It's April and time to celebrate Mother Earth!
*April may seem a quiet month, but from the perspective of religions it's quite busy. Passover and various forms of Easter (Western, Orthodox, Coptic) go on throughout the month.
*For the first time since 1946, Easter and April Fool's fell on the same day -- another odd calendar mix of holidays.
*For the astrology folks, Mercury Retrograde goes until April (shadow until the 29th).
*For the environmentalists and earth lovers, Earth Day happens on April 22. (It's also Arbor Day in other countries this month). So, don't forget to show some love for your mother (Earth) and plant a tree to save life!
Dia de los Muertos Opening Reception (details here): Brandy Stark has one wire work selected to fill 1 of 65 open spots for this show. She also has a hand painted sugar skull in the fundraiser for local arts programs. Come out and support the arts -- opening reception is at Florida Craftart, 501 Central Avenue, 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Artists will be in costume (I will be the Merry Widow). Can't make it? The show will be up through May. Neighborhood Joe, March of the Mermaids reception: April 8. Free miniature tarot readings by Ursala, first come first serve. Meet two great artists (Brandy Stark and Rhonda Kay) and their fishy creations, too! More information on the opening reception here!
Patty and Friends is closed for renovations. When the store re-opens it will have a new name: The Market at Left Bank! Management reports that the ghosts are pretty laid back about all of the new changes.
Upcoming: Brandy Stark will be on an episode (Season 10, episode 13) of "Dead Files" found on the Travel Channel. She will be on as a local historian. The episode should air later this year.
ALSO: SPIRITS Rock theme: Happy Arr-Boo Day! (Happy Arbor Day -- as close as I can get to a ghostly pun on Earth Day). Now through April 22 you should find these rocks in various places around St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. If you find one, pick it up, keep it or rehide it but please post a picture (via hashtag if desired) to our FB page!
Moon and astronomy: We enjoyed the blue moon of March 31st, and won't see the full moon again until April 30. This time, it's the Pink Moon, so named by Native Americans for the pink phlox that bloom at this time of year.
Our book, Shadows in the Sunshine, is available now! It combines the booklets from Patty and Friends (with new research, history, and ghostly happenings), the Suntan Art Center (ditto), and adds in one more haunted site. This little gem is up on Kindle, for sale through Amazon, and available in person for the Oct. 21 and Oct. 25 tours. I'll also have my copies at Necronomicon 2017. Check out Shadows in the Sunshine book and ebook editions!
Upcoming: September 28, 2018: International Day of Ghost Hunting. We are signed up to participate as the event is designed to benefit historic preservation. We are hopeful to raise money and awareness for Preserve the Burg but are currently looking for a place to investigate. The Sept. 28th event will be a ticket-purchase fundraiser with all money going to historic preservation. Ghost investigation is 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. More as we get this organized and scheduled!
Valentwe'en 2019: This will be held on Feb. 19, 2019, and co-insides with the full moon. Recap of Valentwe'en 2018!