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SRQ DAILY Jul 1, 2022

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"This partnership project will benefit two major youth sports organizations and hundreds of families in our community."

- James Clinch, Venice Assistant City Manager.

[Drama]  Building the Story
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This past Wednesday, Maytag Virgin began play at Florida Studio Theatre’s Keating Theatre, as a part of the company’s Summer Mainstage season. The play, written by Audrey Cefaly and directed by Kate Alexander, FST’s Associate Director at-large, is a southern love story that focuses on Lizzy Nash, a spunky high school English teacher and her new next-door neighbor Jack Key, a high school physics teacher. Both Lizzy and Jack have lost their spouses and although they seem to have nothing in common, their close proximity forces them to reconcile with their growing feelings for one another.

The stage is bookended by Lizzy and Jack’s houses and takes place in the character’s adjoined back yard - the character’s only real common ground. “The houses are very much meant to be a reflection of the characters. Lizzy’s house and backyard are a lot more livelier than Jack’s and much more lived-in versus Jack's is more subdued and closed off - a lot of the stuff with him resembles that of a man still moving in whereas Lizzy’s is someone who has made the space her own,” says scenic designer Pedro L. Guevara.

The challenge of creating a space embodied a modern, southern town, but also personified two distinct characters was no easy task. “The only stage direction was: ‘set in a fictional town in the South’. I wanted to emulate the architecture of these southern towns, which seemed to be a mix of Craftsman and old Gothic-Victorian - creating the sense that these houses have definitely been lived in,” says Guevara.

Guevara, who’s based in Louisiana, began the process by creating a model of what the set might look like to show Kate Alexander. “We as set designers have the tools and abilities to bring the director’s vision to life. For this production I used a combination of model-building and Photoshop - it was the easiest way to show Kate the two houses and then digitally overlay the strategic clutter that was going to live on stage overtop the model,” attests Guevara.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, 941- 366-9000 

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[SRQ Book Club]  Classic Southern Gothic Novel Review of Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
Bookseller Roxanne Baker, BookStoreOne Sarasota

The lazy crazy hazy days of summer seemed like the perfect time to read a classic, and being a 6 year Southern belle brought me to read Flannery O'Connor’s Wise Blood from 1952. O’Connor fashioned this novel based on four previously published short stories which takes a sardonic look at the inhumanity of war, hypocrisy of religion, and the inability of humans to connect.

O’Connor, tragically, only lived to the young age of 39 due to lupus, and while her name was familiar to me, due to the restrictive nature of my college concentration being British Literature and subsequent 30 year teaching career, where outside reading wasn't possible, I'd never read her. Wow, I've been missing out!

Wise Blood was provocative, profound and engrossing. Depressing as all get out, but the life truths doled out in southern gothic style were impactful. Try reading page 150 and not think about the broken lives of any suicide or mass murderer. Some lives have been broken beyond repair.

Not for the faint of heart, but worth the read. A true classic!

Wise Blood is currently available at BookStore1 Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 or at their online store at www.sarasotabooks.com. Originally Published 1952 ISBN: 9780374530631. 

[Art Series]  Arts Advocates Launches Art Talk Series

Arts Advocates is pleased to announce a new art talk series that will take place in the Arts Advocates Gallery, The Crossings at Siesta Key mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The first talk on July 21 features members of the Petticoat Painters, a group formed in 1953 to showcase the talents of female artists at a time when women had difficulty finding venues to exhibit their work. Mark Ormond, an independent curator, author, lecturer, and consultant, will present the second talk on August 18. Cost for each art talk is $10 for Arts Advocates members, $12 for non-members. Registration is required at ArtsAdvocates.org. “Art Talk with the Petticoat Painters” kicks off the series on July 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Artists Lucy Barber, Susan J. Klein, Judy Lyons Schneider, Jana Millstone, and Diane Schmidt are members of the Petticoat Painters, one of the oldest continuously exhibiting arts groups in the United States. These five women artists have their own distinct style and approach, which participants will see along with hearing about their processes and inspirations and what it has meant to be a member of this distinguished group. Cost is $10 for Arts Advocates members, $12 for non-members. Registration is required at ArtsAdvocates.org. “Art Talk - A Week in the Life of a Curator” on August 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. features curator Mark Ormond. With over 25 years of experience in the art world, Ormond has organized dozens of museum exhibitions, and authored, edited, and contributed to numerous brochures, catalogs, and publications on artists. During his 10-year association with the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, he was senior curator and deputy director for collections and programs. Ormond, who is the curator of the Arts Advocates’ collection, will explain the complexity of planning, fundraising, acquiring, and transporting art …everything involved in creating a successful show. He will also discuss how the role of a curator has changed in today’s art world with new forms of emerging art, such as videos, NFTs, and performance art. Cost is $10 for Arts Advocates members, $12 for non-members. Registration is required at ArtsAdvocates.org. To learn more about Arts Advocates, visit artsadvocates.org. 

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[Grant Given]  Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START) Expands Healthy Ponds Collaborative into Manatee County

Building on a successful program that helped more than two dozen Sarasota County communities bolster (and beautify) their stormwater retention ponds, Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START) has secured a $100,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to expand a regional “Healthy Pond Collaborative” (HPC) initiative into Manatee County. The Manatee version will be a partnership with START and the Manatee County Department of Parks and Natural Resources that will in combination with the Sarasota County effort now cover all ponds flowing into the Sarasota Bay Watershed. This is a major step forward in the attempt to reduce the flow of excess nutrients in stormwater into our waterways that lower water clarity needed to restore the health of our seagrass beds and feed harmful algal blooms like red tide. According to START, stormwater contributes 65% of the nitrogen into local waterways, which feeds red tide and causes other damage to water quality and wildlife. You may call them lakes, but the more than 6,000 bodies of water in Sarasota County are all manmade and only operate at 40% to 60% efficiency in removing the excess nutrients that contribute to water pollution. This new collaboration will help more neighborhoods upgrade their ponds and cost-share the improvements. It also will create and distribute a step-by-step pond enhancement guide, host educational focus groups, and do follow-up monitoring of pond enhancements. A very successful pilot pond program funded by a grant from philanthropists Ed Chiles and Elizabeth Moore helped enhance over a half-mile of pond shoreline in Manatee County communities last year. This unique effort and collaboration is helping to establish state-wide and national models that can be recreated in other communities. 

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[Grant]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Supports Project Partnership for Wellfield Park

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved a $60,000 grant from the Venice Endowment Fund to support field renovations at Wellfield Park in Venice. This partnership between the City of Venice, Sarasota County Government, and Gulf Coast Community Foundation will allow for the restoration of both Soccer Field #2 and the Letson Stadium Football Field. At their June 28 regular meeting, Venice City Council members supported moving forward with this important project, approving a $142,200 budget amendment to appropriate funds for the City’s portion of the work. This amount includes Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s grant. In the partnership, the City will be responsible for turf replacement and pest control treatment. “The City of Venice is very grateful for the opportunity to partner with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Sarasota County on the soccer and football field restoration project at Wellfield Park,” said Assistant City Manager James Clinch. “This partnership project will benefit two major youth sports organizations and hundreds of families in our community.” Sarasota County is responsible for sand, soil, laser grading, and all labor and onsite supervision and coordination of the projects. Total project cost is $162,200. “We are thrilled to partner with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the City of Venice on this exciting project and continue enhancing athletic fields in south county. This important collaboration will support generations to come and benefit kids in our community,” said Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Director Nicole Rissler. 


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[Retail]  Naples Soap Company is Downtown Wellen’s Newest Specialty Boutique

Naples Soap Company, known for its high-quality skin and hair care products made with natural and organic ingredients, is coming to Downtown Wellen. The publicly traded company, created by former nurse Deanna Wallin, joins a growing number of retail boutiques, restaurants, beauty services, and medical and professional offices in the developing downtown, the vibrant central hub and gathering place for Wellen Park and the region. With stores stretching from Naples to Destin, Naples Soap Company’s Downtown Wellen boutique is its 12th Florida location. It will feature a fun, inviting coastal design, tester products and a sink for customers to sample products.Naples Soap Company offers hundreds of products for body, face and hair free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol and other chemicals. Natural ingredients provide therapeutic and healing benefits, including CBD oil and hemp for pain relief. Its collection includes colorful soaps, bath and shower bombs, lotions, body butters, muscle balms, sea salt and sugar scrubs, and popular shampoo and conditioning bars that last longer than a bottle and reduce waste. Products feature hypoallergenic fragrances in Florida-inspired scents – juicy citruses, lime, coconut and ocean breezes. All Naples Soap Company skin and hair care products are made in the U.S., many of them handcrafted in Florida. Color is derived from natural sources like micas and clays or food-grade dyes. Loofahs are organic and sponges are sourced from Tarpon Springs. Packaging is kept to a minimum, with soaps, shower bombs, and shampoo bars displayed unwrapped. The company uses plastic-free or low-waste packaging that willdegrade whenever possible. To learn more about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Pictured: With stores stretching from Naples to Destin Naples Soap Companys Downtown Wellen boutique is its 12th Florida location.

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash , June 1 – July 2, Varies.

Johnny Cash was one of the most revered storytellers in American music. Now, his remarkable life story is told through his iconic songbook—from “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues” to “Country Boy” and “A Boy Named Sue.” With a cast of performers playing their own instruments, Ring of Fire takes audiences on a rousing adventure of love, faith, and struggle—told with the strength, humor, and authenticity that made Cash a music legend. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, and adapted from the Broadway production by Richard Maltby Jr. and Jason Edwards, will play June 1 - July 2, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Run Time is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Gompertz Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: When X Meets Y: American Revolution , July 2, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: When X Meets Y: American Revolution on Saturday, July 2 at 7:30pm. Inspired by one location and three random notes on the keyboard, the cast of FST Improv’s When X Meets Y weaves a story of love during the American Revolution. In the style of Hamilton, our cast of musical improvisers follows a band of colonialists as they try to fight the British… while falling in love at the same time.

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 31st Annual Siesta Key Fireworks , July 4, Varies.

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 31st Annual 4th of July Community Fireworks Celebration, will be held Monday, July 4th, at Siesta Beach. The fireworks show will launch at dusk at the Siesta Public Beach (948 Beach Road) and is free and open to the public. The event is held in partnership with Sarasota County and supported by many generous community sponsors. Fundraising efforts are now underway. All sponsorship packages of $500 and greater include reserved parking, VIP seating, complimentary beverages, light bites, and the best view on the beach! VIP area opens at 6:00 p.m. Patriotic music will be choreographed along with the display!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular at Marina Jack , July 4

Celebrate the July 4th holiday along the Sarasota bayfront by watching one of the best fireworks displays in Southwest Florida. This fireworks display over Sarasota Bay is organized by Suncoast Charities for Children in partnership with Marina Jack and produced by Pyrotecnico. Best viewing is from Bayfront Park near Marina Jack. For more information or to make your dinner reservation, contact Marina Jack at (941) 365-4232.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: "Waves & Wheels" Summer Party at Robarts Arena , July 9, 6pm-1opm

Suncoast Summer Fest presents the Waves and Wheels Party on Saturday, July 9 at Robarts Arena from 6pm to 10pm for $100 per person. The party will feature live music from Tampa Bay’s ultimate party band, Hurricane Shane Band, as well as an open bar, food stations, raffle prizes, and casino style gaming tables. For more information and registration, visit suncoastsummerfest.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Comedy Lottery , June 25 – July 30, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: Comedy Lottery Playing Through July 30 on Saturdays at 7:30pm. It’s the lottery where everyone wins! Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team of highly adaptable improvisers by selecting the night’s lineup from FST’s bucket of over 50 different improv games. Once the night’s games are chosen, our cast of funny people will be off to the races, spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. What will they come up with next? We have absolutely no idea. But one thing is for sure: every Saturday night, their destiny is in your hands.

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Maytag Virgin , June 29 – July 31, Varies.

A classic Southern love story. When the unflappable Jack Key moves in next door to the endearingly neurotic Lizzy Nash, sparks fly. Over time, neighborly nagging softens and a deeper connection emerges between the two high school teachers. As the leaves turn yellow and the months march on, kept secrets shake loose and the pair finds themselves facing the same question: how do you know when you’re ready to live, and love, again? Maytag Virgin by Audrey Cefaly will play beginning June 29, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run Time is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Keating Theatre

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Charity Poker Tournament at One-Eyed Jacks Poker Room , July 14, 6pm

The Charity Poker Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 14 at One-Eyed Jacks Poker Room, 4404 Bee Ridge Road. There will be a welcome reception at 6pm with complimentary appetizers, tournament welcome gift, and full cash bar. The tournament will begin at 6:30pm. The entry fee is $115 and all participants must pre-register. $500 will go to each top 5 winner.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch , January 2 – December 25, 10am-2pm

The Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch is home to more than 90 curated vendors of the region’s best food and flavors, located at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at Waterside Place. It’s your weekend destination for organic produce, meat, poultry, seafood, bread, pasta, juices and prepared foods. Stay up to date on vendors and events by visiting TheMarketLWR.com.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Limelight Market , April 23 – December 17, 10am-3pm

Every 3rd Saturday from 10-3 The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime opens their outdoor space for guest vendors, dog rescues, and live music. Check out the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar every Thursday - Saturday. Enjoy a delicious lunch and support local. Free, until you buy something amazing! 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Circus Arts Conservatory & The Ringling: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 10 – August 13, Varies.

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts. Some of the circus world’s most exciting acts have signed on for the annual show - a longtime partnership of the Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling - with performances presented over nine weeks this summer. The lineup for the Summer Circus Spectacular includes a wide range of acts, including duo lyra, adagio, hand balancing/contortion, rolla bolla, and more. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $18/adults, $12/children 12 and under. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for just an additional $5 – an incredible value for a full day’s entertainment. Go to Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399.

Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Free Beer for National Hot Dog Day , June 27 – July 2, 12pm-3pm

Hamlet’s Eatery wants you to celebrate their 2nd birthday with them on Saturday, July 2 from 12-3. It’s also National Hot Dog Day so they will have an array of specialty dogs available in regular and vegan hot dogs. Speaking of beer, it’s free! Live music by JSanti and you can visit the 40 creators and curators inside The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more info call 941-445-1938 or visit hamletseatery.com 

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