Park/Maitland Observer is hosting this weekly contest, and winners will have their photograph featured in the newspaper. To enter, email your photo, along with your name, city and a caption, to firstname.lastname@example.org; put I Love Winter Park in the subject line. FRIDAY, MAR. 2High: 80 Low: 52 Chance of rain: 20%SATURDAY, MAR. 3High: 74 Low: 49 Chance of rain: 0%SUNDAY, MAR. 4High: 71 Low: 49 Chance of rain: 0%MONDAY, MAR. 5High: 74 Low: 52 Chance of rain: 10% Wednesday, Feb. 21 0.00 Thursday, Feb. 22 0.00 Friday, Feb. 23 0.00 Saturday, Feb. 24 0.00 Sunday, Feb. 25 0.00 Monday, Feb. 26 0.00 Tuesday, Feb. 27 0.00 YEAR TO DATE: 2018 2.18 in. 2017 2.96 in. FEB. TO DATE: 2018 .33 in. 2017 .88 in. SUNRISE / SUNSET Sunrise Sunset Friday, March 2 6:50a 6:25p Saturday, March 3 6:49a 6:26p Sunday, March 4 6:48a 6:27p Monday, March 5 6:47a 6:27p Tuesday, March 6 6:46a 6:28p Wednesday, March 7 6:44a 6:29p Thursday, March 8 6:43a 6:29pMOON PHASES RAINFALL ONLINE See other photos at OrangeObserver.comFORECAST I LOVE WINTER PARKMarch 9 Last March 1 Full March 17 New March 24 First
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ARTS + CULTUREFRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 ALSO INSIDE: AXIOM Gallery: Certainty of the Tides. 6 Seminole State College: Dream Gala. 8ORANGEOBSERVER.COM ARRIVALS & DEPART URESWinter Park artist Barbara Sorensen recently had one of her pieces installed at the Orlando International Airport.TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITOROne Winter Park artist now gets to see one of her creations every time she hops on a ight out of Orlando. Sculptor Barbara Sorensen recently had one of her works hand-picked and installed at the Orlando International Airport. The installation gives travelers a piece of art to examine and enjoy as they arrive and depart.Artist Barbara Sorensen has lived in Winter Park for 40 years.Tim FreedSEE PAGE 5
2 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 266306 SATURDAY, MARCH 3THE MAGNIFICATS: BACH AND BEYOND MUSICAL MEDITATIONS 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. The joyful text that is Marys song of praise, My soul doth magnify the Lord, is presented in diverse and powerful settings by J.S. Bach and other composers who were inuenced by and connected to Bach in various ways. Experience musically the many characteristics from cheerful melodies, colorfully exuberant and festive fanfares, to peaceful and reective verses. Performed by the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra and conducted by John V. Sinclair. Tickets from $25. For more information, call (407) 646-2182. HOORAY FOR LOVE! 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. A onenight only fundraising event! This 90-minute musical celebration of love songs features the dynamic vocal duo of Natalie Cordone and Shawn Kilgore with their swinging trio of jazz musicians. The sing ing pair met ve years ago while performing on The Playhouse Mainstage in the Tony Awardwinning musical Baby. They will perform popular romantic songs made famous through the ages. Net proceeds will support the quality musical programming on the Playhouse Mainstage and out in the community. Tickets are $65. For more information, call (407) 645-0145.SUNDAY, MARCH 4BACH, BRAHMS, AND BRUCKNER 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Knowles Memorial Chapel, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. The Bach Festival choir, orchestra and soloists will perform a collection of shorter but signicant master pieces led by conductorJohn V. Sinclair. Enjoy music written by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner. Tickets from $25. For more information, call (407) 6462182.MONDAY, MARCH 5MAITLAND STAGE BAND CONCERT 8 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Maitland Stage Band returns to the Bamboo. Cost is $15 for a seat or $20 for a table seat. For more information, visit BlueBamboo ArtCenter.com.FRIDAY, MARCH 1659TH WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 16; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in Central Park, Winter Park. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nations most prestigious outdoor art festivals. Each year, more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. Expect to see dazzling sculpture and glass for the big pocketbook as well as smaller works to please just about anyone. Enjoy Friday nights jazz concert, childrens workshop village and school art exhibits, and great food and sidewalk cafes. Please be sure to leave your dogs at home when you visit the festival, because they are not allowed to enter the event. For more information, call (407) 644-7207.ONGOINGCURATOR TOURS OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANYS LAURELTON HALL 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Learn more about Louis Comfort Tianys Long Island estate with a Morse curator. Space is limited and there are no advance reservations. Free with admission. For more information, call (407) 645-5311. GALLERY TALKS ON REVIVAL AND REFORM ECLECTICISM IN THE 19TH CENTURY ENVIRONMENT 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Learn more about the rich diversity of styles, especially in leaded-glass windows, that made up the visual environment of the late-19th century in Europe and America. Space is limited and there are no advance reservations. Free with admission. For more information, call (407) 645-5311. GALLERY TALK ON CELEBRATING 75 YEARS PATHWAYS OF AMERICAN ART AT THE MORSE MUSEUM 11a.m. Fridays at the Morse Museum, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Learn about the more than 60 objects in the exhibition, which include paintings, pottery, art glass, and works on paper. Together the works reect the range of the Morses collection and the values of the Museum. Free with admission. For more information, call (407) 645-5311.THIS WEEK File photo
ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 3 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORIn Christmas, Florida, a young lady is living the small-town life of many like herself. Looking to take over the family restaurant after gradua tion, she has her plans set in place until a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presents itself. The summer before her senior year of high school, she gets accepted into a prestigious theater camp and from there, her entire world perspective opens up and everything she had planned goes up in the air. What happens next, well, youll just have to read for yourself, when Orlandos Lauren Gibaldis new book, This Tiny Perfect World, makes it debut. Its considered young adult, as the protagonist is a teenager and all the problems are teenagery problems if you will, Gibaldi said. The roles of teens as central figures is something that pops up in Gibaldis published work, which includes her two other books The Night We Said Yes and Autofocus. As a librarian at the Alafaya branch of the Orange County Library System and as a former high school teacher, Gibaldi has worked with teenagers every day for years. Those daily experiences inspired her to write about the transformative years that come with becoming an adult. Its a really interesting time when someone is figuring out who they are and who they want to become,Gibaldi said. We might laugh and be like, Oh theyre having boy problems; thats nothing. But I remember being 16, and having boy problems is really important to you or having family problems, or not knowing where you want to go to college all of these things are really big. Despite being in high school several years ago, the problems are still the same, she said. Gibaldi even takes into account her own life when she was a teenager as inspiration with her work reading the old journals she has kept from those awkward highschool years. Although technology advances and new variables play their roles, the issues faced by teenagers are still basically the same as those that she and everyone else has faced, she said. You can kind of get how real everything feels, Gibaldi said. Its raw and interesting, and I want teens to know that its OK and that weve been there, and that it gets better. The process of writing the book and publishing it has been a twoyear long adventure for Gibadli. It all started with an idea and approval from her editor. From there, it took between four to six months to finish the first draft. It used to take only one to two months for that first draft, but having kids slowed that down. After months of editing and rewriting, Gibaldi brought on a literary agent to help with final edits before shipping it out to dif ferent publishers. Gibaldis book was picked up by HarperCollins one of the worlds biggest publishers. To celebrate the book, Gibaldi has planned a small release party at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Barley & Vine Biergarten, before she makes a few different trips to festivals in Tennessee and New York. She will return home in April for the Orlando Book Festival. Although she is a family woman now and works hard at the library job she loves, Gibaldi said she doesnt have plans to drop writing any time soon if ever. Theres too much of an adrenaline rush to stop. There is a certain amount of excitement every time you see your book published or you get the final copy, and Id like to just keep experiencing that, honestly, Gibaldi said. I still think that it is a miracle that I am published, so every time it happens is thrilling and amazing I just want to keep doing it. FORMATIVE YEARSIF YOU GOTHIS TINY PERFECT WORLD RELEASE PARTY WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, WHERE: Barley & Vine Biergarten, 2406 E. Washington St., Orlando WEBSITE: laurengibaldi. comOrange County librarian and author Lauren Gibaldis newest book, This Tiny Perfect World, draws inspiration from the emotion-packed teenage years.You can kind of get how real everything feels. Its raw and interesting, and I want teens to know that its OK and that weve been there, and that it gets better. LAUREN GIBALDI Lauren Gibaldi explores the world of a small-town teen in her newest book.
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268630 The art hangs from a wall not far from one of the security screening areas, in a hallway that leads to the airports recently constructed automated people mover complex and a future south terminal. Im honored to have it in here, Sorensen said. Itll be here for posterity, so my children will always remember Orlando as their home with this piece. Its almost like a commemorative piece for my family. The sculpture, titled Ripples, is made up of several aluminum pipes that were cut in half, twisted and bent into wavy shapes, and painted white on a wooden board. Sorensen said the work, which was originally on display at the Mennello Museum of American Art last fall, was inspired by the way water in a lake or an ocean dances on its own. One of the things I see is that Orlando is scattered with lakes and water, Sorensen said. My piece addresses the gorgeous water we have. When I look at the surface of water, I see movement. I see action. I see dancing on top of the water. The art, installed in late October 2017, continues the theme in the Orlando International Airport of works that are inspired by Central Florida. Sorensens piece is one of the latest out of hundreds of original creations that hang from the walls at the facility. But theres more that goes into choosing art for an airport than one might think, said Carolyn Fennell, senior director of public affairs with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. The key is, one, celebrating local artists that fit the theme, that have a national reputation, said Fennell, who saw Sorensens piece in the Mennello Museum and thought it was a perfect addition. Its also calming. We use art for way-finding, for anxiety reduction and for just a sense of value and culture to highlight the region. We use art in many ways. Sorensen has been creating art since she was 20 years old and studied art at the University of Wisconsin. She has a history of working with clay and ceramics, but recently began to incorporate other materials such as metal and wood. These materials have a far more permanent quality that appeals to her, she said. This, for me, was just a natural transition to new material, Sorensen said. I really treated this very much like clay. This par ticular metal that I chose has little lines in it. It somehow emphasis the form and the shape more. You can see the swoops. Its wonderful to see the citys local airport embracing the arts and putting it on display, Sorensen said. By honoring art, it introduces people to Orlando and gives a sense that we are a cultural community, she said. Sorensen said she plans to create more works similar to Ripples in an ongoing series. HEADLINE: Art as you depart PULL: CUTLINES: Tim Freed By honoring art, it introduces people to Orlando and gives a sense that we are a cul tural community. Barbara SorensenThe sculpture, titled Ripples, was created from several aluminum pipes.Concourse creativityCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 5 OrangeObserver.com
6 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORA new exhibition arriving at a Winter Park gallery hopes to send one positive message when it opens next month: the impact of female artists across the globe. The exhibition, titled Certainty of the Tides, will open with a kickoff event at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at AXIOM Fine Art Consultings gallery, 268 W. New England Ave. AXIOM is a consulting busi ness that helps art collectors with everything from budgeting to long-term goals. Art lovers and curious residents alike will have a chance to view works by artists PJ Svejda and Madison Bloch, both female artists that communicate in completely different styles. Bloch, an artist from New York, uses an abstract style to create paintings and floor sculptures, while Svejda, who lives in Maitland, chooses to express her ideas with a literal, in-your-face style of painting, gallery director Sor cha Baty said. I think its just so inspiring to see people really articulate their most authentic selves in their work, Baty said. Theyre putting together a completely original collection for this show, so I want people to see what theyve been working on. These two women both share very similar things, but the way that they approach it and the way that they reflect it is going to be on display, she said. The exhibition is meant to celebrate the contributions of female artists everywhere tying in directly with March, which is Womens History Month, Baty said. It speaks to a longstanding reality of inequality between men and women, she said. Not only are we examin ing now the way that women are being treated in the differ ent marches that are happening around inequality in the work place, but we also have to look at the inequality in the arts world, as well, Baty said. You have so many amazing female artists who do not get the same recognition as their male counterparts. You have a lot of fantastic female art collectors who in their art collections have a lot more men than they have women. It seems that across the board, that women and female artists are not getting the same recognition and theyre only seen more as the subject of works than they are actually being credited for creating. AXIOM, which opened last August, acquired the space for a gallery next door at the begin ning of the year, when the former Capricci Ricci Salon left. Baty said she hopes this first exhibition held at the gallery space will open the doors for more collaboration with artists and local nonprof its in the area. AXIOM is planning to have four different shows throughout each year, she said. Its a space that gives artists the opportunity to share their message and their hard work with the community, AXIOM art consultant Chris Jones said. It brings a fresh fine art to the area. I think its more fine art than the big box stores or a gallery that has a specific character. We really want to support the fine arts. In addition to the positive message the gallery brings, Baty said she hopes visitors walk away with a gallery experience that was welcoming, inclusive and approachable. I know that a lot going on with art galleries theyre kind of intimidating and art is very intimidating, Baty said. My dad is one who doesnt go into art galleries, because he feels like hes not going to understand what makes this a good piece. The Certainty of the Tides exhibition is scheduled to run through June 30. A panel featur ing Maria Guerrero of Women in the Arts, Dr. Ruth Edwards of the Winter Park Public Library and Tiffany Sanders of the Downtown Arts District of Orlando also is being planned for a date in early May during the run of the exhibition.Certainty of the Tides exhibition to open at AXIOM IF YOU GOCERTAINTY OF THE TIDESWHEN: Kicko event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, march 15. The exhibition will be open Tuesdays through Satur days through June 30. WHERE: AXIOM Fine Art Consultings gallery, 268 W. New England Ave., Winter Park INFORMATION: Sorcha Baty, (407) 543-2550 The exhibition will feature work from two female artists, PJ Svejda and Madison Bloch. New York-based artist Madison Bloch has much to say through her art and uses an abstract style. Maitland artist PJ Svejda uses a very literal style in her paintings, which often speak to social and political issues.I think its just so inspiring to see people really articulate their most authentic selves in their work. Sorcha Baty, AXIOM gallery director
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The longest-running multicultural song and dance company in the United States comes to Orlando in its recordbreaking 81st season to offer audiences a whirlwind tour of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Hungary, Greece, Spain and the Dance of the Gypsy Roma. Created in 1937 by Dr. Lester Pierce, the group was well received by Pittsburghs diverse ethnic communities. Pierce negotiated an arrangement with Duquesne University including a work scholarship program, and the tradition of The Tamburitzans began. Over the years, The Tamburitzans have recorded albums and toured nationally and internationally, performing music and dance mainly fromthe folk cultures of Eastern Europe. Affectionately known as The Tammies, their blend of intricate and historical costuming, precise footwork, and youthful energy has long been a trademark of their concerts, which immediately turn audiences into fans. This seasons traveling show is titled The Journey of Our Ancestors and celebrates the world cultures brought to our country through immigration. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.2 MY SINATRA STARRING CARY HOFFMAN2 and 8 p.m. March 10 at the Bob Carr Theater. Singing sensation and historian Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS Special into a biographical often funny and more often poignant one-man musical about his love and idolization of his hero Frank Sinatra. Hoffman includes the perils of wanting to become somebody else in two special performances in which Hoffman joins the Orlando Philharmonic in his intimate journey. Hoffman grew up fatherless with three musician uncles who played on some of Sinatras greatest recordings. This association led to Sinatra becoming young Hoffmans fantasy father, with Hoffmans creative obsession eventually leading to what the New York Times calls Hoffmans Dead On! re-creation of the Sinatra experience. Hoffmans OffBroadway show presents more than 20 classic Sinatra songs in an unforgettable musical score that honors a performer whose talent changed the lives of three generations of Americans. That legacy led to the PBS special seen by more than two million viewers. On March 10, the Orlando Philharmonic invites you to see this performance live. Call (407) 770-0071 or visit orlandophil.org. 3 THE GRADUATEThrough March 12 at the Breakthrough Theater. Every visit to the Breakthrough Theater of Winter Park is a lesson in stage technique. This busy theater is home to one of the areas smallest stages on which Director Wade Hair presents some of the areas most ambitious performances. Recently, Terry Johnsons stage adaptation of The Graduate opened on this little stage that can. Based on the novel and the iconic film from 1967, The Graduate is a bitterly funny, dark comedy full of rapid-fire dialogue between fascinatingly dangerous characters. Considering the size of the stage, there is something about this close-up live theater experience that makes this exploration of dysfunctional families, crumbling marriages and the nave, but disillusioned, younger characters even more frightening than the original movie. The lead character (the role that made Dustin Hoffman a star), is forced to grow up fast in the swinging affluence of Southern California of the 1960s. Note: Adult themes with parental discretion advised. Call (407) 920-4034 or visit break throughtheatre.com.4 EXTREME DINOSAURSThrough October on International Drive. You dont have to be a kid to be excited about getting up close and personal with a dinosaur. A new tourist exhibition on International Drive, Extreme Dinosaurs offers guests a fullsized Jurassic Park-like view of prehistoric life on our planet with a full-size Tyrannosaurus Rex. Including 15 animated models, five skeletal replicas and sound loud dinosaur roars computers control the animatronic dinosaurs, synchronizing the movement and sounds for each dinosaur in a dynamic, immersive environment. The combination of animatronic dinosaurs, skeletons, fossils, historical content and interactive consoles allows guests to learn about dinosaurs at each interactive station. With scenes that tell stories of the predator/prey relationships that existed when these prehistoric creatures lived, we stop to wonder who was the predator, and who was the prey? Some answers will surprise you (and your young ones). Located at 7220 International Drive in Orlando. Call 888-501-3466 or visit dinosorlando.com.5 CITY OF WINTER PARKS 40TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE2 p.m. March 4 on Park Avenue. The city of Winter Park and the St. Patricks Day Parade Committee will present the 40th annual Winter Park St. Patricks Day Parade, the only St. Patricks Day Parade in Central Florida. Tis the wearin of the green we be talkin about, so wear some green (or you might get pinched) as you gather family and friends to enjoy the festivities honoring Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Having spent six years of his youth in slavery in Ireland, Patrick returned in his 30s as a Christian missionary among the Celtic pagans who worshipped idols and unclean things. The Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland because St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the Celts. With more than 75 groups, floats and organizations, the parade begins at the Winter Park Country Club and proceeds south on Park Avenue. The celebration then continues with Irish music and stepdancing on the main stage in Central Park. For information, call (386) 785-6965. JOSH RECOMMENDSJOSH GARRICK Josh Garrick, a West Orange resident, is a ne-art photog rapher, writer and curator. He holds a masters degree in ne arts from Columbia University. He was the rst non-Greek artist in history to exhibit in the National Archaeological Museum of Greece. In Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer named June 27 as Josh Garrick Day in perpetuity. Courtesy The Tambuitzans: The Journey of Our Ancestors will be performed March 9, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM THIS WEEK: Heart of Florida United Way: Women United Luncheon. 9 Harrys Styles: Boris Garbes garb. 10-11 Hundreds of glamorous guests turned out for Seminole State Colleges 2018 Dream Gala Saturday, Feb. 24. Held at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, the annual fundraiser benets programs and benets for Seminole State students. Gala attendees bid on items at the silent and live auctions and tried their luck with a car rae. The events band played recognizable tunes from the James Bond series throughout the night. HARRY SAYERDREAMcome true Eric and Heather Boughman and Jennifer Ferguson and Jim Vickaryous. Tanya and Wayne Easterling were a nelydressed pair. Danielle and Bill Nolan were a glamorous duo. Shane and Lauren Burnsed enjoyed the event with Kendall and Je Tucker. Event emcee Jorge Estevez and Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan had some fun before the show began. Lauren Thronson and Adam Roseneld dressed up nicely. ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com
BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 9 OrangeObserver.comREAL BLACK TIE Heart of Florida United Way Women United Luncheon Hundreds of women gathered Thursday, Feb. 22, for an afternoon of food, networking and support ing education and literacy initiatives dur ing the Women United Luncheon. Held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, the luncheon is an event held by the Heart of Florida United Way organization, Central Floridas largest supporter of local healthand human-service agencies. All proceeds from the luncheon will benet Women Uniteds education and literacy initiatives, such as funding digital libraries for three dierent schools. DANIELLE HENDRIX Left to right: Giselle Allen, Brittany Cooke and Nancy Pazos. Lisa Hultquist, Liefke Myers, Laureen Martinez, Jill Swidler, Sheena Fowler and Tracy Turk coordinated in pink and black. Keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs talked about her newest book, The Hello Girls. Left: Je Hagward, president and CEO of Heart of Florida United Way, brought McKayla on stage to talk about her love for reading. Mae Ashby and Charmaine DeGlas enjoyed catching up with each other. Gayle Coutant, Megan Smith and Cindy Francis volunteered at the luncheon. Christina Criser, Stephanie Coln, Sarah Massey, Trish Buchanan and Melissa Bornmann looked lovely.
10 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 OrangeObserver.com ORLANDO BALLETS FIRSTFAMILY WEEKEND Arcadian BroadsPURCHASE ADancers: Kate-Lynn Robichaux (USA), Daniel Benavides (USA) Photography by Michael Cairns 2018 20 18 DrPhillipsCenter.org 844.513.2014 OrlandoBallet.org LIVE MUSICby Arts & Cultural Affairs 268536 There are two Boris Garbes. Hell be the first to tell you that, of course. One is Boris the Person a 52-year old gay man born in Berlin, Ger many who has spent 37 years in Winter Park. This Boris was a teacher for 15 years before trying his luck as a Realtor (a pretty bad one, if you hear him tell it). He dressed fine but certainly nothing that stands out. While he was teaching Spanish through sign language, he stuck to his polos and slacks. You know, as teachers do. Then you have Boris the Curator the hyper-energetic personality who now runs the Art Gallery at Mills Park and loves wearing wild, paint-spattered suits that are impossible to ignore. This Boris runs back and forth in his lobby, spins around to try out a different but equally flashy outfit, jumps up on a couch to pose for a few seconds before hopping down to check on his dachshund, Lump. You have to be a character to deal with (the arts world), Garbe said. You have to be outrageous. Its a role he has relished for the past five years, and that enthusiasm is infectious.PUT ON A SHOWThe man has a low tolerance for boredom in the art world. He actually used to hate going to art galleries. (Curators) would be giving a tour, and theyd say Well as you know, in the 17th century Well I didnt know that, you just made me feel stupid! Garbe said. Instead, Garbe tries to do the opposite. When someones at one of my functions, I want to break down the barrier between you and me, Garbe said. Hes good at that. Its often hard to keep up with him literally. While showing me around the lobby, were walking forward, backward, hes jumping on the couch, back down, HARRYS STYLES BORIS GARBE Curator of The Art Gallery at Mills ParkThe Winter Park/Maitland Observer is proud to present the rst edition of the Harrys Styles column. Well be taking a look at the elegant and extravagant fashions in the Black Tie community that give the Central Florida social scene so much heart.
BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 11 OrangeObserver.com 268632 268541Dont miss this opportunity to reach over 26,500 readers each week!Take advantage, space is limited and will sell out quickly.The Observer will highlight the best of Winter Park through its new weekly Arts & Culture section. Announcing Winter Park / Maitland Observer For more information or to advertise, contact Publisher Jackie Fanara at 407-401-9929 or email jfanara@OrangeObserver.com standing on the giant chair, running to the stairs, and on and on. As far as tours go, its a blitz. The rooms become his jungle gym and his obvious excitement about it all (Lets go upstairs! There are Dr. Evil swivel chairs!) makes the whole experience a lot more fun. Which leads us to his clothes. Garbe is fond of the outfits he wears to art galleries bright, multi-colored jackets and dress pants with the most intricate and out-there designs youll see this side of a circus ringmaster. Some have Native American and Christian iconography, others are spattered with every color in the rainbow. One thing is for sure theyre impossible to miss. When you wear one, you feel all the eyes on you, Garbe said They all come from the same man Daniel Chimowitz, a San Francisco-based designer who comes up with the garbs that Garbe loves to wear. The pair had something of a meet-cute in Miami; after running into one another on the street, they came to an agreement through which Garbe would show off Chimow itzs clothes at his functions. Garbe is, in their eyes, walking art. Garbe calls the clothing his warrior capes they make him feel strong. I never would have worn these (clothes) five years ago, he said. Now, I cant imagine wear ing anything else. HARRY SAYER (Curators) would be giving a tour, and theyd say Well as you know, in the 17th century Well I didnt know that, you just made me feel stupid! When someones at one of my functions, I want to break down the barrier between you and me. Boris Garbe
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