PARADE WINNERS

2017 Sights & Sounds on Second Festival & Parade
Sunday, December 1, 2017

Downtown Fort Pierce came alive on Sunday, December 3, 2017 as thousands of people joined the City of Fort Pierce, The Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis and Main Street Fort Pierce for the 29th Annual Sights and Sounds on Second Festival and Parade. Common Ground Vineyard Church started the day with an outdoor service, Santa arrived at the festival at 1:30 and local dance groups performed for the crowd as excitement built for the main event the Holiday Parade. This year’s parade was the biggest yet with 100 entries, 2600 participants and 62 horses. Immediately following the parade Mayor Linda Hudson, and Santa lit the Christmas tree and the Holiday Lights at Marin Square (Holiday Lights will run through January 7, 2018)

THANK YOU FORT PIERCE SUNRISE KIWANIS CLUB FOR ORGANIZING THE PARADE!
THANK YOU THE CITY OF FORT PIERCE, THE FORT PIERCE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND THE FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT, SANTA, TOM KINDRED & GENE SEREG FOR A GREAT JOB AT THE PARADE!
Parade Winners

1st Place Float – San Juan Diego Hispanic Mission
2nd Place Float – Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3582
3rd Place Float – Fort Pierce Elk’s Lodge #1520

1st Place Equestrian Group – Midnight Riders 4-H Club
2nd Place Equestrian Group – C.R. Legacy 4-H Club
3rd Place Equestrian Group – Turn & Burn 4-H Club

1st Place Girl Scout/Boy Scout Group – Gemini Girl Scouts of St. Lucie County
2nd Place Girl Scout/Boy Scout Group – Girl Scouts Troop 42007 & 40718
3rd Place Girl Scout/Boy Scout Group –Cub Scout Pack 479

1st Place Best Dance/ Cheer Group – True Crew Dance Company
2nd Place Best Dance/ Cheer Group – St. Lucie Ballet
3rd Place Best Dance/ Cheer Group – Dynamic Dancing Divas
3rd Place Best Dance/ Cheer Group – Royal Elite Gems

1st Place Best Commercial Entry – Summerlin’s Marine Construction
2nd Place Best Commercial Entry – Seacoast Bank
3rd Place Best Commercial Entry – A.E. Family Farms
3rd Place Best Commercial Entry – St. Lucie Battery & Tire

1st Place Best Decorated Vehicle (Non-float) – Sunrise City Boxing
2nd Place Best Decorated Vehicle (Non-float) – Treasure Coast Vintage Car Club
2nd Place Best Decorated Vehicle (Non-float) – Vdub Addiction Club
3rd Place Best Decorated Vehicle (Non-float) – Mustard Seed Ministries

1st Place Best Music Performance/Marching Band – St. Lucie West Centennial Eagle Regiment
2nd Place Best Music Performance/Marching Band – St. Anastasia Royal Ram Band
3rd Place Best Music Performance/Marching Band – Fort Pierce Central Marching Cobra Band

1st Place Best 4H or Youth Club Group – Lasala’s Dojo Christ Centered Martial Arts
2nd Place Best 4H or Youth Club Group – Spurs & Stuff 4-H Club
3rd Place Best 4H or Youth Club Group – Rocking Horse 4H

1st Place Best Governmental/Public Agency Entry – Fort Pierce Utilities Waste/Water Department – Santa
2nd Place Best Governmental/Public Agency Entry – Florida Department of Health St. Lucie County
3rd Place Best Governmental/Public Agency Entry – St. Lucie County Fire Department

1st Place Best St. Lucie School Entry – Indian River State College
2nd Place Best St. Lucie School Entry – St. Andrews Episcopal Academy
3rd Place Best St. Lucie School Entry – Open Arms Preschool

Downtown Window Display Winners

1st Place – The Cake Lady
2nd Place – Chic and Shore
3rd Place – Chaney’s House o Flowers
4th Place – Notions & Potions

Thank You Sponsors: The City of Fort Pierce, The Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis, iHeartMedia’s WAVW 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Gotta Go Green, Ocean Chiropractic & Health Centers, & Waste Management of FL, Inc.

Main Street Fort Pierce would like to thank the community for participating in the 29th Annual Sights & Sounds on Second Festival & Parade. Thank you to ALL of the entries in the parade for making this the biggest and best parade ever!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FORT PIERCE SUNRISE KIWANIS, THE FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FORT PIERCE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT! GREAT JOB!

Congratulations to the winners!

Save the Date for next year! 30th Anniversary of the Sights & Sounds Festival & Parade
Sunday, December 2, 2018

29th Annual Sights and Sounds Festival & Parade – “Magical Musical Christmas”

There will be magic in the air and music all around on Sunday, December 3, 2017, as Main Street Fort Pierce and the Sunrise Kiwanis kick off the 29th Annual Sights & Sounds on Second Festival and Parade in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. Theme: “Magical Musical Christmas”

Main Street Fort Pierce is so happy to be celebrating our 29th parade and to announce this year’s Grand Marshal – The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society. The City of Fort Pierce, Main Street Fort Pierce and our citizens have worked very hard to create a beautiful downtown and the Sights & Sounds on Second Festival and Parade is the perfect time to showcase our community to our visitors and friends.

Main Street Fort Pierce has a day full of activities planned that will appeal to all ages and we hope that you will find the time to join us for this exceptional day. Begin your day with Common Ground Vineyard Church. The church will hold an outdoor Sunday Service at 10:30 am and the public is invited to join them at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Second Street.

The festival begins at 1:00 pm with entertainment by Club Pure and then we welcome to Santa at 1:30. After the arrival of Santa, the crowd will be entertained by local youth dance groups: True Crew Dance at 1:45 pm, Mrs. P’s Dance & Acrobatic Studio at 2:30 pm and a dance performance by Borras Dance Company at 3:15 pm.

This year Main Street Fort Pierce has enlarged our Children’s Area. The kid’s zone will include Santa, Pony Rides, Face Painting, special characters and hands on children activities by local businesses. The Sunrise Jazz Combo will be on hand to play holiday tunes for your enjoyment and a performance by Starlight Dance.

Local shops and restaurants will be open for your shopping and dining experience, along with food vendors, arts and crafts, and the much anticipated Christmas parade at 4:00 pm.

The Sights & Sounds Parade, sponsored by the Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis starts at Tickle Tummy Hill on Second Street. It will travel south to Orange Avenue; turn east on Orange and North on Indian River Drive concluding at the River Walk Center.

Immediately following the Parade will be the lighting of the Holiday Christmas Tree. The tree is located in the roundabout at Avenue A & Indian River Drive. The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society will be at the roundabout playing holiday jazz music before and after the tree lighting.
After the tree lighting, stay around for the “The Holiday Lights Spectacular” in Marina Square on Melody Lane. “The Holiday Lights Spectacular” is presented by the City of Fort Pierce. The light show consists of over 100,000 lights synchronized to holiday music and is a must see for both locals and out of town guests. The lights and music will run from 6:00 – 9:00 pm daily until January 4, 2018.

“Magical Musical Christmas” is special time and we hope you and your family will join us for the festival and parade. For more information call Main Street Fort Pierce at 772-466-3880 or www.mainstreetfortpierce.org

Free Parking:
City Parking Garage (Orange Avenue & Depot Drive)
County Parking Garage (2nd Street & Boston Avenue)
Parking Lot (South Indian River Drive between Orange Avenue & Avenue A)
Parking Lot (North Indian River Drive between AE Backus Avenue & Avenue D)

Reflections of the Future – “Circus”

Throughout the year, Main Street Fort Pierce hosts numerous art shows and social events. The Reflections of the Future Art Show is truly one of the most extraordinary shows we host at the Backus
House.

Join us on Thursday, November 9th at 5:00 p.m. for our exciting Artist Reception. Each year, Anita Prentice curates work from a diverse group of artists working in a myriad of medium. This year, Anita is showing with Edgar Straeffer, Debi Crouse, and Ginny Piech Street.

In the “Center Ring,” Circus Man, Edgar “Lucky” Straeffer is a painter, sculptor, photographer and  musician. His professions have included teacher, museum curator, photojournalist and more. In 2007, Edgar received a call from his old friend, John Ringling North II, offering him the position of Musical Director with the Kelly Miller Circus. So, Edgar and his wife Vickie left their jobs, sold their belongings and set off on the road, touring with the circus for five seasons. Now back in Fort Pierce, Edgar is painting abstract reflections of the beauty and symmetry of some of the outstanding trapeze artists and acrobats that he had the pleasure of watching daily during his tenure with “America’s One Ring Wonder.”

Another part of the troupe is mixed media artist, Debi Crouse. Debi’s collection of works are titled “Midnight Reverie” an after-hours look at the mysterious, oddities and activities of those who have chosen life in the circus. Debi grew up in Fort Pierce and was educated by Dominican Nuns, who let her free spirit wander through the world of Art via pastels, oils, watercolors, sculpting and mosaics. Art
should draw a person into a piece, allowing them a wee peek inside the soul of the Artist. Through her friend, Edgar Straeffer, who ran away with the circus twice.

Clay & Collage artist, Ginny Piech Street has acquired an intimate knowledge of, interest in and respect for circus life. This exhibit gives her an opportunity to explore the colorful and sometimes-edgy imagery
associated with the circus. She also is excited to honor a part of American history that may soon be found only in our memories and imagination.

The star of the show is mosaic artist, Anita Prentice. Anita will be showing a mosaic portrait of Fort Pierce native, Lucia Zora, a 1900s circus animal trainer billed as “the bravest woman in the world.” Her works will include furniture and “hamsa hands,” which are known as the protective eye of God. Anita
will also be showing other curious oddities.

The Artist Reception is Thursday, November 9th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you can’t attend the Thursday Reception you have one final opportunity at the 3-Hour Last Chance Sale on Friday, November 10th, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ❖

2017 Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past Historic Walking Tours

On October 25th and 26th historical figures from Fort Pierce’s past will tell their stories all throughout the downtown area. This annual living history tour is a fun way to learn about the people that settled in this area before the conveniences of air conditioning, mosquito control, and modern transportation.

Since there are so many interesting stories to tell, there are four different Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past walking tours. Each tour is approximately 1 hour in length, has 10 stops, and waiting at each stop is an actor portraying a person that has lived here in the past.

The Ghost of Fort Pierce Past tours are a fundraiser for Main Street Fort Pierce. Each tour is $5 per person and no charge for children under 5. This is a very popular event that sells out each year so reservations are required. Participants need to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled tour and wear comfortable walking shoes. The first tours leave at 5:30 p.m. with additional tours leaving every 15 minutes until 7:30 p.m.

Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past Historic Walking Tours are sponsored by:
The Fee Law Firm, The Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, and Waste Management

For more information or to make a reservation please call Main Street Fort Pierce at 466-3880.

The South Tour

Wednesday, October 25th

Starts from the City Hall Plaza

Between the new parking garage and the City Hall building.

This tour winds its way east along Orange Avenue and then south along 2nd Street.  Stops include:

The old blacksmith shop, a former speakeasy and a saloon, the first hotel of Fort Pierce, during World War II, the first newspaper offices, the courthouse property, the Sunrise Theatre and more.

The North Tour

Wednesday, October 25th

Starts from the City Hall Plaza

Between the new parking garage and the City Hall building.

Stops includes:

A stop at Fee’s Hardware and Mortuary where the bodies of the notorious Ashley Gang members were put on display, a military history of the area complete with a demonstration of cannon firing, early pioneer, Annie Hogg,lay writer and novelist, Zora Neale Hurston; railroad tycoon, Henry Flagler; the tragic love story of Mr. & Mrs. Sweet, and more.

The Edgartown Tour

Thursday, October 26th

Starts from the Main Street Office

Fort Pierce office at 122 A.E. Backus Avenue

This tour features Lucinda Lagow, the wife of Edgartown founder, Alford Lagow.

She shares the gossip of the early settlers and life as it was in the 1890s. Guests will encounter a rugged old fisherman mending his nets reminiscing about his life on the river. The coral and yellow houses sit side-by-side, boasting ghostly souls who rap on windows and slam doors. Meet Mr. Hill, the official photographer for Henry Flagler and Mrs. McCarty, grandmother of Dan McCarty, whose beloved husband was gunned down in the streets over a land deal.

The West Tour

Thursday, October 26th

Starts from the Historic Arcade Building

At the Northwest corner of US1 and Orange Avenue.

This tour features the wife of the 1st Mayor of Fort Pierce, Mrs. Dittmar, along with a shopper or two describing the Arcade building in its heyday. Other stops include: a former Sandy Shoes festival parade attendee, stories about the churches along Orange Avenue, a former postmaster, and more.

 

Main Street Golf Tournament – Gator Trace Golf & Country Club

What a better way to start the day then on the golf course and Gator Trace Golf & Country Club would like all golfers to come out and play for a great cause Main Street Fort Pierce.

Our Annual Golf tournament will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The day starts with registration at 7:30 am, with a continental breakfast and a beverage of your choice. Golf begins at 8:30 am with a shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded for men and women closest to the pin and longest drives as well as 1st, 2nd, and third place teams.

The cost is $80.00 per player or $300.00 per team. Your entry fee will include a continental breakfast, a round of golf, lunch, goody bag and raffle prizes. Main Street will have a putting contest and for a small donation you will get 3 chances to putt your ball through a special layout for a great prize.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and tee signs will be set up around the course ready to add your business name as a tee sponsor. Call the Main Street Fort Pierce office at 466-3880 to sign up your team, get a tee sign or be a sponsor for the Golf Tournament. Sponsors of the tournament as of printing are Southern Eagle Distributing, and Waste Management of FL, Inc.

 

23rd Annual Reverse Raffle – Live & Silent Auction – “For Your Eyes Only”

Save the Date: 23rd Annual Reverse Raffle – Live & Silent Auctions

“For Your Eyes Only”

By invitation from Main Street Fort Pierce and her Majesty’s Secret Service, you are cordially invited to attend the 23rd Annual Reverse Raffle Live & Silent Auction held on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Mission!

“Your mission – if you choose to accept it” is to attend the hottest party of the summer starting at 6:00 pm at the Pelican Yacht Club. Look for the secret code on your ticket to get you in the door for an evening of light appetizers, music, a fabulous live & silent auction and martinis shaken not stirred.

Reverse Raffle!

For those of you who do not know what a Reverse Raffle is: A Reverse Raffle begins with a set amount of numbers. The first number wins a $100.00 and then every 25th number called wins $50.00. The last 10 numbers all win money starting at $100.00 and ending with the grand prize of $2000.00.

Each ticket is $100.00 and entitles the ticket holder to one raffle number, admission for two, and a View to Kill. Tickets are limited, advanced ticket purchase only, and no tickets will be available at the door. We sold out last year so get your tickets early!

Pay for your tickets using PayPal by clicking this link

You Only Live Twice…so Save the Date before You Die Another Day!

The Reverse Raffle is a fundraiser for projects and goals of Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase a ticket, please call Main Street at (772) 466-3880 or www.mainstreetfortpierce.org

 

Air National Guard Band of the South will perform 2 Free Shows in Fort Pierce

What is red, white and blue and just in time for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend? The Sunrise Theatre and Main Street Fort Pierce present the 40 piece Air National Guard Band of the South and they are coming to Fort Pierce for two performances.

On Sunday, July 2 at 3pm, the Air National Guard Band of the South will perform a free show at the historic Sunrise Theatre located in downtown Fort Pierce. What a great way to cool off from the summer heat at the 1200-seat Sunrise Theatre while listening to patriotic and popular tunes pre-fourth. Tickets are limited to four per person and must be picked up at the Sunrise Theatre Box Office Monday – Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Then on Tuesday, July 4 beginning at 6pm, the Band will perform at the ever popular Stars Over St. Lucie community event at the Fort Pierce City Marina Square ending with the traditional fireworks over the Indian River at 9pm. Both events are free to the public.

The Air National Guard Band of the South supports the total Air Force and Air National Guard mission in war and peace by inspiring patriotism and fostering a deep appreciation of the rich history and legacy of the Air Force. This is accomplished, mainly, through professional performances by some of the nation’s best musicians. Their mission is to enhance and lift the morale and spirit de corps of our fellow Airmen stationed either in the United States or abroad and to increase the public’s understanding of the importance of air power, the missions and programs of the Air Force and Air National Guard and the bravery, sacrifice and dedication of Airmen across the globe.

While performing these missions, members of the Band of the South have performed in almost every state in the union as well as being deployed to Germany, Kandahar, Afghanistan and more. The Air National Guard Band of the South is stationed at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sponsors of the event are: The City of Fort Pierce, Applebee’s of Fort Pierce, Bluewater Beach Grill, Cobb’s Landing & the Original Tiki Bar, Fort Pierce Utility Authority, Fort Pierce Yacht Club, Seminole Brighton Casino, Southern Eagle Distributing & the Sunrise Theatre Foundation.

Main Street Fort Pierce Annual Celebration

Main Street Fort Pierce would like to cordially invite you to our 2017-2018 Annual Board Celebration /Meeting. Main Street Fort Pierce will kick off our 29th year of making a difference in our community on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Sailfish Brewing Company 103 N. Second Street, Fort Pierce, FL.

The Annual Celebration will have beer tasting by Sailfish Brewery. Also enjoy Art Walk – a stroll through the many new and exciting art galleries

Sign up as a member – As a non-profit, Main Street Fort Pierce relies on the support we receive through grants, sponsorships, events, and our members. With your support we’ve helped restore, rejuvenate, and rebuild our beautiful historic downtown. Our Annual Board Meeting is a time to recognize and thank you for this support.

Main Street hopes that you will attend the Annual Board Celebration/Meeting and again we would like to thank you for your continued support of our organization.

Save the Date for the Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE BEV SMITH AUTOMOTIVE GROUP TASTE OF THE SEA & SANDY SHOES SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Main Street Fort Pierce & Above Average Entertainment will host the Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 am to 10 pm. The Festival hosts the Treasure Coast Chowder Cup Competition, the Iron Chef Competition, the annual Grapefruit Squeeze-Off Contest, boat loads of seafood, an arts and crafts show, and local musical talent. This event is located  in Veteran’s Memorial Park, next to the beautiful Indian River Lagoon, in beautiful Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.

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MARCH 18
Bev Smith Automotive Group
Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival
Brought to you by Main Street Fort Pierce & Above Average Entertainment
Held at Veteran’s Memorial Park
10:00 am to 10:00 pm

11am – Iron Chef Competition
11am & 3pm Black Beard Pirate Show
12:15, 2:20 & 4:30 pm Wild Rose Country Line Dancing
1pm – Food Demonstrations
1pm Moxie’s Dance Studio
10am to 1pm – Chowder Cup Competition
2pm – Citrus Squeeze-off
3pm – Backus Museum Beard Contest
10am to 10pm – Seafood & Food vendors, Arts and Crafts,
Kidzone

MUSIC LINEUP
10am – Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society
12pm – The Doo Wop Guys
2pm – Present Theme Girls
Announce Chowder Winners
2:30pm – Quick Fix
5pm – Felix Moss & the Easy People Band
8pm – Humdingers

Come to the Bev Smith Automotive Taste of the Sea & Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival  sponsored in part by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and VISIT FLORIDA!

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