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SRQ DAILY May 22, 2018

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"We want you to stay here for at least another 50 years."

- John Holic, Venice Mayor

[Business]  Tervis Marks 50th Florida Anniversary with Bowls
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The insulated walls and familiar horizontal lines that define the Tervis brand have officially come out of this region for a half century. Tervis officials marked the Golden Anniversary since relocating to Osprey with the unveil of new bowls and steel products this weekend. With the brand increasingly seen as a fixture not only of life on the Gulf Coast but manufacturing in America, Venice Mayor John Holic even declared May 19 as Tervis Day in the city. “We want you to stay here for at least another 50 years,” Holic told officials in a ceremony Friday.

For the moment, Tervis CEO Rogan Donelly says the company has no plans to make its cups anywhere else. “We don’t plan to expand to other manufacturing facilities,” Donelly says. The company first started making cups in 1946 in Detroit, but after John Winslow bought the company, he relocated it to Florida in 1968. Festivities celebrating that move were held this weekend at the Osprey store where Tervis first made cups here. While manufacturing has since moved to a major plant in North Venice near Interstate-75, the Osprey locale still serves as the largest Tervis store in the country.

The anniversary included the launch of Tervis’ first-ever products that don’t count as drink ware. A line of bowls with signature insulated walls first debuted to press Friday and became available on Tervis’ website and the Osprey store starting on Saturday.

The company also unveiled a new line of National Football League designs for tumblers and water bottles, as well as several new designs for steel products, introduced into Tervis offerings for the first time last year. Both the bowls and steel products, Donelly says, stemmed from consumer demands. “There’s a trend in the marketplace with stainless steel and we had to react,” he says. Similar, loyal Tervis customers for years sought products that reached into the whole kitchen, and the bowls may be the first step in helping consumers both drink and dine from Tervis products.

Meanwhile, Donelly says the increasingly important licenses used for Tervis continue to grow. The press event Friday included new Harry Potter designs, while Donelly touted Puppy Love and Jeep licensing that adds on to the many sports franchises and entertainment names already available in the Tervis inventory.

Meanwhile, celebration of the Tervis Golden Anniversary continues in the area with a hunt for special golden tumblers hidden in Sarasota and Venice that contain two free tickets to tour the Tervis plant and make your own tumbler. One of the tumblers remains hidden at the SRQ Media Group offices on Pineapple Avenue in Downtown Sarasota. 

Photo by Jacob Ogles: Tervis unveiled new products including its first bowls.

[Travel]  Admiral Seeks Windsor Castle
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Admiral Travel International, a boutique Virtuoso-member travel agency located in downtown Sarasota received the ultimate royal treatment on Saturday May, 19th. Proprietor and CEO Malaka Hilton, puddle-jumped across the Atlantic this past weekend to attend the Royal Wedding in Windsor, England, and brought a small group of invited guests along with her. Hilton accompanied her ATI clients and fully immersed them in the historic atmosphere of the Windsor Castle, a royal residence in the English county of Berkshire where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now known as the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, joined in regal matrimony.

The lucky group of ladies experienced an up close and personal vantage point for the celebrations, as Hilton reserved special accomodations at the Horse and Groom Pub, located directly across from St George's Chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds. The Sarasota jetsetters were in the heart of the action—toasting champagne amongst fellow admiring spectators in honor of the Royal family’s newest bride and groom. The event surrounding the Royal Wedding was organized exclusively for VIP guests through Virtuoso—the travel network of organizations which allows travel advisors to book exclusive perks and upgrades only offered to members, such as Admiral.

“As billions around the world witnessed on TV and online, it was certainly a fairytale wedding, but the entire experience surrounding the ceremony at Windsor Castle was surreal,” said Hilton. “We were within 10 feet of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they rode by in their open-topped Ascot Landau horse-drawn carriage during the wedding procession. We were blessed with a gorgeous sunny day that allowed the newlyweds to slowly pass by waving to all the well-wishers.” Hilton added, “This is the exact type of access and personalized experience our guests have come to envision, seek out through our ATI advisors and cherish when our team makes their dreams come true."

Photo on left: The gals’ first-class view of Windsor Castle entrance and parade from the second-floor of British Pub. Photo on right: Hilton and company celebrating in style—donning quintessential fascinators/headpieces. 

Photos provided by Malaka Hilton of Admiral Travel.

Admiral Travel International, 1284 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-951-1801.

[GoodBite]  Revitalize Yourself
Jordan Glover, jordang@srqme.com

A Brazilian dish made of frozen acai palm fruit prevails as one of the chillest eats on Millennials’ radar. Sarasota welcomes the ever so trendy acai bowl, with open arms and open mouths with the growing popularity of veganism and a fixation for organic, clean eating sweeping the nation. Newly added to the Pelican Plaza, Vitality Bowls stands as one of the leading bowl and smoothie establishments to grace the Southwest Florida region. And contrary to what customers may assume, Vitality does not solely fabricate these tropical concoctions with acai. The term “vitality bowl” was coined to be inclusive of the different variations of bowls the company makes. Customers can choose from Acai, Pitaya (dragon fruit), Acerola or Graviola (tropical fruits) as their base, which all offer their own intrinsic health benefits and delectable flavors. To top off the bowls, gut-friendly ingredients such as fresh fruits, granola, coconut shreds, honey, gojis, peanut/almond butter, spirulina, hemp, flax and chia seeds, as well as added multi-vitamin boosts get packed in up to the brim.

All items on the menu are guaranteed free of GMOs and commonplace fillers like added sugars, trans fats and artificial preservatives. While the bowls taste deliciously satisfying, nutritious smoothies, wellness shots, soups, sandwiches, salads, 221. B.C. Kombucha on tap and craft coffee beverages are also exciting offerings at this progressive café. Especially worthy of buzz is the Superfood Mocha Latte—consisting of cacao, a housemade chocolate blend, coconut sugar and steamed milk—making for a rich, velvety brew to complement your Warrior Bowl or Detox Bowl. With its wide array of food and beverage choices, Vitality Bowls serves as an optimal bite stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack at any time of day. Stop in and “feed your body the food for life.” 

Image courtesy of Vitality Bowls

Vitality Bowls, $9.99-$12.99, 8226 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-822-0463.

[Healthcare]  Children's Foundation Receives $275k from Selby Foundation

Because of Selby Foundation’s $275,000 award, The All Star Children’s Foundation is closer to its goal to build a state-of-the-art five-acre campus that provides children victimized by abuse with a place designed to heal, empower and inspire. The award will help fund a 12,000-sq.ft. treatment center on the campus, which will also include six foster homes, a community center, a playground and a garden. The treatment center will house the administration, trauma-focused therapy offices and the research center which is being developed in collaboration with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The foundation of the project stems from the latest in brain science research that supports that adverse childhood experiences, if unaddressed, can lead to negative physical, mental and socio-economic outcomes as adults. Children will receive trauma-informed treatment in a setting where they can thrive, where they can experience unconditional love and where the course of their lives will be forever changed. The All Star Children’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Sarasota whose mission is to create a safe place for children to heal from the trauma of child abuse. 

All Star Children's Foundation

[Education]  Doctors Hospital Awards Scholarships to Eleven Students

Each year the volunteer auxiliary at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota awards scholarships to local high school students who want to pursue a career in healthcare. This year, 11 students from six area high schools were awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships. The auxiliary and scholarship fund were both established in 1967. Since its inception, the group has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to local students. The money is raised through sales at the hospital gift shop, fundraising and donations. Receiving scholarships this year are Caleb Walton of North Port High School, Cynthia Aguilera- Suncoast Polytechnical High School; Kayla Escobar and Gabriella Hernandez of Riverview High School; Ryan Measel and Delaney Smith of Pine View High School; Valeria Agudelo, Valeria Garcia and Perla Gimenez of Sarasota Military Academy; and Olivia Boczniewiez and Natalie Olendar of Venice High School. 

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

[Exec Moves]  Morganroth Named to SMHF Board of Trustees

Cardiologist, medical educator, innovator and philanthropist Joel Morganroth, M.D., was recently named to the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Morganroth joins a board of 25 community leaders who help advance the Healthcare Foundation’s mission to strengthen healthcare in the community. Morganroth received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. For two years, he was a clinical associate at the National Heart and Lung Institute in Bethesda, MD and completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He served in the United States Public Health Service as a Surgeon, Lieutenant Commander. Morganroth has had faculty appointments in Philadelphia as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and as a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Jefferson Medical College. Currently, he serves as Chief Cardiac Consultant to EResearchTechnology, a global company that he founded which specializes in clinical research services for pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations. He moved to Sarasota in 2009 with his wife Gail and currently sits on the Board of Trustees at The Ringling College of Art and Design. 

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation

[Exec Moves]  Lewis Joins Sabal Palm Bank Venice Office

Sabal Palm Bank has announced that Carrie Lewis has joined the team at the 735 East Venice Avenue, Venice location as assistant-vice president and business development officer. She will be working out of the Venice office to bring in new business and service existing clients. She brings over 15years of banking experience with her, the last eight in the local markets. Lewis moved here in 2010 from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she got her banking start, and is actively involved in the community. She is the 2018 Co-Chair of Real Men Wear Pink and Breaking Strides for Breast Cancer. She has been a committee member with the American Cancer Society for years. Lewis is currently active with Habitat for Humanity in Venice and has been a committee member with the Women Resources Center. 

Sabal Palm Bank

[TODAY]  THEATER: Soul Man: A New Musical Revue , April 18 – May 26

As the 1960s Civil Rights movement unfolded, black music evolved from the controlled Motown performances to fiery cross rhythms sound—a little gospel, a lot of soul. The passionate soloists, such as James Brown, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, added energetic movements and unique vocalizations that inspired many future performers. Soul Man will feature some of WBTT’s most popular male performers.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way., Sarasota.

[TODAY]  FILM: Bag It Film Screening , May 22, 7pm

Sponsored by Rethinking Plastics, the goal of this screening is to raise awareness regarding the average American's overuse of plastics. Americans use roughly 60,000 plastic bags a day for a few minutes of single use before it is thrown away. Jeb Berrier's film, Bag It, follows where "away" is and the fate of these plastic bags. For environmentalists and for those looking to learn more, the film is an interesting piece that will open eyes to just how much we use plastic, why that is harmful and what people can do.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: OPENING RECEPTION Laine Nixon: Unfixed , May 24, 5:30-8pm

This solo exhibition, the artist's first in Sarasota, Laine Nixon explores the mutable nature of art through work on paper, mixed media, and painting. The show's title, "Unfixed," refers to her working methods of creating, altering, covering up or exposing various painting techniques on a single surface.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Martha's Vineyard Location - Feeling Fresh , May 24 – June 20

Nikki Sedacca Gallery is pleased to open with an exciting exhibition, “Feeling Fresh,” debuting work by nationally-acclaimed artists Kathe Fraga and Carter Wentworth, and featuring new works by Linda Richichi and Joan Konkel. This show seeks to highlight the light, bright, and joyous excitement that builds as the warm summer breeze infuses the salty air to signal the start of seasonal activity on Martha’s Vineyard, featuring diverse mediums such as oil paint, watercolor and metal mesh and fresco.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Studio Year End Showcase , May 25

Students from The Players Studio will showcase their talent, appearing in songs, dances and acting scenes. A must see!

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota


KidSpace is a program for kids who want to explore everything there is to know about space and become Masters of the Universe. From 10:15–11am on the second and fourth Saturday morning of each month, we'll unleash the awesome power of the Bishop Planetarium, taking off from Earth's surface and flying to places no human has gone before.

South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. West, Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Roots of Unity (with Chris Kottke) , May 27, 2pm

This performance is from a jazz ensemble called The Roots of Unity, headed by trumpeter Chris Kottke. Their repertoire includes both straightahead and latin jazz, from classic standards to modern originals. Kottke attended the Berklee College of Music and was active in the Boston jazz scene for about a decade before moving to Sarasota in 2016 to pursue his day job as a math professor at New College of Florida. In addition to the Roots of Unity, Kottke can be occasionally heard in such Sarasota-based jazz ensembles such as Ocean's 11 and the Sarasota Jazz Project.

The Reserve SRQ, 1322 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Always...Patsy Cline , May 30 – July 1

A tuneful and memorable tribute, Patsy Cline's rise to legendary stardom is told through the eyes of her biggest fan, Louise Seger. From her performances in honky-tonks to the Grand Ole Opry, Patsy Cline will "always" have a place in country music, with hit songs such as, “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams,” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Menopause the Musical , May 30 – June 10

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer Jeanie Linders created Menopause The Musical® as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” Set in a department store where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale, the all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. 

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. West, Bradenton

[SOON]  THEATER: The Twenty-Third Annual Loveland Show–Unplugged: The Best Day of Your Life! , May 31 – June 3

Venice Theatre and the Loveland Center have been partnering for 20 years to provide adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities the chance to grow and learn through theatre study. Loveland students, under the direction of professional staff and with help from community volunteers, rehearse all season to present this full-scale musical on MainStage.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave West, Venice

[SOON]  FOOD: Reserve Spring and Summer Wine Tastings , May 31, 6pm

Come through the Reserve to help them fine tune their retail wine selection. Wines from a wide array of places such as France, Italy, Argentina and more are offered. Pair the wine with a savory meat and cheese platter and enjoy the low key evening. The event is reoccuring, so May 31 is not the last chance to take advantage of this wonderful deal.

The Reserve SRQ, 1322 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: World Oceans Day , June 2, 10:00am-1:00pm

A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon. Join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival on Saturday, June 2 at Mote Aquarium. Mote’s World Oceans Day event will spotlight the ocean's deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world's greatest resource. The family festival is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members.

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium , 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: All About Women Expo , June 3, 12pm–5pm

Experience a day of pampering for women with four featured areas that host Beauty, Wellness, Fashion and Girls Wanting to Have Fun. Enjoy make-up and hair care techniques, massages, sample products, talk to doctors and health professionals, watch a fashion show and more, all for free. Register to have access to the VIP area with wine tastings, a painting class, photo booth, appetizers and everyone receives a glam bag full of swag.

Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Music Festival , June 4 – June 23

Classical musicians from around the world converge for three weeks of breathtaking concerts, featuring artists such as Vijay Venkatesh and Robert Sirota.

Sarasota Orchestra, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Jungle Book , June 6 – June 24

Join Mowgli, Baloo and friends when Asolo Rep presents the world premiere of Jungle Book from the creators of the hit show Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Using the same jaw-dropping multi-media theatrical approach, Jungle Book re-imagines Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories through modern eyes to transport audiences to the world’s jungles. Family Day is June 16; Family Package pricing starts at just $15 per ticket when one person in the party is 18 or younger.

Asolo Repertory Theatre , 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Jungle Book , June 6 – June 24

Using the same multimedia jaw-dropping approach as past hit show Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, this reimagination of Kipling's classic stories will transport audiences to the world's jungles. Audiences will have the chance to truly meet characters like Mowgli the Man-Cub and Baloo the Bear in this upcoming performance.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Incognito , June 8 – July 8

In a cerebral journey through neuroscience, amnesia, and the theft of Albert Einstein’s brain, playwright Nick Payne investigates the nature of identity in a series of mysterious and touching interwoven tales.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Floridian Artists Exhibition , June 8 – June 30

As the warm summer heat sets in, 530 Burns Gallery is pleased to highlight artists who hail from Florida. Summertime and sunshine always bring inspiration, and each artist uses his or her diverse style to create innovative and original art works. Featured artists include Gary Borse, Linda Richichi, Katie Cassidy, Todd Andrew Babb, Randy Colbath and Bettina Sego.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

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