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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. 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: @SharonKWn

  1. Plan your weekend Oct. 21-23: Halloween parties, Mike Mills classical show, Stone Crab Weekend, MarineQuest and science festival


    Plan your weekend


    Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie: One of the founders of R.E.M., Mills has created a classical collaboration with violinist Robert McDuffie. Their ensemble of string and rock musicians will perform Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $49 and up. (727) 892-5767.

  2. Things to do planner: Tampa Pig Jig, stone crab party, MarineQuest science festival, Rowdies bring 'Fight Song' singer


    GET CRACKING: Stone Crab Weekend

    The annual Stone Crab Weekend Block Party at Frenchy's Cafe on Clearwater Beach always marks the opening weekend of stone crab season with two days of live music, food and drink specials and a raffle. In 1984, Michael "Frenchy" Preston started the block party at the cafe at 41 Baymont St. There are now several Frenchy's restaurants, but the block party will be set up under a big tent on Baymont Street from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can find the music lineup in Clearwater Beach at There will be a large free parking lot on E Shore Drive within walking distance of the block party....

    Times file (2004)
  3. 5 things to do under $5: Chalk art, sports industry lecture, Pinellas Pie Festival


    1Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: It's free to see the work of more than 40 chalk artists along the Beach Walk this weekend. The public will get to vote for their favorite artist, and there will be a kids zone, arts and crafts vendors and music. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Beach Walk, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater.

    2USF Sport and Entertainment Lecture Series: The NFL's chief operating officer and the commissioner of Major League Soccer are among the sports industry leaders coming to the University of South Florida to give talks on current sports issues for USF's Sport and Entertainment Management Program. The talks are free at the Sun Dome on Wednesday but you have to reserve a seat at First up is Tod Leiweke, COO of the National Football League, speaking at 5:30 p.m. Then at 8 p.m., Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer since 1999, speaks. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa....

    (10/28/12 Clearwater) Kelsea Selle, 11, smudges chalk in her Hawaiian flower drawing, located next to the chalk drawing "This Island Earth 1955", right, by Ana Bruno-Stump during the last day of the Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk Festival Oct. 28, 2012 on South Gulfview Blvd across the street from the beach in Clearwater. The three-day festival featured single, group and student artists who were able to work on their pieces through the weekend until they were judged on Sunday for cash prizes. Free chalk was also provided so that members of the public could make their own creations. [Photo by Leah Millis]
  4. Plan your weekend Oct. 14-16: Amy Schumer, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Jurassic Quest, Pops in the Park


    Plan your weekend


    Amy Schumer: The first female comic to headline Madison Square Garden or to win an Emmy for a sketch series continues her hot streak with a huge show in Tampa's Amalie Arena on Sunday. See what she has to say when she's back in Tampa, the "horrendous" city that appears in a story in her bestselling book about a great one-night stand. The show is 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.25 and up. (813) 301-2500.

  5. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 13-19: Pops in the Park, 25-cent movies at Tampa Theatre, Rattlesnake Festival


    1 1926 prices at Tampa Theatre: The historic movie house is celebrating its 90th birthday and on Saturday will roll back admission to 1926 prices of just 25 cents for movies about movies: Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning Hugo (11:45 a.m.), the 2011 Oscar-winning silent film tribute The Artist (3:15 p.m.), Buster Keaton's silent 1928 comedy The Cameraman (7 p.m.) accompanied by the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer organ and Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso (10:10 p.m.). Tickets available only for cash at the theater's box office, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. ...

    The interior of the Tampa Theatre, which opened in 1926.
  6. Things to do planner: Jurassic Quest, Florida Birding and Nature Festival, Ringling International Arts Festival


    TIME TRAVEL: Jurassic Quest

    The traveling dinosaur exhibit Jurassic Quest makes its first stop in Tampa this weekend, bringing 80 life-size animatronic dinosaurs to the Florida State Fairgrounds. Kids can channel Indiana Jones at stations where they excavate fossils and even create their own fossil cast to take home. There are also rides and a display of real fossils to sneak in some education. One of the new features is the huge Spinosaurus, considered by paleontologists to be the largest dino at 50 feet long. A walking schedule starts at 10:30 a.m., in which several adolescent dinosaurs take a walk around Jurassic Quest for half an hour and you can pet them. $20, $18 seniors/military, $15 ages 2-12. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (936) 588-3332. 3-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

  7. What to expect: Lowry Park Zoo playfully spooks kids at Creatures of the Night


    A new Halloween event that doubles as a date night with the kids in tow has arrived for weekends this month at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo called Creatures of the Night, a ghoulishly cool dance party.

    Instead of paying a sullen teenager for a night out, you can let the kids boogie with stilt-walking zombies to Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music. Meanwhile, Mom and Dad can head to the wine and beer garden where they have pretzels, apple nachos and other snacks from $3-$14 that you can wash down with a pumpkin beer, fall cider or other drinks running $3-$8....

    The ethereal Night Ghosts lurk at Lowry Park Zoo's new Halloween event Creatures of the Night.
  8. Tampa Bay concert, sale, other events altered by Hurricane Matthew this weekend


    Travel disruptions altered a Led Zeppelin tribute and moved a fundraising sale as event planners across the Tampa Bay area were making adjustments in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew.

    Live blog: The latest on Hurricane Matthew

    If you have an event that will be canceled or changed this week send an email to and we will alert readers....

  9. Plan your weekend Oct. 7-9: Oktoberfest, Cirque De La Symphonie, Florida Sporstman Expo


    Plan your weekend

    German invasion

    Oktoberfest Tampa: Get out your best dirndls and lederhosen, there are more than a dozen Oktoberfest celebrations across Tampa Bay this month. But at Curtis Hixon Park this weekend, it's all about the competition at the celebration featuring grain-sack tossing, stein-hoisting, keg-stacking, tug-o-war, the best moustache contest and other competitions. The beer servers break into song, and so does the crowd as they drink huge mugs of beer to wash down the sauerbraten. It runs 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $8 to $20.

    SP_296170_RIAL_paws (10/18/2008  ST. PETERSBURG) Campbell (left) and Marley (right) enjoy the attention their homemade clown costumes are getting at  the 18th Annual SPCA Paws on Parade Pet Walk at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg.  Both dogs are mixed breeds adopted by Paul and Amy Carlson, of Indian Rocks Beach.  Marley, a cancer survivor, came from Friends of Strays and Campbell , abandoned on the Campbell Causeway, is from the Humane Society of Pinellas. Amy Carlson made their costumes. 

  10. 5 things to do under $5: Open Streets in St. Pete, free plane rides for kids, Nerf battles


    Open Streets St. Pete: Modeled after "ciclovia" (Spanish for bike path) events around the world, Open Streets shuts down parts of the city to cars for an afternoon. That means for four hours on Sunday, the streets between Mirror Lake Park and Williams Park in St. Petersburg will be closed to cars to allow the public to freely bike, stroll or roll skateboards. Over in Williams Park, an Indie FamFest will be set up, a free family festival with pet blessings, pet costume contest, photo booth, food truck rally, vendors, live music, hoop and dance performances, cultural activities and bike valet parking. The FamFest opens at noon and streets close at 1 p.m. ...

    Pilot Jim Porter, left, of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Clearwater chapter flies over Clearwater in a Cessna 175 Skylark with eight-year-old Colby Koberna of Clearwater, right, during the EAA’s Young Eagles Flight Rally, staged out of the Clearwater Airpark.
  11. Take It Outside Planner: Florida Sportsman Expo, women's runs


    GEAR: See the latest at Florida Sportsman Expo

    For the 24th year, Florida Sportsman magazine will bring in a range of outdoor supplies and seminars for the Florida Sportsman Expo this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Some of the popular features include:

    • A "Be a Diver" pool so you can try out scuba diving with certified instructors. Bring your own swim suits, but dressing rooms, towels and all the diving equipment (including wetsuits and fins) are provided. It's free to try out diving. ...

    Florida Sportsman Expo
  12. Things to do planner: Henry Rollins spoken word, MOSI hosts astronaut, SPCA Pet Walk


    NOTE: Since this story went to press Rollins has postponed all his Florida dates because of Hurricane Matthew. A makeup date has not yet been announced.

    PUNK TALK: Henry Rollins and the spoken word

    Legendary punk singer Henry Rollins will trade his raspy howl for a spoken word performance at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday. Expect a timely commentary on the current state of politics mixed with anecdotes on his latest L.A. experiences and his extensive world travels. Rollins' live talking shows are known for their energy, anger and humor. And he has a lot to talk about. The epitome of a workaholic, Rollins is an actor, voice-over artist, author, photographer, columnist (LA Weekly), TV host (National Geographic, History Channel, IFC), radio DJ and spoken word performer of countless shows around the world over the last 35 years. $29.50-$49.50 at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400....

    Astronaut Story Musgrave
  13. Top talks coming to Tampa Bay: Dan Rather, Ina Garten, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Alton Brown, Tom Brokaw


    Top journalists, top chefs and a top scientist People once dubbed the "sexiest astrophysicist alive" are among the great speeches and lectures coming to the Tampa Bay area in the coming months.

    Date-night worthy talks by smart people include Tom Brokaw, the "Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten and Neil deGrasse Tyson, the most pop culture-savvy geek to walk the Earth. You can also see the Food Network's Alton Brown bring messy and "potentially dangerous" food science experiments to an interactive show at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and hear from some of the area's top local chefs talk about the science of food. ...

    Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Patrick Eccelsine/FOX
  14. Where to find the best Buffalo food, like chicken wings and beef on weck, in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    For authentic Buffalo wings, the secret isn't, as they say, in the sauce.

    According to Brian Griffin, owner of St. Angelo's Pizza and Wings (4051 Madison St., New Port Richey), it's not even about the sauce at all; he says 90 percent of people use Frank's RedHot anyway.

    While others tend to overcomplicate things by adding lemon or butter or trying out various combinations of spices, Griffin said that the key to authentic wings is really about letting them sit long enough in the fryer. ...

    A beef weck sandwich popular in Buffalo is among the regional specialty foods featured in “Big American Cookbook.”
  15. Tony Dungy drafts Jeff Foxworthy, Michael W. Smith for Tampa charity benefit


    Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and Christian music superstar Michael W. Smith will lend their talents to a benefit for Family First, a national marriage and parenting nonprofit organization based in Tampa.

    And it's all thanks to Tony Dungy's wide circle of acquaintances.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame coach said it didn't take much to get Smith, a multi-platinum selling Grammy winner, and Blue Collar Comedy Tour founder Foxworthy to donate their time for Thursday's benefit at the Straz Center in Tampa. ...

    Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Tony Dungy gets his gold jacket at the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket dinner at the Civic Center in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 4, 2016. (Ben Liebenberg via AP)