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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood - Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness returns in April to Winter Park

Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness is a week of activities and nostalgic teachings for the good of the neighborhood.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood - Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness returns to Winter Park in April

Fred Rogers was an icon of kindness and encouragement for many Americas while they were growing up, from the start of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in October 1966 until the airing of the final episode on August 31, 2001. His famous sweaters, gentle teachings and catchy tunes captivated and affirmed our evolving personalities, as he told us that we “made today a special day, just by being you”.

Many Central Floridians are unaware of Fred Rogers’ devotion to, and love of, the Central Florida community.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood - Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness returns to Winter Park in April

First arriving here in 1948 to tour the Rollins Campus as a possible transfer student from Dartmouth, it was on the tarmac of today’s Orlando Executive Airport that Fred met another Tar student who would later become his wife, Joanne Byrd. Fred and Joanne’s son John, Fred’s sister Elaine, and her son Dan would also subsequently become students at the Winter Park college.

More importantly, the Rogers fell in love with Central Florida and returned each January for Fred to write scripts and music when working on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, authoring and composing about half of the content for the TV program here locally.

Fred’s shows taught millions the values of being kind to our neighbors, to loving ourselves and those around us, and to the human need and benefit of being a part of a neighborhood of inter-connected, yet diverse, people…every one of who was special in their own way.

Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness is an opportunity to reflect back on those messages, and introduce others to world of Mister Rogers, through a series of activities and events in the Orlando area hosted by members of the cast and crew of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Neighborhood Activities

Self-Guided Fred Rogers Walking Tours
April 1-6, 2024, Continuous at Rollins College

Explore the neighborhood that shaped Mister Rogers on this self-guided walking tour of Rollins College, and find out how we’re keeping his legacy alive on America’s most beautiful campus. Along the way, you’ll experience exclusive Mister Rogers memorabilia and artwork and get a feel for how we’re educating the next generation of global citizens and responsible leaders

Inside the Neighborhood: Episode Clip Screening with Cast and Crew Q&A Talkback

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, Winter Park Library

Take a peek behind the scenes of some landmark episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with show producer Margy Whitmer, Mr. McFeely cast member David Newell, and Hedda Sharapan, Senior Fellow (The Fred Rogers Institute) and Child Development Consultant (Fred Rogers Productions). Light reception follows the presentation.

Remembering the Rogers Afternoon Tea

Thursday, April 4, 2024, Woman’s Club of Winter Park

Join friends and colleagues of part-year Winter Park residents Fred and Joanne Rogers as we share warm stories and favorite memories of our former Winter Park Neighbors. There are very limited seats for this event.

Prayer Breakfast of Thanksgiving and Celebration

Friday, April 5, 2024, First Orlando

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood cast member and close personal friend of Fred Rogers, David Newell, headlines a discussion with Reverend Seth Cain of The Foundry Center (and author of the sermon series “The Gospel According to Fred”), Margy Whitmer (producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) and Hedda Sharapan (Senior Fellow, The Fred Rogers Institute) as they share their observations, near and from a distance, as to how Mister Rogers lived out his faith as we celebrate an extraordinary life of kindness and compassion. A free continental breakfast is included, courtesy of Panera Bread.

Our Orlando Neighbor, Mister Rogers Lunch and Learn

Friday, April 5, 2024, Lonely Dog Immersive Experience

Join the cast and crew members of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Original Orlando Tours for a fascinating look at Fred Rogers’ life, his years of time spent in the Orlando area, how Winter Park played a critical role in the success and creation of episodes of the television show, and the legacy left behind by Fred and the rest of his family who also were a part of the fabric of the Central Florida community.

Mister Rogers: The Musician Concert

Friday, April 5, 2024, John M. Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College

Mister Rogers: The Musician is a program produced by the Rollins College Department of Music faculty and students performing some of the wonderful and varying music composed by Fred Rogers. It is a delightful program that will be sure to entertain the whole family.

Hello Neighbor – The Mister Rogers Walking Tour (Guided)

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 151 West Lyman Street, Winter Park

Please join us for a fascinating lifetime journey through the adventures of Fred Rogers. You hear the tales of growing up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and how his path led him to Winter Park for many, many years. Visit the places that were important to him in Winter Park, including the street he lived on during his visits, making Winter Park one of his true Neighborhoods!

All events are open to the public, but require advance reservation as each event is capacity controlled. Some events have a small registration fee.

Your voluntary donation of a new or gently worn sweater to benefit One Heart for Women and Children, and/or a new or gently worn pair of shoes to benefit Addy’s Operation Shared Shoes is greatly appreciated for those who are able to donate. Donation boxes are available at each event.

For more information on Mister Rogers' Week of Kindness events, check out the Week of Kindness website.

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