Each year on October 31st, the children of Venice gather at Centennial Park to start the parade that winds down Venice Avenue. The children look adorable in their creative costumes. And sometimes the parents get dressed up as well. Following the parade, the Venice Avenue shop owners pass out candy to the children returning from the parade. This delightful tradition happens each year in historic downtown Venice.
On Saturday, November 21st, the third annual Blues Fest was held at Maxine Barritt Park in Venice, Florida. From 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, several blues groups took the stage. Chairs and blankets dotted the ground with people who came to relax and enjoy the music while some folks got up to dance to the bluesy beat. There was also a special visit from the Venice Indians marching band to entertain the crowd. It was a great way to spend a Saturday!
The Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash promises good food, fun and great bluegrass music. The festival is held each year in April at the Venice Municipal Airport. There is a barbeque contest, chili cook-off, dessert bake-off, kids’ park, cornhole tournament and an afternoon of bluegrass music. Numerous vendors are scattered throughout the event selling barbeque, ribs, corn, desserts, etc. We have a good time eating the fine food and photographing the festivities. And before we leave, we share a funnel cake. The next one will be April 15 and 16, 2016. Save the date!
The Chalk Festival originated in Sarasota, FL. This year, it was moved to Venice, FL. The theme of this year’s Chalk Festival was Extinct and Endangered Species. It was held November 10 – 17, 2014. Artists from around the world artistically created their works in a parking lot by the Venice Airport, in a parking lot by the Venice Art Center and on Miami Avenue. We had the pleasure of watching them create their works directly across our studio which overlooks the parking lot by the Art Center. Please enjoy some of the images we enjoyed capturing with our camera.