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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gillespie Week Begins With Great Fanfare!

Tonight was a perfect evening for the start of Gillespie Week. The Jacobites Bagpipers slowly paraded down to the beach at O'Leary's and thrilled the crowd with a rousing and spirited performance. Jeff LaHurd was on hand to sign copies of his just released book, "John Hamilton Gillespie, The Scot Who Saved Sarasota" as everyone vied for a chance to get their photo taken with the Father of Sarasota.

Next Up: Tuesday October 25th, from 4 - 6pm, is a historic buildings tour and dinner catered by the Broadway Bar and hosted by the Historical Society of Sarasota County. $20 event, call 364-9076 to reserve. And next door at 6:30pm a bagpiper will welcome guests to a free DAR Roundtable discussion about Gillespie with a reception and book signing to follow.

The Jacobites Bagpipers performed on the Sarasota Bay beach where the Scots landed in 1885.

Left: Harriet Stieff, daughter of Owen Burns, and Loren Stieff     Right: Jean Maxwell Catsakis looking festive
Pete Esthus, Jeff LaHurd, Deborah Dart, John Hamilton Gillespie, Scott Proffitt, Diane Esthus and Janet Minker
Left: Proud author Jeff LaHurd     Right: Gary Reinstrom of the Jacobites and Mr. LaHurd
The Jacobites will next perform at the free Saturday October 29th Palm Avenue Street Party from 3-7pm!

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