SALUTING VETERANS – GREETING VISITORS by Trebor Britt As residents and visitors drive onto Siesta Key from Siesta Drive, not long after making the sharp left-hand turn onto Higel they are greeted by a wonderful black-and-white US flag artfully painted on a sound barrier wall. The flag was painted by Andrew Capron who lives in the home directly behind the flag. His goal was to have the flag completed by the Fourth of July 2014 and he completed it on July 3. As a new resident of Siesta Key, he was inspired to paint something on the wall that would be welcoming to residents and guests who visit. A huge fan of the military, Capron noted many servicemen and women have this black ink flag tattooed on their arm. “Siesta Key and Sarasota are so much of an American city,” Capron related, “even as diverse as it is, it’s a slice of Americana that you just don’t see in towns anymore.” Once you see the flag you’ll agree it’s very graphic and makes a very bold statement. It also ties in a little with graffiti art and stencils. Appropriate for Sarasota’s image as an artistic community. “It’s been amazing how many wonderful people have stopped by and asked if they could have their picture taken in front of the flag. I’m really happy that I did it,” Capron said, “just to see the number 18 to 20 something-year-olds stop by and show respect for the flag has been remarkable. It’s been very cool”
Another wonderful month filled with great visitors to our island
paradise. Photos by Jaye
Nancy is from Dallas, TX. She loves to travel
to Europe but her heart belongs on the sands
of frequent visits to Siesta Key. Photo byRich Craig
Pet Blessing at St. Boniface
With dark clouds gathering in the sky and the possibility of rain, it was decided to bring the pet blessing ceremony inside the church this year. According to Grace Riker, coordinator of the event, it is the first time the pets were allowed inside the church since the pet blessings began in 2003. “It was very special having the service in the church,” said Riker.Rector, John Hall, along with Andrea (Andi) Taylor, and Ralph McGimpsey officiated the ceremony.
With the exception of an occasional growl and some happy barks, all were on their best behavior.
This annual event, sponsored by the Boniface Eco-Stewardship Team (BEST), is in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
This is the second pet blessing Ruby the wonder dog attended with Jean Hall.
A first for Truth and Mace Mason,
best of buds…
And, we wrap up this month’s photo gallery with our lovely island girl, Tiffany. Tiffany is originally from Greenwood Lake, N.Y., and currently lives in Venice. She visits Siesta beach about once a month and enjoys bicycling, swimming and dancing. She has a busy life that includes being a student at the State College of Florida and working as an assistant teacher~
If you’re planning a trip to our white sand beach and would like to be considered for our next island girl, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (You must be 18 years old to participate.)