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26Oct/18
Stein-hoisting competition

Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Enjoyed by Lakeland Residents

Lakeland residents celebrated Oktoberfest-style in Munn Park downtown at the inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Saturday, September 22.  Attendance for the first-time event was 2,500 – exceeding our estimation.  Our generous sponsors made the event possible – especially Suncoast Credit Union and their team.  They embraced their new community in Lakeland with flair and gusto.  To kick off the event, Community Relations Director Mary W. McDonald took the stage, called for anyone associated with a non-profit to come up to the stage, and then donated $1,000 to a Meals on Wheels representative!

Mary McDonald, Suncoast Credit Union

Mary McDonald, Suncoast Credit Union

Thanks to Bernie Little Distributors and Budweiser, our volunteers sold more than 2,000 beer and cider – Goose Island Oktoberfest beer, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Beck’s, Stella Artois, Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob over four hours.  Delicious, traditional German food was graciously prepared and served by two local Rotary Clubs – Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Rotary Club of Lakeland North.  With help from Tony Perry, Master Griller of 92 BBQ at PigFest, and the Interact Club volunteers – the Rotarians served over 750 bratwursts and sauerkraut!

Tony Perry at the smoker

Tony Perry at the smoker

Live music by the Europa Band was a crowd pleaser along with the Outrageous Olympiad competitions – stein-hoisting, mustache competition, the brat(wurst) toss, and the Treasure Hunt.

Winners of the brat toss!

Winners of the brat toss!

Stein-hoisting competition

Stein-hoisting competition

This community-wide event in Munn Park was free to attend and featured a business expo as an opportunity for member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting.

 

Families enjoying the event

Families enjoying the event

Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina, Rotary Club of Lakeland North, and the Interact Club prepare and serve German food.

Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina, Rotary Club of Lakeland North, and the Interact Club prepare and serve German food.

Fields Auto Group with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on display

Fields Auto Group with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on display

The Europa Band

The Europa Band

Beer Tent by Budweiser

Beer Tent by Budweiser

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Winners of Mustache (& Beard) Competition

Winners of Mustache (& Beard) Competition

Beautiful downtown Lakeland

Beautiful downtown Lakeland

 

13Sep/18
Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Outrageous Oktoberfest-style Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest

LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2018) — Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland will feature plenty of German cheer along with a variety of exciting games and competitions on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Old favorites and new exciting challenges await competitors. There are individual games along with a partner competition in the Outrageous Olympiad at the event. Participation in all the events is more important than ever because there are bragging rights on the line. The Games are open to all Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland guests and are free to play.

The Mustache (& Beard) Competition is sponsored by three local barbers – Lakeland Barber Company, Mason Danger Beard Co, and Skully’s Mobile Barber Shop. There will be a number of categories to compete in, depending on your facial follicle preference. The pre-judging Qualification is at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Official Mustache Competition at 8:00 p.m. The categories for the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest 2018 Mustache Competition are:  Natural Mustache, Freestyle Mustache, Natural Goatee, Freestyle Goatee (whether it’s a Fu Manchu, Musketeer, or your own styled creation this category is for you), Natural Full Beard (this category is sure to draw heated competition) and, Freestyle Full Beard. Prizes include Deluxe Beard Kits, T-shirts, and barber services.

How long can you hoist? Join us at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland 2018 for your chance to become the 2018 Stein Hoisting Champion! ?Do some quick curls, then come on out and try your hardest to hold up a stein mug filled with delicious Oktoberfest beer the longest! ?The game is simple, how long can you hold a glass stein filled to the brim with liquid and held by a straight ninety degree (90°) arm in front of entrant, parallel to the floor with elbows locked. Once entrant’s elbow bends or spills or drops the stein, the entrant loses the contest. Longest time wins the contest.

Looking to partner up? Grab a friend and toss the bratwurst for the Brat Toss. Teams must complete a toss to-and-fro and catch the Brat in their bucket. Careful not to break it as you may end up tossing twice as much. The team that tosses the Brat the farthest distance wins!

The Chicken Dance is a competition for everybody and there will be plenty of opportunities to shake your tail feathers. Throughout the evening, make sure to join in the dance when you hear the song. Don’t worry about looking silly – that is the point! It is important to dance whenever you can to make sure your team has the most dancers by the songs end to win.

The children will not be left out! At Kinder Platz on Kentucky Avenue, competitions include Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! – also called the “Number Game” – is similar to “Red Light, Green Light.” The Koffer Packen game in English is “Packing a Suitcase” and is similar to a memory game. Finally, a Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race is a test of speed versus patience. How fast can you run around the obstacle course, both hands full of root beer, without spilling any precious root beer? Each racer will run the course holding two Steins full of root beer, one in each hand! Be careful not to spill any root beer because each ounce lost adds one second to your time!

Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Outrageous Competitions at Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on 9/22/18.

Registration for all games is on the event website: www.SwantoberFest.com under the “More” tab, and then select “Game-Rules.”

The complete event schedule is listed below:

?Event Schedule:

Main Stage, Outrageous Olympiad & Family Cool Garten by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

5:00 PM – Official SwantoberFest Willkommen by Suncoast Credit Union & Beer Tapping by Swan Brewing

5:30 PM – Pre-judging qualification for Official Mustache Competition

6:00 PM – The Europa Band performs!

6:30 PM – Chicken Dance Competition

6:45 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition for Adults

7:30 PM – Brat Toss

7:45 PM – Champion Olympiad for Top 10 Winner

8:00 PM – Official Mustache Competition & Treasure Hunt Winner Announcement

Business Expo (Ausstellers)

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Exhibitors and vendors display their goods & services for the community

Autobahn by Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW Lakeland

5:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Open (Tennessee Ave)

Kinder Platz by 2Infinity Entertainment Center (Kentucky Ave)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Open with Got Candy Root Beer Garden, Bungee-Run, and more!

5:15 PM – Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! Game

6:15 PM – Koffer Packen Game

7:15 pm – Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race

German Feast Tent hosted & operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Lakeland Rotary Club

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Traditional Bratwursts & Pretzels available for purchase

Beverage Tent by Budweiser & Beck’s

5:00 PM – Bottled Water, Beer, and Cider for purchase

9:30 PM – Last call for beer and cider

Lakeland Chamber Tent

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Purchase beverage tickets, bottled water, information, and media credentials

Official T-Shirts available for purchase at the Boondock Studios tent

VIP Experience Tent by Swan Brewing

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Open for VIP pass-holders to relax

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – VIP Experience at Explorations V Children’s Museum

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, LKLD Haven Magazine, and The Ledger

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

 

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

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13Sep/18
Root Beer ingredients crop

Barks, Roots, Berries and Flowers: Local Food Truck Owner Brings Homemade Root Beer to Festival

LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2018) – It is not often that you get to taste real root beer. We’re not talking about the root beer currently for sale on store shelves – those are fine root beers, but have you ever tasted the real stuff? When we were planning the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest – Lakeland’s inaugural Oktoberfest celebration – we wanted something unique and fun for our young guests. So, we approached Lea Williams, owner of Got Candy & More Food Truck, and presented her with the challenge. Immediately, Williams was on a mission to find the best recipe, ingredients, and carbonation. She tested and tweaked several recipes to find the perfect one. A month later, she had perfected her root beer recipe and we sampled it. Talk about flavor! This root beer was creamy with a little bit of kick, and super refreshing – Sody-licious Root Beer was born!

Williams is keeping her recipe close to the vest, but acknowledges that her root beer is brewed with organic barks, roots, berries, and flowers. Today, most of the root beers commercially produced use artificial flavors. The original ingredients are often hard to source, or are expensive.

William’s hand-crafted, small batch Sody-licious Root Beer will be available for purchase from her food truck at the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Admission to the event is free. In addition to her Root Beer, savory and sweet items will also be available for purchase. Visit Got Candy & More Food Truck between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the event.

This community-wide event in Munn Park is free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. This event will include German-style competitions, German food & drink, an Autobahn, Kinder Platz (for the young at heart), a Family Cool Garten, and live music by The Europa Band.

Root Beer ingredients crop

Root Beer ingredients:  hop flowers, birch bark, sarsaparilla root, juniper berries

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, LKLD Haven Magazine, and The Lakelander

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

13Sep/18
Europa Band

Inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Offerings

On the First Day of Fall on September 22, 2018, Lakeland area residents and visitors will commemorate the inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest in downtown Lakeland at Munn Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs.

The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. with a  warm welcome from Mary McDonald of Suncoast Credit Union and the official tapping of the keg courtesy of Swan Brewing. At 6 p.m., The Europa Band performs a wide variety of music and songs, from old German Polkas and sing-alongs, to popular country. With accordion, trumpet, guitar, violin, drums and plenty of vocal harmonies, The Europa Band delivers a strong groove and passion for what they do. “Polka Lives” is the band’s motto, and those w ho love polkas, young or old, will love the sound of The Europa Band’s eclectic collection of over 350 songs.

Europa Band

Europa Band

This community-wide event in Munn Park is free to attend and features a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. This event will include German-style competitions, German food and drink, an Autobahn, Kinder Platz (for the young at heart), a Family Cool Garten and live music by The Europa Band.

Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland will feature plenty of German cheer along with a variety of exciting games and competitions. Old favorites and new exciting challenges await competitors. There are individual games along with team competitions in the Outrageous Olympiad. Participation in all the events is more important than ever before because there are bragging rights on the line. The Games are open to all Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland guests and are free to play.

The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest German Feast Tent will serve up smoked bratwurst and buns, sauerkraut and pretzels hosted and operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Rotary Club. The Food Tent is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Event Schedule

Main Stage, Outrageous Olympiad & Family Cool Garten by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

5:00 PM – Official SwantoberFest Willkommen by Suncoast Credit Union & Beer Tapping by Swan Brewing

5:30 PM – Pre-judging qualification for Official Mustache Competition

6:00 PM – The Europa Band performs

6:30 PM – Chicken Dance Competition

6:45 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition for Adults

7:30 PM – Brat Toss

7:45 PM – Champion Olympiad for Top 10 Winner

8:00 PM – Official Mustache Competition & Treasure Hunt Winner Announcement

Business Expo (Ausstellers)

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Exhibitors and vendors display their goods & services for the community:

All American Gutter Protection, American Cancer Society, Bath Fitter, Bee-Haven Honey Co, Inc, BioLife Plasma Services, Boondock Studios, Central Florida Show Ski Team, City of Lakeland Solid Waste Recycling, CruiseOne/Traveling Fedoras, Dee’s Hot Dogs, Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW, Florida Tropics Soccer Club, German Club of Haines City High School / IB East, Got Candy & More Food Truck, Gulf Coast Gourmet Foods, Humana, Kona-Ice of Lakeland, La Imperial Bakery, Lakeland Barber Company, Lakeland Magic, Lakeland Modern Dentistry, Ledger Media Group, LKLD Haven Magazine / Sun Central Media Group, Mason Danger Beard Co, OneBlood, PACE Center for Girls Polk, Paparazzi-Queen B’Dazzled $5 Bling, Skully’s Mobile Barber Shop, Southern Homes, SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc., Suncoast Credit Union, Swan Brewing, and, Well-Done Events.

Autobahn by Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW Lakeland

5:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Open on Tennessee Ave with a variety of German vehicles to explore

Kinder Platz by 2Infinity Entertainment Center (Kentucky Ave)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Open with Got Candy Root Beer Garden, Bungee-Run, and more

5:15 PM – Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! Game

6:15 PM – Koffer Packen Game

7:15 PM – Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race

German Feast Tent hosted & operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Lakeland Rotary Club

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Traditional Bratwursts & Pretzels available for purchase

Beverage Tent by Budweiser & Beck’s

5:00 PM – Bottled Water, Beer, and Cider for purchase

9:30 PM – Last call for beer and cider

Lakeland Chamber Tent

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Purchase beverage tickets, bottled water, information, and media credentials

Official T-Shirts available for purchase at the Boondock Studios tent

VIP Experience Tent by Swan Brewing

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Open for VIP pass-holders to relax

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – VIP Experience at Explorations V Children’s Museum

FAQ

How much is it to get in?
General Admission is FREE for everyone! VIP Experience passes are available also.
Where do I park?
Parking in Downtown Lakeland is FREE after 5 p.m. and all weekend long, including city owned permit spaces and metered lots. Download the Parkmobile app for a parking map, detailed Parkmobile instructions, and more.

Still want more information on parking? Please see the LDDA Parking Brochure here:
http://ldda.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/parking_inside.pdf
http://ldda.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/parking_outside.pdf

What can I bring to Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland?

  • Small bags and backpacks (smaller than 17?x12?x10?, subject to search)
  • Water (factory sealed, up to 1 liter)
  • Wheelchairs and medical scooters
  • Strollers for children
  • Hand-held still cameras

OK, so what items are NOT permitted?

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Alcohol (we will provide on-site) and other beverages (except sealed water up to 1 liter)
    Glass containers or outside Steins
  • Coolers and thermoses
  • Umbrellas and tents (anything that can obstruct the view of others)
  • Large chairs
  • Video and audio recording equipment
  • Skateboards and Segways
  • Weapons, illicit drugs and other contraband

Can I bring a mug or stein from other festivals or from my home?
No, steins from other events are not allowed. We will sell official commemorative acrylic steins (14 oz.) this year and you will be able to bring that to next year’s event! Be sure to get your new mug at the fest.

?Is this a kid-friendly event?
Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland is a family-friendly event! We have a kids’ area with kid-friendly games until 8 p.m. and lots of activities at the Kinder Platz on Kentucky Avenue!

?Is this a dog-friendly event?
Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland is a dog friendly event. Please make sure your dog is leashed, has plenty of water, and that you bring enough “pick-up” bags.

?Is photographic or recording equipment permitted at the festival?
Hand held still cameras are permitted. Tripods are not advisable. Audio and video recording devices are NOT permitted.

How can I gain credentials for a press pass?
Please send your contact information to rfortier@lakelandchamber.com  along with link to your publication and related media.

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, and LKLD Haven Magazine

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

11Sep/18

Southeastern University’s Performance Series for the College of Arts & Media’s 2018–2019 Academic Year.

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EVENT DATE TIME PRICE LOCATION DESCRIPTION
Unpland Improv September 14 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
Constitution Day with Zachary Zampella September 17 4:00 P.M. Free Admission Science Lecture Hall, SEU In celebration of Constitution Day, SEU welcomes Zachary Zampella, an SEU alumnus and Deputy Director of Constituent Services for Senator Marco Rubio, to speak on his first-hand experiences working within the United States legislature.
Constitution Day: The Christian Response in an Age of Political Polarization September 17 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Science Lecture Hall, SEU Faculty from the Department of Humanities discuss the role of the Christian in contemporary American politics. In an era of political divide, what perspective should Christians have in regard to the current political state of the nation? What does God call us to do? Who has he called us to be? Following the discussion panel, there will be a Q&A session with the audience.
Music Faculty Gala September 24 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland Our gifted professors of music begin the department’s concert season with a presentation of their decades of combined experience for all to enjoy.
Unpland Improv September 28 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
RAW TV October 2 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Jazz Ensemble Concert October 11 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU A fun, fast-paced evening of big band sound celebrating the rich history of one of America’s favorite musical genres.
Unpland Improv October 12 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
String Orchestra Concert October 15 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland Our skilled string scholars present an exquisite array of melodic works, braided with precise articulation and wonderful dynamic contrast.
Expressions Storytelling Institute October 16 9:00 A.M. Registration $30 Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland See document entitled “CAM Event Information”
RAW TV October 23 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Photo Gallery: Artistic Expressions October 25 6:30 P.M. Free Admission CAM Gallery, SEU Enjoy works from Professor Scott Wheeler’s Photography class from the 2017–2018 academic year.
Wind Ensemble Concert October 25 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Come and enjoy an evening presenting the various sounds of the American spirit in works inspired by the National Anthem, a hymn tune of the American Revolution, and the jazz-inspired sounds of George Gershwin. This concert features Omar Thomas’ “Of Our New Day Begun,” written to honor the nine beautiful souls who lost their lives to a callous act of hatred and domestic terrorism on the evening of June 17, 2015 while worshiping in their beloved sanctuary, the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (affectionately referred to as “Mother Emanuel”) in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Power of Poetry: An Evening with Odilia Galván Rodriguez October 29 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Buena Vida West Auditorium, SEU In an evening display of poetic poise, the world-renowned poet, author, and educator, Odilia Galván Rodriguez, speaks on the relationship between creative writing and advocacy while also reading from her own works in both English and Spanish.
Musical Theatre Revue November 3 7:30 P.M. General Admission $7 / Students $5 Oasis Community Church, Lakeland Southeastern’s vocal artists present solo and ensemble performances of beloved classics from Broadway and the cinema.
RAW TV November 6 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Pianist Charles Hulin with tenor Jeff Prillaman: The Italian Liszt November 6 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Lakeland In this unique concert, Dr. Charles J. Hulin presents selections from the Italian volume of Liszt’s “Years of Pilgrimage” inspired by Renaissance painting and sculpture, joined by Juilliard-trained tenor, Jeff Prillaman, for Liszt’s settings of Petrarch sonnets.
Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community November 11 2:30 P.M. General Admission $12 / Students $10 / Veterans/Active Military $5 The Polk Theatre, Lakeland See document entitled “CAM Event Information”
Choral Concert: With Heart and Hands and Voices November 12 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland The SEU choir presents their fall concert at First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, including classics from the choral repertoire and works by J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel, music focusing on man’s efforts to find meaning through work and love, as well as songs of thanksgiving.
Percussion Ensemble Concert November 13 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Staff Sergeant Tim Perry from the U.S. Army Concert Band “Pershing’s Own” joins the SEU Percussion Ensemble to present a concert of music from around the world. Highlights include sounds from Africa, India, South America, and the Caribbean.
SEU Speaks November 15 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Bolin Studio, SEU SEU Speaks showcases our best student speakers as they are filmed presenting ten to fifteen-minute keynotes before a live studio audience. Come and be challenged, entertained, and enlightened as our Advanced Speech students take the stage.
Unpland Improv November 16 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
Contemporary Band Concert November 29 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU For one night only, come and hear the student compositions of Southeastern University’s Contemporary Band ensemble. Styles performed range from rock and folk to punk and blues.
Gospel Choir Concert December 1 3:00 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Southeastern University vocalists perform a selection of both sacred and contemporary gospel choral works.
An Afternoon Melody December 2 2:00 P.M. Free Admission Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Surrounded by the beautiful ambiance of the Polk Museum of Art, faculty-selected music majors perform solo and chamber works.
RAW TV December 4 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Christmas Concert: Prophecy and Promise December 7 & 8 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Join the Southeastern University instrumental ensembles and choirs for our annual musical celebration of Christ’s birth. This concert focuses on a theme of prophecy and promise, featuring music from diverse styles and interesting perspectives, as the music presented by our talented young artists and spirit-filled conductors draws you toward the manger during this joyful Christmas season!
Staff and Faculty Gallery: Local Talent January 31 6:30 P.M. Free Admission CAM Gallery, SEU Enjoy new works and artistic contributions from the SEU community on display in the College of Arts & Media Gallery.
Unpland Improv February 1 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
RAW TV February 19 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Wind Ensemble Concert: “Legends Old and Reimagined” March 1 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Legends Old and Reimagined
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A concert of “Legends” as notable composers explore epic tales. Francis McBeth’s tone poem, Of Sailors and Wales and John Mackey’s This Cruel Moon portray scenes from two literary classics, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Homer’s The Odyssey.

Unpland Improv March 1 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU Unpland Improv is an improvisational stand-up comedy show. In the presence of both television and live studio audiences, our talented students entertain through clean and humorous skits.
Percussion Recital of Mr. Brian Blume March 3 6:00 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Band Room, SEU Professor Brian Blume performs a contemporary blend of marimba and percussion works, including some of his own new compositions and arrangements. Special guest Dr. Colin Hill, professor at Tennessee Tech University, joins Prof. Blume to present a brand new commission for marimba duet, entitled “Drifting,” by Kevin Bobo.
Spiritus March 4 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland Southeastern’s string faculty, Professors Ron and Annabelle Gardiner, join Dr. Charles J. Hulin for a range of chamber works demonstrating the values of listening and conversing through music.
Piano Studio Concert March 7 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Enjoy an evening of solo and duo music-making with both faculty and up-and-coming pianists studying at Southeastern.
Expressions Writers Conference March 8-9 9:00 A.M. Registration $50 Buena Vida West Auditorium, SEU See attached document
Pianist Young-Ah Tak March 11 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland Southeastern University’s Artist in Residence, Dr. Young-Ah Tak, performs a piano recital in the beautiful sactuary of First Presbyterian Church.
RAW TV March 12 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Oracle Open Mic and Release Party March 14 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Bolin Library Oracle Open Mic Night is a time of literary fellowship. Attendees are invited to read poetry and excerpts from short fiction, novels, and drama. Attendees are welcome to read from their favorite authors or original works. Light refreshments are provided. Following the readings, the departmental journal, “The Oracle,” will be released!
Voice Faculty Recital March 19 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Lakeland Exquisite arias and art songs presented by the professorial voices behind Southeastern’s vocal performance program.
RAW TV April 2 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Percussion Ensemble Concert April 4 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU The SEU Percussion Ensemble is joined by nationally-renown percussionist and University of North Florida professor, Dr. Andrea Venet, in presenting a combination of works for percussion, including works composed by Dr. Venet.
A Night at the Opera… Scenes April 6 7:00 P.M. General Admission $7 / Students $5 Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Enjoy an evening of operatic brilliance as Southeastern’s vocal performance students delight listeners with a wonderful preface into the world of opera.
Gospel Choir Concert April 7 3:00 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU Southeastern University vocalists perform a selection of both sacred and contemporary gospel choral works.
Contemporary Band Concert April 11 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU For one night only, come hear the original compositions of Southeastern’s Contemporary Band students as they perform music in styles ranging from rock and folk to punk and blues.
An Afternoon Melody April 14 2:00 P.M. Free Admission Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Surrounded by the beautiful ambiance of the Polk Museum of Art, faculty-selected music majors perform solo and chamber works.
SEU Speaks April 15 7:00 P.M. Free Admission Bolin Studio, SEU SEU Speaks showcases our best student speakers as they are filmed presenting ten to fifteen-minute keynotes before a live studio audience. Come and be challenged, entertained, and enlightened as our Advanced Speech students take the stage.
Choral Concert: Toward the Resurrection April 15 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland In an evening that explores Christ’s passion from the triumphal entry through his glorious resurrection, come and hear the Southeastern University Choir perform at First Presbyterian Church.
Best of Student Gallery: Artistic Showcase April 16 6:30 P.M. Free Admission CAM Gallery, SEU Come and see the best of our talented students’ skilled craftsmanship and creativity from the 2018–2019 academic year on display in the College of Arts & Media Gallery!
Art to Art: Words and Images April 16 6:30 P.M. Free Admission Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Southeastern University students and professors perform original ekphrastic poems written in response to art on display at the Polk Museum of Art. Light refreshments provided.
Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra Concert: A Concert of Firsts April 18 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU A wonderful collaboration between ensembles purposed to highlight firsts in this special performance of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto Mvt. 1, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, and Holst’s First Suite in Eb for Military Band.
RAW TV April 23 7 & 9 P.M. Admission $2 Bolin Studio, SEU RAW (Real and Willing) TV is a student-led talk show in which panelists explore their faith with tough questions and authentic answers and is broadcast via multiple networks nationwide.
Jazz Ensemble Concert April 24 7:30 P.M. General Admission $5 / Students $3 Bush Chapel, SEU The College of Arts & Media concludes the 2018-2019 performance season with an evening of exhilarating big band music featuring the classic sounds of the giants of jazz history presented by the Department of Music.