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Historic Roser Park Art Festival offers tours, entertainment this weekend

Vendors lined the edge of Booker Creek during the 2006 Historic Roser Park Art Festival. This year’s event is Saturday and Sunday.

LARA CERRI | Times (2006)

Vendors lined the edge of Booker Creek during the 2006 Historic Roser Park Art Festival. This year’s event is Saturday and Sunday.


More than 70 artists from across the country will convene under a blocks-long canopy of oaks along Booker Creek for the sixth annual Historic Roser Park Art Festival.

Nestled in one of the city's most picturesque neighborhoods, the festival serves as an invitation to explore the area's winding streets and the beautifully landscaped gardens of private homes, many of which residents will open to patrons of the two-day event.

This year, the festival is being organized by Shannon Struemph, a St. Louis transplant and relative newcomer who just bought a home in Roser Park in June.

"I love the neighborhood. It's a perfect venue for an arts festival, one of the best that I've ever seen. Its just gorgeous," said Struemph, 36, chairman of the Historic Roser Park Art Festival.

Booths will be set up along Roser Park Drive (10th Avenue S). The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The festival offers a few new twists this year, including a $1 entry fee. The fee was added to ensure that a more sizable donation is presented to the festival's beneficiaries — Brookwood Home for Girls and the Roser Park neighborhood for preservation and improvements, Struemph said.

Neighborhood historian Ron Motyka will offer guided tours through the neighborhood at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days.

Also, local artist Paula Allen, with the help of children who attend the festival, will create a mural on a large canvas from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There also will be a face-painting booth for children, for a small fee.

Saturday's entertainment lineup will include the Karen Benjey Trio (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the Henry Ashwood Jr. Duo (2 to 4 p.m.). Sunday's schedule will feature Paul Wilborn & Blue Roses (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) followed by Acho Brother (2 to 4 p.m.).

Free parking is available at Bayfront Medical Center parking garage with golf cart transportation provided to the festival.

For information, call (727) 772-3860 or visit

Other events scheduled for the weekend include:

The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair, SPIFFS: The 35th annual event is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE. Costumed villagers demonstrate time-honored hand craftsmanship and prepare ethnic food specialties for visitors. Dance, eat and shop around the world as you move from village to village sampling a variety of homemade ethnic dishes in the international marketplace. Live music and entertainers will be in the villages. Opening ceremonies are at 3 p.m. Saturday and will include a colorful spectacle of the many SPIFFS ethnic groups as they parade around the park. For more information, visit or call (727) 552-1896.

BungalowFest: The event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Historic Kenwood, where the annual tour of homes celebrates the architecture of the community. The St. Petersburg neighborhood has a number of different architectural styles, featuring the largest concentration of Arts & Crafts Bungalows in the southeast. In a new twist this year, to help celebrate the neighborhood's new dog park, the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association is having a doghouse contest. Each of the homes on the BungalowFest tour will feature one of the winning doghouses. The remaining doghouses will be on display in Seminole Park during Saturday's festival. The tour begins at the park at 30th Street and Third Avenue N. For more information, visit

Art Arbor Festival: The two-day festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, combines visual art and crafts with music and environmental exhibits, and offers opportunities for the public to learn about the preserve. For more information, visit Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is at 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg.

The Taste of Indian Rocks Beach: The free event is 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Chic-A-Si Park. It features tastes from local restaurants, including Guppy's on the Beach, Kooky Coconut, Red Lion, Coasters, Pie Factory, My Place on the Beach, the Pub, Island Fish, Pajano's Pizza, Stefano's, Crabby Bill's, Le Bouchon Bistro, P.J.'s Oyster Bar, Cafe De Paris, Marlin Darlin's, Keegan's Seafood Grill, Thai Pan Alley, Wine Garden & Tapas Bar, and IRB Sushi. Free parking is available. Cub Scouts will direct traffic to the parking areas. Proceeds will go back to the community. Coolers and dogs are prohibited. Visit for more information.

RockShop Revue Fall Concert: The concert is the culmination of 12 weeks of rehearsals by talented young students from throughout the area. The music groups will offer new and classic rock tunes at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College at 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For information, visit or call (727) 822-3590.

Sandra J. Gadsden can be reached at or (727) 893-8874.

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