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 Beach 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 Beach, Florida: Theme Day: Wall Mural At Frenchy's Cafe

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Theme Day: Wall Mural At Frenchy's Cafe
Happy Theme Day! The March 2008 Theme is graffiti or wall murals. I had actually seen a couple of interesting wall murals on Clearwater Beach before, so it was a matter of picking the one to post today. This tropical beauty can be found on the side of the Original Frenchy's Cafe.

If you would like to see some examples of wall murals and graffiti from around the world, just click on some of the various names in the list below. There are 144 City Daily Photo blogs participating in Theme Day this month!

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 Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Mobile Detailing: Yacht, Boat, Car

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Mobile Detailing: Yacht, Boat, Car
Now there's a job you might not think of every day, Mobile Detailing. I've heard and seen plenty about car detailing, but yachts and boats? Of course, now that I've seen this, it makes perfect sense. I wonder how much it costs to get a 40 foot yacht detailed. I'm guessing it's not cheap. I mean, that seems like a lot of work.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: View From The Surf N Sand Motel

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: View From The Surf N Sand Motel
This is the view from the Sand N Surf motel pictured yesterday. You are looking east in this shot, at Mandalay Channel that leads out to Clearwater Harbor. If you click on the photo, you will see a larger version, where you can see that the fisherman and the pelican are exchanging looks.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Surf N Sand Motel

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Surf N Sand Motel
I guess if Broadway in New York has its Off Broadway, Clearwater Beach has its Off Beach. This is the Surf N Sand Motel. I would consider this an 'Off Beach' motel, as it is about two blocks back from the beach, on the Intracoastal Waterway.

I have never stayed at this motel, so I don't know what it is like inside. According to the website (click on the name to check it out), rooms go for $28 to $57 per night. Wow, that seems really inexpensive for Clearwater Beach. But then, this is not the SandPearl Resort.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: The Only Bad View On The Beach

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Bad Beach View Expired Parking Meter
Okay, I admit it... I finally found one, ONLY ONE, bad view on the beach. The EXPIRED view. When you are enjoying the sunshine and warm sand on Clearwater Beach, or one of the fine dining establishments there, please remember your quarters. You don't want a $20 parking ticket to mess up a day when a quarter would have done the trick.

Oh, and since we are all in this together, consider carrying an extra quarter for someone else. So if you are walking along and see someone's meter expired, slip a quarter or a dime in. You'll be amazed at how much this anonymous act of giving can brighten YOUR day.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Ornate Restaurant

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Ornate Restaurant
Just wandering around a bit, when I spotted a nicely dressed up window. Upon closer inspection, I saw the inside of the restaurant dressed up like this. Pretty fancy if you ask me. I will have to get the name of this place, as it might be a nice place to take someone for a romantic dinner!
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Dunes Gateway To Sunny Fun

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Dunes Gateway To Warm Sunny Fun
Depending on where you park when you arrive at Clearwater Beach, you might pass through an entrance something like this as you walk onto the sand. This picture was taken toward the North End of Clearwater Beach. It's a beautiful view, onto a beautiful beach.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!
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