Sharon Kennedy Wynne - Families, Entertainment and Events Editor

Families, Entertainment and Events Editor

I’m an editor who writes, or maybe a writer who edits. I spend time poring over hundreds of events and fun diversions in the Tampa Bay area. I used to cover City Hall and now I ride rollercoasters on a workday. But I view this as a consumer beat. I’m looking for deals and I intend to call out what’s lame or magical. I’m a lifelong St. Petersburg resident and University of Florida grad. I cut my teeth covering politics for the Fort Myers News-Press, where a county commissioner I investigated went to jail. I joined my hometown Times in 1994 where my love of pop culture led me to tbt* and now our features team. Send me a tip when you see something fun.

  1. Brad, Yesenia and Xavier share adventures in "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum" on PBS. The show will play a part in a PBS effort to talk to kids about race and racism that will air in October. [PBS]
  2. Gatorland alligator handler Donnie Aldarelli shows off Chester, a 14-foot alligator. 
Photo courtesy Gatorland [Gatorland]
  3. Cynamon Thomas, 28, gets help from a friend seeing how she looks as she puts finishing touches on her jingle dress, which is a First Nations and Native American women's pow wow regalia during a an event in Vinoy Park marking International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Sunday, August 9, 2020. The dress is used for the jingle dance and includes multiple rows of metal cones made out of tobacco tin lids that make jingling noises as the dancer moves. Thomas identifies as Mescalero Apache and Diné.Ž [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  4. Piff the Magic Dragon appeared with Heidi Klum on NBC's "America's Got Talent: The Champions" in 2018. He will do live shows via Zoom on Aug. 7 and 9 that benefits Ruth Eckerd Hall. [TRAE PATTON  |  NBC]
  5. Aug. 5• Life & Culture
    The new St. Petersburg Pier and its $93 million dollar Pier District opened on July 6 to the public. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  6. Guests stop to take a selfie at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on July 11, 2020, the first day of the theme park’s phased reopening. [MATT STROSHANE  |  Matt Stroshane, Photographer]
  7. Class of 2020 masks were passed out to seniors at Clearwater Central Catholic High for their graduation ceremony May 24. In the coming year, masks will be included in back-to-school supplies as many schools now require them for staff and students. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  8. Eleanor Walker, 4, left, and Edie Walker, 5, visit with Hope at her new home inside the Kate Tidemann and Ellen Cotton Main Pool and Window of Wonder at the Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex, part of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's facility expansion, which recently opened to the public. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  9. When school starts up in August, staff and students will be required to wear face coverings all day. [ERIC GAY  |  AP]
  10. Christopher Jackson, left, hugs "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda during his final performance curtain call at the Richard Rogers Theatre on July 9, 2016. Jackson will put on a concert that will be livestreamed to benefit arts organizations across the country, including Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts. [EVAN AGOSTINI  |  Associated Press]
  11. The main gallery at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, which reopened July 8 next to the city's new Pier District in the downtown waterfront. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  12. Haunted houses like this one at Universal Studios in 2019 won't be going up this year as the Orlando theme park cancels the wildly popular event held in September and October. [SEBASTIAN ROJAS  |  Universal Orlando]
  13. Derek Trucks, with his wife Susan Tedeschi, lead the 12-member rock and soul collective known as the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The band will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in August of 2021. [Shervin Lainez]
  14. Piff the Magic Dragon, from 'America’s Got Talent,' will have a virtual show “live from Las Vegas” that will be online Aug. 9 at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets for the one-hour show will be $35.75 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. [Ruth Eckerd Hall]
  15. The Italy-based creator of NakeFit says the pads will give feet protection from hot surfaces, such as sand, or rough surfaces, such as paving and rocks. They also seem to offer heightened grip. [Nakefit]
  16. Epcot reopened on Wednesday as Walt Disney World continued its phased reopening [Walt Disney World]
  17. A scallop from the first scalloping mini season in Pasco County. It runs through July 26. [IRVINE, TAILYR  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  18. Disney's Hollywood Studios reopened Wednesday with new requirements of masks for all, advanced reservations for park access and limited crowd capacity. But still, the new Star Wars land was a popular destination. [Walt Disney World]
  19. Busch Gardens will have a laser and fireworks show as part of Summer Nights, returning to the Tampa theme park on weekends July 17-Aug. 16. [Busch Gardens]
  20. Guests arrive to attend the official re-opening day of Epcot at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, July 15, 2020. All four of Disney's Florida parks are now open, including Hollywood Studios, the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, with limited capacity and safety protocols in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. [JOE BURBANK  |  AP]
  21. The first live theater production in the Tampa Bay area is "The Meredith Brothers," starring Larry Corwin, left, as Spencer Meredith, and Michael McGreevy as Daniel (also known as Christopher) Meredith. It runs weekends in Ybor City through July 26. [LAB THEATER PROJECT  |  LAB Theater Project]
  22. A giant tent and a ground mural of games like hopscotch and mazes has been set up in Curtix Hixon Park in Tampa. It is free and open from dusk till dawn daily through Aug. 10. [Tampa Downtown Partnership]
  23. The Magic Kingdom opened to the public for the first time in four months on Saturday July 11, 2020, at Walt Disney World. Visitors found light crowds and Cinderella's Castle has a makeover with pink paint and bright blue spires. [KENT PHILLIPS | Walt Disney World]