Arts and Entertainment

35 Local Artists On Display During ARTWORKS 2014

35 Local Artists On Display During ARTWORKS 2014

  By Kathy L. Collins Since 2000, the Brandon League of Fine Arts has been celebrating the talents of local artists with its annual juried art show, ARTWORKS. This year, a special reception is set for Thursday, September 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. The community is(…)

Brandon Couple Transforms Exotic Wood Into Jewelry

Brandon Couple Transforms Exotic Wood Into Jewelry

  By Kathy L. Collins Jim and Roxanne Tobaison of Brandon repurpose rare, exotic and beautiful woods into pieces of jewelry, buttons and home decor items. The couple, married for 40 years, compliment one another in this venture. Jim finds the wood and designs the pieces. Roxanne does the finishing and marketing. This is their(…)

Center Place To Hold Beach Themed Bunco To Raise Program Funding

Center Place To Hold Beach Themed Bunco To Raise Program Funding

  By Kathy L. Collins Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association will be hosting a Beach Blanket Bunco For The Arts on Thursday, September 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bunco is a game of dice, luck, social interaction and prizes. This particular bunco will not only be fun, but also a way for the(…)

Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show Fundraiser For Brandon Elk Youth Programs

Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show Fundraiser For Brandon Elk Youth Programs

  By Michelle Colesanti Helping to solve a murder mystery will not only provide a fun night out, but it will help to benefit the various Brandon Elk’s charities which support the local community. Join in for this night of laughs and mystery as this hilarious and dysfunctional family drama loudly unfolds as attendees learn(…)

James McCabe Theatre Celebrates 100 Years In 2015

James McCabe Theatre Celebrates 100 Years In 2015

  By Kathy L. Collins The James McCabe Theatre in Valrico is a registered historical site and the home of the Village Players. In 2015, the community will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic building. The building is the only remaining commercial structure from Valrico’s construction boom of the early 20th century. When it(…)

Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild Showcases Talent In Annual Members’ Show

Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild Showcases Talent In Annual Members’ Show

  By Kathy L. Collins The art exhibit for the month of August at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City is the Annual Members’ Show of the Eastern Hillsborough Art Guild (EHAG). The exhibit is available for viewing now through the end of August during normal library hours. There are 14 artists showcasing a(…)

New Paintball Facility Takes Aim In Hillsborough

New Paintball Facility Takes Aim In Hillsborough

  By Kelly Wise Legg There’s a new place for some fun competition just south of Causeway Blvd. on U.S. Hwy. 41. Just over the railroad tracks, battles are welcome and paintballs are the flying ammunition.  South Tampa Paintball (STP) was collaboratively inspired and quite the long labor of love of its two owners, Casey(…)

Meet Elsa, Anna And More With My Fairytale Forest

Meet Elsa, Anna And More With My Fairytale Forest

  By Nicole Heubusch My Fairytale Forest is a party planning company that specializes in children’s birthday parties. It opened in 2013 and Adrianna Vasquez and her business partner Marilyn Aquino have been coming up with one creative idea after another. “My Fairytale Forest has been a dream of mine for as long as I(…)

Travels, Tales & Tours: Florida Cane Vodka

Travels, Tales & Tours: Florida Cane Vodka

  By Nicole Heubusch & Nicole Schoen After living in Florida for most of our lives, we discovered that we really haven’t seen all that our area has to offer. Armed with different Groupons and Living Social certificates, we’ve decided to visit as many different local places we can. We hope that some of the(…)

The Investigator Movie Filmed Locally Goes On Sale at Wal-Mart Nationwide September 2

The Investigator Movie Filmed Locally Goes On Sale at Wal-Mart Nationwide September 2

  By Marie Gilmore   Gabriel’s Messenger Films selected Bell Shoals Baptist Academy and South Brandon Little League to shoot scenes for its full-length feature film, The Investigator, which is scheduled for nationwide DVD release at Walmart starting Tuesday, September 2.   Using a largely local cast and crew, The Investigator production spent five days at Bell Shoals and(…)