Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Events Editor

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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.

10 places to eat near Ruth Eckerd Hall

JIM DAMASKE   |   TimesSausage and banana pepper pizza at Pizzeria Gregario. - It's unexpected: A pizzeria in Safety Harbor that is a stickler about ingredients, sourcing most veggies and proteins from local farms. Greg Seymour has a tremendous pedigree, having worked at fine dining restaurants in Napa Valley and Rochester, NY. Family ties brought him to the Tampa Bay area, where he fell in love with the community of Safety Harbor.
Looking to plan a date night? Try dinner at these spots, then a show.

First look: Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch coaster, coming to Busch Gardens

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times An engineer works on completion of the Tigris, Florida?s tallest launch coaster that debuted to launch early spring.The triple-launch, tiger-themed roller coaster will hurl riders 150 feet into the sky, turn them upside down and swirl through curves at 60 miles per hour.at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
The park showed off the 150-foot roller coaster Thursday, and said it is on track to open this spring.

10 places to eat near the Straz Center in Tampa

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesStraz Center Executive Chef Edward Steinhoff holds The Salmon of Tonight, which features honey garlic glazed Scottish Salmon with dijon crema and harvest blend rice and wilted baby spinach, on February 11, 2019 at the Straz Center in Tampa, Florida. Steinhoff came up with Hamilton-themed items for the month-long run of the Broadway hit.
Grab a bite before a show at these restaurants.

Top things to do this week: Say huzzah to Renaissance Fest, cheap ‘Hamilton’ tickets

There’s plenty to do, see and eat at the Florida State Fair, which is in full swing. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)
The Bay Area Renaissance Fest returns, it’s the second week of the Florida State Fair and ‘Hamilton’ fever spikes.

5 things to do under $5 Feb. 14-20

In “Coco,” Miguel’s love of music ultimately leads him to the Land of the Dead, where he teams up with charming trickster Hector. (Walt Disney Pictures-Pixar Animation Studios)
USF Engineering Expo for kids, free movies on the lawn, classic cars at Cruisin’ at the Cap street party.