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Epiphany photo exhibit still on view

After everything has quieted from this year's centennial ceremonies, take a look back over 59 years to see how the event has evolved.

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 14, 2006

TARPON SPRINGS - A dove lands on the Greek Orthodox archbishop's mitre.

A young Greek-American boy leaps head-first into the cold, frothy water of Spring Bayou.

A dove bearer clenches a white bird as she walks along Tarpon Avenue.

These are some of the 40 images of Tarpon Springs' annual Epiphany celebration captured over a span of 59 years by 15 St. Petersburg Times staff photographers.

This year's Epiphany on Jan. 6 was the centennial of the Tarpon Springs event.

To celebrate the occasion, the Times and the city of Tarpon Springs have sponsored a photo exhibit, "A Leap of Faith: 100 Years of Epiphany in Tarpon Springs," at the city's Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave.

The photographs were collected from the Times' archives and are some of the most compelling images of the event.

Each year, the Times will add several photographs to the collection, which will be housed permanently in the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum in Craig Park near Spring Bayou.

Several photographs of the visit to the centennial of His All Holiness Bartholomew, the ecumenical patriarch of the Orthodox Church, will be added to the collection after the current exhibit closes Jan. 31.

The photographs are on display at the Cultural Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free. For more information, contact the center at (727) 942-5605.

[Last modified January 14, 2006, 01:38:14]

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