Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel

Patrick Connolly

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Patrick:

2,650 miles, 184 days and 3 states: Orlando hiker completes Pacific Crest Trail

Central Floridian Janean Bartman spent six months of this year battling fatigue and dodging wildfires to eventually reach the Canadian border 184 days after she started her Pacific Crest Trail hike in Mexico. → Read More

Jurassic Quest brings life-size dinosaurs to Orlando this weekend

Dinosaurs will be taking over Orlando as Jurassic Quest sets up at the Central Florida Fairgrounds for one weekend Dec. 2-4. → Read More

Central Florida International Auto Show rolls into Orlando this weekend

New cars, trucks and SUVs will fill Orange County Convention Center this weekend as the Central Florida International Auto Show returns for its annual event. → Read More

Call for artists: Orlando seeks Black History Month art for City Hall exhibition

The City of Orlando is seeking visual artists to display their work for Black History Month in a City Hall exhibition. → Read More

Dazzling Nights Orlando at Leu Gardens corrects opening night issues

Dazzling Nights Orlando at Leu Gardens faced shipping issues and could not install some displays in time for opening night. → Read More

Central Florida man finds his voice, business through art and typewriter poetry

Marquis Lee can be found at Lake Eola and other venues across Central Florida, asking passersby if they would like a custom typewriter poem. → Read More

FusionFest showcases art, culture and food of the world in Orlando

FusionFest is back for its fifth annual event in downtown Orlando Nov. 26-27. → Read More

Twinkly Awards: 2022 call for submissions

Do you have that neighbor who goes all out decorating for Christmas? The Orlando Sentinel is looking for the best holiday light displays in Central Florida for our fifth annual Twinkly Awards. → Read More

Asian Lantern Festival shines bright for third year at Central Florida Zoo

The Asian Lantern Festival is back for the third year of festivities at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. → Read More

Gift Guide: Florida state parks, Tank America and The Great American Paint In book

For Patrick Connolly's gift guide picks, consider a Florida State Parks annual pass, a Tank America gift card and The Great American Paint In art book. → Read More

MSC Cruises’ private Ocean Cay is a dream realized, environmental victory

The MSC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of MSC Cruises, restored an island environment in the Bahamas and called it Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. → Read More

Christmas Nights in Lights sparkles with new drive-through attraction at Dezerland Orlando

Dezerland Action Park partnered with MSEG to bring a new holiday lights drive-through attraction, Christmas Nights in Lights, to Orlando. → Read More

Barry Manilow marks golden anniversary with tour including Orlando stop

Barry Manilow marks his golden anniversary as a performing artist with a limited engagement seven-city tour, which includes a stop in Orlando. → Read More

Make-A-Wish recipient in Orlando records musical album to leave a lasting legacy

Jorge Rayo recorded a full-length musical album with deep symbolism touching on unrequited love. This was made possible by Make-A-Wish Foundation. → Read More

Festival of Trees brings ‘Gifts of the Season’ to Orlando Museum of Art

The Festival of Trees returns for its annual holiday tradition at Orlando Museum of Art Nov. 12-20. → Read More

Florida woman retraces father’s past as captain of WWII 818th Amphibious Truck Company

A journey into the past has helped one Florida woman connect the dots between her father's legacy and the previously unknown history of the 818th Amphibious Truck Company of World War II. → Read More

A weekend of arts: McRae Art Studios open house, Maitland festival and more

It's a weekend filled with arts in Orlando, from a McRae Art Studios open house to the Maitland Rotary Art Festival and an artist talk at Snap! Orlando. → Read More

Veterans Day 2022 in Orlando: Freebies, deals and events to celebrate service members

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and a number of Orlando-area establishments are celebrating active and retired service members with deals, specials and events. → Read More

City of Orlando offers free ‘energy-saving’ trees to residents

The City of Orlando is offering free trees to residents to increase the City Beautiful's overall canopy and help residents save on their electric bills. → Read More

Manatee Awareness Month: Florida’s sea cows need urgent action to ensure survival

November is Manatee Awareness Month, marking a time to be extra cautious and courteous to Florida's sea cows, who need urgent help. → Read More