Friday, November 24, 2017

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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things to Do. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.



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  Daniel Lopez, 13, catch fish on the west span of the Sunshine Skyway North Pier with Katelyn Rivera(cq)(left). I

Free or Cheap: 5 things to do under $5 this week

1. Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show and Sale: Check out these rocks when more than 50 dealers from around the United States sell crystals, minerals, beads, gems and jewelry. $5. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Published: 11/22/17
Updated: 11/23/17
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22:  Lindsey Stirling performs onstage at the 2016 Panorama NYC Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on July 22, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Top things to do this weekend: Lindsey Stirling, Faizon Love, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live

PULLING STRINGS: Lindsey StirlingDubstep violist Lindsey Stirling shot to fame as a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2010 and she has been rocking the spangles on Dancing With the Stars this season as the last woman left .
Published: 11/22/17
Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Fla.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Black Friday deals at Legoland, SeaWorld, Disney and more

Black Friday isn’t just for stores. Many theme parks and attractions in Florida are also offering up deals that could make a nice gift or family splurge.
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/23/17
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Thousands of Christmas lights light up Lowry Park Zoo during their Christmas in the Wild holiday display.  [Friday, December 2, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend

Shopping
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17
The new eight-minute Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show at Universal's Islands of Adventure will run nightly, starting Nov. 18. It uses projection imaging to create images such as students on brooms appearing  to enchant snowmen, or fill the sky with bright lights. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

With Harry Potter’s Christmas, Universal Orlando proves holidays are big business

ORLANDO — Christmas has finally come to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando in a new holiday attraction opening Saturday. In addition, Universal Studios has completely upsized its holiday parade with more Macy’s balloons, stunning floats and snowy effects...
Published: 11/17/17
The new eight-minute Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show at Universal's Islands of Adventure will run nightly, starting Nov. 18. It uses projection imaging to create images such as students on brooms appearing  to enchant snowmen, or fill the sky with bright lights. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

First look: Harry Potter’s Christmas finally arrives at Universal Orlando

Christmas has finally come to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando, with the promise of warm butterbeer, a Frog Choir singing carols and a magical light show projected onto Hogwarts Castle nightly followed by fireworks. It opens to the public on...
Published: 11/17/17
Jonathan Bouchard sculpts during the Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting festival in Treasure Island, FL on November 21st, 2014. LUKE JOHNSON/ STAFF

5 under $5: Sand sculptors, free ice skating, Pinellas Trail performances

1Sanding Ovations: This annual Treasure Island sand sculpting competition brings master sculptors working in 150 tons of sand. This year artists come from Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore, Russia, Lithuania, Canada and the United States.
Published: 11/15/17
Weekend fun: St. Pete Beach BikeFest, Chillounge Night, Christmas at Universal, Busch Gardens

Weekend fun: St. Pete Beach BikeFest, Chillounge Night, Christmas at Universal, Busch Gardens

BIG WHEELS: St. Pete Beach BikeFestThe new St. Pete Beach BikeFest at the TradeWinds resort and runs through Sunday with daily poker runs, an expo, a bike show and competitions. But the real draw will be free concerts on the beach,...
Published: 11/15/17
Ron Cain poses for a photo at the Flaming Arrow Reservation climbing near Swim Lake. This is the area that Ron earned half dozen of his merit badges.
Ron Cain, the first Boy Scout in the Tampa Bay area and one of the few in the country to earn all 137 Boy Scout merit badges poses for a portrait at the Flaming Arrow Reservation in Lake Wales. Being awarded all of the merit badges is rare and only 21 are required to earn the title of Eagle Scout. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

This Scout earned every possible merit badge. Then came cancer.

LAKE WALES — Ron Cain strolled lakeside at a Boy Scout camp on a crisp November day, the exact spot where he finally earned all of Scouting’s 137 merit badges.
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/20/17
Courtesy of Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens Christmas Town returns this weekend.

Plan your weekend Nov. 17-19: Castle anniversary, Chillounge Night, Et Cultura, Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Plan your weekendParty Castle anniversary: The multi-story, gothic Ybor nightclub, where it’s not uncommon to see someone in a Batman cape or a leather corset, turned 25 this year, and the club is celebrating with a party this...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/15/17