Recently Unearthed Photos

We recently had the chance to look through Tom’s photo collection and a couple of films with Chris Gomez and John Balcolm. They must have recognized most of the people in one of the films and quite a few of the people in the photos. Here is one with John’s brother. Next we’ll post a photo of Chris’ sister. But were dragged to Beaux Arts by their older siblings when they were in high school. More on that later.

1971 July 4th Poetry Contest

July 4th, 1971 Florida Poetry and Folk Singing Contest.
Tom Reese (not shown) is handing Awards to playwright Gilbert Maxwell who presented the First Place Poetry prize to Richard Balcomb who is standing to his left while Richard’s wife Betty looks on, Ken Jones far right was about to receive the first place Folk Singers award.
Gilbert Maxwell was a poet/playwright of note and personal friend of the famous Pulitzer Prize winning Southern author Tennessee Williams. (Unknown photographer.)


Pinella’s Park-In December 2007

This just in from Melissa Thorp…

I am holding the Pinella’s Park-In. I’m going to be on site from dec. 1st-31st from noon to 4pm to encourage the city to establish the art park they proposed so many years ago. I am tired of the bullshit and I am willing to be arrested. I’ve been inviting everyone and getting the word out every way that I can think of. We’re going to be doing park stuff like frisbee, reading, listening to music and hanging out. Please come by, and please spread the word. Any suggestions will be warmly received, esp. if they help keep me out of jail!!

Thanks in advance, devi

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Set the Night On Fire: Tribute,

Set the Night On Fire:
A tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the Doors
Saturday Nov.10th Gates open at 4-music and performance begin at 5pm sharp
Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tickets just $12 in advance—813-238-8001

20 Performers-7 Hours-60 Songs:
There will be over 20 performers presenting their versions of the Doors music and poetry.  Each band will perform approximately 3 songs in their own style—everything from Folk to Blues and Rock to Psychedelic and more.  It’s a 7 hour homage featuring over 60 songs from one of rock’s most beloved dead musicians.

Historic unveiling of door from Jim Morrison’s home.
A door from the home of Jim Morrison’s grandparent’s in Clearwater, where Jim lived for 6 years of his life. The door has been beautifully painted by renowned artist Doug Wright, with an incredible image of Jim Morrison. It will be unveiled at WMNF’s “Set the Night on Fire” A Tribute to the Doors 40th Anniversary. The door has been donated by Triangle Development Company to the Clearwater Public Library History Museum where it will become part of a permanent display honoring Jim Morrison, their most famous library card holder. Come meet the artist and get the first glance at this awesome tribute to a rock ‘n’ roll legend.

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Audible Novels

Here is a link to the first free chapter of The Chopin Manuscript, a mystery written by a number of authors over a period of time, that is available online by subscription. I was planning on having the first chapter of the Beaux Arts book online for download in a similar manner, so I was pretty excited to see my idea in action. Check it out. The Chopin Manuscript.