SAVE THE DATE: More info forthcoming!!! The 10th annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport, Florida with an opportunity to sample drinks at various locations, a poker run, and a festive after party in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District. The Crawl will be held Saturday, August 12th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. ,with the after party beginning at 9 p.m. All locations to be announced…so stay tuned. Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a free beverage at locations all within easy walking distance along Beach and Shore Boulevards. Crawlers may start at any participating location and continue their Crawl in any order. A Poker Game of Five Card Stud will add to the evening’s festivities. Crawlers will be dealt a free card at each location when they pick up their drink token. One additional card may be purchased for $5 at the after party location when checking in at the end of the Run. Poker Run participants must check in their hands with Crawl Ambassadors at the after party by 9:30, and winners will be announced at 10 p.m. Participants for Poker Run prizes must be present to win. There will be three Poker Game Winners: Best Poker Hand, Worst Poker Hand and a Drawing chosen from all entries, regardless of their poker score. Tickets will be available in advance (locations and ticket cost to be announced…so stay tuned again) Additional information on any of Gulfport’s Gecko related festivities may be found on facebook 3rd Annual Gecko Artists Show Opening Reception 6-8pm, Gecko Ball - Sat. 8/26 at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom and the 17th annual Geckofest Street Festival - 9/2/17 - 10am to 10pm round out the slate of late summer Gecko fun!! A portion of the proceeds from all Gecko events are donated each year to local charities. The recipeients this year are Sonia Plotnick Health Fund and Kya's Creative Play Preschool. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association.
SAVE the DATE! Gecko Artist Reception Fri. 8/4/17 6-8pm at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport. Each year the Gecko Season event has a theme, and the theme for this year is “Geckostock,” a celebration of the Woodstock/hippie era. Seven Local Artists have created Geckos for the Charity Auction which will be held at the Gecko Ball Saturday - August 26th at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. Gecko artists this year are: Joan Allen, Eric Folsom, Brenda McMahon, Lenne Nicklaus-Ball, Owen Pach, Tom Pitzen and Monika Watson. The geckos will be visualized and created according to each artist’s individual concept. All seven geckos can be seen for the first time at the Third Annual Gecko Artists’ Show during an opening reception on Friday, August 4th at the Catherine Hickman Theater (5501 27th Avenue South) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The show will also feature selections from the participating artist’s regular body of work in a variety of media. The reception is free and open to the public and includes complimentary hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. The selection of artists’ other work will continue to be displayed through the month of August, Saturday August 5th (approx.) the Artist created Geckos will be on the move! Each art gecko will be moved from the Hickman to be displayed in a different publicly accessible location in Gulfport. This allows more than three weeks for the geckos to be on display. Locations have yet to be determined, but will be identified before the art show reception, and will be publicized so that interested parties can stop by to examine the geckos. A photograph of the artists created geckos will remain in place at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport, along with information about it's display location until Gecko Ball. Each gecko will be a prized collector’s art work and join the ranks of nearly 60 other geckos that have been created since the event’s inception. Organizers initiated the Artists Gecko Auction eight years ago with much success and the auction is now a popular part of the tradition of the annual Gulfport Gecko-related activities in late summer. The Gecko Artists Show was conceived as a way to highlight and show appreciation for the participating artists. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association and a portion of proceeds from all of the Gecko events (Gecko Crawl, Gecko Ball - August 26th and the 17th annual Geckofest Street Festival - 9/2/17 - 10am to 10pm go to local charities. For the 2017 Gecko Season, the charities selected to received grants are Kya's Creative Play Preschool (to create a learning garden) and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund (funding grants to women for medical necessities).
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17th Annual Geckofest Street Festival - Sat. Sept 2, 2017 Gulfport, Florida 10am to 10pm! Festivities Begin at 10am and continue to 10PM. Family Fun FREE Admission. Arts Craft Vendors & Food Vendors, Walking Parade, Costume Contest. Stage and Street Performers, Live Music, Street Dance....and more. #LiveAmplified. www.visitgulfportflorida.com Early Application Discount: Save $50 when you Postmark or Apply Online by July 1, 2017. Vendors, Sponsors, Performers! Application link - http://www.sikpromotions.com/applicants/summer/geckofest