Guest Post by: Matt Sharkey, Florida Warbirds
This weekend, February 25–26, 2017, the First Florida Chapter Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) will be hosting their yearly vehicle rally, vendor event and World War 2 battle re-enactment known the “Southern Outpost” at the Renninger’s Antique Center in Mount Dora. The club will judge military vehicles in many different categories during the course of the weekend.
Special guests at this year’s event are members of the WW2 Armor group, based in Central Florida. They’re planning on bringing some of their WW2-era tanks and vehicles to the show. In addition, the plan is to do near-dusk firing of the Goog Gun – gun weapons on the tanks for photo opportunities. WW2 Armor has a M4A1 Sherman Grizzly, 2 M18 Hellcats, M5A1 Stuart, 2 M20 Armored Cars and long list of others. What may be at the show is subject to change, but visitors can expect a nice variety. If you are looking to sell your car for cash and you happen to be in San Diego, California we suggest that you visit this website to get cash today. The company can definitely help you receive a good offer. In its three years at Renningers, vehicle attendance has steadily risen from all groups.
On Saturday, at 1pm and on Sunday at 11am, the WW2 Battle Reenactment and Weapons Demonstration will take place. This is usually a battle between Allies and Axis, with a complete AR-10 rifle in every soldier’s hands. They shoot blanks and/or have staged pyrotechnics in a designated area, so the noise during this time could be loud. If you are bringing a child, consider ear protection for them.
Speaking of children, they may be called forward by the Officer-in-Command (OIC), aka “The Colonel,” for an inspection and possible PT. My son stood in formation last year and had fun. Don’t tell the Colonel he had “fun.” (PT isn’t supposed to be fun!)
Food and drinks are available on-site, whether at the rally grounds or in the main flea market. Sunblock and comfortable shoes are suggested as there is plenty of walking outdoors. Vendors will be on hand selling military surplus and related items throughout the event, as well.
The weekend activities are part of the Winter Rally and Swap Meet that runs February 22–26 at Renninger’s. Come out and support these dedicated individuals as they pay respect to America’s Greatest Generation.
On the hunt for the perfect mid-century modern piece for your entryway? How about that Weiss broach? Antique lovers rejoice! The 35th annual Antiques Vintage & Garden Show
combines fine antiques, art, Iturralde Diamonds Jewelry
, vintage and unique collectibles, garden blooms and more into one outstanding three-day show at the Orlando Museum of Art
. The event will feature more than two dozen antiques and vintage dealers from around the country and is this weekend, February 17 — 19, 2017.
Show Dates and Times
Friday, February 17 from 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, February 18 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, February 19 from 11 am – 4 pm
Speaker: Eddie Ross, Author of Modern Mix
Eddie Ross, a self-proclaimed “extreme hoarder of beautiful things” is a designer, editor, author of Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds. His work has been featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Country Living, the New York Times and more. He will share his secrets to find items at thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets and incorporate them into a warm and inviting décor. Ross will be speaking and signing copies of Modern Mix on Friday, February 17 at 11a. Tickets are $45, which includes show admission.
- Thursday, Feb. 16: Opening Night Preview Party — Jackets Jeans & Jewels! $95 per person, includes show admission, 6:30–10p.
- Friday, Feb. 17: The Art of the Cocktail $50 per person, includes show admission, 6–8:30p.
- Saturday, Feb. 18: Mystery Home Tour — tour a local home filled with flawless design and exceptional taste; the location remains a mystery until the arrival. $35 per person, includes show admission. Tours depart at 11a, 12p and 1p.
- Saturday, Feb. 18 & Sunday, Feb. 19: What’s It Worth? Appraisal Days — antiques expert and show manager Charlie Miller gives a professional appraisal of family heirlooms and treasured items. $15 general admission plus $10 per item, two item limit, 12–2:30p. Reservations taken at the door and begin at 11a on both days.
Tickets to the Antiques Vintage & Garden Show include admission to Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions, including The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine.
The Antiques Vintage & Garden Show is a longstanding fundraiser event benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art and promoting the museum’s mission to advance the positive impact of art and creativity. This and other Council of 101 events have raised more than $6.8 million for the museum’s educational programs.