Saturday, September 30, 2017

Little Orphan Annie at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford.

Pam Schwartz and I went to the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center (201 S. Magnolia Ave Sanford, FL 32771) to see  dress rehearsal for the musical, Annie directed by Cynthea Fuoco. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's (Amy Hughs) evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks (Stephen McPherson), his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

I have never seen the play although I have seen examples of several of the comic strips. We approached the theater, walking down a narrow alley way to the stage door. We walked right into the dressing room and had to make our way back into the house. The first order of business was the sound checks for each actor. Everyone had on a microphone. Clearly the number, "Its a hard knock Life" had been rehearsed often. The kids scrubbed the floor while singing the song, and they would bang down the buckets to the beat of the music.

There were some rough transitions but this was a rehearsal so I am sure any kinks will get worked out before the show opens. My favorite scene was when Annie and Sandy, the dog (Olive Garvey) she had just found, confront a cop (Rob Dove). He pulls the dog aside and tells Annie to call the dog by name. If he doesn't go to her than clearly it was not her dog. She whistled and called Sandy and the dog took off towards her. But then he ran right past her and down the stage steps into the audience. The police man stayed in character and said, "See that is most certainly not your dog." It was a hilarious moment and I hope the dog continues to stray from his mark.

The play is clearly a wish fulfillment for a country that was suffering from the great depression. It seems a bit far fetched that Annie singing, "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" would help inspire Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (Russell Trahan)  New Deal. The young actress playing Annie (Lily Dove) did a great job. One little, Molly (Irelyn Silvestro) also stood out as she joked and played with Mrs Hannigan.

When: Remaining show dates, September 30, 7:30-9 p.m., Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., Oct. 6-7, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 7, 2-3:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 8
Phone: 407-321-8111
Price: $20-$27

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Dueling Dragons at the Global Peace Film Festival.

I went to Rollins College to sketch a piano recital. As I walked past the Bush Auditorium, I heard my name shouted out. It was journalist Michael McLeod. He pointed out that it was the last day of the Global Peace Film Festival. He had just seen a film he loved called Accidental Courtesy, about Daryl Davis, a black musician, actor, author, and lecturer who befriends white supremacists and because of that friendship, they left the Ku Klux Klan. How can you hate someone you haven't met? Rather than sketch the recital, I decided to blindly see a film at the Global Peace Film Festival. The film about to screen was called Dueling Dragons.

The Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means. People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested. The film festival works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.

Michael had told me that because of Hurricane Irma, the film festival has had very low attendance this year. I decided to sketch the close to empty theater but people kept arriving to populate my sketch. The theater probably became close to half full. I didn't have enough time to sketch everyone before the lights went out for the screening. The front row filled up with the musicians whose music was used in the film.

Dueling Dragons directed by Brett Gerking runs 65 minutes. Orlando police officers and inner-city children form a dragon boat racing team and reveal their emotional journeys as the program grows. This ancient sport is rooted in Chinese culture, and is introduced at a critical time in the lives of both cops and kids in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. Success in dragon boating comes only when all 20 paddlers are in complete synchrony. Told from their straightforward perspectives, these cops and kids, they are transformed from wary participants to steadfast teammates. Along the way, they build trust and mutual respect, compete for gold medals and deal with the tragic loss of one of their mentors, Orlando Police Department Officer Lt. Debra Clayton

I had sketched a makeshift memorial for Debra at Walmart but seeing this film finally hit home for me how beautiful a person she was and how much of a loss her being shot in the line of duty was. She appeared throughout the film, smiling and beaming her love and support for the youth who became a team and each time I saw her my heart sank, because I knew what was to come. Life is so short and precious. Don't waste a moment. The Orlando Dueling Dragons team is the only rowing team in the country that has police and youth working together. I am intent now to find a dueling dragons race and shout for their victory.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 30th and October 1st.

Saturday September 30, 2017
8:00 AM to 10:30 PM - Free. Day 2 of Indie Galactic Space Jam. The DAVE School (2500 Universal Studios Plaza, Soundstage #25, Orlando, Florida). What is Indie Galactic Space Jam?
 1. It's an annual space-themed game jam hosted by Indienomicon, Orlando's independent game development association.
2. It's a collaborative event that's great for creatives of all sorts. Artists, animators, developers, writers, designers, and others are all welcome to participate.
3. It's a good way to flex your game-making skills, find new people to work with, and learn how to rapid- prototype a game idea.
This will be the 4th Indie Galactic Space Jam. This year they’re providing additional fun challenges, better resources, and greater opportunity for talent exposure. They also plan to kick things off with an amazing crop of speakers from both the space and video game industries. This is your chance to build something extraordinary with talented peers from all over Central Florida. Become part of a team or stay a lone (space) wolf charting a course to fun and excitement.
 Everyone is welcome to participate throughout the 48-hour Jam. They’re looking for artists, programmers, game designers, UI and UX designers, sound designers, writers, poets, interpretive dancers, people excited about games, people excited about space, people who like to eat pizza, and people like you. Register today and get ready to jam!
SATURDAY - SEPT 30TH - THE GRIND CONTINUES The non-stop game building action remains non-stop, except for the times you have to stop for food and ask for help.
8:00 AM – Doors Open, Breakfast/Coffee
12:30 PM – Lunch / Status Updates / Call for Help
6:30 PM – Dinner 11:00pm- Go Home!

7 PM to 9 PM - Free. Ybor City Art Walk (7th Ave, Ybor, Tampa, Florida 33605). Featuring a number of arts organizations and artsy businesses. Participating locations:
The Bricks of Ybor
Bloodline Tattoo
Ybor Arts Colony
Hot Wax
Wandering Eye Art Gallery
Dysfunctional Grace
Moon Over Havana Arts Gallery
Live Arts Labs
There will be other businesses joining the lineup so stay tuned! For any questions please feel free to contact the Ybor Art Alliance through Facebook. Expect to be wowed!

9 PM to Midnight - Free but get a drink or 2. Oranga Tanga. Live music at The Dog and Bone British Pub, (9 Stone St, Cocoa, Florida 32922).

Sunday October 1, 2017 
8 AM to 9 PM - Free. Day 3 of Indie Galactic Space Jam. The DAVE School (2500 Universal Studios Plaza, Soundstage #25, Orlando, Florida). PROJECT WRAP UP + FINAL SHOWCASE The hard work hopefully looks like it is forming into something recognizable as fun. Success or failure, hopefully you learned something. Participants will present their team’s game concept for everyone to enjoy!
8:00 AM – Doors Open, Breakfast/Coffee
12:00 PM – Lunch and Status Updates / Call for Help
4:30 PM– Complete Game Projects, Begin Project Uploads
5:30 PM – Dinner & Technical Check with presentations over the projector
6:30 PM – Team Presentations Begin 9:00pm – Go Home!

10 AM to Noon - Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. (University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811). The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources.

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Free. Market2Park. Shady Park, (Hannibal Square New England and Pennsylvania Ave. Winter Park FL).

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Story Club at the Abbey.

Orlando Story Club gatherings are every other month at The Abbey (100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, Florida 32801) in downtown Orlando. Anyone with a story can put their name in the hat for a chance to share. Ten names are drawn at random. Judges are picked at random in the audience, preferably those people who are new to story club. Judges are given a chalk board and piece of chalk to rate each story from 1 to 10. First, Second, and Third place winners receive a prize!

The theme for the March event was "Bodies". Like it or lump it we are all born with our bodies. It seems much of our life is spent just taking care of them. Storytellers explored our topsy-turvey relationship with them. Every body part was explored. Mike Scottie's story, was about trying to gain 40 pounds. He was a thin rail as a child with stork like legs. He pushed the notion that you are what you eat. When he discovered that all his pants no longer fit He decided to slim down, but then realized it is even harder to loose weight than to gain weight.

The evening was moderated by special guest story teller, host television personality and stroke survivor Mark McEwen. Orlando Story Club gives anyone the chance to showcase their story telling for the enrichment of the local community. The benefiting charity was The Assistance Fund. Every day, The Assistance Fund walks alongside thousands of patients and helps break down their financial barriers to medical treatment by providing direct financial assistance

Mark Your Calendar, the next Orlando Story Club with the theme, "A Promise" will be on Wednesday, November 1 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM at The Abbey. Tales will relate a time when you were trusted with A PROMISE.

All proceeds will support Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Admission: $5 (additional donations encouraged)
Doors open @ 6:30pm. Show starts @ 7pm.

Laugh, listen, drink, and help build our community!

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Spotlight Cabaret Series featuring Janine Klein.

 Janine Klein returns to the Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series premiering her latest solo cabaret, "Nobody Does It Better." From "Dr. No" to "Spectre," James Bond films have given us some of the most iconic movie themes of the past 50 years. Janine takes her audience through an evening of popular Bond theme songs and stories that will definitely cause some laughs.

Pam Schwartz and I went to a rehearsal. It turned out that it was Janine Klein's birthday. She put on a gorgeous sequin gown and had Christopher Leavy, the musical director at Playhouse Theater, zip her up. He was wearing an orange t-shirt and asked me to sketch him in a dress shirt. He then discovered that he had a dress shirt in his office. In theater you always have to be ready with a change of costume.

Janine gave a hilarious and irreverent performance. She gave a hilarious list of some of the Bond Girls, like Pussy Galore, Plenty O'Toole, Holly Goodhead, Xenia Onatopp and her favorite Octo Pussy. She was at ease and the show became largely a comedy as she lambasted the Bond mystique. She might reign in the irreverent jokes when there is a full house, but I hope not. The microphone was only a prop. It wasn't live, so for some numbers she spared her voice. Even as she glossed over the difficult passages she was always entertaining. She was even more entertaining as she growled out some lyrics and held the microphone provocatively.

The cabaret showcases a different professional singer each month up front in the beautiful lobby bar. A truly "New York-style" cabaret, each performance is approximately 55 minutes in length with no intermission. Shows are September 27th and 28th at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm for General Seating. Tickets are $20 for general seating.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Chuck Archard Electric Bass-Faculty Recital at Rollins College.

Rollins College Tiedtke Concert Hall (1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789) The night of music featured new original compositions dedicated to Keith Wilson, Jay Flippin and Harold Blanchard, as well as tunes by Smokey Johnson, Wardell Q., Galactic, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Alan Parsons and Irving Berlin

On stage with Faculty member Chuck Archard were Chris Rottmayer, Ed Krout, Marc Clermont, Greg Parnell, Per Danielsson Suzy Park, Michelle Amato and direct from New Orleans the legendary drummer Allyn Robinson.

This was a fun experimental evening of music with each musician seizing the music and making it their own in lively solos. Rollins college has an ongoing series of free concerts and I like to stop in once in a while to sketch. There is nothing like the inspiration of good live music to help the lines dance on the page with less regard for stifling accuracy.

Mark your calendar. Upcoming free concert include..

September 26  |  7:30 PM
Keene Hall, 1000 Holt Avenue Winter Park, FL
32789This recital is free and open to the public. Parking is available nearby at the SunTrust Plaza Garage located on Lyman Avenue. 

September 28  |  7:30 PM
FACULTY RECITAL: Curtis Rayam, tenor
Keene Hall, 1000 Holt Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789
This recital is free and open to the public. Parking is available nearby at the SunTrust Plaza Garage located on Lyman Avenue.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Ultimate Art Project

Tamera J. Rogers made me aware of The Ultimate Art Project which was slated to happen days after Hurricane Irma struck Florida. This program was planned for the Square in Downtown Tavares, America's Sea Plane City. It was an opportunity to catch artists in their moments of creative glory. There were to be actors, painters and singers and potters and poets and jewelers and dancers, sculptors, and weavers and crafters, musicians and magicians and libations and food.

I decided to make the event one of the locations for the 10 Urban Sketching Workshops I have been offering. This was the 5th workshop. Progressing from small stories to medium stories and ultimately big stories.  Pam Schwartz and I took the one hour drive to sketch the Ultimate Art Project. The sun was setting as we approached the town square. The event was easy to find because of all the white events tents.

The grassy area was about the size of half a football field surrounded by wrought iron fences. The first tend we saw had kids doing four inch square paintings. In a corner of the field was Karaoke which dominated sound scene. Mixed in was a pan flutist, in the center of the field. One lady stood listening and then chatted with him. I decided he wasn't a sketch option since she was keeping him from performing. A van was painted black like a chalkboard and people could do chalk drawings on the vehicle. This is a pretty awesome idea and I wouldn't mind setting up mu Prius as a chalk board. There was the option to take a selfie in “paintings” of the Mona Lisa, The Scream, American Gothic, and Girl with a Pearl Earring but we never got around to taking those selfies.

I stopped when I heard this father (James Whitehead) and daughter team singing in the artists tent. They referred to themselves as Southern Roots. She had an amazing voice. They were strictly acoustic so their music had to blend in with the karaoke and Pan pipes across the way. Dad explained to me that his daughter really had to stress her voice to be heard. He was afraid she might not perform her best at next weeks church service. The set abruptly ended when the free movie screening began of Woody Allen's
Midnight in Paris.

Conversations among the artists were mostly about the recent hurricane. The Tavares marina was destroyed by Irma and all the boats piled up by the high winds. Sections of the park were cordoned off due to hurricane damage. The Ultimate Art Project was a chance for the community to get out after the hurricane and have a relaxing evening on the town green.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Man of La Mancha brings starry eyed ideals to the Shakes.

I had sketched the set being built for Man of La Mancha, at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803) so I was curious to see the show. I knew that a large hole had been opened in the stage floor to allow for a rotating stage and trap door. For that reason, I was very curious to see the set in action. The stage is set in the round, meaning the play can be seen from all sides. Pam Schwartz and I sat in the Bard section which was a new section set up for this production. The orchestra was hidden behind prison bars on a platform behind us. Much of the staging had the actors facing the center section which was across from us but there were only a few times when it was uncomfortable to have the action facing away from us.

In the opening scene, Cervantes, (Davis Gaines) is exiled to a dungeon. Inmates of the prison go through his possessions and plan a trial so they can take everything. In his defense Cervantes stages a play and invited prisoners to take parts in the production. He opens a theatrical make up case and turns himself into Don Quixote who is an idealist, a dreamer who imagines himself living a virtuous and heroic life. Sancho Panza, his companion (Matt Zambrano) followed dutifully on his adventures as squire. Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from the plain. Don Quixote fights the windmills that he imagines are giants. "The scariest dragons and fiercest giants usually turn out to be no more than windmills."

The staging for this production was pretty amazing. A large drawbridge lowered down to the stage with loud and sinister sounding moving gears. The entire theater felt dank and foreboding. The sounds of water droplets falling echoed in the space as the audience took to its seats. The center stage area could turn like a record on a turntable allowing characters to march in place, or circle. The center area was a rising platform which Don Quixote stood on when he triumphantly proclaimed his ideals and love. The beautiful Aldoneza (Laura Hodos) was a dispassionate and callous woman. She considered all men to be the same, all wanting just one thing. When Quixote saw her he was smitten and imagined her to be the most virtuous woman he had ever seen. He called her Dulcinea. She was annoyed that he didn't see her as she was, but ultimately she let her defenses down, needing to understand his ideals despite the everyday horrors.

This was a fun night of stellar theater. I was very impressed with the production. Donkey's were portrayed with large paper mache heads. They pulled tiny carts that acted as the saddle for the heroic protagonist and his side kick. I have to confess that I had to wipe away tears as Aldoneza proclaimed herself to be Don Quixote's idealized Dulcinea when she sang to him in his darkest hour.

The signature song in this musical is "The Impossible Dream" and Davis Gaines singing at the end of the first act brought the audience to it's feet. I scratched away at the page in the dark, not sure of the result and hopeful anyway. As the lights came up, I saw the results and quickly strove to make sense of the madness.

Go see this show. For a magical moment escape from your everyday reality. “Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”  -Don Quixote. 

The show runs through October 8.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hurricane damage in Greenwood Cemetery.

I drive by Greenwood Cemetery almost daily and after Hurricane Irma I was amazed at the amount of tree damage there was in the cemetery. I decided to return to document some of the trees that had snapped like twigs. The first stop was to the four headstones for victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre. This area of the cemetery had been largely spared. As a matter of fact one stone had rainbow balloons, rainbow flowers, a pin wheel and a rainbow colored teddy bear. All the memorial items were pristine. The day before had been Leroy Valentín Fernández' birthday. Clearly the family had come out and colorfully decorated his headstone to mark the occasion. All of the Pulse victim headstones now had color photos that were laminated in plastic and cut into the headstones. The photo of Cory Connell was had outstretched arms as if he were ready to wrestle the world. All memorial items had been removed form his stone, probably in preparation for Hurricane Irma. All 4 stone sat quietly in the shade of a large tree that had weathered the storm fine.

Pam Schwartz and I searched the cemetery for the tree I had seen while driving by the cemetery. Blanche Crews headstone was knocked over by a fallen tree limb. It was wedged back up with fallen branches making it look like the fallen angels had crutches.  Dozens of trees had snapped and branches littered the entire cemetery making it appear wild and overgrown. I settled into a spot near the headstone of Edgar Earl Hitchcock. I of course wondered if he was related to the film maker. Pam quickly did research and found out that Edgar was an important figure in Orlando's medical history. He founded the Pediatric Associates of Orlando in 1939. He was shown in a photo giving the very first polio vaccine shot in Central Florida to a young boy. His wife Ruth died many years after him but her headstone was not in her family plot or perhaps there is just no headstone.

Across the lane from where I was sketching, a family arrived in several cars. Blue and white helium balloons bounced up out of the car behind them. They were visiting the headstone of Richard Marcano Trinidad who had died on August 19, 2016. He had died at the tender age of 36. His stone noted that he was a Stealers fan and the epitaph read..."For the best daddy in the world. We will never forget you...from your kids." An Orlando Sentinel article reported that police had been dispatched to a home near UCF, where they found Trinidad critically injured. His 36 year old girlfriend was on the scene. I could not find any further reports about how or why Richard had died. The family released the dozen or so blue and white balloons and they silently rose into the sky.

Near the fallen tree I was sketching was the headstone for Harry P. Leu (1884-1977) and his wife Mary (1903-1986) of Leu Gardens fame. Their two granite slabs lying side by side, were pristine except for a few leaves. The Harry P. Leu historic home however has suffered damage from a huge tree limb that crashed into the roof, exposing the Leu bedroom to rain and wind damage. The ceilings and floor boards are soaked. Leu Gardens has closed indefinitely. Pam Schwartz, the Orange County Regional History Center curator went to the historic home to offer advice on preservation societies who might be able to help as well as FEMA contacts. 

The History Center off site storage facility had suffered damage when a roof access panel was blown loose and it gouged holes in the roofing as the heavy metal lid was hurled by the high winds, causing leaks over the historic collection. I was with Pam when she found the soaked warehouse and helped in removing soaked ceiling panels and now useless archival cardboard boxes. It look hours of work and in the emergency the sketchbook was ignored. Even though the floor were dried and artifacts were lifted to be  dried out off the floor, it was then discovered that the walls of the warehouse are fulled with mold. Now an effort needs to be made to save the collection form that mold which is inside the walls up to 10 feet high. The History Center is replacing all the inner walls in an effort to  protect and preserve Orlando's History.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 23rd and 24th.

Saturday September 23, 2017,
9 am to 3 pm Free. Orlando Superkids Classic. Manheim Central Florida 9800 Bachman Road Orlando Fl. Soap Box Derby style race with special needs children. Non-special needs children will be drivers and special needs children are passengers.

7 pm to 2 am. Free but drinks cost. Pirate Pub Invasion. Starting at Little fish Huge Pond 401 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford FL, at 7pm and are going to try and invade all the ports in Sanford. Be part of the plundering and pillaging.  Just make sure ye don’t steer yur ship with too much grog in yur belly.  PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Local Bars
Avenue Lounge
Bitters and Brass
Buster's Bistro
Little Fish HUGE Pond (host bar)
Sanford Brewing Co.
Sanford Avenue Tavern
Standard Sailor
East End Trading Co.
Wops Hops Brewery 

7 pm to 9 pm Free. Functionally Literate presents: SJ Sindu and Kristen Arnett. Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789. A reading, audience Q and A, book signing, and discussion of LGBTQ + issues in literature, featuring Lambda Literary Fellows: SJ SINDU (author of Marriage of a Thousand Lies) KRISTEN ARNETT (author of Felt in the Jaw) Beer, wine. Books for sale by Bookmark It. In partnership with Watermark Publishing Group, Inc.. Sponsored by Rollins College Master of Liberal Studies program.

Sunday September 24, 2017
5 pm to 7 pm Free. Blues Jam hosted by Doc WilliamsonThe Alley 114 S. Park Ave. Winter Park FL. Bring an instrument and join in the fun.

6:30 pm to 7:05 pm $10 Billy and Alan.  Short film screening as part of the Global Peace Film Festival. Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12, South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL. Director: Vicki Nantz USA, 2013, 35 minutes Website: When Billy Manes lost his partner, Alan, to suicide in 2012, he nearly lost everything he owned to homophobic “in-laws” who swept in to claim Alan’s possessions. Billy would later write about his devastating loss in the Orlando Weekly. In 2013 he agreed to share his story in this documentary to help change hearts and minds in the State of Florida which, at the time, did not recognize same-sex relationships, or provide them any legal protections. Billy Manes died unexpectedly in July. He was friend of the Global Peace Film Festival, and a beloved person in the Orlando community.

 8 pm to 10 pm Free. Harry's Honey Badger CaveLittle Fish Huge Pond 401 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford FL. I have no idea what this is about but it sounds like a good sketch opportunity.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Making Conversations - Global Warming.

Founded by artist LeAnn Siefferman, Making Conversations is an ongoing dinner series in which participants sit together at a large dinner table eat drink and talk about issues that effect us today. In cooperation with The Dinner Party Project the topical dinnerware is transformed into an intimate, private dinner party experience... with 12 strangers.The dinner was held in a very unique space, 1010 West Church Street in Paramour near the new soccer stadium, it's an old airplane hangar that has been converted into a venue.

A large industrial wire spool was set up as a table and plates, all designed by LeAnn were on display. The topic for this evening's dinner was climate change. The pates themselves addressed the issue. For instance one plate had a graph on it that showed the CO2 levels in the atmosphere over thousands of years. Thought the levels rise and fall over the centuries, the recent spike is ominous and unlike any spike from the past.

Another plate set the tone for the evening, it said, "I will listen, I will be open to your ideas. I will hold space. I will ask thoughtful questions. I will reflect before I respond. I will examine my story. I will look at both sides. I will seek the source of my beliefs. I will come to the table to learn." The plates reflected LeAnn's thoughts and he interpretation of information she has gathered on the subject of global warming over the years. Some people at the table were professors who acted as moderators while most were curious open minded people. The moderators were there to answer questions and prompt new ones. The goal l was to learn, listen, share and grow.

LeAnn spoke about each plate before dinner was served. She explained that we see the world through lenses. We interpret the information and project it back out into the world. That process is effected by our experiences, boundaries, religion, society, family, culture, fear, and genetics. Instead of projecting outward, perhaps the conversation could illuminate inward as we seek the source of our stories and understand where they came from. Guests each picked a plate, carried over to the table and dinner was then served.

The catered dinner looked delicious, flowers were arranged as the centerpiece, and the wine flowed. by the time I finished the sketch, the conversations were still heating up. These type of conversations on specific complex issues, by people from different communities, will help us find sustainable solutions for a more sustainable future. The goal also was to understand other peoples belief systems, to listen understand and look for answers. If we are to survive as a human race, we need to start reaching out and connecting.

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1010 Church St W, Orlando, FL 32805-2216, United States
OCT, 26
1010 Church St W, Orlando, FL 32805-2216, United States
NOV, 16
1010 Church St W, Orlando, FL 32805-2216, United States

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Live Oak International.

Live Oak International Grand Prix held at the pastoral Live Oak Plantation (2215 SW 110th Ave, Ocala, FL 34481), a 5,000-acre thoroughbred breeding farm located minutes from Ocala Florida,  celebrated it's 25th anniversary in 2016. The combined driving event has grown from humble beginnings as a sparsely attended affair held at a small venue near Ocala to one of the largest Combined Driving events in the country.

Today, the competition attracts some of the best drivers, trainers, coaches and owners from around the world. Over the years, tens of thousands have come to watch the driving and show jumping during the Live Oak International. The Show Jumping event draws top riders, including past Olympic gold medalists. Once again in 2017, the Grand Prix will be part of the Longines FEI World CupJumping North American League.

The combination of the two disciplines makes Live Oak International a one-of-a-kind event perfect for the seasoned equine enthusiast and the novice alike.  Was nerve wracking watching the horses jump the fences. Perfect rides with no fence posts down were rare. Of course there is only one horse and rider on the course at a time, but I couldn't resist putting more horses on the sketch as they jumped.
The winner of the $35,000 International Jump Competition (against the clock) was number 175 Vasco with rider Adam Prudent from France. He ran the course at 60.24 seconds with no penalties.
The next Live Oak International competition will be March 15-18, 2018. Tickets are available now.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trash 2 Trends: An Evening of Recycled Fashion.

The third annual Trash 2 Trends held at Sea World's Ports of Call, is a fundraiser which  brings the fashion and art of local artists together with the environmental community to promote sustainability in an innovative way. The show features local designers who create runway looks from items headed to the landfill. Money raised went to Keep Orlando Beautiful, whose mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community  environment through litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling and beautification  efforts.

There were complimentary appetizers during the cocktail hour, and a dessert and coffee bar was be provided during intermission for all guests. This is always a fun evening with some outlandish and quite beautiful designs created. Judges included City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Maxine Earhart, Flora Maria Garcia and designer Nailuj Villarroel.

The most Avant Guard design was in black, white and silver with very pointy over the top sun glasses, by designer Brittany Mikell. The most wearable award went to Nancy Alanso for an elegant white gown. The best use of material, by Gail Warner had a skirt made from hundreds of soda 6 pack holders. The Top Design award went to Christina Woodman for a black blouse and white skirt combination that was offset with a sharp 45 degree angle at the waist.  The audience choice went to Helaine Schneider for a poofy Van Gogh starry night themed dress.

The next Trash 2 Trends:
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Location: SeaWorld’s Ports of Call, 7007 Seaworld Drive, Orlando, Fl 32821
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Attire: Cocktail

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Monday, September 18, 2017

Story Club at the Abbey.

I went to The Abbey, (100 S Eola Dr #100, Orlando, FL 32801) to sketch Orlando Story Club which is an evening of stories based on the theme of “Can You Keep A Secret?” At this unique story telling series everyone can share their stories. Participants drop their names in a hat. The host pulls names from the hat to see who tells their story next. Three judges are picked from the audience. The only requirement to be a judge is that the person is new to Story Club.  The judges award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  A guest story teller headlines every show with its own theme, food, drinks and laughter are available in abundance.

Orlando Story Club was founded by storyteller and film maker Robin Cowie (“The Blair Witch Project”).  After participating in the national storytelling series The Moth, Central Florida based Cowie sought out to produce the same event here and so Orlando Story Club was born.

 The most memorable story for me was told by Banks Helfrich, a local filmmaker. He told a story about meeting a woman and really connecting with her. He described the warmth of her hugs when they parted. Each encounter seemed more intimate. One day she explained that she needed to tell him something. It turned out that she had a long term boyfriend. This bit of news came as a complete shock.

The May charity partner was Victim Service Center of Central Florida.  Since 1999, the Victim Service of Central Florida has been aiding victims of sexual assault, violent crime and traumatic circumstances.  The center is designed to provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support to victims.  They are the only certified rape crisis center for both Orange and Osceola County.  Their vision is to continue to transform victims’ lives and stop violence in the community.  Through their vision and mission, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida strives to keep assisting victims of these circumstances and provide a safe outlet for them to seek counseling and support.

Orlando Story Club will continue on the first Wednesday of every other month this year (November 1, 2017 and “Best Of” December 13, 2017).

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Parkin' Lot Pickin' behind Twistee Treat.

Each Friday for about the past 27 years,weather permitting Blue Grass musicians gather in the parking lot on the corner of Colonial Drive ad Maguire in Ocoee Florida for a Blue Grass jam. The parking lot lamp acts as a spotlight for this group of tailgate musicians. The one female musician grew up performing in this lot since her father started the tradition. This is a true old Florida past time. Banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and upright basses all find their way to this gathering each week. Jack and Judy Lewis founded this jam session 22 years ago, making it Florida's longest running Blue Grass jam.

When the sessions first started out, Jack Lewis says, Moonlite Express acted as the core of the group, never missing a Friday night.The jam session has gained a reputation. It's received so much attention that people have traveled from different states, and even other countries, to pick along with the Moonlite Express and the crew of regulars. Lewis doesn't operate a website, and the jam isn't advertised, so people have to find out about it through word of mouth. This group refuses to go electric, they play all acoustic instruments. To amplify, they might play into a microphone.

The Blue Grass Jam is an inspiring sketch and great date night any time of the year. The most obvious landmark is the Twistee Treat on Maguire on the corner of Colonial Drive. Order some soft serve ice cream and then listen for the Blue Grass music. You will literally find the group on the far end of the parking lot. I got to share this session with Pam Schwartz and we met several musicians since they were interested in seeing what I was sketching.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Broadway Brunch at Hamburger Mary's

I joined the staff of the Orange County Regional History Center when they went as a group to Hamburger Mary's for Broadway Brunch. Mimosas flowed and then we ordered some very juicy burgers and cheese fries. The Minx, and Nicky Monet, acted as the hosts who kept the show lively. The Broadway Brunch Bunch dancers and some stellar singers show up to this weekly showcase to belt out their favorite show tunes. No two shows are alike. Production numbers were from Mary Poppins, Hairspray, Grease, Les Miserables, and so much more.

I had seen Dream Girls on Broadway when the show opened so I couldn't resist singing along to those tunes. One act consisted of a singer slowly coming out of what might have been a sleeping bag or sheet w-Honda around her. She spread her arms and it became clear that she was a butterfly. It was an amazing act and I just sat back and enjoyed instead of stressing about trying to catch it all. Acts often circulated around the room collecting tips and singing up close and personal. One singer pressed between two men on the History Center staff and pressed them to her chest.

If you haven't been to the Sunday Broadway Brunch, you need to go. The hosts stressed that the fun shared here needs to flow out into the world so that hate has no reason to flourish. In Orlando we lost 49 joyous souls. By singing laughing and dancing, we honor their memory.

Guests will each pay a $2.99 entertainment fee and be required to purchase an entree or two alcoholic beverages.  Call 321-319-0600 to grab your seat!

 Upcoming show dates:

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 16th and 17th.

Saturday September 16, 2017
11 am to 12:30 pm Free. Life Screenings - One Minute Film Festival. Orange County Library System (FL) 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801. Life Screenings in association with the Orange County Main Public Library look “Outside the Lines” at what happens when a film festival and library mash-up. The purpose is to create a library beyond a library and a film festival beyond a festival. Preceded by donuts and coffee, one minute films will screen back to back; post exhibit, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in a lively talk back. Films are chosen on the basis that they show a world we love to live in. Create and send us your one minute stories. Free donuts and coffee supplied by the library.

1 pm to Midnight Free but beers cost. 11th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration!  Orlando Brewing 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806. Our 11th annual celebration of German food, music, games and beer is drawing near!
1PM: Tapping of our organic Oktoberfest märzen lager
2PM: Traditional German food available from Backhaus Orlando food truck
5PM-9PM: Live music & games with Dan Witucki and the Heimatland Musikanten [Epcot's German Band]
- Best Dressed of Oktoberfest Contest (5PM)
- Women's Stein Holding Competition (5:30PM)
- Most Revered Beard [& Mr. Moustache] Competition (6PM)
- Men's Stein Holding Competition (6:45PM)
This a dog & family-friendly event that will take place rain or shine We encourage patrons to Uber or Lyft to this event, so if you show us your ride receipt, you'll receive a happy hour wristband for $1 off all drafts all day Oktoberfest Mug Preorders: Preorder your 20 oz. 2017 Oktoberfest mug today and get two FREE fills of our organic Oktoberfest beer. Mug also gets you Oktoberfest fills for pint price for the 3 weeks of our 11th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration!

4 pm to 8 pm Free. Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Car Show! East Indiana Ave Downtown DeLand, Deland FL. Classic cars & rods. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. Fun for the family! Every 3rd Saturday night!

Sunday September 17, 2017
Noon to 3 PM. Donation based. Music at the Casa. Alborea Dances Flamenco. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.

 2 pm to 4 pm Free. Ukulaliens Ukelele JamDeadly Sins Brewing 750 Jackson Ave.Winter Park FL. All-ukelele open jam.

4 PM to 10:30 PM $15 Southern Fried Sunday's Southern Belle Ball.  Will's Pub 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803. Will's Pub and Southern Fried Sunday: Southern Belle Ball! SFS is celebrating fall and the twenty-second anniversary of Will's Pub by harvesting 11 of the cream of the crop female musicians to play a festival style afternoon/evening, inside/outside festival event at Will's Pub, Lil Indies and The Dirty Laundry Pavilion. Classic Southern Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Craft Cocktails will be served from the Jack Daniels' Vintage Airstream bar, and the entire Jack Daniels Family of Whiskeys will be on special. Swine & Sons will be in attendance, serving a Locally Sourced, Farm-To-Table, BBQ Feast. Donations of Food and Funds will be accepted for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to help our neighbors have abundance in this season. Bring out the Big Hats, and don your Dapper Derby Style, in the Fall! Let's get Fancy & have a Ball Y'all! 
Performances by: 
Hannah Harber and The Lionhearts 
Kaleigh Baker 
Terri Binion 
Beth McKee's Swamp Sistas 
Songwriter Circle Heather Lee & Jordan Wynn's Whyte Tygers 
Soulace feat. 
members of Harmonica Man and the Sawgrass 
Band Maple Sparrow 
Sarah Purser Sings 
Sleepy Giants feat. members of Uke-A-Ladies 
Parlor with special guest Layla Brisbois 
Danielle Dart of Tears of a Tyrant 
 $10 Presale tickets, $15 Day of Show. 18+ Welcome. Friendly dogs on a leash are allowed outside.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weathering Hurricane Irma.

I spent all morning looking for a coffee house with Wi Fi. My apartment has no power. I tried Stardust Video and Coffee first. A staff member was dumping water out the front door using a plastic trash pail. He let me know that Stardust was without power. A crew was cutting up a fallen Live Oak across the street. I tried Drunken Monkey next. The parking lot was full. I parked a few blocks away and walked in. There was a huge line for coffee. Nicki Drumb, who got an awesome grant to help create "Moving Art" on Orlando's Sun Rail, had her cup of coffee and gave me a hug in line. She let know that the Monkey had no Wi Fi. Ugh, I groaned. Next I tried the Orlando Public Library which had bombastic music piped in at the entrance. Unfortunately the library was closed. 

At this point I gave up my quest for a digital connection. Instead I sketched this fallen tree near my apartment. The neighborhood was coming alive with people walking their dogs to get out after being cooped up for several days because of Hurricane Irma. Baby Blue , the owner of the Venue stopped her car and asked me if I needed anything from my curbside sketching perch. A neighbor who was also out of power stopped to see my sketch and we chatted for a moment. It is amazing how catastrophe helps bring a community together. With my sketch done, I drove up to Winter Park, because The re was a rumor that Austin's Coffee (929 West Fairbanks Road Orlando FL) was open and it had Wi Fi. Behind the counter the Batista's mused,"We got Nihilism, we got musings in cool places,We got bad attitudes, oh and we got power."  With an ice cold Yak and a Portabella Mushroom sandwich, I finally settled in to write this article.

The night before, power flickered off just as Pam Schwartz pulled a hot home made pizza out of the oven. We played cards by candle light as the winds picked up outside. I followed the eye of the four hundred mile wide storm on the radar app on my phone. South West coast of Florida as a category four Hurricane and it crept north at 15 miles per hour. The winds blew objects which rolled and scraped over the roof. The sky flashed a mysterious vibrant blue. Emergency vehicle lights strobbed and illuminated the trees a blood red. Something banged at the front and back of the house. Several intense wind bursts made it seem like The roof might lift.

The next morning clean up began. It seemed like half of the tree limbs had snapped off of the tree. Curb side piles grew to fortress proportions. Large trees were down in the neighborhood. With yard work out of the way curator Pam Schwartz and I drove south to check on the warehouse where the Orange County History Center's off site storage facility is housed. What we found was shocking and unexpected. A huge double rainbow spanned the horizon opposite the setting sun over the huge warehouse parking lot which was now a lake which was thigh deep.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Day They Found: Poetry, Violin, [De]-Construction

I went to The Space Station, (2539 Coolidge Ave, Orlando, FL 32804) where Ashley Inguanta and Sarah Morrison build a a [de]construction site relying on glass, paper, a loop machine, violin, and poetry. During this performance, the audience had the option to give and to receive. They had the choice to hold, to let go, and to find that balance. They were invited to bring all of the angels and ghosts they know.I found a comfy spot on a couch to sketch from. The lighting was dark and moody.

At one point string was handed out to everyone in the audience. they each held on and it tied the group together. Ashley's poetry was accompanied by the violin music of Sarah. During one reading, Ashley set a small model of a home on fire. The significance of that fire I can only guess at. It was an unexpected bit of theater.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Drip Local Art Nights feature Live Performances.

At Drip Local Art Nights, local visual artists display their merchandise, and local bands take to the stage. To sketch close to the stage, I resort to shoving pencil erasers in my ears since I need to stand right in front of the speakers to catch the performance up close.

Mark Your Calendar! The next local art night in Orlando will be Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 from 7 to 11 PM. Local artists showcase and sell art while performers entertain. This is like an art walk with wine, cocktails and beer. Bringing local artists together creates such an amazing creative vibe. If you go, There is a good chance you will find me sketching, be sure to say hi.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Monday, September 11, 2017

Local Art Night at DRIP.

DRIP's Local Art Night often happens on the fourth Thursday of each month. The event features Visual Artists, Performance Artists, Burlesque troupes, Body Painters, Dancers, Belly Dancers, Art Installations, Etc. The boyfriend of one of the dancers brought in his couch and showcased his work on a makeshift coffee table. The gritty splattered vibe at DRIP (8747 International Dr Suite. 102, Orlando, Florida 32819) is perfect to showcase artists whose work has an edgy urban feel.

The last DRIP Art Night was July 27, 2017. There is always something new to see Art Night so I go to sketch at every opportunity. It is a fun chance to just throw paint down on the page. Being on International Drive, the event allows local artists to showcase their work to International tourists as well as locals. 90% of any art sales goes to the artist.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Interview with Bess Auer and Ben Reed for Blog Talk TV.

I was asked to be interviewed by Bess Auer and Ben Reed on Blog Talk TV Season 2. Filming was done at Concrete Lion Pictures Studio (910 Belle Ave #1120, Winter Springs, FL 32708). I arrived early to sketch Kristen Manieri's interview. She founded the Orlando Date Night Guide.

Blog Talk TV is broadcast on Cox 11 in Virgina. It airs weekly. The program official page Internet page. Blog Talk TV is broadcast to 1.5 million homes. The program is also finalizing contracts to be broadcast in additional markets in the Southeast, West Coast and the Mid West.

Prior to the show I was given specific questions that might be asked. The hosts try to keep the show “evergreen” because it could be syndicated at another time of year. That meant that my responses should not reference a specific season or time of year. The program also tries to minimize references to the show being filmed in Orlando. And since it’s shown on public television, I was advised avoid f@#king profanity and other inappropriate language.

The set used three cameras, a complete lightning set-up, lapel microphones and a “control booth”. The interview was filmed “live-to-tape” meaning they try to reduce the need for editing by shooting everything in one take. The show had a casual relaxed vibe. It was fun to talk about what I do every day and at the end of the interview I shared the sketch I had do me of the set.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bus Ride to Tallahassee Florida.

I went on an organized bus trip up to Tallahassee in an effort to convince state legislators to not cut funding for the arts. The bus cost about $1800 to rent for the day and Terry Olson collected money from each passenger to cover costs. We left before sunrise from the Orlando Rep parking lot. The sun began to rise as we approached the Florida Capital. Passengers split up into group and we were each assigned different Senators and Representatives to visit. I decided to memorialize my breakfast banana in x sketch.

In 2015 Governor Rick Scott vetoed 17 million dollars that was slated to help the arts. In Orange County there are 3,993 Arts related businesses that employ 26,792 people. I am looking for a job in the Orlando Arts Community this year, so hopefully I will be among that number. I'm searching for a reason to stay in the sunshine state other than the sunshine. The creative industries account for 4.3 percent of the total businesses located in Orange County Florida.

The state wide request was for $45 million which would fully fund 532 qualified matching Division of Cultural Affair (DCA) grants. 50 of these grant requests were from Central Florida. 74.9% of visitors to Florida participate in cultural activities. Cultural tourists spend 137% more than residents. DCA grants leveraged over $5 million in other private and matching grants. 7.4 million children benefited and 194,849 artists participated.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

Friday, September 8, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 9th and 10th.

All 6 Weekend Picks Canceled Due to Hurricane Irma 

Make a Plan
Disasters often strike quickly and without warning. A disaster can force you to evacuate your home or office, separate you from your family and affect your access to every day necessities like food, water and electricity.
Making a plan for your family or business is essential to answering questions like:
  • Where do I go if I can’t find my family members?
  • What do we do if we do not have water or electricity?
  • How quickly can my business re-open?
To answer these questions and create your own family or business emergency plan, click here.

Build a Kit

A disaster kit makes resources necessary to keep you and your family or your business safe during and after a disaster easily accessible.
Your disaster kit supplies should be stored in an easy-to-carry container.

Here are some examples of great disaster kit containers:
  • Large, hard-sided container (ex: plastic storage container)
  • Camping backpack
  • Duffle bag
Keep your kit stored in a convenient place that is known to all family members or employees. You should also keep a smaller version of this disaster kit in your car.
Your disaster kit should include enough supplies to last you and your family for a minimum of 3 days.

Store water in plastic containers such as empty soft drink bottles or milk jugs. Avoid containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. The average person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need more.
Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation/sanitation). Store 1 1/2 to 2 gallons a day for the elderly. Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little to no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno (canned heat) or a camping stove. Select compact and lightweight foods.
The following items make good emergency rations:
      • Emergency food bars (specially designed to provide nutrients and calories)
      • Military MRE rations (no cooking required)
      • Dehydrated camping meals (may require cooking)
      • Canned or bagged tuna, chicken and ham. Can be made into sandwiches or cooked with pasta or rice side dishes.
      • Granola bars and energy bars
      • Dried fruit
      • Individually wrapped snacks and puddings
      • Peanut butter and jelly
      • Hard candy, such as peppermints
      • Just-add-water side dishes to mix with canned meat and vegetables
      • Can opener
When purchasing food for your emergency kit or to stock up before a storm, remember to purchase items you would normally eat, so you will eat the leftovers after the storm.

First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and for each car. A first aid kit should include:
      • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
      • Assorted sizes of safety pins
      • Cleansing agent/soap
      • Latex gloves (2 pairs)
      • Sunscreen
      • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
      • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
      • Triangular bandages (3)
      • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
      • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
      • Scissors
      • Tweezers
      • Sewing needle
      • Moist towelettes
      • Antiseptic
      • Thermometer
      • Tongue depressors (2)
      • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
      • Non-prescription drugs
      • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
      • Anti-diarrhea medication
      • Antacid (for stomach upset)
      • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
      • Laxative
      • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Clothing and Bedding
Keep a set of clean bedding and extra sets of clean clothes in an easy-to-carry suitcase or duffle bag as part of your emergency kit. During an evacuation, laundry facilities may not be available. You also may be away from your home for an extended period of time.
      • Keep a set of clean bedding and extra sets of clean clothes in an easy-to-carry suitcase or duffle bag as part of your emergency kit. During an evacuation, laundry facilities may not be available. You also may be away from your home for an extended period of time.
      • Remember to dress for the weather and pack extra shoes and rain gear, like ponchos and umbrellas.
Tools and Supplies
  • Paper cups, 
  • plates and plastic utensils (mess kits) 
  • Emergency preparedness manual 
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Non-electric can opener 
  • Plastic sheeting (10' by 10') 
  •  Duct tape 
  •  Plastic storage containers 
  •  Whistle 
  •  A corded telephone 
  • Household chlorine bleach 
  •  One complete change of clothing and footwear per person. 
  •  Rain gear 
  • Blankets or sleeping bags 
Special Items
For Baby 
  • Formula 
  • Diapers 
  • Bottles 
  • Powdered milk 
  • Medications (2 weeks supply) 

For Adults 
  • Medication 
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs (2 weeks' supply) 
  • Denture needs 
  • Contact lenses and supplies 
  • Extra eye glasses 
  • Entertainment Games and books 

Important Family Documents Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
  • Will
  • insurance policies
  • contracts
  • deeds, stocks and bonds Passports
  • social security cards
  • immunization records 
  • Bank account numbers 
  •  Credit card account numbers and companies 
  •  Inventory of valuable household goods
  • important telephone numbers 
  •  Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
Don't Forget
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. 
  •  Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. 
  • Replace your stored food every six months. 
  •  Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. 
  •  Replace batteries, update clothes, etc. 
  •  Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Orlando - Apopka - Christmas *
WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Cat 1 Hurricane force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 60-75 mph with gusts to 90 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon -
CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Extreme - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for major hurricane force wind greater than 110 mph of equivalent Category 3 intensity or higher. - To be safe, aggressively prepare for the potential of devastating to catastrophic wind impacts. Efforts should now be underway to secure all properties. - Extremely dangerous and life-threatening wind is possible. Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury, loss of life, or immense human suffering. -
POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Devastating to Catastrophic - Structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with complete roof and wall failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Damage greatly accentuated by large airborne projectiles. Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months. - Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over. - Many roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. Many bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Widespread power and communications outages. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 8-12 inches, with locally higher amounts -
CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Moderate - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for moderate flooding where peak rainfall totals notably exceed amounts conducive for flash flooding and rapid inundation. Rescues and emergency evacuations are possible. - To be safe, earnestly prepare for the potential of significant flooding rain impacts. - Dangerous flooding is possible. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. If flood related watches and warnings are issued, heed recommended actions. -
POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swift currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches will overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions will become hazardous with some road and bridge closures. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is favorable for tornadoes -
CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Moderate - The tornado threat has increased from the previous assessment. - Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for tornadoes, with a few possibly strong in intensity. - To be safe, earnestly prepare for the potential of significant tornado impacts. - Listen for tornado watches and warnings. Be ready to shelter quickly if a tornado approaches. -
POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - The occurrence of tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - Several places may experience tornado damage with a few locations seeing considerable damage, power loss, and communications failures. - Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and small boats tossed about. Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: - Family emergency plans: Federal Emergency Management Agency - - Local weather conditions and forecasts -

During a hurricane Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Be extra careful when walking outside. Storm damage such as downed power lines and fallen debris could injure you.
Y6 hours before arrival Close storm shutters if possible and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
6 to 12 hours before arrival Turn on your TV/radio, or check your local government’s website frequently. You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. Charge your phone. You’ll have a full battery if you lose power.
12 to 36 hours before arrival Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away. These may become a safety hazard. Bookmark your local government’s website. This gives you quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
36 to 48 hours before arrival Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can use phone, text, social media, or email. Create an evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at