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■ Choral Artists of Sarasota
Presents “Spanish Flair”
■ Arts News—comings, goings,
changes & more
■ Art & Design Show Sarasota
■ Artist Derrick Adams at MFA,
■ Dining In: A Easy Plan for
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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
November is our Arts Issue,
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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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
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
23 wcw foodie: your source for
26 focus on the arts: arts news
about people and
30 You’re News
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Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
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
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-
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All Faiths Food Bank Launches
All Faiths Food Bank is at the
epicenter of the pandemic
because they tackle hunger
which has grown exponentially.
Funds raised through
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.
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Goodwill Manasota team members Tara Phillips
and Michael Underwood with two of the donated
coats to be delivered to Turning Points.
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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
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
the Artful Lobster
is anticipated as the
season kick-off for
many across our
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This year, they’ll
celebrate the legacy
of Nelda and Jim
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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anytime and choose
your distance. A
couple of miles
with your dog and a
friend? With family
dinner? A company
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
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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
for Brunch on the Bay. Visit https://
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
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
• 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/
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.
Upcoming author events are
presented via Zoom and registration
• 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
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.
a year-long celebration
of Our Blue
Planet with the current
This special exhibition
in the Museum’s
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
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.
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@
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.
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:
and December is
Visions & Traditions.”
18 gallery artists,
some using traditional
flair, others creating
Dabbert Gallery, 46
S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.
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
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.
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
It’s Beginning to
Look a Lot Like…
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
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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At Manatee Players:
• You’re A Good Man, Charlie
Brown runs to November 8 and is a
fresh approach to the all-time 1967
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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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:
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,
Sandke, trumpet; Mike Treni,
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
org or 941-306-1200.
Choral Artists of Sarasota’s
42nd season, entitled
“Rise Up!” features concerts
in October, November,
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
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
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
dancers, and staff from the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Program 2, November
20-21 at the Sarasota
• 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
More info at https://
“Quinceañera” is a celebration
of Sarasota Contemporary
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
• 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
Tickets available with Live Streaming
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.
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
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.
For information, go to www.the
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.
W. Bradenton. Old Main Street is a
tree-lined retail district of cafes and
restaurants running three blocks
north from Manatee Avenue to the
Manatee River, where it meets the
The Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile park
that features day docks, an amphitheater,
performance areas and
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reminder to women to make
their health a priority and
build positive health habits
for life. As women we should
be thinking about our health 365 days
a year. Intimate issues such as urinary
incontinence, sexual dysfunction and
pelvic pain can be hard to discuss.
I want to remind you that no issue is
too little or too big to talk about when
it is bothersome to you. As women, we
often compare ourselves to a friend, a
neighbor or a family member and forget
that we are all unique, we all individuals
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to discuss intimate health issues.
Every woman needs to focus on her
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If you, like many other women,
have difficulty with urinary incontinence,
sexual dysfunction and/or pelvic
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I specialize in the treatment of women’s
urological health issues and would
be happy to help you at our Sarasota or
Lakewood Ranch office. When you think
about pink, remember you are unique and
your health matters every single day of
the year. Your urological issues are not too
little or too big to discuss. Women’s wellness
and awareness always work together.
Many people are surprised to learn
that urology covers a wide range of
conditions for both men and women. In
addition to treating the male reproductive
system, urologists treat diseases and
conditions in the kidneys, bladder, and
urinary tract – all of which affect both
genders in all stages of life.
Women may experience urological
health issues that are unique to their
anatomy. While numerous urological
conditions can affect women of all ages
for a variety of reasons, childbirth, menopause
or a hysterectomy can alter the
body in ways that could lead to conditions
including pelvic floor weakness,
overactive bladder or inflammation of
the bladder wall (interstitial cystitis).
Fortunately, most conditions are highly
treatable, especially when caught early.
• Urinary Tract Infections/Bladder
Infections – Most women will
develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) at
some point in their lives. The infection
develops when bacteria enter the urinary
tract. Women with a UTI may have pain
or burning when they urinate. They may
also feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom,
but then have trouble urinating.
UTIs can be serious, but
they also can be treated
• Overactive Bladder
(OAB) – OAB is a condition
recognized by symptoms
urgency, frequent urination,
waking up at least
twice a night to urinate or
urge incontinence (leakage
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
urologist. Not doing
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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
• 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
• 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:
Tribute to Tina
Turner – March
• America –
March 10, 2021
• An Evening
Botti – March
Tour – March
• 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
• 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
• The Temptations and the Four
Tops – December 2, 2021
• Sarah Brightman – December
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.
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
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@
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
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.
takes full advantage
of one of the
few outlets artists
a public health
by the wanton
murder of George
Floyd by police
officers in Minneapolis.
to mobilize sentiment,
around art and
its enduring possibilities:
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
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
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
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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focus on the arts
CHORAL ARTISTS OF SARASOTA Presents
“SPANISH FLAIR” NOV. 15
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
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 Choral Artists of
Sarasota’s 2020-2021 season
✱ 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.”
For more information and
to purchase tickets, visit www.
ChoralArtistsSarasota.org or call
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.
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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.
Dec. 4, 5, 6
Free admission! Indoor and outdoor
booths! Social distancing and facial
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,
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
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
remains the same.
Photos: All images courtesy of the artists.
“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
NOVEMBER 2020 WEST COAST WOMAN 15
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.
16 WEST COAST WOMAN NOVEMBER 2020
pril 2020 seems so far
away. It was then that the
Sarasota Cuban Ballet
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
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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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.
■ TIMING IS EVERYTHING
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.
■ BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
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.
■ THE INVITATION
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.”
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
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.
■ CHOOSE THE THEME
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.
■ THE VENUE
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.
■ BE REAL WITH YOUR TASK LIST
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
1 whole acorn squash - Cut in half
and remove seeds
1 cup brown rice cooked
according to directions
½ cup quinoa cooked according
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ bunch chopped fresh parsley
⅓ cup cooked garbanzo beans
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt & pepper
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
18 WEST COAST WOMAN NOVEMBER 2020
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
■ 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.
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
Along with these great benefits,
quitting smoking also reduces the
risk of diabetes and improves the
health of blood vessels, the heart and
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
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
UNiTE to End Violence
Against Women and Girls:
November 25 –
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
• $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 email@example.com or
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
NOVEMBER 2020 WEST COAST WOMAN 19
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
“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.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS,
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
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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
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
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.
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.”
■ “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
IN CONSIDERATION OF COVID-19
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
advanced craniosacral therapy
■ Migraines, Foggy Brain and
Lack of Concentration
■ Sight and Eye Problems
■ Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD
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■ 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
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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.
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
advanced craniosacral therapy
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Exclusively at Shelly’s Gift
and Christmas Boutique
in Sarasota is a 5 inch
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.
or visit www.shellysgiftandchristmasboutique.com.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.
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
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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
• 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
• The Ringling has launched a new food
service company and opened the Ringling
Grillroom, which replaces the former
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
■ 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
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.
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
■ 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
free domestic shipping on all products with
a variety of world class flavors that are hard
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Slofoodgroup celebrates a simple
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products. Their mission is to connect chefs
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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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.
■ Visit www.twosisterstea.com.
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focus on the arts
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.
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 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/
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
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.
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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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.
✪ 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
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.
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,
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 email@example.com.
✪ 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
✪ 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.
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
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■ 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,
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
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,
■ 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
Dr. Brenda Pinkney
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
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
■ 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
at the salon
7 years ago
as a stylist,
Churchill developed a new
dream and then a plan to buy
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,
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/
■ 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
and civic engagement. Luz has a
proven track record in community-building
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
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
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
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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