Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things To Do, but also veers off into stories of parenting on the Whoa, Momma! blog, as well as cool gadgets or whatever captures her short attention span. 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.

Phone: (727) 893-8595

Email: wynne@tampabay.com

Twitter: @SharonKWynne

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

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  1. Water park offers Florida residents unlimited ticket deal

    Florida

    As long as this heat keeps lingering, we can appreciate the deal Wet 'n Wild Orlando water park is offering Florida residents: For $36 (already $20 less than admission) you can have unlimited visits to the water slides through Dec. 31. The park this year debuted the new Aqua Drag Racer, Florida's tallest and fastest water-based racing attraction. It stands six stories tall and features four parallel racing lanes so you can take your place at a 65-feet high starting line and rush to the finish. The offer is only available online at wetnwildorlando.com and must be purchased in advance. The park is at 6200 International Drive, Orlando; call 1-800 992-9453. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    A rendering of the new ride coming to Wet 'n Wild this summer, the Aqua Drag Racer.
  2. Plan your weekend Sept. 19-21

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers He may not call the Sunshine State his home anymore, but you better believe the folks who reside in F-L-A still proudly claim the Gainesville rock star as one of our own. The 63-year-old Petty brings the Heartbreakers to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Sunday, with Steve Winwood along for good measure at 7 p.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum), 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $32.75-$128.25. (813) 301-2500....

  3. 5 things to do under $5 Sept. 18-24

    Events

    1 Movies on the Patio Fight Club: The first rule of the Dalí Museum's Movies on the Patio is you don't talk about Movies on the Patio. But you can expect shirtless and barefoot dudes to be there for this free cult film series featuring the oh-so-quotable movie (which we can't quote much in a family newspaper). Movie-inspired attire is encouraged and there will be games and food trucks on site. Museum galleries are closed, but you can bring your own lawn chair to catch the movie at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. ...

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  4. 'Dolphin Tale 2' reviews lukewarm, but expected to be box office whale

    Movies

    Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters nationwide this weekend and though reviews of the family film set in Clearwater Marine Aquarium are as lukewarm as the Gulf of Mexico, it is predicted to do well in the box office.

    The mostly true story of rescued dolphins is expected to be in a close race for No. 1 with No Good Deed, the thriller produced by St. Petersburg native Will Packer. ...

  5. Plan your weekend Sept. 12-14

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Film

    Dolphin Tale 2 opens In this sequel to the hit family film, it's a different sort of fun from the 2011 original. What hasn't changed is this franchise's knack for making Pinellas County — especially the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where most of the action occurs — appear to be a postcard perfect destination. The movie opens nationwide on Friday. ...

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  6. 5 things to do under $5 Sept. 11-17

    Events

    1 'Enrique's Journey' author: Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey, a book based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning series in the Los Angeles Times about a Honduran boy who embarked on a quest to find his mother, and the mother, Lourdes Flores, will be at Eckerd College tonight to talk about the ongoing refugee crisis along the Mexican border as thousands of Central American children flee violent drug gangs. The talk is free at 7:30 in Fox Hall at 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg....

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  7. Comic Pauly Shore performs at Tampa Improv this weekend

    Stage

    These days Pauly Shore, one of the biggest names in comedy in the '90s, makes fun of his cringe-worthy comedies (like Encino Man and Biodome) and the "Weasel" persona that first shot him into fame. He makes fun of himself on Funny or Die shorts and in his self-directed 2003 film, Pauly Shore Is Dead. The son of Comedy Store founders Sammy and Mitzi Shore, he is touring the country doing standup while also releasing a new documentary, Pauly Shore Stands Alone, about his life on the road in small clubs and dealing with his elderly mother. Shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv in Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $22-$25. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com. ...

    Pauly Shore will perform at the Improv in Ybor City in Tampa on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  8. Historic bra at St. Petersburg museum to be featured on Travel Channel show

    The Feed

    Underwear isn't usually a highlight of historical displays but a brassiere that was the focus of a salacious 1950s heist — and held in archives at the St. Petersburg Museum of History — will be featured on the Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum premiering on Friday. Police in Miami discovered a crime ring in 1950 that had been stealing thousands from the Southern Bell Telephone Company by smuggling rolls of coins from the counting room in their bras. It was a headline writer's dream. They called it "the case of the silver falsies," or "the case of the clinking brassieres," but the most popular name proved to be the "brassiere brigade," which is the title of the Travel Channel episode. The show, which airs at 9 p.m. Friday, lets host Don Wildman scour the country, unearthing strange relics that reveal intriguing stories. You can see the brash bra yourself at the historical museum, located at the approach to the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg, 335 Second Ave NE. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday....

  9. Hip kiddie show Yo Gabba Gabba! coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Kids

    The Emmy-winning TV puppet show Yo Gabba Gabba! — so popular with adults as well as children that they performed at Coachella 2010 — will bring their live stage show to Ruth Eckerd Hall for two shows Dec. 5. The hip kiddie show loaded with pop culture references "will convince you someone slipped something into your Fruity Pebbles," a Times critic once noted. The live show, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! will be directed by the show's creators Christian Jacobs (former lead singer of the Aquabats) and Scott Schultz (of the indie pop group Majestic). DJ Lance Rock, (founding member of psychedelic electronic pop band the Ray Makers), the colorful puppet characters, fan favorite Leslie Hall and beat boxer Biz Markie will also return to the road together. Tickets are $26-$46 at RuthEckerdHall.com or (727) 791-7400....

    DJ Lance Rock performs at Yo Gabba Gabba Live! (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
  10. Guavaween will return to its party roots with voodoo-themed carnival in Ybor

    Events

    Guavaween, once a bawdy and popular draw for Ybor City, will go back to its roots this year, the Ybor Chamber of Commerce has announced, with a party Oct. 25 at the Cuban Club in Ybor, site of the first Guavaween parties back in the late 1970s. In recent years, Guavaween has gone through several incarnations as organizers tried to get rid of its raunchy image. Last year's family friendly Fantasma Fest was a dud, so the chamber brought in Big City Events and 813Area.com, which announced Monday that the party will be a voodoo freak show carnival called Guavaween 2014: Voodoo Carnival. It will be 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., with five themed areas, including a street festival, theater shows, a dance club, lounge, live concerts and a $1,000 costume contest. Tickets are on sale at ticketfly.com for $18 and $80 for VIP, which gets you access to VIP areas, unlimited drinks and some seating areas. ...

    For Guavaween in 2011, thousands pack the streets of Ybor City.
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  11. Vendors fume over Latinos in Action Festival that never was

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The Latinos in Action Festival, promoted as a free family-friendly event this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds, never had a contract for the event.

    Vendors who paid to set up there are feeling duped.

    As recently as Aug. 25, festival promoter Miguel Nieves sent the Tampa Bay Times a news release saying, "Latinos in Action is going strong as ever!" and touting performances by Marc Anthony and other Latin artists. The festival was to include kids' rides and ethnic food. ...

  12. Country hitmakers Love and Theft to sing national anthem at Bucs opener Sunday

    Events

    Country duo Love and Theft, who this week scored their third CMA nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year, will sing the national anthem at the Bucs home opener Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The duo, made up of singer-songwriters Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson have charted top 10 hits such as Runaway and Angel Eyes. The game kicks off at 4:25 p.m. but of course there will be tailgating starting much earlier, including a Kids Zone with inflatable football activities from 1 to 4 p.m. between Gates B and C. Then at halftime, the high-stepping Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats, a band that made an appearance in the 2002 film Drumline, will perform. The giveaway will be a 2014 whiteboard schedule magnet. Tickets start at $30 for the game at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    Bucs' qtr back Josh McCown (12) prepares to take the snap from Evan Dietrich-Smith (62) during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium Saturday night 8/16/2014.
  13. Theme park deals pop up in the fall for Florida residents

    Florida

    After Labor Day, it's a good time for Florida residents to check out the theme parks, where the crowds are lighter, the weather a tiny bit cooler (eventually) and Florida residents deals start cropping up. Here's a roundup of theme park news and deals announced recently.

    Epcot refreshes live shows

    The Disney parks blog announced this week that several of its live entertainment shows will be retired in the coming weeks to make way for new acts that will freshen its lineup. ...

    The annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival
  14. New Wiggles, including first girl Wiggle, to play at the Trop

    Kids

    The once white-hot kiddie group the Wiggles has wobbled in recent years, but now they are back on television with a mostly new cast — and a girl Wiggle! — and they will make a stop at Tropicana Field on Sunday for a free post-game show.

    A Wiggles concert became a rite of passage for families with young kids a decade or so ago and each member of the group became a millionaire several times over. But then their show full of catchy preschool pop moved from Playhouse Disney to the also-ran Sprout channel in 2009 and three of the original Wiggles retired in 2012, and their popularity wasn't quite the phenomenon it once was. ...

    THOUSAND OAKS, CA - SEPTEMBER 07:  (L-R) (top to bottom)  Actors Simon Pryce, Greg Page, Lachlan Gillespie, Emma Watkins and Anthony Field attend 'The Wiggles Portrait Session' held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on September 7, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
  15. 5 things to do under $5 Sept. 4-10

    Events

    NOTE: This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: The Latinos in Action Festival will not take place this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

    1 Thrill St. Pete Workshop: Admit it. Ever since you saw Jennifer Garner leading her snobby office workers in the Thriller dance in 13 Going on 30 you've wanted to be part of a Thriller flash mob. Now's your chance. For six years now, volunteers from DanceStPete.com have taught novices ranging from age 3 to 86 the steps to Michael Jackson's Thriller video. The group then performs the number for Halloween in downtown St. Petersburg. The late-October dance has drawn from 140 to more than 280 dancers at once, with hundreds of onlookers cheering them on. The next workshop, which lasts about 90 minutes, is at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Suncoast Dance and Music Academy, 290 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. It takes three or four workshops to master the moves, but online videos can help you learn them faster, said dance teacher Lindsey Lumpkins. The big day is Oct. 25, when the dancers will turn into creatures in search of blood "to terrorize y'alls neighborhood" in downtown St. Petersburg. Donations are appreciated for the workshops. See DanceStPete.com or call (727) 455-5688 for information. ...

    Tove Lo will perform a free show Monday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.