SARASOTA COUNTY – Join Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources as it celebrates the 100-year anniversary of Phillippi Estate Park with a series of free events the weekend of Nov. 12-13.
The two-day celebration includes a photography show, an archaeological dedication, concerts, performances by circus acts and clowns and more.
This scenic, 60-acre natural area park located on the shores of Phillippi Creek is home to the Edson Keith Mansion, built in 1916 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The park is also home to the Keith Farmhouse, which is under renovation; when completed, it will serve as an interpretive center, featuring archaeological and historic artifacts and memorabilia from the various periods of the park’s history.
Events and attractions planned for the 100-year anniversary include:
CIRCUS! photography show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13: See a long-lost treasure of vintage color and black-and-white photos featuring the daily routines of Ringling performers on the backlots of the circus.
Dedication of Prodie Shell Midden interpretive signage, 10-11 a.m. Nov. 12: The new signage describes the archaeological studies conducted along the Phillippi Creek and their findings. Learn about the rich history of the Phillippi property, from the Archaic Period 5,000 years ago to the Manasota encampment on the creek’s shores 2,500 to 1,200 years ago, to Seminole Indian Wars of the 1800s.
Circus Arts Conservatory Sailor Circus Academy student performances, 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. Nov. 12: Located east of the mansion rose garden.
Polpo’s Wood Burning Pizza Wagon, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12: On the driveway in front of the Edson Keith Mansion.
Sarasota Concert Band performance, 2-3 p.m. Nov. 12: Bring your lawn chairs to the mansion’s back lawn and hear the songs of yesterday, from circus music to John Philip Souza and ragtime.
Circus Arts Conservatory teaching artists/clowns, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13: Catch them clowning around the park.
Light Chasers, noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 13: Sarasota’s own plein air painters will be creating, exhibiting and selling their original works of art. A portion of each purchase will be donated to the renovation of the Keith Farmhouse.
Purple Belle ice cream truck, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13: Located on the mansion driveway near the Keith Farmhouse.
Kitt Moran and Mike Moran Jazz Trio, 2-3 p.m. Nov. 13: Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy some smooth jazz on the Keith Farmhouse front lawn.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.