March 2010 News And Events
Indialantic is a small town on the Atlantic ocean directly across from Melbourne. In the roaring 1920's the Indialantic Casino was a popular place entertaining visitors from all over the world. It was a fashionable place to gather for recreation, fun and swimming. Being right on the ocean, it provided a perfect vacation spot with a saltwater swimming pool, cabanas and upscale shops.
In 1944 its name was changed to the Bahama Beach Club. Over the years it began to deteriorate - like most places on the ocean - and in the 1960's the Town of Indialantic bought it and tore it down. The site is now part of Nance Park, and is used by thousands of visitors for access to the beach.
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FEATURED FLORIDA EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
March is getting to be a bit like spring here in Florida. Most of the cold weather is behind us, but it is still cool enough we haven't cranked up the air conditioners very often.
Most days we can keep the windows open and enjoy the beautiful balmy breezes while our northern neighbors are still struggling with slush and an occasional snow flurry. We watch it in disbelief on our televisions.
Here are some interesting events around Florida for March 2010.
FLORIDA WINERIES. Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings. Our site has information on 18 wineries scattered across the state.
FLORIDA MUSEUMS. Many Florida art and historical museums have events going on in March. Click on the links to find out what is going on.
FLORIDA THEATER. March in Florida is still an active time for plays and musical events in our many Florida theaters.. Check the links to find out what might be interesting to you.
FLORIDA AUTHORS. March is a good month to stretch out in a hammock and read a book by a Florida author while the palm trees rustle in the early spring breeze.
Fort Walton Beach
Sex Please We're Sixty, March 12-21. Stage Crafters Community Theater, Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. A Bed & Breakfast's female guests return year after year. An elderly neighbor, "Bud the Stud" Davis, believes they come to visit him for romantic liaisons. Another neighbor, Henry Mitchell, is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called "Venusia," which increases the libido of menopausal women. Bud uses some of the Venusia pills in an attempt to entertain three older female guests! The women mix up Bud's Viagra pills with the Venusia, which has a strange effect on men: it gives them all the symptoms of menopausal women, complete with hot flashes and mood swings!
As the mayhem settles down, all the women's lives move in new and surprising directions.
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA
The Phantom of the Op'ry, March 12-21. Suwannee Valley Players, 25 East Park Avenue. This small town west of Gainesville has an excellent theater group. Forget Broadway and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Forget Paris! This musical mystery spoof is full of laughs. The Op'ry House is located in Skunk Creek, Nevada! The phantom makes a star of Christine Swansong, who dreams of a musical career. But Carlotta Barracuda will stop at nothing to see that she doesn't get it. The phantom's goal, however, is to see that Christine replaces Carlotta.
Mad About Marilyn Soiree', March 16. Museum of Contemporary Art, 333 North Laura Street. Celebrating the iconic movie star Marilyn Monroe, this Hollywood-style party will feature diamond-laced cocktails, live music, dancing and late-night tours of the Marilyn exhibition which is on display at the museum from January 27 through April 24.
CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA
Under The Oaks, March 12-14. Riverside Park, Vero Beach. Under the beautiful shady old oaks, this 59th annual show is presented by The Vero Beach Art Club. This national, juried fine art show is considered buy the art world to be among America's best.
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, March 19-21. This is the 51st annual version of this fantastic event. The festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art shows. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show.
CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA
Sarasota Folk Festival, March 6-7. This event takes place at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, just south of Sarasota. This will be the seventh folk festival sponsored by the Sarasota Folk Club. There will be local and statewide musicians, lots to
eat, many fine vendors selling excellent products, family music and lots of fun for kids.
Bonita Springs National Art Festival, March 13-14. The Promenade At Bonita Bay on U.S.-41. This show is produced by The Art League of Bonita Springs Center for the Arts. The show features the artworks of 208 National and International artists, and takes place in the beautiful Promenade shopping and lifestyle center. You can buy artwork directly from the artists who produce them.
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, March 5-7. This is the 7th annual version and features more than 100 of the nation's most
distinguished craft artists to the heart of West Palm Beach at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Meet and talk with the artists and see their latest celebrated work in ceramics, glass, fiber decorative and wearable art, wood-turned and carved objects, distinctive furniture, marvelous metals, exquisite jewelry and more.
Information on the towns and places hosting these events or near them, including lodging, can be found at Florida Towns.
In our current slow economy, some events are cancelled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.
ETHNIC RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH
Orlando is loaded with restaurants ranging from simple to elegant. Quite often they are located in areas thronging with tourists, like International Drive or
Lake Buena Vista. An exception to this rule is a neat little place located among the orange groves in Gotha, a tiny country town west of Orlando. Gotha is near Windermere and was originally settled by Germans who named it after a town in their old country.
This month's restaurant is Yellow Dog Eats Cafe
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Regards, Mike Miller
Chief Backroads Traveler