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Weekend Adventures in Bradenton: Jan. 11-13, 2012


BRADENTON -- Has the holiday season left you feeling a little bit like a lazy couch potato? Did your New Year’s resolution mention getting active more often and enjoying the outdoors? This is the perfect Manatee County weekend to do just that. From zip lines and adventure courses to a serene walk under the stars, we’ve got you covered. Nature not your thing? Asolo Rep's got two award-winning plays on tap. So either put on your fancy shoes or grab your backpack and fill your water bottle: it’s time for an outdoor Weekend Adventure in Bradenton!

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Asolo Repertory Theatre has two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays running this weekend, including opening night of the much-anticipated Glengarry Glen Ross, the 1984 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play written by one of the most highly-acclaimed American writers of this generation, David Mamet. The play opens Friday at 8 p.m. with a special preview tonight.


Carl Forsman, Dean of the University of North Carolina School for the Arts, directs the show, which runs through Feb. 28. “This play won the Pulitzer for a good reason. It’s a true modern classic,” said Forsman.


On Saturday, theater fans can catch another performance of You Can't Take it With You, the 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Written as an antidote to the nation’s troubles during The Great Depression, this story is as relevant and necessary today as it was then, considering the financial conundrum our government faces over the “fiscal cliff” and "debt ceiling" debates.


Despite advances in healthcare, this show holds that laughter is still the best medicine. Visit Asolo's box office for more information.


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Search the heavens above for constellations, stars, and planets during this special evening walk. Robinson Preserve is a great place to get away from the bright city lights and to turn your gaze skyward, marveling at the beauty of the fall night sky.

The gates of the preserve are closed, but you’ve got a special opportunity to enter with a naturalist and observe the starry night sky from the gorgeous, natural confines of Robinson Preserve. The program suitable for all ages. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 8.

Starry Night Walk
Robinson Preserve
1704 99th Street Northwest
Bradenton, FL 34209


On Saturday, Southwest Florida’s first treetop recreational destination, TreeUmph! Adventure Course, officially opens to the public with a Grand Opening celebration featuring 10% off tickets, prizes, refreshments and more.

TreeUmph! is the ultimate way to get active outdoors and is definitely not your average Florida park. From the hot new craze of “zip-lining” to progressively challenging obstacle courses, TreeUmph! offers safe outdoor adventures for both children and adults.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
21805 S.R. 70 East Bradenton
Bradenton, FL 34211


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