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SRQ DAILY Sep 23, 2020

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition


Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

"There's a reason a handful of communities in the world stand out for architectural innovation. Sarasota's one of them. You really do have to see it to believe it."

- Carl Abbott, FAIA, SarasotaMOD Weekend 2020 Honoree

[Architecture]  SarasotaMOD Weekend to Honor Architect Carl Abbott
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Expect SarasotaMOD Weekend 2020 to continue without a hitch this November 6-8, despite many other event cancellations in the community this fall. The annual three-day festival, presented by Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF), is known for welcoming visitors to immerse themselves in the architecture of the Sarasota School movement. And with Covid-19 in mind, SAF has redesigned MOD Weekend to amply meet CDC guidelines while continuing to offer its novel touring and visitation experiences. Safety precautions will include timed entries, smaller groups, outdoor/open-air settings, mandatory face coverings and limited ticket availability. 

This year, internationally-renowned modern architect Carl Abbott, FAIA, is set to be MOD's honoree. “Carl Abbott has been an icon in Sarasota and the worldwide architectural community for more than 50 years,” says SAF Board Chair Anne Essner.  We are thrilled to partner with him in this year’s programming and look forward to welcoming visitors to our latest MOD Weekend.”

The festival kicks off with a virtual presentation: In/Formed by the Land: Carl Abbott’s Architecture for Nature, on Friday, November 6. Abbott will speak candidly about his career, influences and projects in a recorded conversation with Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director of the Sarasota Art Museum. Russell is also the curator of the Museum’s newest exhibition for SarasotaMOD: “Carl Abbott: Architect for Nature,” dedicated to his vernacular art and mid-century modern style. Saturday night’s “MidMOD Weekend Party” at the Sarasota Art Museum will give guests a first glimpse of the exhibition, and on Sunday, November, 8, the Museum will offer exclusive access to the exhibition to MOD ticket holders on a timed entry basis. Meanwhile, an additional exhibit will feature Abbott’s iconic blue sculpture, on display at Art Center Sarasota, and with timed entry in small groups. SAF shared that Abbott will available to meet visitors and offer brief remarks later in the afternoon on Saturday. 

In addition, Abbott has personally curated self-guided driving tour itineraries for the weekend, aptly named “Carl by Car,” North and South—allowing two separate onsite visits to residential and commercial projects that you’d be unable to access on your own. Admission includes a map, descriptive booklet, and a new digital access feature that can be viewed on smartphones or tablets—premiering 10 short videos capturing Abbott as he explains his creative process for the chosen projects. In addition, MOD’s newest guided tour, “Carl & Co. by Kayak” will provide a backside waterside vantage point by kayaking to some of his projects, along with other houses by Sarasota School and modern architects located on the water. These tours will run on Saturday and Sunday from Siesta Key.  

“Sarasota in the 1950s was one of the most important places in the world for architectural creativity, where the greatest design movement of the day came together,” says Abbott.  “There’s a reason a handful of communities in the world stand out for architectural innovation.  Sarasota’s one of them. You really do have to see it to believe it.”

Tickets go on sale September 28, 2020. For a detailed schedule of more SarasotaMOD events and to make ticket purchases, head here. 

Exterior night shot of Butterfield residence, photography by Sean Harris.

[New Grant]  Temple Beth Israel of Longboat Key Awarded $55,000 Multi-Year Grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Temple Beth Israel of Longboat Key has been awarded a multi-year grant of $55,000 from the Charlotte P. Graver Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The funding will help connect the community through scholarship and learning opportunities by supporting a scholar-in-residence for six years as well as provide online learning opportunities through 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit community and cultural center that encourages people of all ages, races, faiths, and backgrounds to connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. “Legacies like Charlotte’s create long-lasting opportunities for people,” said Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Like so many generous individuals, Charlotte Graver believed in the power of giving to others to strengthen and our community, both in her lifetime and in the future. It is our privilege to steward her vision and be a partner with Temple Beth Israel in this endeavor to benefit others with her timeless gifts.”    

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[In Memorium]  Cindy Cavallaro-Day

Cindy Cavallaro-Day, Visible Men Academy Co-Founder, passed away on September 16th after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family. Cindy was entirely committed to the students, families and staff at VMA. Cindy was a devoted and loving mother, and she always spoke proudly of her two boys Cameron and Jackson with great joy and love. She was a caring and loving friend. 

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[Free Event]  Music Compound Presents Free Family Day

On Saturday, September 26, which is National Family Day, Music Compound will present an outdoor event, “Family Day,” featuring live music performed by Music Academy students, “Hamlet’s Eatery” food truck, Q&S Cool Cups, 30 vendors, tabling by Music Academy partners, and plenty of fun activities for families to enjoy together. Family Day takes place from 11am to 2pm at Music Compound’s downtown location, in the courtyard at The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime (821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota). Some of the student bands slated to perform include Los Rojos, Intelectuals and Unspoken. “We’re thrilled to present our inaugural Family Day for the community,” said Jenny Alday Townsend, Music Compound owner. “Not only will this event provide a safe and fun opportunity for families to spend time with each other, it also offers our students the chance to perform in front of an audience. This is critical to developing confidence as well as the ability to think on their feet; it also gives parents the opportunity to be very proud of their rising stars!” 

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[Recognition]  Boys & Girls Clubs of America Names Meghan O. Serrano Board Member of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and its Florida Area Council presented Meghan O. Serrano, partner in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, with the 2020 Florida Board Member of the Year award during a state-wide virtual conference on September 17. This prestigious honor recognizes Serrano’s unwavering commitment to empower youth to achieve their full potential at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “Meghan has played an instrumental role in helping us grow into one of the leading youth-serving organizations in the area,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “While she lends her expertise in law, board governance and strategic planning, Meghan embodies our mission and inspires our community’s future leaders to excel in school, discover their passion and explore career paths.” 

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[New Show]  WBTT and Key Chorale Present Streaming Video from 2019 Collaboration

In October 2019, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Key Chorale came together for an exuberant collaboration with “American Roots: The Gospel Experience.” The arts organizations explored the rich tradition of Black gospel music in America through three sold-out performances at churches in Sarasota and Venice. The October 19th performance at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key was filmed and will now be presented virtually on WBTT’s website through November 1. "It was truly a thrill to be able to put a program of this magnitude together, in partnership with the skilled singers of the Key Chorale, and perform it in area churches," said WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs. "Gospel music was born in churches, where African Americans could find release from the pressures of everyday life. This music played a huge role in the cultural experience of the African American community but I think all viewers will find the themes to be relatable and inspirational." Tickets to watch the two-hour streaming video are $25 per household; patrons will receive a 24-hour viewing pass that can be activated any time during the streaming run. 

Pictured: Dancers (from l-r) Derric Gobourne Jr., Donald Frison and Joshua Thompson during a performance of American Roots: The Gospel Experience Photo by Daniel Perales Studio.

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[Music Performance]  Arts Advocates Presents Speaking of the Arts: Exploring and Supporting the Creative Process

Arts Advocates continues its Speaking of the Arts series with flutist/composer Allison Loggins-Hull and the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s artistic director Andy Sandberg in conversation about exploring and supporting the creative process. “Speaking of the Arts” will be September 30, 2020, 1:00pm, via Zoom. Registration for this free program is required and can be made by visiting artsadvocates.org. Donna Maytham, president of Arts Advocates, stated, “In this time of Zoom programs, we decided to take our well-received Speaking of the Arts series from an in-person event to an online presentation, and make it free for everyone to join. There is no better organization to lead a conversation about supporting the creative process than the Hermitage Artist Retreat. We’re thrilled to present this conversation between Andy Sandberg and Allison Loggins-Hull to the public.”  

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[Building Plans]  “Transform 2045” Long Range Transportation Plan

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO unveiled the “Transform 2045” Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) at the MPO September board meeting.  Transform 2045 is the culmination of more than 20 months of collaboration and community involvement that relied on technical analysis, community visioning, and public engagement resulting in a list of transportation projects anticipated to be funded through 2045. “We began our effort in January 2019, gathering information from the community, to create a vision for the future. The plan we are presenting today truly addresses the ideas and needs we heard from our constituents and will transform our region over the next 25 years.” Says MPO Chair, Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant. The  long range plan identifies over 100 priority transportation projects, the timeframe for completing those projects, and guides the investment of local, state and federal funds throughout the Sarasota/Manatee region. All plans outlined in the LRTP support the MPO’s adopted vision statement: To promote economic diversity, to preserve environmental health, and to create vibrant places. 

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[Recognition]  Sarasota County Schools Announces 23 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that 23 students throughout the district have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The following schools are National Merit Semifinalists: Booker High School, Zephaniah W. Malka. Pine View School, Mary Jane Bailey, Emily Benson, Nicholas Butakow, Camille I. Edwards, Pragnya Govindu, Neel Gupta, James Hugglestone, Ziwei Jiang, Kiran Kadiyala, Grace Kim, Samuel Klopp, Julia B. Kourelakos, Finnegan M. Lear, Joseph Lu, Nicholas Paredes, Samantha Sineath, Rohitram Upendram. Riverview High School, Sawyer J. Dunn-Matrullo, Ashley R. Hodges. Sarasota High School, Haley J. Wood. Suncoast Polytechnical High School, Michael A. Moloney. 

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[New Hire]  Center for Architecture Sarasota Welcomes Ryan Perrone To Its Board

The Center for Architecture Sarasota recently welcomed Ryan Perrone to its board of directors. Perrone is the owner and co-founder of Nautilus Homes, a Sarasota-based luxury builder. The Center for Architecture Sarasota is a not-for-profit, member-supported organization that provides a meeting place and destination for people who believe good design matters. 

[New Hire]  Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. Recruits Emira Mukanovic as US Payroll and Benefits Manager for Hardwoods Distribution, Inc.

Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of executive search firm Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful recruitment by its Executive Recruiter, Rick Mohrman of Emira Mukanovic as US Payroll and Benefits Manager for Hardwoods Distribution, Inc. 

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[In This Issue]  Global Flavors

Lakewood Ranch restaurants are serving up the world's best flavors in style. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's New September 2020 edition.

[Tax Deadline]  County Business Tax Due September 30th

Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates reminds all business owners that the 2020-2021 Sarasota County Business Tax is due by Wednesday, September 30th. The quickest and easiest way to pay is at www.SarasotaTaxCollector.com

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Susannah Marren Chats about New book , September 23, 6pm

A Zoom author visit with Susannah Marren chatting about her page-turning, commanding new novel, A Palm Beach Scandal. Registration is needed for participation. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event. A Palm Beach Scandal will be published on September 15th. You can pre-order a copy of A Palm Beach Scandal here and it will be mailed to you after the publication date.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Women of Note: A Celebration of Female Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries , October 1 – October 12

As part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote, this stellar all-female quartet which includes Artist Series Concerts co-founder Lee Dougherty Ross, performs pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Marion Bauer. The concert was filmed in July 2020 at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Women of Note is hosted by Marcy Miller, executive director of Artist Series, and features cameo appearances by Kate Alexander, Ariel Blue and Meg Gilbert. With Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano; Robyn Rocklein, mezzo soprano; Gail Berenson and Lee Dougherty Ross, piano.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Privacy and Accountability: Not a Contradiction With Dr. Anita L. Allen , October 1

Dr. Allen will explore how ideals of freedom and moral responsibility for personal conduct can be squared. The pandemic of COVID 19 and increased state and industry surveillance raise this issue acutely. Anita L. Allen (’70-’74) is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Allen is a global thought leader in the fields of privacy law, data protection and ethics. She is the chair of the board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and has received EPIC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 30 years of pioneering privacy scholarship and advocacy. Allen is one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in philosophy and the very first in history to be elected president of the American Philosophical Association. A prolific scholar, Allen has written and spoken about a wide range of topics, including privacy law, the philosophical basis of privacy, bioethics, women’s rights, and race relations. These issues mark the fault lines of American society—and explain the seismic shift in our law and culture.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI Lecture:: John Ringling and the Florida Boom , October 1, 2:30pm-4pm

No name has dominated Sarasota’s history like that of John Ringling, commonly known today as the “circus king who built a museum and started an art school.” A century ago, Ringling and his wife, Mable, spent a dozen quiet winters in Sarasota before the dramatic Florida Land Boom began in the 1920s. Always one to recognize opportunity, Ringling, often working with developer Owen Burns, seized the chance to profit from his significant land holdings in Sarasota and on its barrier islands. While developers George Merrick, Addison Mizner, Glenn Curtiss and Carl Fisher fought over the Miami-Palm Beach corridor, Ringling had freshly minted Sarasota County largely all to himself. This program traces the riches-to-ruin story of both the Florida Boom and John Ringling. He had many acquaintances but few friends, yet he reshaped Sarasota’s image and helped make it the cultural capital it is today. In this lecture, you will learn details of Ringling’s life that go far beyond the common perception. Tickets: $15. Members: $10.  Registration Closes On: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Online Seminar

[SOON]  MUSIC: Young Concert Artists Presents Omer Quartet with Hanzhi Wang, Accordion , October 11, 3pm-6pm

From Young Concert Artists comes one of the most versatile string quartets in classical music today. The Omer Quartet is quickly gaining a reputation for “fearless renderings” (the New York Times) of the standard quartet repertoire as well as compelling performances of works by today’s composers. The ensemble burst onto the scene with top prizes at Borciani, Trondheim, and Bordeaux in Europe all in one year, having already captured the Fischoff National Competition Grand Prize. The quartet was awarded first prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions and recently debuted at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Joining the quartet from Young Concert Artists is accordion virtuoso Hanzhi Wang. Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, this groundbreaking young musician is the only accordionist in 59 years to win a place on the YCA roster. 3pm Pre-Concert Wine Reception. Tickets are $42.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Connections Documentary Film Series: Made in Boise , October 13, 2:30pm-4:30pm

In the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho, a most unexpected industry has emerged— commercial surrogacy. Here, 1 in 15 mothers (most of whom are Mormon or Catholic) will carry a baby for strangers who struggle with infertility, for gay couples, and single men from around the world. The local hospital St. Luke’s, runs the most comprehensive surrogacy program of its kind with a network of community, medical, and legal support. Made in Boise is an eye-opening rare glimpse into how this red state became the unofficial surrogacy capital of the U.S. and is redefining family in unexpectedly progressive ways. This surprising story is beautifully told and heart-warming at every level. Tuition: $15. Member: $10. Registration closes on October 10 at 12am.


[SOON]  SEMINAR: OLLI: Turbulent Times and their Effect on the 2020 Election , October 21, 3pm-4:30pm

After 47 years of teaching, Susan MacManus retired as Distinguished Professor Emerita of the department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida-Tampa. She is author and co-author of over a dozen books and a sought-after nationally-known political analyst and noted commentator on state and national television news.

In the past, seniors have been America’s most dependable voters and were coveted by political can-didates because they historically voted at the greatest rate in elections. Nevertheless, the country has been undergoing an upheaval that has hard-ened political views and is causing the electorate to make decisions based more on personality than on political competence. Will the 2020 election bring unprecedented younger voters to the polls based on political issues, a trust of the principles of democracy, and a desire to see America regain its prominence in the world?

Called the “most-quoted political analyst in Florida,” Susan MacManus returns to Einstein’s Circle to share her experienced insight with us. She will talk about voting history, changing de-mographics in Florida, and what the numbers are telling us about the outcome of this very conten-tious race.


[SOON]  MUSIC: Under the Stars with Jennifer Kreider , October 26, 5:30pm

Jennifer and Austin delighted judges and audience members alike at Artist Series Concerts’ 2016 National Voice Competition, where they took first and second place respectively. Fast-forward to 2020 and the duo, each now pursuing a busy music career, returns to Sarasota to perform together for the organization’s 25th season. Soprano Jennifer Kreider is pursuing a performer’s diploma under the guidance of Jane Dutton at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her past roles include Musetta (La Bohème), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Linfea (La Calisto) and many others. She has been a young artist at Opera in the Ozarks, the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. A native of Brandon, Florida, tenor Austin Cripe is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Florida State University. He has performed with Florida State Opera in the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the title role in Candide and others. He has also performed with Red River Lyric Opera, the Savannah Voice Festival and Opera Tampa. The trio performs works by Brahms, Donizetti, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern and more. With Austin Cripe, tenor; and Joseph Holt, piano

[SOON]  SEMINAR: VIRTUAL Forty Carrots Presents Mark Brackett, Ph.D. , September 23, 7pm

Forty Carrots Family Center announces its 18th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This year’s event transitions to a virtual platform, broadcasting at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. The event is free and open to the community, but advance registration is required. Dr. Brackett will present insights from his book; “Permission to Feel” helping parents, caregivers, teachers and professionals understand how emotions influence our lives; cultivate emotional intelligence in our children and develop tools for greater well-being and success.  Dr. Brackett is a research psychologist and the founding director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He has developed a remarkable effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding emotions and using them wisely to help, rather than hinder, an individual’s success and inspiration in equal parts. Advance registration is required. Click to register online.


[SOON]  MUSIC: Soiree Series Concert Presents A Soprano, a Tenor and a Piano , October 25 – October 26, 3pm and 7pm

Jennifer and Austin delighted judges and audience members alike at Artist Series Concerts’ 2016 National Voice Competition, where they took first and second place respectively. Fast-forward to 2020 and the duo, each now pursuing a busy music career, returns to Sarasota to perform together at the first soirée series concert of the organization’s 25th season. Soprano Jennifer Kreider is pursuing a performer’s diploma under the guidance of Jane Dutton at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Her past roles include Musetta (La Bohème), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Linfea (La Calisto) and many others. She has been a young artist at Opera in the Ozarks, the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. A native of Brandon, Florida, tenor Austin Cripe is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Florida State University. He has performed with Florida State Opera in the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the title role in Candide and others. He has also performed with Red River Lyric Opera, the Savannah Voice Festival and Opera Tampa. Tickets are $53. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict , October 20, 1pm-2:30pm

Join Historic Spanish Point for incredible stories on the artists that shaped and influenced history around the world. We are proud to offer this art lecture series with Baila Miller as part of our monthly programming. Baila’s unique storytelling presentations will connect you to the art world in a whole new way. All presentations take place at Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms. Tickets: $15 for Historic Spanish Point members and $20 for future members.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: A Few of Our Favorite Things: A Virtual Homage to the Players Centre , September 25, 7:30pm

On September 25, 2020 at 7:30pm, The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to host A Few of Our Favorite Things, a virtual homage to 90 years of live theatre in downtown Sarasota. A Few of Our Favorite Things was originally set to close our 91st season, but due to COVID-19 and our impending move in October, The Players has made it virtual and moved this cabaret to the top of our 91st season. Volunteers, patrons and staff have submitted songs, dances and stories about The Players, they’ve been edited together into one spectacular trip down memory lane. Expect a few surprises and maybe even a couple tears.  The Players was established in 1929, the same year the Iron Lung and the car radio were invented. That is 90 years of memories, friendships, and community arts education and entertainment. Such a historic and loving facility deserves a send-off like none other. This isn’t “goodbye,” it’s only “see you later.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.theplayers.org or by calling 941-365-2494. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Out Of The Blue 2020 Fundraising Event , October 29, 6:30pm-8pm

Welcome to Out of the Blue 2020 – a unique Live Online Event and Costume Contest supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Throughout the month of October, you will have the opportunity to enter a picture of your best “BLUE” costume. On October 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, NAMI will host a Live Online Zoom event emceed by entertainer Jonathan Cortez and featuring local artists and talent all in support of NAMI. Our evening will wrap up by announcing the Costume Contest winners with a “Best in Blue” winner in each category. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun creating a “Bluetiful” costume along with an enjoyable – and safe – evening of entertainment.

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