We had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday with lots of family time, plenty of food and good cheer. Our son is home from school for a few days, the weather is great and aside from pulling out the Christmas tree, I plan on relaxing. This morning, I started thinking about how holiday traditions are different around the country. I really enjoy ours, and thought it would be fun to share a local Thanksgiving beach tradition that we’ve enjoyed since we moved here. Thanksgiving in our community includes Sanding Ovations. What’s Sanding Ovations you ask? Our local sand sculpturing event held on the beach.
Let me share now…
This isn’t your kiddie version of sand castles with buckets of wet sand!
Sanding Ovation is held on a wide and beautiful stretch of Treasure Island Beach.
Artists from all over the world compete for over $12,000 in prize money.
This year 10 artists created amazing sculptures out of nothing but sand and water. In spite of heavy winds and some rain, they still managed to wow the crowd.
Each year the entires are different. There is a 1st through 3rd place winner as well as a Peoples Choice Award.
Some are very tall. I don’t know about you, but my own sand castles always fall apart way before they are knee high!
But sand sculpting isn’t the only draw in our Thanksgiving beach tradition.
Sanding Ovations is a festival too, with great food and live music. We bring our cooler and beach chairs, park ourselves in a spot and enjoy plenty of toe tapping good music.
This area is known for grouper and most restaurants will serve it in some shape or fashion. When we get hungry we wander through the food vendors for a tasty dish or two.
Not a grouper fan? No worries… we are still in the south and jambalaya is always popular.
There are lots and lots of artists, craftsmen and vendors with some pretty unique items for sale. It’s a good place to find a unique gift for someone..or yourself!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a little more of our beach life here on our island. Sanding Ovations has become our own family Thanksgiving beach tradition in the few years we’ve been here. It’s lots of fun bringing out-of-town family and guests who’ve never seen art like this or who live in cold climates where an outdoor festival and flip-flops this time of year are out of the question 🙂
To me, this festival kind of kicks off our holiday season.
Do you have a favorite event or family Thanksgiving tradition for the holidays?
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