Hopefully February won’t be as cold as January was this year, Brrrrrrrr. But our snowbirds (at least the ones I hang with) have loved the “cool” weather telling me about how it was 50 degrees below zero in IA before they left to come down here, or that the snow at their daughter’s house in RI was up to the top of the front door. Regardless, I shivered this January and look forward to a warmer February. Here are some of the many cool things you can do while you’re here:
On Siesta Key:
15th Annual Siesta Fiesta Craft Fair
Saturday, Feb. 7-Sunday, Feb. 8, 10am -5pm in the Siesta Key Village
Tai Chi on Siesta Beach every Monday, 15 minutes before sunset. Meets on the beach at the public beach access #5. Looks like fun and usually attracts a lot of people. Maybe I should join in instead of just sitting and watching the sunset. Hummmmm.
FREE YOGA on Siesta Beach: every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am to noon at the Siesta Key Public Beach. Call for info: 941-320-6693
Siesta Key Farmer’s Market, every Sunday 7am to noon at the Davidson parking lot in the Siesta Key Village.
“Everyone Gets a Kiss” Valentine Stroll in Siesta Key Village. Friday, Feb. 13. 6 pm – 9 pm. For info: 941-349-3800
Say I Do Again–Siesta Key Beach, Renew your marriage vows this Valentines Day. Saturday, Feb 14, 6-8 pm at Siesta Key Beach. Call for Info: 941-861-5000. This is sponsored by Sarasota Parks and Recreation and I understand they’re doing this at the Venice Beach also. The phone number above can give you that info as well.
While you’re strolling around the Village, stop into Bliss and check out the clothing line to the right of the store. The “Sunshine Everyday” line is by my neighbor, Sandy Norton. Words like “Laugh Everyday”, “Run Everyday” “Pray Everyday”, “Dance Everyday” are on the front of these shirts and other items. They make a perfect gift for anyone (hint…Valentine’s Day!). You can find Sandy’s work at ww.sunshineeveryday.com.
For all you SHAKESPEARE fans (such as I), the American Shakespeare Center On Tour is performing “Hamlet” on February 3 and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” on February 4 at New College. Tickets are free but you have to call for reservations: 941-487-4155. Both performances take place in the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center begin at 7:30 pm.
Another SHAKESPEARE show, “A Winter’s Tale”, opens January 23 at the Asolo Rep Theatre. www.asolo.org
Florida State Fair: February 5-16 in Tampa at the Fair Grounds. www.floridastatefair.com
GWIZ: Titanic exhibit ends Feb 8. I highly recommend it. Check out my blog for review. www.gwiz.org
MOTE Marine Laboratory: HALF PRICED AFTERNOONS…all general admission tickets are half-priced between 3pm and 5pm through the end of February. Always wonderful stuff going on. Mote Marine Laboratory, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota 941-388-4441 www.mote.org
Ringling Museum: the Kimono exhibit ends Feb 8. But more exhibits start this month. www.ringling.org
Want to help out the Make A Wish Foundation? Go to Canvas Cafe for lunch every Wednesday through Feb. 25, 2009. They’re located at 239 S. Links Ave. Sarasota. Call for more info: 366-2233 or just show up.
The last day of the Sarasota Indian Festival is Feb 1 at Oscar Sherer Park. 9am-6pm. For more info: 941-924-2784.
The last day of the St. Armand’s Circle Arts Festival is Feb 1 from 10am to 5pm
Palm Grove Quilt & Craft Show & Sale: Palm Grove Mennonite Church, Wednesday, Feb. 04, 2009 – Saturday, Feb. 07, 2009. Wednesday-Friday 8AM-5PM; Sat. 8am – Noon Palm Grove Mennonite Church, 1087 Beneva Road, Sarasota, 941 955-2187
Smooth Jazz on St Armand’s Circle. http://www.starmandscircleassoc.com
21st Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts (www.Artfestival.com) Saturday, Feb. 21- Sunday, Feb. 22 from 10am-5pm Downtown Sarasota, Main Street between Orange and 5 Points
Winterfest at the Phillippi Estate Park Large arts and crafts show featuring artists from around the country. Saturday, Feb. 21 – Sunday, Feb. 22; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For info: 941-861-5000
Bayfront Boat Show at Marina Jack’s. Jan 30-Feb 1; noon-7 Friday; 10-7 Saturday, noon-5 Sunday and FREE to the public. Check out the boat show website: http://www.yachtworld.com/sarasota-yacht/sarasota-yacht_22.html
Dog Festival: Everyone with dogs loves to go to the Venice Dog Beach. We haven’t been. The idea of bringing home a wet dog in my car is not that appealing BUT, I’m bound to try it out anyway. If you’re a dog owner you’ll have to go to Fido Fest (dog festival) at Woodmere Park in Venice on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 12 -2 p.m. Woodmere Park is located at 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd. in Venice. For more info: 941-861-5000
Another dog event is the Sarasota Pet Fest on February 22nd, 11am-4pm. Sponsored by Animals by Nature, the festival takes place at the Grand Slam Plaza (outside the store), 1100 North Tuttle Avenue across from Ed Smith Stadium. For more information www.animalsbynature.com. Look for my neighbor, Sandy, and her Sunshine Everyday booth. She’ll have her “Wag Everyday” and “Purr Everyday” t-shirts, along with some others.
Do you own a Ferarri or like to look at them? Then check out “Ferraris on the Circle“, the Florida Region of Ferrari Owners Club show/festival. Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 am, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. For more info: 941-388-1554
History Day in the Park sponsored by the Historical Society of Sarasota County is held at Phillippi Estate Park on Tamiami Trail, Sunday, Feb. 8, 10:00 am. Located at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. For more info call: 941 366-1323
Selby Library has some events going on. Call the Friends of the Library for a schedule at 941-365-5228.
Sarasota Polo: Sundays, 11am-3pm. Call 941-907-0000 or http://www.sarasotapolo.com. The Polo games are a “must-go-to”. You’ll be surprised at how fun it is…not only the game but the activities going on around the game and the tailgating.
Lure Makers Art: Past and Present: This sounds interesting. It’s an art exhibit, at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, that examines the history of fishing lures by exhibiting lures from the 1890s along with the contemporary work of Jan Cummings. How cool. Through February 15th. www.southfloridamuseum.org
For all of you art lovers, New MCC Fine Art Gallery Hosts Society of Artists Exhibit through Feb 19. Call for info: 941-752-5225 or www.mccfl.edu. There are plenty of other art venues, galleries on and near Main Street in Downtown Sarasota, the statue of the kiss at the corner of Ringling and Tamiami Trail, Historic Burns Square Artist’s Market on Saturday’s, and then this list of the arts (theatre, music, visual): Asolo Repertory Theatre, Art Center Sarasota, Florida Studio Theatre, Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota Arts Council, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Other things to do: Selby Gardens, Historic Spanish Point, Crowley Museum.