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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
The Daily City

Spotlight: Waterfront Festival, Book Festival, Vintage Market, and Fringe Festival


The sixth annual all-day Clermont Waterfront Festival includes food and crafts, entertainment, kid’s zone, dragon boat and canoe races. The fun takes place Saturday starting at 7:30 at Waterfront Park near downtown Clermont. The day long Orlando Book Festival put on by the Orlando Public Library includes panels, writing workshops, book signings, and more from bestselling authors from all over the country. From NYC to California, from Wyoming to Boston – The fun takes place Saturday 10 to 5 at the downtown Orlando public library. The Vintage Spring Market is a full day of local vintage clothing and vintage object vendors, food trucks, and drinks. Who doesn’t like old stuff? The fun takes place Saturday 11 to 5 at The …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: 28th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival


There are three things you can count on every May in Orlando: The love bugs are swarming, kittens are BOGO at the shelters, and you can get a damn fine plate of deep-fried cheese curds on the Loch Haven Lawn. That’s right, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is back for its 28th year. Hundreds of artists from all over the world are concentrated in one small area of the city for two intense weeks in the longest-running fringe theater festival in the country. Along with all the things patrons have come to cherish over the years, there are some new things to experience this year. Fringers of the Future allows teen performers to present shows at the festival, nurturing …
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
The Daily City

Spotlight: Orlando Pottery Fest, Holden Heights Block Party, College Park Spring Fest, and Botanical Jewelry Workshop


38 local pottery artists will be selling everything from dishware to sculptural art at Central Florida’s largest celebration and market of ceramic arts, Orlando Pottery Festival, Saturday 9 to 5 at the National Guard Armory in downtown Orlando. Family-friendly food, fun and prizes, and community building will take over a public park in Holden Heights in Parramore for the second annual Holden Heights Block Party presented by OBTNEXT Saturday 10 to 3 at Kaley Square Park. Five blocks of Edgewater Drive will be shut down and covered with thousands of people listening to the sounds of yacht rock music coming from the Nashville Yacht Club Band, food trucks, street vendors, and a beer garden for the annual street party formerly …
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Image: Photo by Tom Arthur via Wikimedia Commons, Orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: The FBI is still silent about possible hack in Florida during the 2016 election


The FBI is still keeping officials in the dark about a possible hack in Florida during the 2016 election, even as dozens of elections supervisors and lawmakers from across the state demand more information. The questions stem from a vague reference in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The report says the FBI believes Russian hackers accessed information in “at least one Florida county government,” but didn’t identify which county. The Florida Department of State, which oversees the elections infrastructure, didn’t know anything about the possible intrusion, but the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI refuse to release more details. Officials are irate, to say the least. State Representative Stephanie Murphy pointed out, …
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Digging For Data Gold In Home Sales


Believe it or not, if you want to keep on top of economic trends, you’ll find one of the most reliable indicators in what is perhaps an unexpected place. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says data for the sales of existing homes are one of the most important and reliable indicators for the economy, and there are more surprises hidden in the existing home sales data for March.
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