Happy 2024. I apologize for not posting a Featured Phone last week, but something or maybe I should say someone <s> else took precedence. We welcomed our first grandchild into the world on 1/3/2024; mom and baby are doing well, and our family is beyond thrilled!
There is a unique story behind each Wind Phone that is best told by its creator and/or steward. No one can tell it the way they can, so to that end, the format for Featured Wind Phone stories is to share the creator/steward's responses to the interview questions verbatim in their own voice. Sharing our stories helps us to connect and heal and may inspire someone else to create or visit a Wind Phone.
This week's Featured Phone is in Palm Harbor, Florida; Joy Katzen-Guthrie, shared this beautiful Wind Phone with us on behalf of the Palm Habor Museum. It is placed in a gorgeous setting and is surrounded by stunning artwork. Thank you, Joy, for sharing this Wind Phone with us.
Where is your Wind Phone located?
Palm Harbor, Florida
Corner of Belcher & Curlew Roads, Palm Harbor, FL, with entrance off Curlew Road. Large parking area, Wind Phone located under camphor trees at entrance, by picnic tables. Entrance to the museum is free Thursdays-Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM, and the Wind Phone may be visited at any time.
What year and month did you place your Wind Phone at this location?
This Wind Phone was dedicated at our Founder's Day 40th Birthday Celebration of the Palm Harbor Historical Society on October 14th.
Why did you choose this location?
This is a lovely and quiet spot by our museum; the Wind Phone was erected in memory of founders, members, and supporters of the museum and community who have passed, as well as all who contributed gifts of time, talent, and substance to improve our community life, particularly in preserving and celebrating cultural history at Palm Harbor Museum.
Is your Wind Phone dedicated or in memory of someone special?
Members of The Flingkei Book Club of Pinellas County — an expansion of a book club begun in Japan in 1962 — were honored to provide funding for this Wind Phone in tribute to their founder, Alden Matthews, and to recently deceased members Ben Griffith, Mary Griffith, Sallie Parks, and Judy McSwine. The labor and design for our Wind Phone was donated by Aaron Fortner of Ozona, who created the Japanese torii gate for its entrance.
Do you have any advice for someone thinking of creating a Wind Phone?
The Wind Phone has been received beautifully by the community and has received a touching response from individuals who have come to remember their beloved ones at this spot.
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