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10/5/12

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QUADRUPLE THE FUN Quiet now, Siesta Village will be brimming with people during a variety of events this fall. Photo by Norman Schimmel SIESTA VILLAGE BUSINESSES DELVING INTO DETAILS FOR FALL EVENTS, INCLUDING THE CRYSTAL CLASSIC By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor In 26 days, Siesta Village will mark the offi- cial start of the island's "Big Four" for fall: Safe Treats on Oct. 31, Sandfest on Nov. 2, the Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Compe- tition on Nov. 8-12 and Light Up the Village on Nov. 24. With the season almost upon them, about 25 members of the Siesta Key Village Association addressed planning for these events as they gathered for their monthly meeting on Oct. 2. First up: Safe Treats. President Russell Mat- thes distributed copies of a marketing card that had been prepared for distribution in the Sarasota County Public Schools, noting the event's hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. About 5,000 of the cards will go to schools, he said; they feature a jack-o-lantern and the SKVA logo. On Halloween, Matthes added, the Village "is a great safe place to take your children. A lot of young kids come to [Safe Treats]. So have a lot of candy [available] if you are a business owner." When someone asked how many bags of can- dy he recommended, Matthes replied, "A lot." Wendall Jacobson of Beach Bazaar pointed out that he and his staff went through about eight bags of candy in 2011, plus other fun items to give the children, such as spider rings.

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