But one monthly event just so happens to take the waterfront by storm: The Harbour Island Art Walk — don’t miss this month’s chapter on Nov. 24.
St. Petersburg's 500 Block was a brim with vintage motorcycles, hot rods, Volkswagen buses, and even an old Morris Minor. At 7 p.m., Sake Bomb's third annual Scorpio Vintage Rides and Art Show block party was still jamming eight hours after it started. Pinup girls bopped through the crowd sporting coiffed victory rolls, cat-lined eyes, form-fitting threads and high stilettos.
Not long after grabbing a sake martini and a beer from the bar, I was startled by the sound of a motorcycle engine revving nearby. It sounded so close, it had to be indoors. When I turned around, I could see Sake Bomb owner Tai "Swank" Truong straddled across a soon-to-be-raffled yellow Honda cx500 Cafe Racer. He revved the engine again, and owner Tom Truong popped up holding the box of raffle tickets. The crowd roared.
One lucky winner would be driving the bike home. After the first ticket picked failed to produce a winner, two minutes were put on the clock before another ticket was drawn. Again, no one stepped forward and another two minutes went on the clock. The air was electric, as Swank continued revving the engine and the crowd teetered between excited and angry. Finally, the third time was the charm, with motorcycle raffle winner Jeff Fox making his way to his new ride, climbing aboard and revving the engine once again. Everyone clapped and cheered, getting over the sting knowing they would not be claiming this prize.
But I was there on another mission.
The event started with a bang. Registration for this event was seamless, you could just simply show up and pay $10 and participate in the feast. Elmer’s Sports Café greeted guest with spicy homemade gumbo packed with spicy sausage and shrimp with rice in a rich, flattering deep roux. Paula Wood who has been running Elmer’s for the last 20 years and creating tasting homemade treasure for the last 6 years was warm and inviting.
Putting together a list of all the festivals, parties and other hoo-ha happening around Halloween is more shudder-inducing than a frozen slack-jawed Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Luckily with the help of CL interns Amina Jackson, Marc Seide and Kyetra Bryant — and local organizations who obliged us with information — we have been able to come up with this fairly comprehensive guide — truly something for everybody. (Insert creepy laugh here.) Items in chronological order, under the categories Arts, Music and Culture; Big Nights Out; Boooooze and More, Comedy & Cabaret, Family Fun; Festivals, Haunted Haunts. E-mail email@example.com if you have an event to add — but do so at your own risk!