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Here are just a few different things to do and see in downtown St Petersburg, Florida. Nice day so get out and have some fun!


Tampa Bay Home Show presented and produced by Tampa Bay Times
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Meet the home improvement experts at the Tampa Bay Home Show. Plan to spend the day discovering great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars, and so much more. See the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection. 

Saturday 11/7

METRO Presents Gala Rouge

METRO’s Third Annual Gala takes place at the Historic Train Station. METRO is proud to be entering their 22nd year of providing services and support to those infected by HIV/AIDS, as well as a hub of activity for the LGBT community. This event will feature pop-up burlesque performances! Tickets to the event benefit METRO LGBT Centers and the NEW METRO Health Centers. Begins at 7pm. Historic Train Station, 420 22nd Street South.

FREE Saturday Morning Market 
More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants The mission of the market is to be the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg – the place, more than anywhere else, that people feel a strong sense of joyful connectedness and creative community. While actual farmers, great food, interesting crafts and lively music are all wonderful elements of the market, this spirit of community is what really defines the market experience. The market is held every Saturday from October 2-and runs through May. The market is open from 9am-2pm. Al Lang Parking Lot, 230 1st Street Southeast.

St. Pete Indie Market Street Festival
Artists, makers and crafters will line up the sidewalk outside The Bends this Saturday for one of the best local shopping events of the season! Runs from 12-6pm. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue North.

FREE Brocante Market (Saturday & Sunday)
Brocanteurs (vendors) spend their days hunting, picking, and salvaging the most unique finds available in the entire Southeast.  Each month, for only two days, they open our doors to the public.  This limited engagement creates an air of excitement as items are claimed and treasures find their new home. Born from a love for all things vintage, Brocante represents an idea and a love and a love for the used, the past, the re-imagined, and the re-inspired. St. Petersburg area….a place where people are just as creative and unique as the items displayed. The event runs Saturday and Sunday. 9am-7pm Saturday; 9am-5pm Sunday. Brocante Market, 2200 2nd Avenue South.

FREE Crafty Fest @ ARTpool Gallery (Saturday & Sunday)
ARTpool’s monthly crafty fest. The event runs from 11am-5pm Saturday AND Sunday. ARTpool, 2030 Central Avenue.

Folkfest St. Pete (Saturday & Sunday)
The festival attracts artists from around the region and continuous live music from local and national musicians throughout the two-day event. Confirmed musical acts to date include Have Gun Will Travel on Saturday and Miami Indie/Folk/Americana performer Keith Johns on Sunday. Also performing are Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, and The Coteries. In addition to live music and artist vendors selling original folk art, jewelry and home décor items, the festival includes a family area sponsored by Great Explorations Children’s Museum, free parking at Tropicana Field Lot 6, food vendors and craft beer selections. Saturday 10am-9pm. Sunday 10am-7pm. $5 suggested donation. Baum Avenue between 11th and 13th Avenue in the EDGE District.

Bungalow Fest 2015 Tour of Homes
BungalowFest celebrates Historic Kenwood’s recent and past history with a unique home tour. The tour features homes that are completely restored and sometimes ones that are actually under renovation. BungalowFest 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association. 
for more information about the tour of homes or e-mail 37tudor@tampabay.rr.com

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Vintage Motor Classic @ South Straub Park
The Vintage Motor Classic is considered one of the premium vintage car, boat, and motorcycle collector shows in the Southeastern United States. The presentation of over 300, pre-1980, show vehicles is under the trees, on the lawn, and on the beautiful waterfront of South Straub Park. 10am-4pm. South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

America Remembers: A Veterans Day Salute
The St. Petersburg College Concert Chorus and Madrigalians, under the direction of Dr. Vernon Taranto, Jr. presents its annual Veterans Day gala concert. The performance pays tribute to our armed forces for sacrifices made for liberty and freedom and includes songs including This is My Country, An Armed Forces Salute, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Mr. Franklin Proffers Thanks, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, and God Bless the U.S.A. 3pm. Free and open to the public. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North. 

Gallery Talks: Reading Women @ Museum Of Fine Arts
Contemporary artist Carrie Schneider’s video projection and photographs in the Helen and Dick Minck Gallery spotlight her women friends and acquaintances in the process of reading.  They are captured in domestic spaces and are all reading books by talented women.  This exhibition complements Marks Made, which Ms. Pill curated. 3-4pm. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast. 

Clockwork Knotwork and Three Birds Tavern are hosting a traditional Steampunk Masquerade Ball!
This Halloween Night, come and dance under the stars and beautiful oaks of the Tavern to the beautiful and haunting music of Clockwork Knotwork. Elixir Mandragora will be performed in it’s entirety as well as many other grand dances tunes.
Part of the floor will remain open, for the people who wish to dance, and anyone seen waltzing will receive a free Clockwork Knotwork pin. There’s no place better to celebrate All Hallows Eve than with Clockwork Knotwork on the majestic patio of Three Birds Tavern. (7:30-8, meet & greet. 8-11 Clockwork Knotwork medicine show. ALL AGES & FREE EVENT!)

41st Annual St. Pete International Folk Fair @ Vinoy Park (Saturday & Sunday)
 SPIFF returns to Vinoy Park this weekend. Enjoy food, music and art from all around the world all weekend long! The event takes place from 10am-9pm on Saturday, noon-6pm on Sunday. Adult tickets are $10, Students are $6, Children 6 and under are FREE! Vinoy Park, 500 Bayshore Drive Northeast. 


This Halloween weekend, America’s fastest growing and newest Olympic sport is coming to the Sunshine City. AR7s and Bill Edwards Presents Inc. in association with St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission and Al Lang Stadium will host the inaugural Halloween Rugby 7s Elite Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1. The premier, two-day event along the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg is officially sanctioned by USA Rugby, the National Governing Body for the sport of rugby in the United States, and supported by American Rugby 7s, a new professional rugby sevens organization. Games begin at 1pm both days! Tickets start at $20. Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street South. 

Circus McGurkis – The Peoples’ Fair @ Lake Vista Park
This amazing event has been taking place since 1971. Circus McGurkis features arts, crafts, music, games and ideas with a special focus on activities for children and families of all ages. 9am-4pm. Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Avenue South (corner of 16th Street and and 62nd Avenue South).

Generation Food Truck: The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally on Halloween
The world’s largest food truck rally (close to 80) arrives in the Burg on October 31st. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit CASA.  The event runs from 11am-6pm, rain or shine. Kids 14 years and younger get FREE admission. Tickets are $10 general admission, VIP tickets are $50. Event takes place at 480 Beach Drive Northeast.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs New York Cosmos Watch Party @ Rowdies Den
The Rowdies face the Cosmos in New York this Saturday. We’re hosting the best watch party in the Burg to celebrate their wild season. Be a part of St. Pete history this weekend and join Rowdies Den for the official watch party. Game begins at 7pm. Rowdies Den 200 1st Avenue South.

It’s Jailaiween with UNRB @ The Ale and The Witch
Enjoy live music by UNRB and Danfield. Cigar City’s Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin will be on tap starting at 6pm. The Ale and The Witch opens at 2pm and the BBQ Den will be featuring some ghoulishly good smoked specials all day long. No cover. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast. 

Zappaween 20 with Bogus Pomp @ State Theatre
It’s the 20th Anniversary of Zappaween! Celebrate with Bogus Pomp at State Theatre. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $20. State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue.

Halloween Monster Mash @ The Local 662
The Local 662 has an amazing show lined up for you on Halloween night. Brough to you by : NIGHT OF THE LIVING SOUND and THE LOCAL 662 .The bar will have SPOOKY cocktails of all sorts , also the local 662 will be getting dark and evil with awesome horror decorations. Event runs from 7pm-3am on October 31. The Local 662, 662 Central Avenue.

7th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Party @ Red Mesa Cantina 
Ready for one of the rowdiest Halloween events in the Burg? Red Mesa Cantina hosts their 7th Annual Dia de Los Muertos party on Saturday. The event will feature over $2,000 in prizes! There will be a Costume Contest (with multiple categories), live music, food, drinks and more! The event begins at 9pm. No cost to enter. Red Mesa Cantina, 128 3rd Street South.

Happy Halloween to you all !! May you only receive treats.

Here are a few reasons why Florida is so unique and beloved, and none of them are theme parks.

from  http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/things-only-found-here-fl/

Do you know of any other things that could really only exist in Florida? Please share your favorite unique places and attractions with me.

from  http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/things-only-found-here-fl/

St Pete is such a happening place that I can’t begin to list all things that are going on this weekend. Here are just a few things that you might want to add to your schedule.

Get Downtown For First Friday!
On the first Friday of every month, downtown becomes St. Pete’s biggest block party. First Friday St. Pete is a showcase for great bands, great drinks, and great food that make St Petersburg Florida’s most exciting city .First Friday St. Pete is organized by the Breakfast Optimist Club of St. Petersburg who donates net proceeds to charitable efforts, with a focus on youth education and children’s health. Featuring The Tempests, with their eclectic mix of Pop, Rock, Blues and Motown. The party starts at 5:30pm and goes until 10pm. Your admission is FREE and vendors and restaurants offer a wide variety of food and drink. Get dressed in red, white and blue and join the St. Pete community for live music, great drinks and food. Takes place between 2nd and 3rd Streets on Central Avenue. 

FREE First Friday Show @ Jannus Live
Join Jeremy Thomas Band Friday night for a free First Friday. Begins at 8pm. FREE. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays – Zombie Night
The Rays face the Blue Jays this weekend. Friday night is Zombie Night. Password: 1ZOMBIE. The Tampa Bay Rays invite you to takeover Tropicana Field for Zombie Night when the Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays! For just $25 ($35 value) this special ticket package includes a seat in the tbt* Party Deck and a Zombie Night T-shirt! Groups of 10 or more will receive an additional discount and preferred seating. For more information or to place a group order call
727-825-3406. Game begins at 7:10pm. Visit raysbaseball.org for tickets. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive. 

OPENING DAY: Saturday Morning Market 
More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants The mission of the market is to be the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg – the place, more than anywhere else, that people feel a strong sense of joyful connectedness and creative community. While actual farmers, great food, interesting crafts and lively music are all wonderful elements of the market, this spirit of community is what really defines the market experience. The market is held every Saturday from October 2-and runs through May. The market is open from 9am-2pm. Al Lang Parking Lot, 230 1st Street Southeast.

FREE 12th Annual Pumpkin Palooza Family Fall Festival
This event will offer a pumpkin patch, kids’ games, crafts, face & hair painting, inflatables, food & treats, arts & crafts vendors, live performances, opportunity drawing baskets, and a community awareness zone. This is the Junior Woman’s Club’s 12th annual event. 11am-5pm. FREE admission. Northside Baptist Church, 6000 38th Avenue North. 

Public Walking Mural Tour
Florida Craftsmen, Inc. along with the City Of St. Pete host PUBLIC walking mural tours of the Burg every Saturday. Tour begins at 10am and goes until 11:30am. Tours will be held every Saturday at 10am except for the second Saturday of each month when tours will be held at 4pm. $19 for adults, $11 for children and FREE for kids ages 5 and under. Tour begins at Florida Craftsmen located at 501 Central Avenue.

Adult Horticultural Programs and Workshops: Urban Gardening Series: Introduction to Hydroponic Gardening
Need strategies for gardening in small spaces?  Intrigued by the hydroponic approach to gardening?  Come and learn about the basics of hydroponic growing systems and creating a small space garden with a bountiful harvest. 11:30am. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (62+) $4 for children (2-11). Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street North. 

Susan G Komen Race for the Cure
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Begins at 6pm. Visit
komensuncoast.org for more information and to register for the race. Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive Southeast. 

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Minnesota United FC WATCH PARTY @ Rowdies Den
The Rowdies face the Minnesota United FC Saturday night. The Rowdies are surging at the end of the season and have high hopes of a playoff run. Be a part of St. Pete history this weekend and watch them play at Rowdies Den. The match begins at 8pm. Rowdies Den 200 1st Avenue South.

Florida Orchestra Opening Night: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Music Director Michael Francis leading The Florida Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring pianist Valentina Lisitsa. The program also includes Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, hailed by many as the “Great American Symphony,” with its musical climax being the theme from Copland’s own Fanfare for the Common Man as a statement on the country’s post-war optimism. 8pm. Tickets $15-$45. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.

Corey Smith @ Jannus Live
Corey Smith will light up Jannus on Saturday night. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets from $22-$27. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

TIGLFF Presents: Lea Delaria @ Palladium Theater
Lea DeLaria of Orange is the New Black fame as special guest to TIGLFF 26! DeLaria will entertain with her hilarious sense of humor and delight with her beautiful singing voice. DeLaria was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Show starts at 6pm. Tickets are $25 for GA, $50 for preferred seating, $75 for premium experience. Visit tiglff.com for tickets. Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Avenue North.

Here are just a few things to do this weekend:

1. Dive-In Movies  Friday, June 26, 2015 8:00pm

St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Maleficent (PG), St. Pete Beach city pool with Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs for movie watching. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset. $4.

2. FREE Premium Champagne Tasting at TRY Wine  Friday, June 26  6:30-8pm
TRY Wine hosts a FREE Champagne tasting with some of the rarest and most unique bottles in the world. There will be drawings for free swag and special deals on bottles. TRY Wine, 110 1st Street North.

3. Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox  Friday 7:10pm  Tropicana Field, Tropicana Drive. 

4. Happy Hour @ Sea Salt St. Pete (All Weekend)
Enjoy half off beer, wine and premium liquors from 4-6pm in their bar and lounge area. Sea Salt St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

5. St. Pete Pride Run, Saturday, June 27, 2015 8:00am, Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport,  5K run through Gulfport includes T-shirt, goody bags and an after party in the streets. $30. (727) 893-1070, http://www.stpetepride5k.com/

6. Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga with Body Electric Yoga, Saturday, June 27 10am
work on your balance and core strength in the company of dolphins, pelicans, manatee, etc. They’ll provide SUP boards and anchors or bring your own. Previous SUP and/or yoga experience is recommended but definitely not required. Registration REQUIRED. $15 (bring your own board), $30 to rent a board. Leave from North Shore Park Beach.

7. St. Pete Pride Street Festival, Saturday, June 27 11am-6pm
 The St Pete Pride Street Festival will again be the largest community event of the season as festival goers come together to make history while enjoying a day of live performances and entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic food in paradise. After last year’s overwhelming demand, the Festival length has been extended by an entire city block, and the St Pete Pride Street Festival will be more diverse and shop-stopping than ever. Over 350 exhibitors will line both sides of Central Avenue for six city blocks in a rainbow celebration of food and beverage vendors, artists, small businesses, corporations, professional sports teams, community outreach groups, non-profit organizations and Pride themed merchandisers.  Grand Central District, Central Avenue between 22nd and 27th Streets.

8.  27/82: The Concert in the Grand Central District
“27/82” is a fundraising concert to assist in funding various Tampa Bay community organizations. This year’s benefit concert promises to be more unique than ever as Alex Newell from Glee will make history headlining the first free and outdoor “27/82″. St Pete Pride makes history this year with a unique venue when presenting its first open air, free of charge, celebratory concert. In the center of St Petersburg’s Grand Central District where St Pete Pride first gained its roots, attendees will enjoy eclectic music, food, spirits and the outdoor atmospheres for which the Burg has long been famous. During the concert Urban Comfort, the Grand Central District’s newest eatery and brewpub, will be dishing up their own, unique style of comfort food. Proceeds from the event will go to the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program. This grant program insures that every cent raised will go to Tampa Bay area non-profit groups that are helping build up the Tampa Bay community. Event begins at 7pm. Donations accepted at the entrance. Grand Central District on the corner of Central Avenue and 26th Street. 

9. Shawn Brown @ Alvin’S Lounge
Shawn Brown was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and has been a professional musician for the past 30 years. As a child, guidance from an equally talented mother taught him the fundamentals of music. Making Tampa, Florida home since 1980, Shawn played with ‘Blackstar’ who scored a local hit with “Animal Attraction” and toured Japan in “The Precision Band.” Show begins at 9pm. Alvin’S Lounge, 119 1st Avenue North. 

10. Millie for the Masses: Miniature Masterpieces @ Zen Glass Gallery
Murrina (common pluralization murrine) is an Italian term for colored patterns or images made in a glass cane (long rods of glass) that are revealed when cut in cross-sections. Murrine can be made in infinite designs—some styles are more familiar, such as millefiori. Artists working in glass design murrine in a variety of ways from simple circular or square patterns to complex detailed designs to even portraits of people. Zen Glass will bring in artist Stephen Boehme to teach a class on Murrine making along with a bit of an artistic performance this Friday. The show goes from 6-11pm. Zen Glass Studio, 600 27th Street South. 

11. Pride Art Show, Saturday, June 27, 2015 3:00pm

Creative Soul Studio, 2425 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, features the works of approximately 12 artists and includes rainbow tie dye T-shirt works, a “Pride Photobooth,” beer, wine, an outdoor party deck and music by DJ Mega.

12. St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade  Saturday, June 27 5:00pm,  Central Avenue and 28th Street S,

St. Pete Pride’s popular parade hits the streets of Grand Central after sunset. The block party, on Central between 22nd and 27th streets, brings DJ’s, food and drink starting at 5 p.m. The parade steps off at sunset, about 8:30 p.m. http://www.stpetepride.com/

Friday, June 5th, 2015

First Friday
Proceeds from this benefits the Breakfast Optomist Club helping to provide educational materials to local schools. Courtesy of Think Tank and the City of St. Pete, live music and more on the streets of downtown.  Boxcar Hollow will headline on the Think Tank Stage. Event begins at 5pm. FREE on Central Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Street North, St Petersburg

The online craft marketplace is here with locally crafted art and goods. Live demonstrations, make/take sessions, items for sale. The first 100 attendees get souvenir swag bag. Proceeds benefits the Pet Pal Animal Shelter.

Happy Hour @ Sea Salt St. Pete
Enjoy half off beer, wine and premium liquors from 4-6pm in their bar and lounge area. Sea Salt St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Tribal Style playing at  8:00pm  Jannus Live,  200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, roots to-reggae.

Saturday June 6th

Crafty Fest @ ARTpool Gallery (Saturday and Sunday)
Crafty Fest is the local, handmade and vintage market that happens monthly at ARTpool.  11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. FREE. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Avenue.

Public Walking Mural Tour
Florida Craftsmen, Inc. along with the City Of St. Pete host PUBLIC walking mural tours of the Burg every Saturday. Tour at 10am – 11:30am. Tours will be held every Saturday at 10am except for the second saturday of each month when tours will be held at 4pm. $19 for adults, $11 for children and FREE for kids ages 5 and under. Tour begins at Florida Craftsmen located at 501 Central Avenue.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Pre-Game Party @ Rowdies Den
 Come to the Rowdies Den before you go to the game. Play darts, virtual beer pong, FIFA Futbol on Xbox One, foosball and other arcade games. Then head to the game with Ralph’s Mob to Al Lang Stadium! Begins at 4pm. Rowdies Den, 200 1st Avenue South.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs FC Edmonton
The Rowdies are coming back to Al Lang and they’playing FC Edmonton. Tailgating festivities start at 6pm. The game begins at 7:30pm Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street South. 

 

 

The twelfth annual Festival of Speed is being held this weekend, March 6th-8th 2015 in the St Petersburg Tampa Bay area.

It starts with the Festival of Speed Luxury Lifestyle Reception on Friday, March 6th at 8pm at the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd. , Pinellas Park, Florida. General Admission Tickets  are $125..

The reception is inside of an aircraft hangar and includes a huge display of vintage and contemporary aircraft, exotic cars, custom motorcycles, high performance boats and luxury lifestyle product displays of the finer things in life including colorful jewels, unique timepieces, fashion, collectable artwork, automotive accessories and much more . It includes premium brands open bar, themed food stations, live band playing smooth jazz, gift bag, event poster, live music and auctions to benefit Pediatric Cancer Foundation..

The next event is on Saturday, March 7th from 6:00-9:00pm with  “Meet the Artist” while enjoying Cocktails & Light Hors d’oeuvres at The Gallery.
The Gallery is located at One Progress Plaza. 200 Central Ave, Suite 111. St. Petersburg. General Admission tickets are $35.00.
Meet the Official Automotive Artist of the Detroit Auto Show Timothy Raines
It includes premium brands open bar and light passed hors d’ouvres and is limited to the first 100 people
To purchase, email Summer at Summer@festivalsofspeed.com

And finally, wrap up the weekend with the Festivals of Speed Display of Exotics at Vinoy Park, Downtown St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 8th 2015 10:00-4:00pm. General admission tickets are $20.00 with kids 12 and under  free. There also VIP ticket at $100.00, which includes a VIP Patron badge, premium brands open bar all day, lunch, VIP gift bag, and an event poster.

Both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models, the world’s most exotic supercars, custom motorcycles, watercraft, and countless other unique and exciting vehicles will be on display. The park location is in a beautiful setting overlooking the bay where attendees can enjoy on cafes serving the finest culinary foods & beverages, VIP Cafes, smooth jazz , rare wine & spirit tastings, a cigar lounge, Fashion shows and much more. Cartier, Opus One, Rolex, Ruggie Wealth Management, Tag Heuer, Tiffany &Co., Hublot, Breitling and many others will be there.

 

Should be a great weekend. Weather should be sunny & around 72-78 degrees.

 

 

 

 

The Luxury Living and Lifestyle Expo is being held downtown St Petersburg, Florida on February 21-22, 2015 from 10am-5pm .  Located at South Straub Park across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and the St Pete Yacht Club, this expo will have experts and specialists in various fields displaying the “finer things in life.”

“The Luxury Living and Lifestyle Expo is a unique event that will offer a tapestry of products and services for those who hold luxury living not merely as an abstract concept, rather as a fundamental reality of life. Against the backdrop of downtown St Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront, you will have the opportunity to submerge yourself in the luxurious world of yachts, airplanes, luxury automobiles and collectables. For those with a palette for the cutting edge of the arts, will be showcased the finest selection of classic and contemporary art, fashion and design, jewelry, wines, cigars, watches, and home decor. The event will encompass all this – and so much more.” (quoted from the luxlivingexpo.com website)

You will find ideas, products and services to enrich your living and lifestyle. Sponsored by Dimmitt Automotive Group, Rolls Royce and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

South Straub Park is located on Beach Drive, downtown St Petersburg, with 7.3 acres right on the waterfront.  Downtown St Pete has galleries, museums, including The Dali & Chihuly, restaurants, music venues, brew pubs, shops, marinas, a yacht club, an airport, sports and over 100 parks including dog parks and much more.

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Last Friday, after having 4 home inspections, I decided on the way home to St Petersburg from Ruskin/Apollo Beach area to take a 15 minute break in a very hectic week. In the last 3 months I have passed this fruit stand almost weekly but never have had the time to stop.

 

 

Oh, I am so glad that I did. As I pulled up there sat a John Deere tractor sporting its famous green & yellow paint. Good so far. The closer I walked to the building the stronger the citrus smell was-one of my absolutely favorite scents. It immediately took me back to when I lived in Northern California and when the Silicon Valley which was still called the Santa Clara Valley filled with orchards, fruit stands & small vineyards.

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Did I mention that the temperature here in Florida on this sunny clear January afternoon was 72 degrees? The license plates in the parking lot read their cold winter names off to me-Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Iowa, Quebec, Ontario, Vermont, Maine-you get the idea. I thought how nice it is that I live  just only about an hour away, but yet 50 years back in time.

I was greeted by several happy Dooley Grove employees with samples of orange & grapefruit juices only hours off the trees, one of which spoke German to me so I was able to practice a little bit of my German. There were also samples of various citrus fruits including grapefruit, pink Pomelos, tangerines, Ponderosa lemons, Orlando tangelos, Honeybells & oranges (of course, this is Florida after all). I was in citrus heaven!! You can buy the fruit individually (as I did) or by the pound or by the peck or the bushel. When was the last time you bought something by the bushel or a peck? So a bushel is equal to 8 dry gallons or 4 pecks, used for corns, oats, & various grains. I knew that one. Okay, so I had to look up a peck. A peck is equal to 2 dry gallons or 8 quarts or 16 pints OR 1/4 of a bushel. The other guests were buying bags or bushels full of fruit while I purchased my 5 Honeybells & Orlando tangelos. Some guests were waiting for their tour of the groves & then a turn at picking their own fruit. Everyday in January & February they have “u-pick” tours for groups of 6 to 24 people. Dooley Groves is a 3rd generation family owned & run business in Ruskin. Ruskin was founded in 1908 on the shores of the Little Manatee River.

So if you ever find yourself in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, you might want to stop by for some fresh citrus & take a step back in time.

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As a book-a-holic coming from a long line of book-a-holics, walking into one of these libraries is like walking into paradise. Each is so unique that it makes it difficult to choose my favorite. I have only stepped into the sacred walls of a few of these, I have now added a couple of them to my must see some day list. Enjoy but shhhhh….remember that you’re in a library.

below is from Asta Thrastardottir in http://www.businessinsider.com/18-of-the-worlds-greatest-libraries

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.

To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we’ve complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a sundial, these are the libraries that all book lovers should visit in their lifetime.

1. The Admont Library in Admont, Austria

Located in the foothills of the Alps, this beautiful library is the second largest monastery library in the world. The library hall was designed in the late Baroque style by the architect Joseph Hueber in 1776 with a nearly 230-foot-long hall that contains 200,000 volumes.

The ceilings were painted by Bartolomeo Altomonte and show the stages of human knowledge, up to the high point of Divine Revelation.

Best Libraries From Around The World - The Admont Getty Images/Imagno

2. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The Peabody Library was funded by the the philanthropist George Peabody. Peabody built the library as a gift to the citizens of Baltimore for their kindness and hospitality.

Designed by 19th-century architect Edmund Lind, Peabody is known for its interior that has a soaring atrium. The five stories of cast-iron balconies are filled to the brim with books, and the skylight roof showers the library in natural light.

Libraries From Around The World - PeabodyFlickr/Matthew Petroff

3. The Royal Library Of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

Completed in 1999, the ‘Black Diamond’ was built as an extension to the national library of Denmark. The neo-modern library gets its name from its polished black granite and irregular angles.

The library’s harsh exterior is interrupted by an atrium made from only glass. This glass atrium makes the interior of the building an incredible space that is full of light and views of the water, which makes for a really gorgeous reading environment.

Best Libraries From Around The World - The Royal Library of Copenhagen Flickr/Simon Lam

 4. Musashino Art University Library in Tokyo, Japan

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designed the library to be the simplest library in the world, made from only bookcases and a glass exterior. The 20-foot high walls are made from bookshelves, and are only interrupted by bridge-like reading areas.

Fujimoto tells arcspace that the only things you need to make a library are “books, shelves, light, and beautiful places.”

Libraries From Around The World - Musashino libraryFlickr/yoxito

5. Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Boston Public Library contains roughly 23 million items, making it the second-largest public library in the US. The library is known for its incredible courtyard, Italian-inspired architecture, entrance atrium, and its quintessential library reading room: Bates Hall.

The Bates Hall of the library is named after Joshua Bates, the library’s first benefactor. In 1852, Bates agree to donate a large sum to the building of the library with a few conditions: that the building would be an ornament to the city and that it be perfectly free for everyone.

Best Libraries From Around The World - Boston Public LibraryFlickr/Xynn Tii

6. Stuttgart City Library in Stuttgart, Germany

This cube-shaped, nine-story library takes its design from the Pantheon of ancient Rome, according to Designboom.

The aim of the library was to create a continuum inside of the room, so the entire room is painted in uniform pure-white. The only color in the building comes from the books themselves.

Best Libraries From Around The World - Stuttgart City LibraryFlickr/jwltr freiburg

7. José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, Mexico

Designed by architect Alberto Kalach, the library is a concrete and glass structure. The bookshelves look as if they are hovering in midair, and a giant whale skeleton hangs in the center of the library.

The library is named after José Vasconcelos, who was a philosopher and politician. Vasconcelos was an important cultural figure in Mexico and an active promoter of reading.

Best Libraries From Around The World - Vasconcelos LibraryFickr/LWYang

8. Liyuan Library in Beijing, China

Located in a small village outside of Beijing, the single-story library blends into its forest surroundings. The library is made from timber beams and its exterior is covered in sticks, according to dezeen. The light of the library comes from the cracks in the twig frame.

The building may be covered in firewood but it has a very advanced integrated cooling system that draws in cold air from the lake it sits on. The library is also completely eco-friendly and made from all recyclable material.

Plus, it looks like an incredibly cozy place to sit and read a book.

Liyuan LibraryFlickr/Forgemind ArchiMedia

9. Vennesla Library and Cultural Center in Vennesla, Norway

This library in Norway is made of a series of arcs, or “ribs,” that support the roof. The concept of the building comes from the ribs of a whale skeleton.

”In this project, we developed a rib concept to create usable hybrid structures that combine a timber construction with all technical devices and the interior,” architects Helen & Hard told ArchDaily.

Best Libraries From Around The World - Vennesla Library Getty Images/View Pictures

10. Beinecke Rare Book Library in New Haven, Connecticut, USA

The Beineck Rare Book & Manuscript Library is the literary archive of the Yale University Library, and is the largest building in the world devoted to the preservation of rare books and documents. The entire library is shaped around the massive display in the center.

The library’s building is iconic because of its incredible Vermont marble, granite, bronze, and glass ‘windows’ that were designed to filter in enough light so that rare materials can be displayed without damage, according to ArchDaily. From the outside, the building looks as if it is completely solid.

The Beineck’s vast collection includes a Gutenberg Bible.

Libraries From Around The World - Beinecke Rare Book Flickr/Lauren Manning

11. Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Egypt

The original library of Alexandria was established in the third century B.C., and was one of largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. When it was destroyed in the third century A.D., there were countless scrolls and books that were lost.

The new library of Alexandria was built in 2002 to pay homage to the openness of the original library. Built by Snøhetta architects, the building is designed like a sundial and tilts towards the Mediterranean Sea.

Best Libraries From Around The World - Alexandrina Library Flickr/bliink

12. Central Library in Seattle, Washington, USA

First opened in 2004, the 11-story glass and steel building in downtown Seattle was designed to be a reinvention of the traditional library. The contemporary building is not only a space dedicated to books, but is also an access point for all forms of media.

Designed by Rem Koolhass, the building combines “futuristic lines with the functionality of a library.” The interior of the building is notable for its large public spaces and natural light.

Best Libraries From Around The World - Central LibraryFlickr/_bclay

13. Trinity College Dublin Library in Dublin, Ireland

Famed for its ‘Long Room,’ the library of Trinity College library is home to the largest collection of books in Ireland.

The over 200-foot-long main room is covered in marble and dark wood pilasters. When it was first completed, the ‘Long Room’ had a flat ceiling, but the roof was raised to accommodate more books.

Best Libraries From Around The World - Trinity LibraryFlickr/nymo59

14. Sir Duncan Rice Library in Aberdeen, United Kingdom

The Sir Duncan Rice Library is the new library of the University of Aberdeen. The library incorporates 21st-century design, and has a huge spiraling atrium in its center.

The library gained a lot of attention for the range of sustainable features that were included in its design. The spiraling atrium lights up all eight floors — the building also has photovoltaic cells on its roof to convert the energy of light directly into electricity.

Libraries From Around The World - Sir Duncan Rice Library Flickr/kaysgeog

15. Sainte-Geneviève Library in Paris, France

The Sainte-Geneviève library is the main research and reference library for the students of the University of Paris.

Constructed in the mid-19th century by the famed architect Henri Labrouste, the library is well-known for its cast iron column reading room. The MoMA even described the library as a “temple of knowledge and a space for contemplation.”

Sainte Genevieve LibraryWikipedia

16. New York Public Library in New York, New York, USA

The New York Public Library has nearly 53 million items, and is the third largest library in the world. The incredible Beaux-Arts landmark was one of the largest marble structures in the US when it was built.

The Rose Main Reading Room of the library stretches nearly two city blocks. The reading room measures 297 feet long by 87 feet wide, and has 42 long oak tables for visitors to sit in.

Beautiful Libraries From Around The World - New York Public LIbraryFlickr/Alex Proimos

17. Kanazawa Umimirai Library in Kanazawa City, Japan

This three-story library in Japan is designed like a “cake box,” with large white hole-punched windows that light up the space. The library is meant to be a tranquil room, and the “punching walls” are meant to make it look like a forest of books.

“This environment would allow users to experience the joy of reading while surrounded by a treasure trove of books with a overwhelming physical presence, something that the convenience of electronic and digital books cannot offer,” the architects told ArchDaily.

Beautiful Libraries From Around The World - Kanazawa LibraryFlickr/Forgemind ArchiMedia

18. Royal Portuguese Reading Room in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Built in the 19th century, this gorgeous rooms is home to over 350,000 works — and the largest collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal.

The library is known for its Neo-Manueline design, which “evokes the Gothic-Renaissance style that flourished during the time of the Portuguese Discoveries,” according to My Modern Met.

The room is completely covered in books, many of them rare works dating back to the 16th century. It’s the perfect destination for anyone who loves to be surrounded by beautiful books.

 Most Beautiful Libraries From Around The World - Royal Portuguese Reading Room

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