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Join the St. Petersburg Museum of History and author Bill DeYoung for a FREE event celebrating the arrival of the third volume in the Vintage St. Pete series! It's a sort of Encyclopedia Britannica of everyday life in the Sunshine City. New from St. Petersburg Press, Volume 3 continues the chronicle with 25 all-new chapters about community traditions, legendary restaurants, beloved TV and newspaper personalities, movies made in the area, hometown heroes, artistic endeavors and more.

Like its two predecessors, this large-format book (available in both hardcover and softbound) is a historical who’s-who and what’s what – written in a breezy, entertaining style and lavishly illustrated with archival photographs, memorabilia and press clippings.

As the title suggests, this new volume moves outside the boundaries of St. Petersburg to include close neighbors like Clearwater (a loving look at the Kapok Tree Inn, once the most popular restaurant in all of Florida, and the 2010 making of the Dolphin Tale movies), Gulfport (100+ years of the Gulfport Casino, and the 1956 making of the film noir classic The Strange One), Tarpon Springs (there’s a complete and compelling history of the city’s rich, Greek sponge-diving industry),  Treasure Island (the Penguin Restaurant, shaped like a gigantic white igloo) and Pinellas Park (the Beaux Arts, the first art gallery in Pinellas County and the longtime epicenter of bohemian activity for young people from both sides of the bay).

The Festival of States. The Little Theatre. Lenny Dee. Ted Peters. Salty Sol, Ernie Lee and the gang at WTVT “Big 13.” If you lived here then, you’ll remember. If you didn’t, you’ll be amazed at what went on (and, in the case of the Pier laser show, what didn’t go on) before you got here.

Bill will give a presentation on the new book, and all three volumes will be available for purchase, and signing.


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Oct 27 2023

Happy Hour: 'Vintage St. Pete 3'

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