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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. Chewbacca stands in front of the Millennium Falcon at the Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Now that Rise of the Resistance is complete, the 14-acre land is complete.
    Now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is finally complete at Hollywood Studios, we have some tips on when to go and how to make the most of your time.
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a Star Wars hotel coming to Walt Disney World, will open in 2021. Guests will feel as if they are aboard the Halcyon, a starcruiser. This is an artist's rendition of the ship’s main deck atrium.
    Disney has revealed details on Epcot films, a Star Wars hotel, a new Mickey ride and more.
  3. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge new attraction, Rise of the Resistance, at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista.
    The stakes are high for Rise of the Resistance after Disney got mixed reviews for opening its new Star Wars land before its marquee attraction was open.
  4. Disney guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance — including a face-off with Kylo Ren — when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    Glitches stopped the ride for most of the morning, but once aboard, the fans found a treat.
  5. The St. Pete Beach holiday boat parade will return on Dec. 7 with a visit by Santa at the Merry Pier.
    Boat parades, snow festivals, a free Family Day at the museum and more top the list of free and cheap fun.
  6. Guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens on Dec. 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens at Disney, the Globetrotters show off their tricks and bluegrass and ukulele music rule the day.
  7. Snowfest returns to Straub Park on Saturday, giving Florida kids a chance to play in the snow.
    You can play in snow or catch the Harlem Globetrotters, plus lighted boat parades begin and Tony Bennett and Trisha Yearwood perform.
  8. Largo Central Park's holiday lights display features a carousel and a seven-story Ferris wheel starting Nov. 28.
    The original host of ‘Mystery Science Theater’ riffs one last time and a history museum gets hooked on fishing, plus Christmas displays light up the region.
  9. The Clearwater Shuffleboard Club has started offering free shuffleboard sessions on Saturday nights.
    Free shuffleboard on Saturday nights in Clearwater, Free Tuesday at the Glazer Children’s Museum and Snow Bash’s winter-themed festival in Brooksville.
  10. Riders at Busch on the theme park's Cheetah Hunt roller coaster. The park has a Black Friday sale coming on admission tickets that runs Thursday through Monday.
    Busch Gardens, the Firestone Grand Prix, SeaWorld, Legoland and more are offering deals this week.