August 2009

August 2009    

August 2009 Issue


Best of Orlando

From jewelers to gyms, bar spaces to car places, people of top caliber to restaurants of definable character, our annual Best of Orlando list reveals the top picks in 89 categories as decided by our readers.

Illustrations by Marilyn Janovitz

On the Cover: Magic Dancer Erin poses with some of the winners on our Best of Orlando list.


Luv U 4Ever!

In the age of Twitter and Facebook, the good ol' low-tech yearbook is still beloved by many high school students. And though it has changed a bit over the years, its basic recipe remains the same. | By Jay Hamburg


In Defense of David Siegel

The feedback on the David Siegel cover story was personal–and undeserved. | By Mike Boslet


In Their Own Words

Linda Chapin's Hopscotch Journey
Linda Chapin, a former chairman of Orange County's government, reflects on her Leave it to Beaver beginnings–and how she found romance at the New York World's Fair. | By Gary McKechnie and Nancy Howell

Our Town

›› [Downtown] Now Showing, or Maybe Not

›› [Media] A Haunting Memory Comes Out of Hiding

›› [Winter Park] Intimate Altruism

›› [Downtown] Stuck in Transition

›› [Humor] The Name Game

›› [Attractions]  New Kid on the Block

Top Picks

August's best bets in the arts and entertainment


Body & Soul

Let's Not Split Hairs
How to care for your hair when the punishing summer sun shines. | By Denise Bates Enos

Design Trends

The Art of Wine
You've got wine in your home, but what about the furnishings and accessories for it? | By Denise Bates Enos

The Find

Turn on the Neon
Feelin' groovy! Those psychedelic neon colors are back. | By Shelley Preston


Restaurant Reviews

7 Best New Restaurants
Try these new eateries, recommended by our dining critic. | By Joseph Hayes

Recommended Eating 
Our choices for restaurants not to miss.


On The Town

›› Classical Music/Opera

›› Concerts/Comedy

›› Film

›› Galleries

›› Museums

›› Special Events

›› Theater  


August's social and charitable events

Social Datebook

Planning for September's charitable events


Event galleries

Browse or post local event photos on Spotted®

The City Beautiful

Crowded Airspace? | Photo by Mike Boslet