Monday, October 19, 2009

J.D.Thomas Cultural Center, Inc. Night at the Museum

“Where Everybody’s“Scene & Heard”

Invites you to attend

“Night At The Museum”
Friday, October 23, 2009
Open House & Fundraiser

(casual attire)

* Stop by and tour the museum

*50/50 Raffle

*Bid on silent auction items
*Register your child for performing arts classes
Acting or Dancing) and receive
“FREE” keyboard classes courtesy of The Steinway Society!!
*Meet Celery Soup Candidates (Courtesy of Creative Sanford, Inc).

PLUS: Live Re-enactments of historical figures,
and much more! Bring the family!!

519 Palmetto Avenue, (between 5th & 6th St.) - Sanford, FL 32771
407) 408-9291

Saturday, August 22, 2009

September 20th Celery Soup Road Rallye

Rallye 'Round Historic Sanford to benefit Celery Soup Performance Back by Popular Demand!

Creative Sanford, Inc. and The Sanford Herald and will sponsor a Celery Soup Road Rallye to benefit the new 2009-2010 Candidates for Celery King and Queen.

This event was so popular last year, participants are demanding it be brought back.

On Sunday, September 20 at 3 p.m. cars, drivers, navigators and backseat drivers will line up at Veteran's Park on the RiverWalk in downtown Sanford. Publisher of The Sanford Herald, Gene Kruckemyer will pass out maps and lower the checkered flag.

The rallye will take drivers and passengers on a route around the community to answer questions about places and things.

The last clue will bring participants back to one of Sanford's wonderful downtown venues where Rallye winners will be awarded prizes at a celebration party around 5 p.m. The new Celery King and Queen Candidates will be given the opportunity to make "campaign speeches".

Tickets are priced by car and are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the Celery Soup community performance project being developed by Creative Sanford, Inc., a 501c3 non profit organization.

For more information, visit our website: or stay tuned to The Sanford Herald in print or online, www.My for the times, ticket info and other exciting details. See you at the Rallye!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Celery Soup Playright & Director Coming to Sanford in July

Get ready Sanford because Celery Soup is on the stove. Below is an excerpt from the Lake Mary Life, written by staff writer Michael Heese
Posted Feb 21, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Another article by Lake Mary Life reporting about the Masquerade Ball.

The playwright and director for the production will be in town next week to begin stirring the soup and adding flavor! Watch the blog for details and be sure to get your story told by one of our line catchers.

Visit the website for contact details:

Friday, May 29, 2009

Do You Have A Story to Tell about a "Can of Worms"?

Creative Sanford, Inc. is looking for storytellers and line catchers to record stories of Seminole County residents who want to share their stories and history of Seminole County. A "line catching" training session will be held Saturday, May 30th at Historic Hopper Academy in Sanford,Florida.

If you or a family member have something interesting to share, Creative Sanford, Inc. wants to hear it, record it, and turn it into material to be used for the up and coming folk life performance "Celery Soup" scheduled for October 2010.

Please contact us via responding to this blog or the phone number listed on the website. CelerySoupSanford

Friday, May 15, 2009

Idea for Celery Soup Sanford...

This commercial was shot at the Liverpool Street Subway Station in London (15 Jan '09). Only the dancers knew what was happening; the general public didn't have a clue what was about to unfold.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Masquerade Celery Ball Photos

Masquerade Celery Ball - March 2009

Getting Ready For the Ball...

From Left to right: Trish Thompson, President Elect, Brian Casey, Vice President Elect, Jeanine Taylor President & Founder Creative Sanford

Two Guests & Author: Valada Llewellyn, Line Catcher

Guest - Linda Hollerbach, Vice President, Scott Whitney, Board Member

Click Here for more photos:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Masquerade Celery Ball March 7, 2009

The Masquerade Celery Ball is on and promises to be the event of the year. It will be held this Saturday evening at the Sanford Civic Center. Cocktails will be served at 6:30pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm.

There will be a "Taste of Sanford" as restaurants will be offering a delicious variety of tasty delights. The Chefs preparing the food will be there to greet the guests. There will be a full liquor and wine bar available also.

A Celery King and Queen will be crowned at the event, and there will be dancing to the music of "From Then to Now." There will be indoor and outdoor seating with beautiful lights and an atmosphere which will be remembered long after the event.

The fundraiser which is raising money for the first "Celery Soup Performance" scheduled for 2010 at the Wayne Densch Performing arts center. Members and volunteers have been collecting oral histories of Sanford and Seminole Counties, to be scripted into performances for the first event, which tenatively will be called "Can of Worms."

For more information about this event, please visit the website:

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Sanford Clock

Please feel free to post your comments and send me your photos of our famous town clock!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sanford Herald Article Masquerade Ball

SANFORD – Sanford's Celery Soup kicked off this year's fundraising season with a party and presentation at Jeanine Taylor's Folk Art Gallery to announce the candidates for celery queen and king.

Celery Soup, presented by Creative Sanford Inc., will be a community performance based on oral histories from Sanford. The idea grew out of Swamp Gravy, a similar production in Colquitt, Ga, which brings millions of dollars to the rural town every year.

Jeanine Taylor, president of the board for Creative Sanford, thought the idea would work in Sanford after seeing the Swamp Gravy production in Colquitt. With former Orlando Mayor Linda Hood by her side a couple years ago, she presented the idea to Sanford Mayor Linda Kuhn, who immediately agreed a similar concept would work for Sanford.

Since it's initial conception, Taylor formed the non-profit organization, Creative Sanford Inc., to raise money for the play. She expects the cost of the first production to be $90,000.

To raise money for the play, Taylor has initiated a fundraising tactic based on the Sanford Chamber of Commerce's model for Mardi Gras. In previous years, the chamber selected several king and queen candidates months before the Mardi Gras ball and parade were held.

Each candidate was responsible to raise as much money as possible before the ball was held. They had managers to help, and were instructed to run their fundraising like a campaign. The candidates who collected the most money were crowned king and queen of Mardi Gras.

The last time Mardi Gras was held three years ago, Claudia Webber and Brian Bulow were crowned queen and king, with both of them raising about $14,000.

Celery Soup will use the same idea, utilizing different candidates to compete to raise the most money before the Celery Ball on March 7.

Currently, there are five candidates but Taylor expects more will join in the coming weeks.

For queen, Mickey Searcy of Interiors by Lawrence David, Officer Melissa Houston of the Sanford Police Department, and jazz singer Jacqueline Jones will compete.

For king, Orlando Sanford International Airport President Larry Dale and Mike Yebba of MJY Building Contractor will compete.

At Tuesday's kickoff, the board of Creative Sanford, along with candidates and supporters, gathered to discuss the fundraising campaign. Each candidate is required to have a "celery stalker" who acts as a campaign manager for the fundraising.

After drinks and snacks, the group assembled in the Rozzie Marks Gallery to discuss fundraising ideas and the progress of Celery Soup. After a brief speech from Kuhn, Taylor introduced the board members, which included Kuhn and Bob Tunis, Sanford's economic development director.

Creative Sanford has already received a grant from the Seminole County Arts Council, and is looking to get another grant. Additionally, during the first phase of fundraising, Creative Sanford collected $13,000.

Taylor, speaking enthusiastically about the project, said she's ready to move forward and get the production started in Sanford. "I want Sanford to be historically hip," she said.

Already, Taylor has several "line catchers" talking to people in Sanford to record their stories. During the presentation, Marlene Hoenig read a portion of her father's recorded story about raising bait worms.

While candidates went over the fundraising rules, Taylor answered questions about the ball and upcoming play. Candidates are allowed to raise money until Feb. 25, and the winning king and queen will have their portraits painted and hung in a prominent place.

The Celery Ball will be held at the Sanford Civic Center.

All donations made to Creative Sanford are tax deductible and no one on the board receives a salary, so all donations go directly to the cause, Taylor said.

At the end of the meeting with candidates, celery stalkers and board members jazzed to start raising money, Taylor wished them luck and asked for testimonials. Barbi Bauman, one of Sanford's special events coordinators, testified to the Swamp Gravy idea and said it was great concept to bring to Sanford.

"I want this production to be a source of community pride," Taylor said

Sanford Looking for Celery King & Queen

posted by emaupin on Sep 29, 2008 11:03:27 AM
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Now here's a job that you'd definitely want on your resume -- although those who live and work in Sanford might have a leg up in winning. It's the job of Sanford's Celery King and Celery Queen, whose main responsibilities will be "creatively" fundraising for Sanford's production of the ongoing community-theater project Celery Soup.

There will be a kick-off reception for the king and queen nominees at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gallery on First, 211 E. First St., downtown Sanford. Here's a little explanation and a website where you can find out more.

Creative Sanford, Incorporated board members will host a Kick Off Reception for the 2009 Celery Ball nominations for King and Queen of the ball. The Celery Ball will be a fundraising event to benefit Celery Soup, the community performance celebrating the stories and history of Sanford and Seminole County which will debut in 2010.

Creative Sanford, Inc. is proud to introduce this group of community minded leaders and their campaign managers (Celery Stalkers) that will creatively fundraise for the development of Celery Soup.

The candidates include: Jacqueline Jones, Brenda Miller, Micky Searcy, Larry Dale, Bill Johnson, and Mike Yebba. These candidates will raise money between October 2008 and Feburary 2009. The candidates who raise the most money will be crowned King and Queen at the Gala Celery Ball in early 2009.

Our Vision: Driving Sanford’s renaissance by celebrating and preserving our community’s stories.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Celery King & Queen Competition 2009 Kick-off 9/29/08

Photobucket Album

Mayor Linda Kuhn, Jeanine Taylor, President Creative Sanford, Inc. Trish Thompson, Board Member, Mary Shaw, Line Catcher Co-chair, greet candidates at the cocktail party kick-off at Gallery on First, Historic Downtown Sanford.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Celery Soup Community Performance Coming to Sanford, Florida

Have you ever… wondered about the barges, steam and river boats that traveled up and down the St. John’s river in and out of the Port of Sanford?

What about the celery, orange and worm industries that once thrived here?

The answers to these questions and more are part of the Folk Life performance using stories gathered from residents of Sanford and Seminole county.

You might start hearing phrases like, “The city with a Story” or “The town that never gives up.” People are lining up to tell their oral histories which will be penned into folk plays and performed by community actors.

Volunteers include Sanford and Seminole county residents from a variety of multicultural and socio economic backgrounds.

Hundreds of stories are being gathered by “Line Catchers.” These stories are transcribed and then written into plays and performed yearly. A new play is scripted and performed each year by community volunteer actors. The plays and stories then become part of history.

Plans for a unique performance venue will be developed as funds are raised from performances, community donations and grants.

Our Vision:

“Driving Sanford’s renaissance by celebrating and preserving our community’s stories.”

Our Mission:

To fulfill big dreams by providing unlimted opportunities for instilling pride, stimulating economic elevation, and to preserve and prmote our home town heritage for future generations.

How can You help?
Volunteer, tell us a story, send us $2 to help stir the soup and help promote this exciting artistic and cultural project in the making.

All Donations are tax deductible and remember it only takes $2 to stir the soup!
Celery Soup is being developed by a 501C3 organization Creative Sanford, Inc.

For information: 407-323-2774
Or visit our website: