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By Tracey Greene

The Garden: The Saga Continues My little gardening project has definitely seen its ups and downs. It already feels like my first crop has been growing, thriving, or not – for a very long time, but in a calendar’s life, it’s actually only been 80 days. It’s been an 80-day roller coaster of emotions for me: anticipation, joy, concern, confusion, fear, distress, pride and anger, a lot of anger, then deflation. At the 60-day mark, I was still feeling “pride”. My garden looked beautiful; the best dwarf kale in the world! The best garden beans in the world! The best zucchini in the world! Hmmm, that sure was short lived. About 5 days later, it all went to “hell in a hand basket”. First the spots started on my beautiful elephant ear-like zucchini leaves, and then my dwarf kale started looking a little sickly. Quick to the Internet researching the problems. Looking for eco-friendly and organic solutions: Recipe/Solution from some old granny, great aunt twice removed: Flour, Baking Soda and Dish Soap sprayed on top of the leaves early in the morning after the dew hits. Say what? From the Farmer’s Almanac: Corn Meal scattered across the leaves early in the morning after the dew hits. Really? Question: what time is that exactly, “after the dew hits”? And, are these ye olden solutions really from the same person just using whatever they have on-hand from the kitchen? But, whatever, I’m the novice so I’ll try – both concoctions. This is what I got: one day my garden was covered in a white mess then it was covered in a grainy yellow mess. It’s now off to Lowe’s three times this week for supplies – there’s a crisis in the garden and I must solve it! What happened you might ask? Well, first there was the problem of the dusty mold on the leaves but mostly IT WAS THE FRICKING BUGS! More exactly…the !@#!@#! Cabbage Worm. (Dramatic pause and cue evil music) I wondered why I had extra wasps flying around. ‘Cause they search out and eat the worms. They are also pollinators. We LOVE the wasps. More please… Here is the cycle: happy white

butterfly or moths enjoy your garden by laying eggs on the underside of the leaves, the eggs hatch in 4-8 days (depending on the heat), then the worms eat their way around the garden for the next 7-15 days until time for them to become a butterfly or moth. I hate them, I them all! So this little cycle was happening in my garden right under my nose. At this point the organic “washes” and sprays at not enough. Those little demon Cabbage Worms ate their way from my kale across the garden to my zucchini. It’s such a panicking feeling that you can’t stop this from happening unless you get ahead of it. Then it makes you sad to see the devastation they created – my green garden looked like a yellow, brown mess in a matter of days. My dad on the subject: “Sugar, that’s my I don’t plant gardens in the summer. I’m usually done by April. You have to fight too much with the bugs.” And then it’s, “You’ll learn”… Well, I’ve now ripped the kale out and cut back and pulled out most of the zucchini. Those worms enjoyed more of my fruit than I did. Here is my report card from my first gardening experience: B- While I am proud that I got vegetables to grow and I got to enjoy (most of) them. My spinach was a bust, my kale ended too soon, zucchini tasted great (the 6 I got before the worms took over), my peppers are really far behind, my Brussels sprouts are only half way and fading fast, my carrots look great but didn’t grow as long as they should have, and the scallions also taste great. However, my biggest success was the garden beans. My favorite veggie and produced great. Some say I should be proud that anything grew. Now, I’ve got “the bug” and want more! This is what I’ve learned, nothing is going to be perfect in the garden, it’s always a work in progress, it’s always a learning process and you can always do something better. Most importantly, the garden is a living community and I’m the sheriff that must protect it each and every day. It’s a big job, but everything living in our community deserves to grow and produce in a safe and happy environment. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS info@todayandtonight.com

COMMUNITY SNIPPETS Classic Albums Live: RUSH 2112 Classic Albums Live celebrates their 10-year anniversary at the RP Funding Center performing a series of 6 iconic classic rock albums through October. Rush “2112” on June 15, Led Zeppelin “IV” July 20, Supertramp “Breakfast in America” August 17, Woodstock September 14 and wraps up with Lynyrd Skynyrd “Pronounced Leh-’nérd ‘Skin’nérd” October 12. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Classic Albums Live debuted at The RP Funding Center in May 2007 performing the Eagles “Hotel California”

Seussical the Musical Jr. The fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza is here! Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once On This Island and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. BOOK BY Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty

DON’T MISS ROCK OF AGES Get ready for the wildest theatrical experiences of your life, party with the musical that takes you back to 1987 on the Sunset Strip, where Drew, a boy from South Detroit falls for the small-town girl Sherrie. These two kids are chasing their dreams of stardom, but can they hold onto both their love for one another and achieve rock glory. Rock out to songs like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built this City,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Here I Go Again” and many more. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. By Chris D’Arienzo Time: July 16, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm Location: Lake Mirror Theatre

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album and has become a mainstay every summer since performing over 40 albums from the ranks of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. The 6-show Anniversary Series Pass is on sale for $144 per person (service charges may apply) as well as single ticket sales for $41 and $31 depending on seating arrangement. Tickets are available at The RP Funding Center Box Office, by phone 888-397-0100 or online at www. rpfundingcenter.com.

MUSIC BY Stephen Flaherty LYRICS BY Lynn Ahrens CO-CONCEIVED BY Eric Idle Based on the works of Dr. Seuss. Time: June 18, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm Location: Lake Mirror Theatre 121 S Lake Ave., Lakeland. More Info (863) 603-7529.

121 S Lake Ave., Lakeland. Phone: (863) 603-7529 Lakeland Community Theatre. The Lake Mirror Center Complex with its grand history of over 60 years of providing Lakeland with a true Civic Theatre, is the home of Lakeland Community Theatre, celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season.

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13 Lakeland’s Escape Room 18 Backstage Pass with B. Haven 23 World Eats 26 June Event Calendar 33 Bartender Votes

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Welcome June, it is officially summer. That familiar heat and humidity that we all love will be here for the next few months. However, we have some great options for you to beat the heat. Just check out

this issue. This month we take an international tour of some great Polk County restaurants. It’s amazing to have such great food right in our backyard. So go and explore these fantastic fares. I want to extend a warm welcome to our new columnist Grant Star. He will be taking over the “Porch Picks” Column with his take on the music scene with the “The Sweet Spot”. Go check it out. June 1st starts Hurricane season. We all remember the Charley, Frances and Jeanne trifecta. So, stay on your toes and get prepared. As always, expect more, get more, we deliver. Chris Douglas Publisher

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natural collectors. If you want a fun car-ridehome project after a day at the beach, bring a craft needle (blunt) and some yarn or embroidery floss for each child. Have them thread shells onto the yarn. When flipped upside down, a Frisbee holds a selection of shells securely on little laps while they search for the perfect one! -- JoAnn

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overhangs, deck and shrubs. Use © 2015 King Features Synd., afrom delicious way torailings form aInc.bond with long-handled tongs and flame-retardant mitts new friends and old.

to protect your hands. • Preheat your grill. You can estimate the ROASTED VEGETABLE approximate temperature by counting how many secondsCROUSTADE you can hold your hand 4 inches above the coals. If you can hold your hands in To Roast the Vegetables: place for four seconds, your grill is at medium cup300 olive divided heat1or about F tooil, 350 F. If you can hold 3 red potatoes, scrubbed and your hand in place for less than two seconds, you have quartered a hot grill at about 375 F. •2Be sure to usesquash, a clean plate andinto clean yellow sliced utensils to1/2-inch-thick collect the cooked food from the slices grill. If you use the same plate that held the raw 10 Brussels sprouts, halved meat, you could be adding some unwanted 4 ingredients” green onions, “secret to yourroot meal.ends Salmonella, removed E. coli and other bacteria often are spread by cross-contamination. 1 large carrot, cut into 1/2-inch • Use pieces a food thermometer every time you grill. Don’t trust color as an indicator of 2 celery roots, peeled, trimmed doneness. According to a study by the U.S. andof cut into 1/2-inch pieces Department Agriculture, one out of every large head of before garlic, separatfour1burgers turns brown reaching a safe internal temperature. Insert smashed the thermometer ed into cloves, and in the thickest part of the meat, away from fat peeled and 1 bone.teaspoon Clean yoursalt food thermometer well after each use because a dirty thermometer can 1 teaspoon black pepper cross-contaminate other foods. 2 tablespoons Italian • Meat, poultry and fish aren’tseasoning the only 1/4 thatteaspoon sugar foods can be grilled. Try grilled fruit or

The City of Winter Haven Independence Day Celebration on Monday July 3rd from 6:00 PM to 9:30 a “There are a lot of ways to get your stuff out to the perfect sunning spot on the beach. My PM will feature the Cypress Gardens way is to dump all my stuff in a big laundry Water Ski Team performing in the trabasket, which we pull with a rope. The flat botdition of Cypress Gardens. Known as tom slides over the sand.” -- R.D. in Florida the “Water Ski Capital of The World”, a “One thing you might not think to bring to Cypress Gardens created a Legacy that the beach is bug spray. Sometimes there are is continued by the Cypress Gardens sand fleas, and a little bug spray really helps.” -- L.I. in Virginia Water Ski Team. The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team is a local Water Ski Club many former and current the remaining 1/2 cup of oil, the teror with olive oil-flavored cooking grilled vegetables, whether directly on the grill or in a foil packet. potatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts, spray, lightly spray a shallow, professional performers, lots of round amaSinceonions, May 28 is carrot, National Hamburger Day green celery roots, casserole dish or a round baking dish. teurs, young children and adult skiers and hamburgers on the grill is a traditional part Place sheets of parchment paper or garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning of all ages. The team performs reguof Memorial Sliders and sugar Day, untilthese theCheeseburger vegetables are pieces of foil inside bowl with strips larly scheduled FREE water ski shows with Sriracha Mayo Sauce the perfect way coated. Carefully placearevegetables on overlapping the edges to make the to create a memorable meal. on Lake Silver third Saturday the heated pan and roast for 15 to 20 croustade easierontothe remove. Lightlyof each month. The Independence Day minutes, stirring once after 10 min- spray the parchment or foil. CHEESEBURGER utes. Allow vegetablesSLIDERS to cool before 3.show Place in casserole dish or willpastry showcase many skills and mixing with the tofu cream filling. baking dish with pastry edges overtalents including the Beautiful Aqua 1 pound ground beef (80/20 blend) lapping sides. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Ballet, the Exciting SkiMound Jumping,vegetable Air Chair To Make the Tofu Cream Filling: cream-cheese mixture in center of 2 teaspoons steak sauce Acrobatics, Barefoot Skiing, the high1 container (4 ounces) light the pastry. Leaving an opening in the 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder whipped cream cheese flyingfold Deltathe Wing Kite,edges and couples center, pastry aroundand 1 teaspoon salt 4 ounces soft, silken tofu, trios performing graceful Hands 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper the filling, crimping edges underFree to

drained 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cupbutter Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon cup light 11/2 small onion, finely mayonnaise chopped 1 ounces tablespoon Italianthinly seasoning 1 1/2 Munster cheese, sliced, cut into squares 1/21 1/2-inch teaspoon salt 31/2 red tomatoes, slicedblack 1/4-inch thick teaspoon pepper 3 Romaine leaves, shredded 8 three-inch mini brioche buns or mini pretzel buns, split in half

form a bowl. In a small bowl, mix together egg and water to make an egg wash. Brush pastry with egg mixture. Bake the croustade 20 to 30 minutes or until

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Routines. The iconic Human Pyramid will offer a patriotic salute to American Independence as the City of Winter Haven presents their Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. The City of Winter Haven Rockin’ Freedom Fest is a FREE family event to be held at Martin Luther King, Jr. park on July 3rd from 6:00PM to 9:30 PM, Food, Bounce Houses, games, live music by: Dan Signor Project, fun, Cypress Gardens Ski Team performance and Fireworks. The address of Martin Luther King, Jr. park is 199 E. Lake Silver Dr. NE Winter Haven, FL 33881. More info: mywinterhaven.com

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per-top sandwich bag (or a larger bag added to fitinlarger showawith Many shellsvinegar have holes them, and kids are erheads). Submerge the shower head in the vinegar and draw the plastic bag up tightly around the stem. Use a rubber band to secure the bag around the shower head. Leave overnight. Remove, scrub and shower to release the deposits. • Borax can be used to keep sidewalks free of weeds. Simply sprinkle a little Borax on the sidewalk and sweep into the cracks. This is a very effective weed killer, but it also will kill your grass if you use too much, so keep it in the cracks only! • “Have a stripped screw? Place a SUMMER wide rubber band over the head and CHEESEBURGER insert your drill. The rubberSLIDERS band fills in the stripped spots and makes the Ascatch the days warmer and the summer drill theget screw. It works most of I love to talk about food. Tous, me, holidays (and relatives) descends upon it’s the time.” — D.D. in Nebraska time toisgrill food theoutdoors. universal common denom•Family “Make audio everyone recordings or short gatherings featuring barbequed or inator, because has to eat. videosmeats of you your grilled andreading vegetables arechildren’s a traditional I favorite love talking then with strangers about for tips them part of the books, summer. Here play are a few and the foods they loved as a child, you are doing housework, awhen great recipe to busy guarantee that your outdooror recipes they like to — prepare, working orbecooking.” in because Oregrilling will something toK.A. celebrate! those gon stories are often some of their happiest memories and a prepare window into Take time properly your • If •you have a to sticky zipper, try rungrill using along it. If it’sthe been a while, give their culture. ningbefore a candle zipper face, your a gooditspring cleaning. Scour the then zipping upRoasted and downVegetable a few Mygrill special grate with a wire brush. Save future cleaning times. Croustade recipe is a crowd-pleaser. time by using a nonstick cooking spray to preSend your tips to Now Here’s Tip, for It’s a great or side adish vent food fromappetizer sticking to the grill. 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL folks who aren’t vegetarians, lovely • Keep safety in mind. Place youragrill on a 32803. level surface in afor well-ventilated areaare, and and away main course those who

a Do yourself a favor and invest in a net bag to take to the beach. Anything that’s sandy can be placed in the bag, then you just shake it off. Get one for dry items and another for sand toys -- just dunk that one in the ocean for a rinse before you go!

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1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt 1 1/2 tablespoons Sriracha 1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1. Gently combine beef, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, garlic powder, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Set aside. 2. Heat oil and butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and remaining teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. In a large bowl, mix togeth3. Make Sriracha cream mayo sauce: In a small er the whipped cheese, tofu, bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream or Parmesan, mayonnaise, Italian seaGreek yogurt, Sriracha, honey or agave, lemon soning, salt and pepper until smooth. juice, salt and pepper until well-combined. Set Refrigerate for 30 minutes to blend aside. flavors. Mix cooled, roasted 4. Heat grillthe to medium-high. Gentlyvegeform tables with the tofu cream filling until meat mixture into 8 one-inch-thick patties. Grill well-blended. 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Top with a square of cheese after flipping burger. To Make the Croustade: Close grill for 30 to 60 seconds to melt cheese. 1 buns sheet frozen puff 30 pastry, Toast on the grill, about seconds. thawed 5. Place hamburger patty on a bun, top with 1 egg reserved onions, tomato slice, lettuce, Sriracha 1 sauce tablespoon water mayo and remaining bun.

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the pastry is golden brown. To serve, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Using a spatula, gently loosen croustade from the baking dish or pan using the sheets of parchment or foil to help move it on to a serving dish. Serve warm or at room temperature. ***

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JUNE CONCERT CALENDAR PRESENTED BY JESSIE’S LOUNGE FRIDAY, JUNE 2

22N (New Grove Lounge, DUN) JOHN CORTESE 11a/ TONY RIZZO 5:30p (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC)

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 JOSH BLEVINS BAND (New Grove Lounge, DUN) POLK COUNTY PORCH PICKERS (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) DEAN JOHANESEN (Fresco’s, LKD) LOTP BAND (Mason’s Live, LKD) ANDY SHREEVE (Patio 850, LKD) DEAN JOHANESEN (Fresco’s, LKD) JIMMY BUFFETT & THE CORAL REEFER BAND (MidFlorida CU Amphi, TMP)

SUNDAY, JUNE 4

BLUE ROOSTER (Old Man Frank’s, WH) BOBBY JAMES (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH)

MONDAY, JUNE 5 BOB & ELLIE SHALLOP/ JANICE RODENBAUGH (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC)

TUESDAY, JUNE 6 WC WIDNER (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC) ED WRIGHT (Ybor Lounge, LKD) LUBECK (Apple Lounge, WH)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 SKYLER (Isle of Capri, LKD) BIG ASS JAM w/JIM AND JUDY (Jessie’s Lounge, WH) JANE ROSENBOHM (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC)

THURSDAY, JUNE 8 JON CORNEAL & CO (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC) SIMPLY COUNTRY BAND

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(Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) GREG REDDING (Fresco’s, LKD) THE DIRTY SOUL REVIVAL (Mason’s Live, LKD) SKILLET (House of Blues, ORL)

FRIDAY, JUNE 9

BURNIN’ BROTHERS (New Grove Lounge, DUN) THE STIR/THE DIRTY SOUL REVIVAL (LA’s Midway Saloon, LA) TBA 11a/THE STILL ROLLIN’ 5p (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC) BOBBY JAMES (Fresco’s, LKD) DEAN JOHANESEN (The Pink Piano, LKD) RUMOR HAZIT (Apple Lounge, WH) 5TH GEAR BAND (Keel & Curley Winery, P CTY) DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES/TEARS FOR FEARS (Amway Center, ORL)

SATURDAY, JUNE 10

ALMOST THERE (New Grove Lounge, DUN) JOSH BLEVINS BAND (Old Man Frank’s, WH) SIGHD EFFEX BAND (Fun Bar/Poker Run, BTW) MAD DOG QUARTET (Fresco’s, LKD) OTHERWORLD/5 STAR HOOKER/SUNSHINE AND BULLETS/POLAR SUMMER/ ALMONDY BROWN (Mason’s Live, LKD) SOUTHERN LEGACY BAND (Fire Restaurant, WH) KATIE LAY (The Wheelhouse Bar, DVPT) DANGERMUFFIN (Gram Parson’s Derry Down, WH) PLANT CITY CHORALE (St Clement Cath. Church, P CTY) THIRD EYE BLIND wsg SILVERSUN PICKUPS (Coachman Park, CLR)

SUNDAY, JUNE 11

SPITFIRE (New Grove Lounge, DUN) BEN MYERS (Old Man Frank’s, WH) JOSH BLEVINS BAND (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) IRON MAIDEN (Amalie Arena, TMP)

MONDAY, JUNE 12 BOB & ELLIE SHALLOP/ JANICE RODENBAUGH (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC)

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 WC WIDNER (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC) ED WRIGHT (Ybor Lounge, LKD) FOY (Apple Lounge, WH)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

SKYLER (Isle of Capri, LKD) BIG ASS JAM w/JIM AND JUDY (Jessie’s Lounge, WH) JANE ROSENBOHM (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC) CHANCE THE RAPPER (Amalie Arena, TMP) YNGWIE MALMSTEEN (House of Blues, ORL) U2 wsg ONE REPUBLIC (Raymond James Stadium, TMP)

THURSDAY, JUNE 15 CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: RUSH (RP Funding Center, LKD) JON CORNEAL & CO (Jackie’s Art Cafe, HC) SIMPLY COUNTRY BAND (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) JONI CANOVA (L’Incontros Italian Rest, LW) EDDIE WRIGHT (Fresco’s, LKD)

FRIDAY, JUNE 16

POWER SURGE (New Grove Lounge, DUN) THE AMERICAN HOT RODS (Jessie’s Lounge, WH) A-V PROJECT (Fresco’s, LKD) JADED (Ybor Lounge, LKD) THE PICKUP ARTISTS (Apple Lounge, WH) FAST FORWARD (Joker Marchant Stadium, LKD) WONDERLAND (Roadside Tavern, PT ORG) DIERKS BENTLEY w/ COLE SWINDELL/JON PARDI (MidFlorida CU Amphi, TMP)

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

WONDERLAND (New Grove Lounge, DUN) SPINLOCK (Old Man Frank’s, WH) AGGIE ROAD (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) BRIAN SUTHERLAND (Bok Tower, LW) ELLIE LEE BAND (Music Ranch, LKD) KAT & THE DAWGS (Fresco’s, LKD) LOTP BAND (Mason’s Live, LKD) HORSESWILD (Big Cypress Country Club, LKD) RUSTY (Patio 850, LKD) JADED (Ybor Lounge, LKD)

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 MOST WANTED (Old Man Frank’s, WH) ACOUSTIC DOSE (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) WONDERLAND (Caribbean Bay, WH)

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 ED WRIGHT (Ybor Lounge, LKD) LUBECK (Apple Lounge, WH)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 SKYLER (Isle of Capri, LKD) BIG ASS JAM w/JIM AND JUDY (Jessie’s Lounge, WH) ACOUSTIC STAGE (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL)

THURSDAY, JUNE 22

SIMPLY COUNTRY BAND (Lundyville Music Hall, ADL) SIGHD EFFEX BAND (Main Street Tap Room, AV PK) SHANE LAWLOR (Fresco’s, LKD) BRIAN SUTHERLAND (LkldLive, LKD) ENRIQUE IGLESIAS AND PITBULL (Amalie Arena, TMP) RISE AGAINST AND DEFTONES w/THRICE AND THREE TRAPPED TIGERS (MidFlorida CU Amphi, TMP)

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23

SPITFIRE (New Grove Lounge, DUN) TMIKE & DUKE (Grove Roots, WH) JOHN CAMPBELL (Fresco’s, LKD) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER w/ NEVER STOP BELIEVIN’ AND KAM FALK (Joker Marchant Stadium, LKD) EDEN SHIREEN (The Pink Piano, LKD) 22N (Ybor Lounge, LKD) BURNIN’ BROTHERS (Apple Lounge, WH) WONDERLAND (Boot Hill Saloon, DAY BCH) SUMMER NIGHTS: SUNNY MALOUF/DAME/ FRANCESCO YATES (Hard Rock Live, ORL)

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 STONEGREY (New Grove Lounge, DUN) WONDERLAND (Pourhouse Lounge, WH) BRASS HEART BAND (Fire Restaurant, WH) LOTP BAND (Mason’s Live, LKD) SEAN CHAMBERS (Music Ranch, LKD) ORLANDO ROCKS: COPPER BONES/KINKY RHINO/MEGAPHONE/ KASSON (House of Blues, ORL) CAL: PINK FLOYD; THE WALL (Hard Rock Live, ORL)

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SATURDAY, JULY 1

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

SUNDAY, JULY 2

SPITFIRE (New Grove Lounge, DUN) SOUTHERN LEGACY (Old Man Frank’s, WH) B. HAVEN (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) ODISEA wsg RUMBA BASH AND BAD BUNNY (Amway Center, ORL)

ED WRIGHT (Ybor Lounge, LKD) FOY (Apple Lounge, WH)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 SKYLER (Isle of Capri, LKD) BIG ASS JAM w/JIM AND JUDY (Jessie’s Lounge, WH)

THURSDAY, JUNE 29 SHANE LAWLOR (Fresco’s, LKD) MIKE MONTS DE OCA (Grove Roots, WH) CHICAGO & THE DOBIE BROTHERS (MidFlorida CU Amphi, TMP) Friday, June 30 VELVET JONES (New Grove Lounge, DUN) WONDERLAND (Apple Lounge, WH) ANDY SHREEVE (Fresco’s, LKD) COREY SMITH (House of Blues, ORL)

MELISSA CRISPO (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH) LOTP BAND (Mason’s Live, LKD) DEAN JOHANESEN (Fresco’s, LKD) BON JOVI TRIBUTE (House of Blues, ORL) VANS WARPED TOUR (Vinoy Park, ST PTE)

BLUE ROOSTER (Old Man Frank’s, WH) BLACKWATER (Idle Zone Bar & Grill, WH)

MONDAY, JULY 3

DAN SIGNOR PROJECT (Rock N’ Freedom Fest, WH) SAM BULLOCK & THE SOUL ALLIANCE (Red, White & Kaboom, LKD)

TUESDAY, JULY 4

LUVU/BURN/BLACKBIRD ANTHEM/SOULFUL MUSIC (Thunder on the Ridge, HC) BARTOW ADULT CONCERT BAND (Bartow Civic Center, BTW

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AUBURNDALE Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 102 W. Polk Street (863) 968-0010 Full Liquor Sports Bar TVs for the Games Bottoms Up Sports Bar 419 E. Bridgers Ave (863) 845-2913 Karaoke, Pool Tables Silver Strike Bowling Beer & Wine Find Us On Facebook Brew Hounds Sports Lounge 318 Havendale Blvd. (863) 967-2739 Mon, $3 Wells/$10 Malibu Bckts Wed, Trivia 6p Thu, Hospitality Night/$3 wells Thu & Sat, Dart Tourn. 8p Sat & Sun, Beer Bckt Specials

BABSON PARK The Crooked Bass Grill & Tavern 1010 N. Scenic Hwy. (863) 589-5887 Full Liquor Seafood, Steaks & Burgers Live Music Fri & Sat Tue, Karaoke Pool Table & Darts

Presented By Brew Hounds Sports Lounge The Lucky Leprechaun Irish Saloon & Pool Hall 43356 Hwy 27 (863) 420-0100 Full Liquor Pool Hall; 7 Pro Tables NEW! Outdoor Beer Garden The Wheelhouse Bar 42637 US Hwy 27 (863) 353-6880 TVs, Pool Table Darts, Jukebox Wed & Sat, Karaoke 9p The Wheelhouse @19th Hole 102 Polo Park East (863) 424-4560 Tue & Fri, Karaoke 9p Thu, Trivia 8-10p

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 120 East Van Fleet Drive (863) 534-3111 Full Liquor Sports Bar

Pit Stop Package & Lounge 800 Charleston Ave (863) 285-8732

DAVENPORT Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 45653 US Hwy 27 (863) 420-3350 Full Liquor Great Wings, Sandwiches, Burgers, Wraps

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Shady Cove Bar & Grill 7140 State Road 544 E. (863) 421-6800 Full Liquor/Hpy Hr 4-7p Open Daily 12 p Daily AUCE Food Specials Daily Drink Specials Live Music

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The Wine Stable 150 S. Broadway (863) 533-9463 50+ Beer Selections 40+ Wine Selections

Rudy’s Liquorup Lounge 600 Ingraham Ave (863) 422-8585 Karaoke, Darts, Billiards Live Bands Happy Hour 12-7p

The New Grove Lounge (1/4 m north of Dundee Rd) 28390 US Hwy 27 (863) 439-1537 Sun, Funday w/Hpy Hr Mon & Tue, Industry Night Wed, Karaoke 7p Thu, Ladies Night Fri & Sat Live Music

BARTOW

Mulligan’s Bartow Golf Club 150 N. Idlewood (863) 533-1668 Karaoke, Thu 7-10p

Jackie’s Art Cafe’ 621 Ingraham Ave. (863) 547-6778 Daily Music, Lunch Hrs: M-F 10-3p, Fri 5-7p

HAINES CITY All Star Grill 94 Maxcy Plaza Circle (863) 422-3455 Amos Tavern 200 US Highway 17 92 N (863) 422-1459

LA’s Midway Saloon (Across from WH Airport) 3900 Lynchburg Rd (863) 875-7966 Hpy Hr 11-3p; Specials M-F Serving Food Tue-Sun @ 3p

1070 Wedgewood Estates Blvd (863) 853-9464 Full Liquor Sports Bar 2-4-1 All Day, Everyday 40+ HD TVs w/sports pkgs Wed, Kids Eat Free 4-8p Thu, Trivia Night 8p Beef ‘O’ Brady’s South 4810 S FL Ave (863) 646-7757 Full Liquor Sports Bar 2-4-1 All Day, Everyday 40+ HD TVs w/sports pkgs Sun & Tue, Kids Eat Free 4-8p The Boondocks 8515 Hwy 98 North (863) 858-3355

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 902 Polk City Rd (863) 419-4848 Full Liquor Sports Bar Big Screen TVs

Wed, Pool Tourny

Frank E’s Lakeside 1090 Shady Cove Rd E (863) 574-9830 Fri-Sun Live Music Great Sunsets

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By Elizabeth Morrisey

ou’ve got to get out and you have 60 minutes to do it. You might be locked inside an asylum or trapped in a speak easy - whatever the task the adrenaline is pumping and the urgency to escape quickly rises. Escape Rooms are becoming more popular in the United States and a family in Lakeland recently opened one downtown. Lakeland’s has three rooms to choose from – the Asylum, the Speakeasy and the Cinema. After being locked in the room, it’s time to search for clues. Those clues will eventually help you escape. Lakeland Escape Room’s most popular and most difficult room is the Asylum, says owner Ana Gillespie. And it only has a 29 percent success rate. “It’s set in the 1940s and has an eerie element of fear,” she says. There are two Speakeasy rooms which features a true story about an Ybor City gangster. The Cinema is the most family-friendly with a story

based in Hollywood. The rooms are changed out about every three months. During the challenge, you are awarded three free clues, but everyone has to agree to use them. Brittney Varney recently escaped from the Speakeasy room with 8 minutes to spare. “I’ve always liked those criminal-esque games and puzzles, so putting the two together was awesome.” “I wanted to do the Asylum,” says the 23-year-old Auburndale resident. “I like scary things and want to go back. Polk County needs more entertainment.” Gillespie says they nearly sell out every weekend. Up to eight people

are allowed in a room and everyone participates. “There’s a sense of accomplishment,” she says. “It’s a challenge and there’s an instant reward of figuring something out. It’s a game, but everyone is integrated and immersed in it.” Escape Rooms started in the mid2000s in Japan and Europe and then gained momentum in the states in 2013, according to www.roomescapeartist.com. Right now, China leads with the most Escape Rooms. As for Central Florida, Orlando and Tampa have several Escape Rooms and Gillespie wanted to bring them to Polk County. “It’s been fun to bring to Lakeland,” she says. “It’s

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scary and risky because of some lack of knowledge. We had to take a leap of faith.” She writes the stories and designs the puzzles while her husband builds the rooms. Gillespie recently announced that now the Escape Room experience can come to you. The Mobile Escape Room can be used for birthday parties, corporate events and celebrations. “There are no limits to where we can go with Mobile Escape Rooms,” she says. At the brick and mortar location, Saturdays are the busiest for the Gillespies with birthday parties and those spending time downtown. Lakeland Escape Room is open evenings Wednesday through Friday and most of the day Saturday and Sunday, but corporations are using the facility during the weekdays for team building activities. The experience is $25 per person. So get your thinking caps on, solve some puzzles and work as a team so you can escape. “You have to be quick-thinking and on your game,” says Gillespie. FMI: lakelandescaperoom.com

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Pizzeria,

Sandpiper Plaza 6617 N. Socrum Loop Rd (863) 937-8866 Happy Hr 3-7p Full Liquor Bar Direct TV Sun, Brunch Champs Sports Bar & Grill 6645 S Florida Ave (863) 647-5900 Happy Hr 3-7p Daily Specials Mon .50 Tacos 5-10p Wed .35 Boneless Wings 5-10p Cob & Pen 1221 S. Florida Ave (863) 937-8126 Craft Beer & Boutique Wine Fine Bar Food Decisions Grill & Bar 1621 E. Edgewood Dr Ste G (863) 686-6441 Even Par Sports Bar Oak Plaza North 5100 US Hwy 98 N, Ste 13 (863) 816-7995 Fresco’s Bistro & Wine Bar 132 S. Kentucky Ave (863) 683-5267 Happy Hr 5-7 Monthly Beer/Wine Pairings Great Bistro Fare/Late Nite Menu Live Music Gator’s Dockside/ Highland City 5135 S.R. 98 (863) 619-7627 Food, Full Bar Open late night Hookah Palace 122 S. Kentucky Ave (863) 688-1818 House DJ Mon-Thu, Nightly Specials Fri/Sat, Belly Dancers 9:30p/10:30p Isle of Capri 541 S Combee Rd (863) 665-6246 Food, Beer/Wine

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Johnny G’s 5153 US Hwy 98N (863) 858-3366 Hpy Hr Mon-Fri 4-6p Tue, Ladies Night 8-10p Wed, 5¢ Drafts/$1 Wells Sun, Free Pool 6-cl

Southside Package & Lounge 1122 S. Florida Ave (863) 683-4703 Happy Hr 10-7p & 12-2a; Full Liquor T A Slammers 1011 S. Florida Ave (863) 682-4178 Full Liquor Nightly Specials

Just Larry’s Bar & Grill 3415 E County Rd 542 (863) 666-6898 Tue, $5 Burgers/$1 Drafts Wed, .50 Wings 4p-cl Thu, $2 Redneck Tacos Fri, AUCE Fish $8.95

T-Bows 33 Lounge & Package 4106 Lakeland Hills Blvd (863) 683-1201 Happy Hr Daily 4-6p; $2.75 Wells & $2.25 20oz Drafts Wed-Sat, Karaoke @ 9p

Lucky’s Sports, Oyster & Tiki Bar (Orange Bowl Lanes) 4318 US Hwy 98 N

Wally’s Pool Hall 1136 E. Main St (863) 688-4460 Hpy Hr, Mon-Sat 11-7p Mon, 9-Ball Tourn Tue & Thur, APA 8 & 9-Ball Leag. Thu, Ladies Nite w/free pool

(863) 858-3878 Mon, Poker 7p

Wed, Poker 11a

1st Thu, Karaoke Contest 1st/3rd Sat, Live Bands Martini’s Lounge

3239 S. Florida Ave (863) 644-8993 Fri & Sat, DJ

Pool Tables, Darts, Big Screens Masons Live

5501 S. Florida Ave (863) 333-0096

Crafted Bar Food Tue, Trivia 7:30p Wed, Karaoke

Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat, DJ Fri & Sat, Live Bands

Mojo’s Wings, Burgers & Beer 1853 E. Memorial Blvd (863) 583-9119 Hpy Hr 2-7p

Tue, Karaoke Wed, Biker’s Night w/$5 Burgers Fri, Ladies/Latin Night Sun, 50 cent Wings Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub 111 S. Kentucky Ave (863) 686-6231 Darts, Pool Tables Live Music, Fri The Pink Piano 1015 S. Florida Ave (863) 937-8885 Tue-Sat, Live Music Wine, Beer, Tapas

Winner’s Circle 4215 South Florida Ave. (863) 644-9464 Sun, Corn Hole Tues, Poker Wed, Ladies Night 1st Thu, Open Mic, 7-10p XYZ Lounge East Gate 2190 US 92 E (863) 666-3859 Ybor Cigars & Spirits 5263 S. Florida Ave (863) 619-6799 Happy Hr 4-7p Darts/Pool Table/Flat Screen TVs Tue-Sat, Live Music

LAKE WALES Al’s Place 1530 N Scenic Hwy (863) 604-1456 $1.25 Drafts Trish is Back! All Star Grill 2019 Hwy. 60 E (863) 679-9689 Sports Bar Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 19598 US Hwy 27 (863) 679-1975 Full Liquor Sports Bar Big Screen TVs

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SNAPSHOTZ Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak 3100 Canal Rd (863) 439-2031 Seafood, Full Liquor Mon-Fri, Hpy Hr 11-4p Thu, Fri & Sat, Live Music 6-10p The Good Spot 3825 N. Scenic Hwy (863) 949-4243 Mon-Fri, $1 drafts 3-7p Tue, $2 Dom Bottles Thu, Ladies Night ½ price 7-11p Lunch Specials Darts, Pool Table JayBees Restaurant & Lounge 8625 Hwy 60 E (863) 696-1901 Full Liquor Lunch & Dinner Open Mon-Sat Just One More Bar 112 E. Crystal Ave. (863) 223-8803 Mon, Tue & Thu, Poker Night 6p Thu, Ladies Night Fri & Sat, Karaoke w/Paula 9p-1a Sun, Pool Tourn & Karaoke 4p Liar’s Lair Saloon Camp Mack River Resort 14143 Camp Mack Rd (863) 696-3863 Fri, Karaoke 8p Live Music Y’all Come Back Saloon 3230 State Rd 60 E (863) 676-5759 Taco Tues, $1 Live Music/Pool

RIVER RANCH Westgate River Ranch Saloon 3200 River Ranch Blvd. Restaurant/Saloon General/Western Store (863) 692-1321 ext 40013 Fri, DJ 6p-12a Sat, Live Band 6p-1a

WINTER HAVEN A.J. Slammers 508 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (863) 875 5623

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Apple Lounge 2803 Recker Hwy (863) 291-0340 Happy Hr, Mon-Fri 11-7p Food Available; Daily Specials Mon, Pool Tourn Wed & Sun, Poker/Thu, Karaoke Ave. Bar by Arabellas 328 West Central Ave (863) 229-8142 Open Tue-Sat, 4p Smoke-Free Full Menu/Full Bar Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 300 Cypress Gardens Blvd (863) 293-9464 Full Liquor Sports Bar 30 Big HD TVs Mon Burger Special Fire Restaurant 325 W. Central Ave (863) 875-5544 Sat Night, Live Music Outdoor Seating Available Grape Expectations 535 Cypress Gardens Blvd, St 150 (863) 318-8800 Wine Bar Smoke-Free Grove Roots Brewing Co. 302 3rd Street SW (863) 291-0700 Craft Beer & Wine Smoke-Free Food Truck & Live Music Closed: Mon & Tue Opens 4p Wed-Fri/12p SatSun Harborside Restaurant 2435 7th St SW (863) 293-7070 Daily, Hpy Hr 3-6p Sunday, Early Bird 3-5p Mon-Thu, Early Bird 3-6p Waterfront Dining in Lk Shipp High Seas Lounge 7000 State Rd 544 (863) 299-2233 Great Food/Drink Specials Live Music Idle Zone (At Lake May) 615 7th Street SW (863) 875-7949 Sports Packages/TVs Great Food; Lunch & Dinner Live Music Jensen’s Corner Bar 100 3rd Street SW Smoke-Free Outdoor Patio Live Music

Jessie’s Lounge 118 3rd Street SW (863) 298-9815 Hpy Hr Mon-Fri, 4-7p Mon, Free Pool

Wed, Ping Pong Tourn

Thu, Ladies Night 1/2 off select Live Music Weekly

Nate’s Anchor Bar & Grill 239 Third Street SW (863) 662-4772

Pool, Darts, Jukebox

First Friday Live Bands

Fri, DJ Gonzo/Sat, DJ Melvin Office Pub & Lounge 1243 1st Street S (863) 293-4767

Happy Hr 12-7, 9-cl

Mon & Thu, Karaoke Tue & Fri, Poker 7p

Sat & Sun, Poker 1p

Pool Tables, Darts, Golden Tee Old Man Frank’s

1005 S. Lake Howard Dr (863) 294-9179

Happy Hour M-F, 11-7p Daily Specials

Sun, Live Music/$12 Bckts Wed, Karaoke

New Party Deck! Past Time Lounge 1605 1st St S

(863) 293-0027

Tue, Ladies Night Darts/Pool Table Wed, Poker 7p

The Pour House Lounge 1560 Havendale Blvd NW (863) 299-5515

Sat, Live Bands Somewhere Sports Bar & Grill 5688 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (863) 324-7524

Mon-Sat, Hpy Hr 3-6p w/Daily

Beer Specials/Sports Packages Lunch Specials Mon-Fri

Tanners Lakeside Restaurant 1006 S Lake Howard Drive (863) 662-5948

Wed-Fri, Bar Open 4p/Kitchen 5p Sat & Sun Open @11:30a Happy Hr Wed-Fri 4-6p

Sun, Party on Tiki Deck T L’s Old Place

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MUSIC BAND PROFILE

BACKSTAGE PASS

BY AMY SUMERLIN

When the Hometown Band is a Class Act It was a Friday night and I didn’t want to cook. Come to think of it, that happens a lot on a Friday night. But I digress. Anyway, we went to Fire (I had gator bites and wings on my mind). What we got was far more than a drink and a wing, though – we were treated to a first class concert. Because B. Haven was there. Moreover, I recently went to a wedding reception. The venue was fabulous; the food extraordinary; and the music made some of the most reserved, businesslike attendees boogie to the likes of Sweet Home Alabama. Because B. Haven was there.

THE HISTORY

THE HOMETOWN BAND Even if you haven’t lived in Polk County very long, you’ve probably heard of B.Haven, given their extensive gig list. Restaurants, bars, weddings, events – they’re there. That’s saying a lot in Winter Haven, too: Remember, 18 JUNE 2017

it’s the city that birthed Jim Stafford and Gram Parsons: Residents expect a lot from their musicians. B. Haven respects that heritage, and lives up to the praise. In 2016, they were voted Best Local Band in The Ledger’s 2016 “Best of the Best” People’s Choice Awards. For one thing, I think they can sing anything, and their song list seems to prove that, listing songs from Meghan Trainor to the Rolling Stones to The Eagles and James Brown and Jimmy Buffett. But who is this group of folks looking cool behind the mikes, and how did they get together? I recently threw a bunch of questions at them, in hopes of getting to know them a little better.

“Duke and I go way back,” began Glen Carlton, who plays bass for the group. The two began working together in Brassworks in late 1982, which was active until 2008. “That’s when Glen and I began working with Band Haven, which eventually transitioned to B.Haven in 2015,”

Burr continued. Toney and McNair were also in Band Haven, but when that band ended in 2015, the foursome was short a lead singer. “We re-grouped with Tavi as B.Haven,” Carlton continued. Tavi Fontana had been a regular around the group’s gigs, and they already knew she had a voice. “Duke and Glen asked me to sub in on two previously booked gigs,” she remembered, “and the chemistry between the band members and the music meshed amazingly.” Carlton agreed. “Everything just clicked after that. She has a great voice and is a real pleasure to work with. The chemistry and musicianship on stage is what makes this band so much fun, and having both female and male vocals in the band has opened up a wide variety of music that we can play.”

The Group

Duke Burr: Guitar/Vocals “Music has been an awesome source of happiness in my life,” said Burr, and the happiness is obvious. When you speak to him on the phone, he sounds like a man who just won the lottery. In reality, he’s a man who – as you are speaking to him – is probably running a batch of postcards or brochures: Continuing a family tradition, Burr owns Burr Printing, which opened in 1930. But don’t let the whir of the printers fool you: Burr is nothing less than a local music celebrity, having toured with Reba McEntire before coming back to his hometown, Winter Haven. If you haven’t heard B.Haven, you may have heard him play in the popular duo, Coastal Acoustic Barefoot Music, where he teams up with T. Michael Stavres to play “tropical” favorites.

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He and his wife, Teresa, have four children: son Derrick, daughter Velvet, twin sons Drake and Dru, plus two grandchildren – granddaughter Sydney and grandson Waylon. Glen Carlton: Bass/Vocals If you have ever had a child who participated in a school band or orchestra – anywhere in Polk County – then you know of Glen Carlton and his company, Carlton Music Center, which has locations in both Winter Haven and Lakeland. Because you’re probably rented an instrument from him. Like Burr, Carlton is continuing a family tradition. 50 years ago, his parents opened Carlton Music Center in Winter Haven and then opened its second location in Lakeland in 1980. He and his wife oversee both locations, and their daughter Julie is currently the company’s Web Developer, a position that will continue, ensuring that the store stays in the family for generations to come. Carlton has played instruments since he was young and when he attended Florida State University, he played in the FSU Marching Chiefs. His favorite instruments – he has played many over the years – are trombone and bass guitar. In addition to the store and B.Haven, Carlton also plays in the Over 55 Band, which performs the “oldies” at Polk State College.

Duke Burr - Guitar/Vocals

“On weekends when I’m not playing, I also love to go out and listen to other bands. There are so many good musicians right here in Polk County!” Tavi Fontana: Vocals When Tavi isn’t performing with B.Haven, it’s very likely she’s thinking about airplanes. The Winter Haven resident, the youngest of seven, moved to Polk County when she was very young, and has been employed with the City of Winter Haven for over four years. Now the Contract and Service Manager at the Winter Haven Municipal Airport, she hopes to continue and expand her career within the aviation field. Fontana is married to her biggest fan, Robby Brady. “He is my rock, my biggest supporter, and my best friend. You’ll see him at all the gigs taking photos,” she said with a smile.   Jeff Toney: Keyboards/Vocals Jeff Toney has his hands full, and it’s not just with the keyboards. A single dad raising his 14 year-old grandson, he is a Purchasing Agent at International Ship Repair and Marine Services, and plays keyboards for two local bands, including B.Haven. When asked how he started with B. Haven, he explained, “I was asked to play a show by one of our past drummers, about 8 years ago, and I have been here ever

Jeff Toney - Keyboards/Vocals

Tavi Fontana - Vocals

since.” Originally from Saint Albans, West Virginia, Toney has one daughter, one son and four grandsons, and loves football season: “Skol Minnesota Vikings and Hail WVU!,” he said. Josh McNair: Drum/Vocals When they were looking for a drummer, they didn’t have to look very far. McNair is the Winter Haven Store Manager and Buyer at Carlton Music Center. “I work with the band’s former drummer,” he remembered. “And he wanted to take a break. I slid in and told him, ‘If you ever want me to sub for you, I’d be more than happy to!’ Glen and Duke were both enthralled by my ‘slapping of the drum skins’ and decided to keep me.” Born in Orlando but raised in Lakeland, McNair considers himself a “good ol’ Polk County boy.” Currently single, McNair is engaged to Ariel Courson. “I’m a bit of nerd,” he said with a laugh. “My fiancée and I love some video gaming when I’m not working on music.” The Next Gig As of press time, the next time you can check the band out is June 25th at the Idle Zone - 615 7th Street SW, in Winter Haven. FMI: (863) 287-6425; burrprinting@tampabay.rr.com or bhavenband.com. On Facebook at www.facebook. com/BHavenBand/.

Josh McNair - Drums/Vocals

Glen Carlton - Bass Guitar/Vocals

THE FUN QUESTIONS When and what was it that made you realize you wanted to be a musician? Duke: Ever since I can remember, it seems I’ve always had music flowing through my brain. I started out singing in the choir at church, then in high school I sang with a group. Later, while working with the ski show at Disney World in 1972, I decided to learn to play the harmonica, taking up the guitar in 1974. Glen: Music has always been in our family, but I was also very fortunate to have been a part of some very good school

music programs early on that inspired me to keep playing. Jeff: My older brother played guitar and he turned me onto Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, etc. Listening to all the great musical influences from classical composers to rock and jazz. Josh: When I was in middle school, I wanted to be like my rock icons, Kurt Cobain, Dexter Holland, Billie Joe Armstrong and Chris Cornell. But I couldn’t play guitar in school. So I joined the school band to play drums and decided that I wanted to

be Dave Grohl when I grew up.

synthesizer, My Micro Moog synthesizer.

That first instrument you owned. What was it and do you still have it?

Josh: My grandmother bought me a full set of used drums. I still have one of the tom-toms.

Duke: Other than a bunch of harmonicas, the first guitar I owned was a Telecaster, and I wish I still had it today…it’d be worth a bunch! Glen: A trombone that I started playing in school band. And yes, I still have it! Jeff: It was an electric piano/clavinet. I don’t have it today, but I do still have my first

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Who are you’re primary influences in your music? Duke: My earliest memories are of listening to The Ventures, then the Beatles. Later on, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin…basically all the classic rock groups of the 70’s. When blues became popular, it was the Allman Brothers, Clap— Continued page 20

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ton and Skynyrd, along with the incredible pickers of the Nashville country scene. I’m also an eternal student of the immortal jazz artists Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery. Glen: One of my former band directors, Jimmy Parker, was a big influence. Other bands that I grew up listening to… The Beatles, The Eagles, Little River Band just to name a few. And on bass I would have to say Louis Johnson, Mark King, and of course, Jaco Pastorius. Jeff: Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Richard Wright, John Lord, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, etc. Josh: As a kid, I was real into 90’s grunge, punk and alternative . . . bands like Nirvana, Green day, Alice in Chains and The Offspring. As I got older, I started to get into heavier music with bands like Between the Buried and Me, The Devil Wears Prada, Mastodon and Sleeper. What CD or playlist is in your car or your iPod? Tavi: Basically, everything except techno and scream metal. I love Etta James, but if I’m running, I need a little Motley Crue to get me through. Duke: I tend to listen to whatever song/guitar part I’m trying to learn at the

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time. Glen: I enjoy listening to a lot of different styles of music, but my playlist in the car is usually whatever songs we’re currently working up in B.Haven. Jeff: Queen – A Night at the Opera Josh: The soundtrack to Jason Robert Browns “The Last 5 Years”…yes, I’m also

real big into musical theatre.

lieve in living every day to its fullest!

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Josh: I would compare myself to a bright, yellow crayon. I’m a bright, smiling ball of sunshine, plus yellow is the color of the triforce from the Legend of Zelda.

Tavi: Definitely, multi-colored; because being one color is boring. Duke: I’d have to say bright red . . . expressing the “fire of life”. I be-

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ONOMATOPOEIA on·o·mato·poe·ia: The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss).

By Erica Smith

Dirtier Dancing

MARIA

Maria is a brown female Domestic Shorthair mix. She is approximately 5 years, 8 months old. She has been spayed. Maria is here because her owner had to go into a nursing home. She has lived with another cat but prefers to be the only cat. She is an indoor cat, has not been around children, and is declawed in the front.

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. — Edith Wharton Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about. — W. H. Auden Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. —C. S. Lewis Dear Hollywood, There were two thoughts that kept repeating as I watched your recent reboot of the 1980’s romantic classic “Dirty Dancing.” First, the thunder overhead must have been Patrick Swayze rolling over in his grave and the second was how did this project ever get “green lighted?” Does money simply flow through the streets of L.A. in such abundance that any idea, no matter how poorly executed, is allowed to come to fruition? At what point does a production team step back and say, this is a terrible idea? I can overlook the simple fact that the television special was created to generate advertising revenue during what is typically a slow sales cycle. I get it, making money is the ultimate goal of broadcasting; however, at some point there has to be a platform for truly original ideas. Taking a hotshot millennial cast, tossing in a few politically correct storyline twists and re-boxing the whole disaster, as a “musical television event” is not the way to connect with fans or introduce a whole new generation to movie magic. I understand “Dirty Dancing” is not Shakespeare and the original was not an Oscar award-winning cinema breakthrough…but in the end,

TOMMY

Tommy is a orange male Domestic Shorthair mix. He is approximately 1 year, 6 months old. Tommy was a stray older kitten when he was found with his brother. Tommy hasn’t been around too many cats, mostly his brother, loves mice toys, and loves to lay on the porch.

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didn’t we deserve something better? Aside from the poor casting, abysmal dance routines and the overall ridiculous additions to the storyline, this remake fell short of what makes a great chick flic…the ability to show that romance can be found around every corner and a little bit of Johnny and Baby can be found in all of us. This television turkey failed to inspire one minute of romantic thought and whoever thought it was okay to skimp on the dancing choreography missed the entire charm of the original movie. Who should be completely irate is Cynthia Rhodes whose incredible moves from the 1987 classic are probably responsible for the entire fan base of “Dancing with the Stars.” Nicole Scherzinger tries her best to bring “Penny” to the forefront but fell short. With all of the talented dancers trying to make their big break, Abigail Breslin appeared so bored she didn’t even try to point her toes. To end my rant, Hollywood we are looking at you and expect better. And if you are thinking about a “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” remake…back away from the screenplay. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS info@todayandtonight.com

Cane is a black and white male Boston Terrier mix. He is approximately 3 years old. He is crate trained, been around children and other dogs, and loves to play with tennis balls. If you like a little guy with big personality who loves to play fetch than he’s the one for you!

LUCY

Lucy is a white and tan female Hound mix. She is approximately 9 months old. She has been spayed. Lucy is a great dog! She is very lovable but when she gets nervous will widdle. She has been descried by her last owner as an active dog, not fully house trained, has lived with cats and seemed friendly with them, and is still very much a puppy and will chew. We recommend that Lucy become crate trained and needs a owner who has patience.

  The Humane Society of Polk County 3195 Dundee Road • Winter Haven, FL 33884 www.PolkNoKill.org • (863) 324-5227 Tuesday-Friday 11:30-6pm and Sat 10-4 pm.

Veterinarian of the Month Before becoming a 1998 University of Florida graduate, Dr. Mary McDaniel worked as a veterinary pharmaceutical representative.  Her love for dogs traces back to when she was young and showed them.  She’s always been fascinated with breeding dogs and is the only veterinarian in Florida endorsed by the ICSB, an international organization known for its very stringent breeding procedures.   But McDaniel doesn’t want to just be known as a “breeding” vet, “I serve breeders, locals, and rescues equally.  I love my job.”   Lake Alfred Animal Hospital 105 E. Alfred Street, Lake Alfred, FL  33850

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RESTAURANT GUIDE To Have Your Restaurant Listed Please Call 863-401-8001

AUBURNDALE SWEET MAGNOLIAS TEA & BISTRO

Relax, Sip, Enjoy! It’s our house special TEA! Gourmet teas & coffees. Fine meals & excellent desserts including our delicious, hearty lunches prepared fresh everyday! Private parties welcome! Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm. Gift certificates available. Must Try: one of our tasty sandwiches or wraps. 212 Howard St., Auburndale 863-965-1684 www.mysweetmagnolias.com

DUNDEE MELONIE’S CAFE

The original uptown Dundee Cafe. All entrees prepared daily. Unique stir-fry, breakfast, signature salads, sandwiches, handmade burgers, nostalgic shakes & desserts. Follow us on Facebook for Daily Specials and Discounts Must-try: Friday Night Fish Fry 5-8 pm with Live Music 209 East Main Street, Dundee 863-439-5416

WILDFIRE BBQ GRILL & BAR

Our passion for BBQ run’s deep!! All starts

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with personally picking the right meat, hand rubbing it with our own secret blend of spices, letting it rest for at least twenty four hours. We at wildfire do not rush our cooking, our fires run wild but our patience runs deep. We take our sweet time to slow smoke each and every meat, as they all require their own attention and gentle love and care. It is this love and care that goes in every meal we prepare for you, just like we would for our friends and family, slow and with lots of love. Ribs & Special Burgers 28610 Hwy 27,Dundee 33838 • (863)588-2114 www.wildfiregrills.com

HAINES CITY BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S

Polk County’s largest family sports pub. Happy Hour M- Sat. 4pm to 7pm. 2-4-1 cocktails all day everyday. See Website for full menu. Kids eat free Tuesdays. Must Try: Blackened Dry Rub Wings 902 Old Polk City Rd. 863-419-4848 www.beefobradys.com

JACKIE’S ART CAFE

We feature specialty Quiches; In addition to the “regular” menu, we also offer a Plant-Based menu. Everything - including soups & desserts - is home-made. We make big fresh salads

daily, buy fresh fish and cook them here, and slow cook and shred pork for our sandwiches. Great Food. Great Music. Great Friends. Live music daily. Open from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 3 pm and Friday evenings from 5-8 pm. Check out our reviews on Google, Yelp, Facebook. Must Try: Try Our Smoked Salmon Quiche, Blue Crab Quiche and Dali Salads are spectacular. 621 Ingraham Ave, Haines City (863) 547-6778 facebook.com/jackiescityhallartcafe www.jackiesartcafe.com Email: jackiesartcafe@gmail.com

LAKELAND BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S NORTH LAKELAND Lakeland’s Best Family Sports Pub. 40+ HD TV’s, NFL Ticket Sundays, NCAA Gameplan Saturdays. Happy Hour 2-4-1 All Day, Everyday. Bingo Mondays from 5-6 pm. Kids Eat Free Wednesday from 4-8 pm. Trivia Night on Thursdays from 8-10 pm. Must Try: Hot & Fresh Fajitas - Everyday! Chicken wings! 1070 Wedgewood Estates Blvd (863) 853-9464 www.beefobradys.com

BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S SOUTH LAKELAND Great Food! Great Sports! Great Family Fun!

40+ HD TV’s, NFL Ticket Sundays, NCAA Game Plan Saturdays. 2-4-1 All Day, Everyday. Coldest Beer In Town. Kids Eat Free Tuesdays & Sundays 4-8 pm. Now Featuring A Full Liquor Bar. Must Try: Our Delicious Fajitas and Awesome Burgers! 4810 South Florida Ave (863) 646-7757 www.beefobradys.com

CHAMPINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Authentic homemade Italian cooking. Fresh, made to order meals for lunch and dinner. Happy Hour is 7 days per week from 3pm-7pm. Live music every Friday and Saturday from 8pm-11pm. Catering and big parties available and welcomed. New York style pizza, calzones, desserts! Try our Eggplant Parm 6617 N. Socrum Loop Rd. 863-937-8866 www.champinos.com

CHAMPS SPORTS BAR

Serving Polk County for over 19 years! Monday 5pm to 10pm 50¢ Tacos. Wednesday 5pm to 10pm 35¢ Boneless Wings. Friday Homemade New England Clam Chowder. Fresh food specials all weekend! Not your typical sports bar! Follow us on Facebook! 6645 S. Florida Ave. #14 863-647-5900 www.champstogo.com — Continued Page 25

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World Eats W

e live in a very diverse country, which is the backbone of what has made us so great and so different. The “melting pot” as it is so casually deemed is true in the blended cultures that have stretched out to touch many of the states around the United States. Florida, our beautiful peninsula, is one state that has been kissed not only by the sun but by retirees from our friends in the more northern states

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as well as people from other countries that have relocated here to start a new life. Being in the center of our state, Polk has become an eclectic county with little pockets of different cultures sprinkled throughout creating little footprints in our communities. Today & Tonight Magazine is going to take you on a little tour of this wonderful diversity through food in a multi-part series.

A Tour of Polk County’s Culinary Cuisine Part 1 By Tracey Greene

Food. The breaking of bread, the sharing of a meal; something that we all have in common. We hope you step out of your comfort zone to experience the hint of other cultures through your taste buds and not necessarily your eyes. There are a 21.2% of other wonderful cultures that make up our county so we hope you embrace what they have to offer to spice up our cooking “pot”.

Little Greek Fresh Grill Lake Miriam Square 4756 South Florida Ave Lakeland, FL 33813 (863) 940-3270 LittleGreekRestaurant.com @LittleGreekFreshGrillLakeland Our county has many Greek owned businesses especially in the restaurant industry. Many serve up a mash up between “homestyle” cooking of American and Greek fare – the comfort foods. The Greeks are very passionate life-loving people and that always comes across in their food. We set out to find one that was only serving Greek favorites and we came across the new Little Greek Fresh Grill, which opened in December of 2016. While it offers a scaled down version of the many wonderful classic Greek dishes, we really enjoyed this café style establishment with its simple tasty almost “fast-food” style menu or should we say good food - fast. The décor is simple not kitschy with hints of blue, a modern and industrial mix with traditional images of Greece displayed on the wall. While waiting for lunch, I ran into a classmate that I haven’t seen in years. He and his father are successful business leaders, located in Lakeland, in the real estate, development and construction industry. He stated how much he enjoyed the grill’s fresh food and frequents a lot living around the corner. What a great 2-4-1, catching up quickly with an old classmate and getting a rave review at the same time! One item on the menu I especially appreciated was the create-yourown Greek salad. All of the traditional ingredients are available, but you get to choose your version to enjoy. As an appetizer, we started with the Dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with beef and rice) served with a lemon sauce that is simply drinkable. These were some of the best dolmades that I have ever eaten. Next, we tried the Steak Souvlaki (skewers) served over rice, which comes with a Greek salad, pita bread and that heavenly tzatziki sauce (basically a yogurt cucumber dipping sauce). They also serve chicken, lamb and salmon souvlaki. Then, it was on to the Spanakopita (spinach pie) – so delicate and yummy. Layers of flaky pastry stuffed with spinach and feta cheese also served with a Greek salad. We ended our lunch with a Baklava Cheesecake. It was an incredible combo of a traditional Greek pastry and smooth creamy cheesecake – two thumbs up! My hopes for this brand would be that they branched out to offer a “special of the day” that would showcase some of the other great traditional Greek dishes that I know their clientele would also enjoy such as Moussaka (casserole dish) and Pastitsio; one of my favorites which I equate to a Greek-style lasagna. To get an even better appreciation for Greece, stateside, you have two options: 3-day Greek Festival held in February at St. Sophie’s Greek Orthodox Church in Winter Haven or take a day trip to Tarpon Springs (the sponge docks) in Pinellas County, our friends to the west. Add to the “bucket list”, a REAL trip to Greece! SIGN UP FOR OUR NEW WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER AT WWW.TODAYANDTONIGHT.COM

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INTERNATIONAL FARE A Tour of Polk County’s Culinary Cuisine Part 1

The Fish and Chip Shop Champions Gate (Publix Plaza) 8281 Champions Gate Blvd Davenport, FL 33896 (321) 401-4111 FB: @TheFishAndChipShop

People from the United Kingdom make up a large part of the tourists that enjoy the sunshine state. Many Brits call us, Polk County, their second home. This is especially evident with all of the thousands of vacation homes and short-term rentals that have popped up over the past 10 years in the Highway 27/Haines City to Four Corners area. There have been a few English/Irish inspired restaurants and pubs that have opened and closed over the years to our disappointment. However, we heard about The Fish And Chip Shop and had to make the little trek over to Champions Gate to try it out. We were not dissatisfied. Great portions. The café has clean contemporary décor with fun British-inspired knick-knacks on the wall. And, all of the English favorites on the menu! We approached the counter to scan the menu on the wall. Great food variety from the cod and haddock to scotch eggs, pork sausages and, of course, those savory little pies! The pies are individual servings, which are handmade British classics like Steak, Ale & Mushroom, Chicken & Leek and Cottage Pie. Food is handmade and inspired by British Classics. Though it was hard to decide, we chose the classic Fish & Chips to share. The large portion of Haddock was just that – very large! It’s a good thing all of our food was to share. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little malt vinegar and a squeeze of fresh lemon before digging in. So good! Crisp beer batter outside and tender white fish on the inside. Next was the Sausage Roll. A traditional sausage wrapped in a pastry and then pressed. It was a tasty treat! It reminded me of the British Bangers and Mash, sausage and mashed potatoes, that I love so much. One dish that I could not wait to dig into was the Cottage Pie, instead of the usual piecrust; it was topped with a nice serving of mashed potatoes mindfully piped on top. I really like the individual pie servings they bake. The Cottage Pie came with a side of what they call Brown Gravy. We had it with the “chips”, we had it with the sausage roll and we had it with the cottage pie. In other words, it was really good. Like, lick your plate good! The food was very filling, so we couldn’t have the dessert. That’s the only thing I regretted, was not trying the traditional Victoria’s Sponge (cake). It ‘s a layered sponge cake with a strawberry jam center topped with powered sugar. But, this definitely gives me an excuse to go back and sample a few more classic dishes, this time saving room for the dessert! 24 JUNE 2017

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CHEF T’S GARDEN GRILL

Central Florida’s most beautiful dining experience. Enjoy exquisite continental and American cuisine in a historic turn-of-the-century atmosphere in the historic Chiles house. Or linger over wine and appetizers on our intimate garden patio. “I Love Food And The Art Of Dining”- Chef T Must Try: Veal lovers are in for a treat! 1525 E Gary Rd., Lakeland 863-687-4386

JUST LARRY’S BAR & GRILL

Our food specials: Tuesday $5 Burgers and $1 Drafts, Wednesday .50 cent Wings 4 pm to close, Thursday $2 Redneck Tacos, Friday AllYou-Can-Eat Fish $8.95. Must Try: Wings 3415 E COUNTY RD 542 (863) 666-6898

MISTER FISH

Family owned and operated since 1968 offering the best fish sandwich around! Seafood, chicken and much more using only the best quality food and excellent service! Easily the best homemade food you’ll try! Hours Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm and closed Sundays. Must Try: Famous Fish Sandwich 715 E Palmetto St, Lakeland (863) 688-4280

LAKE ALFRED CORNERSTONE GRILL

Cornerstone Grill is a small family restaurant created with the local farmers and growers in mind. Our food is made from scratch and each meal is made to order with a goal of being 100% local sustainable. In-house cured and smoked meats, sourcing products from local purveyors, seasonally inspired and globally influenced. Also vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Craft beers and fine wine. Lunch - Dinner - Catering. Monday - Saturday 11 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm. Check out their Facebook for wonderful and

unique “specials of the day” that incorporate seasonal products from fruits, vegetables to meats. 175 E. Haines Ave, Lake Alfred (863) 875-8913 • WWW.CORNERSTONEGRILL.ORG

LAKE WALES BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S

Polk County’s largest family sports pub. Happy Hour M- Sat. 4pm to 7pm. 2-4-1 cocktails all day everyday. See Website for full menu. Kids eat free Tuesdays. Must Try: Over 20 Flavors of Wings 19598 US Hwy 27, 863-679-1975 www.beefobradys.com

CRAZY FISH

Land mark eatery in Lake Wales. Fresh fish never frozen. Fun and casual atmosphere. Lunch and dinner menu with daily specials. Mon. 4pm to 9pm. Tues. - Saturday 11:30am to 9pm. Closed Sun. Must Try: Shrimp or Fresh Grouper 802 Henry St.,  Lake Wales (863) 676-6361

JAY BEES RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

We take pride in our welcoming environment, friendly service amd famous burgers. Come in and check our daily lunch and dinner specials. Weekend specials. prime rib, frog legs, fried shrimp anc catfish. Must Try: Homemade Pies 8675 Hwy 60 East, Lake Wales 863-696-1901, Find us on Facebook

WINTER HAVEN 326 BISTRO PIZZERIA

Bistro Pizzeria shares the art of perfectly rendered simplicity. Wood burning oven, pizza by the slice, made to order speciality pizzas. Lunch & dinner menu. Warm & casual dining atmosphere. Must Try: Classic Pizza Napoli 326 W. Central Ave., Winter Haven 863-875-4894 www.arabellas.us/bistro

APPLE LOUNGE & GRILL

#1 Happy Hour Monday-Friday 11am-7pm. $1 Taco Tuesdays! Wings, Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, Fried Pickles, Chicken Fingers, Nachos and much more! Open Mic Night every Tuesday. Winner of the people’s choice Wing Fling 2011 Wing Champs! Come try em’ yourself. Must Try: Famous Wings 2803 Recker Hwy, Winter Haven 863-291-0340

ARABELLA’S

We offer the best Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, created from the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner in our chic Ave Bar. At Arabellas, our dedicated service and inviting ambience makes us the premier choice for your lunch or dinner destination. Must Try: Bananas Foster prepared table side. 346 W. Central Ave. Winter Haven 863-293-1797 • www.arabellas.us

HARBORSIDE

Seafood, Steak, Oysters. Polk County’s Premier Waterfront Restaurant. Scenic dining on Lake Shipp. Happy Hour 3-6pm daily. Early Bird Sunday 3-5pm and Monday thru Thursday 3-6pm. Private dining room, outdoor patio, beach and boat docks. Amazing sunset views. Open 11:30 am daily. Must Try: Fried Lobster & Oysters 2435 7th Street SW, Winter Haven (863) 293-7070 • www.harborsidefl.com

HARRY’S OLD PLACE

Get your Fresh Fix at Harry’s Old Place. Huge selection of fresh fish including shrimp, scallops and mussels in addition to char-grilled steaks, chicken and pasta entrees. Craft beers, eclectic wines and tempting appetizers along with a great children’s menu. Less than a mile from Legoland. Like Facebook for weekly specials. We have mobile catering, Tallulah’s Table by the Sea for private parties and events. Must Try: Fish in a Bag 3751 Cypress Gardens Rd., Winter Haven 863-324-0301 www.harrysoldplace.com

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IDLE ZONE BAR & GRILL Located on Lake May (chain of lakes) with a brand new dock. Serving fresh, homemade lunch and dinner. AMAZING WINGS! Live music, karaoke and games. Totally remodeled atmosphere, clean and non-smoking inside. Outside patio seating. Must Try: Hot and Fresh Wings 615 7th St., Winter Haven 863-875-7949

LA FLOR DE ESPANA BAKERY & RESTAURANT Authentic Cuban, Puerto Rican and Spanish cuisine. Fresh baked breads, pastries and desserts. $3.99 breakfast specials. Cold beer and wine. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Free WiFi. Large groups welcomed. Catering available. Open from Monday-Thursday from 7 am to 7 pm. Friday & Saturday 7 am to 9pm. Must Try: Cuban Sandwich, Pastries, Breakfast. 200 Post Ave SW, Winter Haven 863-299-1122 or 863-299-2626

SOMEWHERE SPORTS BAR Enjoy great food, great games and great times in a family-friendly atmosphere. As your sports headquarters, ESPN, NFL & MLB ticket available on 14 flat screen TV’s. Daily lunch specials Mon-Fri from 11-2 pm only $5.99. Open 7 days a week. Appetizers, Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, Burgers, Pizza & Wings. Full liquor with Happy Hour Mon-Sat from 3-6 pm. Must Try: Jumbo Wings & Pizza 5688 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (863) 324-7524

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Bok Tower Gardens. Mon-Fri, 9-3 pm. Cost - $130 per session; lunch, snacks & drinks provided. Call (863) 676-1408 or www.boktowergardens.org for more info.

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Arts, Crafts & Festivals JUN 1

to AUG 26 - Roberto Estopiñán Exhibit. Born in Cuba in 1921, sculptor, draftsman, and printmaker Roberto Estopiñán is a celebrated artist and considered a pioneer of modern sculpture in Latin American art. During the 1960s, he featured haunting faces and strained forms filled with despair, conveying his preoccupation with, and compassion for, those who have experienced injustice. These artworks in many ways run counter to his later works that focus more on beauty and the exploration of form. Perhaps the most prevalent subject in Estopiñán’s work is the female torso. Beginning in the late 1970s, these abstracted torsos in his work are reminiscent of the elongated, often swollen forms of European sculptors, but include familiar textures of the artist’s earlier work. These bone-like, somewhat surreal shapes not only capture the beauty of the torso, but also hint at Estopiñán’s struggle to balance texture with the softness of the female form. Located at the Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland. Tue-Sat, 10-5 pm. Cost – free.

JUN 8

- Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally. Presented by Downtown Lakeland Partnership. 20+ food trucks line up around Munn Park to sell their unique cuisine every second Thursday, 6-9 pm. Located downtown Lakeland, 201 E. Main Street. Call for more info.

JUN 9

- Car Show at Eagle Ridge. Monthly car show every second Friday (except Jul & Aug). Free for all vehicles, trophies, music, door prizes, raffle. Rain or Shine. Sponsored by Mall Management and the Central Florida Street Rod Association. Located at the Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales.

JUN 9

& 10 – The Feast of St. Anthony Festival. Enjoy this inaugural Feast of St. Anthony festival! The whole community is invited to celebrate the life of our Patron Saint; St. Anthony of Padua. There will be live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, and much more. Come celebrate with us! Located St. Anthony Catholic Church, 820 Marcum Rd, Lakeland. Fri 3-9 pm & Sat 12-10 pm. Free admission.

JUN 10

– Downtown Winter Haven Treasure Hunt. Hosted by Main Street Winter Haven. FREE event for 12 and under. You must reserve a map to participate: https://treasurehuntdowntownwh.eventbrite.com/ Pick up your treasure map under the gazebo in Virginia Miller Park Downtown Winter Haven and get started on your adventure! Downtown businesses will hide a LEGO mini-figure! Once you have spotted the figure the shop will mark your map, once you have marked all of your stops head back to the gazebo for refreshments. All completed maps will be entered into a drawing for prizes. GRAND

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PRIZE IS 4 TICKETS TO LEGOLAND FLORIDA. Located Downtown Winter Haven. Sat, 11am-2 pm. Call (863) 297-5898 or www.mainstreetwh.com for more info.

JUN 10

– Celebrate Summer at our Visitor Information Center. Visitors and residents are invited to come and explore all that Central Florida has to offer in family fun and activities for the upcoming summer at this FREE, family-friendly event. Guests will enjoy contests, games, prize giveaways, and bounce houses for kids. There will be booths and displays by LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Bok Tower Gardens, Mulberry Phosphate Museum, and the Bloodmobile. Located at Central Florida’s Informational Center, 101 Adventure Court, Davenport, along US Hwy 27. Sat, 10-3 pm. Call (863) 420-2586 for more info.

JUN 10

– Art Lab at PMoA. Held on the second Saturday of each month, participants are introduced to one of the Polk Museum of Art’s exhibitions in a fun, entertaining and accessible manner through hands-on learning for all ages and skills. Labs are led by professional artists or art educators who engage participants in creating their own piece of artwork through a wide array of art mediums, techniques and connecting conversations. Located at the Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland. Sat, 10:30-12 pm. Cost – free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

JUN 10

– Fly Into Summer at Aerospace Discovery. A one day summer festival centered around aviation for kids ages five to 12. The event allows kids to peek inside the industry of aviation while engaging them in fun summer activities: a tropical bounce house, Bahamas photo booth, coloring and paper airplane crafts, Pin the Propeller, and sidewalk chalk art. Food vendors will be onsite, including Gelati Joe’s Italian Ice. Kids will receive gift bags filled with a build-your-own glider, flower lei’s, bubbles, and juice boxes labeled “Jet Fuel” to stay hydrated. Located at Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, 4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland. Sat, 10-3 pm. Free event. Call (863) 644-2431 for more info. www.flysnf.org

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to SEPT 23 - The Figure in American Art Exhibit. The first of many forthcoming exhibitions showcasing the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College’s latest acquisitions, The Figure in American Art offers but a mere introduction to the Museum’s newest permanent collection works. This inaugural exhibition of the alliance between the Polk Museum and Florida Southern highlights one of the principal collecting initiatives fostered by the partnership: to develop a collecting focus that specifically addresses the “figure” as a subject unto its own in American painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Located at the Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland. Tue-Sat, 10-5 pm. Cost – free.

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to AUG 4 - Destination Aviation Summer Camp. Day and residential camps that include hands-on workshops for kids ages 11-18, June 12 - August 4. Destination Aviation Camps are five days and do not include weekends. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida. Summer 2017 Schedule (MonFri): Camp 1, Ages 11-12 is Jun 12-16. Camp 2, Ages 11-12 is Jun 19-23. Camp 3, Ages 13-14 is Jun 26-30. Camp 4, Ages 13-14 is Jul 10-14. Camp 5, Ages 15-18 is Jul 17-21. Camp 6, Ages 15-18 is Jul 31-Aug 4. Cost - $400 Day Camper Fee; includes all materials. $800 Residential Camp Fee; includes all materials. Located Aerospace Center for Excellence, 4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland. Call (863) 644-2431 or www.flysnf.org for more info.

JUN 14

to 17 – 3rd Annual Polk Pride Week. Featuring a variety of events for all members of the family; including youth, people of all religious denominations, stand up comedian Fortune Feimster, the pride festival,

and a pride closing party. Polk Pride is hosted by a joint effort from Lakeland Youth Alliance (LYA), and Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Polk County. Polk Pride Creates an inspiring and dedicated culture of support and aspires to be the premier platform for education and entertainment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as their fiends, families and allies. For a complete list of events, locations and updates: facebook.com/PolkPrideFL and www. PolkPrideFL.com .

JUN 16

- Food Truck Friday. Haines City Parks & Recreation will host a food truck event at Lake Eva Park on June 16. This family-friendly event will feature live music and trucks from Orlando Food Trucks. Located Lake Eva, 555 Ledwith Ave, Haines City. Fri, 5-9 pm. Call (863) 421-3700 for more info.

JUN 17

- Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show. Free Water Ski Show from the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team. Concessions with snacks and drinks available. Bring your blanket or lawn chair for seating. Located Martin Luther King Jr Park, 100 Lk Silver Dr, Winter Haven. Sat, 5 pm. www.cypressgardenswaterskiteam.com

JUN 17

– Health Fair & Community Services. Hosted by the Association for Inwood Community Inc. Professional vendors providing important information and education to the community: Outreach Programs, Corner Stone Hospice, IMA, Blue Cross, Senior Connection Center, HIV Prevention and Victim Services. Located Westwood Park, 1151 36th Street NW, Winter Haven (between Ave J and M) Sat, 9-3 pm.

JUN 17

– Plantae Fructum. The City of Lakeland’s Parks & Recreation Department and Jene’s Tropicals will host Plantae Fructum on Saturday, June 17 in Hollis Garden. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of exotic fruiting plants. A portion of the proceeds will go to Hollis Garden. Located 702 E Orange St, Lakeland. Sat, 10-4 pm. Call (863) 8342280 for more info.

JUN 17

– History Center Architectural Tour. Explore the Polk County History Center during a family friendly architectural tour and learn more about Neo-Classical architecture, the construction of the building and the stories behind the iconic Old Polk County Courthouse. The Old Polk County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1989. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we will be offering a family version of our new architectural tour as part of Throwback Thursdays. The tour is offered on the third Saturday of each month at 11 am. Located Polk County History Center, 100 E Main St, Bartow. Sat, 11am-12pm. Cost – free. Call (863) 534-4386 for more info.

JUN 17

- 2nd Annual Man Xpo. For all things manly. It will be a fun and affordable day for men and their families. We will have activities for the entire family to enjoy include live music, costume characters, special guests on-stage presentations, fan photos, NASCAR simulator, fishing pond, golf simulator and much more. Located in the Exhibit Hall, RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center). Sat, 11-6 pm. Admission is free. www.rpfundingcenter.com

JUN 19

to 23 – Discovery Days: Fur, Feathers, Fins & More. Go wild and explore all the creatures that call Bok Tower Gardens their home. Campers will have fun learning about our animal residents and their habitats through hands-on activities and garden exploration. Squirrels, birds, butterflies, and fish, oh my! Discovery Days is a series of stimulating day camps for children ages 6-8 and 9-12 filled with discovery, exploration and imagination to keep young minds actively engaged and learning through the summer months. All sessions include engaging instruction by master teachers, healthy meals, and plenty of mental exercise. Children don’t even know they’re learning—they are simply making friends and having fun while exploring the Gardens. Located at

– History Center Lunch & Learn Lecture Series. The museum invites guests to bring lunch and listen to a guest speaker on the third Tuesday every month. Lectures will begin at 12:15 and last 30 - 45 minutes. June is Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition. The 2017 series runs from January to November. Located Polk County History Center, 100 E Main Street, Bartow. Tues, 12-1 pm. Cost – free. Call (863) 534-4386 for more info.

JUN 26

to 30 – Discovery Days: Team Building & Beyond. Teamwork, curiosity, and perseverance are important in today’s world. This week will be spent going on adventures in the gardens to discover the importance of working together. Campers will catch the spirit of fun and friendship while learning about themselves too. Discovery Days is a series of stimulating day camps for children ages 6-8 and 9-12 filled with discovery, exploration and imagination to keep young minds actively engaged and learning through the summer months. All sessions include engaging instruction by master teachers, healthy meals, and plenty of mental exercise. Children don’t even know they’re learning—they are simply making friends and having fun while exploring the Gardens. Located at Bok Tower Gardens. Mon-Fri, 9-3 pm. Cost - $130 per session; lunch, snacks & drinks provided. Call (863) 676-1408 or www.boktowergardens.org for more info.

JUN 26

to JUL 1 – Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant. An official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, recently celebrated 85 years of making dreams possible for young women in Florida competing in this esteemed program. The 2017 event will take place at RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center), with the preliminaries and finals, which are open to the public, being held at the Youkey Theatre. Cost - $15 to $85. www.rpfundingcenter. com or mary@missflorida.org for more info.

JUN 26

to JUL 21 – STEMtastic Summer Day Camp. Handson workshops for kids ages 7-12. Day camp offers daily themes incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning techniques. Topics such as robotics, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms, and nature are included. Classes are taught by certified educators from STEM-based schools. Camp concludes on Friday with presentations by the students and an open house for families to tour Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, Buehler Aerospace Skills Center, Piedmont Aerospace Lab, and Piedmont Aerospace Experience found in a Boeing 727. Camps are Mon-Fri, 10-3 pm. Camp 1, age 7-8 is Jun 26-30. Camp 2, age 9-10 is Jul 10-14. Camp 3, age 11-12 is Jul 17-21. Located Aerospace Center for Excellence, 4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland. Cost $150 Day Camp; includes all materials. Call (863) 644-2431 or www.flysnf.org for more info.

JUL 7

to 9 – Big Buck Expo. Exhibits, Seminars, Special Displays, Industry Celebrities, Deer Scoring, Shooting Ranges, Door Prizes. Located at RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center). Fri, 2-8 pm. Sat, 9-6 pm. Sun, 9-4 pm. Cash Only On-Site: $13 Adult ($10 w/coupon), $5 Youth (15 & under), 5 & under FREE. $10 Military (1 day w/proof of duty), $20 2-day Adult. Tickets www.rpfundingcenter.com or www.deerinfo.com for more info.

JUL 14

to 16 – The Lakeland Boat Show. Boating accessories, fishing gear, apparel and more! Hands-on learning. Participants rig lures, tie knots and learn how to throw a cast net. Located in the Exhibit Hall & George Jenkins Arena at RP Funding Center (formally The Lakeland Center). Fri & Sat, 10-6 pm. Sun, 10-5 pm. $5 Adults. Youth free for 12 & under. Parking is free. Jim Scilligo (727) 894-3644 or www. lakelandboatshow.com for more info.

Farmers’ Markets, Antique Fairs & Car Shows Main Street Bartow Farmers’ Market – Wednesdays. The Farmers Market vendors offer a wide variety of products including produce, dips and soup mixes, jams, jellies, pickles, honey, pies, candied apples, relishes, pecan and peanut brittle, and crafts. Food vendors available. Located Fort Blount Park at the corner of Main Street and Broadway

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Ave, Bartow. Wed, 10-2 pm. Dixie Twilight Farmer’s Market – Wednesdays. Vendors include: organic produce, eggs, soaps, jewelry and more. Located under the breezeway of the Dixieland Village, 1035 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland. Every Wed night from 5-8 pm. Davenport Farmers’ Market – Thursdays. Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center in Davenport hosts a farmers market each Thursday featuring a variety of vendors offering local produce, handmade crafts and more. Located Central Florida’s Visitor Center, 101 Adventure Court, Davenport. Thurs, 9-3 pm. (open Dec through end of July) Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market – Saturdays. We have an exceptional variety of local vendors who offer fresh produce, seafood, pastries, breads, desserts, local honey, artisans, and crafts, to name a few. We are part of the FAB (Fresh Access Bucks) program that assists those in the SNAP/EBT program by encouraging healthy behaviors by making fresh, local produce more affordable and accessible to SNAP customers (formally known as food stamps). Stop by the Market Information Booth for more details! Located N. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland. Sat, 8 am-2 pm. (closed August)

JUN 10

- Downtown Bartow Antique Fair. Held the 2nd Saturday of each month, antique vendors set up along the sidewalks in downtown Bartow. No charge for public; $20 for vendors. Located E Main Street, Bartow. Sat, 8-2 pm.

JUN 10

& 17 – Saturday Market Downtown Winter Haven. A free community event, family and pet friendly. Offering a variety of food vendors, antiques, paint artists, jewelry artists, hand-made soaps, handmade local furniture, local crafts, local raw honey, local fresh goods, non-profit organizations with great needs, kettle corn, popsicles, fresh produce and veggies, lots of home-made products from cottage industry, seasonal local grown fruits and vegetables. Bring your chair and enjoy live music as well. Free event. Everyone welcome. Located Central Park, 5th St SW, Downtown Winter Haven. Sat, 9-3 pm. Central FloridaEventVendors.com

JUN 16

- Main Street Bartow Friday Fest. A downtown street party, third Friday each month, featuring a live band, food & beverages, open car cruise-in, and activities for children. Different theme each month. Located E. Main Street, Bartow. Fri, 6-9 pm.

JUN 17

- Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market. Bartow’s monthly Uptown Yard Sale & Flea Market is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, along the 300 block of East Main Street in downtown Bartow. Sat, 8-1 pm.

JUN 24

- Lake Wales Farmers’ Market. The Lake Wales Farmers’ Market features locally grown produce and more on the 4th Saturday of each month. Located Park Ave & Stuart Ave, Lk Wales. Sat, 9-12 pm.

JUN 24

- Lake Wales Car Show. Display of custom, classic, street rods, & antique cars and trucks in Historic Downtown Lake Wales on the 4th Saturday every month. Stroll and admire the cool antique, custom and classic cars of yesteryear while enjoying music, enchanting shops, and the unique restaurants of

charming downtown Lake Wales. Located East Stuart Ave, Lk Wales. Sat, 4-8 pm.

Concerts & Theatre Lundyville Music Hall – Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Wed, 7:30-10 pm; Acoustic Stage Open Mic. Performers and audience free. Thurs, 6-10 pm; Country Nights with Simple Country Band. $5 admission. Sat, 6-10 pm; Karaoke Night. Located Lake Juliana Boating & Lodging, 600 Lundy Road, Auburndale. (863) 984-1144 or www.lundyville.com for more info.

JUN 10

– Dangermuffin at Gram Parson’s Derry Down. An American band from Folly Beach, South Carolina. Their musical styles include Americana, folk, and jam music that’s organic and cool. Their brand new album Heritage debuted at #1 on the March 2017 Jamband’s Radio Charts. Themes of sea, sun, and spiritual connection weave through the eight-track release combining a cohesive blend of Alt-Americana, Island grooves, Folk and Jam. In celebration of the band’s sixth release, Dangermuffin will tour throughout the summer in support of the album. Located at Gram Parson’s Derry Down, 297 5th St NW, Winter Haven. Sat, doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Cost - $15. Call (863) 295-9422 or www.gpderrydown.com for more info.

JUN 15

– Classic Albums Live: Rush. Cut-for-cut and note-for-note concert for the Rush 2112 album. The fourth studio album, released in April 1976, by the Canadian rock band. Thurs, 8 pm. Located at RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center). www.rpfundingcenter.com for more info.

JUN 16

to 18 – Seussical Jr. Presented by Lakeland Community Theatre. A family-friendly production. The fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza is here! Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Located Lakeland Community Theatre, 121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland. Fri, 6:30 pm. Sat, 10:30 am & 6:30 pm. Sun, 2 pm. Cost - $15 Adults, $12 Children (12 and under). Call (863) 603-7529 or www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com for more info.

JUN 16

to 25 - Diary of a Wallflower. A teen theater production. High school junior Charlotte Walden is convinced that she’s virtually invisible. Madison Truesdale’s popular clique doesn’t know she’s alive. Even her one friend, Gabby, doesn’t always notice or listen to her. And her mom is rarely around since she’s working long hours. Is it any wonder Charlotte begins to write in her diary? At least “Dear Diary” will listen! Through her work on a class assignment, she finds a new role model who says she was just like Charlotte growing up. Empowered with hope for the future, she sheds some of her disillusionment, and realizes that she’s not alone. Located Lake Wales Little Theatre, 411 N. 3rd St, Lake Wales. Fri & Sat, 7:30 pm. Sun, 2 pm. Cost - $12 Adults, $8 Youth (18 & under). Call (863) 676-1266 or www.lwlt.org for more info.

JUN 17

– Young Musicians Series at Gram Parson’s Derry Down. Come see the AMAZING young talent we have in Winter Haven! The Derry Down was originally opened to be a place where young musicians could learn to play to an audience and now with Main Street Winter Haven’s restoration efforts it is becom-

ing just that! Numerous bands will be performing throughout the evening: The Blue Angels Band, Caroline Jarrett, Liam Moraczewski, Aurora Walker, The Young Kingz Band, Jonathon Harper, Mason Mishael, Hannah Corlew. Located at Gram Parson’s Derry Down, 297 5th St NW, Winter Haven. Sat, doors open at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. Cost - $10 Adults, $5 Students. Call (863) 295-9422 or www. gpderrydown.com for more info.

JUN 17

– 16th Annual Live at the Gardens: Brian Sutherland Band. Summer Music Series brings an eclectic mix of Folk, Latin Jazz, Oldies, Dixieland Jazz, Irish and Contemporary music to the air-conditioned comfort of the Bok Tower Gardens Visitor Center select Saturdays throughout the summer. Located Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales. Cost - $25. Call (863) 676-1408 or www.boktowergardens.org for more info.

JUN 22

– Classical Cocktail Hour: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Imperial Symphony Orchestra strings and Lake Gibson Village are teaming up to bring you Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the violin solo performed on mandolin! Rafael Ramirez will perform with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s chamber orchestra for this unique concert. Lake Gibson Village has masterfully restored the original stage and many seats in the historic Carpenters Home property. With hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, this concert is a perfect “Classical Cocktail Hour” for you and your friends. Cocktail hour @ 5:30 pm, Concert @ 6:30 pm. Located Lake Gibson Village Theater, 771 Carpenters Way, Lakeland. Thurs, 5:30-7:30 pm. Cost - $15 plus cash bar. Call (863) 688-3743 or http://imperialsymphony.org/events/ for more info.

JUN 30

– Dead 27s and The Trongone Band at Gram Parson’s Derry Down. Dead 27s brilliantly infused rock-and-roll and classic soul with both raw energy and refined musicality. Rapidly gaining momentum with a sound that falls perfectly between southern Rock ‘n’ Soul and Americana Jam, The Trongone Band is turning heads and making an impact on the east coast music scene. As a collaborative effort, the band is set to push forward touring the East Coast and preparing for their full length debut album. This four-piece ensemble may not all be related, but with a chemistry so emphatically discernible, it’s fair to call them brothers. Located at Gram Parson’s Derry Down, 297 5th St NW, Winter Haven. Fri, doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Cost - $15. Call (863) 295-9422 or www.gpderrydown.com for more info.

Charity Events, Golf Tournaments & Sports

JUN 16

– Battle of the Badges. LPD vs PCSO part 2. Located at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland. $10 Admission. Gates open at 6 pm, Game starts at 6:30 pm, Concert with Fast Forward (Kenny Chesney Tribute band) on the Berm at 8 pm.

JUN 17

– Florida State League All-Star Game. The Lakeland Flying Tigers have been selected to host the 2017 Florida State League (FSL) All-Star Game, which features two teams comprised of some of the best prospects in baseball from the North and South Divisions. The North Division includes the Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers), Clearwater Threshers (Phillies), Daytona Tortugas (Reds), Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Yankees and the newly relocated team in Osceola County (Braves). The South Division is made up of the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates), Charlotte Stone

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BRAINEXCERCISE Sudoku Puzzle STRANGE BUT TRUE BY SAMANTHA WEAVER • It was Douglas Hofstadter, American professor of cognitive science and Pulitzer-winning author, who made the following sage observation, known as Hofstadter’s Law: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” • According to Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, the biggest competition faced by the online streaming service isn’t HBO, Hulu or Amazon -- it’s sleep. He recently told stockholders that when viewers are deciding whether or not to watch Netflix, the alternative they’re usually considering is going to bed, not watching another service. • You might be surprised to learn that in the United States, there are more people employed in the solar-energy industry than there are employees in the coal, oil and gas industries combined. • Economists aren’t known for their optimism, but in the summer of 1930, one of the 20th century’s most influential economists made a bold prediction. Even as the Great Depression was gaining momentum, John Maynard Keynes declared that by the year 2030, the typical workweek in developed nations would be just 15 hours long. It’s not looking good so far, but we do have 17 years to go. • Those who study such things say that a monarch butterfly can fly a whopping 620 miles without stopping for food.

TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez

1. GOVERNMENT: How many U.S. senators are elected from each state? 2. TELEVISION: What is the name of the bartender on “The Simpsons”? 3. GEOGRAPHY: What is Canada’s southernmost point? 4. ADS: What airline used this advertising slogan: “You are now free to move about the country”? 5. HISTORY: Which war ended with the 1763 Treaty of Paris? 6. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: What American writer once told Ernest Hemingway, “You are all a lost generation”? 7. U.S. STATES: What is the state capital of California? 8. FOOD & DRINK: What is the meat used in a dish called tournedos? 9. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the name of a hot-air balloon’s basket? 10. MUSIC: What pop group had a hit with the 1970 release “I’ll Be There”? Answers 1. Two 2. Moe 3. Middle Island in Lake Erie 4. Southwest 5. The French and Indian War 6. Gertrude Stein 7. Sacramento 8. Beef 9. Gondola 10. The Jackson 5

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• You may have never heard the term “reduplicative rhymes,” but you’re certainly familiar with them. “Razzledazzle” is one. Also, “hocus pocus,” “fuddy-duddy,” “roly-poly,” “dillydally,” “higgledy-piggledy” and “chick flick.” Interestingly, Chick Flick also was the name of a baseball manager -- he managed Rustic Tavern, a semi-professional team in the 1940s and ‘50s.

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World Eats CAFÉ ROTI

INTERNATIONAL FARE A Tour of Polk County’s Culinary Cuisine Part 1

(Across from the Lakeland Regional Hospital) 200 Parkview Place Lakeland, FL 33805 (863) 688-2800 CafeRotiFL.com FB: @CafeRotiLakeland

When you enter through the doors at Café Roti, you instantly know that you are in for a treat. It’s golden with hues that envelop you from every angle. It’s grandiose with larger than life majestically framed artwork almost museum-like. Yet it’s soothing with the instrumental Indian tunes that hum in the background. However, when you pull into the parking lot, I must remind you to “not judge a book by its cover”. The restaurant is nestled on a side street of an older area of north Lakeland – directly across from the Lakeland Regional Hospital. It has been open since 2003. The location is a bit puzzling until you realize that the owner, Dr. Saqib Khan, also owned and operated a pain clinic within steps from the restaurant. Medicine is his profession however his Indian- Pakistani restaurant is his passion. This is very apparent when speaking to him on the phone and also having the opportunity to share a meal with him. The business philosophy is “Where every day is festive and every meal a feast”. This is what we shared with Dr. Khan, a feast for the eyes, for the nose and for the mouth. Café Roti is such a wonderful gourmet food experience, even their water is special – 5 times filtered for the purest taste. There are, however, people that still confuse Indian food with being a spicy cuisine. It’s simply not true; it’s created with an array of vibrant full flavored traditional spices. Some spices are mild, some spices are hot. The very attentive staff will ask how you prefer your food: Mild, Medium, Hot – or Indian hot. We chose the medium but on our next visit may venture into a little more heat. For lunch we enjoyed many different foods paired with the perfect wine from their sommelier, Phillip. We started with the Samosa; pastry with spiced potatoes and peas. Then on to a customer favorite the Chicken Sheek Kabab; ground chicken grilled. The classic Tandoori Chicken was paired with the fragrant Basmati Rice. And, I really enjoyed the Shrimp with Korma Sauce; a light sweetened creamy sauce with nuts and raisins. From their dinner menu, Dr. Khan chose two dishes from the “Doctor’s Choice” section – the Ground Beef and the Fish. These are specialty dishes that are prepared the healthiest, but are packed full of flavor using the freshest of ingredients: garlic, onion, tomatoes, ginger, ginger, cilantro and green peppers. We did finish our meal with the Kheer, which is the Indian-style rice pudding. So delicious I could have eaten several servings. Café Roti will take you on a magic food journey with Chef Reggi guiding the way from his kitchen. Creating the perfect Indian-Pakistani dishes that excite the palate with the chef’s passion along with the best ingredients put into each and every one served. Soon more people will have the opportunity to enjoy Café Roti – Dr. Khan is relocating the restaurant to Downtown Lakeland. It’s new home will be on Tennessee Ave. They are in the renovations process and hope to be open by the end of summer. Please check their Facebook for updates.

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World Eats

INTERNATIONAL FARE A Tour of Polk County’s Culinary Cuisine Part 1

Ramona Deli & Restaurant 3549A Recker Hwy Winter Haven, FL 33880 (863) 662-5998 FB: @RamonaDeliyRestaurant

Ramona Deli is a Latin American restaurant specializing in the flavors of the Dominican Republic. The Hispanic or Latino population makes up 17.7% of our county’s demographics. As we explore our international cuisine series, we will introduce you to several different Latin countries and their flavor profiles. Where there are similarities in the types of food utilized in these areas, the seasonings along with ingredients and the cooking techniques makes them regionally unique. Formerly a Spanish Colony, the Dominican Republic still has a Spanish influence in the island along with African and Taíno dishes. Most meals are served with rice and traditionally red beans. Ramona Deli has only been open for 7 months and it has been on our radar to try for the last four. A sous-chef at one of the top restaurants in the county has been singing Ramona’s praises to us about their authenticity, flavors and value. With his stamp of approval, we knew the food had to be good. This no-frills deli has tummy pleasing stick-toyour-ribs kind of food. Their food is displayed cafeteria style with set offerings Monday through Saturday. There’s also a menu board displaying their made-to-order sandwiches and breakfast items also available. It was a Monday when we went to eat lunch. Watch closely for the deli because it’s easy to miss tucked in a small plaza in the middle of an older more industrial area of Winter Haven. It’s quaint inside but very clean with only a few tables all covered in checkered cloths and Dominican art scattered about on the walls. They do a large to-go business so meals are served in Styrofoam containers – at least they were during lunchtime. We ordered the Baked Chicken with white rice and red beans, the Roasted Pork, which is served chopped bone-in, over the yellow rice and black beans, a side of the Macaroni Salad, one Beef Empanada, and side of Cassava with Onions. Fantastic! It was enough food for two people to make two meals out of. While we were enjoying our food, I noticed a lady stopped in to pick up to-go orders. She was trying to speak a little Spanish to the older woman behind the counter – was this the famous Ramona? I said to the lady, “Good job with the Spanish.” She said, “I’m trying. I’m hoping to communicate a little better. We order here a lot for our office and just love the food! One of my favorites is Tuesday when they have the eggplant.” What a wonderful gesture, I thought to myself. What a nice lady and another nice review. Sometimes we miss great things by not venturing off the usual path! 30 JUNE 2017

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POP OFF at

Pop

Culture

By Mary Joye

Winter Haven Rocks and Rolls Remember Pop Rocks? They were

packets of fuzzy candy that fizzled

on your tongue. They tickled. I don’t know what happened to them (I

imagine the FDA banned them) but I do know that there are different

kinds of rocks popping up all over Winter Haven “Rocks!” on

painting and placing rocks in secret

hiding places. This is so much better

than Pokémon Go! It gets people out and about, but instead of just walking around aimlessly with a phone, people of all ages are decorating

rocks. On the back of each rock is the designer. You post a picture when

you find one and it connects people in a way that, well...ROCKS!

On several occasions, I have

watched parents with their children hiding rocks around Central Park

in Winter Haven. With delight, one

tiny young man looked everywhere he had hidden them and shouted

to his mother each time he saw one was missing. “They got the one in

here, Mom!” he beamed with a bright smile as he peeked inside the chalk

box. Another mom had her daughter out helping her to find nooks and crannies in tree roots to hide her

rocks. It is in the giving of a simple design on a simple material that makes me smile, too.

I guess this is why pet rocks were

so popular. Rocks are solid and so is the community of people who post them on Facebook. Finally, social

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Crabs (Rays), Fort Myers Miracle (Twins), Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins), Palm Beach Cardinals and St. Lucie Mets. A Home Run Derby will precede the All-Star Game and a spectacular fireworks show will follow the game. Special All-Star events will be scheduled throughout the weekend in Lakeland. Located at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Sat, 6-11 pm. Cost - $8-$20. Call (863) 413-4140 or www.lakelandflyingtigers.com for more info.

JUN 22

– 15th Annual Guest Bartender Bash. Benefiting the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs of East Polk. Open bar & great food. Celebrity bartenders compete for your cash with inspired cocktails and top-shelf raffle items. Located at Tanners Lakeside, 1006 S. Lake Howard Dr, Winter Haven. Thurs, 5:30-8 pm. Tickets $75; full ticket price donated to their summer program. www.ccbgc.com/bash

June

Schedule – Lakeland Flying Tigers Baseball. Located at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland. For weekly promotions and ticket info, call (863) 686-8075 or www.lakelandflyingtigers.com: June 8 vs. St. Lucie, 6:30 pm June 9 vs. St. Lucie, 6:30 pm June 10 vs. St. Lucie, 6 pm June 11 vs. St. Lucie, 1 pm June 22 vs. Bradenton, 6:30 pm  June 23 vs. Bradenton, 6:30 pm June 24 vs. Bradenton, 6 pm  June 25 vs. Bradenton, 1 pm  July 4 vs. Dunedin, 5 pm July 5 vs. Dunedin, 6:30 pm July 6 vs. Dunedin, 6:30 pm

Independence Celebrations

Polk County.

Facebook is a group dedicated to

CALENDAR

media is actually being used for

socializing and not sensationalizing. From some of the posts I see on the sight, I see that there is a Lakeland Rocks and an Auburndale Rocks. Even if you don’t go out looking for rocks, it is heartwarming to see some of the posts on the Facebook page. This is connecting people in a way that is fun and fundamental. The first time I saw one of the rocks, I put it in my pocket and held on to it and wondered who left it. It was a sweet design of a ladybug. I have since found more and as soon as this article is complete, I am going to re-hide the rocks that you see in this picture. It’s like an Easter egg hunt with no chance of melted jelly beans or salmonella. Thank you to the group that first started this. Now for the roll part of Polk County. How do you know it’s citrus harvesting season here? The answer is, when you see all the oranges that rolled off the trucks. There’s enough fallen oranges around here to cure scurvy on the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria! Don’t hunt for those. Not a good idea. But the rocks…they are a great idea!

JUL 3

– Red, White & Kaboom. Hosted by the City of Lakeland, an independence celebration will take place along with live music and breathtaking fireworks dazzling the crowd at 9 pm. A variety of food trucks will be available around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation. The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake. The evening is free to the public and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one food item to benefit Chow for Now. Located at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade in Lakeland Mon, 6-9:15 pm.

JUL 3

– Rock N’ Freedom Fest. Hosted by the City of Winter Haven. A funfilled family event on the south lawn of Lake Silver, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Enjoy live music, children’s activities with inflatables and a water ski show by the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team at 7:30 pm. A fireworks display at 9:15 pm over Lk Silver will cap off the evening. Mon, 6:30-9:30 pm.

JUL 4

- 4th of July Celebration in Auburndale. Hosted by City of Auburndale. Enjoy a kid zone, music, and fireworks at 9 pm. Located at Lake Ariana Park, Auburndale. 2-9:30 pm. Free event.

JUL 4

– 4th of July Celebration in Bartow. The celebration will begin with a patriotic concert from the Bartow Adult Concert Band at the Bartow Civic Center from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and seats are first come, first served. Bartow’s annual celebration will be held at Mosaic Park; beginning at 4 pm. Guests will enjoy live music, food vendors, games, and much more. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm. Located Mosaic Park, 2250 S Floral Ave, Bartow.

JUL 4

– Thunder on the Ridge. Polk County’s largest fireworks display hosted by the City of Haines City. Live music begins on stage at 3 pm: LUVU, Burn, Blackbird Anthem, Soulful Music. There will be plenty of arts, crafts and food vendors, a beer garden, corn hole tournament and other activities. (Strictly Enforced: NO Alcoholic Beverages, NO Pets, NO Personal Fireworks, NO Tents or Canopies) General Admission is Free; Reserved Seating is $12 per person w/seats close to the stage. Located at Lake Eva Park, 555 Ledwith Ave, Haines City. Call (863) 421-3700 for more info.

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THE SWEET SPOT

“That nice little groove in life—and music. It’s right where we all want to end up.”

You’ve found “The Sweet Spot”! Hello, my name’s Grant Starr, I’m humbled and grateful to take over the reins from Sara Michaels. Her “Porch Picks” have enlightened and entertained us over the last seven years. Without her instruction and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am. Let’s talk about Chris Stapleton’s new record From A Room: Volume 1. Soul,

story, songwriting, country, rhythm and blues. It’s in all nine tracks, which Chris wrote or co-wrote seven of. From a Room picks up where his first release, Traveller, left off. No surprises or new direction, he stays the course of modern traditionalist. As commercially and critically heralded as Traveller was, Stapleton still isn’t for everyone. Again, there are no overly produced smooth pop beats or drum machines on this sophomore project. To quote the late, Gram Parsons, who was born in Winter Haven and is considered the father of country rock, “I think pure country music includes rock and roll… how can you define something like that? I just say this: It’s music. Either it’s good or it’s bad; either you like it or you don’t”. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. True statement, but what gives any opinion validity is a previous body of knowledge and opinions to compare them to. For example, my favorite county artists are Eric Church, George Strait, and Sturgill Simpson. Sonically, they trip my trigger with interesting, innovative sounds. I have a pretty diverse musical pallet--from Kendrick Lamar to Lorretta Lynn. I can go from two-stepping to EDM dance party with the click of an iPod. Now, you have some basis for my taste as a broadcaster, author, and music lover. I’m excited to share my insight into the music business with you. As a North Carolina native, one of my favorite old jokes is--Who is the only person who could hold the legendary basketball player Michael Jordon to under twenty points a game? The punchline is “Dean Smith”. Dean was MJ’s college coach at the University of North Carolina.

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Despite writing number one songs for everyone in town and having his own bluegrass band, it’s why it took a decade for Chris Stapleton to be given the opportunity to become the star he was meant to be. Like Jordan, Stapleton could only be held back by gatekeepers. Well, the gate is swinging wide open now. He’s an industry darling, in the forefront, a bona-fide headliner. Let’s highlight my favorite tracks. Of course, most albums should be listened to cover to cover, from beginning to end. I understand the way we listen to music has drastically changed with dwindling attention spans, but quality music is meant to be enjoyed as a whole work. Once again, he covers country gold with his take on Willie Nelson’s tearjerker ‘The Last Thing I Needed the First Thing This Morning’. ‘Without Your Love’ really jumped out to me. It’s right there bridging the gap between modern pop and traditional country. Which is in vogue right now in Music City. We are playing ‘Second One to Know’ at 97.5; dirty guitar riffs and signature howling vocals, it gets the toes tapping. The heart-broke ballad ‘Either Way’ is a song that’s been on the shelf for the past ten years, it’s also the lead single Chris and his team have decided to release. My favorite cut is the reformed ruckus of ‘Up to No Good Livin’. Wife Morgan’s vocal harmonies for the win! Extremely relatable for those of us with full grown fields of wild oats. ‘I Was Wrong’ is not only the confession women love to hear, but it does a superb job being vulnerable yet masculine at the same time. The Blues; not everyone has it. You only recognize it when you hear it. The Blues chooses you, and comes and goes as it pleases. Chris Stapleton has the Blues. Your next chance to see him in concert will be Friday November 10h in Tampa with opening acts Brent Cobb and Marty Stuart, as the All-American Road show comes to Florida. Fair warning, if you enjoy a stage show with calisthenics and cardio, Chris Stapleton live probably isn’t for you. He takes the George Strait approach and, gasp, just stands there and sings his awesome songs. Make sure you find “The Sweet Spot” next month, and listen Monday through Friday 7pm-Midnite to Your Hometown Country Station 97.5 WPCV! Call and share your story and favorite song. Send comments or questions to Grant@wpcv. com and remember, “Life’s a garden—DIG IT!”

BY GRANT STAR Monday - Friday 7pm to Midnight 97 Country WPCV, 97.5 FM Questions: grant@wpcv.com

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Join the party as Today & Tonight Magazine celebrates two huge milestones including the magazine’s 13th Anniversary and many years of spotlighting Polk County’s most Beloved Bartenders with our July feature story. For over a decade, our widely popular people’s choice contest has been “toasting” the area’s best hospitality professionals, and over the years, we have received thousands of votes. We want to thank our readers for their continued support of Today & Tonight Magazine’s efforts! Let’s make the “14th Annual Beloved Bartenders” the biggest contest to date! Get out there and enjoy some great Polk nightlife and be sure to nominate your favorite bartender for a coveted spot on our honored list! Submitting your favorite bartender is easy. Each vote is important so submit your ballot by June 16th. Contest winners will be announced in the July edition. Good luck and happy drinking!

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Eighth Annual

Swing for the Cure Golf Tournament and Cocktail Party

Thank You Sponsors and Teams The Cassidy Family

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BOAT SHOW

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FRI: 10am-6pm | SAT: 10am-6pm | SUN: 10am-5pm

The Lakeland Center

Tickets: $5

Children 12 and under free

A huge selection of new boats, ATVs, fishing gear and more!

We provide the jigs, tackle and line for hands-on learning with expert anglers.

Buy one adult ticket, get one free!

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