Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on April 29, 1980 · 32
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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 32

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2 TIMES TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 1980 is Praise and comment on Highland Games EDITOR: Now that we have returned to our homes in Canada, Australia and various sections of the United States and after three enjoyable daya, it seems an appropriate time for congratulations and comments. The committee that organized the Highland Games and different functions is to be commended. Firstly, the reception before the Ceilidh was excellent; the refreshments delicious, nicely served, appetizing and plentiful; and the ladies who worked so hard putting it together deserve much praise. The shortbread wag the best we have ever tasted. Coming from Canada, where we have many Scottish people, this is a real compliment. THE CEILIDH was something else, with the many different talents, professional and amateur, which included the Highland dancers, the gentleman who played the accordion, the lady vocalist who did substitute on short notice, the school's mixed choir and the inspiring commentator, plus others. The whole program wag most enjoyable and will be long remembered by all of us. Now may we comment and recommend. By protocol the national flag is always placed to the left of the audience, The Tattoo on Friday evening consisting of the high school bands, pipes and drums and brass was electrifying and was thoroughly enjoyed. The excellent training these young people have been given showed in their performance. The visiting bands also added the extra something that pleased us all the parade of Tartans fronted by Cpl. John Matheson of the Australian Army and Timothy Dougherty of the Black Watch, Canadian Army escorts letters for Stuart MacKarlane with the St. Andrews cross banner was a true stroke of genius. Now the comment: But why stand around for two hours when this should have been the introduction of the Highland (lames Tattoo and not toward the end of the evening? WE ALSO FEEL that the U.S. States anthem should have been played first; this is the host country. Then comes guest nation Canada, followed by a tribute to Scotland. The reason for having the Highland Games is a perpetuation of Scottish tradition. We do feel that the Tattoo could have been better coordinated so as to have less pause between performances. In that way the program could have been made more interesting by giving a more continuous and interesting show and not too lengthy. The parade on Saturday morning, with the many decorated floats and the Dunedin pretty lassies, was also enjoyed. The ball on Saturday evening at Safety Harbor Spa wag well-attended. We found it to be a beautiful ballroom situated by the water. The dancing area left much to be desired, as the floor area was inadequate for dancing. HOWEVER, it was nice to see the ladies in the long tartan skirts and the men in their kilts and full Highland dress. We also feel that the music supplied by the orchestra could have been more varied in its selections so as to have more popular and danceable items and also take care of those who do not dance the traditional Scottish dances. Nevertheless, from Cunada we salute you. BUTLER DOUGHERTY KATHLEEN BRAGG Montreal, Cunada City parks should allow gas-saving roller skating EDITOR: I am writing this letter to you about roller skating. Today we have a gas shortage, and every little bit helps, right? Wrong! The people here in Florida just don't look at it that way. For example, I was skating in Brooker Park. A park officer asked me to leave. As I wag skating to leave he stopped me again and told me to leave. The city doesn't like u skating on the streets and gome of the parking lots. I have sold my car so I skate to save gas and money. 1 feel if our tax money in sales tax and property tax pays for all the parks, the people should be able to use them in a constructive manner. If God hadn't meant for us to have wheels on our heels, he wouldn't have given us so much pavement. MARK STYNO Rent-A-Skate Clearwater Beach HUD has been good manager of Mandalay Shores EDITOR: As a former eight-year resident of Mandalay Shores Apartments, from October 1971 to December 1979, 1 wish to publicly thank Mr. Everett Rothschild, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) area manager in Jacksonville, who has been responsible for the operation of Mandalay Shores for the past four years for providing my family and me with such a beautiful and economical seaside home. During my first four years at Mandalay Shores the then owners, Zenith Industries of New York City, with whom the present president of Mandalay Shores Cooperative Housing Association was associated, raised my rent yearly and allowed the building and its Olympic-size swimming pool to fall into disrepair. In contrast, since HUD gained ownership of Mandalay Shores about four years ago, HUD has kept the rents the same in spite of Inflation and has made many costly maintenance repairs. Whereaa HUD hag recently restated that Mandalay Shores will remain a rental property, the many wonderful, elderly residenta of Mandalay Shores should be most appreciative of their landlord, HUD, and Mr. Rothschild rather than being led to believe by certain individuals that HUD is their enemy. The current Mandalay Shores residents, I feel sure, know that they live in the best rental bargain in all of Florida, and therefore each passing day they should be giving thanks to HUD fur making it possible. CHRISTOPHER L. GIFFORD Belleair Thanks from Ozona school .to Palm Harbor Chamber group EDITOR; This is an open letter to the Education Committee of the Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Ernestine Knellinger, chairwoman: It is with much respect and appreciation that we extend to each of you a very special "thank you" for adopting our school, Ozona Elementary. We are so very proud of your positive efforts toward providing additional educational items and in assisting us to fulfill our needs "wish list," which you so kindly requested. It is through your efforts that we have additional opportunities to provide a wide range of rewarding educational experiences. We are indeed proud to be a part of this unique community. DR. J. E. TAYLOR Principal Ozona Elementary School PEOPLE & PARTIES mnisTinn Artistic mother 'sees' differently tospon Claudia Saunders is so proud of her family that she often puts them on canvas. But you wouldn't recognize them. Her work fits into that mysterious category called surrealism, where a nose or an arm may be superimposed on the face of a giant clock standing ominously in a barren desert. Ah, but there's always an interesting story behind those paintings, which many call "weird." Sometimes it's a beautiful story, as it is with Mrs. Saunders. The Clearwater woman, who was born in the Keys and has lived in Florida all her life, has been studying painting for about four years. She spends all her spare time on this favorite hobby that began when one of her sons wanted a painting for his apartment. "My life is very normal," she said. "I'm a wife and a mother, and I love to paint!" She also participates in the docent program at the Dunedin Fine Arts and Cultural Center. The beauty of her work is realized through her own delightfully enthusiastic and honest descriptions. One work she has named "Pillars of Strength" includes three pillars, each topped with a human eye. It's abstract all right and definitely looks a little "weird" unless you know the story. Then it takes on a totally different perspective. Mrs. Saunders explains that the pillars and eyes represent her children and the joy and strength they have brought to the family unit. The painting is to be exhibited during May in a show of her work at the Exchange Bank in Largo. Two of her children were born legally blind, hence the emphasis on eyes. "I painted this because my family is very special to me," she said. "The roses in the background express love and beauty. The five disassociated eyes are the members of the family. The pillars of strength support the eyes of the three children and are my comment on the abstraction of the nuclear family." Son Tom Jr., now 27, was the first blind student to finish at Kennedy Middle School and Clearwater High School, Mrs. Saunders said. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in (Spanish language) education. Daughter Terrie graduated from Clearwater High School last summer and is working at Chief Charley's Restaurant. "Most customers don't know she is legally blind," Mrs. Saunders said. Youngest son Dennis, 23, is married and manages a Winn Dixie in St. Petersburg. "They're special kids, and their father (Tom Sr.) and 1 are very proud of them," she said. "We're a close knit family I guess you might say we've been blessed." Her dream is to have a one-woman show in a gallery, she said. Every now and then she carries some of her paintings to a local gallery owner for an opinion on how Bhe is progressing. She says she plans to keep working toward that goal. 'Tom Sawyer' production will open Friday A lively musical version of Tom Sawyer will open at 8 p.m. Friday in the Fine Arts Auditorium at the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg Junior College, 2465 Drew St. This is a free, public production of the City Players. Performances also will be given at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. "All ages will enjoy the musical antics" of this cast of 38 youthful performers, said director Scottie Michael. The youth troupe of the City Players is a training ground for children and young people age 9 to 19. "Our goal is to reach as many children as possible and turn them on to the delights the theater has to offer in terms of both performing and watching," Mrs. Michael said. About five productions and 15 performances are given annually by the troupe, and each show involves about 80 ' persons, on stage and behind the scenes. Rehearsals are at the City Hall Annex, and the junior college auditorium is used for the productions. The next play will be in the fall, and auditions will be announced. Tony DiGregorio, a Dunedin Middle Schxl student, is cast in the leading role of Tom Sawyer. Aunt Polly is played by Lynda Ferrell, a Clearwater High School student. Kennedy Middle School student Damon Jones plays Tom's pal Huck Finn. Carrie McLaren, who goes to Plumb Elementary, ig cast in the role of Becky Thatcher. Assistant director is John Pyros. Music is by Eric Wayman, with accompaniment by pianist Eileen Jacob and drummer Devon Marsh. Season memberships available for Clearwater Little Theater Season memberships to the Little Theater of Cleana-tr"g 1980-81 season are available. The memberships are $24 a person and include reserved seat at each of six plays. The last play of this season, The Second Time Around, will end Sunday. This draws to a close the theater's 50th season. Tickets are $3.75, and reservations can be made by calling 446-0892. The playhouse is at 302 Seminole St, For more information on memberships, call 531-1130. Moonlight cruise to benefit school An evening of dining and dancing and cruising Clearwater Bay is planned to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday aboard the Flamingo, which is docked at Clearwater Marina. The party is an event of the St. Paul'g School Parents' Association, with proceeds to benefit the school gymnasium building fund. The boat will leave the dock at 7:30 p.m. Flamingo owners Tom and Lynn Laskey said that $20 of the $25-a-person charge will go directly to the fund and is tax deductible. To make reservations, call the school office at 536-2756. A Showboat production to benefit blind center The Showboat Dinner Theater's May 13 production of The Pleasure of His Company, starring Joan Caulfield and Hayden Rorke, will benefit Channel Markers for the Blind, an educational center for the visually impaired in downtown Clearwater. Showboat president Maurice Shinner has reserved this show for the benefit, which is sponsored by the Clearwater Lions Club. Tickets are $15 a person and are available at Channel Markers, 1610 N Myrtle Ave., or by calling Tom Hayden at 531-5494. Music fraternity plans annual luncheon Members of the Zeta Tau Alumnae Chapter of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity will have their annua) installation luncheon at noon Saturday at the home of Mrs. George Pearson in St. Petersburg. Officers who will be installed are Laura Thuirer, president; Susan Mariscal, vice president; Wahnetah Moffatt, recording secretary; Bernice Tilton, corresponding secretary, and Margaret Shearer, treasurer. Laura LaValle will entertain with a program of piano selections. For more information, call Mrs. Pearson at 347-6666. Tole, bread dough classes to begin Creative Conspiracy in Largo is offering a two-part workshop on tole painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and May 10. Cost of the course is $15 a person and includes everything but the brushes, which can be purchased at a discount at a nearby art supply shop. A two-part bread dough workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6 and 13 at the shop. All supplies are included in the $15 fee for this course. An advance deposit is required to reserve a place in these workshops. Class size is limited, so sign up soon. Creative Conspiracy is at 13064 Indian Rocks Road S. For more information, call the shop at 596-5565. cleariunter tines larga-siminoiBtEiie NEWS, RETAIL ADVERTISING 7 10 Couft Street, Clearwater 335 16 Phong- 46 1-7575 HOME DELIVERY from Clearwater , Phone 893 8 1 66 From Tarpon Sprigs, phone 849-0044, ext. 8 1 66, w 849-4338 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISIN6 7 1 0 Court Street, Clearwater 335 1 6 From Clearwater, Phone 894-1 1 4 1 From Torpon Springs, phone 849 0044 of 848 3452 From areas in Florida outside Pinellas, Manatee or West Pasco Counties, call Advertising Departments' toll-free number, 1-800-282 8530. Robert Henderson Editor Susan Denley ,. Assistant Editor Gerald I. 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