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St. Petersburg Waterfront Parks Centennial

Monday, August 30, 2010  
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St. Petersburg Waterfront Parks Centennial 1910 ~ 2010

CONTACT: Peter Belmont, 727-463-4612; Garry Tenney, 727-894-2062; Sydni Ann Shollenberger, 727-550-0096

Waterfront Parks Centennial to celebrate with an all-day 100th Birthday Party in the Parks—Everyone’s invited!

Mark your calendars and get ready for a 100th birthday bash on Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in all twelve of the City of St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront parks! Party in the Parks—A Centennial Celebration is the first event in the city’s history to have free activities going on simultaneously in every one of the downtown waterfront parks: Albert Whitted Park, Al Lang Stadium, Pioneer Park, Demens Landing, Spa Beach and The Pier, North and South Straub Parks, Vinoy Park, North Shore Park, Elva Rouse Park, Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum, and Flora Wylie Park. Eight stages will feature performances and presentations, with music for every taste, from salsa to rock, polka to folk, barbershop to opera and more. In Vinoy Park, The St. Petersburg International Folk Festival Society’s (SPIFFS) annual folk fair will feature foods, dancing, music, and fashions from countries around the world. On the Al Lang Stadium site, the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An afternoon Vintage Base Ball game is scheduled for Al Lang Field. Played under 19th century rules and in period uniforms, the November 6th game will feature the Dunedin Railers. North Shore Park will host volleyball games on the beach, and tennis pros will be at the courts to teach youngsters age 10 and under the rudiments of the game, using a format called "Quick Start Tennis.” At Spa Beach, the Pier Aquarium plans its annual Spa Beach Splash for families. The Pier will offer games in the Dockside Eatery Food Court and Activity Room, plus music by Charlie Souza and the New Tropics from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Courtyard by the Bay. Souza was the winner of the 2009 St. Petersburg official song contest with his "Carry Me Back to St. Petersburg.” Also at The Pier, the U.S. Coast Guard will have a patrol boat open for tours. Other military craft and equipment will be on display and available for visitors to explore at Albert Whitted Park and Albert Whitted Airport. The Hangar Restaurant at the airport will be open for breakfast and will host a fundraising pancake breakfast. In North Straub Park. The Urban Gypsies, Ben Bryan Band, Moolah Bandha instrumental and vocal group, Mojo Barbershop Quartet and the Dundu Dole dance group are among performers scheduled during the day. Also in North Straub Park, American Stage School Tour will perform "Henry and Ramona,” based on a series of children’s books by Beverly Cleary, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Opera will perform arias from 4:45 to 5:15, and throughout the day, other special events will take place onstage, including awards for the "Picture Your Parks” photo contest and a fashion show with attire from the turn of the 20th century. Performers scheduled on other stages throughout the parks include Southern singer/songwriter and recording artist Rebekah Pulley; The Stones, a Rolling Stones tribute band; and Freddy Montes and his group featuring music with a Cuban beat. A U.S. Air Force flyover is planned, as are a presentation by the Armed Forces military honor guard and an Army swearing-in ceremony. At Vista Point, near the end of North Shore Park where Coffee Pot Bayou meets Tampa Bay, there will be a dedication ceremony for a human-sized, one-of-a-kind sundial designed by sculptor Eric Higgs. The sundial will officially commemorate the centennial of the founding of St. Petersburg’s waterfront parks and is expected to include a time capsule with messages from children of 2010 to those who will honor the bicentennial of the waterfront parks in 2110. Over 100 groups are scheduled to exhibit or sponsor activities in the twelve parks. Food vendors will be located throughout, including at the SPIFFS event in Vinoy Park and the Saturday Morning Market at Al Lang Stadium.

For ongoing information on plans for the November 6, 2010, Party in the Parks—A Centennial Celebration and to learn more about the rich history of the city’s downtown parks on Tampa Bay, visit the Waterfront Parks Centennial website at

But meanwhile, SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 6, 2010—a birthday bash to remember!

WATERFRONT PARKS CENTENNIAL Sponsors include: City of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Preservation; St. Petersburg Times; St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, Inc.; Progress Energy; Carrie Jadus, St. Petersburg Artist and creator of the original painting that is the Centennial Celebration poster; Sylvia P. Rusche Insurance Agency, Inc.; Pioneer Park Foundation, Inc.; Booker Creek Preservation, Inc.; Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, TradeWinds Island Resorts, 400 Beach Drive Seafood & Tap House, Dailey Communications, Heartwood & Bark, St. Pete Solar Energy, J Allan Studios; Shollenberger Public Relations; Zebra Color, Inc.; The Electric Marina, Craftsman House Gallery; Urban Exposure, Inc.; TASCO Teen Programs; George Rahdert, Esq., Rahdert, Steele & Reynolds P.A.; Defenders of Wildlife, St. Petersburg; and The UPS Store at 200 2nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

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