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SRQ DAILY Oct 19, 2018

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"It's just a chance to come out and have some fun, and to really get in the Halloween mood."

- Alyssa Goudy, director

[Theater]  The Headless Horseman Comes to Sarasota Polo Field
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

On any other night, the sound of hooves on the Sarasota Polo Field would give little cause for concern, but with the approach of All Hallow’s Eve they belie a more sinister presence. The headless horseman roams these grounds, they say, and only the new schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, can get to the bottom of the gruesome mystery. Produced by The Players Centre For Performing Arts, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow comes to the Sarasota Polo Club tonight and tomorrow night, bringing a whole host of family-friendly activities before the show and even incorporating a real horse in the production.

A rare outdoor production from The Players, Sleepy Hollow sees a cast of 13 actors (and that one horse) bringing Washington Irving’s Halloween classic to life under the direction of Alyssa Goudy, taking over for Sara Logan, who directed last year’s production. “Sleepy Hollow is such an iconic tale,” says Goudy of stepping into the hotseat midway through production. “The opportunity to take this classic story and put my own little touch to it in bringing out Ichabod’s humor or Katrina’s sassiness or Brom’s toughness is really rewarding.”

And whereas last year involved a lot of experimentation (“Shooting from the hip,” says Goudy, or “panicking,” she jokes), being the first time producing a show outdoors with no control over the lighting and nominal control over the hoofed costar, this year sees the production ironing out the wrinkles for an even more exciting show. Beginning at 6pm sharp, the play lasts for a quick and rollicking hour, closing just in time for the sun to set with the audience applause. And swapping last year’s metal bleachers for single chairs, Goudy promises more comfortable, and less freezing, posteriors for the peanut gallery.

More than just a show, a $25 dollar ticket ($12 for kids under 15) grants access to not only Sleepy Hollow, but the Tarrytown walkthrough experience, which opens at 5pm, an hour before the show. Organized in conjunction with the folks from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Tarrytown brings food trucks, cinnamon popcorn and caramel apples to munch on, as well as face-painting, caricature artists and photo booths and games for kids and parents. “It’s just a chance to come out and have some fun,” says Goudy, “and to really get in the Halloween mood.”

With only two days left (tonight and Saturday night) in this production’s limited four-day run, time is short. Space is limited to 200 people per night, and tickets are going fast. “You can try to get tickets at the door,” says Goudy, “but I don’t guarantee it.”

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a special production from Players Centre for Performing Arts, runs tonight at 6pm, with a final show tomorrow at 6pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children under 15.


Pictured: A scene from last year's production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" from The Players Centre for Performing Arts.

[ShopTalk]  Green Warrior
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Sweat your asana off and feel good about the mat you lay your forehead upon during child’s pose with Jade Yoga Harmony mats. Jade Yoga breathes life into the green movement with products made sustainably and sourced entirely in the U.S. and in compliance with all environmental, labor and consumer protection laws. Unlike other mats, Jade Yoga’s contain no PVC, EVA or other synthetic materials. Arguably the most eco-friendly and best performing mat a yogi could hope for, Harmony mats are created with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, a renewable resource. And the company stays committed to giving back to Mother Earth by planting a new tree for every mat that’s sold through their partnership with Trees for the Future—planting over one million trees so far. 

The 3/16” thick coaster for your hands and feet provide incredible grip and traction, as well as soft cushioning while still providing stability for those hard-standing poses to stick. Harmony mats come in a garden of cool colors to choose room with $5 donated to ovarian cancer charities for every teal mat purchased and $5 donated to breast cancer charities for every pink mat purchased. You can covet your own non-slip or skid, earth-friendly mat for your next vinyasa sess at any of these local studios selling Jade Yoga Harmony mats, $80.

Garden of the Heart, 1501 Edgar Place, Sarasota; The Yoga Shack, 514 Central Ave., Sarasota, 5712 Lawton Dr., Sarasota, 5302 Paylor Ln., Lakewood Ranch; Body Heat Yoga Studio, 2337 19th St., Sarasota; Yoga From The Heart, 2010 Pine Terrace, Sarasota. 

Photo Provided by Jade Yoga.

[Police]  Sheriff Knight Officially Announces H.O.T. Team

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight has announced the official adoption of the agency’s first full-time Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.). H.O.T. unofficially launched in June 2018 and consists of a sworn deputy and two civilian case workers. The team works Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm, however, services are available to the public 24/7. Through outreach, referrals and agency-generated reports, the team works to establish relationships of trust with homeless individuals in order to educate, encourage and guide them to connect with social services and agencies throughout Sarasota County. Team members focus on housing, providing veteran assistance and identifying medical services for mental health and substance. Since June 1, 2018, H.O.T. has made contact with 300 homeless citizens, placed 80 citizens in beds and assisted 30 veterans. 

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

[Real Estate]  Heritage Builders Announces Opening of Sandhill Lake

Heritage Builders has announced that October 20-21 will be the model grand opening weekend of its latest luxury community, Sandhill Lake. Located on Clark Road, Sandhill Lake reflects sophisticated Coastal Florida architecture and features a variety of high-end appointments. Michael Saunders & Company is the exclusive marketing partner, bringing with it a successful track record of representing Heritage Builders’ and U.S. Assets Group’s other award-winning Gulf Coast communities, Ashton Oaks (Sarasota) and Grand Oaks (Venice). Developed with the ultimate Florida lifestyle in mind, Sandhill Lake provides customizable luxury living that showcases the latest design trends, offering four floorplans starting in the low $500s. Each home includes high-end standard finishes, such as custom cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, pocketing sliding glass doors and much more. Premium community amenities include private, gated entry; Residents’ Club with clubhouse, heated pool and spa and outdoor living area; and lush, tropical landscaping. 

Sandhill Lake

[Real Estate]  West Villages Florida Launches New Online Home Search System

The master-planned community of West Villages Florida has announced the launch of a home search system on its website. The home search system allows users to search, print, save and share listings, in an easy, mobile-friendly way. They can search according to home style, price, number of bedrooms, community amenities and builder. There are currently eight nationally respected homebuilders in West Villages designing a wide variety of home options, with prices from the $200,000s to the $600,000s and up. 

West Villages Florida

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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


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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  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]  FOOD: New College Foundation Annual Scholarship Clambake , November 1, 6:00PM

New College will celebrate the 40th anniversary of New College Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Clambake on November 1, 2018, at 6 p.m.

Clambake is always a wonderful gathering on the spectacular New College Bayfront, featuring New England fare, a breathtaking sunset, and many opportunities to meet and mingle with extraordinary students, outstanding faculty, and other committed friends.

New College Bayfront, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

[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.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Armistice: The Journey Home , November 3 – November 4

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, this performance explores timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of catastrophe. Musical selections range from Schubert’s Der Wanderer, to Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, to Ives’ They Are There.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

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