Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Kathleen Harper and Keith Sadler

By : Aaron Drake
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“We first met through a mutual friend that was living with me in Park Central,” Keith Sadler shares about first meeting his new wife, Kathleen Harper. “He had brought Kathleen over to the condo but he had to leave, so we proceeded to hang out, eat pork tenderloins, crush beers and binge “South Park.” We didn’t hang out again after that, but remained Facebook friends for the next five years.”

“After becoming friends on Facebook, sharing music links and randomly seeing each other out places, we finally had an actual date three years ago,” Kathleen says. “It was thanks to Tinder that we reconnected.”

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11.1.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I have a terrible sense of humor. I’ve written about this before and how I credit my father for just how bad it is. Dad jokes are the best, and the worse they are the harder I laugh.

Here’s an example: I have an insane love of ice cream, so much so that my trainer and my scale yell at me about it all the time. St. Pete has this wonderful little shop that sells mini-doughnuts basking in a tower of ice cream. Every time we drive by it, my partner says, “We can get mini-doughnuts.” To which I reply, “How many?” Then I laugh like I’ve never heard it before. I don’t mind laughing alone.

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Central Florida Overheard: Southern Dumplin’

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Late last summer we told you how Orlando’s very own Josh Eads, a.k.a. Ginger Minj, was making friends with one of America’s most famous “Friends,” Jennifer Aniston. It was announced they were both set to star in “Dumplin’,” a film based on the novel of the same name that follows a confident, plus-sized teen who, to spite her beauty queen mom (played by Aniston) and the other girls in school, enlists in a local pageant.

While producers have not yet set a release date or said what Eads’ role will be in the film, it was announced that the one and only Dolly Parton, would be involved in the production.

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Paws in the Park

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Pet lovers from all over Central Florida gather at beautiful Lake Eola to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s mission to educate, shelter, place, and heal pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care.

This community wide fundraising event provides support for the more than 8,000 homeless pets who will be cared for at our two shelters this year. 

Paws in the Park is the opportunity for us to join together as a community and support the mission of Pet Alliance. It’s free to register, we encourage participants to either fundraise as an individual or start a team with your friends and family and “fun” raise together!

Thousands of participants join their community, and lots of four legged friends, for the fundraising and awareness walk followed by dog-friendly and family activities.

Sign up, form a team and invite your friends and family to join us for a day filled with fun! Register and raise $75 or more and on event day, you’ll receive a commemorative event t-shirt.

High Fidelity: Beyond the summer of single

By : Miguel Fuller
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“To my neurotic friends, calm down and take a breath. When you go on a date, treat it like you are having drinks and cheese sticks with your best friends.”

Well my friends, cheese sticks happened. That quote was from a column this summer where I was giving you, the reader, and myself tips on dating. The last column I wrote I talked about my summer of single and how I learned so much about myself. Apparently, life has a way of opening itself up and making magic happen. Yes, I’m about to get super corny.

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mad Theatre presents Company

By : Alex Storer
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mad Theatre presents Company

On the night of his 35th birthday, a confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Company features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs. Every audience member will see reflections of themselves in at least one of the characters onstage.  Starring
Ricky Marenda, Lisa Prieto, Peter A. Belk, Jen Martin, Justin Batten, DeAnna McMahan,
Bill Rolon, Francesca Guanciale Jay, Jay Morgan, Heather Lynn Mendoza, James Faurote, Jessica Moraton, Kelsey Ehrenberger, Lindsay Yarbrough.  More Info at https://madtheatre.com

Lou Reed’s friends insist ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ wasn’t transphobic

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Canadian university has apologized for playing Lou Reed’s hit song “Walk on the Wild Side” at a campus event because the song has been accused of being transphobic. However, Reed’s friends think the situation is “stupid.”

The student association at the University of Guelph in Ontario posted a since-deleted apology on Facebook for playing the song at a recent event.

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‘Love is Love’ comic raises $165,000 for Pulse victims

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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“Love is Love,” a 144-page anthology comic book, has raised more than $165,000 for the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, according to Washington Post.

The comic book, created by DC Comics and IDW Publishing, featured characters such as Superman, Harry Potter, Batwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Contributors included Patton Oswalt and Taran Killam. “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins penned the book’s forward.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Lisa Sanchez and Lia Rew

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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WeddingBells-01“I love Lisa. She’s a strong, strong woman, and she’s really loyal,” Lia says about Lisa. “She has made me a better version of myself through being together. She’s an inspiration to me, watching everything she’s overcome in life. I just can’t pick one thing. I mean she’s the complete package in every way.”

Lisa Sanchez, who owns K & L Marketing Solutions, LLC, and Lia Rew, a recovery specialist for Wyndham Vacation Ownership, have known each other since middle school, but it was only until recently that the two connected on a deeper level.

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Tru

By : Jamie Hyman
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Veteran actor Mark Chambers brings Truman Capote back to life in this one man play directed by Lisa Powers Tricomi. It takes place during the week before Christmas 1975, after excerpts of Capote’s book, “Answered Prayers”, have been published in Esquire. His friends feel betrayed and have abandoned him. Alone and hurting, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol and chocolate, while musing about his checkered life and career.

Wedding Bells at Watermark: Marc Retzlaff and Don Kiceina Jr.

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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wb“It’s really just going to be a day to celebrate love and celebrate our love, especially with our family and friends,” Don says about their upcoming nuptials in spring 2017.

Marc Retzlaff, who is a hair stylist at Marc Retzlaff at Enso Hair Studio, and Don Kiceina Jr., a general manager for Outfront Media, met while Marc was down visiting friends in Tampa. Don lived in Tampa at the time and both men had decided to go out with friends for Cinco de Mayo.

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I’ll Bet You Think This Essay’s About You

By : Jason Leclerc
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Growing up, my parents had an extensive record collection. Yes, albums: the big kind with long-feather-haired thin artist’s portraits fronting cardboard covers and cursive writing heralding singers’ names. Stacked up in a corner next to the giant speakers that pretended status in the mid-eighties, seventies music stars stared at us as we ate microwaved TV dinners from the breakfast bar of our 1960s-built split-plan ranch.  As far back as I remember, we never listened to a single one of those albums. Nonetheless, they litter my memories of childhood. One album stands out more than any other, mostly because the over-skinny, long-haired, jowly face of Carly Simon staring back at me from beneath those jumbo-sized speakers looked a lot like my mother.

It wasn’t until I was much older that I actually put together a faceless oldie that I heard on the radio with that face.Like that stack of albums, there are nearly as many people on my Facebook feed that I don’t know as those I do.

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