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SRQ DAILY Sep 6, 2019

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"We just couldn't sit idly by and watch my country be destroyed. We had to do something."

- Thomas Bethel, Florida Suncoast for The Northern Bahamas

[Hurricane Dorian]  Locals Organize Grassroots Aid for Storm-Ravaged Bahamas
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

As Hurricane Dorian lashes up the eastern seaboard of the United States, locals on the Gulf Coast heave a collective sigh of relief at another disaster dodged. But for Thomas Bethel, a native Bahamian now living in Sarasota, with multi-generational family ties to the island nation, the storm still rages. And to help organize local efforts and channel supplies from givers here to relief efforts there, Bethel this week launched Florida Suncoast for The Northern Bahamas.

His cousin in Marsh Harbour re-established contact after a harrowing eight hours and his aunt, who lives in Freeport—where the hurricane stalled overhead for 36 hours—is now safe, but much of Bethel’s native country needs help in the aftermath of the slow-moving but heavy-hitting Category 5 storm. “The situation on the ground is deteriorating,” he says. “We just couldn’t sit idly by and watch my country be destroyed. We had to do something.” And so the local business owner (Alpha Tango Media and GoZone WiFi, both in St. Pete) with experience in the family freight business decided to put his organizational and logistical experience to the task with this philanthropic relief effort.

Already headquartered in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse in Bradenton—donated by Yellowfin Yachts and Solomon Construction—Florida Suncoast for The Northern Bahamas looks to serve as a central location for receiving, organizing and shipping supplies of all sorts to relief organizations in the Bahamas. With volunteer workers from the area, donated items are sorted, packaged and loaded into labeled containers for transport via its Bahamian partner, Odyssey Aviation. An ideal partner for a quick response, says Bethel, Odyssey Aviation has already made connections with relief operations in the area and been cleared by the Bahamian government to deliver supplies duty-free and without lengthy holdups by customs.

Details on drop-off location and hours of operation for Florida Suncoast for the Northern Bahamas can be found on the organization’s Facebook page, created this past Wednesday and already reaching near 200 members. The page also lists the various types of items needed, ranging from water, non-perishables and canned goods to bandages, diapers, baby formula and feminine products. Bedding and clothing are also welcome, as well as building supplements like hammers, nails, wood and cement.

“One of the sacrifices of paradise is that you are in Mother Nature’s direct path,” says Bethel, who hopes that the communities that often see The Bahamas as a place to vacation and visit, will now see the islands as a neighbor to help in time of need. “This will be a long-term relief effort,” he says, “for the people who now have nothing.”

Learn more at the Florida Suncoast for The Northern Bahamas website below. 

Pictured: Devastation in The Bahamas left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Photo courtesy of Florida Suncoast for The Northern Bahamas.

Florida Suncoast for The Northern Bahamas

[ShopTalk]  Tweeds on Wheels
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com












As a sugar-fixated kid, you’d run down the street to catch the ice cream man. As a working adult, your days of truckin' treats may not be necessarily over with the new, mobile custom suit shop. Now, you’ll be chasing after highly-trained bespoke tailor Donald Carlson. Carlson unlatched his hatch to the public this month to open a simple, yet untapped concept in Sarasota. What was once an old AC box truck is now decked out inside as a tailoring service and gentleman’s lounge, and donning a matte black exterior and the fitting name Tweeds. Inspired by the business model he stumbled upon in Austin, TX, Carlson is now bringing made-to-measure, high-quality suits and dress shirts curbside for busy, stylish professionals. 

By appointment or by luck, get “suited up” in a pinch, with Tweeds covering the greater Sarasota region with his steering wheel in one hand and measuring tape in another. Carlson personally transports the materials and services directly to your home, or office, for a sartorial masterpiece right on the street—guaranteeing a unique amenity you’ve yet to experience, saving you valuable time and providing a jacket and/or trouser that fits like a glove. “Every garment is made to the customer’s exact specifications,” he says. “We go through a design process where we pick the fabric, patterns and then determine how wide the lapel will be, what color buttons to use, what kind of pockets, etc. Everything is hand-selected for each individual client.” 

Choosing to steer clear of synthetic fibers such as polyester, all Tweeds suits come handmade with 100% wool, linen, silk, tweed, etc.—sourced from revered international fabric mills. “Loro Piana for instance, is a mill based in Quarona, Italy since 1924,” explains Carlson. “The Piana family has been trading textiles since the early 1800s. This is the finest wool mill in the world and I am proud to offer their exclusive lines to my clients.” Carlson may not having Chipwiches to offer you, but he’s certainly worth the flag down to get your next double-breasted showstopper as he cruises down Palm Avenue.  

Photo courtesy of Donald Carlson.

Tweeds, 941-343-7606, @tweedssuitshop

[People]  Tickets On Sale for PINC Experience 2019

The annual, all-day experience, dubbed the most creative day in Sarasota, will make its return to the Sarasota Opera House on Dec. 12, 2019. An initiative of DreamLarge, the day-long experience will make its mark on Sarasota for the sixth year with a diverse selection of inspiring, creative, and captivating speakers.

Presented by Ringling College of Art + Design, two speakers have already been announced, bringing to the stage unconventional digital cartographer Robert Szucs, known for his artistically portrayed scientific maps that have been featured on CNN, BBC, and The Washington Post; and fearless producer and filmmaker Gelareh Kiazand, who has worked with Paramount Studios and led the second camera unit for the film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, making her Iran’s first female director of photography for a cinematic feature film post-revolution.

Ticket sales for PINC are online at the website below. 

PINC Experience 2019

[Arts and Culture]  Nominations Open for 2019 Arts Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Arts Leadership Awards. These awards, presented each year by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, recognize those who have made significant contributions to the arts and are actively engaged in the cultural life of the community.

Nominations can be made in the following categories: philanthropy, arts management, arts education, artistic achievement, volunteer and cultural champion. This year’s selected recipients will be recognized at the Alliance’s Annual Awards Ceremony on October 21 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The awards ceremony and performance presentation is free and open to the public.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 27, 2019. Learn more about the program or nominate an arts leader at the website below. 

Nominate an Arts Leader

[Museum]  Ringling Archives to House Selby Gardens Rare Book Collection

In preparation for the start of construction of a new library, the Selby Gardens is working with the Archives at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to find temporary housing for its collection of rare botanical books and prints. Selby’s collection, which consists of 500 volumes dating from the mid-1700s and 2500 prints that are more than 100 years old, was created in the 1970s by the Selby Foundation. Highlights of the collection include a complete set of Curtis’ Botanical Magazines, starting with edition 1, published in 1787 and a rare copy of The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala, (1837-1843).

Visitors should make an appointment to view items in the archives and may fill out a request form at the website below. Archivists are available Monday through Thursday, 10am–4:30pm. 

The Archives at The Ringling

[Sports]  Bradentucky Bombers Face Molly Roger Rollergirls Next Saturday

The Bradentucky Bombers have announced the next home game of its 13th Season to be next Saturday, September 14, against Molly Roger Rollergirls, a team out of Melbourne, FL. This is the Bombers’ first official season as a Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) league. The game will be held at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex at 5pm, doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are available: Presale—$10; Door—$12; Kids 6–12 $6 at the door; Kids 5 and under free. This game is also a Nurse Appreciation game, and all nurses get a Buy One, Get One ticket deal by presenting their staff badge at the register.

The after party begins at 8pm at Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom, and all raffle proceeds will go to Manatee County Agricultural Museum, Inc. 

Bradentucky Bombers

[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]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , September 6

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: X-Men. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Goldtones , September 7, 8pm

The Goldtones have been called the “hottest doo-wop group in Florida” and entertain their audiences with the sweet sounds of street-corner harmony and all the favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The group is back by popular demand after performing at Venice Theatre for five years in a row. Proceeds benefit the Venice Theatre Guild’s Scholarship Fund!

Venice Theatre MainStage, 140 W Tampa Ave.

[SOON]  GALLERY: CFAS: Halflants + Pichette , September 12 – October 10

Center for Architecture Sarasota opens its fifth season at the McCulloch Pavilion with its new Solo Architecture Series. The first exhibit of the series features the Sarasota firm of Halflants + Pichette. The opening reception is September 12 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Information and registration is available at the CFAS website.

McCulloch Pavilion, 265 South Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 13, 730am

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today President, and Dr. Rachel Shelley, Booker High School Principal, at the 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place on Friday, September 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.  Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Oktoberfest , September 13, 5–8pm

Put on your best German lederhosen and get ready to sample beers and shop during Oktoberfest. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a fall-themed beer tasting at each of the participating locations in Downtown Venice as live, traditional German music fills the air. Attendees will receive a small sampling stein on a lanyard and get to sample a variety of brews in 3-ounce tastings as they follow a map of beer-tasting locations.

Downtown Venice

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Wellness Expo , September 15

This expo provides an opportunity for locals to meet with local businesses that promote healthy living, and learn how to better their health and mind. This event caters to all ages and attendance is free. Guests can enjoy free fitness demos, health checks, a teddy bear clinic for kids, healthy food demonstrations, interactive activities and more.

Westfield Sarasota Square , 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , September 16

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

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. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: ACS Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show , September 21, 5pm

Don’t miss the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink fashion show at 5pm on September, 21st in the Grand Court at The Mall at UTC. The show will feature Sarasota and Manatee candidates and each man will be dressed by one of the stores in the UTC Mall. These men are raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer in our community.  Public is Welcome. Reserved Seating available. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to reserve your seat. Let's support these men in our community who are dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: Totally Tailgate Benefiting Girls Inc. , September 21, 630pm

Get ready to tailgate at the 4th Annual Totally Tailgate benefiting Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Girls Inc. invites you to the largest tailgate party under one roof with fan favorite food and drinks, classic games, raffles, multiple screens to watch your favorite football games and the opportunity to brag about the team nearest and dearest to your heart. Come out and represent your favorite team and support Girls Inc.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Grey Matters A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 27, 11am

Join us at the Grey Matters luncheon symposium at 11am on September 27th at The Ritz-Carlton. The luncheon will be hosted by The Roskamp Institute, and will involve presentations and interactive Q&As from their leadership team in addition to featuring New York Times bestselling author Kimberley Williams-Paisley as the Keynote Speaker. Attendees will hear updates on various areas of brain health, potential treatments and information for caregivers, preventative measures, early symptom warnings and clinical research updates regarding the potential for new treatment. Proceeds raised go towards research and development at The Roskamp Institute. 

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL

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