Sunday, December 10, 2017


Amy Scherzer

Amy Scherzer

Amy joined the Times in January 2002 to help launch the weekly City Times edition serving South Tampa and nearby neighborhoods. Her column, Amy Scherzer's Diary, takes readers along as she makes her rounds on the social circuit. Camera in hand, Amy captures the galagoers, wine tasters, Gasparilla kings, debutantes and bay area philanthropists. Amy earned her bachelor's degree in mass communications and political science at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been a Tampa resident since 1978. She and her husband, Robert, live on Davis Islands, proud parents of two grown children. Any free time is spent people watching, entertaining, boating and reading.

Monica Thomas, left, and Netta McKissic enjoy Bowties & Clutches on Dec. 1 at the Vault, a fashionable dance party benefit for Friends of Joshua House.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Georgette’s Holiday Fashion ShowMedia personalities, a giant Christmas tree and Elvis danced down the runway; walking or strutting is absolutely not allowed at Georgette’s annual Holiday Fashion Show. The boutique’s 29th benefit for St.
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/07/17
Photo from Lorena Hardwick
The inaugural Table in the Park benefits MacDonald Training Center on Nov. 18 in Curtis Hixon Park.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

The Table in the ParkDowntown Tampa was the place to be Saturday night specifically Curtis Hixon Park, where the city rinked an ice tent for skaters; Tampa Theatre screened a holiday movie and MacDonald Training Center hosted its inaugural...
Updated one month ago
Event planner Trace Kingham of Kingham Signature Events credits cheerleading for giving him a foundation for success as an events planner. CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times

Sunday Conversation: Trace Kingham thrives as event planner after overcoming bullying

The Fairbanks High class of 1984 graduated 67 students, including a tall, lonely boy who loved cheerleading. Since the entire population of Unionville Center, Ohio barely reached 200, it’s not hard to imagine how tumbling and handsprings targeted him...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 12/02/17
Designed and built in 2012 to blend into the historic south Tampa neighborhood, this Bayshore Boulevard residence will be open for visitors on the Old Hyde Park Home Tour on Dec. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Photo courtesy of William LaMartin

Hyde Park home tour spans 100 years

HYDE PARK — Visitors on the Old Hyde Park Home Tour will see five early-20th century bungalows, all built between 1912 and 1928, all within a few blocks of a high-tech, 21st-century mansion built to look 100 years old.How many neighborhoods can...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/30/17
Tampa social grande dame Hermanda deRoos O'Connor died Sept. 4, 2017 of complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Epilogue: Hermanda DeRoos O’Connor, social grand dame 1939-2017

TAMPA — Had she known she would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 66, Hermanda de Roos O’Connor would have organized a gala or fashionable fundraiser every day of the week to fund a cure.The social grande dame of Tampa graciously...
Updated one month ago
Sherri Sutton, left, Laurie and Michael Echevarria, Sustany Foundation president Andrea Cheney and Niko Brammer stop to chat at the Sustainable Buzz on Nov. 16 at the Straz Center.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa Social Scene

YMK Gasparilla debutante ballRoyal duties kept Gasparilla King J. Rex Farrior III and Queen Elly Straske busy welcoming 37 debutantes Thanksgiving Eve, but pirate emcees John Giordano and Capt. Christopher Lykes ran a tight ship and Ye Mystic...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/30/17
C.W.'s Gin Joint executive chef Gui Alinat and proprietor Carolyn Wilson recently celebrated the opening of the new

Downtown Gains New Gin Joint

SOUTH TAMPA—Don’t even think about making a fast getaway from C.W.’s Gin Joint. Downtown Tampa’s new Prohibition-hip speakeasy is designed for lingering. "It’s an ode to the ’20s and ’30s," said executive chef Gui Alinat, presenting proprietor...
Updated one month ago
The Kefi Dance Group performsat a past Greek festival at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.

Folk dancing, food and fun bring life to Tampa Greek Festival

TAMPA — The music and dancing never stops at the Tampa Greek Festival, the biggest fundraiser of the year for St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in south Tampa."We invite everyone to watch ancient folk dances, eat authentic food and be...
Updated one month ago
Pavilion XXXII, Made in Tampa Bay co-chair Mary Ann Ferenc, left, thanks honorary chairmen Jim and Celia Ferman for decades of support Nov. 4 at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Pavilion XXXIIFrom a parking garage to a chic waterfront terrace, the Pavilion ball evolves as elegantly as its beneficiary, the Tampa Museum of Art. For the 32nd gala, "Made in Tampa Bay," co-chairs Mary Ann Ferenc and Chef Marty Blitz...
Updated one month ago
Lisbeth Pacheco received the 2017 Young Entrepreneur grant for her start-up, Ethos Coffee Roasters. The fair-trade coffee bean importer will sell her product at the 14th annual Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market on Nov. 10-12 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. [Junior League of Tampa]

Junior League’s Holiday Gift Market will feature more selections for men

TAMPA — Make a shopping list, Aunts to Zookeepers, and the odds are good you’ll find something for everyone you care about at the Junior League of Tampa’s 14th annual Holiday Gift Market."This is our largest yet in both merchants and square...
Updated one month ago