Charlie DeChant

Just got a call from Phil Larson that Charlie DeChant is in San Francisco with Hall and Oats. We are in SF these days. I took the occasion to look Charlie up on line, and found this on youtube. For those of you who don’t know, Charlie met Danny Finely and the crew who became Bethlehem Asylum at Beaux Arts. They moved toward Miami and met a big splash. Here is Charlie playing on stage with Hall and Oats 6/26/04 on youtube


Beaux Arts films

These are the kinds of films Tom used to show at Beaux Arts…

“Frank Film”. It’s written up online here:

Frank and Caroline Mouris made a film in 1973 “Frank Film”

Frank and Caroline Mouris are independent filmmakers who specialize in animation and collage. Frank won an Oscar for Frank Film” in 1973.

Check out the link below for a little sample of Frank’s work

Outlaw Music.


Dave Pilot

Outlaw Music: What It Is….What It Means

Funny how as time slips on by certain styles of music draw labels and
certain genres draw fans. It feels at times as if the tattered collective
conscience is ripping itself apart at the seams, as if all of humanity in a
unified voice is screaming for individuality. Ours being a capitalistic
society, those screams could not have gone unnoticed for long. As the word went back a couple of ’49’s ago, there’s gold in them thar hills. So record companies sprang up, replete with suits and A&R types. In that same prehistoric period, the earliest ancestors of behemoths like Clear Channel first slithered onto shore; unfortunately, they chose to bring the
primordial muck along and base their new civilization on it. And as has
always been the case in the annals of mankind, what was pure and unfiltered became just another revenue stream…

read the whole story posted on Panama’s site linked below

I’d ad one more to the list, Country Joe MacDonald of the original Fish. He’s wowing the younger crowd with up-to-date lyrics.

Happy Birthday Tom

July 19, 2007, a small group of people gathered to celebrate Tom’s life on his birthday at the old Pinellas Park Beaux Arts site. One new member who never met Tom has joined the ranks of friends. Chris Skillman, through an accident of fate, has come into a collection of Beaux Arts Memorabilia. In his research to find out what he has, he has become an active participant in our efforts to keep the spirit alive.

Film footage has resurfaced and we have a bit to look through. If anyone has any knowledge of the film parties of the sixities in the garden, now is the time to send in your comments and questions. Here’s what remains of the garden today.


Remembering Nancy (or Laura Es?)

Hi Mari,

Does NO one remember Nancy Gitlin from the early sixties at the Beaux Arts? She lived there and sang regularly. She passed away in 1995 so I can tell you only what I know. If you like, please post this somewhere to see if anyone else remembers her. From what I understand she was quite a fixture around the place. She went by several different names. Some may remember her as Laura Es, Nancy Bressler and/or Nancy Laura.

Would love to hear feedback.

Thanks much.


Patti Petow

Patti Petow
Independent Associate

Ann Harvey Inspired an Opera

Ann Harvey, not only recieved around a medal and around 100 pounds for her heroic efforts to rescue the survivors of the Despatch and Rankin, she also inspired an opera.

Shallaway Celebrates the Legacy of Ann Harvey

The talented young artists of Shallaway are hard at work these days, rehearsing for their upcoming folk opera Ann and Séamus, to be premiered in St. John’s June 1st – 4th. For months, enthusiasm has been building around the opportunity to present the story of Ann Harvey of Isle aux Morts; a 17 year old who was instrumental in saving 168 lives from the wreck of the brig Despatch in 1828.

Ann’s accomplishment and that of her family was recognized by Governor Cochrane in 1830 with a gold medal from the Royal Humane Society and she became known in some circles as the “Grace Darling of Newfoundland”, after the British heroine who performed a similar rescue off the northeast coast of England in 1838 and became an acclaimed celebrity throughout Victorian England. In 1987, the Canadian Coast Guard named its new ice breaker the Ann Harvey. But, except for local recognition, her heroism was otherwise unheralded for 175 years until, in 2002, Kevin Major was inspired to write the award-winning narrative poem Ann and Seamus.

In turn, in 2003, Shallaway‘s Artistic Director Susan Knight commissioned Stephen Hatfield to compose a folk opera to further celebrate Ann’s legacy.

Excerpts from the Shalloway Site.

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Major updates on the Beaux Arts Book Site

We did some major work on the site. Added Film, Tom Reese, and Dance Chapters. We need to one more lead story then we’ll be ready to switch to media production, formatting the films and music for download. And… I’m on the track of solving the shipwreck mystery. Next, we’ll track down the details on what happend to the Kane family fortune. According to Tom, the Catholics have it all.