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4 editor’s letter
7 Out & About: listings for things
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9 healthier you: The Benefits of
11 saluting unsung heroes:
Women in Power Luncheon
15 focus on the arts:
Artist Series Concerts
women’s travel feature:
tips for women
If you’ve ever dreamed of solo travel,
here are a few reasons to blaze your
own trail and stay safe doing it.
Always an eclectic array
of new products and a
new book. All on
16 west coast woman:
Erin Minor, Executive Director
of Harvest House
18 women’s travel issue:
Visiting our National Parks
20 women’s travel issue:
Tips for the Female Traveler
21 women’s travel issue:
Money Saving Travel Tips
women’s travel feature:
National Parks were heavily visited during
the pandemic and this summer they’ll be
even busier. We have some tips on how to
manage your trip and still enjoy the view.
22 you’re news
24 focus on the arts:
The Sarasota Film Festival is Back!
27 healthier you: Discover Craniosacral
29 women’s travel issue: Travel News
30 wcw shopper
on the cover: WCW photo of West Coast Woman Erin Minor, Executive Director of Harvest House. ■ Photo by Evelyn England.
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Editor and Publisher
West Coast Woman Erin Minor
CEO Harvest House
Sarasota has a homeless problem and it goes
deeper and wider than just those people
walking around on Main Street. Veterans,
young adults, families, single moms with
kids, those needing emergency shelter and
those coming out of jail or prison and dealing
with substance abuse issues, are the diverse
homeless populations that one-size-fits-all
solutions don’t help.
And those diverse populations are a tall order
Photo by Evelyn England
for any community let alone one nonprofit, but
that’s what Harvest House, a nonprofit, has been taking on - very capably
so - for 30 years. Haven’t heard of them? Well, I admit I didn’t know of
them either, but two nonprofit CEOs told me of the great work they do.
Thank goodness for having a network…!
Erin Minor is the CEO at Harvest House and, as you’ll read in this
issue, she is very busy with managing their nine supportive housing
campuses around Sarasota. They don’t call them shelters because they
do so much more than provide a bed. Harvest House also does such a
thorough job offering counseling, classes, and a multitude of things
like a food pantry.
Homeless rates are rising and a sad new wave of homelessness is
taking place with families being edged out by dramatically escalating
rent increases. Where do you go if your pay stays the same and your
rent goes up 20-40% in one year? Erin and her team at Harvest House
are preparing to answer that question with the addition of their 11,000
square foot, life-enrichment campus taking shape off North Beneva
Road in Sarasota which will provide more classrooms, daycare and
office space that will free up space at their current location.
If you’re interested in helping Harvest House, consider going to Art
Center Sarasota and view photographer Susan Sidebottom’s exhibit
“A Place in The Sun” which portrays homelessness in our community
and where 20 per cent of the sales of her work will go to Harvest House.
The Road Ahead
We’re seeing words like “after a two-year hiatus” or
“that was previously canceled” or simply “finally”
in the slew of events coming in that WCW hasn’t
seen in well, over two years. April is typically a
transition month, yet our calendars are full! And
while it is much more than an event, Earth Day
is April 22.
And speaking of beautiful planet Earth, Choral
Artists has “Listen to the Earth” on Sunday, April
24, at 5 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House. Choral Artists
has a world premiere of a new work by James Grant,
featuring baritone soloist Marcus DeLoach, The Women’s Ensemble
from Parrish Community High School and the Choral Artists singers
with a full orchestra.
The program also includes a setting by Ola Ojeilo of Walt Whitman’s
poem, Song of the Universal and a stunning instrumental work by
Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending with violinist Daniel
Jordan, concertmaster of the Sarasota Orchestra.
For more information, visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org.
This is part one
of our two-part
Issues which is a
daunting task to create, but also fun to edit. There’s so much pent-up
energy for travel and hotels, resorts, and events of all kinds and airlines
have answered with exciting new options. No surprise that Sarasota
Airport is going to have a major expansion coming.
We had so much travel content that we’ve added a second Women’s
Travel to May’s issue.
Sarasota Film Festival
One event that was here last year is the Sarasota Film
Festival which returns April 1-10 but in full bloom
with films in person and virtual which seems to be the
standard for most events in our area. West Coast Woman
is once again a proud sponsor. Look for our logo “on the
big screen” which sounds very cool to say.
On March 2, Resilient Retreat reached another milestone with the
completion of the James P. Roque Community Center with a formal topping
off celebration. This new center adds 5000 square feet to Resilient
Retreat’s campus, which is slated for a grand opening
this fall. This space will serve as the gathering hub for
classes, lectures, treatments, exercise classes, workshops,
luncheons, mingling, and more.
Resilient Retreat is situated on 84 acres of conservation
land: a nature-centered backdrop that is key to Resilient
Retreat’s mind/body/spirit approach to healing.
Once the new facilities open, Resilient Retreat will
provide expanded services for survivors of abuse,
first responders, and helping professionals to heal the
impacts of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit.
Congratulations to Dr. Sidney Turner, Resilient
Retreat’s founder and chair of their board of directors.
For more information about Resilient Retreat, visit
Join us in welcoming the new
Executive Director of the Sarasota
Farmers Market, Amber Rusch.
Amber was born in Colorado
Springs and is a new resident of
Sarasota. From arranging Pride
events to working in property management
to running a childcare
facility, she has experience working
with people from all walks of life.
She left Colorado (and a Corporate
Management job) in search of
a more fulfilling opportunity for
her family in Florida. Stop by the
Market’s booth and say hi the next
time you’re there on Saturday.
Dr. Sidney Turner
Photo by Evelyn England
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The Sarasota County Democratic
Party has its annual Kennedy-King
Dinner on Sunday, April 3. U.S. Congresswoman
Val Demings will be the
keynote speaker and will also receive
the Champion Award for her efforts to
improve public safety and civil rights
for all Americans. Also addressing
attendees will be the three Democratic
gubernatorial candidates: U.S.
Congressman Charlie Crist, Florida’s
Commissioner of Agriculture and
Consumer Services Nikki Fried and
State Senator Annette Taddeo.
The Kennedy-King Dinner will
be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
Sarasota, 5:30-9 p.m. Cost is $150. To
register, call the Sarasota County Democratic
Party headquarters at 941-320-
8825 or go to www.sarasotadems.org .
SPARCCle on the Links golf tournament
will once again take place at
Plantation Golf and Country Club in
Venice on April 21. The event offers
lots of prizes and all proceeds support
the free and confidential programs
and services that Safe Place
and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)
offers to survivors of domestic and
Players can also participate in a hole
in one, longest drive, closest to pin,
putting contest, cannon launcher and
a gift auction. Registration begins at
11.00 am with a shotgun start at 12:30
p.m. Golfers will have a box lunch and
snacks. Cash prizes will be awarded at
the end of the tournament.
For more information, visit www.
sparcc.net/events or call 941-365-
0208 ext. 124.
Make a difference in the life of
someone with dementia when you
support ArtCenter Manatee’s biennial
fundraising event: Snatch It, art and
more for grabs. On April 9 from 6-10
p.m., join ArtCenter Manatee in Downtown
Bradenton for its biggest fundraiser
of the year. It’s your chance to
grab a prize with a value of at least $250
all while supporting children’s art education
programs and Arts & Healing for
adults with dementia.
Prizes include original art, jewelry,
golf packages, gourmet dinners,
sports tickets and lots more. Don’t
miss the fun and your chance to win
big. Food, music, open bar, and a
great prize, all for $125.
Or watch the fun and help build
the excitement for $45 as a “Cheerer”
while you enjoy food, music and
the open bar. Deanne King, a news
channel 8 reporter, is the emcee.
Get tickets by calling 941-746-2862
or at https://artcentermanatee.org/
After a two-year hiatus, the Hats &
Heels & Bow Ties Luncheon, benefiting
Turning Points, is back.
Hats & Heels & Bow Ties is on
May 20, 11:30am-1:30pm at GROVE
Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom. This
annual event was canceled in 2020 and
2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hats & Heels & Bow Ties centers
around a friendly interactive competition
between the guests. Celebrity
judges score the guests on several categories
regarding the guests’ hats or
fascinator, and/or heels or flats and/or
bow ties. Guests attend the luncheon
wearing a hat or fascinator of their
creation or purchased. They can also
wear special or unique heels or flats.
And lastly they can
also wear a special
or unique bow tie.
Prizes are awarded
to the winners.
Tickets are $60
and included is a
glass of prosecco/
sit down lunch,
dessert and photo
early to enjoy and
shop all of the raffle
prizes. Go to
for more information
and to purchase
School is celebrating
events. Join them
on April 12 for
School’s 10th Anniversary Gala
Performance featuring guest artists
from the Washington Ballet and their
dancers. The program includes highlights
from Swan Lake Acts 2 and 3,
plus other classical and contemporary
works. The gala performance will
take place at 7:30 pm at the Manatee
Performing Arts Center, 502 Third
Avenue West, Bradenton.
They’ll continue the 10th Anniversary
Celebration at an open house on
April 16 from 2-4 p.m. at their new
home at 4740 Cattlemen Road in
Sarasota. All are invited to tour the
space and enjoy light refreshments and
informal performances by the students.
Founders Day Luncheon, Sarasota-Manatee
Alumnae Chapter of
Sigma Sigma Sigma, is a national
sorority and all Tri Sigma sisters are
welcome to attend on April 9 at Tara
Golf and Country Club, Bradenton,
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. They’re celebrating
their 25th anniversary as a
local chapter. For more info and to
RSVP, go to http://sarasotamanatee.
The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club will
welcome David Brooks, Author, The
Second Mountain, The Road to Character
and The Social Animal, New
York Times Columnist and major
political and social analyst to the
May 5 luncheon at Michael’s On East.
Brooks holds several positions as a
commentator: Bi-weekly Op-Ed columnist
for the New York Times, Regular
analyst on PBS NewsHour and
NPR’s All Things Considered.
For ticket information, go to www.
sarasotatigerbay.com. Doors open at
11:30. Program runs noon to 1 p.m.
with book signing until 1:30. Info:
941-925-2970 or email SarasotaTiger-
Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of Sarasota painter Evelyn McCorristin
Peters in an exhibit entitled “The Art of Losing.”
Mote Aquarium has a new exhibit
from National Geographic. SHARKS:
On Assignment with Brian Skerry
includes large-scale images that
highlight the work of National Geographic
Explorer and award-winning
photojournalist, Brian Skerry.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 7,
2022. The exhibition strives to raise
awareness about the status of sharks
around the world. Visitors can dive
into the ocean depths to swim alongside
tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic
whitetips and shortfin makos while
learning about each species’ habitat
and threats they face. Additionally,
they’ll get a glimpse into National Geographic’s
ocean conservation efforts.
National Geographic Explorer and
award-winning photojournalist Brian
Skerry has spent more than 10,000
hours underwater exploring the
world’s oceans with a camera to show
why sharks need to be protected
and appreciated as integral species
within the ecosystem. The exhibition
will include large-scale images and
videos—all highlighting Skerry’s passion,
skill and life-long commitment
to conservation of the world’s oceans.
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Ludwig van Beethoven composed
the Mass in C major, Op. 86,
to a commission from Prince Nikolaus
Esterházy II in 1807. The mass,
scored for four vocal soloists, choir
and orchestra, was premiered that
year by the Prince’s musical forces in
Although overshadowed by Beethoven’s
immense Missa Solemnis,
it has an emotional impact and directness
that the latter work lacks.
It will be performed on April 25 at
7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church
Sarasota.For information, call (941)
374-0940 or visit https://www.musicasacrasarasota.org/beethovenmass-in-c-major.
Listen to the Earth is on Sunday,
April 24 at 5 p.m. at Sarasota Opera
House. The Earth is speaking loud and
clear. Choral Artists celebrates Earth
Day with a world premiere of a spectacular
new work by James Grant, featuring
School and the
singers with a full
also includes a
setting by Ola
Ojeilo of Walt
of the Universal
and a stunning
the Sarasota Orchestra.
Grant Earth –
Poem of Thanks
to Our Common Home
• Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark
Ascending – Daniel Jordan, violin
• Ola Ojeilo Song of the Universal
• James Grant Listen to the Earth
– World premiere
For more information, visit www.
At The Van Wezel
• An Officer and a Gentleman (April 6-7)
• Terry Fator: Who’s The Dummy
Now? (April 10)
• Mansion Of Dreams Starring Illusionist
Rick Thomas (April 11)
• Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance
Tour (April 12)
• South Pacific (April 14-15)
• Fiddler on the Roof (April 19-21)
• Il Divo: Greatest Hits Tour (April 22)
• Diana Krall (April 23)
• Motown with a Twist (April 26)
• Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour
2022 (May 4)
• One Night of Queen starring Gary
Mullen and the Works (May 7)
Tickets can be purchased at www.
VanWezel.org, by calling the box office
Lots of Fun
The Palm Avenue First Friday
Walks in downtown Sarasota gives
art lovers a backdoor peek without
the hustle and bustle of the crowds
but with the cool breeze and moonlight
sky the evening brings. The
event is held the first Friday of every
month, running 6-9 p.m. The next
ones are on April 1and May 6. Info:
Start your Saturday with a sunrise
stretch at The Sarasota Farmers Market.
They’ve partnered with Pineapple
Yoga Studio to bring free, weekly
sunrise yoga to downtown Sarasota.
Participants meet at the Mermaid
Fountain in Paul Thorpe Park, near
the Intersection of Pineapple and
Lemon Avenues. Starting at 7 am,
participants will enjoy a gentle yoga
flow suitable for all ages and levels.
The weekly 45-minute yoga practice
will focus on movements that foster
inner and outer balance.
The practice is led by Claudia Baeza,
a Kripalu trained yoga instructor and
the owner of Pineapple Yoga + Cycling
Studio, located nearby in Burns
Court. For information, call 941-225-
9256 or visit sarasotafarmersmarket.
Morning Paddles with Mote—Start
your day off right with a guided kayak
tour of Sarasota Bay. Paddle across
shallow seagrass beds and take in the
wildlife that depends on this ecosystem.
Soak up some sun as you look for
dolphins, manatees, birds and more.
Offered on April 3, 17 and May 1.
More info at: https://mote.org/experiences/details/kayaking-with-mote.
On the Lawn: Bay Park Yoga is
held every Saturday morning 9-10
a.m. on the lawn outside of the Van
Wezel. Relax, stretch and enjoy a
fulfilling yoga session on the Sarasota’s
scenic bayfront while instructor
Erin Hurter guides you. Participants
should bring their own yoga mat.
Nia is a body-mind-spirit fitness
program for any age. Practiced barefoot
to music, Nia combines martial
arts, healing arts and dance to create
a workout that is whole body conditioning.
Classes available Tuesdays
and Thursdays at 9:30am on Siesta
Key Public Beach near the yellow lifeguard
chair, 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota.
Bring towel for final stretch and
water to hydrate. This is a donation-based
class; $5 suggested donation
or class cards 10/$120. https://
Arts Advocates has walking tours.
Here’s their schedule:
• April 7, 10:30 - noon: Downtown
Cocoanut Avenue Area Walking Tour
• April 14, 10:30 am -noon: Sarasota
City Hall Area Walking Tour
• April 21, 11 a.m.-noon: The Architecture
of Mote’s New Aquarium
• May 11, 11 am -noon: Manatee Performing
Arts Center Backstage Tour
The Arts Advocates walking tours,
organized and led by art lovers and
docents Judy Levine, Stephenie Frasher
and Nanette Crist, offer participants
an opportunity to learn about Sarasota’s
public art legacy, individual works,
and the artists who created them.
Reservations required: $28 per tour
for Arts Advocates members, $30 per
tour for non-members. To register for
a tour, learn more about Arts Advocates,
Robert Mapplethorpe and
Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and
Light presents the creative work
of two contemporary icons in dialogue
with nature throughout Selby
Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus.
The immersive, multi-sensory
exhibition includes original photographs
of flowers by Mapplethorpe,
excerpts of poetry, lyrics, and music
by Smith, and new horticultural displays
inspired by their work. It marks
the sixth annual Goldstein Exhibition,
which examines major artists
through the lens of their connection
to nature. The exhibit runs to June
26 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens,
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out and about continued
1534 Mound Street, Sarasota.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
is one of 12 participating gardens
across 6 countries offering “Seeing
the Invisible” which features works
by more than a dozen international
artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik
Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE,
Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau,
Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz,
and Timur Si-Qin—including several
artists’ first work in AR.
Visitors will engage with “Seeing
the Invisible” via an app designed
for the exhibition downloadable to
smartphones and tablets. The exhibition
fosters collaboration between
institutions, artists, and audiences,
highlighting the power of art to connect
people around the world. “Seeing
the Invisible” runs to August 31
at the Historic Spanish Point campus.
ensembleNewSRQ (enSRQ), the
innovative chamber music ensemble
has WAVES which features this
season’s final co-commission by
Sebastian Currier (a Hermitage Artist
Retreat fellow). Based on the eponymous
novel, The Waves, by Virginia
Woolf, this work for soprano, small
ensemble, and electronics, reflects
the thoughts of different women
and girls—from a young child to
an 80-year-old woman—ultimately
representing just one woman’s life
unfolding over a single day.
“WAVES” is paired with Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s
“Entropic Arrows,” and
“firn,” the second work of enSRQ’s
season exploration of Yaz Lancaster’s
music. Held on April 18, 8 p.m. at
First Congregational Church 1031 S.
Euclid Ave., Sarasota. More information
and tickets at www.ensrq.org.
Aviva Senior Living is continuing
its Amicus Classical Concert Series.
The concerts are free and open to the
public as well as residents of Aviva.
April’s concert will be on April 12
at 1:30 p.m. and will feature Huffang
Chen, violinist and Tao Lin, Steinway
pianist. They will be welcoming spring
with a violin/piano recital titled “Joy
of Spring.” The program will feature
the most popular sonata for violin and
piano by Beethoven, The Spring Sonata,
along with other classics.
Each concert will be held at Aviva’s
Kretzmer Center, 1951 N. Honore
Ave., Sarasota. To RSVP, call Melinda
Haney at 941-702-2597 or at mhaney@
Creative Liberties has their Collaboration
Project - an exhibition of
collaborative works by the Creative
Liberties studio artists. The event is
on April 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Featuring
the artwork of Donna Bergman,
Jenny Berry, Lisa DiFranza, Barbara
Gerdeman, Elizabeth Goodwill,
Traci Kegerreis, Sandy Koolkin, Judy
Levine and Jay Li.
■ Creative Liberties Artists Studios
are located at 901B Apricot Ave.,
Sarasota. Info: 941-799-6634. Visit
Sarasota Art Museum has Danner
Washburn: Effigy through May
8, 2022. Effigy : Hemric envisions a
parallel existence for a living tobacco
farmer in the Yadkin Valley of
The Van Wezel has Diana Krall on April 23. Tickets: www.VanWezel.
org, or call the box office at 941-263-6799.
North Carolina. This
region, where tobacco
and sales once thrived,
was fractured by the
deregulation of the
market, leaving many
of its farmers destitute.
This devastating reality,
experienced by the
region as a whole, led
Danner Washburn (b.
1994, North Carolina)
to investigate the lives
of various tobacco
farmers that endured
Rather than signifying
the end of something,
represents a shift
in existence. Washburn
became interested in
what elements and psychologies
of the culture
remained and changed
as a result of this undoing.
the trade, others, such
as Hemric, adjusted
and now sustain their
practice through the
support of government
payments. The farmers
adapted mentally, as
well. In efforts of survival,
were fortified within the Yadkin Valley,
such as the distrust of outsiders.
This notion of hiding, or insularity,
still pervades the region, camouflaging
the impact actually withstood.
Washburn’s immersive installation,
Effigy: Hemric, uncovers these
hidden realities by imagining how
this particular farmer’s lived experiences,
traumas, beliefs, and traditions
would manifest in a physical
space. To construct this domestic
shelter, Washburn scavenged the
local landscape—its roadside piles,
woods, and second-hand stores—
for items that recall the culture and
familiarities of the Yadkin Valley
region. These objects, both natural
and manufactured, were then transformed
by the artist to recreate the
intimate spaces of Hemric’s home.
Also at the Museum, Felix Gonzalez-Torres
runs through May 15, 2022.
Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996, Cuba)
used everyday materials, such as lightbulbs,
paper, and candy, to engage
viewers in deeper consideration of intrapersonal
and cultural issues. After
moving to New York City in the early
1980s, Gonzalez-Torres joined Group
Material, a community-based artist
collaborative that repositioned the relationship
between artist, artwork, and
viewer through direct involvement and
education. Gonzalez-Torres conveyed
this intention in his own practice
through works that challenged the notion
of what defines art and how people
should experience it.
“Untitled” (L.A.) is one of the artist’s
candy spill works that employs
the familiar and alluring material of
candy—its eye-catching reflective
wrappers, irresistible sweetness, and
comforting nostalgia. The artist invites
us to activate our senses to foster
a profound, corporal relationship
with the art object. Gonzalez-Torres
insisted there be trust between artist
and viewer, whereby the artwork
serves as the neutral ground between
the two. He also trusted in the power
of the artwork itself. Rather than
dictating a single narrative, Gonzalez-Torres
left his work untitled,
allowing viewers the space to see,
think, and feel what is true to their
■ Sarasota Art Museum is at the Ringling
College Museum Campus, 1001
South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. https://
Art Uptown Gallery will feature
the work of Sarasota painter Evelyn
McCorristin Peters in an exhibit entitled
“The Art of Losing.” Evelyn shares,
“I am an artist being challenged by our
recent times and personal challenges. I
had fallen into a time of confusion and
hesitation. New ideas and visions come
from a place of genuine breathing
room, yet we often attempt to muscle
ourselves around our own sense of
perfection. I had feared I would fall
behind. This work represents my ongoing
journey back to a new definition of
creativity. I have stepped into a time of
no judgment and rest. The world will
still know I am here.”
■ The Art of Losing exhibit runs
through April 29. Art Uptown Gallery
is located at 1367 Main Street,
Sarasota. Call 941-966-5409 or
Arts Advocates has special exhibits
of members’ works through
April. These pop-up shows run in
conjunction with the main Sarasota
Art Colony artists exhibit and can be
viewed Saturdays from 2-5 pm.
Tony Reinemann’s exhibit runs
through April 16. Fine arts painter
Reinemann’s oil paintings have been
described as a blend of social and
magic realism that evoke a highly exaggerated
Edward Hopper in a Hitchcock
film. With multiple themes running
throughout his works, his sharply
defined visuals tell stories limited
only by the viewer’s imagination.
■ Arts Advocates Gallery is located
in The Crossings
at Siesta Key, 3501 S.
in Sarasota. To learn
more, visit ArtsAdvocates.org.
The Harmony Gallery
features local artists
work in solo exhibitions
The next artist is Tony
exhibition is called
Night Gallery and is
inspired by Hopper,
and Film Noir.
Reinemann has created
nighttime portraits of
his hometown NYC for
more than 35 years. A
graduate of the School
of Visual Arts where he
received the Rhodes
Family Award for Excellence
in Arts. Tony’s
works have been
shown at the National
Academy of Design,
the Whitney Museum
of American Art and in
a variety of galleries.
Additionally, Tony has
worked extensively in
the field of illustration and digital imagery.
His creativity has been displayed
in advertising campaigns for global
■ The Harmony Gallery is in the
atrium of the Beatrice Friedman
Symphony Center at 709 North
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The exhibitions
are free and open to the public.
Runs through May 27. For more
information, visit https://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/about/community/harmony-gallery.
M A R A Art Studio + Gallery presents
“About Face... From Portraiture
to Abstract” a solo exhibit by
Craig Palmer. Palmer is a classically
trained artist who spent over 30 years
specializing in traditional oil portraits.
After decades of soul searching,
he began to explore the integration
of realism and abstraction
by taking the skills and knowledge
he learned as a realistic artist and
applying them to abstract painting.
Craig is a full-time artist who creates
paintings that reflect his love for the
environment by utilizing the colors,
shapes and textures found in nature.
■ 1421 5th St Suite A, Sarasota. Info:
Art Center Sarasota’s new exhibitions
through April 30:
• Osa Atoe: “The Sea is Alive in Me”
is a collection of wheel-thrown
functional and decorative ceramic
vessels inspired by the Gulf of Mexico
and historical water storage pots.
• Philomena Marano: “Signs & Wonders”
Featuring works created from
a cut paper process that straddles
painting and graphic design. These
vibrant compositions evoke the visual
poetry and exhilaration of Coney
Island and the thrills of the circus.
• Susan Sidebottom: “A Place In
The Sun” Sidebottom’s photography
explores humanity, offering a
deeper understanding of the connection
between people and their
• Juried Exhibition: Annual Members
show juried by Barbara Banks
and Katherine Bzura.
■ Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota. For information,
visit www.artsarasota.org or call 941-
SPAACES Foundation has these
April: “The Queue: Beyond The Surface,”
a solo exhibit by Nneka Jones .
Opening reception: April 15, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibition dates: April 16- May 7. By
The SPAACES Foundation is a notfor-profit,
with an evening of food,
music, art and more. The Princeton
street corridor is a growing community
of warehouses converted to
working art studios. Anchored by
the SPAACES foundation, this little
neighborhood has evolved into a premier
location for contemporary and
■ Contact email@example.com or
Island Gallery West’s Artist for
April is Pat O’Neill. Hi exhibition is
entitled “Art from the Heart” and
runs April 1-30. O’Neill is a selftaught
artist from Dora, Alabama
who has lived in Bradenton since
2005. His medium of choice is acrylic
paintings. He also specializes in custom
He draws his inspiration to paint
from a wide variety of subjects—from
ocean and beach scenes to wildlife,
people and western scenes.
Join them for a Holmes Beach Art
Walk reception on April 8, 5:30-7:30
pm. Have a chat with Pat and view
his exhibit as well as all Island Gallery
West members’ work. Enjoy
drinks and bites, and live music by
■ Island West Gallery is located at
5368 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach,
Trolley Stop 15, on Anna Maria
com or call 941-778-6648.
Here’s what’s coming up:
• April 7, 11 am performance; 12:15
pm luncheon at Bird Key Yacht
Club, Sarasota. Max Tan, violin
with Joseph Holt, piano: Taiwanese-American
violinist Max Tan is a
past winner at Artist Series Concerts
National String Competition, an
alumnus of the Perlman Music Program
and a member of the Sarasota
• April 17, 3 pm; Monday, April 18, 7
pm at the Fischer-Weisenborne residence.
John Kaneklides, tenor with
Joseph Holt, piano. Kaneklides is an
award-winning young tenor who has
made numerous appearances with
Opera Tampa, the St. Petersburg
Opera Company and Choral Artists
of Sarasota, among others. He made
his Carnegie Hall debut in April 2019
performing in Georgia Shreve’s Don
Quixote. Refreshments will be served.
• April 20, 6 pm dinner followed by
the performance at Plantation Golf
& Country Club, 500 Rockley Boulevard,
Venice. Kendra Colton, soprano
with Kayo Iwama, piano. Colton last
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appeared with Artist Series Concerts
in 1997 as part of the organization’s
very first season. Joining her in this
musical ‘homecoming’ is the distinguished
pianist and Colton’s frequent
collaborator, Kayo Iwama. A versatile
singer who performs repertoire from
Baroque opera and oratorio to contemporary
music, Colton’s program
will feature English and American
Art Song from the 20th Century.
• April 30, 7 pm at State College of
Florida Studio for the Performing
Arts, 5840 26th Street W., Bradenton.
Antonio Chen Guang, piano. Winner
of the first Olga Kern International
Piano Competition, the Scriabin
Prize and the Rome Prize amongst
other international awards, pianist
Antonio Chen Guang combines
extraordinary technique, a precociously
mature musical sensibility
and exceptional onstage charisma.
Chen Guang is the first of three Artist
Series Concerts season artists to take
part in State College of Florida’s “Pianopalooza!”
– their piano festival running
April 30-May 8. Most festival concerts
will be held in the recital hall of SCF’s
new Studio for the Performing Arts.
• May 4, 4 pm at Sarasota Opera
House. Lin Ye, piano with Daniel
Jordan and Samantha Bennett, violin;
Rachel Halvorson, viola; Natalie
Helm, cello; John Miller, double
bass. Artist Series Concerts welcomes
the return of pianist Lin Ye, a
former winner of the organization’s
2017 National Piano Competition.
Ye dazzled two sold-out pre-pandemic
audiences in Sarasota last
year with an all-Beethoven program.
This time, Ye performs piano
concerti by Bach, Mozart and Chopin
with principal string players
from the Sarasota Orchestra. Ye’s
performance is part of State College
of Florida’s Pianopalooza festival,
taking place April 30-May 8.
For more information, visit www.
Venice Symphony has Fantasy,
Firebird, and Fabiola on April 22-23.
Hailed by the New York Times as
“playing with extraordinary precision
and luminosity,” violinist Fabiola
Kim solos on Ralph Vaughan
Williams’ The Lark Ascending. Wagner’s
Ride of the Valkyries and music
from Chariots of Fire and How to
Train Your Dragon lead to our season’s
scorching finale, Igor Stravinsky’s
The Firebird Suite.
Rescheduled from 2020 at the VPAC,
and not part of the subscription series
is Songs from the Screen and Stage
with Linda Eder May 6-7. Broadway
and recording star Linda Eder joins
The Venice Symphony for an unforgettable
concert of classics from Broadway
and Hollywood. Eder has been
called “one of the greatest voices of our
time” and routinely sells out performances
all over the Country.
Location: Venice Performing Arts
Center, 1 Indian Ave, Venice. Tickets:
Pops 3: Unforgettable: The American
April 8, 7:30 pm, April 9, 2:30 pm
and 7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel
Sean O’Loughlin, conductor with
Nick Ziobro & Julia Goodwin, vocalists.
Ziobro and Goodwin serenade
with the tunes Nat King
Cole was talking about
when he crooned “Unforgettable.”
Sean O’Loughlin leads
this program of romantic
anthems and cherished
jazz standards from the
early 20th century, including
Frank Sinatra’s “Come
Fly with Me” and Etta
James’ “At Last.”
• Chamber Soirée 8:
April 10, 4 p.m. at Holley
Hall. Inspired by the poem
“A Psalm of Life” by Henry
– Clarinet Quintet; Brahms
– Clarinet Quintet
Sarasota Orchestra Principal
Chandra champions his
versatile instrument in a
program of paired quintets,
buoyed by Henry
“A Psalm of Life.” Black
British composer Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor was inspired
to write his own clarinet
quintet after hearing
Brahms’ masterful work for
the same instrumentation.
Although Brahms had announced
his “retirement” from composing
in 1890, hearing a performance
by the phenomenal clarinetist Richard
Mühlfeld led him to believe that
perhaps he had more to say after all.
Many consider the resulting chamber
work to be Brahms’ most profound.
Sad and wistful at its core, Brahms’
Clarinet Quintet is an exquisite gift
from a mature artist near the end of
his life to generations of clarinetists
• Great Escapes 6: Saddles of the Silver
April 20-23 at Holley Hall with Enrico
Lopez-Yañez, conductor. Grab
your cowboy boots and hat for a ride
through the soundtracks of beloved
TV and movie Westerns. Enrico Lopez-Yañez
leads the musical caravan of
selections from The Lone Ranger, Annie
Get Your Gun, Silverado, and more.
• Outdoor Pops: Iconic Songs of the ‘70s
May 6-7, 8 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium
with Christopher Confessore, conductor
and Swearingen & Kelli, vocalists.
Grab your bell bottoms and come
out to the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium
for a night of music from a time when
“catch you on the flip side” referred to
Sarasota Orchestra backs the vocals
of Nashville-based duo Swearingen
& Kelli, who recreate the magic of
‘70s singer-songwriters such as James
Taylor, Carole King, Neil Diamond,
Joni Mitchell, and more. Get yourself
some ballpark fare, kick back in the
stands, and enjoy the Orchestra performing
from the field. A spectacular
fireworks display closes out an evening
of hits and home runs.
Tickets available now at the Orioles’
Box Office, by phone at 941-893-
6312, or at Orioles.com/arts.
For the other concerts, www.SarasotaOrchestra.org
La Musica International Chamber Music Festival has
events through April 13. The season kick-off event, and the
first concert with special guest pianist Wu Han, will celebrate
the legacy of co-founder and associate artistic director Derek
Han, who passed away in April of 2021.
Photo By Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
• Denise King “Falling In Love With
You” South Arts Jazz Road Southeastern
Tour is on April 24. Influenced
by Sarah Vaughan, Nancy
Wilson, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha
Franklin, Denise King is an expressive,
big-voiced vocalist that combines
jazz with elements of R&B,
Blues and Gospel.
• Poets Unplugged #3: An Evening
of Spoken Word and Music is on
April 9. Local poets are invited to
participate in the Open Mic prior to
the featured poet performance. Featured
performers will be the
members of Black on Black Rhyme
Tampa Chapter. Doors open at 7
p.m.; open mic at 8 p.m.; featured
performer at 9 p.m.
• Lily Topples The World Documentary
Film Screening on April
26 follows 20-year old sensation
Lily Hevesh – the world’s most acclaimed
domino toppler and the
only girl in her field – as she rises
as an artist, role model, and young
woman. Filmed for over 3 years
across countless cities and featuring
appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Katy
Perry, Will Smith, YouTuber Casey
Neistat, and a steady stream of Gen-Z
creators, this is a coming-of-age story
cloaked within a unique portrait of
an artist, a story of how passion and
creativity can make dreams come
true, and an unlikely American tale
of a quiet Chinese adoptee.
Fogartyville Community Media and
Arts Center, Kumquat Ct. Sarasota.
The Perlman Music Program
Suncoast presents PMP Alumni:
Around Town featuring
the Ariel Quartet
on April 9 at 7
pm at Temple Sinai, 4631
S. Lockwood Ridge Rd,
Distinguished by its
virtuosity, musical insight,
performances, the Ariel
Quartet has garnered
critical praise worldwide
for more than twenty
years. Its members first
met in Israel in 1998 and
in 2000, officially formed
as a quartet in Jerusalem
as part of a chamber music
class at the Jerusalem
Academy Middle School
for Music and Dance.
The Ariel Quartet first
visited the Suncoast in
2009 to present education
in Sarasota and Manatee
schools. During the 2013-
2014 season, the Quartet
- its members not even 30
years old - delighted audiences
with a performance
of the complete cycle of
Beethoven String Quartets,
presented in six concerts
over three months. They
returned for a concert at
the Sarasota Opera House in 2015 and
their last live performance in the area
was at the Venice Performing Arts Center
in 2016. In 2021, Perlman Suncoast
presented a virtual recital featuring the
Quartet as part of our PMP Alumni: At
Repertoire for the evening will include
Ludwig van Beethoven’s String
Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op.
74, (“Harp”) and Béla Bartók’s String
Quartet No. 5. A Q&A with the artists
will follow the performance. Tickets:
$40 (plus a $2 service charge).
The Perlman Music Program Suncoast
also presents “Strings in the
Garden” – A Special Evening with
the Ariel Quartet on April 7 at 6:30
p.m. at Michael’s on the Bay at Marie
Selby Botanical Gardens. Tickets are
$125 and may be purchased at PerlmanSuncoast.org/Strings
To celebrate the patronage and
generous support it receives from
the community, Perlman Suncoast
invites the public to this springtime
special event featuring the world-renowned
Ariel Quartet. “Strings in the
Garden,” at Michael’s on the Bay, begins
at 6:30pm with wine, champagne
and hors d’oeuvres served on the outdoor
terrace and on the patio below,
with unobstructed views of Selby’s
gardens and the sun setting over the
bay. Guests will then be seated in the
ballroom for a private performance
by the Ariel Quartet at 7:30pm. A dessert
reception will follow the concert,
where guests may meet with the artists
and with each other.
Repertoire for the evening will include
Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade for
String Quartet, and selections from
Beethoven, Bartok and Dvorak string
quartets. Tickets: $125 sold at PerlmanSuncoast.org/Strings
At The Ringling
On exhibit is “As long as there is
sun, as long as there is light.” Selections
from the Bring Gift and The
Ringling Collection of Modern and
Contemporary Art. The exhibition
runs through Aug. 13, 2023, in the
museum’s Searing Wing.
Highlights include an important
minimalist work by Anne Truitt and
a monumental work on canvas by
Gene Davis, both artists affiliated
with the Washington Color School,
an art movement during the 1950s to
1970s in Washington D.C., made up of
abstract expressionist artists.
Additional work represent a generation
of prominent artists who
work, or have worked, in abstraction,
including Clement Meadmore, Jules
Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca Salter,
Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko Yamaguchi,
among others. Also on view
are sculptures and paintings by African
American and Latin American
artists from The Ringling collection,
including William Edmondson, Eduardo
Mac Entyre, Omar Rayo, Baruj
Salinas, and Joyce de Guatemala.
The Ringling has Haitian-Canadian
artist Rhodnie Désir for the world
premiere of her first gallery installation,
Rhodnie Désir: Conversations
in the Ringling’s Monda Gallery. In
her multidimensional choreographic
career, dancer/choreographer Rhodnie
Désir created BOW’T TRAIL, a
in which she has conducted research
throughout the Americas since 2015.
Her work included visits to countries
such as Martinique, Brazil, Haïti,
Canada, Mexico, and the United States
to immerse herself within the African
and afro descendant cultures and
rhythms generated from the ingenuity
of her ancestors since the Slave Trade.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum
of Art also has Eleanor Merritt:
Remembrance, running through
Aug. 21. The exhibition celebrates the
life and artwork of Merritt who was
a volunteer at The Ringling for many
years as a docent and board member.
She also served as president of the
Venice Art Center and was active in
other arts organizations as well. Eleanor
died in 2019 leaving a legacy of
art and public service.
This exhibition is dedicated to her
spirit and creativity and represents a
small sample of a significant body of
work the artist created over her long career.
The exhibition highlights her creative
use of materials, movement between
figuration and abstraction, and
her commitment to women’s rights.
Arriving in Sarasota in the 1980s,
Eleanor exhibited widely in Florida.
Her final exhibition in 2017 at the
Arts & Cultural Alliance celebrated
her 60 years of painting. In 2013, she
received national recognition with an
exhibition at the Houston Museum of
African American Culture.
The John and Mable Ringling
Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.,
Sarasota. Info: www.ringling.org.
Asolo Rep has the world premiere
of Knoxville (April 15-May 11). This
moving and innovative musical features
lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music
by Stephen Flaherty (songwriting
team behind Anastasia and Once
on this Island) and is adapted and
directed by Frank Galati, reuniting
the Tony Award-winning creative
team behind the musical Ragtime.
Knoxville is based on James
Agee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical
novel A Death in the Family
and based, in part, on the play All
The Way Home by Tad Mosel.
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Saluting Unsung Heroes
40th Women in
A celebration of women who have made
a positive impact on the lives of others in
Sarasota and Manatee Counties
n May 4, National
Council of Jewish
Section will honor the
“Unsung Heroines” who kept us
going through the Covid-19 Pandemic.
These women have given
their time, energy and skills to
help others by providing childcare,
teaching, preparing and distributing
food, caring for the home
bound, and addressing the medical
needs of many underserved communities,
Team (a coalition of nonprofits in
Sarasota and Manatee counties)
represented by Jo-oni Jones and
Odessa Ammons, Multi Health
Institute, Annaliese Camino-
Klingener, Unidos Now, Rebecca
Forero, Gulf Coach Latin Chamber
of Commerce, Evelyn Almodovar,
Manatee Healthy Teens Coalition,
Stacey Campo, New College,
Lavergne Green, the Links Janice
Booher from Resilient American
Communities and Michelle Jones,
the Howard Club.
We follow #SafeArtsSarasota
health and safety protocols
The Women In Power Luncheon
is scheduled for Wednesday, May
4 at 11:30 a.m. at Michael’s on East,
in Sarasota. The event will mark
NCJW’s 40th annual celebration of
women who have made a positive
impact on the lives of others in
Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Honorees include: Adriana
Perez, Unidos Now, Angela Perez-
Garcia, Bay Shore Elementary
School in Bradenton, Katressa
Wilson and Maria Somera,
Children First, Teresa Martin
and Elyse Gordon, Aviva Senior
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Women strives for social justice
by improving the quality of life for
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For more information, to purchase
tickets and/or to become a sponsor,
call (941)342-1855 or go to
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Florida Studio Theatre has
The Legend of Georgia McBridee’s
young, he’s broke, his landlord’s
knocking at the door, and he’s just
found out his wife is going to have
a baby. To make matters even more
desperate, Casey is struggling with
his gig as an Elvis impersonator in
a run-down, small-town Florida
bar. When the bar owner brings in
a B-level drag show to replace his
act, Casey finds that he has a whole
lot to learn about show business—
and himself. Starts April 6 in FST’s
Tickets: FloridaStudioTheatre.org or
call the Box Office at (941) 366-9000.
At Venice Theatre:
• Alter Eagles—April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
and April 25 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
This tribute to The Eagles includes
all their greatest songs, from their
earliest classics like “Take It Easy,”
“Desperado,” and “One of These
Nights” to huge hits like “Heartache
Tonight” and “Hotel California.”
• Simply Streisand—May 1 at 7:30
p.m. and May 2 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Multiple award winning Tribute
Artist, Carla Del Villaggio, has entertained
across the country from
Miami to Las Vegas to New York
City. She has the look and sound of
the incomparable Barbra Streisand.
From the hair down to the trademark
nails, and wearing meticulously
detailed replicas of iconic
concert gowns, she is “Simply Streisand”
in every way.
They’re located at 140 Tampa Ave.,
Manatee Performing Arts
• Tim Boyd Comedy Show on April
9 at 7:30 p.m. Tim has lived in
Bradenton for eight years, but was
born and raised on the prairies of
South Dakota. His squeaky clean
humor comes from real life. He just
wrapped up a Midwest tour though
South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.
• TITANIC-The Musical (Musical)
opens April 28.
• Murder at the Juice Joint presented
by DraMature (Interactive Theater)
is on May 4 at 5 p.m.
Manatee Performing Arts Center,
502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.
Ticket/Box Office: 941-748-5875.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
(WBTT) is honoring the significant
contributions of African Americans
over the years on the “Great White
Way” with “Broadway in Black.”
WBTT salutes that genre with an
original revue by Nate Jacobs that
was first presented in the summer of
2017. Sing along with your favorite
songs from award-winning shows
and breakthrough roles that helped
launch the careers of such African-American
artists as Melba Moore
in “Purlie,” Ben Vereen in “Pippin,”
Jennifer Holliday in “Dreamgirls,”
and Nell Carter in “Ain’t Misbehavin.”
Jacobs will direct; resident
choreographer Donald Frison will
take the production to the next level
with thrilling new choreography.
Show runs through April 24. Call
the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or
At Urbanite Theatre:
A Skeptic and a Bruja
by Rosa Fernandez
and directed by Patrice
Amon running April
1 – May 1. A World Premiere
produced in collaboration
Theatre. Priscilla buys
a home in the middle
of nowhere with the
hopes of turning it into
a lucrative bed and
breakfast. When she
starts having paranormal
calls Sam and Jess from
the hit ghost-hunting
show “A Skeptic and a
Bruja” to help her. None
of the women are prepared
for the haunting
they encounter next.
La Musica International
Chamber Music Festival has
events through April 13. Four concerts
will be held at the Sarasota Opera
House. The season kick-off event, and
the first concert with special guest pianist
Wu Han, will celebrate the legacy
of co-founder and associate artistic
director Derek Han, who passed away
in April of 2021.
• April 3 - Derek Han Memorial
Concert. Celebrate the legacy of
La Musica’s co-founder and associate
artistic director Derek
Han. His friends and colleagues,
including special guest pianist Wu
Han, perform the music he loved.
• April 6 - Innocence and Illicit Passion.
The 15-year-old Mozart celebrated
completion of his second set
of string quartets by composing his
sunny first viola quintet. One hundred
years later, Franck created his
piano quintet, secretly dedicated to
his young lover. Is passion audible?
• April 10 - Strut and Fret. Grammy
Award-winning guitarist Jason
Vieaux returns to perform in contemporary
and Classical quintets,
contrasted with the lush Dvořák
quintet for piano and strings.
• April 13 - From Darkness Into
Light. Mozart’s dark and stormy
piano quartet may have deterred
its publisher, but it showed the way
from the Classical to the Romantic
– so Tchaikovsky owes Mozart
(and Florence) for his inspiration.
This souvenir is beyond festive –
think 1812 without the cannons.
For the safety of guests and La
Musica musicians, the venue for the
Musical Chefs Dinner on April 11
has been changed from Michael’s
Wine Cellar to the outdoor atrium at
Michael’s On East.
Due to scheduling conflicts, open
rehearsals will now be held at both
the Bayfront Community Center at
the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
and at the Sarasota Opera House.
Festival rehearsal passes are valid at
both locations. Rehearsal schedule
can be found at LaMusicaFestival.org
For more information: LaMusica
Venice Symphony has Songs from the Screen and Stage with
Linda Eder May 6-7 at Venice Performing Arts Center. Tickets:
Next up is Cuban Project running
April 28-May 1, “Mi Historia, Tu Historia,
y Nuestra Historia” (My Story,
Your Story, Our Story). It was shortly
after 1959 when Fidel Castro began
nationalizing industries, closing
churches, and sending children to
study on collective farms in the Soviet
Union. Desperate parents, much
like my own maternal and paternal
grandparents, sent their unaccompanied
children to the United States
with the hope to protect them and
eventually reconnect in the near
future. Through movement and live
music, this production explores personal
stories, decision-making, displacement,
and the Cuban-American
Program 7, “Serendipitous Movement”
will be performed April 29 –
30 at the Sarasota Opera House.
by George Balanchine with music
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; The
Letter V (Company Premiere) with
Choreography by Mark Morris; music
by Joseph Haydn
And Elite Syncopations with Choreography
by Sir Kenneth MacMillan;
music by Scott Joplin et al.
Info at www.SarasotaBallet.org or
On April 22 they’ll have Jarred
McGinnis, one of the UK’s 10 best
emerging writers, who will chat about
and sign his new novel The Coward.
McGinnis grew up on Siesta Key
and graduated from Riverview High
School. He currently lives in Marseille,
France. This in-person event is
at their new store at The Mark, 117 S.
Pineapple. Tickets are $8.
The Coward is a startling and intimate
debut novel which explores
family and love as
an estranged father
and son struggle to
More event info
Book Banning to be
focus of Poetry
Life 2022 featuring
poets Carolyn Forché
and Pádraig Ó Tuama
with journalist Charlayne
Book banning and state
directives over what
materials teachers may
bring into the classroom
and what books
librarians may place
on the shelves is a fact
of life now in Florida,
Tennessee and Texas.
goes online at 8 pm on
April 21. Usually held
in front of in-person
audiences in Sarasota,
PoetryLife will be held
on Zoom this year in
order to open up the discussion to
the entire country.
The event is free. The Zoom link will
be sent to those who RSVP at https://
The Venice Area Women’s College
Club invites you to a lunch/
speaker on April 12, 11:30 a.m. at
the Plantation Golf & Country Club,
500 Rockley Blvd, Venice. The speakers
are Cheryl Mendelson, CEO and
Sasha Housman of the Van Wezel
Foundation. They will give updates
on the new Performing Arts Center
on the Bayfront.
The club supports two college educational
scholarships and gives
non-perishable food to the South
County Food Pantry. To inquire
about club membership and/or lunch
reservations ($25), call 309-635-3058.
New College Foundation’s next
New Topics lecture is “The Many
Angles of Shark Conservation” and
will be on April 21 via Zoom. New
College professor Dr. Jayne Gardiner
and alum Melissa Cristina Márquez
explore how both research and outreach
are vital when determining
the fate of one of our planet’s oldest
predators: sharks. Gardiner and her
students use advanced tagging techniques
to identify local nursery areas
and study how young sharks use
these habitats, which are thought to
be critically important for management
and conservation, especially for
threatened and endangered species.
This work informs the selection of
future marine preserves and protected
areas for imperiled species. Across
the world in Australia, PhD candidate
Márquez also uses marine technology
to understand shark habitat
use (such as underwater video cameras
and drones). Once she pinpoints
the most critical environments for
sharks here, she figures out how the
local community feels about sharks
by analyzing ongoing media coverage
and how their attitude can lead to
conservation success or failure in the
area. Is there hope for these rapidly
Tickets are $10. Registration required
and can be made at ncf.edu/
new-topics or by calling 941-487-4888.
Reservations must be made at least 48
hours in advance to allow for processing
and receipt email for Zoom link.
The Sarasota Farmers Market
is open on Saturdays with normal
hours of 7 am-1 pm, rain or shine.
org/ (941) 225-9256
Venice Farmers Market has more
than 40 vendors on Saturdays, many
based during the week in Venice,
Englewood and other areas of Sarasota
County. Held at Venice City Hall, 401
W. Venice Avenue, Venice. Call (941)
445-9209 or visit https://www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org/site/
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.
Bradenton Farmer’s Market
offers 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 Phillippi Farmhouse Market
is Sarasota’s mid-week farmers
market. The Farmhouse Market is
open from 9-2 every Wednesday
through April at Phillippi Estate Park,
just a little south of Sarasota on 41.
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. Food and
produce vendors at the Phillippi
Farmhouse Market are required to
be growers to support the market’s
mission of promoting local agriculture.
The market is easily accessible
from US 41 and has plenty of free
parking and live entertainment.
The Farmers Market at Lakewood
Ranch is now at Waterside
Place. Their Farmers Market currently
has about 60 vendors and
went this past summer from a
seasonal market to a year-round
event.When the market transfers to
Waterside Place, taking up space
all along Lakefront Boulevard and
Kingfisher Lake, more than 80 vendors
will line the street.The Farmers
Market will stick to a 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. time slot on Sundays. Update
Be sure to send season
schedules for 2022 to
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Artist Series Concerts presents three pianists as part of
❰❰ Antonio Chen Guang
Even if you have never had
a single lesson, it can be
almost impossible to resist
the urge to plunk out a few
notes as you pass by an
instrument, whether it be
in a living room, a practice
room, or on a street corner.
If you count yourself among
the universe of music lovers
who have an affection for
the king of all instruments,
and those who can bring it
to life, you will not want to
miss the inaugural Pianopalooza
six days dedicated to pianos,
pianists and the magic
that can be coaxed from
those 88 keys.
Headquartered at the
newly opened Studio for Performing
Arts located on State
College of Florida’s Bradenton
campus, Pianopalooza was the
brainchild of pianist and composer
Don Bryn, adjunct professor
of music theory at SCF, in
conjunction with Artist Series
Concerts and Sarasota Music
Conservatory. The goal was to
provide a festival where pianists
of all ages and abilities could
gather, listen, learn and share
their love of the instrument.
Whether you are a high school
student wanting to perform in a
masterclass with a world class
concert pianist or compete for
cash prizes, a retiree looking
for like-minded piano lovers to
play and bond with, or simply a
music lover wanting to take in
performances by gifted professionals,
the six days of events
between April 30-May 8 offer something
Artist Series Concerts will sponsor
performances and masterclasses by three
world class pianists during the festival, beginning
on Saturday, April 30 with a 7 pm
recital by Antonio Chen Guang. Hailed
by Russian virtuoso Vladimir Ashkenazy
as “an excellent pianist and a very intense
musician,” Guang has been a winner of numerous
international piano competitions,
including the first Olga Kern International
Piano Competition, the Scriabin Prize
and the Rome Prize. He has performed in
many of the world’s most prestigious concert
halls, in recital and with orchestras
worldwide. His performance at the SCF
Studio for Performing Arts will include
music by Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and
Schumann. The following day, May 1 at
1:30 pm, Guang will teach a masterclass
for area piano students. Local piano teachers
can submit requests for their students
to perform in the masterclass, and Guang
will choose the performers, based upon
Church of the Palms will be the venue
for a performance by Ying Li, the second
of Artist Series Concerts’ guest artists,
on Thursday, May 5 at 4 pm. Winner of
the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan
April 30-May 8
Ying Li ❱❱
Vieness Piano Duo:
Eva Schaumkell and
Wadsworth International Auditions and
the inaugural Antonio Mormone International
Prize in Italy, 23-year-old Ying
Li has received top awards in numerous
national and international competitions,
including first prizes at the Artist Series
Concerts’ National Piano Competition,
Brevard Music Festival solo and concerto
competitions and the International Liszt
Piano Competition for Young Pianists. On
May 4 she will perform a program that
includes Mozart’s famous Piano Concerto
#23 in A Major and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet
#2, alongside principal string players of
Sarasota Orchestra. The following day
she will also offer a masterclass for local
As if 88 keys were
not sufficient, the
closing recital on
May 8 at 3:00 pm will
offer 176 of them!
The SCF Performing
Arts Studio will again
be the venue for the
final recital program
featuring the Vieness
Piano Duo. Pianists
Eva Schaumkell and
Vijay Venkatesh, both
performers in their
own rights, have combined
forces to bring
to the stage some of
the extraordinary repertoire
for two pianos.
concert will include
Dances and Saint-
Saëns’ Carnival of the
Animals, narrated by Robyn
Bell, SCF’s Director of Instrumental
Studies. The recital
will be preceded on May 7 by a
masterclass, this time featuring
student piano duos.
In addition to these three recital
programs and masterclass
offers piano lovers of all ages
and abilities the chance to
attend seminars on various
piano-centric topics, and bond
with other amateur pianists in
“mini-salons.” Young performers
can compete in Sarasota Music
Conservatory’s piano competition
on April 30th. Local music
teachers can attend an educator
reception on May 7 at 5:30 pm,
followed by a performance featuring
the winners of the piano
competition at 7:00 pm.
TICKETS for individual concerts are
$40, and other event tickets are $15. A full
festival pass can be purchased for $200.
Whether you are a seasoned professional
performer, music educator, student, enthusiastic
amateur or dedicated music lover,
you will find an abundance of both information
and inspiration at Pianopalooza!
For more information, visit: scfmusic.info/
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The nonprofit that she
leads sees diverse
as veterans, young
adults 16-24, families,
single moms, adults
with a history of
substance abuse and
more—all needing a
place to stay, a place
to learn new skills,
a place to start over
or simply, to receive
compassion. This year
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It’s one of our area’s thorniest human
services issues, but also one of its
most visible and sometimes results
in polarizing opinions ranging from
contempt to compassion with a lot in
between. But that homeless individual
walking downtown, while in need, is
just a small representation of what it means to
be homeless in Sarasota County and beyond.
There’s an excellent source for understanding
the full picture in Erin Minor, the CEO of
Harvest House in Sarasota. The nonprofit that
she leads sees diverse populations such as
veterans, young adults 16-24, families, single
moms, adults with a history of incarceration
and substance abuse and more—all needing a
place to stay, a place to learn new skills, a place
to start over or simply, receive compassion.
And it’s understandable that the true depth
of the homeless problem is not readily visible.
Many seeking Harvest House’s services want
their privacy or simply, they’re busy trying to
make ends meet or reboot their lives.
I was curious about young adults and their
situations. It was eye-opening to learn that
many are aging out of foster care and have no
place to stay. Others are leaving dysfunctional
families. Some are LGBTQ and are not welcome
at home. Others are told you’re 18 and
(paraphrasing) leave and go support yourself.
The phrase “couch-surfing” at friends’ places
is one I hadn’t heard before, but they’ll do it
to survive until they can find housing of some
sort. For young adults Harvest House offers
outreach, a drop-in center, case management,
and emergency and supportive housing, according
to their website
You may not have heard of Harvest House
perhaps because they’re just so busy doing
what they do best — helping people. They have
nine campuses - places where specific groups
of people stay, but also receive what Erin calls
“wrap-around” services such as counseling,
training and a lot more. Their words for it are
“Over the past decade we’ve gone from 100 to
380 beds,” she explains, and they’ve seen over
1,000 annually come through their doors and
in 2021, they provided 11,6781 “bed nights.”
This year they’ll open a life-enrichment
campus to add to their 9 supportive housing
campuses and 25 affordable rentals. According
to their website, “The Life Enrichment
Campus will be a highly visible pillar of
strength for people who are looking for purpose,
home, health, and community. This
building development will be the first infrastructure
expansion that is exclusively
focused on the wrap-around support services
that are so crucial to client success.”
So, I conclude they’re kind of like Salvation
Army, kind of like SPARCC, kind of like the
Food Bank, First Step and many other agencies.
The key difference is Harvest House does it all.
“Collaboration is big,” Erin explains, “We
have our own affordable housing stock, but
we’re only one agency and our rentals are
full.” She explains that she and other agencies
have weekly “triage” calls where they discuss
specific families and where they can go and
who has space for them.
If that’s not enough, they contract with
the Florida Department of Corrections and
the Sarasota County jail offering residential
recovery and housing — things that are almost
impossible to get if you’re leaving jail or
prison. Some with substance abuse challenges
work during the day and live at Harvest House
because it gives them continuity and someone
to support them in their recovery.
You could call Harvest House the “family
business” if the business deals in caring for
humanity, that is. Her parents, Jim and Peggy
Minor, founded Harvest House in 1992.
They started by offering a food pantry at their
church (which is called simply “Harvest”)
where they’re both pastors. Quickly thereafter
they were offering six beds for men in recovery
from substance abuse. They believed that a
church, as Erin tells it, “should be a solution,
not a problem.”
Erin oversees a staff of 26 who are kept very
busy by the most labor intensive part of what
Harvest House does: supportive housing. And
speaking of housing, the current local spike in
rent has brought more people to them. “Our
calls are up 52% in the last three months. Unfortunately,
we don’t have a lot of answers.”
And that’s because Harvest House is usually
full “with over 100 applications waiting, which
causes others not to apply,” she explains.
She’s spoken to Sarasota County Commissioners
about the problem and is hoping that
part of the upcoming $25 million coming from
the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will be
used for affordable housing. Some think $20
an hour is decent pay — at first — “but when
60% of that pay goes to housing, it’s not so
great,” she explains.
Erin feels service is in her family DNA. On
Saturdays, her parents would have Erin and
her siblings get up early and go collect peppers
at Hunsader Farms for their food pantry or
else they’d help clean the church. “We knew
we’d enter the service field,” she explains.
In college Erin had a passion for fine art
photography then psychology. She worked at
Coastal Recovery while in college and found
the experience to be “an eye-opener.” Her dad
needed a secretary at Harvest House, but that
didn’t work out she says with a laugh, “because
we’re very similar.” Instead, she worked
at Harvest House’s Women’s Recovery Program
“and 15 years later, here I am,” she states.
You can tell Erin is high energy by the
brightness in her eyes, her engaging way of
speaking and self-deprecating laugh. She’s
learned to pace herself and has brought yoga
instructors to Harvest House for staff to experience
and to also help them with their stress.
As their website states, “Our programs are
not a handout. Instead, they offer a hand-up
to those willing to engage and work towards
independence. We believe that personal responsibility
is a key component of success for
the families, youth, veterans, and individuals
we serve.” As a sign of their growth, Harvest
House has added two full-time staffers to create
a development and marketing component.
Erin credits foundations like Gulf Coast
Community Foundation, Community Foundation
of Sarasota County and the Barancik
Foundation for their invaluable support plus
donations from private donors and community
members who believe in their work.
When the new building opens this fall, it
will be about case management, not housing,
but as Erin explains it’s more about “the intangibles
- that people feel loved and respected.
So often we see ourselves as the ‘hospital’ for
the emotions of humanity.” Erin wants Harvest
House to be where “the love is louder and
the light is brighter.”
There’s a great line from their website that
sums Harvest House up, “We want to be the
last transitional center an individual or family
enters.” You could also add and a place where
they leave feeling loved.
Erin stresses that the best way to learn about
what they do at Harvest House is to take a tour.
For more about Harvest House and to schedule
a tour, visit https://harvesthousecenters.org/
Exhibit at Art Center Sarasota
Be sure to view the exhibit on homelessness in
Sarasota at Art Center Sarasota. Photographer
Susan Sidebottom’s photo exhibit illustrates
people working hard, but “being left behind in
terms of affordable housing,” she said.
With her exhibit “A Place in the Sun,” Sidebottom
shows humanity - not victims - in her
sensitive photos. A portion of the proceeds
from the exhibit will go to Harvest House.
Shaelina Holmes, Harvest House’s chief operating
officer, assisted with the project.
The exhibit runs to April 30. Art Center
Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Visit https://www.artsarasota.org/
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again had record visitation
in 2021, numbers across the
entire National Park System remained
below pre-pandemic totals according to
their visitation statistics.
Of 423 parks in the National Park
System, just 25 received more than 50
percent of the system’s total 297.1 million
recreation visits in 2021. Last year’s visitation
increased by 60 million over 2020
when COVID-19 shuttered facilities in
most parks for at least part of the year.
Numbers (and visitors) however, are
expected to take off this summer and
fall as the country moves more to a
As you plan your travel, take advantage
of the search feature on the NPS website to
search by state, activity and topic– to
discover a hidden gem or two but also how
busy the park is and if you can make reservations
or purchase passes in advance.
Also be sure to download the NPS
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Play Store to find up-to-date information
about all 423 national parks. The NPS
site provides info on things like road
closures and even cell phone reception.
• Forty-four parks set a record for recreation
visits in 2021
• Six parks broke a visitation record they
set in 2020
• Blue Ridge Parkway remained the
most-visited park in the National Park
• Great Smoky Mountains National Park
set a visitation record in 2021 and
passed 14 million recreation visits for
the first time.
In 2021, three parks had more than 10
million recreation visits – Blue Ridge
Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National
Park, and Golden Gate National
10 Most Visited Parks in
the National Park System
• Blue Ridge Parkway: 15.9 million
• Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
• Golden Gate National Recreation Area:
• Gateway National Recreation Area:
• Lake Mead National Recreation Area:
• George Washington Memorial Parkway:
• Natchez Trace Parkway: 6.4 million
• Lincoln Memorial: 5.8 million
• Gulf Islands National Seashore: 5.5 million
• Zion National Park: 5 million
Too Much of a Good Thing?
Due to overcrowding and too much love
from the public, many national parks
are having to limit entry and trail access
through new reservation policies,
permits and user limits.
In Utah alone, Deseret Media reports,
Blue Ridge Parkway
Gulf Islands National Seashore
“all-time visitation records were broken
at four of the state’s “Mighty Five”
national parks in 2021.” Totals reached
more than 11 million visitors, far exceeding
the 7.7 million recorded in 2020, the
year when visitation plummeted as a
result of the pandemic. As a result, long
lines formed at entrance gates, tailhead
parking filled quickly, roads and trails
were over-populated and some visitors
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the numbers and size of groups, guests
won't have to share their wilderness river
or trail experience with unregulated
crowds flocking to similar unpermitted,
front country experiences nearby.
“What we are offering with our trips is
an escape into the backcountry without
the crowds,” explains Johnson. “You can
experience Canyonlands National Park
and not have to wait in a line or worry
about getting a campsite. Our backcountry
trips require federal permits - which
regulates the number of people able to
access certain areas at any given time,
so no unpleasant surprises.”
Tours are a great way to get out and
Acadia National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
enjoy the outdoors without the hassles
and crowds with guides and staff
performing all the work and heavy
lifting. Better than a single short interaction
with a park ranger or curator.
and guides who have worked in these
places for years. Better than a single short
interaction with a park ranger or curator.
For more information, visit http://
With Visitation at All-Time
Highs, Guided Trips Can Help
Americans regularly take professionally
guided tours when touring distant lands.
So why opt for a guided trip that visits
your own country’s National Parks?
North American small group tour
operator Austin Adventures also offers
guided tours featuring many of America’s
National Parks. “Even the die-hard
do-it-yourselfer gets it that vacationing
in a National Park these days may result
in many frustrations that could lead to
a disappointing experience. Enormous
entrance lines, crowded parking lots,
limited access to certain trails, congestion
at concessions and, literally, no
room at the inn or in the dining rooms
are just a few of many challenges,” said
Dan Austin, founder of Austin Adventures.
“The pandemic has released a
pent-up demand for experiencing the
wide-open spaces that make our Parks
so attractive and healing.”
Acadia, Arches, Glacier, Grand Teton,
Great Smoky Mountains and Yellowstone
National Parks all set visitor
records for attendance last year. Experts
predict the 2022 season will break these
numbers. As a response to the deluge,
eight U.S. National Parks/Monuments
will require prior reservations to enter
in 2022, and many others are seeing limited
space and competition for access.
“The best way to enjoy the Parks to
their fullest is to sit back and let the pros
do the planning, logistics and guiding. On
paper, it can seem like going guided costs
more than a do-it-yourself visit, but an
important item to factor in is your time,”
Austin adds. “When going guided, your
time is not being wasted on hours of
planning or in long lines searching for
parking, lodging or dinner reservations.”
When these privileged swaths of
wilderness are seemingly overrun with
visitors, Austin Adventures’ guests
experience lesser-populated trails and
vistas, and they are tucked into preferred
lodges and restaurants and kept
away from the daytime hordes that can
tarnish the backcountry experience.
Kasey Austin Morrissey, Director of Operations
& President, USA, has identified
the challenges and can’t-miss experiences
in several of the nation’s most beloved
National Parks and often compares the
pros and cons of do-it-yourself-planning
vs. professionally guided tours.
When vacation planning, a common
experience is getting too bogged down in
the vast amounts of information online.
About Yellowstone she writes: “The immense
hours of research and time that it
takes to curate the perfect itinerary can
be daunting and often leave you feeling
more lost than when you first started
clicking away. Google can give great guidance,
but it can’t engage back with you to
uncover your exact needs, and offer the
perfect trip based on your desires.”
According to Morrissey, most travelers
miss out on a huge aspect of Grand
Canyon National Park’s allure. With only
1% of visitors hiking below the rim, there’s
a world of opportunity for those who
choose to go guided. She states, “a guided
tour can take you and your small party
from exploring the glorious underbelly of
the canyon … to spotting prolific wildlife
roaming the grasslands and mesas above.”
While do-it-yourself trip planning
could cost less money, you risk overlooking
stand-out features of a destination.
The right tour is more inclusive
than most people realize. This means
that out-of-pocket expenses can be
limited to just bar tabs, guide gratuities
Anticipating a strong surge of interest
in National Parks, Austin Adventures has
expanded the number of National Parks
its guides will navigate in 2022 to 14.
Most offer both “Adult-Only” and “Family
Focused” itineraries and departures:
• Acadia National Park, Maine
• Arches National Park, Utah
• Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
• Canyonlands National Park, Utah
• Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
• Death Valley National Park, California
• Glacier National Park, Montana
• Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
• Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
• Joshua Tree National Park, California
• Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
• Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/
• Yosemite National Park, California
• Zion National Park, Utah
For more info, visit https://www.austinadventures.com/
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Solo Female Travel
Benefits and Tips
f you’ve ever dreamed of solo
travel, here are a few reasons to blaze
your own trail and stay safe doing it.
The benefits of solo female travel
1. You’ll experience unfettered
Without a travel partner to accommodate,
as a solo female traveler, you’ll have
full control over what you do, where you
eat, go and stay. Everything is done on
your schedule. Sleeping in until 11 am
one day and waking up at 5 am the next?
Why not? With only your itinerary to
answer to, you’ll feel a sense of freedom
hard to find elsewhere.
2. You’ll make friends
It’s a misconception that solo travel is
synonymous with loneliness. In fact,
it’s often easier to make friends as a
solo traveler than traveling with others.
Solo travelers tend to find one another
and are often seen as more approachable
than couples, families or groups.
Traveling alone forces you to strike up
conversations with new people, translating
in new friendships, connections and
skills you can take home at the end of
3. You’ll learn to trust yourself
Embarking on a solo travel trip means
that you have to rely on your intuition
and problem-solving skills to figure out
the logistics of travel. After a few days
sorting out snags on your own you’ll
develop confidence in your abilities to
adapt to changing situations.
4. You’ll find clarity
When you travel alone, you’re more
likely to have the ability to experience
solitude without the pressure of work or
relationship obligations. You can let your
mind wander as you hike the Tongariro
Trail, stand before the Taj Mahal or gaze
into the Grand Canyon.
5. You’ll travel more
If travel is your passion, solo travel unlocks
endless possibilities. Without limiting
your travel experiences to the budget
and schedule of others, you’ll be able to
travel as often as your lifestyle allows.
6. Is travel safe for solo travelers?
Plan your first trip to one of the best
countries for solo female travel. While
you can travel wherever you want to,
these are a few countries that have top
safety ratings when it comes to solo
• Costa Rica
2. Dress to fit in
Standing out as a tourist can make you
a target of unwanted attention. In more
conservative countries, it makes sense to
dress as the locals do – especially if it involves
covering arms, legs and shoulders.
A lightweight sarong can quickly double
as a shawl, skirt or headscarf in a pinch.
3. Follow official government advice
Research the destination before you depart,
including safety recommendations.
The State Department site is an excellent
resource for specific information about
your destination including, local customs
and laws, medical access, entry requirements
and possible risks. Research the
neighborhood you want to stay in and
check out recommendations on social
media by other seasoned female travelers.
Register with the government’s Smart
Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
This free service sends out safety alerts
for your destination and allows you to
stay in contact with government officials
and family in case of an emergency.
4. Keep in touch
Buy a phone plan with data as soon as
you arrive at a new destination. With a
working phone and power bank, you can
find your way around, download local
transport and information apps, stay in
touch with others, and call a hotel, taxi, or
emergency service if needed. Consider informing
hotel staff of your whereabouts
as well as the time you expect to return.
5. Keep your valuables on you
when you’re on the move
A hidden passport holder or crossbody
bag with a zipper is your best
friend. Don’t keep anything precious in
your backpack while in transit, as transit
times are when theft is most likely to
occur. When you’re out for the day, only
take what you need; that way, if you lose
your wallet or it gets stolen, you’re not
going to be out by too much.
6. Copy your important documents
Store copies of your documents on paper
and/or online. If your passport is lost,
stolen or damaged, you may need that
copy to secure a new passport from your
embassy. You’ll also want a copy of any
relevant vaccine cards, travel insurance,
and potentially a secondary form of
7. Don’t skimp on travel insurance
When picking a travel insurance policy,
read the fine print. Double-check that it
covers the destination and all activities
you’ll be doing, as well as medical coverage
in the worst-case scenario.
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10 money-saving travel
tips that actually work
et more bang for your buck
on your next trip with these
money-saving travel tips:
. Travel in low season
Prices jump up considerably during
school holidays. And it’s not just the
summer – don’t forget that Easter, fall
break, Thanksgiving and Christmastime
are also more expensive. Traveling out
of season could mean cheaper flights
and less-busy destinations.
. Broaden your travel horizons
Booking the right destination can
be the difference between an expensive
vacation and an affordable one. So, if
you want to go on a European ski trip,
avoid the glitzy slopes of France and
Italy and try out lesser-known resorts in
Bulgaria or Slovenia, which both offer
great skiing at a fraction of the price.
Do some research into destinations
where your home currency goes further.
Backpacker favorites like Mexico,
Thailand and Vietnam offer a good
exchange rate that enables you to feel
more relaxed while you’re there.
. Be flexible
The price of flights can vary considerably
depending on the month, day
and time you travel, so do your research
and be flexible. Skyscanner lets you
compare flight prices across a whole
month so you can see the cheapest days
to fly. Weekends tend to be more pricey,
so book your annual leave wisely.
Since COVID, many airlines are
offering travelers fee-free flight changes
or cancellations. Search for flexible
flights to make sure you book a flight
that can be switched if travel restrictions
. Consider the long way around
If you’re not in a rush to reach your
destination, consider a flight with a
stopover, as indirect routes are often less
expensive. It’s also worth checking the
various airports in your region, as one
might offer a cheaper fare.
. Pre-book airport parking
If you need to leave your car at
the airport, book your parking well in
advance. And check out all your options
– valet parking might sound like an expensive
choice, but could actually work
out cheaper than a short-stay parking
garage, especially if booked in advance.
. Beat the
Traveling light is a great
way to avoid baggage fees. No
matter where you’re traveling,
you only need enough items
to see you through a week.
Consider weighing your luggage
before you leave home.
. Stay in local
If your hotel room has
a view of the Eiffel Tower,
chances are it’s going to be overpriced.
Instead, opt for a hotel outside
the typical tourist enclaves. This means
you can still enjoy all the famous attractions
during the day, but retreat to the
local haunts in the evening. Not only is
booking this way usually more affordable,
but it’ll give you the chance to have
an authentic experience.
. Dine like a local
Not only is experiencing new
cuisines part of the joy of traveling,
but you’re likely to eat far better, as
well as save money, when you eat like a
local. How? Usually it means avoiding
any restaurants with a view of a major
attraction. Side streets are your friend,
try the street food, and a little internet
research goes a long way in finding that
amazing bowl of grub for $1 that you’ll
talk about for the next 10 years.
. Your phone is an amazing
Your smartphone can make travel
cheaper and easier. If your network
provider doesn’t give you data while
you’re abroad, consider purchasing a
local SIM. Some destinations (like cities
in Japan, Croatia, and Portugal) offer
free portable WiFi or public hot spots
throughout town that you can connect
to while you’re out for the day. Often,
there are local ride-sharing apps unique
to particular destinations, great for
when you need a taxi as you can save a
lot of money using the local service or
being able to price-compare.
. Save on foreign currency
Between ATM charges, foreign transaction
fees, and bad exchange rates, it can
cost a lot of extra money just to make
a purchase when you’re abroad. When
paying by plastic, use a credit card that
doesn’t charge a foreign transaction
fee. Three percent on every purchase
can add up.
For the times when you need to have
cash, withdraw from a bank-owned
ATM. There are privately owned ATMs
around the world that charge high fees
in addition to offering a poor exchange
rate. Those who travel often should keep
spending money in a bank account that
offers worldwide ATM fee reimbursements
when using your debit card.
MAY 9-15, 2022
FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCES
A week of wine and food festivity thoughtfully presented by
our Member Restaurants! These limited-time special events will
include wine dinners, unique food-and-wine pairings, special
menus, bottle discounts, cooking classes, tasting experiences
and more throughout our Gulf Coast communities.
UNIVERSITY MASTER CLASSES
Led by a panel of world-renowned wine industry professionals,
these engaging wine seminars are always a festival highlight.
Designed for those who want an educational experience and
tastings, this year’s classes will again present a rare opportunity
to learn about wines by those instrumental in crafting them.
ONLINE FOOD & WINE AUCTION
Our Virtual Paddle Raise once again promises a swank collection
of lots featuring rare and exquisite wines, international and
domestic travel, and special dining and party experiences
made possible by generous donations from friends of Sarasota-
Manatee Originals. The auction will open for preview on May 5
with real-time bidding from May 9 at 8AM to May 15 at 7PM.
or scan the QR code
to learn more!
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■ The Van Wezel Foundation
announced Maria Schardler-Luera
as the winner of the Appleton Arts
Integration Award at its 20th annual
Inspiration Gala back in January.
The Appleton Arts Integration
Award, given annually, honors a
local teacher or educator who best
incorporated arts integration techniques
in their approach to better
Schaedler-Luera is a Brazilian-born
educator and artist with
extensive work experience and
knowledge in theater, music, arts
and literacy, and cross-cultural
engagement. In the past year, she
has facilitated and piloted drama,
mental health, mindfulness and
professional development workshops
and programs throughout
the community. Schaedler-Luera
also had the opportunity to present
her culturally relevant work at the
John F. Kennedy Center conference.
The Foundation also named
Jillianne Abbott and Talia Casey as
recipients of the Van Wezel Foundation
Merit Scholarships. They’ll
receive scholarships to attend an
approved national conference in
arts integration or a local or virtual
■ The law firm of Porges, Hamlin,
Knowles & Hawk, P.A. (PHKH) has
promoted Bryony G. Swift, Esq.,
to principal and shareholder. In
addition, the firm recently hired
Micaela Cleall, Esq., as an associate
Swift has been with PHKH since
Bryony Swift College
of Law. Swift specializes in condominium
association law, real property litigation,
civil and business law and
litigation, landlord/tenant law and
Cleall joined the firm as an
holds a bachelor's
Micaela Cleall from Auburn
University and a Juris Doctorate
from Barry University School of Law
and was admitted to the Florida Bar
in 2021. She will assist all attorneys
at PHKH in many practice areas,
with specialization in real estate
transactions, real property law,
estate planning and probate.
Located in downtown Bradenton,
Porges, Hamlin, Knowles, & Hawk,
P.A. firm celebrated its 50th anniversary
in April, 2020.
■ Gulf Coast Community
Foundation has promoted Kelly
Carlstein to Vice President of Brand
as the Director
Kelly Carlstein launched Gulf
Coast’s 25th anniversary campaign
and brand. She will lead the public
relations and communications efforts
that enhance and position the
Gulf Coast brand across the region.
Before joining Gulf Coast, Carlstein
served at Healthcare Corporation
of America’s (HCA) Blake
Medical Center where she worked
on the marketing and public
relations team and was involved
in marketing strategy, campaign
launches, events, and community
sponsorship and engagement.
Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.
■ The law firm of Icard, Merrill,
Cullis, Timm, Furen, and
Ginsburg, P.A., has announced
that associates Bianca N. Manos,
Nicole M. Price, and Patrick C.
Seidensticker have been promoted
to the position of member.
Manos has a diverse practice
working in the areas of family law
and civil litigation, with a particular
focus on matters involving breach
of contract, dissolution of marriage,
child custody disputes, alimony,
paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial
agreements, and child support.
She earned her J.D. from the
University of Florida Levin College
of Law. In 2020, she was recognized
for providing 100+ hours of pro
bono work and was listed a Florida
Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Price’s law practice focuses on
community association law and
general civil litigation, with additional
experience in construction
litigation, personal injury litigation,
and family law matters. She
received her J.D. from the University
of Florida Levin College of Law.
Price coordinates Icard Merrill’s pro
bono program and was recognized
in 2020 for contributing 100+ hours
of pro bono work.
Seidensticker’s law practice is
concentrated in the areas of commercial
real estate, land use, and property
valuation. He received his J.D. from
Stetson University College of Law. In
addition, he is co-founder of Tableseide
Restaurant Group in Sarasota.
■ The Van Wezel Foundation
has added an executive director
of education and lifelong learning
to its team as the result of a
grant awarded by the Charles &
Margery Barancik Foundation.
Kelli Maldonado, an educator and
leader in the
will lead the
effort to prioritize
learning at the
Kelli Maldonado Arts Center.
Most recently, Maldonado
served as the director of education
and community engagement at
the Van Wezel. Prior, she held arts
and education positions at Asolo
Repertory Theatre here in Sarasota
and Manhattan Theatre Club and
New Amsterdam Theatre in New
Maldonado will continue the
Foundation’s 30-year partnership
with the Van Wezel and continue to
underwrite popular, philanthropic
educational programming that
serves more than 50,000 students,
teachers and families annually,
while creating a lifelong learning
program for the new Sarasota Performing
■ Beloved philanthropist Jean
Weiller continues her legacy with
a recent gift of $1 million to Boys
& Girls Clubs of Sarasota and
DeSoto Counties. Jean has been a
volunteer, a teacher, an advocate,
and a leader.
This gift is designated to build
and furnish the new Art Room and
Technology & Robotics Lab at the
soon-to-be-renovated Roy McBean
Club on the Irving and Marilyn
Naiditch Campus, renovation of the
Lee Wetherington Club’s Art Room,
and the renovation and expansion
of the administrative building.
This gift, supported by
Jean Weiller with the Boys & Girls Club
discretionary funding from the
Community Foundation, will lead
to increased capacity with the
creation of state-of-the-art learning
spaces for club members and
capacity-building space for staff.
In 2016, Jean and her family
committed to give the organization
$500,000 in the form of a Matching
Challenge if they raised $1 million
in new or increased funds by 2020
which they did.
The Matching Challenge has
allowed Boys & Girls Clubs of
Sarasota and DeSoto Counties to
continue to enhance their quality
of programming for the youth they
serve. One million dollars of her
Matching Challenge gift was allocated
towards their endowment fund
and $500,000 was used to support
Club operations and new initiatives,
such as their teen program and
state-of-the-art Tom and Debbie
Shapiro Career Resource Center.
For more information, visit www.
bgcsdc.org or call 941-366-3911.
■ The Greater Sarasota Chamber
of Commerce welcomes Catherine
Roper as Vice President, following
a decade with the Ballston
Business Improvement District as
Chief Marketing Officer located in
Arlington, VA. She’ll be responsible
for membership experience to connect,
promote and support 1,200
member businesses in the Sarasota
Catherine brings over 25 years
of experience serving the business
community and commercial real
estate industry in the Washington,
DC, metropolitan area. In addition,
she has an extensive background in
non-profit management, marketing,
communications, event management,
During her tenure, the Ballston
Business Improvement District was
recognized for excellence in marketing
and strategic public relations,
winning several Communicator and
MarCom awards. In 2017 she was
honored with a SmartCEO Brava
award. In her role, Catherine facilitated
two re-branding initiatives.
■ Sunshine from Darkness – a
subsidiary of the Lee and Bob
Peterson Foundation –
has hired its first-ever
In this role, she will
serve as the primary
spokesperson for the
cause, oversee strategic
planning and implementation,
and budgeting, and
areas including fundraising,
oversight, and board
is to raise
Marlene Hauck and erase the
stigma of both.
Hauck has 30 years’ experience
in fundraising, donor and community
relations, client and vendor
relations. She has worked in the
nonprofit realm for more than 25
years, with 10 years of leadership
experience for two nonprofits. She
served on the board of directors of
Coastal Behavioral Healthcare and
made the transition to director of
marketing and development for
First Step of Sarasota when Coastal
and First Step merged in 2020. Other
organizations Hauck has worked
for include the Longboat Key
Center for the Arts and Suncoast
Hauck has served on the
planning committee and as event
coordinator – on a volunteer basis
– for Sunshine from Darkness since
2019, when Jeffrey Peterson, the son
of Lee and Bob Peterson and president
of their namesake foundation,
reinvigorated the Inspiring Hope
Dinner and Journey to Wellness
Symposium, events first conceived
and presented by his parents. Over
the course of 13 years, through Sunshine
from Darkness, the Petersons
raised over $5 million and served as
champions for research, treatment,
education and efforts to erase the
stigma of living with mental illness.
In November of 2021, the Inspiring
Hope Dinner raised more
than $170,000 benefiting the local
mental health and addiction programs
and services of First Step of
Sarasota, and cutting-edge research
funded by The Brain & Behavior
Sunshine from Darkness was
founded as a subsidiary of and is
underwritten by the Lee and Bob
Peterson Foundation. To learn more,
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happening this month
24 TH ANNUAL
Sarasota Film Festival is Back
Hybrid Festival to Run Virtually and In-Person April 1-10
The Sarasota Film Festival
(SFF) is running
April 1-10. Mark Famiglio,
SFF Chairman and
President stated that,
“After two years of limited in-person
engagements, we’re honored
to host a number of distinguished
guests and filmmakers on the
beautiful Florida Gulf Coast for a
10-day event, complete with a variety
of engaging Q&As, conversations,
and panels featuring diverse
voices from across the industry.
The festival opens on April 1
with a screening of M. Cahill’s
Porcupine, a narrative feature
based on the true story of an adult
woman who puts herself up for
adoption and forms a bond with
the misanthropic patriarch of her
adoptive family. The film stars
Jena Malone (Into The Wild, The
Hunger Games series), who will
be honored in-person with the
Sarasota Film Festival Excellence
in Acting Award.
Malone will participate in an “In
Conversation” discussion as part
of the festival’s program, and Joe
Wright’s 2005 film Pride & Prejudice,
which also starred Malone,
will play the festival as a free,
outdoor community screening in
HBO’s Listening To Kenny G,
which is directed by Penny Lane
and examines the life and career
of musician Kenny G, will screen
as the festival’s Documentary Centerpiece
film on April 7. Lane and
Kenny G will attend the festival,
the latter of whom will receive
the Sarasota Maestro Award. Both
Lane and Kenny G will also participate
in an “In Conversation” discussion
following the screening,
moderated by Rolling Stone’s Tatiana
Siegel. The film will serve as
the Centerpiece film for this year’s
Music Sidebar program as well.
Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s
neo-Western drama Montana
Story, starring Owen Teague and
Haley Lu Richardson, will screen
as the festival’s Narrative Centerpiece
film. The film tells the story
of two estranged siblings who must
confront a deep and bitter family
legacy upon their return home to
the sprawling Montana ranch that
they once knew and loved.
The festival closes with a
screening of Russell Brown’s
Loren & Rose, whose three-act
story follows the bond between a
promising filmmaker and a storied
actress looking to reinvigorate her
career. Star Jacqueline Bisset
will also be in attendance to
receive the Sarasota Film Festival
Lifetime Achievement Award and
participate in an “In Conversation”
discussion preceding the screening.
SFF will also include Spotlight
screenings of Kogonada’s After
Yang, which follows a father’s
journey of self-discover as he
searches for a way to repair his
daughter’s Android, and stars
Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith;
Maria Loohufvud and
Love Martinsen’s Calendar Girls,
a coming-of-golden-age documentary
film about a group of senior
volunteer dancers in Southwest
Florida; Catherine Corsini’s The
Divide, which tells the story of a
couple on the verge of breaking
up who find themselves in an
Emergency Department on the
evening of a major ‘yellow vests’
protest in Paris, and stars Valeria
Bruni Tedeschi and Marina Foïs;
Ron Howard’s documentary We
Feed People, which spotlights
renowned chef José Andrés and
the incredible mission of his nonprofit
World Central Kitchen; Rosa
Ruth Boesten’s Master Of Light,
which follows the story of classical
painter George Anthony Morton
who spent ten years in federal
prison for dealing drugs; and
Nadia Tass’ Oleg, chronicling the
life of Oleg Vidov, one of the most
famous Soviet film stars, and narrated
by Brian Cox. Costa Ronin
(The Americans, Homeland), who
voices Oleg Vidov, will also be in
attendance at the festival.
SFF also has an African American
Sidebar and a Spotlight on
Sarasota program for feature
films. There will be 18 programs
of short films this year, including
Narrative Competition, International
Narrative Competition, Documentary
Shorts, Florida Shorts, Female-Led
Florida Shorts, LGBT+ Shorts, Socially
Distanced Shorts, Midnight
Shorts, International Midnight
Shorts, Comedic Narrative, Family
on Film, Remembering, A Parent’s
Love, Coming of Age Shorts,
African American Documentary
Shorts, Father & Sons, and The
Humans Behind Headlines.
The theme for this year’s poster
was Upstream With a Paddle.
Created by Christopher Tuscan,
graduate of Sarasota’s own Ringling
College of Art and Design and
owner of design firm Dog House
Studio, the poster reflects the local
community’s efforts and successes
in navigating this new world, while
also recognizing the obstacles we
have collectively overcome in the
past two years.
This year’s Sarasota Film Festival
will be presented in a hybrid
format featuring live and in-person
screenings and events, including
live Q&As and conversations,
alongside offerings for virtual audiences.
For tickets, visit https://
Here are some of the films we
thought you’d like.
Opening Night Film
dir. M. Cahill (USA), 2021
job in two
dwells in a
modern solitude, relying on You-
Tube for companionship. One night
a video rabbit hole leads her to the
world of adult adoption, and she is
pulled in, deciding to try it herself.
Closing Night Film
Loren & Rose
dir. Russell Brown (USA), 2022
A single meal frames this three-act
story of the bond between Loren,
a promising filmmaker, and Rose,
a years-long friendship between two
people whose love of art, understanding
of grief, and faith in life’s
potential guide them through personal
and creative hardships. Kelly
Blatz and Jacqueline Bisset star.
Listening To Kenny G
dir. Penny Lane (USA), 2021
Listening To Kenny G is about why
some people hate Kenny G’s music,
and why so many more people love
it. A light-hearted exploration of this
conflict raises big questions about
taste, genre, and marketing. Along
the way we hear from music critics,
record executives, radio personalities,
market researchers, fans – and
of course, the G man himself.
dir. Maria Loohufvud and Love
Martinsen (Sweden), 2022
Calendar Girls is a coming-of-goldenage
Florida, The Calendar Girls give it
all they’ve got including impressive
makeup, handmade costumes, elaborate
dance routines and their enthusiasm
and sparkling personalities.
We Feed People
dir. Ron Howard (USA), 2022
We Feed People
José Andrés and
evolution over 12
years from being a scrappy group
of grassroots volunteers to becoming
one of the most highly regarded
humanitarian aid organizations in
the disaster relief sector.
The First Step
dir. Brandon Kramer (USA), 2021
In a divided America, Van Jones
attempts to bring people together
to pass a landmark criminal justice
bill — and finds himself under fire
from all sides.
The Smell Of Money
dir. Shawn Bannon (USA), 2022
on one of
companies in a fight for their
rights to clean air, pure water, and a
life free from the stench of shit.
Dawn, Her Dad, And
dir. Shelley Thompson
As a young
relationship and come to understand
the mechanics of the heart.
Raised Up West Side
dir. Brett A. Schwartz (USA), 2022
In Raised Up West Side, we follow
the harrowing, yet inspiring plight
of ex-offenders, social activists,
and entrepreneurs, witnessing the
tenacity required to change the
narrative — and change lives on
Chicago’s West Side.
Music Sidebar Features
dir. John Alexander (USA), 2021
caricature and reveals one
of his dearest loves- a child hidden
from the world: a daughter sworn to
a life of secrecy until now.
Mixtape Trilogy: Stories
Of The Power Of Music
dir. Kathleen Ermitage (USA), 2021
Mixtape Trilogy explores one of the
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Girls, Vijay Iyer, and Talib Kweli.
Spotlight On Sarasota
dir. Balbinka Koreniowska
Late in her career, Ann Gregory
finds the courage to be the first
woman of color to enter the USGA
Women’s Amateur. She collides
with Babs Whatling, a privileged
white woman from the south who
is searching for her own identity.
The Fabulous Ohs:
The Marriage And
dir. Kathryn Parks (USA), 2022
Inside the musical journey of
a small-town composer and a
strong-willed singer/librettist who
dared to spend a lifetime chasing
their dreams together. A story
captured on film by their daughter
Devil Put The Coal In
dir. Peter Hutchison and Lucas
Sabean (USA), 2021
A cautionary tale of unfettered
corporate power, and an elegy to a
vanishing Appalachi told through
the personal stories of native West
Mission: Joy -
Finding Happiness In
dir. Louie Psihoyos (USA), 2021
science- backed wisdom of how to
live with joy in troubled times.
dir. Lisa Hurwitz (USA), 2021
Once upon a nickel, before fast
documentary film directed by Lisa
Hurwitz and starring Mel Brooks.
Female-Led Florida Shorts
dir. Katie Leary (USA), 2021
World Premiere. A woman struggles
to wake up from an increasingly
traumatizing loop of dreams.
dir. Jessica Aquila Cymerman
manipulative and toxic relationship
with her idol, Jamie Bock.
dir. Molly E. Smith (USA), 2022
Barricaded in a motel room, a
mothers determination and primal
instincts kick in to protect her
La Casita De La Mariposa
dir. Samantha Ferrand (USA), 2021
As a child, Renee’s mother promised
she’d grow up to marry a
prince. Instead, Renee found herself
married to a monster.
dir. Naida Joanides (USA), 2022
An aging circus performer seeks
to learn the true significance of
the gift her mother gave her the
night of the first moon landing.
Sirens Of The Swamp
dir. Hali Gardella and Emery
Matson (USA), 2021
it big in a
Only problem is: they keep killing
情 人 Qingren
dir. Sean Patrick Higgins
A 19th century American Railroad Financier
and Chinese Emigrant-Worker
ensnare one another in a dance of
interdependence, love, and guilt.
dir. Rubén Navarro (USA), 2022
A Major League Baseball player
discovers his passion for Japanese
traditional dance and is confronted
with the choice of embracing
his true identity or continuing
masking behind the pressures of
family, loyalty and honor.
Hear My Voice
dir. Daniele Guerra (UK), 2021
Mike’s opera career and love life
have stalled. During yet another
gay hook-up, he sees the apparition
of his grandmother: will she
make him change?
dir. Meghan Lennox (USA), 2020
Kate tries an adult ballet class
and becomes infatuated with the
teacher, Laura- until she discovers
a hidden side to Laura she struggles
A Summer Place
dir. Alexandra Matheou
(Cyprus and France), 2021
In a city overtaken by oligarchs and
a real estate boom, two women
find themselves lost at sea. Each
will end up saving the other, in all
of life’s most unexpected ways.
dir. Fran Herrero Ansoleaga
Five LGBTIQ+ refugees seeking
asylum in Spain look into the lens
to share their fears, doubts, and
certainties, but they can all now
say, “It gets better”.
Socially Distanced Shorts
The Show Must Go On
dir. Paul Grant (USA), 2021
At the height of the pandemic,
Broadway’s resilient community
comes together to create the infrastructure
to supply frontline
medical workers with desperately
needed hospital gowns.
For the full schedule, visit: https://
Presents Sarasota Parents’
Marriage and Music
“The Fabulous Ohs:
the Marriage and the Music”
will have its world premiere at
the 2022 Sarasota Film Festival.
The forty-five minute film follows
the story of her parents,
Sharon Ohrenstein and David
Ohrenstein, two Sarasota-based
performers and musical artists
who find romance and song as
they embark on a lifelong pursuit
to bring their original music to
the world. The 42-year marriage
Behind the scenes, Cinematographer Dylan
Jon Wade Cox, Sharon Ohrenstein, David
Ohrenstein, director Kathryn Parks, Filmed at
West Coast Black Theatre in Sarasota, 2021.
Photo by Goddess Imagery Photography
of the pianist/composer and
singer/librettist included raising
three children while performing
as the duo, The Fabulous Ohs,
and eventually transitioning into
writing and producing original
musicals and operas. Parks
directed, produced, and edited
the film with cinematography by
Dylan Jon Wade Cox and music
by David and Sharon Ohrenstein.
Sarasota Film Festival Programmer
Rodney Piatt calls the film
“joyful, personal, and uplifting.”
“The Fabulous Ohs” will have an
in-person showing on April 4 at
7:45pm at the Sarasota Municipal
Auditorium and is available
for virtual screening throughout
the festival from April 1-10.
“The Fabulous Ohs” is Parks’
third film and first documentary,
and marks her third film premiering
at the Sarasota Film Festival.
Previous films, “Her Place”
(2020) and “50 Words”(2018),
were short narratives and
each awarded the honor of
Best Florida Film at the Bonita
Springs International Film Festival
and numerous other festivals
across the state.
The documentary takes us
inside the musical journey of a
and a strongwilled
to spend a lifetime
The film weaves
and past interviews
of the couple
from more than
40 archived VHS
tapes and DVDs of
concerts, gigs, and
It also focuses on the lasting legacy
of David’s parents’, both Holocaust
survivors as expressed
through his music.
“In my adult years, I’ve come
to realize my parents’ story is
one that is completely original
and truly inspirational,” Parks
explained. “They live far from
the artistic mecca of New York
City and yet managed to follow
their calling while raising a family.
Now, they are writing new
musicals with strong female
leads, and they are still chasing
their dreams as they reach into
their 60s and 70s.”
The film also features an original
score by her father, David
Ohrenstein, who is awoken every
night by a muse, compelling
him to sit at the piano and write
out a new melody before he goes
back to bed. Parks was joined
by cinematographer Dylan Jon
Wade Cox, a Florida photographer
and cinematographer, and
story producer Elise Rodriguez,
a Cuban-American performer,
teaching artist, and creative professional.
Sharon and David Ohrenstein
will be attending the screening
alongside their daughter and
director, Kathryn Parks.
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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.
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 becoming stressed.
To keep the brain functioning, the body
transfers some of your functional work play
energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting
in less energy to make it through each
day. As we age, the accumulation of all the
tightened fascia, from every major trauma
in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our
body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,
mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,
as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.
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 the dural tube
that encases the spinal cord into the lower
and upper back, the neck, the cranium and
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 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
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.
Babies and Children can benefit
■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a
difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics
for an ear infection and as a result developed
c-diff. His development came to a stop.
At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started
to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,
he was unable to answer questions and his
communication skills were very poor. Leo
had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in
his body and physical activities such walking,
jumping and climbing were difficult for him.
Beginning with the first session with Terry,
he began showing improvement and with each
following session. Everyone from his teachers
to his grandparents noticed an increase in his
■ “I was in awful pain and the
MRI showed 2 pinched nerves
and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.
My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.
After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to
advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went
for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”
■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for
Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging
(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/
pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”
physical strength, as well as improvements in
comprehension, speech and communication
skills. For the first time, he started participating
in class lessons and interacting with his
classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on
getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at
age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.
■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old
baby boy from recent hospitalization into
the first series of healthy bowel movements
when seemingly nothing could help. Our son
was able to latch onto the breast and for the
first time completed his feeding. He was much
calmer after working with Terry.
■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have
been carrying around for 15 years or more.
I left his office table with more energy than I
have had in years.”
■ “I began working with him because I was
dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of
emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized
how much stress can cause damage to
your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was
a big help.”
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Testimonials from Clients
■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,
B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral
Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger
Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues
as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy
provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility
issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part
of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral
brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him
to work at a cellular
level and with brain
for more information,
■ “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
advanced craniosacral therapy
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
■ “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.”
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Spring in New Orleans means
Whether you are a New Orleans
native or a first-time visitor, spring
in NOLA means one thing: boiled
crawfish. Get ready to boil, peel, and devour
this delicious Louisiana favorite.
Here are some of the best places to get
them in the Big Easy:
ï Frankie and Johnny’s—This local favorite
is known for its hot and spicy, award-winning
crawfish. Venture Uptown to this
casual, family-friendly restaurant.
ï Cooter Brown’s—A favorite spot for
watching the Saints in the Fall, Cooter
Browns offers delicious boiled crawfish in
the spring. For generations, Cooter Brown’s
has been an uptown destination.
ï Cajun Seafood—With the aroma of boiling
seafood wafting through the air, Cajun Seafood
will have your mouth watering before
you even see the menu. They have multiple
locations in the New Orleans metro area.
ï Superior Seafood—Feeling a bit fancier?
Check out Superior Seafood, located along
United has introduced bag drop
shortcut, a new, simple way for
customers to skip the line, check their
bag in a minute or less on average, and get
to their flight. According to recent customer
surveys, the bag check process can be one of
the more stressful and time-consuming parts
of the travel experience and United is the first
airline to streamline the process in this way.
Here’s how bag drop shortcut works:
■ Check-in on the United app and select the
number of bags
■ Find the bag drop shortcut location at the
airport with detailed instructions available
right in the app
■ At the bag drop shortcut location, customers
place their bag on the scale and scan
their boarding pass at the kiosk
■ The United team will check the customer’s
ID, apply the bag tag and they’re on
This free service is available now at all of
United’s U.S. hubs in Chicago, New York/
Newark, Washington D.C., Houston, Den-
the famous St. Charles
Avenue. With on-site
and catering options,
Superior can fulfill
all of your crawfish
ï Melba’s Old School
Poboys—This hub is
full of soul food, but
you can’t pass up their
ï Bevi Seafood Co.—Why get just crawfish
when you can have a full seafood boil?
Their boil includes crawfish, crabs, oysters,
ï Clesi’s Crawfish and Catering—The
name says it all! Swing by Clesi’s to enjoy
some fresh boiled crawfish, or call them to
come cook for you.
ï BOIL Seafood House—Try Vietnamese-style
(what the Louisianans are calling
Viet-Cajun) crawfish loaded with garlic butter
at BOIL on popular Magazine Street.
ï Blue Crab—Get some fresh air and enjoy
boiled crawfish on Lake Pontchartrain at
ï Mukbang Seafood and Bar—Satisfy
your Asian cuisine and seafood cravings at
Mukbang Seafood. Enjoy Viet-Cajun-style
boiled crawfish and other seafood on beautiful
SOURCE: New Orleans & Company
Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines to Combine
Spirit Airlines, Inc. and Frontier Airlines,
Inc., have merged. As a result, the companies
will create America’s most competitive
ultra-low fare airline. The stronger
financial profile of the combined company
will empower it to accelerate investment in
innovation and growth and compete even
more aggressively, especially against the
dominant “Big Four” airlines, among others.
Combined, they’re expected to offer more
than 1,000 daily flights to over 145 destinations
in 19 countries, across complementary
networks. And, they’ll expand with more
than 350 aircraft on order, increase access
to ultra-low fares by adding new routes to
underserved communities across the United
States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The combined airline will have the
youngest, most modern and fuel-efficient
fleet in the United States, featuring the largest
fleet of A320neo family aircraft of any
airline in the country. The combined airline
is expected to achieve over 105 seat miles
per gallon by 2025.
United Debuts New
‘Bag Drop Shortcut’ Service
ver, Los Angeles and San Francisco and the
airline plans to expand bag drop shortcut to
dozens more new airports this year.
United also helps customers bypass lines
with its exclusive Agent on Demand service,
where travelers can easily connect with a
live customer service agent directly from
their mobile devices. United’s mobile app and
website also provides customers with a stepby-step
guide on what tests or documents are
needed to travel anywhere in the world, and
helps customers find testing locations, schedule
appointments, upload tests and vaccine
cards if necessary, all within the app.
Canyon Ranch Lenox Spa
gets a Renovation
The wellness company has introduced
a renewed, elevated spa experience
at their Lenox resort. Reflecting the
beauty of the Berkshires and the historic
Bellefontaine mansion, Canyon Ranch Lenox
Resort has a freshly renovated spa.
Brought to life by Hall of Fame architect
and interior designer Lauren Rottet of Rottet
Studio, the design aesthetic celebrates the
beauty of the area’s rolling mountains and
the subtle ambiance of an early American
lifestyle through the utilization of authentic
materials. The new look features warm
wood highlights and stone and metal finishes
paired with white linen.
Inspired by the nearby Hancock Shaker Village
– a utopian community that is the epitome
of New England charm – the new spaces at the
spa emphasize themes of utility and simplicity.
The spa now offers products from Biologique
Recherche and Yon-Ka Paris. In
addition to a full-service menu of 65 diverse
treatments, the spa will continue to offer a
guest favorite, Canyon Ranch purifying and
detoxifying Hungarian Scrub, which exfoliates
and soothes with Hungarian moor mud,
capsicum peptide and a firming body oil.
For more information about Canyon
Ranch, visit www.canyonranch.com or email
Baking with Biscoff:
Your favorite airline snack just got
Many of us love Lotus Biscoff cookies.
They’ve been given out on so many
airlines over the years. Delta Air
Lines is probably the most famous name
associated with the brand. Delta began
serving them back in the 1990s and over the
years they’ve also appeared and then disappeared
from several airlines — including
American Airlines and United Airlines.
TikTok star James Lamprey is also a fan
and he partnered with the celebrity chef (@
officialfunfoods on TikTok) to see what kind
Prep time: 20 minutes;
Cook time: 8 minutes;
Cooling time: 4 hours.
Makes 25-30 Biscoff
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted
6 Biscoff cookies (for
1 cup heavy whipping
1 8-ounce package of
cream cheese (softened)
1 cup Biscoff cookie butter (creamy)
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°
Put the Biscoff cookies in a food processor
and grind until they’re fine crumbs.
Biscoff cookie pie
of magic he could make with the famous
cookies. Here’s the recipe.
Mix in melted
Press crumb mixture
into a 9-inch
pie dish. Bake 6-8
minutes, then let
In a large bowl,
whisk the heavy
whipping cream just
until it forms stiff
In a separate large
bowl, beat the cream
butter, sugar and
vanilla extract until
Fold in the whipped cream just until
Pour on cooled crust and smooth the top.
Drizzle caramel sauce or melted Biscoff
cookie butter over the pie and decorate
with extra Biscoff cookies (optional).
Refrigerate until firm (about 4-6 hours).
Cut and serve.
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New Health Book by Local
Physician and Wellness
Dan Watts, MD, of The
Renewal Point, and wellness
championSandra Strauss, will
be launching A Toxic Brain—
Revelations from a Health
Journey. It was written to help
people learn more about how
toxins and other root causes
are drivers of inflammation of
today’s chronic illnesses.
A Toxic Brain—Revelations
from a Health Journey will
have a kickof event on
Thursday, April 7, 2-3 p.m.
at The Meadows Country
Club, Second Floor, 3101
Longmeadow, Sarasota (near
UTC mall). Free event.
Sandra Strauss and Dan Watts, MD, have co-authored a
book detailing their families’ journeys with hard-to-diagnose
illnesses, now identified as chronic inflammatory response
syndrome (CIRS), a silent epidemic.
They’ll offer important insights regarding how exposures
to mold, Lyme, heavy metals, and other toxins, fire up
autoimmune issues with 25% of population who are genetically
vulnerable as poor detoxifiers.
They’ll share how precision evaluations and therapies available
from functional practitioners help to both prevent chronic
issues as well as recover health.
More information at https://www.sandrastrauss.com/
Chalk it up to chalk
TWEE is ready for spring with new
handmade sidewalk chalk designs.
Got grandkids in for Easter or
a spring visit? They’ll love these
colorful chalks by TWEE which is
a woman owned Maker’s Studio
based in Philadelphia, PA specializing
in reimagined, eco-friendly,
childhood classics for playtime.
They offer colorful Bunny’s 6 Eggs
Handmade Sidewalk Chalk
Set - with three being golden -
are limited edition. Personally,
we like the TWEE Sprinkle
Donut Handmade Sidewalk
Chalk. All TWEE designs ship
nationally from Philadelphia.
Get the Drift?
How’s this for a summer
convenience— a ready-to-drink
cocktail that’s got some healthy
ingredients? Drift offers a canned
cocktail mixed with higher alcohol,
lower calories and better flavor.
The entire Drift line is 85 calories,
gluten-free and has no artificial
additives — just organic spirits, real
fruit (not juice) and carbonated mineral
water. It’s collection of flavors
are the lowest calorie and highest
ABV (7%) canned cocktail options
available to date.
It has natural ingredients
including corn sourced from North
Carolina farms; sugarcane and
blackstrap imported from the Virgin
Islands and Jamaica; tequila from Mexico; and fruit sourced from a local North
Carolina purveyor with a ratified standard of quality for organic produce.
Their four flavors include Blood Orange: organic vodka mixed with a citrus
burst of high oxidant blood oranges; Passion Fruit Rum: Virgin Islands white
rum, natural passion fruit and guava; Tequila Lime: blue agave tequila blanco
with natural lime; And Meyer Lemon: organic vodka with meyer lemon. n.
Drift is currently available in select stores, supermarkets and independent
retailers throughout South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. For more
information, visit www.driftcocktails.com.
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music with the built-in Bluetooth speaker. Keep the
ambiance on point wherever you are with the LD’s
multiple color and brightness options. It also includes
a micro-SD card slot and 3.5 mm audio input.
Cost: $59. Available at
https://thelumicharge.com/ and Amazon.
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