Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holiday things to do in Tampa this Labor Day Weekend!!

It's Labor Day Weekend and Downtown Tampa has much to offer with a fashion show, home show, fireworks, lighted boat parade and more... (Photo credit: Yacht StarShip) Thursday, August 28 Flashback: The 2014 Vintage Fashion Collection Begins 7:30pm Tampa Theatre Sponsored by Bartow Ford Sandra Gray Originals presents "Flashback": The 2014 Vintage Fashion Collection, showcasing styles reminiscent of the 1940s and 1950s. Downtown Music Scene List of musical entertainment at downtown bars and restaurants updated weekly. Check Arts and Culture Spotlight section below for more to do in downtown! Friday, August 29 Tampa Home & Garden Show 11am to 6pm Tampa Convention Center Everything for in and around your home. FREE admission - open to the public! Tampa Bay Theatre Festival presents Death Row Begins 7:30pm Straz Center's Jaeb Theater Four men from different walks of life have been accused of doing the unspeakable, but are they guilty? Warning: Contains adult material. The One I Love Begins 7:30pm Tampa Theatre Called a "modestly sized puzzler and a cunning, twisty tale" by the New York Times, "The One I Love" depicts a couple in a struggling marriage as they escape for the weekend in pursuit of their better selves and end up facing an unusual dilemma. Downtown Music Scene List of musical entertainment at downtown bars and restaurants updated weekly. Check Arts and Culture Spotlight section below for more to do in downtown! Saturday, August 30 Tampa Home & Garden Show 11am to 7pm Tampa Convention Center Everything for in and around your home. FREE admission - open to the public. Art Spot 11am to 2pm Tampa Museum of Art Children create art projects in the Museum's Golding-Scher classroom. Art projects are self-guided, and gallery-related monthly themes offer a different art activity each week. Tampa Bay Theatre Festival presents Saul's Juke Joint Begins 7:30pm Straz Center's Jaeb Theater In 1938, people of all shades came to Saul's Juke Joint to drink, dance, socialize and "pitch woo." The deep, Mid-Florida south town had plenty to look forward to, but old Mayor Ebenezer had other plans. What starts off as innocent, good fun, turns into secrets, lies, betrayal, greed, and possible murder. The Rubenstein Players Begins 7:30pm Fletcher Lounge, Plant Hall at University of Tampa Tatiana Chulochnikova and Maria Lyapkova will perform music for violin and keyboard in this concert, "Musical Life of Galicia." Works will include Ukrainian classical music of the early 19th century. Downtown Music Scene List of musical entertainment at downtown bars and restaurants updated weekly. Check Arts and Culture Spotlight section below for more to do in downtown! Sunday, August 31 Harbour Island Art Walk 12noon to 5pm Harbour Island Waterfront, 800 Harbour Post Drive Featuring arts to fresh produce, live entertainment to Ethnic Jamaican, and Southern to Thai foods! Free Boat Dock Access. Ice Cream Sundays 11am to 3pm Channel District A free community gathering open to the public featuring a DJ, local frozen treats, Victory Coffee and pet check ups from Harborside Animal Hospital. It's a meet and greet for the Channel District. Tampa Home & Garden Show 11am to 7pm Tampa Convention Center Everything for in and around your home. FREE admission - open to the public! Tampa Bay Theatre Festival presents Seasons, The Musical Begins 3pm Straz Center's Jaeb Theater Seasons presents love as an unassuming and undeniable part of the human existence. In this unique musical journey with Hope as her mom, Mrs. Jones, confronts a cancer diagnosis while Peter finds new love with Helen after an unexpected pregnancy. Yoga in the Park Begins 6pm Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park A one-hour FREE yoga class in the park at sunset for all levels. Don't forget your mats, and check Yoga Downtown Tampa for cancellation announcements in the event of inclement weather - decisions are made at least 90 minutes before the class. Light Up the Night 6pm to 10pm Channelside Bay Plaza & Sail Pavilion / Garrison Channel Waterfront Yacht StarShip Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Show! Florida Aquarium will offer extended hours. Live entertainment! Prizes for best lighted boat, best lighted people on boat. Registration to participate in the parade is free. Downtown Music Scene List of musical entertainment at downtown bars and restaurants updated weekly. Check Arts and Culture Spotlight section below for more to do in downtown! Beyond This Weekend - Upcoming Events Downtown Summertime Savings Card Last weekend to save at select Downtown Tampa restaurants & retail shops. Print out a savings card at the link above, or call 813-221-3686 for more information or to have savings card delivered to your business or residential building within the downtown district. Thanks to our sponsors, megabus.com and Creative Loafing. Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. Opera Tampa Singer's Picnic in the Park Sunday, November 2 Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park FREE and open to the public! Check Arts and Culture Section for upcoming events and exhibits at cultural venues. Touring Tampa TouringTampa.net is your "go to" place, showcasing 50+ urban tours in or near Downtown Tampa under one website. There's something for everyone - history, culture, architecture, culinary, walking, biking,on the water, and more! Tours range from self-guided to recurring scheduled tours; from free to fee-based. Activities on the Water Yacht Starship Yacht Starship, a 3-Diamond rated luxury yacht dining experience Captain Larry's Water Taxi offers taxi service and private charters eBoats Tampa- Self guided electric boat with catering options available Olde World Sailing Line - So much more than a sailboat ride Tampa Bay 36' Catamaran Sailing Tours Urban Kai Paddleboarding American Victory Ship FL Aquarium's Wild Dolphin Cruise

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Apollo Beach in Tampa Bay August 2014 update

Apollo Beach still has some of the best priced waterfront in Florida! I recently met a couple who had searched many areas of Florida up and down the coast. They wandered into a model townhome saying they wanted to find a waterfront home and didn’t really care for some of the “touristy” towns they had visited. They had never really heard of Apollo Beach until doing some research and thought this may be a good fit for them, with its close proximity to Tampa, St Petersburg, Sarasota, and Orlando. After taking them on a boat tour and showing them how they can even go by boat and be in Tampa in 20 min or St Pete in 25 min, they were convinced this was perfect for them. Of course, Tampa has the International Airport, NFL Football (Bucs), Hockey (Lightning), St Pete has MLB (Rays), beaches, and Orlando has Mickey! They were also happy to hear they could listen to live music on Tampa Bay at Little Harbour in Ruskin, and dine watching the sunset there or at Circles in Apollo Beach. After showing them about a dozen waterfront homes, mostly with pools, they decided to make an offer on a 4 bedroom 2200 sq ft updated pool home with dock and lift just a few minutes from the bay! They can even watch sunsets every night from their home. The home was listed for only $430,000 and after they close I can tell you what they paid. Just call Bonnie 813-390-7606 and I can help YOU live the dream too!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Fishing Forecast

Hello Anglers, First of all I have to say thank you to all that fished with me in June. I met some great people and I feel like I made some new friends this past month. Thats the great thing about my job. After having such a dismal May I was a little apprehensive about what June would be like. Well, it was certainly a welcomed surprise. It was almost like May and June traded places this year. June was fantastic! As you will see in the pictures we did very well catching monster snook. Redfish seemed to be around every corner and the trout we caught were bigger than average for June. I tip my hat to Phil and Nancy Baumann. They won 1st and 2nd place in the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Tournament trout division this year. It's a very big tournament with a couple hundred anglers. I put a picture of them with there trophy in the report this month. That is the nicest fishing trophy I have ever seen. Let's get to July. I have to think the bite will slow down a little just because of the heat. Fish'em early or fish'em late will be the best thing to do in the heat. Grouper season opened in state waters July 1st so that will give a little more diversity to the list of targets. The shark bite will be good all summer long. I think I was able to hook a few folks on shark fishing lately with a few giants to the boat. Sharks are a great fish to fish for when the water gets hot due to the fact that we fish for them in deep water. I gotta keep this short. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember: don't let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing. Thanks, Ric Capt. Ric Liles REEL SIMPLE FISHING ADVENTURES CaptainRic@msn.com www.ReelSimpleFishing.com (813)601-2900