Best Bets: May through June

May 11
Florida Wine Festival
Although The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science has closed to the public, its work remains unfinished. The museum is undergoing a metamorphosis, from which it expects to emerge as a world-class science and technology learning center for children and adults. The 10th Annual Florida Wine Festival is one step toward ensuring success. Enjoy an evening of fabulous wine samples, tantalizing food catered by Mozaik, a silent auction featuring vacation getaways, jewelry, and art and wine, along with a unique business showcase featuring local merchants from five distinct areas of Tallahassee. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. The event will be at Kleman Plaza from 7-10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

May 13
Darius Rucker in Sandestin
Country music lovers are in for a hootin’ hollerin’ good time as Darius Rucker, formerly of ’90s sensation Hootie and the Blowfish, performs at the beautiful Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The show promises to be a great close to a star-studded charity weekend and well worth the drive. The concert’s proceeds will benefit Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam’s ANNIKA Foundation to fund the implementation of spark — a physical education program targeted to elementary schools. Concert tickets are $54.76 and available online. Access to other weekend events, including golf,
social events and fine dining, is available with a sponsorship donation. Packages begin at $1,000. For a complete schedule of events and event sponsorship information, call Monark Events at (850) 728-9476, email or visit

May 17
Spring Fling
This year Big Bend Hospice invites you to spend a scintillating evening Under a Far Eastern Moon. Hosted by Tallahassee Nurseries, this year’s Spring Fling will include tantalizing bites from Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy stunning Asian music and dance, as well as a surprise finale at the end. The night will run from 7-10 p.m. at Tallahassee Nurseries, 2911 Thomasville Road. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online. Proceeds will benefit Big Bend Hospice and provide support for indigent care and music therapy for hospice patients, and bereavement services to adults and children in the eight counties served by Big Bend Hospice. For more information, contact Connie Palmer, (850) 701-1341,

June 23
If your walls are looking bare or you are just craving a new gorgeous piece of art, Big Bend Cares invites you to the 14th Annual Artopia, a night of live and silent auctions of masterpieces by local artists. Hosted at Florida State University’s Turnbull Conference Center, this year’s event will offer work in a wide array of media created and donated by our region’s most accomplished artists. Last year’s Artopia drew a crowd of more than 700 art buyers, and this year promises to be even bigger. The night kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and general admission tickets are $30. For more information, contact Michelle Hayse by phone at (850) 656-2437, ext. 225 or by email, 



July 21
Tallahassee Top Singles
Our city’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will be feted during one of the most entertaining evenings of the summer! Hotel Duval will host the party with food, music and libations. Lunch dates with our select singles will be auctioned off to the highest bidder — and the money will go to each single’s charity of choice. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., and tickets are $50. Contact Marjorie Stone, (850) 878-0554,, or visit


Spotlight for Fall: Vintage VegasBy Laura Bradley

For one night, what happens in Vegas won’t be staying there. Round up your luckiest friends and don your favorite “rat pack” attire for a fun-filled casino night with poker, blackjack, craps and more. The night’s top two high rollers will win fabulous grand prizes. There will also be delicious hors de oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment. Hosted by the Hotel Duval, you can bet this will be an elegant night to remember. Tickets are $150 each, and the event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m on Thursday, May 10. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Leon County Humane Society, whose main purpose is to find forever homes for companion animals and promote responsible pet ownership. To purchase tickets, visit For those who want to support animals but aren’t creatures of the night, Tails and Trails 2012 will be on Saturday, May 5. This event benefits the Tallahassee Animal Shelter Foundation, which contributes to the city/county shelter’s resources, aggressively promotes spay and neuter, and encourages responsible pet ownership. Join in the fun and help support our community’s furry friends with a 10K, 5K, or 1-mile run or walk at the Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive. For more information, visit


Events Calendar
March through May

Compiled by Renee Jacques

May 4
Mark Wallheiser’s Hurricanes
Just before the 2012 season blows in, the 621 Gallery in Railroad Square will showcase hurricane images from Wallheiser’s nearly 30 years as a photojournalist. 6–9 p.m. Nan Boynton Memorial Gallery, 621 Industrial Road.

May 4 and June 1
Railroad Square First Friday
On the first Friday of every month, Tallahassee residents flock to Railroad Square to experience a night of the arts. Most of the shops and studios in the park are open and selling artwork, jewelry and vintage clothing. Most of the galleries are open for your viewing pleasure. Railroad Square Art Park, 567 Industrial Drive.

May 4–6
Tallahassee Book Festival and Writers’ Conference
For all the book lovers and authors out there, the Tallahassee Book Festival and Writers’ Conference offers an exciting round of nights with guest speakers such as Doug Alderson and Jessica Morrell. The keynote speaker will be Steve Berry. Hone your writing skills as you learn from seasoned authors. $25. Monroe Street Conference Center Ballroom, 2913 Graves Road. (850) 893-7919

May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Downtown Market
Downtown Market is Tallahassee’s premier open-air market featuring food, music, art and crafts. Come and pick up some original local art and treat yourself to locally produced food. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Downtown Tallahassee, at Park Avenue. (850) 224-3252,

May 5
TSO POPs in the Park at SouthWood
Join the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra for an evening of outdoor music, while enjoying the view of the evening sky over Central Park Lake.  $10 for adults, children under 12 free. Tickets available at the gate, 4675 Grove Park Drive, or through the TSO office. 5:30–9 p.m. (850) 224-0461.

May 5–6
Join the Tallahassee Ballet as they retell the classic tale of the girl with the long, golden hair. Accompanied by The Chamber Orchestra, the story is told through movement, exquisite costumes and exciting characters. There’s even a handsome prince. For times and prices, visit

May 6
Tallahassee Youth Orchestras
Be impressed by the talented young local musicians as they perform two ensembles. $5. 3 p.m. Opperman Music Hall, Florida State University. (850) 224-8966.

May 7
Kentucky Derby Gala
Watch the Kentucky Derby in style, benefitting the Leon Advocacy & Resource Center. Bet on your favorite horse while enjoying a grand buffet dinner and dancing, and participate in the traditional Parade of Hats Contest. $50 per guest. 4–8:30 p.m. Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, 6800 Mahan Drive. Tickets are available at

May 11
10th Annual Florida Wine Festival
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science hosts its annual fundraiser, complete with wine tasting, silent auction and business showcase. 7–10 p.m. 350 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL. Ticket sales:

MAY 11–July 28
Diversity & Creativity: Photography in the 21st Century
Immerse yourself in this exhibition of regional photographers, while exploring the many aspects of modern photography and its methods. Includes art by Edward Babcock, Robert Constand, Barbara Eleene Edwards, Bill Humphries, Jim Miller, David Moynahan and Stewart Nelson. Curated by Jessie Lovano-Kerr. $1 donation, members and children free. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Gadsden Arts Center, 13 N. Madison Street, Quincy.

May 11
Town & Country
Marvel at the acrylic works of husband and wife duo Randy and Debra Brienen. Randy is formally trained while Debra is self-taught. Compare and contrast their techniques. The exhibit runs through July 28. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Zoe Golloway Exhibit Hall, Gadsen Arts Center, 3 N. Madison St., Quincy. (850) 875-4866,

May 11
Midtown Idol
Owners and representatives of various Midtown organizations and businesses will gather to perform their renditions of karaoke classics to raise money for the Tallahassee Senior Center. $5 at the door. Krewe de Gras, 1304 N. Monroe St.

May 12
Tallahassee Downtown Book Fair
Join the fun of reading and sharing at Ponce De Leon Park at this fourth annual event as the Friends of the Library sell gently used books for great prices. Meet and greet with local authors, including Andrea Davis Pinkney and Diane Roberts. You’ll also have a chance to sign your kids up for the library’s summer reading program, Dream Big — Read! and pick up their reading record, bookmarks and stickers 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE.
(850) 606-2614

May 13
Mother’s Day Buffet
A tradition for 25 years, the Mother’s Day Buffet returns to the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge. Reservations are required. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, 465 Wakulla Park Drive. Time TBD. (850) 421-2000,

May 13, June 10
Second Sunday Archaeology Lab Tours
Get in the mood for some history lessons as you learn about 17th century Spanish and Apalachee life and architecture. Join the archaeologists for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the archaeology lab. 11 a.m. Children 6–7 $2, Adults $5, Seniors $3. Mission San Luis, 2100 W. Tennessee St. (850) 245-6406,

May 17
Miranda Lambert: On Fire
One of country’s top stars will be making a stop in Tallahassee. Jam along to such hits as “Famous in a Small Town,” “Gunpowder and Lead” and “More Like Her.” Special guests are Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St. 7:30 p.m. (850) 222-0400,

May 18
Operation Thank You
Leon County is hosting this block party event on the weekend of Armed Forces Day to honor the service of post-9/11 local armed forces members and veterans. “Operation Thank You” will include live music performances, food and beverage booths, vendors and entertainment for children. In addition, organizations, programs and groups specifically focused on the military and veteran communities will be represented at the event. Downtown Tallahassee, South Adams Street between Jefferson Street and Park Avenue. For more information, contact Shington Lamy at (850) 606-5300 or Jan Carey, Veteran Services Officer, at (850) 606-1940.

May 18–20, 25–27
‘Reasons to be Pretty’
In an age of superficiality, this interesting play questions the value of prettiness and the complications beauty places on relationships. $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and students. Tallahassee Little Theatre, 1861 Thomasville Road. 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (850) 224-4597,

May 19
Run for Wakulla Springs
This event encourages healthy heart activity as participants enjoy the scenery and engage in a 5K benefiting the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, Inc. Fees vary. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, 465 Wakulla Park Drive. 8:30–10:30 a.m. (850) 561-7286,

May 19 and June 16
3rd Saturdays at Railroad Square Art Park
On the third Saturday of every month, Railroad Square hosts live music and tasty food from Tasty Treats Restaurant In the Square. There are often children’s activities, vendors and live music. FREE. 1–5 p.m. Railroad Square Art Park, McDonnell Drive. (850) 766-1257,

May 26
2012 Fight for Air Walk/Run
Thirty-five million Americans suffer from asthma, and the American Lung Association hopes that this walk/run will raise awareness and fundraising for this painful disease. $100 in donations is encouraged. Centerville Conservation Community, 8240 Centerville Road. 8 a.m. (850) 386-2065,

June 1
First Fridays in Downtown Thomasville
Come enjoy the local scene as Downtown Thomasville shops, boutiques and restaurants stay open late with specials, entertainment and more. The event is scheduled the first Friday of every month. 7–9 p.m.

June 2
Pints for Paws
Sponsored by the North Florida Brewers League, you can sample homebrewed craft beers to support the work of the Animal Shelter Foundation. More than 50 varieties will be available from some of the region’s best brewers, who will also be on hand to offer advice to those considering brewing their own. A $10 admission gets you six samples. Additional samples are available for $1 each. 4–8 p.m. Market Square Shopping Center Pavilion.

June 2
Midtown Barre Crawl
Kick off summer and imbibe in all the tastes of Midtown to benefit The Tallahassee Ballet. Pick up your Midtown Barre Crawl goodie bags stuffed with commemorative cups (for drink samples through the evening) and maps directing you to each participating Midtown bar for a complimentary beer or wine taste. Before crawling to your first bar, enjoy live music and food from area vendors. 4–8 p.m. Advance purchase tickets are $20 each, $25 at the event., or (850) 224-6917

June 3
Tallahassee Bach Parley
St. John’s Episcopal Church hosts a performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 6. followed by a reception. Music will be performed on period instruments that recreate the Concerto the way it was composed. Open to the public, $5 donation requested. Free childcare available. 211 N. Monroe Street. 3–4:30 p.m. (850) 224-8025.

June 7–10, 15–17 and 22–24
‘Wonder of the World’
One woman decides to leave her dull life and husband behind to enjoy the wonders of the world’s honeymoon capitol, Niagara Falls. As Cass embarks on this hilarious journey of self-discovery, she encounters a lively alcoholic, a lonely tour boat captain, a pair of bickering detectives and a mystery involving a giant jar of peanut butter. $21 adults, $17 seniors and students. 8 p.m. 1861 Thomasville Road.

June 8–9
7th Annual Ride For Hope
This cycling and wellness event offers five distance rides, ranging from a family fun ride to a 100-mile century through the rolling hills and canopy roads of Tallahassee. Includes dinner, entertainment and the “Hero of Hope” presentation. All rides take place on the 9th, along with the Health Fair, which includes music, food, face painting and health screenings. All proceeds benefit Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. 1–4 p.m. (850) 431-5389. Register at

June 9
Summer Barbershop Harmony Show
In this double feature, well-tuned groups will be serenading the audience twice in matinee and evening performances. Come out to see The Capital Chordsmen at their finest. Shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. TCC Turner Auditorium, 444 Appleyard Drive. (850) 224-7729 or

June 12
The Ned Devines at Finnegan’s Wake
Join the soulful celebration of traditional Irish music with The Ned Devines every second Sunday of the month. Familiar and traditional tunes with a diverse selection of songs are sure to leave feeling like you’ve kissed the Blarney Stone. 7–10 p.m. 1122 Thomasville Road. (850) 385-4847 or

June 16
Tallahassee Model Railroad Show and Sale
It’s a locomotive adventure for all ages as Big Bend Model Railroad Association hosts their model train convention at the North Florida Fairgrounds. $5 admission, free for children under 12. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 544-1870 or

June 29–July 1, July 6–8
‘Playboy of the Western World’
Enjoy this story of a small town that’s looking for a hero — when all of a sudden an outsider surprisingly answers their calls. Prices TBD. 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Tallahassee Little Theatre, 1861 Thomasville Road. (850) 224-8474 or

July 6–15
‘Anything Goes’
Don’t miss the boat! When the S.S. American hits the sea, two unlikely couples set out on the course to true love … proving sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good, old-fashioned blackmail. A hilariously bumpy musical ride. $14 for children, $16 for students and $18 for adults. 7:30 p.m.

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