Saturday, March 1, 2008

2008 Florida Strawberry Festival Begins!

The 2008 Florida Strawberry Festival has begun! It runs from February 28 to March 9, in Plant City, Florida. Tons of fun for the whole family! Here are some excerpts about the Festival, from their website (scroll down a bit for today's Clearwater Daily Photo):

Whatever your interests, we have it all. Exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts await you. The fabric of American life is woven into this Florida Strawberry Festival® through ethnic traditions, social events, competitive contests, youth developmental programs, top-name entertainment, parades with scores of glorious floats, and high-stepping marching bands moving to the musical beat.

Come enjoy the rhythm as our empty stage comes to life with your favorite country music entertainers who perform each day at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise stated. There are about 4,000 free seats for all shows included as a part of your gate admission available on a first-come, first-served basis, or you may purchase reserved seats for $10 and up, depending upon artist and location as long as they are available.

Throughout the Florida Strawberry Festival®, we believe we offer one of the best entertainment bargains in North America. For example, our Ride-A-Thon on the Midway allows patrons to ride most mechanical rides from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for one low price. Children ages 5 and under are admitted to the grounds free when accompanied by a paying adult. Once inside the gates, proceed to the midway and purchase your wristband there. The magic of our bargains guarantees that you won’t be disappointed.

Gates open at 10 a.m. most days, click here for the schedule. The Festival is located in Plant City, Florida. Click here for directions, click here for a locator map, click her for a map of the grounds.
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Clearwater, Florida: Theme Day: Graffiti

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Clearwater, Florida: Theme Day: Graffiti
It's Theme Day! The March 2008 Theme for City Daily Photo bloggers is graffiti or wall murals. Well, sadly, I was able to find some graffiti. I found this in the back of a neighborhood, on some sort of storm water runoff control structure. I am afraid I cannot even say that it's really cool looking graffiti. Oy! (I apologize if you find any offensive words in there... I blurred all the ones I could find...)

However, take hope my friend, for there are 144 blogs participating in this theme day. So if you check out the list below for familiar or interesting places, you are likely to find some very interesting graffiti or wall murals, from around the world!

Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, Aliso Viejo (CA), USA by Rodney, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Bandung, Indonesia by Guntur Purwanto, Baziège, France by PaB, Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Boston (MA), USA by Fenix, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Brighton, UK by Harvey, Bucaramanga, Colombia by Fernando, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chicago (IL), USA by b.c., Chicago (IL), USA by U R us, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Clearwater (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Clearwater Beach (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Cologne, Germany by April11, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Detroit (MI), USA by Taittems, Dunedin (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Evry, France by Olivier, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Guelph, Canada by Pat, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Inverness (IL), USA by Neva, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Joplin (MO), USA by Victoria, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lisbon, Portugal by Jsaltao, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Mainz, Germany by JB, Maple Ridge, Canada by Susan, Mazatlan, Mexico by Kate, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Melbourne, Australia by John, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico, Mexico by Poly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montréal, Canada by Douber, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Mumbai, India by MumbaiIteanu, Naples (FL), USA by Isabella, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK by Cassie & Chris, Niamey, Niger by Dinabee, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Nottingham, UK by Gail's Man, Ocean Township (NJ), USA by Josy, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Vila, Vanuatu by Mblamo, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Quincy (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Radonvilliers, France by Deslilas, Riga, Latvia by Prokur, Rome, Italy by Giovanni, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation by Lark, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Diego (CA), USA by Zentmrs, Santa Fe (NM), USA by Randem, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Seguin (TX), USA by Thien, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny, Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, St Francis, South Africa by Sam, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Terre Haute (IN), USA by Zann, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, The Hague, Netherlands by Lezard, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torun, Poland by Torun Observer, Toulouse, France by Julia, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Wrocław, Poland by Loompi, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn

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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: US Highway 19 Overpass Shell Design

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Clearwater, Florida: US Highway 19 Overpass Shell Design
There is a main highway that runs North-South through Clearwater and many other cities in this area. It is a main artery for North-South travel in this region. It is called US Highway 19. It also called a lot of other, derisive names. This is because it had long been overwhelmed by the growth of this area, and traffic was often stop and go, as it was generously sprinkled with cross streets and stop lights.

Some years ago, a section of some 5 miles or so was tackled for upgrading. They have recently completed most of the new section. It now has overpasses across the main roads, and limited access to the minor streets. What was once a 20 minute trip, now takes only 5 minutes! In the build up to the overpasses, they molded interesting seashell shapes into the concrete sides. Today's picture captures a few that I spotted when I was driving by. They are about 4 feet tall. It's nice that they went to the trouble, if you ask me.
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Dogwater Cafe

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Clearwater, Florida: Dogwater Cafe Restaurant Sports Bar
This is Dogwater Cafe. They have been around, in this area, since 1990 I think. This location is fairly new, having moved from an older location about a mile away, on Countryside Blvd. This location is on US HWY 19. They have a 'canine theme' (like, dogs?) as I understand it, and they serve your meals in pet food dishes.

Oh, and there's Karaoke, of course! Get your 'Idol' on every Thursday night. The Texas Hold'em tournament is Sundays and Wednesdays. I couldn't find a Dogwater Cafe website, but you can click here to read more about the Texas Hold-em Tournament at the Treasure Chest Poker website.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Dirty Martini Bar: Naked Sushi?

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Clearwater, Florida: Dirty Martini Bar: Naked Sushi?
It seems like such an ordinary little building, doesn't it? But as I am hearing on the street, and seeing on their website, the Dirty Martini seems to be something else. Maybe it's the sushi bar open until 1am. Maybe it's the Naked Sushi event they have. Or, it could be the wine cellar. Hey, maybe it's the cigar lounge. They even have a MySpace page! If you get a chance to check it out, leave me a comment and tell me about it.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Florida Subs & Gyros

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Clearwater, Florida: Florida Subs, Salads, Gyros
When you are in the mood for a truly delicious lunch in Clearwater, consider this shop: Florida Subs & Gyros. I have had their Greek Salad and their Gyros. Both are delicious! I would recommend this place in a heartbeat. No, it's not glamorous, or fancy, or snazzy. It's just plain good food. So check it out. They are on Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater, near Clearwater High School.

This might be an excellent lunch place for you cycling types, to stop and get lunch while riding bicycles all around Clearwater.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Pets Unlimited

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Clearwater, Florida: Pets Unlimited Fish Turtle Lizard Bird Rabbit Mice Gerbil Hamster Snake
This is Pets Unlimited. It's a neat store that has been there a long time. If you like the 'hole in the wall' kind of shop where you find people who know their stuff, with all kinds of neat stuff on the shelves, this could be the place for you. They have been providing 'good quality pet care... since 1959'.

The list of pets and supplies available is long. It includes birds: Finches, Conures, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Lovebirds, and more. And there are fish: Goldfish, Koi, Freshwater Fish, Coldwater Fish, Aquatic Plants. Don't forget the reptiles and amphibians: Geckos, Iguanas, Salamanders, Frogs. If you prefer to have your pets in your garden, they have garden ponds and supplies: liners, pre-formed ponds, pumps, plants, fish foods, and more.

Neat place, lots of goodies, and people who know what they are talking about.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Sport Utility Performance Center: JEEPS!

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Clearwater, Florida: Sport Utility Performance Center: JEEPS 4X4
It seems like there have been Jeeps and other 4X4's for sale at this location on Drew St., in Clearwater, for as along as I can remember. So I stopped to take a look and take a picture the other day. This is Sport Utility Performance Center. If you check out their website, you will find some pretty cool projects that they have completed. In addition, they offer sales and service as well as parts and accessories.

If you look in the background, at the sky, you can see what Clearwater looks like under an impending thunderstorm. Yeah, gray skies, ominous clouds, a lot like rainy days in other places.

What about you? 'Ever own a Jeep?
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