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Sharon Kennedy Wynne - Events Editor

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. A "pink moon" shines over Clearwater early on April 11, 2017. The 2020 spring full moon will be the largest and brightest supermoon of the year. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]
  2. An orangutan finds a stuffed bunny while searching for eggs hidden in Easter baskets at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. The zoo is offering lots of videos on its Facebook page, including actual medical treatments and an orangutan hand-washing tutorial. [Tampa Bay Times (2013)]
  3. Sunny Day Sweets are offered through the maker’s website at sunnydaysweets.com. [Blush Tea and Coffee]
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  5. The entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is closed and the parks will remain closed "indefinitely." [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  6. Members of the Bay Area Performing Arts and Casting group sing together in a video performance of "You Are Not Alone." [Bay Area Performing Arts and Casting]
  7. Though Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry remains closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MOSI is continuing its online programming via its virtual MOSI platform. airing weekdays at 1:30 p.m. on its MOSI In Motion Facebook page.
  8. Even though Walt Disney World is temporarily closed, a team of essential Disney cast members is still on site. [DISNEY  |  Disney]
  9. Volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries campus in Tampa clean carts used to give food boxes to the needy. [CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL  |  Times]
  10. Chad Mize creates doodle art on a car at the 49th Annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts held at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa in 2019. The group show called Flower Power hanging at Mize Gallery will also appear online on at chadmize.com. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  11. You can take a virtual tour of the Dalí Museum at thedali.org/virtual-tour. The site takes you both inside the gallery as well as outside, where the museum maintains the Avant-garden. [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
  12. Matthew Berry of Clearwater rests a Teddy Ruxpin stuffed bear on an oak tree  in the front yard of his home on Friday in Clearwater's Woodgate neighborhood, which is one of many area neighborhoods which have exploded with bears in the windows and on front porches and lawns so the kids can count them while on walks, bicycle rides or car rides at a safe social distance. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  13. With both offices and schools closed because of coronavirus concerns, parents can learn some tips from homeschoolers on how to manage the day. [Times (2019)]
  14. The penguins at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa were the stars this week of one of its new SEA-SPAN series of shows streaming online. [Tampa Bay Times (2010)]
  15. The Florida Aquarium's ring-tailed lemurs were the first stars of the daily Facebook Live videos the aquarium has started in the wake of its closure because of the coronavirus. The aquarium is among many places offering virtual experiences for fans holed up in their houses. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]
  16. Find a solitary path, such as the Tampa Riverwalk, to get a mental health break and some exercise. Just be careful of social distancing or you could find these public spaces shut down. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]
  17. Florida's theme parks have been shuttered by the coronavirus and Universal Orlando Resort has said the closure will extend until April 19. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  18. Huge piles of food are delivered to Feeding Tampa Bay's warehouse. Busch Gardens donated almost 6,000 pounds of food from the closed theme park to Feeding Tampa Bay, the nonprofit that supplies food pantries. [Busch Gardens]
  19. The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa is closed until April 19. [DENNIS JOYCE  |  Times]
  20. A portion of the iconic murals on the east side of the China Finders building at 2823 Central Ave. N, in St. Petersburg. The last few years has brought an explosion of mural art all over St. Petersburg and is touring by bike or car. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  21. Michael Gordon Williams leaves the Frederick Douglass Elementary School with his mother carrying meals provided by the school in Miami on Monday. Miami Dade-County Public Schools are providing breakfast and lunch to students in need while schools are closed for the week due to the coronavirus. Tampa Bay schools also plan to distribute food to students during the week they would have returned from spring break. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  22. A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is seen in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  23. Fans dance and cheer in the crowd as Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh perform on the main stage at Reggae Rise Up  Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg in 2017. The event has been canceled due to coronavirus.
  24. Legoland Florida Resort in Winter Haven. [Times (2011)]