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SRQ DAILY Nov 16, 2022

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition

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"The Fall 2022 Edition of the Great Ice Cream Eating Championship was a giant success and big scoop of fun, too."

- Beaver Shriver, Co-founder, Rise and Nye's.

[Fundraising Event]  A Big Scoop of Smiles at The Rise and Nye's Great Ice Cream Eating Championship
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

Rise & Nye’s, the local coffee and ice cream shop run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted its second ice cream eating championship on November 12th in front of the shop at 1534 State St. in downtown Sarasota.

"The Fall 2022 Edition of Rise & Nye’s Great Ice Cream Eating Championship was a giant success and a big scoop of fun, too," according to Beaver Shriver, co-founder of Rise & Nye’s. Thirty adults and five youth “athletes” competed in a 3-minute ice cream eating sprint. The crowd was cheering, the ref was refereeing, the fog machine was fogging, all while the competitors were devouring double scoop cups of delicious house-made Rise & Nye’s ice cream.

Leila, the youth winner, polished off two-plus cups (there was an official weigh-off to break a tie), and Aaron the adult champ wolfed down seven double-scoop cups. “It was all very exciting and kind of frightening at the same time,” recalls Shriver.

Troy and Heidi from Crown Trophy of Sarasota donated a UFC-type champions' belt and a Mr. T-style bling chain for the trophies. And the winners received an array of fabulous prizes including Rise & Nye’s swag, and a dinner cruise for two on the Marina Jack II. And for the cherry on top, the youth winner gets to develop her own ice cream flavor with Chef Christian Nye, make the ice cream to sell at Rise & Nye’s and be a “Celebrity Scooper” for the ice cream’s debut.

This event serves as a fundraiser and awareness builder for Inclusion Revolution (TheInclusionRevolution.org), the supporting nonprofit for Rise & Nye’s. The next Great Ice Cream Eating Championship will be held at Rise & Nye’s on May 20, 2023 — better start training now! 

Pictured: Thirty adults, the maximum number allowed, participated in Saturday's contest. Photo courtesy of Rise and Nyes.

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[Hurricane Relief]  Sarasota Yacht Club Raises $151,800 for Hurricane Ian Relief

Sarasota Yacht Club is pleased to announce the result of its most recent SYC Cares initiative, raising funds for those affected by Hurricane Ian. To help address ongoing challenges, SYC Cares, the philanthropic arm of Sarasota Yacht Club, is donating $151,800 to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s “Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund.” The donation includes a one-to-one match from The Patterson Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Sarasota, partnering with the Community Foundation in this initiative. The SYC Cares fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The Community Foundation is partnering with its network of community foundations in Florida and the Southeastern United States to distribute funds to the areas of greatest need, prioritizing on the response and recovery efforts in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties. Distributions will take place through work with local nonprofits. 

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[Grand Opening ]  Local Non-Profit's Opening Sells Out with Keynote by Ashley Judd

Resilient Retreat, a new Sarasota non-profit providing free and confidential support for survivors of abuse, first responders and helping professionals, recently celebrated the pinnacle of its grand opening events: a sold-out luncheon with keynote speaker, actress and humanitarian Ashley Judd. Held on Thursday, November 3, this highly anticipated community event included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a VIP sponsor reception and a booking signing by Ms. Judd. More than 500 attendees joined together for a magnificent, tented luncheon on the retreat’s 84 acres of conservation land. The event included remarks by Resilient Retreat Founder and Board Chair Dr. Sidney Turner and Executive Director Lisa Intagliata, a live auction and a special keynote address by Ms. Judd, who spoke of her own personal story of healing and resiliency. The luncheon came on the heels of the non-profit’s recent Campus Building Dedication and Open House, which took place on Tuesday, October 18. Free and open to the public, the event drew a wide audience from the Greater Sarasota community. Event highlights included guided tours of the center’s new facilities, a sage ceremony and the placement of a time capsule. Attendees also experienced samplings from the center’s interdisciplinary programming, including neurofeedback, yoga, equine and animal therapies, art and music therapies and much more. In addition to its individual participant programs, Resilient Retreat provides community trainings on trauma for corporations, businesses, non-profits and non-governmental agencies. Immediately following Hurricane Ian, the team quickly ramped up its efforts with increased trainings to provide much-needed mental health support for community partners. These efforts included sessions for the community sponsored by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation and the Sarasota County School District, among others. 

Pictured: Keynote speaker, actress and humanitarian, Ashley Judd. Photo courtesy of Resilient Retreat.

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[Accreditation]  Lighthouse Staff Member Earns Specialized Accreditation for Client Employment Assistance

In an effort to provide exceptional service and support for those with vision loss, Judi Boylan, Vocational Rehabilitation Career Specialist with Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, has earned a new credential from the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). Ms. Boylan earned a certification in Professional Employment Services through the University of Georgia’s WorkWorks program, part of the university’s Institute on Human Development and Disability. WorkWorks web-based certificate program is designed for employment specialists and job coaches who assist persons with significant disabilities to direct their own support systems and to become successfully employed in careers of choice. Only 317 people nationwide carry this certification. In her role as the Vocational Rehabilitation Career Specialist, Ms. Boylan works with students with visual impairments and other, secondary disabilities, to use assistive technology to enhance their skills. She teaches job preparedness for entering the workforce, including but not limited to writing a resume and completing job applications, interview skills, digital footprint, and using social media professionally. Ms. Boylan, who has worked at Lighthouse since 2010, assists with employment placement as well as job coaching after clients are employed.  

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[Grant Awarded]  Florida Nonprofit Receives $15,000 Grant from The Human-Animal Alliance to Keep People and Pets Together

Lost Pet Services, Inc. (LPS) was honored to receive a $15,000 grant from The Human-Animal Alliance, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and further exploring the meaningful bond between humans and animals. The Human-Animal Alliance believes in the value of the human-animal bond, and the importance of keeping people and pets together. Lost Pet Services, Inc. (LPS) helps families in need to help prevent pet surrender during times of crisis. Lost Pet Services’ commitment to keeping pets and people together makes for stronger communities and eases the burden on local animal shelters. Besides reuniting thousands of lost pets through their huge Facebook following, LPS provides thousands of dollars in financial support to keep pets healthy, happy, and home where they belong. The LPS organization works hard to keep pets and their families together during times of crisis and natural disaster. The Human-Animal Alliance recognized this work and LPS was one of the first nonprofit organizations to receive one of their generous grants. The Human-Animal Alliance grant provides funding for Lost Pet Services’ pet reunification efforts. LPS has helped reunite over 150 pets following Hurricane Ian and provided medical funding for pets injured during the storm. The grant will also help support LPS’ routine medical care program; spay/neuter, vaccinations, routine medical cases, emergency temporary boarding, and pet supplies including pet food, litter, collars, leashes, beds and crates, ID tags, and microchips. To date, Lost Pet Services has provided over $160,000 in medical funding and helped reunite over 20,000 pets with their families in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. 

Pictured: Some of the families who have been helped by Lost Pet Services. Photo courtesy of LPS.

[Grant]  Discover Sarasota Tours Founder and CEO Hauser Recipient of American Express Grant

American Express, in partnership with Main Street America, recently named Discover Sarasota Tours Founder and CEO Tammy Hauser a recipient of its 2022 “Inclusive Backing” grant. Grants of $5,000 were awarded to 120 small business owners who identify as Native, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latinx, LGBTQ+, immigrants, or as refugees. These small businesses were selected with the help of community partners including: HIAS, the Hispanic Federation, Oweesta, and The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “I started Discover Sarasota Tours in 2018 as a love story to Sarasota to connect both tourists and locals to the area’s many communities and neighborhoods – a place rich in history, art and culture," said Tammy Hauser, founder & CEO of the trolly tour business. "Growing up with parents from Mexico and Germany, my multi-cultural identity really showed me how important it is to be able to bring communities together – and when moving to Sarasota that’s exactly what I wanted to do." Last year, American Express and Main Street America, created “Inclusive Backing”, a grant program to help underrepresented U.S. small business owners recover from the pandemic and grow their businesses. The program has provided educational resources and $1.65 million in grants to 330 U.S. small business owners from underrepresented communities. 

Pictured: Discover Sarasota Tours Founder and CEO Tammy Hauser.

[Donations]  Sheriff’s Office Announces 6th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce the sheriff’s office is hosting its 6th annual holiday toy drive benefitting the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program, and two new partner organizations. The initiative was launched in 2017 when the agency moved into its new headquarters facility on Cattleridge Boulevard in Sarasota. To date, with help from agency members, residents, local businesses, and organizations, the sheriff’s office has donated more than 10,000 gifts and $31,000 in gift cards to children enrolled in the GAL program over the last five years. Because of the event’s growing success, Sheriff Hoffman this year invited Teen Court of Sarasota and All Star Children’s Foundation to also take part in the initiative. There are currently more than 1,000 children throughout Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties who were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and, as such, are part of the GAL program. Teens enrolled in Teen Court are supported by the organization’s mission to create a second chance for at-risk youth, helping them make healthy choices through meaningful consequences, peer mentorship, and civic engagement. Finally, All Star Children’s Foundation exists to provide children in foster care with a secure environment where they feel valued, safe, and empowered. Because children and teens from all three organizations range in age from newborn to 18 with varying personal needs, the sheriff’s office focuses the initiative solely on toys and gift cards. Citizens are asked not to donate clothing or stuffed animals and ensure all donations are new and unwrapped. The collection period begins Thursday, December 1, and continues through Wednesday, December 14. Citizens can deliver gifts to the agency’s headquarters at 6010 Cattleridge Boulevard, Sarasota, every day between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. This year’s holiday toy drive also coincides with the agency’s annual open house on Saturday, December 10 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The first 500 attendees to deliver a new and unwrapped toy or gift card will receive a free sheriff’s office t-shirt, limited to one per person per gift. The sheriff’s office thanks the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Public Safety Department for again generously donating a holiday tree that will serve as the collection site for the toy drive. For more information, contact the agency’s Community Affairs Office at 941.861.4005. 

[Board Institute]  Applications Now Open for Winter 2023 Gulf Coast Board Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2023 Winter Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI). The online application and overview for the program are available at https://www.gulfcoastcf.org/gulf-coast-board-institute. This high-demand program is delivered through Gulf Coast’s Invest in Incredible consultants to active nonprofit board members in the Gulf Coast region. The deadline to apply for this governance training series is Sunday, December 11. The group will participate in training experiences on the following Fridays: February 17, February 24, and March 3, March 10, 2023 at Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s new Sarasota Philanthropy Center, 1549 State Street, Sarasota. Topics will include fundamentals of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities, and how to create a diverse, highly functioning, and engaged board. The training is led by certified consultants who are part of Gulf Coast’s Invest in Incredible nonprofit capacity-building initiative. Participants will be selected through a competitive process with the intent of creating a group of individuals with a variety of experiences. Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to serve as advocates for good board governance in current and future nonprofit board roles. Applicants are encouraged to be current, active board members at a nonprofit in the region, although prospective board members will also be considered. Because of strong demand for this high-quality training opportunity, applicants also must sign a commitment that they will attend all four days of training if selected. 

[Fundraising Event]  The Hermitage Raises More Than $265,000 at 2022 Artful Lobster

The Hermitage Artist Retreat raised more than $265,000 at the 2022 Hermitage Artful Lobster luncheon on Saturday, November 12. Now in its fourteenth year and this year marking the 20th Anniversary Season of the organization, this annual event raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s renowned artist residency program and expanded community programming initiatives. Proceeds from this year’s benefit will also be used to support campus repairs following the impact of Hurricane Ian. Over 200 guests attended the sold-out event, which took place outdoors beneath a large tent on the Hermitage’s historic beachfront campus and was co-chaired by Maryann Casey and Elizabeth Moore, with Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg as master of ceremonies. Michael’s On East served a plentiful barbeque and much-heralded lobster feast. 

Pictured: 2022 Hermitage Artful Lobster Co-Chairs Elizabeth Moore and Maryann Casey with Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg. Photo by Whitney Patton Photography/Hermitage Artist Retreat

[Grant Awarded]  Key Chorale Awarded $10,000 Grant From the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation

Key Chorale is pleased to announce a grant from the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation. “With the support we receive from the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation, we become all that much closer to our goals. We thank them for helping to be a driving force. We are most grateful for this generosity,” says Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins. This grant, managed through Wells Fargo Wealth Management, in the amount of $10,000, is instrumental in allowing Key Chorale to continue to deliver outstanding educational outreach programs. Key Chorale provides musical opportunities and experiences that will nurture and enhance the educational growth of students of all ages in a lifelong passion and pursuit of music. Director of Community Engagement, Johnette Cappadona says, “We thank The Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation for this support, and for their continued and constant support.”  

[Merger]  Project Pride SRQ and Sarasota Pride Merge to Enrich Support for Local LGBTQ+ Community

Project Pride SRQ has welcomed Sarasota Pride under its umbrella in a merger that celebrates more than three decades of LGBTQ+ activism, support, and community building. Building on mutual commitments to belonging and inclusivity, the unification of the two nonprofit organizations will enhance connections and capacity-building efforts for local LGBTQ+ community and allied partners throughout Sarasota County. As part of the merger, Project Pride will also host the annual Sarasota Pride event beginning in 2023. The merger was announced by longtime Sarasota Pride President, Cindy Barnes, at the 31st annual Sarasota Pride held on October 22 at J.D. Hamel Park. A local LGBTQ+ visionary, Barnes served as president for 12 years, though her involvement with Sarasota Pride stretches back more than 16 years. Under her leadership, the organization’s namesake event grew into a gathering that, most recently, brought together more than 50 local and regional businesses and hundreds of participants. At the 2022 celebration, Barnes was recognized for her dedication and service with an award presented by Project Pride President, Jordan Letschert, and Development Chair, Tony Boothby. Since 2019, Project Pride has celebrated and united Sarasota’s diverse community by providing social connection and support for LGBTQ+ people, businesses, and organizations. Throughout the year, Project Pride organizes safe, quality events that are open to everyone and produces educational, cultural, and entertainment events and activities to create a celebratory experience for the entire community. To learn more, visit www.ppsrq.org. 


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[Culture City]  Home Town Arts Guy
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

HOME TOWN ARTS GUY | Jim Shirley looks back on his time as Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota.

Take a sneak peek into the impact of Sarasota’s own Jim Shirley through this link, on our social media, or in the November edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 2 - Expressions , November 18 – November 19

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 2 - Expressions. November 18-19, 2022 at Sarasota Opera House. Featuring: Danses Concertantes (Company Premiere) Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Music by Igor Stravinsky. Dante Sonata (Company Premiere) Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, Music by Franz Liszt. Rhapsody - Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Sergei Rachmaninov. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: CoolToday Park Announce Second Annual Grilled Cheese Festival , November 19, 11am-6pm

CoolToday Park, the Spring Training Home of the Atlanta Braves, announce the return of the wildly popular Grilled Cheese Festival on November 19, 2022. The free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, November 19, from 11am-6pm, and will feature food trucks, a beer garden, live music, kids’ activities, and more. Parking is $5 per car. Each food truck will offer grilled cheese themed items along with their regular menu. Attendees can vote on their favorite grilled cheese items from these categories: Traditional, Meat Lovers, and Freestyle. Armbands will be issued to those aged 21+ for free beer samples. Craft and domestic beers will be available for purchase, along with a custom beer stein. On the Front Plaza lawn, kids’ activities will include face painting and a speed pitch game. Also on the Front Plaza will be a stage with live music, community booths, and the Braves Street Team. For more information on the Grilled Cheese Festival, or CoolToday Park, visit cooltodaypark.com.

CoolToday Park , 18800 South West Villages Pkwy Venice, FL 34293

[SOON]  SPORTS: Tournament Features Elite Female Baseball Players as the Original All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Passes the Torch to A New Generation of Female Athletes , November 19 – November 22

The Legends of Woman’s Baseball in America announces the inaugural All-American Woman’s Baseball Classic Tournament to be held at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida from November 19-22, 2022. The multi-day event will include a free baseball clinic for girls ages 5-18 coached by former MLB players and a championship female coaching team, on Monday, November 21st. Pro-level tournament competition will begin on Saturday, November 19th between four teams, each wearing replica colors of jerseys worn by the 1943 All- Americans. The event will culminate on Tuesday, November 22 with a championship tournament and awards ceremony. Our legacy sponsor Misdee Wrigley Miller, the granddaughter of Phillip K. Wrigley, founder of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), will throw out the first pitch of the championship game in his honor on Tuesday, November 22nd. Sixty of the nation’s elite woman athletes, many of whom are members of the prestigious Women’s Baseball World Cup, will showcase this generation’s major league-level talent while recognizing the women who paved the way before them. The tournament will pay homage to the League’s history by using the names of the original four teams – Peaches, Blue Sox, Belles, and Comets. Baseball is America’s pastime, yet it has passed women by. We believe that’s about to change. Timing is ripe to shine a light on equality, diversity, access, and inclusion. Every girl should have the opportunity to play baseball.

[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]  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]  : The Ringling - A Decade of Collecting , October 22 – January 22, Varied

A Decade of Collecting brings together a survey of artworks acquired for the permanent collection over the past eleven years. As the State Art Museum of Florida and a division of Florida State University, The Ringling’s collections are constantly expanding to provide our state and local community with access to current contemporary works in all media and thoughtful additions to our historic collections. Though the core of the collection has always been the works acquired by John and Mable Ringling, the museum’s holdings have been expanding ever since the State of Florida took full possession of the bequest in 1946. In the early years, these additions were mainly in pre-1800 European art and circus-related material, but over the second half of the 20th century, directors and curators also began acquiring works by modern and contemporary artists. A Decade of Collecting presents a unique snapshot of how The Ringling’s collection continues to evolve, allowing us to tell new stories of the past, present, and future. Visit ringling.org to plan your visit.

Museum of Art Searing Galleries

[SOON]  FOOD: Epicurean Greece Menu at Michael's On East , November 1 – December 1, Tuesday through Saturday evenings

On November 1st we launched the Epicurean Greece menu at Michael's On East: "The culinary team at Michael’s On East is challenged to create new dishes inspired by the world’s most exotic destinations each month. Join us to experience ever-changing, palate-pleasing global cuisine with Michael's Epicurean Adventures. The three-course dinner menu is available Tuesday through Saturday evenings for $42.95 per person." The menu includes: “Kasarma Seafood Saganaki” - Shrimp, Clams and Swordfish with Roasted Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Spinach, Gremolata Butter, Orzo Pasta, Toasted Goat Cheese, and Ouzo Flambé; and “Grande Bretagne Braised Baby Lamb Shank” - Braised Lamb Shank with Green Peas, Garbanzo Beans, Carrots, and Lemon Risotto.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Imagine Museum Offering Free Admission to Veterans and First Responders Through November , November 1 – November 30

The Imagine Museum, a contemporary glass art gallery located in downtown St. Petersburg, announced Tuesday that veterans, active-duty military, first responders and their immediate family members will receive free admission throughout November in recognition of National Veterans and Military Families Month. Located on Central Avenue, the museum plans to showcase its “Flight and Illusion” installation, a series of military-themed glass art created by Imagine Museum Founder Trish Duggan. Additionally, the museum features artwork created by Harvey Littleton, founder of the American studio glass movement and World War II Army Signal Corpsman. The Imagine Museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 5 p.m.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Medieval Fair , November 5 – November 27, 10am-5:30pm

SARASOTA MEDIEVAL FAIR Every Saturday and Sunday running November 5th-27th, 2022 at Woods of Mallaranny (29847 FL-70 E.Myakka City, FL 34251). Welcome one and all to four weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the 18th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair! Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, acrobatics, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch jousts and human combat chess tournaments! Listen to musical displays of powerful bagpipes and the heart pounding drums. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales. A full day of entertainment. You will not miss your favorite show as you stroll through the village as the shows repeat several times a day to adjust to your schedule. Get into the fun by wearing your favorite medieval or renaissance garb to feel part of the clan! For tickets visit www.sarasotamedievalfair.com Phone 1-888-303-FAIR (3247)

Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E. Myakka City, FL 34251

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: Movies For Heroes , September 13 – December 13, Varied

Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military. Active, Non-Active, Retired Personnel & their family are welcomed to join us once a month at 11am at Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch Cinemas starting in January of 2022 for a year of free movie screenings. 10% of the concession sales from these screenings will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Space is limited, reserve your tickets today. Location Burns Court Cinemas 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236.

506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar Open For Waterfront Dining On Thanksgiving Day , November 24, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Phillippi Creek is the perfect waterfront destination for gathering with family and friends. The award-winning Phillippi Creek restaurant will feature the regular menu with additional specials like fresh stone crabs, baked stuffed seafood, fresh steamed oysters, oysters on the half shell, and seafood boats for two along with a traditional Turkey Dinner for those craving the flavors of the holiday: oven roasted turkey, croissant sage andouille stuffing, sweet potato cobbler, broccoli au gratin, and sage gravy. For over 37 years, the “Creek” as locals like to call it, has been a favorite to gather for the freshest seafood, cocktails and daily specials for lunch and dinner. Large parties without reservations are welcome for al fresco dining or can enjoy one of the larger tables indoors. Prefer to dine at home? The Creek also offers family-style packages available for 4, 8 or 12 people. Pick up is Weds. Nov. 23 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Pre-order minimum of 48 hours in advance. Whether early lunch, late afternoon family meal, or a cozy dinner for two, Phillippi Creek is your destination to enjoy the holiday.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Holiday Celebration SPARCCles at SPARCC , December 6, 11:00 AM

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is celebrating the holiday season with “A SPARCCling Holiday Luncheon,” its annual event designed to collect toys and gift cards for SPARCC’s smallest survivors. This year’s luncheon will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Michael’s on East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota. Get in the spirit of the season and help spread good cheer! Guests will enjoy a fun-filled day complete with a delicious lunch, entertainment by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and much, much more. Bring unwrapped toys, gifts and gift cards for kids, teens and moms; bid on goodies from Sarasota’s most notable bakers in a spirited live auction, participate in a silent auction of amazing gift baskets, and purchase outstanding one-of-a-kind holiday decorations while helping the survivors and children SPARCC serves. Event Co-Chairs are SPARCC Auxiliary Members, Andrea Andrus and Maggie Shaw. All proceeds from the event help to support SPARCC’s free and confidential programs and services.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: An Evocative Exploration of the Mystical and the Royal , November 27, 4:00 PM

On Sunday, November 27, Key Chorale, violinist Daniel Jordan, sitarist Kanada Narahari, and The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company will take you on an unforgettable journey of the senses with Mystics & Kings. Works by James Whitbourn and Jake Runestad incorporate texts of luminaries and mystics laced with Indian soundscapes, invoking musical settings which are radiant, peaceful and luminous. Black composer Margaret Bonds’ rarely heard 1954 cantata The Ballad of the Brown King, sets texts by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes in styles of classical, jazz, gospel and calypso to tell the story of the journey to Bethlehem through the eyes of Balthazar, the dark-skinned king. The performance will take place: Sunday, November 27, 4:00 PM at the Sarasota Opera House. Tickets are $35-$45. For tickets, go to keychorale.org or call the box office at 941-552-8768.

[SOON]  MUSIC: FST's Family-Friendly Holiday Tradition, Deck the Halls, Returns with an All-New Show , December 3 – November 24, 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM on select dates

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is excited to bring children and their families the magic of the holiday season with the latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This interactive family-friendly, music-filled show celebrates everything that makes Hanukkah and Christmas in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families here on the Suncoast. This year, the festivities return with all-new sketches, all-new songs, and all-new memories ready for the making. Created by Sarah Durham and Caroline Saldivar, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays starting December 3 in FST’s Keating Theatre. “I love that Deck the Halls is a holiday tradition for families in our community,” said Caroline Saldivar, who is also FST’s Director of Children’s Theatre. “It is especially exciting to see children come back year after year and grow up right in front of our eyes in the audience. Our goal has always been to make FST’s Children’s Theatre Series a regular part of families’ lives and to have that at the holidays is just icing on the cake.”

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Classical, Classical with a Contemporary Twist, and Genre-Defying Acoustic Concerts in December , December 6 – December 15

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota will present three concerts in December: Double Feature with violinists Blake Pouliot – performing the Southeastern premiere of Derrick Skye’s “god of the gaps” – and Simone Porter on December 6 at the Sarasota Opera House; The 442s, a genre-defying St. Louis-based acoustic quintet, on December 13 at the Historic Asolo Theater; and Vision Duo, featuring award-winning musicians Ariel Horowitz, violin, and Britton-René Collins, marimba, on December 15 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. For more information and tickets, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202.

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