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SRQ DAILY Oct 27, 2020

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"There's a connection between an orchestra and an audience. Any musician at a concert tells you that they can feel that audience."

- Gordan Greenfield, COO Sarasota Orchestra interviewed for SRQ's November 2020 feature Subject to Change.

-Postcard Time Stamps, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 issue. Click here to read the full article.
[BBQ]  A Whole Heap of Chicken Cheesesteak
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

A turn down MLK from 301 on a Wednesday afternoon yields a hint of wood smoke on the air. Several blocks in and the black, smoldering box from which the smoke originates reveals itself, attached to a spartan white food truck called Soul Man BBQ. The menu features the expected staples—ribs, chicken, mac-n-cheese, baked beans—but cheesesteaks make an appearance intermittently throughout the week. The chicken cheesesteak is the quintessential blue-collar lunch–heaping, hot and ready in a jiffy. Diced chicken, onions and bell peppers get the griddle treatment, seared and tossed with cheese and spices until the whole mass of savory parts amalgamates. Scooped into a hot dog roll and squeezed into a Styrofoam to-go container, diners would do well to abandon the idea of eating it like a handheld food. A fork works best to dig in. At $8, the cheesesteak is all that and a bag of chips (and drink). Beneath the Soul Man graphic on the truck is a query that implies a full stomach has been prioritized: “you hungry?” After the cheesesteak, the answer is “no.” 

Soul Man BBQ, 1723 MLK Way, Sarasota

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[German Food]  Schnitzel Kitchen Brings Berlin to Sarasota
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

Looking for delicious, authentic German food in Sarasota? Book a spot at the Schnitzel Kitchen in Gulf Gate. Berlin-trained Chef Kerstin has created a portal to Europe with an Epcot-worthy ode to her home country. An interior dining room that’s as much an event as the meal itself, the walls are adorned with countless knickknacks and tsotchkes and thingamabobs a plenty including antlers, beer steins, clocks, plates and old-fashioned German countryside woodblock paintings. Especially with Oktoberfest canceled in Germany, your taste buds will owe you big time. The staff, dressed in traditional Lederhosen, serve up drinks in giant glasses, but it's the food that will have you coming back to scratch that epicurean itch. Stick-to-your-ribs, homestyle cooking warms you up on even the rainiest of nights. Start with the sausage bites wrapped in bacon served with a delectable cheesy dipping sauce and mini pretzel bites and move into a crispy Schnitzel vom Schwein (pork) with Mushroom Cream Sauce and Sauerbraten, an incredibly tender beef dish that takes three days to prepare. Each dish comes with a choice of two sides such as mashed potatoes, Spätzle (homemade german noodles), tangy red cabbage or fresh cucumber salad with dill. Insider tip, the schnitzel can easily feed four people. The staff truly make you feel like you're eating in your long-lost, German family's home kitchen — you may even be treated to a homemade blackberry liqueur, a wonderfully sweet finish to a satisfying meal. Schnitzel Kitchen is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30pm to 9:00pm. 

Schnitzel Kitchen, 6521 Superior Ave, 941-922-9299

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[Theatre Project ]  FST's Playwright Collective More Than Doubles in Size

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to announce that its Playwright Collective, a targeted coalition of artists dedicated to developing new work for FST’s stages, is welcoming seven new members. FST’s Playwright Collective has become a key part of the contemporary theatre’s New Play Development program. Since its launch in1983, FST’s New Play Development program has resulted in more than 30 World Premieres and 89 Regional Premiere productions at FST. “We treat each artist as an individual—not some faceless word processor,” said FST Associate Artist Jason Cannon. “The playwright will, at various times, need encouragement, resources, provocative notes, kindness, and deadlines. We must have the courage to invest in them, while releasing our expectations, so that the playwright has the space to surprise and surpass.” 

[Recognition]  Sunset Photo Contest Winners Announced

Englewood Healthy Living and South County Healthy Living have announced the winners of their joint 2020 Sunset Photo Contest. The 7 winners are Laura Roy-Fink, Liesl Walsh, Shane Fowler, Sara Quesenberry, Nicole Lee, Melody Williams, and Deborah Papineau. All of the winning photos were taken in the Florida Gulf Coast region this year. “We selected a first, second and third place winner in our inaugural contest in 2018,” explained Randy Moore, the owner of Triple 3 Marketing, LLC. “Beginning last year, we decided to select multiple winners with no particular ranking.” 

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[Science Classes]  Weekend STEM Classes for Kids Back at the Fab Lab

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab’s (SSC) STEM Saturdays classes are returning by popular demand! Launched in fall 2019, the classes take students in grades 2-12 on a hands on exploration into various science, technology, engineering, art and math areas. STEM Saturdays run every week from October 17 to January 30. Popular classes from last year including Robotics, Engineering, Chemistry and Art Lab will return and new themes like Biology, Coding, Math, Meteorology, Music Science and Neuroscience will be added. Each class is $40 and runs from 8:30am-12:30pm. Limited spaces are available and enhanced health and safety policies are in place to protect participants amid COVID-19. 

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[Dinner Event]  Grove Restaurant Hosts Glow Family Dinner

It's time to celebrate safely, joyously, and with great food all while being entertained between meal courses with skillful, artistic cirque performers. Glow Table Dinner, presented by Lamborghini Sarasota, will highlight its first of several magical dining experiences utilizing their chic, colorful dining tables with tempered glass on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Lakewood Ranch, FL, just off Main Street, in front of Grove's restaurant and ballroom. Created and brought to you by the producers of Chillounge Night, Gow Table Dinner is an ideal way to enjoy a night out with friends, outdoors, in an atmosphere that is festive, yet within strict adherence to CDC and local municipal health guidelines. 

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[Recognition]  JFCS Thanks Volunteers with Drive-by Celebration

JFCS of the Suncoast recognized its corps of more than 800 volunteers for their service during 2019 with a unique “drive-by” celebration on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The organization’s staff and Board of Directors distributed gifts, handed out awards, and treated attendees to made-to-order Polpos’ Pizza. “Our volunteers are the heartbeat of JFCS,” says Arthur Lerman, JFCS Interim President/CEO. “This selfless group magnifies our ability to achieve our mission by taking on a host of important tasks. JFCS would not be able to accomplish nearly as much without them." 

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[Fundraiser]  Meals on Wheels Plus Announces Virtual Stuff the Bus Event

Annually in October, The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, gathers community partners in a collaborative effort to collect needed food items to feed Manatee County families through the “Stuff the Bus” event. “In 2019, our generous supporters donated over 100,000 pounds of food to be put to use in our community through the annual Stuff the Bus event,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. “This year’s virtual Stuff the Bus event will enable us to replace the food we would normally receive through this important, community-wide event,” Phillips added. The virtual collection effort will take place October 25 – 31. 

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[In This Issue]  Something Wedding White

Camilyn Beth's new bridal collection is ready for wedding season to unravel. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's November 2020 edition.

[Temporary Closure]  Saprito Pier to Close for Improvement Project

The T.J. “Tony” Saprito Fishing Pier will be temporary closed to the public beginning in the first week of November while it receives some major upgrades and improvements. Access to the pier will be obstructed for approximately three to four months to ensure public safety while the work is completed. 

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[Events Bookings]  ChillMobile Ice Cream Truck Available for Holiday Parties

Bookings for private events or corporate holiday parties now available with ChillMobile Ice Cream Truck. Treats include novelty icea cream pops, cups and siesta pops. They also carry boozy pops. To book email tammy@thechillmobile.com. 

[Election Update]  Supervisor of Elections Announces Temporary Polling Place Changes

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is notifying voters of the following temporary polling place changes effective for the Tuesday, November 3 general election.

  • Precinct 135, St Margaret of Scotland, 8700 State Road 72, Sarasota Moving to Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd, Sarasota 34241
  • Precinct 213, Plymouth Harbor, 700 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota Moving to St Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N Adams Dr, Sarasota 34236
  • Precinct 217, Fruitville Ministry Park, 3375 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota Moving to Sarasota Community Church, 4041 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota 34232
  • Precinct 303, St Margaret of Scotland, 8700 State Road 72, Sarasota Moving to Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd, Sarasota 34241
  • Precinct 307, Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N Auburn Rd, Venice - Moving to Church of the Nazarene, 1535 E Venice Ave, Venice 34292
  • Precinct 321, Colonial Baptist Church, 2400 Taylor Ranch Trl, Venice Moving to Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice 34293
  • Precinct 415, St Andrew United Church, 6908 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, Precinct 417, Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, Precinct 423, Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, Precinct 425, Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, Precinct 429, Venetian Park Estates, 8885 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota - Moving to Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota 34238
  • Precinct 519, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 800 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, Precinct 521, Country Club Estates, 700 Waterway, Venice-Moving to Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice 34285
  • Precinct 525, Lift Church, 695 Center Rd, Venice, Precinct 541, New Life Church, 5800 Tamiami Trl S, Venice- Moving to Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice 34293
  • Precinct 543, Alameda Isles, 1 Alameda Grande, Englewood- Moving to Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S River Rd, Englewood 34223

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[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby Spooktacular , October 31, 10am-5pm

Join Selby for family-friendly Halloween fun at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costume and enjoy the wide-open spaces at Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point campuses. Guests 12 and under in costume will receive a special Halloween goodie bag (while supplies last). Be sure to pick up a copy of the Garden Discovery Guide for fun activities like bird bingo and plant hunts.


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Cat Habitat Annual Wild-O-Ween , October 31, 12-4pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting its annual kid friendly Wild-O-Ween Halloween event Oct 31. The events will be held during normal admission times from 12 to 4pm, for the regular admission prices of $20 for adults and $10 for children ages three to 12. Children under two and active military and veterans are admitted free. Events include costume and mummy wrapping contests, a live animal demonstration and pony rides. Children also can participate in pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Empty Bowls Fundraiser , November 12 – November 13, 11am-1pm

Join celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. While the luncheon this year will look very different, the purpose is the same, uniting to show support for the critical work of Meals on Wheels PLUS through The Food Bank of Manatee. With a generous sponsorship, you can treat your staff/organization to a socially-distanced appreciation luncheon with an assortment of soups, fresh-baked bread, and dessert delivered from our event to your location. Show your support for Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee. The fundraiser will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on November 12, 2020 at Manatee Performing Arts Center 503 3rd Avenue West in Fowntown Bradenton and on November 13, 2020 at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, Nov 12: 503 3rd Avenue West, Downtown Bradenton Nov 13: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  FILM: Starlight Movie Night Event , November 14, 7:30pm

The Florida Cultural Group Inc will produce Starlight Movie Night, sponsored by the Bradenton Area Arts & Culture Department, on the heels of the destination's month-long National Arts and Humanities celebration. Four family-friendly films will be shown on big screens set up at four outdoor locations (on land and water) found throughout the Bradenton Area. Attendees must reserve a free viewing spot at the location of their choice to secure their space and ensure a safe and socially distant movie night under the stars.

Holmes Beach Community Park:
“Dolphin Tale” (rated PG) will be featured at Holmes Beach Community Park at 5900 Flotilla Drive in the City of Holmes Beach. Reserve a spot and bring your own chairs, blankets and coolers. This screening also includes a guest speaker from Clearwater Aquarium starting at 6:30 p.m., presented by The Center of Anna Maria Island. Masks are required when not in your viewing section.

Manatee Performing Arts Center: This community hub for arts and culture at 502 3 rd Ave W in Bradenton will transform into an outdoor movie theatre, showing “Swiss Family Robinson” (rated G). At this location, attendees can reserve a section and set up their own lawn chairs and blankets outside, or reserve a parking spot and enjoy the movie from their vehicle. Coolers are allowed, and Manatee Performing Arts Center will be providing popcorn.

Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch: These sprawling fields located at 5895 Post Blvd in Lakewood Ranch provide plenty of room for guests to set up their lawn chairs and blankets and get comfortable for an outdoor showing of “Pelé: Birth of a Legend” (rated PG). Concessions will be available at this location, and guests are welcome to bring coolers.

Palmetto on the Manatee River: Cruise over and anchor your boat for a unique movie experience on the water. “Peanut Butter Falcon” (rated PG-13) will be shown from the big screen on the west side of the Palmetto Pier and the north side of the Manatee River. There are no reservations at this location, so be sure to arrive early and anchor boats 10’ apart to maintain
social distancing.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Bay Music Live at the Van Wezel , November 14, 4pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has just announced a premiere outdoor concert event, Bay Music Live. On Saturday, November 14, Jah Movement's signature sound will electrify the lawn and terrace outside of the Van Wezel in this socially-distanced, sunset show. The event kicks off at 4pm with music starting promptly at 4:30pm Lawn spaces and tables will be arranged for social distancing, and guests can enjoy fresh air and a stroll on the newly developed Mangrove Bayou Walkway. Food and beverage by Mattison's will be available for purchase, with beer by Michelob Ultra & Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Online: Equality Florida Suncoast Celebration , November 15, 5-6pm

Please join in celebrating the progress that's been made and charting the path forward for LGBTQ Floridians. At the 2020 Virtual Suncoast Celebration, you'll connect with leaders in this movement and learn about the future in protecting our progress. With performances from RuPaul's Drag Race alumni Bob the Drag Queen and Peppermint and some comic relief from LGBTQ comedian and actor Judy Gold. The evening will also include a state-of-the-state address from Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith, an awards program honoring leaders in the fight for LGBTQ equality, and an online silent auction.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Online: WUSF's Listen Up Livestream Event , November 16, 12pm-1pm

Join WUSF for a virtual event to benefit WUSF Public Media featuring Ari Shapiro, host of NPR's award-winning All Things Considered. Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel. In addition, he's a singer and makes frequent guest appearances with the "little Orchestra" Pink Martini.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2020 AIA Gulf Coast Sarasota Design Conference , October 29 – November 1

For over three decades, AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has hosted the Sarasota Design Conference, a unique event in a unique city. The Conference aims to be motivational for both attendees and speakers and has created a history of featuring design-innovative speakers both established and up-and-coming who are able to interact with their attendees in a casual setting that encourages dialog and learning. This biennial event is well attended by industry professionals, primarily architects in the Florida Caribbean region. Registration for virtual attendance is open now through October 25, 2020

[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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