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SRQ DAILY Mar 2, 2023

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"Some people are nervous about going into the hive, but after about five minutes the nervousness goes away, and they are more comfortable, to the point where they can be around and hold the bees without fear."

- Chris Vasquez, Owner, Heritage Bee Farm.
 

[Baseball]  Jackson Holliday Makes His Grapefruit League Debut
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

Oh how much can change in a year. At this time last spring, Jackson Holliday was finishing up his senior year at Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This past weekend, the first overall pick in the 2022 MLB Amateur Draft made his Spring Training debut with the Baltimore Orioles, going one for three with a walk over two contests.

For context, a 19-year-old shortstop with less than a year of Minor League experience is not a common sight at big league camp. In fact, it’s a complete anomaly–non-roster invites (NRI) are typically reserved for upper level Minor Leaguers to compete for a chance at cracking the big league club’s 40-man roster–not a top draft pick just looking to get exposure. Spring Training itself is a cut throat business. For while the six-week stretch gives the incumbent Major League stars a chance to ease into the season, non-roster invitees are fighting tooth and nail to claw their way out of the Minor Leagues or worse – avoid being released altogether.

Jackson Holliday, however, is not your typical prospect. The son of seven-time All Star and four-time Silver Slugger Matt Holliday, the 6-foot-1 Jackson signed with the Orioles for $8.19 million, the largest signing bonus ever for a high school player and is ranked as the number 12 ranked prospect in all of baseball per MLB pipeline. After signing with the Orioles this past summer, Holliday made an instant impression, slashing .297/.489/.422 with one home run, five doubles and nine RBIs across 20 games in the Florida Complex League and Single-A Delmarva. Although Holliday isn’t expected to crack the Major League roster for a few more years and will be reassigned to Minor League camp in a matter of weeks, his presence in the Grapefruit League bodes well for his future with the Orioles. 

Image courtesy of Baltimore Sun.

[Bee Tours]  Heritage Bee Farm Shares the Buzz on Bees
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

For many people, venturing into a commercial bee hive appears daunting, but Chris Vasquez, the owner of Heritage Bee Farm, encourages everyone to explore the world of beekeeping through their Bee Farm Experience Tours. Vasquez began beekeeping as a hobby about 17 years ago, and the farm has grown to encompass 1,500 colonies, which he is eager to show off to guests. The tours, held at the farm’s main apiary in Myakka City, last about 1.5 hours and are conducted primarily outdoors.

“At the start of the tour, we spend time familiarizing the guests with everything related to bees, including beekeeping equipment and the products produced from a bee hive,” says Vasquez. “We try to educate them and express the importance of bees locally and across the world,” he adds. Following the introductory lesson, the guests suit up in protective gear to enter the hive. Vasquez notes that his honeybees are non-aggressive and pose little threat to humans, owing to the farm’s selective breeding process.10-20 frames of bees make up one colony, and a healthy hive houses thousands of individual bees. While visiting the hives, located outside, guests meet the queen bees, female worker bees and male drones. “Some people are nervous about going into the hive, but after about five minutes the nervousness goes away, and they are more comfortable, to the point where they can be around and hold the bees without fear,” he says, adding that all hive-related activity occurs with participants wearing protective gear.

Tour guides dispense facts about these important insects throughout the experience. Guests learn that the average worker bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey during its 45-day lifespan, highlighting the need for colonies with large, strong populations. They also discover that a bee will traverse a 3-mile radius to find nectar sources, a big journey for a small creature. The honeybees at the farm, which focuses on breeding non-aggressive queen bees for distribution across the country, serve as ambassadors for their species, whose behavior depends upon an individual bee’s genetic makeup. Following the hive experience, participants will either try their hand at bottling honey or delve into learning about queen bee breeding. Each tour ends with a chance to purchase products derived from the hive, including beeswax candles, lip balms and soaps, all handmade on the farm.

Visitors interested in pursuing beekeeping as a hobby often stay in touch with Vasquez and his team, who supply them with bees to populate their colony and offer helpful guidance. The farm offers tours for schools, and this year conducted a beekeeping outreach program in the Dominican Republic. Given the loss of 30-4 percent of bee colonies in recent years, Vasquez emphasizes the importance of knowing your beekeeper. “Supporting a local beekeeper by purchasing their products helps the community and its pollinators,” he adds.

Bee Farm Experience Tours are $45 per adult and $25 per child 12 and under. Contact the farm to book a tour and get pricing information for large groups. Heritage Bee Farm, 13339 MJ Rd, Myakka City, heritagebees.com. 

Pictured: A group learns about bees at Heritage Bee Farm. Photo by Kristen Vasquez.

[Arts & Entertainment]  St. Pete Contemporary Glass Museum Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Weekend Event Featuring Praises From Gov. DeSantis, Sen. Scott

The Imagine Museum of Contemporary Glass Art held its annual Fire and Light event on Saturday, celebrating its fifth anniversary while bestowing awards to some of the most prominent glass artists in the world. Held at its Central Avenue location, the event saw more than 250 people—including 30 glass artists from around the globe—gather to celebrate the museum’s half-decade of inspiring museumgoers in the region. This event was the first in a series of anniversary celebrations planned for 2023. Additionally, Imagine Museum awarded two international artists with the museum’s coveted Artist of the Future award, handed to world-renowned glass artists garnering critical acclaim internationally. This year, Ms. Duggan awarded Wilfried Grootens of Germany and Vladimira Klumpar of the Czech Republic. Held in collaboration with Habatat Galleries Michigan, the Fire and Light event allowed attendees to peruse yet-to-be-seen galleries, enjoy live music and hors d'oeuvres, and converse with glass artists from around the world. The celebration also drew acclaim from two prominent Florida dignitaries: Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Rick Scott. Recommended as one of the “Top Ten Attractions in St. Petersburg” by Trip Advisor, Imagine Museum is located at 1901 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL. For more information on the Imagine Museum’s upcoming events, visit www.ImagineMuseum.com.  

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[Fundraising Event]  Embracing Our Differences Raises Record-Breaking $248,000 at Annual Luncheon

“I am a senior at Sarasota High School and an officer of our Coexistence Club. On paper, I am the perfect student. I have a 4.5 GPA in the AICE honors program; I am in five clubs, for two of which I serve as a student leader. I swam for my varsity team for two years, work five shifts a week as a server, and I have a good social life. But behind the perfect student there is a self-hating, stress ball of a person who just wants to relax.” This is how 17-year-old Lucia Warren began her speech to a sold-out crowd of more than 430 guests at Embracing Our Differences 20th anniversary Annual Luncheon at Michael’s On East on February 17. Warren explained how deeply meaningful EOD’s educational programs have been for her. A recent breakthrough came when she participated in EOD’s Unity Day initiative, during which she was able to share her struggles with other participants. The support she received was beyond heartwarming—it was positively inspirational. As Warren put it, “Without this experience I don’t think I would have found the courage to take a step back from my overwhelming life, step out from behind my mask, and dare to be my vulnerable self.” Other students joined Warren on stage in moving testimonies of how EOD’s programs have propelled them forward in their lives.

The “Embracing Kindness” exhibition opens in Butler Park in downtown North Port on March 22, with a free opening event on Saturday, March 25, noon to 3 p.m. The event features music by Monkey Finger, food trucks, and kid-friendly activities. For more information about Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710, or visit www.embracingourdifferences.org. 

Pictured: Student speakers Sarai Castro, Jennica Charles and Lucia Warren gave heartfelt testimonies at Embracing Our Differences’ 2023 Annual Luncheon. Photo by Cliff Roles.

[Adult Learning]  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College Announces its Spring Semester: March 13-May 5, 2023 Registration Now Open

Registration is open for the 2023 spring semester at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Ringling College, which offers noncredit educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. The semester, which runs March 13-May 5, 2023, features more than 45 courses, lectures, and special presentations covering a wide variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, history, music appreciation, health, literature, philosophy, religion, and science. Semester highlights include Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen; Writing Your Story: Two Pages at a Time; Science Wednesdays; and a free, special program, Warriors of Sarasota: The Interconnections of Diasporic Roots and Identity. Classes are offered at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; and online via Zoom. To register, or for more information about becoming an OLLI member, visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org or call 941-309-5111.  

Pictured: OLLI at Ringling College offers a variety of courses for adults. Courtesy of Ringling College.

[Recognition]  SMH Named Among World’s Best Hospitals

Sarasota Memorial Hospital was recognized among the world’s best hospitals today in Newsweek and Statistica Inc.’s fifth annual global ranking of hospitals. The global rankings released today by Newsweek, in collaboration with market research company Statista Inc., recognize approximately 2,300 medical institutions across 28 countries, including 440 hospitals in the United States and 16 in Florida. The SMH-Sarasota campus has made the prestigious list five years in a row, since the global rankings began in 2018. It is the only hospital in southwest Florida to make the list, which is based on patient care quality metrics as well as surveys of patients, physicians and hospital staff. While all hospitals have been challenged by the pandemic, what sets the world’s best hospitals apart from others is consistency, said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor-in-Chief for Newsweek. Relatively few hospitals can maintain what it takes to deliver world-class care, year in and year out, she said, especially with rising costs, aging populations and a medical workforce exhausted from battling a global pandemic. Newsweek releases the list each year to help consumers discover leading hospitals—close to home and around the world—shaping the future of medicine. Besides the United States, other countries in the global study include Germany, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. The 2023 World Best Hospital rankings are published online at: https://www.newsweek.com/rankings/worlds-best-hospitals-2023. 



[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]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks at the Bishop , January 11 – March 18, During museum hours

Get inspired to create your own ‘towers of tomorrow’ with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks available in hands-on construction areas. Young and old will be limited only by their imagination as they add their creations to a steadily rising futuristic LEGO® metropolis inside the exhibition. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Silent Sky , January 19 – March 5, Varied

At the turn of the 20th century, years before women had the right to vote, one woman’s breakthrough changed our perception of the stars. Full of wonder, humor, and heart, SILENT SKY is the remarkable true story of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the pioneering women astronomers working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. You will be enthralled by the story of this extraordinary woman who took on the astronomy establishment in order to discover the mysteries embedded in the sky. Henrietta transcended the odds while navigating love, family, and the universe, going on to make a world-altering advancement to the field of astronomy that forever changed our view of the cosmos.  Written by one of today’s leading playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, this mesmerizing drama is directed by Seema Sueko, who recently brought this work to life at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  THEATER: Network at Florida Studio Theatre , January 25 – March 19, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is proud to present Network, a fast-paced drama following the downward spiral of Howard Beale, a longtime news anchor who has worked at a television network, UBS, for 25 years. When Beale learns that he is being fired for poor ratings and low viewership, he unravels live on air during his final broadcast. As a result, his show’s ratings soar, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on television. Seeing Howard as a new populist prophet, UBS decides to leverage Howard’s newfound popularity to boost its bottom line. Network begins playing January 25, 2023, in FST’s Gompertz Theatre. Single tickets to Network range from $25-39. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Art Center Sarasota: Same Source , February 2 – March 11

The Same Source exhibit by Luca Molnar uses various media to explore the connection between historical figures and personal mythologies. The exhibit highlights the connection between private life, domestic spaces and memory. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Molnar will participate in an artist talk via Zoom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs from Feb. 2 to March 11. To learn more, visit artsarasota.org or call 941-365-2032. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place , February 8 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fun at Waterside Place during Ranch Nite Wednesdays. The event features food trucks, live music, a night market, a vintage mobile bar and cornhole. Visit lakewoodranch.com to learn more. Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursday at Sarasota Art Museum , February 9 – June 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Last Match at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 22 – March 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents the Regional Premiere of The Last Match by Anna Ziegler, a fast-paced play diving into the intense world of professional sports. Set during the semifinals of the U.S. Open, The Last Match follows Sergei Sergeyev, an up-and-coming Russian phenom, and Tim Porter, a great American superstar in the twilight of his career, during one of the most important matches of their careers. Called “Exceptional” and “Highly Engaging” by the Wall Street Journal, The Last Match begins playing February 22 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab. Single tickets range from $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Palmetto Heritage Festival , March 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Saturday, March 4th, from 10 am to 1 pm, Palmetto will celebrate its history during their Heritage Festival at Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto. This FREE event will feature a park open house and activities for the whole family. The 1880 Heritage Station Post Office will be operational, so bring your stamped mail! Guided tours of the park buildings will take place at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30. The Agricultural Museum will be launching their new logo and will have giveaways for visitors, first come, first served. There will be a giant paint-by-number logo for visitors to paint along with contests, activities, and crafts throughout the grounds. Word of Mouth BBQ will be on site with delicious food available for purchase. Dairy Days of Manatee County, a new exhibit featuring Manatee County’s dairy industry, will open during Heritage Festival. From historic dairies of by-gone days to currently producing dairy farms, you will learn about local dairies and the innovations that changed the industry. Children’s learning activities are included in the exhibit. For more information, call 941-721-2034 or email agriculturalmuseum@manateeclerk.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , April 20 – April 24, Various times

The 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival will return for its 16th year. The Festival is scheduled for April 20-24, 2023 and offers a world-class weekend of winemaker dinners, interactive wine seminars and wine tastings that culminates with the alfresco Grand Tasting event at The Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. Guests will savor delicious dishes presented by over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group and sample from a collection of more than 300 unique wines from across the globe. There will be live musical entertainment and an expansive silent auction of rare and collectible wines and experiences. Due to the unprecedented demand this year, there are three available ticket levels: VIP, early access and general admission. For more information on Forks and Corks and to purchase tickets, visit EatLikeALocal.com. Follow Forks and Corks on Facebook and Instagram.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience by Compass Rose History Experiences , February 25 – April 22, 3:30 p.m.

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies will navigate attendees on a journey back in time down Main Street as we explore the resilience of the Sarasota community during the Great Depression and World War II. Locals and visitors alike will find inspiration from the stories of the people and places of Sarasota's past. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. Visit CompassRoseHistory.com to purchase your tickets or to learn more about Compass Rose History Experiences.

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