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Bright Spots

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  1. A tailgater tends to hamburgers outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa before a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. After taking a year off because of the coronavirus, tailgating has returned this season for fans of the Bucs and the University of South Florida Bulls.
  2. Babe Ruth, whose first spring training in St. Petersburg was in 1925, takes a practice cut on April 20, 1932, before the home opener at Yankee Stadium in New York.
  3. Idelisa “Yaya” Oliviera laughs beneath birthday balloons at her 105th birthday party on Aug. 14, 2021, in Tampa.
  4. For free Museum Day on Saturday, the turn-of-the-20th century Cracker Country in Tampa will be open for free, and you can see actors demonstrate how pioneers carved materials, churned butter and did their chores.
  5. Local school teachers collect cards from students for first responders on 9/11.
  6. Linda Simek and her husband, Greg, are the new owners of the famous real estate listing in Gulfport that showed a giant live oak tree in the middle of the kitchen and sprouting through the roof. She likes to cook, and has to navigate around the tree to get to items in the sprawling kitchen.
  7. Seinfeld, "The Stall," Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jami Gertz and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
  8. Poet-for-hire Giovanni Cerro of St. Petersburg writes poetry for passing guests for free thanks to a sponsorship by Katee Tully of Smith and Associates during the St. Pete Pride celebration on Beach Drive in June in St. Petersburg.
  9. Passengers board the train during the Largo Train Weekend at the Largo Central Railroad in Largo. The first Saturday of every month brings free train rides for families.
  10. Busch Gardens has brought back Bier Fest for its fourth round, with food, beer and cocktails offered at stations across the park.
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