SARASOTA, Fla. - You’re probably looking at my getup this week and you’re thinking, Joey, you look amazing. Well, thank you. I’ve been inspired by one of this weekend’s biggest events, Thunder by the Bay.
Sarasota was packed with motorcycles and their riders this weekend. I heard an estimate of around 10,000 people flooded the streets of downtown.
Two dear friends of mine opened their home to Asolo Rep Saturday night as part of the theater’s Starry Night Series. Kevin Schoeler and Philip van der Voet hosted about a hundred people in their beautiful Harbor Acres home. The sudden downpour of rain moved the party inside but didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, as you can see Cliff Roles captured in this great photo of TONY-award winning director Frank Galati and his partner Peter Amster.
A new bride and one of the most dazzling ladies on the local scene, Diana Buchanan, formerly Diana Kelly, was featured on TLC’s reality show Say Yes to the Dress. You might remember I covered Diana’s wedding to Matt Buchanan back in November. The show followed Diana's hunt for the perfect strapless wedding gown. Spoiler alert. She found it!
Meanwhile, another local young lady is making her wedding plans. Molly Klauber let me tag along as she is in the midst of planning her upcoming wedding to Ethan Biter. At Victoria Blooms on Main Street, she was joined by her family and bridal party as the April date approaches.
"It's at Ringling so we don't really want to interfere with the beauty there. So we chose a pretty neutral palette of blush, rose, moss, toast, and gold." said Klauber. "My favorite flowers are peonies and hydrangeas. We're gonna see how we can make that work with Ringling and keep it beautiful."
With a countdown of 85 days until the wedding, I asked how Molly was feeling.
"Perfect," she answered. "Can't wait. Wish it was tomorrow!"
And finally, this week’s celebrity sighting will be no surprise given the motorcycle themed weekend. The patriach of American Choppers, Paul Teutul, Sr. made an appearance at Thunder by the Bay as he led the Legacy of Valor ride to Sarasota National Cemetery. The ride is a new addition to the annual event and included around 700 motorcycle riders.
As always if you spot any celebrities or hot spots while you're around town, email me a photo at WhatsUpJoey@mysuncoast.com.