While staring at The Sleepy Sandpiper, keep your eyes peeled in the local parks and beaches for artfully painted rocks.  This rock painting/hiding/finding hobby spreads smiles and creativity.

Read more at #VeniceRocks.



Sarasota Highland Games

Experience a bit of Sarasota’s Scottish heritage at the Sarasota Highland Games, February 3rd – 4th, 2017!

The event kicks off [Friday] with a ceilidh, a traditional Celtic party. The next day, kilted Scotsmen compete in feats of strength like the caber toss and stone throw, while the rest of us can gather with our clan—be it Wallace, Maxwell, Ross or otherwise—and nosh on meat pies and sausage rolls to the seductive sounds of the bagpipes.

Sarasota Magazine

Get more information and a full schedule of the games from the Sarasota Highland Games website.

Venice 90th Anniversary Celebration

Just south of the Sleepy Sandpiper at Nokomis beach is the quaint city of Venice, Florida. Incorporated on May 9th, 1927, the city is planning a year-long celebration of its 90th anniversary.

What is so interesting about this Gulf Coast Florida city?  Visit the newly opening Venice Museum & Archives to discover how the Kentucky Military Institute, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Venice Army Air Field and even Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus play into its history!

Read more in the Herald Tribune.




Venice Theatre

If you love the stage, check out Venice Theatre!

This winter 2016-2017 season brings several plays, musicals, concerts, and comedies!  I’m especially looking forward to Billy Elliot and The Christmas Carol.

If you’ll be in the area for awhile, audition for your favorite show!  I really love the support for the arts in our area.