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Picnic in the Park 2018

Date: 3/4/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Roll back the clock a century and join us for an old fashioned picnic on Sunday, March 4th, starting at 10 am, in Plant Park. Bring your blanket, pack a picnic basket and invite family and friends to experience the pleasures of a simpler time. Relax in the shade, or test your Victorian sporting prowess with challenges of hoops & sticks, croquet, horseshoes, badminton, and three-legged races. Victorian table games will be offered including dominoes, checkers, jacks or tiddlywinks. We'll have strolling models in vintage clothing, live theater, and continuous entertainment on Center Stage. 

Blue Bell Ice Cream will provide complimentary ice cream. Two food trucks from Tampa Bay Food Trucks (Dave's Jukebox Diner and Surly Mermaid!) will have food available for purchase. Complimentary popcorn courtesy of the Museum.

Live Entertainment 
Tampa Community Band - Conductor, Jahn Van De Putte
Flexible Four Barbershop Quartet
Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre
Lippe, Juggler
Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Student Ambassadors
Upstairs/Downstairs Live Theater, Tampa Bay Hotel Hunting and Fishing Guide Arthur Schleman

In addition to live entertainment, community partners will offer crafts and activities. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be present at a table with some friendly dogs looking for a forever home. Visitors will be able to interact with the dogs. The Paper Seahorse will host Victorian paper-crafting on the veranda. Join VSA Florida in an art activity accessible to all. Major Gusto will be patrolling the park throughout the day to ensure that the proper Victorian fun and frolic is observed. Towering above picnickers will be The Stilt Man, a veritable giant at over 9 feet tall!

Picnic in the Park is a perfect opportunity to lull in a haven of rest and contentment on the banks of the Hillsborough River. Bring your own picnic basket, chairs, blankets and coolers and enjoy the day. A limited number of tables are available throughout the park.

Step back in time and encounter what life was like at the former Tampa Bay Hotel with a special $1 admission at the Henry B. Plant Museum from noon-5 pm.

Underwritten by Publix Super Markets Charities, Regions Bank, Tampa's Downtown Partnership, and The Tampa Bay Times. Upstairs/Downstairs is underwritten by The Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and Mosaic.

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