With the start of a new year, organizers of the 7th annual Grand Ovation at Lakewood Ranch have entered the final stretch of their preparation activities. By all reports, the popular festival is on track to be a complete success with a nearly full line-up of the area’s finest performers, as well as a long list of participating vendors and entertainment options.
Slated for Saturday, February 1st from noon until 4 p.m., Grand Ovation will once again take over Lakewood Ranch Main Street, replacing vehicles with pedestrians and seating at three live performance stages. As always, admission, parking and all performances will be free. Part street festival and part concert hall, Grand Ovation is a celebration of the region’s thriving cultural arts community with al fresco performances by top musicians, dancers, thespians and vocal groups. Among those who are scheduled to participate in this year’s event are:
• Circus Arts Conservatory
• Good Time Groove Band
• Let’s Rock Sarasota
• Lakewood Ranch High School Silver Stars Dance Team
• Lakewood Ranch High School Theatre Department
• Manatee Concert Band
• Musica Sacra Cantorum
• Nick Drivas
• Premier Dance Studio & Lakewood Ranch Ball Dance Club
• Sarasota Ballet
• Sarasota Chorus of the Keys
• Sarasota Folk Club
• Sarasota Dance Academy
• School of Russian Ballet
• The Players Theatre
• Turning Points – The Open Door Band
Mote Marine Laboratory will be on hand throughout the day with its Mote Mobile exhibit, a 40-foot “aquarium on wheels” that features an interactive touch tank, a 1,200-gallon tropical fish tank, and informational displays on sharks, sea turtles and shells. Children will be delighted with appearances by Gilly the Shark, Mote’s popular mascot who will also attend the event.
Lakewood Ranch Main Street will be closed to traffic during festival hours. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of booths from vendors and non-profit groups, as well as browse the many charming shops and restaurants of the downtown district. Seating for performances will be provided, and coolers are prohibited. Grand Ovation was founded by and is supported in large part by LWR Communities LLC.
For more information about sponsorships or participating in Grand Ovation at Lakewood Ranch, visit www.lakewoodranch.com/events or call Rachel Gray at 941.757.1548 or Linda Gross at 941.907.9507.
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