Celery Ball

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Celery Ball

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Celery Ball


Sanford (Fla.)
Balls (Parties)--United States


A wooden cut-out of a man and woman dressed for the Celery Ball. The Celery Ball is a fund raising event held by Creative Sanford, a non-profit organization created to manage Celery Soup: Florida's Folk Life Play community theater productions, each year. For the Celery Ball, several "kings" and "queens" compete to raise money to support Creative Sanford's mission, the highest male and female fundraisers being crowned the top king and queen. The Celery Ball in 2014 was The Great Gatsby-themed and featured silent auctions.

The original idea for the Celery Soup project came from Jeanine Taylor, the owner of a folk-art gallery on First Street in Sanford, Florida. Their first production was Touch and Go, a play focusing on the people of Sanford and their determination to overcome various obstacles, including the Freeze of 1894-1895, the fall of Sanford's celery industry, and the closing of Naval Air Station (NAS) Sanford in the 1960s. Richard Geer and Jules Corriere, partners from Community Performance International, were in charge of assessing oral histories, converting them into scenes for the play, and writing original songs. Director Geer also used an all-volunteer cast from the local community, many of whom were not experienced actors. In the process of producing the show, Creative Sanford decided to rehabilitate an historic building, the Princess Theater, which is located on 115 West First Street and owned by Stephen Tibstra. The Creative Sanford offices are housed in the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, located at 203 East First Street.


Reisz, Autumn


Original color digital image by Autumn Reisz, October 11, 2013.

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Reisz, Autumn

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Princess Theater, Sanford, Florida.
Celery Soup: Florida’s Folk Life Play Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Princess Theater, Sanford, Florida

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Originally created by Autumn Reisz.

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Dr. Scot French's "Tools in Digital History Seminar", Fall 2013 at the University of Central Florida


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"WHO IS CREATIVE SANFORD, INC?" Celery Soup. http://www.celerysoupsanford.com//about.
"About: History and Purpose." Celery Soup. http://www.celerysoupsanford.com/about/.
"Tales of Sanford's resilience are the stars of 'Touch and Go'." The Orlando Sentinel, October 20, 2010. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-10-20/entertainment/os-celery-soup-sanford-20101020_1_oral-histories-swamp-gravy-celery-soup.
"2013 Celery Ball Recap." Celery Soup. http://www.celerysoupsanford.com/2013-celery-ball-recap/.
"Purchase Tickets 2014 Great Gatsby Celery Ball." Celery Soup. http://www.celerysoupsanford.com/purchase-tickets-2014-great-gatsby-celery-ball/.

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