Tidbits April 2016

Pass-a-Grille Tidbits

Many are wondering what is being built in the 600 block of Pass-A-Grille Way, former site of the Zephaniah Phillips homestead, oldest home in  the area. They are three single family homes. The garage is at the back, there are no stairs at the front up to the second floor. Entrance is at grade level. 

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Pinellas Bayway Tidbits

ABC, Alliance for Bayway Communities, a group of community leaders, have been quietly addressing their local issues. An industry consultant was hired and negotiations with area telecommunications providers were begun. The effort eventually resulted in an agreement with Bright House Networks that significantly reduced charges to 33 Community Associations for basic cable TV services. The ABC has formed a team to engage Bright House Networks in an annual review of services provided. The intent is to track the quality of service and to anticipate the future needs of residents in the area. This continuing effort will provide important information for negotiating future telecommunication agreements. So, over the eighteen months of its existence, the Alliance concept has proven viable and effective. The ABC is now well known to most elected and non-elected officials from the City Council District to the State levels. As the ABC matures and formalizes itself in the future, they hope to continue as a voice for Bayway residents who want to enjoy the ambiance of life along the water of the Sunshine City, but who don’t want to be taken for granted.

The Alliance is led by a small working group, and takes on a few “projects” of multi-community interest, each led by one of the “Principals” of the Alliance leadership team. Currently, the Alliance is pursuing four projects: 1. The Water Treatment Plant upgrade, 2. Landscaping  3. Safety and Security, and 4. Telecommunications services.

The City and DOT have been responsive to the ABC campaign to improve the visual condition of landscaping along the Bayway. The Alliance has been monitoring the condition of the landscaping and directly requesting mowing services when the medians or rights-of-way start to become unsightly. The installation  of St. Petersburg’s $600,000 upgrade to Bayway landscaping commenced in January at the eastern edge of Bayway.

Pinellas County Tidbits

Pinellas County commissioners approved $9.8 million construction project to expand a passenger terminal, upgrade concessions and restrooms, and add security checkpoints to expedite travel time at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Construction will begin in April and is expected to be completed by summer 2017. The airport has seen record number of passengers in recent months. In 2015, the airport served 1.65 million passengers – about 30% more than its previous one-year record of 1.3 million in 2004. Pinellas County drew over 6 million tourists in 2015 and for the first time passed $40 million in tax collections on hotel rooms. Bed tax collections have increased nearly 60% in the past 5 years, according to Visit St. Pete-Clearwater.  

Seasonal residents tend to flock north as Easter looms. This year, by April 1, it has come and gone, making for a short  ‘height of season’, from February 14th to March 27th. Canadians, whose dollar is depressed compared to ours, have been even more thrifty than usual this year, and many shortened their stays to save rent, food and out of country health insurance fees. While they have FREE healthcare at home, they pay big bucks to cover any use of our health care system. Spring break will last another couple weeks, but it is a different crowd, not as attuned to fine dining. In just the past month, however, several  changes occurred in local restaurants. Bruce Nye’s Elvis act at Gators Mondays 6-8 & Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 through April. The Pearl features Jazz nights on April 13 & 27. The new BRG Restaurant has opened at the all new Treasure Island Resort. Feola’s next door at the Thunderbird Resort offers home cooked Italian family dining three meals a day with a large outdoor patio for weather like this, and a full liquor bar.

St. Petersburg Tidbits

Cobb Tyrone Luxury 10 Theatre will open in mid-April at Tyrone Square Mall. The 10-screen, 50,000 SF building was built in the mall’s northwest parking area as a free-standing structure facing Tyrone Blvd. The theater holds 1,200 seats and invites customers to dine while watching movies in oversized, reclining seats.

The city’s bike share program is moving closer to becoming a reality. City Council voted in support of Mayor Kriseman’s $1.5 million bike share proposal at their meeting in late February. The city is in negotiations with CycleHop, which runs Tampa’s program, and City Council should take a final vote in April. The program will start with 300 bikes dispersed among 30 stations primarily in downtown and along Central Avenue. 

24th Annual Future of the Region Awards Presented by The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, April 22, 2016, 11:45 am USF  St. Petersburg University Student Center 140 7th Avenue S., St. Petersburg, Fl 33701 Parking is available at 250 5th Avenue South. Register visit  http://futureoftheregion24.eventbrite.com Contact Wren Krahl for additional information, wren@tbrpc.org.

John Craig Clothier Now Open at Sundial carries brands and fashions not found anywhere else in St. Petersburg such as Canali, Robert Talbott, Peter Millar, Zanella, Eton, Donald J. Pliner, Hickey Freeman, Samuelsohn and many more.  The retailer also offers custom shirts by Skip Gambert, made-to-measure suits and a wide array of accessories including shoes, belts, ties, sunglasses, cologne & watches.

Last week, Kobie Marketing announced the expansion of its corporate headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg with plans to hire 255 employees over the next few years. Kobie, a global leader in fully-integrated customer loyalty marketing and customer retention agency, currently has nearly 200 full time employees. The company is headquartered in over 30,000 SF on two floors of the City Center building at 100 2nd Avenue South. They will be leasing additional office space at the Ceridian building in the Skyway Marina District to accommodate their expansion.

The Skyway Marina District will be seeing many improvements in the coming months, including a newly rebuilt Publix in the Bay Pointe Plaza shopping center at 54th Ave. and 34th St. South set to open in December. This summer, Maximo Marina will begin multimillion-dollar renovations and Bay Pointe Plaza will be transformed with a new facade. Gateway signage is coming this year to three prominent locations identified along 34th St. S. in the Skyway Marina District Plan. Each gateway sign is expected to cost $120,000 to install and will be funded by the city. Along with gateway signage, new landscaping will be installed in all 11 existing medians along 34th St. S. from 54th Ave. S. to 30th Ave. S. through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) highway beautification program. The cost of the work is estimated to be $350,000-$400,000. The new landscaping will feature drought tolerant, sustainable plant selections in keeping with Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles.

The historic Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club will be receiving multimillion dollar renovations to enhance the beautiful retreat on the city’s waterfront. The projects will begin in May and are anticipated to take two & half years to complete. “I think the demographic of St. Petersburg is changing, as well as the demographic of the Vinoy Club. The timing is really perfect. I think that St. Petersburg as a destination is really blossoming,” said Barbara Readey, General Manager of Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club.

Clifford Wright (r) of Sarasota, FL was presented the time-honored Carnegie Medal for Lifesaving by Paradise NEWS columnist, retired mayor, and fellow Carnegie Medal awardee, Julian Fant. Mr. Wright, a retired electrician, was 72 when he went to the rescue of a male driver, 86, and a female passenger, 82, occupants of a car which had just plunged into a 12-foot deep pond. Wright was able to free both of them, as the car filled with water and slowly submerged.  All 3 recovered from the ordeal. The event was in observance of the Carnegie Foundation’s recently introduced “Awardee to Awardee” program. This marks the 3rd such presentation by Fant, who was one of five awardees who took part marathon beach rescue of 10 people who wereswept out to sea by rip tides off Ponte  Vedra Beach, FL, in October, 1958.

Treasure Island Tidbits

The Treasure Islettes meet on the fourth Monday at 7 pm of each month from September to May at the Treasure Island Community Center. The Islettes welcome all women who have an interest in volunteerism for more information contact the Treasure Islettes by email at treasurei2@aol.com or Marian Alton at 727-360-0164. Bingo every Thursday at 6:45 pm and 7:45 pm at the Treasure Island Community Center, One Park Place, Treasure Island.

When Irish Eyes Were Smiling: The Harp & Thistle Pub

home-is-where-the-harp-isIn March, everyone is O’Happy to be Irish. St. Patrick’s Day may be one of St. Pete’s most beloved holidays, with tents popping up at O’Keefe’s and Mickey Quinn’s. Shamrock-sporting, green Harp drinking party animals celebrate like they just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But sadly, St. Pete Beach’s legendary Harp and Thistle Pub no longer graces Gulf Blvd. Happily, owner Patricia Ann Harris Packer’s new book, “Home is Where the Harp Is,” will illuminate our memories like a leprechaun dancing in your dreams.

The vivacious Miss Pat is still the life of the party. For 18 years, the Pub was the Irish heart of the beach. When her hubby Bob passed, the best little Irish Pub in Tampa Bay closed in 2002. You can find her dancing the light fantastic with her beau, Frank, at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. 

Her sense of humor, priceless. Everyone has a Miss Pat anecdote or bon mot. “When Irish eyes are smiling,” says the caption under her book’s photos, you wonder what they are up to now. From humble beginnings, as a child of the Great Depression and World War II, Pat Packer lived through the good times and the bad, as have many others. She was married at a young age, raised five children, and managed to live through the unexpected loss of one of those children to a tragedy. Packer, as a successful  business owner, built two authentic Irish pubs from scratch: McCarthy’s Party Detroit, Michigan, and The Harp & Thistle in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Through tears and laughter, ups and downs, and her unwavering faith in God, Miss Pat tells her story of fortitude, joy and family that is not just blood, but shared happy experiences and friendships made at The Pub. Celtic music and Irish performers played The Pub and international visitors donated currency for the decorative shadowboxes. (Remember Clan na Gael, Penny Whistle, Seven Nations and Mike Daly performing Danny Boy with Paul Duffy?)

Miss Pat ‘s patriotism is legendary. She attended the August 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. On Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, the Harp & Thistle thanked the military for their hard work, serving a free drink with snacks and encouraging them to bring pictures and memorabilia. Grandkids were welcome, and coloring books, balloons, checkers, chess and darts kept them occupied under their parent’s watchful eyes. The Harp and Thistle’s warm apple cider and cinnamon stick was always a big hit with the little ones.

Her secret motto? “Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my luck as it comes and fit myself to it,” says Miss Pat.

For a copy of “Home Is Where the Harp Is” go to Amazon:: http://www.amazon.com/Home-Is-Where-Harp/dp/1504934075) . For another great St. Patrick’s Day read, check out retired engineer and Treasure island resident Tom Gallen’s “Donegal Generations” about life in Ireland.

By Nanette Wiser – Writer for Paradise News

Welcome Diny Jewelers to Treasure Island

Beverly J. Diny is a highly-trained and trusted, experienced fine jeweler who focuses on her client’s particular wants, needs and desires. An innovator with strong interpersonal skills, Beverly has more than 33 years of experience in the fine jewelry business. She and her husband Pete own two Diny’s Jewelers, one in Middleton, Wisconsin and a new one on 107th Ave., just north of Treasure Island’s clock tower.

When I first met Beverly in 1983 when she and Pete opened their first store in Darlington, Wisconsin, a small agricultural city of 2,500 people. When they moved to Stoughton, Wisconsin two years later, I followed them. In need of several appraisals from a jeweler I trusted, we became friends. Our friendship continued as they moved their store to Madison and then finally to Middleton where they have been for 14 years. We have become good family friends! That happens to Beverly a lot.

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About 10 years ago I invited Beverly to a girl’s week in St. Petersburg. I kept saying to everyone, “we have got to get to the beach”. Beverly fell in love with the beach and the community that I had been telling her about for years. We parked in the public parking area near the Bilmar and set up in front of Sloppy Joe’s for an afternoon of sun and fun.

She has been returning to the Bilmar 2-4 times a year for vacation ever since 2010. When her store space came up for sale, she had to have it. She obtains, or creates your very own personalized custom jewelry. A diamond expert who travels to Antwerp, Belgium to buy diamonds directly for stock, she takes personal orders. Beverly is dedicated to continuous satisfaction with every individual experience. She constantly invests in continuous training. She uses this knowledge to provide such high quality, delicate care to each customer that they often become long-lasting friends. Call 727.827.7902 or visit Dinys.com, DinysJewelers.com and soon DINYSofFlorida.com.

Diny Jewelers is located at 130 107th Avenue, Treasure Island, In Clock Tower Plaza. 

Story by Janet West 

Wear It Florida! – Life Jackets Save Lives

As boating season in Florida gets underway, boaters can choose to have fun and be safe on Florida’s waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and you can help. As a boater, the FWC encourages you to download and link to the video “Life Jackets” for use on your social media channels and websites.

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As the boating capital of the world, Florida leads the nation with nearly one million registered vessels across the state and is known as the prime boating spot for residents and visitors. The FWC wants everyone to enjoy boating opportunities safely and conducts boating safety education campaigns to support this goal by encouraging life jacket wear, 360-degree operator awareness and sober boating. FWC officers assist and educate vessel operators year-round.

Information courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Water Conservation Tips from the City of Clearwater

every-drop-countsApril is Water Conservation Month. The city of Clearwater’s Public Utilities department encourages residents to conserve water year round.

American residents use about 100-125 gallons of water per day. The average faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. Nearly one-half of the water used by Americans is used for thermoelectric power generation.

By implementing a few simple strategies, you can help save one of our greatest resources. Here are some things you can do:

– Fix drippy faucets. A one-drip-per-second leak can waste as much as seven gallons of water in one day, or 3,000 gallons per year, so take time this month to fix your leaky faucets.
– Take showers instead of baths, since a typical five-minute shower uses about 28 gallons less water than a bath.
– Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth and you could save up to four gallons each morning and night.
– Check your outdoor sprinkler system and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered — not the house, sidewalk or street.
– Be sure to comply with watering restrictions by watering your lawn during the authorized days and times. (Watering restrictions change regularly. Information is available at myclearwater.com/watering.)
– Use a hose with a shutoff nozzle when hand-washing your car, so you aren’t wasting water while washing your vehicle.
– Install low-flow water devices. Clearwater Public Utilities gives away water-saving devices such as low-flow showerheads, sink aerators and toilet tummies. Call (727) 562-4600 to obtain one.
– Wash clothes in cold water as often as you can, and use the smallest load function possible on your washing machine.

Join us in the effort to save water. For more information, call (727) 562-4960 or visit myclearwater.com. Select “Public Utilities” from the “City Departments” drop-down box, and click on “Water Conservation.”

This is the Year John’s Pass Seafood Festival goes to #1!

johnspasslogoTry to imagine 150,000 people gathered in one place besides a sporting event. But that’s exactly what happens every year in Madeira Beach. The John’s Pass Seafood Festival is the largest Seafood Festival in Florida and the third largest in the U.S.

In 2016, world-famous John’s Pass Village will play host to an anticipated 200,000 seafood and music lovers from all over the country. Organizers are committed to making John’s Pass Seafood Festival the largest in the country.

According to Festival Chairperson, Sonny Flynn, community involvement is the key.

“You can help us get to #1 by attending the festival, enjoying our amazing seafood selection and having the best weekend ever! We believe that this festival is one of the best ways to showcase our community and all the great things we have to offer on the beach, in Madeira Beach and on the Sun Coast of Florida.”Flynn said.

“By using our festival hashtag #jpsfgoesto1 on social media, festival-goers are eligible to win a variety of exciting prizes.”

For 35 years, the John’s Pass Seafood festival has featured non-stop musical performances from some of the best bands, hundreds of craft vendors, hundreds of local businesses, amazing seafood and has always been FREE to the public.

This year the festival has expanded to four days and includes a Halloween Block Party, featuring an Adult Costume Contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes on Friday, October 28th. The Battle of The Gulf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, October 29th will challenge anglers of all skill levels. On Sunday, October 30th at12:05 p.m. we will attempt to break the official World Record Bloody Mary Toast with hundreds of  participants raising their glasses.

The seafood is always the star of the festival but there are plenty of other festival goodies to munch on. Starting with beer, lots of beer. John’s Pass Village is home to some of the best craft brews in America. Ice cream and more ice cream. Along with kettle corn, pizza, cotton candy, Italian Ice and American cuisine.

The Festival is hosted by The John’s Pass Village Association and is always held on the last full weekend of October. This year the festival runs from October 27th through October 30th. The Festival opens at noon Thursday  and closes at 8pm on Sunday.

Festival parking at John’s Pass Village is $20, and $5 parking is available at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Gators Cafe & Saloon, 12754 Kingfish Dr, and Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave. with free shuttle service to and from John’s Pass Village.

For detailed information go to www.johnspassseafoodfestival.com

Spring King Of The Beach Fishing Tournament April 28th, 29th, & 30th

king-of-the-beach-banner$50,000 Top Prize – $200,000 Total Payout

All Anglers

On Saturday November 7, 2015 Old Salt Fishing Foundation paid out $50,000 for the first place Kingfish in the Fall King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament with the winning team walking away with over $75,000 in prize money. In total, Old Salt paid 50 teams $202,000 at this, the richest Kingfish tournament in the world. Old Salt is doing it again!

The 2016 Old Salt Spring King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament running April 28 – 30, 2016 in Madeira Beach, Florida will host fishing teams from Texas, around the Gulf and up the Atlantic coast, to Virginia. Anglers will be competing for the King of the Beach crown and the guaranteed $50,000 first place payout. The tournament is wrapped up in a fun filled, three day waterfront festival offering traveling anglers, local families and residents three days of activities, music, food and events.

“The King of the Beach Tournament has offered a competitive angling experience and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and programs the past 24 years. The increased prize packages will draw even more competitive anglers from across the southeast U.S. More anglers means more money for our charities and programs. It’s a win all the way around.” Tom Verdensky, President – Old Salt Fishing Foundation. Proceeds from the 3-day tournament and waterfront festival help Old Salt Fishing Foundation fund family & youth fishing programs, provide financial support for select charities and deliver effective advocacy for licensed Florida anglers.

Find out more at http://oldsaltfishing.org /fishing-tournaments/spring-king-of-the-beach.

St. Petersburg’s Sunken Gardens Welcomes 20 NEW Flamingos!

flamingo-festivalGeorge and Lucy have been empty nesters in recent years at Sunken Gardens, a historic botanical attraction in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. The two flamingos were once part of 17 flamingos who made their home at the Gardens, one of Florida’s original roadside attractions. The two now anxiously await some new feathered friends.

“It has been quite the journey to get our new flamingos, and we couldn’t have done it without the commitment and enthusiasm of the community,” said Gardens Supervisor Bill O’Grady. He traveled to meet the birds prior to their journey to St. Petersburg and will monitor them closely the first few weeks in their new home.

Raising funds was only the first step in getting the precious pink birds to their new home in one of Florida’s most beautiful botanical gardens. In late 2015, the city funded a new night time enclosure to house the anticipated birds, and then in 2016, it finally received a commitment to purchase the birds from their breeder. The city underwent a rigorous adoption process, which included several required letters of recommendation and documentation of adequate living conditions. The Gardens will welcome them home with the community at a celebratory Flamingo Festival on Sunday, May 1, from noon to 4 p.m.

Pinellas County Seeks Input on BP Settlement Funds

pinellascountyPinellas County is seeking public input on the use of $7.1 million in settlement funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. 

Residents and partner agencies can provide their feedback through the close of business on Friday, April 29. Those interested should fill out the online form available on the county’s website at www.pinellascounty.org/forms/bp-settlement.html.

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill impacted the economy of the entire Gulf Coast. As a result of those damages, local governments, including Pinellas County, filed suit against the oil rig operator, British Petroleum. 

In July 2015, the county accepted a settlement from BP of $7.1 million after attorney’s fees and other expenses. The settlement represents a one-time revenue source; after these funds are expended, there will not be any additional money. 

The Board of County Commissioners values citizen input on this unique funding source. 

The Pinellas County “Doing Things for You” app is available for residents to report issues and access useful resources. Pinellas County can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. More information is available on the county website www.pinellascounty.orgwhich features LiveChat for assistance. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

MFA Exhibit: Harold Edgerton: What the Eye Can’t See

mfa-exhibit-haroldThis exhibition spotlights some of the Museum’s most compelling photographs by Harold “Doc” Edgerton (American, 1903–1990). Robin O’Dell, Manager of Photographic Collections, developed this choice selection of 25 photographs from an impressive collection of 95.

Many are now recognized as his most important. They range from rarely seen gelatin silver prints from as early as 1932 to his colorful dye transfer photographs. The high-speed stroboscopic short film about Edgerton, Quicker’n a Wink, which won an Oscar in 1940, will also play in the gallery.

Harold Edgerton: What the Eye Can’t See opens Saturday, May 7, and continues through Sunday, July 31 in the second-floor Works on Paper Gallery. Ms. O’Dell will present a Gallery Talk on Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m., during opening weekend, and a reception will follow in the Membership Garden. The Tampa Bay Times is the Media Sponsor.

Known affectionately as “Papa Flash,” Edgerton used photography to extend the capabilities of the human eye and in the process created some of the most memorable photographs ever made. In 1931, he designed a high-speed stroboscope and began experimenting with strobe-flash technology. That device allowed him to overcome the restrictions of a normal camera’s fastest shutter-speed and to capture phenomena previously invisible to the naked eye.

The shape of a falling drop of liquid, a balloon bursting, or a bullet shot from a gun appear to stand still. These photographs not only document the science of the exact instant, but also help us see and understand the world around us as never before.

Edgerton was a beloved professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for most of his life. He earned his master’s and doctorate at that renowned school and even passed away at 86 in the MIT Faculty Club. He could not have selected a more appropriate place than the university where he conducted his research, made his discoveries, and influenced generations of students. His legacy lives on at the Edgerton Center, “the place where mind and hand come together” and where students can “explore madcap ideas.”

He was always first and foremost a scientist. He invented the electronic flash still in use today. His Rapatronic camera recorded nuclear tests for the Atomic Energy Commission in the 1950s and 1960s, and he was instrumental in advancing sonar and deep-sea photography. That led to a rewarding collaboration and friendship with famous marine explorer Jacques Cousteau, who nicknamed him “Doc.”

Though he denied artistic talent and goals, his images began to attract the attention of curators and collectors, as well as the general public. His color prints are not only technically innovative, but also flat-out beautiful. Many appeared in LIFE magazine. Toward the end of his life, National Geographic paid tribute to his accomplishments in a profile titled “Doc Edgerton: the man who made time stand still.”

British curator Colin Harding has written that “Edgerton’s photographs, with their unusual subject matter, sharp detail, strong use of color, and formal composition, appeal to a very broad audience. They confirm the extraordinary power of photography and create a sense of wonder from ordinary, everyday events such as a falling drop of milk.” (His well-known Milk Drop Coronet, 1957, is part of the MFA exhibition. So, too, are rare gelatin silver prints of Birth of the Milk Drop from as early as 1933.)

Edgerton won many awards throughout his life. He received a bronze medal from the Royal Photographic Society in 1934 and the National Medal of Science in 1973. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1956.

His photography is now part of the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others. The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is fortunate to have so many Edgerton photographs due to the generosity of Lee Arnold and Dr. Robert L. and Chitranee Drapkin.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Please visit www.mfastpete.org for updates on public programs.

Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m.: Gallery Talk by Robin O’Dell, Manager of Photographic Collections and curator of the exhibition. Free with MFA admission. Reception, open to everyone, follows inthe Membership Garden. Ms. O’Dell returned to the MFA in 2014 after earning her MA in photographic preservation and collections management in the joint program offered by Ryerson University in Toronto and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester. During her previous seven-year tenure at the MFA, Ms. O’Dell was a go-to person in the curatorial department. She was involved with more than 50 exhibitions and curated four, including Changing Identities: The Len Prince Photographs of Jessie Mann and On the Road: Photographs Across America. She now adds the Harold Edgerton show to her list of credits. 

Sunday, May 22, 3-5 p.m.: Gus Kayafas, More for the Eye to See, presented by the Friends of Photography, $10 for Friends of Photography members, $20 for nonmembers. A masterful storyteller, Mr. Kayafas studied with such legendary photographers as Edgerton, Minor White, Aaron Siskind, and Harry Callahan. He was the founding chair of the photography program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) in Boston, one of the country’s oldest and most respected art schools. He later established Palm Press, also in Boston, which is celebrating its 40 th anniversary. As one of Edgerton’s assistants at MIT, he has special insight into the photographer’s technique and approach.

Saturday, June 4 and 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: MFA: Make and Take Saturday, for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate. Free with Museum admission. No registration is necessary. Check out the stop-motion- like photographs of Harold Edgerton and try freezing and starting movement in your own flipbook.

Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m.: Coffee Talk with Nan Colton, sponsored by Westminster Communities of St. Petersburg, Free with MFA admission. Popular actor/writer Nan Colton portrays another pioneer, Julia Margaret Cameron, who advanced photography as an art form in nineteenth-century Britain. Mainly known for her portraits, Cameron was one of the first women photographers to earn recognition. Enjoy refreshments at 10 a.m., Ms. Colton’s performance at 10:30, and a general docent tour at 11:15 am.

Saturday, July 30, 2-4 p.m.: Flash/Splash Workshop, presented by the Friends of Photography and the Morean Arts Center. Fee to be determined. Check www.mfastpete.org for updates. All people interested in photography can bring their cameras for this hands-on session. Three stations will allow participants to experiment with high-speed images. Beth Reynolds, Director of Photography at the Morean, will be the instructor. Not a photographer? No problem! For a reduced price, you can come and observe.