Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Parenting & Relationships

From This Day: Lindsay Fay Cox and Andrew Owen Ryscavage

ST. PETERSBURG — As young professionals in Washington, D.C., Lindsay Cox and Andy Ryscavage led full professional and social lives.

A St. Petersburg native, Lindsay is the daughter of Lynn and David Cox. She moved to the capital shortly after completing her doctorate at the University of Miami.

Andy, who grew up in York, Pa., is a son of Mary Barnes and Thomas Ryscavage. He has worked in Washington for several years as a technical laboratory manager with the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and is a member of the Department of State's Civilian Response Corps. The post has taken him throughout the United States and abroad.

They met through a former roommate of Lindsay's, and their first date was at SEI, a restaurant that specializes in sushi and other contemporary Asian cuisine.

"We got along instantly and famously," Andy says, remembering their time together on March 9, 2010.

"I was still new to D.C.," Lindsay says, "and Andy really showed me around. It's a great city. Easy to navigate."

And rich in cultural offerings. They saw Shakespeare at the Folger Theatre and attended concerts. They traveled. "We spent a lot of time together," she remembers.

Andy, 35, who graduated from the University of Colorado and American University, where he studied molecular biology and international affairs, respectively, had lived in Ireland, where he has dual citizenship, before moving to Washington.

Lindsay, 30, is a physical therapist at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, a school that serves children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, autism and secondary disabilities. Andy was familiar with it: One of his grandmothers had served on the board of trustees, and a great-uncle had been the organization's chief financial officer. His respect for Lindsay continued to soar as he saw youngsters who had mobility difficulties walk at their kindergarten graduation ceremonies.

"The future started to make sense," Andy says now. "There's something about gaining a new best friend that becomes a part of you. You didn't know you were waiting. You wake up, and you think, this is now what you're supposed to do."

On March 9, 2012, two years after their first date, he proposed. And on March 9 of this year, the couple were married in St. Thomas Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, where a string quartet played classics along with Coldplay and Leonard Cohen.

Andy, whose love for things Irish runs deep, had written to Van Morrison, hoping against hope that the singer and songwriter might somehow see fit to perform for their special day. That did not happen, but the Bay Players Club played some Morrison tunes at the candlelit reception in the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and performers from Scariff-Hardiman School of Irish Dance delighted guests, who traveled from as far away as England and Grenada.

The warm breezes in St. Petersburg were a welcome contrast to the icy conditions in the Northeast and Midwest that weekend. A longtime Philadelphia Phillies fan, Andy and a contingent of friends and family took in spring training baseball games at Clearwater's Bright House Field along with attending wedding parties.

"Ireland is famous for its hospitality," Andy says, and he found St. Petersburg to be "equally hospitable, a remarkable place. The support in this community just blows my mind."


Tell Me About It: Mom needs reassurance of their gratitude

Mom needs reassurance of their gratitudeQ: Whenever my mother gives me or my family member a gift, she ends up asking about it several times afterward. Does not matter if it was $5 or expensive.We always thank her for gifts, and these comments feel l...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Tell Me About It: Sister-in-law’s gall is of epic proportions

Sister-in-law’s gall is of epic proportionsQ: I’m a two-time, currently-Stage IV breast cancer survivor. When I was told I needed a double mastectomy, I did the research and decided to "go flat."For dressy occasions, I wear prostheses, but they’re no...
Published: 01/16/18

Tell Me About It: Pregnancy makes move harder to bear

Pregnancy makes move harder to bearI’m 27 weeks pregnant and just moved to a new city for a great job, but I think I made a big mistake. I loved my old life and feel so homesick for it. But my husband and I bought a house, so moving is not a feasible...
Published: 01/15/18

Tell Me About It: Mom is floored by daughter’s pregnancy

Mom is floored by daughter’s pregnancyQ: I’m literally shaking as I type this. My 15-year-old daughter is pregnant. I can’t believe it. We had many good discussions about waiting until she was ready, using birth control when she was, but it all did n...
Published: 01/14/18

Tell Me About It: Social daughter pushes mom’s boundaries

Social daughter pushes mom’s boundariesQ: So I am an introvert, and it has taken me years to finally accept this and allow myself to be happy alone, rather than constantly trying to appease my extroverted family with attempts to socialize that ultima...
Published: 01/12/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 15-21

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Jan. 15-21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrations happen all around Tampa Bay today, including the MLK Dream Big Parade in downtown St. Petersburg. It includes 110 units and bands, including Florida A&M and Tuskegee universities, and ends with a Family Fun Da...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/14/18
Here’s how to sing along to the entire Hamilton soundtrack at a Tampa library

Here’s how to sing along to the entire Hamilton soundtrack at a Tampa library

If you’re already singing along to the entire Hamilton soundtrack alone, why not meet like-minded folks and do it together?A Hamilton singalong goes down tonight at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library in Tampa. Fans will gather to sing the entire — y...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18

Tell Me About It: Retiree searches for purpose and answers

Retiree searches for purpose and answersQ: I retired over a year ago from a fairly high-powered job that gave me worldwide recognition in my field. The decision to retire (in my mid-70s) was a very difficult one because I was not sure I could fill my...
Published: 01/11/18
Plan your weekend: MLK Day, Monster Jam, Sunshine Music Festival, comic Nikki Glaser, Christian artists at Winter Jam

Plan your weekend: MLK Day, Monster Jam, Sunshine Music Festival, comic Nikki Glaser, Christian artists at Winter Jam

  Holiday MLK Day: Before the parades on Monday in downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa’s Cuscaden Park, there will be a block party and battle of the bands on Sunday with the Florida A&M Rattlers, Tuskegee University’s Marching Crimso...
Published: 01/10/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Meet the monster trucks: Free truck displays around Tampa Bay

Meet the monster trucks: Free truck displays around Tampa Bay

Before Monster Jam invades Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, some of the show’s biggest stars will be on display across the Tampa Bay area. You can and take pictures with the 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound monster trucks at the following free appearance...
Published: 01/10/18