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Accent On Tampa Bay

Vol. 25, Issue 190 August, 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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LOCAL FOCUS Stuff the Bus Campaign - Fri, Aug 2

In Pinellas County, more than 2,000 children live in in foster care, 1 in 5 children live in poverty, and over 3,000 children are homeless. In addition, 52 percent of all students in Pinellas qualify for free or reduced lunch. In order to help these students, The Pinellas Education Foundation, The Pinellas County Council of PTAs and Franklin Templeton Investments will be conducting their second annual Back to School Supply Drive. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Largo Mall (near Target) at 10500 Ulmerton Rd. A Pinellas County School Bus will be stationed in the parking lot to collect the donated supplies. Some of the needed supplies are: gender-neutral backpacks, pens and pencils, spiral-bound notebooks and composition books, loose-leaf notebook paper, 1” binders, crayons and colored pencils, pocket folders, and rulers and erasers. 727-5884816.

30th Annual National Night Out - Tues, Aug 6 The Gulfport Police department will be participating in the 30th Annual National Night Out from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center in Gulfport. National Night Out 2012 involved 37.5 million people in 15,704 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Give crime and drugs a going away party this year at the Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. in Gulfport, on Tuesday August 6, 2013 starting at 6 P.M.

Sail Pavilion’s “Brews & Bites” features Special Summer Concert Fri, Aug 9 A rolling celebration of food and fun, Brews & Bites features a fleet of area food trucks and live entertainment from local musicians at the venue’s unique 360-degree waterfront bar. The expanded August event will feature twelve food trucks offering something for every tastebud, a mojito bar, summer specialty cocktails, craft beers at Sail Pavilion’s Beer Garden and a special summer concert, featuring an exciting band and two sets of live entertainment. Sail Pavilion hosts the monthly Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally on the second Friday of each month. 333 S. Franklin St, Tampa. (813) 373-1193 4

2nd Annual SUP’n Kids Ocean Crest Experience - Aug 9-11 A World Class StandUp Paddleboarding Event for Kids 6-16, The second annual SUP’n Kids Ocean Crest Experience - an interactive ocean-shore event in world-class stand-up paddle boarding - will be held at the Magnuson Hotel in St. Petersburg. The high-energy SUP weekend is designed for kids ages 6 through 16 to help support Ocean Crest Alliance in the conservation of ocean and seas. Special events include a prone paddleboarding experience with BARK Paddleboards, combined land and SUP workouts to improve paddling technique with PaddleFit, and a class on making your own gourmet sea salt with Ocean Crest Alliance. The SUP’nKid’s Passport Program designed to encourage kids to be safe, healthy and responsible stewards of our waters. Activities include SUP yoga for a healthy mind and body, “Eat Fresh!” Morning Star Fisherman presentation on sustainable foods from the land and sea, a marine turtle and shorebird conservation workshop and shore clean-up sponsored by Ocean Minded. Families are invited to join in for a Welcome Sunset Burrito Bar cook-out, kids’ fun and elite races and family movie under the stars. Children must be accompanied by parents. The Magnuson Hotel is located at the north end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. 727-867-1151. Register at

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


LIVE! BIRDS OF PREY … A WILDNITE NATURE TALK - Thurs, Aug 8 Live! Birds of Prey is next in a continuing series of Guy Harvey Outpost’s WildNite Nature Talks. Attendees will get up-close and personal with the Wild Avian Ambassadors of St. Petersburg’s Boyd Hill Nature Preserve during this lively and educational program by Boyd Hill birds of prey volunteer caretaker, Gabe Vargo. Attendees will learn about raptors’ natural history and the basic ecology of the species, their adaptations and why they play a key role in our ecosystem. This family-friendly event is open to the public. Guy Harvey Outpost – A TradeWinds Beach Resort Conference Center - 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706. For reservations and information, call (727) 343-1272. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary.

1st annual Crab and Music Festival - Sat, Aug 10 St. Petersburg’s 1st annual Crab and Music Festival will mark the beginning of an annual celebration of the regions diverse crab & seafood cuisine. Head out to Vinoy for this delicious celebration featuring a huge variety of crab, seafood, drinks, live music, tons of food, craft booths, raffles, a children’s zone, cooking demonstrations by St. Petersburg’s finest seafood chefs and more, benefitting Bristol Temple Ministries and Children’s Dream Fund. After the demonstrations, attendees can vote on their favorite dish in a “Best of the Fest” competition. Winners will receive a “Best of the Fest” plaque to display in their respective restaurants. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr. N.E.. St. Petersburg, FL 33701, 727-893-7441.

Mad Beach Bike Fest - Sun, Aug 18 Monthly Madness on Mad Beach and BIKERSCAP present the Mad Beach Bike Fest. Madeira Beach revs up for its inaugural Mad Beach Bike Fest on Sunday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Madeira Way. Bike enthusiasts will be showing off their classic, antique, new and customized motorcycles from all eras. Food vendors will be on hand and others offering bikerelated gear. Peruse the local restaurants and shops of the Madeira Way district during the show. Proceeds will benefit BIKERSCAP, a 501(c)3 organization, who provide much needed complete home computer systems to disadvantaged children, through recycling older used systems. Activities will include live music, chance drawings, a bikini bike wash and 10 class people’s choice awards.There is no admission charge for this biker-friendly event. 6


4th Annual DINE TAMPA BAY – Aug 16 - 30 Nearly 100 restaurants from both sides of Tampa Bay will be on display for the fourth annual Dine Tampa Bay, Aug. 16-30. Featuring some of St. Pete/Clearwater’s best, including Bon Appetit in Dunedin, Parkshore Grill in St. Pete and Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar in Clearwater, Dine Tampa Bay is designed to showcase the area’s top chefs and underscore the delicious diversity of Tampa Bay’s culinary scene. Participating restaurants will offer $25, $35 and $45 prix fixe menus for dinner that include three courses. For more information and a list of all restaurants, please visit www.


“Gecko Night Fever” in Gulfport Sat, Aug 24 Dust off that polyester leisure suit and shine that disco ball! “Gecko Night Fever” will be theme of Gulfport’s Fifth Annual Gecko Ball. “Gecko Night Fever” will evoke the 1970s disco era, including the music, dance moves, outfits, hair and fads of the 70s. This year, the Gecko Ball will be held at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom from 6 to 11pm on Saturday, August 24th. The event gets larger and more popular each year, including costumes, over the top décor, cocktail specials, hors d’oeuvre, a dinner buffet, silent auctions, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists. Dress as a disco diva, or gecko-fy yourself, or try a combination. A costume contest will determine some of the best outfits in the house. A live DJ will spin some of the most popular music of the era, perfect for dancing. There will be many other surprises in store, creating what has become known as Gulfport’s Party of the Year. The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the Gecko Fest street festival each year, and a portion of proceeds from the two events along with the annual Gecko Pub Crawl to be held August 10th this year, annually benefit a local cause or charity. Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd. South.) For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to the Gecko Ball Facebook page: www.



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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


2013 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show Docks - Sept 6 - 8 The 2013 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show, the area’s only in-water boat show, showcases the marine industry’s newest boats and accessories and provides aquatic attractions for all ages. From Sept. 6 through 8, visitors to the Bay Area’s largest boat show can view, board and enjoy one-of-a-kind deals on hundreds of boats from the region’s top dealers and shop for cutting edge marine accessories and electronics. The three-day boating extravaganza will take fun to new depths with interactive features for families and boaters of all experience levels. Meet Johnathan Hillstrand from Discovery Network’s Deadliest Catch. Want to learn to SCUBA? Anyone 10 and older can take the plunge and discover the world of diving in the heated, 15,000-gallon ‘Be a Diver’ Pool. Attendees can also enjoy boating courses along Tampa Bay or explore Fred’s Shed DIY Seminars & Interactive Learning Center for free professional advice and hands-on clinics on boat maintenance, repair and upgrade techniques. (954) 4413220. Sept. 6-8, 2013: Friday: 10:00am–8:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am–8:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am–6:00pm. Note: Inwater area closes at sunset. Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602.

Dunedin Restaurant Week Sept 12 - 22 Dunedin is always a hot-spot for family-friendly activities and great parties for the adults. The restaurants and shops of Dunedin bring a great variety of eclectic tastes and styles, which makes it the perfect venue for a week-long culinary adventure. Dunedin Restaurant Week aims to celebrate the culinary innovation of the restaurants of Dunedin as well as support the Dunedin community and the Ryan Wells Foundation. Dunedin Restaurant Week aims to promote the businesses of Dunedin and drive more traffic to the area. www.dunedinrestaurantweek. com/



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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.

A lot of displays of smaller creatures.

Interactive displays will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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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“THE INVESTIGATOR” to hold RED CARPET MOVIE PREMIERE IN ST. PETERSBURG The captivating feature film, The Investigator, starring Wade Williams and David Sanborn (West Side Story, The Miracle and King David) will be premiering in St. Petersburg, Fla. on September 5. Releasing in theaters September 13, the film is written and inspired by events in the life of Rich Romano (brother of actor Ray Romano), and features an experienced team of production executives, cast, and crew.

school baseball coach. When he’s asked to also teach a class on criminal justice, he and his students embark on a most unlikely investigation – into the homicide of Jesus Christ. Using historical records and circumstantial evidence, they conduct a mock trial to examine the age-old claims and modern objections surrounding Jesus. Along the way, they tackle not only the biggest questions in history, but more importantly, the challenges in their own lives. The Investigator’s themes of reconciliation, second chances, and overcoming obstacles in life have attracted nationwide support for the film, with individuals and groups buying out theaters in advance of the September 13 release. Mega-church pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale has teamed up with renowned historian Dr. Gary Habermas, the foremost historical expert on Jesus Christ, to create a workbook based on the film. The Investigator is directed by Curtis Graham, best known for his work on Misconceptions and The Glass Window, and produced by Nicole Abisinio, award winning filmmaker. A strong crew also includes Editor Dan O’Brien (To Save a Life, Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing, Bottle shock), Emmy Award winning Costume Designer Dana Campbell (Dancing with the Stars and Dear John.)

Filmed on location in Pinellas County, Florida, The Investigator is the flagship family-friendly release of Gabriel’s Messenger’s Films. The Dove Foundation, which reviews movies based on moral content, has given its “seal of approval” to for the film. A portion of proceeds from the movie will be donated to charity. The Investigator is designed to encourage and uplift families in difficult times. It tells the story of police sergeant James Buanacore (Wade Williams), a 20-year veteran investigator whose life crisis prompts him to retire from the force and take up a job as a local high


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, 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. Aug. 2, 9 Preparing for Fall Vegetable Gardens: Want to grow vegetables or thinking about gardening in a school or community garden? Join Pinellas County Urban Horticulture Extension Agent Theresa Badurek for an introduction to setting up a vegetable garden in Pinellas County. Learn about site selection and layout, great veggies and varieties for our area, and more! 10 to 11:30 a.m. Recommended for adults. Free; advance registration required. Aug. 3 Exotic Snakes: Florida is home to 46 species of native snakes. However, some snakes have been introduced into natural areas of Florida that do not belong here. Come to Weedon Island Preserve for this live animal program to learn about exotic snakes of Florida. Recommended for all ages. 10 to to 11:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve, Aug 3, Sept 7 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 16

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 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. Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sept 7 Weedon Island Guided Hike: Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. 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

tion required. Brooker Creek Preserve. Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Sept 5 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. Aug. 8 Native Plants for the Shade: Many struggle with planting in shade and plant selection becomes even more challenging when selecting native plants in the shade. In this class Bruce Turley, owner of Wilcox Nursery, will talk about the native landscape plants that are best suited for shade in Pinellas County. Advance registration required for this free program presented in two sessions, 2 to 3:30 p.m. and again at 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Librar Aug 9 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.

Aug 10 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. 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. Aug 15 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. Aug. 17 Featured Creature – The Coyote: Join UF/IFAS Natural Resources Extension Agent, Lara Miller as she discusses a relatively new resident to Pinellas County, the coyote. Lara will explore the life history of the coyote as

well as its ability to adapt and survive in urban environments. It is not rare to see a coyote in Pinellas. Come and learn about this nocturnal creature and its presence in the area.10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserv Archaeology Works – Hunting Technology: Ever wondered how we would put dinner on the table if we were living in prehistoric Florida? Archaeologists look at how artifacts like stone tools change through time and about the advances in ancient hunting technology. Learn about these changes as well as the atlatl, a prehistoric hunting tool used in Florida then make one to take home. Recommended for all ages. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. 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. Aug. 24 Going Coastal – Fish Form and Function: What makes the swordfish the fastest fish in the sea? Why do barracuda have sharp teeth? Join UF/IFAS Pinellas County Sea Grant Extension Agent Libby Carnahan to learn the relationship between fish form and function. Bring a blank t-shirt, reusable bag, or item of your choice to use for fish printing following the lesson. Suitable for all ages. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve Aug. 28 Shade-Loving Plants: Pam Brown, Pinellas County Extension Agent

itus, will help residents by discussing shade-loving plants. Recommended for adults this will be extremely helpful information, especially in the heat of the Florida summer! 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Advance registration required. Garden Club of St. Petersburg Aug. 31 Wildflower Garden Club: Join the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve to get gardening hands dirty in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Bring garden gloves and hat. Morning snacks are usually provided. Free; advance registration required. 8 to 10 a.m. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center.

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; 17


SlapLit LED Bracelet Light Turn SlapLit on, slap it on your wrist, upper arm, or ankle (or any tubularshaped object), and you’ve got instant nighttime visibility. Made of lightweight but durable nylon, the SlapLit is powered by a bright, easy-to-activate LED that lights up the entire wrap. The SlapLit is perfect for after-dark lawn games; running, walking, or cycling at night; and outdoor evening concerts and events. Use it over and over again. The SlapLit can be straightened with a twist of the thumb and stored flat, or hung in its straightened form and used as an LED marker beacon.

HYBRID CARGO NET From sporting goods to groceries, prevent your items from tipping over or sliding around while you are driving and ultimately leaving a mess with the easy to install Hybrid Cargo Net. Designed to help organize your hybrid’s trunk area while allowing easy access to your possessions, the cargo net is an “envelope-style” design that can be attached and detached very quickly, and can be stored away when not in use. Available for many makes and models of hybrids like Toyota, Lexus, Ford and more.

FuelShark Increases Power and Gas Mileage for Your Auto This little device is designed to help motorists get better performance and mileage from their vehicles simply by plugging into a cigarette lighter or other adapter. To get optimum performance, a vehicle must have a clean electrical circuit environment. Many cars develop electrical imbalances over time, so when the FuelShark is plugged in, the positive and negative electrodes electronically connect the unit to the alternator. The capacitor in the FuelShark then compensates the reduced voltage generated by the alternator so there is enough output voltage to fuel the needs of other electronics in the car. This allows the alternator to maintain a steady voltage to the car’s ignition system, which results in a more efficient combustion of fuel-air mixture which helps control the levels of the exhaust.

DryBUDS SPORT Waterproof Earbuds & Microphone DryBUDS SPORT headphones have a built in waterproof microphone, so you can stay active, jam out, and keep in touch all the time. The ear hook is designed to stay in ear during activity, and comes in 3 sizes. These headphone sets are 100% waterproof and when used with DryCASE’s vacuum-sealed, flexible, crystal clear waterproof

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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 thru 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.

ART - Aug 7 - Sept 8 American Stage Theatre Company announces the last production of the 2012-2013 Season on the Mainstage: ART by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. This production won a Tony Award for “Best Play” and the Olivier Award for “Best Comedy”. Previews are August 7 and 8. Opening Night is August 9 and the production runs through September 8. ART is a comedy about the exploration of artistic appreciation and the boundaries at which a friendship can be pushed. How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. This intelligent and witty Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza asks the question, “What does our taste in art say about who we are as individuals?” When Serge, a novice art collector, asks his two friends to view his newly acquired work of art, this “priceless” piece tests their fifteen-year friendship and causes them to validate their self-worth. This production contains mature subject matter and language.


2013-2014 SEASON

HELLO DOLLY - Jan 17-Feb 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.

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.

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.

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. 24

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.


In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

ANNIE JR’ - Aug 9-11

Leapin’ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine will take center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. DJ Productions will present ANNIE JR. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. DJ Productions provides musical theater experiences for youth in the Tampa Bay area. Each summer, DJ Productions hosts a summer camp for middle school students, during which time the campers work to produce a Broadway musical.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC.


It’s a Pajama Party! Just because it’s bedtime doesn’t mean it’s time to be quiet…at least not at first! There’s just too much dancing, singing, and more to be done while brushing your teeth, taking a bath, putting on your “jammin’” jammies, telling stories, and singing songs! For more information, call (813) 269-1310, or visit the Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa.

Mike E. Winfield - Aug 29 - Sept 1 Mike E. Winfield in minutes will describe what has happened in your life that very day. Many often leave his show saying, “Does he live with us?” Strikingly brilliant comedian Mike E. has not slowed down since his debut on The Late Show W/ David Letterman and most recently winning a reoccurring role on NBC’s The Office. Whether its hardships or love, you’re gonna get it served honestly from this charismatic Baltimore native who now resides in California’s state capitol. When asked, why Sacramento? He says, “If they want you, they’ll find you.” His success is rapidly rising and you may have seen him on Showtime’s Comics Without Borders or Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness something very special in the making. SideSplitters is located at 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 26




r. Cecelia Monahan has a serious problem. As a therapist who runs a support group for single and divorced women, she must listen to a number of relationship problems from her unusual cadre of patients as well as dealing with the unsolicited advice of her live-in mother on subjects ranging from dating to cooking recipes. The doctor, however, is not above using some unorthodox methods of her


own such as hiring outof-work actors to role play with her patients. It is only when Cecelia meets the new substitute package delivery man that the doctor must learn to practice what she preaches. 21905 US 19 N., Clearwater, FL 33765; 727 437-2363;


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 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.


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...and a 2nd Anniversary in their new theater. Guests were treated to a lovely reception and show recently, with an evening of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Tom Lehrer. Accolades were given to staff and supporters of StageWorks before the show, which was directed by Karla Hartley, and performed by Ricky Cona, Coya Bailey Jones, Heather Krueger, Derek Womack, and Ericka Womack. StageWorks has a wonderful line up of shows planned. Check it all out in our FOOTLIGHTS section of this magazine. The new StageWorks Theatre is located at 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. in the West Building, Tampa.

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A memorable show from Heather Krueger, Derek Womack, Coya Bailey Jones, Ricky Cona, and Ericka Womack.

Founder, Producer, and Artistic Director, Anna Brennan

StageWorks President, Simone Barfield


Spring Awakening Thru 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.

Fiddler On the Roof - Sept 21 - Nov 3


he classic Broadway musical, reimagined as only freeFall would, will sweep you away with its universal story of love, tolerance, and the power of community. The memorable score features such unforgettable hits as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.” freeFall’s production, featuring a cast of actor/musicians and innovative puppetry will take you on this familiar journey in a most unexpected way. This multi-talented cast led by David Mann, who most recently played the “Emcee” in freeFall’s award-winning production of Cabaret, will whisk you away to Anatevka, “laden in happiness and tears.” For more information (727) 498-5205.

Homefires Burning - Aug 1-4

Two new haunting stories premiere about the fierce fight to reclaim and hold on to that most elemental human need- a place of one’s own- told by two unique and surprising women. Performed by Betty-Jane Parks and Roxanne Fay. Roxanne Fay is an actor and writer, former Producing Artistic Director for the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Chicago and Co- Founding Artistic Director of Blue Scarf Collective, an artists’ collaborative in Florida. Her plays, Ugly, Aftermath, Everlasting Moon and Paradise Whiskey have been produced in Chicago and Florida.

A Center That Holds Aug 9-10

“A Center that Holds” is inspired by and using the prison letters of Vaclav Havel. A staged reading of a new play by Francis Gillen, presented in partnership with Tampa Rep on August 9 and 10 at 8 PM. Architect of the Velvet Revolution and subsequently President of a free, democratic Czechoslovakia,Vaclav Havel endured frequent house arrest and imprisonment for that cause. The letters to his wife, Olga, penned during his final imprisonment, attempt to rally his and his country’s courage; they speak of the power of the powerless, of the need to do what is right in the present moment even if the outcome seems hopeless. They are also deeply personal interactions with his wife, love letters of a sort. Bay area theatre veterans Ned Averill-Snell and Rosemary Orlando portray Vaclav and Olga Havel. The Studio@620, 620 1st Ave. So., St. Petersburg FL 33701; 727-895-6620.





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.

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runo Mars’ world tour includes a stop at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday, August 28 at 7:30 PM. Bruno Mars will be joined by special guest Fitz & The Tantrums. Mars’ new “When I Was Your Man” marks the GRAMMY-winner’s tenth consecutive single to hit the top 10, continuing his already-established status as the male artist with the longest streak of top 10 hits as a performer since his debut. Furthermore, the singles chart ascension places Mars in the history books as the first male artist to simultaneously place two titles in the top 10 since his own “Grenade” and “Just The Way You Are” doubled up on the chart in December 2010/ January 2011. Bruno Mars is undoubtedly among contemporary pop’s most gifted and compelling artists. With global sales currently certified at 40xplatinum and over 50 million singles sold worldwide, the 14time GRAMMY Award nominee has fully proven himself as a true superstar.

BRUNO MARS Wed, Aug 28

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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.

Matchbox Twenty Sun, Aug 4


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.

Backstreet Boys - Fri, Aug 23


he Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum pop-powerhouse is the best-selling boy band in history with sales exceeding 130 million albums worldwide. Meanwhile, they’re also one of the only music artists to release seven consecutive albums in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Two decades into their career, AJ McLean,

Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, and Nick Carter are as strong as ever, and they’re not stopping. One of pop’s biggest moments came when Backstreet Boys historically merged with New Kids on the Block forming 2011’s supergroup NKOTBSB and selling out arenas full of screaming fans worldwide.

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ew country artists have ever known the kind of success Blake Shelton has earned. Fewer still have done it with the openness and honesty he brings to the table. More than a decade into a career whose opening salvo was the chart-topping “Austin,” Blake has become one of the best ambassadors the country music genre has ever had. His wit, intelligence and, above all, his irreverent sense of fun have endeared him to his peers on NBC’s megahit “The Voice” just as surely as it has to the millions of fans he is introducing to country music. He is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, three-time Male Vocalist of the Year and he and Miranda garnered Song of the Year honors for co-writing the platinum-selling chart-topper, “Over You.” He has earned a host of other awards and nominations, including multiple Grammy nominations, six gold and platinum albums, and is the threetime host of the ACM Awards. He has had 12 No. 1 singles, including eight in a row, starting with “Hillbilly Bone.” With songs like “All About Tonight,” “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” “Honey Bee,” “God Gave Me You,” “Drink on It” and “Over,” he has proven his versatility and shown himself as one of the genre’s strongest and most compelling vocalists. His live show--hit-filled, high-energy, unpredictable--has kept him among country’s most popular touring acts.

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The Florida Orchestra

The 2013/2014 Season is Fabulous, Affordable, and Fun


he Florida Orchestra’s upcoming concert season has the proverbial “something for everyone” with musical offerings from the worlds of Beethoven, The Beatles, Prokofiev, Pink Floyd, Dvorak, Duke Ellington, Brahms and Bond (James, that is). Concertgoers can choose from ten different concert packages covering the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks, Raymond James Pops, Rock Concerts, Morning Coffee concerts and more. And to help fit live symphonic music into just about anyone’s calendar and budget, a 3-concert package starts as low as just $90. For those of you who may prefer picking your favorite foods from a buffet rather than ordering from a set menu, the orchestra offers something along those lines. You can choose a mix of any three or more concerts from 22 Masterworks and Pops shows with the Compose Your Own series. Just a few of the musically delicious items to select include: Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 9 with its life-affirming “Ode to Joy,” the breath-taking impossible acts of Cirque de la Symphonie, Tchaikovsky’s soaring and rhapsodic Piano Concerto No. 1, a festive Holiday Pops celebration and a toe-tapping and hip-swaying concert Let’s Dance. The orchestra prides itself on having affordable $15, $30 and $45 tickets to most concerts, which go on sale Monday, August 12, at the orchestra’s ticket center in the St. Petersburg College building at 163 3rd St. N. in downtown St. Petersburg. Now is the time to secure tickets to a few of the sure sellout concerts: Classical Mystery Tour’s amazing noteperfect and spot-on vocal tribute to The Beatles, Rachmaninoff’s virtuoso show-stopper Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a 40th anniversary salute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, an evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best-loved songs from

Broadway and a swinging night to the king of swing Benny Goodman. With concerts in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, live symphonic music is always nearby. From October through May, the orchestra regularly performs at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. For a free season brochure as well as to order a series package or individual tickets, visit or call 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286, MonFri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



PALLADIUM Adam Ant with Prima Donna Fri, Aug 9


dam Ant formed Adam and the Ants, a wildly successful New Wave band that featured Adam as the frontman in the late 70s. After the group’s breakup in 1982, Ant went on to have a mixed solo career while also battling depression. The tone of Ant’s debut solo album, Friend or Foe, was defined as glitzy glam pop with “tongue-in-cheek tunes, delivered with an excess of flair and good humour”. It was also described as being “one of Ant’s best records and one of the best new wave albums.” He adopted his look from the 1968 film, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, and a white stripe across his face, became the face of New Wave music. He moved to Hollywood and appeared in a wide range of productions and shows, producing a musical about rock ‘n’ roll legends Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran’s days on tour in England Be Bop A Lula. Touring with Adam are glam-rockers Prima Donna, a Los Angeles-based quintet that has been a non-stop touring juggernaut since releasing “Bless This Mess” in 2012. “Prima Donna has a great glam-rock sound and some of their influences remind me of my early days playing the clubs around London,” said Adam Ant. “I’m excited to have them on the tour and looking forward to introducing them to my fans.”



The RITZ Ybor will host their 4th Annual Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals - Wed, Aug 14, 21, 28


he RITZ Ybor will host their 4th Annual Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals showcase and competition in August 2013. Music acts will compete against one another for the Ultimate Grand Prize that includes future paid performances valued at over $3,000. Five different music acts will compete each week during the three-week Semi-Finals for a spot in the Ultimate Band Series Finals. The Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals will take place on Wednesday, August 14; Wednesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 28, at The RITZ Ybor. One music act from each Semi-Finals week will advance to the Ultimate Bands Series Finals at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, September 21, based on a combination of audience applause and scoring from the Ultimate Bands Series judging panel. This year’s 2013 Ultimate Bands Series judging panel will be lead by Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult show on 98 Rock with more judges to be announced in the next coming weeks. Each Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals is open to all ages. Doors open at 7pm with the first act taking the stage at 7:15pm. www.the


HARD ROCK SEMINOLE First Responders Benefit Concert Fri, Aug 9


eminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa along with 102.5 The Bone present the First Responders Tribute Concert at Hard Rock Cafe on Friday, August 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. All first responders get in free with their badge, and the first 500 get a commemorative T-shirt. Mike “Cowhead” Calta of The Cowhead Show on 102.5 The Bone will emcee the benefit concert as well as perform with his band Pitbull Toddler. Scream Machine will also perform. The event is 21 and up with a suggested donation of $10. There will also be a silent auction featuring rockin’ items such as guitars signed by Sum 41 and Gavin DeGraw. All funds raised benefit first responder charities including the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation and Hillsborough Firefighters Benevolent Relief Fund.


RUTH ECKERD HALL CHICK COREA and The Vigil - Fri, Aug 23

wife, vocalist Gayle Moran Corea. The band’s selftitled debut recording, The Vigil was released August 6 on Concord Jazz. The Vigil also includes guest appearances by bassist Stanley Clarke and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane on a tribute to Ravi’s father John Coltrane, “Pledge for Peace.” “I get the greatest pleasure out of seeing people happy and enjoying life,” says Corea. “When all are smiling at the end of a performance – musicians, audiences, crew, organizers and all – I then feel like I’ve done my job well, and I’m inspired to create more music and communicate even more broadly. This is my greatest pay for all the effort at work. This is what makes being a musician such a joy.”

JOE SATRIANI - Wed, Sept 11

Chick Corea’s new band is called The Vigil. It’s an everevolving collective whose recording roster included saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist Tim Garland, guitarist Charles Altura, bassist Hadrien Feraud, drummer Marcus Gilmore, percussionist Pernell Saturnino and Corea’s soulmate and

Satriani has been an unstoppable force on the music scene for over 27 years. The San Francisco guitarist is on a North American tour. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran band mate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm-section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson). Satriani is celebrating Unstoppable Momentum, his 14th studio album, which was released in May. The album debuted at # 42 giving Satriani his highest chart position in over 20 years and first single, “A Door Into Summer,” landed in the Top Ten on the Classic Rock radio chart. Critics are raving about the guitar great’s new album with Total Guitar saying “. . . (Satriani’s) momentum truly seems unstoppable. The best we can do is to hang on tight,” while Classic Rock declares, “Satch nails it on 14th solo sweep!” REH - 1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759; 727-791-7400;


MUSUEM OF FINE ARTS DINNER AND JAZZ SERIES Fridays thru 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., through 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: August 2: IMPROMPTU; August 9: New York Guitar Cats; August 16: Cannonball/Coltrane Tribute Quintet; August 23: Sasha Tuck; August 30: Stolen Idols.

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. 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 rec o r d s 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.


Listening Room Festival Contest Gives Tampa Bay Singer/ Songwriters a Chance to be Heard


cheduled next year for April 1st though April 7th, Florida’s 3rd Annual Listening Room Festival week-long event will allow performers to create a Florida tour of paying gigs with a mix of house concerts, office concerts, charity performances and more. At least two of the Top Ten acts selected will be Florida resident artists. Both will have the chance to perform at promo events prior to and during the Festival. “This Listening Room Festival is all about music, community and charity. House concert presenters and venues, music fans and artists will gather and connect in ‘listening rooms’ throughout Tampa Bay,” says Festival Coordinator Kathy McGuire. “By partnering with the Tampa Bay business community, we will be adding office concerts, officially launching this new concept of ‘listening rooms’ within our thriving arts community as part of the festival in 2014.” Through Thursday, August 15th, artists may submit two videos and their website along with a $60 application fee. Judges will include industry professionals, house concert hosts, listening room venues and fans. The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 15th via The Listening Room Festival website. This is the first time that the Festival is opening the application process to non-members of “It’s a fantastic opportunity motivates artists to step up their game and create videos as part of their promo kit,” music innovator Fran Snyder, Founder of the Listening Room Network’s family of affiliated companies, explains. “All an artist needs is a decent video camera, even an iPhone, to record a song that might not only win them a place in our Festival line-up, but increase their bookings and create more profitable tours for them.” For more information about the festival contest and to apply, please go to 44

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Aaron Parker Sat, Aug 17 With highly energetic shows and unmatched stage presence, Aaron Parker has captured the undivided attention of the country music industry. Aaron has had the privilege to write with some of country music’s best songwriters such as Jim McCormick, Jason Matthews and Wade Kirby. Matt Burke from Have Gun, Will Travel will open the show.

The Lint Rollers Fri, Aug 23 Playing music that doesn’t stick to your clothes; The Lint Rollers could be described as a nouveau garage band, generating raw middleaged energy. They have a knack for playing sixties and seventies pop/rock music.

Dance & Concert Featuring The Sounds Of Swing Sat, Aug 23 Get into the swing. The Carrollwood Cultural Center’s Sounds of Swing was formed in 2010 by Jim Burge, host of Jazz with Jim and a founding member of the Bay Area Saxophone Quartet. Dance shoes aren’t required to attend this concert, but your toes will be tappin’!

Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa.



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-something, 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.


uincy Mumford & The Reason Why’s new album, Its Only Change, was produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and features performances from Jerry Roe (K.D. Lang), David Labruyere (John Mayer) and Aubrey Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow). Its Only Change displays many different emotions and musical stylings including rock, soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop. Quincy said,”This record is like nothing I have ever done before. For the first time, I was able to mesh all of my influences into one complete piece of work.” 50


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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! Start your Day off at the

Story and Photos by Melissa Wolcott-Martino Good morning! And it will be, if you choose to have breakfast at the Red Elephant Café in South Tampa. Having had lunch and dinner there, I was delighted to hear they were now serving breakfast as well. If you haven’t experienced the café, you should make a point of it. The Red Elephant is a casual restaurant that is fast-serve — you can’t call it a “fast food restaurant” because that conjures up an image of prepackaged “food stuffs” in an unappealing setting. This café serves fresh, quality food quickly, in a simple, but attractive and artsy space. Indeed, the walls are decorated with original art pieces that are very different from each other, but with a red elephant theme. The breakfast menu is delectable. My group ordered different items, and we all took tastes. It was hard to decide which was the best, as everything was “the best.” Prices are also “the best,” as they rival any fast food place. The Fresh Fruit Plate was indeed very fresh, and came with a choice of yogurt, cottage cheese or toast. ($3.99)

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The house specialty is the Grilled Sticky Buns, which are pretty much to die for. Homemade cinnamon sugar buns baked then grilled. ($2.49) French Toast is made with sourdough bread topped with honey butter, strawberries and powdered sugar, and served with strawberry maple syrup. ($4.99) Pizza for breakfast? Why not? The Red Elephant offers 3 different types of pizza, with the main ingredients scrambled eggs and cheese. Breakfast Wraps also feature scrambled eggs and cheese, and come in 4 choices with different added ingredients wrapped in a grilled tortilla. ($5.49) Eggs Benedict comes with toasted English muffin, Canadian bacon, poached eggs and homemade Hollandaise sauce. ($4.99) One of the standout menu choices are the Home Fry Bowls, with poached or scrambled eggs and other ingredients served over home fries, in a choice of 4 recipes. ($6.49) Of course there’s more offerings, so please skip the boring fast food joint, and have a really good breakfast. Breakfast hours: Monday - Friday from 7am–11am; Saturday and Sunday from 8am–11am. 111 South Dale Mabry (southwest corner of Kennedy and Dale Mabry.) 813.443-5626.

Eggs Benedict: Toasted English muffin, Canadian bacon, two poached eggs and homemade Hollandaise sauce.

Meat Lover’s Breakfast Wrap: Scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese,, bacon, ham, sausage and Canadian bacon in a grilled tortilla.

French Toast: Sourdough bread topped with honey butter and powdered sugar, served with strawberry maple syrup.

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This Handy Addition to the Restaurant is your Own Personal Sommelier


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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.




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f you find yourself anywhere near the Tampa Convention Center, make sure you stop in at the Bay Bistro for a bite. Located on the ground floor, it has a grand view of the Hillsborough River. That, along with tasty food and a comfortable atmosphere, makes it a fine lunch destination. The menu has just the right mix of offerings to fit any palate with items such as the Signature Bistro Burger served with homemade Bistro chips, the Won Ton Salad, made with seared rare tuna, cucumber, hearts of palm, jicama and pickled ginger, tossed with sesame vinaigrette and drizzled with wasabi aioli, or the Bay Bistro Fritters made with shrimp, calamari, crab, clam jalapeno corn and pepadew peppers-served with a creole remoulade. There’s more, of course, so do check it out. Bay Bistro serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Occasional dusk-to-evening events afford a visitor spectacular sunset views. 333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa.w




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ou’re planning a serious vacation or a quick little getaway at the beach. What do you usually look for — or what is your mood now? Glamour? Sophistication? State-of-the-art? Funky? Homey? Big complex? Tiny out-of-the-way place? South Walton County, a 20-mile scenic stretch along Hwy 30A on Florida’s Emerald Coast, has your ideal choice somewhere within it’s many very different beach communities. Forty percent of the land is state forest preserve, so there’s a lot of beautiful driving along the coast.


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ur most recent visit was to a “big complex” — the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin. We have visited South Walton (SoWal) several times in the past, as it is one of our go-to vacay spots. We usually mix it up with where we stay since we love the variety the area affords us. Our last visit before this was a “homey” house rental in Seaside. Before that, it was a “funky” B&B in Grayton Beach. Every experience was different, memorable and enjoyable.


he Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a large complex that stretches from the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Gulf, with over 1,300 guest rooms, suites, condominiums, villas, and townhomes. It is a four-season golf destination with four gorgeous courses for every level of play. Although we don’t play golf, we did hear about how well respected the courses are from golf pros. The Sandestin has more than seven miles of waterfront, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, and a 113-slip marina — not to mention a spa and salon with a full array of services. Whew! We chose to stay at the lushly landscaped Grand Sandestin on the bay, which features studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom guest rooms. Our king guest room was decorated with calming earthtones and a very comfy bed. It overlooked pine trees and the bay beyond, affording us stunning sunsets every night. Walkable from—and part of—the resort is a very charming village, Baytowne Wharf, reminiscent of Old Florida, with accommodations, eateries, shops, nightlife, and activities for the whole family. There’s a carousel for the kiddies, and for the more adventurous folks, a zip line, ropes course and a bungie jump. At the nearby Baytowne Marina, people can rent canoes, kayaks, waverunners—you name it. For even more shopping, Grand Boulevard has a lot of upscale shops and restaurants, and the resort has a tram that takes guests back and forth. And even more shopping can be found at the nearby Silver Sands Premium Outlets, with over 100 name brand stores, making it one of the largest outlets in the country.


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e timed our SoWal visit to coincide with the 4th Annual 30A Songwriter’s Festival, a popular event held simultaneously in several of the SoWal communities. More than 125 songwriters and performers, both well-known and not-yet known descend upon SoWal from all over the country to try out their tunes and entertain the crowds over 3 days of non-stop performances in venues large and small. Music runs the gamut from folk to country to rock and blues, and all performers must be invited to be part of the event. This is a great example of community spirit, and everyone has a fabulous time. The people and sponsors involved with the event make it so with a very smooth operation. Complimentary shuttles carry folks up and down the highway to the various venues. Artists are in full swing as well, with posters, wall art, and lighting, so the event is a visual as well as auditory feast. Some of the more well-known performers that were on the main outdoor stage at the Gulf Place Amphitheater in Santa Rosa Beach were Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Susanne Vega. We caught Mary’s show, and she really had the crowd going with her hits “I Feel Lucky Tonight” and “Down at the Twist and Shout.”

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t Pandora’s in Grayton Beach, we enjoyed an energetic set by Jessica Cayne, a former contestant on The Voice. When she was eliminated from the TV show, Christina Aguilera said to her “Don’t give up, pretty girl,” so she went back home and wrote a song about it, which she performed at Pandora’s. Also in town and featured in a documentary “Duke and the King” that was shown at the festival, was Duke Bardwell, Elvis Presley’s bass player in the 70s. He has an interesting story to tell about his relationship with Elvis. Was EP jealous of Duke and is that why he was fired and erased from EP’s history?? Duke and his group, Old Bull Young Bulls, played at Stinky’s Fish Camp in Santa Rosa Beach. Don’t let the restaurant’s name put you off, Stinky’s is one of the most popular seafood spots along 30A.


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ost of our dining experiences this time around were determined by the musical acts performing at the restaurant or a nearby venue. No matter, just about everywhere you dine has wonderful foodstuffs. From down home Southern cooking to elegant upscale dining, it’s all good. Although there are a few here and there, you won’t find a whole lot of chain restaurants, which is always a welcome find for us. Seaside’s popular Bud & Alley’s (named for a dog and cat) is a lively, friendly, beach side place known for it’s tasty dishes with ingredients from local sources. We enjoyed Poached Beet Salads with kale, red onion, goat cheese, orange vinaigrette, and honey spiced walnuts. B&A’s Executive Chef David Bishop was recently featured on Emeril’s Florida TV show cooking Poached Beet Salad up a shrimp dish. The eclectic Red Bar in Santa Rosa Beach is an extremely popular joint with simple but great food and terrific live entertainment. Bud & Alley’s Chef David Bishop Sunday is the day to go to catch the amazing Dread Clampitt band. The place is packed and no one is sitting still during their no-holds-barred bluegrass/funky/jazzy sets. The group’s mandolinist, Balder Saunders, is outstanding. Another impressive menu we found was at Fire in Santa Rosa Beach. Some truly unique and flavorful dishes were brought out. Their signature King Cake Ice Cream was amazing — must be a sellout around Mardi Gras time. Fish Out Of Water in the fabulous Water Color Resort is a romantic dining spot with superlative menu and views of the Gulf. The Songwriter’s Dread Clampitt at Red Bar Festival press conference was held there this year, so the romance atmosphere was out, but the fun was in. The food is always excellent, even if it’s just finger food. One of the tastiest breakfasts we’ve ever had came from Cowgirl Kitchen in Rosemary Beach. It was a breakfast burrito with a side of maple syrup pecan encrusted bacon. I tried to recreate that bacon at home and failed miserably. Go with the original. Coffee is great just about everywhere in SoWal, because most restaurants serve Amavida coffee, which is a local company that uses the finest Fair Trade Fire’s King Cake Ice Cream coffees from around the world.

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ur trip wasn’t just about music, we took some side trips to explore the area. An unexpected treasure in Santa Rosa Beach is the beautiful Eden Gardens State Park, with 161 acres of gardens and trees, and an elegant Victorian mansion, the Wesley House. Built out of sturdy (and now very rare) yellow heart pine, the stately 1897 home of white columns and long verandas is furnished mostly with 18th century French furniture. Indeed, it houses the 2nd largest known collection of Louis XVI furniture in the USA. It must be on the A-list for weddings.

Eden Garden’s Wesley House

Each year SoWal picks a local Artist of the Year, and for 2013 it is Andy Saczynski, an artist that uses found items for his 3 dimensional artworks — mostly with a musical theme. Indeed, his work contains bits and pieces of discarded musical instruments. In the little Shops at Grayton you will find Allison Craft with her lovely pearl and leather jewelry.

Rosemary Beach features Tommy’s amazing photography — love his bulldog & butterfly work. Allison Wickey’s Studio & Gallery in Seacrest Beach was voted “Best gallery on the Emerald Coast” and features the works of various artists, including Allison herself. For all things art in SoWal, listen to Claire Bannerman’s “Our Coastal Art Scene” on 30-A Radio 107.1FM, streaming on She really has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the area, and has interesting interviews with local and visiting artists.



he visual art scene is lively in SoWal as well, with some intriguing galleries and boutiques. Allison Wickey The beach communities themselves are actually a feast for the eyes, with their (Please see our article varied architectural styles. You on Allison’s work in Accan tell when you pass from one cent On Tampa Bay’s community to the next because “Looking Good” secthey all have a uniqueness about tion of this issue.) The Tommy Crow Gallery in them.

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ow here’s something you don’t see everyday any more, a bookstore — and a record store. Yes. In Seaside, the shopping area has these things. You will find real books at Sundog Books and real vinyl records to browse through at Central Square Records. The Art of Simple is also a very cool shop there, mixing sundries with antiques. Everyone’s favorite breakfast place, The Great Southern Cafe, is located in the Seaside shops. They are well known for their “Grits a Ya Ya” made with Gouda cheese, bacon, shallots, shrimp, mushrooms, spinach and Gouda cheese grits. They serve generous portions of all things good. The building housing the restaurant is actually a charming 1930s home moved from Georgia. Seaside, you may remember, is where the movie “The Truman Show” starring Jim Carrey was filmed. If you were creating the perfect family neighborhood from scratch, you would probably come up with Seaside.

Great Southern’s deliciously abundant portions


WWII veteran Kenneth Tucker autographs his book at Sundog Books.

lso pretty unique to the SoWal area is the Grayton Beach State Park, where you can see rare dune lakes, where the mouth of a lake opens up and spills into the Gulf. This kind of ecosystem is only found here and in the Northwest Pacific Coast in the USA, and only in a handful of other spots around the world. The dunes may be hundreds of years old, but never get tall as they are sheared off by wind. A beautiful nature trail winds through twisted scrub oaks and magnolias for beach hikers to enjoy.

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Mitzi and Jeff Archer, owners of the Yolo Board Store in Santa Rosa Beach


tand-up paddle boarding may not be new (Hawaiians have been doing it since at least the 1960s) but Yolo Board has taken it to new heights. The term “Yoloing” is fast becoming part of the lexicon. We have started to see the sport everywhere we travel that has water. Yolo Board has a beautifully outfitted shop in Santa Rosa Beach with just about anything you could possibly need concerning the activity, and is located on a lake for testing out boards and taking lessons. The variety of board styles is impressive, and they even have an inflatable one for easy travel. Comparing Yoloing to canoeing, you have a lot more visibility and enjoyment with spotting sea life as you cruise along on a Yolo Board.


hatever type of place you choose to stay in South Walton, you will be able to experience some kind of event or festival, as there is something enjoyable happening year round — not to mention sticking your toes in the wonderful sugar sand beaches. Fishing, both salt and fresh water, is abundant, as well as all manner of water sports. Make sure you stop in at the South Walton Visitor Center - folks there are very friendly, knowledgeable and happy to help you with all your travel plans.

Try to time a SoWal visit with the 30A Songwriter’s Festival which will be held January 17-19 in 2014. – it’s a whole lot of fun!

For more Info & Contacts: You can fly Delta to Panama City and drive from there to SoWal: South Walton Visitor Center, Santa Rosa Beach: 30A Songwriter’s Festival, South Walton: Allison Craft, Grayton Beach: Amavida Coffee & Tea: Andy Saczynski: Bud & Alley’s, Seaside: Cowgirl Kitchen, Rosemary Beach: Dread Clampitt: Duke Bardwell: Eden Gardens State Park: Fish Out Of Water, Water Color Resort, Seaside: Grayton Beach State Park: Jessica Cayne: Our Coastal Art Scene: Pandora’s, Grayton Beach: Red Bar, Santa Rosa Beach: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin: Seaside and Seaside shops: Stinky’s fish Camp, Santa Rosa Beach: Tommy Crow Gallery, Rosaemary Beach: Yolo Board, Santa Rosa Beach:


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 blockbuster 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. Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney - Aug 30-Sept 2 The Great Irish Hooley returns for four non-stop days of incomparable Irish food, live music and fun at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney. A lineup of celebrated Irish bands will play traditional, folk and rock tunes on the restaurant stage and outside on

the pub patio. Families can participate in Irish dance workshops led by Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast and join in Irish Music Workshops with distinguished multiinstrumentalist Declan Masterson. Guests also can kick up their heels during structured set dancing called the Ceili (kay-lee) — a precursor to today’s country line dancing. Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages are on tap, as well. TEEN BEACH MOVIE: DANCE PARTY AT TYPHOON LAGOON - thru Sept 1 Running at various times throughout each day through Sept. 1, “Teen Beach Movie”: Dance Party will feature a hip DJ spinning remixes of retro tunes, beach-ythemed games and some really rad “bikers” and “surfers” to party with guests as they dance away the dog days. Taking over part of Typhoon Lagoon’s main beach and wave pool area, guests can participate in relays on the sand, hula hoop spinning, water balloon and beach ball tossing, and groovy dance moves. 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 ex-


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.

perience 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.

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.

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. 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. 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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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

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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.

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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



Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinners For $33 Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. More than 60 of the best Orlando-area restaurants offer three-course dinners for $33, with $1 from each purchased dinner donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. Featuring James Beardnominated chefs and celebrity restaurateurs, the annual event serves up incredible value at top restaurants that include Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Emeril’s Orlando, The Capital Grille, Luma on Park, Ruth’s Chris CHEZ VINCENT: Chocolate & Raspberry mouse Steakhouse, K Restaurant, with a mango sauce Fogo de Chao and The VeSeaWorld 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 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 80

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rom the moment you step into the newest attraction at the Kennedy Space Center, you are swept up in the excitement and drama that surrounds the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The crown jewel shuttle is now in it’s new $100-million, 90,000-square-foot home. Guests have a 360° view of the orbiter, which maintains it’s natural worn look attained from it’s 33 missions. Its payload bay doors are open and its robotic arm extended. The presentation is thoroughly engaging, literally and figuratively. NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program is told through exhibits and many hands-on displays that will enthrall children and adults alike. For more information on Kennedy Space Center Complex, visit For more photos of this event, please visit!i=2685872090&k=XGKJRq9

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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. Through 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 Scal84

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


ArtLines Color Acting: Abstraction Since 1950 – thru 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. 86

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;

his 4 x 5 camera. This exhibition will be the first to explore the depth and range of Eastman’s Havana photographs.

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 large-scale 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


The exhibition examines and celebrates work by artists on both sides of the border —Mexican and Mexican American— to reveal a variety of cultural aspects as 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.

Utility and Aesthetics in Ancient Art - thru Nov 17 Although Greek and Roman art in many ways laid the foundation for the modern and contemporary work shown in surrounding galleries, very few true artistic masterpieces survive from antiquity. Ancient painted pottery, by contrast, survives in great numbers, but — despite its beauty — receives almost no mention from Greek or Roman authors, who clearly considered ceramics the domain of humble craftsmen rather than of fine artists. While many ancient statues and figurines remain much celebrated for their aesthetic value, on the other hand, their functions should not be ignored, whether votive, commemorative, or otherwise. In this exhibition, objects have been grouped together according to certain common features — from images, aesthetics, and individual style to form, utility, and technical details.

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Circus Moderns - thru Sept 16 During the early twentieth century, stars of the Ameri-

American Moderns thru Sept 8 American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell presents fiftyseven artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the fiftythree 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.


can 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.



he HOT event of the summer returns for its ninth year! Year after year designers WOW sold-out crowds on the runway as well as after during DFAC’s after-glow parties. Artist/designers take fashion to the edge and musicians keep the party going for hours…. Director Dawn Scott said “We have new designers, and some repeating favorites with new and exciting work, as well as a gallery installation. Then of course, there’s The Plush Monsters from Orlando providing live music at the after-party.” Wearable ART was one of the first in the area 9 years ago to showcase a growing contingent of artists working in fashion related ways. It continues that tradition in its ninth year featuring a gallery installation by Kate Cummins, an exciting new collaboration with local artistic legend Rocky Bridges and his wife Kathleen Bridges, as well as work by newcomers, Julian Hartzog, Lina Teixeira, Neva “The Diva”, Melissa Dolce, Eve Kuczynski, with return engagements by performance artist Alice Ferrulo, Johnny Hunt, Mark Byrne, the Garden Fairies, and perennial crowd pleaser Rogerio Martins with new work. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698; 727.298.DFAC;

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;



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

is good in the world)… adorable gift items. Artists in the exhibi4 2 tion: Amy Kluth, Jennist thru Augu fer 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 the Train Station Center for Clay and a fun set was created by the Schleith, Carole Shelton, Jennie Sikora-Muehl, Susan Rienzo, Ginchildren of the Sunflower School. Mandala Memory created by Zoe Keramea from NYC is a twist on the classic memory game. Prefer it in an 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 ny 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 5:308:30 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.



hen it comes to glassware, most people think that that best way to spot quality is to ting a glass and listen. If you educate your eyes to spot a high quality piece of crystal, you can give your ears the day off. Crystal dish by Lalique. Why? The sound of a ting from a piece of glass is subjective and it may not actually tell you anything about the quality of that piece of stemware. The idea is that a high pitched sound will result in the identification of a high quality and valuable piece of crystal is not always the case. Just because a piece of glass sounds good when you ting it does not mean it is a piece of valuable crystal. Other factors need to be evident to determine if you truly have the real thing. Here are the facts. Glassware (traditional soda-lime glass) contains about 50% silica (sand) and no lead. Crystal contains at least 24 percent lead. That is the basic distinction between crystal and glass. Sounds easy enough, but it isn’t that easy. You remember your mother telling you that nothing worth having is ever easy. Most people do not think that their everyday orange juice glass is a piece of crystal. Most of the time your everyday orange juice glass is made of a material called soda-lime glass. Glass in our everyday world is something called soda-lime glass. It is used for products such as windows, everyday drinking glasses, etc. Most glass made in the United States today is made of soda-lime glass which is a combination of lime, silica (sand), and soda. This is cheap everyday glass. No harm, no foul, no big investment. On the other hand, borosilicate glass--called Fireglass in the early 1900s and now called by its brand name of Pyrex--is a heat resistant glass that does not break when exposed to extreme temperature changes. It is a more expensive than soda lime glass. Pyrex was first introduced for the windshields of railroad trains in order to stop window breakage when trains experienced a severe change in weather conditions. Borosilicate glass is mainly used in laboratories and does not easily corrode. Neither of these types of glass—soda

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How to tell Crystal from Glass

lime glass or borosilicate glass--is considered crystal because they do not have 24% lead content. Crystal is made of silica (sand), lead oxide, and soda and it is known to be beautiful and strong. Crystal is a term used to describe any glassware that looks fancy or is used in the service of champagne, wine, or spirits. Crystal is the choice for spirits and wine connoisseurs because it allows the drinker to assess the color and viscosity of the wine or liquor. If your piece of crystal is very clear, it probably has a greater amount of lead content than its cloudier counterpart. When it comes to crystal, its reflective quality and the 24% lead content are most important characteristics. Crystal shows more clarity than a typical piece of soda lime glass and its reflective quality is why crystal is used for chandeliers, fine wine glasses, and jewelry pendants. Very fine crystal—like those pieces made by high quality firms such as Waterford—may even exceed the 24% lead content requirement and provide products that are upwards of 30% lead content or more. The confusion surrounding crystal is based in history and chemistry. First of all, despite its name, crystal does not have a crystalline structure. And, crystal is a term (cristallo) which was coined by Italian glassmakers in the famous Murano glassblowing center near Venice to define quality glassware which did not meet the European lead content standard. Crystal is typically thin because it is easier to sculpt glass with a high lead content because the lead lowers the working temperature of the glass. The lead extends the time that the glass blower has to sculpt a piece. Tips for telling the difference between regular soda-lime glass and crystal: Crystal has the following attributes: 24% lead content, bright reflective quality, clear overall appearance, silver or silver/purple color hue, rainbow prism effect when held up to the light, thinner than regular sodalime glass, and heavier than regular soda-lime glass. In fact, high quality crystal with a lead content over 35% will actually sparkle. If you are trying to tell if you have a piece of cut crystal, place your thumb into the incised or cut design of the piece and if you move your thumb around and you feel as if you will get cut, then you have a piece of cut crystal. Crystal will take on the properties of sharp cutting. Fine glassware may contain some lead content but if the 24% lead content level is not reached for a specific piece of glassware then a manufacturer cannot by law call that piece “crystal.” Celebrity Ph.D. ntiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on the Discovery channel’s hit TV show, Auction Kings. Visit,, @ DrLoriV on Twitter, or call (888) 431-1010.



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


California’s Central Coast

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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.


California’s Central Coast

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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:


California’s Central Coast

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


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:


Looking Good... Allison Craft’s Natural Jewelry By Melissa Wolcott Martino


art of the beauty that is South Walton, FL, is the jewelry that adorns so many of it’s inhabitants — residents and tourists alike, and much of it comes from the Allison Craft Gallery. A few years back, Allison decided to make her hobby her vocation after receiving rave reviews from friends and family for her jewelry creations. Using lustrous pearls and leather strips, her designs are natural, understated, and beautiful, worn as one piece or layered. Living in South Walton, her designs are influenced by the beauty of the beach and the artsy atmosphere of the area. In amongst the twists of leather you may find a little seashell, a metal sun, or natural stone. Allison’s creations are recognizable, and have been embraced by locals and national celebrities alike (Rachel Ray, for one.) Craft’s charming studio is located in the Shops of Grayton Beach, and she also does mail order. For more information, or to order her pieces, visit her website at

Allison Craft wearing her natural design jewelry

The U LUXURY Hair Collection from Unite


o matter what hairstyle we choose, we subject our hair to intense heat on a regular basis, ultimately weakening and drying it out. UNITE has the U LUXURY collection, a line of products developed specifically to reconstruct hair. The U LUXURY collection includes U LUXURY Oil and U LUXURY D Frizz. U LUXURY Oil features a higher concentration of pure Argan Oil compared to other available treatment oils. This formula reduces blow drying time while acting as a natural UV and thermal protector. Suitable for all hair types and gentle enough to use every day, U LUXURY Oil contains essential minerals that work to repair hair cuticles, adding weightless shine and offering frizz control. This styling essential enhances hair color’s vibrancy, nourishing and revitalizing hair to improve its overall health, just by apply 1-3 drops to damp hair from roots to ends, and styling as usual. U LUXURY D Frizz gives instant frizz control in a lightweight conditioning spray. A natural thermal protector, D Frizz tames even the coarsest, color-treated, unmanageable hair, and provides long-lasting, moisturizing results without the greasy residue. Developed with botanical-derived ingredients and nourishing Argan Oil, D Frizz imparts a silky shine for frizz-free, healthy hair. Just spray damp hair and style as usual. Use on dry hair for instant de-frizzing. For more information, please visit


LUSH Happy Feet


earing strappy heels or flip-flops, you want to keep your feet looking good. If your feet aren’t feeling up to par, LUSH has some perfect products to help perk up your pedicure. The Happy Feet kit will keep your feet looking terrific. They’ve taken four of their best-selling products for feet and wrapped them all up in a cute knot-wrap. Perfect for creating your very own at-home spa, you can soak, scrub, mask, and moisturize your way to happy feet. Start with a soothing soak with Geo Phyzz bath bomb, then scrub up with Stepping Stone foot scrub, be sure to dip into the detoxifying Volcano foot mask and finally, slather on some Fair Trade Foot Lotion to keep heels hydrated. One round of this treatment will have your feet stepping pretty for any occasion. For more information, please visit


Tees and more...


ased in Odessa, FL, Tees by Tina has taken the fashion world by storm with their “one size fits most” label that includes chic shirts, leggings and dresses. Unable to find the perfect tees to take her from working out to work, Tina, a certified Pilates Instructor and fashionista, came up with the idea for her seamless apparel collection. Made with seamless yarn that has a high level of stretch and recovery capabilities — no matter what your size, it remembers its original shape. This top-notch micro stripe tank (pictured) is perfect under a jacket at work or amazing with jeans on the weekend. Flattering micro stripe pattern, scoop neckline and long length make this tank perfect for every season. It stays perfectly in place, and with it’s longer length keeps you completely covered. Tank-style straps lay flat and help keep your bra concealed. Ultra-comfortable fit wear after wear, it’s made of 92% Nylon and 8% Spandex. Made in the USA. Tees by Tina has attracted an impressive celebrity following with their affordably priced collection including Stacy Keibler, Molly Sims and Maria Menounos. Visit the Tees By Tina website to view her wide array of different tops, bottoms, dresses, skirts and accessories.


Night in the Islands - Aug 3, Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 Night in the Islands re-creates the atmosphere of the Greek islands with outdoor dining on the Sponge Docks, music by outstanding groups Ellada and Odyssey, and Greek dancing. Free admission.

Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest - Sat, Aug 17

Susan’s Flags & More American Made USA Flags Country Flags • Decorative Banners & Garden Flags All State Flags • Military, State & Country Pins Military Flags • American, Country & State Patches Sport & College Banners • Flags of Heroes & Honor Old Flag Drop-Off

826 Dodecanese Blvd • Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

727-942-7800 102

Hippie Fest & Food Truck Rally from 4pm-9pm. See the VW Bug show, food and beer, vendors, raffles, giveaways, awards and more. Enjoy live music with Ron and the Classics on Sponge Docks Dodecanese Blvd, and Voodoo Daddys, on Historic Downtown Tarpon Ave. Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival - Aug

31 - Sept 2 90 of the nation’s top artist and crafters with USA made creations. From jewelry to ceramics to plants to photography to paintings and homemade soap, there’s something to please everyone.

Tarpon Springs Triathlon Sept 7 The Tarpon Springs Rotary Club is busy with preparations for the 2013 Tarpon Springs Triathlon at Fred Howard Park on the Gulf of Mexico. This will be the 24th year presenting the race. During the 20+ years of racing, Tarpon Rotary has returned all the proceeds, well over $300,000, back to our area youth. Proceeds have supported, to name just a few, School Programs, including Chorus, Band, Culinary and Future Farmers of America, Youth Organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League and Youth Football/Cheerleading and College Scholarships to deserving High School Seniors and as Doorways Scholarships to Middle School students (who are also mentored by Rotarians throughout school). Many of the recipients are now grown and have returned to help Rotary in numerous ways, showing an appreciation for the involvement of Rotary in their youth. Up to 600 athletes along with over 250 spectators and volunteers ar expected.

Rita’s Creations

“The Cotton Lady” Located at the

World Famous Sponge Docks 813 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

(727) 934-9500 email:

HOME SHOW COMES TO NORTH PINELLAS - Sept 7-8 On September 7 and 8, Innisbrook Resort and Spa will be home to the North Pinellas/Pasco (con’t)



Home Show in their Inverness Hall. Show hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. With all the major home shows being held in Tampa and St. Petersburg, there has been a need for a more local show in the North Pinellas/Pasco area. The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting a major home show to cover this need. While people are beginning to think about their home, condo or apartment for the holidays, this is

an opportunity to talk to local businesses of all kinds, from decorating and fixing-up, to full remodeling. Local restaurants will be serving tastes of their menu items. As well, there will be a host of home accessories. Exhibitors have the opportunity to hold seminars for their products. For further information, please contact Terri Jarlinski, (727) 543-3041 or


Bucs Bits by Barbara McGovern

GOOD FOR YOU WARREN SAPP!! Warren, you worked hard for everything you ever got. The end result is The Hall Fame. I can imagine how proud your Mother is. Your entire family shares this honor with you; because of all of them you became the man you are today. I remember several years ago, when I first started doing my Buc’s Bit’s, Catherine Smith asked my if had gotten “Sapped.” At the time I didn’t know what that meant, but it didn’t take me long to find out. No, I never did get “Sapped”, but I made sure I never asked Warren anything he’d “Sapp” me for. Warren Sapp; you loath him or love him but never assume that’s he’s not brilliant. He can be outrageous, abrasive and nasty, but he’s always Warren. I think he likes to play the bad boy more than he needs to, but, oh well, it is what it is. I think people expect him to behave


that way. I‘ve listened to him over the years at training camp and he was always well informed, thoughtful, and he really knows his football —and he loved to death what he was doing. He would analyze his own position, his teammates positions and, I believe, his coach’s decisions. I used to watch him during the season. If he wasn’t on the field, he would be roaming the sidelines watching everything. After a play, he would critique the play and offer very insightful observations. He was always encouraging his teammates, especially the young players. He mentored the young guys and he taught them well. His loyalty to the team and his friends is well known. Warren has the greatest smile. His eyes will light up and his smile is like a beacon, but be careful, if you tick him off, you’ll think Hell just froze over. He just doesn’t suffer fools gladly. That being said, I think Warren was probably the best cheerleader that the Bucs ever had and I still don’t why they let him go. It was a big loss. Again, congratulations Mr. Sapp. Good luck and God speed, and may the wind be always at your back.

TRAINING CAMP Training camp will be over by the end of August and the real work will begin. I don’t mean to imply that real work hasn’t been going on for months, but now the rubber will really hit the road. How the guys survive in the heat is amazing. I still think football should start around October. Camp has gone very well. The team looks great, the rains have held off so they can get full workouts. Thank goodness, injury hasn’t been a big problem. Let’s hope it stays that way. The team has been adding players and releasing others, tweaking thing as they go. This will continue right until the season opener, and I’m sure through the year. That’s the way the NFL rolls. In the meantime, enjoy training camp, get to the pre-season games and continue to support our BUCS all season. THE GLAZER FAMILY FOUNDATION As usual, the Bucs organization, through The Glazer Family Foundation, has been supporting the Tampa Bay community. During the annual night practice, at Raymond James, the Bucs presented a $15,000 check to the Tampa Bay Lion Youth Football program. They are little kids who play their hearts out and are coached and supported by their families and friends. Several weeks ago, a gang of despicable people, on 3 different occasions, destroyed all the teams’ equipment and their storage facilities. I have to assume the people who did it were kids, I hope no adult would do something like that. When that happened and the Bucs heard about it, they stepped up and helped the kids. You should have seen those little kids on the field in all their new equipment. It was something to bring tears to your eyes. Good for the Glazer’s. Well-done guys. I hope the police got whomever did it. After practice, there was a very nice fireworks display. The Bucs had invited wounded vets from James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital to enjoy the evening’s festivities. They have always been very supportive of our military in every way. In July, the Bucs continued their annual tradition by hosting athletes from Special Olympics Florida at training camp. More than 60 athletes watched the team practice, had a pizza lunch from Dominos and then joined Mark Dominick, Bucs Gen. Mgr., and several players on the field to enjoy football drills. Buccaneers Cheerleaders and team mascot, Captain Fear joined them, signed autographs and had photos taken. Everyone seemed to have a great time. Another tradition of the Bucs is to donate backpacks to students at the start of the school year. This year, on Aug. 1st, the Glazer Foundation distributed 1,000 backpacks to 40 local non-profit organizations and community groups. The Cheerleaders and Capt. Fear also greeted each youth group. Over the past 12 years

the Foundation has provided more than 25,000 backpacks to local children. Pewter Partner, DEX Imaging, who does the teams printing, partnered with the Glazer Foundation on this back-to-school effort. Over the years The Glazer Family Foundation has given millions of dollars in program grants, tickets and merchandise to the Tampa Bay area, including a $5 M donation to toward the Glazer Children’s Museum– a great Museum, for kids and parents alike. If you haven’t been there, do yourself a favor and go. It’s a fun place. IT’S SOAPBOX TIME The repercussions to Riley Cooper being caught on video using inappropriate language are really over the top. Was it a rude, shameful thing to do? Of course. Did he apologize? Yes. It is something he does on a regular basis? I hope not. He was he out with friends at a concert and he had a few too many beers. Because of Smart phones; You Tube, Face Book, etc., etc., there is whole new world out there now. It used to be that if you did something stupid or thoughtless, you made amends and moved on. Now something you said or did can be taken out of context and haunt you forever. If you have any degree of celebrity, forget about it, you’re done, and someone will try get 5 minutes of fame. Just remember —would your mother be proud of what you said, what you did or how you looked? Remember, mother usually knows best. One more thing — this whole Drew Brees thing, about the tip he left. Really, are you kidding me? Boy, it most have be a slow news day. First of all, it was a take-out order not a waiter serving dinner. Second of all, a tip is supposed to be for service received. I’m sure every server would like to get a huge tip, but not many get that. I’m sure a lot of servers get stiffed, but that wasn’t the case here. Was a $3 tip on a take-out order bad? No. Some people have little to do if all they concern themselves about is what some else does. Look in the mirror. End of sermon. HAVE A GREAT DAY, AND GO BUCS!


Humane Society of Pinellas 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, go-

ing 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.

CAT BEHAVIOR SEMINAR: CATS IN THE DOGHOUSE - Sat, Aug 17 The Humane Society of Pinellas welcomes Dr. Sherry Zenor, feline veterinarian and behavior specialist, for a special cat behavior seminar Cats in the Doghouse: What to do when good cats go bad, Saturday August 17, 11:00 am at Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590 in Clearwater. Tickets are $10 per person. Preregister for the chance for free behavior advice: Dr. Zenor will address your cat’s specific behavior issue for selected pre-registrants. Space is limited and the presentation is expected to sell out. Tickets are available at ___________________________________________

Dog Days of August - Aug 1 - 31 Pinellas County Animal Services celebrates August by offering reduced adoption costs for dogs. As part of the celebration, $5 rabies vaccinations with the purchase of a license will be available for pets each Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. The adoption fee in August for dogs is reduced to $25 during normal shelter adoption hours. That low adoption fee includes medical workup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, heartworm testing and micro chipping. The required Pinellas County license is also provided. Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 5822600; 108

5 Steps to a Stress-Free Vet Visit From And My Cat Website Oh, the dreaded visit to the vet. If you’re like most cat owners, the thought of cooping up your kitty in the carrier and hauling her over to the doctor makes you cringe. Just the look on your cat’s face when she sees you pull the carrier out, her high-pitched cries during the car ride over-- it’s enough to break your heart to bits. That’s why many cat owners avoid visiting the veterinarian in the first place. A recent Bayer Veterinary Care study found 58% of cat owners struggle with cats who hate visiting the vet. A lot of the survey participants noted they’re deterred from bringing their cat to the vet simply because of the stress it causes the pet. It’s important your cat is seen regularly by a veterinarian, as unpleasant an event as it may be. So what can you do to calm your furry friend? Here are a few simple tips & tricks that should ease your cat before and during her next check-up. While there’s no guarantee your kitty will ever be thrilled to see the vet, there are steps you can take to make the experience less stressful: 1. Choose the right carrier. Half the battle is picking out the right kind of carrier. The American Academy of Feline Practitioners encourages cat owners to select one that opens from the front and top or that opens from the front and unclips easily, so that the entire top can detach and your cat can remain on her bedding in the bottom part. 2. Get acquainted with the carrier. Your cat’s carrier shouldn’t be seen as a cage. Try taking it out and leaving it in the open where your cat can interact with it. Sprinkle some catnip or treats inside to encourage him to explore the space, recommends the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Instead of associating the carrier with vet visits, he may consider it a place to take naps, hide or play. 3. Take road trips. Much of the terror of a visit to the vet involves the rocky ride en route to the office. Exposure therapy can help lower your cat’s stress levels. Try taking quick drives (five minutes or less) around the block with your kitty every now and then, suggests Animal Planet. In addition to breaking the equation of car = vet appointment, it allows her to adjust to the feel of riding in the vehicle. If possible, buckle up the carrier to

make the ride smoother, and keep your windows rolled up, air vents on and radio volume down to ensure noise level is at a minimum. 4. Spray pheromones. The American Academy of Feline Practitioners suggests youconsider using a spray such as Feliway. A synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure, Feliway receives high marks from cat owners who have found it helps placate kitties during high stress situations. “It’s kumbaya in a can,” writes Marty Becker, DVM, author of “Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual.” You can purchase Feliway at your veterinary clinic. 5. Have a Waiting Room Game Plan. Get strategic in the waiting room. Imagine being confined in a small dark space filled with weird scents, howling dogs, strange humans chattering, OTHER CATS! It’s no small wonder your feline looks panic-stricken. Lighten up the mood by bringing along treats and your kitty’s favorite toys. Schedule appointments during off-hours when there’s less traffic through the office, recommends the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Call ahead to check if there’s a long wait. If dogs are a major fear trigger, seek out a cats-only clinic.


Discover the Beauty


ig Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. It is home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in 1992. BCR has 14 species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild. Their dual mission is to provide the best home they can for the cats in their care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction. BCR has built enclosures in a natural habitat with foliage and shelter on 55 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa. They provide the best nutritional and medical care possible, and have conditioning and enrichment programs to provide the cats physical and psychological well being. The sanctuary is supported entirely by donation. BCR, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa. 813-920-4130;


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;

A Botanical Experience Awaits You... • Discover the beauty of a 100 year old botanical paradise. • Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers, and walk through a butterfly encounter. • Experience a guided tour, special event or workshop. $8 Adults; $5 seniors 55 & up; $4 ages 2 - 11 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL • 727-551-3100 110


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 at LVH 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. 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 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. Sat, Aug 3 – The Presidents of the United States of America; Sat, Aug 17 – Third Eye Blind; Sat, Aug 31 – Puddle of Mudd.

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.

Jabbawockeez Show “PRiSM” NOW at Luxor The worldfamous 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.

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.

All-New Thrill Ride VooDoo Skyline coming to RIO Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will develop a new thrill ride, VooDoo Skyline, set to open late summer 2013. The attraction will deliver a Las Vegas experience unlike any other – sending guests soaring higher than 400 feet in the air at electrifying speeds, offering 360-degree open-air views of the Las Vegas Strip. The one-minute and 10-second zip ride will takeoff from VooDoo Lounge, located atop Rio’s 50-story Masquerade tower, sending guests cascading more than 800 feet to the Ipanema tower and reaching speeds up to 33 miles per hour. VooDoo Skyline can accommodate up to two riders at one time and will have a unique feature – on the return trip guests will ride an additional 800 feet to the starting point facing backwards, a total ride of nearly one-third of a mile.


Gaming Scene con't Biloxi What’s happening at the Beau Rivage Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Beau Rivage is a beautiful resort destination — very convenient for Tampa Bay area folks looking for either an exciting time, or a relaxing time, or both — the Beau has it all. With a partnership with Vision Airlines, the

resort has an exclusive package that includes a round trip non-stop jet flight, ground transfers, and two nights in a luxurious guestroom — starting at only $199 per person (double occupancy). The flight takes only an hour and fifteen minutes and leaves from the St. 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. 114

UPCOMING EVENTS: FUNAMBULA THEATRICAL CIRCUS SENSATION - thru Aug 11. An international cast of accomplishedaerialists, acrobats and tightrope walkers dramatic performances compel audiences to wonder if they are from another world. FUNAMBULA includes never before seen acts. 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. If you’re looking for sweet sounds, heavenly harmonies, and acoustic awesomeness, look no further than SISTER HAZEL - Fri, Aug 16

See the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, DARIUS RUCKER - Sat, Aug 31

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Florida Authors Write

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


Society of Central Florida


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.

A Giant Pencil by Connor Wilson


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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Kind of Blue: An Ash Levine Thriller

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

Book Gate; The Three Line

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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