I’d said that this weekend had some potentially good blog fodder, and I was right.  I just don’t know if I can do it all justice.

This weekend was the DeSoto Seafood Festival in downtown Bradenton.  It started on Friday night and ended about an hour ago.  KC, D and I went on Friday night and had a blast.  There were three bands going at once, including local favorites the Billy Rice Band, who were their usual terrific selves.    All of Old Main Street was shut down for music and booths with food, drink and merchandise.  And then, at the foot of Old Main, Barcarrota Blvd. had a block-long tent with vendors.  We had crabcakes, sushi, fried shrimp, etc.  The place was packed, but I would imagine that it only got more packed as the weekend went on.  Edit — here are some photos of the event from Patch.com.

Yesterday, N and I met in St. Pete at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The local JASNA chapter was co-hosting a gallery talk on Romantic painters and their work.  The speaker was Dr. Kathleen Anderson who, among other things, is a co-coordinator of the South Florida JASNA region.  She was very good, and was followed by a skit produced by some of the women in our local chapter.  They honored the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility by giving us Lucy and Robert’s take on how they got together.  It was very entertaining.  After that, we had tea in a gorgeous little garden terrace that  is part of the museum.  The food left a whole lot to be desired, but we did enjoy ourselves.

And then today was the 3rd Annual Mutt Derby at the Sarasota Kennel Club.  As I mentioned last year, the Kennel Club hosts the Derby and the proceeds go to the greyhound rescue and the All Faiths Food Bank.  KC’s dog Trixie ran again, but she only finished third in her heat and so did not make it to the finals.  Oh well.  She did her best and we still enjoyed ourselves immensely.  Once again D, the official Team Trixie videographer, captured the race, but I still can’t figure out how to post a video from an iPhone.  Oh well.  Just imagine a little white dog running as fast as she can in the brilliant Florida sunshine and you’ve got it.

Last, but not least, the Mets rebounded from Friday night’s embarrassment to take 2 of 3 from the Marlins.  So now, if they can manage to win 1 of the 3 games in Philly, they’ll make it to their home opener with a .500 record.  At this point, I’d actually be happy about that.