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Vol. 25, Issue 189 July, 2013 Publisher Albert F. Martino, Jr. Senior Editor Melissa Wolcott Martino Sales Vicki Kolb Barbara McGovern Senior Sports Editor Peter Martino Graphic Designer Missy Lynn Contributors Marty Peters Deborah Quigley JoAnn Ryan Photographers Melissa Wolcott Martino Proofreader Beau deCatta Cover Photo courtesy: NBC Bieber Special PUBLISHED ON LINE BY

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4th of July Bright House Clearwater Celebrates America Set to Light the Skies The City of Clearwater invites visitors to honor America’s Independence Day at Clearwater Celebrates America, sponsored by Bright House Networks featuring the Clearwater Gas “Spark the Sky” fireworks display. Coachman Park will serve as the picturesque waterfront setting for the celebration, providing spectators with up-close views of the Tampa Bay area’s largest fireworks display. The patriotic festival kicks-off at 4 p.m., offering visitors the chance to experience specialty items and foods from local vendors and explore a variety of kid-friendly activities before the dazzling fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Featuring special effects and creative designs, the fireworks will light the sky in exciting new ways with the inclusion of nautical shell fireworks in the synchronized show. Unlike traditional fireworks rocketing into the sky, the nautical shells are fired down into the water, rising to the surface in a glittering explosion. A crowd-pleasing display, the nautical shells will erupt from Clearwater’s tranquil waters. Visitors will enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the celebration, including the Annual Mascot Parade of Clearwater’s most famous faces. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., spectators will watch the mascots as they parade through the park before the patriotic concert kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. This year’s performers will be the Mostly Pops Orchestra and local favorite, the Wilsons. The light classical and pops concert will


continue throughout the evening for all to enjoy and the kid’s area will remain open from 5 to 9 p.m. A special inclusion in the kid’s area this year is Radio Disney’s series of games based upon the Disney Channel’s new original movie, Teen Beach Movie.

Gulfport’s FUNKY FOURTH CAR SHOW This all day, 4th of July event begins at 8 a.m. and last until the Spectacular Fireworks display at 9 p.m. Fireworks, parades and red, white and blue are part of the United States’ 4th of July tradition. Celebrate the holiday by participating in the City of Gulfport Parade and Funky 4th Classic Car Show.

Busch Gardens Extended Hours and Nightly Fireworks Summer Nights lets guests celebrate the red, white and blue all day, and even after dark, all summer long with an energetic acrobatics show, live entertainment and much more. And test your courage as you take on Busch Gardens’ roller coasters in the dark, including Cheetah Hunt. Busch Gardens lights up the sky during Summer Nights, including July Fourth, with a nightly fireworks display. Additionally, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed services through its Waves of Honor military salute program, which provides one complimentary admission per year to one of the SeaWorld or Busch Gardens Parks, Sesame Place, and Adventure Island for the service member and as many as three of his or her direct dependents through 2013. For more information and to register for the program, visit

Celebrations DUNEDIN’s Hometown USA

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The City of Dunedin and the Dunedin Blue Jays presents a Hometown USA Celebration. Enjoy a ballgame, live concert featuring “The Greg Billings Band,” and a spectacular display of fireworks. Dunedin Stadium is at 373 Douglas Ave. Ballgame: 4:15pm, Live Concert immediately following ballgame. Fireworks: 9:30pm.

Channelside Bay Plaza Fireworks Celebration Celebrate at the Channelside Bay Plaza and surrounding areas. Live music, entertainment, and fireworks display kicks off at 9 p.m. right on the water. This is a family friendly event but there will not be any children’s activities. The best place to see the fireworks is from the wharf. Wristbands will be given out for access at the Garrison Street Gate at 7:00 pm. Only persons with wristbands will be allowed on the wharf. Parking will be available at the garage across the street from the complex or in open lots between Channelside and Tampa Bay Times Forum. Please consider public transportation.

AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP Family FunFest & Fireworks Celebrate aboard the SS American Victory Ship--a 1945 World War II merchant ship--one of only four in the U.S. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, fireworks and family fun. Plus, American Hero Contest. Prizes for best dressed aboard.


tions 727.822.1032. The Conservatory and terrace of the MFA provide the best seats in town for the downtown fireworks on the Fourth of July. Beginning at 6 p.m.

FREEDOM RINGS IN ST. PETE Hit St. Pete’s beautiful waterfront to enjoy fireworks over Tampa Bay. Fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m. so make sure you get to prime viewing spots at Vinoy Park, Albert Whitted Airport or North Straub Park early.

LARGO 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Hit Largo Central Park starting at 6 p.m. with live music leading up to the 9:15 p.m. fireworks show. This family-friendly Independence Day celebration features kids’ activities and food. $5 parking is available on site.

Celebrate the Fourth on the beach at Sloppy Joe’s in Treasure Island from noon-9 p.m. Keep busy until fireworks at 9 p.m. with arts and craft vendors, live music and food/beer trucks.




If you’re looking for some peace and quiet with your feet in the sand, head to the No. 1 beach destination in the country and relax before the bright colors paint the sky over the Gulf of Mexico at dusk.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Annual Celebration Enjoy a gourmet barbecue buffet, music by O Som Do Jazz, special exhibitions, and the downtown fireworks. A beer/wine cash bar will be available. Reserva-

Hit up Madeira Beach for a day filled with live music, drinks & games followed by an aerial display.

Kick the day off with a patriotic picnic in the park at Craig Park, featuring live music and family activities, like cherry seed spitting and sack races, and free hotdogs, popcorn and drinks. Cap the night with fireworks at dusk with the best viewing from Howard Park Beach.

SAFETY HARBOR JULY FOURTH Main Street fills with a patriotic parade starting at 10 a.m. Starting at 5 p.m. the evening entertainment begins with live music, food vendors and a family play


LOCAL FOCUS RED BULL WAKE OPEN TO AIR LIVE ON NBC - July 6 Red Bull Wake Open, wakeboarding’s premier pro competition, will air live at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on July 6 on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. The two-hour broadcast live from Tampa, brings together 35 of the world’s best wakeboard athletes from nine countries, ranging in age from 15 to 32 years old. Red Bull Wake Open challenges athletes in wakeboarding’s three disciplines of boat, wake park and big air. Headlining the list of competitors is defending champion Raphael Derome (Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada). Expected to challenge Derome are Aaron Rathy (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Harley Clifford(Orlando, Fla.). For the first time ever in U.S. competition, a ramp-to-ramp park feature will be introduced, allowing riders to push the limits of big air competition. Hosted by Sal Masekela and wakeboard legend Parks Bonifay.

Museums on Us - July 6-7 Bank of America’s “Museums on Us” is offering free admission to some cultural venues in the U.S. July 6 and 7, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to more than 150 participating museums in 94 cities. In Tampa and St. Petersburg, participating museums include Florida Holocaust Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and Tampa Museum of Art. Bank of America has also recently rolled out its Museums on Us site for mobile. You can check it out on your mobile phone. It’s great for people who are traveling and want to check out if the city they are visiting has participating museums. www.


Rays game watching parties on the beach at the TradeWinds - thru Sept 27 TradeWinds Island Resorts are inviting baseball fans to head out to St. Pete Beach for fun-filled, family-friendly game watching parties all season long. This year, the action takes place at Guy Harvey Outpost. The games will be broadcast on a huge screen directly on the beach and Rays Radio will broadcast live. Rays announcer Rusty Kath and the Rays Street Team will also be on-hand with fun giveaways. Food and beverages including cookout items and buckets of beer will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed, but fans are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. Slide passes will also be available for $15 (normally $37). These events are free and open to the public. Guy Harvey Outpost is located at 6000 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach. Beginning at noon, $10 parking will be available at the Guy Harvey Outpost and at the neighboring Island Grand (while available - discounted from normal $20). For additional information, call (727) 367-6461, or visit

Miss Florida Pageant and Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen Pageant - July 9-13 The Cirque du Crown Comes to Town July 6-13. The pageant is a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. There are three nights of preliminary competition for the Miss Florida Pageant Tuesday-Thursday, July 9-11. Preliminaries for Miss Florida Outstanding Teen are Friday, July 12. Pageant finals are Saturday, July 13 and start at 3:30 p.m. with Miss Florida Outstanding Teen Photo by Deanna Meredith. at 4 p.m. and Miss Florida at 7:30 p.m. July 13 - Miss Florida Gala Saturday, 9:30pm. After the Pageant celebrate with the newly crowned Miss Florida 2013 and all of the contestants with a buffet breakfast, DJ, cash bar and more. Information for the Pageant and the Gala. The Mahaffey Theater, 727.893.7832.


EXPERIENCE PERU AT INTERNATIONAL PLAZA AND BAY STREET – thru Aug 11 If Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is on your must-see list, take a side trip to International Plaza and Bay Street this summer for an interactive and entertaining glimpse of Peru along with events, gifts and a big dose of fun. International Plaza and Bay Street will feature Peru-themed promotions through Aug. 11. Highlights include: The centerpiece of the promotional partnership is a 3D interactive floor graphic of the fabled Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a 2007 international Internet poll. American artist Tracy Lee Stum was commissioned to create a 12 x 18-foot, 3D graphic of Machu Picchu for shoppers to visit, photograph and enjoy. Pelagia’s Chef Brett Gardiner and Chef Darwin Santa have joined forces to create a delicious Peruvian meal. This special dish with native ingredients and influence of Peru will be a featured menu item at Pelagia Trattoria in the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel through August 8. Every Saturday through August 3 at 2 pm, shoppers can enjoy live Andean music of Peru with musicians playing the charango, cajon, zampoña, quena and other authentic instruments while Peruvian artist Patricia Filomeno paints the colors of Peru at Grand Court. Watch art come to life while enjoying the Latin rhythms of the instrumental duo of Nuna Music.



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The 1st Annual “Afternoon in Havana” at the St. Petersburg Coliseum was a great success. The event featured entertainment by recently crowned World Champion Ballroom Dancers, one of Cuba’s most popolar bands — Orquesta Aragon, and presentations by SYTYCD’s Mary Murphy, and DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani. Guests danced to the music of Fiesta Orchestra. Entertainment was provided by the Tropicana Girls, Salsa Champions - Billy & Katy, US Showdance Champs Thomas & Izabella, Untouchables (America’s Got Talent finalists), The Jensens, Luis & Anya - Salsa Champs, Ana Llorente, World Cabaret & World Mambo Champ, Emmanuel & Liana, World Mambo Champs. Wow! For a video of this event, please visit

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Madeira Beach Craft Festival – July 6-7 American Craft Endeavors returns to Madeira Beach with another Art Fair. This summer show will once again transform Madeira Way into an outdoor craft showcase featuring the work of fine crafters with prices set to suit all budgets. This two-day festival showcases a wide variety of original craft media that will appeal to people of all ages including families, craft enthusiasts, as well as serious shoppers looking for unique gifts. Variety of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax & glass, hair accessories, handbags & accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts. A Green Market will offer a broad selection of exotic plants, as well as dips and other gourmet items. Admission is free and open to the public. Madeira Way between Gulf Blvd & 150th Ave., 561-7466615.


American Stage GAME NIGHT SERIES - Sun, July 7 Heads Up! is the fun and hilarious new game that Ellen DeGeneres plays on her show — and now you can play it at American Stage. You have 60 seconds to guess what words are appearing on the iphone you are holding on your forehead while everyone yells clues. If you love games, you’ll love this summer as Florida Craftsmen sponsors Game Nights all through July and August to pair with its PLAY: Toys & Games Made By Artists exhibition. Be sure to bring your I-phone and download the app. It’s going to be a lot of fun, from 6:30-7:30pm. Tickets: “Pay-What-You-Can” $15 advance ticket purchase (Suggested donation $10-$20 at the door.) Performed in the lobby cabaret, where there will be full cash bar service.

Second Annual Power Walk for Dress for Success – Sat, July 13 Dress for Success Tampa Bay, a non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women will take place at Westfield Citrus Park on Saturday, July 13. The 5k Power Walk for Dress for Success Tampa Bay will promote the Health and Wellness initiative of the Professional Women’s Group, a program which provides successfully employed Dress for Success clients with a network of support, practical information and inspiration to achieve self-defined success. Dress for Success launched the Power Walk for Dress for Success as a “walking testament” to the organization’s work to help disadvantaged women become healthy in all aspects of their lives – careers, physical well-being, emotional health and more. “Dress for Success is focused on helping women take the necessary steps to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Katie McGill, chief executive officer of Dress for Success Tampa Bay. “The Power Walk will impact and inspire not only them but also their families.” The Power Walk for Dress for Success Tampa Bay is open to the public and participation will support the programs and services of Dress for Success Tampa Bay.

TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART CELEBRATING OUR HEROES - MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS – Sun, July 14 Celebrating our Heroes is a series of special events throughout the year that recognize commitment to our country through Military Appreciation Days. On these special event days, the Museum will offer free admission to all military, veterans, and their families. Families will enjoy special children’s programming, live entertainment, free gelato tastings, and access to the Museum’s exhibitions which are currently, Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman; Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection, and Utility and Aesthetics in Ancient Art. The first Military Appreciation Day, with support from Booz Allen Hamilton, will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., to coincide with the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games. www. 12


Tampa Bay Home Show - July 19 – 21 Meet the area’s top home improvement experts at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. This event will feature over 500 exhibits relating to Florida homes and home improvement. Looking for kitchen cabinets, landscaping, spas/pools, home entertainment systems, remodeling or window experts? You can find all of that and more. Stroll through the aisles and find hundreds of project ideas and solutions. See the latest in carpet and tile, air conditioning systems, pest control, fencing or storage solutions. From home security to storm protection to greener living… It’s all coming together under one roof. The Tampa Bay Home Show will also include a seminar series, featuring a lineup of entertainment, local experts and do-it-yourself ideas for your home, on both Saturday and Sunday. Individual booths will feature local products and national name brands, new product lines, demonstrations, giveaways, advice and trade secrets. Hours: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Admission and parking are free.

The Nordstrom Beauty - Fri, July 19 To celebrate their Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom International Plaza is throwing a Beauty Bash on Friday, July 19 from 5-8 pm. Customers will get to check out our complimentary blow-out bar, nail bar, facial bar, lash bar, and brow bar, learn the latest beauty tips and tricks from their favorite brands, and grab an exclusive goodie bag.

5th Annual Taste of the Beaches – Sat, July 20 The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its 5th Annual Taste of the Beaches: Sizzlin Summer Event at Horan Park located in St. Pete Beach. The festivities for the Taste of the Beaches include auctions, raffles, tastes from over 25 restaurants and live music by The Hamiltones & the Hunks of Funk. Auction & raffle opportunities include: a weekend getaway with a two day rental of a 2013 Audi A5 Convertible, a new Beach Cruiser bicycle and many other packages. A cash bar for beer & wine will be available. The event is from 4:00 pm till 9:00 pm. Register at (727) 360-6957. 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, FL. 14

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The Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center recently announced plans to host the THE TEST, a multi-media exhibition about the first African-American aviators in U.S. Military combat, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit will be displayed at the Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road, in February 2014. THE TEST was created by artist Jerry Taliaferro. As part of the exhibit, Taliaferro would like to create wall panels about Tuskegee Airmen from, or residing in, the Tampa Bay Area. Taliaferro is also looking for information about St. Petersburg’s Al Downing, a former music educator and the namesake of the Al Downing Jazz Association. Downing served with the Tuskegee Airmen before leading the 613th Army Air Force Band in Tuskegee. Taliaferro is hoping for scanned photos, copies or recordings of stories, letters, or any other artifacts belonging to area Tuskegee Airmen to help complete his exhibit. If you can help, please contact Taliaferro at (980) 236-7171, or email him at by September 30. You can also contact the Center’s artistic director, Richard Haerther, at (813) 269-1310, or by email at



HYATT REGENCY CLEARWATER BEACH INVITES FAMILIES TO ENTER HEALTHY COOK-OFF - Submissions by July 31 Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa announced the launch of Hyatt’s “For Kids, By Kids Family Cook-Off” recipe contest. The contest invites families to create and share a healthy breakfast recipe, along with a photo via Facebook, for a chance to win a vacation and a place on Hyatt’s For Kids, By Kids menu. All items on the For Kids, By Kids menu were created by Hyatt’s food and beverage team and 12 year-old youth advocate and chef, Haile Thomas, who has cooked for First Lady Michelle Obama and was integral in the conception and testing of dishes on the menu. “We are committed to making the For Kids, By Kids menu the very best it can be,” said Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach General Manager Brian Kramer. “We think the new menu items will further our goal of making healthy and fun foods the easy and favorable choice for our youngest guests. To enter the contest, adults must submit photos of homemade breakfast dishes to the Hyatt Facebook page by July 31, 2013. Upon completion of the entry period, a panel of judges will announce five finalists on August 2. From August 5 through August 26, the Hyatt Facebook community will have the opportunity to help pick the winning dish amongst the five finalists. At the same time, a second panel of judges – featuring Hyatt’s food and beverage team and 12 year-old kid chef Haile Thomas – will be cooking and judging the five finalists’ meals to help determine the winner. All entries will be judged on a number of criteria including creativity, appearance, flavor, interactivity, ease of execution and more. Once all votes are tallied from the panel of judges and the general public, Hyatt will announce the winner. The winner will receive a trip for four people to any Hyatt in the continental United States, including airfare up to $2,000, as well as a spot for the winning breakfast dish on Hyatt’s For Kids, By Kids menu.

TUESDAY TWILIGHT MARKET The Roosevelt 2.0 and The Urban Coalition of Tampa Bay, a grassroots Non-Profit Organization whose mission is to nurture and create a sustainable local community in Tampa Bay, Florida, have united to create a weekly community event to enhance and create a pubic gathering place. This family friendly new market will promote a weekly gathering of local producers and consumers in a congenial atmosphere that promotes the economic well being of local food and promote health and wellness. It will support space for 20+ vendors to supply products such as produce, plants, fresh baked goods, soaps, packaged foods for take home, local art hand crafts. Tuesdays 5pm - 10pm. Live Music will be played from 6pm - 10pm. Parking is Free and located on street or in the nearby City Parking Lots. Rain or Shine. The Roosevelt 2.0 - 1812 N. 15th Street, Ybor City Tampa, 33605.


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Do sea monsters exist? Find out at MOSI’s new exhibit of plastinated sea creatures. These fascinating animals are all authentic, created with a polymer preservation technique, enabling us to see them outside and in. Eighteen full body creatures are on display, along with more than 150 organs and smaller specimens. You can see a 6’ wide manta ray, a 15’ mako shark, giant squid, and 18’ whale shark. There are hands-on displays for children and adults alike. For more information, visit


Ocean Sunfish. Heaviest bony fish in the ocean. Can grow to 10’ in diameter.

Conger eel can grow to 10’ in length.

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Coffee lovers will love Wawa’s coffee selections, and their hot and cold coffee concoctions.

Giant squid incased in polymer. Eyes of this creature are the largest in the animal kingdom. It can snatch prey up to 33 feet away with it’s tenticles.

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EXHIBITS Windows to Our Wildest Place: These permanent, hands-on educational exhibits help visitors understand how natural Florida has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center. Connecting People and Place: This is an art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit of the area’s history, ecology and people at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. For God and Gold: Thru Dec. 29, visit a new exhibit at Heritage Village in recognition of Viva Florida 500, highlighting the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513. Heritage Village features reproduction weapons, nautical items, clothing, camp gear, religious items and other items to tell the story of everyday life during the ocean crossing and the subsequent exploration and colonization of Florida. July 6, Aug 3 Brooker Book Club: Hosted by the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, the Brooker Book Club meets the first Saturday of each month. Geared toward adults, the book list includes works by Florida authors, past and present, with archeology, biography, politics and history storylines. The book selected for discussion in July is Star Island by Carl Hiaasen. The book selected for discussion in August is Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A social History of Modern Florida by Gary R.Mormino 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration is required as seating is limited, Brooker Creek Preserve. Weedon the Beautiful: Join the family fun at Weedon Island Preserve for a Photo Adventure Scavenger Hunt this holiday weekend. Bring digital 20

cameras and pick up the list of clues at the front desk at the center. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3 Weedon Island Guided Hike: Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove for-

ests. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. July 6, 20, 27, Aug 3, 8 Brooker Creek Guided Hike: See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes on this 0.75-mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve.

July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 Book Time at Brooker: Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. Wee-Time at Weedon: This program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. This activity is recommended for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; advance registration requested. Weedon Island Preserve. July 11 Green Invaders: Over 300 aliens live in Florida, from walking catfish, boa constrictors to Brazilian Pepper, all native species that are being pushed out of their homes. Almost every species of animal, from butterflies to bears, evolve alongside the plants that grow here. Pinellas County Extension Master Gardener Sandy Huff and community activist Joe Casse will present what to look for and how to make a difference in helping our natives survive. Free; advance registration required. Palm Harbor Library, July 12 Great Weedon Bird Quest: Learn the identifying marks and behaviors of our feathered year-round residents and seasonal visitors while assisting in compiling an annual checklist of the preserve’s birds. This hike is designed to take advantage of all levels of birding experience. Binoculars and bird guides are available. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. Botany Hike: Join a Brooker Creek

naturalist to explore the fascinating plants found on the preserve while identifying wildflowers, ferns, epiphytes, trees and more. The ecology of various plant communities will also be examined. Best suited for adults. Come prepared with your camera and questions. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve.

resources agent and hike along two miles of boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. Come prepared with binoculars, cameras and questions. Questions can also be researched in the resource room upon return to the education center. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve.

July 13, 31 Birds of Brooker Hike: Join this hike to identify common birds of Brooker Creek Preserve. Meander along the one-mile trail to gather information on the birds seen and heard. Binoculars will be helpful. Bring water. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Brooker Creek Preserve. Kids into Bugs and Dirt: The 4-H Brooker Creek Explorers Club is a newly formed club seeking new members ages 5 to 18. Meeting twice a month to learn about and explore a new environmental topic from trees to bees and everything in between. The club aims to teach them things they may not have learned in school and will get them outdoors as much as possible. Registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. Archaeology Works – Shells: Learn to identify different shell types from around the Tampa Bay area and the ways archaeologists use them to learn about the past. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration. Weedon Island Preserve.

July 20 Weedon Photography Hike: Hike the preserve in search of that perfect photo. This program provides great opportunities for photographers of all levels to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, preserve volunteers highlight seasonal features of the preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve. 8 to 10 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. Tree ID: Join your local natural resource agent as she discusses the basics on how to identify trees in your area. The presentation includes a guided tree identification walk. 10:30 to noon. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. Going Coastal – Discover the World of Plankton: Discover the hidden world of the estuary with some of the smallest critters that live in Tampa Bay. Plankton is a diverse group of organisms suspended in the water of estuaries, oceans and all other bodies of water. Microscopes will help reveal these fascinating live creatures. Activity for ages 8 and older. 1 to 3 p.m. Free; Advance registration. Weedon Island Preserve.

July 18 Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden Tour: Explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas at Pinellas County Extension/Florida Botanical Gardens to learn more about growing your own food. Discover the tropical fruits that do well in our Florida climate including many varieties of bananas, figs, papayas, mangoes, avocados, sugar cane and citrus. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; Advance registration. Pinellas County Extension. June 19 Forestry Hike: Join a local natural

July 24 Creatures of the Night: Pinellas County’s Natural Resource Extension Agent, Lara Miller, will discuss the creatures of the night. All of our nocturnal critters form a vital part of our natural environment but are largely ignored. Recommended for adults. 2 to 3 p.m. Garden Club of St. Petersburg.

July 26 Wildlife Hike: Join an experienced naturalist as you hike along boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. Go prepared with binoculars, cameras, and questions. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration. Brooker Creek Preserve. July 27 Wildflower Garden Club: Get gardening hands dirty in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Bring garden gloves and hat. Free; advance registration. 8 to 10 a.m. Brooker Creek Preserve.

LOCATION INFO... Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; The Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road. (727) 5822100; Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde. (727) 5521862; Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 582-2108;http:// Heritage Village, 11909 125 St. N., Largo. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 582-2603 Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2600; animalservices. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2109 Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500;



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Lechuza Planters Lechuza planters make growing plants simple, and it is a rare occurrence when both beauty and practicality come together in self-watering planters. You don’t need a green thumb as the planter does all the work for you. All you have to do is fill it and forget it. A water level indicator makes it easy for users to see when more water is needed. Lechuza self-watering planters come in stunning designs, unusual finishes and vibrant colors.

Magnaclips Curtain Tie-Backs Magnaclips is a handy home styling and decor product. Magnaclips curtain tie-backs make it easy to cinch drapes and curtains. The tie-back wraps around the curtain or drape and the magnetic halves connect together holding the curtain in place. One of the things that set Magnaclips apart is that they allow for simple adjustments to alter the amount of light in the room. They come in multiple colors and even different shapes. 22



ocated on the waterfront at Johns Pass, this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction. Over one hundred merchants inhabit the Village with unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. Plenty of parking: There is metered onstreet parking located conveniently throughout the Village, as well as a new state-of-the-art multi-level parking garage adjacent to Bubba Gumps and Hubbards Marina. The beach is a short stroll away. Conveniently located near St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, and just a short drive to the Orlando area. Open daily!

12901 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, Florida

Located on the Gulf-to-Intercoastal pass between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island

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

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

FLICKS AND FOOD TRUCKS Downtown Channel District Every 3rd Thursday of the month is Gourmet Food Truck fun, independent short flicks (10-15 minutes each) and some micro-brews and live music too. Expect to find 10-15 gourmet food trucks offering everything from Burgers to Vegetarian Bites, there is something for everyone. Join in for some all out outside food fun. the Grand Central at Kennedy, 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd., 33602. 6 - 10 pm.

4th FRIDAY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Hours: 5-9 pm. Live entertainment, local artists and crafters and a variety of snack food vendors. Buskers and street performers. Corey Avenue is the Heart of Downtown St. Pete Beach. Discover the unique stores, specialty shops, the theater, restaurants, art galleries, clothing stores, imaginative gift shops, craft and hobby shopping, beachwear shops, and more. Visit by car or trolley. Free Parking and admission.

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

GULFPORT TUESDAY FRESH MARKET 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday. Over 50 vendors are present offering a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, seafood, Florida beef, and desserts. Also hand-made items, jewelry, art work and more. Live music.

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



STRAZ 2013-14 SEASON The Book of Mormon - Nov. 12 - 24. Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Contains explicit language. Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Dec 12-29. In this multi-faceted production, the Rockettes will dance their way through an awe-inspiring journey with new scenes, an array of glamorous new costumes, dramatic lighting effects and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking new imagery. The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess - Jan. 14 - 19. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is hitting the road in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” ONCE - Feb. 11 - 16. ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights ... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

EVITA - March 18 - 23. Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Evita features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” Jersey Boys - April 8 - 13. Jersey Boys, the musical about The Four Seasons, is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The JERSEY BOYS Tampa engagement features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What a Night,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Ghost The Musical - April 22 - 27. Ghost The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. We Will Rock You - May 13 - 18. We Will Rock You features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen. This hilarious phenomenon boasts a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes such as “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You. For more information, visit Straz Center, 813-2297827,



MY NAME IS ASHER LEV July 19 - Aug 25 MY NAME IS ASHER LEV a new play by Aaron Posner, adapted from the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok. This production is an area premiere and winner of the 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play”. MY NAME IS ASHER LEV takes place during Post-World War II at various locations in Brooklyn, New York. MY NAME IS ASHER LEV follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist. There will be brief nudity in the context of a woman modeling for a painting. AMERICAN STAGE EVENTS Hawk and Wayne’s News of the Weird: LIVE – Sun, July 7. Ever wonder what happened to that guy who ate the other guy’s face in Miami? What about the lady that drove all night in a diaper? Using some of the stories from Chuck Sheperd’s nationally syndicated News of the Weird column, comedy duo Hawk & Wayne bring you their most original, hilarious and truly weirdest improv comedy show ever. At 8 pm The Vagina Monologues - Sat, July 13. The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.” Featuring SUZY DEVORE, MELANIE SOUZA, and COLLEEN CHERRY at 8 pm. LARK EDEN - Sun, July 28. Tracing the life-long friendships of three Southern women beginning in the Depression era and continuing through the early years of the new century, Lark Eden offers a poetic exploration of the ties that bind us together as tightly as family, and as surely as love. Tickets: “Pay-What-You-Can” (Suggested donation $10-$20) or $15 advance tickets.


2013-2014 SEASON LEND ME A TENOR Sept 13-29. Comedy by Ken Ludwig. It’s a farce – start with a famous opera tenor mistakenly accused of infidelity…end up with chaos, plot twists & innuendoes galore. Hilarious fun! OVER THE TAVERN - Oct 25-Nov 10. Comedy/Drama by Tom Dudzick. Step inside the Panzinski apartment and take very funny and enchanting look at Polish Catholic life in 1950’s Buffalo. Beware of Sister Clarissa’s ruler. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE - Dec 6-22. Holiday Show by Tony Palermo. Music, warmth and wit…delight in all the highlights that make this story an unforgettable experience. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the Holidays.

HELLO DOLLY - Jan 17Feb 2. Musical by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart. Fall in love again with America’s favorite matchmaker as Dolly Levi leads the high stepping cast in a razzle-dazzle salute to this Broadway masterpiece. CRIMES OF THE HEART - March 7-23. Comedy/Drama by Beth Henley. Warmhearted, irreverent humor highlights the plight of three Mississippi sisters as each strives to escape the past in order to seize the future. REGRETS ONLY - May 2-18. Comedy by Paul Rudnick. The jokes fly fast and furious as a noted fashion designer and his socialite friends try to define friendships, modern marriage and high society manners. Call the Box Office for Tickets and Information at 727-866-1973. SP City Theatre, 4025 31st St So, St. Petersburg FL 33712; 727-866-1973.

LOST AT SEA - July 12 - 21 Alex is just a regular 12-year-old girl living a regular 12-year-old life. And then, it happens: she sees something that changes her life forever. In a flash, she’s thrown into a pirate adventure full of sword fights and mayhem. But as the fantasy becomes reality, Alex’s splintered family gets caught in the middle. Can Alex save the day? This brand new musical from Pinellas County natives Jason Tucker & Amanda Elend is filled with colorful pirates and rollicking music. Directed by Jason Tucker.


Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo Florida. 727-587-6793.

festival2013 Don’t miss out on your chance to see these young stars before they make it on Broadway!

BTP President an d Artistic Director , Debra McWaters is on e of the foremost teache rs of the Fosse techniqu e, and author of the de finitive book “The Fosse Style.” She has been he lming the successful Br oadway Theatre Project for 23 years.

Sat, JULY 27, 2013

Two Shows Only! 3 PM and 7:30 PM

USF Theatre 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620

“The World’s Most Prestigious Musical Theatre Arts Education Program For High School and College Students.” — Playbill Magazine

Every July, BTP welcomes young aspiring musical theatre performers who are tutored by a faculty made up of outstanding contributors to the theatrical world. At the end of their 3-week intensive, the students put on an amazing show at USF. It is not to be missed!



Broadway’s greatest farce —the light, fastpaced, witty, irreverent musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum—is coming to the Carrollwood Cultural Center, July 12 through July 21. The show, directed by Craig Hartfield who played the lead character when the show first appeared at the Center in 2008, is the fifth Broadway summer musical presented by the Center. The tradition of a summer musical, started in 2009 by former artistic director Mary Ann Scialdo, has included productions of Oliver!, The Music Man, The King & I and Hairspray: The Musical. A non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince. Directed by Craig Hartfield with music director Mary Jo Hahn. Presented by MAS Community Theatre through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Admission: $18 -$24 For more information, call (813) 269-1310, or visit the Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa.

Donnell Rawlings - JULY 26 - 28 Donnell Rawlings is an overnight success a decade in the making. You’ve seen him on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show. His unique brand of observational humor earned Donnell co-hosting duties on “Egypt and Ashy in the Morning”. He is now co-hosting “The Big Tigger Morning Show” in Washington DC. Currently, Donnell can be seen regularly on “Chelsea Lately,” MTV’s “Hatin.” He also enjoyed playing a character on HBO’s “The Wire”. Additionally, Donnell has starred in “Reality Bites Back” for Comedy Central and tours heavily with his stand up dates. He has appeared on Special Victims Unit (SVU) and Criminal Intent (CI) and has also appeared on NBC’s Third Watch and HBO Special: The Corner. SideSplitters is located at 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 30


Memoirs of a Painted Woman - July 20, 30-31

The Studio@620 welcomes Karleigh Chase as she gives us a glimpse into the imagined inner workings of such notable women subjects like Marilyn, Mona Lisa, Gala, or The Girl with the Pearl Earring. “Memoirs of a Painted Woman� is a one-woman show that delves into the private lives of the women in some of the most famous paintings in history. What is it like to be immortalized in a painting? Are these women really who we think they are? Hear what they have to say about the true life of being a muse. An abridged version of this performative work was presented this past spring at The Studio and received such positive feedback that the creator, Karleigh Chase, was asked to return with the full show. Directed by Andi Matheny. The Studio@620, 620 1st Ave. So., St. Petersburg FL 33701; 727-895-6620.



How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents - thru July 13 Karen Zacarias based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Alvarez. Spanning more than 30 years in the lives of four sisters, the story begins with their adult lives in the U.S. and ends with their childhood in war-torn Dominican Republic. The play deals with the hardships of immigration, painting a vivid picture of the struggle to assimilate, the sense of displacement, and the confusion of identity. A beautiful portrait of a close-knit, hardworking family that acknowledges the importance of both laughter and loss. A book club favorite, bursting with music, compassion, and vivacity.

2013-2014 SEASON A RAISIN IN THE SUN - Oct 1-20. Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. Winner of the NY Drama Critic’s Award as Best Play of the Year. “Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre.” - Newsweek “A milestone in the American Theatre.” - Ebony. VENUS IN FUR - Nov 7-24. The sexiest, funniest, most acclaimed hit of the recent Broadway season, this seductive comedy blends love, lust, and literature, with the ultimate battle of the sexes. Written by comic mastermind David Ives, this sizzling new play will keep you guessing until the very end. “Seriously Smart & Very Funny!” - The New York Times “So Sexy You Could Sweat!” - The Philadelphia Inquirer 34

THE DIVINE SISTER - Feb 6-23. The Divine Sister is an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns. The Divine Sister tells the story of St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. “This gleefully twisted tale of the secret lives of nuns — in which the playwright doubles as leading lady — is Mr. Busch’s freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades.” - The New York Times CHINGLISH - March 27-April 11. Springing from the author’s personal experiences in China over the past five years, Chinglish follows a Midwestern American businessman desperately seeking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s firm as he travels to China only to discover how much he doesn’t understand. Chinglish explores the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are worlds apart from our own.” David Henry Hwang’s best new work since M. Butterfly, this shrewd, timely and razor-sharp comedy” (Chicago Tribune) received its Broadway premiere in fall 2011. A FEW GOOD MEN - May 1-18. This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. “Enormously entertaining.”N.Y. Daily News “Plenty of wise cracking humor and suspense.”-Time Magazine THE SUGARBEAN SISTERS - June 12-29. Stuck in a Florida swamp near Disney World, the Nettles sisters are determined to escape spinsterhood by hopping the next spaceship out of town, and they’re not going to let the arrival of a snake charmer, a handsome Mormon Bishop and a mysterious bird woman stand in their way. See the show “New York Newsday” called the “most impressive debut of a new American playwright”. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa FL 33602; 813-251-8984.



Spring Awakening - July 19 to Aug 18


he ground-breaking rock musical that took Broadway by storm, with a powerful score by Duncan Sheik, will take to the freeFall stage. This daring evening of musical theatre draws stunning parallels between the youth of the late 19th century (when the original play was written) and the youth of today, fearlessly employing anachronism and a dynamic expressionistic style. This show contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences only. For more information (727) 498-5205

2013-14 SEASON


est Coast Players has announced its slate of shows for the 2013-14 season: Men are Dogs, a comedy by Joe Simonelli.- Aug 9 - 25 Wedding Secrets, a comedy by Joe Starzyk - Sept 20 - Oct 6 Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) a comedic musical by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell - Nov 8 - 24 Rex’s Exes, a comedy by Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten and Jessie Jones. (Sequel to last year’s The Red Velvet Cake War) - Jan 17 - Feb 2, 2014 Boeing, Boeing, a comedy by Marc Camoletti - March 7 - 23 A Moon For the Misbegotten, the classic by Eugene O’Neill - April 18 - May 4 Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, a comedy by Bert V. Royal - June 6 - 22 21905 US 19 N., Clearwater, FL 33765; 727 437-2363;


MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre


July 13

il Wayne’s debut studio album, Tha Block Is Hot was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His next albums, Lights Out and 500 Degreez, were certified gold. He reached higher popularity with Tha Carter, which included the single “Go D.J.”, also appearing on Destiny’s Child’s top ten single “Soldier” that year. The album was followed by Tha Carter II and several mixtapes and collaborations. Tha Carter III became Lil Wayne’s most successful album to date. It included the number-one single “Lollipop”, as well as “A Milli” and “Got Money”, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His Tha Carter IV, sold 964,000 copies in its first week In September 2012, Lil Wayne passed Elvis Presley as the male with the most entries on theBillboard Hot 100 chart with 109 songs.

dave matthews band - July 17


ormed in Virginia in the early 1990’s, Dave Matthews Band quickly developed an intensely loyal, grassroots following intrigued by its eclectic sound and compelling live performances. Today, with 14 million tickets sold, the Grammy Award winning Dave Matthews Band is consistently one of the top draws on the concert circuit. 2005’s Stand Up, the group’s most recent studio album, was Dave Matthews Band’s fourth consecutive studio album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. It was followed in 2006 by the band’s first-ever retrospective - The Best of What’s Around, Vol. 1 - a double disc set capturing many of the band’s hits, including “What Would You Say,” “Crash Into Me” and “American Baby.”

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311 & Sublime w/ Rome, with Cypress Hill, Pennywise & G. Love - Tue, Jul 23


11’s fusion of reggae and rap-metal was created in Omaha, Nebraska, where singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, DJ/singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton, and the bassist known only as P-Nut launched the group in 1990. The quintet moved to Los Angeles and translated their regional success into national recognition. Sublime with Rome is a musical collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of the band Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez. The group chiefly performed songs by Sublime, which was fronted by Bradley Nowell until his death in 1996. Cypress Hill was the first latino group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums and one of the first rap groups to gain a following with fans of hard rock and metal. Between their 1991 self-titled debut and 2005’s The Fuse, Pennywise had released an album every two years. To date, the band has released ten full-length studio albums (the last being 2012’s All or Nothing), one live album, two EPs and one DVD. G. Love & Special Sauce are known for their unique “laid back” blues sound.


Mon, July 29


lack Sabbath has been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late-’60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and macabre fantasies. Black Sabbath helped give birth to a musical style that continues to attract millions of fans decades later.

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MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Matchbox Twenty Sun, Aug 4


Jonas Brothers Sat, Aug 3


evin, Joe and Nick — The Jonas Brothers — gained popularity from the Disney Channel, and released four albums: It’s About Time, Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, and the newest, Jonas Brothers. The group won the award for Breakthrough Artist at the American Music Awards. They have sold over eight million albums worldwide.

atchbox 20 rose to international fame with their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, which was certified diamond. Their second album, Mad Season, charted in the top three on the Billboard 200 and was certified 4× platinum. Their third album, More Than You Think You Are, was certified double platinum. Exile on Mainstream, was certified gold. Lead singer Rob Thomas embarked on a successful solo career when the band was on hiatus. Reunited in 2010, The band released North, their fourth album, in 2012 which made it its debut at number one on the Billboard 200.

Wed, July 31

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the heralded hardrock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans’ summertime rite of passage. This year’s lineup includes SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MOTORHEAD, ANTHRAX, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, AS I LAY DYING, WHITECHAPEL, HIGH ON FIRE, UPON A BURNING BODY, I THE BREATHER and the winners of the Jagermeister Battle of the Bands. Daily lineups vary by date.


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ieber Fever shows no signs of letting up. As millions of fans celebrated the success of the BELIEVE album and accompanying sold-out BELIEVE world tour, global superstar Justin Bieber will blaze a trail through cities that include Tampa, Florida on August 8 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 7:00 PM. Justin Bieber’s worldwide album sales exceed 15 million units and he has dominated pop culture and social media for more than two years. He has over 48 million Facebook fans, more than 31 million Twitter followers, and over 3.1 billion YouTube views - he is far and away the most popular YouTube artist of all time, and received the 2012 Billboard Music Award for Social Artist of the Year. $1.00 from each ticket will be donated to Pencils of Promise, a charity that works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world. The goal is to build 15 schools around the world for needy children. For additional information,




BALLYHOO! - July 12

The reggae/rock band Ballyhoo! will co-headline the 2013 Summer Sickness Tour with Authority Zero and special guests Versus The World. Ballyhoo!s 5th studio album is set to be released this summer. The album is first since releasing Daydreams in the Fall of 2011, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and #4 on Amazon. The band navigated their most successful year yet, playing 166 shows in 2012 including the entire Vans Warped Tour, the 311 Caribbean Cruise in 2012 and 2013, Bamboozle, and a national tour with Tribal Seeds. Ballyhoo!’s relaxed sound mixed with the band’s energetic performance style has been gaining a reputation on the national alternative radio scene as well. Jannus, 1st Ave. N and 2nd St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.


Fri, July 26

Now entering its 19th year, the Vans Warped Tour has become America’s longest running festival concert tour and reaches more than 600,000 fans every summer. The Vans Warped Tour is a a platform for music, athletes and lifestyles to co-mingle and thrive in an atmosphere dedicated to music fans of punk, alternative, hiphop, ska, pop punk, electronica, alternative rock, emo, hardcore and more. Warped is also responsible for introducing music fans to such artists as No Doubt, Katy Perry, Blink 182, Papa Roach, Sublime, My Chemical Romance, Eminem and Fall Out Boy, among hundreds of others, as well as creating the blueprint for concert tour sponsorship integration that is now used throughout other tour today. Check the website for the current lineup. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL,

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The Florida Orchestra


rom Rachmaninoff to rock, Beethoven to Benny Goodman and Mozart to movie themes, The Florida Orchestra offers the Tampa Bay community a dynamic and varied mix of concerts for the upcoming 2013/2014 season. With performances in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, concertgoers always have a live orchestra experience nearby and lots to choose from among the various series: Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Duke Energy Morning Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, Rock Concerts, and morning Coffee Concerts. Among the many musical offerings on the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, a host of guest conductors will lead the orchestra in such favorites as Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 9, Bartok’s explosive Concerto for Orchestra, Brahms’ soaring Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s charming Pastorale Symphony, Dvorak’s sunny Symphony No. 8, Richard Strauss’ powerful tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra, Mahler’s soaring Titan Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s luscious Pathetique Symphony. And there are plenty of heart-stopping concertos as well with Andrew von Oeyen in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Stephen Hough in Tchaikovsky’ Piano Concerto No. 1, Orlin Shaham in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, John O’Conor in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and orchestra Principal Percussionist John Shaw in Tan Dun’s magical and mystical Water Concerto. Under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor -, the Raymond James Pops series offers an entertaining mix of music styles showcasing The Florida Orchestra. The season opens with the dazzling artistry of the always sold-out Cirque de la Symphonie, followed by tribute to timeless dance hits in Let’s Dance. The annual Holiday Pops offers festive seasonal favorites, while Bond & Beyond will whisk you away to a world of everyone’s favorite spy and sleuth themes. The series continues with An Evening of Rogers and Hammerstein and then welcomes the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a Celtic tribute When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. The series continues with A Tribute to Benny Goodman and wraps up the season with A Stars & Stripes Hit Parade on Memorial Day weekend. With concerts from October through May, the

orchestra regularly performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. With affordable ticket prices of $15, $30 and $45 for most concerts, the orchestra offers ten concert packages to choose from, or subscribers can even select their preferred concerts with a Compose Your Own series. For a free season brochure or to order a series package, visit or call 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sat & Sun, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.




HARD ROCK SEMINOLE The Beach Boys Bring “Good Vibrations” - July 18 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is bringing The Beach Boys’ beloved sounds of surf, sun and fun to Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to a worldwide audience. Since lead-singer Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first hit, “Surfin’” (1961), the band has had a string of chart-topping songs and albums that spans the career and includes eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo.” The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. On July 4, 1985, The Beach Boys played to an afternoon crowd of one million in Philadelphia and the same evening they performed for over 750,000 people on the Mall in Washington. The day’s historical achievement was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys, a 30-track collection of the band’s biggest hits, has achieved triple-platinum success with sales of more than two million copies in the U.S. since its 2003 release. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who, along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten, continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This concert will not feature Brian Wilson, AlJardine or David Marks.





Toad the Wet Sprocket - Sat, July 27

Named for a Monty Python skit, Toad the Wet Sprocket’s folk-pop sound made them one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early ‘90s. Singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss formed the group, and after honing their skills they recorded their LP, Bread and Circus. Originally sold as a homemade cassette, the album made its way to Columbia Records, which reissued the album in its original form. The Somber Pale followed in 1990; after years of persistent touring, the group’s commercial breakthrough followed with 1991’s Fear, as the single “All I Want” became a Top 20 hit. Another single from the LP, “Walk on the Ocean,” was also a success. Three years later, Toad returned with Dulcinea, which generated another Top 40 hit with the single “Fall Down”; In Light Syrup, a collection of unreleased material, appeared in 1995. Coil followed in 1997. After breaking up in 1998, Toad would get together sporadically to play shows on a casual basis. After tours in 2006-2010, the band finally decided to work together on new music.




Fridays, July 26 - August 30 The Sixth Annual Dinner and Jazz Series at the MFA spotlights some of the best jazz in the area on Fridays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 26-August 30. Celebrate the beginning of the weekend surrounded by the beauty of art and nature. Talented musicians will perform in the Mary Alice McClendon Conservatory, and listeners can also mingle on the terrace overlooking the bay. The MFA Café will be open for dinner and a “beer and wine” cash bar will be available. Reservations are strongly recommended. 727.822.1032. PERFORMANCES: July 26: Dan McMillion and the High Octane Quintet; August 2: IMPROMPTU; August 9: New York Guitar Cats; August 16: Cannonball/Coltrane Tribute Quintet; August 23: Sasha Tuck; August 30: Stolen Idols.


One of country music’s most successful acts of all time, Alabama, will bring their “Back To The Bowery” tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall, Sat., July 6. This year marks the 40th year that cousins Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook, have been playing music together, starting at the Bowery, a club in Myrtle Beach back in 1973. Because of their talent, the young group was recognized by a local talent contest, and were awarded a trip to Nashville to the Opry. Fans are hoping this reunion on the road will lead to some new music recordings for the group. REH - 1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759; 727-791-7400;





VANILLA FUDGE with The Sting Police - Sat, Aug 17


n 1967, Vanilla Fudge first rocked the world with their unique sound and coined the phrase Psychedelic Rock. Being a part of the Long Island Sound movement in the mid 60s, Vanilla Fudge first embarked on tours with famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Since 1967 Vanilla Fudge has influenced generations of musicians and created legions of loyal fans worldwide. Today, Vanilla Fudge is giving their audience a true piece of nostalgia, performing their hits like: Take Me For a Little While, Shotgun, People Get Ready, and Season of the Witch. Their new awakening rendition of You Keep Me Hangin On, as well as exciting new material, has drawn rave reviews. On the tour, original members Carmine Appice (drums), Vince Martell (guitar), and Mark Stein (keys) are joined by Pete Bremy (Bass). Special Guests, The Sting Police, a Premier Police and Sting Tribute Band, will perform outside in The Gardens at the Friday Morning Musicale at 6:00 PM. Members of the Sting Police are Raymond Hillary on keyboards and vocals, Charlie Souza on bass and vocals, Mike Conway on drums and vocals, and Jaybo Key on guitar and vocals.

Friday Morning Musicale, 809 W Horatio St Tampa, FL 33606, (813) 2511990. For more information and tickets, visit 50

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES The 2013 Rays Summer Concert Series begin shortly after select homes games conclude and are free with the purchase of that game’s ticket. Enjoy the sounds of the game and music with friends and family. KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND - Sat, July 13 vs. Houston Astros at 4:10 p.m. Forty years ago, K.C. and his “Sunshine Sound” got audiences worldwide out of their seats and dancing. The band’s brass-oriented disco flavor was developed through his exposure to Pop, Reggae and Latin music and served as the backbone to their iconic hits - “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like it),” and “Shake Your Booty.” With over 30 albums to the band’s name, their music has long survived the Disco Era, selling over 100 million albums and is featured on more than 200 motion picture soundtracks. CARLY RAE JEPSEN - Sun, July 14 vs. Houston Astros at 1:40 p.m. Canadian singer/songwriter and breakout pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen has taken America by storm after bursting onto the scene in the US with her hit single “Call Me Maybe.” The hit song which she co-wrote quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it remained for nine consecutive weeks. The track is also an international sensation. “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” is the new single from the singer-songwriter’s debut album Kiss. One Republic - Sat, August 17 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m. OneRepublic took the world by storm in 2007 with their debut release Dreaming Out Loud. The album included the smash single “Apologize,” which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and, along with second single “Stop And Stare,” propelled the album to platinum-plus sales and a GRAMMY nomination. The band has seen three singles - “All The Right Moves,” “Secrets,” and “Good Life” - top the radio charts. Their newest album, Native, features the single, “If I Lose Myself.” VICTORIA JUSTICE - Sun, August 18 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 1:40 p.m. Twenty year old Victoria Justice began her acting career at the age of ten and gained fame as a star of the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101 and later her own hit TV show, Victorious. Justice’s vocal talents are highlighted on the show’s soundtracks Victorious, Victorious 2.0 and Victorious 3.0 as well as the show’s theme song, “Make it Shine.” The first season’s soundtrack, Victorious, reached number five on the Billboard 200 Chart. Her 2010 single, “Freak the Freak Out,” has sold more than 600,000 copies on iTunes. Justice starred in her first full length feature film Fun Size.



Jazz Mostly Other People Do the Killing Slippery Rock This new group of compositions penned by bassist/composer/ bandleader Moppa Elliott, were inspired by a lengthy immersion in the smooth jazz recordings of the late 1970s and 1980s. Elliott extracted certain idiomatic phrases, harmonies and embellishments to incorporate into his own compositions. Lisa Hilton Getaway One of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable composers and pianists in jazz today, Lisa Hilton has honed her evocative,

individualistic and impressionistic “sound paintings” for over a decade as a leader. With her power trio with Larry Grenadier and Nasheet Waits, she enthralls listeners on these thirteen refreshing and wide ranging jazz and blues tracks. A bold and exciting change of pace, Hilton bolsters her signature lush, imaginative, sound. Samuel Blaser Quartet As The Sea Innovative and unconventional Berlin based trombonist Samuel Blaser wrote challenging a rhythmically complex charts for his band mates to navigate on this stellar outing. As the Sea consists of four lengthy pieces organized into a suite, recorded at a single concert. Enjoy free jazz with a definite focus and great musical chemistry between bandmates.

Boney James The Beat


fter four gold albums, three Grammy nominations and sales totaling more than 3 million records, chart-topping saxophonist Boney James embodies the phrase “horn of plenty.” The Beat is a penetrating fusion of R&B, jazz and Latin rhythms given voice by James’ emotive saxophone and such guests as trumpet hitman Rick Braun, R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn and spoken word phenom The Floacist.


Ron Oswanski December’s Moon Ron Oswanski is one of the most prodigious Hammond B3 players on the jazz scene today. Also an accomplished accordion player, Oswanski has forged a lithe, lyrical and rhythmically charged contemporary sound steeped in the B3’s earthy roots but informed by post-bop developments. With his finely calibrated sense of dynamics and expansive harmonic palette, he can burn with the best of Them. Verneri Pohjola & Black Motor Rubidium www.tumrecords. com On Rubidium, acclaimed Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola joins forces with Finland’s leading trio of improvisers, Black Motor. On this recording, Pohjola’s strong playing combines with Black Motor’s unified trio sound to create a lyrical yet always intense collaboration. Most of the compositions are by Verneri Pohjola or Ville Rauhala but also include Song of India by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.




oah Preminger’s new release features a kindred-spirit band of top-flight players – guitarist Ben Monder, double-bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Colin Stranahan. The album showcases a brace of fresh Preminger compositions, along with a cover of jam-band rocker Dave Matthews’ “Don’t Drink the Water.” Blending atmosphere and melody, free-floating sax lines and hovering guitar, The group plays modern jazz that balances musical integrity with sensual allure. Preminger has performed on key stages from Boston and New York to Europe and Australia, and he has played with the likes of Billy Hart, Dave Holland, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, Dr. Eddie Henderson and Dave Liebman.

Jussi Reijonen Un www.Jussireijonen. com Multi-instrumentalist Jussi Reijonen plays fretless/fretted guitar and oud. His new CD is a stunning crystalization of the interplay between Eastern and Western musical traditions, especially honoring American and Nordic jazz and folk traditions of the Middle East and Africa.



the idea of time. The album features Einaudi’s band and the string orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani.

Catherine Marie Charlton River Flow - Sanctuary A 60-minute uninterrupted tranquil and evocative solo piano performance from Charlton is the long-awaited sequel to her critically acclaimed River Dawn: Piano Meditations. For her, the art of improvising for an hour without break was a challenge in concentration and a practice in “release”- letting go of all worries and planning and dreaming- a time to just be with the music, with the piano keys.

Timothy Wenzel A Coalescence of Dreams Wenzel primarily makes his recordings with a synthesizer, and his albums feature a wide array instrumental souncs including piano, violin, cello, flute, harp, guitars, drums and percussion. His music has subtle hints of Celtic and worldfusion with haunting melodies and dreamy arrangements.

Ludovico Einaudi In a Time Lapse Ludovico Einaudi’s album In A Time Lapse was recorded in a monastery near Verona. In A Time Lapse incorporates baroque and Italian folk music, late romantic strings textures, and a wide variety of colors through percussion and electronics. The theme is a deep reflection on

Paradiso & Rasamayi Attuning to Oneness Attuning to Oneness is the latest album from new age artists, master didjeridoo player Paradiso and chanteuse/singing bowl master alchemist Rasamayi. Etheric and potent in turn, Attuning to Oneness features exotic instruments in the hands of Paradiso and Rasamayi. This is ideal for meditation, relaxation, massage and all healing modalities.w

David Arkenstone Lovéren


An epic odyssey of love, romance and passion set to exquisite orchestral compositions with lyrics sung in a new language, innovative composer, producer and musician David Arkenstone has reinvented himself on Lovéren, which explores the depths of romantic love with a mermaid. He composed the music by exploring his vast musical palette, including sprawling philharmonic pieces performed by a full string section, ethereal New Age nuances, ethnically diverse world music rhythms and instrumentation, and the mass appeal and accessibility of sophisticated pop melodies.


Lis Addison


Crown in the Sky


is Addison is a composer, songwriter, vocalist who’s compositions blend electronic, contemporary and world music styles. Crown In The Sky honors the Sacred Feminine, Mother Urth and her Children, symbolized by the magnificent tree. A percentage of the CD sales goes to global tree planting projects that empower women and girls.

AO Music Hokulea AOMUSIC is cinematic and intoxicatingly rhythmic, it has been described by critics as “astonishing” and “like nothing you’ve ever heard.” Their music is influenced by the works of Peter Gabriel, Afro Celt Sound System, Deep Forest, Adiemus, Varttina, and Karunesh. AOMUSIC was invited to compose theme music for the 2008 Summer Games. Arun Shenoy Rumbadoodle Recorded almost entirely live over many years across the Globe, this explosive world fusion record from Arun Shenoy explores a bold new perspective of the Gypsy Rumba Flamenco. Combining elements of the traditional art form with a myriad of popular music forms, this record is an exploratory journey, doodling across genre boundaries as we know it today, creating a unique and true masterpiece along the way.

Various Artists Lula Lounge Essential Tracks 1 dancingwithparkinsons. com From the pioneers of the Toronto Latin music revolution: Jane Bunnett, Luis Mario Ochoa and Hilario Duran, to artists such as Caché and Luisito Orbegoso, to today’s most popular musical visionaries: Telmary, Yani Borrell, Jorge Maza, Roberto Linares Brown and Latin Grammy-winner Alex Cuba, this CD brings together dancers’ favorites with rare tracks. Jerry Leake - Cubist: Prominence The songs on this disc from Jerry Leake explore ubiquitous themes: the angst and power of love, protest anthems decrying war, persistent racism and gang violence, celebrations of culture and family, and a personal tribute to his hero, his dad, using African songs woven into worldrock-fusion.


ROCK POP HIP HOP VARIOUS ARTISTS The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver 15 years after his death and 40 years after the release of his widely beloved song ‘Rocky Mountain High,’ the album features covers of Denver’s most popular songs by a diverse group of artists including Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and many others. Alfa World Go Blue This melody-driven collection of autobiographical songs were inspired by Alfa’s move to Los Angeles. With just the right amount of pop-folk vigor to get stuck in a listener’s head, each song touches on complex but universal themes, from lost innocence to the restlessness of being a 20-some-

thing, and the hope that exists despite life’s ebb and flow. Roger Wayne Parr Hindsight Hindsight traces the life of a musician. In this first solo album, Roger steps out as a composer, guitarist and producer. Creating outstanding arrangements that interlink thematically, Roger’s musicianship and stunning sonic production are standouts. Each song is a blazing chapter, giving the listener an inside look at the struggles and triumphs one must encounter as an upcoming artist, as well as an ordinary man. BENNFRANK BFK fuzionrecordsgroup. com BennFranK, a Long Island homeboy, has delivered a fine collection of hip-hop on his debut album. Nine tracks of smooth, sexy, provocative vocals, and rhythm and melody that is unique and refreshing.

Gin Wigmore Gravel & Wine


his is the sophomore album from the New Zealand singer, songwriter and actress. Proving that radio is not the only outlet for an artist, Wigmore’s single “Black Sheep” appeared in Grey’s Anatomy and Teen Wolf, and she appeared singing it on Revenge. Her song “Man Like That” is the song used in the James Bond Skyfall tie-in spot from Heineken.



Kacey Musgraves

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Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon Old Yellow Moon features four songs by Crowell as well as interpretations of songs by Hank DeVito, Roger Miller, Allen Reynolds, among others. The album also features musicians including Stuart Duncan, Vince Gill, and Bill Payne, as well as members of the original Hot Band.


acey Musgraves nimbly spins webs of words to create quirky puns, shrewd metaphors, and steely ironies. The single Merry Go Round garnered quick airplay and critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling; NPR, which named her their 2012 Best New Artist; and Slate.

The Mavericks In Time For their first sessions in almost a decade, it was spontaneous combustion. ‘’It took life for us to get to this point everybody was so free. From the first notes, it sounded like an explosion of sound; we went where the songs took us with a singularity of purpose.’’ Raul Malo (lead singer) Thompson Square Just Feels Good ‘If I Didn’t Have You,’ the album’s lead single, climbed the chart faster than any other single in the duo’s career. The husband-and-wife team of Keifer and Shawna Thompson won top vocal duo honors from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association in 2012. Jackson Delaney Jackson Delaney Jackson Delaney revitalizes the Outlaw Country movement in his self-titled, six-track LP. Featuring tracks written by Eddie Montgomery, Troy Gentry, Dave Gibson, and more, Jackson Delaney is complete with love stories, tongue-and-cheek tunes and deep, provoking compositions, and showcases his radio debut single entitled “Shotgun Wedding.”


Tasty Food and Drinks! by Melissa Wolcott-Martino


photos by Melissa Wolcott-Martino unless otherwise indicated

Quality Casual Food


retty Darn Quick? Well yes, but PDQ restaurants actually stand for People Dedicated to Quality. PDQs are starting to pop up in the Tampa Bay area, and it’s a welcome sight. PDQ first opened it’s doors in North Carolina under a different name, but with the same concept of high quality food. They are especially known for their crispy chicken tenders and their delicious hand-spun shakes. Hand-breaded Chicken Tenders can be ordered as a 3-piece with a choice of sauces: honey mustard, sweet heat, chipotle BBQ, creamy garlic, or ranch, or in a sandwich, or in a salad. I also really enjoy PDQ’s “Handheld Thanksgiving” Grilled turkey Breast Sandwich, served on an egg bun with spices, mayo, lettuce and cranberry. There’s also a kid’s meal — and what kid doesn’t like chicken tenders? The menu is not complicated, and has some very

tasty side items with clever combinations, such as Fresh Blueberry Coleslaw, and Fresh Apple Slices with Toffee Dip. Fresh cut fries accompany meal orders. All sauces and salad dressings are homemade every day. The yummy shakes come in a dizzying variety of flavors: Traditional, Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Spe-


cialty, Oreo, Heath, Apple Pie, Malt, and Seasonal. Even though service is quick and friendly, you don’t have to be in a hurry to stop in and enjoy a meal at PDQ. Current PDQ’s in the Tampa Bay area are in St. Petersburg, South Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Carrollwood. For more information, visit

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ecently, the Palm offered an $8.37 burger lunch special every Monday. What may seem to be an odd price makes sense with the fact that it is based on the address of the first Palm Restaurant in 1926 at 837 2nd Ave in NY City. Even more special than the price is the “deliciousness” of the USDA Prime SteakBurgers, served with hand-cut fries. The 12 oz burgers are never flattened, so they cook naturally, and are prepared in five different menu choices. We chose the Second Ave Burger with Danish bleu cheese and smoked bacon, and the Classic Burger, with cheddar — both outstanding. Al started with a tasty Lobster Bisque Soup made with fresh lobster meat, cream and brandy, and Melissa thoroughly enjoyed an incredibly fresh Iceberg Lettuce Wedge with Danish blue cheese, toasted walnuts, bacon, cherry tomatoes, chives and fried onions. The Palm’s walls are fascinating — filled with cartoon artwork representing past and present customers (some very famous), a practice that dates back to the first restaurant which was located across the street from King Features Cartoons. Artists would hang out at The Palm and paint on the walls for fun or to pay for meals. The Palm is located at 205 Westshore Plaza in the Westshore Plaza Mall, Tampa; 813-849-7256. For more information, visit






This Handy Addition to the Restaurant is your Own Personal Sommelier


Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino


f you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur, or are (like me) simply clueless about wine, you will enjoy Fleming’s Steakhouse’s WiNEPAD. This addition to the restaurant makes choosing wine a snap, especially considering Fleming’s highly respected and large wine list. At your place setting you will find your WiNEPAD, a customized iPad, which has both your menu and wine suggestions. The WiNEPAD takes you through your entire meal, from appetizers to desserts, in an easy to follow form with detailed descriptions of both food and wine pairings for each course. You can choose “Perfect Pairings” or “Tonight’s Features,” or the more lighthearted, fun approach with “What’s Your Mood”, “Maeve’s Raves” (as in Maeve Pesquera, Fleming’s Director of Wine,) or “Spin The Bottle.”

CHILLED SEAFOOD TOWER - lobster, shrimp, crab and seasonal selections paired well with a Silverado Chardonnay

Currently on the menu, Fleming’s is featuring their “Summer Taste of the Season” with a prix fixe menu for $40.95 now through August 31. Enjoy a starter course of Chili Lime Prawns with Ancho Pepper Sauce, an entree of Filet Mignon and Salmon Duo, a side of Summer Squash with French Green Beans sautéed in white wine sauce, and Decadent Chocolate Cake for dessert. Not to worry, for those who like to order the old-fashioned way, Fleming’s still has “hard copy” menus and wine lists, but go ahead and try the WiNEPAD — it’s fun, easy, and informative. Fleming’s is located at 4322 West Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607. Hours are Monday: Thursday, 5 PM - 10 PM; Friday & Saturday: 4:30 PM - 11 PM; Sunday: 4:30 PM - 9 PM. For more information, please visit

PORCINI RUBBED FILET MIGNON with gorgonzola cream sauce, was paired with a Three Saints Pinot Noir.

CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE with vanilla ice cream and chopped pistachios was paired with a lovely sweet Inniskillin icewine.


PURE Glass Bottle Portable Re-usable Glass Drinking Bottle


or most people, glass bottles are the preferred choice of a drink container for better taste, cleanliness and fewer health risks. But the challenge with glass has always been its durability and the risk of shattering. That is until now. PURE Glass Bottle is a new portable re-usable glass drinking bottle that allows people to enjoy that pure taste of their favorite beverage in glass without worrying about spills or injury resulting from broken glass. SafeShell technology is used to apply a clear protective coating to the outside of the glass bottle to create a protective covering. If the glass does break, the coating encapsulates all the glass and liquid preventing messes and injuries from the breakage. The exterior of the bottle remains smooth to the touch so it can be disposed of or recycled safely and easily. The bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free. The coating is also slip resistant making it easier to handle than other re-usable glass bottles. Although no glass container is shatter-proof, the PURE Glass Bottle is shatterresistant and much tougher to break than standard glass. The wide mouth design of the PURE Glass Bottle makes it easy to add ice, protein powder, water flavoring or any beverage. Two styles are available: the 17.5 oz Traveler; and the 25 oz Explorer. Both styles come with a selection of convenient tops and handles. For additional information, visit




Windmills, Butterflies and a Castle California’s Central Coast Yields Unexpected Treasures


here are we? I look out our hotel window and see a windmill and Danish architecture. But rather than being in Denmark, we are a mere 132 miles north of Los Angeles CA, in the very charming town of Solvang, located in the magnificent Santa Ynez Valley. This is one of the unsung treasures we found on our brief 2 night excursion north of Los Angeles. The others are the lovely cliffs and butterflies of Pismo Beach, and the more well-known Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The drive itself north along Hwy 1 is gorgeous and must be experienced.

Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino and Al Martino


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he beautiful town of Solvang was settled in the early 1900s by a Danish group, and has kept it’s allure for over 100 years with it’s rolling hills, four windmills, Danish architecture, cuisine and hospitality. We lodged in the quaint King Frederik Inn right in the heart of town and wandered the streets enjoying all things Danish — from shopping to dining and even to listening to the Danish language, as it is still spoken by some. The King Frederik Inn has an Old World charm, and it is also comfortable with modern amenities. They offer great packages for travelers, such as a Golf package, a Summer Theater package, and a Wine Country package with a tour of award-winning wineries. We dined across the street from the inn at the Solvang Brewing Company, and enjoyed a Danish staple, Smorrebrod — an open-faced sandwich with rye bread and Frikadeller sausage, along with some Danish wedding soup. To acquaint ourselves with the town’s past, we visited the Elverhoj Museum, which is a lovely Scandanavian-style home turned into a museum of art and history. It is actually one of the few museums outside of Denmark devoted to the Danish culture. Of course, though the Danish group founded the town, the Chumash Indians were here way before they and the early Spanish settlers were. There is a welcome push going on to preserve the Chumash heritage and language as there is still a population of the Native Americans in the area. The nearby Chumash Casino provides income and jobs for many of them. A place of interest to us was seeing the old 1804 Santa Ines Mission. The church still has the original walls, floor tiles, and hand-painted murals by Indian artisans, and is one of the few remaining California missions that has been in continuous use since 1817. We also delighted in visiting the nearby Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch with their adorable 34-inch (and under) horses. It was hard not to take one of them home with us. But you can, as Quicksilver is a breeding facility. Our visit to Solvang was much too short, as there is much more to see and do there, such as the Hans Christian Andersen Museum (and yes, there is a halfsized statue of the famous Copenhagen “Little Mermaid” from Anderson’s fairytale in town), horseback riding, multiple vineyards and wine tasting rooms, an Ostrich farm, cycling or hiking into the Los Padres National Forest, fishing and golf.


Smorrebrod at the Solvang Brewing Company

King Fredrik Inn

On our next trip to Solvang we hope to cover some of these other experiences, and will try to time our visit to one of the many fun festivals they hold during the year. Every February the Greyhound Fest takes place, where folks and their greyhounds come from all over to Solvang to gather and bond over their favorite breed. Coming up in September, 2013 is the 77th Annual Solvang Danish Days where they really go all out DANISH! I have a feeling Christmas time is also amazing in Solvang. The Solvang Visitors Bureau has some of the friendliest folks you will ever meet, and are extremely helpful in planning a visit to their fair town.

If You Go:

Solvang Visitors: Solvang Brewing Company: King Frederik Inn: Elverhoj Museum of History & Art: Chumash Casino: Santa Ines Mission: Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch:

Elverhoj Museum

Santa Ines Mission

Melissa with a Miniature Horse from the Quicksilver Miniture Horse Ranch.


Pismo Beach S

ome of the most spectacular CA coast vistas can be found at Pismo Beach. The awesome coastal cliffs are enjoyed right from your hotel room at the Best Western Shore Cliff Lodge, which is where we stayed during our trek along the coast. The lodge’s lobby has floor-to-ceiling windows to best feature the incredible view, as do the guestrooms. An attractive white picket fence along the cliff keeps you from venturing too close to the edge (with a 90 foot drop). We took a stroll out to the hotel’s gazebo on the cliff and watched a beautiful sunset. If you time it right (winter), it’s the ideal spot for whale watching, as Pismo Beach is one of the premier places for the activity. The spacious guestrooms are welcoming, with muted colors and very comfortable bedding. Louvered sliding glass doors take you to your balcony where you can sit and enjoy the view. The lodge’s heated pool and spa feel good after a day of sightseeing, and a complimentary breakfast adds to the good value of your stay.


Of course CA’s Central Coast is famous for wineries, so you won’t be surprised to find wine tastings and tours galore in the area. One of the popular tours is the Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle which has a lot of packages to choose from with varied itineraries. What you may be surprised at is Pismo Beach’s spectacular Monarch Butterfly Grove. Every year, from late October to February, thousands of Monarchs flock to Pismo Beach to get away from the freezing cold further north. The butterflies form clusters, hanging one wing down over the one below it to form a shelter from the elements. Scientists are baffled by why the butterflies appear at the same site every year, even though they only live for 6 months, and once they leave in March, that group never returns. It is one of the biggest clusters in the country, and the event attracts folks from all over.

If You Go:

Pismo Beach: Shore Cliff Lodge: Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove: Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle:


Hearst Castle The gorgeous Neptune Pool


OK, so there aren’t any seals at Hearst Castle, but there are a lot of them along the Hwy 1 coast.


earst Castle in San Simeon is a must visit if you’re traveling along California’s Central Coast. It’s fame precedes it with the fairytale romance of newspaper tycoon, William Randolf Hearst, and movie star, Marion Davies, but the structure and grounds are something to behold. WRH called it his “ranch”, but we would (and do) call it a castle. Hearst’s father bought the land in 1865, and by the time WRH inherited it, it had grown to 250,000 acres and 14 miles of coastline. Designed by architect Julia Mogan, the Boroque style castle was built and worked on from 1919 to 1947. A packrat with expensive taste, WRH was an unstoppable collector, and furnished his home with fabulous treasures from European castles and estates. He managed to fill his 90,000 square foot “ranch” of 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, and 19 sitting rooms. Also part of the estate are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, and an airfield. The huge Neptune pool is especially amazing with a Roman Temple overlooking it. WRH’s guest list was a who’s who of the day, with Hollywood and political royalty gracing it’s rooms, and his lover, Ms. Davies, the charming hostess. The property is much smaller today, some acreage having been sold off during the years, however, standing at the castle, the property left is still as far as the eye can see. Different tours are available, and one that sounds particularly interesting is the evening tour, where visitors experience the castle as one of Hearsts’ guests would have. Docents in period dress propel visitors back to the 30s.

If You Go: Hearst Castle:


Summer Soars at Walt Disney World Resort Shows, Attractions, Events and More Add Up to Monstrous Fun!


he “Monstrous” lineup includes entertainment enhancements celebrating the June 21 release of the Disney-Pixar animated feature, “Monsters University.” Mike and Sulley are dropping in from MU to scare up monstrous surprises all summer long. Guests will find all-new collegiate settings for meeting their favorite aspiring scarers. On the Backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will find the Monsters


University Student Union, complete with a view of the campus. Over at Magic Kingdom, the gang at the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor have been studying new jokes and are ready to graduate to new comedy bits in honor of their alma mater. Limited Time Magic INDEPENDENCE WEEK Magical experiences in all shapes and sizes that ap-

pear and disappear as the next special surprise debuts will continue with a weeklong Independence Day celebration highlighting the summer season – all part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks. Independence Week will be red, white and blue as Disney Parks celebrates America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party – for an entire week. Guests enjoy an extra dash of pixie dust each week in 2013. New Fantasyland pours on its first summer of fun for Magic Kingdom guests. The new space doubles the size of Fantasyland and is the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Be Our Guest Restaurant features a lavish dining experience in an elegant ballroom inspired by Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” animated film classic. By day it’s “great food fast” for lunch while at night it’s full-service table dining featuring French-inspired cuisine. Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid puts guests in clamshells traveling with Ariel and friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves. Enchanted Tales with Belle takes guests to a faroff French village and right into the world of Belle, Lumiere and Madame Wardrobe — feeling transformed in the process. Guests can refresh with a frothy LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern. Meantime over at Storybook Circus, guests can take a spin on one of two Dumbos, dip and soar aboard The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini or meet Disney characters at Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet The re-imagined iconic attraction puts guests in the designer’s studio for an immersive experience as they create their own virtual concept vehicle before boarding a “SimCar” to race through a thrilling series of hills, hairpin turns and straightaways. Splitsville Luxury Lanes If bowling is right up your alley, come experience

the hottest trend going by rolling over to Splitsville, at Downtown Disney West Side. The hip, retro-style emporium features 30 lanes across two levels, live entertainment, lively indoor and outdoor bars and upscale dining including sushi, filet mignon sliders and more. Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests get a real summer treat as Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First have been added to the onstage fun – joining the latest, most popular characters and stories from the Disney Junior line-up on television. Sofia the First as a series premiered earlier this year on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow experience – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow gives Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests a chance to become immersed in the action and adventure of the four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Buccaneer wannabes journey deep into an eerie lost grotto, where they are put to the test to see if they have what it takes to sail with Captain Jack’s crew. Senses, A Disney Spa At Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – Joining later this summer its sister spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, the new Senses Spa at Saratoga Springs will be inspired by the healing properties of natural springs that have drawn people for centuries to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Senses will feature 10 treatment rooms offering an array of services including water therapy, massage and facials. Call 407-WDW-SPAS. “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” – Epcot guests can journey through 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution at this new exhibit at the American Adventure pavilion. Exhibits draw from an extensive collection of rare art, artifacts, documents and books amassed by philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who share a passion for African-American history. For more information call 407/824-4321 or visit



Disney World’s New Fantasyland’s Astonishing Recreation of Beauty And The Beast’s Castle Provides the Backdrop for a Meal to Remember at

Be Our Guest Story by Melissa Wolcott Martino, photos by Al Martino



e are used to real life being “cartoonized,” but not the other way around. Behold the castle from Disney’s blockbuster animated movie, Beauty And The Beast, brought to life in the new Fantasyland section of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Aptly titled “Be Our Guest”, this perfect re-creation will amaze fans of the movie, and the French-inspired cuisine will please everyone. Hosts escort dining guests into the castle through massive doors, and a guest from each group leads the way with a candelabra. The three different rooms in which to dine are the Grand Ballroom, the West Wing, and the Rose Gallery. The 2-story high Grand Ballroom is stunning with gorgeous crystal chandeliers hanging from a hand-painted cherub decorated ceiling and “snow” falling outside the floor to ceiling arched French windows with a nighttime view beyond of the simulated mountains. Blue velvet upholstered dark wood carved chairs surround marble-topped dining tables. The West Wing is for the more adventurous

diner, as it is where the Beast forbids anyone to enter. The darkened room is decorated as if the beast went on a bit of a rant. A ripped painting of the Beast when he was a handsome prince hangs over the fireplace and will change to the Beast with a flash of lightning. The famous dying rose (a hologram) floats in a glass dome on a pedestal in the window, and you can watch it slowly drop petals. The Rose Gallery has a more intimate, relaxed feeling with plush settees in the center of the room surrounding revolving figures of Belle and the Beast dancing. Paintings pertaining to the Beauty and The Beast story adorn the walls as music from the movie wafts through the air unobtrusively throughout the castle rooms. Our group of four were escorted to the Grand Ballroom on our recent visit to the castle, and were fortunate to be seated by the windows for a great view of the snow covered mountains and the dining room itself. Be Our Guest is the first restaurant in the Magic Kingdom to serve alcohol, and thoughtfully selected French wines and beer are offered in the

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Beauty & the Beast mosaic

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beverage menu. We ordered a fruity Michel Redde Sancerre wine to accompany a delightful selection of assorted meats, bread and cheese, along with a fresh salad of green beans, tomatoes and roasted shallots for our appetizers. Right away we knew we would be in for a special dining experience, since there were unexpected flavors just with the appetizers — such as succulent marinated sweet cherries, and a honeycomb dip. The most surprising to me was the Mussels Provencal. I don’t like mussels – ever. Being a good sport, I tried them after everyone at the table raved. They were delicious, made with white wine, tomato, garlic, onion, basil and butter. The group ordered seconds on that one. For the entrée, I zeroed in on the ThymeScented Pork Rack Chop with au gratin macaroni, vegetables and red wine jus. Out came the biggest, juiciest chop I’d ever seen, and seasoned to perfection. My husband ordered the Sauteed Shrimp and Scallops with vegetables served in a puff pastry

Guests Margaret Word Burnside, Jeff Houck, and Aaron Fodiman enter the castle with candelabras.


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Thyme-scented pork rack chop with au gratin macaroni

with creamy lobster sauce, which was delightful and delicate. Our knowledgeable server suggested the Verget Meursault Burgundy, a Chardonnay with aromas of lemon, lime and pineapple. ‘Twas a perfect pairing. All evening long we were eyeing the exquisite dessert cart as it passed by our table. Now it was our turn. As tasty as they were pretty, we shared several of them. Who could pass up a strawberry cream cheese cupcake, a triple chocolate cupcake, or a lemon-raspberry cream puff filled with lemon custard? The latter being gluten-free and no sugar added. Although it’s not on the menu, we were lucky to be presented with a sample of “The Grey Stuff” compliments of our server. If you’re not familiar with the Be Our Guest song, in it, Belle is told to “try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!” We did, and it was indeed delicious. We topped our memorable repast off with a celestial dessert wine, a Chateau de Cosse Sauternes.

Mussels Provencal Sauteed shrimp and scallops in Puff Pastry

Although you won’t have Mrs. Potts, Chip, or Lumiere waiting on you, you will catch a glimpse of the Beast as he strolls through his castle from time to time during dinner. I suggest you make Be Our Guest part of your Disney World plan, and I suggest you make reservations way in advance to be assured of a table. “Dinner here is never second best!” (lyric from Be Our Guest.) For more information and reservations, please visit Delectibla dessert cart


ORLANDO HAPPENINGS Celebrating the 4th of July in Kissimmee Kissimmee’s nearby attractions light up the skies with patriotic colors and nearby local parks and towns provide the perfect hometown quaint celebration everyone can enjoy. Celebrate July 4th with the entire family at Kissimmee’s newly designed and beautiful Lakefront Park. Admission is free and the event will include live music, street performers, games, food, contests, arts and crafts and of course a beautiful fireworks display. The Town of Celebration is combining 4th of July with Sci-Fi this year and joining forces with MegaCon for the first ever “A Sci-Fi 4th of July.” The event will feature a movie themed costume contest as well as a synchronized fireworks show set to Sci-Fi themed music. Enjoy live music throughout the night and a special tribute to our Veterans, while the kids enjoy the bounce house. Parking and admission are free so be ready to dance the night away from 5pm11pm. Celebrate Independence Day along the laid-back St. Cloud Lakefront from 3pm10pm with live music, food, games, a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by a spectacular fireworks show and so much more. Admission is free. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Salutes Military with “Waves of Honor” Program thru 2013 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed services through its Waves of Honor military salute program. The program provides free admission to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks, and Sesame Place for members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents through 2013. Waves of Honor follows Here’s to the Heroes. Created in 2001, the program has awarded more than 6.7 million theme park tickets to service members and their families. Waves of Honor provides one complimentary admission per year to one of the SeaWorld or Busch Gardens Parks, Sesame Place, and Adventure Island for the service member and as many as three of his or her direct dependents. Any active duty military, activated or drilling re84

servists, or National Guardsman representing any of the five service branches is entitled to one complimentary admission to one of the participating parks under the program. He or she need only register, either online at www. or in the entrance plaza of a participating park, and show a valid active military identification. All dependents 10 and older must present a valid military dependent identification for entry into the park. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minor dependents. Inactive, standby and retired reserve members, military retirees, U.S. Merchant Marine and civilian Department of Defense workers are ineligible for the program. The program does not include Discovery Cove or Aquatica. More information at ARABIAN NIGHTS SHOW The current featured production at Arabian Nights is a lighthearted tale of adventure and romance. On her 21st birthday, all-American girl and champion rider Sherry Smith discovers that she is actually the Princess Scheherazade. Along with her genie Abracadabra, Princess Scheherazade takes the audience on a magical journey around the world to find her prince – who must love horses as much as she does. Along the way, Abracadabra must protect Princess Scheherazade from the evil Prince Vaneer, and help her find her true love, Prince Khalid. The show includes dinner. 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; 407-239-9223.

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pace Shuttle Atlantis is in its new $100-million, 90,000-square-foot home at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This one-of-a-kind experience delivers extraordinary access to Space Shuttle Atlantis – from only a few feet away, guests of all ages will be awed and inspired with an up-close, 360-degree view of the orbiter, the wear of its 33 missions apparent on its protective external tiles. The spacecraft is dramatically showcased as if it were in space – as only astronauts have had a chance to see it departing from the International Space Station. Atlantis has been elevated 30 feet and rotated at a 43.21-degree angle, and its payload bay doors will be open and its Canadarm (robotic arm) extended. Space Shuttle Atlantis tells the story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program, and its most notable accomplishments. One of the most complicated and sophisticated pieces of equipment ever built, Space Shuttle Atlantis was a vehicle that launched like a rocket, flew in orbit like a spacecraft and landed on a runway like a glider. The Space Shuttle Program transformed the way humans explore space and look at the universe. For more information on Kennedy Space Center Complex, visit



xplore the biggest and most expansive attraction in SeaWorld Orlando’s history, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. This epic exploration of a mysterious world blends animal encounters with an exhilarating family ride for a one-of-a-kind experience the whole family will enjoy. Be transported to an icy world like you’ve never seen before. Experience the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. Then, step out and explore their colony in an expanse that envelops you in cool extremes: bringing you above and below their icy world.


RANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D is a mind-blowing, action-packed ride experience that pushes the limits of technology to place guests in the middle of a larger-than-life battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The ride was created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and is based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand. The battle begins when guests enter the NEST facility — the headquarters for the government operation that partners with the Autobots to protect Earth from the Decepticons. While inside, they are recruited to help protect the AllSpark — a powerful energy source that would allow the Decepticons to destroy the planet. Guests board EVAC, an Autobot created exclusively for the attraction, to transport the AllSpark to safety. But beware the Decepticons are in close pursuit. For more information about Universal Orlando and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D, visit



lop and Music Festival featuring arts & crafts vendors, educational exhibits, a Kidz Zone and many food (and scallop!) vendors. Parking is free or you can pull your boat up close to the beach to hear the music. July 27 to August 3.

From discovering the culture and artistic traditions of The Seminole Tribe of Florida at the Museum of Florida History to celebrating Florida’s history with food, music and more at a festival, there are a wide variety of Viva Florida 500 events and family-friendly activities happening across the state this summer. Viva Florida 500 is a yearlong commemoration of 500 years of Florida history and cultural heritage.

Viva Florida 500 summer events and activities include: Imagining La Florida: Juan Ponce de León and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth (Miami) –This exhibition is a multimedia exhibition presented to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival on Florida’s East Coast. The exhibition will be held at the MDC Museum of Art + Design housed inside the Freedom Tower. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. through August 17.

Picasso Art and Arena Exhibition (St. Augustine) – The Picasso Art and Arena Exhibition is an exhibition at the Visitor Information Center in St. Augustine, featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen in the United States. This impressive collection showcases the Spanish cultural flavor and artistic traditions introduced into what would become the United States when, in 1565, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore here with soldiers, artisans and craftsman to found the City of St. Augustine -- the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental U. S. The exhibit will be on display through August 11. Museum of Florida History Seminole Exhibit (Tallahassee) – The Museum of Florida History is displaying a temporary exhibit called Seminole People of Florida: Survival and Success. The exhibit provides insight into Seminole history, culture and artistic traditions from the mid-1850s to the present. It will be on display through August 18 at the Museum of Florida History in Downtown Tallahassee. For more information, visit

FLOR500 (ongoing statewide events) – FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature and history project created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to commemorate Florida’s 500th anniversary. Working with libraries statewide for the Summer Reading Program, Cortada encourages participants to transform his original drawing of a Florida native wildflower into 100 living gardens. 17th Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival (Port St. Joe) - Don’t miss the 17th annual Florida Scal88

William Lee Golden Art Exhibition (Pensacola) – William Lee Golden, baritone of The Oak Ridge Boys and landscape painter, will unveil his newest work of Pensacola landscapes at the Pensacola Museum of Art. The exhibit will be on display throough August 31 and will feature old and new paintings and photographs of Pensacola.

Inaugural Thundering Drums Native Gathering (Hampton) – Experience the power of Thundering Drums at the inaugural United Urban Warrior Society’s Thundering Drums Native Gathering, September 27 to 29 in Hampton, Florida. The event will feature a native drum competition, traditional music, dancing, authentic Indian artists, food vendors, and native history. This is an inter-tribal gathering, to which all are invited. Spanish Wine and Food Festival (St. Augustine) - Spanish wine distributors as well as local and regional restaurants will provide a celebration of heritage foods, wine, dance and culture at the Spanish Wine and Food Festival from October 21 to 26.

Viva Volusia: International Festival (Daytona Beach) – This three day event, taking place August 30 to September 1 in Daytona Beach, will honor and celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Juan Ponce De León’s discovery of La Florida as well as the rich history and culture of Daytona’s growing communities. Viva Volusia will feature carnival games, music stages, performances, health pavilion, arts & crafts and international food vendors.

Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth Exhibition (Gainesville) – This exhibition at the Florida Museum of Natural History features a series of photographs from environmental photographer John Moran, chronicling the story of our springs and their beauty, ecology and the wide diversity of people who are drawn to them. The exhibit will be on display through December 15.

For a complete listing of events and activities happening statewide, as well as more information on historic Florida sites, heritage trail maps, student lessons, a history timeline, videos and more, visit the official Viva Florida 500 website at


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s we welcome our warmer weather, we also will unfortunately be welcoming mosquitos and other pesky insects. But fortunately, there’s Therapik to give us some relief from their inevitable bites and stings. But Therapik isn’t just for use in warm weather months. The small, portable hand-held device is proving to be a welcome weapon against pain and itching from insect bites and stings year round. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for stings and bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, black flies, ants, fleas, ticks, chiggers and even jellyfish and stinging nettle. This unique treatment device soothes pain and itching and is safe for both adults and children. Most insect venom is thermolabile, or sensitive to heat. Therapik’s technology delivers heat in the precise temperature range necessary to deactivate the venom from over 20,000 different species of insects and sea creatures. Therapik can be reapplied as often as necessary until sufficient bug bite relief is obtained. It is not for use on spider or snake bites For more information on Therapik, visit 90

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

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ArtLines Color Acting: Abstraction Since 1950 – July 6 – Sept 22 Color Acting: Abstraction Since 1950 examines what painter Josef Albers has called the “discrepancy between physical fact and psychic effect” in the experience of color. Technically, we see color via photoreceptors in our retinas. But that does not encompass the psychological effects of color or its inherent optical illusions. This exhibit features approximately 40 works and presents both formal and more expressionistic explorations of color. Many works encourage a sense of viewer participation. Gene Davis urges the audience to “enter the painting through the door of a single color, and then you can understand what my painting is all about.” His work also has a musical dimension. The vertical lines in his large canvases can be seen almost as piano strings, and there is a rhythm to his oeuvre. Like Davis and Albers, Israeli artist Yaacov Agam was represented in the exhibition The Responsive Eye at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, which examined modes of visual perception. The two contemporary photographers with works in the exhibition — Jessica Eaton and Jessica Labatte — engage explicitly with the theories of Albers. Color Acting also spotlights work by Ilya Bolotowsky, Leon Berkowitz, Norman Bluhm, Martin Canin, Robyn Denny, Helen Frankenthaler, Stanley William Hayter, Hans Hinterreiter, Fredric Karoly, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, Joan Mitchell, Ludwig Sander, and Frank Stella. A suite from Pierre Mabille’s New York Series will also be displayed. Richard Anuszkiewicz’s luminous Inward Eye #5 is from his series of serigraphs paired with selections by the English Romantic poet William Blake. 92

Pleasure Grounds and Restoring Spaces: Photographs of our National Parks - thru Oct 6 This exhibit is full of the majesty of nature revealed by some of our most gifted photographers. The more than 30 images offer a visual extravaganza. In the face of rapid industrialization, President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir led the urgent call to protect America’s bounty. A dramatic image of Teddy Roosevelt on Glacier Point, Yosemite (1903), presents him as a rugged outdoorsman aligned with American power and promise. Photography not only inspired conservation, but also popularized new tourist sites. Many photographers like Ansel Adams, who is represented by four photographs, have been influential in defending our environment. The exhibit primarily features images depicting national and state parks and landmarks. The earliest date from the 1860s. Aaron Siskind and Brett Weston abstracted elements of the landscape, narrowing the focus and offering a modernist perspective. Florida meets the West in Uelsmann’s richly imaginative Flamingos Visit Yosemite (1985). Floridian Clyde Butcher’s two largescale photographs in the exhibition spotlight the state’s wild beauty. In addition to Yosemite and the Everglades, there are photographs of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde National Park, the Grand Tetons, and more. Among the other leading photographers represented are Edward S. Curtis, Margaret Bourke-White, Don Worth, William Clift, Laura Gilpin, and Linda Connor. 255 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667;

ists on both sides of the border —Mexican and Mexican American— to reveal a variety of cultural aspects as

FADED ELEGANCE: Photographs Of Havana By Michael Eastman thru Sept 15

Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman consists of twenty-nine, 6 x 7 1/2 ft. photographs taken by the artist between 1999 and 2010. Eastman explores Havana’s changing cultural landscape in his images of the city’s architecture and lush interiors, ravaged by the effects of time. His largescale photographs evoke the nostalgia and wealth of a bygone era, while shedding light on the harsh economic realities faced in present day Cuba. While in Havana, Eastman photographed a number of subjects, from the interiors of homes along Ambassador Way, to stairwells and music schools, to abstract patterns found on the exteriors of buildings. Eastman is known for his richly colored photographs, which he captures with his 4 x 5 camera. This exhibition will be the first to explore the depth and range of Eastman’s Havana photographs.

MIRADAS: ANCIENT ROOTS IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN ART thru Sept 15 The exhibition examines and celebrates work by art-

they emerged in the years after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) to the present day. This unique survey of over 100 works takes a close look at paintings, prints and photographs created over the past eighty years. The works include artists such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Robert Graham, Judithe Hernandez, Luis Jimenez, Roberto Juarez, Graciela Iturbide, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

NATIONAL SCULPTURE SOCIETY ANNUAL AWARDS EXHIBITION - thru July 27 The Annual Awards Exhibition is National Sculpture Society’s (NSS) most popular show. The sculpture on display ranges from classical to contemporary, and is composed of portrait busts, bas-reliefs and figures ranging in all sizes and dimensions. TMA - 120 Gasparilla Plaza (Polk Street) Tampa, FL 33602.


Mythic Creatures of China - thru July 14 Chinese artists have portrayed animals in ceramics across thousands of years of the country’s continuous history. These animals captured the imaginations of Chinese potters as they sought to portray animals they had seen, and others they could only imagine. Drawn from the Ringling’s collection of Chinese ceramics, these animals will tickle your fancy with their stories, legends and vibrancy. Almost one hundred objects are presented, including dragons, butterflies, fish and phoenix. American Moderns - thru Sept 8 American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell presents fifty-seven artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists en-


gaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the fifty-three paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the day, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Circus Moderns - thru Sept 16 During the early twentieth century, stars of the American circus were among the most idolized celebrities of the day. Their portraits were used to sells tickets as circuses moved from town to town. A selection of posters, dating from the 1910’s through the 1940’s feature some of the most famous faces ever seen in the center ring. The colorful lithographs illustrate the transition from the Jazz age and its Art Deco stylings to the flat colors and and simplified shapes inspired by abstract art. They also reflect the evolving styles of circus acts and the designs of the advertisements.

July 20-21 The Cool Art Show is a juried fine art and craft event displaying high caliber work from 80 local and statewide artists. This Fine Art and Craft Show is hosted by PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists, and held at the St. Petersburg Colseum. All artwork is made in America - hand created by the artist and for sale. A remarkable collection of visual and functional creations in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry. PAVA continues its tradition of representing distinction across the spectrum of artistic

media. Cool Art has grown in 25 years from its beginnings as an outlet for artists and the public in the slow summer, to a outstanding highly respected show. PAVA is a not-for-profit, artist run organization. It is composed of artists from throughout the state of Florida and Eastern United States. Open from 10:00am to 5:00pm both days at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum located at 535 4th Avenue North. Admission and parking are free.

FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS Summer Exhibitions - thru Sept 8 The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts’ exhibition, entitled New Visions, presents the work of three emerging photographs from Vienna, New York, and Tampa. Another presents the Photogravures of Edward Curtis from a local collection. New Visions presents the work of three emerging photographers who approach the possibilities and history of the photographic medium differently, responding sensitively to the varied contexts in which they work. Sissi Farassat is an Iranian-born photographer who lives and works in Vienna. Drawing from the Middle Eastern history of pattern making as well as the Viennese legacy of Art Nouveau, Farassat embellishes her photographs with meticulous sewing and beadwork. Jim Reynolds is a New York-based photographer whose images examine the legacy of Modernism and contemporary consumerism. Edmund D. Fountain photographs for the Tampa Bay Times. As a photographer, he fuses his photojournalism training with a keen sense of artistic exploration. Ethnographer and photographer Edward S. Curtis is best known for his ambition to chronicle the lives of Native Americans at the turn of the twentieth century. The series on view represents just one portion of the twenty-volume photographic portfolio Curtis created as he traveled across the Southwest, where he focused his lens on the daily lives and rituals of the Apache, Navaho, Zuni, and Yuma. FMOPA is located at 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602; 813.221.2222;


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ummertime is the perfect time to enjoy creative toys and games which is just what you’ll experience at Florida Craftsmen’s latest exhibition. From winged pull toys to flying astronauts, a toy piano which will surprise you with its “tunes” to incredible interpretations of chess and checkers, there is no limit to the thread of imagination which runs through the show. Ginny Piech Street will delight you with her beautiful cases filled with brightly colored sticks and stones which can become anything you want them to become. Or try your hand at the “Tuna Toss” by throwing fishing lures at a “dart board”.

Several chess sets are collaborative efforts. Large scale ceramic pieces were made by the artists of the Train Station Center for Clay and a fun set was created by the children of the Sunflower School. Mandala Memory created by Zoe Keramea from NYC is a twist on the classic memory game. Prefer it in an 96

app? Just scan the barcode with your smart phone and start playing electronically! Beware of being infected by Rebeca Gilling’s “I Bug You” critters. Ceramic bugs are imbedded in resin jars complete with symptoms and prognosis and most importantly, an infected care kit (a ribbon you wear around your wrist to remind you that these viruses repesent all that is good in the world)…adorable gift items. Artists in the exhibition: Amy Kluth, Jennifer Burrell, Joan Carew, Carlton Wing, Cornelia & Ed Gates, CyberCraft Robots, Amanda Dicken, Brenda Gregory, Robert Hargrave, Jill Oldenski, Joyce Sutherland, Kathy Stults, Zoe Keramea, Haley Lauw, Lisa Glaser, Carrie Matteoli, Richard Moore, Eleanor Pigman, Jennifer Rose, Kaileen Schleith, Carole Shelton, Jennie Sikora-Muehl, Susan Rienzo, Ginny Piech Street, Sunflower School artists, theTrain Station Center for Clay, Will Wagenaar, Millie Brown, Chris Miller, Patricia Preston Warren, Rebeca Gilling. Also featured in this exhibition is the slab wood furniture produced by Robert & Zoe Bocik of FUNKTIONHOUSE Urban Lumber & Furnishings. GAME NIGHTS: Every Thursday night from 5:30-8:30 during the exhibit will be game night. Bring friends and munchies and instigate the hilarity. Put together a team (anywhere from 2-8 people) and test your skills on subjects from sports to entertainment and more. The evening is free with drinks available for donations. Florida Craftsmen Inc, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701; 727 821-7391.

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By the 1920s-30s, bright colors, synthetic fabrics, and a more feminine shape emerged in the style of swimsuits. The famous Jantzen swim suit manufacturing firm made the diving girl logo a beach blanket image and everything from billboards was one of those little kids who to bumper stickers donned the were often called “a fish.” You famous logo. In the 1940s, conknow the type—a pint sized 3 vertible straps which could be or 4 year old who could swim like a unfastened were introduced in champ and would rather spend all part to prevent tan lines. Today, day playing underwater in a swimvintage swim suits bring high ming pool than doing anything else. values on the vintage couture My Mom nearly drowned as a teenmarket. ager and while she never learned High-end swim suits from the to swim herself, she was adamant 1950s like those designed by about giving me and my sisters Christian Dior command $1000 swimming lessons. To her credit, all to $2000 while more mainthree of us are excellent swimmers stream brands like Catalina dattoday. My swimming abilities even ing to the mid 1900s are worth helped pay for school. I swam com$50 to $350 per suit. The 1950s petitively through my teens and early emphasized the hourglass fig20s and today, I enjoy swimming as ure with a “bubble suit” featuring my favorite form of exercise. cotton material and low cut top. It follows that investigating the The 1960s swimsuits saw an history of the bathing suit is a topic interest in showing off the midof interest for me. It brings back hapPamela Anderson’s one piece red drift, too. Two piece polyester py memories of days at swim team Speedo bathing suits of the era were still practice and now relates to my work conservative and covered up evaluating vintage objects. one’s belly button. In the early years of the 20th Century, there were By the 1970s, swim suits were a far cry from the covstrict laws that required women to be fully clothed when er-up everything style bathing suits of the early 1960s. taking a swim. The bathing suit requirements of the Later, Speedo swimsuits from the 1980s featured Lycra day included a non-form fitting costume that consisted materials and straightforward styles. American designof a dress, pantaloons, cap, and shoes. Most women er suits obliged and frolicked in the waves in full length swimOn the market, vintage swim suits in good condition ming attire while others took their chances with a more always bring interest from collectors and celebrity suits revealing bathing suit. Most woolen –yes, that reads are all the rage. A prominent example of the interest in woolen as in wool-- swimsuits of the early decades of the vintage swim suit market is celebrity suits. For inthe 1900s were basic black. stance, Pamela Anderson’s one piece red Speedo lifeAll of that changed in the summer of 1905 when guard bathing suit from her starring role on the widely Australian swimmer, Annette Kellerman announced her popular hit TV show, Bay Watch, recently sold for $275. desire to become the first woman to swim the English Channel. She attempted the feat amid controversy over Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori presents anher bathing suit. Kellerman sparked an international stir tique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the expert when she was arrested for wearing a one-piece woolen appraiser on Discovery’s hit TV show, Auction Kings. Visit swimming suit. She omitted the pantaloons, cap, and,, or call (888) shoes and started a tidal wave of talk. Obscenity laws 431-1010. aside, Kellerman started a swimsuit revolution. Photo: Staff of




THE INN ON FIFTH Inviting Elegance by Melissa Wolcott Martino and Al Martino


ntering the lobby of the elegant Inn On Fifth in Naples, FL, one would never guess the building housing the hotel was once a 1951-era bank. The hotel is a mere 16 years old, but has the look and feel of seasoned grand dame — perhaps because of all the marble, warm lighting, and lovely antique furnishings adorning the lobby and common areas.

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e were warmly greeted by staff when checking in to the Inn On Fifth, and they could not have been more accommodating, trying to anticipate our every need. An unexpected surprise at a hotel as lovely as this one, is discovering that parking is free — including valet — and there are no separate resort fees for the use of the pool and exercise equipment, etc. that most hotels tack on to your bill. ddd



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odern British Colonial comes to mind in describing the hotel’s guest rooms decor. Inviting and comfortable, yet sophisticated with predominate shades of buttercup yellow and pale green. The Inn’s pillow-top bedding is divine, and slumber came easily to us after busy days exploring Naples. All the rooms have sliding French doors leading to balconies or terraces with rattan or wrought iron furniture. We made full use of our balcony in the mornings with coffee and conversation in our snuggly hotel-supplied robes while watching Fifth Avenue come alive. To get ourselves going, we enjoyed a dip in the Inn’s rooftop pool before heading out for the day. A must during a stay at the Inn is a visit (or two!) to the Inn’s luxurious Spa On Fifth. Utilizing Feng Shui and all natural products, skilled staff will relax or rejuvinate you with a variety of treatments. How does a Chocolate Raspberry Brown Sugar Body Scrub, or a romantic couples massage sound‑? Athough the hotel is not old, it recently underwent complete refurbishing of all the guest bathrooms in Italiante marble. And the Inn expanded, having purchased buildings directly across the street and renovating them to become new suites (some at 1,000 sq feet) with exclusive club level check-in, and with retail shops on the ground floor. ‑‑ ddd 100

Judy Nelson, Spa Manager, will see to your every need.

Couples massage.

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McCabes Irish Pub ining can be found right at the hotel’s location, with McCabe’s Irish Pub and Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House.

McCabe’s is a truly authentic Irish Pub, as a lot of the interior findings, paneling and decor were shipped over from Ireland. The menu consists of traditional Irish fare, with hearty Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, angus beef and grilled seafood, and, of course, Irish beer. The pub’s site includes the old bank vault (complete with the thick steel tumbler door) which they utilize as a private dining room. With live entertainment and a fun crowd, McCabe’s is the place to be. Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House is next door to McCabes, and is the most popular fine dining spot in Naples. The restaurant is elegant, and service is impeccable. The food, however, is what keeps folks returning, and reservations are a must (months in advance for Saturday night!) The Naples Truluck’s is one of eleven owned by the company (others located in Texas, California and more in Florida.) To supply all the restaurants, Truluck’s founded their own sustainable fisheries. Their menu changes seasonally, as their seafood is only the freshest possible. The most popular dishes are their Dungeness and King Crab when in season. All their vegetables and meats are organic, and the absolutely delicious, tender steak comes from Niman Ranch grass fed, free-range cows. Truluck’s has over 100 wines by the glass, and their wine program is always changing.

Rick Rinella, Manager of Truluck’s.

Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House



hey say real estate is most valued by location, so the Inn On Fifth is prime. It is located right in the heart of Naples, on it’s most prized shopping street, and short ride to most area attractions. Unfortunately, we did not have a lot of time to stay in Naples, but did manage to visit two of the area’s popular attractions, the Naples Zoo, and the Naples Princess luxury yacht, and both experiences were memorable.

Naples Zoo handler shows us how a sloth likes to just hang around.

The Naples Zoo is non-profit, with conservation being key. Begun in 1919 as a botanical garden, animals were introduced in 1969. The animal enclosures are all natural habitats, so they are able to roam around comfortably. A guided boat takes visitors around islands inhabited by different primates, where the aniZoo mals swing freely in trees and “jungle gyms”. Among other events are a giraffe feeding (where guests can feed the giraffes themselves) and an alligator feeding (no, no guests - just handlers for this one!) The shows are fun and fascinating.

The Naples Princess is a beautiful three-year-old, 105 ft. long, $4M custom built yacht, which sails several times a day out of the Port O Call Marina. There are different sailing options available, from afternoon sightseeing to a sunset dinner cruise. You glide past waterfront mansions, and most likely will see some interesting wildlife, like dolphins playing in the wake of the boat, or some slow-moving manatees. We heartily recommend the sunset cruise, for the beauty of the area and catching one of Florida’s spectacular sunsets.

The Inn On Fifth offers some very attractive vacation packages year round, and with an average 75° temperature in Naples, it is well worth a visit at any time of year.

Naples Princess

A gorgeous sunset seen from the Naples Princess cruise.

If you Go

Upsacle shopping is right outside your door at the Inn On Fifth.

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Journey Stories - Smithsonian exhibition at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, - thru July 5 This exhibit explores the powerful tales of how we and our ancestors came to America and to the places we now call home. This interactive exhibit is touring towns and cities across the country. In order to enhance visitors’ experience of the exhibit, the City of Tarpon Springs has created a series of public programs that explore local and regional connections.

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Lunch & Learn: Scent of Scandal with author and journalist Craig Pittman at the Heritage Museum - Tues, July 9 Learn the story of Craig Pittman’s true tell-all thriller Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid.After its Peruvian discovery in 2002, Phragmipedium kovachii became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. When one showed up at the Selby Botanical Gardens, this rare ladyslipper orchid led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and criminal charges and headlines around the country. Investigative journalist Craig Pittman unraveled this tangled web and exposed an obsession with beauty, profit and fame that led some people to ignore everything -- even the law. Pete Price, Pete Hennings and Mike Jurgensen at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center - Sat, July 13 A trio of talented musicians blend their varied musical

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Humane Society of Pinellas BARK AT THE BALL PARK The Humane Society of Pinellas and the Clearwater Threshers invite you and your dog to Bark at the Ball Park Saturday, July 6. Gates open at 5 pm for a 6:30 game at Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road in Clearwater. Phoebe from Hot 101.5 will throw out the first pitch as the Clearwater Threshers take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Don’t miss the pet/owner look-alike contest, doggy splash zone, Pick Me! Project pet adoptions, vendors, raffles, and the chance to run the bases with your dog after the game! Dog tickets are $5; people tickets range from $5 to $9.50. Call the Bright House Field box office at (727) 467-4457 for tickets and info.


Pick Me! Project HSP is one of 50 animal shelters nationwide competing in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, hoping to win $100,000 by adopting out more dogs and cats through August than ever before. They need the community’s help to win. They will be hosting off-site adoptions all summer long to meet their goal of 999 adoptions in 90 days, they need volunteers to meet the Challenge. Monday Mania, going on all summer long: every Monday, every adoption fee is 50% off. Pets will be available all summer long at the shelter at 3040 State Road 590 in Clearwater, as well as various offsite adoption locations.

Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Summer Heat from Heidi Ganahl, CEO of Camp Bow Wow Pets Need Sunscreen - Just like humans, cats and dogs can get sunburned, especially if he/she has light-colored hair. Animal sunburns can cause the same problems as that of humans: peeling, redness and even cancer. As skin cancer in pets is a serious concern, purchasing pet-friendly sun screen can go a long way in protecting the health of your pet when the heat kicks in. Places that are easy to forget, but prone to burning are: inside the nostrils, tip of nose, around your dog’s lips and the inside of ears for dogs with standup ears. Summer Style - Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, but never to the skin, so your pet still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. Pets Need Extra Water…But don’t let them drink just anything - Give your dog extra water during the summer, but be sure not to leave the water out for too long. Change the water often to prevent your pet from getting sick from bacteria that can grow in hot water. Also, when dogs are thirsty, they are bound to drink something they shouldn’t. Puddles of what may look like water on the ground can be mistaken for dangerous chemicals, so keep an eye out when your dog is looking for something to sip on. Make a Safe Splash - Do not leave pets unsupervised at the beach – not all pets are good swimmers. Introduce your pet to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. To remove salt from the fur, rinse your pet after swimming. Pets at Outdoor Summer Events - Warm temperatures and outdoor fun go hand-in-hand, but when the temperatures hit record highs, refrain from taking your pet to crowded summer events like concerts or fairs. The loud noises and crowds, combined with the heat, can be stressful and dangerous for pets. Exercising in the Heat - Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but show extra care to older and overweight pets that are more at risk from high temperatures. If you go for a run on the beach, limit exercise to

early morning or evening hours. Extra caution should also be taken with short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. Watch for Heatstroke - Dogs can develop heatstroke fairly quickly. Signs of this include excessive panting, staring, anxious facial expressions, warm skin, refusal to obey commands by owner, vomiting, collapse and rapid heartbeat. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from this, lower the animal’s body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body. Often the pet will respond after just a few minutes of cooling, only to falter again with his temperature soaring back up or falling to well below what is normal. If this happens, take the dog to the vet immediately – don’t try to solve this yourself.


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unken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100 year old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. If you enjoy Yoga, or want to try Hoop Dancing, go to Sunken Gardens and exercise in a botanical, tropical paradise. Yoga Village at Sunken Gardens: Mon - 10:30am Gentle Beginner Yoga with Vandana; Wed - 10:30am Kundalini Yoga with Ram Gian; Thurs - 10:30am Open Level Vinyasa Flow with Vandana; Sun - 12:30pm Kundalini Yoga with Updesh. Hoop Dancing: Tues 10am - 11am and Wed 9am - 10am; Kids Hoop Dancing: Tues 4pm - 4:45pm; Hot Hula: Thurs 10am - 11am. Sunken Gardens provides garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. Call 727-551-3102. Gardens may be closed due to inclement weather. 1825 4th Street N, St. Petersburg, 727-551-3102;

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Gaming Scene Las Vegas The Venetian and The Palazzo present CARNEVALE thru Sept 8 The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas has fantasy, food, fun and the romance of Italy during CARNEVALE, a three-month celebration of the summer festivals of Italy. The festival features 300 experiences, including many exclusively for The Venetian and The Palazzo guests and Grazie members. Wonder and revelry will surround guests at The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts, with entertainment, art, fashion, games, sports, music and wine.

VÉRONIC Voices at Bally’S thru Aug 31 For the first time ever, the world’s biggest voices, from Celine Dion and Mariah Carey to Lady Gaga and Adele, have come together for one Las Vegas residency: VÉRONIC Voices. The one-woman show, starring vocal phenomenon Véronic DiCaire, can be seen at the Jubilee! Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas now through Aug. 31. Co-produced by Celine Dion, VÉRONIC Voices honors some of the world’s biggest singers, past and present, who have made their mark on music history. Véronic amazes audiences with her spot-on tributes to Christina Aguilera, Sheryl Crow, Billie Holiday, Susan Boyle, Whitney Houston, Katy Perry, Dolly Parton and many more.


The D* Word—A Musical—OpenS at LVH July 10 The D*Word-A Musical (*Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating) is the newest show from Jeanie Linders,

creator of Menopause. The 90-minute show follows four single and single-again women who sing their way through the ups and downs of relationships with the aid of friendship, martinis and mojo makeovers. With songs from “I Will Survive” and “Hot Stuff” to “Before He Cheats,” “Turn Me On!” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” the show is a celebration of living life happily even after. 2013 NBA Summer League ReturnS to Las Vegas The NBA Summer League 2013 in Las Vegas will feature 22 teams competing in a 61-game schedule

from July 12-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This summer’s event will feature the debut of a tournament-style schedule that will crown the first-ever NBA Summer League Champion on July 22. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 12-16 before being seeded in a tournament. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games. Cirque du Soleil PRESENTS Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay Michael Jackson has taken residency exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Directed by Jamie King, this entirely new show is the second creative

Jabbawockeez Show “PRiSM” NOW at Luxor The world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez previews performances of its all-new show, “PRiSM,” at Luxor. A celebration of imagination, the show is an eclectic mix of awe-inspiring choreography, captivating storylines and stunning special effects.

project to be developed between Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson after the top grossing Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. Fremont Street Experience Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas free concert series turns the Downtown Las Vegas entertainment venue into summer’s alternative music destination. The July lineup includes: 7/4- THREE DAYS GRACE; 7/20 - SISTER HAZEL / TONIC; 7/27 - EVE 6 EVE 6

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical at The Venetian - thru Aug 18 Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features a trio of friends, on the road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. With more than 500 dazzling costumes, Priscilla features a hit parade of more than 20 dance-floor favorites, including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally,” “I Will Survive,” “Material Girl,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Like a Prayer,” and many others.

TROPICANA: Las Vegas Getaway with a South Beach Rhythm and Vibe The New Tropicana Las Vegas recently completed a $200 million South Beach-inspired transformation. With all-new rooms and suites, premium gaming, acclaimed restaurants, supreme entertainment and Bagatelle Beach, enjoy a casually elegant resort experience on the Strip.


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GIVEAWAY - thru July 27. Play the Beau Rivage virtual game board and win a 2013 Range Rover Evoque, a 2013 Audi A6, a Mediterranean Cruise, a trip for two to Bellagio and thousands in FREEPLAY. Drawings held every Mon, Thurs and Sat. Ten lucky winners will be drawn each hour.

What’s happening at the Beau Rivage Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Beau Rivage is a beautiful resort destination — very convenient for Tampa Bay area folks looking for either an exciting time, or a relaxing time, or both — the Beau has it all. With a partnership with Vision Airlines, the resort has an exclusive package that includes a round trip non-stop jet flight, ground transfers, and two nights in a luxurious guestroom — starting at only $199 per person (double occupancy). The flight takes only an

FUNAMBULA THEATRICAL CIRCUS SENSATION - thru Aug 11. An international cast of accomplishedaerialists, acrobats and tightrope walkers dramatic performances will compel audiences to wonder if they are from another world. FUNAMBULA includes never before seen acts and will be performed for the first time on stage anywhere in the Beau Rivage Theatre. Among the performers are two contortionists who twist their bodies and seamlessly maneuver in a tiny glass cube, a troupe of talented trampoline jumpers, trapeze artists, and a rhythmic gymnast champion who has won competitions in the Ukraine and across the world. FUNAMBULA features the amazing comedic daredevil Bello Nock whose stunts, humor and charisma have won him numerous awards and the admiration of thousands of fans worldwide.

hour and fifteen minutes and leaves from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport. Golfers will definitely want to experience Fallen Oak, Beau Rivage’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course, with it’s dramatic elevation changes and beautiful magnolia trees, ponds, streams and wetlands. GOLF Magazine rated it one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” A visit to the Beau’s spa and salon will show Epicurean treatments unique to the Gulf Coast, and a perfect place for a Girlfriend Getaway with their special “Pamper Parties.” The dining opportunities at the Beau are wonderfully varied - from the simple Snacks Deli to the exceptional BR Prime (the Beau’s signature steak and seafood restaurant), and every thing in between. Guests have eleven restaurants to choose from, as well as several bars.




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Egmont Key: A History by Donald H. Thompson and Carol Thompson

Lost Orlando (Images of America)

by Stephanie Gaub Antequino, Tana Mosier Porter on behalf of the Historical


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rlando amounted to little more than scattered log cabins in the pine forest when Orange County established it as the county seat in 1857. One of the earliest buildings was a log hotel, indicating Orlando’s future as a tourist destination. After its incorporation in 1875, wood-frame structures replaced the log cabins, and prosperous citizens built large houses around the developing government and business center. By 1900, as Orlando recovered from the economic disaster of the Great Freeze of 1894 and 1895, brick construction replaced wood frame as once pretentious houses close to the central city were torn down to make way for modern business blocks. As residences moved to less congested neighborhoods, schools and churches followed. From its beginning, people arrived in Orlando to prosper and build. Those men and their buildings are gone, but the history of the city is richer because of their presence. Orlando’s story can be traced through the continuing cycle of constructing, demolishing, and rebuilding anew.

gmont Key has been a sentinel for ships entering Tampa Bay from the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of years. Early European explorers recognized the island’s strategic location. Its story reflects major events in the history of the United States and Florida, as the island played a role in the Seminole Wars, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II. Its lighthouse, now automated, is still a beacon for ships. For many years, people have enjoyed the beaches of Egmont Key, walked the red brick “roads to nowhere” and explored the ruins of Fort Dade. Authors Don and Carol Thompson aim to foster an appreciation of the uniqueness and beauty of Egmont Key, as well as an understanding of its place in history. Since retiring from teaching high school social studies, Don Thompson performed first-person interpretations of such historical figures as Florida railroad baron Henry B. Plant. He has authored four previous books and resides in Parrish Florida. He is a member of the Egmont Key Alliance. Carol Thompson is a retired fifth grade elementary teacher. In addition to working on two published local history books, Carol has completed a juvenile novel, as yet unpublished.

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illy is a grumpy kid who feels that everyone picks on him. But, when he discovers a magic, giant pencil that gives him the power to erase anyone, or anything, he soon discovers how important his family and friends really are. Eleven year old Tampa youth Connor Wilson has earned the distinction of becoming the country’s youngest tradiionally-published fiction writer. Connor was just eight years old when he first had the idea for A Giant Pencil. Connor finished the book just after his ninth birthday.



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by Diana MacFarland

by Miles Corwin



hen an ex-cop is murdered in L.A., Lt. Frank Duffy needs his best detective, Ash Levine,who quit a year ago. Ash resigned after Latisha Patton, the witness in a homicide case was murdered. He is left consumed with guilt that he caused Latisha’s murder. When he’s asked to rejoin the force, Ash agrees. .Ash dives into the case to investigate the ex-cop’s murder. When he has a suspect in custody, something about this case doesn’t sit right. He continues the investigation while quietly chasing leads in Latisha’s murder.Unable to let either case go, his obsessive nature propels him into a world of private compromises and public corruption.

nspired by a true-life story, CODENAME WILDCARD is a page-turning actionthriller rich with historical revelations, intriguing relationships and sizzling sex. How will dynamic forester Jason MacDougall survive a Rambo-escape from North Korea, battle PTSD, become the nemesis of a Soviet Trojan Horse op to destroy America from within? Lifeor-death challenges, with glimpses of heaven, from the Savoy in Moscow to the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, a castle in the Scottish Highlands, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, glamorous parties in Washington, D.C., a Veterans Administration hospital, and on to alluring coral reefs beneath the crystal blue waters of Key Largo.

Deadly Pleasures by Mary Firmin


egan Riley finding out that her neighbor was found dead, her engagement just ending, is tired of emotional ties and ready for an adventure. Megan and her friends hire a stripper as their orlandosunaware he is a suspect in a series of murders. Suddenly, they’re involved in a murder investigation. Who will be next? Megan, the real estate agent; divorced Kathleen; Alex, married to a businessman; or Rachel, the spurned wife of a screenwriter? Her own investigation takes Megan through L.A.’s bondage parlors, sex clubs, and the lifestyles of the rich and famous; and discovers her adventure has transformed into a dangerous game of life and death.


a c de f g Non b Fiction Assassination: The Royal Family’s 1000-year Curse by David Maislish

shutter speed, aperture, and shooting modes to get comfortable handling your camera (even bossing it around a bit!), learn to shoot images that tell a story, and understand the thought process involved in making a great photograph.You’ll learn techniques for improving those yellow photos of your kids’ indoor sporting events, fixing exposure on shots that are too dark or too bright, avoiding the dangers of over-cropping, and much more.

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ever told before, Assassination is the revelation of a 1000-year curse that has shaken the monarchy from Canute to Elizabeth II. After years of painstaking research, David Maislish uncovers the murder or attempted murder of every single King and Queen. Here is English history without the things that sent us to sleep in school; instead brought to life with a series of royal murders and near murders. Read how a quarter, perhaps as many as half, of our Kings and Queens were killed - even one in the twentieth century. It is all in Assassination - the Royal Family’s 1000-year curse.

Viper Force: 56th Fighter Wing — To Fly and Fight the F-16

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by Lt. Col. Robert “Cricket” Renner USAF (Ret.), John M. Dibbs (Photographer)


iper Force tells the story of what it takes to become an F-16 pilot. Because the F-16 is a dual-purpose combat aircraft, its pilot must master two widely divergent disciplines: air-to-air flying against enemy fighters to maintain control of the air over the battle field and air-to-ground flying in support of ground forces, soldiers, and marines, in contact. Viper Force also provides an up-close and personal look at the F-16 Viper squadron at war with information on its missions, command and control in the air, and the crucially important but often overlooked maintenance and ordnance ground crew.

vA w x y z a b by Booker T Huffman, Andrew William Wright

tale of redemption,beginning with Booker T’s single-parent upbringing after the passing of his father, this powerful account reveals the reality of his formative years—from the gruesome accident Booker T witnessed at the age of 13 that led to his mother’s death and his subsequent life of abject poverty as an orphan in urban Houston to years of reckless drug use, dealing, and violence that culminated in a five-year prison sentence for robbery. Booker T writes of his refusal to allow his years of crime to cloud his future and his decision to take responsibility for his life and make a positive impact in his community.

c de f g hi j Shooters: The Toughest Men in Professional Wrestling by Jonathan Snowden


his book covers those who have divided themselves as tough guys on the professional wrestling circuit and legitimate confrontations. From catch wrestling to the Japanese professional wrestler who gave birth to the global phenomenon that is modern mixed martial arts (MMA), this investigation travels from the carnival tent and the training hall to the bright lights of the squared circle and the Las Vegas glitz of the octagon. Billy Riley’s legendary Wigan Snake Pit and the rigorous UWF Dojo in Tokyo are explored, revealing the secret history of both professional wrestling and the rising sport of MMA.

k lm n o pq Your Camera Loves You: Learn to Love It Back by Khara Plicanic


hotographer and instructor Khara Plicanic teaches the basics of photography and digital camera functions that you can apply to any camera, anywhere, any time Follow along with Khara’s simple explanations of

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Cooking Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Delicious Recipes by Sally Vaughan-Johnston

Sally Vaughan-Johnston and Best of Bridge — the team that brought you Bravo! and Fan Fare! — are back with this collection of brand-new recipes created specifically for the slow cooker. There are loads of recipes that will help you deal with the madness of meal preparation quickly and easily. This collection of recipes features everything from the perfect choice for your next neighborhood potluck, to elegant appetizers, breakfast and brunch ideas to delectable desserts. The Best of Bridge motto remains the same: “Simple recipes with gourmet results.” The recipes work and the one-liners will keep you smiling in the kitchen.

Kids Stuff The Mine That Bird Trilogy

The American Lighthouse Cookbook: The Best Recipes and Stories from America’s Shorelines by Ed Jackson and Becky Sue Epstein


he American Lighthouse Cookbook Features 47 lighthouses, and more than 300 recipes from eight coastal regions of the United States. It celebrates the local cuisines that have been the staple of lighthouse keepers. Arranged geographically, the lighthouses were chosen for their interesting backgrounds and stories. Following the story of each lighthouse is a menu for a modern-day lighthouse meal. Included are recipes mostly developed by chef ed Jackson. Each of the recipes captures the essence of the local foods available to lighthouse keepers from the 1700s through today.

amount to anything. Only his mother and his friend Howard, the Humming bird believe he is special. On the treacherous journey to be the eventual winner of the 135th kentucky Derby, Mine The Bird falls down a lot but he always gets back up.

by Rod McCall and Price Hall

Shellie, the Magical Dog

Book One - At The Gate; Book Two - In The Street; Book Three - The Finish Line

by Linda Amiri and Michael Amiri

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Mine That Bird is the little horse that could. It is the inspirationally trilogy of children’s graphic novels, an emotional tale of surviva l and hope. Born with a “bad” foot, but a big heart, no one believes that the small colt could ever

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One - At The Book Two - In Street; Book - The Finish

Shellie is a dog with a magical belly. It smells like strawberry jelly! When Kelly needs help, Shellie helps him with her magic. Just imagine what you could do if you had your own magic, too.



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