LIVING IN WINTER PARK 111 KIDS TRICK OR TREAT ON PARK AVENUE October 29, 2016 Children in costume can go trick-or-treating along Central Florida’s premier shopping thoroughfare from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Merchants participating in this annual tradition greet the youthful ghouls and goblins with Halloween treats. WINTER PARK CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE More than 200 exotic and rare automobiles representing world-famous brands are on display throughout the weekend. After a Friday evening fundraising event at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Seminole County ($150 per person), many of the cars can be seen during a free parade along Park Avenue on Saturday morning before a garden lunch at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. On Sunday, the cars take over the fairways of the Winter Park Country Club for a Classic Car Expo and Vintage Motorcycle Display ($25 per person, $10 for children ages 4 to 10), competing for best-of-class and 10 major awards, including Best in Show. 407-649-9190. winterparkconcours. com. CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK December 1, 2016 the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art has helped launch the holiday season in Winter Park with a display of Tiffany stainedglass windows in Central Park and performances by the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir and Brass Ensemble. The tradition was started by Hugh and Jeannette McKean, the museum’s benefactors, as a way to share a sampling of their rare Tiffany collection with the public in an informal setting. This year’s event, with music on the Central Park stage, is 6:15-8 p.m. Free. morsemuseum.org. YE OLDE HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE The city’s annual Christmas Parade has been held on the first Saturday in December for more than six decades, making it the longest-running parade in Central Florida. More than 100 units will march south down Park Avenue between 9-11 a.m.; highlights include local dance troupes, police and fire departments, marching bands, Scout troops, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus. Before and during the free parade, Leadership Winter Park hosts its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Central Park stage from 7-10:30 a.m.; tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children, and proceeds benefit the Winter Park Improvement Foundation. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org. WINTER IN THE PARK The city’s annual holiday season kicks off with Winter in the Park, an indoor ice-skating rink erected each year in Central Park’s West Meadow. A full day of skating, skates included, costs $12 per person, though group discounts are available. The rink, open weekdays from midafternoon and weekends from late morning or noon, has holiday music and a full calendar of activities and festivities. 407-599-3203. cityofwinterpark. org. NATIONAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS Bicycle-Friendly Community, League of American Bicyclists (2015). Outstanding Achievement Award for Overall Impression, America in Bloom (2015). National Award, 25,001-30,000 Population, America in Bloom (2013). Playful City USA Community, KaBOOM! (2012, 2011). Florida Green Building Coalition (2011). City of Excellence Finalist, Florida League of Cities (2008). Best-Tasting Water in Central Florida, 2nd Place, American Water Works Association/Florida Section (2007, 2005). Tree City USA Award, National Arbor Day Foundation (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002). International SWAT Roundup for Police Departments SWAT Association, First Place (2003). Presidential Circle Award, Keep America Beautiful (2003). Rollins College, No. 1 Regional University in the South, U.S. News & World Report (10 of the past 11 years).
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