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A MAGAZINE OF THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

OCTOBER 2019

PARTY FLAVORS


50 CELEBRATING

MOVING TAMPA BAY FORWARD

SINCE 1969

YEARS

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THE OAKS ESTATE 12321 Fort King Highway 8 Bed | 12/14 Bath | 36,361 SF | 36 Acres | $22,000,000 Dina Sierra Smith, Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902 | TheOaksEstate.com

HARBOUR ISLAND 1002 S Harbour Island Boulevard #1112 2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,121 SF | $365,000 Traci Burns 813.833.7510

DAVIS ISLANDS NEW CONSTRUCTION 100 Adriatic Avenue 5 Bed | 5/2 Bath | 5,024 SF | Pool/Spa | Oversized Garage | $2,099,000 B-G Holmberg 813.220.0643

SUNSET PARK 4611 Tennyson Avenue 5 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 3,501 SF | $1,465,000 Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902


SOHO LOFTS 2511 W Azeele Street 2 Bed | 2/1 Bath | 1,428 SF | $399,999 Ed Gunning & Mary Pond 813.294.8867

THE SANCTUARY 3 Bed | 3/1 Bath | Den | 3,884 SF | Starting at $2.69M The Sanctuary Sales Team 813.213.0212 SanctuaryBayshore.com

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GOLF VIEW 908 S Himes Avenue Build Your Dream Home | $895,000 Dina Sierra Smith 813.760.6354

BAYSHORE BEAUTIFUL NEW CONSTRUCTION 2910 W Fair Oaks Avenue 4 Bed | 5/1 Bath | 5,480 SF | $2,400,000 Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902

WESTSHORE YACHT CLUB PENTHOUSE 5703 Yeats Manor Drive #402 3 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 2,991 SF | $1,250,000 Traci Burns 813.833.7510

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THE ENTERTAINMENT ISSU E

contents 20 SERVICE

WITH A STYLE Silver serving pieces go well beyond basic spoons and forks. Test your knowledge.

32 HOME SHOW

House concerts give artists and music lovers a chance to connect on a new level.

42 A CHAPTER

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STEP OUT

You’ll be the life of the party with fashions that range from flirty to formal.

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TOASTS Cheers to saying something not only memorable, but also meaningful.

36 APPETIZERS

Nibble on this: Some frozen hors d’oeuvres really do deliver on flavor.

IN FRIENDSHIP

Members of a local book club have been turning the pages for two decades.

46 FACES

We catch up with the always entertaining jazz vocalist Fred Johnson.

68 SCENE Children’s Dream Fund 13th Annual Rays on the Runway Academy Prep Center Eighth Annual Breakfast for Scholars Bay Area Advisors Martinis for Moffitt Tampa Jewish Community Centers The J’la The Kind Mouse Seventh Annual MOUSEquerade The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women Gourmet Feastival

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PHOTO EDITOR Patty Yablonski COPY EDITOR Dawn Cate GENERAL MANAGER Christopher Galbraith Bay is published eight times a year by Times Publishing Co. and delivered to Tampa Bay Times subscribers in select neighborhoods in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Copyright 2019. Vol. 12, No. 8. THE TAMPA BAY TIMES CHAIRMAN AND CEO Paul C. Tash EXECUTIVE EDITOR Mark Katches BAY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Stephanie Hayes VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING Bruce Faulmann ADVERTISING MANAGER Mark Shurman National / Major Retail Advertising Manager Kelly Spamer Clearwater Retail Advertising Manager Jennifer Bonin Classified Real Estate Manager Larry West Pasco Retail Manager Luby Sidoff Automotive Advertising Manager Larry West FULFILLMENT MANAGER Gerald Gifford IMAGING AND PRODUCTION Gary Zolg, Ralph Morningstar, Greg Kennicutt REGIONAL HOME DELIVERY MANAGERS Diann Bates, Rob Jennings To view the magazine online, visit tampabay.com/bay. To order photo reprints, visit tampabay.com/photosales. To advertise in Bay magazine, call (727) 893-8535.

Morning-glory

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hen my first child was born, I received a number of engraved sterling silver spoons, silver cups and silver baby rattles from my husband’s Southern relatives. I still have a few his mother received for him in the 1950s. My relatives from England also sent some silver serving pieces for our infant children, including something called a food pusher. The food pusher looks like a miniature rake to scrape food on a plate for easier and neater dishing up. I’m sure the Victorian-era inventors who came up with the food pusher and other specialized serving pieces would love the photos of our children eating (and mostly wearing) spaghetti in their high chairs. We had a lot of fun this month searching for unique serving pieces

and trying to identify their uses. Who knew you needed special utensils to pick up lemons or tomatoes? Back in the day, many members of British nobility would ask their silversmiths to create special pieces to suit their personal needs. No grabbing olives with a toothpick or serving cucumber with a dinner fork for them. Keeping with this month’s theme of entertaining, we visited a local book club where a group of friends have been meeting for 20 years, dissecting stories they read and the milestones of their own lives. When the book club began, one of the original members, St. Petersburg’s Lori Roy, was just starting to pen a novel of her own. Recently, the club members celebrated the publication of Roy’s fifth book, Gone Too Long, with an anniversary party and a


discussion of the novel. It’s not every day that book club members get to pick the brain of one of their own about why she ended a book a certain way or where she got the inspiration for her characters. Roy, a two-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe book award, has been recognized nationally. Her new book was on Oprah’s summer reading list and one of People magazine’s books of the week. Our fashion spread this month was shot at the historic Floridan Palace Hotel in downtown Tampa. Our stylist found some beautiful outfits fit for entertaining. The backdrop of the landmark hotel, which opened in 1927, allowed us to pay tribute to parties of old and to contemplate the future events as the hotel continues to flourish on the National Register

of Historic Places. We were careful during the shoot not to “disturb” any of the storied guests of the hotel’s past. We wanted to offer some pointers for standing up in front of a party crowd. Sharon Kennedy Wynne shares her research on how to make a perfect toast at any event. A tip: Skip the sarcasm, stick with sincere! Then there’s the food. I have hosted parties in my own home for up to 150 guests, scattering tables on the back porch, the dock, the poolside and the formal dining room. I have hired chefs to provide plated dinners, caterers to bring platters for buffets and servers to hand out appetizers from decorative trays. I also host small dinner parties, breakfast gatherings and cookouts for friends. For years, I struggled

with the menus for each type of get-together. Then I heard lifestyle maven Martha Stewart say it was much more important to have your friends over than to serve a perfect meal. I have taken that to heart. Sometimes, I just invite friends and then search my pantry for options to prepare. I also keep a number of frozen appetizers on hand. In this issue, we asked a taste panel of food lovers to sample a number of frozen hors d’oeuvres to see if they were elegant enough to serve for a holiday affair. We’ll share what the tasters said would work for casual or formal soirees. Next month, our holiday issue publishes on Nov. 10 with great ideas for gifts and glitzy fashions.

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Family heirlooms are not a thing in my ancestry. My mother

was orphaned as a child in the north of England and my father was the first generation of Polish immigrants who fled Europe during the Bolshevik revolution. So when my mother came across a satin-lined box of fish knives and forks that a cousin had passed along from her mother, I was beyond excited. “You don’t cut fish,” my mom said. “You part it.” Thus, the silver knives are scalloped on one end for easy skin and bone removal. We eat a lot of fish in my household, but I never considered the option of special flatware. Hence, we are now eating fish in the genteel manner in which it was meant to be enjoyed. My personal discovery prompted us to look into other silver serving pieces that have specific purposes. We visited local vintage markets, silver dealers and even bought a few items online. Peggy Keefe at the Silver Queen in Largo was most helpful, explaining that many silver serving pieces were designed privately by their owners for a special occasion or need. And, she said, some were specific to particular silver patterns. Today, she said, silver pieces can be used for whatever purpose suits the host or hostess serving the food. We enjoyed guessing the functions of some of the unique pieces we found. We invite you take a stab at it, too. (Answer key on Page 25)

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HOUSE SMALL VENUES WITH THE COMFORTS OF HOME GIVE CONCERTGOERS AN INTIMATE EXPERIENCE. BY JAY CRIDLIN

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erry Kriseman knew how it worked. She and her husband, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, had been invited to house concerts for years, but

the timing never worked with their busy schedules. Then in 2018, a friend on Snell Isle hosted a private show by Chasing Lovely, a folk-singing sister duo from Atlanta. So impressed were the Krisemans that the mayor invited them to City Hall the next day. And then the Krisemans started talking about hosting a house concert of their own. “We thought, Why not? Let's do it,” Kerry said. “It feels really good to support people who are really good at their craft.”

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Canadian duo Madison Violet performs in the Clearwater home of Kasie Carlson. Photo by Luis Santana


What I see at house concerts is people rediscovering a love for live music.

FRAN SNYDER, LISTENING ROOM NETWORK FOUNDER

House concerts aren’t a new phenomenon, but more people every year keep discovering and embracing the concept of hosting intimate, fussfree performances by national artists, surrounded by friends, family and the odd stranger here and there. Tampa Bay, in particular, has become a hub of house concert activity, thanks in part to the St. Petersburg-based Listening Room Network, which has booked shows nationally since 2006 and curated the local Listening Room Festival each spring since 2012. “What I see at house concerts is people rediscovering a love for live music,” said Listening Room Network founder Fran Snyder, who began building his network after spending years touring the country as a singer-songwriter. “This is such a novel experience, it seems so natural that it should be common. But for most people, when they go to a house concert, it’s like a light bulb goes off. They didn’t know it was possible to enjoy music in this way.” Snyder’s organization is one of several that helps connect artists with prospective venue hosts, vetting both and making sure they each know what they’re getting into. Once a show is booked, the show is posted online, with the time and address hidden until you RSVP and are invited. Because artists typically play as acoustic solo, duo or trio acts, a huge living room or backyard is not necessary, so the overhead tends to be low. Money from tickets generally goes straight to the artists, with hosts or guests providing their own food and drinks, potluck-style. The shows often appeal to people who, for a variety of reasons, are tired of shelling out a ton of money to see a big show in a sprawling, crowded, noisy arena. “I'm a single mom, so taking three kids to the Jonas Brothers is like $500 to $700 a night,” said Kasie Carlson, a 44-year-old acupuncturist who has hosted around 20 concerts in her small Clearwater home. “You have people talking nonstop, you’re not even watching the concert, you’re either videotaping with your phone, or you’re dealing with people bumping into you. I just really appreciate the environment where I can sit and be quiet and actually hear the music.” Said Kerry Kriseman: “It's not a bar situation, it’s not a concert, it’s just taking in the music, and really being part of the experience with all of your senses.” Sometimes the events lead to long-lasting friendships. After hosting a show by the soul-pop duo Genna and Jesse, Carlson struck up a “lifelong friendship” with singer Genna Giacobassi; “she's literally become one of my best friends.” Other times, the house concert experience has found ways to spread throughout the community. Safety Harbor artists Todd and Kiaralinda Ramquist hosted their first

Five Letter Word performs at the home of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and his wife, Kerry. Photo by Kerry Kriseman

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SATISFY HUNGRY GUESTS WITH TASTY TREATS THAT GO FROM FROZEN TO FAB WITH LITTLE FUSS. BY KATHY SAUNDERS PHOTOS BY MONICA HERNDON As catering manager at Cafe Ponte in Clearwater, Julie Plummer knows how to plan a party. She spends her days helping hosts pick the perfect appetizers, entrees and desserts for every type of affair. She does plenty of party planning in her own home as well, but doesn’t always have the time to put out a catered spread. We asked Plummer to join a group of panelists we assembled to help sample some of the frozen appetizers we found at local grocery stores and online. While she will remain loyal to her boss, chef Christopher Ponte, Plummer and our other tasters picked three party-worthy appetizers they would definitely serve to guests. We sampled 10 options, from loaded potato skins and macaroni and cheese bites to mini pastrywrapped rounds of duck a l’orange. All were purchased frozen or shipped frozen from online sellers and warmed in the oven, according to package instructions. Interestingly, the favorite for our panelists came from a local Trader Joe’s.

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Tasters loved the store brand of Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onion Pastry Bites ($4.99 for an 8.5-ounce box of 12 bites). They awarded the appetizer 86 out of 100 possible points. “The caramelized onion on top of the pastry gives an interesting look to the bite and the sweet flavor mixed with the sharp feta is a delicious pairing,” said Laura Jolly, food blogger at politicsandprovisions.com. “The creamy texture is wonderful with the pastry shell,” she added. The pastry bites were indeed bite-sized, as opposed to a couple of the appetizers that wouldn’t be as convenient for guests to grab if they had a drink in one hand. “What a winning combination,” said taster Bob Devin Jones, artistic director at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. “The very sweetness of the caramelized onion mingled with the piquant taste of the feta is splendid. Piping hot, these bites are blue ribbon great!” After the Trader Joe’s appetizer, the Bay panelists preferred an assortment of savory mini croissant swirls delivered overnight from WilliamsSonoma ($49.95 for three boxes of 10 swirls). We tasted three savory options of the pinwheel-like bites: Gruyere cheese, mushrooms and spinach. The Williams-Sonoma hors d’oeuvres received 80 out of 100 points. Plummer fell in love with the look of the croissant swirls even before her first taste. “The sweet, buttery croissant does all the work,” she said. “But that is really all you need.” Jolly said they looked homemade. She especially liked the croissant swirled with Gruyere and sprigs of rosemary. “The amount of flavor packed into these little swirls is surprisingly satisfying,” said taster and Tampa Bay Times digital producer Daniel Figueroa IV, who recently reviewed the Impossible Whopper at Burger King and conquered the world’s spiciest ice cream challenge at Snobachi in Ybor City. “These would not last long at a party,” he said. Nan Jensen, the dietitian on the panel, normally would criticize the high fat and calorie content of

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croissants, but the swirls were so delicious she couldn’t object. And, she noted, as long as they don’t eat too many, the 7 grams of fat and 120 to 140 calories per piece wouldn’t be too dangerous for health-conscious partygoers. Perhaps the prettiest of all the bites served were the Phyllo Star Appetizers. The pastry purses were filled with pear and Roquefort cheese or apple chutney and Brie. They looked delicate but their flavor was anything but dainty. Tasters

gave them 71 out of 100 points. The soft blue cheese combined with the surprise of pear was like “moonlight in the mouth,” said Jones. He described the phyllo dough stars as “very fashionable.” The apple chutney and Brie options looked “very Dior,” he said. “They are like a pillbox hat from the ’60s, very smart and very special.” Jolly said the star-shaped bites reminded her of wontons. “This would be a really fun way to serve a fruit chutney at any party,” she said, allowing that she might copy the concept with fresh fruit


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from her garden and her favorite cheeses. All five tasters agreed they would serve any of the top picks to their guests. And all but one of the appetizers they tried received more than 50 points. Here’s a breakdown of the other appetizers sampled and their scores from our panelists:

Parmesan Fancy Franks ($7.39 for an 8.6ounce box of nine from the Fresh Market, 70 points); Mini Beef Wellington Bites ($49.95 for a package of 24 from Williams-Sonoma, 69 points); Spanakopita ($3.99 for a 12-ounce box of 12 from Trader Joe’s, 63 points); Mac and Cheese Bites With Bacon ($7.39 for a 7.5-ounce

box of 10 from the Fresh Market, 62 points); TGI Fridays Cheddar and Bacon Potato Skins ($4.19 for a 7.6-ounce box of six from Publix, 55 points); Duck a l’Orange Crowns ($43.96 for 24 pieces from bigchefonline.com, 51 points); and Spinach Empanadas ($33.37 for 24 pieces from bigchefonline.com, 44 points).

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ay Hodnett lifted the tiny wooden dipper to drizzle some honey

on her corn bread muffin. “Oh, I remember this,” she said. “It’s from when we read The Secret Life of Bees. Remember, we all got one?” Hodnett was celebrating with the group of 12 women she has been reading with for more than 20 years. The south Pinellas-based book club started in late 1998 when member Julie Overton was denied entry into another club. “They said, ‘Tick-tock, the door’s locked,’ so I called a few friends,” said Overton. Within 24 hours, she had gathered a dozen at her St. Pete Beach home. The women drank wine, ate dinner and decided to read Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. Their sisterhood has endured through marriages, pregnancies, divorces, illnesses, caregiving of elderly parents, bad haircuts, weight gain and the rising fame of one of their own. Member Lori Roy published her fifth novel, Gone Too Long, in June, and the group dedicated its 20th anniversary meeting to the book.

Author Lori Roy signs a copy of her latest book for fellow book club member Paula Beersdorf.

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Most of their meetings revolve around the book’s theme. Roy’s Bent Road won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Her friends commemorated it with an invitation replica of the book, which had a handmade apron tucked inside. Roy still has her apron hanging in her home office in St. Petersburg. For The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, club members received a wedding invitation. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand inspired a Kentucky Derby party with mint juleps and floppy hats. They

discussed Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind at a barbecue like the one held at the fictional Twelve Oaks plantation. They ate pies when they read The Help by Kathryn Stockett (not that kind of pie, if you know the story). For The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Overton re-created a birthday party in the book complete with a lemon-inspired tablescape and coconut birthday cake. For Julie & Julia by Julie Powell, the host invited a professional storyteller to portray Julia Child while they


Book club members include, from left, Kay Bronstein, Teresa Guarcello, Lori Roy, Lori Sigmund and Victoria Long. They loosely call themselves “The Winers.”

dined on Child’s famous beef bourguignon. Gone Too Long, a thriller involving activities of the Ku Klux Klan, didn’t reference much food. Overton did provide a jar of fire-and-ice pickles from a scene in the novel following a funeral. Roy writes: “The kitchen still smells of the jar of fire-and-ice pickles someone dropped during the reception.” “I did yell at Lori recently and tell her, ‘Next time, you’ve got to put a meal in the book,’” said Overton. Overton was unable to attend the recent anniversary dinner because of a family matter. Earlier in the day, though, she had stopped by the home of host Shari Ellis to bring the pickles, copies of all the books the group had read over the past 20 years and individually wrapped cookies she ordered as favors from Pastry-Ology in Tampa. Each cookie featured the cover of one of Roy’s books. Roy was dabbling in writing when the book club started but her first novel wasn’t published until 10 years ago. The close-knit group of readers celebrated her subsequent books The Disappearing, Let Me Die in His Footsteps and Until She Comes Home. “Definitely the supportive friendship for 20 years and that

history is something that only builds with time,” she said. “So that makes it something that is not easy to duplicate and it makes it very important to me.” She also listens and learns from the club members. “As an author, I think it’s important. When the group loves the book, I’m always interested in what they naturally talk about, but equally so for books they don’t like. As a writer I learn from them what helps a story work and what makes it fall flat. They are my very good friends but I use them shamelessly.” On the night the club discussed Gone Too Long, Roy’s friends didn’t hold back. Ellis was really mad at Roy for killing off one of her favorite characters. “I think her strength was amazing,” said Teresa Guarcello of the same character. “I’m not into happy endings,” Roy told her friends. “I’m down for redemption and hope.” The book was set in Georgia, the state both Roy’s children picked to attend college. She was near Stone Mountain during one college visit and thought about the history of the Ku Klux Klan there. “My first thought was what if some of their descendants still live here?” Based on that question, she developed the

fictional town of Simmonsville and the family in the novel. Woven through the book is historical perspective on the continuous rise and fall of Klan activity in Georgia and elsewhere in the United States. She was four months into the novel when white supremacists marched on Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. “That changed the book significantly,” she said. “Every person who reads this book has to ask themselves where they are with this in the 21st century.” She dedicated the book to her daughter, Savanna, who she said “has a passion for the same things that I do.” Roy’s friends were miffed that she didn’t tell them Oprah was putting her book on her esteemed summer reading list. But, they all soon allowed, they probably couldn’t have kept the secret anyway. They want to keep the book club going long enough to see a movie based on one of Roy’s books. And it could happen. According to Roy, Gone Too Long is being shopped for a movie deal.

Lori Roy will be a featured author at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Nov. 9 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Roy will discuss her latest book, “Gone Too Long.”

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azz vocalist Fred Johnson isn’t one to name-drop, but B.B., Miles, Dizzy, Aretha and Herbie and other late, great one-name icons would gladly sing his praises. Johnson has shared the stage, singing and scatting, with all of them and many others, since his first St. Pete Beach gig in 1977. The musical sage also raises his voice far beyond entertainment. From Memphis to the Middle East, Johnson traveled into areas of conflict creating a language of song and rhythm through storytelling, chants, drumming and sacred texts. “I engage Israelis and Palestinians with music … police and the community in Memphis with theater,” Johnson said. “You know the quote, the longest distance in the world is from the head to the heart. There is a texture of angst in the air now so we have to create a louder voice. It’s doable … as artists if we can get people to meet halfway.” From 1996 to 2005, Johnson made music and theater more accessible right here at home as vice president of education at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, renamed the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in 2009. He left to use his musical gifts as artistic director of Intersections International in New York, “creating experiences that remind us our humanity transcends language, religious and cultural divides,” he said. He’s back now, Tampa Bay’s treasure once again, lured in 2017 to be community engagement specialist and artist-in-residence at the Straz. His wide-ranging portfolio includes programming for veterans and diversity outreach. And Johnson, 68, is always tuning up more entertaining projects, currently Improvised Shakespeare, the classics transformed into jazz songs aimed at young audiences, and simultaneous art performances where he both paints and sings. Johnson and his wife Sandy, an elementary school PE teacher, share eight children and 11 grandkids. “We have to reserve half a restaurant when we get together,” he said. To his great joy, the family tree recently branched out to reconnect with his birth parents and five siblings. All musically gifted, by the way. We caught up with Johnson at the Straz Center before an outreach program. We’ve got to start with the mind-blowing list of jazz legends you’ve performed with: Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Mann, George Benson, B.B King, Nat Adderley. How did you get those bookings and do you have a favorite? I most appreciated touring with Chick Corea, for his artistry and nurturing. I became known as a strong opening act so I guess there’s something to being feisty. Starting out, when I was in the Marine Corps

in San Diego, I heard (Count Basie Orchestra singer) Joe Williams was in town. I took a cassette tape to his hotel and gave it to his wife. The next day he called and says, “You must be something to get my wife to get me to play this tape.” He told me to come to the club that night and I sat in with Joe Williams. Another time, a guy came up to me and said, “My sister Aretha wants to hear you.” I went to Detroit and auditioned in her basement. Her brother said, “She’s cooking chicken but she’ll come down if she likes what she hears.” He became my manager for a while and I opened for her a few times, including at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Have you always wanted to be an entertainer? Always been able to communicate through music? I became a ward of the state of New Jersey from the age of 18 months. My own voice was my companion. Singing and elongated sound was my way of knowing myself. I began to notice that people liked the sound of my voice and that through song I got a response from people that I never got before. God gave me this gift for my own well-being and connection to others. I was adopted at age 5 in Trenton, and when I was about 7, my parents took me to the RKO Trent Theatre to see the premiere of Carmen Jones starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. It was a big event, everyone was there, and the announcer said, “Don’t leave after the movie because we have a big surprise for you.” I must have fallen asleep on my dad’s lap and I woke up to Nat King Cole with a full orchestra. It was a transformational experience. I saw the joy on people’s faces, saw the pride and the connection to the music. I felt I would love to replicate that experience. Tell us a bit about your music performance training. Music has always been an important part of my life. I was in chorus and played baritone horn in middle school. In high school I was in West Side Story, The Music Man and South Pacific. On a visit home to see my parents when I was in the service, I went to the public library and watched a mime create all these characters. I later studied at his school in Boston, the National Mime Theater, for three years and became a principal performer. From there I directed the first African-American classical mime company in America. I used contemporary music and I got some criticism for that. One of the biggest challenges I faced in a Eurocentric world was the mime’s white pancake makeup. I didn’t feel comfortable in it because it denoted another thing to my people. One of my teachers, a master mime, surprised me by having a special light tan makeup made for me. How did you come to live and work and play in St. Petersburg? Also while in San Diego, I played gigs with a great piano player also stationed there. He traveled the country and eventually ended up at what is now the Hurricane Lounge in Pass-a-Grille. He called me in Boston to come down and sing for a weekend. The audience was so welcoming … great little club, on the beach, and I got multiple job offers. But a big thing, besides the environment, was during that visit I spent some time with families and kids in south St. Pete. I was troubled by what I heard and saw. I thought, I have the skill set to be a

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catalyst in this community. Art and music were always my ally in finding my sense of purpose. I went back home and gave four weeks notice. That was 1977. How did your book, Quiet Callings, come to be written? I had a mild stroke in 2009 and I lost my vision for six weeks. It magnified my inner vision. My mind downloaded 26 phonetic phrases, “quiet callings” I understood were designed to bring me calm. I realized they were useful for meditation and began to use them around the world where languages are all different. The book is a by-product of that. You literally opened the performing arts center in downtown Tampa as the grand opening act in 1987. You joined the education staff for almost a decade, and two years ago the Straz Center lured you back. How’d they do that? I was ready to come home and bring my international experience to expand the Straz legacy. Any given evening, 2,600 people walk into Morsani Hall, all from different walks of life, with different opinions and educations. The one thing they have in common is a ticket to the theater. The lights flicker and 2,600 individual outlooks share a common artistic experience. That, without a doubt, enriches us. I’m very excited, as both a vet and an artist, to oversee VetArt Span with the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital to demonstrate the importance of art in rehab and reintegration. With a $50,000 grant from the

National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts, we created the Florida Creative Forces website where you’ll find videos, podcasts and a military cultural competency curriculum. The Straz is also in a wonderful collaboration with Johns Hopkins University to study the impact of art on our minds, body and spirit, biologically and aesthetically. ... I also started Arts Legacy Remix, a series of six free events on our Riverwalk Stage — music, dance, spoken word, food and visual art — to celebrate the cultural diversity of Tampa Bay. Two years ago, against all odds, you found your birth family. How did you find each other? At age 66, through a wonderful mandate in New Jersey, I got my pre-adoption birth certificate and reunited with my parents, three older siblings who hadn’t seen me since I was 18 months old and two younger siblings. And they can all sing. One brother makes his living as an amazing R&B singer. We all went into foster care but I was the only one adopted so I lost the family name. A whole other world of people were looking and praying for me and I didn’t know they existed. Now we talk every day. You’re a heckuva busy guy. Where can we catch you on the local music scene? Mostly popup jazz concerts and occasional club dates around Tampa and Sarasota. Of course at the Straz, and I’ll be at the Clearwater Jazz Festival this month.

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GIRLS NIGHT OUT Navy and black geometric lace mini dress, $440, Self Portrait. West Third Boutique, Tampa. Pearl necklace, $42, Anne Klein. Pearl oval hoop earrings, $35, Anne Klein. Pearl bracelet, $40, Anne Klein. Dillard’s, Tampa.


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HIGH SCHOOL REUNION Green, black and gold mini dress, $295, Alice and Olivia. West Third Boutique, Tampa. Black feather earrings, $34, Badgley Mischka. Black suede ankle bow shoes, $139, Louise et Cie. Dillard’s, Tampa.

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LATE-NIGHT PARTY Black and nude mesh detail gown, $159. Sweet Southern Chic, Tampa. Black and gold tassel earrings, $24, Natasha. Leopard print rhinestone heel platform sandals, $195, Schutz. Dillard’s, Tampa.

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DRINKS FOR TWO Jacquard floral U-neck sleeveless dress, $279, Belle Badgley Mischka. Gold and silver oval necklace, $32, Carol Dauplaise. Gold and silver oval earrings, $20, Carol Dauplaise. Silver rhinestone embellished clear pumps, $109, Steve Madden. Dillard’s, Tampa.

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GARDEN PARTY From the cover: Fuchsia tea length jacquard dress, $229, Adrianna Papell. Teardrop gold Y-necklace, $78, Givenchy. Triple drop gold earrings, $68, Givenchy. Black suede jewel sandals, $190, Schutz. Dillard’s, Tampa.

DINNER & A SHOW Navy off-the-shoulder sheer panels pin-tucked gown, $398, Tadashi Shoji. Blue stone pave teardrop earrings, $48, Gemma Layne. Blue stone pave cuff bracelet, $48, Gemma Layne. Black suede ankle bow shoes, $139, Louise et Cie. Dillard’s, Tampa.

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WITH THE HOLIDAYS AND PARTY SEASON COMING UP, THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE PARTY — OR THE EPIC FAIL — CAN BE THE TOAST. GREAT TOASTS ARE MEMORABLE, BRING TEARS OR LAUGHTER, AND MAY END UP BEING TALKED ABOUT FOR DAYS AFTER THE PARTY. THE BAD ONES GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS EMBARRASSING AND UNCOMFORTABLE — OR DOWNRIGHT BORING. NO PRESSURE, RIGHT?

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We talked to Aubrey A. Huber, director of public speaking in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. She has her students practice giving toasts in her class and gives them stage direction. “I love toasts, especially at retirement parties, because you learn about the different things people have done and how they’ve had different lives and their relationships,” Huber said. “It can be the highlight of the party, but I’ve also suffered through some pretty bad toasts.” The most important advice, she said, is prepare, prepare, prepare. Practice the toast out loud, with a drink in hand, to feel more comfortable when the moment arrives. “People think they can just speak off the cuff and that’s really hard to do,” Huber said.

Get the attention of the room by clinking glasses or with a microphone and wait a few beats for the room to settle down. Don’t be afraid to start again if the room is too noisy at first. Start from the top again if you have to once the room quiets down. Raise your glass to signify it’s time for a toast — but set it down. This is a very important bit of stage direction. “Lots of times people end up sloshing their drink because they are nervous,” Huber said, or just feel awkward holding the glass up too long. That’s another reason to practice while holding a glass if you aren’t used to holding a Champagne flute. Get a feel for how you want to hold the glass and practice raising and lowering it. When it comes to the actual toast, the shorter the better. You may feel the need to put on a standup routine (“Here’s to staying positive and testing negative”), but if you are trying too hard, it shows and it won’t go over well, Huber said. First, introduce yourself and your connection to the party or host. Specify the location, thank the host and acknowledge the people in the room or the organization that is the reason for the gathering. Be as specific as possible so they feel acknowledged. Keep your salute short. Your chances of getting a smile or a laugh are better with a sincere heartfelt toast and anecdote than with a really long quotation from a favorite poet or a joke. Be mindful of the mistake the best man at a wedding often makes, telling inside jokes and stories that only a few get, Huber said, which makes the audience feel excluded. Only tell stories that will resonate with everyone.“If you are comfortable with humor that’s fine, but there’s nothing wrong with a beautiful, sincere, heartfelt toast,” Huber said. Make your exit with a raised glass to signal the end and ask the audience to join you in celebrating the event. Remember: Less is more.

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Academy Prep Center Eighth Annual Breakfast for Scholars

Carol Holland, Lacey Nash Miller and Diana Whittle.

Supporters of Academy Prep Center in St. Petersburg gathered to honor one of its graduates at the eighth annual Breakfast for Scholars, held at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. Attendees filled the Grand Ballroom during a breakfast celebration. The nonprofit middle school empowers low-income students to develop the academic and social skills to attend private high schools, graduate from college and become community leaders. Since the school opened 22 years ago, 99 percent of its alumni have graduated from high school on time while living in neighborhoods where fewer than half the adults have high school diplomas. The school’s college preparatory curriculum, extracurricular activities and graduate support have propelled 78 percent of its graduates to pursue postsecondary education. Shaniqua Mitchell, this year’s recipient of the Ben Fisher Alumni Award, is one of those successful students. Mitchell went from Academy Prep in 2009 to Canterbury School of Florida, where she graduated in 2013. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with two bachelor’s degrees and is working on a master’s in health care management at St. Leo University. She hopes to earn a doctoral degree in occupational therapy as well. “This is not just a middle school,” Mitchell told the audience. “At Academy Prep we were pushed out of our comfort zones. Academy Prep helped me to grow and become the person that I am today.” Photos by Kathy Saunders and Carlos H. Rello

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Brady Diggs, Ryan Conigliaro, Adam Woodruff and Jason Papy.

The mega-cocktail party Martinis for Moffitt celebrates the remarkable research resulting from the Bay Area Advisors’ smash summer bash — more than $1.5 million raised since 2005 for Moffitt Cancer Center. The professional men’s club drew 1,100 partiers to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts for the 14th annual event. Dozens of VIPs and sponsors lounged in cushy niches between bars and buffets from the mezzanine to the lobby. DJ Fresh spun for dancers inside, while Howl at the Moon dueling pianos pounded song requests in a spirited sing-along in a huge tent outside. Photos by Amy Scherzer

Sharon Roberts, Sergio Osorio and Bill and Wendy Partlow.

Damond Mills and Victoria Riggs.

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Tampa Jewish Community Centers The J’la Philanthropic role models, members and guests of the Jewish Community Centers in both North Tampa and South Tampa celebrated at the J’la, a gala highlighted by the presentation of the inaugural Maureen and Douglas Cohn Builders Award to Bryan Glazer, co-chairman/owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The prestigious award was created to recognize the deep commitment, leadership and foundational gifts of families like the Glazers and Cohns. Said Glazer, between dinner and dancing at his namesake JCC: “I’m blessed to have known the Cohns for almost 25 years,” adding that he gladly follows their lead so children, including his own, will grow up enjoying the centers. Photos by Amy Scherzer

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The Kind Mouse Seventh Annual MOUSEquerade Wearing everything from mouse ears to Mardi Gras ensembles, more than 250 supporters of the Kind Mouse organization celebrated at the seventh annual Kind Mouse MOUSEquerade. The evening of food, music and auctions was held at the 737 Event Venue, formerly the Lyceum, in downtown St. Petersburg. The organization was founded seven years ago by Gina Wilkins with the mission of feeding chronically hungry children in the community and supporting families in transition. Among the Kind Mouse’s many goals are providing family assistance and shelter, food and school supplies to local students and operating a food pantry. The event brought together supporters and community leaders. Local radio personality Mason Dixon was the keynote speaker, and catering was provided by Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg. MOUSEquerade raised more than $60,000. Some of the proceeds are expected to help fund a north Pinellas location for the organization, which already has a $100,000 matching grant for the planned expansion. Photos by Steven Kovich

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10.12

Tuxes and Tails: A “Night of the Party”-themed formal gala with dinner, auctions, entertainment and a cocktail party. Benefits the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. $250. 5:30 p.m. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 876-4150.

10.19

Halloween Smash Beach Volleyball Tournament: A twoday volleyball tournament with brackets for men’s, women’s and coed doubles. On Saturday night there will be an after-party with live music and food and drink specials. Benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. $60-$70. 10 a.m. Oct. 19-20. The Tiki Cove, 2700 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Land O’Lakes. (813) 683-0385.

10.20

Bowling Benefit: Throw a ball down the lane to benefit Amp-Ventures activities for amputees. $25. 10 a.m. Ten Pin Lanes, 1453 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 381-1010.

10.21

Drag Queen Bingo Benefit: Area drag queen Antwanette calls the numbers for 10 rounds of bingo. Benefits Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas. $10. 6 p.m. Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille, 28910 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 400-6996.

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10.26

Buddy Walk: The 5K run-walk includes a shirt, finisher medals, awards, a party, a Down syndrome wristband and meet and greets with Star Wars, superhero, princess and Ghostbuster characters. Benefits F.R.I.E.N.D.S.Down Syndrome West Florida. $20-$35, 11 and younger free. 7 a.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 245-2782. XFit Games: Pull together a team of five or more for a day of field events including tug-ofwar. Benefits research at Moffitt Cancer Center. $175-$250. 9 a.m. USF Fowler Fields, 11600 USF Bull Run Drive, Tampa. (813) 4420421. drivenfit.com. Country Jubilee: Families can step into the past with hands-on oldtime activities at the 41st annual festival with crafts and live music. Benefits Heritage Village. $5, 12 and younger free. 10 a.m. Heritage

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10.27

Bolt Run: Choose from a 5-mile, 5K or family run-walk. Benefits the Advent Health Care 360° Transportation Care Program via the Lightning Foundation. $30$65. 7 a.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6623. Hell on Wheels Car Show: See more than 200 classic, exotic and custom cars and motorcycles set against the backdrop of Ybor City’s historic brick buildings. Benefits veterans charities. Free, $20-$30 to show a vehicle. 11 a.m. Bad Monkey, 1717 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 280-9971.

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Bowtie Ball: The Poynter Institute’s annual event celebrates the role of the free press in a democracy. Broadcast journalist and author Katie Couric and Los Angeles Times executive editor Norman Pearlstine will be honored. $175, $350 VIP. 5:30 p.m. Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. (727) 553-4311.

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Kettle Krush: The annual 5K and 1-mile runs benefit the Salvation Army and help feed the homeless. $20-$40. 8 a.m. Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (813) 784-2266. runsignup.com. Kiddies Carnival: A celebration of Caribbean culture with music, food, entertainment, art and a traditional costume parade. Benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Kiddies Carnival. $10. 3 p.m. University Area Community Development Center, 14013 N 22nd St., Tampa. (813) 386-6687. Family Fun Day: A day of family activities and a walk. Benefits HUGS of Florida, supporting individuals with neurological conditions including cerebral palsy and epilepsy. $5-$15. 9 a.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. (727) 851-6705. Lemon Drop 2019: Mingle as you enjoy music, a silent auction, a raffle and food and drinks, including Lemon Drop cocktails. Benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. $100-$125. 7 p.m. NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6682.

11.8

Tampa Bay Rise Awards: The ceremony honors inspirational leaders, role models and mentors in the bay area. Benefits scholarships at Lift Academy. $75. 8 a.m. Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Parkway, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. (727) 258-7659.

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