October 24 - 30, 2011

October 24 - 30, 2011
John Hamilton Gillespie Celebration Week

The week-long party
celebrating the Father of Sarasota…and golf was a big success! From O'Leary's Kick-off Party, Jeff LaHurd's New Book, Jacobites Bagpipers, Trolley Tours, Kiwanis Golf Tournament, and Hartman Gallery Photography Exhibition, to the Palm Avenue Street Party, The Macallan VIP Scotch Tasting, Lunch in Rosemary Cemetery, and Walking Tour of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood - every special event was a wonderful way to honor Sarasota's history.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Owen Burns History Cruise

The Historical Society of Sarasota County's 18th annual cruise on Sarasota Bay celebrated Mr. Burns. Narrator John McCarthy told fascinating stories about the legendary Owen Burns while Mr. Burns's youngest daughter, Harriet Stieff, added colorful details. 

Harriet will take part in the discussion about the family side of Owen Burns on
Saturday Nov. 13 at 1pm at the DAR Chapter House, 1232 12th Street, Sarasota, FL. She'll also be attending the Burns Court Street Party on Sunday Nov. 14 at 4pm along with Sarasota's mayor Kelly Kirschner.

Now: Harriet Stieff, Owen Burns's youngest daughter

Then: Mother Vernona with the Burns children: Owen Jr. left, Leonard right,
and the girls Vernona “Sug” left, baby Harriet center, and Lillian right.

The Owen Burns Signs are UP!

Can you find all 32 signs posted around town? The signs mark the property locations Mr. Owen Burns developed in our community. You can use the special map in the new book "Owen Burns The Man Who Bought and Built Sarasota" by Jeff LaHurd as a guide. Pick up your copy at the book release party Monday Nov. 8 from 4:30 - 6:30pm at Mattison's™ City Grille.


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