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SRQ DAILY May 25, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"We know there are actors, dancers, musicians, and performing artists working amidst our circle of frequent collaborators who have passion projects waiting in the wings."

- Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO, The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

[Baseball]  Bradenton Marauders Open Homestand with a Resurgent Win
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

On Tuesday night, the Bradenton Marauders, Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, opened their six-game homestand with a walk-off win in extra-innings against the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Single-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The Marauders, who at 22-18 are eight games back from the lead in the Florida State League West division, needed the win as they had dropped five of their last six games to the division leading Clearwater Threshers.

Tuesday night’s victory came in dramatic fashion for the Marauders. Owen Kellington, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 MLB Amatuer Draft by the Pirates, got the start for Bradenton, going four innings while allowing two earned runs off of three hits and two walks. Kellington, owner of a 4.39 ERA and 0-1 record on the year, received a no decision for his start.

After trailing for much of the game, the Marauders evened the score in the sixth inning at 2-2, courtesy of a Temarr Johnson RBI single. The game stayed knotted at two runs a piece until the bottom of the 10th inning, when with the winning run a third base, the Hammerheads bobbled a routine pop fly to shortstop from Pirates 26th ranked prospect Shalin Polanco, allowing the winning run to advance from third base.

The Marauders have three different promotional nights taking place over this homestand including Thirsty Thursday on May 25, Mental Health Awareness on May 26, and Military Appreciation Night on May 27.

LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205. 

Photo courtesy of Bradenton Marauders.

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[Grant]  Education Foundation of Sarasota County Receives a $5,000 Gift From Sarasota County Foundation

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County received a gift of $5,000 from the Sarasota County Foundation. This donation will support the Education Foundation’s mentoring program, which pairs at-risk students with trusting adults who provide encouragement and coaching. These mentors support their mentees through the completion of a college degree or high-value certificate, helping them succeed in their lives after high school. 

[Fundraising Event]  JFCS of the Suncoast Hosting Bourbon and Bentleys Fundraiser

JFCS of the Suncoast’s new event, Bourbon & Bentleys, will be a feast for the senses as guests savor bourbon and barbecue in a downtown Sarasota luxury car showroom. During the June 8 fundraiser, guests will enjoy bourbon tastings in their free souvenir shot glass amid Bentleys, Aston Martins, McLarens and Rolls-Royces inside The Sarasota Studio, a Dimmitt Automotive Group luxury and exotic car dealership. The bourbon, provided by Dive Wine & Spirits, will be paired with appetizers from Brick’s Smoked Meats. Cornerstone & Co. will sell additional beverages out of its 1939 vintage truck mobile bar, parked right inside the showroom among the other striking vehicles. Live entertainment will include up-close magic by magician Pete Michael and music by the Future Urban Zoo band, featuring vocalist Terry "Tbone" Rhodes. The event is for ages 21+. Bourbon & Bentleys is a fundraiser for JFCS, one of the Florida Suncoast’s preeminent mental health counseling and human services providers. JFCS delivers programs and services on a non-denominational basis with the goal of empowering individuals, families, seniors and veterans toward well-being and independence. 

[Leadership]  District Announces High School Administrative Changes

Daniel Bradshaw, assistant principal at Palmetto High School since 2019, has been named the interim principal at Parrish Community High School for the 2023-2024 school year. Mr. Bradshaw will replace Craig Little who has served as principal at Parrish Community High since it opened in August 2019. Mr. Little is moving to a district-level administrative position. As assistant principal at Palmetto, Mr. Bradshaw has been responsible for the master schedule and curriculum planning for approximately 2,100 students. He has also served as the campus liaison for Design and Development of a $40 million campus renovation project. Prior to becoming an assistant principal at Palmetto High, Mr. Bradshaw served as the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Southeast High in Bradenton from 2012 to 2014, athletic director at Southeast from 2014-2017, and as a mathematics teacher at T.L. Hanna High in Anderson, South Carolina from 2017-2019. Mr. Bradshaw will start his new position on July 1, 2023. 

[Award]  Neighbor and Playmate of Anne Frank Set to Present Award at Sarasota Christian School

The end-of-year awards program at SCS will touch history this year. That is because Pieter Kohnstam of the Holocaust Survivors Speakers Bureau will be on hand to present the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. Mr. Kohnstam lived just two doors down from the Frank family when he was a child in Amsterdam. Anne Frank was his babysitter and playmate. Kohnstam credits his mother for suggesting a diary (for Anne) to Edith, Anne’s mother. Mr. Kohnstam is a Holocaust survivor and author of, "A Chance to Live”, a prize-winning account of his family’s journey to freedom. The SCS High School Awards will be held on Friday, May 19th, 2023 at 8:30am at Sarasota Christian School, 5415 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, Fl 34232. 

Pictured: Pieter Kohnstam of the Holocaust Survivors Speakers Bureau. Photo courtesy of SCS.

[Hershorin Schiff Community Day School]  RocketKids: Guide to Private Schools - Hershorin Schiff Community Day School

COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL (CDS) is a fully accredited early childhood and kindergarten - 8th grade inclusive and pluralistic Jewish day school that proudly celebrates students of all faiths, backgrounds and ethnicities. In less than eight years since incorporating as an independent entity, CDS has grown into a nationally recognized model of education, tripling in size to 325 students and welcoming families representing over 41 different nationalities. Built on the principles of inclusion, acceptance and tolerance, our goal is simple: to create a safe, small, nurturing learning community where students impact our world as compassionate scholars and global citizens. Community Day School is uniquely positioned to build bridges between different faiths, levels of observance and cultures — uniting cross-sections of our community that rarely have a space to come together. Our commitment to inclusion is reflected in our enrollment, variable tuition financial aid, and programming - we proudly welcome all. Our spacious new 8.8 acre campus offers tremendous opportunity for educational growth and meaningful student experiences. Its central Sarasota location, expands our accessibility to families throughout the community. It integrally supports our commitment to all students going outdoors for at least one hour per day in order to create an effective learning environment for the children. Our preschool embraces a Reggio Emilia-inspired, play-based educational approach while the Elementary and Middle schools employ a rigorous, student-centered, project-based curriculum. Community Day’s unique program features hands-on, experiential learning and deliberately small class sizes allowing students to pursue their natural interests by connecting learning to real life experiences. Once students graduate, they are well prepared for advanced placement curriculum and poised for future success. They know who they are and what they stand for; recognize their unique gifts and how to use them; dare to pose questions and seek solutions; live their beliefs and respect others; and think and reason for themselves.

School's Mission

The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School is to impact the world by creating a community where children of all faiths demonstrate integrity, academic excellence, and a desire to improve the world. 


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[Arts & Entertainment]  Hermitage Announces Second Year of the Cross Arts Collaborative in Support of Sarasota Artists and Performing Arts Institutions

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is pleased to announce the continuation of the Sarasota Cross Arts Collaborative, made possible once more with generous support from the Koski Family Foundation. This initiative is designed to give frequent performers and company members from leading Sarasota arts organizations a chance to expand their artistic practice from ‘performer’ to ‘creator.’ In the exciting second season of the Hermitage’s Cross Arts Collaborative, this distinguished honor has been awarded to Lizzie Hagstedt, a frequent musical collaborator with Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Jessica Obiedzinski, a long-standing company member at Sarasota Contemporary Dance. A free public program showcasing the work Hagstedt and Obiedzinski is planned for the fall of 2023; details will be announced at a later time.

“We know there are actors, dancers, musicians, and performing artists working amidst our circle of frequent collaborators who have passion projects waiting in the wings,” said Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg, "This could be an actor writing a play between production contracts, a violinist composing a symphony after rehearsals, a dancer yearning to expand into the choreographer's space – or someone looking to work across an entirely new genre." 

Pictured: The Historic Hermitage House. Photo courtesy of Hermitage Artist Retreat.

[Graduation]  Captain Graduates FSA Commanders Academy

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce that another staff member graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s Commanders Academy. Friday, Daniel Tutko, Emergency Operations Bureau Captain, completed the Academy at the Florida Sheriffs Association headquarters in Tallahassee. In collaboration with the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, sheriffs designed the Academy to ensure mid to upper-level criminal justice leaders have the background and training to carry out their agency responsibilities. Tutko and commanders from 34 other Florida sheriff’s offices participated in a two-week curriculum with more than 50 presenters and panelists on topics including leadership, ethics, discipline, and other areas related to upper-level leadership as well as emerging trends and issues in law enforcement. 

Pictured: FSA Executive Director Steve Casey, FSA President Al Nienhuis, Capt. Daniel Tutko, Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman, and Gadsden County Sheriff Morris A. Young.

[New Residences]  Peninsula Sarasota Groundbreaking to be Held May 26

A new, high-rise ultra luxury condominium residence called Peninsula Sarasotais breaking ground this Friday, May 26, 2023, at 10 a.m. at 223 Golden Gate Point. A reception will immediately follow at 1300 Main Street. In total, the multi-story two building unit will have 23 residences with price points from approximately $2.4 million. All units will offer 3 bedrooms and be roughly 2,400 to 3,000 sq. ft. in size. Peninsula Sarasota is being marketed by Coldwell Banker Realty agents Georgia Salaverri and Steven Windsor. The condos are already garnering a great deal of interest, with more than half the residences already under contract. One unique aspect of the design is that condos will be constructed so that they do not share walls, offering single floor units. Other features include floor to ceiling windows, high-end finishes such as European-inspired cabinetry and upgraded appliances, private and public rooftop terraces, and excellent views of downtown Sarasota. Peninsula Sarasota will be located in the Golden Gate Point residential area next to the Ringling Bridge. It will be just eight minutes from Sarasota’s Main Street area and within walking distance of numerous restaurants, shops and performing arts. Peninsula Sarasota’s development is led by Sam Gault of Gault Family Companies. To ensure an exceptional, next-level design and meticulous attention to detail, Gault commissioned Sarasota, Florida-based Hoyt Architects, a pioneer of immersive residential experiences. Founding principal Gary Hoyt, who is credited with reshaping Sarasota’s waterfront downtown into a walkable live-and-work community, has an impressive portfolio of over 100 luxury residential communities throughout the nation. To learn more, visit PeninsulaSarasota.com or call 941-655-9669. 

[SRQIST]  Toast With a Twist
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Toast With a Twist | Jlona and Stefan Dobler of Switzerland make toasting perfect for everyone and every occasion, May/June 2023. 

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Laser Light Nights at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature , May 25 – September 2, 7pm and 9pm

Break out the big hair and acid-washed denim because Laser Light Nights are back at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May 25 through September 2, we are rocking out to some of your favorite artists in the Planetarium! A variety of food options and drinks are available for purchase onsite with cash or card. Tickets are $15. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.

[SOON]  FILM: Vermeer, The Greatest Exhibition at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas , May 19 – May 25, Various times
This Exhibition On Screen film invites audiences to a private view of the exhibition, accompanied by the director of the Rijksmuseum and the curators of the show. A truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As well as bringing together the works of Vermeers, both the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis in the Hague have conducted research into Vermeer's artistry, his artistic choices and motivations for his compositions, as well as the creative process behind his paintings. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Dr. 8, Lakewood Ranch, filmsociety.org.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show , May 2 – May 26, During gallery hours

Madeby Gallery invites you to the Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show now through May 26. Over 50 of Tim’s original paintings, giclee on canvas, and lithograph prints are for sale. Many have been personalized on the back by Tim, which brings added value to the Disney piece. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add to your Disney collection. Tim Rogerson is a Disney Fine Artist and Ringling College Alumnus. He is one of only a select group of artists allowed to recreate iconic Disney characters and scenes. Visit madebygallery.com to learn more. Madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[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]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Hospitality Group Iron Chef Challenge 2023 , May 15 – June 18, Restaurant Hours

Join the Geckos Hospitality Group family of restaurants to celebrate the culinary creativity of your favorite Geckos Grill and Pub Chefs during the annual Iron Chef Challenge. From May 15th to June 11th and June 12th to 18th each of our six Geckos will participate in a weekly special Iron Chef Menu, with several of our Chefs designing delectable and inventive fare, plus some tried and true favorites with a creative twist. The contest is a weekly competition between Geckos Kitchen Creatives and guests may sample what the GHG kitchen pros have up their Chef Jacket sleeves. Whichever Iron Chef Special Menu is the favorite of our GHG guests for the week wins the Iron Chef title for that week and a cash prize with seven Iron Chefs named after the competition knives have been cleaned and put away in June. There will be a Championship Final the week of June 12-18th, with the winning GHG location being crowned the Iron Chef 2023 Champ. All Geckos Hospitality locations, geckosgrill.com.

[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: 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]  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]  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]  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: 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]  GALLERY: Unique Differences at Art Uptown Gallery , May 2 – May 26, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, Unique Differences showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at the First Friday public reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. All four award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 29 and runs through Friday, May 26. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of award-winning regional artists is exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: From the Chambers Honoring John Sims at Ringling Museum , May 6 – August 6, Museum hours

In December 2022, the innovative artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker John Sims passed away suddenly at his studio in Sarasota. The tragic loss of Sims left a deep impact on the art world. His art, informed by mathematics, design, sacred symbols, and poetic text, boldly confronted white supremacy, the Confederate flag, and the deep disparities and division within our society. The Ringling is honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with Sims, who was their artist in residence in 2020. The exhibition From the Chambers, Honoring John Sims brings those two works together, on view publicly for the first time, in conjunction with John Chamberlain’s sculpture Added Pleasure. The exhibition serves as just one part of the significant legacy the artist leaves behind, in Sarasota and beyond. On view May 6 through August 6, 2023 in the Searing East galleries. Ringling Musuem, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org

[SOON]  FOOD: SIN Nights at Geckos on Hillview , May 12 – August 31, 10 pm to midnight

Enjoy SIN Nights for Geckos Hospitality and Service Industry Colleagues. Join Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village and let us serve you late at night after your shift on Friday and Saturday nights. We will keep the light on late for you and offer Geckos food and drink specials just for you from 10-Midnight. Come in wearing your uniform or bring in your schedule and enjoy the camaraderie of friends at Geckos on Hillview. 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota, www.GeckosGrill.com.

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