Spend the day in Tarpon Springs (About $20).

http://tarponarts.org/tarpon-springs-information/

We're going after the snow birds have left and before school lets out for the season so hopefully it won't be too crowded in town that day.  Our activites can include one or more of the following:

Let's start at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 36 N Pinellas Avenue (Alt US 19). (Meet there at 10:00ish.  Church is open to the public every day unless there is a special event or funeral service. Good Trip Advisor Reviews . www.epiphanycity.org/TourChurch.htm

It's only a 3 block walk from the church or we can drive to the parking lot adjacent to the house.  We then have a reservation at 11:00 for a docent-led tour of the historic Safford House, a victorian mansion on the US Register of Historic Places. Cost $3. Address is 23 Parkin Street, off Grand Blvd.  . Other mansions in the area.    http://tarponarts.org/tarpon-springs-information/our-venues/safford-house-museum/

A drive around the block to Spring Street is Spring Bayou and this is where young Greek males dive for the cross on January 6th of each year.

Eat? Yabetcha. Plenty of Greek Restaurants along Dodsecanese Street - which is the center of the sponge docks. Many gift shops along the street too. (Sorry - but if you go into one all of the others will be a repeat!) HOWEVER - the bakeries are WONDERFUL.

Then drive North on US Alt 19 and then left on Docanese Blvd (Sponge Docks).  Lunch on your own at any of the many restaurants.  Parking might be a challenge at some unless you go up to the end of the street and eat at one of the restaurants up there

Or you can drive to 18 Docanese Blvd (Sponge Docks).  Park in the 1st parking lot on the right (Sunline Cruises) and then walk to restaurant of choice.  Remember though that we need to be back at Sunline Cruises by 12:45.

Then all aboard for 2 hour narrated boat tour including a 30 minute stop at Anclote Key for shelling or walking on the beach. Group rate will be less than $18 + tax (free ticket for group leader and, as usual, I'll divide that "discount" to all attending.)  Will have to give final head count 3 days in advance and will have to pay for that many tickets whether or not everyone attends.  Check out the details:

http://www.sunlinecruises.net/cruises.html#island

The main business district is filled with antique shops, art galleries etc. Very walkable.  Also, in a gift shop behind Yanni's Restaurant there is a free movie that explains about the sponge industry.  The movie is old and faded but very educational.

Sounds like a full day so let's head north fairly early with the carpool leaving Muvico at 9:00.  As usual, each carload determines what time they head back to Tampa.  Time shown it the time we meet at St. Nicholas

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  • Olga M.

    Great day I enjoyed it so much, we were blessed with wonderful weather. Nice group.

    May 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awwww ... so sorry I missed this day with all the NTS buddies. Mary, thanks for the email heads up! Hope the road trip coming up is affirmative! Gail, I put an envelope with the $$ in your special mailbox - please advise about my unused D Word ticket for $38. Thanks, DDK

    May 8

    • Gail T.

      Already refunded to you in cash

      May 8

  • Ellen E.

    An all around perfect day for me, not so good for Mike. Mike, I'm sorry you had to miss so much of it but was glad to hear you were feeling better. I plan to return next week to catch the exhibit at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and eat at the bake shop restaurant. This was a five star plus trip because I agree with every good thing said about it.

    May 8

  • Teresa N

    had a great time in Tarpon springs yesterday. love the time with my friends and lunch was wonderful. they were better prepared to handle 20 with our "faux reservation" than a lot of places are with weeks of preperation. boat ride was very enjoyable..perfect weather... and time with friends was as always the highlight of the day. MIKE hope you are feeling better and sorry we missed you. Chelsi..thanks for the pictures....

    May 8

  • Arlene K.

    The day was great with NTS friends. Lynn, thanks for driving. Mike, hope you're feeling better.

    1 · May 8

  • Gail T.

    I just rated this as a 5 star in spite of the fact that Mike Placer was very ill and had to leave; and that when I went to try to leave my car was dead as a doornail and had to be hauled off by a wrecker to a Toyota dealer in Holiday. Love the versatility of the shuffle of getting people home with alternate drivers; received really great service from the staff and Sun Toyota.

    The church was really beautiful (wish I more understood all of the symbolism of what we were seeing but it was impressive just the same). The tour of the Safford House was interesting and our docent told tales of the assorted occupants making it sound much like a soap opera. Loved my meal at Demetri's and the fact that they were so prepared for us based on the reservation that I did not make. The boat ride to Anclote Key was educational & interesting and we loved the narration by the naturalist on board. What an absolutely perfect day for the boat ride and our time on the island. Great day with NTS Buddies

    May 7

  • Diana B.

    A great day with friends - will go back for sure

    May 7

  • lynn/tom g.

    Great day with nts friends, loved the church, the stafford house, the food and the boat trip....mike i hope u r feeling better

    May 7

  • Gail T.

    There have been 2 last minute cancellations. It not only affects the fact that reservations have been made and paid for by me but it also has an impact on the carpools from Muvico today. There are now a total of 9 leaving from Muvico which will fit in 2 cars instead of the planned for 3 cars.

    May 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm having my entire home painted inside and they're not done - can't leave as planned. Regrets,

    May 6

    • Gail T.

      Bring me a check for $20 please. I have already paid for your tickets.

      May 7

  • Mary A.

    Will not be going today. Have fun everybody!

    May 7

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