The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) resumed its annual activities on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at 2:00 pm, at The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, 540 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, Florida; telephone: 727-823-7767. We welcomed FIVE new guests too: three from Orlando and two from Seminole.
Our special luncheon program featured many of our “TV stars” who were interviewed for Ameerika Eestlased. Florida. The interviews took place over the Christmas/New Year period in 2014-15, and the series was aired on TV in Estonia from May to July 2015.
We began our program by showing the first episode in the series: The story of põgenemine (flight) by many Estonians following World War II and the interview with Arno and Evi Kallas, the President and Secretary of the Estonian National Association of South Florida (Lõuna Florida Eesti Selts). Our own speakers made our program põnev (really interesting). Our “TV stars” described how it felt to be interviewed. Everyone agreed that they were absolutely delighted with the way their interviews were presented on television. We had an engaging conversation about how the program might have been viewed/received in Estonia. We all hope Estonians found the program engaging; we heard the viewership in the summer was high. We thank producer Toomas Lepp, reporter Hannula Lepp and video/audio operator Indrek Mänd for their interest in Estonians living in Florida and their highly talented and professional presentation of our many stories to our families and friends in Estonia.
Ameerika eestlased is an Estonian-language television series on Estonians living in the United States, produced by Toomas Lepp. Started in 1992 simply as Ameerika Eestlased, the series now has three additional installments: America’s Estonians: East Coast. West Coast. Florida (just added this summer). The Florida series currently is accessible on Tallinna TV’s archives through this website: http://tallinnatv.eu/index.php/saated-sarjad/elusaated/ameerika-eestlased-florida. [The Estonian text below explains the series.]
Please note: KFES will hold its annual business meeting for the 2015-16 year on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 2:00 pm, at Pier 22, 1200 First Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205; telephone: 941-748-8087. This has been one of our favorite locations and we are happy to return here again. Situated waterside, the restaurant has a lovely moderately priced luncheon menu. Please join us!