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Weekend Adventures: August 9-11, 2013


BRADENTON – This weekend is jam-packed with festivals, but not before a special Marauders vs. St. Lucie Mets benfit home game where cancer survivors will be honored and cancer research will be funded at Friday night's "Get Your Pink On!" game at McKechnie. On Saturday, head up to the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez Village for its monthly Music on the Porch fest for live music and family fun.

Also on Saturday, you can experience a taste and more of India at the very first Manasota India Festival at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. And if you're feeling like jamming and relaxing on Sunday, downtown Sarasota for a Jerry Garcia tribute festival. Jaws is the South Florida Museum's movie of the week. Whether you're in the mood for baseball, live music, a movie or exotic food and more, there's plenty of entertainment in this Weekend Adventurein Bradenton!


On Friday, you can catch a ball game and support the fight against breast cancer when the Marauders take on the St. Lucie Mets at the fourth annual "Get Your Pink On!" game at McKechnie Field. Presented by Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute with media partner ABC 7, a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. The event will honor cancer survivors during "A Survivor's Walk" at 6pm. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on pink jerseys worn by the Marauders, with winning bidders having their jerseys autographed and getting to pose with players for pictures.

Also featured will be a "pay to pop" balloon pop with prizes, and a pink bra competition. And of course, Pier 22 Restaurant will be organizing Happy Hour Friday, with 500 free hot dogs given away, and $1 sodas and $1 domestic draft beers, all from 5:50-6:30.

For tickets to this game and other Marauders games, click here.

Marauders vs. St. Lucie Mets / "Get Your Pink On!"

Friday, August 9


McKechnie Field

1611 9th Street West



Music on the Porch is coming this Saturday to the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez. Guests are welcome to bring their own instruments, or just enjoy the jams by the event's featured artists. This event is for children and adults alike, and is free. For

more information, call 941-708-6120.

Music on the Porch


Noon - 4pm

Florida Maritime Museum

4415 119th Street West


Also on Saturday, the first-ever Manasota India Festival, hosted by members of the Indian community of Manatee County, will take place. Featuring authentic Indian food, a 90 minute cultural show, an "Explore India" exhibition, and jewelry, art and books from India, the festival will run twice - from noon to 4pm and from 4pm to 8pm.

Tickets will be available at the booth, as well as at:

India Bazaar (5112 14th Street West, Bradenton)

Sun Discount Pharmacy (2817 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota).

2013 Manasota India Festival

Saturday, August 10

Noon-4pm and 4-8pm

Bradenton Area Convention Center

1 Haben Boulevard



‘Jaws’ is Friday’s featured film at the South Florida Museum

Summer blockbusters would never be the same after this Steven Spielberg adaptation of Peter Benchley’s terrifying novel about a gigantic great white shark causing panic and blood­shed on the smile island community of Amity. Pricing: $5 General Admission, $3 Member Admission

Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. For more information and reservations, please contact at 941-746-4131, ext. 0. The movie will play on the South Florida Museum’s dome theater in the Bishop Planetarium. The show starts at 6 p.m.

Click here for ticket info.


For more festival fun, check out the family-friendly Fifth Annual "Very Merry Jerry Day" at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Hosted by local radio station WSLR-LPFM 96.5, the festival will celebrate the late Grateful Dead frontman

Jerry Garcia from 3:30 - 9:00pm.

The bands playing at this year's VMJD will be local staples Florida Mountain Boys (4pm), Kettle of Fish (5:15pm), Ship of Fools (6:30pm), and The Schmitz Brothers Band (7:45pm).

Jamming and dancing are “grate”-ly encouraged! Food will be provided by the Blue Rooster, Richard’s Catering and B’s Cool Treats. This is a family-friendly event, with kids’ activities and local vendors tabling. Attendees can bring their own chairs and t-shirts for tie-dying, but no coolers please.


Jerry Garcia was born on August 1, 1942, and lived to become one of the most famous counterculture icons of the 20th Century. Playing guitar and singing for his band, The Grateful Dead, as well as several others, Garcia took his hippie movement from the 60's into the 90's, sustaining a cult following that exists today and will undoubtedly go on forever. His (and the Grateful Dead's) performances inspired the following of millions of long-haired, tie-dye t-shirted, carefree "Deadheads." His art inspired a line of dress ties. His following's attitude inspired Ben and Jerry (of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream) to name a flavor after him, Cherry Garcia. The Grateful Dead have been recognized as the first “jam band”, and gave birth to the first generation of what are now called “tapers”. In short, Jerry Garcia was a legend in his own time, up until his death on August 9, 1995.


Come out and help us recreate the mood and celebrate what would have been Jerry’s 71st Birthday on August 11, 2013. Tickets are $10 and are available at Rocketman, Fogt’s Music and online at www.wslr.org. For more information call WSLR at 941-894-6469. This year’s event is sponsored by the Blue Rooster and Darwin’s on Fourth.

WSLR’s 5th Annual “Very Merry Jerry Day”: Saluting the music of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia

Sunday August 11


The Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

525 Kumquat Court



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