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Armed Forces History Museum in Largo Closing January 29

As a nation, we recently marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Those interested in history and those who are touched by the solemnity of this recent anniversary will get a lot out of a visit to the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, not far from Tampa, FL.

Inside the WWII room featuring models from the movie Tora, Tora, Tora

Inside the WWII room featuring models from the movie Tora, Tora, Tora

Closing sadly later this month, the museum has memorabilia from just about every military action from the last 100+ years. In fact, this collection is the largest of its kind in the Southeast!

Of special note is a room depicting America’s entrance into World War II. Film buffs will remember the movie Tora Tora Tora. The museum has the models that were used in the film and the large room features a projection screen with snippets from the film in addition to a central area where the models reside. Overhead Japanese zeros can be seen in addition to a giant mock ship representing the fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor.

The French city scene realistically depicts the scars left because of war

The French city scene realistically depicts the scars left because of war

What impressed me the most was the incredible attention to detail about each historical era’s vignette. For example, the building that shows a bombed Parisian block has an almost a Disney-esque quality to it. The creators of this museum intended to transport visitors to the locations, not just to slap historical items in cases, though there are many well-preserved artifacts to be seen.

Visitors can browse at their leisure, taking in the pride of American service with opportunities for reflective contemplation, too, at the all-too-real effects of war.

The museum’s founder, John J. Piazza, passed away October 3, 2016, and the expense of continuing the museum has proved too cumbersome for the family. As such, the collection will be returned to those who have provided items on loan, with the remaining collection to be sold off. Speaking of a loan, if you’re planning to loan to get cash, fill out the form here at cash crazy website. You can also see there more loan options with a low interest. like the cash loans option.

FACT: A dedicated Marine Veteran, Mr. Piazza started the Injured Warriors Fund of Florida, and was Chairman of the Department of Florida Marine Corps League Scholarship Fund.

The Armed Forces History Museum opened on August 16, 2008 and has faithfully recognized and honored generations of Americans who sacrificed so much more than their share, including their very own lives.

Hands-on fun inside a M-60 Patton training turret, a US Army tank from the 1960s-70s.

Hands-on fun inside a M-60 Patton training turret, a US Army tank from the 1960s-70s.

Guests can enjoy dioramas representing different eras of military conflicts complete with authentic vehicles such as jeeps, tanks, and even an ambulance, and they can even know where to get new versions of these cars in many Jeep dealer in Miami for the fanatics. In addition, visitors can scrutinize glass cases filled with weapons, reconnaissance equipment, letters, vintage magazines and more.

You won’t want to miss this gem of a museum. Plan your trip now before their doors close at 4 p.m. January 29, 2017.

There are a variety of ticket options:

Adults: $17.95
Seniors: $14.95
Kids (4-12 years): $9.95
Teens (13-17 years):  $12.95
College Students w/ID:  $12.95
Veterans: $14.95
AAA Members: $15.25
Retired military (20 years+): Free
Active military: Free
3 Years & under: Free

An add-on adventure is a ride in the M8 Armored Car from 1943. For an additional fee, you can get up in this WWII and Korean War-era vehicle that was used for high-speed mobility. On the first lap of the track you’ll see why speed is one of its most noted assets!

The Armed Forces History Museum is located at: 2050 34th Way North, Largo, FL 33771 or call (727) 539-8371 for additional information. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (They’re closed Mondays and major holidays.)

Visit them online at: http://armedforcesmuseum.com/.

Florida Buzz: Bollywood Oscars to make US debut in Tampa 2014

Sharing this exciting blog from our pals at Indie Cinema Showcase!! (Guest poster: Jen Vargas)

For the first time in their history, the International Indian Film Academy will debut the 15th Annual Tata Motors IIFA Awards in the United States. What makes this event even more exciting is the fact that the glamour of the GREEN CARPET will be coming to Tampa Bay! According to the official announcement (below) the awards show boasts 800 million viewers globally, in over 110 countries and is anticipated to bring valuable impact to the area. (JenSideNote: I LOVE how active the IIFA is on Social Media!! Facebook, TwitterMirror, Google+ Hangouts, YouTube… awesome!)

Only time will tell the actual numbers of its impact however, Mike Salinero of the Tampa Tribune writes, “The International Indian Film Academy awards ceremony is expected to draw 30,000 visitors to the Tampa area next June and create $100 million in economic impact.” Instrumental in bringing the awards to Tampa and also quoted in Salinero’s story, businessman Chetan “Jason” R. Shah says, “This is a major, major attraction that’s going to boost the economy like anything.” We at ICS hope so. You’ve already seen ICS on the Red Carpet and the Blue Carpet… maybe the Green Carpet is in our future?

If Florida hosted more big (film) industry events like this – domestic and international – MAYBE it would capture Governor Rick Scott’s attention enough to see the value of investing in our film industry in Florida… one can only hope.

Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Premiere!

BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA CELEBRATES WITH A WEEKEND OF UNIQUE EXPERIENCES!

Busch Gardens® Tampa’s newest live stage show “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation” premieres on May 18 in Stanleyville Theater.  Guests will party along the characters from DreamWorks Animation’s hit Madagascar franchise, including Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo and King Julien on a vacation adventure at Busch Gardens Tampa.

 To celebrate the arrival of the laugh-out-loud, high-energy family show, the Tampa park will host a premiere party weekend on May 18 and 19, complete with on-the-hour dance parties and meet and greets, in addition to the show’s premiere.

“We are thrilled to partner with DreamWorks Animation to bring the hugely popular Madagascar characters to Busch Gardens,” said park President Jim Dean. “Both Busch Gardens and DreamWorks share a core the mission to provide quality entertainment to audiences. This show is certain to have families engaged and amused and will round out the triple play of amazing shows, thrilling rides and unique animal encounters that our park delivers.”

The lively stage show encourages families to sing, clap and dance along to original songs and party favorites on a 20-minute musical adventure. Singers, dancers and a live band join the rollicking Madagascar characters as they amp up the party to full throttle. And as part of each show, guests can meet the characters following the performance in Stanleyville Theater, which has been renovated and is now an enclosed and air-conditioned theater.

PARKWIDE PREMIERE PARTY: The energy and excitement will extend beyond Stanleyville Theater during opening weekend. Guests can join dancers and DJs throughout the park – in Stanleyville, Gwazi and Cheetah Hunt plazas – for a chance dance every hour on May 18 and 19. There also will be unique opportunities to encounter animals all weekend long, offering guests yet another way to enjoy the variety and excitement that Busch Gardens offers. Saturday night only, Gwazi field will remain open thirty minutes after park closing for more character meet and greets from 8 to 8:30 p.m. and a special fireworks presentation at 8:30 p.m.

Plus, internationally known animal expert Jack Hanna will share animal facts and his travel tales during shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day of the premier weekend in Gwazi Park. “Jungle Jack” Hanna will follow each show with autograph signings and audience meet and greets.

Hanna is a best known as the as the star of the Emmy® Award-winning television series “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” in which he invites audiences to join him on his expeditions around the globe. During his travels, Hanna shares with millions of viewers his insights into the protection and conservation of some of our planet’s most precious and endangered species. His hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Welcomes Baby White Rhinoceros

The Adventure Park Announces Seventh Calf Since 2004

The female rhino was born 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain on Tuesday, October 23, 2012!

The baby is the second calf born to mother Kisiri and the seventh calf born to father Tambo. Busch Gardens has celebrated a total of seventh white rhino births since October 2004. The new baby weighed an estimated 140 pounds at the time of the birth. The newborn – who has yet to be named – will gain approximately four pounds each day until it reaches an adult weight of approximately 3,500 to 4,000 pounds.

Busch Gardens participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure genetic diversification among threatened and endangered animals in zoological facilities. The birth brings the total white and black rhino population at the adventure park to eight.

Kisiri, Tambo and another female white rhino were airlifted fromKrugerNational ParkinSouth Africa in 2001 through the efforts of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of rhinos. Fewer than 15,000 white rhinos remain in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoological facilities across North America.

Since its inception in 2003, The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has granted $7 million USD to more than 500 projects in the U.S. and around the world, including $194,000 USD grants to rhino conservation projects. The Fund was created by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to supporting environmental and wildlife conservation initiatives.