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Two Artists, Two Colorful Openings: Art in the Chambers, Atrium to Showcase Monday

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Orange County Arts & Culture Director Terry Olson displays an Arts in the Chamber poster at Orange County Administration. Photo: Orange County Government.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Public Art Review Board, will unveil a colorfully expressive and whimsical exhibition featuring the works of Robert Reedy and Monte Olinger Monday.

Due to safety protocols, there will be two presentations on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Attendees can make free reservations here: https://tinyurl.com/2p9azz2u

Robert Reedy is an Orlando-based contemporary American artist who grew up in rural Mississippi. Traditions such as storytelling, family, and faith had a tremendous affect in shaping his work. His career spans forty years with works in several mediums – painting, prints, mixed media assemblage, and ceramics. He is a professor of art at UCF where he developed the Advanced Design Lab program to partner businesses with design students.

Reedy’s work has been featured at numerous national and international galleries and museums, including The Museum of American Art at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, The American Crafts Museum in New York, and The Museum of American Ceramics in Pomona, CA.

The ‘Art in the Chambers—Robert Reedy Exhibition’ will be on display in the Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801) Board of County Commissioners Chambers from February 22, 2022 through June 23, 2022.

Monte Olinger is a rare Florida native raised in a family of artists and art teachers; he grew up with painting as a way of life. His art is an expression of movement and color, often depicting the light and lines of Nature and its surrounding structure. As a lifelong resident of Florida, he draws upon many of its elements to create works on paper and canvas. Painting is Olinger’s form of therapeutic self-expression.

Olinger severed as Creative Director at Baker Barrios Architects for 18 years, served the City of Orlando as past president of the Downtown Arts District and as a member of the Public Art Advisory Board. He now dedicates himself to further developing his painting and artistic expressions full time.

The ‘Art in the Atrium—Monte Olinger Exhibition’ will be on display in the Orange County Administration Center’s Atrium Galley (201 S. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801) from Monday, February 28, 2022 through March 30, 2022.

For event information contact Dawn.Knight@ocfl.net.

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Dezerland Action Park Orlando to host FAMILYFEST THIS WEEKEND

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Looking for an action-packed weekend? Check out FAMILYFEST which, comes to Dezerland Action Park Orlando this weekend! Did we mention it’s FREE?

 

Jan. 28th. from 12 to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy a wide variety of vendors and attractions including Dezerland’s glow-in-the-dark mini golf, go-karts, and trampoline park.
Plus, if visitors get their FamilyFest passport fully stamped by each vendor, they can redeem the passport for up to $80 in BOGOS that can be used at some of Dezerland’s attractions.
This is an event you won’t want to miss. Attached is the press release with further information. We’d love to be included in any things to do roundups or event coverage. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

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Orlando International Airport Pushing 50 Million Passenger Mark, Again

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ORLANDO, FL. – With a strong start to the holiday travel season in November, Orlando International Airport (MCO) came dramatically close to breaking the 50 million passenger barrier, again. Previously, MCO shattered the mark before the pandemic and it was not predicted to fully rebound again until at least 2025.

“We have far exceeded anyone’s expectations for traffic growth at Orlando International Airport,” says Kevin Thibault, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “On a rolling 12-month basis, MCO welcomed 49.7 million passengers as of November. If you break that down even further, it is about two days-worth of traffic shy of 50 million.”

For the month of November, MCO was bolstered once again by robust international traffic, which climbed over 85 percent. Those numbers were also affected by the resumption of service by Sunwing to Toronto. Another key factor, MCO recorded the third-lowest domestic air fares in the country from July through September for the top 50 U.S. airports.

Rolling 12-month Traffic Statistics:

  • International traffic is up by triple digits with a 225 percent increase over the same 12-month period in 2021 with 5,352,825 total international passengers.
  • Domestic traffic climbed 21.04 percent year-over-year to 44,350,955 passengers at MCO.
  • Combined, overall traffic at MCO for the 12-month rolling total was up 29.82 percent to 49,703,780 passengers.

November 2022 Traffic Statistics:

  • International traffic climbed 85.35 percent with a total of 466,169 international arrivals and departures.
  • Domestic passenger traffic was up 3.83 percent on 3,772,635 total travelers for the month.
  • Combined, traffic was up 9.11 percent with a grand total of 4,238,804 arrivals and departures at MCO.

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Tank America now open in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. – What’s better than driving a 17-ton tank? Driving a tank and crushing cars! You can do all this at Tank America, now located in Orlando.
Previously located in Melbourne, Florida, Tank America has made the move to Orlando and is now just outside of Baldwin Park welcoming guests for a chance to get behind the controls of a 17-ton FV433 real military tank. Orlando’s newest attraction is on 14 acres of land and puts guests right in the center of the action as they navigate jungle terrain, hills and mud holes.
The new adventure park offers several high-intensity packages to give guests an immersive tank-driving experience. Each package includes a safety and vehicle briefing and offers an additional way to explore the terrain. Packages include:
  • Basic Tank Training: After a safety briefing from the platoon Commander at Headquarters, you will board one of our 17-ton tanks. Lead your crew through a 1/2-mile tank course that requires you to navigate hair pin turns, climb a fifteen-foot hill, and cross trenches.
  • Commander Package: Take the same epic adventure as the Basic Tank Training package with the added challenge of driving from inside the belly of the tank, navigating only through the vehicles periscope as if you’re actually driving into combat.
  • Advanced Troop Package: Take the action up a notch and upgrade to the Advanced Troop Package to add a car crush, mud hole and complimentary additional guest. This package is perfect for guests looking for even more destructive fun! The driver will find themselves face to face with a real car that they get to drive over and crush three times from three different angles. Glass will shatter, metal will fly and the headlights will pop under the weight of 17 tons of armored tank fury.
  • Ultimate Package: With the Ultimate Package, you get to experience all that Tank America offers. Drive the tank course including all the additional obstacles along with the excitement of crushing a car. You can also test your skills using only the periscope and guidance from your tank commander to navigate through the Battle Front in combat locked up.
Tank America also offers packages for group visits. From bachelor parties to team building and anything in between, groups can come together and bond as they work their way through the experience. Get your adrenaline pumping behind the wheel of one of the awesome tanks. To learn more about hosting a private group event at Tank America, click here.
“Tank America is one of the only places in the country you can get behind the wheel of a real tank outside of the Army,” said Tank America partner John Kinney. “If you’re looking for a thrilling experience outside of the theme parks, it doesn’t get more thrilling than Tank America.”
The FV433 Abbot Tank holds one driver and three passengers. Guests must be 16 years old to drive a tank and at least 55 inches tall to ride as a passenger. Operating hours are Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 p.m.
To learn more about Tank America, visit www.tankamerica.com.

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