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SRQ DAILY Oct 26, 2018

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"You don't have to be Celtic to have a good time."

- Francis Shea Jr., New World Celts

[Festival]  Celtic Music Festival Brings Melody and Mayhem to Nathan Benderson Park
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Brush out the beard and take out the tartan—the third annual Celtic Music Festival has arrived. Opening tonight at 4pm at Nathan Benderson Park, the festival brings two days of Celtic music, Celtic style, food, drink, fun for the kiddies and even a Viking invasion by boat. Friday night’s free, but Saturday lasts all day—come out for both because the pipes are calling. New this year is a VIP section in the Finish Tower at Nathan Benderson Park, where VIP ticketholders can enjoy special food and drink—as well as air conditioning—while watching the music and mayhem from an elevated position.

Kicking off at 4pm tonight, Friday night is free and all about the Celtic music, with local favorites Clover’s Revenge getting the party started with some Irish speed folk, to be followed throughout the festival by a whole host of Celtic favorites, including the legendary Derek Warfield of The Wolfe Tones. Teaming up with a new generation of virtuosos, Warfield now leads The Young Wolfe Tones to Sarasota.

Both Friday and Saturday will follow a similar musical trajectory, with the more traditional music coming during the early hours, such as Irish rebel songs from local Bobby Vesey, as well as McIntyre and Celtic Conundrum. As darkness gains, the set transitions into modern Celtic rock, with appearances from the likes of Seven Nations, The Fighting Jamesons and The Screaming Orphans. “I know they scream; I don’t know if they’re orphans,” says Francis Shea Jr., treasurer and event chair for New World Celts, which organized the festival. “But they’re four crazy sisters and they’re really popular.”

And for those looking for even more traditional Celtic arts, Sarasota’s own Blue Skye Pipes & Drums band—one of the only all-woman pipe bands in the country—will be performing, as well as wandering pipers and Irish and Highland Dance groups.

But it’s not just music that draws the crowds to Nathan Benderson Park this weekend. Food trucks will bring everything from traditional fish and chips and shepherds pie to festival staples like cheeseburgers, pizza and pulled pork sliders from Smokin Momma Lora’s BBQ Mobile. And with nine beers on tap, including two custom craft brews from Naughty Monk brewery, made from 500-year-old recipes, there’s plenty of liquid cheer to go around. And with a Kid Zone just around the corner, complete with arts and crafts like pumpkin painting and even a dog parade, all age groups can find something to suit their fancy.

Saturday only, there will be a Viking invasion at dusk, seeing brave Celtic warriors emerging from the festival to defend their land and their people in a pitched battle on the shore. “We’re not going to lose this time,” says Shea.

“You don’t have to be Celtic to have a good time,” he continues. “You just have to want to be, or act like a Celt.”

The Celtic Music Festival begins tonight at 4pm at Nathan Benderson Park and runs through 9:30pm. The festival picks up again the next day at 10:30am and closes out at 10pm. Friday night is free (donations requested) and Saturday is $25 a ticket. 

Pictured: Kilts for sale at the Celtic Music Festival. Photo courtesy of the Celtic Music Festival.

[Correction]  Student Success Centers at North Port and Riverview High

Correction to the “Learning to Lead in a Technical World” article published in SRQ DAILY this past Wednesday, October 24, 2018 and the statement that Booker High School was the only comprehensive high school in Sarasota County with a full-time college and career advisor. To clarify, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County has opened two Student Success Centers this year at both North Port High School as well as Riverview High School, which both have dedicated full-time college and career advisors funded by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County as part of their commitment to college, career and life readiness. 

[Healthcare]  SMH Seeking Staff for Patient Navigator Pilot Program

Sarasota Memorial Hospital is currently looking to hire new employees as part of the First 1,000 Days Patient Navigator Pilot Program. First 1,000 Days Sarasota County is a community initiative dedicated to increasing access to care for prenatal and postpartum mothers and babies during their early childhood development. The Patient Navigator Pilot Program is one of several recommendations made by the First 1,000 Days partners to build a more navigable system of care and better connect families in need to available community resources. Sarasota Memorial Hospital is seeking professionals with backgrounds in nursing and/or social work to build and run the Patient Navigator Pilot Program. The pilot is an employment opportunity for professionals inspired to improve the lives of low-income mothers and babies and create a brand new program. The positions are paid for through philanthropic support for the initiative and the hired professionals will work hand-in-hand with the First 1,000 Days partners. The two employment positions, a Program Coordinator and Patient Navigator, are posted on Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s website. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. To learn more and apply, visit the website below. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Jobs

[Healthcare]  Team Tony Cancer Foundation Raises $150,000, Announces New Center

The Team Tony Cancer Foundation, a Sarasota-based nonprofit organization that provides free peer-to-peer cancer support and resources to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers in the local community, recently raised $150,000 during its inaugural Gran Fondo Sarasota—a cycling event at Nathan Benderson Park with four courses to choose from: the 100-mile Gran, 66-mile Medio, 33-mile Piccolo or 8-mile Corto cruiser ride. More than 400 cyclists participated in the event and an additional 100 attendees arrived to cheer on the cyclists before the Finish Line Party, hosted and sponsored by PGT Innovations.

In November 2018, the nonprofit will introduce a coffee-shop-style concept called the Cancer Connection Center (C3). C3 will be a safe, warm, supportive and welcoming environment designed to deliver peer-to-peer support and provide free resources and educational opportunities to enhance the well-being of those impacted by cancer and create a sense of belonging. C3 will house Team Tony Cancer Foundation, Cancer Resource Network, Breast Investigators and Coming Together Against Cancer. 

Team Tony Cancer Foundation

[Business]  Chancey Named Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

Jordan Chancey of RE/MAX Alliance Group has earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Chancey joins an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed the Institute’s training and have a proven performance in the upper-tier market. As a Broker-Associate with RE/MAX Alliance Group, Chancey offers luxury and waterfront clients a high-level skill set honed over nearly 15 years in the real estate business. From property selection through negotiations and closing, his knowledge, creativity and proven track record have gained him a reputation as one of the area's top agents. As a sixth-generation Floridian, he is an expert in this market with sales in the tens of millions. 

RE/MAX Alliance Group

[TODAY]  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.

[TODAY]  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]  HEALTH: 7th Annual Hearing Tech Expo & Clinic , October 27, 9am-4pm

Don't miss the largest hearing health fair in Florida where attendees have the opportunity to try and compare hearing aids from leading manufacturers. Over 50 exhibitors will offer first-hand demonstrations of all major technologies including wireless accessories, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices and new, cutting-edge hearing devices such as breakthrough skin conduction hearing aids and the first implantable hearing aid. Presentations and user panel discussions will demystify the new technological developments to help determine which devices are best suited for your needs. A comprehensive silent auction offers an opportunity to get highly discounted devices as well as super bargains in numerous categories like travel, theater and restaurants as well as a support section for parents and children with hearing loss.  A Spanish language translator will be onsite at the event. Admission and all services provided, including hearing screenings, audiologist consultations and rides to and from the expo, are free. For more information, contact expo@hlas.org or 941-706-4312.

Manatee Technical College , 6305 State Road 70, Bradenton, FL

[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: A History of Klezmer Music to Modern Jazz , November 1, 2:00PM

Led by local arts and history educator, Baila Miller, this special event will feature a multi-media presentation focusing on Klezmer music and how it influenced the rise of modern jazz in America.  It’s the perfect precursor for anyone attending Itzhak Perlman – In The Fiddler’s House on December 17, or for anyone interested in learning more about the history of this Jewish music tradition.

The Larry Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life, 580 Mcintosh Road, Sarasota

[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.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Ole! Popular Latin and Spanish Music , November 6

A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring popular Spanish and Latin tunes showcasing the skill of Carmen de Vicente, one of the masters of Spain’s national instrument: the challenging, centuries-old castanet. Joseph Holt joins on piano and Erol Ozsever on guitar.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder , November 7 – January 13

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. Along the way, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Inspire--Modern Home Magazine Symposium , November 8, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join SRQ MEDIA as we hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota's most iconic home designs. $5 Cover includes one glass of beer or wine and light bites.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Sight Unseen , November 8 – November 18

A critically acclaimed artist has created art that is so popular, that now his works are bought ‘sight unseen.’ Happily married with a pregnant wife, the artist decides to visit his former model and lover while attending a retrospective of his work. Written in a non-linear progression, expect forward and backward jumps in time.

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: By the Sea , November 9 – December 10

This group exhibition celebrates the beauty of glistening waterscapes with inspired artwork. Sarasota-based and nationally acclaimed artist Linda Richichi presents oil and pastel paintings along with Florida Landscape artist Gary Borse and other gallery talents. This show aims to not only highlight nature’s beauty, but also use the space as a platform for conversations about conservation.

530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: PMP Alumni: Around Town at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium , November 11 – November 12, 5:00PM

PMP Alumni: Around Town returns to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Wave Center with string quartet performances featuring PMP alumni Doori Na and Jeremiah Blacklow, violins, Chloe Thominet, viola and Bryan Park, cello. 

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Wave Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice & Visibility Salon Series , December 12

Please join us for an intimate evening that will include a featured presentation by Shannon, conversation, and resources for action! Also enjoy light refreshments and an inspired art installation. What does Investing in Women’s Progress look like in this noisy climate? Which women? Where do we start? Investing in Women’s Progress will ensure you:

  • Learn about the diversity of women’s needs

  • Evaluate what resonates with you and your organization/company

  • Create an “invest in women strategy” that yields a strong return

  • Receive resources and an overview of the upcoming Voice & Visibility Salon series offerings

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