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About the Town Pages

While living in Hawaii on the Big Island (Kona side, for those of you who are Kama'aina) I wrote a newspaper column titled, "Island Cuisine." For years, I skulked around Kona Village restaurants, island roadstands, enjoyed winemaker dinners and fine dining at the best resorts, meeting with chefs behind curtains, and having a great time learning about regionally grown island products. It was the best of times.

My husband and I returned to the "mainland" and relocated to St. Peterburg, Florida. Not a bad trade. In 1993, the town was on the verge of a boom. Baywalk had not been developed but the plans were on the drawing board. Both downtown areas (St. Petersburg and Tampa) were in a dream state, thinking about what could be, what might happen. I joined Pat Mason, Bev Mitlin, and Greg Fisher (among other great folks from the city and local businesses) to work toward bringing Boston's famed First Night evening in downtown St. Petersburg to a reality. What a great event. What a great effort. Although other organizations (I now serve on three advisory boards) took me away from contributing each year to it, First Night St. Petersburg still is astoundingly popular. See, they did not need me at all. What I believe is and still support, is the idea that innovative ideas bring the community together. That is what is the best about First Night; it brings everyone who loves this community together on First Night for a New Years Eve event.

When the idea for About the Town popped into my head, I realized that we do not have to wait for a once a year event. First Night is wonderful and involves many venues. But, why not have monthly events that involve the community, ones that support the community. About the Town was born.

For years, I worked in downtown, bringing another company I own, WordSmitten Media, Inc., to become a well-recognized company that reports on the book publishing industry. During that time, my foodie friends and my wine buddies would gather at my home. We had a great time, but something was missing. Something scintillating and on the leading edge of news, information about "what was new" in town and "what is great but undiscovered" in our town.

While WordSmitten chugged along (always close to my heart), I had a hunch that one of my dearest activities was hiding behind a curtain, like the Great Oz. What's behind the curtain? A community. A thriving, exciting community of people who want to be engaged about the town, village, or haven in which they live, work, and interact. A place, like the old sitcom, "Cheers." A place called "About the Town."

Now, in 2010, with this site, and our sister site, www.about-the-town, we begin a new adventure. It's exciting and I am so very glad you are joining us on this congenial and fun journey.

Along with the two Websites, we are launching a community radio broadcast that follows the philosophy of our About the Town ventures. We'll combine local radio, local sites (www.about-the-town.com and this one at www.meetup.com/about-the-town), and extraordinary places to visit and discover.

Our philosophy is simple. About the Town. Food, Wine, Fun, and Notable Personalities. Life in a simple ratio.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife the famous flyer and a poet in her own right, once said, "Great conversations are more stimulating than strong coffee." We hope to generate exciting conversations, discover notable personalities, and enjoy your company. Food, Wine, Fun, and Notable Personalities. I encourage you to add to each others lives, enjoy the new friends and new company, and toast your success and your lives.

I want to welcome you to "About the Town." This site is about Main Street USA. It's about your town, main street, and your street. Let us know what is important to you. Let us know what you know about your town. We know that this is important to you; it's about making your community a vibrant and enjoyable place to live.

Welcome to your town. About the Town.
Kate Sullivan, Host and Safari Guide
Food, Wine, Fun, and Notable Personalities


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