EVENTS, FESTIVALS AND ATTRACTIONS Listed in January-to-December order; those show- will be held before year’s end. In some cases, the dates may be different in 2017, but had not been UNITY HERITAGE FESTIVAL January 18, 2016 This annual festival in the city’s historically black Hannibal Square neighborhood promotes awareness of family history and raises money for the economically disadvantaged youth. Activities from 1-5 p.m. include performances by various gospelmusic artists, children’s games, food and retail vendors, and presentation of the annual Heritage Award. Free. 407-599-3275. cityofwinterpark.org. SIDE BY SIDE January 27, 2017 This annual event, inspired by the city’s celebration 108 LIVING IN WINTER PARK of its 125th anniversary in 2012, is designed “to pause and honor the gifts of our community.” It features remarks from civic, business and spiritual leaders as well as performances by talented musical groups and soloists. It starts at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel, with refreshments served afterward, outside near the rose garden. The program is presented by First Congregational Church of Winter Park and Rollins College in partnership with the City of Winter Park and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. 407-599-3506. cityofwinterpark.org. ANNUAL BACH FESTIVAL February 2017 The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park was found- ed in 1935 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth by presenting the composer’s orchestral and choral music to the public. More than eight decades later, it offers a diverse program of concerts and educational programs, with choral, orchestral and visiting-artist concerts throughout the year. But for several weeks each February, the society’s renowned Annual Bach Festival features works of Bach and other great composers performed by the 160-voice Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra and guest soloists. Already scheduled for the 2017 festival: A February 17 recital in Rollins College’s Knowles Memorial Chapel by Todd Wilson, head of the Organ Department at the Cleveland Institute of - ganists. Ticket prices vary. 407-646-2182. bach- WINTER PARK ROAD RACE March 12, 2016 The Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road year of the region’s Track Shack Running Series. In addition to the 10K main event, it offers a 2-mile race and a kids’ run, so the whole family can participate. The 6.2-mile route features slight inclines, tree-lined streets, historic homes and views of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes as it passes through sev- race starts at 7 a.m.; the event ends at 10 a.m. with the Track Shack Running Series awards ceremony. A GATOR’S EYE VIEW OF WINTER PARK The Scenic Boat Tour, in operation since 1961, embarks from Lake Osceola and offers hour-long, guided cruises through three of the seven lakes com prising the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, traversing two picturesque manmade canals along the way. You’ll see swaying palms, towering cypress trees, lush ferns and a vari- private homes lining the shore. You might even spot a gator or two. The sights are spectacular. But just listening to the jovial tour guides — a hearty band of local historians — spin their yarns is pontoon boats. Ad mission is $14 for adults and $7 for children. Call 407-644-4065 or visit scenicboattours.com.
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