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SRQ DAILY May 23, 2019

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"The orchestra's committed to finding an urgently needed new home and that will continue to be our foremost goal."

- Joseph McKenna, Sarasota Orchestra

[Government]  Sarasota Wants Orchestra To Stay In City
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Days after the Sarasota City Commission nixed plans for a new Sarasota Orchestra venue in Payne Park, city officials met with organization leaders encouraging them to stay in town, according to city spokeswoman Jan Thornburg.

City Manager Tom Barwin went to the Orchestra’s current facility on the Sarasota Bayfront to remind officials of the strong and long-lasting relationship. “Certainly, the city wants them to stay in the city limits,” Thornburg says.

Meanwhile, Orchestra officials say they are moving forward with a search for a new site.

“The orchestra’s committed to finding an urgently needed new home and that will continue to be our foremost goal,” said Joseph McKenna, president and CEO of the Orchestra, in a statement to SRQ. “Given the City Commission’s decision, Payne Park is no longer under consideration. Our work continues on finding a site for a new music center.”

As the master planning process moved forward for The Bay on the city’s waterfront, the Orchestra committed to leaving its existing home. Leadership for the group felt strongly Payne Park would be a great new home, but the suggestions created an enormous community uproar. As Sarasota City Commissioners on Monday met into the morning hours, three overflow rooms beyond Commission chambers at City Hall held frustrated citizens and Orchestra supporters.

But Thornburg noted that while the Orchestra feels eager to find a new home, the city won’t evict them anytime soon from their current one. The Orchestra’s existing lease stretches into the 2090s.

Officials at City Hall plan to help the Orchestra vet new locations that could house the institution, Barwin told Orchestra leadership on Wednesday. “Our staff is available at anytime, 24-7-365 if necessary to help in doing any research,” Thornburg said. 

[The Bayside Club]  The Bayside Club: Who is a Baysider?

The Bayside Club is just one block from the Bayfront park, soon to be developed into a world-class bayfront environment, and a five minute power walk or ten minute leisurely stroll to downtown Sarasota’s eclectic Main Street. A Baysider is someone who wants to live downtown and take advantage of all that Sarasota has to offer; lovely restaurants, enriching cultural events, energizing music, and more are just blocks away. A Baysider would gladly avoid wasting time searching for parking spots and, instead, take the friendly Bayside Club shuttle into town for shopping, to St. Armands for lunch, to the beach, to the country club for golf or tennis, or out for a night on the town.  


Click here to visit The Bayside Club's BrandStory

[GROVE]  The Lunchtime Groove at GROVE

One of the newest additions to the PIER 22 restaurant family, GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom is gaining popularity for its emphasis on house-made dishes using quality, whole ingredients. Versatile is the word when it comes to lunchtime at GROVE. The Lakewood Ranch-based restaurant’s menu is well balanced—ranging from light bites to more filling options. For a refined version of a summertime favorite, try the vegetable pasta: a Greek-inspired dish of fusilli with seasonal veggies topped with olives, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese. Or, opt for the ultimate lunch indulgence— the poutine burger. This take on a Quebecois classic gains a distinctly American touch as smoked brisket and thick cut bacon are stacked on a half pound certified Angus burger along with gravy, white cheddar cheese and french fries.

Reflecting the same spirit of versatility as the midday menu, lunch at GROVE can be booked as a special affair in one of the restaurant’s private spaces, be an off-site meeting spot for a working lunch with clients, or a comfortable fit for casual sit down with friends on the expansive patio. Unable to dine in? You can say goodbye to your sad desk lunch with the restaurant's fast carry out/to-go service. Convenient for those who work and live in the Lakewood Ranch and University Town Center area, GROVE is ready to become your go-to spot for your next midday meal, however and wherever you’d like to enjoy it.

Lunch at GROVE is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 4pm. To take advantage of their fast carry out service call 941-893-4321 and ask for to-go. 

GROVE is a member of Nosh, SRQ magazine's content marketing program for local restaurants.

GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 941-893-4321.

[Philanthropy]  Patterson Foundation Backs The Bay with $5 Million Investment

The Patterson Foundation will contribute up to $5 million for operations and Phase 1 of The Bay’s master plan—a multi-year journey to transform 53 acres of Sarasota’s bayfront into a public park that is free, open and welcoming, while offering fitness, health, cultural, recreational and educational activities and events.

Following an initial $2 million contribution, The Patterson Foundation will make additional $1 million investments each time private philanthropy contributes $5 million toward Phase 1 and The Bay’s 2019-2022 operating budget—a combined budget of $20 million. Phase 1 will bring the first round of enhancements, and result in the creation of a 10-acre community park stretching from U.S. 41 to the bayfront along Boulevard of the Arts. 

The Patterson Foundation

[Philanthropy]  Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is currently accepting applications for funding from nonprofit organizations serving Lakewood Ranch and east Manatee and Sarasota counties. Since 2000, the component fund of Manatee Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to improve the quality of life of people and animals. Nonprofit applicants should have an updated and “Reviewed by your Community Foundation” profile on www.TheGivingPartner.org. The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Grants Committee will consider requests for needs and opportunities impacting the areas of arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, health and human services.

Visit the website below to download the grant application. The deadline to apply is July 1 at 5pm. 

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

[Philanthropy]  Deadline Approaches for Impact 100 Grant Applications

Impact 100 SRQ will be gifting two $114,000 grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations working to create new or expand high-impact programs in the following focus areas: arts & culture, environment & recreation, health & wellness, family and education.

The Impact 100 SRQ’s online grant application is open until 5pm on Tuesday, June 18.  Grant applications may be submitted online at the website below. 

Impact 100 Grant Applications

[Business]  Community Foundation Announces Vice President, Director of Community Impact

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has promoted two internal team members to key leadership roles that help guide its community impact strategy and nonprofit partnerships. Kirsten Russell has been appointed Vice President of Community Impact. Abigail Oakes has been promoted to Director of Community Impact.

Russell has supported and guided the foundation’s two-generation focus on investing in families for the past five years. In this expanded role, he will assess community needs and determine high impact initiatives to strategically lead the foundation’s initiatives. Oakes previously served as Manager of Nonprofit Services, leading efforts supporting transparency in charitable giving through The Giving Partner and The Giving Challenge. She will also refine systems to better serve the foundation’s nonprofit partners, both through grants and connecting data across sectors to guide investment resources. 

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

[Business]  Williams Parker Attorneys Recognized by Sarasota Chamber

Williams Parker attorneys Charlie Bailey and Michele B. Grimes were recently honored by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as recipients of its 2019 Celebrate Outstanding Leadership Awards. Bailey received the Impact in Action award, which recognizes current community leadership endeavors. Grimes received the Lifetime of Leadership award, which recognizes persons whose body of work in career, community and beyond epitomizes leadership qualities.

Bailey is a land use attorney, and counsels developers and landowners. His civic activities have included serving as immediate past chair of the board of directors of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and as a past board member of the United Way Suncoast. Grimes is a board-certified real estate attorney who focuses on representing businesses, individuals and institutional lenders in connection with the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing and ownership of real property. She also currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Sarasota Family YMCA. 

Williams Parker

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes, their Indomitable Spirit , April 13 – July 21

This exhibition features new work by acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett, commissioned by his 2017 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. For this latest project, Fourth Quarter, Burnett spent nearly two years photographing senior-aged athletes from around the country who dedicate themselves to serious physical competition and team sports. In this engaging series, he treats his subjects with reverence as he celebrates their tenacity and challenges notions of aging in the 21st century.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  HEALTH: Warrior Pose For Warriors: A Yoga Fundraiser Supporting Veterans at the Sarasota Opera House , May 23

An evening with Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR) supporting military servicemembers with yoga, breath and body work and sound immersions on the stage of the legendary Sarasota Opera House. The event will be led by popular yogi master and Lululemon ambassador, Ms. Ashley Stewart. All proceeds will support OWR’s mission of providing immediate and effective mental health care at no cost for all U.S. military veterans and family members. Operation Warrior Resolution is a locally-based military nonprofit celebrating its first year as an officially recognized 501 c3 with a warrior pose for warriors – doing a downward dog on the same very stage a young Elvis Presley once shook his hips and sang “Hound Dog” at the Sarasota Opera House.


A variety of small eats and juices will be provided by local vendors in the courtyard immediately afterwards. Spots are limited, so get your ticket today and support our country’s warriors with a warrior pose yourself at the Sarasota Opera House!

Sarasota Opera House

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections , March 17 – September 8

This new exhibition fuses artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. As part of the four promised gifts from the Monda family, pieces by Beverly Pepper, Teo González, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra enable the Museum to present a broader and more complex history of late twentieth- and early 21st-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Still Life & Flat Lay Photography , May 23, 10am-1pm

Learn how to photograph “top down” from above. Create vignettes, explore props to use, minimalist styles, what to use for backgrounds and how to create backgrounds. Hands on play and photographing. Focus on mobile photography but all cameras welcome. Open to all levels. Registration is $60 for members/$75 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Venice Brew Bash , May 25, 3:00pm-7:00pm

Sample over 60 different craft and import brews while enjoying great music. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers or just the casual beer drinker!


Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Avenue, Venice.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gelli Plate Printing a la Gauguin , May 24, 10am-3pm

Experience the joy of mono-printing without a press thanks to the gelli plate, a product that looks and feels like gelatin and can be used again and again. In recognition of the Gauguin exhibit, special emphasis will be placed on printing leaves and flowers from Selby Gardens Botanical Paradise. Create one-of-a-kind prints using textures, stencils, household items and acrylic paint. Registration is $50 for members/$60 for non-members.

Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Myakka Light , May 25 – June 28

Frank Bibbins has used infrared and low color imagery to capture the evolving landscape of the Myakka River and State Park over the past decade. This photography exhibit not only presents an intimate look at the preserve but concentrates on conservation and preservation. A public reception will be held June 7, 6-9pm.

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SRQ Margarita Festival , May 25, 2:00PM - 10:00PM

Join us for the inaugural SRQ Margarita Festival, the perfect combination of live music and margaritas. Enjoy a variety of margarita flavors, 5 great bands, the areas best food trucks, games, anda spectacular firework display to end the night. Tickets are limited and are on sale now. Proceeds from event will benefit Turning Points, Barking Out Loud Rescue, and Farm Dog Fosters. #SRQritafest

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Annual St. Armand's Seafood and Music Festival , May 24 – May 26

Take advantage of yummy seafood prepared fresh on site along with drinks. Enjoy your foodie experience while jamming to live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Music will be from such genres as R&B, jazz, classical, calypso, reggae and more. General admission is free, VIP tent admission is $130.


St. Armand's Circle Park

[SOON]  MUSIC: Annual Myakka River Blues Festival , May 27, 11am-6pm

Tune in for a great lineup of artists this Memorial Day, including The Kat Crosby Band, The Collaboration Band, Sarasota Slim, Ghost Mountain Revival Band and Ben Prestage. Snook Haven is located in a sedate area near the riverbed in a natural cove that holds the true old Florida ambiance. Enjoy two stages with non-stop music with styles from the Chicago blues scene to southern style blues. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $25 at the door. 

Snook Haven, 5000 East Venice Avenue, Venice.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 5 , May 30 – July 5

In Gallery 1, Monumental, a group show, features small-scale sculptures. Next door, local artist Keith Crowley will exhibit a recent series of his meticulously layered photographically-based oil and watercolor paintings in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota. In Gallery 3, and featuring incisive and satirical investigations of the ego, sexuality, and competitiveness found on full display at gyms, Caitlin Albritton’s paintings and drawings of contorted figures address questions of gender issues and body politics.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Niceties , May 31 – June 30

Zoe is called into her professor's office to discuss her paper about slavery's effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history and power.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Evolve Summer Social "Saturday Night Fever" , June 1, 7-11pm

Don't miss the Evolve Summer Social "Saturday Night Fever" benefitting the Children’s Guardian Fund on June 1st from 7-11pm at the Grove at Lakewood Ranch.  Each year, hundreds of children in foster care go without birthday presents or celebrations.  Through the proceeds from this event and  community donations, the Children’s Guardian Fund can provide $35 Walmart Gift cards to guardians for each child’s birthday.  Last year’s event “Havana Nights” raised over $13,000 providing over 370 gift cards. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Art, Animals and You , June 1, 9am - 3pm

Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt, see what the vendors have in store, enjoy the art of the "Fur, Feathers, Flora & Fauna" exhibit and bring your well-behaved leashed pets for a free Pet Portrait. There will also be 1-hour children's art workshops at this interactive and creative day of family fun.

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

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Showcase (AS1): Fairy tales and Fantasy , June 6

Embark on a fantastic journey to faraway places. Various artist will perform to evoke a world of childlike imagination. Also, experience the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield's Ha-Galgal (The Wheel), a prayerful work inspired by the sound of the shofar, for solo horn.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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