Best bets: Oct. 11-13

October 11, 2013 



Spirit Voices from Old Manatee: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton

Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, an original artistic drama staged at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds, will be performed on the evenings of Oct. 11-13, 17-19. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the cemetery tour begins at 7 p.m. Those who prefer a seated performance can choose the night of Oct. 13 when the drama will be performed solely in the 1887 Old Meeting House. Audience space is limited. Tickets are now on sale. Cost: $17 per person. The show is not recommended for viewers younger than 10. Call 941-741-4076 for advance tickets. Due to the interactive nature of this event, all attendees will be required to sign a waiver at the gate, prior to admission. Please allow ample time for this process.


Community festival: Northwest Baptist Church, 7913 Ninth Ave N.W., Bradenton

The Northwest Baptist Church is holding a free community festival 3-7 p.m. Oct. 12. There will be many activities for children including a bounce house, obstacle course, clowns, face painting and carnival games. There will also be free hot dogs, chips and refreshments for all who attend. The Wares Creek Boys, a popular local quartet, will perform an outdoor concert at 6 p.m. The festival will include drawings for door prizes which includes gift certificates to many local restaurants including Danny's Pizzeria, Jose's Real Cuban Food, Demetrios Pizza, Denise's Beachway Cafe, Bella Mia Restaurant and more.

Gamble Mansion Candlelight Tour: Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, in conjunction with The Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, will host a Candlelight Halloween Tour at Gamble Plantation 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12. Visitors will enjoy candlelight tours of the Gamble Mansion, a scavenger hunt and treats for the children. Tickets: $6 per person (cash only) and are available at the Gamble Plantation office in advance and at the before the event. Space is limited to 500 people. All money collected benefits the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit Citizens Support Organization dedicated to supporting the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. For more information, contact the park at (941) 723-4536 or visit

Annual Florida Native Plant Sale: Sweetbay Nursery, 10824 Erie Road, Parrish

The Florida Native Plant Society and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will hold its 13th annual Native Plant Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12. Plants for sale will include a large selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses and blooming wildflowers. Flori-mulch will be available for purchase; the mulch is made from the exotic, invasive maleleuca tree and is an excellent garden mulch alternative to non-sustainable cypress. Local nature groups including the Manatee Audubon, Sierra Club, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and more will be available for consultation. Information: 941-776-0510 or

Sidewalk Astronomy: 8141 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes 7-10 p.m. Oct. 12, weather permitting. Participants will be treated to up close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-342-9632.

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival: Hunsader Farms, 5500 Country Road 675, Bradenton

The Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 featuring more than 100 craft booths, live music shows, pumpkins, charity pumpkin games, a pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides, chain saw sculptor, a 7-acre corn maze, scarecrow displays, homemade ice cream, farm roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, power jumping, petting zoo, barnyard playground, face painting, children's train ride, juggler, fresh produce and a frog jumping championship. Admission to the corn maze is $2. A collector car show is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13, the Buddy Walk is 11 a.m. Oct. 19, and special trick or treat for children in costume is 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Admission: $8 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking: $5. Information: 941-331-1212 or

Americana Music Fest: Linger Lodge, 7205 85th St. Ct. E., Bradenton

The Braden River Kayak and Americana Music Fest is noon-7 p.m. Oct. 12 with entertainment by Ronny Elliott, George Worthmore, Scotty Lee Rexroat (aka Treble Hook), Swamp Donkie, Diana Catherine Oakley, Steve Arvey with Rebecca Bird, Carly Bak and The Tangled Mangos. The music festival will also feature local vendors. Gates open at 9 a.m. for people wishing to kayak on the Braden River. Kayaks will available for rent. Cost: $10; 755-2757,


Terra Ceia Island Arts and Craft Show: 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island

The fifth annual Terra Ceia Island Arts and Craft show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 featuring a wide variety of exhibitors including custom wood furniture, lamps, pottery, hand-painted items, watercolors, oils and acrylics, hand-sewn items. jewelry, homemade honey, fishing items, shells, metal and wood sculptures, plants, fresh vegetables and fruit and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. There will a prize drawings every half hour and music will be provided by A Little Off Key. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free. Information: 941-465-6890 or

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