From bingo to campy drag, the Parliament House aims to entertain.

Miss Sammy and Michael Wanzie serve as co-hosts for Beach Blanket Bingo at the Parliament House. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO – The subject matter is nothing if not topical – the Jerry Sandusky child molestation trial in Pennsylvania, Florida state bingo laws, reviews of Hollywood movies ….
… and, of course, nipple clamps.
“Look what she won,” Michael Wanzie said, as he pointed to the woman standing near the stage in the bar, holding her newly acquired prize.
“It’s a nipple clamp four-pack,” Wanzie added.
That prompted Wanzie’s co-host, Miss Sammy, to add, “Just what you need.”
Welcome to the Parliament House, the gay resort on Orange Blossom Trail that aims to provide entertainment every night of the week. And on Wednesday, it was Beach Blanket Bingo night. Wanzie and Miss Sammy handed out three bingo cards to each of the patrons who filled up the resort’s bar, taking up all of the available seats and watching the monitors as the two hosts read out the numbers.
“Ladies, we’d like to call your attention to the bingo monitors,” said Wanzie, who also serves as the artistic director for the resort and its Footlight Theater. Continue reading

Two new exhibits coming to the Central Florida Zoo.

Coming to the Central Florida Zoo for Labor Day is a new North American Otter exhibi. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

SANFORD – It’s been a busy year at the Central Florida Zoo, and likely to get even busier by the fall.
While the zoo at 3755 NW U.S. 17/92 in Sanford is not only offering guests its regular attractions and exhibits, it also has special events coming up, like the Red, White and Zoo weekend on June 30 and July 1, featuring a bounce house, water balls, face painting, animal encounters and kids crafts and games.
By the time summer ends, though, the zoo will be ready to start welcoming in guests to the newest attraction, courtesy of a boy and girl moving in there soon.
“On Labor Day, we’re anticipating opening the otter exhibit,” said Joe Montisano, the chief executive officer of the zoo. “These are two North American otters, and we’ll be able to see them swim and move around.” Continue reading

Enter now and make history: the first ever Miss Poinciana Pageant.

The first ever Miss Poinciana Pageant will be held next month, and help mark Poinciana's 40th anniversary. (Photo by Dave Raith).

POINCIANA – In the past few days, Melody Nadal said, her phone has been ringing off the hook from women who are excited and want a lot more information.
“It’s gone crazy with calls and people asking for the deadline,” Nadal said. “We had a deadline for June 8, and it was extended to June 18, and from there we’ll send out a welcome letter to all the applicants.”
Those applicants, she added, are the women expected to enter the Miss Poinciana Pageant, which will be held for the first time this year, in conjunction with Poinciana’s ongoing 40th anniversary bash. Continue reading

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