Ybor City Museum Presents Buildings Alive!

Tampa architectural tour

Hop on the Jolly Trolley or put on your walking shoes for the Buildings Alive! Architecture Hop on Thursday, March 1, 5-9 p.m., presented by the Ybor City Museum Society. Enjoy food and beverages as you tour some of Ybor City’s most beautifully restored historic buildings, each with its own architectural style and unique story. Join the fun by participating in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Free parking is available for the first 120 cars at Stantec, 2205 N. 20th St., Tampa, FL 33605. Starting point for Buildings Alive! is at either Stantec or the Ybor City Museum State Park. Purchase advance admissions for $20 at www.cltampa.com/BuildingsAlive. Admission at the door is $25. Visit www.ybormuseum.org or call 813.247.1434 for more information.

“A total of 84 buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” notes Elizabeth McCoy, YCMS Curator. “Additionally, 956 buildings were deemed of historic significance in 1990, making Ybor City the largest collection of cigar-related buildings in the world,” she continues. Each building has unique stories that are meant to be shared, along with their distinctive architectural styles.

“Buildings Alive! provides a chance to gain access to some of Ybor City’s most iconic buildings, once used as cigar factories, mutual aid societies, social clubs, breweries, medical clinics, cigar workers’ homes, and a neighborhood cafe” comments Chantal Hevia, YCMS President. Tours and clues to the scavenger hunt will reveal “insider information” about each building and how they are being preserved, restored and repurposed.

Buildings Alive! is presented in collaboration with Centro Asturiano, Cuban Club, Italian Club, Ybor Square, Don Vicente Inn, HCC Child Development Center, Stantec, Swope Rodante, Ybor City Museum State Park, and the 19th Street Casitas and Café. Sponsors include the Ybor City Development Corporation, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Bright House Networks, Creative Loafing, Swope Rodante, and RSA Architecture, Inc.

The Ybor City Museum Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving, promoting and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Ybor City and supporting the Ybor City Museum State Park.

Preservation Roundtable – February 2012

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, February 1st at 9:00 am at Tampa Union Station, 2nd floor conference room. Anyone interested in historic preservation issues in Hillsborough County is invited to attend. For more information, call the Tampa Preservation, Inc. office.

Henry B. Plant Museum’s Victorian Christmas Stroll

Plant Museum ChristmasThere is no time of the year that delights us more than Christmas. We trim the tree with ornaments that hold memories, hide gift-wrapped packages under the bed and plan a glorious feast with well-worn recipes. These rituals usher in the season of joy. Experience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 30th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2011, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.

Beneath towering silver minarets, an extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel captures the spirit of the season – Victorian style.  There are 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories. While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in carolers singing, Charles Dickens, much loved toys and wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.

For those seeking tree-trimming inspirations, this year’s Christmas trees will be graced by whimsical tea cups, beloved ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, etiquette driven language of fans, blinding white 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, aromatic cigars, twinkling bells, and antique toys.

Where’s Henry? is a game that ignites the passion for exploration in children and the young at heart. Strategically placed in each exhibit room, amid the myriad of decorations, is an image of Henry Plant, the founder of the Hotel.  Armed with a checklist, the adventure begins to see if they can locate his image in every room. If they are successful, they will receive a prize.

Don’t miss Bells of Christmas on Saturday, December 11th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm in the Grand Salon of Plant Hall (adjacent to the Museum). Enjoy an afternoon of hand bell music performed by Clearwater Christian Bell Choir from Clearwater Christian College, Fanfare Ringers from First United Methodist Church of Lutz and St. Andrew’s Ringers from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tampa. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). Discount Days are December 5, 6,12, and 13 when admissions are reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths. Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.

The Museum Store has a huge selection of merchandise, from gorgeous ornaments to silver serving pieces and exquisite holiday accessories. The Museum Store also offers books, fragrances, jewelry, children’s toys, stationery, and home accessories. Enjoy shopping in a unique Victorian atmosphere: the Museum Store is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily and no admission is required.

Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.

Here is a link to a short video on the Victorian Christmas Stroll… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0_SJb21sxo

High-resolution photos are available to the media.

Underwriters of the Victorian Christmas Stroll are The Beck Group, Jacarlene Foundation, The Mosaic Company, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation Tampa Downtown Partnership, The Tampa Tribune/ News Channel 8, UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation and Walkers Shortbread.

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age.  Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark, an opulent 1891 railroad destination resort, and the artifacts significant to its history and the life and work of Henry Bradley Plant.  Through educational exhibits and events, the museum transports visitors of all ages and backgrounds to the late Victorian period, the beginnings of Florida’s tourist industry, and the early years of the city of Tampa.

Old Hyde Park Home Tour

Sunday, December 4 , 2011
1pm – 4pm

Tour beautiful  historic homes almost 100 years old as you walk along Willow Avenue under the camphor trees between Bayshore Boulevard and Swann Avenue. You’ll find an interesting blend of the old and new as you tour six of Tampa’s original homes built between 1913 and 1924.

View Side Show of previous tours

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Tour starts outside St. John’s Episcopal Church, 902 S. Orleans, Tampa
(Please do not call the church…they are kindly letting us use their property for our registration table.)
Check written to:

Hyde Park Preservation Inc.
c/o 805 S. Willow Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606S

Sorry, no on-line purchases…or credit cards accepted at the event.

Advance sale price will be honored up until Dec. 3rd. No tickets or correspondence will be mailed back. Your name will be put on the list…and wristbands will be picked up at the registration table for ALL sales.

For more information, call (813) 258-6600.email: thefissfamily@gmail.com

Enjoy Lunch before the Tour!
11:30am – 1pmSophie’s French Bakery & Café
1633 W. Snow Ave.
Hyde Park Village
(813) 254-5257Tour Tickets will also be available at Sophie’s – Day of Event only!
(for separate, regular ticket price)Box Lunch Special $10.95

Jambon – Authentic Paris Street Sandwich(baguette, ham, butter)
Two French Macaroons
Bag of Chips
Freshly Brewed Ice Coffee / Tea-or- Hot Coffee or Tea

Former City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is having a book signing earlier that morning at Sophie’s, too!

Hyde Park Preservation, Inc. (HPPI), a 501(c) non-profit, is dedicated to the historic preservation, rehabilitation and development of Old Hyde Park, and is a neighborhood association officially recognized by the City of Tampa for this purpose.

Brooksville Harvest Tour of Homes

Your tour will begin with a sumptuous lunch/dinner at Enchilada’s Mexican Restaurant.  You will tour three beautiful historic Brooksville homes where you will enjoy live music, art, impressive exhibits, as well as a wine tasting to promote Chinsegut Hill.  Included in the ticket purchase is a full one year membership to Hernando Historic Preservation Society.  Tickets are $25.00.

What:   Harvest of Homes Historic Homes Tour

When:  November 11th & 12th

Where:  Enchilada’s Mexican Restaurant 128 N Broad St., Brooksville, FL

Time:     November 11th 6:00p.m.

              November 12th 2:00 and 4:00p.m.

Info:   You may purchase tickets by calling (813)470-0085 to reserve your date and time.


Ybor City History Documentary

Cigar City Magazine presents “Tales from the Underground” on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at The Buzz, 710 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa, Fl 33602.

A cocktail hour will be held from 7 – 8 p.m. Guests can meet Cigar City Mafia author Scott Deitche and Charlie Wall The Documentary producers Pete and Paul Guzzo. Jon Fisher, the documentary’s artist as well as co-creator of Blood Is Thicker – Ybor City’s first fictional graphic novel about its organized crime history – will also be on hand and will be showcasing some of his artwork.

At 8 p.m. Scott Deitche will lead a brief discussion before the multi-award winning 60-minute documentary on Charlie Wall is shown.

Charlie Wall The Documentary: It may have been the South, but in the early 1900s Tampa, FL, specifically its Latin community known as Ybor City, was more reminiscent of the Wild West. Gambling parlors and whore houses were located on seemingly every corner in Ybor City, shootouts between police and gangsters were a regular occurrence, election ballot boxes were stuffed, police and politicians were on the take, and very few residents found any of this to be odd. The man behind all this insanity was, Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first crime lord and perhaps the earliest crime lord to control most of Florida. This documentary tells the tale of one the nation’s most unknown gangsters.

Tickets are $5 and proceeds will be donated to Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay.
To purchase tickets, visit www.cigarcitymagazine.com and hit the “SHOP” button.