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Craft fair lines up along Miami Avenue

Craft fair lines up along Miami Avenue

Venice, Florida -- Downtown Venice is expected to be crowded with vendors and visitors to the Miami Avenue Craft Fair this weekend.

The event will feature handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, personalized products, plants, produce, and food vendors from some of the nation's best crafters along Miami Ave., one avenue south of Venice Ave., from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. today and tomorrow.

For more information, visit www.venicemainstreet.com

Sculpture waves hello to new location

Sculpture waves hello to new location

Longboat Key, FL -- It was moving day for a familiar Longboat Key sculpture.


Wave 2 Me was installed Wednesday at the Longboat Key Club & Resort.


And it's easy to see why the resort favored the large metal piece; it resembles the resort's three wave logo.

Local film studio shows off Sarasota

Local film studio shows off Sarasota

Sarasota, FL - A local film and TV production studio, Sanborn Studios, is hosting hundreds of industry professionals to town today, for a seminar, lunch meeting, and a tour of Sarasota's landmark offerings.

The event, "Showing Off Sarasota," will be attended by filmmakers, location scouts and independent producers. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. at Lakewood Ranch Holiday Inn, and after lunch the group will board buses and tour the studios and other local scenic spots.

The day will end with a cocktail reception. The goal of the summit is to generate interest in TV/film production in Sarasota, and provide an update on 2011 production tax incentives.

Celebrate Sarasota's public art project Thursday

Celebrate Sarasota's public art project Thursday

Sarasota, FL -- The kickoff celebration for the "Intersections" public art project will be held at Selby Five Points Park Thursday, Jan. 20 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Three "Intersections" pieces are located in the park. 

Many of the twelve artists selected to participate in "Intersections" will be present to discuss their work. 

The artists primarily reside in the Sarasota area with three from out-of-state including North Carolina, Minnesota and Missouri. 

St. Armands Circle honors three-ring stars

St. Armands Circle honors three-ring stars

Sarasota, Florida - Six circus stars will be inducted Sunday January 16th into the St. Armands Circle Ring of Fame.

The tradition of honoring circus performers started in 1987. Those honored are remembered with bronze plaques installed along the outer edge of St. Armands Circle Park.

Sunday's ceremony takes place from 1-3:30 p.m. at the park.

Sarasota boy gets big break in Cuba Gooding, Jr. movie

Sarasota boy gets big break in Cuba Gooding, Jr. movie

Sarasota, FL -- With new film "Ticking Clock" released this week on DVD, Sarasota local Austin Abrams is getting acclaim for his starring role alongside Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.

The film released on Tuesday, Jan. 4 throughout the country, and is described by the production company as a "pulse-pounding action thriller" also starring Neal McDonough.

Own own local celebrity, 13-year-old Abrams, stars in the role of a 9-year-old orphan named James who is living in a group home when a reporter (Gooding, Jr.) discovers connections between the child and a deranged murderer.

Three-ring Gingerbread Circus unveiled tonight

Three-ring Gingerbread Circus unveiled tonight

Sarasota, FL - Pastry artist Mae Cavazos and model builder Howard C. Tibbals will unveil the edible recreation of the Ringling Museum's miniature circus, made entirely out of gingerbread, tonight at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. The big reveal will take place at 6:00 p.m., during the Holiday Open  which is open to the general public. The circus parade depicted by pastry pieces will boast miniature versions of ring leaders, costumed animals, colorful circus tents, and even a monster-sized fairytale dragon, recreating Tibbals' famed circus model down to the details.

The creation is twelve-feet long by eight-feet tall by five-feet wide, and took more than 118 pounds of gingerbread dough to bring to life in tribute to the world's largest miniature circus. It took a year to design and features approximately 235 characters and circus performers, which were each hand-crafted out of edible, colorful gum paste and fondant. Topped with a coating of fairy dust, the glittery creation has plenty of dazzle.