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January 28, 2019

Metal menagerie coming to Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., January 28, 2019 — Brevard Zoo guests will soon be able to view not only live animals, but also metal ones hailing from Africa. The 16-piece collection, dubbed “Sculpture Safari,” will be scattered around Zoo grounds.
The menagerie was created by the Ark Collective—a group of 19 young artists in Nairobi, Kenya who were recruited from disadvantaged, impoverished backgrounds. Learning valuable skills such as design, metal cutting and welding provides these individuals with expanded employment opportunities and the ability to positively influence their communities.
The life-size giraffe, elephants, lions, peacocks and other creatures were made from reclaimed materials discarded from the automotive industry and other sources.
Sculpture Safari will debut on Saturday, February 16 and remain at the Zoo through the fall.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

NORTH CAROLINA - Experience the New & Luxurious Horse Shoe Farm in Hendersonville, NC


WHAT: The Horse Shoe Farm is an 85-acre riverfront estate, minutes from downtown Hendersonville, Asheville, and Tryon, NC, offering luxury accommodations for up to 50 guests, an unparalleled spa experience in an authentic renovated barn; a stable with 7 stalls, a number of field run-ins, an outdoor riding ring, and over 50 acres of fenced pasture; and private event space for weddings, family gatherings, and retreats. Its high-end concierge services for guests, include grocery delivery, private chef, personal shopping, private aircraft (jets), luxury car rentals, and more.  Its local farm to fork dining, scenic surroundings and rustic chic ambiance will create an experience you will never forget. 

January 22, 2019

Brevard Zoo greets another baby sloth

MELBOURNE, Fla., January 22, 2019 — On the morning of Friday, January 4, Brevard Zoo welcomed another baby in the form of a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth. The infant’s mother, 13-year-old Sammy, is taking great care of the as-yet-unnamed newborn.
Sammy’s first child, Tango, also resides at the Zoo and gave birth to baby Lorenzo in October 2018. Tango did not demonstrate interest in her baby, likely because she was a first-time mother, so the decision was made for animal care staff to hand-raise Lorenzo.
“Sammy is not a first-time mom, so she has experience in raising babies,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo. “We’re glad to be able to take a hands-off approach and see the newborn thriving in a more natural setting.”
Fifteen-year-old male Dustin fathered both babies. The newborn’s sex is unknown at the time as testing is needed to determine this information in sloths.
The newborn will remain on their mother for around six months before becoming independent. Sammy and her baby are located in La Selva, but are not viewable due to construction. However, guests have the opportunity to spot the pair from above on Treetop Trek.
Notorious for their slow-paced lifestyle, Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths face challenges from habitat loss and the exotic pet trade in central and South America.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

January 14, 2019

TENNESSEE - Ted Bundy Display Planned for 30-Year Execution Anniversary


Alcatraz East Crime Museum will have a Ted Bundy display for the 30th anniversary of the serial killer’s execution

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (January 14, 2019) – January 24, 2019 will be the 30th anniversary of the execution of one of the most well-known serial killers and rapists of the 20th century, Ted Bundy. There are several events taking place over the anniversary, including new items being made available to the public for the first time at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. The display, which will be in front of the famous 1968 Volkswagen Beetle already on view, will include letters, cards, photos, and a radio given to Bundy by his mother, that he kept until he was moved to death row. Available for only a limited time, this display will shed light on the private side of the notorious killer that haunted the country until his death. 

January 8, 2019

FLORIDA - Rediscover Romance this Valentine's along the Florida Treasure Coast


For a Truly Romantic getaway, think Vero Beach, FL because not only is Vero Latin for True, it offers romance for couples on many fronts. For “foodies” it might be a beachside candlelit dinner, for thrill-seekers it could be a tandem sky dive, and a pirate just might want to wander with his wench in search of sunken treasure.

As Vero Beach sits at the intersection of green and glamorous, along Florida’s “Treasure Coast,” a romantic encounter can be found around many corners as well as with toes in the aquamarine sea. Beachgoers can expect 26 miles of well-preserved waterfront — a place where sea turtles call home, couples get engaged, and others find their bliss.

Seeking a spot to “pop the question” or rekindle romance in a decades-long marriage?  Here are some of our favorite picks for stoking the flame in Vero Beach this Valentine's Day.

December 21, 2018

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S DREAMMORE RESORT AND SPA TO HOST LYRICS & LORE

Storytellers and Songwriters Showcase set for Jan. 17-19

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Tuesday, December 18, 2018) — Prepare for an unforgettable experience at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa as its third annual Lyrics & Lore event brings the beauty and inspiration of songs and stories to the Great Smoky Mountains. Taking place Jan. 17-19, 2019, join the Dollywood Entertainment team, The International Storytelling Center and Bandtwango, Dollywood’s newest partner, for a captivating weekend event.

Lyrics & Lore brings together some of the country’s most talented storytellers and musicians to celebrate the rich traditions of songwriting and storytelling in the Appalachian region. Audience members have the opportunity to enjoy internationally-recognized storytellers as they share their stories and learn about the most popular songs heard on the radio. Guests do not have to be performing or speaking to attend. Additionally, everyone can sit back and enjoy as these talented songwriters perform some of their chart topping songs.

4 More High School Students Earn Their Wings at the Aerospace Center for Excellence


Lakeland, Florida: The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is proud to announce four (4) more James C. Ray Scholarship recipients have earned their wings! Each of these students achieved this milestone following very different paths but together they join a very elite group of young adults that have earned their private pilot license prior to graduating from high school.

Scottie Larson (far left), 17, is the President of the Unmanned Squadron Club and member of the golf team. He is interested in pursuing a career in Aviation Management.

Peter Rust (2nd from left), 17, has his eye on the U.S. Air Force after graduation and is already pursuing his IFR certificate.

December 6, 2018

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Annual ‘12 Days of PGA’ Holiday Celebration

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation, meetings and spa destination – announces its annual "12 Days of PGA” holiday celebration from Dec. 21 through New Year’s Day.

The family-friendly festivities kickoff Friday, Dec. 21 with 12 continuous days of delicious dining and lively entertainment culminating with a New Year’s Eve celebration. Adults can enjoy a five-course dinner at Ironwood Steak & Seafood or an all-inclusive “Essence of Motown Gala featuring Larry Johnson.”

The legendary resort will also have a New Year’s Eve celebration at its sophisticated iBAR featuring DJ entertainment, dancing and a midnight ball drop (8 p.m. – 2 a.m.). Children are treated to a special “kids-only” New Year’s Eve party with games, activities, dinner, dessert and snacks.

To celebrate Christmas Day, an extravagant buffet is offered at Ironwood Steak & Seafood from 1 – 8:30 p.m. featuring delicious entrees including Alaskan King Crab Legs, Hickory Smoked Leg of Lamb, BBQ Black Cod and Herb Roasted Prime Rib. An array of seasonal appetizers and sides complement the meal with a decadent dessert station to finish off.

Seasonal celebrations and extraordinary events include breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Dec. 24 and 25), holiday preview shopping events, beauty demonstrations, children’s poolside activities, tennis round robins, golf clinics and more.

November 30, 2018

Valentine's Vacation Getaway to Vero Beach, FL


For a Truly Romantic getaway, think Vero Beach, FL because not only is Vero Latin for True, it offers romance for couples on many fronts. For “foodies” it might be a beachside candlelit dinner, for thrill-seekers it could be a tandem sky dive, and a pirate just might want to wander with his wench in search of sunken treasure.

As Vero Beach sits at the intersection of green and glamorous, along Florida’s “Treasure Coast,” a romantic encounter can be found around many corners as well as with toes in the aquamarine sea. Beachgoers can expect 26 miles of well-preserved waterfront — a place where sea turtles call home, couples get engaged, and others find their bliss.

Seeking a spot to “pop the question” or rekindle romance in a decades-long marriage this Valentine's Day?  Here are some of our favorite picks for stoking the flame in Vero Beach:

November 18, 2018

Tour of Florida - Discover Paradise Coast

Our recent attendance at the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism was inspiring, to say the very least. Based on the information we gathered at the event, we have selected a few highlighted locations to spotlight on a virtual "tour" of Florida. These articles will be released in a series - each featuring a different location. For more information on the destinations we're featuring, please click here. For now, please enjoy our previous features on Amelia IslandBradenton/Gulf IslandsHistoricCoastTreasure Coast, and Tampa Bay. Please note - information contained in this feature is not based on firsthand experience, but from promotional materials put out by representatives of the featured location at the 2018 Governor's Conference. 




-OVERVIEW-

Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Gulf Coast portion of the Everglades – provides travelers an array of holiday and business travel options year-round. Naples is a charming resort city on the coast, offering the ultimate in luxury, fresh local cuisine, great shopping, a thriving arts and culture scene, and much more. Slightly more relaxed than Naples, Marco Island is the largest of Southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, and is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and pristine mangrove estuaries on the other. Visitors to Marco Island can enjoy beautiful, white-sand beaches, fresh seafood and a variety of water activities including backcountry and offshore fishing, boating, and paddling. Located just south of Naples and Marco Island, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America and is part of the largest wetlands ecosystem in the United States, and it is one of 21 World Heritage Sites in the USA. More than 80 percent of Florida’s Paradise Coast, within Collier County, Fla., is dedicated to parks and nature preserves, with much of this area covered by the Everglades ecosystem and its many inhabitants, including hundreds of species of colorful birds, fresh and saltwater fish, alligators, bobcats, Florida black bear and the rare, endangered Florida panther. 

November 17, 2018

Dynamic Attractions unveils the world's first motion base coaster


The Dual Power Coaster suspension creates spin-outs and airtime

PORT COQUITLAM, BC (November 15, 2018) --- A roller coaster capable of doing spin-outs and other racing moves, invented by a ride innovation company based in Port Coquitlam was unveiled this week in Orlando at the global exposition for theme park operators put on by the International Attractions and Amusement Parks Association (IAAPA).

“The Dual Power Coaster the world’s most advanced roller coaster vehicle,” states Hao Wang, President, Dynamic Attractions. “Most coasters are all about the track. That is only half of the excitement in this ride, where the cart itself is powered and moves, creating racing sensations never possible before on a roller coaster.”

PBS and Falcon’s Creative Group to Create Location-based Experiences


ORLANDO, Fla. (November 14, 2018) – Falcon’s Creative Group, the Orlando-based creative services firm specializing in the design and production of themed experiences, is honored and excited to announce a major cooperative agreement with PBS.

Falcon’s will design PBS location-based entertainment (LBE) experiences. PBS’ first foray in the realm of immersive experiences, these LBE venues will offer fun and learning for the whole family, themed around topics that PBS and PBS KIDS are known for, including science, the arts, technology and nature. One hundred percent of the net proceeds PBS receives from this initiative will support PBS’ mission.

November 16, 2018

Holidays at Hammock Beach Resort - Palm Coast


This holiday season Hammock Beach Resort extends an invitation for guests to experience all that the resort has to offer. From football to feasts, take a look at what is happening at Hammock Beach this winter:
  • Thanksgiving Weekend—Hammock Beach Resort shows it’s appreciation for it’s guests with a plethora of events such as the 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5K, a drive-in movie, fall festival and of course, the Grand Thanksgiving Buffet. 
  • Christmas Festivities— Christmas week, guests will get into the holiday spirit as they enjoy stories told by Santa’a little helpers, play their favorite games, bounce around the holiday carnival and come together on Christmas Eve for night of food, fun and family. 
  • New Year’s Eve— Ring in the new year with Hammock Beach Resort. Between zany games, parties for all ages and even a Polar Bear Plunge, 2019 is guaranteed to begin on the right foot.   

Boat Parades to Light Up the Florida Keys Holiday Season

 

FLORIDA KEYS — Lighted and decorated boats of all shapes and sizes are to illuminate the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys in December, drawing visitors to local hubs and hotspots to watch five boat parades and revel in the Keys’ holiday spirit.
From Key Largo to Key West, visitors can view the parades from the shore or excursion boats, or even become part of the festivities by decking out their own boat in dazzling lights and eye-catching seasonal decorations.
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade (Stock Island)
Decorated vessels ranging from dinghies and three-masted schooners to shrimp boats from the fleet based on Stock Island stage a festive cruise through community marinas. The free-to-watch boat parade is presented by Sunset Watersports and headquartered at Stock Island Marina Village, 7005 Shrimp Road. Festivities before the parade and an official after party at the Hogfish Bar & Grill, 6810 Front St., round out the evening. Visit ilovestockisland.org.

TooJay’s Deli President and CEO takes World Kindness Day to New Heights and Raises More Than $14,000 for Feeding Florida


Donation will fund more than 155,000 meals for families in need

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (November 14, 2018) – TooJay’s Deli President and CEO Max Piet raised the stakes on World Kindness Day by climbing onto the roof of the company’s Lake Worth restaurant and refusing to come down until $10,000 was raised to help Feeding Florida stock its pantries. Thanks to the generous support of donors, the fundraising goal was surpassed and more than $14,000 was raised.
                                           
“Our TooJay’s team was committed to going above-and-beyond the ordinary on World Kindness Day by inspiring others to help Feeding Florida end food insecurity in our great state,” said Max Piet, president and CEO of TooJay’s, who spent 9 hours atop the roof, calling and emailing friends and family until $14,000 was raised. “We thank all the individuals and businesses who joined us and made generous donations to Feeding Florida.” TooJay’s team members also got involved by making contributions to the event.

November 15, 2018

WHAT’S NEW IN VERO BEACH FOR VISITORS TO CHECK OUT IN 2019

There are always new treasures to uncover along
the Florida Treasure Coast

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2018) – Return to Vero Beach this winter and you’ll be welcomed back by the 26 miles of waterfront unobstructed by high rises and thus noted for its sunrises. You’ll also enjoy the tried and true eateries, recreational areas, events and friendly locals.  But there are numerous new treasures to discover too.  Here’s just a sampling:

Smiley Riley’s Ice Cream Lounge taps into the national fad of creating alcohol-infused ice cream delights such as toasty sm’ores with rum and 13 other adult flavors, along with kiddie-approved flavors too.  It’s a new happy hour indulgence.  Newly opened in September, the mother-daughter owned shoppe is open Tuesday-Friday afternoons 4-11pm and Saturday and Sunday 2-11pm. Smiley Riley’s Ice Cream Lounge at the corner of U.S. 1 and Oslo Road, Vero Beach. (772) 226-0466.

Sally Corporation, PortAventura World and Sesame Workshop announce new dark ride at International Attractions Expo

PortAventura World reveals a new mission with Sesame Street in 2019

Orlando, FL - November 13th, 2018 - Sally Corporation, the dark ride specialists of Jacksonville, FL, PortAventura World, one of the largest European family destination resorts, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced a new dark ride for 2019. The new attraction will be the first Sesame Street dark ride in Europe. The announcement was made at the International Attractions Expo with a life-sized animatronic Big Bird on display, telling guests about the new adventure he and his friends are about to embark on.

Continuing PortAventura’s policy of constant investment and the goal of offering new and exciting experiences to visitors every year, 2019 will feature a new attraction suitable for all family members - a Sesame Street-themed dark ride to be located in SesamoAventura, a dedicated Sesame Street area featuring the iconic characters and where children are center stage.

“This partnership with the internationally recognized global leader in children’s education and entertainment Sesame Workshop, along with the collaboration with Sally Corporation, as a dark ride specialist will contribute to create an attraction that will be unique experience within the range of the family entertainment offer.” - Fernando Aldecoa, General Director of PortAventura World.

Christmas on the Coast - Celebrate the Season with Sun, Sea, and Special Events in New Smyrna Beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. –  With warm sunny days, ocean views, and plenty of whimsical holiday events, New Smyrna Beach illustrates why spending Christmas on the coast is the best present you can give your family this year.

The season commences over on Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach’s charming historic downtown. The district comes alive with brightly lit palm trees, and special holiday happenings dot the calendar as part of the Christmas on Canal series of events. Dash on over for the following festivities:
  • Spark the Spirit (November 23rd) — The countdown to Christmas officially begins in NSB with this annual Canal Street event featuring a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, and the official entrance of the big guy himself—Santa Claus. Stores and restaurants offer extended hours, so you can get a head start on your holiday shopping or enjoy dinner and drinks. Be sure to pop over to Santa’s Work Hub and check out the twinkling lights and decorations.
  • Coastal Christmas Market (November 24th) — More than 90 local vendors line Canal Street, selling beautiful gifts and handcrafted holiday décor. Live music and demonstrations add to the festive feel. Grab some grub from a local restaurant or pick up classic street fare.
  • New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade (December 1st) — You’ll want to arrive early to get a prime viewing spot for this popular holiday event. Starting at the corner of Flagler Avenue and South Atlantic and heading over the North Causeway, the parade concludes at Orange Street. Handmade floats, performances from local school groups, and a Santa sighting make for an enjoyable family outing.

November 11, 2018

ROCK ICONS GENE SIMMONS AND PAUL STANLEY OF KISS HONOR VETS WITH FREE FOOD ON VETERANS DAY


Simmons and Stanley Join Forces with the USO to Pay Tribute to Armed Forces and First Responders Tomorrow, November 12 for Veterans Day

Manhattan Beach, Calif. (November 11, 2018) - Rock & Brews Restaurants, the rock-inspired, family-friendly restaurant brand co-founded by KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will again pay tribute to veterans, current military and first responders with free food tomorrow, Monday, November 12 for Veterans Day. Additionally, their restaurants are raising funds for the United Service Organizations (USO) this year throughout the month of November. 

Participating Rock & Brews restaurants will offer a choice of either a complimentary Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side dish or a Strawberry Fields Salad from open to close. Some locations will offer additional items. 

Today, Gene Simmons hosted a sneak preview event at a Rock & Brews in Los Angeles, where he and USO President Bob Kurkjian personally served veterans, current military and first responders. Here is a link to b-roll from that event, including interviews with Simmons, Kurkjian, and military guests.

TENNESSEE - SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATES 11 YEARS AS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS EVENT WITH GLACIER RIDGE, FIVE MILLION LIGHTS


Dollywood’s new Glacier Ridge marks largest addition ever to Christmas festival

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, November 9, 2018) — After earning its 11th consecutive Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 10, 2018- Jan. 5, 2019) adds even more merry memory making moments with the addition of the impressive Glacier Ridge.

With the all-new Glacier Ridge, guests can experience the Smokies at Christmas in a way they never have before. The novel and immense experience of Glacier Ridge pushes the park’s total count to more than five million twinkling lights. Located in the areas of the park known as Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and the upper portion of Craftsman’s Valley, Glacier Ridge is a must-see during Smoky Mountain Christmas.  

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