Out & About
By NOVA BEALL
Published August 1, 2007
Ferry full of folks
Caladesi Connection: Visitors leave the ferry Caladesi Connection 2 at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, after spending the day on Caladesi Island, Caladesi State Park. The ferry runs hourly from 10 a.m. to early evening. Cost is $9 for adults, $5.50 for kids 4 to 12. Entry fees to Honeymoon Island State Park apply: $5 per carload (up to eight people) for all-day parking. Open 365 days a year. Call (727) 469-5942 or visit www.visitflorida.com/experience/nature/parks/.
New members art: Jewelry, painting, glass sculpture, mixed media, pottery, books and more will be on display at the "New Members Exhibition" from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at Artist's Way Cooperative Gallery, 1403 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Call (727) 738-8010 or (727) 446-1708.
Peace Vigil: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Edgewater Park, next to the Dunedin Marina, at Alt. U.S. 19 and Main Street in Dunedin. Call (727) 734-8945 or visit www.stpeteforpeace.org.
Artistic contrasts: Two new exhibitions - "Art of the Whimsical: Fabricated Sculptures" by Esther Gentle, and "Art of the Ordered: Reverse Paintings" by Roy Witlin - are on display through Aug. 26 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, on the campus of St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students admitted free. Call (727) 712-5762.
Largo art show: The Largo Art Association presents its summer art show at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW, through Aug. 31. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Artist's reception: View Youth Art Corps student works at an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. The students plan a theater performance at 4:15 p.m. Free. Artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Youth Arts Program. Call (727) 518-6833 ext 301 or visit www.youthartscorps.org.
Rock 'n' roll concert: Teens take note, Detroit rock band the High Strung, will perform a full set of rousing jams and talk about what it's like to write songs, perform and tour year round at 7 p.m. as part of an End-of-Summer Teen Celebration at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. The group's videos have been seen on MTV, the band's been featured in Entertainment Weekly and Spin magazines, and were hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best new rock 'n' roll bands in America. Open to kids ages 12 to 20. Free. For more information call (727) 784-3332, ext. 206.
Art on display: View the artwork of Lee Smith Albion, on display through August at Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State St. W. Albion is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed fine artist who has also enjoyed a career as an illustrator. She earned a master's degree from Columbia University and studied in New York City, Los Angeles and Sarasota and spent 21 years in London where she won the annual Stanley Grimm Award for oils. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (813)749-1260.
Summer magic: First Impressions Art Gallery unveils new Disney fine art from John Coleman, Toby Bluth and John Rowe, along with fresh, contemporary work from other artists. The gallery is at 3625 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (727) 942-3955.
Summertime Marketplace: From jicamas to pineapples, the Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace is full of fresh, delicious food. The weekly market offers seasonal fruit, vegetables, cheeses, breads and honey to jewelry and organic clothing. Stroll the market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Musical entertainment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674 or visit www.clearwaterfarmers market.com.
Third Friday: Safety Harbor's Third Friday Music Series is from 6 to 9 p.m. every third Friday along Main Street. David Bearce will play acoustic rock at the Gazebo at John Wilson Park. Call (727) 724-1572.
Fish fry: 6-8 p.m. Fridays at the AMVETS Post 67, 1825 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Cost is $7 per person. Call (727) 631-0067.
Flowers and wildlife: The 150-acre Florida Botanical Gardens at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, features hundreds of blooming flowers and plants, native and non-native ornamentals. Free and open to the public daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During summer weekends, tours through the Topiary, Celebration, Rose, Jazz, English Cottage and 20 other gardens are self-guided. Call (727) 582-2581 or visit www.flbg.org.
Friday night fun: 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Seafood or chicken dinners available. Cost is $5.50-$6. Bill Johnson and his karaoke machine will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. Call (727) 584-2038.
Enter your art: Artist applications for the 33rd Annual Fine Arts, Crafts and Music Festival are available through the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, 1151 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Deadline for applications for the juried show is Sept. 11. Call (727) 784-4287 or visit www.palmharborcc.org/newsevents/decartfest.asp.
Pursuing artistic excellence: "Pablo Siebel: Reflexiones Intimas (Intimate Reflections)," a collection of works by the Chilean artist Pablo Siebel, are on display in the Rhoda Newberry Reed Gallery of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors 65 and older; $4 youth age 7-18 and college students with valid ID; children age 6 and younger free. Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; closed Monday. Call (727) 518-6833.
Dinner & music: 5 to 8 p.m. every Saturday at American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. Filet mignon, potato and salad will be featured. Cost is $7. Music provided by Ann Marie. Call (727) 584-2038.
Guided hikes: Free guided hikes through Brooker Creek Preserve's Education Center Trail from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at 3940 Keystone Road, East Lake. Advance registration is required. Call (727) 453-6800.
Dixieland dance: The Bayside Banjo Band plays Dixieland and old-time songs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday at American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-9204.
Thespians unite!: Adults interested in drama, dance, music appreciation and performance can meet like-minded enthusiasts at a gathering of the Performing Arts Club from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday in the Safety Harbor Library Meeting Room, 101 2nd St. N. Free. Call (727) 724-1525 ext. 224.
Tidal Wave Tuesdays: Teens and preteens can beat the heat at a fun social night featuring swimming, dancing, water sports and more for middle and high school students from 7 to 9 p.m. at Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Cost is $3. Call (727) 518-3019.
Dinner dance: Indulge your continental tastes with a pasta dinner and dance from 5 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater, 200 McMullen Booth Road. Cost is $7 for members, $9 for nonmembers. Call (727)791-8698.
Submit items for Out & About to Nova Beall, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Fax to (727) 445-4119 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.