Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Good Art and Surfing Vibrations on the Treasure Coast

Last Friday’s show was billed as a show that would explain and verify the fact that destinations with a strong commitment to arts and culture, benefit from the investment in the form of increased tourism. To illustrate that very point, Radio Man shared statistics on Canada’s commitment to arts and culture, which were pretty amazing. The Green Party of Canada, the government’s investment of $7.7 billion, generated $40 billion for the Canadian economy—a return on investment of 500%! 

Nancy Turrell, the executive director of The Arts Council of Martin County, was equally passionate about the importance of art and cultural tourism for the U.S. economy as well. Narrowing it down a little closer to home, Nancy talked about next weekend's ArtsFest, the 24th annual festival, and clarified what makes this art-centric event unique from the others along the Treasure Coast.

From the early days, surfing has always been about the search for “the perfect wave." The Endless Summer (released in 1964), was a classic film portraying surfers who traveled the world in search of the ultimate wave. These travels by adventurous young surfers, opened up exotic tropical paradises to a broader market of tropical adventure escapes and experiences. Ohana Surf Shop owner Jordan Schwartz could not agree more with that statement. The upcoming Single Fin Showdown, which will benefit the United Way of Martin County, will bring surfing enthusiasts from across Florida for this fun “retro” event. Whether you are a surfing enthusiast or not, most of us have been touched by surf culture in one way or another.

So listeners, wax your board, jump into your woodie and head on down to the closest arts show or surfing competition. If you need some inspiration, download last week's show. Before you know it, you'll be humming a Beach Boy's tune, hanging ten, or painting flowers on your car! See you on Friday for another hour filled show loaded with tourism information from near and far that you won't want to miss!

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