As IF you needed more reasons to come stay at Sweetwater, we’ve adding a brand new section to our website dedicated to this city we love so much, the events and fun happenings going on here, and of course, dedicated to our loyal guests!

Bookmark this link: http://sweetwaterinn.com/welcome/gainesville/ to keep up-to-date with the happenings around Gainesville!

Michael Lewin, Piano – Guest Artist Recital
Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm. University of Florida Music Building-Room 101 (MUB 101)- 435 Newell Dr. 352-392-0223. PRICE: Free and open to the public. Join UF School of Music for a guest artist recital with Michael Lewin, Piano, on March 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Music Building, Room 101 (MUB 101). www.arts.ufl.edu

Yoga with Janke
Monday, March 20, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30pm. HealthStreet-2401 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608. PRICE: FREE!! Did you know? Yoga is proven to reduce stress, increase flexibility and increase mindfulness. UF HealthStreet is hosting FREE yoga courses with our wonderful and certified instructor, Stop by earlier to learn about all of the wonderful resources HealthStreet can provide for you and your family’s health. To let us know you’re coming, please call (352) 294-4880. www.healthstreet.program.ufl.edu

The Variety
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 9pm. The Hardback Cafe, 211 W. University Ave, Gainesville. (352) 317-1997. PRICE: Free If you like to play music or make comedy or watch people who do, this is the place for you.

Wine Tasting
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6:15 – 7:30pm. Downtown Wine and Cheese-113 N Main Street. Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 222-1348. PRICE: $15. Join us every Thursday evening with a different themed tasting. Taste wines and cheeses plus other foods corresponding to that night’s theme. Happy Hour following!

Enjoying the Fruits of our Labor: Fruit Desserts
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 2 – 3pm. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park 18700 S. CR. 325 Hawthorne FL 32640. PRICE: $3/ carload park entry and $3/adult or $2/ child 6-12 house tour fee. Join us on Thursday March 23rd for a program and tasting of Fruit Desserts. We will start cooking at 10 am and visitors can see the demonstration in the kitchen on the 10am, 11am and 1pm tours. A program and tasting will take place at 2:30pm at the barn. www.floridastateparks.org

Florida Museum Plant Sale
Friday, March 24, 2017, 10am – 5pm. Florida Museum of Natural History-3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611. The museum will host a large plant sale with more than 150 species of difficult-to-find and pollinator-friendly plants March 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. Accent, host, native and nectar plants are available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the museum’s “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/earthday/plant-sale

Access Art: Touch Tours
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11am – 2pm. Harn Museum of Art- 3259 Hull Road. PRICE: Free Admission. Visitors with and without visual impairments can experience tactile art made by local artists, as well as art based on the Harn exhibitions “Spotlight: Latin America” and “Meant to Be Shared.” African art objects from the Harn’s hands-on collections will also be explored. www.harn.ufl.edu

Dudley Farm Historic Park Tour
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 – 11am. Dudley Farm Historic State Park-18730 W Newberry Rd. PRICE: $5 per vehi-cle. Join us and discover an authen-tic working farm owned by the Dudleys from post Civil War to mid-1940s. Follow a park staff or docent in period clothing as they talk about the homestead consisting of eighteen restored buildings, farm animals, gardens and local history. www.friendsofdudleyfarm.org

Photography workshops at Florida Museum
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8 – 10am. Florida Museum of Natural History-3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611. Snap the picture of a lifetime March 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. and March 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s “Butterfly Rainforest,” featuring 60 to 80 species at any given time. During this special event, use your tripod and other photographic equipment not usually permitted inside the exhibit. Pre-registration is required. For pricing or more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/registration/ or call 352-846-2000.

Cross Creek Cookery and Stories
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11am – 12pm. Millhopper Branch of ACLD 3145 NW 43rd St. Gainesville, FL. 352-334-1272. PRICE: Free. Valerie Rivers, Park Manag-er at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, will share stories, recipes and marmalade samples of from Cross Creek’s famous author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Learn about the foods that were part of Florida cuisine and her citrus grove, farmyard and garden. www.aclib.us

18th Annual Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9am – 3pm & Sunday, March 26, 2017, 9am – 3pm. UF Greenhouses-2475 Memorial Road, Gainesville, 32611. The exclusive ‘Gator Glory’ variety will be made available for sale again this year, as well as newly released coleus varieties and old favorites! www.facebook.com/EHGSA

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Art + Feminism
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 1 – 5pm. Harn Museum of Art-3259 Hull Road. PRICE: Free Admission. Join us in editing and creating new Wikipedia pages related to art and feminism and underrepresented peoples in the arts. No Wikipedia experience is required, but do bring your laptop. This event is organized by the Harn and the UF School of Art and Art History, and is presented in conjunction with the worldwide fourth annual Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon. www.harn.ufl.edu

 

ONGOING EVENTS

River of Dreams: The St. Johns and its Springs
January 21 – June 24, 2017
Matheson History Museum-513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601. PRICE: Free. The Matheson History Museum’s new exhibition, “River of Dreams: The St. Johns and Its Springs,” runs from January 21 to June 24, 2017. This original exhibition examines Floridians’ past, present and future relationship with the St. Johns River and its springs. The exhibition and all related programs are free and open to the public. The St. Johns is an ancient river that has been a source of food, water, transportation, indus-try, agriculture and recreation for Native Americans, European explorers, Crackers and present-day Floridians. In 1998, the St. Johns was declared an American Heritage River, the only one in Florida and one of only fourteen in the nation. Dr. Briley Rasmussen, Director of Museum Studies at the University of Florida, is the lead curator of the exhibi-tion. Guest curators include Dr. Whitney Sanford, Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, and Ms. Florence Turcotte, Literary Collections Archivist at George A. Smathers Libraries. University of Florida museum studies and sustainability graduate and undergraduate students assisted with exhibition research and installation.
www.mathesonmuseum.org

‘Frogs! A Chorus of Colors’
Jan. 28-Sept. 4, 2017
Florida Museum of Natural History-3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Florida Museum of Natural History opens its newest featured exhibit, “Frogs! A Chorus of Colors” Jan. 28. Explore the musical, multicolored world of frogs and gain a new appreciation for the vocal amphibians. While the exhibit has an entrance fee, museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card receive free admission. For more information, 352-846-2000.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu/frogs

“Meant to Be Shared” European Prints Exhibition
Jan. 31 to May 28, 2017
Harn Museum of Art-3259 Hull Road in Gainesville, Florida. PRICE: Free. The exhibition features nearly two hundred 18th- to 20th-century Italian, French and Spanish prints. Highlights of “Meant to Be Shared” include entire series of works by Francisco Goya, views of 18th-century and ancient Rome by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Eugène Dela-croix’s illustrations of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and Édouard Manet’s illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven.” Other artists represented in the exhibition include Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso.
www.harn.ufl.edu

Pity for the Wild
Friday, March 17, 2017- Sunday, March 26, 2017
UF School of Theatre + Dance Black Box- 1800 McCarty Drive. (352) 392-3261.Presented by the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance, this production features three lesser-known works by a playwright often considered one of America’s finest, Tennessee Williams. A Chalky White Substance, Something Unspoken and The Gnädiges Fräu-lein reintroduce audiences to Williams as a playwright of the grotesque, where unforgettable characters struggle for equilibrium in worlds interdependent of horror and laughter. These plays are quite unlike the Tennessee Williams you thought you knew.
www.arts.ufl.edu

Cuban Roots: Where My Story Begins, Artwork by Laura Adams Wilson
March 18 – April 1
Thornebrook Gallery-2441-6D NW 43 St. Gainesville, FL 32606. PRICE: Free. March 18 – April 1 at Thornebrook Gallery. For Laura Adams Wilson, growing up half Cuban meant frequent trips to Miami, where the smell of cafe con leche and guava paste filled the air of her grandmother’s house, red coral lips gave soft cheek kisses, and lots and lots of cousins. Laura has decided to revisit the Cuban theme in her new show, entitled “Cuban Roots: Where My Story Begins.” This set of work is a bit of a departure from her successful last show at Thornebrook Gallery in November, 2016. The juxtaposition between the beauty of Cuba and its tortured history has inspired a more textured ap-proach, involving thinner layers of her technique being built up over many pours. This show is a love letter to her Grandmother, Daisy, who was born in Cienfuegos in August 1928, while her parents were visiting family for the summer. Her parents had left Cuba in 1922 for the “American Dream” and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gustavo Perez and his four brothers built homes together in Ohio before Gustavo relocated to Miami for health reasons in the 1950’s. Trips to Cuba were a regular event in the Perez family, with Laura’s mother also having memories of the beaches outside Havana and the family farm in Cienfuegos. That all ended once the revolution began and the family farm was confiscated by the government.
www.thornebrookgallery.com

Calendar courtesy for Visit Gainesville