More Than Sandcastles

It’s hard to believe that on the same weekend the Sidewalk Chalk Festival was taking place in Venice, just 30 minutes north on Siesta Key sand art was being created at the Crystal Classic National Sand Sculpting Festival. On our way to Venice, we stopped for a couple of hours to see the temporary sculptures artists had been working on for three days.

There were sand castles with great detail. Did you notice the snowman perched on the steps leading to the castle door? But there was so much more than castles.


Even all of the sponsors of the event were recognized in sand art.


I could hardly turn away from this face rising from the sand…so creepy.


This monster overlooking a young boy playing in the sand with a smaller version of creature was another crowd favorite.


So much effort to create such temporary art.


Impressive work could even be found in the Amateur Contest Area.


The winning sculpture was my personal favorite, a piece called “Tender Loving Care”.


A cathedral and a forest wrapped in love.


What a great weekend of outdoor art!


What’s happening in November?

Another month, more festivals and events to make the eleventh month of the year a fun one.

November 5th-15th DeLand

Lifestock and rides are the main attractions at the Volusia County Youth Fair with awards given for art and craft projects and a full slate of musicians performing.

November 6th-7th Plant City

Love flea markets? Then you might want to try The Fancy Flea, described as an upscale flea market specializing in furniture, antiques, artwork and shabby chic decor.


Or there’s a second date for this event in Madison one week later on November 14th.

November 7th Coconut Grove

Crowds, costumes and mayhem describe the Great Grove Bed Races. Awards are given for fastest, best-decorated and crowd favorite bed in this competition of mattresses on wheels.


November 8th-15th Key West

High speed, off-shore, powerboat racing as well as the warm weather of the Keys will draw spectators to the 34th Annual Key West World Championship Racers.

November 13th-17th Sarasota

Master sculptors will create masterpieces in the pristine white sand for display in the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Festival. The competition phase of the festival ends on Sunday with scupltures left on the beach Monday and Tuesday for viewing.

2013 First Place Sculpture

And while in Sarasota, you might want to take in the Chalk Festival in nearby Venice where artists will be creating works to illustrate this year’s theme: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!


November 15th-22nd Miami

Readers and writers can join in an eight day literary party at the Miami Book Fair. Activities such as the Street Fair, Festival of Authors and Children’s Alley are a few of the highlights of this annual event.

November 21st-January 31st St. Augustine

Florida’s Historic Coast glows with holiday merriment during the two months known as Night of Lights. Selected by the National Geographic as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the beaches should not be missed during the holidays.

November 27th-28th Panama City Beach

The lighting of the Christmas tree on Friday and a Christmas Concert by the Panama City POPS Orchestra on Saturday begin a month long series of events known as Beach Home for the Holidays.

November 28th Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Light Parade marks one of the state’s earliest holiday boat parades of the year, with the parade beginning at 7:00 and a fireworks display featuring the signature bridge “waterfalls” capping off the festivities.

November a time to be thankful for so many ways to enjoy Florida fun.