Letter from John L. Mica to Trish Thompson (July 12, 2011)


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Letter from John L. Mica to Trish Thompson (July 12, 2011)

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Letter from Mica to Thompson (July 12, 2011)


Sanford (Fla.)
Community theater--United States
Theater--United States
Historic preservation--Florida
Mica, John L., 1943-


A letter from U.S. House Representative John L. Mica congratulating Creative Sanford, Inc. and its then-President Trish Thompson for receiving the 2011 Cultural Preservation Award from the Sanford Historic Trust for the play Touch and Go. Creative Sanford, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to manage Celery Soup community theater productions. The original idea for the Celery Soup: Florida’s Folk Life Play 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.


Mica, John L.


Original letter from John L. Mica to Trish Thompson, July 12, 2011: Creative Sanford, Inc., Historic Sanford Welcome Center, Sanford, Florida.

Date Created



Thompson, Trish
Reisz, Autumn
Miller, Mark

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original letter from John L. Mica to Trish Thompson, July 12, 2011.

Is Part Of

Creative Sanford, Inc., Sanford Welcome Center, Sanford Florida.
Celery Soup: Florida’s Folk Life Play Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

"Oral History of Trish Thompson." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/3093.




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8.5 x 11 inch typed letter






Creative Sanford, Inc., Sanford, Florida
Princess Theater, Sanford, Florida

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History Teacher
Humanities Teacher
Theater Teacher


Originally created by John L. Mica.

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Copyright to the resource is held by Creative Sanford, Inc. and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Dr. Scot French's "Tools in Digital History Seminar," Fall 2013


Reisz, Autumn

Digital Collection

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External Reference

"WHO IS CREATIVE SANFORD, INC?" Celery Soup. http://www.celerysoupsanford.com//about.
"About: History and Purpose." Celery Soup. http://www.celerysoupsanford.com/about/.
"Sanford, Florida: How do you make Celery Soup? Add stories, then stir." Community Performance International. http://www.communityperformanceinternational.org/sanford-florida.
"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.

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8.5 x 11 inch typed letter


Mica, John L., “Letter from John L. Mica to Trish Thompson (July 12, 2011),” RICHES, accessed May 29, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/3056.