Saturday, May 26, 2018
Events

Time Lord Festival benefits North Brandon YMCA

Whovians rejoice.

The Time Lord Fest once again celebrates all things from the popular television show Doctor Who on Sunday by drawing fans to the Event Factory in Town 'N Country. What began simply as a father-and-son duo has now turned into one of the largest Doctor Who festivals in the Southeast thanks to event creator Ken Spivey.

Spivey, a musician who formed a Time Lord rock band, a genre based on the show, expects to draw close to 800 fans to the festival. Nina Toussaint-White, who played a younger River Song as Mels in 2011, and Sophie Aldred, who was the Seventh Doctor's companion "Ace," will headline the event that celebrates sci-fi's longest running show.

But Spivey also wants to use the festival's popularity to give back to his community. So, some festival participants will make an appearance at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Brandon YMCA.

"I was thinking I needed to give money to charity, and like everybody in the world, I want to look prettier, so I go to the gym," Spivey said. "I pulled up to the gym, and I said, 'There's a charity.'"

North Brandon YMCA executive director Darren Dannelly told Spivey about the charitable works the facility does with cancer survivors through the Livestrong program, the work it does with children with disabilities and its drowning prevention program.

"I thought they sounded perfect," Spivey said.

The North Brandon YMCA Livestrong Program is one of more than 400 locations participating in the 12-week fitness program targeted toward cancer patients and survivors. The multifaceted program serves as a nutritional, physical health and mental health education at a free or low cost.

Dannelly is especially proud of the three-layered work being done with children with disabilities in the area, which will be funded in part by the Time Lord Fest.

"Willis Peters Exceptional Center comes out to us weekly — and those are children that are visually impaired, and some of them are also hearing impaired, as well — and we teach them gymnastics when they come out during their school day," Danelly said. "It's very empowering for them to stand in front of a foam pit and jump and to grab the reins."

Also on the itinerary: the annual summer camp for the children as well as a gift-filled meeting with Santa for the Lopez Exceptional Center's children.

"This is our first fundraiser for these programs, so I'm pretty excited about it," Dannelly said.

In addition to the festival's contributions, the programs are funded through an annual giving campaign.

Spivey, who now works full time attending festivals, believes it is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community he grew up in while doing what he loves.

"I target directly to millennials," Spivey said. "They're a very giving generation, so it seemed apropos, and our fans seem to respond so well that we're giving back to the community while celebrating our favorite TV show."

Contact Kesley Sunderland at [email protected]

Comments
With makeover, ZooTampa at Lowry Park takes a page from the theme parks

With makeover, ZooTampa at Lowry Park takes a page from the theme parks

TAMPA — Behind the construction walls near the carousel at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, hammers, saws and power drills made a racket in the blazing Friday heat. A raft full of 100-pound water jugs took test trips on the new Roaring Springs ride set ...
Published: 05/25/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 29

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 29

Sacred Art Tour of the Tibetan Monks: Eight Dalai Lama-sanctioned monks from India are creating a sand mandala of the Green Tara, a female representation of the Buddha of Compassion. During opening ceremonies, the monks will chant, play long Tibetan ...
Published: 05/25/18
Veterans get in free at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and more with Memorial Day deals

Veterans get in free at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and more with Memorial Day deals

Memorial Day is a time to say "thank you" to our veterans. The following is a list of free offers for them to enjoy. Some even last all summer.• Busch Gardens and SeaWorld are offering U.S. veterans and up to three guests get free admission to the th...
Published: 05/25/18
Professional wrestlers are telling their stories through comic books

Professional wrestlers are telling their stories through comic books

Due to its salacious scripted story lines mixed with choreographed violence, professional wrestling is often referred to as a kind of soap opera. But Palm Harbor’s John Crowther sees it differently. Professional wrestling, he said, is a comic book st...
Published: 05/25/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 27

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival: In addition to cocktails, music headliners today are Everclear and Fastball. 11 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $20-$30 single day; $35, $40 at door (if available) for two-day tickets; VIP $100-$225. ...
Published: 05/25/18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on May 26

97X Barbecue, Music and Arts Festival: Alt-rock station 97X expands the annual Memorial Day weekend music festival to show love to all arts with a display by local artists and a music line-up including The Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah and the Lion,...
Published: 05/25/18
Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmon’s was a meeting place

Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmon’s was a meeting place

It’s where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams had lunch with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.It’s where University of South Florida fans often gathered to watch the program’s biggest road games.It’s where folks showed up in...
Published: 05/24/18
Ballet Nacional de Cuba stuns with a spectacular ‘Giselle’

Ballet Nacional de Cuba stuns with a spectacular ‘Giselle’

TAMPA — The Ballet Nacional de Cuba performed Giselle, its signature ballet, on Wednesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Fifty-four dancers charmed a packed house, culminating in about two hours an effort that took more tha...
Published: 05/24/18
Bar review: Things are hopping at new Swan Brewing in Lakeland

Bar review: Things are hopping at new Swan Brewing in Lakeland

Lakeland’s a little out of the way, but I’m always eager to check out the bar scene there when passing through or attending an event. Every place I’ve visited just seems so pleasant.I regret missing the boat on the city’s first brewery, Lakeland Brew...
Published: 05/24/18
tbt* local craft beer of the week: Dark Harbor Mocha Stout, Sea Drift Ales & Lagers

tbt* local craft beer of the week: Dark Harbor Mocha Stout, Sea Drift Ales & Lagers

The saga of Barley Mow Brewing Company and its eventual offshoot/successor Sea Drift Ales & Lagers is a complicated one. The most interesting part is how the latter came to be as a result of brewery-distributor tensions, in which Barley Mow pulled an...
Published: 05/24/18