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"It will make us an international model for sustainability."

- Jennifer Rominiecki, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
 

[Culture]  Selby Gardens Outlines Bold Future
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A master plan for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will revolutionize the destination for the future while preserving the past and safeguarding the present treasures at the site, according to executive director Jennifer Rominiecki. The three-phase plan will protect plant collections from sea level rise and create a new restaurant space overlooking Sarasota Bay, all the while increasing green space on the site by 50 percent. 

And the organization already has a solid head start on executing the vision. Selby leaders announced a $42.5-million capital campaign to pay for the first phase of the plan, and said some $21.8 million in gifts have already been committed to the project. Three long-time Selby Gardens champions—Pauline Wamsler, Cornelia Mason and Jean Weidner Goldstein—will lead the campaign, entitled: “Innovating a Greener Future—Living Inspiration for a Living Museum: The Campaign for Selby Gardens.”

Phase I plans include a new “Sky Garden” building, which will include parking but conceal it behind a towering living wall that showcases the botanical work researchers do on site. The new structure will also include a rooftop restaurant run by Michael’s on East, where chefs will make use of an edible garden. A new Jean Goldstein Welcome Center will open, and next to it will stand the Steinwachs Family Plant Research Center, containing a new herbarium, laboratory and research library.

Rominiecki said the new structures will protect an oft-overlooked asset of the Gardens, its extensive library of botanical books and research. And environmental protection on the site will also beef up. The gardens host the world’s best scientifically documented collection of orchids and bromeliads—and do so in a flood plain protected by aging infrastructure. Additionally, the improvements will better protect the old Marie Selby residency.

“The fact these collections are in harm’s way really came into laser focus during Hurricane Irma last year,” she says. “It had been a part of our master planning process, but that really put an exclamation point on it.”

Once a first phase of the projects concludes, Selby will have an expansive 10,000-square-foot solar array that could make the attraction the first botanical garden in the world with a net-positive energy output; incidentally the restaurant would be the first in the world to have a net-positive output as well.

 “It will make us an international model for sustainability,” Rominiecki says. “I’m excited by what this new plan will do.” 

Rendering courtesy Overland Partners.

[Theater]  White Wins Modern Works Festival with "The Space In Between"

Urbanite Theatre has announced the winner of its inaugural Modern Works Festival, which saw three emerging and established female and female-identifying playwrights competing for cash prizes, offering their new works to be read at the Downtown Sarasota theater over the past two weeks. Mercedes White took first place with The Space In Between, winning the $5000 prize as the judges' selection and leading the audience vote with 62% choosing White's work as their favorite. Jayne Hannah took second with Stalking, and Gina Femia took third with The Violet Sisters

Modern Works Festival

[Business]  Station 2 Innovation Opens Doors to Businesses Hurt by Hurricane

Station 2 Innovation in Manatee County has opened its doors to those from the Florida Panhandle whose businesses were affected by Hurricane Michael. Spark Growth has offered the use of its Bradenton Station 2 Innovation facility free of charge until the end of October to businesses and entrepreneurs displaced from the panhandle region. Station 2 Innovation’s co-working location includes high-speed Internet, print services, a recording studio, conference rooms, meeting spaces, technology-business talks, free bottled water/coffee and social support to those affected. Businesses seeking to reestablish in the Bradenton area may inquire about other Bradenton area coworking and shared office space facilities, chambers of commerce, and referrals toward contacts in housing and business relocation assistance. 

Station 2 Innovation

[Healthcare]  SMH Sets Surgery Record, Ranks as Top Performer

Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s heart team performed its 1000th surgery in September, setting a record for the number of surgical heart procedures performed at the hospital in just one year. The team also demonstrated record-setting outcomes in 2018, achieving the highest quality ranking possible for adult heart surgeries from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. With Dr. Jeffrey Sell at the helm, cardiac surgery volumes increased 15-20 percent each year since 2013. Annual volumes have more than doubled since 2012, from 393 that year to 1,015 in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.  Meanwhile, SMH’s program demonstrated exceptional patient results, according to benchmark data provided by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ quality database and a review by Consumer Reports. SMH was listed as a top performer for patient outcomes in the July issue of the consumer magazine—only 18 of nearly 500 hospitals evaluated earned top scores from Consumer Reports in both valve replacement and bypass surgery, the two most common types of heart surgery. Consumer Reports based its analysis on the national STS database. In 2018, SMH is among just three cardiac programs in the United States and Canada that earned STS’s highest 3-Star rating for patient care and outcomes in all five adult cardiac surgery procedures measured. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

[Business]  SRQ Traffic Up 35% From Last Year

The numbers are in and traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is up by 35% for the month of September as compared to September 2017.  This is the 5th straight month of double-digit increases in passenger traffic including a 25% increase in August, 30% in July, 23% in June, 16% in May and 8% in April. The airport has experienced substantial growth with the addition of Allegiant Air, which started service in April, offering nonstop service to Cincinnati (CVG), Indianapolis (IND) and Pittsburgh (PIT), bringing ultra-low-cost fares to SRQ. The airport expects a busy winter season as well, with the addition of a 2nd ultra-low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines, which announced in September that they will begin nonstop service to Atlanta (ATL), Cleveland (CLE) and Philadelphia (PHL) on December 10. American Airlines has added three destinations including Dallas (DFW), Chicago (ORD) and Philadelphia (PHL) beginning December 19 and Delta will provide seasonal flights to Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW) and New York (JFK). 

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport



[SRQ Events]  SRQ's Modern Home Symposium: INSPIRE, November 8

Join SRQ MEDIA this November, for *INSPIRE, Modern Home Symposium as we dig deeper into one of our most anticipated annual publications, Modern Home magazine, which published in the July 2018 edition of SRQ magazine. Come hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota's most iconic home designs. 

Meet the panelists here!

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Florida Watercolor Show , September 7 – October 26

Considered one of the finest watercolor shows in the country, whether one credits the local talent or local beauty, watercolorists from around the state will be showing in all three galleries of the art center, taking over the entire space for this premier exhibition.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection , September 15 – February 3

A selection of watercolors drawn from The Ringling’s permanent collections, illustrating various ways artists have used the medium. The exhibition will feature works by Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and Childe Hassam, among others.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Raisin , October 3 – November 11

Taking place in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, the story revolves around a working class black family aspiring to a better life after the death of their father. Hope is sparked by the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check. But conflicts arise when mother and son want to spend the money in different ways. 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle One: Lerner, Jounquil, Onghena , October 11 – November 16

The first exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Lerner, daughter of Leslie Lerner, features a series of intimately scaled etchings and graphite on paper drawings. Miami-based installation artist Brookhart Jounquil brings his mesmerizing and illusory glass- and light-based sculpture. An Onghena, brings her diaristic take on traditional and contemporary printmaking to create a series of daily prints.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Coco Fusco: Twilight , October 14 – February 17

A solo exhibition presenting recent video projects by internationally acclaimed writer and interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. Works explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years. Fusco will be premiering her lasted video project currently in production. This newest project, made possible by her 2016 Greenfield commission at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, is a short video-essay on contemporary Cuba that reflects on the anxieties emerging as the country faces an uncertain future. Fusco will also be unveiling a new sculpture on The Ringling’s grounds.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALA: An Evening in India , October 19

The world needs saving, and Poonam Maini believes the world can do it together. Join Poonam Maini and the Share Care Global team for this second annual fundraising gala. This year’s program of focus is a girl’s home designed to help spark a change in the lives of 10 troubled youth. Participation will allow Share Care Global to encourage women and children to live their most authentic lives.

Michael's On East, 1212 South East Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Robert McKee: STORY , October 19 – October 21

The story-crafting maven who has taught Hollywood notables such as Peter Jackson, Geoffrey Rush and Kirk Douglas brings his famous seminar to Sarasota. An opportunity for not only professional writers, aspiring writers, producers, directors, and numerous creative individuals in many genres, but also for educational institutions, their faculty and staff, and students of all ages, in many creative disciplines. Interested parties can call the Sarasota County film commission for registration and details: (941) 309-1200 extension 104.

Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: LASTRADA | SRQ 20TH ANNIVERSARY STREET FESTIVAL , October 20, 6pm - Midnight

Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative 
coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local at 
LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival!

Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer , October 20, 7am

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks raise awareness and funds to help save lives from Breast Cancer. The event at Nathan Benderson Park, will raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and help people reduce their risk and find it early when it is easier to treat. From the opening ceremony to the post walk entertainment, the Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and an opportunity to honor loved ones lost. It’s a day that won’t be forgotten and should not be missed.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Singing Harp , October 21 – October 22

Program includes Giuseppina Ciarla’s original Butterfly Invasion, Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Livingstone/Evans’ Que Sera Sera and even popular hits like Sting’s Roxanne and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Tickets are $48 and include food and drink.

Fischer/Weisenborne Residence

[SOON]  GALA: Share the Light Luncheon , October 25, 11am

Join Second Chance Last Opportunity for the 23rd Annual Share the Light Luncheon on October 25 at Michael’s on East. The event will honor Hillary Dumbroski of Iberia Bank, Sarah Kupiec of Nathan Benderson Park and Circuit Court Judge Rochelle Curley. Standard tickets are $65/person or $520 for a table of eight.

Michael’s on East, 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GALA: Out of the Blue , October 25, 6pm-8:30pm

Join us for Out of the Blue, Sarasota's largest fundraiser for mental health at Sarasota Architectural Company on October 25. Enjoy fabulous food provided by premier caterer Simply Gourmet, beer donated by Gulf Coast Eagle Distributors, wine and great musical entertainment. You don't want to miss this event benefitting NAMI Sarasota County. Dress is casual or just come from work as you are and relax to the great tunes of Rallo Pucci.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage, 1093 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , October 25 – November 11

This Tony Award-winning comedy from Christopher Durang follows three siblings as they live, love and argue in their family’s home—that just happens to be located in a cherry orchard. (Yes, there are some great Chekhov moments.) Fun, smart and the Drama Desk Award winner for outstanding new play.

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Wine & Stein , October 25, 6-9:30pm

Don't miss the 3rd Anual Wine & Stein Fundraiser, A Taste of Hearing. Celebrate with Hear Care Connection Sarasota and raise money to give the gift of hearing. Enjoy, Live and silent auction, live entertainment, wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. 

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct, Sarasota, FL. 34240

[SOON]  THEATER: The Barber of Seville , October 26 – November 11

Our favorite barber is back. Doctor Bartolo plans to marry his ward Rosina, but she has other plans for her future. Figaro, the barber, comes to the rescue and assists Rosina in sneaking, scheming, and plotting so she can marry her beloved Lindoro, who unbeknownst to her is the Count Almaviva. With a comic plot and Rossini's most recognizable melodies, The Barber of Seville is one of the most performed operas in the world.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: National Sumi-E Society , October 30 – November 30

Celebrating the Japanese art of ink wash painting, also called Sumi-e, this exhibition brings art from around the country to Bradenton for a show dedicated to the delicacy, beauty and history of the medium. Spanning across all three galleries, this is another flagship exhibition for one of Bradenton’s leading art centers.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Little Sweep , November 3 – November 4

Sarasota Youth Opera will present a revival of our acclaimed production of Britten’s charming opera. A group of children, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young chimney sweep apprentice from his cruel master. Last seen in 2013, this enchanting work, which was written to introduce young people to opera, will be sure to delight children and adults alike. The Opera itself will be preceded by a prologue created especially for Sarasota Youth Opera by Youth Opera Music Director Jesse Martins and stage director, Martha Collins

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

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