Industry Announcements

TreeUmph! Implements Latest State-Of-The-Art Safety Technology

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Industry Announcements | 0 comments

Bradenton, FL – March 16, 2017 — TreeUmph! Adventure Course, southwest Florida’s premier aerial adventure park, has re-invested $200,000 in their guests’ safety with new, innovative full body harnesses and state-of-the-art CLiC-iT® smart belay technology. The new equipment helps ensure optimum safety by preventing guests from mistakenly unhooking from the harness system. CLiC-iT® is a French-made patented safety hooking system which synchronizes the open/locked positions of the two carabiners used to clip in to the treetop courses, making the accidental release of both carabiners at the same time impossible. In short, CLiC-iT® prohibits climbers from becoming unclipped from the course safety lines while climbing. “The systems and gear we were previously using were top-rated, well-maintained and had a 100% success rate at our park,” said Director of Operations Jason Pitsas. “The available technology for our industry evolved and improved, and therefore so did we.” TreeUmph! offers a completely unique experience where climbers can spend the day swinging in the treetops while up to 60 feet in the air. With fifty thousand visitors frequenting the Bradenton, Florida, park each year, TreeUmph! makes the safety of all guests and employees their top priority at all times. Guests undergo thirty minutes of training before they begin their adventure, which includes watching a 10-minute instructional video and completing a practice course under the supervision of a TreeUmph! Guide. TreeUmph’s mission is simple: they aim to inspire fun and a sense of pride through their unique adventure experience. With the new industry-leading CLiC-iT safety system, TreeUmph! Adventure Course helps make that mission a reality by ensuring optimum safety for all climbers while they swing, soar, and zipline through the treetops. About TreeUmph! Adventure Course: Opening its first treetop course in Bradenton, Florida, in 2013, TreeUmph! Adventure Course operates under the mission statement: “We inspire FUN and a sense of PRIDE through ADVENTURE.” Built to the highest safety standards in the industry, each TreeUmph! location was designed to entertain and challenge guests aged 7 and up with an exciting assortment of treetop games, ZIP lines, bridges and more. Reservations are recommended. Call 855-322-2130, or visit treeumph.com for more information. Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. Recent accolades include the 2016, 2015 & 2014 Best Marketing/PR Agency by SRQ Magazine readers; the 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award for “Nearly Big” Companies by the Tampa Bay Business Journal; the 2016 “Top 25 Public Relations Firms of Southwest Florida” by Tampa Bay Business Journal; the 2015 Greater Good Philanthropy Award – Small Business by Biz(941) Magazine; the 2014 Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce; and the 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shelby Isaacson (Shelby@grapeinc.com) at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at www.grapeinc.com...

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Celebrated Mural Artist Daniel Fila to Paint Select Walls at Destin Commons

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Industry Announcements | 0 comments

Destin, FL (Mar. 19, 2017) — Destin Commons is introducing a new art initiative that will invite artists to create original mural art on walls throughout the outdoor lifestyle center. “During 2017, we will have both regional and national artists from around the country creating their own distinctive original works of art,” said Heather Ruiz, marketing manager of Destin Commons. “Our first artist to be featured will be Daniel Fila. He will be coming here from Miami creating his works of art live from March 22 through March 30.” Daniel Fila, also known as Krave, is a multi-faceted artist whose work ranges from mural installations to figurative and abstract paintings, animations and urban sculpture using a range of mediums, techniques and aesthetics. Born in Miami, Fila was influenced by his father, a commercial artist and began sketching as a young boy in order to express himself and distinguish his unique identity. Ultimately, art led Fila to obtaining a extensive art education in some of the country’s most respected schools and on his path to urban culture and street visual art in public spaces. Fila was an early pioneer in Miami’s urban art scene. His most famous work is “The Sunbather”, a mural located on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami that achieved international exposure when it was featured in Michael Bay’s movie, “Pain and Gain”, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in 2003. Destin locals and visitors are invited to watch Fila in action as he creates his murals in Destin Commons. He will be painting at the south end of the property next to Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, as well as in the parking garage street entrance from March 22 through March 30. Destin Commons is located at the corner of Highway 98 and the Mid Bay Bridge Road. Visit www.DestinCommons.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information. # #...

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Behind The Scenes at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Industry Announcements | 0 comments

Jupiter, FL:   Something truly wild and amazing is coming back to Jupiter this April! The third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF), one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America, returns April 8, 2017, from 6:00 PM- 9:30 PM at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. “We’ve picked sixteen short films that show how we can individually and as a group be more connected to the earth through our recreation, hard work and thoughtful living,” says Kathleen Glover, JILM Assistant Director and WSFF-Jupiter Coordinator. “People from all walks of life share their experiences, feelings and accomplishments in and around their oceans, lands, and communities in these mesmerizing films. We are proud to join over 150 other museums and organizations presenting these stories that give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth.” Here is a sneak peek at a few of our favorites. Selah: Water From Stone tells the story of a former fast food chain owner who sells his successful business and devotes his life to restoring a dry, neglected and overgrazed ranch in the Texas hill country. He took the worst piece of property he could find and transformed over 5,000 acres into a lush green paradise preserve. Now with full aquifers and overflowing with natural springs, the land is brought back to life for future generations to enjoy. Then there is the upbeat look at the not-so-upbeat topic of dead coral. It’s an ecological nightmare, but marine biologists (heroes actually) have come up with a very creative solution. Coral Reef Rescue explores the problem and the accidental discovery that led to a brilliant new idea of accelerating the growth of coral in labs. This discovery is now used to repopulate reefs with healthy coral nurseries. And it’s working! With college and high school students getting involved with coral reef rescues, the future of world-wide coral reefs has hope. Two young Navajo girls sing songs and call to their long-deceased ancestors to let them know they are arriving into the sacred Arizona canyon that whispers back to them and anchors them to their past. The Canyon de Chelly is alive and echoing with rich traditions and teachings for these young folks, learning to balance modern life with the “Navajo Way.” Canyon Song, our opening film, beautifully reveals the inextricable link between their identity and the land. It has lessons for us all. “These unique films tell the bigger story of our history, who we are as a people, and our symbiotic relationship with our planet. They are short films that make a big impact on the viewer, inspiring personal action. They encourage us to take time to immerse ourselves in the soothing comfort of nature and learning to love it. We have one home planet and each one of us can see ourselves as the ‘Keepers’,” states Glover. Film Festival gates open at 6:00 pm with live music of the StratOlites, a bit of DJ music, and a raffle.  Snacks, beer and wine will be sold along with those beloved burritos from Burrito Bros and BBQ, who will be preparing meat, chicken and vegetarian options. Film-goers can visit participating local recreational and environmental organizations during the festival and learn how to get involved in the local community helping our planet and the places we love. The films begin at 7:45 pm and will be shown outdoors on a giant screen at the water’s edge in front of the Lighthouse. Guests should bring a beach or lawn chair; no coolers or pets will be permitted. The wind...

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Extended Dates for Hobe Sound Beachcombing and Nighttime Stargazing Programs

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Industry Announcements | Comments Off on Extended Dates for Hobe Sound Beachcombing and Nighttime Stargazing Programs

On Wednesday, April 19th, May 17th at 3:00 p.m., the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center invites you to join Nature Center naturalist Kim Mohlenhoff for a hike at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge beach on the north end of Jupiter Island. Kim will lead you on a beachcombing adventure to find treasures brought to our shores by ocean currents and waves. Watch for wildlife and pick up litter along the way, helping keep our beaches clean! This is a free event, no reservation required. On Friday, April 28th, May 12th at 6:30 to 8:30p.m., join the Hobe Sound​ ​Nature Center for some nighttime stargazing at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Following a brief classroom orientation, Kim Mohlenhoff will lead the group outside along the nature trail to look at the nighttime sky through telescopes. Learn about wildlife at night and how artificial lighting impacts some plant and animal species. If weather conditions are not conducive to viewing planets, stars and constellations, the program will be limited to classroom activities only. This is a free program. RESERVATION REQUIRED. ​ For more information or reservations contact the Nature Center at 772 546-2067 or via their website, www.hobesoundnaturecenter.com. The Refuge & Nature Center is​ ​located at 13640 SE Federal Highway in Hobe...

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Secretary Detzner Announces Grand Opening of The Grove Museum on March 11

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Industry Announcements | Comments Off on Secretary Detzner Announces Grand Opening of The Grove Museum on March 11

TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced that The Grove Museum in Tallahassee will officially open to the public on Saturday, March 11 during a community Grand Opening event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We are honored and excited to officially open The Grove Museum,” said Secretary Detzner. “I personally invite all Tallahassee residents and visitors to join us for the Grand Opening on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free admission and family-friendly event to celebrate our community and shared heritage. Visitors can explore state-of-the art museum exhibits, take tours of the grounds, enjoy musical performances, and participate in fun activities, including a community art project. Don’t forget to bring your picnic blanket and enjoy lunch under the beautiful oaks!”   PHOTO (Credit Sara Brockmann): Interactive exhibits inside The Grove Museum combine the power of technology and narrative to tell the story of The Grove. PHOTO (Credit Ray Stanyard): The c. 1840 Call-Collins House at The Grove. The Grand Opening of The Grove Museum is an opportunity to explore the c. 1840 Call-Collins House and tour brand new, state-of-the-art museum exhibits that combine the power of technology and narrative to tell the story of The Grove. Visitors will discover nearly 200 years of rich Florida and American history beginning with former territorial Florida Governor Richard Keith Call through the legacy left by former Florida Governor and Mrs. LeRoy Collins. Admission for the Grand Opening is free, and free parking options will also be available. Continue reading below for additional details on the event or visit TheGroveMuseum.com/Opening for more information. Grand Opening of The Grove, Saturday, March 11 Activities: Enjoy outdoor games and activities, including cornhole and mini golf. Participate in a community-wide art project led by artist Lucrezia Bieler. Admission & Parking: Parking and admission are free. Free parking is available at the City of Tallahassee Renaissance Center (435 N Macomb St) with a trolley offering transport to The Grove Museum (public entrance located at 902 N Monroe St). Food & Picnic Information: Food from 4 Rivers Smokehouse and Decent Pizza will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket to spread for a picnic lunch to get the full experience! Performances & Live Music: Allijah Motika Mickey Abraham with Holley Riley and Kyle Chervanik New Luis Rodriguez Trio Pas de Vie Ballet Sammy Tedder Tours of The Grove Museum Tours of The Grove Museum will be offered continuously throughout the event. Visitors wishing to take a tour will be given more information when they arrive. Tours of the grounds will also be offered on an hourly basis. Partners and exhibitors on site for the day: Apalachee Chapter, Audubon Society Arts & Recreation for Tallahassee Students (ARTS) City of Tallahassee, Parks & Recreation Council on Culture & Arts Florida Historic Capitol Museum Florida Natural Areas Inventory Florida Public Archaeology Network Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts Goodwood Museum & Gardens John G. Riley Center and Museum Knott House Museum Meek-Eaton Black Archives and Research Center at FAMU Mission San Luis Museum of Florida History National Park Service Southeast Archeological Center North American Butterfly Association Sustainable Tallahassee Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy Tallahassee Historical Society Tallahassee Museum University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ### The Grove Museum The Grove Museum features the c. 1840 Call-Collins House, set on ten wooded acres in the heart of Tallahassee, Florida. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, The Grove is one of the few historic sites of its kind in the nation to earn LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. From slavery to civil rights, and from private home to public museum,...

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ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL DORN

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Industry Announcements | Comments Off on ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL DORN

Orlando, FL – Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF will host renowned film, television, and stage actor, Michael Dorn for a one-night special event, “An Evening with Michael Dorn” on Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Margeson Theater. Dorn will share stories from his illustrious career in an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” format hosted by Jim Helsinger, Artistic Director at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. After the discussion, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a brief question and answer session. Tickets ($30 – $60) are available now through www.orlandoshakes.org, by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). A limited number of $250 VIP tickets are available which include a private, post-event reception with Mr. Dorn and complimentary drink vouchers during the event. For more information, please call 407-447-1700 ext. 1. After spending 11 seasons playing Worf, the apex Klingon on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and in five Star Trek feature films, Dorn has continued to work steadily in the film and television industry. His credits include Ted 2, The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Showtime’s Dead Man’s Gun, a recurring role on ABC’s Castle, and the on-camera host of Discovery Channel’s World of Wonder. Dorn also starred as Duke Frederick in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ 2012 production of As You Like It. Dorn first visited Orlando Shakes in 2013 as a guest of Sir Patrick Stewart for An Evening with Sir Patrick Stewart—a one-night event that featured the celebrated actor. “As a fan of Michael Dorn’s work in the Star Trek series, I was delighted to meet him in person,” said Helsinger. “After our event with Sir Patrick, Michael told me that he really liked our theater and would love to work here sometime. We are thrilled to have found the opportunity to have him share his unique history in the entertainment industry and immense talent with our Central Florida community.” Dorn will also star as Antony in Orlando Shakes’ production of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (March 29 – April 30, 2017). Tickets ($25 – $60) for Antony and Cleopatra are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visitingwww.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of...

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