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Amy Scherzer's Diary

Competition keen for Krewe's queen

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By AMY SCHERZER, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times
published January 17, 2003

WHO WILL WIN THE CROWN: Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla began its 99th year introducing five potential queens at a tea dance at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club on Saturday night. The pirates voted Tuesday and ballots were locked up until March 1, when the winner will become the 90th Gasparilla queen. The runners-up will be maids in the centennial court.

Each queen/maid candidate appeared carrying a cluster of red carnations tied with a long red ribbon. The five women:

Melissa Ann Carlton, a junior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., daughter of Pirate C. Dennis and Alice Carlton.

Kimberly Anne Hannah, graduate student at the University of South Florida, step-daughter of Pirate J. Emmett Evans III and the daughter of Margaret Anne Evans and Charles Hannah.

Julianne Roberts Howell, also a USF graduate student, the daughter of Pirate Thomas G. and Gloria Howell.

Mallory Cason Howell, a student at Hillsborough Community College, daughter of Pirate George B. and Mary Lib Howell, and twin sister of the current queen, Courtney Howell.

Summer Elizabeth Miller, a Florida State University student, daughter of Raymond and Ann Miller.

Four courtiers were announced, looking most unpirate-like in suits and ties. There's no competition for the men; they are appointed by the board of directors. Courtier Raymond Haynes Carswell III, known as Trey, a graduate of Georgia State, works for Commercial Partners Realty. Trey's krewe connections date back to the first Gasparilla in 1904: His great-great grandfather, C.W. Greene, was a charter krewe member and Trey is the great-great-great nephew of Klooloo Glenn, a maid in the first court. More recently, his grandfather, Fred Martin, was the 73rd king in 1986.

(Trivia: The 1986 coronation was the first one I attended, and I haven't missed one since!)

James Jefferson Maxwell, (Jeff,) an investment banker for Raymond James & Associates and Joseph Eagan Taggart (Joey) are graduates of the University of Virginia. William Wells Woodroffe is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. Joey and William, best friends since age 3, work for Colonial Bank.

"Growing up, I couldn't wait to be a pirate," said Woodroffe. All four courtiers have degrees in business administration or finance and management. All but Joey attended St. Mary's Episcopal Day School; all but Trey graduated from Berkeley Prep.

The presentation took less than an hour, although the Joe Stagi Band played until 9 p.m. Everyone dispersed to dinner; the Woodroffes headed to Bern's to celebrate Patsy's birthday.

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TEN YEARS OF O'MALLEY: Can it be 10 years since the first all-female krewe formed? Ye Loyal Krewe of Grace O'Malley has grown to 248 since 14 charter members incorporated in 1992. The reigning O'Malley, Tekla Ulrich, owner of the Sun Coast School, the oldest massage school in Tampa, greeted members and their spouses or dates at Grace's Seahorse Gala on Saturday night at the Florida Aquarium. Ulrich sparkled in an black gown with sequined sea horse of her own design.

The spotlight shined on Ann Marie Critcher, recipient of the Aleta Goodson Community Service Award for her volunteer work at Coleman Middle School and the Plant High swim team. Her prize: She gets to direct funds raised by the krewe in 2002, plus the $500 auctioneer Ken Beytin got for a football autographed by Buccaneer Derrick Brooks. Critcher will donate more than $3,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of her mother-in-law. The Goodson Award, presented since 1998, is named for a krewe member who died in 1997.

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BROADWAY BOUND: True friends of Sonny Everett of Davis Islands and New York City came to the opening night performance of his newest effort, Tru, launched Jan. 10 at American Stage in St. Petersburg.

Sonny's ex, Toni Everett, and their daughter Henderson and husband Ben Lee, wouldn't have missed it. Nor would longtime friends Tilda and John Brabson and Joe and Joann Guagliardo. Mallory Lykes, her sister Vevie Dimmitt and their niece, Careena Cornett, were glad they came. Jenny English and Maggie Douglas raved over cake and champagne in the theater's brick courtyard.

Bridging the bay, as they say, were Christine Burdick, director of Tampa Downtown Partnership, and Don Shea, vice president of St. Pete's Downtown Partnership and his wife, Dianne. They've been friends for years and say theater "is the vehicle for hands across the water."

What a thrill to meet playwright and two-time Oscar nominee Jay Presson Allen and her producer/husband Lewis. Tru star Tom Frye sent them a tape of him performing in Wichita and they jumped to revive their 1989 hit starring Robert Morse. Frye is Truman Capote reincarnated. I wanted to party with him and have Breakfast at Tiffany's.

See Tru here now, or you'll be buying your ticket on Broadway.

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RETIREMENT PARTY: About 75 colleagues and friends bid farewell and happy days to Hillsborough Circuit Judge Don Evans on Jan. 6. Evans retired after 20 years on the bench, the last eight years presiding over drug court in courtroom 25. Cissy Hill, his judicial assistant for 10 years, planned the goodbye lunch attended by Judges Paul Huey, Lamar Battles, James Whittimore; Perry Little; William Fuentes, Public Defender Julianne Holt and Sheriff Cal Henderson, among others.

Hill says she'll miss their Florida Gators-Tennessee Volunteers rivalry.

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SATURDAY: Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Coronation Ball; 7 p.m.; Tampa Marriott Waterside, 248-3088.

SATURDAY: Florida Holocaust Museum honors the Newman Family and Lisl Schick; 7:30 p.m.; Hyatt Regency Tampa; $200; special guests Evander Holyfield and Jon Voight; (727) 820-0100, Ext. 249.

SATURDAY: Grand Krewe de Libertalia Founders' Ball, 7 p.m.; Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club; $75; proceeds benefit Hillsborough Education Foundation.

SUNDAY: Friends of the Arts Guilders and Sustainers Cocktail Party; invitation only; Jim Ferman Jr. residence; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; 274-8130.

JAN. 25: Einstein on Wine benefits MOSI; 6-9 p.m.; 4801 E. Fowler Ave.; $50; 987-6000.

JAN. 27: Florida Orchestra Soiree; 7:30 p.m.; Schaffel residence; $40, or $60 per patron seat; 926-0099.

FEB. 2: "Simply Spectacular," Ebony Fashion Fair benefits Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League; 5 p.m.; Tampa Theater; $30; 229-8117.

FEB. 6: Napa Valley Wine Tasting benefits Abilities; 6 p.m., VIP party, $150; 7 p.m. Grand Tasting, $100; Raymond James Stadium; (727) 538-7370, Ext. 345.

FEB. 6: State Fair Fashion Show features Georgette's of Old Hyde Park; State Fairgrounds; 11:30 a.m.; $15; 627-4216.

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