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Winter Park resident chasing county mayors seatVOLUME 30, NO. 12 YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. ObserverWINTER PARK/ MAITLANDFREE FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 Police investigate bomb threat at Fiddlers Green PubHARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTER Winter Park law enforcement responded to a bomb threat at the Fiddlers Green Irish Pub & Eatery on Friday, March 16. Fiddlers Green employees received an anonymous call Friday afternoon informing them The incident occurred the afternoon before St. Patricks Day. SEE UNLUCKY PAGE 4 WINTER PARK HOSPITAL STARTING COMMUNITY GARDENRipe tomatoes, crunchy let tuce and sweet carrots are just a few of the nutritious foods that will be growing in Winter Parks newest community garden. Winter Park Memorial Hospital and urban agriculture program Fleet Farming are teaming up to plant a fruit and vegetable garden at the hospital to meet a signicant community need: food insecurity. Produce harvested from the garden will be donated to underserved patients who are discharged from the hospital and seniors who are shut-in and live within three YOUR TOWN Rob Panepinto hopes to be the next mayor of Orange County.TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORA Winter Park resident is looking for your vote, believing he brings the skill set to be Orange Countys next mayor. Rob Panepinto is knocking on doors and talking with residents as he continues his campaign for the Orange County seat. He faces a range of candidates that includes Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orange County Commissioner SEE PANEPINTO PAGE 4 SEE GARDEN PAGE 4 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival PAGE B4. CREATIVETWISTArtwork of every medium was on display at this years Sidewalk Art Festival.Photos by Troy HerringVisitors enjoyed a large sculpture piece that stood tall in Central Park. Small works of art by Richard Cooley were placed on shelves to be shown o.


2 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 270404 Rosa Bachrach & Greg VazzanaRealtors515 W. Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789 Call or text 407.721.7622 321.947.7218 ILoveWinterPark.com1515 Nottingham St. Orlando, FL 328034 Bedrooms and 3 Baths plus Ofce and Bonus RoomTraditional home with fabulous curb appeal. Home backs up to Mead Gardens. Family room with replace and french doors opens to the kitchen. Screened pool and ample covered porch perfect for relaxing. Close to Florida Hospital, and Loch Haven cultural corridor. Convenient to Downtown Orlando/Winter Park. Beautifully maintained, ready for a doctor or professional. Asking Price: $949,000 Open HouseSunday, March 25th | 2-4 pm WINTER PARKSATURDAY, MARCH 24 ZIMMERMAN KISER SUT CLIFFE WINTER PARK ROAD RACE 7 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park. Join Track Shack for the 41st annual Zimmerman Kiser Sutclie Winter Park Road Race. Take a break from your average 5K with a 10K, two-mile, Distance Dare and kids run the whole family can participate in. Run or walk through beautiful, neighborhood friendly Winter Park.This event sold out last year, so register soon. Event highlights include chip-timed races, nishers medal to 10K participants and access to Florida Hospital experts. Cost is $28 to $83. For more information, call (407) 896-1160. TRISMEN PARK WORKDAY 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Satur day, March 24, at Trismen Park, 231 Brewer Ave., Winter Park. Activities at this workday might include but are not limited to weeding, mulching, and planting stooping, kneeling and bending. Meet at the park by 8:30 a.m. Gardening supplies and water will be provided. Remember to take a reusable water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes, hats and long pants. For more information, call (407) 599-3364. To register, visit: city-of-winter-park-sustainability-program-5593791349 TUESDAY, MARCH 27 15TH ANNUAL TREES FOR PEACE TREE PLANTING PROJECT 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Howell Branch Preserve, 1205 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park. The City of Winter Park and the Multifaith Education Project announce the 15th annual Trees For Peace Inter faith Tree Planting Project. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will be led by Debbie Medina, director of the Multifaith Education Project. More than 50 students and faculty representing The Geneva School, Jewish Academy of Or lando and Leaders Preparatory School, will join together to plant trees for peace. For more infor mation, call (407) 599-3334. SATURDAY, MARCH 31 64TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the West Meadow in Winters Parks Central Park. The City of Winter Park is holding its 64th annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with an ocial starting signal. Children with special needs are also encouraged to join in the fun. More than 14,000 stued eggs will be placed throughout the park, and every child will leave with an Easter egg. New this year, is the addition of an Easter Kids Zone that will open when the egg hunt concludes. Winter Parks annual Easter Egg Hunt is the citys longest running community event. For more information regarding the City of Winter Parks 64th annual Easter Egg Hunt, call (407) 599-3463.MAITLANDFRIDAY, MARCH 23 YOGA AT THE MAITLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY 4:30 p.m. every Friday at Mait land Public Library, 501 Maitland Ave. S., Maitland. Let Jenny Blackburn help you destress from the week and refresh for the weekend. Take your own mat, towel and water bottle. For more information, call (407) 647-7700. SUNDAY, MARCH 25 MAITLAND FARMERS MAR KET 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. Browse through a section of fresh produce and other items at this weekly farmers market in Maitland. For more information, visit Maitland Farmers Market on Facebook. THURSDAY, MARCH 29 MEMBER HAPPENING! SIP N SNACK: TREATS TO SAT ISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH! 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Whole Family Healthcare, 1201 Louisiana Ave. Suite E, Winter Park. This months Sip N Snack features treats to satisfy your sweet tooth: cold brew cocktail, vegan blueberry cheesecake and more. Sign up for the rae to win great prizes, as well. RSVP to (407) 6442990 or NBrogan@WholeFamilyHealthcare.comORLANDOFRIDAY, MARCH 23 STORYBOOK FUN 10:30 to 11 a.m. every Friday and Saturday at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5, Story book Fun lasts 25 minutes. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play. For more information, call (407) 835-7323. SATURDAY, MARCH 24 YOGA AT BARLEY AND VINE BIERGARTEN 11 a.m. every Saturday at Barley and Vine Biergarten, 2406 E. Washington St., Orlando. Look ing for a mix of beer and yoga? Join an hourlong yoga practice with a carton of water and craft beer for $10. For more information, call (407) 930-0960.COLLEGE PARKSUNDAY, MARCH 25 COLLEGE PARK FARMERS MARKET 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday at Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. Browse local produce and goods at this dogfriendly farmers market in College Park every week. For more information, visit facebook. com/TheCollegeParkFarmersMarket/ MONDAY, MARCH 26 FENCING CLASSES 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the College Park Community Center, 2393 Elizabeth Ave., Orlando. Join this developmental and instructional class that teaches the fundamentals of fencing. A fencing class for youth is also available from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays. Cost is $10 per class. For more information, call (407) 246-4447. YOUR CALENDAR


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 3 HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERFor over 10 years, the Baldwin Park Elementary School garden hasnt really had its time in the sun. But thats about to change. The school garden is in the midst of a massive overhaul. The existing layout will be removed and replaced with 11 new garden beds, as well as a possible outdoor class area complete with benches. Its going to be a really great garden area for the school to use, says Drew Byrne, chairperson of the schools garden committee. Getting to this point has been a long time coming. PTA par ents had been asking about what was to be done about the gar den for some time, according to PTA President Stephanie Harley. Baldwin Park Elementary teach ers had been taking care of the garden, originally an Eagle Scout project, on their off-time. The PTA then assumed responsibility at the beginning of the school year. Byrne figured shed be a perfect fit for the initiative she graduated from the the University of Idaho with a bachelors degree in plant sciences. The garden had been abandoned, Byrne says. We had a company come in and fill it with soil and plant a few different crops for us (at the start of the 2017 school year). It proved to be something of a false start. The new garden was torn apart by Hurricane Irma in September. Rather than trying to salvage the remains, the club decided to rip everything out and start over. The new plan is to have a year-round, self-sustaining garden that even will have students and children in the community tend to the garden over the summer, according to committee co-chair and avid gardener Mireya Booher. The project is in its infancy, with a handful of students and honor-roll volunteers helping bring the garden to life. Every day, members water the crops and rip out any weeds encroaching on the plants. The club recently harvested their first real crop, consisting of tomatoes, kale, lettuce, radishes and more, and used them to make gourmet salads to sell at the Winter Park Farmers Market. They also share their harvest with the schools teachers. Byrnes two children, Avery and Harper Erb, attend Baldwin Park Elementary and do their part as well. Their mom is in charge of the garden, Byrne says. They have to help out, whether they like it or not. Avery, 9, has fun with the daily work. Her favorite vegetables to water and harvest are radishes and lettuce. Its just fun to see all the stuff we harvest, Avery says. The radishes are fun to pull out. I like to see what we can grow. The club also is looking at ways to integrate the garden into the schools curriculums through mathematics in weighing soil or using the scenery for paint class. We think its important that kids know where their food comes from, Byrne says. A few of them have said they think their food just comes from Publix. According to Harley, each gar den bed costs around $500. She says the PTA already has raised $10,000 to go toward the initia tive and is looking into grants for more. The team currently is look ing into outdoor area designs at schools across the country. One of the PTA parents is an architect who helped with a possible design for the garden. Some schools have pergolas built over the benches; some schools have a big hydroponic systems (for the plants), theres so many great things we could do, Byrne says. But it all depends on the funds. If we dont have the funds, well scale back. Byrne is patient and is hopeful that the fruits of their labor will come by the fall. Hopefully by the new school year, well have the new beds installed, she says. August and September is a great time to start gardening. 259851 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE, MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 THE DEATH OF STALINStarring Steve Buscemi and Jerey Tambor Fri Sun: 3:45PM, 6:30PM, 9:15PM Mon & Thurs: 6:30PM, 9:15PM Tues: 6PM Wed: 9:30PMCult Classics / Science on Screen: THE BLACK HOLEIn Partnership with the Smithsonian InstituteTues: 8:30PM2018 Florida Film FestivalApril 6th 15th Tickets on Sale Now!Browse the program and learn more at FloridaFilmFestival.comEaster Egg Hunt & Brunch featuring THE MUPPETSMore info at Enzian.orgSun, April 1st at 10:30AM HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTEROne of Maitlands top elected officials has entered the Florida House race. Lawyer and Maitland Vice Mayor Joy Goff-Marcil has entered the Florida House 30 District race. The district envelopes Winter Park, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Goldenrod and other Central Florida municipalities. What got me interested to begin with is that Ive lived in this district my whole life, GoffMarcil said. An attorney specializing in probate and wills, Goff-Marcil was raised in Maitland and graduated from Winter Park High School. She received her political science degree from Florida State University and earned her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University. She was first elected to the Maitland City Council in 2013 and was re-elected in 2016. The folowing year, she was chosen to be vice mayor by her peers. She filed for her candidacy as a Democrat and is in the midst of fundraising for the primary in August and the election in November. She is not the first in her fam ily to run for higher office both her father and sister have run for house positions in Florida and New Jersey, respectively. In the back of my mind, I always thought I might run for office, she said. Im always thinking OK, if we do this, what will be the implication of this, what will be the ramifications to the people under this law?HOME RULEAs with many of her peers in local government, Goff-Marcil has taken umbrage with several legislative choices made by the state government its a big part of what made her want to run for state office. (While on Maitland City Council) I saw how the state gov ernment was taking away the power from the local government with various bills they were try ing to pass, she said. They just kept taking away (local government) control, and that gave me inspiration to run. Theyve been doing it every year, and it seems like theyre closer and closer to taking away our home rule. Goff-Marcil is a proponent of the home rule for local government, which gives more control to local municipalities over the Florida Legislature. Both Winter Park and Maitland recently opposed state bills pre-empting control over tree removal. We as a city are very proud of our tree canopies, she said. We work really hard to take care of them and are also reasonable with them. It was just infuriating that (some state legislators) would think they could do a better job than us. For Goff-Marcil, a serious issue for the Sunshine State is a lack of education funding. As a mom, Ive watched state legislature take away funding from public schools, and Ive been very concerned about that, Goff-Marcil said. Discouraging teachers, making them teach to the test. She said protecting the districts wetlands and overall environmental health were a focus for her during her time on Maitland council and that would continue if she was elected. Goff-Marcil said she was also invested in pursuing sensible gun control across the aisle. Maitlands Joy Go-Marcil enters Florida House raceMaitlands vice mayor recently led for her candidacy. Joy Go-Marcil is hoping to win the Florida House 30 district race. Courtesy photo Baldwin Park Elementary starting new school gardenBaldwin Park Elementary School has some big plans for its school garden.Harry SayerBaldwin Park Elementary students have been working hard to bring the school garden to life.


4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 miles of the hospital. In Central Florida, one in six people turns to local charitable food assistance programs, according to the latest gures from Second Harvest Food Bank. Food insecurity can have a big impact on health, as certain ailments and chronic diseases can be directly linked to malnourishment. Fleet Farming is an innovative farming model that is changing the way communities eat by providing knowledge and education about sustainable farming and by installing micro-farms in front yards. 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 HayekRoad to Serfdom, 1944 WINTER PARK/MAITLAND Observer 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. All Rights ReservedObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life Magazine, Season MagazineOrangeObserver.comWINTER PARK/ MAITLAND OBSERVER The Winter Park/Maitland Observer (USPS #00-6186) is published by the Observer Media Group, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, Fl., 32789. Periodical postage paid at Winter Park, Florida. POSTMASTER send address changes to the Winter Park/ Maitland Observer, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, FL, 32789.TO ADVERTISEFor display or digital advertising, call Publisher Jackie Fanara at (407) 401-9929. For classied advertising, call (407) 401-9929. Our fax number is (407) 656-6075.LEGAL ADVERTISINGTo place a legal notice for Orange County, please call Kim Martin at (407) 654-5500 or email to US YOUR NEWSLet us know about your events, celebrations and achievements. Send your infor mation via email to Michael Eng, meng@ Mailed letters must be typed and include the authors signature and phone number. Letters to the editor are subject to editing.TO SUBSCRIBEThe Winter Park/Maitland Observer is published weekly, on Fridays. Subscriptions are $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County). To subscribe for mailed home delivery, call (407) 401-9929; email to; visit; or visit our oce, 180 S. Knowles, Winter Park, FL, 32789. Publisher / Jackie Fanara, Executive Editor / Michael Eng, Design Editor / Jessica Eng, Associate Editor / Troy Herring, Associate Editor / Tim Freed, Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, Black Tie Reporter / Harry Sayer, Multimedia Sales Executive / Laura Rubio, Administrative Assistant / Janice Carrion, Creative Services Administrator / Marjorie Holloway, Creative Services Coordinator / Christine Galan, Advertising Graphic Designers / Thom Gravelle, Shawna Polana, Luis Trujillo, Allison Wampolethere was a possible bomb on the roof of the West Fairbanks Avenue establishment. The Winter Park Police Department was contacted and responded before calling in the Orlando Fire Department bomb squad to inspect the loca tion. They checked the roof with a drone and then sent someone up, Lt. John Montgomery of the Winter Park Police Department said. Nothing was discovered. Once the roof was cleared, they checked the building and nothing was found. Montgomery was unsure of the reasoning for the call but said it was possible the caller was directly involved. I would assume that someone called in saying it was on the roof, he said. I dont know if they saw it or (were) the perpetrator of it. It would be hard to see something on the roof and know what it is unless you either were the one who put it there or did the false reporting. Or you had a drone. Winter Park police shut down the streets surrounding Fiddlers Green for OFDs bomb squad unit to inspect the area. When theres a bomb situation, we traditionally use the Orlando Fire Department; they have a bomb squad unit, Montgomery said. They have a lot of support vehicles with them. Our patrol division was there, as well. Law enforcement responded to the possible threat Friday after noon as the first day of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was coming to a close. Montgomery said given that Fiddlers Green is located where Orange, Fairbanks and Pennsylvania avenues come together, the bomb threat caused major disruptions to local traffic. Shutting the roadways down around that business, especially at that time of day, is going to cause some pretty significant traffic issues, he said. Fortunately we had enough units to shut (parts of Orange, Fairbanks, Pennsylvania and Holt avenues) down and we got it back up as quickly as we could. According to Montgomery, traffic was heavily congested for a time but eventually worked its way out and the last patrol cars left the scene close to 7 p.m. He was satisfied with his officers response time for the incident. Someone called in there was a bomb, they called us, we came over, we shut it down, looked, couldnt find one, cleared the building, opened it back up, he said. I wouldnt say this kind of thing is rare, but we dont get a lot of these.Unlucky threat closes roadways around local pub CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Pete Clarke, Jose Datil Colom and Robert Edward Melanson. But what is it about the Winter Park resident that sets him apart? Panepinto said its his broad range of experiences and skills both in the private sector and the public sector that makes him the best choice for the job.BACKGROUNDPanepinto previously was part of the founding executive team for Connextions, helping it grow from a small manufacturing and logistics company to a leader in healthcare technology and business processing solutions with more than 5,000 employees. Today, he works as the president of Florentine Strategies, which provides board support, strategic consulting and investment capital for healthcare, social enterprise and technology companies. I basically completely reoriented my time, and so my professional life became about helping other small businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly in the tech and healthcare space, grow their businesses through mentorship and through investment, Panepinto said. Im a real believer in the importance of entrepreneurship and small businesses to diversify growing our economy. The candidate also has a back ground in civic leadership, previously serving as the chair of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and currently serv ing as chair of the Central Florida Foundation, which tackles multiple social issues in the community like homelessness and continued support for those affected by the Pulse tragedy. Panepinto said his desire to run all stems from knowing that Orange County is a great place to live, but that it has room to be even better. Hes lived in Winter Park since 2011 but has worked and lived in the Orlando area since he moved here with his wife almost 25 years ago. Ive got two teenage daughters Ali is 16, Samantha is 14, Panepinto said. You start to see that theyre not going to be here forev er. In fact, with Ali, were looking at colleges. I do wonder whether they will want to come back here and build their families here and build a life. I think its a little bit up in the air, because there are some amazing things about this community but also some systemic challenges we need to address. I think how the next generation views this community will largely be based on the decisions that community and elected leaders make over the next 10 years, he said. That, for me, was really the driver to get into the race.THE ISSUESThe candidates priorities all start with a desire to improve the areas economy. The quantity of jobs is there, but there needs to be an increase in the quality, Panepinto said. Its about focusing on attracting new companies; supporting the existing small businesses, local entrepreneurs and high-growth companies; and increasing venture capital by attracting investors, he said. (We need) to make sure that as kids are coming out of the schools here that they (have) got quality jobs that they can go into, that as people are thinking of moving into this area we can attract talent because they know they can find a quality job here, Panepinto said. The diversification of our economy is definitely step one for me. Panepinto has said his campaign also has a significant focus on addressing the countys housing challenges in terms of affordability, expanding SunRails ser vice while helping get riders to the stations, and investing the right resources for first responders. When it comes to Winter Park, Panepinto said he wants to bolster the relationship between the county and all of the municipalities within it. Winter Park, to some extent, is an island and has a lot of positive things going for it, he said. Clearly we wrestle here with growth and the relative charm of the community. From the county mayor perspective in talking with Mayor (Steve) Leary and other folks that are politically engaged here I think the key is how can the county be a strong partner for Winter Park. My sense sometimes is that theres some separation between the individual municipalities and the county, but the reality is that the cities are all part of the county, he said. How are are we really supporting and helping each other? At the end of the day, Panepinto said he loves the Orange County area, and thats a huge part of why hes running for the mayors seat, he said. Theres a lot to do, and I think its a good time to roll up our sleeves and start to get this stuff done, he said. We have so much potential here were such a young community, were such a diverse community. I think weve got to harness that energy and the will to really solve some of these issues, otherwise I worry that were not going to quite reach this potential that we appropriately see for ourselves. The primary election for Orange County mayor is scheduled for Aug. 28, while the General Election is set for Nov. 6. We have so much potential here were such a young community, were such a diverse community. I think weve got to harness that energy and the will to really solve some of these issues; otherwise I worry that were not going to quite reach this potential that we appropriately see for ourselves. Rob PanepintoCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Photos by Tim FreedWinter Park resident Rob Panepinto hopes to be the next Orange County Mayor.Panepinto GardenCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 5 258963 April 8, 20188 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORWelcome to the Stellar Hangout, a place where aliens can hang out and grab a bite to eat while they enjoy a show. The Hangout is the place where a few E.T.s can kick back and relax as they take a break from their grand treasure hunt. Its also a place born from the creativity of a small group of humanoids at Killarney Elemen tary School on Planet Earth. The scene, story and costumes themselves were created and put together by the schools Odyssey of the Mind team which won first place in the Division 1 regional held at Edgewater High School on Feb. 24. I was in tears, said Susan Silverman, the teams coach and a fourth-grade teacher at the school. I was crying because we had been practicing and practicing and practicing, and that was actually the best they had ever done. They gave it all they got when it really mattered, and I was really proud of them. Odyssey of the Mind, which started in 1978, is a world-wide creative problem solving competition among participating middle and high schools. Each year schools get to pick from one of the five questions offered and explore it through analytical and creative means. So for this years competition, the program at Killarney picked a performance problem and were asked to create an eight-minute performance in the most creative way possible. If they go out and purchase costumes for their performance, they would score less points than if they were to make them out of unique recyclable materials the more creativity the better, Silverman said. In the problem there are specific guidelines they have to stick with, and from there they can get creative. Among the guidelines included were that there needed to be three aliens, but the third had to be created in some other way as in, not human. The students were also asked to create their own made-up food and develop a map that goes from 2D to 3D during the story. And the planning itself has been fairly long and thorough, with the group starting up their project back in October. They put in a lot of hard work just before the performance, Silverman said. I would say I had them meeting with me every single day for two-and-a-half weeks straight up until that Saturday, so they were very dedicated. The first-place finish is an impressive feat when you consider that this season of Odyssey of the Mind was only the schools second time competing. Two years ago the schools principal mentioned the program and asked if a teacher would be willing to help lead. After looking into the program and checking out the regional, Silverman decided to act. It was so amazing being around all of these children who were so focused and so energized to do well at something that they worked so hard on, Silverman said. Everyone is very creative and not judgmental in any way, because the more creativity the better. It was just so cool. In their first year of compe tition, Killarney finished an impressive sixth among 20 teams. Unlike last year, Killarney know finds themselves heading right down the road to take part in the state competition on April 14 on the campus of UCF. That competition will have around 50 teams, Silverman said. The next stage after states, should they qualify again, would be the worlds competition, which will be held in Iowa City at the University of Iowa. Although Silverman said she is looking forward to helping her students grow through this process, theres a lot more that The OdysseyKillarney Elementary Schools Odyssey of the Mind team took home rst place in regional competition.these kids can take away from the Odyssey competition. Theyre all such strong students so when you have seven leaders and everyone thinks their idea is the best, thats really what we had to spend a lot of our time and focus on, Silverman said. Really, what they gained the most from this is how to work together as a team, and thats just a life skill that is going to benefit them for forever, she said. Teacher Susan Silverman and the Killarney Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team took home rst place at the regional held back on Feb. 24. Courtesy photo


6 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 Allison Olcsvay Three years ago, Georgia Ellison was facing the same prognosis that she has watched her mother suer with for de cades. The progressive osteopenia would someday develop into osteoporosis, bringing on devastating broken bones and pain. My mother is 93 now, and Ive watched her suer so much; I just dont want that to happen to me, Ellison said. Medication to strengthen her bones never produced signicant results, and after years of taking them, she decided to try a new course of action. Following the recommendation of a friend she signed on with Elite Strength and Fitness of Winter Park and began following a twice-weekly strength-training regimen designed to increase her muscle mass and bone density. At her next DEXA scan to measure density, Ellisons doctor noticed a big change and she was able to stop taking her medication. Success stories like Ellisons dont come easy though; it took months of intense workouts with the guidance of personal trainers to get there. At 64, Les Rinehart, one of Elites trainers, knows the challenges his clients face. After 33 years in the tness industry, the former strength coach for the Charlotte Hornets retired in 2007, only to come out of retirement a few years ago to join Elite be cause, he said, he saw the value in what they oered their clients. The equip ment here is top of the line and the techniques produce results like no other, Rinehart said. At Elite, education is as important as the equipment. Be fore clients spend anytime working out, they share their medical history, goals and concerns with trainers who develop a plan that covers time inside and outside of the gym. Clients needs are evaluated and we give them a detailed analysis of what they need to do, especially at home, to accomplish their goals, said owner Monte Mitchell. Homework might include keeping food and exercise journals to learn more about their habits, especially if weight loss is a goal. The gym also oers a 12-week group nutrition workshop to their members, guaranteeing results for their clients, provided they follow all the recommendations made during their consultation. 70-year-old physician Dr. Maria Bors has been a client of Elite for seven years and nds that training there ts quite nicely into her busy lifestyle. The 20-minute workouts are easy for me to t in and I nd them easy to commit to, Bors said. Rather than working out with sweaty, bulked-up gym rats, Elites clients nd an almost Zen-like atmosphere, with trainers attentive to their every motion. Speaking in tones of calm assurance, trainers oer equal parts encouragement and challenge, pushing clients to new levels. The workouts are physically demanding, but not in the way one might expect. Motions are slow and intensely controlled, demanding maximum eort from muscles while barely breaking a sweat. Many clients dont even change out of oce clothes, Rinehart said. They simply dont need to. Before beginning with Elite, Bors suffered from daily back pain, but after just a few months in the gym, she experienced a noticeable change in pain levels and now rarely suers at all. Its been remarkable for me, she said. I can feel how strong I am, especially when I am traveling carrying luggage. I have a strength I never had before. The strength training is very good for preventing bone loss, said Bors, which is something we all need as we age.ADVERTORIAL 407-740-7750 1312 Palmetto Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 www.elitestrengthandtness.comMention this ad for a free consultation. You can schedule this consultation by calling Elite Strength & Fitness at 407-740-7750Strength training at any age can help improve muscle mass and bone density 270117 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORFilm has always been a pow erful tool to convey important messages. A documentary can change perspectives and raise questions and some Winter Park High School students were recently recognized for doing just that. Multiple Winter Park Wildcats were recently recognized as winners earlier this month in C-SPANs national 2018 StudentCam competition. Each year since 2006, C-SPAN has partnered with its local cable television providers in communities nationwide to invite middle school students and high school students to produce short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year, students addressed the theme, The Constitution & You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why its important to you. Out of 2,985 video submissions from more than 5,700 students in 46 states and Washington, D.C., this year, eight documentaries made by Winter Park Wildcats were recognized, including three second-place winners, one third-place winner and four honorable mentions. Among the second-prize winners was duo Claire Prud homme and Santiago Len, who picked a theme that hits home in todays society: the First Amendment, or, more specifically, the freedom of the press. Their documentary, titled PRESSure The Pressure for Freedom of The Press, took a look at why the press is impor tant and why it should be protected. The project included interviews with a local news anchor, a Rollins College pro fessor and a sports journalist, who all gave their thoughts on the challenges the press faces today. The documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day on Sunday, April 8. We worked our butts off for it, Prudhomme said. Its so humbling to be able to get second place and to be recognized for our work like that, especially if its both stuff that we want to do. For Santiago, recognition for his cinematography is huge for him, because he wants to be a photographer. For me being able to be played on C-SPAN I can have that on my resume. Prudhomme said she and Len chose that provision due to the critical role the press plays with monitoring government and how U.S. President Donald Trump has attempted to shut media out of the White House. There (were) so many instances talking about why the press was so bad that I felt like we needed something that talks about why it is good for our government, said Prudhomme, who wants one day to be a news anchor or work in politics. We need someone whos out there wanting to tell the truth, she said. If we didnt have (the press), who would be there to tell the truth? Another second-prize award went to Christina Spain and Chelsea Wilck for their video, Gun Control: America Under Fire, tackling another topic thats been heavily discussed throughout the country. The project included a broad range of perspectives, including interviews with Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma, U.S. veteran and NRA member David Rickey and Winter Park Police Chief Michael Deal. The documentary will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day on Wednesday, April 4. When we made this documentary, obviously gun violence at the moment is a very hot topic in the news and just pop culture in general, Wilck said. We started planning for this back in November, so what we really used as our inspiration was the Pulse shooting, because living here in Orlando that was obviously something that hit us very close to the heart. The whole idea of C-SPAN is creating a very balanced docu mentary and not being one sided, Spain said. We thought the Second Amendment would be a great one to see both sides of the issue. We thought wed be able to create a really cohesive but also balanced documentary in that way. The duo said they feel honored to walk away with a second-place award, having captured third and an honorable mention in previous years. It was definitely an honor because not very many people win, Spain said. It was just amazing. WINNERS FROM WINTER PARK HIGH SCHOOL:These winners are among more than 300 students across the country winning a total of $100,000, including one grand-prize winner, four rst-prize winners, 16 second-prize winners, 32 third-prize winners and 97 honorable mentions. Second-prize winners ($1,500): Claire Prudhomme and Santiago Len for their video PRESSure The Pressure for Freedom of The Press Christina Spain and Chelsea Wilck for their video Gun Control: America Under Fire Ella Grace Rodriguez for her video, A Precarious Balance: Religion in the Public Education System, about the Establishment Clause Third-prize winners ($750): Walker Simasek, Mark Whittingham and Clay DeHart for their video The 13th Amendment Did it really abolish slavery? Honorable Mentions ($250): Justin Whittingham, Luke Sand and William Megginson for their video, Live Freely, about implied rights secured by the Constitutions Ninth Amendment Sophie Freid and Sydney Plastow for their video Times Up, about the 19th Amendment Arden Wallman and Ellie Schuchart for their video Unrepresented, about the Electoral College Isabella Thalheimer and Sam Lee for their video I Plead, about the Fifth AmendmentLights, camera, SATISFACTIONWinter Park High School students shine in C-SPANs 2018 StudentCam competition. Winter Park High School students Santiago Len and Claire Prudhomme recently were honored for their documentary discussing freedom of the press.


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8 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 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 262116 TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORYou might not know their names, and you might not know their faces, but there is one thing thats certain youre glad theyre there. While there are many actors that take part behind the scenes at sporting events, none might be bigger than athletic trainers the first responders of the sports world. When an athlete suffers a vicious blow or lands awkwardly, theyre the first ones out onto the field to lend a hand. For parents, coaches and the players themselves, they are seen as proverbial lifesavers. Thats why trainers like Gabriella Armor and Ronaldo Green take their jobs as seriously as they do. That kind of seriousness is needed when dealing with a job thats as time consuming as many medical jobs. Were the first ones there and the last ones to leave with every thing, Armor said. We set up and make sure that we get there in enough time for the athletes to get treatment; get taped up or whatever they need to do. Its not as time consuming as the college level, but there are times where a coach will call a 5 a.m. practice on a Monday morning, on the day before (a game), Green said. Both Armor and Green work at Orlando Sports Medicine but are contracted as athletic trainers by Bishop Moore Catholic High School. The job requires them to split their time between the clinic and the school. As a former high school basketball player who tore her ACL twice, Armor found a passion for sports medicine during her physical therapy though she originally didnt know much about the field. That all changed during a health class when she was at the University of Central Florida. From there, she fell in love with the ability to be around athletes and help them the way her physical therapists had helped her. You get that one-on-one care with the athlete, and you get to follow them from before theyre injured to return to play, so its a great personal connection with that athlete, Armor said. And its very hands on, were always busy (and) always doing something. Greens story is fairly similar to Armors, though as a basketball player in high school, he never suffered any serious injuries. As a huge sports fan, Green spent a lot of time hanging out with the athletes and trainers at the small college he attended which inspired him to get his masters in athletic training from Stephen F. Austin University. Ive always been around sports, and when youre not play ing anymore, you can be an athletic trainer and offer the medical attention that the kids need, Green said. And athletes always have fun personalities so its kind of a joy to be around. While the job of athletic trainer sounds pretty self-explanatory, Green and Armor said a lot of people dont understand their actual role on and off the field. Sometimes, they said, people think all they do is apply ice or tape ankles, but the job can be a lot more serious than that. Before Green joined on with Orlando Sports Medicine, he helped save an athletes life while working at ESPNs Wide World of Sports. Toward the end of a late-night basketball game, Green, who was an intern at the time, was forced into action when a player went down on the court. I grab the AED (automated external defibrillator) and run over and get there, and we start the CPR cycle, calling people that we need to call to activate EMS, Green said. His heart was stopped he had a condition so we got the AED on him, and it was able to administer shocks to bring him back before the EMS got there. And their jobs as athletic trainers dont just stop with the physical injuries they deal with theyre also counselors, in a way. While an injury can physically slow you down, it can also be a blow to a persons mental state, especially to high school kids. You really have to develop a sense of trust with the athlete, because youre taking full medical care of them, Armor said. You have to be able tell when theyre over-exaggerating or if theyre in a state of anxiety and depression. At this level if they get injured and say it is a significant injury for a lot of them it is the first type of adversity theyve had to deal with in their life, Green said. Were not that old, but being older than high school kids, we have a little more perspective to offer.THE UNSUNG Troy HerringGabriella Armor works on a player during Bishop Moores lacrosse game. Ronaldo Green, Bishop Moore HighAs Bishop Moores athletic trainers, Gabriella Armor and Ronaldo Green are helping to keep the Hornets in tip-top shape. Gabriella Armor, Bishop Moore High


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The event is a collaboration between the city of Winter Park and the Multifaith Education Project a nonprofit program that looks to bring students of different faiths together so they can get to know each other. The city of Winter Park is known for its tree canopy, so this is an amazing partnership that we have where these children come to our parks and our public spaces and plant trees with two missions, Winter Park Assistant Director of Communications Craig ONeil said. The first one is to get to know each other better, which fosters a respect for diver sity, and the second mission is to plant beautiful trees that will be there for generations to come. The students divide into mixed groups and work together to plant and water the trees. They then each offer a prayer in their faith tradition to bless the tree. Each school will also take a tree back to their campus to plant, a reminder of the celebration and the bond shared between the students. The Multifaith Education Project was first started back in 2003 by Louise Franklin Sheehy. Since then the program has worked to bring the three local schools together three times a year so they can make friends and learn about each faith. We have somebody (who) speaks specifically about the faith, explains it to the children and lets them ask questions to better understand, said Debra Medina, director of the Multifaith Education Project, who works alongside co-director Anne Vercheski. The Trees for Peace are kind of like a final celebration with the city. The idea for the Trees for Peace event was inspired by the work of Olive Trees Foundation for Peace president and founder Dr. Khaled Diab, who took students of differ ent faiths to Israel to plant olive trees along the Israeli West Bank barrier, which separates Israelis and Palestinians. Louise Franklin Sheehy noticed this concept and decided to bring it to a local level, said ONeil, adding that it promotes environmental awareness as well. The city is also excited that this is an opportunity to teach the children to be stewards of the earth and how important it is to plant our trees and protect our trees because they create such a healthy environment, ONeil said. Regardless of our differences and our faith background, I think when we learn to respect those differences and learn more about each other, then thats what fosters stronger relationships and friendships. One of the things we have in common of course is the beautiful tree canopy and protecting our earth. We all need to do that. Just like the students learn to nurture and care for the trees, they learn to care for each other, Medina said. This isnt about politics, this isnt about anything but coming together and realizing that were more alike than we are different, Medina said.Trees for Peace plants seeds of friendship, diversityThe event that brings together children of three dierent faiths is celebrating its 15th year. IF YOU GO WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 WHERE: Howell Branch Preserve, 1205 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park FOR INFORMATION: Call (407) 599-3334


10 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 247832 3-22-18 rfntrbnr rf ntb nf nnr nf n n nr r n tr n b f br f ff nf ttrf f tf n f f b f f bf r r t r nr r frf tb f rf ttf tnnn tfb t t tf f nt nnff nf tbfb frf f nfb f br n r bf r t n f f fb n nb f ff f rf r tr nf rr r ff tb r r t nf fr b b b b nb r b tb t trfrbf tr tb f f nrf r frf f r f n nr n nb nb nrb nfr r fntbt b r r r TROY HERRINGASSOCIATE EDITORAs Winter Park Memorial Hospital continues to grow, along comes new and exciting additions. Since the hospital was bought by Florida Hospital in 2000, it has seen massive renovations done, which includes the most recent development: the Nicholson Pavilion. Named after philanthropists Tony and Sonja Nicholson, the $85 million project will be located on the east side of the hospital and offer amenities that the hospital has never had, said Jennifer Wandersleben, the senior vice president and administrator at the hospital. Its going to be the home to 140 private rooms and bathrooms, and thats significant because our hospital was built almost 63 years ago, and parts of it still have the older infrastructure semiprivate rooms, and they dont all have their own bathrooms, Wandersleben said. Were excited about having the state-of-theart, modern place for patients to heal. So far, construction on the facility is going well, Wandersleben said, as the buildings fifth floor will be topped out on April 3. Wandersleben said that the hospital plans on holding a celebration for the special occasion. In terms of total completion, Wandersleben said the hospital is looking to open up the pavilion for use some time in mid-2019. Originally, the hospital had planned to only open 80 rooms but decided to go ahead and start up with all 140 rooms open. Sometimes its just the tim ing of the demand, that need to go ahead and build it out, Wan dersleben said. Its also cheaper to go ahead and do it all at once than to come back and build it out later. Were just grateful that we were able to get that investment done. The facility itself will be much more than just beds and rooms; itll also become the home of the hospitals intensive care unit, which currently sits in the main building now. There will also be a new private surgical waiting area for families and friends of those having sur gery done. The hope is that having a private waiting area will help families deal with the nerve-racking nature of having a family member or friend in surgery. Its really important because we have a large lobby, and in that large lobby today there is kind of a mix of different functions, including surgery waiting, Wandersleben said. So what this new pavilion will allow for (is) a private area for those waiting for their loved ones in surgery, which is nice because you can be anxious when that happens. Along with the new private waiting area, Wandersleben said the hospital will also be expanding its surgical support, which includes surgery recovery areas. When completed next year, there will be some empty space on the ground floor of the facility that Wandersleben said will be utilized for other support services as well. Theres also a future plan being looked at to move the hospitals dining hall to the pavilion. While the project is one of the largest in the hospitals history, the hope for Wandersleben and others at Winter Park Memorial is that the new pavilion will help make patients visits as pleasant as possible. For me its having the best healing environment for our patients and giving them a space that gives them privacy that provides them the quietness that they need to heal, Wandersleben said. When we designed these rooms we also considered the family so they will be an area that really caters to the family within the room, and theres an area for the patient and caregiver. It just creates an overall environment that helps our patients heal. Renovations at Winter Park Memorial Hospital continue with Nicholson PavilionThe new ve-story facility will have 140 private rooms to house the hospitals patients.


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ARTS + CULTUREFRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018ALSO INSIDE: Winter Park: Sidewalk Art Festival. 4 Morning Star Auxilary: Runway For Giving. 7 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM HARRY SAYER | BLACK TIE REPORTERSuch is the case for the Orangewood Christian School Choir, which per formed at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 20. The 22-person group, composed of students ranging from seventh to ninth grade, took a five-day trip to the Big Apple to perform in a 400-person group of students from across the globe. Im so proud of them; I cant even describe it, said Laura Nelson, fine arts director and choral director for Orange-SEE PAGE B2 Night at the CarnegieThe Orangewood Christian School Choir performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.Some people train their entire lives to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Others nd themselves in the esteemed music hall before theyve passed their drivers license tests. Courtesy PhotosThe Orangewood Christian School choir performed in Carnegie Hall.


2 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 270042 wood. Its a real show with the best of the best. It doesnt get any better. Nelson has been a teacher for 34 years and has served as Orangewoods director for nine years. This is the third year running shes taken her choir to New York City to perform. It started when a Manhattan-based concert group contacted Nelson offering her choir an audition for a Broadway production of The Secret Garden in the Lincoln Center. The performance was comprised of two choruses of 400 students from across the world singing with Broadway stars. The music was difficult (in the beginning); we were a bit overwhelmed, Nelson said. None of us knew what a big deal it was until we got there and saw the level of star power that was in the show. The chorus received its music for the February show in October of last year and practiced for an hour every school day leading up to the performance. This years production, the first for the choir to perform at Carnegie Hall, was titled Broadway Classics: A Concert at Carnegie Hall. Students per formed a compilation of pieces from Titanic, Ragtime, Parade, Sister Act and more. It gets stressful (practicing) at first, but it gets easier as we go along, said Grace Hanna, an Orangewood choir sophomore. By the end, were usually pretty happy with where we are. Hanna, who says she started singing as soon as she could speak, always hoped shed play at a venue as large as Carnegie Hall. Its eye-opening; youre in this huge hall facing thousands of people, Hanna said. It was on my bucket list for sure. I just never thought Id get the chance to. Both the cast and audience have been star-studded. Nelson said her chorus has performed with Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live and Jack McBrayer of Rock, while Neil Patrick Harris and Lin-Manuel Miranda have paid to watch the show. We sing with the New York Chamber Orchestra, Tony award-winning actors, directors, people that are the top of the business right now, Nelson said. They treat the students like theyre professionals as a part of the production. Which is just how Orangewood senior Seth Niquette likes it. I have more confidence in my singing and being able to be up on stage in front of people, said Orangewood students perform at Carnegie HallNiquette, who has spent three years performing as a bass with the group. Niquette, a senior, aims to be accepted into the University of Central Floridas theater program and hopes his involvement at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall will help his chances. Hearing the other cast and crews experiences and stories, and almost wanting to follow in their footsteps, has given me a good guideline to follow, Niquette said. The trip itself had some curveballs however Nelson said 15 pieces of luggage were left in Orlando. But, overall, it was another successful outing. When you see it all together, you wish that more people from Orlando could see what our kids are doing, she said. Its fun to hand it off to the directors once you get up there because you know youve done your job and its up to them and up to the kids.From Page B1Courtesy PhotosThe choir spent ve days in the Big Apple.


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4 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival TROY HERRING | ASSOCIATE EDITORIt was a weekend of fun and art in Winter Park as the city celebrated its 59th annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. From Friday to Sunday, downtowns Central Park turned into a city of tents as 225 artists from around the country exhibited their work. Along with artwork of every medium, visitors got to enjoy a variety of foods and the retailers up and down Park Avenue. Artist Scott Pernicka discusses his glasswork with interested guests at his exhibit. Visitors admired large print photos that were on exhibit as a part of the art festival. Park Avenue was packed throughout the weekend as guests made their way around Central Park and enjoyed the 59th Sidewalk Art Festival. Olivia Andrade looks through a table full of homemade jewelry as her mother, Cebele Dias, looks on. An interesting piece by artist Eddie Myers appears to break through the wall, which drew a lot of attention from those checking out his work. Tiany Kelly, left, sits alongside her mother, Alice Flowers, and daughter, Shy Kelly, as they enjoy an evening downtown at the Sidewalk Art Festival. A piece by artist Trent Manning welcomes guests outside of his exhibit during the Sidewalk Art Festival.


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6 ARTS + CULTURE | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 FLORIDAFRIENDS OF CASA FELIZto 269216 H E A R W H A T S P L A Y I N G N E X T J O H N V S I N C L A I R A R T I S T I C D I R E C T O R & C O N D U C T O RA T R O L L I N S C O L L E G E S I N C E 1 9 3 5 G e t t i c k e t s | 4 0 7 6 4 6 2 1 8 2 | B a c h F e s t i v a l F l o r i d a o r gT h i s a d g e n e r o u s l y s p o n s o r e d b yB a c h F e s t i v a l F l o r i d a o r g w w w w a t e r o a k c o mI N S I G H T S & S O U N D S : J S B A C HA n e w s e r i e s c o m b i n i n g g r e a t m u s i c a n d d i s c u s s i o n p e r f e c t f o r c l a s s i c a l m u s i c l o v e r s a n d n e w c o m e r s a l i k e T H U A P R I L 5 | 7 : 0 0 P M | T I C K E T S F R O M $ 2 0 266659 FRIDAY, MARCH 23PERSEVERANCE BRASS BAND 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Now in its 31st year, Kid Dutchs Per severance Brass Band entertains and explores the beginnings the American Art form with its Brass Roots of Jazz concert program. From rags, cakewalks, marches, dirges and hymns, to rockin and booty shakin music dancing is inevitable. For more information and tickets, visit bluebambooart, MARCH 25BOOK DISCUSSION: THE FIRE NEXT TIME 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Writing as an artist, activist and social critic, James Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. A national bestseller when it rst appeared in 1963, this is a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice; it galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. For more information, (407) 539-2680.WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28JEFF RUPERT QUARTET 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Je Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, a record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full-time professor and director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists like Maynard Fer guson, Sam Rivers, Mel Torm, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carters Grammy Award-winning Harlem Renaissance. For more information and tickets, visit, APRIL 5J.S. BACH A CANTATA AND A BRANDENBURG CONCERTO 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College, Winter Park. Pablo Casals described Bach as the supreme genius of music. Through three succinct works, investigate whether shy Casals assessment rings true through a Brandenburg concerto, considered one of Bachs most important secular works and the cantata form where Bachs creative genius thrived. This concert, featuring members of the Bach Festival Orchestra, is part of Insights & Sounds, a new series that focuses on individual composers and genres and provides audiences with concise concerts in which great music is performed and discussed. Cost is $20. For more information, call (407) 646-2182.ONGOINGTOWARDS IMPRESSIONISM: LANDSCAPE PAINTING FROM COROT TO MONET Through April 8 at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. The Muse des Beaux-Arts in Reims owns one of the largest collections of French 19th-century landscape paintings, 45 of which will be displayed in this exhibition. Towards Impressionism marks the rst time that an exhibition drawn exclusively from this collection will travel to the United States; the museum is one of only two venues nationwide to host this extraordinary collection. The exhibition, organized by Art Centre Basel in collaboration with the Muse des Beaux-Arts de Reims and the City of Reims, France, traces the revolutionary evolution of landscape painting in France from the Romantics to the School of Barbizon, the circle of Honeur and up to Impressionism. NUNSENSE AMEN! Running through Saturday, April 21, at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave. Suite C, Winter Park. Nunsense A-Men! is the original O-Broadway Nunsense musical with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as Mrs. Doubtre enters the Convent. This show begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters and they are in dire need of funds for their burial. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. For more information and showtimes, call (407) 645-0145 or visit CURATOR TOURS OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANYS LAUREL TON 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. Call (407) 645-5311. GALLERY TALKS ON REVIVAL AND REFORM ECLECTICISM IN THE 19THCENTURY ENVI RONMENT 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 CELEBRAT ING 75 YEARS PATHWAYS OF AMERICAN ART AT THE MORSE MUSEUM 11 a.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. RIA BRODELL: DEVOTION Through May 13 at the Cornell Fine Ars Museum at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. Ria Brodell disrupts traditional narratives and oers multifaceted ways in which to experience the concept of devotion. While Brodells art stems from personal experience, the works in this exhibition allow for a nuanced rumination on gender and sexuality from both historical and contemporary contexts. Featuring new and recent work by the artist, Ria Brodell: Devotion recontextualizes devotional imagery from CFAMs permanent collection. PICTURING WAR Through May 13 at the Cornell Fine Ars Museum at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. This exhibition presents an array of objects, drawn entirely from CFAMs permanent collection, that respond to instances of American involvement in global conict from the end of the rst World War to the present day. The presence of American propaganda posters coupled with contemporary works by artists such as An-My L and Martha Rosler serve to challenge the ideas and conventions surrounding wars in which the United States have been involved during this period. This exhibition is curated by Mar garet Milford the Cornell Fine Arts Museums Fred Hicks Fellow.THIS WEEK Courtesy photoJe Rupert Quartet


FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM THIS WEEK: Orlando Magic: Final Black Ties & Tennies Gala. 8 Arnold Palmer: Wine & Dine on 9. 11 The Morning Star Catholic School Auxiliary put on its 56th annual Runway for Giving Fashion Show and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 14. Held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the benet raised money for the special-needs schools programs. Guests bid at the silent auction before settling to watch models strut up and down the runway with fashions provided by Neiman Marcus. HARRY SAYERThe schools auxiliary presented its 56th fashion benet at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Morning Stars A Runway For GivingTerrie Mitchell and Wendi Peterson were happy to support Morning Star. Lisa Alfonso and Robin Ogier picked up a Neiman Marcus gift bag. Nancy Rotatori, Gary Lambert, Mary Lightbody, Rose Plumley and Robin Miles came as a group. Bishop Moore students Teagan Milford and Alice Grenier volunteered at the event. Morning Star Auxiliary sta dressed their best for the big show. Several guests received a free makeup session from Neiman Marcus.


8 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 As the ocial magazine of Central Floridas upscale Baldwin Park community for more than 12 years, Baldwin Park Living is directly mailed monthly to more than 5,000 residents and businesses, with additional copies being distributed via the association oce and businesses. ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-401-9929Email us at 2018 PUBLISHES 1ST WEEK EACH MONTH SPACE DEADLINE COPY DUE May ......................... April 12 June ....................... May 10 July ......................... .June 14 August ................... July 12DONT MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THE NEXT ISSUES! BALDWIN PARK LIVING 270060 WHEN: Sunday, April 8, 2018 1:00pm 5:00pm WHERE: Winter Park Civic Center 1050 West Morse Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32789 Tickets available at all three Houses or online $7 in advance $10 at the door $7 for seniors Children 3 and under are FREEThank You Sponsors of College ParkObserv e r Wi nter Pa rk / Maitland 266458 REAL BLACK TIEIt was a good run, but after 28 years the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has decided to hang up the tennis shoes on its Black Tie and Tennies Gala. OMYF hosted its nal gala at the Amway Center on Saturday, March 17. The gala serves as a premier fundraising event and on average brought together 700 guests. In 2017, it raised more than $500,000 for Central Florida youth. Guests got to enjoy a multi-course dinner, cocktail reception, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and, of course, interaction with Orlando Magic players and sta. DANIELLE HENDRIXOrlando Magic Youth Foundations Final Black Tie & Tennies Gala Photos by Danielle HendrixOrlando Magic dancers Robyn G. and Cierra P. smiled for a photo with Debbie Higgins. Orlando Repertory Theatre kids Carson Revels and A.J. Deleon welcomed guests to the gala. R.K. and Faron Kelley and Kevin and Catherine Carlson coordinated in shades of blue. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer thanked attendees for their support of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. Max Lynch stood with his parents, Thad and Jennifer, as he got his basketball signed by an Orlando Magic player.


BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 9 270406 REAL BLACK TIEHerbivore GaloreVegans and vegetarians alike received a special treat at Noor 17s Vegan Gala, held Saturday, March 17. The evenings gala celebrat ed the health benets of an all-vegan lifestyle and oered delicious vegan meals to enjoy by vegan caterers based in Central Florida. Noor 17 co-founder Imari Denise encouraged any nonvegan attendees considering a plant-based diet to make the transition, adding that the main goal of the event was to support the vegan movement, increase awareness and make plant-based diets more mainstream. GABBY BAQUERO Photos by Gabby Baquero The co-owner of OhmWoke, a vegan/veg etarian meal delivery service based in Or lando, served as one of the three caterers at the gala. Jennifer Agravat and Rebecca Villar jumped at the chance to attend the gala once they learned about it from the Vegetarians of Central Florida Facebook page. Lizzie Shutt and Stephanie Cornwell made sure to don fabulous dresses for the cocktail-attire-only event. Dancers from Vida Florida: Voice of Indonesians in Florida entertained gala attendees onstage with a traditional Indonesian dance.


10 BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 Dont 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.com270393 REAL BLACK TIE Orlando Union Rescue Missions Homecoming Gala 2018It might only be the second time that Orlando Union Rescue Mission has hosted a fundraising gala, but passionate volunteers and a great turnout indicated the annual galas growing success. This years event Homecoming: Celebrat ing 70 Years not only served as a fundraiser but also gave mission supporters and sta an opportunity to look back on how the organization has served the community for 70 years now. Held at Rosen Shingle Creek on Satur day, March 10, the gala included a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, program and dance party. DANIELLE HENDRIXPhotos by Danielle Hendrix Kyle and Kelsey Smith, Zach and Julie Ertz and Kelly and Luiz Costa were a good-looking group. OURM Volunteer Manager Sharlene Stanford and husband Scott were excited to be part of the gala. Curtrina Mickle, Denise Walden and Stephanie Statuto had a blast in the photo booth. Rondo and Erik Olson and Karin and Larry Banks perused the silent auction together.


BLACK TIE | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 11 270405 Golf fans took a break from the Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament to enjoy food and wine at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Wine & Dine on 9 event on Friday, March 16. Put together by the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, the annual event had numerous vendors oering a variety of tasty meals and delicious drinks right next to the golf course. Guests also bid on prizes at the silent auction, which beneted the Dr. Phillips public institutions. HARRY SAYER Carlos Rodriguez, Alex Garcia and Omar Vega were a fun trio. Frances Maestro and Ivan Melendez walked around together. Nancy Asche and Ruthann Dilauri from the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips worked hard to have a successful event. Leslie Heimer and Amanda Newstreet tried out some mango popsicles. ONLINESee more at Arnold Palmer InvitationalWine & Dine on 9 Photos by Harry SayerThe owners of Dorough Brothers Development and Nona Blue dressed up for a fun day. REAL BLACK TIE


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