« Back To SRQ Daily Archive

SRQ DAILY Dec 14, 2020

Monday Business Edition

Please allow images to view this email properly

Monday Business Edition

"Their resilience is remarkable, but funding is necessary to keep this institution alive as we look to the future for a safe reopening of the main hall."

- Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody

[Relief]  Will Van Wezel Receive a Bailout?
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody on Friday sent letters to both of Florida’s U.S. senators seeking support in the next coronavirus relief package for publicly run entertainment venues. The request comes as the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall continues to financially struggle following the cancellation of most programming this year.

“The two new bills on the horizon offering relief to publicly owned venues would be vital in support of this theater,” Brody writes in letters to Sen. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. “The Hall’s beloved main stage productions have been shut down since March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic took center stage, and about 70% of the theater’s staff members have been furloughed or have lost their jobs altogether as a result.”

Remaining staff, many working with cut back hours, continue to provide programming, whether that’s digital programming, like streaming holiday performances in connection with BroadwayHD, or it is limited attendance events with socially distancing for indoor and outdoor activities.

“Their resilience is remarkable, but funding is necessary to keep this institution alive as we look to the future for a safe reopening of the main hall,” Brody said.

In Washington, the House and Senate have struggled for months to reach an agreement on another round of relief, with the costs providing a major obstacle between the Republican-led Senate and the Democrat-controlled House. The chambers appear to have settled at a price tag of around $908 billion. But one of the sticking points appears to be that the House wants funding for local governments. The Senate feels reluctance to do so.

Scott in particular has said it’s a mistake to bail out state and local governments that have suffered only because business restrictions put in place have reduced revenues. In places without restrictions, collections have not taken such a severe hit. “State and local governments’ projected revenue shortfalls due to the coronavirus have not come to fruition – which is a great thing,” Scott said earlier this month. But he has directed those comments primarily at metropolitan cities and blue states like Michigan and New York that have extended lockdown regulations for a much longer period than Florida.

Neither of Florida’s Republican senators has spoken specifically to support for publicly owned venues, which did not receive any bailout funding in the first CARES Package while private venues could partake in federal programs to assist businesses.

Congress just passed a spending bill, signed by President Donald Trump, that averts a government shutdown for a week. That signals lawmakers intend to reach a final deal this week and settle on what entities receive federal relief funding moving forward. 

[Caldwell Trust Company]  Generation to Generation

Do you know anyone on earth who grew up more advantaged than me? Certainly, there were many who had more money and I wasn’t on anyone’s “A list” for parties or other social connections. I did not grow up in a famous or even political family where others sought to ingratiate themselves to me by compliments and favors, hoping that they themselves would someday realize a benefit, simply because they were a “friend” of mine. By those standards, I was just about as ordinary as one can be. However, I was raised by a fiduciary.  

Any good dictionary will tell you that a fiduciary is a person who acts on behalf of another person or persons, putting other’s interests ahead of their own. It’s about duty, discipline and working to preserve good faith and trust. In business, being a fiduciary means being both legally and ethically bound to act in someone else’s best interest.

In my family, living the life of a fiduciary (though it was never called that) wasn’t just something that you do, it’s something that you are. Caldwell Trust Company was built on traits of courage, integrity, hard work, commitment, community involvement and investment along with many other desirable traits have been passed down from generation to generation on both sides of my family and remain to this day an integral part of who we are in life and in business.

As a child, an adolescent and even a young adult I never considered that the principles I was being taught were the very definition of a fiduciary.  All my parents wanted for me and my siblings was for us to be happy. They wanted us to grow into successful adults, following whatever path we might choose. Their only desire (and expectation) was for us to be the best we could be. They taught us the importance of developing personal traits of success and then to apply them in a life of service that would lead to happiness.

Working with my father in business was exciting as well as challenging. Everything he and the early staff did was done with absolute integrity. But everything was done in the old school way, meaning with pencil and paper and very little technology. In the early days, there just wasn’t much technology being used by anyone in the industry. Dad, however, could see a change coming and knew that I was just the guy who could first adopt, then adapt and even create the proprietary technology that would set us apart from others. 

As important as our unique and proprietary technology is, there is still something even more important that makes our client relationships special. From one generation to the next, we keep our promises.

With Caldwell Trust Company, promises made by my Father are promises that I have kept and will continue to keep. Indeed, they are promises that will be kept for generations to come. Our Mission: https://www.ctrust.com/about-us  

Read the Caldwell Trust Company BrandStory HERE

[Circus Show]  Sailor Circus Offers a Traditional Take on the Holidays with ‘Season’s Greetings’

For over 70 years, students involved with the Circus Arts Conservatory’s Sailor Circus program have amazed audiences with an incredible spectacle of youth circus arts. In “Season’s Greetings,” audiences near and far will get to see 45 young athletes – ages 8-18 – flip, fly and soar to new heights in their annual holiday production. Jared Walker, creative director for the Sailor Circus who is now entering his third year with the CAC, has conceived a traditional show based on holiday greeting cards. "I wanted to keep with a more traditional circus show. We all need a little familiar and some comfort after such a difficult year,” Walker said. “The circus has always been a great place for families, no matter their background or how they celebrate the holidays. We just want to celebrate with all of them and wish them the best for the season and the coming year."   “Season’s Greetings” runs from Saturday, December 26 through Wednesday, December 30 in the Sailor Circus Arena. Showtimes are 2pm and 7pm on Saturday and Monday, 1 and 6pm on Sunday, and 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Live tickets are $20-$30, and digital tickets are $25. 

Pictured: Sailor Circus participants Cambria Grover (left) and Rylee Grover during a ladders act.

Click here for more information.

[Vintage Shopping ]  The Happy Thrifter Company Celebrates Economic Impact on Resale Community

Since the pandemic has put its operations on hold, The Happy Thrifter Company found the time to tally up its estimated impact on the regional resale shop community. Through just its first 23 Mystery Resale Shopping Bus Tours, founder Patti Clark estimates it helped to generate revenues of $215,280 for the participating stores. “We are thrilled to be included in the guide book as well as a stop on the shopping tour,” said Bradenton’s Loving Hands Thrift Store manager Sheri Ketner “Everyone loves the resale guide book and it benefits both shoppers and the stores included.” 

Click here for more information.

[Science Conference ]  Dr. Meg Lowman Joins International Ocean Scientist Sylvia Earle for "Blue Hope" Conservation Roundtable

TREE Foundation executive director Dr. Margaret "CanopyMeg" Lowman will be a panelist in "Blue Hope" a global December 17 online roundtable discussion about ocean conservation and the United Nations' Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development initiative, which begins in 2021. The free Zoom event is open to the public and is presented by Mission Blue and the Sylvia Earle Alliance with the support of the Rolex company. The hour-long program takes place Thursday, Dec. 17, beginning at 10am, Pacific Time. 


Click here to register.

[New Hire]  WSLR Welcomes New Board Members

WSLR is pleased to announce the addition of four members to its board of directors - Ed Subkis, Brian Jones, Ethan Massa, and Jennifer Rippel.  They bring varied experience and valued knowledge to the organization.  “WSLR+Fogartyville is very excited about what the future holds,” said WSLR Manager Arlene Sweeting. “We were delighted to see a talented slate of candidates step up to serve on the Board.  We are deeply grateful to our departing board members – Tom Walker and Michele Demperio - for their dedication and service.” 

[New Position]  The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc (ELC) has Appointed Seven New Board Members

 The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc (ELC) has appointed seven new board members from the private business sector. They are a Mr. Doug Hall, Mr. Zack Kallis, Rev. Dr. Robert Baker, Dr. Michael Mackie, Mr. Bryan Rench, Mr. Gary Scott, and Mrs. Caroline Halfacre. 

Click here for more information.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Michael Murphy Gallery: Celebrity Artist Sara Conca , December 4 – January 5, 5pm-9pm and gallery hours.

Please join Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa’s premier fine art gallery, for the opening reception of Rythmique: a solo exhibition of the works of world-renowned contemporary abstract artist Sara Conca. Sara's museum-provenanced work graces international & celebrity private art collections, luxurious European chateaus, & venerable municipal collections throughout the globe. Her natural mixed media paintings, flecked with gold and dynamically textured, invite the viewer into their colorful movements. Sara will be making a very special live appearance on December 5, 2020 & available for private appointments to discuss her work and private commissions on December 4, 2020. Gallery curators are onsite and private curatorial tours are available.  All artwork will be on exhibition and available for acquisition beginning December 5, 2020 through January 5, 2021. An in-gallery reception is planned for Saturday, December 5 from 5pm- 9pm.  This event is complimentary and open to the public with RSVPs recommended at 813-902-1414 or gallery@mmgart.com.

Michael Murphy Gallery, 2701 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Van Wezel: Charlotte's Web Schooltime Performance , December 7 – December 20

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Education & Community Engagement Department is thrilled to announce a free streaming of TheaterWorksUSA’s Charlotte’s Web from December 7 through 20. Based on the popular children’s book, this performance was set to be the final Schooltime Performance of the 2019-2020 school year and was canceled this past spring due to COVID-19. This free program for all schools will be available for streaming from December 7 through 20. Complimentary live Zoom workshops with teaching artists are also available at no charge. Topics include mood/setting, character traits and more. The program is recommended for grades K-5, and teachers can register now on a first come, first served basis.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: University Town Center Festival of Trees , December 8 – December 20, 6:30pm-9pm

The lights are bright and the halls are now decked at the UTC District with dozens of holiday trees as part of the first-ever UTC Festival of Trees. Now through December 20, visitors can walk through a winter wonderland of whimsical and elaborately decorated trees by nearly 40 local charities. The Festival of Trees is open nightly from 6:30pm to 9:00pm in the West District of UTC, at 125 North Cattleman Road. Admission is free. Visitors can purchase $1 tickets to vote for their favorite tree, or bid in the silent auction for a chance to take one home. All of the ticket and silent auction sales benefit the participating charities, and additional prizes will be awarded to the top three charity-trimmed trees with the most votes. In the same location as the Festival of Trees will be the Gingerbread Festival presented by the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. On display December 11-20, this year’s 12th annual event features more than 150 gingerbread houses created by local schools, youth groups, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

[SOON]  GALLERY: 530 Burns Gallery: Arise , December 11 – January 8, Gallery hours.

ARISE is inspired by the cycles of nature, the dawn of a new day, and the emergence of joy through the lens of visual art. Featured artists include Kathe Fraga and Laura Varich who explore symbolism in their paintings. The exhibition will run from Friday, December 11 through January 8 2020. Consider the smell of fresh flowers blooming in the garden and love birds chirping sweet songs. Kathe Fraga creates romantic paintings inspired by vintage chinoiserie. Emerging from her work are layers of pattern, botanicals, color and hidden motifs. Kathe says her work is “a resting place for the eye, a welcome peaceful voice as something reinvented emerges: gentle old meets dynamic new.” Laura Varich is an abstract oil painter based out of Mount Dora, Florida. She takes inspiration for her dynamic and colorful pieces from her early childhood, living among the natural and beautiful open spaces of the California landscape. Using energetic, bold brush strokes and striking color, Varich takes traditional subject matter of floral landscape and fuses it with the abstract, calling forth the symbols behind these elements of nature.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Cuban Ballet School: Black Box Series Live 2021 , December 16 – February 10

Join the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School on December 16, 2020, January 13, 2021 and February 10, 2021 to witness the future in dance and see up close the amazing students of SCBS. 

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Online: Gallery Conversation: The Nativity , December 16, 1pm

It’s that time of year again! Join us virtually for our annual look at scenes of the Nativity in the museum at 1pm on December 16, 2020. $5 / Free for Members.

Online, Online

[SOON]  HEALTH: The Ringling: Yoga on the Ca' d'Zan Lawn , December 17, 5pm

Yoga Instructor Ashley Stewart will lead a yoga session the front lawn of Ca' d'Zan. Each session will last an hour, and participants may begin entering 30 minutes prior to the event. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water or drink as desired. This event will occur on December 17, 2020 at 5pm. Tickets are limited to 50 in order to maintain proper social distancing. ​Please note: Tickets must be purchased online, in advance of the event. $15 / $13.50 Members.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Fiesta De Colores , December 18, 7:30pm

To celebrate our landmark 15th season, Sarasota Contemporary Dance is partnering with Rosemary Square, home of our studio on Boulevard of the Arts at 7:30pm on December 18, 2020. This fiesta brings a dance party atmosphere to our backyard with a live DJ and an interactive art installation featuring highlights from SCD’s robust historía. This event will premiere a live collaborative performance in conjunction with Ringling School of Art and Design alum, Skylar Martinez, local Lyricist and B-boy Rick Levin, and DJ Karim Manning. Fiesta de Colores promises to be a fun-filled, socially-distanced evening for those who enjoy a lively outdoor experience.

Rosemary Square District courtyard

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Holiday Pops , December 17 – December 20

Sarasota Orchestra celebrates the holidays with music for the season from December 17 until December 20, 2020. This not-so- “Silent Night” will include the theme from “It’s a Wonderful Life” and other traditional favorites. Bring music’s warming glow to your holiday celebration. $10 Streaming Access from December 24 through 29.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Art Lecture Series with Baila Miller: Judy Chicago: The Dinner Party , December 15, 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. From 1pm to 2:30pm on December 15, 2020, 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.

Historic Spanish Point’s Visitor Center Classrooms, 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Key Chorale: A Come Together Holiday , December 14, 6pm

A Come Together Holiday is a virtual one-hour celebration of music for the holidays on December 14 at 6pm. Featuring the Chamber Singers, Section Leaders Ensemble and soloists Jamal Sarikoki, Amy Connours, Lorraine Murphy, Michelle Caulkins and Mark Wagstrom. Special performances also by violinist Daniel Jordan and clarinetist Laura Petty. Viewers can also be part of the performance with eight singalongs such as Joy to the World, Winter Wonderland, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Jingle Bells and more. So grab your cup of eggnog, or hot chocolate, and enjoy the joy and peace of the season with Key Chorale. This one-hour concert is perfect to watch and sing along with family and friends from the comfort of your home.

SRQ Media Group

SRQ DAILY is produced by SRQ | The Magazine. Note: The views and opinions expressed in the Saturday Perspectives Edition and in the Letters department of SRQ DAILY are those of the author(s) and do not imply endorsement by SRQ Media. Senior Editor Jacob Ogles edits the Saturday Perspective Edition, Letters and Guest Contributor columns.In the CocoTele department, SRQ DAILY is providing excerpts from news releases as a public service. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by SRQ DAILY. The views expressed by individuals are their own and their appearance in this section does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. For rates on SRQ DAILY banner advertising and sponsored content opportunities, please contact Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or via email

Copyright © 2024 by SRQ Media Group, 331 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Powered by Sarasota Web Design | Unsubscribe

Read More

A New Chapter

A New Chapter

Laura Paquette | Feb 1, 2024

From Osprey to the Olympics

From Osprey to the Olympics

Dylan Campbell | Feb 1, 2024

A Royal Performance

A Royal Performance

Interviewed by Wes Roberts, Edited by Barbie Heit | Feb 1, 2024

Go With the Flo

Go With the Flo

Laura Paquette | Feb 1, 2024