Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens will have a two-day celebration of citrus featuring an art exhibition, cooking demonstrations, grove tours, bell-tower concerts and a “Eat a Florida Orange” flash mob, among other activities, this weekend.

The citrus-oriented festivities will be included in regular admission to the Lake Wales attraction on Saturday and Sunday.

“We’ve begun placing a bigger emphasis on healthy eating and offering events that support that discipline,” said Jennifer Beam, director of visitor services and programs.

Bok’s educational staff will hold talks on juicing and cooking with citrus. Florida Citrus Hall of Fame president, John Jackson, will lead tours of on-site citrus groves.

Gardens carillonneur Geert D’hollander will performs live concerts on the 60-bell Singing Tower carillon at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. At noon on those days, there will be an “Eat a Florida Orange” flash mob with group selfie inside the Gardens’ Visitor Center.

Guests can also see Blair Updike’s “Gardens & Groves” art exhibition and watch “Barrels to Bins,” a documentary film showing the pictorial history of the citrus industry.

The event includes a Citrus Crate Label Show & Sale, free juice samples, photo ops with a cutout of Captain Citrus, comic hero of the Florida Department of Citrus and meet-and-greets with Summer Foley, the reigning Miss Florida Citrus.

Admission is $12 ($3 for ages 5 to 12). Members and children under five are admitted free. For more information, go to BokTowerGardens.org.

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Fantasy Fest in Key West

EY WEST — The decadent 10-day Fantasy Fest concludes this weekend in Key West, capped by a Halloween parade expected to attract more than 60,000 spectators.

Thousands of costumed revelers promenaded through the island’s historic district during Friday’s Masquerade March that began at a cemetery.

Standouts included a group of white-faced “walking dead” in sombreros.

Others wore costumes inspired by the Fantasy Fest theme, “All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show,” including a troupe of extraterrestrial creatures with waving silver tentacles, a green-faced alien clown on stilts and a towering space monster carrying a caged captive.

The festival schedule featured more than 50 events, including the exotic Headdress Ball, a costume competition for pets, street fairs and themed parties.

http://www.fantasyfest.com/

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John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last

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Show dates: Oct. 16-17, 2015
Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets start at $59.50

Living legends John Cleese and Eric Idle make their must-see return to the US from October 1 to 31 in John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time. The 13-city tour will see the British icons perform unforgettable sit-down comedy at premier venues in Sarasota, Ft. Meyers, West Palm Beach, Miami, Clearwater, Orlando, Savannah, Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore, and more!*

As founding members of Monty Python, Cleese and Idle are unarguably among the godfathers of modern comedy, helping to pioneer an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that is emulated by comics around the world to this very day. As individuals, they have written, performed and produced some of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed shows of all-time like Spamalot, A Fish Called Wanda, Fawlty Towers and The Rutles.

In Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time, Cleese and Idle will blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A to craft a unique comedic experience with every performance. No two shows will be quite the same, thus ensuring that every audience feels like they’re seeing Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time, for the very first time. And now you know why the show is called that, don’t you?

“Good evening and welcome to an evening without Michael Palin,” echoes through the theater as a red X appears on top of a projection of Palin.

Ah, good to see the Pythons still have their biting sense of humor.

John Cleese and Eric Idle, two of Palin’s colleagues in seminal comedy troupe Monty Python, took the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center Friday night for the first of two shows titled “Together Again At Last… For the Very First Time.”

There are a few reasons these “legends in conversation” type tours do well: Fans want to hear the old classics again, fans want to get some insight into their idols, fans want to feel their part of something special.

In more than two hours on stage, Cleese and Idle provided all of the above.

While Monty Python’s television and film appearances had a heightened energy about them, this reunion was a lot more low-key. The gents, settled in plush red arm chairs, discussed old times such as how they met and their pre-Python careers.

But it was no mere history lesson. Even in casual conversation, the men are funny — full of quips and sly turns of phrase. The Python sense of anarchy is still there, too.

Cleese is particularly cantankerous — calling Palin’s travel programs “dreadful” and letting loose a pointed zinger against his third ex-wife over their costly divorce. His current marriage seems to be going well, though. He described his wife: “Mad as a hatter, but I love her to death.”

Other sputtering from Cleese: “There’s really nothing funnier than true stupidity… Oh, I had a few examples of that today.” Later, he went on a comic tirade over the foolishness of calling the American sport “football” when the players all use their hands.

“This, from a country that plays cricket,” Idle interjected deftly.

Among the sketches performed by the men was a classic TV set in a very unusual funeral parlor. “I’m sorry,” Idle apologized in advance for the tasteless — but deliciously funny — piece. A sketch in a bookstore (the diehards know this one) let Cleese assume his persona of “frazzled man surrounded by lunacy” to great effect.

Cleese talked about his love of comedy that tackles the taboo subjects — death, sex, religion.

“I don’t think we tell enough racial jokes,” he cracked, before launching into a series of jokes designed to offend one nationality or another.

Idle, 72, also ignored political correctness to perform original naughty songs.

The two answered pre-selected questions from the audience and screened old film clips (the biggest cheers came for “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and Cleese’s “Fawlty Towers.”) But the greatest joy might have been watching the two collaborators crack each other up.

Cleese, who famously portrayed a worker in the Ministry of Silly Walks on the Python TV show, explained why he maintained his sense of humor.

“I’ll be 76 in 10 days,” he told the crowd. “Getting really silly is the only way of existing these days.”

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Proposed Margarita Village in Osceola County on track…

Developers of the proposed MargaritaVillage resort in western Osceola County are on track to get approval to construct the massive 300-acre lifestyle community.

The project, located off U.S. 192 near the interchange with State Road 429, would include a hotel and more than 1,000 timeshare units, condominiums and vacation homes.

MargaritaVillage Resort coming to Osceola County Caitlin Dineen A new resort called MargaritaVillage, which will include a hotel, more than 1,000 vacation homes and condos, retail and a beach area, will open in Osceola County in 2017, its developers said Wednesday. A new resort called MargaritaVillage, which will include a hotel, more than 1,000 vacation homes and condos, retail and a beach area, will open in Osceola County in 2017, its developers said Wednesday. ( Caitlin Dineen ) The county’s Development Review Committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal during its Aug. 19 meeting. The project’s preliminary subdivision plan, which details the overall concept and plan for the resort, will be reviewed, according to a meeting agenda.

Mark Pino, the county’s spokesman, said Encore, as they said Wednesday, could receive final approval for the entire project in six months.”It is entirely possible for the Margarita Resort developer to, as they told you yesterday, begin construction in six months as the property was already rezoned for Commercial Tourist,” Pino said in an email. Capital Management, the resort’s developers, have not filed official plans with the county and the only permit requested was to realign an access road onto the property off U.S. 192.

Source: Proposed MargaritaVillage in Osceola County on track for development – Orlando Sentinel

Avatar-themed Pandora land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando

New details about Pandora — a theme-park land based on the movie “Avatar” that’s being built at Disney’s Animal Kingdom near Orlando — were released today.

A ride based on the banshee characters will be called “Flight of Passage.” A gentler boat ride will take visitors through a bioluminescent forest.

The Walt Disney Co. announced the concepts at D23, a biannual fan conference. The Avatar-inspired land is planned for opening in 2017. A sneak peek at Disney’s “Avatar”-inspired land Disney at the D23 Expo is walking guests through a look at the “Avatar”-inspired land that will be centered in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.

Disney at the D23 Expo is walking guests through a look at the “Avatar”-inspired land that will be centered in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. See more videos Also at Animal Kingdom, African wild dogs and hyenas will join the other animals in Kilimanjaro Safaris, which will be extended to run after dark next spring.

The “Rivers of Light” nighttime show also will debut in the spring.The company also announced that Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get a major makeover, with new lands based on Star Wars and Toy Story, while another Star Wars land will open at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. No timelines were given for those new lands.At Epcot, the California-themed Soarin’ ride will get a new theme and name, “Soarin’ Around the World,” next year.

The new attractions will intensify the arms race between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. Universal has boosted its attendance with Harry Potter-themed lands. It will open a King Kong ride next year and a water park called Volcano Bay in 2017.

Because of its multigenerational appeal, Star Wars especially will turn Hollywood Studios into a destination, said Duncan Dickson, associate professor at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Now, he said, people don’t travel to Orlando specifically for the Hollywood-themed park.

Source: Avatar-themed Pandora land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando – Orlando Sentinel

Orlando International Airport Stats

Orlando International Airport is on a record-setting pace to serve 37 million travelers this year, drawing almost 19.5 million travelers through June.

According to Orlando International statistics released Friday, that’s up almost 7.5 percent over the 36 million from last year.

•International passengers led the way and were up almost 14 percent over 2014
•domestic travelers increased by almost 5.5 percent.

Orlando International is the second-busiest airport in Florida behind Miami International Airport.

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Best Orlando 4th of July Fireworks Shows and Events Guide 2015 | Orlando Local Guide

Best Orlando 4th of July Fireworks Shows and Events Guide 2015Posted on June 23, 2015 by Scott BakerShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on pinterest_shareMore Sharing Services89The Orlando area has at least 18 Independence Day 4th of July Fireworks Shows taking place in 2015 between the cities that make up Metro-Orlando and the fireworks shows happening at the theme parks. This is our guide to Orlando’s Best 4th of July Fireworks Shows and Events in 2015.Red Hot & Boom on July 3rd, 2015Red Hot and Boom is Orlando’s most popular Fireworks Show that takes place on July 3rd each year in Altamonte Springs at Crane’s Roost Park. Live bands sponsored by Top 40 radio station XL 106.7 play at the amphitheater leading up to the 25 minute fireworks show. Over 100,000 people typically attend the event annually. The Fireworks begin…..

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