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Clear blue waters and long stretches of sand have always been the appeal of St. Petersburg, Fla. But these days, visitors are just as likely to dive into the Tampa Bay town’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Over the last decade, the Sunshine City has evolved into a creative hub, with world-class museums, thriving galleries and bold street art that have the once-neglected downtown booming again. And soon there will be much more to admire: Three ambitious new museums will open in St. Pete over the next two years, cementing its reputation as one of Florida’s cultural hot spots.

Here’s how a short trip to the ’Burg should look:

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A hot glass demo at the Duncan McClellan Gallery.

After a blissed-out day at the beach, head into town for a late-afternoon stroll through the dazzling collection of glass sculptures crafted by Dale Chihuly at the Chihuly Collection. Stock up on colorful wares at its gift shop, then hit nearby Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails for oysters and craft cocktails.

In the mood for something sweet? Grab a gourmet ice pop at The Hyppo, which boasts a staggering array of flavors from pumpkin cheesescake to pineapple cilantro. After the sun sets, savor a fresh catch at one of St. Pete’s fine restaurants; you can’t go wrong with the olive oil-seared grouper at FarmTable Cucina ($30). After dessert, shuffle on over to the historic St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club— known as the world’s largest club for the sport — for a few late-night matches.

Thanks to St. Pete’s laid-back yet imaginative spirit, there’s more art to check out the next day. More than 80 — and counting — eye-catching outdoor murals wrap buildings, walls and a main downtown intersection. “They create a sense of community,” says Derek Donnelly, a local talent behind a number of works. “I credit the art with helping turn around St. Pete.”

Donnelly helps promote the annual Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival, which wrapped its third iteration last month and is gearing up the next one in the fall of 2018. Local, national and international street artists from as far away as Australia gather to create large-scale, open-air works over 10 days.

According to Donnelly, the best place to start a mural tour is the alley behind the stores on the 600 North block of downtown’s Central Avenue. The lane is so jammed with trippy wall tattoos — including several of his compositions featuring dinosaur and sea creature — that even the dumpsters are decorated.

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The Dali MuseumDana Hoff

Don’t forget a visit to St. Pete’s popular Dali Museum, ($24 for adults), which houses the largest collection of works by the mustachioed genius outside his native Spain. On a smaller scale, more than 75 galleries dot the town’s seven arts districts. In the Warehouse Arts District, don’t miss the astounding glass works at Duncan McClellan Gallery — or its romantic sculpture garden, or its hot shop demonstrations by a team of artists.

Best of all, St. Pete has much more creative capital in the pipeline.

The first outpost — the Imagine Museum, which centers on glass art — opens its doors in January. A repurposed school will exhibit pieces from 55 renowned glass artists, including Harvey Littleton and Marlene Rose.

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art will also debut early next year. Occupying most of a city block, it will showcase works in oil, ink, stone and steel — evoking the frontier spirit and celebrating life in the wild. The works were collected over decades by Tom James, chairman emeritus of investment company Raymond James, and his wife Mary.

The biggest passion project of all is downtown’s $70 million Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, scheduled to open in spring 2019. The monumental building, designed by Cuban-born local architect Alberto Alfonso, is being purpose-built to display businessman Rudy Ciccarello’s extensive decorative arts collection.

With so much art on tap — as well as year-round sunshine and those irresistible white-sand beaches — it’s worth adding St. Pete to your vacation short list.

Where to eat and sleep

From landmark hotels to catch-of-the-day restaurants, St. Petersburg has the hospitality waterfront covered. Here’s a look at some local favorites:

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Base yourself at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.HP

Active much? Take your pick of four sports at the historic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, which features 18 holes, tennis courts, a private 74-slip marina and two pools (from $264).

For a chic sleep, book a reservation at the 18-room Birchwood Inn. You can’t beat the elegant rooms with four-poster beds — or the spectacular rooftop lounge (from $310).

The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is about 40 minutes outside of downtown St. Pete but mere seconds from a spectacular beach. (Clearwater Beach, in fact, was rated the best in the country by TripAdvisor last year.) With a pool and a spa onsite, it’s easy to unwind here (from $174).

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The Reading Room’s stylish staff.Partho

Cool and creative, the Reading Room serves delicious garden-inspired and wood-fired fare. Many of the herbs and vegetables are grown in the beds outside.

The seafood-centric menu changes daily at swanky Sea Salt, but the dishes are always fresh and succulent. Don’t miss the happy hour.

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Happy Holidays, however you celebrate!

Below is a list of some of the various holiday events going on in December 2017 throughout Tampa and Ibor City.

From movies in the park to Twilight 5k runs,

from boat parades to Chanukah festival fun,

a lot of good things for everyone!

 

Holiday Happenings

Here are a few things to check out in St Petersburg & St Pete Beach today, Friday, October 13th and tomorrow Saturday, October 14th. Ooooo, Friday the 13th…good luck & have fun!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Friday Night Music Series at Sundial
Free Friday Night Music Series with Ella Jet, a jazzy neo-soul singer/songwriter from St. Petersburg and in 2014 was selected for the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project.  6pm-10pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Concert in Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy live music under the stars. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Featuring the Alter Eagles. 7pm Free.

Make a Clay Pumpkin at Morean Center for Clay
2-hour introduction on wheel-throwing, for a limited time learn to make your own ceramic Jack O’Lantern. Bring a towel, your favorite beverage. All clay materials included. At the end of class and they will bisque & glaze your piece. Cost is $100 for up to 4 people, $25 per additional guest. Register at (727)821-7162. 420 22nd St South.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue, 7301 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

Families can meet local firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog with fire station tours, child fingerprinting, face painting, games and fire safety information. 11am Free.

Mastry’s Brewing Company Birthday OktoBeerfest

7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach’s first and only brewery turns one year old, live music, new beers on tap, food & other local beermakers that helped get the brewery started. 12 noon


Zine Fest & Cassette Store Day 
at Daddy Kool Records

Join Daddy Kool Records celebrates zines and cassettes! Local zines (small publisher magazine-fanzine, webzine) sell their zines, prints, shirts, pins & patches. It is also Cassette Store Day so there will be exclusive cassette releases, a cassette-based DJ, & free cassette mixtape of local bands curated by Ricky of Reality Asylum! 1pm-6pm. 666 Central Ave, St. Pete

Oktoberfest Ride at Hofbrauhaus St. Pete
‘Burg Pub Riders are back for Oktoberfest-Dirndl dresses & Lederhose. Meet at 5pm and leave around 6pm for Hawthorne Bottle Shop and end at the Independent. Please make sure to bring lights since this will be a night ride. 123 4th St South.

Inaugural ArtsXchange Gallery Art Show at the Warehouse Arts District
The Inaugural ArtsXchange Gallery Art Show with artwork from 22 of the ArtsXchange’s new artists. “Where Art Is Made” Show starts at 5pm. 515 22nd St South. 

ArtWalk at St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave., St. Pete

David Larson Evans’ solo exhibit, “On Being Human,” with indie-folk-pop music of AmandaLynn.  5pm Free.

Florida Holocaust Museum:The Book of Fire Reception

55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg

Reception for an exhibit of paintings, drawings, prints and artist’s books designed to propel viewers into a world of fire and devastation. In conjunction with Keep St. Pete Lit, nine writers perform their short stories, poems and imaginings inspired by this exhibition. Complimentary beer, wine & light snacks. 5:30pm Free.

The Florida Orchestra POPS: Swing is the Thing at the Mahaffey Theater
Jump ‘n’ jive from the 1940’s to the ‘60s with hits like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy & Rock Around the Clock. Featuring dancers, vocalists, on clarinet Dave Bennett.  8pm.  400 1st St SE.

Please join the Pinellas International Council on September 20, 2017 for our International Marketing Session and Technology Tips for working with International buyers and sellers. It is FREE but you must register first. We want to make sure we have enough chairs, wine & appetizers. Hope to see you there!

TechTips 09 2017

Tue, Sept 19, 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm

Brought to you by the Pinellas International Council, this is a morning packed with information given by 3 long-time accomplished REALTORS® working in the commercial/international market. All you need to know – from marketing properties to how to mingle and behave with international clients, selling and buying commercial properties for international clients in the USA, and finding, marketing, selling properties globally – what you need to do, what you need to know.

Commercial 9 2017

You’ll hear from:
Carlos Fuentes – “Commercial Real Estate in the Global Market”
* Local market appeal
* Global presence
* Due diligence items
* CAP rate determination
* How to position yourself

Tina Eloian – “International Real Estate”
* Taipei, Taiwan culture, customs, and traditions
* Taiwanese business etiquette – CCIM Commercial Foundations class
* Business owners, investors and brokers
* CCIM Pitch Session
* Bankers, investors, brokers
* Real estate in Taiwan vs. real estate in the US

Rob Barber – “Marketing Worldwide”
* Personal brand for global
* Attention is all that matters
* Why video is a must

SCHEDULE:  Tue, Sept 19, 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. to noon: Presentations

REGISTRATION:
Pinellas International Council (PIC) Members ($10):
Click here to register.

PRO Members ($15):
Click here to register.

Non-PRO Members ($15):
Click here to register.
PInellas Realtor Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater Florida

Contact: Jan Dean
Email: JDean@tampabayrealtor.com
Phone: 727-216-3004

Listed here are just a few things to do and see to celebrate this Labor Day weekend in the St Petersburg area. Enjoy!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

St. Pete Shuffleboard Club  7pm    559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg.

Family-friendly shuffleboard with all equipment provided. Instruction available. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Lil Wayne, A Milli and Fireman rapper   Jannus Live  7:30pm

200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, Starting at $75.

An Evening of Improvised Music  Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Pete

Featuring St. Petersburg‘s Sean Hamilton, Infinite Third and Crux. $10.

Maxwell-Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete 8pm

R&B and soul, $45-$300.

Bourbon and Bluegrass-Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club 9pm

501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Pete. The third annual dinner and concert series features five dining stations, full bar, bourbon and live music, through Sept. 9. $38 prix fixe menu.

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017  

License-Free  Saltwater Fishing Day    12:01am       Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

4905 34th St. S, St. Pete. Free fishing day providing an opportunity to introduce everyone to fishing. License requirement waived for all recreational anglers. All other rules apply.

Morning at the Museum  9:30am

Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Dr SE & Fifth Ave SE), St. Pete

Families with children ages 6 to 12 can privately explore the galleries before the museum opens. Reservations required and regular admission applies.

Canopy Tree Climbing  10 am, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Pete

Climbers ages 6 and older can climb into the canopy of a live oak tree using harnesses and a rope pulley system. $10.

The Holocaust & the Book of Fire, Florida Holocaust Museum,

55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg

Opening day for an exhibit of paintings, drawings, prints and artist’s books. Remains on display through Dec. 31. Included with admission. $16, $14 seniors, $8 ages 7-17, military/USF students/ages 6 & younger free.

St Pete Indie Market, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete  11am

Indoor market with more than 50 artists selling their artistic creations.

CraftyFest at ARTpool Gallery (Saturday and Sunday) 11-5pm
Crafty Fest Market is ARTpool’s buy local, handmade & vintage fabulous monthly event! ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave.

Brocante Market (Saturday and Sunday)  9am
St. Pete’s first permanent monthly vintage market. Housed in a 15,000 square foot former piano factory. Open the first weekend of each month. 9am-7pm Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday. Brocante Market, 2200 2nd Avenue South.

2nd Annual Crab and Music Festival at Albert Whitted Airport 1-10pm
Live music and all the crab and seafood you can eat hosted by 95.7 The Beat’s Queen ‘B’ and BET Comicview and Atlanta’s Own ‘Tiny.’ Tickets are $20. Albert Whitted Airport, 480 Bayshore Dr SE

September 5th, 2017


The Melting Pot Presents Uncorked 2017

Five notable wines made by women who are making their mark on the wine industry today. September 5th. The Melting Pot, 2221 4th St N.

Please join the Pinellas International Council on September 19, 2017 to learn about the international client investing in the US, and how to partner with commercial professionals to grow your international business.

Three highly respected international commercial real estate professionals will share their insights and expertise while keeping the International buyer and seller in mind.  We welcome the return of Carlos Fuentes and Rob Barber, who both have given us invaluable commercial information in past years and are looking forward to having Tina Eloian join them. All three of these speakers have their CCIM. 

CCIM stands for Certified Commercial Investment Member. Members must have completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis, and demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate.

You must register in advance for this event. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9 am-12 noon at Pinellas Realtor Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida

Please register on PinellasRealtor.org, Education and Events Calendar.

http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

 

Go Global with Commercial Sept 19 2017

Please come join us this evening for networking, eating, drinking & visiting the Museum of Fine Arts at a reduced entrance fee to the exhibits of $5. This month it will held in the air conditioned atrium of the museum-right across the street from our Coastal Properties Group-Christie’s International Real Estate office on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. Last month, a great time was had by all with tasty food & drink. Hope to see you there. Come find me for a free drink ticket.

July Porch Party

Pinellas International Council Marketing & Networking Session is thrilled to have Macarena Rose return once again to speak on living in & purchasing real estate in Belize on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 pm!!

 

 

Thank you, Macarena Rose, for sharing your time and incredible knowledge with us. She is very vivacious and makes learning so much fun!

Macarena is the owner of Rainforest Realty in Belize, developing it into one of the leading real estate agencies in Central America. She remains a vital presence in the Central America real estate industry, maintaining an ongoing leadership role. She has a busy schedule that includes creating the International radio shows “Belize Talk Radio” ,  “International Real Estate Talk” and her newest show “Tuesdays with Morey Tax Tips“, filming her 6th HGTV House Hunters International program in Belize, speaking as an International Real Estate Consultant in various forums and serving on the board of many community organizations in Belize.

Macarena’s latest adventures includes the first Belize filming of HGTV’s Show called Off the Grid and has filmed 6 other episodes for HGTV House Hunters International in Belize!

Additionally she is now the Operating Principle of Keller Williams Belize.

An inspiration as to how to live a fulfilled life…her motto is – Throw Your Hat Over the Wall, Don’t Look Back & Just Do!

Although this opportunity is FREE for you, you must register due limited space, snacks & wine.


Click here to register. 

http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Contact: Martha Vasquez
Email: martha@marthavasquez.com

Pinellas REALTOR Organization
4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater FL 33762

 

 

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A few weeks ago, after attending a Pinellas International Council event, I stopped in at the Train Station. I have loved this building since moving to St Pete 11 years ago and am so happy that it is being used for such great things.

I absolutely love this quote from Keep St Pete Lit’s website, “Do you read? Do you write? Do you live in or around St. Petersburg? Well then, welcome to Keep St. Pete Lit, where we celebrate and promote the area’s literary community. Whether you’re a writer, a reader or just love the arts, we want you to help us Keep St. Pete Lit. Read and Write on, my friend!” I come from a family of writers, avid book readers, former book reps and bookstore managers. My biggest moving expense is always books & records!

Keep St. Pete Lit wants to instill a love of reading, writing and storytelling in all  generations in the Sunshine City but now has special programs for the younger generations. Keep St. Pete wants to help children find their creative gifts with a new week-long summer camp.

The organizers behind the camp want to ensure that this opportunity is open to all children and families interested. So Keep St. Pete Lit is offering two Creative Writing Summer Camp tuition-free for low income families at the Morean Center for Clay.

They’re accepting 15 students each week ages 9-12. To help cover the cost of teacher’s salaries, supplies and rent, KSPL launched an online fundraising campaign. So far, they’ve raised $745 of a total $3,000 goal. A $100 donation sponsors one child.

The first camp runs from July 17-21, the second runs from July 24-28 at the Morean Center for Clay (420 22nd Street South). The creative writing workshop sessions begin at 9:30am and end at 12:30pm each day. To learn more visit  http://keepstpetelit.org/

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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