Our March local charity spotlight is Ten Thousand Villages in Winter Park. Their name, “Ten Thousand Villages,” was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages… we have hardly ever paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient to eat and clothe themselves with.”. Because in every village are people who want to live a meaningful life with dignity and who bring beautiful culture worth sharing. Multiply the village idea by ten thousand and it represents the world we’re working to build.
TTV’s mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
One day all artisans in developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality”
Since 1946, they have provided over $140 million in sustainable income to artisans in developing countries who would have otherwise been unemployed or underemployed.
Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. They're a global maker‑to‑market movement. They're a way for you to shop with intention for ethically-sourced wares — and to share in the joy of connecting with makers in ten thousand villages. As a pioneer of fair trade, they do business differently, putting people and planet first. That means you can trust that every handmade purchase you make from them directly impacts the life and community of its maker in a developing country.
Ten Thousand Villages is committed to these ethical practices:
EVERY HANDCRAFTED PRODUCT GENERATES INCOME - AND IMPACT
Their average buying relationship with artisan groups is 25 years. That's enough time to see their children grow into adulthood and enough time to see the impact this movement has created.
About TTV’s Baskets
Gathered from Nature
By shopping fair trade, you are supporting makers in the developing world. The more products they sell, the more orders they can place through their artisan partner groups, and that means more dignified and sustainable employment opportunities become available to the people who need it most. You can shop online HERE or at their store in Winter Park!
Like TTV on Facebook, pin them on your Pinterest board or follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Learn about the lives of their artisan partners, the stories behind their products, and how to bring these products into your everyday life by reading their blog.
As a nonprofit enterprise, they rely on more than 1,000 volunteers to help them accomplish their mission. Volunteers help out with many aspects of their operations, from the warehouse to the sales floor. Find out how you can give back and volunteer.
COMMUNITY SHOPPING BENEFITS
If you are looking for a unique way to raise money for a special nonprofit or cause, consider a Shopping Benefit at Ten Thousand Villages Winter Park. Simply invite your membership to shop at the store during a designated day and time, and a percentage of the sales will be donated back to your organization.
Your friends and colleagues will enjoy shopping for gifts that give in three ways: to the artisans they support; to your own special cause; and to the person receiving the gift. For more information call the Winter Park store at 407-644-8464.
We are not able to collect monetary donations at our March event, however, you can donate online by visiting here.
CELEBRATE SPRING BREAK AT OPENING WEEKEND FOR THE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay AND ADVENTURE ISLAND
Sip, sample and splash this season with exciting experiences starting this weekend at
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island
This weekend, park guests can spring into fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Food & Wine Festival and the kickoff of the 2019 season at Adventure Island.
Tampa’s premier spring festival returns this Saturday, March 16 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s 5th annual Food & Wine Festival. With more than 35 delicious dishes to pair with over 100 wines, craft brews and cocktails, park guests can explore a variety of flavors while enjoying a diverse concert lineup, including acts for all tastes. Performances include the following world-class acts:
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Daughtry
Sunday, March 17, 2019 The Band Perry & Dream Chief
Saturday, March 23, 2019 3 Doors Down
Sunday, March 24, 2019 Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards & Fred Eaglesmith featuring Tif Ginn
Saturday, March 30, 2019 Justin Moore & Joe Nichols
Sunday, March 31, 2019 El Gran Combo
Saturday, April 06, 2019 Stone Temple Pilots
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Josh Turner & Joe Diffie
Saturday, April 13, 2019 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Sunday, April 14, 2019 Boyz II Men
Friday, April 19, 2019 Edwin McCain & Vertical Horizon
Saturday, April 20, 2019 Hunter Hayes & Levi Hummon
Sunday, April 21, 2019 Mat Kearney
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Walk Off the Earth
Sunday, April 28, 2019 Foreigner
The Food & Wine Festival runs weekends from March 16 to April 28 and is included with admission to the park.
A big thanks to Busch Gardens for inviting me out to their VIP/Media event today!
Here's a look at some of the yummy food, drinks, and fun sights from the festival:
Looking for more fun?
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens, guests can make a splash at Adventure Island, opening for the 2019 season on Friday, March 15. With 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun to explore, Adventure Island offers the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages.
Guests are in for the slide of their lives on Adventure Island’s newest slide, Vanish Point®. Inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, the crest of this 70-foot drop tower challenges riders with two 425-foot wave paths. Guests can step into one of two skyboxes to face their fears as the floor disappears beneath them or take the horizontal 455-foot long slide ending with a high speed finale.
Best Ways to Play
Pay for Day, play ALL YEAR at 2 parks- For a limited time, guests can buy a 2019 Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card free! Block out dates apply, offer ends March 31.
MORE VALUE, MORE OPTIONS WITH ANNUAL PASS - Pick your way to play in 2019 with a Busch Gardens Annual Pass, starting at $10.99 a month for Florida Residents. Guests can select from four Pass levels for the benefits they want most – including FREE parking, discounts on merchandise and food, as well as animal encounters – to gear up for a calendar full of special events plus EXCLUSIVE Pass Member ride time for the opening of Tigris: an exciting new attraction coming in 2019. Add more parks – Get a 4-park Pass to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, SeaWorld and Aquatica, starting at just $15.99 a month.
FREE Preschool Card- Kids 5 and younger can enjoy FREE admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island throughout all of 2019 with the Preschool Card. There’s never been a cooler time to be a kid! Florida residents only, other conditions apply, visit BuschGardensTampa.com to register.
Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s blog and social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Disclaimer: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provided me with free admission to their VIP/MEDIA event and allowed me to try many items of my choice from the festival in exchange for my posting. As always, all reviews and comments are my own.
THE BEST DOGGONE SPRING CLASSIC CAR SHOW THE 30TH SPRING DAYTONA TURKEY RUN
The 30th Spring Daytona Turkey Run presented by White Diamond welcomes thousands of beautiful classic and custom cars, a massive swap meet, arts and crafts on Artisan Alley, music, great food and drink and DOGS! The family event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 22nd at the Daytona International Speedway, and runs through Sunday, March 24th. There truly is something for everyone! Guests can check out:
Kids and adults alike will have a blast at the world’s premiere aquatic canine competition. Set up inside the infield of the Daytona Speedway, dogs of all sizes will jump from a 40’ dock into a 40’ pool and compete in Big Air®, Extreme Vertical, & Speed Retrieve® competitions. Competition dates are March 23rd and March 24th. Visit www.dockdogs.com or www.turkeyrun.com for full schedule and more information.
Hops and Hoods Beer Festival!
Taste test local, craft and domestic beers on Saturday, March 23rd from 12PM-4PM! Beer tasting tickets are $5 for 4 samples and $10 for 10 samples. Tickets can be purchased in advance or onsite. Advanced tickets include special Hops and Hoods parking.
Little Gobbler’s Play Zone!
Kids love cars and they love our Little Gobbler’s Play Zone! For no additional charge our little gobblers will enjoy bouncy houses, an obstacle course, carnival games and more! Remember, kids 11 and under are always free to enter the show.
Take a Kid to a Car Show - Spending quality time with a kid is the greatest gift we can give them. And sharing our appreciation for collector cars is a great way to nurture their interest in a hobby that can be enjoyed together for many years to come. The first 500 kids to enter will get a special Turkey Run gift.
Annual classic car parade lap around the track!
Registered show cars will enjoy a fun lap around the iconic Daytona International Speedway track on Sunday, March 24th at 2pm.
The Spring Daytona Turkey Run is open to the public and features thousands of vintage, classic, custom, muscle cars, race cars and trucks on display and for sale, as well as a massive swap meet in which vendors sell and trade hard-to-find auto parts and accessories. There are also arts and crafts on Artisan Alley and a full midway of delicious food and drink vendors.
The Spring Daytona Turkey Run is presented by White Diamond and sponsored in part by Spectrum.
Admission is $10 Friday and Saturday and $5 on Sunday with free parking.
Children under 11 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
In its history, more than $12 million in Daytona Turkey Run proceeds have been granted to capital projects in our community that improve residents’ quality of life.
Follow the Spring Daytona Turkey Run on Social Media:
For more information about the Daytona Turkey Run, visit www.TurkeyRun.com.
Want to win TWO tickets to the Spring Daytona Turkey Run? Be sure to check out our Facebook page to enter the giveaway! Winner will be chosen March 17th at 6pm!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions and views are my own.
Last night I attended my 3rd Cirque du Soleil show; my 2nd in Orlando. Honestly, I thought it couldn’t get better than the last one, but IT DID. Luzia was an amazingly beautiful show with gorgeous colors, costumes, props, and live music. To “top” it off, this is the first ever BIG TOP show in Orlando, and it really made the experience one to remember.
Before the show, you are offered complimentary champagne, wine, popcorn, and other goodies! I 100% was not expecting this and regretted not getting there even earlier - so be sure to arrive an hour ahead of showtime!
The show is supposed to transport you on a trip to Mexico where you see all the wonders and fun that Mexico can offer. From scenes of a dinner date, to the rain forest, to an underwater adventure, and many more, you will be mesmerized by the beauty and the talent of the cast.
My Top 3 Favs
My top 3 favorite scenes had to be 1) the birds in the beginning - amazing use of treadmill-like flooring plus amazing stunts and just gorgeous costuming! 2) The watering hole scene. This man is TALENTED and it was honestly one of the most gorgeous scenes. I loved the leopard (or jaguar?), it was truly awesome. 3) The contortionist - OH MY GOD. I have never seen a contortionist before and it was probably the most insane thing I have EVER seen. I couldn’t stop watching. This man could do the craziest things with his body - you have to see it to believe it!
Everyone was given a beautiful carnation at the end of the show, which was just icing on the cake.
Luzia was seriously so good, I could not stop smiling and being in awe. I HIGHLY recommend this show to everyone! It will be in town for 3 weeks, so be sure to go see it - you WON’T regret it!
Disclaimer: I am a Boza Agency Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest live entertainment, Boza Agency has provided me with complimentary tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows and other exclusive opportunities. As always, all opinions are my own.
Hi! I'm Michelle. I love traveling, trying new restaurants, meeting new people, going to the parks, and playing with my dogs. I'm also super Disney obsessed - parks, cruise lines, movies - I love it all!
I host monthly networking events in the Orlando area for all women to attend. I look forward to meeting you at our next GNO!