Sunday, January 21, 2018


Amy Scherzer

Amy Scherzer

Amy joined the Times in January 2002 to help launch the weekly City Times edition serving South Tampa and nearby neighborhoods. Her column, Amy Scherzer's Diary, takes readers along as she makes her rounds on the social circuit. Camera in hand, Amy captures the galagoers, wine tasters, Gasparilla kings, debutantes and bay area philanthropists. Amy earned her bachelor's degree in mass communications and political science at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been a Tampa resident since 1978. She and her husband, Robert, live on Davis Islands, proud parents of two grown children. Any free time is spent people watching, entertaining, boating and reading.

Painter and retired advertising art director Charles Hessemer, 90, of Tampa, poses for a portrait in his home next to some of his Gasparilla paintings on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Hessemer combines multiple pictures he has taken into one on his computer and then he paints the final image with oil paint on canvas using a palette knife.

Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

SOUTH TAMPACharles P. Hessemer, 90 years young and about as sharp as the palette knives he paints with, finds artistic inspiration in the costumed-clad revelers of Tampa’s favorite annual event.
Published: 01/19/18
Co-owners Norma Dutoit, left, and Julie Harris offer

Sweets, savories and surprises at Jules’ Place in southeast Seminole Heights

Tampa native Julie Harris worked for the City of Tampa for 22 years, under four mayoral administrations, until retiring as director of communications and neighborhood liaison in 2003.Her familiarity with Southeast Seminole Heights and countless...
Published: 01/18/18
Linda and Dave Devine, from left, Larry Brown, president Rotary Club of Tampa and past president Bart duPury organized the Rotary Club of Tampa's inaugural Gasparilla Ball on Jan. 13 aboard the ss American Victory ship.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Winter White Wonderland Charity GalaRealtors, lawyers, mortgage lenders, title companies and other guests swirled past the giant inflatable snow globe into the Winter White Wonderland charity gala hosted by the Greater Tampa Bay chapter of the...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/19/18
Photo from Pied Piper Productions
Wesley Winer, from left, television personality Mario Lopez and Jill Lazzara get together for a photo at the Twenty Eightteen Countdown on Dec. 31 hosted by Pied Piper Productions at TPepinÃ\u0095s Hospitality Centre.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Twenty Eighteen CountdownCould Extra television tabloid host Mario Lopez, a.k.a. Slater on the NBC sitcom, Saved by the Bell, become Tampa’s own "Dick Clark?" The star chatted with hundreds of fans and posed for plenty of photos at the Twenty...
Published: 01/01/18
Updated: 01/11/18
Dylan McCandles, left, Miraj Patel, Anthony Hickman, Ean Mendelsohn, Matt Loyd, Stuart Levine, Brian Wexler and Scott Grebler host the 13 Ugly Men's annual Ugly Sweater party at the Hall on Franklin on Dec. 15, sharing proceeds with the Ryan Nece Foundation.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Outback Bowl Gridiron GalaVisiting Wolverine and Gamecock football fans, locals and Outback Bowl sponsors cheered for the real winner: Tampa Bay, scene of a full week of fun events, including the annual Gridiron Gala, this year rocking a...
Published: 12/24/17
Updated: 01/06/18
American Social has been drawing in heavy crowds since opening on Oct.30.

American Social booming on Harbour Island

HARBOUR ISLAND — Downtowners, conventioneers, hockey fans, concert-goers and anyone hungry for waterfront dining are discovering American Social Bar & Kitchen on Harbour Island. Panoramic views, accessible boat slips and walkability to Amalie...
Updated one month ago
Photo from Larry Corwin
Accomplished Tampa pastry chef Kevin Boxx created this Florida bungalow gingerbread house to be raffled off at the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association Holiday Party on Dec. 15 to benefit community projects.

Edible architecture highlights Seminole Heights celebration

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Residents of Seminole Heights had many reasons to throw a festive holiday party after enduring two months of fear and anxiety while police officers searched for a serial killer targeting their central Tampa...
Updated one month ago
Kathy Fountain poses for a portrait in her office on Nov. 9, 2017. Fountain was a long time anchor on WTVT, now she works in fertility counseling. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)

Kathy Fountain, from anchor chair to therapist’s chair

A knowledgeable voice and familiar face beamed into Tampa Bay homes when Kathy Fountain delivered the 5 o’clock news and chatted with talk show guests on WTVT-Ch. 13. She created some news of her own as co-anchor of the first female team in the Tampa...
Updated one month ago
Tampa philanthropists Carol and Frank Morsani, from left, thank Straz Center CEO Judy Lisi for 25 years of leadership as they celebrate the performing arts center's successful three-decade anniversary at the Broadway Ball on Oct. 21. 2017.

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January roared in with a bang that could only mean Gasparilla party time. February’s Cattle Barons’ Ball barnstormed for the American Cancer Society. March unpacked the vast Chiselers’ Market at the University of Tampa. April and May packed in formal...
Updated one month ago
Monica Thomas, left, and Netta McKissic enjoy Bowties & Clutches on Dec. 1 at the Vault, a fashionable dance party benefit for Friends of Joshua House.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

Georgette’s Holiday Fashion ShowMedia personalities, a giant Christmas tree and Elvis danced down the runway; walking or strutting is absolutely not allowed at Georgette’s annual Holiday Fashion Show. The boutique’s 29th benefit for St.
Updated one month ago