Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Events Editor

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Events Editor

I’m an editor who writes, or maybe a writer who edits. I spend time poring over hundreds of events and fun diversions in the Tampa Bay area. I used to cover City Hall and now I ride rollercoasters on a workday. But I view this as a consumer beat. I’m looking for deals and I intend to call out what’s lame or magical. I’m a lifelong St. Petersburg resident and University of Florida grad. I cut my teeth covering politics for the Fort Myers News-Press, where a county commissioner I investigated went to jail. I joined my hometown Times in 1994 where my love of pop culture led me to tbt* and now our features team. Send me a tip when you see something fun.

Here’s where furloughed workers can get freebies and help in Tampa Bay

TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Member of the Florida Orchestra rehearse for the Florida Orchestra performance at the Straz Center in November. The orchestra is offering free tickets to furloughed workers to its three Schubert concerts this weekend.
As the government shutdown continues, the Florida Orchestra, Ruth Eckerd Hall, local restaurants and organizations step up to help those without pay.

Top things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay: Gasparilla for kids, illusionists

Times (2015)
Elaborate wagons like this are a common sight during the Gasparilla Children’s Parade. It returns to Bayshore Boulevard Jan. 19.
Gasparilla Children’s Parade invades Tampa, an exhibit explores the world of Mo Willems’ Pigeon and the Masters of Illusion awe.

5 things to do under $5 Jan. 17-23

Times (2014)
Multiline sky displays like this one from 2014 will be plentiful at the Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival Jan. 19-20.
Sport kites fly over Treasure Island, a Lego master will be building in Brandon mall, and acclaimed hand bell choir performs.

Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade invades Tampa this weekend

LUIS SANTANA   |   Times (2017)
Thousands line the railings along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa for the Gasparilla Children’s Parade, a smaller, family friendly event. The children’s parade steps off Jan. 19.
Before the big Gasparilla parade takes over Tampa later this month, the kids take command in this G-rated version.

As gun outrage grew, Monster Jam quietly stripped weapons from its monster trucks

Before its recent redesign, the Gunslinger monster truck sported bullets and a Wild West theme on its truck body. 
Times staff (2012)
Feld Entertainment had already been the target of protesters when it owned the circus, but they skirted the gun debate early.