Plan On These Ann-Ventures

There are plenty of in-person Ann-Ventures coming up this weekend and let’s start with a party at the Straz in downtown Tampa. My friends at the Straz are so happy that Broadway is Back, they’re throwing a block party this Saturday from 4-7 pm. Come on down to the riverside side of the Straz for plenty of live music on two stages with live entertainment; artists from Taylor Reed, Johnny Mile and the Kilometers, Mike Mass and Wave Theory, Matt McGee (Patty of Scott and Patty), Opera Tampa Singer, and since it’s the Straz, a surprise of two is definitely possible. If you’re hungry, enjoy the food trucks, as well as a makers’ market and more entertainment for Kiidchella family entertainment and an activity zone.

I’ve always loved welcoming you to Florida Orchestra performances, and it’s a pleasure to be back in Vinoy Park for Pops In the Saturday night in downtown St Pete, and it’s absolutely free with Daniel Black conducting. Bring a blanket to sit, pack a picnic and enjoy music under the stars. Please also bring along a food donation for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive. Come early for even more entertainment from the St. Petersburg Community Band and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay’s Big Sing starting at 5:30 pm.

And let’s add something for this weekend in downtown Clearwater this Thursday through Sunday. AMPLIFY Clearwater’s Chalktober Art Festival presented by Morton Plant Hospital will take your inner child that drew a hopscotch pattern on the sidewalk in front of your house and go to a whole new level. It’s actually happening over two weekends with the first starting this Thursday through Sunday in the 400 block of Cleveland Street, then it moves over to the Beachwalk of Clearwater Beach October 21st – October 24th. Click here to get all the details.

In time for all those holiday visitors, how about a trip to Treasure Island to see some of the most wonderful sand sculptures at the Sanding Ovations Masters Cup? What’s especially nice is it’s free over two weekends, with the main event Nov 18-21, and the encore weekend Nov 26-28. This year’s theme is “Sandlantis, a Sand Sculpting Exhibition and Competition.” Sure sounds like a nice way to spend a weekend at the beach, doesn’t it?

This one so many have been waiting for. It’s the return of the Skyway 10K and it’s not virtual this year. Run or walk, you get to once again head across the beautiful Sunshine Skyway bridge on my birthday, Sunday, March 6, 2022, with 100 percent of registration fees benefitting the Armed Forces Families Foundation. They will still use a lottery to select participants and to get in that line you will need to register when it opens to the public on Monday, Oct. 18 at The general admission registration is $80 per person, non-refundable, and there will only be a total of 8,000 registration spots. That breaks down to 7,500 designated as general admission and the remaining 500 designated for VIP admission. Good luck!

And here’s something to enjoy totally free as well if you’re taking a stroll around Dunedin. You may have noticed chandeliers not inside homes, but as art outside. The group is on Facebook and has help “how-to” sessions, and I just love this idea. I conveniently have an old chandelier in the garage I’ve wanted to do something creative with, and here’s the motivation. If you’d like to know more or join the group on Facebook, take a look here.

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