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)

Humdingers to perform

Friday Fest is Friday, December 1, 2017 at Fort Pierce City Marina Square from 5:30 to 9:00 pm

Meet the Band: Humdingers
Immerse yourself in the new wave, rock, and surf music of The Humdingers. This local band has performed many venues and is a popular band on the Treasure Coast. You will love their rendition of B52’s “Rock Lobster” a crowd favorite.
Billy’s Bounce House has teamed up with Main Street Fort Pierce to provide children’s activities during Friday Fest. The children’s activities include a Giant Slide and a bounce house. Have your face painted by Masquerade Expressions.
Arts & crafts vendors will line up in front of the Indian River in Marina Square.
Make sure you bring your appetite when you come to Friday Fest. The food variety includes Greek, Latin, BBQ ribs & chicken, seafood, Americana, and various snack items.
Admission is always FREE at Friday Fest and there is always plenty of food, music, and activities for all ages! Parking Garage is open and free for your parking convenience!
DINE, SHOP, AND ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN FORT PIERCE
FRIDAY FEST – December 1, 2017 – 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Fort Pierce City Marina Square
Melody Lane and Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Yearly Sponsors of Friday Fest includes: Garber Buick/GMC of Fort Pierce, iHeart Medias WAVE 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, Billy’s Bounce House, Coca-Cola, Gotta Go Green, Macaroni Kid, Ocean Chiropractic & Health Centers, Park’s Rental, and Southern Eagle Distributing

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. ❖

November Friday Fest

Friday Fest is Friday November 3, 2017 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Fort Pierce City Marina Square
Band: Flat Natural Band
The Flat Natural band is best described as a country rock band, heavily influenced by country artists such as Merle Haggard and Fort Pierce native Gary Stewart.
Lead vocalist Bruce Hunter is backed up by some of the area’s best musicians, including Bill Smith and Keith Whalen on electric guitars, Bassist Steve Hansen,
Neil Santel on drums, and David Williams playing harmonica and backing up vocals. All members of the band are long time local residents, with many years of entertaining
Treasure Coast listeners.

Volunteer of the Month: Family Meals

Billy’s Bounce House has teamed up with Main Street Fort Pierce to provide children’s activities during Friday Fest. The children’s activities include a Giant Slide and a bounce house. Have your face painted by Masquerade Expressions.

Arts & crafts vendors will line up in front of the Indian River in Marina Square.
Make sure you bring your appetite when you come to Friday Fest. The food variety includes Greek, Latin, BBQ ribs & chicken, seafood, Americana, and various snack items.

Admission is always FREE at Friday Fest and there is always plenty of food, music, and activities for all ages! Parking Garage is open and free for your parking convenience!

DINE, SHOP, AND ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN FORT PIERCE
FRIDAY FEST – November 3, 2017 – 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Fort Pierce City Marina Square
Melody Lane and Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Yearly Sponsors of Friday Fest includes: Garber Buick/GMC of Fort Pierce, iHeart Medias WAVE 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, Billy’s Bounce House, Coca-Cola, Gotta Go Green, Macaroni Kid, Ocean Chiropractic & Health Centers, Park’s Rental, and Southern Eagle Distributing

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.

 

October Friday Fest CANCELED

Join Main Street Fort Pierce for a special October Friday Fest on Friday October 13, 2017 – 5:30 to 9:00 pm. This month only we will be expanding Friday Fest to Avenue A and Melody Lane to bring you our special guest FPUA. Also we would like to ask everyone to WEAR PINK to support Real Men Wear Pink and Breast Cancer Awareness month.FPUA LOGO 2

FPUA Celebrates Public Utility Week! In conjunction with Main Street Fort Pierce’s Friday Fest on October 6, 2017 and in honor of Public Utility Week, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority will have several vehicles, equipment and personnel available to talk about what we do and how we keep the lights on, the water and gas flowing, and the toilets flushing in Fort Pierce. Public Utility Week honors all the men and the women of FPUA that work countless hours ‘To provide customers with economical, reliable, and friendly service in a continuous effort to enhance the quality of life in our community’.

Meet the Band: Doo Wop Guys

Be transported back in time with the sounds of “The Doo Wop Guys”. “The Doo Wop Guys” are keeping the music of the 50’s and 60’s alive and will entertain you with blasts from the past.

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our volunteer group for the month is Real Men Wear Pink. Real Men Wear Pink is a distinguished group of community leaders raising awareness and funds for this year’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer event. Together they are making a difference to create a world free of the pain and suffering of cancer. The mission behind Real Men Wear Pink is two-fold. The first is to raise awareness of a man’s role in breast cancer. The second mission behind Real Men Wear Pink is to put action behind the awareness. Each man participating in this year’s campaign is asked to raise at least $2,500. All the money raised will help fund breast cancer research as well as programs and
services here in St. Lucie County to help breast cancer patients.

Help Dean Kubitschek raise funds for the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. Dean will be at Friday Fest manning the beer booths or you can donate at: main.acsevents.org/goto/kubitschek

Jeff Brown, from iHeartMedia’s WAVW 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, will also be at the October Friday Fest entertaining the crowd with Top 40 music. Billy’s Bounce House, has teamed up with Main Street Fort Pierce to provide children’s activities during Friday Fest. The children’s activities include a Giant Slide and a bounce house. Have your face painted by Masquerade Expressions. Arts & crafts vendors will line up in front of the Indian River in Marina Square. Make sure you bring your appetite when you come to Friday Fest. The food variety includes Greek, Caribbean, barbeque ribs & chicken, seafood, Americana, and various snack items. Admission is always FREE at Friday Fest and there is always plenty of food, music, and activities for all ages!

Parking Garage is open and free for your parking convenience!

DINE, SHOP, AND ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN FORT PIERCE FRIDAY FEST – OCTOBER 13, 2017 – 5:30 to 9:00 PM Fort Pierce City Marina Square Melody Lane and Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Yearly Sponsors of Friday Fest includes: Billy’s Bounce House, Southern Eagle Distributing, iHeartMedia’s WAVW 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, Coca-Cola, Garber Buick/GMC of Fort Pierce, Ocean Chiropractic & Health Center, Park’s Rental, and Gotta Go Green.

NO COOLERS OR PETS PLEASE!!!

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.

 

Wiley Nash Band to play at the September Friday Fest

Friday Fest is Friday September 1, 2017 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Fort Pierce Marina Square -WEATHER PERMITTING

Meet the Band: Wiley Nash Band is the premier classic rock, blues & R&B Group performing on the Treasure Coast. WILEY NASH BAND has decades of experience and will have a special guests JESSICA SPEARS, KEYBOARD MARK, AND DOC BROWN – Join them at Friday Fest!
Billy’s Bounce House has teamed up with Main Street Fort Pierce to provide children’s activities during Friday Fest. The children’s activities include a Giant Slide and a bounce house. Have your face painted by Masquerade Expressions.
Arts & crafts vendors will line up in front of the Indian River in Marina Square.
Make sure you bring your appetite when you come to Friday Fest. The food variety includes Greek, Latin, BBQ ribs & chicken, seafood, Americana, and various snack items.
Admission is always FREE at Friday Fest and there is always plenty of food, music, and activities for all ages! Parking Garage is open and free for your parking convenience!
DINE, SHOP, AND ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN FORT PIERCE
FRIDAY FEST – September 1, 2017 – 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Fort Pierce City Marina Square
Melody Lane and Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Yearly Sponsors of Friday Fest includes: Garber Buick/GMC of Fort Pierce, iHeart Medias WAVE 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, Billy’s Bounce House, Coca-Cola, Gotta Go Green, Macaroni Kid, Park’s Rental, and Southern Eagle Distributing

Tumbleweed to Play at August Friday Fest!

Friday Fest is Friday August 4, 2017 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Fort Pierce City Marina Square
Meet the Band: Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed is a classic rock, soulful blues band from Sebastian, Florida. Band members include Guitar Virtuoso and vocalist Dave Scott, Bassist/vocalist Lee Miller, and Drummer/vocalist Tony Rodriguez. A crowd pleaser, this band always leaves everyone wanting more!
Billy’s Bounce House has teamed up with Main Street Fort Pierce to provide children’s activities during Friday Fest. The children’s activities include a Giant Slide and a bounce house. Have your face painted by Masquerade Expressions.
Arts & crafts vendors will line up in front of the Indian River in Marina Square.
Make sure you bring your appetite when you come to Friday Fest. The food variety includes Greek, Latin, BBQ ribs & chicken, seafood, Americana, and various snack items.
Admission is always FREE at Friday Fest and there is always plenty of food, music, and activities for all ages! Parking Garage is open and free for your parking convenience!
DINE, SHOP, AND ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN FORT PIERCE
FRIDAY FEST – August 4, 2017 – 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Fort Pierce City Marina Square
Melody Lane and Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Yearly Sponsors of Friday Fest includes: Garber Buick/GMC of Fort Pierce, iHeart Medias WAVE 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, Billy’s Bounce House, Coca-Cola, Gotta Go Green, Macaroni Kid, Park’s Rental, and Southern Eagle Distributing