Author Archives: Sarasota Local

Opening Day at Siesta Key Crystal Classic Honors Veterans

Opening day of the 2011 Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition honored U.S. Veterans. Eileen Parkinson was MC for the event which featured the sand sculpture of The Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima. This magnificent sculpture was created by Brian Wigglesworth, Master Sand Sculptor and a founder of the Crystal Classic.
A color guard, speakers and patriotic music were part of the ceremony.
Video by Studio F Productions, Inc.

Siesta Key Florida – Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition 2011 Winners

The 2nd annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sandsculpting Competition was held in November 2011 on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida. This contest drew international sculptors and over 40,000 visitors to Siesta Beach. This video features the World Sandsculpting Doubles Champions – Karen Fralich and Dan Belcher. This team won First Place, the People’s Choice award and the coveted Sculptors’ Choice award.
The 3rd annual event will take place on Siesta Key Beach from November 9-12, 2012.
Make your plans now to attend.

Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sponsors

It’s time to sign up to help sponsor the third annual Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition!  The Crystal Classic brings the very best sand sculptors from all over the world to Sarasota, Florida.
The entire community appreciates the local sponsors who generously support this world class sand sculpture event.  This year’s event will be held November 9-12 on Siesta Beach, the number one beach in the US, so it’s appropriate that it benefits the Mote Marine sea turtle research program.
Please say “Yes!” when you’re asked to sponsor the 2012 event.  If you have questions about how to get involved, call the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at (941) 349-3800.

Vampires Invade Sarsota

Halloween celebrations in downtown Sarasota brought the vampires out into the night.  These vampires were dressed to kill in stunning clothes, elaborate makeup and hair.  This event was part of the SRQ Fashion Week, sponsored in part by Whole Foods.  The Pretty in Dead show was held in the Whole Foods courtyard.

Pretty in Dead Fashion Show in Sarasota

The Pretty in Dead show was the finale to SRQ Fashion Week.  Sponsored by and held at Whole Foods, the models featured vampire inspired clothing, makeup and hair styles.  This video features Wicked Threads from St. Petersburg.  Michelle Cobble is a wardrobe stylist for many area designers and photographers.

Sarasota has a Google Fashion Event as Part of SRQ Fashion Week

Take models in plain white undies, add a projector displaying clothes from a Google image search and you’ve got an event that’s fun for the models and audience alike.  The music of DJ Imminent set the beat for models who danced, posed and generally had fun!
SRQ Fashion Week has lots of things to do, and this event at Home Resources combined art. design and technology.  See some of the event activities here:

Alice in Zombieland Costume Party in Sarasota

The zombies were out in force at the Alice in Zombieland party hosted by Z-Edge Tattoo and Piercing.  Well known local model and host, Coraline Blue interviewed a few zombie killers.  Her sister Audra Alexopoulos, owner of Z-Edge, served as MC for the Costume Contests.  Guests were entertained by burlesque troupes from Pin Up Americal, pole dancer Cherry Von Topp and 4 SW Florida heavy metal bands.
Take a look at the most outrageous costume party in Sarasota!

Sarasota Fashion Show by Punk Rock Betty

Punk Rock Betty put on a sizzling fashion event at Pastimes Pub. Summer of Sin was a show of her latest alternative clothing designs. Edgy models with cutting edge styling walked the runway surrounded by a crowd of fans and photographers. Even during the summer, creative people continue to find venues for great things to do in Sarasota!

The Loft Christmas in July in Sarasota

Santa and his helpers visited The Loft Ristobar last weekend to help Veronica Pastore, DJs Jimi-O and KCONN celebrate Christmas in July. You didn’t think Sarasota had summer nightlife? Take a look at the video, it may change your mind. By the time I left this huge nightclub it was packed. In addition to music and dancing, party-goers were contributing to charity since 10% of the sales all night were donated to Suncoast Charities for Children.