Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

On the town

Dr. John Hamilton receives Florida Orchestra Guild's Golden Baton Award


Attended by family and receiving a standing ovation from supporters of the Florida Orchestra and the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Dr. John Hamilton received the Orchestra Guild's 2010 Golden Baton Award at a dinner that benefited both organizations.

A reception in the museum's Marly Room and a dinner in the conservatory of the Hazel Hough Wing honored Hamilton, a onetime orchestra board member, a subscriber and a financial supporter in numerous ways. The St. Petersburg physician also is a musician, playing clarinet in two bands.

There to cheer him on were daughter Susan Churuti and her husband, Bob; son Court Hamilton, his wife, Kitti, and daughter Marissa; son John Hamilton Jr. with his son John III and daughter-in-law Marina; son Scott Hamilton; and Nancy Cunningham.

Also in the crowd were Florida Orchestra Guild president Claire Mazzella, event chair Judy Davis, orchestra music director Stefan Sanderling, museum board of trustees president Seymour Gordon and museum director Kent Lydecker.


Great Explorations' annual Great Extravaganza fundraiser drew 230 guests to the StarLite Majesty for a sold-out dinner cruise that included auctions, dancing, a cigar bar and fireworks. The event raised more than $100,000 for the St. Petersburg children's museum.

Bill Heller, who is retiring as board of trustees chairman, received a quilt made by the children in the Great Ex preschool program from event chair Preston Hearn and vice president of education Andy Owens. Attendees also included state Reps. Janet Long and Rick Kriseman, colleagues of Heller's in the Florida House of Representatives, and museum executive director Alan Kahle.

Development director Daryl DeBerry says the museum will get a new touch tunnel and art studio in 2011.

• • •

The St. Petersburg Guild of the Florida Orchestra is seeking a south Pinellas home of 5,000 square feet or more to showcase for the 37th annual Designers' Showhouse to be held next spring. Tampa Bay area designers display the most current trends and techniques for the charitable event that benefits the orchestra. To suggest a home, please call (727) 864-1338 or (727) 344-7575.


Many of the residents of St. Petersburg's Signature Place overlook the new Salvador Dalí museum near completion along the waterfront, and that inspired a group called the Dalí Dreamers to organize support for their neighbor.

Dalí director Hank Hine and architect Yann Weymouth dropped by the Cool Casa Tour, which offered tours of eight homes plus a wine tasting and tapas party. The event was a fundraiser and a membership drive; the Dreamers hope to persuade every person at Signature to join the Dalí.

Committee member Laura Bryant estimates that the evening brought in 39 or 40 new members and says 110 people at Signature took part in the fun.

Additional organizers included Rita Bateman, Jay Boda, Judith Bryant, Susan Burr, Carol Cason, Jan Fazio, Juli Herren, Patton Hunter, Debbie Newman and Peter Stanhope.

Bryant says the Signature effort was inspired by residents of nearby Parkshore Plaza, who have raised nearly $100,000 for the new Dalí.

"This whole idea of a tour grew out of the desire to raise awareness of the Dalí within our residents," she says. Because Signature is relatively new, it also was a great community-building activity for neighbors to become better acquainted.

• • •

Members of the Guild at the Dalí Museum, a new support group, immersed themselves in Dalí lore on a trip to Spain in early October.

They had VIP tours of Cadaques and Dalí's waterfront home and spent time with Mayor Joan Borrell; guild president Jody Morelli said one of the highlights was having a picnic on the rocks that are similar to one that is the cornerstone of the new museum. Another visit took them to Figueres for a private showing of the museum there, with Joan Manuel Sevillano Campalans, director of Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation.

They also visited the Gala Dalí Castle in Pubol and spent several days in Barcelona.

The guild organized in May and has more than 80 members so far. In addition to Morelli, the tour group included Lisa Morelli; Erin Holliday; Luisa Perez-Harvey; Dr. Doreen Jackson; Dr. Merry Riedenbach; Mike and Barb Faiella; Irene Athos; Ana and John Hartnett and their son John; Mary Abend; Amy Blake; and Linda Pugliese.

Dr. John Hamilton receives Florida Orchestra Guild's Golden Baton Award 11/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 13, 2010 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Siesta Key: 4 things you need to know about MTV's new Florida reality series


    By now you probably know MTV shot a reality series in the number one beach in America. Siesta Key, airing Monday at 10, follows a group of young adults as they navigate life in their early 20s over a summer in sunny Florida.

    The cast of Siesta Key during press interviews at Gary Kompothecras's mansion in Siesta Key. The MTV series premieres July 31 at 10 p.m.
  2. Times recommends: Rick Baker for St. Petersburg mayor


    St. Petersburg voters are fortunate to have two experienced candidates for mayor. Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker have deep roots in the city and long records of public service. Both have helped transform St. Petersburg into an urban success story. At this moment, Baker is the better choice to keep the …

    The Tampa Bay Times editorial board recommends Rick Baker for St. Petersburg mayor. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

  3. The goal of a new program in Hillsborough schools: Read a book in English, discuss it in Spanish


    TAMPA — Giadah and Gamadiel Torres are 5-year-old twins. "We were born at the same time," is how Giadah explains their birth.

    Twins Giadah and Gamadiel Torres, 5, learn about the dual language program they will enter this year at Bellamy Elementary School. [SARAH KLEIN | Special to the Times]
  4. Why don't defensive players get more Heisman Trophy love?


    In a story we posted online earlier today (and coming to your doorstep in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times), I made my case for why Florida State safety Derwin James should be a preseason …

    Boston College defensive end Harold Landry didn't get any Heisman love last year, despite leading the country in sacks.
  5. Trump vowed to end DACA. Tampa Bay immigrants worry he soon will

    State Roundup

    Andrea Seabra imagined the worst if Donald Trump won: "I thought on the first day he would say, 'DACA is done' and send immigration officers to every house."

    Mariana Sanchez Ramirez, 23, poses for a photograph on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida on Wednesday. Mariana, who was born in Torreon in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, traveled with her family to the United States on a tourist's visa in 2000. She was able to stay in the U.S. and attended college after President Barack Obama's action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in June 2012. Mariana will graduate with a degree in political science from USF next month. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)