Bradenton's March, April events part of Legacy of Valor Campaign

vmannix@bradenton.comFebruary 7, 2014 

BRADENTON

Veterans Appreciation Days. The American Legacy military film series.

Performances by the Manatee Concert Band, Sarasota Pops Orchestra and St. Petersburg's famous Second Time Arounders Marching Band.

A US0-Style show at McKechnie Field.

These are a few of many events coordinated by Realize Bradenton to honor veterans and their families during March and April in conjunction with the Legacy of Valor Campaign.

"Realize Bradenton and our partners are proud to participate in this worthy

endeavor," said Johnette Isham, Realize Bradenton executive director. "We're cheered by the overwhelmingly positive response from our area's arts, cultural, historical and sports groups to participate. With their collaboration, our Bradenton area will feature events that recognize and applaud the service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families."

Events include:

• Devotion to Duty: An exhibition of uniforms, letters and artifacts reflects the service of veterans and their families.

Where: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton.

When: March-January 2015.

Admission: Free.

Information: Go to ManateeClerk.com/historical/manateevillage.aspx. Or call 941-749-7165.

• Veterans Appreciation Days: Recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families with information tables and music provided by the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.

Where: Farmer's Market, Old Main Street, Bradenton.

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 1 and March 22.

Admission: Free.

Information: BradentonFarmersMarket.com. Or call 941-350-8563.

• Music in the Park: Lunch-time concert by the Manatee Concert Band honors veterans and inspires patriotism.

Where: Pavilion at the Riverwalk.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 5.

Admission: Free.

Information: RealizeBradenton.com. Or call 941-350-8563.

• "Sketches and Stories: One Man's Memories:" A solo show by John Miller, a World War II Marine who sketched around Cortez Village in the 1970s. Features sketches and retrospective stories about Miller's life and time in the military.

Where: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.

When: 5:30-7 p.m. March 6.

Admission: Free.

Information: floridamaritimemuseum.org. Or call 941-708-6120.

• Veteran Artist Program Art Exhibit: Mixed media artwork by veterans.

Where: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto.

When: Opening reception, March 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 7-April 19.

Admission: Free.

Information: manateeclerk.com/historical/PalmettoPark.aspx. Or call 941-723-4991

• Film Friday: "From Here to Eternity" is the American Legacy military film series feature. Food and beverage available for purchase.

Where: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.

When: 6-8 p.m. March 7.

Admission: $5 general admission; $3 museum members.

Information: southfloridamuseum.org. Or call 941-746-4131, ext. 0, for reservations. Seating limited.

• Music & Movie in the Park: Conductor Robyn Bell and the Sarasota Pops Orchestra play inspired music honoring American war veterans. After the concert enjoy an outdoor classic movie, "Kelly's Heroes." Food and beverage available for purchase.

Where: Pavilion at the Riverwalk.

When: 6-10 p.m. March 7.

Admission: Free.

Information: RealizeBradenton.com. Or call 941-350-8563.

• Palmetto Heritage Day Open House: This event includes a once-a-year postal cancellation in the Heritage Station post office and features letters to soldiers, a military exhibit, a children's writing workshop with the theme, "What Freedom Means to Me," storytellers, crafts,entertainment and a children's firefighting challenge with North River Fire Department.

Where: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 8.

Admission: Free.

Information: manateeclerk.com/historical/PalmettoPark.aspx. Or call 941-723-4991

• Kayak Build: Local chapter of Heroes on the Water will build skin-on-frame kayaks in class led by Dave Gentry. Public invited to see the work in progress. Kayaks will be kept by HOW and used in kayak fishing outings for veterans.

Where: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.

When: March 8-9, 15-16.

Admission: Free.

Information: FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org. Or call 941-708-6120.

• Film Friday: An American Legacy military film series continues, featuring "Rescue Dawn."

Where: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.

When: 6-8 p.m. March 14.

Admission: $5 general admission; $3 museum members.

Information: southfloridamuseum.org. Or call 941-746-4131, ext. 0, for reservations. Seating limited.

• Heritage Days Open House: Event portrays life in early Southwest Florida, featuring military exhibits, entertainment and speakers. Veteran service organizations will join artisans, craft and food vendors.

Where: Manatee Village Historical Park, Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 15.

Admission: Free.

Information: manateeclerk.com/historical/manateevillage.aspx. Or call 941-749-7165.

• Film Friday: An American Legacy military film series continues with "So Proudly We Hail."

Where: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.

When: 6-8 p.m. March 21.

Admission: $5 general admission; $3 museum members.

Information: southfloridamuseum.org. Or call 941-746-4131, ext. 0, for reservations. Seating is limited.

• Music in the Park: St. Petersburg's Second Time Arounders Marching Band, world's largest adult marching band, will get you in the spirit to honor veterans and their families. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Food and beverage is available for purchase.

Where: Pavilion at the Riverwalk

When: 7-8 p.m. March 22.

Admission: Free.

Information: RealizeBradenton.com. Or call 941-350-8563.

• Pirates Spring Training Salutes Veterans: The Blue Jays-Pirates game will share the limelight with a salute to veterans.

Where: McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

When: 1 p.m. March 25.

Admission: Call 941-747-3031 about tickets.

Visit: BradentonMarauders.com. Or call 941-747-3031.

• Film Friday: An American Legacy military film series continues, featuring "Alive Day Memories."

Where: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.

When: 6-8 p.m. March 28.

Admission: $5 general admission; $3 museum members.

Information: southfloridamuseum.org. Or call 941-746-4131, ext. 0, for reservations. Seating is limited.

• Freedom Mural: Unveiling ceremony for the Freedom Mural. Light refreshments to follow.

Where: ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

Phone: 941-746-2862

When: 11 a.m.-noon March 29.

Admission: Free.

Information: artcentermanatee.org. Or call 941-746-2862.

• Building a Container Victory Garden: Workshop invites veterans and their children to build a container victory garden.

Where: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto.

When: 10 a.m.-noon March 29.

Admission: Free for veterans and their children.

Information: manateeclerk.com/historical/PalmettoPark.aspx. Or call 941-723-4991.

• USO-Style Show: Honor veterans and their families at upbeat USO-style show directed by Rick Kirby, creative director of the Manatee Performing Arts Center. Family friendly multi-media event includes a showcase of area musicians who are veterans and musical and theatrical performances taking audiences through time with photos, films, and interviews projected on large screens.

Please bring items to send U.S. troops, including beef jerky, protein bars, and socks. Proceeds benefit Manasota Operation Troop Support.

Where: McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

When: gates open 6 p.m.; show 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 12.

Admission: Tickets in advance are $2 (plus $2 convenience fee) at manateeplayers.com/boxoffice.html or $2 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center ticket office. Tickets on sale at McKechnie Field at 5 p.m. day of event for $8, cash only. Information: RealizeBradenton.com. Or call 941-350-8563.

Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix.

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