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Pinellas' weekend of fairies, flowers and art

At the cusp of spring, beautiful weather envelopes us. The perfume of gardenias fills the air. And thank goodness, those squishy little green worms have almost disappeared. So celebrate the joys of the season with a trifecta of springtime merriments: a frolic in fairyland; art on canvas and sidewalks, too; and flowers to make your garden grow.

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Dunedin

'Fairies, Inc.'

When: Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets: VIP tickets are $30 and include special seating, meet-and-greet with the cast, and hors d'oeuvres one hour before performances. Cash bar Saturday night. General admission tickets are $15.

Where: Conmy Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 750 San Salvador Drive in Dunedin

Info: (727) 461­-0098; fairiesinc.org

If you enjoy the sight of lithe creatures performing seemingly immortal acts of contortion, aerial acrobatics and dance, then Fairies, Inc. is where it's at.

BB's Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay is billing its fourth annual theatrical presentation as an "enchanting tale in dance, cirque and buffoonery."

It's a fantasy, no doubt, but the real story began six years ago when Beth Brier, owner of BB's Dance Factory, decided to offer instruction in the techniques of Spanish web, trapeze, tissue, hoop and tumbling — all in addition to the traditional dance lineup.

The classes proved so popular, she changed the name to BB's Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay. She says she's the only studio in the bay area to offer cirque-style classes.

The two-hour presentation features a troupe of 35 performers between the ages of 5 and 58.

Brier has moved the show from the Largo Cultural Center to a new venue, the Conmy Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Dunedin.

"The show will be more of a cabaret, a theater in the round, instead of a formal theater setting as in past years," said Brier. "The characters will have more interplay with the audience, and we'll have more room for aerial equipment — a necessity since our cast keeps growing and improving."

Safety Harbor

Garden and chalk fest

Where: Main Street between Bayshore Boulevard and Sixth Avenue

When: Garden show and sale is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The chalk festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and continues at 10 a.m. Sunday, concluding with an awards ceremony for artists at 3.

Admission: Free

Info: (727) 724-1572 (garden festival) or (813) 495-5757 (chalk fest); safetyharborevents.com or bloomnchalkfest.com

We're giving the Bloom N Garden N Chalk Fest a green thumbs up. The two-pronged event features a plant sale and chalk art festival in full flower along Main Street.

The horticulture happening features workshops as well as the sale of orchids, Korean bonsai, native plants, herbs and veggies, and organic gardening supplies. It takes place Saturday in the area around the big white gazebo. With outdoor decor offerings such as birdhouses, garden stones, wind chimes and such, it's a one-stop shop for your spring garden.

And don't miss the sidewalk makeovers going on this weekend. Pastel chalk artists, both budding and professional, will transform boring stretches of pavement into lovely colorful canvases. Organizers are hoping for 100 participants.

"We prefer people sign up ahead of time, but there will be a limited number of extra spots for those who don't," said Bobbie Wheeler, president of the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History. "We provide the chalk."

Children can create their own works of art in the kids' chalk garden. Live music is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Food vendors, including Frenchy's, will be there.

Proceeds from Bloom N Garden N Chalk Fest benefit the museum and fund local art projects and scholarships.

Tarpon Springs

Artists Market

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Children's art activities take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, U.S. 19 N at 600 Klosterman Road.

Info: (727) 712-5762; spcollege.edu/museum

Thirty local artists will sell paintings, prints, jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and more at the spring art fair inside the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. Kids can create mini-masterpieces at the free children's art activity area. Admission is free to the market and museum. Isabelle's Museum Store will be open as well, so stop by for more artistic treasures. Food and refreshments from Ker's WingHouse will be available for purchase.

Pinellas' weekend of fairies, flowers and art 03/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:24pm]
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