Hop on the Jolley Trolley or put on your walking shoes for the second annual Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop on Thursday, March 7, 5-10 p.m., presented by the Ybor City Museum Society and Bright House. Enjoy food and beverages as you tour some of Ybor City’s beautiful historic buildings, each with its own architectural style and unique story. Join the fun by articipating in a scavenger hunt with prizes. The hop also includes an After Party in the garden of the Ybor City Museum State Park sponsored by Creative Loafing.
Start the hop either at Florida Business Interiors and Carne Chophouse at Centro Ybor or Stantec at 2205 N. 20th Street, both with convenient parking nearby. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Visit http://tinyurl.com/BuildingsAlive for hop details, or call 813.247.1434.
Buildings Alive! is presented in collaboration with participating buildings including Campo Engineering, DeCaroWillson, the Italian Club, Florida Business Interiors, Carne Chophouse, Stantec, Swope Rodante, USAmeriBank, Ybor Square, Ybor City Museum State Park and the 19th Street Casitas. Sponsors include Bright House Networks, Creative Loafing, USAmeriBank,
Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Florida State Parks, Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and Centro Ybor.
“An incredible 956 buildings were deemed of historic significance in 1990, making Ybor City, Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, the largest collection of cigar-related buildings in the world,” notes Elizabeth McCoy, YCMS Curator. “Each building has unique stories that are meant to be shared, along with their distinctive architectural styles” she continues.
“The Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop provides an opportunity to gain access to some of Ybor City’s most iconic buildings, once used as cigar factories, breweries, social clubs and mutual aid societies, an Italian bakery, a bank, and cigar workers’ homes,” 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.
Advance tickets can be purchased at http://tinyurl.com/
The Ybor City Museum Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving, promoting and celebrating the unique cultural heritage of Ybor City and supporting the Ybor City Museum State Park.
Scott M. Deitche, author of 5 books on the mob including, Cigar City Mafia and The Silent Don: The Criminal Underworld of Santo Trafficante Jr., will lead a two hour long jaunt through Tampa’s Mafia history. The tour will take you to old gambling palaces, street corners and alleys where some mobsters met their demise, and restaurants where wise guys like famed boss Santo Trafficante Jr. held court. Sponsored by Cigar City Magazine, this one-of-a-kind walk through Tampa’s most storied neighborhood. They guarantee you’ll never look at Ybor City the same way again.
January 12 | February 16 | March 9 | April 6
The tour starts off from King Corona at 1523 East 7th Avenue in Ybor City.
Tickets must be purchased one day prior to the event.
To book your tour, go to the Cigar City Magazine website.
History comes alive during January 19-21 at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club when they featuring two hickory golf tournaments: one for amateurs, and one for professionals. Pre-1930s authentic era hickory shafted clubs and balls are provided. Period attire is suggested. Golf enthusiasts are encouraged to attend to watch professional golfers compete at the historic golf course the way it was meant to be played with hickory equipment. Mike Stevens, two-time National Hickory Champion will be playing. Past fields have included notable names such as David Frost and Leroux Ferreira. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Temple Terrace Preservation Society.
The historic Temple Terrace golf course, designed by renowned course architect Tom Bendelow, remains true to its original design. Play with authentic era clubs and balls, and enjoy the course as played in the 1920s.
• 4 person scramble open to all golfers
• $125 per individual player, $450 for a foursome entry fee
• 1920s period attire encouraged such as par 4 golf caps, knickers, vests, and neckties/bowties for men and long skirts for women.
Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club
200 Inverness Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
The tournaments are sponsored by the Temple Terrace Preservation Society and the Florida Hickory Golfers. The Hickory Hacker is the primary annual fundraising event for the non-profit Temple Terrace Preservation Society and
proceeds from both tournaments will support ongoing projects and initiatives, as well as support the Florida Hickory Golfers. Current initiatives include heritage tourism projects such as the reconstruction of the Temple Terrace Bat Tower, developing a historical museum and a historic boat tour. These initiatives are designed to promote and celebrate the historic roots and culture of Temple Terrace. Tournament sponsorship packages are available. A portion of the
The Hickory Hacker Golf Tournament is open to all amateurs. There are no qualifying requirements, just a desire to experience hickory golf.
For more information: http://www.usprohickory.com/
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7:00 PM
join us for some hilarious tales and
sound advice about restoring old houses —
includes an awesome slide show!
co-hosted by Tampa Preservation, Inc.
Ron Tanner tells the story of his adventures with girlfriend Jill as they attempt to save and restore a grand old Baltimore Victorian that was wrecked by a notorious fraternity.
Ron and Jill—his girlfriend of six months—discovered the house of their dreams in 2000: a landmark Baltimore brownstone that had belonged to a notorious fraternity. It was condemned property, had sat abandoned for nearly a year, and was such a wreck that no one would buy it. But Jill wanted the house and Ron wanted Jill. So he bought the 4500-square-foot ruin. Neither he nor Jill knew anything about house repair or renovation. The bank gave them six months to get the house up to code. The neighborhood historians told them flatly, “You’ll never bring that house back.” Ron’s realtor said, “This house will eat you alive.” Ron’s mother said, “Why do you always do things the hard way?”
Impulsive and quixotic—and with two marriages behind him—Ron inspired little confidence. His life had been a series of mistakes and wrong turns. He recognized that taking on this wrecked frat house could be the biggest mistake of his life and he wondered if this time, in what seemed his final reach for love, he had reached too far. As soon as he and Jill started working on the house, they were at odds every day and it became clear to them both that the project would very likely ruin them financially and emotionally. Panicked, flirting with bankruptcy, and barreling through disasters, they had to learn how to live, love, and work together—and succeed against seemingly insurmountable odds.
A book for lovers, dreamers, do-it-yourselfers, and fans of old houses, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story recounts Ron and Jill’s adventure, offering inspiration, insight, and hilarity as they hammer away at the American Dream of home ownership and true love. In 2008, This Old House magazine published a feature story about Ron and Jill’s work. The online version of this story drew more than 400,000 readers to the magazine’s website.
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, beveled crystals and prisms, masquerade masks, chess pieces, origami, men’s hats from the “Grand Tour”, and antique toys will grace this year’s Christmas trees.
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.
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 3, 4,10, and 11 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 am to 8 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.
The Christmas Stroll could not be possible without the generous support of: The Beck Group, Macy’s, Jacarlene Foundations, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation and The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com.
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.