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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things To Do. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

Phone: (727) 893-8595


Twitter: @SharonKWn

  1. Plan your weekend June 23-25: Pride parade, Lego art, Tampa Theatre beer fest 'Barley's Angels'


    Plan your weekend


    St. Pete Pride: More than 200,000 people are expected to revel on a new route Saturday along downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront for a parade that has grown into the largest in the Southeast. There will be a free concert on Friday in Straub Park from 7-10 p.m. with local artists that will be a fundraiser for local non-profits. Saturday's festivities start at 2 p.m. with continuous music, a parade along Bayshore Drive at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks. ...

    Storm troopers take the field for Star Wars day before the start of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: Lego exhibit (w/video), Rays Star War Night


    THE ART OF THE BRICK: More than child's play

    Here's an art exhibit worth a block of your time: Nathan Sawaya's ingenious use of Legos. The Art of the Brick is a free exhibit open Friday through Sept. 4 thanks to the Vinik Family Foundation. Named one of the world's must-see exhibitions by CNN, it has been traveling the globe for 10 years, drawing huge crowds. More than 100 pieces are set up in a series of galleries that range from classic artworks like Mona Lisa and The Scream to a life-sized T. rex skeleton and Sawaya's famous Yellow, a surreal sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with a tumble of yellow Lego bricks falling out. Then visitors can make their own sculptures in a build area. After opening Friday, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at 802 E Whiting St., Tampa.

    Swimmer by Nathan Sawaya.
  3. 5 things to do under $5: Typewriter Day, Tampa's Fourth Friday, Japanese festival


    1 World Typewriter Day Type-In: Because no laptop can match the satisfaction of the plunk of a typewriter key and the ping of a return, the Paper Seahorse store celebrates World Typewriter Day on Friday with an array of machines to peck on. They have restored typewriters from the 1920s through the 1970s, including a Remington with an art deco font. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at 211 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 251-8096....

    Celebrate World Typewriter Day on Friday.
  4. Everything you need to know to party at St. Pete Pride


    Now in its 15th year, the St. Pete Pride celebration will draw 200,000 people to a new parade route Saturday along downtown's scenic waterfront. It has grown into the largest gay pride parade in the Southeast and keeps evolving.

    For the first time, this year's parade will kick off with a TransPride March consisting of transgender and gender-nonconforming communities and their supporters. They will gather at 6 p.m. at Albert Whitted Park and march north along Bayshore and meet up with the St. Pete Pride Parade starting point....

    Nineteen-year-old Largo resident Taylor Fields, center, dances to high-energy hip hop music in waist-high foam at a party on Central Avenue at St. Pete Pride 2016 in St. Petersburg. Two hundred thousand participants are expected to attend the event. Andres Leiva   |   TIMES
  5. Lego artist Nathan Sawaya, coming to Tampa, left a law career to toy with art


    Nathan Sawaya left the world of corporate law at 31 to become a Lego artist.

    That's right. Legos. Those little colorful bricks that parents the world over have stepped on. It was a move so wild, it once prompted comedian Stephen Colbert to ask, was this the best way he could tell his parents to go to hell?

    "I look at it this way," he said, calling from his Los Angeles studio. "My worst day as an artist is still better than my best day as a lawyer." ...

    Sawaya’s sculpture called Swimmer depicts a human form in midstroke. Loose bricks give the suggestion of motion and water, according to the website,, which features Sawaya’s work.
  6. Sneak peek: We rode SeaWorld's Kraken coaster while wearing virtual reality goggles


    Even without virtual reality goggles, the Kraken rollercoaster at SeaWorld can be scary. It climbs to 150 feet, turns riders upside down seven times and reaches speeds of 65 mph.

    But starting Friday, the 17-year-old coaster will be the first major ride in Florida with the high-tech option of virtual reality goggles that project an undersea showdown with the ride's namesake monster.

    The Tampa Bay Times was among a gaggle of coaster fans and media members allowed to test out the new feature Thursday. The upgrade joins a trend of technology-driven thrills in Florida theme parks....

    The Kraken roller coaster at Seaworld will have virtual reality goggles.
  7. Plan your weekend June 16-18: Father's Day fun, Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies, Dierks Bentley


    Plan your weekend

    Call your dad

    Father's Day: This Sunday you can skip getting another tie or bucket of golf balls for Dad and spend time together instead. Dad eats free at the GameTime arcade in Ybor City with the purchase of an entree, appetizer or kids meal. And they get in free with another paid admission at Dinosaur World, MOSI , the Tampa Bay History Center and the Chihuly Collection of stunning glass art in St. Petersburg. Find a complete lineup at

    In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Tig Notaro poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Tig", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
  8. Where Dad gets free admission and food plus more events for Father's Day


    Skip getting another tie or bucket of golf balls for Dad. Here are some places around town offering ways to spend time together.

    Dad Eats Free at the GameTime arcade in Ybor City with the purchase of an entree, appetizer or kids meal. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday at 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-9675.

    Dinosaur World is offering free admission for dads 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday with one paid child's admission. $16.95, $14.95 seniors, $11.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City. (813) 717-9865. ...

    The Tampa Bay History Center is among the places offereing free admission for dads. [Times files]
  9. Top things to do this week: Adults take over Glazer Children's Museum, new theme park attractions


    ADULT SWIM: Grown Up Night

    Friday will be Grown Up Night at the Glazer Children's Museum. The adult playtime will be a '90s throwback party (remember those days?) and there will be experiences with snowboards, a Mars rover and a 360-degree freeze motion video from the museum's new Math Alive exhibit. There's even a beer garden on the terrace, so book a babysitter and an Uber driver. 5-9 p.m. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $20 advance, $25 at the door. (813) 443-3861. ...

    The Kraken roller coaster at Seaworld will have virtual reality goggles.
  10. 5 things to do under $5: Go Skateboarding Day, St. Pete Beach Grand Prix


    1 Sunshine State Clusters: Ready to see dogs with way better grooming habits than most people? Thousands of dogs in all breeds, even junior dogs, will compete 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. There will also be a dock diving competition and a special presentation to Tampa International Airport K-9 officer Vika. 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $5, children free. (941) 356-2038. ...

    Emily Cloudman of DeLand pets her Golden Retriever, Lani, 1, during an American Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show hosted by the Greater Venice Florida Dog Club at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa in 2014.
  11. Lego artist will throw first pitch at Tampa Bay Rays game -- and he's making his own ball


    This is a baseball and bat that artist Nathan Sawaya created out of Lego bricks for his Art of the Brick museum show in California. Sawaya, who is bringing his exhibition of creative Lego pieces to Tampa June 23-Sept. 4, will be throwing out the first pitch in the June 21 Rays game. And the baseball -- you guessed it  -- will be made out of Legos.

     "I think we are making baseball history here," Sayaya said in an interview from his Los Angeles studio, which is stocked with a 6 million bricks at any given time.

    The Rays confirmed to us that yes, Sawaya will be on the mound  at the 12:10 p.m. game June 21 against the Cincinatti Reds. And he's making his own ball with red stitching and everything.

    Sawaya, meanwhile, says he is practicing in a local park to make sure his pitch doesn't sink like, well, a brick....

    Lego artist Nathan Sawaya will not only throw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays game June 21, he'll be the first one to do it with a ball crafted out of Lego bricks.
  12. Plan your weekend June 9-11: Rays Turn Back the Clock, Iron Maiden, Third Eye Blind, a beer- art party


    Plan your weekend


    Retro double-header: The Tampa Bay Rays will be in faux '70s jerseys for a Turn Back the Clock event Saturday at the ballpark with '70s music, "Hamburger Helper in a cone," as well as TV dinners, fried Twinkies rolled in monster cereals, fried Kool-Aid and a Buzz Aldrin drink special. For the 2:10 p.m. first game Saturday, the Rays will wear their retro uniforms, there will be a banner parade after the first game that fans are invited to join. One ticket gets admission to both games; prices start at $26.

  13. 5 things to do under $5: 'Stranger Things' Escape Room, kids fly free, Summer RV Show


    1 Young Eagles Flight Rally: Kids ages 8 to 17 can get a free 15-minute plane ride with an experienced pilot to explore the world of aviation. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first. Weather will be monitored; check for possible cancelation. 8 a. m.-noon Saturday. Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave. Free. (813) 765-2204. ...

    Kids can explore the world of aviation on June 10 during a free 15-minute plane ride at Clearwater Airpark.
  14. Top things to do this week: Bone BBQ and Fishing Slam with pig races, Superhero Pub Crawl


    SOMETHING'S FISHY: Bone Fishing Slam and BBQ

    A family friendly weekend of fishing, live music and barbecue with pig races each day is coming to Madeira Beach. The Baddest BBQ on the Bone, running in conjunction with the Bone Fishing Slam, will also have a boat showcase, marine and art vendors, a kids fishing rodeo, live concerts and a kids zone. Anglers of all ages and skill levels will compete in a multiple species, inshore and offshore fishing tournament with more than $25,000 in prizes up for grabs. Friday night will be one of the largest seawall fishing tournaments for kids in the state, and it's free admission, free parking, free water ferry from parking lot to event site and even free fishing rods to the first 250 kids. The festival runs 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday at the Madeira Beach recreation field at 200 Rex Place.

    Pigs belly-flop into the pool during a pig race at the 2014 Baddest BBQ on the Bone and Bone Fishing Slam in Madeira Beach.
  15. National Doughnut Day is Friday, and 12 places are celebrating with free doughnuts and charity work


    Friday is National Doughnut Day — because who gets excited about National Broccoli Day? — and it turns out its history is pretty sweet.

    This year marks 100 years since the Salvation Army's "Doughnut Lassies" served the treats to American soldiers on the front lines during World War I. These Salvation Army volunteers are often credited with popularizing the sweet circles, while also comforting the homesick soldiers. ...

    Datz Dough is giving out one classic-style doughnut per customer while supplies last on June 2 for National Doughnut Day. Classic-style includes glazed, cinnamon, chocolate sprinkle, chocolate iced, vanilla sprinkle, red velvet, blue majestic and more. 2602 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
Photo courtesy Datz Dough