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SRQ DAILY Nov 23, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"There is so much art to see in Sarasota and I am excited lead this art crawl tour to share the galleries, studios, and public art that comprise Sarasota arts legacy"

- Jerome Chesley, Guide, Discover Sarasota Tours.
 

[Regatta]  The Benderson Chase
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

This past weekend, one of the great burgeoning traditions in Sarasota took place: the Benderson Chase. The two-day regatta, formerly known as the Head of the 941, launched in 2013 and is one of the largest regattas in the state. This year, the race, hosted by Nathan Benderson Park and Sarasota Crew in partnership with Visit Sarasota County, featured an estimated 450 boats and over 1,000 rowers on the lake in Nathan Benderson Park. “We’ve been hosting the race for ten-plus years now and it’s really continued to grow in the last few years post Covid,” says Rick Brown, Director of Operations for Sarasota Crew. “The race will feature teams from all over Florida, a team from The Bahamas and even a couple individuals from Pittsburgh. It’s a fun fall event for the rowing world with the unique course set up that we’re able to have here.”

Part of what makes this event so unique is the lake itself in Nathan Benderson Park. While the 400-acre lake is roughly 2,000 meters long, making it perfect for the traditional 2,000 meter sprint races that occur in the spring, the Benderson Chase is a 5,000 meter head race. Not only is the Benderson Chase more than twice the distance of a typical sprint race, it also is not in a straight line. Boats are forced to navigate around the back channels of the lake, making strategic decisions about which line to take. Boats take off at staggered times, racing against the clock instead of each other.

“For this race, we actually race around the lake.It adds to some of the fun–we go through the back channel around the island on the lake and the bridges, then there’s a choice of which way you can go coming out of that channel,” says Brown. “A lot of rowers enjoy having to navigate the course and not just racing for 5,000 meters in a straight line.” 

Pictured: The Benderson Chase at Nathan Benderson Park in 2019. Photo courtesy of https://ncfcatalyst.com/10th-annual-sarasota-invitational-regatta-held-at-nathan-benderson-park/.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Discover Sarasota Announces New Art Crawl Trolley Tour

Discover Sarasota Tours announces a NEW Art Crawl Trolley Tour showcasing Sarasota’s galleries, studios, and public art. This city-wide tour explores six different downtown Sarasota neighborhoods on the 2nd Friday night from 5-9PM during the months of January-April. The tour is led by local guide & watercolor artist Jerome Chesley. “I was looking for a way to support all our downtown art galleries and saw that St. Petersburg runs an annual Art Crawl Trolley tour. This got me thinking about how it might work here with our trolley. Once I spoke with partners: Visit Sarasota, SRQ Magazine, Mary Davis Wallace at the City, the DSA, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Arts and Cultural Alliance, I knew that together, we could make it a city-wide effort in support of our visual arts community,” said Tammy Hauser. Visitors start at the Trolley Cottage Gift Shop located in the heart of Gillespie Park offering charming Sarasota gifts and complimentary wine or beer. Guest can also visit the Artful Giraffe Gallery at this hub location. Then, they will board the trolley or van to explore Historic Burns Court, Towles Court Art Center, Limelight District, Main Street, Palm Avenue & the Rosemary District. During the 30-min rotating tour they will see Sarasota’s collection of public art. At each hub stop, guests can hop off to explore galleries and studios or hop back on to go to the next stop. “There is so much art to see in Sarasota and I am excited lead this art crawl tour to share the galleries, studios, and public art that comprise Sarasota arts legacy” said Guide, Jerome Chesley. Participating galleries include: Chasens in the Mark, 530 Burns Court, Palmer Gallery, Artful Giraffe, Creative Liberties, Bazaar on Apricot and Lime/Hamlet’s Eatery, Helmuth Stone, Towles Court Art Center, Mara Studio Gallery, Sarasota Trading Company, Alex Art International, Art Ovation Hotel, Sarasota Fine Art, Meg Krakowiak Studio and NorthStar Jewelry and Gallery. The Art Crawl will be offered from 5-9PM on January 12, February 9, March 8, and April 12, 2024. The $10 ticket includes transport to each of the tour’s six gallery locations, FREE parking at The Trolley Cottage Gift Shop, and complimentary beer, wine, or water before boarding. Final tour departs at 8:15PM. Many participating galleries will also offer complimentary refreshments on Art Crawl Trolley nights. Guests can board and pay at any of the stops along the route. Presented in partnership with Visit Sarasota County, SRQ Magazine, Downtown Sarasota Alliance, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. 

[Early Literacy]  Story Book Trail in Lincoln Park Hopes to Inspire Early Literacy
Emma Dannenfelser, emma@srqme.com

The Story Book Trail at Lincoln Park opened on November 16, inviting a new and exciting way for Manatee County to improve literacy and reading confidence among students. Story Book Trail is composed of panels along the Lincoln Park walking trail that serve as “pages” of a book, giving children and parents the ability to practice reading while getting exercise and fresh air. The first book featured on the panels is A Walk in The Forest, by Maria Dek, a poetic story that includes counting animals and plants while enjoying the beauty of nature. The installation was a collaborative effort between the School District of Manatee County and Soar in 4, and was sponsored by I am Yes Joyful Projects and Manatee Education Foundation.

The trail’s grand opening started off in style, with the Lincoln Memorial Middle School drumline marching along the trail playing numerous fight songs. The performance was followed by speakers from all four sponsoring organizations, emphasizing the community efforts and teamwork it took to complete the educational park addition. Even though the dark clouds above cast a constant rainy drizzle, the event was full of gleaming smiles and excitement over the literacy project that will no doubt have a lasting impact on students within the local community.

One of the primary objectives for the trail is to give parents the ability to bring more education into their children’s day-to-day lives. “A parent is a child’s first teacher, so this installation is another opportunity for parents to serve as teachers for their students,” says Derek Jensen, the deputy superintendent of instruction at the School District of Manatee County. Reading out-loud to children is a huge factor in determining how easily they learn to read and how they will perform academically in the future. “It's huge. Some people would say it's probably the number-one factor in determining early academic outcomes, as well as long term academic outcomes. Students in poverty oftentimes have a word gap of millions of words, so some students come to school having heard one million fewer words than other students,” Jensen adds.

The panels serve as a great way for early readers to practice their skills while being able to move their bodies. Many students struggle to maintain concentration, so being free to be silly and run could be an important bridge in helping certain students achieve their literacy goals. The panels also have QR codes that provide audio translations to Spanish and French for non-English speaking families.

The Story Book Trail installation is just the first of many, with the four organizations hoping to create even more additions across Manatee county. “It's part of a really intentional early literacy framework that we have throughout Manatee County to support families. I think that's really cool because it's not something that's an isolation-it's part of the big picture of early literacy,” Jensen says.

Story Book Trail at Lincoln Park, 501 17th St., East Palmetto.  

Pictured: Amy Weinberger of the I am Yes! Joyful Project cut the ribbon at the Story Book Trail Grand Opening on Nov 16. Photo by Emma Dannenfelser.

For more information, visit mymanatee.org

[Leadership]  Arts Schools Network Names Dr. LaShawn Frost as Board of Directors President

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to share that the Arts Schools Network (ASN) has appointed Dr. LaShawn Frost – the Principal of Booker Middle School – as the President of its Board of Directors. Dr. Frost, known for her exceptional leadership skills, extensive board experience, and innovative approach, will serve a two-year term as Chair, steering the organization towards new heights. Under Dr. Frost's dynamic leadership, Sarasota County is set to make history by hosting the 2025 National Arts Schools Network conference. The event will be hosted by Booker Middle School, marking it the first time, nationwide, a middle school has been chosen to organize this national gathering. In expressing her gratitude for the appointment, Dr. Frost stated: "It is an honor to serve as Chair of the ASN Board and to host such an amazing conference that brings together art school leaders from across this great nation. Our vision is to empower leaders of arts schools by connecting them regionally, nationally, and internationally to raise the quality, profile, and success of the students they serve. Booker Middle School is excited to host our fellow arts schools and arts organizations throughout the country in a meaningful way, providing them with a unique Sarasota experience.” Please join us in congratulating Dr. LaShawn Frost and Booker Middle School!  

[Competition]  New College of Florida and Architecture Sarasota Select Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors as Winner of the Reimagining Pei Competition

New College of Florida, in coordination with Architecture Sarasota, announces the winner of the Reimagining Pei architectural competition, selecting Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors (Sarasota, USA). The competition culminated in a live presentation by three finalists on November 15 at Mildred Sainer Pavilion with more than 200 New College students, faculty, and staff joined by local community members. The Sweet Sparkman proposal included innovative increases of pedestrian walking paths, enhancements for vehicular traversing of the campus, and a creative interpretation of redesigning the Palm Court. The designs preserved the traditional Pei designs while formulating a plan to surround the dorms with a world-class athletics complex. All three finalists used the recent launch of intercollegiate athletics at New College as inspiration to integrate visionary athletic complex designs into their final proposals. The finalist proposals and video of the live presentation are available online at NCF.edu/ReimagingPei. The competition was launched to honor the work of renowned architect I.M. Pei who designed the iconic brutalist-style dormitories on New College’s East Campus (a.k.a. Pei Campus). New College tasked the firms with boldly transforming the structures as it develops an innovative and comprehensive future campus plan to include an athletic complex, retail and entertainment. Joining Sweet Sparkman in the field of finalists were Brooks+Scarpa (Los Angeles, USA) and STUDIOS Architecture (France and USA). A distinguished committee of local and national members of the architecture community narrowed down exceptional portfolios of entrants in early September. All three finalists received a $10,000 honoraria from the New College Foundation, Inc. to develop their design concepts for the adaptive use of the dormitories on the Pei Campus. The quality of the conceptualization all three finalists provided demonstrated efforts far above and beyond the monetary value of the honoraria.The three finalists were firms with diverse practices based in sustainable and equitable design. Brooks+Scarpa is a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award-winning firm in Los Angeles, California, known for its multidisciplinary ethos and innovative approach to material application in environmentally responsive designs that stretch across a variety of sectors; STUDIOS Architecture, recipient of one of eight Honor Awards at the 2022 GSA Design Awards, is an international architecture firm with six offices in France and the USA (the “Reimagining Pei” competition entry was submitted by the firm’s Washington, DC office), known for campus-scaled corporate, educational, and residential projects which boast original approaches to material sourcing, focused on upcycling and recycling; Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors is a multi-award-winning Sarasota-headquartered firm with a two-decade track record of designing for the climate challenges specific to the city, specializing in community, commercial and residential architecture. Architecture Sarasota will display the Reimagining Pei Challenge final design concepts at McCulloch Pavilion, 265 S. Orange Avenue beginning Wednesday, December 6. The building is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Reimagining Pei competition is separate from any from any future project. There is no guarantee of additional work, and any subsequent project will be subject to a separate public procurement process. 



[SOON]  SPORTS: 47th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run , December 9, 8am

Kick off the holiday season by participating in the 47th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run at Siesta Beach, on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8am. Register by Nov. 17 to guarantee the best price, along with receiving a long-sleeve performance event shirt and runner swag. For more information, or to register, visit runsignup.com/47thannualsandyclawsbeachrun.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Presents Joyful! Joyful! , November 29 – November 30

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is gearing up for the holidays, ready to celebrate the season with its holiday production and Christmas card to the community, Joyful! Joyful! Theater fans of all ages and religious backgrounds are invited to celebrate the season with high-spirited, uplifting songs as only WBTT’s singers, dancers and musicians can perform them. The show runs from November 29-December 30, 2023. The original musical revue – created, adapted and directed by WBTT Founder/Artistic Director Nate Jacobs and performed for the first time in 2021-features a blend of new takes on traditional holiday tunes, gospel-infused classics and pop songs. The show will include Joy to the World, an O’Jays-inspired take on Carol of the Bells, a gospel-infused rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, African Drummer Boy and many more. For more information, visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience , November 26, 7pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to bring Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience to Sarasota on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. The music never stops in Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience. Produced in collaboration with the Estate of Johnny Cash, this multi-media celebration is like nothing you’ve seen before. Using state-of-the-art technology, Johnny Cash’s rich, iconic baritone has been lifted from archival concert footage and recordings, enabling the “Man in Black'' to perform his biggest hits – “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire” – with a live band again! In addition to never-before-seen footage and on-screen narration by Cash’s only son, John Carter Cash, male and female vocalists will split singing duties to perform even more Cash hits, as well as tunes by artists of the time including The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and June Carter Cash. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726.

[SOON]  THEATER: Deck the Halls Returns to Florida Studio Theatre , November 25 – December 24, 10am and 12pm

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 the holidays in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families 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 Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham with additional material by Dellan Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays with showtimes starting at 10am and 12pm in FST’s Keating Theatre. For more information, visit FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: A Brave New Wonderland , November 18 – December 31, Various times

Hometown hero and international superstar Nik Wallenda is collaborating with the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) to bring an extraordinary holiday spectacle, A Brave New Wonderland, to the CAC’s Holiday-Themed Big Top in the East District at UTC. The show, with 45 performances through December 31, promises a blend of thrilling circus acts, mesmerizing aerial performances, and uplifting holiday storytelling, curated and produced under the creative eye of the King of the High Wire, Wallenda himself, along with his world record-holding wife, Erendira Wallenda. Through breathtaking performances by artists from diverse backgrounds, captivating narratives, and the shared spirit of Wallenda’s personal tagline, Never Give Up! Brave New Wonderland seeks to plant a seed of unity in the hearts of its audience. It's a show where the magic of the season is not just about traditions and celebrations but also about embracing our differences and finding strength in diversity. For more information, visit circusarts.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Market Returns , October 7 – May 25, 9am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is happy to announce the return of the Bradenton Market to its weekly schedule. This beloved community gathering will be held Saturdays through May 25, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street in Bradenton. Founded in 1979, the Market has expanded to include more than 90 local vendors. In addition to the weekly shopping and music, the Market hosts special event days throughout the season. Halloween at the Market will be held on Saturday, October 28. This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 am. For more information, visit RealizeBradenton.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Holiday Gems at The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota , December 5, 7:30pm

The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota will open its 2023-2024 season with Holiday Gems on December 5, 2023 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota located at 2050 Oak Street. The annual holiday program, conducted by music director Robert Vodnoy, includes music by Debussy, Vivaldi, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky, plus holiday favorites. Featured soloists include harpist Giuseppina Ciarla and mandolinist Rafael Ramirez. Tickets are $39 for adults and $5 for students. A series ticket for all three orchestral concerts is priced at $105, and includes an invitation to a pre-concert reception. More information and tickets are available online at www.chamberorchestrasarasota.org, or call 219-928-8665.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Breakfast with Santa , December 16, 10am-12pm

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources invites children ages 12 and under and their families to the free Breakfast with Santa event, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 16. Enjoy breakfast, holiday music, and a visit by Santa in person at Laurel Park and at Newtown Estates Park. Pre-registration is required to attend this event. Register children ages 12 and under online before Friday, Dec. 8, or until the event is full. Unwrapped toy donations for children ages 12 and under are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 11 at Sarasota County parks, events, fire stations and library locations throughout the county. For more information, or to register, visit scgov.net.

[SOON]  FOOD: Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , January 25 – January 29, Various times
The 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Originals, will take place January 25 to 29. Grand Tasting tickets go on sale in October. A full five day slate of food and wine themed fun is planned, including the University Master Classes, wine dinners at area restaurants, wine shop tasting events, a trade tasting and the much anticipated Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art. Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting launch on two consecutive Tuesdays: On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a presale of the VIP and Early Access tickets and on October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be available and historically have sold out in a matter of minutes. All Forks and Corks Grand Tasting tickets will be available online only. For more information, please visit www.eatlikealocal.com.
[SOON]  FOOD: 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ Event , December 6, 5:30-8:30pm

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is excited to announce they will be the new home for the 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ event on December 6th, previously put on by Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. This event has been the premier networking event in the region for decades, which brings together the business community from the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch Region to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and fun. The event will be held at the Premiere Sports Campus from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.For more information, visit members.lwrba.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Second Installment of Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens , November 30, 5pm

The second installment of this season’s Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens series will take place on Thursday, November 30th at 5pm at Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point campus with a panel discussion featuring Hermitage National Curatorial Council member Nataki Garrett, Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer Tom Kirdahy, and President of the Manasota Chapter of ASALH David Wilkins. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org, $5/person registration fee.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Wellen Park Fall Music Series , October 25 – December 16, 6-10pm

Wellen Park is hosting a variety of musical genres and musicians throughout each week. Wellen Wednesdays and Thursday Tunes will feature various local bands every week under the Heritage Tree from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday Night Live will host a live band on the Solis Hall stage overlooking the Great Lawn from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday Sounds will feature music on the first, second and fourth Saturday of the month under the Heritage Tree from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday Groove will feature music under Heritage Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are invited to bask in the captivating scenery and waterfront vibe by bringing their own lawn chairs or blankets for maximum comfort. These upcoming musical gatherings offer an open-door policy, requiring no prior RSVP for attendance. Guests can participate in Wellen Park’s Sip and Stroll program by purchasing to-go alcoholic beverages from Downtown Wellen food and beverage merchants. For more information, visit wellenpark.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Hooters Jeep Nights , September 16 – December 21, 6pm

Calling all Jeep Enthusiasts! The Sarasota Hooters location is hosting Jeep Night on the third Thursday of the month starting at 6pm. Hooters is giving away raffle prizes during the monthly events. The September 21 raffle prize is a Flashcal For Jeep Superchips Calibration Tool. Congratulations to Shawn Miller who won a Jeep Tow Kit during the August 17 Jeep Night. Upcoming Jeep Nights will take place on December 21. Hooters of Sarasota is located at 6507 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Visit Hooters during Jeep Night and present your Jeep key for 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages and an entry for the giveaway. Jeep Night has become a favorite thing to do for the Sarasota community. From regular customers to Hooters Girls who own Jeeps and Jeep lovers everyone is enjoying this opportunity. For more information, visit www.HootersFlorida.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Wintertide Performance , November 26, 4pm

Key Chorale and The Sarasota Ballet Studio Ballet Company will partner once again for Wintertide on Sunday, November 26th at 4pm at the Sarasota Opera House. Wintertide blends Spanish, Mexican and Puerto Rican carols in Conrad Susas Carols and Lullabies with John Rutters chilly choral cycle When Icicles Hang. Key Chorale and The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company entwine dance and music for this unique program celebrating the blue nights of winter and the magic of the season. Imagine the stage of the Sarasota Opera House filled with more than 30 dancers, 100 singers, orchestra, and soloists for this exciting collaboration. To purchase tickets to Wintertide or a Compose your Own concert series, visit keychorale.org or call 941-552-8768 to reserve the best seats. Pricing varies from $20-$55, with college students just $10 and students under 18 free.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Wellen Park Group Fitness , October 15 – December 16, 8-9am

Starting the week of Oct. 15, a dynamic lineup of weekly fitness activities for the community will begin. Groups will meet in Downtown Wellen, in front of Kind Vibes Outfitters. Yoga and Zumba classes meet on the Great Lawn. Walking Group Meet-Up, every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Cycling Group Meet-Up, every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Running Group Meet-Up, every Monday at 6 p.m. Yoga, every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Zumba, every Monday from 8 to 9 a.m. For more information, visit wellepark.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

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