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There is always a special kind of excitement in the weeks leading up to the race. Our city’s streets are turned into a 1.8 mile racetrack along the waterfront. The track has 14 turns and goes past the Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theatre, around Pioneer Park, along the waterfront past the St Petersburg Harbor & Marina and onto the runways of Albert Whitted Airport. The races include Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge, Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks, Indy Lights & Pro Mazda. It has been fun to walk down the middle of the downtown city streets with partial track walls closing in on both streets. I have lived here for 11 years now & I still find all of this so cool.

People come from all over the world to see this race. Some watch from the track stands, others watch from their boats, and some watch from their condos balconies. Of course, it will also be shown on national TV. I will go into the grounds on Friday where one can see the cars up close & sometimes even meet the drivers before or after their practice & qualifying runs.  On Sunday, I will be on the top floor of my parents’ condo building watching with great glee as the race speeds past the building on 2 sides with 2 hairpin turns. Yes, it IS noisy but oh, so awesome!

You can purchase tickets & get more info at  http://gpstpete.com/  in advance or at the gate.

I am so excited. After a long 58 year break, the St Petersburg Yacht Club Habana Sailing Race has been re-instated this year. The fleet of boats left the St Petersburg harbor this morning at 10am and will sail 284 nautical miles to arrive at the Hemingway Marina in Havana on Thursday, March 2nd. On Saturday there will a Nautical Parade & the Torreon de la Chorrera Regatta to Morro Castle.

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photo by Annalisa Weller July 2015

The Micara, a Cuban boat with all Cuban sailors, is among the 81 yachts & 550 sailors.

In 1929 George S. Gandy, Jr., a well known yachtsman and son of the builder of the first bridge across Tampa Bay, sailed his 36′ ketch Cynosure to Havana.  There he met with Commodore Rafael Posso of the Habana Yacht Club and the St. Petersburg-Habana yacht race was born.

The first race started off The Pier in St. Petersburg March 30, 1930 and finished at Morro Castle at the Habana harbor entrance. Eleven boats participated and was won by the schooner Haligonian owned by Houston Wall of Tampa.  The race was sailed over the same route from 1930 through 1959 with the exception of three years of World War II, when the race was cancelled, and 1958 when political conditions in Cuba required the fleet to go to Miami. The last race in 1959 race had 37 yachts participating.

Glad to see it back! Wishing you smooth sailing.

Grateful Dead-Themed Pub & Lounge has opened in St Petersburg, Florida. Grateful Fed is on the ground floor of Urban Style Flats at 300 10th Street South. For late night, the restaurant will be one of the first St Pete places to offer homemade food until 4am, but will deliver food until 5am. What? Now that could be really good. I know some pub-crawlers, students, swing shift employees & service workers from pubs, restaurants & bars who will definitely like that!

The idea for this is Sean Ford, former executive chef at Tryst. He saw the possible need for late night comfort and healthy food in the city’s downtown area. Serving burgers and wings but also some healthier things like red quinoa/grilled vegetable burrito with alfalfa sprouts, heirloom tomato and avocado. I notice that there is a Grateful Fed in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada too. I wonder if they are connected.

“The restaurant scene has expanded in St Pete, but not for late night workers or those wanting healthy delivery,” said Ford in a press release. “It’s nearly impossible to eat healthy after hours and no one delivers commissary.”

Grateful Fed also has a small store stocked with some snacks, toiletries and the like. The store will deliver until 5am. A full liquor bar will serve some signature cocktails and craft beers.

The Sunshine City bringing eclectic small business downtown. Go St Pete!!

Current hours:
Monday through Thursday: 4pm-4am
Saturday through Sunday: 12pm-4am
Delivery available until 5am Monday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

To learn more about the concept follow Grateful Fed on Facebook.

Tibetan monks with horns Florida CraftArt st petersburg

Sacred Art Tour of Tibetan Monks 2017

From January 31-February 5th, Florida CraftArt welcomes eight exiled Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India who will create a Sacred World Peace Sand Mandala that was designed by the Dalai Lama and depicts all religions in harmony.

World Peace Sand Mandala

Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:00am
Creation of Mandala
Sunday, February 5, 2017 12:00pm
Finalization of Mandala
Sunday, February 5, 2017 1:00pm
Dissolution Ceremony

During the closing ceremony on Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m., the monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sand to symbolize the impermanence of all phenomena. It is meant to be a teaching to show that everything that exists has a beginning, a middle and an end. Then monks will then lead a procession to Tampa Bay where they will deposit the sand and perform a Buddhist blessing.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – Saturday & Sunday 3pm

American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theatre-163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg

August Wilson’s Century Cycle, owners of a boarding house play host to a makeshift family of people with connections to slavery. Some stay days, some longer. Through Feb. 26. $39-$49.

The Golden Ticket – Saturday

Coliseum-535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg

The 86th annual All Children’s Hospital Charity Ball features dinner, dancing and an auction. Benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Starts at 6 or 6:30 p.m. $250.

Frida Kahlo at The Dali     through April 17th, 2017  http://thedali.org/   downtown waterfront of St Pete

This exhibits gives us some insight into the extraordinary career and life of the great 20th century Mexican artist. More than 60 Kahlo pieces are on display, including 15 paintings, seven drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated female artist. The outdoor portion of the exhibition includes a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul. I have been lucky enough to visit her beloved Casa Azul in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City with a dear friend. I was in cielo (or heaven)!

 

The Tall Ship Lynx, a modern interpretation of an 1812 American privateer, is scheduled to sail into St. Pete on Wednesday morning where it has found a permanent winter home.

The 110-foot ship is expected to come under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge with full sails sometime around 10 a.m. It will then head into the Vinoy Basin/North Yacht Basin, do a four-gun salute and make her way to Harborage Marina where she will berth until the seasonal dock is finalized right next to the ferry. They plan is to begin opening the boat up to the public for tours, sailing trips, and corporate events this weekend.

Lynx – America’s Privateer Trailer HD    https://youtu.be/LNWdRGAAjfM

The idea of offering the Lynx a permanent berth first came up during then-Mayor Bill Foster’s administration. But the idea never seemed to gel until recently, said Greg Holden, chair of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. More recently, with the support of Council member Ed Montanari, Mayor Rick Kriseman, local businesses and others, the dream looks as if it might become reality.

“This is one of those five-year, overnight successes,” Holden said.

It’s an “amazing” opportunity for the city, he said. Having a tall ship in port is a draw for businesses and tourists. It’s also an attraction to help more people get out onto the water and to learn a bit of history.

The Lynx, he said, would harken back to the days of the Bounty, which was a reconstruction of the 1787 Royal Navy sailing ship HMS Bounty. The Bounty summered in New England and wintered in St. Pete, operating out of the Pier.

“There’s been an overwhelming amount of support” for having the Lynx use St. Petersburg as a permanent winter home, said Don Peacock, executive director of the Lynx Education Foundation. “We’re looking at this as a long-term program.”

The Lynx was built as a hands-on educational tool to teach American history. When she was in St. Petersburg last winter, Peacock said the crew worked with recreational centers in south St. Petersburg and with Admiral Farragut Academy. Kids from both sailed on the ship for a day while they learned how to sail her the way she was sailed in 1812 when the original Lynx went to sea.

“It’s all done by hand,” Peacock said.

Peacock said the Lynx would like to expand its outreach to more schools and recreational centers this year.

The Lynx and its educational programs are run by a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. The funding comes from donations and from the fees that corporations and members of the public pay to go on sails or to rent the Lynx for events.

The Lynx is an interpretation of an 1812 vessel of the same name that was one of the first privateers to take to the seas after the start of the War of 1812. A privateer was used to prey on British merchant vessels. Although the Lynx was designed like a privateer, she was outfitted for trade so she could help keep supply lines open for the Americans during the war. She was captured about a year into the war and saw service as a Royal Navy vessel called the Mosquidobit. In the late 1990s, the modern Lynx was built to the plans of the original.

http://tallshiplynx.com/history/     and Anne Lindberg at  http://saintpetersblog.com/tall-ship-lynx-dock-st-pete-permanently/

 

I think that is a wonderful event. I can only imagine what Halloween must be like for children with hearing impairments. Thank you so much for having the love, care and idea to put this together for these wonderful children. Happy Halloween to all children!
Impared kids

University throws Halloween party for children with hearing impairments. (KTRK)

Monday, October 31, 2016 05:07AM   http://abc13.com/society/halloween-for-hearing-impaired-kids/1581539/

A university in California threw a Halloween bash expressly for children with hearing impairments.

The Halloween Harvest Carnival had all the typical carnival events Saturday, including prizes, crafts and face-painting.

Hearing-impaired and deaf kids dressed up and went trick-or-treating at the party.

To make it easier for these children to participate in the events, all of the volunteers had studied American Sign Language, and the entertainment was focused on the visual.

“Most carnivals, deaf and hard of hearing do not have access to be able to communicate directly with the people that are running the booth,” said Bobbi Long of William Jessup University, told KTXL.

She said the idea of the carnival was to provide a space for hearing-impaired kids at Halloween that was geared toward their learning styles and abilities.

The father of two hearing-impaired children, Sean Kyles Jensen says his family often struggles to find events for their kids. He was enthusiastic about the university’s carnival.

“It’s something that really helps us not only get to know the community but also understand our own boys, and it allows our boys to express themselves,” Kyles Jensen said.

The party was the first of its kind organized by William Jessup University, but organizers say they hope to continue the event in future years.

Okay, I am going outside right now & look for the Strawberry Moon. I have heard of and seen Blue Moons & Harvest Moons but I have never heard of a Strawberry Moon before tonight. Just another one of those really cool things!

AP Photo/Armando Franc  Article Brian Mastroianni CBS News June 20, 2016

The time of year so many kids (and adults) look forward to is almost here — summer is finally upon us. The summer solstice officially arrives at 6:34 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 20.

Solstice, the official start of summer, is the longest day of the year, and this year it also brings a rare event in the night’s sky. Those who look up at the moon tonight will see what’s called the “strawberry moon,” the nickname for June’s full moon, which happens to coincide this year with the summer solstice.

Why the fruit-themed name? According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” the strawberry moon was given that name by the Algonquin tribes because it occurs right at the height of the season when strawberries are harvested. Other names for this month’s full moon are the “hot moon” and the “rose moon.”

For summer stargazers out there, it’s the first chance to see a full moon on the summer solstice in nearly half a century. According to AccuWeather.com, the last time these two phenomena coincided was back in 1967, and it won’t happen again until 2062.

In case you’re stuck indoors or the weather is cloudy, there’s a way to see it online. The Farmer’s Almanac and the Slooh network of robotic telescopes are teaming up to present a livestream of the full moon that can be viewed below starting 8 p.m. EDT.

 

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Professional and amateur brewers exhibit their “Liquid Works” today in downtown St Petersburg, Florida at the Museum of Fine Arts from 1-4pm. Tickets are $30@ the door, which includes beer tastings, small bites, an 11oz pilsner tasting glass and a chance to view the gorgeous art in the galleries of the museum. How can you loose-art, food & beer?!

Inspired liquid art. Nice. Taste local beers crafted by local artisans who took on the challenge to create small batch brews that connect with works in the Museum’s collection.

Featured works from the collection:

George Inness, Early Moonrise, Florida
The God of Death, Mictlantecuhtli
Georgia O’Keeffe, Poppy
Red Grooms, De Kooning Breaks Through
Amir I.M. Nour, Horned Gate

Participating Brewing Companies:

Green Bench Brewing Co.
Pair O’ Dice Brewing Co.
St. Pete Brewing Co.
Darwin Brewing Co.
Motorworks Brewing Co.
Cage Brewing Co.
Barley Mow Brewing Co.
Mastry’s Brewing Co.
Bury Me Brewing Co.
Rapp Brewing Co.
Cigar City Cider & Mead
Cigar City Brewing Co.
Pinellas Ale Works
Big Storm Brewing Co.
Urban Comfort Restaurant & Brewery
Mad Beach Brewing Co.
3 Daughter’s Brewing Co.

Participating furniture galleries:

Being – The Art of Living
Tampa Bay Furnishings
Treehouse Gallery

Tomorrow about 100 teams will be participating in the Coastal Charity Challenge Scavenger Hunt to raise money for local charities. Each team could win up to $10,000. for their charity. Each team is made up of 4 members. Our team, which consists of Denise Reilly, Karen Vogel, Dana Tenaglia and me, will be trying to raise money for Morning Star School-Pinellas Park . So please look for our posts tomorrow on Facebook #CCChallenge. This could be very entertaining for all while we perform tasks, collect poker chips and, hopefully, raise money for our charities!! Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

SCAVENGER HUNT TIME:        10AM-2PM

AWARDS CEREMONY/PARTY:    2PM-4PM
  • 1st Place: $10,000 for your Charity

  • 2nd Place: $2,000 for your Charity

  • 3rd-5th Place: $1,000 for your Charity

**** DONATED BY COASTAL PROPERTIES GROUP

  1. Meet at SEA DOG BREWING COMPANY– 26200 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33761 on Saturday, May 21st at 9:30am for registration.
  2. Hunt begins promptly at 10:00am. There is no time limit except that you must return to finish line by 2:00pm. 

  3. Each team will randomly be given a card as their starting point. They must drive to the location and will be asked to perform a task which will earn them a poker chip. Each chip is worth a different amount. The chip amounts are unknown and will be assigned during the Grand Prize Gathering. Each team will attempt to attain the maximum number of poker chips. Teams will be required to take a picture of their task and upload it to Facebook. #CCChallenge  All team members must be present in the photo. Teams must stay together thoroughout the challenge. 

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Here’s a little information about our charity:

Morning Star School-Pinellas Park is dedicated to helping our students develop into educated, well-rounded, productive and successful members of society. We offer a caring, Christian learning environment where kids are able to succeed. The positive is accentuated to help our students recognize their potential.

Ours is a unique school that offers an individualized educational program designed specifically to meet the academic needs of each pupil.  Our teachers take pride in skillfully developing academic lessons with every student in mind.  The ungraded classrooms allow all to excel at their own pace.  Our intention is that each Morning Star student will have the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential academically, socially, and spiritually.

We understand that children with special education requirements need more care and attention than is often offered in a traditional school setting. These students necessitate individualized instruction from caring professionals who are trained to understand and meet each student’s unique needs.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/longdivision.com/Morningstar+Final+Draft-HD-1280×720.mp4– This is the link to the video.

This is the link to the website – www.morningstarschool.org/

The sponsors for the challenge are: 

SWAT
Exterminating Co. 

When my youngest daughter was here visiting in January, I took her around to see all the cool murals that had arrived since her last visit. We were lucky to witness some of them being painted. I love them. How cool is this?!? A couple of years ago I started taking pictures of them but now there are so many new ones that I NEED to photograph. I told my daughter then that I wanted to write a post about the mural of St Pete as soon as I had time. Obviously, it was a good idea because someone has beaten me to the punch!! Read below & come see them in person.

St. Pete is slowly becoming known for its street art. The Huffington Post recently touted the Burg as one of the Top 15 Street Art Cities in AmericaLocal businesses, neighborhoods and members of the city council have recognized how imperative a thriving arts culture is to the growth and development of the city at large.

Whether exploring the alley behind the 600 Block or Baum Avenue in the EDGE District, literary, mythological and locally inspired designs burst from the brick walls of galleries and shops downtown. Designs have made their way to 4th Street, Uptown, the Grand Central District and Deuces Live. Bar like The Amsterdam have attracted appreciators with their ever rotating gallery of murals.

A few new designs have popped up recently that you need to see for yourself.

This mural by artist David Rothman can be found on the side of the Bay Food Mart between 6th and 7th Avenues North on 4th Street.

 

Artist Chad Mize adds more than a splash to color to the Historic Uptown area of St. Pete. The neighborhoods new insignia can be found by the Laundromat at 499 7th Avenue North. The mural also features a hex block design inspired by the sidewalks in the neighborhood.

Want to see the process of creating an entirely new vibe in this neighborhood on the rise? Chad Mize created an excellent time lapse showcasing the work that went into the mural.

 

The 801 Conway has certainly left its mark on the EDGE District and the entire St. Pete community thanks to the skilled hands and minds of the Vitale Brothers. This mural can be found on the side of the former Cafe Adagio building at 1111 Central Avenue.

 

*Photo via @paintthatuglything on Instagram

PizzaBox has made its prescence felt since opening. With a wood-fired oven they built themselves and a striking mural the owners painted, this new restaurant has quickly become a part of the regular St. Pete diet. P.S. Their gluten-free pizza, made with BoBs Red Mill gluten free dough, is amazing. The mural is in the alley behind the restaurant. Their address is 923 Central Avenue.

A muralist by the name of Christy recently added a bit of magic to the 600 Block alley with an enchanted mural. Stephanie Byrne Photography was able to capture this magical design perpendicular to the famous Twiggy Mural by Chad Mize.

 

A new mural is currently in the works by Deplane Studios and Manmade Murals on the side of Urban Provisions in the Grand Central District. If it’s anything like Urban Brew and BBQ’s historical design, we’re sure it will be a magnificent site to behold. The project is in partnership with Small Town Brewery. Urban Provisions is located at 2410 Central Avenue.

*Photo via Carla Bristol

A new mural has been added to the Deuces District by painter/sculptor Patrick Noze. You can view his piece titled “Art Reflecting History” on the side of the Advantage Training Systems building at 833 22nd Street.  South.

Sarah Sheppard completed this gorgeous Alice in Wonderland mural back in February. We hadn’t gotten to see it in person until recently. Gazing at it is trully a transformative experience. You can check it out on the side of China Finders located at 2823 Central Avenue.

Sarah Sheppard isn’t done leaving her mark on the Burg. She also recently completed a mural on the exterior of the new St. Pete Makers facility. For those looking to take what’s brewing in their imagination and make it a reality, this spot is a must visit. St. Pete Makers is located at 429 22nd Street South.

– See more at: http://www.ilovetheburg.com

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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