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Accent On Tampa Bay

Vol. 33, Issue 242 August / Sept, 2018 Publisher Albert F. Martino, Jr. Senior Editor Melissa Wolcott Martino Sales Barbara McGovern Graphic Designers Missy Lynn Contributors Bridget Burke Mary Lou Janson Vicki Kolb Michael Martino Barbara McGovern Marty Peters Deborah Quigley JoAnn Ryan Photographer Melissa Wolcott Martino Proofreader Beau deCatta Cover Photo courtesy of: Lady Antebellum Mgmt PUBLISHED ON LINE BY



St. Petersburg, FL (727) 577-5500





lic can enter the contest by signing up at https:// throughout the month of August with winners announced via email on Fri, Aug 31. 727.954.7805.

Sat, Aug 11 GECKO CRAWL.

The Morean Arts Center invites you to compete in a city-wide search for St. Petersburg’s BEST CUPCAKE. First and Second Place awards will be given in both Novice and Professional categories as well as the People’s Choice award. The Morean Arts Center will continue to accept entries for additional categories including Youth/Teen for those aspiring bakers ages 10-16 years old, and the Specialty category for those choosing to offer Gluten Free or Vegan recipes. Registration runs through August 20. Registration will be open to 100 contestants. An entry fee is required with Entry Form & Photo Liability Waiver. The winners will receive bragging rights around St. Petersburg and a newly designed trophy made by a professional clay artist from the Morean Center for Clay. Event Date: August 25.

Thru AUGUST 31

SEA DOG BREW PUB SUMMER SWEEPSTAKES. Sea Dog Brew Pub in Treasure Island is hosting a Summer Sweepstakes and five lucky winners will take home prizes. The sweepstakes includes five prize levels in partnership with the Sirata Beach Resort, Island Inn Resort, Blind Pass Boat and Jet Ski Rental, Reel Coquina Fishing, Alligator Attraction, and Hubbard’s Marina. The pub4

The eleventh annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at six locations, a poker run, and a festive afterparty in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the afterparty beginning at 9 p.m. Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a free beverage at participating bars and restaurants all located within easy walking distance along Beach and Shore Boulevards. Crawlers may start at any participating location and continue their Crawl in any order. A Poker Game of Five Card Stud will add to the evening’s festivities. A high-energy afterparty at Salty’s Gulfport will begin at 9 p.m., featuring live music by Big Brother Band. Tickets are available in advance at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd S. in Gulfport. Advanced purchase is encouraged, as this event does sell out. For more information, contact 1ST ANNUAL BOWIE GLAM GALA & DANCE PARTY. Celebrate the life, music, fashion and energy of the benevolent, shape-shifting alien, transported here to enlighten earthlings about their own humanity. DJ SUGAR BEAR & VJ Hural




Sat, Aug 12


Knight (Castle) will be honoring the many faces of Bowie. Playing his hits, album tracks, obscurities and more, and mixing in tracks from some of his musical influences and bands from the glam area and beyond. A facepainter will be on hand to apply some Bowie-style makeup. Dress up in outrageous costumes, makeup, hairstyles, platform shoes and glitter, or go in the Bowie look of your choice with free shots dished out to the best efforts. No cover. 21+. 9 PM - 3 AM. (727) 202-8931. The Bends, 919 1st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL

FT DE SOTO MOCK TRI TRAINING EVENT. Prepare for race day at this training event, without the pressure of a real race. The ultimate brick, with 2X through the swim, bike and run, shorter distances than an actual race, and no clock or timing chip. Bring a dish or snack to pass for brunch afterwards. 7:15 AM - 10 AM. (727) 582-1910. North Beach, Ft De Soto Park, St Petersburg, FL FISHKIDS 2018. Seawall fishing tournament, games, vendors, food, raffles, prizes, learning labs, seminars, cast netting, knot tying, demos. 9:30 am – 2 pm, Free, 220 Rex Pl, Madeira Beach. COMMUNITY SEAFOOD & BBQ FUNDRAISER. Taste the flavor. Hosted By: Faith Empowerment Worldwide Ministries. Proceeds from this event will be used fund the Soul Reach Inc. annual mission trip to Bain Town - Nassau, Bahamas. 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. $. Let’s Talk Studio - Parking Lot, 13797 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL. 6

LOCALSHOPS1’S 10TH ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH. Guests will be treated to delicious dining and will receive a keepsake commemorative Live Local! mason glass, plus a surprise gift from the local prize stash. $. 6 – 8 pm, Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde.

Mon, Aug 13





Go early and enjoy a gourmet burger and great entertainment throughout the evening. 6 pm Bingo games, fabulous prizes, 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds benefit the Oldsmar Cares. 727-400-6996 for reservations. Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille, 28910 U. S. Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33760.

Tues, Aug 14

WORDIER THAN THOU. Monthly Short Story and Prose Open Mic. This unique open mic series focuses on storytelling -- no poetry or music. So go share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area’s finest wordsmiths. A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Readers get 10 minutes -- enough time for a short story or an excerpt from a longer piece. 620 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, 727-8956620.

Fri, Aug 17

BEACH RACE #3. Races are entirely run on the beach, in the sand, for a fun chip-timed 5K run. Stay for an after race party for all participants in-

cluding a great free buffet from the Hurricane Restaurant, adult beverages (with proper I.D.), soda, water, live DJ. 7 pm, $. 9th Avenue and Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach LITTLE BLACK DRESS NIGHT. 8:00PM till 11:00PM. Complimentary wine for ladies in Little Black Dresses until 10 pm. $5 wine, martinis and appetizers after 10 pm. 717 South. 717 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. events/576539926080815/ 2ND ANNUAL BOLTS BREW FEST AT AMALIE ARENA. The three-hour event will include craft beers from many different local craft breweries, oversized games, Lightning personalities and more. Startng at 7pm. 800-745-3000. AN EVENING OF ART AND JAZZ. Enjoy an up close and personal concert with international jazz musicians Will Thomas and LaRue Nickelson. Bring an appetizer to share. Cash bar. 6 – 9 pm, $.

The Art Lofts, 10 5th St. N, 2nd Floor, St. Petersburg. 727.504.8788. THE HISTORY OF THE CUBAN SANDWICH. Learn the fascinating history of the Cuban sandwich, a sandwich which two great Florida cities claim to be the originator. Get the authentic recipe and sample one. 11 am – noon, Free, St. Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach. 727.363.9238

Aug 17-19

SARASOTA GEM, JEWELRY & BEAD SHOW. Show & Sale of Gems, Jewelry, Beads, Crystals, Minerals, Fossils and Giant Shark’s Teeth. 10am5pm daily. $. Under 16 free. Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail (Hwy. 41), Sarasota, Florida 34236. 941/954-0202. www.frankcoxproductions. com/schedule/index.html#Aug18 ...

Sat, Aug 18





TERSBURG MAIN LIBRARY. The Wyrdwood Vikings, a volunteer historical reenactment group, will present a living history program featuring Viking clothing, armor, weapons and culture at the St. Petersburg Main Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 727-893-7724. 3745 Ninth Avenue North. THE INCREDIBLE DUCK RACE. The Kiwanis Club of Tampa will race 10,000+ Rubber Ducks down the Hillsborough River. The first three ducks to cross the finish line will win amazing cash prizes. The Incredible Duck Race will be held in Curtis Hixon Park with family friendly music, food, and activities all leading up to the big race. Ducks can be adopted at for $5 per duck. All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Tampa charitable foundation. You don’t need to be present to win - so take a chance and adopt a duck. The ducks will be contained in a lane and funneled to the finish line. There will be several boats and volunteers on hand to help make sure all of the ducks are collected and accounted for. 10 AM - 1

PM. 813-504-9133. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 North Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL. 53RD ANNUAL ST. PETE OPEN SPEARFISHING TOURNAMENT. Shooting starts at 12:00 A.M. and ends at 7:30 P.M. on Saturday Aug 18. Weigh in Line Opens at 6:00 P.M. Line Cutoff is 7:30 P.M. Weigh in runs till 10:00 P.M. Spectators welcomed free. Awards Ceremony - Sunday Aug. 19, at 10:00 A.M. Magnuson Hotel. 727-867-1151. Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Ln. S., St Petersburg, FL. 97X CRAFT BEER EXPERIENCE. 175+ Craft Beers to Sample. 4:00PM - 8:00PM. The seventh annual Craft Beer Experience features more than 175 types of craft beer, cider, mead, and wine provided by dozens of custom breweries from around the nation. This year will be bigger than ever, as the event is expanded out on to the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Colonnade, hosting over 50 different breweries. Mahaffey Theater.



SAT, AUGUST 25 Amalie Arena


onster Jam Triple Threat Series will be back again this year and feature the eight most intense athletes. Tampa fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks closer to the action than ever before. The point leader will receive an automatic bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals to compete for the title of World Champion. This upcoming tour will feature eight of the most talented athletes all competing in individual racing & skill competitions and overall event championship: Grave Digger – Tyler Menninga; Max D – Colton Eichelberger; El Toro Loco – Kayla Blood; Scooby Doo – Myranda Cozad; Zombie – Bari Musawwir; Soldier Fortune Black Ops – Tony Ochs; Megalodon – TBA; Monster Mutt Rottweiler – TBA. Trucks and drivers are subject to change. 1:00 PM show (Pit Party from 10:30 AM – Noon); 7:00 PM show.





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Sat, Aug 18

ST. PETES ART OF BODY EXPERIENCE/ LUMIERE: ESCAPE FROM DARKNESS. A fine art bodypainting coffee table book that combines the photography work of Michael Sheehan with the art bodypainting work of Nicole Hays. Models are painted into diverse settings throughout the city of St. Petersburg, Florida. Meet the models, check out the new book, and stay for an original circus production, “Lumiere: Escape from Darkness”. This one hour, high-energy show features aerial arts, partner acrobatics, juggling, original music, and more. 7:30-10pm. (727) 537-9286. Kozuba & Sons Distillery, 1960 5th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL. ROUGH RIDERS IN PARADISE PARTY. 6 PM - 11 pm. 1st US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment - Rough Riders, Inc, There will be music, cash bar and food available. $. 813-248-1898. 601 N 19th St, Tampa, FL.


TICA ALLBREED CAT SHOW. Cats will compete in 12 different rings, both days. Judges from around the world and USA both days. Feline Education and Welfare, learn about different breeds of cats and how to care for them. All Breeds of cats, short hair, long hair, short legs, hairless, curly hair and straight hair, leopard look alikes, tiger look alikes, werewolf cats and new breeds may be attending the show as well as a Household Pet Category. Bring the family, fun for all ages. Meet 25+ all breeds of cats. Vendors will have cat related items for sale. Cats and kittens available for adoption. Raffle table. Food available at hall. Bring can or dry cat food to receive a $1 off discount on donation admission. Free Parking. 727 289-1989. Minnreg Hall - 6340 126th Ave North, Largo, FL 33773.

Sun, Aug 19

TAMPA BAY PHILLY PHOOD PHEST. Some of the Best Gourmet Food Truck, Trailers and Tents,

serve up their take on food from the Philadelphia area. Gourmet Food Truck List (still populating): Riddle on The Griddle, Pineapple Shack, Coldstone Creamery, Bay Street Burgers, Vamos, Sexton’s Pizza, Route 66 Food Trolley, Revolution Ice Cream, FrappeXscape, Philly Phlava, JB’s Sweet Addiction, Rolling With My Hoagies, The Inside Scoop, La Fiamma Pizza, Wicked Chicken’s Deviled Eggs, and more. The event is free, parking is free. 1 PM - 5 PM. (813) 5629599. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd, Tampa.

Haslam’s Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727.822.8616. www.haslams. com

Tues, Aug 21

DRAG QUEEN BINGO FOR FRIENDS OF STRAYS. Ten rounds of hilariousness, great food and beverages, a 50/50 raffle and all to help homeless cats and dogs. Reservations required. 7 pm, $10 Donation, 2901 Tyrone Blvd N, St. Petersburg. 727.522.6566. www.ham-

Wed, Aug 22

POETRY OPEN MIC AT STUDIO@620. Monthly Poetry Open Mic event, hosted by Keep St. Pete Lit. Area writers have a recurring opportunity to share their work. Each event will include a featured poet. Interested readers may sign up upon arrival. 620 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, 727895-6620. Continued

SEA DOG RACE CLASSIC. 10K and 5K Race Start time: 7 am. 1 mile dog walk start time: 7:05 am. Strollers are permitted in the 10K and 5K and the 1 mile walk. Parking is available at race site as well as parking lots off site which will be notified by green Parking signs. POST RACE PARTY at the finish line. 26024 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33761. madai. BOOK SIGNING AND PRESENTATION BY DENNIS MERRITT JONES. Join award-winning St. Petersburg author and columnist, Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones, as he celebrates the release of his sixth book, The Art of Abundance – Ten Rules for a Prosperous Life. 2 pm, Free,




Thurs, Aug 23

THE 27th ANNUAL GOURMET FEASTIVAL. This food fest draws more than 1,000 hungry people each year who enjoy signature dishes from Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors. It’s a foodie heaven, with entertainment and a silent auction filled with unique items. Allison Kropff from Channel 10 will emcee the event. Entertainment will be provided by the Chello Holladay Band. A special VIP room includes early admission at 5 pm, samples and treats from Executive Chef Alphonso Poole of the Yacht Starship, and VIP bags. Funds raised support The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women, a nonprofit that helps women and girls to achieve their potential. Contributions stay right here in our community and ensures help is available for those who need it most. The event will be at the new Armature Works, 1910 Ola Ave., Tampa.

A CONVERSATION ON ARTS & ARCHITECTURE. Bob Devin Jones will moderate a panel discussion concerning how the built environment informs the way we live in the past, present and future. Participants will include former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker and historian Ray Arsanualt along with professional representatives from the artistic and architectural communities. This event is the official launch of The Studio’s thirteen month charette focusing on art and architecture which will encompass a variety of events and coincides with the juried Art of Architecture group exhibition. 620 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, 727-895-6620.

Sat, Aug 25

GREAT BAY SCALLOP SEARCH. Get out your snorkel and sign up quickly. 200 volunteers are needed to search for scallops in select areas within Tampa Bay. 9 am – 1 pm, Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. 727.867.8166 ext 233 WEARABLE ART FOURTEEN. A creative arts show where artists can push the boundaries of wearable art design. Live music, dancing and frivolity follow at the After-Glow. 7 pm Pre-Glow/8 pm Runway Show, $, Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. 727.298.3322. TAMPA BAY SCREAMS. Author Mark Muncy and illustrator Kari Schultz of “Eerie Florida” and “Freaky Florida” will be available for signings of their books at the Tampa Bay Screams convention. Visit this event celebrating all things Grindhouse, Exploitation, Horror, and Cult. The convention for the hardcore fan. Clarion Inn and Conference Center Tampa-Brandon, 9331 E Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL. 12 PM - 11 PM. 727-858-0303.

Mon, Aug 27


Con celebrates the characters and stories of comic books, movies, and television. Guests are highly encouraged to dress in theme appropriate costumes and be creative. There will be a costume contest. Judges will evaluate costumes throughout the night, and the final winners in each category will be chosen based on applause from the audience. The Gecko Ball also features live music with a full dance floor all night, food, cash bar, and live and silent auctions. The live auction showcases several one-of-a-kind gecko art creations made by local artists. Gulfport celebrates the Gecko each year with a series of whimsical events at the end of summer including the 18th Annual GeckoFest street festival, 11th Annual Gecko Crawl, and the Third Annual “Art Gecko Show”. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Chamber and a portion of proceeds is donated to local charities each year.


ER SERIES. “She’s the Change: Exceptional Women, Exceptional Legacy.” Featuring women leaders and the lessons they have learned along the way, these short, fast paced presentations will inspire and motivate the audience to be part of the change in both their professional/personal lives, and in their community. An impressive and diverse speaker lineup includes Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel, Arc Tampa Bay Foundation President Polly Standard and many other accomplished women, the night proves to be insightful and empowering. $. 6:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL. https://bit/ ly/2Kgn614

Tues, Aug 28


André Rieu the world’s leading pop classical artist, consistently appearing on the international list of highest-grossing live performers ahead of major

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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 on-street 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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Offshore Racing: Miss Geico Takes The Checkered Flag... Again Story and photos by Melissa W. Martino


hat’s it like to skim the water in a powerboat at 180 mph? We mere mortals may never know, but the Miss Gieco team does. I had the pleasure of watching the recent 2018 Sarasota Superboat Grand Prix from the security of the Miss Geico team’s support boat. The water was choppy that day, so Ms. G topped out at around 140 mph - still pretty darned fast. At 50-feet long and with 3,300 horsepower driving her, it’s no wonder she takes the checkered flag so often, including ten world championships since 2004. A boat can be amazing, but it’s the expertise of the driver and throttleman that win a race. The driver keeps the boat on course while other boats (a different race going on at the same time) maneuver around him. The throttleman controls the boat’s speed and trim. Miss Geico is helmed by driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis, both seasoned winners. The Sarasota race had 3 super boats contending for the flag, which may not sound like a lot of boats, but when you consider there are only about 12 in this class in the country — and only about 24 in the world, it becomes even more impressive. Race lengths vary, but this race was 67 miles on a 4-turn oval for about 25 minutes, with giant buoys marking the turns. The powerboats have poor visibility as windows are small and narrow for safety reasons, so the support team is in constant contact with the racers to let him know what’s happening around them. Ms. G’s support team consists of Gary Stray, Crew Chief; Gary Goodell, Marketing; Scott Colton, Managing Member; and Scotty Begovich, Transportation. Did I mention it was HOT that day? It was 90° with a feels-like of 105°. James and Steve had to don their fire suits and climb into a small spaced enclosed cockpit with no A/C. I did not envy them at that moment, but the exhilaration of taking the checkered flag brought big smiles to their faces after the race was over.

There is another Offshore Racing event coming up in September in Clearwater — the 10th Annual Clearwater SBI championship, Sept 28-30. Let’s see if Miss Geico can continue her winning streak. For more information on the Clearwater race, please visit For more information on Miss Geico, please visit 14

James Sheppard accepts the checkered flag from the judge’s boat.

Miss Geico’s support boat.

The Miss Geico team.

Team photo supplied by Miss Geico pr

Driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis.




acts including Eric Clapton, Santana, and Taylor Swift. Dubbed “The King of the Waltz”, André is a rock star conductor with more than 40 million albums and DVDs sold worldwide and over 3 million fans on Facebook. His live concert films are extremely popular, featuring collaborations with famous guests like Jermaine Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, and David Hasselhoff. André’s popularity is rapidly growing here in the U.S. with his 2017 album Amore topping the classical music charts, a recent musical guest appearance on Dancing with the Stars, and his last U.S. tour selling out major venues across the country. Hollywood Stadium 20 Sarasota, FL. 1993 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236. (844) 462-7342. SUNSCREEN SHORTS@620. 4th Tuesday of the Month. Did you know that Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, George Lucas, Paul Thomas Anderson and Sofia Coppola all launched their careers by making a short film? Each month Studio@620 features a handful of short films, each chosen from the past years of the Sunscreen Film Festival. These top


notch films range in length from 90 seconds to 30 minutes. Each evening will offer a mix of genres: drama, comedy, sci-fi, thriller, documentary, foreign, animation, LGBTQ, and web-series. Never the same mix twice, each gathering will be full of surprises with occasional guest appearances from film makers and actors. 620 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, 727-895-6620.

Thurs Aug 30

GOOD ‘BURGER AWARDS. The Good ‘Burger Awards were established to honor Chamber members who contribute in a positive way to make our community special. 6 – 9 pm, $. State Theatre, 687 Central Avenue North, St. Petersburg. www.

Aug 31 - Sept 3

LABOR DAY HOME SHOW. Home Show LABOR DAY WEEKEND showcases 100,000 square feet of the latest home accessories, decorating ideas, furnishings, appliances, remodeling, landscaping, and much more. With over 900 exhibits, attendees Continued

TradeWinds Island Resorts Hosts “Away” Game Watching Parties on the Beach

radeWinds Island Resorts are inviting baseball fans to head out to St. Pete Beach for fun-filled, family-friendly game watching parties all season long. 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. 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. Guests can try the WipeOut Surf Simulator and are encouraged to stay after the game to enjoy live music, sunset drink specials and s’mores. Open to the public. Admission is complimentary. Sun, Aug 12: vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 1:07 p.m. Fri, Aug 17: vs. Red Sox - 7:10 p.m. Sat, Sept 22: vs. Blue Jays - 4:07 p.m.

Guy Harvey Outpost – A TradeWinds Beach Resort, 6000 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach or call (877) 444-7297 16





can gain knowledge and comparison shop for virtually all items relating to their home. Special family events are scheduled. Seminars, special features, guest appearances, and corporate sponsorships. Fun for the whole family. Exhibitors are displaying the newest and most innovative products on the market. From landscaping to pools, kitchens to bathrooms, painting, screen rooms, computer technology, appliances that cook with name it. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Hwy 301 N, Tampa, FL 33610, 813-6217821. HUMANE SOCIETY OF PINELLAS - KITTENS & CATS NEED YOUR HELP. Kitten season is still in full-swing and they are in need of some supplies for young kittens in foster homes. Needed: heating pads with no automatic shut off or microwaveable heating sources (e.g. Snuggle Safe), Royal Canin Babycat food, kitten toys, cat litter, reusable shopping bags, gallon Ziplock bags, KMR, and soft blankets. Products can be shipped or dropped off: Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 SR 590, Clearwater FL 33759. (727) 797-7722.

Sirata Beach Resort, located on St. Pete Beach, FL., has enlisted the design of locally renowned artist, Derek Donnelly to complete two vibrant and colorful wall murals on their newly created Sprouts Kid’s Splash Zone and along its outdoor event space. The resort will be one of the first in the area to feature the distinctive visual expression of mural art in St. Pete Beach. Home to more than thirty murals in a one block radius, the downtown St. Pete area has become nationally recognized as a central hub for unique designs and up and coming local artists. www.


18th ANNUAL GECKOFEST STREET FESTIVAL. 2018 Theme “Gecko Con’ - A celebration of superheroes, villains, cult characters, imaginary locations and more from comics, books, movies, tv shows, animé and other media in pop culture genres akin to the world of popular Comic Con conventions around the world. Gecko Festivities begin at 10am and continue to 10PM. Family Fun FREE Admission. Arts Craft Vendors & Food Vendors, Continued





Walking Parade, Costume Contest. Stage and Street Performers, Live Music, Street Dance....and more. TB FIT EXPO 2018. The Tampa Bay Strength and Fitness Expo is the bay area’s premier, multisport expo featuring Florida and the southeast region’s strongest and most fit athletes. This family friendly event features CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman, Powerlifting, Highland Games, and more. Come to downtown Tampa on Labor Day weekend to enjoy the festivities and observe the art of Fitness at it’s best. There will be plenty of vendors, music, food, adult beverages, and an all around great time. This is a family friendly event.

8 AM - 6 PM. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL. (727) 710-0692. HARRY POTTER TRIVIA NIGHT FUNDRAISER. Games! Coloring! Fun! Presentations, Analysis, Discussion! Compete for the House Cup! ALL levels of Harry Potter knowledge are welcome! Special prizes for coming in costume! Hosted by African People’s Solidarity Committee. All resources raised go to the travel fund for St Pete residents to attend the October congress in St. Louis, MO on African liberation, social justice and reparations. 5:30 pm. $5 donation. Community Cafe, 2444 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, FL. 727-6839949. RSVP/Register at Continued



elsey Craft, Miss International 2017, currently resides in sunny Southwest Florida where she is a practicing physician assistant. Since being crowned, Kelsey has traveled to twenty-one states and seven countries to spread her message of preventing chronic diseases and childhood obesity through healthy active living. To support her platform of “making the healthy choice the easy choice”, Kelsey is an ambassador for Blue Zones Project, a well-being initiative aimed at increasing the longevity of our citizens. The project is based on nine commonalities found amongst the world’s longest lived people. By implementing these principles in cities across America, Blue Zones Project has lead to a decrease in obesity and smoking rates, and millions of dollars of savings in healthcare costs. Kelsey also proudly represents International Pageants’ alliance with American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women by attending Heart Walks across the country, speaking at Go Red luncheons, and educating people of all ages about the important health numbers that impact an individual’s risk for heart disease and stroke. During her last few months as Miss International, Kelsey will continue speaking to various organizations about healthy behaviors while working towards her goal of being the first Miss International to travel to all 50 states during her reign. You can follow her journey on Instagram at @missinternational17 and @intlpageants.




gay clubs around the world. 9 PM - 3 AM. $. 18 and up welcome with proper ID. Honey Pot, 1507 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL. (813) 247-4663.


Sept 1-2

SUMMER OF RUM FESTIVAL. Celebrate Labor Day at the Rum Festival. Drink a variety of rum drinks from a variety of rum brands. Whether its a Frozen Daiquiri, Pina Colada, Rum Runner, Cuba Libre, Dark & Stormy, or a Rum-a-Rita; the Summer of Rum Festival will have all your favorite summer time drinks. A VIP Rum Experience gives you access to the VIP Tent. Enjoy unlimited rum drinks in the VIP Tent from your own VIP bar. VIP Tent will feature prime views to main stage, decorated tent/shade area, bars to serve VIP ticket holders only, some seating area, and a cooled air-mist system (NOT air conditioning). Sugar Ray - Sat. Sun TBA. Sept. 1st & 2nd - 12pm to 11pm. Curtis Hixon Park - Downtown Tampa.

Sept 1-3

SPONGE DOCKS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL. An Art and Craft Show hosted on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks with over 90 vendors featuring fine art, fine crafts, crafts exhibitors, food, music, and more. Free. Sat & Sun: 10:00am 6:00pm, Mon: 10:00am - 5:00pm. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. 352-344-0657. www.spongedocks. net/sponge-docks-arts-and-crafts-festival

Fri, Sept 7

4th ANNUAL SANGRIA SHOWDOWN. Area restaurants will compete for the title of Best Sangria. Taste them all and vote for your favorite. Also enjoy delicious restaurant hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Sangria Categories: Red, White, Custom, and Peoples’ Choice. All proceeds benefit Parenting Matters and their mission to strengthen all families and prevent child abuse in at-risk families through Parenting Education and Support. Participating Restaurants: Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, El Sombraro, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Goodfella’s Cafe and Winery, Mattison’s, Pier 22, Restaurants Edelweiss, The Riverside Waterfront Deck. 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. $. Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL. 941-756-3007. DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF. If you’re looking to add more sparkling accessories to your vanity, look no further. Jewelry will be priced at a rate that you won’t want to pass up. NEW and HARDLY USED pieces and some donated jewelry from LOCAL artists. 100% of the proceeds made during Diamonds in the Ruff benefit Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Please consider donating your jewels & gems to help animals in your community. All kinds of jewelry is being accepted and no pieces will be denied. Free to attend. Please email if you’re interested. 6 PM - 9 PM. Kozuba & Sons Distillery, 1960 5th Ave. S., St Petersburg, FL. 727-914-8837.

Sun, Sept 2

SUPERHEROES AFTER DARK ANNUAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND GLOW PARTY. Get ready to fight evil forces alongside your superhero friends - along with 1000s of L.E.D. and glow giveaways, interactive characters, as well as blacklight dancers. Guest DJ for this event will be DJ BARRY HARRIS. His mixes dominate the dance floors of 22



12th Annual Point of Light Luncheon - September 7


ow in its 12th year, Point of Light support and advancement of Lighthouse features inspirational stories of of Pinellas. personal strength, courage and triumph. The Point of Light Luncheon is Wanda Austin, a Licensed Mental Health an especially important event for the Counselor and a Nationally Certified Lighthouse as it brings awareness to Counselor will be the keynote speaker. the vital programs and services they Ms. Austin lost all sight in her 30s due offer to people of all ages – infants to to Retinitis Pigmentosa. Undeterred seniors – in Pinellas County, who are by her blindness, she went on to visually impaired or blind. According to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Human the National Eye Institute, one in three AARON FODIMAN Development, and a Master’s Degree Americans over age 65 will be faced in Mental Health Counseling. After 25 years of with a vision-impairing eye disease. Your support providing vital counseling to individuals who are has the power to impact the lives of many people blind or visually impaired at Lighthouse of Pinellas, and ensure the programs continue providing Wanda recently embarked on a new chapter in her education, training and support to those living with life, opening a private practice in Clearwater. vision impairment in our community. Join in for an Tampa Bay Magazine publisher, Aaron Fodiman inspiring afternoon and to help give folks in our will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. In addition, community the chance for safe, independent and Frank Chivas, owner of Bay Star Restaurant meaningful lives – gifts beyond measure. Group, will be honored with the prestigious Beacon The event will take place from noon to 1:30 of Light Award. And board member Michael W. pm, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Porter, Esq. will be honored with the John Wilson Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33716. For Spot Light Volunteer Award for his dedication to the more information, please visit




Sept 8-9

18th ANNUAL I LIKE IT HOT! FESTIVAL. Hot & Fiery Sauces & Foods to Sample & Purchase! FREE Samples! Try it Before you Buy it! Pepper Plants! Spicy Hot Competitions all weekend! Hot Sauces, BBQ Sauces, Spice Rubs, Marinades, Pickled Products, Pepper Plants & Much More: Pepper Eating Contest, Extreme Lolly Lick-A-Thon, Amateur Hot Sauce Competition, Whip Cracking Demos & Lessons, Amateur Salsa Competition, Favorite Vendor Competition, Amateur BBQ Sauce Competition, Favorite Vendor Concoction. Sat: 10am-5pm Sun: 11am-4pm. $5.00 Admission / Kids 12 & under are FREE. Minnreg Hall - 6340 126th Ave. N., Largo, FL. 727-423-8433.

Thurs, Sept 13

29th ANNUAL TIGLFF LAUNCH PARTY. Kicking off the annual festival at The Vault, in downtown Tampa, with an evening of friends, cocktails, and more. Pick up your program and see trailers for this year’s film festival. So that you’re ready for opening night, you will be able to purchase or pick-up your previously purchased Crown Circle or Simply Fabulous Passes. Enjoy delicious bites by CW’s Gin Joint under direction of Chef Gui, (1) one complimentary drink with your ticket purchase, a cash bar where you can purchase a specialty drink made for the evening or other drinks that suit your fancy, film previews, spend time with friends, and more. 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. The Vault, 611 North Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602. event/2018-festival-launch-party/ Continued




Fri, Sept 14

CLIFF EBERHARDT W/LOUISE MOSRIE IN CONCERT. Cliff returns. A driving force of the Greenwich Village new folk movement of the late 80s & early 90s, and his music is as strong as ever. 6:30 pm, $, Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727.323.2787

Sat, Sept 15

1ST ANNUAL GOOD WITH ME DAY FESTIVAL. Hands-on experiential activities and healthconscious vendors are focused on showing attendees that healthy activities, food, drink, and self-nurturing can be more fun and more gratifying than putting their lives at risk to feel good. 10 am – 4 pm, Free, Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. TOP CHEFS. Highlighting some of St. Petersburg’s top restaurants, PARC’s Top Chefs offers

guests open bar drinks, entrée samplings and decadent desserts prepared by some of the best chefs in the Bay Area paired with students from PARC’s Culinary Program. 6 – 10 pm, $, Birchwood Grand Ballroom, 340 Beach Dr. N, St. Petersburg. www.

Thurs, Sept 20

NIGHT MARKET ST. PETE. Go out to the biggest night market in St. Pete. Over 50 local vendors, DJ, delicious food and tasty drinks. Kid and pet friendly. 6 – 10 pm, Free, St. Pete Side Lot, 2133 2nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Sept 21-23

TAMPA BAY BOAT SHOW. Chart your course to the Florida State Fairgrounds on September 21, 22, 23. Enjoy walking around millions of dollars of inventory on hand from Tampa Bay’s leading boat dealers. See and compare all available makes and Continued

Friday, Sept 28

The Humane Society of Pinellas’ Annual Golden Paw Gala

The Humane Society of Pinellas’ Annual Golden Paw Gala will be held on Friday, September 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Wyndham Grand Hotel Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a fun-filled evening featuring entertainment, awards, auctions and more while helping homeless pets in need. Sponsors and Furry 500 members will enjoy a pre-event VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $100 per person and include valet parking. The Wyndham Grand Hotel is located at 100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach




Sat, Sept 22


models in one location. Pontoons, Cruisers, Center Consoles, Inflatables, Jet Skis, SUP, exhibits and more. Plus Florida Fishing Seminars Series on Saturday and Sunday. Take part in a series of presentations by the area’s top fishing guides and local experts…great tips, secrets, and fun. Learn how to catch the big one. There is something for Boaters of all ages. Admission is free so bring the family and make a day of it. Fri & Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4808 US-301, Tampa FL 33610.

MASQUERADE BALL. Join the Florida Dream Center for an elegant evening to remember as we celebrate restoring hope and independence for those in our community impacted by hunger, homelessness, sex trafficking and addiction. Go ready to dance the night away with the Bayou Dance Club. Feast on delicious selections prepared by Chef Gary Morgan formerly of the worldfamous Tavern on the Green. Stroll through the silent auction featuring vacation getaways and other exciting prizes. $. 6-10 PM. Black Tie – Wear a mask or purchase one at the door. All proceeds benefit the Florida Dream Center. Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. RCS HELP AND HOPE GRAND GALA: A NIGHT OF INSPIRATION. RCS Pinellas returns to The Conmy Center in Dunedin for its 4th annual Help & Hope Grand Gala, “A Night of Inspiration”. The RCS Grand Gala is the organization’s signature black-tie event, raising vital funds to strengthen Pinellas County by serving those facing hunger,


homelessness, and domestic violence. The evening will include dinner by ClearSky Beachside Café, music by DJ Dani, live and silent auctions, open bar, games, raffles, and dancing. 6 p.m. The Conmy Center, 750 San Salvador Dr, Dunedin, Florida 34698. ESPN SportsCenter’s Jay Harris is the keynote speaker and professional basketball player, Rob Brandenberg is special guest. The Conmy Center in Dunedin.

Thurs, Sept 27

HEART AWARDS. The Housing & Education Alliance will pay tribute to both the unsung heroes and community champions of housing at this annual dinner. 7 pm, $, Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. 813.932.4663

2 – 11 pm, $, The DonCesar, 3400 Gulf Blvd.,St. Pete Beach.

Sept 28-30

CLEARWATER SUPER BOAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & FESTIVAL. Features high-speed boat races, parades, food vendors and live entertainment. Noon – 10 pm Fri/ 10 am – 10 pm Sat/Noon – 7 pm Sun, Various prices, Various locations on Clearwater Beach.

www.clearwatersuperboat. com

Sat, Sept 29

SABOR LATINO. An elegant evening of Live Latin music, delicious Latin food, and an open dance floor. Each ticket purchase benefits families still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. 8 pm – midnight, $, The Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Fri, Sept 28

ST. PETE GLITTER QUEENS’ 7TH ANNUAL ROYAL BALL. Dinner, dancing, a silent auction, entertainment, live music and a cash bar. Advanced ticket purchase required. All proceeds benefit Starting Right, Now. 7 – 11 pm, $, St Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg.

Sept 28-29

SONGWRITERS SERIES FESTIVAL. Music-lovers will experience an entertainmentpacked weekend featuring four concerts and nine talented national songwriters who are passionate about sharing their music and stories with their audience.


MARKETS & WALKS THURSDAY 1ST THURSDAY NIGHT ROCK THE PARK CONCERT - Rock the Park is held at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on the 1st Thursday of the month. A monthly music series showcasing musical talents of all genres. This FREE event is pet and family-friendly. Starts at 6:30pm.

1ST THURSDAY MONTHLY URBAN STREET FAIR. The Tampa Night Market will launch their first Urban Street Fair on the Esplanade at the Tampa City Center. The outdoor event will take place monthly on first Thursdays. Along with music and street performers, the event will bring in local artists, makers, crafters, and trendy fashion vendors. Entertainment and vendors will change monthly, making each event different. The Tampa Night Market is free and open to all ages. 201 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL. 3RD THURSDAY TAMPA FLICKS AND FOOD TRUCKS - The Gourmet Food Truck Fun is paired with Independent short Flicks and Live Music.This urban, hip event is located at Grand Central at Kennedy where the Pour House and City Dog Cantina provide Micro Brews and cocktails. 10-15 gourmet food trucks offer everything from Burgers to Vegetarian Bites. 6pm – 10 pm, Rain or Shine. The Grand Central at Kennedy. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602. www. 30

FRIDAY 1ST FRIDAY NIGHT ST. PETE. Monthly street party with music, food and beverages for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Christmas Toy Shop. 5:30 - 10 pm, Free, Central Ave., between 2nd & 3rd Streets, St. Petersburg. 1ST FRIDAYS ART IN THE HEIGHTS - First Friday Art in the Heights is at participating galleries, studios, and small businesses, from 7 to 10. Art After Hours features restaurants and bars in the area, from 9 to midnight. Several Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights neighborhood art galleries, studios and small businesses will be extending their hours so that you can see a slew of new art at different venues all in one outing.

1ST FRIDAY GULFPORT ART & GALLERY WALK. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. 6 - 10 pm, Free. Complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. 2ND FRIDAY DUNEDIN WINE AND ART WALK - Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, 34698. Celebrate the second Friday of the month as downtown Dunedin merchants offer specials and discounts; browse the art exhibits, sip wine at tastings, enjoy food samplings, live entertainment and a drawing. Wristbands to get special offers from merchants and be eligible for prize drawing.

5-9 p.m. Rain or shine. Download the map and list of participants to plan your art evening.

SATURDAY EVERY SATURDAY CITRUS PARK MALL INDOOR MARKET. 10am -4 pm. Sample the Best Rum Cakes in Tampa. Meet talented Artisans and Fine Handcrafters. Bring the kids - relax and join paint classes from 1- 4 pm. Market in The Park, Westfield Citrus Park Mall, 7814 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa FL 33625.

EVERY SATURDAY DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER FARMERS MARKET - Every Saturday yearround from 10am-2pm on Cleveland Street. Shop over 100+ vendors, fresh local produce, live music and more. Pet friendly. Free parking. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33755. www. 2ND SATURDAYS AT WILLIAMS PARK, ST PETE. Family friendly event that takes place each second saturday of the month. 2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK SPRING FOR THE ARTS. The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk. 40 artists’ studios and galleries open their doors from

3rd SATURDAY ART & GALLERY WALK. The streets are lined with artisans, entertainment and gourmet goodies. Shops, galleries and restaurants open late. 6-10 pm. Free. Rain or shine. Complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. 3RD SATURDAY ISLA DEL SOL MARKET The Isla del Sol 3rd Saturday Market is held around the boardwalk at Shoppers Village, Isla del Sol, between 10am and 2pm. The Market features a variety of local vendors and products, ranging from handcrafted items and baked goods to handmade giftware and organically-grown produce. There is plenty of free parking.

SUNDAY EVERY SUNDAY HYDE PARK FRESH MARKET. This market hosts 125+ vendors selling a mixture of fresh produce, eggs, plants, herbs, fresh baked goods,take home foods, hand crafts,and ready to eat lunch bites! 10am - 3pm year round. Hyde Park Village, 742 S. Village Circle, Tampa FL 33604. SEMINOLE HEIGHTS SUNDAY MORNING SUMMER MARKET - May through Sept, 2nd Sunday of the Month. 11 am to 3 pm. 4500 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Fl 33603. Supporting 30+ vendors offering a mixture of Fresh Produce, Plants, Herbs, Fresh Baked Goods, Take Home Foods, Hand Crafts and Ready to Eat Lunch Bites.



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immy Hula’s “Surf-Shack” themed restaurant is a fresh addition to Northeast St. Petersburg’s dining offerings. Casual and fun with a clear beach vibe, Hula’s has a tasty and interesting menu with clever titles. The cuisine is sort of Mexico meets Hawaii meets the Caribbean. Especially known for their famous fish tacos, they also serve up unique spins on other taco stylings, such as the “Wipeout” with marinated steak, shrimp, fries, jack cheese, avocado, salsa, and baja sauce, and “Johnny Utah” with smoked pork, mac n’ cheese, pickle, bacon, scallion and BBQ sauce. You can veg out with the “Tree Hugger” with black beans, zucchini, mushroom, onion, cotija, and crema. On our recent foray to Hula’s we ordered the Shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich served on a rustic roll, with crispy shrimp, banana pepper, lettuce tomato, and the ever-important “voodoo” sauce. We also sampled the Teriyaki Bowl, with jasmine rice, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, carrots, pineapple and Lava (not sure what the lava is, but the dish was delish.) Appetizers — or rather “Shackatizers” — include such items as Spinach Artichoke Empanadas, Tsunami Shrimp, and Gnarly Nachos. Of course, there are salads, burgers, sides, and a kid-friendly menu as well. Accompanying some great food and contributing to Hula’s vibe is live entertainment on certain nights. We enjoyed vocalist/guitarist Scott Fallon on our recent visit with his renditions of Jimmy Buffet mixed in with some old and new familiar tunes. Jimmy Hula’s is located at 8123 4th Street No, St. Petersburg, FL. For more information, please call 727-202-7383 or visit the website at:





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DON MCLEAN Botanical Gardens

otanical Gardens is McLean’s 19th studio album, and first in 8 years. Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with Don penning personal numbers looking back on life, as well as his observations on youth and love. The inspiration for the project started years ago when he would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. He would dream young dreams and find comfort and inspiration. The result is a raw, yet tight sound. In nearly 50 years, Don’s songs have become an iconic staple of American music. His biggest hit, “American Pie,” was recently recognized with high honors by BMI for achieving five (5) MillionAir certified airplay awards, along with “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” achieving three (3) Million-Air certified airplay awards.

PATRICE WILLIAMSON & JON WHEATLEY Comes Love: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass Patrice Williamson has always drawn favorable comparisons to legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. She has been honored with “Best of Boston” award, and a nominee for “Best Jazz Vocalist” by the Kahlua Boston Music Awards. Her colleagues say “Patrice is a hard-swinging interpreter and a refreshingly accomplished jazz vocal improviser.” Ran Blake sums it up: “It’s a breathtaking voice.” Here she and Jon Wheatley shine as they celebrate the collaboration between Fitzgerald and legendary guitarist Joe Pass.



malgamating 20th-century Brazilian sounds with Chicago jazz and funk, singer Alexandra Jackson proves to be a sensitive, soulful vocalist well up to the task. The album pays homage to samba while mixing jazz, blues, soul, and bossa nova. She is supported by some of the most significant musicians in the genre. The mammoth project — bringing Brazilian music to mainstream — resulted in 23 tracks with more than 35 contributing artists in featured roles, and 100 musicians and engineers overall. 34

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS 17th Avenue Revival


7th Avenue Revival brings Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys back to their gospel roots, but with an edge. The vision was with a different kind of gospel ­— one that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel. The result is somewhat retro, yet new and fresh at the same time. The album was recorded at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A. For several of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let the harmonies shine.

OWEN BRODER Heritage: the American Roots Project


n Heritage, Owen Broder combines several of modern jazz’s most acclaimed composers and arrangers with an outstanding ensemble of musicians to meld modern jazz with traditional forms like Appalachian folk, early blues, spirituals, and bluegrass. Broder’s project interprets these pieces through the voices of an eight-piece ensemble featuing Broder on woodwinds, and proves to be bold and inspirational. A standout track, “Goin’ Up Home,” builds in complexity, layering in jazz harmonies and infectious swing rhythms.



orth Caroina-based Sengalese kora master Diali Cissokho took his American bandmates to his hometown of M’bour to record this album. The band took their tracks back to North Carolina to weave in some gospel vocals and strings, resulting in a range from high-energy dance floor-friendly cuts to intimate and comtemplatice pieces. Diali’s storytelling and musical prowess give direction to Kaira Ba’s players carving new paths across the Atlantic. The album opens with cicadas in N.C., but by the end with “Night in M’bour” you are transported to Senegal.


actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s sure to bring down the house!

1010 N. W.c. Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-Star.


CHICAGO - Sept 18 - 23 Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Oct 16 - 21 Called “a gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and

HELLO, DOLLY! - Dec 4 - 9 Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. LES MISÉRABLES - Jan 15 - 20 Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.


Straz Center, 813-229-7827.

THEATER & MUSIC AL LANG STADIUM 230 1st Street South in downtown St. Petersburg. AMALIE ARENA 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813.301.6500. AUGUST 11 – J. Cole 18 – Journey & Def Leppard SEPTEMBER 7 – Paul Simon 14 – Scorpions 15 – 15th ANNIVERSARY FREESTYLE EXPLOSION CONCERT. The biggest names in freestyle music, including multi-platinum recording artist Taylor Dayne, Female Pop Sensation Expose, The King of Freestyle Stevie B., The Queen of Freestyle Lisa Lisa and Freestyle Legends TKA K7 16 – NICK CANNON PRESENTS: WILD ‘N OUT LIVE. The tour will feature stand up performances by fan favorite “Wild ‘N Out” cast members, live interaction with the audience as they participate in Wild ‘N Out’s most popular game segments with Nick and cast, and a live music performance from today’s most popular hip hop stars. 21 – GAME OF THRONES. The critically acclaimed Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will bring the world of Westeros to Tampa, giving fans the opportunity to watch in wonder as famed composer Ramin Djawadi leads an orchestra and choir performing music from all seven seasons of the iconic, Emmy® Award-winning HBO series.

AMERICAN STAGE 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg 727.823.7529. AUGUST 12 – House Teams Live! 19 – House Teams Live! 25 – The Delicious Beats OCTOBER 3 – NOV 4 – Between Riverside & Crazy ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 800.361.8388 AUGUST thru 26 – The Turn of the Screw tells the haunting story of a young governess caring for two children in Essex following the sudden death of their parents. After she witnesses one inexplicable supernatural event after another, the governess is forced to question if these events are paranormal or a symptom of her own imagination. CAPITOL THEATRE 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 727.791.7400. AUGUST 14 - The Alarm 17 - Chick Corea Solo Piano 18 - Todd Rundgren 2018 An Unpredictable Evening 19 - Classic Albums Live: The Beatles White Album 25 - The Fixx Beach Tour 30 – Boney James 31 – RuPaul’s KiKi & Shade SEPTEMBER 13 – CAL Led Zep – House of the Holy 14 – Pablo Cruise 21 – Here Come The Mummies 28 – Louie Anderson OCTOBER 6 – Gary Gulman: Must Be Nice! 7 – 4192-An Evening with Pete Rose 11 – Mary Chapin Carpenter 12 – CAL The Eagles Greatest Hits 19 – Clearwater Jazz After Party CARROLLWOOD CULTURAL CENTER 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. AUGUST

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17 - Sandy Nitch will perform at Jazz with Jim 24 - Nashville Storytellers with George Teren and Tony Haselden 25 - Carrollwood Jukebox Big Band SEPT 15 - COMEDIAN G. DAVID HOWARD

20-23 - Nunsense II - The Second Coming. OCT 6 - The Alter Eagles - a tribute band to the Eagles 19-28 Arsenic and Old Lace CARROLLWOOD PLAYERS THEATRE 4335 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 813.265.4000. AUGUST 17-25 - ‘NIGHT MOTHER. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this powerful work examines the relationship between a mother and daughter, culminating in a disturbing, yet unavoidable climax. SEPT 7 - 29 - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

105 Central Park Dr, Largo. 727.587.6793. AUGUST 11 – The Ultimate Tribute to U2 & INXS 18 – Orquesta Infinidad 23 – The Kentucky Headhunters 24 – A Tribute to the Doors 25 – The Ultimate Tribute to Boston SEPTEMBER 13 – Bye Bye Birdie. See a combined cast of local professional actors and performers with disabilities rock out in this loving send-up of teenagers in 1960’s small-town America. 22 – A Selena Tribute! 29 – Gypsy Star OCTOBER 5 – The Mersey Beatles 6 – Bones 11 – Stanley Jordan w/Raul Midon 12 – Collin Raye ECKERD COLLEGE 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg Miller Auditorium. 727.864.7600. The Met in HD Series. Live high-definition broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. EIGHT O’CLOCK THEATRE 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727.587.6793 FLORIDA ORCHESTRA 727.662.7286. See venues for dates – Mahaffey Theater, Ruth Eckerd Hall & David Straz Performing Arts Center

CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATRE 5501 27th Avenue South Gulfport, Florida 33707.


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TAYLOR SWIFT Camila Cabello Charli XCX with

Reputation Stadium Tour RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM


aylor Swift is a superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream. She has shown that she is perhaps the sharpest, savviest populist singer/songwriter of her generation. These skills were evident on her earliest hits, but her 2nd album, 2008’s Fearless, showcased a songwriter discovering who she was. Fearless was certified gold in its first week of release, and the record gained momentum throughout 2009, earning several platinum certifications as “Love Story,” “White Horse,” “You Belong with Me,” “Fifteen,” and “Fearless” all scaled the upper reaches of the country charts. Speak Now, delivered in 2010, consolidated her success and she moved into the stratosphere of superstardom. On Speak Now, Swift turned toward following a pop path on her fourth album, hiring such mainstream musicians as Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, and Britney Spears producer Max Martin. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” was the first single from Red, which shattered expectations by selling over a million copies in its first week. She supported Red with an international tour in 2013 and more hits came, including “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “22.” In 2014, 1989 was designed as her first “official” pop album. “Shake It Off” hit number one upon its August 2014 release. When 1989 appeared in October 2014, it shot to number one and became her third straight album to sell one million copies in its first week (a new record for any artist). Swift gathered many awards during the subsequent year, including Billboard’s Woman of the Year, the Award for Excellence at the American Music Awards, and a special 50th Anniversary Milestone Award from the CMAs. Her 1989 World Tour crossed Asia, North America, and Europe during the last half of 2015, and she won three Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremonies, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood.” Swift returned with her sixth album, Reputation, in November 2017.


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FOOTLIGHTS con’t FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. (941) 366-9000. Thru AUGUST 19 - THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. This hit show overflows with hits by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb, and many more. With a touch of 30s and 40s flair and bold arrangements, The Swingaroos lend a spirited voice to the mostcherished American songs and personalities of the past century.

AUGUST Thru 19 - OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY by Jerry Sterner. In this engaging yet humorous drama, fast-talking Wall Street shark Lawrence Garfinkle—also known as “Larry the Liquidator”—has his sights set on taking over the undervalued stock of New England Wire and Cable. 23 - SEPT 23 - GILBERT & SULLIVAN UNPLUGGED: Modern Twist, Major Hits. Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged has delighted audiences across the US with lovingly loopy renditions and joyfully irreverent excerpts from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. FRANCIS WILSON PLAYHOUSE 302 Seminole St., Clearwater, Florida 33755. 727446-1360. AUGUST 16 – SEPT 2 – Into the Woods SEPT 15 – Songs of Tin Pan Alley 42

OCT 4 – 14 – I Hate Hamlet 20 – Broadway Today! FREEFALL THEATRE COMPANY 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205 SEPT 22 - OCT 21 - FANTASTICKS. The Fantasticks has enchanted audiences for generations. When two fathers decide to drive their children together by pretending to be in a feud, they build a wall between their two homes. This ploy works like a charm, but happy endings are seldom ever-after. Matt’s longing for adventure and Luisa’s listless dreaming threaten to tear them asunder. With help from the enigmatic El Gallo, the lovers and their loving fathers may yet find a path to happily ever after.

24 – UNSEEN ST. PETE HCC YBOR CITY MAINSTAGE THEATRE YBOR CITY CAMPUS. (813) 253-7623. SEPT 14 - 15. AXIS Dance Company Radical Impact Tour. Bold offerings, extending a complexity that reflects lived experiences of a diverse group of artists. MAHAFFEY THEATER 400 1St St. S, Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, 727.892.5767. SEPTEMBER



Fri, Sept 28

LADY ANTEBELLUM & DARIUS RUCKER which special guest Russell Dickerson


even-time GRAMMY award-winning LADY ANTEBELLUM and three-time GRAMMY awardwinner DARIUS RUCKER are on the road together for their co-headlining SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR presented by Synchrony. The trio and Rucker share a long-time friendship and touring history, setting the tone for a fun-filled stint across the country and Canada, for which special guest RUSSELL DICKERSON has been invited to join. With dozens of No. one hits between them the tour offers a playlist-worthy night for fans which will also include spontaneous collaborations throughout the evening. Fans can purchase tickets now HERE. “For us as a band, being out on the road together is where it all comes to life,” said Charles Kelley. “Darius is one of our closest friends, and so we just feel really excited to get to share this tour and those memories on and off stage with him. There’s no doubt that it’s going to be a total blast and we’re thrilled to have Russell out with us too this summer - we’re already brainstorming ways to shake things up and make each night all about just being in the moment.” “Reuniting this summer and heading back out on the road with my friends Lady Antebellum feels like a home away from home,” said Rucker. “It’s going to be an incredible summer, and I can’t wait to see y’all out there!”

MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre • 4802 US Hwy 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610 •



15 – Dr. Jordan Peterson 28 – Troye Sivan: The Bloom Tour 30 – David Byrne’s American Utopia Tour. OCTOBER 7 – Danny Gokey 12 – Benise – Fuego! 28 - The Simon & Garfunkel Story MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATER Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N, Tampa 813.740.2446. venue/107257 AUGUST 10 - Imagine Dragons Evolve Tour 11 - Breaking Benjamin with Five Finer Death Punch 16 - Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd Dazed & Blazed Tour 17 - Evanescence with Lindsey Stirling Synthesis Tour 26 - Jeff Beck & Paul Rodgers Stars Align Tour with Ann Wilson of Heart 31 - CHARLIE PUTH with Hailee Steinfeld The Voicenotes Tour

SEPTEMBER 7 – G-Eazy 15 – Dierks Bentley 22 – Niall Horan 28 – Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker OCTOBER 12 – Kid Rock + Brantley Gilbert 44

ORPHEUM 1915 E. 7th Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500 www. AUG 14 - The Sword 30 - Strung Out SEPT 28 - FOZZY. The tour dates come on the heels of the release of the band’s 7th album, Judas, which Loudwire named as one of the top 25 albums of 2017, saying the band has continued “honing their craft and steadily improving. Judas is their most polished and fully realized album, and should be their most successful, as well.”

THE PALLADIUM 253 5Th Ave N, St. Petersburg. 727.822.3590. AUGUST 10 – Jamie Perlow 11 – Jazz Unveiling 12 – Rev. Billy C. Wirtz 16 – Cannonball and Nancy 17 – Damon Fowler Trio 24 – Girls Night Out Comedy 25 – Blues Hall of Fame’r: Latimore! SEPTEMBER 6 – O Som Do Jazz + Francois de Lima 7, 8 – Selwyn Birchwood Band 9 – American Made: Classic Rock and Roll 13 – “Operation: Military Matters” Concert 14 – La Lucha Album Release Concert 15 – Lauren Mitchell Band 21 – 23 – Webb’s City: The Musical, A Concert Version 27 – TFO: Beethovens’s Symphony No. 5


HIPPIEFEST 2018 Groovy Times at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Photos and coverage by Melissa W. Martino


and as a session artist before going solo. He and his band (Kenn Moutenot on drums, and Charlie Torres on bass) performed “Hang Carmine Appice on Sloopy”, “Free Ride”, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” and more. Kenn may well be the happiest drummer I have ever seen — barefoot, with a perrenial smile and lion’s mane flying. The friendly smile continues off stage as well. Vanilla Fudge closed the show with “People Get Ready”, and “You Keep Me Hanging On” to mention a few tunes. The band’s musicians are original with the exception of bassist Pete Bremy, who has been with them for 9 years. Mark Stein is on organ, Vince Martell on guitar, and Carmine Appice on drums. They have all performed with other stellar rock names as they take time off from the Fudge to explore other avenues from time to time. Carmine has performed with Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart (with whom he wrote “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks”). He is now going on tour performing with The Rascals. Hippiefest may have left the building for now, but the timeless music that we all love rocks on.

he “Magic Bus” stopped at Ruth Eckerd Hall recently filled with 60’s-70’s hit makers for Hippiefest 2018, presenting Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. The festival included a marketplace with live local music, food, vendors and a 70s car show. The bands haven’t lost their touch and gave the enthusiastic crowd just what they had hoped for. The musicians had a genuinely good time filling in on each other’s songs, and the comaraderie even continued backstage. Joey Molland (Badfinger) opened the show accompanied by Rick Derringer and his band with several of his hits, including “No Matter What.” Mitch Ryder and his keyboardist, Pat Harwood, joined the Derringer Band next with such gems as “Devil With A Blue Dress” into “Good Golly Miss Molly.” Rick Derringer has quite a discography having played with some amazing musicians in different groups

Rick Derringer & Charlie Torres

Ken Moutenot


od, and Rick Derringe

Mitch Ryder, Pat Harwo

Vanilla Fudge



29 – Buffyfest: The Florida Björkestra OCTOBER 7 – Maiden Cane 19, 21, 23 – Mozart’s Don Giovanni PINELLAS PARK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. SEPT 15 - Paul McCartney Tribute OCTOBER 13 – Elton John Tribute RUTH ECKERD HALL 1111 N. Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater. 727.791.7400. AUGUST 24 – Best in Show: Rick Springfield SEPTEMBER 16 – Joanne Shaw Taylor 27 – The Australian Pink Floyd Show OCTOBER 13 – Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941.359.0099. AUGUST 18 – RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED. Ricky’s twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson present an interactive, multi-media rock & roll concert experience, taking the audience on a musical journey down memory lane.

SIDESPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB 12938 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. (813) 960-1197. SEE AD FOR ACTS. SPITFIRE THEATER 14 18th St. S, St. Petersburg AUGUST thru 18. Forced Away: A Star Wars Story. The Force comes alive in Tampa Bay’s first live-action improvised Star Wars play. Using over 60 props, costumes, real light sabers, a life sized X-Wing and augmented digital reality, it’s a show inspired as much by Star Wars lore as the groundbreaking special effects that changed movies forever. Featuring blaster duels, light saber battles, chase scenes, space battles, creature attacks, Force grabs, Force chokes, Droids, Jawas, Wampas, Sarlacc Pits, Dark Jedi, Holoprojectors, Hyperdrive failures and much more.

STAGEWORKS THEATER 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., West Bldg., #151, Tampa 813.374.2416. AUGUST 10 - 19. Ugly Lies the Bone. The story of when Jess returns to her hometown of Titusville, Florida. Jess is still coming to terms with her own physical and emotional scars as she grapples with the question of ‘What now?’ 24, 25 – Staged Reading Fundraiser: Barefoot in the Park SEPTEMBER 27 – October 14 – Judgment at Nuremburg ST. PETERSBURG OPERA COMPANY 727.823.2040




FOOTLIGHTS con’t Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Cocktail with the Maestro. Various performance locations STRAZ CENTER 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa 813.229. STAR AUGUST 10 – Summer Evening of Dance 11 – Pole for a Purpose 15 – SEPT 9 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows German immigrant-turned-transgender-Kansastrailer-park-wannabe-rock-goddess Hedwig Robinson during one life-changing night of her musical act. Full of TMI, towering go-go boots and cult hits “Exquisite Corpse,” “Wig in a Box,” “Tear Me Down” and more, this campy romp reveals the blistering realities of self-acceptance that defy gender identity.

16 – Latin Nights 31 – NEIGHBORS SEPTEMBER 7 – Daniel Girón w/Chucihito Valdez 8 – 16 – Crossdresser for Christ 15 – Crack Up Cancer Comedy Benefit




Park, Clearwater Oct

18 - 21


he Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a four-day and four-night, live music festival, enjoyed by over 35,000 people the third week of every October and now in its 39th year. The music festival has evolved from a series of concerts on the back of a flatbed truck and at venues around Clearwater into an annual, international, music festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to Coachman Park in Clearwater, against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico. The festival features a combination of legendary and relevant musical artists and a gathering of an amazingly diverse fan base. The Jazz Holiday’s modern-day, diverse line-up covers a wide array of musical styles: straight ahead and smooth jazz, swing, blues, jamband, rock, folk, Americana, funk, and Zydeco and showcases a new generation of artists, emerging stars, and classic legends. This year see such stellar acts as George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Morris Day & The Time, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Doobie Brothers, JJ Grey & Mofro, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers. Sheila E, Marcus Miller and many more. Many different seating packages are available, including VIP. For more information, call 727-461-5200, or visit


ANN WILSON Comes to the

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sunday, August 26


with JEFF BECK and PAUL RODGERS in the Stars Align Tour

conic vocalist Ann Wilson of Heart is gearing up for a busy summer that will see her performing on the “Stars Align Tour” with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers, coming to Tampa on Sunday, August 26 At Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, and prepping the release of her new solo album, Immortal, due out September 14 via BMG . “I am thrilled to have been asked to perform on the ‘Stars Align Tour’ with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers,” shares Ann. “They are both long time favorites of mine! They are masters at their craft and it is an honor to share the stage this summer.” For the new release, Ann has teamed with original Heart producer Mike Flicker (“Dreamboat Annie,” “Magazine,” “Little Queen,” “Dog and Butterfly” and “Bebe Le Strange,” among others) for an album that will pay homage to musicians lost in the past few years. Fittingly titled Immortal,, the album features 10 musically diverse tracks that pay homage to some of the singer’s favorite songs and artists, all of whom have passed away in recent years and whose music poignantly lives on. Ann chose the album title Immortal, after revealing some working titles early on in the project. “The original working titles evolved as the concept for the album evolved; a little bit at a time,” explains Ann. “As my understanding of what I had undertaken grew and clarified, I realized a larger truth; that the souls may have departed but the songs will forever be their resonances. These are the poets of our time and their expressions must be handed down. Poetry is lasting and elemental like carvings in rock.” The finely etched tracks that comprise Immortal, cover a lot of musical ground, with many highlights including songs by Leonard Cohen (“A Thousand Kisses Deep”), Amy Winehouse (“Back to Black”), David Bowie (“I’m Afraid of Americans”), Lesley Gore (“You Don’t Own Me”) and Tom Petty (“Luna”). Ann says the criteria for choosing this collection of songs was easy. “First of all, I had to LOVE them! They had to be songs I could get inside of authentically as a singer. Lyrics are important to me but the most important thing is always the marriage of words and melody that makes the song magic!” Fans can expect to hear an assortment of Heart hits along with tracks from her solo career and upcoming album at her show.

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18-23 – Chicago 20 – Latin Nights 21-23 - Rocky Bleier in The Play 29 – Lucia Micarelli THE STUDIO @620 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg FL 33701. 27895-6620. AUG 10 - CHRONOLOGY OF JAZZ - 7:00 PM. From Early Swing to Modern Day. Relive favorite jazz memories from history played in chronological order, starting with songs from the early swing era up to modern-day tunes by artists such as Roy Hargrove. The show will feature Jackson Harpe on trumpet, Austin Vickrey on saxophone, Bob Powers on bass, Dominic Walker on guitar and Dave Rudolph on the drums. TARPON SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 324 Pine St, Tarpon Springs, FL. AUGUST 18, 19 – Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits. A literary smörgåsbord of nothing but the best of the Bard. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you will be left wanting more. URBANITE THEATRE 1487 Second Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. AUGUST thru SEPT 2. WAKEY WAKEY. Obie-award-winning playwright Will Eno celebrates life’s gifts with an uplifting mix of gratitude, absurdity and humor in this spirited and affecting portrait of humanity. USF YUENGLING CENTER 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813.974.3004 www. OCTOBER 5 – A Symphonic Celebration of Prince VAN WEZEL 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3368 AUGUST 17 – Rebel Heart 50

OCTOBER 14 – Lord of the Dance 19 – Kenny G VILLAGIO CINEMAS AT CARROLLWOOD 11778 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618. EVERY FRIDAY ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH LIVE CAST. The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live cast Hell on Heels. Join in for a night of sinful indulgence in classic RHPS style. Live cast, call backs, liquor, lingerie, plush reclining seats, and plenty of fishnets to go around.Time warp into the early hours of the morning.Make Fridays into a tradition of Transylvanian cultural appreciation, complete with plenty of virgin sacrifices. Doors for the show open around 11:30 PM. Preshow begins at 11:45, and every show ends with a meet-and-greet with the cast and crew. WEST COAST PLAYERS 21905 Us 19 N. Clearwater, 727.437.2363. AUGUST 17 – SEPT 2 – CHAPTER TWO. In this semi-autobiographical story, George Schneider, a middleaged widower, is encouraged by his brother, Leo, to start dating again. This sends George into even more depression after a series of bad matches. Then Leo introduces George to Jennie Malone, and she’s a keeper. Join these not-so-young lovers on the funny, touching, and bumpy road to dreamland.



From Broadway to Shakespeare at Florida Orchestra Coffee Concerts


ed by charismatic Principal Guest Conductor Stuart Malina, The Florida Orchestra’s light symphonic Coffee concerts are popular every year. Think it could be the free coffee and doughnuts? The two series include nine concerts at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursdays, and five at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesdays. Come early for the free Pre-concert Conversation at 10 a.m., featuring delightful stories from the conductor and TFO musicians. Concerts start at 11 a.m. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include: . BROADWAY (Nov. 1, Mahaffey): Start your day with Stuart Malina Broadway, including selections from Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera, along with Slaughter on 10th Avenue. Stuart Malina conducts. LET’S DANCE (Nov. 29, Mahaffey): Get your morning moving with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Anderson’s Blue Tango and much more. Stuart Malina conducts. ORCHESTRA À LA CARTE (Dec. 19 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Dec. 20 at Mahaffey): It’s your turn to choose what the orchestra performs. Will it be Barber of Seville or Orpheus in the Underworld? Swan Lake or The Nutcracker March? Audience choice. Stuart Malina conducts.

SPIRIT OF AMERICA (Jan. 9 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Jan. 10 at Mahaffey): A salute to American composers, featuring Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Gould’s Second American Symphonette and Joplin’s The Entertainer. Jeff Tyzik conducts. SYMPHONIC SHAKESPEARE (Feb. 27 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Feb. 28 at Mahaffey): Music inspired by The Bard, including Porter’s Brush Up Your Shakespeare and selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Stuart Malina conducts.

Jeff Tyzik

The Florida Orchestra: Coffee concert season tickets are on sale now at 20% off the single ticket price. Single tickets are available Aug. 13 at the same low price as last year: $24, $29, $34, $42 at or 727.892.3337 and 1.800.662.7286.



DOUBLETREE By Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Story and photos by Melissa Wolcott Martino and Al Martino



ulling up to the porte-cochere at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, while very nice and tropical, does not begin to tell the story of what lies beyond. When this hotel was reimagined two years ago, it made it one of the largest DoubleTrees in the world. They really thought of everything the traveler could want, from families to business folks to weddings. Being steps away from Seaworld, Discovery Cove and the Orange County Convention Center, and only 10 minutes from the airport is an added bonus. The sleek lobby’s centerpiece is the Sonoma Bar, which serves up favorite libations for the weary traveler to enjoy. At the end of the lobby are comfy chairs and a gigantic TV screen to enjoy watching sports action. The extremely high ceiling has skylight windows which change the ambiance of the lobby between day and night. Shops, a convenience store, UPS store and car rental are easily accessed off the lobby. When we checked in at the desk, we received our room key along with some of Doubletree’s delicious fresh made chocolate chip cookies (reason alone to stay at a Doubletree!) When we walked out the back lobby doors on the way to our room, we discovered just how large the complex is — 28 acres — and very verdant. Lots of lush landscaping, seasonal flowers, palm and evergreen trees, and fountain pools. The winding pathways with directional landscape lighting look especially attractive (and romantic) at night. Several swimming pools can be found around the property, some more attractive to families, and some for adults with heated spa pools. Outdoor fun includes a thatched roof-covered billiard table, life-sized checkers set, and mini-golf. A family pool party with DJ adds to the good times.





he 1,020 renovated guest rooms are situated in two and three-story buildings and a tower. Our room was located in the tower, with a great view. The rooms are super comfortable, with a warm inviting decor and luxurious beds.

The centrally located Laguna Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner - mostly comfort food. We had some tasty corn chowder, a Caesar salad, and grilled cheese on garlic challah bread, with cheddar, smoked gouda, and manchego cheese accompanied by fire roasted tomato soup. There’s a grab-n-go market for convenience next door to the Laguna. While at the DoubleTree, we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast spread in their new outdoor event space which is amazing. We could see why it is so popular for weddings. The expanded indoor and outdoor area covers more than 100,000 square feet of comfortable meeting space for conferences.






e also had an opportunity to sample some delicious dinner selections from the DoubleTree’s culinary team on our last night at the resort. Steaks, pork chops, potatoes au gratin, fire roasted veggies, and delectable desserts. We definitely took advantage of the proximity of the hotel to experience several theme parks during our stay. If you haven’t been to Discovery Cove, do put it on your bucket list. It’s as if you landed on an island in the Caribbean. Beautiful landscaping, animal experiences (beavers, sloths, bird aviary, otters), gorgeous fish you can snorkel with, a winding river rafting feature, and a delicious buffet. We have been there previously and had the Swim With The Dolphins Experience, which is definitely fun. This time around we tried the SeaVenture, where you walk underwater in a dive helmet, surrounded by tropical fish. Loved it! We also dined with Shamu at SeaWorld, where your table is up against the pool so you can watch the whales do their thing. Very interesting, and the food was quite good and plentiful. After dining, guests are taken into the main amphitheater to see the Shamu show.






isney Springs was also on our list, as they have so many new restaurants that have opened recently. We dined at Celebrity Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, which serves up southern style “eats.” Bring on that yummy Fried Chicken and some Fried Green Tomatoes! Some unique taste treats were the Ham & Jam Biscuits layered with pimento cheese, Tasso ham, country ham, and blackberry fig jam, and the Fried Chicken & Doughnuts served with house-made sugar doughnuts and mashed potatoes. The hotel’s shuttle will take you to SeaWorld and Universal complimentary, and to Disney World for a nominal fee. It may sound cliche to say the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando has it all, but it actually does, and everyone one of the staff that we encountered was friendly and helpful as well. And don’t forget they have those amazing cookies!

Disney Springs HomeComin’ Restaurant


DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is located at 10100 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821. For more information, please call 407-352-1100, or visit www.

SeaWorld Dine with Shamu

Discovery Cove SeaVenture



Compiled by Melissa Wolcott Martino

Handcrafted Accessories


avish Leathers is helping fashionistas make a bold statement, with a new twist. Offering dozens of styles, colors and prints in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more, Lavish Leathers pride themselves on affordable accessories for everyone. The unique handcrafted earrings are surprisingly lightweight, with hooks made from nickel free iron in styles of silver, gold, antique gold and antique bronze, and come with plastic earring backs. Lavish Leathers will gladly do custom orders, and also offer sterling silver hooks if desired. The company is owned by two very creative sisters, Amber & Sienna from Texas. For special orders, email info@lavishleathers.

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ver wonder how those gorgeous A-listers keep those low cut dresses in place on the red carpet? This is their little secret. It’s also a brides best friend, as well as a bikini lover’s pal. For women of all shapes and sizes, Boob Glue Gravity Defying Adhesive instantly enhances the appearance of the breasts by keeping them positioned exactly where you want them adding extra lift, support or cleavage to your bra or braless attire. It’s a must have for strapless bras and dresses. Just roll on Boob Glue for all day lift, hold & support. The roll on adhesive will set fast, so you need to work quickly to position your breasts exactly where you want them. For removal, slowly remove clothing from skin, and Boob Glue will rinse off easily with soap and water. Boob Glue is free of any silicones, latex and parabens, and all ingredients have been tested and proven safe for use. It will not stain fabric, but you should always test first, just to be safe. The ingredients are Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbensis Leaf juice, and Fragrance (Parfum).

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oobie has the perfect bra for you to feel glam, They come in lots of colors and patterns, in lace too, to suit your mood and your wardrobe. Ultra comfortable, supportive, and inexpensive – it’s the perfect combination. The Coobie Bra provides shape and support and can be worn in place of a camisole or tank top. Because it doesn’t have seams or hooks, the Coobie sports a smooth, bump-free profile under even the thinnest tee. Its special design with ribbing and ruching makes for a knockout shapely silhouette, and the Coobie fits almost every body.

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LAY N GO COSMO Cosmetic Organizer T he Lay-n-Go COSMO is a cosmetic bag that allows you to see all of your cosmetics at once, and clean up in seconds. No more digging and dumping in a traditional black hole make up bag. The raised lip keeps make up and brushes from rolling off the counter. The Cosmo is wipeable and machine washable. Use at home or away. Do your daily make up routine at the gym, or in your office, on a clean dry surface. Pull the drawstring cord and the Cosmo cinches completely closed to stow or travel. Pack the Cosmo in your suitcase, tuck it in your overnight bag. The Cosmo conveniently fits anywhere. It opens up to a handy 20”, has a zippered storage pocket, and a convenient handle. Lay-n-Go is available in different sizes and colors.

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Tampa Bay Area ART POOL GALLERIES CRAFTY FEST - Sept 8-9. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. www.artpoolrules. com This market with an artsy slant includes local arts, Etsy crafters, vintage and retro goods, jewelry and plants. 11 am – 5 pm, Free. BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg 727.893.7326. Tram Tours Saturdays, Guided Tours, Classes. AUGUST 12 – Alligator Walk. Learn about the American alligator and search for them from the safety of the boardwalks with an experienced guide. 12 – Red Shouldered Hawk. BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. 727. 453.6800. Tram Tours Saturdays. Guided Tours, Classes OCTOBER 6 – Fall Wildflower Festival

CHIHULY COLLECTION 720 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727.822.7872. Only permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. Thru OCT 31 - Storytellers. First permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s work. TAMPA BAY CITYPASS MOBILE TICKET OPTION City Pass, the company that specializes in packaging discounted admission to attractions in 12 North 64

American destinations, has a mobile ticket option for its Tampa Bay CityPASS program. An advantage of the Tampa Bay mobile ticket, as well as all future mobile ticket programs for other CityPASS partner destinations, is that it is delivered to the purchaser’s phone in the language the buyer selected when they first visited the CityPASS website. The Tampa Bay CityPASS program includes prepaid admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay theme park, plus four additional attractions: The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home to Winter and Hope, stars of the Dolphin Tale movies), and a choice between the Museum of Science and Industry and the Chihuly Collection. The included tickets are valid over a period of nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. The mobile ticket will work in the same manner as printed CityPASS ticket booklets, although instead of scanning a printed ticket at the attraction, the visitor will scan their phone. Mobile tickets, as well as ticket booklets, can be purchased online.

CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767. (727) 441-1790. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival, after the injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, features the story of Hope, a young resident dolphin. CRACKER COUNTRY Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US-301, Tampa,



Attractions & Museums


FL 33610. (813) 627-4225. Cracker Country, a rural Florida living history museum, was established in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Carlton, Jr. so future generations might better understand and appreciate Florida’s rural heritage. CRAFTSMAN HOUSE 2955 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727.323.2787. Gallery-Cafe-Pottery Studio 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk AUGUST 25 – Play Music on the Porch Day SEPTEMBER 14 – Cliff Eberhardt w/Louise Mosrie OCTOBER 5 – 14 – American Craft Week DALÍ MUSEUM One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, 727.823.3767. THRU NOV 25 – CLYDE BUTCHER: VISIONS

OF DALÍ’S SPAIN. Features 41 photos that take viewers on a journey through the Catalonian region, with images ranging from an intimate 2 feet to a panoramic 8 feet. AUGUST 23 – Dali Talks: Clyde Butcher, Audubon Society & Conservation SEPTEMBER 6 – ArtFlix: The Hudson River School 29 – Meet Clyde Butcher. In conjunction with the special exhibition Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain, the artist will be at the Museum to sign exhibit catalogs. OCTOBER 3 – Coffee with a Curator: Duplicating Dali 4 – ArtFlix: Ansel Adams 18 – Dali Talks: Dali and the Dead 20 – Suenos de Dali: “Dali in NYC” DR. CARTER G. WOODSON AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM 2240 9th Ave.S, St. Petersburg. Continued

10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612 • (888) 800-5447




repare to Vanish down an epic free-fall at Vanish Point, Adventure Island’s newest atoast to new traditions at Bier Fest, an all-new traction that will sweep guests off their feet all event at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, weekends season long. This water slide will literally pull the from August 25 through September 16, including floor from under your feet. Prepare to drop down Labor Day. In blending the local Tampa Bay craft this 70-foot drop slide that let’s you choose bescene with Florida’s best thrill rides, Bier Fest cretween two skyboxes. And smile for the camera, ates a unique food and beer celebration. because they’re capturing your moment live. More than 100 beers from 60 different brewerEach slide will send you through 425 feet of spiies around the world will rotate through the fourraling tubes until you reach the splash run finale. weekend festival. Bier Fest is included in park admission and also features live entertainment and flavorful fare.


Beyond the sunshine state, beer connoisseurs will find an assortment of award-winning U.S. drafts and centuries-old European brews. Bier Fest also features a contemporary menu rooted in tradition that has been cultivated to meet Tampa Bay foodies’ sophisticated tastes.



Attractions & Museums


The museum presents the historic voice of one segment of the St. Petersburg Florida community in the perspective of local, regional, and national history, culture and community. One City Chorus – Mondays 7 Pm

SOUVENIR. Artists design the ultimate Souvenir in the media of their choice. 2d + 3d works are represented.

DUNCAN MCCLELLAN GALLERY 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 813.760.6600 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER 1143 Michigan Blvd. - Dunedin, 34698. 727.298. DFAC - Thru AUG 12 I + THOU. This multi-media group show explores themes of identity—Self, our various Personas + the Other. The title is drawn from Martin Buber’s classic essay discussing how we relate to ourselves and the world as either: I-It (objectified) or I-Thou (sacred encounter). TRIANGULATE. Referencing the term for finding an unknown point in Space-Time via three known reference points, this exhibit aims to aesthetically examine contemporary human culture and relationships in, and among, three countries: Norway, China and the United States of America. MICHAEL MASSARO: Fait Accompli. Michael Massaro’s intense interest in the connectivity of materials spurs him to experiment, combining materials to create harmony or discord. His recent work is a social commentary concerning humanity’s inhumanity. Fait Accompli is the artist’s emotional response to the problems of refugees across the globe.

FLORIDA AQUARIUM 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 2734000.

Explore and learn about marine life at The Florida Aquarium. For all ages. Exhibits, Journey to Madagascar, Wetlands Trai, Bays and Beaches, Coral.

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. • Experience a guided tour, special event or workshop. $10 Adults; $8 seniors 62+; $4 ages 2 - 11 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL • 727-551-3100 68

FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo , 727.582.2100. Closed weekends & County Holidays. The Florida Botanical Gardens inspires and educates visitors by showcasing flora, fauna and natural resources in motivational surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques. FLORIDA CRAFTART GALLERY 501 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727.821.7391. Second Saturday Artwalk Mural Walk on Saturdays FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. (727) 8200100. THRU AUGUST 19 - LETTERS TO SALA: A YOUNG WOMAN’S LIFE IN NAZI LABOR CAMPS AUG 18 - FEB 10 - BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK & ROLL REVOLUTION. This exhibition explores the extraordinary life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham (19311991) who helped launch and promote the careers of countless rock & roll artists. As a promoter and manager, he worked with iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. It also

traces the indomitable spirit of a man brought to the United States as an eleven-year-old Jewish refugee fleeing the Nazis, fueling a lifelong passion and advocacy for social justice. Treasured photographs and artifacts from Graham’s early life and career will be on loan from the Graham family. An installation of “The Joshua Light Show”- the trailblazing liquid light show conceived in 1967 by multimedia artist Joshua White, which served as a backdrop to many Graham-produced shows - will be customized by White specifically for the exhibition. It will be one of several gallery components designed to evoke the sights and sounds of the era.



ig Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary devoted to big cats. The nonprofit sanctuary is home to more than 70 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, servals, caracals, and

various other exotic cats. 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 primarily supported by donation. The facility offers a variety of guided educational tours at 14 set times during the week. Be aware that most tours are not open to children ages 9 and under. All ages tours are held Saturdays at 12 pm. They also offer private tours, field trips, birthday parties, and other events. BCR, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa. For tour times and reservations, call 888-316-5875, or visit


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25 – RAYS UP NIGHT FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602, 813-221-2222. AUGUST 19 – Social Media Photography Blogging Bootcamp 24 – Bruce Dale: Artist Talk 26 – Applying the Language of Photography to Bookmaking SEPTEMBER 8 – Photography 101 Express FLORIDA RAILROAD MUSEUM 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL 34219. 941-7760906.

The Florida Railroad Museum was founded in 1982, and many train cars, cabooses, an ex-fruit growers express refrigerated car, a stainless steel baggage car plus others were donated, purchased and traded. Since then, they have received a former Pennsylvania RR sleeper, the “Bradenton,” two retired cars which were purchased from Ringling Brothers Circus, the ”Short Leaf Pine” and a 89-foot flatcar which they converted into an open-air car. The FRRM sponsors A Day Out with Thomas, the Little Engine That Could; A Month of Steam; the Easter Bunny Special; the Pumpkin Patch Express at Halloween; the North Pole Express during the Christmas season; annual Veterans Day Von Kessinger’s Express, a (WWII special event); North/South Days; and Hole in the Head Gang, a train robbery event. Complimentary rides are given to moms and dads on Mother’s and Father’s Days, to kids accompanied by adults during the summer and to Southeastern Guide Dogs for training purposes. 70

FORT DE SOTO PARK Tierre Verde. 727.552.1862. www.pinellascounty. org/park/05_Ft_DeSoto.htm The park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.. Guided Nature Walks – Sat & Sun. GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 443-3861. OCEAN SANDBOX! Move and shape the sand to create the ocean’s topography. Sculpt mountains, islands, underwater channels, and caves to see augmented reality marine landscape come to life with ocean creatures, treasure chests, and more SUNSHINE SUNDAY: Last Sunday Of Every Other Month 10am - 1pm. This program is a limitedengagement event for children with special needs and their caregivers. Children can explore the Museum with lights and sounds turned down and sensory adapted tools, special programs, and community resources at their fingertips.

GREAT EXPLORATIONS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. (727) 821-8992. Science and humanities exhibits allow visitors to touch, move and actually become part of several pieces. First Sunday of month open special hours for special needs families. AUG 14, 21, 28 - Terrific Tots at Sundial. For children ages 1-4 along with their caregiver and includes songs, stories, creative expression opportunities through art and movement, and community time with fun and engaging toys. 15, 22, 29 - Peaceful & Powerful Parenting. Fourweek program designed to help parents with children of all ages build peaceful and powerful family

relationships. Have fun meeting & sharing ideas with other parents, understanding how children learn & develop, discovering & practicing peaceful and powerful communication skills and discipline strategies and more. 12 - Great Connections. 2nd Sunday of the month. Monthly program just for children with special needs and their families. Great Explorations will modify lights and sounds and will provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other families and community resources while the kids enjoy the power of play. MEMORY MONDAYS - First Monday of the Month. A free monthly program for adults with memory loss, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Memory Mondays will be a private event focusing on art, music, and movement activities for adults with memory loss and their families and caregivers. Memory Mondays is a social engagement opportunity providing activities that encourage stimulation for people with early stage Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Memory Mondays is a program that will provide a relaxing way for people living with memory loss and their caregivers to interact with others in a casual, judgment-free, non-clinical setting.

GULF BEACHES HISTORICAL MUSEUM 115 10th Ave, St Pete Beach 727-552-1610. Only museum dedicated to the preservation of history of the local barrier island. Preserving island history for tomorrow’s generation. GULFPORT 1ST FRI AND 3RD SAT ART WALKS 727-322-5217. Free. Beach Blvd., Gulfport.

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includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, folk art, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products, authors, entertainers and more. Live musicians appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district during Art Walks from 6-10 PM, year round. GULFPORT HISTORY MUSEUM 5301 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727-327-0505. Free Admission. The Gulfport Historical Society preserves and celebrates Gulfport culture and history through exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the community and visiting public. SEPT 21 – So You Think You Know Gulfport? 7 – 9 pm, $. It’s a quiz show where the history is real — but people may get questions like “What is the name of the mayor’s dog?” or “How many chickens is it legal to own inside Gulfport city limits?” HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606. (813) 254-1891. Thru DEC 31 - IMPERIAL DESIGNS: FROM THE HABSBURG’S HEREND TO THE ROMANOV’S FABERGÉ.

SEPTEMBER 2 – Upstairs/Downstairs 15 – Collector’s Tour 22 – Museum Day Live HERITAGE VILLAGE 11909 125th St N, Largo. 727.582.2123. Free 21-acre living history museum. New exhibit Boathouse display. Sundays – Speaking of History. IMAGINE MUSEUM 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Contemporary American Studio Glass. AUGUST 18 – Family Day. Celebrate inspiration & imagination with a variety of family-friendly activities for everyone. Experience three hands-on art projects in the main hall of the museum. Enjoy musical entertainment with light bites. JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN & WILDLIFE ART 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art revives interest and passion about the history of the American West. The tenacious spirit of Native American, pioneer and immigrant cultures embodies the history of our country. See works in oil, in ink, and stone from the private collection of Tom and Mary James. AUGUST 21 – James After 5: Reel Western Movie Series. Join former Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall for an introduction to and screening of Little Big Man (1970). 6 – 8 pm, $. 30 – Educators Open House

10 am - 5 pm. An exquisite collection of porcelains and decorative arts that harken back to the grand dynasties of 19th century Europe and Asia. Included in the exhibit are a dozen rare Fabergé designs featuring a lacquered box, elegant cigarette cases, a chamberstick, and a gold mounted brooch. Other treasures include Russian eggs presented by tsars; Imperial Porcelain Factory china from imperial yachts including the royal private yacht Livadia; an impressive collection of Herend china from Hungary with patterns ordered by the Russian Tsar, royal houses and eminent customers.


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LOWRY PARK ZOO 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. 813) 9358552.

MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941.366.5731. MONDAYS – Yoga in the Garden August 15 – Sumi-e in the Summer 16 – Alla Prima Painting 24 – Soapmaking with Boltanicals 28 – Botanical Still Life 30 – New Perspectives in Photography September 9 – Juried Photographic Exhibition MOREAN ARTS CENTER 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 727-8227872. AUGUST thru SEPT 27 - One Hundred: 2018 Members Show. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Morean’s annual members show! To celebrate our 100th exhibition, we have asked each member to bring a work of art that expresses the theme of “one hundred”— interpreted any way they choose. The exhibition is free and open to the public. MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, 941.388.4441. Science, Education, Aquarium SEPTEMBER 29 – William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 255 Beach Drive. NE, St. 727.894.4638. AUGUST 74


19 – Marly Music: Wayne Bethanis 22 – Summer and Sift: The Restorative September 12 – Coffee Talk w/Non Colton: My Backyare 26 – Summer and Sift: Il Ritorno October 10 – Coffee Talk w/Non Colton: A Master ImageMaker MUSEUMS ON US - The First Full Weekend Of Each Month Bank of America’s Museums on Us offers free weekend access to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Participating Tampa Bay area museums are: Florida Holocaust Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, and the Tampa Museum of Art. Present your B of A or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID for free general admission. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY (MOSI) 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617. (813) 9876000. Gaze skyward - Saunders Planetarium. IMAX Dome Theatre. Over 450 Hands-On Activities. Zip Line.

REPLAY AMUSEMENT MUSEUM 119 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs An Interactive museum with 100 pinball games, video games and other amusements from the past. RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN Crossley Gallery, 2400 Old Bradenton Road on the Ringling College campus, Sarasota, FL. RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 941.359.5700. Mondays FREE admissions all day. Thurs – Art After

5 Thurs – Art After 5 Fri – ROAR – Ringling Order of Art Readers Fri & Sat – Bayfront Garden Tours First Sat – Kid’s Quest, Family Workshop SEPTEMBER 22 – Museum Day SAFETY HARBOR MUSEUM 329 Bayshore Boulevard South, Safety Harbor. 727-724-1562. The Safety Harbor area has long been an ideal place to live. From the earliest peoples (20,000 B.C.E.) who hunted giant mammals on a peninsula twice the size of present day Florida, to our present city of dedicated preservationists, Safety Harbor has an impressive history. SEASIDE SEABIRD SANCTUARY 18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores. 727.391.6211. Located on the Gulf Coast, the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is staffed by experienced professionals and dedicated volunteers who rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured, and orphaned birds. This is the largest non-profit wild bird hospital sanctuary. More than 100 birds live in the sanctuary, representing 20 species.Tours are available. FREE admission. Dona-

tions accepted. (727)391-6211.

SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM 201 10th Street West, Bradenton FL 34205. (941) 746-4131. The Parker Manatee Aquarium, designed to house three adult manatees, holds nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medical pool. The pool offers both deep and shallow water, allowing the manatees to maintain natural feeding behaviors. An exhibit area within the facility helps to educate the public about manatee anatomy and offers above and below water viewing. The Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium is a second stage rehabilitation facility which provides CONTINUED



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a temporary home for manatees that will be released back into the wild after having received treatment from an acute care hospital. Thru AUG 19 - THINGS COME APART. A quarterinch-thick smartphone can be used as a watch, a camera, a theater, a map and even a mobile bank. Things Come Apart, a traveling exhibition circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and featuring the works of photographer and tinkerer Todd McLellan, looks inside the evolutions of the smartphone and dozens of other everyday technologies. Through more than 40 captivating photographs, videos and objects encased in acrylic, “Things Come Apart” displays the complex parts that have spurred revolutions in product design and functionality across multiple industries and the staying power of classic designs, from the everchanging navigational systems to the evergreen bicycle.

ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg. 727.894.1052 Schrader’s Little Cooperstown is made up of more than 4,800 baseballs, documents, story boards and video screens – connects America’s national pastime with historical events from the region and around the world. SEPTEMBER 13 – Happy Hour w/a Historian: Tampa Bay Beer: A Heady History. Come and learn more about the history of craft beer in Florida and the Tampa Bay area with Mark DeNote, the author of The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide and Tampa Bay Beer: A Heady History.

ST. PETERSBURG PRESERVATION WALKING TOURS Central Ave. & 2nd St, St. Petersburg (Oct. - Apr.) 727.824.7802. National Register listed downtown. Free for members. Suggested donation non-members. ST. PETERSBURG SCULPTURE EXPERIENCE 780 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727.316.1718. Jon Hair Monumental Sculpture combines art, rock and roll and the biggest sculptures you’ve ever seen in one place. More than 100 sculptures from life size to giant size. ST. PETERSBURG WALKING MURAL TOURS Departing from Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Murals and history behind them. 727.821.7391 SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY 4600 Alt Hwy 19, Palm Harbor, FL SUNKEN GARDENS 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. (727) 551-3102. Sunken 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. AUGUST 25 – Propagation Techniques - Master Gardener, Debra Black, leads this program for advanced propagation techniques with a demo and explanation of various methods of grafting fruit trees.



Explore the Surreal Landscape of Dalí’s Mediterranean World


Clyde Butcher Reveals Dalí’s Painted Landscapes as His Own Photographed Dreamscapes Thru Nov 25

urrently at the Dali Museum, Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dalí’s Spain delivers a glimpse into Salvador Dalí’s homeland. The Dalí commissioned Clyde Butcher, the nature photographer known as the “Ansel Adams of the Florida landscape,” to travel to Spain to capture a series of technically brilliant, epically scaled photographs. Throughout his career, Butcher’s photographs have altered people’s perceptions about the Florida environment, and now, will alter the understanding of the surrealist master and the landscape that made him. The Dalí’s new exhibition features 41 original photographs that transport viewers to the striking Catalonian coast, where they are invited to not only appreciate the beauty of Dalí’s beloved environs but also to contemplate the landscapes from an alternate perspective. For this project, Butcher was asked to produce a series of black and white photographs documenting the dramatic splendor of Dalí’s world. “Butcher’s unique abilities to capture the power of light, land and water in black & white deliver spectacular insights into the landscape that had such a profound influence on Dali’s vision and obsessions,” said Hank Hine, Dalí Museum Executive Director. The show is Butcher’s first photographic study

Port Lligat House of Spain. He captured the sublime beauty of Dalí’s Mediterranean world in exquisite detail through large scale, super-sharp monochromatic images. “Butcher did an incredible job of capturing the essence of this land that created Dalí,” said Peter Tush, Dalí Museum Curator of Education and exhibit curator. “The series of photographs displayed in the exhibition truly takes the viewer on an epic journey. “ Butcher himself will host book signings at The Dalí on Sept 29, and Nov 3. Visitors can also join Tush for a “Butcher + Dalí” Coffee with a Curator session on Tues, July 3. The exhibit runs through Nov 25. For more information and events details visit

Plaja S’Arenella with Boat


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TAMPA BAY AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM 3301 Gateway Centre, Pinellas Park. 727.579.8226, Unique collection of vintage cars and vehicles. Cousteau Society Artifacts on exhibit.

TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER 801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 2280097. TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 813.259.1720. Friday - Art on The House - 4 to 8 pm Saturday - Art Spot for Families AUGUST 18 – Silent Disco. Listeners will only hear the music being played on their selected station for a personalized experience. Cash bar and Sono Café food for purchase. All funds raised will support K-12 student educational visits to the Tampa Museum of Art. 25 – Family Day SEPTEMBER 13 – Connection: Veterans and Active Duty Military 22 – CITY 2018 OCTOBER 9 – Connection: Individuals with Memory Impairment TAMPA THEATRE 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602. (813) 2748981. A restored classic theatre showing modern independent and classic films. Pre-show Wurlitzer organ concerts. TARPON HERITAGE MUSEUM 100 Beekman Ln., Tarpon Springs. History and culture of the Greek community. 78

TARPON SPRINGS HISTORIC DEPOT MUSEUM 160 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. 727.943.4624 Free Admission. The Historic Train Depot Museum houses the office and Archives of the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society, which has filled the old station with exhibits telling the story of Tarpon Springs’ past.

USF BOTANICAL GARDENS 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL, 813-974-2329. USF CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 4202 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa. 813. 974.4133. thru SEPT 4 - Raise the Flags: Pledges of Allegiance at USFCAM - A selection of artist-designed flags created for Pledges of Allegiance, a nationwide, year-long public art project presented by Creative Time. USF Contemporary Art Museum is the sole organization nationally to assemble and exhibit a selection of the Pledges of Allegiance flag series on the exterior façade of the museum

AUGUST 20 – DEC 8 - Miki Kratsman: People I Met - For three decades, Miki Kratsman has been one of the leading chroniclers of life in the Israeli-occupied territories. His photographs—many of them documentary images taken during a previous life as a press photog-

rapher for the Israeli newspapers Hadashot and Haaretz—uncover personal stories while revealing the violent, often detached nature of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. VETERANS ART CENTER 6798 Crosswinds Dr. N, St. Petersburg 813.504.3092 Provides opportunities for military and veterans to develop and showcase creative and artistic accomplishments. WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727.453.6500, www.

als provided. Ages 18+. SEPTEMBER 15 – The Great Weedon Bird Quest. Learn the identifying marks and behaviors of our feathered year-round residents and seasonal visitors. Recommended for adolescents and adults. 28 – Heritage Hike

aquarium-like setting in the spring of the Weeki Wachee River. A waterpark, Buccaneer Bay, and boat rides are also part of the attraction.

WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS A natural tourist attraction where underwater performances by “mermaids”, women wearing fish tails as well as other fanciful outfits, can be viewed in an

Ever wonder what archaeologists do with all that stuff they dig up at archaeological sites once the fieldwork is finished? Learn all about how artifacts and other archaeological material get processed in the laboratory; so, we can use them to learn about the past. You will get the chance to sort through, identify, and wash artifacts and other material from real archaeological sites. One Friday a month. AUGUST 18 – Paint in the Wild. Kelly Quinn will guide participants in a stepby-step process to create a portrait of a brown pelican. All



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ISMAEL’S GHOSTS The Past Never Dies


wenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael’s trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin’s creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument, A Christmas Tale and My Golden Days. A film within a film - and then some.

BLUE BLOODS 8th Season


lue Bloods follows the Reagan family as they continue to follow every lead and work to overcome personal challenges within and outside of the work force. Frank clashes with the new interim mayor and must defend the NYPD from a series of public scandals, while Danny deals with the aftermath of a tragic ccident and Erin reopens old cases and faces off with her ex-humsand. The latest season includes guest appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Ernie Hudson, Mimi Rogers and Lorraine Bracco. The set includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of season 8, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and 2 bonus episodes from CBS’ series SEAL Team and Bull.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS The 4th Season


CIS: New Orleans. In this 4th season, we find a nuclear terror threat, an elusive serial killer, and a mystifying supernatural murder. These are just a few of the pulse-pounding, edge-of-yourseat cases facing the elite NCIS team in the fourth season of NCIS: New Orleans. But no matter the risks, the heroic agents, led by Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula), remain at the top of their game from the action-packed season premiere to the explosive finale. Also starring Lucas Black, Vanessa Ferlito and CCH Pounder.



BULL Season 2

ull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail. In high-stakes trials, Bull’s combination of remarkable insight into human nature, three Ph.D.’s and a top-notch staff creates winning strategies that tip the scales of justice in his clients’ favor.

HAWAII FIVE-O The 8th Season


awaii Five-O is a contemporary take on the classic series about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu after Hawaii’s former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town. The state’s brash FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, remain determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state. Starring: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Meaghan Rath

SEAL TEAM Season One


EAL Team is a new military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand, and Sonny Quinn, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds. Starring: David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré, Neil Brown Jr., Neil Brown Jr.



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he highly anticipated Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now open for playing in! Calling all toys to enter Andy’s backyard! We were lucky enough to shrink down to toy size for the Grand Opening of the park June 30th. We wandered the streets under giant Christmas lights and hovering tinker toys seeking adventure on the new rides based on some of the favorite characters from the Toy Story franchise. The new 11-acre playground is cluttered with toys, not all neatly arranged, but messy — just like a youngster’s toy box would/ should be. Many of the Pixar toys wander the streets for your entertainment. The toy soldiers are our favorite, and they’re pretty darn good drummers, too! Two new fun rides will appeal to kids and adults alike, the Slinky Dog Dash and the Alien Swirling Saucers. The ever-popular Toy Story Mania has been expanded with a third track. Slinky Dog Dash is a smooth coaster that everyone can enjoy, and is fun to watch. CONTINUED


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limb aboard the Alien Swirling Saucers while the little green men’s cars swirl around under “The Claw.” OOooooooooo! When it’s time to eat, Woody’s Lunch Box has kid-friendly food (and we’re all kids in Andy’s Backyard.) Enjoy grilled sandwiches, ice-cream floats, grown-up drinks and desserts. The restaurant’s walk-up windows are housed in—you guessed it—a lunch box!



ots of fun new merchandise has been created for Toy Story Land. Some really cute items, such as the Slinky Dog headband, little cars from the Alien Saucer ride, a Buzz Lightyear bubble blower, T-shirts, backpacks—just to name a few. The merchandise is sold from large toy trucks at the moment, but I think they may be overwhelmed with customers and have to rethink that.

At night the park takes on a whole different look when the Christmas lights and structures light up. I say “structures” because nothing looks like a “building.” Everything has the appearance of being created out of toy pieces - toy blocks, erector sets, tinker toys. The restrooms are housed in a building block structure with giant Scrabble board pieces. The always amazing Disney Imagineers certainly worked overtime on this park. In speaking to one of them at the Grand Opening of the park, he said the hardest part of creating it was getting the perspective right of the oversized toys being believable. They certainly got it right. Toy Story Land is part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so there is no separate charge to enjoy it. For more information on park hours, prices, etc, please visit the website below.



Wine Bar George

Disney Springs’ Newest Hot Spot Master Sommelier George Miliotes and Executive Chef Ron Rupert Offer Tantalizing Wine and Food Pairings in a Sleek Setting

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ne of only 158 Master Sommeliers in the United States and of only 249 in the entire world, George Miliotes chose to set up shop in Disney Springs with his new venture, Wine Bar George. With this most prestigious title, you might expect a stuffy wine snob, but George is very affable and down-to-earth, and as expected, really knows his stuff. As a matter of fact, Wine Bar George is the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida. George is not a stranger to the world of Disney as he was part of the California Grill opening at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed it until 2002. He also created an award-winning wine list for that restaurant. George makes annual treks to wine-growing regions in Europe and South Africa, keeping relationships with vintners and joining in the winemaking process helping to create custom blends. Wine Bar George has over 130 wines served by the bottle, glass, and ounces. The wine list includes more than 40 varietals from regions around the world, using the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap. The wine bar also offers a variety of cocktails, beer, and cider. Wine Bar George is sleek, casual and minimalist, with lots of oak woods and black metal supports, and some wine barrels serving as table stands, all to maximize the effect of the pairing of wine and food.


xecutive Chef Ron Rupert is supplying the tasty foods that are perfectly paired with various wines. Ron is also an alumnus of the California Grill, so the two are seasoned associates. We had the delightful occasion to experience pairings from the Wine Bar George menu, which leans toward Southern Mediterranean. We started our repast with a charcuterie board selection of artisanal cheeses and crafted meats and condiments. Then came small plates with creations such as Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites with tomato nage and pecorino, House-Made Meatballs with triple cheese polenta and tomato sauce, and Chicken

Master Sommelier George Miliotes an d Executive Chef Ron Rupert

Skirt Steak chimichurri, roasted potatoes & asparagus.


DINING OUT cont. Skewers with Japanese spice and Asian slaw accompanied by a variety of wines including a Giocato Gorika Brda - Slovenia ‘17, a Casas Del Bosque, Reserve Casablanca - Chile ‘16, and a Zuccardi Salta - Argentina ‘16. Family Style plates followed with Skirt Steak Chimichurri with roasted potatoes, a Grilled Whole Greek Sea Bass with cannellini bean ragout, and a Wine Braised Chicken with mushrooms and Yukon potato hash. All were served with seasonal vegetables. The paired wines were a Selbach-Oster Bomer Zeltinger Schlossberg, Mosel, Germany ‘16 (a lovely Riesling which can be found only at Wine Bar George in Florida) and a Foillard Côte du Py Morgon, France ‘16 (a very seductive Beaujolais.) Dessert arrived in the form of a perfect Florida favorite — Key Lime pie, and a very unique Olive Oil Cake with candied olives and lemon mascarpone.


ine Bar George is a welcome addition to the burgeoning dining scene at Disney Springs, where you will find plenty of choices for every possible taste.

Wine Bar George is located in Disney Springs, 1610 East Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Hours: Sun - Wed: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Thurs - Sat: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. For more information, please call (407) 490-1800 or visit


Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites

Grilled Whole Greek Sea Bass with cannellini bean ragout and asparagus

Chicken Skewers with togarashi and Asian slaw.

Wine Braised Chicken, mushrooms, Yukon potato hash and asparagus.

House-Made Meatballs with triple cheese polenta and tomato sauce

Key Lime Pie

Olive Oil Cake, candied olives with lemon mascarpone



Orlando Area

2019 MISS MUNDO LATINA - Aug 12 Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando, FL. (407) 724-1508 The most beautiful Latinas will compete at the Miss Mundo Latina USA 2019. The grand finale will take place on August 12 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, bringing together around 500 guests to celebrate with music, models, fashion and cocktails in an elevated performance like no other. It will be an evening full of excitement, glamour, live music, local artists, appetizers, hors-d’oeuvre, and the performance of the most beautiful Latinas of the world. 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM EXOTIC BIRD SHOW - Aug 12 Central Florida Fair, 4603 W. Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL. (407) 295-3247. Buy directly from bird breeders and suppliers. Save money with prices far below pet shops and find all the products for a happy and healthy bird: from food to cages, supplements to special feeds, toys and more - all in one 40,000 square foot Air Conditioning Building. 9 AM - 4 PM. $.

Together they make movies with a cult following. They are Divine and John Waters. Join in for a night of movies, music, drinks and dancing. From 5pm-1am see select films featuring Divine herself. Do you have a favorite character from one of the movies? There will be a free specially themed shot to all who dress Up. (one per person) Arrive early to take advantage of happy hour from 5pm-8pm too. No cover.

2018 FLORIDA KIDS AND FAMILY EXPO - Aug 18 - 19 Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, Hall D, Orlando, FL. 407.405.4000. The Florida Kids and Family Expo brings approximately 150 pre-natal, baby, toddler, kid, teen and family exhibitors together with products, services and opportunities to enrich your family. From free trials to coupons, discounts and giveaways, not only will you discover new ideas, but you’ll also be able to try them out for free or save money along the way. The exhibits are free to interact with, from animal encounters to product trials to character meet and greets and so much more. 150 Exhibitors. LIVE PERFORMANCES all day, both days. Interactive stations. Attractions. Bounce Houses. $.

BATTLE FOR AZEROTH LAUNCH PARTY - Aug 17 The Cloak & Blaster, 875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108, Orlando, FL. (407) 674-7435. The latest expansion for World of Warcraft has arrived, so join in and pledge allegiance to the right side. Prepare for battle (and all-night horde v. alliance arguments.) Themed Drinks. Costumes / Theme Attire Encouraged. This is a casual theme night, so feel free to simply rock your favorite Blizzard shirt. 6 PM - 2 AM

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ TO HOLD AUDITIONS AT ESPN COMPLEX - Aug 25 Do you have what it takes to be the next American Idol? ‘American Idol’ coming to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Must be at least 15 years old to audition. Auditions will take place outdoors, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. For full eligibility requirements and submission forms, visit

A NIGHT WITH DIVINE - Aug 18 VAULT 5421, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, FL. 407270-6273 She is the Filthiest Person Alive. He is the Pope of Trash.

DR. CYNTHIAS MOTHER DAUGHTER TEA PARTY - Aug 25 Sorosis-Orlando Woman’s Club, 501 E Livingston



August 24 thru September 30


elebrate Orlando’s amazing culinary scene during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month sponsored by American Express. Beginning August 24 during a special preview week, and continuing through September 30, more than 100 Orlando restaurants will offer three course, prix fixe dinners for just $35. So call friends, family or coworkers and start making plans now. Plus, through Visit Orlando, one dollar from each meal will benefit Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available at


ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS Street, Orlando, FL, (407) 288-3621 This is a fun, whimsical and feminine tea party. Daughters learn all the wonderful changes their bodies will go through in puberty and mothers learn tools for ongoing communication with their daughters. This event is age appropriate for girls ages 7-14 who have not begun their menstrual cycles. Dr. Cynthia’s Mother Daughter Tea Party provides a great opportunity to connect with your daughter and give her a healthy and positive attitude about her body and all it is capable of doing. 1 PM - 3 PM

A FURRY TASTE OF THE J - Aug 26 Rosen JCC, 11184 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL. (407) 387-5330.

This annual food festival is about to get furrier this year. Join in for an Annual Taste of the J festival, FREE to the public. This year featuring classic local food vendors, in addition to a pet fair and children’s activities! 12 PM - 3 PM DISCOVER YOUR BEAUTY THE FASHION SHOW 2018 - Aug 26 The Florida Hotel & Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL. 407-965-9009 Celebrating a 13th Anniversary. This show is dedicated to All Cancer Survivors and support DYB Foundation. 5 PM - 7 PM. 16th ANNUAL ALLSTATE TOM JOYNER FAMILY REUNION AT GAYLORD PALMS - Aug 30 - Sept 3 Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL. Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show is celebrating the importance of family fun for every generation at the 2018 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Attracting more than 25,000 people annually, the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion welcomes families from all over the country for a weekend filled with concerts, celebrity interactions, enlightening seminars, one of the largest family themed expos for the African-American community, a theme park option, shopping, College Day featuring prominent colleges and universities - poised to accept ap-



oin the Fast & Furious family for a full-throttle, high-octane experience where you’ll be immersed in heart-pounding action alongside Dom, Letty, Hobbs and the rest of the crew. You’ll meet up with the team and check out iconic vehicles and memorable locations from the films. Just as the party is getting started an enemy infiltrates your location and a wild chase ensues. You’ll have to keep up with this unbreakable family as they help you escape from danger on this thrilling ride. 92

plications - and endless themed activities. The event’s free Fam-Fest Expo is open to the public the entire weekend and guests can also enjoy passes to Universal Orlando theme park. This year’s event will feature concerts from legendary R&B, Soul, Funk band Maze featuring Frankie Beverly on Friday; R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe (BBD) and Comedian Rickey Smiley on Saturday; and an entire day of inspiration with Sunday’s Gospel Explosion presenting Erica Campbell with more celebrities to be announced. Erica Campbell at Joyner Family Reunion

ART AFTER DARK: FOOD TRUCK EDITION - First Friday Of The Month Lake Nona, 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL. (321) 202-5855 First Friday of every month at Lake Nona


Town Center for Art After Dark: Food Truck Edition. Mingle amongst local artists from Orlando’s bustling art scene while sipping your favorite wine and enjoying an abundance of delicious local food trucks. Nestled between Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen and Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, For the whole family. This three hour event kicks off at 6 PM and is open to the public. 6 PM - 9 PM. ANDRETTI KARTING 9299 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. 407.610.5020. Fulfil your need for speed at Andretti Karting, anº indoor go-kart facility. It features electronic go-karting, zip lines, bowling, racing simulators, a ‘sky bar,’ rock climbing, laser tag and a full-service restaurant. CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771. See over 500 animals representing 205 species. Take to the sky and enjoy an aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park or bring your flip-flops and swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. See domestic animals in the Children’s Zoo, or see the Southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in the Herpetarium. CONTINUED


he Great LEGO Race is the first virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience designed for kids and represents the first time the LEGO brand has been integrated with VR technology in a theme park attraction. With animated action taking place on the ground and in the air, the wild and wacky race pits guests against a pirate, wizard, surfer and pharaoh as they steer LEGObuilt vehicles like a rocketpowered windsurfing rig, a scooter fueled by espresso and a canopied bed carried by mummy servants. Wearing optional VR headsets, riders will experience the action from every direction up, down, forward, backward and all points in between while riding the roller coaster – in an environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks.


ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS DINOSAUR WORLD 5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City, FL 33565. (813) 717-9865. Dinosaur World features over 150 life-size dinosaur sculptures in over 20 acres. Fossil dig, Dino Gem Excavation, Geode Cracker and more.

FUN SPOT AMERICA: 20TH ANNIVERSARY Fun Spot America has premiered Headrush 360, a wild new ride at the family-owned theme parks’ original location on International Drive, which is celebrating

its 20th anniversary this month. Standing 40 feet tall, the patriotically painted Headrush 360 is the first part of an overall expansion at Fun Spot’s Orlando theme park. Climb aboard with up to 11 other people and get turned upside down, sideways and just about every other way imaginable in a fast-paced experience you’ll only find in Orlando. Headrush also marks the start of Fun Spot’s second growth spurt in five years, with a 15-acre renovation in 2013 bringing wooden roller coasters to both of its Florida parks. Besides Headrush 360 and SkyCoaster, Orlando’s thrills include the Hot Seat swing ride, the spinning Rip Curl and the gravitydefying Enterprise. At Kissimmee, you can go up and down on Screaming Eagles or spin round and round — and then backwards — on Flying Bobs. Orlando’s roller coasters are Freedom Flyer, an inverted steel coaster with a virtual-reality option, and the wooden White Lightning. At Kissimmee, you can choose between the Rockstar Coaster or the wooden Mine Blower — which also goes upside down. GATORLAND 14501 S Orange Blossom Tr, Orlando, FL 32837. (407) 855-5496. A 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve located along South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando show-

T Thrill Fest Night Ride thru Aug 17

“Thrill Fest” culminating on August 17 “Thrill Fest Ride Night” with extended park hours. Included in admission, guests can take the coaster challenge and ride all of their favorite thrills at SeaWorld Orlando: Manta, Mako, Kraken and Journey to Atlantis will stay open until midnight for coaster enthusiasts to enjoy. Ride Night Coaster Tech Talk - August 17. Go Behind-the-Scenes and experience an exclusive “Tech Talk” with the operations and maintenance teams to see the Manta “coaster house.” This free program will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 1 pm and 2 pm on August 17. Extended Happy Hour - Happy Hour at Sharks Underwater Grill and Flamecraft Bar will be extended until 11 pm on August 17 for “Thrill Fest Ride Night”. Last Chance for Free Beer! – Now through Sept. 2. from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close. 94

casing thousands of alligators and crocodiles including four extremely rare leucistic “white” alligators. The free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, natural alligator breeding marsh, and the “thrilling” Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING 8969 International Dr, Orlando,Florida. (407) 337-4359. Soar at IFLY Indoor Skydiving’s facility next to WonderWorks on International Drive, equipped with two all-glass wind tunnels in an open single-story floor plan that allows I-Drive passersby to see fliers in action.

your child’s imaginative world of mythical forests and secret gardens. Admission is included in the daytime garden admission. Thru Dec - MOVIES AT LEU GARDEN . Experience movies outdoors. Leu Gardens offers a unique setting to see a classic or current feature film. Each month from February to December, no movie in July. Movie goers may bring dinner picnics including alcohol and seating (chairs or blanket) then sit back and enjoy an outdoor movie. Feature Presentations: No movie in July; Aug 3 - Black Panther. 1st Monday of the month STORY TIME is a fun approach

illustrating to young children the benefits of reading through songs, rhymes and books. Story Time is for families with infants to 5 years of age. No story time in July and September. Free. MADAME TUSSAUDS 8401 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866-6308315. JUSTICE LEAGUE - Madame Tussauds Orlando’s “Justice League: A Call for Heroes” will allow guests to jump in on the action as a loyal sideCONTINUED

KISSIMMEE AIR MUSEUM WARBIRD ADVENTURES 233 N Hoagland Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741. 407- 870-7366. museum

The Kissimmee Air Museum is located at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Kissimmee, FL. It houses vintage aircraft from World War II to the Vietnam War including an outdoor showroom. LEU GARDENS 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803. 407.246.2620. Thru Sept 23 - ENCHANTED FAIRY DOORS EXHIBIT. Explore the 50-acre gardens to find where the fairies live. This whimsical exhibit will feature fifteen one-of-akind fairy doors which will inspire


ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS kick to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman. Replica props and costumes related to each superhero character’s wax figure will provide an added dimension of authenticity and realism to the immersive experience.

MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 900 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 246-4278. Once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of local philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. Changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods, including original as well as traveling shows.

lins’ Street Party while a cruise of classic cars are the free entertainment every Saturday night. A rock and roll band (specializing in tunes from the 1950s and the 1960s) plays prior to the classic car cruise. ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32801. 407-836-8500. www. First Friday Lunch & Learn: 100 Years of Fashion Aug 3 Join the History Center’s Collections Manager to take a look at how clothing and fashion has evolved over the past hundred years with our changing lifestyles and environment. Bring a lunch or order one while you enjoy this hour-long program. 12:00pm - 1:00pm $. ORLANDO EYE 8401 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866228-6438.

MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. 407-645-5311. A collection of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany as well as fine 19th and 20th century American decorative arts. OLD TOWN 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746. (407) 396-4888.

Old Town is an amusement park with rides and outdoor shopping mall. Wednesday night is the Little Dar96

The Orlando Eye is one of the newest attractions in Orlando and the largest observation Ferris Wheel on the East Coast.

ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART 2416 Mills Ave N, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 8964231. AUGUST Thru OCT 28. Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J Muth. This exhibition will feature 69 works by Jon J Muth, an American comic book artist and children’s book illustrator, known for his painted artwork. SEPT 9 - Louis Dewis: A Belgian Post-Impressionist. A mini-exhibition of seven paintings by the Belgian Post-Impressionist painter, Louis Dewis.

(407) 251-3100. Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) is a watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, and waterskiing. The park has two full-size cable systems, a two-tower system, and a boat lake. The full-size cables are equipped with a variety of Unit features and a few custom signature OWC rails. Schedule a boat lesson, or if skiing is your style, take a set with Hall of Famer Wade Cox behind a Ski Nautique 200. OWC also offers stand up paddleboarding, an outdoor fitness area with climbing rope, a pro shop with the newest Hyperlite gear, a snack bar, & a great beach area with grills and picnic tables.

ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. (407) 5142000. Exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and exploration. The Science Live! programs are designed to bring the exhibits to life. Whether it’s a show in the Digital Adventure Theater or a one-to-one interaction with a volunteer at the Crosby Observatory, the live programs create the kind of impact that can last a lifetime. ORLANDO REPERTORY THEATRE 1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. 407-8967365. Creating experiences that enlighten, entertain, and enrich the lives of family and young audiences.

PIRATE’S DINNER ADVENTURE 6400 Carrier Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. (407) 2065100. Set aboard an authentically replicated 18th-century Spanish galleon measuring 46 feet long, 18 feet wide with 40-foot masts, the ship is anchored in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night sky lighting. Surrounding the lagoon is a six-sided showroom of six additional ships where the audience is seated. Voyagers on each of the six ships have their own pirate mascot whom they cheer on as the adventure unfolds with a cast a dozen actors, singers and stunt performers engaging in action-packed exploits, accompanied by cannon blasts, pyrotechnics and plenty of laughs. In addition, more than 150 guests have the chance to play an actual role in each show as the evil Captain Sebastian the Black leads his crews of renegades on a swashbuckling adventure before your very eyes.

ORLANDO SEALIFE AQUARIUM 8449 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 866622-0607. Sea Life Orlando will transport you into a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. From face-to-face encounters with sharks, to a hands-on touchpool experience, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at the newest aquarium in Orlando. ORLANDO STARFLYER 7001 International Drive, Orlando. 407-370-5353 . At 450 feet tall, the world’s tallest swing ride offers open-air views of the destination for up to 24 guests at once, swinging them through the air at up to 60 miles an hour at top speed. ORLANDO WATERSPORTS COMPLEX 8615 Florida Rock Road Orlando, FL 32824 Phone:

POLK MUSEUM OF ART 800 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801, (863) 688-7743. The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is a teaching museum that enhances lives through inspirational and engaging art experienc-


ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS es for all. Beth Ford: A Selective Retrospective - Thru Sept. 23. This exhibition showcases the work of Florida Southern College Professor emeritus and award-winning artist Beth Ford. Lorrie Goulet: Seventy Years Carving - thru Sept. 30. A celebration of Goulet’s career as a painter, sculptor and poet, the sculptures in this exhibition come directly from the 92-year-old artist’s New York City studio. The Von Wagner Code - thru Sept. 16. A curated exhibition inspired by the rediscovery of a damaged, long-lost painting on the Florida Southern College campus and the exciting search for answers about its origins. Double Vision: Photocentric Paintings by Richard Heipp - Thru Aug. 25. A retrospective exhibition of artist and University of Florida Prof. Richard Heipp’s air-brushed simulations of photographs and scanned objects.

SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer. SEAVENTURE AT DISCOVERY COVE is an innovative “underwater walking tour” through an oceanic world teeming with marine life. Guests wear a dive helmet to feel at home under the sea, and SCUBA certification is not required. During their underwater excursion, guests come eye-to-eye with sharks; touch unique animals, fish and velvety rays; and are surrounded by schools of feeding fish – all with the massive open reef as the backdrop.

SEAWORLD / DISCOVERY COVE 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821. (888) 8005447. Free Beer All Summer Long for SeaWorld Orlando Park Guests thru Sept 2 - Complimentary Beer Samples and Daily Happy Hour. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with 98



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PHIL GERNHARD Record Man by Bill DeYoung


hil Gernhard, Record Man is the story of a self-made music mogul who created nearly fifty years’ worth of chart-topping songs. From a tiny office and studio in Florida, he co-wrote the Royal Guardsmen’s “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron,” America’s fastest-selling single of 1966. He revived the career of singer Dion DiMucci with the ballad “Abraham, Martin and John”—a million seller. He discovered and produced hit records for Lobo, Jim Stafford, and the Bellamy Brothers. Through a long collaboration with music business icon Mike Curb, he launched to fame many others, including country superstars Tim McGraw and Rodney Atkins. In Nashville and Los Angeles, Phil Gernhard was a legend.

Bill DeYoung is the author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down. Nationally recognized for his music journalism, he was a writer and editor at various Florida and Georgia newspapers for over three decades. University Press of Florida •

ST. PETERSBURG PIERS Images of America

Arcadia Publishing

by Nevin D. Sitler


s a new pier rises where the last inverted pyramid stood downtown St. Petersburg, here’s a look back at the history of the piers. Commerce, tourism, recreation, and even the quest for eternal youth were the primary incentives for building piers along St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront as early as 1854. For more than 160 years, developers and entrepreneurs pushed wooden or concrete structures from the shoreline to the deeper waters of Tampa Bay. Railroads were behind the early development, allowing cargo loads to be transferred from ship to rail with the least amount of effort. A large and profitable fishing industry evolved. Electrically powered trolley cars shuttled tourists to and from cruise ships. Promoters built bathhouses, spas, and bait houses to entice locals and visitors, and casino gathering halls of various, often controversial, styles were proposed, built, destroyed, loved, and detested. Competing piers were built only 10 feet apart. Mother Nature’s elements, including a hurricane, and politics ravaged most of the remaining structures. St. Petersburg Museum of History education director and historian Nevin D. Sitler has combined images curated for a semipermanent pier exhibit with more than 150 other photographs for this entertaining look at the “front door to the Sunshine City.” 100

THE MOJITO by Heather McPherson


ELEBRATE THE MOJITO! This book features everything you need to know to make a favorite Caribbean cocktail that has won a place in bars and eateries across the globe. The basic elements are simple--rum, lime, mint, sugar, and club soda. Food writer Heather McPherson shows how to add and swap ingredients to create flavor-packed variations for every occasion, including a spicy mango mojito with jalapeños, an exotic basil lychee mojito, a sweet and savory peach and rosemary mojito, and even a hot mojito tea. And it’s more than just a drink. Readers will enjoy recipes for sensational dinners and desserts too, including mojito grilled shrimp salad, mojito strip steak with pico de gallo, cheesecake, cookies, and sugar-kissed meringues. Transforming an irresistible drink in delightful ways, McPherson invites readers to juice a lime, muddle some mint, and have fun with these creative recipes at home.

Heather McPherson is a writer for EdibleOrlando and a food blogger at Heather’s Florida Kitchen. She is the former food editor for the Orlando Sentinel, and has edited and authored various cookbooks. Seaside Publishing •

THE ISLE OF GOLD Most Men Sail for Treasure by Seven Jane


n orphan who sleeps in the kitchens of a brothel, Merrin Smith is desperate to unravel the secrets of her past and find the truth about the events that brought her to Isla Perla as a child. Disguised as a sailor, she joins the crew of the pirate ship Riptide, helmed by the notorious Captain Erik Winters. Winters is known as much for his ruthlessness as for his connection to the proprietress of The Goodnight Mermaid, Evangeline Dahl, who vanished from the island two summers before. The Riptide sails for the mythical island of Bracile, a place that exists only for a moment every two years--and which has never returned any man who has sailed for its shores. The Isle of Gold is an epic adventure of two women-one desperate to save herself, and the other determined to be rescued--and the secret which binds them together. Seven Jane is an author of dark fantasy and speculative fiction. She also regularly writes short stories and poetry that is published in various literary magazines. Seven is a member of The Author’s Guild and Women’s Fiction Writing Association. She lives in New England. The Isle of Gold, will be available in October. Black Spot Books


Casino Gaming Scene Tampa SEMINOLE HARD ROCK TAMPA Car-A-Day Giveaway. There is one guaranteed winner of a 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible every day in August. Drawings: Sun to Thurs at 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. Open to all Seminole Wild Card Members. Insert your Seminole Wild Card into any slot machine starting at 5 p.m. on each day to activate your entry.

$400,000 Night Fever Sweepstakes - Fri, Aug 17, 24 & 31; and Sat, Aug 18 & 25 – 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Four winners of Free Play every hour. 1st = $5,000, 2nd = $2,500, 3rd = $1,500, 4th = $1,000. On Aug 31, the Free Play prizes are doubled to $10,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. Open to all Seminole Wild Card Members. $50,000 Play to Earn Slot Tournament Thurs, Aug 30 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Earn $10 Comp Dollars on tournament day to participate. The top 500 scores will win (1st place: $10,000 Free Play; 2nd place: $5,000 FP; 3rd place: $2,500 FP; 4th place: $1,000 FP; 5th place: $750 FP; 6th to 10th place: $250 FP; 11th to 110th place; $100 FP; and 111th to 500th place: $50 FP).

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Classic Rockers 55+ 2 for 1 lunch buffet at Fresh Harvest Tues, Aug 14, 21 & 28 – 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fresh Harvest 2 for 1 lunch buffet or 50% off for one lunch buffet. Open to all Seminole Wild Card Members 55 years of age and older.

PLAZA HOTEL & CASINO HAS NEVADA’S ONLY MILLION DOLLAR BINGO GAME Home to the only bingo room in downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino will now offer the only million-dollar bingo game in Nevada. With Bingo Millions, players can win the entire jackpot by completing a coverall pattern in 47 ball calls or less. Players can win other jackpots up to $25,000 for completing their coverall in up to 54 ball calls. All prizes are paid on a no-split basis, except for the grand prizes which are aggregate. Bingo Millions follows other cutting-edge bingo



Carnival Cruise Line Enhanced Carnival Players Club Casino Program With Upgraded Offers And Experiences


arnival Cruise Line is refreshing its Carnival Players Club casino program to give members more access to unique offers and experiences, both on board and ashore. The program includes a new “Dealer’s Choice” offer with exclusive cruise savings opportunities, complimentary in-casino drinks for qualified guests, and invitation-only Carnival Players Club events. Carnival has also upgraded several new programs to offer guests an enhanced cruise and casino experience with value-added benefits, privileges and exclusive events based on level of play: Getaway: available on three- to five-day cruises with extras like in-stateroom gifts, priority checkin and luggage delivery, complimentary in-casino drinks to qualified players, and a chance to win up to $10,000 in free play, cash and prizes. Premier: for the more avid casino players, available on cruises of six days or longer and offers all the benefits of the Getaway program plus a complimentary pre-cruise gift, priority debarkation, a special Welcome Aboard party, invitation-only casino tournaments, and a chance at $20,000 in free play, cash and prizes every cruise. Ultra: the most loyal players will receive Ultra invites, which include all of the benefits of the

Premier program plus a chance at $100,000 in cash and gifts on board. Elite: reserved for the very best players, the Elite program provides exclusive experiences and perks like complimentary parking or local airport pick-up and drop-off, early stateroom access, complimentary drinks throughout the cruise, a free shore excursion and Wi-Fi, special Welcome Aboard and sailaway parties, and VIFP Platinum status for the entire voyage.


Las Vegas games at the Plaza, such interactive Super Spin Bingo games where players can spin and win prizes up to five times more than traditional games. HIGH-ENERGY ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL - Sept 1 Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and Collective Zoo are bringing the heat this Labor Day weekend with an evening of booty shakin’ electronic music. The event promises visitors a jampacked evening celebrating diversity in music, art, food and culture – all in the same spot. House Music lovers can catch memorable electronic sounds in the heart of downtown Las Vegas with performances from a collection of talented entertainers, including Grammy-nominated producer and headliner for the evening Chris Lake, NYCbased Walker & Royce, SINDEN and more. SEVEN OH BREW OKTOBERFEST TWOWEEKEND FESTIVAL - Sept 27-30, Oct 4-7 Seven oh Brew Oktoberfest is coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park for an over-the-top brewhaha celebration akin to the original festival in Mu-

nich, Germany. The almost-authentic Oktoberfest will be hosted over two weekends - Sept 27 - 30 and Oct 4 - 7.

WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS DEBUTS Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has converted the Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. Waldorf Astoria will assume full operation of the property with plans to re-imagine and renovate the hotel with brand touches and improvements. With elevated offerings alongside Las Vegas’ attractions, the hotel will offer True Waldorf Service with Personal Concierges to ensure every guest enjoys thoughtful, intui-

MARIAH CAREY “The Butterfly Returns”


ariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, is returning to Las Vegas with an all-new headlining residency, “The Butterfly Returns” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The show will spotlight a more intimate performance on The Colosseum’s stage, showcasing Mariah Carey’s world-famous vocals with an all-new show that highlights her extensive catalogue of music.

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tive and graceful service. Guests can also expect unforgettable experiences, including innovative dining concepts, spectacular views of The Strip from the hotel’s exclusive 23rd floor bar, helicopter rides, spa retreats and more. THE UNDERGROUND AT THE MOB MUSEUM

The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces

its ongoing Happy Hour program in The Underground speakeasy exhibition. The speakeasy’s full-service bar purveys not only house-distilled moonshine and craft beer, but also wines by the glass, non-alcoholic beverages and a tempting array of authentic, Prohibition-inspired cocktails. From 5 to 7 p.m., Mon through Fri, visitors can now enjoy 20% off select craft cocktails, draft beer and wine by the glass. In addition, visitors can take a taste of Prohibition history home with them with The Underground’s house-distilled moonshine and proprietary vodka. ROBOT BUTLERS RECHARGE GUEST EXPERIENCE AT VDARA HOTEL & SPA Vdara Hotel & Spa welcomes the newest additions to its team with Fetch and Jett – two Relay robots responsible for delivering snacks, sundries, and spa products directly to guest suites. These talented bots work alongside their human colleagues to transport an array of frequently forgotten and Continued....


Las Vegas requested amenities including shaving and dental kits as well as tasty bites and drinks from Market CafĂŠ. Fetch and Jett are fully autonomous indoor delivery robots that use advanced technology to seamlessly navigate around people and objects.

SUNDANCE HELICOPTERS NEON & NATURE WEDDINGS Sundance Helicopters will marry couples at their exclusive scenic overlook with The Neon & Nature Wedding Experience. They will be held on a private bluff overlooking the Las Vegas Valley with breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, all while surrounded by the natural beauty of red, orange, and yellow rock formations. The Neon & Nature Wedding Experience includes a tour in a private state-of-the-art helicopter en route to the wedding location, access to a VIP waiting room at the Sundance terminal, an officiant, personal cake, wedding flowers, champagne, photography and limousine service. AMERICAN FLIXBUS FLEET ARRIVES IN LAS VEGAS The launch marks the 28th country of operation for the German-born tech and travel pioneer. FlixBus offers one-way and round-trip routes in a lux-


ury motorcoach at prices that often cost less than a coffee. TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING AT BALLY’S “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” has found the perfect venue in Buca di Beppo inside Bally’s. The production will continue to bring lighthearted entertainment to Las Vegas, and this time the wedding will be catered with family-style Italian meals from Buca di Beppo. The interactive comedy will perform Friday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.


with Mark Pilarski

Prune the Hedges from your Crap Game Dear Mark: When playing craps, I am aware that it is best to stay away from any prop box bets. But when playing the Don’t Pass line for a $10 bet with a max lay of $60, if the point is a 4 or 10, is it wise to hedge this bet with a $10 Hard 4 or 10? Bill P. In 1933, Wilson Mizner lay dying. He was fifty-eight and all his life he had been a gamester. “Do you want a priest? he was asked, during an interval of consciousness. “I want a priest, a rabbi and a Protestant clergyman,” he managed to flash back. “I want to hedge my bets.” Was it was a good move on Mizner s part? Perhaps, but when it comes to the game of craps, my advice remains the same, never hedge your bets. Hedging your bet in craps is when you make one bet with the erroneous belief it will protect another wager somewhere else on the layout. The logic here is analogous to diversifying your investment portfolio by buying

bonds to protect against losses that you might experience in the stock market. Usually, though, both investments won t go south on you simultaneously. Every bet on the crap layout has a negative expectation.

Hedge betting by using one wager to offset the negative probabilities of another wager is just not smart betting on a crap game. What you are doing is taking a high house edge bet on the Hard 4 or 10 (The hard 4 and 10 carry a casino advantage of 11.1%) and expecting it to make a Don t Pass wager (1.4%, lower by laying odds) of higher quality. You can’t, Bill, have it both ways. You cannot protect yourself here without being hurt there. Not only can a hedge betting system NOT beat a game like craps, but it also won t even dent the house edge. My advice to you, Bill, is to pass on hedge betting, stick to the Don t pass, and reduce that minuscule 1.4% house edge by laying odds. Mark, Where does the term JACKPOT come from? I have

never been able to find the origin of the word. Lee H. Multiple dictionaries that I checked, Lee, date the word Jackpot Multiple dictionaries that I checked, Lee, date the word somewhere between 1880-85, Americanism, and of uncertain origin. The first published use of the term may have been in 1865 in an issue of The National Police Gazette. That timeline would precede the invention in 1895 of the first mechanical slot machine by Bavarian immigrant Charles Fey. It was Fey who linked the three reels to the slide payout mechanism, creating the first, reeled, mechanical slot machine. In a gesture of patriotism, he named it Liberty Bell. The word Jackpot does not appear anywhere on the Liberty Bell machine. The machine had five symbols horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and a Liberty bell. The player who lined up three Liberty Bells, would receive the highest payout of 10 nickels. Possibly back then they shouted EUREKA! after a 50¢ win. With a bit of research, you can find the derivation of the word Jackpot getting the most traction from the combination of the words jack + pot. In the 1860s, the term was used in a form of poker, where the pot accumulated until a player could open the bidding with two jacks or better. 107

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Biloxi What’s happening at the Beau Rivage


ocated on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Beau Rivage is a beautiful resort destination — very convenient for Tampa Bay area folks looking for either an exciting time, or a relaxing time, or both — the Beau has it all. With a partnership with Sun Country 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. The flight takes only an hour and fifteen minutes and leaves from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport. Golfers will definitely want to experience Fallen Oak, Beau Rivage’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course, with it’s dramatic elevations and beautiful magnolia trees, ponds, streams and wetlands.

THE GIVEAWAY MERCEDES-BENZ SUMMER SERIES - Every Saturday in August guests have the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz plus $200,000 in freeplay or tableplay. Guests begin earning points by activating electronic entries on each drawing day between 10 a.m. and 9:50 p.m. by swiping their M life Rewards card at one of the kiosks on the casino floor. Guests receive one virtual drawing entry for every 100 Slot Points or table games equivalent earned throughout the promotional period. Ten winners will be drawn each hour at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. HILLBILLY BLUES $50,000 SLOT TOURNAMENT Aug. 31 Guests must earn 300 slot points on the day of the tournament to be eligible. Guests may register by going to an M life rewards kiosk before 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. Tournament play begins at 11 a.m. in the Smoke-Free Slot area. The top 100 scores will be paid. MGM RESORTS FIRST TO MARKET WITH MISSISSIPPI SPORTS WAGERING Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica have ushered in the era of legal sports wagering under the newly created state regulations permitting licensed casino operators to establish legal sports books. In The Beau Rivage the new sports book is located in the former Coast Restaurant.


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. Reservations for air-inclusive travel packages may be made by calling 888.640.8973. 108

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by Dr. Lori Verderame

Souvenir Shopping On The French Riviera


painters and world class sculpAt the cathedral in Monte trip to the French Riviera tors, colorful functional pottery Carlo—the site of the royal wedremains, for most folks, a pieces, country French toile and ding in 1956—visitors will not once in a lifetime dream vacaother printed textiles, melodic cionly have an opportunity to pay tion. So, when you find yourself jet-setting in locales that are the cada bugs, and lavender fields. their respects at the tombs of the If you want to collect something prince and princess but they will well-known playgrounds of the traditional from St. Tropez, take be able to view a litany of 16th rich and famous, how do you home an inexpensive lavender and 17th Century French paintpurchase souvenirs at reasonsachet (about 4 euros) or a printings on display there. able prices? Of course, Monte Carlo is Amid the fast cars, palahome to the exciting Grand tial buildings, and massive Prix. Collectibles relating to yachts, buying a t-shirt for 50 the great race come in many euros seems like a cheap alshapes, sizes, and price ternative in Monte Carlo or St. ranges. Caps, keychains, and Tropez. What do you do if you magnets featuring the world’s are looking to collect somefastest cars like Ferrari, Lamthing of significance at reabourgini, and Buggatti are sonable prices? Stick to your available in Monte Carlo’s budget and shop like a pro. tourist shops at very reasonWhen shopping for souvenirs, it is important to learn In lovely St. Tropez, fine art is sold in both able prices. If you are traveling to the about the place you are vis- posh galleries and on the city’s streets. ed cotton tablecloth (about 25 French Riviera, remember to iting. Learn about its history, euros). They are fine reminders download your French translaculture, customs, and try to unof this chic town on the French tion app, bring cash in euros to derstand what makes it famous Riviera and they won’t break negotiate like a pro and know before you arrivve. For instance, your bank account. the history of the region so you St. Tropez came of age in the In Monte Carlo (a.k.a., can capitalize on the most ap1950s when Bridget Bardot and Charles’ Mount), Monaco, soupropriate souvenirs. other A List celebs vacationed venirs associated with Princess there. Today, it remains an enDr. Lori Verderame is the author Grace, Prince Rainier, their faviable vacation locale. The most and award-winning TV personality mous children, and other memfamous film industry insiders, bers of the famous Grimaldi who appears on HISTORY chancaptains of industry, and the ulnel’s #1 show, The Curse of Oak Isfamily are always popular. Obtra-wealthy regard St. Tropez as land. With a Ph.D. from Penn State a hot spot. It follows that art and jects that reflect the history of University and experience appraiscirca 1950s Hollywood starlet items associated with historic ing 20,000 antiques every year and turned princess, nee Grace Kelmovie stars are easy to find soumany online via photos, Dr. Lori ly, are immortalized in all types venirs from St. Tropez. presents antique appraisal events of Monte Carlo souvenirs rangSt. Tropez is located within to worldwide audiences. Visit www. the French region of Provence. ing from posters to mugs to or call (888) net plates. 431-1010. Provence is known for its fine art 110


Bucs Bits THE BUC’S 2018 SEASON Training camp started on July 29th. Practice starts at 8:45 am in order to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and then to enhance the experience, the final half of some practices will move into to new air-conditioned indoor facilities. For the first time, fans can roam the perimeter of the field and they can bring chairs to use at the outside portion of practice. For safety reasons, no chairs will be permitted during the indoor viewing. To get free Digital tickets for the practices go to Tickets will be required for all practices. Parking is free. The Buc’s continue to offer season tickets starting as low as $22.50 for kids and $45 adults. For information call 866-582-2827 or visit Buccaneers .com/

Story and photos by Barbara McGovern

of Washington by way of California. Welcome to Buc’s Land, Vita, and good luck. In addition to Vita, we welcomed back one of our own, Jason Pierre-Paul. Jason played at USF before playing with the New Jersey— sorry—the New York Giants. Welcome back and good luck.


Jason Pierre-Paul

Vita Vea

Things have been humming along since the draft. I’m sure everyone loved all the action at the draft party and getting their first look at the first round pick, Vita Vea. Other teams should be very afraid, he is a very large man! (But he has a great smile.) Let’s hope Vita follows in the steps of the previous first-round defensive tackles, Gerald McCoy, Anthony McFarland and Warren Sapp. Vita comes to Tampa from the University 112

THE BUCS HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. In no particular order, here are some of the things that they have been doing to improve Tampa Bay. “The Cut For The Cure” supports the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. More than 40 players and staff had their head or beard’s shaved or got their hair colored as is done by patient and survivors of Pediatric Cancer. Over the past 6 years, the Bucs have raised over $315,000 to help the kids. This fundraiser was led by Deno Anagnost, VP of Sales. Deno, a cancer survivor, raised $22,000 on his own this year alone. The Bucs have vowed to raise $100,000. Gerald McCoy donated $30,000. They beat their goal. The Bucs have always had the community’s back, doing anything that needs to be done, never asking for any credit. That Is just the Glazer’s way. The N.P.F. Is headquartered in Tampa and is dedicated to funding research to stamp out childhood cancer. Fans who would like to help can contact id=1610&fr_id=1140&pg=team The Rookie club is always active. Among other things, they went bowling with Tampa Fire Rescue at

Pin Chasers for the 4th year in a row. They visited with children at local hospitals and spent time at McDill, meeting with base personnel. THE MIKE EVANS FAMILY FOUNDATION

they decided to focus on both. The Foundation started small but they hope to grow so they can help kids and families that need a hand up. They have plans for a lot more things in the near future. They had a very successful golf tournament in May and also gave several scholarships to kids in his local Texas area. Many Bucs, past and present have started foundations and they are making a huge impact on lives. It’s wonderful to see these young men and their families appreciate the blessings they have been given and want to pay it forward. PRO DAD AND KIDS EXPERIENCE Tony Dungy hosted the Pro Dad and Kids Experience in April at R.J. Coach Dungy is the national spokesperson for All Pro Dads. This was the 100 All Pro Dad Experience that has been in 26 different NFL, MLB and NACC markets since 2002. Coach Dungy helped found this unique organization that seeks to get dads more involved and engaged with their children’s lives. For information visit

Mike and Ashli Evans

Mike Evans has started, along with his wife, Ashli, “The Mike Evans Family Foundation“ whose goal is to help kids who don’t have the resources to go to college, kids from low income families that have worked hard to apply to go to school and get in don’t have the money to go. Mike said that if he didn’t have a scholarship he probably wouldn’t be where he is today. Secondly, he wants to help families that suffered from domestic violence because he grew up in that type of environment. He and his wife can relate to both of these so

BUCS WILL HOST THE STEELERS On Sept 24, the Bucs will host the Steelers on the ESPN Monday night game. They will induct Coach Dungy into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in a halftime ceremony. This a well deserved honor for one of the best-loved men in The football world. The schedule for the 2018 season is out. Go the Bucs website to see it. ‘Til next time, continue to have a safe and fun-filled summer and GO BUCS!!!




MUNK PACK Protein Cookies


unk Pack Cookies are a delicious protein bar alternative and snack. They have 18 grams of plant protein for tasty better-for-you fuel, are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Each cookie contains no sugar alcohols, no gluten, no soy, no dairy and no eggs. Soft baked and filled with fiber, cookies come in flavors of Double Dark Chocolate, Coconut White Chip Macadamia, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin Spice.

GARCINIA Liquid Water Enhancer


o make sure you get your essential vitamins and nutrients each day without the hassle of swallowing large pills or keeping track of endless bottles, BPI Sports’ Liquid Water Enhancers have created a great product to stay hydrated and lose weight. These zero-calorie and zero-sugar liquid supplements give you all the essential nutrients your body needs to help you get through the day. The product is made with Garcinia Cambogia— a native fruit of Asia and Africa scientifically proven to provide fullness. Recommended 30-60 minutes before each meal. They are available in four varieties and contain benefits tailored to the specific needs of users. $19.99 suggested retail for 6-pack.

GUMMY Vitamin C Slices


et enough immune-boosting essential vitamins in a fun and tasty way with Rainbow Light Gummy Vitamin C Slices. Naturally fruitflavored gummies offer super boost of vitamin C plus added vitamin E for immune health and added antioxidant protection. They are all natural; Contains no eggs, fish, gluten, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, or wheat. These gummies help support healthy skin and blood vessels. $12.99 suggested retail for 30 count box. 114



Pitted Olives Grab & Go


he perfect grab-andgo healthy snack from Gaea. These Low-calorie and 100% natural and sun ripened pitted olive snacks have zero additives or preservatives. The packages are re-sealable and without liquid. They are certified Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher, and MyClimate Project Neutral, and a great source of dietary fiber, copper, vitamin E, and polyphenols. Olive Snacks come in different flavors, such as Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Chili & Black Pepper, Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Lemon & Oregano, and Pitted Kalamata Olives. $2.49 suggested retail.


TWO is an elemental formula of molecular hydrogen (H2) gas infused into purified water. How do you promote energy and endurance without the addition of counterproductive sugars, caffeine and additives? The answer is molecular hydrogen, aka hydrogen gas, H2. As a small gaseous nutrient, molecular hydrogen can enter the interior of our cells where metabolism occurs. HTWO is a metabolic beverage that uses purified water as a vessel to deliver hydrogen gas into the cells of the body. Benefits: Boosts Endurance, Reduces Lactic Acid, Reduces Fatigue, and Provides Antioxidants. $28. suggested retail for pack of 7.

GAEA KALAMATA Extra Virgin Olive Oil


eap the benefits of heart-healthy Greek EVOO with Kalamata olives. Gaea’s estate grown olive oils are 100% natural and authentic from the Kalamata region in the southwest Peloponnese, overlooking the Ionian Sea. The fresh, green handpicked Koroneiki olives used solely for the production of this “cold-pressed” superior category Extra Virgin Olive Oil, deliver an extremely well-balanced olive oil with a unique pepper and almond aftertaste. the oil is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants. Great pairing suggestions: tomatoes, leafy salads, drizzle over steaks, pasta, fish, grilled chicken, fresh vegetables, etc.

Suggested retail $15.


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usic has been the common thread connecting the life and soul of Nashville and its people. Broadway is it’s most famous street, with the Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Convention Center, and various honky tonk bars, including Robert’s Western World and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. The Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are both within one block of this area. Lower Broadway is a particularly crowded place during the annual CMA Music Festival. Here we see it illuminated at night.


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