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The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum kick off Island Festival, Saturday, March 1, an annual event celebrating culture of the South Pinellas Gulf Beach Communities.
ST. PETE BEACH - The Friends of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum kick off Island Festival, Saturday, March 1, an annual event celebrating culture of the South Pinellas Gulf Beach Communities.

Starting at 9 a.m. Susan Boyer Haley and husband Bill will be entertaining with original music played on banjo, dulcimer and guitar along with Susan's stories. St. Pete Beach Fire Fighters will be grilling hot dogs, burgers and more. The Florida Suncoast MG Car Club will have their vintage cars all shined up for display. Organized in 1980, the club is the most active British car club in the Tampa Bay area.

At 10 a.m., The Keystones will be on stage with old time gospel followed at 11 a.m. by Kevin and Dave, The Dynamic Duo, playing music from Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, Mac Davis, Keith Urban and many more and will play requests. The New Horizon Band from Eckerd College will perform for their third year from 1 to 2 p.m. The band is a national program at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College that encourages people in the community to pick up an instrument and learn to play in a group.

More than 30 vendors will be set up in Pass-a-Grille Park in front of the museum displaying jewelry, collectable's, hobbies, art and photography work. The GBHM Friends will have a special "Treasure Booth" white elephant sale. Costumed guides will be handing out historic notes, and the Museum along with its gift shop will be open.

Take your child's photo with Mr. Friendly and get a special badge. Visit with Silas Dent, the famous Cabbage Key recluse and Joan Haley, the museum's original matriarch. Special historical gift baskets will be auctioned at noon sharp. The baskets are filled with history books, hotel certificates, food coupons, wine and all sorts of good things.

The Festival is open to the public and there is no admission fee. The property is handicap accessible.

Island Festival at Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, 115 10th Ave., Pass-a-Grille, St. Pete Beach, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1.

For more information, call 727-552-1610 or visit www.gulfbeachesmuseum.com.
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