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”.
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.
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.