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SRQ DAILY May 1, 2023

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"It doesn't cost a ton of money to be able to just throw things at the wall and test things."

- Diana Doukas, Meta

[Digital]  Meta Focuses on Florida Small Business
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Consumers were already shifting their purchases online before the pandemic, and that only accelerated afterward. In the meantime, social media platforms steadily increased involvement with small business owners in making sure they can meet potential clients where they are online.

Meta, the corporate entity behind Facebook and Instagram, has tracked since 2020 the way businesses use the platforms' own business tools. The company published data last week showing advertising tools on its platforms were linked to businesses providing 170,000 jobs and generating $22.6 billion in Florida alone. Diana Doukas, Public Policy Manager for Economic Opportunity at Meta, spoke to SRQ exclusively about the significance in spurring small business growth in the state.

“There's a lot of ways to make your dream of being a small business work,” Doukas said, “and we hope to be even just a small part of that."

It’s Small Business Week through May 5, prompting the massive Meta to remind entrepreneurs it can be a partner to the smallest of companies. Doukas noted many of the services and tools available on the platforms have little or no cost, which is especially valuable for startups. Since use of the platforms is completely free to most casual users, that provides an instant audience for targeting marketing efforts.

“These small businesses, they're entrepreneurs, they're passionate. They're also coming up with really amazing ideas, sometimes on the spot, and say, ‘you know what I have this idea, I'm going to test it out,’” she said.

“Free platforms like Facebook and Instagram are a really easy way to test that because again it's a lower barrier to entry, right? It's the platforms are free. It doesn't cost a ton of money to be able to just throw things at the wall and test things, especially if you're thinking about targeted advertising. Or you can use our organic reach tools for free.”

While Meta employs some 86,000 people, most of the companies on the platform are small. In Florida, that’s especially true. The latest survey results show 96% of Florida businesses on Facebook are small- or medium- sized. That’s a higher percentage than like-sized states like New York (95%) and regional neighbors like Georgia (94%).

Defying conventional wisdom about how mom-and-pop shops make money, the survey shows 36% of those small businesses make a quarter of their sales digitally, and 26% of business owners say online business increased when they started using digital marking tools. Some 56% of business owners say they communicate directly with customers through digital tools.

While marketing and messaging are among the more visible tools, Doukas said there’s other support for entrepreneurs available as well.

The survey results show 41% of businesses using the Meta platforms are minority-led and another 41% are led by women. Doukas noted Meta has specialized support for entrepreneurs in the category providing both mentorship and a community in which to bounce ideas. Meta Elevate focuses on Black- and Hispanic-owned businesses, while SheMeansBusiness is geared to support women entrepreneurs.

Meta also reaches out directly to regional business groups to race awareness of the always growing set of tools available to businesses.

“For at least over a decade, we've been running programs that make it more intuitive and easier for businesses to use the platform,” Doukas said. “Technologies change all of the time. Resources change. We have programs that will literally crisscross the country, and show up in local communities and put on half-day trainings to say, hey, business community, we have a new tool or this is how to better refine how you're using the targeted advertising tools. Or here's what Reels are, and this is how you can monetize them and use them for your business.”

About 21% of Florida businesses using the Meta platforms offer formal training for employees in the form of internships and apprenticeships. The company also has its own training resources available online to show businesses how to better use its tools. 

Graphic by Jacob Ogles. Data from Meta.

[Speaker Event]  Hear Live From Nikki Fried, Florida Democratic Party Chair

The newly elected Chair of the Florida Democratic Party will tell us how she plans to rebrand our state party and transform it into a more engaged political powerhouse for 2024. A fighter for Democratic causes, Nikki was recently arrested in Tallahassee for protesting the legislation that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Following Nikki we will hear from special guests Daniel Kuether, Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair, and Evelyn Almodovar, Manatee County Democratic Party Chair. Q/A to follow the presentation. 

Click here to register.

[New Hire]  Andrew R. Marsh Joins Shumaker Broker-Dealer Litigation and Arbitration Team

Shumaker, one of the largest law groups in the United States working with the brokerage industry, has added Associate Andrew R. Marsh to its Litigation and Disputes Service Line, where he is a member of the Broker-Dealer Litigation and Arbitration Team. Andrew works with financial firms and financial advisors, and he is part of a teamthat advises employees and financial institutions regarding compliance with—as well as breach and enforcement of—Restrictive Covenants, including covenants not to compete, customer non-solicitation, and confidentiality. Prior to joining Shumaker, Andrew attended New England Law in Boston, where he concentrated on business law and litigation and received his compliance and risk management certification. He received his B.A. from Boston University, where he was on the Varsity Men’s Rowing Team. 

[New Homes]  New Homes Underway at Pulte Homes New Arbor Oaks Community in North Port

 Pulte Homes, one of the nation’s most recognized and trusted brands in homebuilding for 70 years, has unveiled the 12 consumer-inspired home designs to be offered in Arbor Oaks, the homebuilder’s newest active resort-style neighborhood of 341 single-family homes in The Woodlands area of North Port. Pulte has also started construction of four professionally designed model homes that will illustrate the flexibility and personalization opportunities available to homebuyers in the new Arbor Oaks community. The model homes are expected to open in Fall 2023. Nestled within a serene 190 acres offering water, wetland preserve and landscape views, Arbor Oaks is the third PulteGroup community in The Woodlands, alongside Centex’s Cedar Grove and Del Webb’s Cypress Falls. The Woodlands offers a sought-after location close to the Sarasota region’s shopping, dining, entertainment, world-class golf courses, outdoor recreation, and the region’s famous white-sand beaches. Arbor Oaks offers three collections of homes – the Scenic, Distinctive and Echelon series – on three sizes of homesites. Single-story floor plans cater to an array of lifestyles and feature two to four bedrooms, up to four-and-a-half baths and 1,405 to 3,000 square feet of indoor living space. The four model homes will showcase Pulte’s signature quality new-home construction and consumer-first designs featuring modern open-concept floor plans that blend gathering spaces, dining areas and kitchens, and seamlessly flow to spacious covered lanais capturing Florida’s coveted outdoor lifestyle. Located off Panacea Boulevard in Sarasota County with a secondary entrance at Plantation Boulevard, residents enjoy a convenient location within minutes of grocery shopping, everyday essentials, and national and local restaurants. Arbor Oaks is minutes from I-75 via Exit 179/Toledo Blade Blvd. and U.S. 41. And, only 18 minutes from the growing Punta Gorda Airport and 50 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. Arbor Oaks is also close to four 18-hole championship golf courses, top-rated medical facilities, hospitals and schools, as well as the area’s many state, county and city parks offering canoeing, kayaking, fishing, athletic fields, camping and bike, hiking and nature trails. For beachgoers and anglers, Arbor Oaks is only 30 minutes from Venice, the “City on the Gulf,” known for its popular fishing pier, ancient shark’s teeth, marinas and miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches. Sarasota’s famed white-sand Siesta Key Beach is also nearby as is Stump Pass State Park. For more information and community updates about Arbor Oaks, visit www.ArborOaksFL.com or call 941-541-2966. 

Pictured: Designed around an open floor plan, the Stellar model, from the Echelon Series, blends flexible gathering rooms with professional-style kitchens and spacious dining areas.

[New Homes]  Christopher Alan Homes Introduces Additional Homesites, Second Phase of The Hammocks in West Port

Hometown Florida builder Christopher Alan Homes has introduced additional single-family homesites in The Hammocks at West Port as the inaugural phase has sold out. The builder’s four floor plans appeal to a variety of homebuyers looking for value, quality construction and the active lifestyle of West Port in Port Charlotte, one of the fastest-growing communities in Charlotte County close to white-sand Gulf of Mexico beaches, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Christopher Alan Homes’ single-family residences in The Hammocks feature flowing open-concept floor plans spanning 1,550 to 1,922 square feet under air and highlight outdoor living with large lanais. Plans offer three and four bedrooms, up to two-and-a-half baths and two-car garages and include designer cabinetry, stone countertops in kitchens and baths, tray ceilings and tile flooring in main living areas. Each floor plan also offers a selection of three different exterior designs. Kitchens feature walk-in pantries, islands, and stainless-steel appliances. Primary suites boast walk-in closets and private bathrooms with dual-sink vanities and tiled showers. The award-winning Captiva model highlights the livability and flexibility of Christopher Alan’s home designs. The professionally decorated three-bedroom, two-bath home earned awards for best exterior and best main living ambiance during the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association’s 2023 Southwest Florida Parade of Homes. The model reflects a relaxed, serene Florida lifestyle with a large covered and screened-in lanai, rustic wood-look tile floors and a color palette of white, gray and natural wood tones accented with bright sapphire throughout its 1,719 square feet. The open design blends the great room, kitchen and dining area into a large main living space that extends to the screened lanai through sliding glass doors. The primary suite has a spacious bedroom, two walk-in closets and well-appointed bathroom with stone countertops, a walk-in shower and dual-sink vanity. One of the guestrooms is shown as a home office. Additional floor plans in The Hammocks include the three-bedroom, two-bath Palm with 1,550 square feet of living space and the Gasparilla offering four bedrooms, two baths and 1,810 square feet under air. The Biscayne, The Hammocks’ largest home, features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and 1,922 square feet.All Christopher Alan homes are constructed to the highest standards in building and energy efficiency and feature steel-reinforced concrete masonry construction, hurricane-resistant structural design and impact-rated low-e glass doors and windows for added safety and peace of mind. Christopher Alan Homes also offers several quick move-in homes in The Hammocks, giving homebuyers the opportunity for occupancy now and in the coming months. Homes are priced from the mid-$300,000s. Through a strategic partnership with West Port developer Kolter Group, Christopher Alan Homes is offering 111 single-family homes in The Hammocks. Planned for 2,000 homes, West Port’s 450 acres are designed with single-family and multifamily neighborhoods nestled around Charlotte County’s public 100-acre Centennial Park and a new 10,000-square-foot recreational and aquatic center, providing residents with access to outdoor/indoor activities, soccer and ballfields, pickleball courts, a 50-meter pool, and an 18-hole disc golf course– with club and amenity fees – as well as miles of sidewalks and extra-wide multimodal trails, a fishing lake and a playground. West Port is located on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail and State Road 776/El Jobean Road in Port Charlotte. Within walking distance of the Charlotte Sports Park, the Tampa Bay Rays’ spring training home, the community is also close to the Port Charlotte Town Center, boat launches, top-rated schools and healthcare facilities, and within 20 miles of Manasota Key beaches, Downtown Wellen Park and area schools. For more information about The Hammocks and quick move-in home opportunities, visit the Christopher Alan Homes sales center at 1496 Sunset Preserve Way, Port Charlotte, open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Information is also available by visiting westportbycah.com or calling 855-44-MYCAH. 

Pictured: The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Captiva model offers spacious gathering and dining areas, a professional-style kitchen and flexible outdoor living spaces for every lifestyle.

[Finance Workshops]  Womens Resource Center Announces its Financial Power Monthly Workshop Series

The Women’s Resource Center presents “Financial Power,” a free monthly workshop series exploring ways to claim financial power by arming you with the knowledge and tools to help you make sound financial decisions.  Alex Davis, CPA, CFP, the founder of AGA Tax and Consulting Services facilitate the series. It launches on May 24 and runs monthly on the last Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 p.m., at the Women's Resource Center Sarasota, 340 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, or on the Zoom platform. Participants can attend one or all the sessions. To register, visit www.MyWRC/financialpower.  

Pictured: Alex Davis, CPA, CFP, founder of AGA Tax and Consulting Services will facilitate the workshops. Photo courtesy of WRC.

[New Hire]  Blalock Walters Hires Attorney Laura Smidt

The law firm of Blalock Walters, P.A. is pleased to welcome attorney Laura Smidt to its real estate and leasing practice groups. Smidt has experience in commercial and residential transactions, including purchases and sales, refinances, and construction loans, as well as commercial leasing. Smidt works directly with her clients at each step of a real estate transaction to minimize their costs and liabilities. She serves clients in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding areas. Smidt earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Stetson University College of Law and Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Government, and Spanish from Florida State University. Smidt can be reached at 941.748.0100 or lsmidt@blalockwalters.com. 

[Recognition]  JMX Brands Named a 2023 Next 1000 Company by Digital Commerce 360

JMX Brands, the largest online retailer of Amish furniture at dutchcrafters.com, was named a 2023 Next 1000 company again by Digital Commerce 360, a respected source of research and data collection for global e-commerce brands for more than 20 years. The Next 1000 database ranks North American mid-sized online retailers by annual web sales. For 2023, JMX Brands ranked 35 in housewares/home furnishings and 1411 overall. This is the 11th time JMX Brands has been named to a prestigious Digital Commerce 360 list. The vision guiding JMX Brands and its flagship brand, DutchCrafters Amish Furniture, is to become the undisputed leading brand of Amish furniture, winning through exceptional customer experience. This goal is summarized in two words: delivering excellence. 

To learn more click here.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Comedy Roulette , April 13 – May 17, Various times

FST Improv’s free-form show, Comedy Roulette, is an off-the-wall improvisation potpourri where performers are freed from the traditional do’s and don’ts of improv. Instead, improvisers are encouraged to follow the funny and launch into a new scene or storyline whenever inspiration strikes. Comedy Roulette plays Saturdays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab from April 8 to May 17, 2023. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Big Sexy The Fats Waller Revue , April 19 – May 28, Various times

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was an American jazz pianist, composer, singer and comedic entertainer. He realized his dream of becoming a professional musician at age 15. His Harlem stride style influenced the sound of modern jazz piano. Nate Jacobs’ original tribute, “Big Sexy, The Fats Waller Revue,” to this irrepressible artist features Waller’s signature songs, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feet’s Too Big,” “The Joint is Jumpin’” and many more. Tickets are $50 for adults, $20 for students and active military (cost includes all ticket fees). WBTT's Donelly Theatre, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota, westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Summer Photo Contest with the Conservation Foundation , April 26 – May 31, Submissions open through midnight May 31st

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is delighted to announce the return of their virtual Summer Photo Contest. Entering its fourth year, this annual event invites photographers of all ages and experience levels to share their original work showcasing the natural beauty of the Sunshine State. As in years past, the exhibition will be entirely virtual with website and Facebook displays. Works submitted for this online juried exhibition must have been taken in Florida within the past year. There is also a Youth Perspective category for ages 15 and under. The submission deadline is midnight on May 31. For categories, details, entry rules, and submission forms visit conservationfoundation.com/summerphoto.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Joseph's Coat, Skyspace by James Turrell , April 13 – May 26, Various times

Joseph’s Coat: Skyspace by James Turrell (2011) is a triumph of technology, engineering, and aesthetics. The Skyspace, created by internationally-renowned artist James Turrell, is a gathering place for contemplation and offers a unique experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which we view the sky through the 24-foot aperture in the ceiling, affecting our perception of the natural environment and the surroundings. As we gaze up at the sky we are invited to contemplate light, perception, and experience. Tickets are $10 and are free for members. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Extended Orioles Spring Training , April 28 – June 3, Various times

With the Major League Baseball season now underway, the Orioles’ year-round baseball operations continue in Sarasota with Extended Spring Training. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in April, May, and June. Baltimore’s farm system is currently rated as the top player development system in baseball, according to Baseball America, ESPN, and MLB Pipeline. Visit orioles.com/sarasota to learn more.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST Spring Play Reading Festival , April 28 – May 5, 3 pm

FST’s 29th Burdick New Play Festival features staged readings of new works by contemporary American playwrights. This year’s Festival features the heartfelt one-man musical, Todd vs. The Titanic by Scott Rothman, Joe Kinosian, and Kellen Blair, and the dark comedy, Bleeding Hearts by Steve Yockey. Readings will takeplace on April 28, and May 5 at 3PM each day in FST’s Keating Theatre. Single tickets are $10. Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or by calling FST’s Box Office at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ringling by the Bay featuring SoulRCoaster , May 1, 6 pm

Join us on the Bolger Campiello for live music and dancing. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on the bayfront. No outside food, drink, coolers, chairs or pets are permitted. All ticket sales are final, no refunds. Visit ringling.org to learn more and purchase tickets. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Hats and Heels and Bow Ties Luncheon , May 3, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

The Hats and Heels and Bow Ties Luncheon supports programs at Turning Points. Hats and Heels and Bow Ties centers around a friendly interactive competition between guests. Celebrity judges score the guests on several categories regarding the guests’ hats or fascinators, and/or heels or flats and or bow ties. Exceptional prizes are awarded to the winners. Tickets are $75 and there are several sponsorship opportunities available. Included in the ticket cost is a glass of champagne, a sit down lunch, dessert and photo booth pictures. Visit tpmanatee.org/events/ for more information and to purchase tickets. Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy, 5450 Bollettieri Blvd., Bradenton.

[SOON]  FOOD: Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Roccos Tacos and Tequila Bar , May 5, Block party runs through 2 pm to 2 am, restaurant opens at 11 am

Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a block party at the University Town Center location, along with pop-up food and drink vendors, door prizes and live entertainment all weekend long. On Friday, May 5, guests are invited to party all day and into the night with free shots of Santo Tequila and live music while indulging in authentic Mexican cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and over 300 tequila varieties. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, 243 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, roccostacos.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Walking Progressive Dinner , May 10, 6:30 pm

Taste Dining and Travel Magazine is celebrating spring with a Walking Progressive Dinner in Downtown Sarasota on Wednesday, May 10. Enjoy a course at three fabulous downtown Sarasota restaurants, Bevardi’s Salute, Azul and Tzeva, and a short walk to them for an evening to remember. Part of the event’s proceeds will benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Tickets are $125. Reserve your spot at tasteweb.net or call 941-366-7950. Meet at Bevardi's Salute, 23 North Lemon Ave., Sarasota. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Urbanite Theatre: 2023 Modern Works Festival , May 3 – May 7

2023 MODERN WORKS FESTIVAL Presented by Summer Wallace. May 3 - May 7, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. Back for the fourth time and returning to an in-person experience, the Modern Works Festival is a playwriting contest, reading festival and celebration of women in theatre. See all three finalist readings and become eligible to vote on the festival-winning playwright! Titles of finalist plays will be announced in 2023. For information contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[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]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Eco Engineers , April 12 – September 3, During museum hours

Eco Engineers are plants and animals that profoundly impact their ecosystem. Through their presence or behavior, eco engineers create microhabitats, or unique areas within an ecosystem. Other species have taken notice of these microhabitats and decided to move in! In this exhibition, explore nine of Florida’s eco engineers and discover why our landscape wouldn’t be the same without them. Eco Engineers is a bilingual (English and Spanish) special exhibition created by our own Museum curators. Included with museum admission. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art at Ringling Museum , March 29 – September 4, Museum hours

Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art group exhibition will mark The Ringling’s first presentation of contemporary art by Native American artists with ancestral, historical, and present-day connections to Florida. An imperative step toward establishing a meaningful relationship with the Native American artistic community, Reclaiming Home will highlight the breadth and depth of the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee, and mixed-heritage artists from Florida with the important work by internationally-recognized artists. The exhibition will expand the conceptual framework of Native American art made in Florida today and provide a fuller understanding of the complexities of issues within the art of the Seminole diaspora. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs Trivia , July 1 – June 1, 7:30 pm

Geckos Grill & Pub’s Award-winning Trivia-Think While You Drink! If you love Trivia, join the fun at Geckos all year round. All Trivia starts at 7:30pm. We will have prizes, giveaways and specials plus the Geckos made-to-order fare, signature cocktails and hospitality you love. Monday trivia will be held at the Clark Road location in Palmer Crossing and on Tuesdays at the SR 64 location in Braden River Plaza. The SR 64 location will be taking a break from Trivia in October, but will start back up in April. On Wednesdays, trivia will take place at the Hillview Street location in Southside Village. www.GeckosGrill.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Reel Music at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 15 – June 25, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents the original music revue, Reel Music, celebrating the movies that helped create the soundtrack to the last century. Featuring classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Circle of Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On,” this new Cabaret traces how films—and the music highlighted in them—have evolved over the past one hundred years. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, Reel Music begins playing February 15, 2023, in FST’s Court Cabaret. Single tickets for Reel Music
range between $18-39 and 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.

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