Tonight’s “Winter’s Miracle on Cleveland Street” featured an ice rink, holiday crafts, train rides, inflatable attractions and a snow slide. Entertainment included the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts tap dancers and live music from Tampa Bay’s favorite party band, Late Night Brass. Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, a founding of Sha-Na-Na, was the master of ceremonies during the program that included the lighting of the renovated Capitol Theatre’s sign by Zev Buffman and me.
The 35th annual Tampa Bay TIMES Turkey Trot had over 17000 participants including the 5K Wingding for which I was the official starter. Then Carolyn and I joined our family from Colorado in the 5k Fun Run. We walked with the younger kids, while Andy, Carrie, and their oldest daughter ran.
Rabbi Shmuel Reich of the Jewish Enrichment Center brought a “Travelling Menorah” to the Clearwater City Hall for a ceremonial lighting to mark the first day of the Hanukkah holiday. The holiday coincides with Thanksgiving Day this year, a rare occurrence which will not happen again for thousands of years.
The O’Neal Larkin family hosts a special “pre-Thanksgiving” dinner for the North Greenwood area. Joining in sponsoring the event are the Community Golfers and SBT. Many others help in securing, preparing, and serving the food to hundreds. Mr. and Mrs. Larkin are true heroes, and the entire Clearwater community salutes them for their contributions. Happy Thanksgiving, O’Neil and Nedra Larkin!
For the 20th consecutive year, the Suncoast Jazz Classic is being held this weekend at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. The classic features classic jazz and Dixie jazz music. The Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society is a not-for-profit corporation that also promotes “swing” music. The Festival’s Director and society chairman is Joan Dragon.
Remember to visit the UPARC Festival of Trees this weekend to get into the pre-Thanksgiving spirit. The event is being held through Sunday at the Long Center on North Belcher Road in Clearwater. Proceeds benefit UPARC and its many programs and services throughout northern Pinellas County.
The YMCA Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was held on Thursday morning at the Sheraton Sand Key. Bringing together citizens and religious leaders from throughout the community, the prayer breakfast not only benefits the YMCA Suncoast, but also enriches the lives of the attendees who pause for a few hours to offer thanks and support for each other. This year’s keynote speaker was Mrs. Jackie Mears, whose husband General Gary Mears introduced her and whose personal testimony uplifted her audience as she explained the many trials and tribulations faith helped her overcome.