Central Avenue Solstice planners are hosting a kickoff party from 6 to 10 pm Aug. 5, 2016, at Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. in St. Petersburg. They will reveal details about the event schedule, volunteer opportunities and how businesses can be a part of it all. In addition to a video presentation and guest speakers, the evening will include music by the Florida Folk Scene, and performances by songwriter Rebekah Pulley (including the Central Avenue Solstice theme song!).
Central Avenue Solstice, in its second year, takes place from sunrise to sunset Sept. 24, 2016. The event, along the entire 7-mile length of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg (from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico), celebrates the day the sun rises and sets on Central Avenue, which is the main artery of The Sunshine City, and home to 14 percent of the St. Petersburg's businesses. It is a full-day celebration of art, culture, music, food, shopping and all the things that make Central Avenue and St. Petersburg so awesome.
Event activities will begin on the east end of Central Avenue at sunrise, followed by art demonstrations, family activities, markets, restaurant specials, music and other performances scheduled throughout the day at more than three dozen Central Avenue locations. The day will end with a sunset celebration on the west end of the Avenue. New this year: contests, group activities, and other features to broaden public participation. Eevent activities are free, as is the Central Avenue Trolley, which will be running all day.
"This is a great, fun-filled event on the only street that brings both sides of the city together as one," Leslie Curran, former St. Petersburg City Council Chair and long-time Central Avenue business owner, says in the news release. "There is so much more to Central Avenue than even long-time residents realize. This event is truly a great way to discover all these bright spots in the heart of our city."
Jeff Schorr, owner of the Craftsman House on Central, will host a pottery demonstration area. Other businesses will feature blown glass, stained glass, woodworking, and painting. "People really enjoy seeing the art making process, especially when it's so accessible right along Central Avenue for this event," Schorr says.
This event is organized and hosted by the Central Avenue Council, which includes the Downtown, Central Arts, EDGE, Grand Central, Warehouse Arts, Professional, and West Central Village districts. For more information, go to centralavenuesolstice.com.