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Picnic in the Park
March 16, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Roll back the clock a century and join us for an old fashioned picnic on Sunday, March 16th, starting at 10:30 am, in Plant Park. Bring your blanket, pack a picnic basket and invite family and friends to experience the pleasures of a simpler time. You can just relax in the shade, or test your Victorian sporting prowess with challenges of hoops & sticks, horseshoes, badminton, and three-legged races. Victorian games will be offered including dominoes, checkers, jacks or tiddlywinks. We'll have strolling models in vintage clothing, live theater, and entertainment on Center Stage. Blue Bell Ice Cream will provide complimentary ice cream.
Impresario Art Keeble, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, is chairing entertainment. The 35-member Tampa Community Band is returning this year with a program of Broadway favorites and selections from the Great American Songbook. The multi-talented Ray Gurka will perform guitar and vocals. The Flexible Four Barbershop Quartet will roam the picnic grounds serenading as they stroll, and Mother Goose (alive and in person) is joining us to tell stories, sing songs and recite poetry.
10:30 am: Ray Gurka will perform guitar and vocals
11:30 am: Upstairs/Downstairs Theater Program - Henry Plant
Noon: Mother Goose
1 pm: Blake High School Gospel Choir
2 pm: Tampa Community Band - Conductor, Jahn Van De Putte
From 11 am – Noon, the Lowry Park Zoo will bring their Zoo Ambassadors to you…Two Toed Sloth, Green Winged Macaw, Eastern Indigo Snake, Sulcata Tortoise, 3 Banded Armadillo, African Pixie Frog, Rose Hair Tarantula, and Eastern Screech Owl.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will also host a table with three friendly dogs that need to be adopted. You will have the opportunity to interact with the dogs.
Picnic in the Park is a perfect opportunity to lull in a haven of rest and contentment on the banks of the Hillsborough River. You may bring your own picnic basket, chairs, blankets and coolers or you may want to rent a table and chairs for eight ($25 and includes a tablecloth and eight chair covers). Email your reservation for tables by March 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot dogs, popcorn, sodas and water will also be available for sale.
Step back in time and encounter what life was like at the former Tampa Bay Hotel with a special $1 admission at the Henry B. Plant Museum.
Underwritten by Publix Super Markets Charities and Raymond