Venice Rotary Art Fest

Doug Kniff’s beautiful MG¬†drew a lot of justified attention at the Venice event.

On Sunday, January 15, we had 17 cars participate in the annual Venice/Nokomis, FL Rotary Club Art Festival at the Venice Airport. This is another event that the club has long had the pleasure of partnering. Tom and Shirley Gooding initiated our participation by garnering an invitation to show our cars in this festival some 15 years ago. We fondly remember Tom and Shirley’s Jaguar boot full of goodies; and on the flip side, the several times when we were confronted with challenging January weather conditions on this wide-open site exposed to the elements. 

The Rotary Club has done a wonderful job expanding and improving the festival over the years. We still are the only car club invited, and they now have us parking near the front entrance so our cars get maximum exposure. This year there were over 85 artists, plus food trucks and live music.  

All of the proceeds from the festival go to the Rotary Futures College Resource Center in Venice High School. The Center helps Venice High School students apply for colleges, and makes scholarships available to help with the costs of attending. The SBCC is proud to contribute to these efforts.

Thanks to Jim Wilson for the input, including photos.

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