by News Staff | Aug 1, 2021 | Features
Hungry for Something New? Different?
By Andrea L.T. Peterson
As local legend goes, “A cyclone blew seven tikis onto the banks of the Alafia River in 2016,” inspiring the Polynesian “flavors and flair” of Riverview’s Tiki Docks Bar & Grill located at 10708 Palmetto St. (visible from U.S. Hwy 301, just before crossing the Alafia River from the south).
While you can easily pass the turn off, it is considerably more difficult to miss the building itself—emblazoned with colorful tikis overlooking the river itself. The setting, the exotic décor, are as inspired as the menu which includes a raw bar, salads, sandwiches (starting at $11), an assortment of seafood dishes (from $16), and steak ($24) for the landlubbers like myself as well as a kids’ menu. Reservations are probably a good idea for a large group. The bar itself is well stocked, and there’s live music.
Good food, ambience, an idyllic setting with ample outdoor seating and easy social-distancing—perfect for that special occasion.
by News Staff | Jun 5, 2021 | Travel
After COVID-19 restrictions forced the 2020 Bay Area Renaissance Festival to close early last season and shuttered many shows across the country for the past year, the theme for the 2021 Bay Area Renaissance Festival was, “We can’t wait to celebrate!”
This was a sentiment expressed by patrons, “playtrons,” vendors, and cast members alike, as many of the traveling cast sat home last year, waiting, hoping, and, indeed, praying for the pandemic threat to be mitigated.
Standing atop a neatly stacked tower of chairs, preparing to juggle fire, one of the fan-favorite returning performers, Ichabod Wainwright, daredevil master of the “Wheel of Death,” expressed that eager sentiment this way: “When there’s a pandemic happening, and your job description is ‘gather people close together in large groups and encourage them to scream,’ well… you’re fired.”
Wainwright was not the only Festival performer excited to be back on stage. It’s been more than a year since the color-coded tumblers Acrobellum performed their signature mix of slapstick humor and awe-inducing acrobatics for a live audience. The troupe was clearly excited to be back dazzling audiences with their feats of skill, strength, and agility.
All across the Festival grounds, guests browsed wares offered by more than 100 artisans; cheered brave knights and high-flying daredevils; tapped and clapped to live music; shared bawdy belly laughs with washerwomen, escape artists, and muddy thespians; met unicorns and mermaids; rode elephants, and indulged in the signature mix of fun, fantasy, artistic excellence, athletic prowess, and mead-flavored frivolity that makes a Renaissance Festival an annual must-go for millions across the country.
After last year’s program was cut short, this year’s Festival almost didn’t happen at all. To make good on that old theater truism, “The show must go on!”, organizers had to secure a new location, contract vendors and performers, then get the word out to faithful fans and new patrons alike. They did. Fans flocked to the temporary new digs at Withlacoochee River Park near Dade City. Sure, it looked and felt a little different, but the show did “go on,” and countless thousands were once again happily transported back in time to a magical, mystical, whimsical, and memorable rendering of the Renaissance.
“Lady Rayka” (Rosalie Purvis) from the Equus Nobilis Joust company gallops into position to make another pass. (Photo by Adam Porter)
Acrobellum’s “Teal” and “Red” perform as “Pink” (and the audience) cheer them on. (Photo by Adam Porter)
A couple who came ready for Festival fun. Vendors and visitors alike wore outrageously colorful and imaginative costumes. (Photo by Bob Sanchez)
Everyone smiled at the Festival, including the pretty pickle purveyor. (Photo by Bob Sanchez)
by News Staff | Nov 3, 2019 | Travel
Fun Train Robbery?
By Kai Rambow
There was a lull in the shooting; both sides were out of bullets. “Keep talking while I’m reloading,” instructed the sheriff to the bad guy. This is just one of the fun moments during the Hole in the Head Gang – Train Robbery.
The Florida Railroad Museum has a knack for not just taking passengers on a train ride, but creating memorable experiences. Adults were just as enthused, maybe more so, than kids to get their picture taken with a cast of characters.
The first set of dates will be at the end of this month. Events at the Railroad Museum are very popular and sell out quickly. So, if you’d like to do this, get your tickets early.
Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery
November 30, December 1
Florida Railroad Museum
12210 83rd Street East
by News Staff | Oct 30, 2019 | News
On Saturday, October 12, The GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club held a fundraiser in conjunction with The Pelican Players. The “Lethal Luau” was an afternoon of mystery and fun where the audience were detectives solving the murder. Many participants were correct in accusing Chief Wiki, their names were put in a basket and 3 names were drawn to win a prize. Opportunity tickets were sold and 4 prizes were awarded – a beautiful fall wreath which had been donated a member, a no sew blanket and heart pillow donated by the Woman’s Club, and 2 cash prizes.
The SCC Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization that strives to enrich the lives of its members and the community through educational activities and charitable services and this fundraiser increased the club’s charitable fund. The Pelican Players Scholarship Fund also benefitted from the proceeds.