Overheard in Tampa Bay: Do you know who is the mystery speaker? (We do.)

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Updated Mystery Date Game
It almost feels like a game of the legendary “Mystery Date” as we wonder who will greet us at the door or in this case, from the stage. It’s still five months away, but the St. Petersburg community is already buzzing about the Greater St. Petersburg area Equality Florida gala scheduled for May 3. Watermark has been told in the strictest confidence by organizers who is scheduled to speak at the Mahaffey Theater that night, but we can’t share the person’s name just yet because details are still being finalized. We were told by Equality Florida’s Todd Richardson, however, that we can release the name in the Jan. 16 issue of Watermark. Several in the community already know which nationally known guest speaker plans to attend, but it’s not official, as they say, until all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed, which is interesting since this guest uses both letters when penning a signature. (See what we did there’s clues, but weak clues.) Take our word, you’ll want a ticket to this one!

Bingo gets Quenched
For the past several months, Kori Stevens and Muffy Van Beaverhausen have made patrons of Quench Lounge crack up as hostesses of Drag Queen Bingo at the popular Largo bar. But the end of 2013 also marked the end of this new tradition, when Stevens hosted the final Drag Queen Bingo at the bar. There are few details about why the Bingo craze isn’t sticking at Quench Lounge, but Anjila Cavalier, entertaining during a fundraiser on Dec. 28, shared with the audience that Stevens is moving onto “the next phase” of her career. Unfortunately, the bar reports that Muffy couldn’t be at the final bingo because of a scheduling conflict, but the prizes and drink specials were flowing strong all night long.

Pass the wine for another year!
The Ybor City Wine Bar celebrated its one-year anniversary in December, and the community of GaYbor came out to help owner Jayme Kossar celebrate. The party was catered and Kossar, who is a board member of the GaYbor Coalition and a nationally recognized wine connoisseur, thanked guests for their support over the inaugural year. The Ybor City Wine Bar is at 1600 E. 8th Avenue in Ybor City.

GSHRadio adds new shows
During its last live broadcast of 2013 from inside Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa, the folks at GSHRadio.com announced the addition of several new shows to its growing lineup. In 2014, expect to see three new shows, each with their own hosts, get scheduled into the already busy Wednesday broadcast day. “Flock Talk” returns with hostess Tiffany McCrae, who will share what’s happening at and with The Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg. On “Soul Talk,” host Jeremy McDonald will talk about issues ranging from addiction to loneliness and Karen Melchionne will guide listeners through “Pit Stop,” a show centered around coffee, talk, and staying on the clean and sober path of recovery, no matter your environment. For details and a full schedule, visit GSHRadio.com.

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