SPOG BAY CRUISE - FRIDAY, JUNE 24th
The board is sponsoring a cruise on the StarLite Cruise. This is an opportunity to get to know one another in a different social setting, and see the bay from the inland waterway and have a delicious 3 course lunch (several choices which you make on-board). The cruise leaves from Corey Causeway (3400 Pasadena Ave. South) S. Pasadena at noon on Friday, June 24th, but we ask that you arrive at 11:30. The cost is $50 and will return to port around 2 PM. – a 2 hour cruise with lunch!. Make your reservation with a check for $50 to:
Liane Sleszynsk 5286 White Sand Circle NE St. Petersburg, FL 33703 (727) 525-4252
We need at least 20 people for our group rate so make your reservation right away so we know we have the number we need.
The 2016-17 officers were installed at the last meeting. They were presented with bottles of wine denoting their positions chosen with the help of Maggie Luehrs who works at ABC Liquors on 4th St. N, and her mother, Susan Luehrs, Besides the incoming board, Polly Jones was thanked for her previous two years as Recording Secretary. Sharron Robbins was given a huge round of applause for her tireless work as Reservations Chair. She not only takes the reservations, but makes all the luncheon arrangements at the various venues where we have our meetings. She also writes the printed programs about our performing artists. Brava, Sharron! Thanks also went to Bill Pickering who manages our website. Have you checked it lately?
Officers Left to right:
Krista Whipple, Marilyn Ward, Susanna Belafonte, Jackie Benz, Irene Athos, Liane Sleszinski, Francesca Brusini, Lnda Pugliese, Usula Carroll
Silver Bells promises to be extra special this December under the chairmanship of Linda Pugliese and Francesca Brusini, both accomplished “party girls”. If you went to Bella Voce you know what a special job Linda does with decor. Fran has produced wonderful events for St. Anthony’s in the past. Don’t miss it. The date and theme are still to be determined. Stay tuned.
Welcome New Member
Carolyn Silva, wife of Victor Silva joined in April. Glad to have you aboard, Carolyn!
We wish Ellie Myers a speedy recovery from her fall resulting in a broken hip, following her recent bout recovering from a stroke. We miss you, Ellie!
Get well wishes to Glenna Graves Shiflette who fell in late April and broke her nose.
We lost a longtime member, Margaret Kaleel on April 21st. Her membership had lapsed due to her poor health so many of you didn’t get to know her. She is remembered as a “lovely lady, involved in opera study groups. She was a singer and it ran in the family. Her granddaughter competed in our “Junior Competition”, what it was called then
DUES ARE DUE for 2016-2017 season. They remain at $35 individual, $60 dual.
You may mail your check addressed to: “SPOG” to Liane Sleszynski 5286 White Sand Cir SE St.Petersburg, FL 33703 or see Liane at the May meeting
St Petersburg Opera Company
/St. Petersburg Opera Company Events: www.stpetersburgopera.org
Sat. Mar. 12 10AM-1PM - OPERA EXPRESS at Opera Central
EVENINGS/MORINGS WITH THE MAESTRO 6 pm – 7:30 PM @The Music Gallery 5990 Ulmerton Rd/Clearwater
Tickets $20 ($17 Srs/Students) Reservations in advance recommended.
THURSDAY AT MUSIC GALLERY, 6 – 7:30PM
FRIDAY MORNINGS AT MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
May 19/20 Bohemian Rhapsody: Preview to La Boheme
June 16/17 Operatic Qualities in South Pacific
LA BOHEME- June 3, 5, & 7 - Palladium Theater You won’t want to miss this beloved opera. Bring friends, especially those who aren’t familiar with opera and listen to the rich sonorous music of Puccini performed by an outstanding cast accompanied by a professional orchestra under the direction of Maestro Mark Sforzini. Mark has been rehearsing daily with both cover cast and performing cast for the past few weeks – even while getting ready for Bella Voce (May 7) .
SOUTH PACIFIC Opening Friday, July 1st and continuing July 3, 5, 7, 9 and ending July 10. Among the out-of-town cast our own Todd Donovan plays Emile DeBecque and his daughter will also be in the cast. l
BROADWAY CABARET – Saturday, June 18 8 PM at Opera Central (2145 1st Ave.S) The cast and cover-cast come together to sing songs from shows they have sung in other venues. Opera Central is transformed into a cabaret with tables of 4. The $75 admission charge includes desserts and 2 drinks (wine,beer,coffee,soda) Reservations at the Box Office: (727) 823-2040
2nd Saturday Art Walk - May 14 5-8 PM A special bonus this night when you come to Opera Central for this monthly event of viewing galleries in downtown St. Pete. You are invited to sit in on rehearsals of the Emerging Artists performing La Boheme.
At the April 29th meeting at Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, we were treated to the rich voice of Luis Gonzalez, accompanied by Constantine Grame. Ursula Carroll, Chair of the Opera Competition which took place April 9th read letters of thanks from a couple of the contestants who were grateful for the experience. Ursula especially thanked those who provided the luncheon for the judges and volunteers. Installation of the 2016-17 Board of Directors was presented by Krista Whipple.
Thank You to this month’s SPONSOR ANGELS: Freda Caley, Roseanna Costa, Muriel Desloovere, Louise Garrigues.
If you would like to become a “Sponsoring Angel” please contact Sharron Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org (727) 481-7947, pick up a form at the Luncheon Meeting check-in table or click on the Luncheon Sponsor tab above.
Next GENERAL Meeting
The final General Meeting of the season is on May 27th.
Maestro Mark Sforzini and the cover cast of La Boheme will give you a preview of the upcoming production.
When: Friday, May 27, 2016
Reservation Deadline - to be received no later than: Monday, May 23
Where: The Club at Treasure Island
400 Treasure Island Causeway
Treasure Island FL 33706
Cost: $30.00 /pp
Payment is required once you reserve, unless cancelled by Tuesday, May 24th. Guests, except out of town visitors, who attend more than two luncheon meetings are respectfully requested to join the Guild.
Mail form and check payable to “SPOG” to: Sharron Robbins,15777 Bolesta Rd., #187, Clearwater, FL 33760. Contact Info: 727-481-7947 or email@example.com