Vin's People: McKechnie Field hosts Manatee Hurricanes 'Steakout' Feb. 7

January 31, 2014 

Steak at the ol' ballyard?

That's the deal Feb. 7 for the Manatee Hurricanes Baseball Booster Club's 15th annual "Steakout" and alumni reunion. It's 5-9 p.m. at McKechnie Field's Kona Tiki Hut on the boardwalk.

There will be an alumni game at 6 p.m.

For ticket information call Bruce Braithwaite at 941-720-9224. Or Dan Molter at 941-747-8525.

• Speaking of McKechnie Field, remember national anthem auditions are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Visitbradentonmarauders.com. Or call 941-747-3031.

• Uh, oh! Woody Coddington, who pours 'em straight and strong bartending at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Cortez, hit the Big 5-0!

• Bradenton's Katie Locke and Inland Traveler, her New York-based indie-folk band, will be in our area Feb. 7-9.

They'll play Feb. 7 at New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave., Tampa. Doors open 9 p.m. On Feb. 8, they'll be at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court-Rear, Sarasota. Doors open 8 p.m.

They'll also be performing live from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 7 on WSLR 96.5 FM.

Meanwhile check out their work at: inlandtraveler.bandcamp.com.

• Bob and Mary Jo Forney are married 67 years Saturday.

• Could Jared Paperella have the makings of a Jeffersonian scholar?

Competing against four other state chapter winners, the Bayshore High School student's oration on the life of Thomas Jefferson won the Florida Society Sons of the America Revolution Rumbaugh Oration Contest Jan. 24. Coached by English teacher Lori Ladd, Jared will vie against the country's top scholastic orators at the National Congress in Greenville, S.C., in July.

• Lee Middle School sixth-grader and trombonist Danielle Hunter is 12. Cheers from proud parents, John and Denay, brother, Marc, and grands, Joe and Joanne.

• Big ups to 15 Lincoln Middle School students, who placed in the top four of their respective events at the Florida Business Leaders of America District Leadership Conference Jan. 11.

They are Jalynne Brown, Shelton Bruton, Blake Butzow, Madison Conrad, Dexter Johnson, Logan Kincannon, who was elected the Middle Level FBLA District Representative, Mackenzie Lang, Lexi Leclezio, Caitlin Moore, Nijah Morris, Savannah Peters, Madison Stackhouse, Alaina Stickles, Kiara Watts and Tre Wolken. This enables them to move on to the State Leadership Conference in Orlando.

• Last, but definitely not least, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church welcomes back Pastor Indy Dennis as pastor. She was its associate pastor from 2001-2007, before relocating to Greenville, N.C.

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

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