Adventures in Weekending: Friday night lights, Market Saturday and brunch

Party like there's a Cat 2 headed somewhere vaguely near you.

Ah, the last weekend of March. You know what that means: Two more months before we’re all talking about spaghetti models and wind speed like we actually have a goddamn clue what any of that means. Right now, though, hurricane season’s two blissful months away, and the weather’s so gorgeous it almost feels like it won’t be 98º soon, so don’t waste the weekend inside an air conditioned room (that’s what August is for); get out there and be in the world.

March eases into April and with (hopefully) last vestiges of crappy weather (see: Friday's forecast). May want to stay indoors Friday night, so do it in style: First, check out Art in Bloom at the MFA, then head to St. Pete's west side for dinner at The Reading Room (stay clear of the Key Lime but the burrata sounds delish), then head to American Stage for Informed Consent  or check out the opening of A Stranger's Diary at Soft Water Studios. Tampa side? Skull in Connemara continues, and, of course, GASP!. Go. Just, go.

Saturday brings a slew of markets — Ybor, Indie, Grand Central — before lunch (Alesia) and then a stroll through Fort DeSoto. It’s not really perfect “hang out on the beach weather” yet, but that doesn’t stop me from acting like it might be — Hula Bay, Whiskey Joe’s, PJ’s St. Pete Beach — find your bar, grill or beachside favorite place and watch the sun sink lower and lower. After dark, head to Ybor for The Flashlight Play that looks... honestly, I’m not 100% sure what it’s going to be like, but it has aroused my curiosity.

Sunday, of course, means brunch, because I have an unhealthy obsession. I’m keeping it easy this week and heading either to Brew Bus Tampa or St. Pete's Wooden Rooster for one of their crepes, which are pretty much proof of heaven on earth. Of course, I'll leave room for the Jewish Food Festival in Clearwater. Now, get out there —time’s a-wastin’.


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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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