DaySpring Episcopal Center is the home of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. Located on the Manatee River, it is a camp and conference center, with outdoors courses, library, dining room, clubhouses, bunkrooms and facilities for religious groups, school groups and everyday folk on pilgrimages. At the center is the history St. Thomas Chapel, one of the early “Carpenter Gothic” wooden churches of Florida.
In 2015, the Diocese began a campaign to promote the need for capital improvements at DaySpring. I wrote and produced a video about DaySpring, with help from videographer Derek Berg and John Wilson, the retired anchor for Tampa’s WTVT Fox 13. Using archival footage, new footage and vintage photos, we gave current users a bit of history about the place as well as told the story to potential donors.
Below, the video:
Bishop Smith: Dayspring Episcopal Center History and Vision from Episcopal Florida on Vimeo.