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Accent On Tampa Bay

Vol. 23, Issue 180 October, 2012 Publisher Albert F. Martino, Jr. Senior Editor Melissa Wolcott Martino Sales Vicki Kolb Barbara McGovern Senior Sports Editor Peter Martino Graphic Designer Missy Lynn Contributors Sylvie Damien Marty Peters Deborah Quigley Roland Stone Photographers Melissa Wolcott Martino Proofreader Charlie deCatta Cover Photos: Courtesy of Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, Guavaween Ybor PUBLISHED ON LINE BY

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32nd ANNUAL TAMPA BAY SENIOR GAMES - Oct 1-12 Seniors can go for the gold at the 32nd Annual Tampa Bay Senior Games will be on Oct. 1-12. Registration is open until Sept. 21 for anyone age 50 or older as of Dec. 31, 2012. The games feature two weeks of competition in various activities, such as basketball, billiards, bowling, cribbage, dominoes, golf, hobby show, pickleball, pinochle, swimming, table tennis, talent showcase, tennis, and track and field. New events this year include softball and corn hole. Entry fee includes unlimited participation in the games, a ticket to the awards luncheon, opening ceremony continental breakfast, and t-shirt. Last year’s oldest contestant was 96 years young and the youngest was 50. For the registration form, event schedule and event locations, visit

NCM FATHOM EVENTS Movies series Coming To A Theater Near You... Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championship - Oct 2. The Maloof Money Cup will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. local time. Showcasing the World Skateboarding Championship pro street finals from South Africa, this in-theater event features competition highlights, behind-the-scenes footage and up-close action that will take fans on an exciting, big-screen ride with the competitors. Steven Spielberg’s beloved “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” - Oct 3. “E.T.” is the fourth most successful movie of all time in the domestic box office. In honor of the film’s 30th Anniversary, the event features the all-new, digitally remastered feature film, as well as a special taped introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Fans will discover how Spielberg came up with the idea for “E.T.,” while Drew Barrymore—who plays Gertie in the film—shares what the film means to her 30 years later. Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Event: Digitally Restored - Oct 4. This special event features the film that has been meticulously restored from the original 65mm negative; an exclusive introduction from Lawrence of Arabia star and Academy Award nominee Omar Sharif; as well as newsreel footage of the New York premiere and the original film set in Aqaba, Jordan. In addition, Academy Award-winning Director Martin Scorsese will discuss the themes of Lawrence of Arabia and its influence on other iconic films. Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day - Oct 17-18. Fans will finally get to see one of most highly anticipated reunions in the history of rock n’ roll at 7:30 p.m. local time in select movie theaters nationwide. The concert film features founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, joined by Jason Bonham taking the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007. “Frankenstein” / “The Bride of Frankenstein” (double feature) – Oct 24. Just in time for Halloween, Boris Karloff stars as the original “Frankenstein” (1931) followed by Karloff and Elsa Lanchester in “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935). The Metropolitan Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore LIVE - Oct 13. Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher’s new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Otello LIVE – Oct 27. Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Met with Johan Botha in the title role, opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming. The Tempest LIVE - Nov 10. Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his 2004 work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Rifftrax Live: Birdemic - Oct 25. The famed comedians from the cult classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000”. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett—will reunite on the big screen to fire off their wisecracking commentary on “BIRDEMIC,” a modern classic in the pantheon of so-bad-it’s-good cinema. The hilarious riffing on this spine-tingling “thriller” will be broadcast to participating movie theaters. “To Kill a Mockingbird” – Nov 15. The 50th Anniversary of this American classic stars Academy Award® Winning Actor Gregory Peck, based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Park Place Stadium 16 with RPX, 7200 Us Highway 19 N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. Find a theater near you at 4



GUY HARVEY OUTPOST The recent Grand Opening Party for the

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new Guy Harvey Outpost (formerly the TradeWinds Sandpiper) showcased the rebranded hotel’s casual, comfortable beachy theme and, of course his magnificent paintings which adorn the hotel. Mr Harvey was in attendance and spoke of plans for the hotel and his involvement with conservation efforts on the Gulf Coast. The hotel is the title sponsor of the Guy Harvey Outpost Auditorium, a 2,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art auditorium which will feature film presentations for children and adults, educational classes seminars and community events. For hotel information, visit For auditorium info visit

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City of Gulfport’s 101st Birthday Bash - Oct 6 At 10 a.m., opening ceremonies in the front of the Gulfport Museum, will include a dedication of three crepe myrtles and a plaque to the late Mary Atkinson, who devoted much of her life to Gulfport and many local organizations, including the Historical Society. Also in Scout Hall, if you are an antique buff, this event is for you. If you think you have an heirloom of worth from great Auntie Mable, bring it to Scout Hall from 1 - 3 p.m., It is $5 per item or 3 items for $10. These proceeds help with the funding of the museum. Children can sign up for Chalk Art Contest. Free Inflatable kids obstacle course and inflatables will be available throughout the event. You can take a guided trolley tour of Old Gulfport and try your hand at the popular Mullet toss. The traditional Worthington (7th generation Gulfportians) fish fry dinner is a “must try” experience. Celebrate Gulfport’s 102nd Birthday with a free piece of cake at 3 p.m. Take an inside tour of the Gulfport Historical museum and pick up your brand new calendar. 727-893-1118. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gulfport Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S.

Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl - Oct 6 Sample beers at patio bars and pubs throughout historic Ybor City. The Ybor Chamber is holding their 3rd Annual OktoberFest Pub Crawl Saturday, October 6th. This special event will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, in a open format sampling of bars and pubs throughout the Historic District. Each guest will receive an official Ybor OktoberFest t-shirt (with advance online registration) and a map of participating pubs and patio bars. Participating venues will provide a free 4 oz. sample of Oktoberfest or premium beer to participants. Establishments along the way will offer a mix of German music, food, door prizes and drink specials. German immigrants were one of the key ethnic groups to settle Ybor City at the turn of the 20th century. German lithographers were an integral part of Ybor’s cigar industry, designing and printing state of the art labels. Tickets for the OktoberFest Pub Crawl are $25 and include an event t-shirt (with advance online registration), samples at each location and special activities along the crawl.

2012 Lions Eye Institute Eye Ball Gala - Oct 6 Hundreds will gather and focus on “Keeping the World in Sight” during the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research’s annual Eye Ball Gala. This event will highlight the need for ocular advancements, and showcase the programs and research that LEITR is pioneering to help the blind and visually impaired. Throughout the night, guests will hear from corneal transplant recipients that have had sight restored thanks to LEITR, as well as local and national leaders working tirelessly to end blindness. Mrs. World, April Lufriu, will join the speakers and discuss her passion for furthering ocular research and helping the visually impaired. In addition, LEITR will honor two professionals who have dedicated their careers to advancing ocular research. Dr. Lewis R. Groden will receive the Light of Sight Award, and Dr. Henry F. Edelhauser will be honored with the Innovation and Research Award. The gala will be held at The T. Pepin’s Hospitality Centre. Attendees will enjoy a night filled with delectable food and a silent auction. All proceeds from the night will go to funding programs and research efforts that bring the organization one step closer to unlocking the cure for blindness. For tickets and information, please visit 8


Hillsborough County’s Parks, Rec and Conservation Dept fun hands-on programs Join Hillsborough County’s Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department in October, November and December for fun and exciting hands-on programs for participants of all ages. Participation cost is $5 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult, parents or guardian. Adults without children may join for $5. Only cash payments are accepted at this time. Themes: Oct. 6 and 7 - Florida Fossils; Oct. 14 - Homemade Ice Cream – Make It And Eat It; October 27 and 28 - Bats, Owls And Butterflies – Make Masks Or Paint Your Own Faces; Nov. 3 and 4 - Non-Venomous Snakes In Florida; Nov. 17 and 18 - Florida’s Rarest Animals – Panthers And Bears; Nov. 24 and 25 Making Holiday Gifts – Weaving; Dec. 1 and 2 - Making Holiday Gifts – Plants As Gifts; Dec. 9 - Making Holiday Gifts – Water Colors; Dec. 15 and 16 - How To Can Florida Tomatoes; Dec. 22 and 23 - Honey Bees. For more information, contact Lettuce Lake Park, at 813-987-6204.

MEN ON FIRE FOR THE ARTS at DFAC Oct 7 DFAC’s Sterling Society is presenting Men on Fire for the Arts, their newest event for DFAC at Weaver Park, Dunedin’s new waterfront park from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. Eight community leaders, serving as “Celebrity Chefs” will be firing up their grills to cook up their recipes based on the theme of Florida Fusion Grilling. The Celebrity Chefs include Aaron Fodiman, Tampa Bay Magazine’s Publisher/ Editor, who will serve as Chef Grill Master; Dunedin’s Vice mayor, Ron Barnette; Sean Daly, Tampa Bay Times Pop Music Critic; Ed Halleran, President, Nurses Choice; John Hubbard, retired City of Dunedin Attorney; Jeremy Kurella, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department (Dunedin); Senator Jack Latvala; and Michael Vollbracht, an Artist and Designer. Chef Michael Webb of Stephen Michaels Palm Café will serve as the Supervisory Chef for the “Men on Fire for the Arts” event. Members of the Dunedin Firefighters Association will serve as “Celebrity Bartenders”. LIVE musici is being provided by the Mud Flappers. A Sunset Sponsor After Party, “The Fire Extinguishers”, will be held at the historic Blatchley House on the grounds of Weaver Park from 6:30 until 8:00 P.M. The party will still be going strong with music and entertainment provided by Sarah McAdoo. All proceeds to benefit educational programs at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Attendance is limited, and tickets are available at

Tampa Bay Boat Show - Oct 12, 13, 14 Chart your course to Florida State Fairgrounds – Main Expo Hall. The Tampa Bay Boat Show showcases area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies, and accessories too. This three-day sales event offers a great way to see and compare all available makes and models in one location. The Main Expo Hall will be filled with new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and other related exhibits. Don’t miss the Florida Fishing School Seminar Series. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, join Tampa Bay Times Times Outdoors Editor Terry Tomalin and his friends for a series of presentations by the area’s top fishing guides and local experts. Florida State Fairgrounds. 10

Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County 11th Annual Crime Stoppers Classic Golf Tournament Oct 12 Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County will hold their 11th Annual Crime Stoppers Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, October 12 at the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, located at 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd. in Gulfport. The cost is $125 per player. This amazing afternoon of golf includes lunch, a putting contest and holein-one challenge, followed by prize drawings, a silent auction, awards and a delicious barbeque dinner buffet in the clubhouse. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. with a Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m. Awards, dinner and drawings will follow the Tournament at 5:00 p.m. For more information on registration or Sponsorships, go to

dollars are used to fund Crime Stoppers, so your help is vital in keeping this program going. The successful program relies on your partnership,

and your contributions to fundraisers to help further the goal of making Pinellas County a safer place to live, work and visit.

Since 2001, Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. has been a non-profit organization that partners with citizens, the media and law enforcement to help solve and prevent crime in our community. Their anonymous tip line can be reached by calling 1-800-873-TIPS. It is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for tips resulting in the arrest of criminal suspects. To date, the program has been instrumental in the arrest of more than 754 individuals, clearing over 1,766 cases and the recovery of more than $4.7 million worth of stolen property and narcotics, in Pinellas County alone. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office employs and houses the Pinellas Crime Stoppers Program Administrator through a grant from the Office of the Attorney General - Crime Stoppers Trust Fund. No taxpayer


Sunken Gardens’ 5th Annual Hot Pepper Fest - Oct 14 Let’s try to vision a Sunday scene set in early October. The air is ripe with that fresh “fall” feeling, soft calypso music is wafting through 100 yearold oak trees and you’re putting out the fire in your mouth with a nice cool Corona. Imagine yourself doing all that as you stroll by bright pink Chilean flamingos in the lush and tropical atmosphere at Sunken Gardens. The Pepper Fest, however, isn’t all about how much damage you can do to your taste buds. You’ll find an assortment of hot pepper themed vendors offering up everything from artwork, clothing, and jewelry to pepper jellies and plants that vary in price and palette. An assortment of restaurants will also be on hand to tempt you with flavors ranging from “not-hot-at-all” to “Call the paramedics!” If you are really brave, you can enter the Tijuana Flats Pepper Eating Contest! The question is… Can you take it? Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N St. Petersburg, FL 33704. 10am-4pm.

Tampa Bay Senior Expo - Oct 16 The Tampa Bay Senior Expo is returning to the Coliseum in downtown St. Pete. For one day only at the Coliseum, meet local professionals who offer expertise in financial planning, health, fitness, home improvement, recreation and more. There will be live musicians, games and door prizes. Browse exhibits from over 60 local organizations

offering products, tips, advice and free giveaways. There will be health screenings and insurance seminars, with personal one on one contact. Visit with residential communities and local hospitals so you can make educated decisions. The Coliseum – 535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 337019. From 9 am – 3 pm. Free Admission.

FIVE BY FIVE AT THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART - Oct 19 The exhibition features 5X5 inch artwork made and donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, and college students. Fantastic and extraordinary performances will be presented throughout the evening by local artists in music, dance, theatre and spoken word. Five different five-minute performances each hour from professional musicians, poets and actors throughout the evening. The sale of the artwork will raise money for individual artist grants and workshops. FIVE by FIVE features an anonymous art exhibition, meaning the artwork is signed on the back and the artist’s name is revealed upon purchase. All artwork submitted is available for the FIVE by FIVE event is priced $25. An online gallery will open during the artists’ submission period so you can preview the work in the show. There will also be a separate roster of participating artists online and at the event. Be sure to arrive early at the event to get your favorite pieces. 100% of the sales of artwork will be used for individual artist grants and workshops from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Tampa Art Museum, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602. 12


Hillsborough County Fair - Oct 1721 Folks are gearing up for a fun-filled five days of tail swishing and wing flapping fun. With livestock shows each day, there will be sheep jumping, cow clipping and rabbit costume contests. Youth compete for showmanship awards as they lead their animals around the ring. For the 4H or FFA students who have raised a pig, it is not always easy to part with the pet at the annual Swine Auction, Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 pm. For all ages there is the traditional Family Living Arts and Crafts where entrants vie for that blue ribbon in art, photography, baking, needlepoint, quilting and more. Kids enter the “Just For Kids” Department. All entries will be on display in an old-fashioned county fair kind of way. Beauty abounds the weekend before the fair opens, with the Harvest Queen Pageant on Saturday, October 13 on the fairgrounds. The 2012 Queen and Junior Queen will be crowned and begin their reign immediately. Babies, toddlers and children will be featured in the Children’s Pageant on Sunday, October 21. From Recycled Yard Art Competition to Hay Bale Decorating there will be creative sights to see and to taste. The 4H Foundation holds a Bar-b-Que dinner on Saturday, October 20, and there is a Chili CookOff on Sunday, October 21. The Cattle women will have a booth offering tasty beef recipes and sponsoring a “Kids Cooking Contest”. There is plenty of traditional fair food including roast corn on the cob, mini-donuts and fried vegetables along with the Brandon Shriners grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs. If the summer heat beat up your landscaping, the FNGLA auction taking place on Saturday, October 20 offers bargains galore. An adult and youth Horticulture competition gives those gardeners a chance to show off the home grown plants. A Youth Horse Show kicks off arena events on Saturday, October 13 in a pre-fair event. The Bay Area Bandits Mounted Shooting Club holds a show on the 20th of October and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse holds a Speed Show in the arena on Sunday, October 21. The exciting Ranch Rodeo will bring in a crowd on Friday and Saturday nights as ranch hands compete for cash prizes as they team up in events like Wild Cow Milking, Bronc Riding, Mutton Busting and more. Desert Moon Band offers a pre-rodeo show too. Free shows with fair admission include Horses, Horses, Horses, with Heidi Herriott, a fun and educational interactive safety act, The Firefighter Show and the all time favorite, Robinson’s Racing Pigs. Located east of Brandon at Hwy 60 and Sydney-Washer Road, parking is free for all.

82nd Annual Fish Broil & Mullet Festival - Oct 20 Stop by Hurley Park, Pass-A-Grille, on Oct. 20 from 3 – 8 p.m. for a traditional broiled fish dinner cooked right on bed springs – just like they did in the Depression era. Entertainment, a crafter expo, food vendors, Kid’s Zone, silent auction and more. Event admission is free; fish dinner is $8. For more information, visit


OCTOBER / NOVEMBER EVENTS Zombie Dance Workshops EVERY Friday 6-8 PM The Pier will be holding another “Thrill St. Pete” event on Saturday, October 27th with zombies performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Every Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Dockside Activity Room, you can learn the dance, so you’ll be ready for our Zombie Saturday - October 27th. Information on this year’s event can be found on Facebook: www.facebook. com/groups/thrillstpete/ BOOK NOOK - Oct 6 The Book Nook by the Bay is free for children 6 and under or with the purchase of aquarium admission. The Book Nook by the Bay is a literary event featuring Fresh Fish Theater and a craft activity, Featured Creature facts, suggested reading by the Youth Services Coordinator Beth Lindsay from the St. Petersburg Public Library System, the aquarium’s marine science library and, of course, the reading of books. It is offered the first Saturday of each month and is free with a paid admission. Shotgun Justice - Oct 7 Performing classic rock, country and southern rock, Shotgun Justice returns to The Pier for our Music Fest. A Bradenton based band, this group has performed quite a few times at The Pier. Monthly Gallery Walk at Crystal Mirage Gallery - Oct 13 Each month, the Downtown Arts Association in Saint Petersburg, have 25 galleries which are open to the public on the second Saturday of every month from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Crystal Mirage Gallery at The Pier is one of these galleries and shouldn’t be missed on your stops around the downtown. North 2 South Band - Oct 14 North 2 South with Cindy and Frank LaRosa covers a wide variety of music from all genres in their popular Tampa Bay night club act as well as being an international songwriting competition award winning originals act. Country/Pop/ Jazz/Blues/Country Rock Lionheart - Oct 21 Lionheart with lead singer Marco Pocta returns to The Pier for classic rock, pop rock and more after a brief haitus. Grateful Dead Tribute Band - Uncle John’s Band - Oct 28 Uncle John’s Band was formed in 1990 in Clearwater Florida from a combination of talented musicians who love to play the music of the Grateful Dead. Over the past many years, Uncle John’s Band has performed hundreds of shows full of musical energy and pleasure for all those who have attended. Over the last twelve plus years UJB has developed a loyal fan base in the thousands who enjoy the music, atmosphere, and experience of the Grateful Dead. SHOUT - Nov 4 The Pier welcomes the return of “Shout”, who will perform on Sunday, November 4th, in the Courtyard by the Bay De Lei’ed Parrots - Nov 11 With decades of combined professional music experience and appearing at many respected venues across the country, De Lei’ed Parrots lace their repertoire with oldies, standards, trop-rock, dance tunes, and originals. These talented, professional musicians will take you on a magical, musical journey, but will always bring you back safe and sound to your home port. Audiences are always amazed at the versatility of music that this high-energy group is able to perform, allowing them to satisfy almost all musical tastes. Swingin Harpoon - Nov 18 The “Swingin’ Harpoon” is a newer Regional/National Touring Band based out of North Florida that serves up a high quality, energetic, and tasteful live music show. This is a big band combined with harmonica driven blues and vintage blues and rockabilly. Covers and original music performed.

Pier - 800 2nd Avenue NE, 33701;


JOIN THE COUNT FOR A HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH AT BUSCH GARDENS - Oct 20 Families can celebrate Halloween at a special party on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Sesame Street Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens. Your child can do the Monster Mash, meet the Count and his monster friends from Sesame Street and enjoy a spooky, buffet-style lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Children are permitted to wear costumes during the lunch; however, costumes may need to be removed in order to safely go on rides. Call 1-888-800-5447, or visit

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN! TROMA GIVES FREE MOVIES TO FANS Lloyd Kaufman (President of Troma Entertainment & creator of the Toxic Avenger) announced recently that nearly 250 films from the Troma catalog are available to view for free. The titles range from Troma hits like Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD and Redneck Zombies to hard-to-find movies like Star Worms II: Attack of the Pleasure Pods and classic films from Troma’s Roan Group archive such as White Zombie. “We hope that this demonstration of how much we respect our fans will lead to a greater partnership in the future,” said Kaufman. “They are the main reason why we are still here after 40 years.” Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history, and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Class of Nuke’em High, Mother’s Day and Tromeo and Juliet, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink. Among today’s luminaries whose early work can be found in Troma’s 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gunn and Eli Roth. The 250 films can be viewed at



3rd Annual Cajun Wine Festival - Oct 27 Wine and Cajun food enthusiasts are invited to the 3rd Annual Wine Festival hosted by Cajun Café on the Bayou and Constellation Wines benefiting Abilities. Guests will enjoy 100 premium wines, a delicious Cajun Plate, live jazz music, and fabulous prize drawings every 30 minutes. Constellation will roll out its finest brands, including Robert Mondavi, Simi, Franciscan, Mt. Veeder, Wild Horse, Ruffino, Kim Crawford, Estancia, Clos du Bois, Hogue Cellars, Ravenswood, Blackstone, Mark West, Toasted Head, Diseno, Nobilo, JacksonTriggs, Mouton, Blufeld, Hardy’s, and more. Six draught ales and other Cajun food will be available for purchase, as will chances to win great wine-related prizes. The Festival takes place from 4-8 pm, Saturday, October 27, at the Cajun Café on the Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. Tickets can be purchased by calling 727-546-6732.

34th Heritage Village Country Jubilee - Oct 27 The 34th Heritage Village Country Jubilee is the first place to search for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. A giant flea market and book sale are special features. Handmade holiday crafts, paintings, jewelry, stained glass and wooden treasures are among the offerings as well as musical entertainment, tours of historical homes and demonstrations of traditional crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free, but donations are accepted to support Heritage Village operations. Free event parking and shuttle at 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads in Largo (727) 5822123.

Guavaween 2012 YBOR - Oct 27 An outdoor costume contest and indoor music festival until the early morning hours throughout Ybor City - the Big Guava is for adults. Guavaween 2012 will return with added features including a district-wide music festival, the Guavaween costume contest, and no wet-zoning, fences, or parade. Guavaween will host a music festival that will take place throughout seven to eight indoor venues in Ybor City. The music festival will feature an eclectic assortment of over 20 local and national acts. There will be no gate charge for Guavaween this year, but you will need an armband to enter any of the official Guavaween indoor venues. Armbands can be purchased in advance for a discount, and on the day of Guavaween. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 and last until 2 a.m. the following morning. The costume contest will take place at 9 p.m. on the Centro Ybor Stage. 18


KELLOGG’S TOUR OF GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONS AT THE TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM Oct 28 The 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, a national tour featuring Team USA’s top performing gymnasts following the 2012 Olympic Games in London, is coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin will lead an impressive cast that will include members of the men’s and women’s 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic teams, along with past Olympians and U.S. medalists in men’s, women’s, rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling.

THE ALS ASSOCIATION AND UNITED HEALTH CARE CYCLING EVENT - Nov 3 The Ride to Defeat ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” will take place at Walsingham Park in Largo. The Ride to Defeat ALS is a cycling event that promotes healthy physical activity, generates awareness around this debilitating disease, and highlights the many programs, services and research The ALS Association Florida Chapter offers. UnitedHealthcare’s Pro Cycling Team will make an appearance at The Ride to Defeat ALS. The team’s riders serve as health and wellness ambassadors across the nation, making stops at local schools, children’s hospitals and YMCA centers. Nearly 500 cyclists are expected to participate in the event that includes three routes of varying intensity (5-mile, 25-mile, or 62-mile) for riders of all skill levels.

Tampa Bay Area Ride for Kids - Nov 4 Hundreds of motorcyclists will ride together to raise money for research into pediatric brain tumors, which are the deadliest type of childhood cancer. The leisurely ride is escorted by local and state police. The grand finale features interviews with local childhood brain tumor survivors and award presentations to top fundraisers. Proceeds benefit medical research grants and family support programs at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). Motorcyclists have helped the PBTF raise more than $67 million to find the cause of and cure for childhood brain tumors. Research supported by the PBTF has led to treatments that are extending the lives of children afflicted with brain tumors. Heinrich Training Center, 14063 County Rd. 39, Lithia, FL 33547.


Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL SAT, NOVEMBER 3 • 10 am - 10 pm Gen Admission: $10 • Students $6 Children under 6: FREE


Ethnic Cuisine • Folk Dancing • Music • Cultural Displays Crafts • Entertainment from Two Stages


Bash on the Blue benefiting Kids Charity of Tampa Bay - Nov 8-9 The Annual Gary Nix Memorial BASH ON THE BLUE Party & Fishing Tournament brings the community together for a fun weekend of fishing and the ever popular pre tournament party, all the while raising critical funds for kids in our community who need us most. The festivities kick off Thursday evening November 8th, from 6:00 - 9:30 pm with a fun party highlighted by dinner, music, casino tables and silent and live auctions. The inshore, catch and release, fishing tournament is Friday, November 9th, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. The tournament is followed by a barbeque picnic, featuring an awards ceremony with the Master Angler taking away $800 in Tackle Gear and Prizes. The party and fishing tournament will be held at the Tampa Harbour, 5200 W. Tyson Avenue. (813) 843-1833. To register online, visit

WEST PASCO NATURE EVENT - Nov 9-11 Pasco EcoFest 2012 is a family friendly fall weekend packed with activities for nature lovers that will include kayaking, bird watching, hiking, and riverboat rides, fishing, horseback riding, drum circles, a food truck rally, eco market, educational workshops and talks, pet adoption and a geo-caching challenge. The event also includes a Friday evening kickoff party with the opening of an indoor wildlife art show and live entertainment at Peace Hall. With several site locations and activities that range from cultured to rustic, there is something for everyone to experience. It will be like an eco-friendly, mini-vacation right here in Pasco County that can be customized from the extreme sports experience to a more relaxed and casual weekend in the sun. The event will spotlight coastal parks, Key Vista, Anclote Gulf, Anclote River park, the Energy Marine Center, the Nature Center in Starkey Park, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Anclote Key State Preserve, parks within the City of New Port Richey including Peace Hall, Sims Park, the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, Francis Avenue Park and the New Port Richey Public Library.

5th Annual Sarasota Naturally - Nov 10 Sarasota Naturally is a premier health- and wellness-focused event whose goal is to bring people together from Sarasota and the surrounding areas to present a sustainable festival that will help people to learn more about holistic health and wellness from companies and practitioners that truly can make a difference in the way we live and do business as a conscious global community. Sarasota Naturally will benefit Girls Inc. and is free to the public. The event’s unique venue in the heart of downtown Sarasota will feature dynamic ecoconscious businesses and products and holistic health and wellness practitioners, along with live demonstrations. Additionally, we will feature musical entertainment and collaborate with downtown restaurants to provide special food services, while also coinciding with the Downtown Farmer’s Market. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Sarasota. 22


GULFSIDE REGIONAL HOSPICE 6th ANNUAL HIKE FOR HOSPICE - Nov 11 The Hike for Hospice will be at Rasmussen College, located at 18600 Fernview St. in Land O’Lakes. The Hike includes both a 5K Run and 5K Walk. After the run and walk conclude, both the top fundraisers and the fastest runners receive prizes. All hikers will receive a t-shirt, morning snack and beverages with their registration. Racers and walkers of all ages and abilities – individuals, groups, and families – are invited to participate in the Hike. All proceeds from the Hike for Hospice are designated for patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses in Pasco County, as well as support programs at Gulfside’s Hospice Houses and Bereavement Centers. To register for the Hike for Hospice, visit

The 2012 Festival of Trees - Nov 16-18 The UPARC Foundation’s 28th Annual Festival of Trees’ event will be held at the Long Center in Clearwater. This year’s Festival theme is “A Florida Christmas”. The Festival of Trees is a major fundraising event benefitting the UPARC consumers, helping them grow and develop to their fullest potential. The Festival is a four day family-centered holiday extravaganza that features more than 100 one-of-a-kind trees, wreaths, centerpieces and handcrafted ornaments, creatively decorated by local artists, businesses and community leaders, all of which will be for sale. The Premier Night Gala scheduled for the evening of November 17, will kick off the festivities. Guests can enjoy both a live auction and silent auction, libations, live entertainment and fine cuisine from area restaurants while searching for the perfect tree for their home, office or favorite charity. Throughout the three day event there are special appearances from Santa and his elves. A variety of vendors were situated throughout the “Winter Wonderland” of trees, selling specialty items perfect for holiday gift giving. Entertainment by local choral and dance groups is scheduled each day.

20th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival - Nov 17-18 Dunedin welcomes back its popular Fall Craft Festival, a two day juried gallery style showcase of original handmade crafts and gift items priced to suit all budgets. The festival presents holiday shoppers with a head start on their holiday shopping and an alternative to crowded malls. This high-end juried event showcases the work of 100 of the finest local and national crafters who will line their booths along Main Street in downtown Dunedin. A Green Market will offer festival goers a broad selection of exotic plants, as well as dips and other gourmet items. The City of Dunedin, Florida sponsors the festival. Saturday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Main Street in Downtown Dunedin. 24


Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Mahaffey - thru March 3, 2012 During the 100th anniversary year of the Ship’s sinking, the Mahaffey presents Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. The Centennial exhibition will feature artifacts never before seen in the Tampa Bay area and will run through March 3, 2013. Visitors to the highly anticipated blockbuster exhibit will receive a replica boarding pass granting them permission to “board” the White Star Line’s R.M.S. Titanic, and from there the journey begins. The galleries focus on the legendary Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts recovered from the ocean floor and extensive room re-creations. From china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, to pieces of the Ship itself, these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered. The series of galleries on the second floor of The Mahaffey begin with Construction before moving on to Passenger, Iceberg, Seabed and Memorial galleries with additional areas for Iceberg warnings and even Lifeboat Loading Profiles – all extensively covered by an audio tour to bring the Titanic story to life. On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ocean liner, sank after colliding with an iceberg just five days into its highly anticipated maiden voyage. This disaster claimed more than 1,500 lives and shook the world’s confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. More than 5,500 authentic artifacts, including delicate porcelain dishes and a 17-ton section of the hull, have been recovered on research expeditions since the Ship’s discovery in 1985. The exhibition will feature 200 of these artifacts and tell the story behind the legendary Titanic’s short journey from construction and destruction, to eventual recovery.

ANTIQUES IN CLYMER PARK Nov 3 Gulfport’s popular outdoor antiques and collectibles show - “Antiques in the Park” - returns in the first block of Clymer Park at Gulfport Blvd. & Beach Blvd. The show features antiques and collectibles exhibitors spread throughout the park, so bring your walking shoes. Some of the vintage fun for sale at Antiques in the Park includes estate jewelry, old pottery, art, china and glassware, primitives and folk, kitchen collectibles, linens, toys, fun ephemera, small furnishings, home décor, and more. Rain date is Saturday, Nov 10. Admission and parking are free.



Abilities Guild Pig Roast - Nov 3 The Annual Pig Roast raises money for our homeless, stroke-wounded veterans. “This pig roast is one of the highlights of the year for the Guild,” says Dan Mettee, president of the Abilities Guild. “We encourage people to join us for an outstanding evening, and learn about the programs that this event supports.” The evening will feature fresh roast pig with all the trimmings. The Pig Roast is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, at the home of Tom and Joni Cleary, 440 Buttonwood Drive, Largo, FL. Seating is limited. For more information or to make reservations, call Sandy Russell at 727.385.9921 or 727.799.3524.

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Tampa Bay Home Show Nov 9-11 Meet the area’s top home improvement experts on November 9, 10 & 11 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. This event will feature over 600 exhibits relating to Florida homes and home improvement. Stroll through the aisles and find hundreds of project ideas and solutions. See the latest in kitchen cabinets, carpet and tile, air conditioning systems, windows, fencing or storage solutions…. From home security to storm protection to greener living. The Tampa Bay Home Show will also include a seminar series on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a lineup of entertainment, local experts and do-it-yourself ideas for your home. Enjoy a

presentation and find the products you need, all in one convenient location. Individual booths will also feature new products, demonstrations, giveaways, advice and trade secrets. Hours: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Admission and parking are free. 727-893-8523. Saturday & Sunday Stan DeFreitas - host of “Ask Mr. Green Thumb” Summer Color for a Summer Garden Jeff Monsein of Splat Paint - Artistic and Faux Finishes You Can Do Dr. Hort - “The Invasion of Deadly Diseases of Palms and Citrus” Scott Kravetz Gulf Coast Area Renovation Sales Manager for Wells Fargo - Does Your Dream Home Need A little Work - how to refinance renovations Sunday The Tricky Dog Show


Havana Nights for the Gift of Adoption Nov 2 The Florida Chapter of the Gift of Adoption Fund will host Havana Nights on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the home of Mark and Jeanne Tate. Admission includes dinner, cocktails and dancing. All proceeds from the event will go to The Florida Chapter of the Gift of Adoption Fund. To learn more about the fundraiser and/or to make a donation go to www.giftofadoption. org/havananights.html The Gift of Adoption Fund is a national charitable organization that inspires adoption by providing grants to qualified parents - giving children who need families a permanent home and a chance to thrive. Since its inception in 2002, The Florida Chapter of Gift of Adoption has awarded more than $536,000 to complete adoptions for more than 180 children. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to adoption grants for families in Florida and the southeastern United States. Visit

Light The Night Walk for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Nov 3, 10 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Florida Aquarium teamed up to honor four of the Society’s local Honored Heroes and their families. Ranging in age from 5-12 years old these Honored Heroes are being treated for, or are survivors of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease or myeloma. The Honored Heroes and their families participated in an all-expense paid experience at The Florida Aquarium including an opportunity to swim in the exhibit as part of The Florida Aquarium’s Swim with the Fishes program. Light The Night Walk which kicks-off on November 3rd in Pinellas and on November 10th in Tampa.


MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD FOLK FAIR - Nov 1-3 St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. (SPIFFS) and its ethnic member groups present the 38th Annual International Festival at the Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, transforming it into a micro-cosm of the world. This year’s theme is “Music Around the World”. In addition to ethnic foods and cultural displays, Folk Fair offers a multitude of special entertainment in the form of dancing, singing and drumming by more than thirty ethnic groups. On the two school days (Nov 1 and 2), Giving Tree Music

will engage groups of students in drum circles, and various student groups will be performing on the main stage. O Som Do Jazz, featuring Brazilian bossa nova singer Andrea Moraes Manson will entertain students on Friday, Nov 2. On Sat, Nov 3, the general public will enjoy music from Mongolia, featuring a Horse Head Violin (Morin Khuur), Native American drummers and dancers plus folk music and dancing from around the world. The Grand Parade of Nations happens at 2:00 pm, when

members of the many SPIFFS ethnic groups will parade around the park, led by colorful bands, pipers and drummers. The parade will be followed by a new citizen swearingin ceremony at 2:30 pm. The evening closes with polka dancing to the music of

Mario DeLeon & Company. Folk dancing and music will be performed throughout the festival from two stages. From one end of the globe to the other, you will find outstanding performances and demonstrations from North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, not to mention food, cultural arts and crafts, art displays and more. 30

Florida Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights in the Garden event - Nov 23 Share the holiday spirit and enjoy the beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens as it sparkles with lights and the warmth of the season, nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Strolling through the shining botanical gardens is a community tradition and adds a festive touch to the holiday season. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly twinkling LED lights will be on display. Visitors will be treated to a new laser light show and an expansion of lights into the new vinery garden and fountains at McKay Creek. Other events include a gift and plant sale Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a dog parade Dec. 29 starting at 1 p.m. The Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo. The gardens are open every day from 7 a.m. until dusk. Admission is free during daylight hours. Admission for the event is a recommended minimum donation of $2 per person and free for children younger than 12. A video of the Holiday Lights can be viewed at www. Call (727) 582-2100 or visit



ST. PETERSBURG SATURDAY MORNING MARKET Located in Al Lang Stadium parking lot (Progress energy Park), Hours: 9 am - 2 pm. A wide variety fresh food, plants and crafts including: locally grown fresh produce and herbs. Wide selection of regular & organic fruits and vegetables; Prepared Foods such as BBQ Turkey, smoked seafood, pickled vegetables, gourmet cheeses, fruit smoothies; Plants, Flowers, Fresh Herbs; Hand-crafted House wares & Gifts.

GET DOWNTOWN FIRST FRIDAY ST. PETE At the heart of downtown St. Petersburg between 2nd and 3rd Street South, every First Friday of the month, Central Avenue is transformed into a Block Party between 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Meet up with old and new friends and enjoy some of the best Jazz and oldies in the Tampa Bay area. There’s plenty of great food and fine dining in the area. Enjoy the free live music in a unique, convenient, and safe environment.

LIVE ARTS ON THE 600 BLOCK! - Every Third Saturday Of The Month Hosted by the diverse and creative venues on the Block, LIVE Arts on the 600 Block! is a multi-arts sidewalk fest featuring artists and artisans in downtown St. Petersburg. Stop by the block every third Saturday of the month, to listen to live music, enjoy the shops, and watch artists of all kinds at work. In addition, many of the shops and galleries will be showcasing their offerings with enticing specials throughout the day.  10am-6pm. For more information visit

COREY SUNSET CELEBRATION - 2nd & 4th Friday Of Every Month, Year Round Hours: 6-10 pm. Live entertainment, local artists and crafters and a variety of snack food vendors. Buskers and street performers. Corey Avenue is the Heart of Downtown St. Pete Beach. Discover the unique stores, specialty shops, the theater, restaurants, art galleries, clothing stores, imaginative gift shops, craft and hobby shopping, beachwear shops, and more. Visit by car or trolley. Free Parking and admission.

HYDE PARK VILLAGE - LOCAL FOOD, HAND CRAFTS & LIVE MUSIC - 1st Sunday Of The Month Hours: 10am - 3pm. 100+ vendors selling fresh, local, homemade, handcrafted and eco-friendly products. Conventional and hydroponic produce, homemade take home foods such as breads, pastries, gluten free items, pies, prepared entrees, sandwiches, ethnic specialties; handcrafts, eco friendly products & fair trade items. 1621 West Snow Circle, Tampa, FL 33606;

GULFPORT TUESDAY FRESH MARKET - Offers Evening Hours “Snowbird” season has extended hours and special events. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday. The Fresh Market will remain open until 8 p.m. once a month on every first Tuesday. Over 50 vendors are present offering a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, seafood, Florida beef, and desserts. Also hand-made items, jewelry, art work and more. Live music.

WESTCHASE TOWN CENTER FRESH MARKET - 2nd Saturday of the Month, Oct thru May Hours: 10am - 2pm. 60+ vendors located on the grassy lawn near Maloney’s Restaurant at 9622 West Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, 36626. Local, organic, hydroponic and conventional produce, florida plants, herbs, flowers, organic food/supplies, locally made jams, jellies, salsa, dips, seasonings, sauces and oils, local artists, live Music, bounce house and face painting.


THE TITANIC CRUISES INTO THE MAHAFFEY thru March 3 - One hundred years after the world’s largest ship hit an iceberg and

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sank, her spirit rises and will reside at the Mahaffey for the next few months. Bill Edwards, CEO of Big3 Entertainment, and St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster cut the ribbon opening the exhibit (with the Titanic “Captain” Edward J. Smith looking on). This exhibit brings some items from the Titanic that haven’t been seen in the area before, as well as interesting interactive areas. The Mahaffey pays tribute to the tragedy with more than 125 artifacts, and lets visitors assume the identity of one of the real passengers, where you can learn their fate at the end of the tour.


EXHIBITS Windows to Our Wildest Place: These permanent, hands-on educational exhibits help visitors understand how natural Florida has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; Connecting People and Place: This is an art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit of the area’s history, ecology and people at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 4536500; ONGOING Nature Walks Along the Trails at Fort De Soto Park: Free one-hour guided nature walks are offered along six different trails each Saturday and Sunday, except holidays. Visitors at the park will be absorbed in the abundance of history, natural beauty and the complexity of the ecology. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto Park which consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. The park is also home to beaches that provide refuge to the loggerhead sea turtle and more than 290 species of birds. 10 to 11 a.m. Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde. For more information, call (727) 552-1862; OCTOBER Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 Book Time at Brooker: Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. (727) 453-6800; 34

Salty Topics: Emerging Insights into the Large Scale Ecosystem Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: USF Associate Professor Dr. Ernst Peebles will provide overviews of different lines of research conducted with emphasis on how the spill may have affected the Gulf’s food web. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Free; advance registration. Oct. 6, 20, 27, Nov. 3 Brooker Creek Guided Hike: See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. (727) 453-6800; Oct. 6, Nov 3 Dog Training: Learn the basics of dog training in a seminar for all who have adopted dogs from Pinellas County Animal Services or other shelters in the county. Learn about housetraining, loose-leash walking and dealing with challenging dog behaviors. No dogs at the class please. 10 a.m. Free. Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2600; Gopher Tortoises + Prescribed Fire = Increased Biodiversity: Brooker Creek is home to one of the three largest remaining gopher tortoise populations in Pinellas County. George L. Heinrich of Heinrich Ecological Services will introduce the important role played by this keystone species during a family-oriented workshop and hike. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; registration required for the hike component of the program. Brooker Creek Preserve. (727) 4536800; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10 Weedon Island Guided Hike: Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to

11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 453-6500; Oct. 11, 25, Nov 8 Wee Time at Weedon: Children ages 3 to 5 are treated to a variety of stories, crafts, games and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve.(727) 453-6500; Oct. 12, Nov 9 Great Weedon Bird Quest: Learn the identifying marks and behaviors of our featured year-round residents and seasonal visitors while helping us compile an annual checklist of the preserve’s birds. These hikes are designed to take advantage of all levels of birding experience. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 453-6500; Oct. 13, Nov 10 Birds of Brooker Hike: Learn how to identify the birds seen and heard at this special hike identifying common birds of Brooker Creek Preserve. Meander along the one-mile trail to gather information on the birds seen and heard. Binoculars will be helpful. Bring water. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Free; registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. (727) 453-6800; Caladesi Memories: Hear the true island story of Myrtle Scharrer Betz (1895-1992) and her experience of growing up on her family’s 156-acre homestead on Caladesi Island. Told with compelling honesty and humanity, this tale by the only child ever born on Caladesi Island captures the natural wonders, discomforts, challenges and joys of pioneer life on a Florida West Coast barrier island. The home on Caladesi was an early tourist destination, thus hundreds of photos document the steady stream of visitors who arrived by boat to visit and to enjoy a guided tour of island landmarks. Myrtle’s

granddaughter, Terry Fortner, will present Caladesi Memories. 2 to 3:30 pm. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 4536500; Oct. 18 Archaeology Lecture: Displayed Magic, the Archaeological Study of Religious Beliefs and Popular Magic via the Material Culture of Late Spanish Colonial Period Households in Florida: This talk by Deborah R. Mullins of the University of Florida explores the material culture linked with religion, folk belief and magic in everyday contexts, using deposits from Creole households in late Spanish-colonial St. Augustine, Florida. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; advance registration requested. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 453-6500;

recommended. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 453-6500; Oct. 27 Photography Hike: This hike is a perfect opportunity for adult photographers to hone their skills. After a classroom session highlighting specific wildlife behaviors and focus tips, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty outdoors. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 4536500;

Nov. 3 Gopher Weedon 7K Trail Run: Runners and walkers enjoy a journey through native Florida habitats, including gorgeous views of Tampa Bay. Following the run, visitors are invited to go to the Cultural and Natural History Center for educational and cultural festivities in celebration of the center’s 10-year anniversary. Advance registration recommended. Weedon Island Preserve. Register at www. html Nov. 9 Historical Writing Workshops: Award-winning author Angela T. Pisaturo returns to Heritage Village to host another workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each of her workshops is unique and will cover aspects of writing historical novels, from research to setting the scene. Advance registration recommended. Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., N., Largo. (727) 582-2233 or visit

Oct. 19 Bats of America: This extraordinary night program by Bat Belfrys on North America’s bat species introduces several North American bat species and includes interesting bat facts regarding their lifestyle, adaptability and specialized skills. This program has live animal “amBATssadors.” 7 to 8 p.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 453-6500; Oct. 20 Bats, Myth and Reality: This program debunks bat myths and introduces guests to the many important contributions these mammals make to ecosystems and human health. Discussion points include lifestyle, diet, disease and conservation efforts. The program is concluded with an introduction to live Florida bats. 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. (727) 453-6800; Going Coastal – Saltwater Seining: Get your feet wet learning about what lives in our local marine environment at Weedon Island Preserve. This is both an inside and field classroom where participants will use dip and seine nets to collect and categorize the invertebrates and fish that make the waters of Weedon Island Preserve their home. Closed-toe wading shoes (keens, scuba boats or old tennis shoes), water, hat, sun protection and clothes that can get wet are

sor of USF College of Marine Science and director of the Ocean Monitoring and Prediction Lab at the University of South Florida. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 453-6500;

Oct. 27 Wildflower Festival: This event celebrates the multitudes of wildflowers in blook at Brooker Creek Preserve. There will be a honey beehive exhibit, wildflower scavenger hunt, wildflower presentations and wildflowers for sale. Get up close and personal with butterflies in a huge butterfly tent. Great for both children and adults. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve. (727) 453-6800; NOVEMBER Nov. 1 Salty Topics – Ocean Observing, the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System: Learn about the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, the United States’ component of the global Ocean Observing System. The IOSS consists of real-time observations of oceanic variables. Presented by Dr. Mark Luther, associate

Nov. 10 Florida Sandhill Crane Conservation. A member of Clearwater Audobon will describe the breeding population of Florida’s Sandhill Cranes, including their habitat and life cycle. Also to be discussed will be Sandhill Cranes in urban areas and what we can do to protect them. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. (727) 453-6800; Nov. 15 Archaeology Lecture: Cultural Modification of Vertebrate Fossils: Robert Sinibaldi, Ph.D. and former president of the Tampa Fossil Club, presents interesting facts and information from his latest book about the cultural modification of fossils by early people. These prehistoric finds deal with the overlap between archaeology and paleontology. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; advance registration requested. Weedon Island Preserve. (727) 453-6500; 35

STRAZ 2012-2013 SEASON


HE NEW STRAZ SEASON offers the singing and dancing nuns of Sister Act, Cole Porter’s classic Anything Goes, feel-good romps with ’80s hits like Priscilla Queen of the Desert’s “I Will Survive” and Flashdance’s “Flashdance – What A Feeling,” the chilling return of Jekyll & Hyde, the poignant and spectacular drama War Horse, the exhilarating and evocative Traces and the all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the Gershwins in ’S Wonderful. Jekyll and Hyde - Oct. 23 - 28. American Idol star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde. This dark and dangerous love story from Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse returns in a stunning new pre-Broadway production that includes all the classic songs (“This is the Moment,” “A New Life,” “Someone Like You”) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed Jekyll & Hyde into a theatrical phenomenon. Elf - Nov. 20 - 25. Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Coming Up: Sister Act - Dec. 11 - 16; Wicked - Jan. 9 - 27, 2013; Traces - Jan. 29 - Feb. 3; Flashdance - Feb. 19 - 24; Anything Goes - March 12 - 17; Priscilla Queen of the Desert - April 9 - 14; War Horse April 30 - May 5; American Idiot - May 17 - 19. For more information, visit Straz Center, 813-229-7827,

Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox in Jekyll and Hyde


HYSTERIA: OR FRAGMENTS OF AN ANALYSIS OF AN OBSESSIONAL NEUROSIS - thru Oct 21 Winner of Olivier Award for “Best New Comedy”, Hysteria is based on an historical meeting between two of the world’s greatest and most eccentric men - Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí. Set in London in 1938, Hysteria springs from Freud’s fanciful mind as he juggles unexpected visits to his home by the famous surrealist painter Dalí and a mysterious young woman named Jessica who can’t seem to keep her clothes on. Full of mistaken identities, dazzling surprises, and sheer Freudian slips, the tables are turned as Freud soon finds himself the subject of Jessica’s own bizarre form of psychoanalysis while Dalí’s surreal imagery creeps into his dreams and consciousness. WIT - Oct 26 - Nov 4 In her first play, Margaret Edson has created a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally im-

mediate. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English, a specialist in the metaphysical, life-and-death themes of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, now finds herself the subject of research designed to try to save her life. During the course of her illness and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital, Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with profundity and humor. A DOLL’S HOUSE - Nov 16 - Dec 23 by Henrik Ibsen. It’s Christmas Eve and cheery Nora Helmer is reveling in her role as wife and mother. Her husband has just been made manager of the local bank, and it looks as though she and her family are finally on the brink of financial freedom…until a knock at the door threatens to destroy her doll house of a world forever. American Stage is located at 163 Third Street North, St. Petersburg. 727-823-PLAY; www.

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Holiday Cabaret - Nov 29 - Dec 23

A satirical exhibit of stories illuminates race relations in America. A vaudevillian mosaic that spans over 200 years of the African American experience and celebrates African American culture, mocks stereotypes and takes a closer look at what it means to be Black in America.

Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with an eclectic mix of

songs that honor our diversity. Sing along with the songs you know and be surprised with some new ones. A high voltage, intimate evening of pure inspiration mixed with infectious humor. Take the family, and go early for latkes. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa FL 33602; 813-251-8984.



est known for his role as “Greg Warner,” the lead on the long running CBS Sitcom “Yes Dear,” Anthony Clark first came to national attention for his breakout set on the 1995 HBO Young Comedian Special alongside Louis CK, Dave Atell and David Chappelle. Before landing a regular starring television role on “Yes Dear,” Clark starred in the shortlived television comedy series “Boston Common” and “Soul Man.” He had also had a recurring role on “Ellen.” Anthony has over 25 TV and film credits and in 2006 was the Host on “Last Comic Standing.” SideSplitters is located at 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.


88th SEASON 2012-13 Continues THE SENSUOUS SENATOR - Comedy by Michael Parker Nov 2 - 18, 2012 BONUS SHOW: Cool Yule At The City – Holiday Musical - Dec 7 - 16, 2012 9 to 5, THE MUSICAL by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick - Jan 18 - Feb 3, 2013 TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD - Drama by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee March 1 – 17, 2013 THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB – Comedy by Jones Hope Wooten - April 19 - May 5, 2013 DOUBT - Drama by John Patrick Shanley - May 31 - June 17, 2013 4025 31st Street South, St. Petersburg FL 33712; 727-8661973.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Sept 28 - Nov 17 The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become one of the world’s most beloved musicals. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain Von Trapp. The motion picture starring Julie Andrews remains the most popular movie musical of all time. The Show Palace is excited to present one of its most requested shows. Classic songs include The Sound of Music, Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things, Maria, Climb Ev’ry Mountain and the beautiful Edelweiss. A SHOW PALACE CHRISTMAS - Nov 22 - Dec 25 Each year the Show Palace celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah with an exhilarating production for all ages. Past productions have featured classic carols, high-energy dancing and special appearances by many of your favorite holiday characters. A SHOW PALACE CHRISTMAS is a beautifully wrapped gift. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at the Show Palace. Show Palace, 16128 U.S. 19 N., Hudson. 1-888-655-7469.

GOD OF CARNAGE - thru Oct 14 A drama by Yasmina Reza. A playground altercation between elevenyear-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

Romance in D - Nov 30 - Dec 16 A comedy by James Sherman. In two side-by-side apartments. Charles lives in one apartment alone with his music. Isabel, a poet on the verge of a divorce, moves into the other apartment and puts her head in the oven in a half-baked suicide attempt. Charles smells the gas and saves Isabel. Isabel’s father, George comes to town and tries to cheer her up. Charles’ mother wants Charles to get to know Isabel. Isabel befriends Charles, and Charles falls in love. One day, when Charles and Isabel are away, Helen and George meet, and they discover that they have their own similar interests. West Coast Players is located at 21905 US 19 N., Clearwater, FL 33765; 727 437-2363;


Ringling International Arts Festival


he Ringling International Arts Festival is a presentation of the Art of Our Time at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. RIAF continues to attract many of the best and brightest minds shaping the art of today in contemporary dance, music, theater and film for an international exhibition of rich ideas in Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla. This year’s Festival offers a surprising variety of performances on the stage, on the screen, and in the Skyspace, Oct. 10-13. Presented annually since 2009, the Ringling International Arts Festival is produced under the artistic direction of the Baryshnikov Arts Center with Sarasota’s The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. RIAF takes place in the performance galleries of The Florida State University’s Ringling Center for the Arts and the beautiful estate of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, situated by Sarasota bay on the Gulf of Mexico. Since its inception, the RIAF has thrilled audiences with many sold-out performances. With yet another surprising range of productions, the 2012 Ringling International Arts Festival is poised to touch all the senses, appealing to a broad range of interests and tastes. Be moved by the choreography of the Mark Morris Dance Group, one of America’s and the world’s leading dance companies. Be charmed by Shantala Shivalingappa, a Parisian dancer that honors a classical Southern Indian dance. Be enchanted by the sounds of ENSEMBLE BASIANI, an internationally heralded cathedral choir from the Republic of Georgia. Be entertained by PIG IRON THEATRE COMPANY, an avant-garde theatre company from Philadelphia with a funny and unusual autobiographical work. Be stirred by performances from up-and-coming American pianists. Be absorbed by films that document the lives of living legends of American dance and a Russian literary giant from the 20th century. Be a part of history, see the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s historic final performances celebrating the late, great choreographer’s life and work. Be entertained and energized by one of New Orleans’ most famous music machines and brass bands — The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.




ollege sweetheart and sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and sets out where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde the Musical was nominated for 7 Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk Awards and winner of “Best New Musical” at the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards in London. This all singing, all dancing feel good musical is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got! It’s one “Elle of a show”! Eight O’Clock Theatre at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Dr, Largo, FL.

EARLY BIRD DINNER THEATRE Moon Over Buffalo - thru Oct 27


n this screwball comedy set in 1953, traveling actors receive the opportunity of a lifetime when the famous film director, Frank Capra wants them to be in his latest film. Hilarity ensues with a whirlwind of mistaken identities and a cast of off-beat but lovable characters. “A zany, madcap delight,”says Entertainment Weekly. Performances are Thursday and Saturday at 11am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4pm. Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 200 South McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida. 446-5898.

Meet Moscow Ballet soloist Svetlana Todinova at “Meet the Masters” free event - Sat, Oct 27, 3-5 pm


ew in 2012 Moscow Ballet and Capezio team up to bring “Meet the Masters” free event to Tampa Bay’s Sports for Girls and Dancers Too. The event includes Moscow Ballet dancer Svetlana Todinova demonstrating the wear and care of hand-crafted Capezio Pointe shoes and whose own feet were measured in over 10 ways and their shoes personally fitted by Capezio Master Fitter Paul Plesh. In addition, the ballerina answers questions, poses for photos, signs autographs, and gives away Moscow Ballet and Capezio prizes including winning tickets to see Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Discounts of up to 25% on Capezio, Bunhead and Harmonie items will be offered that day. 813-876-4475;


ROMEO & JULIET - Oct 26 - Nov 18

“Two houses, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene.” So begins one of the most widely known and best-loved plays in the English language. An ensemble of 8 versatile actors will bring the classic to life in this vibrant staging of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Join us as freeFall builds on its award-winning approach to Shakespeare’s plays (CL Best of the Bay, BroadwayWorld Florida Awards). Prepare to be surprised. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33710, (727) 498-5205. www.freefalltheatre. com

Venue Theatre PAINTED CHURCHES Oct 26 - Nov 11 42

Painting Churches portrays the dynamics of the Church family through the eyes of their artist daughter. Her struggle to paint a portrait of her parents allows us to experience the heartwarming and touching eccentricities of family and a child’s recognition of life and aging. This production stars Mary Kay Cyrus, Amanda Miles, and Ron Zietz under the direction of Nicholas G. Rinaldi. Venue Ensemble Theatre donates a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold to a benefit organization. Neighborly Care Network (Meals on Wheels) is the designated benefit organization for this production. Venue Theatre and Actors Studio is located at 9125 US Hwy 19 N, in the Hudson’s Furniture Plaza at Mainlands Blvd in Pinellas Park. Call 727-822-6194 for reservations and more information.

For The First Time In 7 Years Cirque Du Soleil Returns To St Petersburg With A Big Top Production - November 8


irque du Soleil returns to St Petersburg with its big top production, KOOZA. The critically-acclaimed show opens Thursday, November 8 for a limited engagement under the white Big Top at Tropicana Field. KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil that combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad,” Writer/Director David Shiner said. “The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s very much about ideas, too. As it evolves we are exploring concepts such as fear, identity, recognition and power.” The show starts with The Trickster bursting onto the scene like a jack-in-a-box right in front of The Innocent, and that is just the first of many surprises to follow. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with comic characters such as the King, the Heimloss, the Pickpocket, the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. KOOZA is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. The show presents an unprecedented approach to the High Wire and a breathtaking Wheel of Death – an act that Cirque du Soleil has never before presented under the big top. Kooza will run from Nov 8 through Dec 9. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit


The Art of Circus Arts Gala Opening - Nov 2-3 Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay celebrates the Gala Opening of its new circus training facility. Along with lots of room to move and fly, the facility will serve as a “black box” for student showcases and experimental theater ideas with lighting, staging and sound. According to Artistic Director, Beth Brier, having the ability to train and perform in the same space


will help her athletes enormously. DCA’s Gala Opening will encompass the joy of circus, hopefully “bringing out the child” in everyone attending. Entertainment will include stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobats and aerialists. Friday, Nov 2 - 7:00-9:00 pm is for kids and families. Saturday Nov 3 - 7:00-10:00 pm is for the older crowd. Admission is free. R.S.V.P. is a must. 727-461-0098; 1490 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater.



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Journey, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Gear Up to Rock on Tour Oct 12 During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical approach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist Neal Schon. The original unit featured Schon, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Prairie Prince (replaced by Aynsley Dunbar), and guitarist George Tickner (who left after the first album). Another former Santana member, keyboard player and singer Gregg Rolie, joined shortly afterward. This lineup recorded Journey (1975), the first of three moderate-selling jazz-rock albums given over largely to instrumentals. By 1977, however, the group decided it needed a strong vocalist/frontman and hired Steve Perry. The fourth album, Infinity, sold a million copies within a year. When Journey released Escape, it broke them through to the top ranks of pop groups by scoring three Top Ten hit singles: “Who’s Crying Now,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and “Open Arms.” Following a 1986 tour, Journey disbanded. After several incarnations, Journey found a new frontman in Arnel Pineda, a Filipino vocalist that they discovered after seeing him perform on YouTube. Pineda made his debut with the band in 2008, the same year that Journey released Revelation. Fueled by the adult contemporary hit “After All These Years,” Revelation was a surprise hit that wound up going platinum. Journey returned in the summer of 2011 with Eclipse, a concept album that saw the band tie together its progressive rock beginnings with its ‘80s arena rock peak.


Four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo hit the road touring with Journey and Loverboy. Known as one of the most influential couples in rock & roll, hits by Benatar/Giraldo include “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Heartbreaker,” “Promises in the Dark,” and “We Belong.” The powerhouse duo has been married and making music together for more than 33 years. Their groundbreaking path of success includes a collection of multi-platinum albums, Top 40 singles, Grammys and American Music Awards, plus rave reviews and countless sold-out concerts. Benatar and Giraldo have sold over 30 million copies of their 12 original albums along with two live records and an anthology. Throughout the 1980s Loverboy accumulated numerous hit songs, earning four multi-platinum albums and selling millions of records with Mike Reno on lead vocals, Paul Dean on guitars

and vocals, Jim Clench on bass guitar, Doug Johnson on keyboards, and Matt Frenette on drums. The band’s hit singles, particularly “Turn Me Loose” and “Working for the Weekend”, have become arena rock staples and are still heard on many classic rock and classic hits radio stations.

RASCAL FLATTS, LITTLE BIG TOWN , Eli Young Band and Edens Edge Oct 26 Rascal Flatts is on tour with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge. Much has changed for Rascal Flatts since the band first hit the airwaves 12 years ago. Their current album is ‘Changed’. Breaking out in 2000 with their self-titled debut and the single “Prayin’ for Daylight,” the Flatts have charted 26 singles, including 12 No. 1 country hits, over eight studio albums. Though together since 1998 and with five albums under their belt, it wasn’t until the September release of Tornado and its first single, “Pontoon,” that Little Big Town landed their first No. 1 country hit. Previous top 10 hits include “Boondocks,” “Bring it on Home” and “Little White Church.” Little Big Town is known for their four-part vocal harmonies.


TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM WILD 94.1’s Last Damn Show - Oct 6 WILD 94.1’s Last Damn Show presents an all-star hip-hop and R&B line-up. Headlining this year’s show hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg, chart-topper Lupe Fiasco and this year’s breakout star 2 Chainz. Also featured are top artists Machine Gun Kelly, Pleasure P, Rita Ora and Kreayshawn. Snoop Dogg, who started in the hip-hop game in the early 90’s, continues to create mass appeal through his hit records and laid back persona. Snoop Dogg has brought us hits like “Gin & Juice,” “What’s My Name,” and “Lodi Doddi,” just to name a few. He has grown to be one of the most influential rappers in the game. Chicago’s own, Lupe Fiasco started off making music in his father’s basement which whom was part of the Black Panther Party. He soon came upon a meeting with Jay-Z who then went on to help him mark a deal with Atlantic Records. His Debut first album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor received 3 Grammy nominations in 2006. Much of his music focuses on social issues, and he’s best know for hits such as: “Kick Push,” “Superstar,” “Daydreamin,” and “The Show Goes On.”

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK “PINKTOBER” with BANANARAMA - Oct 5 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa adds a pop of pink this October in honor of Hard Rock International’s 13th annual PINKTOBER™ breast cancer awareness campaign. For the 2012 campaign Hard Rock has teamed up with international, female pop-duo Bananarama to raise awareness and funds for a cause that affects people across the globe. Bananarama will entertain fans and survivors at a special PINKTOBER™ concert at Hard Rock Cafe on Friday, October 5 at 9 p.m. Best known for the chart topping singles including “Venus,” “Cruel Summer” and “I Heard a Rumor,” Bananarama will perform these and other hits in honor of PINK, while celebrating their 30th anniversary. www.seminolehardrocktampa.



Stage is Set for The Florida Orchestra’s New Season


hen The Florida Orchestra opens its 2012/2013 season in October, it will include concerts featuring Beethoven and Simon & Garfunkel, as well as two free park concerts. October 12, 13 and 14: Beethoven to Bernstein – Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series. Pianist Sara Davis Buechner explores a kaleidoscope of moods from pensive to spirited jazz-laced motifs in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety. The concert also includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Schumann’s stately yet joyous Symphony No. 3, Rhenish. Conducted by Stuart Malina. Includes a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers, in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain. October 19: The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel. It’s a celebration of one of the most popular folk-rock duos of the 60s that set the tone for the times with such signature sounds as Feeling Groovy, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, I Am a Rock, Mrs. Robinson, Scarborough Fair and The Sounds of Silence, among many more favorites – all with a magical intertwining of Simon & Garfunkel style vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar and your Florida Orchestra. Lead by guest conductor Michael Krajewski. October 20 and 21: Free Pops in the Park Concerts. Enjoy a picnic under the stars at a free Pops in the Park Concert with guest conductor Stuart Chafetz and The Florida Orchestra in a varied program with music by John Williams and John Phillip Sousa; selections from The Music Man, A Chorus Line and Mission Impossible; hits by Duke Ellington and a musical salute to the 1950s…all with the evening ending in Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture. Guests are invited to bring canned food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest’s food bank services in the Tampa Bay area. Free admission October 26, 27 and 28: Sibelius’ Violin Concerto – Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series. Hailed as a “prodigious and aristocratic violinist” by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer performs Sibelius’ breathtakingly beautiful Violin Concerto, paired with Rachmaninoff’s lush and lyrical Symphony No. 2. Guest Conductor is Marcelo Lehninger. Includes a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers, in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain. Tickets to all performances are on sale at 800-662-7286 and online. Visit for show times and venues.

JANNUS LIVE CISCO ADLER - Oct 27 Cisco Adler (Shwayze, Whitestarr) is touring in support of his debut solo album, ALOHA. The 13-track ALOHA features songs that blend pop, rock, reggae, and hip-hop with a laid-back summer —and post-summer afterglow — island vibe. The first single, “You’re Are A Fool” featuring G. Love (of G. Love & The Special Sauce), was highlighted as iTunes’ “Free Single of the Week,” which received over 270k downloads. On what to expect from his stage show, Adler says, “I tried to make the live show emulate the fusion of all of the elements on the record without going too far to the rock side, too far on the reggae side, or too far on the hip-hop side. It’s a nice fun blend that will keep fans engaged throughout the set.” Adler, on guitar and vocals, will take the stage with a DJ and a drummer.



RUTH ECKERD HALL The Australian Pink Floyd Show Oct 12 Rightfully hailed as the “Gold Standard” of live Pink Floyd tributes, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is a live touring sensation which has sold more than three million tickets worldwide. The band has created an incredible show for the Exposed In The Light 2012 tour. New for this year is a state-of-the-art surround sound system (controlled by Floyd’s own Front of House Engineer Colin Norfield). This incredible audio output will be bolstered by new lasers, new lights and even more jawdropping video effects. Pink Floyd veteran Lorelei McBroom will be appearing on this tour. Lorelei toured with Pink Floyd on the Momentary Lapse of Reason and Delicate Sound of Thunder tours, appeared in the videos for The Dogs of War, On The Turning Away and the Pink Floyd Live In Venice TV broadcast. She also performed The Great Gig In The Sky with Pink Floyd, a song she will now perform with TAPFS. Emerging back in 1988, TAPFS has been getting bigger and better ever since. The band was described by Floyd drummer Nick Mason as “Very good, probably better than we are,” and even engaged by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration. The Australian Pink Floyd Show has also been described as “The best tribute band in the world.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Oct 24 Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven in Last of a Dyin’ Breed, their newest release on Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. With a catalog of more than 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem Sweet Home Alabama having sold more than two million ringtones, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations with their legendary songs That Smell and Free Bird. Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlock (guitar), Skynyrd has recorded an album that continues to build on the legacy that began more than 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Joining them in the studio and on the road are new bassist Johnny Colt (Black Crowes, Train) guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka (a “Nashville cat, just a pickin’ fool,” according to Rossington), and keyboardist Peter Keys, who replaced Billy Powell on the God & Guns tour.

Leann Rimes - Nov 9 LeAnn Rimes has garnered two GRAMMYs, three ACM Awards, a CMA, an ABC American Music Award and 12 Billboard Music Awards, has sold more than 37 million albums, and landed more than 40 singles on American and international charts, including Blue and How Do I Live. Billboard ranked her 17th artist of the 1990-2000 decade.


Glenn Frey - Nov 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Glenn Frey delivers an enticing mix of Eagles hits, solo hits and selections from his sixth and most recent solo album, After Hours, a collection of classic love songs. Frey sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Already Gone”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, and “Heartache Tonight”. After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He went on to record Top 40 hits including “The One You Love”, “Smuggler’s Blues”, and “You Belong to the City”. The Eagles sold over 120 million albums worldwide. As a solo artist and with the Eagles combined, Frey has released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

ASIA at the Capitol Theatre - Nov 20 After more than 30 years in the recording industry, the original lineup of progressive rock supergroup Asia brings their latest tour to the Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater. The band will perform their debut album Asia, in it’s entirety. Asia’s self titled debut release became the biggest selling album of 1982 spawning several Top 10 singles and sales exceeding 7 million copies. This supergroup, featuring bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and guitarist Steve Howe, was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70’s - Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK, and The Buggles. They spent five months writing, arranging, and recording nine songs for their first release that included such classics as Heat Of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell, and Sole Survivor. Though all four men had seen chart-topping success in their previous bands, Asia has a special chemistry that fans and music industry insiders were quick to recognize. In 2006, all four original members of Asia confirmed they would be reuniting for a world tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band’s creation and debut album. The band’s latest album XXX was released earlier this summer and blends the unique styles of all four members producing an experience fans the world over will enjoy. “This is the REAL ASIA,” says guitarist Steve Howe. “There have been other versions of the band, but this original line-up is the one that the public truly embraced.”



Jazz MARIA NECKAM - Unison No one better embodies jazz’s glorious profusion of vocal talent than Austrian-born Maria Neckam, a singer possessing an exquisitely calibrated soprano and a poetic sensibility informed by avant pop, contemporary classical music and post-bop improvisation. Her new album Unison, captures her kaleidoscopic splendor, delivering a program of divergent original songs. TORBEN WALDORFF - Wah - Wah On Wah-Wah, guitarist Torben Waldorff steps fully into the foreground of his music, performing as the only horn in a new quartet featuring keyboardist Gary Versace, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Jon

Wikan. Waldorff takes the melodic sophistication and group interplay that have been a hallmark of his previous albums to the next level. Waldorff’s new project includes a range of online materials that bring the listener closer to the creative process behind the music. FOURPLAY - Esprit De Four When it comes to making music, four is often the magic number. From the Beatles to MJQ, many legendary quartets have made their mark in the classical, pop and jazz traditions. Fourplay has accessed that collective magic. Keyboardist Bob James, bassist/ vocalist Nathan East, guitarist Chuck Loeb and drummer/percussionist Harvey Mason have tapped into the creative force that emerges when four brilliant players commit themselves to a singular goal. That symmetry and creativity are at the heart of Esprit De Four, their new CD on Heads Up International.



ianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton’s first musical encounter took place at a jazz festival in Germany in 1972, when they performed together in a spurof-the-moment encore. The results were so satisfying not only to the audience but to the artists themselves that the two musicians reconvened in a recording studio a couple months later to record the intricate yet highly melodic Crystal Silence, their first of several collaborative studio projects. The impromptu encounter in Germany marked the beginning of a musical partnership that has lasted for four decades not only on the performance stage but also over the course of seven recordings. This highly creative and prolific team celebrates forty years of great jazz with the release of Hot House, a collection of ten songs that draws from the work of some of their favorite composers from the 1940s through the 1960s. The source material is eclectic, and the set is seamless and undeniably rich.


KEVIN COELHO Funkengruven: The Joy of Driving a B3


t age 16, Kevin Coelho is a teenage musical phenom, and his debut album, “Funkengruven – The Joy of Driving a B3,” was produced by a renowned master of the B3: Tony Monaco on Summit Records. Monaco observes “Kevin has studied an enormous amount and has a great grasp of what and how he wants to play. He really knows how to play that left-hand bass, which is the key to driving the music.” Coelho started studying piano at age 6 and began his jazz and organ studies at age 11. He describes his “Funkengruven” title tune as “a riff blues over a set of non-standard changes, something that’s funky and grooving but also swings. RICH OSBORN - Giving Voice: Guitar Explorations Rich Osborn’s debut solo album of guitar instrumentals is in “free raga style”. He fingerpicks on an acoustic, steel-string, nearly-hundred-year-old guitar. A lot of territory is covered in these tunes, from the dark and dusky, to the adventurous and joyous, from a medieval Spanish castle to an open landscape in a rainstorm. ROMAIN COLLIN - The Calling French-born pianist Romain Collin introduces an evocatively textured, melodically luxuriant sound on his new Palmetto album The Calling. Flowing from his creative path as a classically trained musician besotted with jazz giants like Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and Bud Powell, his music is idiosyncratic, and partly informed by indie rock and pop music. Building on his trio with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Kendrick Scott, Collin has crafted a ravishing body of music featuring subtly textured flourishes added in post-production. The Calling is a quantum leap for Collin.

RICH HALLEY - Back From Beyond Saxophonist/composer Rich Halley’s Back From Beyond contains ten original compositions performed with spirit and creativity by the Rich Halley 4. The music flows freely as moods and grooves evolve and shift through intuitive group interplay. The group includes trombonist/composer Michael Vlatkovich; Rich Halley, tenor sax; Clyde Reed, bass; and Carson Halley, drums, and is dedicated to exploring new musical spaces and approaches in compositional group improvisation using the roots of American and world music as sources. MIKE STERN - All Over The Place Since his days with Blood Sweat & Tears in the mid1970s, followed by stints with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis in the 80s, and a solo career of more than 25 years, guitarist Mike Stern has used his jazz roots to explore a range of alternate territories that include R&B, rock, swing, funk, world music and other musical regions. He is not afraid to bring numerous styles and ideas into the mix. All Over the Place is Stern’s new recording, and the 11-song set aligns him with a cadre of brilliant guests.



sets the tone of the album with it’s stinging guitar lines and driving drums.

CLARK COLBORN Again Again is Clark Colborn’s second album (the first was “Clark Plays Guitar).” The sound encompasses hard rock, experimental, full throttle prometal, and even guiet, introspective pieces. Although he feels he played it safe on his first album, he goes full-bore out on this one. Colborn has been compared to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.

JOHN NORUM Play Yard Blues John Norum is best known for his work in the band Europe. To this day, ‘Final Countdown’ remains one of the most recognizable songs from that genre and time period. John’s solo album ‘Play Yard Blues,’ is a fantastic collection of originals, as well as a couple of covers.

ERIC HISAW Ghost Stories Roots rocking songwriter Eric Hisaw released his new album, Ghost Stories. A mix of Rolling Stones inspired rock’n’roll and the storytelling lyricism of Texas outlaw country, the journeyman songwriter, guitarist and singer delivers a strong and honest album. The opening track

MXPX Plans Within Plans Plans Within Plans is MxPx’s first original album since 2007’s Secret Weapon. The album was written, recorded, and produced by the band, who are celebrating their twentieth anniversary. While the band has undergone changes in recent times, they’re still plowing ahead with the same ferocity as their young punk selves.

17 PINE AVENUE 17 PINE AVENUE is the follow-up to Where I Come From which was released by the New Riders of the Purple Sage in 2009. It features 12 new songs, 7 of which were written by David Nelson and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Also included are Just The Way It Goes

and Truth Is Dead, written by Michael Falzarano (formerly of Hot Tuna), a live show favorite Down For The Ride, penned by Johnny Markowski, and Shake That Thing by Ronnie Penque. This legendary band’s renaissance began seven years ago and continues to grow today with over 100 shows annually to audiences throughout the United States and Canada.


WAYLON JENNINGS Goin’ Down Rockin’ - The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings A new album from outlaw country legend Waylon Jennings will be released this September, filled with recordings the icon made during the last few years before his death in 2002. Jennings spent hours in a recording studio with his longtime accompanist, Robby Turner and together they laid down twelve tracks using just Waylon’s guitar and vocals and Turner’s bass. All songs were personally selected by the country star, ones that resonated in a deeply personal way and reflected his state of mind, his passions, and important statements he wanted to make about his life. The duo planned out the future instrumentation that would be added to the tracks, but Jennings was never able to complete them. Ten years after his passing, Turner returned to the recordings, finishing each song to honor Waylon’s vision of what would turn out to be his very last album. Bringing in musicians who had long worked with Waylon, such as Reggie Young, Richie Albright and tour mate Tony Joe White, Turner painstakingly created the album that Waylon set out to make. No one has ever heard these performances before; they are Waylon’s last gift to his fans.

COUNTRY JANIE FRICKE Country Side Of Bluegrass One of the premier female vocalists in country music in the early 1980’s, Janie Fricke becomes the most recent country performer to enter the bluegrass field. To that end, she has recast in a bluegrass setting her country hits from that period, such as, “Don’t Worry ’Bout Me Baby,” “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ E a s y, ” “He’s A Heartache,” and “Tell Me A Lie,” as well as her first big hit “Please Help Me I’m Falling.” CHRIS CAGLE Back In The Saddle Chris Cagle’s release from Bigger Picture, Back In The Saddle is his homecoming, a rekindling of his creative flame and a reminder of his rock-infused country roots. It s something he originated and what he does best: relatable, backroads and familiar while also being a striking form of country music worth getting excited about. Cagle sees his new persona as a better version of himself. “I want my music to be an environment, to strike chords, passions, memories, faults, loves, angers and redemptions,” Chris says. 57

NewAge Catherine Marie Charlton Red Leaf, Grey Sky: Piano Improvisations The recording opportunity came up for Catherine Marie Charlton’s Red Leaf, Grey Sky on a spur-of-themoment road trip with her then 11-month old son. Babe was pushed around in a stroller while Mom played, and the emotions of the year poured forth into the piano. She improvised on folk tunes while her son napped in his swing in the piano studio, and some of the tracks are spontaneous improvisations also created in the studio. Bob Ardern Wires Rosewood & Roots www.bobardern.bandcamp. com Canadian finger-style guitarist Bob Ardern’s new release Wires Rosewood & Roots, features some of the most delightful, exciting, and even soothing acoustic guitar instrumentals out now. This soundtrack features music influenced by Jazz, Classical and Celtic themes, which include 6 guitar solos, and six other tracks all maintaining focus on the guitar while including other instruments such as piano, and cello. Take a journey of emotions from the opening song, “Dusty’s Train” all the way through this enchanting soundtrack as you de-stress from the pressures of the day.

Putumayo Presents African Blues Africa is the motherland of Blues and Putumayo’s African Blues demonstrates the growing connections between West and East African musicians as well as performers from the U.S. Heartland, along with converts in Europe. The blues’ roots in Africa emerged and evolved as a powerful musical style in America. Putumayo shows how these connections are revolutionizing traditions on both continents. In this soundtrack we see the two countries reuniting in new and exciting ways. Producer Alex Wilson has found the mix, where Afro-Latin beats and organ lines jive with percussion, and other sounds from West Africa. Huun Huur Tu Ancestor’s Call www.worldvillagemusic. com Tuvan Folk Music group, Huun Huur Tu features indigenous music, rare instruments, and one of the world’s oldest forms of music-making, throat-singing called (xöömei) to produce a brilliant blend of incredible sounds. The descendents of isolated herdsmen of the Republic of Tuva, located north of Mongolia, created the sound which has made this unique group sought after all over the world. Their ancient and modern musical forms create a rich sound for your musical journey.

Fiona Joy Harkins Live At The Q


ustralian Pianist and Singer Fiona Joy Harkins, provides soothing music with substance. She crosses the genres of Classical, Instrumental, Jazz, and New Age. LIVE at the Q (Global Journey US), 2012 is another inspiring album. Fiona’s recent production, Sensual Journeys, proves to make this year a meaningful one for her. Fiona Joy Harkins is an ARIA Finalist in 2009 for Best World Music Album, MusicOz Award Winner for Best Jazz or Classical Artist. Her music has won ZMR Album of the Year, Best Piano Album, and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. 58


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Tasty Food and Drinks! Food, Fun & Artsy Elephants Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott-Martino


new casual restaurant that is fun, lively, and inviting opened recently on South Dale Mabry in Tampa — the Red Elephant Café. This is the eighth Red Elephant to open in Florida, the first having opened in 2006 in Tallahassee. I don’t think that naming the restaurant The Red Elephant was politically motivated, but I’ll bet the cafe was mighty popular Red Elephant partner Carl during the Republican National Sahlsten in front of a painting by Asian Glaze Rice Bowl with chicken and Convention which descended Diane Ramsay Schmidt pineapple and a ginger, garlic teriyaki sauce on Tampa. From the moment I stepped salads, flame-grilled burgers, wraps, into the restaurant, I knew I was build-your-own pizzas and delicious rice going to have an enjoyable exbowls. My table mates and I ordered perience. The restaurant’s simseveral different items for tastings, and ple decor plays background to everything was truly flavorful and rethe wonderful original art that markable fresh. adorns the walls — all with a red For dessert, what else but crispy, elephant theme. Carl Sahlsten, Painting by Rolph Vassor powdered, elephant ears? The beverpartner for Red Elephant Café, age menu offers the usual fare, plus gave several local artists a germ over 100 different flavors from a Cocaof an idea and they ran with it. The works are all varied, Cola Interactive Freestyle Soda Fountain. and you will be hard-pressed to find a favorite. There The cafe is fun, the food is tasty, the art is intriguare paintings, stained glass, sculptures, computer art ing, and all political parties are welcome at the Red El— you name it. While promoting the arts, the Red Elephant Café! ephant Café features a local musician on the first SatThe Red Elephant Café is located at 111 South Dale urday night of every month. Mabry (southwest corner of Kennedy and Dale Mabry), The food is excellent with very generous portions, and is open daily for lunch and dinner. For more info and the menu has something for anyone’s taste, hand visit prepared with fresh ingredients and served fast, which For more photos of this story, visit should appeal to anyone on a time schedule — good and hit the TRAVEL & food at fast food speed. You will find items such as EVENT Photo gallery. 60


Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Authentic NY Pizza in South Tampa Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino


t’s hard to believe that the Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Restaurant in South Tampa is part of a chain (number 33 and still growing), as it has such a casual neighborhood feel, and the pizza’s ingredients are so very fresh. It was founded in 2002 by restauranteur Anthony Bruno in Ft. Lauderdale when he could not find the wonderful authentic pizza he enjoyed as a young man in Brooklyn. It was time to introduce the taste of coal-fired pizza to Floridians. With the smashing success of his pizza concept, he expanded throughout Florida, and into Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Anthony’s uses coal-burning ovens to create their trademark “well done pizza.” The smoke free anthracite coal-burning ovens are set to 800° to create their perfect pies. The exceptional taste comes from the high quality ingredients and clever creations, such as a pizza made with roasted cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, romano and mozzarella cheese, topped off with bread crumbs. In addition to pizza, the restaurant features menu items such as coal-oven-roasted chicken wings with caramelized onions, pork ribs with vinegar peppers, homestyle meatballs made from founder Anthony Bruno’s family recipe, and Eggplant Marino (named for ACFP partner and Hall of Fame football legend Dan Marino). Anthony’s newest restaurant is located at 1901 South Dale Mabry Highway in South Tampa. Other Tampa Bay area locations include 1912 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon, 2532 McMullen Booth Road in the Northwood Shopping Center in Clearwater and 13020 N. Dale Mabry Highway in the Carrollwood Village Shoppes in North Tampa. In addition to dining in, patrons can order take out by calling (813) 258-COAL (2625). For more information, visit

Anthony Bruno (R) with Dan Marino


A Refreshing Zero Calorie Sparkling Beverage


parkling ICE, the natural flavored sparkling water, is a refreshing beverage to serve your guests any time of year. With zero calories, the product combines fresh mountain spring water, natural fruit juices and six essential vitamins and antioxidants to create a tasty, lightly-carbonated healthy refreshment. Available in eight flavors, each one is distinct and thirst quenching. Sparkling ICE’s flavors include Coconut Pineapple, Lemon Lime, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemonade, Orange Mango, Pomegranate Berry, Pink Grapefruit, and Black Raspberry, all sweetened with Splenda. The beverages are also an excellent source of Vitamins B and D, and contain Green Tea Extract, which is known to have powerful levels of antioxidants. In addition to zero calories, it also contains zero carbs and zero sodium, making it a great alternative to soft drinks, and appealing to all ages, diabetics and healthconscious people. For more information, visit

Reseal Your Wine!

CapaBunga is a reusable silicone cap that reseals a bottle of wine after you remove the cork. It’s made to resemble

the bungs used to seal barrels during winemaking. Once you remove the cork and re-seal the bottle with a CapaBunga, it is liquid tight and the bottle can rest on its side or even upside down without leaking. No more jamming the cork back in the bottle, no more rearranging the fridge to fit an open bottle in the door. The open bottle can also be stored on its side in the fridge or on a wine rack.

CapaBunga was invented by two winery owners in Northern California’s Wine Country for use on their own wine, Rua. The caps come with fun sayings like “I earned it”, “Me Time” and ”Weeknights Stop Here”, and will fit virtually any bottle. For more information, please visit


Seasons 52

New Fall Menu S

easons 52’s new fall menu offers diners some fresh delectable choices, from appetizers to dessert. I sampled some of their tasty dishes recently and was more than pleased with everything. The restaurant’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes has come up with clever wine pairings to complement Director of Culinary Chef Clifford Pleau‘s new menu. This season Miliotes’ theme is “Drink Them Before They’re Famous,” introducing some new wines into the mix. Double Hummus with Sea Salt Lavosh

Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar located in 13 states, with 9 restaurants in Florida, and found locally in Tampa and Orlando. An open kitchen is always a comfort to diners, and Seasons 52 is a bustling one. Using wood-fire grilling and brick-oven cooking actually produces food which is lower in calories. The restaurant states that nothing on its menu is over 475 calories. Chef Pleau is inspired by what’s best at the farmer’s market, and this season he’s chosen fall fruits, veggies and apropo colors.

Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino gested wine was a Vista Hills Orange Pinot Gris, Williamette ‘11 — by far my favorite wine of the evening. Our first course was CiderGlazed Grilled Chicken Skewers with Fugi Apple Slaw (including cranberries and pumpkin seeds) and topped with a light apple-cider sauce. The wine paired was a Farrier Andiron Semillon, Alexander ‘09 — a rich white wine similar to Savion Blanc. Some real thoughts of the fall season went into our second course, a Maple Leaf Farms Sesame Duck Salad served with apples, mint, cranberries, pecans, and butternut squash. The wine tasting for this course was an Avanthia Godello, Valdeorras ‘10/’11, a rare grape

A delightful table appetizer was a double Hummus with Sea Salt Lavosh. One hummus was a red pepper roasted garlic with a little kick, and the other was edemame with fresh mint. Seasons 52 flatbreads are some of the best you will find. For fall, Chef has created a Portobello Mushroom Flatbread with a very thin and crispy crust topped with spinach, roasted garlic, blue cheese, goat cheese and Portobello Mushroom Flatbread truffle cream. The sug64

tannic. A fourth course was Manchester Farms AllNatural Grilled Quail served with Mushroom Risotto, and Broccolini with Roasted Cipollini Onions. And my wine choice was a Michael David Petite Petit, Petite Sirah, Lodi ‘09/’10, a new world style red wine made with blackberries. For dessert, Seasons

Piedmontese Beef

Vista Hills Orange Pinot Gris

variety grown from 100 year old vineyards and fermented in barrels. Our third course was the AllNatural Bone-in Strip Steak from the Piedmontese beef cattle which are range-raised in Nebraska and grass fed with an all-natural diet. This delicious beef is actually recCider-Glazed Grilled chicken Skewers

Grilled Quail with Mushroom Risotto

ommended by the American heart Association as a heart-healthy food. It is low in saturated fats, has half the cholesterol of regular beef, and less fat than a skinless chicken breast, salmon or swordfish fillet. Seasons 52 prepares their beef with a red wine reduction, served with cremini mushrooms, grilled asparagus and fingerling potatoes. The wine for the steak was a Tilia Bonarda Mendoza ‘11/’12, an Argentinian wine with grapes grown in a very high elevation, and highly

52 cleverly creates “Mini Indulgences”. There are nine choices of little heavenly concoctions, just enough to satisfy that end-of-meal sweet desire. You can usually count on the restaurant to have your favorite, but also to introduce a seasonal one. This time of year it is a scrumptious Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Snap Crust. Enjoying the fall, but thinking ahead and wondering what Spring will bring to Seasons 52. Seasons 52 is located at the West Shore Plaza, 204 North Westshore Blvd. Tampa, 33609. For more information visit

Mimi Indulgences with Pumpkin Pie on lower right


Relax and Rejuvenate with KUSMI TEA


or 140 years, Kusmi Tea has been offering to gourmets the finest in high quality tea blends. The famous tea brand offers unique Russian blends like Prince Wladimir tea, Anastasia or Saint Petersburg tea, whose recipes are kept secret for more than a century, but also many traditional and flavored blends. Founded in 1867 in St. Petersburg, Kusmi Tea was brought over to Paris in 1917 and has been delighting the world with an array of luscious flavors ever since. More recently, Kusmi Tea has launched a wellness tea collection with the delicious Detox tea, the soothing Be Cool or the stimulating Boost. Distributed all over the world, the Kusmi teas are a reference for tea connoisseur, and every tea lovers. Kusmi Tea blends the finest natural ingredients from around the world, making each tea distinct. A few of their other leading blends include Boost (a revitalizing blend of mate, green tea and spices), Sweet Love (a Black China tea with licorice roots, spices, guarana seeds and pink pepper) and Lady Gaga’s favorite, the best-seller Detox (a blend of mate, premium green tea and lemongrass flavored with lemon). Bouquet of Flowers N°108 is Kusmi’s oldest blend, dating back to 1880. (In fact, Tsar Nicolas II regularly drank Bouquet of Flowers N°108 right up to the Russian revolution!) A Russian blend of China, Sri Lanka and India teas with scents of bergamot, lemon, lime, orange, mandarin and flowers, this Earl Grey tea is ideal for an afternoon treat. For more information, visit

BOLD Organics

Healthy, Organic Pizza Right From Your Oven


iscerning pizza lovers finally have a healthy alternative and the health conscious consumer who has often settled for inferior taste for health reasons finally has a pizza that tastes great. BOLD Organics has developed a variety of frozen, gluten-free and dairy-free thin crust pizzas that are organic, healthy and great tasting. The products are also casein-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and tree nut free and contain no GMOs, preservatives, nitrites, nitrates, or trans-fats. BOLD Organics’ recipes were formulated by founder Aaron Greenwald in conjunction with Executive Chef, Eric Brenner, and come in four varieties of pizza in a small size: a Cheese Pizza; a Veggie Lovers Pizza (containing roasted red peppers, roasted yellow onions and shiitake mushrooms); a Meat Lovers Pizza (containing pepperoni and sausage); and a Deluxe Pizza (combining meat and veggie toppings). The sauce pops with Eric’s signature blend of organic tomatoes and organic herbs & spices. The thin crust crunches with texture achieved from an alternative mixture of organic baking ingredients without the need for gluten. The healthy toppings were scoured from farms throughout the country for the perfect flavors, such as the organic roasted bell peppers, organic roasted onions, and shiitake mushrooms. For non-vegan consumers, they searched for the leanest, tastiest, nitrate-free meats available on the market. Eric and Aaron believe that it’s their mission to show consumers that food products can deliver amazing taste while being healthy for the consumer. For more information on BOLD Organics Pizza, please visit



Tasty and Healthy!


or the last 4000 years Garlic has been both cherished and reviled, sought for its healing powers and shunned for its pungent after effects. From miracle drug to vampire repellent, garlic has had an important place in many aspects of human history. The allicin in raw, crushed garlic has been shown to kill 23 types of bacteria, including salmonella and staphylococcus. Heated garlic gives off another compound, diallyldisulphide-oxide, which has been shown to lower serum cholesterol by preventing clotting in the arteries. Vitamins in garlic, such as A, B, and C, stimulate the body to fight carcinogens and get rid of toxins, and may even aid in preventing certain types of cancer, such as stomach cancer. Garlic’s sulfur compounds can regulate blood sugar metabolism, stimulate and detoxify the liver, and stimulate the blood circulation and the nervous system. Now that we know the health benefits of garlic, lets talk about what it does for flavoring our food — Wonders! There are many ways to prepare garlic, but no one has prepared it for the cook as well as Garlic Gold. Garlic Gold is a delicious combination of organic toasted garlic pieces and organic extra-virgin olive oil. It adds unique flavor and crunchy texture to anything from vegetables to chicken, shrimp or beef. It’s dynamite in salad dressing and the nuggets are especially tasty as crouton replacements or sprinkled atop a split loaf of crusty bread, slathered in butter - the ultimate in garlic bread. Even chef extraordinaire Emeril Lagasse raves about it. Garlic Gold comes as garlic nuggets in oil, plain toasted garlic nuggets or garlic-infused oil - each are fabulous. Sprinkle original Garlic Gold Nuggets or blends like Garlic Gold Sea Salt or Garlic Gold Herbs de Provence on meats and veggies, and your family and guests will keep asking for more. For more information, visit 68

No Guilt BBQ Sauces and Pancake Syrups!

chemical sweeteners, artificial flavors and ingredients. All of Ali’s products are sweetened with the natural extracts from the Stevia plant which are low on the glycemic index and a great way to satisfy cravings without adding any extra calories. For more information, visit

Do you just love BBQ sauces and pancake syrups but shy away because of the calories? Well you can pour on Ali’s All Natural BBQ sauces since they will give you all

the flavor you want with 95% less sugar than any other sauce on the market and pack only 10 calories per two tablespoons. And with 5 calories per 1/4 of pancake syrup you can pour that over your flapjacks without the guilt. There are 5 delicious pancake syrup flavors to choose from, and 3 tasty BBQ sauce flavors. Fitness expert Ali Leombruni created Ali’s All Natural to provide people with a selection of various healthy products that they can enjoy and add into their diet without worrying about consuming all the fat, calories and sugars that regular products contain. Working in the health industry for most of her life Ali knows what kind of products people really crave and with her team has successfully created a line of products that people can enjoy without the guilt. Ali’s All Natural products are Diabetic friendly and free from toxic


Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar Hyde Park’s Newest Dining Spot Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino and Al Martino


or the uninitiated, Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar is a little slice of the California coast plunked down in Florida. If you look out the restaurant’s window, you expect to see cliffside cypress trees leaning out over the ocean. But this is Florida, so no cliffs. However, the interior decor has a definitely CA feel as does the eclectic modern Mediterranean style cuisine. Also, a bit of Silicon Valley is present with the clever use of iPads as menus! All the menu items are beautifully photographed with complete descriptions and (very reasonable) prices. You can order your courses as you go along, or all at once. The iPads are easy to use, and also very intuitive. If you have a restless child (or internet-addicted significant other) you can even troll the internet with it. What sets this menu apart from the same-old same-old is the creative use of their fresh ingredients. The new fall offerings include recipes you probably haven’t experienced in other area restaurants. Our recent menu sampling at the new Carmel Cafe in Hyde Park was a real taste bud treat.

Danish Baked Brie with toasted walnuts, dried cranberries and puff pastry.

Seasonal Flatbread with caramelized pear, blue cheese and roasted red pepper.

Carmel Cafe has concocted their own seasonal cocktails, and one is sure to please you. We tried the Italian Old Fashioned with Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon, peach jam, and amarena cherry, and the Watermelon Granita - a hibiscus-infused watermelon margarita, which was our favorite. The Cafe’s Mezze Platter starter dish is a trip to the Med with edamame hummus, Muhammarra and goat cheese stuffed pepperdews, fried feta cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and grilled pita. The flavorful Madeira Dates stuffed with goat cheese and Serrano ham was an unexpected menu item. Another great choice was the Danish Baked Brie with toasted walnuts, dried cranberries and puff pastry. Not to be missed is one of Carmel’s wonderful flatbreads. We had the Seasonal Flatbread with caramelized pear, blue cheese and roasted red pepper, which was crispy and full of fall flavors. Seafood lovers will want to try the Seafood Medley with scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels, chorizo, Israeli couscous, olives and roasted peppers. The Roasted veggie of the evening was one of our particular favorites - Brussels Sprouts with bacon. 70

Two new pastas are delightful - the Four Cheese Stuffed Cannelloni (ricotta, fontina, parmesan and asiago) with a bolognese sauce, and the very tasty Spinach Gnocchi swimming in a creamy Parmesan sauce. Fans of anything cooked with wine, we really enjoyed the tender Chicken Madeira with Portobello mushrooms in a rich wine sauce, and served with mashed parsnip potatoes. With very little room left to squeeze any more food, we ended our repast with the new fall sweet, a Warm Poached Pear with vanilla ice cream and a caramel sauce. The lovely items we enjoyed are just a small selection of the Cafe’s full menu, bursting with interesting, clever, and above all, delicious fare. The restaurant is located at 3601 W. Swann Ave., Tampa. If you can’t make it to Hyde Park, there are three other Carmel Cafe locations to choose from: Countryside, Carrollwood, and Sarasota. Please visit the website for more information, plus you can view their full menu. For more photos of Carmel Cafe, please visit Accent On Tampa Bay’s photo gallery.

Four Cheese Stuffed Cannelloni (ricotta, fontina, parmesan and asiago) with a bolognese sauce

Madeira Dates stuffed with goat cheese and Serrano ham

Spinach Gnocchi in a creamy Parmesan sauce.

Seafood Medley with scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels, chorizo, Israeli couscous, olives and roasted peppers.




Fall 2012 Brings Lots of Treats to Walt Disney World Resort Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party thru‑ Nov 2 A family-friendly fright-fest in Magic Kingdom featuring a children’s parade, trick-or-treating throughout the park, face painting, and more, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on 23 select evenings Sept. 11-Nov. 2. Purchase of an additional admission ticket is required to attend. More SPLITSVILLE: BOWLING RE-IMAGINED The age-old image of bowling is about to change with the opening of Splitsville, America’s Bowling Alley, at Downtown Disney West Side this fall. Splitsville’s 50,000 square feet, two-story location will be unlike traditional bowling alleys — with 30 lanes separated into several clusters to create a one-of-akind perspective immersed in hip and retro elements. The Downtown Disney location also will boast billiard tables, live entertainment, a dramatic balcony and ample outdoor seating. Placing a whole new spin on the bowling experi-


ence with its emphasis on unique design, Splitsville will greet guests with upscale sushi bars, plush booths and dynamic decor overlooking the bowling lanes. Between strikes and spares, guests can feast on menu items including hand-tossed pizza, fresh-rolled sushi, grilled mahi-mahi with “Voodoo” shrimp and hand-cut

filets alongside alley-classics such as cheeseburgers and crinkle-cut fries served right at the lane. For more information, visit Epcot International Food & Wine Festival thru - Nov 12 New vegan and fresh-from-Florida dishes will debut along with international bites and sips at the 17th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 28 - Nov. 12. Festival goers are treated to top music acts during daily Eat to the Beat! pop concerts, where four new Eat to the Beat! acts -Smash Mouth, “The Voice” winner Javier Colon, Blues Traveler and Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX — and 14 returning bands will take their turn on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Authentic Taste seminars, HGTV home-entertaining presentations and most event experiences are included with regular Epcot admission. To book special festival programs like the Party for the Senses grand tasting events, guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). Preview, Grand Opening Dates Set as Expansion Continues for the New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park - Preview Nov 19, Grand Opening Dec 6 The expansion of the New Fantasyland – nearly doubling in size — continues at Walt Disney World Resort. Slated to make their debuts: Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid, a major attraction where guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the film. Adventurers will feel as if they are descending below the ocean’s surface. Once “under the sea,” guests will find themselves immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid.” The castle of the Beast stands on a hill across an old stone bridge from Ariel’s new home. The Be Our Guest Restaurant will feature a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, gallery, and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. With seating for 550, this magnificent facility will offer “great food fast” service by day and full-service table dining in the evening. Nearby in Belle’s Village, guests will find Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts. Belle’s cottage and Enchanted Tales with Belle. The adventure begins in Maurice’s workshop, where a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of storytelling experience: guests will be transported to the Beast’s library to meet Belle and Lumiere, and share in a lively, interactive re-telling of the “tale as old as time.” Design, then test drive The new Test

Track Presented by Chevrolet A re-imagined, design-centric Test Track Presented by Chevrolet will debut in fall with a new “Chevrolet Design Center.” Amid upbeat music, engaging media, dramatic lighting and a collection of Chevrolet concept cars and model vehicles, guests themselves will become automotive designers and create their own custom concept vehicles. Then guests will buckle into their 6-person “SimCar” ride vehicle and put their design through its paces on the exhilarating hills, switchbacks and straight-aways of the Test Track circuit. Their performance testing complete, guests will move into a post-show area filled with special effects and be scored on how well their custom concept vehicle did. The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow debuts this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, giving Walt Disney World Resort guests a chance to become immersed in the world of the four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Aspiring pirates will experience the story of Jack Sparrow like never before to discover if they have what it takes to join Captain Jack’s crew. For more information on Walt Disney World, call 407/824-4321 or visit


ORLANDO HAPPENINGS THE ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) is debuting a new season celebrating graphic art, photography and glass art as well as the OMA’s permanent collections. These exhibitions are all accompanied by special events and educational programming for all ages. Through October 28: Southernmost Art and Literary Portraits: Photographs of Fifty Internationally Noted Artists and Writers in Florida by Jimm Roberts Through October: Modern American Artists from Florida: Paintings, Sculptures and Prints from the OMA Collection. 39th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival - Oct 13-14 More than 40,000 people attend this free juried art show held in Central Park that features work by outstanding Florida artists. The event also includes live entertainment and food provided by local restaurants. Children’s art workshops are offered. Admission: Free. 407-644-8281; Orlando Film Festival - Oct 17-21 The 7th annual Orlando Film Festival features events in and around the heart of Orlando, where patrons enjoy great films while experiencing Orlando’s downtown lifestyle. The festival seeks to inspire student, future and current filmmakers in the art of filmmaking and to enhance the movie-viewing experience. 20th Anniversary Biketoberfest - Oct 18 – 21


Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach is a fun-filled weekend that attracts more than 125,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from all over. Activities include rides, concerts, food and much more. Free. 386-255-0415 Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival - Oct 20 Walt Disney World Resort hosts the Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival at Downtown Disney. This one-day regatta, attracting recreational and competitive teams from all over North America, will run from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The festival also includes exhibitors, food concessions and a medal ceremony. Free. 416-9628899;

Park Avenue Fashion Week - Oct 14-20 Park Avenue Fashion Week in Winter Park includes runway shows and a VIP event. Stores host trunk shows and designers have meet-and-greets throughout the week. 407-644-8281

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Take your little boys and ghouls to this family-friendly Halloween Party continuing on selected nights through November 2, where you can enjoy trick or treating throughout the Magic Kingdom, delightful shows, and a Not-So-Scary Parade with all your favorite characters and villains. Purchase of an admission ticket is required for this event.


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ORLANDO HAPPENINGS Zoo Boo Bash - Oct. 20-21, 27-28 Trick-or-treat at the Central Florida Zoo. This event is a fun and not-too-scary event for young and old alike. Children can wear costumes for trick-or-treat stations and face painting. Visitors can take a haunted hayride, visit the pumpkin patch for a fun photo and learn about the myths and realities of some misunderstood animals. Admission: Included in regular rates. 407-323-4450 Festival Calle Orange Downtown Orlando - Oct 23 Central Florida’s largest Hispanic festival brings together people of many nationalities and backgrounds to enjoy food, music and dancing in the streets. Latin America’s best performers will be showcased on each stage. There will be kiosks representing foods and delicacies from all of the countries, blocks dedicated to entertainment including a block just for children. 407381-5310; 28th Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair - Oct 2728 This juried event attracts more than 250,000 visitors and more than 350 crafters from around the country. Free. 352-383-2165. Kennedy Space Center: Celebrate Historic Final Journey of Space Shuttle Atlantis - Nov 2 NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host a series of events to celebrate Space Shuttle Atlantis’ historic final trip to its new home at the Visitor Complex.

Winter Park Food & Wine Classic - Oct 26-27. The festival begins with the Friends of James Beard tribute dinner, a family-style dining event with wine pairings, prepared by some of Orlando’s finest culinary tal-

ent. Day two includes Cows ‘N Cabs, a food-and-wine walk around, featuring gourmet fare, and wine and craft beer tastings from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit local charities. 407-456-0605. Central Florida Veg Fest 2012 - Oct 27 This festival offers educational exhibits and events about vegetarian cuisine and lifestyle. Exhibits will feature new products and ideas from over 250 vendors and contributors as well as a wide variety of food preparation demos. Veg Fest is a family-friendly, dog-friendly event held at Festival Park. Free. 321-331-1859 78

Visitors are invited to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” event that will mark Atlantis’ last voyage. The space shuttle will make a 10-mile rolling journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to the Visitor Complex atop the Orbiter Transporter System (OTS). The move concludes at the new $100-million permanent home under construction for the orbiter, which is set to open summer 2013. Opportunities to see Atlantis from two vantage points – the Visitor Complex and Exploration Park – are available during this unique event and four “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey” viewing packages are offered. For more information about “Atlantis – Celebrate the Journey,” call 877-313-2610 or visit Fall Fiesta in the Park - Nov. 3-4 This event, held at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, features more than 600 juried artisans in all media, including ceramics, glassware, jewelry, photography, wood and clothing. In addition to a fabulous lineup of art and live entertainment, the fiesta offers an array of tasty fare. Free. 407-246-2121.


ORLANDO HAPPENINGS The PULSE On Tour - Nov 3-4 For the ninth consecutive year, dance icons join The PULSE to create the ultimate dance experience for thousands. The industry’s hottest dance event will touchdown at The Swan and Dolphin Resort. The 2012-2013 PULSE Faculty includes, Creative Director, Brian Friedman (Justin Bieber, X Factor), Emmy Award Winner, Tyce Diorio (SYTYCD, Katie Holmes), Laurieann Gibson (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry), Cris Judd (DWTS, JLo), Gil Duldulao (Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj), Dave Scott (Step Up, SYTYCD), Des-

mond Richardson (Complexions, SYTYCD), Brooke Lipton (Glee, Rock of Ages), new members, Tessandra Chavez (AGT, American Idol), and Ian Eastwood (MTV’s ABDC, Black-Eyed Peas Experience), PULSE Emcee, Carmit Bachar (Pussycat Dolls, Adam Lambert), special guests and more. Featuring a group of the most respected choreographers in the biz, The PULSE On Tour educates and inspires dancers across the country by providing them unprecedented access to all-star choreographers and groundbreaking training through classes, performances, seminars, scholarships, meet and greets, Q&A’s and more.

The KSC Up-Close: Launch Control Center Tour Thru the end of 2012


he KSC Up-Close: Launch Control Center (LCC) Tour, the second in Kennedy Space Center’s special 50th anniversary series of rare-access tours, takes visitors inside Firing Room 4, the one from which all 21 space shuttle launches since 2006 were controlled. Inside Firing Room 4, visitors will pass by the computer consoles at which engineers monitored the computerized launch control system’s thousands of system checks every minute leading up to launch. They’ll see the main launch countdown clock and many large video monitors on the walls, and enter the “bubble room,” with its wall of interior windows through which the Kennedy Space Center management team viewed all of the proceedings below. The LCC Tour has a limited number of daily tours. NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has another behind-the-scenes tour through the end of the year. That tour takes visitors inside the 525-foottall Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), where the Apollo Saturn V rockets and space shuttles were assembled. For more information, visit



an you survive a nightmarish horde of zombies from AMC’s The Walking Dead? How about the demented mind of Alice Cooper, a magic trick by Penn & Teller gone horrifically wrong, or the next dimension of terror in Silent Hill? There’s only one way to find out! Experience all-new haunted houses, scare zones, live shows and more! The bad boys of magic, Penn & Teller, bring their eccentric and edgy illusionist entertainment to life in an all-new 3D haunted house – “Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas”. Prepare to experience the lights and allure of Las Ve-

gas… with a toxic twist. Penn & Teller invite guests to step into a dark, dilapidated and radioactive version of “Sin City,” as if one of their magic tricks has gone terribly awry and the city has been covered in nuclear ooze. Concepted by the duo themselves, the maze features the best of Vegas – showgirls, slot machines, little white wedding chapel, all-you-can-eat buffet, and more – all glowing with a toxic green hue. HHN22 features highlythemed, disturbingly real haunted houses based on everything from film to nightmares -- and streets filled with hundreds of speciallytrained “scareactors.” For more information visit

Enjoy these fun Halloween Shows and Activities: Trick-or-Treat Sweets; Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween Live Musical Stage Show; Penelope’s Party Zone with interactive ice DJ, interactive games and activities; Fun-loving, fanciful sea creatures greet, mingle, and play with guests making their way through the event


ou can create family memories during SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, the family-friendly event featuring an ocean of Halloween fun where children can trick-or-treat, dance with whimsical sea creatures, catch silly and spooky shows and create sea-themed arts and crafts. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place every weekend in October: 6-7, 13-14, 19-21, and 26-28. This daytime event runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., leaving the littlest of trick-or-treaters wide-eyed for the fun-filled activities.


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The 31st annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival takes place at Historic John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach, FL. This two-day outdoor festival, features continuous musical entertainwhere one can spot wading birds, manatee ment, an art and craft show, fireworks, a hauntWeedon Island Preserve is an ecologically and various fish species. Almost two house and selection of the trailsaarewide handicap accessibleof local seaimportant reserve with a highly infor-ed miles food vendors to tempt your taste buds. This year’s mative and beautifully designed interpretive Cultural and event Naturalwill take place on Friday, October 26 from noon. to History Their activities musuem from 7-11pm), Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 11 p.m (with exhibit focuses on Florida Native p.m., and Sunday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the event is free. American history and artifacts. In At 6 pm Friday, festival organizers will hold a blessing of the fleet for the fishermen who the preserve visitors can enjoy risk their lives every day. Fireworks will take place at 9 pm and a street dance in the main 4.54 miles of hiking and nature food from 7-11 pm will trails court that meander through man-top off the evening with live entertainment, fresh local seagroveand forest and wine. seagrass food Florida Onflats, Saturday, Gators on the Pass will host a Halloween party from 9 pm-2 am, featuring live music and costume contests with fabulous prizes. The many features of the event include an Art & Craft Show with 60 local and regional artists, tons of fresh local seafood, a live mermaid exhibit, over 100 retail shops, live through the Cultural Center. music throughout the village, fiddler crab races at Don’s Dock and a children’s area. The The Weedon Island Preserve Center’s hours of operation are annual haunted house, John’s Pass Shop of Horrors, will be opened to the public durWednesday through Sunday, ing select hours on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. A children’s Halloween costume contest from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Windworks and trick or treating will take place For more information on throughout the hours of the event. The event will also host a fish cutting competitionWeedon at Island, visit www.weeDon’s Dock and an oyster eating contest at Hub’s Tavern. Parking for the festival is with boardwalk or concrete. Every For more Weedon Island photos, visit able both in John’s Pass Village and off-site. For moreHikes information visit Saturday guided of Weedon Island, click on Event are conducted by volunteers. (


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ow many suns? Is the Earth flat? Explore the “web of life” through the Peanuts comic strip, didactic materials, and fun interactives in the Peanuts…Naturally exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum opening on September 29 and running through December 31 at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando. Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang as they find themselves in trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency, try to plant French fries, and run into other misadventures with the world around them. Schulz, who created the Peanuts comic strip for nearly 50 years, was immensely curious, an avid reader, and took a keen interest in the latest research findings in a variety of fields. It is not a surprise that many of these findings and facts found their way into Schulz’s comic strip carefully interpreted through his characters’ unique, and sometimes wacky, understanding of their world. Kids of all ages will enjoy Schulz’s interpretation of the natural world

through more than 65 Peanuts comic strips as he shows how their choices impact the environment. About Peanuts The first Peanuts comic strip was run by seven newspapers on October 2, 1950. It was originally called “Li’l Folks,” but the United Feature Syndicate renamed it Peanuts, a title that Charles Schulz, artist and writer of the comic strip, never liked. The comic strip became known for its clever social commentary, and touched on topics such as the Vietnam War, gender and racial equality, and the environment. In 1952 the first Peanuts book collection was published. By 1958, Peanuts appeared in 355 newspapers in the U.S., and 40 newspapers in other countries. Peanuts also appeared in other forms throughout the years, including award-winning TV specials and stage musicals. The final Peanuts strip ran on February 13, 2000. For information, call (407) 836-8500 or visit


Carrollwood Cultural Center Children’s Theatre Series The Carrollwood Cultural Center’s new season of theatre performances for children educate while entertaining. In the new season, the Center will welcome several theatre companies: A.C.T. for Youth; Play’N Around Theatre Company; Broadway Bound; Shana Banana; and The New Christy Minstrels. The remaining 2012/2013 Children’s Theatre Series includes: How to Eat Like a Child; Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.; By Broadway Bound Florida Treasures: A Viva Florida History Exploration; Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; By A.C.T. for Youth Elves and the Shoemaker; Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.; By Play’N Around Theatre Company Shana Banana’s Merry Chriskwanzanukah; Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.; By Shana Banana Once Upon a Time, Harmony & Rhyme: Sharing the Gift of Our Music; Monday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m.; By The New Christy Minstrels Shana Banana’s Bananimagination; Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; By Shana Banana The Carrollwood Cultural Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. 813269-1310. Shana Banana

Peaceable Kingdom Cooperative Games For Kids eaceable Kingp dom has launched five games in the hot categories of cooperative and preschool skills-builder that makes playtime a time to share, play fair, and have fun. With Preschool Skills Builder games, everyday tasks -- like cutting with safety scissors or recognizing left from right -- are mastered in a cooperative game. These new game titles are Feed The Woozle, Willy’s Wiggly Web and Snug As A Bug In A Rug. The new line of preschool skills-builder games are divided into three age-appropriate levels: 3-4 years (Level 1), 4-5 years (Level 2) and 5-6 years (Level 3). In Snug As A Bug In A Rug (ages 3-6), spin the spinner and find a matching bug. Then slip it under the rug. It’s okay, Moms, because it’s just a game! Everyone works together to get all the 84

colorful bugs under the rug before the three stinkbugs release their smelliness around the room. The game includes 24 bright bugs, three stink bugs, a die, instructions for three game levels and a game board with a built-in spinner. Once preschoolers complete the game they will have mastered visual discrimination, taking turns, rolling a die, recognizing colors and shapes, distinguishing big and little, and counting.

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urns out The Good Wife is not afraid to be bad. Tougher in the courtroom. Stronger for her family. And hotter than ever behind closed doors. Season 3 reveals a new side to Alicia Florrick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner* Julianna Margulies)... and she likes it. Upping her game at the office, Alicia is pivotal in helping Lockhart/Gardner navigate a year of rough waters. While she and Will (Josh Charles) finally get their romantic timing right, there are consequences for both. She has a new professional adversary in her ex, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), who aligns with Alicia’s rival Cary (Matt Czuchry). Will faces disbarment, Diane (Christine Baranski) tries to keep the firm afloat and Kalinda (Emmy winner Archie Panjabi) tries to mend her damaged relationship with her best friend. Meanwhile, Eli (Alan Cumming) has joined the firm, clashing with partners, attorneys and Alicia as only he can. From the start of this 6-disc, 22-episode collection, The Good Wife is a brand-new woman.


MELROSE PLACE: The Final Season, Vol 1 & 2 Starring: Thomas Calabro, Andrew Shue Lying, cheating, betrayal, murder… it’s just another day and season at Melrose Place. Enjoy all the drama of ‘Melrose Place‘: The Finale Season Volumes 1 & 2. Each volume includes four discs of episodes from the dramatic seventh and final season about the lives, careers, trials and tribulations of a group of young adults from various backgrounds residing in a trendy Los Angeles apartment complex. BLUE BLOODS: The Second Season Starring: Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Tom Selleck Join the Reagan family for the second season of Blue Bloods, with 22 riveting episodes full of intense drama. Oldest son Danny is a detective who is suspended when he shoots an off-duty officer, and later must face off against his sister, Assistant D.A. Erin, during a trial. Frank faces a crisis of conscience when Erin reopens the case of a convicted rapist he arrested 18 years earlier, and uses DNA evi-

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DRAMA ANONYMOUS Starring: Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave; Director: Roland Emmerich w w w. s o n y p i c t u r e s . com/dvd Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds... who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage. THE SWORD IDENTITY Starring: Chang-Hui Yu, Yang Song; Director: Haofeng Xu In the Southern Chinese city of Guancheng, during the Ming Dynasty, there lived four families, each of

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he classic legend of honor and betrayal has been astonishingly re-imagined in this exhilarating action thriller that wields a profound relevance for today. Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (star and director Ralph Fiennes) is a feared and revered Roman General, suddenly pitted against his own city and fellow citizens. Rebelling against the power-hungry designs of his manipulative mother (Vanessa Redgrave) and rejected by his own people, Coriolanus incites a riot that expels him from Rome. The banished hero joins forces with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to exact his revenge -and determine his destiny.


Music CHARLIE DANIELS BAND Live At Rockpalast Starring: Charlie Daniels Band; Charlie Daniels’ Rockpalast concert at Westfalenhalle opens with “Funky Junky”, a sweeping and swinging song which wins the audience over right away. It is an entertaining feast for the ears and eyes to experience Charlie Daniels Band’s 76 minute show which ends with a fiery nearly ten minute version of the country classic “Orange Blossom Special.” Recorded in 1980. The Beatles - Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records Starring: The Beatles; In 1968 The Beatles opened their door to all manner of musicians, writers, artists, filmmakers, inventors, designers, freaks and even opportunist sharks. But little of substance was forth-

FAMILY LEMONADE MOUTH Extended Edition Starring: Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko; Director: Patricia Riggen Be heard. Be strong. Be proud. It’s time to turn up the music and have some fun with a Disney original movie, starring Bridgit Mendler, and Adam Hicks, and introducing ten new songs. When five ragtag freshman first meet in detention, it seems they have nothing in common. But, through music, they form an unbreakable bond and discover they have the makings of the greatest high school garage band in history. They learn to lean on each other and let go of everything holding back their dreams. Pocahontas Two-Movie Special Edition (Pocahontas / Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World) 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Starring: Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Mike Gabriel; Director: Mike Gabriel Disney heroine Pocahontas sparkles in this capti-

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ities’ visitors bureaus like to tout that they have “everything” for the resident and tourist, which is not always the case. Baltimore, however, does have everything. Maryland’s amazing city located on Chesapeake Bay has much to offer. I spent three days of intense sightseeing there and realize I barely scratched the surface.

Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino


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ties one could wish for, with a complimentary breakfast, fitness room, restaurant, and all the modern touches in the guest rooms.


always start my trip at a city’s visitor’s center, where you can find out all about the area and what it has to offer. Baltimore’s Visitor Center is conveniently located right in the Inner Harbor which is the most visited section of the city.


altimore’s Inner Harbor is famous for “getting it right” on how best to utilize a city’s waterfront. History and hip blend together to make it attractive to everyone, with shops, restaurants, museums and boat cruises. A major seaport since the 1700s, you will find the Baltimore Maritime Museum here with four historic ships, including the USS Constellation — the only Civil War ship still floating today; the USCGC Taney, the last surviving warship of Pearl Harbor; USS Torsk submarine, completing over 10,000 dives; and the Lightship Chesapeake. It is fascinating to be able to climb aboard these ships and explore. Children are equally enthralled. The nearby Maryland Science Center features a planetarium, an IMAX theater and hands-on exhibits. Baltimore’s National Aquarium houses more than 16,000 creatures in their naturalistic habitats. You will see sharks, sea turtles, and dolphins as well as monkeys, sloths and puffins among all the species. Don’t miss the amazing Jelly fish exhibit — I guarantee you’ll see creatures you didn’t know existed.

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learned what the city had at the Visitor’s Center, and now to see it, I chose the Baltimore Sightseeing Trolley 90 minute Tour for a good overview. Our affable guide, Bob Oliver, pointed out many different interesting spots and gave us some history about them. I made note of what I wanted to go back and explore in more depth later on.

&O Railroad may be known as a spot on the Monopoly game board, but it was a very important railroad in real life, and played a crucial part in the Civil War. I’m not going to go into a history lesson here (not that I am well versed enough to anyway) but if you visit Baltimore’s fascinating B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) Museum, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about trains and the railroad’s history. The current exhibit is “The War Came By Train” and it continues through 2015. Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the exhibit points out that between April 19, 1861 (The Baltimore Riot of 1861) and April 21, 1865 (Lincoln’s funeral train leaving Baltimore for Illinois), the B&O was a big part of the conflict. The B&O Roundhouse has the largest collection of railroad equipment in the world including eight locomotives and cars that served during the war, interpretive signage, video presentations, and life-size historic dioramas. On October 13-14, 2012, the B&O Railroad Museum will hold their annual Steam Days, this year focusing on Civil War period steam power and including a Civil War encampment. Passengers will be able to ride west to the Whistle Stop Gateway located near the Museum’s Restoration Facility where they will be able to leave the train and visit a Civil War camp and see the “William Mason” under steam. Built in 1856, the Mason is the only operating Civil War steam engine in the USA, and pulled President Lincoln’s inaugural train. In camp, members of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry, Company E and the 1st Maryland Volunteer Infantry will be on hand to talk about the life of Union soldiers during the war and will conduct demonstrations and military drills. Blacksmiths will also demonstrate their craftsmanship.


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hen one visits Baltimore, one MUST visit Camden Yards, home to the Baltimore Orioles and some notable moments in baseball history. It was here, after all, that Cal Ripkin, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played, and hit a home run. In the walking zone behind the bullpens you can find sculptures of retired jersey numbers and players—the most famous of which has to the “The Babe”, Babe Ruth, a native Baltimorean. If you are a diehard Ruth fan, just follow the 60 painted baseballs from his statue, and it will take you to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. A few blocks from the stadium is the Sports Legends Museum where you can review the careers of Maryland sports figures from yesterday’s Johnny Unitas up to today’s Michael Phelps.


oly heart failure, Batman!” One of my favorite Baltimore stops was Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, a really fun, cool assemblage of pop culture, adjacent to Camden Yards. This is a “must see” for the comic book/action hero fan, as well as nostalgia for games and artifacts from the past (starting from the 17th century to today.) It includes such items as comic books, movie posters, toys, buttons, badges, cereal boxes, trading cards, dolls, figurines, video games and on and on, filling up 16,000 square feet. What makes this astonishing assemblage even more amazing is that it is the collection of one man — Stephen A. Geppi, President and CEO of Diamond Comics Distributors. He started collecting comic books in 1972, and never looked back. Considering the current value of some of these old comics, his collection is priceless. On display is the 1938 Action comic where Superman makes his first appearance (worth at least $1M), and the Detective comic where Batman first appears, among many, many more. I learned that when Superman first “arrived” he didn’t fly, he leapt — as in “ to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” He didn’t fly until Superman became a radio show in 1940. AND, our favorite couple Blondie and Dagwood had an interesting start. Seems that Blondie Boopadoop was a flapper, and Dagwood was the heir to the Bumstead fortune. Dagwood’s parents forbid him to marry her, so he gave up his inheritance for love, marrying Blondie in 1933. Their marriage has lasted for 79 years. Who knew?! For a diehard comic book fan, Geppi’s alone is reason enough to visit Baltimore. (They also have a pretty good gift shop!)



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or history buffs, there are wonderful free guided and self-guided walking and driving tours of historic areas, that can be picked up at the visitor’s center. Baltimore played an important role in American history, and much of it has been preserved for future generations.

At the Civil War Museum where you can learn about Baltimore’s pivotal involvement in the war, from the first bloodshed to the bloodiest single day battle at Antietam to the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

The Heritage Walk takes you through Little Italy to the the East Coast’s largest museum of AfricanAmerican heritage, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, which strives to collect, preserve, document and exhibit the contributions of African-American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present and the future. The museum’s permanent exhibition includes three beautifully displayed galleries: Things Hold Lines Connect, Building Maryland, Building America and The Strength of the Mind.

Next door is the house where the Star-Spangled Banner was sewn. There is dispute about whether Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag, but none about whether Mary Pickersgill sewed the Star Spangled Banner that flew over Ft. McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the National Anthem. The original flag (now in the Smithsonian as one of it’s most treasured artifacts) originally measured 30 X 42 feet, and it’s current size is 30 X 34 feet. She was assisted in her task by four other people. Her home (now called the Star Spangled Banner Flag House) is set as it was in 1812, and affords a glimpse into the life of the early 19th century Baltimore resident.


t’s only a few miles to Ft. McHenry to see where the Star Spangled Banner flew during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Built around 1798, the fort has played part in all wars up to WWII in some capacity. Today it looks as it did during the Civil War. Cannons (and there are a lot of them) are all original. A self-guided tour of the fort takes one to two hours, and you will see how the soldiers lived and worked during the different eras. On certain days you can catch the Fort McHenry Guard performing drill, musket and artillery demonstrations.


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altimore dining proved to be a treat as well. There are so many diverse restaurants, but when in Maryland you have to sample what it is most famous for - crab cakes. Woodberry Kitchen was recommended, and it didn’t disappoint. The Tilghman Island Crab Cake was heavenly. Woodberry has an open kitchen and a woodburning oven, and they use local organic produce, sustainable fish & shellfish.

Located in the historic Federal Hill area, Spoons Cafe is the popular place to go for breakfast, with a full menu of benedicts, omlettes, frittatas — eggs prepared every which way, and served by a friendly staff. They are also open for lunch and dinner.



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B&O Brasserie is located in the old B&O Railway Headquarters, and the restaurant utilized the building’s original Beaux-Arts architecture, cleverly incorporating touches from old RR dining cars into chairs and table lamps. The menu is modern American cuisine, and the fare delicious. My Adobo Braised Pork Shank with smoked black bean risotto and pickled pear-arugula was succulent and tender.

The Lebanese Taverna is a bright Morocco/modern restaurant that has been family owned for 33 years, and is within walking distance from the Inner Harbor. I sampled some new tastes here, and all were successful. Hummus and unique flatbreads started the meal, and my entree was a savory mixed dish of kafta, lamb and chicken with grilled vegetables. There were a lot of vegetarian choices as well as a gluten-free menu.

In the historic Fells Point district, is Alexander’s Tavern, a lively place with some unique tavern fare. Macaroni and cheese pizza? Or how about for breakfast French Toast stuffed with cookie dough? I know you’re saying “Oh no you dit’n” but I did. And it was delicious. And I am not sorry. I was on vacation. It doesn’t count.

As I said earlier, I merely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in Baltimore, which begs for a return visit. I will definitely return, and I might even have some more cookie dough French toast. Really.

If You Go...

Alexander’s Tavern - Baltimore Sightseeing Trolly Tour B&O Railroad Museum - B&O Brasserie - Civil War Museum - Fairfield Marriott Inn & Suites Fort McHenry - Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Inner Harbor Lebanese Taverna - Maritime Museum - Reginald F. Lewis Museum Spoons - Sports Legends & Babe Ruth Museums Star Spangled Banner Flag House Visit Baltimore - Woodberry Kitchen -

Southwest Airlines has many daily 2 1/2 hour non-stop flights from Tampa to Baltimore, with some very attractive fares (check out the web only fares!) Please visit our photo gallery for many more photos of this trip: 96

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Art Lines CONTEMPORARY ART GLASS Through October 14


ith its intense sunlight and coastal views, Florida is the ideal home for contemporary glass. The region and the entire state have particularly strong examples of studio and contemporary glass in both private and public collections. Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast features more than 100 works from approximately 17 collections, including the Museum’s own. This exhibition continues through Sunday, October 14 Recent MFA acquisitions of major works by Therman Statom and Michael Glancy are high points, as well as objects by internationally renowned artists Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, Richard Ritter, William Morris, Sonja Blomdahl, Dante Marioni, Toots Zinsky, and Yoichi Ohira. Exceptional works by area artists Duncan McClellan, Owen Pach, and Chuck Boux also enhance the exhibition. Mr. McClellan’s new studio/gallery in downtown St. Petersburg is attracting artists from around the globe. The Chihuly Collection and the Hot Shop at The Morean Arts Center and the Zen Glass Studio likewise reflect the city’s emergence as a center for the display and creation of glass art. The MFA, The Chihuly Collection presented by The Morean Arts Center, and The

Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop will offer one free child six to 18 years old with each paid adult through August 31, 2012. These art attractions are close to each other in downtown St. Petersburg. The MFA is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, with admission reduced to $10 from 5-8. One collection includes several works by Australian glass artists, rarely found in this area. Another has objects by gifted Venetian artist Archimede Seguso. A third contains two works by Swedish artist Bertil Vallien, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Art Society at its June conference at the Toledo Museum of Art. 255 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667;


THE MAN, THE IMAGE & THE WORLD: Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective - Oct 6 Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908– 2004) was one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. His work not only exerted a major influence on photography but also helped his profession achieve a new status. From his first works of the 1930s that stand out for their composition, the theatrical nature of the images and the selection of details, Cartier-Bresson succeeded in recording important moments with his camera. His 1952 book, Images a la Sauvette (The Decisive Moment), introduced his ideas about creating images that combined story, action and emotion. Entire stories are often condensed into a single image, the so-called “decisive moment.” The photographer once said that photography was “putting one’s head, one’s heart and one’s eye on

the same axis.” Travel was a key element in Cartier-Bresson’s life and his work. Following trips to Mexico, the artist was sent on large-scale global reporting assignments to the United States, the Soviet Union, China, India, Bali and Indonesia. His work provided early and probing views behind the Iron Curtain and into the highly hidden cultures in Southeast Asia and the Indian Sub-continent. His work is not only a benchmark for photojournalism in the 20th century but also for the ethics of photography. Along with friends such as Robert Capa, Cartier-Bresson founded Magnum Pictures in 1947. Operating in Paris and New York City, this organization of photojournalists successfully changed the manner in which photojournalists were treated and recognized by printed sources. The Man, the Image & the World. Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective includes over 330 photographs, films and important publications. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson and Magnum Photos/Paris. Cartier-Bresson chose the works for this exhibition before his death in 2004. The exhibition has recently been on view in Zurich, Brisbane, and Seoul. 120 Gasparilla Plaza (Polk Street) Tampa, FL 33602; www.

23rd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair - Oct 27 - 28 Hyde Park Village welcomes back its signature fall art festival. The show will feature 150 of the finest artists from as many as 30 different states as well as top local talent. The artistic media represented at this popular two-day juried art show include paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, and ceramics with prices ranging from $25

hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. Admission is free and open to the public. The artists are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity. All artists are present for the duration of the show available to discuss their art, inspiration and techniques. The artists’ white-tented display booths will be located along Hyde Park’s tree-lined streets.


DECO JAPAN: SHAPING MODERN CULTURE, 1920-1945 - thru Oct 28 Deco Japan not only provides dramatic examples of the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated with Japan, it conveys the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan during the Taishô and early Shôwa epochs (1912-1945). In these prewar and war eras, artists and patrons created a Japanese modernism that signaled simultaneously the nation’s unique history and its cosmopolitanism. The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of the modern girl, known in Japan as the modaan gaaru or

200 works highlight the Levenson collection -- the world’s premier collection of Japanese art in the Deco style. These pieces include spectacular examples of metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, wood furniture, jewelry, textiles, graphic design on paper, painting and woodblock prints; they range from fine art objects made to impress the public at national art exhibitions to goods mass produced for the modern home. The exhibition is co-organized by The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Art Services International. See this exhibition during regular Museum hours, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m.

moga, for short – the emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered along with the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 1930s. Selected by Dr.Kendall Brown, the nearly

Mythic Creatures of China - thru July 14, 2013 Chinese artists have portrayed animals in ceramics across thousands of years of the country’s continuous history. These animals captured the imaginations of Chinese potters as they sought to portray animals they had seen, and others they could only imagine. Drawn from the Ringling’s collection of Chinese ceramics, these animals will tickle you fancy with their stories, legends and vibrancy. Almost one hundred objects will be presented, including dragons, butterflies, fish and phoenix. Ringling International Arts Festival - Oct 10-13 Artists from around the world are coming together under the artistic direction of the Baryshnikov Arts Center for the Ringling International Arts Festival. The rich diversity of ideas and forms at play in the world today will be celebrated with performances in dance, music, theater, and film – plus soul stirring music and sunsets in the James Turrell Skyspace and an unforgettable closing night in the Museum of Art Courtyard. For more information, 941.358.3180, or visit


Houston… We have Blast Off - thru Dec 21


n what proves to be a timely foursome of exhibitions, the Dunedin Fine Art Center is following closely on the heels of NASA’s Curiosity landing on Mars, with four new space-themed exhibitions. Intergalactic, Beam Me Up, My Favorite Martian and Blast Off will present an array of work gathered to reflect a broad, though singular theme. In Intergalactic, artists from around the world take us out of this world. Extraterrestrials, black holes, lunar landscapes, celestial bodies. The sky’s not the limit. Houston-based video and photographic team Hillerbrand & Magsamen share contemporary interpretations of parenthood and family. Life as we do not know it in Beam Me Up. My Favorite Martian invites DFAC student, members & friends to reveal their inner aliens. In BLAST OFF: The Final Frontier, the David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum casts its gaze to the stars with a trip to outer-space for the entire family. Get your hands on Astronauts, aliens and spaceships. An exhibit of work from DFAC Summer Camp artists shares the same name, but occupies its own space in the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery. The two day extravaganza includes the opening reception for the exhibitions on Sept 7, which along with refreshments, will feature an Artist Talk and live music. Sept 8 is DFAC’s Kid’s Art Fest. Games, Food and Music will be the menu of the day, as well as an award ceremony for the young Blast Off artists.

FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS America’s Civil War: Selections from the Drapkin Collection & Larry West - thru Oct 14 Visit a time where soldiers met their enemies on foot and battles were fought in fields and forests. The collection includes high quality photographs and pho-

tography pieces from an era of bravery and honor. Take a glimpse into an important moment in the his-

tory of America. Portraits of Power: Photographs by Platon - thru Nov 11 Individuals as diverse as Vladimir Putin and Tony Blair know that what they project with their image is as potent as any military arsenal. Therefore, when the world leaders at a 2009 United Nations General Assembly meeting were intercepted by an enterprising portrait photographer named Platon Antoniou, they must have worried. They could not control the results of his portrait session: in essence, they were at his mercy. “Every head of state has to address the General Assembly, and there’s a podium where they all stand to make their speeches,” said Platon, the British-Greek photographer who was working for The New Yorker magazine. “[For five days], I stood a few feet away from the podium backstage... and since everyone had to pass me on their way to and from the stage, I had two chances to secure a portrait session with each person.” The FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS is located at 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602; 813.221.2222;


Mid Century Cookie jars recall Nursery Rhymes


he cookie jar held a place of honor in American kitchens in the 1950s and 1960s when it was part of the overall home décor as well as an important piece of serving ware. Cookie jars were of good size in order to hold many cookies for America’s growing families in the years following World War II. The fact that these vintage collectibles were positioned in “the front lines” (a.k.a., on the kitchen countertop) of busy post-war American kitchens makes their condition a vital trait when assessing their appraised value on the collectibles market. Chips, cracks, and scratches to the surface decoration are key factors when evaluating these vintage cookie jars.

Some examples of the market for good quality cookie jars in good condition from the mid 1900s include a Brush Pottery company cookie jar in the shape of a cow resembling the famous Borden milk mascot named Elsie from circa 1945-50 is worth $500. McCoy’s Aunt Jemima cookie jar sold for $325, a Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery firm’s Oscar cookie jar brought $500, and the popular Little Red Riding Hood cookie jar by Hull commanded $1,500 recently. Nursery rhyme Little Old Woman who lived in characters were among a Shoe cookie jar worth $300. the most common types of cookie jars such as Humpty Dumpty, the Little Old Woman who lived in a Shoe, and Puss n Boots, to name a few. It makes perfect sense that nursery rhymes would be the featured theme for cookie jars as the characters were recognizable to youngsters.

The American baby boom sparked cookie jar production as Americans were having more babies and eating more cookies during the late 1940s and 1950s. Over the decades, cookie jars featured popular characters and cultural icons such as Felix the Cat, Howdy Doody, Mickey Mouse, Snow White, World War II American G. I.s, and Betty Boop, to name a few. The variety of cookie jars and the opportunity to collect so many different examples may contribute to the fact that many collectors just can’t stop collecting these cherished objects from childhood.

In the late 1980s, after the death of Pop artist Andy Warhol, the cookie jar market enjoyed a market spike. Warhol was an enthusiastic collector of cookie jars and viewed them as important objects of American culture. His famous estate auction brought cookie jar collecting to the forefront and put the sweet collectibles on the map. Warhol’s collection of hundreds of vintage cookie jars brought more than $250,000 at auction. The Warhol auction attracted new collectors to amass American cookie jars. Today, collectors remain committed to the cookie jar category and amass large numbers of jars from Maine to California.

With cookie jars as with cookies, it’s difficult to have just one. I have reviewed cookie jar collections all over the United States and most are assembled in large numbers of cookie jars dating from the 1950s with values for the collections reaching into the $10,000 to $20,000 range.

Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on the Discovery channel’s hit TV show, Auction Kings. To learn about your antiques, visit,, or call (888) 431-1010.


22x30 inch poster of Girl With Wine printed on matte paper with archival inks, signed and dated 1968 on front, is $75, plus $15 S&H. Or pick up at Tampa studio, o Kennedy Blvd. The poster is also available mounted at $125 and mounted/framed at $195. Contact Richard at 813-289-8149 or

Richard Stewart Fine Art Photography

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Necklaces and Keychains for Your iPhone


product from the makers of OnTrion mobile phone batteries, the iHangy necklace and the iHangy music necklace drape around the neck, while the iHangy keychain clips to belt loops, backpacks and computer bags. All securely attach the iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS and 3 models to the body or carryall to keep the smartphone within easy reach. iPhone junkies can update their Facebook status, upload pictures and videos, and check up on their friends whenever the mood strikes with the iHangy necklace and iHangy keychain, keeping their iPhones handy at all times. The product’s attached touchpen simplifies their social networking habits. With iHangy, iPhone users are never at a loss as to where their

smartphone is. The iHangy also allows iPhone owners to remain hands-free when they’re not using their Apple device. A touchpen is included with iHangy products, which are also compatible with all iPod devices. The iHangy music necklace is so convenient to keep hands free and phone handy while listening to favorite tunes or talking to Siri. And the earbuds on the necklace are top quality, so sound is crisp and clean. For more information visit

Put Yourself In the Picture With iPhone Accessories from XSHOT


ith the XShot iPhone 4 / 4S Case, you can easily attach your iPhone 4/4s to any tripod or the XShot extender, and be in front of the camera instead of behind it. This is a solid case that integrates the ability to mount it to a tripod and use it in both landscape and portrait modes. The new case was designed around three core concepts: full protection, versatility and functionality. It allows users to simply attach the XShot tripod adapter unlike other tripod adapters that require users to remove their iPhone case. It is ideal for use with the FaceTime feature and dual cameras, and excellent for iPhone 4 camera stabilization. Great for videos and self-portraits. It is simple to insert and lock the tripod adapter horizontally or vertically depending on the shot you want. The XShot tripod is very flexible, and can bend into any position you set up. It is also small enough to easily carry in your pocket, as is the XShot extender, which telescopes out to 30.5 inches, from a compact size of 6.5 inches. For more information, visit


Audiofly Headphones

My Stubs

Clear, Natural Sound

Personalized Ticket Album


f you love music concerts, the theater or sporting events and like to keep your ticket stubs as momentos, what do you do with them? Perso n a liza tio n has just the answer. Rather than shoving them in an old shoe box, get an attractive keepsake scrapbook for them. You can cherish your memories and share your stories with our My Stubs Personalized Ticket Album - the perfect personalized gift for music lovers, theater enthusiasts and sports fans alike. will custom personalize any 1-line at the bottom of their exclusive design, for a personal touch to call your own. The scrapbook holds up to 96 tickets in 32 archival quality pages. Custom designed ticket pockets measure 6 1/4” x 2 3/4”, and tickets slide in from the center of album so they won’t fall out. Check this and more gift ideas out at


ho better to design headphones than musicians? They know all about how sound should, well, sound. The fellows at Audiofly are just that. Musicians. They have created a product with an exceptionally clear, natural sound. Actually, there are four different models to choose from. The AF78 Series is Audiofly’s premium hybrid in-ear headphone featuring a balanced armature driver and a 9mm custom dynamic driver. The combination produces amazing separation across the dynamic range. The AF56 Series offers a large 13mm dynamic driver voiced for a punchy bass response that doesn’t overpower the subtle detail of the midtones or the smooth chimey highs. The AF45 features a powerful custom-voiced 10.7mm dynamic driver for inspired detail across the dynamic range. Delivering superb sound, the AF 33 offers an expertly tuned 9mm dynamic driver and many other features. Audiofly headphones are available with or without a microphone and feature a gold plated connection. For more information on AudioFly, visit

Samsung Nexus S 4G Extended Battery Give Your Smartphone a Boost


he latest Samsung Nexus S-compatible extended battery lasts up to three times longer than traditional mobile phone batteries. It was even used by the Atlantis astronauts to access a broad range of capabilities and achieve better communication between land and sky. If a phone and battery can handle distances exceeding 200,000 miles, then earthbound Samsung Nexus S 4G users can certainly expect even greater airtime and output from an OnTrion extended battery. The battery is made from high quality Lithium Ion cells with PCM Technology, and comes with a replacement door. The batteries are designed to support Data Transfer, SMS, MMS Messaging, Social Network, Media, tethering, gps, apps and other applications. In order to obtain the full capacity of the OnTrion battery, it is recommend that you charge the battery for 3-4 hours. For more information on how to give a Samsung Nexus S smartphone a NASA-worthy boost, visit


Tarpon Springs Fall Art and Craft Festival - Oct 1314 Artists and Crafters will show and sell a wide range of handmade works as well as original Art, photography, sculpture, and more. Organizers have secured a bucket drummer, a fire breather-juggler and an escape artist to entertain visitors. Food and beverage vendors will be available in addition to several restaurants along E. Tarpon Ave. 111 E. Tarpon Ave. Lunch & Learn: Bluewater Cruising with Mike and Amy Aiken - Oct 19 Enjoy a gourmet box lunch while

listening to songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Aiken and his wife Amy. Both licensed USCG captains with over 30,000 offshore miles, Mike and Amy present an entertaining talk with music about their lifelong ocean experiences. The stories and anecdotes are enhanced with Mike’s original songs. Mike and Amy’s stories include harrowing tales of storms off the Grand Banks, powerful squalls, and adventures through five countries, two hurricanes and one performer’s career. Heritage Museum, 11:30 am to 1 pm (Talk begins at 12 noon). NIGHT IN THE ISLANDS: LIVE

GREEK MUSIC WITH ODYSSEY, DANCING, AND OUTDOOR DINING - Nov 3 On Saturday, from 6:00-11:00pm, the City of Tarpon Springs presents Night in the Islands – a free event on the Sponge Docks. Enjoy Greek music, dancing, and dining. Night in the Islands features the music of Odyssey. Prior to the main event, there will be live Greek music by the Bouzouki Boys between 4 and 6pm on Dodecanese Blvd. at Riverwalk, west of Hope Street. Enjoy music by Florida’s best Greek bands: Ellada will play through October, Odyssey will play November. For more information visit 106



featuring live Greek music, dancing, and outdoor dining

on the world famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks.

Enjoy Music

by Florida’s Best Greek Bands: Odyssey will play April, May & November Ellada will play June-October

2012 Saturdays

April 7 • May 5 • June 2 • July 7 August 4 • September 8 October 6 • November 3

6 to 11 pm

FREE ADMISSION Presented by the City of Tarpon Springs Kalymnian Society Levendia Dance Troupe Prometheas Pan-Helllenic Cultural Center

For more information, call 727-942-5605 or 727-937-1130 The event is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.




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Kiss Your Way to the Florida Keys

KISS MY FACE Key Lime Moisture Shave


ey West, Florida, is famous for its fabulous key lime pie, an indigenous regional dish. Give your shaving routine a sweet boost with the Kiss My Face Key Lime Moisture Shave. Take smooth legs to Florida and back with this all natural formula that contains highly effective natural essential oils, extracts and vitamins. Kiss My Face Key Lime Moisture Shaves are ideal for the face and body. Lime is a natural, cooling antiseptic that also acts as an astringent. The moisturizing formula contains highly effective natural essential oils, extracts and vitamins. Soothing aloe, olive oil and lemongrass and orange flower botanicals combine to give the best shave. Lady’s Mantle acts as an astringent and has styptic properties. Vitamins A and E are infused to provide nutrients to maintain healthy skin. For more information, visit


Organic, Vegan and Eco-Friendly Makeup


veryday Minerals products contain only the finest essential ingredients. Sustainability is their priority, as they are committed to protecting and nurturing our natural resources. Everyday Minerals source the finest natural ingredients from local farms while dreaming up ultra-feminine shades. Each product is hand crafted, using the natural plants that grow within the Texas Hill Country, which is where the company is based. Everyday Minerals is organic, vegan and eco-friendly, and specializes in an innovative collection of products with a spectrum of over 300 vibrant colors and shades that flatter virtually every skin tone. Innovation is an important ingredient in their recipe for success. Founder Carina Menzies believes that all-natural makeup products should not cost a fortune. Her goal is to empower every woman’s inner beauty to shine by focusing on what women love most about

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ince its launch in Germany in 2002, essence cosmetics has spread to 30 countries, and most recently introduced into the USA. essence has trendy and high quality cosmetics at a low price, which is very appealing to the consumer. essence attaches great importance to quality standards and manufacturing directives — they even list the ingredients of all their products online on the essence web site. They comply with the provisions of the European cosmetics directive, which includes all regulations for the manufacturing process, shelf life and safety assessment of products. Absolutely no testing on animals is conducted for the cosmetic products by essence. This applies to the final products as well as any ingredients. In addition to the permanent product line, Essence releases limited edition collections several times a year. Look out for “miami roller girl” - bright colors like orange, pink and yellow, with intensive, shining shades and soft textures perfect for tanned skin. For more essence information, visit Right now, you can find essence products at Ulta stores and

Wear A Book


ut of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Their products feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art. Out of Print works closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in their collections. Each product is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book. In addition to spreading the joy of reading through tees and accessories, they are working to change the fact that many parts of the world don’t have access to books at all. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through Books For Africa. Out Of Print’s first collaboration with award-winning designer Mikey Burton produced this fabulous looking T-Shirt, featuring wwThe Great Gatsby. Out Of Print’s poly/cotton T-shirts are soft, distressed style, slim fit (read: smaller than you think! so pick a size larger.) For more information on their t-shirts and to view Out of Print’s other products, visit


Clever Travel Companion 100% Pick Pocket Proof Underwear


oney belts, neck pouches, wallets and purses are no match for seasoned thieves. Travelers accidentally misplace their belongings, finding themselves stranded and scared in a foreign country without money or passport. With the Clever Travel Companion’s 100 % pick pocket proof travel garments with secret built in pockets, travelers can finally keep their valuables safe. The Clever Travel Companion’s product line includes underwear in the shape of a boy short for women and a boxer brief for men, both with two pockets with secure zippers on the front, T-shirts and tank tops with a with a secret pocket on the stomach, and for the winter season, Long Johns with pockets. All products come in multiple colors and sizes in either soft cotton or lightweight, breathable modal. The garments are all very comfortable. The wearer won’t feel the pockets at all. The secret pockets are made to fit passports, travel documents, cash and credit cards perfectly. If a traveler needs to spend the night in a misty train station, or wait for a delayed flight, he or she can rest assured knowing that the valuables are hidden away and zipped.

It’s You Babe

Support Garments for Pregnant Women


must have for travel for the pregnant woman is It’s You Babe’s Mini Cradle. It’s a maternity band designed to support tummy and back pain, and the perfect solution for pregnant women who want to be out and about through all stages of their pregnancy. Simple to use and seamless under clothing, the Mini Cradle can provide an expecting mom with that little extra lift that will help her stay comfortable, especially while traveling. Designed to be worn with maternity fashions, this pregnancy support belly band discretely fits under most maternity clothes. The Mini Cradle is a 3” adjustable orthotic support for the abdomen and lower back and helps to promote increased circulation from lower extremities. It has hook and eye closures to reduce snagging of expensive lingerie. It’s You Babe has a 20 year history of creating support garments for pregnant women to ease abdominal and back pain during pregnancy. Prenatal Cradle, Mini Cradle and the newest award-winning Best Cradle are favorites of doctors and other medical professionals as well as expecting mothers. Their product line also includes other types of support to address hip stabilization, vulvar varicosities, and a prolapsed uterus. The Mini Cardle is available in sizes from Petite to Large for $25 on It’s You Babe’s website and at retail locations throughout the country. There are six locations currently in the Tampa Bay area. You can find out more information, and locations at


Gaming Scene Las Vegas Leonardo Da Vinci Comes to Life at Venetian Las Vegas - thru Oct 15 Da Vinci - The Genius, is the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created, for a limited engagement at The Venetian. The interac-

tive experience immerses guests in da Vinci’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind’s inventions and unparalleled exhibits of his iconic art. Da Vinci - The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo Da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. Guests will enjoy more than 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions, threedimensional renderings of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, “Mona Lisa.” ‘SURF THE MUSICAL’ AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD - thru Nov 4 Surf The Musical, inspired by the songs of the Beach Boys, is on center stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages director Kristin Hanggi and an all-star Broadway team present a 114

musical extravaganza introducing Surf Vision technology. Surf The Musical will take you on a magical and nostalgic trip back to the 60’s, where all roads lead to the coast and the sounds of surf in the warm California sun. CARLOS SANTANA at the House of Blues, Mandalay Bay - through Nov 18 On select dates, the House of Blues Las Vegas features a two-year Engagement with Carlos Santana of unique performances - “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” — in the specially re-configured House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Dr. Havock’s Sideshow of Curiosities at the Stratosphere - Oct 3-31 The sideshow features visual illusions and dark humor that will surprise the audience with fully immersive and bizarre show experience. Dr. Havock’s Sideshow of Curiosities has its inspirations through the medicine pitch men, vintage circus and carnivals sideshows of the past. The chilling scenes and characters with a hint of steampunk mystique is a “creepy-cool” supernatural experience for the Halloween minus the gore element of other haunts. Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel HAS Become the D Casino Hotel Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas underwent a dramatic transformation to become the D Casino Hotel. The new name is accompanied by extensive renovations that deliver the fresh, energetic attitude and fun atmosphere synonymous with downtown Las Vegas. The D Casino Hotel has daily live entertainment, Vegas’ only two-level casino; 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites; and two high-energy bars – the Longbar and the Vue Bar – situated in the casino and on the Fremont Street Experience, respectively.

Biloxi What’s happening at the Beau Rivage Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Beau Rivage is a beautiful resort destination — very convenient for Tampa Bay area folks looking for either an exciting time, or a relaxing time, or both — the Beau has it all. With a partnership with Vision Airlines, the resort has an exclusive package that includes a round trip non-stop jet flight, ground transfers, and two nights in a luxurious guestroom — starting at only $199 per person (double occupancy). The flight takes only an hour and fifteen minutes and leaves from the St. PetersburgClearwater Airport. Golfers will definitely want to experience Fallen Oak, Beau Rivage’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course, with it’s dramatic elevation changes and beautiful magnolia

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trees, ponds, streams and wetlands. GOLF Magazine rated it one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” A visit to the Beau’s spa and salon will show Epicurean treatments unique to the Gulf Coast, and a perfect place for a Girlfriend Getaway with their special “Pamper Parties.” The dining opportunities at the Beau are wonderfully varied - from the simple Snacks Deli to the exceptional BR Prime (the Beau’s signature steak and seafood restaurant), and every thing in between. Guests have eleven restaurants to choose from, as well as several bars.

TV’s Tonight Show king, JAY LENO will keep you in stitches on Oct 6. It’s always summertime when the BEACH BOYS perform on Oct 12-13. Revisit some classic rock hits with Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Oct 19. More rockin’ nostalgia comes with The Jacksons Oct 20. UPCOMING EVENTS: Magic Mlife Moment - thru Oct 28. Drawings Thurs & Sun. Grand Prize Drawings - Oct 28 - Ten winners are guaranteed to win a prize of $4,000 in FREEPLAY and one of “Your Magic M life Moments” or the $6,000 FREEPLAY option. 16th Annual Cruisin’ the Coast - Oct 7 14. Cruisin’ The Coast began in 1996 as a festival to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, nostalgic music and related events. Car enthusiasts from over 39 states and Canada drive to the Mississippi Gulf Coast once a year to showcase their rides and to cruise the beautiful 30mile stretch of beachside highway with designated stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Ocean Springs. Each venue is set up as a mini festival with a stage for live bands, reserved parking for registered cruisers, spectator parking, and vendors for food and event merchandise. The week long event includes cruise-ins, a VA Hospital Cruise, car auction, swap meet, car corral, and a parade. Reservations for air-inclusive travel packages may be made by calling 877-462-2328. Visit for more information.

entertainment: The Beau Rivage presents a brand-new Cirquestyle extravaganza, Fata Morgana. Experience all the thrills and comedy of the very best international acrobats, aerialists and artists in a show produced exclusively for Beau Rivage, through August 19. Fata Morgana Dining Offers: Guests must present their show ticket stub and M life card to redeem restaurant discount offers. Food & beverage offers are valid only on day of show dated on ticket. Offers valid during the duration of the show, any day of the week.


Hillsborough County Animal Services Presents: Cats, Bats & Bones - Oct 20 This day of Halloween fun and pet adoption runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the County shelter located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. Offerings include unconditional love, kid contests, and real, live bat chats! Children attending Cats, Bats & Bones can come dressed for the kids costume parade, enter the “meow off” contest, and decorate the shelter with artwork from the creative coloring station. In addition to adorable faces and tail-wagging deals, Cats, Bats & Bones celebrates the season with an appearance by Bat Belfrys, Inc. of Merritt Island. The non-profit organization is making a special stop in Hillsborough County as part of its mission to debunk misconceptions and promote conservation of Florida’s beneficial bats. Bat Chats begin at 1:30 p.m. with a biologist on hand to answer questions, show the animals, and demonstrate why bat houses make great neighbors. Want to give a dog a bone? Cats, Bats & Bones will give hundreds of bright-eyed dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens a chance to go trick-or-treating with the public. Animal lovers are invited to bring and distribute store-bought pet treats to lost and homeless shelter residents. For safety reasons, home-made goodies are not permitted, and owned pets should remain at home during this event. October is national Adopt-a-Dog Month, with all dogs 30 pounds or more offered for just $30 at Hillsborough County Animal Services, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and C.A.R.E. of Ruskin. Additional specials will be offered during the Cats, Bats & Bones bash, and all adoptions include spaying/neutering, vaccination, County registration tag, and micro-chip. Prospective adopters should bring valid photo ID and proof of address to Animal Services. 116

22nd Annual SPCA 3K Pet Walk - Oct 20 On Saturday, from 9 am - 1 pm in S. Straub Park, Downtown St. Petersburg, walk for the cause to end animal cruelty and raise money to rescue, rehab and re-home more than 10,000 homeless and abused animals that pass through the SPCA’s doors each year. Enjoy a free iHop Pancake Breakfast, pet parade, BestDressed Pet Contest, Doggie Fun Zone, K-9 Demos, Doggie Spa, Food Court, Clowns, Face Painting, Music, and much more. For more info and to register, visit ___________________________________________ Gulfport Doggie Halloween Party - Oct 31 Gulfport’s annual Doggie Halloween Party and Costume Contest will be held on Wednesday, October 31 from 6-10 pm, at the Art Village Courtyard at the corner of Beach Blvd. and 29th Ave. South. All are invited, including those without a pet who would like to enjoy the show. All dogs must be on leashes and are welcome with or without a costume. The contest will begin at about 7:30 p.m. at the Courtyard stage. Dogs will be judged in four categories: Small Dogs, Medium Dogs (20 to 40 lbs.), and Large Dogs. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place in each size category. Best of show will be judged from among the three first place winners. Treats will be on hand for all dogs in attendance. This quirky and informal event is always a fun and popular gathering. Food and drink specials will be available during the evening. This is a family-friendly and free event. For more information 727-323-3892.

PIT BULL AWARENESS/APPRECIATION at DOGTOBERFEST - Oct 27 Dogtoberfest is being held at The Shop at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, Florida from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be more than 50 different Rescue Organizations with Dogs, Cats, and other animals such as birds, lizards, guinea pigs and more. There will be a lot of various pet related vendors as well. Cat Crusaders is also having the Doggie Fun Zone which is a huge dog obstacle course. There will be a Costume Contest and lots of fun-filled festivities throughout the day. Learn more about the Doggie Fun Zone at www. PBHR is bringing Pit Bull Awareness and Appreciation to the Dogtoberfest. PBHR is bringing with them a special guest who is famous within the “Pit Bull Community” Songwriter/Singer John Shipe (notorious for his, “Pit Bull Blues”) he sings a variety of genres but most recently is focused on Freeform Americana and will be on the stage in the courtyard throughout the day. PBHR is also hosting locally at the Shops at Wiregrass part of a national campaign “Coast to Coast Bully Walk” which is groups of individuals and organizations across the country walking their Pit Bulls and Bully Breed Dogs in sync at 2 pm est. This local walk will be led by John Shipe and will have responsible dog owners showing the world they are a very diverse group with wonderful dogs.

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he Neater Feeder is the greatest thing since sliced bread — well, if you have a messy pet like I do. I have cats. One is a very large cat, who, for some reason likes to fling his wet and/or dry food around. It seems more shows up on the floor than started out in the bowl. Enter the Neater Feeder. This pet feeder is a revolutionary system for cats and dogs that actually contains spills and splashes - no more messes all over the kitchen floor. The two-part container allows food to stay in the top reservoir while water naturally drains into the easy to empty lower reservoir, protecting floors from stains and damage and making clean-up a snap. Neater Feeder comes in different sizes for varied size pets — your Great Dane and your Chihuahua will both be content. It also comes with leg extensions so that you can make the height comfortable for your pet. This is especially good for an aging pet that may have trouble getting down low. It also helps with their ease of digestion. The bowls are made of stainless steel, which means you don’t have to worry about unsightly stained bowls, and using the raised bowl will almost eliminate food and water stains on tile. Another plus is that it’s ant proof. The Neater Feeder comes in attractive finishes including bronze and cranberry so that the pet dish doesn’t take away from the home’s decor. For more information, visit


ig Cat Rescue is the world’s largest sanctuary for big cats who have been abused, abandoned, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats. The sanctuary houses tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, ocelots, servals, caracals and others — a total of 16 of the 35 species of wild cat, many of whom are threatened, endangered, or now extinct in the wild. At this home for rare and exotic cats, The narrow mission of Big Cat Rescue is to provide the best permanent home they can for these cats. The broader mission of the sanctuary is to reduce the number of cats that suffer the fate of abandonment and/or abuse and to encourage preservation of habitat and wildlife. People are urged to behave in a way that will support these goals by teaching people about the plight of the cats, both in the wild and in captivity. This is accomplished through guided tours, educational programs for young people, and by maintaining a website that is a great resource for information about exotic cats. Big Cat Rescue has built enclosures in a very natural habitat with foliage and shelter on a 45 acre site, and provides the best nutritional and medical care possible. They have conditioning and enrichment programs to provide for the cats physical and psychological well being. The sanctuary is supported entirely by donation. Big Cat Rescue is located at 12802 Easy Street, Tampa. Call 813-920-4130 for more information, or visit


unken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. If you enjoy Yoga, Pilates, or want to try Hoop Dancing, why not go to Sunken Gardens and exercise in a botanical, tropical paradise. Mon - Thurs; 10:00am - 11:30am; $45/month or $12/class / Weekend classes $10 Sunken Gardens Members / $15 non-members Sat: 10am 11:15am / Sun: Noon - 1:15pm / Wed 6pm - 7:15pm $15 or $10 for Sunken Gardens Members / $59 for unlimited Daily, Weekend and Evening classes. HOOP DANCING - Tuesday 10am 11am, Wednesday 9am - 10am, $80/8 sessions or $15/class CHUTE CHI GONG Friday, 10am - Noon, $10/class. 825 4th Street N., St. Petersburg; 727-551-3100;

A Botanical Experience Awaits You... • Discover the beauty of a 100 year old botanical paradise. • Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers and the walk through butterfly encounter. • Experience a guided tour, special event or workshop. $8 Adults; adults; $6 seniors 55 & up; $4 ages 2 3 to 11 $8 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL • 727-551-3100



Stumbling, bumbling James Lessor and Skip Moore are licensed private investigators. It could take time to get Moore or Less investigations off the ground, so James takes a job with a traveling carnival show. But this show has had a string of accidents and at least one death in the past year. When they’re hired to investigate what’s caused the carnival chaos, James and Skip set into motion a dizzying, roller coaster chain of events. They finally realize they’ll get anything but cooperation from this cast of carnies. But when a carnival worker is murdered, James and Skip find they might be next in line. Don Bruns is an award-winning novelist, songwriter, musician and ad executive, who lives in So. FL. He is also the author of Stuff to Spy For, Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, Stuff To Die For, Bahama Burnout, St. Barts Breakdown, South Beach Shakedown, BarbadosHeat and Jamaica Blue.

by Randy Rawls

A private investigator launches a vendetta to find and destroy the Thorns on Roses gang. Tom Jeffries, a PI in Broward County, Florida, is a man with a past-exSpecial Forces, ex-Dallas cop. But mostly, he’s a man driven by a thirst for justice. His brand of justice. When a seventeen-year-old girl, the stepdaughter of Tom’s best 120

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Friends Madeline, Avery and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. They’ve been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie may be able to keep her family together. That’s the plan, but having their personal lives play out on TV is another thing entirely. Soon they are struggling to hold themselves, and the project, together. With a decadesold mystery—and the hurricane season—looming, the women are forced to figure out just how they’ll weather life’s storms. Wendy Wax is a St. Pete Beach native, a USF grad, and now an Atlanta resident. She is best known for her exploration of women’s bonds, and has written eight novels - the most recognizable being Ten Beach Road.

friend, Charlie Rogers, dies in the midst of a brutal gang rape, Tom vows to avenge her death. Following a well laid out plan, Jeffries methodically stalks the gang. As he eliminates them one by one, the police get closer to connecting him with the disappearances. Rushing will invite catastrophe, but Tom cannot wait. Randy Rawls is a retired US Army Officer and Dept of Defense civilian. Rawls is the author of the Ace Edwards, Dallas PI series and a number of short stories. He lives in South Florida.


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Welles, Billy Wilder, Nicholas Ray, and Joseph Losey as well as lesser-known lights of noir. Each article will include a short biography of the director, a list of their major noir films, as well as a deep analysis of the films themselves. Lavishly illustrated, this book is a must for any aficionado of the American style of film noir.

MAKE YOUR MOVIE: What You Need To Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking by Barbara Freedman Doyle

PHOTOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin

This book is about how to work with people in the film industry, about who they are, what they do, and what they need. Most importantly for you, it is also about how to become one of them. This is a straightforward and comprehensive must-read for any aspiring filmmaker. With a down-to-earth, tell it like it is approach, the author offers insight through relatable, real-world experience and one-on-one interviews with working professionals who are already at the top of their game. FILM NOIR: THE DIRECTORS Edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini

Noted film noir historians Alain Silver and James Ursini concentrate in this work on the thirty key directors of the classic noir period. These include well-known luminaries, such as Orson

Photographically Speaking is about learning photography’s visual language to better speak to why and how a photograph succeeds, and in turn to consciously use that visual language in the creation of our own photographs, making us stronger photographers who are able to fully express and communicate our vision. By breaking up the visual language into two main components–“elements” make up its vocabulary, and “decisions” are its grammar–David duChemin transforms what has traditionally been esoteric and difficult subject matter into an accessible and practical discussion that photographers can immediately use to improve their craft. Elements are the “words” of the image, what we place within the frame–lines, curves, light, color, contrast. Decisions are the choices we make in assembling those elements to best express and communicate our vision–the use of framing, perspective, point of view, balance, focus, exposure.

ROCKABILLY: The Twang Heard ‘Round the World - The Illustrated History Edited by Michael Dregni

Born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, the musical phenomenon known as rockabilly sprung from the instruments of some of the most exciting musicians in history and became what we know now as rock ’n’ roll. The story of rockabilly starts with Elvis Presley’s first Sun records that inspired all. It’s also a story rooted in the music of Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–1959. And the story continues today, with a rockabilly revival that began with stars, such as the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the globe from Europe to Japan. Today, rockabilly is better than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton Heat and others playing the music and living the life from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There’s still good rockin’ tonight! The first illustrated history of the sound, style and attitude that changed music history forever, Rockabilly: The Twang Heard ’Round the World contains more than 600 rare photographs, concert posters, singles and LPs, memorabilia and collectibles—from Elvis to the Stray Cats to today—as well as interviews and reminiscences from an impressive cast of rockabilly stars.


Non Fiction SON OF HARPO SPEAKS! by Bill Marx

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BEHIND THE MASK: The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons who Perform Them by David Gelber MD

In this warmhearted memoir, Bill Marx shares what it was like growing up as the son of a Marx brother. Harpo Marx, most famous as the silent jokester in the comedy team, was actually a very talented actor, artist and musician (a world-renowned harpist). Author Bill, under the influence of his father, became a consummate musician and composer as well. They collaborated as professional musicians. Bill documents both his working and creative relationsjip with Harpo, as well as their father-son bond. He describes growing up in an orbit of many talented creative forces, and their lasting impressions on his life. He covers his existence in two world — that of a normal boy at home with his family and that of a child exposed to extraordinary talent, culture and of course, the energy of his legendary father, Harpo.

A look at the world of surgery through the eyes of Dr.David Gelber, a surgeon with more than twenty years experience. Dr. Gelber gives the reader a glimpse into the mind and thought processes of surgeons; how they evaluate their patients, what happens during and after surgery, along with pitfalls and complications that can develop. Numerous anecdotes and actual cases carry the reader on a journey through the often unpredictable life of a busy surgeon.

e f g h i j k l BELOVED WARRIOR: The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello by Christian Giudice

m n o Christian Giudice offers a balanced an critical look at great boxer Alexis Arguello’s life. His reporting discusses the contradiction between Alex’ triumphs in the ring and the emotional, psychological, and political turbulence beyond the ropes that eventually claimed his life.

p q r WALKABOUT DANCER by Eileen Kramer

Eileen Kramer spent her childhood listening to the kookaburras and sailing along the coast of Australia. A creative, magical spirit from the beginning, young Eileen left school at an early age, finding a course that enabled her to go her own way. Eileen’s life was changed in 1939 when she attended a performance of the Bodenwieser Dance Company, opening the door for her world travels and her remarkable journey through life. Through Bodenwieser, Eileen absorbed European culture – appreciation of music, art, architecture, and politics. This book chronicles Eileen’s life with tales of her travels, experiences, and escapades, as we watch her dancing lightly through the years.

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Tennis Legends John Mcenroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier & Mats Wilander Compete In The Champions Challenge As Part of 2012 Powershares Series Tour at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tennis legends John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander will be competing in the Champions Challenge as part of the PowerShares Series Tour at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL on November 9th. Formerly known as the Champions Series, the PowerShares Series will visit a total of 12 U.S. cities during its seven-week season. In addition to McEnroe, Connors, Courier and Wilander, the tour, produced by impresario Larry Magid, will feature fellow Grand Slam champions Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Michael Chang and Pat Rafter as well as Davis Cup Champion Todd Martin. The athletes will be competing for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the season. Each PowerShares Series tournament will showcase four of the legendary players competing for ranking points playing in two, 1-set semifinals followed by a 1-set championship match. “We are thrilled to be coming to Tampa with the


PowerShares Series,” said Jim Courier. “The one-night shootout style format of these events makes for a big test for the players and big fun for the audience. As a Tampa area native I am ecstatic to get another chance to play at the Forum and try to lift the trophy for the home audience.” “The name change to PowerShares Series tennis reflects our ongoing support for this highly successful tour which has garnered valuable exposure for PowerShares QQQ,” said Jason Schoepke, Chief Marketing Officer at Invesco PowerShares. “We are confident the 2012 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will continue to advance the PowerShares brand with our core audiences and look forward to this year’s events.” Tickets and unique interactive VIP fan experiences for the 2012 PowerShares Series are on sale now. For complete tour and ticket information, visit


Kingfish Action Abounds in Egmont Ship Channel Main Artery Accessing Tampa Bay Loaded with Baitfish and Predators

By Capt Bill Miller


’ve been kingfishing all my life and I’ve caught these fish in many different areas and scenarios. However, on Florida’s Central Gulf Coast, there’s one place I can always count on – the Egmont ship channel. The main navigational channel accessing Tampa Bay, “The Ditch,” as some call it, is a natural fish attractor because the current coming in and out of the bay carries loads of baitfish. Moreover, the cut of the channel creates tide rips and offers hiding places for those baitfish. Kingfish also like the channel because they can chase baitfish up from the depths and onto the shallow edges. There’s a reason they call it a food funnel and kingfish take full advantage of the feeding opportunities. Follow these points to better kingfish action: The Right Baits - The most common channel baitfish include cigar minnows, Spanish sardines, threadfin herring, scaled sardines and blue runners. You can catch live baits around the marker chains or around bait schools in the channel using Sabiki rigs. Drop the sabikis down by the markers or cast into the dimpling bait schools on top, and use whatever bait you catch. Handy with Hardware - Stinger rigs are essential for preventing cutoffs. I build mine with a 2/0 short shank live bait hook on the front and


a No, 4 treble trailer and I nose-hook the bait. Twenty-pound monofilament is a good all-around choice for line on a conventional or spinning reel that can hold at least 250 yards. Braided line can work but the no-stretch factor might yank the hook out of a king’s mouth on the typical slashing strike. A medium to light tip on the rod will help improve your hook-up/

catch ratio for the same reason. The Hot Zone - The floating channel markers and their anchor chains are particularly attractive, so always check out the cans. Some of the best king areas start with markers 9-10 and continue all the way out to “The Whistler” – the last buoy going west. Trolling Tactics - Once you reach your area, put out three or four baits at varying distances behind the boat and troll as slowly as your boat will go – about 1-2 mph on the GPS is right where you want to be. The idea

is to make the swimming baits look as natural as possible. Wind and tide will affect your trolling speed and you might have to bump up your rpm’s when going into the wind and tide to reach the optimal speed. Going down wind and down tide, use a controlled power drift by bumping your motor(s) in and out of gear. Follow the Food - Baitfish schools always attract kingfish, so watch for surface activity and monitor your depth recorder for pods below. Once you find the bait, slow troll around the perimeter because that’s where the kings will attack. Near the markers, use a figure-8 pattern and cross the channel to troll around each buoy. If you find a particular buoy that is holding bait and kings, concentrate your efforts there. If the markers you’re fishing fail to produce, troll out to the next set. Often you’ll find bait and kings in between the markers. When word of a hot Egmont bite gets out, the ditch it can get crowded. Be courteous and give each boat ample space when trolling. There’s plenty of fish, so cooperate with others and they’ll return the favor when you hook your big kingfish. For fishing videos, catch photos and lots of angling resources, visit For fishing charters in the Tampa Bay area, call (813) 363-9927.


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