Hey everyone.  Travis back with some Tampa Bay entertainment for the whole family.  Bok Tower Gardens will celebrate its 81st anniversary with special events beginning Friday, January 29 through Monday, February 1 including “Crossing the Moat,” one of the Gardens’ most popular events.

Here's the schedule for you all:

On January 29, the season’s first Moonlight Carillon Concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. The Blue Palmetto Café will remain open until the hour-long concert begins. Wait for it...admission is half-price after 5 p.m.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On January 30 and January 31, visitors will be able to experience “Crossing the Moat,” the rare opportunity to walk across the moat that surrounds the Singing Tower for a closer look at the Great Brass Door.

Special carillon concerts will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. Visitors can view the carillon performances on the video monitor located behind the Japanese Lantern and meet carillonneur William De Turk near the Information Booth following the concerts.

Also on January 30, visitors are invited to a free reception to meet artists Arthur Morris and David Price. The exhibit featuring “Birds as Art” photography by Morris, sponsored by Canon, and “Winged Creation” sculptures by Price, sponsored by Andy Thornal Company, will be on display at the Visitor Center through April 1.

At 6 p.m., join the artists for a reception sponsored by Andy Thornal Company, Lakeridge Winery and Lake Wales Medical Center. Following the reception and gallery walk, guests are invited to attend an audio visual presentation and book signing with Morris.

And just in case you need more of a reason to go, new or upgraded memberships purchased Saturday and Sunday will receive $5 off the regular membership price.

Make sure you note that space is limited and pre-registration is required. Just call the Garden Campus office at 863-734-1221 or e-mail phrestina@boktower.org for registration.
Then, on February 1, special carillon concerts will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. The National Historic Landmark was dedicated in 1929 as a gift of gratitude from Dutch immigrant Edward Bok, a humanitarian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world peace advocate who provided $100,000 for the American Peace Prize in 1923.

Today it has more than 700 acres of citrus groves, woodland gardens and conservation lands where visitors can explore breathtaking sights around every corner of the meandering garden paths.

Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. Call 863-676-1408 or visit www.boktowergardens.org for more information.

So head out and enjoy one of Tampa's treasures with the whole family.  And keep checking back here for more great things to do in Tampa Bay and cool Tampa Bay area events.