TARPON SPRINGS — Anyone looking for a cool way to spend their days and nights this summer should type "Tarpon Springs" into their GPS and head to the Summer Solstice Festival of the Performing Arts.
It begins tonight and runs through Aug. 24. Events and performances, traditional and eclectic, should satisfy most everyone.
"We're very excited to be able to offer high-quality entertainment and education programs during the summer," said Kathleen Monahan, the city's cultural and civic services director. "We have a lot of residents who stay home and enjoy all the offerings in the area. We enjoy being a part of that."
Events range from classic theater productions to a steel drums concert, a Broadway musical and a New Orleans-style jazz concert.
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SATURDAY, July 7 and Aug. 4: "Night in the Islands," 6-11 p.m. on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks featuring outdoor dining, dancing and music. Greek music by the Bouzouki Boys from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dodecanese Boulevard at Riverwalk, west of Hope Street.
June 14: "Lunch and Learn" about Florida's history with University of South Florida professor Gary Mormino, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Tickets $15, members and students $12. Admission includes catered box lunch and soft drink. Advance tickets required.
June 15-17 and 22-24: Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky's comedy Hate Mail, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. Tickets $16, members and students $14; all seats $10 on opening night.
June 22: New Century Opera Chorus, featuring choruses from favorite operas, 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Museum on Spring Bayou, 100 Beekman Lane. Tickets $14, members and students $10.
June 23: "A Night in New Orleans," featuring Hot 8 New Orleans Brass Band in concert, 8 p.m. and a tasting of traditional Cajun dishes, 7 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.; Tickets $26, members and students $23.
June 24:, Mozart's Titus (La clemenza di Tito), presented by New Century Opera, 2 p.m. at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets $22, members and students $18
June 29: Caribbean Sound Steel Drum and World Music Ensemble, 8 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets $24, members and students $20.
July 20-22, 27-29: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel presented by the Gilbert and Sullivan Players, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets $22, members and students $18
Aug. 24: Music out of a Hat, an interactive quiz show with host Maria Zouves and the VOICExperience Singers, 7 p.m. at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets $20, members and students $17.
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