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"We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially our military who can not be with their families during the holidays."

- Caryn Hodge, Mattison's marketing director
 

[Culinary]  Fine Dining Still Available This Thanksgiving
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As the normal day wound down to a close at Michael’s on East, 44 turkeys were getting cooked in preparation of today’s Thanksgiving offerings at the Sarasota restaurant.

“We have traditions, people who have been coming here for 20 plus years,” said co-proprietor Michael Klauber. And so the restaurant, when it opens doors at 2 p.m., will be slicing turkey while sommeliers pull out special wines.

The region’s rich culinary scene will in many ways be popping as vibrantly as on any Friday night, with restaurateurs keeping doors open for diners in the mood for a feast but with no need to spend the holiday over an oven.

At Mattison’s locations, special holiday meals are offered in restaurant or to go. 

“Mattison’s is a family and we recognize that not everyone can be near their families on the holidays but they still want to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere,” said Caryn Hodge, marketing director. “Also, many people don’t want to spend their holiday time cooking and cleaning so we are honored that they choose Mattison’s.”

Bevardi’s Salute will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu from 1 to 8 p.m. Guests can start with a butternut squash pique or Holiday spinach salad, dive into a traditional turkey dinner and finish with an apple or pumpkin pie. 

“Since we are a family business with Italian roots, the most important thing to us is that families make time to celebrate and enjoy a wonderful meal together,” said Chef Laszlo Bevardi. “This is a busy time for people, but when families can stop and enjoy it is important. It makes sense that this is a cherished holiday in the U.S.”

The restaurant also offers up signature Italian seafood dishes. “You would be surprise how many people want something else besides turkey on Thanksgiving,” he said.

Glauber concurred that many guests come in and want to look at the full menu. “Though we sell a lot of turkey, it’s amazing how many order a rack or lamb or duck,” he said.

The restaurants open on Thanksgiving to offer a sense of family and community to guests, but run holiday hours so that employees can spend time with their own loved ones as well. Check any restaurants’ hours today before making plans. 

Photo courtesy Bevardi's Salute: The Sarasota restaurant will offer traditional Thanksgiving offerings along with signature menu items.

[The Hyatt Regency Sarasota]  The Guest Experience: Authentic Hospitality From the Ground Up

“What inspires me as a General Manager everyday is the opportunity to create an experience—make people feel good and really be happy to be here,” says General Manager Marcia Dmochowski Clark.  “For me, it’s creating those special moments.” Those special moments for Clark include seeing the smile on a child’s face when the front desk gives them a stuffed animal when they’re checking in, or when the team surprises guests because they know it’s their birthday and they have something in the room waiting for them. “We spend a lot of time here together and to create that experience, it takes a lot of synergy.”

Hyatt Sarasota has a way of empowering its staff to provide authentic hospitality by simply being themselves and bringing their whole selves to work. Ultimately, this has made all the difference in the lives of the guests they come in contact with everyday. It’s the people and culture that make guests feel right at home. “Our guests love us because we always put them fi rst, and in return, they continue to come back year after year,” says Chris Martin. “The Hyatt is different because we are a big family—if you come to visit, you become part of our extended family as well.” And for guests, there’s a genuine pleasure in seeing the same staff there when they come back again after their last stay, however many weeks or years ago. “I have made so many friendships over the years,” says Poe. “I feel like I have small families all over the world.” 

While Director of Events Carol Danisi has been with the Hyatt for many years, she’s also worked for other hotel companies prior, and is steadfast in the way Hyatt differs from other hotel chains. “We empower our associates to make decisions to benefi t our guests without searching for approval or worrying about being reprimanded,” she says. “We truly listen and respond with compassion to both our guests and associates—offering solutions to improve any situation or action.” From concierge, valet attendant, barista, housekeeper and accounting, “Everyone truly cares about each of our guests’ experiences and each other,” says Danisi. “A beautiful location means nothing if you don’t have a staff that takes pride in what they do and how it affects our guests and co-workers.”

 

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota | 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL

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[Music]  Phoebe Hunt and Dominick Leslie to Play Fogartyville

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country in 2017, Phoebe Hunt continues to impress.  An accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music, Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns.  The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.  Hunt will perform with accomplished mandolin player Dominick Leslie.  Join this sensational duo for an evening of impressive musicianship, powerful lyrics, danceable rhythms and cross-cultural musical exploration on Sunday, December 8that 7pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at wslr.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006. 

[Public Outreach]  Sarasota County Looking for Public Feedback on SCAT Redesign
Sarasota County will host four open houses to allow residents and patrons of the Sarasota County Area Transit system the opportunity to share ideas about a redesign of the SCAT network and services. The county has been exploring SCAT mobility redesign concepts in order to better meet the needs, demands, and expectations of the community.  
 
All four meetings will be identical and are open to the public. Citizens are invited to attend any time during the following hours:
 
Monday, December 2, 4:30-7 p.m.
Selby Public Library, Jack J. Geldbart Auditorium, 1331 First Street, Sarasota
 
Tuesday, December 3, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Avenue, Sarasota
 
Tuesday, December 3, 3:45-5:45 p.m. 
Shannon Staub Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port
 
Wednesday, December 4, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Avenue, Venice
 
[Holiday]  Small Business Saturday with Santa
Join the vendors at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10am—3pm as they celebrate Small Business Saturday with Santa. Special deals offered from over 30 local vendors to make your holiday shopping easy and fun. Santa will be visiting from 1—3pm, kids can make a craft with Little Miss Kris and get a free book. Small Business Saturday is a national event every year the Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s a good reminder to support local small business. The Bazaar is located at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota, 941-343-2712.
 
[Philanthropy]  Local Foundation Donates to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida has received a $15,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation to support Girl Scout troops in under-resourced areas of Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

The award will help offset expenses for the council’s Fully Funded Troops program, which provides a traditional Girl Scout experience to girls living in economically challenged areas. Some 200 Girl Scouts participate in the program annually. All basic program costs, including curriculum books, supplies, and materials, as well as fees for membership, field trips, and other special programs are fully covered. 



[SOON]  THEATER: Romeo & Juliet , April 8 – April 25, 8pm
We celebrate our fourth season of Shakespeare in the Gardens with the love story that has defined romance for more than four centuries. A star-crossed couple, more in love than they knew was possible, are ultimately undone in the midst of the unyielding and blood-thirsty feud of their families. Magical Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the perfect setting for this timeless tale filled with life, passion, laughter, tears, sword fighting and, perhaps, the most romantic poetry in all of literature.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: When All That's Left is Love Movie Screening Benefitting The Roskamp Institute , January 23, 5:15pm-9:30pm

The Roskamp Institute and director Eric Gordon invite you to attend the Sarasota premiere of the acclaimed movie When All That’s Left Is Love at an exclusive event at Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota. All proceeds will support the work of the nonprofit Roskamp Institute. When All That’s Left is Love is the emotional gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband in their home. With unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access, the film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families coping with Alzheimers, while also showcasing the power of love that sustains both patients and caregivers. The Sarasota premiere will take place on Thursday, January 23 at Burns Court Cinema with a VIP reception to follow at 530 Burns Gallery.

Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: BeingWE: Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action , January 23, 4:30-7:30pm

Women are natural-born leaders. Yet, many feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle life’s demands and have it all—home, family, and career. How to balance work and home life? The Women’s Resource Center will explore these issues with BeingWE (Being Women Empowered), a guided conversation series for women by women, created by Keren Lifrak, an area-based entrepreneur and real estate professional. The series launches with three sessions: The Superwoman Badge, October 29th, Women Balancing Business & Life: Creating What’s Possible Against All Odds, December 3rd and Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action, January 23rd. Each session is 4:30-7:30 p.m., and all genders are welcome to participate.  

The Women’s Resource Center, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  THEATER: Dead Man's Cell Phone , February 19 – March 8, 7:30 and 8pm
It’s life on the line. In a quiet café an unsuspecting young woman, irked by an insistently ringing cell phone, discovers that its owner is, in fact, dead. In an impulsive move, she decides to answer the call and her fateful act plummets her deeply into the dead man’s mysterious life. Reveling in the intrigue, she attends his funeral, meets his eccentric family and embarks on a wild film-noir odyssey. Dean Man’s Cell Phone is a comic meditation on morality, redemption, and connecting in a technologically obsessed world.

Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: BeingWE: Women Balancing Business & Life - Creating What's Possible Against All Odds , December 3, 4:30-7:30pm

Women are natural-born leaders. Yet, many feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle life’s demands and have it all—home, family, and career. How to balance work and home life? The Women’s Resource Center will explore these issues with BeingWE (Being Women Empowered), a guided conversation series for women by women, created by Keren Lifrak, an area-based entrepreneur and real estate professional. The series launches with three sessions: The Superwoman Badge, October 29th, Women Balancing Business & Life: Creating What’s Possible Against All Odds, December 3rd and Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action, January 23rd. Each session is 4:30-7:30 p.m., and all genders are welcome to participate.  

The Women’s Resource Center, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Makers , January 30 – February 2, 7:30pm

The third performance series, "Dance Makers" features new imaginative dance pieces by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers. This year’s crop includes Terrence Henderson, Bliss Kohlmyer, Maria Bauman-Morales, and Adele Myers. SCD is proud of the caliber of choreographers gathered for this performance. These works are hand-picked by SCD's Artistic Director to present the strength, power, charm, and diversity of the company and its mission of presenting a range of contemporary dance for multi-generational and multi-cultural audience in our community. The choreography is diverse, the impact profound, and the dancers utterly captivating.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , December 2, 12:15pm-1:45pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant in Sarasota. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat a delicious meal with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15-1:45pm.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Reverend Barry & The Funk , December 5 – December 8, 7:30pm

As part of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director’s passion to collaborate with local musicians, SCD will join forces with Reverend Barry & The Funk, an 8-pc funk band featuring a 3-pc horn section, and one of the fastest-rising “buzzworthy” acts in the state of Florida. Fueled by their recent #1 Global Position on ReverbNation’s Funk Charts after the release of their debut album “SxyGdLuv,” and the success of their recent breakout single “LoveShine,” the band is now headlining festivals and larger venues around the state. This is the first time that SCD will be partnering with a funk band, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they are already a Sarasota favorite. This production will feature original choreography by Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott in collaboration with the SCD dancers. This unique evening is sure to be unlike any other, and is not to be missed!

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GALA: Brunch & Bubbles - Celebrating Sarasota County Teachers , December 11, 10:30am-12pm

On Wednesday, December 11, join the Education Foundation for a morning of brunch & bubbles as they honor phenomenal teachers in Sarasota County. The awards ceremony will recognize an Alumni of Distinction and unveil the 2020 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. The event is from 10:30am to 12pm. Please use complimentary valet service. 

The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

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

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: Home Alone. 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]  PERFORMANCE: Art of Performance: Son Luna y Jvenes Zapateadores: Vivelo! , December 12 – December 14, 7:30 PM

¡Vívelo! merges different rhythms and dance styles such as folkloric dance, contemporary, Spanish dance, and African-inspired movements. Mexican musical ensemble Son Luna provides the traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico, and dance troupe Jóvenes Zapateadores showcase the evolution of Son Jarocho roots with different rhythms and dance styles. Masterfully displaying dance genres from the region, this production provides strong entry points for audiences of all ages seeking a highly energetic folkloric performance experience.

Historic Asolo Theater , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 34th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights , December 14, 6pm

Don’t miss the 34th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 14 beginning at 6pm. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island. All boats must pass approx. 1/3 of the marina side Bayfront Park, to be considered for judging. The Bay front Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of the island near the fountain.

Bayfront Park, 5 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School: The Nutcracker , December 14 – December 15, 2pm

Returning for the third year, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet brings its stunning production to the VPAC for three performances. Accompanied by 26 musicians from The Venice Symphony with guest conductor Joeseph Caulkins, and a brand new set, these pre-professional performers will stun you with their elegance and strength in this holiday tradition. Single tickets on sale now at veniceperformingartscenter.com or (941) 218 3779.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave building 5, Venice, FL 34285

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