Honoring Two Arts Icons
Hugh McKean and Jeannette Genius McKean are remembered today as iconic Central Floridians whose egalitarian philanthropy made it possible for Winter Park to live up to its motto: The City of Culture and Heritage.
He was an art professor and then president of Rollins College from 1951 to 1969; she was a gallery owner, an interior designer and the granddaughter of Charles Hosmer Morse, the enlightened industrialist who helped to shape modern-day Winter Park in the early 1900s.
The story of how the McKeans rescued truckloads of now-priceless Louis Comfort Tiffany creations from the artist’s ruined Long Island estate and brought it all back to Winter Park has been well told. Today, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, founded by the couple, displays much of that extraordinary collection.
Because the McKeans were so many things to so many people, they’re not as well known for being accomplished artists in their own right.
Crealdé School of Art hopes to change that with a major exhibition of paintings by Hugh (1908-1995) and Jeannette (1909-1989). Honoring Two Winter Park Legends: The Paintings of Hugh McKean and Jeannette Genius McKean runs from February 2 to May 19.
On top of everything else, the McKeans were indeed serious artists who painted throughout the course of their lives. They produced strong bodies of work that reflect their training and their individuality.
Many of the exhibition’s paintings are undated, but the earliest piece by Hugh is from 1923, while the most recent is thought to be from 1977. Jeannette’s paintings range from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Barbara Tiffany, curator of exhibitions and painting and drawing manager at Crealdé, who made the selections from the Morse Museum’s archives, says the exhibition offers a cohesive look at the work the McKeans produced.
“The two were obviously influenced by each other,” Tiffany says. “They clearly had a respect and regard for each other’s work. They spoke the same language.”
At first glance — even though they worked in different styles — it’s sometimes unclear who painted what, she notes, adding that it’s easy to imagine the couple critiquing works in progress, perhaps in Hugh’s “scriptor-
ium” — a second-floor studio on Park Avenue.
“Even when looking at his portraits and her abstracts, there’s still a clarity of color and design that they share, in addition to their obvious knowledge, passion and humor,” adds Tiffany.
Hugh graduated from Orlando High School in 1926 before enrolling at Rollins, where he majored in English and creative writing. His father had insisted that he earn an undergraduate degree in a subject other than art.
That same year, McKean met a young woman who would become his lifelong creative and intellectual soulmate: 17-year-old Jeannette Morse Genius, a Chicago resident who had vacationed in Winter Park since childhood and was now taking summer classes at Rollins.
Jeannette — who would become a Rollins trustee at age 27 — had attended exclusive private schools and, like her future husband, would later study in New York at the Grand Central School of Art and the Art Students League.
Not surprisingly, these two kindred spirits — who would individually and separately dedicate their talent and treasure to energizing Winter Park’s cultural life — struck up a romance that blossomed like a Tiffany daffodil.
As part of its mission to preserve culture through visual art, Crealdé has a long tradition of showcasing important contributors to Winter Park’s stature as the region’s artistic and intellectual hub.
“The McKeans’ imprint is interwoven into Winter Park’s cultural fabric, from the peacocks they raised that have become the city’s iconic symbol to the Morse Museum,” notes Schreyer.
Hugh and Jeannette brought the first peacocks to Winter Park in the 1950s, and opened the grounds surrounding their sprawling estate, Wind Song, to let the public see the noisy peafowl strut and preen.
Schreyer notes that Hugh, in particular, was adamant in his belief that art should be accessible to people not typically inclined to seek it out. In that way, he says, Hugh’s approach parallels that of William Jenkins, who founded Crealdé in 1975 with the motto, “Art Is for Everyone.”
So it’s easy to see why Crealdé is the logical organization to produce an exhibition of the McKeans’ work, says Laurence J. Ruggiero, director of the Morse.
“For more than 50 years, Hugh and Jeannette actively produced paintings and drawings here, in the community they loved,” Ruggiero says. “Their work deserves to be remembered — and their example stands as an emblem for the profound and nourishing role that art plays in Winter Park, then and now.”
Many of the paintings will be on display in the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery at Crealdé’s main campus at 600 St. Andrews Boulevard. The Hannibal Square Heritage Center, a Crealdé satellite museum at 642 West New England Avenue, will feature a selection of Hugh’s paintings featuring scenes of African-American life.
“In these moving paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, you’ll immediately see his compassion and reverence for the subject,” says Tiffany.
Reservations are being accepted to book guided tours of both galleries. Call 407-671-1886 to schedule a date. You may also see the exhibition any time during regular hours at the two venues, where admission is free. Visit crealde.org for more information.
- What: Honoring Two Winter Park Legends:
The Paintings of Hugh McKean and Jeannette Genius McKean
- When: February 2 to May 19
- Where: Alice & William Jenkins Gallery,
Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews
Boulevard; Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 West New England Boulevard.
— Randy Noles
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. This lakeside museum, open since 1961, is dedicated to preserving the works of the famed Czech sculptor for whom it was both home and studio for more than a decade. Running through April 15 is Island Objects: Art and Adaptation in Micronesia, which draws on local anthropologist Barbara Wavell’s private collection of archaeological materials and historical items from the Pacific Islands of Micronesia (see page ???). The Polasek also offers tours of the restored Capen-Showalter House three times weekly: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. The historic house, built in 1885, was saved from demolition several years ago and floated across Lake Osceola to its current location on the Polasek’s grounds. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and free for children. 633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park. 407-647-6294. polasek.org.
Art & History Museums — Maitland. The Maitland Art Center, one of five museums anchoring the city’s Cultural Corridor, was founded as an art colony in 1937 by visionary American artist and architect J. André Smith. The center, located at 231 West Packwood Avenue, Maitland, is the Orlando area’s only National Historic Landmark and one of the few surviving examples of Mayan Revival architecture in the Southeast. Its next exhibition, Women of the Research Studio, opens January 5 and runs through February 18. It features works by two of the center’s 2017 artists-in-residence: Nikki Painter, who works in mixed media; and Elisabeth Condon, a painter who explored the iconography of center founder Smith through a contemporary lens. Next up is Art31: Fiber, featuring the work of three internationally recognized artists — Alisha McCurdy, Hye Shin and Carrie Sieh — each of whom create using materials such as cloth and paper, and techniques such as stitching and quilting. Throughout March, they’ll create new works daily, and engage attendees with a series of art happenings. The exhibition runs until April 22. Admission to the center is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children ages 4 to 18, and free for children age 3 and under. The openings of both exhibitions will be celebrated as “Culture Pop!” events, with literary readings by local writers, live music, demonstrations by art-school instructors and opportunities to meet the artists. Admission to Culture Pop events is $5. The Cultural Corridor also includes the Maitland Historical Museum and the Telephone Museum, both at 221 West Packwood Avenue, Maitland, and the Waterhouse Residence Museum and Carpentry Shop Museum, both built in the 1880s and located at 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. In March, Springtime at the Waterhouse will feature the Victorian-era home decked out for Easter. 407-539-2181. artandhistory.org.
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. With more than 19,000 square feet of gallery and public space, the Morse houses the world’s most important collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany creations, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass and an entire chapel interior originally designed and built for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. On display through January 7: Focus Exhibition: Tiffany Studios’ Daffodil Reading Lamp, and the exhibit Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Life and Art. Opening January 16 is Landscape in 19th-Century America, a new exhibition that illustrates the affinity between the French Barbizon School (French painters of nature active from 1830-1870) and American painters of the late 1800s whose works are in the museum’s permanent collection, including Otto Heinigke, William Louis Sonntag and George Inness. The exhibition, which continues through April 8, complements Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet, a concurrent exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. Speaking of American landscapes, the largest known painting by American artist Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) will be on display at the Morse from February 13 through early July courtesy of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont, which owns the work. The Domes of the Yosemite, an 1867 oil painting measuring almost 10 by 15 feet, has just undergone refurbishment by conservation experts in Miami — and will be making its first appearance outside St. Johnsbury — Charles Hosmer Morse’ hometown —since 1873 (see pages 104-105). On January 26, the Morse kicks off a free, five-part film series, Portraits, as the winter installment of its Friday Brown Bag Matinee program (see “Film”). As part of the museum’s 2017 diamond anniversary, the Morse also continues to showcase the breadth of its eclectic collection with Celebrating 75 Years — Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum, which includes portraits, landscape paintings, pottery and works on paper assembled by founders Hugh and Jeannette McKean. That exhibition continues through September 23. From January through April, admission to the museum is free on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.; otherwise, the cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children younger than age 12. 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park. 407-645-5311. morsemuseum.org.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Located on the campus of Rollins College, the museum houses one of the oldest and most eclectic collections of fine art in Florida. Free tours take place at 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the campus facility, and at 1 p.m. on Sundays at the nearby Alfond Inn, which displays dozens of works from the museum’s Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. Happy Hour tours of the Alfond Collection are also conducted on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. If you prefer historic works, Throwback Thursday tours are offered at the museum from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of most months (including February 15 and March 15). The museum starts the new year with three new exhibitions, all opening on January 20. The first, Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet, features 45 works from the Musée des Beaux Arts, which owns one of the largest collections of French 19th-century landscape paintings in the world. The exhibition continues through April 8. (A complementary exhibition, Landscape in 19th-Century America, is simultaneously on display at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.) The second exhibition, Picturing War, presents an array of objects — drawn entirely from the museum’s permanent collection — created in response to U.S. involvement in global conflict from the end of World War I to the present day. It runs through May 13. The third exhibition, Ria Brodell: Devotion, features works from two series of paintings by the Boston artist: The Handsome & The Holy and Butch Heroes, all showcasing real people — some historical figures — who challenged gender norms. It also runs through May 13. Also, the museum’s ongoing Conversations exhibition features selected works from its permanent collection along with recent gifts and loans. Admission to the museum is free, courtesy of Dale Montgomery, Rollins Class of 1960. 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park. 407-646-2526. rollins.edu/cfam.
Crealdé School of Art. Established in 1975, this nonprofit arts organization offers year-round visual-arts classes for all ages, taught by more than 40 working artists. Admission to the school’s galleries is free, though there are fees for art classes. Through January 13, the school’s Jenkins Gallery features The Lake: A Documentary Exploring the Land and People of Lake Apopka, in which 25 photographers, studio artists and plein air painters explore the land and people surrounding Florida’s fifth-largest lake. Through January 16, the annual exhibition Emerge: New Works by Painting and Drawing Fellowship and Studio Artists features works by emerging artists in a variety of media. Recent work from Crealdé’s faculty is on display in Director’s Choice VII, an exhibition featuring photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, glass and fiber arts. The opening reception, January 20 from 5 to 8 p.m., doubles as Night of Fire, the school’s annual winter open house. The exhibition continues through April 28. Starting February 2, a major educational exhibition takes over the Jenkins Gallery and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center’s visiting-exhibition gallery on Winter Park’s west side: Honoring Two Winter Park Legends: The Paintings of Hugh McKean and Jeannette Genius McKean features works on loan from the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which the couple founded. Forty paintings by the McKeans, both of whom were formally trained artists, will be on display at both venues through May 19. A special opening February 2 begins with a 7 to 9 p.m. reception at Crealdé, and continues with live jazz performed at the Heritage Center from 8 to 10 p.m. 600 Saint Andrews Boulevard, Winter Park. 407-671-1886. crealde.org.
Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Established in 2007 by the Crealdé School of Art in partnership with residents of Hannibal Square and the City of Winter Park, the center celebrates the city’s historically African-American west side with archival photographs, original artwork and oral histories from longtime residents that are together known as the Heritage Collection. From February 2 to May 19, the center’s visiting-exhibition gallery hosts, along with the Crealdé School of Art, Honoring Two Winter Park Legends: The Paintings of Hugh McKean and Jeannette Genius McKean. Ongoing is the Hannibal Square Timeline, which documents significant local and national events in African-American history since the Emancipation Proclamation. Admission is free. 642 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-539-2680. hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org.
The Magic Of Micronesia
Ever been to Micronesia? We didn’t think so. But you can get a feel for the culture of the region — which encompasses thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean — by visiting Island Objects: Art and Adaptation in Micronesia at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens.
The exhibition, which runs through April 15, consists of art objects and archeological material collected by Winter Park resident Barbara B. Wavell, who has written three books on Micronesia.
“It’s the goal of this exhibition to help dispel the general lack of knowledge of Micronesia and Micronesian art by giving the unique works of these surprising and inventive people a proper center stage,” says curator Rachel Frisby.
Micronesia encompasses five independent nations, including Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Yuvulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, as well as three U.S. territories, including include Guam, Wake Island and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The objects collected by Wavell represent facets of traditional Micronesian life, such as the art of the tattoo, which can be seen on many carved figures, as well as artwork from periods of occupation by Spain, Germany, Japan and the U.S.
“The remarkable ability of the Micronesian people to adapt to societal and environmental forces has characterized and molded their culture,” says Wavell.
Originally, artisans used native materials — employing only four colors found in natural pigments on the islands — and indigenous fibers such as banana and hibiscus for weaving.
The exhibition showcases such creations, from intricately patterned fans, human statuary, navigation charts and woven clothing and adornments. Micronesian artistry is apparent in every sophisticated stitch and stylized carving, Wavell adds.
Of particular interest are the bold and graphic carved “storyboards” from Palau, which depict Palauan myths and stories documented by Germans during the late 19th century.
Wavell plans a book-signing on Tuesday, February 27. On Sunday, March 25, there’ll be a free open house at which local Micronesians will demonstrate dances and sell crafts. Details for both events were still being finalized at presstime.
Admission to the Polasek is $10 for adults, $3 for students. For more information about the current exhibition and the museum’s other programs, visit polasek.org.
Annie Russell Theatre. The next show at “The Annie,” the historic jewel-box of a theater on the campus of Rollins College, is The Women of Lockerbie, the fictional account of a couple from New Jersey who’ve come to Lockerbie, Scotland, to honor the anniversary of their son’s death aboard Pan Am Flight 103, which was destroyed by a terrorist bombing in 1988. The show runs February 16 to 24. There are eight performances, with most shows at 8 p.m. plus matinees at 2 or 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20. The Second Stage Series, in the nearby Fred Stone Theater, features student-produced and student-directed plays. Upcoming is Constellations, by English playwright Nick Payne, a love story in which science and romance collide across time and space. It runs February 1 to 4 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee February 4. Constellations is followed by God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza. The French comedy — intended for mature audiences — examines conflict and maturity when two couples meet following a playground confrontation between their children. It runs February 8 to 11 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee February 11. Admission to Second Stage shows is free to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-646-2145. rollins.edu/annie-russell-theatre.
Winter Park Playhouse. Winter Park’s only professional, nonprofit theater continues its 2017-18 mainstage season January 26 through February 24 with the Florida premiere of Babes in Hollywood, a musical about the legendary show business careers of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Songs include many classics, such as “Over the Rainbow,” “Easter Parade” and “That’s Entertainment.” The next production, Nunsense A-Men!, is an off-Broadway musical comedy in which all of the characters are portrayed by men. The premise: When the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the nuns, they organize a variety show to raise money for the burials. Performances are scheduled for both March 16 to 25 and April 5 to 21. Both musicals run Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Single tickets range from $15 for students to $42 for evening performances. 711 Orange Avenue, Winter Park. 407-645-0145. winterparkplayhouse.org.
A Monumental Landscape
One of the most famous paintings in all of Vermont is wintering in Florida this year. And its first vacation in nearly 150 years includes a high-profile layover in Winter Park — thanks to business and philanthropic ties dating from the Victorian era.
The Domes of the Yosemite, the largest existing painting by renowned American landscape artist Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), will be on display at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art on Park Avenue beginning on February 13.
This monumental work — it measures almost 10 by 15 feet — will be on loan for about six months from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, a combined library and art gallery in the small Northeastern Vermont town where, not coincidentally, Charles Hosmer Morse was born in 1833.
The 1867 oil-on-canvas work, which recently underwent preservation and repair work, has not been shown outside the Green Mountain State since it was first installed at the Athenaeum in 1873.
“This is a virtuoso performance by one of the most beloved painters of America’s natural beauty — sweeping, sumptuous, dramatic and luminous,” says Laurence J. Ruggiero, director of the Winter Park museum for more than 25 years. “It will be an unforgettable experience for our community and our visitors.”
The painting’s local debut coincides with the museum’s newest exhibition, Landscape in 19th-Century America, which opened January 16 and continues through April 8.
Morse, the industrialist/philanthropist for whom the museum is named, was a native of St. Johnsbury, and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1850. He then went to work for E. & T. Fairbanks Co., a St. Johnsbury-based company that invented the platform weighing scale.
Yes, the company was owned by that Fairbanks family. Co-founder Erastus Fairbanks, a two-term governor of Vermont, had a son, Franklin, who accompanied Morse on a Winter Park sojourn in 1881. Fairbanks, like Morse, became a formidable civic leader, and was an original Rollins College trustee.
Morse’s first boss, Horace Fairbanks — brother of Erastus, and also a Vermont governor — built the Athenaeum in 1871 as a public library. Two years later, he added a small art gallery just to accommodate The Domes.
“Charles Morse’s connection to St. Johnsbury is the reason the Athenaeum offered the painting for temporary display at the Morse Museum,” Athenaeum Director Bob Joly says. “We’re delighted to share this national treasure with the Central Florida community, where the Morse legacy has meant so much.”
Winter Park’s Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, prime supporter of the museum — which now houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany — contributed $100,000 to a capital campaign to preserve The Domes.
The foundation was created in 1959 by Morse’s granddaughter, Jeannette Genius McKean, who founded the internationally renowned museum with her husband, Hugh McKean, who served as its first director and most ardent booster.
During The Domes’ five-month stay at ArtCare Conservation Studio in Miami, specialists repaired tears around the work’s perimeter, flattened distortions in the canvas and removed both surface grime and a coating of synthetic varnish applied in the 1950s.
“The painting is the most important piece in the Athenaeum collection, and a major work of 19th-century landscape painting,” Joly notes. “It’s our job to preserve it for the generations to come.”
Bierstadt, a German-born American artist, was lauded by contemporary critics for his grandiose landscapes, particularly those that captured the newly accessible American West. The Dunes — which depicts a mountainous region that’s now part of Yosemite National Park — has been called his crowning achievement.
The breathtaking work was originally commissioned for $25,000 to hang in the Connecticut home of wealthy financier Legrand Lockwood. Five years later, Lockwood was wiped out by the Gold Crisis of 1869 and died soon thereafter, in 1872. Horace Fairbanks bought the painting at auction for just $5,000.
Once in St. Johnsbury, The Domes became the visual centerpiece of the Athenaeum’s gallery addition, where it has the entire western wall to itself. A viewing balcony, built into the opposite wall about a decade later, still offers an excellent vantage from which to view Bierstadt’s composition — once it returns from its Florida vacation.
Pookie’s RescueFest. This annual pet-adoption day and fundraiser for local nonprofit animal-rescue groups returns for its 10th year to Lake Lily Park in Maitland. The event, slated January 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., attracts dozens of rescue groups and thousands of pet lovers. In addition to adoptions, there’s a wealth of information offered by a variety of pet-oriented vendors, including trainers, sitters, boarders and veterinarians. 900 South Orlando Ave., Maitland. 321-287-0390. pookiesrescuefest.org.
Unity Heritage Festival. Shady Park in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square is the setting for this annual, two-day event, which spans the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and promotes family history while raising funds for programs assisting economically disadvantaged youth. The January 14 to 15 festival, which runs 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, features live gospel music, dance, children’s games, food concessions, retail vendors, career booths and presentation of the annual Heritage Award. Admission is free. 721 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-599-3334. cityofwinterpark.org.
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Among the oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals in the U.S., the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival celebrates its 59th year March 16 to 18. The festival, which features about 225 artists selected from more than 1,000 applicants, draws more than 300,000 visitors to Central Park on Park Avenue. Participating artists compete for dozens of awards with tens of thousands of dollars in prize money at stake. In addition to works in a variety of media — painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, fiber, leather, wood, glass and jewelry — there are kid-friendly activities in the Children’s Workshop Village and an exhibition of student art from Orange County public and private schools. There are also dozens of food and drink concessions and live entertainment. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 407-644-7207. wpsaf.org.
Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. This popular, weeklong series of events and exhibits, now in its 29th year, takes place mostly in Eatonville, where the author and folklorist spent much of her childhood. But there are also events in neighboring Winter Park and Orlando, and at the University of Central Florida’s College of Hospitality. Running January 19 to 28, the festival includes an opening gala dinner, an exhibition and reception at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, a conference at Rollins College, an education day for students, and more — all leading to the Outdoor Festival of the Arts, a three-day street party in the heart of Eatonville. Many events are free and open to the public. Zora Neale Hurston National Museum, 227 East Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville. 407-647-3307. zorafestival.org.
Improv Comedy Festival. Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts hosts a weekend of improvisational comedy March 9 and 10, starting 7 p.m. both nights. Details and ticket prices weren’t available at press time. 1905 Kentucky Avenue, Winter Park. 407-636-9951.
Arts Celebrated In Weekend Fest
When Winter Park chose “the city of arts and culture” as its vision for future development and community growth two years ago, it hung celebratory pennants along Park Avenue; distributed brochures pinpointing museums, galleries, theaters and special events on a map; and created an online directory of local arts and cultural groups, with a master calendar of all their events.
But the Arts & Culture Subcommittee of the city’s Public Art Advisory Board, an outgrowth of the visioning process, also wanted to dedicate a long weekend to the city’s plethora of arts and cultural organizations.
The result? The city’s first Weekend of the Arts, slated for Friday through Monday, February 16 through 19. The four-day extravaganza offers both residents and out-of-towners the chance to enjoy more than three-dozen events, held at a variety of museums, theaters and galleries.
There’ll be plays, concerts and art exhibits, along with the fourth annual “Be My Neighbor Day,” sponsored by the Winter Park History Museum. That event, slated Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. in Central Park, features a series of family-friendly activities inspired by the late Fred Rogers, the Rollins College grad who hosted the legendary PBS show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for nearly four decades.
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park also kicks off its 83rd season that weekend, with a free organ recital Friday at 7:30 p.m., an orchestra concert of works by composer Paul Moravec on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a program of musical meditations with the Bach Festival Choir on Sunday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The venue for all three events is Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins campus.
Also on Sunday in Central Park, the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College is holding its 10th Anniversary Celebration. The event, slated for 3 to 5 p.m., will feature speakers and musical entertainment from, among others, the Gazebros, a genre-spanning local band that plays folk, country and rock.
Other organizations participating in Weekend of the Arts include the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, the Annie Russell Theater, Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, the Casa Feliz Historic Home, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, the Crealdé School of Art, the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, the Winter Park Playhouse, and the Winter Park Public Library. The city website’s Arts & Culture section (cityofwinterpark.org/arts-culture) has the full Weekend of the Arts schedule, as well as an online copy of the city brochure.
“Groups were encouraged to hold at least one event during those four days,” said Craig O’Neil, assistant director of the city’s Communications Department. “We didn’t want to create a whole new event, for Central Park or the Civic Center, and ask the arts groups to show up there. We want people to go to their facilities.”
Enzian. This cozy, nonprofit alternative cinema offers a plethora of film series. Tickets are usually $11 for regular admission; $9 for matinees, students, seniors and military (with ID); and $8.50 for Enzian Film Society members. But children under age 12 are admitted free to Peanut Butter Matinee Family Films, shown the fourth Sunday of each month at noon. Saturday Matinee Classics are shown the second Saturday of each month at noon. Cult Classics are shown the second and last Tuesday of each month at 9:30 p.m. FilmSlam, which spotlights Florida-made short films, takes place most months on the first or second Sunday at 1 p.m.; the next scheduled dates are January 14, February 11 and March 11. Music Mondays present new and classic concert-music documentaries and music-focused movies, usually on the third Monday of the month at 9:30 p.m. Midnight Movies are an ongoing series of envelope-pushing classic and cutting-edge films that start at 11:59 p.m. Enzian kicks off 2018 with a screening of the 2017 period drama Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige. The film, slated for January 31 at 6:15 p.m., follows a pair of World War II veterans who return home to rural Mississippi and must cope with racism and PTSD. Following the screening, there’ll be a question-and-answer session with Hillary Jordan, author of the novel on which the film was based. Other special showings include the Reel Short Teen Film Festival Showcase (March 3, 11 a.m.), which features short films submitted by area students in grades 8 to 12. The program, in partnership with Winter Park Public Library, replaces the library’s D.I.Y. Teen Film Festival. 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland. 407-629-0054 (information line), 407-629-1088 (theater offices). enzian.org.
Popcorn Flicks in the Park. The City of Winter Park and Enzian collaborate to offer classic, family-friendly films free in Central Park on Park Avenue. These outdoor screenings are usually on the second Thursday of each month, and start whenever it gets dark — figure 7 p.m. this time of year. Upcoming films include The Bellboy (January 11, 7 p.m.), While You Were Sleeping (February 8, 7 p.m.) and True Grit (March 8, 7 p.m.). Bring a blanket or chairs and a snack. 407-629-1088. enzian.org.
Screen on the Green. The City of Maitland offers free outdoor films most months on the field at Maitland Middle School beginning at 6 or 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs. The next showing is slated for March; check the city website’s special events calendar for date, time and title. 1901 Choctaw Trail, Maitland. 407-539-0042. itsmymaitland.com.
Friday Brown Bag Matinees. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art presents three film series each year on topics related to the museum’s collection as well as art in general. Admission is free to these lunchtime screenings, which span the noon hour on select Fridays in the Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion, just behind the museum on Canton Avenue. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches; the museum provides soft drinks and themed refreshments. The Winter Series, titled Portraits, explores artistic representations of the human face through a five-part BBC series, The Face of Britain. The series kicks off January 26 with The Face of Power, followed by Faces of the People on February 2, The Face of Fame on February 9, The Look of Love on February 16 and The Face in the Mirror on February 23. 161 West Canton Avenue. 407-645-5311. morsemuseum.org.
Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum. This stunningly restored Spanish farmhouse-style home, designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II, is now a community center and museum. Free open houses are hosted by trained docents on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Also, live music is featured in the large downstairs parlor on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. (see “Music”). 656 North Park Avenue (adjacent to the Winter Park Golf Course), Winter Park. 407-628-8200. casafeliz.us.
Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. The center is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice, with the goal of developing a moral and just community through educational and cultural programs. It houses permanent and temporary exhibitions, archives and a research library. A new exhibition, Parallel Journeys, tells the stories of six teenagers who were victims, witnesses or perpetrators of the Holocaust or other Nazi oppression during World War II. It opens on January 2 and continues through April 27. The museum’s ongoing exhibition, Tribute to the Holocaust, is a presentation of artifacts, videos, text, photographs and other artwork. Admission is free. 851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland. 407-628-0555. holocaustedu.org.
Winter Park History Museum. Ongoing displays include artifacts dating from the city’s beginnings as a New England-style resort in the 1880s. Its current exhibition, Winter Park: The War Years, 1941-1945 — Home Front Life in an American Small Town, explores the ways in which World War II affected Winter Parkers. Admission is free. 200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-644-2330. wphistory.org.
Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts. Eatonville is strongly associated with Harlem Renaissance writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, who lived there as a girl and recorded her childhood memories in her classic autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road. The museum that bears her name provides information about the historic city; it also sponsors exhibitions featuring the works of African-American artists and is an integral part of the annual, weeklong Zora! Festival. On January 20, during the first full day of the 2018 Zora! Festival (January 19 to 28), the museum debuts a new exhibition, The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community: The Early Years, 1987-1997. The multimedia presentation is based on material from the community organization’s archives. A 6 to 8 p.m. opening reception, which includes a gallery talk, is free and open to the public. The exhibition continues through September. Admission to the museum at other times is also free, though group tours require a reservation and are charged a fee. 227 East Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville. 407-647-3188. zorafestival.org, hurstonmuseum.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Eatonville, arguably the oldest incorporated African-American municipality in the U.S., begins its 41st annual parade on January 13 at 2 p.m. along Kennedy Boulevard, just east of Wymore Road. 407-623-8900. townofeatonville.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Central Florida’s only St. Patrick’s parade is always held on the first Sunday in March. This year’s parade is slated for March 4 at 2 p.m. by the Winter Park Country Club, and heads south along Park Avenue through the city’s signature shopping district to Lyman Avenue. Scores of marching units participate. The celebration also features Irish music and step-dancing on the main stage in Central Park. 407-599-3334. cityofwinterpark.org
Gladdening Light Symposium 2018. NPR host Krista Tippett, author of the bestseller Becoming Wise and host of the radio program On Being, is the featured participant at this year’s four-day symposium, organized by GladdeningLight, a Winter Park-based nonprofit that explores the intersection of art and spirituality. Tippet will launch the January 25 to 28 event by conversing onstage with two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins in Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus; the next evening, she’ll give the keynote address and sign books at the same venue. Tippett will be joined during the weekend by A.O. Scott, movie critic for The New York Times and author of Better Living Through Criticism, and composer Gustavo Santaolalla, winner of Academy Awards for the scores of both Babel and Brokeback Mountain. Santaolalla will be interviewed on Friday afternoon by On Being Executive Producer Lily Percy; Scott will lecture on Saturday morning; and Tippett, Scott and Santaolalla will comprise a discussion panel Saturday afternoon to ponder the art of composition and criticism. Tickets range from $25 for Tippett’s Friday night address only to $280 for access to all symposium-related events. (Rollins students and staff are admitted free of charge.) A Saturday night concert by Free Planet Radio, a trio of multi-instrumentalists from Asheville, North Carolina, is free and open to the public in Tiedtke Concert Hall. Other activities take place at various locations on the Rollins campus. 407-647-3963. gladdeninglight.org.
Winter Park Institute at Rollins College. Each year, the institute presents lectures, readings and seminars by thought leaders in an array of disciplines. The fourth lecture of the 2017-18 season, on January 18, features Candy Chang, a world-renowned artist and urban designer whose Before I Die participatory art project has grown into a global phenomenon. The fifth installment, on March 6, features former NASA astronaut Story Musgrave, a veteran of six spaceflights, whose lecture is entitled From Farm Kid to Rocket Man and Beyond. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m.; Chang’s is at Tiedtke Concert Hall, while Musgrave’s is at the Bush Auditorium, both on the Rollins College Campus. Tickets for each lecture range from $10-$25. 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park. 407-646-2145. rollins.edu/wpitickets.
Winter with the Writers. Sponsored by the Rollins College Department of English and open to the public, this annual event dates to 1927, when it featured such luminaries as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ogden Nash and Carl Sandburg. This year’s series opens on February 1 with Hillary Jordan, author of the novel Mudbound, which was made into a film of the same name last year. (The film will be screened the prior evening at Enzian in Maitland, with Jordan taking questions from attendees afterward.) The series continues on February 8 with Ishion Hutchinson, a Jamaican-born writer with two award-winning collections of poetry: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. Next up, on February 15, are Garth Greenwell, author of the award-winning What Belongs to You and co-holder of the 2018 Irving Bacheller Chair in Creative Writing at Rollins College; and Luis Muñoz, author of five books of poetry, most recently Querido Silencio (Dear Silence). The grand finale on February 22 features two National Book Award finalists whose names had not been announced at press time. Each writer will give a master class for students at 2 or 4 p.m., followed by a public reading with an on-stage interview at 7:30 p.m. in Rollins’ Bush Auditorium. 407-646-2666. rollins.edu/winter-with-the-writers.
University Club of Winter Park. Nestled among the oaks and palms at the north end of Park Avenue’s downtown shopping district — a block beyond Casa Feliz — is another historic James Gamble Rogers II building, this one home to the University Club of Winter Park. Members are dedicated to the enjoyment of intellectual activities and socializing with one another. The club’s various activities, including lectures, are open to the public, though nonmembers are asked to donate a $5 activity fee each time they attend. (Some events include a buffet lunch for an added fee.) Check the club’s website for the next lecture or special event. 841 North Park Avenue. 407-644-6149. uclubwp.org.
Maitland Farmers’ Market. This year-round, open-air market — held each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — features fresh produce, seafood, breads and cheeses as well as plants, all-natural skin-care products and live music by Performing Arts of Maitland. The setting on Lake Lily boasts a boardwalk, jogging trails, a playground and picnic areas. 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. itsmymaitland.com.
Winter Park Farmers’ Market. The region’s busiest and arguably most popular farmers’ market is held every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old railroad depot that also houses the Winter Park History Museum. The open-air market offers baked goods, produce, plants, honey, cheese, meat, flowers, crafts and other specialty items. After shopping, make a morning of it with a stroll along nearby Park Avenue. Dogs are welcome to bring their people. 200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. cityofwinterpark.org.
Bach Festival. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park celebrates its 83rd season with another jam-packed February and early March. The annual festival begins on February 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a free organ recital by Stephen Tharp, artist-in-residence at St. James’ Church Madison Avenue in New York City. On February 17 at 7:30 p.m., Tharp helps the Bach Festival Orchestra perform music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec as part of the society’s “Insights & Sounds” series, which includes Moravec’s poignant Songs of Love and War as well as his newest work, Mass in D. The Bach Festival Choir joins the orchestra on February 18 at both 5 and 7 p.m. to present Spiritual Spaces: Musical Meditations, a group of beloved pieces including Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, George Gershwin’s Lullaby and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile. On February 20 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the society’s Visiting Artists Series, Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham presents a recital that features unaccompanied works by J.S. Bach as well as other works accompanied by pianist Akira Eguchi. Four concertos — one each for trumpet, cello, viola and (two) clarinets — are on the program on February 23 and 24, when the Bach Festival Orchestra and featured soloists present Concertos by Candlelight: The Classical Romantic at 7:30 p.m. The lineup consists of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, the rarely heard Romanze for Viola by Bruch, the Cello Concerto in A Minor by Saint-Saens and the world premiere of Concerto for Two Clarinets, written by Rollins College music professor Daniel Crozier. The Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra, plus soloists, close out the festival on March 3 and 4 with back-to-back days of great music, beginning with The Magnificats: Bach and Beyond, which features four versions of the joyful Song of Mary as interpreted by J.S. Bach, Jan Dismis Zelenka, Frantisek Ignac Tuma and John Rutter; and ending the next day with Bach, Brahms, and Bruckner, an afternoon program of rarely heard masterpieces, including J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, and 5 and Bruckner’s Te Deum. All performances are in Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins College campus, except the Gil Shaham recital, which is in the college’s’ Tiedtke Concert Hall. Tickets range from free to $100 each, depending upon the performance and the seating. 407-646-2182. bachfestivalflorida.org.
Bach Festival Society Visiting Artist Series. This series continues on March 18 with the Takács Quartet, one of the world’s great chamber-music ensembles, now in its 42nd season. The concert, which starts at 3 p.m. in Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus, includes Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 in G Major and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor. Tickets range from $40 to $65. 407-646-2182. bachfestivalflorida.org.
Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. This eclectic venue is part concert hall, part recording studio and part art gallery. It offers live performances most evenings, with an emphasis on jazz, classical and world music — although theater, dance and spoken-word presentations are also on the schedule. 1905 Kentucky Avenue, Winter Park. 407-636-9951. bluebambooartcenter.com.
Music at the Casa. The Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum regularly presents free acoustic-instrument performances on Sunday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m. in the home’s cozy main parlor. 656 North Park Avenue (adjacent to the Winter Park Golf Course), Winter Park. 407-628-8200. casafeliz.us.
Central Florida Folk. This Winter Park-based nonprofit is dedicated to promoting and preserving live folk music, primarily through concerts on the last Sunday of each month (except May, when the Florida Folk Festival takes center stage). The group’s primary venue is the Winter Park Public Library, 460 East New England Avenue, Winter Park. The next three library concerts include Roy Book Binder (January 28); Doug Spears, plus Beth McKee (February 25); and Rupert Wates, plus Barry Brogan (March 25). Shows start at 2 p.m. A donation of $15 for non-members is suggested. 407-679-6426. cffolk.org.
Dexter’s of Winter Park. This well-known restaurant in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square neighborhood occasionally has live musical acts, with no cover charge. Upcoming events include Speakeasy (January 12 and March 2, 8:45 to 11:45 p.m.). 558 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-629-1150. dextersorlando.com.
Yonetani Concert. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens’ annual chamber concert features internationally acclaimed violin/viola soloist Ayako Yonetani. This year’s performance is on February 25 at 2 p.m. in the Capen-Showalter House on the museum’s grounds. Yonetani, who holds three degrees from the Juilliard School, is a professor of violin/viola at the University of Central Florida, but also travels the world as a guest soloist. The concert, with seating limited to 45 people, is followed by a private reception. Ticket information was not available at press time. 633 Osceola Ave. 407-647-6294. polasek.org.
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions/Vocal Competition. On January 20, as many as 40 young, classically trained singers from across Florida assemble at Trinity Preparatory School to compete for an opportunity to sing onstage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Winners of this district competition, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. Winners advance to a Region Final in New Orleans, the final step before New York. 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. 407-922-4688. metauditionsflorida.org.
Side by Side. For the third consecutive year, Winter Park takes a moment to pause and celebrate the community’s abundant blessings. The January 26 event, presented by First Congregational Church of Winter Park and Rollins College in partnership with the City of Winter Park and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, encompasses a community gathering with musical performances in Rollins’ Knowles Memorial Chapel at 8:30 a.m., followed by refreshments outside near the rose garden at 9:30 a.m.
Ovations Awards Ceremony. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Ovations Awards, a sort of “best of” celebration recognizing local businesses and organizations, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. Finalists and winners are feted during ceremonies at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments are served. Tickets for members and non-members may be purchased in advance or at the door. 1050 West Morse Boulevard. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org.
Weekend of the Arts. This inaugural event, organized by the City of Winter Park’s Public Art Advisory Board and it Arts & Culture Subcommittee, draws on the resources of more than 20 local arts and cultural organizations to present four days of free live performances and special exhibits throughout the city. Friday through Monday, February 16-19. 407-599-3428. cityofwinterpark.org/visitors/arts-culture.
Metro Cup Regatta. The oldest dual-crew meet in Florida is fueled by a crosstown rivalry between teams from the University of Central Florida and Rollins College, as well as teams from longtime scholastic foes Winter Park and Edgewater high schools. On March 3, eight- and four-rower boats race across Lake Maitland starting at 8 a.m. The competition is best viewed from the southeast shore at Kraft Azalea Garden on Alabama Drive or, of course, from a boat on Lake Maitland. The event is a fundraiser by the Rotary Club of Orange County East-Winter Park, which sells refreshments and operates a shuttle bus between the parking lot at Lakemont Elementary School and the garden’s viewing area. Admission is free, but a donation is requested. Parking is very limited near the garden. rotaryoce.org.
Winter Park Sip, Shop & Stroll. Sip wine and enjoy appetizers while checking out what’s new at your favorite Park Avenue-area shops and restaurants March 1 from 5-8 p.m. Advance tickets are $25; check-in is at the corner of Park Avenue and Morse Boulevard, where ticketholders receive wine glasses and “passports.” 407-644-8281. experienceparkavenue.com.
Winter Park Garden Club Games Day. This organization, which offers classes on topics that include everything from arranging flowers in a teacup to growing African Violets, funds its projects with a Games Day at Mead Botanical Garden. The event, slated for February 21, offers table games, a silent auction, door prizes and, later, a luncheon at the club’s headquarters. Tickets are $25, or you can reserve a table. 1300 South Denning Drive, Winter Park. 407-644-5770. winterparkgardenclub.com.
Wednesday Open Words. One of the area’s longest-running open-mic poetry nights takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m. at Austin’s Coffee, 929 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park. The free readings are hosted by Curtis Meyer. 407-975-3364. austinscoffee.com.
Florida Writers Association. The Orlando/Winter Park-Area Chapter meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for guest speakers and discussions organized by author and “book coach” Rik Feeney. Upcoming dates are January 3, February 7 and March 7. University Club of Winter Park, 841 North Park Avenue, Winter Park. Another chapter, the Maitland Writers Group, meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for speakers and discussions organized by Nylda Dieppa-Aldarondo. Upcoming dates are January 11, February 8 and March 8. Maitland Public Library, 501 Maitland Avenue South, Maitland. floridawriters.net.
Nerd Nite Orlando. This monthly gathering is based on a simple premise: Learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Introduced to the Orlando area in 2013, Nerd Nites operate in more than 100 cities worldwide, offering participants an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking presentations in a casual setting. The local version takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Upcoming dates include January 11, February 8 and March 8. The Geek Easy, 114 South Semoran Boulevard, No. 6, Winter Park. 407- 332-9636. orlando.nerdnite.com.
Playwrights Round Table. This play-reading workshop, usually held on the second Sunday of each month on the campus of Rollins College, invites area writers to bring any piece they’re working on for review and discussion. Upcoming dates include January 14 from 1 to 3 p.m., February 11 from 7 to 9 p.m., and March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Those planning to read their work aloud should email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time slot. It’s free, though memberships with added benefits are available. Fred Stone Theater, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park. 407-761-2683. theprt.com.
Work in Progress: A Group for Writers. This monthly discussion group is for writers in any genre who offer and receive feedback from other writers. Guest speakers are often invited. Upcoming dates include January 6, February 3 and March 3, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Those planning to read their work should register with organizer and host Gerald Schiffhorst, a University of Central Florida professor emeritus of English, by emailing email@example.com. Conference Room, Winter Park Public Library, 460 East New England Avenue, Winter Park. wppl.org.
Writers of Central Florida or Thereabouts. This writers’ group offers various free open-mic programs. Short Attention Span Storytelling Hour ... or Thereabouts, a literary open-mic night, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 Winter Park Road, Winter Park. It’s for authors, poets, filmmakers, comedians, musicians, bloggers and others. Upcoming meetings include January 10, February 14, and March 14. Another open-mic night, Storytelling as Bungee Jumping, gives writers of any genre the chance to try out new material, and meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Copper Rocket Pub, 106 Lake Avenue, Maitland. Upcoming meetings include October 16, November 20 and December 18. So You Think You Can Funny, a comedy/literary/humor open-mic night, meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Stardust Video. Upcoming meetings include January 24, February 28 and March 28. meetup.com/writers-of-central-florida-or-thereabouts, stardustvideoandcoffee.wordpress.com.
Parcels: MFAs in Progress. Masters of Fine Arts students and faculty from the University of Central Florida read their newest works in this monthly series, held the first or second Sunday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Upcoming events include January 14, February 11 and March 11. Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Avenue, Winter Park. bluebambooartcenter.com,
Park Avenue 5K. This fourth race in the Track Shack Running Series, slated for January 20, starts and finishes on Park Avenue. In between, it winds its way for 3.1 miles through beautiful neighborhoods surrounding downtown Winter Park. The 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m., while the Kids’ Run starts at 8:45 a.m. Runners and spectators are advised to arrive early, because race-related road closures snarl traffic near Central Park. 407-896-1160. trackshack.com.
Run 4 Love 4 Mile. This February 10 run is for those in love with running or walking — or perhaps with one another. The 4-mile run starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by a Kids’ Run at 9 a.m. and a costume contest and awards presentations after that. Registration for this, the fifth race in the Track Shack Running Series, is $33 through January 27, $36-$40 after that. Showalter Field, 2525 Cady Way, Winter Park. trackshack.com.
41st Winter Park Road Race. This March 25 event, the final race of the annual Track Shack Running Series, includes a 10K (6.2-mile) race at 7:30 a.m. with a capacity of 3,600 runners, plus a 2-mile race at 7 a.m. and a Kids’ Run at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $40 through March 10, $45-$50 after that. Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. trackshack.com.
Good Morning Winter Park. Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, these monthly gatherings attract business- and civic-minded locals who enjoy coffee and conversation about community issues. Typically scheduled for the second Friday of each month, upcoming dates include January 12, February 9 and March 9. Networking begins at 8 a.m., followed by a 45-minute program at 8:30 a.m. The January program will feature a “State of the Chamber” address from President Betsy Gardner Eckbert. Admission, which includes a complimentary continental breakfast, is free. Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 West Lyman Avenue, Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org.
The Hot Seat. Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, this quarterly business-oriented series puts local executives in the spotlight as they offer ad vice and discuss entrepreneurism, leadership and sales-and-marketing techniques. Check the chamber website for the next date and featured speaker in the series, which runs from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Reservations are required. Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 West Lyman Avenue, Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org.
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Membership Awards Celebration. The chamber’s annual gala, slated February 2 at 6 p.m. at the Alfond Inn, pays tribute to the members and volunteers who make the organization and the community it serves so exceptional. Reservations are required; tickets for individuals or corporate tables are available on the chamber’s website. 300 East New England Avenue. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org.
Winter Park Executive Women. Hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, these gatherings — held the first Monday of most months from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — feature guest speakers and provide networking opportunities for women business owners. Topics revolve around leadership development, business growth and local initiatives of special interest to women. Tickets, which include lunch, are $25 for members, $50 for non-members. Reservations are required. Winter Park Welcome Center, 151 West Lyman Avenue, Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org.
7th Annual Chili for Charity. The Rotary Club of Winter Park’s chili cook-off, which sparks the creativity of top local caterers and restaurants, is slated February 28 from 4-10 p.m. at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. Participants in the fundraiser compete for a People’s Choice award and undergo the scrutiny of a select panel of judges. In addition to the savory chili, there are drinks, a silent auction and live music. Net proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Winter Park Foundation, which provides grants to more than 30 local charities; during the past 20 years, the total donated has exceeded $800,000. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Patron packages, which include four tickets and program recognition, are $250. 200 West New England Avenue, Winter Park. 407-599-3341. clubrunner.ca/winterpark.
State of the City Luncheon. Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary delivers his annual appraisal of the city’s overall well-being at this annual event, slated February 23 at the Alfond Inn. It’s co-sponsored by the City of Winter Park and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for non-members; reservations are required. The program, which starts at 11:30 a.m., includes brief remarks from Winter Park’s city commissioners, followed by the mayor’s annual address and his presentation of the city’s Employees of the Year. 407-644-8281. cityofwinterpark.org.