Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel

Patrick Connolly

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando, FL, United States

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Past articles by Patrick:

Orlando spring break staycation: 15 ideas for planning a local getaway

As spring break season approaches, there are many options for Central Florida excursions. Here are ideas for outside adventures and local attractions to explore. → Read More

Leu Gardens Plant Sale returns with free admission this weekend

The annual Leu Gardens Plant Sale is back March 11-12 with dozens of plant vendors, thousands of visitors and free admission to the event and gardens. → Read More

The ‘grand vision’: DeBary secures piece of riverfront land for new park

The City of DeBary, which dubs itself the "River City," finally has a piece of land along the St. Johns River: 170-acre Alexander Island. → Read More

Florida Strawberry Festival is back with headliners, more berries than you can count

The Florida Strawberry Festival returns for its 88th event March 2-12 in Plant City. → Read More

Tracked chair program at Seminole State Forest makes outdoors accessible for all

Friends of Seminole State Forest is launching a tracked chair program for people with disabilities. Visitors can reserve an all-terrain wheelchair for a weekend morning or afternoon hike through the forest. → Read More

Hike through history of ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal at ‘The Island’ in Ocala

Visit "The Island," an interpretive historical park in Ocala, to see remnants of Florida's past and delve into the ill-fated history of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. → Read More

Orlando Home & Garden Show showcases 250 vendors, free admission

The 14th Annual Orlando Home & Garden Show touts more than 250 vendors gathering for the biggest show yet. The event offers free admission Feb. 24-26 at Orange County Convention Center. → Read More

Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival brings games, culture of Scotland to Central Florida

The Mount Dora Scottish Highland Games are returning for the 10th year in Lake County with athletics, Celtic music, food and more. → Read More

Central Florida Zoo, Brevard Zoo in the running for top zoos in the nation

The Central Florida Zoo and Brevard Zoo are both in the running for USA Today's 10Best list ranking the top zoos in the United States. → Read More

150th Silver Spurs Rodeo marks milestone for longtime Osceola County tradition

It's the 150th Silver Spurs Rodeo this weekend celebrating nearly 80 years of history and heritage in Osceola County. → Read More

Depeche Mode brings synth-pop sounds to Orlando this fall

Depeche Mode, the famed English synth-pop band, will bring their Memento Mori World Tour to Orlando for the group's debut Amway Center performance in October. → Read More

1619Fest Orlando celebrates Black history in Central Florida with 5K, community festival

1619Fest Orlando highlights the history of Hannibal Square and Central Florida with a 5K race, a community festival and a panel discussion on Black health and wellbeing. → Read More

MicheLee Puppets highlights ‘African tales,’ shares lessons with new show

Coinciding with Black History Month, MicheLee Puppets presents "African Tales: Masomo Makubwa," which highlights four African folktales aiming to promote respect, responsibility, friendship, kindness and generosity. → Read More

Footprints for Change: Florida native is first known Black woman to thru-hike Florida Trail

Crystal Gail Welcome, known for her social media presence as "Footprints for Change," is on a mission to become the first known Black woman to complete the 1,100-mile Florida Trail end to end. → Read More

MegaCon Orlando: Chevy Chase, Star Wars actors among celebrity guests

MegaCon Orlando, which returns to Central Florida March 30-April 2, features a celebrity guest lineup that includes Chevy Chase, Anakin Skywalker actor Hayden Christiansen, Steve Burns from "Blue's Clues" and stars from "The Mandalorian." → Read More

Indigo Bluegrass BBQ event benefits Florida snake conservation

The Central Florida Zoo’s Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC) in Eustis will host a benefit event with bluegrass music and barbecue food on Feb. 11. → Read More

Love Your Shorts Film Festival back for 13th year in Sanford

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival returns to Sanford with 68 films from 12 countries for its 13th year Feb. 9-12. → Read More

Snap! Orlando exhibit showcases ‘Cultural Fabric’ of five artists

Snap! Orlando is opening its latest exhibit, "Cultural Fabric," which highlights work from five artists of varying backgrounds and identities. → Read More

Mount Dora Arts Festival returns for 48th annual event

The Mount Dora Arts Festival returns for its 48th annual event in Lake County Feb. 4-5 with around 300 artists and packed streets. → Read More

Black History Month 2023: Things to do in Orlando

February is Black History Month, so here's a list of events and ways to honor the month in the greater Orlando area. → Read More