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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!

Mother’s Day Special at Harry P. Leu Gardens


Butterflies emerge among ferns in area Gardens

Instead of just giving Mom flowers for Mother’s Day, why not give her an entire garden?  Not only can you give mom a day to remember, you can also give her every mom’s favorite thing, TIME with you. Harry P. Leu Gardens contains 50 acres of southern styled gardens including the largest formal rose garden in Florida. Leu Gardens also features a two acre tropical steam garden, a butterfly garden, America’s largest Camellia garden (outside California), and much more!

The historic house of Harry Leu, originally built in 1888, has been meticulously restored, and you can take a guided tour.  The tours last about 20 minutes, and are offered on the  hour and ½ hour between 10 to 3:30 daily.

To see all the gardens, there are scenic paved walkways that total about 3 miles, so be sure to bring your walking shoes.  Oh, did I mention this gift is also easy on the wallet?  Free admission for moms on Mother’s Day. The gardens are open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm, with $7 admission for adults.

After a great day at the gardens, you’ll still have plenty of time to treat mom to Capone’s Dinner & Show at their beautiful theatre! Click here for their special Mother’s Day offer. It will be a Mother’s Day your mom will remember and treasure.

Spring Training: Let’s Play Ball!

The Braves play in Lake Buena Vista during Spring Training

Spring Training is in full swing in Central Florida

Having such an extremely cold winter, I, for one, am ready for Spring! I’m sick of the cold, but then, I’ve lived in Florida so long anything below 80° is cold. One sign that spring is on its way is the commencement of Spring Training Baseball. Oh yeah! The smell of hot dogs, the pinging sound of a bat making contact, and an umpire yelling, “Let’s play ball!”

If you’re here on vacation, maybe your home team is training nearby. Many major league teams hold spring training camps and exhibition games in Florida. It gives tourists a chance to check out the new lineups while here on vacation. Many locals check on their home team – the Marlins or Devil Rays, as well as their favorite adversary.

Here’s where they play at:
Florida Marlins & St. Louis Cardinals @ Jupiter
Boston Red Sox @ Ft. Myers
Toronto Blue Jays @ Dunedin
Minnesota Twins @ Lee County
Pittsburg Pirates @ Bradenton
Baltimore Orioles @ Sarasota
NY Mets @ Port St. Lucie
Philadelphia Phillies @ Clearwater
Washington Nationals @ Viera, FL
NY Yankees @ Tampa
Tampa Bay Devil Rays @ Port Charlotte

Closer to Central Florida:
At Disney’s Wide World of Sports you have the Atlanta Braves on the roster. The Houston Astros are in the dug-out in Kissimmee at the Osceola County Stadium. And the Tigers make their spring home in Lakeland at the Joker Marchant Stadium. The Disney Sports Complex is a wonderful venue and hosts many other sports which can often be seen once your ticket gets you into the venue. ESPN’s own Wide World of Sports Grill is fun with large screen TV’s and a menu to suit all ages, yet a little pricey. The Osceola County Stadium is newly built and easy to get to via the FL Turnpike. It’s been awhile since attending a game in Lakeland. I remember getting lost getting to the venue, but had a great time once we were there. With GPS and online maps, it’s easier to find. In fact they recently had the second-largest crowd ever attend a game there.

Spring Training tickets are fairly inexpensive ($15 & up) and a day out at the ballpark may just be what your winter-weary spirit is calling for. So root, root, root for the home team, whichever park you may go. Peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks; I don’t care if Winter ever comes back!!