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Sharon Kennedy Wynne - Events, Family and Travel reporter

Events, Family and Travel reporter

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. Dozens of people gather to watch the Sylvan Ramble light show on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Tampa. Created by Sam Johnson, the computerized light show features special effects such as flames and dancing lights synchronized to music and lasts 20 minutes. In addition to his Halloween light show, Johnson also has a popular Christmas themed show all to raise money for charity.
  2. Fresh stone crab claws are for sale at Frenchy's Stone Crab Co. in Palm Harbor. Crab season runs Oct. 15-May 1, two weeks shorter than in past years, and the state has upped the claw size minimum to combat overfishing.
  3. Dave Bautista poses at his Tampa office with a painting by Meaghan Farrell Scalise.
  4. Clearwater native Leon Majcen shares a moment with fans following his performance during the Gasparilla Music Festival last weekend. The event joined other concert promoters in requiring vaccination cards or negative COVID tests for entry.
  5. A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  6. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts is holding a free block party on Oct. 16.
  7. The venues that put on concerts have sometimes felt like they landed in the middle of the COVID-19 debates. Audience bristle at the rules, and sometimes it is the artists who put them there.
  8. El primer fin de semana de cada mes, Largo Central Railroad ofrece viajes en tren gratuitos a través de Largo Central Park.
  9. Fans wait for Tampa Bay Rays players to return to the field from the clubhouse after becoming the 2021 American League East Division Champions at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sept. 25. The team will be handing out free Rays Up yard signs this weekend as they head to the ALDS playoffs.
  10. A cabin on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World will make guests feel like they on board a spaceship. The Star Wars-themed hotel opens March 1.
  11. The 80-foot lighted pine Christmas tree shines tall in the center of the maze at Enchant Christmas in 2019, when Tropicana Field was turned into a massive holiday display. The light maze is returning Nov. 26-Jan. 2.
  12. The first weekend of every month, Largo Central Railroad offers free train rides through Largo Central Park.
  13. Dead & Company, a supergroup of remaining Grateful Dead artists and John Mayer on guitar, performs in Virginia in 2018. The group was set to appear in Tampa in October but has canceled its sold-out Florida shows.
  14. El castillo de Cenicienta recién pintado en Magic Kingdom en Walt Disney World se ve con el escudo para celebrar el 50 aniversario del parque temático el lunes 30 de agosto de 2021 en Lake Buena Vista, Florida (AP Photo / John Raoux)
  15. The St. Pete Pier will bring back its fall pumpkin patch Oct. 9-17. In addition to the hay bales and pumpkins all around, there’s a free family photo booth set up.
  16. The sculpture of Walt Disney in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. The castle got a major makeover to celebrate its 50th anniversary and there are loads of attractions opening to mark the Oct. 1 anniversary.
  17. Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Magic Kingdom theme park and resort opened Oct. 1, 1971, and is now the world's most-attended tourist attraction.
  18. Trevor Noah, shown here in March when he hosted the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will bring his comedy tour to Tampa in February.
  19. A tailgater tends to hamburgers outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa before a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. After taking a year off because of the coronavirus, tailgating has returned this season for fans of the Bucs and the University of South Florida Bulls.
  20. Marvel actor and former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista holds Penny, his newly adopted puppy from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She was found with a metal chain embedded in her neck that required surgery. Batista offered $5,000 reward for information on the abuser, and celebrity friends and others have added more than $7,000 more.
  21. Eric Clapton will perform at Amalie Arena on Sept.25. The guitarist, though vaccinated himself, has been outspoken in his complaints about COVID-19 regulations, vaccinations and touring mandates.
  22. Weezer will headline 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 4 at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The two-day alt-rock music festival was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19.
  23. Concert-goers had to adhere to new vaccination rules for a Maroon 5 concert in Ohio in August. When the band performs in Tampa Sept. 24, fans must bring a printed copy of a negative test result or proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.