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TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR The safety of Winter Parks lakes was the first of many topics discussed at the City Commissions Monday, Sept. 10, meeting. City Attorney Kurt Arda man gave commissioners an update in the wake of the city being told to remove buoys from its lakes in June a result of the buoys being deemed not in compliance by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission because of technical specifica tions. Ardaman said the city YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. O bserver WINTER PARK / MAITLAND FREE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 SPOTLIGHT Vibrant Visions exhibit showcases African-American art. SEE PAGE 17. Couple uncorks wine bar The new Vinia Wine Bar will open soon in Winter Park. SEE 4. CITY TO UNVEIL TENNIS CENTER RENOVATIONS The city invites the public to celebrate the grand reopen ing of the Winter Park Tennis Center, which takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1075 Azalea Lane. The festivities will include remarks from elected o cials, open play on the newly renovated courts, food and fun tennis activities. Renova tions made to the center include: eight new con structed hard courts; new pro shop and check-in area; updated locker rooms and restrooms; new LED lighting; addition of brick pavers and new sidewalks; landscap ing; new fence and custom-designed windscreen; and shaded bleachers and patio spaces. YOUR TOWN SEE CITY PAGE 4 VOLUME 30, NO. 37 Trail to Tallahassee Democratic nominee for Florida governor Andrew Gillum chose Winter Parks Chris King as his lieutenant governor. SEE PAGE 7. Tim Freed Chris King is back in the political spectrum after being chosen by Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum as his running mate. Winter Park ponders lake safety, new buoys The city plans to purchase new buoys for its lakes after previous ones were deemed not in compliance by FWC. OUT FOR A SPIN Winter Park hosts dizzying art display. SEE PAGE 8. BLACK TIE Mystic Island Gala kicks o social season. SEE 13.


2 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 284773 WINTER PARK FRIDAY, SEPT. 14 GOOD MORNING WINTER PARK 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park. Good Morning Winter Park is Winter Parks live, interactive morning magazine featuring local topics ranging from politics to exploring entries in the market place in and around Winter Park. Join the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and hear from Deb Watson, executive vice president of the Winter Park Health Foundation. For more information, call (407) 644-8281. SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 CAPTURE THE FLAG 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at Kraft Azalea Garden, 1365 Alabama Drive, Winter Park. For this game, there will be two teams. Both teams get ve minutes to hide their ags. Once the ags are hidden, the game begins. To win the game, you must capture the other teams ag and bring it back to your own territory. But if an enemy team member grabs you while youre standing on their part of the eld, they are allowed to take you to time out. You can be freed from time out if one of your team members touches you. This is a fun game that will bring the children and families outside along with keeping them active and healthy. For more information, call (407) 599-3342. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 WINTER PARK GARDEN CLUB GENERAL MEETING 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Winter Park Garden Club at Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. Join the garden club for Connecting to our Roots, A Celebration of the Winter Park Garden Club History. Speaker Beverly Lassiter will educate and entertain the group with historical archives, pictures and stories of the clubs heritage and contributions to the Central Florida Community. For more information, call (407) 927-3768. THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 HOW TO SPOT FAKE NEWS 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. Go behind the headlines and learn how to separate whats fact from whats fake. This class is free, but enrollment is required. Sign up by calling (407) 6233300, Ext. 3.MAITLANDTUESDAY, SEPT. 18 TAI CHI AT THE MAITLAND SENIOR CENTER 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Maitland Senior Center, 345 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland. Cost is $10 per month to the teacher. For more information, call (407) 539-6251. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 MONTHLY CHAMBER LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the RDV Sportsplex, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando. The chambers monthly luncheon is held on the third Wednesday of every month. Hear from Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Floridas Institute for Economic Competitiveness and a nationally recognized economist in the eld of business and economic forecasting. For more information, visit business.mait YOUR CALENDAR Offer expires September 28, 2018. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice and may be withdrawn at any time. Deposit must be new funds. The Promotional CD must be opened with new money not currently on deposit with the Bank. Promotion excludes Public Funds CDs. Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of the date of publication. Early withdrawal penalty applies; fees may reduce earnings. 1. Minimum opening deposit of $10,000 will earn 2.59% APY. Advertised rate applicable to initial 12-month term only. CD will automatically renew to a standard 12-month CD term at the current rate and APY available at that time. BauerFinancial is a registered trademark. 7593 0818 Florida Based. Florida Focused. To learn more, call 1.877.378.4297, stop by your local FCB banking center or visit FloridaCommunityBank.com369 N. New York Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 | (407) 622-5000 8910 Conroy Windermere Rd. Orlando, FL 32835 | (407) 909-1744 130 S. Park Ave. Apopka, FL 32703 | (407) 814-0491 2160 W. State Rd. 434 Longwood, FL 32779 | (407) 774-3000 Promotional Rate with minimum deposit $10,000 of new fundsAPY1At Florida Community Bank better banking means great rates, convenient locations and personalized service. With 50 banking centers across the state, FCB is committed to ensuring that exceptional banking is right around the corner come experience the way banking should be! rfnt rb n t b 284493


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 3 272126 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE, MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 JULIET, NAKED Starring Ethan Hawke & Rose Byrne Fri Sun: 3:30PM, 6:30PM, 9:30PM Mon: 6:30PM Tues: 9:30PM Wed, Thurs: 6:30PM, 9:30PM Ballet on the Big Screen: SWAN LAKE Sat: 11AM Music Mondays: HAIR Mon: 9:30PM HARRY SAYER BLACK TIE REPORTER The Maitland City Council tabled a motion concerning construction plans for the Inde pendence Square project. A little more than a year since the council approved the conceptual plans for a down town public square next to City Hall, city staff and design team members from the Community Solutions Group returned with construction plans for design completion. But some council members, John Lowndes in particular, took issue with the proposed designs amount of concrete and pavement, as well as the perceived high cost of many of its accessories. This plan shows 21 special ity benches at $4,000 a pop and six standard benches at $2,000 a pop, Lowndes said. I think this plan is overpriced and underdelivers, and I dont understand why we are taking this perfectly useful one acre area, mostly green, and decide to pave 40% of it. What followed was a con versation that eventually took a turn for the philosophical. Council members debated on just what they wanted the public square to be something akin to a park or something more like a concert venue that would require a hard surface. Council members ultimately decided to table the conversa tion for 30 days to set up a work shop meeting with PRAB to bet ter pin down what the project should be. Philosophically, youve heard me say this many times: Who do we really want to be when we grow up? Mayor Dale McDonald said. Were going to have to come to some grips on how this functions. PARK MODIFICATIONS Council introduced an ordi nance modifying the citys code regarding the parks prohibited activities. City staff sought to address a number of resident complaints concerning local parks. Staff also introduced restrictions on powered flying devices such as drones in accordance with other park ordinances across the country. Staff also sought to address maintenance con cerns such as having golf balls and equipment in the parks that disrupt mowing. Maitlands Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved the ordinance during its July 11 meeting but recommended removing a rule barring indecent swimsuits because they already are pro hibited under Florida statutes and enforced by Maitland police and a rule prohibiting people sleeping or setting up bedding in a park. However, staff recommended keeping the sleeping ban in the ordinance because of a high number of complaints on the matter. The council approved the introduction unanimously. The ordinances public hearing date for adoption will be held on at the Sept. 24 meeting. EASTWEST CONNECTOR TRAIL Council unanimously approved construction plans for a 6,600-foot-long, concrete trail connecting Maitland Avenue and Wymore Road in the north ern right-of-way of Sandspur Road. This is a long overdue con nection, were blessed to have the oppurtunity, McDonald said. It will be a culture change for this city. TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR Standing in a small conference room toward the back of Jewish Family Services facility in Winter Park, Eric Geboff watches as vol unteers make their way in to pick up food. Its Sept. 7, a usual Friday, but these volunteers are doing some thing important for their com munity taking warm meals to seniors in need. The sight of people taking time out of their day to help their neighbors and others is one that fills Geboff the organizations executive director with hope. Weve been providing food for 40 years to people in Win ter Park, regardless of their race, religion, whatever, Geboff said. Our doors are open to everybody. As a matter of fact, over 90% of the people who walk through our doors are not Jewish. Along with the warm meals it sent out on that day, JFS also provided big bags of food items that came straight from its stor age room, which sits a few doors down from the conference room. The storage room is filled with everything from peanut butter and soups to baby powder for mula and cereal most of which was donated by residents and local businesses. And JFS needs every ounce of the food it has: The pantry at the facility serves up 75,000 meals a year while seeing an average of 20 families per day. Hunger is not going away, and as a matter of fact, it is get ting worse, Geboff said. Even though we hear stories about how the economy is improving and (how) people are generally doing better than they were 10 years ago, when we had this recession, what happens in every case in every community when reces sions hit, the people at the bot tom stay at the bottom. With the wide-reaching blow of the recession back in 2008, its not surprising Winter Park isnt the only area affected by the issue of hunger. According to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida an organizations that serves six counties, including Orange 14.6% of the Central Flori da population is food insecure, which means more than 614,000 people do not know from where their next meal will come from. An even more staggering num ber is that to fill the meal gap in Central Florida, 105 million more meals are needed. Among those served by JFS, the elderly are the closest watched, said Geboff who also serves on a number of committees at Sec ond Harvest. One of the most important things we are looking at is hunger in the older adult community more than anybody older adults are hungrier, because most of them are on fixed income, Geboff said. And the numbers are huge: Theres about 1,700 older adult families in Orange County (who) were food insecure. To help fight hunger in the elderly community, JFS and oth er local organizations have held multiple events where they take food to them. Although JFS receives food donations daily, the organization gets a large chunk of its yearly supply from the four major food drives throughout the year, where they reach out to the community via social media in order to build up their food storage room. The task of combating hunger in both the elderly community and the community as a whole is paramount, Geboff said. The Old Testament teaches us that we need to feed the hungry, and we take that very seriously, he said. And we have to clothe the undressed, and we have to house the homeless. Our tradi tion teaches us that we who have the means to do so have to help our neighbors who dont have the means. Maitland tables Independence Square design ordinance The Maitland City Council will take a month to work on the public squares design. IN OTHER NEWS The council approved a $441,715 budget for the Law Enforcement Forfeiture Trust Fund: $208,492 will be from fund 6B, $192,592 will be from federal re ceipts, and $15,900 from local receipts. City docu ments state the council already had approved $62,000 for ocer body cameras in August 2018. The city approved a drainage repair contract with Shenandoah Con struction. $123,450 will be used to line stormwater piping, a cost-eective alternative to replacing the pipes, at 180 Minehaha Circle, Peacock Ford, 544 Lake Faith Circle, 1166 N. Lake Sybelia, and 2045 Summerland Ave. The re pairs are projected to cost $72,110. The council authorized a contract with Providence Reconstruction to relocate Lift Station No. 10 Force Main for $1,938,513. Council moved to adopt the tentative operative mill age for the 2018 tax year as 4.3453 mills, the debt millage rate at .3150 mills and the tentative budget at $26,761,000. The public hearing date will be Sept. 24. ITEMS TO DONATE Cereal Peanut Butter Milk Fruit Soup Spaghetti sauce Protein beans Canned vegetables Mac and cheese Pasta Rice Canned tuna/ chicken Snacks (chips, candy, bev erages, etc.) Bread Fresh produce Personal items (soap, shampoo, etc.) Toilet paper Baby food Diapers Striking at hunger September is Hunger Action Month, and local organizations such as the Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando continue the ght against hunger. Troy Herring Eric Gebo, executive director at JFS, hopes his organization can make a dierence in the community.


4 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 now must look over a map of the citys lakes and investigate pur chasing buoys that are compatible with FWCs regulations. All the markers that can be reestablished as regulatory mark ers in the lakes will be shown on a map, Ardaman said. Theres quite a number of them. Under the statute, there are specific areas on the lakes that already specify where we can put the key points, so we can identify all of those. In addition to those regu latory markers, we can identify places on the lakes where mark ers can go that are hazardous conditions, which takes a little more evidence to establish. Both of those cases require the city to adopt an ordinance to approve those regulatory markers. Hazard markers and the ordi nance that provides for them have to be presented to the FWC Commission for approval so the city can receive the proper per mits, Ardaman said. Lake boundary/informational markers which dont require any permitting also will be brought before the City Commission in a second phase, Ardaman said. But City Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel said something needs to be done immediately to ensure the safety of residents on the lakes. Youre not living in it I can tell you it is just a matter of time until somebody gets hurt seriously out there, Sprinkel said. Its a matter of public health and safety, and its time-sensi tive, City Commissioner Carolyn Cooper said. But Mayor Steve Leary said the city should take a step back, fig ure out where all buoys should be placed and find out the overall cost before placing buoys in random spots. We dont know how much this costs; we dont know the man power, Leary said. Lets take a look at the maps and say, Yes, everything is included on here that we would do or we missed a cer tain couple areas. I think it would make a lot more sense that we all look at the maps first before we make any decisions and move on half-cocked dropping buoys. City Commissioners directed staff to bring forward more infor mation within the week to help them make an informed decision about placement. Thank you for doing this, because I get this every single day somebody calls me and tells me about the boats, Sprinkel said. I very much appreciate you doing this in a very quick way. 2019 BUDGET The City Commission also moved the Fiscal Year 2019 budget anoth er step closer to final approval on Monday, giving approval of the first reading. The City Commission first saw the proposed budget at the July 9 meeting. After a few subse quent meetings, commissioners reached a consensus regarding two changes to the budget: allo cating $10,000 in operating sup port to the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts to provide free musi cal events, and providing up to $33,000 to replace flooring at Mead Botanical Gardens. Funding for Blue Bamboo would come from the outside organizational support fund ing pool, which has $28,000 in remaining funds. The Mead Garden funding will be added to the Parks Major Maintenance CIP fund and may be contracted or performed in-house. This will reduce the general fund contin gency to $460,000. Thank you for considering us were very happy that were here and being considered, Blue Bamboo President and founder Chris Cortez said. If the funds are granted, 100% of the money will be distributed to performers at free events on Thursday night. This event is a unique opportuni ty for music students to perform with professional musicians. Commissioners also tenta tively set the millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday, holding the line at 4.0923 mills for the 11th-consecutive year. The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 of property value that is used to calculate local property taxes, and property tax revenue is the single largest contributor to general fund revenues for Win ter Park (39% of total revenues). Every quarter of a mill increase or decrease in the rate would change annual revenue by $1.4 million. City Commissioner Peter Wel don once again made a motion to lower the millage rate to 4.0 mills in reflection of the $6 million in increased tax revenue the city has received over the past sev eral years. Weldon has made the motion to lower the millage rate and offer a tax relief to residents every year since he was elected in 2016. The millage rate still was approved at 4.0923 mills by a 4-1 vote, with Weldon dissenting. 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 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. All Rights Reserved Observer Media Group Inc. 1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468 Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David Beliles Publishers 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, Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life Magazine, Season Magazine WINTER 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. Pe riodical postage paid at Winter Park, Florida. POSTMASTER send ad dress changes to the Winter Park/ Maitland Observer 180 S. Knowles Ave., Winter Park, FL, 32789. TO ADVERTISE For 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 ADVERTISING To place a legal notice for Orange County, please call Kim Martin at (407) 654-5500 or email to SEND US YOUR NEWS Let us know about your events, celebra tions 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 SUBSCRIBE The Winter Park/Maitland Observer is pub lished 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; or visit our oce, 180 S. Knowles Ave., 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, Creative Services Administrator / Marjorie Holloway, Creative Services Coordinator / Christine Galan, Advertising Graphic Designers / Thom Gravelle, Shawna Polana, Luis Trujillo, Allison Wampole HARRY SAYER BLACK TIE REPORTER Theres a new wine bar coming to Winter Park and its owners are coming from another country. Owners Fabio Perricelli and Paula Gamba have been hard at work bringing the Vinia Wine Bar to Hannibal Square. Its a labor of love for the married wine connois seurs. We always went to restaurants in Brazil, Perricelli said. We love wine, we love food, we love to cook. We always were imagining a place where we would feel 100% at home and comfortable. We decided (because) we didnt find that place, lets make that place ourselves. Perricelli and Gamba originally planned to start a bar in Brazil, but after considering the countrys political and economic climate, decided to move to a new coun try instead. They started in Italy Perricelli has Italian heritage but missed their friends and family from their home country. They then turned to Florida more than a year ago and, after a road trip through Naples, Key West, the Villages, and West Palm Beach, stopped in Orlando. After failing to find a location they liked in the City Beautiful, the duo was just about ready to give up and head back to Brazil. But on the day before they left, they checked out the nearest Shake Shack one of Gambas favorite eateries in Winter Park. We said, This is the place we want to put our wine bar, Perri celli said. We came to Park Ave nue, and it was love at first sight. The pair finally quit their jobs in design and marketing and moved to Winter Park permanently. They have enjoyed walking around the city something they used to do together in So Paulo. Vinia Wine Bar will offer a vari ety of European and Mediterra nean wines, as well as a selection of cheeses, meats and other appetiz ers. Perricelli said the food offered will be Mediterranean, healthier and lighter, such as an Italian-style flatbread, oysters, panini, salads and more. As expected, the food is tailored to go well with wine. The pair expects their wine bar will stand out because of its selec tion. Perricelli and Gamba have been contacting distributors look ing for wines that arent found on supermarket shelves or other res taurants. They plan to have 35 old world wines from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the United States available at the beginning. We want to have the traditional grapes and wines but also some thing thats a surprise, he said. Lots of Malbec are from Argen tina, but we have a French Malbec. Were looking for this sort of stuff chardonnay from California, of course, but others from smaller producers. The bars interior has a cozy, low-level lighting that Perricelli hopes will be a good hangout or date spot. The booths and tables, some of which will be outside for dining, were picked up from vin tage stores, and Perricelli used his graphic-design skills to create the bars logo. As for the name itself, vinia is the Latin word for vine. Perricelli owns a farm in So Paulo, where he raised goats that he sold to restaurants. Thats how he started learning about different wines and artisanal meats. Gamba and Perricelli plan to have a soft opening for Vinia Wine Bar in the coming months before a grand opening. IN OTHER NEWS The principals of Winter Park High School, Winter Park 9th Grade Center, Brook shire Elementary School and Lakemont Elementary School were introduced and recog nized for their service to our students and community. Bronce Stephenson was conrmed as the citys new planning and community de velopment director. Stephen son will begin serving in his new role Wednesday, Oct. 3. City considers new buoys New wine bar planned for Winter Park Brazilians Fabio Perricelli and Paula Gamba hope to open Vinia Wine Bar in the next few months. IF YOU GO VINIA WINE BAR 444 W. New England Ave., Suite 119 FACEBOOK: ViniaWineBar PHONE: (407) 925-7485 Harry Sayer Fabio Perricelli and Paula Gamba hope to make Vinia Wine Bar Winter Parks next go-to spot. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 5 282662 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORWinter Parks new library and event center are moving closer and closer to construction but not before being vetted by the citys Planning and Zoning Board. Members of the city board took their first look Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the blueprints and design of the major project set for the northwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Park the site of the now-closed Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center. The $30 million project referred to in its entirety as The Canopy includes the new 34,400-square-foot library, 13,564-square-foot event center, a porte cochere to pick up and drop off visitors, an outdoor amphitheater on Lake Mendsen, and a 213-space parking lot, with the possibility of creating 24 more par allel parking spaces along Harper Street. The project has made its way through the pipeline since March 2016, when voters approved the bond referendum of up to $30 million to construct the library. That was followed by a long legal battle during which a group of Winter Park residents disputed the bal lot language of the referendum and where the project was being built. The location of the proposed library project was not included, leaving some residents feeling deceived when the city pressed on with the Martin Luther King Jr. Park site after the bond referendum passed. A judge ruled in December 2016 the city had the right to move for ward with the park site and that Winter Park had conducted a transparent process through sev eral meetings to choose Martin Luther King Jr. Park. But almost two years later, the project still faced scrutiny from disgruntled residents, many of whom had petitioned in 2016 to keep the library out of the park. Issues such as stormwater drainage tied with the areas history of flooding during hurricanes, sur face parking eating into green space, and the small amount of additional space the new library has in comparison to the existing building all were mentioned dur ing the public comment portion of the meeting. Resident Sally Flynn took issue with the city spreading out sur face parking in the park when the original ballot language on the referendum referred to a parking structure with the project. This project goes from bad to worse as it moves on both financially, aesthetically and ethically, Flynn said. One of the things we were told was (the library) couldnt be anywhere else, because there had to be a parking structure and that could not happen where the library is now. Now (the city) voted that down, and theres no parking structure. Were spreading park ing and cement over where theres green space. Were just tak ing more and more of that park. It is not following the rules of the referendum. This is a project that Winter Park cannot be proud of. Resident Pat McDonald shared Flynns sentiment. The vote (for the referendum) was not overwhelming in favor it was quite a close vote, she said. I will tell you that Ive talked to many people who voted yes and are kicking themselves now, because theyre not getting what they voted for. Conversely, resident Jim Barnes spoke in favor of the project as presented Tuesday. I support the new library and event center, said Barnes, who also agreed with the citys approach to the parking. I think the structure will be world-class. Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Ross Johnston acknowledged the many issues that residents had with the project but noted most of them regarding the current design of the project arent up to the board but rather the City Commission, he said. The city decided on all of this, then it came to P&Z, and then it goes back to the commission after we do this, Johnston said. A lot of people came up here and said, Im totally opposed to it. The architecture, the structure, the percolation a lot for these things have been agreed to are not really on the purview right now of discussion tonight. Johnston added the project meets code and that the citys plans to interconnect Lake Mendsen and Lake Rose with an underground pipe should take care of any stormwater issues. The board gave the project preliminary approval with a vote of 4-0, subject to a stormwater study to make sure the project is compliant with the St. Johns River Water Management District. Winter Park residents expressed concerns about losing green space and about stormwater issues that could cause ooding.Were just taking more and more of that park. It is not following the rules of the referendum. This is a project that Winter Park cannot be proud of. Sally FlynnCourtesy The citys anticipated library and event center project is moving closer to construction.Library/event center receives rst approval from city P&Z


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 7 Allison Olcsvay Three years ago, was facing the same prognosis that she has watched her mother suffer 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 suffer so much; I just dont want that to happen to me, said. Medication to strengthen her bones never produced significant 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 strengthtraining regimen designed to increase her muscle mass and bone density. At her next DEXA scan to measure density, doctor noticed a big change and she was able to stop taking her medication. Success stories like 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 train-ers, knows the challenges his clients face. After 33 years in the fitness 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 B ors 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 284105 TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR Politician and Winter Park busi nessman Chris King is back on the campaign trail and still could be on his way to Tallahassee. Democratic nominee for Flor ida governor Andrew Gillum announced Thursday, Sept. 6, that King would stand by his side as his lieutenant governor and running mate for the general election in November. The announcement came via Facebook about a week after the Aug. 28 primary. We leaned into wanting to choose an individual who has the ability to be governor of the great state of Florida, but we also talked about the fact that this is a diffi cult journey that its hard and its difficult work at times, Gillum said in the announcement. What we want to do not only in this race but when we win the race for governor is to have a partner in helping to lead this state. King said in the announcement he and his family couldnt more excited to be a part of the Demo cratic ticket with Gillum and his family. This is not a political mar riage, King said. This is not a marriage of convenience. I devel oped a friendship with Andrew Gillum over 18 months as we were competing, and I was trying to beat him in running for governor. In trying to beat him, he beat me pretty badly, but I came to care for him, and I came to admire him his gifts, his talents, and most importantly his vision for the state of Florida. We are going to fight beside and behind the Gil lum family in the battles ahead in rebuilding the government. The duo launched their cam paign together just a stones throw away from Winter Park Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Orlando Downtown Recreation Complex. King told a crowd of Democratic voters the chance to join Gillum was an easy sell. Andrew Gillum is dynamic, King said. Andrew Gillum is the talent that our party has been waiting for. What I learned about Andrew Gillum is that he has no quit in him. They had counted him out from the beginning. They were plotting the demise of his campaign. He was told hundreds probably thousands of times, You cant win. You cant lead this party. You cant be the next gov ernor of Florida. Andrew Gillum said, I dont believe that. Andrew believes in himself, and he will never stop believing in you. The November general elec tion marks a critical turning point in the states future, King said. The two candidates look to make numerous changes to affordable housing, the environment and public education. What we both share Andrew and I, from the bottom of my heart and his heart is that this is a moment in the history of our state and the history of our nation where we must stand up and speak out and change the future of Flori da, King said. This ticket is rep resentative of our hopes and our dreams and our aspirations. That is the promise of Andrew Gillum. 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265971 SPORTS SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 Winter Park High Schools Emily Jordan is looking forward to a big seson with the varsity volleyball team. Page 10. TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR s an athlete, having a set rou tine before a competition is a matter of great importance. In the case of Trinity Prep cross-country athlete Audrey McAnally, its a simple list of three things: lots of stretching, a nice bath and drinking as much water as she possibly can. That mindset of discipline is something that goes from the early prep stages to the finish line, McAnally said. I just really calm myself down and do my best on race day, McAnally said. I try to be posi tive, because thats a huge prob lem during running wanting to stop, saying, Oh I cant hold this pace, but I just try to stay positive in my head and tell myself that I can do this. Its a process that has worked out perfectly for the 16-year oldjunior, who has helped lead the Saints to a strong start to the new season with back-to-back firstplaces finishes at the Winter Springs Invitational and Astro naut Invitational. McAnally alone finished in fourth place at the Winter Springs Invitational with a time of 19:39.7, before following that race up with A runderful life Now in her third varsity year of cross-country at Trinity Prep, Audrey McAnally is looking to make this season as memorable as her record-breaking sophomore campaign. A TROY HERRING ASSOCIATE EDITOR There are fewer things that Grace Bowman loves more than soccer. Its the sport she has lived and breathed her entire life, and its the reason why she runs the ship at XL Soccer. But there is one thing that has grown into a full-blown pas sion for the British native: Rais ing money for pediatric cancer research. The big dream is that the research trial that we fund finds a cure, Bowman said. In the meantime, its finding better treatment for these kids. The amount of funding that goes to pediatric cancer is minimal I think its 4% of government health care. Helping children who are bat tling cancer is exactly what XL Soccer will be doing at its facility Saturday, Sept. 15, as it hosts the sixth annual Kicking Kids Cancer fundraiser. The event, which will kick off at 6 p.m., will be an eve ning of fun for visitors, who will enjoy cocktails, catered food, live music, an online auction and local soccer celebrities such as for mer Orlando Pride player Sarah Hagen. Hagen, who also played for the U.S. National Team, is also a cancer survivor. There also will be a raffle that includes a prize of club tickets to Orlando Citys game against the Houston Dynamo with an oppor tunity for a child to walk out with XL Soccer kicks kids cancer The local organization will be holding its sixth annual Kicking Kids Cancer fundraiser this weekend. SEE MCANALLY PAGE 10 SEE GALA PAGE 11 Troy Herring Audrey McAnally has become a leader on the Saints cross-country team and hopes to have another record-breaking year.


10 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 How long have you been play ing volleyball? Ive been playing volleyball since I was about 6 or 7. My sister started, so I just kind of followed her, because I thought it was fun. What is your favorite part about playing volleyball? I love the team and the girls. Its really fun, because you always have someone there who has your back, so it is mainly just having a teammate and just having a place to go to. Its also just fun because the sport is just fun so we all just get along really well. A season can feel really long, so what keeps you motivated? My team, because everyone has each others backs and we all count on everybody else. In order for us to keep going through the season, we all have to count on each other. We also have to stay healthy, along with just being motivated on the court itself. What is the best advice youve received from coach Stephanie Gibson? Get better every day and try your hardest, because youll feel bet ter at the end of the day if you know you gave your full effort. Are you a cat or a dog person, and why? Im a cat person, just because I was raised with a cat. Then I got a dog, but I still have a cat, so Im just a cat person. If you could go to only one concert for the rest of your life, who would you go see? Honestly Miley Cyrus. I just love her energy I just think she is fun. What is your favorite meal? A cheeseburger with some fries, and a milkshake. Thats just really good. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Fiji thats easy. I just love tropical areas and Ive seen the pictures, and I really want to go to Fiji. What are your plans after you graduate? Im looking at some colleges Im looking at UNF right now and Im getting help from my coaches seeing how I can get to where I want to be in volleyball at those colleges. What majors are you considering? Either criminology or sports management. Kind of different, but Im just going to see which one I like most. I want to stay with sports thats why I want to do sports management but Im also really fascinated with criminology and forensics. TROY HERRING SPORTS SPOTLIGHT Emily Jordan THE BASICS SCHOOL: Winter Park High SPORT: V olleyball YEAR: Senior HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 POSITION: Outside hit ter/right-side hitter Few athletes lead their teams better than Emily Jordan. The senior outside hitter leads the Winter Park Wildcats girls volleyball in multi ple categories and has become a force on the court. With it being her last year at Winter Park, Jordan is hoping to continue her volleyball playing at the next level. 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 262179 another fourth-place finish (19:50.4) at the Astronaut Invi tational. Along with the continued success, McAnally took on a new role team captain on a team of mostly underclassmen. Although she has really stepped into the role this year as one of the few upperclassmen, its actually one she unknow ingly started last season, head coach Sara Dowdy said. Last year, she had a killer season, and there was another girl on the team still with her now Alaina (Pisello), and the two of them raced together every race and pushed each other, so that was very fun to watch, Dowdy said. Shes still running strong and is leading the team in every way possible. Saying her running season last year was killer actually may be an understatement. McA nally broke multiple school records in different events. In the 4x800 relay at the Brian Jaeger Elite Classic along side teammates Lucy Albright, Pisello and Taitem Turbfill McAnally helped break a school record with a finish time of 9:49.07. Then, about two weeks lat er at the Pepsi Florida Relays March 31, McAnally broke her own school record in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:03.23 she finished in ninth place. She finished the year with three first-place finishes and an eighth-place finish at the FHSAA 2A state championship which is one she enjoys. Thats been known to be a fast course it does have one big hill in it, but overall, its pretty fast, McAnally said. Thats probably my favorite, because its really reliable you know how you can PR (personal record) on that race and that you can run pretty fast, and there is always good competition. Although things have been going great the past few seasons with accolades piling up it wasnt always easy. After incredibly successful early seasons in middle school at Trinity Prep where she won every race she ran in sixth grade McAnally suffered a stress fracture in her foot dur ing a long run that derailed her eighth-grade year. Her doctor originally thought it was tendinitis, so he told her to keep running which ulti mately made it worse and forced McAnally out of running for eight months. It was really difficult, (because) I didnt train much when I was injured I didnt have a pool or a gym member ship and so I didnt really know what to do, McAnally said. I lost a lot of my muscle, so coming back was really, really difficult. But after running for a couple of months, I got my strength back. The tribulations, unfortu nately, didnt stop there. Although she had regained some strength, there was some thing still off when she returned to run her ninth-grade year. At the end of her freshman year, McAnally learned she was anemic and dealing with low ferritin levels. With that real ization made, she was able to start medication to address the diagnosis. Dowdy remembers it being a difficult time for McAnally but said there was one positive thing that came from the ordeal. I really think it helped hum ble Audrey, and it taught her how to be a teammate, because when she was younger and winning, she was all by herself, Dowdy said. But then that freshman year, she really learned how to be a leader even as just a ninth-grader supporting the other teammates watching them run the times she use to run and wasnt doing. Since those early days, McA nally has put her best foot forward and now is breaking records with her own running while also helping to inspire the teammates she loves. The team here is amazing we are all so friendly with each other and competitive, but its still all about being one team, McAnally said. Theyre such sweet girls, and Im just really lucky to be here. Courtesy photo Audrey McAnally, second from left, and the Saints took home rst place at the Winter Springs Invitational. McAnally leads Saints CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 11 the team prior to the start of the game. Last year the event raised an impressive $50,000 that went to the organizations sis ter charities in For Kids Sake Foundation and Cannonball Kids Cancer, and Bowman is hoping to best that and hit the $60,000 mark. She also hopes it can go toward making a huge difference just like last year, when XL helped fund its first research grant. We gave them a check for $50,000, and that helped fund a research grant with doctors at the Childrens of Alabama Hospital, Bowman said. So I went up with Cannonball to Alabama that day to meet with the doctors what theyre doing is using immunotherapy to treat cancer. The money raised helped Dr. Gregory Friedman and his team to continue their research which was on the verge of being lost to a lack of funding. In an email to Bowman, Friedman said the work they had been able to do thus far thanks to the money raised was proving successful. Weve treated seven patients so far six of the patients received G207 alone and the most recent patient (patient seven) received G207 + a single dose of radiation with in 24 hours, Friedman said in the email. Radiographic and clinical evidence of responses occurred in five of six patients showing improvement in over all function without any addi tional therapies. The news of all the good that came from last years fundrais ing came as a relief for Bow man, who never experienced the loss of someone dealing with cancer prior to a few years ago. In their collaboration with the For Kids Sake Foundation, XL chooses a team captain to sponsor each year. Although most of the five children cho sen have lived through their battles, one Ryan King did not. Although the loss of King was difficult, Bowman has pushed on with Kicking Kids Cancer, and its in large part because of those families she and XL Soccer have helped through the years. Just from working with the families thats what has real ly made think twice and think a little bit more and inspired me to do what I do, she said. I want to make sure that we dont have anymore parents come in and say, My child has just been diagnosed we need to stop that. IF YOU GO KICKING KIDS CANCER WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 15 WHERE : XL Soccer, 825 Courtland St., Orlando COST: Tickets are $40 in advance; $50 on the day of ONLINE AUCTION: https://www.auctria. com/ev?site=8bd20c3d7d21-45a4-bd2f9bb195062e2f TICKETS: xlsoccerworl KELLY L. PRICEBROKER OWNERNICK GIOVANETTIREALTOR SALES ASSOCIATE407.645.4321947 OLD ENGLAND AVENUE | WINTER PARK3 BR | 2.5 BA | 2,801 SF Gorgeous Character Home In the Heart Of Winter Park5233 LAKE HOWELL ROAD | WINTER PARK4 BR | 3 BA | 1,778 SF Beautiful Winter Park Pool Home 331 LAKE SUE AVENUE W. | WINTER PARK4 BR | 3 BA | 2,376 SF Charming Winter Park Pool House INTEGRITY LOYALTY UNWAVERING ENTHUSIASM PENDING $915,000 $675,000 259518 284895 283907 250293 407-573-1300 14100 W Colonial Drive Winter Garden, FL 34787 I t was a not-so-pleas ant night in Apopka on Friday, Sept. 7, as Winter Park (2-1) fell in their rst loss of the season to the Wekiva Mustangs (3-0), 25-22. Despite leading 19-7 at the half, the Mus tangs rallied in a frantic comeback that saw the home-side outscore the Wildcats 18-3 in the second half. The comeback included a last-minute touchdown to put the Mustangs up for good. The Wildcats hope to bounce back from the loss when they host Co lonial (0-2) Friday, Sept. 14, at Showalter Field. TROY HERRING Wildcats falter in 25-22 loss GAME FILM Quarterback Gino English avoided a tackle as he looked to make a play down eld. Jamarii Pringle lifted up team mate Marcus Clarke. Ethan Pouncey fought o a defender as he went up for this catch. Gala gives kids hope CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 Lawrence Lockhart took a moment to himself after the Wildcats gave up a late touchdown.


12 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 265919 Salsa steps & spicy movesMaitland residents became salsa dancers at the Salsa Heats dancing class Tuesday, Sept. 11. Dancers broke up into groups and learned a thing or two about the Latin style. HARRY SAYER Eymar Marcano led his group in a footwork lesson. Left: Eymar Marcano twirled Angie Mejia around. Leo Ramirez and Lynette Acosta showed the class how it was done. Left: Sabrina Santiago took a break from teaching to pose. Gloria Saquett and Eduardo Diaz had a blast dancing together. ONLINESee more photos at


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COMIll admit: When spring melted into summer, and the Black Tie world went dormant for a couple of months, I didnt quite know what to do with my weekends. I had grown accustomed to taking a couple of weekdays and turning them into my own version of a weekend. I know that come September, Fridays and Saturdays are for rifling through dresses in my closet, charging up my camera and picking a lipstick color which, of course, is the hardest part. That said, summer is behind us, and its time to dig into your own closets, finalize your social calendar and gear up for a host of fall philanthropies and grand galas. We launched our Black Tie section one year ago, and its been a lot of things exciting, busy and a bit chaotic but also quite rewarding. There have been late nights and hectic nights, going to three events in the span of a few hours and promptly editing and uploading photos. Weve had our share of camera malfunctions, blue-ink pens exploding on our hands, blisters from new, high-heeled sandals Black Tie reporter Harry Sayer is exempt from that one getting stuck in traffic jams and even getting event dates mixed up. With any new territory comes some uncertainty, and this time last year, we were bracing for the unknown. How would our communities react to this type of coverage? How would people in the Central Florida social scene view us and our efforts to deliver comprehensive, interesting and fun coverage of the events they hold dear to their hearts? But, to our delight, the social scene has embraced us just as they do the organizations and philanthropies they care so much about. Members of our communities enjoy seeing friends, family and even themselves in the photos we post. To anyone who recognizes us at events and walks up to say hello and catch up: thank you. To those who put in Black Tie begins year two The Hope & Help Foundation put on a vibrant show during its Mystic Island Gala Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Guests donned their most tropical attire and bid on gifts at the silent auction before settling down for an intricate performance. The HIV/AIDS-prevention nonprot recently started its Healthy Choices campaign, a ve-year initiative to raise $5 million to promote health. HARRY SAYERTropical paradise Hope & Help Foundation Executive Director Lisa Barr and her friends were ready for a great time. The party featured plenty of bright and colorful costumes. Nick Romeo, Scott Evans and Je Fleet were dressed to impress. Brion Clark, Raquel Luciano, Maribel Cuartas and Tirrell Wilkerson were ready to party. A couple of vacationing stilt-walkers wandered into the gala. DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORSEE HENDRIX PAGE 14


14 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 284121 blood, sweat, tears and countless hours of work to make these galas, balls and other amazing fundraisers a reality: thank you. To those who call or email to invite us to cover an event: thank you. And to anyone who has ever given us some encour aging words, interacted with us on social media, read our stories and clicked through our galler ies: thank you. Were a year in, but were just getting started. Heading into a new season, you can continue to expect seeing some of our current initiatives. Harry will continue his entertaining Harrys Styles fashion column, and I will keep bringing your monthly Causing An Effect philanthropic spotlight. You also can expect more profiles on the people behind the scenes of these events, features on organizations making a dif ference and stories from people whose lives have been changed by one of their missions. Additionally, well keep you updated on upcoming events and offer a glimpse into some of them. If you dont follow us on Facebook at Black Tie Orange Observer and on Instagram at orangeisthenewblacktie already, be sure to do so. Youll be the first to see new photos, a weekly event agenda and even video clips from your favorite events. Get ready for a great season: Well see you on the dance floor or in the ballroom.REAL BLACK TIEHundreds of guests lled the ballroom at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando in support of building bridges to a brighter future. Held Saturday, Sept. 8, the 15th annual Players Ball served as the organizations biggest fundraiser of the year. Bridges of Light raises money for under privileged children and provides them with bridges to education, basic needs and more. DANIELLE HENDRIX Bridges of Light Foundations 15th annual Players BallMimi Hartker and Scott Ashdown enjoyed a nice evening out. Left: Members of the Harris family shared their testimony of hardships and nding peace through the Bridges of Light Foundation. Four Seasons Resort Orlando Manager Charles Fisher and his wife, Catherine, and Dana and John Berry enjoyed the reception hour. Tammara and Ashley Kohler were trendy in their decades-themed apparel.HendrixCONTINUED FROM PAGE 13


WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 15 We park. You play. Mercedes-Benz of Orlando. Proud sponsor of the valet at Winter Park Village 280591 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITOR Its an instrument associated with heaven. Plucked notes create a dreamy landscape and give listeners a feeling of floating peacefully. Its the harp an instrument that Dawn Marie Edwards has spent years practicing and mastering. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park harpist will showcase the serene instrument at Insights & Sounds: Harp and Strings Thursday, Sept. 20 at Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus. The unique program is half entertainment and half education. Attendees can expect a performance of six different harp-centric pieces backed by a string section, a flute and a clarinet. The program also will include segments describing the history of the harp, what makes the harp unique, how its played and its role in the orchestra. The audience also will have a chance to ask questions. Musical compositions during the program will include Aria in the Classic Style by Marcel Grandjany; Celtic Concerto: Hiraeth by Catrin Finch; Serenade for Strings in e minor by Edward Elgar; Lyric Suite by John Rutter; Angels in Flight by Marjan Mozetich; and A Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter. I am so excited it isnt often that a harpist gets her own program, Edwards said. Many people dont understand the difficulties of the harp. First of all, most instruments are playing with gravity pushing down on piano keys, pushing down on the finger board or bow of a string instrument. I am constantly playing against gravity. And then there are the seven pedals. Edwards time with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park began about 15 years ago, when she filled in as a substitute for a performance. The Bach Festival Society kept ask ing her back, and she has been with the organization ever since. Ive always loved the harp, and I think its one of the most elegant and beautiful orchestral instruments we have, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park conductor and Artistic Director John Sinclair said. It is not easy to play. Its a difficult instrument, but its made even more dif ficult than people know because of all the things that are going on. Most people dont get to see the harpists feet work they change keys (with the pedals). Dawn Edwards is a seriously good harpist shes wonderful. An Apopka resident, Edwards originally grew up in Rochester, New York. She started attending the Eastman School of Music when she was 9 years old, and her first professional orchestra job was playing with the St. Louis Symphony at age 22. She went on to perform full-time in Spain with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Castilla y Len at age 23. Edwards also has toured as a professional harpist along the East The sound of heavenBach Festival Society harpist Dawn Marie Edwards will showcase the harp at Insights & Sounds: Harp and Strings.Coast, playing in Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The harp has been her instrument for about 40 years, Edwards said. Not only is the instrument complex, but also it frequently appears on its own holding the attention and focus of an entire audience by itself, Edwards said. Harp in the orchestra is usually in the background sitting, waiting to play, counting hundreds of measures of music and then all of sudden (theres a) big exposed harp part, Edwards said. If you are a whole string section, then yes, the conductor will (cue) a big section when to come in, but usually for harp, you are on your own. You really have to know the score well. Instead of sitting off to the side or in the back of an orchestra, Edwards and her harp will be front and center for the entire upcoming program. Edwards said she looks forward to giving the audience more insight into the instrument she has loved for so many years. We picked the music keeping in mind that it is the middle of the work week, and after work, Edwards said. (Its) sort of an emotional pick-me-up for the soul. It is going to be a fun concert.IF YOU GOINSIGHTS & SOUNDS: HARP AND STRINGS WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 WHERE: Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park TICKETS: bach festivalorida. org/event/ insights-harpCourtesy photoDawn Marie Edwards has been playing the harp for about 40 years.


16 WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 266480 SATURDAY, SEPT 15BAROQUE & BEYOND 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Timucua-White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave., Orlando. Enjoy an afternoon of Baroque period and contemporary music selections: Schuberts Quartet No. 7; Themes from Faust by Charles Gounod; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart; and Ragtime Dance by Scott Joplin. Guest performer Routa Kroumovich Gomez, along with Director Alvaro Gomez, will perform Antonio Vivaldis Concerto in A Minor. Artist interaction with Marla E. Donation is $5. For more, visit MELISSA CRISPO AND MELODY KISER 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Aloma Bowl, 2530 Aloma Ave, Winter Park. Melissa Crispo is bringing her best hits to Aloma Bowl with special guest Melody Kiser. Per forming her own music and classic covers for more than 14 years, Crispo is sure to entertain any crowd. For more information, call Aloma Bowl at (407) 671-8675.TUESDAY, SEPT. 18TUESDAY NIGHT SESSIONS: CHRIS CORTEZ AND ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JOY HAYES 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. Enjoy an evening of music and visual art blended together with guitarist Chris Cortez and pastel artist Joy Hayes at this free event. Cortezs solo show features selections from his many CDs and all-time favorites from the Great American Songbook to The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and more. An international recording artist with a wide range of \interests, Cortez ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He has been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris and more. From the visual arts world, Hayes is a talented and versatile artist. She has explored many dierent mediums and styles but is best known for producing large-scale pastel illustrations of well known people. Visit, SEPT. 20NEIGHBORHOOD MUSIC JAM 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. Join local musicians on the stage in back of the Winter Park Community Center for a fun evening of making music. Musicians of all ages, instruments and abilities are invited to come make new friends as we play a variety of songs, from pop to rock to blues to country. If the weather is nice, they will be set up on the stage out back near the splash pad. If it rains, they will move indoors. (407) 599-3275. A NIGHT WITH WRIGHT: FEATURING RENOWNED STORYTELLER TIM TOTTEN 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Winter Park City Hall, 401 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. Totten, who specializes in the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright, will include a look at his relationship with architect Nils Schweitzer. A reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the front porch, with a presentation following at 6:30 p.m. in the commission chambers. Admission is free, and all are welcome; reservations are encouraged. You can reserve your seat by emailing or calling Heather Michael at (407) 6288200. I LOVE A PIANO Thursday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Ave. Suite C., Winter Park. This glorious musical looks at America through the perceptive and hopeful eyes of the legendary Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano from its rst days in Tin Pan Alley to the 1950s. The story comes to life with more than 60 of Berlins most beloved songs, including Blue Skies, Theres No Business Like Show Business, Cheek To Cheek and God Bless America. Music and lyrics by Berlin and conceived by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley. For more information on show times and to buy tickets, visit INSIGHTS & SOUNDS: HARP AND STRINGS 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. Experience the ethereal harp surrounded by a halo of strings that promises to create an evening of heavenly music with conductor John V. Sinclair and members of the Bach Festival Orchestra. This concert is part of Insights & Sounds, a new series that will take sharp focus on a theme, combining great music is discussion. These concerts are perfect for classical music connoisseurs who wish to expand their knowledge and classical music novices who would like to explore classical musics sig nicance. The concert features: Dawn Marie Edwards, harpBACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6; Marcel Grandjany, Aria in a Classic Style; John Rutter, Celtic Concerto; and Marjan Mozetich, Angels in Flight. For more infor mation, call (407) 646-2559.ONGOINGDANGEROUS WOMEN Through Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. The books of the Bible are full of fascinating female characters good and bad wives, courageous heroines, and deceptive and sometimes even deadly femmes fatales. Dangerous Women and its accompanying catalogue present more than 20 works from the rich holdings of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art that ex plore dierent artists responses to the women of the Bible. For more information, visit rollins. edu/cornell-ne-arts-museum. THE SOUL OF GRAFFITI: JAN KALB Through Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is pleased to announce its fall exhibit, The Soul of Grati: Jan Kalb. The exhibit will be held in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia. For more information, call (407) 647-6294. THIS WEEKCourtesy photo


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 17 JAN KALABSOUL OF GRAFFITI:August 28 December 2633 OSCEOLA AVENUE WINTER PARK, FL 32789 POLASEK.ORG 282168 TIM FREEDASSOCIATE EDITORA new exhibit coming to Winter Park will showcase artwork that has been overlooked for decades. Vibrant Vision: African Diaspora and African-American Artists will open to the public Friday, Sept. 14, at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center and the Alice and William Jenkins Gallery at Creald School of Art. It features 26 paintings, prints and sculptures by African-American and Caribbean artists spanning from the 1930s to the present. It represents 40 years of collecting, and its just a beautiful representation and beautiful array of influential artists, Creald marketing manager Mila Dykes said. You have a body of work a collection of work with this intention to represent where there has been a lack of representation. In our current climate and culture, its super important that we see this. Its an enriching cultural experience, and its very impor tant for us to see this and experience this art. The artwork comes from a larger collection accumulated over 40 years by artist Jonathan Green and his partner and studio director, Richard Weedman. The collection all stemmed from a discussion between the two art enthusiasts back in the 1970s while Weedman was studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Although) Jonathan respected and appreciated much of the art, it did not relate to his own culture, heritage or outlook on life, Weedman said in a prepared statement. He shared that neither the school nor the museum featured or showed a sincere interest in the art of African-American art ists along with the other masters taught at the school or shown in the museum. It became evident that African-American families and their children visiting mainstream galleries, museums and cultural centers did not have an opportunity to view images of themselves or of their own history and life. The collection of AfricanAmerican art has grown to more than 1,000 pieces in the last four decades. The 26 pieces coming to Winter Park were chosen by Creald curator of exhibitions Barbara Tiffany and include creations by artists Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Clementine Hunter, Jacob Lawrence, Hale Woodruff and more. I wanted some pieces that spoke to the audience and others that were just fun to look at because of the colors and the composition, Tiffany said. I go with my instinct and what appeals to me and what would make a cohesive show with still a sense of variety. Hannibal Square Heritage Center Manager Barbara Chandler said the timing of the exhibit couldnt be better. Being that most of the work is African-American-inspired, this is a great time with the social and political climate the way it is to have these influences of great African-American artists, Chandler said. To have that work here in this space is very special. The two exhibits will be on display at Hannibal Square Heritage Center and Creald School of Art through Jan. 12, 2019.IF YOU GOVIBRANT VISION: AFRICAN DIASPORA AND AFRICANAMERICAN ARTISTS WHEN: Sept. 14 to Jan. 12, 2019 WHERE: Alice and William Jenkins Gallery, Creald School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Blvd., Winter Park INFORMATION: Creald, (407) 671-1886; Heritage Center, (407) 539-2680Out from obscurity The Vibrant Vision exhibit coming to Winter Park will showcase African-American artwork dating back to the 1930s. CourtesyVisitors can expect to see 26 dier ent pieces of art between the two exhibits at Creald School of Art and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center.


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WINTER PARK / MAITLAND OBSERVER | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 19 9-13-18 rfrntb rfn tbrnrfnr bfrn tb rrf f r r nrr r nnrf rnr rbn n fr rr rrr fr rrfn b bfr b nrnr trrf rrn rrr frnf nr rfr tr r n brn rn brfn rnf r t rf r n r ffr rff t r r bn r r trn tr rr trnr tr t tfnrrf nrrnn t rr n rf tr nr r r r r nf rf f rrrn nr r n rr rnr b rrrn n r rfr rnr trnrf r brnr rfnr rrfn bf nr rn rfn nr trrn nrr rrf br rfn tr r nr rf fr tbr rr rnn b rr frf brr r rt rrrr nrr n b tr f tbrn rr tr trf tfr t t ttbrf fr fnrr nrn rfnrf nr br f r nf rr tnnr r fntbt t rt rr 284175 WEATHER I LOVE WINTER PARKNery Diaz, of Mait land, captured this great photo of one of Winter Parks pictur esque canals. 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 tfreed@; put I Love Winter Park in the subject line. FRIDAY, SEPT. 14High: 93 Low: 77 Chance of rain: 10%SATURDAY, SEPT. 15High: 93 Low: 78 Chance of rain: 30%SUNDAY, SEPT. 16High: 91 Low: 77 Chance of rain: 20%MONDAY, SEPT. 17High: 92 Low: 76 Chance of rain: 60% Wednesday, Sept. 5 0.00 Thursday, Sept. 6 0.00 Friday, Sept. 7 0.00 Saturday, Sept. 8 0.00 Sunday, Sept. 9 0.50 Monday, Sept. 10 0.75 Tuesday, Sept. 11 0.00 YEAR TO DATE: 2018 44.25 in. 2017 38.04 in. SEPT. TO DATE: 2018 1.25 in. 2017 10 in. SUNRISE / SUNSET Sunrise Sunset Friday, Sept 14 7:10a 7:33p Saturday, Sept. 15 7:10a 7:31p Sunday, Sept. 16 7:11a 7:30p Monday, Sept. 17 7:11a 7:29p Tuesday, Sept. 18 7:12a 7:28p Wednesday, Sept. 19 7:12a 7:27p Thursday, Sept. 20 7:13a 7:25pMOON PHASES RAINFALL FORECAST Sept. 2 Last Sept. 24 Full Sept. 9 New Sept. 16 First