Sand Castle Friday #20

Sand Castle competitions have turned into Sand Sculpture competitions. I guess people feel they can be more creative by sculpting anything they can think of out of sand.

As we approach the Fall and Snowbird weather, beach towns will be hosting sand sculpting competitions. Beaches are less crowded than during the peak summer seasons so sculptors can spread out and create without infringing on someone’s beach blanket space. I hope  you can find some to enjoy.

Here’s a photo I took several years ago on Siesta Key of a sculpture I really like. Its a sculpture of people building a sand castle.  Or, they could be hugging it.

Sand Castle Love!

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Happy Sand Castle Friday!

Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Show

One of my favorite things each year on Siesta Key FL is the sand sculpture competition. It’s coming up, The Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition, from November 14-18, 2014.  Check the website, here, for the schedule of events for these five days of sand excitement.

The event has grown to a spectacular five days.  The sculpting should be phenomenal and inspiring for the wannabe sand artist.  It is so fun to manipulate the sand into fun little (or big) sand castles on a sunny beach day, but these folks take playing with sand to the extreme.

Admission is charged per day and be prepared to spend you cash on lots of other goodies and food while you’re there.  Have fun. Please write in if you go and send some photos that I can post.

Photos from previous years:

Siesta Key Lifeguard Stands

Yellow, blue, green and red. These are the lifeguard stands of Siesta Key, FL. They are so beautiful especially when the sun is so bright and the sky is so clear.

I’ve taken dozens of photos of these lifeguard stands and edited one of each with a special effect to make blank, photo greeting cards. These are for sale now on my Etsy store, “Crafty Beachcomber.”

These photos are 4×6 and great for using as cards or framing for your home or vacation house.  Please take a look; I hope you enjoy them.

Boating with Beggar

While in Sarasota, we went boating with our good friends Bob and Catherine, on the Bay.  Our destination was Midnight Pass (which is closed) to anchor, eat lunch and swim on the beach.  We also know that Megalodon teeth have been found in that area so we thought we’d try to find some.  Catherine had witnesses a young girl pull one out of her scoop of sand one day and there are countless other stories of large shark teeth found in the area.  We had no luck with the teeth but had a gorgeous, sunny day and lots of fun. 

We passed the Pass and headed further south to around south Casey Key to visit Beggar the bottlenose dolphin known to that area.  I’ve heard lots of stories about Beggar and this was our opportunity to see him first hand.  But, before he surfaced, a manatee passed us by.  How cool.  Beggar came around and visited our boat several times as well as others in the area.  

Beggar visits our boat

Beggar was so sweet but didn’t seem too happy that we didn’t have food for him.  He hung around, swam to another boat and came back for a second hello. 

Beggar

To get his attention you can bang your hand on the side of your boat then when you see him, raise your arm in the air.  He’ll poke his head out of the water to say hi and hopefully get a snack, but you’re not supposed to feed him. 

Midnight Pass

We anchored at Midnight Pass, ate lunch on the boat and got out to explore.  Gary got in the water; so did Bob and Travis.  Austin, Catherine and I hunted for sea shells. 

Casey Key

I had blogged a while ago about how I wanted to walk to Casey Key from Siesta Key.  I wanted to go over the sand at Midnight Pass and go straight south.  Several times the boys and I would start out at Turtle Beach and walk and walk.  We always got to the part of the beach where there were no buildings.  There was usually a ton of shells in heaps, so, being the shell addicts that we are (or rather that I am) we always stopped, picked through them and then walked back to the car with our loot.  As I stood on this beach looking north and south, I realized that we were south of where the shell heap was, and that I had fulfilled my goal of walking over Midnight Pass and onto Casey Key.  Only one time had I walked past the shell heap to where the first house stood.  That is Casey Key.  I just didn’t know it at the time.  There is no sign telling you where you are. 

My boys and I on Midnight Pass. Gary was swimming.

Sand Sculpting on Siesta Key

Mark your calendars for May 2nd for the 37th annual Sand Sculpture Contest on Siesta Key. It will be held at the Public Beach. Registration starts at 8:30 am and you have until 1 pm when the judging starts. There are both youth and adult categories and cash prizes are awarded. 101_1461

I’m always amazed at the creativity of people when it comes to sand sculpting. Last year I saw many people on the beach, just before the contest, in the evenings after they got off from work, or on the weekends, practicing their techniques for the sand sculpture contest. They didn’t simply use a bucket and shovel, either, although a bucket and a shovel was always part of the tools. They had kitchen containers of all shapes and sizes, plaster scrapers, kitchen utensils, and spray bottles of salt water to keep the sand firm.101_1463

Good luck to all who enter and send me your pictures that I can post.

Siesta Key Christmas Tree Lighting 2008

Oh, we had a wonderful time.  After walking to the village with our neighbors, Catherine and Bob, we hung out near the tree in front of Cafe Gabiano’s.  While we waited, Santa was escorted through the Village to the center where the Sheriff’s office is located.  Siren’s blared, lights flashed from the fire truck and ambulance that led the parade.  Following came a golf cart with Santa in the front seat.  The whole parking lot was set up for families to wait in line to visit with the old elf.  Face painting, a balloon-sculpting clown and a barbershop quartet rounded off the festivities on that side of the street.  us1

Back to the tree, Dick Vitale was talking to the crowd about cancer research and the V Foundation’s work to raise money for a cure.  He then sat down to autograph his new book for donations.  The book, “Dick Vitale’s Fabulous 50 Players & Moments in College Basketball”, was going like hotcakes.  When the signing was done the crowd counted down in unison from 10 to 1 and Mr. Vitale flipped the switch that lighted the gorgeous tree.  What a site!  Then, suddenly, snow started to fall on the crowd surrounding the tree.  Ok, it wasn’t real snow.  I don’t think Siesta Key has ever seen snow, but it was fun.lot1

There were some other things going on in the Village but we didn’t take part.  After the tree lighting and some pictures we scooted home.  The kids hadn’t eaten dinner and were starting to notice.  We did make a stop before leaving at the barber shop to hear a tune.  Those singers were great. barber

Siesta Key Christmas Tree Lighting

As I was coming home from the grocery store in the Village, I noticed that the Christmas decorations were put up on the light posts.  They weren’t lighted yet, which made me think of last year’s tree lighting and how much fun we had.  So, when I got home I checked out the Chamber’s website and found this information about the tree lighting this year:

The annual lighting and holiday open house of Siesta Key Village will be held on Saturday November 29, 2008 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Children can give Santa their wish list, have their face painted, visit with Santa’s elves and be entertained by Clifford the Big Red Dog and Wacky Jacky the Clown. Santa’s gift bags provided by Beach Bazaar will be given to the first 250 children who visit with Santa. Santa will arrive by fire truck at approximately 6:15 pm.
Businesses will provide refreshments, while you enjoy live musical entertainment by the Pine View High School Jazz Band, Barbershop Quartets, Key Board Players and choirs singing holiday songs. Ocean Blvd. will be lined with luminaries and businesses will be decorated for the holiday season. Free Trolley Rides will be available from Siesta Key Public Beach to the Village from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm.

The Master of Ceremonies is Dick Vitale.  The “V Foundation for Cancer Research” is raising money that night so bring some cash to donate if you choose.  The tree is located in the Davidson parking lot in front of Cafe Gabbiano.

We had just been here a few weeks and decided to walk down, thinking the traffic would be horrendous.  It really wasn’t.  We we’re yet in the loop of information (I don’t even know if our internet was connected then) so we didn’t know about the trolley from the public beach parking lot.  Anyway, the Village is less than a mile walk from our house so we hoofed it just in time to see the tree lit.  This year we’ll have to get there earlier so we can take a more leisurely walk.  There were a lot of people there and the tree was beautiful.  This year we’re going with friends.  Hope to see you there.