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SRQ DAILY Jul 12, 2019

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"I'm living the American Dream."

- Bo Mortensen, Pure Detailing

[People]  Bradenton Detailer Leaves His Mark on Air Force One
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

In a typical week as owner and lead detailer at Pure Detailers Professional Detailing Service, Bo Mortensen gets his hands on a lot of machines. Cars, vans, trucks, Jeeps—if it’s got four wheels, a motor and a paint-job, Mortensen will make it shine. But this past week has been anything but typical, with Mortensen heading to the Seattle Museum of Flight as one of 55 professional detailers selected from across the country to restore and preserve 18 historic aircraft, including the original Air Force One.

As part of the 2019 Air Force One Detailing Team, Mortensen arrived in Seattle this past Sunday, before being led to the aircraft for the first time on Monday. “When you walk in, it takes your breath away,” he says. “It’s something to see it on paper, but when you physically but your hands on it, it’s just an indescribable feeling. It’s a way to get up close and personal to history.”

And the plane has seen more than its fair share of history. A custom-built Boeing 707-120, the original Air Force One replaced President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Super-Constellation, and counted presidents Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon among its occupants, as well as notable guests such as Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger. Replaced in 1962 with a newer Boeing model, the aircraft remained in the presidential fleet until 1996.

Having just completed a 15-year restoration, the original Air Force One needed only a shine and polish, says Mortensen, but the job’s not done until all of the aluminum boasts a “mirror finish.”

Other aircraft had not fared so well over the years, such as a World War II B-29 Super Fortress Bomber undergoing extensive restoration, and a recently acquired Vietnam-era B-52G Stratofortress Bomber in particularly rough condition. Such situations call for “aggressive correction” of the aluminum, says Mortensen, but nothing the team cannot handle. Already underway before his arrival, the restorations will likely last years yet. But, for this one week, the 2019 Detailing Team makes as much progress as they can. Other planes that demand their attention include the first ever Boeing “Jumbo Jet” 747 and the first of the 1960s-era Boeing 727-022 commercial airliners.

But for Mortensen, a Danish immigrant who moved to the US 20 years ago and now owns his own business, it’s the chance to lay his hands on Air Force One that stands out the most. “The history that’s involved in this is just indescribable,” he says. “Standing in front of Air Force One, physically working on it, thinking about all of the presidents and all of the world events that happened with this particular aircraft, it’s staggering how much impact it has. I can’t even explain it.”

Mortensen will be back in Bradenton next week, reopening Pure Detailers and getting back into his routine, but for now he has a couple days left to help preserve history and put a little of himself in there at the same time. “I’m working very hard to earn my spot for next year,” he says. “I’m living the American Dream.” 

Pictured: Bo Mortensen hard at work on the original Air Force One at the Seattle Museum of Flight.

[DailyShop]  Trunk Hunks
Olivia Liang

Tacky tiki bars, mountaintop jacuzzis, fishing expeditions, cookouts, cruises, camps or FaceTime interviews—there’s no wrong time for funky swim bottoms. Trunkers, the new online men’s swimsuit brand for everything from surfing to sunning, provides eye-catching and color-popping suits for men of all ages and adventures. Ground control to your Major Tom… feel far above the world with the Space Kitty suit. Who wouldn’t want trunks with a thigh-high cat disc jockey in shades, floating in a sea of flying vinyl saucers and splatter paint stars? Or sport the Mr. Pigeon in a tophat with a monocle and cane, lizard Hefner with a suit and a smoke or join the herd with classic elephant patterns.

With quick dry and comfortable fabric and lining, elastic waistbands and three Velcro close pockets, Trunkers bathing suits not only dress hunks, but treat trunks. With any Trunkers purchase, 5% of sales supports Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary in Baan Tuek, Thailand. These rescued elephants can roam free in over 600 acres of protected forest, never forced to perform in any capacity. So sport these trunks, to support the trunks in need. 


[Museum]  Sarasota Art Museum Now Accepting Inaugural Members

The Sarasota Art Museum has announced the opening of it Inaugural Membership program. Membership provides access and opportunities that allow SAM visitors to deepen their engagement with the Museum community and with the global art world. However, Inaugural Members will receive special benefits tied to the opening of the new museum. The first 100 members will receive an exhibition-related catalogue and the first 500 members will be granted early access to the museum when it opens in December 2019. Follow the website below to become an Inaugural Member. 

Sarasota Art Museum

[Opera]  Sarasota Artists Debut New Opera with WBTT Concert Reading

Before heading to New York for a workshop in September, the new opera, Patra, by Sharon and David Ohrenstein will be presented as a concert reading, with the complete opera being sung on Friday, July 19 at the Westcoast Black Theatre at 7:30pm.

Loosely based on Cleopatra’s final days, Patra is the fifth full-length musical work by the Ohrenstein husband/wife writing team. Most recently they opened the 2017 SaraSolo Festival with Golden Roads - their musical about Golda Meir. The Sarasota cast includes Kathryn Parks as Cleopatra, Joseph Ryan as Octavian, Carole Cornman as Iras, Robyn Rocklein as Charmian, and Baron Garriott as Marcellus.  Pianist Teresa O’Connell will accompany the performance.  The WBTT concert has a $20 suggested donation ticket price which can be paid at the door with cash/check made out to Seagle Music Colony. 


[Theater]  Florida Studio Theater Announces Annual Fundraiser

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) has announced that its annual fundraiser, the Dangerous Ladies Shindig, will take place on Monday, February 24, 2020 and will be part of FST’s Suffragist Project. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception, and then guests will gather in FST’s Gompertz Theatre for a special performance. The Spelman Award will also be presented at the event. Named in honor of Florida Studio Theatre’s founding Artistic Director, Jon Spelman, the Spelman Award is presented to an individual or a corporate sponsor who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership by providing FST with spiritual, financial, and/or in-kind support. The evening will conclude with a plated dinner. More information will be released closer to the event. Those interested in sponsoring or attending the event can contact Melody Mora-Shihadeh, Director of Individual Giving, at 941-366-9017 ext. 326. 

Florida Studio Theatre

[TODAY]  THEATER: SHOUT! The MOD Musical! , July 10 – July 21

With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! takes audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s, following five groovy gals as they come of age during those glorious days that made England swing. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, the soundtrack includes new arrangements of such classic tunes as "To Sir with Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man" and, of course, “Shout.”

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

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Shakett Creek to Dona Bay , July 12, 8:30am–11:30am

Join John Sarkozy and have a relaxing time paddling on Shakett Creek and Dona Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Grab an opportunity to go outside and get to know nature again. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Splashin' Saturdays , July 6 – July 27, 10am–12pm

Join us at Splashin’ Selby Saturdays for water-themed activities, including water slides and games specifically geared for toddlers on up to children 10 years old. Enjoy the cool shade and Bay breezes under the banyans and around the lagoon and waterfall of the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden from 10am to 12pm.

This event runs Saturdays from July 6 until July 27.

[SOON]  THEATER: Sophisticated Lady: Songbook of Natalie Cole , July 13, 8:00pm

Cole’s career spanned decades and genres, from R&B to pop. Her greatest success was “Unforgettable… with Love,” made popular by her father, which sold over seven million copies. In this concert, Katt Hefner pays musical homage to Cole and her music. Hefner’s extensive credits include off-Broadway musicals, television, movies, jazz festivals and much more.


Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Family Saturdays: Circus Costumes , July 13, 10am

Explore the Circus at Ringling through a creative project: costume making! Work in the Education Building classrooms and explore the Museum with a special handout to help locate and learn more about the objects and places that inspired the project.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Ringling Reflections , July 14, 10:30am

Embark on a relaxed, conversation-based gallery tour designed specifically for people with memory loss and their care partners at the Museum of Art. Listening devices, including induction loops for t-coil hearing aids, will be provided. Wheelchairs and portable stools will be available free-of-charge for all participants. The tours are free but advance registration is required and space is limited.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 14, 8:30am–11:30am

Join John Sarkozy as he shows off the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Take a break on the "crown jewel" of our local beaches and take a swim, walk or do some birding before we paddle back to the mainland. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Museum of Art Mondays: Colorful Venus , July 15, 10am

Join the Ringling staff in the Education Building for a Colorful Venus art-making project, bridging active creation with artwork in the Museum. Then visit the galleries to find each day’s featured artwork and learn more about it from a docent!

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip: Myakka River from Snook Haven , July 16, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, get outside and take a kayak trip on the wild and scenic Myakka River. This trip will travel the portion of the river that is downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be supplied and is included in the cost of the trip. Call John for additional information, exact launch location and required reservations. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Rebel Heart , July 19

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Rebel Heart returns to Friday Fest at the Van Wezel with some of today's most popular country songs, mixed with a healthy dose of hits from pop, rock, dance and the blues! The 5-piece band puts on a high-energy, powerful and melodic country rock act that you won’t want to miss

Van Wezel

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