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Edge District Poker Crawl invites public to downtown St. Petersburg, Aug 30

Lea Ann Barlas, Executive Director of the Edge District in downtown St. Petersburg
Lea Ann Barlas, Executive Director of the Edge District in downtown St. Petersburg
Lea Ann Barlas

St. Petersburg's thriving arts community is now dubbed as, "Five art districts, one arts destination." The five districts currently organized are: The Grand Central District, The Warehouse Arts District, The Waterfront District, The Central Arts District and The Edge District.

The Edge District, downtown St. Petersburg, Florida
Lea Ann Barlas

All of these districts are located in the general downtown area of St. Petersburg, Florida.

"It may seem silly that there are all these different art organizations, but each one focuses on different things," said Mark Aeling, President of the Warehouse Arts District. "The most important thing is that we all work together as ONE community."

Each of these districts are implementing new projects and events, to distinguish themselves and build on their sense of identity and purpose. "The Waterfront District, from Beach Drive to Fourth Street North, and 7th Avenue South to 7th Avenue North, is probably the most well-known district, as it includes some of the largest and most popular art venues," said John Collins, President of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. "Some of the districts have maps, web sites and facebook pages. Others are not as evolved yet. Some area arts organizations are symbiotic, while others have purposes that seem to overlap."

The EDGE Business District Association is a non-profit community organization comprised of businesses, property owners, residents and visitors working to promote community interests by supporting and creating a sustainable local economy within the EDGE District of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Lea Ann Barlas, Executive Director/Main Street Program Manager, announced the district's first "EDGE District Poker Crawl." "We hope to have the Poker Crawl as a yearly event and encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the fun!" said Barlas.

The EDGE District Poker Crawl to Benefit Main Street Program
Saturday, August 30, 2014, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
in the EDGE District, downtown St. Petersburg, Florida
For more information, contact:
Lea Ann Barlas, Executive Director, 727.329.8869,
Facebook event page

The Edge District Facebook page
The Edge District Web site

The event is planned as a day filled with family fun. There are special deals and offers from participating businesses.

The Poker Crawl is a game in which folks visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object of the game is to have the best poker hand at the end of the day. Participants walk to participating businesses to get a poker card and a special deal at each one. Participants need only 5 cards to make a hand, but can go to as many businesses as possible to get more cards, which will give them a higher chance of making a better hand.

A $5 Fun Card will be offered for sale to benefit the EDGE Business District Association Main Street Program. The Fun Card will give participants access to sales and deals with participating businesses, such as 2 for 1 drinks, and other specials.

Here's how to PLAY!

Pick up your $5 Fun Card in front of Creative Clay between 11 am and 6:30 pm.

Visit Edge businesses and get a playing card at each participating business to get our FUN CARD DEAL.

Collect at least 5 cards to make a poker hand. The more you collect, the better your chance of a winning hand!

Drop your hand off at Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Avenue North, St. Petersburg, before 7 pm.

Winner announced at Green Bench Brewing Company at 8 pm. You do not have to be present to win. You do not have to make a purchase to play.

From 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, children of all ages can come to Creative Clay at 1124 Central Avenue to create their own playing cards. People can keep or trade the cards they make and also build a house of cards.

The EDGE District has been working on its branding campaign and will be putting up street pole banners. The EDGE District has been developing its website and social media presence as well. The EDGE Business District Association has been collaborating with the City of St. Petersburg on a master plan for the district as well as additional capital improvement projects.

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