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Theresa Kempton will show two of her cats at the weekend cat show. She will judge other competitions.


Theresa Kempton will show two of her cats at the weekend cat show. She will judge other competitions.

Theresa Kempton's St. Petersburg residence is home to a cast of characters who always have a way of putting a smile on her face. Appearing daily are Princess, Ms. Marble, Spot, Amai, Wildthyng, Jackie and Tom Tom — all felines with personalities as colorful as their coats. They are stars in their own right and delight in ruling the roost.

Growing up in Miami, Kempton was never allowed to have any pets, except for an outdoor cat named the King. Being extremely shy, she took comfort in holding and talking to her cat. She wanted to sneak him inside, but her mother would never allow it.

"I remember telling myself that when I grow up I will have as many cats as I like and will let them inside and on the bed," she said. "So that is why I have as many cats as I want and love."

On Saturday and Sunday, Kempton will show off two of her beloved felines at the International Cat Association Cat Show in Largo. Jackie, a black and white male Japanese bobtail with sparkling blue eyes, and Tom Tom, a male tabby, will be primped, preened and moussed in hopes of dazzling the judges.

The show, which is sponsored by the Hurricane Cat Club, will feature six classes of cats, each being judged 12 times over the course of the show. Breeds are judged on specific characteristics such as coat length, coat color, ears, eye color, tail length and bone structure.

"Cats compete against their own breed, color and divisions," Kempton said. "After the judge judges all of the breeds, the goal is to make the finals."

Show officials estimate that 100 cats will be entered in the event. Spectators are welcome to observe the judging, interact with entrants and check out vendors selling cat-themed merchandise.

Kempton, who also breeds cats, attended her first cat show as a spectator in 1985 and was hooked. She has traveled the country showing her cats, taking home many awards. Her fascination with cats prompted her to start the Skyway Cat Club in 1994, and her experiences with multiple breeds led her to become a licensed TICA Allbreed judge at competitions across the nation.

"I love to judge cats and am having a great time doing it. It is my passion," she said.

This once-shy woman credits her love of cats and shows for helping her break out of her shell.

She spends a lot of time with her furry friends and considers them to be the perfect pals. Princess is her favorite and is the queen of the house. She's independent, sits on laps and loves to give kisses. Her oldest, Ms. Marble, 15, loves attention and sometimes serves as the morning wake-up call by walking on Kempton or her husband, Dick. Spot is the household greeter, rushing to the door when visitors arrive. Amai is sweet, quiet and never jumps on anything. Wildthyng is appropriately named and does not enjoy being held or touched. Jackie runs around the house like a racehorse, and 5-month-old Tom Tom loves to play.

"I love the way they play and jump and twist; they are comics at heart," she said. "I cannot imagine not having at least one cat in my life. They are little buddies."

13 Today

Band concert: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Peter Harris, presents a free concert. 4 p.m. Masonic Home, 3201 First St. NE. Call (727) 584-1391.

Music in the Marly: Claire Huangci, 19, winner of the Eighth National Chopin Piano Competition, will perform in this series of informal Sunday afternoon concerts. Huangci has already won the World Piano Competition, the Kosciuszko Chopin International Piano Competition, and the Philadelphia Orchestra Competition. Her program includes works by Chopin, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Ravel. 2 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. $20, $10 students.

15 Tuesday

Muvico Free Family Film Festival: Muvico Theaters are showing kid favorites every Tuesday and Wednesday this summer. The feature this week is Star Wars: Clone Wars. Doors open at 9 a.m., and movies begin at 10 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. BayWalk 20, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free; refreshments extra. Visit

Household budgeting seminar: Learn how to live better on less and to save to buy a home. Part one of two. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. Call (727) 461-0618 or go to

16 Wednesday

50 Cent: The multiplatinum rapper brings his tour to downtown St. Petersburg. 7 p.m. Jannus Live!, 16 Second St. N. $42.50 advance, $47.50 day of show. Call (727) 565-0551 or see

17 Thursday

Artist's Table: Nancee Clark will talk about art and her work at Parkshore Grill, and Ruth Philipon at the Hangar Restaurant at Albert Whitted Airport. Noon to 2 p.m. Parkshore Grill is at 300 Beach Drive NE. The Hangar is at 107 Eighth Ave. SE, both in St. Petersburg. Cost varies. Reservations recommended. Call (727) 822-7872, ext. 2133, or e-mail

18 Friday

UnspOILed: A Benefit for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary: Book release event and benefit reception. The book, UnspOILed, is a collection of essays by 38 writers, scientists and students who share a love of Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast and its sea life.

7 p.m. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5 donation. Call (727) 895-6620.

19 Saturday

Growing daylilies in Florida: Daylily enthusiast, judge and commercial grower Linda Sample shares the secrets to growing daylilies. An assortment of daylilies will be available for sale. 11:30 a.m. Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children ages 2 to 11. Call (727) 551-3102.

Museum's Super Saturday: Entertaining programs for people of all ages and especially children. Discovery Hour: 11 a.m. Kwakiutl Clan, crest pole; 11:30 a.m. Nan Colton's Encore: "Remembering Anne Frank's Birthday"; 12:30 p.m. World of Imagination Storytelling: Folklore and Fables for Families; 1:30 p.m. MFA Hands-On: Model Magic, crest poles. Event starts at 11 a.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Included with museum admission. Call (727) 896-2667.

Third Saturday Art Walk: Gulfport event features local artists, fine crafts, antique dealers, art demonstrations, and glass-blowing demos and 20-minute lessons at the Industrial Arts Center. Live entertainment throughout the waterfront district. Also, if weather permits, sidewalk astronomy with the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club. Free trolley rides. Pet friendly. 6 to 10 p.m. Gulfport, Beach Boulevard. Free admission. Call (727) 322-5217.

Family yoga: A lighthearted outdoor yoga class is great for family fitness time and for teaching the kids basic yoga principles. Bring a towel, mat and a positive attitude. Mats are also available to borrow. Generally kids are 3 and older. Meet under the outdoor pavilion. 9:30 a.m. Holiday Inn Sunspree, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane S, St. Petersburg. Donation requested. Visit


Hurricane Cat Club Show

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo.

To enter: Deadline is Monday. (727) 522-0936.

Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children 6 to 16.

Cat show, much more fill weeklong calendar 06/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 12:53pm]
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