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Beginning in November, the Polk County History Center will offer a one-hour guided tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Bartow.  The idea of touring a graveyard may seem a little scary, but don’t let that stop you.  The markers feature beautiful carvings and funerary art dating back to …

It’s 3 am pitch dark. Nando and I are driving on this winding, wooded, mountain road in the middle of Upstate NY. It’s the beginning of our work day and bats are still circling us on the way to the film set. We feel like a couple of zombies having worked crazy 16 hour days for the past four weeks.

Polk State College will host Voctave in concert on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Winter Haven Campus Fine Arts Theatre, 999 Ave. H N.E., offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students and members of the community to experience the world-renowned a cappella group.

Recently, I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon at Spa G in Winter Haven.  I met with owner, Lynn Giddings to talk about a very special treatment she does there, called a HydraFacial.  The machine’s handpiece holds patented spiralized treatment tips equipped with “vortex technology” — th…

Chris Sexson and Josh “Bump” Galletta fill us in on their upcoming event:  Kon Tiki Taco 

Sometimes your life calling comes to you through trial and error. Sometimes in a sudden lightning bolt of inspiration. And sometimes, it comes in the form of three ridiculously cute and fluffy cocker spaniels. 

Chalk & Chances began as a research project driven by a powerful question: What difference do teachers really make in the lives of their students? After Florida Southern College professor, Dr. Julie Hasson, interviewed hundreds of people from ages 18 to 80, she knew that she had to share…

There is a new solo acoustic artist in town. Michael LuBecke (LuBeck) is a well-diverse man when it comes to music and his new album, Dragonfly shows off his talent.

Brittany Bandi and Jared Craig met at Mitchell’s Coffee House in Lakeland. Though each from different backgrounds, Jared from Lakeland and Brittany had just come to Lakeland from teaching English in South Korea, a love of plants and gardening brought the pair together. 

Polk State College’s Winter Haven Fine Arts Gallery has transformed into an experiential exhibition of changing colors and geometric shapes with the works of world-renowned artist Kenneth Treister, whose paintings of silk evoke emotions and leave lasting impressions on visitors. 

If your child likes to sing, dance, or act and you’re looking for summertime activities to get them off the couch, check out Theatre Winter Haven’s Summer Musical Camp Theatre, and brand new this year, Summer Dance Camp. 

Christopher Amato moved with his family from New Jersey to Winter Haven in 1987 when he was around 13 years old. He graduated from Winter Haven High School, attended Polk State (then Polk Community) College, and earned an Anthropology degree from the University of Central Florida in 1997. 

Mayfaire started as a way to promote awareness of the arts in 1971 as well as providing a wonderful way for families to spend Mother’s Day. It is run by the Polk Museum of Art, a non-profit organization that allows free admission to everyone.

The Cardboard Boat Challenge has been a long-running tradition in Lakeland, with Fall of 2018 marking their 15th year. It was such a success that, according to Executive Director with LEAD (Lakes Education/ Action Drive), Tabitha Biehl, “Haines City saw the value of outreach and community ed…

Solidified as a cult classic by the 1981 film, Ernest Thompson’s screenplay, On Golden Pond is being brought to life by Theatre Winter Haven. On Golden Pond is co-produced by Citizens Bank and Trust and The Cypress Gardens Lions Club and is directed by Sarah Dalton. 

The exhibition, which runs through June 17, includes more than 50 works of art and includes the iconic “Tauromaquia” (Bullfighting) series of etchings by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, as well as rare late-career works by Pablo Picasso in multiple media from ceramic to cardboard. The majorit…

When there is a darn chain of lakes in your backyard, it is kind of crazy not to be able to go out on it.  In the spirit of becoming more and more Winter Havenites, we have folded and gotten yet another toy.  After searching Craigslist for a couple of months and looking at a dozen or more ca…

An electric fusion of two local artists will be available for public viewing at Lake Wales Arts Council’s upcoming exhibit entitled, Music on Canvas. The exhibit brings together painter Robert Morrissey, and photographer Calder Wilson, with a common theme in their work–music. 

TheatreWorks Florida is bringing a downhome, rock ‘n roll, good time to Davenport on March 9th-18th with their production of, The Great American Trailer Park Musical! The third show of their inaugural season is set in Armadillo Acres, a manufactured housing community in North Florida. 

We Costume and Production Designed a feature film called “Darcy.”   Darcy’s parents own a motel where she works during summer break doing housekeeping.  Darcy works hard and never gets a day off.  As she is folding sheets and making beds, she dreams of this “perfect day off” She’d go into to…

The Winter Haven Chamber is bringing the business and civic communities together to put on two fantastic events on the same day for the Chain of Lakes city. The community will be out in force to enjoy a day of family, food and fun on March 3rd for the 4th annual Community Fest Winter Haven a…

Local artist Blair Updike has a love for Lake Wales, the place she calls home. The Florida culture from cowboys and Seminoles to modern day authors inspires her to illuminate the captivating history of the region with every stroke of her brush. 

Theatre Winter Haven will be putting on a stage reading of The Old Settler by John Henry Redwood, directed by Tony Murvin on February 28th. You may recognize director Tony Murvin’s name from directing his first production with Theatre Winter Haven last year in the stage reading of Fences. To…

Ridge Art Association will showcase the very best of what artists far and wide have to offer at the 68th Anniversary Fine Arts Exhibition to be held January 4 – January 21st of this year. Though RAA holds many crowd-drawing themed art shows throughout the year from their Aviation Exhibit to …

Lake Wales Arts Council is bringing together the talents of Winter Haven resident photographer, Mike Potthast and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for a photography exhibition, Nature Meets Art, starting January 3rd and running through February 28th. A free reception and gallery talk for the e…

When you see a show at one of your favorite nonprofit community theatres or art galleries, do you ever wonder how they got the funding to bring and retain such rich artistic culture to Polk County? The answer, for many of the nonprofit arts organizations around the county, is the Polk Arts A…

Theatre Winter Haven is putting some magic back into the holidays with the production of Another Night Before Christmas, directed by first-time director, Melissa Whitworth. Whitworth is an actor, singer, and now director here in Florida, traveling the state with regional theatre contracts. S…

Get ready to step back in time with the Buck family, Bok Tower Gardens is celebrating their 23rd Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate from November 24th through January 7th and is even open on Christmas Day. I got a sneak peak of the decorating process. Pinewood, on its own, is a stunning di…

Haines City Community Theatre is making history in Florida with the production of Joe Simonelli’s Old Ringers. According to Current President of the theatre’s Board of Directors, Ken Bledsoe. Haines City Community Theatre is proud to be the site of the Florida premier for the show.

The holidays are officially upon us! We’re putting away the ghost and ghoul decorations to make room for turkeys, pumpkins, and sweaters–or maybe just a short sleeve shirt made of sweater material, we are in Florida after all. Soon it’ll be time for Santa, candy canes, and Christmas music! U…

The world is filled with great ideas. How many of those great ideas are missed because they aren’t acted on? 23-year-old Kurtis Flanders, founder and director of Growing Positivity thinks that number is too many, and has a desire to change that.

Yoga–an exercise that strengthens both mind and body, is making its way up in popularity around Winter Haven thanks to Inside Out Yoga Studio.