DLP Elects New Officers, Board Members

The Downtown Lakeland Partnership Board of Directors elected new officers and appointed two new board members on Wednesday. Officers for 2016-17 are: President- Lynn Dennis, Florida Southern College Vice President- Usman Faruq, Lakeland Brewing Company Secretary- Margaret Stephens, Brooke Pottery Treasurer- Mary Stephenson, Citizen’s Bank & Trust Executive Committee- Terisa Glover, Two Hens & a […]

Mayfaire by-the-Lake Celebrates 45 Years

2016 is a milestone year for the Polk Museum of Art. In addition to the museum celebrating its 50th anniversary later this year, May marks the 45th anniversary of Mayfaire by-the-Lake, which is held along the shores of Lake Morton on Mother’s Day weekend each year. Sunshine Artist magazine ranked this fine arts show 55th […]

May Events at the Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS Monkey Business: Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art Through 2016 For the first time in its 50-year history, the Polk Museum of Art partnered with accomplished Florida artist Ruben Ubiera to produce “Monkey Business,” an on-site, large-scale interior mural. Ubiera designed and created a unique mural measuring 16’ x 24’ onto one of […]

Take a Stroll Along the Lemon Street Promenade

One of the prettiest, shadiest walks through Downtown Lakeland is the Lemon Street Promenade. Home of the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, the tree-lined promenade runs from Massachusetts Avenue to South Florida Avenue. The sculptures for the 16th annual competition arrived earlier this year, and the Polk Museum of Art recently announced the winners: Best of Show: “Ribbon […]

Swan City Cycles is Here. Get on Our Bikes & Ride!

Fact: some of the most beautiful sites in Downtown Lakeland are best seen on two wheels, and if you live nearby, those two wheels also make ideal transportation for many everyday tasks. That’s why Shane Mahoney registered himself and his wife, Christina Ingrassia, with Swan City Cycles shortly after the bike sharing program began in […]

April Exhibitions & Events at the Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS “16’x24’:” Ruben Ubiera at Polk Museum of Art For the first time in its 50-year history, the Polk Museum of Art partners with accomplished Florida artist Ruben Ubiera to produce an on-site, large-scale interior mural. Ubiera will design and create a unique mural measuring 16’ x 24’ onto one of the Museum’s most prominent […]

Big Changes Coming to Brooke Pottery

Exciting changes are coming to one of Downtown Lakeland’s cornerstone establishments. Brooke Pottery is consolidating its two-room retail space into one 1,600 square foot area to make room for a new business downtown: Embroidery Mill and Boutique. Brooke Pottery, a store dedicated to artist-made fine craft made in America and Canada, has been a part of Lakeland […]

Bebe Flow Renovates, Adds Clothing Line

Bebe Flow recently completed a renovation and became a “prestige retailer” for a boutique baby clothing line. The addition of the Mud Pie baby clothing line is a response to customer demand, says owner Ashley Ford. Ford’s journey with Bebe Flow started as a home-based business in August 2013, where she designed custom fabrics to […]

March Exhibitions & Events at Polk Museum of Art

EXHIBITIONS Another America: Contemporary Latin American Art from the Permanent Collection Jan. 30- April 23 Since its inception in 1966, Polk Museum of Art has established a sophisticated permanent collection. From prehistoric Pre-Columbian antiquities to 21st century digital prints, the collection boasts a wide ranging survey of historic periods, artistic styles and cultural trends. Contemporary […]

Music Munndays Comes to Downtown Lakeland

Mondays in Munn Park will be far from mundane for the next eight weeks, beginning Feb. 29. “Music Munndays” is coming to Downtown Lakeland as a result of a partnership between the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority and Imperial Symphony Orchestra. Live performances will take place each Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the […]

What’s Happening at March First Friday

Step right up! The circus is coming to town. Our First Friday on March 4 is sponsored by the Lakeland Association of Realtors, and the theme is “A Night at the Circus.” This month’s event will be one for the record books—literally. Bring the whole family to see the sword swallower who holds a Guinness […]

There’s A Giraffe in Munn Park!

David Collins went out on a limb recently to paint a life-sized giraffe on one of the camphor trees in Munn Park. The process took about a week to complete and required scaffolding to reach the high spots. The public art installation could last several months, depending on nature and humans. Why paint a giraffe […]