Maddy Franklin - Life & Culture Reporter

Life & Culture Reporter

I love reporting on stories that challenge my and others’ perspectives of our surroundings and reveal something unique about the human experience. I’m joining the Times’ Life and Culture team this summer and look forward to exploring Tampa Bay’s nooks and crannies and seeing what moves people in the area. Let’s talk about your favorite places, niche hobbies, beloved pets and everything in between!

  1. Jill Horstmann, founder of wildlife rescue and nonprofit Squirrelly AF, feeds a young squirrel at her home in St. Petersburg.
  2. Jolie, a 5-year-old Australian Labradoodle, charms the room while receiving pets and smiles from registered nurse Tessa Hermesman,center, and registered nurse Branden Roberts while visiting a nursing station before meeting with patients at the Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia campus in Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Jolie was one of three of Moffitt's Therapy Dogs making the rounds and collecting smiles. Jolie’s owner is Marlene Csunyo, a retired NICU nurse who has been volunteering with Jolie for three years with Moffitt's Therapy Dogs.
  3. Bridget Eugenides (left) and Kate Gillespie (right) dance together on Friday, July 21, 2023 at The Lady's Room line dancing night in Largo. The bar has leaned into events and theme nights to bring people in the door.
  4. Hot yoga instructor Alexis Holland, left, poses in Warrior I alongside yogis at The Body Electric Yoga Company in St. Petersburg in 2019.
  5. The Cheesy Todd is served at Datz. (Courtesy of Datz Restaurant Group)
  6. John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls performs during the first Big Night Out tour stop at The Sound at Coachman Park in Clearwater on Monday.
  7. American Sign Language interpreters Ben Jackson, left, Katie Bonneville and Ahmed Carames, interpret for the deaf and hard-of-hearing members of the audience in attendance while standing on the side of the stage during the production of the Broadway musical "Annie" at the Straz Center.
  8. A pedestrian died in a fatal hit-and-run early Saturday.
  9. A man died and a woman was shot in the leg in Clearwater on Friday night.
  10. A passenger train crashed into a semi-trailer in Lakeland.
  11. Ashley Witt shows off her 2014 Nissan Rogue at Auto Barbie Orlando, Florida’s first all-pink car show, on Sunday, July 9, 2023.
  12. Cru Cellars is transforming its Westshore Marina District location into Vela, an Italian and Mediterranean restaurant and tavern.
  13. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick perform on Wednesday at The Sound, the new music venue at Coachman Park in Clearwater.
  14. Zoie's in St. Petersburg has closed, as of June 26.
  15. Parade participants oppose Gov. Ron DeSantis with their signs during the St. Pete Pride Parade along Bayshore Drive on Saturday, June 24, 2023, in St. Petersburg.
  16. Idina Menzel performs her song “Defying Gravity” from the Broadway musical Wicked at the St. Pete Pride Concert at Jannus Live on Friday. She dedicated the song to trans and LGBTQ+ youth in Florida.
  17. Terri Lipsey Scott, executive director of the Woodson museum, along with city officials, including Mayor Ken Welch, at right, during the museum’s Juneteenth celebration.
  18. The Letters of Love Pop-Up Station on display at Metro Inclusive Health on Monday in St. Petersburg. In honor of Pride month, the city of St. Petersburg is encouraging residents and visitors to express love and support for the LGBTQ+ community by sharing kind messages at local businesses and organizations.
  19. You can buy a day pass to swim in the Don CeSar pool.