Tampa Bay is Awesome http://tampabayisawesome.com Just another WordPress site Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:40:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Awesome St. Pete Murals http://tampabayisawesome.com/awesome-st-pete-murals/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/awesome-st-pete-murals/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:14:57 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29663 St. Pete’s arts district continues to expand with dozens of amazing mural in back alleys, building roofs, and inside office buildings.

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St. Pete Art Walk http://tampabayisawesome.com/st-pete-art-walk/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/st-pete-art-walk/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:44:11 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29660 Celebrate August with Local Art!

The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk.

Now’s the time to enjoy a balmy evening and explore St. Petersburg’s five exciting arts districts. Open the door of a gallery you’ve never visited before, or try our free trolleys and a whole new neighborhood.

Join us as 40 artists’ studios and galleries open their doors on Saturday, August 12th from 5-9 p.m. It’s a wonderful time to see old friends and make new ones as you enjoy our vibrant arts community.

It’s impossible to take in the entire ArtWalk in one night! If you don’t wish to ride of the trolley, free parking can be found on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St. to 30th St., The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

Download the map and list of participants to plan your festive art evening at www.stpeteartsalliance.org

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11 New Destinations out of TIA! http://tampabayisawesome.com/11-new-destinations-out-of-tia/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/11-new-destinations-out-of-tia/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:03:35 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29654 Another announcement from the most awesome airport in the country! Looks like Frontier will now adding another 11 destinations to their current 7.

See below for destinations and start dates. 🙂

LOCATION- START DATE
Buffalo, New York- Dec. 6
Colorado Springs- Oct. 6
Columbus, Ohio- Dec. 17
Indianapolis- Nov. 12
Islip, New York- Oct 5
Kansas City, Missouri- Dec. 16
Milwaukee- Nov. 10
Minneapolis- Oct. 5
Nashville- Dec. 17
Providence, Rhode Island- Oct. 10
St. Louis- Oct. 6

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Another addition to Armature Works! http://tampabayisawesome.com/another-addition-to-armature-works/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/another-addition-to-armature-works/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:09:53 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29645 Make Your Own Sushi Bowls & Nitrogen Ice Cream Creations Transform Food Into Works Of Art
Zukku Sushi + Astro Ice Cream Co. bring delicious creativity to The Heights Public Market

TAMPA, Fla. (July 18, 2017) – We’ve all heard “food is art”, but the two newest additions to Armature Works’ Heights Public Market are taking that concept to a whole new level. Zukku Sushi and Astro Ice Cream Co. will actually allow visitors to craft their own made-to-order masterpieces, comprised solely of fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Zukku has tapped former Ocean Prime sushi chef Gia Tran to create the masterful menu which allows you to build your own sushi burrito or poke bowl. After deciding on a vessel, choose a base (Nori, sushi rice, brown rice, salad) and then stack it with plethora of protein, topping and sauce options ranging from spicy tuna, fresh salmon and tempura shrimp to cheetos hot chips, wakame and sriracha aioli.

“Zukku translates into a canvas or cloth that artists use to create amazing works of art, and at Zukku Sushi, you create your own edible works of art,” says Partner Ferdian Jap. “It will be fun for visitors of the Heights Public Market to always have the opportunity try something new at one place — there are endless ways to craft your sushi masterpiece!”

And for those days your Rembrandt skills feel lacking, a hefty lineup of more than 20 signature rolls, burritos and bowls will also be available. Selections include everything from the Volcanic Eruption (Ahi tuna + cream cheese + cucumbers + avocado + eel sauce + sriracha aioli + bang bang shrimp) and Hawaiian Poke Bowl topped with pineapple, wakame, corn and wonton chips to the Hamachi Burrito stuffed with yellow tail, snow crab mix, pickled serranos, salmon skin, cilantro and wasabi mayo.

Now, onto the ice cream. One of the first of its kind in Tampa, Astro Ice Cream Co.’s small batch, custom confections will be 100% fresh and made to order; in fact, the location won’t even have a single freezer on site. The secret? Each creation will be flash-frozen in liquid nitrogen, which ensures the fat and sugar molecules don’t clump together – resulting in a smoother and creamier ice cream.

Made in 6 to 8oz batches, the frozen creations will only utilize fresh and seasonal ingredients with zero artificial flavoring. Here’s how the process works:

-Choose a vessel: bowl, waffle cone or sweet bun (roughly the size of a hamburger bun)
-Choose a base: ice cream, yogurt or low fat; there will also be lactose free options available
-Choose a flavor: classic options range from chocolate, strawberry, banana and vanilla to peanut butter, nutella and dulce de leche as well as rotating seasonal flavors like pumpkin, mango, and apple pie
-After 1-3 are decided upon, the ingredients undergo a flash-freeze from the liquid nitrogen to create the ice cream (process takes about 10 seconds)
-Choose your toppings: these range from the fresh fruit variety (mango, cherry, banana) to “crunch” and “candy” options like chocolate chip cookies, gummy bears, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and Kit Kat bars.

“We wanted the toppings to be very artistic, every one of these creations will be very Instagram worthy,” adds Jap.

Signature options will also be available including the Classic Astro Ice Cream sandwich: vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two sweet buns, and pressed in a panini maker. The result: a crunchy, warm/cold, sweet slice of heaven.

Are you drooling yet?

Both Zukku Sushi and Astro Ice Cream Co. are joint ventures of Monica Varner, Ferdian Jap, who are partners at Tampa’s Big City Events; chef Gia Tran, and investor Tony Nguyen.

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Art Bazaar & Organic Market At Clearwater Beach http://tampabayisawesome.com/art-bazaar-organic-market-at-clearwater-beach/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/art-bazaar-organic-market-at-clearwater-beach/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 23:28:37 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29620 North Clearwater Beach, FL – This usually quiet area of busy Clearwater Beach will be bustling on Saturday, July 15th for this open-air market featuring an art competition, organic farmers market, artists and kids’ zone. The special Kids’ Zone Bazaar has unique, fun vendors just for the kiddos. Don’t miss the new and unique Art Bazaar & Market on North Clearwater Beach hosted by Bazaar Art & Beach Fire Beach Bar and Grille.

The Bazaar Art Throw Down is a competition among three area artists competing head to head for cash prizes. It is all taking place at McKay Park, right across from Beach Fire Beach Bar and Grill on Saturday, July 15th at 3pm.

With over 20 local eclectic artists featuring their wares, a unique variety of vendors, food, drinks and fun activities, you do not want to miss this event. There will be plenty of specials at Beach Fire and live music all day and night until 10 pm.

Art, organic market, open air bazaar with dozens of local artists, music and family. Join the fun! Support Local Artists! Drink Local, Eat Local, Shop Local

 

Contact

If you would like to be a vendor, please reach out to BazaarArtllc@Gmail.com.

Questions about this event? Inquire to

Michele Miller, Marketing Director

mktg@beachfireclearwater.com

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UNIFIED Tampa Bay Event http://tampabayisawesome.com/unified-tampa-bay-event/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/unified-tampa-bay-event/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 23:25:07 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29618 The United Nations Association of Tampa Bay (UNATB) is proud to present UNIFIED, a new-concept event to be held from 6-9 p.m. on July 27, 2017 at the Morean Center for Clay. UNIFIED is Florida’s premier live-art event promoting Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment.

This breakthrough event is an interactive, live-art extravaganza featuring locally and internationally recognized artists and performers based in Tampa Bay. Artists include, Ya La’Ford, Marlene Rose, Carrie Jadus, Cecilia Lueza, Tessa Moeller, Tina Pirraci, Helen French, Maureen McDole just to name a few. The innovative art created at this exciting event will range from 7’ 3-D printed sculptures to 14’ portable Murals and will be auctioned live at the end of the evening.

UNIFIED will present an insightful panel discussion of influential leaders of Tampa Bay to learn, interact and discuss how we can collectively drive tangible change. The panelists include Lorna Taylor (CEO, Premier Eye Care), Nadine Smith (CEO, Equality Florida), Beth Houghton (Executive Director, St Petersburg Free Clinic) and more!

When nonprofits unite, social justice marches forward. With the right partners, gender equality and women’s empowerment will be achieved. “The Tampa Bay Chapter of The United Nations Association of The United States (UNA-USA Tampa Bay) is proud to have selected CASA as a beneficiary of our UNIFIED Gender Equality event,” said Clint Elbow, President of UNA-USA Tampa Bay. “CASA’s work in combating domestic violence is an amazing example of the work being done in the Tampa Bay area to combat gender specific abuse. This partnership between CASA and UNA-USA Tampa Bay is an example of the collaborative advocacy efforts for gender equality in our community.”

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from each ticket will go directly back to feeding the hungry of Tampa Bay thanks to Inside The Box Cafe & Catering.

Join the UNATB for a night of great food, drinks, art and performances as we UNITE to promote Gender Equality in Tampa Bay and beyond.

For tickets and further information about UNIFIED please visit unified-tampabay.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $90-$100 each.

Tickets and sponsorships to UNIFIED are now available. For more information on the event please visit unified-tampabay.eventbrite.com. To learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Robert Kruithoff, Fundraising & Events Director for UNA-USA Tampa Bay, at 

727-410-9597 or fundraising@unatampabay.org.

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Tampa Bay Regional Arts Summit http://tampabayisawesome.com/tampa-bay-regional-arts-summit/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/tampa-bay-regional-arts-summit/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 23:16:38 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29616 After a year-long county-wide arts and culture economic impact study, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and Creative Pinellas will announce the outcomes at the Regional Arts Summit – Maximizing the Arts Economic Impact for Pinellas County.  They will be joined by the Clearwater Arts Alliance, North Pinellas Cultural Alliance, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts.  It is the first countywide collaboration among the five arts agencies serving the creative community with information, resources and ideas.

The summit will feature Keynote Speaker, Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts. Featured Luncheon Guest Speakers are Sandy Saughnessy, Dir. of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Lauren Davenport, Founder and CEO at The Symphony Agency

Countywide civic and elected leaders will speak on panels about the economic impact and how the arts contribute to our economy.
COUNTY ARTS GROWTH – LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION:

  • Ken Welch, Pinellas County Commissioner (invited)
  • Karen Seel, Pinellas County Commissioner
  • Jack Latvala, Florida Senate, District 16 (invited)

PINELLAS COUNTY RESOURCES FOR ARTS & CULTURE:

  • Jessica Eilermann, Small Business Liaison & Mayor’s Maker Liaison, Office of the Mayor & Manager, The Greenhouse
  • Bob Ironsmith, Housing & Economic Development Dir., Dunedin
  • Doreen Caudell, CGC / Owner, D-Mar General Contracting & Development Inc. and Councilmember, City of Clearwater

MEET THE SPONSORS:

  • Moderator – Karen Eber Davis, Pres., Karen Eber Davis Consulting
  • Michelle Cyr, AARP Florida Associate State Director for Advocacy & Community Outreach in Tampa Bay
  • Jeff Baker, Duke Energy, Government & Community Relations Manager
  • Ann Shaler, Sr. VP Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, Bank of America

MEET THE GRANT MAKERS:

  • Moderator – Karen Eber Davis, Pres., Karen Eber Davis Consulting
  • Duggan Cooley, Exec. Dir., Pinellas Community Foundation
  • Michael Killoren, Exec. Dir., Morean Arts Center
  • Curtis Young, Arts Consultant, Florida Divison of Cultural Affairs

WHERE:    EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater
WHEN:    Friday, July 21, 2017, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
PRESENTERS:    St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Creative Pinellas, Clearwater Arts Alliance, North Pinellas Cultural Alliance, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts
COST:    $25 per person, includes lunch

Space is limited.  Conference registration and further details HERE

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4th of July Events http://tampabayisawesome.com/4th-of-july-events/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/4th-of-july-events/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 22:43:51 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29612 Wow! There is stuff going on all day! 🙂 Enjoy!

  • 8:00 a.m. – “Gulfport’s Fourth of July” along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport. This free event includes a kids fishing derby starting at 8 a.m. and is followed by a  sand sculpting contest at 10 a.m. Parents can also take their children to the Kidzone starting at noon, which has waterslides and balloon art. There will be a parade at 6 p.m. and a firework show at 9 p.m.
  • 9:00 a.m. – “High Point Community’s Fourth of July Parade” at High Point Community Center, located at 12249 Club House Rd. in High Point. This free event will have a parade followed up with a flag raising ceremony with the American Legion Post 186. Awards will be given with complimentary drinks served.
  • 10 a.m. – “Safety Harbor Fourth of July Parade” on Main St. and Second Ave. N. in Safety Harbor. The free event will include a parade with the American Legion Auxiliary, classic cars, clowns, and a marching band.
  • 10 a.m. – “Independence Day Celebration” at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum, located at 1925 Fourth St. N. in St. Petersburg. There will be patriotic games, crafts, a dance party, and underwater fireworks and flag creations. $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, one and younger get in free. Free admission for active and retired military.
  • 10 a.m. – “Fourth of July at the History Center” at the Tampa Bay History Center, located at 801 Old Water St. in Tampa. The event includes costume re-enactors with artifacts, uniforms, crafts, and music. Admission fee is $5.
  • 10 a.m. – “Fourth of July at Glazer” at the Glazar Children’s Museum, located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. $4 admission fee. Active duty military and their family get in free.
  • 10 a.m. – “Fourth of July Picnic” at Craig Park, located at 100 Beekman Way in Tarpon Springs. The free event will include performer Rusty Trumpet, waterslide, paddle boarding, a bounce house, games, and a hot dog eating contest.
  • 4:00 p.m. – “Clearwater Celebrates America: Fourth of July” at Coachman Park, located at 301 Drew St. in Clearwater. The free Independence Day event will have children’s activities, food, live music with the Coachman Park Pops Orchestra with the Wilsons, and a firework show around 9 to 9:30 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. – “Safety Harbor Fourth of July” at Safety Harbor City Marina, located at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane in Safety Harbor. The free event will have kid’s activites, entertainment, food vendors, and fireworks.
  • 5:00 p.m. – “Fourth of July in Downtown St. Petersburg” at Vinoy Park, located at 501 Fifth Ave. NE in St. Petersburg. Afternoon activities will involve live music, kid’s activities, face painting, and a live broadcast from 5 p.m. with Q105’s Flash. There will also be a fireworks show around 9 p.m. This event is free.
  • 5:00 p.m. – “Avalon Park West 4th of July Celebration” at Avalon Park West Community Center, located at 5227 Autumn Ridge Dr. in Wesley Chapel. The free event will include food trucks, bounce houses, vendors, and entertainment. The event will end with a firework show at 9 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. – “Red, White, and Blue Festival” at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, located at 601 Old Water St. in Tampa. There will be a a live jazz concert along the riverwalk, a food court with southern food and desserts, a kid zone, a ‘most-patrioticly dressed’ competitionm abd a watermelong eating contest. This free event will also include the Channelside firework show.
  • 6:00 p.m. – “Largo Fourth of July Celebration” at the Largo Central Park, located at 101 Central Park Dr. in Largo. The event features a pie-eating contest, T-shirt decorating ($5), inflatables ($10 wristband), food vendors, and fireworks. The event will cost $5 – $10, depending on your activity of choice.
  • 6:30 p.m. – “Fourth of July Funfest” at the SS American Victory, located at 705 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. Music will be performed by DJ Ian Paul. The event will include a kid zone, face painting, games, arts and crafts, and firework show on the WWII supply ship. Price is $13 adult, $7 ages 4-12, 3 and younger are free. $10 for active military and veterans.
  • 7:30 p.m. – “Tarpon Springs Fourth of July Fireworks” at Fred Howard Park, located at 1700 Sunset Dr. in Tarpon Springs. Fireworks are set to go off at dusk, estimated around 8:30 p.m. The event will be free.
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St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk http://tampabayisawesome.com/st-petersburg-second-saturday-artwalk/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/st-petersburg-second-saturday-artwalk/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 20:12:45 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29610 Celebrate our Country with Local Art!

The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk.

Now’s the time to enjoy a balmy evening and explore St. Petersburg’s five exciting arts districts. Open the door of a gallery you’ve never visited before, or try our free trolleys and a whole new neighborhood.

Join us as 40 artists’ studios and galleries open their doors on Saturday, August 12th from 5-9 p.m. It’s a wonderful time to see old friends and make new ones as you enjoy our vibrant arts community.

It’s impossible to take in the entire ArtWalk in one night! If you don’t wish to ride of the trolley, free parking can be found on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St. to 30th St., The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

Download the map and list of participants to plan your festive art evening at www.stpeteartsalliance.org

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29th Annual Cool Art Show returns to St. Pete http://tampabayisawesome.com/29th-annual-cool-art-show-returns-to-st-pete/ http://tampabayisawesome.com/29th-annual-cool-art-show-returns-to-st-pete/#respond Sat, 01 Jul 2017 20:03:20 +0000 http://tampabayisawesome.com/?p=29601 The 29th Annual Cool Art Show comes to St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum July 15 and 16. It’s the perfect destination on a hot, Florida day, to see work from and talk with some of the area’s top artists.

Over 75 outstanding artisans have been selected to exhibit a remarkable collection of visual and functional creations in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, mixed media and jewelry. This year’s event continues the Cool Art Show tradition of representing distinction across the spectrum of artistic media with many artists having received awards in shows and/or representation in galleries and museums throughout the country.

The Coliseum is located at 535 4th Avenue North. Show hours are 10am -5pm Saturday and Sunday and the Coliseum’s food and beverage concessions will be open to the public, including beer and wine. Show Admission and parking are free.

This juried fine art and fine craft show is sponsored by PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists. PAVA is a non-profit organization run by volunteer artists to serve local artisans and support the arts community in the Tampa Bay Area. It provides exhibition, education and grant opportunities for its members and supports local art centers through scholarships for art instruction.

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