Sip, sip hooray. Downtown Lakeland’s Art & Wine Walk is headed your way (tonight, to be exact). For $25 (with proceeds benefiting the Lakeland and Bartow Art Guilds), you can taste 10 different flavors of wine, 5 food samples, listen to live music, and view a progressive art gallery. 🍷
Interested in attending the Art & Wine Walk? Here are some fast facts to get you prepped and ready: •The event is from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. •Tickets may be purchased onlinehere. Please note – tickets are limited in an effort to keep crowds to a minimum and maintain safety protocols. Additionally, no physical ticket will be sent to you – your name will simply be added to a list and will be at the will call upon check-in. •Once you arrive, check-in will be located on Traders Alley between Pine St. and Bay St. •IDs will be checked per ticket holder and all guests participating in the event must be 21+. #FunFact: Upon check-in, you will be presented with a map of all participants to ensure you hit every spot. •Along with wine tastings and downtown shopping, enjoy recordings of local artists and details about their work. •Before the night ends, an auction will take place where the one-of-a-kind banners flown on the streets will be distributed to auction winners. The auction is sponsored by Lloyds of Lakeland. •The Art & Wine Walk staff will be masked to ensure further safety for vendors, patrons, and passersby. Additionally, vendors may also be masked when social distancing is not possible. •Anyone can meander throughout the event and pop in and out of the open shops, however, only those with wristbands will be able to partake in the food and drink.
Share this event info with all of your artsy friends…Or your friends who have a thing for wine – both work. 😉
Weather ○84º | Mostly Sunny | 10% chance of rain
Cause ○Back in April, Debbie Miller partnered with WebPro Realty LLC in an effort to assist kidsPACK and feed the homeless and displaced children across Polk County. Now, Debbie’s mission has led a Facebook group of 442 to help “bridge the purchasing gap” that many faced due to COVID-19. The group, Grace Giving, worked through online vendors from home and lent a helping hand. The group is currently working on a food drive for kidsPACK and hopes to donate 16,000 pasta bowls by the end of 2020. Thanks for all of your hard work, Debbie + Friends. ❤️
Watercooler ○ On Wednesday, fourteen of Lakeland’s highschool athletes signed to colleges for sports, including six Polk prep athletes, now signed to Division 1 schools. Seven of the athletes hail from Lakeland Christian School including Ty Evans, a soon-to-be Florida Gator. Other D-1 signees include Kassidy Jones (Mercer), Chloe Lausell (North Carolina-Greensboro), and Jayden Bayes (Bowling Green). The rest join Ty as LCS student-athletes. Way to go. 🎉 (The Ledger)
Gallery ○ How are you holdin’ up, Lakeland? After Eta’s dramatic entrance and exit early yesterday morning, we’ve got the specs for just how much rainfall Polk County received as a result. In Lakeland, we received 3.90″ of rain, Mulberry received 2.02″, Bartow received 1.05″, and Winter haven received 0.83″. According to News Channel 8, our neighbors over in Hillsborough County were inundated with quite a bit of flooding – check out these pics across Tampa here. P.S., if you snapped any cool shots yesterday, send them our way at [email protected].
ComingSoon ○ Here’s looking at you, 2021. Next year, a brand new Splash RV Resort & Waterpark is set to open in Milton, FL – a little under 7 hours north of Lakeland. The campground spans across 50+ acres and offers a ton of amenities to ensure that visitors have everything they need right at their fingertips. Adjacent to the waterpark is a lake where guests can enjoy water rentals and there will also be a lengthy lazy river on the property for those interested in taking a load off. If you don’t have your own wheels, don’t worry as the resort will host plenty of camping-options including luxury Conestoga Wagons.🏕️ (Only in Your State) ○ Did you know that Christmas kicks off in just about two weeks? Well, in Dover it does. Coming on Nov. 26 through Dec. 27 is The Wonderland of Lights & Santa’s Village for its 5th year. Located at 215 Sydney Washer Rd., the village hosts a mile of Christmas lights, holiday displays, fair-food, and of course, Saint Nick himself. Ho-ho-ho-oray. 🎅
Asked ○ Hey Lakeland, we’ve been hearing quite a bit of buzz surrounding what Lakelanders want to see, restaurant-wise in Swan City. So, we want to know, what style, chain, or themed restaurant is Lakeland lacking and what would you want to see grace the 863? Send us your delicious desires to [email protected]. 😋
Finance ○ We could all use some good news right now. And MIDFLORIDA Credit Union has some: The credit union is offering up to $500 in bonuses for new members. Learn how to open an account here. Ⓟ
State ○ I scream, you scream, we all scream for mango ice cream? According to an article from Orlando Sentinel, Florida’s most searched ice cream flavor is mango. Do you agree?Email us your favorite flavors to [email protected] and, don’t leave us hanging, give us the deets on where to snag a scoop. 🍨 (Orlando Sentinel)
Watch ○ Look up, Florida. Next Monday + Tuesday your chances of catching a glimpse of the Leonid meteor shower are high. In case you didn’t know, the shower occurs every November with this year’s cosmic event taking place Monday night late into Tuesday morning around 3 a.m. Send us any planetary polaroids to [email protected]. ☄️ (Click Orlando) ○ Attn, thrill-seekers – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay released a POV video of their brand new coaster, Iron Gwazi. The video is from the front row of the long-awaited revamp of the old classic wooden coaster and showcases all of the new twists and turns that parkgoers can expect when the ride opens. Spanning a 91-degree drop, three inversions, and 4,075 feet of purple track, the coaster is set to open next year. Check out the POV video here. (Creative Loafing)
Coronavirus ○ On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health announced 5,607 new cases of COVID-19 and72 additional deaths in Florida. That brings the total number of cases in FL of COVID-19 to 863,619+ the total deaths to 17,372. (NBC Miami) ○ You can find more updates concerning COVID-19 case numbers on the Florida Department of Health dashboard. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here.
DealOfTheDay ○Sunday is the last day to get your business’s deal in our Black Friday email. Submit it here and use code NOV27DEAL to save $175.
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Oftentimes, food, and community go hand-in-hand. We gather together around the dinner table and make + share meals with those we care for. Since physical gatherings may not be possible in the upcoming holidays, we’ve decided to help our community share food + come together virtually.
We’re working on compiling recipes from our readers + creating a LALtoday cookbook to share with our community in time for the holidays. If you have a perfect pumpkin pie recipe, go-to green bean casserole or favorite holiday flavor, we want to hear about it. Send us an email with your recipe (and photos if you have any) to be included in our cookbook.
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TryThis ○Cosplay Night|Fri., Nov. 13 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | Galaxy Bar Lakeland, 5153 US Highway 98 N. | Prices Vary | Transform into your favorite character and head on over to this event…and don’t forget to check out the cars in “carsplay” too. 🦸♀️
Show ○Dueling Pianos| Fri., Nov. 13 | 9-11:59 p.m. | Winners Circle Sports Bar and Grill, 4215 S. Florida Ave. | $10+ | Enjoy a fun and comedic evening of dueling pianos featuring songs from the ‘70s to today. 🎹 ○Beatles + Stones: Hits of the Brits|Fri., Nov. 13 | 7-9 p.m. | The Polk Theatre, 121 S. Florida Ave. | Catch two shows in one night by tribute bands of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones where performers will showdown to settle the decades-long debate of which iconic band is the best. 🎸
Saturday | November 14 ○Honey Bee Festival and Craft Show|Sat., Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Downtown Bartow, 165 E. Main St. | Free | Explore handmade crafts, antiques, a car show, and bee education area in Bartow’s historic district. 🐝 ○Lakeland Holiday Shopping| Sat., Nov. 14 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lakeland Square Mall, 3800 US Highway 98 N. | Free | Head on over to the mall and check out holiday-themed vendors to find the perfect items for the holidays. 🕎 ○Handmade Holiday Open House |Sat., Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hardwood Lumber & Millwork, 4316 Wallace Rd. | Prices Vary | Enjoy refreshments, crafts for kids, and turning demos to spark some inspiration on how to incorporate handmade gifts this holiday season. 🎁 ○Star Paws: The Spayed Generation | Sat., Nov 14 | 6:00 p.m. | Virtual | Free| Join SPCA Florida’s virtual event in an effort to raise awareness for no kill-shelters in Polk by the year 2025. 🐕
Sunday | November 15 ○Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery| Sun., Nov. 15 | 2-4 p.m. | Lake Mirror Theatre, 121 S. Lake Ave. | $24 | Watch this comedic take on one of literature’s classic stories as Sherlock Holmes and his companions explore the Devonshire moors to find the truth. 🕵️♂️ ○Straitjacket Smile at Leo’s Live| Sun., Nov. 15 | 9:30 p.m. | Leo’s Live Music & Billiards, 5263 S. Florida Ave. | Prices vary | Groove to live local music while you enjoy refreshments and compete in billiards. 🎱 ○Rapunzel Tea Party | Sun., Nov. 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $10+ | Take the kiddos to this royal event where special guests will participate in a meet and greet, storytime, a sing-along, and treats + tea. 👸
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Celebrate the holidays (safely) at Lakeside Village | Photo via Unsplash
The holiday season is here. And while it might look a little different this year, Lakeside Village is celebrating all season long with a series of (socially-distanced) outdoor events and programs. 🎄 Here’s how to get into the holiday spirit safely.
🔔 Kettle Kick off with the Salvation Army | Nov. 20 | 6-7 p.m. The lighting of the Lakeside Village Christmas tree marks the unofficial start to the holiday season. Join the lighting ceremony and ring in the season with the start of the Red Kettle Campaign, a 130-year-old tradition which assists 4 million+ people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.
🎅 Photos with Santa | Nov. 21- Dec. 19 Photos will take place indoors with 2 different sets to ensure children can share their wishes with Santa safely. Instead of being at the tree, he’ll be near the roundabout at 1473 Town Center Dr. (near Sunglass Hut).
Children can also write and drop off lettersto Santa in Lakeside Village’s special mailboxes or when they visit Santa. Include a return address and Santa will even send a letter back from the North Pole. 📬
🛍️ Holiday Artisan Market | Dec. 13 | 12-5 p.m. Shop for artisanal gifts from local makers.
❄️ Catch snowflakes around the fountain | Nov. 21-Dec. 19 | 5-9 p.m. every Thursday, Friday + Saturday Snow flurries will appear for 5 minutes at the fountain every hour on the hour.