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Vol. 25, Issue 191 September, 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: Keith Urban Mgmt PUBLISHED ON LINE BY

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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) 441-3220. Sept. 6-8, 2013: Friday: 10:00am–8:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am–8:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am–6:00pm. Note: In-water area closes at sunset. Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602.

Fifth Annual FARA Energy Ball - Sept 7 The AnnualFara Energy Ball benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and the University of South Florida Ataxia Research Center (USF ARC) 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the A La Carte Pavilion, Tampa, FL. Cocktails & Silent Auction, 8:00 p.m. Seated Dinner & Live Auction, and entertainment by The Soul Power Review (aka The Black Honkeys) at 9:45 p.m. In 2012, the FARA Energy Ball raised a significant level of awareness and $1.6 Million in funds to advance insights and research efforts. This annual fund raiser is a high energy gala event featuring many premiere silent and live auction items. The event was founded by individuals and corporate sponsors dedicated to treating and curing Friedreich’s ataxia. Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) is a debilitating neuromuscular disease that is caused by lack of energy production that our cells need for proper function and survival. FA robs individuals of balance and coordination leading to life altering loss of mobility, energy, speech and hearing. FA also presents serious risk of diabetes and life shortening cardiac disease. FA affects 15,000 worldwide and 1 in 100 individuals are carriers. A La Carte Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. (813) 600-8179. 4



12th Annual Tampa Tailgate, A Benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Sept 7 Tampa Tailgate: Kick-Off to a Cure, an event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation combines two favorite pasttimes: football and food on Saturday, September 7 from 6pm –11pm at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Guests will enjoy food and drinks from premier Tampa area restaurants who have donated their time and services to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Saturday night college football will provide the entertainment, while fans enjoy an indoor tailgate party. Restaurant and vendor sponsors include:, Beef O Brady’s, Smokey Bones, Grille 116, Yard of Ale, MacDinton’s, Hooters and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. A silent auction will include sought after sports memorabilia and vacation getaways. During halftime there will be a live auction. www. or call (813) 374-9041.

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.


Sail Pavilion’s “Brews & Bites” features Special Summer Concert Fri, Sept 13 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 September event will feature six food trucks offering something for every tastebud, new dessert stations, craft beers at Sail Pavilion’s Beer Garden and live music. During the event, prizes will be given out via #BREWSandBITES through twitter and instagram. 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

Eat at Joe’s Lunch and Concert Series – Sept 13 Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa transforms into an Eat at Joe’s lunch & concert party. Downtown workers and residents can hear great music, eat some wonderful food, & enjoy the beautiful outdoors, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on every second Friday of the month through September. On Sept. 13, enjoy guitar and vocals by Ray Gurka. Ray Gurka’s passion for music is reflected both in his original songs and through cover songs of other artists. Original writings are deeply personal songs that include messages of living, loving, and reflecting on everyday life. Ray’s original songs Brown Eyes and Where You Want To Go have received radio airplay. The genres style of covers includes rock, reggae, singer/songwriter, and pop music. Chillura Square is located on the corner of Pierce and Madison Streets. Bring your own lunch, purchase food at the park, or grab lunch to go from one of our local downtown restaurants.


TAMPA BAY FASHION WEEK AT INTERNATIONAL PLAZA AND BAY STREET Fri, Sept 13 International Plaza and Bay Street will be launching Fashion Week on Friday, September 13, in conjunction with Tampa Bay Fashion Week, a nine-day itinerary of stylish events and chic experiences through September 21.

IP shoppers will be invited to preview the newest fall trends via fashion workshops, see a runway show, talk oneon-one with national and local fashion stylists and more. Jackie Walker, acclaimed fashion author/speaker, known as the Dr. of Closetology, will headline the day by conducting fashion workshops at stylish closet displays throughout the mall provided by The Container Store. Jackie’s workshops are designed for shoppers to gain valuable tips on how to set up their closet in harmony with their lifestyle; how to dress for their individual space and architecture, and to learn how to express their personal voice through the options in their closet. Fashion guests will receive a complimentary Fashion Planner featuring wardrobe tips from Jackie, fashion photos, a 16-month calendar and an area to jot personal style notes and reminders. In addition, International Plaza will also offer unique gift-with-purchase items including a signature IP fashion scarf ($80 value) and both of Jackie Walker’s fashion books. The fashion workshops are all free and open to the public. For additional information, visit

2nd Annual Royal Ball - Sat, Sept 14 The St. Pete Glitter Queens will be holding their 2nd Annual Royal Ball to celebrate “Old Florida” at the Gulfport Casino on September 14, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm with proceeds benefitting the Creative Clay Children’s Programs. Tickets include dinner, entertainment, silent auction, music and dancing. The “St Pete Glitter Queens” is a krewe of fun loving, like-minded women whose purpose is to provide opportunities for social networking while also working together for charitable causes and donating to deserving women’s or children’s groups or individuals in Pinellas County, Florida. Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 shore Blvd. S., Gulfport 33707. For tickets and more information, visit


“THE INVESTIGATOR” RED CARPET MOVIE PREMIERE IN ST. PETERSBURG and Opening In Theaters on Sept 13 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. 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 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.)

Hot 101.5 Sunset 5k/10k Beach Race - Thurs, Sept 19 The New Hot 101.5 will hold its inaugural “Hot Run” at Pass-a-Grille on St. Pete Beach Thursday evening, Sept. 19, at sunset. This scenic run will kick off at 7:20 and will feature a water side course, a live commercialfree broadcast for runners to enjoy during the race, and many other runner experiences. The Hot Run will also feature “Hot Zones” with live DJs, club lighting, and a blast of cold air to cool runners. The course of the HOT RUN is accurately measured and certified by USATF, and finisher medals will be awarded. It will also feature a post run party at the Hurricane Restaurant with complimentary food and beverage for runners. Registration is open at 10



St. Pete Art & Fashion Week celebrates the city of St.Petersburg benefiting Morning Star School - Fri, Sept 16 - 21 “St.Pete Art & Fashion Week” is a series of art & runway fashion shows presented in St.Petersburg, FL once a year in September. The weeklong charity event includes VIP parties, boutique events, silent auction and art and

runway shows. This year St. Pete Art & Fashion Week has chosen Morning Star School as their beneficiary. Morning Star is a non-profit school serving students with a variety of learning challenges and related difficulties. Morning Star School provides Kindergarten through 10th grade students with a full-day, comprehensive curriculum in a structured small group setting. The “Fashion for Charity” event will take place at four different locations in downtown St.Pete including Jannus Landing’s Club Detroit, Suzette’s on Central and One Progress Plaza. Events include unique fashion and art experiences. Complimentary food and drinks will be served on Friday and Saturday, provided by the Avenue. Admission to the events vary. A limited number of VIP tickets are available and include complimentary food and beverages at the VIP party on Monday Sept 16th. VIP attendees also receive front row seating at Saturday’s runway show. St.Pete Art & Fashion Week designers include, Chateau De Curb Gear, Helen Gerro, Boutique La Rochelle, Diana’s Tropical Wear, Two Coconuts Swimwear, Jacka Designs, Fidel, and Lujeanik Designs. For more information, go to

Excess Inventory Sale Benefiting Dress for Success Tampa Bay - Fri, Sept 20 - 21 The Dress for Success Tampa Bay Excess Inventory Sale is right around the corner, held at Bayshore Baptist church on Fri, Sept 20, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sat, Sept 21, from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. Browse amazingly low priced attire, expand your wardrobe and help Dress for Success Tampa Bay raise money to purchase plus-size business attire and larger shoes. This event will feature surplus clothing and accessories that have been graciously donated. Everything from suits, dresses and blazers to belts, purses and jewelry, all are being sold for $6 and under. All proceeds from Dress for Success Tampa Bay Excess Inventory Sale will go directly to Dress for Success of Tampa Bay, part of the global non-profit and 100% volunteer organization promoting economic independence of disadvantaged women. If you are unable to attend the event, but still want to support this special cause, visit the website and click the “Donate” button. Bayshore Baptist church, 3111 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa.


Tampa Hair Affair - Sun, Sept 22 The First Tampa Hair Affair will be held Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 3pm-6pm at The Tampa Clarion Hotel and Conference Center located at 2701 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612. Join beauty and fashion professionals, students and aficionados for this one day event. The show will feature hair and beauty services, products, apparel, accessories and more. Guests and participants can explore new service providers, discover fashion trends and purchase items from vendors. The main stage will feature hair pre-

sentations, fashion shows, and live performances. Conchetta Sawyerr, Sales Manager at the Clarion, states, “The Clarion is seeking to provide events that interest local community and highlights small businesses. The Tampa Hair Affair will not only provide marketing and drive potential sales to businesses in the immediate area, but also demonstrate to the younger generation the power of African-American owned businesses and the monies that are generated from the beauty and apparel industry.” This community event is free and open to the public. Swag bags will be given to the first 75 attendees. Attendees may also register to win door prizes throughout the event. Find The Tampa Hair Affair on Facebook at . For more information call 813-952-2510.

24th Annual A Taste of Clearwater Tues, Sept 24 The 24th Annual A Taste of Clearwater is a local tradition hosted by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. The evening will include food, drinks and entertainment from Clearwater’s great community. They will have the usual favorites along with an exclusive VIP area which will be located on the ice skating rink at Westfield Countryside Mall, and will play host to the Clearwater Cook-Off Challenge. Competing chef’s from four area restaurants will go head to head, September 24, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Westfield Countryside, 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33761; (727) 461-0011 x229.


GOURMET FESTIVAL at THE CENTRE Thurs, Sept 26 Spend an evening tempting your tastebuds at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Join in along with some of Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors as they offer savory samples. Tempt your tastebuds with the tastings complemented by a silent auction filled with unique items. The Centre has been helping residents of our community for more than 35 years. Funds raised at the annual Gourmet Feastivals support the mission to help women and families succeed both personally and professionally. You can purchase general admission tickets for the Gourmet Feastival at the Hilton Downtown Tampa. (tickets valid 6-8:30 p.m.) VIP tickets are also available by visiting www.

Rays game watching parties on the beach at the TradeWinds Sat, Sept 13 - vs. Minnesota Twins 8:10pm; Fri, Sept 27 - vs. Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm TradeWinds Island Resorts are inviting baseball fans to head out to St. Pete Beach for fun-filled, familyfriendly 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

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Cyberbullying Awareness Week Celebration - Fri, Sept 27 The celebration held on the final day of Cyberbullying Awareness Week will be a last hoorah to the strides made toward a safer tomorrow. Here is a sneak peak of some of the entertainment to expect: Music performances by Morgan Bernard, Levi Verdell and more, a 4 lane rock climbing wall, dunk tank, carnival games, community mascots, free food, and more. The event is completely free to the entire Pinellas County area. The goal of Cyberbullying Awareness Week is to inspire prevention and intervention efforts of cyberbullying across schools and homes of the Pinellas County area. Through education and awareness, students will be given the tools to ‘STOP, BLOCK & TELL!’ and ‘Be the Change’ when using interactive technologies.

Bright House Clearwater Super Boat National Championship & Festival - Sept 27 - 29 The annual championship power boat racing has speeds up to 200 mph. There will be opportunities to tour boats, meet drivers and teams, enjoy food, beverages and live entertainment. Bringing Super Boat International racing to Clearwater Beach was a no-brainer according to Bay Area restaurateur Frank Chivas. After being involved in the Super Boat International races in Key West, FL, Chivas knew “Clearwater would be the perfect spot to do this. Last years Clearwater races saw huge crowds turn out to Clearwater Beach, where an estimated 25,000 people on 2,500 boats lined the beaches of the 2.5-mile-long race course. Beaches were lined 20 deep with beach-going spectators while others watched from the comfort of hotels, restaurants and condos along the beach. Crowds for last years event were estimated upwards of 65,000. The races and festival brought a boost to area tourism, according to the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds from the festival benefit local marine charities. or 888-202-4614



henry plant museum Great Gatsby Party - Fri, Sept 27 Whisper the password to enter the secret world of a speakeasy. Enjoy live music, games of chance, fabulous food, an open bar and your photo taken with a vintage 1929 Bentley. This party may be the most dangerous evening of the year...1920’s clothing encouraged, but not required. The Great Gatsby Party will be held in Fletcher Lounge, The University of Tampa on Saturday, September 28, at 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. This will be a legendary party, just like Jay Gatsby’s parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. Instead of a Long Island home, this unique evening will take place in the fashionable Tampa Bay Hotel dining room. The roaring twenties will come to life as gangsters demand the password to enter through the custom designed doors to the merrymaking. Denise Moore and The Helios Orchestra will energize and entice to a night of dancing. Black Jack and Roulette are offered for those who feel lucky. Recreated menus from the 1920’s Tampa Bay Hotel will indulge even the most gourmet palette.



he Howl-O-Scream creative team is introducing the next twisted level of interactive scare experiences that they promise to be “the most personally invasive haunted attraction in Howl-O-Scream history” with The Experiment In this all-new experience you become a “test subject” and researchers challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance. The test subjects endure psychological experiments and must face fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness. You are not just seeing the scares. In the Experiment, you become part of them. Refuse to participate and your Experiment will be terminated. What will happen if you choose to play along and test your limits? Will they push the edge on how far is too far in the study of fear? Will you survive The Experiment? Up to four test subjects can challenge The Experiment at a time, and reservations are required. The event runs Thurs through Sat nights, Sept 27-28, Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, visit


New Manatee Alert App Designed to Help Manatees A Florida-based corporation, EarthNC, through their conservation venture Conserve.IO, has teamed up with Save the Manatee Club to help boaters reduce the chance of hitting and harming manatees in Florida waterways, with the free “Manatee Alert App.” This smart phone-based map displays instructive visual alerts, notifying boaters when they are approaching manatee speed zones. It also helps facilitate the reporting of injured manatees and manatee harassment to the proper authorities to ensure urgent help where needed. “The new Manatee Alert App is a good example of how smart phone technology can help the public become better informed, help protect an endangered species, and contribute to preserving our environment,” says Brad Winney of Conserve.IO. Throughout the year, manatees are especially vulnerable to the heavy boat traffic moving through the waterways in every direction. Florida’s manatees have already suffered a catastrophic year due to a prolonged red tide event in southwest Florida and an unknown toxin in the Indian River Lagoon. There have been 717 manatee deaths from all causes so far since Aug 9, 2013. Boat collisions continue to pose a serious long-term threat to the manatee population. The Florida boating community is encouraged to get the free Manatee Alert App as well as Save the Manatee Club’s free public awareness materials to help prevent manatee injuries, suffering, and death. Contact Save the Manatee Club via email at, by calling 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). boatertips.htm. Go to to download the free Manatee Alert App.


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. 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 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. Sept 7, 14, 21, 28 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. Citizen Scientist Workshop: Join University of Florida extension instructor Lara Miller, for a free training 20

to engage volunteers in the collection of local ecological information and an introduction to Nature’s Notebook, a project of the USA National Phenology Network. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center. Brooker Creek Guided Hike: See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes on this 0.75-mile walk.

Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. Archaeology Works–Pottery: Pottery was a vital part of life in Florida for the past 3,000 years, but it is also an important clue for archaeologists today. Learn to identify different prehistoric pottery types from around Florida and the ways archaeologists use them to learn about people in the past. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve Sept 5, 12, 19, 26 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.

Sept 12, 26 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. Sept 13 Great Weedon Bird Quest: Learn the identifying marks and behaviors of our feathered yearround 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. Historical Writing Workshop at Heritage Village: Award-winning author Angela T. Pisaturo hosts a workshop covering aspects of writing historical novels, from research to setting the scene. Heritage Village. Sept 14 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. Pinellas Home Energy Symposium: From irrigation to photovoltaic panels, get information from expert panelists to help in making water and energy improvements both inside and

outside homes. This 3-hour symposium features a keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Languell. 9 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration required. Pinellas County Extension. Wetlands 101: Learn how to interpret the characteristics that define wetlands. Three characteristics tell the story of current and past conditions of these systems. Learn to read the story that the plants and soils tell us about these wetlands. Identification of hydrologic indicators, hydric soils and some key wetland plants will be covered. 1 to 2 p.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve. Sept 19 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. Archaeology Lecture Series – “You Have Guns and So Have We”: an Ethnohistoric Perspective on Seminole Combat Behaviors: Warfare is a topic that has received a high level of attention in the anthropological literature since the inception of the discipline. Throughout the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, Europeans and Americans employed tactics and instituted laws that sought to subjugate Native American groups and appropriate their lands. None of these groups, however, sat passively during this process; they employed resistive tactics and strategies aimed at maintaining their freedom. By tracing the combat behaviors of the Seminoles back through time to those of their ancestors, we are able to see the evolution of the combat behaviors used by the warriors during the apex of their militancy – the infamous Second Seminole War. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; advance registration required. Weedon Island Preserve

Sept 21, 28 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. Birds of Prey: Several live birds of prey will be used to illustrate aspects of predator-prey relationships, adaptations that ensure success as predators, and their role in maintaining healthy, balanced ecosystems. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve Sept 21 Creatures of the Night: Lara Miller, a natural resource extension agent for Pinellas County, will discuss the creatures of the night. All of our nocturnal critters form a vital part of our natural environment but are largely ignored. Come learn more about these fascinating creatures. Recommended for adults. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Garden Club of St. Petersburg. Sept 27 Wildlife Hike: Join an experienced naturalist as you hike along boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. This will be a learning experience for everyone! Come prepared with your binoculars, cameras, and questions! Any questions your hike guide cannot answer will be researched in the Resource Room upon return to the Education Center. 9 to 11 a.m. Free; advance registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve. Sept 28 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

tration required. 8 to 10 a.m. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center. Paddling Coastal Clean Up: Be a part of the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Public lands and estuaries provide benefits that are critical to ecosystem health, and the health and well-being of people who recreate on them and live in close proximity to them. Volunteers will use canoes and kayaks to help clean up the difficult-to-reach shorelines of Weedon Island Preserve. 9 a.m. to noon. Free; advance registration requested. Weedon Island Preserve.

LOCATION INFO... Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; The Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road. (727) 582-2100; Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde. (727) 552-1862; Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Dr., S., St. Petersburg. (727) 582-2630; event/5260325776/eorg Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 582-2108; 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) 5822600; 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; 21


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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,



ART Aug 7 - Sept 8 American Stage Theatre Company announces the last production of the 20122013 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.

THE BIRDS - Oct 4 - 27 Based on the Daphne du Maurier short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film, this suspenseful adaptation by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer) is an emotionally stirring thriller. In a seaside town, masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving two strangers to take refuge in an abandoned cottage. With no electricity and little food, hope wanes…then a mysterious young woman shows up, and the struggle for survival really begins.


LEND ME A TENOR LEND ME A TENOR - Sept 13-29. Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig It’s “ Stupendo”! Its Theatre, Its Opera, Ok maybe it’s more like the Marx Brothers meet Shakespeare, but you will not want to miss the hilarious opening

show of the season at St. Petersburg City Theatre. Keven Renken (Pinellas County Center for the Arts) directs this manic collision of low comedy and high art in 1934 Cleveland. The pace is raucous. Half the cast is half dressed while the other half will have you seeing double. Will the Cleveland Opera Company triumph? Which Otello is the real Il Stupendo? 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. 28



A.C.T. for Youth pumps up the volume in this “rock musical” version of Alice’s adventures. With a blend of original lyrics and music combined with Lewis Carroll’s poetry, students will experience a familiar story in an exciting theatrical style. Show is at 2 pm.

unremittingly for 16 hours” (that’s 16 hours straight, without repeating a joke and without a break of any kind), he took on the title of “Funniest Man Alive.”


A heartwarming family comedy about Nick, a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey and his beloved–but annoying– grandparents. In this comedy by Joe DiPiertro, Nick’s grandparents will do anything to keep him from moving away – including finding him a girlfriend. Presented by MAS Community Theatre and directed by Dee Ford. Shows are Fri, Sat, Sun only. For more information, call (813) 269-1310, or visit the Center, located at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa.

G. DAVID HOWARD - Sat, Sept 14

When G. David set the world’s record in The Guinness Book of World Records for “cracking jokes

Roy Wood Jr. - Sept 29 Roy aims to please and won’t disappoint. His comedy is from a Generation X perspective and ranges in topic from old cartoons to Girl Scout cookies. Roy has also carved a niche for himself in the world of radio. Until late 2006 he was head writer and producer of the Buckwilde Morning Show WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ-- Birmingham, AL. He is also a regular guest on the ‘Bob & Tom Radio Show. His hilarious prank phone calls are also carried in almost 50 different radio markets including stations in Canada and England. He has opened up for comics like D.L. Hughley and Tommy Davidson and has made appearances on Star Search, Showtime at the Apollo. He also performed at Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots Competition. SideSplitters is located at 12938 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 30


Wedding Secrets - Sept 20 - Oct 6


ill and Susan are a young couple who meet, have a whirlwind courtship and marry. However, their families have never met the respective spouses, so the couple allows the families to believe they have only become engaged. Once the families gather, everyone else’s secrets come to life: money problems, medical problems, divorces, teenage rebellion, horrible dating choices and a strange relative living in the basement. This comedy about dealing with change and family dramas will have you laughing from the start. 21905 US 19 N., Clearwater, FL 33765; 727 437-2363; 32


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 fam-

ily. 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 communicat-


ing—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; 813251-8984.


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Stageworks Anniversary




...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




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.”

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A new Musical Nov 30 - Dec 24

freeFall’s holiday tradition returns. Share the magic with your entire family this holiday season. With a soaring and inspirational score, and faithful incarnations of all of the memorable characters, Dickens’ ghost story leaps from the page and delights with stunning theatricality, lush scenery and costumes, and surprising special effects. Make this enchanting production part of your holiday tradition. Book and lyrics by Keith Ferguson, music by Bruce Greer. For more information (727) 498-5205.

SOUTH PACIFIC - Sept 6 - 22 Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning Tales of the South Pacific. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “A Wonderful Guy.” Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949. The original Broadway production won ten Tony


Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto. The 2008 Broadway revival won seven Tonys including Best Musical Revival. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo Florida. 727-587-6793.



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KEITH URBAN - Fri, Oct 4


eith Urban will perform in Tampa with the 2013 Light the Fuse Tour. Joining Keith will be Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. The concert will feature new music from Urban, expected out this spring, as well as an all-new production, the size and scope of which have become synonymous with Urban’s electrifying concert experiences. LITTLE BIG TOWN: The Grammy-winning country group has earned over 25 award show nominations and has taken home the ACM Top New Vocal Group, CMA Single of the Year (“Pontoon”), CMA Vocal Group of the Year and a Grammy Award for Best Country Group/Duo Performance (“Pontoon”). DUSTIN LYNCH: Since the release of his debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” Dustin has earned a #1 album, over a million single sales.

JASON ALDEAN - Fri, Sept 6


ason Aldean has released five albums and sixteen singles. His 2010 album My Kinda Party is certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), while his 2005 self-titled debut, 2007 album Relentless and 2009 album Wide Open are all certified platinum. Of his singles, nine have reached the number one position on the Hot Country Songs charts: “Why”, “She’s Country”, “Big Green Tractor”, “The Truth”, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (a duet with Kelly Clarkson), “Dirt Road Anthem”, “Fly Over States”, “Take a Little Ride”, and “The Only Way I Know”. Seven more have reached top ten on the same chart.


John Mayer Sat, Sept 7


ohn Mayer began his career performing mainly acoustic rock, but gradually began a transition towards the blues genre in 2005 by collaborating with renowned blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. The blues influence can be heard throughout his live album Try! and studio album Continuum. At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007, Mayer won Best Pop Vocal Album for Continuum and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Waiting on the World to Change”. His album, Born and Raised, saw another musical style shift, and was followed by his current album, Paradise Valley. He has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. For additional information, visit:

MAROON 5 - Fri, Sept 13


aroon 5 released their debut under the title Songs About Jane in 2002. The album’s lead single - “Harder to Breathe” - received heavy airplay, which helped the album to debut at number six on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album’s second and third singles, “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved”, became worldwide hits. The band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. Their second album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, and its lead single, “Makes Me Wonder”, became the band’s first number-one song on the US Billboard Hot 100. Hands All Over, the band’s third studio album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The single “Moves like Jagger” became the band’s second single to reach number one on the Hot 100 chart; it has sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling singles worldwide. The band has sold over 27 million albums worldwide.



elly Clarkson came to prominence after winning the first season of American Idol, and her debut single, “A Moment Like This”, topped the USBillboard Hot 100 and broke the record for the biggest jump to number one in the chart’s history; it became the best-selling single of the year in the country. Clarkson has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In a career spanning over a decade,she has accumulated eighty-four number ones on the Billboard charts, and eleven number one singles worldwide. She is known for her vocal versatility and range, and her music has mainly dealt with themes of heartbreak, independence, and self-empowerment for women and young teens.

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KID ROCK - Sun, Sept 15


id Rock is most popularly known for his first commercial success, the album Devil Without a Cause, which sold 13 million albums worldwide. He is a five time Grammy Award nominee and has sold 23.5 million albums in the U.S. and 27.5 million worldwide. Rock’s follow-up records became more rock-, country-, and blues-oriented, starting with 2001’s Cocky. His collaboration with Sheryl Crow on the song “Picture” was his first country hit and biggest pop hit in the US to date charting at No. 4 on the Hot 100.



epeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most commercially successful electronic band in music history. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode “The most popular electronic band the world has ever known” and included the band in the list of the “50 Bands That Changed the World!” VH1ranked the group #98 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.



iranda Lambert gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place. Her debut album, Kerosene, was certified Platinum in the US, and also produced the hit singles “Bring Me Down”, “Kerosene”, and “New Strings”. Her second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, produced three hit singles “Famous in a Small Town”, “Gunpowder & Lead”, and “More Like Her”. Lambert’s third album, Revolution, produced her two Number One hits “The House That Built Me,” and “Heart Like Mine”. Her fourth album, Four the Record, includes the singles “Baggage Claim”, “Over You”, “Fastest Girl in Town”, “Mama’s Broken Heart” and “All Kinds of Kinds”. Lambert has also been honored by the Grammy Awards, theAcademy of Country Music Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards.


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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.




IL VOLO - Fri, Sept 20


L VOLO (English: The Flight) is Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble. The three pop-opera singers started their career when they met on TV music competition in Italy. During the competition, they were chosen to perform as a trio, the classic “’O sole mio”. After the competition, they continued to perform together. Their first album peaked at number 6 on the Italian Albums Chart. The international edition of the album was promoted in the US with a performance of “O Sole Mio” on American Idol. The album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 and at number 1 on the Classical Albums, selling 23,000 copies in its first week. Il Volo was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards in Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Il Volo (Edicion en espanol) and in Best New Artist. For additional information, visit


GATO BARBIERI - Fri, Sept 13


azz tenor saxophonist and composer, Gato Barbieri rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s and is known for his Latin jazz recordings in the 1970s. Born to a family of musicians, Barbieri began playing music after hearing Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”. While playing in Rome, he worked with trumpeter Don Cherry. Influenced by John Coltrane and other free jazz saxophonists, the warm and gritty tone, which would become his trademark sound, began to develop. His score for Bernardo Bertolucci’s film Last Tango in Paris earned him a Grammy Award. By the mid-70s, he was moving his music towards soul-jazz and jazz-pop with albums like Caliente! In the late 1990s he began playing music that would fall more into the arena of smooth jazz. For more information, visit




THE WEEKND and BANKS Thurs, Sept 26


he Weeknd & LA rising songstress BANKS are making their way to the Straz Center for magnetic performances of their daunting R&B and electronic tunes on September 26. Weeknd merges his sexy music with haunting and hypnotic visuals, creating a must-see evening for fans and newcomers alike. The Weeknd picked BANKS, a singer with R&B-inflected lyrics over smooth beats, to join him on the road in support of her forthcoming EP, which will be dropping this Fall on Harvest Records. For more information, visit

Del McCoury’s career in bluegrass dates back more than 50 years, and more than anyone he has taken bluegrass to new audiences. Del won three consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and in 1994 his quintet won top Entertainer of the Year honors that would net them 9 trophies in an 11 year stretch. Tommy Malone has released his first official solo album in 12 years, packed with appealing music in a vein reminiscent of his old group The Subdudes. Malone’s soulful, expressive vocals and impressive slide guitar have never sounded better.

Saturday, September 14 Featuring:

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The Tampa Collective, a new all-star band (featuring vocalist Dre Anders), pays homage to the celebrated roots of successful and talented bands that cut their musical teeth in the Tampa Bay area, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Charlie Daniels Band, The Outlaws and Ray Charles. Drawing from many of the best bands in the region, it’s a collaboration born of passion.

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he Annual Tangerine Blues Fest benefitting All children’s Hospital will be held on Sat, Sept 28 at Tangerine Greenway, Gulfport, from 10am to 10pm. The Tangerine Blues Fest has grown in popularity, starting with an attendance of 500 in 2008, ballooning to an estimated 5,000 last year. This year’s line-up of Blues bands will include headliners The Blue Grass Sound

12:00 noon- Sycamore Shade 2:00 pm - The Blue Grass Sound Band Blues Lineup: 4:00 pm - Charlie Morris 5:30 pm - Lauren Mitchell Band 7:00 pm - TC Carr 8:30 pm - Selwyn Birchwood

Band, and Selwyn Birchwood. Along with great music, there will be food truck vendors, beverages, beer and wine and a family fun area for the kids. The Blues Fest is a community event to raise awareness about the 49th Street South corridor and is a sanctioned fundraising event for All Children’s Hospital. No Fee for Ad-

mission or Parking. 4900 Tangerine Ave S. (Tangerine Greenway), Gulfport, FL 33707. For more information, visit Bluegrass Lineup: 10:00 am - Boilin Oil



JOE SATRIANI - Wed, Sept 11 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 rhythmsection, 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;

Carrollwood Cultural Center

RICK GEE’S JAZZ JAMM presents THE CELESTIAL LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Sat, Sept 7 The Celestial Latin Jazz Orchestra will have you clapping your hands and patting your feet to the rhythm of the beat. You may even be tempted to dance the Mambo, Salsa or Cha-Cha.

THE JAMMIN’ DIVAS - Fri, Sept 13

he Jammin’ Divas, an international folk music group, will perform traditional and contemporary original folk music from Ireland, Australia and the USA. Their stop at the Center will include a children’s workshop at 10:30am and a live concert at 8pm for the general

public. Members of The Jammin’ Divas include Aoife Clancy from Ireland, Hadar Noiberg from Isreal, Kath Buckell from Australia, and Becky Chace from the United States. The ladies blend stunning renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from each of their cultures. With three part harmonies bedded against the melodic landscape of the flute and double bass, The Jammin’ Divas share songs and stories of how each country culturally influence and enrich one another.

Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa.

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



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.” 54


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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.”


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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.

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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, Fleming’s is featuring their Filet Mignon and Crab-Stuffed Shrimp Two-Course Prix Fixe Menu. Experience flavors in perfect harmony with the two-course Filet Mignon and Crab-Stuffed Shrimp menu. Available for $32.95, now through September 30. Start with French Onion Soup or The New Wedge Salad, and for your entree, Filet Mignon wrapped in bacon with Crab-Stuffed Shrimp, lightly topped with a spiced crumb crust, and a side of Mashed Potatoes. The featured wine is Château de Parenchère, 2009–2010 Bordeaux — a fresh, smooth French merlot and cabernet blend complements both the steak and the seafood. 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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on’t you just hate it when ice dilutes your beverage because you didn’t drink it in time? Problem solved. soiréehome has created tilt — an attractive little device that will keep your drink chilled for at least 30 minutes. Tilt is a high quality, flavorless stainless steel sphere that keeps drinks chilled without diluting or interfering with the flavor. The easy to use design allows users to store the stainless steel sphere in the freezer and in a matter of hours, it’s ready to be inserted into any beverage, wine glass or even party dip. tilt’s surface area/volume ratio allows for a better, more even chill, and the food grade stainless steel shell ensures purity of any taste from whiskey to lemonade. For more information, please visit


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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


A Delicious White Spirit


he producers of the iconic brand, Grand Marnier, have introduced a new spirit, Kappa Pisco, from the Elqui Valley in Chile. Setting a new standard of luxury for the category, Kappa Pisco is the latest project of the Marnier Lapostolle family. As it is with Cognac, Chilean Pisco is a spirit made from the double distillation of wine. However, unlike Cognac which must be aged in oak, Kappa Pisco is an unaged variety that results in a delicious white spirit with excellent mixability.

The Elqui Valley, from where the grapes for Kappa Pisco are sourced, has sunshine every day, fresh water from the Andes Mountains and clear skies free of pollution. Above the Elqui Valley, within the Southern Cross Constellation, is the Kappa Crucis star cluster. Considered one of the most breathtaking sights in Southern Hemisphere, this is where Kappa derives its name. Although Kappa is available in many markets across the country, we suggest you try a truly satisfying drink found locally at Malio’s Steakhouse in Tampa, the “Kappa Rita”. It consists of 1 ½ oz KAPPA Pisco, ½ oz Grand Marnier, 1 oz Fresh Lemon, and ½ oz Agave Nectar. Ingredients are shaken and strained over fresh ice, and garnished with lemon. For more information on Kappa Pisco, please visit




boys, Matthew West, Group 1 Crew, Building 429, Plumb and Jamie Grace. Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket.

What’s New in the World Fall Opening Planned for Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom The Princess Fairytale Hall’s castle-like entrance will feature walls of stone and stained glass windows opening up into a large gallery where portraits of the Disney princesses adorn the walls. Guests proceed toward an elegantly finished chamber, where they may meet some of their favorite Disney princesses. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will also join the New Fantasyland lineup of fun in 2014. California Grill Opens Doors After Complete Redesign, Reimagining The iconic California Grill reopens this fall after a complete transformation with a design inspired by midcentury modern California, and a new menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and a lighter touch. The reimagined restaurant features dishes such as baked local prawns with charred lemon and wild Columbia River salmon with Zellwood sweet corn pudding. Sushi is showcased with a new, multi-course omakase menu. 31st Night of Joy in the Magic Kingdom - Sept 6-7 2013 marks the 31st year for Disney’s Night of Joy, two nights where the best in Contemporary Christian music meets the fun and fantasy of the Magic Kingdom. The complete line-up includes: Fri, Sept 6: Mercy Me, Steven Curtis Chapman &

Francesca Batistelli Michael W. Smith, Skillet, Mandisa, Audio Adrenaline, For King and Country, Moriah Peters, We As Human and City Harbor. Sat, Sept 7: TobyMac, Francesca Batistelli, News68

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom - Sept 10 - Nov 1 Halloween’s happiest haunts will reappear for 23 “spook-tacular” nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. The after-hours special ticket event will immerse guests in the Halloween

spirit. The bewitching “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular will illuminate the sky, and “Mickey’s Booto-You Halloween Parade” features a gang of ghostly characters parading down Main Street. New event features include Jack Skellington and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Monsters, Inc.” scarers Mike and Sulley. The fun runs from 7pm until midnight, with guests encouraged to don their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating around the Magic Kingdom. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend - Oct. 4 – 5 Disney villains take center stage for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, featuring a nighttime 10-mile race starting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, running through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and finishing near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Runners and guests who purchase a special ticket can enjoy the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash post-race party. Partygoers will enjoy live music, Disney characters and access to attractions such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock “n” Roller Coaster and Toy Story Mania until 4 a.m. Families can enjoy the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids’ Races at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, Nov. 5. For more information on Walt Disney World, call 407/824-4321 or visit


isney chefs and beverage experts will dish up 220 different festival foods and beverages at the 18th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which takes place from Sept. 27Nov. 11. With more than 25 international and specialty marketplaces, guests can indulge in a variety of authentic tastes at familiar favorites such as Brazil, Australia, and Africa, vegan options at Terra, or debut dishes from Scotland. Festival highlights include: Culinary demos from a high-powered lineup of celebrity chefs such as Cat Cora, Gale Gand and Buddy Valastro. Daily wine tastings and mixology seminars, which are available for a nominal fee. Special culinary programs that showcase a lineup of renowned winemakers and guest chefs who participate in elegant

dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine schools. A vast lineup of premium seminars, tastings and pairings including the popular Party for the Senses grand tasting events. Eat to the Beat! concerts feature debut acts Go-Go’s, Edwin McCain, The Manhattan Transfer, Wilson Phillips and Spin Doctors along with fan favorites Sugar Ray, Boyz II Men and Smash Mouth. Authentic Taste seminars, Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog, special book signings, Eat to the Beat! concerts, cultural adventures and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission. Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (9393378) to make reservations for premium programs and events. Complete festival information including reservations for select events The Go Go’s and programs is available at



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

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


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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.

Mussels Provencal Sauteed shrimp and scallops in Puff Pastry

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



Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinners For $33 Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month - September 1 - 30, 2013. 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 76

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or her direct dependents. Any active duty military, activated or drilling reservists, or National Guardsman representing any of the five service branches is entitled to one complimentary admission to one of the participating parks under the program. He or she need only register, either online at www.wavesofhonor. com or in the entrance plaza of a participating park, and show a valid active military identification. All dependents 10 and older must present a valid military dependent identification for entry into the park. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minor dependents. Inactive, standby and retired reserve members, military retirees, U.S. Merchant Marine and civilian Department of Defense workers are ineligible for the program. The program does not

FUNKY MONKEY WINE COMPANY: Stuffed Avocado – Diced tuna, cream cheese, spicy mayo, and sriracha over rice.

clude Discovery Cove or Aquatica. ARABIAN NIGHTS SHOW The current featured production at Arabian Nights is a lighthearted tale of adventure and romance. On her 21st birthday, all-American girl and champion rider Sherry Smith discovers that she is actually the Princess Scheherazade. Along with her genie Abracadabra, Princess Scheherazade takes the audience on a magical journey around the world to find her prince – who must love horses as much as she does. Along the way, Abracadabra must protect Princess Scheherazade from the evil Prince Vaneer, and help her find her true love, Prince Khalid. The show includes dinner. 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; 407-239-9223.

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THE AMAZING SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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

Quite a few youth groups were aboard to experience the history cruise.





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.


hey all come alive in one place — Rock the Universe, where the most popular names in Christian rock take the stage at Universal Studios. There’s also plenty of praise to go with this party, including a moving candlelighting service on Saturday led by Casting Crowns and featuring some of the bands from Saturday night, performing on stage TOGETHER! Performing during the festival: Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force 5, Colton Dixon, Kyle Sherman, Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, Lecrae, Relient K, Red, Everfound, Crave, Dara Maclean, OBB, Love & The Outcome.

Casting Crowns - With their powerful combination of contemporary rock and epic uplifting messages, Casting Crowns has been Billboard’s top-selling Christian act since 2007. Fan favorites include “Praise You In This Storm, “ “Already There,” and “Courageous,” from the dramatic, action-packed motion picture of the same name. For performance times and days, visit



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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.

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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:


Gaming Scene Las Vegas Bellagio Gallery Extends “Warhol Out West” - thru Jan 2 Enter the world of pop artist Andy Warhol with the most extensive collection of the legendary artist’s art-

works ever exhibited in Las Vegas. Covering his different artistic phases from the 1960s to 1980s, the exhibition features more than 60 paintings, prints, sculptures and film. ‑ VDARA NOW DOG FRIENDLY Vdara’s all-suite, non-gaming and non-smoking hotel is now dog friendly, too. They’ve designated special suites for guests accompanied by their trusty pooch-

auspicious dates in this lifetime by getting married at The Mob Museum. Considered the city’s most arresting venue, brides and made men looking to have the unique wedding date of Nov. 12, 2013, can get married inside the courtroom – once site of some of America’s most notorious trials and hearings involving members of organized crime. For those who book this date, $1,112.13 will include a marriage, commitment or vow renewal ceremony inside the historic, restored Federal courtroom or on the Museum’s front steps with its monumental façade as a backdrop. A single layer cake and champagne will be included for up to 20 guests. And if this is not enough, couples will also have the option to buy out the entire Museum, allowing the wedding party and guests to enjoy full access to the exhibitions. The Museum offers all-inclusive packages with catering, photography, officiant, floral, décor, musicians, lighting, photo booth – anything and everything to make the event memorable. 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

es, and set aside a park for morning walks. Dogs up to 70lbs are welcome, or two dogs with a combined weight of 70lbs. There is an additional $50 per night fee per reservation along with $75 per stay non-refundable cleaning fee. Deluxe Vdog Suite reservations include: Dog Amenity Upon Arrival; In-Suite Dog Dining Menu Available for Additional Fees; Eco-Friendly Dog Bowls Available Upon Request; Crates Available Upon Request; 24-Hour Dog Park Access with Walking Path. LET’S “MAKE A MARRIAGE” THIS 11/12/13 AT THE MOB MUSEUM FOR $1,112.13 This November, capitalize on what will be the last of 92

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.

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.

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

storylines and stunning special effects. All-New Thrill Ride VooDoo Skyline coming to RIO

THE DALTON GANG ADVENTURE RIDE Enjoy a Las Vegas horseback riding tour surrounded by a gorgeous view of the mountains and blue sky, plus a western style BBQ lunch too. Highlights include: Complimentary transportation to and from Strip hotels; Get saddled up to the horse of your skill level; Receive

a short riding lesson; Take an unforgettable trail ride through the western desert, visiting the untouched wild country as you go; After approximately 2 hours on the trail, head back to the ranch; BBQ lunch - picnic-style at a nearby park.


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 ex-

citing time, or a relaxing time, or both — the Beau has it all. With a partnership with Vision Airlines, the resort has an exclusive package that includes a round trip non-stop jet flight, ground transfers, and two nights in a luxurious guestroom — starting at only $199 per person (double occupancy). The flight takes only an hour and fifteen minutes and leaves from the St. PetersburgClearwater Airport. Golfers will definitely want to experience Fallen Oak, Beau Rivage’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course, with it’s dramatic elevation changes and beautiful magnolia 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.


29. Drawings every Friday & Sunday, with Grand Prize drawing dates Sundays, Sept 1 & 29. Up to 900 Total Winners. Win a share of up to $3,500,000 in FREEPLAY. PRO BULL RIDERS ASSOCIATION BATTLE AT THE BEAU – Sept 20 & 21 The Beau Rivage and the Professional Bull Riders Association present The Battle at the Beau. Witness the best riders taking on the toughest bulls in PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series Sept 20 and 21 at the Coast Coliseum. MONDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AT COAST - Catch the big game Monday and Thursday nights at Coast complete with specials and giveaways. Grand prize drawing at the end of the game from Budweiser and Miller and dinner comp giveaways throughout the game courtesy of Beau Rivage. Win best seat in the house for the following Monday night’s game. Best seat in the house includes two premium seat recliners and Beau Rivage picks up dinner and drinks for two. Sponsored giveaways throughout the game. HEADLINERS COMING UP: ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK - Fri, Sept 6 TERRY FATOR - Sat, Sept 14


ANTHONY COOLS - Fri, Sept 27 BEACH BOYS - Fri, Oct 11-12 MARTINA McBRIDE - Fri, Oct 25 Reservations for air-inclusive travel packages may be made by calling 877-462-2328.




The New Tropicana South Beach Comes to Las Vegas

Story and Photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino and Al Martino


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The Tropicana’s new slogan is “Prepared to be Surprised” — and so you will be when you step in to the new Tropicana. Completely remodeled from head to toe (to the tune of $200 M), the Trop is now a sunny oasis on the strip. When it first opened back in 1957, the Trop was dubbed “The Tiffany of the Strip”. The Las Vegas strip has gone through many changes and added mega-hotel/casinos since then, but the Trop remains a jewel. A throwback to the resort’s beginnings is the classic ‘57 red Chevy parked outside the front door. Conveniently located on the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard (“The Strip”), it is on the most popular four-corner spot in Las Vegas. The four-star rated Trop’s new look is reminiscent of South Beach, so no matter what time of year you step through its doors, it’s always sunny summer with the warm and friendly colors of orange and white. Since orange is the “new black” this season,


the Trop is fashionably on top of its game. Did I detect a tropical vanilla/coconut scent wafting through the halls, or was it just my heightened imagination?


We’ve stayed at the Tropicana off and on since the 80s, and have always enjoyed our stay, but our most recent visit since the new look has us loving the changes. The guest rooms are all themed with the crisp orange and white appointments and warm blonde woods. Walls have a warm peach tone, and the carpeting is soft with a tan woven reed look, and the plantation shutters on the windows complete the tropical feeling. Rooms are also equipped with a 42” plasma flat-panel TV, along with wireless Internet and ipod docks in every room. Guest rooms range in size from a Deluxe Club room (375 sq ft), all the way up to a Penthouse Loft (1,738 sq ft). We stayed in the spacious Club Suite (823 sq ft), which has two TVs, a living room with a dry bar and refrigerator, and a

separate bedroom with a king-size bed—which is truly plush with a Euro Top Serta mattress. The Trop rooms have an ambiance that is unpretentious, warm, and comfortable.


The Trop property houses four restaurants — Bacio (named Best Italian Restaurant in LV), Biscayne Steak, Sea & Wine (also one of the top rated steakhouses on the strip), Beach Café (the number one café on the strip – which also has a lovely view of the pool area), and the South Beach Food Court (with the Naked Spoon and the everpopular Starbucks.) The Trop’s pool and lushly landscaped pathways really transport you to the tropics. When laying out by the sun dappled pool, amidst the palm trees, waterfalls and luxe cabanas, it’s hard to believe that only steps away is the hustle bustle of the strip. Along with a great pool area, a resort must have a great spa, and the Trop delivers with the 10,000 sq ft Glow, A Mandara Spa. It has over 50 treat



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ments for men and women, a salon, and state-ofthe-art fitness center overlooking the pool and gardens.


For entertainment, you never actually have to leave the Trop at all. It has laughs at the Laugh Factory Comedy Club, intrigue at the Mob Museum, and top headliners in the Tropicana Theater. If you haven’t ever visited the Mob Museum, it’s pretty cool. The history of the key mob figures that populated Las Vegas during it’s unsavory past are displayed with actual artifacts owned by the crime lords (a lot contributed by mob family members), and guests will experience interaction with re-enactors and holograms of James Caan and Tony Sirico portraying mobsters.


The Trop has upped the ante with gaming. Its 50,000 sq ft casino is comfortable and inviting with a brand new race and sports book area, full variety of table games, and—dare I say it?—pretty darn good slots. I always seem to win at the Trop. Make sure you join the Player’s Club when you go to the Trop, all kind of offers and discounts come your way when you do. Guestroom prices fluctuate with dates (as do all hotels) but we have found the Tropicana to be very fair and a good bargain for what you get. Also, when you stay at the new Tropicana, your spirits will be lifted and you may not be able to control yourself doing little salsa and meringue moves out the door! For more information and reservations on the new Tropicana, please visit


A D I R O L F A VIV S T N E V 00 E



rom 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. Viva Florida 500 is a yearlong commemoration of 500 years of Florida history and cultural heritage.

Viva Florida 500 events and activities: Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and the Founding of St. Augustine (St. Augustine) Sat, Sept 7 – Four hundred and forty-eight years ago, in September 1565, Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stepped ashore on Matanzas Bay and founded St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest, continuously occupied, European city, port, and parish in the continental United States. On Sept 7, the annual, historical reenactment of Menéndez’ landing and anniversary commemorations will be


held at Mission Nombre de Dios. The event will feature: The historical re-enactment of Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés’ landing in 1565 by Florida Living History, Inc. A Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine. Grand Procession following the Mass of Thanksgiving. Performance of a scene from Lope de Vega’s New World Discovered by Christopher Columbus, by Florida Living History, Inc.’s Theater with a Mission group, will follow the Mass and Procession. Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps (Tampa) Sept 21 - Feb 16, 2014 – Featuring the most comprehensive exhibition of Florida cartography ever presented, Charting the Land of Flowers traces six centuries of Florida history, bringing together 150 maps from museum and library collections around the world, many of which will be on view to the public for the first time. Marking the quincentenary of Ponce de León’s 1513 landing on Florida’s shores, the exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see the world as the early European explorers saw it, and to watch the peninsula that would become one of our county’s most populous and diverse states evolve. Much of the earliest European exploration of North America occurred not in New England, but in Florida. Tampa Bay History Center.

Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County (Lake Worth, Lantana, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach) Various Dates thru Dec – The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County, Florida program is a food eating, art and history experience offered by the non-profit Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH). It’s a fourhour food-centric narrated bus and walking excursion through historic districts for alternate visits to eateries, markets, and an urban farm

for food history, food culture facts, foodways information and food tastings. At least three to four eateries are visited per Taste History tour along with trips to historic buildings, cultural centers and art galleries. The narration of the tour is by a live guide along with food tastings at eateries that reflects the cuisines of some of the pioneers.

Inaugural Thundering Drums Native Gathering (Hampton) Sept 27-29 – Experience the power of Thundering Drums at the inaugural United Urban Warrior Society’s Thundering Drums Native Gathering 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. Clash of Cultures with Don Juan Ponce de Leon by re-enactor Carlos M Bicho (Mt Dora) Oct 4 – The American public has many great voids in knowledge of the European mindset and culture of the time and, when combined with the stereotypic thoughts on the native peoples, it makes for an eye-opening description of the issues that started then, but have lingered on into present day. The Clash of Cultures resulted from the strongest resistance to date by the natives of the Florida Peninsula in general, and the Calusa and Appalache in particular. While history has certainly viewed Spanish explorers with a gracious glamour and mystique, truth is completely indifferent of myths and legends and indicates that hunger, hardship and death were the only treasures found by most of them. Event at the W. T. Bland Public Library. www.

For God and Gold (Largo) thru Dec 29 – This exhibit at the Heritage Village in Largo highlights the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leon to the land he named Florida in 1513. “For God and Gold” 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.The exhibit was created by reenactor Lester Dailey.

Spanish Wine and Food Festival (St. Augustine) Oct 21-26 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. Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth Exhibition (Gainesville) thru Dec 15 – 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. www.JohnMoranPhoto. com For a complete listing of events and activities happening statewide, 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. 104

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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The Language Of Jewelry


Exhibit continues through Oct 8

Henry B. Plant Museum 401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, 33606 (813) 254-1891.

Men and women have adorned their bodies for millennia with precious metals and stones. For guests and employees at the Tampa Bay Hotel, the story of their jewelry was one of adornment and an expression of sentiment and station. Rich symbolism was written in the motifs and materials that created their jewelry. This exhibit explores the messages imbedded in these tokens of love and loss, function and fashion. Necklaces, rings, watches, brooches, bracelets and more narrate the cultural and economic context in which jewelry was designed and displayed during the mid-19th through early-20th centuries. Discover the difference between gems and gemstones, the romantic meaning of serpents and other elements from nature, the intimate art of writing romantic messages with stones, the rise of the diamond as the most valuable gem and the myriad symbolic nuances crafted into each object. Rarely displayed pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection, including Plant Family jewelry, will be complemented by selections from private collections.

CUT, FOLD, SHRED Sept 6 – Oct 19


lorida Craftsmen presents a showcase of paper art from beautiful carved, folded, cut out paper objects and realistic 3D paper sculptures to altered books. Roam through “Falling Leaves”, an installation created by members of the community using decorative papers created by Jackie Peters Cully. Participating artsts: Rachel Ashe, Marsha Bard, Lecrezia Bieler, Sarah Btuz, Jeff Henriquez, Cindy Mason, Dennis Meloy, Mark Noll, Aida Sheets, Michael Velliquette, Elisa Wehle. Florida Craftsmen Inc, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701; 727 821-7391. “Girl Looking Back” by Elise Wehle




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.

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 twentyvolume 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;


Great Stories from America’s Appraiser

Dr. Lori presenting an appraisal event in St. Louis, MO


have been serving as America’s Appraiser for many years now. Many people attend my appraisal events with family heirlooms or flea market finds. My appraisal style is unlike anything you’ve seen in the antiques world or on TV. My audiences partake in my rapid fire, funny, educational, and totally unscripted events. Here are some of the stories that I recall from my latest round of presenting Dr. Lori’s Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show Tour. Some objects are worth big bucks and other objects have big stories to tell. I present about 150 events every year and I am in my 15th year of touring. Yes, I have loads of frequent flyer miles and friends. These are America’s stories about their old stuff. Seattle, WA: Kelly worked as a waiter. On night, he served a big table of diners and did not receive a tip. Instead, the diners left a small bag on the table with a Native American turquoise and silver squash blossom necklace in it. After a month of waiting for the owners to return to the restaurant to pick up the necklace, the owner told Kelly that the necklace was his tip. It was 110

worth $5,000. State College, PA: A gentleman in his 90s whose family had links to the Plymoth MA colony brought a teapot that came over on the Mayflower. With significant information and the documentation to prove it, the silver teapot was worth $150,000. Portland, OR: While cleaning out her aunt’s house, Cathy discovered a Walt Disney animation cel from Dumbo, dating to the 1940s. I told her to be sure to keep it somewhere out of direct sunlight as these early animation cels can fade. Appraised value: $9,000. Mt. Carmel, PA: A woman showed me a 1920s platinum, diamond, and sapphire ring that was an anniversary gift from her husband. Her Art Deco ring was worth $25,000. She said that her husband got it from “A guy at the pool hall.” I did not ask any more questions! Would you? Akron, OH: A woman named Ginger purchased a very old sock monkey at an estate sale. She wasn’t happy with my evaluation. I told her, “If you can smell it, you can’t sell it.” Value: Smelly! Bloomsburg, PA: I will never forget the man who

yelled at me when I told him that his glass Ball jar was not rare. It was marked 1858 on the side (they all are!). The owner believed it was the first one ever made—it wasn’t! Value: $8. Lynchburg, VA: At a corporate appraisal dinner event, a man brought me one of the oldest objects that I have appraised. It wasn’t the oldest, but it was old— really old. The object was a portrait bust from ancient Rome. It was purchased by the man’s mother in the 1950s. Today’s value: $25,000. Note: The oldest object that I appraised at an event was a mascara jar from ancient Egypt that dated back to the time of Cleopatra, circa 50-30 BC. Hazelton, PA: A couple in their 80s brought an American Impressionist landscape painting to my event. While waiting for the event to begin holding their painting, they were approached by two young men who offered to buy the painting on the spot. They offered the couple $8,000 for the painting and urged them not to have me appraise it. The elderly couple rejected the offer stating that the painting had been in the wife’s family for decades and they wanted me to appraise it. I told them it was worth $100,000. Lewes, DE: A former NASA engineer brought the boot mold that was used to make Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise’s moon boot to my appraisal event. Now that’s what I call a rare object. Unfortunately, he only

had the left boot mold. The right one had already sold online. Left moon boot value $10,000. Kansas City, MO: A woman named Joan purchased an ugly drawing of an eagle with a Picasso signature on it that she and the estate sale organizer thought was a print. Joan bought the print at the estate sale for $2.50. It wasn’t a print but actually an original, signed Picasso drawing worth $50,000. Virginia Beach, VA: A few strong members of a military family struggled to bring their object to my appraisal event. It took three big guys to lift it. Why? Because the object they asked me to appraise was a giant piece of reinforced concrete covered in graffiti. It was a piece of the Berlin Wall… Priceless! I have been appraising people’s stuff at a rate of approximately 20,000 objects a year for years. And, once a guy from Wisconsin recognized me for TV and came running towards me in the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia holding up his cell phone with a photo of a vase on it for me to appraise. Everybody’s got something. Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori presents appraisal events worldwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Auction Kings on Discovery. Check out Dr. Lori’s event schedule at @DrLoriV on Twitter, or call (888) 431-1010.


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 - 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.

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

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Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival - thru 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, i n c l u d i n g Chorus, Band, C u l i n a r y 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.

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 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

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to hold seminars for their products. For further information, please contact Terri Jarlinski, (727) 543-3041 or terri@ (con’t)



TARPON SPRINGS Con’t Lunch & Learn with Mitch Kolbe: What is Plein Air Painting? - Wed, Sept 12 Learn the about history and technique of painting outdoors or “In Plein Air.” From its roots in France and England in the mid-19th century up to the present. Mitch Kolbe is

Reserved seating at tables around a hardwood dance floor or walk-in tickets (no table seat guarantee) are available. Vintage dress encouraged. Best Dressed Award for the most Shimmer, Sparkle or Shine. 7 to 10 pm. Free dance lesson 6pm. Heritage Museum. Latin American Folk Culture in Florida - Sept 20 - Nov 27 Latin American Folklife in Florida spotlights traditional culture among Florida Latinos, who currently constitute about a quarter of our population. The opening reception on Friday, September 20 from 6:30 to 8pm, includes a performance of music from Mexico’s Huasteco region by Trio Amistad Huasteca.

Free Admission. Center for Gulf Coast Folklife Gallery, Tarpon Springs Cultural Center.

For more information on Tarpon events,

a highly regarded landscape and portrait painter. His artwork hangs at the Kennedy Space Center, Disney World, the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee, and in galleries and private collections around the world. Puttin’ on the Ritz: Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine Dance Thurs, Sept 19 Dance the night away every Third Thursday of the month with the fabulous 14-piece Rhythm Kings. Enjoy authentic big band music from the 1920s and 30s. Fox Trot, Waltz, Charleston, Lindy, Tango or sit back and listen.


Clearwater’s Besa Grill Launches “Pup Menu” Bowser Beer and Chicken Mutt-loaf…for your dog, this is a dinner fit for a King. Now, pet owners who treat their pups like royalty will be glad to know that when dining at Besa Grill, dogs aren’t only welcome, they are celebrated with their own special menu, sure to please the palate of any picky pup. While you enjoy the restaurant’s Latin-fusion cuisine, your beloved dog can lap up a beverage of his own, or gnaw on a Bully Stick (a 6-inch, all-natural, odor-free snack) ordered off the Pup Menu. A list of doggie entrees includes dishes made with chicken, vegetables and even filet mignon. For those with sweet-tooth pets, not to worry, there is Doggie Dessert -- a cupcake made by nearby pup bakery, Woofgang Bakery. “As a pet owner myself, I understand that when people go out to lunch or dinner, they often want to take their dogs along; they are considered members of the family,” says Besa Grill owner Adriana Pappas. “With the pup menu, our goal is to make our patio

not simply pet-friendly, but a place where people can enjoy dining al fresco while giving a really special treat to their pets.” A “Yappy Hour,” between 3 and 6 p.m. allows owners to get $1 off all doggie entrees. Besa Grill’s pup menu includes items such as: Backyard Hash: fresh diced vegetables, topped with sweet potatoes and a ivory sauce; Fido’s Finest: diced filet mignon tips, chopped carrots, natural gravy; K-9 Meatballs: ground beef, carrot and rice meatballs, with natural pan gravy; Chicken Mutt-loaf: Meatloaf for dogs, made with fresh chicken, carrots, peas, brown rice and eggs. Besa Grill, 2542 N. McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33761. 727-400-6900. Wood Gang Bakery -

The Humane Society of Pinellas EVENTS 2014 Celebration of Companionship Calendar Contest - thru September 22 The Humane Society of Pinellas still wants contestants for their 2014 Celebration of Companionship Calendar Contest. Enter the contest for just $10 at 118 or by texting your pet’s photo to Every photo entered is guaranteed to appear somewhere in the calendar. Then vote for your favorites for just $1 per vote. The top 13 vote-getters by September 22nd at 6 pm will receive a professional photo session by Rebecca Brittain and be featured for a whole month or on the cover. This year, the winners will be the pets with the most votes, regardless of species. For more information contact Twila Cole at (727) 797-7722 x222 or email Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraising Night - Wed, Sept 11 From 5pm – 9pm, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 15% of all pre-taxed food and alcohol sales from 5-9pm! Print the ticket on the event page on the HSOP calendar and bring it with you. Buffalo Wild Wings 4058 Tampa Rd. Ste. #1 Oldsmar, FL 34677 Paws on the Patio – 3rd Tuesday, Monthly From 6pm – 8pm, bring your pooch to Crabby’s Beachwalk Bar and Grill. Clearwater Beach, ocean breeze, breathtaking sunset and dinner with your dog by your side the 3rd Tuesday monthly. Crabby’s Beachwalk Bar and Grill; 333 S. Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, Florida 33767 For more information and HSOP events please visit


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 120


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.



Codename Wildcard: Book I of the Patriots for God and Country Series

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.

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


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

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

by Rod McCall and Price Hall

Shellie, the Magical Dog

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

by Linda Amiri and Michael Amiri

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

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

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



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