Vin's People: Pirates set national anthem auditions Feb. 1

January 17, 2014 

Want to sing our national anthem before a festive spring training crowd in the sweetest little ballpark in Florida, that's also host to the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game?

Here's your chance.

The resurgent Pittsburgh Pirates hold auditions 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 1 at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, for their 16-game Grapefruit League schedule.

Vocalists must perform a cappella and sing no longer than two minutes. No instrumental renditions.

Folks who can sing the Canadian national anthem -- Toronto visits March 6 and 25 -- are welcome to perform it, too.

For more details, call 941-747-3031. Or visit

• Peggy and Sid Harris celebrated their 46th anniversary. Cheers from son, Joe.

• Gabriela Cardenas will vie Feb. 2 for 2014 Miss Teen Tampa. The Lakewood Ranch High School junior was chosen among finalists from a Tampa area selection process.

She'll compete in the Miss Teen division, which includes modeling and interviews.

If Gabriela wins, she'll represent the Tampa area at the National Miss Teen Competition in Orlando with a shot at more than $30,000 in prizes.

Folks interested in sponsoring Gabriela can call the Miss Teen Tampa Pageant at 1-877-403-6678.

• That wily ol' stork touched down again for Josh and Jill McGarry. They named Finnegan's new baby sister, Isla June.

• Heard from Michael O'Neill, the garrulous, hirsute proprietor of Ireland's Railway Tavern off Tralee Bay, County Kerry. His 2013 summer vacation? Seeing America via railroad from New York to San Francisco. Sweet.

• Mary Smith is 87 years young Monday and wants to thank all her Parrish friends for their love, support and participation in projects like Meals on Wheels PLUS, Our Daily Bread and FELT.

• Vera Jo Strickland, a seventh-generation Manatee County native, is writing a cookbook.

• Neil Spirtas is 29 years with the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. The vice president of public policy and small business and baseball buff won't be in the office much once spring training cranks up.

• U.S. Air Force Capt. Kenneth Corigliano is being honored in San Diego as a member of the NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Team. The Bradenton native ran cross country and swam at St. Leo University and was its 2006 Athlete of the year. Corigliano is with the U.S. Central Command's Joint Intelligence Center at MacDill Air Force Base.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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