Celebration

Waldo Sexton Homestead Days return Jan. 7-8

Waldo Sexton Homestead Days return Jan. 7-8

Treasure Coast residents will have a rare opportunity this weekend to visit the original 1917 homestead of Vero Beach pioneer Waldo Sexton. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The family of Mark Tripson, grandson of Waldo Sexton, are hosting Waldo Sexton Homestead Days on the property at 5000 12th St., Vero Beach.

Sexton, who arrived in Vero Beach in 1913, would go on in the next five decades to create such landmarks as the Ocean Grill, McKee Jungle Gardens, Waldo's Mountain, Driftwood Inn, Patio Restaurant and Szechuan Palace.

Sexton, also celebrated for the phrase “I’d rather be a liar than a bore,’’ claimed to begin construction on a home shortly after arriving in Vero, but it wasn’t until 1917 that he moved into the bungalow. A year later, he married Elsebeth Martens and took her to live in the house, where she found that one room served as a living area while the other was kept full of livestock feed.

Over the years, Sexton would go onto expand the house to two stories to accommodate his family of four children. When grown daughter Barbara Tripson became pregnant with her first child, he built a second home next door for her and her husband, John Tripson.

Sexton started his Vero Beach Dairy on the property, which became Tripson Dairy after Tripson took it over.

Sexton’s homestead today, purchased by Tripson and his late wife, Hildie, in 1980, is much the same way as when Sexton lived in it and features trademark use of objects such as driftwood, iron and other recognizable features from the ruins of Palm Beach mansions Sexton salvaged.  Visitors will also be able to see his secret garden and outdoor kitchen, as well as to meet members of the gregarious Tripson family. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door through 3 p.m. each day or obtained online at www.waldossecretgarden.com.

Saturday and Sunday’s visitors will be able to hear the following presentations:

—11 a.m. Saturday:: paranormal investigator Larry Lawson will share results of a ghost study taken at the home and talk about other ghost lore related to Waldo Sexton.

—1 p.m. Saturday: Indian River Magazine Publisher Gregory Enns interviews Mark Tripson and other descendants who share memories of Waldo Sexton.

Saturday 2pm: Tribal Courts of the Seminole Tribe, will talk about the history and impact of the Seminoles in Florida.

Sunday Schedule to be announced: Representatives from the A.E. Backus Museum

   

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

Dec. 29, 2022|

Christmas at Soroptimist of Stuart

Christmas at Soroptimist of Stuart

Members of Soroptimist of Stuart present holiday gifts they donated to SafeSpace clients to Dr. Teresa Albizu and Nancy Wong

Soroptimist of Stuart celebrated SafeSpace, Inc. and Christmas on December 14 at Carmela’s Brick Oven Pizza. Guest speaker Dr. Teresa Albizu, CEO of SafeSpace, Inc. shared information about the services the nonprofit provides to the community in its role as the only state certified domestic violence center saving lives 24/7 and preventing domestic violence throughout the Treasure Coast.

Soroptimist members raffled off Christmas ornaments, with monies raised going towards its grant program that supports women who are returning to the work force or school.

They also collected a variety of items for SafeSpace clients, which were presented to Dr. Albizu and Nancy Wong, longtime SafeSpace board member and past president.

The mission of Soroptimist International of Stuart is to enhance the lives of others by promoting friendships, providing community service and applying our skills, talents and resources towards the betterment of women and their families.

To learn more, visit www.soroptimistofstuart.org.

For information about SafeSpace, go to www.safespacefl.org.

 

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

Dec. 23, 2022|

A-1 Industries celebrates 45 years of excellence with day of appreciation for employees 

A-1 Industries celebrates 45 years of excellence with day of appreciation for employees 

 

A-1 Industries of Florida, Inc. (A-1), a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses in the Southeastern United States and the  Caribbean, is celebrating its 45th anniversary with the launch of a new corporate video and a  special day of appreciation for its employees. 

"What sets us apart from other manufacturers is our people," says John Herring, A-1's President  and CEO. "We use state-of-the-art software and have amazing facilities, but our team is truly  our company bedrock. They are the reason we have been in business for more than four  decades." 

A-1's special day of employee appreciation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at its Fort  Pierce, Fla., and Bainbridge, Ga., manufacturing facilities.  

A-1 was formed in 1977 as A-1 Roof Trusses. In 2022, the company changed its corporate  name to A-1 Industries of Florida and laid plans to use the A-1 brand name to identify all future  bases of operation.  

Since 1977, A-1's accomplishments have been extraordinary. A-1 ranks in the top 5 percent of  all building materials manufacturers in single-site production quality and efficiency through its  use of technology. Over the years, A-1 has won many awards for its business operations,  including Manufacturer of the Year in 2022 by the South Florida Manufacturers Association and  the 2021 Best Places to Work in St. Lucie County, Fla. 

"A-1 has enjoyed 100 percent growth in the past three years," says Jan Beck, A-1's Executive  Vice president and CFO. "We ship 40 to 50 units daily, and we're positioned to ship 100 to 200  units a day with the continued ramp-up of our Bainbridge facility." 

As A-1 celebrates 45 years, Herring says the company plans for the long-term. "Our vision is for  A-1 to be a 100-year company," Herring says. “We will continue to use technology and focus on  people to change the way America builds homes.” 

About A-1 

Founded in 1977, A-1 has over 350 employees and is a leading manufacturer of pre engineered wood trusses and EZWALL® wall panels. The company has manufacturing  facilities in Fort Pierce, Fla., and a sister company located on 80 acres in Bainbridge, Ga.,  operating as A-1 Industries of Georgia, LLC. A-1 has multiple employment opportunities in  Florida and Georgia for candidates looking to be part of A-1’s continued growth and who share  in A-1’s Core Values – Own it, Passionate, Honesty, and Respect. 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
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