Commissioner Stuart – February 2017
While the first month of 2017 has been another difficult one in our city, we continue to stand united in our healing. As we take time out to celebrate our loved ones this month, let us remember Master Sergeant Debra Clayton, Sheriff Deputy Norm Lewis, and those who love them. Our tenacity and resiliency are some of the reasons I love our city and the people in it. To show your love of our city, consider visiting cityoforlando.net/compassionateorlando to learn more about all of the programs and projects our city offers in order to be and stay a City for Everyone. You can also share your stories of compassion on this site, so we can learn from you all of the ways Orlando is truly a compassionate city.
Some of the other things I love about Orlando are the area’s unique amenities and events, many of which are the brain children of our talented residents. The annual Orlando Chili Cookoff, organized from the ground up by local company, Events For Change, Inc., will take place this year on February 18th at Orlando Festival Park, 2911 E Robinson Street. This festival, which brings great chili, good music, and donates much of its proceeds to a worthwhile cause, will run from noon- 6 p.m. Visit their website, orlandochilicookoff.com, for more details about this fun, and filling, event!
The Mennello Museum of American Art (menellomuseum.com) is excited to host an exhibit featuring art by Bo Bartlett. The exhibition features his amazing American Realism large-scale oil paintings and will run in conjunction with the Orlando Museum of Art’s presentation of the exhibition, “The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine.” Also at the Mennello this month is the Indie Folk Fest taking place on February 11th from noon to 5 p.m. For more information about this fun event that celebrates folk music, art, food, and community, visit indiefolkfest.wordpress.com.
If you are visiting Loch Haven Park, also take in the beautiful new mural- which depicts a landscape of Florida’s natural beauty- that has been installed at the Florida Hospital SunRail Station. The piece, entitled “A Celebration of Hope and Creativity,” was created by artist Martha Lent and measures 12 feet wide by 40 feet tall. This beautiful piece serves as a wonderful gateway to Loch Haven Park where the arts and culture are celebrated.
On February 11th, Leu Gardens (leugardens.org) hosts a Valentine’s Day Concert beginning at 7 p.m. Then on Saturday, February 18th, join us downtown in front of City Hall (400 S Orange Avenue) from 4-10 p.m. for the 11th annual Blues-BQ, a free event featuring great music and barbecue for purchase. Visit cityoforlando.net for more information.
Another thing I love about Orlando is our uniquely diverse architecture. On Saturday, February 18th, the Audubon Park Garden District will again host the Retro Modern Home Tour from 1-5 p.m. with an after-party at East End Market from 5- 7 p.m. all for one admission price! Proceeds go to support this great commercial district. Visit audubonparkgardens.com for more information about this fun event that showcases many of the inspired mid-century modern and postmodern homes in Audubon Park.
As always, thank you for your continued support of our City. I look forward to seeing you around our community this month as we continue to stand alongside one another while being reminded of all Orlando has to offer.by