Thursday, July 19, 2018


Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things to Do. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

One last strawberry completes a make your own strawberry shortcake during opening day of  Florida Strawberry Festival in 2012. JASON BEHNKEN

Deep-fried wonders at Plant City Strawberry Festival to be featured on Cooking Channel

The strawberry-laden and deep-fried wonders of Plant Cityís Florida Strawberry Festival will be featured on two episodes of the TV series Carnival Eats, the first on July 29.The Cooking Channel series features host Noah Cappe as he...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Things to do this week: Tampa Theatre BeerFest, Metrocon, #MomTruths, swimsuit bar crawl

Things to do this week: Tampa Theatre BeerFest, Metrocon, #MomTruths, swimsuit bar crawl

Here are our editors' picks for things to do this weekend.
Published: 07/18/18

5 things to do under $5 this week: Puppet show, bike night, shuffleboard, butterfly count

1 Butterfly Count: You can learn to identify common Florida butterflies and how organized butterfly counts work. The count information will be used to populate data for Florida Nature Trackers. For...
Published: 07/18/18
A new nighttime lagoon show coming to Universal Studios this summer will feature high-tech projection, pyrotechnics, dancing fountains and moments from the Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Fast and Furious and Despicable Me film franchises.
Photo courtesy Universal Orlando

First look (with video): Universal’s new high-tech fountain shows ends the night at the theme park

Visitors to Universal Studios in Orlando on Monday night got to witness the premiere of the new high-tech, dancing-fountain, cinematic show to end the day in the park in what the show’s creator called "a kiss goodnight."
Published: 07/17/18
8 things to do this weekend: Sam Smith, SharkCon, Extreme Mud Wars, deal at Chihuly

8 things to do this weekend: Sam Smith, SharkCon, Extreme Mud Wars, deal at Chihuly

Here are our editors' picks for fun this weekend around Tampa Bay.
Published: 07/13/18
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09:  Actor Richard Dreyfuss arrives at American Film Institute\u2019s 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. 26148_005  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner)

Jawing with Richard Dreyfuss about his movies, feuds and why heís coming to SharkCon in Tampa

How is Richard Dreyfuss?"Iím fine," he said, then paused. Iím ... fine. Iím okay. When you are 70 years old, you have to make that a cautious statement."The Oscar winner will be in Tampa this weekend at SharkCon, which has expanded in...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Cast member Richard Dreyfuss arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of \u201CBook Club\u201D at the Regency Village Theatre on Sunday, May 6, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Top things to do this week: SharkCon with Richard Dreyfuss, Mud Wars

SHARKCON: Richard Dreyfuss and Sharknado starsIn its fifth year, SharkCon has expanded from a weekend all about sharks with a touch tank, ocean bounce house and science talks, adding a comic con element with celebrity...
Published: 07/11/18
Eddie Mulholland   |   Associated Press
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle), is greeted by crowds during a visit with Britain\u2019s Queen Elizabeth II to Chester, England, last month.

Language experts weigh in: Has Meghan Markle copped a British accent?

A viral Twitter video from the June visit of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle in your Twitter feed), to chat with the crowds in Chester has the interwebs debating. Has she picked up a slight British accent?"Allo princess" mocked a...
Published: 07/11/18
LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |   Special to the Times

5 things to do under $5 this week: Chihuly glass art, Eichmann exhibit, Back to School Bash

1 Chihuly Anniversary Weekend: To celebrate its eighth anniversary, admission is $5 at the Chihuly Collection of glass art from famed artist Dale Chihuly. In addition to the permanent collection of...
Published: 07/11/18
An illustration of Two, 7-Eleven Slurpees on October 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. Global convenience store chain 7-Eleven has been getting some free advertising for its signature drink the Slurpee from none other than US President Barack Obama. Obama has used the Slurpee -- a thick, frozen, flavored beverage that is wildly popular with Americans -- in speeches on the campaign trail ahead of next week's midterm elections to illustrate just how obstructionist and ornery Republicans can be. At a rally at Bowie State University in Maryland this month, Obama said that while his Democratic Party was sweating and pushing to get the US economy out of a ditch,

5 things to do under $5 this week

1 Free Slurpee Day: Brain freeze alert! To celebrate July 11 (or 7/11), next Wednesday you can get a free 12-ounce Slurpee at 7-Eleven stores across the Tampa Bay area from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. while...
Published: 07/06/18