wcw NOVEMBER 2020


WCW’s November issue has lots to read and explore! It’s our annual Salute to the Arts issue, so we have articles and features on what's coming up this season. It all starts with a cover story on Wilmain Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. Enjoy features on Choral Artists, The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL, the annual Sarasota Art & Design Show, arts news and our monthly calendar of events. Want an easy to manage holiday meal? We have great tips and recipes from Zildjian Catering. Finally, don’t miss our WCW Foodie column where we have news on the restaurant scene. Enjoy and please stay well!





Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

Also in this issue:

in this issue:

■ Choral Artists of Sarasota

Presents “Spanish Flair”

■ Arts News—comings, goings,

changes & more

■ Art & Design Show Sarasota

Dec. 4-6

■ Artist Derrick Adams at MFA,

St. Petersburg

■ Dining In: A Easy Plan for

the Holidays

■ WCW Foodie: restaurant news

■ WCW Shopper:

local holiday gifts





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Editor and Publisher

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Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net

Contributing Writer

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Contributing Photographer

Evelyn England

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Here are our columns:

n Out & About: includes

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,

lectures, dance, poetry, shows &

performances, theatre, film,

seasonal events and more.

n Datebook: club meetings,

women’s clubs, networking and

consumer-oriented lectures.

November is our Arts Issue,

Part 1

In this issue we have a look at news in the arts, Choral Artists,

Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Sarasota Art and Design

show plus lots of events to enjoy live or virtual.

focus on the arts

Art & Design Show Sarasota returns to Robarts Arena

December 4-6 and they offer free admission with indoor and

outdoor booths. The longest-running indoor fine art and craft

show in Florida returns with works in decorative fiber, wearable

art, leather, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, painting, and

sculpture by more than 75 of the nation’s top artists.


focus on the arts

Choral Artists of Sarasota

presents “Spanish Flair”

November 15. The ensemble’s

42nd season continues with this

virtual concert of the sounds of

Spain as realized by non-Spanish

composers. Learn more on


n Mind/Body Calendar: health and

wellness events, support groups,

health lectures, seminars and


n You’re News: job announcements,

appointments and promotions,

board news, business news and

real estate news.




focus on the arts

Contemporary artist Derrick Adams’s

major solo museum exhibition debuts in

Southeast at the Museum of Fine Arts,

St. Petersburg. Adams’s work reveals

the carefree, joyful leisure scenes of

Black life that so often go unseen.


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4 editor’s letter

7 Out & About: listing for things

to do live and/or online

12 women’s health:

Urology Treatment Center

14 focus on the arts:

Choral Artists next concert

15 focus on the arts:

Sarasota Art & Design Show

16 west coast woman: Wilmian Hernandez,

Co-founder of the Sarasota Cuban

Ballet School

18 dining in: holiday tips and recipes

by Zildjian Catering

19 women’s health: great American

Smokeout Nov. 19

20 focus on the arts: The art of Derrick

Adams at the MFA in St. Pete

on the cover: WCW Wilmian Hernandez, Co-founder of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School.

21 health feature: get to know

Craniosacral Therapy

23 wcw foodie: your source for

restaurant news

26 focus on the arts: arts news

about people and


30 You’re News

• Photo by Evelyn England of SAGE


just some


Louise Bruderle

Editor and Publisher

Wilmian Hernandez

Photo: Evelyn England

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School


Wilmian Hernandez

These days, stories about women in the arts inevitably

center on the struggle for viability during a pandemic.

And that’s no exception with Wilmian Hernandez,

co-founder with her husband, Ariel Serrano, of the

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. Like so many artforms

that are performed in intimate spaces, the Sarasota

Cuban Ballet School had to scuttle four performances

including their popular “Nutcracker” that was set to

run in December. Their school is open, but, as you’ll

read in my profile on Wilmian, it’s challenging to teach ballet to children and

young people given a pandemic.

Choral Artists of Sarasota

November is our Arts Issue…

Since last month when we reported how schedules and seasons have changed

for many arts organizations, things have changed again. We’re cautiously

optimistic hearing that Venice Theatre (in person) and the Sarasota

Orchestra (in-person audiences limited to 20% of Holley Hall; concerts will

be streamed) and Sarasota Art & Design Show (in person with some modifications)

are back in business. It’s not the same, but at least they’re back.

Should the virus get under control and better still, headed for oblivion, we

may see more arts and more events online and even in person (with precautions).

I joke that we have edited, deleted, re-edited—several times in a

month. But imagine coordinating artists from all over the world, rehearsing

and then performing. By comparison, our work seems minor.

Other news on the local arts scene: Sarasota Art Museum is open finally,

and you can visit, eat and shop. Sarasota Opera has a series of performances

including the first live-streamed concert from Sarasota Opera House and two

live outdoor performances at the downtown

Sarasota and Historic Spanish

Point locations of Selby

Gardens. Be on the lookout

for their OperaMobile

which has free 20-minute

performances throughout

the greater Sarasota area

in early November.

What’s nice about all

these live-streamed performances

is that you can still

enjoy the performance for another

couple of weeks online.

Some Perspective on the Arts

and the Economy

Nationally, arts and culture adds $877 billion to the annual economy and

supports 5.1 million American workers. The arts makeup 4.5 percent of our

annual GDP. A study commissioned by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota

County shows the nonprofit arts and cultural community in Sarasota

generates $295 million in total economic activity and employs 7,445 full-time

jobs. However, nationally from April to July 2020, this sector lost about 2.7

million jobs and $150 billion in revenue.

Organizations have been forced to innovate to survive, but even though

you can watch a performance online, it’s nothing like the revenue that

normally comes with things like ticket (in person) sales, program books and

since we’re talking Sarasota, galas and fundraisers.

Recipes for Thanksgiving

There’s a new twist on our very popular Dining In

page. This month we have ace caterer and chef Alyson

Zildjian of Zildjian Catering sharing great recipes and

tips for a smooth Thanksgiving holiday. She suggests

using e-vite and e-RSVP apps to help make it easier to

manage guests and recommends taking your party

outdoors to avoid health challenges with being inside.

Check out her tested and tasty recipes in this issue, too.

If you’d rather leave it to the experts, Zildjian

Catering provides custom menus. They also offer fresh food to go with their

chef-prepared meals and offer curbside pick up and delivery. Call (941) 363-

1709 or visit www.zildjiancatering.com.

All Faiths Food Bank Launches

‘ThankFULL’ campaign

All Faiths Food Bank is at the

epicenter of the pandemic

because they tackle hunger

which has grown exponentially.

Funds raised through

‘ThankFULL Tummies

and Hearts’ campaign will

provide turkeys and holiday

meals for children, families,

seniors and veterans.

Running through November,

All Faiths’ “ThankFULL

Tummies” campaign will

help to provide holiday meals

for Thanksgiving. Throughout

the month of December,

the “ThankFULL Hearts”

campaign will raise funds to

All Faiths Food Bank hopes to raise enough money through the

‘ThankFULL’ campaign to provide 9,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving

and 4 million meals for community members who are struggling

to put food on the table.

provide holiday meals for area children, families, seniors and veterans.

With the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic continuing to

be felt across our region, there will be even more empty plates this holiday

season. Since mid-March, All Faiths Food Bank has seen an overall increase

in need of approximately 120%, with new clients increasing 45% at mobile

pantry events. All Faiths hopes that its holiday campaign can raise enough to

provide 9,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving and 4 million meals for families who

are facing hunger.

“The holiday season is going to be very different this year and will likely

change the way we celebrate. Needs will be different, too,” said All Faiths Food

Bank CEO Sandra Frank. “How do you furnish a feast if your paycheck has vanished?

With the help of our community, we can provide a holiday celebration

and healthy meals for families who are struggling to put food on the table.”

This is the fourth year of the ThankFULL campaign. To learn more about

All Faiths or to help turn empty plates into ‘ThankFULL Tummies and Hearts’

by making a donation, go to allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941-379-6333.

Goodwill Donates Coats for Turning

Points’ ‘One Warm Coat’ drive

As part of the national “One Warm Coat”

collection effort - which works to provide

free coats to people in need - Goodwill

Manasota has donated nearly 70 pounds

of coats, hats, gloves and scarves to Turning

Points in Bradenton. Turning Points

is an official collection site for One Warm

Coat; executive director Kathleen Cramer

reports that all donations will stay local

and be distributed to members of the

community through multiple nonprofits

in Manatee County.

According to Goodwill leaders, Goodwill

donates to Turning Points whenever

they are low on specific items, such as

jeans and shirts as well as sample-size

toiletries. Additionally, non-perishable

food items donated to Goodwill through

collection bins in retail locations are

delivered to the self-serve food pantry at

Turning Points, which is run by its partner agency, Our Daily Bread.

Coats and accessories can be dropped off at Turning Points (701 17th Ave.

W., Bradenton) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., through November

25, with distribution starting the first weekend in December. Call 941-747-

1509 for further information.

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |


Goodwill Manasota team members Tara Phillips

and Michael Underwood with two of the donated

coats to be delivered to Turning Points.

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this column and on other columns and features in this issue.

You can reach us at westcoastwoman@comcast.net. We’re on the web at www.WestCoastWoman.com.



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out& about

Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera will not be silent

this fall, with a series of performances

including the first live-streamed

concert from Sarasota Opera House

and two live outdoor performances at

the downtown Sarasota and Historic

Spanish Point locations of the Marie

Selby Botanical Gardens.

The concerts will feature sopranos

Hanna Brammer, Anna Mandina,

and Caitlin Crabill, tenors Andrew

Surrena and Samuel Schlievert, baritone

Alexander Boyd, and bass Young

Bok Kim, accompanied by Jesse Martins

and George Hemcher at the piano.

In addition to these concerts, “HD

at the Opera House” presentations

are continuing, and the OperaMobile

will roll again with free 20-minute

performances throughout the greater

Sarasota area in early November.

Sarasota Opera’s first live-streamed

performance is on Friday, November

13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera

House, featuring favorite opera selections

by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner,

and Mozart, accompanied by piano.

A limited number of tickets will be

available for an in-person, distanced

audience at $25-45. Tickets for the live

stream are $10. The live stream will be

available for viewing for two weeks.

Two outdoor concerts featuring

songs celebrating nature and accompanied

by piano are on Tuesday, November

17 at 5:30 p.m. at Marie Selby

Botanical Gardens downtown Sarasota

and on Thursday, November 19

at 5:30 p.m. at Historic Spanish Point.

The musical program will be identical

at both garden locations. Attendance

at each concert will be limited

to 100 people, with tickets at $35.

On November 9 and November 10,

the Sarasota Opera will again bring

beautiful music to the community via

the OperaMobile, with two singers

and a pianist who will perform a free

20-minute concert at select locations

throughout the Sarasota area. For

locations, visit SarasotaOpera.org.

To ensure the safety of all attendees

of Sarasota Opera’s Fall Season events,

all seats will be reserved and distanced.

Face masks will be required at

all performances, and attendees will

be subject to a temperature check.

Print-at-home and mobile tickets are

now available and ticket buyers are

encouraged to purchase tickets before

arriving at the theater. Tickets will be

self-scanned at the theater, limiting

contact with ushers and staff. Concessions

will be closed, but ticket holders

may bring their own water bottle.

Visitors to the Opera House will note

enhanced safety and cleaning measures,

as well as signage for traffic flow

and distancing. The air conditioning

system has been optimized for better

air circulation and filtration.

Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue,

Sarasota. Visit SarasotaOpera.

org or call the Box Office at (941) 328-

1300 for tickets or more information.




The Artful Lobster is on Saturday,

November 14, 11:30 am – 2

pm. The Artful Lobster is The Hermitage’s


fundraising event,

and the only benefit

to take place on their

historic Gulf front

campus on Manasota

Key. With a

lobster feast catered

by Michael’s On

East and live entertainment


Hermitage Fellows,

the Artful Lobster

is anticipated as the

season kick-off for

many across our

community. Tickets:

941-475-2098 ext 5.

This year, they’ll

celebrate the legacy

of Nelda and Jim

Thompson, longtime

Hermitage supporters

and champions

of Manasota Key.

In addition, they’ll host a special celebration

honoring the Thompsons on

Friday, November 13.

Safe Place and Rape Crisis

Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual

golf tournament, Scramble

for SPARCC, at Longboat Key Club,

Harbourside Golf Course on Monday,

November 16. The tournament raises

funds to help provide life-saving,

free and confidential programs and

services for survivors of domestic and

sexual violence.

Entry fee is $175 and includes

green fees, individual carts, a boxed

lunch, beverages and player awards.

Registration opens at noon with a

shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. to kick

off the 18-hole scramble. In addition

to the golf tournament, there is also

a closet to the pin contest, longest

drive contest for men and women,

helicopter ball drop for 50/50, and an

outdoor awards celebration.

For registration and sponsorship

opportunities, visit www.sparcc.net/

events or email Communications

Manager Ning Qin at nqin@sparcc.net.


It’s time to enjoy life with friends at

Glow Table Dinner, a sit down dinner

at Lakewood Ranch on Friday, November

6, 7-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a festive

outdoor dining experience showcasing

LED Glow Tables and quality food,

drinks, and service from The Grove.

Enjoy cirque performances rotating

from table to table between meal

courses and let the evening come

alive with your friends.Tickets can be

purchased in groups, by table size, to

accommodate 4, 6, 8, or 10 people. A

limited number of single tickets are

also available and will be seated based

on available capacity. Tickets are $160.

Three course fine dining dinner

with a selection of four entrees to

choose from. Complimentary beer,

wine and Champagne included.

A delightful evening of entertainment

including DJ service by SRQ

Beats and a variety of talented cirque

performers exhibiting their skills

on a rotating basis between meal

courses. Glow Table Dinner location:

Just off Main Street in front of GROVE


On November 9 and November 10, the Sarasota Opera will again bring

beautiful music to the community via the OperaMobile, with two singers

and a pianist who will perform a free 20-minute concert at select locations

throughout the Sarasota area. For locations, visit SarasotaOpera.org.

Restaurant & Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk

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The region’s new Thanksgiving family

tradition is a go for this year with a

few changes. The third annual Florida

Turkey Trot, a community run/walk

event at Sarasota-Bradenton’s Nathan

Benderson Park, will be both a two-day,

in-person run and a virtual event.

Staggered starts for the on-site run/

walk will ensure social distancing

and runner safety. Runners will select

and schedule their start time from

time blocks 4-5 p.m. Thanksgiving

Eve—that’s Wednesday, Nov. 25—

and 7-10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

Participants are encouraged to register

early and secure their preferred

start time, since the number of participants

per time block is capped.

Virtual run/walk participants

may choose their own time and

place, then report their finish time

afterward. All participants will receive

a race shirt, runner’s face covering

and finisher medal. Proceeds

benefit the park. Registration is open

at floridaturkeytrot.com.


Sarasota Out of The Darkness

Walk is on Sunday, November 15, 6

a.m. - 2 p.m. This is an event of the

American Foundation for Suicide

Prevention. When you walk in the

Out of the Darkness Walks, you join

the effort with hundreds of thousands

of people to raise awareness

and funds that allow the American

Foundation for Suicide Prevention

(AFSP) to invest in new research, create

educational programs, advocate

for public policy, and support survivors

of suicide loss. Location is Nathan

Benderson Regatta Island. For

more info, email tsullivan@afsp.org.



UN Women USA Virtual Walk

UNiTE to End Violence Against

Women and Girls runs November

25-December 5. This is an international

fundraiser organized annually

by the UN Women USA Gulf Coast

Chapter, Sarasota. Walk with UN

Women USA to raise funds and awareness

about violence against women.

Why walk? Because

35 percent of

all women worldwide


physical or sexual

intimate partner violence

during their


Register now on

Rallybound as an

individual or a

team. Participate

from Nov. 25 - Dec.

5 in engaging and

fun activities. Walk

anytime and choose

your distance. A

couple of miles

with your dog and a

friend? With family

after Thanksgiving

dinner? A company

team walking


End your successful

campaign on Saturday,

December 5, by joining them on

Zoom. Learn about local efforts to

combat violence, recognize all our

walkers, and announce prizes for our

top fundraisers. Each year, the Gulf

Coast Chapter UN Women USA for

UN Women walks to raise awareness

about violence against women - and

to raise funds for programs to combat

the problem. For information, visit

unwomenusa.org/gcc/winter-walk or

contact Debby Jennings at debbyjennings@msn.com

or 941-744-6419.

The University of South Florida

has the 27th annual Brunch on the

Bay at the Sarasota-Manatee campus

now on Jan. 24, 2021. Attendees

will enjoy great cuisine, fellowship

with friends and have the opportunity

to invest in the future of the

community by supporting student

scholarships. Elizabeth Moore is

chairperson of the 2021 event.

To reserve a table sponsorship

or purchase tickets to Brunch, visit

the 2021 USF Sarasota-Manatee

Brunch on the Bay sponsorship

page. Out of consideration for the

safety of the community, new social

distancing measures are being diligently

considered as plans continue

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LWR 2nd Annual Mindful Triathlon

is on November 14, 9:30-11:30

a.m. at Bob Gardner Community Park.

Join in for a re-imagined “Mindful

Triathlon,” benefitting the Brain

Health Initiative. Racers will complete

a virtual ‘mindful’ morning of a 5k

run/walk, followed by an upbeat yoga

session, and guided meditation by The

Yoga Shack.

Schedule of events:

• Nov. 12 and Nov. 13: Registration

packet pick-ups (TBD)

• Monday, Nov. 9-Saturday, Nov. 14:

Complete your virtual 5k before

meeting at the park for parts 2 and 3

of the triathlon.

Day of Event (Nov. 14) at Bob

Gardner Park:

• 9:30am- Bring your mat and join


us for some upbeat, socially distanced


• 10:15am- Find your inner peace

with a guided meditation.

• 10:45am- Event close and food

trucks open for business

$30 registration fee includes the

virtual 5k, and in-person yoga and

meditation, a t-shirt, and a medal.

Wind down after your triathlon with

a yummy snacks from food trucks Deli

Deli Sandwich Co. and Bowl’d Life.

Yoga and meditation flows will be

socially distanced. Bring your own

mat, towel, and water bottles.

Hosted by Lakewood Ranch, The

Brain Health Initiative Suncoast and 3

others. Tickets: runsignup.com/Race/



and Classes

The New College Foundation, offers

New Topics, a lecture series showcasing

national speakers from a broad

range of disciplines exploring topical

issues. To mark New College’s 60th

anniversary, this year’s series features

noteworthy alumni whose New College

experience prepared them for

lives of note and careers of impact.

The series runs through March and

will be presented via the Zoom platform.

Each lecture will be presented at

5 pm. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds

go to fund student scholarships.

Speakers Princeton University’s

Center for Economic Policy Studios

senior research scholar William

Dudley speaking on “Challenge and

Response: Facing Hard Choices in

a Time of Economic Crisis” on November

12, R. Derek Black, Allison

Gornik and James Birmingham on

the topic of “Inclusion at any Cost?

When New College was ‘Home’ to a

White Nationalist” on January 27,

Cuban-American attorney, consultant,

and human rights advocate Lincoln

Rafael Diaz-Balart on the topic

of “Reflections on a Congressional

Career; Lessons for Today’s Politics”

on February 18 and “ Cybersecurity

and Civil Liberties” by the ACLU’s

surveillance and cybersecurity counsel

Jennifer Granick on March 18.

Registration required. Go to ncf.

edu/new-topics or call the New College

events hotline at 941-487-4888.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

at Ringling College has its 2020

Fall Semester through November

20. OLLI at Ringling College’s fall

documentary film series, CONNEC-

TIONS: Exploring Today’s Global

Issues, is an opportunity for students

to connect to many of today’s pressing

global issues via the penetrating

perspectives of contemporary documentary

films. The moderator of the

series is Julie Cotton, a member of the

Advisory Council’s Strategic Program

Committee, executive coach, and

aficionado of documentary films.

The last film that will be screened

via Zoom is on November 10 (Liyana).

Following the screening, participants

can engage in a Zoom chat with the

moderator and one another about the

film’s content and impact, as well as


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out and about continued

raise questions. To register and for

information, visit www.OlliatRinglingCollege.org

or call 941-309-5111.

At Bookstore1


Upcoming author events are

presented via Zoom and registration

is required.

• Saturday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Herbert Woodward Martin will be

live for a Zoom poetry reading and

Q & A. He will be reading from his

most recent collection of poems, The

Shape of Regret. Martin is nationally

recognized as a Paul Lawrence Dunbar

scholar known for his readings of

Dunbar’s poetry. There is a $7 charge

for this event to help defray the cost.


• Wednesday, November 18 at 6

p.m. Forbes and Garden & Gun journalist

Monte Burke will have a Zoom

book talk for his new book Lords of

the Fly: Madness, Obsession and the

Hunt for the World-Record Tarpon.

There is a $7 charge for this event to

help defray the cost.

From the bestselling author of

Saban, 4th and Goal, and Sowbelly

comes the thrilling, untold story of the

quest for the world record tarpon on

a fly rod, a tale that reveals as much

about Man as it does about the fish. In

the late 1970s and early 1980s, something

unique happened in the quiet

little town on the west coast of Florida

known as Homosassa.

The best fly anglers in the world all

gathered together to chase the same

Holy Grail—the world record for the

most glamorous and coveted fly rod

species, the tarpon.

• Upcoming Virtual Book Clubs at


All book clubs presented via Zoom,

registration is required.

• Tuesday, November 10 at 2 p.m.

The Mysteries to Die For Zoom Book

Club led by Elsie Souza. This month

they’re discussing The Guest List by

Lucy Foley. A fee of $35 is required for

participation. This includes a copy

of The Guest List and the Zoom book

club meeting. The book can be picked

up curbside or in the store. The fee is

$40.50 to have the book shipped. Ticket

purchase required for Zoom link.

• Wednesday, November 11 at 2 p.m.

The Poetry Zoom Book Club led by

Doug Knowlton meets online via

Zoom. They’ll discuss In the Lateness

of the World by Carolyn Forché. A fee

of $31 is required. This includes a copy

of In the Lateness of the World and the

Zoom book club meeting. The book

can be picked up curbside or in the

store. The fee is $41.50 to have the

book shipped. The book is a new poetry

collection of uncanny grace and

moral force from one of our country’s

most celebrated poets. Ticket purchase

required for Zoom link.

To register: https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events.

More event info

at https://www.sarasotabooks.com/

bookclubs or call 941-365-7900.

The store is open for browsing with

masks and gloves and payment by

credit card only from 10 am – 4 pm,

Monday – Saturday.

Side-door pick is

also still available.

At The


They’re continuing

a year-long celebration

of Our Blue

Planet with the current

special exhibition:

the Wyland-inspired


Extreme Journey.

This special exhibition

in the Museum’s

East Gallery

transforms visitors

into raindrops and

sends them through

a maze depicted as

our watershed — a

journey that takes

them through mountains, streams,

wetlands and even their own backyards

— all while trying to steer clear

of pollution and ultimately reach a

healthy ocean.

This experience engages visitors

through play, scientific inquiry, art

and action, illuminating human impacts

great and small while teaching

how to contribute to healthy, safe water

in their community and beyond.

Water’s Extreme Journey is included

in the price of admission and open

through Jan. 3, 2021.

The Bishop Museum of Science

and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton.


WBTT’s Soul

in the Garden

The event is on Friday, November

13, 6-9 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical

Gardens (800 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota).

Join Westcoast Black Theatre

Troupe in a beautiful outdoor setting

for cocktails, dinner, live auction and

a show celebrating the Sixties, when

sweet soul music was in full bloom.

Songs will include megahits like

“Dancing In the Street,” “Twistin’ the

Night Away,” “Try a Little Tenderness”

and “Your Love Keeps Lifting

Me (Higher and Higher).” WBTT will

honor longtime supporter and immediate

past board chair, Marian Moss,

as its 2020 Heart & Soul Philanthropy

honoree. Delicious dinner catered by

Michael’s On East.

Limited to 150 guests to ensure

safe social distancing; livestream

option available for those not able to

attend. Attire: cool and comfy with

a groovy 1960’s flair. Tickets: $250/

in person, $100/livestream. For more

information, contact Debra Flynt-

Garrett at 941-366-1505 or dfgarrett@



Art Exhibits

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling

College is open. The Museum

Campus is open to all, including

the new Bistro, the Shop, and the

Grounds. On exhibit: Harmony Hammond,

Material Witness, Five Decades

of Art, Color. Theory. & (b/w),

Vita in Motu, Worker by Barbara


Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College is open. The Museum Campus

is open to all, including the new Bistro, the Shop, and the Grounds. On exhibit:

Harmony Hammond, Material Witness, Five Decades of Art, Color. Theory.

& (b/w), Vita in Motu, Worker by Barbara Banks and Vik Muniz.

Visit www.sarasotaartmuseum.org. Sarasota Art Museum, Ringling College

Museum Campus, 1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Banks and Vik Muniz.

They offer a variety of online exhibits.

Visit www.sarasotaartmuseum.org.

Sarasota Art Museum, Ringling

College Museum Campus, 1001

South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The Annual Hotworks.org Sarasota

Open Air Fine Art Show is at

Philippi Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, November 14 and 15, 2020,

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Hot Works’ new Sarasota Open

Air Fine Art Show is held outdoors

at Phillippi Estate Park, located off

of US-41 in south Sarasota; on the

shores of Phillippi Creek, 60-acre

natural area park south of downtown

Sarasota and east of Siesta Key.

The art show is held 100% outdoors

and has plenty of room for booths to

be six feet apart for social distancing.

Face coverings are required, and other

COVID safety precautions will be

in place for this professionally juried

fine art and fine craft show.

Daily free admission with $5 parking.

More info www.hotworks.org.


Manatee County Agricultural

Museum, 1015 6th St. West, is open.

Local artist Pat Robertson’s watercolor

exhibit has been extended

indefinitely. Robertson is a 33-year

resident of Manatee County, specifically

Palmetto and Terra Ceia. She

is a watercolorist and took her first

class at ArtCenter Manatee. She is a

signature member of the Florida Watercolor

and the Suncoast Watercolor

Societies. The exhibit features beautiful

flora and fauna focused pieces.

Some of the pieces are for sale.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1st and

3rd Saturday 10-noon, 1-4 p.m. Location:

1015 6th Street West, Palmetto.

Info: (941) 721-2034

Online exhibits: Underwater

Farms: Aquaculture in Manatee

County. Aquaculture has a long history

in Manatee County. The process of

growing aquatic animals and plants

for food, restoration, and pets has

evolved over the years, but continues

to have a presence in the agricultural

industry. Learn more about what

aquaculture farms have been in Manatee

County in the past and today.


At Dabbert Gallery:

for November

and December is


Visions & Traditions.”


18 gallery artists,

some using traditional

subject matter

expressed with

a contemporary

flair, others creating


with underlying

traditional realism.

Dabbert Gallery, 46

S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.


Info: www.dabbertgallery.com.



Manatee welcomes

a new season with

an all media exhibit with a twist

called Fishing For Diamonds. The

twist is that every piece must include a

representation of a diamond earring.

Thanks to a partnership with Jess Jewelers,

we are offering awards with a

value over $5,000. In addition to cash

awards, First, Second and Third place

winners will also receive diamond

earrings compliments of Jess Jewelers,

a premier jewelry store in Bradenton.

The exhibit, which will be in all

three galleries, will include a special

display of work by 6-15 year olds who

will receive free entry and fun prizes.

On display to November 20.

Coming in November and December

will be their second Ornament

Extravaganza featuring thousands

of ornaments made by over 50 local

artists. Ornaments will be displayed

on more than ten holiday trees in the

Searle Gallery.

The Kellogg and Reid Hodges

Galleries will feature the all media

work of members in their annual

show, November 24 – December 31.

COVID permitting, they are planning

a reception and Artful Holidays party

and sale on December 3. The sale

in the LiveArtfully artisan boutique

will continue on Friday, December 4

and Saturday December 5.

For information, visit ArtCenter-

Manatee.org, or call 941-746-2862.

They’re at 209 9th St W, Bradenton.



The Artists Guild of Anna Maria

Island has window exhibits planned

through December at the gallery located

at 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes

Beach on Anna Maria Island.

• In November: 3D art, including

textiles, jewelry, pottery, sculpture,

mosaics and more

• In December: Tree ornaments,

specially designed for the holiday

season by member artists

AGAMI’s membership of about

150 local artists and supporters of

the arts—arrange exhibits, shows,

and other means to further local art

in the community. Their art gallery,

the Guild’s largest program, has 50-

plus displaying artists. Since 1989,

these artists—Guild members—collectively

show, sell, and run the nonprofit

gallery, and serve as ambassadors

for art in the community.

Info: www.amiartistsguildgallery.

com or call 941-778-6694.

Elisabeth Trostli, Art Uptown’s

November featured artist, connects

imagination, visual vocabulary and

technology as she transforms the

centuries-old playing card template

to a contemporary statement. The

artist employs digital means to paint

her highly original compositions

inspired by vintage tattoos, acrobats,

pinups, hearts and dragons. There’s

a bit of magic included: Elisabeth’s

whimsical artwork introduces sorcerers,

mystical creatures, mermaids

and clever monkeys.

The Art Uptown exhibit features

selected paintings from The Topsy/

Turvy Collection printed on glossy

gallery-wrap canvas in medium and

large sizes. Images can be custom

printed and shipped by Art Uptown.

Pick a card, any card at Art Uptown,

located at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota,

open Monday through Friday, 11

am to 5 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm

and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. Private

appointments can be arranged by

calling 941.955.5409. The gallery

continues its commitment to visitor

and staff safety by the use of masks,

sanitizer, frequent cleaning and social

distancing. Info: 941.955.5409 or visit



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2020 has been a difficult year

for everyone and the staff of Fishermen’s

Village is on a mission to

bring joy to residents and visitors

this holiday season.

Preparation is well underway for

the annual Festival of Lights Holiday

Showcase. It truly “takes a Village”

of dedicated employees who are

responsible for organizing and implementing

the installation of more

than one million lights and themed

holiday decorations which adorn the

Village each year.

Although an official Lighting of the

Village Ceremony will not take place

this year due to Covid-19, daily viewing

of the Festival of Lights Holiday

Showcase will be featured November

15-December 31.

Featuring an open-air environment

with expansive walkways in a

beautiful setting on Charlotte Harbor,

Fishermen’s Village is home to more

than 40 independently owned shops,

boutiques, galleries and restaurants,

vacation suites and a full-service Marina.

For more information, visit www.

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• You’re A Good Man, Charlie

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classic, based on the beloved comic

strip by Charles Schultz. Sally Brown

joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy,

Schroeder and Snoopy in this charming

revue of vignettes and songs. Two

new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My


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Manatee Performing Arts Center,

502 Third Avenue, W, Bradenton.

At The Ringling:

• Bard in the Yard runs to November

8 is a fall dose of outdoor movie

nights featuring films based on the

plays of William Shakespeare. New

classics or pop cult movie hits in their

own right, these selected films are

cinematic salutes to Romeo and Juliet,

Hamlet, Othello, and Taming of

the Shrew. All are held in the Historic

Asolo Theater Benfer Courtyard on

a large outdoor screen, weather permitting.

Tickets are required.

• Bard in the Yard: West Side Story

on November 6, 6:30pm : This romantic

musical update of ‘Romeo

and Juliet’ is the tale of a turf war

between rival teenage gangs in

Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen and two

lovers who cross battle lines.


• Bard in the Yard: Rosencrantz &

Guildenstern are Dead on November

13, 6:30pm. Rosencrantz (Gary

Oldman) and Guildenstern (Tim

Roth) ramble obliviously through

Elsinore Castle and its environs as

the events of William Shakespeare’s

“Hamlet” unfold around them.

• Bard in the Yard: Othello on December

4, 6:30pm. Moving the

classic tale of “Othello” onto the

basketball courts of a high school,

the story focuses on a young black

man named Odin (Mekhi Phifer)

who is convinced by a conniving

best friend, Hugo (Josh Hartnett)

that his girlfriend (Julia Stiles) is

cheating on him.

• Bard in the Yard: Taming of the

Shrew on December 11, 6:30pm.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

star in this film adaptation of the

classic Shakespeare play, directed

by Franco Zeffirelli.

Tickets will be available starting

30 days prior to the screening

date. Available seating will be marked

to ensure social distancing. For your

protection from COVID-19 cloth face

coverings will be required to enter the

theater. Stay 6 feet away from people

who are not in your household. Tickets:



Artist Series


Their next concert is on Sunday,

November 22, 5:30 p.m. at Historic

Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail,


The performance will be followed

by a dessert reception celebrating both

the 25th anniversary of Artist Series

Concerts and a milestone birthday

for ASC co-founder Jerry Ross.

Coming up on Sunday, December

6, 3:00 p.m., at Marie Selby Botanical

Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota,

Dick Hyman And The Florida Jazz

Masters featuring Dick Hyman,


piano; Peter BarenBregge,

saxophones; Mark Neuenschwander,

bass; Randy

Sandke, trumpet; Mike Treni,

trombone; percussionist

to be announced:

For Artist Series Concerts’

first ever outdoor concert,

the Great Lawn of Marie

Selby Botanical Gardens

swings with the music of Irving

Berlin, Duke Ellington,

George Gershwin Benny

Goodman, Thelonius Monk

and many others; performed

by six of Florida’s best jazz

artists, including the incomparable

Dick Hyman.

Info/Tickets: https://


org or 941-306-1200.

The Choral

Artists of


Choral Artists of Sarasota’s

42nd season, entitled

“Rise Up!” features concerts

in October, November,

December, February,

March, April, and July. Two

of the concerts are planned

for in-person events; three

will be presented outdoors

and all performances will include a

virtual presentation.

Choral Artists will also stage the

long-awaited “Listen to the Earth”

project—an ecological initiative

commemorating Earth Day’s 50th

anniversary last year—but postponed

due to the pandemic. Artistic Director

Joseph Holt will also illuminate

the creative process during a series of

virtual “Concert Insights,” throughout

the season. Each will focus on

the upcoming concert with a special

guest joining the conversation.

For information and tickets, visit

www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or

call 941-387-4900.


Sarasota Orchestra



2020–2021 Season

Sarasota Orchestra announced

today a reimagined season that

brings the joy and inspiration of

classical and pops music to the community

while maintaining health

and safety for its patrons, musicians,

staff and volunteers.

Planned by Jeffrey Kahane,

Sarasota Orchestra Artistic Advisor,

the concerts will feature ensembles

of no more than 15 musicians in

order to ensure social distancing on

the Holley Hall stage.

To ensure audience safety, in-person

audiences will be limited to 20%

capacity of Holley Hall starting in November.

To maintain delivery of the

Orchestra’s mission to the broadest

constituency possible, concerts will be

streamed for home viewing.

“Responsibility and flexibility guided

the planning of our reimagined

20/21 season. The health and safety


The Annual Hotworks.org Sarasota Open Air Fine Art

Show is at Philippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail,

Sarasota, November 14 and 15, 10 a.m.5 p.m. daily.

The art show is held 100% outdoors and has plenty of

room for booths to be six feet apart for social distancing.

Face coverings are required, and other COVID safety

precautions will be in place for this professionally juried

fine art and fine craft show.

Daily free admission with $5 parking. More info www.


of our audience, musicians, staff and

volunteers was the focus of this pandemic-impacted

season,” said Joseph

McKenna, President and CEO.

Each performance will be limited to

an hour without intermission, with a

socially distanced audience, required

masks, contact-free ticket scanning

and temperatures taken upon arrival

for attendance. The facility will have

a deep cleaning between performances

and a new Needlepoint Bipolar

Ionization air handling system was

recently installed in Holley Hall.

• Serenade for Strings: November 5-8.

Includes BOLOGNE, Symphonie

concertante No. 2 in G Major with

soloists: Daniel Jordan, Concertmaster;

Samantha Bennett, Principal

Second Violin. TCHAIKOVSKY,

Serenade for Strings

• Heartstrings: November 19-22.

SCHUBERT, String Quartet No. 12

(Quartettsatz); BARBER, Adagio for

Strings (String Quartet) and AREN-

SKY, String Quartet No. 2

• Beethoven @ 250: December 10-13.

BEETHOVEN, String Quartet No. 4,

Op. 18; BEETHOVEN, String Quartet

No. 10, Op. 74, “The Harp” (featuring

Sarasota String Quartet).

Information about purchasing

limited seating tickets and streaming

concerts at home will be available

at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or by

calling the Sarasota Orchestra Box

Office at (941) 953-3434.

Ballet and Dance:

For the first time ever, The Sarasota

Ballet will be offering specially

filmed performances that ticket buyers

can stream from the comfort of

their homes. These digital experiences

will replace in-theater performances


for the first three programs

of the 30th Anniversary

Season. The priority of The

Sarasota Ballet is to safeguard

audience members,

dancers, and staff from the

ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Program 2, November

20-21 at the Sarasota

Opera House.

• The Spider’s Feast;

Choreography by Sir

David Bintley; Music by

Albert Roussel. Program

includes: Dante Sonata

with Choreography by

Sir Frederick Ashton and

Music by Franz Liszt;

Birthday Offering with

Choreography by Sir

Frederick Ashton and

Music by Alexander

Glazunov, Arranged by

Robert Irving

More info at https://

www.sarasota ballet.org/


“Quinceañera” is a celebration

of Sarasota Contemporary

Dance’s 15th

birthday. SCD is marking

its passage from girlhood to

womanhood and demonstrating

once again that the

company is here for the long run.

The term “Quinceañera” has been

chosen not only to honor company

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott’s Caribbean

roots (Cuban American), but

also to recognize and celebrate the

momentous accomplishment 15

years marks in la vida de Sarasota

Contemporary Dance.

Coming up:

• SCD + Piazzolla Collaboration

with Ann Pilot, November 19–22.

Performances: 7:30 p.m., except

Sunday at 2 p.m.

Historic Asolo Theater, limited to

50 seats per show with socially distant

seating assignments.

Tickets available with Live Streaming

option: 941-260-8485.

Back by popular demand, SCD

continues to bring their collaborations

to a nuevo level with renowned

harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot. This performance

is originally choreographed

by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, inspired

by la música of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla.

Pilot’s arrangement for the harp,

violin, and bandoneon, inspired by

Piazzola’s compositions, infuses the

composer’s melodías into a contemporary

mix of música de tango with

jazz and classical influences. Through

an invigorating visual and emotional

experience, SCD brings a passionate

and poignant performance to the Historic

Asolo Theater with Piazzolla.

Info: (941) 260-8485 or visit www.



Farmer’s Markets


The Sarasota Farmers Market

is open on Saturdays with normal

hours of 7 am-1 pm, rain or shine.

You’ll notice that vendors are spread

out 10-15 feet apart from one another

to make more room to socially distance

yourself as you shop. In order to

achieve this, you’ll notice that they’ve

spread the vendors onto State and First

Streets, as well as on to Lemon. Be sure

to also support those vendors that are

on State and First Streets during your

trip to the market. Signage and arrows

on the ground will direct the foot traffic

flow. Masks are mandatory. The city

of Sarasota has partnered with The

Market to give away free masks while

supplies last.

Venice Farmers Market has summer

hours: Saturdays 8am to noon,

April through September. Winter

hours: Saturdays 8am to 1pm, October

through March. The Venice Farmers

Market is located at Venice City Hall,

401 W. Venice Avenue.

Face coverings will be required for

those visiting the Market. If customers

do not have a face covering, cloth

masks will be provided for them by

the Market, while supplies last. All

staff and vendors wear masks and

gloves and sanitizing stations are

available. Their plan complies with

all federal, state and local guidelines

for food and personal safety.

Vendors are offering produce,

baked goods, wild-caught seafood,

Florida-grown mushrooms, boutique

cheeses, locally roasted coffee, kettle

corn, hand crafted soap, essential oils,

nursery plants and fresh cut flowers.

In addition, local artists will be at the

market offering award-winning photography,

unique clay art and jewelry,

hand-designed clothing for children

and adults, and much more.

During the construction of the new

Fire Station 1 and expansion of Venice

City Hall, the Farmers Market has

relocated out of the parking lot but is

still operating at City Hall. The Market

will set up on W. Venice Avenue between

Harbor Drive and Avenue des

Parques, located between City Hall

and the Hecksher Park tennis courts.

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The Newtown Farmer’s Market is

open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every

Friday and Saturday. The market is

located at Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Park, at the corner of Cocoanut

Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King

Jr. Way. Vendors and shoppers are

expected to follow Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention safety

guidelines and wear a mask.


Bradenton Farmer’s Market

opened in October. Enjoy fresh

produce, local art, music, demos by

local chefs, and family activities.

Parking is free on weekends, and

dogs on leashes are welcome. Held

every Saturday through May, from

9am – 2pm, on Old Main Street in

downtown Bradenton, 400 12th St.

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tree-lined retail district of cafes and

restaurants running three blocks

north from Manatee Avenue to the

Manatee River, where it meets the

Bradenton Riverwalk.

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of urine). Treatments

range from medication or

nerve stimulation to Botox

injections or surgery. At least 30 million

Americans suffer from overactive


• Urinary Leakage/Incontinence

– Millions of women experience involuntary

loss of urine, called urinary incontinence.

The condition affects all ages and

women of every social and economic

level, though urinary incontinence

occurs more often in older women than

in young women. The condition can

be driven by stress or by a weakness in

bladder or pelvic floor muscles and can

be treated with a variety of approaches,

depending on severity.

• Pelvic Floor Weakness/Vaginal

Prolapse/”Dropped Bladder” – Pelvic

floor prolapse occurs when the upper

portion of the vagina loses its normal

shape and sags or drops down into the

vaginal canal or even outside of the vaginal

opening. There are several types of

pelvic floor prolapse including bladder,

rectum, small bowel and uterus. It’s wise

not to let the condition go on too long,

as most worsening pelvic floor prolapses

can only be fully corrected with surgery.

• Pelvic Pain/Interstitial Cystitis –

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a long-term

inflammation of the bladder wall, also

called painful bladder syndrome. Its symptoms

are very similar to a urinary tract

infection, such as urinary urgency and/or

pelvic pain, but lack an identifiable cause

such as bacterial infection. In the past, IC

was believed to be a relatively uncommon

problem, but now it is thought to affect

up to 12 percent of women.

Though women can be reluctant to talk

about these sensitive issues, it is important

to share details with and seek treatment

from a certified

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your quality of life,

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out and about continued

pavilion, a skateboard park, an

interactive splash pad, and much

more. There are over 35 vendors who

offer locally-grown fruits, vegetables,

plants, organic products, fresh seafood,

prepared foods, as well as the

work of local artists and craftspeople.

Every third Saturday, Mainly

Art hosts dozens of local artists and

craftspeople displaying and selling

their creations. Art, crafts, live music,

and food are available from 9am to

2pm on Fourth Avenue West, perpendicular

to the Bradenton Farmers’

Market on Main Street.

Why wait for Saturday? The Phillippi

Farmhouse Market is Sarasota’s

mid-week farmers market. The Farmhouse

Market is open from 9 a.m. to

2 p.m. every Wednesday, October

through April, at Phillippi Estate Park,

5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Over 50 vendors offer produce and

plants from local growers and producers,

as well as prepared foods, specialty

and sustainable items, and Florida

agriculturally-related products. Fruit

and produce vendors at the Phillippi

Farmhouse Market are required to be

growers to support the market’s mission

of promoting local agriculture.


At The Van Wezel

The Van Wezel has digital presentations

in 2020. This December,

Jim Brickman and the Moscow Ballet’s

Great Russian Nutcracker light

up the holiday season with virtual

performances that are perfect for the

whole family. Tickets for the Great

Russian Nutcracker and I Have a

Song to Sing, O! are on sale now.


The Van Wezel changes to the

2020-2021 season:

• The new date for The Choir of

Man’s Sarasota debut performance

is January 30, 2022.

• Renée Fleming’s performance on

January 13, 2021 has been rescheduled

to January 5, 2022.

• The Russian National Ballet’s performance

of Swan Lake on March

22, 2021 has been canceled.

• Future updates can be obtained

from the Van Wezel’s website and

social media accounts:


Get tickets for these future shows

at the Van Wezel:

• Cirque Dreams Holidaze –

December 11, 2020

• Menopause The Musical –

January 12, 2021

• Il Divo – January 15, 2021

• Reza: Edge of Illusion – January

25, 2021

• An Intimate Evening with

David Foster: HITMAN Tour

Featuring Katharine McPhee –

January 31, 2021

• Neil Berg’s 112 Years of Broadway

– February 2, 2021

• Audra McDonald – February 13, 2021

• Jay Leno – February 14, 2021

• A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The

Queen of Soul featuring Damien

Sneed with special guest, Karen

Clark Sheard – February 18, 2021

• STOMP returns to Sarasota comes

to the Van Wezel on Sunday,

March 7, 2021 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

• Itzhak Perlman in Recital –

March 8, 2021

• PROUD Tina:

The Ultimate

Tribute to Tina

Turner – March

9, 2021

• America –

March 10, 2021

• An Evening

with Chris

Botti – March

14, 2021

• Engelbert



Tour – March

18, 2021

• South Pacific

– March 29-30,


• Kenny G –

March 31, 2021

• Neil Berg’s 50

Years of Rock

and Roll Part IV

– April 1, 2021

• Terry Fator: It Starts Tonight –

April 2, 2021

• Mansion of Dreams starring Illusionist

Rick Thomas – April 8, 2021

• Blue Man Group – April 12-13, 2021

• Johnny Mathis 65 Years of

Romance – April 14, 2021

• Sweet Caroline – April 21, 2021

• Riverdance 25th Anniversary

Show – April 23-25, 2021

• Fiddler on the Roof – April 27-29,


• RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles –

May 9, 2021

• One Night of Queen performed by

Gary Mullen and the Works – May

15, 2021

• Maks & Val LIVE: Motion Pictures

Tour featuring special guests Jenna

Johnson and Peta Murgatroyd

– July 25, 2021

• An Evening with Bruce Hornsby –

November 11, 2021

• Celtic Thunder: Ireland –

November 17, 2021

• Come From Away – November

23-28, 2021

• The Temptations and the Four

Tops – December 2, 2021

• Sarah Brightman – December

14, 2021

Tickets are on sale now 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 4 p.m.


Blues Festival

Local non-profit organization,

Realize Bradenton, is planning to

proceed in December with their

outdoor Blues music event, the

Bradenton Blues Festival, but they

are changing their venue due to the

COVID-19 pandemic.

The outdoor music event is expected

to take place on December 4, and

5, but not at its normal location on the

Riverwalk. The event will take place

at LECOM Park, the spring training

home for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Organizers of the event say the

main reason for changing the venue

is because the park has a seating capacity

of 7,500 and for an event that is

expected to have over 1,100 people in

attendance they believe that continuing

to practice social distancing in an

outdoor environment is achievable.

Friday Blues Appetizer evening

event will be limited to 500 attendees


Enjoy the fresh air, the change in the weather AND support local providers of

food, produce, meat, seafood and crafts at area farmer’s markets. Full listing of

area markets in this column

and tickets are required. At the Saturday

Bradenton Blues Festival event

600 tickets are available. mTo purchase

tickets, visit: mhttps://www.


A week before the festival, ticket

buyers will receive an email regarding

festival parking, will call, seating assignments,

and the health and safety

procedures all attendees are expected

to follow. Any questions, email blues@


Art Around

the State

The USF Contemporary Art

Museum, part of the USF Institute

for Research in Art in the College of

The Arts, has a new exhibition, The

Neighbors: Slide Shows for America,

featuring photographic slideshows

by artists Widline Cadet, Guy Greenberg,

Curran Hatleberg, Kathya

Maria Landeros, and Zora J Murff,

curated by CAM’s Curator-at-Large

Christian Viveros-Fauné.

Amid a polarizing 2020 election

season and an evolving COVID-19

pandemic, each participating camera

artist has been commissioned to create

a slideshow of underexposed communities

in the United States. For this

show, less is more: the photographic

portfolios installed at the USF Contemporary

Art Museum are displayed

using traditional slide carousels, to

evoke the intimacy of family and community

slide shows of another age.

The exhibition is available to view

online at cam.usf.edu. USFCAM remains

closed. After USF reopens, reservations

will be required to visit

CAM, and details will be available on

cam.usf.edu at that time.

The exhibit runs to December 7.


• Also at USFCAM : Life During

Wartime: Art In The Age Of The


An Evolving Online Exhibition at


org. Runs to December 12, 2020

The virtual exhibition, Life

During Wartime: Art in the Age of

the Coronavirus engages a select

company of international artists to

respond to the overwhelming realities

of the crisis that has gripped the

planet since March 5, the date the

World Health Organization declared

COVID-19 a global pandemic.

The exhibition

takes full advantage

of one of the

few outlets artists

still have—the


a public health

emergency recently


by the wanton

murder of George

Floyd by police

officers in Minneapolis.

It aims

to mobilize sentiment,


and activity

around art and

its enduring possibilities:

its role

as a conceptual

catalyst, its ability to trigger ideas,

stories, conversations, emotions, feelings

and mental states.

Separately and together, each artist

contribution provides a picture of a

planet in crisis, now further enraged

and victimized by violence, but also

images of hope and optimism in the

face of a global emergency. The exhibition

will continue to evolve with the

addition of new artists and materials.

Boca Raton Museum of Art:

• Jeff Whyman: Out of Nature runs

to January 3, 2021. Whyman ceramics

are inspired by nature including

the shells he collects. His vessels, teapots,

and plates retain a semblance

of function but are really sculptures.

His spouts are twisted, his vases sage

and tilt, and his plates are rife with

lumpy accretions.

Whyman acknowledges the influence

of the renowned ceramicist

Peter Voulkos who elevated the

medium of clay to fine art, and with

whom he worked for ten years at his

Berkeley, California studio.

Unlike Voulkos who added and

subtracted elements of his pieces

over time, Whyman creates his works

all in one moment while the clay is

still wet. He uses the wheel to throw

his vessels and spontaneously adds

materials as sea glass, Chinese crystals,

mineral oxides, metal nails, and

wood ash to make forms that call to

mind rock formations and what one

might find on the ocean floor.

Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501

Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Info: 561-

392-2500. Virtual programming

provides access to everyone beyond

gallery walls.



At Tampa Museum of Art:

• Everyday Women. On view

through January 9, 2022. In celebration

of the 100th anniversary of women’s

suffrage, the Tampa Museum of

Art presents a series of exhibitions

focused on the achievements of women

in the arts and explores the story of

women in the ancient world through

the depictions of goddesses, heroines,

mythological characters, and everyday

women in the Museum’s collection

of classical antiquities.

The Tampa Museum of Art continues

to celebrate its 100th anniversary

in 2020. To celebrate while social distancing,

the Museum will host one big

virtual evening of giving on November

7, 2020, Centennial Celebration:

Cheers for 100 Years.

Supporters of the Centennial Celebration:

Cheers for 100 Years virtual

evening of giving will enjoy a fun

night of virtual entertainment, with

live performances, stories, interviews,

and reflections on a century

of accomplishments.

Likewise, the funds raised will also

support special outreach programs

that provide art therapy interventions

and meaningful modes of self-expression

to vulnerable segments of the

population. These groups include children

and teens in foster care, children

in domestic violence shelters, children

of migrant communities, adults living

with dementia, HIV/AIDs, Substance

Use Disorder, and many more.

Call 813-274-8130 or visit Tampa

Museum.org. The Museum’s address

is 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa.

The Museum of Fine Arts, St.

Petersburg has contemporary artist

Derrick Adams. Adams has observed

that in art and in reality, images of

Black people at play, being joyful, and

simply enjoying life are not the norm.

To fill this void, Adams created a

painting series titled Floaters between

2016–2019, where Black men, women

and children lounged in or rested on

novelty floaties in the pool. Please see

the feature in this issue for more info.

The MFA is located at 255 Beach

Drive NE is St. Petersburg. For more

information, visit mfastpete.org.


• The Baker Museum will celebrate

its 20th anniversary season by reopening

to the general public with

timed entries and reduced capacity

on November 1. American artist Dale

Chihuly has long been associated

with The Baker Museum, including

an exhibition of his works that was

featured when the museum opened

in November 2000, with Chihuly himself

attending the inaugural festivities.

Dreaming Forms: Chihuly Then

and Now, the third major Chihuly

exhibition in the history of The Baker

Museum, includes stunning artworks

presented in The Baker Museum as

well as around the cultural campus.

In addition to the Chihuly exhibition,

this fall The Baker Museum will

also feature the exhibitions Subject

Matters: Selections from the Permanent

Collection, Rodin: Truth Form

Life / Selections from the Iris & B.

Gerald Cantor Collections and Magritte:

Reflections of Another World –

Paintings from the Van Parys Family.

Artis—Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay

Blvd., Naples. Info: 239-597-1900 or


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A virtual concert of the sounds of Spain as realized by non-Spanish composers



42nd season, entitled

“Rise Up!” continues with

“Spanish Flair,” featuring the

sounds of Spain as realized by

non-Spanish composers, Sunday,

November 15, at 4 p.m. The concert

will be streamed online and

features, among other works,

Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel

for vocal quartet and piano;

songs by Emil Sjögren; and instrumental

selections by Ravel,

Dukas and Bosmans.

A “Concert Insight,”

featuring a live-streamed,

informal chat about the

music, composers and

themes with Artistic Director

Joseph Holt and guests is Thursday,

November 5, 10 a.m.

Spanish Flair features Nicole

Smith, soprano; Hannah Boyd, alto;

Baron Garriott, tenor; Timothy

O’Connor, bass; Betsy Hudson

Traba, flute; Natalie Helm, cello;

Michael Stewart, piano; and Joseph

Holt, piano and narrator.

“The exotic sounds from Spain,

influenced by gypsies, centuries

of Moorish rule and Sephardic traditions,

have inspired composers

around the world,” says Holt. “In

this performance, German, French,

Dutch and Swedish composers

portray the idiomatic sounds with

authentic flair. Gaining perspective

of another culture through different

viewpoints follows the theme

of ‘Rising Up,’ we have established

for the entire season. This performance

addresses the issue of how

we view others and vice versa.”

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 42nd

season features concerts in November,

December, February, March,

April, and July. Two of the concerts

are planned for in-person events;

three will be presented outdoors

and all performances will include a

virtual presentation.

Choral Artists will also stage the

long-awaited “Listen to the Earth”

project—an ecological initiative

commemorating Earth Day’s

50th anniversary last year—but

postponed due to the pandemic.

Artistic Director Joseph Holt will

also illuminate the creative process

during a series of virtual “Concert

Insights,” throughout the season.

Each will focus on the upcoming

concert with a special guest joining

the conversation.

The Choral Artists of

Sarasota’s 2020-2021 season

continues with:

✱ Holiday Lights: Music of Christmas

and Chanukah: A symbol

of hope and peace, light plays a

significant role in the music and

traditions of Christmas and Chanukah.

“Navidad Nuestra,” by Ariel

Ramírez, is the centerpiece of this

program—a work that illuminates

the Christmas story through the

eyes of indigenous people of Argentina.

This concert features the

stunning tenor Rafael Dávila with

the Choral Artists. This virtual presentation

is Wednesday, December

23, 4 p.m. The “Concert Insight” for

this concert is Thursday, December

10, at 10 a.m.

✱ Marching to Freedom: From the

early days of slavery to the Civil War

to Reconstruction and the Jim Crow

laws, to the Civil Rights Era of the

60s and even in our own time, the

road to freedom for African-Americans

has been long and arduous.

Through gospel and spiritual pieces

and art songs composed by Black

Americans, the experience of liberty

and justice for all paints a picture

of the struggle that these Americans

faced in history and continue to

face in current society. This live performance

is Wednesday, February

3, 5 p.m., at Historic Spanish Point.

The online replay of this concert is

Sunday, February 14. The “Concert

Insight” for this concert is Thursday,

January 21, at 10 a.m.

✱ You’ll Never Walk Alone:

Through adversity, many characters

of the Broadway musical “rise

up” and successfully confront life

challenges, inspiring and ennobling

us by their courage. This uplifting

Broadway revue features selections

from Les Misérables, La Cage aux

Folles, Carousel, A Chorus Line,

Sound of Music, Wicked, and Sweet

Charity - characters that inspire us

through their perseverance. Guest

soloist for this performance is Ann

Morrison. This live performance

is Sunday, February 28, 4 p.m., at

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

The online replay of this concert

is Thursday, March 11, 4 p.m. The

“Concert Insight” for this concert is

Thursday, February 18, at 10 a.m.

✱ Love in the Air: Choral Artists

of Sarasota teams up with choreographer

and dancer Elizabeth

Bergmann to present a newly choreographed

work to the music of

“Liebeslieder Walzer” by Johannes

Brahms. With a stellar vocal quartet

and piano four-hand accompaniment,

this charming and endearing

work springs to life. The charm continues

with Brahms’ sequel, “Neue

Liebeslieder.” This virtual presentation

is Sunday, March 28, 4 p.m. The

“Concert Insight” for this concert is

Thursday, March 18, at 10 a.m.

✱ Listen to the Earth: Be the

first to hear this stunning world

premiere, commissioned by Choral

Artists, to celebrate the 50th

anniversary of Earth Day. “Listen to

the Earth” is based on an original

libretto written by James Grant and

inspired by the writings of Apollo,

Mercury, Gemini and Space Shuttle

astronauts, and astronomer Carl Sagan.

The libretto also includes texts

by environmental philosopher

John Muir and poet Robert W. Service,

as well as the NASA transcript

of the launch of Apollo 11. With

Marcus DeLoach, baritone. This live

performance is Sunday, April 25,

4 p.m., at Sarasota Opera House.

The online replay of this concert

is Thursday, May 6, 4 p.m. The

“Concert Insight” for this concert is

Thursday, April 15, at 10 a.m.

✱ American Fanfare: Rousing

patriotic anthems and stirring inspirational

choral works celebrate another

traditional Independence Day

concert. Joining Choral Artists for

the first time will be the Lakewood

Ranch Wind Ensemble, performing

Sousa marches and patriotic selections

to complement the program.

Musical fireworks abound in this

annual salute to America! This live

performance is Sunday, July 4, 4

p.m., at Sarasota Opera House.

The online replay of this concert is

Sunday, July 18, 4 p.m. The “Concert

Insight” for this concert is Thursday,

June 24, at 10 a.m.

The Choral Artists of Sarasota

comprises 32 of the region’s most

notable professional singers. Eight

young singers, ages 16 to 22, are also

invited to join the group each year, as

part of the organization’s educational

outreach. One of these gifted singers

will be awarded the Barbara Diles

Apprentice Scholarship, a funding

program to support either private

lessons or vocal training at an institution

of higher learning. “Ensuring the

future of choral music means investing

in the next generation of music

lovers,” says Susan Burke, executive

director of Choral Artists of Sarasota.

“That means engaging young people

on their own terms.”








Joseph Holt,






For more information and

to purchase tickets, visit www.

ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call


About the

Choral Artists of Sarasota

The Choral Artists of Sarasota, entering

its 42nd season, features 32

of the region’s most notable professional

singers and eight apprentice

singers. The group celebrates the

rich, artistic expressiveness of choral

music through innovative repertoire,

inspired performances and

stimulating educational outreach.

Under the artistic direction of Dr.

Joseph Holt, Choral Artists of Sarasota

performs a repertoire spanning

four centuries, and includes

symphonic choral works, intimate

madrigals, folk songs, close-harmony

jazz, and Broadway show

music. The ensemble also specializes

in premiere performances of

lesser-known choral works—particularly

music by living American

composers. Choral Artists of Sarasota

has performed premieres by

René Clausen, Dick Hyman, Robert

Levin, Gwyneth Walker and James

Grant. As part of the organization’s

educational outreach, eight young

singers from area schools, colleges

and universities, ages 16 to 22, are

invited to join the group each year.

For more information, visit www.




focus on the arts

The longest-running indoor fine art and

craft show in Florida returns to Robarts

Arena with works in decorative fiber,

wearable art, leather, jewelry, glass,

ceramics, wood, painting, and sculpture

by more than 75 of the nation’s top

artists. Organizers stress that the health

and safety of the show’s exhibitors,

attendees, and staff is top priority.







Returns to

Robarts Arena

Dec. 4, 5, 6

Free admission! Indoor and outdoor

booths! Social distancing and facial

coverings required

The longest-running fine art and craft show in

Florida returns December 4, 5, 6, to Robarts

Arena in Sarasota. Now in its 12th year, the

Art & Design Show Sarasota features work

in decorative fiber, wearable art, leather, jewelry,

glass, ceramics, wood, painting, and sculpture by

more than 75 of the nation’s top artists.

Booths are inside and outside. Social distancing

and masks will be required. For safety purposes,

attendance inside Robarts will be limited to one

half the capacity of the area at any given time.

General admission is free, but a $10 donation is

required for guests attending “Preview Mornings,”

9 to 11 a.m., each day.

During this time, only 185 guests will be allowed

into the show. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.

To make a reservation to attend Preview

Mornings or for more information about the

show, visit www.artanddesignshowsarasota.com.

The Art & Design Show Sarasota is produced by

Richard Rothbard and his wife Joanna Rothbard,

who are hailed as leaders in promoting artists

and artisans working in the contemporary fine

arts and crafts industry.

Richard Rothbard stresses

that the health and

safety of the show’s exhibitors,

attendees, and

staff is their top priority

this year. “No one will be

admitted without facial

coverings,” he says, adding

that social distancing

will be the rule and

there will be sanitizing stations throughout the

premises. “We’ll be going the extra mile with every

protocol in place so that both the artists and

our guests feel completely

safe. And, every morning,

between 9 and 11, we are

accepting reservations

for guests who want to

attend our Preview Mornings,

which limits attendance

to only 185 people.”

The Art & Design Show

Sarasota may have

changed its safety

policies but the commitment

behind it

remains the same.



bags by

Susan Tancer




Photos: All images courtesy of the artists.


Heart by

Alyssa Getz

Steven Potts

“We love bringing artists and art

connoisseurs together,” says

Rothbard. “Our artists count

on Sarasota’s discriminating

art market. Our show brings

in some of the nation’s

and the region’s best artists,

and the Sarasota’s

arts community knows it.

They look forward to this show

every year. It’s like a family reunion

for creators and the people

who value their work—a true

meeting of the minds.”

Last year’s three-day show

attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

Continuing to build on that success,

Rothbard and his team have been

busy with their rigorous process of selecting

the 75+ artists and artisans for

the 2020 show. “We are always excited

to see the high caliber of work being

produced by the participating artists

from this area,” says Rothbard.


The Art & Design Show Sarasota is, December 4,5 6,

at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., in Sarasota.

Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, December 4, and

Saturday, December 5, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday,

December 6. For more information about Art &

Design Show Sarasota, call 845-661-1221 or visit


Shekina Rudoy


Wilmian Hernández

Co-Founder of the

Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

April 2020 seems so far away.

It was then that the Sarasota

Cuban Ballet School’s preprofessional

dancers won top honors

at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP)

competitions in Salt Lake City, Denver,

Indianapolis, and Toronto.

But, like so many arts organizations,

the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School had

to shut down and regroup when the

pandemic grew rapidly.

They’re cautiously and safely back to

teaching boys and girls from ages 3-23.

The goal is to train aspiring dancers

for major ballet companies as Wilmian,

and her husband and co-founder Ariel

Serrano, have done since 2012.


pril 2020 seems so far

away. It was then that the

Sarasota Cuban Ballet

School’s pre-professional

dancers won top honors

at Youth America

Grand Prix (YAGP) competitions in Salt Lake

City, Denver, Indianapolis, and Toronto.

But April 2020 also had Covid-19 with

200,000 cases and 4,076 deaths early in

the month. By late April the U.S. had over

one million cases and more than 57,000

deaths as a result of the pandemic.

Thus, like so many arts organizations

as well as businesses, the Sarasota Cuban

Ballet School (SCBS) had to shut down and

regroup. At SCBS they teach boys and girls

from ages 3-23 and many parents (especially

those of the youngest ones), not knowing

what to do simply removed their children

from classes. Then SCBS had to cancel their

four scheduled performances.

Now, months later, older students still

attend, but overall, the school that had

80-90 students year round, now has 40-45.

According to Wilmian, the students age 11

and up are the ones taking classes and the

school has put in place rigorous practices

like masks and extensive cleaning—the

barre, the studios and bathrooms — but

also limiting class to just 10 students.

Zoom has proven to be only a so-so way

to teach with mixed results. Ballet instruction

requires a teacher and a student to

have close contact: adjusting the body or an

arm for proper technique. And visualize a

class of 3-5 year olds all online and you can

imagine the challenge.

As for so many arts organization in our

area, it’s sad to see what was a great start

to 2020 come to a painful, near full stop.

Sad for SCBS because the students that did

so well at those YAGP competitions were

denied going to the International Competition

in New York where ballet companies

attend to spot talent for their companies.

On the day of this interview, Wilmian

was preparing to teach a class. Ariel Serrano,

her husband, fellow dancer, and

co-founder of SCBS, will be teaching a different

class. The couple were born in Cuba

and danced there professionally for ten

years. They met at Ballet Camagüey which

was under the direction of Fernando Alonso,

who had danced with American Ballet

Theater and with his wife Alicia Alonso

co-founded the National Ballet of Cuba.

They were on tour in Mexico and on the

day they were set to return to Cuba, Ariel

received an invitation from Anne Marie

DeAngelo, artistic director of Mexico’s

Ballet de Monterrey. Just married a few

months, they parted.

“I had to go back to Cuba to dance with the

Cuban National Ballet. Ariel said he would

send for me. We had to wait six months

wondering if it would happen. Eventually,

we found a way for me to return to Mexico

where we had an opportunity to dance Swan

Lake choreographed by Fernando Bujoñes.

But our dream was to go the U.S. so we went

to the U.S. Embassy and asked for asylum.

They gave us a six months visa. We left with

very little and moved to Miami. We danced

in the Miami area doing some school shows

and some guesting.We were in Miami for

six months. We didn’t speak the language.

We were desperate and scared. Then one of

our friends told us about the Sarasota Ballet

holding auditions in Boca Raton. We auditioned

for the company’s founder, Jean Weidner

Goldstein. We were offered contracts and

joined the company in 1994,” (also the same

year the company signed Robert deWarren

as its artistic director).

Wilmian took time off to have children

and danced as a guest artist with various

companies. When she had her daughter,

she decided to retired from dancing and

started teaching. Ariel suggested they open

a school and they did so in 2012. He had

also stopped dancing due to injuries.

Their family includes a son, Francisco,

age 24, who studied with his parents and is a

rising star in London with The Royal Ballet.

He’s in his third year in their corps de ballet

at that esteemed company. Their daughter

Camila, age 20, is also a dancer and has had

to put her career on hold since auditions are

not taking place. She helps out at the school.

Ballet is a precise and demanding artform

and thus as a teacher Wilmian explains

she is strict in her classes, but more

relaxed when working individually. By contrast,

having attended the prestigious Ballet

Nacional School in Cuba (still considered

one of the best schools in the world), she

says firmly, “In Cuba, you don’t relax. Ballet

is hard, harder than sports. They [her students]

need to be focused.” But it’s not strict

for strictness sake. Teaching precisely and

firmly also prevents injuries.

She has a good relationship with her students

and sees them more like family. Many

are from around the USA and the world and

are adjusting to a different culture. “Sometimes

I’m like a mother,” she explains.

The school has achieved success in that

students have joined companies like the

Birmingham Royal Ballet in England, Milwaukee

Ballet, Ballet San Antonio and the

Sarasota Ballet. Older students can rent

their own apartment or can stay in the

housing that the school offers and they’re

transported to class by Wilmian’s sister.

Students at the school may or may not

have aspirations for a career in ballet. Career-oriented

dancers—pre-professionals as

they’re called—attend classes and train every

day, often for four to five hours. The other

students come in less frequently. The school

has three other teachers who, as Wilmian

says happen to be Cuban, but adds that you

don’t have to be Cuban to teach at SCBS.

So what is Cuban Ballet, anyway? She

starts by stating that “technique is technique

whether it’s Russian or English,” and

explains, “It’s the way that we dance that’s

different.” For example in turns - the pirouette

- the goal is to stay “in balance” and

she adds, “we turn a lot.” In the Cuban style,

“we increase the difficulty of the classes.”

Put simply, she adds a metaphor: “Cuban

dance is like a flavor you add to dance.”

Put another way, if you’ve ever seen José

Manuel Carreño, a former principal dancer

with the English National Ballet, Royal Ballet

and American Ballet Theatre, dance, you

get the idea easily.

For now, it’s training the future stars of

ballet at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School.

They offer a variety of opportunities for all

ages interested in this beautiful artform:

after-school study for students in elementary

school includes study time along with homework

help, as well as daily dance classes.

Children’s classes for various ages such as

ages 3-10 learn movement, self-expression,

and creativity. Later, they’re introduced to

ballet, modern dance and acrobatics.

Ages 10 and older learn ballet technique,

advance to pointe, and increase their repertoire.

Pre-professionals ages 12 and older

are interested in a serious dance program

with the possibility of a dance career. Finally,

adult classes are for those who have

always wanted to take ballet or learn contemporary

dance, or are returning after a

hiatus, or are former dancers who want to

take classes. Adult students are usually between

20 and older than 80 years old.

Wilmian’s face and voice express hope

that maybe things will change for the better

in January, “We’re taking it day by day.”

For more information, visit srqcubanballet.com

or call 941-365-8400. Consider

a donation that will sustain these talented

teachers as they guide students in the art

and beauty of Cuban Ballet.

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dining in

Creating Your Perfect Plan for the Holidays

With some adjustments, of course

It’s that time of year when we look forward to celebrating the holidays with

family and friends. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and Channakuh coming up, we

look forward to the excitement that comes with holiday parties. This year, holiday

party planning looks a little different.

With the pandemic in full swing, the CDC and our state government officials have given

us guidelines as to how to have a safe holiday, which adds a little more stress on top

of the stress that typically comes with holiday party planning.

This doesn’t diminish why we celebrate the holidays. This does however, present new

opportunities to form new traditions. These are my top tips to planning your perfect

holiday party to help reduce your stress levels and enjoy the process.


Give yourself time to plan your celebration. As you get busier, time seems to fly past

you, and before you know it, you’re scrambling to create the perfect party. So start early

and let your guests know early so that they can RSVP ASAP.

Give yourself at least 6 to 8 weeks. The earlier you start planning the better. If you find

yourself starting to plan closer to the holiday season you can still create something special.

The key here is to KEEP IT SIMPLE.


Imagine that your party is complete. How do you imagine yourself feeling after the

party? What kinds of compliments are your guests expressing about your party? For

example, you could feel like your party was fun, stress free and joyful.

By thinking about your party with the end in mind, you are giving yourself a frame of

reference to focus on. You will be focusing on the end result of your party, which will be

the foundation of the experience for you and your guests.

d PRO TIP: Write your intention on a piece of paper and presence yourself to that piece

of paper every time you feel overwhelmed. Not only will the party be exactly what you

intended, the process of creating the party will be that too. For example, if you want

your party to be fun, stress-free and joyful, look at that piece of paper to remind yourself

to be fun, stress-free and joyful.


Create your invitation list at least 6-8 weeks ahead and use an online invitation app like

EVITE or Punchbowl.

Using an online invitation allows you to keep track of who is coming, while allowing

you to send updates and messages. Some apps have features that allow guests to sign

up to bring dishes or other items you may request. You also have the option to ask your

guests some precautionary COVID questions such as “have you travelled outside of the

state in the last month” or “have you or anyone you live with tested positive for covid.”

Serves 4-6

1 ½ pound butternut squash

1 tbsp olive oil

½ cup caramelized onions

½ tsp ground cardamom

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp all spice

1 tsp salt and pepper

F Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup T

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the

Butternut Squash in half and take out seeds.

Leave the skin on. Drizzle the olive oil, salt

and pepper on the meat of the squash and

place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes so it is cooked completely.

Let the squash cool slightly and remove the skin

Using a blender or Vitamix put the squash, one cup of water or veggie stock (if vegan) or

chicken broth and caramelized onions and blend until smooth.

Put the mixture in a pot on the stove and bring up to a simmer. Add spices.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes until spices are blended. Best if cooled and let sit overnight and

served the next day.

F Siesta Key Rum Orange / Cranberry Sauce

Siesta Key Rum Orange / Cranberry Sauce T

Serves 6

1 packages fresh cranberries

- preferably organic

¾ cups organic or raw granulated sugar

½ fresh whole orange - grate the rind

first, then juice

2 shots Siesta Key Spiced Rum

Add enough water to the orange juice to

make 1½ cup of liquid.

Add all of the above ingredients to a large

enough sauce pan so it won’t boil over.

Cook on medium heat until cranberries pop and it begins to thicken. Let cool and serve.

You can adjust consistency with more water if necessary if you like a thinner sauce.

Variation: Be creative. Add one teaspoon cinnamon. Finish off with spiced pecans.

For a more traditional cranberry sauce: omit the rum and orange and follow same directions.


Choosing a theme is a fun way to create a central focus around your party. This could be as

simple as a particular color, a favorite holiday flower, a dessert, or a memory of years past.

A great way to get some inspiration is to look through your closets to see if you have

any accent pieces, decorations, or cloth that spark your vision for your party. You can

also choose a music genre to set the theme of your party. Set up a playlist on Pandora or

Spotify prior to the party to keep the theme for your party going. Once you choose your

theme, Stick With It. The idea is to create a central focus for yourself and your guests.


To keep everyone safe, consider having your party outdoors. The CDC has shared with

us that parties indoors increase the spread of COVID-19. An outdoor party will be

perfect for this holiday season. Renting a pavilion at the beach or park definitely gives a

Florida vibe. Plus, the air is cooler and Florida is simply more beautiful at night.

If you’re not able to have your party outdoors, consider opening up your floorplan by

moving furniture to a spare bedroom. This way you can encourage guests to practice

social distancing at the party.


Look at your schedule, and ask yourself how much time can you really devote to planning

a party? Make a list of all the tasks that need to be completed in order to make

this party happen (decorations, venue, music, food, clean up, etc). The list keeps you

organized and will help with stress relief. After making your list, consider, who can I hire

or ask for help? Is it a family or friend? Or perhaps you want to hire a professional.

■ MENU - my favorite part

If you are particular about what foods you want to serve at your party, (like I am) decide

on your “must haves” and delegate the rest, this includes some or all of the cooking,

serving and cleaning involved with your menu.

Food is a time-consuming task, so consider hiring a caterer who can take some of that

stress off your plate. You could plan for a signature dish and cocktails that match your

theme, and ask others to bring their favorites too.

A great caterer will be able to give you ideas to help enhance your space and keep your

guests satiated throughout your event.

With all of the planning, remember that the holidays are a time to reconnect with the

people you care about. This holiday can be especially meaningful when you take a

breath, and create a space for yourself and those around you to enjoy each other in new

ways. Planning the perfect holiday doesn’t have to be stressful or costly.

I hope this information will allow you to create your perfect holiday season. From my

kitchen to your table, may the holiday season fill your home with joy, your table with

abundance and your life with a healthy and happy New Year!

— Chef Alyson Zildjian

Serves 2-4

1 whole acorn squash - Cut in half

and remove seeds

1 cup brown rice cooked

according to directions

½ cup quinoa cooked according

to directions

¼ cup golden raisins

¼ bunch chopped fresh parsley

⅓ cup cooked garbanzo beans

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt & pepper

olive oil

F Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash T

½ cup caramelized onions

1 tbls agave

1 tsp granulated garlic

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the acorn squash in half and take out the seeds.

Leave the skin on drizzle the 1 tsp olive oil, salt and pepper on the meat of the Squash

and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes so it is cooked

three quarters of the way.

While the acorn squash is baking, add the carmelized onions to a saucepan, the brown

rice and water and cook brown rice according to directions.

In another pan cook your quinoa with 1 tsp of granulated garlic, salt and pepper cook

according to directions

Once the brown rice and quinoa is cooked - cool it down slightly and combine together

with the golden raisins, fresh chopped parsley, cinnamon and agave.

Taste for any additional salt and pepper needed.

Take the cooked and cooled acorn squash and fill the squash with about 1 cup of the rice

mixture filling it a good amount to around the rim of the squash.

Put the stuffed acorn squash back in a 350 degree oven and finish baking another 15-25

minutes until the squash is completely cooked and the filling is hot.

This may also be made up a day ahead and reheated before serving.

Recipes and advice courtesy of Chef/Owner Alyson Zildjian of

Zildjian Catering and Consulting. They’re an Award-Winning

Sarasota Catering and Events Company located in Sarasota. They

also have fresh food to go, chef-prepared meals and peak performing

catering where they feed athletes who train and compete locally.

They’re located at 6986 Beneva Road, Sarasota. Call (941) 363-1709 or

visit www.zildjiancatering.com or www.peakperformancecatering.net



Great American Smokeout ®

is on Nov. 19

It’s an opportunity to commit to smoke-free lives:

not just for a day, but year round

On November 19 th of this year Gulfcoast South

Area Health Education Center (GSAHEC) will

celebrate another Great American Smokeout ® , a

national holiday hosted by the American Cancer

Society that provides an opportunity for people

who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives: not

just for a day, but year round.

The Great American Smokeout®

also provides an opportunity for

individuals, community groups,

businesses, healthcare providers, and

others to encourage people to plan to

quit on the date, or plan in advance

and initiate a smoking cessation plan

on the day of the event. This event

not only challenges people to stop

smoking, but it also educates people

about the many tools they can use to

help them quit and stay quit. 1

Despite what you may think, it is

never too late to quit smoking. In

fact, you can experience several benefits

of quitting smoking within minutes

of cessation and can enjoy the

benefits of quitting for years to come.

As soon as a person quits, his or her

body begins to heal: 2

■ 20 minutes after quitting: heart rate

and blood pressure drop

■ 12 hours after quitting: the carbon

monoxide level in blood drops to normal

■ 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting:

blood circulation improves and lung

function increases

■ 1 to 9 months after quitting: coughing

and shortness of breath decrease.

Structures in the lungs begin to heal and

clean the lungs, reducing that person’s

risk of infection. This is critical in fighting

illnesses that threaten lung health, such as

bronchitis and COVID.

■ 1 year after quitting: the risk of coronary

heart diseases is half that of

someone who smokes. Risk of heart

attack decreases significantly.

■ 5 years after quitting: risk of mouth,

throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer

is cut in half. Cervical cancer risk is now

that of a nonsmoker.

Risk of

stroke falls to that

of a non-smoker

after 2-5 years.

■ 10 years after

quitting: risk of

dying from lung

cancer is half that

of a smoker.

■ 15 years after

quitting: risk of

coronary heart disease is the same as

a nonsmoker.

Along with these great benefits,

quitting smoking also reduces the

risk of diabetes and improves the

health of blood vessels, the heart and

the lungs.2

If you or a loved one are looking

to quit smoking (or all tobacco use),

or if you want to promote The Great

American Smokeout ® to your business,

community groups, or patients,

many free resources are available to

help someone quit! GSAHEC offers

free cessation classes—sponsored by

the Florida Department of Health’s

Tobacco Free Florida program—that

are available to help someone quit all

forms of tobacco. These virtual cessation

classes provide information

about the effects of tobacco use, the

benefits of quitting, and will assist

you with developing your own customized

quit plan.

Free nicotine replacement therapy

in the form of patches, gum or lozenges

(if medically appropriate and

while supplies last) are provided with

the class. Attendees will also receive

a participant workbook, quit kit materials,

and follow up support from a

trained tobacco treatment specialist.

Contact us today at 866-534-7909

or visit www.ahectobacco.com to

schedule a class or learn more about

the program!

1 https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-awayfrom-tobacco/great-american-smokeout/


2 https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-awayfrom-tobacco/benefits-of-quitting-smokingover-time.html

UNiTE to End Violence

Against Women and Girls:

UN Women


Virtual Walk

November 25 –

December 5

International Fundraiser Organized Annually

by the UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter

of Sarasota, Florida

Walk with UN Women USA to raise funds and

awareness about violence against women. Why do

we walk? Because 35% of all women worldwide

experience physical or sexual intimate partner

violence during their lifetimes.

We need your help to increase awareness of this

issue and support UN Women programs.

Where do your donations go?

• $30 provides two women with post-rape medical care

• $50 helps survivors of sexual violence access counseling

• $100 funds a “One Stop Crisis Center” providing care to victims

of violence

• $150 helps survivors of sexual violence receive legal assistance

What actions can you take?

• Register now on Rallybound as an individual or a team.

• Set a fundraising goal.

• Participate from Nov. 25 - Dec. 5 in engaging and fun activities.

Details soon on this page.

• Walk anytime and choose your distance! A couple of miles

with your dog and a friend? With family after Thanksgiving

dinner? A company team walking outdoors?

• Share your Rallybound link with your network. Invite them to

donate to you or to register their own teams.

• End your successful campaign on Saturday, December 5, by

joining us on Zoom! We will learn about local efforts to combat

violence, recognize all our walkers, and announce prizes for

our top fundraisers!

For information, visit unwomenusa.org/gcc/winter-walk

or contact Debby Jennings at debbyjennings@msn.com or

+1 941-744-6419

How can you help in the work toward gender equality?

Get involved and support UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter

All funds support UN Women progams that prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls



focus on the arts


Buoyant reveals the carefree, joyful leisure scenes of Black life

that so often go unseen

Major Solo Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

ABlack man in a red,

white, and blue swimsuit

drifts on a sunny yellow

pool float. He stares off

into the calm, azure

water that surrounds him. He’s on his

stomach, one leg fully submerged in

the water, the other half way in. The

pool is his world in this moment. He’s

content and at peace, relaxing.

Contemporary artist Derrick Adams

has observed that in art and in reality,

images of Black people at play, being

joyful, and simply enjoying life are

not the norm. To fill this void, Adams

created a painting series titled Floaters

between 2016–2019, where Black

men, women and children lounged

in or rested on novelty floaties in the

pool. He wanted to share these images

with the world, and for Blacks to see

themselves through a lens of freedom,

fun, and leisure.

In the exhibition, Derrick Adams:

Buoyant, 12 of these mixed-media

works come together in a dynamic,

vibrant presentation at the Museum

of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, through

November 29, 2020. In the gallery,

the large-scale paintings are complemented

by beach chairs and giant

pool floats, along with one of the inspirations

for the idea of the show: a 1967

Ebony magazine article and photo

spread on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s

vacation in Jamaica. Also included in

the exhibition is a woodblock print

the MFA purchased in 2019, based on

one of the paintings in the exhibition, Self-Portrait

on Float (2019).

The painting-and-collage works are grand in size,

popping with bright colors and bold patterns on the

surface, but they also brim with an undercurrent

of contextual depth. In the midst of headlines and

hashtags about the struggle for racial justice and

equality for Black Americans, Adams uses his art to

reclaim and celebrate joy, pleasure, and respite for

the Black image and spirit. With Black pain, there is

also space for Black joy. In a February 2020 artnet

News interview, Adams said his work is “a testament

of perseverance.”

“We have to represent a certain sense of normalcy

in order to stabilize the culture so that young

people who are coming after us can look at themselves

as fully dimensional humans—not always

pushing against something, but basically just

existing in a way that’s unapologetic and natural,”

Adams said in the article.

“That’s what I’m thinking about in my studio:

What can I reveal that has not been shown?” Adams

continued. “And it always goes back to the simplest

of things, like normalcy. Black people — not entertaining,

just being, living. Letting people deal with

that as reality.”

Adams, a Baltimore native, received his MFA from

Columbia University, BFA from Pratt Institute, and is

a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and

Marie Walsh Sharpe alumnus. He is also the recipient

of the 2018 American Family Fellowship from

the Gordon Parks Foundation, a 2009 Louis Comfort

Tiffany Award, and the 2014 S.J. Weiler Award. His

artwork is in the permanent collections of public institutions

including The Metropolitan Museum of Art,

NY; Studio Museum, NY; Virginia Museum of Fine

Arts; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

Tickets must be reserved online for timed entry in

accordance with the Museum’s COVID-19 safety

measures. Visit mfastpete.org.




The MFA at 255 Beach Drive NE is

St. Petersburg’s first art museum,

and houses the largest encyclopedic

art collection in Florida. The

collection includes works of art from

ancient times to the present day and from around

the world, including ancient Greek and Roman,

Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian, Native

American, European, American, and contemporary

art. The photography collection is one of the

largest and finest in the Southeast.

For more information, visit mfastpete.org


health feature

Terrence Grywinski and Advanced Craniosacral Therapy has reopened for a limited number of sessions per week.

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing

CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically

Clients come to me because they are in physical

pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as

for chronic headaches and migraines.

● Both myself and all clients will be provided with Face Masks.

● Appointments will allow the client to come directly into my

office from their cars avoiding time in the waiting room.

● Hand disinfectant will be provided.

● An excellent air filtration system has been installed in the

Pain and stress caused by

shortened Fascia

Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases

all our muscles, organs, brain and spinal

cord. Whenever fascia shortens any place

in the body, the entire network of fascia

creates an increased tension affecting the

functioning of our physical body as well as

our organs, our brain and spinal cord.

Our body is the history of every major

trauma we have experienced physically

and emotionally beginning with birth

issues, falls, head trauma, car accidents,

childhood abuse issues, death, divorce

and other emotional issues. Our body tries

to minimize each trauma by shortening

fascia to isolate the energy coming into the

body from that trauma. Shortened fascia

results in pain, loss of mobility and range

of motion, organs becoming less efficient

and with parts of the brain and spinal cord

becoming stressed.

To keep the brain functioning, the body

transfers some of your functional work play

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain

resulting in less energy to make it through

each day. As we age, the accumulation of

all the tightened fascia, from every major

trauma in life, begins to restrict every

aspect of our body’s functions resulting

in pain, loss of mobility, mis-functioning

organs, loss of energy, as well as our brain

losing some its sharpness.

How Craniosacral

Therapy Works

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe

place, with gentle holding techniques, that

engages your body’s ability to self correct,

reorganize and heal itself with the release

of some of that tightened fascia during

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.

As the fascia releases, pain begins to

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,

organs begin functioning better and

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns

the energy it borrowed at the time of each

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave

from my first session not feeling better.

Short Leg Syndrome

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae

at bottom of the spine) is transferred up

Testimonials from Clients

■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I

re-injured my back. I found Terry online. I

can say with complete joy that was the best

decision I made in the history of my back

pain. I have sought many modalities and

visit a CST regularly and never have I had

such a healing in my entire body.

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive

home with no pain or discomfort in my

entire body. Unbelievable. My body has

a sense of moving freely and that is completely

new. I’m so grateful to Terry for his

knowledge, for his sensitivity to my needs

and his kind generosity in healing my body.

I will see him when I return next year.”

—Caroline M.

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for

25 years. Terry’s techniques have led to a

great deal of release and relief in areas that

have been problematic. I have been seeing

him over the years when my body says ”it’s

time”. Usually after a few sessions, I can tell

a huge difference.” —Lana S.

■ “I was introduced to Terry and Craniosacral

Therapy by a Neuromuscular

massage therapist who thought I needed

higher level of care. I found Terry to be


kind, empathetic and he genuinely seemed

to take an interest in my challenges. I have

a mild Chiari malformation (part of the

brain protrudes and puts pressure on the

spinal cord) I had been experiencing vertigo,

extreme pain in my neck combined

with a limited range of motion (I could not

turn my neck right or left) I tried both traditional

and holistic modalities including

chiropractic and acupuncture with limited

success. So I did not have lofty expectations

(unrealistic) going into my first session, but

was pleasantly surprised in the immediate

difference I experienced in my entire body.

There was less pain in my back and

shoulders, but also in my diaphragm and

rib cage area. I was able to breathe more

deeply, felt more limber and overall more

relaxed. With additional sessions, Terry

was able to relieve the burning sensation

in my shoulders that would radiate into

my lower neck and down my arms which

had been plaguing me for a long time and

causing numbness in my extremities. I have

been impressed by his intuitive nature and

his ability to listen to my body and focus in

on specific issues and pain points. The therapist

who referred me to him was right…he

is a gifted healer.” —Nicole M.


treatment room that destroys bacteria and viruses.

● All surfaces will be disinfected between treatments.

● All clients will be questioned about self isolation and having

followed safety precautions such wearing a face mask in public

as well as being free of any symptoms.

The physical stress in bodies caused by

shortened fascia (connective tissue) shuts

down energy flows to certain organs. Short

leg syndrome by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is

pulled up by shortened fascia) shuts down

energy flow to the spleen (an important part of

your immune system) and the small and large

intestine. With the release of that shortened

fascia, energy returns to these organs.

the dural tube that encases the spinal cord

into the lower and upper back, the neck,

the cranium and the brain. Headaches, migraines,

TMJ and neck problems can originate

from the fascial stress in the sacrum.

Releasing this sacral stress increases

energy in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys

and the chakras as well as releasing major

stress in the upper part of the body.

Cause of Shallow Breathing

A great majority of the clients who come to

me for various problems are also shallow

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm restricts

the depth of breathing by restricting

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium

■ Chronic Pain: Sciatic, Back,

Neck and TMJ

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■ Migraines, Foggy Brain and

Lack of Concentration

■ Sight and Eye Problems

■ Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD

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of Advanced

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B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049


■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which

enables him to work at

a cellular level and with

brain dysfunctions.

Call 941-321-8757

for more information,

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and the heart. With the release of fascial

diaphragm restriction, the client immediately

starts breathing deeply and energy is

restored to the pericardium and the heart.

Shoulder blades that are cemented to

the body also restricts how much the rib

cage can open and thereby also restricting

depth of breath. Without proper breathing,

your cells do not get enough oxygen.

Everyone, especially people suffering from

bronchitis, asthma and COPD as well as

shallow breathing can benefit when the

fascial stress is released.

Specialized Training

to work with Brain


Just as the body physically gets stressed

from physical and emotional trauma, the

functioning of the brain is also affected

by fascial stress. For our brains to remain

healthy, we need dynamic production

of craniosacral fluid which performs the

important function of bringing nourishment

to all the cells in the brain and spinal

cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic

wastes given off by those same cells.

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid

plaques from the brain. If the drainage

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years

of your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s

and other brain dysfunctions?

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has

received training in working with the

brain, can reverse that stress on the brain

that eventually can result in those brain

dysfunctions. As we all know, the proper

functioning of the body is dependent on a

healthy functioning brain.

What conditions does

CranioSacral Therapy address?

Immediate Relief Beginning with the First Session:

■ Shallow Breathing

■ Digestive and Constipation Issues

■ Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Problems

■ Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Depression

■ Concussions, Brain and Spinal Cord Health

■ Mobility and Energy Issues for Seniors

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Exclusively at Shelly’s Gift

and Christmas Boutique

in Sarasota is a 5 inch

ornament depicting

the Sarasota landmark


Surrender.” Cost: $12.

Shipping is available,

but you will be

amazed at the ornament

selection at Shelly’s Gifts

& Christmas Boutique

located at 4420 South

Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Call 941-260-8905

or visit www.shellysgiftandchristmasboutique.com.

Local Cookbook

Just in time for holiday cooking and

gift giving, a Cortez cookbook is

available for sale. “What’s Cooking in

Cortez” is a collection of recipes by

Cortez natives, featuring hundreds of

time-tested recipes, ranging from dips

to desserts.

Two favorites are by Cortez Grande

Dame, Dr. Mary Fulford Green,

shrimp dressing, and one by Jane

Evers, late wife of Bradenton Mayor,

for mac ’n cheese.

The cookbook features lovely photos

by Cortez artist Linda Molto, and,

with three rings, is conveniently

expandable, hardcover volume.

It’s available at the Cortez Cultural

Center, November 21, 1-3 p.m.

Price for one is $15; two for $25. Proceeds benefit the Center at 11655

Cortez Rd West. For more info, email: cortezbell@tampabay.rr.com.

For the Bird Lover

Birding took off as a hobby as an unlikely byproduct of the pandemic

as so many were staying home or, if venturing out, people wanted to be

with nature.

So if you are someone on your gift list is interested in birding, consider

a member in the Sarasota Audubon Society. Your money supports

education, meaningful experiences in nature and perhaps most

importantly, conservation of our local birds and wildlife.

The Sarasota Audubon Local Membership- is $30/year and provides

direct financial support for the Sarasota Audubon local chapter. You’ll

receive The Brown Pelican newsletter, activity schedule and member

invitations to unadvertised events.

For more information about Local Membership, contact membership@


Adopt an Animal at

Mote Marine

Looking to give a meaningful gift that gives back? Or looking

for a fun, easy way to support Mote? Check out their Adopt

an Animal program. Pick from an alligator, jellyfish, manatee,

octopus, otter, seahorse, sea turtle and shark.

Mote’s Adopt an Animal program offers two adoption levels:

$30 entry level is ideal for individuals looking to give back.

Includes an adoption certificate, a letter from the animal’s

caregiver and a photo sent to you via email.

$100 level is the perfect gift for a loved one, complete

with an adoption kit that includes a personalized adoption

certificate, a letter from the animal’s caregiver, a photo of the

animal with a fact sheet, an Adopt and Animal window cling

and a plush animal toy.

All money raised directly benefits Mote Aquarium and the

animals inside it. Questions? Call membership at (941) 388-

4441 ext. 373.

Membership Benefits:

Enhance efforts to preserve natural resources in Sarasota County

Support partnerships between other nonprofit environmental groups,

citizens and local government to shape the health of our community

Receive first notice of special trips, activities and opportunities,

mailed to your home

Receive member-only invitations to special events


“Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs Bars,

pubs, and nightclubs that derive

more than 50 percent of sales

from alcohol should operate at

full capacity with limited social

distancing protocols. Businesses

should maintain adequate sanitation

practices among employees

and patrons during all hours of

operation. Restaurants and food

service establishments may operate

at full capacity with limited

social distancing protocols.”

—Florida Governor’s Office

Good Deeds

• Mellow Mushroom Sarasota and

Project PRIDE SRQ delivered 50 pizzas

to Pines of Sarasota and Donna Albano

to support the staff and senior residents

during isolation. Kudos to Karen Atwood,

Project PRIDE SRQ Board Member, and

Arthur Boyce for organizing this outreach

event. The mission of Sarasota’s Project

Pride is to bring together members of the

lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender

community, their friends, allies, and supporters

in celebration of the unique spirit

and culture of our LGBTQ community.

Project Pride organizes safe, quality

events that are open to everyone.

Additionally, Project Pride produces educational,

cultural and entertainment events

and activities throughout the year in order

to create a truly celebratory experience for

the whole community.

■ Visit www.projectpridesrq.org.


• Motorworks Brewing has a Beer

Garden Bazaar through December 25,

6-11pm. Join them in the Beer Garden

every last Friday for a Night Market featuring

local makers showcasing their original

arts, handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind

goods, plus live music from 7-11pm, food

tree. Family and pet friendly free event.

■ Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th Street

West Bradenton.

Artful Museum


• The Ringling has launched a new food

service company and opened the Ringling

Grillroom, which replaces the former

Muse restaurant.

They also opened Mable’s Coffee and

Tea inside the museum’s McKay Visitor’s

Pavilion. Managed by Metz Culinary, the

coffee shop serves Starbucks products and

includes full barista service in addition to a

menu of various pastries, snacks and treats.

The Ringling Grillroom, also located

inside the McKay Visitor’s Pavilion, replaces

Muse and provides fine dining and

upscale beverages and opened in October.

The Banyan Garden Bistro, a more casual

dining spot, is expected to open on the

Ringling grounds before the end of the year.

■ The Grillroom is open daily from 11 a.m.

- 7 p.m. For reservations call 941-302-6985.

• There’s a new restaurant in the

Sarasota Art Museum that opened in

October called Bistro. The menu at Bistro

will include soups, tartines, salads, sandwiches,

charcuterie and cheese platters,

breads and pastries. The new eatery is

part of the Constellation Culinary Group,

Sarasota Art Museum’s Bistro

variety of coffee options. Bistro will offer

both indoor dining, or outdoor service in

the museum plaza. You don’t need to purchase

a ticket to the museum to eat there.

Executive chef Kaytlin Dangaran, a Tampa

native, has trained at The French Culinary

Institute and worked in restaurants in

New York, San Francisco and Miami.

Menu items include a watercress and

Florida citrus salad, an heirloom tomato

salad with quinoa and a lemon basil pesto,

a Niçoise salad, a grilled cheese with

tomato jam, roasted chicken salad with

pickled peppers and a garlic aioli, and

more. Tartines will be made with baguettes

from C’est La Vie! and flavored with things

like house-made ricotta, jam and local

honey; a roasted mushroom spread; avocado,

preserved lemon and radishes; and

house-cured salmon.

■ Bistro is located in the Sarasota Art

Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota,

and is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.



• Sage Restaurant reopened October

14 with a new fall menu from Executive

Chef Christopher Covelli showcasing

globally inspired autumn flavors and seasonal

cocktails—as well as some exciting

new developments coming in the very

near future.

The restaurant will be implementing extensive

COVID safety procedures in line with

guidelines from the CDC and local officials,

including temperature checks, socially

distanced tables, numerous sanitation stations,

no-touch QR code menu options, and

ServSafe certifications for all employees.

Sage’s latest menu represents the

downtown Sarasota restaurant’s ongoing

commitment to exploring seasonal ingredients

through an international lens, with

an increasing emphasis on sustainable

sourcing. Fall flavors like root vegetables,

pumpkin and yucca shine in dishes

inspired by the cuisines of Italy, China,

Mexico, India and more.

“Fall is an exciting time for root vegetables.

It’s actually that time of year where the

colors match the flavors and you can taste

them when you see them,” says Chef Covelli.

Featured items include spicy pumpkin

soup, duck consommé, a salt-roasted

beet steak, foie gras Asian-style dumplings,

as well as Sage’s popular and

ever-evolving Thai bouillabaisse. The

Sage bar team are contributing to the fall

menu as well with seasonal flavors like a

Fig Sherry Cobbler using brûléed mission

figs and a gin-forward Neptune’s Revenge

with spirulina-infused gomme syrup.

■ Sage is located at 1216 1st St, Sarasota.


• Love to dine at Tommy Bahama on

St. Armands? Now Tommy B offers

delivery and pick up for the foreseeable

future. Select offerings from the Tommy

Bahama signature menu are available

for online ordering for delivery or pickup.

Choices include fan favorites like

the Tommy Bahama World Famous

Coconut Shrimp, Blackened Mahi Mahi

Tacos, Grilled Chicken Mango Salad and

their signature Pina Colada Cake, among

other popular items.

New to the menu are meal packages

that feed two people and includes

entrées, sides and Key Lime Pie for dessert.

Choices range from Sliders and Taco

Packs to Kona Coffee Crusted Ribeye and

Parmesan Crusted Sanibel Chicken Dinners,

among other family friendly meals.

■ Order online at tommybahama.com.

Sage Restaurant

Motorworks Brewing’s Beer Garden

trucks, delicious craft brews (of course)

and extensive wine and cocktail offerings.

Mingle with a drink in hand while perusing

tons of awesome local wares. Eat, shop

and drink the night away under the glow

of the moon and beautifully lit old oak

which operates restaurants in museums

in Miami and West Palm Beach and in

other locations around the country.

Bistro’s food will combine seasonal

Florida ingredients and traditional French

preparations. An espresso bar will offer a

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foodie events continued

Chef Dave Shiplett’s new Cottonmouth Restaurant

• Chef Dave Shiplett, owner of Birdrock

Taco Shack, has opened his second

restaurant in the Village of the Arts.

David has deep Southern roots that

include growing up in Bradenton with

foods like fried green tomatoes, collard

greens and black-eyed peas. And it’s

those Southern culinary staples that are

showcased at Cottonmouth Restaurant

in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts.

After attending the California Culinary

Academy in San Francisco, Shiplett

returned to the Sarasota-Manatee area

to work at fine-dining restaurants such as

the old Poseidon on Longboat Key before

opening West Bradenton Ezra in the early

2000s, followed by two Soma restaurants in

Bradenton. Five years ago, Shiplett opened

the popular Birdrock Taco Shack at 1004

10th Ave W. in the Village of the Arts.

Cottonmouth is located at 1114 12th Street

West and will serve favorites like shrimp and

grits, chicken and dumplings, collard greens,

pork belly, okra and fried oysters, as well as

desserts like red velvet cupcakes, caramel

salt brownies and cobblers.

Cottonmouth will seat 30 inside and

60 outside and features folk art for sale.

Cottonmouth will host live music.

■ Cottonmouth is located at 1114 12th

St W, Bradenton. Info: 941-243-3735.

• Not a restaurant, but Wandering Whale

is a wandering Trailer Mobile Bar. The Wandering

Whale mobile bar is run by Jill Martini

Wandering Whale Trailer Mobile Bar

who turned an old 1971 double horse trailer

into a charming instagram/party trailer.

Jill is a Ringling alumna and has a degree

in interior design and a minor in photography.

She has been in business as Wandering

Whale for 2 years now. Her business

brings the bar, certified bartenders, decor,

ice, cups, napkins, coolers, mixers, drink

garnishes and all equipment. General and

liquor liability insurance included.

You can even rent one of those cute

bars as long as they are operated by a

catering company.

■ Call (941) 650-9950.



• Holiday cooking got you stress out?

Not sure where to find some of the ingredients

you are looking for? Shopping

can be stressful, lines, traffic and still you

cannot find those vanilla beans, vanilla

extract or other specialty spices you are

looking for. What to do?

The team at Slofoodgroup can

help. They can answer your questions,

deliver your products and their blog has

great ideas for your next cooking project.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a trained

Michelin chef or the most kitchen training

you have had is watching Ratatouille with

the kids - they can help.

Who is Slofoodgroup? They’re an online

vanilla bean, spice and flavor shop located

in Sarasota. Their team of flavor and hospitality

professionals picks, packs and delivers

spices and flavor products to customers

across the United States as well as Canada,

Europe, Singapore, and Japan. They offer

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a variety of world class flavors that are hard

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Slofoodgroup celebrates a simple

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intoxicating vanilla beans, exquisite saffron,

quality cinnamon, spices and cooking

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wholesalers, foodies, and gourmets alike

with the best vanilla beans, gourmet spices,

flavor products and cooking tools online.

Find them at www.slofoodgroup.com/

Daniela Pinheiro of Slofoodgroup

Daniela Pinheiro has been a food a

beverage professional her whole life. After

graduating from Florida International University,

Daniela joined Starwood hotels,

now owned by Marriott to hone her people

skills. She has had the opportunity to

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Daniela uses her experience in hospitality

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■ Call (941)953-1493.


Claudia and Jessica of Two Sisters Tea

• Growing up in Guatemala Claudia

Maria and Jessica Michelle would

spend hot summers on the shores of

Lake Atitlan—surrounded by volcanoes

and sipping on iced Rosa de Jamaica

(Jamaican Rose tea, or hibiscus iced

tea). Claudia and Jessica each eventually

became a mother of three and found

themselves making pitcher after pitcher

of the refreshing treat to enjoy with their

kids as they did as kids. When the women

moved from Guatemala to Birmingham,

they brought with them the tropical version

of their favorite ice tea to enjoy in the

southern Alabama sun.

According to the sisters, hibiscus encompasses

natural refrigerant properties

that have a way of keeping the body cool

and refreshed on blistering days. “As more

and more evidence of Rosa de Jamaica’s

amazing health benefits became available,

my sister Claudia Maria and I found ourselves

needing to make Rosa de Jamaica

available to everyone,” says Jessica.

“The one problem we both had with

Rosa de Jamaica was the unpractical way

of preparing it.” Enter Two Sisters Tea.

Through trial and error, the sisters were

able to figure out how to simplify the making

of Rosa de Jamaica tea so it’s as easy

as making America’s classic sweet iced

tea. “As mothers, we know that a parent’s

time is of the essence,” they say. Making

fresh-brewed, naturally-infused hibiscus

iced tea has never been easier than with

Two Sisters’ teabags, which cut the preparation

time by more than half—lessening

time spent in t he kitchen and increasing

time spent enjoying the tea and sunshine.

One of the beauties, they say, of Rosa

de Jamaica is its versatility. “You can

brew it light or strong, enjoy it sweet or

unsweet, no matter your preference the

one constant is the wonderful vitamins,

minerals, and antioxidants you are adding

to your diet.” Amid the rich flora of the

tropics, the hibiscus flower produces a salubrious,

caffeine-free herbal tea—chock

full of vitamin A and C, iron, calcium, and

an innate ability to help reduce anxiety,

inflammation and high blood pressure.

Claudia and Jessica now reside here

in Sarasota with their families and have

garnered a loyal following through social

media and word of mouth of Two Sisters’

bold teabags filled with whole hibiscus

flowers. Available to shop online through

Amazon or their website are four different

tea flavors including cinnamon, cardamom,

dried pineapple and the original hibiscus.

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News, comings, goings,

changes and more

People in the Arts

✪ The Perlman Music Program/

Suncoast (“Perlman Suncoast”) has

announced that Lisa Berger has been

named the organization’s new Executive

Director. Prior to joining Perlman Suncoast,

Berger was affiliated with Art Center

Sarasota for twelve years – serving on

the Board of Directors; as Development

and Marketing Director; and, for the last

eight years, as Executive Director.

Lisa Berger

As Executive Director of Art Center

Sarasota, Berger was instrumental in

expanding the organizational growth

and outreach within our local community.

During her tenure, she was integral

to important advances, including an

increase in revenue and donations, as

well as an expansion of the organization’s

engagement with artists, students,

and a broader, more diverse audience.

✪ Joy McIntyre, board president of the

Sarasota Concert Association (SCA),

announced that the organization has

added Linda Moxley as its executive


Linda Moxley

“Linda has served in arts leadership

positions for over 30 years,” says McIntyre.

“She comes to us with extensive,

hands-on executive experience and a

profound grasp of the transformative

impact the arts can have on a region’s

cultural and economic foundation.”

McIntyre adds that Moxley will serve

as SCA’s first executive director. The

organization has been run by a volunteer

board of musicians, educators and

business people throughout its 76-year

history. Why change now?

“The 75th anniversary season was

a milestone event for SCA,” explains

McIntyre. “As we embark on our next era,

we sought a seasoned leader with savvy

business and marketing experience who

can oversee our administrative process,

programs, marketing, and strategic plans.”

Before her tenure with the Baltimore

Symphony Orchestra, Linda Moxley

served as executive director of the

Baltimore Choral Arts Society; was the

marketing and public relations director

with the Atlanta Symphony; and associate

director of marketing and public

relations, and Pops coordinator with the

San Francisco Symphony. She was also

president of Moxley Communications,

providing marketing, fundraising, and

PR consultation to regional and national

clients, including performing arts organizations,

museums, and universities.

The Sarasota Concert Association is

celebrating its 76th anniversary with a

lineup of classical artists and ensembles

as part of its Great Performers Series,

which runs January through March. For

information, visit www.SCAsarasota.org.

✪ Hermitage Artist Retreat has

added Elizabeth Power to the newly

created role of deputy director/operations

manager, working closely with

CEO Andy Sandberg. Power joins a

team that also includes Patricia Caswell

(Hermitage co-founder and program

director), as well as fellow new hire

Michael Salimbene (executive assistant/

program coordinator).

Prior to joining the Hermitage this

month, Power served 16 years as executive

director of The Perlman Music

Program/Suncoast (PMP/Suncoast) and

brings more than 20 years of experience

in arts education and administration.

In her role as PMP/Suncoast’s first

executive director, Power expanded its

annual programs to include multiple

weeklong residences for Perlman Music

Program graduates, who perform in

Elizabeth Power

schools and throughout the community.

Power also established a unique

partnership with the University of South

Florida Sarasota-Manatee to present

programs on its campus, and designed

and launched the PMP/Suncoast Super

Strings program, offering Florida-based

string students the opportunity to perform

on stage with PMP string students

under the baton of concert violinist and

conductor Itzhak Perlman.

The Hermitage also welcomed Michael

Salimbene as executive assistant and

program coordinator. Salimbene has

a track record in performing arts and

talent management, having worked his

way up from the mailroom at Innovative

Artists to one of the top desks in the

theatrical department of William Morris

Endeavor Agency. He recently moved to

Sarasota County following his years at

WME in New York.

To learn more, visit HermitageArtist


✪ Marco Nisticò is the new

Artistic Administrator of Sarasota

Opera beginning December 1. Nisticò

will fill the position held by the recently

deceased Greg Trupiano, who had

worked for Sarasota Opera since 1987.

Since 2019, Nisticò has been the

General Director of Opera on the

James in Lynchburg, Virginia. Nisticò

is well-versed with the workings of the

Sarasota Opera, having first joined the

company in 2008 as a principal artist,

singing the role of Francesco Foscari in

Verdi’s I due Foscari.

With Sarasota Opera he has also performed

principal roles in The Barber of

Seville, (2008, 2014), Don Carlos (2009,

2015), La Traviata (2009, 2017), Giovanna

d’Arco (2010), Madame Butterfly

(2011), Rigoletto (2012, 2019), Pagliacci

(2014), Aida and Don Pasquale (2016),

The Love of Three Kings (2017), Susanna’s

Secret, and Rita (2019), and most

recently was stage director of Donizetti’s

The Elixir of Love, performed during the

2020 Winter Opera Festival.

Marco Nisticò

Born in Naples, Italy, Nisticò’s singing

career as a baritone has taken him to

theaters around the world, with performances

for the Metropolitan Opera, New

York City Opera, the Caramoor Festival,

and Chautauqua Opera Festival in New

York, the Teatro dell’ Opera, Teatro Regio

di Parma, and Teatro di San Carlo in

Italy, Landestheater Bregenz in Austria,

Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland,

Opera de Monte-Carlo and Théâtre du

Châtelet in France, West Australian

Opera, and many others. He added stage

direction to his career path in 2018,

directing Tosca for Opera Southwest,

and has provided stage direction for the

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and

the Savannah Voice Festival.


✪ “Quinceañera” is a celebration of

Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s 15th

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

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Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show

November 14 & 15, 2020

At Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota

Immediate Relief Beginning

with the First Session:

Chronic Pain: Sciatic, Back, Neck and TMJ

Migraines, Foggy Brain and

Lack of Concentration

Sight and Eye Problems

Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Shallow Breathing

Digestive and Constipation Issues

Leaky gut and Autoimmune problems

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Depression

Concussions, Brain and Spinal Cord Health

Mobility and Energy Issues for Seniors

T. Grywinski specializes in difficult

issues with great success

How Craniosacral Therapy

Can Be Life Changing

As a result of two car accidents, injuries to my back,

neck, shoulders, and tailbone caused me debilitating

pain, chronic migraines, and loss of energy that forced

me to go on disability leave. Medical doctors and physical

therapy did not help. I tried neuromuscular massage,

acupuncture and chiropractic with little improvement. A

friend referred me to Terry. Within four CST sessions, my

pain and physical stress decreased substantially, flexibility

returned, my digestive system improved, the migraines

disappeared and I regained mental clarity. I was able to

go back to work. As I have left Sarasota, I come back to

work with him periodically. Terry is a gifted healer.

~ Samaria Williams

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news continued

birthday. SCD is marking its passage

from girlhood to womanhood and

demonstrating once again that the company

is here for the long run.

The term “Quinceañera” has been

chosen not only to honor company

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott’s Caribbean

roots (Cuban American), but also to

recognize and celebrate the momentous

accomplishment 15 years marks in la

vida de Sarasota Contemporary Dance.

Congratulations, Leymos!


✪ La Musica International Chamber

Music Festival, in collaboration

with Harbour Productions and

Mark of Man Films, launched “La

Musica at Home,” a monthly series

of documentaries exploring the

personal lives, musical passions and

performances of its renowned musician

artists. The series will be available

through multiple online platforms,

including YouTube and La Musica’s

website, LaMusicaFestival.org.

Along the way, she made more

than beautiful music, she wrote the

soundtrack to a generation.

In the premiere episode that was on October

30, viewers got a peek into the world

of orchestral bassist Dee Moses through

traditional and contemporary performances

captured in the recording studio, and

candid reflections on his life, work, and

collaboration with his dancer/choreographer

wife Elsa Valbuena. The episode was

co-produced by Jerry H. Bilik and John

Moffitt, La Musica board members who

also conceived “La Musica at Home.”

Subsequent episodes will feature La

Musica artistic director and celebrated

pianist Derek Han; Ann Hobson Pilot,

former principal harpist of the Boston

Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration

with Sarasota Contemporary Dance;

and young piano virtuoso and Yamaha

artist Steven Lin, with a special look at

the custom piano work of Justin Elliott.

Award-winning artist/filmmakers

Shawn Convey and Alexander Berne

co-directed these vignettes from across

the world: Convey is in Sri Lanka working

on his next film; and Berne is in Florida,

waiting to return to Rome where he is

producing the feature, “The Last Supper.”

Convey remotely directs and edits “La

Musica at Home,” while Berne, in addition

to his sound engineering work, is

producing, directing, and filming each of

the artists featured in the series. Harold J.

Bott is the executive producer and musical

director for Harbour Productions.

“I wanted to bring the best to La Musica,

so a necessary ingredient for my participation

in ‘La Musica at Home’ was a focus

on audio fidelity,” says Berne. “We have

all been grateful for the use of technology

in this ‘staying at home’ time – seeing and

hearing artists in their living rooms is

intimate and reassuring in difficult times.

Yet for me, in these ‘La Musica at Home’

performances, the goal was to present the

musicians with the highest possible respect

for the sounds they can create. We

are fortunate to have legendary sound engineer

Gary Baldassari joining us on this

project. His decades of experience, and

passion for technical and aesthetic brilliance,

are indispensable.”

To learn more about La Musica and

“La Musica at Home,” visit LaMusicaFestival.org.

La Musica will present its 35th

concert season in April 2021; tickets go

on sale in January.



✪ The Board of Directors of the Anna

Maria Island Concert Chorus &

Orchestra (AMICCO) has decided to

postpone Symphony on the Sand until

2021. In its eighth season, Symphony on

the Sand has traditionally occurred on

Anna Maria Island’s Coquina Beach on

the second Saturday each November.

Recognized as one of the region’s premier

musical events, it has been well-attended

by over 4,000 people annually. For more

information contact info@amicco.org.

✪ The Perlman Music Program/

Suncoast (“Perlman Suncoast”) won’t

present its annual PMP Winter Residency

and Celebration Concert this Season.

“The health and safety of our staff and the

community is our first priority,” said Fran

Lambert, Perlman Suncoast Board President.

“While we are not able to substitute

the musical events and experiences

everyone has grown to love each winter,

we are working on some special programming

for the holiday season that we

hope will continue to educate and inspire

- from the comfort of your own home.”

Amidst the pandemic, Perlman Suncoast

is forging ahead with its 2020-2021

Season by presenting PMP Alumni: At

Home, a series of free virtual concerts

featuring alumni of The Perlman Music

Program. Throughout the Season, Perlman

Suncoast will engage audiences

with performances that can be viewed

online at PerlmanSuncoast.org and on

the Perlman Suncoast YouTube channel

at https://youtu.be/WEGyj071jBQ.

✪ For 47 years The Venice Symphony’s

mission has been to share the power,

inspiration, and joy of live symphonic

music with our community. However,

in concern for the health and safety

of their patrons, musicians, staff and

guest artists and other factors related to

COVID-19, The Venice Symphony Board

of Trustees made the decision to postpone

the November 2020 to April 2021

concert season to 2021-22.

Songs From the Stage and Screen

with Linda Eder and Patriotic Pops at

CoolToday Park are scheduled to take

place in May 2021. 2020-21

The Venice Symphony also participated

in an in-depth survey of VPAC

patrons conducted by the Venice

Institute of Performing Arts which found

that the majority of respondents were

hesitant about returning to the hall

until a COVID-19 vaccine was available,

data that backs up surveys conducted

throughout the industry.

Making this decision at this time has

allowed The Venice Symphony to retain

this season’s scheduled renowned

guest artists for next season. Patrons

who have subscribed to the 2020-21

season will have the opportunity to

retain their seats for 2021-22, request a

refund or to donate their ticket purchase

back to the Symphony.

Music Director/Conductor Troy Quinn

has announced a “reimagined season”

of virtual concerts including “The Venice

Symphony at Home for the Holidays.”

This series will premiere in November

2020 and will be offered at no charge to

all, with enhanced virtual experiences

provided to Symphony subscribers.

Said Quinn, “I am excited to work with

our Venice Symphony musicians in a

safe setting where we can share music

with a greater and more diverse audience.

These intimate concerts put you

right in front of the action and give listeners

the opportunity to hear and see

the musicians play thrilling works from

Copland and Strauss to “West Side Story”

and “The Night Before Christmas.”

The Venice Symphony will also continue

to present its free online Meet the

Musicians and Behind the Baton video

series. Those series and the summer-long

Education Spotlight series are available on

The Venice Symphony’s YouTube channels

and at the thevenicesymphony.org.

Symphony administration and the

Board remain hopeful that the current

crisis will improve to where The Venice

Symphony can present chamber group

and smaller performances safely in

venues in Sarasota County. The Venice

Symphony Youth Orchestra will

continue its socially-distanced outdoor

rehearsals, and also hopes to perform in

concert for the community.

On a Positive Note:

✪ Sarah Brightman, the world’s

best-selling soprano, makes her Sarasota

debut with Hymn: Sarah Brightman

in Concert on Tuesday, December 14,

2021 at 8 p.m. (note the 2021).

Brightman is known for her three-octave

range and for pioneering the classical-crossover

music movement, amassing

global sales of over 30 million units.

Sarah Brightman

Tickets for the multiplatinum Grammy-nominated

artist’s performance went

on sale already so you better hurry.

Sarah Brightman released her fifteenth

full-length album, HYMN, and HYMN:

Sarah Brightman In Concert DVD, Blu Ray,

Deluxe CD/DVD and CD/BR Special Editions

in 2018. “HYMN is excitingly eclectic,

encompassing many different styles, and

I’m looking forward to performing the new

songs on my world tour. Every project I’ve

done has come from an emotional place,

and I wanted to make something that

sounded very beautiful and uplifting. To

me, HYMN suggests joy — a feeling of hope

and light, something that is familiar and

secure, and I hope that sentiment resonates

through the music,” said Brightman.

Sarah Brightman says fans can

“expect the unexpected!” from her

world tour. To enhance her world of

enchantment, she has partnered with

Swarovski. Her elaborate costumes and

dazzling tiaras will be composed of

over 600,000 Swarovski crystals.

HYMN’s mystical, uplifting tone is set

with its title track — a song by British

prog-rock band Barclay James Harvest.

The release also encompasses songs

by such modern composers as Eric

Whitacre (“Fly to Paradise”), Japanese

superstar musician and songwriter

Yoshiki (“Miracle”) and German DJ Paul

Kalkbrenner (“Sky and Sand”). The

album closes with a new rendition of

Brightman’s signature smash duet with

Andrea Bocelli, “Time to Say Goodbye,”

singing lyrics that she wrote herself and

sung in English for the first time.

The only artist to have simultaneously

topped Billboard’s dance and classical

music charts, Brightman has earned over

180 gold and platinum awards in over

40 countries. She is also known for her

iconic star turn in The Phantom of the

Opera, whose soundtrack has sold more

than 40 million copies worldwide. Her

duet with Bocelli, “Time to Say Goodbye,”

became an international success selling

12 million copies around the globe.

Tickets can be purchased at www.

VanWezel.org , by calling the box office

at 941-263-6799.


you’re news


■ Fawley Bryant Architecture

has promoted Amanda Parrish

to Chief Administrative Officer.

The full-service architecture

firm with offices in

Sarasota and Bradenton also welcomed

new Senior Project Manager

Nicholas (Nick) E. Carolla,

who will





all aspects

of multiple


to large


Amanda Parrish


chief administrative

officer, Parrish

serves as a trusted advisor

and manager of day-to-day

operations, including team

management, human resources,

and building business

partnerships and community

relationships. She is also responsible

for oversight and

strategic planning for key administrative

support elements

of the organization, including

technology, facilities, and

marketing initiatives. Prior to

her promotion, Parrish was the

firm’s director of business.

Parrish is on the board of

the Lakewood Ranch Business

Alliance and a member of the Executive

Committee. She recently

graduated with a master’s

in Organizational Leadership

from Jacksonville University.

Since 1994, Fawley Bryant

Architecture has served clients

throughout southwest Florida

and has offices located in Sarasota

and Bradenton. To learn more,

visit www.fawleybryant.com.


■ Dr. Brenda Pinkney has been

named director of diversity and

inclusion, a newly created position

at State College of Florida,

Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), that

reflects the college’s long-term



an inclusive


for all



and staff



Dr. Brenda Pinkney


who has

a doctorate in educational

leadership from Argosy University

and who has served as an

academic adviser and diversity

representative with the College,

will create a comprehensive

strategic vision and effort to address

a diversity and inclusion

strategy and program plan.

“I am encouraged by the vision

of Dr. Probstfeld and SCF’s

administration to move SCF in

a direction that not only talks

about but also walks in diversity

and inclusion by embedding

both into the college’s policies

and practices,” commented Dr.

Pinkney. “As Director of Diversity

and Inclusion, I will serve

a deliberate role as a champion

for a diverse and inclusive

institution, as I believe that all

people should be treated with

dignity and respect.”

SCF is committed to expanding

opportunities to

underrepresented populations

in its community. Initiatives

including the SCF Collegiate

School, Bridge to Baccalaureate

Program, College Reach-Out

Program (CROP), Summer

Bridge Programs, Expanding

Our Boundaries Task Force,

Career Employee Promotion

Process and the SCF Leadership

Academy are ongoing initiatives

aimed at inclusion, diversity

and impact through community


Business News

■ Born and raised in Sarasota,

Marissa Churchill is the new

owner of The Little Salon, located

on Main Street in Sarasota.

Following a path of success that

led from


at the salon

7 years ago

to training

and gaining


as a stylist,

and then

taking on


Marissa Churchill


Churchill developed a new

dream and then a plan to buy

the salon.

A business student at State

College of Florida when she

started at The Little Salon, Churchill

pursued training at Vidal

Sassoon, Chicago, and Elevation

H International. With years of

experience working as a stylist

alongside past owner of The

Little Salon and Master Stylist

Renee Wunderli, Churchill

managed a smooth transition of

ownership, with only a slight delay

due to COVID-19 shutdown.

“I am excited to take ownership

of this successful salon and

help it continue to grow,” Churchill

said. “Good things are happening

in downtown Sarasota,

and I am happy to be able to work

in my profession and contribute

to the business community here

in my home town.”

At 29, Churchill is older

than Wunderli was when she

opened her first salon at 21, in

St. Joseph, Michigan. Wunderli

opened The Little Salon in the

year 2000 and will be staying on

as a stylist at the salon. “Being

able to sell the business I grew

for 20 years to such a remarkable

and capable young woman

and former employee is a dream

come true,” Wunderli said.

The Little Salon’s business has

bounced back after shutdown

with robust Health Safety measures

in place, which are listed

on Safety4SRQ.com. The Little

Salon carries Oway organic hair

care and styling products for

women and men in eco-friendly,

refillable glass containers. For

more information, call 941-955-

4691 or visit www.thelittlesalon.

net. The salon is located at 1776

Main St., Sarasota.

■ Maid Brigade , a customer-centric

maid service franchise,

has opened its newest location

in Lakewood Ranch this

past October. Owner and President,

Emily Sarid is excited

to bring a trusted and reliable

cleaning service to Lakewood

Ranch, Sarasota, Bradenton and

surrounding areas across Sarasota

and Manatee Counties.

“We are proud to be a part of

a company that cares so deeply

for its customers and employees,”

says franchise owner

Emily Sarid. “We were also

impressed with Maid Brigade’s

long history of providing safe

and effective home cleaning

for its customers. We are

excited to offer the company’s

new cleaning and disinfection

system, PUREcleaning ® , to our


PUREcleaning ® , Maid

Brigade’s latest advancement

in cleaning technology, is a

powerful, non-toxic system that

extends the Maid Brigade commitment

by using electrolyzed

water and electrostatic technology

to truly clean and disinfect

high-touch areas in the home.

Maid Brigade of Sarasota-Manatee

offers one time and

recurring house cleaning, as

well as move in/move out and

seasonal deep cleans. All Maid

Brigade of Sarasota-Manatee

employees are trained, uniformed,

background checked

and carry all appropriate

licenses and insurance.

Maid Brigade is located at

9015 Town Center Parkway,

Suite 125, Lakewood Ranch. For

information, call 941-777-1277

or visit www.maidbrigade.com/


Board News

■ Luz Corcuera and Braulio

Colón have joined Florida

Policy Institute’s (FPI’s) Board

of Directors. “We are thrilled to

welcome Luz and Braulio,” said

Robert C. Osborne Sr., chair of

FPI’s Board. “Their vast experience

in education, health, and

community engagement will

help steer FPI as we continue

our push toward the ultimate

goal of shared prosperity for all


Luz Corcuera is the executive

director of UnidosNow, a nonprofit



to empowering


Latinos to

achieve the




Luz Corcuera



and civic engagement. Luz has a

proven track record in community-building

and engagement.

She previously served as program

director for Healthy Start

Manatee and as a community

health director for the Florida

Department of Health in Manatee.

Luz is passionate about

education, health, and cultural

competency. Her significant

work includes developing and

overseeing diverse community-based

initiatives to empower

underserved and at-promise

communities via prevention

and education.

She has been recognized

with numerous awards for

building strong relationships

in the Manasota region with

private, public, faith-based, and

civic organizations to close the

education achievement gap, reversing

negative health trends,

and empowering people to civic


Luz was born in Peru and

emigrated to Canada where she

practiced as a psychotherapist

for 16 years, before moving to

Florida in 2000. She remains a

clinical member of the Ontario

Society of Registered Psychotherapists.

She earned a bachelor’s

in Clinical Psychology and

a master’s in Pastoral Ministry.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has

only exacerbated the need for

common-sense state policies

that ensure economic security

for all Floridians,” added

Knight. “We look forward to

working with our new board

members on pushing for state

and federal policies that reduce

health and other disparities

that have only grown since the

onset of this crisis.”

FPI is an independent, nonpartisan

and nonprofit organization

dedicated to advancing state

policies and budgets that improve

the economic mobility and

quality of life for all Floridians.

■ Healthy Start Coalition of

Sarasota County, Inc. has announced

its 2020-2021 Volunteer

Executive Board, including

two new At-Large members:

Victoria Kasdan has had a




30+ years



medical, insurance






Victoria Kasdan others

could benefit from her pragmatic

approach, unique skill set,

and ability to turn challenges

into opportunities, she founded

Mission Made Possible, LLC,

an agency dedicated to helping

organizations bridge the gap and

overcome barriers to achieve their

goals. Prior to that, she served

as Executive Director at We Care

Manatee, Inc. (2015-2019) a local

nonprofit, she coordinated more

than $1.3 million in free medical

care donated by a network of 80

volunteer physicians and serving

nearly 1000 patients annually. Ms.

Kasdan holds an RN degree from

Cook County School of Nursing;

both a Bachelor of Science in

Nursing and Masters in Public

Health Management from University

of Illinois, Chicago; and

is a licensed insurance agent for

health, life and variable annuities.

■ Mona Herman, BA, MLS, JD,

practiced law in the Juvenile

Courts of Connecticut for many

years, serving as counsel for

those in need and guardian ad

litem for minor


and legally


parents. She


all phases

of child




abuse, abandonment,

Mona Herman

emancipation, and delinquency

proceedings. She often met with

children and their families in

their homes or their foster care

placement. Since moving to

Florida 4 years ago, she has been

working part-time as a Trainer

for the 12th Judicial Circuit,

Office of the Guardian Ad Litem

here in Sarasota.

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