ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (July 27, 2017) – St. Petersburg residents are invited to celebrate the ‘Burg and share what makes the city special to them at “Keep St. Pete Special,” a free community event hosted by St. Petersburg Preservation, Keep Saint Petersburg Local and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
The Aug. 3 event, held at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, will focus on four “cornerstones” of St. Pete’s culture that give the city its special character and charm: the arts, historic preservation, locally owned independent businesses, and its many traditional neighborhoods.
Roundhouse Creative, St. Petersburg Preservation’s media partner, will have a camera crew onsite to interview residents about what makes St. Pete special and what qualities they feel are worth preserving. While the event is non-political, the recorded interviews will be used to show elected officials and community leaders why it’s important to protect the cultural characteristics that give St. Pete its special sense of place.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to show St. Pete their love by leaving “heart bombs,” or heart-shaped notes, on the walls of the shuffleboard club.
“St. Petersburg’s vibrant arts community, focus on historic preservation, support of locally owned businesses and charming traditional neighborhoods all play significant roles in making this city unlike any other,” said Jeff Schorr, Chair of the Keep St. Pete Special celebration. “The city is growing and changing, and it’s important that we preserve the things we love most about it.”
In line with celebrating all things that make St. Pete great, the event will feature local art, music, beer and food, as well as a variety of family-friendly crafts and activities.
Local artist Derek Donnelly and several other artists with the Public Art Project, a St. Petersburg-based nonprofit, will perform live mural painting during the event. There will also be live art by local potters, fiber artists, painters and glass blowers.
Urban Restaurant Group will have sandwiches and ice cream for purchase, and coffee will be available from Kahwa’s mobile coffee cart. Local breweries Green Bench Brewing Co., Cycle Brewing, 3 Daughters Brewing and St. Petersburg Brewing Co. will supply a variety of craft beers.
DJ Sugar Bear will provide the music, and the shuffleboard courts will be open for free play.
The free event will be held at 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N, from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration is not necessary, but RSVPs on Facebook are appreciated.
About St. Petersburg Preservation:
Since 1977, the St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) has been working to secure the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, maintenance, and/or acquisition of important natural, scenic, historic, and architectural sites and structures. SPP accomplishes this by working with the City, County, businesses, and individuals to identify historic districts and sites, landmark significant structures, and foster appreciation of St. Petersburg’s historic environment. And no matter what projects SPP undertakes, the overarching goal is to instill in St. Pete’s citizens an appreciation of our shared heritage and culture and how this contributes to our quality of life and economic success. Learn more at www.stpetepreservation.org.