Saturday, November 1, 2014
@ Ken Thompson Park
The third Water Festival is set for Saturday, November 1 at beautiful Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota. The purpose is to celebrate the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. NEW for 2014 is an evening after party at a downtown venue featuring live music and a fun costume contest with prizes. Details about the party and contest will be posted later in the year on this website and our Facebook page. Proceeds from the party will benefit Friends of Sarasota Bay, Inc.
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Have Fun – Live music with top area bands, food trucks & local restaurants, beer and wine garden, Art Zone featuring fine artists and wildlife photographers selling gift items, great raffle prizes, Dragon Boat Races, and a display of the winning photos from the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest. Help paint the Community Art Mural acknowledging the beauty of Sarasota Bay and the allure of water recreational activities. Don’t forget the evening adult after party featuring live music and a costume contest with prizes for best costumes with a nautical, water or wildlife theme.
Learn New Things – Four panel discussions on bay-friendly living with local experts, vintage and new boats, kids fishing clinic, dip netting and nature walks, plus exhibits and activities promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboard sports, scuba diving, wildlife protection, and more. The 2013 panel discussion topics included: Protecting Sarasota Bay Wildlife, Reducing Stormwater Pollution, Environmental Education & Stewardship, and Sarasota Bay: Past, Present and Future.
Enjoy live music from noon until sunset. The award-winning guitarist Ben Hammond of Sarasota and Maine will be our performing MC for the third consecutive year. Ben is a crowd favorite with his unique brand of live-looped Acoustic Soul-Pop. Ben will be joined by some other terrific performers.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the Founding Sponsor and HDR, Inc. is the Community Sponsor for 2014. Visit the Sponsors page to learn about our 2013 sponsors. Many of these sponsors will be on board in 2014 and the Sponsors page will be updated as of May 1. Email email@example.com.
We will present 80 exhibitors focused on water recreation and sports, other outdoor activities, fine arts and crafts, unique gifts for the holiday season, impressive wildlife photography, conservation and wildlife protection, practical ideas for bay-friendly living, and other unique products and services.
2013 Raffle Ticket Prizes:
Here are the prizes we gave away in 2013: (1) 12-foot Perception Pescador Sport Kayak from Economy Tackle / Dolphin Paddlesports with an anchor trolley, two flush mount rod holders aft, Scotty rod holder forward, and a padded seat back; (2) Hovie Scout Paddleboard designed by renowned Yacht designer Tim Kernan from SUP Sarasota with front and rear carrying handles, an EVA foam deck pad, two molded hydration bottle holders, and a forward cargo area with bungee cord tie down strap; (3) A 18″ X 20″ matted Giclee print from the acclaimed Florida photographer Clyde Butcher; (4) PADI Open Water Diving Certification Class from Florida Underwater Sports; (5) Two hour excursion on the Hot Tamale, a Yamaha Jet Boat with Captain, instruction and water sports equipment plus a Sun-n-Fun gift basket from Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures; (6) Full Day Bike Rental from Freedom 4 Electric Bikes; and (7) Disc Sports Package from Sun King Disc Sports.
Our plan includes recycling throughout the venue and composting in the food court. Please consider our alternative transportation options. Free water taxi, parking for your bike, kayak or canoe, or the LBK Trolley. Convenient on-site car parking will also be available. Please carpool; vehicles with four or more passengers will receive one free raffle ticket.
Management & Marketing:
Triple 3 Marketing (T3M) has managed and promoted the Water Festival since its inception with support from coordinators and other volunteers. T3M has produced many events including the E-Fest Green Living Music & Arts Festival held 2005 through 2008. T3M is the marketing contractor for SBEP and other area businesses and nonprofit clients; inquiries welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival Support Team:
- Randy Moore, Friends of Sarasota Bay, Inc. (Director / Sponsor Liaison)
- Bryan Moore, Triple 3 Marketing, LLC (Festival Site Manager)
- Sherri Swanson, HDR, Inc. (After Party Coordinator)
- Sara Kane, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (Panel Discussion Coordinator)
- Sandy Hedgepeth, Professional Photographer (Art Zone Coordinator)
- Sera Balderson, Inner Circle Spa (Exhibitor Coordinator)
- Ben Hammond, Professional Musician (Live Music Master of Ceremonies)
- Many more professionals in Sarasota and Manatee County are involved to support their respective organizations. We also have more than 30 terrific volunteers.
Founding Sponsor: The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is one of the 28 National Estuary Programs in the U.S. The Program strives to improve water quality, increase habitat and enhance the natural resources of the area for use and enjoyment by the public. Major government partners include Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the U.S. EPA.
Community Sponsor: HDR, Inc. is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, environmental, and construction services with more than 8,000 professionals in 185 locations worldwide. The company has consistently ranked as one of the top architecture and engineering firms in the nation. HDR has supported diverse clients throughout Florida for more than 40 years. That includes playing a major role in the current Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
Host Sponsor: Please contact Randy Moore at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about being the 2014 Host Sponsor.