April 2013 Journal
The April weeks have been exciting and busy at The 1910 Inn in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Remember the“March 2013 Journal” mentioned upcoming filming at the inn? That is how April began. Scenes and interviews for an upcoming episode of the CBS News show ’48 Hours’ were filmed at The 1910 Inn during the first week of April. The producer, Peter Henderson, selected the inn due to the effects of lighting in the parlor, the entry hall, and the dining room. The glossy wood floors, doors and staircase, the length of the hallways, lighting from the veranda shining through the windows, and the shading created by the lighting expertise of Jack and Bill created their ideal setting. It was a fascinating four days that ended with a crew party and ouzo on the inn’s veranda. Opa!
Guests…wonderful guests…the kindest of souls! Every day is a blessing of new friends arriving at the inn. Some guests come with their bicycles and enjoy the miles of The Pinellas Trail. They like the inn’s one-block vicinity from the trail and the bicycle storage available at the inn. Some guests come to visit family in the area. Some need the inn as a refuge prior to upcoming events. Many guests come to celebrate honeymoons, anniversaries, and birthdays. Some guests come to escape the last bit of chill they still have ‘up north’.
Beaches…oh, how our guests love our local Sunset Beach, Howard Beach, and Anclote Island, and the nearby Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, and Clearwater Beach. That tropical, relaxing scent of sunscreen has been wafting through the inn lately. It always makes me smile and expect to hear a sea gull.
One guest, Joanna from Chicago, was drawn to the inn as a pilgrimage back to Tarpon Springs. Her story is powerful and moving. You can read it on the inn’s April 26, 2013 blog (website: the1910inn.com; link: “Hello…”; blog title: A ‘Joanna/Maria/Greek Orthodox Holy Week’ Story) and the inn’s facebook page (facebook.com/the1910inn).
Celebrations at the inn! Demetra of Given With Love adorned the inn inside and out with while tulle, taffeta, and turquoise bows. Victorian finery for the great “Painted Lady”! First, Lani’s baby girl was showered with gifts and love by friends and family in mid April. Second, Cousins Niko and Erriko brought Niko’s fiancé, Renee, to the inn and to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral for her baptism prior to her upcoming wedding to Niko in Greece. Third, Herb from Kissimmee turned 70 years old at the inn with his dear friends. Actually four of the six guests had just reached milestone birthdays. They had such fun together at the inn for a few days, and it was a pleasure to have them. And fourth, the Wine Walk was a lovely evening, as the The 1910 Inn was graced with Victorian chamber music from Kaila with her oboe and from Mary with her bassoon.
Congratulations to Don and the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs. Don is their new minister, and he and Mary will move to Tarpon Springs from Oregon very soon. It has been enriching to meet and get to know Don, Mary, Rene, and Michael during the recruitment process, when Don and Mary stayed at The 1910 Inn.
Outside at the inn, the Side Garden is coming along nicely. The gardenia bush and the purple salvia plants are thriving side by side near the herb garden. Al from the ‘village’ is great with plants. The lime tree (a sweet Christmas gift from ‘Only-Edible-Or-Biodegradable-Gifts’ Yiayia Sylvia) has been planted into the ground near the purple wicker furniture, and fascinating Kangaroo Paw plants line the walkway into the garden.
What will May 2013 bring to The 1910 Inn?
One never knows...but I look forward to it.
Stay well, dear friends.