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For a good time — stay in Kissimmee or St. Cloud this weekend (but there is some fun stuff in Orlando too)

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:38 am

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By Peter Covino

Lifestyles Editor

Well at least it almost feels like fall in Central Florida today.

Actually, it is in the low 70s here at about 11:30 a.m. at 108 Church St., the street address of the Osceola News-Gazette. It is always a few degrees cooler on Church Street because of the giant shadows cast by the Kissimmee skyline (the Monument of States, Kissimmee City Hall, the county parking garage etc.).

It looks like another busy weekend for the adventurous. There are book sales, a citywide garage sale and another barbecue competition, this time over in St. Cloud.

I will be heading out to the Saturday barbecue, judging the competition at the Peghorn Pig-Out and Harvest Hoopla.

This is the second barbecue competition in about four weeks. Celebration had a barbecue competition last month.

Man, these guys can cook.

Not sure what the rules will be this time out, but usually there is some kind of public tasting competition in addition to the judging panel, and the cooks, who take this stuff very seriously, will be cooking up ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork.

It will be very tasty. Just ask my dog, Chester.

The Pig-Out event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Cloud Park (2101 Peghorn Way and there is other stuff on tap besides the barbecue.

You might want to check out the citywide garage sale going on in St. Cloud tomorrow as well. The garage sale (which starts today and runs through Sunday) will be held throughout the city limits.

I really like the idea. Kissimmee and Osceola County should team up with St. Cloud and promote one of those long, winding garage sale type things that go on for miles.

There was a fun one in Maine that I went to last summer.

Still in St. Cloud (it is a wild weekend), the St. Cloud Friends of the Library is holding a weekend sale (starting today) at the Veterans Memorial Library, 810 13th St. The book sale is today from 1 to 8 p.m. tomorrow 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wait, don’t leave St. Cloud yet. Stick around for the  free Movie at the Lakefront tonight (Friday) at sunset. The city’s parks and recreation department will be presenting Monsters University free on a giant inflatable movie screen. It begins at sunset, concessions will be available, but you may want to bring your own blanket/lawnchairs.

We’ve actually got dueling free movies tonight. Kissimmee’s Movie in the Park is also tonight at Lakefront Park, also around sunset. The Kissimmee film is Rise of the Guardians.

There is a big cooking event in downtown Orlando tomorrow at Lake Eola Park.

The HRC (Human Rights  Campaign) Cook Orlando Food Festival and Competition will feature about a dozen restaurants (combined with signature cocktails) with proceeds going to the civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Fresh
  • Gringos Locos
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • K Restaurant
  • John Michael Catering
  • Maxine’s on Shine
  • Mi Tomatina Paella Bar
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill
  • Shari Sushi Lounge
  • The Rusty Spoon

·        Whiskey Dicks

This is also a culinary competition featuring the chefs of the various restaurants.


General and VIP admission is available.

  • VIP Admission is $100; General Admission is $40 in advance
  • Children 12 and under are free


It’s from  noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 9;  the cooking competition takes place at 3 p.m.


For more information about COOK Orlando visit


I plan on visiting the new Shula’s Burger restaurant Tuesday in Kissimmee (way west at 8124 W. U.S. Highway 192) and meet the man, Coach Don Shula  himself, as well as sample some of those tasty-sounding hamburgers.

The restaurant is having a grand opening event Tuesday and Wednesday with Coach Shula on hand 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Nov. 12 and noon until 2 p.m. Nov. 13.

The earliest lunch arrivals Tuesday can take home grand prizes of a free burger a week for a year.

Shula will also be signing autographs and there will be other free giveaways etc.

Meanwhile, back in downtown Kissimmee,  there is a different kind of event at the Wicked Stepsister  (Dakin Avenue).

Tonight (Friday) the bar will host Antwan Tower, “The Thought Seer” for an evening of magic and mind reading. It is also Magic Hat Pint Night at the bar (get a gift glass) as well as $10 domestic pitchers and $12 domestic buckets.  This is an adult show, 21 and older only. It begins at 9:30 p.m.

Kids are welcome (and the whole reason) for the First United Methodist Holiday Extravaganza in downtown Kissimmee Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fellowhsip Hall.

Businesses will be attending and there will be Christmas shop for adults and one for children as well where kids can purchase gifts for family members for $1 an item. They can shop, wrap their gifts and hear the First Christmas story.  Child  care will be provided by adult and youth volunteers

Participating businesses include:

Avon, Celebrating Home, A L’il Something, Jewelry Close Out, Insert Baby Here, Pampered Chef, Premier Designs Jewelry, Arbonne, Tastefully Simple, Silpada Designs, Thirty One Gifts, Princess House, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Tupperware and Discovery Toys.

Saturday also is Osceola Pioneer Day, presented by the Osceola Historical Society.

The free admission event is at the Pioneer Village and includes pioneer crafts, butter making , music and more.

It will be a busy weekend next weekend downtown as well as the 2013 Osceola Fall Art Festival returns to the streets both Saturday and Sunday.

Wanna talk movies,  dining or anything else,  send 100 characters or so at my Twitter home @ICmovies.