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"For a lot of people, this is a bucket-lister."

- Bill Stetka, Baltimore Orioles

[Recreation/Sports]  Dream Week Brings Major Fans to the Major Leagues
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

A group of tried and true Orioles fans from all over the country will be flying in for a week of to play ball, wood bats and all, and live out their fantasy of being a Major League player at the team’s 2019 Dream Week. Campers will receive coaching by a MLB dream team of 28 former Baltimore Orioles players—including legends Don Buford, Al Bumbry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Devereaux, Jim Gentile, Ross Grimsley, Chris Hoiles, Scott McGregor, Gregg Olson and many others. Additionally, special guests and Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer are scheduled to come for a Q&A session, autographs and photos.  “For a lot of people, this is a bucket-lister,” Media Manager Bill Stetka puts simply.

Starting Sunday, Dream Week will commence with the full Major League treatment, including beachfront accommodations at Lido Beach Resort and daily breakfast and lunch served in the clubhouse. Participants receive two full uniforms, one home and one road jersey—personalized with their chosen number and their name on back. Campers’ also receive their own clubhouse locker as well as a photo session to pose for their own set of baseball cards. Athletic trainers will be on site to work out aches and pains each day, and full clubhouse staff on hand to clean the campers’ uniforms everyday and hang them back in their lockers pressed for the next day. “We try to make it an experience as much like the big leagues as possible,” says Stetka.

Of the 120 campers, there are 80 veterans and 40 rookies coming for the first time. “It’s really grown,” Stetka says. “We’ve sold out the last three years.” And this year’s no exception, with participants hailing from 15 different states. “Our oldest participant is 84 years old," says Stetka, "and he’s back for his third year in a row.”

Wednesday night marks the annual barbeque, catered by Alday’s, at Ed Smith Stadium, where the Orioles hold Major League Spring Training. Campers will take a tour of the field, the facilities and the clubhouse, where the pros will be around for autographs and to hang out. “I always tell them to make sure to get to know the guys, listen to their stories,” Stetka says. “The pros are very accommodating. Many of them have even formed life-long friendships with the veteran campers and talk to them regularly via email or phone. It becomes a bond.” 

Throughout the week, campers will play daily double header intrasquad games at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. Friday morning, things get interesting when the Oriole campers are scheduled to play against the Pittsburgh Pirates campers, whose own fantasy camp will be in full effect. “We have history with the Pirates because we lost to them twice in the World Series in ‘71 and ‘79," says Stetka, "so there’s some of that fun competitive rivalry."

Quite possibly the most exciting inclusion in the camp package—participants will be flown up to Baltimore to play a reunion game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the 2019 regular season. “Every year we try to add a little more here and there,” Stetka says. “We’ve got some ideas in the works that hopefully in the next two years we can implement to spice it up even more.” 

Photo provided by Baltimore Orioles from last year's camp of Hall of Famer pitcher Jim Palmer (22 in orange jersey) with the Davis family, a father and his two sons who came to camp together.

Dream Week 2019

[History]  Newtown Heritage Trail Added to U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Visit Sarasota County has announced the addition of The Newtown African American Heritage Trail as an official attraction on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which has more than 100 attractions across 15 states. The Newtown African American Heritage Trail is now the southernmost site.

The Newtown African American Heritage Trail highlights the history of Sarasota’s African-American community, and the 1950s and 1960s efforts of Newtown residents to desegregate Sarasota’s beaches. These “beach wade-ins” of the 1950s drew media attention and opened an early front in the fight for equal rights years before better-known state and national civil rights victories of the 1960s. The wade-ins, modeled after lunch counter sit-ins, coupled with activists’ attendance at city and county commission meetings moved the needle toward beach access at a time when less than two miles of Florida’s 2,000 miles of beaches were open for use by African-Americans. It wasn’t until the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 that Sarasota County beaches were fully integrated.

Visitors can visit and experience the Newtown African American Heritage Trail through Newtown Alive’s narrated trolley tours, available on Feb. 2, 6, 8 and 24 and throughout the year. Aboard the trolley tour, guests are treated to onboard storytelling by African American pioneers who transformed one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, and freedom song leaders provide musical inspiration. The cost is $40 per person.  For more information and to book a tour, visit the website below. 

Newtown Alive Trolley Tour

[Theater]  Players Centre Accepting Submissions for New Play Festival

The Players Centre for Performing Arts has announced the acceptance of new plays for its 18th annual Players New Play Festival from now until April 19, 2019. A committee of judges will select five plays to be presented in a “Reader’s Theater”-style format during the week of August 5, 2019 at The Players Centre in The Backstage Theatre. One of the winning plays will be selected as "Best of Series" and will be work-shopped and produced at The Players Centre in 2020.

Entrant must be a resident of the Gulf Coast area (defined for this contest as extending from Tampa/Clearwater to Fort Myers) and over the age of 18. Full-length plays are preferred but one-acts will be considered. Maximum number of performers needed to produce the play is 8. Playwrights are asked to delineate if there are multiple roles that can be doubled. Author (and collaborator, if any) may submit only one script at no cost—each additional script is $10. Musicals are not accepted.

Applicants should submit one hard copy to: “The Players New Play Festival,” The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236, and a second copy needs to be emailed to JefferyK@theplayers.org. The seadline is April 19, 2019. 

The Players Centre for Performing Arts

[Education]  Sarasota County Announces Second Annual School Showcase

Current Sarasota County students and parents, future students and parents and community members looking to learn about Sarasota County Schools are invited to Sarasota County Schools’ second annual School Showcase. The week of January 20 is National School Choice Week, and the School Showcase is a once-a-year opportunity to learn more about middle and high schools in Sarasota County from current students and staff. Schools will showcase their academic programs and extracurricular activities and answer questions.

Both School Showcase events will be held at Suncoast Technical College, with the first on Tuesday, January 22, from 5:30pm to 7pm, and the second on Wednesday, January 23, from 5:30pm to 7pm. 

Sarasota County Schools

[Healthcare]  Manatee Memorial Acquires da Vinci Xi Surgical System

Manatee Memorial Hospital has announced the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This new addition to two other da Vinci Si Surgical Systems will further advance the technology used in minimally invasive surgery for procedures in areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, head, neck, sleep apnea and general surgery. This minimally invasive technique helps reduce pain and trauma to the body, lessens blood loss, lowers risk of infection, shortens length of hospital stay and promotes quicker recovery with less scarring.

The da Vinci Xi System expands upon core da Vinci System features, including wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion, and ergonomic design. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100 percent in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci system, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The Xi system’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. 

Manatee Memorial Hospital

[TODAY]  THEATER: A Doll's House, Part 2 , January 18 – March 31

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 masterwork, Nora Helmer slammed the door on her marriage and family life, leaving her family. This sequel imagines her 15 years later as a successful writer and independent women, but she must return home to the one man who can help her. Universally acclaimed during its recent Broadway run, this new comedy raises questions about marriage and the roles of women have—and have not—changed.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: The Ringling Art Library’s Collection of Rare Travel Books , January 22

The Ringling Art Library’s Special Collection includes a number of 17th to 19th-century travel books, many of which are extremely rare. This presentation from Elisa Hansen, Head of Library Services, will explore these fascinating journeys and the authors who wrote about them.  

Chao Lecture Hall, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Pirates of Penzance , January 10 – January 27

This rollicking, music-filled farce, which premiered in 1879, includes home-town references to our own Pittsburg Pirates. At eight years of age, Frederic was apprenticed to a group of fun-loving, soft-hearted pirates. Now 21, he decides to leave the pirates to lead “a blameless life.” He makes it his goal to eradicate these pirates. Fun and mayhem follow.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 State of the Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon , January 24, 11am to 1pm

Join SRQ Magazine for SB2 for the State of the Economy at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota with a panel of regional experts from small businesses, economic development, finance, hospitality and real estate including Jacki Dezelski of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Cooper of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Drayton Saunders of Michael Saunders and Company, Mark Huey of the EDC of Sarasota County, Philip Rich of Seaside Bank, Jeff Mayers of The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sharon Hillstrom of the Bradenton Area EDC. The winners of the 2019 Localpreneur of the Year Competition will also be announced and recognized during a special awards program. Tickets are $55/person, $250 for a half table of four and $500 for a table of eight. Registration begins at 11am. The program runs from 11:30am to 1pm. Ticket online at SRQSB2.COM.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Through the Eyes of An Educator , January 24

The Ringling is proud to welcome over 10,000 students to their museum each year. During this tour, Katie Nickel, School and Teacher Programs Coordinator, will walk through the galleries through the eyes of a child and explain how she strategically designs school experiences for different ages and subject areas.

Museum of Art , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , January 23 – March 17

Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name , Christopher is exceptionally intelligent, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an ear-shattering discovery.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 3: SVAS, Nugent & Arbaugh, ASALH and Work of He(art) , January 24 – March 1

In Gallery 1, Sarasota Visual Artists Studios will present an exciting exhibition featuring the work of Andrea Dasha Reich, Barbara Banks, Bill Buchman, Duncan Chamberlain, Grace Howl and Larry Forgard. A collaboration between Jen Nugent and Jack Arbough uses drawing, collage and video to address competing impulses to conserve and explore in Gallery 2. In Gallery 3, the Manasota branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History highlights African-American artists from Sarasota and Manatee counties. And Gallery 4 features an open, juried exhibition.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Transcending Movement , January 25 – January 28

Kicking off 2019 with a bang, Program 4 features a world premiere from Sarasota Ballet’s Resident Choreographer and Principal Dancer, Ricardo Graziano, alongside David Bintley’s Four Scottish Dances and the company premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Varii Capricci. This will be the eighth full work choreographed by Graziano for the Company.

FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Adapting to a Changing Climate , January 25

From hurricanes to red tide and sea level rise, learn how a changing climate affects the Sarasota-Manatee region and the state of Florida. Expert speakers will discuss the challenges and impact on our region while uncovering the adaptive strategies that bring unique social and economic opportunities.

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Forbidden Broadway , January 27

An ever-changing spoof of Broadway musicals, sing and laugh along with the roast of such timeless Broadway hits as LesMiserables, Cats, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. The costumed cast of four talented singer/entertainers wrap highly professional performances with musicality and laughter.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  DANCE: Dance Makers , January 31 – February 3

"Dance Makers" is the annual dance celebration bringing together some of the most sought out contemporary choreographers. The evening will feature new and imaginative dance works by internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers, such as Ana Maria Alvarez (LA), Katiti King (NYC), Kira Blazek (NC) and Kwesi Johnson (UK), in addition to a multi-media solo set on Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, choreographed by Tennille Lambert (NYC). This versatile program is sure to delight and inspire - while offering something a little unexpected.

Jane B Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Steak & Burger , February 1, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is thrilled to announce our Steak & Burger Event, Celebrating Our Youth of the Year, will be held at The Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club on February 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Join us for this western-themed, fun filled night, where kids eat steak and adults eat burgers! Support of Steak & Burger helps financially sustain high-quality programs that we offer to more than 7,000 youth in Sarasota County. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, helping our members reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Upscale Sidewalk Sale , February 2, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Join Designing Women Boutique on Saturday, February 2nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the areas most unique Upscale Sidewalk Sale offering only the best fashion brands with new and gently loved merchandise, as well as vintage and limited selection items.  Entry is free.

Browse amongst booths filled with beautiful clothing and jewelry, elegant handbags, fine art, antiques, home furnishing and more. Expect to see goodies from Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Versace, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and many other favorites.  Food court, refreshments and other goodies will be available for purchase.

Another highlight of the day will be the presence of appraisers Linda Dyer, Colleene Fesko, Stuart Whitehurst and Sara Wishart as seen on PBS Antique Road Show will be on-site by appointment providing verbal appraisals and to evaluate any treasures shoppers care to bring along.  There will be a minimal charge for this service and the time slots will fill up fast.

Proceeds will benefit DWB’s grants program and their signature GroundWorks initiative that funds scholarships, mentoring and career advancement opportunities.

Designing Women Boutique, 1226 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Knights , February 3 – April 21

Drawn from the superb collections of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy, this extraordinary exhibition reveals the figure of the knight in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through over 80 exquisite objects, including full suits of armor, helmets, corselets, swords and other weaponry. The exhibition explores the function and craftsmanship of these exquisite objects as well as their historical context, focusing on themes of love and war, jousts and tournaments, and the 19th-century revival of interest in medieval knighthood.

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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Speaker Series: Can We Prevent the Next Attack? , February 4

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2018-19 lecture series, Can We Prevent the Next Attack?  Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges of Countering Violent Extremism, featuring Dr. Stevan Weine, MD, Director of the International Center on Responses to Catastrophes at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. For the past 25 years, Dr. Weine has studied trauma- and migration-impacted populations to provide culturally-sensitive mental health and support services to the victims of mass violence, deprivation, terrorism, displacement, and disease.  Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay.  The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested (sarasotawac.org).

[SOON]  THEATER: Sweat , February 8 – April 13

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s play looks at life of working America. It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and friends Tracey and Cynthia only need their factory jobs and their favorite bar. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to be limited, the friends are pitted against each other. This new play confronts issues of race, class, family and friendship—and the tragic community without opportunity.

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