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Get away: hot tickets

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 7, 2002

Rubbing elbows with the world

Dozens of countries and cultures fill the Times Arena at Bayfront Center this weekend during the 27th annual St. Petersburg International Folk Fair. The festival will be filled with folks in native costume, such as Seminole Will Bravehorse, above, who performed at the 2000 fair.

There will be lots of other entertainment, crafts and food from area ethnic and cultural groups.

The fair is open 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Times Arena at Bayfront Center, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. The grand opening ceremony and Parade of Nations are at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4.50 for ages 4 to 14. On Friday, tickets are buy one, get one free. For information, call (727) 892-5767 or (727) 551-3365.

A rebirth of old-time fun and frolic

[Times photo: John Pendygraft 2000]

The past is reborn Saturday as the Bay Area Renaissance Festival opens its 23rd season.

This year, expect to see 250 costumed villagers, such as Dan Diaz, above, who portrayed a traveling gypsy in 2000. There also will be minstrels, jugglers, fire eaters, fair maidens, royalty and fools. The entertainment again includes the twice-daily jousting matches, the human chess matches and whatever else might pop up on one of the eight stages. Plus, look for arts and crafts, a children's activity area and food.

The festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 14 and Fridays April 5 and 12 at the festival grounds behind the library in Largo Central Park, East Bay Drive and Seminole Boulevard. Admission is $11.95 advance, $12.95 at the gate for adults; $10.95 for seniors and $4.95 advance, $5.95 at the gate for ages 5 to 12.

For more information, call (727) 586-5423 or toll-free 1-800-779-4910.

Now you can go to Dragon Land

Like all good (and even some not-so-good) children's series on PBS, Dragon Tales has spawned a live stage show.

Cassie, Ord and all the dragons who pal around with humans named Emmy and Max on the animated series -- now one of the top kids' shows on PBS -- come to life in St. Petersburg and Tampa this week. In the show, music has disappeared from Dragon Land, and all the characters go on an adventure to recover it.

It's a good bet there will be at least one rendition of the show's zippy theme song: "Dragon Tales, Dragon Tales./It's almost time for Dragon Tales./Come along and take my hand;/let's all go to Dragon Land."

The dragons appear at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Times Arena at Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, (727) 892-5767. The show repeats at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 15, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. March 16, and 1 and 4:30 p.m. March 17 at University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 974-3002. Tickets to all shows are $14-$22.

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