Page 1

Accent On Tampa Bay

Publisher Albert F. Martino, Jr. Senior Editor Melissa Wolcott Sales Barbara McGovern Vicki Kolb Senior Sports Editor Peter Martino Contributors Sylvie Damien Nancy Evans Marty Peters Deborah Quigley Roland Stone Photographers dkPhoto1 Melissa Wolcott Proofreader Charlie deCatta Cover Photos courtesy Feld Entertainment / PUBLISHED BY

P.O. Box 20044 St. Petersburg, FL 33742 (727) 577-5500 e-mail - Accent On Tampa Bay Magazine™ is published bi-monthly by AM Publications, Inc. Material submitted becomes the property of AM Publications, Inc. All material herein, including ads and artwork is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without written consent from the publisher.

© Accent On Tampa Bay Magazine.™ on Tampa Bay

- CMA will once again give away a free Valentine’s Day wedding package. With the “2nd Annual Wedding of a Lifetime Contest,” one lucky couple will be chosen to get married on a platform over the main dolphin pool on the most romantic day of the year in 2010. The value of the wedding package is more than $20,000. Interested couples should submit a photo and explanation of why they should be chosen to win to 727-4411790. The deadline for submitting entries is Dec. 4. Visit for more information.

. Guests are welcome to enjoy illuminated boats sail throughout the Channel from the best seats in the house. Snacks, pastries, coffee and cold beverages will be available for purchase. . Children can watch Santa arrive to the AmVic via his own boat in the Channel then engage themselves in arts and crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt. Children may have their pictures taken with Santa. 866.468.7630, The St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary as the streets of Corey Avenue in downtown St. Pete Beach are transformed into an outdoor craft art showcase. A myriad of original, affordable, hand-crafted items made in America will be on display and available for sale. or call 954-4723755. down the Gulf Coast. St. Pete Beach - Dec. 5; Clearwater Beach - Dec. 12; Treasure Island Beach Dec. 13; Madeira Beach - Dec. 19; Redington Beach - Dec. 20. All start at 6PM.

Jim’s Harley-Davidson of St. Petersburg will be hosting its 22nd Annual Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run. This charity Toy Run is to take place from Jim’s Harley Davidson through St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach and Pass-A-Grille. Every participant 4

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

must furnish a new, unwrapped toy or a $15 donation. Bring in 4 cans of food and receive a commemorative drink coolie. Pre-registration ends with last-minute pre-registration ending December 6 at 9am.

signs and glitz in a magical mystery tour of delicious food, drinks, entertainment and lots of dancing. M.C.’s for the evening are Brendan McLaughlin and Deiah Riley of ABC Action News. To receive an invitation, contact Andrea Graham, Gala Chair, at 813 784-6832.

This event showcases over 50 local artists. The St. Petersburg Clay Company will transform into a holiday spectacular within the historic train station. There will be music, art raffles, and comical demonstrations as well as the opportunity to try your hand at the potter’s wheel. Take a walk through and shop while enjoying live music and refreshments. 727896-2529

will have their Traditional Light The Way Home, Photo’s With Santa and Holiday Baskets for sale. For the second year, they will have a Holiday Bazaar at HSP and new this year, they will take Santa to the sleigh and add a new location for 1 day only. Light the way Home for the homeless animals offers the opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one while helping to care for the animals. Say it with lights special opportunities are available to dedicate an entire department, play yard, puppy pen or a kitty condo. Illumination continues daily until 11 pm through January 1st. Photo’s with Santa will be available at HSP 10am-4pm, weekends through December 13.

Sims, defensive tackle of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and founder of the Ryan Sims Foundation (, will host a fundraiser to benefit Bay Area foster care youth at the Blue Martini , Tampa. Proceeds from the event will benefit two community based foster care agencies, The Children’s Home and Bay Springs, Inc. The first 50 people to make a donation online at will receive a complimentary raffle ticket to win various prizes. Jeff Klinkenberg, award-winning columnist, St. Petersburg Times writer and author, presents a funny — and frightening — multi-media program about encounters between alligators and humans, from the 1500s to the 21st century, in a special performance. Pay what you will at the door, copies of Jeff’s book will also be available for purchase. RSVP 727-895-6620. A grand New Year’s Eve celebration for all ages, happening at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. The evening includes music, dancing and celebration, plus an intro swing-dance lesson ; doors open at 7:30pm. The celebration features a midnight countdown & balloon drop, dance performances, a vintage fashion photo shoot & contest, party favors & chocolates, prize giveaways, free parking, and a full cash bar with champagne bottles and toasts available. 727-892-5202 . Stageworks Theatre’s fourth annual Masquerade Ball will take place at Centro Asturiano. This year the theme is “Tie Dye Black Tie!”, a sixties evening. The proceeds from this year’s gala will go to the building fund for Stageworks’ new theatre in the Channel District. This radical chic evening will be a creative mix of peace

The “World Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions presents their 40th anniversary presentation of the “Dancing White Stallions”. Over the years, more than twentysix million people throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia and Hawaii have seen this internationally acclaimed spectacle. The Lipizzaner Stallion has galloped boldly out of the pages of over 425 years of history and are now preserved as an equestrian work of art, performing a unique equine ballet that has no rival. Harkening back to a time when the horse was a symbol of grace and majesty, the Lipizzaner Stallions are truly a great experience to be enjoyed by the entire family.

A one-day event to assist those in Pinellas County who are homeless or in need, are seeking 500 volunteers to assist with the Saturday, event from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The service fair at the St. Petersburg Coliseum will connect those who need help with care professionals and services that include medical and dental screenings and other personal services; job and housing assistance; social, legal and transportation services; spiritual counseling and Florida IDs. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided and sleeping bags and personal items will be distributed to all attendees. Transportation for attendees to and from the event will be provided. 727-366-6064;

FUNUNDRUM Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents FUNundrum at the St. Pete Times Forum, Jan 6-10. It’s a celebration of P. T. Barnum so big, it is an event 200 years in the making. Hop aboard and go on an unbelievable excursion that brings together performers and characters from exotic countries all over the world - even from places for which there are no geographic borders. From the moment that you arrive, the momentum explodes as The Greatest Show On Earth comes to life in a way that can only be inspired by the greatest showman who ever lived. Thrill-seekers may pay for the entire seat, but will only need its edge as a rip-roaring motorcycle troupe performs an incredible feat where seven motorcyclists brave fear and physics in the 16-foot Spherical Miracle. Height-seeking high-wire artists perform atop a wire no wider than your thumb 40 feet in the air, all while at a 45 degree angle. Masters of Musculature use their bodies in the ultimate test to see how far the human body can be pushed in a mind-blowing world of distortion and contortion. And what would Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey be without the funomenal animals leading the way? Barnum’s FUNundrum features fangtastic tigers, esteemed elephants, prancing ponies, horses and goats that authenticate the affinity between animals and humans. Call 813-287-8844 for more information, or visit

Pier Aquarium Events Many wonders come from the sea including food and medicine. Did you know that ice cream has an ingredient from the ocean? Learn about things that heal and things that feed us...from the ocean. noon-2pm The sea is alive and needs our protection. Watch an animated DVD called Once Upon a Tide that addresses concerns about the ocean’s health and what we can do to keep it healthy. noon-2pm 7-11:30pm, S Straub Park. Predict the Future: What alternative energy sources will you be using in five years? The Pier Aquarium’s labyrinth activity will research alternative energy and solutions current under discussion today. You’ll be asked to write on a recycled piece of paper your idea(s) for alternative energy sources that will be commonplace in 2015. If all goes well, those scraps of paper will be buried in a time capsule in downtown St. Petersburg on New Year’s Day, Friday Jan. 1, 1010 that will be unearthed in (yes!) 2015. Events funded in part by the Pinellas Cultural Affairs Department’s Cultural Development Program.

The mission of The Pier Aquarium is to enhance the public’s understanding of the value and fragility of the local and global marine environment through research, education and personal experiences.

on Tampa Bay

Holiday shopping and Dining destination. Visit Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk featuring over fifty Artisans, Crafters, Antiques Dealers, Authors, and Entertainers along Beach Blvd, from 6 to 10 pm. Live entertainment, including Gail Biron, and more, can be heard throughout the Waterfront District. The Industrial Arts Center features demonstrations by awardwinning g l a s s b l o w e r Owen Pach, and offers B l o w Yo u r O w n Glass miniclasses. Art Walk takes place on the First Friday and Third Saturday of every month, year round. Relax and enjoy an extraordinary shopping and dining experience on Beach Blvd in Gulfport. Free Gulfport trolley rides, free parking, pet and family friendly. For more information call 866-ARTWALK.

. Get your holiday cheer in gear. The Gulfport Merchants association presents the first annual Holiday Hoopla! A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Santa. Holiday Hoopla is a celebration of arts, crafts, foods, live music and roving holiday characters set in a waterfront atmosphere amid bright, twinkling, colorful lights, and Santa Claus. Stroll the decorated streets filled with up to 200 talented exhibitors and unique shops. The festival will provide shoppers with one-of-akind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else, and all of your holiday shopping can be done in one place. Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, glass, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more makes this a gift buyer’s delight. You will be enchanted by a variety of festive and fun holiday-themed music, holiday carolers, dance performances, and roving street performers. Many types of entertainment will perform during the Hoopla, from school talent and local musicians to area performing arts groups. The big guy in the red suit will be there, too. Be sure to relax after all that shopping at one of the many Downtown restaurants, pubs, and cafes. From 10 am to 6 pm. FREE. . 10 am to 5 pm. An outdoor antiques and collectibles show, featuring exhibitors set-up throughout Clymer Park. Some of the vintage fun for sale at “Antiques in the Park” includes estate jewelry, old pottery,

art, china and glassware, clocks, old beer signs, tools, linens, toys, Florida memorabilia, quilts, furniture, primitives, and even vintage Aloha shirts. Free admission to the public; free parking.

10 am to 5 pm, Historic Casino Ballroom. A celebration of Florida’s cultural and historical legacies, this annual show features old roadside attraction kitsch, as well as vintage Florida art and old tropical decor. A special feature of this show is a chance to meet and mingle with the Florida Highwaymen artists. Featuring Florida kitsch spanning the range from alligator ashtrays, flamingo figurines, and citrusshaped radios, to postcards and other fun ephemera from the Sunshine State’s old parks and hotels, the Floridiana Festival brings together premier exhibitors and collectors of vintage Floridiana. More Features: Mingle with the Florida Highwaymen artists, who will be selling their Florida paintings; Exhibits by local area historical societies; Meet Florida authors; Florida art valuations by Robert LeBlanc; Screenings of old Florida tourism flicks; Screening of a Florida Highwaymen documentary. Cash bar & food concession; free parking. Admission: $6 adults/ Children under 2 are $3.

Open 4-10 pm • Closed Wednesdays 2930 Beach Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707

The Apothecary “Waterfront Dining At It’s Best” Homeopathic Products & Remedies Traditional Pharmacy Compounding Specialists

6 ACCENT On Tampa Bay

Restaurant: Open 11am Daily Bar M-S 8am-2am; Sun 11am-2am

“Working Toward Coffee Bliss”

Quality Coffee



Smoothies Pastries


Desserts Salads Coffee Roasted On Site 2908 1/2 Beach Blvd. So., Gulfport

727-323-5904 •


Gulfport Senior Center • Gulfport Casino Gulfport Waterfront District Stetson Univ. College of Law Pasadena Shopping Center Palms of Pasadena Hospital • St. Pete Beach

Hours of Operation: 7:45am-9:50pm Once per hour, 7 Days a Week Cash Fare each way: Regular $1.75, Reduced 85¢, Youth $1.25, Adult Student $1.25

Stillwagon Studios

727-327-4222 2832-2838 Beach Blvd. So. Gulfport, FL 33707

STEAKHOUSE 727-327-4200


on Tampa Bay

FOOTLIGHTS T B PA C SHOWS World Premiere. Wonderland is in chaos and only a new Alice can defeat the Queen of Hearts to restore balance. But first she must find her missing daughter and the love that she’s been too busy to notice. From the creators of The Civil War and Jekyll and Hyde. - For the last 15 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on Politically Incorrect and for the last seven years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations. Maher’s 2008 film, Religulous, has become the seventh highest grossing documentary in history.

Ballet presents a condensed version of The Nutcracker featuring all the highlights, complete with stunning sets and costumes, special effects, Tchaikovsky instantly recognizable score and exquisite dancing. The performance also features 80 students from the Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet in partnership with the Orlando Ballet School. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame.” Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 813229-7827, ______________________________________

guardian angel intervenes! Thus begins the most irresistible “what if” story of all time, a visually stunning stage adaptation of the classic

SHOW PALACE DINNER THEATRE 16128 U.S. 19 N., Hudson • 5 miles N. of S.R. 52

Florida’s Most Exciting Theatrical & Dining Experience! Now In Our 11th Year

Up Coming

Nov 26 - Dec 25

Mon.-Thur. 9am-7pm Fri.-Sat. 9am-8pm Sun. 10am-3pm

Dinner & Show - $48.00 + Tax • Show Only - $36.95 + Tax 8

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

2009-10 Season An enthusiastic group of actors are

. It’s Christmas Eve and George Bailey stands on a snowy bridge…when a

. Orlando

1 Jan 8 - Feb 2

holiday film that is sure to capture your heart and captivate your spirit. This one-man tour de force bursts with hope and humor and delivers a witty and moving story brimming with nostalgia and imagination. .A smash on Broadway and London’s West End, this comic classic from the author of Private Lives and Hay Fever is the story of cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine who is re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife. When a “happy medium” conjures the late wives spirit, all the personalities – real or ghostly - clash with hilarious results. American Stage 727-823-PLAY. ______________________________________

determined to “put on the show” despite some drawbacks that would daunt more timid souls. See grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge once again learn to love his fellow man via illuminating visitations from the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future – plus a few other surprising entrances and exits. This is a play about an intrepid group of thespians. They dare to raise the Ghost of an Idea: “smile and the world smiles with you”. This delightful musical is the age-old tale of “boy-meets-girl” and the complications that ensue on a trans-Atlantic voyage. It’s a loving homage to the history of comic theatre and a tribute to the performers who made that comedy so memorable. A musical revue celebrating the glory of American music in the fifties and the two men behind it all, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This classic comedy hit is a frenzied, hilarious, madcap black comedy featuring two

murderous aunts serving up deadly wine to lonely, elderly gentlemen. The St. Pete Little Theater 727-866-1973, _____________________________________

SHOW PALACE DINNER THEATRE A grand salute to British Christmas panto. And being a Christmas panto everyone knows you’re in for lots of hilarious topical jokes, comic antics, high energy dancing, amazing costumes and that all-important Christmas ingredient classic holiday music.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a gloriously romantic romp, with dazzling dance routines, fabulous sets, colorful costumes and 16 showstoppers, including “Wonderful Wonderful Day,” “Goin’ Courtin’,” “Sobbin’ Women,” “Spring, Spring, Spring” and “Love Never Goes Away.” Show Palace, 16128 U.S. 19 N., Hudson. 1888-655-7469, _____________________________________

VENUE THEATRE Ain’t Retirement Grand? A new original musical comedy revue will play at the Venue Theatre Nov 27-Dec 6. Written by Gil Perlroth and starring Cheryl Moore, Janice Nepon-Sixt, Robert Hines and Bob Wells, this satirical musical revue of life in retirement is being enthusiastically received by sold-out audiences. Ain’t Retirement Grand! features all new songs like “There They Go”, “Early Bird Special”, “We Spent It All On Ourselves”, and “Pets and Exercise”. Hold onto your funny bones! Venue Theatre, 727-822-6194,

L to R: Bob Wells, Janice Nepon-Sixt, Robert Hines, Cheryl Moore, & Gil Perlroth.

on Tampa Bay

Visit Historic Tarpon Springs

12 W Orange St., Tarpon Springs FL 34689

the original Creations™ The *COTTON* Lady D.I.Y Products

Rita Stetson • Creator/Designer

U. U. Church of Tarpon Springs “The Uncommon Denomination”

Services Sundays 10:30 AM

Home of the Geo. Inness Jr. Paintings 230 Grand Blvd., Tarpon Springs, Fl. 34689 727-937-4682

Auto. Home. Business amd Life 24 Hour Service

Peter G. Gillis Agency, Inc Owner Allstate Insurance Company 536 Tarpon Ave. Ste. 1B Tarpon Springs. FL 34689 Phone 727-942-7400 Toll Free 888-942-7400 Email

Licensed & Board Certified Orthotist (inside Faklis’ Dept. Store)

“Solutions for Sports, Preventive & Rehab Challenges”


ACCENT On Tampa Bay

A perennial family holiday entertainment, inspired by Charles Dickens’ immortal tale. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Enjoy Greek music, dancing, dining and other activities under the stars at the Sponge Docks. Holiday program includes pieces by Pachelbel, Handel, Buxtehude, and Telemann. Open house at the beautiful 1883 Safford House with Victorian carolers, complimentary refreshments, holiday gift shop, live music, free digital photos with a Victorian Santa. Known for their great versatility, entertaining narratives, and musical skill, the quintet is made up of principal players from the Florida Orchestra. . The longest-running American folk ensemble dedicated to the artistic performance and preservation of Eastern European music, song, and dance. Visit:

on Tampa Bay 11




St. Pete Times Forum



Improv Comedy Club

St. Pete Yacht Basin

State Theatre

Jordin Sparks

4 St. Petersburg


N. Straub Park

St. Pete Pier St. Pete Times Forum Skipper’s Smokehouse

Snappers (Palm Harbor) Skipper’s Smokehouse

Skipper’s Smokehouse Improv Comedy Club


Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Mahaffey Theater

North Straub Park St. Pete Times Forum


Carol Morsani Hall

St. Pete Times Forum


State Theatre

St. Pete Times Forum

Skipper’s Smokehouse

Skipper’s Smokehouse

Skipper’s Smokehouse Orpheum

Mahaffey Theater

5 St. Petersburg

State Theatre




Improv Comedy Club

St. Pete Times Forum

State Theatre

Improv Comedy Club

Carol Morsani Hall


Improv Comedy Club St. Petersburg

State Theatre


St. Pete Times Forum


Skipper’s Smokehouse

St. Petersburg

State Theatre

Skipper’s Smokehouse St. Pete Pier

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

Stefan Sanderling 21 St. Pete Times Forum

St. Pete Times Forum Ruth Eckerd Hall The Ritz Ybor

22 23

TBPAC St. Pete Pier Skipper’s Smokehouse12/15

25 26

Skipper’s Smokehouse



Improv Comedy Club

Tampa Theatre Improv Comedy Club Ka’tiki on Sunset Beach Improv Comedy Club

27 Skipper’s Smokehouse

Send Your Event Listings To: ACCENT Magazine, P.O. Box 20044, St. Petersburg, FL 33742

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

eeeeeeeeeeee 21

Mahaffey Theater Skipper’s Smokehouse

23 Mahaffey Theater Skipper’s Smokehouse


Josh Blue Skipper’s Smokehouse


29 Skipper’s Smokehouse



St. Pete Times Forum The Ritz Ybor

Skipper’s Smokehouse

Mahaffey Theater

St. Petersburg


29 Ferguson Hall

Skipper’s Smokehouse

Skipper’s Smokehouse

10 Ruth Eckerd Hall


30 Mahaffey Theater

Jaeb Theatre


St. Pete Times Forum Skipper’s Smokehouse

Skipper’s Smokehouse Coliseum

January 1 2

Ruth Eckerd Hall Skipper’s Smokehouse Capitol Theatre

The Ritz Ybor


Skipper’s Smokehouse


Ruth Eckerd Hall


State Theatre

Skipper’s Smokehouse


St. Pete Times Forum


Skipper’s Smokehouse St. Pete Times Forum

21 Carol Morsani Hall

Mahaffey Theater

Richie Havens

email: • Visit for “Year At A Glace” Event Listings

on Tampa Bay 13


Miley Cyrus

’ Tour, comes to the St. Pete Times Forum, featuring special guest , on Dec. 1st. Miley Cyrus stars in the hit Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana,” which is currently in its third season. She also stars in the feature film “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” which topped the box office its opening weekend. Next, she will begin filming “The Last Song” scripted by Nicolas Sparks. Miley is a multiplatinum recording artist and is the youngest ever recording artist with four #1 albums in less than three years. She is also the best-selling author of Miles to Go, her first book that shares her inspiring story, spanning from her Southern roots in Tennessee to the excitement of her record-setting triumphs in TV, music and film.

, one of rock music’s biggest arena attractions, will return to the St. Pete Times Forum Dec. 6. TSO begins with the theatrical appeal of the Phantom of the Opera and the rock opera storytelling of The Who’s Tommy. Then adds Romantic Era Trans-Siberian Orchestra classical melodies a la Mozart and Strauss, the progressive classical/rock fusion of bands like Queen and Yes, the metal edge of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and dustings of musical spices that range from Gospel to Celtic to Motown to Jazz. TSO brings these musical ingredients to life in the most powerful way possible – by a 60-piece ensemble that marries a full orchestra, a full rock band with a dozen lead singers. Complement the massive sonic recipe with staging that is always one step beyond state-of-the-art, a sensory onslaught of lighting and pyrotechnics. 93.3 FLZ, presents its holiday concert on Dec. 13 at the St. Pete Times Forum. This year’s

The Ting Tings impressive all-star line-up includes: and more. The concert will also include a pre-show event with We the Kings for all Metro PCS Celebrity Club and Jingle Ballin’ VIP Floor ticket holders. The Metro PCS Celebrity Club will also offer the opportunity for fans to mix and mingle with the 93.3 FLZ personalities, national recording artists and the main stage and additional national and local athletes and celebrities. kicks off its December concert offerings with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, performed by Austrian pianist . conducts this program, which also includes Anton Bruckner’s majestic and soaring Symphony No. 6. Concerts are Dec. 4 and 6. The Coffee Concert with is a salute to Opera’s Greatest Hits with music by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Mozart, Wagner and others. It also features Principal Flutist


ACCENT On Tampa Bay

on Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, and 25 at the Crystal Sands Ballroom of the Bilmar Beach Resort, Treasure Island. For reservations call 727-343-8028. On Jan 10, performs at Banqut Masters, Pinellas Park. We 3 Plus One performs on Jan. 24 at Banquet Masters. For reservations and more information, call 727 397-1875.

Cherish The Ladies

On Dec. 10, will perform at the State Theater along with . Chimaira’s new release isn’t for the faint of heart or the casual heavy music fan.

Chimaira Their CD, The Infection, clearly finds the band at the top of their powers, with their groundbreaking blend of metal, hardcore and electronic elements.

in a fantasy for flute. This concert is Dec. 10. Under the baton of , the orchestra is joined by the soaring voices of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for A Holiday Pops concert of favorite yuletide tunes with an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along. Concerts are December 11, 12 and 13. The Irish traditional music and dance group, , will toast the season with their wondrous weaving of Irish vocals, old-world airs and tug-onyour-heartstrings holiday tunes with fiddles, flutes, penny whistles, guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin and even some step dancing. This Celtic Christmas concert is Dec. 16. Visit or call 727-892-3337 or 1-800-662-7286 for times and venues. Christian music’s largest annual tour, the will hit the Forum on Jan. 16, and will feature some of the top artists in Christian music such as multi-platinum recording artist ; internationallyrenowned recording artist Dove Award-winning recording artist ; acclaimed Flicker recording artist ; and guest

Third Day speaker

. www.sptimes-


on Tampa Bay


Accent Spotlights . . .

Off The Beaten Path

The Haunting, Intimate World Of Eastern European Lullabies


he mother, the cradle, the voice, and the universe. Melodies born to the joys and sorrows of families from villages in the Russian Far North to Armenia and Greece. This is the lullaby as revealed by America’s preeminent Eastern European vocal ensemble, Kitka. Their latest album, Cradle Songs, is a gentle journey through the traditions that shaped young dreams along the eastern edges of Europe, and a song-cycle that embraces the ensemble’s personal memories of childhood. The pastel hush-a-bye ditties many in the West associate with lullabies and children’s songs are a world away from the pensive, magic-steeped, and sometimes dark songs sung over the cradles in Slavic, Balkan and Caucasian cultures. “These songs were not only about putting a baby to sleep, they summon something bigger, something cosmic,” muses Kitka singer Shira Cion. “We wanted to create something different than a purely sweet and sentimental album. We envisioned an album that captured

all the depth and dimensions of motherhood.” “At first, I found these lullabies really challenging,” reflects Kitka singer Janet Kutulas. “They seemed almost inaccessibly dark. But the more you listen to them, the more and more beautiful they become. They aren’t your stereotypical tra-la-la lullaby.” The Georgian lullaby “Megruli Nana” harkens back to the ancient goddess of light and fertility, called Nana in Western Georgian languages, who is asked to protect the infant as they drift into the dangerous place between wakefulness and dreamtime. Another Georgian song, “Es Ak’vani,” is sung as a circle-dancing chorus ritually lays a baby in his cradle for the first time. “Oj Jano, Jano,” from Macedonia, is almost an anti-lullaby, depicting a young husband asking his wife why they cannot conceive a child. The wife answers that when she was an infant, her mother cursed her with childlessness because she slept all day and wailed all night. “We really grappled with the idea of what the album would be like,” Kutulas explains. We went through a whole exploration, and settled upon a varied, dreamscape-like collection of songs”. 16

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

EVOLUTION continues the strong

returns to her Broadway roots on SOUNDTRACK. The 12 tracks span the last 50 years in cinema, from Mancini’s “Charade,” to “Falling Slowly”. Eder run of highly acclaimed recordings that saxophonist and composer has released. It features a range of different groups and sounds, and has an exceptional cast of musicians. Gordon likes to blur the lines between different styles of music. and her band dramatically reworked the arrangements, rendering the songs in an intimate, fireside style.

SUSANVILLE is a bluegrass concept album by the which chronicles aspects of driving the open roaddestinations, journeys, and stops along the way. The band employs its signature blend of hooks and harmonies, exploring themes such as escape, adventure, memory, and regret.

Master trombonist, composer, arranger, and producer ’s light is burning bright with ¡BIEN BIEN!, his second release of The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet. His love of the many streams of North and South American music is evident in the merged musical genre he presents.

OBSESION, the strong new release by , features a

Part of ’s appeal comes from her pop-country crossover appeal. This mature teenager wrote half of the tunes on her new album,

WHAT I’M ALL ABOUT. The popular single off the CD, “Amazing” speaks of the struggles of moving on from a lost first love.

collection of love songs in English, Portuguese and Spanish. The love takes many forms, from romance and friendship to love of country. Her song choices are all personal and also include reflections on passion and deceit. Guitarist ’s acoustic guitar is well known in the soundscape of contemporary jazz. On his new CD, GOOD DAY , he delivers an uplifting album of all original music, with colors and spices provided by his accomplished sidemen.

lead single, “Social Currency” (a slap in the face to the San Antonio’s genre defying fuses disparate influences ranging from Brit-pop, Prog-rock, Shoegaze and alt-country into something unique and distinctly Texan on their new album, DIOSDADO. Internationally acclaimed DJ/producer, , has released his album CLOSER TO THE SUN. He is a master at crafting sultry sensations and

music alive by writing new music and singing it. In ’s new album, TANGO, he sings seven of his own new tangos and two themes that connect with the past. The link between his new music and the old tangos is strengthened by the

pseudo-cool club kids with a dose of rock ‘n roll reality) making the airwaves. The album crackles with smarts. exclusive use of traditional acoustic instruments.

rhythmic alchemy as the force behind the popular Juicy parties. The album is replete with hooky tunes.

Each song on ’s new album, STILL SPACE FOR GHOSTS is a small tour de force. The Scottish-born singer/songwriter creates a personal journey with lyrics made more compelling by the clarity of his voice and simple rhythms of his folk styling. A collection of stories, the

’s project GUITAR ZEUS is aptly named, considering the powerhouse drummer has recruited worldrenowned God-like guitarists for his latest CD, CONQUERING HEROES. He artfully album is semi-autobiographical.

paired his songs with guitarists on this 2-disc amazing presentation. Find appearances by guitarists such as Steve Morse, Slash, Ted Nugent, Leslie West, Richie Sambora, and more. , with their unmistakable seamless blend of metal and hard rock, have grown to help define the essence of modern aggressive music. They continue to evolve with their new album, RETRIBUTION, but keep their thrash-metal bedrock intact. create a cyclone of sound on THE LONG NOW, with the disco-political

present the grit and funk of gridlocked NYC streets and intersect seamlessly with the voices and rhythms of dusty Latin American lanes on their latest album COCONUT ROCK. The songs vary from melancholy cumbias to funkified Latin descargas — with just the right

melodic twist. A strong political message flows through their music.

Although she’s a global trotter, lets her love for her South African homeland shine on her vivacious debut, DANCE MAMA, a shout out to South African jazz greats, as well as an eclectic mix of R&B and funk icons from Chaka Khan to Tower of Power. is a multi-cultural musical entity led by Afropean vocalist and songwriter Marie Daulne. In addition to a rhythm section rooted in a rich Brazilian vibe, her CD, RECREATION boasts a guest list of high-profile vocalists including Bilal, G. Love, Vincent Cassel and others. The album offers a time to

make a break, to renew, and to play. is one of the most accomplished Peruvian guitarists in the US. He has produced GUITARRISTA , an album of his solo guitar compositions, a reflection of many styles: Latin American Folk, Jazz, Flamenco, Classical, Pop, Blues and Rock, that make him the Guitarrista he is today. cirohurtado

On her latest album, NHA There are few musical artists who SENTIMENTO, are keeping the genre of tango ventures further afield

than ever before, twisting Arabic musical traditions into bluesy, sinuous

compositions from some of Cape Verde’s best songwriters. The CD boasts hybrid arrangements that sound both Egyptian and Cape Verdean, yet are as classic and visceral as Depression-era jazz.

Take a journey into the ambient sounds of the ocean with psychologist and soul guide MICHAEL DEMARIA. OCEAN takes the listener on a

sonic adventure from the poignant “Moonlit Sea” to the mysterious “Diving Deep. Take a journey into the inner depths of ambient music with Ocean.

’ STILL is slick, energetic, and dancefloor-ready slice of funky positive message music. The first single, “Close to You,” is a hipgrinding hip-hop slow jam, while the sweeping, sting-laden

“Grace” showcases CeCe’s powerful vocals. Beneath all the cool sounds and impassioned singing are deep faith and reverence. on Tampa Bay



mmm. Does Cinébistro go under the “FOOD & BEVERAGE” or the “AT THE MOVIES” section of Accent On Tampa Bay magazine? It is equally at home in both categories. This most delightful concept in theater/ dining has just opened up in Hyde Park Village, which should bring new life to the neighborhood. An evening of dinner and a movie has taken on a bold new face with Cinébistro, and once you experience it, you won’t want to go back to the same old same old. Imagine an upscale casual eatery and a Plush seating and handy swivel trays. comfortable lounge and a state-of-the-art movie theater all in one. Nationally known, and well-established Cobb Theaters has boldly gone where no one has gone before in presenting Cinébistro. This experience is not to be confused with the card table/folding chair set up with drop down screen, and hot dog dinners of some “dining cinemas”. This is light-years ahead and many levels up. When you pass through the cinema doors and into the lobby, the ticket desk is low key and the area beyond is a modern, softly lit, lounge and bar. Attractive brick and steel hallways along the sides take you to one of six theaters, where you can watch popular first run movies in oversized leather rocking chairs with wide arm rests (no longer a fight over who gets the armrest first). Each plush chair has a swing out polished wood tray with a deep cupholder. The theater operates much like live theater, in that when you purchase a ticket, you choose the seat you want to sit in. You can do it on line, or at the theater. A seating chart pops up, and you pick the seat from whatever is still available for that showing. When you arrive, a host will take you to your seat.


The concept is that patrons arrive 30 minutes before their selected movie, and order dinner from a tantalizing menu. Your food and beverage are brought to your seat by a waiter. The theater has a choice wine list and some signature house drinks, such as a Watermelon Mojito, Raspberry Bliss Martini, and a Coconut Rum Lovebug. You don’t have to order food if you don’t wish, you can just enjoy the movie experience. The food is all fresh, prepared right on property, and brought to you by Chef Mike Lopez. Mr. Lopez comes to Chef Mike Lopez the Tampa Bay area from Las Vegas, having worked at New York New York Casino Hotel, and the Grand Luxe Restaurants at the Venetian. The menu is well selected, with diverse dishes, great desserts, and assorted coffees and teas. There is also a concession stand if you come in late. You can order your food, receive a pager, and pick up your food when it’s ready. Once the film starts, no waiters will be in the theater. And yes, you can still get candy and popcorn (which happens to be the BEST you’ve probably ever had). Don’t want to see a Inviting lobby and dining spot. movie, but would like to have a bite to eat, or have a drink in comfortable surroundings? Cinébistro is also the place to go, as their lounge area is open to the public. Soon to be on tap, is a selfdispensing wine bar in the lounge area. To seal the deal as a great date night destination, the age limit for Cinébistro is 21 plus. The theater will, on occasion, have family matinees when certain types of films are being shown. Cinébistro is located at 1600 Swann Ave., Hyde Park Village. For more information, visit

American youngster from a broken home, Oher is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family

Animation. Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman; Director: Wes Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son and visiting nephew. But soon Mr. Fox slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. - Drama. Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates; Director: John Lee Hancock. A homeless African18

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

who help him fulfill his potential on and off the football field. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. thriller. Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner; Director: Chris Weitz. Bella Swan delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of—only to find herself in greater peril than ever before. Bella’s heart is gradually thawed by her budding relationship with Jacob, a member of the mysterious Quileute tribe, who has a supernatural secret of his own.

Comedy. Starring: John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston; Director: Walt Becker. Two best friends have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of six-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. Animation. Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Terrence Howard, John Goodman: Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. - thriller. Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron; Director: John Hillcoat. Big-screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s best-selling, Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, “The Road” – the story of a man and his young son traveling through a desperate, post-apocalyptic world.

DECEMBER - Drama. Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick; Director: Jason Reitman. A corporate hatchet man loves his life on the road but is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he

as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis. - Musical. Starring: John Turturro, Nathan Lane, Elle Fanning; Director: Andrei Konshalovsky. Inspired by Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, the story features eight songs from the composer, with original lyrics by Tim Rice.

is on the cusp of a goal he’s worked toward for years, and just after he’s met the woman of his dreams. - Drama. Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon; Director: Clint Eastwood. The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. - Sci-Fi. Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver; Director: James Cameron. Avatar, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads an epic battle to save a civilization. - Mystery. Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams; Director: Guy Ritchie. “Sherlock Holmes” sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal

Movie Clips....


lthough wanted to learn how to fly to portray aviatrix in her new movie Amelia, it was 65-year old of Fayetteville, GA, crouched on the floor operating the controls as Hilary taxied on a runway for the cameras. And he even doubled for her wearing a blond wig and scarf in the flight scenes. It was Joe’s own plane (a Lockheed 12A Electra Junior) that was used in the movie, which he lovingly restored over a period of 18 years. Earhart flew a Lockheed 10 on her fateful 1937 journey, but Joe’s plane was the closest match the movie producers could find. The filmmakers painted his plane to look more like Amelia’s, and he was amazed at (and grateful for) how easily it all came off after filming was done.

Joe Shepherd and his restored Lockheed used in “Amelia”.

on Tampa Bay



The holidays are quickly approaching, so it’s time to think about updating your holiday DVDs. Here are a few to check out.


e Set against a breathtaking landscape, Christmas Story – soon to become a holiday classic – reveals the magical and untold story of Santa’s life as he overcomes Dickens-esque personal tragedy and hardship in his youth to develop a big and pure heart filled with love for children around the world. - In the 60s and 70s, the Kings hosted two network series and 17 holiday TV specials. In celebration of the 45th anniversary of their ABC debut, join the King Family on DVD for the first time ever as they take a heartwarming look back at their classic specials in this all-new holiday TV event. Digitally remastered, The Kings perform a cavalcade of classic showstoppers, while sharing personal, behindthe-scenes memories in contemporary interviews. A beloved and iconic figure in a multitude of cultures around the world … but do you know the true story behind this ubiquitous legend? Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Santa Claus … From Armenia (Gaghant Baba) to China (Dun Che Lao Ren), India (Ganesha) and Yugoslavia (Deda Mraz), this beloved and iconic symbol of holiday cheer is known by dozens of names. But who was he really? See the amazing transformation of a holy man into a treasured icon of Christmas joy. - Enjoy the festivities and joys of the holidays with the inimitable Judy Garland in this special 1963 Christmas television show classic. Joined by Jack Jones, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft, Mel Tormé and Tracy Everitt, Judy brings a big shine to the season. - Celebrate the season will all your favorite Muppets. Whoopi Goldberg, Uma Thurman, Nathan Lane and other guest stars join our friends on a fun-filled Christmas adventure full of sidesplitting laughs and memorable music. Bursting with bonus material and never-before-seen footage, enjoy hours of holiday fun for the entire family. - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many more of your favorite characters join the cast in this delightfully







charming adaptation of a classic holiday tale.

- Mickey and friends get snowed in and learn about the true meaning of Christmas. Join Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Rabbit on a brave quest to find Winter. Next, accompany them on a search for the perfect ingredients to create a festive Thanksgiving feast, and share in the warm glow of a Christmas. DVD comes with a collectible stocking. - 3 DVD boxed set. Bundle up with Barney for this special collection of wintertime favorites. Take a musical journey to the North Pole with Barney, BJ, and Baby Bop in “Night Before Christmas.” Sing along to Barney tunes in the game show, “Can You Sing that Song?” And join Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and more for “Winter Wonderland”. - Disney’s irresistible talking puppies return in a heartwarming holiday adventure. Take a journey the Buddies to the world of the North Pole. When the feisty son of Santa Paws forgets the true meaning of the season, it’s up to the Buddies to remind him that the true meaning of Christmas spirit is about things you can’t wrap in a box. - Join Barney, Bob the Builder, Pingu, T homas & Friends, and Kipper as they enjoy playful adventures in the snow. Learn the true meaning of Christmas with Barney, build a snowman with Bob, go sledding with Kipper, whistle down the tracks with Thomas, and laugh along as Pingu plays hilarious tricks on his friends. - All aboard for snowmen, Christmas trees and festive train rides. When you ride the rails with your jolly friends, you never know what to expect. Enjoy exciting adventures filled with lucky trucks, Christmas puddings, surprise parties and much, much more. Join Henry, Emily, Percy, and Thomas for trainloads of fun.

chological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are also unforgettable.

DRAMA Stephen Frears makes immensely entertaining stories that pay particular attention to characters, their flaws, emotions and desires. In Cheri, the chemistry between Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend is combustible. A nineteenth century weekend dalliance between a young man and an aging courtesan becomes a 6 year affair. [Blu-Ray] - Robert De Niro teams with director Martin Scorsese in this film that introduced unflinching realism to stunned audiences in 1980. De Niro gives the performance of his career as Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psy20

ACCENT On Tampa Bay


- Suspicious, blundering, and with a sometimes impenetrable accent, Clouseau (Peter Sellers) was always one step behind everybody else in the room. Clouseau is hot on the trail of a famous jewel thief (David Niven), who may be planning to make off with an expensive gem known as the Pink Panther. This bubbly comedy is a wonderful dose of ‘60s style, from the famous Henry Mancini theme to the presence of Claudia Cardinale and Capucine.




- Looking for a fast way to earn dough, Wallace decides to make it. Armed with ovens, robotic kneading arms and a windmill, Wallace & Gromit start “Top Bun.” Sales rise quickly and Wallace falls in love with a bread-industry icon. But when bakers suddenly start disappearing, Gromit realizes that his master is in danger. Join Thomas & Friends for more heartwarming tales on the tracks. There is fun around every turn with a welcoming party, an exciting festival, a puppet show and even a surprise snowstorm. But when friends encounter unexpected obstacles, they quickly discover that friendship means choosing cooperation over competition.

All we need is love from our family and friends – and, of course, Barney. Discover the joys and laughter that moms, grandparents and cousins can bring in this collection full of unforgettable moments. - Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to sing, dance and count down from twenty with Barney and a lively studio audience.

- Get down and dirty with this deliciously scandalous second season. TV’s most manipulative family takes drama to new heights in a year filled with deception, suspense and even murder. Featuring Donald Sutherland, Peter Krause, William Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh, Dirty Sexy Money has everything you could hope for...a stellar cast, lush interiors, catfights, affairs, parties and jewels. - Step up to the

Michael Jackson’s achievements almost came crashing down during his child molestation trial. Filmed before his death, this DVD goes behind the scenes of the trial, and shows him on the comeback trail to reclaim his past glory with the London show. The film features appearances by guest artists such as: Kanye West, Fantasia, Ashford & Simpson and more.

bar at Paddy’s Pub and brace yourself for a shot of outrageously raunchy fun. Whether it’s Dee and Charlie’s flirtation with cannibalism, Frank’s gloryhole fixation, or Mac’s raucous reenactment of Dennis’s over-the-top sexual memoirs, nothing is sacred for these dysfunctional misfits. - Kevin, Nick and Joe are three guys facing the same challenges as teenagers all across America — the only difference is they are also internationally famous rock stars. Experience life through the eyes of the world’s most popular trio in five episodes. The DVD includes two bonus episodes and premieres “You’ve Just Been Jo Bro’d” DVD feature.

- Count Basie and his Orchestra filmed live in Berlin and Stockholm in 1968. These two performances featuring Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis amongst other great players, prove that despite changes in personnel, the orchestra was still able to produce marvelous music. - Features vintage unseen concerts by , and . Filmed in Europe (in concert halls and live TV) between 1962-70, this 4th set of Jazz Icons DVDs features concerts by seven of the most influential jazz artists of the 20th century captured in their prime. The sound and video quality are first rate. Titles are sold separately, and as a boxed set.

- Two-time Oscar nominee James Dean made an indelible mark on the public consciousness in his all-too-short Hollywood career. Generations later, the fascination remains. This collection of the star’s television work and film trailers demonstrates why. Dinosaurs Alive is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant IMAX screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world’s preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendents of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us. - Smithsonian Networks captures the panda in its natural habitat for the first time, behaving in ways you won’t see at the zoo. The DVD captures the loving warmth between a mother panda and her newborn, the fierce competition among male pandas fighting for females as spring approaches and the harsh struggles pandas endure to survive the snow-buried winter. It’s an upclose look at the secret lives of these rare mammals.

- The drama and secrets continue in the second season of the ABC Family original series. Good girl band geek Amy is smart, talented and pregnant. That’s just one of the secrets that Amy, her friends and family deal with in this poignant portrait of modern day high school life.

Looking for the perfect present for your friends and family? Let your friends and family enjoy the service and convenience you love!

on Tampa Bay


VINITO RISTORANTE A Prime Restaurant At Prime Outlets Orlando Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott and Al Martino


rime Outlets Orlando is known for shoppers getting great deals on luxury items at brand-name stores, but now it is also becoming known for being home to a terrific new nonchain Italian restaurant, Venito Ristorante. This is not just a convenient spot for shoppers, but a delectable dining destination in itself. Chef Raffaele Marsilio serves up classic Italian dishes, but with his own twist. He grew up in Italy with a mother that cooked for her village’s wealthy families

for varietal wines.) They are particularly known for their Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. The wines we tasted were quite lovely, but I must recommend you start your evening off with Venito’s signature drink, “Lemondrop Martini” — very smooth. My table mates and I were enjoying our appetizers so much, we barely had room for our main courses. Portions are hefty, so thank Vinit’s signature martini, the goodness for take-home boxes. A table favorite “LemonDrop”. appetizer was the delicately battered Calamari Fritti served with Arrabbiata Sauce, and also the brick-oven toasted Bruschetta. Both were gone in a flash. For our entrees we chose a chicken and a steak dish. Vinito’s Chicken Francese is a chef specialty. Chicken medallions are lightly battered and sauteed, and served on Linguine alla Marinara. With their Tagliata Toscana, Chef Marsilio grills and slices New York Strip Steak, and serves it with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Arugula Salad, with Shaved

for lunch and dinner. Entree prices range from $13-$24, and lunch items range from $5-$11. The restaurant’s interior decor is attractive Tuscan-Modern done up in earth tones. Tagliata Toscana, New York Strip Steak.

Calimari Fritti with Arribbiata Sauce. Chicken Francese

(in the Campania region), and has brought her recipes with him to Vinito. Vinito has an exclusive deal with the Mezzacorona Winery, which is located in the Northeast corner of the Italian Dolomites (known for having excellent soil and climate


ACCENT On Tampa Bay

Parmesan and Aged Balsamic. Both dishes were devine, and required take-home boxes for a delicious lunch the next day. Desserts are always hard to choose, so we picked three to share, and all were superb. A lot of menus claim “New York-style” cheesecake, but they rarely are. Vinito got it right this is the real deal. The Tiramisu was also just perfect, very light and not too “rummy”, and the Carrot Cake was fresh and moist. Again, clean plates! The restaurant also serves soup, sandwiches, salads and pizza, as they are open daily

Outdoor dining is also available. Vinito Ristorante is located at 4971 International Drive, Orlando. Valet parking is available right in front of the restaurant. For more information, call 407-354-0404, or visit For more photos of Vinito’s, visit and scroll to VINITO. Tasty treats: NY Cheesecake, Tiramisu, and Carrot Cake.


ore than likely, you have a friend who is the consummate hostess. Every party she hosts seems to have the perfect balance of ambience, food, conversation and of course, cocktails. So what do you get the hostess who already is (and has) the mostess? The Bubbly Bar: Champagne and Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion — and a basket full of goodies to go with it. Flip through the book and find ingredients she may not have on hand like, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, Tuaca and Chambord. Package the book and the liqueur in an attractive basket. PAMA captures the complex, sweet yet tart taste and seductive ruby color of allnatural pomegranates. PAMA is made with all-natural pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila. Bottled at just 34 proof, it is highly mixable, from the simple — PAMA and Champagne — to the sublime — PAMA Mojito. Tuaca is a brandy-based Italian liqueur inspired by the Renaissance period of the 16th century. According to legend, it was created for Lorenzo the Magnificent, ruler of Florence, Italy. Lorenzo was a well-known patron of the arts, supporting Michaelangelo, da Vinci and Botticelli. In 1938, Gaetano Tuoni and Giorgio Canepa took inspiration from the Renaissance-era recipe and created Tuaca — a striking blend of vanilla, distilled essences of Mediterranean lemon and orange, and rich Tuscan brandies. Where would the martini be without vermouth? Exactly. Carpano Antica Formula is a perfect vermouth, with its warming flavors of vanilla, dried fruit and orange peel. It will delight even the most dis-

criminating aficionado. Sweet vermouth has become an essential in any well-stocked bar. Carpano Antica Formula, based on a recipe created in 1786 in Turin, Italy, is the original and is now available in the U.S. The founding distiller, Antonio Benedetto Carpano (1764-1815), named his new product after the German word for wormwood, Wermut. The Antica Formula draws on more than 30 different herbs and spices. The authenticity of this Italian vermouth is enhanced by the handsome packaging, a replica of the original 18th century label and liter bottle. Each blown bottle is numbered and finished with a traditional cork and red seal. Carpano Antica Formula won a Double Gold medal at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Dalmore, with its stag’s head logo, is perfect for the outdoorsmen (or women). Whether they’re hunting for waterfowl or Waterford, people will warm up to this gift after the first sip. From the basic 12Year-Old to the limited edition 1263 King Alexander, The Dalmore just makes life better. Since 1839, The Dalmore distillery has been producing some of the finest Single Malt Whiskies in the world. Located on the banks of the Cromarty Firth in the Highlands of Scotland, the distillery continues to produce spirit that is revered by experts everywhere. Aging in Spanish oak sherry casks, the wood delivers aromas of Seville citrus orange, dried fruits and aromatic spices to the spirits, while American white oak barrels, previously infused with fine bourbon, bestow an elegant sweetness of vanilla, toffee, coconut and fresh vitality of fruit.


omegranate season is upon us. The harvest of POM Wonderful’s variety of pomegranates began in midOctober, and is available at supermarkets nationwide through January. Pomegranates are a healthy, delicious fruit that can be enjoyed on their own or can make a delicious addition to fall and winter dishes. As the largest growers of pomegranates in the US, POM Wonderful takes pride in its fresh pomegranates, which are grown in Central California, hand-picked once they are fully ripe, and they use proprietary technology to sort the fruit. The Wonderful variety of pomegranate, known for its sweet taste and plentiful juice, is also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, folic acid and iron. The arils of the Wonderful variety are a brilliant ruby red, indicating the healthy, sweet-tart juice contained within. Scientific research has revealed that the Wonderful variety’s combination of antioxidants, called polyphenols, may promote optimum health, particularly in regards to the heart and prostate. For centuries preparations using parts of the pomegranate (the juice, arils, rind and bark) have been used to treat a variety of conditions. The Wonderful pomegranate is a versatile fruit with many delicious and innovative uses, providing distinct flavor and unique health benefits to food and drink recipes. Arils are perfect for tossing in salads, stirring into yogurt, sprinkling over cereal, garnishing cocktails or enjoying on their own as a delicious, healthy snack. Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice is ideal for glazes, cocktails and marinades. For more information and great recipes, visit

on Tampa Bay 2

Sweeten Your Day The Healthy Way With


rispy Green Inc., the maker of Crispy Green premium Crispy Fruit and FruitziO freeze-dried fruit snacks, recently unveiled Apples & Strawberries FruitziO, the newest addition to the FruitziO product line. Kids want the stuff that tastes good. Parents want the stuff that’s good for them. Apples & Strawberries FruitziO combines two of their favorite fruits into one light, sweet and crunchy snack that kids and adults can both enjoy anytime, anywhere to provide the fruit they need with the taste they crave. Made with only the finest freeze-dried apples and strawberries – with just a hint of pure, natural sugar – Apples & Strawberries FruitziO is packed with delicious fruit taste that sweeten your family’s day the healthy way. All-natural Apples & Strawberries FruitziO do not contain preservatives (including sulfides), fat, cholesterol or sodium and is peanut/tree nut free, glutenfree, dairy free and is certified kosher by Orthodox Union (OU) and Shatz Kosher Services (SKS). Apples & Strawberries FruitziO is available in 25 gram moisture-free, resealable pouches and contain approximately one cup of delicious Fuji apples and one-half cup of sweet strawberries. Each serving of Apples & Strawberries FruitziO is just 100 calories and provides 58% of the daily-recommended amount of vitamin C. Crispy Green, believes in a simple philosophy: keep it pure, keep it tasty and keep it healthy. This has been the guiding principle of


ACCENT On Tampa Bay

their continuing product development. The company was founded in 2004 with a vision to provide high quality, natural food products desired by everyone who wants to live a healthy and better life. During the summer of 2005, they introduced the Crispy Green line of single ingredient products, made with real fruit, real taste, nothing else, using the latest freeze-drying technology. Over the years, they developed and introduced several new flavors to their Crispy Green line of products. In the early of 2009, they created Strawberry FruitziO - the first product in the new line of freeze-dried fruit snacks. Crispy Green plans to continue to grow with ‘best-inclass’ innovative product development using the latest food processing technologies to market high quality, healthy snacks. For more information, visit:

Holiday and Special Occasion Cookies Can Be Organic AND Tasty!


he holidays are upon us, and it’s time to think about desirable gifts and entertaining. Cookies are always a good answer, and organic ones would be most welcome as a gift or served at your home parties. Beautiful Sweets, based in Littleton, Colorado, is an earthfriendly gourmet food company that is committed to creating beautiful and delicious organic baked goods. Their specialty is in the creation of colorful, allnatural sugar cookies; each one individually hand-baked and exquisitely decorated. Beautiful Sweets is USDA Organic Certified and produces their organic cookies for virtually any occasion or event, with over 500 unique designs available on their web-site. The cookies come in two sizes: a 2-3 inch size cookie that is found in their cookie gift sets (packaged in a group of four) and their party favor cookies which are generally 5-6 inches and come individually wrapped. The cookies are available in either vanilla or chocolate flavors. They are also currently working on developing a gluten-free line

of organic cookies that they plan to offer soon. The products have been a hit with customers all over the country, and they have been featured on many national TV programs including The Food Network’s popular ˜Recipe For Success”, “UnWrapped”, and ‘Roker on the Road’ shows. Also, they’ve been on CBS’s ‘The Early Show’ with celebrity designer Colin Cowie, NBC’s ‘The Today Show’ with designer Chris Madden, and Univision’s “Ver Para Creer”. In addition to TV, Beautiful Sweets has been featured through-out the Internet and written up in magazines and newspapers nationwide, as well as talked about on the radio from coastto-coast based purely on wordof-mouth buzz. Being a small company, they take pride in their work, from baking each order fresh-to-order from the finest organic ingredients, to carefully packing

each gift box using recycled eco-friendly materials. They also offer top-notch, professional yet personal customer service. Each day they strive to live up to their motto that their cookies “truly taste as good as they look.” For more information or to order these delightful cookies, visit

on Tampa Bay

December 12-13


Christmas Craft Show & Sidewalk Sale

unique Holiday shopping adventure! The John’s Pass Village association presents the eighth annual Christmas Village Craft Show & Sidewalk Sale! A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Madeira Beach Fundamental School and the Fisherman Lost Sea Memorial Fund. Don’t get mauled at the mall! The John’s Pass Christmas Craft Show & Sidewalk Sale is a perfect excuse to bypass the malls and shop for unique oneof-a-kind items. The Craft Show will take place in the main parking lot, behind the VFW Post 4256. With over 125 shops & Restaurants and 50 arts and craft vendors, your shopping experience will offer an extensive selection of whimsical and distinctive gifts and/or gift certificates. Rest assured, you’ll find something for everyone on your list! The event will provide shoppers with specialty gifts that cannot be found anywhere else, and all of your holiday shopping can be done in one place! No running around to different stores or wandering thru acres of mall space, shopping can be done at a leisurely pace while finding that special gift for the hard to buy for person on your list. Whether you’re a Madeira Beach resident or a visitor from out of town, there’s plenty to see and do in John’s Pass Village. Want to know more about John’s Pass and where to stay, shop and dine? Visit our http:// website for more information.


ACCENT On Tampa Bay

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a 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, with exotic plants from around the world. - Looking for something to do during your lunch break? The Sunken Gardens’ Learning at Lunch series with Bill O’Grady, Horticulturist and Sunken Gardens Supervisor, have been quite successful. Learning at Lunches are from 11:30 am to 1 pm and are $15 members / $20 nonmembers and include lunch. Pre-register by calling 727.551.3102. Programs begin at 11:30am and are FREE for members or with paid admission unless otherwise noted. . Linda Worle. $45 nonmembers / $35 members plus plants

Enjoy an evening of great food, drinks, music and more at Clearwater Marine Aquarium with Guy Harvey on Sat., Dec. 5 at 6:00 PM. There will be raffles, silent and live auctions, featuring fine artwork and fantastic gifts. Net proceeds from this event benefit Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Both CMA and GHOF are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations registered in the state of Florida. For more information please contact Lee Behensky, Director of Development at (727) 441-1790 ext. 233 or The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is located at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 727-441-1790;


Michael Polen, Art Stone Orchids


. Linda Worle. $45 nonmembers / $35 members plus plants Buy One Admission / Get One Free. Sunken Gardens is located at 1825 4th Street N., St. Petersburg; 727-551-3100;

Experience the innocence and charm of a Victorian Christmas. Escape the commercialism and stress of a modern Christmas and capture the warmth and joy of an old-fashioned holiday. December 1-23, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Bring family and friends together in the soft glow of 1891 lighting as you discover a lavish Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Become immersed in beautiful music, Charles Dickens, much loved toys, wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick. The Henry Plant Museum is at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL; (813) 254-1891,

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

on Tampa Bay



his year, ICE! will take guests on a trip to the North Pole. Tag along on Santa’s journey, beginning with an encounter with Old Man Winter, through an arctic forest, and into the middle of a Christmas Carnival, complete with a life-size carousel. Next, chill-seekers will be able to

explore Santa’s ornament room, climb onto his oversized knee, and watch as he and reindeer take flight. The attraction’s signature scene--a life-size Nativity carved completely of crystalclear ice--has been described as one of the most breathtaking depictions of the birth of Christ. Dramatic lighting and a stirring narrative track give guests an opportunity to pause and reflect on the story behind the season. The awardwinning attraction is carved by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin,

China. The talented artisans spend more than a month creating this attraction. For more information visit: The historical drama takes place at a Christmas Court in medieval France in 1187 and features various members of the royal family vying for a place on the throne. The show has won three Tonys and seven Academy Awards. Holiday event that features ice rink, strolling carolers, photos with Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides and nightly snowfalls. Parking and admission are free.

Celebrants gather at Winter Park’s for the annual lighting of century-old Tiffany windows with festivities including a free outdoor holiday concert performed by the Bach Festival Society. Each Saturday afternoon during January, Lakeridge Winery holds its Music Series, featuring live bands on the outdoor stage. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. Free Admission. The Holiday Show finds Princess Scheherazade in need of a distraction while her husband, Prince Khalid is off searching for her perfect Holiday gift. The faithful genie Hocus Pocus invites Santa Claus to come distract Scheherazade from missing her husband with gifts and good cheer. The show includes a 3-course dinner. 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; 407-239-9223; - Join Magee the Elf on a High-Flying Pirate Adventure thru January 6. When Christmas is threatened, Magee the Elf has only one chance to save the day... he must become a pirate and join the crew of Captain Sebastian the Black. Delicious food, guest interaction, and holiday magic will make this a yuletide tradition for you and your crew. 6400 Carrier Drive, Orlando; 407-248-0590; 28

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

niversal Orlando Resort brings music home for the holidays this year as it kicks off a new concert series featuring and artists and . The concerts add to the Grinchmas celebration at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios. Holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando Resort begin Dec. 5 and run through Jan. 1. Mannheim Steamroller – the iconic holiday music masters who have

Bok Tower Gardens offers visitors Florida’s most abundant opportunities for aesthetic, cultural and personal enrichment. The lush landscapes of the gardens, the majesty and music of the Singing Tower with its 60-bell carillon and the splendor of create an experience that inspires all who visit.

. Capture the holiday spirit and tour the 20-room Mediterranean-style mansion at Pinewood Estate. See what’s new and different as Central Florida designers transform the 1930s winter retreat into a glittering holiday showcase with this year’s new theme, “Joy to the World” during the 15th annual Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Tour.

. An artist and studio owner for more than 30 years, Gary Gessford has painted, taught, lectured and exhibited extensively in Washington, D.C., Paris, France and in Germany.

sold more than 30 million albums worldwide – performs at Universal Studios on Dec. 5. Chris Isaak performs on Dec. 12 and Natalie Cole performs on Dec. 19. Each concert begins after that night’s Macy’s Holiday Parade. Natalie Cole and Chris Isaak will perform a mix of holiday classics along with their most popular hits. And the whole family can experience holiday cheer at CityWalk with decorations, live music on the plaza stage and strolling entertainment on select dates throughout the event. Visit: Holidays.

Enjoy holiday favorites played on the carillon every half hour and during daily performances at 1 and 3 p.m. Free with admission to the Gardens. Enjoy half-hour carillon concerts at 1 & 3 p.m. featuring Christmas carols from around the world. Free with admission to the Gardens. . Alana Trimmier, Soprano with piano accompaniment. Let Pinewood’s Christmas splendor along with the powerful voice of Alana usher you into the holidays. Though one of Central Florida’s younger soloists, Alana has performed in numerous opera productions. You’ll enjoy meeting Alana and her accompanist at the champagne reception. Dress: Holiday attire.

Take a walk along a path less traveled and see Florida’s native wildflowers in full bloom on the Pine Ridge Nature Preserve. . Enjoy half-hour carillon concerts at 1 & 3 p.m. featuring music of hope, inspiration and peace honoring Dr. King. Visit

Let your family explore the many sides of the seas this holiday season at SeaWorld Orlando. Through January 3, jump aboard The Polar Express Experience for a journey to the North Pole. Brace yourself for a unique multi-sensory experience that combines one of the holidays’ most beloved movies with an actual winter wonderland. Kids will delight in reliving classic scenes from the film as the amazing combination of light, sound, scent and motion transports them to the fabled Santa Town, complete with a towering Christmas tree, gift-laden sleigh and the jolly host himself. You can also ring in the new year in style at SeaWorld. On December 31, experience a musical celebration and vibrant fireworks display to make your New Year’s Eve plans truly special. For more information, call 888-800-5447 or visit

on Tampa Bay

Holidays at...

: On select evenings in December, guests can experience the enchantment of Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle plus two special entertainment extravaganzas, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the holiday-themed fireworks spectacular, “Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” during a special afterhours party inside the Magic Kingdom theme park. The jingle-jolly event also features live Disney character stage shows, character greetings, cookies and cocoa, and even “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A. Plus, many of the mostpopular Magic Kingdom attractions are open to guests during party hours (7 p.m.-midnight). Dates are: Dec. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Admission to this event requires a separate ticket. Vanessa Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Anika Noni Rose and Isabella Rossellini will join the lineup of 12 celebrity narrators who will retell the joyous Christmas story during the

Candlelight Processional at Epcot. The heartfelt holiday tradition is led by a mass choir and 50piece live orchestra, through Dec. 30 three times nightly.

Bathed in bulbs of brilliance, the Streets of America glow with millions of dancing lights and animated displays through Jan. 4. Amid gently falling snow, guests will bask in the glow as twirling carousels, melodic angels, colorful wreaths, marching toy soldiers and Santa and his reindeer move to high-energy music and 3-D effects, creating a dazzling symphony for the senses.

Walt Disney World guests are being treated to appearances by Princess Tiana, star of the Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess and the Frog.” Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and other characters from the motion picture star in “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!,” a colorful procession with a jazz-filled Mardi Gras theme. Festively dressed, bead-tossing revelers lead Magic Kingdom guests to the Liberty Belle Riverboat dock. The party moves onboard and the Liberty Belle paddlewheels her way along the river with singing and dancing to the sounds of a six-member jazz band. Nearly two dozen Disney dancers join 30 randomly chosen park guests to be part of each show. Original songs composed by Randy Newman for the film liven the production, which is performed three times daily. Pyrotechnics and puppetry round

out the spirited, 15-minute production. The 10week experience at Walt Disney World Resort will run through Jan. 3. “The Princess and the Frog” film will open nationwide on Dec. 11. Little princesses can enjoy a new Princess Tiana makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at both the World of Disney store and Magic Kingdom locations at Walt Disney World Resort. Fairy Godmothers-in-Training sprinkle their pixie dust on aspiring princesses with three makeover packages ranging from a combination of hair, nails and makeup to the royal transformation complete with Princess Tiana costume, tiara, wand and more. All children must be at least three years or older to receive the regal treatments. - Walt Disney World has unveiled its newest attraction, Sum of All Thrills, located at Epcot. The attraction allows guests to design their own thrill ride and then experience the ride in a simulator attached to a giant robotic arm.

For more information on Walt Disney World, call 407/824-4321 or visit

Princess Tiana makes her debut 30

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora’s At Disney’s Boardwalk Resort alt Disney World is home to many fine restaurants, and has recently added another gem to it’s roster, Kouzzina, by celebrity chef Cat Cora. The Greek-themed Kouzzina (which means “kitchen” in Greek) has moved into the space previously occupied by Spoodles, at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. I was initially apprehensive about a very ethnic Greek restaurant going over well with the general

Kouzzina waiter offers some appetizers population, but upon visiting and sampling the delights from the Kouzzina kitchen, all misgivings were assuaged. Delicious dessert Kat, along with Kouzzina Chef Dee Foundoukis, has created a Mediterranean/Greek-fusion menu that should appeal to everyone. Cat Cora is a pretty, petite blond with bright eyes and a sparkling personality, which, if you watch The Food Network, you are

Cat Cora at the opening of Kouzzina

Fisherman’s Stew room with an open kitchen, and large windows emitting loads of light. The tables can easily be configured for small or large groups. Kouzzina’s menu is chock full of new and interesting tastes. Don’t like Brussels sprouts? You’ll like Cat’s — she sautes them and prepares them with capers and lemon. Guests at our table who were previously not fond of the vegetable came back for seconds on these. Same treats. with her gigante beans

Cinnamon Stewed Chicken & Rice

Spontaneious dancing breaks out withthe waiters. already familiar with. She is also the first woman Iron Chef on the network, and Kouzzina is her first table-service restaurant. Although Cat is a Mississippi native, she grew up immersed in her Greek heritage, and is a lover of big families which the restaurant caters to. It’s a big

must have Greek standard prepared Zouzzinastyle is Pastitisio with bucatini pasta, cinnamon-stewed meat sauce, and bechamel sauce. And the Fisherman’s Stew with scallops, fish, shellfish, and fennel is another guest favorite. Don’t be afraid of a Greek menu appealing to children (who are famously picky-eaters), Kouzzina has a children’s menu with all their favorites - chicken, pizza, and other healthy choices too. “Opa!”

Kouzzina is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For Brussels Sprouts with reservations Capers and Lemon and more information, call 407-WDW-DINE, or visit on line, For more photos of Kouzzina’s grand opening, visit

(large kidney-shaped white beans). She ovenbakes those with tomato sauce and olive oil. One of Kouzzina’s signature dishes is Cinnamon-Stewed Chicken, prepared with tomatoes, herbed orzo and Mizithra cheese. A

Cat and son with Kouzzine chefs. Chef Dee Foundoukis is 2nd from right.

on Tampa Bay


by Dr. Lori

long with festive sights, a major part of the holidays is aromatic smells. From evergreens to the holiday meal, the holidays offer a feast for the eyes as well as the nose. Some of the most popular scents derive from holiday decorations like fruit wreaths, citrus pomanders, and garlands. The models for these luscious holiday elements all have roots in art history. The art of Renaissance master, Luca della Robbia served as the impetus for today’s version of the holiday fruit wreath, also known as the della Robbia wreath. Della Robbia’s religious paintings and architectural medallions from the 1400s were often highlighted with fruit wreaths and decorative garlands of green and red apples, berries, pineapples, and oranges. Based on these works of Renaissance decoration, the della Robbia style wreath was reintroduced during the late 1800s in a period known as the Renaissance Revival.

Like apples, pineapples were symbolic fruits associated with the season. The pineapple represented the tradition of hospitality at the holiday time and all year long. The hospitable pineapple form was typically carved into Chippendale and Federal furniture including bedposts, mantles, and dining room sideboards, too. Today, pineapples are the fruit of choice for home décor items ranging from silver candelabras to welcome mats. Like fruit wreaths, fruit pyramids and pomanders dating back to the Colonial period were among the delights of a holiday home. Scents of fresh fruit and spices lingered from the table top fruit pyramids suggesting architectural examples in miniature. And, in the 19th Century, sweet smelling fruit pomanders had yet to be relegated to the hall closet, but instead were prominently hung front and center in a Victorian home’s entry foyer. Enhanced with whole cloves, orange or lemon pomanders were suspended over doorways and in stairwells. Made by pushing cloves into whole oranges or other citA traditional della Robbia style fruit wreath featuring symbolic holiday fruits.

Traditionally, fruit wreaths were lovingly hung on the exterior doors of homes at holiday time. The type of fruit chosen for such living wreaths proved symbolic. For instance ornamental apples symbolized the family in art history and this fruit played a major role in holiday decorations. Apple ring wreaths were associated with the Holy Family and the Nativity. Other related wreaths featured fruits such as lemons, pineapples, and oranges. Also, these fruit wreaths gave the winter greenery a bright, colorful contrast. Fruits often appear in the paintings, prints, architectural, and furniture designs of the 18th and 19th centuries based on Renaissance iconography. Wreaths made of whole lemons symbolized friendship and gave holiday wreaths their bright color. For the holidays, fruit remind us of the bountiful harvest and the joy of sharing those crops with family and friends. Architectural element featuring the fruit wreath by Luca della Robbia, 15th Century from the collection of the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

rus fruits, a pomander was a welcomed gift for any hostess. They were used in the 1700s and 1800s to ward off foul odors that were thought to bring illness into a home in wintertime. In colonial America, fruit wreaths, pyramids, and pomanders were popular in holiday homes. These antique holiday handicrafts not only smelled delightful with the scents of apple, clove, and citrus, but they were pretty, natural additions to the interior decor. The pleasing aroma of the fruit decoration allowed the pomander to maintain a prominent place among holiday decorations. Happy holidays!

Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, award-winning TV personality, and TV talk show host, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Attend Dr. Lori’s Free Antiques Appraisal event at the St. Petersburg Library in St. Petersburg, FL on November 16 at 2 PM. Watch Dr. Lori on the Fine Living Network and on the nationally syndicated TV morning show Daytime which airs weekdays on NBC WFLA TV 8 at 10 am. Visit or call (888) 431-1010. 32

ACCENT On Tampa Bay


. This exhibition of more than sixty images gives insight into the depth and breadth of the MFA’s noted photography holdings. The photographs range from the early days of print photography, as in a 19th century salt print by Edouard Baldus, and classic western landscapes by William Henry Jackson, to later 20th century color photographs by William Christenberry. . Imaginative works by significant contemporary, selftaught artists will be featured in the Museum’s Howard Acheson Gallery. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 255 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg. Call 727-8962667, ______________________________________

The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities A group exhibition of contemporary international artists explores the theme of Albertus Seba’s eighteenth century natural history clas-

sic by the same name. Drawing inspiration from the Cabinet’s lush, exotic illustrations of flora and fauna, the artists gathered represent a variety of media—sculpture, printmaking, painting, wood, ceramics, jewelry and fiber. Featuring the art of Shihoko Amano, Lanny Bergner, Deon Blackwell, Ladislav Hanka, Timothy Horn ,Adrienne Outlaw, Yuka Saito, Tanja Softic.

The Dunedin Fine Art Center is located at 1143 Michigan Boulevard, Dunedin, (727)738-1892.

. This show offers an impressive selection of hand-crafted home accents, fine jewelry and wearable art of many expressions for gift giving.

The Florida Craftsmen Gallery is located at 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391.

T.W. CURTIS . W. Curtis is a versatile artist of international acclaim. He is widely recognized as not only an outstanding contemporary painter, but also as an accomplished sculptor whose monumental sculptures of stainless steel, granite and glass have secured him a place in Who’s Who of American Art and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. His paintings and sculptures have found a broad range of acceptance amongst discriminating private collectors, embassies, corporations, museums and galleries throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, continental Europe and Japan. His works are also sought after by such celebrities as Mr. Burt Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Winkler, Mr. and Mrs. Bill



he Miniature Art Society of Florida’s Art Show is at the Leepa-Rather Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, January 17th - February 7th. Artists throughout the United States and from many foreign countries created over 800 magnificent gems of fine art miniatures, both paintings and sculptures. Miniature paintings measure in inches - the largest being five inches square or four inches by six inches. Many are


St. Petersburg Little Theatre presents the Art of


Magnificent Miniatures

much smaller. Of the approximate 1,100 works of art submitted for entry in the show, a jury has carefully selected only the very finest for display. Magnifiers are attached to each display panel so that viewers can appreciate the exquisite detail and aesthetic excellence of the masterpieces on exhibit. All of the art is new and almost every piece is for sale. The society’s permanent collection of 125 miniature masterpieces will also be on view. The Leepa-Rather Museum of Art is located at 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs Campus of SPC, Florida. 727-712-5762;

Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Robertson, Charlie Daniels – Country Mr. Paul Maslansky, Ms. May Kay Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Jones, Kathie Bailie and Michael Bonagura of Bailie and the Boys, and many others. Locally his work can be found in the collection of Tom James of Raymond James Financial the theatre’s 2009-2010 Season Sponsor. This superb new installation of T.W. Curtis features works focusing on music, time and place. His use of color and texture are explosive and transport you fully into an evocative experience. The show will hang at the gallery in the St. Petersburg Little Theatre from December

4 through February 7. The St. Petersburg Little Theatre continues its 85th season with the opening of the World Premier of Nan Colton’s What The Dickens? Another Christmas Carol. T.W. Curtis in the Lobby Gallery opens with the show. Hours are: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and during show times Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM. St. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. For information call the Box Office at 727-866-1973 or go to on Tampa Bay


Ultra Emollient


ou may have heard the term “elastin” at the skin care counter. But what is elastin? Why is it so critical for younger-looking skin? Elastin is the protein that gives skin its “bounce.” Elastin stops being produced in our teens. Existing elastin then starts to degenerate from age and sun exposure. The result is elastosis, in which there is a loss of function in the skin’s elastin. This causes skin to wrinkle and sag.

The skin’s ability to produce elastin is the new focus in anti-aging. Recent clinical studies prove that functional elastin is the key to tighter, firmer, more youthful skin. However, consumers should be aware of the difference between functional elastin and elastin fragments. Functional elastin is a long, healthy elastic fiber capable of rebounding, like a rubber band. In contrast, elastin fragments are much shorter. Similar to chopped up rubber bands, they are incapable of springing back. Relastin is the only product that clinically demonstrates the ability to increase functional elastin. Anti-aging cream, Relastin Ultra Emollient is a rich moisturizer, super hydrating, and is the secret to soft, supple skin that is firm and smooth — not dry, wrinkled and saggy. Relastin is a cocktail of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and peptides to stimulate production and smooth surface lines. For more information, visit




ACCENT On Tampa Bay


qumen is a highperformance men’s underwear range designed to immediately improve how men and look and feel on a daily basis. Their Core Precision Undershirt — “wondershirt”, is a male version of shapewear but designed with men’s health and style needs in mind. It has been picked up by celebrity stylists, businessmen, actors and athletes alike. This slimming shirt improves posture, reduces back pain, supports core muscles and controls body temperature. The patented Helix-Mapping System embedded in every garment merges physical therapy insights with state-of-the art sports-

wear engineering to provide core support and visibly streamline the body. Equmen has leveraged these capabilities to engineer garments that can improve men of all shapes and sizes, whether they want to make a confident impression at work, dress for a special occasion, or simply improve everyday ergonomics. The result is a range that fuses function with fashion to forge a new generation in men’s underwear, delivering a classic look with healthy-body benefits and visible cosmetic improvement. Equmen products are available online at, and at Saks Fifth Avenue.


elebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal has a passion for art, color, and design. Some of the world’s top celebrities turn to her to prepare for their most important career moments. Mally has also been featured on Oprah, the Today Show, Isaac, the View, and many more. Mally is also a favorite among a versatile group of musical heavyweights and actors including; Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Hayden Panettiere, Rihanna, Teri Hatcher, and Celine Dion. Top magazines also routinely turn to Mally for her flawless makeup technique, beauty tips and witty copy. Now, with the introduction of the Mally Beauty makeup collection, Mally takes her message to women everywhere. Mally has created a pocket-sized kit of 5 Lipgloss Minis: High Shine Liquid Lipstick — a full coverage, 3-in-one product that fulfills the duties of a lip primer, lipstick and lip gloss. Live, Love and a Really Great Lipgloss — a luxurious, ultra-moist lip gloss that leaves lips shiny and beautiful without the “stick.” Lipgloss Minis are available at Visit for more information.


trapDiva is a fashionable no-slip purse strap, created to solve the longstanding problem that every woman who carries a purse on her shoulder can relate to. Fashion accessories designer Christine Nguyen found that her dozens of purses — from a $50 bag to a $3,000 designer version, all would fall off her shoulder, and decided to solve the problem by creating StrapDiva. The product also helps relieve pressure on the shoulder. StrapDiva is made of natural leather and suede, and comes in six colors: black, dark brown, red, gold, blue, and tan. For more information, visit


A Historic Gem in Jacksonville Beach


he Casa Marina in Jacksonville Beach has a rich long history, and you feel it the moment you step through the hotel’s doors . . .

ACCENT On Tampa Bay




ith a sea of new beach hotel choices, it is so nice to stay in such a warm welcoming atmosphere that the historic Casa provides. In this small Spanish style ocean front hotel of twenty three guest

Maitre d’ Sterling Joyce

rooms and parlor suites, the staff quickly gets to know the guests and is extremely friendly. You truly do feel “at home” and cozy in the comfortably appointed guest rooms and public areas. Built in 1925, the Casa Marina was very modern and forward thinking. They

36 ACCENT On Tampa Bay

had their own water tower, and their own sprinkler system throughout the hotel which is still used today. After going through many transitions through the years — even abandonment for eleven years — the hotel was refurbished four years ago yet has managed to retain it’s charm of old. What used to be two small guest rooms that shared a bathroom is now a suite with a living room and bedroom. New cherry wood floors were laid throughout, but the wonderful old beams in the ceiling in the dining room are original to the hotel, and came from foundered ships at sea. When the hotel was built, it provided travelers an affordable alternative to the Flagler Hotels of the time. But it it’s heyday, it did play host to movie stars and VIPs as well as the infamous. Reportedly Al Capone hoisted a glass with “Machine Gun” Kelly in the hotel’s bar. Of course, the hotel has it’s resident ghost (or two). If you’re into the spirit world, stay in room 206! There is a clear grassy area next to the hotel that once held a salt water pool. Throughout the hotel are wonderful old photos of the Casa during the years, and you can see people frolicking in the pool and old 20’s cars riding along the beach. The hotel today does not have a pool, but who needs one with the ocean steps away? The relatively small hotel staff goes

out of its way to please their guests, and whatever they don’t have on property, they will set up for you. Spa services can easily be arranged, and watersports and beach

lounges are quickly provided by Rent Beach Stuff. Most of the staff are longtime employees, and consider themselves a family, so they work seamlessly together. The very affable Mr. Sterling Joyce is the Hotel Maitre‘d and Historian, and loves to fill the guests with hotel

Sunrise Yoga on the Beach with Heather Hixon .

stories, to their delight. The charm, intimacy and ocean front location of this lovely old hotel is what makes it a desirable wedding destination, as well as the efficiency of the staff, who have weddings and events down pat. Indeed, 60% of the hotel’s business is weddings. When we visited, the staff took us through a wedding set-up, and you could see they really had their act together. Liz Stewart, the Floral Designer has been doing flowers for 20 years, and she passed a few words of wisdom on to us. She likes to use orchids for their staying power, and their sustainability in heat. Also, with lilacs — or anything with a woody stem — she said to pound the stem and flatten it, and it will draw up water better. She avoids tulips and gardenias since they don’t last. Most wedding couples choose Casa’s recommendations for their wedding plans because they are tried and true, which would include the DJ skills of Carlton McGee, the artistic photos by Damon Photography, and the very yummy and clever cakes by Carol and John Krupinski of Classic Cakes. It is all put together by

Director of Catering, Bev Davoli

Beach rentals from Rent Beach Stuff.

the hotel’s Director of Catering, Bev Davoli, who is quite warm and very accommodating. Dining at the Casa Marina (breakfast, lunch and dinner) proved to be delightful, thanks to Chef Aaron Webb and his “New Beach Cuisine”. He was kind enough to show us how he created his area favorite Baked Snapper, a staple at Casa’s popular Sunday Brunch. If you are so inclined,

Chef Aaron Webb

the hotel will set up a sunrise yoga session for you with Heather Hixon from Time To Unwind. Although we tend to be night people, we forced ourselves up at the crack of dawn, and were grateful for the experience. The sunrise over the ocean was beautiful, and the pristine beach was quiet, with only the occasional cry of a seabird and the sound of the surf. The 1,300 ft. fishing pier by the property only had a few strollers enjoying the morning air. Heather took us through some moves which both relaxed and exhilarated us at the same time. Maybe we should reconsider being night people. Although the Casa is a restful place, it

is by no means stodgy. The hotel comes alive at night in the Penthouse where the terrific Johnston Duo performs, and once a week The Hackers play to a packed crowd on the hotel’s courtyard. Any time you feel like a getaway or are planning a wedding, think Casa Marina. When we decide to renew our wedding vows, we know exactly where to go!

Florist Liz Stewart

- - 904-246-6408 - -

on Tampa Bay

GAMING SCENE LAS VEGAS - In just a few weeks, Las Vegas will change forever when CityCenter makes its December debut. Opening Dec. 1, Vdara Hotel & Spa will offer all-suite accommodations to visitors who prefer to enjoy Vegas in a more exclusive, non-gaming and smoke-free environment. On December 3, Crystals will become a preeminent shopping destination. The next day, Mandarin Oriental will introduce its celebrated hospitality to Las Vegas for the first time. On December 16, ARIA

- The Divine Miss M will be back at Caesars Palace Dec. 30 - Jan. 31. Known for her incomparable humor, over-the-top imagination and captivating

tigative techniques as they try to solve one of three crime scene mysteries. Two state-ofthe-art crime labs help guests piece together the evidence. With input from investigators from the television show, guests formulate a

hypothesis, validate their findings based on scientific evidence and try to crack the case. - Golden Nugget Las Vegas recently open its $150 million Rush Tower adding nearly 500 guestrooms and suites to the property. The new tower also includes a new restaurant called Chart House Aquarium, featuring a 50,000-gallon tropical aquarium; an expanded casino; a new pool

Bette Midler Resort & Casino will deliver an incredible experience – fine dining concepts by some of the world’s premier chefs and state-ofthe-art guestroom technology to LEED-certified sustainable design and a thought-provoking public art collection. - Garth Brooks will perform at Wynn for a series of special engagements beginning Dec. 11. The announcement officially marks Brooks’ return to the stage.

Garth Brooks

charisma, Midler brings it all to Las Vegas in her production, “The Showgirl Must Go On,” designed exclusively for The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. - Celebrating his 50th year of entertaining audiences on the Strip, Wayne has an all-new, limited engagement production, “Once Before I Go” at Tropicana Las Vegas through Jan. 30. The show is the story of Newton told by the man who is living it. From his signature tuxedo to his storied history Wayne Newton with Elvis, the Rat Pack and many others, this show covers 50 years. The show will feature a full orchestra, photos and video and lots of surprises. - The popular interactive exhibit is on the Las Vegas Strip – the setting of the original CSI television series. CSI: The Experience gives guests the opportunity to play the role of a crime scene investigator, learning scientific principles and real inves-

38 ACCENT On Tampa Bay

with six cabanas; and three new retail venues. A one-of-a-kind exhibit of Elvis Presley artifacts and priceless personal treasures. This multi-million dollar collection is on display for the first time ever in Las Vegas and showcases pieces from both Elvis’ personal life and his acting and singing careers. Items include his 1977 Lincoln Continental, personal clothing items, jewelry and more. The King’s Ransom Museum is scheduled to remain at Imperial Palace until April 2010. - A new place to dine, watch sports and play, at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino. The new state-of-the-art venue features 100 high definition screens providing access to nearly every major college and professional sporting event including must-see bowl games, track races, tournaments and championship match-ups. The menu will feature Lagasse’s play on game-day favorites; some “New Orleans” style dishes and American classics.

The Mirage Celebrates It’s 20th Anniversary!




rom the creators of Balagan, Ezuru and Aphelion comes a special limited holiday engagement of Taganai to the Beau Rivage. The creation combining colorful acts of the International Russian circus with sophisticated choreography, amazing athleticism, humor and an original score will make the Beau Rivage Theatre home for five memorable nights Dec. 26-30. Taganai, a Russian word translated “moon holder” and the name of the Ural Mountain chain that divides Russia from Siberia, features a cast of 30 International performers including acrobats, aerialists, contortionists and comedians. The show brings a new lighthearted high-energy performance showcasing the best artistic disciplines that the traditional Russian circus can offer: high bar, flying trapeze, trampoline, skipping ropes, Russian bar, contor-

tion-hand balancing, limbo and many other astonishing acts. “Taganai is perfect for family members of all ages,” said Misha Matorin, the show’s creator and producer. “Audiences will find it unlike anything they have ever seen before.” Matorin, a veteran aerialist himself, grew up in the Moscow Circus, where his father was the director and his mother was a trapeze artist. The former guest creator of Cirque Du Soleil’s “Mystere” now uses his background and expertise to develop shows featuring the finest acrobatic and discipline talents in the world.

For reservations or information, visit

on Tampa Bay


Florida Authors Write... A HIGHLANDER’S TEMPTATION by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

THE TEST by Patricia Gussin Renowned philanthropist and billionaire Paul Parnell had reached the pinnacle of monetary success, but not without cost. Determined to leave something far more valuable than money to his six children, Paul instructs his lawyers to create an unusual last will and testament. This unorthodox will stipulates that the lion’s share of Paul’s two billion dollar estate be given to the heirs who pass ‘the test.’ The six children have only one year to make a difference. Before these six very different siblings can complete the test, they’ll be forced to face their personal demons and the incredibly evil influence that could claim one of their own. Author Patricia Gussin, M.D. is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds an MBA from Columbia University. Pat practiced medicine and directed medical research as a worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare company. She and her husband live parttime in Longboat Key, Florida.

CLUB SHATTERED by PZ Hopkins In Club Shattered: The Fast Track Back From A Broken Relationship, PZ Hopkins shares her knowledge and experience with those who find themselves in a similar circumstance. Written in her unique self-help style, the book presents clear and simple wisdom through a series of specific pointers and everyday actions. Her voice resonates with hope and strength and

Bestselling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder returns with her 10th novel, A Highlander’s Temptation. Illustrating the rich legacy of Scotland, Sue-Ellen presents another vivid portrayal of Celtic/Highland lore, magic castles and countryside. This novel features the beautiful Lady Arabella, who, when disaster strikes while she is at sea, is rescued by a man her father highly disapproves of. It is a tale about finding true love in the arms of a supposed enemy. Sue-Ellen Welfonder spent fifteen years living in Europe and used that time to explore as many castle ruins, medieval abbeys, and stone circles as possible. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity as each trip gives her inspiration for new books. She belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a four-hundred-and-fifty year old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle. Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell Terrier in Florida.

the promise of a happier and more fulfilling tomorrow. Club Shattered is an authentic approach of going from a love lost to a life found. An accomplished writer and a nationally known columnist, PZ Hopkins’ work has been featured in health and fitness, business and entertainment, and art and leisure publications, along with Internet media. Her ‘PZ’s Perspective’ column contains her unique brand of self-help wisdom designed to educate, empower and enlighten. PZ is happily single, and lives in Clearwater, Florida.


The first installment in its epic trilogy, The Nocturne is a dark fantasy/ romance set in late medieval France. A tale of forbidden love told from multiple viewpoints, The Nocturne is the story of a young sorcerer who meets – and saves – the love of his life, only to discover dark powers he never knew he had. He must make a choice to either embrace his fate and risk losing his soul, or go against it and risk losing the woman he loves. 40

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

The boundaries of humanity are put to the test in this adventure that goes through time to fulfill a legend that has been laid on the shoulders of two adults, two young orhans and a 400-yearold dog. The misfit group encounters endless dangerous pitfalls on their quest to discover the truth about an island mystery. Set in turn-of-the-century Washington, Dickfish is a peek into the lives of six young professionals, whose twisted histories, and complex values ultimately reflect—or reject— the modern America of our imaginings. Its tongue-in-cheek tone lifts the tale to heights of

irony, as left-wing elitists lampoon right-wing extremists and narcissists skewer Neoconservatives. In the end decadent Democrats always find a way to have fun—and dour Republicans never know why. When Marian, a romantic and idealist, goes missing in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, her twin sister Ruthie, a skeptic, journeys from Canada to search for her. When Ruthie uncovers Marian’s passion for a Bhutanese monk and her hazardous trek over a mountain pass to Tibet, she fears the worst. As the sisters struggle to reach each other, they must overcome

the demands of their own hearts and spirits.

Can we live on the moon? Can we travel to the future? Why is the sky blue? Questions we all ponder are answered in The World’s Easiest Astronomy Book written by a former Aerospace Development Specialist, Hitoshi Nakagawa. The author takes us through the difficult to understand subjects of space and the universe beyond with simple easy to understand language and amusing diagrams drawn in crayon.

This beautiful coffee table book recreates the triumph of American arms against the vaunted Nazi war machine’s desperate “all in” attack in one of history’s greatest battles. In harrowing images, the book revisits the only destruction of an American division in Europe in World War II–the 106th Infantry Division. It shows us the air forces, armored forces, and infantry on both sides thrown into the Bulge–nearly a million men. The result is a brilliant pictorial account of one of the greatest battles of all time. Throughout history, courageous men have demonstrated their prowess in battle and indefatigable fighting spirit through episodes of human sacrifice and displays of extreme loyalty. The Immortals tells the remarkable stories of these intrepid forces, providing both an overview of history’s major conflicts and an exploration of the tenacity of the human spirit, presented in a beautiful coffee table book format.

Going beyond the usual accounting, Hopkins investigates the strategies, politics, and personalities that shaped the conduct of the war. His regional approach to this complex war conducted on land, sea (and significantly by America, undersea), and air offers a more realistic perspective on how this multifaceted conflict unfolded-in many ways, and on many fronts. As expansive as the immense reaches of the Pacific, and as focused as the most intensive pinpoint attack on a strategic island, this account offers a whole new way of understanding the hows and whys of the Pacific War.

The F-15A entered service in 1972. More than three decades and myriad models and variants later, the F15 is still the U.S. Air Force’s premiere air superiority weapon. This book features the spectacular aerial photography of author Rininger, follows the design, manufacture, and performance of the F-15 from its first appearance through its service in various Cold War and contemporary conflicts.

Beginning with the birth of combat aircraft in World War I and the early attempts to rescue warriors trapped behind enemy lines, Leave No Man Behind chronicles in depth nearly one hundred years of combat search and rescue (CSAR). All major U.S. combat operations from World War II to the early years of the Iraq War are covered, including previously classified missions and several Medal-of-Honor winning operations.

Alan Axelrod identifies 18 smaller wars that led to great changes in history, from the Afghan Civil War that precipitated the rise of the Taliban to the Algerine War in 1815, seen as the first war on terror, to King Philips War in 1675 that, in proportion to the population at the time, was the costliest war in American history and changed the colonies forever. The book is filled with more than 75 maps, illustrations, and paintings.

Tinycandy is the littlest elf and has a small handicap. His desire to fit in with the other elves drives him to overcome any obstacle that may lie in his path even if the obstacle is within himself. With sheer determination and the courage to succeed, he will face his challenges head-on and persevere only to discover that he himself has the most unique and enduring talent of all the elves! The book comes with a CD read-along.

A compilation of interviews with 32 CEOs

and business leaders who played music as a child or adolescent and view that experience as a defining one in preparing them for success. The lessons learned, attributes developed, and insights gained are identified, discussed, and illustrated through the experience and personal accounts of the research participants. This book tells the story of the transformation of U.S. Cellular from a thoroughly ordinary company ranked 8th in its industry and in danger of extinction into an organization that is loved by employees and customers alike, and a proven winner. It is also the story of Jack Rooney, the unconventional CEO who had the vision to see the limitations of the traditional business model a decade before it imploded, and the courage to replace it with something much better.

In your home, in your church, in your life, nothing is more important than your integrity—and nothing is more prone to ambushes. Through their simple, creative, and hard-hitting book, Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite help everyday leaders guard their character—and recover if they have taken a hit—to achieve lifestyles of radical integrity and grace.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has a new campaign to promote the recreational opportunities available to the public on Districtowned lands. The District and its partners have acquired more than 436,000 acres of conservation land. More than 343,000 acres of this land is open for public recreation. Whether you want an off-road hiking adventure in the Green Swamp or a leisurely stroll down a paved trail at Flatwoods Park, there is something for everyone. The majority of the District’s lands that are open for public recreation offer free parking and admission. Some of the outdoor activities available include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, paddling, camping, picnicking and nature study. Order the FREE guide at on Tampa Bay

Cool NEW Stuff NOVERO Debuts TheFirstOne


Premium Bluetooth Earpiece Get ready to Shift your game into high gear! Designed to deliver a true driver’s experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed: Shift is built by racers for racers. It delivers an authentic and immersive driving experience, replicating the true feeling of racing highend performance cars like never before. Players are thrust into the heart of the action with a stunningly realistic first-person cockpit view camera and an allnew crash mechanic, providing an unrivaled sensation of the speed and feeling of racing a car on the extreme edge of control.


Raise your fists and get ready to fight to the brutal finish. The battle comes alive with bone-jarring realism as you pummel your opponent and do your utmost to inflict maximum damage. Your fists are fast and your grip is strong, but will it be enough to help you dominate in the ultimate King of Iron Fist Tournament? Select from an impressive roster of fighters, each with a signature set of deadly techniques, and unleash your most powerful and lightning-fast moves and combos to overcome your opponent.

EZnet Organizer Storage Solution EZnet Organizer is the new simple, flexible, durable and affordable storage solution. All over the house, from the garage to the kitchen to the laundry room, bathrooms and bedrooms, EZnet Organizer makes organizing all kinds of stuff quick, convenient, easy and affordable. Unlike bulky, awkward and expensive shelves, cabinets and bins, EZnet Organizer is constructed from strong nylon netting with an elastic bungee frame. It quickly and easily mounts to a wall or inside of a cabinet door, and expands as you add items to it. Built from high-quality, durable, industrial-strength materials, EZnet Organizer features a unique, patented, envelope style design and construction, keeping your stuff close at hand and easily visible through the open netting. It’s chemical resistant, fire retardant, UV resistant and is also washer and dryer safe. The product is available in Black and White and three convenient sizes. The large holds up to 75 lbs., medium up to 40 lbs., and small up to 20 lbs. For more information, visit 42

ACCENT On Tampa Bay

Brütal Legend is an action-adventure that marries visceral action combat with open-world freedom. Set in a universe somewhere between Lord of the Rings and Spinal Tap, it’s a fresh take on the action/driving genre, which in this case is full of imitation cover bands, demons intent on enslaving humanity and Heavy metal tunes. Featuring the talents of comedian, actor and musician, Jack Black as super roadie Eddie Riggs, as well as cameos by some of the biggest names in metal music it’s a wild ride in the belly of the beast that is not to be missed by gamers and Metalheads alike.

Roy Miller scanned the stacks of cereal in front of him, taking several seconds before selecting the box he wanted and placing it in a nearby shopping basket. He then continued down the aisle towards the canned goods, where he searched for fruits and vegetables that would complement a hearty supper. Miller, rookie defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wasn’t walking the aisles of a local grocery store, however, and in fact he wasn’t even shopping for himself. All the food he selected would go to a grateful patron of the “Metro Market,” thanks to the generosity of the Bay area community and a little shopping assistance from Miller and a dozen of his fellow rookie Buccaneers. The 13 Buccaneers Rookie Club members were on hand at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa recently to help prepare for the

Ministries’ “Holiday Assistance Program,” a huge holidayseason effort that provides food, toys and other services to the less-fortunate members of the Tampa Bay community. Miller was joined by cornerbacks Brandon Anderson and E.J. Biggers, center Jonathan Compas, safety Emanuel Cook, tackle Demar Dotson, offensive lineman Marc Dile, defensive end Maurice Evans, quarterback Josh Freeman, tackle Xavier Fulton, cornerback Mike Mickens, fullback Chris Pressley, tight end Ryan Purvis and wide receiver Sammie Stroughter, The group of rookies spent several hours at the Ministries on Tuesday afternoon taking part in what has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition for the newest group of Buccaneers. The group first reported to a collection of huge tents dubbed the “Holiday Center,” which houses the community outreach effort. The players then spent an hour checking in clients, serving snacks, moving boxes of supplies and sorting the various

types of foods and other goods into their assigned areas. The Holiday program will last through Christmas. Needy members of the Tampa Bay community can register with Metropolitan Ministries to take part and can benefit in a number of ways. Under the large tents, families and individuals will be able to visit a grocery store-style area full of shelves of various food and pick what they like to eat, or instead opt for pre-packaged boxes stuffed with all types of food. They can also pick up a holiday turkey or chicken to enjoy, receive a warm meal on Thanksgiving, get a medical checkup, select donated toys to give as gifts to their children, enjoy various forms of entertainment to lift their holiday spirits, and much more. In fact, the overall effort is expected to serve more than 30,000 families and help more than 150,000 less-fortunate individuals before all is said and done – something that not only

impressed the Buccaneers volunteers but served as an inspiration. “We got a special group of guys, the rookies,” said Miller. “Guys who work hard on the field – and as you can see, they work just as hard off the field, coming out here supporting the community. I think it does good for our program and the future of our program. The community gets to see the young guys and these are the type of things we like to do. We’re just trying to change and continue to shape our image. We’re a young group as a team and we just want to continue molding our image in a positive way in the community.” setting a whole new standard for the rookie class. We’re going to be something to be reckoned with. And the rookie class that we have, we’d like to compare it to [those of] Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks and hopefully in due time we can show the community and show everybody what we’re working for.”


ACCENT On Tampa Bay

By Barbara McGovern

I believe in Santa Claus and I believe in the Bucs. I know, I know, I’m a dreamer but sometimes dreams do come true. This won’t be the year the dream comes true, but within the next few years the Bucs will be back on top. The problems that the team is having this year didn’t just start; they have been building up for several years. Everything came to a head this year; someone changed the entire dynamics of the team..Out went the old and in came the new; new coaches, new GM new players. Wasn’t anyone good enough to stay? A few players were kept , thank goodness. Why did so many people have to go? The team seemed to have the money to get what they needed, they are way under cap. Is lack of money the reason for the poor performance? I don’t know but someone should know. Would more money spent in players produce better

stats? That seems logical but again, who knows. I think that we should give the team our support. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you can’t get a Super Bowl team in one season either. The new crew at the top seem very dedicated. The new kids on the block seem very good. Will some of them turn out to some of the great ones? I hope so. Will some of them turn out to be flops? Perhaps. And mayabe some of the players that the team acquires will go on to greatness. Some of the veterans are better than ever, the old guys ( isn’t amazing that we call someone in their 30’s old?) are helping the new kids to grow and learn. Some of the Baby Bucs have shown flashes of brilliance…It will eventually all be good. Just have faith in the team and keep supporting them, even when they stink. I saw too many “fans” fleeing the stands during the Saint’s game. Shame on you “Fickle Fans .Every team has poor seasons. This is our time to be in a bad place, but hang in there. The Bucs will rise again. They will be on the top of the hill. BELIEVE! Go Bucs.

The newly expanded and renamed St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show is bringing its popular waterfront boating festival back to The Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater & Albert Whitted Park from Dec. 3-6 in downtown St. Pete. Formerly known as the St. Petersburg Boat Show and Strictly Sail, the Gulf Coast’s “super show” won over Tampa Bay residents last year with its winning “two for one” combination that showcased the very best in power boating and sailing. The result: a 35% attendance increase as crowds enjoyed touring the


ACCENT On Tampa Bay

scenic floating docks packed with elegant sailing yachts, sporty family cruisers, high-performance wakeboard boats, and personal watercraft. Show organizers are planning an even more exciting show this year. Hundreds of new and pre-owned powerboats and sailboats, featuring the most competitive deals from many of the world’s top manufacturers, will anchor in the expanded floating dock marina and adjoining land display. Dealers will target Tampa Bay boaters and sailors with a variety of affordable deals, incentives and options.

Two large air-conditioned tents are perfect for holiday gift shopping, filled with show-only finds on boating gear, clothing, jewelry, electronics, engines, travel charters, and much more. Making its return debut is the full slate of entertaining seminars for sailors and power boaters alike, where world-class cruisers and leading experts will share their wit and wisdom. The entire family will enjoy this fourday action-packed boating festival that features: • Free Kids’ Fishing Clinics on Sat. Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, at noon and 2 p.m. each day presented by Hook the Future led by Capt. Don Dingman. Kids who participate in the clinics get a free rod and reel while supplies last. Kids must register with a paid parent or guardian and registration begins each weekend day onsite at 10 a.m. • The popular “St. Pete Cruiser’s Party” on the Saturday night, Dec. 5, featuring The Eric Stone Band, the number one-rated group on Seafaring Radio, and presented by Latitudes & Attitudes magazine. • Free sailboat yacht rides on the bay compliments of Discover Sailing ( and hosted by Sail America. • The world famous “Floating Cocktail Barge,” located dockside and open daily. “Based on the success and positive feedback from Tampa Bay show attendees and exhibitors alike, coupled with our enhancement for 2009, we’re expecting this to be an even bigger and better show,” said Dane Graziano, Show Management senior vice president and chief operating officer. “Besides all the spectacular sailing and powerboat vessels, products, gear, accessories and services, we know that our exhibitors are extremely aggressive this year, so we fully expect there to be unbeatable deals and spectacular sales at the show!” Two new announcements are the “Salute to the Military!” show special, offering free admission for active and retired military personnel with identification and the “Kids Experience” admission offering free admission to children 15 and under. Adults are $10 each. Tickets may be purchased online in advance of the show, with a $2 discount per ticket. Parking is available onsite, or local boaters are invited to cruise on over to the “Come by Boat” docks located on the north side of the show, near the fountain. Boaters are reminded to please bring their own lines and fenders.

Accent On Tampa Bay Magazine #155  

What’s happening the the Tampa Bay area and beyond - Entertainment, Events, Travel, Theater, Music, Hot New Products, etc. Dine at Orlando's...

Accent On Tampa Bay Magazine #155  

What’s happening the the Tampa Bay area and beyond - Entertainment, Events, Travel, Theater, Music, Hot New Products, etc. Dine at Orlando's...