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🌱 Witches Of Dunedin + 3D Experience Coming Soon + Historic Landmarks

Hi all. It’s Kristen, your host of the Dunedin Daily. Here are all the most important things to know about what’s happening in town, including…

  • The city’s participation in the viral Spirit Halloween meme
  • Some insight into the Witches of Dunedin
  • An update on the Kellogg Mansion 3D Immersive Experience

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Partly sunny and humid. High: 85 Low: 71.

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Here are the top 3 stories today in Dunedin:

  1. Ever wonder who the Witches of Dunedin are? Officially known as the Island Witches Dance Troupe, this group of women perform dances around town to help raise money for local charities. “We choose a charity each quarter and just have fun,” said Stanley, one of the dance instructors for the group. “Bringing smiles and laughter while helping our community is everything. The added bonus is we get to dress up all the time.” Currently, the group is raising money for A Mother’s Arms, a Dunedin-based nonprofit that offers empowerment classes and respite care to assist parents under stress. While the Witches of Dunedin perform more often around Halloween, they can be found around Tampa Bay all year round. “I want women to feel empowered,” said the group’s founder Tanya Sandoval. “Many innocent women have been prosecuted for being outspoken, or simply being too much. Dressing up as witches is a symbol that, as a woman, we can be anything we want.” (Dunedin Patch)
  2. If you can’t make it to the Dunedin Public Library on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. to learn more about preserving the Kellogg Mansion, definitely take a moment to watch the city’s latest video on YouTube. You’ll learn a bit about how the mansion’s image was preserved and get a glimpse at the 3D Immersive Experience, which is coming to the library in November. According to a post made by the City of Dunedin, “This experience embraces cutting-edge technology to take you on a rich and unforgettable journey in which you will learn more about the history of Dunedin’s Kellogg Mansion and the community efforts to preserve it.” The experience takes between 10 and 15 minutes and is available only to those who register first. (City of Dunedin via Facebook | Dunedin Gov)
  3. While Dunedin has changed significantly since the first land deed was recorded in 1852, city officials work tirelessly to maintain the town’s charm. Several noteworthy historic buildings help identify, preserve, and promote Dunedin’s unique character, including the four historic landmarks that are on the National Register of Historic Places. These include the J.O. Douglas House, Andrew Memorial Chapel, Blatchley House, and Dunedin Isles Golf Club. Additionally, the city established its local historic landmark designation program designed to protect and preserve structures and sites that are deemed historically, culturally, and architecturally significant. There are currently 31 local historic landmark designations within the city that can be identified by a plaque. If you are interested in recommending a property or site for the local historic landmark designation, contact Frances Sharp by calling 727-298-3200 or sending an email to fsharp@dunedinfl.net. (Dunedin Gov)

Dunedin Daily Pic of the Day:

Submitted by Michelle DeGironemo

Thank you Michelle DeGironemo for sharing your lovely pumpkin carving and DIY fall decorations!

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Today in Dunedin:

  • Dunedin Downtown Market in the Dunedin History Museum parking lot (9 a.m.)
  • Drug Take-Back Day in Pinellas County (10 a.m.)
  • Halloween Bar Crawl in Downtown Dunedin (3 p.m.)
  • Got Lobstah? food truck at Beach Island Brewery (4 p.m.)
  • Halloween Happenings at Highlander Park (5:30 p.m.)
  • Dunedin New World Celts Whisky Tasting at the Dunedin Golf Club (6:15 p.m.)
  • Piper on the Pier on the marina (6:45 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • In honor of National First Responders Day, the City of Dunedin thanks all the men and women who work every day to keep us safe and respond to emergencies. Did you know the Dunedin Fire Department was organized in 1913? At that time the department only had 14 volunteers! (City of Dunedin via Facebook)
  • Meet artist Lynn Hardesty who will be attending her 11th Art Harvest festival showcasing her homemade jewelry. “Ever since I was a teenager, my sister, mom, and I would look forward all year to going to this show and seeing all the beautiful artwork. Of course, I was always captivated by the jewelry. It is such a kick to now participate in this wonderful show. I always look forward to it and especially enjoy being able to do a show here in the Tampa Bay area! “ Check out her work at the 58th Annual Art Harvest on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 at Highlander Park. (Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin Art Harvest via Facebook)
  • If you happen to be trick-or-treating near Sunset Smoothies & Ice Cream on Bayshore Boulevard, be sure to stop in for a special treat! Kids wearing a costume get a free kiddie ice cream with your purchase! (Sunset Smoothies & Ice Cream via Facebook)
  • Be sure to scroll through some of the photos from the Trunk-or-Treat event downtown on Friday night! The City of Dunedin shared some pictures of kids as they walked the streets in all of their wonderful costumes. (City of Dunedin via Facebook)
  • The City of Dunedin participated in the viral Spirit Halloween meme, creating the “Dunedin Resident” costume. Check it out on their Facebook! The costume resembles an orange and includes “breathtaking sunsets, a vibrant downtown area, and craft breweries.” (City of Dunedin via Facebook)

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