Category Archives: Tourism

06Feb/15

Polk County Visitor Center Hosts Spring Training Day on February 21

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ACE, the Lakeland Flying Tigers mascot, pictured with visitor Terri Bradford and Visitor Information staffer Jeanie Baier at the 2014 Spring Training Day

ACE, the Lakeland Flying Tigers mascot, pictured with visitor Terri Bradford and Visitor Information staffer Jeanie Baier at the 2014 Spring Training Day

Polk County’s official visitor information center will celebrate the game of baseball with its 8th Annual Spring Training Celebration on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  This FREE, family-friendly event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., featuring prize giveaways, games (including a putting contest sponsored by Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club), a sports themed bounce house for kids, a baseball movie, free popcorn and an appearance by Ace, the mascot for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Lakeland’s MAX 98.3 (WWRZ) Radio will broadcast live from the event. Attendees can take advantage of “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket specials for LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Bok Tower Gardens; and will be able to register for two grand prize drawings: one for four (4) tickets to see the Tigers play a Spring Training game at Joker Marchant Stadium and the other for a game-worn Tigers jersey. In addition, visitors who bring canned goods, for donation to local food banks, will have the chance to enter a special drawing for a $50 gift card.

Fans can view baseball themed exhibits and memorabilia, which will be on display February 10 – 21, and will be able to pick up the latest information on the 2015 Spring Training season such as schedules and Spring Training guides. The Detroit Tigers are celebrating their 79th Spring Training season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2015 spring season marks the club’s 50th consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Spring training fans looking for additional action will be pleased to know that Polk County will also host the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational from February 13 through March 31; and the Central Florida Rebel Spring Games softball spring training from March 4 to March 20. For more information on these events, please visit www.centralfloridasports.com.

The Visit Central Florida Visitor Information Center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., seven days a week (excluding holidays), and is located at 101 Adventure Court in Davenport, 1/2 mile south of I-4 (along U.S. Highway 27) at Exit 55. For more information contact Dennis Budde at (863) 420-2586.

26Jan/15

Sister Cities Art Exhibit at Harrison School for the Arts February 2 – March 2

Three RectanglesHarrison School for the Arts is proud to be hosting the “Sister Cities International” art exhibit beginning on February 2, 2015 to March 2, 2015.

There will be a reception on the opening day of February 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main rotunda in front of the art gallery.

Lakeland Sister Cities International (LSCI), a chapter of Sister Cities International, was formed in 1990.  The mission of LSCI is to develop relationships with people and cities of similar interests to Lakeland from around the world.  This unique program encourages cultural and educational exchanges, business opportunities and increased tourism by encouraging direct personal and professional relationships at the grass roots level.

Harrison School for the Arts Visual Arts department has been hosting this show for the past three years to exhibit all of the entries from our county in the national “Sister Cities” art competition.  The work will be judged and the winning piece will be sent to the national level for further judging.

For more information on Harrison School for the Arts visit www.harrisonarts.com and for more information on Sister Cities International visit http://www.lakelandgov.net/CityGovernment/SisterCities.aspx

23Jan/15

Music on the Promenade February 20

On Friday, February 20 there will be a Free concert at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. featuring live music from three signature bands including Winter Haven’s very own Soul2Earth, the Dan Signor Project from Lakeland, and the Womps from Berkley Boston College of Music.

The night is a music tribute to Ken Williams from Center Door Productions who was a well-known member of the local music community before he passed due to health complications this past summer. The three bands are all connected sonically because of their relationship with Williams who served the local music community as a friend, a mentor and one heck of a sound engineer.

[Editor’s note: Ken was a great friend to the Chamber and a member for many years. I searched high and low for a photo of him to include in this post, but Ken was always in the background making sure that our staff and volunteer leaders looked, and more importantly sounded great. As an organization, and as an individual, I’m proud to share this information with you – and I’ll look forward to celebrating Mr. Ken with you on February 20.]

The Womps will start the show. This four-piece band is comprised of Berklee Boston College of Music students. These very talented young musicians take their combined knowledge and passion for music, as well as their extensive experience as studio musicians, and they form it into a tight sound that is guaranteed to deliver on a live sound stage! Band members include: JP Goldman on guitar, bass and lead/backing vocals; Kailey Jo Zercher on violin and lead/backing vocals; Colin Frecknall on drums/percussion and Jason Lilly on guitar. Their eclectic sound is a mashup with tinges of Blues, Rock, Country, R&B, Pop and Folk. The Womps list their influences as Geddy Lee, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Mike Gordon, Geezer Butler, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Second to take the stage will be the Dan Signor Project.  This group of talented musicians will bring a unique blend of soulful vocals, rocking piano, jazzy sax and funky drums to their live performance. The three-piece band lists Elliot Smith, Billy Joel, Tori Amos, Pink Floyd and The Beatles as their musical influences.  The Dan Signor project is lead by Signor on piano and vocals, Jason O’Neil on saxophone and Jerry Escobedo on drums.

 

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Closing out the show will be Soult2Earth. Hailing from Winter Haven, Soul2Earth has been together for almost 15 years. This very diverse eight-piece band is sure to please as they combine passionate playing techniques with soulful vocals delivering energy and excitement to the stage.  James Bouie and his sister Robin charge the crowd with their smoky vocals and biting lead guitar while Clarence Stevenson charges the room with his bluesy lead vocals.  The backbeat is delivered by Rich Brilliant who lays down the bass and Dean Amicone who keeps time on drums. Rounding out the band is Ben Crider on keys, Dustin Rittenhouse on rhythm guitar and Chris Bell on harmonica.  The band lists their influences as Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, James Brown, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples.

The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. Food trucks will be on hand and the Garden Bistro will be open so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under the stars. Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center’s parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at (863) 834-6264.

22Jan/15

Detroit Tigers Host Annual Fantasy Camp Game

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The Detroit Tigers will host their annual fantasy camp game on Saturday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Joker Marchant Stadium. After spending the week training alongside Tigers greats, the campers will have the opportunity to showcase their talent and passion for the game on the field.  Participants scheduled to appear include: Willie Horton, Mickey Lolich, Jack Morris, Frank Tanana, Darrell Evans, Jon Warden, Jim Price and more.

Admission to the game is free, but a suggested donation of $2 will be collected at the front gate for the Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida, which benefits local youth sports organizations and local charities.

Tickets for Detroit Tigers Spring Training games are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Joker Marchant Stadium Box office, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The stadium souvenir shop is also open during the same hours as the ticket office.  Tickets can also be purchased online through the Detroit Tigers website at www.Tigers.com or by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437).  Joker Marchant Stadium is located at 2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland.  For more information, please contact the Tigers at (863) 686-8075.