Nephew of the Week: Philip Tracy

This week Phil is having surgery resulting from a nasty fall. We hope that being this week’s nephew will cheer him up! When he’s not working hard as the general manager at Hamburger Mary’s, Phil spends time with his family and friends.

You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

It’s that time of the year again…prom season. This past weekend we were watching all the prom kids in GaYBOR/Ybor City, all dressed up coming out of mile-long limos and party buses. There was this group of eight couples in beautiful dresses and tuxes. With their hair all done perfectly, they were posing for photos on the cobblestone street and in front of the historic parts of our town. Then, much to our surprise, up pulls a pickup truck. The group of guys and gals all climbed into the back and drove down 7th Avenue! I understand not having a limo but renting a pickup truck? OMG!

Good Bye, Don Vicente Inn

This week the new owners of the Don Vicente Inn announced the building is available for lease. It will be exciting to see who takes over this beautiful jewel of Ybor. For more information, contact Tina Marie Eloian at


What happens when you jump off your skateboard and it goes down the storm drain? Luckily it happened in front of MC Film. The city was called and they were here to save the day fast!

Travel: Poetry Ridge B&B, Greenfield, MA

What a time of year to visit the beautifully draped Berkshire Mountain range. The weather was wet and cold, and even large banks of snow on the hillsides were still very visible. The early breakthrough of spring, multi-colored tulips and daffodils, were all over the hilly roadsides. I had never been past New York City but a big Noble cousins’ family reunion was being held in the triangle of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont where 18th century era homes still remain. This mini-vacation was feeling adventurous as I drove my sister and brother to our cousins Errol & Mary’s 11-acre famed 1912-built Poetry Ridge B&B in Greenfield, Massachusetts to meet up with 30 other relatives from across America. The beautiful inn sits along the Connecticut River and offers six famed rooms named after poets and four large servant quarters. History buff tourists of all types come from around the world to see the historic homes of the Northeast and I am one of the interested parties.

The hillsides consist of a variety big oaks, red maples, pines, birch and ash trees that cover all the scenic hillways and border the winding highways. On our list of sites to visit were the Norman Rockwell Museum and Home in Stockbridge, the covered bridges (many of which are still utilized), Deerfield, an historic city of 18th and 19th century era homes, where there are about 40 residences for inspection and tours, then of course at home there were the cousins and the reunion chats. The weather was chilly and often overcast and rainy. That made for great inside adventures for us to visit. Super cousins, Innkeepers, chefs and tour guides. Make a reservation for a restful, enchanting getaway.

Ybor City Saturday Market’s 15th Birthday

Congratulations to the Ybor City Saturday Market on their 15th birthday. The manager is Lynn Schultz. The city market was formed in 2000 and is the longest-running open air market in Tampa Bay. Ice cream was given out to all the attendees for the celebration. The market is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday in Centennial Park in Historic Ybor City.