Lakewood Ranch, FL (January 31, 2018) - The community’s love of all things cultural will again be celebrated at Grand Ovation, a festival for the arts, at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. The 11th annual event offers something for everyone, from performances on two different stages, to visual arts in a street-fair atmosphere.

“Ovation is a showcase of local talent, a one-stop-shop, so to speak,” said Rachel Gray, the event’s coordinator. “We’re excited to welcome some of our favorite groups from years past as well as several new acts that will be joining us for the first time. Make sure to stop and see our local chalk artist’s work. Also, new this year will be added activities for children of all ages; face painting and a caricature artist. There will be plenty to see and do. We’re certain everyone will have a wonderful time.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, Grand Ovation will once again take over Lakewood Ranch Main Street, replacing vehicles with pedestrians and seating at two live performance stages. As always, parking and admission will be free. Billed as a “charming mix of street festival and concert hall,” Grand Ovation is a celebration of the region’s thriving cultural arts community with performances by top musicians, dancers, thespians and vocal groups. Among those scheduled to participate in this year’s event are:
•    Curry Creek Cloggers
•    Dance University
•    Face Autism - Dynasty Dance
•    James Hawkins
•    LWR Ballroom Dance Club
•    LWR High School Theatre Dept. (Mustang Players)
•    Ovation - School of Musical Theatre
•    Sarasota Ballet 
•    Sarasota Dance Academy
•    Sarasota White Sands Chapter/USA Dance
•    Sarasota Youth Opera
•    School of Russian Ballet
•    That's Dancing (adult tap dancers)
•    The Circus Arts Conservatory
•    The Players Centre for Performing Arts
•    Woodland Fine Arts Academy

New this year are: Face Autism in partnership with Dynasty Dance, Sarasota Youth Opera, Dance University and Woodland Fine Arts Academy.

The wide array of street vendors and booths will again complement the Grand Ovation experience, including displays and booths from Books for Kids, Ringling College of Art & Design, Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch, La Musica, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Key Chorale, South Florida Museum, Manatee Performing Arts Center, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota Chorus of the Keys as well as most of the performing groups.

Lakewood Ranch Main Street will be closed to traffic during the festival hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seating for the performances will be provided, and coolers are prohibited. Grand Ovation was founded and is supported by LWR Communities LLC.

Lakewood Ranch is the 31,000-acre award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more than 30,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and more than four million square feet of commercial property.

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