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Tampa Bay History Center October 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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For Smithsonian Museum Day, we paid a visit to Tampa Bay History Center, located on the Riverwalk in Tampa:

We enjoyed some Cuban Fare at the Columbia Restaurant:

Black Beans & Rice, Cuban Bread, Churros (with 3 dipping sauces):

After lunch, we checked out the exhibits, which focused on Cigars:

Seminole Dolls (I had one of these as a kid and gave it to one of my nieces ~ I learned it’s worth hundreds of dollars):

Audubon Artwork:

Maritime History:

Local Wildlife ~ then:

And now:

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Art Ovation Hotel October 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Poetry.
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We attended an art reception at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota.

First, we got a signature lemon lavender cocktail:

Then we got some nibbles:

While we imbibed, we listened to music:

And perused the art:

Before checking out Dragonfly Cafe:

Where middle schoolers (wearing lavender and raspberry berets) were using ancient typewriters to craft impromptu poems for passers-by:

But the biggest delight

Of our visit to Dragonfly Cafe that night?

Not a single smart phone in sight.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Landscape of Guitar Tour 2018 September 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Music & Dance.
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Our friends, Julie & Bruce, went on tour in China this summer, using Bruce’s artwork as a backdrop on stage.

While there, they filmed bits and pieces of their fascinating adventure:

Speaking of adventure, they were a tad more adventurous about trying the local food than BFF & I would have been.  Cow, Duck, Chicken, and Bullfrog are not a part of our vegetarian vocabulary or dining preferences.

But, judging from the video of several meals, we wouldn’t have starved to death ~> we would have enjoyed cabbage, corn, curried cauliflower, and tofu bags (16:37).  We also like the looks of the rice cakes, the rainbow cake (30:00), and (just for Kate!) the Starbucks logo.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Ideal Bookshelf September 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Writing & Writers.
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Got books?

If your goal is to add to your TBR pile, check out Ideal Bookshelf . . . it’s like getting lost in a library full of fascinating titles and magical adventures.

Jane Mount is a talented illustrator, designer, and founder of Ideal Bookshelf, a company that makes things for people who love books. She’s also published a recent book, Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany.  She lives on Maui, in Hawaii.

At Ideal Bookshelf, you can custom order a bookshelf “portrait” or buy framed and unframed prints, postcards, stationery, pins, mugs, etc.

It’s a cozy internet cafe to browse on a rainy day.

And for book lovers, it’s the cat’s meow!

Aah . . . that’s better!

No Smoking! June 30, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden.
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While looking through some old files, I came across a sketch from high school.

I decided to send it to one of our artsy nieces . . . until BFF saw it and said, “I like that Seussian sculpture.”

So, instead of mailing it out to Colorado, I gave it to BFF.

Aah . . . that’s better!

My Favorite Photo From Tarpon Springs June 21, 2018

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Aah . . . that’s better!

A Prize for Prom May 12, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Less IS More.
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Emily O’Gara won $10,000 for her creative design of a prom dress and coordinating tux.

The sticker price for supplies ~ $58.

The kicker?

She made it out of Duct Tape!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Burning Man @ The Smithsonian May 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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Some of this exhibit is amazing . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Pelicans Paddling & Ibis in Flight April 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.
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We often have nature scenes flying or floating past our back door.

I do not always have my camera “at the ready.”

But some days I do . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Walk Through Gulfport February 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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On Valentine’s Day, we headed north over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for Happy Hour at St. Pete Beach . . . taking a quick detour to wander through Gulfport, an artsy community on the inter-coastal waterway.

Parking was a breeze with lots of vacant spots on both sides of the street . . .

As we walked down the main drag, colorful vignettes appeared around every corner . . .

We enjoyed the town’s sense of whimsy, evident everywhere . . .

At the Welcome Center, we spied a festive flamingo decked out with Mardi Gras beads and leather leggings . . .

Across the street, we paused to greet Polly the Parrot . . .

Even a block off the main street, we noticed the heart of the art community in wall murals . . .

Including one perfect for Valentine’s Day . . .

Throughout Gulfport, bars and restaurants offer up outside seating with enticing facades . . .

Encouraging tourists to set a spell and take it all in . . .

Along the waterfront, surfboard benches allow visitors to sit and enjoy the breeze and views of the beach and pier . . .

Bottom line:  Gulfport’s a great place to hang out (as long as you don’t get hung up) . . .

With one last look around, we said our fair wells to Flo and continued on to St. Pete Beach . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!