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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. The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, shown here on opening day in 2016, will still go on March 4-14 next year, but without its usual music lineup of top recording artists.
  2. Jamie Schwartz-Cohen, de 60 años, de Dunedin.
  3. Jamie Schwartz-Cohen, owner of All Around Pet Care, poses for a photograph along with Harper on Tuesday in Clearwater. Cohen would typically have a party of 12-15 friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner but this year has opted for a smaller gathering of eight. Families are finding it tricky to negotiate if or how they should gather for Thanksgiving as the third wave of the coronavirus continues its spread across the country.
  4. Busch Gardens is shaking up the flavors on its turkey legs for the holiday season. Flavors, from left, are Pumpkin Cider Glaze and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds; 
Maple and Ginger Glaze; and a Cranberry and Chipotle Glaze.
  5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a small Thanksgiving at home with your immediate household is best, followed by a Zoom meeting with the extended family.
  6. The Sanding Ovations sand sculpture event on Treasure Island returns this weekend. This year it has turned into an exhibition instead of a competition, but there will still be sculptors, as well as a kite festival on the beach.
  7. Aunque hay un límite de dos horas para jugar en la colina, no hay límite de tiempo para el resto del parque, que tendrá un pueblo alpino de tiendas y comida. Por la noche, habrá un espectáculo de luces con música.
  8. The snow park in Dade City known as Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park will open Nov. 20.
  9. The character Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel, in a scene from DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." It will be shown as part of Largo's Movies in the Park series.
  10. A poll worker assists Rachael Friedlander, of Washington, to vote with her sons, Shay Burke, 4, left, and Julian Burke, 6, right, at an early voting center at Ida B. Wells Middle School, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Washington. Mental health professionals warn that parents should be on alert for signs of stress as kids absorb the same anxiety as their parents. One way to combat that, they said, is to include them in civic activities so they feel like they are taking part.
  11. SeaWorld Entertainment, parent company to Busch Gardens in Tampa, saw an 81 percent drop in attendance across its 12 parks in the third quarter. But they said upticks during special events have them looking forward to Christmas.
  12. Dushyant Jethagir Gosai, left, is the Democratic candidate challenging State Rep. Ralph E. Massullo Jr., right, the Republican incumbent in Florida House District 34.
  13. Nov. 4• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Incumbent Rep. Daniel Webster of Clermont, left, was in his second face-off with Democrat Dana Cottrell of Spring Hill.
  14. State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia wins another two-year term.
  15. In this Nov. 8, 2016, photo, staff members of The Associated Press Television Network work in master control at the Washington bureau of The Associated Press in Washington, as returns come in during election night. The Associated Press says it plans to peel back the curtain and let people know how its experts declare winners and losers on election night. Given high interest in the presidential race, the complicating factor of strong early voting and President Donald Trump's warnings about potential fraud, television executives are making similar promises of transparency. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
  16. Jessica Anthony holds up her daughter, Aubrey, 4, so she can look through a microscope at organisms like plankton, found in the ocean, at Tampa Bay Watch's Discovery Center at the St. Pete Pier in September. The center is holding Science Saturdays for families to learn about science and environmental topics.
  17. When Walt Disney World opened on July 11, guests wore masks as required in the Magic Kingdom. Both workers at Disney World  and public health officials are praising the company for the safety protocols that have been implemented to protect against the new coronavirus.
  18. The full moon shines surrounded by clouds in the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, early Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Halloween will bring a Blue Moon, the second full moon in a month, a rare occurrence that hasn't happened since World War II .
  19. Hay una amplia variedad de bolsas Loot Scoop disponibles este año en las tiendas Spirit Halloween. Cuestan $ 7.99 para que los niños obtengan dulces desde la distancia. Foto: Sharon Kennedy Wynne
  20. Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota has set up a maze that’s free and and ideal way to let little kids explore. The maze, which is adjacent to the park’s playground, will be up until after Thanksgiving.
  21. Lindsay North of St. Petersburg holds her son Garrett Kippenberg, 3, amid red, green and blue lights at First Night, a free New Year's Eve party held in downtown St. Petersburg for the last 28 years. This year it will be virtual.
  22. Murray Beairsto's house on 18th Avenue Northeast decorated for Halloween in 2004. The typically large swaths of visitors in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg usually brings joy to the neighborhood, but the idea of crowds this year is making some residents rethink the tradition.
  23. Cheryl Zingaretti, left, talks with her husband Jamie Zingaretti, of Tampa, as she holds her fan cut outs of her two children while in line to purchase Tampa Bay Rays World Series merchandise  at the Rays Team Store at Tropicana Field, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The couple have been season ticket holders since the beginning in 1998 and are traveling with their two children to see game two of the World Series in Arlington, Texas.