Memorial Day Parade

The Yahoo's distributed approximately 1,000 boxes for people to send packages to our troops in Afghanistan. A good time was had by all.

International Rowing in Sarasota

The Nathan Benderson Park is an ambitious effort by Sarasota County to create a world class rowing facility. The expansive park is currently under development. A number of events have already been successfully conducted.
It is expected to be a major attraction to the region.
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Fairwell Party

The farewell party for Kelly Fairbairn, Matthew Walton and Teacher Elspeth McDonald was held in the FST Cabaret Theater on last Monday.

The Haggis – himself

Playwrights & Actors – Matthew, Kelly, The Haggis and the FST performers

The Playwrights – Kelly & Matthew

 The Interview – Elspeth McDonald St. Columba’s High School Teacher; Kelly, Matthew, Beth Duda, FST Director of Education, and Adam Ratner, FST Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator.

Photos by Gayle Maxey

Visitors From Our Sister City Hamilton, Ontario

These 3 ladies came from Westfield Heritage Village of our Sister City Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for a presentation at Historic Spanish point.(February 2011). They are from left to right: Janet Knowles, Margaret Firth and Mamie McCormack. The 3 individual photos were taken at HSP during a maple syrup demonstration. They represented the various methods of collecting the syrup in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Gloria Grenier

Mayor Suzanne Atwell

Mayor Suzanne Atwell was voted by the city commission to serve another year as mayor and Willie Shaw is the new Vice Mayor. The mayoral selection was preceded by the annual State of the City address.

For those who would like to pass on congratulations, you can contact her at 

Visit Sarasota County

The Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau has changed its name to Visit Sarasota County. Officials said the new corporate name would make it easier to find visitor information and would reduce confusion about the organizations purpose, as well as the fact the organization serves all of Sarasota County. The change should improve presence in online searches and social networking.

Flight to Key West

One of the items auctioned at the Sister City Gala was a flight to Key West. The photo above is of Tom Halbert, Gayle Maxey, and Beth and Craig Hullinger in front of the Airplane. They flew down on May 4, 2012

 Lido Beach View From the Plane

Beth and Gayle in the Plane

Tom Halbert and Craig Hullinger

Craig, Tom, and Bob the Pilot in Key West

Bird in Key West

Sunset on the Flight Home

Great Photos by Gayle Maxey