Watermark’s 2018 WAVE Awards nomination round – VOTE NOW

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Welcome to 2018! It’s that time of year where we make New Year’s resolutions, set goals and do the WAVE!!!

The WAVE Awards, or as Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, recognize the best in Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s 2018 WAVE Awards – Tampa Bay nomination round

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Welcome to 2018! It’s that time of year where we make New Year’s resolutions, set goals and do the WAVE!!!

The WAVE Awards, or as Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, recognize the best in Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Watermark’s 2018 WAVE Awards – Central Florida nomination round

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Welcome to 2018! It’s that time of year where we make New Year’s resolutions, set goals and do the WAVE!!!

The WAVE Awards, or Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, recognize the best in Central Florida’s LGBTQ community in the areas of activism, service, entertainment and more.

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Central Florida celebrates Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards at Parliament House

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Watermark celebrated with the Central Florida winners of the 2017 WAVE Awards at the Parliament House in Orlando March 10.

Guests were greeted in Parliment House’s main bar with tunes being spun by DJ Lindsey Leigh, decorated with beautiful arrangements by Lee James Floral Design and a delicious spread courtesy of John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering. First place winners took home awards in elegant frames courtesy of Tyrone’s Frame and Mirror from St. Petersburg.

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Tampa Bay celebrates Watermark’s 2017 WAVE Awards at Flamingo Resort

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Watermark celebrated with the Tampa Bay winners of the 2017 WAVE Awards at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg March 9.

The Flamingo Resort hosted the event in their new Blu Room Theatre with flowers designed by The Flower Centre of St. Petersburg. First place winners took home awards in beautiful frames courtesy of Tyrone’s Frame and Mirror.

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2017 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Jorge Estevez

By : Billy Manes
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In the lobby of the Dr. Phillips Center in downtown Orlando, WFTV News kingpin Jorge Estevez seems equally flattered and amused by his WAVE victories. The “centerfold” category is of particular interest.

“That is so much fun!” he laughs.“I love that category. I’m not biased at all.”

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2017 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Jeremy Fetters

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There are staples in every good, gay town – a big parade, caring organizations and a community bar where everybody knows your name. That bar in St. Petersburg is Enigma.

Enigma, voted Favorite Local LGBTQ Bar/Club and Favorite LGBTQ Happy Hour, was opened just before St. Pete Pride in 2014 by Ed Gonzalez who started his own bar after working many years at Georgie’s Alibi.

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2017 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Lee James Floral Design

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Lee James, he of Lee James Floral Designs Inc. on North Orange Avenue, loves the smell of roses in the morning.

“You know, my mom had a beautiful garden, and I grew up in English gardens, so the passion for me has to do with more than just the bride,” he says.

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2017 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria

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You may not know Pom, she of the echoing giggle and stern (yet affectionate) stare, but you’ve probably related to her at some point. For more than a decade now, Pom has been serving some of the best late-night fare imaginable to the Orlando –and now St. Petersburg – people of snackable hunger typically sandwiched between bread slices. She’s totally down with the cheap eats.

“It’s almost like a chef thing,” she adds. “A big misconception is that as chefs we go home and cook ourselves these elaborate meals. Actually, we probably ate frozen meals, Hungry Man, and that’s what we always did. We’d get our beers and eat sandwiches. So it’s kind of like an homage to that.”

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2017 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Blue Star with Pride Radio and The Venue

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If you’re in Orlando and you haven’t fallen into a trail of Blue Star’s sparkles, then you really haven’t left your house. For nearly 17 years, the Atlanta transplant has been shaking and making Orlando’s dance and arts scene flourish. Her venue, fittingly called The Venue, has given her even more room to grow, as has her newfound presence on Pride Radio. She’s everywhere, all the time. Why?

“The arts community, really; the growth of the arts community,” she says. “I know that it wasn’t nonexistent before I was here, so I want to choose my words carefully. But I feel like people became unafraid to express themselves in the art that they knew that they were meant to create.”

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2017 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Doug Ba’aser

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Consummate entertainer and laugh-track to the stars Doug Ba’aser has been a fixture in Orlando for three decades. His wit is a warm wit which allows him to get by with sharp-toothed commentary for gay and straight audiences alike. If he’s not at Hamburger Mary’s pulling a trivia night, he’s at any one of your favorite gay watering holes in Orlando sputtering truths and consequences, chutes and ladders, for audiences that always walk away surprised. He has what they used to call “moxie.”

“It’s good that it came along for me, because it’s a good to have something at night when I don’t have work, and it’s turned out well for me,” Ba’aser says. “Building up the thing at Hamburger Mary’s, which I of course won this award for, has been difficult. But once it was done, the last six years have been kind of just rolling along pretty nicely. So I’ve been extremely grateful for everyone in this time.”

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2017 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Tyrone Frame & Mirror

By : Felicia Roopchand
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Tyrone Frame & Mirror is a bit of an institution when it comes to the WAVE awards. In fact, this frame and mirror shop has won for Favorite Local Framing Shop in Tampa Bay more times than any other.

“Well, I think this would be our eighth or ninth year winning so we’re thrilled with that,” shop owner Dan Fiorini says. “It’s really great that the community believes that our services and our dedication to the community warrant some kind of recognition and we think that’s just terrific.”

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