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Folklore #2 | Music + Makers

In Event, Folklore, Uncategorized on June 17, 2016 at 1:32 am

On Wednesday, June 1 Tempus Projects and Vessel Collective hosted the second Folklore, featuring interviews with a music journalist and the creators of Tampa Indie Flea. Ray Roa writes for Sub Ap!, Creative Loafing, and TBT* to name a few as well as working part-time at a local advertising agency. Seanissey Loughlin and Rosey Williams created an event that fosters the makers community and the ‘buy local’ movement. Each of the interviewees comes from a different background, but they’re cut from the same cloth because each is passionate about seeing their friends, neighbors, and Tampa as a whole flourish. About 40 of us listened to their personal histories, lessons they’ve learned, what they love about our city, and what they still hope to see happen in the next few years to our local culture. All proceeds of the event benefit Tempus Projects and its future programming.

This event also marked the 6th birthday of Vessel Collective. That’s 6 years of sharing the successes and struggles of artists, musicians, and creativists. We’re hosted more than a dozen community events under this moniker, including  ‘The Travelogues’ and now ‘Folklore’. Thanks for your support and we’d love to see you at the next events in August (The Travelogues) and September (Folklore).

Thank you to Ryan Seybold for capturing all of Folklore #2’s lovely angles. Keep creating and building, Tampa!




Travelogues – Cambodia and Burkina Faso

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2016 at 2:55 am


On Friday, May 6 we heard stories from Travelogues veterans, Katie & Eric Turner of History Bike Tampa and Travelogues newbie, Danielle Calhoun of Black Sheep Bride. Katie and Eric have presented three times, with the first one being in 2013 about their visit together to Kazakhstan. We’ve also enjoyed stories of St. Augustine from the Turners, but on this night it was their honeymoon in Cambodia and Thailand. Katie and Eric play off of each other really well and are always so fun to hear from.



Danielle Calhoun shared stories and amazing photos of her trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic and Burkina Faso, Africa. Her first trip to Burkina Faso changed the course of her life. From this trip came Black Sheep Bride, a wedding blog that features vendors that give back to their local communities and charities.



It was a fantastic night and we hope you enjoy hearing their stories below. Stay tuned for the next event on Friday, September 2 at Cafe Hey. Safe travels.

Katie & Eric Turner [Presentation Recording]

Danielle Calhoun [Presentation Recording]

Folklore #1 | Food + Art

In Culture, Event, Folklore, Uncategorized on March 4, 2016 at 4:06 am

On Wednesday, March 2 magic took place. There were no playing cards and nobody was sawed in half, but magic happened in the form of community. A chef and a curator talked about their struggles, successes, hopes for Tampa, and more in front of a live audience in a local art gallery in Seminole Heights amongst over 40 people, one greyhound named Sabina, and several art installations by Brooklyn-based artist, Langdon Graves (the show by Graves was it’s own exhibition, but lended itself very well to Folklore).

The creator of Folklore is also the person behind its umbrella project, Vessel. Her name is Gina Moccio, and she is me. I am so proud and excited to have been able to dream up another project and see it come to fruition. I’m thankful to have partnered with Tempus Projects and have Folklore be a part of the gallery’s 2016 programming and I’m so excited to get to not only do interviews again, but to do them with people who I admire in the local food, music, and art community.

March 2nd’s Folklore heard stories from Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Sarah Howard, Curator of Public Art and Social Practice at USF Institute for Research in Art. We received radio love from JoEllen Schilke on WMNF’s Art in Your Ear and from Lenora Lake at The Tampa Tribune. Thank you to everyone who attended Folklore and those who will come and see us in June for Folklore # 2 with Ray Roa, Rosey Williams, & Seanissey Loughlin. We’ll see you soon! In the meantime, check out photos from the event below by the wonderful Luis Gottardi and stay tuned for more photos by Trey Penton of Two Keys Press and audio from March 2nd’s interviews.

Follow us on Instagram here & tag photos from the event as well as legendary locals you think would make great interviewees at a future Folklore at #folkloretampa.
Chef Ferrell Alvarez – Folklore #1 [Interview Recording]


Sarah Howard – Folklore #1 [Interview Recording]



Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


Photo by Trey Penton


The Travelogues are Back!

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2016 at 2:08 am

The Travelogues made their comeback on Friday, Feb. 5 at Cafe Hey! We had three speakers, all Travelogues veterans. Our focus for the event was to reconnect with the travel community and return with more of what The Travelogues has always been good at– getting people together in a to share and hear stories.

We had James & Julie Branaman, Josh Sullivan, and Michael Blitch. James & Julie shared stories of road-tripping around California in a very conspicuous camper van; Josh shared hand-picked black & white photos and stories from his “52 Friends” project and trip where he couchsurfed through most of the U.S.; and Michael shared photos from his trip to historic cities in Turkey.

If you missed the event or you just love The Travelogues so much you want to hear these stories all over again (which of course you do!), the audio recording of each presentation is below, as well as a few stories we collected from attendees. The wonderful photos below are by Luis Gottardi (thanks, Luis!). For more photos, click here.

Stay tuned for the next Travelogue on Friday, May 6. We’ll have stories from veteran Travelogues speakers, Katie & Eric Turner and from new Travelogues speaker, Danielle Calhoun. For more info, click here.





James & Julie Branaman [Presentation Recording]

Josh Sullivan [Presentation Recording]

Michael Blitch [Presentation Recording]


Joshua Smith

“Went to Virginia in 2012 after graduating high school. Being inexperienced with traveling and from Florida, seeing rolling hills, the capitol, civil war battles and thrift shops totally alien was pretty important for me. That and staying in a forest for a few weeks was pretty nice.”


Matt Coplon

“Traveled in a giant black school bus this past summer with 9 other friends. On the hottest day of the trip, slept off the grid in rural S.C. at the bottom of a cement bowl. Woke up drenched in sweat, covered in mosquitoes, and a couple yards from a small pack of coyotes. It was the worst yet one of the best days of my life.”


Caroline Stadler

“Traveled to Italy this past summer with one of my friends. On our way back to the airport, our train hit a man and we ended up missing our flight. They got a flight back but I had to wait a day before going home and ended up in this small town outside of Milan.”


Valeriya Rozin

“Traveled to France in 2014 for an 11 day road trip. Did about 9 to 11 hours of walking each day. Have brunch of photos and funny stories, like almost getting arrested and having by car beat up by a passing bus driver.”


Alyssa Feliho

“In 2010, I joined my father on his first trip back to Cuba in 50 years. In his hometown, we met a 90-year-old woman who remembered him as a toddler walking around the block with his father. So many memories still preserved over all this time, and new ones created for me.”