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Spirit of The Observer

America Our deep-rooted traditions continue to thrive.

Look inside for a calendar of Fourth of July events in Manatee and Sarasota counties. PAGES 16-17 PHOTOS BY RACHEL S. O’HARA


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For this year’s “Spirit of America” special section, The Observer’s staff photographer, Rachel S. O’Hara, sought out local places and people in the Sarasota, Longboat Key and East County areas to capture what American life is like — the spirit of America. Our cover features upclose looks at a few of the photos in our section. They include hands-on activities such as working on a community garden, a mother and daughter making chocolate-chip cookies together, a longtime potter crafting a bowl on a potter’s wheel, eating an ice cream cone and playing baseball; as well as Americans’ favorite way to start their mornings, a typical American meal and America’s national symbol, a flag, painted on the side of a building.

We hope these photos resonate with you and not only show you images of local life but spark ideas in your mind of what the “spirit of America” means to you. This holiday weekend, use our calendar on pages 16 to 17 to help plan your families’ activities this Fourth of July. From boat races to live music and many festivals and fireworks, there are plenty of options for all. And don’t miss this year’s “Spirit of America” online photo contest winners, shown on pages 29 and 30. Approximately 25 images were submitted online this year at our website,, resulting in more than 1,300 votes. Thank you for sharing your American spirits with us this year. Happy Fourth of July!

See more photos from The Observer’s 2011 “Spirit of America” special section. And don’t miss the online video, “Sounds of America,” that showcases the sounds behind the subjects of our photos.

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‘Meet and Greet Who’s in the Driver’s Seat’ — The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, in the Tropics Room, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts. Participating race teams will be signing autographs and offering giveaway items. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800.

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Powerboats by the Bay — The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 1 and July 2, at Centennial Park, 10th Street. It features live entertainment by King’s Road, Juke Box heroes, Sarasota Stew and Kenny McGee. Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800.


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‘The Friendliest Catch’ Fishing Tournament for the Physically AND Mentally Challenged — The tournament takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Sarasota Outboard Club, 1604 Ken Thompson Parkway. Jerry Springer is the presenting sponsor. The event features special guest Travis Lofland, of the fishing vessel Time Bandit. Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800.

Hyatt Regency Pre-Race Party — takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, July 1, at Hyatt Regency Sarasota Ballroom, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts. The event includes a race-team cornhole competition and casino-style table games. Live entertainment by Tucci Group with special guest Verceal. Tickets are $15 at the door. Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800.

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Kilo World Speed Record Event — Witness world speed-record attempts by some of the world’s fastest boats from 7 a.m. until noon Friday, July 1, in Sarasota Bay just north of Centennial Park, 10th Street. Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800.

Ninth Annual St. Armands Boat Show — The boat show starts at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, at St. Armands Circle Park. Call 388-1554.

MANATEE COUNTY DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY CRASH AND BASH — Celebrate the Fourth of July with an action-packed night of racing beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Desoto Super Speedway, 21000A S.R. 64 E. Events include School Bus Figure 8s, Boat Trailers, Puck Race, Enduro, Demolition Derby, Flag Pole Race and Skid Car Race. Fireworks will close the show. Cost is $30 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Call 7483171.

Sarasota Motorcycle Pancake Breakfast — The breakfast takes place from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Applebee’s, 5550 Fruitville Road. Cost is $10 per person. Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. High Heel Hike for Autism to Powerboats by the Bay — Registration begins at 9 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts. Walk ends at Powerboats by the Bay, Centennial Park, 10th Street, with a performance by the Glenn Cummings Band. To register as an individual or team, visit Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. Motorcycle Speed Card Ride — takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, with the ride ending at Powerboats by the Bay, Centennial Park, 10th Street. Registration takes place at Applebee’s, 5550 Fruitville Road. Coast is $10 per hand, or three hands for $20. Prizes are awarded for top-three best hands. Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. ‘Bags by the Bay’ Cornhole Competition — The competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at

Lakewood Ranch Night at McKechnie Field — Join Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corp. for an amazing night of patriotic fun as the Bradenton Mauraders take on the Mets July 3, at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; game begins at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks show will follow the game. Tickets are $5. For more information, call Stacy Morgan, 747-3031, Ext. 4365 or email

Sarasota Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race — The race takes place in two heats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Lido Beach and New Pass with live, flag-to-flag coverage on TV and radio. Go to

MONDAY, July 4 Longboat Key Freedom Fest — The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Bicentennial Park. Put on your favorite red, white and blue attire for the parade that’s often described as the shortest and most charming

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Sunday, July 3 BeachHouse Restaurant Fireworks Extravaganza — Celebrate the Fourth of July early with this annual party and fireworks show. VIP seating is available. Fireworks begin after dark at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Call 778-8718.



‘Miss Super Boat Grand Prix’ Bikini Contest — takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Centennial Park, 10th Street. Cash prizes. To register, email



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Music on Main — Lakewood Ranch will host its monthly Music on Main concert from 6 to 9 p.m. July 1, on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. In addition to live music, enjoy food, beer and wine. Lawn chairs and pets welcome, no coolers. For more, visit

Primrose School’s Red, White and Blue Celebration — Students at Primrose School at Lakewood Ranch Town Center will don red, white and blue attire during the school’s Fourth of July celebration at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at the school, 9127 Town Center Parkway. Parents and families are invited to celebrate patriotic pride with their young ones. Call 373-6363.

Join one of our holiday cruise groups for 2011. Thanksgiving Nov. 21 - Dec. 2, An 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise aboard the ms Noordam, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale lncludes motor coach from Sarasota, 3 private cocktail parties, hosted by VIP staff. From $1537.00. Christmas/New Years Dec. 21 - Jan. 4, A 14 day Southern Caribbean cruise aboard the ms Prinsendam. Round trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Includes motor coach from Sarasota, 2 private Cocktail parties; Pinnacle Grill lunch. From $3299.00 Dec. 22 - Jan. 3, A 12 day Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Miami on Oceania Cruise lines luxurious, new ms Marina. Includes pre-paid gratuities and an Air allowance of $500. Low prices from $2799.00 Dec. 23 - Jan. 2, A 10 day Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the ms Maasdam. Roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Includes motor coach from Sarasota, 2 private Cocktall parties, Pinnacle Grill lunch, hosted by VIP staff. From $2209.00 Dec. 23 -30, A 7 day Christmas cruise to the Eastern Caribbean aboard the beautiful Ruby Princess. Includes shipboard credit. From only $1039.00

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Powerboats by the Bay — The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 1 and July 2, at Centennial Park, 10th Street. It features live entertainment by King’s Road, Juke Box heroes, Sarasota Stew and Kenny McGee. Visit or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800.



Sept. 11 - 24, discover the fascinating Danube with its charming small towns and exciting cities on this river cruise vacation. Start out with 2 niqhts in Budapest before boarding our luxury river cruise ship and cruising to Nuremburg, Germany, followed by three nights stay in Prague. Includes deluxe hotels river cruise with all shipboard meals, beer & wine with dinner, all shore excursions and more.Hosted by VIP World Travel staff. Priced from $3939.00

Powerboats by the Bay, at Centennial Park, 10th Street. Boards are available. Cost is $50 per team; $40 if you bring your own board. To register, email Visit suncoastoffshore. org or call 371-8820, Ext. 1800.




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Anna Maria Privateers INDEPENDENCE DAY Parade — This annual Fourth of July event marches through all three towns on Anna Maria Island. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Coquina Beach, in Bradenton Beach, and ends at Anna Maria Island Bayfront Park. Festivities will continue with the Privateers’ Independence Day Celebration at noon at Café on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more, visit City of Palmetto JULY 4 Celebration — The city of Palmetto will feature pop star Eddie Money as its featured artist during this year’s July 4 Celebration at Lamb and Sutton parks, Palmetto. The concert begins at 5 p.m. with openers Henry Lawrence and Scholars Ward. Money will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Call 7234580. Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular — Celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and family fun. VIP seating is available under the beach pavilion. Fireworks begin after dark at about 9 p.m., at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Call 778-8710.

Sarasota Firecracker Regatta — The race will take place starting at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island. Call 388-2355. ANNUAL PATRIOTIC CONCERT — The concert begins at 4 p.m. Monday, July 4, at First Sarasota, the Downtown Baptist Church, 1661 Main St. An ice cream social will follow the performance. Admission is free. Call 3652846. Flag Fest Sarasota — The festival starts at 4 p.m. Monday, July 4, on Main Street, in downtown Sarasota. The event features food, music, vendors, kids fun zone and activities

C e buz th throughout the day. Admission is free. Call 7063102. Siesta Key Community Fireworks Celebration — The VIP party begins at 5 p.m. at includes reserved, on-site parking, gourmet picnic dinner, beverages, live entertainment and ideal viewing area for the fireworks display. Cost is $75. The fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m. Call 349-3800.

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Tropical Fourth of July 2011: A Star Spangled Celebration — The event takes place from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave. The event features live music by Impulse, along with children’s activities and lawn games. An All-American barbecue and cookout will also take place. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to watch the bayfront fireworks display. Tickets are $20 for adults; $17 for members; $17 for members’ guests; and children 11 and under are free. Call 366-5731. Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular — takes place starting at approximately 9 p.m. at Sarasota Bayfront Park. The event generates proceeds for Suncoast Charities for Children. Donation drop points are located at Island Park. Marina Jack.





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THEY DISPLAY SYMBOLS OF THEIR PRIDE: The building for the Honorably Discharged Veterans of Sarasota has an American flag painted on one side of the building. The group hosts meetings for veterans and holds bingo on Saturday nights.



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THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTIME: Riverview High School player Anthony Guarnieri gets ready to hit the ball while Venice High School catcher Aaron Rhodes waits for the pitch during a summer game at Twin Lakes Park. Below: Riverview player Jared Mercer runs back to first base after trying to steal second base while Venice player Scott Kuffer attempts to make the out.

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THURSDAY, june 30, 2011

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YOUROBSERVER.COM PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS For the third year in a row, we asked readers to submit photos that they thought best exemplified “The Spirit of America” for our online photo contest at Readers responded with 24 different photos capturing American life in a variety of moments. In total, more than 1,300 votes were cast for all the photos submitted. Congratulations to the following winners!

FIRST PLACE — 456 VOTES ‘God Bless America at Tropicana Field’ Submitted by Tanya Waxler, of Bradenton


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In our winning photo, Levi Waxler signs “God Bless America” during the Tampa Bay Rays Game Sunday, June 19, at Tropicana Field. “This photo was taken on Father’s Day,” says Levi’s mom, Tanya Waxler. “It’s one of my favorite photos because the Statue of Liberty is behind him during ‘God Bless America.’ He (Levi) performs every home game for them. He does the national anthem, then ‘God Bless America’ in the seventh stretch, and is their junior sports announcer.”

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Sarasota resident Susan Steinbrink submitted this photo of herself saying a prayer for her son, Donovan Holsinger, who is serving in the Navy. “It was taken last year on Memorial Day,” Steinbrink said. “I am a proud, proud, proud Navy mom, so the red white and blue is pretty well embossed in my heart.”


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THURSDAY, june 30, 2011

THIRD PLACE — 200 VOTES ‘A Soldier Leaving on Deployment’ Submitted by Renee Marquiss, of Sarasota



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Sarasota resident Renee Marquiss shared this photo of her son, Maj. Jason Marquiss, taken in 2009 in Georgia, during his previous deployment. “We’re watching our children go off to war and families saying goodbye to our children,” Marquiss said. “That’s the current state of our life at the moment. The No. 1 thing is being proud of our children who are defending our rights.”

FOURTH PLACE — 139 VOTES ‘SHS to NYU’ Submitted by Tracy Frascone, of Sarasota

Tracy Frasone shared this photo of her son, Timothy Frascone, that was taken in May 2009 at his college graduation from New York University, at Yankee Stadium. “We caught him standing there after graduation, making phone calls to friends and probably planning what he was doing after, but with the flag behind him and the flag ceremony and Hillary Clinton being the spokesperson at graduation, the pride was really neat,” Frasone said.


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Spirit of America July 2011  
Spirit of America July 2011