Re: Armed Forces Museum's possible move to Clearwater
Keep military museum
I was very distressed to hear that Largo might lose the Armed Forces Military Museum. Even as a person with no military experience, I found my tour through this museum to be informative and interesting. I was amazed to find myself totally engrossed in what I was seeing and hearing. The realistic re-enactment of being in the trenches under fire made a lasting impression about what our military men and women experience. Hearing firsthand accounts from war veterans left me marveling at their bravery. I was so impressed with my tour that we included this museum as an event during an upcoming RV rally to be held in Largo. I truly hope that the city of Largo doesn't let this jewel slip away, especially since it was voted 2011 best museum in the area.
Janice DeMeza, Seminole
Thank you and reporter Piper Castillo for covering the 33rd Annual Suncoast Theatre Awards on behalf of all the performing artists and stagecraft artists who volunteer in bay area theaters. The St. Petersburg Times has been there since the beginning of community theater in the 1920s with feature stories, photographs and reviews. It means everything to the everyday people who give of their talents freely when they're mentioned in your newspaper, and it helps guide audiences to their favorite shows. Personally, I was very surprised to receive the Lloyd Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award, and wowed to have it presented by Ray Kenney, himself a former recipient. I accepted it on behalf of the Dorothy Ellison Society, whose mission it is to find and fund a new Francis Wilson Playhouse before the end of the land lease with the city of Clearwater in 2034; any attention I get from this will be directed toward that mission. Thanks again to the St. Petersburg Times for shining a light on community theater on the Suncoast for almost 90 years.
Sam McClelland, Clearwater