It's only fitting that this week's People column start off with a tip of the hat to its former chronicler, Vin Mannix.
Vin and his lovely wife, Sherri, are celebrating their fourth year of marital bliss. Congratulations, you two.
Regular readers of this column know that Vin retired to take up some fishing and complete that "honey-do list" Sherri leaves for him every morning as she heads out the door for work.
Here's hoping your new keeper of the list of life's sweet events does as good as job as Vin.
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Speaking of wedding anniversaries, Sam Hershfield may be setting some high standards for the rest of the husbands in the community.
Sam surprised his wife, Jill, on Monday, a few days in advance of her 69th birthday and their seventh anniversary when he had three of downtown Bradenton's best chefs work together to create a fabulous four-course dinner for 24 of their best friends.
The surprise party was held at SoMa Creekside on 14th Street West, where chef Gaetano Guy Cannata, owner of Ortygia in the Village of the Arts, started the dinner with the appetizer.
SoMa chef/owner David Shiplett followed with the salad and entree.
Chef Jim Copening of Arts & Eats, also in the VOA district, finished it off the sumptuous repast with two deserts.
Speaking of birthdays, Susie Henderson will be 85 years young on Thursday.
At first, some motorists tooling eastbound Tuesday along Manatee Avenue West would have thought they were getting some breaking news.
The marquee sign on the Shake Pit read, "Lawton Smith for School Board."
But right under that was the clincher, "April Fool."
It was Shake Pit boss Debbie Crowe's annual gag on her pal, Smith, the proprietor at Council's, the throwback burger and beer joint downtown, across the street from the Manatee County Historic Courthouse.
Speaking of courts, last month was just a little busy for Circuit Court Judge Doug Henderson.
March saw him in Tallahassee working in the Judges Teaching Institute at the Florida Supreme Court, then the Florida Judicial College in Orlando for new judges, and then the state high school mock trial finals at the Orange County Courthouse.
Congratulations are in order for Michael Carter, who was installed at a ceremony on March 29 as the 2014-15 Exalted Ruler of Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511 on 75th Street West. He succeeds Jack Cantwell as the fraternal organization's top officer.
The opening reception for a Ringling College of Art and Design Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition
of student Bianca Rylee and two of her fellow seniors, Katie Aucoin, and Hunter Slade, will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Two Columns Gallery, 1947 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
The show is titled #nofilter, referring to the social media phenomenon of people sharing their everyday lives in photos over the Internet without filtering or editing their actions.
"All three artists approach their work with a similar mindset," Bianca said, "creating the work in the moment, with raw and unfiltered content and emotion."
The show has a wide range of media techniques, including painting, printmaking and sculpture and runs through Thursday.
There's more information on the #nofilter Facebook page.
Well, that's all for the first community column without Vin. Hope you all like it. Start sending me your tidbits and milestones to consider for future columns. I'm at email@example.com and would love to hear from you!
Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with 'Nudi's Neighbors' every Friday. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.