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Issue: September 2016
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Sept. 29 Volunteer Training/Gathering 

Are you willing to offer a bit of your time to help SPP and to help preserve the 'Burg? Would you like to learn more about SPP, volunteer tasks and upcoming advocacy issues? If the answer is yes, join SPP at SPP President Emily Elwyn's historic home at 836 16th Ave. N.E. on Thurs., Sept. 29 (from 5:30 - 7:30 pm) for SPP's volunteer training. Snacks & drinks will also be offered.

The fall season,  with Movies in the Park, our Saturday Morning Market table and the start of the walking tour season, is a busy time for SPP. We need your help and depend upon our volunteers to make these events successful. 

If you would like to be a SPP volunteer & join us for the volunteer gathering, please email us now and put it on your calendar!
Up-coming Events!

Sad but true, we loose historic buildings to parking lots! Bicycling is a great way to get to Movies in the Park or to get about downtown while reducing downtown parking demand! "Open Streets" happens on Sun., Oct. 9.  It's a family & pet friendly event filled with fun, vendors, activities & more! For the first time EVER, streets around Mirror Lake & Williams Parks will be closed to cars but open to all for a safe & fun chance to, stroll, skate, bike, skateboard, wheelchair, or just hang out!

St. Pete's Shine Mural Festival  continues thru Sept. 10th - walk the alleys of the 'Burg for some of the latest mural art from national and international artists!  Public mural art makes St Pete Special!
Click here for a mural map.

Calling all vintage postcard lovers and St. Pete history buffs! Strands of Sunshine, a locally owned business located in the 600 block (633 Central Ave.) is welcoming local author Christine Crews for a book signing on Tues., Sept. 13th (6-8 pm). Christine's new book, Vintage Greetings: Postcards from St. Pete, showcases more than one hundred vintage postcard images and messages from the city's history.

Christine will also bring along some of her personal postcard collection and guests are invited to bring their own St. Pete postcard stash for 'show & tell'!

Don't forget to mark you calendar for Moves in the Park! Westside movie Saturday, Sept. 24 in Sunset Park (Central Ave. & Park St. N.), the final event of the Central Ave. Solstice. Downtown October Movies in the Park will be in N. Straub Park each Thursday evening (Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27)! Live music starts at 6 pm, the movie at dusk.   
Wear the Look- Get Your SPP Tee!!
Get your Preserve the 'Burg or Movies in the Park tee-shirt now so you too can dress like a hipster from the 'Burg!

Shirts can be easily purchased online or at the Chamber of Commerce, across from Sundial, at 100 2nd Ave. N. Use the link below to make your online purchase thru St. Pete Threads - we keep them stocked with all sizes for women or men!

Click Here to
Get Yours!


Movies in the Park - Coming Soon!
Movie Title Announcement Party - Sept. 15   

What: Movies in the Park Announcement Party
Date: Thurs., Sept. 15  
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm   
Where: Ale & Witch courtyard - 111 2nd Ave. NE

It's September...soon we can think about hints of fall and enjoying St. Petersburg Preservation's October Movies & Music in the Park! SPP will be announcing the movie titles and bands at the Sept. 15 Movie Announcement Party. Join us for the fun and get to be the first to tell your friends which movies will be on the big screen and which bands will be on stage. Also, get the first look at the movie poster created by Carrie Jadus, our favorite local artist, who creates a unique collectible poster for each Movies in the Park series.

We like to have fun at the Announcement Party! SPP will have movie trivia questions ready to ask, each providing a hint to the movies to be shown! Be the first to guess one of the October movie titles and SPP will have a prize for you! At the party, movie posters & note cards will be available for a special Movie Party price.

And like Movies in the Park, the Announcement Party is FREE!  You will probably want to try one of the Witch's American craft beers and by doing so during the party you will help support Movies in the Park.  A portion of the beer sales' proceeds will be donated to SPP for Movies in the Park.  Thanks Brett and the crew at the Ale & Witch

Thanks to all of our generous Movie sponsors, including Oscar sponsors Raymond James and HCA West Florida; and platinum sponsors Bill & Jeanne Heller. To see a complete list of our community's generous movie sponsors, click here.
Landmark Action Alert!
Send Your Message Now to the City

What: Landmark District Application public hearing for Downtown's First Block/Detroit Block
When: September 13th at 3 pm at city hall before the city's preservation commission (CPPC)
How You Can Help: Attend the hearing!! Send a message to the city. Tell them you want to Keep St. Pete Special and support historic district designation for First/Detroit Block. We've made it simple to send a message, just click here!

Your help is needed to keep the block where the city started special! It's the block bordered by Central & 1st Ave. N. and 2nd & 3rd Streets, home to the 1888 Detroit & 1910 Bishop Hotel, among other historic buildings. The block has gone by various names, including First Block, the Detroit Block, Janus Landing and Block 25.

In 2014, city council initiated the block's historic district application but
property owner objection has kept it from moving forward. The city's preservation commission (CPPC) has scheduled a public hearing for  September 13 at 3 pm. City Council will subsequently take final action on the application. 
Some of the block owners have stated they want the  unfettered right to te ar down the block's historic buildings and to replace them with high rises. Make your voice heard to help protect the block from incompatible development. For, more info, check out SPP's First Block page

New - Self Guided Walking Tour 
Launch Party Oct. 5!  
SPP is excited to announce, completion of a self guided walking tour, available either as a pamphlet or in electronic form that can be used on your cell phone or other device! Creating a self guided tour has been a long standing SPP goal and it's been a work in progress for the last year. The guide has been made possible with the generous support of St. Petersburg's Southern Roots Realty and a Florida Dep't of State, Division of Historic Resources grant.

The guide's completion is worth a celebration and we have scheduled one! Join us at the St. Petersburg Museum of History on Wednesday, Oct. 5 for a bit of fun, to pick up a copy of the pamphlet and to help get the word out that it's available. The evening will include some light refreshments, cash bar and some words from a special speaker.

What: Historic St Pete Walking Tour Guide - Launch Party
Date: Wed., October 5  
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm   
Where: St. Petersburg Museum of History, - 335 2nd Ave. NE
Cost: FREE 


Guided Walking Tours - Saturday Tour Season Starting!  
SPP's fall 2016 Saturday walking tour season is about to begin and there is bound to be a tour of interest to you. Tours will be offered each Saturday, starting October 1 for the rest of the year and continuing into next year. A different tour is offered on each Saturday of the month (repeating monthly).

On the first Saturday of the month (Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3), the "Original" Downtown Walking Tour is offered.  The second Saturday features the Waterfront Walking Tour (Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec. 10).  Each  of these tours starts at 10 am from the southeast corner of 1st St & 1st Ave. S (next to the Saturday Morning Market entrance).

New for this tour season, on the 3rd Saturday of the month (Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17), is the Historic Gulfport Walking Tour. Note, this tour will start at 3 pm and will start at the Gulfport Historical Museum at 5301 28th Ave. S. in Gulfport.

The fourth Saturday of the month (Oct. 22 & Nov. 26) features one of our favorite historic neighborhoods with the Historic Kenwood Tour. This tour starts at 10 am from the Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave.

SPP will also have a special 5th Saturday tour on Oct. 29. Check the calendar for monthly lunch time walking tours. Groups are welcome to schedule private tours, drop us a message with your preferred date!

SPP's final Summer Stroll Evening tour is Thursday, Sept. 29. The tour, lasting about one hour, will feature the best of historic Gulfport. Click here for more details & to make a reservation, space is limited & filling quickly. Tour cost $5.

Saturday tours typically last about 2 hours and can best be described as a leisurely stroll with numerous stops. Walking tours are free to SPP members and just $10 to non-members. Reservations are recommended as tours may fill. Please verify starting locations & time as well as making reservations by going to the SPP website (calendar page).