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"My goal is to get outside and do good for the community that we love."

- Claudia Baeza, Yoga Instructor and Founder of Pineapple Yoga Studio

-Something White, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Politics]  Where The Votes Are: Republicans Registered Big, Stuck Together
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

While ticket splitting in past elections has allowed Democrats to win jurisdictions like state House District 72 in the past, there seemed little such activity going on during this presidential year. When it did happen, it seemed to the benefit of local Republicans.

SRQ’s precinct analysis of the November elections shows the path the Republican Party took to victory in a year when voters appeared largely to vote party line. The results will be discussed as SRQ’s Where The Votes Are virtual workshop on Zoom. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. today. Click here to register.

In a high-profile Congressional race, Democrat Margaret Good didn’t win any precincts where Donald Trump won in Sarasota or Manatee counties, and incumbent Republican Vern Buchanan won just six where Joe Biden led. Republican Fiona McFarland won four Biden precincts while Democrat Drake Buckman did not win in any Trump territory. Republican Rep. Tommy Gregory ended up winning every precinct in state House District 73.

This all led to a strong showing by the local Republican Party, with candidates frequently outperforming Trump in a place Trump won popular within a state the Republican President won by more than 3 percentage points.

Democrats, who enjoyed successes in August thanks to a massive turnout effort, ultimately couldn’t match Republicans’ ground game in the November election. But there were bright spots for the operation. With a pandemic impacting the community, Democrats turned up the volume for record participation in vote-by-mail. IN Sarasota County, more than 60,000 voters cast their ballots through mailboxes or drop boxes, while less than 50,000 Republicans did the same.

But any edge that created early in the cycle was erased once in-person early voting began. Republicans massively outperformed Democrats in the region at polls both in the weeks before Election Day and in getting voters out for a final Nov. 3 push. In fact, in Sarasota County, more than 23,000 Republicans showed up to vote the day of the election, while barely 7,000 Democrats did the same.

In many ways, that reflected an advantage built in for Republicans from the beginning. A strong registration effort by the GOP ultimately meant there were more than 15,000 more registered voters casting ballots in Sarasota than there are Democrats in total. An 84.4% turnout among the party with a built-in numbers advantage left little ability for Democrats ultimately to compete. 

[Politics]  Where The Votes Are: Beating the Newtown Machine
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Campaign manager Ed James III said of all the campaigns he’s been involved in, the recent District 1 Sarasota City Commission race was among the nastiest. He managed Commissioner Kyle Scott Battie’s successful campaign to defeat incumbent Willie Shaw. “This is the first time ever I would see Willie Shaw and Kyle Battie signs in front of the same house,” James said.

A precinct-level analysis shows the path for victory in the district came by Battie winning all precincts south of Newtown, where from every City Commissioner since districts were put in place has ever haled, while also competing posting a decent showing in the looming District 115, where Shaw has long served as a community leader.

James, whose father served as a civil rights leader in the community for years before his 2018 death, said he faced strong criticism from many leaders for working with a challenger candidate, That showed the campaign they had to find a way to work around the Newtown machine. He said they found in areas like Jordan’s Crossing, many residents had never heard of Shaw, a nine-year incumbent.

“Sarasota is such a fractured city, and there is such a disconnect between Newtown and rest of Sarasota,” James said. “That’s why it was so powerful Kyle ran and won. He can be that connector.”

The race was among several major contests settled on Nov. 3. The results will be discussed as SRQ’s Where The Votes Are virtual workshop on Zoom. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. today. Click here to register. 

[ShopTalk]  Vitamin Sea and Surf Goods
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Located on beautiful Anna Maria Island, Pineapple Marketplace is a dreamy one-stop-shop for designers, collectors, treasure-seekers, artists and curators alike. The cooperative space allows its 30 vendors of artisans and makers to set up shop within the beachside warehouse, situated on Pine Avenue. Among the eclectic mercantile of co-op merchants, a new and tiny lifestyle shop settles in for beach-clad bohemians to enjoy. Conch Shell Home + Design features coastal creators from around the country with natural products with a distinctly boho, island vibe. Handpicked and carefully-curated with the aesthetics of your seaside bungalow in mind, expect chic coastal treasures such as shark tooth and seaglass art by New Jersey artist, Jeanne Maria, retro surf-inspired prints by Hadley Art + Design, macrame throw pillows and cushions, fringe hammocks, driftwood frames, Turkish-towels, coastal coasters, woven baskets and round rattan handbags. Newly added to Conch Shell is the ever-popular Pirette Beach brand, a collection of ocean-borne beauty products and scents from Newport Beach, California. The authentic scent, with notes of fresh green coconut, surf wax and sunscreen, comes in candles, bottled sprays, body lotions and coconut oil scrubs. Whether you're in AMI or the OC, this beach bum must-have has a sneaky way of empirically transporting you to that heavenly Sunday at high noon soaking in the sun, salt and sand.  

Photo courtesy of Conch Shell Home + Design, @conchshellami

Pineapple Marketplace, 425 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island, 941-216-4226, @pineapplemarketplace

[Achievement]  Habitat Sarasota Releases Community Impact Report

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota (Habitat Sarasota) served 14 families last fiscal year through their critical home repair and homeownership programs. John Peshkin, Habitat Sarasota Board Chair said, “Habitat Sarasota continues to be financially strong. We are a debt free organization. Every charitable gift we receive goes directly toward building homes, not toward overhead or administration costs.” 

Pictured: Habitat for Humanity Sarasota served six families in Hammock Place with a permanent, affordable home this past year.

Click here for more information.

[Fundraising]  Yoga and Cycling Studio Offers Outdoor Fundraiser Thanksgiving Weekend

Pineapple Yoga + Cycle Studio, in collaboration with The Overton, an open-air restaurant located in the Rosemary district, is excited to announce its first collaboration to help raise awareness and funds for four local nonprofits in Sarasota. Claudia Baeza, Owner, Pineapple Yoga + Cycling Studio said, "My goal is to get outside and do good for the community that we love. Collaboration has always been my priority at the studio and working with Christian is an honor for me. Cycling is an activity that everyone can do and it is intended to bring everyone together in a safe outdoor environment in a socially distanced and responsible way." 

Click here for more information.

[New Partnerships]  Designing Women Boutique Welcomes Additional Non-profit Members to the GroundWorks Initiative

Designing Women Boutique is pleased to announce the addition of Arts Advocates, The Players Centre for Performing Arts and Asolo Repertory Theatre to GroundWorks, a strategic alliance with five other Sarasota charitable organizations designed to increase fundraising and create scholarships and educational opportunities for area students through donations of high-end furnishings, designer fashions, jewelry, handbags and accessories. 

[Fundraising]  Tidewell Foundation Giving Tuesday Event Bolstered by $20,000 Match Opportunity

 This year, the Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is giving back to the community by hosting a free Giving Tuesday Community Celebration featuring New York Times bestselling author and speaker, Ben Nemtin. The virtual event, underwritten by Lincoln Financial Group, takes places from 9am-10am Tuesday, December 1st. Beginning with this event and running throughout the month of December, people who wish to support Tidewell's not-for-profit mission to provide world-class care to those who need it most will have the opportunity to double their impact thanks to a $20,000 dollar-for-dollar challenge match made possible by the Quent and Helen Evans Charitable Fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. 

Click here for more information.

[Achievement]  Williams Parker Attorneys Attain Florida Bar Board Certification

Williams Parker is pleased to announce partner Elizabeth P. Diaz and associate Steven D. Brownlee, MD, have obtained board certification by The Florida Bar in their areas of specialty, Wills, Trusts & Estates and Health Law, respectively. Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience and recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. 

Click here for more information.

[New Building]  Community Day School Preparing for Move to New School Campus

In spite of the pandemic, Hershorin Schiff Community Day School has announced its plans to move next year and has already raised millions in support of the effort. The school has purchased a new campus – the former Suncoast School for Innovative Studies/Temple Baptist Church property at the corner of McIntosh and Wilkinson Roads – and broken ground on new construction. The school plans to move onto its new, nearly 9-acre site, for the 2021-2022 school year. “We are at a critical time in our history and we want to send a clear message that we care and recognize the importance and benefits of a CDS education to the children and to our community as a whole,” said board of trustees co-chair Mitch Blumenthal. “We have been thrilled at the response from supporters who believe in our educational philosophy and understand how crucial it is for our school to design and own its future.” 

Pictured: A rendering offers an aerial view of the new campus for Community Day School. Courtesy of FleischmanGarcia.

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[Home Sales]  The Founders Club Sees Record Sales for 2020

Sales momentum has been building throughout 2020 at The Founders Club as evidenced by an array of new homesite sales, model homes sold and new homes under construction by some of Sarasota’s finest luxury homebuilders. Total sales have amounted to more than $20 million for the last 10 months.  “The interest throughout this year has been tremendous,” said Melissa Dovey, sales executive at The Founders Club. “We’re seeing people come from all over – as close as Lakewood Ranch, to California, Chicago, Kentucky and Texas – motivated by optimal weather, favorable financial opportunities, expansive open spaces, privacy and proximity to beaches and Sarasota’s cultural district.” 

Click here for more information.

[Conservation]  The Bay Reaches Next Fundraising Milestone

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the transformation of 53-acres of city-owned land along Sarasota’s bayfront into a world-class public park, has reached another important milestone for the project. Through a generous $5 million match challenge from The Patterson Foundation, The BPC has now raised $15 million towards its $20 million initial funding goal from private sources. “From the very beginning, we’ve had the goal of creating a park that is open and accessible, free and welcoming to the full and rich diversity of our entire community,” said AG Lafley, Founding CEO, The Bay Park Conservancy. “We are so grateful to The Patterson Foundation, as well as our many private donors and public partners, who through their generosity and continued support, are helping to make this vision for The Bay a reality.” 

Click here for more information.

[In This Issue]  BBQ, Evolved

Smoqehouse eggs the stubborn mule called BBQ forward. 

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

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Regan Dunnick: Plum Bobs Ulysses pt. 1 , October 19 – February 12

Featuring original paintings and drawings by renowned illustrator and long-time Ringling College Faculty member, Regan Dunnick (Class of 1976). The Patricia Thompson Gallery features rotating exhibitions by Ringling College Alumni from all majors on the first floor of the historic Keating Center. BIO: Regan Dunnick is an internationally known illustrator. He has won numerous awards and his works are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. He has been selected to such major exhibitions as the United Nations Environmental Show, The New Pop Show which toured Europe and chronicled innovators, American Illustration, and The Hiroshima Memorial Design Show (Hiroshima, Japan). This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. The exhibit began at the Keating Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on February 12, 2021, during museum hours.

Keating Center, 2621 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4, Museum hours

Illest of Illustration is an annual juried exhibition that showcases the outstanding works created by current Illustration students of Ringling College of Art and Design. Over 100 works were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The talented guest jurors, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard, made their selections based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. Exhibition open by appointment only. Email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began on October 23, 2020 and will end on December 4, 2020, during museum hours.

Ringling College Galleries

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: War Paint, Profiles of Courage , November 6 – December 11, 9:30am-12pm

WAR PAINT: Profiles of Courage was created as a tribute to the bravery of veterans who have served and those currently serving our country. Ringling College of Art and Design students, faculty, and local artists will create portrait profiles of veterans in variety of mediums. The images tell stories from WW ll, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and current enlisted troops that will enrich the Ringling College community for years to come. This exhibition will be held at Ringling College’s newest gallery, Project Space 340 (abbreviated to PS340), located in the Arcos Building at 340 Central Avenue, in the heart of Sarasota’s historic Rosemary District. The exhibition, War Paint: Profiles of Courage, was organized by the Galleries of Ringling College and Matthew Troyer, president of the Ringling College Veteran’s Club. Matthew is a combat veteran, former combat photographer, and is currently majoring in Photography and Imaging. Admission is free and open to the public. This exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am to Noon and by appointment. It is also available online at warpaint.gallery.

Project Space 340, Arcos Building, 340 Central Avenue

[SOON]  MUSIC: Selby: Sarasota Opera at the Gardens , November 19, 5:30pm

Two outdoor concerts featuring songs celebrating nature and accompanied by piano will take place on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30pm at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota and on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30pm at Historic Spanish Point. The musical program will be identical at both garden locations. Attendance at each concert will be limited to 100 people, with tickets at $35.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Register for Zoom Webinar of 'Where The Votes Are' , November 19, 8:30am - 9:30 am

Join SRQ Magazine Contributing Senior Editor Jacob Ogles for the virtual "Where the Votes Are" webinar conducting precinct-level analysis of election results in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Where did Republicans and Democrats enjoy the greatest levels of turnouts? How did results of the presidential election impact local races on the same ballot? The Zoom presentation will take place this Thursday at 8:30am.  Advanced registration is required. Click here to register for the zoom webinar. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SCD + Piazzolla Collaboration with Ann Pilot , November 19 – November 22, 7:30pm except Sunday 2:00pm

Back by popular demand, SCD continues to bring their collaborations to a nuevo level with renowned harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot. This performance is originally choreographed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, inspired by la música of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla. Pilot’s arrangement for the harp, violin, and bandoneon, inspired by Piazzola’s compositions, infuses the composer’s melodías into a contemporary mix of música de tango with jazz and classical influences. Through an invigorating visual and emotional experience, SCD brings a passionate and poignant performance to the Historic Asolo Theater with Piazzolla from November 19, 2020 until November 22, 2020. Performances at 7:30pm, except Sunday at 2pm.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit , November 16 – November 19

The 3rd annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS) will be held virtually for the first time from November 16 to 19, 2020. The Summit is an educational event that brings together national speakers, public officials, technical staff, sister counties, and community partners to elevate our efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes of transportation. Registration for the event is open until November 9. 

November 16: Sarasota/Manatee Safety Policy Panel, AICP Credits Pending! Join us for a panel discussion on how to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in the Sarasota/Manatee region. The panel convenes leaders in the realms of transportation planning, public health, engineering, as well as policy, community advocacy, and the private sector to develop and share promising strategies and to support strong, distributed leadership that make Vision Zero a reality.

November 17: ADA D-Lite Virtual Training, PE & AICP Credits! Join us for an exclusive sneak peak, as Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Puerto Rico Highway Transportation Authority (PRHTA), Florida Division of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Florida LTAP Center present the essentials of accessible design for transportation professionals. This brand new course represents a substantial departure from more traditional ADA training events. Not only significantly shorter, it foregoes complicated legal discussion to focus on plain description of the minimum accessibility requirements for planners, engineers, risk managers and other transportation specialists working in Florida and Puerto Rico. The partners will beta test ADA D-Lite in Florida and Puerto Rico during 2021 in virtual, 1 and 1.5 day versions, but you'll see its first compliments at the Third Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS). 3.5 PE credits, AICP credits pending.

November 18  and 19: Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit, AICP Credits Pending! Join us for two days of educational sessions ranging from public involvement techniques to bicycle and pedestrian design best practices. Listen to national speakers, public officials, technical staff, sister counties, and partners to elevate our efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes. A more detailed agenda for the two-day event can be viewed. Register at https://www.gulfcoastsafestreetssummit.org/. Tickets prices for this two-day event are $15 for students and citizens or $40 for professionals. AICP credits pending.

Online, Online

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Heartstrings , November 19 – November 22

Three moving works for string quartet showcase the powerful expressive potential of these instruments in the hands of a master composer. The program opens with the single movement Quartettsatz by the 23-year old Franz Schubert. Originally composed as the opening movement of what was to be a multi-movement string quartet, the work could have been lost had Johannes Brahms not recognized its brilliance and arranged for a posthumous premiere. The centerpiece of the program is another single movement from a larger work, the iconic Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. Composed when Barber was 26 as the second movement of his String Quartet Op. 11, the searing music is one of the most poignant in the repertoire, with many references in movies and popular culture.   Anton Arensky was 31 when he dedicated his brilliant String Quartet No. 2 “to the memory of Tchaikovsky”, whose death 2 years earlier had profoundly affected Arensky. The work is unique in that it is scored for two cellos rather than two violins, lending an extra darkness to this deeply affecting music. $10 Streaming Access from November 26 through December 1.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  DANCE: Virtual: The Sarasota Ballet Digital Program 2 , November 20 – November 24

The Sarasota Ballet's second Digital Program features performances and excerpts of the works of George Balanchine, such as: Donizetti Variations, pas de deux - first performed by New York City Ballet 16 November 1960, to music by Gaetano Donizetti from the opera Don Sebastien, Western Symphony, 2nd Movement (Adagio) - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 September 1954, to an assortment of American folk songs arranged by Hershy Kay, Tarantella - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 January 1964, to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk reorchestrated by Hershy Kay, The Four Temperaments, Extracts - first performed by Ballet Society 20 November 1946, to music by Paul Hindemith, and Who Cares?, Extracts - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 February 1970, to music by George Gershwin. A video link to view Digital Program 2 will be emailed to ticket holders the morning of November 20th along with links to Bonus Content, our Performance Program Book, our 30th Anniversary Season Program Book, and a tutorial video on connecting your internet device to your television. If you purchase a ticket after the morning of the 20th, you will receive these links via email several minutes after time of purchase. Tickets for Digital Program 2 will be on sale until Tuesday, 24 November, at 2pm EST. Upon becoming available to watch, Digital Program 2 can be watched as many times as you would like, until Tuesday, 24 November, at 11:59pm EST, at which point the Program will no longer be viewable. Make sure you enjoy it before then.

Online, Online

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Syd Solomon, Concealed and Revealed , December 19 – January 24, Museum hours.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed offers a unique selection of paintings by the artist, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive on view for the first time. Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) described himself as an “Abstract Impressionist” alluding to the fact that his work infused impressionism into the processes, scale and concepts of Abstract Expressionism. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie. His was the first work of contemporary art to be collected by The Ringling in 1962. His paintings were greatly influenced by climatic factors and reveal a fascination and concern for Florida’s aquatic environment. Solomon incorporated his experience as a camouflage designer during World War II into his painting. It is not well-known that he was also an accomplished graphic artist, who in his early years designed commercial signage for prominent hotels and businesses in Sarasota. Like his work in camouflage, Solomon’s calligraphic skill was essential to the development of his later gestural abstraction. The exhibition began December 19, 2019 and will end January 24, 2021, during museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture pt. 2 , October 19 – December 11

This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. Back by popular demand. Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for TIME and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. This exhibit began at the Arland and Sally Christ-Janer Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Arland and Sally Christ-Janer Center

[SOON]  GALA: Night of the White Tiger with Nik Wallenda , November 21, 6pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting a Night of the White Tiger dinner fundraiser on November 21 with cocktails at 6 and dinner at 7pm. Daredevil aerialist Nik Wallenda will be the special guest host for the gourmet dinner served al fresco in the pavilion amid the Habitat’s exotic residents. The socially-distanced fundraiser will help support the Habitat’s big cats, bears and other animals by supplementing admission funds, which have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Individual tickets are $250 and table sponsors of six guests are $1,500. Advance registration is required by November 16 by contacting events@bigcathabitat.org or 941-371-6377. Event sponsors Butcher’s Mark and Rodizio Grill are donating food for the event, which will be prepared by Chef Jarek Rosaire Dymek. Guests are asked to dress in black and white attire and will be greeted by special animal guests, have photos taken with Barry, the white tiger, and enjoy live music, silent auctions and raffles. Table sponsors will automatically be entered in a raffle for a gift and private animal encounter. Big Cat Habitat is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. More information is available at www.BigCatHabitat.org, by calling 941-371-6377, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigCatHabitat.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Boulevard

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