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SRQ DAILY Oct 24, 2022

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"You can almost become a donor for the price you just pay for the tickets up north."

- Marjorie Floyd, Coldwell Banker Realty

[Real Estate]  Money Magazine Spotlights Arts Value to Real Estate
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Money Magazine is the latest national outlet to spotlight Sarasota as a great place to live and buy a home. And of note, it’s not just beaches and good weather that landed the community on the list.

Sarasota made it onto the publication’s “50 Best Places to Live in the U.S.,” clocking in at No. 43. While the “sandy stretches of Siesta Key” earned high mention, a write-up in the magazine spends more time on cultural assets like The Ringling Museum’s Peter Paul Rubens collection and the Maria Selby Botanical Garden’s orchids and bromeliads.

“Art fans won’t feel out of place, either. Sarasota boasts the Ringling Museum, a museum built by circus operator John Ringling and his wife in the 1920s. Styled after the Uffizi in Florence, Italy, the museum is home to pieces from artists like Peter Paul Rubens as well as a massive courtyard filled with bronze cast statues — including a replica of Michelangelo’s David,” reads the write-up by Money Magazine’s Julia Glum.

That’s no shock to local real estate professionals, who say the metropolitan elements found in a small city are what sets Sarasota apart from other coastal communities around the nation. 

Marjorie Floyd, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty who also has worked in marketing for several cultural institutions, said the arts are increasingly a part of Sarasota’s national brand. She put together a presentation in September for Coldwell Banker professionals after the office surpassed a billion in sales, and that showed how the buyers interested in such amenities also prove to be high value customers.

“It’s easy and affordable to enjoy the arts here,” Floyd said. “If you have been in New York, Chicago, Boston or San Francisco, to enjoy a dinner and try to go to a show at the orchestra, ballet, opera or theater is an expensive endeavor. Here, it’s not a hassle. It’s not uber-formal. It’s easy to appreciate and enjoy the arts. You can almost become a donor for the price you just pay for the tickets up north.”

And you get a good show too. Floyd noted companies for the Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Ringling, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — the “big six” as she describes them — have developed a national reputation, and many of the arts professionals working within those institutions have gone on work in major markets, demonstrating the potency of the local talent pool. Groups also often perform under the Sarasota banner whether at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in New York or at venues in wealthy markets like Martha’s Vineyard.

Many visit the area to see the major organizations, but Floyd said there also are numerous ancillary organizations or small groups the feed the same appetite for culture, and pointed to the Perlman Music Program, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and other outfits for developing loyal followings. That actually means arts lovers in Sarasota can see cutting edge work sometimes before anyone else in the country.

“Sarasota is a small town filled with big people,” she said. “A lot of people who could choose to live anywhere choose to live here. It creates a really interest vibe here of wealthy, creative people, and also just creative people like students and teachers.”


Image courtesy Visit Sarasota: Florida Studio Theatre at sunset.

[Property Sale]  Longboat Key's Most Expensive Sale, YTD - $11.5 Million

A one-of-a-kind coastal retreat with over 175 feet of direct beach frontage has sold for $11.5 million — the highest-priced residential sale year-to-date on Longboat Key. The nearly 10,000-square-foot residence is the ultimate relaxing hideaway — complete with the finest interior appointments and unrivaled Gulf of Mexico views. Located at 3105 Gulf of Mexico Drive, the property was marketed exclusively by Joel Schemmel of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Downtown Sarasota office. Walls of windows and multiple terraces take full advantage of the idyllic waterfront location, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living. Guests are welcomed through a grand foyer with a three-story curved staircase that showcases the vast, open floor plan. Designed for entertaining, the main level has it all — from a two-story great room with polished limestone tile and a stunning aquarium to a chef-inspired kitchen, butler’s pantry, wet bar and formal dining room. The third floor is appointed with an ultra-private master suite, thoughtfully designed with dual baths, custom closets and seating areas. There are four additional en suite bedrooms, including a fully equipped guest suite with a kitchenette and living area. A stunning sky lounge is the perfect perch for sunset views. Outside, a tropical resort paradise awaits, with an infinity-edge saltwater pool and spa as well as a water slide that begins at the rooftop deck. The pool level is crafted with an array of amenities, from a kitchenette with custom cabinetry to a pool bath and an abundance of seating areas. The property is also equipped with a seven-car temperature-controlled garage, a three-stop commercial-grade elevator, whole-home automation system, generator and mature tropical landscaping.


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[Careers for Women]  Women's Resource Center Presents: Careers in Trucking

Although trucking has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, more and more women are choosing professional truck driving as a career. Between 2010 and 2019, the number of women truck drivers in the U.S. increased by 68 percent. Lucrative pay packages, travel opportunities, and autonomy on the job are just some of the reasons more women are embracing this career. Area residents can learn more about the trucking industry at the Women’s Resource Center’s free online session, "Careers in Trucking.” Speakers include Alix Miller, president and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association; Tra Williams, owner and president of Fleetforce Truck Driving School; and Annabelle Fernandez, a talent acquisition specialist for Argos, a local company that creates cement construction products and has driver positions available. The event is part of the Women’s Resource Center’s Career Connections program, which links women to quality jobs, educational opportunities, and funded training programs. The free session is November 9, at noon.  

To register click here.

[Recognition]  Local Business a Finalist for National Award From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota business, Children’s World Uniform Supply, d/b/a Children’s World & Business World has been named a finalist for a national award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
As a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Start. Run. Grow. week, the chamber hosts the Dream Big awards. These awards were created to celebrate small business success and contribution to the American economy. This year, over 10,000 businesses were involved with the awards, with a record 3,000+ applications completed.These businesses were boiled down to 27 finalists being named in 8 different categories. Children’s World was named one of three finalists for the Community Support and Leadership Award. It was one of two finalist businesses from Florida. Tom Sullivan, Vice President of Small Business Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting America’s small businesses and their ability to grow, innovate and drive our economy. We are proud to host the Dream Big Awards and celebrate the very best in American small business.” While Children’s World did not come home as winners the category, owners Cynthia & Tim Holliday werethrilled to be named one of the three finalist and be able to participate in the event and rountables the next day with amazing business owners from all over the country at the chamber office in Washington D.C. earlier this week. Cynthia said: “We have always believed in ‘supporting the community that supports us’, and to be recognized for that at this level is very humbling”. Children’s World supports many local non-profits throughout the year. It is currently collecting item for hurricane Ian relief and will soon start its annual Toys for Tots collection, where it has been the largest collection site for that for many years. 

[Accreditation Given]  HCA Florida Blake Hospital Earns Accreditation From the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers of the American College of Surgeons

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has accredited the Center for Breast Health at HCA Florida Blake Hospital. To earn this, a breast center must show high standards in leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement for patients. As an NAPBC-accredited center, the team of caregivers at HCA Florida Blake Hospital shows they are committed to excellence in comprehensive, patient-centered care. Patients receiving care have access to: comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services, a team approach to coordinate the best treatment options, information about ongoing clinical trials, new treatment options, support groups, rehabilitation services, and survivor support.  

[Sarasota Gulf Coast Homes With Keller Williams On ]  Women Who Roar Nominee 2023 - Laura Rode

I BEGAN MY CAREER IN REAL ESTATE IN 2014. I was a new mom hungry to build a good life for myself and my family. I can remember showing property with my son in a baby carrier on my back, for about 3 years. In 2018 my husband Matt joined me in real estate and we both jumped in full-time and began to build a team. We started by developing systems and processes geared towards delivering the highest quality of service to our clients. There were many hours of coaching, several real estate conventions a year and a huge sacrifice on our family time in order to achieve this. These systems and processes, once developed, attracted many sales associates to our team and we grew rapidly from a team of 3 into a multi-million dollar real estate company and a team of 24, in just 4 years. In 2021 our team was named the #1 Keller Williams Team in Sarasota and Manatee County and #2 in the entire North Florida region. In 2022 we launched our agent mentor program allowing our top producing agents the ability to grow as leaders while supporting others in the industry. In 2023 we plan to launch our own charity focusing on providing life and business coaching to young adults in the Sarasota area.

SARASOTA GULF COAST HOMES WITH KELLER WILLIAMS ON THE WATER SARASOTA 1549 Ringling Blvd. Floor 6, Sarasota, FL 34236 - 941 724 9957 - Laura.Rode@kw.com - sarasotagulfcoastrealtors.com Instagram: SarasotaGulfCoastHomes - Facebook: SarasotaGulfCoastHomes  

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[Season Preview]  Journeys to Places Known and Unknown
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

JOURNEYS TO PLACES KNOWN AND UNKNOWN | First exhibition dedicated to video and digital media.

Get a first glimpse into Sarasota Art Museum (SAM)’s exhibition of Moving Images by Janet Biggs and peter campus through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

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[Season Preview]  Voices | Rising Choreographers
Abby Weingarten

VOICES RISING CHOREOGRAPHERS | Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) is stepping forward with confidence into its 17th Mainstage Season, Reclaim.

See more about how SCD will open its 17th season through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Secret Marriage , October 28 – November 12, Varied

The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto) An opera in two acts. Sung in Italian with translations in English. Music by Domenico Cimarosa and Libretto by Givovanni Bertati. Tells the story of a social-climbing father who wants his eldest daughter to marry an aristocrat and is prepared to buy his way in. When the would-be suitor arrives, his eye falls on the younger daughter instead. But she has secretly married her father’s clerk. Although not often performed, this delightful comic opera was such a hit at its premiere, that the audience insisted on an encore, of the entire opera! (61 N. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 Ph. 941-328-1300 Email boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org) October 28th-November 12th

Sarasota Opera

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: The Rocky Horror Picture Show , October 28, 10:00pm

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas will be screening "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on October 28th. The Evening kicks off at 10:00pm with A Costume Contest with the Winner receiving a $50 Gift Card to Sarasota Film Society.  Come Dressed in your Ghoulish Best. The Screening of the film starts at 10:30pm.  Enjoy the film with BOGO Beer & Wine Specials. Tickets for this event are $30 each which inclues Ticket to the Film, Popcorn, Soft Drink & Choice of Candy. Tickets must be purchased in advanced online.  Last Day for sales will be October 25th at 5pm. For more info Ph. (941) 955-3456, filmsociety.org.

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas , 10715 Rodeo Drive #8 Sarasota, FL 34202

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Art Center: Pets! , November 2 – November 20, Varied

Pets! November 2 – 20, 2022. This critically-acclaimed musical revue consists of 22 musical scenes dealing with the very special relationship between people and their pets. It’s clever, user-friendly and suits audiences of all ages. Cats, dogs, mice, turtles, iguanas, parakeets and other species are having the times of their lives. The scenes range from a dog hungrily eyeing his owner’s bagel in “There’s a Bagel on the Piano'' to the hilarious, harried Rumanian dog walker in “I Walk Ze Dogs.” For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Guys and Dolls , October 5 – November 20, Varied

A Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls tells the story of New York City gambler Nathan Detroit, who dreams of setting up a big dice game while avoiding the authorities—and marriage to his longtime fiancée. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Sky Masterson ends up wooing a strait-laced missionary in a scheme to fund the game. WBTT will add its own special twist to this crowd-pleasing show! Performances run October 5th-November 20th, 2022. For more information visit westcoastblacktheatre.org, Ph. 941-366-1505, Box Office questions email boxoffice@westcoastblacktheatre.org

The Donelly Theatre , 1012 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: URBANITE THEATRE: The Burdens , October 21 – November 27, Varied

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden. Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face. LOCATION 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236 CONTACT (941) 321-1397 info@urbanitetheatre.com www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Secret World of Og , November 5 – November 6, 11/05 at 5:00PM, 11/06 at 12:00PM

Sarasota Youth Opera will perform the operatic adaptation of the well-known children’s book by Canadian icon Pierre Berton.  Discover the classic story of a group of siblings who venture into the dark subterranean world of the Ogs to rescue their baby brother and cat.  This story has been a favorite with Canadian children since its publication in the 1960s. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236. For tickets visit www.sarasotaopera.org/tickets-events or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave.Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Night of R&B and Jazz with Nu Jazz , November 5, 7:30pm

NuJazz is a contemporary jazz band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area. They play hits from many artists in the genre such as The Rippingtons, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Boney James and many more. NuJazz is led by Dr. Melvin Price, a local Foot & Ankle Surgeon with MCR Health. Along with accomplished musicians Eric Enfield, Ron Ross, Corey Ross, Gregg Jordan, Keith Allenand Veola Drain. NuJazz brings your favorite R&B tunes to a new level with a jazz twist. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Friendsgiving - Dessert and Wine Auction , November 5, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Save the date for Friendsgiving, a Dessert and Wine Auction to benefit local shelter animals on November 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Elks Lodge #1511, 2511 75th St. West Bradenton. Delectable desserts made by professional bakeries and gift baskets will be available by live and silent auction. There will be a wine raffle, lite bites and a cash bar. Free to attend. Proceeds benefit: Grace and Friends Medical Fund, Heal My Heart treating heartworm positive dogs, Slumber Fund for dog beds, Traveling Paws transporting dogs to northern forever homes, Enrichment and Food for Ferals. 

Elks Lodge

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Orchid Show 2022 , October 15 – December 4, 10 AM – 5 PM

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids in “The Orchid Show 2022: Capturing the Perfect Shot.” This immersive, photography-themed exhibition features innovative horticultural vignettes with hundreds of orchids in flower in the Tropical Conservatory and large-format photos of rare orchids from the Gardens’ own collection in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. On view through December 4 at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , October 27 – October 29, Varied

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW October 27th-29th. The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the 6th annual Legend of Sleepy Hollow at The Sarasota Polo Club. This family-friendly, spooky, festive play about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in America, the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween Favorite in Sarasota. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, no seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately/protect yourself from the sun. For Tickets:  https://www.theplayers.org/events-calendar/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-2/ The Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240">

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW October 27th-29th. The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the 6th annual Legend of Sleepy Hollow at The Sarasota Polo Club. This family-friendly, spooky, festive play about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in America, the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween Favorite in Sarasota. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, no seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately/protect yourself from the sun. For Tickets:  https://www.theplayers.org/events-calendar/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-2/ The Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

The Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

[SOON]  HEALTH: KW Suncoast Wellness Day and FREE flu shots , October 25, 12:30-3pm

Join the KW Suncoast office for Wellness Day from 12:30-3PM! We will be having some wellness specialists come in from yoga, chiropractic, reflexology, acupuncture, Arbonne, and Optavia! Walgreens will be here to administer flu shots. Bring your friends and family--we want to protect as many people as possible! The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for flu shots is required. The event will be held at the KW Suncoast office 4152 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34211. Questions? Call or text 941-799-1275. Register for flu shots here https://wagsoutreach.com/schedulerLanding.

[SOON]  HEALTH: KW Suncoast Hokus Poke-Us Blood Drive & Halloween Fun , October 24, 11AM - 5PM

Join us for a day of frightful fun hosted by KW Suncoast! We need 18 ghouls ready to gush for a good cause! Oneblood will be here at 11AM to drain our veins! Supplies are low and we desperately want your blood. Donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, a Halloween t-shirt, and a wellness checkup! Sign Up Here to Donate Blood: https://donorportal.oneblood.org/donate-now/donation-centers-list-select-time?driveID=1203607. From 3-5PM will be an especially spirited time with to die for BOO-ze sponsored by The Andrews Insurance Agency and "dead finger" foods courtesy of Len's Roofing and Supreme Lending! Seize the day and kill the costume contest! The event is free and open to the public at the KW Suncoast office 4152 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Bradenton, FL, 34211. Questions? Call or text 941-799-1275.

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