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Come on, take a walk on the cultural side

Published April 20, 2007


The old St. Mark's Episcopal Church is looking mighty different these days.

The exterior work is there for all to see: brick columns, dirt mounds and a new facade.

But the structure's vaulted walls shield the results of the months and months of sawing, hammering and drilling inside.

If you're itching to take a peek at the progress, Tuesday night is your chance.

Friends of the Carrollwood Cultural Center, a group coordinating the center's development with Hillsborough County, is inviting the public on a walking tour of the building before it's scheduled opening in early fall.

The tour is part information and part accumulation. The Friends group hopes to gather ideas, volunteers and new members with the sneak-peek, hard-hat walking tour.

"We want to ask people who come to the meeting what kind of programs they want at the center," said Richard McLaurin, building liaison with the county.

"Book club, chess club, digital photography classes; whatever they'd want to do, we want to know about it."

And the Friends group needs new members to help with that planning and development, "people to join committees and create committees," said Mindy Ambler, membership chair for the Friends Group.

For almost the past decade, the Friends and county officials have worked together to bring the center to fruition.

The county dedicated roughly $2.4-million to renovate the building and the Friends intend to pay for enhancements not covered by the county through membership drives, raffles and selling naming rights for the complex's various rooms.

The night of the tour, they will sell raffle tickets: 6 for $5, 15 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner receives half the total amount collected. And those who buy 40 tickets get a chance to win tickets to the Florida Orchestra, and an upcoming Carrollwood Cultural Center concert.

Membership to the Friends group is tax deductible and ranges from $25 for an individual to $1,000 and up for a platinum membership.

For more information, visit the Carrollwood Cultural Center's Web site - - or call Tom Jones, president of the Friends of the Carrollwood Cultural Center at 813 969-3991.

Amber Mobley can be reached at or (813) 269-5311.


If you go

Step right in

A walking tour of the Carrollwood Cultural Center is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. All who want to take the tour should meet at the Cultural Center Annex, 13345 Casey Road, for an informational PowerPoint presentation at 6:30 p.m.


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