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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


Twitter: @SharonKWynne

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

  1. Napoleon Wineamite to make Tampa Theatre fundraiser flippin' sweet


    Tampa Theatre's annual movie-themed wine festival this year is called Napoleon Wineamite, so the five-day series of events Sept. 10-17 will be flippin' sweet.

    While tickets range from $50 wine tastings to an elegant $250 multi-course gourmet meal, a new feature this year is an event for those of us on a tater tot budget. A special $10 showing of the campy 2004 classic Napoleon Dynamite will allow the audience to bring blankets and lawn chairs to spread out on the stage deck that will be extended over the downstairs seats in preparation for Friday evening's wine-tasting event....

    186915 Description Summer Movie Preview images. Cutlines and credits are attached to photos under file info. Napoleon Dynamite From left:Jon Gries, Jon Heder and Aaron Ruell in Napoleon Dynamite Photo Credit: Aaron Ruell Fox Searchlight Pictures
  2. Tampa Theatre will play 1925 'Phantom' with live organ music


    All summer long, Tampa Theatre has been showing classic Hollywood movies, and the season is going really old school for its finale. On Sunday, the series closes with the silent film Phantom of the Opera from 1925 — accompanied with a live organ.

    The historic movie house with its Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ was built in 1926, just a year after Phantom came out, as one of America's most elaborate movie palaces. ...

    Lon Chaney as Erik, the Phantom, and Mary Philbin as Christine Daae in the 1925 silent version of The Phantom of the Opera.
  3. Zoo deal gives free admission for kids on Saturdays in September


    Saturdays in September will be a deal for kids at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, where Hispanic Heritage Month means free admission for up to four kids for every adult admission on Saturdays.

    Once there, they will find a family-friendly Saturday celebration called Que PasZoo that will showcase Latin culture including a variety of Latin entertainers, local artisans, games of dominoes and character appearances by Nick Jr. favorites Dora the Explorer (Sept. 5), Pablo the penguin from the Backyardigans (Sept. 12), Diego (Sept. 19) and Team Umizoomi (Sept. 26). ...

    A child brushes the goats in the petting area of the Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo.
  4. Top 5 movie-based theme park attractions besides 'Fast & Furious’


    With the news that the Fast & Furious franchise is getting its own theme park treatment as a ride at Universal Studios, let's take a look at the rest of the theme park attractions that we have thanks to Hollywood.  Film critic Matt Singer of ScreenCrush once smartly observed that theme park attractions are "a perfect microcosm of modern Hollywood, where family-friendly 3-D escapism and the potential for merchandise sales are the only things that matter."...

    Attendance exploded at Universal after The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened, letting muggles pretend for a little while they are in the world of the boy wizard.
  5. Plan your weekend Aug. 28-30


    Plan your weekend


    Patton Oswalt One of the most influential comics today, he will riff on obsessive-compulsive disorder one moment and comic book heroes the next, drawing on literature or video games with equal ease. He's the same way as an actor, moving seemlessly from indie films, The King of Queens, to the voice of Remy the rat in Disney's Ratatouille. Bask in his comedy smarts 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center's Carol Morsani Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $30-$50. (813) 229-7827,

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05:  Actor Patton Oswalt arrives at the premiere of FX's "Justified" Season 4 at Paramount Studios on January 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
  6. Things To Do Planner: Beer Challenge, WWE Raw in Tampa, Rodeo Fest



    Lifting weights 12 ounces at a time will get you in shape for The Great Beer Challenge coming Saturday to the courts of the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Beginning at 2 p.m., teams of four will compete in beer-centered games including corn hole, flip cup, a stein holding competition and even shuffleboard to honor the location for the inaugural event. Winners will be crowned at 5 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend. Participant tickets include full access to the beer games, beer swag and craft SweetWater beer. Advance tickets are $30 per participant, $110 for team of four and spectators $20 at Tickets are $50 at the door per person, if available. 12:30-5 p.m. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2083....

    Seth Rollins and John Cena battle it out at the WWE SummerSlam 2015.
  7. Universal Orlando will add 'Fast & Furious' attraction to theme park


    Universal Orlando will open a new ride based on the popular Fast & Furious movies, the theme park announced Wednesday.

    Fast & Furious: Supercharged is slated to open some time in 2017, and the news comes as little surprise. The seventh film in the Furious franchise barreled into theaters this spring and made $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide. And Universal Studios Hollywood in California debuted a ride tied to the franchise in June. ...

    This rendering shows Fast & Furious: Supercharged, a new ride planned for Universal Orlando based on the popular car movies. Universal says the ride will open in 2017. Another Furious ride opened at a California park in June.
  8. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 27-Sept. 2


    1 Coffee with the Curator: The free monthly talk from the Dalí Museum's education team this month turns to math professor Kathryn Pantelis of Hillsborough Community College, who will explore the relationship between mathematics and M.C. Escher's visionary patterns. Some 135 works, mostly prints, by the master illusionist are on display through Jan. 3 at the Dalí Museum. Many of Escher's works employed repeated tilings called tessellations, making it artwork that is especially well liked by mathematicians and scientists because of his use of geometric distortions. The talk at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday is free, though you have to have admission to the museum to see the Escher exhibit, $24, $22 seniors, $17 students, $10 children ages 6-12 at the Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. ...

    Drawing Hands is a famous work by M.C. Escher that will be in a show at the Dal? Museum.
Image copyright 2015, M.C. Escher Co. From the collection of the Herakleidon Museum, Athens
  9. 'Star Trek' foam finger comes with Rays ticket deal


    You can live long and prosper with a special ticket deal for Star Trek Night at the Tampa Bay Rays game Friday. Buy your $25 ticket online by midnight Thursday (, and you'll get a Star Trek foam finger set in the split-fingered salute made famous by Mr. Spock. If you already have purchased tickets to the game, you can upgrade by calling (727) 825-3209....

    Another in a series of Tampa Bay Rays special events packages, this foam finger is the giveaway for Star Trek Night
  10. Disney will bring Star Wars half marathon to Orlando in April


    Star Wars fans, you have been heard.

    After grumping that California got the first Star Wars Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland this past January, Orlando fans weaponized their whining until Walt Disney World Resort announced Tuesday that Orlando will get a series of races for kids and ultra runners April 14-17.

    R2! Light speed to the finish line!

    Expect storm troopers and costumed characters to lace up like they did in California in loads of ingenious costumes. (The "Imperial Walker" two-woman costume of the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, was especially clever.)...

    California got the first Star Wars Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland in January. Now, the California run will channel “the Light Side of the Force,” while Orlando gets the Dark Side.
  11. Cheeky mural imagines Pier in St. Petersburg as an alien invader


    Local mural artists the Vitale Brothers have painted their mural Pier Pressure on the side of the Blue Goose bar, an image that makes the upside down pyramid Pier in St. Petersburg look like an alien invader from War of the Worlds. You can buy a T-shirt with the image at a release party Friday.

    Johnny and Paul Vitale, otherwise known as the Vitale Brothers, came up with the Pier Pressure mural five years ago when the long embattled Pier renovation project first bubbled to the surface. ...

  12. Plan your weekend Aug. 21-23


    Plan your weekend


    Beerfest at MOSI: Attention beer snobs! Craft beer enthusiasts will have more than 70 varieties to sample from 35 breweries, and food trucks, entertainment and MOSI exhibits to peruse. It runs 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $55, $15 designated driver at or $65 at the door at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 739-4800....

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06:  Rob Thomas performs at The Beacon Theatre on August 6, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
  13. Things to Do Planner: Beer fests, last blast before school, fun at a new water park



    Our Ultimate Bar Guide lets you know where to imbibe all year long. But this is an extra-special weekend to be a beer snob. Beerfest at MOSI will give craft beer enthusiasts more than 70 varieties to sample from 35 breweries, with food trucks, entertainment and MOSI exhibits to peruse. It runs 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $55, $15 designated driver at or $65 at the door at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 739-4800. ...

    BRENDAN FITTERER   |   Times Austin Runman tries the Wibit Aqua Park, which is like a floating obstacle course, during a media preview of SunWest Park in Aripeka.
  14. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 20-27


    1 TIA welcomes Lufthansa: Tampa International Airport is welcoming its new nonstop service to Frankfurt on Lufthansa Airlines with a German village square set up at the airport starting Friday. Constructed in the main terminal between Airsides E and F, the oompah bands and the smell of strudel and schnitzel will be part of a monthlong celebration of German music, food, beer, wine tasting and other entertainment. The airport gallery also will exhibit the work of Otto Neumann, a German expressionist painter and printmaker. The five-day-a-week nonstop air service on Lufthansa begins Sept. 25....

    On Friday, Mein Heimatland Musikanten, pictured at Tampa International Airport’s 2014 Oktoberfest, will kick off a monthlong celebration of all things German to welcome Lufthansa to TIA.
  15. 'Sesame Street' will be brought to you by the letters HBO


    Sesame Street is getting an infusion of cash and a longer season thanks to a a deal announced Thursday between Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind the children’s television program, and HBO, the premium cable network better known for gory vampire tales and sexually charged detective dramas. Will Kermit learn the true value of friendship as he overcomes his heroin addiction?...