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SRQ DAILY Jun 29, 2021

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"Your feelings are based on the experiences you have had, and it's your choice to leave an experience with a positive or a negative feeling, so choose positivity."

- Erin Hurter, Local Yoga Teacher

-Crafty Cafeteria, as seen in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Soul Food]  Miss Susie's Brings Soul and a Hint of Smoke
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The sign outside of 1741 Martin Luther King Way has promised something would be coming soon. Miss Susie’s Newtown Kitchen, a restaurant venture with a distinctly community-centric business plan, stalled in its progress when funding goals were not met. As recently as last month, the cinderblock husk of the building had weeds growing in the unfinished dirt of the foundation. But behind the scenes, chef Golden Monix and his Tableseide backers have been stirring up interest with a food truck version of the Miss Susie’s project now that construction is back on track.

On Sunday, the bright orange food truck parked just outside the site of the unfinished brick-and-mortar restaurant and offered a delicious, pop-up sneak peek at what’s to come. A hearty beef stew over rice came with all the comfort of an American classic, with a silky gravy begging to be soaked up with the cornbread accompaniment. Sides of collard greens and black-eyed peas made use of turkey instead of pork as the meat base, giving the greens a cleaner profile that still retains the weight of the soul food staple. But the winner of the day was undeniably the black-eyed peas. Smoked turkey was mixed into the stew, making the peas glow with all the primordial joy of smoked meat.

All proceeds of Sunday’s sales went to the nonprofit arm of the venture, and if the offerings were any indication of what’s to come, the whole project stands to be self-sustaining in no time. 

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[Outdoor Fitness Series]  Yoga by the Bay with Erin
Grace Castilow, grace@srqme.com

This week's edition of our new summer fitness series takes us to Sarasota local, Erin Hurter, who's fostered a movement of positivity and health right here in our very own backyard. As a part-time yoga instructor and the Industry Development Manager for Visit Sarasota County, she knew she needed to do something to help the local businesses she worked with when the pandemic hit. “Yoga taught me that, while I cannot control things that are happening, I can control how I react to them and that’s how this all started,” Hurter says. So, she began to invite those in the tourism industry to meet her at Bayfront Park for a free, community yoga class with boats anchored in Marina Jack as the backdrop.

What she did not expect, was how receptive everyone would be to her practice. And, with that, her desire to foster connection where connection had been lost grew as well. Hurter began offering more community-wide yoga classes every Tuesday on the shores of Bayfront Park where she reminds those in attendance that this is not her yoga practice, it’s not their neighbors, it’s theirs. As her classes grew in size, additional sessions became available on Saturday mornings, outdoors at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Her yogis, who recognize one another as fellow members of  "Erin’s yogi tribe," now enjoy the opportunity to move their bodies and expand their minds twice each week in the great outdoors. 

Regularly sharing her yogi wisdom as she talks students into different poses, these large public, outdoor classes are perfect for beginners, yogis of all ages and even a few pets. As upwards of 100 people attend each class, her tribe has the potential to change the community and the lives of those within it for the better.  Although Hurter teaches for free, there is one qualification for attendance: every student has to do one random act of kindness on a daily basis. "I end each class by saying that you are the author of your own story," she says. "Your feelings are based on the experiences you have had, and it’s your choice to leave an experience with a positive or a negative feeling, so choose positivity." Everyone is welcome, so grab your mat, check-in with yourself, focus on your breathing and spend an hour practicing Yoga By the Bay.

Classes take place Tuesdays at 6pm at Bayfront Park, and Saturdays at 9:00am outdoors at the Van Wezel.  

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[New Show]  Sarah Brightman Celebrates The Holidays with First-Ever A Christmas Symphony Tour

It may be summertime, but it is never too early to make plans for the holidays. Last year, the world’s biggest-selling soprano and legendary GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Sarah Brightman entertained her first-ever Christmas livestream concert Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony, and it warmed hearts worldwide as the ultimate holiday event. Given the overwhelming response, and in celebration of her favorite time of year, Sarah begins a new Christmas tradition this year with her first-ever A Christmas Symphony Tour – coming to the Van Wezel on Tuesday, December 14 at 8pm. This performance will mark Brightman’s Sarasota debut.   

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[Competition]  Sunset Photo Contest Welcomes Entries

Triple 3 Marketing has announced its 2021 Sunset Photo Contest with one entry per person. It’s the fourth year for the regional contest and 7 winning photos will be selected. Photos can be taken anytime between January 1 and September 1 anywhere in Florida’s Gulf Coast region. The deadline is 5pm on September 2. Contest entries should be emailed as a jpeg file to randy@triple3marketing.com.


[Fundraiser]  Boys & Girls Clubs The Pancake Jamboree

To celebrate their 75th Anniversary, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County are bringing back a popular event that attracted thousands in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s… The Pancake Jamboree. The event will take place at LECOM Park in Bradenton on July 15. All-you-can-eat pancakes will be served from 7am to 9am, followed by a Boys & Girls Clubs Baseball All-Star Extravaganza and Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from 9:30am to 12pm. For an additional fee, there will be a VIP luncheon on the outfield boardwalk at 1pm. 

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[Grant Application]  Junior League of Sarasota Accepting Community Grant Applications

 The Junior League of Sarasota (JLS) invites local nonprofit organizations to apply for a JLS Community Grant. The JLS 2021-2022 initiatives are focused on programs that support families, women, children, and young adults aging out of foster care. Special consideration will go towards organizations that have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis. Must be submitted by 11:59pm on August 1, 2021. 

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[New Product]  Sarasota Architectural Salvage Expands to Offer Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint

Sarasota Architectural Salvage (SAS) has become Annie Sloan’s newest Stockist, offering a wide variety of the revolutionary chalk paint, brushes, waxes, and branded guides sold online and in stores. 

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[In This Issue]  Pastamonium

Hand-kneaded and crafted into silky strands or stuffed pockets, scratch-made pasta will make any dish feel royal. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's May/June 2021 edition.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Music Elevating the Soul , June 30, 6:30pm

Join two of the nation’s leading and most versatile musicians—celebrated pianist and composer Courtney Bryan and renowned harpist Ashley Jackson—as they share their original work and speak about their creative process, Friday, July 30, 6:30 pm, at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. (Free with a $5 per person registration fee.) Ashley Jackson's Hermitage residency is generously sponsored by The Ruby E. & Carole Crosby Family Foundation.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat , 6630 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Pancake Jamboree , July 15, 7am-1pm

We're bringing back one of our trademark events from the past for our 75th Anniversary... The Pancake Jamboree. Join us on July 15 from 7am to 1pm for a nostalgic day at LECOM Field (next to where the original Boys Club was located on 9th St) for a pancake breakfast, the Boys & Girls Club Baseball All-Star Extravaganza and Club Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. There is also be a VIP Luncheon option on the outfield boardwalk.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: Mote Marine: 35th Annual Run for the Turtles , April 12 – June 30

Run, walk or crawl to support our sea turtle conservation and research. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's 35th Annual Run for the Turtles is virtual, and open now through June 30. Each registration receives a special 35th Annual Run t-shirt, and goes to support Mote's sea turtle conservation efforts.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: ALSO Youth: Give Youth A Chance , June 30

Save the date for Give Youth A Chance on June 30th, 2021. National Give Out Day is being held the entire month of June 2021. It is our opportunity to reach out to friends and supporters of LGBTQ+ youth in recognizing ALSO Youth. Each donation received during June will qualify ALSO for special cash awards. Make yours count in June. More details coming soon.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Center Sarasota: Process Members Only Show , May 17 – July 2, 10am-6pm

Process is a Members-Only all media, all subject, juried exhibition. All artwork in this exhibition is viewable and for sale in the gallery and online. In person receiving will be on May 17 and 18 between 10am to 6pm. All accepted online entries must be delivered to the Art Center on May 17 or 18 between 10am to 6pm. There is no theme for this show. On view from May 27 to July 2, 2021. Juror is TBA. Art Center Sarasota invites all Art Center Sarasota Member artists to submit up to 3 new works no larger than 4’ x 4’ x 4’ for consideration for Process. (Artwork must have been completed in the last three years and not have been exhibited in any exhibition at Art Center Sarasota). This exhibit will be at the Art Center. Online submissions will be juried online and in person submissions will be juried in person. Prizes will not be awarded until all works are in the gallery and hung. Artist guidelines and online submission. Please see this page for updates. Prizes Awarded: First Prize - $500, Second Prize - $300, Third Prize - $200, 2 Merit Awards - gift card from Art and Frame, and Honorable Mentions - Ribbon. Award winners will be notified via phone on Monday May 24. Entry Fees: All fees are non-refundable. ACS Members: 1 piece $20; 2 pieces $30; 3 pieces $35; diptychs $25; triptychs $35; quadtychs $45, Non-Members: Show is open to Art Center Members only. ACS Student Members: $10 each entry. Art Center will be open to view this show in person we have now returned to original entry fees. This show will also be viewable online via virtual gallery tour via Zoom. Patrons must call and make an appointment for virtual tours. Please call 941-365-2032 to schedule a tour. Groups are encouraged.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: My Lord, What a Night , June 30 – August 15

Next up on FST’s Mainstage is the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort, an award-winning writer and a member of FST’s Playwright Collective. In 1937, after performing a sold-out concert in Princeton, NJ, internationally renowned singer Marian Anderson was refused a room at the whites-only Nassau Inn. With nowhere to go, Albert Einstein invited her to stay in his own home, sparking a lifelong friendship. Based on actual events, this insightful new play offers a rare glimpse into real-life struggles faced by two 20th century icons. Rolling World Premiere with the National New Play Network. Called “Stunning” and “Provocative” by BroadwayWorld, this historical drama begins playing in FST’s Keating Theatre Wednesday, June 30 and will run through August 15.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In The Round , May 28 – July 17, 7pm

In The Round is an opportunity for emerging choreographers from Sarasota Contemporary Dance members and selected choreographers chosen by SCD’s Artistic Staff to set a work in progress during the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive. The choreographers are given feedback during the performance from audience members using the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process (CRP). Each In the Round will be its own unique experience, offering works choreographed on SCD summer participants by a variety of emerging choreographers and SCD Company dancers. In-Person Dates: May 28, June 25 & July 16 at 7pm. Masks are required. Seating is limited at half capacity. Please book in advance to secure a spot. Tickets are $20. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. Virtual Dates: May 29, June 26 & July 17, 7pm Virtual Broadcast Recording. Tickets are Choose what you pay, $5, $10, $15. Ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas , June 2 – July 7

Florida Studio Theatre opens its Summer Mainstage Series on June 2 and will run through July 7 with one of the most popular shows FST has produced to-date, Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, featuring FST favorite Kathy Halenda. Created by Halenda along with the late Venice-based playwright Jack Fournier, Sophie Tucker tells the thrilling story of the legendary trend-setter who made waves in the first half of the 20th century with her dynamic performances of comedic and bawdy songs. With over 20 of Tucker’s best known songs, like “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “Some of These Days,” this sizzling show will run in FST’s Gompertz Theatre.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Suncoast Summer Fest: Southside Village Stroll , June 30, 4pm-9pm

Southside Village Stroll will take place on June 30 from 4pm to 9pm on Hillview St. and S. Osprey Ave. Presented By: Southside Village Business Association and A Celebrate Sarasota Event. For more information please contact Knickole Barger at 941-232-3406 or knickolebarger@gmail.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Orchestra: Celebrate the Sounds of Summer , June 10 – July 24

Wear and share your love of Sarasota Orchestra. During the months of June and July, the beautiful music of Sarasota Music Festival and Summer Music Camp fill the air. By purchasing a limited edition T-shirt by July 24, you make it possible for Sarasota Orchestra’s mission to shine through programs like these and provide our musicians with the ability to enrich the community during all four seasons of the year. Help us celebrate the Sounds of Summer by wearing and sharing your love of Sarasota Orchestra with your friends. Thank you for your support of these wonderful programs. T-shirts purchased before June 26 will ship in mid-July. T-shirts purchased from June 27 through July 24 will ship in mid-August.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Bookstore1Sarasota: Saying the Unsayable: Innovative Storytelling , June 9 – July 14, 3:30pm-5pm

New College creative writing professor Dr. Emily Carr presents a Zoom writing workshop: Saying the Unsayable: Innovative Storytelling in Jenny Offill’s “Dept. of Speculation” & Other Contemporary Works by Women. This six-part workshop series is offered on Wednesdays, June 9-July 14, 3:30pm to 5pm: June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, and July 14. This workshop is open to writers in all genres, as well as those who do not yet identify as writers but want to learn more about the art of storytelling. A fee of $105 is required for participation. This includes a copy of The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, and all six Zoom sessions. The cost is $110.50 to have the book shipped. Storytelling projects will arise through the reading of The Dept. of Speculation. Reading and conversation will lead to writing; most of the time will be devoted to creation, generation, recreation, transcendence, experimentation, and other process-oriented exploration. Participants will leave with their own inspiration for storytelling projects, and writerly tips and tricks to translate ideas into stories, poems, essays, and more. More event info at  https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events or 941-365-7900.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Anna Maria Oyster Bar's Dive Into Reading seeks Volunteer Mentors for Summer Reading Program , June 7 – July 15, 8:30am-10:30am

Dive Into Reading (DIR) summer reading program aims to improve children’s reading levels by combating “Summer Slide” and continuing education over summer break - now in its fifth year. The program’s long-term objective is to improve elementary level reading levels, instill a lifelong love of reading and teach social-emotional skills. By the end of the summer 2021 program, Dive Into Reading will have served nearly 1500 students in its five year history. In 2020, DIR continued virtually with the help of more than 100 volunteer mentors. This summer, the DIR program will return safely in-person and is seeking a diverse group of volunteer mentors to encourage, grow, and inspire the young minds of rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in the Manatee County area. Interested mentors can apply online and will be required to attend one 90-minute training session on a date of their choice (May 18, 19, 21, 24 or June 4). Volunteers must commit to one morning shift (8:30am-10:30am) one time per week for 5 weeks during June 7 through July 15. No sessions week of July 4. Story Opportunities: Interview: Amanda Horne, Director of Marketing & Philanthropy, Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Interview: John Horne, CEO of Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Interview: Melissa Powell, reading coach at Daughtrey Elementary and teacher-coordinator at Landside who has worked with DIR for 4 years. Social Media: Instagram takeovers & other content available.

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