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Gem Jewelry Bead Show Visits Melbourne Florida

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, just about everyone is talking about jewelry. What’s in fashion, what you should gift your loved one and so on. Then, we have the ever popular Pinterest that has popped up over the last couple of years. It spawns endless ideas around how to be creative and show […]

It’s Pickleball Time! Are You Ready?

A paddle sport, Pickleball combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis into one game. This sport takes an oversized ping-pong ball, plays on the court the size of a badminton area with a net that is tennis-sized. The greatest thing about the sport is that it can be played by many ages and it […]

Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are Almost Here!

Local Orlando HalloweenAs the weather begins to cool down just a little bit, the unofficial start to the holiday season is quickly approaching, Halloween. Candy is already being stocked in local supermarkets and costumes are popping up in stores all over. In just a couple weeks, confirming that fall has truly arrived, Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) 23” will be open for business. Running most weeks Thursday through Sunday beginning September 20th and lasting until November 2nd (check out the HHN official website for official dates), hundreds of thousands of guests are expected from around the world!

Named the “best in the business” by the Editor of Fangoria Magazine, Orlando transforms its movie theme park into haunted houses inspired by shows and video games like “The Walking Dead”, “Resident Evil”, and “Cabin in the Woods” with live shows such as “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. There are videos on the HHN website previewing the haunted houses and they look absolutely terrifying, a great way to really get into the season! Rides like “Transformers,” “Revenge of the Mummy,” and “Men In Black Alien Attack” are also a part of the admission.

Celebrating 20 Years – Melbourne’s Fall Festival

Melbourne FlaFor the 20th year running Melbourne Main Street’s “Fall Festival” is just around the corner. The festival is being held this year officially on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th (with some pre-events on Friday, October 4th) among the beautiful historic downtown area of Melbourne. On a typical day in the downtown area, visitors can partake in shopping, dining, and even yoga – the fall festival adds to the already vibrant area with live music, family activities, and more food and drinks!

Catering to families, retirees, and young adults/professionals, this festival is the place to be in Melbourne the first weekend in October with over 30,000 people expected to attend. East New Haven Avenue will act as the main thoroughfare for the festival with many of the side streets serving as branches with additional vendors. Main attractions this year include the main stage, the Gen-X Motors exhibit, food court, the Rockstar Energy Drink side stage, and a kids zone.

Brevard County’s Paint Run

Running has been growing in popularity over the years with short 5k races to full marathons popping up all over the place. While running has always been great exercise, it has not always been the most fun sport to participate in or to watch. That is until fun runs were created and among those, paint […]

Comedy Improv at Mama’s!

Comedy show OrlandoWhen you think of Orlando, thoughts of DisneyWorld and Universal Studios may be the first thing that come to mind. Along with those visions are kids, lots of them! While children are wonderful more often than not, a nice time out at an adult only venue can be just what the doctor ordered. Look no further than Mama’s Comedy Show, a comedy improv show for a mature audience and Sleuths Presents: Standup Comedy Nights! Both are located just east of Disney and south of Universal on International Drive in Orlando at the Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater.

Modeled after “Whose Line Is It Anyway” with the audience acting as an active participant, every Mama’s Comedy Show is different and promises to be a good time. Admission is just $10 and shows are Fridays at 10pm. Reservations, while not necessary, are recommended to ensure you and your party will get seated. Calling themselves a family, there are twelve members involved with Mama’s. They have been performing for four years and have earned rave reviews from their audiences. With comments like “A+ super funny,” “wicked fantastic show,” and “soooooo funny” it is a sure bet for a great night.

Get Ready Orlando, Arena Bowl XXVI is Coming to Town!

Arena Bowl in OrlandoAre you ready for some football? If so, you are in luck, even before the professional football season starts! Orlando will be hosting the Arena Bowl XXVI this year at the Amway Center on August 17th at 1pm. It will air nationally on CBS.

The Arena Bowl is the Arena Football League’s (AFL) equivalent to the NFL’s Super Bowl. The Arena Bowl was first held in Pittsburgh in 1987 and has taken place almost every year since except 2009 when the AFL filed for bankruptcy and was going through changes in management. Currently consisting of fourteen teams split into two conferences (American and National) and then into two divisions (North, Central, South, and West), the regular season, made up of twenty games, begins in the second week of March. Post-season begins in August with four teams from each conference, two division winners and two wild card teams, competing for a spot in the Arena Bowl.

Eco-tours on Horseback at the Ace of Hearts Ranch

Horse tours BrevardIf you are getting bored of the beautiful sunrises over the water, amazing beaches, and fabulous restaurants that can be found in and around Melbourne, hop in the car and drive just 35 miles north on I-95. Here you will find the Ace of Hearts Ranch, providing eco-tours on horseback!

The Ranch is available for riders age 10 and up. Visitors get the chance to ride and explore a forest trail. Open daily, the Ranch’s hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Rides are one hour in length and cost $30 per person. Reservations need to be made ahead of time to ensure the availability of the horses. Private rides are also available for up to four riders. Reviews from visitors have been wholly positive with the Ranch scoring five stars on Yelp. According to previous riders the horses are “well mannered” and “taken care of” and the experience was great, enjoyable, and relaxing. One reviewer even reported their ride lasting longer than the hour advertised making it well worth the cost.

Passionate, Dynamic, and Powerful – Performances at the Mad Cow Theatre

Mad Cow Theater OrlandoIn the heart of downtown Orlando you will find one of the most respected theatre companies in the area. Mad Cow Theatre opened its doors in 1997 as a two show project and has grown exponentially and now celebrating its 14th year. Located just off the I-4, the theatre is convenient and easy to find.While the 2012-2013 season is winding down there are still two productions you can catch this summer; Collected Stories and Death of a Salesman. Tickets generally run from $25 for regular seating and $32 for premium, however you can catch some discounted shows during weekday showings.

Collected Stories is running from June 21st through July 14th. The drama was written by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist Donald Margulies. The story is based on the a student/teacher relationship between two women. The student is the teachers protegee and as she matures as a writer over the course of the play (a six year time span) she pens a novel based on the affair of her teacher with a well known poet. The drama examines relationships and what is fair game when it comes to the creative process. Described as both witty and powerful, it is a must see.

Meet Corduroy at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, one of the largest book retail companies in the world, operates their retail stores more like community centers than bookstores. They want customers to stay awhile and enjoy all that their store has to offer and B&N has more to offer than just books.  Customers can enjoy food and beverage at their […]

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