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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. Kaisen Henry puts on the costume of Tigertastic Car at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s visiting exhibition "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." The Tampa museum offers free admission the first Tuesday of every month.
  2. A large rehabilitation pool at Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Fred Howard Park facility in Tarpon Springs. The aquarium announced Wednesday that they are speeding up their efforts to get the facility ready to rehabilitate manatees.
  3. WWE star Titus O'Neil, right, talks to students at Sligh Middle School, one of the many schools his charitable Bullard Foundation supports. They are hosting a Back to School Bash Aug. 7 with an appearance by rapper Flo Rida and will give away 30,000 backpacks stocked with school supplies.
  4. Smoke billows off the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship as it carries members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla along Seddon Channel for the 2020 parade in Tampa. After canceling Tampa’s signature event this year because of COVID-19 concerns, the Gasparilla parades will sail on in January of 2022, with advance tickets going on sale this week.
  5. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on the American Jobs Plan in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington. It includes soft infrastructure items like investments in child care, family tax credits and other domestic programs.
  6. Los Alpes, un mercado que se celebrará el 1 de octubre en el Epcot International Food and Wine Festival de este año, contará con un trozo pegajoso de queso suizo raclette caliente.. [Courtesy of Walt Disney World]
  7. Parkgoers are seen riding Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The theme park has dropped its reservation requirement that was put in place to limit crowd sizes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  8. Fans at the 2016 Metrocon pose for a photo at the Tampa Convention Center. The convention for anime fans was canceled last year but returns July 23-25.
  9. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca and the Ohio alt-pop band Walk the Moon perform at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg in May 2014.
  10. Author Lenore Skenazy created the book, blog and movement called Free Range Kids that urges parents to give kids more independence, similar to what they had as kids. She has updated her book in the wake of three states passing laws to protect parents from legal issues.
  11. The Alps, a marketplace coming Oct. 1 at this year's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, will feature a gooey hunk of warm raclette Swiss cheese.
  12. A juvenile alligator shows off its teeth and mouth while it rests along the banks of Lake Maggiore at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg. A newly opened exhibit at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center in Tampa explores our enduring fascination with the alligator and the alligator’s symbolic role in Florida history.
  13. Kids love to play in the sheet of falling water at the Kiwanis Sprayground in Dunedin. The 3,000-square-foot splash pad in Highlander Park has been flush with children seeking refuge from higher temperatures and humidity, though it limits capacity to 60 people at a time.
  14. Busch Gardens will give out free 7-ounce glasses of beer to visitors for the rest of July to celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  15. Nikita Kucherov celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Lighting defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.
  16. Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning make their way down the Hillsborough River as they are greeted by fans during their Boat Parade celebrating their 2020 Stanley Cup
  17. Visitors stroll on the large grounds by the mansion at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in 2020 in Sarasota. The museum decided to close Tuesday and Wednesday because of Tropical Storm Elsa.
  18. Jacob Baker, 7, works with neighbor, Dan Meegan at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center where people were busy filling sand bags in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa on Sunday in Gulfport. Involving kids in storm preparation can give them added confidence and help with anxiety, experts say.
  19. Bert and Ernie command a parade float rolling in front of Mr. Hooper's store at SeaWorld Orlando's Sesame Street land, which opened in March 2019. The parade of characters will resume on Fridays and Saturdays starting July 10.
  20. El Duke Energy Drone Light Show celebrará el primer aniversario de St. Pete con una exhibición aérea de  drones equipados con luces LED. Foto cortesía de la ciudad de San Petersburgo.
  21. A giant tree trunk is growing in the kitchen of a recently listed Gulfport house with its tops sprouting through the roof.
  22. A fireworks and laser light show are seen on the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship docked in front of the Tampa Convention Center for Super Bowl 55 in Tampa. Despite a new state law making personal fireworks legal on July 4, Pinellas County says its ban supersedes state law.
  23. Katt Williams attends the LA Premiere of "Father Figures" in 2017. He is bringing is standup comedy tour to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 21.