Delonghi Radiator-Style Electric Heater $17
Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router$8
Hot Melt Glue Gun $4
Radio Shack Cordless Solder Gun $5
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Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router$8
If you would like to check to see if your Recreational Vehicle is on a recall list for repairs – this is the place – http://www.arfc.org/rvs/
As our friends know – Niki and I like to see, to do and to explore wherever we go. The Tampa Bay Area has been our Winter Snowbird destination for the past several years. While here we continue to explore and have developed our own version of a Visitor’s Guide to this area. If you are planning a trip to the Tampa vicinity then we hope that it might be of some help to you. We’ve a map to some popular tourist destinations, dozens of suggestions for places to visit all around the area, dining reviews (we love to eat out!) including where to dine on a budget (Cheap Eats for Spring Breakers!). We’ve also listed tons of places to shop and many of the Parks in the two County (Hillsborough and Pinellas) area. There are photos, a list of area webcams and much more. Visit Niki and Jack’s Visitor Guide to Tampa Bay
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Hundreds of like books in stock.
Your comments and queries are always invited.
If any of our FB and Social Media friends happened to sign-up for a chance for a “Free Cruise” with CONDOMINIUM TRAVEL CLUB while at the Florida State Fair or the Florida Strawberry Festival you would do well to check the reviews at https://www.yelp.com/biz/condominium-travel-club-pulaksi. Then make your own informed decision whether to attend their free 90 minute presentation. Just sayin’….
Martin Preston visited our East Activity Center last evening to do a show. Mr. Preston has spent the last 20 years re-creating the music and glamour of the late, great Liberace.
Martin Preston as Liberace
Niki and I – along with the rest of the audience – were not disappointed that we came. We were treated to an hour and a half show of brilliant piano music that transported us back to that time when we just couldn’t understand what our parents and grandparents found so enjoyable about a rather strange guy with his glittering grand piano and (way) over-the-top, one-of-a-kind outfits.
Now we know! Liberace was not only a one-of-a-kind showman, he was flawless on the piano – as is Mr. Preston. When he walked on stage he was Liberace!
Mr. Showmanship plays in our Activity Center
Both the glittering grand piano and his several costume changes during the show were faithfully copied from the original designs that Liberace used and wore – down to the glittering cape with flashing lights of his encore performance. Martin Preston’s Liberace is supported and applauded by the Liberace Foundation in Las Vegas. He played all of the music that Liberace was known for, from 1890’s “Pop Tunes” to Gershwin to The Beer Barrel Polka, Malaguena, The 12th Street Rag, and I’ll Be Seeing You, and also taking random requests from the audience which he pieced together into a flowing medley toward the end of his performance. We have to say – other than the play itself – you haven’t heard “Phantom” until you hear it the way Liberace would have played it! Niki and I were blown away by last evening. (We now think maybe our elders weren’t quite so “strange” for liking this Liberace person!)
Mr. Preston brought an up-and-coming young artist with him who performed three short sets while “Liberace” changed costumes. He did a number of songs from Broadway productions including a medley from Oklahoma. He has had experience in a number of theatre productions and we thought he did extremely well – followed by “Liberace’s” re-appearance with a new outfit that was – dare I say — gaudier than the one before it!
A glittering encore to end a wonderful show
From Mr. Preston’s Bio: “Recently, Mr. Preston was invited to star in the symphonic production Pops Goes Vegas! His performances as Liberace with the Indianapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Detroit Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and many others, are bringing the magic of Liberace to a whole new audience! But no matter where he is appearing, his greatest thrill is meeting the great showman’s many fans, and being told “You ARE Liberace!”
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Our Activity Center pre-performance
Yesterday was a beautiful day to spend a few hours at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City – just a few miles East of Tampa.
Plant City is arguably the largest strawberry growing area in the Country. During each March ‘s strawberry harvesting time the area shows its pride with one heck of an eleven day agricultural fair celebration paying homage to the growers – many are multi-generational family farms. Besides a large midway for the kids and young at heart, there are the animal and Ag demonstrations and exhibits with two real stand-outs. First is the strawberry decked out smartly in every edible form imaginable from shortcakes, shakes, sundaes to jams, jellies and more.
Secondly, it’s over a week filled with some of the finest Country stars making appearances on the Wish Farms Sound Stage. This year featured Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, The Bellamy Brothers, Jennifer Nettles, Brenda Lee, Maddie & Tae and Rascal Flatts, to name a few.
This year we chose to see Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers’ afternoon performance. They were as good as we expected, singing many of the hits they have had over their 40+ year career. They had two of the famous Lennon Sisters – Jan and Kathy – join them on stage for a couple of songs. They sang their hearts out for a very large crowd for about an hour and a half. Great show – even though the temp was hovering in the low 80’s, there was a nice breeze now and then that was much appreciated by the crowd.
Our friends from Canada – Cheryl and Ray – joined us for this excursion and we spent several hours at the Festival enjoying the sights, listening to (and buying more CD’s from) one of Niki’s favorite groups – “Runa Pacha” – so versatile on the pan flute. We also enjoyed the Fair-type food including, of course, a mandatory round of huge, fresh, strawberry shortcake.
The Florida Strawberry Festival is a lot of fun and we enjoy visiting it each year. We do recommend if you ever have the chance to catch it as well.
See more photos of the Florida Strawberry Festival on our Pinterest pages at https://www.pinterest.com/snowbirdrvtrail/florida-strawberry-festival/.
Safe travels and enjoy every adventure,
Niki and Jack
Niki and I traveled a short way up Florida’s Sun Coast this afternoon to have lunch with three charming ladies from the Hoosier State.
Former RVing neighbors and friends who were just in the area for a few days. We met for a really nice lunch at one of the better reviewed Greek restaurants on the famed Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs – Dimitri’s “On the Water” Restaurant.
We were blessed with a beautiful warm and sunny day, the boats – large and small – were moving up and down the waterway. We had a fun and relaxed two hours getting reacquainted over good food, service and great scenery.
After lunch we all walked the couple of blocks down to the Greek and European Bakery for dessert. The selection of decadent desserts in their display cases are straight out of a chocoholic’s dream. I had to try the baklava tiramisu – now that is a combination to write home about!
Tarpon Springs is a fun place to visit if you find yourself in the Tampa Bay area. Settled largely by Greeks and a thriving source for the sponge industry for many years, they are proud of their history and food and happy to share both with visitors from all over the World.
More photos on our Pinterest pages at https://www.pinterest.com/snowbirdrvtrail/tarpon-springs-florida/