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Free CFAMily Day at Rollins Cornell Fine Arts Museum Saturday

This Saturday, August 22, 2015 bring your family to Rollins College for a free Family Day at their Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Visit Mcgannbrothers to check some art galleries or info about paintings.

The event from 1 to 5 p.m. celebrates their Education Gallery. This completely renovated space explores how Art can…

  • Connect us
    • Symbolize ideas
      • Tell a story
        • Alter reality

Children can participate in drawing tours, a scavenger hunt and explore a still life station. Parents will love the art activities the kids can make and take with them.

New also is a doll house that mimics the museum’s galleries. Budding designers will be able to re-envision the space with their own distinctive flair.

The CFAM collection is about conversations… between artists, among students, across generations. Homeschool families, public school students, private school guests are all welcome! Visit this weekend to get the conversation going!

Limited parking is available next to the museum.  You can also park for free in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue with museum validation (We’ve recently performed a new door installation vancouver, so there won’t be any trouble).

When a lot of people visit the museum, and there’s a need for new garage door installation york pa, contact the team of shankdoor.com. Questions? Email lbuyo@rollins.edu for more information.

Weekends at Barnie’s

Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen has some exciting things brewing for it’s 35th Anniversary.  The Orlando based coffee house unveiled a re-designed menu which focuses mainly on breakfast and brunch.

Menu highlights include:

IMG_3106 (1)  Shakshuka: a tomato ragout, poached eggs, thyme feta and buttered toast

Avocado Toast: Cilantro, lime, lemon oil, sprouts

Energy Bowl: Acai, almond milk, banana, Greek yogurt, granola




IMG_3107 (1)  Salmon & Bagel: Ducktrap smoked salmon, cream cheese, lemon, dill

Breakfast Panino: fried eggs, bacon, spinach, 2-year cheddar, tomato jam

Anson Mills Oatmeal: stone-cut oats, market berries, flax, maple syrup




IMG_3108  Lamb Meatballs: tomato sauce, goat cheese, salsa verde

Coffee Braised Pulled Pork Sandwich: house-made BBQ sauce, apple-fennel slaw,        bread and butter pickles, medianoche bun

Georgia Peaches salad: smoked salmon, spiced cardamom yogurt, mint, watercress,    pistachio



Barnie’s is also excited to announce that Blue Bird Bake Shop is their official bakery partner.  An assortment of Blue Bird’s scones, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and cakes will be available at all times.

To celebrate their 35th Anniversary, one classic flavor from the Barnie’s Coffee vault will be brought back and YOU get to decide! Vote for your favorite on the Barnie’s website from the following 4 favorites: Coffee Cake, Decadent Dark Chocolate, Amaretto or Tiramisu.

Not only does this year mark Barnie’s anniversary, but this holiday season marks the 20th anniversary of the ever popular Santa’s White Christmas. Stay tuned, as the season gets closer, celebratory deals, gifts, and events will be announced.

Oh but wait, there’s more! Starting mid-August, Rollins College students, faculty and staff will now receive a 20% discount on all food and beverages (excluding beer and wine).

Of course we can’t forget the coffee! Did you know the pictures that line the walls of the Winter Park location are made using real Barnie’s Coffee? Artist Steven Mikel has created gorgeously detailed monochromatic paintings using nothing but the beverage. He got the idea from seeing a coffee cup stain on a piece of paper!?!


Barnie’s has extended their weekday hours to 5pm, Friday and Saturday until 8pm and Sunday Brunch (the longest running brunch hours in town) from 7:30am – 6pm.

Orlando – Please Don’t Redefine Us

Lately I’ve been reading numerous articles by extremely passionate Orlando-area citizens, who declare their love for the City Beautiful. They write about the thriving literary community, the bursting tech industry, the outstanding colleges and universities, and even the highly touted food and art scene.

And in nearly every article, each well-meaning writer relates angry disgust that media outlets from across the nation are just now discovering that Orlando isn’t a “cultural wasteland” after all. And as a by-product of that anger, every writer then wants to redefine who we are or wants to describe Orlando as having a rebirth. (As if all our greatness had disappeared until just recently!)

Perhaps this common theme of needing to redefine what Orlando is comes from the fact that most of these writers start their articles by explaining they moved to Central Florida “several years ago” for school or work or to retire. And like many, they didn’t expect to fall in love with the City and were thrilled to see how much it had to offer in the aforementioned literary, arts, food, tech et al. (How ironic they now take exception to the fact that outsiders don’t also know this.) These writers say, “You don’t know the real Orlando. We’re not just Disney.”

While I certainly appreciate these eager citizens wanting to tout how wonderful our area is, I find myself bristling at the term “redefining” because feels like we weren’t good enough before these people arrived in Central Florida and decided to give us a new definition.

You see, I was born and raised here, just like my mother was, and just like my grandmother was back in the 1800s. There are a number of us here, actually, native Central Floridians that have always known what Orlando is and don’t need new arrivals to suddenly tell us what we are and what we have.

We’ve Always Had a Literary Scene

Yes, even before Jack Kerouac.

Back in 1926 Rollins College began the Animated Magazine. Since paper and printing supplies were still in somewhat short supply due to the fairly recent first World War, then-college President Hamilton Holt decided that the articles should be read aloud on stage instead of printed. This turned into an annual event that used to draw thousands. In the crowd sat dignitaries from around the world, including Secretaries of State and even former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Animated Magazine - Rollins College

Animated Magazine – Rollins College

The Animated Magazine lives on today, under the tutelage of editors like U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and has helped bring about the annual Winter with the Writers, which is where I got to see Maya Angelou when she visited back in 2007.

With the Orlando Public Library opening in 1923, and the Zora Neale Hurston Festival operating for nearly 30 years now, this is just further evidence the literary scene is not having a rebirth but has quietly been here all along.

We’ve Always Had an Art Scene

One of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious art festivals happens right here at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. The Orlando Museum of Art was established in 1924, the Maitland Art Center in 1937, and we’ve had the Crealde School of Art and Jamali for over 40 years now. Add in the Polasek Museum and the world’s largest collection of Tiffany glass at the Morse Museum, and we’re doing just fine.

Albin Polasek

Albin Polasek

Famed actor Buddy Epsen’s father started the Central Florida Ballet Company in 1945. “I dared not start a ballet company here in Orlando because the idea seemed hopeless,” Epsen was quoted as saying. “Now there are several companies throughout Florida.” Epsen’s company was later taken over by Edith Royal, whose “Ballet Royal” supplied generations of dancers to the great stages of the world.

And even earlier, Ruth Pounds started a dance school in 1935, which taught both my mother and then me how to dance, sit, curtsy, and all the etiquette required of a cultured young adult.

The area has always had beautiful architecture thanks to those like Gamble Rogers, II, who helped create the beauty that attracted leading artists, business tycoons, and top politicians to settle in the area.

When President Dwight Eisenhower dedicated the opening of the basement radio station at Rollins College (still one of the longest-running basement radios in the country), we made indie radio hip long before we made boy bands hip in the 1990s. You can check brief history of radios at Radio Waves.

We’ve Always Had a Tech Scene

Lockheed Martin opened its doors in 1956. (My mother worked there afternoons in high school!) Shortly thereafter, the Kennedy Space Center was built nearby to oversee the Apollo missions. We watched those missions, and later those of the Space Shuttle, right from our backyards – and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get much cooler than that!

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Thankfully this tech industry also had a need for engineers; thus UCF was founded in 1963 and has grown into one of the largest universities in the nation. Add in the innovations of Walt Disney in the 70s, and then Full Sail University in the 80s, and yep, we’ve always had a tech scene.

We’ve Always Had a Food Scene

Food trucks did not make the food hip in this city.

We’ve always had great food, ranging from Dixie Crossroads and La Cantina to Le Cordon Bleu and Gary’s Duck Inn. From the 94th Aero Squadron, which served incredible food since World War I, to Ronnie’s Diner which opened in 1956, Orlando always had talked-about food. The fact that the establishments serving that food is changing, doesn’t mean there weren’t great restaurants before the new ones arrived.

Ronnie's Diner

Ronnie’s Diner

With T.G. Lee Dairy and the many orange groves, we’ve always been farm-to-table. And when you add in Publix (founded in 1930), we were doing just fine long before this so-called rebirth.

We’re Growing, Not Rebirthing

Yes, it is an exciting time to be in Orlando. We are growing in many different, wonderful ways. Newcomers are bringing great assets, and companies are setting up roots and investing here. With strong leadership we will continue to flourish.

And while I admire the zeal these newcomers use to tell the rest of the world how great Orlando is, please don’t act like this is a new development in Orlando’s history. Don’t call it a rebirth or try to redefine it.

We are who we are, and always have been.

We don’t want to be New York, San Francisco, or even Austin. We want to be who and what we already are. We’re orange groves and Disney. We’re tech and and old-fashioned books. We’re art and great food.

But, we’re not the best thing since sliced bread… we were cool long before that hit the world back in 1930!

This guest post was written by Bess Auer, fourth generation Floridian and the first editor of the Central Florida Top 5. You can connect with her on Twitter at @Bess_Auer.

Authors Visit Rollins College for 73rd Winter With the Writers

5 Authors From Around the World Visit Rollins! 

Five writers from around the world will take part in the 2013 Winter With the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts.  In keeping with Rollins College’s long-standing commitment to bring contemporary literature to the community, the 2013 season will feature a diverse mix of authors, including three-time National Book Award-winner Peter Matthiessen and Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. For several decades the series has hosted renowned writers who share their work and expertise with students and the community.

 Afternoon master classes and evening readings will take place on the Rollins College campus on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning on February 7. The events are free to the public.  Parking is available in the SunTrust Plaza Parking Garage at no charge.

 Three-time National Book Award-winner Peter Matthiessen will speak on February 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Knowles Memorial Chapel (master class at 4 p.m. at 330 Winter Park Plaza). Matthiessen, a renowned novelist, nature writer, and environmental activist, is the author of many widely-acclaimed works including The Snow Leopard, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, and Shadow Country.

 Pulitzer Prize-nominee Karen Russell will speak on February 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Knowles Memorial Chapel (master class at 4 p.m. at 330Winter Park Plaza).  Russell is the author of Swamplandia, one of New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2011. Her new book, Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories, is due out on February 12, 2013.

 African-Puerto Rican author Mayra Santos-Febres and Cuban-American poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa will speak on February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at theAnnie Russell Theatre.  Pau-Llosa’s master class will be held at 2 p.m. in the Woolson House; Santos-Febres’ master class will be held at 4 p.m. in the Woolson House. Santos-Febres is a critically acclaimed poet and novelist. Her contributions to the literary world earned her a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.  Poet Pau-Llosa is widely recognized for his knowledge of Latin American art, as an art critic, lecturer, art collector, curator, essayist, and short story writer.

 Azar Nafisi will speak on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tiedtke Concert Hall (master class at 4 p.m. in the Galloway Room).  Nafisi is best known forReading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, a book in which she describes her experiences as a secular woman living and working in Iran.

Discussions and readings are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited. For more information, visit the Winter With the Writers website at www.rollins.edu/winterwiththewriters.


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Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida’s oldest recognized college, and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Colleges.” The College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies offer full-time undergraduate programs in the liberal arts. Rollins Evening Program, the Hamilton Holt School, serves the Central Florida community by offering exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs during evenings and weekends to students diverse in age, experience and professional development. The CrummerGraduate School of Business is ranked a top MBA program by Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek. For more information about Rollins, visit our website at www.rollins.edu.