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SRQ DAILY Nov 18, 2021

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"With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, we want to remind travelers to take a little extra time getting to the airport and arrive 2 hours before your departure. "

- Rick Piccolo, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[Flight]  International Travel Back at SRQ, Minus Air Canada
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The return of international travel to the U.S. has delivered a bump at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, said Rick Piccolo, president of the airport authority. But it’s a little early to quantify after just a week. “It’s hard to measure and Air Canada isn’t back yet,” he noted.

Local tourism officials welcomed the expiration of an international travel restriction put in place early in the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the past, international visitation was just under 10% of our total,” said Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota. But even that undersells the value of overseas travelers to the local hospitality industry. Haley said, as those visitors bring in outside money to the economy and blow through it. “They tend to stay longer and spend more,” Haley said.

While most of the restrictions on businesses in the U.S. have lifted, with Florida dropping its state restrictions sooner than most large states, the economy has recovered here and the airport has seem explosive growth in traffic. The restrictions on overseas travel lasted longer than nearly any other pandemic-related regulation.

But will still likely take until next year to restore all global traffic to the airport, Piccolo said. Air Canada won’t restore its flights to SRQ airport until fall of 2022. Initially, the airline was supposed to start flying here within a few months, but logistical challenges in Canada made that impossible.

“They were originally scheduled to come back in February but customs and borders still isn’t staffing adequately in Toronto,” he said.

Before international travel ground to a halt, about 50,000 passengers through SRQ airport originated in Canada, a significant portion of international visitors. But for the airport, a boost in domestic flights has more than made up for a delay in the return of travelers from Canada  — or from anywhere outside the U.S.

“Traffic is up 150% over last year, which was a COVID year but our numbers during COVID didn’t go down,” he said. “Growth at SRQ has been phenomenal.” 

Image courtesy SRQ airport.

[Season Wear]  Sweater (Dress) Weather
Emma Tufano, emma@srqme.com

It’s about that time of year. The temperatures are dropping and calling you to swap out your usual beach cover-up for a cozier, longer-sleeved option. Owner of The Wave Inspired, Crystal Clarke, answers that call. Recently opened on October 8th near the south Siesta Key bridge, the beach-boho women's boutique has a variety of dresses for the fall/winter season. 

Options range from sweater dresses, to button-downs and everything in between. If you’re looking for a piece that will keep you warm yet looking fashionable, the Sweater Dress in Light Blue is perfect. The ribbed knit long-sleeved surplice with a front self tie is perfect for a day walking around the city or grabbing lunch, in which you’ll be able to dine outside comfortably with seemingly more cold fronts floating in. On the other hand, the Siesta Button Down in Carmel is lightweight and multipurpose, a must-have for the warmer fall days or stopping by the beach. Plus, on top of it being a dress, it can even be worn as a cover-up or long shirt. Meanwhile, the Sequin Wrap Dress in Black or the Satin Mini Dress in Black is a standout option for those weekend holiday parties and dinners. 

We all know shopping for this time of the year is a bit hectic. To take the stress off, The Wave Inspired implemented their “Babe Cave”, a designated place for women to come in and relax while they enjoy their shopping experience looking out over Little Sarasota Bay.  

The Wave Inspired, 1514 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, 941- 554-8720 

Photo of owner Crystal Clarke, courtesy of @thewaveinspired

Click here to shop more of The Wave Inspired

[Award Ceremony]  Announcing the Manatee Small Business of the Year Award Honorees

The 2021 Manatee Small Business of the Year Awards was held on Tuesday, November 16 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. This program recognizes small businesses and non-profit organizations for "quality and excellence" as exemplified by growth, productivity, customer service, job creation and overall contribution to the community. The Awards were hosted by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Presenting Sponsor Financial Access Federal Credit Union.

This year there were 230 nominations, and the 7 winners were chosen from among the 90 finalists. The Manatee Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 7 winners for 2021: Small Business – Category I to Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance; Small Business - Category II to Crystal Clean Green Cleaning; Small Business - Category III to Ellenton Discount Pharmacy; Small Business - Category IV to Florida Suncoast Real Estate, Inc.; Small Business – Category V to Shake Station Restaurant; Non-Profit – Category I to Take Stock in Children of Manatee County; and Non-Profit – Category II to Hope Family Services

To learn more about the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, visit manateechamber.com 

Photo of the winning group courtesy of the organization

[Air Travel]  SRQ Airport's October Passenger Numbers and Tips for Holiday Travel

For the month of October, passenger traffic at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) totaled 275,359. Compared to October 2020, passenger traffic was 148% higher than the COVID-19 impacted level of 110,883 passengers. Compared to October of 2019, passenger traffic was 72% higher than the pre-COVID-19 level of 160,327. The number of passengers traveling through SRQ year-to-date totals 2,494,632.

“With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, we want to remind travelers to take a little extra time getting to the airport and arrive 2 hours before your departure. We recommend you check with your airline to ensure your flight is on-time. Also, check the TSA’s website for information on what is allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. By taking a little extra time to follow these suggestions, we hope that you will find your travel to be stress-free and enjoyable,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

[Real Estate]  Pulte Homes Announces Models and Floor Plans for New Magnolia Ranch Neighborhood in Bradenton

Pulte Homes is nearing in on the completion of two model homes to be on display at Magnolia Ranch, a new intimate, 72-home enclave-style community in Bradenton. The models will showcase the Whitestone and Mystique home designs and are expected to be open early January 2022. A private, gated community with low fees and no CDD, Magnolia Ranch offers convenient proximity to Interstate 75 and S.R. 64 and easy access to local amenities like Publix, Lakewood Ranch Premier Sports Campus, and University Town Center. Nearby schools include Gene Witt Elementary School, Carlos Haile Middle School, and the new Parrish Community High School offering technology-rich classrooms and state-of-the-art STEM labs and athletic complexes.

“Magnolia Ranch has so much to offer homebuyers, whether they’re young professionals, an active family or empty nesters beginning a new phase of life,” said Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for PulteGroup’s Southwest Florida Division. “Our new floor plan choices make it easy to find a home that matches any buyer’s lifestyle."

The two-story Whitestone floor plan features 2,894 square feet of living space and a two-car garage. On the first floor, a wide foyer leads to an open kitchen connected to casual dining and gathering areas. The first-floor owner’s suite can include an optional tray ceiling, while a flex space at the front of the home can be used for a den, home office or guest suite. The second floor offers a spacious loft area and three bedrooms with a shared bath (with the option to add an additional bathroom upstairs). White and dark gray cabinetry, chrome fixtures, and contemporary sculptural lighting choices will give the model a clean, modern style. White walls and light gray wood tones for flooring, ceiling details, and furniture pieces will create a sophisticated backdrop for showcasing the floor plan’s appealing features, while sleek outdoor furnishings will highlight the functionality of the spacious lanai enhanced with a pool and spa. 

Starting at 1,889 square feet, the popular Mystique model offers a floor plan that can be customized to include up to five bedrooms and three baths plus an optional second-floor loft with bedroom and bathroom. The Mystique offers true flexibility for homebuyers, whether they need space for a favorite hobby, a home office, or extra bedrooms for a growing family. The Mystique model at Magnolia Ranch will feature warm wood tones and neutrals accented by shades of green. Textured accent rugs, sleek lighting fixtures, and tile floors with subtle movement will highlight spaces like the open living and kitchen area and comfortable bedrooms. Wood-trimmed feature walls and stained beams will add even more visual interest to the soothing design scheme.

Sales are expected to begin early January 2022 with the completion of the two model homes.For more information about Pulte Homes’ offerings at Magnolia Ranch, visit Pulte.com/MagnoliaRanch or call 941-253-5658. 

Pictured: the Whitestone home design model, courtesy of Pulte Homes

[Boat Parade]  35th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Suncoast Charities for Children will be holding the 35th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on December 11 and area boaters are invited to enter free of charge.  The event begins at 6:00pm with vessels making a short transit across Sarasota Bay and entering the Bayfront Park area at approx. 7:00pm.  Best areas for viewing are Marina Jack, Bayfront Park, and Centennial Park.  All vessels must be over 21 feet in length. Boaters can submit a private or corporate entry and will be judged for cash prizes. An awards ceremony will take place immediately after the parade on the Marina Jack fuel dock. Greg Corvelle, General Manager of Marina Jack and Lisa Baer, Director of Special Events of Suncoast Charities for Children are co-chairs for this year’s event.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped book or toy to the parade as a donation to the Suncoast Charities for Children Holiday Toy Drive. Holiday donations will be distributed to among local non-profit organizations benefitting children, teens, and adults with special needs.

To register a boat, make an online donation or for more event information visit suncoastcharitiesforchildren.org 

Photo from last year's event, courtesy of Suncoast Charities for Children

[Night Market]  RADD Night Market Returns This Evening

RADD Night Market returns this evening, from 5 pm - 8 pm. Designed to be loud, lively and creative, RADD Market brings community makers and creators from all over - to share their wares and enliven the district. The open-air market will feature a curated and diverse selection of vendors, spanning the region, as well as live music and art.

The market is located on 1440 Boulevard of the Arts, across from The Overton. For more information visit rosemarydistrict.org or @rosemarydistrict 

Photo from last month's market, courtesy of RADD

[Grant Awarded]  Asolo Rep Receives $1 Million Gift From the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has gifted $1 million to Asolo Repertory Theatre in support of Asolo Rep’s Staging Our Future Capital and Endowment Campaign. The contribution will go toward a planned $5 million endowment fund that will help cover operating expenses for the new and expanded Koski Center facilities on Tallevast Road. Phase 1 of the project, which includes new construction on the Koski Center property, broke ground on April 27, 2021. The new building will include a state-of-the-art, two-story “Super Rehearsal Hall” as well as production spaces and gathering places. Asolo Rep leadership expects phase 1 to be completed by May 2022, at which point it will begin incurring operating expenses. The Barancik Foundation’s gift allows Asolo Rep to continue building the income in anticipation of these operations. This $1 million gift represents the latest in an extended history of contributions from the Barancik Foundation to Asolo Rep.  

For more information click here

[Awareness Walk]  Supporting Families in Our Community Affected by Alzheimer's

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Locally, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for 9 a.m., this Saturday, Nov. 20 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. More than 400 residents are signed up to help focus attention and support on people in our community impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia— both those with the disease and the people who care for them. We can support the event by registering to walk or donating to those who are walking.  Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have a huge impact on our community. Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s in this country.

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides education and support to residents of 16 counties (including Sarasota and Manatee), where more than 175,000 families — not including snowbirds— are living with the disease. The Gulf Coast Chapter provides support groups for families living with Alzheimer’s, virtual education programs for caregivers, and raises awareness through programs like the Brain Bus, which provides statewide outreach. Using a computer, tablet, or smartphone, participants have access to information about the benefits of early detection, early diagnosis, brain health, risk reduction, how to receive an accurate diagnosis, and the latest advancements in Alzheimer's research.  

To learn more or participate, visit here

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Cortez, The Fishing Village by Frank Bibbins , October 30 – November 26, Gallery hours.

This November, Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of local photographer Frank Bibbins in an exhibit entitled ”Cortez, The Fishing Village” with art that captures the beauty, energy and determination of the historic village and its people. The exhibit runs from Sat., Oct. 30 through Fri., Nov. 26. The public is also invited to a public reception on November 12 from 6pm-9pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to the 1367 Main Street gallery, where the diverse art works of 29 local artists are shown Monday-Friday 11am-5pm (except First Friday when open until 9pm), Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Telephone: 941-955-5409 for further information. www.artuptown.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Opera: Moonlight & Melodies Dinner Series , November 1 – February 21, 6pm

Moonlight & Melodies Dinner Series is a new dining experience for opera lovers. This year Sarasota Opera welcomes our community into the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard for an immersive themed dinner series that highlights composers from the season. As we come together to share our awe for the exquisite art these composers created, enjoy curated cocktails and food prepared by the best of Sarasota’s chefs in a setting that will transport you to a different location each evening. Make your reservations now so you won’t miss out on this exciting and new event. Moonlight & Melodies Dinner #1 will take place on Monday, November 1 at 6pm and Moonlight & Melodies Dinner #2 will take place on Monday, February 21 at 6pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Eubie! , October 6 – November 21

Opening the season is “Eubie!” a toe-tapping revue of Eubie Blake songs that stormed Broadway in the 1970s and was nominated for three Tony Awards. Blake's infectious style is evoked in over 20 wonderful songs, including the classic "I'm Just Wild about Harry." With its sizzling score and energetic dance numbers, "Eubie!" is a crowd-pleasing salute to a Black Broadway pioneer. It's also one of the first shows staged by WBTT in its 22-year history – back by popular demand! Jim Weaver will direct. Runs from October 6 to November 21, 2021. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: FSU/Asolo Conservatory: Everybody , November 2 – November 21, Varies.

A modern take on the fourteenth-century morality play Everyman, this new play follows the character of Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance!) as they journey through the meaning of life, and most importantly, of death. A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, the play is absurdly witty, very moving, and unlike anything you’ve seen in the theatre. Everybody will take place November 3-21, 2021 with Previews on November 2, 2021. 

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: Oscar Scherer State Park , November 4 – April 7, 8:30am

Sarasota Audubon Society (SAS) Oscar Scherer State Park Walks will take place every Thursday, from November 4 through April 7. Meet 8:30am inside park at Lake Osprey Nature Center (fee). 1st, 2nd and 5th Thursdays led by Venice Audubon; 3rd & 4th Thursdays led by Peter Brown (508-241-5541).

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast: Annual Giving Tree Toy Drive , November 8 – December 3

Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its annual Giving Tree Toy Drive campaign. The Giving Tree Toy Drive program will begin on November 8, 2021 and end on December 3, 2021. Each Fifth Third financial center will host a “Giving Tree” decorated with gift tags with specific information that pertains to the need of a child in the community. We encourage you to visit any local Fifth Third Bank financial center in South Florida during the month of November to pick up your gift tag. Your donation of a gift or gift card will help make a difference and ensure a brighter holiday season for the underserved youth in our community. All donations can be dropped off at any local Fifth Third Bank in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward and Palm Beach. To find the nearest location, visit 53.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Kaleidoscope Community , November 13 – January 15, 9am-12pm

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a collaborative, student-centered teaching method that improves critical thinking skills and fosters inclusive community-building dialogue through facilitated discussions of visual images. A huge bonus to VTS is you do not need special art training to use this strategy and the pedagogy is developmentally appropriate across all age and learning levels. Workshop participants will experience VTS first hand and explore opportunities for student application. This workshop is led by Embracing Our Difference's Education Director, Ben Jewell-Plocher and will take place on Saturday, November 13, December 11, and January 15, 9am-12pm at Easterseals of Southwest Florida, 350 Braden Ave. It is designed for educators, administrators, and aides who work in ESE, Life Skills Education, or who work with neurodivergent individuals and/or individuals with disabilities. We welcome all participants, and will discuss artistic adaptations based on educational and community spaces. The cost of this workshop is $5-$25. Please only choose the "Pay What You Can" option if you are a classroom educator.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: "BIRKING" Biking & Birding at the Celery Fields , November 17 – November 24, 8am-10am

“Birking” at the Celery Fields will take place every week on Wednesday, repeating until November 24, 2021 from 8am to 10am at the Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd. Birking (biking and birding) at the Celery Fields. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring your own bike and binoculars. We will bike about a 4-mile loop around the Celery Fields, stopping to bird along the way. Email Kathryn Young or phone (612-760-1771). 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll, Part 4 , November 18, 8pm

With a cast consisting of incredible rock and roll singers and stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, Neil Berg returns by popular demand to share more of the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of rock and roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, up until MTV in the early ‘80s, NEIL BERG'S 50 YEARS OF ROCK & ROLL features groundbreaking music with tributes to iconic rock stars, groups, and genres such as Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Journey and more. This show will take place on Thursday, November 18 at 8pm.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 2 - Day & Night , November 19 – November 20, 7:30pm and 2pm

Program 2 – Day & Night, at the Sarasota Opera House, features an energetic duo of ballets – Sir Peter Wright’s Summertide and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. An abstract expression of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Wright’s Summertide distills the magnificence of a radiant day into a one-act ballet. Choreographed in 1976 for the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet with the principal role created on Margaret Barbieri, Summertide found an all too fitting home in Sarasota with a 2015 revival. Combining sunshine with swing, Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs follows with a series of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra’s tunes brought to life through dance. Each dance sequence expresses through movement the intrinsic human experiences of love and heartbreak so integral to Ol’ Blue Eyes’ oeuvre. Day & Night will take place on November 19 2021 at 7:30pm and November 2o 2021 at 2pm and 7:30pm at Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Hermitage at The Bay: Sound and Color , November 18, 5pm

“Hermitage at The Bay: Sound and Color,” Thursday, November 18, 5pm: Join Hermitage Fellows Jared Miller (composer) and Iva Gueorguieva (painter and sculptor) as they share their latest work and speak about their process. Miller’s contemporary classical compositions range from the fast-paced rhythms of basketball in Buzzer Beater to the seismic shifts all around us in Under Sea, Above Sky. Gueorguieva’s art has been described as “the optical equivalent of surround sound” with a “perpetual suddenness” (LA Times). This event is presented in partnership with The Bay Park. Free with a $5 per person registration fee. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. The Bay’s Civic Green (on the north side of the Municipal Auditorium), 801 N. Tamiami Trail. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: City Christmas Tree Lighting , December 2, 6pm-8pm

Downtown Sarasota's Christmas Tree is the perfect backdrop for your holiday snapshot. The annual tree lighting event will take place Thursday, December 2nd from 6pm to 8pm in Selby Five Points Park, located across the street from the Selby Public Library. Holiday Performance by Ring Sarasota. Enjoy refreshments, music, and photos with Santa! The Christmas Tree will be lit at 7pm where photos can be taken.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre: Darryl Lenox , December 2 – December 4, 7pm, 6:30pm, and 8:50pm

Darryl has been seen on Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central’s “Jamie Foxx’s Laffa Polooza,” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” BET’s “Comic View,” “Best of BET’s Comic View Special,” “Best of Just for Laugh’s Comedy Festival+ New Year’s Eve Special". Darryl Lenox will perform from December 2 to 4 at 7pm, 6:30pm and 8:50pm at The Green Room.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival , December 3 – December 5, 12pm-6pm, 11am-9pm and 11am-6pm

Come share in the festivities of the 5th Annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival in Siesta Beach, FL. The event sets up on the Siesta Key Pavilion and runs December 3-5, 2021 and is graciously hosted by Sarasota County. The event begins Friday December 3 with hours noon-9pm and continues Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Bring family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. This event will offer a variety of seafood, cooked fresh on site. Seafood dishes are prepared using fresh, local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Select from meat and vegetarian offerings and a diverse menu of side dishes and desserts. Alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks are available. While savoring your meal, relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups from genres. Friday, December 3rd: 2:30 - 4:30pm Shaw Davis & The Black Ties, 4:30 - 6pm Frank Bank, 6:30 - 8:30pm Gas House Gorilla. Saturday, December 4th: 12:30-2pm Prodigal Sons, 2:30 - 4pm Shaw Davis & The Black Ties, 4:30 - 6pm Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, 6:30 - 8pm Have Gun Will Travel, 8:30 - 10pm Damon Fowler Band. Sunday, December 5th: 12:30 - 2pm The Whole Band, 4:30-6pm Billy Rice Band, 4:30 - 6pm 22N. On the breaks between performances, enjoy shopping in a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items. So much to see and do. We will lay the table, all you need do is come and partake in the feast.

[SOON]  GALA: Florida Center for Early Childhood: Lighting the Way For A Brighter Tomorrow , December 3, 6:30pm

Join The Florida Center for Early Childhood for the 34th Annual Winter Gala, Lighting the Way For A Brighter Tomorrow. It will take place on Friday, December 3 at Michael's on East. In-person event at Michael's on East with virtual options. Silent Auction opens to the public on Black Friday, November 26. Celebrate luminaries. Recognize people who have been lights in your life and help local children and families with a $25 donation.

[SOON]  FOOD: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Rocking Brunch at Hamlet's Eatery , December 5, 10am-2pm

This Rocking Brunch at Hamlet’s Eatery with Jsanti & Clint Justesen will take place on Sunday, December 5 from 10am to 2am.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Blues-Rock Star Joe Bonamassa Concert , December 8, 8pm

Joe Bonamassa is finally getting back on the road! The blues-rock star will make his Sarasota debut at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday, December 8 at 8pm Bonamassa, backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians, will perform brand new songs alongside career-spanning fan favorites. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 11 at 10 am. 

Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: Sarasota Art Museum: Annual Soiree , December 8, 6:30pm

On Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Sarasota Art Museum. Chairs are Elaine Crouse and Rosemary Oberndorf. Cocktails, Canapés and a Viewing of the exhibit: Judith Linhares: The Artist as Curator at 6:30PM. Seated Dinner and Introduction to new Executive Director, Virginia Shearer at 7:30PM. For tickets and information 941-309-0108 or SpecialEvents@ringling.edu.

[SOON]  DANCE: School of Russian Ballet: The Nutcracker , December 11 – December 12, 5pm and 1pm

Russian Ballet, Inc. proudly presents the traditional Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” with original choreography by Professor Vadim Fedotov, music by Pyotor Tchaikovsky. Principal Dancers from AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE and NATIONAL BALLET of UKRAINE will share the stage with dancers of the School of Russian Ballet on December 11, 2021, 5pm and December 12, 2021, 1pm at Sarasota Opera House. This spectacular performance with wonderful scenery and beautiful costumes is a great holiday tradition to share with your family, friends, and children of all ages. It promises to bring surprises and wonder to the entire family. This is a “must see” for all ages. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Violetta Chandler , December 18 – January 15, 2pm-5pm

Violetta Chandler, Saturday, December 18, 2021 – Saturday, January 15, 2022. Violetta Chandler’s works radiate luxuriant color, solid drawing and composition, ethereal light, and physical movement in light, combined with a refined sensitivity to landscape. Born in Ukraine, she is a fifth-generation artist initially trained by her father, Yakov Tsatskin. She received a master’s degree in fine arts and teaching from Odessa State Institute. She is an original member of Plein Aire Cottage Artists and has taught at Ringling College of Art and Design and St. Petersburg College in Florida.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: Atlantic City Boys , November 20, 8pm

Atlantic City Boys Occurs on Saturday November 20 2021 at 8pm at Stone Hall, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. The Atlantic City boys have wowed audiences from Las Vegas, New York, Cruise Ships, and of course, Atlantic City. They are four dynamic lead singers who lend their world-class vocals to the harmonies of the 60’s singing the hits of The Drifters, The Beach Boys, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Inspired by the hit musical, Jersey Boys, the Atlantic City boys combine smooth dance moves, fun audience participation, and show-stopping numbers to get audiences on their feet show after show.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival , November 20 – November 21, 10am-5pm

Are you an art collector? Looking for art to beautify your home or office? Or just wish to be inspired? Then join us for the 8th Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival in downtown Sarasota on November 20-21, 2021. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association. The event is held in JD Hamel Park located at Gulfstream and Main Street in downtown Sarasota. Your support has made this art show a signature event for the Sarasota community. The Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival transforms JD Hamel Park into an outdoor gallery of original, handmade works by artisans from across Florida and throughout the United States. Together their visions and talents create a tapestry of art woven from stunning creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and much more. All created in a diversity of styles and materials, each body of work unique. If you do not find what you seek, consider commissioning a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art made specifically for you. Hours are both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm with free admission. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation of the beautiful! Discover something of yourself as you explore ART.

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