Archive for the ‘Date Night Ideas’ Category

Winter Park Art Festival Next Weekend!

morse06I recently realized that I’m as old as the Winter Park Art Festival – hmmm! Not really that special, but it seems like I should get a free ticket – oh wait — it’s a free event! 🙂

Anyway, this is one of our favorite dates – to stroll the festival hand in hand. Click here for all the details!  If you don’t live in the Orlando area, this is the time of year that most cities offer Spring Arts Festivals.  Be sure to check one out in your area.  And don’t forget your camera!


Orlando Festival of Chocolate

chocolate-749217If you LOVE chocolate – this might be the perfect date night for you to consider!  It’s a festival devoted to this sweet confection.  Check out all the details HERE!

WHEN:  March 7 & 8

WHERE:  The Florida Hotel, adjacent to the Florida Mall

COST:  $10 for adults, children under 10 FREE

Jazzed In Sanford This Saturday!


The first Saturday of the month from November to May, Sanford hosts a free event called, “Jazzed In Sanford”.  It takes place in Magnolia Square from 4 – 7p.  Afterward you can enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants located downtown.  This month they are featuring Christian Tamburr, a 27 year old native of Melbourne who is internationally known for his musical talents, especially playing his instrument of choice, the vibraphone. Check out this performance from last summer at UCF:

Date Night Offerings

Here are a few things taking place in our area that you might want to add to your date night plans.  Enjoy!

strawberriesThe Florida Strawberry Festival

Plant City Festival Grounds
Thursday, Feb. 26 – Monday, Mar. 9th   PH 813-752-9194

This is a great date to enjoy the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned country fair.  And you don’t want to miss the delicious Strawberry Shortcake!  Price: Adults $10

Friday Night Live

Uptown Altamonte at Crane’s Roost Park

Live entertainment and the cost is FREE

Festival of Rhythm and Blues

Saturday, Feb. 28
Hours: 11am-5pm

This takes place at Lakefront Park in Kissimmee.  It is Kissimmee’s largest concert and features some of the best in rhythm, blues, gospel and ethnic entertainment.  There is also ethnis food and refreshments to make your day even more enjoyable.

The Festival of Chocolate – Orlando
The Florida Mall Hotel
Sat Mar 7th & Sun Mar 8th
10:00a – 6:00p

The Vendor Showcase will feature chocolate tastes, treats and temptations including cookies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes, ice cream and truffles from some of the areas most acclaimed dessert and confection companies. Cooking Demonstrations presented by The Orlando Culinary Institute, special historical presentations, book signings, multiple creative chocolate-themed kid competitions and live music make the Festival of Chocolate weekend the Sweetest Two Days in Central Florida.

So Much To Do…So Little Time!

antiquesThis weekend is full of great ideas to enjoy for a date night or date day.   Below are the ones we’ve discovered – as you’ll see there’s something for everyone!  If you aren’t able to go on a date, just enjoy the cold weather snuggling together.  🙂  Oh – here’s a teaser…we’re going to start something on Monday that you won’t want to miss.  This will apply to anyone – anywhere.  So, if you don’t live in the Orlando area, be sure to join us on Monday too!  Have a romantic weekend!

•   January 15 – 19, 2009: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey
The circus is coming to town at the Amway Arena. Ninety minute show includes Asian elephants, double-decker trapeze and more.
More info: 407-849-2000
Admission charge

•   January 16, 2009: Friday Night Live Unplugged
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

•   January 16, 2009: Cinema in the Park
Family movies on the third Friday of each month at Centennial Park in Sanford. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs for the 7:00pm showing of this month’s movie.
More info: 407-688-5004
Free admission

•   January 16 – 18, 2009: Extravaganza at Renninger’s
Three times a year during the 3rd weekends of November, January and February, thousands of antiques will be on display at Renninger’s Florida Twin Markets in Mount Dora. Purchase a daily or 3 day pass.
More info: 352-383-8393 or 1-800-522-3555
Admission charge

•   January 16 – 18, 2009: Suburban Orlando Home Show
American Consumer Shows presents their annual expo at Osceola Heritage Park.
Admission charge

•   January 16 – 20, 2009: Otronicon
Hands on gaming festival held annually at the Orlando Science Center. This 10 day event is sponsored by Full Sail University. Check the schedule for classes & workshops, competition and complete schedule.
Admission charge

•  January 17, 2009: Kissimmee Sunshine Regional Chili Cook-Off
International Chili Society sanctioned chili cook-off. Sample some of the best chili in the area or enjoy the beer garden while listening to live music.
Free admission

•   January 17 – 18, 2009: Camellia Show
Enjoy a free weekend to peruse Leu Gardens while learning about the beautiful camellias that are in bloom. Camellia Plant sale from 9am – 5pm each day.
Free admission

•   Celebrate Martin Luther King Day – events Jan. 15 – 19
Orlando – Jan. 17, 2009 – Martin Luther King Parade begins at 10 am. Battle of the Bands & Concert begins at 2pm at Lake Eola.
Sanford – Jan. 17, 2009 – Martin Luther King Rally-in-the-Park. Community function with live entertainment, food and games starting at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford starts at noon. Shady Park at Hannibal Square from 10 am till 5:30 pm.
Sanford – Jan. 19, 2009 – Martin Luther King Parade begins at 10 am on 13th Street to Holly Ave, to 9th Street then to Coastline Park.
Winter Park – Jan. 19, 2009 – Shady Park at Hannibal Square from 10 am till 5:30 pm.
Bok Tower Gardens – Jan. 15, 2009 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Concerts. Music of hope, inspiration and peace to honor Dr. King.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

great-dates-orlandoThere is a great resource for those of us in the Orlando area; it’s the Great Dates Orlando blog.  The author is Kristen Manieri – a freelance writer who loves her weekly date night with her husband!  She has even published a book titled, Great Dates Orlando – 52 ways to experience Orlando’s romantic side.  Although many of the dates listed in the book can be pricey, it is still worth purchasing, and even more so right now; it’s on sale “buy one get one free”.  This would be a great gift for someone who seems to have everything!

Tom and I started this blog with the desire to help marriages flourish to the glory of God – which includes great date night ideas.  But it’s also intended to go a step further in providing thought provoking questions that dig deeper into our hearts where we can honestly express to our spouse our hopes, dreams, desires, fears, and even disappointments.

We know that during the Christmas season, many of you are too busy to afford a night out alone unless it’s shopping for that last present., much less to be reading our blog each week.  So, we’re taking the rest of the year off, but look for us to start things up and running again in 2009.

May you have a Blessed Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior!  Take full advantage of that mistletoe!  🙂


streetmosphereThursday, December 18 – Eddie Rose Amphitheater – Cranes Roost Park – Uptown Altamonte Springs
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


The Russian born members of CirqueMosphere, an artistic troupe of performers and winners of numerous top prizes in a variety of International circus competitions, comes to Cranes Roost for performances on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  Guests will enjoy feats of Mime, Magic, Juggling and Balancing with two free shows at 7:30 and 8:30 in the Eddie Rose Amphitheater.