Life & Culture

  1. Egg sandwich with lemon sauce. [Kathy Saunders]
  2. Social distancing measure in place in the restroom include blocking off a urinal and sinks to allow space between guests. The Florida Aquarium held a special members only Mother's Day event on Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Tampa as they test out their new social distancing measures. Among one of the first aquariums to re-open in the nation, the Florida aquarium is implementing multiple social distancing and disinfecting measures. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  3. From left, Brad Williams and Steve Spears of the Stuck in the '80s podcast did a live podcast with the original MTV veejays Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter during a live podcast on the 2019 voyage of the '80s Cruise. [The 80s Cruise]
  4. Masks tested by Isadora Pendygraft, 8, who will be going into third grade.
With school starting in mid- to late August, kids will be required to wear face masks all day. Many of us only wear them for 30-40 minutes at a time in a store, so we might not realize the difficulties of wearing a face covering for three to eight hours or more. We asked 5 testers, age 3 to adult, to wear three different face masks for four hours each to grade them on form, fit and function. We also updated the latest face mask recommendations [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  5. Isadora Pendygraft, 8, who will be going into third grade, poses with masks she tested for form, fit and function. Kids will soon have to wear masks all day at school, so we asked a panel of testers of different ages to wear three different masks for at least four hours.  She wears the winner, chosen for breathable fabric, comfort, adjustable ear straps and the fact that it matched her dress. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  6. Madison Lowe, right, with her husband, Rays player Brandon Lowe. [Courtesy of Madison Lowe]
  7. A customer plays pinball at Reboot Arcade & Bar in Dunedin. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  8. State regulators have suspended the alcoholic beverage license for Tampa’s Pegasus Lounge after authorities say the nightclub violated Florida’s coronavirus closure order. [Courtesy of]
  9. Stephanie Gularte will step down as American Stage's CEO and producing artistic director in 2021 due to a health condition.
  10. Open-air scare zones like this will be the norm this year as Busch Gardens attempts physically distant frights at Howl-O-Scream for 2020. Photo courtesy Busch Gardens [Busch Gardens]
  11. The Hall at Midtown will open at Midtown Tampa in early 2021. [                                      |  Courtesy of the Vigor Group]
  12. Ginger lime chicken thighs [Shutterstock]
  13. The Killers headlined the opening night of 97X Next Big Thing on Nov. 22, 2019 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  14. Fans head in as the doors open at the Amalie Arena before the the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Detroit Red Wings during for the opening round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs in Tampa. [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  15. The Progressive Pride intersection mural in St. Pete's Grand Central district, located on Central Avenue and 25th Street. [Courtesy of Jim Nixon]
  16. Lemon and lime crackle top cookies. [LORRAINE FINA STEVENSKI  |  Special to the Times]
  17. Fashion designer Elizabeth Carson Racker. [Courtesy of Elizabeth Carson Racker]
  18. A watermelon margarita is served at Tiki Docks, now open in St. Petersburg's Maximo Marina. [HELEN FREUND  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  19. Jack Smith speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 in Tampa. The family of Don Lewis held a news conference on Monday announcing a reward being offered for the information about the disappearance of Don Lewis. [CHRIS URSO   |  Times]
  20. Patrons of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay enjoy the 200-foot dive on the SheiKra roller coaster on June 11, 2020, in Tampa. The park, owned and operated by SeaWorld Entertainment, has reopened to the public for the first time in almost 3 months after closing on March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  21. Brad, Yesenia and Xavier share adventures in "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum" on PBS. The show will play a part in a PBS effort to talk to kids about race and racism that will air in October. [PBS]
  22. Janna Kennedy Hyten created a mask that depicts a couple in an opera balcony and entered it in the Pinellas Homemade Mask  Contest, put on by the office of Congressman Charlie Crist. [Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Charlie Crist.]
  23. Gatorland alligator handler Donnie Aldarelli shows off Chester, a 14-foot alligator. 
Photo courtesy Gatorland [Gatorland]
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