Lakeland Florida – Harrison Arts – Winter Dance Concert

Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland Florida

Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland Florida

It is always a pleasure to write about an upcoming concert or a performance by the students and faculty of Lakeland’s Harrison Arts. And with all performances that Harrison School for the Arts has to offer throughout the year, this showcase of the Winter Dance Concert brings out the Best for the Harrison Dance Department. Guest artists such as Peter Pucci, who is the Artistic Director of PucciPlus and was principal in Pilobolus and David Sutherland, who performed with the Stuttgart Ballet joined faculty members Susan Olson and Gloria Haigler to bring their works on the main stage of the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.

In addition some wonderful choreographed movements and dances, a performance of Concerto 622 by Lar Lubovitch will be presented by the junior repertory class. Did you know that Harrison School for the Arts faculty member and dance instructor, Gloria Haigler, performed these roles worldwide while a company member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Co.?

So, please come and enjoy this great performance by these fine dance students on Friday, January 30th and Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased securely online at the Harrison School for the Arts web site with a nominal merchant fee for adults $8.00 and $6.00 for students and seniors. You can also stop by to purchase your tickets at the Box Office window in the Mitchell Gallery starting at 6:00 p.m.

 Credit – Flickr Photo by Innerglow

 

Check out these great photographs by Andy Glowgower Photography taken during rehearsals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendar for these upcoming performances of The Harrison Fine Arts Series for 2008/09:

  • Visual Arts Senior Showcase, at the Polk Museum of Art, Jan. 13 – Mar.1
  • Eighth Grade Small Works INVITATIONAL 2009, Visual Arts Exhibit & Reception, Mitchell Gallery, Jan. 30 – Feb. 20, 2009.
  • Winter Dance Concert, Jan. 30 & 31.
  • King Lear, Feb. 26 – Mar. 1.
  • Connections & Combinations, Visual Arts Exhibit & Reception, Mitchell Gallery, Feb. 27 – Mar. 27.
  • Evening of Opera, Mar. 19.
  • Piano Concert, Mar. 24.
  • Jazz Band and Chamber Orchestra Concert, Mar. 26.
  • Chamber Music Concert @ Jenkins Recital Hall, Florida Southern College, Apr. 14.
  • Reflections on the Ground, Visual Arts Exhibit & Reception, Mitchell Gallery, Apr. 17 – June 4.
  • Side by Side by Sondheim, Apr. 17 – Apr. 19.
  • Spring Dance Concert, May 1 & 2.
  • Spring Orchestra Concert, May 14.
  • Spring Music Concert, May 21.

 

 

 

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Lakeland Florida – Harrison Arts – Winter Dance Concert 

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Lakeland Florida – Annual Pig Fest at Tigertown

I can’t imagine there is no other place you would hang out this weekend if you any where near Lakeland, Florida!

Where in the world around this time of the year would you find the best barbeque? Ready for food, entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! Then look no further and come’ on down to the 2009 Lakeland Pig Festival on January 30th – 31st, 2009.

A tad bit of history lesson! It started all in 1994 when a small group of local businessmen attended the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Tyron, N.C. to watch a barbeque championship. From then on, a festival committee was established and Lakeland’s Pig Festival welcomed its first barbeque competitors in 1997. Since then, professional teams and backyard teams travel great distances to compete separate in now five different categories in Ribs (loin and spare), Pork (shoulder and butt), Chicken, Brisket (beef) and Sauce. The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Professional Competition and Judging School considers Lakeland’s Pig Fest to be one of the finest events sanctioned by KCBS. Lakeland’s annual Pig Fest held at Joker Marchant Stadium has since then grown to over 300 Barbeque Teams competing for prize money and attendance growing quickly each year.

Now in its 12th year of competition, there is also a kids barbeque judging that is held Saturday, January 31st 2009.

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland became in 2005 the lead organizer for this great event and they do an outstanding job providing volunteers to see that this free event is run smoothly. The event in itself is free, such as the concerts – as you walk towards the gate, let me suggest you buy “Pig Dollars” near the entrance for food and drinks and also some for your kids, since I’m sure they want to take part in arts & crafts, climbing and jumping. Don’t worry if you run out of the “Pig Dollars or “Pig Bucks”, there are various locations throughout the area for you to buy more.

I have been attending this free event with my family since it first started, it is by far one of the best events with regards to food, entertainment and activities for young and old – not to mention the great weather we have this time around in Lakeland Florida. Where else in the world are you getting the best tasting barbeque you’ll taste this year? Besides my husband’s great tasting ribs …… right here at the annual Pig Festival at Tiger Town in  Lakeland, Florida located right next to the Joker Marchant Stadium which is also known as the location for the Detroit Tigers Baseball Spring Training Stadium. Besides the scrumptious barbeque and sauces, they also offer some great desserts, such as strawberry shortcakes – Folks, here in Florida we are in Strawberry season!

Bring your kids, grand-kids, your grandma and grandpa, visit and eat some of the best barbeque on January 31, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. January 31st from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Click here for a complete schedule for this event. There will be a free concert by Atlanta Rhythm Section
on Friday night – check it out!

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Lakeland Florida – Annual Pig Fest at Joker Tiger Town

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Lakeland Florida – Celebrate Seniors at “First Friday”

The Downtown Lakeland Partnership hosts every month on the First Friday of each month a free event at Munn Park. January’s theme is “Celebrate Seniors”; this celebration is on January 2nd, 2009 inviting seniors and their families for a fun evening filled with arts, classic car shows, music and entertainment along the streets surrounding the lovely “Munn Park”.


Why “Celebrate Seniors”? To me, seniors today are yesterday’s groundbreakers – who were the teachers who taught my children, the doctors who delivered my children, the carpenters who built my home, police, firefighters, lawyers, plumbers, entrepreneurs and service members of the military – they are your fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers – the backbone of your family truly deserving to be honored on this special day.

Remember this is a family celebration – an event filled for the whole family to enjoy.

Lakeland’s First Friday free event starts at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Senior service organizations with info about their groups will be at Munn Park as well as shops and restaurants will stay open late for your convenience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakeland Florida – Celebrate Seniors at “First Friday”

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Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

PO Box 92050 – Lakeland, FL 33804-2050

Telephone (863) 619-6918

Lakeland Florida First Friday – Holiday Happenings

Are you in the Holiday Spirit yet? Throughout this year on the first Friday of every month and Friday, December 5th, 2008 the Downtown Lakeland Partnership prides itself of hosting and organizing First Friday. This monthly celebration offers a different theme each month. This family celebration of the “Dog Days of Summer“, “Back to School“, and “Art Walk” were very successful.

Opening the local newspaper or looking online for things to do in Lakeland throughout the year, I’m so impressed by Lakeland and its communities coming together and provide programs such as First Friday, Mayfaire-by-the-Lake, Lake Mirror Classic Car Show, Annual Christmas Parade or the Annual Snowfest on Saturday December 6th at the Lake Mirror Complex, just to name a few, for folks like you and me.

 

 

This month First Friday theme in Lakeland is “Holiday Happenings”. Downtown Lakeland will give shoppers the opportunity to stroll around Munn Park with its beautiful Christmas Décor while shopping and dining for gifts at various local specialty stores to find a special gift for that special someone. The Lakeland Police Department is hosting pet friendly Santa with photos. Christmas carols, entertainment and activities will surely fill your evening plans.

Hopefully the slide show below brings you in the Holiday Spirit – Enjoy the pictures!

  

 
  

Don’t miss the Classic Car Show on Tennessee Avenue!

  

 

The free event is December 5th and starts at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Lakeland Florida First Friday – Holiday Happenings

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Lakeland’s Harrison Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert 2008

Harrison School for the Arts proudly presents The Harrison Symphony Orchestra on November 20th at 7:30 p.m.


This almost 100 student ensemble is well thought throughout the United States and Europe. Last year the orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. During their great performance, an international committee was so amazed by their concert that they invited the entire ensemble to play in France sometime in 2010.

I have been involved over the years with Harrison School for the Arts and the Orchestra is near and dear to my heart. They have always performed throughout the years to the best of their abilities and this year’s fall concert will be no different with classical repertoire you don’t want to miss.

Where else can you go to a wonderful orchestra performance at a great price? You can purchase your tickets online at www.harrisonarts.com. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and senior citizens.

 

 

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Lakeland’s Harrison Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert 2008

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Lakeland’s Harrison School For The Arts – Fall Piano Concert

 

Lakeland’s Harrison School For The Arts – Fall Piano Concert

The Harrison Piano Department, will present a concert on Thursday, November 13, 2008, on the main stage of the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, at 7:30 p.m.

Piano Students - Harrison School for the Arts

Photo was taken by Rebekah Haubry

The very talented piano students will play solo and ensemble literature, including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 1st movement for 2 pianos and 8 hands, as well as Darius Milhaud’s Brazileira from Scaramouche for 2 pianos and 4 hands. Other works by Chopin, Brahms, Debussy and Prokofieff will be performed.

Piano Students - Harrison Arts Center

The Seniors from the visual arts department from the Harrison Arts Center will be joining the concert by providing visual interpretation of some of our concert pieces, which will be projected on stage as the pianists play.

 

Performers for the concert are Senior Pianists Bryce Bresnan, Tyler Campbell, Samantha Sokolski, Garrett Williams; Junior Pianists Mary Catherine Savant, Lorel Schmitzberger, Shelli Sokolski, Benjamin Vickers, Miranda Walls; Sophomore Pianists Amanda Callihan, Robert Fleitz, Angel Lee, James Maffett, Sabrina Morby, Matthew Oliver, Tyler Seymour; and Freshman Pianists Richard Anderson, Derik Thomas, Alvaro Ulloa.

Piano Students - Seniors - Harrison Arts Center

Photo was taken by Cathy Sokolski

Ticket prices are $5 for students/seniors and $7 for adults. For box office hours and online ticketing visit http://www.harrisonarts.com/. Tickets may be purchased on the Harrison secure site using a credit card and will include a nominal merchant fee. Remember to bring your e-ticket to the event. You may also purchase tickets at The Harrison Box Office which opens at the night of the concert at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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Lakeland’s Harrison School For The Arts – Fall Piano Concert

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Lakeland’s First Friday Event on August 1, 2008

 

 

 

 

Lakeland’s First Friday Event on August 1, 2008

 

 

 

Summer… ah – the dog days of summer. Your four legged friends will enjoy what downtown Lakeland has to offer. Absolutely fun, fun, fun …from doggie treats to Look-Alike contest – I’m sure there are similarities between a dog owner and their pet, agility activities and canine portrait; all that plus more on Lakeland’s First Friday downtown starting at 6:00 p.m. Bring your whole family downtown, you don’t want to miss it.

 

Great entertainment for the entire family to take pleasure in; eat, drink, shop and play with our local merchants such as Antiquarian Restaurant, Black and Brew, FastFrame, Fitz Gallery, The General Store and many more. Many local restaurants downtown have outdoor seating with shaded areas. For your pets, watering stations are located throughout downtown Lakeland to keep your pals hydrated. 

 

Did I mention “Live Entertainment”? Local artists like Bryan Rivers, The Phil Schneider Trio, Larry Pelton, Rick Olivo – Caricaturist/Sculptor/Artist, Catfish Whisle, Funopia – Ballon Artist, Billy Needs A Beard.

Also, a car show & DJ are on the streets of Tennessee Ave.

 

 

 

Check out the new artists for this month!

Matt Mays

 Jeff Moen

and

SPECIAL GUEST:

Carlos Bertonatti

 

Art and Entertainment experience!

 

Can’t have a “Dog Days of Summer” without McGruff the Crime Dog, who will be roaming the streets! K-9 Demos from Lakeland Police Department, Dog Obedience Demos and rescue dogs are available for adoption.

Don’t miss the last performance of Lakeland’s Community Theater “Godspell” this weekend July 25 – 27th. I guarantee, you will walk away pleasantly surprised by this performance.

 

 

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Lakeland’s First Friday Event on August 1, 2008

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PO Box 92050 – Lakeland, FL 33804-2050 – Telephone (863) 618-6919