St. Petersburg Preservation’s Movies in the Park

St. Petersburg Preservation’s (SPP) May Movies in the Park is just around the corner and that means the wait to find out which movies have been chosen is almost over! SPP will announce the movie selections and unveil the May 2017 movie poster on Thursday evening, April 6th, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the courtyard at The Ale & the Witch, 111 2nd Avenue NE. Proceeds from beer sales will be donated to St. Petersburg Preservation.  The event is free.
 
Movie trivia questions will be asked, offering hints to the movie titles that have been selected.  Prizes will be given to those who guess the May Movie title! 
 
What has become a tradition with Movies in the Park is the creation of a unique and collectable promotional poster by local artist Carrie Jadus. The wonderful and eclectic poster will be on display and for sale at the announcement party.
 
May Movies in the Park occurs each Thursday evening in May (4, 11, 18 & 25). Each movie evening starts with live local music at 7 pm followed by the movie on the big outdoor screen at dusk.  The fun takes place in North Straub Park, between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. NE on Beach Drive.  As a special bonus, Movies in the Park will also host a Movie at Midtown on Thursday, April 27th.  This movie will be held in the garden of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum (2240 9th Avenue South).  Movie goers can come early, enjoy live music before the movie and enjoy a picnic they can either bring or purchase food from Midtown vendors who will be set up on-site. Bicycling to movies is a fun way to arrive and free bicycle valet parking will be provided by Coast Bike Share during the movies.  Movies are free. 
 
SPP hosts Movies in the Park on Thursday evenings during the months of May and October. The event started in 2010 as part of the Downtown Waterfront Park Centennial and has become one of the best and most loved events offered in St. Pete’s waterfront parks.
 
Thanks to Oscar level sponsors Sylvia Rusche State Farm Insurance, AARP Tampa Bay and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for their support in making Movies in the Park a success!

Healthy St. Pete Counts Steps Toward Wellness with April 1 Fit City Celebration

Everyone’s invited to embrace wellness during a community-wide Fit City Celebration in North Straub Park on April 1. The family-friendly wellness event from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. features a non-timed Fit City 5K and one-mile walk, health and wellness vendors, fitness demos, healthy food choices, a kids’ play zone and more. The Fit City Celebration is free and open to the public, although there is a small registration fee for the 5K. Participation in the Healthy St. Pete Fitness Challenge is not required to attend.

The city’s Healthy St. Pete Wellness Champions, including Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Time Restricted; Joe Zeoli, Age Defying Fitness; Leslie Furlong and Louise Fowler, Weight Loss Warriors; Jing Lou, Fitness Enthusiast; and Stephanie Dunseith, St. Pete Fit Mom – will lead category participants in activities during the event.

Individuals or teams may register for the Fit City 5K and 1 mile walk at www.HealthyStPeteFL.com or in North Straub Park on April 1 beginning at 7:30 a.m. While the walk is free, registration for the 5K will cost $12, ($10 plus a $2 convenience fee) through March 15; after March 15, prices increase to $17 ($15 plus a $2 convenience fee). Participants in both events will receive a t-shirt and commemorative finisher’s medal.

There’s still time to adopt a healthier lifestyle by signing up for the virtual Healthy St. Pete Fitness Challenge. Now through March 31, visit www.HealthyStPeteFL.com, choose your fitness category, and submit the online commitment card.  Registered participants receive weekly e-blasts containing fitness and nutrition tips from our partner SmithBuilt Fitness; wellness, recreation, and exercise suggestions from Healthy St. Pete and St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation; tips and motivation from each category’s Wellness Champion; and are eligible for random prize drawings. For maximum benefit, participants are encouraged to choose only one fitness category but may include exercises from the other four categories as they make progress. Participants are also invited to like and follow their Wellness Champion on Facebook under “Follow Your Champion” at www.HealthyStPeteFL.com.

MLB Launches the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest

Major League Baseball today announced that the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest is now available online at HonoraryBatGirl.com for fans to share stories of how they, or their loved ones, are supporting the cause to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer. The contest, which launched in 2009, will identify one fan per MLB Club who has a personal connection to breast cancer and has demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease. 

Breast cancer survivors, friends and family, advocates and supporters of the cause, regardless of gender, can now submit stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going to Bat Against Cancer” by visiting HonoraryBatGirl.com. Entries can be submitted through Wednesday, April 12 at 4:59 p.m. ET. To participate in the contest, entrants must be at least 18 years old.

Supporters of contest participants have the opportunity to vote online for these inspirational stories.  Winners will receive pink MLB merchandise and be recognized on the field prior to the Rays 1:10 p.m. game against the New York Yankees on Sunday, May 21.

The panel of judges will help select the winning submissions based on the following criteria: quality of submission in describing the nominee’s personal connection to breast cancer, the nominee’s commitment to the battle against breast cancer through education/awareness/fundraising/additional efforts, and public appeal (as determined by the public online vote). Each judge will review a portion of the submissions, and their rankings will be considered in the selection process.

On Mother’s Day, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Players also will wear specially-designed uniforms that incorporate pink into the Clubs’ regular logos. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Games will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also will use pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other pink items from Mother’s Day games will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com/auction to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In eight years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 3 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

For more information, please visit HonoraryBatGirl.com.

SHINE Mural Festival Announces Monthly Bike Tours

The SHINE Mural Festival continues their new series of guided bicycle tours bringing riders up close for a personal look at St. Pete’s colorful outdoor art gallery.

Dubbed Tour de SHINE, the tours spring dates include March 25th, April 23rd, and May 21st. A maximum of 75 guests can ride along for just $20 per person – or purchase a $40 ticket to also receive a commemorative Tour de SHINE T-shirt designed by Chad Mize.

A portion of tour proceeds, and all T-shirt proceeds, benefit the SHINE Mural Festival.

Now entering its third year, the SHINE festival illuminates the power of art in accessible spaces by revitalizing areas and inspiring dialogue. A non-profit public art project built in partnership between local artists and community members, the festival has brought more than 30 vibrant new murals to downtown St. Petersburg since being founded in 2015.

Expertly painted by international, national, and local artists, these murals enrich the city’s public outdoor gallery and unite the St. Pete community, reflecting the intensely creative spirit of our City of the Arts.

To learn more about Tour de SHINE and book your spot, please visit http://shineonstpete.com/tours.

What: Tour de SHINE – bicycle mural tours
Dates: Mar 25, Apr 23, May 21
Start time: 10 a.m.
Location: St. Pete Bike Co-Op, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tickets: $20 regular ticket / $40 ticket includes commemorative T-shirt
Online: http://shineonstpete.com/tours

Third Annual DTSP Sunshine Award Winners Announced

More than 100 people gathered at the Museum of History to enjoy Hops & Props hors ‘oeuvres and drinks. Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin announced the winners, culled from more than 2,000 nominating votes, acknowledging individuals and business who make DTSP a great live/work/play neighborhood. Special thanks to our Annual Sponsor Smith & Associates Real Estate For more information or to join SPDNA visit www.stpetedna.org

Things to do: Second Saturday ArtWalk
Casual dining: Moon Under Water
Fine dining: Parkshore Grill
Drinks: Green Bench Brewing Company
Shop: Savory Spice Shop
Arts & Culture: Museum of Fine Arts
Business – Small:UPS Store
Business – Large: Publix
Downtown Hero:  John Collins, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

2016-2017 Preservation Award Winners Announced at Awards Celebration

On February 8th, during a fun & exciting evening, SPP announced the 2016-17 Preservation Award recipients. A total of 22 awards were presented, ranging from the President’s Award given to City Council member and preservation stalwart Darden Rice (pictured) to the Award of Honor – Living Traditions given to the Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation for their Flamingos Forever project! Click here to view the complete list of award winners. To see photos of each, just click here! Some of the winners are noted below.

Two early 1950s gas stations recently given a new use received awards. Both are in the Grand Central Business District – Urban Comfort Restaurant & Brewery at 2601 Central Ave. and PomPom’s Tea House & Sandwicheria at 2950 Central Ave! These two projects show that preservation is good for business! Across the street from PomPom’s is a past award winner the Craftsman House!

Two awards were given for projects along 22nd St. S. – Elihu & Carolyn Brayboy received SPP’s Award of Honor for Contribution to Neighborhood Preservation. They are best known for opening Chief’s Creole Cafe (901 22nd St. S.) in a historic grocery store building but they are also leaders in revitalizing the “Deuces”, 22nd St. S. by reusing historic buildings. The other award went to Dwayne Barnes who is now the proud owner of Elma’s Cafe at 1235 22nd St. S., in the building that had been Yates Barber Shop for 45 years. The barbershop had been run by Dwayne’s uncle, Joe Yates!

Several outstanding homes were recognized with awards, including the intriguing mid-century home of Gerry Broughman – a Glenn Johnson designed Birdcage home, at 721 Pinellas Point Dr. S. In the early 1950’s, Johnson designed a group of these unusual homes, calling them Visionaire homes.

Another standout home is the 1923 Sargent residence, presently owned by Sharon Winters & Kendall Reid, at 806 18th Ave. NE. It is an exquisitely built airplane bungalow form of home, recently lovingly restored and designated as a local landmark by Sharon & Kendall.

Would you believe the home pictured to the right could be picked up & moved! Ken & Elizabeth Grimes were presented an Award of Honor for Landmark Restoration or Rehabilitation for the “Monticello”. The Grimes’ family saved the home from demolition by having it moved from its original downtown location to the corner of 8th Ave N. & 3rd St. and then beautifully restoring the home into a single family residence.

One multi-family residential renovation undertaken by Bob Jeffrey received an award. It is at the corner of Burlington Ave. N. & 20th St., in Historic Kenwood. Bob is a previous award winner! You have to appreciate his sense of humor – the more he got into the project the more work he found it needed and the more money it was costing, resulting in him calling the project, “Costa Lotta Apartments” – but its a grand success and fully rented!

Our city has a wonderful collection of historic churches. One that is often overlooked is the 1922 Bethel AME Church at 912 3rd Ave. N. The church received an Award of Honor for Preservation Technology and Craftsmanship. As a city landmark, the church was able to secure a state grant used to retain All Trades Historical Restoration to help ensure that the church building and its beautiful windows will be here for the future.

The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club was an easy choice for the Award of Honor Keep St. Pete Special Award. The Club contributes to our vibrant and important heritage tourism business while doing a wonderful job of maintaining their historic building and grounds. The Friday Shuffle keeps St. Pete special by creating a multi-generational experience that you simply cannot get anywhere else!

And special thanks to Steve Quillian, who received the Award of Honor Hands on Preservation. Steve is an energetic reuse advocate and wood window restoring guru! Steve also annually puts on an exciting Historic Homes Workshop (this past weekend). The Workshop was an Awards Celebration Demens level sponsor. If you missed last weekend’s workshop, check out the monthly First Friday window workshops.

Garden Gab

March is the time to plant a butterfly garden, clean up the garden and get ready for spring. In addition to local garden clubs, you can get advice from the smart folks at local nurseries (Wilcox), garden centers (Lowe’s, Home Depot), the Florida Botanical Garden or the smart horticulturists at Sunken Gardens.

Located at 1825 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg, Sunken Gardens is offering some unique classes, some free with admission or membership. To register, call 727-551-3102. www.stpete.org

March 4, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 am:  Be a Friend to Bees! Bees need our help, and you can make a difference! Create a “bee bath” for your yard or patio, take home wildflower seeds to provide nectar,  sample local honey, and more! Pre-registration required: $6/child. INCLUDES Garden admission! Recommended for all ages.

March 11, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 amOrganic Pest Management Take the mystery out of organic pest management with simple solutions and prevent problems before they arise. Allan Bednar, owner of Simply Hydroponics and Organics, makes it easy-even in Florida! Free with Garden admission or membership.

March 18, 10:30 a.m.– 11:30 am – GesneriadsLight up your plant collection with exotic African Violets and other tropical gesneriads! Learn successful growing tactics to keep these beauties in top form. Unusual varieties for sale afterward. Led by Greg Sytch with 30 years of experience growing, hybridizing and selling in the Tampa Bay area. Free with Gardens admission or membership.  No registration required.

March 25, 10:30 -11:30 am Orchids to Fit Your Lifestyle Beth Sedacca from the St. Pete Orchid Farm and long-time orchid volunteer at Sunken Gardens takes the mystery out of orchid care. Find the perfect orchid for your lifestyle based on its light, water, fertilizer needs, and more. Standard and unusual orchids for sale after the program.  Free with Gardens admission or membership.

Article by Nanette Wiser

The Palladium Theater

If you love jazz, dance, comedy and culture, check out downtown St. Pete’s award-winning, historic Palladium Theater, home to the main stage Hough Hall and intimate Side Door. Both the Mahaffey and Ruth Eckerd Hall bring acts to this venue in addition to those booked by the Palladium directors under the artistic direction of Paul Wilborn.

Established by a group of arts philanthropists in 1998, The Palladium’s central mission has been to serve all of Tampa Bay as a performing arts center that welcomes everyone and serves the entire community.

In 2007, the Palladium Theater became part of St. Petersburg College. In accepting the property, the College re-committed to the Palladium’s mission of serving all of Tampa Bay, while adding college functions where appropriate. Under the umbrella of St. Petersburg College, the Palladium enjoys support that helps assure the theater’s long-term future as a vital part of the cultural life in Tampa Bay.

With its two venues, the 850-seat Hough Hall, as well as its intimate award-winning 175-seat candlelit listening room, The Side Door, The Palladium fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, educational and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in a first-class professional, affordable setting. Consistently ranked as one of Tampa Bay’s best, most affordable venues for innovative performances and events (classical, jazz, blues, theatre, opera, Celtic, comedy, dance, educational, literary), fundraisers and provides a full-service, affordable rental facility for artists, producers and community organizations.

Giving back is part of the mission. For example, on Feb. 19, Mutts Gone Nuts performance benefits the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. The Palladium nurtures partnerships with established and emerging local artists and cultural organizations that use the theater as a venue and showcases selected programs of St. Petersburg College, giving students opportunities to work intimately with renowned touring professionals as well as with local artists, such as February’s Jazz Festival.

An Artistic History

One of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished builders, the George A. Fuller Construction Company, completed construction of the building in 1925. The company’s namesake building, The Fuller Building was completed in 1902 in New York City – better known today as The Flatiron Building. Other NYC buildings constructed by the company included the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations, and Lincoln Center. In Washington, D.C., Fuller built the Supreme Court and Lincoln, as well as the National Cathedral.

The Palladium Theater, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was born in June 1998, when a group of local leaders, headed by Paul Stavros, Bill and Hazel Hough, Mary Wyatt Allen, George Rahdert, and Gus and Frances Stavros, forming The Palladium Theater Inc., took possession of the 73-year-old First Church of Christ, Scientist.  The price, $575,000 covered the building and two parking lots; by today’s prices, the purchase counts as a very good investment. A year after the transfer, the Palladium Theater played host to the Florida Orchestra. It has been presenting music, drama, dance, and virtually every other kind of performance ever since, with an emphasis on showcasing local performers, composers, and writers.

The change from church to theater included some $300,000 of alterations. Seats in the mainstage concert hall, the 850-seat Hough Hall, were removed at the front to allow for a usable stage. The most noticeable changes, however, were the acoustic cloud under the ceiling (that absorbed sound that would otherwise continue upwards into the arched ceiling) and the grid from which the theater’s lighting system is suspended. Other changes included modem sound, light, and electrical systems, a sprinkler system, handicapped access. Installed in the last two years, the concert hall  now boasts a state of the art sound system, making the theater nearly acoustically perfect, The original 1926 Skinner organ remains in the building and is included in selected performances.

The conversion of the downstairs Sunday School room into the Stavros Great Room, a facility still used for meetings, parties, and smaller events, is now the Palladium’s second successful performance venue. The award-wining, 175-seat  “Side Door,” is firmly established as Tampa Bay’s best, most intimate listening room for singer songwriters, jazz, blues, and so much  more.

The hallmarks of the Romanesque Revival style are easy to see. The golden brick Fifth Avenue facade is a little unusual; stucco was much more common. But the terra cotta roof is typical of the style, as are the finely detailed Corinthian capitals that top the limestone pillars across the facade. Climb the front steps and you can see the high vaulted portico and the ceiling’s richly detailed metal chancellors. Inside, you see how well the basilica’s plan works for the Palladium and how well it worked for the church. Aisles flanking the high central space provide efficient circulation and easy access to the theater’s seating.

Most visitors to the Palladium are awed by the exceptionally beautiful tiles created exclusively for and found throughout the building. These tiles were ordered from the workshop of Ernest Batchelder, a renowned artisan who became known worldwide for his arts-and-crafts-style tilework. All of the Palladium’s handcrafted tiles, including the floor tile, were made in Batchelder’s California workrooms and shipped to St. Petersburg.  PN

Upcoming Perfomances:

Visit http://www.mypalladium.org/events for more amazing 2017 shows.

February: Laugh your socks off with Upright Citizens’ Brigade (2/17) and get your King on with Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis (2/11).  Laissez le bontemps roulet with Beausoleil (2/18) or get classical on 2/14 with Tampa Bay Symphony or (2/8) with the Palladium Chamber Players.

March: Rock out to The Florida Bjorkestra (3/19) or twist with Chubby Checker & The Wildcats (3/23).  Beatle-lovers will enjoy The McCartney Project (3/16) and sixties fans can get ack with The Yardbirds with Vanilla Fudge (3/5).

SPECIAL OFFER:  

If you sign up for Paradise News FREE weekly e-newsletter on the top right of our website http://paradisenewsfl.info, you will be entered into our contest for a pair of tickets for Life on Venus, The Music of Bowie and Bjork (3/19) or The Resurrection of Stevie Ray Vaught: Billy Evanochko (3/30).  

Go to: The Palladium, 253 5th Ave., N, St. Petersburg, 33701; 727-822-3590 www.mypalladium.org.

Where To Eat & Drink:

Stop by the Hollander Hotel for a pre-theater nosh.

If it’s Thursday, you can enjoy 50% off bottles of wine and a customer appreciation dinner special for $12 that includes soup or salad, entree and a scoop of ice cream after 4pm. Every night is a good time at the alfresco bar and Taproom, where the craft beers flow and the burgers and sandwiches are yummy. Check their website for entertainment, from magic to live music.

The Hollander Hotel, 421 4th Ave. N, St Petersburg, 727.873.7900  http://hollanderhotel.com

Street Parking:

On-street parking between 5th & 7th

Avenues N, from Beach Drive to 2nd Street is designated as Residential Parking Permit zones from 8 am to 8 pm daily with  2-hour parking allowed without a permit.  Permit holders are exempt from the 2-hour parking limit.

Parking Options Convenient to the Palladium:

  • Palladium Lots: Palladium parking is available in the lot across Fifth Avenue from the theater or in the lot adjacent to the theater.
  • Souzou Asian Fusion  (727) 823-4050, 425 Fifth Avenue N., one and a half blocks due west of the Palladium. Ample parking anytime and free valet during restaurant hours for Palladium patrons. Just show your ticket to the Palladium, and enjoy parking at no charge.
  • SP+ Parking  (727) 242-1225 – 350 Third St., N., one block south, then one block west of the Palladium: 350 spaces; garage parking at $1 per hour; payment via debit/credit card; unattended; open 24/7; 20 cameras aid St. Pete staff to monitor security; advance reserved parking available.

Story by Nanette Wiser

Walking On Air- Rick Wallenda Coming to the Sundial

Wallenda will cross the courtyard on a cable no bigger than an index finger without a harness or safety net.  The event, which benefits Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County,is FREE and open to the public.

Prior to the skywalk, enjoy a variety of circus-themed performances beginning at 4 p.m. Many Sundial retailers will participate by donating proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, Wallenda will be available for photos in the courtyard with the public.  

At 61, it won’t be his longest or highest feat, but as a third-generation aerialist, it’s a tribute to his family’s profession and grandfather, Karl Wallenda who calmly crossed Georgia’s Tallulah Gorge and Kings Island, both death-defying acts.  An Eckerd College graduate, Rick and his family have deep roots in Florida.

On their website, Rick writes about his experience, and even wrote a book, Skyfall. (Excerpted from http://wallendaenterprises.com/index.html):

“My sister, Rietta, and I toured as The Great Wallendas until she married. I also married, and my wife Debbie and I continued as The Great Wallendas. We performed our highwire troupe, and a new duo act featuring Debbie as the first and only woman in history to perform an incredible jump from my shoulders to the wire. That record still holds. No other woman has attempted that trick. Debbie and I continued with the duo, and the troupe, but added The Great Wallendas Circus.

“The circus consumed time, and minimized highwire practice. On some occasions The Great Wallendas highwire act remained in the truck sometimes replaced by other Wallenda highwire acts. The main focus of The Great Wallendas Inc became show productions, and eventually attracted the mighty Medinah Shrine Temple as our opening engagement in Chicago for a seventeen day appearance 1995-97.

“During this time I turned my attention to concept shows. As a response to spectators requesting something historical, we fashioned Zirkus Wallenda. Zirkus is a turn of the century show with a story line, and a real snake-oil salesman, Dr. Sauce, selling Wallendas Wonder Tonic. The show successfully toured for several years, and remains on our menu of offerings.

“After the 1998 season I entered Eckerd College, graduating in just three years with a 3.95 GPA, and a B.A. in Creative Writing, and followed that with two years at Vermont College, earning the MFA in Writing.

I now combine my literary degrees with my performing experience, creating and performing concept shows, thrills, and exceeding the limits of tradition. Wallenda Enterprises offers more room for creativity, and expansion into other areas of expression.”  

Story by Nanette Wiser

* The Sundial is located at 153 Second Avenue N in Downtown St Petersburg

 

Welcome, IndyCar Racing Fans!

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is among the most respected and exciting motorsports events in North America and features a festival-like atmosphere that includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities. Visit http://www.gpstpete.com for ticket information and details.

Dubbed the “World’s Fastest Spring Break Party,” the race takes place every spring on a challenging temporary street circuit overlooking the scenic waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. Racing at speeds in excess of 170 mph on the 14-turn, 1.8 mile long street course, drivers circle the Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum, then proceed to the runways of Albert Whitted Airport.

The race is part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States and Canada. Launched in 2003, the race marked the advent of a new form of competition among engine manufacturers by having three different engines, which now features Honda, Chevrolet and Mazda to compete for track leadership.

But the Firestone Grand Prix offers so much more than cars and speed; it’s packed with family-friendly fun. The free Fast Friday event in North Straub Park filled with live music, kids’ build-a-racecar tent, food trucks and more will kick off the weekend’s festivities. To add fuel to the good times, free Movies in the Park featuring racing-themed films will take place each night on the north wall of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Friday is chock full of practice sessions, followed by the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K foot race. Participants get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience every curve and straightaway of the track as they run, walk or wheel around the waterfront race course.

Practice and qualifying sessions continue on Saturday and the main event, the Verizon IndyCar race, unfolds Sunday.

Spectators also have the opportunity to test their own racing skills at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with racing simulators and a Fan Zone that encourages event-goers to put the pedal to the metal.

Those opting for a luxurious experience with Monaco-like style can take advantage of the prestigious Yacht Club. Specially built private floating docks let spectators view the race from the comfort of a yacht. The slips provide unprecedented vantage points at turns 10 and 11, located directly alongside the race track.

Related Events:

Bright House Speed Zone
Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village
Beer Gardens
Driver Autograph Sessions
Interactive games & exhibits