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Travelogues Anniversary Party Poster

The Travelogues First Anniversary Party!
After hosting the original installment of 4 Travelogues in January of 2013, and a run of ‘First Friday’ Travelogues from April through December of 2013, we happily celebrated ‘One Year of Travel Stories’ on Friday, January 3, 2014.

Fri. January 3, 2014
7 speakers
[Josh Sullivan, Mitzi Gordon, James and Julie Branaman, Justin Arnold, Victoria Hawley, Katie Marie and Eric Turner, and Jeremy Gloff]
Bluebird Books Bus
Travel photography
[Joe Benjamin, Peter Hoang, James and Julie Branaman, Brian Mahar, Megan Voeller, Brian Vandervliet, Chad Verzosa, Daniel Veintimilla, and Amanda Just]
Cupcakes and Sandwiches by Cafe Hey
Free raffles with a Travelogues themed jewelry set by SuperFantastic! by Julie and Travelogues-themed merch

$5 in advance
$7 at the door

Sponsored by:
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The Travelogues
A traveling story-telling series where speakers shared travel stories every Friday
evening in January 2013.

Final Travlogue Poster Digital Version

Where The Travelogues came from: In high school, I was a member of a community service club called Interact. We ran a concessions stand for a Travelogues series every year, featuring stories of places like Alaska from older folks in our school’s auditorium. I always loved those events and recently decided to host a handful of events like those from my volunteer days every Friday evening in January 2013. I asked my friends if they’d be interested in sharing their travel tales, and I even shared some of my own. The series was very successful and well-recieved. Thank you so much to the Tampa community for welcoming The Travelogues with open arms!

*Update: The series will continue in April 2013 and will occur the First Friday of the month thereafter at Cafe Hey. Head over to our ‘Current’ page for more information.

January 4th
Josh Sullivan – Visited 41 states in 2009 for his “Fifty-two Friends” project
Deanna Williams – Taught English in Bangalore, India
Vince Kral – Sharing a video of an RV trip from Tampa to Iowa and back
at Tempus Projects, 7 to 9 PM
Blue Bird Books will be in attendance with a collection of books relating to travel and journeys, as well as zines and writing by locals.

January 11th
Nicole Kibert – Served in the Peace Corps in Macedonia
Professor Ryan Cragun – Was a missionary in Costa Rica for two years
at Cafe Hey, 7 to 9 PM

January 18th
Gina Moccio – Studied abroad in England (Recent schedule change)
Sarah Gecan – Visits to family in Ireland
at Kaleisia Tea Lounge, 7 to 9 PM

January 25th
Mitzi Gordon – Return to L.A.
Christian Higgins – Taught English in France
Peter Hoang – Couch-surfed through 26 states in 5 months
at Cafe Hey, 7 to 9 PM
Blue Bird Books will be in attendance with a collection of books relating to travel and journeys, as well as zines and writing by locals.

*A handmade giveaway at the door / A different themed giveaway each week


Photos and recordings of the first Travelogues can be found here.

Sign up for our newsletter here to find out about future Travelogues, as well as being notified of new interviews!

Vessel is a proud recipient of a 2012 Microgrant from Hampton Arts Management for ‘The Travelogues’!

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To each of these persons and businesses I extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’:
Josh Sullivan, Deanna Williams, Vince Kral, Ryan Cragun, Nicole Kibert, Peter Hoang, Sarah Gecan, Christian Higgins, Ari Gabel, Mitzi Gordon, Bluebird Books, Jen Logan, Kyle Chason, James DeFord, JoEllen Schilke, Lenka Davis, Patrick Smith, Radko Keleman, Cafe Hey, Tempus Projects, Kaleisia Tea Lounge, Hampton Arts Management, Mikey’s Cafe & Bakery, Sherry’s Yesterdaze, Microgroove, Independent Bar and Cafe, The Refinery, Duckweed Urban Market, Nola Cafe, Old Tampa Book Company, City Bike Tampa, Bentley Salon, Daddy Kool Records, Revolve Clothing Exchange, The Bunker, The Bricks, Rudely Elegant and La France. Thank you, Tampa, and to each and every person that attended a Travelogue this month.
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The Say Anything [Interview + Illustration] Project Exhibition
Friday, March 16th 2012 7 – 10 PM

Photo by Ciera Fedock

In the summer of 2010, I interviewed Max Bemis for a personal music publication, and for several reasons, did not write or publish the interview. A year later, I decided that I was ready to, and as a sort of apology for taking so long with it, I decided to pair it with illustrated songs off the self-titled album Say Anything was touring at the time of the interview. The pieces are by artists from all over the United States, England and Europe. Six months into the project, I certainly knew more about asking for a commission and planning an exhibit than I did before. I also now know what it’s like to start on a project and continue all the way through– through the bumps and the doubts to get to each daily, weekly victory.

Artists included are:

Sabelle Rena

Logan Faerber
hate everyone

David Litchfield
do better

Patt Kelley
less cute

Daria Hlazatova

Steven Kraan
mara and me

Patt Kelley

Sashiko Y
she won't follow you

Natalie Andrewson


Jennifer Parks

Bett Norris
death for my birthday

Mark Aguilar
young dumb and stung

Barbara Ana Gomez

On Friday, March 16th 2012, Say Anything songs from the self-titled album like “Property”, “Ahhh.. Men” and “Less Cute” were exhibited in illustrated form, along with a mixed media interview with the band’s lead singer, Max Bemis. There were also listening stations so that attendees could have a listen to the music that inspired the drawings.

This project’s exhibition made possible by: Tommy and Josephine Byrne; Alex Caraballo; James DeFord <3; Christina and Cynthia Demaio; Elawgrrl; Ciera Fedock; Regis Frey; Emm Greenwood; Lynne Hansen;; Ashley “Ajax” Jackson; Juan Lopez; Casey Madera; Krissy Mayhew; Steven, Jaclyn and Debbie Moccio; Bridget and Vincent Moccio; Tracy Midulla Reller; Nicole Southworth; Sara Szymanski and Randy Tarnowski.

Special thanks to all my artists involved, Daddy Kool Records in downtown St. Petersburg and Microgroove in Tampa’s Seminole Heights for serving as invitation headquarters, The Roosevelt 2.0, and to Tampa Upcycle for assistance in creating an amazing banner and teaching this gal how to bunt.

The Yelling Project
April 2010

We gathered in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to yell as loudly and as long as we could. The Yelling Project was conceived out of frustration and not knowing where to put that frustration. Please excuse the bit of corruption in the video, but I hope you’ll appreciate that these people had to let go of their shyness and inhibitions to yell amongst strangers and in a public space. My friends brought their friends to participate and in the end, we all made a few new ones.

  1. […] More information on the event — as well as info on the next two presentations — is available at Vessel Collective’s official website. […]

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