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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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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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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.

from the computer on a rainy day?

Why, bake fresh basil beer bread, of course!! And watch football 🏈

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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/

Starting off on Friday, March 31st 7-9pm -2157 !st Ave S, St Petersburg, FLORIDA

Funky Film and Flea Market at Black Crow Coffee Roasting
Shop at Black Crow Coffee Roasting & watch a class B movie. The Night BoHo Market will have booths set up for local vendors including St. Pete Ferments, 9 Lamps, Anchor Skate Supply, Black Moth Candle Company, Bluebird Books & more.  The B-movie classic is Jesse James and Frankenstein’s Daughter. Urban Brew & BBQ will be serving food.

Saturday, April 1st

Tampa Bay Rays Kids Pep Rally at Tropicana Field 10am-1pm
Attend the Kids Pep Rally, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company. Free gift for all kids 14 and under. Family oriented entertainers & games, plus kids get to run the bases at Tropicana. Hot cool is that?!?!

Tiny Home Festival at St. Pete Eco Village  10am-6pm 302 15th St N
Learn about the Tiny Home & see some tiny homes. Learn from experts who have studied & made the transition to tiny living. For me-my tiny home is going to have to be on or near the water for it to work.

St. Pete Indie Market in the EDGE District 11am-4pm. 1133 Baum Avenue North.
Local vendors in the Burg gather on Baum Avenue between 10th & 11th Streets N outside of Green Bench Brewing.  Fine art, skateboards, cards, candles, vintage items, furniture, & much more.

Orchid Lei Making Class at Museum of Fine Arts 11am-noon 255 Beach Dr NE
Leis are associated with the graciousness of Hawaii. The MFA, in honor of Art in Bloom, invites you to make your very own orchid lei. Classes are limited to 30 individuals, ages 7 and older. All supplies included. $20 for MFA members, $30 for non-members. Must register in advance.

Feast with the Beasts at Lowry Park Zoo Saturday & Sunday 4-9pm, 1101 West Sligh Ave, 
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is hosting its brand-new food, spirits & wine fundraising festival, Feast with the Beasts! Unlimited sips & bites from restaurants in Tampa among the dinosaurs & live entertainment. Help save animals.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto FC II 7:30pm Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st St SE
“Pack the stadium and help show support our local soccer squad as they make the push to join Major League Soccer!” so sayth the Rowdies
Sunday, April 2nd Opening Day for Baseball 
The Rays regular season begins this Sunday at Tropicana Field against the New York Yankees. Support your team!

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.

 

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  • Sunday, January 8th, 2017
    10:00am to 5:00pm
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271 Main Street in Dunedin, FL     Cost:Free Admission

Along Dunedin’s Main Street, some of the nation’s most talented artists are showcasing various mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. You will have the opportunity to meet with the artists, commission a work of art, and learn what inspires the artists’ work.

Dunedin, one of the oldest towns on the West Coast of Florida, has almost four miles of picturesque waterfront, a relaxed lifestyle, and activities for all likes and ages, making Dunedin a truly delightful place to live or visit.

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/

 

VETERANS DAY AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM  Friday, November 11, 2016

Florida Aquarium, 701 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE, TAMPA

All Veterans, active duty or drilling reservist or National Guard members and dependents get one free ticket to the aquarium. Additional guests (up to 4 people) get $15 general admission.$24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices may be less if you buy them online at the aquarium’s site.

 

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Ribfest St Pete 2016-November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2016

Three day charity fundraiser helps a variety of youth oriented causes.  Ribfest features the best BBQ ribbers in the world, national touring bands playing classic & southern rock & country hits including Huey Lewis and the News, The Doobie Brothers and Chris Young,Millennials, Greg Billings Band . On Saturday & Sunday there are fun activities for kids – in the Family Fun Zone Hosted by Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Gates open at 11am daily. Vinoy Park,  701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida  for more info:  http://ribfest.org/

DUNEDIN WINE AND ART WALK-Friday, November 11, 2016 5:30pm

Pioneer Park-MAIN ST AND DOUGLAS AVE, Dunedin, Florida

Celebrate the second Friday of the month with art exhibits, wine tastings, food samples, live entertainment and a drawing. $10 wristbands to get discounts and be eligible for prize drawing (valued at $150 or more).  http://2ndFridayDunedin.com/

AN EVENING WITH DAN RATHER-Friday, November 11, 2016 6:00pm

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 FIRST ST. S, St Petersburg, FL

One of America’s best known journalists shares his insights on the current state of the media. $100.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum Friday, November 11, 2016 6:00pm

CARCASS AND DEAFHEAVEN  Friday, November 11, 2016 7:00pm

State Theatre, 687 CENTRAL AVE., St Pete, The late ’80s Liverpool metal band co-headline a tour with the San Francisco rockers along with opener, Inter Arma. $26-$27.

ST. PETE SWING SUMMIT-Friday, November 11, 2016 7:00pm

Hip Expression Studio, 2033 54TH AVE N, St. Petersburg

Three rooms of dancing with a different style of music in each room. Includes a drop in beginner Lindy Hop lesson and a progressive intermediate Lindy Hop lesson. $10.

TARTUFFE-Friday, November 11, 2016 8:00pm

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

Moliere’s classic tale follows a wealthy businessman who entrusts his fortune to a con man posing as a political leader. $39-$49.

DUNEDIN WINES THE BLUES FESTIVAL -Saturday, November 12, 2016 1:00pm

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Dunedin is such a delightful little town and has so much going for it. Dunedin has beautiful beaches, parks, a marina that allows daily as well as long term rentals, many street fairs & festivals throughout the year, Honeymoon Island state park, water sports to baseball, loves dogs and definitely supports the arts. You can celebrate your Celtic heritage even if it’s not in your DNA. Here are just a few things to do in Dunedin this weekend. Enjoy!!

For more info go to: http://visitdunedinfl.com/

FALL HARVEST: RECEPTION

Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:00pm

The Plainsmen Gallery, 2141 MAIN ST., DUNEDIN, Florida

An exhibition of western, wildlife and Florida art by local and national artists, including members of the Cowboy Artists of America. Watch artist Terry Smith’s painting demonstration, enter to win a limited edition print, and enjoy champagne and light appetizers. Free.

CRAFT BEER AND CRAB FESTIVAL

Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00pm and Sunday, October 23 12pm

Edgewater Park, 51 MAIN ST., DUNEDIN

Bring chairs and blankets to the waterfront park for Olde Bay Cafe’s family festival highlighting local seafood, craft beers and crab dishes with live music by the Caroline Kole. Benefits Helping People Help Themselves.. Free (food/drink additional).

DUNEDIN HALLOWEEN HAPPENING

Saturday, October 22, 2016 5:30pm

Highlander Park, 1920 PINEHURST ROAD, DUNEDIN

The haunted fun includes “Boo in the Zoo” trick-or-treat house for preschoolers, carnival games, bounce houses, DJ music, haunted hayride, arts and crafts and age appropriate costume contests. $10 wristband; $5 hayride.

SPIES AND BLACK TIES

Saturday, October 22, 2016 7:00pm

Conmy Center, 750 SAN SALVADOR DRIVE, DUNEDIN

Dress as your favorite spy or villain for a night of food and entertainment. Benefits Religious Community Services to assist the hungry, homeless and domestic violence survivors. $125.

FOOD AS ART WORKSHOP

Sunday, October 23, 2016 2:00pm

Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 MICHIGAN BLVD., DUNEDIN

Casual class explores a variety of food topics. $45, $35 members.

 

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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