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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!




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


Postcard Swap with Tampa Type

In Event, The Travelogues on April 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

During the Travelogue that took place on Friday, April 4th, we heard stories from Tampa and Israel. Tampa Type hosted a postcard swap, where audience members could fill out a vintage postcard, drop their address in a fishbowl, and receive a postcard in return from someone else at the event. These are the wonderful postcards that were created that night, and that will be reaching a mailbox near you.

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To see photos and listen to the audio recordings from the Tampa and Israel Travelogue, “Stories of Exploration”, click here.

To find out when the next Travelogue will take place, click here.

Travelogues – Tampa and Israel

In Event, The Travelogues on April 9, 2014 at 3:28 am

On Friday, April 4th, we heard “Stories of Exploration” from Tampa and Israel. We also had a postcard swap, where audience members could fill out a vintage postcard, drop their address in a fishbowl, and receive a postcard in return from someone else at the event. Old Tampa Book Company brought books featuring Tampa and Israel. Profile Racing and History Bike Tampa showcased Tampa’s cycling opportunities.

Matt Coplon shared stories and photos of seeing Tampa’s details and taking advantage of the abandoned during BMX rides with his friends, and Randy Rosenthal showed us the contradictions of Israel– both its stereotypes and its surprises. Stop and look around your hometown. Enjoy it. Take a closer look at what you think you know. Try to hold two ideas in your head at once. Let the good outweigh the bad. These are the ideas, lessons, and images we were shown that night. Below are a few photos and the audio if you’d like to take a first listen, or a second. See you on July 11 for “Tour Stories”.








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To view all of the postcards from the postcard swap, click here.

To view more photos from “Stories of Exploration” on 4/4, click here.

Matt Coplon – Tampa [Presentation Recording]

Randy Rosenthal – Israel [Presentation Recording]

Sharing The Travelogues at St. Pete Zine Fest

In Event, The Travelogues on January 13, 2014 at 3:32 am

Zinesters and other creatives gathered at The Venture Compound on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2014 to share their words, pictures, and stories. I shared what The Travelogues were all about, as well as some lovely stickers, with many folks who had not yet heard of the series and several who had! We received some requests to have a Travelogue across the bay in St. Pete. Is this something we should do? Let your voice be heard.




Check out this amazing travel and adventure story that was shared that evening on our “Share a Story” clipboard:

Jacob; Gainesville
“I spent one summer sailing a friend’s boat up the entire east coast, from Miami to Baltimore, with no clear way to get home to South Florida. So, I rode freight trains, with just a bottle of water, a jar of peanut butter, and a copy of “Return of the King”. In Jacksonville, I was so engrossed in the story that I failed to notice the train I had been waiting for was leaving. I bolted through a hole in the fence, torn clothes and bleeding, and caught my first train at a full sprint “on the fly”.”

Thank you, Jacob.

One Year of Travel Stories

In Event, The Travelogues on January 8, 2014 at 4:01 am

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On Friday, January 3, 2014 we celebrated ‘One Year of Travel Stories.’ By we, I mean 7 speakers, 10 photographers, 1 Bluebird Books Bus, 1 zinester, and 90 local travel enthusiasts. Thank you, Tampa Bay, for embracing The Travelogues.

There is no recording from this evening. I decided that I would let the evenings stories exist only within that time and those walls. The exciting news of the evening was that we have a new logo, and we’ll be seasonal instead of monthly. Our next Travelogue is April 4, and the one after that is July 11. You can find out who you’ll be hearing from at those times here.

As for our lovely, magical one year anniversary, there was a Nancy Drew Cruise, an engagement, a frozen camera chord, lava, a fancy Japanese toilet, an elephant-shaped towel, and the Devil’s Punchbowl– which makes for a diverse, entertaining, and humbling batch of stories. Thank you, Josh Sullivan, Katie Marie and Eric Turner, Victoria Hawley, James and Julie Branaman, Jeremy Gloff, Justin Arnold, and Mitzi Gordon for volunteering your experiences for the evening.

Thank you Brian Vandervliet, James and Julie Branaman, Daniel Veintimilla, Chad Verzosa, Megan Voeller, Joe Benjamin, Peter Hoang, Amanda Just, and Brian Mahar for sharing photographs and stories from your travels.

Thank you to our sponsors, Creative Loafing and Sun Frames.

Thank you to James DeFord, Rosalie Arnone, Julie Zydek, Kelly Moroni, and Laura Salgado for helping to execute the event.

Thank you to Meredith Watt and Trey Penton for photographing the event and our speakers.

For more photos from that night, visit our Facebook here.

See you in April for Isle of Skye, Kauai, and Israel! Safe travels!


More wonderful photos here.

Travelogues – First Friday 9

In Event, The Travelogues on December 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

On Friday, December 6, 2014 we heard stories from Australia and Japan. Australia is very expensive, but has a lot to show you. Japan is beautiful, and the earthquake that tore the northern part of the country up was terrifying. Karen Kress stayed with her family for one month in Australia, staying in a different part of the country each week, and David Z. Morris was living in Tokyo when the devastation occurred, and ventured to the part of the country that had been hit the worst to help repair the aftermath. You can hear their stories below, and we hope to see you on Friday, Jan. 3 for our First Anniversary Party, “One Year of Travel Stories”!




Karen Kress – Australia [Presentation Recording]

David Z. Morris – Japan [Presentation Recording]

Travelogues – First Friday 8

In Event, The Travelogues on November 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm

There was a lot of excitement, because before Paris and Detroit stories, we were two Travelogues away from our first anniversary party on Fri. January 3. There was also some nervousness, because we were in a different space due to there being an art show booked for the same night as our Travelogue. However, the upside was that the room we were in was quieter, and more intimate for sharing stories, and we had both a great audience and lovely speakers. So, all in all, we did okay! Vince Kral has presented in a Travelogue before– the very first one, to be exact. In typical Vince fashion, he brought videos he had created and narrated over. He shared two videos, one touring around major areas of Paris, and the latter a short horror film he collaborated with other students on. He had his sweet daughters with him, so he had to leave early, which is unfortunately why I don’t have any photos of him at the Travelogue. Randy brought us a set of stories we couldn’t have imagined from Detroit. When you think of Detroit– do boxing, ruin porn, or hipster pub crawls come to mind? If not, you’ll definitely understand and be delighted after hearing the audio from his presentation below. We hope you enjoy Vince’s Paris and Randy’s Detroit.

See you on Fri. December 6 for Australia and Japan! If you’d like, please bring something you’ve purchased or found in a place you’ve visited for a little ‘Show and Tell’ session in December! Cheers!







Vince’s Art Portfolio
Randy’s Project, Frivolous Dry Goods

Vince Kral – “An American Artist in Paris” (videos) [Presentation Recording]

Randy Rosenthal – Detroit [Presentation Recording]

Travelogues – First Friday 7

In The Travelogues on October 8, 2013 at 2:45 am

On Friday, Oct. 4 we heard stories of growing up a military brat and moving to Germany at the drop of a hat from Jenice Armstead and of visiting quaint and beautiful corners of Chile’s coastal towns from Pilar Ojeda. We also went around the room and asked each lovely attendee to name what or who they were going to dress up as this Halloween, and we got everything from Flo the Progressive woman to Rainbow Brite. But the evening wasn’t complete until everyone has a square of the orange colored and flavored rice krispie treats we made to celebrate the holiday. Enjoy our speakers’ stories!






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Pilar Ojeda – Visting family in Chile [Presentation Recording]

Jenice Armstead – Military brat stories [Presentation Recording]

Travelogues – First Friday 6

In Event, The Travelogues on September 11, 2013 at 3:47 am

On Fri. Sept. 6th, we breezed through our 10th Travelogue. I say breezed, because it was a slightly quieter evening, and it seemed like everything was moving smoothly and quickly, but not as quick as Justin Arnold’s quicksand in the Amazon. Justin Arnold brought us amazing stories of ridiculousness from Peru and Romania, and Lucy Monette brought us stories of road trips with road maps alongside her father, Michael Monette, who passed away suddenly last year. Lucy began her presentation with a slide that had the quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I think both speakers brought this quote to life that evening, sharing with us the moments they were alive and interacting with the world in a way that they’d remember for the rest of their lives. I hope you enjoy both the humor and the sentiments from both speakers below, and we’ll see you next time for stories from Chile and growing up a military brat on Fri. Oct. 4th!

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Justin Arnold – Peru and Romania [Presentation Recording]

Lucy Monette – Road Tripping with her father through the U.S. [Presentation Recording]