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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Delicious dismemberment: Stone crab season opens Oct. 15

Posted By on Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

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Rejoice, lifelong dock-hangers, foodie tourists and discerning snowbirds alike, because Florida's favorite winter-months marine bounty is coming back into season October 15.

Stone crabs are like little armored trees that only bear one fruit, once a year — except that they're actually animals from which we wait to ritually rip one arm annually, because of the tasty, tasty meat and who knows if seabugs feel anything like pain, they probably don't, really, am I right?

Both the commercial and recreational harvest begin on Wednesday, meaning that your favorite seafood markets and restaurants will soon be featuring fresh stone crab claws at prices dependent upon availability. Steamed or boiled, they're the perfect "nothing says Florida like this" option for buying with the intention of sending 'em cold-packed to friends up north, then cracking and devouring over the sink like a secret, shameful glutton before just mailing off a postcard featuring a bikini-clad model and the words "wish you were her."

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Celebrate the Lightning's 10th anniversary of winning the Stanley Cup

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Come check out the Stanley cup this weekend at the Tampa Bay Times Forum - IMAGE COURTESY WIKI COMMONS
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  • Come check out the Stanley cup this weekend at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

Ten years ago the Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2004 Stanley Cup 4-3 in Game 7 of the series at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (formerly the St. Pete Times Forum) by a score of 2-1 over the Calgary Flames. It was the evening of July 7, 2004 and was the crowning achievement of the franchise to that point, just 12 years after entering the National Hockey League. 

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pirates invade and make merry this Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

  • Nicole Abbett
Right around lunchtime Tuesday, the streets of Downtown Tampa echoed with the sounds of cannons and pirates demanding to see the mayor. When he emerged from the crowd, the bilge-sucking heightened with shouts of “Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!” and “Coward” being thrown about.

“You will not get the key!” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn retaliated.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Best of the Day: Tarpon Springs Epiphany Celebration

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 2:20 AM

It's not just a Greek, religious and Tarpon Springs tradition — it's a Tampa Bay institution. The cross-diving celebration of Epiphany begins at 8 a.m. with mass and festivities at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36 N. Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Do This: Cranksgiving

Posted By on Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Give thanks for good Tampa fun on two wheels with Cranksgiving, an annual food drive and scavenger hunt that's been carving out a noble path through cities across the U.S.

It began in New York City in 1999, and today the Tampa's Cranksgiving takes a spin again for the less fortunate.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Do This: Loy Krathong Festival

A festival at Wat Tampa pays homage to rivers with the launch of tiny lotus-shaped boats.

Posted By on Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

A small girl makes a wish before launching her krathong on the Palm River
  • Kimberly DeFalco
  • A girl makes a wish before launching her krathong on the Palm River

Consider it a pre-emptive karmic cleanse.

Sandwiched in between the sugar-laden debauchery of Halloween and the gluttonous consumerism of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Loy Krathong’s premise is simple.

Water is life.

Its history mutated and propagated through time, Loy Krathong is a tradition of paying homage to rivers while sending your bad luck, bad attitude and any other emotional refuse to float away on a banana leaf with the river current.

No available river? No problem. Any body of water will do. Land-locked worshippers often resort to wading pools. It’s the thought that counts.

Celebrated since the 14th century, Loy Krathong festivals are held globally every year on the full moon of the 12th lunar month.

In Thailand, the festival is held for several days. Smaller-scale celebrations take place worldwide on Nov. 16 — and one will be held tonight at Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida (Wat Tampa). With the full moon dancing over the Palm River, ethnic food, art and music will be offered from 7 p.m. through midnight on pristine acreage along the Palm River.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CL's Halloween Guide 2013: Where to get your freak on

What's going bump in the night and everything else that's bumpin.'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

OUT FREAKIN OUT! Giles Davies (Macbeth) and Dahlia Legault (Lady Macbeth).
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  • OUT FREAKIN' OUT! Giles Davies (Macbeth) and Dahlia Legault (Lady Macbeth).

Putting together a list of all the festivals, parties and other hoo-ha happening around Halloween is more shudder-inducing than a frozen slack-jawed Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Luckily with the help of CL interns Amina Jackson, Marc Seide and Kyetra Bryant — and local organizations who obliged us with information — we have been able to come up with this fairly comprehensive guide — truly something for everybody. (Insert creepy laugh here.) Items in chronological order, under the categories Arts, Music and Culture; Big Nights Out; Boooooze and More, Comedy & Cabaret, Family Fun; Festivals, Haunted Haunts. E-mail if you have an event to add — but do so at your own risk!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tampa Bay Lightning kick ice with annual free fan fest Sat., Sept. 14

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM

This season marks the 10 year anniversary of Tampa Bay’s first and only Stanley Cup. Be the thunder at the Lightning Fan Fest on Sat., Sept. 14, and help bring the cup back to Tampa!

Who will be the ultimate fan at this year's Fan Fest?
  • Nicole Abbett
  • Who will be the ultimate fan at this year's Fan Fest?

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lightning release 2013-14 schedule

Posted By on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

KICK ICE: The Lightning will begin the 2013-14 season on the road.
  • Nicole Abbett
  • KICK ICE: The Lightning will begin the 2013-14 season on the road.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the NHL announced the new regular season schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

In living color: Community Stepping Stones' Beautiful Beasties

Posted By on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek called microorganisms “beasties” when they first wiggled under his microscope in 1654. His catchphrase inspired the title of a new art show, Beautiful Beasties, coordinated by Community Stepping Stones, a Sulphur Springs-based nonprofit that provides at-risk youth with arts, culture and creative educational opportunies — such as USF microbiologist Dr. Bridgette Froschke teaching teens about phytoplankton, photosynthesis and other micro wonders.

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