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GECKOFEST – Gulfport’s End of Summer Celebration

Saturday, September 2, 2017 10am – 10pm

GULFPORT, FL: Calling all flower children, hippies and tree huggers! Flock to Gulfport’s waterfront and bring your buds for a day of peace, art and music! Gulfport invites you to the 17th Annual Geckofest, presented by Eyeglass World, celebrating the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, honoring this waterfront village’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the Gecko!

Drag out those bell-bottoms from the back of your closet and get groovy at “Geckostock”. Celebrating the 1969 Woodstock Festival and featuring a host of hippie-themed festivities, Geckofest will feature themed, live music on two stages, presented by Sprint and The Blueberry Patch, and strolling as well as stationary performances presented by Extreme Entertainment.

Appearing on the Sprint Stage: Dan Stevens, The Cozmic Cowboyz, The Schmitz Brothers, DivaDivaDiva!, Janis Joplin AKA Wes Sloat-Ray and Peace of Woodstock.

Appearing on the Blueberry Patch Stage:  Laura Shepherd, Askew, Tropical Disturbance, Troy Youngblood and the Soulfish, and Boxcar Hollow.

Street Performers include: The Dallas and Nick Show, Acromaniacts, Crazy Indy, Loz Primoz Breakerz, Shaun Jay, David Ferman, The Amazing Kenny Toombs, West Coast Mutineer Hippies, Captain Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader, Robert the balloon Man, Spiderman, Sterling the Silver Statue, Family Guy’s Stewie and M.A.D. Flames Fire Entertainment.

Shop the vendors, join the quirky walking parade, colorful costume contests, and the ever-popular end-of-the-day dueling street dances that wrap up this light-hearted send-off to summer. It’s going to be far-out and outta sight, man!

Parking and admission to Geckofest is complimentary and the event is pet and family-friendly.

The Gulfport Trolley offers visitors who park in designated off-site locations transportation between their vehicle and the festival site at no charge. GetGO, Gulfport’s 5 passenger electric vehicles, will also be available to pick up residents or visitors and deliver them to their desired destination with no parking worries!

This year’s GECKOFEST is sponsored in part by the following supporters: The City of Gulfport, Eyeglass World (Presenting Sponsor), Sprint (South Stage Sponsor), The Blueberry Patch (North Stage Sponsor), Great Bay Budweiser, The Gabber, Little Tommie’s Tiki, Pitzen Studios, Gulfport Beach Bazaar, Salty’s Gulfport, Reefdog Gifts & Grooming, Extreme Entertainment, GEICO, All American Gutter Protection, BBI Nova, Paradise News, ProSuzy, Rainbow 411, GSH Radio, Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ, Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, GoTonight, Home Performance Alliance, LeafFilter, MOR TV, My Gorilla Garage, Tampa Bay Sound and Production, MOR TV, Florida Resort Exchange, Luxury Bath Tampa Bay, Manatees on the Bay, Marine Max, Tobacco Free Florida, and YELP.

Hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, a portion of event proceeds benefit local charities each year.  Community Support Grants this year will be made to the Creative Play Preschool and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund.

For more information, please visit www.Geckofest.com,  www.Facebook.com/GeckoFest or call 727-322-5217.

 
Gulfport’s Gecko Ball Is Almost Here!

Contact: John Haugen; (727) 623-0524; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Tickets for the Ninth Annual Gecko Ball are on sale, but a limited supply of tickets remains. The Ball will be celebrated with a theme of “Geckostock!” on Saturday, August 26th, 2017. Plan now for the event known as Gulfport’s party of the year!

The party will be a celebration of hippie culture and the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival. Décor and scenery will transport ball-goers into a psychedelic era. Expect to experience over-the-top revelry and costumes, from hippies to rock stars to other 60s cultural and political touchstones. Ball-goers are encouraged to develop costumes relating to hippies, Woodstock and all things 1960s, or to geckos, or any creative combination! A costume contest will help decide some of the best outfits at the Ball.

“Geckostock” will be held at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Boulevard South) from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th. The event gets larger and more popular each year, including over the top décor, full cash bar, geckotinis, hippie juice and other cocktail specials, passed hors d’oeuvre and tapas. Live music by the Throwback Band will fill the dance floor this year with 60s-era pop, rock and soul music as well as hits from nearby decades. Hundreds of silent auction items will be up for bids, and the annual live auction of artist-created geckos will once again be a highlight of the evening. Witness the whimsical coronation of Gulfport’s next Gecko Queen!

Tickets are $35 per person and are on sale at the Gulfport Welcome Center (3101 Beach Boulevard South) or the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Boulevard South). Tickets may also be purchased online with a credit or debit card at VisitGulfportFlorida.com. The Gecko Ball sells out every year, so would-be Ball-goers should purchase tickets as soon as possible. While they last, reserved tables of ten or twelve are available for group reservations only if all tickets for the table are purchased in person at the Gulfport Welcome Center in one transaction.

Gulfport celebrates the Gecko each year with a series of whimsical events at the end of summer. The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the 17th Annual GeckoFest street festival (September 2nd), and each year the Ball’s theme also lends itself to costumes that GeckoFest participants are encouraged to flaunt during the Fest’s walking parade. The Tenth Annual Gecko Crawl will be held August 12th this year, and the third annual “Art Gecko Show” will be held during the month of August, with an opening reception on August 4th. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association and a portion of proceeds is donated to local charities each year. Community Support Grants this year will be made to the Creative Play Preschool and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund. Visit GeckoFest.com for more information on all events.

For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GeckoBall. Contact John Haugen for details by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Teen Coming-of-Age Story Next in LGBTQ Film Series

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, August 10th with a Canadian film about a closeted teen coming-of-age. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.

Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming the titles of films in general press releases. But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film title and other information about the film series. Or find titles and more information at the Library’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

About the August 10th film: In this 2015 inventive, independent Canadian film, a closeted Newfoundland teen named Oscar (Connor Jessup) dreams of becoming a special-effects makeup artist, and is terrified of his macho father finding out the truth about his sexuality. His fear is magnified by his recollection of a brutal act of homophobia he witnessed in his earlier formative years. When Oscar becomes attracted to Wilder (Aliocha Schneider), a handsome and worldly co-worker at the hardware store, he is forced to confront his fears. Also starring Isabella Rossellini, voicing the role of Buffy the hamster, to whom Oscar confides all! The film won the Best Canadian Feature award at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Not rated)

Save the date for the next film in the monthly series: Thursday, September 14th. Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star as an elderly lesbian couple of 31 years who are threatened with separation by family members who think one should go into a nursing home. Instead, they flee together on a road trip to Canada where same-sex marriage is legal. Along the way, they encounter a young hitchhiker who has much to learn from the couple. Poignant and hilarious!

Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.

The LGBTQ Resource Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center, the Circle of Friends and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/gpl or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

 
Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market Offers Free Space for Non-Profits

Contact: Susan Blankenship, 727-453-9093, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

GULFPORT, FL:  The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market continues its program of offering one free vendor space each week for community non-profit organizations.  The Fresh Market is a year-round event, attracting hundreds of visitors each week.  Groups may use the space to provide free information, promote and sell tickets to upcoming events, offer community outreach, raise funds, or sell items for fund-raising.  Any items to be sold must be pre-approved by Market managers.  All funds raised in any manner must be for the benefit of the non-profit organization, rather than any individual(s) or for-profit entity.

The free space for non-profits is currently being scheduled and any interested and qualified non-profit groups may apply to use the space as available in upcoming weeks and months.  Non-profits that have made use of the space in recent months include library boosters, historical societies, environmental advocacy groups, community health organizers, art and theatre groups, veterans’ groups, animal rescue organizations and many others.

For more information and to apply, please contact Susan Blankenship, Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market Coordinator by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go directly to the on-line application at http://www.managemymarket.com.

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is an open-air market held in Gulfport's Waterfront District on Beach Blvd. below 29th Ave. South. Market hours are 9am to 3pm (9am to 2pm during summer) every Tuesday.  Gulfport’s Fresh Market is a community-spirited gathering in a small, "Old Florida"-style town.  “Food for your body and community spirit for your soul” is the motto of the Fresh Market.  Their website can be viewed at www.GulfportTuesdayFreshMarket.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gulfportfreshmarket.

 
GULFPORT TUESDAY FRESH MARKET OPEN JULY 4TH

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market will be operating their regular hours, 9a-2pm, on July 4th. Start your Independence Day by supporting the independent business owners at the market and along the streets of Gulfport. Make a day of it by shopping the market, shops, boutiques, and restaurants. End your day with one of our stunning sunsets followed by Gulfport's outstanding fireworks display.

 The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market occurs year round, every Tuesday in Gulfport's Waterfront Arts District. This outdoor market supports over 70 vendors, some of them "working while you watch", adding to the excitement for visitors. Gulfport is known for its independent shops, boutiques and restaurants, all within walking distance of this open-air market.

 To stay updated, visit the Market’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gulfportfreshmarket.

 
Keep Calm and Swap On - July 11 in Gulfport

Location: Historic Peninsula Inn - 2937 Beach Blvd S., Gulfport, FL 33707

Date/Time: July 11, 2017 (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Contact: Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, Susan Blankenship, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gulfport, FL.: Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market's popular “Clothing Swap” is held the second Tuesday of every month, the next being July 11, 2017. Brought to you by the Gulfport Merchants Association, the Clothing Swap is held in the courtyard at the Historic Peninsula Inn located at 2937 Beach Blvd S from 9am-1pm.

Participants are invited to bring up to five gently used garments to exchange for vouchers that may be used to select up to five items of clothing donated by other participants. Clothing may be for women, men or children. Gently used shoes and accessories are also accepted. Please provide plastic hangers for all garments to be used in the swap. One-item vouchers may also be purchased for $3 each.

Donations above the 5-garment swap limit are accepted but must be contained in a bag or box, and anything above three bags of clothing should be donated directly to the CASA St. Petersburg thrift store.

Cash donations are also accepted at the Swap. All cash collected, donated clothing, and non-selected garments at the end of the swap will be donated to Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA). CASA is a local non-profit organization providing services to survivors of abuse or violence.

 
Premium Artist Space Available!

Gulfport Merchant’s Association

Gulfport Art & Gallery Art Walk

Contact: Suzanne King

727-322-5217

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Premium Artist Space Available!

Calling all Artisans and Craftsmen! Several premium spots are now available during Gulfport Art & Gallery Walks. Applications for all handmade categories are currently being accepted.

Art Walks take place from 6-10pm on First Fridays and Third Saturdays year round in Gulfport’s Waterfront Art District. Applications and detailed vendor information are available at www.SIKpromotions.com under the vendor info tab.

The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event features new artists every first Friday and third Saturday each month and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, folk art, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products and more.

There is never a fee for visitor admission, parking or trolley rides. For more information on Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk, please visit www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com, find us on Facebook or call 727-322-5217. Event Location: 3101 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport

 
Seven Local Artists Create Geckos for Charity Auction

Contact:  Jessica Sager;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FL: Seven larger-than-life geckos will be the centerpiece of a live auction to benefit local charities. The geckos will be visualized and created according to each artist’s individual concept. All seven geckos can be seen for the first time at the Third Annual Art Gecko Show during an opening reception on Friday, August 4th at the Catherine Hickman Theater (5501 27th Avenue South) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The show will also feature selections from the participating artist’s regular body of work in a variety of media. The reception is free and open to the public and will also include complimentary hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. The selection of artists’ other work will continue to be displayed through the month of August, but following the reception, the geckos themselves will be moved to preview locations in venues throughout Gulfport’s Waterfront village. The geckos will then go up for auction at the Ninth Annual Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 26th at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom.

Each gecko will be a prized collector’s art work and join the ranks of nearly 70 other geckos that have been created since the inception of the Gecko Ball. Organizers initiated the Artists’ Gecko Auction eight years ago with much success and the auction is now a popular part of the tradition of annual Gulfport Gecko-related activities in late summer. The Art Gecko Show was conceived in 2015 to highlight and show appreciation for the participating artists.

Artists selected to create geckos for this year’s auction are Joan Allen, Eric Folsom, Brenda McMahon, Lenne Nicklaus-Ball, Owen Pach, Tom Pitzen and Monika Watson. Following the opening reception, the seven geckos will be moved and displayed at various public locations in Gulfport to be announced during the reception.

The annual Gecko Ball has become known as Gulfport’s party of the year! This year’s theme is “Geckostock,” celebrating all things 1960s, including hippies, pop culture figures, trends and fads, and of course the famed 1969 Woodstock Festival. Costumes, décor and scenery will transport Ball-goers into a mod/psychedelic other world. In addition to the live auction of the artist’s geckos, the event includes dozens of silent auction items, costume contests, annual coronation of the Gecko Queen, catered tapas, cash bar, live music by the Throwback Band, dancing and more. The Gecko Ball will be held at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd.). Tickets are $35 each and are available in advance beginning July 4th at Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd.), Gulfport Welcome Center (3101 Beach Blvd.) or online with a credit or debit card at VisitGulfportFlorida.com. A portion of proceeds from Gecko Ball, as well as Gulfport’s Gecko Pub Crawl (August 12th) and GeckoFest (September 2nd) will fund a learning garden at Creative Play Preschool, and medical expenses for women not covered by insurance through the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund.

Artists from Gulfport or with ties to Gulfport have volunteered their time and talent to create a gecko for this year’s auction.

Joan Allen has lived in Gulfport since 2002. She has acquired a varied resume in locations around the country, including rural stay-at-home mom, graphic artist, envelope-stuffer, coffee shop proprietor and historic hotel manager. She is also self-taught in the craft of quilting. After discovering oven-cured clay, she eventually combined this with her talent for needle and fabric work to develop a line of highly imaginative “art dolls,” made with detailed clay appendages, bodies of assorted fabrics, and inventive hair and accessories. She has created a wide variety of the dolls over the years and they have been extensively collected. She also works in the medium of encaustic painting.

A long-time resident and native of Gulfport, Eric Folsom moved from the area in the 1970s to pursue his study of art, becoming an apprentice to George Anderson in Sperryville, Virginia. He became proficient in the techniques of brazing and fabrication of bronze and copper into jewelry and sculptural forms. He has pursued his craft for over 40 years. His work is available locally at Domain & Gallery and Florida CraftArt.

Gulfport resident Brenda McMahon has worked as a professional clay artist for over 20 years. Born, raised and educated in New York, she actually came to draw much of her inspiration from the natural beauty of sea and shore. She sells her work at art shows around the country, including St. Petersburg’s Mainsail Art Festival, earning many honors and awards, and teaches workshops nationally and internationally. She is also an accomplished yogi, and combines her love of nature, clay and yoga as much as possible.

Participating as one of the “gecko artists” for the past four years, Lenne Nicklaus-Ball has exhibited in mixed media, three dimensional assemblages and neon abstracts are displayed in many public and private collections on three continents. In addition to work on several commissions for corporate offices, she is one of few artists who have sold giclée limited prints on HSN. She has had over nine museum and art center exhibits, and several public art installations in the last decade.

Owen Pach was an established woodworking artist at the age of 30 in Ybor City when he discovered his passion for glass art. His work is included in numerous private and public art collections, including public installations in Gulfport, and he has inspired many of his students over the years to pursue their own glass passions. He originated the gecko art auction event in 2010. In addition to blown glass, he also works extensively in metal, stone and wood.

Tom Pitzen was educated in art and design and went on to open a custom wood shop in Ohio, offering custom cabinetry, furniture and displays. Many of his pieces for the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio travelled with exhibits throughout North America. He and his family now live and work in Gulfport. His large-scale public art installations in Gulfport, incorporating mosaics and mixed media, have become familiar sights throughout the City, including the entrance to Gulfport’s Waterfront District and the Gulfport Neighborhood Center. His art studio is in Gulfport’s Alley of the Arts.

Gulfport resident Monika Watson was born in Austria and moved to Paris in her twenties to study art and work as a commercial artist. Her unique style involves hand-made jewel-like clay pieces applied to her painted backgrounds, forming combinations of texture and color that depict seascapes, birds, villages and other scenes. Her work has been collected extensively by patrons from around the world.

All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association and a portion of proceeds benefits one or more local charities each year. For more information on the Gecko Ball go to www.visitgulfportflorida.com, www.geckofest.com or www.facebook.com/geckoball, or contact John Haugen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Call for Aspiring Gecko Queens

Contact: Faun Weaver; (727) 424-2219; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Who wants to represent all that is Gecko/Gulfport/Fabulous and be the next Gulfport Gecko Queen? Gulfport’s fifth Gecko Queen will be crowned at this year’s Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 26th. This is a gender-neutral opportunity for adults of any age, 21 and over; what's important is that you can represent Gulfport with flair! Candidates who submitted an expression of interest in previous years are welcome to re-apply.

The Queen’s costuming should reflect this year’s theme of “Geckostock” (Woodstock, hippies and all things 1960s), so candidates should consider if this is a theme with which they can work. The costumed Gecko Queen represents Gulfport throughout the year at events including GeckoFest and Gecko Crawl, St. Pete Pride Parade, and Gulfport July 4th Parade and must become accustomed to frequent bows and curtsies from her/his subjects.

The Queen will be chosen from among interested candidates by members of the Gecko Ball Committee. The deadline to express your interest is July 15th. If interested please contact Faun Weaver, Gecko Queen Emeritus, by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a statement as to why you want to be the next Gecko Queen. Please include any photos or video that represent you and your Gulfportian attitude. All hail the Queen!

 
“Hurricane Bianca” Comes to Gulfport

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library continues its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, July 13th with a “ridiculous and silly, but ultimately very fun comedy” (junkee.com). The series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages.

Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Licensing restrictions prohibit explicitly naming the titles of films in public press releases. But feel free to call the Library at (727) 893-1074 for the film title and other information about the film series. Or find titles and more information at the Library’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

About the July 13th film: This “broad comedy” stars wise-cracking RuPaul’s Drag Race season six winner Bianca Del Rio (Roy Haylock), as school teacher Richard, fired from his job in a small Texas town after community members discover he is gay. He returns “in disguise” as his drag persona Bianca to wreak havoc on those who have discriminated against him. Also starring Rachel Dratch, Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, Lola Botha and RuPaul. (Not rated)

Save the date for the next film in the monthly series: Thursday, August 10th. In this independent Canadian film, a closeted Newfoundland teen named Oscar (Connor Jessup) dreams of becoming a special-effects makeup artist, and is terrified of his macho father finding out the truth about his sexuality. When Oscar falls for Wilder (Aliocha Schneider), a handsome and worldly co-worker at the hardware store, he is forced to confront his fears.

Watch for announcements of other films as they are added to the series on the second Thursday of each month.

 
Gecko Ball Tickets Go On Sale July 4th

Contact: John Haugen; (727) 623-0524 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Tickets for the Ninth Annual Gecko Ball will be available beginning July 4th.  The Ball will be celebrated with a theme of “Geckostock!” on Saturday, August 26th, 2017.  Plan now for the event known as Gulfport’s party of the year!

The party will be a celebration of hippie culture and the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival.  Décor and scenery will transport ball-goers into a psychedelic era.  Expect to experience over-the-top revelry and costumes, from hippies to rock stars to other 60s cultural and political touchstones.  Ball-goers are encouraged to develop costumes relating to hippies, Woodstock and the 1960s, or to geckos, or any creative combination!  A costume contest will help decide some of the best outfits at the Ball. 

“Geckostock” will be held at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Boulevard South) from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th.  The event gets larger and more popular each year, including over the top décor, full cash bar, geckotinis and other cocktail specials, passed hors d’oeuvre and tapas.  Live music by the Throwback Band will fill the dance floor this year with 60s-era pop, rock and soul music as well as hits from nearby decades.  Hundreds of silent auction items will be up for bids, and the annual live auction of artist-created geckos will once again be a highlight of the evening.  Witness the whimsical coronation of Gulfport’s next Gecko Queen! 

Tickets are $35 per person and will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4th at the Gulfport Welcome Center (3101 Beach Boulevard South) or the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Boulevard South).  Tickets may also be purchased online with a credit or debit card at VisitGulfportFlorida.com.  The Gecko Ball sells out every year, so would-be Ball-goers should purchase tickets as far in advance as possible.  While they last, reserved tables of ten or twelve are available for group reservations only if all tickets for the table are purchased in person at the Gulfport Welcome Center in one transaction.

Gulfport celebrates the Gecko each year with a series of whimsical events at the end of summer.  The Gecko Balloccurs one week prior to the 17th Annual GeckoFest street festival (September 2nd), and each year the Ball’s theme also lends itself to costumes that GeckoFest participants are encouraged to flaunt during the Fest’s walking parade.  The Tenth Annual Gecko Crawl will be held August 12th this year, and the third annual “Art Gecko Show” will be held during the month of August, with an opening reception on August 4th.  All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association and a portion of proceeds is donated to local charities each year.  Community Support Grants this year will be made to the Creative Play Preschool and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund.  Visit GeckoFest.com for more information on all events. 

For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/GeckoBall.  Contact John Haugen for details by email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
“Keith Haring: Radiant Child” Performance Coming to Gulfport

Contact: Susan Gore (727-954-8431; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: A special performance of the one-man show, “Keith Haring: Radiant Child” will be staged in Gulfport on Thursday, June 29th at the Catherine Hickman Theater (5501 27th Avenue South) at 7:30 p.m.  Actor Chad Jacobs portrays famed gay artist Keith Haring. A special twist will be Jacobs creating some of Haring’s iconic artwork live throughout the performance. With plenty of humor and with lots of heart, the play will inspire you to share your gifts wherever you can, whatever they may be.  The play is directed by Christopher Rutherford and was written by Jeff Norton.

The hour-long play will offer a taste of what shaped the history and style of Haring’s work, but playwright Jeff Norton delves even further, giving thoughtful insight into the motivations and the creative process of one of America’s most prolific and financially successful painters.

Tickets are $20 in advance per person for general admission (with doors opening at 7 p.m.).  A limited number of special Early Access tickets are available at $25 per person, including entry to the theater one hour early at 6 p.m., an hors d’oeuvre reception and preferred seating.  A cash bar offering premium wines, as well as beer and other beverages will be offered to all.  Tickets are available at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South), Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Boulevard), Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Boulevard South) and Metro LGBTQ Health and Community Center (3251 3rd Avenue North in St. Petersburg).  Early Access tickets are available exclusively at the Library.  Only cash or checks can be accepted for ticket purchases.  The show is presented by the Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center.  A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Center, as well as HIV/AIDS programs at Metropolitan Charities of Pinellas. 

Chad Jacobs (Keith Haring) is an actor and illustrator living in St. Petersburg.  He currently works for Feld Entertainment and has performed with Studio Shakespeare in a number of plays.

Christopher Rutherford (Director) is an actor, director, stage manager and technician who has worked with many of Tampa Bay’s professional theatre companies. Rutherford himself portrayed Keith Haring in “Radiant Child” in 2012 at freeFall Theatre.

Jeff Norton (Writer) was a dedicated theatre artist and educator who dazzled Florida audiences for decades with his comedic ability, his physical prowess and his lofty imagination. His performances were always heralded and his talents seemed endless. Sadly, Norton was murdered in 2010, but Theatre Tampa Bay continues to honor his legacy through grants for up and coming artists.  There is also a scholarship in his name for graduating theatre students at the high school where he worked. Norton performed the premiere production of “Keith Haring: Radiant Child” in 1992 at The Tampa Museum of Art.

The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library was established in 2015 to provide specialized library collections and programs to the LGBTQ community.  It is the first center of its kind in a public library setting in Florida.  The Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library.  For more information about “Radiant Child,” contact Susan Gore (727-954-8431 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).   For more information about the Resource Center, contact the Library at 727-893-1074 or visit the Library’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.


 
Video and Speakers Focus on Pinellas LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Contact: Gulfport Public Library; (727) 893-1074

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: A free “lunch and learn” program will feature video footage of theatrical performances depicting the challenges facing the alarming number of LGBTQ youth displaced from their homes in Pinellas County. 

Members of the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Project will also be on hand to speak and take questions.  Audience members are invited to bring their own lunch and beverages.  The event will take place on Thursday, June 22nd from 12 until 1 p.m. at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Avenue South.  For more information, contact the Library at (727) 893-1074.

 
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Gulfport Art Walk

Gulfport Art Walk in beautiful Gulfport, Florida

Every First Friday and Third Saturday

6:00 pm until 10:00 pm

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Tuesday Fresh Market

Tuesday Fresh Market in Gulfport Florida

Weekly, Year Round, Every Tuesday

9:00 am until 3:00 pm

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Gulfport Geckofest

Geckofest 2009

Saturday, Labor Day Weeekend!

10:00 am until 10:00 pm

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