UPCOMING and CONTINUING EVENTS
The Photographs of B.P. Hannon– A Showcase
Winter Garden Library– June 3, 2013 through August 18, 2013
Winter Garden City Hall– August 19, 2013 through October 18, 2013
This summer we proudly present another exhibition in the city of Winter Garden’s Art in Public Places program. Winter Garden professional photographer B.P. Hannon documented his hometown via thousands of images taken from 1959 through 1974. He captured the people, places and things that all conspire to help make Winter Garden the dynamic little city we enjoy today. Photographs of parades, homecoming dances, aerial vistas, sporting events and so much more serve as a priceless visual memoir for the people of West Orange County. Come and see B.P. Hannon’s indelible photographs from a time when citrus ruled supreme.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Hosted in partnership with the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge and the Downtown Merchants’ Guild, this beloved event brings families out in red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day. Breakfast is served at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge (230 Bay Street) from 8-10 am. Decorations are provided outside. Kids and adults adorn their bicycles, scooters, strollers and wagons, then walk or ride along Plant Street in the 10 am parade. Sorry- no battery-powered bicycles will be allowed.
“Oakland: Seeds of Growth”
Opening Saturday, December 8, 2-5 PM
On exhibit throughout 2013.
Old Oakland City Hall Building
220 North Tubb Street, Oakland, FL 34760
Monday – Friday, 8a.m. – 5 p.m., free
In the second half of the 19th century, towns across the country were working hard to lure railroad tracks in their direction. Those that did, prospered, while others off the path dwindled and were forgotten. Visionary Judge James Gamble Speer longed to put his little community of Oakland on the map. When he heard of Peter Demens’ plans to build the Orange Belt Railway in his direction, he contacted Demens, persuading him to include his community in the path and set up the railroad company’s headquarters in his town.
With the 1886 arrival of the Orange Belt, Oakland prospered. The railroad and company headquarters brought workers, company officials, new business, construction, and investment dollars. It seemed nothing could go wrong! But the dream lasted only a few short years before the town was hit with a triple dose of disappointment.
“Oakland: Seeds of Growth” is a photographic exhibition prepared by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation presenting a rare collection of early Oakland images with historical narration outlining the town’s early days.
A Tribute to History Maker Hollis W. Holden
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 530-7 pm
Join us at Winter Garden City Hall as we honor Hollis W. Holden, former Winter Garden city manager, past mayor of Oakland and Commander of the nuclear submarine USS L. Mendel Rivers (1982-1985) during his service as in the U.S. Navy.
Friday, October 5, 2012 6 to 11 pm
Saturday, October 6, 2012 NOON to 11 pm
Sunday, October 7, 2012 NOON to 5 pm
The Winter Garden MusicFest is like no other. It is a FREE three-day outdoor and indoor music celebration held on Plant Street in Historic Downtown Winter Garden. It’s the only music festival that showcases a diverse collection of Central Florida’s finest musicians performing in more than 30 genres: country, jazz, blues, Americana, classic rock, Southern rock, bluegrass, alternative, pop, folk, classical, opera, musical theater, choral, R&B, Zydeco, native American, music from many different ethnic traditions… and much more!
This year’s headliners are Edwin McCain (“Ill Be”) and Shawn Mullins (“Lullabye”). And this year MusicFest is adding an additional stage for featuring acoustic musicians! Don’t miss this three-day celebration celebrating Central Florida’s musical heritage… with a Winter Garden twist!
CITRUS LABEL SHOW
Saturday, April 13, 2013 9 am – 5 pm
Vintage citrus crate label and antique postcard collectors will be showing, buying, selling and trading in front of the Winter Garden Heritage Museum on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm during the 2013 Spring Fever in the Garden festival. These colorful, iconic labels are reminders of what made Winter Garden and West Orange County famous. Stop by and claim your own piece of history!
An exhibit of rare photographs depicting Downtown Winter Garden both before and after the devastating fires of 1909 and 1912. Early pioneers rebuilt in brick– buildings that are still in use today, over a hundred years later!
The Winter garden Heritage Foundation and the City of Winter Garden are proud to present Art in Public Places at City Hall, featuring Up from the Ashes, a photographic retrospective of downtown Winter Garden before and after the fires of 1909 and 1912.
Don’t miss this exhibition of 25 rare images depicting our city as it grew up from the ashes of disaster…
Up From the Ashes– A Photograph Exhibition
Winter Garden City Hall– December 3, 2012 through February 14, 2013
Winter Garden Library– March 7 through April 18, 2013
Morse Day: An enlightening and FUN day at the Central Florida railroad Museum!
MORSE DAY CELEBRATION
APRIL 27, 2013
Florida Chapter members of the Morse Telegraph Club will gather at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, located at 101 South Boyd Street, Winter Garden, FL, to commemorate the birthday of Samuel F. B. Morse, the developer of electromagnetic telegraphy as we know it. Members will display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment. In addition, using a special computer program which turns the Internet into multiple telegraph circuits, they will exchange telegraphic greetings with members of other Morse Telegraph Chapters throughout the United States and Canada, and also with interested participants from all around the world. For the benefit of visitors who are not telegraphers, the computer program will also translate and display those exchanges on the museum’s big screen TV which will be used as a computer monitor for the day. Admission is FREE (donation) and the public is invited. Hours 10AM-4PM.
Winter Garden Heritage Foundation
5th. Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, May 13, 2013
West Orange Country Club
3300 West Orange Country Club Drive
Winter Garden, FL
Enjoy a great day of golf while supporting the programs of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation! The event includes a 4-person Scramble, light lunch, beverage cart and full dinner. Awards will be given in men’s and ladies’ divisions, as well as a 60+ men’s senior division. In addition, prizes will be awarded for hole-in-one, closest to pin, longest drive and longest putt contests. Every person attending the event goes home with a raffle prize!
Can’t play in the event but want to support WGHF? Sign up to be an event sponsor or donate an auction or raffle item. All proceeds from this event support the programs of WGHF. Registration and more info at www.wghfgolf.com.
May 18 and 19, 2013… help celebrate the Britt Mansion’s 85th. birthday– your chance to tour the inside of one of West Orange County’s architectural gems!
Attire yourself in Great Gatsby style and help us celebrate the 85th birthday of the Britt Mansion! The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, White Glove Services, and the American Butler School have joined together to host a party for the Grande Dame. Join us for a night of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, tours, and entertainment!
We’ll feature two days of events: Saturday we’ll hold the grand gala at our $50 ticketed event, and Sunday we’ll be offering $10 tours of the mansion.
Purchase tickets for each day easily at this link: http://brittmansionbirthday.eventbrite.com/?s=13458321