Make us your home page
Instagram

5 things to do under $5 March 13-19

1 Country in the Park: Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show includes live music by country hitmaker Mark Chesnutt (It's a Little Too Late, Let It Rain) an arts and crafts show, pony rides, car show, tree and plant sale and children's activities. No coolers allowed. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday at England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 541-0895.

2 Picnic in the Park: Remember that Broadway show Sunday in the Park with George? You may feel like you've stepped into it. Pack your lunch and a blanket for this old-fashioned picnic full of Victorian sports and games including hoops and sticks, croquet, horseshoes, badminton, dominoes, tiddlywinks and three-legged races. Plus, Blue Bell will be handing out free ice cream, the Tampa Community Band will perform Broadway favorites, the Humane Society will have adoptable dogs and the Lowry Park Zoo will bring a two-toed sloth, a green winged macaw, an eastern indigo snake and more. It's free, and there will be food available for sale. Special $1 admission to the Henry B. Plant Museum. It all takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but get their early to score a prime spot in the shade Sunday at Henry B. Plant Park, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-3333.

3 Dogs' Day in Dade City: Have a day out with your pooch, with activities like a decorated dog wagon parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, a dog costume contest at 11 a.m., a Canine Got Talent competition at noon, an ice cream and yogurt-eating contest at 1 p.m. and plenty of pet comfort stations. Free at Agnes Lamb Park, Meridian Avenue and Ninth Street, Dade City. (352) 521-5858.

4 Stories My Mother Told Me: Friday is the opening of artist Tim Gibbon's showcase of large acrylic paintings and cutouts that will be the first opening of an art show at the Stageworks Theatre — and the beginning of a series of art shows that will be installed at the opening of each new Stageworks play. The exhibit will run through April 18 and can be viewed during box office hours and prior to all performances. Free. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 727-2708.

5 Charity Horse Show: One of the oldest equestrian shows in Florida, dating back to 1933, this show attracts some of the finest breeders in the country. It features top Saddlebreds, known as the "peacock of the horse world," as well as Hackney ponies being driven in harness, Morgan horses used in dressage and show jumping and road horses from all over the country to benefit the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida. For equestrian fans, it's a good way to see all kinds of show horses, and parking and admission are free at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, today through Saturday. For a schedule, see tampahorseshows.org.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 March 13-19 03/11/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 6:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Want to feel old? It's been 20 years since the first 'Harry Potter' was published

    Books

    He was so cute: Blond hair, blue eyes and a killer smile. He was dressed in a black robe with a fake scar on his forehead and regaling our fifth-grade class with his book report on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. As a 10-year-old with only the most sophisticated of tastes (give me a Baby-Sitters Club any day), …

    An auctioneer holds a first edition copy of the first Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" containing annotations and illustrations by author J.K. Rowling. The tale has turned 20,  published in Britain on June 26, 1997. Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. (Associated Press [2013])
  2. Restaurant review: Deccan Spice in Feather Sound is a gateway to the allures of Indian cuisine

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER

    Feather Sound's Tru Lounge, which was Flo Lounge before that, morphed into Grand Siam in 2012, a giant Thai restaurant owned by the folks who had Ban Thai restaurants in Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon and Lakeland. It was lavish with dramatic fluted chandeliers and a long, polished wood sushi bar, but it …

    Some of the selections at a recent lunch buffet at Deccan Spice included chicken biryani, gobi masala and murgh masala.
  3. From the food editor: Almond-Crusted Chicken Tenders

    Cooking

    I decided my almond chicken obsession was becoming a bit much.

    Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  4. Who topped the Billboard charts 35 years ago? Paul and Stevie, of course

    Blogs

    We really did have it so much better in the early ‘80s. Just check out the Billboard top 5 songs for the week of June 26, 1982. 

  5. Taste test: Unsalted butters

    Taste Test

    Even good things should be tasted in moderation. That's why we divided the columns for our tasting of salted butters. Last week, our judges shared their favorites from the first eight of 16 varieties found at local grocery stores. Here, they review the other eight. We spread the butters on unsalted saltine crackers in …