We’re Thankful for November 2020 in St. Pete Beach

We treasure the beauty of St. Pete Beach all year round, but there’s something special about the fall. November in St. Pete Beach offers picture-perfect weather with highs in the upper 70’s and lows around 60. The fresh air is comfortable for enjoying days on the beach and the evenings are pleasantly cool. November in Florida is ideal for spending time outdoors with your family, and we have plenty of fun activities coming your way so you can do just that! Holiday markets start up this month, and we even have some fun foodie events in the Tampa Bay area. Plus, our spacious suites with full kitchens are your ideal Thanksgiving headquarters- why not make plans to bring the family and give thanks at the beach this year?

Holiday Hors D’oeuvres at Casa di Mazzaro

November 7th

Enjoy holiday hors d’oeuvres at Casa di Mazzaro November 7th! The Holidays are fast approaching, and they have you covered. Join Chef Craig for a great class to learn how to make Holiday hors d’oeuvres, wonderful small plates to enjoy with family and friends!! https://casadimazzaro.com/cooking-classes/

Prime Rib Dinner at the Galley

Wednesdays in November

The Galley is offering 10 oz Prime Rib Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Au jus & Horseradish for only $12.95 from 6 p.m.-‘til it’s gone every Wednesday with Live Music from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.!

St. Pete Pier Marketplace

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

From handcrafted jewelry and unique home decor to hot sauce and self-care products, you are sure to find a piece of St. Pete that you’ll love to take home when you visit the St. Pete Pier Marketplace. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., local vendors display their wares. Make sure to stop by and say hi!

https://stpetepier.org/

Thirsty Pelican Brew Tours

Every Sunday

Every Sunday you can experience local culture and learn a little about the brewing process as the Thirsty Pelican introduces you to the largest brew scene in all of Florida! You will visit at least 3 breweries, up-close-and-personal like, and get the ‘inside scoop’ from your fun & knowledgeable Tour Guide.

https://thirstypelicantours.com/

Brews and Rescues at The Clearwater Aquarium

November 13th

November 13th at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, You won’t want to miss Brews and Rescues! Savor delectable food and sip thirst-quenching drinks as you explore the aquarium’s new state-of-the-art dolphin complex and brand-new facility. Celebrate their expansion with us during this fun, safe, and supportive event! This 21+ event will benefit future manatee rehabilitation efforts.

https://www.cmaquarium.org/brews-rescues/

Arts Annual Virtual Festival

November 15th

Enjoy works from the extraordinary visual and performing artists of Pinellas County while supporting Creative Pinellas and its mission to foster and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative arts community. Purchase a ticket for this year’s Arts Annual Virtual Festival taking place Sunday, November 15th. Performances include music, dance, theatre, visual arts and more! Purchase tickets at:

https://artsannual2020.eventbrite.com

12th Annual Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup

November 18th – 22nd

November 18th through 22nd join in the 12th Annual Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup Presented by Visit St. Pete Clearwater. World renowned sand sculptors come to Treasure Island, Florida to compete for over $10K in prizes. Enjoy Music, Food, Vendors and Fireworks at this fun free event.

Yappy Hour

November 26th

Come down to PAW and drink a local craft beer while supporting a great cause! $1 from every beer sold during Thursday November 26th’s Yappy Hour from 6-8 p.m. at Pinellas Ale Works benefits local animal charities!

https://www.fluffanimalrescue.org/

St. Pete in September 2020 – Our Top Picks of Things to Do

Fall is here to stay! And as the seasons change, there are still many awesome events to enjoy here in St Pete Beach. From Labor Day fireworks to pumpkin paintings, there’s something for everyone this month!

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks on Treasure Island

September 5th

Saturday the 5th at dusk spread out, socially distanced on the Treasure Island beach and enjoy the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks!
https://www.facebook.com/RECREATIONTI/

PB & Jelly Deli

September 5th

Saturday night in the beer garden sounds just about perfect right now, doesn’t it? Join the PB & Jelly Deli September 5th at Green Bench Brewing Co. for brews and your favorite gourmet PB&J sammies from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. They’ll be safe, socially distanced, masked up and ready to serve you nuttin’ but love!

September 7th

Who is ready for fall flavors? September 7th, join The Wheelhouse for their annual pumpkin beer release celebration. They will tap all the pumpkin beers that they can get their hands on & make some super yummy pumpkin food specials & desserts.  They are operating with social distancing protocols so please know that they cannot accommodate groups over 6 people.  All specials will be available for dine-in OR carry-out.  #RELEASETHEPUMPKINS

Central Cycling Spin Class

September 11th

September 11th at the new St. Petersburg Pier, enjoy an awesome spin class courtesy of Central Cycling under the Bending Arc sculpture!

There will be two opportunities to spin: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bookings for the event are open! 🚴 🚴‍

2nd Annual St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest

September 18th

Got wings? If you are a wing lover, we’ve got just the ticket. Tomorrow, stop by the 2nd Annual St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest! Admission is free so enjoy adult beverages and live music as well as the best wings in town from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1483572075128161/

Pumpkin Painting

September 22nd

September 22nd 6:30-8:30 register for this FUN workshop to create a Van Gogh Starry Night inspired pumpkin at Practically Pikasso! Instruction provided to help you create a beautiful new center piece or fall decor piece for your home. This workshop is recommended for adults and teens. Your kiln fired art will be ready to pick up on Sept 30th. Just in time for Halloween!

https://www.practicallypikasso.com/calendar

Jazz Sundays at Boulevard Burgers

Sundays

Sit back and relax with live tunes and mimosas by the beach at Boulevard Burgers & Tap House, right across the street from the Alden!

Le Jazz Trio is serving up some soulful jams every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., while you enjoy big, juicy burgers, seafood dishes, appetizers, milkshakes, and more!

Boulevard Burgers also offers 50 cent wings all day on Sundays!

Tampa Bay Things to Do in August 2020

Whether you’re trying to squeeze in one last vacay with the kids before school starts, or planning a couple’s getaway at the beach, the Alden is where it’s at this August! Here are some fun and safe activities to enjoy this month as the summer is winding down. Make plans for a beach trip with us here in St. Pete Beach, and check out these fun activities you can enjoy outdoors or while safely distancing.

SHINE Drive-In Mural Festival

Every Day

St. Petersburg is currently graced with over 80 murals from the annual Shine Mural Festival, and now a new app brings them all to life.

The Pixelstix app allows users to view the St. Pete Art Alliance’s new “Drive-In Mural Theater,” which consists of a three-to-five-minute narration about the work and information about the artist. It’s like a self-guided museum tour, and all you have to do is download the app, hop in the car, and go!

https://pixelstix.com/introducing-the-shine-drive-in-mural-theater

Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre

Every Day

Just a short drive from the Alden, you’ll find a delightful slice of Americana that’s perfect for families in these times. The Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, with over 50 years of continuous service to the Ruskin and South Hillsborough County, has been a community gathering place since its first movie, “Singing in the Rain” played in 1952. They call it the “Last family drive-in” in the U.S.A. because families, dating couples, single parents with children, and everyone else young and old can come and visit.

https://www.facebook.com/Ruskin-Family-Drive-In-133391110012282/

Corey Avenue Sunday Market

Sundays All Year Long

The Corey Avenue Market is back open for business folks! This is a downsized Summer version with social distancing rules in place. The market takes place Sundays from 10am to 1pm.  🌻 https://www.facebook.com/Corey-Avenue-Sunday-Market-on-St-Pete-Beach-1480760825498482

Friday Nights at Shrimpy’s

Fridays All Year Long

The front door of Shrimpy’s Blues Bistro is a portal to the Big Easy. Once you step inside, you’ll find yourself in a colorful, musical, art-covered wonderland. They combine fresh, wild-caught seafood with the flavors and feelings of New Orleans for a whole that’s greater than the sum of its delicious parts. But wait — it gets better. Every Cajun-influenced plate comes with a patio breeze, a bayfront view, and some rockin’ live music on the side. A pint of one of their 26 craft beers is the finishing touch. Sit back and, as they say in NOLA, let the good times roll. https://www.facebook.com/events/751427698929868/?event_time_id=751427732263198

Maximo Park

All Year Long

This 70-acre oceanside park features a covered playground, boat ramps, an Indian midden site (archeological sites formed primarily of mollusc shells) and more. This beautiful park is the largest of the City’s four archaeological sites at 70 acres. It is located where Boca Ciega Bay joins Tampa Bay. The park contains educational signs throughout describing the tribes that once inhabited the area. It is a great place to get out in nature and hike with beautiful views.

http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/maximopark/

Yoga on the Beach at Caddy’s

Thursdays All Year Long

Join Caddy’s On the Beach for a complimentary one-hour yoga class right on the beach at Treasure Island!

Bring a yoga mat or a towel and let your worries drift away as you do yoga while looking out onto the Gulf of Mexico. 🏖️ 🧘 https://www.facebook.com/events/1750924851711837/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22permalink%22%7D]%7D

Puff & Pour Paint

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday Aug 9- Aug 23

Come Puff & Pour Paint! In this class, you will learn step by step how to prep your paint to create fluidity without losing vibrancy, preparing the canvas, and use paint pouring techniques without brushes. Take home a uniquely abstract and magical creation, a masterpiece of your very own. Different Pour Paint techniques are featured in each class. It is a fun, inspiring, and therapeutic experience.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puff-pour-paint-with-the-missing-muse-tickets-108755356198

7 Ways We Are Keeping Guests Safe at the Alden

Our Guests Are Our Top Priority!

We continue to welcome guests for sun and fun here at the Alden, and we are going above and beyond to make sure that we can do it in the safest way possible. We’ve instituted policies and procedures in compliance with CDC and Florida guidelines, and with Pinellas County ordinance 20-14 to keep you safe. Our security team and staff are on the job to make sure that everyone complies with these safety rules while enjoying their vacations. Read on for 7 things our team is doing to ensure a safe and healthy visit for our treasured guests!

1. Masking Up
We’ve got our masks on! All of our Alden Suites team members are wearing masks for your safety and ours. Guests are required to wear masks when at the bar, Grab and Go, elevators, lobby, guest laundry room or when there is an inability to social distance.

2. Spacing Out
Guests must always social distance (6 feet) unless with family while at the Alden Suites. This includes the beach, pools, and hot tub. No group of 10 or more may be seated at a table, and we request that guests do not cluster chairs in public spaces. No groups of 10 or more are permitted to congregate in each area.
3. Cleaning Up
We have enhanced our cleaning protocols to keep everything sanitary, both in suites and public areas. Public furniture is being sanitized periodically throughout the day.

4. Sanitize Yourself
Hand sanitizing stations can be found throughout the property. We keep them fully stocked and request that guests use them frequently.
5. Dining Safely
The Alden Food Truck is serving takeaway food each day, and Our Cabana Bar is open for takeaway only. Publix food delivery is available in all of our suites, and takeout can be delivered on property by a variety of local restaurants. This allows our guests to enjoy delicious local food without needing to step foot inside a restaurant.

6. Suite Safety
Should you want your suite cleaned during your stay we will ask that you set up a time when you will not be in the suite. We recommend that you set trash outside the door for pick up each day, and have provided additional bags at the bottom of each trash can. Additional towels and amenities can be supplied upon request. Should an unexpected maintenance issue occur we will ask that you leave the suite while repairs are performed. 
7. Staff Health Protocols
We are continuously training our staff to maintain social distancing in the workplace, use hand sanitizer regularly, and limit gatherings of employees. Staff members have been instructed to stay home if they have any of the following symptoms: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.

Here at the Alden, we are in full compliance with all CDC guidelines. Our external hallways, stairs and corridors make it easy to avoid indoor spaces- you can come and go from your suite without being in closed spaces with others. In addition, our suites with full kitchens, and ample outdoor space all make it easy for families to enjoy a safe, clean, socially distanced vacation here in St. Pete Beach. We continuously update our COVID-19 protocols on our website, so you can always check here for the latest information. We look forward to welcoming our guests to the property, and we appreciate your business!

We Are All In This Together!

How to Save Money on a St. Pete Beach Vacation

St. Pete Beach has so many activities and attractions to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to spend time by the ocean or hide away from the heat, there are tons of options for you and your family that won’t have you leaving with an empty wallet. A vacation here doesn’t have to break the bank if you know how and where you can save money. Here are just a few activities that are just as fun as they are affordable!

Surf, Sand & Sea

One of of the biggest reasons tourists come back year after year is the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Gulf. It doesn’t cost anything to lay out on our white sugar sand beaches and listen to the sound of the waves. There are a few beaches that require you to pay for parking but, luckily, staying at the Alden gives you direct access to four gorgeous acres of private beachfront—so no transportation required! Looking for something more tailored to you? Spend time on family-friendly shores with kids’ actives and playgrounds, get your adrenaline pumping on a remote beach with hiking and biking trails, or choose a romantic spot featuring a waterfront restaurant. St. Pete’s beaches are as versatile as they are relaxing.

Soak up the Sun

The best show to watch here doesn’t even require admission. St. Pete is known for our incredible sunsets. (Don’t believe us? Check out some fabulous shots our guests have captured over on our Instagram.) It’s absolutely worth it to adjust your schedule so that you have time to catch them when you’re near the ocean which, at Alden, is all the time! Some folks even sacrifice sleep to catch the equally breathtaking sunrises over on the east side of Gulf Blvd. Day or night, make sure your phone is handy so you can capture the magnificent beauty. There’s nothing like seeing the sky awash in color and the sun sinking into or escaping the horizon.

Wild, Winged Wonders

Spend a day at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, the largest nonprofit wild bird hospital and sanctuary in the United States. This place, located just 24 minutes away from Alden, admits up to 10,000 injured birds annually. That means, 365 days a year, you have the chance to see species like owls, pelicans, and rare woodpeckers, among many other permanently injured birds, living here in this beachfront paradise. Stroll through the 1.5-acre sanctuary, learn about birds and avian medicine in the education center and enjoy the breathtaking view on the observation tower—all for the low cost of nothing (although donations are greatly appreciated)! Special presentations are hosted daily, so make sure to check the website before you visit.

America’s #1 Beach

Back in 2005, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, awarded that title to Fort DeSoto Park—located just 27 minutes south of Alden Suites. Fort DeSoto has seven miles of powder-white sandy beaches, more than a thousand unspoiled acres and all the amenities you can imagine. There’s an extensive walking, biking and rollerblading trail, nature trails with free guided tours and a historic fort dating back to the Spanish-American War. You’ll also find plenty of picnic areas, restrooms and water fountains, play areas and even a snack bar. Want to get on the water and see some manatees? Guests can rent canoes or kayaks for a trip through the mangroves. While there is no charge to enter the park, you will need to pay 85 cents in tolls to get there—a small price for the exposure to classic American history and an escape from the norm.

The Mouse’s Favorite Wine

The only citrus winery in the state happens to also be the only Florida winery invited to participate in Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for the last 15 years. Florida Orange Groves Winery is family-owned and produces over 43 different tropical, citrus, berry and even vegetable wines—many unique to Florida—all of which are made 100% from the juice as indicated by their bottle label. The winery houses a free tasting bar and gives free tours on the half hour starting at 10am Monday through Sunday and starting at 12:30pm on Sunday until 4pm each day. The best part—it’s only a six-minute drive from Alden Suites!

Test Your Culinary Skills

Along with free wi-fi, flat screen TVs and large closets, all suites are equipped with refrigerators, cooktops, microwaves, cookware, dishes, coffeemakers and utensils. Utilizing your in-suite kitchen is a great way to cut back on costs. Grab some fresh seafood and shellfish (along with tasty seasonings and spices) at Key West Shrimp Co or just head on over to Publix if you’re looking for a larger and more familiar selection. If you’re staying with us from October to May, we also highly recommend visiting the Corey Avenue Sunday Market for homemade produce, take home foods, ready to eat lunch bites and so much more. Book a room with us now and get a suite for the price of a room with zero resort fees!

7 Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

We all want to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day but with the current situation, many of us will be unable to take Mom out to the usual Mother’s Day dinner. The Alden is OPEN and we are excited to celebrate with many families this year. But going out is not the only way we can show our mothers how much we care! Here are some ways to show our moms love from our homes or in places safe to celebrate while social distancing.

A tried-and-true classic: Breakfast in bed. Make mom feel like she’s in a five-star hotel with an indulgent experience! Here’s a great fluffy pancake recipe you could try. Toss in some chocolate chips or mom’s favorite fruit for a real treat. https://www.africanbites.com/fluffy-pancakes/

Dress up some old mason jars with this tutorial from Home Stories A to Z. Mom is always looking for the best ways to display photos of her kids, and these are colorful options that she’ll love. https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/crafts/mason-jar-picture-frame-vase.html?ref=pcrorganicgglunkwn&prid=pcseogglunkwn

Looking for some fun Florida nature to explore with Mom?  Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a wonderful place to walk, run, learn and explore! Hike with your family through clearly marked paths and enjoy a bird sanctuary and lots of local wildlife!

http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/boydhillpreserve/

Set up a salon at home to give mom a much-needed mani/pedi. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 steps to getting the perfect manicure at home.

https://www.glamour.com/gallery/10-steps-to-the-perfect-at-home-manicure

Send a silly video Record a mini clip of you reciting a mini poem about mom, singing her favorite song or just listing all of her best qualities. Grandmothers love seeing fun videos of their grandkids, so don’t forget to include them in the script.

The Pinning Mama has finally found a great use for the stubs of old crayons. Help your little ones follow these careful instructions to create a colorful candle for Mom. The best part is watching them choose which colors she’ll love most.

https://www.thepinningmama.com/diy-crayon-candles/?ref=pcrorganicgglunkwn&prid=pcseogglunkwn

Looking for a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day virtually? Set up an online call for your mom with friends, family, and siblings. Your mom would be thrilled if she sat down in front of her computer on Mother’s Day and discovered you arranged a Zoom or FaceTime call with her family and favorite friends!

We hope this list helps you celebrate mom this Mother’s Day. If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments here!

September 2019 in St. Pete Beach: Things to Do

School has begun here in St. Pete Beach but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, there are many ways to enjoy fall: mark your calendars now for Taste of the Beaches, Bier Fest, Art Festivals and the start of Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Aug. 17 – Sept. 8

Now through September 8th experience Busch Gardens Bier Fest! Explore craft beers from around the world at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including over 40 new brews! This festival blends the local Tampa Bay craft scene with time-honored traditions to create a unique food and beer celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with a modern spin. Event access is included with park admission. #SundayFunday

That ART Festival

September 7

That ART Festival is an all ages, family and pet-friendly event that will paint Jannus Live vibrant this September 7, from 12 – 6 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will have a DJ supplying the tunes in the courtyard, ticket raffles, a live interactive piece for the artists and patrons to collab on, as well as a children’s creative corner with a free face painter. And of course, a ton of art!

https://www.thatartfestival.com/

St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches

September 28

September 28 experience St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches! Taste of the Beaches celebrates great music with local bands and amazing food from area restaurants & vendors. The event is a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce as well as supporting a member non-profit, Habitat for Humanity.

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/Taste-of-the-Beaches-5693/details

Rapp Brewing Oktoberfest

Sep 21 – Oct 20

Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your Rapp steins and join the fun at Tampa Bay’s first German brewery! Rapp Brewing kicks off their annual Oktoberfest event in September. Every Saturday from September 21st through October 20th , you’ll find German lagers on tap, stein specials, growler specials, limited edition Oktoberfest wristbands, t-shirts, costume contests, unique stein contest, literholden, and more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/384320205619690/?active_tab=about

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

September 20 to November 2

September 20th is the start of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! Now through Nov 2nd be spooked by unexpected terrors around every corner! Experience 300 acres of terrifying horrors and merciless roaming hoards. The park will be open from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. on select nights through the end of October.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/

We hope you enjoy the festivities this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

Join the #ALDENWOW50 Family Reunion this November!

Fifty years ago in 1969, Robert and Gennifer Renfrow purchased a small beachfront motel called the Alden. The Renfrow family still proudly owns and operates the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort and we are celebrating this major milestone with a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign. We kicked off the year with some major philanthropic giving, supporting our local community with large donations and hands-on work to make St. Pete Beach a better place.

Earlier this year, we shared the story of how the Alden grew from a beachside motel to the full-service resort that she is today. Our celebratory video series has taken guests on a trip through the way-back machine to the Alden in the 1960’s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Guests are sharing their stories all year round through our #ALDENWOW50 social media campaign, plus we’ve unveiled a new mural and lots of special Golden Giveaways. It all leads up to the big Alden Family Reunion set for November 9, where longtime guests will gather from all over the world to celebrate the big anniversary.

The theme of the party will be “Summer of Love”, and we’ll all be decked out in our hippie-inspired best: bell bottoms, embroidered shirts, headbands, and trippy tie-dye. We’ll have a VW van full of treats, delicious food and drinks, and 1960’s inspired decor. The band “Messenger” will play live music from the 1960s to the present day, and we’ll dance and celebrate into the night with Alden guests and supporters who’ve become a part of the family.

Want to join us for our 50th Anniversary Celebration on  November 9th?

Now you can win a free trip, including two nights at the Alden, a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card, and tickets to the big bash. All you have to do is share a story about your Alden Suites vacation.

If you want to make SURE you can be here for the party, there’s still time to book your weekend at the Alden to celebrate our big anniversary? We’re offering a 25% discount for bookings from November 8-10 for the big party weekend. There are fewer than 30 rooms still available, so make your reservations now!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in May 2019

Summer is here and there’s no better place to spend the season than St. Pete Beach! From Mamma Mia! to Cinco De Mayo, May is the month to celebrate and soak up the sun. When you stay at Alden Suites, you not only get the beaches of St. Pete Beach, but also the cultural and foodie fun of St. Petersburg. It’s the best of both worlds!

Shuffleboard St. Pete

Every Friday

Join the fun at the world’s largest shuffleboard club! Free every Friday night from 7-11 p.m., locals and visitors alike flock to the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club. Brush up on your shuffle board skills to smoke the competition when you play at our very own court here at the Alden!

https://stpeteshuffle.com/

Mamma Mia

May 1st -12th

May 1st through May 12th, the magic of American Stage in the Park and the timeless pop-hit songs of ABBA come together in this up-beat musical set on a tropical Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. This enchanting tale of love, laughter, family and friendship features a large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers for an unforgettable night under the stars!

https://americanstage.org/park/

Casa Tina Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 5th

Every year, Casa Tina blocks off Dunedin’s Main Street for their annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Enjoy delicious Mexican food prepared by Casa Tina. Mariachi music fills the air, colorful dancers grace the stage, and salsa lessons begin to prep the crowd for the upcoming dance party. Celebrate Cinco with this free event 7 – 11 p.m. 

https://www.casatinas.com/single-post.html#post2

The American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship

May 21st- 26th

The American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship returns to Spectrum field May 21st through the 26th for this round-robin style baseball tournament. There’s no better way to kick off the summer than with an exciting ballgame!

http://www.theamerican.org/sports/2018/12/19/2019BSBChampCentral.aspx

Clearwater Arts Festival

May 25th-26th  

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by jamming out to this two-day music festival happening on Clearwater’s beautiful waterfront of Coachman Park! Enjoy live music by a lineup of national recording artists, fine art displays and dozens of fun attractions. The best part? Admission is free! Happening May 25th to the 26th from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

 https://clearwaterartsfestival.com/

We hope you enjoy the festivities this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below.

Alden Suites Beachfront Resort Celebrates 50 Years with a New Mural Painted by Pinellas County Students

Here at the Alden, we love to support the arts, and our Director of Community Relations, Mary Ann Renfrow, came up with an exciting idea to celebrate the Alden’s 50th anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. She connected with Brian McAllister, a talented muralist who leads a group of students from the Gibbs High School Mural Club. The newly renovated Alden Suites bungalows provided a perfect canvas for a new art piece to celebrate the past, present and future of the Alden.

This club is a community outreach mural program designed to provide local businesses with quality murals while showing students how to have a positive impact through art. Brian was excited for the opportunity to brighten up our historic resort on St. Pete Beach.

The process began in January of this year, as Brian met with the Alden team onsite to discuss designs and make plans. The team decided on a vintage postcard design celebrating the early years of the Alden and decided to paint the mural on the side of one of the Alden bungalows that faces the central pool area.

Mary Ann Renfrow chose some special elements to honor longtime guests of Alden Suites, including a painting of Cayanne, a sweet dog who lit up the Alden for over 15 years of visits with the Green family from St. Louis. The artists also included an image of a boy hanging in a palm tree, in homage to the Snelson family who won the #ALDENWOW50 photo contest this year.

Once the design was finalized, Brian drew the outlines on the side of the building. Then the students got to work, filling in large blocks of color first, then adding in details. The process of painting the mural took several weeks, and Alden guests were delighted to watch the progress, both in person at the resort and online through social media.

Sue Castleman, PreK-12 Visual Arts Specialist at Pinellas County Schools says: “I think the mural really represents what the Alden was looking for to celebrate their anniversary, and what’s really special is that we’ve involved our students from Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. It’s interesting that it’s young children, our students that are painting this mural that represents 50 years for the Alden. It helps them in their experience as a working artist, to see what artists have to do, and helps them learn about how to look at something and represent it historically.”

On April 5, 2019, local St. Pete Beach dignitaries gathered with students, parents and the Alden Suites team to celebrate the unveiling of the new mural. The students were so proud to share the beautiful result of their weeks of hard work, and the Alden shared it in a Facebook live stream with thousands of viewers from across the nation. 

Al Johnson, Mayor of St. Pete Beach, says it best: “The Alden is part of St. Pete Beach and that mural fits. It’s perfect for the Alden, it’s perfect for the area, it’s perfect for the city. It’s absolutely wonderful.”