*For Immediate Release, April 10, 2018*
MADEIRA BEACH, FL: The City of Seminole has voted unanimously to allow the move of the entire Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market operation to their City. The move will take place in November of this year.
Given the looming construction on Madeira Way and the construction changes which are now precluding the previously determined ‘move to’ spot on the Tom Stuart Causeway for the coming Season, Market Operations Manager Laura Garrison felt, after much deliberation, that the move to Seminole was the best option. “This is a huge move for us as a Market, especially after four very successful Seasons on Madeira Way,” stated Garrison. “We’ve helped bring awareness to the local businesses in Madeira Beach, we’ve developed a loyal customer base as a Market and folks look forward to returning to the Market season after season. Its bittersweet, yet we are faced with construction challenges that necessitate change. We’re incredibly grateful, though, to –and for– the City of Seminole. They have been a joy to work with and they have a wonderful epicenter that is perfect for us. We’re excited about the move.”
The move will take place in November of this year. The new Market,
The Seminole Wednesday Market, will be held on Wednesdays, from 10AM-2PM and will be located on the grounds of the City of Seminole Recreation Center at 9100 113th St in Seminole.
The City of Seminole Recreation Center, St Pete College, the City library, City Hall and the post office are all within the scope of the new Market location. The location also boasts easy access, a great park-like setting and plenty of free parking. Market entrance is free and the Market will be pet and family friendly.
The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market OPENS November 4! We’re located on the grounds of the Town of Indian Shores Municipal Center at 19305 Gulf Boulevard in Indian Shores. Market hours are 9AM-1PM every Sunday through the end of April (weather permitting — weather closures will be posted on our Facebook page.)
The Seminole Wednesday Market OPENS November 7th! Our Market moves from Madeira Way to Seminole this Season. We’ll be located on the grounds of the Holland B Mangum Recreational Complex at 9100 113th St in Seminole, Florida. Market hours are 10AM-2PM every Wednesday through the end of April (weather permitting – weather closures will be posted on our Facebook page.)
These three empowering modes of responding to a call of action describe the support and aims of their ministry. Prefaced by the work of their daughter, Glenda, John and Doris McVay are the passionate stewards of Beauty for Ashes Florida. Beauty for Ashes Nepal, founded by their daughter, is an organization working to empower survivors of human trafficking and women who may be at risk of trafficking by fostering an environment that reflects the power of community, independence and faith. The McVays pursue their own chapter here in Florida selling handmade goods such as: earrings, items from recycled saris, necklaces and more from the women at Beauty for Ashes Nepal.
Inspired by their daughter, who they describe as, “A smiler, a laugher and a lover of the Lord”, the McVays have continued to speak out against human trafficking in their own backyard by educating people of all ages about the signs of trafficking with a special focus on educating the youth. They deeply understand the plaguing issue of human trafficking, the ways in which it manifests, and the ways in which it can be reduced.
They share, “Trafficking is growing larger than the drug industry because there is even more money involved in it.” Doris McVay goes on to explain the quick nature of trafficking and how widespread the harm extends. Their mission is to inform others of these travesties in order to incite change amongst individuals. The specifics are mentioned above because it is exercising the want and the pressing need the McVays advocate for in the journey to end human trafficking. The pressing need is the knowledge of the issue. They yearn to spread awareness and so they go out and educate others about the problem. They are a walking example of proactivity.
John McVay mentions the impact of his father’s work as a labor leader when John was growing up; the work of organizing meetings to address poverty and other tasks at hand have resonated with him. Doris mentions her withstanding passion, “I just like to help people” along with examples of driving around town with an extra breakfast sandwich looking for someone on the streets in need and buying candies for the toll-takers just to brighten their days. These professions of kindness have transferred to their five children and they hope that things will carry on to their grandchildren as they grow up. Family is a way of uplifting others; to connect hands and hearts to one another promotes the stability of hope and the promise of empowerment which leads then to the continued alleviation of suffering.
In Nepal, Glenda uses the model of family to construct many of the activities that occur at Beauty for Ashes which include (but are not limited to): daily morning prayer practices, lunches with all the staff members and education sponsors for many of the children of women working at Ashes for Beauty. The McVays explain the aspect of family at the markets they have been participating in for almost three years by describing the interest other vendors take in their story.
Talking is what they want; talking promotes the spread of knowledge and the spread of care for a cause.
Cal Morris, an exceptional music maker at The Beach Markets: Cal Morris is a living inspiration of someone who unapologetically has followed their passion; that passion being music. A self-taught musician from an early age, Morris pursues the art of the piano and the art of the violin. Raised on a family farm in Oklahoma, then beginning his teenage years playing in several orchestras, Morris explored the many opportunities in the field of his passion. Not always was his career in music though, he originally tended to a family business venture but after a decade he was drawn back to his musical roots and he decided to pursue music full time. As his life has progressed he has composed soundtracks for a feature film, for promotional videos, for some short films, for the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C and many other events. (He has and does perform at our very own Beach Markets as well as the Sarasota Farmer’s Market.) His music comes from an array of symphony orchestra pieces to modern millennial current pieces (as explained on his website http://calmorrismusic.com/). Behind the scenes, he is a husband, he is a father of two little ones and he is a twin. His (also self-taught) twin pursues music on the other coast. Coast to coast to the north woods to the southern islands, Morris is a dedicated traveler as well; he is proof that a full life does not exist in only one passion. His music continues to bless the passing ears whether those ears are strolling through farmer’s markets or sitting in the Italian Embassy.