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Second Time Arounders performed at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washinton DC. BY KAYLA GLEASON Marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a once-in-alifetime opportunity for select bands across the country but, this year, the Second Time Arounders Marching Band gets to experience it all over again.
He estimates the average age of the band is around 50 years old but anywhere between 19-year-olds fresh out of high school up to experienced marchers in their late 70’s. “Age makes no diﬀerence, if you can march and step, come join us,” he said.
Their name actually has nothing to do with their second Macy’s parade appearance, but rather, is a reference to the members’ ages. “I started the band 38 years ago,” said director and co- Bill Findeison. “Every year, there was a major festival here called the Festival of States. For a week, the town would be packed with band kids and I asked myself, ‘what happens to them after high school or college?’
And many listened to that call to action.
“Once you graduate, marching band stops but people still want to play their instruments. So, I ﬁgured, let’s just start an adult marching band and see what happens.”
Some members have been playing instruments for as long as they can remember, like Lora Sadler and Paula Crandall, who began learning music in fourth and ﬁfth grade, respectively. “I really just wanted to march again but, getting to do the Macy’s Parade, that’s a trip of a lifetime, it was a major bucket list item of mine in high school,” Sadler said.
Some 75 people showed up for the ﬁrst meeting – a number that has now grown to over 800, including players, twirlers and dancers (known as the Rounderettes). “Everyone was thrilled with it, so we just kept doing it and here we are,” said Findeison.
Stephanie Laﬂeur, who plays bass drum and is also fundraising chairperson, has been a member since 2009. “I like the social aspect – music really has a way of bringing people together. I learned of the band by watching them in the Macy’s Parade and I joined the next year,” she said. “Once a band geek always a band geek.”
Crandall added: “It’s a great family activity, too. There are lots of couples, siblings, parents and children. I have four other family members in this.”
SPL LIVING From Near and Far And the band isn’t just reserved for locals either. Many travel from all over the state, even the country, to practice and perform with the group. “I travel from Atlanta with my wife for this,” said drum major Lee Butts. “The chance to do all this again as adults is incredible. We’ve played everywhere from Canada to Savannah, D.C. to Seattle but the Macy’s Parade is the ultimate performance. There’s nothing bigger or better.”
are divided into sections – like percussion and brass – where they learn speciﬁc choreography and prepare for the parade’s two-anda-quarter-mile walk.
Despite the season only being two and a half months long, according to Findeison, the members train hard during that time, especially with this year’s televised performance coming up. The New York City Macy’s Committee makes their performer decisions over a year in advance, so bands have a little extra time to prepare.
“Being in the staging area with all the celebrities, ﬂoats and gigantic balloons is incredible. It makes all of the hard work and preparation worth it and it is truly an honor to be invited and to represent our city,” said Brown.
“Both times the Macy’s Committee has come to personally invite us, the ﬁrst time during our 25th Anniversary Party and this last time during our Festival of Bands performance at Williams Park. Then, the planning begins with 18 months of preparation to decide on the uniform, music and drill,” said Angie Brown, the oﬃcial Speaker of the Band. “Our creative staﬀ – Bill Findeison, Roger Green, Mike Wetzel, Jennis Thomas and Cathy Kersten – are awesome at what they do, with the goal being to entertain.” The band itself has six practices before they leave for New York, ﬁne-tuning their performance for hours on end – sometimes before even picking up an instrument. Under Findeison’s guidance, players
But rehearsal doesn’t stop when they get to New York. The Wednesday before the parade, everyone practices at a spot in New Jersey. Then, Thanksgiving Day, a dress rehearsal is held at 3 a.m. before the parade begins at 7 a.m.
And it isn’t just the musicians putting in all these hours of work. The Second Time Arounders have a range of auxiliary groups to add visual interest, including riﬂes and dancers. “We help enhance the performance while the musicians play,” said Cathy Scavelli, co-lead of the Rounderettes. “Rounderettes have been a part of the band for 30 years, we march at the very front of the parade. Macy’s was a great experience the ﬁrst time and, to be able to do it again, it’s just amazing.” Funding the Band While most members pay their own way to NYC, the band also does a fair amount of fundraising to help oﬀset some of the costs, like chili cookoﬀs and the recent Oktoberfest. “We raise money for PHOTOS/KAYLA GLEASON
Top left, the drumline gets ready for practice. Top right, Barbara Keighley, Trish St. Denis, Cathy Scavelli and Sharon Dindal. Bottom left, band members practice choreography. Bottom right, Drum Major Lee Butts prepares for a rehearsal. November/December 2019
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Left, the band marches in the Ybor City St Patrick’s Day Parade. Right, performing at the Pinellas Festival of Community Bands. the shared expenses such as the equipment truck to take the large instruments, ﬂags, banner and letters that we can’t take on a plane”, said Brown, “as well as transportation for the band as a whole while in New York.” The band performs a number of shows and festivals locally. In recent years, they’ve performed at the St. Petersburg Christmas Parade, the Ybor City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and at Walt Disney World. They are also an exhibition band at the Florida Marching Band Regional Championships at Riverview High School this November.
Anyone 18 years or older is welcome to join the band and, even if you don’t have instrument experience, you can always audition for the Rounderettes or one of the many auxiliary groups. “We have so much fun, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t played in years, dust oﬀ that horn, get your embouchure in shape and join us in the spring,” said Brown. “Your tribe is waiting!” The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be televised on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 9 am to noon on NBC. www.secondtimearounders.org
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BY MARCIA BIGGS Look for the giant sundial and the life-size brass dolphins frolicking and you have discovered the heartbeat of downtown St. Pete at Sundial. The attractive entertainment, shopping and dining complex is anchored by Locale Market, a popular locals go-to for curated artisanal foods from meats and cheeses to coﬀee and pastries, handmade dishes and imported products, fresh produce and an excellent selection of beer and wine. It’s a great place to grab a quick bite or takeout to sit in the plaza out front and watch the world go by. For those looking for an exceptional dining experience, or just a great hangout for happy hour, head up to the second ﬂoor and FarmTable Cucina. Locale and FarmTable are one operation under the auspices of founders and chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona. The casual ambiance takes inspiration from an Italian farmhouse, with plank ﬂoorboards and tables and an open ﬂoor plan that invites conversation around a bar in the center of the room. Choose from seating indoors or on the patio that overlooks the plaza. During the holiday season, it’s delightful to sit beside the festive lighted Sundial Christmas tree (starting November 23 this year). Carefully curated menus for lunch and dinner oﬀer farm-and-Gulf-to-table fare that combines highquality mostly natural and organic ingredients, all fresh and locally-sourced when possible. We appreciate the sustainable carryout packaging, too (don’t think we don’t notice). Chef James Kirby now has a year under his belt and is hitting his stride with creative dishes inspired by the various regions and history of Italy. He told us he is presenting new pasta dishes monthly – many with recipes that go back generations – after painstakingly researching the foods of each region in Italy. This night he proudly brought us one of his hand-made specialty pastas, busiate, a traditional Sicilian pasta served with pesto and lots of ﬂavorful garlic.
Top photo, from top left, Fried Rainbow Cauliﬂower, Chicken Cacciatore, Spinach and Ricotta Cavatelli, and Gulf Tileﬁsh. The rustic farm table in the dining room welcomes groups.
Kirby is diligent about sourcing from local/Florida farms, ﬁshermen and farmers (kudos for serving greens from our local family-run Brick Street Farms). Selections are fairly well distributed between steaks, seafood and pasta – so something for everyone. From the wood-ﬁred grill come healthy renditions of prime skirt steak, rib
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weekend brunch menu based more on appetizers, salads, sandwiches and a few brunchy items like a melt-in- yourmouth lemon ricotta pancake souﬄe. For nibblers, the salami and cheese board might be just right ($15/$25).
Ah, but it’s the pastas we adore. Each is lovingly made by hand and go far beyond the mundane. Game lovers will want to try the locally-sourced wild boar Bolognese served in a hearty ragu with whole wheat pappardelle. Squid ink tagliatelle is another winner, featuring spicy Key West pink shrimp and fennel sofrito. Forget the diet with the spinach and ricotta cavatelli in pecorino cream with bits of country ham. For winter, look for porcini and robiola ﬁlled pasta with parmesan and mushroom crema.
A special pizza menu ($17-$21) is available from 5 pm to close daily and makes a great early dinner or aftertheater snack with a glass of wine or beer at the bar. Pick from 10 handcrafted pies (the crust is perfectly golden and bubbly), from your traditional Margherita to the Sicilian (ricotta, pecorino, anchovy, tomato, squash blossom, and white sauce) to the Norma Jean (fried eggplant slices, shaved parm, basil, arugula). We loved the garlicy Fun Guy covered in chanterelle mushrooms, fontina, salsa verde and white sauce.
FarmTable loves families and groups to gather around its main farm table. They oﬀer a Taste of Cucina for $59 per person served family style featuring starters and appetizers, pasta, entrée and dessert (must ﬁll the entire table, bring your neighbors). There is also a
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It’s worth mentioning that this is not a restaurant for a cheap date. Dinner prices are high-end, and side dishes are extra, but a visit to FarmTable Cucina is certainly a must for anyone who loves traditional Italian cuisine.
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BY WILL HOWARD The season of family, friends, and celebration is here. All around the world people celebrate the end of the season’s harvest with holidays like Thanksgiving. With wine, perhaps the largest festival is Beaujolais Nouveau Day which is celebrated in France on the third Thursday of November to mark the completion of the harvest and the release of Beaujolais Nouveau at precisely 12:01 am that day. Beaujolais is the southernmost appellation of Burgundy. Unlike Pinot Noir in the Côte d’Or of Northern Burgundy, Gamay is the red grape of Beaujolais in Southern Burgundy. Nouveau means “new” in French. And Beaujolais Nouveau is the newest wine of the year’s vintage, going from vine to bottle in only a matter of weeks. To me the wine represents celebration, the Fall season, and taking the moment to appreciate what we have without the wait. Beaujolais Nouveau is youthful, fresh, fruity, slightly sweet, and has a light tingle of eﬀervescence. This wine is not for wine snobbery. In fact, most oenophiles turn their noses up to Beaujolais Nouveau. Here are some reasons not to do that: Honesty - The wine is only weeks old and is from the largest wine producing region in Burgundy; that is all summed up in the name. Beaujolais Nouveau is not trying to be something it’s not. Price - The wine is a suitable and aﬀordable option for entertaining friends and family during the holidays. A bottle or six won’t set you back too much. Uniqueness - The wine is red, but best served with a chill. The wine is still, but tingles the tongue like sparkling wine. The wine is French, but sweet and fruity. This wine is certainly diﬀerent. In the Spirit - This shouldn’t be the wine you drink every week of the year, it isn’t the wine to commemorate reaching a milestone in life, and it just isn’t a wine to be cherished or doted upon. But if you have candy on Halloween, turkey and sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving, and you stay up till the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, then you know
what it means to be in the spirit. It’s ok to be in the spirit and enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau with friends and family this time of year. Here are my recommendations for Beaujolais Nouveau and other wines to entertain and celebrate with this holiday season: 2019 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau - I have not tasted this vintage, since it is still grape juice as I write this article, but Georges Duboeuf is the producer I am recommending. In 2017, St. Petersburg artist Ari Azzopardi won the ﬁrst annual Nouveau Artist Label Competition with the painting “Candy Coated.” The winning label is selected based on votes from social media and art professionals. In the third year of the competition Dallas artist Laura Runge submitted the winning painting. Check out Runge’s “Joyous Crush” on labels this November. 2016 Domaine Eden, Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains - This wine represents exactly what Pinot Noir should be while still being aﬀordable and accessible. The wine comes from the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. The wine is a blend of several pinot noir clones and is an elegant balance of alcohol, acidity, and oak. The wine brings to mind red cherries, clean forest air, and baking spice. 2015 Domaine Specht, Riesling Grand Cru Mandelberg, Alsace, France - It’s important to oﬀer alternative white options to Chardonnay when entertaining. This is a wine that will set you apart from the standard Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio out there. This is a dry Riesling from Alsace. The wine bursts with aromas of dried fruit and citrus with minerality and petrol wafting through the glass. 2017 Buglioni Il Vigliacco Spumante Brut Rosé, Veneto, Italy The holidays need bubbles and this is a great bottle. The wine is made from 100% Molinara from Veneto. The bubbles are creamy throughout the palate, followed by notes of strawberry, with a savory ﬁnish. Will Howard is Sommelier at Rococo Steak in St. Petersburg.His Wine Cellar recommendations are available at the restaurant.
FOOD BITES The 2019 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show at the Orange County Convention Center in September was abuzz with new products, food tastings and innovative ideas from some 400 vendors. We loved the Best in Show Winner, the Edible Cookie Cup, from Noi Caﬀe – ﬁlled with your choice of cappuccino, latte or hot cocoa. Talk about no waste, you simply sip, then eat the Italian biscotti cup! A box of 36 costs $71.64, a bit pricy but just think how impressed your guests will be (big hint for gourmet coﬀee bars). Go to noicaﬀe.net/edible-cookie-cup. The Healthy Food Expo Florida oﬀered up green, sustainable and organic products and trends. We loved seeing the many vendors selling compostable, plant-based and bamboo cutlery and dinnerware, in particular the many paper straw vendors. These vendor prove it is getting easier for local restaurants and businesses to join in the ocean-friendly
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Have you heard about The Zest? SPL loves this entertaining weekly podcast that’s all about food, cooking, and people in Tampa Bay and Florida. Produced by WUSF Public Media and Dalia Colón, and hosted by Robin Sussingham , the lively program digs up favorite recipes from local cooks and personalities, dishes about home entertaining, and oﬀers up fun stories on local foodies. We especially love the no-churn dairy-free mango and vanilla bean ice cream recipe by Florida blogger Danielle Rose (Suwannee Rose) on Episode 20. Find this recipe on thezestpodcast.com where you’ll also ﬁnd lots of Florida inspired recipes including the Original “1905” Salad from the Columbia Restaurant. New episode every Thursday, go to thezestpodcast.com to subscribe.
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has launched a new Hospitality Leadership Program designed to help owners hire, train and retrain managers at the area’s many restaurants, hotels, bars and craft breweries. The 16-week online professional training program begins in January. Students need to be working in the industry. Tuition will run about $5,000, which the creators of the program hope employers will agree to pay. For more information and registration visit: programs. usf.edu/hospitality or contact program director Janet Keeler at email@example.com
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Miracle at Mezzo is Back It’s that time of year – for Miracle at Mezzo! Following the success of last year’s Christmas-themed Miracle® pop-up bar, Intermezzo owner Jarrett Sabatini is once again joining the international event that oﬀers signature holiday cocktails in custom glassware November 25 through December 31. Intermezzo, a specialty coﬀee and craft cocktail bar at 1111 Central Avenue, is St. Pete’s only Miracle® pop-up, joining some 100 other cities around the world.
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Get in the mood with a soundtrack of holiday songs, decorations and lights inspired by nostalgic vintage Christmases. Unique and unusual concoctions play on classic holiday ﬂavors in playful mugs and festive glassware, from Snowball Old Fashioned (caramelized pecan bourbon, spiced molasses syrup, wormwood bitters)
Sabatini has scheduled a lineup of fun events during Miracle at Mezzo, including some special TBA guest bartenders: Nov. 29 - Friday Launch Party (Black Friday) Dec. 2 - World’s Largest Ugly Sweater Party (Live Santa 6:30-8:30pm) Dec. 9 - Holiday Trivia with Santa Claus Dec. 10 - Holiday Karaoke Dec. 19 - Songs Around a Christmas Tree with J.T. Brown (7-10pm) Intermezzo will be open until 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and until 2 am Friday and Saturday. In addition, the food vendors next door at Baum Avenue Market plan to be open for your nibbling pleasure.
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FOOD BITES the web site at eatatbaba.com. The Birchwood’s new bar menu in the Lantern Lane Lounge lobby bar oﬀers some creative takes on comfort food for fall/winter. Forget the diet and dive into a Loaded Baked Potato Risotto ($9) studded with bits of bacon, cheddar, sour cream and chives and served in a twice baked potato. Other items include Chicken & Waﬄe on a Stick ($14) with maple ﬂuﬀ and a tater waﬄe, and Meat and Potatoes ($18), a potato salad with tenderloin tips and molten brie with a mushroom sauce. thebirchwood.com
Hippest new dining spot has to be Baba on Central, the Mediterranean indoor-outdoor café and bakery in the Edge District. It’s big, airy, and bright, with a trendy littlethe full-liquor If you like new vegetable protein bar that just there’s a new kid Impossible Burger, begs to in town. Theyou Anything’s Possible come back. The Burger on the menu at Paul’s Landing menu is a mix at the Renaissance Vinoy is 100% of appetizers vegan and loaded with ﬂavor. The and entrees, Impossible Burger patty is topped mostly mash, Greek pickled onion, with avocado and Lebanese, lettuce and tomato, on a grilled andIt the bakery ciabatta. comes with sweet potato willfor delight tater tots $10, but for an extra withbe take-out pastries, pita bread, $10, it can paired with a Jameson sandwiches and Greek coﬀ Mule, made with Jameson, fresh ee. Head to 2701lime Central look for the blue squeezed juiceAvenue; and St. Pete’s andBoar white striped umbrella own Tidal ginger beer. This is tables and checkthat outwins the herb gardens one combo thumbs up! next to the bakery. Hours are limited, check PHOTO/MARRIOTT RESORTS & HOTELS
Hippest new dining spot has to be Baba on Central, the Mediterranean indoor-outdoor café and bakery in the Edge District. It’s big, airy, and bright, with a trendy little full-liquor bar that just begs you to come back. The menu is a mix of appetizers and entrees, mostly Greek and Lebanese, and the bakery will delight with take-out pastries, pita bread, sandwiches and Greek coﬀee. Head to 2701 Central Avenue; look for the blue and white striped umbrella tables and check out the herb gardens next to the bakery. Hours are limited, check
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Jennifer Lockwood Sol Relief, Inc.
Volunteers gather in a hangar at St. Pete Air for instructions on loading supplies bound for the Bahamas. Right, (from left) April Gillmore (SOL Relief), Dr. Jo Ann Daniels (Central Pasco Veterinary Care), and Jennifer Lockwood (SOL Relief) worked on getting veterinary supplies to the islands. BY MARCIA BIGGS In September and October of 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive devastation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and many other areas of the Caribbean. A former St. Croix, U.S.V.I. resident and pilot, Jennifer Lockwood, wanted to help. Jennifer partnered with St. Pete Air and the Glasscock Family Foundation to create an innovative disaster relief mission utilizing small aircraft to serve U.S.V.I and Puerto Rico with immediate aid. From that mission a new venture focused on providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief with the use of aviation was formed – Sol Relief, Inc. On September 1, Sol Relief, a 501(c)(3) non-proﬁt, launched a relief eﬀort to support the Bahamas in recovering from a direct hit by Hurricane Dorian. The Category 5 hurricane pounded the islands of the Bahamas for 40 hours, leaving total ruin and devastation, ﬂooding, no electricity or clean water, people trapped in their houses and entire families missing. At least 70,000 people were left homeless.
Since then Sol Relief has ﬂown over 80 ﬂights, received over $1,000,000 in donations and collected over 400,000 pounds in supply donations. The immediate relief phase of this mission is over, but Sol Relief is still hard at work helping Bahamians with rebuilding their communities. Leading the day-to-day logistics and the face of Sol Relief is St. Pete resident Jennifer Lockwood. Lockwood has been a tour-deforce during the Bahamas relief eﬀort, working on logistics and ﬂight plans, and with partners, volunteer pilots and hundreds of St. Pete residents, businesses, churches and organizations who have donated funding, supplies and time. We sat down with Lockwood in her oﬃce at St. Pete Air recently. She is quick to point out that it’s the support and compassion of the local community that has been the driving force behind her work at Sol Relief.
CONVERSATIONS It’s been almost two months now since the Bahamas relief eﬀort began. What was it like at ﬁrst? We started by transporting certiﬁed search and rescue teams, mechanics and boat captains. We also sent over three Sol Relief volunteers to handle logistics. There was no organization, nobody in charge, it was chaos. Roads were blocked, there was no way to get to the airport. We repaired trucks to help clear the road to the ferry dock, ﬁxed the ferry, and repaired the dock. There was no clean water so that was a top priority. We would ﬂy into three small airports, and take supplies by boats to smaller keys. One of the residents let us use their home as a distribution center, even though it was ﬁlled with sand and mangroves, that was very important. So our ﬁrst ﬂights we delivered bottled water and water ﬁltration kits that can be used to turn salt water into clean drinking water. We transported workers for one of our partner organizations, World Hope International, to set up clean water stations throughout the islands. We brought in medical supplies, doctors, food, chain saws, generators and basic survival gear like cots, air mattresses, tents, tarps, and solar panels. Those ﬂights continued for several weeks. Talk about the big Sol Relief supply drive in early September. We had nearly 200 volunteers show up and work in the supply drive center which was in a hangar at St. Pete Air. We had no idea it would get so big … people just showed up and took over. Kahwa brought coﬀee every morning, restaurants dropped oﬀ lunches. It was amazing. After a week we had more than we could handle, 350 pallets of supplies, so we had to end it. So many church groups, schools and organizations were doing their own drives. Even the Tampa Bay Rays held a major supply drive over one weekend. We had so much
we had to ship it to Freeport … eight containers and volunteers to unload the boat and distribute. Any local superstars you would like to acknowledge? There are just so many, but John Auer donated a match of a half million dollars, he’s a retired insurance executive and a plane owner. He probably ﬂew 30 or more ﬂights, he has been incredible, a catalyst for the program. St. Pete Air, of course, donated the hangar for the supply drive and Tampa Bay Air Charter managed customs paperwork and helped with loading and management. Travis Parker, a member of the band the Inhalers, came to me and said he wanted to put on a Bahamas Relief Concert. He organized the entire concert and did an amazing amount of work, with seven locals bands, Jannus Live donated the venue. We made $35,140 in donations, and Dr. John Strong and his group at Bankers Financial matched it. What is happening now with Sol Relief? We still get ﬂight requests on almost a daily basis, so we need to vet those and prioritize. Now we are into the long-term recovery phase, researching home-rebuilding. We are starting with 10 homes and looking for partners here to work in rebuilding. We have a pool of 200 volunteers and many are skilled laborers, so we want to put together a program that will ﬂy in skilled laborers. Our supply drive is over but we are still seeking ﬁnancial donations since it will be expensive to rebuild.
Pilot John Auer has been devoted to the rescue eﬀorts. He What have you learned about the has ﬂown dozens of supply ﬂights to the Bahamas. people in St. Pete from all this? Volunteers are still needed on an occasional basis. We are amazingly resourceful and To keep updated on Sol Relief, go to their Facebook compassionate … it’s incredible page at www.facebook.com/solrelief/ how many big hearts have shown up and given their time and worked For contact information and how to donate, really hard. I thank the community go to www.solrelief.org for the success of Sol Relief because it was a community eﬀort … over To sign up to volunteer, go to solrelief.org/get-in200 volunteers and local businesses volved/ (Note that Bahamas rebuild eﬀorts will giving their time or resources. And begin after Jan. 1) that just keeps continuing.
Concierge Isaiah Joseph
Concierges (navigators, hosts) are relied upon for their knowledge on all things fun, unique and worthwhile in their location. It’s their job to keep up on the latest events, new restaurants and bars, and even quirky things to do. Who better to ask for advice about ‘the Burg? This issue we talk to Isaiah Joseph, Chief Concierge and Event Coordinator at ONE St. Petersburg in the heart of downtown. He has been assisting nearly 500 residents since it opened in late 2018, compiling a weekly newsletter with local events and things to do. At just 21, Joseph may well be one of the youngest concierges in town. “What attracted me to St. Petersburg is the city’s growth and how accommodating it is for someone as young as I am to thrive in its environment,” he says. What are your top requests from residents new to the area? My residents mainly want to have a true “Florida experience” so I’ll send them on a private day trip to Egmont key by boat, this way they can see the scenery of being on the water and experience unique snorkeling that Egmont has to oﬀer. Give us your recommendations for: Favorite Restaurant – Casual: BUYA Ramen. This spot is excellent for a great bowl of ramen, but I suggest going for their lunch special which includes a little bit of everything for $13. Also Pizza Box is so small you wouldn’t think much of it, until you’ve
tried their organic homemade French oven pizza. Money Not an Object: The restaurant that has surprised me the most would have to be FarmTable Cucina with the diverse menu options and the madein-house pasta, you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking to have a taste of everything, try their “Taste of Cucina.” Best Hangout Spot: This one becomes diﬃcult because there are so many amazing spots to hang out in the ‘Burg, but in my opinion, it would have to be Park and Rec with all of the original arcade games and the air hockey tables there is plenty to do to keep you occupied for a whole night out. Best Place to Go With Your Dog: Other than all the amazing parks we have, it would have to be the Dog Bar. Best Cheap Date: $5 movie night on Tuesdays at AMC Sundial. Best Night on the Town: Start the night at Crafty Squirrel for the 2 for 1 drink specials until 7 pm, then head over to Hideaway Cafe to enjoy live music and great people. How to experience the real St. Pete: The best way to experience St. Pete is to be involved in the community even if it’s just volunteering a few hours at one of the museums or even the library. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and help support the great city we live in.
Upcoming Events Saturday Morning Market – There’s no better way to experience the St. Pete vibe than strolling around the Saturday Morning Market. Head to the parking lot of Al Lang Field ( 1st Street S. and 1st Avenue S.) to experience one of the best open-air markets in the South. In addition to a wide variety of arts, crafts, food products, clothing, hats, plants, home décor and furnishings, come hungry for an all-out foodie paradise featuring dozens of vendors with everything from breads, pastries, smoothies and coﬀees, to ethnic foods and vegan treats. Hours are 9 am to 2 pm, every Saturday through late May. saturdaymorningmarket.com Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Looking for a unique gift for that special someone? Don’t wait until the last minute, plan to attend Shopapalooza at Vinoy Park. Presented by LocalShops1, expect a festival-type atmosphere as over 100 local businesses and artists oﬀer everything from handmade jewelry and soaps to candles and skin care, home décor, food products, clothing and accessories. Kids activity zone, live music and entertainment, CONA Christmas tree display, food vendors. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily; shopapaloozafestival.com
Nov. 20-24 All it takes is a pile of sand, some buckets of water, and lots of imagination to build a masterpiece — at least for 10 master sculptors who return to Treasure Island for the 11th annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival. The free event on the beach behind the Bilmar Resort, 10400 Gulf Blvd., includes a beach food court and beer gardens, arts and crafts, ﬁreworks on Saturday evening and three days of live music sponsored by Ka’Tiki. Bands scheduled at press time include Drivin n Cryin, Randall Bramlett Band, Pirate Flag, Walrus- A Tribute to the Beatles, Tobacco Road, and School of Rock. Parking can be tricky, try the parking lot shuttle for $1 per person with pickup and dropoﬀ from Treasure Island Golf and Tennis Club and Paradise Lutheran Church. www.sandingovationsmasterscup.com
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SPL LIVING BY MARCIA BIGGS ST. PETERSBURG - Beverly Yepes loves the holidays. She also loves Christmas trees. As a world traveler and collector of memories and beautiful things, Yepes speaks with reverence about her beloved ornament collection and the meticulous routine she begins early each October to bring to life some 15 beautiful Christmas trees and wreaths throughout the 8,200-square-foot penthouse condo she shares with husband, Carlos Yepes, in downtown St. Petersburg. As a child with an artistic mother and military father, she grew up all over the world, “so our Christmas trees have changed depending on where we lived,” she says. She cherishes family heirloom ornaments from her mother and grandmother, vintage blown glass, nutcrackers and old-fashioned decorated eggshells. She incorporates them with her collections of Lenox and Swarovski crystal, and other ornaments made, gifted and purchased throughout the years. She and Carlos married in 1982, when she started collecting Lenox ornaments … and so her ﬁrst family tree was ﬁlled with cream Lenox bisque. A few years later, after the birth of her son and daughter, they added a second tree. As the family traveled, they collected memories -- seashells, sand dollars and starﬁsh, and trinkets that later became tree ornaments. So was born the Florida Tree ﬁlled with shells and topped with a starﬁsh. Now with four grandchildren, the Yepes family has grown – and so has the Christmas tree collection. “This house gave me the opportunity to dedicate each room to a diﬀerent tree, each with a diﬀerent theme,” said Yepes, who along with Carlos, is known as a gracious host, often opening her house to charity fundraisers. Most of the Christmas trees are 9 feet high, with a 15-foot tree in the Great Room overlooking Tampa Bay covered completely with Lenox ornaments. There is even a small whimsical tree in their master closet. Trees are artiﬁcial with tiny LED lights, but she inserts real pine boughs in the Great Room tree to add a pine scent. A 5-foot wreath in the kitchen window is decorated with fruit ornaments in rose gold; a dining room window wreath is covered with cherubs, musical instruments and gold balls and sprays. Four half-trees in the foyer sport red Murano glass hearts, all equally divided with organza ribbon and Lenox gold icicles. Each has its own memory. The oﬃce tree is mainly hand-blown glass balls, many which the family blew themselves both here in St. Pete and while on vacation. On either side of the Great Room ﬁreplace, 10-foot skinny trees in Asian vases are identical Bahamian Trees, garnished with Love, Peace and Hope, grapes and birds, vegetables and fruits.
Special family ornaments in the Yepes home include a bisque Lenox angel, red hand-blown Murano glass hearts, and a delicate Swarovski crystal ball.
A 5-foot dining room wreath overlooking downtown St. Pete is ﬁlled with golden glittery fruit, leaves and ornaments.
In the master bedroom is a Swarovski crystal tree, some are globes, others precisely cut reindeer, angels (her favorite), nativity scenes. The playful game room tree is topped by a monkey and ﬁlled with feathered and stuﬀed animals including Boyd teddy bears, feather butterﬂies and owls. Her daughter’s former bedroom tree is a Victorian theme, complete with white lace, pearls, fairies and angels; while her son’s former bedroom tree is ﬁlled with handcrafted birchwood ornaments. Yepes has a design background, so creates each tree and
wreath without assistance. When she begins, she divides trees into quadrants, and lays out ornaments on the ﬂoor so she can precisely place each one. She tries to work daily, taking two to three days to decorate each tree in her spare time, and aims to be completely ﬁnished by early December (although travel sometimes delays the process). When the holidays are over, the slow tear-down begins. The ornaments are removed, cleaned, lovingly wrapped and stored in boxes in their own special closets. But Beverly Yepes knows that it won’t be too long before she will see them all again.
Each Christmas tree has a special theme depending on the room it occupies. The main tree in the Great Room is completely decorated in white Lenox bisque ornaments. November/December 2019
Holiday Happenings A-maze-ing Enchant Tropicana Field will transform into the world’s largest Christmas light maze and market November 22 – December 29 when Enchant® takes over the entire indoor stadium. St. Petersburg is one of only three cities in the country presenting Enchant® Christmas – others are Seattle at T-Mobile Park and Washington D.C. at Nationals Park. Themed “The Great Search,” the custom-designed experience chronicles the story of the beloved, yet mischievous elf Eddie, who has accidentally set Santa’s reindeer free just before Christmas Eve. Visitors go on the search for the missing reindeer, wandering through larger-than-life light displays, brilliant Christmas trees, along a light-adorned ice skating trail, and through a festive Christmas Market of over 40 artisan vendors, with carolers, falling snow, holiday music and hot cocoa. Finding Santa’s Landing is part of the maze fun, as visitors stroll past treetops and through the clouds to ﬁnd Old Saint Nick waiting to hear children’s Christmas wishes from the magical surface of the moon. A special Kids Zone allows youngsters to play in a fairytale land of toys. Pinellas County’s Nook and Cranny will oﬀer night craft workshops where guests can get creative and make ornaments and holiday theme decorations. Live nightly entertainment performances on stage will present song and dance, along with roaming carolers and buskers throughout the venue. IF YOU GO Tickets: Advance tickets are on sale now and vary according to date and time reserved; tax and service charge extra. Adult general admission is $19.99 to $32.99 (value pricing 9-11 pm), $16.99-$25.99 youth ages 14-17, $14.99-$23.99 children ages 4-13, seniors ages 65 and up $16.99-$25.99, discounts for military, students, and ﬁrst responders, and Family 4-Pack.
Special VIP tickets include a buﬀet in a private luxury suite, lounge access, ice skate rentals, starting at $74.99-$84.99 adults. Guests may bring their own skates for the ice skating trail in a clear plastic bag or take advantage of skate rentals on-site. Holiday party suite rentals and custom catering are also available. For more information, go to EnchantChristmas.com and select St. Petersburg.
SPL HOLIDAYS First Night St. Pete Ring in the New Year with live music and interactive art, drama, comedy, dance, street performers, ﬁreworks and more on December 31 at the 27th 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 for all ages.
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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 will be The Petty Experience, Jay Camaro and
The St. Pete waterfront parks will be ablaze with holiday lights and decorations from November 30 through January 1. Mark your calendar for these special holiday events:
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 30, at 6 pm. Parade begins at Albert Whitted Park and runs along Bayshore Drive and 5th Avenue NE. The Tree Lighting will be at 7 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. 7-8 and Dec. 12-23 from 6 to 9 pm
The Interactive Arts Park was a big hit last year and will be back in South Straub Park ﬁlled with hands on exhibits and fun for all ages. Join local artists like James Oleson, Zulu Painter, Creative Clay, NOMAD art bus and more as they transform the 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. Adult buttons through 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 ﬁrstnightstpete.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 annual tradition continuing November 29 through January 4 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
Snowfest Kids will have a blast at Snowfest on Saturday, December 7, from 9 am to 2 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. Movies (to be announced) will be Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 and start at 7 pm; admission is free. Sundial Christmas Tree Lighting Santa swings by the Mall at Sundial November 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 to kick oﬀ the holiday season with merry-making, singing, hot cocoa and real snow!
SPL HOLIDAYS Holiday Sparkle – St. Petersburg Opera Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 19-22 Opera Central Cabaret-style shows present the orchestra, chorus and soloists performing holidays pops and classics. Times and ticket prices vary go to stpeteopera.org or call (727) 823-2040. Nate Najar’s Jazz Holiday December 12 7:30 pm The Palladium Nate appears with John Lamb on bass, Jean Bolduc on drums, with very special guests: James Suggs, trumpet; and New York City jazz star Adrian Cunningham on sax, clarinet and ﬂute, and Chuck Redd on vibes. Tickets $30, $40; go to mypalladium.org The Nutcracker by the St. Petersburg Ballet December 6-8 The Palladium The beloved dream of Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairies comes to life in the 40th annual production for the ballet company.
On Stage It’s a busy season at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Mahaﬀey Theater: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – Nov. 13, 7:30 pm Cirque Dreams Holidaze – November 21 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 28 at 2 pm Tony Bennett – Dec. 5, 7:30 pm Il Divo – Dec. 6, 8 pm Florida Orchestra – Holidays Pops, Dec. 14, 2 and 8 pm Florida Orchestra – Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 20 The Family Blessing – Dec. 21, 2:30 and 7:30 pm Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Dec. 26 at 7 pm, Dec. 27 at 3 and 7 pm For ticket information, go to themahaﬀey.com or call (727) 300-2000
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The new artists include: Anna Ayres, Diane Bragg, Barbara Busenbark, Jila Davoodi, Eagle Finnegan, Alice Pickett Lewis, Katherine Marking, Elizabeth Neily, Jack Providenti, Mike Williams, and Melissa Zodda. They join Dawn Waters, Larry Busby, Ray Domingo, Irina Lapin, Nancy Poucher, Angus Macaulay, Crea Egan, Monika Watson and Brenda McMahon. 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 14 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 stpeteartsalliance.org Shop ‘Til You Drop Tis the Season Holiday Mart, Nov. 16, 10 am to 5 pm, The Coliseum 10th Annual Shopapalooza , Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 10 am to 5 pm, Vinoy Park, showcases 200 local businesses or organizations, Christmas tree display, live music, Kids Zone, hosted by LocalShops1 CraftArt Festival, Nov. 23-24, Central Avenue and Fifth Street, ﬁne arts and crafts hosted by Florida CraftArt Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, The Coliseum, $5 admission, free parking
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ArtJones in Gulfport A collective of 20 ﬁne artists are coming together for the 3rd annual ArtJones Studio Tour December 7-8 throughout Gulfport. The two-day selfguided tour and sale of original arts and crafts will include 19 studios and 11 new artists in mediums including paintings, fabric art, photography, sculpture, glass art, jewelry and ceramics.
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SPL HOLIDAYS MFA Holiday Open House The Museum of Fine Arts traditionally celebrates the season with a holiday tree lighting in the Great Hall. This year, the museum presents Deck the Great Hall – A Holiday Open House on November 21 from 6 to 8 pm featuring the commissioned ornaments of Miami-based sculptor Brookhart Jonquil, who uses industrial materials and geometric precision to explore theories of inﬁnity and utopia. Refreshments, live music, suggested for all ages. Admission to the MFA collection galleries will be free starting at 6 pm. The museum is located at 255 Beach Drive NE.
by Mio” or party only ($150) starting at 9 pm which includes open bar, desserts, savory bites, dancing, midnight champagne toasts while watching First Night St. Pete ﬁreworks. For complete details, go to mfastpete.org/event/2019-nye-at-themfa-ﬂights-of-fancy/ All events are subject to change. Please check events online to verify updated information.
New Year’s Eve Dancers Delight Always a fun time for singles and couples of all ages, enjoy a New Year’s Eve dancing to live music by the Jive Aces (from the UK!) at the 12th 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 newyearswing.com for more information or call (813) 220-3911. Arty Party Ring in 2020 at NYE@MFA, a premier all-inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts. This year’s theme is “Flights of Fancy.” Ticket options include dinner and party ($275) which includes cocktail reception in the garden, seated dinner, and entertainment by world-renowned illusionist “Magic
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Holiday Home Tours The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg 8th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 4 pm This self-guided tour features seven festively decorated homes in the historic neighborhood of Allendale – a ﬁrst for the tour. Residences will reﬂect holiday traditions unique to each family and many homeowners expand decorating into outdoor patio and pool areas. A boutique in one of the residences will oﬀer arts, crafts and holiday gifts, and live musical performances will take place at each residence. The event kicks oﬀ on Friday, Dec. 6, with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at a private home; details had not been announced at press time. Advance tickets are $25, $30 the day of the tour available only at 1250 Monticello Blvd. N.
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Historic Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes Sunday, December 8 3-8 pm Tour beautiful and distinctive homes in Old Northeast in this 22st annual tradition organized by the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association (HONNA). The self-guided tour takes visitors along the brick streets of this charming downtown neighborhood. 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
The Florida 6th Annual St. Petersburg The Holiday ofGuild the Arts Orchestra of Festival takes over Williams Park, 350 St. Petersburg 2ndAnnual Ave. N,Holiday December 14-15. 8th Co-sponsored Tour of Homesby the City of St. Pete and the St. Petersburg Saturday, December Arts the event will 7, 10Alliance, am to 4 pm feature many This self-guidedﬁne artisans from across Floridaseven and the United tour features States with original festively decorated creations in painting, sculpture, homes in the historicglass, wood, ceramic, metal, neighborhood ofjewelry and more. Hours 10 am 5 pm Allendale – a ﬁare rst for the to tour. Residences both days; admission free. will reﬂect holiday traditions unique to each family and many homeowners expand decorating into outdoor patio and pool areas. A boutique in one of the residences will oﬀer arts, crafts and holiday gifts, and live musical performances will take place at each residence. The event kicks oﬀ on Friday, Dec. 6, with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at a private home; details had not been announced at press time. Advance tickets are $25, $30 the day of the tour available only at 1250 Monticello Blvd. N.
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Don’t hide behind a little black dress – it’s time to shine BY BY MEGAN MEGAN SIMONS SIMONS It’s It’s the the new new holiday holiday season, season, invitations invitations are starting to arrive, are starting to arrive, friends friends and and family family are are ready ready for for exciting exciting events, events, and and just just one one question question remains remains the the same – what to wear? same – what to wear? Shall Shall we we start start with with what what NOT NOT to to wear? wear? Don’t Don’t even even think think about about being being boringly boringly dull dull this this season of parties, galas, get-togethers season of parties, galas, get-togethers and and celebrations. celebrations. Shine! Shine! Shine Shine like like never before. Even the trendiest never before. Even the trendiest colors colors of of the the season season without without shimmers, shimmers, glitters glitters or or sparkles sparkles will will not not be be enough enough for this year’s festivities. for this year’s festivities. Let Let me me start start with with the the cherished cherished but but typical black. The black typical - black. The black dress dress could could be be your your versatile, versatile, chic chic and and trendy trendy best friend for many occasions. best friend for many occasions. But But plain plain black black can can easily easily turn turn against against you you and and your your intentions intentions to to look look your your best. In the dim evening environment, best. In the dim evening environment, for for example, example, it it could could be be like like aa black black hole quite invisible. Says hole - quite invisible. Says editoreditorin-chief in-chief of of Vogue, Vogue, Anna Anna Wintour, Wintour, “I “I never wear black head to never wear black head to toe.” toe.” Her Her staple staple multicolor, multicolor, crystal crystal necklaces, necklaces, worn with literally worn with literally everything, everything, are are my my latest obsession -an easy way latest obsession -- an easy way to to add add individual individual style style to to any any attire. attire. II have have some some fresh fresh and and easy easy tricks tricks to to style up the boring LBD and style up the boring LBD and make make you you the the life life of of the the party. party. We We all all know know about about the the one one incredible incredible statement statement necklace, necklace, and lots of metallic and lots of metallic accessories, accessories, but but have have you you thought thought about about aa shiny shiny and and very very trendy trendy bomber bomber jacket? jacket? Can Can you you imagine, over your form-ﬁ tting imagine, over your form-ﬁtting black black dress, dress, aa richly richly decorated, decorated, majestically majestically stylish and very stylish and very sheer sheer long long duster, duster, adorned adorned with with dripping dripping glitter, glitter, ﬂ ﬂowing owing distinctively behind you when distinctively behind you when you you walk? walk? That’s That’s the the look look that that is is not not going going to be ignored. to be ignored. For For the the 2019 2019 Fall/Winter Fall/Winter season, season, sequins are not sequins are not only only trendy, trendy, they they are are an absolute must, and not only an absolute must, and not only for for the the evening evening and and parties. parties. Starting Starting in in the the morning morning you you can can wear wear your your favorite favorite pair of crystal embellished pair of crystal embellished jeans, jeans, bejeweled bejeweled shoes, shoes, or or shirts shirts with with chic chic
SPL FASHION shimmer. But for the evening your outﬁt needs to make people ask if it has batteries in it. It’s relatively easy if it’s a cutting-edge, statement gown, with exquisite crystals all over. But party dresses can be equally exciting, and the best way to stand out. The black or silver sequin dress will speak a completely new language to the crowd, when you add an ostrich feather bolero to the attire. Then go right ahead and pair your dress with those sleek and sophisticated, thigh-high boots. Go with a silhouette that will easily complement your cocktail dress. Then there is the shiny dress in trendy rose gold. A simple neckline
will take you from oﬃce party to glamorous event, style it with the fashionable, three-color crystal necklaces. Your all-silver metallic dress will pop with the addition of strong red, ball earrings and ankle boots will do just that. We know that dresses are not the only option, but we can have a personal conversation about that. For now, start planning what to wear, and have lots of fun with it. Megan Simons is owner of Pippa Pelure, a women’s ﬁne fashion boutique in downtown St. Petersburg. To contact her, write to email@example.com
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BY SHAWN TANNEY RICHARDS From urban chic condo living to a luxury beachside retreat, Suzan Decker Ross, owner of Decker Ross Interiors, and her talented team of designers have been busy creating beautiful interiors throughout Florida for over 25 years. Downtown Style St. Petersburg has become one of their favorite locales due to the thriving downtown. At JMC Rowland Place, the Art Nouveau building oﬀers lovely amenity areas for the residents and their guests to enjoy. These areas were the focus for the initial design work by Suzan Decker Ross and senior designer Marci Tempesta. “In keeping with the luxury urban vibe that is attracting so many people to downtown St. Petersburg, our design and color palette reﬂects the tasteful sophistication of the area,” Decker Ross explained. The Living Room and Game Room feature dark espresso wood ﬂoors, crown molding, and a neutral grey and taupe color scheme, punctuated by pops of vibrant orange. The design team maintained a classical elegance in the Living Room, selecting furniture pieces that complemented the architectural features of the ﬁreplace, ﬂanked by recessed built-in bookshelf nooks accented with interesting accessories. The beautiful baby grand piano anchors one corner of the room, oﬀset by window walls featuring color block drapery panels. The Game Room provides a bit more casual comfort and entertainment options with a pool table, TV and high-top tables surrounded by leather barstools featuring nailhead trim and unique decorative hardware on the back. A contemporary chandelier, artwork and accessories complete the space. The neutral color palette continues into the hallways, with a designer carpet, paint and a few accent pieces, art and accessories providing the ﬁnishing touches. All of these common areas oﬀer a comfortable yet classy design aesthetic for the residents’ enjoyment.
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Beach Beauty “A short drive from downtown are the beautiful blue waters of St. Petersburg’s scenic coast, which provides a gorgeous backdrop for many of our designs,” Decker Ross commented. Located on a barrier island, this client’s spectacular home oﬀers breathtaking views of the expansive waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Intracoastal Waterway. Senior designer Jen Kravchuk decided on a Rustic Modern Beach design for this waterfront retreat. A coastal dusty blue
color palette with gray undertones was carried throughout the home. The design is rich with textural contrast -- from the oyster shell chandelier to the embroidered drapery panels the eye is captured by the variety of subtle shades, layers, natural elements and ﬁnishes. A circular motif was carried throughout the open concept main living area, which provides a common design element within the various spaces. Specializing in both residential and commercial design, Decker Ross Interiors is located at 1445 Court Street in Clearwater. www.DeckerRoss.com 727-442-9996
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PARC’s Culinary Arts instructor Christina Gallucci works with a student to prepare plates for the Top Chefs fundraiser held in August at the Morean Center for Clay. BY MARCIA BIGGS What’s on the menu today at Curry Villa? Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Money Mustard Sauce, Butternut Squash and Apple Fritters and Chocolate Mousse for dessert. Sound impressive? Perhaps so, if this were a restaurant. But it’s not. Curry Villa is a group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, one of four such facilities managed by PARC in Pinellas County, and this is Culinary Arts Class. No hotdogs on this menu. Chef Christina Gallucci is setting up the industrial kitchen on the second ﬂoor for her second class today. Pulling out the pork loin and baking pans, lining up the fresh squash. Her budding chefs – David, Marcus, TJ and Nick - will be arriving shortly for their weekly class to learn how things are done in a kitchen. They arrive in a bustle of excitement, ﬁrst things ﬁrst. They know to don an apron, wash their hands. As they gather around the metal prep table, Gallucci begins the class. It’s mostly show and tell as she rolls the slab of pork and slices it. The easier work –
cracking eggs, dipping the pieces, paring the skin oﬀ the squash, mixing the honey and mustard - is performed by her students. Chef smiles brightly; she is patient and kind, trying to involve each individual to the best of their ability. It can be challenging. Running an electric mixer. Flipping fritters in a frying pan just so. David in particular enjoys the accomplishments and accolades. An hour later, we all sit down to a hot lunch, enjoying the fruits of our labor. Happiness is wafting across the table. Chef comes out carrying poster boards with photos and today’s quiz begins: Who can name some ingredients we used today? Who can name the equipment and utensils we used? PARC’S 3-year-old Culinary Arts Program has 26 registered, and small classes of 4 to 8 take over the Curry Villa kitchen two days a week. At the end of the 10-week course, graduates receive a certiﬁcate, recipes, a chef hat and an apron. More than cooking, safety and sanitation skills, the course is also aimed at enhancing self-esteem, creativity and encouraging responsibility and a
SPL LIVING sense of accomplishment, says Gallucci. “Each person has diﬀerent abilities, so it’s important to understand each one and work on a ‘person ﬁrst’ basis,” she says. “Our hope with this program is that some of our clients will go on to a career, or be able to use these skills at home.” Big excitement in the Culinary Arts Program came in August at PARC’s annual TOP CHEFS event held at the Morean Center for Clay. The restaurant tasting and fundraiser engaged local restaurants, chefs and personalities in an evening of delicious dining and drinks, with assistance from some of the culinary students, of course. The Culinary Arts Program was highlighted with a special video presentation prior to the award presentation. Celebrating 65 Years In 2018, PARC marked 65 years of providing care and opportunities for children and adults of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The idea for PARC began in 1952 when Mrs. Edythe Ibold placed a small notice in The Evening Independent inviting parents of children with developmental disabilities to a meeting in the St. Petersburg City Hall. In 1953, the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children received its corporate charter and The Peter Pan School opened in 1964. The nonproﬁt soon secured six acres of land through the City Council at what is now PARC’S main campus near Tyrone Boulevard.
programs for toddlers to the aging. Most are “day campers,” transported via PARC’s 43-vehicle ﬂeet; 90 adults are in the residential program. Some 125 employees range from therapists and social workers, to shuttle drivers, administrative, and vocational and arts instructors. President and CEO Karen Higgins is uniquely qualiﬁed to man the helm – the longtime St. Pete resident has been with PARC for over three decades. She has seen it grow and ﬂourish and knows better than anyone the diﬀerence it has made in the lives of many families in Pinellas County. “I came in the early ‘80s when the state was still institutionalizing,” she said. “Back then, it was the only thing they knew. It was not considered unusual. We started the ﬁrst preschool for children with developmental disabilities, and one of the ﬁrst residential programs in Florida. Some of our adult clients have been with us for many years. We have people here who have grown from children to adults and know no other home.”
Today PARC serves up to 800 people annually oﬀering nearly 40
In addition to the Culinary Program, PARC works with adults to pursue meaningful employment, says Higgins. They can choose to become artists and sell their work through a robust arts program, or enlist in the horticulture program where they can learn to grow and tend vegetables, herbs and ﬂowering plants in outdoor raised bed gardens on campus. They can also earn money by performing light industrial work, such as packaging and labeling, in a campus work center.
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SPL LIVING Higgins gives credit to the many Pinellas businesses, organizations, and individuals who sponsor or otherwise fund the programs, or oﬀer job opportunities and internships. Through PARC’S Supporting Employment Program, over 100 individuals work in places like Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Bayfront Hospital, and Publix. In 2017-2018, over 70 local employers participated in the program.
PARC CEO and president Karen Higgins poses with artist Michelle at Florida Shines On, an art exhibit and fundraiser held this fall at the James Museum in St. Petersburg.
Indeed, PARC has longtime unwavering support from the power brokers and philanthropists of Pinellas County, chief among them is Tom James, former CEO of Raymond James Financial, says Higgins. “He has been one of our staunchest supporters,” she says. Board members throughout the decades read like a Who’s Who list – Duke Energy
Florida, Merrill Lynch, Bank of Tampa, Tampa Bay Rays, Johns Hopkins All Children’s, Morgan Stanley, to name a few. The ranks of dedicated volunteers is also steadfast. Andrea Castaneda, Director of Community Relations and Volunteers, works with hundreds of individuals, groups, and organizations who help organize events, man tables at festivals, perform oﬃce work, teach classes and help with building maintenance and landscaping. “Volunteers are the heart and soul of PARC,” she admits. “Without our volunteers, we would not be who we are today.” To learn more about PARC, go to www.parc-ﬂ.org.
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ARTS & CULTURE I don’t know about you, but it feels as though the holidays come around faster each year! How is it even possible that 2019 is nearing an end? I mean, it just began… didn’t it? Well, if you can explain it to me, I’m all ears. Fortunately, I just love the holidays, so while I try and unravel the complexities of my personal space/time continuum, I’ll share with you a small sampling of the many artsy goings on in our beautiful ‘Burg during the most wonderful time of the year. If you have events you’d like to share in upcoming issues, or you have an answer to that whole space/time conundrum, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org BY CINDY STOVALL
On Stage An American Dreamscape, the 2019-2020 season theme at American Stage, continues with an oﬀering for “starstruck” holiday audiences. Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson, opens on November 20 and takes us back to the turn of the century. No, the last one. The Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s was a place for men of science ... MEN of science. Henrietta Leavitt contemplates the stars as she serves her astronomer employer, unable to touch a telescope or express an idea. She takes a journey to understand her place in the world and in the lives of those in her “orbit.” Runs Nov. 20-Dec. 22. www.americanstage.org For those of you familiar with the plot of The Lion in Winter, it doesn’t exactly conjure up those holiday warm and fuzzies – a king locking his wife away in prison for years, power hungry sons plotting murder and jockeying for ascendancy. Of course, you may know someone whose Christmas is exactly like that, it’s an interesting world. In any case, the story does in fact, take place during the holidays and that’s all the reason freeFall Theatre Company needs to stage it during that time. I think that’s what I love most about freeFall – they are daring. Runs Nov. 23-Dec. 22. www.freefalltheatre.com Stageworks Theatre in Tampa, with the inimitable Karla Hartley at the helm, continues to produce champagne oﬀerings always accessible to the Tampa Bay community on a sparkling cider budget. There’s still time to catch Ordinary Days, an uplifting musical celebrating the big impact of a small moment,
running until Nov. 17. Stageworks’ Innovocative Theatre will present Barbara Lebow’s A Shayna Maidel from January 10-19. Two sisters reunite post WWll, with one having survived Nazi concentration camps. www.stageworkstheatre.org www.innovocativetheatre.org
Museum Happenings The Grasshopper and the Ant, and Other Stories is the not-tobe-missed exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts.(See feature in this issue.) On Nov. 16, artist Jennifer Angus returns for a much anticipated lecture on her work. Angus is a professor of textile design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, yet as an artist her medium is insects. Thousands of them are utilized to bring this stunning exhibit to ”life”. Get the inside story by attending this lecture. www.mfastpete.org The Dali Museum presents Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads. Immersing visitors in this particularly rich and vital creative era, it is an exhibit that examines the works, friendships and clashes of Jean Arp, André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Alexander Calder, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst and others. The exhibition is designed for visitors to stroll through the streets of Paris, with a focus on the paintings, photographs, sculptures and personalities of iconic Surrealist artists. The exhibition will also feature archival ﬁlm and documents from the movement, as well as several rarely loaned Salvador Dalí works. Runs Nov. 23 – April 9. www.thedali.org The Imagine Museum will be closing its ﬁrst exhibit resulting from a nationwide call to artists on December 22. PIVOT exhibits work that represents a turning point or “pivotal” moment in the lives of the many artists showing their incredible glass creations. Catch it before it leaves. www.imaginemuseum.org
Happenings The Morean’s Chihuly Collection presents an experience unlike any other. Sensory Overload: an unforgettable feast for the senses features food and drink sampling, taste tripping, touch tours, sound gardens, aromatherapy, pop up performances, and much more as you stroll through the breathtaking Chihuly Collection. December 6 10-5:30 www.moreanartscenter.org
ARTS & CULTURE Studio Honors is The Studio@620’s signature event which raises funds to support their mission: To cultivate emerging talent and foster a thriving, creative community. This year’s honorees include Eric Deggans (author and television critic), The Vitale Brothers (artists and muralists), and Kanika Tomalin (St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor). Ray Arsenault (historian, professor, and author) will receive the David G. Ellis Award. December 7 6:20pm www.thestudioat620.org Eckerd College will host Writers in Paradise on their beautiful waterfront campus, January 18-25. This literary conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending quality time with attendees seeking an intimate and unhurried climate for learning. www.writersinparadise.com Until text time … Cindy Stovall’s Beauty & the ‘Burg podcast covering the arts in St. Petersburg airs on Wednesdays at 6 pm at heliumradio.com. Archives of previous shows are available.
Tibetan Monks at Florida CraftArt The colorful, spiritual and mesmerizing monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will return to St. Pete January 7-12 to build a Sacred Sand Mandala in the main exhibit room at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue. A full schedule of events including art classes, receptions and lectures is being prepared in which the public is invited to learn and share Tibetan culture, traditions and wisdom. Handcrafted Tibetan arts and crafts will also be for sale. Check the website for updates at www.ﬂoridacraftart.org
On view now through January 5, 2020 Made possible by Dimity and Mark Carlson; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Mark Anderson and Keith Bucklew; and Suki and John Carson
Jennifer Angus, Detail from ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories, as told by Jennifer Angus, Museum of Fine Arts, 2019, Mixed media and dried insects.
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Keeping a bygone era alive in St. Pete PHOTOS/RADIO THEATRE PROJECT
A sign language interpreter accompanies the cast during live performances.
BY CINDY STOVALL
I was born to Depression-era parents. My father, a New York City police oﬃcer, often regaled us with tales of the radio shows of his youth - The Baby Snooks Show (starring Fanny Brice), Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, FDR’s Fireside Chats and, of course, his very favorite serial, The Shadow. His descriptions tickled our imaginations as he repeated dialogue from memory, imitated sound eﬀects and delighted in his considerable knowledge of the actors lives and roles. It often occurred to me, even as a young child, that he secretly yearned to be a part of that world, his recreations were that aﬀecting. In fact, the stories were so compelling, they almost made me consider the downside of television …. almost. Radio was a world where imagination reigned - a world slowly
crowded out and ultimately extinguished by the TV broadcasting boom that descended, for better or worse, in the late 1940s. My only experience of what existed before was inexorably tied to my father’s memory. You can imagine my excitement, a few years later, when my favorite Top 40 radio station began airing episodes of The Shadow on Saturdays at midnight. I stayed up to listen each week. Dad’s tepid objections never fooled me for a minute. His “secret” delight was, to me, as obvious as his love. Now, as I ﬁnd myself in the same age group as Dad was back then, I feel the same child-like excitement every time I attend Radio Theatre Project.
ARTS & CULTURE Radio Revival Please forgive me for the detour down Memory Lane. I’ve shared this story so you will get the truest sense of what Radio Theatre Project, “RTP” to regulars, has come to mean to me and my older brother, Bruce. For the past decade, from October until May, on the fourth Monday of each month, Bruce and I make our way to The Studio @620 in downtown St. Pete. At 7pm, the magic begins, and we are transported back to a faraway place and time. The engaging staged readings performed in an “old timey” radio style, reunite us with our younger selves and with our beloved father. No doubt, many Radio Theatre Project “regulars” have very similar stories. It’s what, at least in part, keeps us all coming back month after month, year after year. Also, because it’s just so damn much fun.
over scripts and, once selected, revising them for “radio.” Agan took over as artistic director four years ago. “I feel so fortunate to have an opportunity to work with all these amazing people,” she says. All take roles in various productions, write scripts and Wilborn provides piano accompaniment. “We wear many hats,” says Rice. Everyone agrees, though, that a key person in pulling it all together early on, was Matt Cowley. “There would be no RTP without him,” says Agan. Cowley was producing a show on WMNF called Sound Design. He agreed to record, edit and broadcast RTP on his show. And they’ve never looked back. Currently, Cowley oversees sound design, runs the “Foley Orchestra” (theater-speak for the props used to create sound eﬀects), and he also writes some scripts performed on stage. This includes crowd favorite and ongoing serial, Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective - a hilarious collaboration with Paul Wilborn that skewers local politics, often with unexpected cameos by guest stars like St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman. Growing Strong The ﬁrst season or two of any new company is a critical time. “We were broke,” muses Rice. “There were maybe 30 or so audience members, so we relied heavily on local actors and playwrights. It was eye opening to realize just how deep a well of talent we actually had right here.” An early Florida Humanities Council grant helped put some wind in RTP’s sails. “What kept things growing was the quality in every aspect of production,” says Devin Jones. The crowds grew. The word spread. “After the grant period, when we actually began charging an admission fee, we held our breath. But the people came. We’ve raised the price twice more over the years, and still, the people come.” Now, most performances are SRO.
So how did Radio Theatre Project, a unique jewel in St. Pete’s thespian crown, come to be? I sat down with Studio @620 cofounder and executive director Bob Devin Jones, as well as current and previous RTP artistic directors Bonnie Agan and Mimi Rice. “The fact is, that Radio Theatre Project came about because I was a 70-year-old actress,” says Rice. ”I was frustrated over the dwindling opportunities for an actress of ‘a certain age’ in booking good roles. I happened to read an article on radio theater in American Theatre Magazine and immediately brought the idea to Bob.” Once again @620’s founding mantra was invoked. “The answer is ALWAYS yes,” said Devin Jones. “I told Mimi we would house and host, but she had to run it.” And so, Rice’s search for an acting ensemble, scripts and tech assistance began. “It was a labor of love,” says Rice, “but I loved every minute. I knew it was a good idea.” Bonnie Agan came on board, initially, as one of the founding members of the RTP ensemble. A proliﬁc actor and voice-over talent, Agan says she felt as if she had “found a home.” Also in that inaugural group were Rice’s husband, Richard Rice, Jim Wicker, LeRoy Mitchell, Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant and, of course, Bob Devin Jones. There were certainly others, but after a decade, this core group is still there and going strong. Wicker acts as dramaturg, scouring
After another fruitful relationship developed with The Dramatists Guild of America, “scripts began coming in from all over the country and beyond,” says Agan. “More and more incredibly talented actors and writers have become aware of RTP. They often contact me and ask to submit work or participate as guest performers. It’s an embarrassment of riches,” Agan says with a broad smile. “And the quality continues to improve.”
ARTS & CULTURE Cherry and Jacob Barrens, to name just a few.
The attention to detail is evident. For instance, each show has an American Sign Language translator to broaden audience access. Then, last season, a beautiful frame for the stage was built by set designer Steve Mitchell to enhance the visual eﬀect and branding. There is carefully executed choreography, tech, blocking and rehearsal on level with any professional company. Stay Tuned So, what’s on tap for the 2019-2020 season? The opening production was performed to a rapt, sell-out crowd on October 28 with the usual Halloween antics. “We always have so much fun being back together for the opener,” says Agan. “We love to present so many types of work: comedy, drama, satire, holiday related themes, special programming, etc. I like to think of it as taking the audience on a journey. And it should always end with laughter.” Many well-loved actors have either joined the group, or will be making guest appearances this season - Lisa Powers Tricomi, David Warner, Vicki Daignault, Jim Sorensen, Stephanie Roberts, Colleen
But through the growth, the expanded audiences and sources of talent, the heart of RTP still beats for St. Pete. “We’re a family,” says Rice, “and we love to tell stories to our extended family - the audience. People love to hear a story. It’s amazing to see folks hanging around, talking, long after the performance is over. We almost have to kick them out!” Devin Jones says that the Studio @620 wants to be a part of whatever is good for the community. “Many amazing programs have been incubated here over the past 15 years,” he says. “And RTP has been absolutely foundational for us. It’s simply delicious.” For more information: www.thestudioat620.org Previous seasons of Radio Theatre Project can be found on www.SoundCloud.com/ radiotheatreproject To listen to Cindy Stovall’s audio version of this story with complete interviews, go to her Beauty & The ‘Burg Podcast at www.heliumradio.com
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History Museum to Get a New Lease on Life History Museum to G In a much-needed move, the St. Petersburg Historical Society has announced plans to renovate and expand the city’s Museum of History. The small museum on the approach to the Pier stands to receive world-wide attention when it joins the rest of the new Pier District, which is targeted to open in fall of 2020. The plan calls for a renovation of the existing Museum, and an 8,000-square-foot addition. Highlighting the addition is a state-of-the-art exhibit gallery showcasing the history of St. Pete and Florida, a visitor’s center and roof-top terrace overlooking the waterfront. A public/private endeavor, the goal of the St. Petersburg Museum of History is to raise $7 million to create a world-class history museum in the Sunshine City. The Museum received a $1-million
In a much-needed commitment from the move, the St. City of St. Petersburg Petersburg Historical and is awaiting news Society has on county and state announced plans to The trustees grants. renovate and expand have started a private the city’s Museum capital improvement of History. Thecampaign. small museum on the approach to the AnPier 8,000-square-foot stands to receive two-story addition world-wide attention will be built adjacent when it joins the to the Museum’s rest of the newFlight Pier One Gallery. It District, whichwill is include a ground targeted to open levelinWelcome Center fall of 2020. The planvisitors can where calls for a renovation collect information, of the existing Museum, and an 8,000-square-foot a watch videos and purchase admission tickets to attractions Highlighting theconference addition is room a state-of-the-art exhib throughout Pinellas County. A state-of-the-art the history of St. Pete and Florida, a vis will also be available. A second showcasing level main gallery will feature roof-top terrace overlooking the waterfront. 4,000-square-foot interactive exhibit space showcasing the stories of the history of people of St. Petersburg, Pinellas and Florida. A endeavor, the goal of the St. Peters series of smaller enhancementsAtopublic/private the existing museum spaces of History is to raise $7 million to create a world-clas include staﬀ oﬃces and the archives and collections areas on the museum in the Sunshine City. The Museum received second ﬂoor.
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An MFA exhibit shows exotic insects in a whole new light PHOTO /MARCIA BIGGS
BY MARCIA BIGGS While some people collect books or coins or Christmas ornaments, Jennifer Angus has spent years collecting dead bugs – well, insects she prefers to call them (there is a diﬀerence, insects have six legs). She has searched out and collected thousands upon thousands of specimens, mostly from tropical climates, all departed from this world. Her startlingly bizarre yet beautiful exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg ﬁlls nearly 7,000 square feet of gallery space in the Hough Wing with some 5,000 big insects. The Grasshopper and the Ant and Other Stories, as told by Jennifer Angus, was inspired by Aesop's Fables, neo-Victorian design, climate change and the world of nature. Sound strange? Each viewer will take away their own interpretation, but be prepared to wonder. Enter the world of Jennifer Angus and you have entered a world of dead beetles, cicadas, katydids and weevils in playful wall designs and suspended in jelly jars; there are dollhouses dripping in beeswax, a bestial dinner party, and glassdomed scenes akin to snowball globes, although these you cannot pick up and shake. Some displays evoke mystical drama with animal skulls, Bulgarian clay beehives, decaying leaves and dried ﬂowers; others are nearly human-like. Walk through a small dark entry room and along one side, glowing in transparent reds and yellows, are two rows of jelly jars containing the carcasses of dead insects. Angus made real jelly and carefully placed each critter inside. Creepy or fascinating? It takes a moment to decide. This is the Ant’s Gallery, dark
like an ant’s tunnel; it sets the stage for the next room. Like Alice entering Wonderland, the main gallery with its twostory ceiling appears cheerful with lime green walls covered in ﬂoral patterns, topped with sunbursts. But look closer. The intricate scrolling designs are strategically placed insects, pinned precisely to the wall to create a ﬂowing “wallpaper” design. In one corner, 12-foot tall dollhouses are dripping in beeswax, a solemn ode to the importance of bees in human existence and a warning about global warming. There are no insects to be found. Could it be from the rampant use of pesticides? Angus wants viewers to think. The mood lightens considerably at the Victorian Dinner Party in the adjoining gallery which gives us the wildlife version of a fancy dinner party. This is no Downton Abbey. The guests seated at this elegant banquet table are all Florida native animals. Angus plays with the intertwining roles in the animal world. Dinner guests are real animals (all taxidermy): a deer and racoons, playful otters, feuding bobcats and a naughty squirrel all appear ready to chow down on a dinner of fruit, honey, nuts and, of course, tasty insects. Looking down from the walls are the heads of more animals, as if wanting to join the party, amid circles and ellipses and a trail of winged insects. The ﬁnal gallery presents a large Victorian apothecary-type Cabinet of Curiosities as a centerpiece, with 130 drawers each containing its own vignette of the insect world. During the Age of Enlightenment, when science began to challenge religious beliefs, the cabinets were
ARTS & CULTURE small collections of extraordinary objects which attempted to tell stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world. Spread throughout this gallery are seven black cases (vintage typewriter cases), each depicting scenes from the Seven Deadly Sins. A series of bell jars show insects in various scenarios, each looking at Victorian-era microscope slides. The tiny critters are often placed in humanlike stances, gazing at books, standing on two legs. Four display cases are giant still-lifes with animal skulls, silk cocoons and fascinating handmade clay beehives from Bulgaria. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Argus says her ﬁrst love was archaeology. Now she is a Professor of Textiles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But she is also an environmentalist, one who asks questions about the world and nature and the part humans play in its destruction. She challenges beliefs and wants to educate the public on the importance – and beauty – of the insect world. “I seek to rehabilitate the image of insects and draw correlations between humans and members of the six-legged kingdom,” Angus said at the opening of the exhibit. “The fear we have of insects is generally unwarranted. Their role in the environment is vital [to human survival], whether it be in the pollination of ﬂowers, which in turn produce the fruits we so enjoy, or the decomposition of matter. Insects are both beautiful and essential.
I hope this exhibition will inspire conversations about what we value, the stories we are part of, and the small actions we can take today to make change for the greater good.” This is her largest installation; her collection has been exhibited at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC and around the world including Australia, France, Germany, Japan and Spain. None of the insects on display are endangered, the artist points out. They are either farm raised—primarily in Madagascar, Malaysia, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea—or collected by the indigenous peoples who live in the areas from which they originate. None of the insects have been colored and no, she does not collect them herself. She buys most of them from a dealer. There are no cockroaches (too icky) and no butterﬂies (too fragile). Even if you are not a fan of insects, a visit to The Grasshopper and the Ant is guaranteed to be an entertaining and thoughtprovoking experience. And please, don’t call them bugs! The Grasshopper and the Ant and Other Stories as told by Jennifer Angus runs through January 5, 2020. The author will present a lecture on November 16 at the museum. For more information on hours, admission and related events, go to mfastpete.org.
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Eighty percent of the world’s nations view insects as edibles. Would you do the same? Inspired by the insect-themed exhibition, The Grasshopper and The Ant and Other Stories, as told by Jennifer Angus, a special evening is aimed at transforming your perceptions of insects.
dishes where insects will be cooked into a dish, featured as the main ingredient or applied in a variety of other ways. The “ento-cuisine” will be complemented by an adventurous cocktail menu, which will feature a broader selection of edible insects. Like your mother always said, try it, you might like it (besides the tiny critters are a source of protein).
On November 15 Chef Joseph Yoon, executive director of Brooklyn Bugs, will present a tasting menu of 10 plated
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17th Annual Festivals Of Speed PHOTOS/FESTIVALSOFSPEED
FESTIVALS OF SPEED Sunday, January 12 , 10 am to 4 pm Vinoy Park 501 Fifth Avenue NE, St. Pete General admission $20, children 12 and under free, VIP section $125; advance purchase only For tickets, go to www.festivalsofspeed.com (352) 406-9325
St. Pete’s picturesque waterfront will be the venue for the 17th annual Festivals of Speed on Sunday, January 12, presented by Bert Smith Porsche at Vinoy Park. Typically held in April, the event is happening earlier in 2020 than in previous years. Organizer Joe Sabatini is hoping the milder winter weather will be a tad more pleasant for festivalgoers – and the new date will give snowbirds a chance to attend. The Festivals of Speed show ﬁeld has become known for its unique diversity, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models. Auto collectors and enthusiasts from across
the Southeast are expected to attend the festival, which will feature over 300 of sleek, exotic cars and luxury brands, American muscle, classic cars and motorcycles. Attendees can expect to be dazzled by rare, vintage and modern autos including Porsche, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes, Tesla, McLaren and other rare cars. Located directly on the show ﬁeld and overlooking the water, the exclusive VIP section will feature food, premium brand open bar, and contemporary lounge furniture. At the conclusion of the day, an awards presentation takes place.
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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. Boarding takes place in St. Petersburg in the Vinoy Yacht Basin on Bayshore Drive NE (between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Renaissance Vinoy) and in Tampa behind the Florida Aquarium in Tampa’s Channelside District. (All guests must be ticketed and ready
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 park in the Sundial Garage can request a parking pass from ferry staﬀ which can be used for free parking. 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 a commuter ferry, the Cross-Bay Ferry is meant to oﬀer residents and visitors an option to driving across the Bay. Tickets, departure times and more information can be found at thecrossbayferry. com or by calling (727)273-5932. Walkups can purchase tickets on-site, but advance purchase is recommended for weekends.
Skip traﬃc hassles and enjoy a beautiful ride across Tampa Bay aboard the Cross-Bay Ferry. Runs between downtown St. Pete and downtown Tampa began Nov. 1 and will continue Wednesdays through Sundays and before and after all Tampa Bay Lightning games through April 30. More weekend service will be provided this year.
Boat Show The largest power and sailboat show on the Gulf Coast takes over Mahaﬀey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park December 5-8 for the 42nd Annual St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show. Check out over 100 boats in water and on land, including a 40,000-squarefoot exhibit tent with all types of marine gear. Boating experts will conduct seminars; sign up for the kids ﬁshing clinics. Admission $19 adults, children 15 and under free; veterans and active duty military free with ID. For a full schedule of events, go to stpeteboatshow.com
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Whether you are young or old, a newbie or experienced, you can run, walk or roll and be a part of the third annual St. Pete Run Fest! The citysponsored event features three days of healthy ﬁtness for the entire family November 15-17. A health and wellness expo will be set up in the area between Mahaﬀey Theater and the Dali Museum will ﬁtness gear and healthyliving products and vendors. Expect a lot of activity and street
closures this weekend – the race attracts upwards of 6,000 participants from near and far. The city and cosponsor TransAmerica are donating 20 cents per mile to the St. Pete Free Clinic in Miles for Meals. Net proceeds from the kids race go to Gold Together, a pediatric cancer research initiative from the American Cancer Society. Note: This is an Ocean Friendly plastics-free event. No single-use plastics or Styrofoam, please. Register for the half marathon, 10k, 5k or kids races at stpeterunfest.org
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Michael Murphy Gallery presents Shane Pendley’s “PENULTIMATE” The closing of Chapter 19: Treeview Please join us for the Opening of Shane Pendley’s latest Chapter of work December 5th 2019 as we feature one of our favorite represented artist Shane Pendley. This opening will be from the recent completed works from Chapter 19, Treeview. There is only one Chapter left which will complete his book: Chapters, A Painters Diary. A 20 Chapter Artist book that will be printed for distribution.
Shane paints layer by layer using glazes, and each layer adds to the ﬁnale artwork. Each layer builds up to the ﬁnished piece which may expose a very small part of the ﬁrst layer of the painting. This time-consuming process produces a depth and richness that transcends this world. There is no shortcut in the creative journey for Shane to craft an artwork. It is labor. It is knowledge. It is time. It is living the painting, which is Shane Pendley’s brilliance. Michael Murphy Gallerist and Gallery Owner
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