Art Walk

December 7, 2012

As a culturally rich community, Gainesville’s downtown Art-Walk offers an evening experiencing a variety of art and fine craft exhibitions by area artists. Some art venues feature the music of local solo and small group musicians who contribute to a festive evening as art lovers and appreciators stroll leisurely from gallery to gallery. Give some art a new home so it can be enjoyed, inspire and enrich our lives daily.  Many of the galleries offer treats and beverages to sample while viewing art and greeting friends. A variety of local down restaurants and cafes offer a selection from drinks, appetizers to full menu fare. Pick up an Art Walk map in any venue that show locations and description of art being shown at each site.   ARTWALKGVILLE@GMAIL.COM


Friday, November 30, 2012

Santa Fe College offers the rare combination of music and science as the SF Madrigal Singers delight audiences in this popular concert under the stars in Santa Fe’s Kiki Silva Pla Planetarium. Astral imagery will be illuminated overhead as the SF Madrigal Singers perform a selection of Renaissance era songs.  Admission is FREE, and due to the popularity of the Stellar Madrigals concert, SEATING IS BY RESERVATION ONLY for the performances at 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Make reservation at:

Huntington Lakes

Are you looking for the perfect place to call home?  Huntington Lakes, located at 5400 NW 39th Avenue,  offers Townhomes and Garden Apartments on the water and is the perfect choice for families and professionals.  Just a few of the amenities they offer are: two swimming pools, resort-style fire pit, fitness center, two tennis courts, racquetball, basketball, children’s playground, garages, vaulted ceilings in select units, waterfront apartments available, controlled entrance, and  monitored intrusion alarms.  If you are looking for a great place in the much desired Northwest side of town, then this is the place for you.

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Theatre Offerings

November 27 -28, 2012                                                       

West Side Story – a modern day Romeo and Juliet brings the battle of gangs the Sharks and the Jets for control and respect of a New York City neighborhood to the stage of the Curtis M. Phillips Center for two performances.  Love, heartbreak, tragic events, memorable songs by Stephen Sondheim, set to the music of Leonard Bernstein, and great dance routines choreographed by Jerome Robbins are what makes this 1957 Broadway musical hit an enduring favorite. Performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28 at the Phillips Center, 3295 Hull Road at SW 34thm Street, Gainesville, FL 32611 – 352 392-2787   –  for ticket information visit –


November 23 – December 23, 2012                      

Vam York Theatre has a White Christmas – No snow in Gainesville but there will be a White Christmas on stage as a retired commanding general struggling to save his winter resort with the help of two ex-GI buddies, mounts a family musical in which Irving Berlin songs are the stars: Sisters, Snow, Count your Blessings Instead of Sheep, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Ward, I Love a Piano, Let Yourself Go and the all time favorite White Christmas.  Saw the movie? This stage presentation brings back memories and will have you humming along. The story, the music is a holiday “must see treat.”  For times visit – 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32605 – (353) 376-4949

Craft Festival 2012 at the UF O’Connell Center

This weekend brings back to town a holiday tradition in Gainesville.  The Craft Festival at the UF O’Connell Center showcases the offerings of 300 craft vendors for the usual, unusual and the unique in handmade items for personal use or something to give splash and glitter for holiday decorating. This holiday favorite has tickets available only at the door – $4.00 for general public, $1.00 for UF students with ID and free for children 13 and younger. Same day re-entry allowed with hand stamp.

Hours:  Saturday, November 24th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stephen C. O’Connell 250 Gale Lemerand Dr., West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32611

Art and craft classes – The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center

The centerbrings together a variety of cultural events: art exhibits, small musical groups, art lovers, and students wanting to develop their creative yearnings. Discover your creative side. Classes are offered for beginning to continuing artists in oil and watercolor, clay in range of construction techniques, printmaking, drawing and illustrations, children’s classes and workshops. Volunteer opportunities allows one the opportunity to experience the creative environment without being an artist. The Doris is at , 716 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601  – 352 505 – 5062  Classes begin soon. For class schedule visit

The Championship Series, Now through Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

Gator football through the Lens of the Gainesville Sun – Rob Witzel, Gainesville Sun Photography Editor, curates this exhibit of three national Gator football championship seasons. This exhibition of 50 plus images captures the Gators at their finest in the 1996 national championship win over Florida State under coach Steve Spurrier; the 2006 national championship over Oklahoma, and 2008 national championship over Ohio State, were both under coach Urban Meyer. Currently showing: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm.   Exhibit is through Saturday, January 5th at the Thomas Center 302 NE Sixth Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32602  (352) 334-5064

Happenings this weekend.

Friday, November 16, 2012                                                                        

UF – the College of Art and Art History showcases the range of the school’s disciplines at the annual public open house. The community is invited to attend this free open house and to talk with students about their studio works in various mediums. Friday, November 16, 2012 – 6 p.m. – at the UF Fine Arts Courtyard, 400 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611

Saturday, November 17, 2012 – Every Saturday                                      

Morningside Nature Center: Living History Days – Get a snap-shot of the past in the piney woods of east Gainesville at the Morningside Nature Center, when history comes to life as park staff demonstrates day-to-day life as lived on a rural Florida farm in the 1870s. Living History Days are every Saturday and guests are offered cane syrup topped biscuits or cornbread baked in a wood stove. 9 a.m. – Morningside Nature Center, 3540 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641 (352) 334-3326

Sunday, November 18, 2012                                                                

Harn Museum of Art – Visiting the gem of a gift shop within the Harn Museum is a serendipitous experience. A special highlight for the holiday season is meeting local artists and fine craftsmen as they are set up in the lobby for this one-day annual trunk show to offer their latest works of paintings, jewelry, pottery and so much more. This is just the place to get that unusual gift for the special person on your gift list.  1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, November 18th at the Harn Museum of Art, Hull Road and SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32611 – (352) 392-9826


There is a new venue for bouncin’ family fun in the Gainesville area, opening this weekend!

Bouncin’ Big’s mission is to provide a unique, quality recreation center with inflatable bouncers, soft contained play structures, slides and imagination-inspiring play areas for all ages.    What a great place to take the kids to release some of their boundless energy.

Your kids will love the obstacle courses, slides, bounce houses, sports activities, and bouncin’ fun for everyone.  There will be concessions as well as a seating area for parents to sit, relax and watch their youngsters having fun.   Bouncin’ Big will be open year round as well as open during school holidays.  They are open on Black Friday for Dads to be able to take the kids out for some fun, while Mom is busy shopping.

Open Tuesday-Thursday 10am-6pm – Friday & Saturday 11am – 7pm – Sunday 12pm – pm – Closed on Mondays

Located at: 824 NW 250th Terrace, Newberry, FL 32669    Phone: (352) 474-6356


The UF Black Box Theatre

 Ajax in Iraq – parallels the stories of Ajax, the Greek Trojan War hero, and A. J. a young female soldier in Iraq as it spotlights the ridicule, harsh judgment and abuse to which women are subjected in the United States Army in addition to the danger military men and women face in everyday duty.  Performances are Wednesday November 14th at 7:30 pm, Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 and Sunday, November 18th on campus in the Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre, McCarty Drive, Gainesville, Fl – 352 392-1653

Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Step back in time to where three generations of the Dudley family lived on and worked the farm from the 1850s to the mid 1940s. Dressed in period clothing, the park staff performs daily duties on this authentic working farm that has 18 restored buildings.

Craft Demonstrations – see how quilting, basketry, weaving, woodworking, rug-crocheting and corn shuck crafts were made by hand. Wednesdays, October to July, (except the 3rd Wednesday), 9 am to 11 am

Sugar Cane Day at the Dudley – before cane syrup could be bought in a bottle at the grocery story, the cane was cut, put through a mule drawn, cane grinder, the cane juice was cooked slowly in a open iron vat, over a wood stoked fire. Homemade cane syrup make pancakes and biscuits so much tastier.  Event Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to 3 pm – Admission for this event is $8 per vehicle for up to eight occupants.

Dudley Farm State Park system is at 18730 W. Newberry Road, between Gainesville and Newberry on SR 26 – Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm – for additional information about ongoing activities visit