By Michele D. Baker  The Great North American Eclipse is a total solar eclipse that will occur on April 8, 2024. The path of totality will stretch from Mexico, through the United States (from Texas to Maine), and into Canada...
By Michele D. Baker  The modern American Mardi Gras season (Carnival) officially begins on January 6, the Twelfth Night of Christmas, also known as Epiphany – the day Jesus first showed himself to the three wise men and to the...
By Jan Larraine Cox  As a little child, I was enthralled with Christmas lights and the mysterious, wrapped presents under the tree. I searched the faces of the adults in the room, all dressed in their holiday finest. The magic...

Lights in Bloom® 2023

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Lights in Bloom® features more than two million lights illuminating the gardens and walkways of our Downtown Sarasota campus. Step into a tropical winter wonderland at our Downtown Sarasota campus featuring more than two million lights, festive photo opportunities, activities &...
Adapted from an article on SouthernLiving.com (read the full article here) The Christmas season in Florida isn’t a traditional winter wonderland. Floridians gather ‘round the palm tree in shorts, drink ice-cold eggnog while opening presents, and toast candy cane martinis poolside...
November festivals

4 Fun Festivals in November

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The team at Vitabella Magazine has curated a list of fun events for November. They include events for cities like Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Fort Myers, and Naples and also nearby popular destinations that may give you a great excuse...
by Michael B. Wright    I have really been looking forward to October.  It’s the time of year when everything, including the porridge, is pumpkin spice flavored! When it arrives, we are immediately one week into Fall. It portends to be...
By Michele D. Baker  If you’re a beer lover, you already know that the traditional German Oktoberfest – the world’s oldest festival celebrating that delicious beverage – occurs mostly in September. In fact, it's already over for 2023! But here...
by Michael B. Wright  July ushers in one of those rare months of celebration. It is eagerly anticipated by grown men who “like to blow up things” (according to Dave Barry), as well as seasonal vendors, who like to sell...
The 4th of July is a wonderful time for people of all ages to celebrate, enjoy warm weather, and spend time with friends and family. The holiday is filled with activities from parties to live entertainment to cookouts and...
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