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Tampa At A Glance

Tampa Bay – the second largest metro area in Florida – offers a variety of treasures in the communities that surround its beautiful waters. From gleaming high rises and the rich Latin heritage of Tampa, to St. Petersburg’s European-style charm of café-lined streets along the nation’s most beautiful waterfront, and to Clearwater’s white sand beaches, Tampa Bay offers everything under the sun.

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Surprising St. Pete Your Sunshine City

Recently, the New York Times named St. Petersburg as one of the “52 must see places in the world”. Yes, the world! Touting its museums and rich cultural, a thriving craft beer industry, and its ranking as one of America’s Top 10 most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg’s a must-see stop on any traveler’s Tampa Bay itinerary.

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Clearwater For Everything Under the Sun

From its renowned white sand beaches, amazing marine life and glorious weather, to fabulous dining, shopping, cultural attractions and festivals, Clearwater has it all. Lots of sports and recreational activities here also make it a perfect place to stay and play.

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Gainesville At A Glance

Uncover the unexpected in North Central Florida! Gainesville isn’t like any other place in Florida. Our combination of college-town vitality and protected natural beauty makes us one of a kind—a place “where nature and culture meet.”  Gainesville offers 30+ miles of biking and hiking trails while spotting wildlife like birds, bison, wild horses or alligators in seven area Florida State Parks.

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Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration

JUNE 24 – OCTOBER 1, 2017

This exhibition is not only a celebration of artistic practice in Tampa Bay but also an exercise in collaboration as it is shared between three institutions: the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Working together, curators from these institutions will provide context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties within the past year. After an open call for artwork, nearly 300 entries were culled down to 57 artists.

Final selections were made by curators from each institution as well as guest juror Diana Nawi, Associate Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. “This is an opportunity to focus on and celebrate Tampa Bay-area artists in an unprecedented way. It’s important to us as curators to provide context for the diverse work being made in our region,” said Katherine Pill, Curator of Contemporary Art for the MFA. “This area is home to several premier arts organizations and schools, which create a nurturing environment for contemporary art practice. I have long been aware of the significant community of artists here, but was extremely impressed with the level of work submitted,” said Christopher Jones, Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Ringling. This sentiment was echoed by Joanna Robotham, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tampa Museum of Art, “as a newcomer to the museum and Tampa, it has been exciting to see the breadth of artistic talent in our region.

Skyway will give visitors a sense of the extraordinary work made in the Tampa Bay area.” It is the very first time the three leading art museums in the area have worked in such close collaboration to simultaneously provide a single exhibition. “I hope that this exhibition will help to make the museum a place for dialogue, both within Tampa and across the region with our colleagues in St. Petersburg and Sarasota,” remarked Seth Pevnick, chief curator and Richard E Perry curator of Greek and Roman art at the Tampa Museum Art.

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY


Venture behind-the-scenes and discover what makes DAYTONA the “World Center of Racing” and the leader in motorsports entertainment. DIS offers three separate tours throughout the year that take race fans inside the hallowed grounds of NASCAR’s marquee race track. An experience to remember for any race fan! Admission to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and its spectacular displays is included as part of your tour!

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach • 386-681-5588
Tour dates are listed online at: daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours

KEY WEST’S 35th ANNUAL HEADDRESS BALL

Hold on to your hat. Because on Thursday, October 26, you may flip your lid at the 35th Annual Headdress Ball which debuts Key West’s beautiful new Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park. This off-the-charts annual fundraiser is for the Key West Business Guild. More than 25 contestants are judged only from the head up and compete for $5,000 in cash prizes so expect to see some of the most extravagant, most outlandish creations imaginable! Local vendors, food purveyors and three full bars by Aqua Nightclub and its sister club, Side Bar round out the party.  Rain date is Friday, October 27. Info: 305-294-4603; headdressballkeywest.com. Tickets: keystix.com.

2017 ISLAND HOPPER SONGWRITER FEST

Join us September 22 – October 1, 2017 for a festival featuring nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters brought to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel by BMI & iHeart Radio. This award-winning festival includes over 100 live performances, more than 60 songwriters, and 20 unique venues! Past performers include Parmalee, Thompson Square, and Grammy Award winner Maren Morris.

Captiva Island: September 22 – September 24, 2017
Downtown Fort Myers: September 25 – September 28, 2017
Fort Myers Beach: September 29 – October 1, 2017

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