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Unfortunately I am working that weekend. And every weekend from now until sometimes in March. Then I put in a leave request for time off for four days in March. When you are a park ranger, you have to work weekends because that is when the park is busy. And we are very busy right now.

If anyone is going, look for some postcards for Royal Palm Hammock near Naples. I will even buy them from you.

And the Highwaymen paintings are way cool!

Okay, here is the email that I received on the show:

Please join Hermann and me at this fun show.

Elizabeth Neily
Project Director
Florida Frontiers
(727) 321-7845
Cell: (727) 744-7051

Floridiana Festival
& Highwaymen Artist Show

The Sunshine State's Largest
Show & Sale of Vintage Floridiana...
over 30 exhibitor booths

Featuring Florida Memorabilia and Souvenirs
...plus, meet the Florida Highwaymen Artists !

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd. S.
Gulfport, FL 33707

I-275, then exit at Exit #19
Gulfport Blvd./22nd Avenue SOUTH exit
(do not take the 22nd Avenue North exit ,
which is many blocks to the north prior to this exit)

Go west on 22nd Avenue for approx. 1.3 miles to intersection of Beach Blvd. and Gulfport Blvd./22nd Ave. (Look for big show banners on your right)
Turn left onto Beach Blvd. go approximately 8 blocks down Beach Blvd
and you will deadend into the Casino Ballroom.


Our 8th edition of the Sunshine State's largest kitchy cool vintage-Floridiana antique show!

Vintage souvenirs, memorabilia, and collectibles, focusing exclusively on vintage Floridiana!

Exhibitor booths featuring old Florida souvenirs and memorabilia, with everything from roadside attraction kitsch to the hand-tinted Florida landscapes of Barnhill and Harris.
Visitors to this popular event enjoy a nostalgic trip back in time as they browse the finest selection of vintage, collectible Floridiana, including old Florida books, postcards and other ephemera; flamingo and alligator souvenirs; old Florida art; Florida pottery and ceramics; vintage Florida license plates and roadside signs; kitschy roadside attraction souvenirs;
citrus crate and cigar box labels; rattan and other tropical furnishings and decor; and much more...all for sale.

In addition to the many vendors selling vintage Floridiana, there will also be a special exhibit and sale of Florida Highwaymen paintings, with Highwaymen artists James Gibson, Robert Lewis, Issac Knight, and Roy McLendon Sr. participating.

This is a great chance to meet and mingle with the artists, who will be selling their beautiful Florida sea and landscape paintings. Enjoy a painting demonstration by Mr. Lewis. The Florida Highwaymen were a group of 26 artists (one woman and twenty-five men) who traveled Florida’s roads (mainly on the east coast) in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, selling their art from the trunks of their cars. They targeted the many new small motels, doctor’s and lawyer’s offices that were popping up along the roads, and often sold their paintings while they were still wet! Although the surviving artists are now well into their 60s or 70s, their art work today is as beautiful as those pieces they painted almost 50 years ago.

Also appearing at the show will be Hermann Trappman, exhibiting prints from his most recent collection, "Obscured by Time: Discovering Florida's Gulf Coast Ancient People" which was recently shown at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center. Mr. Trappman will also be displaying some of his recently completed works from a series of paintings for the National Park Service depicting Hernando DeSoto's disasterous 1539 expedition into the Southeastern United States.

Other special features at the Floridiana Festival include exhibits by area historical societies and Florida author Larry Roberts, author of “Florida‘s Golden Age of Souvenirs: 1890-1930“ and considered by many to be the “guru“ of collecting Florida memorabilia. Attendees will also enjoy screenings of old Florida tourism flicks and a Florida Highwaymen documentary. The Florida Orange Juice Girl will be on hand to brighten your day (and is also available for photos), and the Casino's cash bar will be open all day. Almost a dozen restaurants are within a two block distance from the Casino, so plan on staying in town for lunch and dinner.
Make plans now to attend the February 7, 2009 Floridiana Festival & Highwaymen Artist Show and enjoy the beautiful waterfront community of Gulfport while you're in town.
Gulfport is a true "old Florida" treasure, nestled on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay.

After the show, plan on spending the afternoon/evening in Gulfport...
take a walk along our sandy beaches or enjoy a stroll on our fishing pier, walk to the many restaurants along Beach Boulevard, or shop the many small boutiques-galleries. It's all within walking distance....a miniature "Key West" vibe!

The art deco style, 1930's Casino is situated on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay, and is located at 5500 Shore Boulevard South in Gulfport, at the intersection of Beach and Shore Boulevards. Show admission is $6.00, with children under two years $3.00. For further information, call (727) 321-8454 or visit www.hulahula.biz

A reminder: The night before the show, February 6th, is the town's monthly first Friday "Art Walk" from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, when all of the shops and restaurants are open late, vendors line the street, and live entertainment is offered at several locations along the Boulevard.

For further show info, visit www.hulahula.biz,
email us at hulahula@tampabay.rr.com or call 727-321-8454.
Admission $6.00/children under 2 years $3.00


Other Items of Note:

Also on Saturday, February 7th from 1pm to 4pm,
just up from the street from the Casino,
in the Art Village Courtyward (2908 block of Beach Blvd.), there will be
a Clothing Swap. Is it time to update your wardrobe?
Bring your unwanted but gently
used clothing and accessories, and trade them in!

Everything that's left goes to CASA, an advocacy group/shelter
for victims of violence abuse. In the last clothing swap, carloads
of donations were brought to the shelter.
There'll also be a raffle, and all proceeds will go to CASA.

Time: February 7, 2009 from 1pm to 4pm
Organized By: Localshops1.com and Complexions Skin Care

Visit www.localshops1.com and support local businesses
in theTampa Bay area!

Hula Hula has relocated our retail shop
from St. Pete Beach, and is now located
in the quaint, waterfront town of
Gulfport, Florida. We are now located directly
across from Bellini's Martini Bar
at the corner of Beach Blvd. & 29th Ave. S.

2902 Beach Boulevard South,
Gulfport, Florida in the downtown Arts District.

Call 727-321-8454 (TIKI) for hours.

Don't Miss the
every Tuesday in the Art Village Courtyard
9am to 3pm
Fruits - Vegetables - Breads - Honeys - Plants - Nuts
Plus, enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to live entertainment!


Don't want to stay informed about fun events like the Floridiana Festival?

Simply email us a polite request to hulahula@tampabay.rr.com
with "REMOVE FROM EMAIL LIST" in the subject line, or write:

Hula Hula
P.O. Box 530082
St. Petersburg, FLA 33747
Current Location:
the hammock
Current Mood:
awake awake
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