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A MAGAZINE OF THE TAMPA BAY TIMES

NOVEMBER 2019

HOLIDAY FLAIR


50 CELEBRATING

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WESTCHASE 14683 Canopy Drive 5 Bed | 4 Bath | 3,539 SF | $650,000 Amanda Siftar 813.857.9093

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SUNSET PARK 2608 S Bryant Circle 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2,145 SF | $729,000 Mary Pond & Ed Gunning 813.690.7902

PARKSHORE PLAZA 300 Beach Drive NE #403 3 Bed | 3/1 Bath | 3,081 SF | $1,892,403 Debbie Momberg & Lee Stratton 727.560.1571

THE RESERVE AT HARSHAW 3454 Reserve Circle N 3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,306 SF | $300,000 Dan Casper 773.965.6465

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contents 48 SIP & DRY

A St. Petersburg woman longed for a blow dry bar nearby for years, so she decided to open one.

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52 VINTAGE CHANEL

A trip to Olwen Forest’s booth at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris delivers big on history and breathtaking jewelry.

58 BIG PICTURE

Art took former Tampa resident Linda Saul to great heights — from the Big Guava to the Big Apple.

78 ALAMEDA AWE

Visiting San Francisco? Plan a delightful day trip to this island community.

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84 FACES

Meet the man behind the suspenders and the don’t-panic demeanor: meteorologist Denis Phillips.

PARTY TIME

Sparkle and shine at the season’s soirees in a variety of fashionable ensembles.

30 LUXURY GIFTS

Give that special someone something extra special.

44 DEAN’S LIST

Michele Alexandre has big plans for Stetson’s College of Law and the community.

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The Plant City home of Krista and Steve Howard is transformed into a winter wonderland.

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DIVINE DELIGHT Local pastry chefs’ beautiful creations look too good to eat, but where’s the fun in that?

Saint Leo University: Inaugural Scholarship Gala ALPHA House of Pinellas County: Cirque Du Hope 2019 Butterfly Ball Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Greater Tampa Bay: Banyan Ball Glazer Children’s Museum: Imagination: a Gala 12th Annual Tampa Bay Fashion Week: My Fairy Godfathers Foundation AdventHealth Foundation West Florida: Starlight Gala Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance and the University of South Florida Ataxia Research Center: 11th Annual FARA Energy Ball SPCA Tampa Bay: Hooray for Hollywoof Fur Ball Nova Southeastern University: Tampa Bay Regional Campus Ribbon-Cutting


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GIFT OF PRESENCE

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Bay editor Kathy Saunders with her dog Blue. Photo by Scott Keeler

y parents used to tell me and my siblings they didn’t want any Christmas presents, that being together as a family was the best gift of all. Now I get it. All I want for Christmas is for my son and daughter to be home for a while. I miss having them wake us up on Christmas morning to open their gifts. Nowadays, we have to wake them to come see what Santa brought. But sitting around the table and sharing a family meal is the greatest gift of the season. I know I’m not the only parent who feels that way. I will cherish those moments this month and next. In Florida, the holiday season also means the end of hurricane season. I had the pleasure of interviewing the man I turn to whenever a hurricane is headed this way. I remember

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distinctly watching Denis Phillips on ABC Action News that morning in 2004 that Hurricane Charley was forecast to destroy my home on the tip of Pinellas County — and most of the Tampa Bay area. I was hunkered down at my parents’ home in east Hillsborough County with my husband, two children, my motherin-law, our dog and the two Siamese cats that belonged to my neighbors, who were out of town at the time. It was early in the morning and I, like most of my neighbors, hadn’t slept all night while we watched the forecast cone narrow in on our community. A few hours before the storm was to hit Pinellas, Phillips was on the air with a personal prediction. He believed the storm was about to take a sudden turn and hit Punta Gorda instead of St.

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Petersburg. He was right. I was sorry for the residents there who didn’t have enough time to get out of the way of the storm, but I have trusted his hurricane forecasts ever since. He takes his job seriously and he has built up millions of devoted viewers. Coincidentally, he’s also a huge Christmas-aholic. In fact, the holidays inspired him to become a meteorologist. Our holiday fashions this month will certainly turn plenty of heads at any social gathering. Model Vicari Garland made each outfit pop with her elegant style. And once you have your dress picked out, St. Petersburg residents can zip over to the new Sip & Dry blow bar and get a quick hairstyle to match. Opened recently by St. Petersburg

native Blair Hiller, stylists at the new hairdrying boutique can give you a smooth look, curly locks, braids or a fancy updo. Anyone who struggles with the Florida humidity can appreciate the benefits of professionally dried hair. I also had the privilege this month of interviewing the new dean at Stetson University College of Law, Michele Alexandre. One of her main objectives as head of the Gulfport campus is to become more personally and professionally involved in the community. Her journey as an immigrant from Haiti is inspirational and explains some of her determination to improve the quality of life for her students and her neighbors. We spent a really fun morning with my

extremely creative friend Julie Overton decorating the front porch of another friend’s home off Park Street in St. Petersburg. Celebrating the harvest season and Thanksgiving, she hollowed out pumpkins to serve as planters for our fall flower arrangements and, after an extensive search of area craft stores and pumpkin patches, found cornstalks to accent the front door. She created a welcoming entry worthy of any Thanksgiving event. While we are in the throes of holiday mania, at Bay we are also looking ahead to our December magazine with the goal of offering some tips on rest, reflection and renewal for the New Year. Help is on the way.

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METICULOUSLY RENOVATED WITH GUEST QUARTERS/INCOME 535 18th Ave. NE, Old Northeast Blending the elegance of a 1920s home with modern amenities, this Colonial residence featured on the Candlelight Tour of Homes has 5 bed / 5 bath / 3,802 sf / gourmet kitchen / 2 fireplaces / no flood insurance. Offered at $1,095,000

WATER VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM 1325 Snell Isle Blvd. NE #712, Snell Isle NEW LISTING Water Club condo with fabulous water views of Tampa Bay features 2 bed / 3 bath / bonus room / 1,920 sf / private elevator / chef’s kitchen / 2 parking spaces / pool & spa / fitness center. Offered at $950,000

BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED, DOUBLE-CORNER LOT 801 Jennings Ave. N, Allendale Terrace NEW PRICE Exquisitely renovated 1926 home with views of Allendale Park features 4 bed / 3 bath / 2,246 sf / 2 fireplaces / wraparound verandah / chef’s kitchen / no flood insurance. Offered at $849,500


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Florida may lack the autumn flora of the leaf-changing states, but we found plenty of enthusiasm for the fall season on a recent tour of local neighborhoods. We helped decorate a friend’s front porch in the St. Petersburg community off Park Street for this picture-perfect backdrop. We hollowed out large pumpkins to use as flower pots and added a variety of tiny pumpkins and gourds to some outdoor lanterns for color and texture. We propped cornstalks along the sides of the front door and added fall accents to the existing planters. With a few creative touches, any stoop can look stupendous. Photo by Patty Yablonski

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Julia Saunders with guide Kathleen Newlove. Photo by Kathy Saunders

A PAL in Paris What if you could pay for a best friend in Paris? Kathleen Newlove is just that. I first met her when I was a graduate student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She worked for the travel company hosting a study abroad program in Paris. She found restaurants, shopping, nightclubs and sightseeing shortcuts for the group of students and our professor. Newlove is a native of the Netherlands. She speaks seven languages and has spent years working and living in Los Angeles and many more years in Paris. Her English is perfect and her confidence is unwavering. She makes a living like so many Parisians, doing a number of jobs. Trained in marketing and event planning, she teaches classes at a local college, works as a private guide and plans events. In Los Angeles, she helped produce the Governor’s Ball, one of the premiere after-parties of the Academy Awards. In Paris, Newlove does all the prep work for her visiting clients. She will meet you at the airport or your hotel. She can arrange transportation and housing, create itineraries and suggest restaurants. Before a recent trip, she emailed a detailed proposal including

shopping, sightseeing and eating. She made all restaurant reservations and helped translate. If you want rooftop bars, she can find them. If you want to dine in view of the Eiffel Tower at night, she will get you to the right restaurant. She knows many of the restaurateurs in the city as well as the chefs. She can make a call and get a reservation when the hotel concierge comes up short. On a recent visit, she even persuaded a chef to completely alter his prix fixe meal for one picky eater in our party. And, she knows her way around all of the quaint neighborhoods and shopping districts in the city. If you want to visit the store where Julia Child bought her cookware, she can take you there. Newlove charges $1,000 for every 24 hours on the clock. It’s a bargain if you want personalized service and someone who will answer the phone no matter what. She’s also very flexible. When we decided we were too tired to dine out at a fancy restaurant one night, Newlove took us to a neighborhood bistro with the best cheese course and baguettes we’ve ever had. Contact her at ParisBFF@knewlove. com. — Kathy Saunders


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For the art lover in your life, consider the work of St. Petersburg’s Nathan Beard. He uses a variety of processes to create intricate, multilayered paintings, drawings and collages. He finds inspiration in a wide spectrum of influences, including nature, the spacetime continuum, fractal geometry and chaos theory. His bodies of work are varied, from his studies of Florida’s fauna in charcoal and graphite to his lively abstracts that capture the colors and sensations from life’s moments. The work pictured is Exit Music 61: Kintsugi Fall ($3,000), acrylic on canvas scroll, from a series that examines the human dependence on the concept of cause and effect to simplify the universe. The serpentine gesture evokes the movement of time and the infinity symbol. The gold, bamboolike element refers to the Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery with gold called kintsugi. Beard has shown extensively in the Tampa Bay area, including in an exhibition this year at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs. He is represented by Articles Art Gallery in St. Petersburg and is the assistant curator at the Dunedin Fine Art Center and preparator for the Scarfone/ Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa. He’s also an independent art installer, so he can hang up his work for you and give advice on placement. The featured piece will be on display at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg through mid-December, which adds to its pedigree, but if you’re looking for something immediate, visit nathanbeardfineart.com. Contact him at nathanbeardfineart@gmail.com. — Maggie Duffy

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Art by Nathan Beard. Photo courtesy of Nathan Beard

Mid-century modern isn’t just a hot trend in the housing industry. Jewelry from the decades stretching from the 1930s through the 1960s is also enjoying a revival. Old Northeast Jewelers has some unique pieces acquired from the same estate sale in Detroit. Two pieces, one signed, are attributed to Pierino Frascarolo, an Italian-born, mid-century artist whose work is sought after by the premiere auction houses of Sotheby’s and Christie’s. The mid-century modern enamel and diamond teddy bear clip ($3,000) and the signed 18-karat gold diamond panther brooch ($3,500) are reflective of Frascarolo’s popular animal designs. At Old Northeast, we also fell in love with a pair of 1980s earrings by Harry Winston, jeweler to the A-list movie stars who often wear his gemstones and fine diamond designs on the red carpet for award ceremonies. The earrings, featuring 6.55 carats of unheated sapphires and 10 carats of fine white diamonds, sell for $28,500. Old Northeast has locations in St. Petersburg and at International Plaza in Tampa. oldnortheastjewelers.com. — Kathy Saunders

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THEATER memberships If getting presale concert tickets and invites to private parties and attending meet and greets with performers is on your wish list, we have ideas. Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater offers a Friends of Music Membership that includes as many as three “intimate and exclusive concert events” a year. In the past, the artists who have participated in the program include Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, Toby Keith, Earth, Wind & Fire and Billy Idol. The $3,000 Silver Circle membership includes an invitation for two to one of the Friends of Music events, and the $6,000 Gold Circle membership includes invitations for two to all of the events. In addition, both memberships, which are charitable contributions, offer year-round benefits including access to a recently renovated, members-only Dress Circle Lounge and appetizers and Champagne. Private ticket concierge services are

also included for Silver and Gold Circle members. For information, contact Laura LeBlanc, director of memberships, at LLeblanc@rutheckerdhall.net or (727) 712-2712. The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg is selling luxury boxes to Tony Bennett’s I Left My Heart tour on Dec. 5. First-floor luxury boxes are $3,500 for four tickets, four seats at a private dinner, in-box service and free VIP parking. Secondfloor luxury boxes with the same amenities except for the in-box service are $2,000. The event, titled Keep Art in Your Heart!, is a benefit for the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, which supports arts education programming. Individual VIP seating is also available. For information on the luxury boxes, call (727) 300-2000. Annual VIP memberships at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa are $2,500 and $5,500.

Ringo Starr performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Times file (2010)

A Bronze Circle membership ($2,500) includes access to the center’s Bravo lounge along with passes for eight guests. The Silver Circle membership ($5,500) includes access to the Bravo Club with 12 guest passes as well as parking on the Arrival Plaza. Gifters can “name a seat” in honor of a recipient in Morsani Hall or Ferguson Hall for $2,500. For information, call (813) 2221036. — Kathy Saunders

COOKING SCHOOL in Italy

La Cucina Sabina Photo courtesy of Michael Di Girolamo

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Margaret Ann Burtchaell likes to schedule her cooking classes in Italy during the summer cherry season. In June, she will demonstrate one of her favorite recipes, rosemary cherries with shallots served with blue cheese over arugula. She also makes a number of cherry desserts and some entrees featuring the fresh crop from the trees

surrounding La Cucina Sabina, located about 40 minutes from the airport in Rome. Burtchaell, owner of Margaret Ann’s Gourmet Cookies & Catering in St. Petersburg, has been traveling to Italy for several years to offer classes at the villa owned by her friend and parttime St. Petersburg resident Michael Di Girolamo, who retired from Raymond James at age 55 to pursue his love of all things Italian. The seven-day, sixnight “luxury culinary and cultural vacation” is an all-inclusive program open to 16 guests at a time. The villa has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Di Girolamo recently refurbished it to add upscale amenities like American king-sized beds. “We added things that appeal to the international and highend American visitors,” he said. The real draw, though, is the Italian hospitality, said Di Girolamo, which includes meals

by Burtchaell as well as the resident chef and local cooks who share techniques and regional recipes with seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients. Cooking is optional for those who just want to relax and enjoy the scenery. Burtchaell and Di Girolamo held a gathering recently to invite guests to the June class. It filled up so fast they added a second week. The all-inclusive program starts at $3,400 per person depending on the room visitors select. The fee includes transportation from the airport in Rome, but airfare is separate. Along with cooking, guests enjoy trips to local wineries, restaurants and landmarks. Burtchaell will be holding her 2020 classes June 7-13 and June 14-20. For information, visit lacucinasabina.com or email mdigirolamo@lacucinasabina. com. — Kathy Saunders


SPA visit One of the best ways to unwind and recharge is to visit a spa. Florida offers plenty of options, and we have some lovely destinations in the Tampa Bay area, including the Vinoy Salon and Day Spa on the St. Petersburg waterfront, Spa Oceana at the Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach and the Spa at Sandpearl in Clearwater Beach. But if you are like me and need to completely unplug to relax, you might want to try the Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas. Tampa International Airport has direct flights to Austin so it’s an easy destination. I have been to the lakefront retreat four times, and with each visit I grow fonder of the resort. The spa is not pretentious, although the programs, meals and services are top-notch. It’s the kind of place where you can work out with a private trainer and take fitness classes, lie in a hammock and read a book, watch deer roam the grounds or paddle a kayak on the lake. The rooms are rustic and comfortable with outside porches for enjoying an evening cocktail and they are connected by sandy walking paths. The spa has an amazing herb and vegetable garden to tour. The French chef on staff can accommodate any dietary needs but his daily menus offer vegan and vegetarian options as well as plenty of bread, Texas beef and pasta, not to mention wine. The chef usually gives a cooking demonstration each week and guest chefs from around the country are invited. The spa has a Treehouse room where yoga and wellness programs are offered. I have attended sessions on women’s

If you want a change of scenery, consider the Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas. Photo by Kathy Saunders health, meditation and, most recently, a painting class. Once, I had my hair colored by a celebrity hair stylist who regularly books appointments and leads discussions on Feng Shui Beauty. If weight loss is a goal, the center’s dietitians can provide personalized plans

for exercise and fitness. Spa packages vary depending on the season and the length of your stay, and most include some spa services. My rooms have usually priced out at about $500 a night. For information, go to lakeaustin.com. — Kathy Saunders

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The Plant City home of Krista and Steve Howard is swathed in holiday spirit, thanks to the handiwork of Nora Gray of Creations by Nora in Dover. Each living area, bedroom, guestroom and bathroom has its own theme — from nutcrackers to woodland animals and sugarplums.

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organized book clubs because she loved to read. “They opened up my world in ways that I would never have, which is, thus, why I’m doing what I do,” she said. “Teachers really do save lives.” Soon after taking the post at Stetson, Alexandre met with representatives of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to discuss ways in which her students and administrators could share their expertise. The foundation’s mission is “to build a better community through creative philanthropy, vision and leadership.” Collaboration is vital, she said. “What I’ve learned in life is all you have to do is be out there. Half of the work is showing up, and I show up.” Personally, she is showing up by putting down roots near Stetson, where she recently purchased a home. She has been accepting public speaking engagements at local libraries and museums. And she signed up to run a local race over the holidays. Her professional mission includes offering training to community representatives. Her law students are interning at the Community Foundation as well. “We have a very specific agenda that is a collaboration of education, and of course to advocate and then strengthen the community,” she said. She also plans to continue outreach of pro bono services in the community. “We serve the community at the college of law in numerous ways that people don’t know about,” she said. Stetson provides consumer protection services for elderly residents and trains police officers and other public servants in community advocacy. Alexandre also considers it part of her vocation to help students realize the various careers open to law school grads. “There are so many jobs lawyers can do that they are not thinking about,” she said. “It might not just be pass the bar and go to a firm.” She points to the need for lawyers in nonprofit work as well as in management for numerous industries, education, elected office and even the media. “I don’t think we’re proud enough of what we do. We know that law is essential to the fabric of society. It’s not a choice. It’s a need.”

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s a native of St. Petersburg, Blair Hiller knows what humidity does to hair. When she discovered blow dry bars in Tampa years ago, she was hooked. The 27-year-old drove across the bridges often in search of a smooth hairstyle that would last for several days. She especially liked the convenience of dry bars, which specialize in just washing and drying hair. As a former flight attendant, a professional blowout before her travel shifts would give her volume and tamed curls for her entire trip and allow her to travel lighter without having to pack hair products. She waited for years, hoping the concept would catch on in St. Petersburg.

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Finally, she decided to build her own dry bar. In August, she and her husband, Nick, opened Sip & Dry at 2210 Fourth St. N, dedicated to helping St. Petersburg residents calm their humidified hair. It was a family effort. Blair Hiller’s parents and friends, who all graduated from St. Petersburg High School, helped turn the space into a sleek salon with pale pink cabinets and gold accents throughout. The mirrored front desk matches the gold trimmings on the drawer handles and mirrors at each of the 10 styling stations. The beauty of a blowout bar as opposed to a full-service hair salon is convenience. Clients can book appointments online as early as 7 a.m. on weekdays and get their hair styled before work. The business is open until 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Because hair drying and styling is all they do, clients can get in and out in 45 minutes or less. “If you come twice a week, you don’t have to mess with your hair at home at all,” said Blair Hiller, noting the savings her customers can realize on time and hair products. Nick Hiller, 37, is originally from Ohio and moved to Florida 10 years ago to become a district manager for a retail company. He continues to work at his day job and helps out at the dry bar on weekends or when needed. “It took me about a year to just figure out what a dry bar was,” he said. “But in the end, Blair’s happiness was paramount.” The couple had been saving for several years to remodel their historic home in the Old Northeast. “But one morning I woke up and said we should open a business instead,” said Blair Hiller. “I figured we’re young enough now that if it doesn’t work out we can rebuild.” No matter if clients have short or long hair, all blowouts are $40. Hair extensions cost an extra $10. The stylists also offer braiding and updos, as well as private makeup consultations and applications at $45 per service. The couple’s goal is for Sip & Dry to become the city’s go-to spot for holiday hair and makeup. They also book wedding parties and offer a $70 membership with discounts and a free birthday blowout. Walk-ins are welcome. Blair Hiller had the help of her longtime family friend and local artist Meredith Brandimore in creating a menu for the salon. Each offering is named for a Pinellas County landmark and accompanied by a drawing of the hairstyle and its namesake. The drawings are framed throughout the salon and pictured in a book placed at each station for clients to view and select a style. The Vinoy, for example, is a classic round brush blowout “to get a little bounce and wave, but no hot tools used after.” The menu says the Vinoy is “quick, easy and effortless.” Beach Drive is a round brush blowout followed by a small barrel curling iron “to get full volume, big hair and beautiful curls.” The Trop is a round brush blowout “followed by adding a ponytail of your choice for the ready-to-go ballgame look.” While stylists work their magic, customers can sip a variety of drinks including coffee, wine and Champagne. “It’s all about the experience,” said Blair Hiller, offering a client a mimosa on a recent Sunday morning. The client was trying to decide between the Dali, for its “hint of volume,” or the Fort De Soto, “for the perfect beach wave,” while her family members were taking photos in front of a pink wall dotted with dozens of hair dryers. “That was all Blair’s design,” Nick Hiller said of the wall. Customers posed for photos next to the dryers and a neon sign that said, “You Blow My Mind.” For appointments, go to sipanddryblowbar.com or call (727) 800-2409.


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Chanel pearl necklace, $1,200. Photo by Patty Yablonski Snake cuffs of Lucien Lelong 1930. Photo courtesy of Olwen Forest

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Our guide had provided detailed directions. There was one booth I wanted to find at the largest antique

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market in the world, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Simply

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warehouses of vendors. My mission on a recent visit to the City of Light was to find the stall owned by Olwen Forest, collector of vintage Chanel jewelry.

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Olwen Forest boutique in Paris. Photo courtesy of Frederic Poletti

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I had seen some of her magnificent pieces dangling from the necks and wrists of some of St. Petersburg’s most well-heeled, but never could get the details on where the jewelry came from. Acting on a tip, I set out to find the source of the elegant designs. While the streets around Les Puces are crammed full of traditional flea market fare with vendors offering everything from T-shirts to shot glasses to felt berets, we needed to find the antique dealers in the walks of Serpette and Paul Bert along Rue des Rosiers. It took the driver a couple of U-turns to find the entrance to the covered part of the market and we were instructed by our Parisian contacts to enter through the middle glass doors flanked by a security guard. Accompanied by my college-age daughter, we set out to find Forest’s three stalls, which were supposed to be about 10 yards to the left of the entrance. On this Monday morning, though, many of the booths were closed. It also was the first week after many Parisians were away for summer vacation, and we feared we wouldn’t find our vendor. We were told to look for the two men who sell vintage Louis Vuitton trunks and purses a few stalls from where Forest sells her collections. While we were salivating over their splendid array of goods, the men pointed us to an adjacent cafe where we found Forest. We introduced ourselves and she walked over to open her booth, asking for our help in moving glass display cabinets dripping with Chanel jewels. Originally from England, Forest developed her love of jewelry while working as a dancer in Hollywood and later as a model. She is particularly fond of collections created from the 1930s through the 1980s. Many of her pieces were donned by Hollywood’s elite, and she includes photos of the stars wearing the jewelry in her display cases. She stages her jewelry in unique collections throughout the year. Currently, she is featuring a collection she calls Magic, Mystery and Melody in Jewelry. The Magic compares the simple lines of Coco Chanel clothing with the sometimes humorous designs of her necklaces and brooches. There’s a chain with a miniature perfume bottle and a bracelet with charms including a bag, a shoe, an angel, a lion, a tortoise and a four-leaf clover. She has signature chains, belts, bracelets and necklaces adorned with coins and the iconic, intertwined C’s. The Mystery includes a woven, gold snaked belt and creations

Chanel charm bracelet. Photo courtesy of Olwen Forest

by Eugene Joseff, better known as Joseph of Hollywood. Her display features a photo of Elizabeth Taylor wearing some of the pieces in 1963 while filming Cleopatra. The Melody part of the exhibit features faces, mask-themed earrings and a set of jeweled golden bees worn as a swarm of pins on the bust of actor Marie Wilson in films in the 1940s. All of the jewelry is pricey. The featured, themed collections are the most expensive, some costing several thousand dollars. Very few pieces in the many cases of Chanel brooches, earrings, necklaces and bracelets are less than $1,000. But the selection is impressive and the pieces are collectible. Forest knows each piece and the era in which it was designed and sold. For shoppers who love Chanel jewelry and want to wear unique pieces from decades past, Paris is always a good idea.

Olwen Forest Photo courtesy of Olwen Forest

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Many vendors close for lunch. Olwen Forest’s booths are at Marche Serpette 110, Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen. olwenforest.com.

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early 40 years ago, Julie Saul took a giant leap, jumping from the Big Guava (a.k.a. Tampa) to the Big Apple. This might sound like a Hollywood screenplay except that it’s true, including the scary and exciting parts of her New York adventures and successes. Saul grew up on Tampa’s Davis Islands. As a tot, she attended Seaborn Day School and then went on to Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle and Plant High, all South Tampa public schools. “I was definitely a hometown girl,” she says. In the 1950s, Tampa was definitely a “small town,” she recalls. Her family missed the cultural amenities of the big city. Her grandfather, Fred Perlman, was a trained musician, having studied at New York’s Juilliard School. He came to Tampa in the 1920s to start a men’s clothing store and ended up as one of the founders of the Tampa Philharmonic. “I remember they bundled my sister and me in bathrobes to go to rehearsals in McKay Auditorium,” said Julie, 64. Her mother loved the visual arts, an interest that bore fruit years later when her parents attended a Rotary Club dinner where they heard of a job opening at the Tampa Bay Art Center, the predecessor of the Tampa Museum of Art. Julie graduated from Tulane University as an art major on a Sunday, interviewed for the job the following Friday and started Monday as assistant

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to the director, Jim Bell. She headed public relations and the docent classes. “I didn’t know what I was doing,” she says. “But I did it.” She rented an apartment on Davis Islands in the building where her sister, Linda, and other young women in the art community leased apartments. “We called the apartment building ‘Azalea University,’” recalls Linda Saul-Sena, a prominent community advocate and a former Tampa city councilwoman. Julie’s responsibilities at the art center increased when the director left. She was 23 years old when she became responsible for running the whole show. But New York beckoned. “My parents took us to the New York World’s Fair when I was 10 or 11 years old. It was so sophisticated compared to growing up in Tampa! I told myself, ‘I’m going to live here one day!’” She enrolled in New York’s Institute of Fine

Arts, pursuing a degree in museum studies. The real action, however, was not to be found in the classroom. “New York was dangerous and fun,” she recalled. “There was an exciting downtown scene, full of music and clubs for young people.” In a deal that is unbelievable today, she moved into an apartment in a townhouse just off Fifth Avenue at 78th Street, a posh address not far from Jackie Kennedy’s digs. “It cost $275 a month and it had a fireplace,” she laughed. “I was like Holly Golightly!” She found it after her father had advised her, “You got to talk to people in the street, the doormen” to get tips on what apartments were available. Armed with her museum studies degree, Julie curated shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. But she couldn’t find a regular job. “The New York art world was tiny then,” she said. Teaming up with a friend in advertising, Nancy Lieberman, Julie started out as a private dealer in fine art photography, using the contacts with the curators and experts she knew through the Institute of Fine Arts. “It was a super interesting period. Why photography, you might ask. It’s because it’s good to have a specialty and an identity in the art world,” she said. At that time, Julie was contacted by Genevieve Linnehan, the woman she had hired years earlier as her assistant at the Tampa Bay Art Center. She asked if Julie would organize a photography show at the Tampa Museum of Art, where Genevieve was now curator. The result was the landmark


Julie Saul, left, is pictured at the Tampa Museum of Art with Joanna Robotham, curator of modern and contemporary art, and Michael Tomor, executive director.

exhibition “Photography in America: 1910-1983.” With more than 150 photographs, it ranged from Lewis Hine to Diane Arbus, Robert Frank to Cindy Sherman. In 1984, after 18 months of raising $55,000 from investors, she and Nancy opened their first gallery space in Soho. “It was really scary hard work. There was nothing funny about it. You take on a huge responsibility. Start when you’re young, when you don’t know too much,” she jokes. Nancy left the gallery after six years, and Julie ran the show on her own. It was a madcap existence, setting up booths at art fairs, organizing gallery exhibitions, cultivating the attention of museum curators in order to place her photographers’ work in museum collections, growing her list of clients and developing her contacts. Today, after more than three decades in the business, she is a mainstay of the fine art photography world. She is on the board of the Association of International Photographic Art

Dealers, and she received an award from the Aperture Foundation in 2010 in honor of her contributions to the arts. Throughout the years, she has not relinquished her ties to Tampa. She has been instrumental in building the photography collections of the Tampa Museum of Art and Tampa firm Trenam Law. “In retrospect, it’s astonishing how insightful she was in spotting important photographers in the years before they were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships or before they had exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art,” said William L. Zewadski, an attorney at Trenam Law. “Her recommendations were always perceptive.” Today Julie is entering another stage in her life. Having successfully battled some serious health issues over the past three years, she is now regaining her strength. One thing she cannot change, however, is the loss of the lease of her long-held gallery space. “Maybe, after 33 years, maybe I’ll catch my breath,” she says. After keeping an active exhibition schedule

until this past August, she now is planning special projects and popup shows. As she looks back on her illustrious career, she remembers her most gratifying moments, such as when she was able to place the works of her photographers into the collections of major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. “When I got involved in photography in the early 1980s, photography wasn’t recognized as an art form. It was a pioneer time for photography.” She gained her own identity at the same time. “Here I am,” she remembers thinking back then. “Give me an identity!” “Now I want to do more interesting projects in an independent way,” she says. One of those projects is her work on an upcoming exhibition focusing on Berthe Weill, a groundbreaking Paris art dealer at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition opens in New York and Montreal in 2022.

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From lace to satin and sparkles to fringe, the pieces work for everything from cocktail gatherings by the fireplace to seasonal black-tie galas. Our photographer used festive decorations from Nora Gray in Dover, including feathered Christmas trees and painted urns, to display some of the spectacular shoes, handbags and jewelry we found to accent the evening wear.


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Blue beaded jumpsuit, $415, Colorsdress. Kar’tel Boutique, Tampa. Gray strappy rhinestone shoes, $110, Chic by Lady Couture. Georgette’s Boutique, Tampa.

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Navy and green gown, $2,295, Theia Couture. Green and blue flower earrings, $168, Lele Sadoughi. Crystal sandal champagne glitter, $495, Sophia Webster. Velvet cross body, $1,690, Saint Laurent. Strappy embellished crisscross sandal, $995, Giuseppe Zanotti.

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Gold hi-low applique gown, $698, Sherri Hill. Gold drop earrings, $39. Rhinestone peep toe pumps, $110, Chic by Lady Couture. Georgette’s Boutique, Tampa. Multicolor blazer, $450, Vilagallo. Silk white pants, $225, David Lerner. Pink and gold drop earrings, $45, Ettika. Kar’tel Boutique, Tampa. Rhinestone peep toe pumps, $110, Chic by Lady Couture. Georgette’s Boutique, Tampa.

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY MAGGIE DUFF Y San Francisco is well known as an art, tech and cultural center, but just 6 miles across the bay, south of the Golden Gate Bridge, is Alameda, an island community nestled next to Oakland. I’ve been visiting Alameda for years, enjoying the summer highs of 75 degrees, the ease of walking everywhere and the scenery. It’s a unique place with perfect proximity to San Francisco for an interesting day trip. With its richly detailed Victorian houses, tree-lined streets and multiple marinas to catch waterside views, Alameda is a picturesque place to stroll around. It’s unusual in that two thriving downtowns lined with local boutiques and restaurants sit on each end of the island. Between those two downtowns lies Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, a rugged stretch of tan sand and dunes popular with wind and kite surfers who enjoy zooming along San Francisco Bay. The island was the site of the former U.S. Naval Air Station Alameda, which was decommissioned in 1997. It’s now known as Alameda Point, home to wineries, distilleries, a monthly flea market, festivals and the USS Hornet aircraft carrier. It’s an easy jaunt from the city to Alameda on the San Francisco Bay Ferry, which leaves from Pier 41 or the Embarcadero. The 20-minute ride offers photo opportunities of the San Francisco skyline, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island. Part of the fun of the trip is the boat ride there. Once you arrive in Alameda, a reliable and clean bus system will take you around.

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experience, visit the USS Hornet, which is now a sea, air and space museum. The Hornet is famous

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for being the ship that picked up the Apollo 11 Moon Mission astronauts. An exhibit of that event includes the Airstream trailer where Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins spent 30 days in quarantine. There’s also an early version of the capsule on display. You can tour the entire ship, including the flight deck, view a variety of fighter planes and wind through the maze of the second deck to see the living quarters. If you take a docent tour, it’s likely that your guide may have served on the ship, which was decommissioned in 1970. uss-hornet.org.

eat • The island is full of local restaurants,

most of which are vegan friendly. Start with Burma Superstar, which has a San Francisco location and is so popular it can be hard to secure a table. The flavors of Burma’s neighbors of China, Laos, Thailand and India come together here, in unusual combinations. Order a bunch of dishes to share, especially the award-winning tea leaf salad. For a deal you can’t beat, visit Mexican restaurant La Penca Azul, which has a happy hour menu that starts at 2 p.m. on weekdays. For

$5, you can get two “mini” burritos, tostadas or enchiladas that are so big, you’ll have a hard time finishing just one. Check out the restaurant’s tequila bar and taco stand. lapencaazul.com.

drink • The hangars on the former

Alameda Naval Air Station have been converted to a collection of wineries, breweries and distilleries known as Spirits Alley, with incredible views of San Francisco’s skyline. Enjoy fine wines at Rock Wall Wine Company (rockwallwines. com), where live music happens frequently. Grab a nosh at the on-site Scolari’s on the Point, open during Rock Wall’s tasting hours. Take a distillery tour or tasting experience at Hangar 1 vodka distillery, which offers pairings with cheese and chocolate. Try the Fog Point Martini at Runway Spirits, the distillery’s bar, featuring a vodka made with actual Northern Californian fog ($38). Brandy lovers might enjoy Hangar 1’s “French and California.” hangarone.com. Fans of Tiki culture won’t want to miss Forbidden Island on Lincoln Avenue in the middle of the island. The bar’s retro decor is heavy on Polynesian


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kitsch, including a waterfall and bamboo huts. You’ll find a huge menu of Tiki drinks and snacks to soak up all that rum. Live music from surf and lounge bands further the aloha vibe. And once a year the lounge holds a parking lot sale, where Tiki collectors sell their goods. It has been included on many lists of the best Tiki bars in the country. forbiddenislandalameda.com.

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To get a sailboat fix, take a walk along the estuary at Grand Street, a sort of middle point for the city’s many marinas and yacht clubs. World-class racing boats often base out of Alameda for racing on San Francisco Bay, and Coast Guard Island is scenic when the cutters are lined up.

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The charming downtown boasts eclectic shops, especially on Park Street. Find unique Alameda-centric souvenirs at Therapy. Whales and Friends, on nearby Lincoln Street, is a gift shop that carries original artwork from national artists and handmade jewelry.

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As a 5-year-old boy in Seattle, DENIS

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First, we have to talk about your signature accessory: the suspenders. How did that look come about? Before Hurricane Charley was approaching Florida in 2004, I had worn a jacket every single day that I had been on TV. Jay Crawford, our former sports guy — good-looking guy and stylish — had a pair of suspenders. He wore them every now and again and he was like, “Denis, you should try some of these.” I said, “I don’t know, they look kind of geeky.” But, he said, “No, no, they’re pretty cool, you should try them.” So I said okay and for whatever reason, I happened to put them on when I was going in for our continuous coverage to cover the storm. And when you’re on TV for a long period of time, you take your jacket off. I was on the air 24 hours and I had on a pair of suspenders. So after the storm missed us, the station did all this research about who do you like? Who do you watch? Who do you trust? The overwhelming response was, “I have no idea what the guy’s name was, but he was wearing a pair of suspenders.” And my boss said, “That’s your new shtick.” That’s how it happened. When I go out in public and I’ve got T-shirts and gym shorts on, 99 percent of the time the first words out of people’s mouths are, “Where are your suspenders?” When did you develop your hurricane rules, and the all-important Rule #7 about not freaking out? In 2012, when Hurricane Isaac was approaching the state and the Republican National Convention was being held in Tampa, I sat in the office and I just wanted to remind people that the odds were we were going to be okay and this wasn’t going to be as devastating as everybody was saying it was going to be. And I jotted down the seven rules in about five minutes. And they just stuck. But it does make a lot of sense because I think that, really, people are looking for something to hold onto. I post the rules when any hurricane is coming. How do you help viewers keep calm when a major storm is approaching? People already know the worst-case scenario. The reality of it is the worst-case scenario rarely happens in our area. It’s been 98 years. So instead of telling people we’re all going to die, I even it out with what we know: There’s a really good chance this is going to do something else and let me try to give reasons why. It is hard just to

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candy-coat this stuff for an inevitable bad thing. But when you think the chances are every bit as good that it won’t be as bad, then why don’t you at least help them through that? And that’s what I really learned over the years. Even here 15 years ago when Charley was coming. I think I was still young enough and excited enough when a storm would come, I would be in that storm mode because as a meteorologist you get excited with that. But you have to realize nobody wants to see that. They want to hear how to stay safe and how do I get through this. While preparing my own home, I walked out and I saw my neighbors coming out. They didn’t look scared. They looked sad because they had a realization on their faces that they really thought they might lose their homes to this storm and all their memories and all the things that they’ve built. That struck me, and the minute I got into work that day we started our marathon. That was the message that I had, that I could not let go of, that people don’t need to be frightened. They need the reassurance. And not foolhardy reassurance. And how in the world are you going to make an educated decision to keep you and your family safe if you are freaking out? So it’s one of those things that, you’ve got to just sit back, take a breath, listen to the facts, not the what-ifs, not listen to the Weather Channel and not listen to the people who are scaring everybody to death. Granted, that’s hard to do when you have a huge storm coming this way. But I think that’s as important as anything because you don’t want to make a rash decision. What do you say when viewers ask if they should evacuate? When someone says, “Should I evacuate my family?” I can’t answer that question. If something happened to them, and I said you’re fine, I would never be able to look at myself. So when people kept asking what my family was doing, I didn’t want to mislead them. During Irma in 2017 my family was still home on Thursday night before the weekend landfall. My family was not going to leave and they wouldn’t have left except that we have a ton of trees all around our

house. I was afraid of a tree falling on it, which easily could have happened. My wife took the kids to Atlanta because that was the closest place we could find a hotel room. But it was such a lesson for me because so many people were wanting to see what I was doing with my family. Because I thought a tree could hit, I didn’t want to take a chance of losing pictures, scrapbooks and computers. So I just shoved everything into my car before I drove to work and I took a picture and showed it on Facebook. And when I did that, it scared the hell out of people. My neighbors came out and saw me doing this and said, “You told us we don’t need to evacuate.” My house is literally one of the only houses in that neighborhood that has big trees. But I realized that at that point every single thing that I post is a message and I have to be really careful. I pride myself as I’ve gotten older for really trying to be the guy to not hype stuff. It’s the same thing when people ask whether they should cancel their cruises or vacations. I don’t want to be the reason that they lose money on something. Why were Irma and Dorian so hard to forecast? Accuracy rates on the one-day, two-day, threeday forecasts have increased exponentially. They really have. But for day four and five there’s still a margin of error of about 200 to 300 miles, either way. So that’s pretty much the entire coast of Florida. And I’ll tell you flat-out this is where I think the biggest problem is. When you go on the internet when there’s a storm, every model, every possibility is posted from sources that I don’t know where they come from. There’s an interesting story on Irma. The Thursday night before it hit, the models went from the east coast to the west coast at 2 a.m. My family was asleep upstairs and I was sitting at the computer and I saw the models shift. Twenty seconds later I get a message from Paul Dellegatto (Fox 13 Tampa Bay meteorologist) on Facebook, who’s a buddy of mine. His message was, “Oh, my God,” because he saw the same thing I did. But here’s the thing: The (National) Hurricane Center still had the tracker on the east coast because the new advisory doesn’t come

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out until 5 a.m. So do we go and tell people in three hours the Hurricane Center is going to shift this track over toward us, or do we wait for them to do it? We talked about this on Facebook and our conclusion was it’s probably better to give people more time since we both knew that track was going to go west. And it did. That’s when I woke up my wife and kids and I said, “Guys, now’s the time.” Are we seeing more hurricanes because of climate change? Just kind of from the naked eye as a climate change believer, I see them getting bigger. I’m not seeing more storms, but what I have seen is the ones that are forming appear to be getting stronger faster. I mean, look at what Michael did when it went from a (Category) 1 to a 5. Look at what Dorian did. That was the strongest storm ever to form in the Atlantic basin and make landfall, although it was tied with a storm from back in 1935. It does appear to be something that a lot of meteorologists are talking about and hoping to research and see if we can get to the bottom of it. People in our area don’t realize what a 3, 4 or 5 would do because we’ve never gone through it. And, by the way, remember with Irma, we never had sustained hurricane-force winds in the bay area. When do you think we are in the clear for hurricanes? Do we really have to wait until Nov. 30? Usually if we get to Halloween, we’re going to be fine. But my Facebook Live is still on every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. During Hurricane Dorian I went for two hours or longer because viewers needed that. But after hurricane season we’ll talk about other stuff. We’ll probably talk about Christmas. I love Christmas and that’s where my career began. When I saw the weatherman tracking Santa when I was a kid, I thought, that’s got to be the coolest job in the world. You actually get to track Santa and get paid for it. And at that point, I decided I wanted to be a meteorologist. And I never changed my mind.

1. Storm track errors past three days are huge. Don’t get caught up on forecasts that far out. You’ll go crazy. 2. Models flip-flop back and forth all the time. Look for trends, don’t look at individual model runs. 3. If you didn’t prepare in June (which you probably didn’t), do so now. Check your hurricane kit and guide to see what you and your family need. 4. Don’t freak out. 5. Don’t freak out. Okay? We live in Florida. It goes with the territory. 6. Know that we will be there with you 24/7. You’re going to hear a ton of information. It can get confusing. Stick with us. We won’t steer you wrong. 7. Stop freaking out ... until I tell you to. We’re fine.

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The Orlo Club in the historic Spafford House in Tampa was the scene of a gala designed to kick off a new tradition in giving for Saint Leo University. Patrons raised more than $550,000 for student scholarships at the event, which was attended by community leaders as well as past and present Saint Leo board members, faculty, staff and students. The highlight of the gala was the announcement from president Jeffrey Senese and his wife, Alicia, establishing an endowed scholarship at the university with a personal gift of $350,000, the largest single donation made by a president of the university. The private, nonprofit, liberal arts university, founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks, is one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States, with more than 19,500 students. In addition to its residential campus in Pasco County, Saint Leo has 32 education centers in seven states and an online program. Photos by William Speer

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Butterflies, the symbol of new life, were the focus of fundraising at the Cirque Du Hope 2019 Butterfly Ball, a benefit for ALPHA House of Pinellas County, a residential program that has been providing services to homeless pregnant women and babies since 1979. More than 300 people attended the event in the Palm Court Ballroom at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. The event included silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and a message from ALPHA graduate Serena Aguilar, who arrived at ALPHA House at the age of 14 with a 2-year-old son. A victim of abuse and human trafficking, Aguilar today is a high school graduate and full-time college student living with her son in ALPHA’s Deeb Apartments. “Because of ALPHA House, I am breaking the cycle of abuse and homelessness, and I am proud of the woman and mother I am becoming every day,” she wrote in the program. Alison Lescarbeau led the committee of 12 volunteers as chairwoman of the gala. ALPHA House also provides child care items to families in need, including diapers, baby food and formula, maternity clothes, children’s clothing and toys. Photos courtesy of Cheryl Sanchez

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Three executives were honored by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Greater Tampa Bay at the annual Banyan Ball, which celebrated 20 years of creating business opportunities and sharing Indian cultural traditions with entrepreneurs, professionals and community friends. The 2019 Visionary award went to Paresh Patel. Aakash Patel was named Businessman of the Year. Dr. Manjusri Vennamaneni was chosen as Businesswoman of the Year. Bollywood dancers swirled as Salvador Live! speed-painted a vibrant canvas on the stage to add to the silent auction. Gateway to India catered a traditional Indian dinner for the 400 guests, many in colorful saris and sherwanis, at Armature Works in Tampa. Photos by Amy Scherzer

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The Florida Orchestra and Conductor Brent Havens perform Windborne’s The Music Of The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards 1969 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones iconic albums, Beggar’s Banquet and Let It Bleed. Fri, Nov 22, 8 pm, Mahaffey Theater Tickets: $35, $50, $65 Film with Live Orchestra

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Glazer Children’s Museum Imagination: a Gala Anjali Nirmalani-Gandhy, Sheetal Patel and Sharmila Saha.

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Worlds of Possibility evoked the four elements of life — earth, fire, air and water — at Imagination, a gala benefit for the Glazer Children’s Museum that filled the vast Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center with themed buffets and games of chance. Fire featured smoky brisket and charred lamb with a hot sauce bar; Water served sushi, poke bowls and ceviche. Earth offered sauteed grains and root veggies; Air concocted craft cocktails and cotton candy. Co-chairs Parita and Shilen Patel added the element of surprise when a curtain opened to reveal a second enormous space where the Bay Kings Band rocked and a live auction drew bids for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ultimate Getaway on the team plane and a Manchester U VIP soccer experience. CEO Sarah Cole told the 600plus guests that the downtown Tampa museum will soon welcome its 2 millionth visitor since 2010. Photos by Amy Scherzer

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The 12th annual Fashion Week celebrated some of the most talented fashion and accessory designers in the Tampa Bay area. The events included a style and service day at the Glazer Children’s Museum, a VIP kickoff party at Tampa International Airport, a popup boutique and beauty master class and a designer runway fashion show at International Plaza and Bay Street. Among the featured designers were Alicia Calero, Dillard’s, Elizabeth Carson Racker, Essence Flowers, Harrison Boliere, Johnny Was, Soft Surroundings and Spanx. Included in the activities was a Beauty Drive to benefit My Fairy Godfathers Foundation, an organization dedicated to using the “magical experience of beauty” to inspire happiness, strength and confidence in girls and women who have faced adversity. Founders Andrew Ashton and Steven Anderson attended the runway fashion show and collected new beauty supplies and toiletries for their foundation clients. Participants in the Model Behavior VIP Party on the eve of the fashion show were the first to view the limited-edition collections by designers Elizabeth Carson Racker and Essence Flowers in the Shoppes at Bayshore. A percentage of the sales from those exclusive collections was donated to My Fairy Godfathers Foundation as well. Photos by Anne Phillips Photography

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AdventHealth celebrated the spirit of giving and healing as the voice of Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes soared and donations poured in at the annual Starlight Gala. The 700 guests enjoyed dinner and a concert at the Tampa Marriott Water Street, with a lively auction in between. Generous bidders reached for the stars: A week at the Pepin family North Carolina retreat sold for $22,000, and the Super Bowl LIV Experience went for $23,000. The South Africa safari package got 42 bids of $3,000 each, raising a record amount for local hospitals that are part of the AdventHealth Foundation West Florida region. Photos by Amy Scherzer

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Always inspirational, always encouraging, the 11th FARA Energy Ball rocked A Night at the Opera, adding another $1.3 million to the $13 million the annual gala founded by Paul and Suzanne Avery previously raised for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance and the University of South Florida Ataxia Research Center. From the Playbill-like program book to the dramatic silent auction decor to a rousing version of Bohemian Rhapsody, clinicians, patrons and patients honored “an ensemble of many roles, seen and unseen” working to treat and cure Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare degenerative neuromuscular disease. The 677 guests stood to cheer the young “Champions” braving FA, supporting the cause with auction bids that included $35,000 for a week in an Italian villa and $27,000 for a Pebble Creek, Calif., golf getaway before the Hit Factory band took the stage at the Marriott Water Street in Tampa. Photos by Amy Scherzer

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SPCA Tampa Bay Hooray for Hollywoof Fur Ball Supporters of the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Tampa Bay attended the Hooray for Hollywoof Fur Ball at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. Partygoers enjoyed the evening by looking back and dressing from the days of old Hollywood glamor. The event, chaired by Rhonda Shear, included auction items, adoptable pets and dancing to the tunes of the Black Honkeys. More than $100,000 was raised for the organization. Photos by Barry Lively

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MARCH

APRIL

11.10

CHRISTMAS UNDER THE OAKS: The General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Pinellas club presents the 43rd annual market featuring holiday gift ideas including crafts, art, handmade goods, home decor items, floral arrangements, soaps, wreaths and ornaments. Benefits grants, scholarships and service projects for the community. Free. 9 a.m. St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. (727) 804-3673. gfwcnpwc.org. RHINESTONES AND RESCUES: Femmes and Follies presents an elaborate evening of burlesque, cabaret, aerial art, singing, dancing and fire performances. Benefits the Suncoast Animal League. $10$25. 7 p.m. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 2474663.

11.13

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

Benefits the Centre for Girls and the Art Institute of Tampa. $50. 5:30 p.m. The Art Institute of Tampa, 4401 N Himes Ave. (813) 873-2112. TASTE OF TARPON: Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts are the attire for a luau-themed party with cash bar, entertainment and auctions. Benefits the children of Tarpon Springs. $25. 5:30 p.m. Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 9383774. TAMPA BAY ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS GRIOT DRUM AWARDS: The annual journalism awards and scholarship event features a cocktail reception, dinner and presentations. Benefits the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists. $55. 6 p.m. Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 287-2555.

SUSTAINABLE BUZZ: Learn about local sustainability efforts as you sample dishes by area chefs and sip locally produced beer, wine and spirits. Benefits the Sustany Foundation. $50, $150 VIP. 6:30 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 507-1111.

FACES OF PHILANTHROPY: A night of dinner and drinks to celebrate the supporters of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Benefits exhibits and education programs at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. $135-$150. 7 p.m. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 221-2222.

11.14

11.15

PROGRESSIVE PALETTE: An artthemed evening of avant-garde dining, drinks, music and fashion.

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NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY: A breakfast with networking to benefit the Association

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

of Fundraising Professionals Suncoast Chapter. $75. 7:45 a.m. Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel, 4200 George J. Bean Outbound Parkway. (813) 879-5151. afpsuncoast.org. THE PHOENIX AWARD DINNER: A fundraiser to support solar energy for independent farmers in Puerto Rico. $100, $150 two. 5 p.m. Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Tampa Airport, 4500 W Cypress St. (813) 879-4800. MURDER MYSTERY MASQUERADE: Masks are recommended for this murder mystery ball with dinner, drinks and a raffle. Benefits My Warriors Place. $45-$85. 7 p.m. Shouthshore Falls Community Center, 5831 Cascade Falls Drive, Apollo Beach. (813) 321-0880. LIP SYNC FOR LUNGS: Local celebrities and community leaders perform in this lip sync battle with a silent auction and food/drinks available for purchase. Benefits the American Lung Association. $37, $57 preferred. 7 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 712-2307. southtampachamber.org. GEMS AND JEANS BALL: An evening to honor adoptive families with food, drinks, beer, live music and auctions. Benefits the Sylvia Thomas Center’s family support programs. $40, $75 two. 7:30 p.m. The Barn Theatre at Winthrop, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave.,

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JANUARY

Riverview. (813) 651-3150.

11.16

NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS GALA: A black-tie gala honoring John and Laura Lally. Benefits JDRF Tampa Bay. $300. 6 p.m. Tampa Marriott Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave. (727) 344-2873. THE ‘80S GALA: A night of dancing to rocking ‘80s music, dinner, an auction and student performances. Benefits Cambridge Christian School. $60$80. 6 p.m. Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Tampa Airport, 4500 W Cypress St. (813) 872-6744. FATHER/DAUGHTER EXTRAVAGANZA: Dad can swing his daughter at this dance with dinner and prizes. Benefits the Word of His Grace, the Healing Center. $50 couple, $10 additional daughter. 6 p.m. The Portico, 1001 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 2545139. DESSERT FIRST: Chefs from popular bay area restaurants create desserts made from Girls Scout cookies. Includes complimentary wine, cash bar, dinner, auctions and live music. Benefits Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. $150. 6:30 p.m. Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd. (813) 262-1785.


PUNJABI GALA: Dress to impress for a night of Bollywood music by Jasbeer Jassi (Dil le gayi kudi Punjab di fan) from Mumbai, India. Benefits the Punjabi Association of Tampa Bay. $35-$200. 7 p.m. Indian Cultural Center Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. (813) 2644638. ANNUAL COCKTAIL PARTY: A night of music and dancing to benefit InterOcean University. $50. 7 p.m. Klas Events, 5618 56th Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa. (813) 965-5986.

11.22

GEORGETTE’S HOLIDAY FASHION SHOW: The 31st annual Broadway-style show features entertainment, professional dancers and celebrity models. Benefits St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. Sponsorship requested. 10 a.m. Hilton Downtown Tampa, 211 N Tampa St. (813) 872-0979. FESTIVAL OF TREES: The annual three-day display of communitydecorated trees and wreaths. Benefits the Arc of Tampa Bay. $5, 4 and younger free. 9 a.m. Nov. 22, 9 a.m. Nov. 23 and 10 a.m. Nov. 24. The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 797-8712.

11.23

A NIGHT IN HAVANA: O’Maddy’s 30th annual gala with music by the Betty Fox Band, cash bar, silent auction and a Cuban-inspired buffet. Benefits needy children and seniors in Gulfport. $125. 6 p.m. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. (727) 893-1070. THE TABLE IN THE PARK: The community dinner under the stars features a three-course meal paired with wine and beer.

Benefits young people on the autism spectrum. $20-$80. 6 p.m. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 5420 W Cypress St., Tampa. (813) 870-1300. macdonaldcenter. charityproud.org.

drink additional). 6 p.m. Middle Grounds Restaurant, 10925 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 4104573. stpetepanhellenic.com.

PREMIOS ENFOQUE: An award ceremony to recognize the hard work of Hispanic individuals to reach their goals. Benefits Enfoque. $80-$125. 6 p.m. Cuban Civic Club, 10905 Memorial Highway, Tampa. (813) 716-1760.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: A Christmas party for donors and friends of the foundation with cookies, caroling and the first lighting of the tree on the hospital’s rooftop. Benefits the St. Anthony’s Foundation. $10, $25 three. 5 p.m. St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 825-1086.

11.28

GOODY GOODY TURKEY GOBBLE: Before you put the turkey in, lace up for the chiptimed 5K, 8K or 1-mile fun run with a postrace breakfast. Benefits LiveStrong at the YMCA. $15$40. 7 a.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 224-9622.

11.30

SEASON OF ELEGANCE: Formal attire required for a night of food, music and giveaways. Benefits Victory A.M.E. $50. 7 p.m. Embassy Suites Tampa - USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd. (813) 6772411.

12.04

MISTLETOE AND MARGARITAS: Holiday attire suggested for a night of dining and dancing to benefit local children’s charities. $75. 6 p.m. Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N West Shore Blvd. (813) 287-2555. ST. PETERSBURG PANHELLENIC HOLIDAY PARTY: St. Petersburg Alumnae Panhellenic annual party and ornament exchange. Bring a holiday item worth $10 to exchange. Free (food/

12.05

POWER OF GIVING HOLIDAY PARTY: The 11th annual party with entertainment by Josh Walther and the Phase 5 Band, music by DJ Papi with Wild Out Entertainment, food by area restaurants, an open bar, casino games, a silent auction and a photo booth. Benefits the Ryan Nece Foundation. $100. 7 p.m. TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. (813) 7859249.

12.06

SILVER BELLS LUNCHEON: Enter Mme. George Bizet’s holiday salon for the 54th annual luncheon with French cuisine, elegant decor and a silent auction. Benefits the St. Petersburg Opera Guild. $100. 11 a.m. Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club, 6000 Sun Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 367-9289.

12.07

UAF ANNUAL BANQUET: Yasmin Mogahed is the keynote speaker for this celebration of academic excellence. Benefits Universal Academy of Florida. $15-$35. 3:15 p.m. Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Tampa Airport, 4500 W Cypress St. (813) 664-0695.

HERNANDO COUNTY CATTLEWOMEN SQUARE DANCE: A barbecue dinner with auctions and square dancing. Benefits beef education and youth in agriculture. $40. 5 p.m. Head and Heel Ranch, 22353 Rodeo Drive, Brooksville. (352) 2799948. REPEAL DAY GALA: Dress in 1920s-’30s attire for this celebration of fine drinks with complimentary cocktails, appetizers, live music, entertainment and a photo. Benefits the Cuban Club, Beat NB and the Museum of the American Cocktail. $75. 7 p.m. Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. (813) 248-2954. BOWTIES AND CLUTCHES: Walk the red carpet to the eighth annual night of high fashion and style. Benefits Joshua House. $50. 8 p.m. Red Door No. 5, 1910 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 6202005.

12.12

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Take a holiday stroll through Davis Islands. Benefits A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay. $100. 6:30 p.m. Davis Islands, approximately 1002 Severn Ave., Tampa. (813) 381-3839.

12.13

LAMPLIGHTERS CHRISTMAS COFFEE: A coffee with mimosas, sweet treats, punch and entertainment by the Metropolitan Ministries Children’s chorus. Benefits the children of Metropolitan Ministries and Joshua House. $50. 11 a.m. Clubhouse, 4817 W Sunset Blvd., Tampa. (813) 308-9727.

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Santa Bob Elkin is expected to make his usual 80-plus appearances this year throughout the Tampa Bay area. Inducted into the Santa Claus Hall of Fame in 2017, the 78-year-old is the former president of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas. Although this is his busy season, he took the time to answer a few questions for Bay. Do you have a favorite reindeer? Santa loves all his reindeer. However, Rudolph, being the smallest, requires more love and attention. How did you meet Mrs. Claus? Mrs. Claus and I met in a fairy tale, on the dance floor. What do you do on Christmas Day? Santa sits by the window, my feet up, sipping cocoa, watching the elves un-harness, feed and tend to the reindeer. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Miracle on 34th Street. What do you say to children who claim they don’t believe in Santa? To boys, I will hold my wrist up to my mouth and say, “Chief Elf Bernard, can you change this request to socks and underwear?” To girls, I say, “That makes Santa so sad. I guess you don’t believe in unicorns or fairies either? But, you know, that is okay because Santa will always believe in you.”

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