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Camp-In, Go Out & Enjoy Our Dinner Show!

With school just around the corner, many local parents are trying to find one last evening of fun for their children. It wouldn’t hurt if that evening gave mom and dad a break and some fun too! That’s why this Saturday, August 11, Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to remind all parents about Adventure Night at the Orange County Regional History Center and Heritage Square.  There will be a Camp-In for children grades K-5 which includes a sleepover at the museum!

Orange County History Center

Great adventures come to life when kids spend a night at the museum. This experience will be quite a treat! The Orange County Regional History Center is housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 county courthouse in the heart of Downtown Orlando at 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801. It’s three floors showcase exhibitions that will guide children on a journey through 12,000 years of Central Florida history.

Camp-In Tickets for members of the museum are $25, for non-members $35.  Museum staff chaperones will be on hand and provide evening snacks and a continental breakfast on Sunday morning.  Make sure your child brings a sleeping bag and pillow.  To register, call (407) 836-8580.

While the kids are learning about citrus groves, cattle ranches and today’s tourist-centric community, the wise guys and gals at Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to invite all parents to enjoy a trip to gangland Chicago without leaving Central Florida. Enjoy an evening out by attending our one-of-a-kind Orlando dinner show complete with a delicious buffet. Make it a Camp-In by reserving our bargain getaway package which includes tickets to our show, overnight accommodations and more! NOTE: The bargain getaway package has been discontinued. We apologize for any inconvenience. Just don’t forget about the kids! Actually, we think you’ll have such a good time, you’ll bring the kids back for a return visit!

Auto Auction This Week – Sweet Cars!

Driving on I-4 the other day, I saw several transport trucks carrying some great looking cars. They were older models, but in pristine condition. I now know where they might have been heading. Mecum’s annual Kissimmee Auction will be held this week at Osceola Heritage Park.

This auction will feature close to 2,000 collector cars as well as a few motorcycles. It is such a huge event, it covers six full days, four of which are televised nationally on Discovery’s new Velocity network. The “Mecum Auto Auctions: Muscle Cars & More” show will be broadcast live as well as via a live webcast at The action begins each morning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 24 through Sunday, January 29, 2012.

President Dana Mecum states, “We are off and running with an incredible inventory of cars for this year’s event, including a staggering group of investment-grade Corvettes, muscle cars and several collections offered at no reserve.” The auction is open to the general public. Tickets are available at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee for $15, children under 12 are free with a paying adult. Parking is $7.00. For consignment, bidder and more event information call 262-275-5050 or visit

After the auction, Capone’s Dinner & Show invites you to experience another live event – our dinner and show! We’ve got a hot buffet filled with American/Italian favorites, plus a huge drink menu. It is fill-your-own-plate and drink unlimited, so you do not need to worry about having to ‘bid’ on just your favorites. Stop on by after the auction, you’ll have a blast!

Crashes You Can Cheer For

Crashes are normally NOT funny. Yet, perhaps one of human nature’s flaws, is that part of us LIKES to watch things crash into one another! Even school buses! How about cars/trucks towing boats on trailers? Yes. Even that, when combined in an event, Crash-a-rama is sure to thrill. Twice a year we can cheer for crashes and Saturday, June 18, you’ll have your chance to experience this crazy type of Orlando entertainment.

Imagine school buses racing through a figure 8 at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. This full contact race will keep you on the edge of your seat just waiting for impact! If that weren’t enough, the free-for-all-style race complete with boats and camper trailers will fill the arena with debris and cheers. These are demolition derby sports at their finest. Some racers are truely trying to ‘win’ while others are just wanting to take people out of the race by destroying the other vehicles. Crazy!

Orlando Speed World is located at 19164 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32820.  Entry into this event is only $20/adult, $5 for kids 7-12, 6 and under are free. There are bleachers you can sit in, but I would highly recommend bringing in your own lawn chair and get a front row view near (but not too near) the fence. Get there early – gates open at 5:00 p.m. with the action starting at 8:00 p.m. Bring a bandana to wear around your face, protective eyewear (clear glasses) and don’t wear clothing that dirt will stain. Yes. You’ll be near the action and get dirty. Debris will fly and the fence may not catch it all. It is carnage close-up and extremely entertaining.

Featured in Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, Crash-a-rama is a unique high action, peddle to the metal thrill show. It is a great family event. With this weekend being Father’s Day, why not take Dad to the crashes, oops – I mean races, on Saturday. Then on Sunday evening, take Dad out to eat dinner at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Both shows are a sure thing.


School buses race in a figure 8 crashing into each other

See the Manatee?

Manatee Photo

Florida Manatee are federally protected.

We spent Father’s Day fishing off the shores of New Smyrna Beach. I couldn’t remember a time when the water was so clear! The waves were calm, so we thought the fishing would be good. Turns out we got a late start and with the water so clear, I think the fish could see us…only caught one fish. Yet the day reconfirmed that an unproductive day of fishing is still better than a productive day at work!

We did see several large manta rays gliding through the shallow waters, and then 3 large dark blobs headed our way. As they slowly approached, the creatures created quite an audience with beach-goers following them along the shore. 3 young manatee out for a swim in the shallow ocean waters. What odd, yet beautiful, creatures. Florida has the largest population of these endangered mammals – around 3,000.

When I learned that a manatee had to be rescued by SeaWorld just 4 days later, not far from where we fished, I wondered if it was one of the cows we had spotted that day. While the manatee we saw were all doing fine, it takes just one boater, or jet ski operator to change that.  Lucky for the manatee, SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Team is now caring for her with antibiotics and wonderful care. Hopefully soon she will return to her natural habitat.

There appear to be a lot of out-of-state boaters in the area, as well as a number of new boat rental business for tourists and vacationers that want to spend some time on our outstanding waters. This is great for Florida fishing; not so great for manatee. The leading known cause of death for them is by boat strikes; propellers and hulls inflicting serious or mortal wounds.

Did you know? The lifespan of a manatee in the wild is 50-60 years.

If you are boating in an area that you are unfamiliar with, take notice of the manatee zone signs. They are posted where manatee are known to be – in the warm waters of shallow rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal waters. However, with the waters so warm everywhere in Florida this time of the year, boaters should be overly cautious in shallow waters. If you spot a sick, injured, or orphaned manatee, you should immediately call the FWC at  1-888-404-FWCC (3922), *FWC or #FWC on your cellular phone, or use VHF Channel 16 on your marine radio.

SeaWorld’s rescue team will be busy this year. This particular manatee has recently been joined with nine Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles impacted by the oil spill. More animals are sure to come. Many thanks to their wonderful team!! For more information about SeaWorld’s animal education programs, visit their Animal Conservation site.

If you’d like to help, or would like to make a positive impact on Florida’s manatee this summer, why not adopt one! Learn more about these creatures by visiting Save the Manatee.

See the manatee while you are visiting and enjoy your time on the water.

Let the Fringe Begin!

This post was written in 2010. While much of the information has not changed, the dates, costs and other specific information probably has. Please go directly to each source for updated information.

Try something different in Orlando, away from the theme parks and ‘standard’ movies…this year marks the 19th annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.  What is the Fringe Festival?  A 12-day-festival that is founded on the concept of offering 100% uncensored, 100% accessible theatre, music, dance, art and madness to all types and ages.   The Orlando Fringe is the longest running Fringe festival in the U.S., and 100% of the ticket sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe. Each year, the festival takes place during the 12 days leading up to Memorial Day.

The 2010 Fringe is from May 20th – 31st at Loch Haven Park in Orlando.  Visit their website for show information.  Most of the entertainment is for adults, but “Kids Fringe” is a kid-friendly, free event held on the weekends.  To attend, you must purchase a ‘Fringe button’, which is like a cover charge, you will need this to enter ANY Fringe show within ANY venue.  The button costs $8 and is a one- time purchase. Then, you pay an additional fee for each show.  Each performing group determines his/her own ticket price. The average range is from $5-$10.  For other spectator ‘rules’ see our earlier post here. The Fringe is sure to be an interesting and amusing time, so open up to some culture and diversity.

Feel free to post comments on your favorite performances on our blog for other readers to read! Tell us what shows you like, which ones to avoid and what you thought about the over-all experience. Now, go Fringe!