The Lakelander Magazine


What to Do This Weekend | August 12-14

Jon Corneal and Compadres | Hillcrest Coffee | Noon. Friday Cruise Night | Main Street Parking Garage | 5 p.m. Film: The Incredible Hulk | Polk Theatre | 7:30 p.m. Summer Sunrise Watermelon Series Race | Lake Hollingsworth | 7 a.m. Vegan Brunch Popup | The Lunch Box | 10...

2022 Lakeland Neighborhood Guide

Everywhere you look there are real estate signs, homes being built and moving trucks coming and leaving. A recent report from “House Method” rated the Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area the 12th hottest housing market in America. Within that rapidly evolving market are a lot of different spaces and places to call home – what modern-day dwellers affectionately refer to as neighborhoods.

Real Lakeland Homes

Renovating a historic home comes with a responsibility to honor the space. When Ryan Horton and Dr. Ida Abraham bought their home near Lake Hollingsworth in 2020, they knew they wanted to preserve its 1960s mid-century elegance while adding their own modern flair. “The home had a good shell, with...

What to Do This Weekend | August 5-7

First Friday: Back to School | 117 N. Kentucky Ave | 6 p.m. Philosophy in Writing | Black and Brew (Main St) | 6 p.m. Flying Tigers vs. Dunedin Blue Jays | Joker Marchant Stadium | 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/6. The Gates of Hell Documentary | Polk Museum of Art...

Every Room Can Be Made For Dancing

When my now 8-year-old daughter Bryelle was 3 or 4 she would often whisk me away from whatever I was doing to accompany her to the kitchen. It wasn’t because she wanted to see if she could convince me to get her a sweet treat or because she had made a mess — although both were true at times.

Tax-Free Holiday Back Bigger and Better

Parents and guardians of students rejoice! The start of another school year is upon us and that means the Back-to-School Tax Holiday is too. The tax free holiday runs through August 7 and marks the best time to purchase all of the school supplies that your student needs to perform, look and feel their very best.

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Twenty five years ago, author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to the Boy Who Lived. She would go on to write seven books and produce eight movies starring character. Now, after 450 million books sold, along with $7.73 billion made at the worldwide box office, Harry Potter’s rank as one of the most famous fictional characters of all time is more than solidified. And this Sunday, July 31, the fictional wizard himself turns 42. No, not any actor who portrayed him, but the actual fictional character himself based on his date of birth in the beloved series. Here’s how you and your fellow muggles can celebrate this magical weekend in Central Florida.

European Flair and Up-Scale Menu Ready for Takeoff at Airport

Dieter Morszeck has wined and dined in places and with people that most of us can only imagine from following celebrities on social media. At one-time he was CEO of one of the most renowned handbag companies in the world, he owns a large vineyard in Portugal, and the aviation enthusiast is the head of a distinctive aircraft company that specializes in handcrafted small planes that are vintage in look and modern in features.

What to Do This Weekend | July 29-31

The Amazing (Stem) Race | Circle B Bar Reserve | 9 a.m. The Royal Treatment with the Island Princess | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow | 6 p.m. DiscoFest | Haus 820 | 7 p.m. Harry Potter’s Birthday Celebration | Lakeside Village | 2 p.m. (want to learn all about what’s going on locally for the famous character’s 42nd birthday?)

The Strange Truth About Tradition (and What’s New?)

Traditions can be strange. We follow them, sometimes without question, throughout some of the biggest moments of our lives. And maybe we do because we know we can rely on traditions throughout times of change and uncertainty. We put our faith in the culture we belong to and let tradition carry us from one page to the next. And on a day as big as your wedding, it’s not uncommon to hold hands with tradition.

What to Do This Weekend | July 22-24

Tampa Tarpons at Lakeland Flying Tigers | Joker Marchant Stadium | 1 p.m. Lakeland Cruisers | Main Street Parking Garage | 5 p.m. Back To School Bash | Harvest Assembly of God | 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 7/23. Greg Fuentes with Quit Smackin | Swan Brewing | 2 p.m. Country Night...

Shark Week is Back in a Big Way

There’s no doubt about it: Shark Week is a yearly summer phenomenon. And it’s almost here — the week of salt water, sharks and star power arrives Sunday, July 24 on Discovery. Believe it or not, this year Discovery will be celebrating 34 years of Shark Week....