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Harvesters March Downtown St. Petersburg Tour

March 4th, 2017


Harvesters to Stroll in St. Petersburg in March

The Harvesters have the opportunity stroll in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, March 4th, as reservations have been made for a guided walking tour. The tour will be offered twice – once in the morning at 10:00 AM and again in the afternoon at 1:30 PM You must choose one time only.. Both tours will cover the same area so you have your choice of the time that will best suit your schedule. Each tour will be limited to 25 participants.

The tour will explore different parts of downtown and discover how the city of St. Petersburg was born. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to some of the unusual characters who influenced The Sunshine City’s development. More than just a history tour, it will also include information about the flora and fauna of St. Pete from a naturalist’s point of view. By linking people and places to the past you will be connected with present day St. Pete. The tour will be approximately 2 hours in length and cover approximately 2 miles of leisurely walking with stops along the way. Cost for the tour is $9.00/person. Carpooling will be arranged.

The Harvesters’ guide for both tours will be Rev Bastardo, a 40+ year resident of Florida. He is a Master naturalist, member of the St. Petersburg Preservation and Tampa Bay Storytellers and a volunteer at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. To access his website go to

Lunch will be arranged at a downtown St. Petersburg restaurant so that both tour groups can share a meal together between tours. Lunch will be at your own cost.

Saturday in St. Petersburg also means “Farmer’s Market Day” downtown at Williams Park from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM. You can come early or stay late if you wish to do some shopping.

If you would like to register for the St. Petersburg’s tour, please go to Please be sure that you indicate which tour you are planning on taking. If you will be joining the group for lunch, please mark the lunch “add-on” box when you register. Registration deadline is Saturday, Feb. 25th.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob and Mary Stark at (231) 564-0677.

Sarasota national cemetery

Harvesters April Sarasota National Cemetery

April 7th, 2017

On Friday, April 7th, at 10:30 AM the Harvesters will have the honor of visiting Sarasota National Cemetery. The cemetery, a 295-acre facility, is located in Sarasota County along State Road 72 (Clark Road) approximately four miles east of Interstate 75. It is administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affair and is one of nine national cemeteries located in Florida. The first burials at Sarasota National Cemetery were in January 2006. Ten (+) burials take place at the cemetery each day.

The Harvesters will be given a docent-led tour of Patriot Plaza, which is a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater donated by The Patterson Foundation of Sarasota. Patriot Plaza honors veterans, inspires patriotism and embraces freedom through the commissioned artwork installed around the Plaza. During the one-hour tour information will be given about the cemetery itself as well as the artwork which tells the stories that celebrate and remember the sacrifices of veterans and their families. At the conclusion on the tour, the docents will be available for additional information. There is no cost for the tour.

Following the tour, the Harvesters have 12:30 PM lunch reservations at Miller’s Ale House located just west of I-75 on Kenny Dr. off Bee Ridge Road. Cost of lunch will be on your own.

To register please go to the church’s website at

If you plan to join the group for lunch, please be sure to check the “add-on” box on the registration form. Registration deadline is Friday, March 24th.

If you have any questions, please call Bob/Mary Stark at 231-564-0677.