Overheard in Tampa Bay: LGBT football fans show up

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Heeeeere’s Jenny!
One-time Playboy Playmate and former The View co-host Jenny McCarthy and her husband, Donnie Wahlberg, stopped by Enigma bar in St. Petersburg Sept. 20 to a packed crowd. Word of the celebrities making an appearance after McCarthy’s stand-up performance at Clearwater’s Capitol Theater spread quickly through social media and fans lined up for a chance to meet the power duo. McCarthy brought the star quality, appearing in sunglasses as she entered the bar. Paul Kinchen of TinkerFluff.com—who is also a regular photographer for Watermark—managed to arrange the meeting through his connections in Pinellas County. McCarthy and Wahlberg met fans, took photos and enjoyed some pizza while they mingled. The pair stayed most of the evening and seemed to enjoy the attention.

Spathose Designs impresses Martha Stewart
Scott Durfee and George Medeiros have caught Martha Stewart’s attention. Well, at least the attention of Martha Stewart Inc. The St. Petersburg artists are finalists in Stewart’s American Made competition. The annual online contest recognizes ingenuity and excellence in crafts, food, design and style. Winners get a trip to New York City, a spot in Stewart’s American Made Market, a feature in Martha Stewart Living and $10,000 to grow their brand. Spathose builds wearable art and often use Palm Spathes for inspiration. Fans of the art can vote by visiting MarthaStewart.com/AmericanMade and six votes are allowed per day per person. Voting continues through Oct. 13 and winners will be announced Oct. 17.

Pride hits Raymond James
Several hundred LGBT football fans showed up for the inaugural LGBT Gameday at Raymond James stadium Sept. 14, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played host to the St. Louis Rams. The tailgate party in the parking lot gave organizations and friends a chance to exchange information and cook out while enjoying the festive atmosphere of pre-game excitement. Inside, a highlight was when the scoreboard sent a shout out to St. Pete Pride and Sarasota Pride, the organizations who helped bring most of the LGBT attendees out to the event. Unfortunately it wasn’t all good news for local organizations. The Rams beat the Bucs 19-17.

Nevets gets Tweeted by Griffin
For years, Lakeland entertainer Kathryn Nevets has made her audiences laugh with her spot-on lip-synch impersonation of comedian Kathy Griffin. The red wig, perfect makeup and black T-shirt have impressed judges as well, since she has used the act in several pageants—most recently to help secure Miss Comedy Queen 2014. But Nevets got the biggest ego boost of her career earlier this month when the Kathy Griffin discovered the drag performer on Twitter. Griffin posted a photo of Nevets in full-on impersonation mode with the note: “Luv this!” and “I ADORE you!!!!” Interestingly, Nevets only recently started using Twitter because of Facebook’s new enforcement of a rule forcing entertainers to use their real names or convert to fan pages. Griffin is scheduled to perform in Tampa Bay and Lakeland in April 2015—and Nevets says she already has her tickets.

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