Our final monthly dinner of the year was held at Tsunami Japanese Steak House in St. Petersburg. Sixteen ladies gathered around two tables to enjoy a fun evening, entertained by our chef as he cooked our dinner. Volcanoes erupted in front of us! Protein choices ranged from steak to chicken to shrimp while others dined on sushi. Lots of laughs were had. After dinner, some ladies shared desserts: Green Tea Ice Cream, Red Bean Ice Cream, Fried Ice Cream and Banana Guns. Continue reading
Celebratory ceremonies were held on Caladesi Island today as a historical marker was dedicated. The program was planned by the Caladesi DAR. Some of our group attended, in response to the invitation extended by Terry Fortner when she spoke to our group a few months ago. The Caladesi DAR and the Florida Park service organized the event. It looks like it was a pretty day for a celebration. Thanks to Kay K. for the photos and video below.
Follow this link for a video of the ceremony from the Tampa Bay Times.
In addition, James Schnur, a librarian who works with the Special Collections and University Archives Department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, added some information from the celebration to the USFSP Digital Archive. You can check out the transcription of the presentation, images from the dedication and the program from here. Continue reading
Our meeting on November 20th is our last meeting for 2013. It starts at 6:30 at Bill Jackson’s in Pinellas Park. We are excited to have Jeff Klinkenberg of the Tampa Bay Times as our speaker. He will share some of the adventures he has experienced while writing about Florida culture and characters. Read some of the stories he has written here and read his biography here. One especially fun story involves tubas and alligators. Check out the story and video here.
The weather forecast Saturday morning left many wondering whether to attend. On Friday night, an hour by hour forecast on The Weather Channel Web site said 40% chance of rain until about 12:30 or 1:00. But as I have said before, you never know and it’s always good to go to the launch site and make a decision there. Saturday morning we woke up to find the hourly forecast changed to 0% or 5% chance of rain for the morning. If you watched the weather report on TV, I think the weather forecasters were predicting 70% chance of rain for the area. However if you looked closely at the radar, all that green stuff was not over Fort De Soto. Continue reading