Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival 2019

Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival 2019.  I love this time of year, all the really good things happen now like the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival on Spring Bayou on March 9 and 10, 2019. 

This is the best Fine Arts Show and always has tons of people. It’s along the water at Spring Bayou and you will love the trees, the view and the art.

 Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival - 2018

Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival - 2017Pictures by Toni from 2016 Festival

Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival 2019

According to the Tarpon Springs Chamber “This is one of the premier Fine Arts Festivals in the Southeast. The 45th Annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, March 9,  9am-5pm and Sunday, March 10, 10am-5pm. More than 200 juried, artists under the trees and along the bayou. There will be live entertainment both days of the event. Food & drinks will be available for purchase.”

We go every year and wouldn’t miss it.. The art exhibited is always so amazing and so beautiful. And it’s such a gorgeous spot to spend some time in the spring weather. .

“The featured artist is a local artist that is well-known and respected in the community. 

Details: Parking, Admission

Parking can be a problem so there are free shuttles and parking including wheelchair accessible. The shuttles will be running every 15 minutes from Tarpon Tower at 905 E. Martin Luther King Drive, Tarpon Springs. FL 34689. 

Admission is $5.00 with no charge for children under 12 or active duty military.

If you need to GPS it, the address is 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs 34689. It is at Craig Park on Spring Bayou.

Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival - 2018Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival will take place rain or shine. Pets and coolers not allowed. The boat ramp and parking lot at Craig Park will be closed.

Finally, contact info 727-937-5109 or check the Facebook page here.

Take a look at Brooker Creek Preserve in Pinellas County.

And, Craig Park in Tarpon Springs

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Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival 2019

Tarpon Springs Diving For The Cross

Tarpon Springs Diving For The Cross on Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2019 to celebrate Epiphany.  The following is a history given by Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 36 N Pinellas Ave Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. 727-937-3540. You can access the website here.

Tarpon Springs Diving For The Cross 

Tarpon Springs Diving For The Cross 2017
Courtesy of Tampa Bay Times

History of Epiphany

The Orthodox Christian celebrates Epiphany on January 6th of each year, in remembrance of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River 2000 years ago. Following tradition, the Greek community established January 6th of each year be celebrated with the sanctification of the waters; and immersion of the cross in the Spring bayou on “Cross Day” or “Epiphany”.

The first observance of Epiphany in Tarpon Springs was in 1903 in an Episcopal church attended by few people. In the next few years, as the news spread throughout the US and Canada, devoted Greeks and Americans made the pilgrimage from the nation and Canada to take part in the celebration of Epiphany and its three-day festivities.

Tarpon Springs Diving For The Cross 

A golden cross is thrown into the water, at the same moment, the young men  dive into the waters. They swim, wrestle, and churn the waters in search of the cross. The throwing of the cross symbolizes casting of the bread of truth upon the troubled world.

Furthermore, the diver who retrieves the cross kneels before the Archbishop  while handing him the golden cross. At this time, the Archbishop blesses the young man and congratulates him.

Finally, whoever retrieves the cross, it is said that he will have good fortune and divine beneficence. Upon return to the church, the divers stand at the altar, while the retriever receives special blessings. 

The procession to Spring Bayou for the Dive starts at 12:15pm. (noon). 

This information courtesy of Toni Weidman. If you have further questions, direct them to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at the phone number/website above.

Take a look at Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Looking for a Professional Pet Sitter? One who is insured and bonded? Take a look at Trinity Pet Sitters LLC. We come to your home to feed, walk, and take care of your pet when you can’t be there. And we run Trinity Pets Yappy Hour at Varsity Club Trinity. The 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm. Bring your dog with you and help our local Rescue organizations.

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Tarpon Springs Diving For The Cross

Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs

Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs 2018

Well, this year sure went by fast and here we are again at Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs which is Friday (yes, this Friday) December 7, 2018. from 5 pm to 10 pm. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 6 pm.  Event here.

Snow Place Like Tarpon SpringsPicture courtesy the Merchants Association

Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs 2018

All this takes place on historic Tarpon Avenue in downtown Tarpon Springs.  And, it’s free to attend. 

Included in Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs 2016:
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 pm
Carriage Ride and Hay ride
Photo Opportunities with Inflatable Characters & Contest Snow Play area with 20 tons of blown snow
DJ and Christmas Music
Christmas Movie (Elf) sponsored by Unbehagan Advisers
Tarpon Springs Middle School Jazz Band and Tarpon Springs High School Choral Group
Visit with Santa
Write and Mail your Letter to Santa
Illuminated Boat Parade at Spring Bayou (approximately 8:15pm)
Balloon Artist
Many food and retail vendors (for purchase)
Performances by Just Dance, Fusion Dance, All American Youth and the Plato Academy Cloggers

•Children’s Christmas Activities by the Tarpon Springs Recreation Division including an inflatable slide and obstacle course.

Wow, that’s quite a list!

Live Music, Holiday shopping in the lovely stores downtown and the Arts and Crafts vendors, Holiday dancers, falling snow and a snow play area. What more could you ask for?

Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs 2016Picture by Toni taken 3 years ago.

Who To Contact If You Need More Info

You can contact the organizers by email here.   
Or call 727-943-1140.       Website here.

This is always a fun event; everyone loves the snow (at least, a little bit of it 🙂 ). So be sure to come, the kids will have a fantastic time.

Finally, this information brought to you by Toni Weidman of Sailwinds Realty and Trinity Pet Sitters LLC.  Please contact the organizers at the sites above for more information.

Have you been to our  Trinity Pets Yappy Hour yet?  We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month except July, August and December at Varsity Club on Little Road in New Port Richey, FL. Info here.

Toni Weidman, GRI
Sailwinds Realty
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Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs 2018

Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest 2018

Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest 2018 is Aug. 11th at the Sponge Docks.

Its’ time once again to head down Dodecanese Blvd. Time to Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest 2018

dust off your old VW van with all the hippie signs on it, time to grow out your hair (if you still have some), shake out your tie-dye shirts and wear your bell bottoms, and all your hippiest stuff. Tarpon Springs will be hippie town from 2 pm to  10 pm.

Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest 2018

The free shuttle will run from 2:30 – 10:30 from Dog/Splash Park, 508 Live Oak St., Tarpon Springs. Free parking.

Entertainment Scheduled

Bob Hope 2-4:30 pm
Shevonne & The Force 5:15-6:45 pm
Black Honkeys 7:30-9:30 pm

Fun Things To Do At Hippie Fest

VW Bug Show & Contest – Hippie Costume Contest -Hula Hoop Contest -Live Music -Food & Beer -Vendors

Tarpon Springs is a fun place to be especially on the Sponge Docks even if it’s not Hippie Fest. Hippie Fest is just one of the many fun things offered by the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association. The Tarpon Springs Merchants Association brings us Hippie Fest each year. There’s always some fun thing happening whether it’s Arts & Craft Fairs, Greek Fiestas, or lots of interesting Festivals. And there are some great restaurants on offer too including Greek and seafood.

Hippie Fest 2018 Info Flyer
Vendor info call Reggie at 727-543-1593
VW info call Carol at 845-661-5518

How Did We Get So Lucky To Have Sponge Docks?

First, in 1887 the railroad service to New York began and created a boom for Tarpon Springs. The gorgeous Victorian Mansions you see around the Bayous were built by wealthy people who came to visit and fell in love with the area. In due time, they helped establish churches, schools, businesses, and hotels (so that more wealthy tourists could visit and fall in love).

Secondly, Lots of Sponges grew in the waters around Tarpon Springs; a huge sponge industry developed when the Greek divers came. At the same time, the Greek families opened shops and restaurants, pastry shops and markets.

If you’re in need of a pet sitter,  Trinity Pet Sitters, LLC  is insured and bonded and loves pets.

Toni Weidman, GRI
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Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest 2018

Sunset Beach Concert Series Tarpon Springs

Sunset Beach Concert Series Tarpon Springs for  June 7 is the first Thursday through November. It’s always a fun event. What could be better than listening to live music on the beach under the stars. 

The Tarpon Springs Recreation Division, Ferman Automotive Group & Florida Hospital North Pinellas present an evening with The Trop Rock Junkies on Thursday, June 7th at Sunset Beach from 7-9 pm. Enjoy a night under the stars while listening to tropical rock and beach music. The Sunset Beach Music Series will be held February through November on the first Thursday of the month. 

Sunset Beach Concert Series Tarpon Springs

Sunset Beach Concert Series Tarpon Springs

The event is free. Overflow parking and shuttle will be at Tarpon Springs High School. Shuttle runs from 6-9 pm. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Pets and alcohol are prohibited. Sunset Beach located at 1800 Gulf Rd. For more information, visit TSRDonline.com or call (727)942-5628.

Sunset Beach is south of Fred Howard Beach at 1800 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs.  Straightest route is to take Meres Blvd. to So. Florida Ave to Gulf Road. 

This is one of the prettiest beaches in the area. Bring water, pest spray and chairs. View a earlier post about Sunset Beach.

Need a Pet Sitter while you visit Sunset Beach?
Trinity Pet Sitters LLC at 727-359-9518.

We host and sponsor Trinity Pets Yappy Hour at Varsity Club Trinity. Bring your dog and help support a local Rescue organization. Read more here. 

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Toni Weidman, GRI
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Sunset Beach Concert Series Tarpon Springs