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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Jacobites Will Perform During Gillespie Week

Exciting news! The Jacobites, Florida's premier bagpipe and Scottish drumming band, has graciously agreed to perform in honor of John Hamilton Gillespie Week. On Monday's October 24th Kick-Off Party at O'Leary's Tiki Bar from 5 - 7pm, an ensemble of bagpipers will help launch the week's festivities. Then be sure to catch the full pipe and drum band along with their Highland dancers at Saturday's October 29th Palm Avenue Street Party from 3 - 7pm. Both events are free and open to the public.


The Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band was founded by Gary Reinstrom and Larry Jacobs. Gary Reinstrom, Pipe Major and moving force behind the band, has been playing the bagpipes since he was 13 years old. Gary is a professional musician whose career includes playing French horn with the Florida West Coast Symphony and with the Sarasota Pops Orchestra. He was the pipe instructor at Riverview High School and continues to give pipe lessons. Larry Jacobs is the son of a Glaswegian. He grew up listening to Scottish pipe and folk music. At age 46 Larry sought out Gary to teach him to play the pipes. A friendship ensued and when Gary was asked to lead the Patriot’s Day parade on the first anniversary of 9/11/2001 Larry and Gary formed the Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band.

Gary and Larry share a vision of celebrating the Scottish heritage of the Sarasota area and spreading the joys of pipe music. The band is promoted by the Celtic Cultural Association of Florida, Inc., a non-profit corporation, tax deductible charitable organization. 

Don't miss the exciting and always entertaining Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band on October 24 and 29. Their energy and enthusiasm promise to be contagious! www.jacobitesband.com

Thursday, August 11, 2011

May Sarasota Prosper

Sarasota voted to incorporate as a town in October 1902. Fifty-three men gathered for the vote and elected John Hamilton Gillespie as Sarasota’s first mayor. For the town motto the men chose the hopeful, but prophetic, “May Sarasota Prosper.” The town seal consisted of a mullet and a rising sun over palmettos with shells at the base. Gillespie served as mayor from 1902 through 1907 and again from 1909 to 1910. He also served as a city councilman.

The town of Sarasota 1902 seal consisted of a mullet and a rising sun over palmettos with shells at the base.


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