Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Arts festival and a picnic in Sarasota, Florida

Art Festival and Sarasota downtown
O'Leary Tiki Bar and dinghy dock
Notice the handle bar on the dinghy? How ingenious of the owner!
We discovered Sarasota when we cruised into Sarasota Harbor several years ago. We like the city so much we keep coming back to visit. Strolling around Bayfront Park, downtown and St Armands Circle are some of our favorite activities. Other fun and interesting places to visit include The Ringling Museum, Siesta Key and Myakka State Park .

We have always been impressed with the arts and culture in this classy town. The arts festival, held in downtown Sarasota every February, features some very unique and talented artists from around the country. This past weekend was its 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts, and once again, these artists shine through with their creative work and exhibits of glass, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photography, etc.

The Tampa Bay area had unusually cold weather since early January. This was the first nice weekend with sunny blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s, perfect for venturing outside. The crowd at the festival wasn't too bad, but when we left South Lido County Park after our picnic and walk on the beach, we were stuck in traffic for an hour just trying to get back to the main road:-(! A turn into the back road gave us the opportunity to ogle at some gorgeous homes in the area.

Check out the video to see the beautiful artworks at the arts festival!

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