Adventures in Weekending: Skulls, green things + Precious Thieves

Friday: Like Monday, only much, much better.

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Know thy enemy.
Ah, March, when we get our Irish on, when the flowers bloom and when you badly want to go oustide but the instant you do you’re covered in a fine yellow powder that gives you a headache worse than the one you got that one time you shotgunned two bottles of Three Buck Chuck. Assuming you have your supply of Zicam at the ready, though, it’s really too gorgeous (albeit chilly) to pull the rock in behind you Friday after work. Let’s explore, shall we?

Friday night’s St. Patrick’s Day and there’s no shortage of places from which to choose, although Dunedin goes green like no other city we’ve seen. Not looking to party? You can still get your Irish on at Jobsite’s Skull In Connemara. There's other theater a-plenty, too: God of Carnage in Gulfport, Red Velvet in St. Pete, Children of a Lesser God in Tampa — and that's the short list.

If you're concerned about robots taking over the world — although it could be a step up — wouldn't it behoove you to know people who can make and break them? The Team Duct Tape Robotics Fundraiser would be the place to start (plus, you know, cool robots). Back down in St. Pete you can head to the St. Pete French Fry Festival and then catch a 7 p.m. showing of Neruda at Eckerd College.

Start Saturday with a photography hike at Weedon Island, then get all downward facing dog at the Iberian Rooster's Speakeasy Stretch. Not enough yoga for ya? The Body Electric has A Weekend with Greg Nardi, who, in yoga circles, is kind of a big deal. Not a yogi? It's cool; that means you'll have plenty of time stroll DTSP and surrounding areas — Round Square at Florida Craft Art, maybe a bite at Moon Under Water, take a road trip at the MFA, then poke your head over to the south side for the 7th Annual James Weldon Johnson Literacy Festival. You can even venture over to Gulfport for a walking tour, then back to St. Pete for the opening of True Dat, then a pre-show wine at Wine Madonna — before you head to Informed Consent at American Stage. After the show, head to the Vinoy verandah for a moonlit view of the harbor and before-bed tipple.

Sunday? How about Brunchday? You’re going to be in Ybor anyway, so why not try Gaspar’s Grotto? Why will you be in Ybor, you ask? Why, to see Precious Thieves at Silver Meteor, of course. Go early and linger in the garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park. Just watch out for the roosters and don’t forget the Claritin.

I swear, if Dr. Seuss had had pollen allergies, the Lorax would have told quite a different story.

About The Author

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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