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SPOTLIGHT 28-31 Fashion Fantasy

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Follow Your Fantasy is the theme for this issue’s fashion coverage. Our talented team put together a jaw-dropping photo shoot that is out-of –this-world.

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62-65 Setting The Mood Traditional or modern, creatively beautiful holiday tables can be yours with these ideas.

50-52 Woodson Museum Arts writer Cindy Stovall gives us an inside look at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum and the history behind the Deuces district in South St. Petersburg.

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34-35 Tombolo Books

Alsace Walentine and her pop-up bookstore bring authors and books to festivals and events around town.

54 Beauty & The ‘Burg

Cindy Stovall dishes on the latest St. Pete arts scene news.

10 Holiday Events

Ho-ho-holiday festivities abound in November and December. We provide a preview of everything from Santa Fest to First Night.

66 Crafty Creations

18-19 Tour de Force

Impress your guests this holiday season with specialty cocktails containing locally hand-crafted ice cubes.

Southeastern Guide Dogs’ new facility offers public tours to learn how these four-legged superheroes are raised and trained.

60 Conversation – Ginger

Opening the largest luxury day spa in St. Pete is a dream-come-true for this entrepreneur.

WORK 42 Dining Out – Birch & Vine

A new executive chef and updated menu are taking the Birchwood’s waterfront restaurant to new heights.

38 Dining Out – Asian Fare

Asian restaurants are popping up around the ‘Burg. We take a look at some.

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48 Conversation – Jason Mathis Get to know the new CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

56 Research Center

The new Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building brings state-of-the-art medical training and technology to the Innovation District.

43 Sips & Suds

Selecting the right wine to accompany your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas dinner is made easy, along with some reliable recommendations.

61 Innisbrook Getaway

Look in our own backyard for a oneday spa and dinner getaway.

58 SPL Scene

The social scene, galas, grand openings and fundraisers around town.


WELCOME TO SPL ABOUT US

Happy Holidays This is the time of year when our friends and relatives living in far-flung Northern places hate us. Well, you know what we mean. Maybe they are a wee bit jealous of our fabulous winter weather, with sun shining most days, moderate temps, palm trees blowing in the soft ocean breeze and blooming tropical landscapes. The holidays bring a special energy and sparkle to our Sunshine City. Our cover reflects this in the fantasy of fashion that is a part of the season. Ah, life in the ‘Burg is beautiful! Thanks to the outstanding effort of our City as they decorate our waterfront parks, filling the downtown with such colorful cheer and festivities. We have offered a round-up in this issue of many holiday happenings from family-friendly Santa Fest to grown-up parties for New Year’s Eve. Be sure to take a look and make plans early. We would be remiss not to do a special shout-out for the annual First Night taking place all around town on December 31. This massive event spread out over nearly a dozen locations, is a celebration of the best things about St. Petersburg with non-stop live music, interactive artists, dance and theater and street buskers, children’s activities and all capped off with two rounds of fireworks! This alcohol-free event is perfect for the family. See more about First Night inside this issue. We hope you enjoy our other features, including Cindy Stovall’s inside look at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum. This gem located in the Deuces has a rich history and has become a respected center of more than just arts in the St. Pete community due in large part to museum director Terri Lipsey Scott. As the year draws to a close, we at St. Pete Life wish to express our gratitude to all those we have come to know this year. We have made many new friends and your support and praise mean so much. We feel that St. Petersburg’s day has come, and it is our pleasure to keep you informed on everything good that’s happening. Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful New Year to all!

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St. Pete Life Magazine is a bi-monthly print publication distributed by mail to 20,000 of St. Pete’s most discriminating readers as well as at key local outlets.

PUBLISHER/CEO Beth Ann Drake EDITOR Marcia Biggs ART DIRECTOR Alicia Brown ADVERTISING Michelle Boudreau Vice President of Marketing Annette Mensch Account Executive CONTRIBUTORS Cindy Cockburn Travel/Features Kevin Godbee/Lori Brown Dining/St. Petersburg Foodies Jose Martinez Men’s Fashion Ro Martinez Rimes Fashion/Style Megan Simons Women’s Fashion Cindy Stovall Arts Writer Edith Swierzbinski Sips and Suds Alexandria Jones/Kayla Gleason Contributing Writers CO-FOUNDER/BUSINESS MANAGER Ralph Zuckerman

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St. Pete may not be the North Pole, but City of St. Petersburg’s Parks and Recreation Department goes the extra mile every holiday season to create a dazzling display along the downtown waterfront. Take a stroll to enjoy thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North Straub Park, South Straub Park, Pioneer Park, Al Lang Park and Albert Whitted Park from November 24 through January 1. Mark your calendars for these special holiday events, sure to light up the face of both young and old. Fun For The Kids Santa Parade Kick off the holidays in the Sunshine City when Santa comes to town and Mayor Kriseman lights up the waterfront. The annual Santa Parade will be Saturday, November 24, at 5:30 p.m. Parade begins at Albert Whitted Park and runs along

Bayshore Drive and 5th Avenue NE. The Tree Lighting will be at 8 pm in North Straub Park. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy entertainment, children’s activities, music and more. Visit Santa in North Straub Park Dec. 1: 11 am to 2 pm Dec. 6 - 9 and Dec. 13 – 23: 6 to 9 pm Snowfest Kids will have a blast at Snowfest on Saturday, December 1, from 10 am to 3 pm in North Straub Park. Activities include a toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalk, giant slide and a Kiddyland area designed especially for tots. Wristbands are $5. Holiday Movies in the Park Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie in Vinoy Park. Movie start at 7 pm; admission is free . Movie lineup: December 7 – The Christmas Story December 14 – The Santa Clause December 21 – Santa Paws


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Fun For The Adults Nate Najar’s Jazz Holiday December 13 7:30 pm The Palladium Nate appears with his trio, John Lamb on bass and Mark Feinman, drums. With very special guests: St. Pete’s own James Suggs, trumpet; and New York City jazz star Adrian Cunningham on sax, clarinet and flute. Tickets $30, $40; go to mypalladium.org

Shop ‘Til You Drop Tis the Season Holiday Mart, Nov. 17, 10 am to 5 pm, The Coliseum Shopapalooza , Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, 10 am to 5 pm, South Straub Park, hosted by LocalShops1 CraftArt Festival, Nov. 17, 10 am to 5 pm, Nov. 18, 10 am to 4 pm, Central Avenue and Fifth Street, hosted by Florida CraftArt Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show, Nov. 23-25, The Coliseum, $5 admission, free parking

Christina Aguilera – Nov. 13 at 7:30 pm / $82 - $507 So You Think You Can Dance Live 2018 – Nov. 15 at 7:30 pm / $35 - $85 Chinese Warriors of Peking – Nov. 16 at 8 pm / $39.50 - $49.50 IL Divo – Nov. 20 at 8 pm / $75 - $355 DRUMLine Live Christmas – Nov. 25 at 7 pm / $29.50 - $59.50 98 Rock’s Not So Silent Night with Halestorm – Dec. 16 at 7 pm / $53 - $68.50 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Dec. 26 at 7 pm, Dec. 27 at 3 pm and 7pm / $34 - $99 Cirque Dreams Holidaze – Dec. 29 at 8 pm, Dec. 28 at 2 pm / $35 - $65 Holiday Pops With Michael Lynche Pure holiday magic from the Florida Orchestra, featuring the velvet voice of American Idol star and St. Pete native Michael Lynche. For tickets, go to the floridaorchestra.org or call (727) 892.-3337. Dec. 14, 8 pm – Tampa, Straz Center Dec. 15, 2pm and 8 pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater Dec. 16, 2 pm and 7:30 pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Jingle Mingle at Sunken Gardens Enjoy twinkling lights set amid St. Pete’s beautiful Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street N., on Dec. 6 from 6 to 8:30 pm during the 3rd Annual Jingle Mingle. Hosted by the Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation, the Gardens will be transformed into an intimate tropical oasis complete with holiday music by the St. Pete High “Pitchforks” and soft jazz renditions of holiday favorites by Henry Ashwood . Complimentary wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets $50 are available on the Facebook page Sunken Gardens Forever.

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Ring in the New Year with live music and interactive art, drama, comedy, dance, fireworks and more on December 31 at the 26th Annual First Night St. Petersburg. Purchase a button and stroll the downtown area where more than 10 performance venues both indoors and outside will showcase a variety of arts and entertainment. Venues include First United Methodist, Mirror Lake Library, Williams Park, Cathedral of St. Peter, Plaza Courtyard, Straub Park, Hampton Inn & Suites, St. Petersburg Museum of History, and La Déjà vu Café. Featured bands include Kafkasso, Cottondale Swamp with Elvis, Ari and the Alibis.

New this year is the Interactive Arts Park where Derek Donnelly, James Oleson, Zulu Painter, Freddie Fred, Imagine Museum, Creative Clay, NOMAD art bus and more will transform South Straub Park into a magical interactive wonderland. The fun starts at 4 pm and runs until midnight and is for all ages. Fireworks will light up the sky over the waterfront at 8 p.m. and midnight and are made possible by Parkshore Grill, 400 Beach Seafood & Tap house and The Annex. Adult buttons before Dec. 30 are $12, children $5; on Dec. 31 adults $15, children $10, kids under 5 are free. To purchase buttons and for more information, go to www.firstnightstete.com

Holiday Lights in the Garden Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo will transform into a magical holiday wonderland with more than 1 million twinkling, colorful, LED lights in this

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annual tradition continuing November 23 through December 30 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm nightly. Enjoy live entertainment and a variety of

vendors; $5 donation. Main event parking is located at 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. For more information, visit flbgfoundation.org/HolidayLights


SPL HOLIDAYS New Year’s Eve

Holiday Open House The Museum of Fine Arts traditionally celebrates the season with a holiday tree placed in the Great Hall. This year, the museum has commissioned renowned interdisciplinary artist Dominique Labauvie to create a holiday installation, a symbol of life and protection across many cultures for centuries, as well as custom ornaments for the tree. Deck the Hall – A Holiday Open House will be held on Thursday, November 29, for a tree lighting event with the artist from 6-8 pm. Refreshments will be available, as well as live music. Admission to the MFA collection galleries will be free for all visitors starting at 6 pm. The museum is located at 255 Beach Drive NE.

Dancers Delight Always a fun time for singles and couples of all ages, enjoy a New Year’s Eve dancing to live music by Gloria West & The Gents at the 11th Annual Swingin’ the New Year from 9 pm to 1 am at The Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. Festivities include a dance lesson at 8 pm, a midnight countdown and balloon drop, a vintage fashion photo shoot and contest, party favors, prizes and a full cash bar with champagne toasts. Tickets $30 before Dec. 10, $35 after. Go to tampabayswing.com for more information or call (813) 220-3911. Arty Party Ring in 2019 at NYE@MFA, a premier all-inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts. This year’s theme is “Mid-Century Magic,” inspired by the winter exhibitions. Ticket options include dinner and party ($300 before Nov. 20, $350 after) which includes open bar, seated dinner with piano bar and American songbook cabaret perfor-

mance by Paul Wilborn and Blue Roses, and access to special exhibitions or party only ($150 before Nov. 20, $175 after) which includes open bar, desserts, savory bites, dancing, access to the special exhibitions, and midnight champagne toasts while watching First Night St. Pete fireworks. For complete details, go to http://mfastpete.org/event/nyemfa-mid-century-magic/

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H LIDAY HOME TOURS Historic Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes Sunday, December 9 3-8 pm Tour eight beautiful and distinctive homes in Old Northeast in this 21st annual tradition organized by the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association (HONNA). Stroll the brick streets, take in the festive decorations, home renovations and perhaps even pick up some decorating ideas. Advance tickets are $25 and available at www.honna.org or check the site for a list of participating ticket outlets. The cost is $30 on the day of the event. The tour begins by checking in and picking up your guidebook and wristband at: Westminster Palms, 939 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Proceeds of the Tour benefit HONNA’s programs and projects with a portion going toward a local charity. So whether you traverse the neighborhood by car, complimentary trolley, bike or on foot, plan to enjoy an afternoon and/or early evening of festive holiday cheer.

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This self-guided tour features festively decorated homes in Snell Isle, Coffee Pot Bayou and Old Northeast neighborhoods. Residences will reflect holiday traditions unique to each family with décor from around the world. Many homeowners expand decorating into outdoor patio and pool areas. A boutique featured in one of the residences will offer holiday gift ideas and one home will feature floral displays created by artists from the Ichiyo School of Ikebana, Florida Chapter. Enjoy music at each residence by members of the Orchestra Guild. Award-winning young students from area schools who have been finalists in Florida Orchestra competitions will also perform. The event kicks off on Friday, Nov. 30, with Tune In to the Holidays, a

reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at a Brightwaters Boulevard waterfront home. At the piano will be Don Vincent, composer, conductor, and arranger, who has performed and worked with Frank Sinatra, Robert Goulet, Diana Ross, Liza Minelli, Jack Jones, and Wayne Newton. Reservations are required; Parkshore Grill will provide catering. Reception tickets are $90 and include a Saturday Tour ticket.

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The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg 7th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Saturday, December 1, 10 am to 4 pm

Advance tickets for the home tour are $25, $30 the day of the tour available only at 200 Brightwaters Boulevard NE. To order advance tickets, send checks to the Florida Orchestra Guild, St. Petersburg, c/o C.E. Miller, 1440 52nd Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703. Tickets may also be purchased at The Florida Orchestra box office lobby,163 3rd Street N., St. Petersburg, November 28-30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, check the Orchestra Guild website at www.fogsp.org or call (727) 254-1176.

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Puppy Love New tour offers a sneak peek into Southeastern Guide Dogs’ facility

BY KAYLA GLEASON What began in 1984 as a small ranch house nestled amidst the trees and farmland of Palmetto grew into a sprawling 33-acre campus that houses and trains future guide dogs. Under the care of countless volunteers, veterinarians and instructors, Southeastern Guide Dogs (SGD) welcomes approximately 250 new puppies into the world every single year who, ultimately, get to choose their own life paths. “Every dog has a purpose, but only the crème de la crème become guide dogs,” says Ruth Lando, media relations manager for SGD. “We examine them to see what their aptitudes are, their strengths. Some might be more well-suited for police work or emotional support.”

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Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Behind Closed Doors tour. “So many people were interested in the magic behind the scenes here that we designed this tour to show them,” Lando said. “It’s a great way to educate the public and get word out about what we do.” Starting at the Puppy Academy, experienced tour guides lead intimate groups through all the stages of a dog’s life on campus from newborn pups to running training exercises. After a litter is born, the puppies attend Puppy Preschool for “playing with a purpose” where they are introduced to new sights and sounds. Then, at six weeks, they move up to Kindergarten where their personality and field assessments continue at a more in-depth level. “Our goal is to create the best service dogs in the world,” said CEO Titus Herman in a video pre-recorded specifically for the tour.


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DeeDee Haddad, left, is sight-impaired and found her perfect match, Wrigley, at Southeastern Guide Dogs. From the Puppy Academy, dogs will spend the first few years of their lives with puppy raisers off-campus, acclimatizing to the world around them. This can mean trips to stores and restaurants, interaction with small children, or becoming acquainted with the family cat – the familiarization will ultimately keep them less distracted on the job.

applicants. “Dogs can be expensive but we want to make them more accessible to those in need,” Young added.

“We couldn’t do what we do without our puppy raisers. It really does take a village,” Lando said.

“In the beginning, it was really intimidating, it took baby steps but I was in awe at every facet. Everything I expected has exceeded that,” said DeeDee Haddad, a St. Pete resident and mother of three who first began losing her sight at 16 due to Stargardt Disease. “To get us the perfect dog, they take into account our walking rate, our size – it’s like match.com but for dogs.”

“The raisers have them for about two years and then bring them back for Canine University. It really is like dropping your child off at college for the first time,” Lando said. At Canine University, dogs live on-campus and begin the final rounds of training. “[We visit] places like University Town Center and downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg. This way, they learn commands and safety in real-life situations involving traffic, escalators and loud noise,” said Alexandria Young, manager of guest experiences. After university, dogs are paired up with their perfect human matches to take one final course together, allowing both to get comfortable. “We teach eight guide dog classes and four service dog classes a year where the pairs will actually live on-campus together for weeks,” Young said. Everything, including the guide dog, is offered at no cost to qualified

A commencement ceremony is then held for each class, giving the new owners the opportunity to share their stories and meet the people who made their new partnerships possible.

Commencement is often emotional as owners recount how greatly their lives have improved in such a short time. Veteran Vernon Richmond stated: “I didn’t realize I would run into an animal more intelligent than I am but, with Rubicon by my side, I think my life will be so much easier.” Spanning three decades, Southeastern Guide Dogs has successfully paired over 3,000 humans and guide dogs across the 48 contiguous states and the nine graduates from October’s commencement will join the continuously growing ranks of alumni. “Our goal is to create and nurture extraordinary partnerships between people and guide dogs,” Herman said.

Join the Tour : Southeastern Guide Dogs 4210 77th St. East, Palmetto, FL 34221 941.729.5665 • www.guidedogs.org

For more information on the Behind Closed Doors tour, to volunteer or learn more about eligibility requirements for a service dog, visit www.guidedogs.org. Tours are offered two to three times a week but spaces are limited. The cost is $15, all of which goes directly into supporting the four-legged superheroes. November/December 2018

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SOLD SEPTEMBER : SNELL ISLE $3,305,000 1850 Brightwaters Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg Luxury waterfront with pool, dock, chef’s kitchen, elevator, 3 car garage and more.

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Sip a cocktail, settle into a sofa and mingle with the sophisticates under the swaying palms PHOTOS PROVIDED BY RAINER SHEERER

BY BILL DEYOUNG If you’re going to throw a party, Rainer Scheer believes, make it big and make it memorable. Scheer is the creator of Chillounge Night, an upscale moveable feast of cool, illuminated lounge furniture, mood lighting, food, drink, entertainment and more. Scheer’s outdoor, nighttime concept is celebrating 10 years in 2018, and in keeping with his hard-earned reputation as the selfless host with the most, he’s not throwing himself a self-congratulatory bash. Instead, come November 17, he’ll transform St. Pete’s North Straub Park into the chilling-est, lounging-est after-dark party of the season. “Illumination” will be the 47th event in the history of Chillounge Night; Scheer estimates more than 120,000 people have attended his parties, all over Florida, and more than $125,000 has been raised for local charities. St. Pete’s Creative Clay is the beneficiary of this year’s event. “I love what I do – if not, I wouldn’t do this for 10 years,” the native of Wiesbaden, Germany explains. “I love when everything comes together in the evening and all these people come – nice people, they dress nice and they just want to have a nice evening.” Scheer, who’s based in Manatee County, says that Straub Park is his favorite location for staging a Chillounge Night (this will

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be his 11th visit to the waterfront greenspace). “We come in the morning. It looks amazing at night, and the next morning at 4 o’clock, the park looks like it did before anything happened.” For seven years, he operated an art gallery, selling imported Italian frescos, in downtown Sarasota. “I wanted to come up with something special to bring people to the downtown area – a nice upscale event,” he says. “And the galleries and restaurants would be happy and proud.” There was another reason. “I wasn’t making money with the gallery. I told myself ‘Either you come up with something or you go back to Germany.’” Scheer says he brainstormed the Chillounge Night concept - “an outdoor event with food, music, all kind of upscale elements, different entertainment, maybe a fashion show” - over a single weekend. From Indonesia, he bought hundreds of pieces of hand-made wicker furniture; the inflatable, LED-illuminated furniture and cushions came later (and he’s still buying more). And that’s only a small percentage of his inventory. Everything, including his 826 pillows, is stored in a large Sarasota warehouse. “I could sit about 600 people at a time on all my lounge furniture,” Scheer says with a mischievous grin. “That’s a lot of furniture.”


SPL EVENTS Each six-hour event takes approximately four months of logistics and planning, including securing sponsorships, locating the charities, subcontracting the food and beverage and the entertainment. Scheer is constantly coming up with new ideas. He’s most proud of Cirque du Chill, which added circus acts, daredevils and assorted illuminated thrills to the concept. The big – and, not coincidentally, costly - event premiered in 2014. It was staged in St. Pete, Tampa and Sarasota. “I cry when I see the videos now – because I don’t know how I did it,” he explains, “but I know everybody loved it. Everybody always asks me ‘When will you bring back Cirque du Chill?’” Chillounge can be adapted for any location, any occasion. There’s the “Sunset Lounge” experience on St. Pete Beach; that’s happened twice so far. “Chillounge Night can also be part of an existing event, like a golf tournament,” Scheer offers. “For

example, this March, the 10th annual Sarasota Chillounge Night was the official closing night of the 20th annual Sarasota Film Festival, in front of the Opera House. It was pretty cool.” Because the profits are derived almost exclusively from ticket sales, Scheer is always looking for a new financial angle. He’s hoping that major corporations – say, Amazon, Microsoft or Raymond James – will come to him when they’re thinking about holiday or anniversary parties. He also rents the furniture, for those not looking to invest in the full Chillounge experience. “I’m very realistic – I’m not a dreamer,” Scheer explains. “I’m German, so I’m very detailed and organized.” Still, “The last 10 years were a journey. A wonderful journey.” Content provided by the Catalyst, St. Pete’s daily business platform. Subscribe for free at StPeteCatalyst.com. ST. PETE

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NEWS BRIEFS

LGBTQ Welcome Center Reopens When it opened in 2014, St. Petersburg’s LGBTQ Welcome Center, a project of Metro Wellness & Community Centers, was only the third of its kind in the nation. Since then, it’s become a well-known safe haven to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered members of our community in the heart of a city known for a vibrant gay community. A newly launched Welcome Center now serves as a resource for LGBTQ tourists interested in learning where to stay, what to see and where to eat. A new gift shop offers original St. Pete merchandise from local LGBTQ artists and guests can enjoy free wi-fi, an ice cream bar and locally roasted Kahwa coffee. The Welcome Center will offer programs for LGBTQ seniors and youth throughout the week. “It was our goal to create a safe place for those looking to build a network of friends or find access to LGBTQ-friendly resources,” said Lorraine Langlois,

CEO of METRO. “Whether someone is just coming out or in a new city looking to make friends, we want St. Petersburg to have a resource for all.” Collaborating with tourism agencies such as Visit St. Pete/ Clearwater, the Welcome Center will continue to bolster Tampa Bay’s reputation as a gay-friendly vacation destination. “The new LGBTQ Welcome Center reaffirms St. Pete/Clearwater’s reputation as both welcoming and inclusive,” said David Downing, President & CEO of Visit St. Pete/ Clearwater. “As the No. 1 destination on the Gulf of Mexico and home to Florida’s largest Pride, the center provides the perfect opportunity for travelers to connect with the community.” The LGBTQ Welcome Center is located in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District at 2227 Central Avenue; find it online at LGBTQWelcomeCenter.org.

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Cross-Bay Ferry Returns Skip traffic hassles and enjoy a beautiful ride across Tampa Bay aboard the Cross-Bay Ferry. We loved cruising aboard this 98-foot dualhull catamaran when it was here in 2016-2017. Seating is available inside and on deck, and the skyline views are spectacular. The smoothsailing 50-minute ride makes for an enjoyable excursion with family or friends, allowing passengers to disembark at either downtown terminal to spend a few hours at a restaurant or museum. Consider this transportation option when attending concerts or sporting events, too! Boarding takes place in St. Petersburg in the Vinoy Yacht Basin on Bayshore Drive NE ( just north of the Museum of Fine Arts and just south of the Vinoy Hotel) and behind the Florida Aquarium in Tampa’s Channelside District. (All guests must be ticketed and ready for loading 20 minutes prior to departure.) Ferry customers can make use of one of two nearby parking garages in St. Pete -- the Sundial Garage is three blocks away

and the South Core Garage is five blocks away from the Ferry Terminal. All customers who purchase a ticket for the CrossBay Ferry and who park in the Sundial Garage can request a parking pass which can be used for free parking. The Tampa terminal is located behind The Florida Aquarium, next to the Victory Ship. There are two surface lots, one public parking garage and a valet option within a five minute walk. The six-month ferry is an alternative transportation initiative that comes through a funding collaboration of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, and the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa. Not considered a commuter ferry, the Cross-Bay Ferry is meant to offer residents and visitors an option to driving across the Bay. Fares are $8 one way; $5 for seniors, military and college students; $3 for ages 5-18; children under 4 are free. Tickets, departure times and more information can be found at thecrossbayferry.com or by calling (727)273-5932. Walkups can purchase tickets on-site. The ferry will end service on April 30.

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Follow Your Fantasy The holiday season offers the opportunity to express who you are – and maybe more BY MEGAN SIMONS When it comes to fashion, keep in mind the holidays are nearly here, so let’s make the season bright! The holiday season, full of festivities and celebrations of all magnitudes, offers the opportunity to express who you are. You are going to see and be seen, and like the saying goes – fine feathers make fine birds. This is the time of year to unleash your inner spirit, the fearless, imaginative woman that you want to be, but not always have the daring to show. Forget about the fashion rules, forget about what your friends will say – just be you, unapologetic, irrefutable and most importantly, irreplaceable you. Follow your passions and your fantasies, have a love affair with your clothes. Be the fire and the ice of any event or social occasion! This season is overflowing with color, shimmer and glitz. Take a fashion risk with an edgy evening dress that brightens up the darkest night. Put on a sparkly fire-red ball gown, or a formfitted, glittery, icy blue evening dress, that would freeze everybody in their spots, practice a few dance steps in a front of a mirror and keep your head high. That’s a good start. We are quite fortunate to live in such a mild climate, but even here the nights can be chilly so make sure you have something to wrap yourself in. Fur (not necessarily a real one) and feathers are a timeless symbol of life’s luxuries, and they add a touch of aristocracy and drama to any outfit, even jeans. Have you ever wondered about boots with cocktail dress? That’s one sizzling number that will stay in your company’s mind for a while. Over-the-knee boots

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FASHION with a short dress may be easily replaced with over the knee socks and stilettos in the same color. But that’s not the only option, shimmery ankle booties are unexpected and a very stylish addition to your party dress. New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse for a new dress. I strongly suggest something daring to catch the eye of everyone in the room. Show some skin, highlight that décolleté or shoulders with confidence and add plenty of sparkle to help ring in a New Year that beams. A mistake we should avoid this holiday season: Don’t be caught off guard with nothing but last year’s attire to wear. Get prepared ahead of time for the lastminute invitations with new, festive and dazzling accessories. A little black dress in tuxedo style or trendy red top with a pair of dressy black slacks are great options for the parties with unknown dress code that will prevent you from being over or under dressed. With the addition of creative accessories, you’ll be ready to go!

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Dazzling Beauty BY RO MARTINEZ RIMES Creating a fantasy look can be easy with a little planning - after all, ‘tis the season for love and sparkle! I wish the tiny lights adorning trees around the holidays were up all year long. It’s the sparkle or glow they cast on everything that I find so appealing. That same feeling can be achieved with hair and makeup as you prepare for this festive season full of parties and gatherings with family and friends. A few suggestions: Who doesn’t want to outshine those Christmas lights? Makeup is key to expressing your creative self and show personality. Starting with a clean canvas is key. To achieve a flawless look cleanse and exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. Moisturize

and add primer to prepare skin prior to applying makeup. A highlighter will give you a lasting dewy fresh look. For eyes and lips, deep colors such as browns and plums, and the addition of false lashes and plenty of eyeliner add drama for a night out on the town or holiday party. Hair is your crowning glory, take care of it and it will reward you. Compliment your holiday wardrobe by letting your hair down or braiding it to create the sparkle that is reflective of this time of year. The right cut and styling tools can make a difference. Pamper your hair and it can shine like a diamond. To really sparkle, add bling with accessories such as a headband or rhinestone hairpins.

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SIPS & SUDS

Miracle at Mezzo Santa might get a tad delayed if he makes a stop at Intermezzo, the EDGE District’s specialty coffee shop and craft cocktail bar. General manager Jarrett Sabatini is jumping on the pop-up trend as Tampa Bay’s only Miracle holiday pop-up bar. From November 23 to December 31, Miracle at Mezzo will transform the bar into a colorful, sparkling holiday wonderland, joining some 80 Miracle franchise locations around the globe. A special menu of 10 seasonallythemed cocktails will utilize traditional holiday flavors such as pumpkin, butterscotch and cranberry, and are served in kitschy Santa mugs and other fun glassware. A few of the delicious concoctions on the Miracle menu include a Snowball Old Fashioned (gingerbread bourbon, wormwood bitters, lemon zest) , Christmas Carol

Barrel (aged rum, aquavit, pumpkin pie, lime, vanilla, Angostura bitters) and A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Repos ado tequila, pear brandy, mescal, lime, Angostura bitters, cinnamon). Featured shots include the Nice Shot (rum, peppermint, chocolate) and the Naughty Shot (bourbon, cinnamon). All cocktails will be served in Cocktail Kingdom’s custom Miracle glassware, from mugs to coupes, highballs and rocks glasses, which are available for purchase. “We are really psyched to be part of the Miracle network,” says Sabatini, who is working with the headquarters in New York City. “This will be a great addition to the St. Pete bar scene during the holidays.” Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails, 1111 Central Ave., St. Petersburg 727-342-0156

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ARTS & CULTURE

Tombolo Books Pop-up bookstore is on the move around St. Pete

BY ALEXANDRIA JONES Alsace Walentine is turning the idea of a small, local bookstore around with her book pop-up shop Tombolo Books. Walentine has worked in the book-selling business for 20 years, starting in Asheville, North Carolina, so she knows a thing or two about what it takes to keep avid readers interested in new materials. When her wife Candice Anderson moved to St. Pete after a job offer in 2015, Walentine was a bit reluctant because it meant leaving her career in Asheville and starting over in a new city. Once she visited St. Pete a few times, she realized there wasn’t a bookstore anywhere in the area like the one she previously worked at in North Carolina. “I was an author events director, so I got to work with authors and match them

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with groups of people. It really has a big impact on people’s lives when they meet these authors. I loved making that special thing happen all the time,” Walentine explains. The idea behind Tombolo Books is simple: give St. Pete readers the opportunity to find new and surprising literature. “In early 2017, we started a book club at a local yoga studio - Body Electric - so that was the initial step in our business,” said Walentine, who co-owns the business with Anderson. There isn’t a brick and mortar shop yet, but plans for a 2019 tentative opening are under way. “Tombolo” means “connecting readers to each other,” and that is what she plans to do by bringing in their favorite authors for events. “Author events, community


ARTS & CULTURE events, and book clubs are key to what we’re going to be doing with the new space. There are so many well-educated people here plus a strong shop local movement and art scene,” she says.

“We want to surprise customers with books they didn’t know about,” said Walentine. “We want to curate a selection of books that turn heads and have people go ‘oh my gosh, I didn’t know that existed’.” PHOTO /MARCIA BIGGS

Walentine wants books to be accessible and available to everyone. One way she does that is through her Downtown Delivery service. Readers can request books be hand-delivered to them at any location whether it’s a coffee shop, work office, or home. If the book

selection is out of stock, she will look for it and let you know when it’s ready.

Upcoming Tombolo pop-ups • Look for Tombolo Books at Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading at USF St. Petersburg November 17 in the Book Market from 10 am-5 pm with a wide variety of books and book-related gifts. The event is free. • On November 18, Tombolo will co-present graphic artist/author Jason Lutes at the ArtsXchange, 515 22nd St. S. in the Warehouse Arts Districts, from 3 -5 pm for his masterwork titled BERLIN. • The book club continues to meet the second Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7 pm at Body Electric Yoga Company, 685 30th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Readers can find Tombolo Books on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @TomboloBooks and online at tombolobooks.com

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High Roller Back in April, 23 Restaurant Services, while in town for their buildout of Ford’s Garage and Yeoman’s Cask & Ale, stumbled upon Souzou Asian Kitchen and bought it. Now Saké 23, the restaurant continues to serve Pacific Rim inspired favorites with even greater attention to food quality and new emphasis on a variety of elevated dishes. Menu categories include: Sushi, Sashimi, Bento Boxes, Soups, Ramen, Major Rolls, Minor Rolls, Fried Rice (and cauliflower), and Dinner Plates. Some of the Souzou favorites, like the Category 5 (one of our favorites), and even the Souzou Roll were kept on the

menu. Past Souzou regulars will be happy about this. There are now six ramen options instead of just the one previously available. When Souzou was first bought, the former head chef left to open his own business, and the sous chef, “T” stepped up and was given the opportunity to take over and create two of his own rolls, The 23 Dragons and the High Roller. It’s nice to see that Jessi Rogers, who has been there since day one, is still there, and is now the general manager. Saké23, 435 Fifth Avenue N. behind Iberia Bank, St. Petersburg (727) 823-4050, sake23.com

Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi is a fast-casual Pan-Asian restaurant in the base of the Camden Pier District apartment building, formerly AER. The downtown St. Pete location is the tenth location for the local Florida chain that originated in Gainesville. Its rapid growth is a sign of the times for those who love fastcasual dining. The concept features a vast, customizable menu including sushi, rice and noodle bowls, bento boxes, poké bowls and boba teas, all served up in a cool, modern environment. With its quick, casual service and affordable prices, Bento caters to the constantly-growing “on the go” population. Customer favorites include Pao Pao (Spicy Cream) Chicken, Build-A-Poké Bowls, Pad Thai Shrimp, the Volcano Roll and Taro Boba Tea. Plenty of parking is available in the Camden Pier retail parking garage on Second Street South, behind Bento. Restaurant guests who park in this garage will receive one hour of free parking. Validation is provided with the purchase of any roll, bowl, or box upon customer request. Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi, 320 3rd Street S., St. Petersburg, (727) 317-5533; eatatbento.com

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The Edge District just keeps getting better and better, and one of the hippest and tastiest places to eat and hangout is Hawkers Asian Street Fare. Hawkers has delicious family recipes from several Asian locales including Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The name “Hawkers” refers back to Asian markets with food stalls where the vendors would “hawk” their goods.

Fans of Hawkers Asian Street Fare can find seven new menu items on the restaurant’s new fall/winter menu. “Our inspiration for the dishes comes from our desire to curate a menu that closely reflects what one might find on the streets of Asia,” said co-founder Kaleb Harrell. “Authenticity is what we’re focusing on.” One of the fun things you can do while making a night of it at Hawkers is to get a flight of Japanese whiskeys. “To my knowledge, no one else is doing flights of Japanese whiskeys. It’s kind of a new thing that’s been really well received,” says Harrell. Hawkers Asian Street Fare, 1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 521-7253; eathawkers.com Kevin Godbee and Lori Brown write about the St. Pete restaurant scene at StPetersburgFoodies.com, where you can listen to their weekly podcast and find more dining news.

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FOOD BITES Smokin’ Hot Probably the biggest news on the Sunshine City Food Bites scene is the recent opening of the long-awaited Dr. BBQ in the getting-trendier-by-the-moment Edge District. The shouts of exultation are echoing across ‘Burgland, not only because the ‘cue is darn awesome, but also for the diverse menu and the cool digs. Dr. BBQ is overseen by world-famous ‘cue-master Ray Lampe, along with partners Roger and Suzanne Perry of Datz, Dough and Roux fame in Tampa. Along with a dependable menu of smoked meats, ribs and steaks, the New American Barbecue pushes the limits with everything from nachos and Frito pies, to tacos, salads and signature appetizers. 1101 1st Avenue S., drbbqs.com The Peabody Don’t forget to pick your jaw off the floor after stepping into The Peabody, the elegant yet modern new dining spot in the first floor of the new Research Institute at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. We loved the airy two-story space flooded with sunlight from floor to ceiling windows. A pleasant outdoor patio, beautiful indoor bar

and walk-up pastry counter are impressive. The book- and artlined walls, a salute to the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, are reminiscent of the historic clubs, libraries and shops of London. Select from a light menu of breakfast and brunch items, small plates, sandwiches, burgers and salads. Hours are 7 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday. 600 5th Street South, peabodyrestaurant.com Foodies Podcast St. Petersburg Foodies Kevin Godbee and Lori Brown, whose restaurant reviews are a regular feature in St. Pete Life, are now presenting their insight in a weekly podcast. With the restaurant scene exploding in the ‘Burg (is there a week that goes by without an opening?), the show presents plenty of fodder to keep local foodies entertained. Airing every Tuesday at noon, but available for listening anytime, the one-hour show is a mix of restaurant news and opinion, with a regular featured guest (usually a chef or restaurateur), and a local music segment Be sure to check it out by going to stpetersburgfoodies.com

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We are happy to report that Left Bank Bistro has expanded their hours and menu and are now offering lunch. The cozy new French-inspired restaurant at 1225 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in the Historic Uptown/Crescent Heights area opened in September with a selection of delightful pastries, coffees, bar bites and small plates in the mornings and for happy hour (with a full wine and cocktail bar worth checking out). Dining is offered both inside and on a side patio. Coffee and pastries served 7 to 11 am; lunch is from 11:30 am to 4 pm daily except Tuesday; happy hours are 4 to 8 pm Wednesday through Saturday. theleftbankbistro.com

Just when it seemed the restaurant scene was fading away in Gulfport, restaurateurs Tom Golden and Michael Stewart have brought new life to town with the 6,600-square-foot The Artisan Art and Food Collective at 2832 Beach Boulevard. Look for a cool vibe, with a bakery, art gallery, and choice of three dining spots: Whiskey Grill, The Lure and The Port. In the mood for sushi and poke bowls? Head to The Lure. If steaks is more your thing, opt for Whiskey Grille. Great hangout for a casual craft cocktail, beer or wine.

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Most nights, the queue waiting for the elevator outside the front door of the Birchwood Hotel on Beach Drive is to be expected. The Canopy, the hotel’s sleek, elegant rooftop lounge, is the hippest gathering spot in town, with a lively nightlclub ambiance, writehome-about craft cocktails, and spectacular views of Straub Park, the downtown skyline and Tampa Bay. But The Canopy is not the only venue drawing rave reviews for the venerable boutique hotel. Just as downtown St. Petersburg is thriving, so is the kitchen at Birch & Vine with Executive Chef Lee Aquino at the helm. Coming on board in January, he spent countless hours creating a more modern and visually exciting menu with a focus on locally sourced, fresh, and organic elements. Chef Lee is known for pairing seasonal flavors with bold presentations. The menu debuted in August. The Amelia Island native picked up some chops as Executive Sous Chef at Tampa Yacht and Country Club before coming to Birch & Vine, where he heads the kitchen and event catering in the Grand Ballroom. His creativity, dynamic personality and hands-on work ethic have brought exciting changes to the dining experience. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Lee lead our Birch & Vine team,” said Birchwood owner Chuck Prather, “We’ve seen amazing things happening here!” Aquino’s goal is to make Birch & Vine the top downtown waterfront restaurant for locals. “In the past, we have been considered more

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of a special occasion restaurant,” he said. “I want to offer friendlier, lighter fare, and more shareable and healthier items. We’ve added a number of vegetarian dishes and gluten-free dishes. ” Look for sharable items on the new menu such as a Charcuterie Board, Cheese Slate, Chicken Lollipops and Southern Cobb Salad. Pair your own cut of steak (Delmonico, Filet Mignon or Strip) with an accompaniment of your choice (most with amazing sauces). Or select from entrees such as Scottish Salmon (horseradish crusted with champagne sabayon, teamed with honey glazed carrots and parsnips and farro beet risotto), Georgia Peach Ribs with Southern slaw and grilled peaches, or the vegetarian Cruciferous, a mélange of seasonal vegetables roasted to perfection with a side of farro. The Birch & Vine brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays includes the aforementioned charcuterie and cheese boards and salads for nibblers, or more indulgent fare such as Tres Leche French Toast, Creole Shrimp & Grits and Wild Mushroom and Truffle Omelette. At October’s Artful Wine Pairings Dinner, a sell-out fundraiser for the St. Pete Arts Alliance held in the Grand Ballroom, Chef Lee and his team demonstrated creative flair with dishes such as Duck Ballontine with foie gras, puffed corn and blackberry celeriac puree, and Filet Mignon with a coconut-pumpkin sauce. Aquino is quick to share accolades with his team. “I have to say the success of this new menu is a collaborative effort,” he said. “I must give credit to my entire team.”


SIPS & SUDS

Celebrate the holidays with the gift of wine. Whether hosting or attending for Thanksgiving, Chanukah or Christmas, pairing the right wine with your food will make for delicious memories.

BY EDITH SWIERZBINSKI Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tend to be the most popular varietals to accompany our holiday meal. Chardonnay goes well with turkey, goose or latkes but let’s not forget to include Riesling, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc or Sparkling. Pinot Noir is so versatile to pair with many food choices as its light-bodied, high acidity cuts through the rich flavors. Zinfandel or Syrah are great choices for your holiday meal offering flavors of baking spice, dark cherry, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. A crisp, dry Riesling with your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner offers bright acidity to cut through all the fatty offerings of gravy, stuffing and potatoes. Round out the creaminess of the turkey or goose with subtle tartness in the cranberry sauce and the riesling makes the meal. Grab a Brut Sparkling and those latkes go down a little too fast! Reliable, consistent and delicious wines that are easy to find at most retailers: A to Z 2016 Riesling(Oregon)- #5 in Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys of 2017Aromas of honeysuckle, lime zest, citrus and spice. Aged in stainless steel, brings

apple and peach notes forward, with lingering lemon meringue flavors, boosted by floral notes and bright acidity. Rich and smooth with a hint of sweetness. $15 Custard Chardonnay 2015(California)Buttery, warm croissant notes with vibrant aromas of apricot jelly and vanilla complemented by a hint of toasted almond from aging in French Oak. Fresh pear and apple flavors take center stage while flavors of brioche round out this silky, fullbodied, stainless steel fermented, creamy Chardonnay. $19 Primarious Pinot Noir 2015 (Oregon) -Aromas of cinnamon and clove spice, bing cherries, strawberry and herb. Flavors are light and elegant with a lively acidity and a hint of oak sweetness. The mouthfeel is round and pleasant with soft, silky tannins and long, lingering finish. $17 Artezin 2016 Old Vine Mendocino County (California) - Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice 92 Points - Saturated with dark, almost jammy fruit flavors, this is an extremely flavorful and nicely dry wine that also has great structure. Blackberry, pomegranate and boysenberry aromas, distinctive blackberry and black pepper flavors and a rich mouthfeel that is welllaced by fine grain tannins. $18 Have a wonderful, joyous and delicious holiday season! Edith Swierzbinski is owner of 4th and Vine, a boutique wine shop in St. Petersburg.

Pairing Wine With Holiday Food

Ham: Whites - Dry Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay / Reds - Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Goose or Duck: Whites Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc / Reds - Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Red Burgundy Turkey: Whites - Dry Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc / Reds - Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah Red Meat: Reds - Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Shiraz Fish: Whites - Dry Riesling, White Burgundy, Unoaked Chardonnay, Vinho Verde, Pinot Grigio /RedsBarbera, Malbec, Bobal, Gamay, Grenache, Pinot Noir Fried Food: Whites-Dry Riesling, Sparkling, Pinot Blanc / RedsLambrusco, Grenache, Pinot Noir

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SPL NEWS

2018 City Beautification Awards Thomas and Bonnie Strickland were awarded the City of St. Petersburg Beautification Home of the Year for 2018 for their Brightwaters Boulevard home, while Thomas and Shannon Mahaffey won Beautification Home of the Year - Special Merit for their Snell Isle home. Awards were presented during the 51st Annual City Beautification Awards lunch on October 2. The Orion condominiums and Ruth Law Team offices were also recognized. The awards are presented to thank and recognize

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city residents and businesses for overall quality of architectural design and placement, landscape and building maintenance, treatment of parking areas, preservation of trees and natural amenities, and other criteria. To learn more about the St. Petersburg Beautification Awards, which is conducted through a 15-member nonpartisan volunteer committee and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, go to stpeteparksrec.org/city-beautiful. html or call (727) 893-7441.

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SPL EVENTS Holiday of the Arts The 5th Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts will take place December 1516 in South Straub Park. Local, regional and national artisans will offer painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, photography, digital art, mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm.

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ArtJones in Gulfport A collective of 17 professional artists are coming together for the second annual ArtJones Studio Tour December 1-2 throughout Gulfport. The two-day selfguided tour and sale of fine original arts and crafts will include 15 studios. Meet the artists behind one-of-a-kind paintings, fabric art, photography, sculpture, glass art, jewelry and ceramics. Featured artists include Irina Lapin, Rob Tillberg, Douglas Merritt, Jane Bunker, Nancy Poucher, Dawn Waters, Wendy Ohlendorf, Crea Egan, Bill Brewer, Angus Macauley, Brenda McMahon, Dorian Angello, Larry Busby, Ray Domingo, Samantha Roberts, Tom Pitzen, and Monika Watson. An Artist Passport gives you a chance to win one of 17 works by each of the studio artists. Visit ArtJonesStudioTour. com for a map and more information. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Holiday ArtWalk Find that unique holiday gift at the December 8 Second Saturday ArtWalk held throughout the EDGE, Grand Central, Warehouse Arts and Waterfront Arts districts. Some 40 studios and galleries

will stay open from 5-9 pm. Catch a free ArtWalk Trolley or free parking can be found on 1st Avenue N. and 1st Avenue S. from 15th to 30th Streets, The Clay Center, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. Download the map and list of galleries to plan your festive art evening at www.stpeteartsalliance.org

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CONVERSATIONS

Jason Mathis CEO, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership ST. PETE “How do you preserve the best of St. Pete, while recognizing that St. Pete is going to change?” That’s a central question for Jason Mathis, the new Chief Executive Officer of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. Mathis was hired in July to lead the Downtown Partnership - a private organization that invests in projectbased initiatives in the city core to benefit St. Petersburg businesses and citizens. After an extensive, months-long search process, he is filling the role left vacant by former CEO Joni James, who stepped down in late 2017. Mathis brings 20+ years of experience in nonprofit work most recently with the Downtown Alliance of Salt Lake City. St. Petersburg has long felt like home to Mathis. In fact, he can chronicle his son’s growing years through photos taken on St. Pete Beach. Despite spending his entire adult life in Salt Lake City, Mathis and his family often vacationed in or around Orlando, they’d always be sure to make their way to St. Pete Beach. Now, they’re excited to call St. Pete home full-time. As Mathis and his family adjust to their new hometown, Mathis has hit the ground running, absorbing information and meeting with as many business and community leaders as possible. Meeting the city with fresh eyes has its benefits, Mathis said. “There is this unique window when I am still an outsider and I don’t have any baggage or relationships so I can see things with fresh eyes,” he explained. “But that should be moderated a little bit with some base knowledge of what has happened before and what people care about.” He’s learning more about the city every

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day, and developing priorities for his tenure at the Partnership. That includes a tight relationship with the City of St. Petersburg. “Most downtown organizations have a big public financing component,” said Mathis. “They’re financed from tax increments from the property owners, but the city is the conduit to collect those taxes and have a contract with the downtown organization.” That’s how the Downtown Alliance of Salt Lake City functioned, but not how St.

a relationship with the city as we might have if we were dependent on the city for funding.” One of Mathis’ priorities will be to work closely with the City of St. Petersburg to push Partnership initiatives forward. Development is essential, according to Mathis, for a successful city core. “No matter where you are, what city you live in, it’s going to change,” he said. “Really the goal is to acknowledge that change is going to happen but to manage that change to try to preserve the elements that make the community unique, and then bring in new amenities, new buildings, new developments that build on the character that already exists.” Mathis also sees incredible potential for building up St. Pete’s brand with the Innovation District - another project pushed forward by the Partnership. It houses USFSP, USF College of Marine Sciences, NOAA, and other leading marine research and educational facilities, as well as Johns Hopkins All Childrens, the Poynter Institute, and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Petersburg Downtown Partnership works. “Here, it is nearly 100 percent private money,” says Mathis. That private money comes from the founders of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. During its formation 50 years ago, the founders accumulated 10 acres of the private land that surrounded Bayboro Harbor. That land made the Partnership’s first project, the location of a University of South Florida campus within St. Petersburg, possible. It is on that land where the USFSP campus now sits. The Partnership is supported by private shareholders, but it also garners much of its income from the management of USFSP buildings, among other sources. “In some ways it’s great because you can move quickly,” said Mathis. “But in some ways I don’t know if we have had as close

“There is this secret about St. Pete in terms of this concentration - this cluster - of marine research,” said Mathis. “With climate change and the impact of oceans on coastal communities and because we have a real incentive to understand this better, St. Petersburg is uniquely positioned to be a global leader in understanding these issues and what it’s going to take to prepare cities.” Mathis’ other priorities will include a focus on arts as economic drivers, the Tropicana Field redevelopment project, the consolidation of USFSP into the full USF system, and encouraging the development of Class A office space in downtown St. Petersburg. Content provided by the Catalyst, St. Pete’s daily business platform. Subscribe for free at StPeteCatalyst.com.


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ARTS & CULTURE

Art. Soul. Community.

The Woodson Museum is a shining star in St. Pete’s African American community

BY CINDY STOVALL When you first walk into the Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum (also referred to as the Woodson), you will always be met with the smell of simmering potpourri. It never fails, and I personally feel a sort of reassurance knowing there are some things you can just count on. It’s a small yet memorable thing that not only appeals, it speaks to the homey intimacy and warmth of this space – hardly adjectives you would think of for a museum, but true nonetheless. It even looks like a home. It has windows and French doors that lead to the lovely Legacy Garden. The layout is simple and inviting – bright and airy. There are shelves full of books. You just feel good to be visiting for any of the multiple reasons you would have to do so. If you’ve visited the Woodson, you know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t…..well then, your experience of St. Petersburg is woefully incomplete. Located in South St. Petersburg, on the “Deuces” as the area along the 22nd St. South corridor is known, the Woodson, for good or bad, has become the keeper of the area’s rich African-

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American cultural legacy. Good because they are more than up to the task. Bad, because so many iconic venues of the past have fallen away, leaving a great responsibility to the Woodson to tell the stories, share the art, and celebrate the residents. This is truly a team effort with an actively engaged board, like current president Dana Battle, and incredibly dedicated volunteers. But the force behind what makes the Woodson all that it is, is the unstoppable Terri Lipsey Scott. Scott joined the Woodson in 2008 as a board member, then became chair and ultimately took the mantle as Executive Director last year. She brings with her a unique love of art, education, and community – all the elements that bring diversity, engagement, and dialogue to each and every exhibit and event. The house is packed for every museum happening, and Scott knows how to throw a party. The food is always delectable, the decor always impressive and elegant, the activities memorable and thought provoking. To accomplish this predominantly through volunteerism? It’s just damned impressive.


ARTS & CULTURE Heritage Trail Walking Tour Preserve the ‘Burg will offer this special tour on November 17 from 10 am to noon leaving from the Woodson in partnership with the African American Heritage Association. The walk will be along the Deuces (22nd St. S.), the once-vibrant main street of St. Pete’s African American community during the segregation era. The tour will be led by Gwendolyn Reese, a member of the City’s Historic Preservation Commission, who will offer some of her reflections and experiences in growing up in the neighborhood. Cost $10; tour reservations are recommended by going to preservetheburg.org or calling 727) 824-7802.

St. Pete’s Forgotten History Surrounding the Woodson’s current location are the echoes and ghosts of a bygone era that harken to memories of a significant African-American cultural epicenter. The Manhattan Casino was once and for many decades, a mecca for jazz and musical greats like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and too many other icons to name here. With declining attendance, the music at the Manhattan was silenced forever only recently. The nearby Royal Theater, opened in 1948, was one of only two theaters African-Americans were permitted to attend. Along with films, it hosted community talent shows and with its luminous marquee, was the jewel of the neighborhood. Though it still stands, it is no longer the “Apollo” theater of the South that it once was. Jim Crow laws and the segregation of the times forced St. Petersburg’s African-American community to build their own (Mercy) hospital, pharmacy, schools, business associations, and infrastructure. However, they did it with pride and tenacity, and many memorable personalities emerged to forge the legacy that the Woodson protects today. For the most part, only residents of a certain age remember these characters – these heroes of a rich history and proud culture. Residents like 104-year-old Bonnie Johnson whose birthday was celebrated at the Woodson, is a perfect example. In addition to the elegant party, Miss Bonnie was treated to red carpet treatment including limo, make-over, and spa treatments. If you ask residents outside of the corridor, or in North County, many are surprisingly unaware of all the people and places that made this neighborhood

so remarkable. The Woodson as legacy keeper is making strides, through superior programming, in helping us all look back with more informed eyes and truly appreciate all that came before. Looking Forward Understanding the past cannot be overstated but creating a rich and meaningful future legacy is equally important to Terri Lipsey Scott and she makes it a priority for the mission of the Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum. “We are creating new traditions that educate and celebrate children, and programming that enhances dialogue and understanding,” she said. Scott is so dedicated to her community, that her recent (and ongoing) advocacy of the threatened adjacent Jordan Park neighborhood, inspired an appointment to the housing commission by the mayor. Scott and the Woodson facilitate partnerships with many not for profit organizations to create mutually beneficial events and exhibits. Substantive new art by African-American artists, featuring African-American culture, is curated and hung every other month. It acts as both focal point and backdrop to all the other activities that are conducted. Book clubs for young and old foster literacy and encourage dialogue.

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The Namesake Carter Godwin Woodson, a scholar, journalist, and historian, is known to be one of the first to study African-American history and is credited with originating African-American History Week in the 1920s. Jimmy Carter later designated the month of February as national African-American History Month. Woodson also founded “The Journal of Negro History,” as well as what became the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History. Currently based in Washington DC, the ASALH’s mission is “to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community.” It seems only fitting that Woodson is the inspiration for the museum that bears his name, for that is exactly what they do every single day. Dr. Woodson would surely be proud of this living tribute to his consequential life.

Annual events like the recently held DiversiTea, celebrate our differences and our commonalities ... all with fancy hats and scones. The First Ladies of African American History annual event celebrates excellence and the achievements of women in our community. The annual Silver Spoon Tea Party celebrates girls by treating them to beauty treatments, limo rides, and a special party that plant the seeds of confidence and pride. This is just a small sampling of the multitude and variety of events that are not only entertaining, but highly impactful in the lives of all who attend.

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ARTS & CULTURE Today, the Deuces and South St. Pete are making a comeback. Places like the Enoch Davis Center, and the James Weldon Johnson library are central to community life. The city manages an African-American Heritage Trail tour as part of its cultural outreach programming. Artist studios with proximity to the Warehouse Arts District, and great restaurants like Chief’s Creole Café and Callaloo/Pipo’s are making an impact as well as all the small businesses guided and promoted by associations like Deuces Live St. Pete. The Woodson helps fill a void left by the Manhattan by welcoming some pretty famous people: St. Pete native Angela Bassett, Rep. John Lewis, Dr. Cornell West, Andrew Gillum, playwright Kenny Leon, Ambassador Patty Aslop, John Hope Franklin, and the famous folk artist Miss Ruby C. Williams, just to name a few have graced this place and delighted the citizens. But one of my favorite stories is about Duke Ellington band member and world famous trombonist, Buster Cooper. Born in St. Pete, Cooper never missed a chance to entertain here long into his retirement. Now, after his passing, Cooper’s niece, Broadway alumni and rising jazz vocalist, Siobhan Monique entertains at the Woodson regularly. I just love the symmetry of that.

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The exhibit adorning the walls for the holidays, and through January, features the vibrant and beautiful work of artist Kenneth Falana. This 30+ piece feast-for-the-eyes is a must-see and the perfect accompaniment to the highlight of the season – the Bring on the Dolls, Balls and Books event. Massive numbers of toys are collected, the halls beautifully and lovingly decked, and then it’s time to bring in the children. They get to visit and tell their dreams to a Santa that looks like they do, eat delectable treats, and unwrap a bounty they might never have known otherwise. “Doing this and seeing their faces means everything,” says Scott. “It makes my year.”

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Holiday Joy The holidays are especially joyful at the Woodson starting with the presence of the many diverse members of One City Chorus. Starting in October, organizers Jon Atherton and James Mack, a married couple who met through their mutual love of and background in choral music, hold packed house rehearsals each Monday evening. Members sing with purpose about freedom and equality under the loving and humorous guidance of conductor, Jon. As a result of their 3-year partnership with the Woodson, the chorus participates in First Night on New Year’s Eve, and performs several other shows including a finale-like performance at the Palladium in February. (See onecitychorus.org for more information).

The Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, 2240 9th Avenue S., is open Tuesday – Friday 12-5 Find them on Facebook or www.woodsonmuseum. org to learn about special events. Check out the Beauty & The ‘Burg Podcast featuring Terri and Siobhan on the Helium Radio Network www.heliumradio.com


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Ringing in a New Life After dedicating the St. Anthony’s Hospital Cancer Center Cancer Survivor Bell earlier this year, Sister Mary McNally became the first person to ring it. That’s because Sr. Mary, vice president of Mission at St. Anthony’s Hospital and a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany (N.Y.), the founders of St. Anthony’s Hospital, is also a cancer survivor. “Ringing the bell is an important part of the healing process,” said Sr. Mary. “We want all of our patients to feel that they can celebrate the end of their treatment.” “It’s so wonderful to hear the sound of the bell,” said Sandra Bailey, Cancer Center manager. “We love our patients and they become family to us. But when they complete treatment, we tell them that we don’t want to see them again. Now we can see them as they return to ring the bell for each year since their treatment ended.” The practice of ringing the bell three times at the end of cancer treatment represents the restoration of harmony and balance in a patient’s life, Bailey said. Many hospitals throughout the United States and abroad have adopted ringing the bell as a symbol of renewal for their patients.

When the bell was dedicated in April, current and former patients rang the bell more than 150 times to signal the end of treatment or the number of years since they had been treated. In all 157 patients have rung the bell, Bailey said. Providing quality care for patients is the calling for the team at the St. Anthony’s Hospital Cancer Center. The center offers a full range of cancer care services, including prevention, education, diagnosis and treatment. The center is a state-of-the-art facility, with advanced technology, managed by board-certified cancer specialists that provide quality and compassionate care for patients. The center offers comprehensive diagnostic imaging and screening services; comprehensive surgical services; diagnosis, staging and treatment monitoring; and leading diagnostic and therapeutic treatments. A specialty at the cancer center is the St. Anthony’s Pancreatic Cancer Program. The Pancreatic Cancer Program offers patients a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach utilizing a team of experienced physicians and nurses which has been able to provide high-quality outcomes for patients.

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ARTS & CULTURE

Well, the holiday season befalls our beautiful ‘Burg once again and it seems each year it arrives even sooner than the year before, doesn’t it? No worry. The holidays in St. Petersburg shine bigger and brighter with each passing season leaving no shortage of wonderful, arty things to do and see. Here are a few ideas for your sun-soaked holidays in the Sunshine City. Who needs a white Christmas, anyway? Don’t forget to catch my podcast, Beauty & The ‘Burg, on the Helium Radio Network at www.heliumradio.com BY CINDY STOVALL

On Stage freeFall Theatre Company goes for the gusto with a unique Christmas tale. “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” is the tale of a troupe of actors who, in their rebellion of classic holiday fare, embark on creating a show that embodies stories, songs, and traditions from the familiar to those celebrated around the world. In expanding the horizons of the audience, the troupe discovers, or should I say, rediscovers, their love of seasonal theater and of holiday celebration. Running Dec. 1-30, this show is sure to delight young and old alike. freefalltheatre.com

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American Stage has a wonderful holiday offering for Jane Austen fans and lovers of period pieces. “Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly” acts as a sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” and is set at the Georgian era home of the Newlywed Darcys. Ready for the twist? The story focuses on the life and love of middle daughter, Mary, tired of being overshadowed by the exploits of her sisters. Being a middle child myself, I totally relate and can’t wait to see what 19th century shenanigans Mary finds herself in. American Stage’s LOVE. OUT. LOUD. season is certainly on a roll with a memorable holiday show, directed by executive artistic director Stephanie Gularte. It runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 30. americanstage.org

Museum Happenings

As I shared last issue, you can still catch “Pinocchio” Nov. 9-18 at the St. Pete Opera Company. The wooden boy learns the value of telling the truth in this classic story, set to music of Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Offenbach, and more. The whole family is welcome to this one-hour performance suitable for all ages. Also, for the holidays, SPOC presents “Seasonal Sparkle,” a musical extravaganza on Dec. 18-19 only, at The Palladium. This season’s new program includes excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s

First, let me start this segment by reminding you what amazing holiday gifts can be found in museum stores! Unique and very memorable items are awaiting your shopping sprees – free of crushing crowds and Black Friday brawls. And, when you check out the stores at Dali and Museum of Fine Arts, for example, you can also get lunch at their cafes, no admission required. Our newer museums, the James and Imagine museums also have beautiful arty wares for your gift-giving pleasure.

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“Nutcracker,” a tribute to classic Christmas pops songs, and a special operatic set inspired by the stars, the moon, and the heavens. stpeteopera.org As much as we adore our ‘Burg, lovers of great theater can’t be confined by a big ‘ole bay, so we give some love to Tampa’s Stageworks Theatre (and Karla Hartley), for their seasonal offerings. Stageworks brings us “Winter Wonderettes,” a holiday take on this musical favorite that finds our girls entertaining at the company Christmas party and saving the holidays (and the party) for everyone when Santa goes missing! Runs Dec. 7-23. stageworkstheatre.org Of course, no holiday would be complete without an opportunity to see Tchaikovsky’s classic “The Nutcracker.” The holiday favorite is brought to life by St. Petersburg Ballet Company and a cast of up-and-coming youth Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at The Palladium. mypalladium.org


ARTS & CULTURE The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, in its short tenure, has established a truly Western persona – or so we thought. Get ready to expand your view of the James, as the museum’s second special exhibition, ”James Michaels: An American Pop Life,” comes in without a cowboy in sight. Michaels, a Tampa Bay artist, exhibits his work in Pop Expressionism and Painterly Realism.

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Inspired by popular culture, childhood memories, and life experiences, Michaels’ colorful canvases feature art history references alongside depictions of classic toys and cartoons. Runs November 17 through March 3. thejamesmuseum.org

Gallery & Alternative Another great place to have “arty” shopping fun, is surely ARTpool Gallery on Central Avenue. Owner Marina Williams will not only greet you with a huge smile, she and her staff will help you find THE most perfect eclectic gift from their treasure trove of vintage clothing, jewelry, art, records and much more. On 2, yes 2, weekends in December, the ever popular Crafty Fest will expand your choices with the wares of multiple talented vendors to ease your shopping soul. Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 15-16. artpoolgallery.com Florida CraftArt for the holiday is a must for any St. Petersburg shopper in the know. So many artists represented at a wide variety of price points and unlimited genres and styles ensure success and very happy giftees! On Nov. 17-18, this Central Avenue mainstay hosts its 21st annual CraftArt Festival. I’ll just say this. Don’t miss it. www.floridacraftart.org Of course, the perfect cap to holidays in the ‘Burg, is the family friendly event, First Night. Ring in 2019 all around downtown with multiple performances and activities in all your favorite venues culminating in a brilliant fireworks display. Check out the feature in this issue for more details and make sure to get your tickets at firstnightstpete.org My very best wishes to you for a holiday filled with great times and great art. And to all, a good night … Cindy Stovall’s Beauty & the ‘Burg podcast covering the arts in St. Petersburg can be found at heliumradio.com. Archive podcasts are also available.

UPCOMING SHOWS 2018

Ray LaMontagne - Sunday, Nov. 11 Christina Aguilera - Tuesday, Nov. 13 So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018 - Thursday, Nov. 15 Chinese Warriors of Peking - Friday, Nov. 16 IL Divo - Tuesday, Nov. 20 DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular - Sunday, Nov. 25 The Family Blessing - Saturday, Dec. 8 98ROCK’s Not So Silent Night with Halestorm - Sunday, Dec. 16 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - Dec. 26 & 27 Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Dec. 29 & 30

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Swan Lake - Sunday, Jan. 6 Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular - Thursday, Jan. 17 Glenn Miller Orchestra - Tuesday, Jan. 22 Pink Martini - Sunday, Jan. 27 iLuminate - Thursday, Jan. 31 Penn & Teller - Friday, Feb. 1 ABBA Mania - Tuesday, Feb. 12 BB King Blues Band & Tito Jackson - Friday, Feb. 15 Sarah Brightman - Tuesday, Feb. 19 Shen Yun - Feb. 20-24 Celtic Woman - Wednesday, March 13 Turnstiles: The Music of Billy Joel - Thursday, March 21 The Australian Bee Gees - Sunday, March 31 “1964”...The Tribute - Friday, April 5 One Night of Queen - Sunday, April 28

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital New Research Building Opens Door to Discovery

BY MIKE STEPHENSON From certain angles, the windows of the new Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building reflect both the hospital and the Outpatient Care Center, capturing the inclusive and collaborative nature the structure is designed to promote. The $95 million, 225,000-square-foot building was publicly unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony on September xx on the hospital’s campus near downtown St. Petersburg. The ceremony drew more than 700 people from the hospital staff and the community and featured St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman; Dean Paul Rothman, M.D., the CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Kevin Sowers, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System; Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, and other dignitaries. Many community and staff members were able to tour the building before or after the ceremony. “It’s more than a building,” Ellen said. “This is a vision brought to life by a community that we believe can change the world.” The Research and Education Building houses the hospital’s institutes, its graduate medical education and simulation programs,

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an expanded biorepository and a new team of fundamental scientists who will seek to understand the origins of diseases and how to prevent them. “The capabilities we are creating in this building—and, more important, the world-class physicians, surgeons, researchers and staff who will work there—will help us achieve the mission we set out to do,” Ellen said, “which is to lead the country in discovery and translational research that can lead to better health for children.” Rothman says it all started with an integration of the hospital into Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2011. “I think back to the vision of the board of trustees of All Children’s Hospital,” he says. “About 10 years ago, they decided they wanted to make All Children’s one of the top academic children’s hospitals in the country. That was a bold vision to think about what was possible.” The architecture includes “forum stairs” designed for sitting and chatting, The Peabody restaurant and other flexible and collaborative areas to facilitate interaction. “We designed the


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center of the building to be collaborative space where people can meet, write on white boards on the walls and really work together,” Ellen says. “We were quite intentional about wanting to promote getting out of your office and interacting with colleagues.”

Jennifer Arnold joined as medical director of the simulation program in 2017 and designed the building’s expansive Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education, which has spaces to replicate operating rooms, patient rooms and even an elevator.

The Office of Medical Education will have additional space to accommodate its expanding programs. Johns Hopkins All Children’s has residency programs with both the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine along with a growing number of fellowships.

With the new building, Johns Hopkins All Children’s added a group of top-level basic scientists who are members of or affiliated with the new Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research. The building includes 40,000 square feet of total lab space.

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Pilot Bank associates (white shirts) joined many other corporate teams at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Pilot Bank was recognized as the top fund raising company.

The St. Pete Glitter Queens recently award a check worth $70,231 to the non-profit Starting Right, Now using proceeds from the 7th Annual Royal Ball held in October.

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stocked with Home Shopping Network clothing, accessories, and undergarments, that will provide survivors of domestic violence the hand up that they need to rebuild their lives and go back into the workforce. The goal was to create a boutique with new clothing donated by HSN for the women who are staying at the shelter to wear on job interviews to ensure they have something new to wear that is appropriate for getting back into the workforce. After months of work by HSN employees, the ribbon cutting took place on September 14. “For many survivors of domestic violence, shopping in the HSN First Impressions Boutique will be the first clothing choice they are able to make separate from the control of an abuser,” said Lariana Forsythe, CASA CEO. “HSN Cares has been a tremendous partner to CASA and we hope HSN’s impact can serve as an example for other community members to find unique and creative ways to get involved.”

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CONVERSATIONS

Ginger Lettelleir

Owner, WoodHouse Day Spa

BY CINDY COCKBURN

When our Mayor and Chamber President presided over yet another ribbon cutting in our booming city, we attended the gathering, heard the speeches, joined in with applause. But after a sneak peek inside the gorgeous facility with owners and entrepreneurs Mark and Ginger Lettelleir, we assure you this is certainly NOT just “business as usual.” It’s a slice of heaven in St. Pete, a combo of magical peace and serenity flavored with the aroma of calm.

How did you decide on the Woodhouse franchise? The Woodhouse franchise aligns with the overall look that I wanted for my spa. It also includes unique treatments that are results oriented. The tipping point for me were the Core Values that The Woodhouse franchise embraces - Building Relationships With People and Serving People to Help Transform Lives. I think that is beautiful.

The new $1.5 million Woodhouse Day Spa is located in the James Museum complex at 75 1st Street South. The spa is 6,000 square feet with 70 unusual treatments, and a dream come true for former schoolteacher Ginger Lettelleir. We caught up with her recently, sitting near the fireplace in the spa relaxation room and asked: how did this dream come about?

What will we find inside this 6,000 square foot spa? You will find beautifully appointed massage and facial rooms as well as a tub room, duet room and Vichy shower room. Our Quiet Room is the heart of the spa. Here you will find ample seating to begin your experience while enjoying a beverage, reading a magazine, or simply relaxing in a quiet environment. Our target customers are adults who wish to destress, unplug, and be pampered for a while.

What is your background and how long have you had this dream to open a spa? I am a retired educator. I mostly taught primary grades, but I was also an Assistant Principal in an elementary school. Opening a spa has been a dream of mine most of my life. As a little girl, I enjoyed all things spa related and never grew out of that. Oftentimes, I played spa music in my classroom while my students worked. It’s definitely calming. What kind of research did you undertake to find the right spa concept unique to St. Pete? Since I lacked the business background, I looked into spa franchises. I was actually surprised and extremely happy to find The Woodhouse franchise because it so closely aligned with the vision of what I wanted my spa to be like. What was your inspiration? After visiting many different spas all over the country and even on vacations abroad I knew that I wanted my spa to feel warm, relaxing, inviting, and a place you could feel was an escape from reality. I also wanted it to have a Ritz Carlton type of service in which each guest is treated with the utmost respect and attention to details.

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What is a Vichy shower and why should we care that it’s the only one in town? A Vichy shower allows for a unique treatment in which an invigorating waterfall streams down to gently massage you while relaxing on a padded table. This treatment invigorates the senses and increases blood flow within the body. The experience is enhanced with a wrap or scrub and allows the treatment to be completed without having to move to another room for removal of product. Of the 70 treatments you offer, what is your favorite? My favorite treatment is our Hydrafacial with the CTGF enhancement. This facial not only exfoliates, but it also deeply hydrates the skin. The CTGF enhancement helps to firm the skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. The facial itself is also very relaxing. What do you love about St. Pete? When the weather cools off, I enjoy having a drink outside on the Canopy rooftop at the Birchwood or have brunch outside at Cassis. I love the Sundial shops and movie theater. First Friday is always fun and there’s almost always live music downtown or at the beach.


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BY BETH ANN DRAKE Innisbrook Golf Resort is well known as a destination for meetings, weddings, tennis, and, of course, golfing. It’s easy to forget what a great escape it can be for just a day. The worldclass Salamander Spa and Packard’s Steakhouse are a great combination for the perfect day of indulgence. Within a short drive of St. Petersburg, the resort is nestled on 900 acres of rolling hills and 70 acres of lakes in Palm Harbor. With 12 treatment rooms and an amazing menu of services, the Salamander Spa is an oasis of relaxation. We highly recommend the Signature Ritual, a massage experience that begins with a scalp massage including essential oils and ends with a foot scrub and heated towels. Next, unwind in the steam sauna or hot tub or enjoy the sunroom with a view of the golf course. The Signature Facial will leave you glowing, and includes lip

plumping and collagen eye treatment. Gentlemen, there are spa packages specifically designed for you, as well. Choose from a spa haircut, back treatment, massages, facials and even manscaping. After your spa experience, why not round out the day with exceptional dining at Packard’s Steakhouse? Overlooking the Copperhead Golf Course, you can choose from the freshest seafood or aged premium beef steaks …. or both! Reservations are recommended. Try the Copperhead Platter for an eclectic shared plate. It includes something delicious for all tastes, including Barbeque Bacon Shrimp, Sticky Meatballs, Conch Fritters, Calamari Fries and Goat Cheese Cakes. The wine list is extensive, and there are premium craft beers and micro-brews for the most discriminating palates.

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Setting The Mood

Design Team: Lydia Mason and Rodney Alexander Photos by Amanda Pratt of Imagine Life Visual Artistry, LLC. Accessories available at Tampa Bay Furnishings, St. Petersburg

Traditional or modern, combine creative touches to wow guests this holiday season

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and enjoy family. Focus on bringing natural elements to the table and interest by layering textures. For example, combining opaque chargers with black clay plates and wooden salad bowls. Scatter natural elements like spiky seed pods, colorful bumpy gourds and smooth wood serving trays to add autumnal touches.

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SPL HOLIDAYS For Christmas, bring out your favorite china and sprinkle some candy on the table for a festive look. Repurpose items from around the house and combine traditional family pieces with your new pieces to make a new look while keeping family traditions.

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We set a New Year’s table for two for an intimate setting. Bringing in dierent fabrics softens the industrial look of the metal table top and stools. The table sparkles with love.

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Artful Ornaments The ‘Burg is overflowing with galleries and shops offering unique, handmade ornaments by local artists. Check museum gift shops, too. Make your tree special or present one as a personal gift to a host at dinners or parties.

Cookie cutout ceramic ornaments from Florida Craft Art

Hand-blown glass orbs from Imagine Museum gift shop

Handmade island tiles by local artist Amanda Pratt can be used as ornaments during the holidays then moved to a wall for a permanent home. See more of her work at etsy.me/2AD9ISy

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Make your cocktails special when entertaining this holiday season BY MARCIA BIGGS Real ‘Burgers know that hum-drum drinks have no place at a festive holiday gathering. Wine is fine, and beer is beloved, but hosts can show they really care with some specially-made grownup cocktails.

According to their web site, “our burgs are meticulously cared for and inspected for perfection. We craft the most ideal crystal-clear blocks, spheres, or custom shapes; adding a distinguished flair to any craft cocktail.” Ice comes in four sizes of cubes from the Classic Burg at 1.75-inch square to 1x1x6-inch highball sticks; spheres come in three sizes. Punch Burgs, intended for punch bowls, can be sized to order. Doggery delivers; visit doggeryice.com

Want to impress your guests? St. Pete-based Doggery Craft Ice will help you elevate your holiday party’s cocktail game with custom-made ice. You can even opt for custom branded or monogrammed cubes for true signature cocktails.

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Pour over Doggery Ice Large Burg. Stir. Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary. Cranberry simple syrup: Place 1 ½ cups cranberries either fresh or frozen into 1 cup of water. Add 1 cup of sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Strain cranberries from liquid.

Pour over Doggery Ice Tall Burg. Stir. Garnish with fresh apple slices and a cinnamon stick. Cinnamon simple syrup: Place 1 cup sugar into 1 cup of water. Boil until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Drop in 6 cinnamon sticks. Cover. Let the mixture sleep together overnight. Remove the cinnamon sticks in the morning.

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Bourbon Pecan Pie 1 ounce bourbon (preferably American Freedom Distillery’s Horse Soldier Barrel Strength) 1 ½ ounce pecan liqueur (i.e. pecan praline or pralines & cream) ½ ounce vodka Pour over Doggery Ice Classic Burg. Stir. Garnish with Georgia Pecans

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SPL HOLIDAYS Champagne Kisses Let’s face it, top shelf and craft alcohol, liqueurs and aperitifs can stretch the pocketbook. One delicious alternative that most people love is the champagne cocktail. Skip the expensive champagne and opt for a cheaper version of sparkling wine, cava or Prosecco as your bubbly base. Elevate your classic glass of bubbly simply by adding a bit of sugar and a few dashes of bitters. A long spiral of lemon zest garnish makes any drink look fancy. Champagne Cocktail 1 teaspoon granulated sugar or 1 sugar cube 3–5 dashes bitters (such as Angostura) 4 ounces champagne or sparkling dry wine Long spiral lemon zest (for serving) Combine sugar and bitters in a champagne flute. Add a splash of champagne and stir gently to combine. Pour in remaining champagne; garnish with lemon zest. A homemade cranberry simple syrup (see facing page) puts this sparkling cocktail recipe into fancy party-worthy status.

Hey Bartender Need a little help when it comes to crafting those cocktails? The Cocktail Companion A Guide to Cocktail History, Culture, Trivia and Favorite Drinks, is at your service. Bartender Cheryl Charming, considered the longtime Queen of the New Orleans cocktail scene, provides plenty of tips and guidance with recipes for both classic and contemporary cocktails. Not just a recipe book, this entertaining tome is an ode to the cocktail, with loads of historical facts, myths and trivia. Want to make your own bitters? What’s the appropriate garnish? The Cocktail Companion is a wealth of knowledge from every corner of cocktail culture. (Mango Publishing, $24.99, available on Kindle) can be found on amazon.com

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St. Petersburg Couple Receives First All-Electric Jaguar

On October 15, Crown Jaguar delivered the first all-electric Jaguar in the nation to Mark Pascarella, President of Fairway Funding Group, and wife Holly Pascarella. The Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV is equipped with a 90kWh battery with an EPA estimated electric range of 234 miles. The Pascarellas were presented the keys to the vehicle by Bill Martin from Crown Jaguar.

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Dr. Forbes Enjoying the Holidays Guilt Free ADVERTORIAL

BY MICHELLE BOUDREAU Typically, around this time of year with the holidays, good lifestyle habits tend to get derailed. Healthy eating, exercise, and taking supplements will be a thought of the past for most. Two solid months of, well, for lack of a better word “gluttony” can really wreak havoc on our health. Not only are we indulging in delectable treats with beverages and food, we also get stressed out with shopping, travel, family visits and accomplishing all we need to by celebration day! It is such a joyful time of year, I asked Dr. Forbes for some insight on how we can enjoy the season with so many temptations surrounding us. We are all going to do it… we will get off track. So how do you diet during the holidays? True it happens to everyone. First let me start with: I do not believe in the word “diet”. It has a negative connotation to it, when people go on a “diet” they feel deprived, when someone feels deprived they tend to eat more or worse. I believe in educating my patients that food can be the best medicine or it can be the worst medicine, you

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have to listen to your body with how you react to certain foods. I feel the general public has been misled with which foods are healthy or unhealthy. I prefer to educate them as to the best nutrient rich foods, foods that will help lower inflammation, prevent aging, balance hormones, make them feel sexier. Yes, eating and stress can and does affect your hormones, even suppressing the growth hormone, the largest anti-aging hormone, which can make you gain weight, age prematurely and harm the libido. Your food intake will affect your energy and productivity. My passion is to get my patients addicted to feeling good! The goal is to make people feel sharper, trimmer and sexier than they’ve ever felt, and giving them tools to do so with ease. Can you share some tips with us on what to do if we do overindulge? We’re all going to indulge. It’s about getting back on track and supplying your body with adequate nutrients and supplements. I’m not talking about cardboard and grass kind of food, I am talking


CONVERSATIONS about good delicious yet nutrient dense foods. If you overindulge you can try intermittent fasting, best overnight, do not eat for 12 to 16 hours, typically from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with liquids only, water, black coffee or tea. Doing this can recharge your body and actually allow for the growth hormone to release at night for cell recovery, your anti-aging hormone. Intermittent fasting helps detox your body, reduce stress and encourages regeneration. Be sure you’re getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and enough healthy fat. We have villainized fat for so long, cutting out the fat leads to bad choices with cravings, usually with sugar and carbs. Also, be sure that you get enough healthy salt in your diet like Himalayan salt, it’s rich in minerals. We’ve made salt the bad guy, and when we cut out salt we tend to replace it with sugar. Sugar equates to being tired, lack of energy, lack of libido, premature aging and many diseases. Also, one of my favorite supplements is magnesium. Magnesium is involved in over 400 reactions in your body. I have helped more people with magnesium than any medication that I have prescribed. It is extremely helpful for detoxification and it helps calm the nerves. It also helps with blood sugar control and reducing cravings. Your best advice overall for enjoying the holidays? My advice is to change the main focus of each holiday and make it about the gathering, seeing people you love, the joy of the event with being grateful for friends, family, good people around us rather than the focus on overindulging in unhealthy food and beverages. The joy of the event is a better feeling than filling our stomachs until we feel like they will pop and we are bloated, we can’t even move passed out on the sofa falling asleep, we can’t carry on a conversation. “It’s all about balance, choose the joy and to feel good.”

Dr. Forbes is board certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Restorative Medicine. She is also board certified in Integrative Medicine and Family Medicine specializing in Functional Medicine. Dr. Forbes is passionate about transforming her patients to look and feel their best. She offers an array of services and therapies including: • Executive health physicals • Customized optimal health evaluations • Nutrition consultations • VO2 Max and Exercise Stress testing • Vascular age testing • Bio identical hormones for men and women • GAINSWave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction • P-Shot • O-Shot • Vampire Facials. For more information about Dr. Forbes please visit www.ForbesHealthNow.com, 844-300-2973

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Habitat Pinellas Dedicates 500th Home On October 8, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas celebrated its 500th home dedication with several hundred community members, supporters, elected officials and volunteers on hand. Since 1985, Habitat has constructed homes for struggling families in Pinellas County. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. With every new construction, Habitat Pinellas creates homeownership opportunities for families with the help of the community volunteers, corporate donors, civic organizations and county officials. “This marks a significant moment in our history,” said CEO Mike Sutton. “The 500th house equates to 625,000

volunteers’ hours, 100,000 volunteers and nearly $100,000,000 funds raised since 1985.” Moving into the home is Laquinda Currie, a single mother raising two young sons while living with Sickle Cell Disease. Habitat Pinellas is the second largest Habitat affiliate in new home construction out of 1,300 in the United States, with 60 new home builds planned for the next fiscal year. More than 25 corporate sponsors locally contribute funding and/or volunteers to build homes in Pinellas. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact 727-536-4755 or visit www.habitatpinellas.org

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Artist Winner The Jim Rolston Memorial Professional Development Award was presented to Beth Reynolds, director of photography at the Morean Arts Center, at the SPF18 Artful Wine Pairings Benefit Dinner on Oct. 24, organized by St. Pete Arts Alliance and hosted by The Birchwood. A native of St. Petersburg, Reynolds has exhibited award-winning documentary projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Kentucky and California and was the first Photographer Laureate for the City of Tampa in 2003.

LET’S CELEBRATE THE POWER OF GIVING

Holiday Party Presented by

THURSDAY, DEC. 6TH VIP 6-7PM ~ GA 7-10PM • TPEPIN’S HOSPITALITY CENTRE Enjoy Phase5 Band, DJ Papi, open bar, great food from local restaurants, silent auction, casino games, & more VIP sponsorship and office party packages available ~ Contact allison@ryannecefoundation.com for more info

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MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDER

Family Fun Day

Old McMicky’s Farm would like to invite up to 1,000 Military Members and First Responders, as well as their families, out to the farm for a FREE fun filled family day. Come relax at our beautiful lakeside farm, meet the animals, fun farm games, bounce houses, entertainment and much more! This event is our way of saying Thank You for your service to our country and our community.

Sunday December 9th • 1:30pm-5:30pm RSVP Required by visiting: www.OldMcMickys.com/mfrffd Limited Space Available Please RSVP Early

A special thank you to our Media Sponsors:

Old McMicky’s Farm offers Educational Farm Tours to groups and individual families, Kids Birthday Parties, Beautiful Barn Weddings, Corporate, Private and Charity Events. For more information visit www.oldmcmickys.com • 813-920-1948


• MEDICAL & SURGICAL DERMATOLOGY • COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY • COSMETIC SURGERY • AESTHETIC SERVICES Our Board Certified Dermatologists and Facial Plastic Surgeon are trained in the latest techniques to get you looking your absolute best for the holiday season and beyond! Visit our new Downtown St. Pete location for all of your dermatology and cosmetic services, including: Cosmetic procedures - Y LIFT, injectable fillers, laser procedures, Botox/Dysport, and more Cosmetic surgery - Natural Lift, Facial Fat Transfer, Eyelid surgery, Laser skin resurfacing, and other procedures Aesthetic services - a full range available, including facials, peels, microneedling, microdermabrasion, brow shaping

125 4th Avenue NE, Downtown St. Pete | 866-967-3376 | baydermatology.com 9 LOCATIONS IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA: DOWNTOWN ST. PETE • ST. PETE BEACH • LARGO • TAMPA WESLEY CHAPEL • PALM HARBOR • PORT RICHEY • SPRING HILL • HOMOSASSA

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St. Pete Life Magazine November/December 2018  

A bi-monthly magazine about St. Petersburg and downtown St. Pete (Florida). We curate the best of the city's arts, culture, nightlife, shopp...

St. Pete Life Magazine November/December 2018  

A bi-monthly magazine about St. Petersburg and downtown St. Pete (Florida). We curate the best of the city's arts, culture, nightlife, shopp...