Why You Should Visit Antarctica NOW!

Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com), now with an expanded Antarctica cruise program, suggests moving one’s trip-of-a-lifetime higher up on the bucket list, before fuel and airline consolidations become rate deterrents and effects of climate change impact and alter the natural experience. A rare promotion just released may help make that dream a reality.

Buy One Get One Free Antarctica Sale (One Week Only)
There has never been a better deal on Antarctica cruises than AdventureSmith’s limited “Buy One Get One Free” promotion. But interested travelers need to move fast! The one-week sale begins Sept. 21, 2015 and ends Sept. 25, 2015. For a full list of ships, cruise dates and particulars see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/buy-one-get-one-free-antarctica-sale-one-week-only

Why go now? Smaller ships plying this region’s waters are slowly being replaced by larger expedition vessels. As ship sizes increase it becomes harder to provide as intimate an experience with meaningful time ashore for all guests, said Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmith Explorations, who has positioned his team as the international experts in cruising Antarctic waters by small ship.

“Antarctica has been ‘discovered’ by mainstream travelers and is on many ‘must-do’ vacation lists. The short season matched with limited departures aboard small ships mean most cruises sail at full capacity. We suggest that travelers book nine to 12 months in advance for the best selection of cruises, cabins and activities. This also helps ensure the best price,” Smith said.

The urgency to travel here now is underscored by environmental threats in addition to global warming: overfishing, invasive species, pollution, exploitation of minerals, oil and gas and even threats from too much tourism.

“People hear reports of declining penguin populations and icebergs the size of Rhode Island breaking off and feel a sense of urgency to see Antarctica now, before it becomes spoiled. It is our hope that industry and humanity will come together to address these issues and Antarctic conservation will take hold to prevent further degradation of the polar environment,” he continued. “It is our hope that by responsibly sending travelers to experience Antarctica in person we will create an army of advocates for its protection and the larger environmental issues that affect Antarctica and the entire planet.”

AdventureSmith Explorations’ recently added Antarctic ships and cruises for the 2015-2016 season fall in line with this responsible travel. Below is a summary of the additions:

Ushuaia
The 88-guest Ushuaia at 278 feet is among the smallest ships operating in Antarctica. Because of its size, it can bring guests closer to land. The ice-strengthened, well-appointed polar vessel offers ample deck space and an open bridge policy that invites guests to observe the navigational operations of the ship. A full complement of inflatable landing craft ensures landings twice daily to access by foot wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible Antarctic coastline. Evenings after dinner, an Expedition Leader helps guests digest what they’ve seen and discusses the excitement ahead. Each trip aboard Ushuaia plans to visit at least one of the scientific stations to get an inside look into the research taking place in Antarctica. Classic Antarctica is an 11-day expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. The per-person double rate is from $5,500. Departures are from mid-November 2015 through early April 2016.

Sea Explorer
The 112-passenger, 297-foot Sea Explorer is a small luxury expedition ship offering sea kayaking and trekking expeditions on Antarctic Peninsula Aboard Sea Explorer, a 12-day Antarctic Peninsula expedition. The per-person double rate is from $6,795. Departures are November into February. Before embarkation, the Expedition Team meets guests in Ushuaia, home of Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous. Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Aboard Sea Explorer is a 20-day expedition from $11,595 per person double. There are two departures: Oct. 29, 2015 and Jan. 30, 2016.

Sea Spirit
This 197-foot luxury ship offers all suites for 116 guests. The Sea Spirit features the amenities of a fine hotel while travelling through and experiencing Antarctica in grand style. Last Discovered Continent is a classic Antarctica itinerary that boasts one of the best staff-to-passenger ratios in the business. This is a 12-day expedition with rates from $5,995 per person double. There are four departures between mid-December and mid-January. Audience with “Kings”, also on Sea Spirit, is 21 days from $10,995 per person double. King penguins are one of the highlights of this itinerary.

Hebridean Sky
For the 2016-2017 season, Sea Explorer is being refurbished and rechristened as the 114-guest Hebridean Sky and will follow the same itinerary as Sea Explorer. The refurbished cruise ships will offer all-suite, 220-square-foot cabins. Reservations for October 2016 and into 2017 are available for the itinerary Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Aboard Sea Explorer (in October 2016 rechristened the Hebridean Sky). The rates for this 20-day voyage are from $13,995 per person double.

In addition to the new small ships, routes and itineraries, AdventureSmith has reissued its in-depth Antarctica Cruise Guide to help travelers decide what kind of polar experience and style of ship to book. Also on the AdventureSmith blog, Founder Todd Smith has detailed how to best choose an Antarctic cruise operator, covering things to consider like ship ice class, Antarctic Treaty compliance, experience of guides, operator conservation efforts and trip inclusions, which can vary greatly in this destination.

For the most comprehensive selection of Antarctica small ship cruises available, please see: Antarctica Cruises. For current cruise specials and early booking offers worldwide see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers.

For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

About AdventureSmith Explorations – Think Outside the Boat!
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler‘s prestigious Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions.

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New GPS Audio Tour Entertains Road-Trippers from LA to Vegas along I-15

Just Ahead (http://www.justahead.com/), the award-winning smartphone app synonymous with road tripping through national parks, has just added one of the country’s most popular open-road drives to its audio-tour map.

Just Ahead’s new Interstate 15 audio guide amuses driver and passengers with anecdotes of gunslingers, crazy characters and history along 400 well-traveled miles of Interstate 15 from Los Angeles to St. George, UT, by way of Las Vegas and Hoover Dam. Time to detour? The new I-15 tour guide segues into other Just Ahead audio tours for Zion National Park and Death Valley National Park.

Many travelers know I-15 simply as the way to Vegas. But imagine listening en route to yarns of Spanish history, learning about bizarre geographical highlights—including cinder cones and the San Andreas Fault—and about plant life and wildlife, from Joshua trees to creosote to rattlesnakes. And not to be missed are tales of Las Vegas’s quirky history. Although Nevada was the first western state to ban gambling, Bugsy Siegel changed the game, bringing flair, style and organized crime to Las Vegas, where not so many years ago the city thrilled to the sight of mushroom clouds rising from the nearby desert floor in the early days of atomic bomb testing.

This tour guides listeners over fabled Cajon Pass and across the high Mohave Desert, including a side trip to Hoover Dam. The dam, completed in 1935, was one of history’s greatest engineering accomplishments. But what about those rumors of workers buried inside the concrete abutments? Just Ahead spells out the real story. The app also makes memorable Lake Mead, a recreation hub, and the Mojave National Preserve, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and the Virgin River Gorge.

For more information please see: http://www.justahead.com/tours/los-angeles-to-las-vegas

As with all Just Ahead smartphone guides, the Interstate 15 audio tour works without an Internet connection or cell phone service. Drivers or passengers simply download it, turn it on, and enjoy a richly narrated tour keyed to your present location.

Just Ahead’s location-aware technology utilizes GPS to know precisely where drivers are on the road, and delivers stories and maps relevant to their exact location. The groundbreaking app points out not-to-miss features while also helping drivers avoid getting lost, by providing suggested directions and telling drivers why they should turn or not, what they should do after a turn, and the best direction to take if there are multiple route options.

A recent user of the guide had this to say about the I-15 audio tour: “Once the narrator started talking about all of the amazing historic sites, natural highlights, and man-made oddities, we were hooked. We listened, and his information sparked amazing family conversations about the geography we were seeing, the people who used to traverse this same trail thousands of years ago, and the power of water.”

Just Ahead guides are currently available for the following National Parks: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Zion & Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands & Arches, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton. Many additional park guides are in production.

The Just Ahead app is a free download available either through the Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android), and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $7.99 to $9.99 and include a free trial and free guide updates.

About Just Ahead
Recently named Best Travel App by the North American Travel Journalists Association and Best App by the editors of Sunset magazine, the Just Ahead mobile app turns a smartphone into a hands-free audio guide to the most beautiful places on earth by delivering professionally written and narrated audio tours to vacationers who want an informed travel experience as they drive.

Just Ahead’s award-winning audio guides work without an Internet connection or phone service and use a smartphone’s GPS to deliver hands-free, customized audio tours based on a vehicle’s location. The guides and built-in maps also provide helpful suggested directions, and offer more points of interest and stories than any other GPS audio travel apps. Ideal for families, Just Ahead’s audio guides help create shared experiences, conversations, and memories that will last a lifetime. The Just Ahead app is a free download, and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase that includes free guide updates.

For more information, please visit: http://www.justahead.com.

Old McMicky’s Farm Foundation Announces Barns and Beer Fundraising Event

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Old McMicky’s Farm aims to put the fun in fundraising with its Barns and Beer Craft Beer Festival. The Farm has gathered the best local beer making geniuses for your sampling pleasure. Come out and relax while enjoying the beautiful, classic farm setting complete with a big red barn set on a picturesque 40-acre lake. Enjoy over 75 of the best craft beers and wine with awesome entertainment by The Greg Billings Band, great food and friends. Have fun playing unique farm games like farm egg races, lighted hay rides, mechanical bull and snap a few shots at the great photo opportunities throughout the farm. Do something new, different, and fun while supporting a great cause.

Add to your enjoyment by knowing you are supporting Old McMicky’s Farm (Camp Keystone) – a 70 year tradition dedicated to serving kids and families in our Tampa Bay community. 100% of the proceeds from Barns & Beer go to support the Old McMicky’s Farm Foundation, a registered 501©(3). See Community Programs at http://www.oldmcmickys.com/community-giving/

For Tickets and more details go to http://www.oldmcmickys.com/

Don’t miss this fun and memorable evening.
Ticket Information:
General Admission

Individual Tickets – Early Bird $35, Pre-Sales $40, Door $45
Six Pack (Limited Availability) – $200

VIP (Limited Availability)

Individual Tickets – Early Bird $50, Pre-Sales $55, Door $60

VIP Lakeside private tables in the Barn with VIP perks – seats 8 – $500 (Limited Availability)

VIP Half Tables also available.
**VIP Perks** Exclusive Access to Lakeside Barn Terrace, Special Sample Offerings, appetizers, Special Photo Opportunities, Pre-Access to all samplings

About Old McMicky’s Farm:  Old McMicky’s Farm, located on the Historic grounds of Camp Keystone (Established in 1946), is part of a cherished 70 year-old Tampa Bay tradition. The Children’s Educational Farm is dedicated to providing fun, educational and hands-on guided tours to groups, the general public and kids birthday parties.  This unique farm is nestled on a beautiful 40-acre lake and is both rustic and elegant. The Farm also hosts special events such as Barn Weddings, Company Picnics, Corporate Events, Charity Events, Private Parties, to support their educational programming and community giving. Everyone at the Farm is dedicated to continuing this wonderful tradition for kids and families in our Tampa Bay community.

About Old McMickys Farm Foundation: OMF is dedicated to giving back to the community in many ways. The Farm’s “1000 Kids” Program’s goal is to host 1,000 kids a year in the Tampa Bay area who are facing challenges for an awesome, educational and fun day at the Farm, at No Charge.  The Farm hosted was honored to host 1276 kids in 2014 under the “1000 Kids” program in its introductory year. As of August 2015, the farm has already hosted 932 kids facing challenges for a great day year to date. 

The Farm’s “Mission I Do” program provides Free, All-Inclusive Dream Weddings to Veteran’s and is now open to all active military in the Tampa Bay area. The third free “Mission I Do” wedding is coming up in February 2016.

Applications are being accepted through Oct 25, 2015. http://www.oldmcmickys.com/community-giving/mission-i-do/

 

The Old McMicky’s Farm Child Adoption Education Day brings more prospective adoptive parents in to the process to find more families for our local children in foster care. Over 450 people came out to the event to learn more about adoption, making it one of the largest child adoption education event in the nation. For more information about the Children Adoption Education Day go to: http://www.oldmcmickys.com/child-adoption-education-day/

The Farm will also be holding a Big Brothers Big Sisters Education Day in early 2016 to help find more “Bigs” for the hundreds of children currently on the waiting list.

The following are some of the organizations and groups served by the Farm’s Foundation:
The Children’s Home, Eckerd Community Alternatives, The Junior League of Tampa, Heart Galleries, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Cancer Center, Guardian Ad Litem, Camelot Community Care, Adoptive Related Services, Hillsborough County Foster Care, Pacso/Pinellas Foster Care, Explorer K8, Morning Star School, Fit4Truth, HOPE Camp, Monarch House, Lighthouse of Pinellas, UPARC, Sydney’s Academy, Florida Autism Center of Excellence,  Homeless Emergency Project Learning Center, Neurorestorative Clearwater Group, Spinabifida Support Group, Joshua House, March of Dimes, Hope Youth Ranch, Champions for Children, Fostering Youth of Florida, A Reel Future, Jackson in Action 83 Foundation.

More information about the farms community giving programs can be found at

http://www.oldmcmickys.com/community-giving/. To learn more about Old McMicky’s Farm please visit http://www.OldMcMickys.com or call 813-920-1948. Follow us on FB at: www.facebook.com/OldMcMickysFarm. Sign up to be notified about other great Farm events and specials by joining our mailing list at http://www.oldmcmickys.com/join-our-mailing-list/

Busch Gardens Expecting Baby White Rhino

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In celebration of World Rhino Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22, Busch Gardens® Tampa had big news to celebrate. Kisiri, an 18-year old southern white rhinoceros, is expected to give birth to her third calf within the next few weeks.

Kisiri has had two successful births already, Jasiri in 2012, and Zohari in 2010. Tambo, a male southern white rhinoceros at Busch Gardens, is the sire of the calf, as well as Jasiri and Zohari.

Southern white rhinos are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as a near threatened species. They are native to eastern and southern Africa. These massive animals can stand more than 6 feet at the shoulder, weigh as much as 5,000 pounds and live to be 45 or older. The gestation period for white rhinos is approximately 16 months.

Busch Gardens Tampa will celebrate World Rhino Day Sept. 19, allowing park guests to learn about all five rhinoceros species including the critically endangered black rhinoceros and northern white rhinoceros and the threats all rhinos face in the wild. Guests also can help create a large paper-mache globe that will be given to the rhinos as enrichment later in the day.

Kisiri’s pregnancy is part of Busch Gardens’ participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.

Busch Gardens is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment®, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

NASA speakers kick off World Space Week at MOSI

 Join MOSI for the 2015 World Space Week from Oct. 2 – 11, 2015. Guests can interact with a variety of space-related events and activities. Enjoy five planetarium shows daily in the Saunders Planetarium and Journey to Space in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre. Travel to the moon on a space transport to help operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, design and test rockets in Idea Zone®, and enjoy MOSI’s S.T.E.A.M.punks as they blast off into space-themed shows. All of these events are free with MOSI general admission and always free for members.

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In celebration of World Space Week, MOSI will host two special NASA speakers. On Oct. 5, Dr. Philip Metzger will speak to guests at noon and 1 p.m. Dr. Metzger is a planetary physicist who researches topics related to solar system exploration. He has led projects to develop extraterrestrial excavators, lunar landing pads and other surface systems technology. Dr. Metzger received the astronaut’s Silver Snoopy award in 2010 and was selected as the Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Scientist/Engineer of the Year in 2011. On Oct. 6, guests can meet Richard Johanboeke at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Johanboeke, a USF graduate, has directly supported the launch effort of the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” and the Juno mission to Jupiter. Guests will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions after each presentation as well as learn about NASA projects such as robotic off-world mining, telescopes and the future of NASA.

In addition to a line of speakers, MOSI guests can design and test rockets in Idea Zone, where they can explore the process of applying engineering design to create and launch rocket prototypes, learn about the challenges of Mars exploration and experiment with solutions for extraterrestrial colonization. Guests can also learn real accounts of space disasters from the Apollo missions, and experience 3D printing technology’s ability to help colonize planets by building tools, making food and constructing colonies. Guests will then be able to complete a Mission: MOSI scavenger hunt that will take them on a tour of the museum’s space-related exhibits and presentations, which will include a tour of Mission: Moonbase, a photo op with a MOSI astronaut, daily space talks, Idea Zone programs, the Saunders Planetarium and the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre.

 

World Space Week activities are included with MOSI general admission. MOSI general admission is $18.95 for children (3-12), $22.95 for adults (13-59) and $20.95 for seniors (60+). Children 2 and under are free. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org.

 

Gorges to Ghouls – West Virginia Bursts with Fall Color & Adventure

 On 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills, ACE Adventure Resort (http://aceraft.com/) turns heads with fall colors come late September through October.

West Virginia’s colorful palette on a landscape that is 80 percent forested comes with uncrowded scenic drives and crisp fall days. In fact, this southern state probably has more varieties of colorful hardwoods than does New England.

Activities stay lively here amidst the falling leaves. World-class rafting on The Gauley, one of the wildest late-flowing rafting rivers in the country, is guaranteed here through Oct. 18. There are also year-round rafting expeditions on New River Gorge National River.

Fall colors at ACE Adventure Resort peak mid to late October depending on the weather. However, the protected depths of the New River Gorge can keep colors longer than usual along the river bottom. Prime foliage viewing is best from secluded overlooks which include the Endless Wall Trail, named the best national park hike in the United States by the readers of USA Today. ACE’s popular New River Bridge Catwalk Tour that takes adventurers under the longest single arch bridge in the western hemisphere spans 1.5 miles on a 24-inch wide catwalk (with railings). The fall colors can be truly spectacular with the right timing (this can be coupled with a raft trip).

A major date on West Virginia’s tourism calendar is Oct. 17, Bridge Day, when daredevils high line, rappel and jump with fast-opening parachutes from New River Gorge Bridge 876 feet over New River and one of Earth’s oldest river gorges.

ACE’s Bridge Day Twin Rivers Fall Package on Oct. 17-18 is $259 per person double for two full days of rafting on two rivers, two breakfasts and lunches and one dinner. Single night programs that include Bridge Day activities are also available for this weekend.

Most of the activities that have made ACE Adventure Resort the #1 Outfitter in West Virginia continue through fall as well: zip lining, mountain biking, disc golf, stand up paddle boarding and rock climbing. The adjacent 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River is an option for miles of wilderness exploring afoot and on horseback or fat tire bike. Guests may also enjoy world class fishing on the New River for small mouth bass. Conditions for rock climbing and mountain biking are usually optimal this time of year.

Guests can anticipate more thrills and chills the weekends of Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31 with Nightmare on the Gorge: http://aceraft.com/pages/halloween-haunted-adventure. A haunted trail, night zip lining and zombie run unravel the resort’s haunted history followed by a party with live music for a per person double rate of $129 for adults and $119 for youth.

The Gauley that runs through the heart of West Virginia’s mountains is considered to be one of the most exciting stretches of commercially runnable whitewater in the world. To whitewater enthusiasts, it’s a “must do!” The catch is, one can only raft its most challenging whitewater in the fall. Until mid October, the Army Corps of Engineers on weekends releases water from the Summersville Dam at a rate of 2,800 cubic feet per second. As it rushes downriver, the flow creates huge waves, runnable waterfalls, eddies and holes that provide all the thrills a rafter could wish for. See: http://aceraft.com/collections/whitewater-rafting/Gauley-River

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email ace@aceraft.com. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort
ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service.  ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

Old McMicky’s Farm Announces 3rd “Mission I Do” FREE Active Duty Military/Veteran $30k Dream Wedding Giveaway

In appreciation for the sacrifice of the men and women who currently serve or who have served in our military, Old McMicky’s Farm (OMF) is honored to announce the 3rd “Mission I Do” $30k Dream Wedding Giveaway. Old McMicky’s Farm will provide one active duty military member or veteran, residing or stationed in the Tampa bay area, the wedding of their dreams at our breathtaking, lakeside location – The Barn at Crescent Lake! The lake front venue is elegant, rustic and will play host to the lucky couple and their 100 guests on Friday February 21, 2016.

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New This Year – All of Tampa Bay can vote to select their favorite military couple to receive this dream-wedding gift.

Applications accepted Sept 1 – Oct 25
Voting starts Nov 3 – Dec 10.
Please visit www.oldmcmickys.com/missionido for complete details and to Apply and Vote.

The winning couple will be announced in December and the wedding will take place Feb 21, 2016 at Old McMicky’s Farm – The Barn at Crescent Lake.

This all-inclusive wedding giveaway will include everything a couple dreams of on their wedding day, from a beautiful, waterfront venue and a wedding planner to award-winning catering, photography, wedding rings, wedding cake, flowers, beachfront honeymoon getaway and more. To make this special event more perfect, all wedding elements and services have been donated by Old McMicky’s Farm and generous, local hospitality industry businesses with amazing hearts.

This is the 3rd Free “Mission I Do’ military dream wedding provided by Old McMicky’s Farm and their partners as part of their commitment to giving back the community, and recognizing and appreciating the service of the men and women in our military.

About Old McMicky’s Farm:  Old McMicky’s Farm, located on the Historic grounds of Camp Keystone (Established in 1946), is part of a cherished 68 year-old Tampa Bay tradition. The Children’s Educational Farm is dedicated to providing fun, educational and hands-on guided tours to groups, the general public and kids birthday parties.  This unique farm is nestled on a beautiful 40-acre lake and is both rustic and elegant. The Farm also hosts special events such as Barn Weddings, Company Picnics, Corporate Events, Charity Events, Private Parties, to support their educational programming and community giving. Everyone at the Farm is dedicated to continuing this wonderful tradition for kids and families in our Tampa Bay community.

OMF is dedicated to giving back to the community in many ways. The Farm’s “1000 Kids” Program’s goal is to host 1,000 kids a year in the Tampa Bay area who are facing challenges for an awesome, educational and fun day at the Farm, at No Charge.  The Farm hosted was honored to host 1276 kids in 2014 under the “1000 Kids” program in its introductory year. As of August 2015, the farm already has 932 kids facing challenges coming out for free under the program year to date.

The Farm’s “Mission I Do” program provides Free, All-Inclusive Dream Weddings to Veteran’s and is now open to all active military in the Tampa Bay area. The third free “Mission I Do” wedding is coming up in February 2016.

The Old McMicky’s Farm Child Adoption Education Day brings more prospective adoptive parents in to the process to find more families for our local children in foster care. Over 450 people came out to the event to learn more about adoption, making it the largest child adoption education event in the nation. For more information about the Children Adoption Education Day go to: http://www.oldmcmickys.com/child-adoption-education-day/

The Farm will also be holding a Big Brothers Big Sisters Education Day in early 2016 to help find more “Bigs” for the hundreds of children currently on the waiting list.

More information about the farms community giving programs can be found at
http://www.oldmcmickys.com/community-giving/. To learn more about Old McMicky’s Farm please visit http://www.OldMcMickys.com or call 813-920-1948. Follow us on FB at: www.facebook.com/OldMcMickysFarm.