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Art Crawl, is hitting Munn Park in downtown Lakeland again for its sixth annual art festival celebrating the emergence of new and innovative artists in Central Florida! This one-day event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 3rd. Family friendly and admission is free.

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 …

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.

You’ve got a job to do!  You’ve got to choose Mr. Central Florida!  I wanted to learn more about this amazing event and fundraiser.  I asked current contestant and hopeful “manly man,” Jeff Conley from Publix Aprons a few questions about the upcoming show, a fundraiser for Central Florida Sp…

Dog parks provide a place for your dog to get plenty of exercise.  Ideally, they will learn social skills by meeting with unfamiliar dogs each time.  And, it’s just fun!   Lakeland has 2 parks for your fur baby to run leash-free with her friends:

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

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.

When Jamie Hein of Plant City started her candle business, she had a few core principles in mind. Things like eco-friendly ingredients, recyclable packaging, and clean burning scents were non-negotiable for the mom of three. 

Twenty-year-old Ella Sexson has been a licensed esthetician for about a year now. Facials, waxing, makeup, natural, glam – she can do it all. We commissioned her to do the makeup on our cover model this month.  Not only does she talk about how she got started, but we get a few tips on a “fiv…

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. 

It’s almost summertime! Do you know what your kids will be doing? Sleeping in, video games, pool parties, bugging mom–that’s great and all, but what about a creative outlet to get them off the couch and out of your hair? 

Tell me the origin story of Make Plant City, who started it, and how you are associated with Lakeland Creative Makers.

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 brainchild of two environmentally conscious creatives, Marco Denis and Dober Kline, American Dance Party, a “remade in the USA” apparel company, is putting retro clothing to use in a quirky and stylish way.  Their selection of Dexter’s Laboratory and Bart Simpson shorts had this nineties…

Do you know that sweet, woody smell of flipping the pages of an old book? How about perusing the rows of VHS tapes at the video store on a Friday night or the gruff soulfulness of a good vinyl record? Nostalgic, right? In a day and age where we have the ability to stream whatever we need; th…

On March 1st, at their Canvas & Cocktails event, Platform ART revealed the winning model for their newest project. The submitted pieces were judged at their Platform Kids event in February. The theme for this year’s public art project was centered around recognizing linemen as first resp…

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…

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…

In Polk County, the sense of community and support for small business is palpable. It’s not just for the sake of supporting a local shop that keeps Rafa Natural’s customers coming back though. It’s their handmade, hand packaged, small-batch line of organic skincare, candles, and bath and bod…

If optimism was a person, it would be the owner of Twenty Seven, Jenna Cherry, who turned a dark time in her life into a growing business that shares some handmade sunshine with its customers. Originally from Brandon, Jenna went to school at Lakeland Christian School, making the drive betwee…

Writing can be a very personal thing. Sometimes though, taking a personal thing and sharing it with others invested in the same can be encouraging, inspiring growth. Such is the case with Writers @ LPL, a group of writers of all different manners and genres that meet at the Lakeland Public L…

Most people are no doubt familiar with the 1964 film based off the book written by P. L. Travers, starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson that had them whistling or trying to spell “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The story centers around the Banks family of London in …

Once homeless, now a renowned and accomplished pianist, James Matthews is nothing short of inspiring. Though James doesn’t throw around the words ‘brilliant’ or ‘protege’ to describe himself, there seems to not be a more fitting description for the musician. 

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 52nd season, is bringing a night at the opera to Lakeland! The ISO, in collaboration with Florida Southern College is presenting, Gianni Schicchi for one night only on January 20th at 7 p.m. This comedic opera marries the fantastical elements …

Is there anything more fun than creating something all your own and getting to add it to your wardrobe?  Or gifting a handmade piece of jewelry to a friend? Copper Tree Beads in Lakeland provides that experience and then some. A jewelry design studio and gift store, you can pick up the suppl…

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…

Polk County’s only professional dance company, Florida Dance Theatre is set to put on their annual, world-class performance of The Nutcracker this month. The dance theatre, now in its 24th season, was started as a ballet school in 1993 by founder and artistic director Carol Krajacic-Erkes. 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…

Becky Yohe was born to create and help others tap into their creative sides. An insightful, young, female entrepreneur, she used each chapter of her life as a brick to build her future. It was June of 2015 when Becky opened Art Centric Studio in the Dixieland Plaza in downtown Lakeland. They…

Every year, Florida Southern College gives their underclassmen Studio Art and Graphic Design majors, a platform to display works they’ve created within the program to the public. This year’s All-Student Exhibition will kick-off with an opening reception on Friday, November 10th at 7 pm at th…

5 years ago, Ellen Chastain, Education Manager at the Polk Museum of Art, thought that the robust art community of Lakeland and the surrounding Central Florida cities needed an event to shine a light on their talent and bring a community focus to art. She and her colleagues at PMA decided to…

Isn’t it fun to get a little scared sometimes? Just in time for Halloween, Lakeland Community Theatre is bringing the award-winning 1979 musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, based on the 1973 play of the same name, to Polk County!

Lakeland’s creative scene is getting organized an expanding with a group formed by three local creators. This group called, LKLD Creative Makers, is facilitating the networking and connection of local creators to learn more about their trades, find people to collaborate with, and network wit…