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[Upcoming Event Alert] 31st Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival

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Zora Festival runs from January 25-February 2, 2020. Image: Twitter (@zorafestival).

EATONVILLE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The 31st Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities begins on January 25th, 2020 in the historic Town of Eatonville.

This year, guests can enjoy a star-studded concert at the Zora Neale Hurston Museum February 1, 2020 from 6-10 p.m. Performers include Public Announcement, Howard Hewitt and Michel’le.

Debuting in 1990, the Zora Neale Hurston Festival has grown to a nine-day festival comprised of theatrical productions, museum exhibitions, public talks, arts education programming, merchandise from master craft artisan vendors from around the world, and an outdoor festival of the arts. Produced by the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc., a 501(c)3, historic preservation and cultural arts organization, the festival celebrates the life and work of 20th century folklorist, writer, and anthropologist, Zora Neale Huston, as well as the cultural contributions by people of African ancestry.

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Samantha Nicole is a media personality and Florida National News contributor. | social@floridanationalnews.com

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Feed-A-Palooza Orlando Donates 150,000 Pounds of Food to the Central Florida Community

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Feed-A-Palooza Orlando distributed 150,000 pounds of food to the Central Florida community at Camping World Stadium Wednesday.

Feed-A-Palooza served families all across Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

Feed-A-Palooza served families all across Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

One Heart for Women & Children founders Stephanie Bowman and Dylan Schimka of Community Pros created Feed-A-Palooza together with many other sponsors from Central Florida.

Feed-A-Palooza served families all across Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

Feed-A-Palooza served families all across Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

Special guests Chris “CJ2K” Johnson (NFL), Sam Barrington (NFL), Haha Clinton-Dix (NFL), Nakobe Dean (NFL), Dee Strange-Gordon (MLB), Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Daniel Kolenda were there to greet everyone.

Feed-A-Palooza served families all across Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

Feed-A-Palooza served families all across Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

This was Orlando’s largest food distribution event, giving away over 150,000 pounds of food. 200 volunteers helped impact over 5,000 people in a few short hours. This event took place in the heart of Orlando at Camping World Stadium, one of Central Florida’s largest venues.

Feed-A-Palooza served families all across Orlando at Camping World Stadium.

Feed-A-Palooza served families all across Orlando at Camping World Stadium.

Headline sponsors included Nations Church, Don Mealey’s Sports, Mazda, and newly drafted Philadelphia Eagles player Nakobe Dean. Dean sponsored an additional $5,000 in gas gift cards to ensure that families had a way to make it to and from Feed-A-Palooza. Nations Church additionally supplied an outreach team that brought the food directly to the doorsteps of people in need. Many other community partners joined the cause as well.

Richard Ruiz, a Nations Church volunteer, shared with FNN News that people were touched by the sponsors’ generosity in supporting the Central Florida community. He later went with the outreach team to deliver food directly on doorsteps. He also mentioned that people were expecting a miracle in their lives and God not only touched their lives, but sent amazing people to support them.

For the first time in history, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Midwest Food Bank, 4Roots, and Feed The Need came together to fight hunger supporting the mission of people helping people and doing it for the city. Together as one, these ministries are driven to serve the community and make a more tremendous and positive difference in Central Florida.

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Say ‘Aloha’ to Universal Orlando Resort’s Vibrant New Luau and Family-Friendly Dinner Show

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando Resort embraces the ‘aloha’ spirit with the much-anticipated return of Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s Wantilan Luau. The festive, family-friendly luau and dinner show returns on Saturdays at 6:00 pm.

The hotel’s captivating evening event unfolds at an outdoor covered pavilion, with the roar of the drums and traditional chants before performers make a dramatic entrance and take the stage. Guests will then take a memorable journey through Polynesian culture featuring the elegance and enchantment of Hawaii, the ancient and vibrating pounding of the Nafa drums of Tonga, the mesmerizing hip shaking dance of Tahiti and the exhilarating and flaming art of the warrior fire dance from Samoa.

“We are delighted to offer this incredible event again to our resort guests, as well as Central Florida residents,” says Managing Director Larry Beiderman. “Every luau is a party and we are thrilled to have many guests come to celebrate birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and other special moments with us.”

Guests will enjoy a culinary and musical voyage featuring hula dancers, a fire knife dancer, lively music and an array of foods including:

  • A Polynesian-inspired buffet featuring traditional pit-roasted suckling pig, Hawaiian chicken teriyaki, catch of the day, lomi lomi chicken salad, Ahi poke salad, fire-grilled tender beef, island-spiced vegetables, freshly-baked breads, rolls and more
  • Dessert extravaganza featuring pineapple macadamia tarts, passion fruit crème brûlée and tropical fresh fruit with chocolate mousse shots
  • Mai tais, wine and beer for guests 21 and older
  • Kid-friendly buffet with pizza, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and more

The Wantilan Luau takes place Saturdays at 6:00 pm. Regular and premium seating is available. Tickets start at $89 for adults and $39 for children. Tickets are available at: WantilanLuau.eventbrite.com.

Universal Orlando Resort’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort is designed to be an attraction unto itself, immersing guests in the tropical enchantment of the South Pacific. Hotel guests enjoy innovative food and drinks that delight every palate, along with exclusive theme park benefits including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access, Early Park Admission, complimentary resort-wide transportation and more.

To learn more about Universal Orlando Resort, visit UniversalOrlando.com.

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Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs to Unveil Local Artist JEFRË’s Family Tree Sculpture Saturday

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – JEFRË is an Orlando based multidisciplined artist of growing renown. In his career he has approached various projects involving community design, public art, parks and plazas, sculpture, temporary installations, interior design, avant-garde landscapes, and eco-installations. His works have been in public display in various cities in the United States such as Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Orlando, and San Antonio as well as in London, Abu Dhabi, and the Philippines.

 

We would be honored if you would join us for the dedication of the Family Tree this Saturday.

WHO: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and the
Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Office

 

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Family Tree by JEFRË

 

WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

 

WHERE: At the Intersection of Grand National Drive and
Caravan Court, Orlando, FL 32819

 

WHY: To celebrate JEFRË’s work and the completion of the
I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment Program beatifying the I-4 Corridor

 

MORE: I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment Map

 

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