When Lillian Dunlap moved to Florida at age 52 in 1999 she could finally breathe. The journalism professor from the University of Missouri and the University of Indiana hadn't been able live openly as a gay woman until then. She had considered coming out before but never did.
"Each time, I thought 'I can't really be out because I've got enough trouble. I'm black and a female, do I really want to add another one so I can actually really get the door slammed in my face?,' " the business consultant and affiliate faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies told a crowd at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum. She was part of a panel discussion titled "Not A Trend: The Truth."...
This year for Father's Day, give Dad a break from standing over a hot grill. Instead of the expected tongs, apron or sauces, try one of these gift ideas.
06/01/17 Human Interest
The Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg and St. Pete's Promise held the 13th annual Fischer-Carr Bash at the Coliseum to raise money for Take Stock in Children scholarships administered by the Pinellas Education Foundation. More than 250 people gathered for the Caribbean Night-themed event featuring live and silent auctions under the auspices of auctioneer Blake Kennedy and smooth music by the Lightning Jack Band....
05/25/17 Home and Garden
When Elizabeth and David Samuelson started planning the house they built six years ago on Snell Isle, the couple envisioned a West Indies look with masonry stucco walls and a metal hip roof. As they moved forward, it evolved into something they describe as coastal contemporary.
With distinctive details and views of the water and downtown St. Petersburg from almost every room, the house is stunning but somehow manages to be low-key and inviting. Perhaps it should be tagged as "comfortable, coastal contemporary."...
05/25/17 Human Interest
Fifty-eight years ago Katrina Kaufhold wore short, white gloves to the spring coffee honoring the new crowd of debutantes. Thirty-two years ago her daughter, Kristin Georgevich, wore hose to the same affair when she was a debutante. Fashions have changed.
Last week at the annual coffee, 18 new debs had bare hands and legs, but they still embraced the same traditions of making new friends and learning more about their community....
05/18/17 Human Interest
There's a place where teens can go after school to practice their art— be it dancing, acting, singing, writing, drawing or video production— and escape the pressures of school, life and beyond while getting instruction and inspiration from teachers. The Arts Conservatory for Teens offers arts education to students, especially those at risk and underprivileged, at the Enoch D. Davis Center as well as in workshops at schools including John Hopkins and Tyrone middle schools....
05/05/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Judge Jack Helinger of the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court said this year's recipient of the Liberty Bell Award protects and ensures that the rights of free speech and freedom of the press are preserved as he bestowed the honor on Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Co. and chairman of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
The St. Petersburg Bar Association and the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation have presented the Liberty Bell Award since 1965 to honor a nonlawyer who contributes to the greater good of the community and promotes a better understanding of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the rule of law....
The St. Petersburg Woman's Club celebrated more than a century of serving the community and a new effort to attract younger members at its annual Spring Bonnet Tea. The club recently started an evening group with meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month for women who work outside of the home or have small children and can't make weekday meetings.
"I love it. We've got all this new energy. We want to keep this going for a long time," said Joanne Walker, the longtime Woman's Club member who first connected with the new members....
Gratitude for a caretaker. Hidden imagery. A tongue twister title.
There are many reasons supporters of the Dali Museum have an affinity for a certain piece in the museum's collection.
Guests shared their favorites with me at Los Vinos de Dali, an annual fundraiser hosted by the museum guild. Jody Morelli and Adele Visaggio co-chaired the outdoor event, which included samplings of wine and food from local restaurants and spirits dealers....
Nature complemented art to create a stunning outcome at the Museum of Fine Arts' annual Art in Bloom exhibition and fundraiser. Guests had a hard time picking a favorite arrangement during Flowers After Hours, the preview reception the night before the event opened to the public.
"This is amazing. This is my first Art in Bloom," said Kristen Shepherd, who was named the museum's new director in November. It was the 20th time around for Mary Perry, who came up with the idea two decades ago....
03/30/17 Human Interest
More than 800 supporters of the Essence of Ebony Pearls attended the debutante scholarship celebration presented by the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
In partnership with the Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas County, the sorority featured 25 lovely and talented young women including their escorts at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. The formal evening emceed by Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch and his wife, Donna, included waltzing, a father-daughter dance, highlights of the girls' achievements and the presentation of scholarships....
Many guests at the Juvenile Welfare Board's Cooperman-Bogue Kids First Awards Luncheon teared up several times throughout the event hearing first hand of the struggles people in our community endure and the lengths that others go to help them. The JWB invested $48 million in 80 programs that help children in Pinellas County last year.
Employees who work in four of those programs were honored for their service....
ST. PETERSBURG — The last supper was beef brisket cooked for 12 hours.
"It was like butter," said Ed Shamas, former owner of Orange Blossom Catering.
The meat was served with scalloped potatoes and wild mushroom ragout for a function at the Tampa Port Authority.
That was the last time Shamas oversaw an event as owner of the company his father and uncle started in 1953. After more than 50 years of catering weddings, funerals, Rotary and Kiwanis meetings, ribbon cuttings, debutante balls and business functions, Shamas has left the business. He recently sold St. Petersburg's catering mainstay to Ryan Clelland, who has worked for Shamus as a chef for several years....
03/02/17 Human Interest
The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society collection of three parties titled Wine & Chocol'ART raised thousands of dollars for the Museum of Fine Arts over two recent weekends.
About 40 diners at the 1000 Points of Wine Gourmet Dinner sat next to a sparkling violet convertible Rolls Royce and Skittle-colored McLarens while enjoying a five-course meal and rare 100 point wines that took months to collect from around the world....
At 100, Olivia de Havilland is the oldest living Oscar winner. She won the best actress honor twice, in fact. She is half of the only set of sisters to both win the Academy Award for best actress. She's also the namesake and catalyst for the "De Havilland Law," one of the most significant, far-reaching rulings in Hollywood that reduced the power of studios over actors.
All of this may be in her book one day, but she told Vanity Fair last year that she's in no rush to write her memoir. She does, however, do the New York Times crossword puzzle daily. And she's being portrayed in the upcoming Ryan Murphy series Feud: Bette and Joan by Catherine Zeta-Jones....