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A Symphony On The Sand November 20, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Humor, Music & Dance.

Last weekend, we went down to Coquina Beach for Symphony on the Sand.

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Despite gray overcast skies and steady drizzle, the audience enjoyed the show.

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Those who had ordered the $100 a plate dinner had to eat it with one hand while holding an umbrella over their head with the other.

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Since we hadn’t ordered dinner, we didn’t feel too crabby about the weather’s lack of cooperation.

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Especially since sunny skies tend to be rather prevalent here.

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Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Don - November 20, 2014

Such giftedness Nancy.

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

Yes! We enjoy seeing fantastic professional, semi-professional, and amateur sand sculptures on the beaches.

2. Jill Weatherholt - November 20, 2014

Those are amazing, Nancy! I love the crab. Thanks for sharing!

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

He looks crabby! No wonder, he’s peeking out of a can of prune juice. ๐Ÿ˜›

3. Silver in the Barn - November 20, 2014

Ha! You couldn’t resist it, could you, Nancy? LOL!

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

Of course not. ๐Ÿ˜›

The Symphony of Sand was more visually appealing than the actual symphony playing under inclement skies and umbrellas.

The musicians sounded great as they played everything from Beatles to Show Tunes to Patriotic Songs. The audience sat amid a sea of umbrellas. Those eating had one hand for fork and the other holding the umbrella up to fend of the steady drizzle. Not a fun way to eat.

Silver in the Barn - November 20, 2014

Here in Richmond they do an annual Symphony Designer House which is fun if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m impressed with the quality of those sand sculptures, really wonderful.

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

We enjoy touring model homes, but have never joined in one of the Designer House tours around here ~ it might be fun to do sometime, especially when they’re all decked out for the holidays.

4. NancyTex - November 20, 2014

In the mid 90’s we took a family vacation, old-school/road-trip style, to the the maritime provinces. We happened to arrive at St. Andrews By the Sea, in New Brunswick the weekend they were hosting a giant sandcastle festival. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen!

Thanks for sharing these pics, NH. They brought back great memories!

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

Glad you enjoyed your trip back in time to re-visit St. Andrews By the Sea. Sounds like my kind of place!

5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - November 20, 2014

Love sand sculptures!

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

We’ve seen some very cute ones here ~ mermaids, pelicans, turtles, snowmen, shark, octopus, alligator, etc.

Plus the random CASTLE, of course. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

6. Three Well Beings - November 20, 2014

What gorgeous sand sculpture! I’m with you on not being too out of sorts with inclement weather! Neither one of us would be too happy in Buffalo right now, would we?

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

OMG! We’ve been watching the Lake Effect Snow for a couple of days ~> it’s OVER MY HEAD in places. And a short 5 miles away, it’s measured in inches instead of feet.

I would not fare well with that type of weather. It’s CRAZY up there!

7. Barb - November 20, 2014

The sand sculptures are awesome Nancy, I often wonder how they get the writing on them so perfect…..beats me, so clever.

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

Some day I’ll go down and watch and report back, Barb. It may be that they use stencils for the letters.

Barb - November 20, 2014

Could be, they are so neat and sharp, although the consistency of the sand would be a big factor in getting it right.

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

Yes. The right moisture content is key. Some of these sculptures last for weeks . . . even after lots of rain.

8. Yolanda M. - November 20, 2014

Incredible how creative some people are! When I see the sand sculptures I am reminded of what some people can do with ice ๐Ÿ˜€ Great share Nancy.

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

Ice sculptures are also rather amazing to me . . . especially when carved with Chain Saws!

*Vroom Vroom*

9. Tiny - November 20, 2014

Very nice! So much creativity! I missed the festival here in Clearwater earlier this year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but made a mental note not to repeat that next year.

nrhatch - November 20, 2014

There are quite a number of sand sculpting events up and down the Gulf Coast ~ here, there, Venice, Siesta Key, etc. We’ve seen the product several times, but never the process. Maybe next year.

10. Behind the Story - November 21, 2014

Beautiful sand sculpture. You made the right choice. An expensive dinner is best eaten at a comfortable table.

nrhatch - November 21, 2014

On a nice night, eating at a table in the sand is great. When the wind is blowing and the rain is falling, not so much. We were glad to head home for dinner. Inside. No umbrella required.

The after reports said that people enjoyed it. And the symphony raised $$’s. A win-win.

11. Donald Miller - November 21, 2014

Small world. I live in Manatee county also. I’m a native. Not sure why, but I very rarely go to the beach.

nrhatch - November 21, 2014

Cool! And speaking of “cool,” we haven’t gone to the beach much this week ~ temps are a bit chillier than we like for visiting sand and surf. :mrgreen:

As soon as the temps rebound, we’ll resume our visits.

12. Pix Under the Oaks - November 21, 2014

Those are so cool! We like Coquina Beach.. I think I just like saying it ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - November 21, 2014

Me too! It rolls off the tongue. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

13. valleygrail - November 21, 2014

There are so many fun activities where you live. Those sand sculptures are wonderful! How do they make it all hold together?

nrhatch - November 21, 2014

They hose down the sand to make sure it’s “just right” in terms of moisture and then they pack it together before sculpting..

14. jannatwrites - November 22, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me what people do with sand. The couple times I’ve been to a beach, I couldn’t even get the sand to stay formed after using a bucket to pack it down.

nrhatch - November 22, 2014

They teach Sand Sculpting 101 in Kindergarten here. :mrgreen:

15. Sartenada - November 27, 2014

Very lovely sand art. I love different art made for example of sand, ice and wooden art.

Maybe it would be interesting to You to see how we in Finland make sand art. This year our theme was music.

Sand sculptures 2014.

nrhatch - November 27, 2014

Awesome sculptures, Sartenada! Thanks for capturing them on camera and sharing them with us.

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