Today's best bets: Dec. 1

November 30, 2012 

Bradenton Blues Festival: Bradenton Riverwalk, 425 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

The Bradenton Blues Festival is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Grammy Award nominee Ruthie Foster headlines a first-rate lineup that includes Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Neal and super group

Southern Hospitality, which is led by Bradenton Beach resident Damon Fowler. Dave "Biscuit" Miller, Johnny Sansone, Homemade Jamz, the Steve Arvey Horn Band with Henry Lawrence also a pair of local favorites and Ben Prestage round out the lineup. In addition to the live music along the Manatee River, there will be an array of food, drink and art vendors. Tickets: $30 (gate). Information: 941-681-0708 or

Palmetto's Christmas in the Park: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto

Start your holiday festivities with an old-fashioned Christmas at Christmas in the Park 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1 with arrival of Santa at 6 p.m. each night. This free event offers vintage toy exhibits, creatively decorated buildings, kids' crafts, entertainment to activities including Letters to Santa, recipe collecting in park buildings, and photo opportunities with Santa. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned food items for needy families. Information: 941-721-2034.

Twentieth Annual Sarasota Craft Show: Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The 20th annual Sarasota Craft Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. The show will feature jewelry, ceramics, wearable art, wood, leather, metal, painting, glass, sculptures, mixed media, photography and more. Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students. Children ages 9 and younger are admitted free. Weekend pass: $12. Information: 941-954-2496.

Sweet Adelines "Christmas Extravaganza": The Magic of Manatee Chorus, the Bradenton Chapter of Sweet Adelines will hold their holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Bradenton Christian High School Auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Special guest performance by The Wares Creek Boys. Tickets: $10 general admission. Information: 941-722-9665 or 941-756-3047.

"A Night Before Christmas": G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton

Santa swoops into Manatee County for an early visit 4-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and is bringing 10 tons of snow with him straight from the North Pole. This free fun, family event starts with Santa flying in by helicopter at 4 p.m. sharp. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a huge inflatable slide, bounce houses, a trampoline power jump, hayrides, cookie crafts and visits with the Jolly One himself. Information: 941-748--4501 or visit

Annual Holiday Skating Ice Show "My Favorite Things": Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton

The Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club and Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex present their annual holiday skating Ice Show "My Favorite Things," 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2. The show will feature beginning skaters, adults, competitive skaters and international and Olympic skaters. Tickets: $15 adults, $13 seniors ages 60 and older and children ages 10 and younger. Information: 800-967-8167 or visit

"Entre Nous" 35th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes: multiple locations

Entre Nous will host its 35th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-2 featuring four of Bradenton's finest homes decorated for the holidays. The public will be able to shop local vendors selling affordable items at all homes. Canned goods will be collected at each home on the tour for the Food Bank of Manatee. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. Information: 941-748-8579 or visit

Christmas Bazaar: Golf Lakes Estates, 5050 Fifth St. E., Bradenton

Golf Lakes Estates will host a Christmas Bazaar noon-3 p.m. Dec. 1 featuring jewelry, cards, quilting items, ceramics, Christmas and craft items and more. Lunch is available for purchase. Information: 941-755-7824.

Holly Berry Bazaar: Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach

A Holly Berry Bazaar will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1 featuring crafts, gifts, lightly used Christmas decorations, books, cutlery, jewelry, plants, baked good, cookie walk and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-778-1638.

Annual Winter Bazaar: Trailer Estates, Recreation Hall, 1903 69th Ave. W., Bradenton

Trailer Estates Hobby Club will host its Annual Winter Bazaar 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 1 featuring wood articles. knitted and crocheted items, scrubbles, solar lights, jewelry, aprons, place mats, towels, food, and White Elephant tables with a variety of household items, miscellaneous articles and good, clean, used clothing. Blood pressure can be taken for a small donation. Information: 941-756-7025.

Horseshoe Cove Annual Christmas and Fine Arts and Crafts Sale: Horseshoe Cove, 5100 60th St. E., Bradenton

Horseshoe Cove will host its annual Christmas and Fine Arts and Crafts Sale 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 1 featuring fine art, paintings, Christmas wreaths, knitted and crocheted items, pottery, jewelry, Afghans and much more. Coffee and home made coffee cake will be available for purchase. Information: 941-758-5335.

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