Sunday, August 19, 2018


Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith has been at the Times either fulltime or parttime since 1995. She started as a business reporter then spent a decade writing the Rookie Mom column with stories from her own family and advice from other average moms and the experts. She now covers business in south Pinellas County. Katherine has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and is married to Times political editor Adam Smith. They have three children, two dogs and still feel like rookie parents much of the time.

Photos by KATHERINE SNOW SMITH   |   Times
Marisa and Kevin Kiermaier walk the runway with 6-year-old Kelsie Vance.

Rays on the Runway raise spirits and money

When Kelsie Vance was in the hospital for two weeks in April, being able to think about an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios helped occupy her mind and boost her spirits. The Childrenís Dream Fund raised the money to pay for...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/09/18
Shoppers at St. Petersburg's annual Sunrise Sale don pajamas to take advantage of deals offered by many retailers. This year's sale begins at 6:43 a.m. Thursday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times (2008)]

PJs encouraged at Thursdayís Sunrise Sale in St. Pete. Prices go down when the sun comes up.

The annual Sunrise Sale in St. Petersburg is almost as much of a bargain hunterís holy grail as Black Friday. For 45 years, shoppers wearing pajamas have headed out at dawn to be in position at their favorite stores the moment the sun rises. Thatís...
Updated one month ago
Rays Glenda Young, Jenn Tran, Lenda and Vince Naimoli

Rays fans go back in time to help kids of today

Everyone got to go back in time to big hair, shoulder pads, skinny ties and Def Leppard at the Rays Foundationís í80s Casino Night & Auction at the Coliseum. As if blackjack, craps and poker (with chips but no real money) werenít enough to provide a...
Updated: 2 months ago
Left to right: Arthurene Williams, Brandi Williams and Catherine Baker were among the several hundred guests at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner. [KATHERINE SNOW SMITH  |  Times]

NAACP supporters celebrate and commemorate in St. Pete

The St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP combined its annual Freedom Fund fundraiser with Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery.An estimated 500 people gathered under an air-conditioned tent in...
Updated: 2 months ago
Dressed up as a big time producer and flanked by actresses, Hal Freedman, chairman of the Gala Under the Stars fundraiser for American Stage, displays a collection of lottery tickets, one of the live auction items. Times / Katherine Snow Smith

Actors, activists, volunteers and doctors take center stage

4.20.18Patrons at American Stageís opening night fundraiser and premiere of The Producers might as well have been watching the musical on Broadway. The acting, costumes, sets, choreography and direction were the same caliber as the...
Updated: 4 months ago
Jorden Pompey | SPECIAL
Location: Downtown St. Petersburg on Bayshore Drive NE from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Rain Date: Friday, April 13, 2018)
Time: 5:30 pm Check in â\u0080\u0093 6:15 pm Grand Toast â\u0080\u0093 6:30 pm Dinner is Served
Attendants raise up their glasses for a cheers right before the event begins.  The long table event was held on Bayshore Drive NE on April 12.

St. Petersburg celebrates with long tables and literacy

At 500 feet, this yearís Longest Table really was the longest table yet for the annual WUSF fundraiser. Thatís 200 feet longer than last year. More than 1,100 supporters of the radio station ate dinner at the table stretching between the Museum of...
Updated: 4 months ago
The St. Petersburg Coliseum was decked out in purple as a nod to the new Clothes to Kids Purple Coat logo. Courtesy of Clothes to Kids

Clothing kids in need started with a purple coat

4.5.18ST. PETERSBURGóSince it all started with a purple coat, thatís the new logo Clothes To Kids unveiled at its annual fundraising luncheon last week at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.More than 15 years ago, Marie McClung heard from her...
Updated: 4 months ago
A floral arrangement by artist Ruth Philipon inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's (cq) painting, Poppy on display at the Art in Bloom VIP preview inside of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.The event features florists as they recreate or mimic the art installations at the MFA.   [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Spring fundraiser turns into discussion of what to bring your host

3.22.18Spring arrived at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg with its annual Art in Bloom exhibit and fundraisers. The show premiered at Flowers After Hours, where guests mingled in the museum after it closed to the public...
Updated: 5 months ago
DIRK SHADD   |   Times  
Shannon McLaurin smiles along with her children Dulani (left), 2, and Sedara, 5, while watching the Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet show before taking a library tour at the St. Petersburg Main library, 3745 9th Ave. N., in St. Petersburg Tuesday morning (03/19/18). The kids, who are homeschooled, were two of the many students present for one of the two morning shows. Schools present were Tot Time VPK from Gulfport Rec Center, Lakewood Elementary VPK, 74th Street Elementary as well as several parents and kids that were not with a school. In 1942, the Junior League of St. Petersburg Puppet Troupe was formed to present puppet shows at local schools during the war years. After the war, the shows moved to the St. Petersburg Main Library. Now it busses school students to libraries and rec centers throughout the year to see puppet shows about books and gives a new copy of the book to each student. In the past 20 years, the Junior League has given out 33,000 books.

Puppets introduce kids to library

For 75 years, children have been sitting on the floor criss-cross-apple-sauce mesmerized by puppets on arms of members of the Junior League of St. Petersburg who were crouching behind tables or reaching above stage props. Preschoolers and toddlers at...
Updated: 5 months ago
The World Liquors globe came down today, about 40 years after it quit spinning. But the iconic sphere will soon rise again and resume revolving at Ferg's Sports Bar at 13th Street and Central Avenue. [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI JONES | Times]

Itís the end of the World Liquors sign as we know it (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG ó The World Liquors globe came down today, about 40 years after it quit spinning. But the iconic sphere will soon rise again and resume revolving at Fergís Sports Bar at 13th Street and Central Avenue."Iím glad we got it...
Updated: 6 months ago