Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Presents Lights in Bloom 2011Performers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Diane Creasy
dcreasy@selby.com
/ 941.366-5731 ext. 225

December 16th through 23rd and 26th and 27th from 6 – 9 pm

[November 16, 2011 — Sarasota, Florida] Lights in Bloom is a ten night sparkling tropical holiday tradition.  Lights in Bloom offers visitors a stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and more.  Interactive Tree Men (Players Theatre) and dancing Sugar-Plum Fairies (Ravelle Academy) will keep you on the paths.  Join us nightly for Menorah lighting ceremonies and Hannukah activities with the Jewish Federation; Kwanzaa story-telling by Dr. Lonnetta Gaines on December 18. 

The performance schedule is listed below:

December 16   (A Tribute to Beethoven’s Birthday)
The Christmas Quartet                                                          Selby House         6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The Southeast High School Chamber Orchestra             Selby House         7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Rex Willis                                                                               Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

December 17   
The Jacobites Pipe & Drum Band                             Selby House         6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Marc Mannino                                                              Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.       

December 18      
The Southeast High School Chamber                    Selby House         6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The Christmas Quartet                                              Selby House         7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Rex Willis                                                                     Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

December 19    
Missing Links                                                               Selby House         6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Marc Mannino                                                              Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.       

December 20    
Missing Links                                                               Selby House         6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Rex Willis                                                                     Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.       

December 21  
Project SRQ                                                                 Selby House         6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Marc Mannino                                                              Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.       

December 22    
The Jacobites Pipe & Drum Band                             Selby House         6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Rex Willis                                                                     Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.       

December 23    
The Christmas Quartet                                             Selby House         6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Rex Willis                                                                     Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

December 26  
Marc Mannino                                                              Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Christmas Quartet                                               Selby House         6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

December 27  
Missing Links                                                              Selby House         6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Marc Mannino                                                             Payne Mansion     6:00 to 9:00 p.m

Proceeds from Lights in Bloom will benefit the Gardens. Festivities will take place nightly from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on December 16 through 23, and again on December 26 and 27.  Tickets for the event are $14 for adults; $12 for members; children 11 and under enter free.  Tickets can be purchased beginning December 1st in the Selby Gardens Welcome Center or on our website.

Special thanks to our sponsors:  The Jewish Federation; Mosaic, SNN6, SRQ, TDT

About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information please visit our website.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17, children 6-11 $6, children under 6 free, 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens