wcw MAY 2022

Love finding and exploring new restaurants? Sure you do and in this issue we visit with Mica England the owner and Top Chef at Blvd Cafe in the Rosemary District in Sarasota. It's also our Women's Travel issue, Part 2. Ready to hit the road? Check out the informative articles in this issue and look for more including special discount for Florida residents. Also, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe and the Venice Symphony both have performances this month and there's also Forks and Corks taking place. Check out our calendars and our features this month - we have a lot!

Love finding and exploring new restaurants? Sure you do and in this issue we visit with Mica England the owner and Top Chef at Blvd Cafe in the Rosemary District in Sarasota. It's also our Women's Travel issue, Part 2. Ready to hit the road? Check out the informative articles in this issue and look for more including special discount for Florida residents. Also, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe and the Venice Symphony both have performances this month and there's also Forks and Corks taking place.
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<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Mica<br />

England<br />

Owner and Head Chef<br />

at Blvd Café in Sarasota<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Women’s Travel Groups<br />

■ Feature: Forks & Corks<br />

is back<br />

■ Travel: Deals for<br />

Florida Residents<br />

■ WCW Shopper<br />

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<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

contents<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Louise M. Bruderle<br />

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

HAPPY<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

Carol Darling<br />

Contributing Photographer<br />

Evelyn England<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Kimberly Carmell<br />

Assistant to the Publisher<br />

Mimi Gato<br />

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Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows &<br />

performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

n You’re News: job announcements,<br />

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happening this month<br />

Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival is back and runs<br />

May 9-15. Support local independent restaurants and “Eat<br />

Like A Local” while enjoying great dining and culinaryevents.<br />

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departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

6 happening this month: Forks &<br />

Corks is back<br />

7 Out & About: listings for things<br />

to do live and/or online<br />

9 healthier you: The Benefits of<br />

Quitting Tobacco<br />

11 focus on the arts: Venice Symphony<br />

12 focus on the arts: West Coast Black<br />

Theatre Troupe<br />

focus on the arts<br />

women’s travel feature:<br />

savings on Florida travel<br />

Florida residents in need of a break will find an array of<br />

discounts and special offers this summer at a variety of<br />

resorts and destinations. Check out these offers stretching<br />

from the Atlantic shoreline to Gulf coast beaches.<br />

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The Venice Symphony is back with its third annual Patriotic<br />

Pops Concert and fireworks on May 28 at CoolToday Park.<br />

This year’s guest artist is the acappella group, Rockapella.<br />

13 healthier you: The Renewal Point<br />

15 your money: Access Advisors<br />

16 west coast woman:<br />

Mica England, Owner and Chef<br />

at BLVD Cafe in Sarasota<br />

18 women’s travel issue:<br />

Travel news and tips<br />

19 dining in: Recipes from around<br />

the world<br />

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women’s travel feature:<br />

considering a women’s<br />

travel group?<br />

What about Women’s Travel Groups? They’re a<br />

great option if you don’t want to travel alone. We<br />

look at one group that offers trips all over the world.<br />

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21 women’s travel issue:<br />

Discount and deals for Florida residents<br />

22 travel feature: The Karol Hotel in Clearwater<br />

24 women’s travel issue:<br />

Considering a women’s travel group?<br />

25 healthier you: Discover Craniosacral Therapy<br />

26 you’re news<br />

28 dining out: Kona Grill in Sarasota<br />

30 <strong>wcw</strong> shopper<br />

on the cover: Photo of West Coast Woman Mica England, Owner and Chef at BLVD Cafe in Sarasota. ■ Photo by Evelyn England.<br />

<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Heidi Anderson<br />

West Coast Woman Mica England<br />

This month’s <strong>wcw</strong><br />

Hers is a great story — right up WCW’s “alley” so<br />

to speak — a new restaurant, owned and cheffed<br />

by a woman with a great track record caring<br />

for the palates of wealthy patrons in New York<br />

City and various resorts, and who worked at top<br />

notch resorts and hotels. Her restaurant here<br />

is BLVD Café and it’s in the heart of the burgeoning<br />

Rosemary District. But, after we spoke<br />

for a while, it turned into two amazing stories.<br />

Mica England<br />

There’s Mica’s amazing skills as a chef and, as<br />

Photo by Evelyn England<br />

we got talking, her almost career in law enforcement<br />

in Texas. Two different trajectories, but with different outcomes.<br />

It was fun hearing about Mica’s career - the celebrities she’s cooked<br />

for and the places in New York, The Hamptons and others where she<br />

catered to their gustatory wishes. Then it was about Mica’s early years<br />

when she wanted a career in law enforcement. I wish I could say it was<br />

just as successful and just as enjoyable, but as you’ll read, the police force<br />

where she applied for a job was not welcoming and resulted in actions<br />

that made them reform their hiring procedures. I’ll leave it there—please<br />

read the full article in this issue.<br />

And please, stop by her lovely BLVD Café at 1580 Boulevard of the<br />

Arts, Sarasota, for a delicious breakfast or light lunch. The Rosemary District<br />

is a happening place and we hope to feature it in a future issue.<br />

Hurry on this one<br />

If you hurry, you might be able to get a ticket to one of the most enjoyable<br />

and inspiring events of the season. Girls Inc. of Sarasota has its<br />

annual luncheon on May 3. This year’s honorees include the late Chuck<br />

and Margie Barancik, Dr. Laura Kingsley and Dr. Heidi Anderson with<br />

daughter Avery Brannan. All will be honored at the Annual Celebration<br />

Luncheon on May 3rd at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.<br />

If not, it’s still a great to share news about this year’s event. The Girls<br />

Inc. Visionary Award is designated to honor those who not only believes<br />

in the mission of the organization, but also see the larger vision<br />

for the organization in the community and region.<br />

Girls Inc. are recognizing Chuck and Margie Barancik posthumously.<br />

They were ardent supporters of Girls Inc., and their efforts have<br />

changed the trajectory of the organization. Chuck, Margie and the<br />

team at Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation lead the way for the<br />

Solar & Conservation Project that included the installation of 564 solar<br />

panels, which now provide 100% of Girls Inc. energy needs. Additionally,<br />

the Baranciks have supported Girls Inc.’s Family Strengthening<br />

Program and the August Match Campaign providing significant funds<br />

to match donations from individuals in the community.<br />

The She Knows Where She’s Going Award will be presented to Dr. Laura<br />

Kingsley and Dr. Heidi Anderson with her daughter Avery Brannan.<br />

The She Knows Where She’s Going Award recognizes individuals who are<br />

role models for women and girls in our community, have been supportive<br />

of Girls Inc. and its programs, and have demonstrated commitment to<br />

community activities, professional organizations or non-profit work.<br />

Dr. Laura Kingsley recently retired as the Assistant Superintendent<br />

and Chief Academic Officer for Sarasota County Schools. Kingsley<br />

began her career as a teacher at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in<br />

1988. Prior to this role, she served as the district’s executive director of<br />

elementary education. She has spent her career working with foundations,<br />

school administrations and teachers to help students strengthen<br />

reading abilities, led taskforces to close the achievement gap between<br />

white and minority students, and supported community programs<br />

such as Girls Inc. to bolster school attendance.<br />

Dr. Heidi Anderson has known medicine was in her future since sixth<br />

grade. As the owner of her private dermatology practice,<br />

Anderson has invested in our community through philanthropy,<br />

voluntarism and support of organizations like<br />

Girls Inc. A Sarasota resident for over a decade, Dr. Anderson<br />

chose to raise her children here for the educational<br />

opportunities available in Sarasota. Her daughter Avery is<br />

currently studying Peace, War, and Defense at the University<br />

of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and is a local Pine View<br />

School graduate. She was a four-year elected member to<br />

a service club through her school and a participant of the<br />

Boys and Girls Club STAR leadership program. As a graduate<br />

of STAR, she joined the Girls Inc. Board, serving for three years.<br />

In addition to these awards, two Girls Inc. girls will be recognized<br />

this year. The She Knows Where She’s Growing Award will be presented<br />

to a middle school student, and the Leadership Award will honor an outstanding<br />

member of the Girls Inc. high school program.<br />

Hurry, tickets are available at www.GirlsIncSRQ.org or 941-366-6646.<br />

More Good People Helping Out<br />

Family Promise of South Sarasota County (FPSSC) received $20,100<br />

from 100 Women Who Care of Greater Sarasota with a matching grant<br />

of $5,000 from a foundation for a total of $25,100. FPSSC received<br />

these funds as part of their capital campaign to purchase 10 houses in<br />

Venice to utilize as transitional affordable housing for families in South<br />

Sarasota County<br />

experiencing<br />

homelessness.<br />

There are over<br />

450 children in<br />

South Sarasota<br />

County schools<br />

who have been<br />

identified as<br />

homeless. Children<br />

experiencing<br />

housing instability<br />

have five<br />

times higher risk<br />

for developmental challenges and poor health. They’re also five times<br />

more likely to miss school, nine times more likely to repeat a grade, and<br />

four times more likely to not graduate. In 2021, Family Promise of South<br />

Sarasota County helped 283 families with a total of 432 children in need.<br />

Family Promise is a national non-profit agency with 202 local affiliates<br />

in 42 states. The local affiliate, Family Promise of South Sarasota County,<br />

helps families with minor children who are in temporary need of housing.<br />

100 Women Who Care of Greater Sarasota is a local organization that<br />

launched in January 2018 that provides local charities with member donated<br />

fund to help improve the lives of those in need. They bring together<br />

100+ women who meet for one hour twice each year and select a local<br />

charity at their meetings. Each member writes a check for $100 to the selected<br />

organization and award that local charity with over $20,000 twice<br />

yearly. To learn more, visit 100womenwhocare-greatersarasota.org.<br />

A familiar Face: Gwen MacKenzie<br />

On March 25, over 350 guests attended<br />

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare<br />

Foundation’s ninth annual Women<br />

& Medicine Educational Luncheon.<br />

The program featured a panel<br />

discussion from oncology experts<br />

on gynecologic cancers, including<br />

genetic testing and personalized<br />

treatment. Proceeds support the expansion<br />

of the Genetics Counseling<br />

Program at Sarasota Memorial.<br />

Co-chairs were Healthcare<br />

Foundation board members, Gwen<br />

MacKenzie and Sandi Stuart. Lorrie<br />

Liang, President, Sarasota Memorial<br />

Gwen MacKenzie and Sandi Stuart<br />

Hospital–Sarasota presented an update on key initiatives at Sarasota<br />

Memorial Health Care System. The educational program included a<br />

panel of women’s cancer experts: Elizabeth Guancial M.D., Medical<br />

Oncology/Hematology, Florida Cancer Specialists; Beverly Long, M.D.,<br />

Gynecologic Oncology, First Physicians Group; and Nicole Wood, M.S.,<br />

Lead Genetic Counselor, Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute.<br />

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this column and on other columns and features in this issue.<br />

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

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happening this month<br />


Food and Wine<br />

Festival May 9-15<br />

Support local independent restaurants and<br />

“Eat Like A Local”<br />

A Week-Long<br />

Culinary Celebration<br />

<strong>MAY</strong> 9-15, <strong>2022</strong><br />


A week of wine and food festivity thoughtfully presented by<br />

our Member Restaurants! These limited-time special events will<br />

include wine dinners, unique food-and-wine pairings, special<br />

menus, bottle discounts, cooking classes, tasting experiences<br />

and more throughout our Gulf Coast communities.<br />


Led by a panel of world-renowned wine industry professionals,<br />

these engaging wine seminars are always a festival highlight.<br />

Designed for those who want an educational experience and<br />

tastings, this year’s classes will again present a rare opportunity<br />

to learn about wines by those instrumental in crafting them.<br />


Our Virtual Paddle Raise once again promises a swank collection<br />

of lots featuring rare and exquisite wines, international and<br />

domestic travel, and special dining and party experiences<br />

made possible by generous donations from friends of Sarasota-<br />

Manatee Originals. The auction will open for preview on May 5<br />

with real-time bidding from May 9 at 8AM to May 15 at 7PM.<br />

Visit eatlikealocal.com<br />

or scan the QR code<br />

to learn more!<br />


that the Sarasota-Manatee Originals<br />

was founded: a collaborative of independently-owned<br />

and operated<br />

restaurants and culinary innovators<br />

committed to uniting the energies of local<br />

restaurants and celebrating the food<br />

and friendship that’s indigenous to our<br />

Gulf-coastal lifestyle experience.<br />

Today the “Originals” are over 60 restaurants<br />

strong and provide diners with unique<br />

local flavor from the north shore of Anna Maria<br />

Island down to the southern beaches of<br />

Venice and every neighborhood in between.<br />

In 2008, Forks & Corks was designed as<br />

a fun and engaging showcase of the enormous<br />

talents of our area’s locally-owned<br />

restaurants, highlighted by an esteemed<br />

cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers<br />

from literally all over the world. It is<br />

considered one of the area’s biggest social<br />

celebrations of the year.<br />

The 15th Annual Forks &<br />

Corks Food and Wine Festival<br />

While it will once again look a little different<br />

than in past years, the Forks & Corks<br />

Food and Wine Festival, hosted annually<br />

by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, returns<br />

in early May to Florida’s Suncoast with a<br />

palate-pleasing menu of events, ranging<br />

from the always popular University Master<br />

Classes, to an enticing Virtual Auction and a<br />

bountiful selection of Food and Wine Experiences<br />

from which to choose. Foodies and<br />

fun-seekers can mark their calendars for<br />

May 9-15, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

For the second year in a row, missing<br />

from the roster of events will be the popular<br />

Grand Tasting that normally takes place<br />

in the Ringling Museum Courtyard. The difficulties<br />

that restaurants and wineries continue<br />

to face in the wake of COVID-19 made<br />

the decision the right one, tho’ difficult.<br />

The <strong>2022</strong> celebration will offer many opportunities<br />

to participate, and for visiting Vintners<br />

and our own Restaurateurs to showcase<br />

their talents in the local restaurants that we<br />

are so fortunate to have in our community.<br />

This year’s epicurean event will include:<br />


(Saturday, May 14)<br />

Led by a panel of world-renowned wine<br />

industry professionals, the University Master<br />

Classes are always a festival highlight.<br />

This year’s classes will once again present a<br />

rare opportunity to learn about wines from<br />

those instrumental in crafting them.<br />


(May 9-15)<br />

An array of limited-time “Food and Wine<br />

Experiences” will be available during<br />

the week, including Winemaker Dinners,<br />

unique food-and-wine pairings, special<br />

menus, bottle discounts and more - offered<br />

at participating Member Restaurants.<br />


(May 9-15)<br />

Raise your virtual paddles at an Online<br />

Food and Wine Auction featuring rare and<br />

highly sought-after wines, international and<br />

domestic trips, and one-of-a-kind dining<br />

and party experiences made possible by<br />

generous donations from friends of Sarasota-Manatee<br />

Originals. The Auction will open<br />

for previewing on Thursday, May 5, with<br />

bidding opening on Monday, May 9.<br />

The Originals’ Forks & Corks is the<br />

organization’s primary, annual fundraiser,<br />

bringing critical marketing dollars to the<br />

organization to promote dining in local, independently-owned<br />

restaurants while also<br />

providing its most powerful opportunity for<br />

its Member Restaurants to highlight their<br />

product offerings and engage with their<br />

communities’ locals and visitors. During the<br />

first 13 years, the Forks & Corks Food and<br />

Wine Festival grew to encompass 24 events<br />

over five days, welcoming over 4,000 guests.<br />

In a normal year, planning for the Forks &<br />

Corks Food and Wine Festival begins immediately<br />

after the prior event wraps, providing<br />

almost a year to tweak, organize and<br />

execute. The Originals are already committed<br />

to being back to normal in April 2023.<br />

Additional details on the festival and tickets<br />

to Forks & Corks events are available<br />

at www.EatLikeALocal.com And you can<br />

follow @941Originals for updates on Facebook<br />

and Instagram.<br />

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out &about<br />

Special Events<br />

Pride - Be Fabulous LGBTQ+<br />

Music & Arts Festival is on May<br />

12-14. Formerly known as Harvey<br />

Milk Festival, LGBTQ+ organization<br />

Fabulous Arts Foundation hosts this<br />

festival that concludes with a daylong<br />

concert in Sarasota’s Rosemary<br />

District, with this year’s musical<br />

headliners including alt-pop artist<br />

Jax Anderson, R&B/electronic project<br />

Rituals of Mine and queer-pop musician<br />

SuperKnova. Info: fabaf.org.<br />

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Hats & Heels & Bow Ties Luncheon,<br />

benefiting Turning Points, is on May<br />

20, 11:30am-1:30pm at GROVE Restaurant,<br />

Patio and Ballroom.<br />

Hats & Heels & Bow Ties centers<br />

around a friendly interactive competition<br />

between the guests. Celebrity<br />

judges score the guests on several<br />

categories regarding the guests’ hats<br />

or fascinator, and/or heels or flats<br />

and/or bow ties. Guests attend the<br />

luncheon wearing a hat or fascinator<br />

of their creation or purchased. They<br />

can also wear special or unique heels<br />

or flats. They can also wear a special<br />

or unique bow tie. Prizes are awarded<br />

to the winners.<br />

Tickets are $60 and include a glass<br />

of prosecco/champagne, a sit down<br />

lunch, dessert and photo booth pictures.<br />

Arrive early to shop the raffle<br />

prizes. Tickets: https://tpmanatee.<br />

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UnidosNow has its 10th Anniversary<br />

Musical Celebration in May that<br />

will merge the dynamic exuberance<br />

of traditional mariachi with the emotional<br />

power of a classical symphony.<br />

The musical celebration will feature<br />

the internationally-acclaimed<br />

Mexican folkloric group Mariachi<br />

Cobre performing with the Venice<br />

Symphony on May 20 and 21 at the<br />

Van Wezel and the Venice Performing<br />

Arts Center.<br />

NocheUnidos offers a tapestry of<br />

musical delights combining traditional<br />

mariachi with a classical symphony.<br />

The program will showcase<br />

the most treasured musical artforms<br />

of the Old and New Worlds to create<br />

an unforgettable experience.<br />

Tickets: www.unidosnow.org/<br />

nocheunidos. UnidosNow offers<br />

educational and professional outreach<br />

initiatives to the Hispanic/<br />

Latinx communities in Sarasota and<br />

Manatee counties. The organization<br />

achieves this through education initiatives,<br />

leadership training, community<br />

services, and civic engagement.<br />

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Learn about the importance of soil<br />

at Southface Sarasota at the Florida<br />

House on Saturday, May 7 in partnership<br />

with Transition Sarasota<br />

and Sunshine Community Compost.<br />

Join them for hands-on learning<br />

about soil, compost and food production.<br />

Runs 10 am - 1 pm at The<br />

Florida House, 4454 Beneva Rd. Ages:<br />

3rd-12th Grade.<br />

Get your hands dirty on the first day<br />

of this 10-day festival of free events<br />

and activities for children and families.<br />

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Punta Gorda Crab & Music Festival<br />

is on May 13-15. Paragon Festivals<br />

offers live music, food vendors,<br />

libations and free general admission<br />

with Punta Gorda Crab & Music Festival<br />

at Laishley Park. Info: paragonfestivals.com.<br />

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Twenty food<br />

trucks including<br />

Smokin<br />

Momma Lora’s<br />

BBQ will be<br />

at the Food<br />

Trucks, Tunes,<br />

and Brews<br />

event on May<br />

14. Enjoy a<br />

music lineup<br />

headlined<br />

by Jah Movement.<br />

Enjoy<br />

local craft<br />

brews at this<br />

event held at<br />

Fruitville Grove<br />

in Sarasota.<br />

Info: facebook.<br />

com/smokinmommaLorasBBQ.<br />

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The Sarasota<br />

Shrimp &<br />

Music Festival<br />

runs May<br />

20-22. Enjoy<br />

live music,<br />

seafood and<br />

libations with<br />

free admission<br />

hosted by Paragon<br />

Festivals<br />

takes place in<br />

downtown Sarasota’s J.D. Hamel<br />

Park. Info: paragonfestivals.com.<br />

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The Sarasota International Dragon<br />

Boat Festival is on May 21. The<br />

festival returns to Nathan Benderson<br />

Park, featuring the titular dragon<br />

boat races along with a food truck<br />

bazaar, beer garden, cultural expo,<br />

health and wellness village and more.<br />

Info: mldb.gwnevents.com/sarasota.<br />

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Elling Eide Center<br />

Arboretum Tours<br />

Join docent Norman Burr on a<br />

90-minute trek through their historic<br />

grounds. Walk through the arboretum<br />

and learn about rare, interesting,<br />

and exotic plants. Norman will discuss<br />

the geologic history of Florida<br />

and how plant life evolved. He will<br />

also share the history of the inhabitants<br />

of the Elling Eide Center from<br />

pre-history to today.<br />

Then, venture inside and see Elling<br />

Eide’s personal collection of Asian<br />

art and artifacts. Arboretum Tours<br />

are held every Tuesday/Thursday<br />

of every week. Register at www.ellingoeide.org<br />

for the Arboretum Tour<br />

and their other events. Elling Eide<br />

Center, 8000 South Tamiami Trail,<br />

Sarasota. Admission: $5. Tour is 2<br />

hours with 60 minutes of the tour is<br />

outside and 30 minutes of the tour is<br />

of the inside of the Eide Center.<br />

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Hamlet’s Eatery<br />

A jazz brunch with Hot Club SRQ<br />

is on May 15, 10-2pm in the outdoor<br />

courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot &<br />

Lime at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota.<br />

Enjoy gypsy jazz style live music by<br />

Hot Club of SRQ. Led by violin and<br />

vocalist Keven Aland, bass playing<br />

by Glenn Stevenson, and Jon Mc-<br />

Laughlin on guitar. Beyond the genre<br />

of Gypsy Jazz, their vast repertoire<br />

includes Rhumba, Flamenco, Bossa<br />

Nova, Samba, Tango, Swing, and lots<br />

of tunes from the great American<br />

songbook.<br />

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith:<br />

Flowers, Poetry, and Light presents the creative work of two contemporary icons in<br />

dialogue with nature throughout Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota.<br />

Hamlet’s menu options will include<br />

both traditional and vegan<br />

dishes plus, bloody Mary and mimosas.<br />

Tantalize your taste buds with<br />

Macbeth’s morning meal or tropical<br />

vegan pancakes. Dine outside with<br />

seating under a covered patio. Held<br />

rain or shine. For more information<br />

visit www.HamletsEatery.com or call<br />

941-445-1938.<br />

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UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota<br />

County offers these events:<br />

• May10—EcoWalk: Unique Preserves<br />

of Sarasota County - Sleeping<br />

Turtles South. Join a UF/IFAS<br />

Extension Sarasota County educator<br />

and learn more about the Florida<br />

ecosystems. Take a leisurely stroll<br />

through beautiful and environmentally<br />

sensitive lands that have been<br />

preserved in Sarasota County and<br />

learn more about what makes these<br />

areas so unique and important, the<br />

plants and animals that inhabit<br />

them, how to be watershed wise, and<br />

the management issues faced when<br />

trying to preserve these lands for future<br />

generations.<br />

• May 19—EcoWalk: Meditation in<br />

the Parks - Red Bug Slough. Join<br />

them for an exploration of finding<br />

peace within nature along a mostly<br />

silent walk. They’ll draw upon many<br />

traditions and cultures for a non-denominational<br />

approach to connecting<br />

with ourselves and nature and get<br />

healthier along the way.<br />

Many traditions use some form of<br />

meditation, focus, contemplation,<br />

reflection, or breath work to quiet the<br />

mind and center the body and spirit.<br />

Instructor: Dr. Katherine Clements,<br />

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County<br />

ecology and natural resources educator,<br />

or guest facilitator(s). Appropriate<br />

for ages 12-102.<br />

Register ONLY at ufsarasotaext.<br />

eventbrite.com rather than any third<br />

party websites, as they are not affiliated<br />

with their<br />

classes and<br />

events. For<br />

further information,<br />

call<br />

941-861-5000<br />

or email sarasota@ifas.ufl.<br />

edu.<br />

Summer<br />

Art<br />

Camps<br />

Art Center<br />

Sarasota offers<br />

Summer Art<br />

Camp through<br />

August 5. Each<br />

week campers<br />

will explore<br />

their creativity,<br />

learn about<br />

art, and make<br />

original masterpieces<br />

that<br />

will be “exhibited”<br />

on Friday<br />

afternoons<br />

for friends<br />

and family.<br />

Instructors<br />

provide age<br />

appropriate<br />

activities for campers in two groups:<br />

Creative Kids for ages 6-10 and<br />

Emerging Artists for ages 11-15.<br />

Camp runs M-F, 9:30 am-3 pm.<br />

Before and after care available. Info:<br />

https://www.artsarasota.org/summer-camp.<br />

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The Island Players on Anna<br />

Maria plan to offer its Children’s<br />

Drama Camp, in partnership with<br />

the AMI Center, led by actress Pam<br />

Hopkins, with two public performances<br />

planned for July 23. Evening<br />

performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in<br />

the new season. Auditions will be<br />

held at 7:30 p.m. on August 1. For<br />

information, call 941-7785755 or<br />

visit theislandplayers.org.<br />

ArtCenter Manatee offers sprouting<br />

artists, ages 4 to 6, an opportunity<br />

to express their creativity. In Marvelous<br />

Mondays, children ages 6-10 will<br />

make drawings, paintings and prints.<br />

In Thrilling Thursdays children will<br />

have fun playing in clay. If they want<br />

more, this age group can attend oneweek<br />

KidsArt Camps from 9-3 Monday<br />

through Friday.<br />

Every week has a different theme,<br />

from animals and aliens to artists<br />

and super heroes. Emerging Artists,<br />

ages 11-15, are challenged in<br />

weekly half-day camps where they<br />

can make clay sculptures and learn<br />

on the potter’s wheel, learn mosaics,<br />

painting, drawing, fiber, collage and<br />

more. Scholarships available. Camps<br />

begin May 31. Location: 209 9th St<br />

W, Bradenton. Info: / 941-746-2862<br />

/ https://artcentermanatee.org/kidsart-overview/.<br />

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Selby Gardens has a summer<br />

camp with weekly sessions June 6<br />

- July 15. They offer six one-week sessions<br />

(Monday-Friday) from June 6 to<br />

July 15. The first three weeks are at our<br />

Downtown Sarasota campus, while<br />

the final three take place at the Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus. Sign up<br />

for individual weeks of your choice.<br />

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At Mote Marine<br />

Mote Aquarium has a new exhibit<br />

from National Geographic. SHARKS:<br />

On Assignment with Brian Skerry<br />

includes large-scale images that<br />

highlight the work of National Geographic<br />

Explorer and award-winning<br />

photojournalist, Brian Skerry.<br />

The exhibit runs through Aug. 7,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. The exhibition strives to raise<br />

awareness about the status of sharks<br />

around the world. Visitors can dive<br />

into the ocean depths to swim alongside<br />

tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic<br />

whitetips and shortfin makos while<br />

learning about each species’ habitat<br />

and threats they face. Additionally,<br />

they’ll get a glimpse into National<br />

Geographic’s ocean conservation<br />

efforts.<br />

National Geographic Explorer and<br />

award-winning photojournalist Skerry<br />

has spent more than 10,000 hours<br />

underwater exploring the world’s<br />

oceans with a camera to show why<br />

sharks need to be protected and appreciated<br />

as integral species within<br />

the ecosystem. The exhibition will<br />

include large-scale images and videos—all<br />

highlighting Skerry’s passion,<br />

skill and life-long commitment<br />

to conservation of the world’s oceans.<br />

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■ Join Mote for some fun outdoor<br />

exploration. Participants will use<br />

dip nets to explore the nearshore seagrass<br />

beds and learn about the plants<br />

and animals that call the Bay home.<br />

All ages. Fee: $15. Held 11:30 a.m.-<br />

12:30 p.m. May 14, 30 and June 18.<br />

Pre-registration (including parents/guardians)<br />

is required. This is<br />

an outdoor program and participants<br />

will wade in water up to waist deep.<br />

Details here: https://mote.org/experiences/details/kayaking-with-mote<br />

■ Seashore SEAfari allows you to<br />

explore a mangrove forest. Put on<br />

your adventure hat and come along<br />

as you tour a mangrove boardwalk,<br />

use science tools to test water quality<br />

and complete a seashore scavenger<br />

hunt with one of the best views in<br />

Sarasota. All ages. Fee: $15. Held 10<br />

a.m.-11a.m. May 14, 30 and June 18.<br />

Pre-registration (including parents/<br />

guardians) is required. This is an<br />

outdoor program (not water-based)<br />

that involves walking. Details<br />

here: https://mote.org/experiences/<br />

details/kayaking-with-mote.<br />

Choral Artists<br />

Next up: American Fanfare on<br />

July 4. Celebrate America with choral<br />

fireworks, rousing marches and<br />

patriotic fervor. Old Glory and Uncle<br />

Sam are feted in this annual performance<br />

featuring the Lakewood<br />

Ranch Wind Ensemble and Choral<br />

Artists of Sarasota. Musical fireworks<br />

abound in this annual salute<br />

to America at the Sarasota Opera<br />

House at 4 p.m. For more information,<br />

visit www.ChoralArtistsSarasota.org.<br />

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At The Van Wezel<br />

Coming up:<br />

• Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour<br />

<strong>2022</strong> (May 4)<br />

• One Night of Queen starring Gary<br />

Mullen and the Works (May 7)<br />

Tickets can be purchased at www.<br />

VanWezel.org, by calling the box<br />

office at 941-263-6799.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

Lots of Fun<br />

Outdoor Events<br />

The Palm Avenue First Friday<br />

Walks in downtown Sarasota gives<br />

art lovers a backdoor peek without<br />

the hustle and bustle of the crowds<br />

but with the cool breeze and moonlight<br />

sky the evening brings. The<br />

event is held the first Friday of every<br />

month, running 6-9 p.m. The next<br />

ones are on May 6 and June 3. Info:<br />

https://palmave.com/<br />

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Start your Saturday with a sunrise<br />

stretch at The Sarasota Farmers Market.<br />

They’ve partnered with Pineapple<br />

Yoga Studio to bring free, weekly<br />

sunrise yoga to downtown Sarasota.<br />

Participants meet at the Mermaid<br />

Fountain in Paul Thorpe Park, near<br />

the Intersection of Pineapple and<br />

Lemon Avenues. Enjoy Artful Movement<br />

with Bianca, a 45-minute guided<br />

practice accompanied by a playlist<br />

to match the intention.<br />

Starting at 7 a.m., participants<br />

will enjoy a gentle yoga flow suitable<br />

for all ages and levels. The weekly<br />

45-minute yoga practice will focus<br />

on movements that foster inner and<br />

outer balance.<br />

For information, call 941-225-<br />

9256 or visit sarasotafarmersmarket.org/yoga<br />

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Arts Advocates has a walking tour<br />

on May 11, 11 am -noon. Join them<br />

for a Manatee Performing Arts Center<br />

Backstage Tour. The Arts Advocates<br />

walking tours, organized and led by<br />

art lovers and docents Judy Levine,<br />

Stephenie Frasher and Nanette Crist,<br />

offer participants an opportunity to<br />

learn about our area’s public art legacy,<br />

individual works, and the artists<br />

who created them.<br />

Reservations required: Cost: $30.<br />

To register, visit ArtsAdvocates.org.<br />

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Marie Selby<br />

Botanical Gardens<br />

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Robert Mapplethorpe and<br />

Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and<br />

Light presents the creative work<br />

of two contemporary icons in dialogue<br />

with nature throughout Selby<br />

Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus.<br />

The immersive, multi-sensory<br />

exhibition includes original photographs<br />

of flowers by Mapplethorpe,<br />

excerpts of poetry, lyrics, and music<br />

by Smith, and new horticultural displays<br />

inspired by their work. It marks<br />

the sixth annual Goldstein Exhibition,<br />

which examines major artists<br />

through the lens of their connection<br />

to nature. The exhibit runs to June<br />

26 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens,<br />

1534 Mound Street, Sarasota.<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

is one of 12 participating gardens<br />

across 6 countries offering “Seeing<br />

the Invisible” which features works<br />

by more than a dozen international<br />

artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik<br />

Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE,<br />

Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau,<br />

Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz,<br />

and Timur Si-Qin—including several<br />

artists’ first work in AR.<br />

Visitors will engage with “Seeing<br />

the Invisible” via an app designed<br />

for the exhibition downloadable to<br />

smartphones and tablets. The exhibition<br />

fosters collaboration between<br />

institutions, artists, and audiences,<br />

highlighting the power of art to connect<br />

people around the world. “Seeing<br />

the Invisible” runs to August 31<br />

at the Historic Spanish Point campus.<br />

Information: www.selby.org.<br />

Live Music<br />

WMNF and Suncoast Blues Society<br />

present The Jimmys on May 20 at<br />

Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper<br />

Rd., Tampa. Doors at 7pm, music<br />

starts at 8pm. Tickets: $25 at the door.<br />

Enjoy food and bluesy music with<br />

WMNF’s Larry Lisk of Mo’ Blues Monday<br />

who will be emceeing the event.<br />

The Jimmys’ feature band leader,<br />

Hammond B-3 keyboardist, singer,<br />

and songwriter Jimmy Voegeli; an<br />

experienced rhythm section steeped<br />

in blues with Perry Weber on guitar,<br />

Chris Sandoval on drums, and John<br />

Wartenwieler on bass; and the best<br />

horn section in the Midwest: Pete<br />

Ross on saxophone, Mike Boman on<br />

trumpet, and Joe Goltz on trombone.<br />

WMNF also has a Tribute to Creedence<br />

Clearwater Revival and<br />

John Fogerty on May 28. Twelve<br />

Tampa Bay bands will perform 3-4<br />

songs each, with over 35 songs from<br />

Creedence Clearwater Revival and<br />

lead singer/guitarist John Fogerty<br />

throughout the night.<br />

Hear the classics and deep cuts that<br />

influenced bands such as the Foo<br />

Fighters, Tom Morello, Bob Seger,<br />

and My Morning Jacket, all of whom<br />

performed with Fogerty on his 2013<br />

album, “Wrote a Song for Everyone.”<br />

Tickets: https://www.wmnf.org/.<br />

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Aviva Senior Living is continuing<br />

its Amicus Classical Concert Series.<br />

The concerts are free and open to the<br />

public as well as residents of Aviva.<br />

On May 10 at 1:30 p.m., the concert<br />

series will spotlight cellist Dr.<br />

Claudio Jaffe. Hailed by The New<br />

York Times as “an elegant and accomplished<br />

artist,” Jaffe delights his<br />

audiences with his colorful and passionate<br />

virtuosity. The program will<br />

include an intimate encounter with<br />

music written for the cello, from Bach<br />

to the present.<br />

On June 14 at 1:30 p.m., the series<br />

will conclude with a concert by Catherine<br />

Lan and Tao Lin, otherwise<br />

known as Duo Beaux Arts. The duo<br />

has performed all over the world to<br />

critical acclaim. La Belle Epoque is<br />

a program of romantic and virtuosic<br />

French music for piano solo and duet<br />

including Faure’s Dolly Suite and the<br />

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Hamlet’s Eatery has a jazz brunch with Hot Club SRQ is on May 15, 10-2pm. in the outdoor courtyard of The Bazaar on<br />

Apricot & Lime at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota.<br />

always popular Clair de Lune.<br />

Each concert is free and held at Aviva’s<br />

Kretzmer Center, 1951 N. Honore<br />

Ave., Sarasota. To RSVP, call Melinda<br />

at 941-702-2597 or at mhaney@avivaseniorlife.org.<br />

On May 21 at 2:30 pm experience<br />

“Romanticism Throughout the<br />

Ages: An Expression through Music,<br />

History & Literature” with world-acclaimed<br />

piano virtuoso, Eleonora<br />

Lvov at Selby Public Library in the<br />

Geldbart Auditorium.<br />

Eleonora Lvov, Internationally<br />

acclaimed Russian virtuoso, plays<br />

a broad spectrum of music with the<br />

artist’s own personal impressions<br />

and historical remarks. The program<br />

includes works from Beethoven, Chopin<br />

and Liszt to Rachmaninov and<br />

Gershwin among others. Call 941-<br />

358-0235. www.eleonoralvov.com.<br />

Register at scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com/events.<br />

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Art Exhibits<br />

Princeton Street Arts, a collective<br />

of artists hosting monthly open<br />

studios and exhibitions offers open<br />

studios on May 20, 6-8 p.m. Location:<br />

12 Princeton Street, Sarasota. Info:<br />

https://www.princetonstreetarts.info/.<br />

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Sarasota Art Museum has Felix<br />

Gonzalez-Torres runs through May<br />

15, <strong>2022</strong>. Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996,<br />

Cuba) used everyday materials, such<br />

as lightbulbs, paper, and candy, to<br />

engage viewers in deeper consideration<br />

of intrapersonal and cultural<br />

issues. After moving to New York City<br />

in the early 1980s, Gonzalez-Torres<br />

joined Group Material, a community-based<br />

artist collaborative<br />

that repositioned the relationship<br />

between artist, artwork, and viewer<br />

through direct involvement and education.<br />

Gonzalez-Torres conveyed<br />

this intention in his own practice<br />

through works that challenged the<br />

notion of what defines art and how<br />

people should experience it.<br />

Also Daniel Lind-Ramos’ Las<br />

Tres Marías runs through August 7,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. Las Tres Marías is comprised<br />

of two new assemblage sculptures<br />

created specifically by Lind-Ramos<br />

for the Museum’s exhibition, Baño<br />

de María and María Guabancex,<br />

in addition to his previously-made<br />

work, María de los Sustentos.<br />

Daniel Lind-Ramos (b. 1953, Puerto<br />

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Rico) creates assemblages from found<br />

and reclaimed objects, many of which<br />

were collected in the aftermath of<br />

Hurricane Maria. Through the combination<br />

of natural and manufactured<br />

materials, Lind-Ramos’ sculptural<br />

assemblages recall the experiential<br />

elements of the hurricane—wind,<br />

rain, thunder, and lightning—as well<br />

as cultural signifiers of Puerto Rico,<br />

specifically, the city of Loíza, where<br />

the artist was born and still resides.<br />

The devastating impact of Hurricane<br />

Maria (2017) in Puerto Rico is still visible<br />

in the physical destruction, and<br />

felt in the memories and collective<br />

consciousness of Puerto Ricans, but<br />

Lind-Ramos’ Las Tres Marías serves<br />

as a testament to the resilience of the<br />

people and community.<br />

Las Tres Marías will be exhibited<br />

in the 3rd Floor’s Tom & Sherry Koski<br />

Gallery and Lois & David Stulberg<br />

Gallery to August 7, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

■ Sarasota Art Museum is at the<br />

Ringling College Museum Campus,<br />

1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

https://www.sarasotaartmuseum.<br />

org/visit/<br />

Art Uptown Gallery’s May exhibit,<br />

“Different Strokes,” showcases<br />

the paintings of Diane Boone and<br />

Gillian St. George. Diane is an intuitive<br />

abstract painter, and Gillian is<br />

a hard-edge abstract painter. Both<br />

local, full-time residents of national<br />

recognition. Meet the artists on May<br />

6, 6-9 p.m. at the First Friday public<br />

reception at the gallery and Saturday,<br />

May 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

■ The exhibit runs through May<br />

27. Art Uptown Gallery is located at<br />

1367 Main Street, Sarasota. Call 941-<br />

966-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com.<br />

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The Harmony Gallery features<br />

local artists showcasing their work<br />

in solo exhibitions throughout the<br />

Orchestra’s season. The next artist is<br />

Tony Reinemann. His exhibition is<br />

called Night Gallery and is inspired<br />

by Hopper, Renaissance Perspective<br />

and Film Noir.<br />

Reinemann has created vivid, eccentric,<br />

nighttime portraits of his<br />

hometown NYC for more than 35<br />

years. A graduate of the School of<br />

Visual Arts where he received the<br />

Rhodes Family Award for Excellence<br />

in Arts. Tony’s works have been<br />

shown at the National Academy of<br />

Design, the Whitney Museum of<br />

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American Art and in a variety of galleries.<br />

Additionally, Tony has worked<br />

extensively in the field of illustration<br />

and digital imagery. His creativity has<br />

been displayed in advertising campaigns<br />

for global consumer products.<br />

■ The Harmony Gallery is in the<br />

atrium of the Beatrice Friedman<br />

Symphony Center at 709 North Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota. Free and open<br />

to the public. Runs through May 27.<br />

Information: https://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/about/community/<br />

harmony-gallery.<br />

SPAACES Foundation has “The<br />

Queue: Beyond The Surface,” a<br />

solo exhibit by Nneka Jones. Runs<br />

through May 7.<br />

Also, “Ah Who Run Dis,” A Solo<br />

Exhibit by Krystle Lemonias runs<br />

May 21-June 11. Opening reception:<br />

May 20, 6 – 8pm. By appointment only.<br />

The SPAACES Foundation is a notfor-profit,<br />

with an evening of food,<br />

music, art and more. The Princeton<br />

street corridor is a growing community<br />

of warehouses converted to<br />

working art studios. Anchored by<br />

the SPAACES foundation, this little<br />

neighborhood has evolved into a premier<br />

location for contemporary and<br />

conceptual artists.<br />

■ If you have any questions contact<br />

marianne@spaaces.art or at 941-<br />

374-3492.<br />

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Artist Series<br />

Concerts of<br />

Sarasota<br />

Here’s what’s coming up:<br />

• May 4, 4 pm at Sarasota Opera<br />

House. Lin Ye, piano with Daniel<br />

Jordan and Samantha Bennett, violin;<br />

Rachel Halvorson, viola; Natalie<br />

Helm, cello; John Miller, double<br />

bass. Artist Series Concerts welcomes<br />

the return of pianist Lin Ye, a<br />

former winner of the organization’s<br />

2017 National Piano Competition.<br />

Ye performs piano concerti by Bach,<br />

Mozart and Chopin with principal<br />

string players from the Sarasota<br />

Orchestra. Ye’s performance is<br />

part of State College of Florida’s<br />

Pianopalooza festival, taking place<br />

through May 8.<br />

For more information, visit www.<br />

ArtistSeriesConcerts.org<br />

Venice Symphony<br />

Venice Symphony has Songs<br />

from the Screen and Stage with<br />

Linda Eder on May 6-7. Broadway<br />

and recording star Linda Eder joins<br />

The Venice Symphony for an unforgettable<br />

concert of classics from<br />

Broadway and Hollywood. Eder has<br />

been called “one of the greatest voices<br />

of our time” and routinely sells out<br />

performances all over the Country.<br />

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Center, 1 Indian Ave, Venice. Tickets:<br />

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Sarasota Orchestra<br />

May 14 at the Sarasota Opera<br />

House. Discover Mozart 3: Genius of<br />

Youth. Stephen Mulligan, conductor;<br />

Maria Ioudenitch, violin, Jordan Bak,<br />

viola. Program: Britten – Sinfonietta<br />

No. 1; Mozart – Sinfonia concertante<br />

for Violin, Viola and Orchestra;<br />

Mozart – Symphony No. 25 in G Minor<br />

The season closes with Mozart’s<br />

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out and about continued<br />

and Mozart’s showpiece for violin<br />

and viola. Stephen Mulligan leads<br />

this tribute to the accomplishments<br />

of young artists. Mozart wrote this<br />

symphony at 17 and the Sinfonia concertante<br />

at 18. It’s the Sarasota debut<br />

of Maria Ioudenitch and Jordan Bak.<br />

• May 6-7, 8 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium:<br />

Outdoor Pops: Iconic Songs of<br />

the ‘70s with Christopher Confessore,<br />

conductor and Swearingen &<br />

Kelli, vocalists.<br />

Grab your bell bottoms and come<br />

out to the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium<br />

for a night of music from a time when<br />

“catch you on the flip side” referred to<br />

vinyl records.<br />

Sarasota Orchestra backs the vocals<br />

of Nashville-based duo Swearingen<br />

& Kelli, who recreate the magic of<br />

‘70s singer-songwriters such as James<br />

Taylor, Carole King, Neil Diamond,<br />

Joni Mitchell, and more. Get yourself<br />

some ballpark fare, kick back in the<br />

stands, and enjoy the Orchestra performing<br />

from the field. A fireworks<br />

display closes out the evening.<br />

Tickets available at the Orioles’ Box<br />

Office, by phone at 941-893-6312, or at<br />

Orioles.com/arts.<br />

For the other concerts, www.<br />

SarasotaOrchestra.org.<br />

At The Ringling<br />

On exhibit is “As long as there is<br />

sun, as long as there is light.” Selections<br />

from the Bring Gift and The<br />

Ringling Collection of Modern and<br />

Contemporary Art. The exhibition<br />

runs through Aug. 13, 2023, in the<br />

museum’s Searing Wing.<br />

Highlights include minimalist<br />

work by Anne Truitt and a monumental<br />

work on canvas by Gene<br />

Davis, both artists affiliated with<br />

the Washington Color School, an art<br />

movement during the 1950s to 1970s<br />

in Washington D.C., made up of abstract<br />

expressionist artists.<br />

Additional work represent a generation<br />

of prominent artists who<br />

work, or have worked, in abstraction,<br />

including Clement Meadmore, Jules<br />

Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca Salter,<br />

Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko Yamaguchi,<br />

among others. Also on view<br />

are sculptures and paintings by African<br />

American and Latin American<br />

artists from The Ringling collection,<br />

including William Edmondson, Eduardo<br />

Mac Entyre, Omar Rayo, Baruj<br />

Salinas, and Joyce de Guatemala.<br />

The Ringling has Haitian-Canadian<br />

artist Rhodnie Désir for the world<br />

premiere of her first gallery installation,<br />

Rhodnie Désir: Conversations<br />

in the Ringling’s Monda Gallery. In<br />

her multidimensional choreographic<br />

career, dancer/choreographer Rhodnie<br />

Désir created BOW’T TRAIL, a<br />

choreographic-documentary journey<br />

in which she has conducted research<br />

throughout the Americas since 2015.<br />

Her work included visits to countries<br />

such as Martinique, Brazil, Haïti,<br />

Canada, Mexico, and the United<br />

States to immerse herself within the<br />

African and afro descendant cultures<br />

and rhythms generated from<br />

the ingenuity of her ancestors since<br />

the Slave Trade.<br />

The Ringling also has Eleanor<br />

Merritt: Remembrance, running<br />

through Aug. 21. The exhibition<br />

celebrates the life and artwork of<br />

Merritt who was a volunteer at The<br />

Ringling for many years as a docent<br />

and board member. She also served<br />

as president of the Venice Art Center<br />

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and was active in<br />

other arts organizations<br />

as well.<br />

Eleanor died in<br />

2019 leaving a<br />

legacy of art and<br />

public service.<br />

This exhibition<br />

is dedicated to<br />

her spirit and<br />

creativity and<br />

represents a<br />

small sample of a<br />

significant body<br />

of work the artist<br />

created over her<br />

long career. The<br />

exhibition highlights<br />

her creative<br />

use of materials,<br />

movement<br />

between figuration<br />

and abstraction,<br />

and her<br />

commitment to<br />

women’s rights.<br />

Arriving in Sarasota in the 1980s,<br />

Eleanor exhibited widely in Florida.<br />

Her final exhibition in 2017 at the<br />

Arts & Cultural Alliance celebrated<br />

her 60 years of painting. In 2013, she<br />

received national recognition with<br />

an exhibition at the Houston Museum<br />

of African American Culture.<br />

And there’s Ballroom Florida:<br />

Deco & Desire in Japan’s Jazz Age<br />

on view to September 25. This exhibition<br />

celebrates a recent gift of<br />

six paintings from Mary and Robert<br />

Levenson by Enomoto Chikatoshi<br />

(1898–1973) and a photograph by Hamaya<br />

Hiroshi (1915–1999) depicting<br />

the women of the Florida and its chic<br />

décor. The exhibition is augmented<br />

with loans that elaborate on themes<br />

that define this group of artworks:<br />

Art Deco design, the exotic, and elegant<br />

pleasures. Learn more<br />

Metadata: Rethinking Photography<br />

from the 21st Century is on<br />

view until August 28. This exhibition<br />

explores new paradigms for understanding<br />

the ecology of the photographic<br />

image. The term “metadata”<br />

is used to describe the information<br />

that travels with a digital image file<br />

but is unseen within the image itself.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.,<br />

Sarasota. Info: www.ringling.org.<br />

Theatre<br />

Asolo Rep has the world premiere<br />

of Knoxville through May<br />

11. The musical features lyrics by<br />

Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen<br />

Flaherty and is adapted and directed<br />

by Frank Galati, reuniting the<br />

Tony Award-winning creative team<br />

behind the musical Ragtime. Knoxville<br />

is based on James Agee’s Pulitzer<br />

Prize-winning autobiographical<br />

novel A Death in the Family and<br />

based, in part, on the play All<br />

The Way Home by Tad Mosel.<br />

Asolo Rep will present a new<br />

American play, EUREKA DAY (May<br />

11-June 4), by New College alum<br />

Jonathan Spector and directed<br />

by Bianca LaVerne Jones in the Cook<br />

Theatre. An explosive comedy that<br />

skewers sanctimony and the nature<br />

of our politics, EUREKA DAY asks:<br />

when does “us” become “them?”.<br />

The season concludes with another<br />

new musical, HOOD (June<br />

3-26), featuring music and lyrics<br />

by Lewis Flinn (Lysistrata Jones), a<br />

book by five-time Tony-nominated<br />

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Elling Eide Center Arboretum Tours—Join docent Norman Burr on a 90-minute<br />

trek through their historic grounds. Walk through the arboretum and learn<br />

about rare, interesting, and exotic plants.<br />

playwright Douglas Carter Beane<br />

(Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,<br />

Lysistrata Jones, Sister Act,<br />

Xanadu) and helmed by Mark Brokaw<br />

(Heisenberg, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s<br />

Cinderella, After Miss<br />

Julie). Rediscover Robin Hood, the<br />

renegade crusader, his Merry Band<br />

and a Maid Marian who definitely<br />

does not need saving in this madcap<br />

musical.<br />

Tickets: asolorep.org or call the Box<br />

Office at 941-351-8000.<br />

FST’s final Cabaret of the season,<br />

Laughing Matters (Variant 6):<br />

Paranoia on Parade , is playing in<br />

FST’s Court Cabaret. This edition<br />

of FST’s musical sketch comedy<br />

revue is inspired by today’s culture<br />

and politics.<br />

Featuring parodies of popular songs<br />

and musical theatre classics interspersed<br />

with original comedic sketches,<br />

Laughing Matters pokes fun at<br />

everything—from the impact of social<br />

media and the steep rise of inflation<br />

to Sarasota’s rapid development and<br />

the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

Runs to June 19.<br />

Florida Studio Theatre has The<br />

Legend of Georgia McBride’s<br />

young, he’s broke, his landlord’s<br />

knocking at the door, and he’s just<br />

found out his wife is going to have<br />

a baby. To make matters even more<br />

desperate, Casey is struggling with<br />

his gig as an Elvis impersonator in<br />

a run-down, small-town Florida<br />

bar. When the bar owner brings in a<br />

B-level drag show to replace his act,<br />

Casey finds that he has a whole lot<br />

to learn about show business—and<br />

himself. Runs in FST’s Gompertz<br />

Theatre. Call for dates.<br />

Tickets: FloridaStudioTheatre.org or<br />

call the Box Office at (941) 366-9000.<br />

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Manatee Performing Arts<br />

Center has:<br />

• Murder at the Juice Joint presented<br />

by DraMature (Interactive Theater)<br />

is on May 4 at 5 p.m.<br />

• Go Ask Alice Opens Thursday, May 12<br />

• Titanic The Musical runs to May 15<br />

Manatee Performing Arts Center,<br />

502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.<br />

Ticket/Box Office: 941-748-5875 or<br />

https://www.manateeperformingartscenter.com/<br />

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

(WBTT) presents: From Birmingham<br />

to Broadway<br />

& Float Like<br />

a Butterfly. Their<br />

New Playwrights<br />

Series presents<br />

the world premiere<br />

of these<br />

two one-act plays<br />

May 4-29.<br />

A tour-deforce<br />

tribute to<br />

Broadway singer<br />

and TV actress<br />

Nell Carter by<br />

powerhouse<br />

performer Tarra<br />

Conner jones,<br />

From Birmingham<br />

to Broadway<br />

combines music,<br />

comedy and<br />

drama as jones<br />

embodies Carter’s<br />

never-giveup<br />

spirit.<br />

Earley Dean<br />

becomes the iconic boxer Muhammad<br />

Ali in Float Like a Butterfly,<br />

who took a stand against the Vietnam<br />

war and injustice in America.<br />

Ali showed the world he could<br />

“float like a butterfly, sting like<br />

a bee” — far beyond the boxing<br />

ring. From Birmingham to Broadway<br />

& Float Like A Butterfly is<br />

directed by Nate Jacobs.<br />

Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505<br />

or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

Meetings<br />

The Venice Area Women’s College<br />

Club invites you to a lunch on<br />

May 10, 11:30 a.m. at the Plantation<br />

Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley<br />

Blvd, Venice.<br />

The May meeting (last of the season)<br />

is for the installation of new club<br />

officers, members can mix and mingle<br />

and get to know each other better.<br />

A great time for prospective members<br />

to come and check out the club, answer<br />

any questions you may have and<br />

to meet new people.<br />

To inquire about club membership<br />

and/or lunch reservations ($25), call<br />

309-635-3058.<br />

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Farmer’s Markets<br />

The Sarasota Farmers Market<br />

is open on Saturdays with normal<br />

hours of 7 am-1 pm, rain or shine.<br />

http://www.sarasotafarmersmarket.<br />

org/ (941) 225-9256<br />

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Venice Farmers Market has<br />

more than 40 vendors on Saturdays,<br />

many based during the week<br />

in Venice, Englewood and other<br />

areas of Sarasota County. Held at<br />

Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Avenue,<br />

Venice. Call (941) 445-9209 or<br />

visit https://www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org/site/<br />

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The Newtown Farmer’s Market is<br />

open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday<br />

and Saturday. The market is located<br />

at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park,<br />

at the corner of Cocoanut Avenue and<br />

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.<br />

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Bradenton Farmer’s Market<br />

offers fresh produce, local art,<br />

music, demos by local chefs, and<br />

family activities. Parking is free<br />

on weekends, and dogs on leashes<br />

are welcome. Held every Saturday<br />

through May, from 9am – 2pm, on<br />

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Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton,<br />

400 12th St. W. Bradenton.<br />

Old Main Street is a tree-lined retail<br />

district of cafes and restaurants<br />

running three blocks north from<br />

Manatee Avenue to the Manatee<br />

River, where it meets the Bradenton<br />

Riverwalk.<br />

The Farmers Market at Lakewood<br />

Ranch is now at Waterside<br />

Place. Their Farmers Market currently<br />

has about 60 vendors and<br />

went this past summer from a seasonal<br />

market to a year-round event.<br />

When the market transfers to Waterside<br />

Place, taking up space all along<br />

Lakefront Boulevard and Kingfisher<br />

Lake, more than 80 vendors will line<br />

the street.The Farmers Market will<br />

stick to a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot<br />

on Sundays.<br />

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At Benderson<br />

Relay for Life: May 7, 4:30 p.m.<br />

Benefits the American Cancer Society.<br />

More info at acsevents.org<br />

• USRowing Southeast Regional<br />

Championships: May 14-15. More<br />

info at https://usrowing.org/sports<br />

• Zumba: May 14, 10 a.m. Join Yael<br />

Campbell for a total workout set to<br />

Latin rhythms, combining all elements<br />

of fitness – cardio, muscle<br />

conditioning, balance and flexibility,<br />

boosted energy and a serious<br />

dose of awesome. At the base of the<br />

finish tower. $5 cash, due before the<br />

session begins. More info at https://<br />

www.zumba.com/en-US/profile/<br />

yael-campbell/1295823<br />

• Sarasota International Dragon<br />

Boat Festival: May 21. More<br />

info at https://mldb.gwnevents.<br />

com/sarasota. There is a special<br />

five-week Experience Dragon<br />

Boat opportunity for people to<br />

try dragon boat paddling, which<br />

ends with racing at this festival.<br />

See https://mldb.gwnevents.com/<br />

experience-db?hsLang=en for more<br />

information.<br />

• NCAA Rowing National Championships:<br />

May 27-29, for Divs. I, II<br />

and III. Host school is the University<br />

of Central Florida.<br />

• International Dragon Boat Federation<br />

13th Club Crew World Championships:<br />

July 18-24, <strong>2022</strong>. More<br />

about IDBF at https://www.dragonboat.sport/<br />

The Ronald A. Balducci Playground<br />

is open during regular park<br />

hours (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), but hour-long<br />

closures at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.<br />

allow crews to clean playground<br />

equipment.<br />

Only electric boat motors are authorized;<br />

gas motors must be raised<br />

to indicate they aren’t in use. (This is<br />

in accordance with Sarasota County<br />

ordinances.)<br />

Operating hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m.<br />

through Halloween, then 6 a.m.-6<br />

p.m. through March 30, and variances<br />

on closing time (such as for NBP’s July<br />

3 fireworks) are by permit. Follow the<br />

park at NathanBendersonPark.org.<br />

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focus on the arts<br />

<strong>2022</strong>-23 SEASON<br />

at the Venice Performing Arts Center<br />


has its annual<br />

Patriotic Pops Concert and fireworks<br />

ON <strong>MAY</strong> 28<br />




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Symphony is back<br />

with its third<br />

annual Patriotic<br />

Pops Concert and<br />

fireworks, May 28 at 7:30 pm,<br />

at CoolToday Park, the spring<br />

training home of the Atlanta<br />

Braves. This year’s guest artist is<br />

the renowned a cappella group,<br />

Rockapella. Gates open at 5:30 pm.<br />

“The Symphony is excited to<br />

once again partner with the Atlanta<br />

Braves Florida team and<br />

CoolToday Park and share this<br />

popular concert with more people<br />

than ever before,” said Christine<br />

Kasten, President/CEO of The<br />

Venice Symphony. “Troy Quinn has<br />

planned an outstanding and inspiring<br />

program for our orchestra<br />

and our guest artist, the world-renowned<br />

group Rockapella.”<br />

Music Director Troy Quinn will<br />

lead the orchestra in a rousing<br />

concert that will include classic<br />

music from the great American songbook,<br />

film music and an Armed Forced Medley.<br />

Vocal group Rockapella achieved national<br />

fame on PBS’s Where in the World is<br />

Carmen Sandiego? They have toured the<br />

world with their powerful and astonishing<br />

“full band” vocals and will accompany the<br />

orchestra on several contemporary and<br />

popular tunes.<br />

The Venice Symphony and CoolToday<br />

Park have collaborated to expand the<br />

event for optimal viewing of the stage<br />

and fireworks, allowing for seating for<br />

approximately 5,000 people. Said Michael<br />

Dunn, VP of Florida Operations, “We are<br />

thrilled to welcome the Venice Symphony<br />

back to CoolToday Park. This evening<br />

of exceptional music in a nontraditional<br />

setting has grown in popularity over the<br />

years. We look forward to a new and<br />

exciting stage placement that will make<br />

this evening a night to remember.”<br />

As in previous years, the Community<br />

Foundation of Sarasota County is the<br />

concert’s presenting sponsor. “The Venice<br />

Rockapella<br />

Symphony has been steadfast the last<br />

several years in bringing our community<br />

together at the beautiful CoolToday Park to<br />

celebrate patriotic classics and along the<br />

way has created new traditions that unite<br />

people through music,” said Roxie Jerde,<br />

President and CEO of the Community<br />

Foundation of Sarasota County. “We are<br />

proud to be a partner with The Venice Symphony<br />

to build new opportunities like this<br />

welcoming concert that make our community<br />

so unique.”<br />


Tickets for Patriotic Pops are on sale<br />

at CoolToday Park box office at<br />

18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice,<br />

and Ticketmaster.com. Box office<br />

phone is 941-413-5000.<br />

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focus on the arts<br />


Closes Season with One-Act Plays<br />

Two world-premiere one-act plays<br />

– paying tribute to Nell Carter and<br />

Muhammad Ali – to be<br />

presented together<br />

under the auspices<br />

of WBTT’s New<br />

Playwrights Series<br />

Tarra Conner<br />

jones wrote and<br />

stars in her ode to<br />

Nell Carter, ‘From<br />

Birmingham to<br />

Broadway’<br />

Darius Autry is making his<br />

WBTT mainstage debut in<br />

the one-act play, ‘Float Like<br />

A Butterfly,’ which pays<br />

tribute to legendary boxer<br />

Muhammad Ali<br />

Photos by Sorcha Augustine<br />

Westcoast Black<br />

Theatre Troupe will<br />

close its 2021-<strong>2022</strong><br />

season with two<br />

world-premiere one-<br />

act plays, under the auspices of its<br />

New Playwrights Series. These plays,<br />

“From Birmingham To Broadway”<br />

and “Float Like A Butterfly,” will be<br />

presented together May 4-29.<br />

“From Birmingham to Broadway”<br />

was written by and stars WBTT artist<br />

Tarra Conner jones (that’s the way she<br />

spells her name). A tribute to Broadway<br />

singer and TV actress Nell Carter,<br />

the play portrays Carter’s determination<br />

to excel in entertainment despite<br />

her non-traditional appearance.<br />

Through a combination of music,<br />

comedy and drama, Conner jones<br />

embodies the never-give-up spirit of<br />

this star of stage and screen. Director<br />

is WBTT Founder/Artistic Director<br />

Nate Jacobs.<br />

Conner jones is a gifted singer, actor,<br />

performer and playwright. She<br />

has played many roles over the years<br />

but she’s most proud of her work<br />

as: Matron Morton in “Chicago” at<br />

The Fulton Theatre, Mama Ogre and<br />

Dragon in “Shrek” at The Alhambra<br />

(the show that made her a member of<br />

the Actors’ Equity Association), and<br />

Nell Carter in “Ain’t Misbehavin’” at<br />

Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island.<br />

Locally, she has been featured in<br />

WBTT’s productions of “The Wiz,”<br />

“How I Got Over,” “Ma Rainey’s Black<br />

Bottom” (Ma Rainey) and "Black<br />

Nativity" (Archangel Gabriel) as well<br />

as been featured during the recent<br />

WBTT April Fools Fête.<br />

Most recently, Conner jones portrayed<br />

Motormouth Maybelle in<br />

“Hairspray” and Tressa in “Flight”<br />

aboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony<br />

of the Seas; she sailed with the cruise<br />

line for nearly seven months. She also<br />

worked under contract in Shanghai,<br />

China several years ago, performing<br />

in jazz and funk clubs.<br />

“Float Like a Butterfly” was written<br />

by Nate Jacobs and his brother, Michael<br />

Jacobs, and will feature musical<br />

compositions by Derric Gobourne Jr.<br />

and Henry Washington. Darius Autry<br />

becomes the greatest-of-all-time<br />

heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali<br />

in this homage to a man who took a<br />

stand against the Vietnam war and<br />

injustice in America. Ali was much<br />

more than a boxer: he was and remains<br />

an icon who showed the world<br />

he could “float like a butterfly, sting<br />

like a bee.” Director is Nate Jacobs.<br />

Autry – who was introduced to<br />

WBTT audiences in February in a<br />

rooftop play reading of Dominique<br />

Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew” in the<br />

role of Dez – is a Tampa native who<br />

was last seen on stage as Romeo in<br />

Jobsite’s production of “Romeo &<br />

Juliet.” He has brought other roles to<br />

life in the theatre, such as Lincoln in<br />

“Topdog/Underdog,” Martin in “Seminar,”<br />

and Woodson Bull III in “Third.”<br />

Between his theatrical commitments,<br />

Autry acts on-camera and writes film<br />

scripts. He can currently be seen on<br />

multiple domestic and international<br />

streaming platforms in the titular<br />

role in “Harvey,” an independent feature<br />

film.<br />

“The New Playwrights Series fits<br />

perfectly into our mission of supporting<br />

and developing African American<br />

artists, offering emerging as well as<br />

established minority playwrights the<br />

opportunity to present new works on<br />

an established and nurturing stage,”<br />

said Nate Jacobs.<br />

He adds, ”These one-act plays will<br />

shine a spotlight on two very important<br />

figures in Black history, offering<br />

insight into their motivations, their<br />

respective journeys, and the lasting<br />

impact they have had on American<br />

society as well as future generations.”<br />

These plays will be presented together<br />

from May 4-29, <strong>2022</strong>. Showtimes<br />

are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays<br />

and 2 p.m. for Saturday and<br />

Sunday matinees. Performances<br />

take place in The Donelly Theatre at<br />

WBTT (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota).<br />

Tickets are $47/adults, $20/students<br />

and active military (prices include all<br />

applicable fees). Call the Box Office<br />

at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

About Westcoast<br />

Black Theatre Troupe<br />

The mission of Westcoast Black<br />

Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is to produce<br />

professional theatre that promotes<br />

and celebrates African American<br />

history and experience, engages a<br />

broad base of patrons and audiences,<br />

supports the development of a<br />

dynamic group of aspiring artists,<br />

and builds self-esteem in youth<br />

of color. For more information,<br />

visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />


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healthier you<br />

Experiencing Brain Fog<br />

since the Pandemic?<br />

If you’re feeling more forgetful or<br />

distracted than usual, you’re not alone<br />

According to a 2021 survey<br />

from the American<br />

Psychological Association,<br />

more than three-quarters<br />

of Americans report<br />

that the pandemic has been and still is<br />

a significant source of stress. One of the<br />

side effects of that stress may be brain<br />

fog. If you’re feeling more forgetful or<br />

distracted than usual, you’re not alone.<br />

In this article I will discuss how to<br />

beat that very brain fog brought on by<br />

Post Pandemic Stress.<br />

Stress can cause our hormones<br />

(including neurotransmitters and<br />

adrenals) to get out of balance resulting<br />

in more stress issues (either lack of<br />

sleep and/or being tired all the time….<br />

wired and tired), adrenal fatigue, brain<br />

fog, loss of libido, etc.<br />

Many people’s routines were disrupted<br />

by the pandemic. You may not<br />

realize it, but your routines give your<br />

conscious brain a chance to rest while<br />

your unconscious brain takes over and<br />

proceeds on autopilot. For that reason,<br />

building predictable new routines is one<br />

way to help lessen brain fog.<br />

If you have been experiencing these<br />

issues, we recommend reducing stress<br />

through the following ways:<br />

a. Getting back on a routine, as<br />

much as possible<br />

b. Exercise, but not to exhaustion<br />

c. Nutrition<br />

d. Regular sleep patterns<br />

While these recommendations will<br />

work for most cases, if you have been<br />

trying these suggestions and they haven’t<br />

worked, you may be dealing with<br />

something other than a stress syndrome.<br />

If this is the case, we recommend getting<br />

tested for such medical problems as:<br />

autoimmune disorders, adrenal fatigue<br />

syndrome; hormone issues such as, thyroid,<br />

pituitary and gonadal imbalances,<br />

or chronic fatigue syndrome.<br />

Since the Pandemic has begun, we,<br />

at The Renewal Point, have noticed an<br />

increase in early autoimmune activation,<br />

adrenal fatigue syndrome and a reactivation<br />

of old infections, such as; Lyme disease<br />

and EBV. And, indeed, it is reported<br />

that these conditions may be responsible<br />

for much of the Long Covid syndrome.<br />

If you have been experiencing unrelenting<br />

stress, loss of libido, lack of<br />

sleep, brain fog, exhaustion, or a “wired<br />

but tired” feeling, we encourage you to<br />

give us a call at 941-926-4905 to schedule<br />

an appointment or you can visit our<br />

website at www.TheRenewalPoint.<br />

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and view our education library/blog.<br />

We are here to help!<br />

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941-926-4905,<br />

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therenewalpoint.<br />

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The Renewal Point FOUNDER/<br />


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Mother’s Day —<br />

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for a heart-to-heart talk<br />

While you’re celebrating your<br />

mother this Mother’s Day<br />

start thinking about having<br />

that “conversation” with her<br />

and perhaps your dad. And no, I don’t<br />

mean that last very awkward convo they<br />

had with you about the birds and the bees!<br />

This conversation is about how you as a<br />

family can work together to aid your parents<br />

when they start needing a little and<br />

then ever-increasing amounts of help with<br />

daily living.<br />

Now just like that earlier conversation, no<br />

one wants to have this one either! First of all,<br />

no one wants to admit that they are going to<br />

get “old,” much less a senior who needs care<br />

now and is in denial. There will be those<br />

parents, grandparents, other relatives who<br />

will refuse to have ANY conversation until<br />

something happens. At that point they will<br />

no longer be in control of their situation, a<br />

social worker at the hospital or other relative<br />

may have to make decisions for them.<br />

So, none of these conversations will be the<br />

same. There is no script. The best way forward<br />

is to do some active listening. In this<br />

case you are listening to obtain information<br />

and to understand. What you are NOT doing<br />

is waiting to jump in with a rebuttal, or to<br />

judge their decisions (or lack thereof).<br />

Your primary goal is to establish a dialogue<br />

that you can come back to as situations<br />

will change. That you want to help<br />

make sure their wishes are met, not to take<br />

control away from them. You will find that<br />

these conversations can be very very sensitive.<br />

Sharpen your listening skills if needed.<br />

Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning<br />

journalist, started the Conversation Project<br />

after caring for her mother. You can find it<br />

online, it’s a wonderful resource.<br />

Pick your time to start your dialogue, when<br />

no one is in a rush, get a private place to chat,<br />

and maybe piggyback off a situation of someone<br />

else. For example: one of their friends<br />

may be downsizing to a one level living situation.<br />

You could start off with asking if that is<br />

something your Mom would like? Ask if she<br />

has any concerns about her life in retirement.<br />

Talk to your siblings to see if they’ve had<br />

any conversations with the parents. What<br />

did they find out?<br />

Finances<br />

Be careful as the first thing that can get your<br />

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money and wills. Ask instead if they have a<br />

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they work with a financial advisor, they may<br />

have already mapped this out. Is Mom worried<br />

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How do your parents want to<br />

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they made living wills? Where are<br />

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If they have not made a will or living will<br />

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Continuing with financial details, is there<br />

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Do they have long-term care and life insurance?<br />

If the main earning spouse passes,<br />

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Remember that everyone’s situation is different<br />

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Mica<br />

England<br />

She's the owner<br />

and chef at Blvd<br />

Cafe, a breakfast<br />

and lunch eatery in<br />

the Rosemary District.<br />

Mica’s previous career<br />

was cheffing for a<br />

host of celebrities and<br />

wealthy clientele that<br />

took her to places<br />

like the Hamptons,<br />

Jamaica, Fisher Island,<br />

Anguilla, Nantucket,<br />

St. Barts and New York<br />

City. Before that she<br />

was an executive chef<br />

in New York City<br />

and Dallas.<br />

Prior to Mica’s career<br />

as a chef she wanted to<br />

be in law enforcement,<br />

but it didn’t go as<br />

planned as she faced<br />

harassment and<br />

discrimination - until<br />

she got mad and got<br />

active and ultimately<br />

won a landmark case.<br />

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Iactually met her food and her<br />

restaurant first…but this isn’t<br />

a restaurant review, though I’ll<br />

say that it was a delicious meal<br />

enjoyed al fresco in the Rosemary<br />

District. Little did I know that the<br />

woman doing it all behind the<br />

counter and who owns the restaurant Blvd<br />

Cafe, has previously worked for numerous<br />

celebrities acting as their personal chef.<br />

Discretion keeps her from naming some<br />

names, but she’s worked for Ron Perelman<br />

(who owns Revlon) and was her first private<br />

chef job. Others include Regis Philbin, The<br />

Hess Family (oil company) and an heiress.<br />

Then there are the celebs she’s met, chatted<br />

with, or shared foodie experiences with<br />

such as Art Garfunkel (who serenaded her.<br />

“I didn’t know if I should stop chopping,”<br />

Mica recalls) and Don Henley, to name a<br />

few. She’s cooked for former Prime Minister<br />

of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Southampton<br />

and can name-drop with the best of<br />

them having met Michael Douglas and his<br />

wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary Hart and<br />

Fran Dresher (a big fan of Mica’s cuisine).<br />

And those locales: Malibu, Jamaica (for the<br />

heiress), Fisher Island, Anguilla, Nantucket,<br />

St. Barts, The Hamptons and New York City.<br />

Many were by private jet.<br />

You become a personal chef by working<br />

through an agency. Word of mouth plays a<br />

major part and thus, if you’re good, you get<br />

referrals. Mica had lots of referrals.<br />

Prior to cheffing, Mica worked as an executive<br />

chef at restaurants in Dallas and New<br />

York City. While in New York City a couple<br />

asked her to be their private chef and then<br />

the couple moved to Sarasota and asked her<br />

to join them. After some time, Mica moved<br />

on from that job, started Global Market Cuisine<br />

and went out on her own.<br />

But this is her first foray as owner of<br />

her own restaurant. On this cool day back<br />

in March, Mica said Blvd’s business was<br />

“steady and growing,” adding that her patrons<br />

have been locals primarily, and “I love<br />

that they’re finding me.” The restaurant<br />

opened Dec. 15, 2020. Mica had driven by<br />

the Rosemary District location numerous<br />

times and says she “had a gut feeling” about<br />

the space and signed on.<br />

Many of her early customers were people<br />

who drove by or were walking their dogs<br />

from the many apartment buildings in<br />

the area. Blvd has a compact kitchen<br />

where Mica does it all. She’s helped by<br />

Josh Hardinger (a Ringling student),<br />

Diane, Jasmine and her sous chef, Tyrone.<br />

And her wife Lori also helps out with<br />

administrative work.<br />

After and before restaurant hours Mica<br />

does all the shopping to go with the cooking.<br />

And, like so many, her business started<br />

during the pandemic. But what was more<br />

challenging than that - if that’s possible -<br />

was Mica had a double mastectomy and a<br />

knee replacement in 2021. But this is a person<br />

who perseveres and has steely determination<br />

belied by her serene expression.<br />

There’s another story to Mica — beyond<br />

being a talented, experienced chef launching<br />

her first restaurant in Sarasota. Early in<br />

her life, Mica wanted to work in law enforcement.<br />

Family members were in the military<br />

and a grandfather was a sheriff. It’s a long,<br />

but compelling story briefly summarized<br />

here (WCW will do a lengthier feature on<br />

this aspect of Mica’s life in a future issue).<br />

If you Google “Mica England” and add<br />

Dallas or discrimination, or settlement, or<br />

any of those key words, you’ll see she fought<br />

a tenacious but stressful battle with the<br />

Dallas Police Depart. to make them change<br />

their discriminatory hiring practices. And<br />

she won. Not without great emotional toll -<br />

the stress and isolation talking on a Goliath,<br />

but she simply would not back down confronting<br />

something that was wrong.<br />

In 1987, Mica applied for a job on the Dallas<br />

Police Department and proceeded to fill<br />

out the application. There was a question<br />

that asked about an applicant’s sexual activity.<br />

She balked and asked questions and<br />

disclosed that she was a lesbian. She was<br />

told, “We do not hire homosexuals (the term<br />

used then) and Mica was summarily denied<br />

employment. Encouraged by a recruiter, she<br />

applied again in 1989, told it wouldn’t happen<br />

again and yet it did. Furious, Mica decided<br />

to take action in 1990, filing lawsuits<br />

against the Dallas Police Department, city of<br />

Dallas, the chief of police and Texas.<br />

She won her case with the court ruling<br />

for her, declaring barring municipal<br />

employment due to sexual orientation<br />

unconstitutional. The application forms<br />

were redone. “We dragged the state of Texas<br />

into the ’90s ... screaming, but they’re<br />

there,” Mica said in a story by the Associated<br />

Press published in 1992. Summarized like<br />

this, it seems pretty easy, but it wasn’t. There<br />

were hateful phone calls, death threats and<br />

a Dallas police officer who asked Mica if<br />

she knew what “friendly fire” was. It was all<br />

enough to make Mica pursue another career<br />

and all those well-fed, grateful celebrities<br />

are probably happy she did, too. As for celebrities<br />

- Mica was on the Larry King show<br />

twice discussing her court case.<br />

Mica has been married to Lori England<br />

since 2017. Lori is a teacher in the Sarasota<br />

school system. Lori’s children from her previous<br />

marriage are Jena, who graduated USF<br />

Tampa and is now at SMH, and Justin who<br />

is in NYC with his dad. “We all get along,”<br />

Mica states.<br />

Also in 2017, Mica was inducted into the<br />

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.<br />

Her story is on permanent display in<br />

the “Upstander” section of the Museum that<br />

honors her heroism along with others. On<br />

that same visit, Mica was asked to meet with<br />

the top brass at the Dallas Police Dept. who,<br />

at the same time, had a woman of color as its<br />

chief. “She said, ‘thank you for being here’<br />

and she wanted me to tell my story to her<br />

deputy chiefs.”<br />

Looking back, “It all seems surreal sometimes,<br />

but it was so long ago.” As for today’s<br />

many changes in Florida and other states<br />

that harken back to where things used to be,<br />

she says, “People should sue. I’m astonished<br />

at the hate and ignorance.”<br />

But back to Blvd Cafe where you can<br />

find croque monsieur, Maine lobster omelet,<br />

burrata frittata, chocolate and vegan<br />

elderberry-raspberry croissants, ham and<br />

cheese croissants, vegan cinnamon rolls,<br />

gluten-free coffee cake, gluten-free mixed<br />

berry muffins and vegan and gluten-free<br />

blueberry and lavender muffins as well as<br />

NYC Davidovich bagels. She also offers two<br />

daily soups - one veggie and one meat to<br />

go along with salads. Her crispy breakfast<br />

potatoes are one of the most popular items<br />

on the menu. All are made from scratch and<br />

frozen dough comes in from Paris for some<br />

of the pastries.<br />

Mica will be offering private dining at<br />

night in the restaurant and she’s applied for<br />

a wine license, too. BlvdCafé is at 1580 Blvd.<br />

of the Arts in Sarasota's Rosemary District<br />

and open Mon.-Fri. 7-3 and Sat. 8-3. For<br />

information, call 941-203-8102 or visit blvdcafesrq.com.<br />

Stop by and say thanks for the<br />

great meal and for standing up against discrimination<br />

- or both.<br />

STORY: Louise Bruderle<br />

IMAGES: Evelyn England<br />

Mica’s makeup is by Joshua Hardinger<br />

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Traveling with Wine<br />

Whether you’re<br />

going away for a<br />

long weekend or<br />

coming back from a winery,<br />

you’ll love knowing that<br />

your favorite bottles of wine<br />

are along for the ride —<br />

and safe from breakage.<br />

The VinGardeValise by<br />

FlyWithWine is a line of<br />

tough suitcases that are<br />

gentle on glass, thanks to<br />

dense foam inserts created<br />

to cradle wine bottles.<br />

The VinGardeValise<br />

Piccolo doubles as an<br />

anytime, anywhere airline<br />

carry-on piece of luggage or as a checked<br />

wine travel case to travel safely with up to<br />

5-bottles of wine - with room for your clothes<br />

Holiday River<br />

Expeditions Adds<br />

More Outings<br />

Holiday River Expeditions has<br />

announced a series of new Affinity<br />

Trips designed for both the<br />

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender<br />

and Queer) communities and<br />

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of<br />

Color) communities.<br />

Following the launch of two successful<br />

LGBTQ trip outings in 2021, the<br />

company has expanded its offerings to<br />

include more extended, senior-oriented,<br />

and sober trip departures. Holiday has<br />

teamed up with The Venture Out Project<br />

on its LGBTQ trip offerings, inspired<br />

by a collaboration with Mikah Meyer<br />

& Outside Safe Space.<br />

Affinity Based Trips for <strong>2022</strong> Include:<br />

• BIPOC Westwater Canyon Rafting<br />

Trip - July 29-31, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Join a team of BIPOC collaborators and<br />

veteran river guides. Holiday guides<br />

handle all the work leaving time to enjoy<br />

a long weekend connecting to the natural<br />

world, and yourself in an entirely BIPOC<br />

and belongings on the other side. Cost: $279.<br />

Available at: https://www.flywithwine.com/<br />

products/piccolo-5-bottle or Amazon.<br />

First Major Exhibition Devoted<br />

to Matisse in the 1930s<br />

Book this for fall if you love Matisse!<br />

The Philadelphia Museum of Art,<br />

in collaboration with the Musée de<br />

l’Orangerie in Paris and the Musée Matisse<br />

Nice, will present the first exhibition ever<br />

dedicated to the pivotal decade of the 1930s<br />

in the art of Henri<br />

Matisse (1869–1954),<br />

one of the giants of<br />

twentieth-century art.<br />

Opening first in<br />

Philadelphia, the only<br />

United States venue,<br />

the exhibition Matisse<br />

in the 1930s will<br />

present more than 100<br />

works, ranging from<br />

both renowned and<br />

rarely seen paintings<br />

and sculptures, to<br />

drawings and prints,<br />

to illustrated books.<br />

Dates: Philadelphia<br />

Museum of Art - October 19, <strong>2022</strong>–<br />

January 29, 2023; Musée de l’Orangerie<br />

-February 27, 2023–May 29, 2023;<br />

Musée Matisse Nice - June 23, 2023–<br />

September 24, 2023. Image: Henri Matisse<br />

“Large Reclining Nude” 1935.<br />

community<br />

of fellow<br />

expedition<br />

members.<br />

See: https://<br />

www.<br />

bikeraft.<br />

com/affinity-based-trips/bipoc-westwater-canyonrafting-trip/<br />

• LGBTQ Lodore Canyon Rafting Sober<br />

Trip - Aug 18-21 <strong>2022</strong><br />

Soliciting feedback from participants<br />

after 2021’s successful LGBTQ trip, there<br />

was interest in creating a sober trip option<br />

for those looking to disconnect from<br />

the ‘real’ world and from substance-abuse<br />

culture. Lodore Canyon provides a<br />

balanced trip with time for relaxation, adventure,<br />

tranquility and thrills, all within<br />

a safer and vulnerable space of a dedicated<br />

queer and trans affinity trip. See: https://<br />

www.bikeraft.com/affinity-based-trips/<br />

lgbtq-lodore-canyon-rafting-trip/<br />

Austin Adventures’ Top Seven Picks for<br />

Best Family Adventures<br />

of <strong>2022</strong><br />

Austin Adventures Family-focused<br />

travelAustin Adventures’ Top<br />

Seven Family Adventures for <strong>2022</strong><br />

feature a combo of new destinations and<br />

tried and true favorites .<br />

New Family Adventure<br />

Trips for <strong>2022</strong>:<br />

New Zealand - South Island Explorer.<br />

Families will explore the landscapes<br />

of New Zealand’s South Island – from<br />

Christchurch to Queenstown and back<br />

again. Guests can step into a giant playground<br />

of extraordinary natural beauty as<br />

they experience jet-boat rides on the Rakaia<br />

Gorge, overnighting in Mt. Aspiring National<br />

Park and visiting a high-country sheep<br />

station near Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park.<br />

Maine - Acadia National Park<br />

This adventure promises the best of the<br />

state’s natural landmarks and includes the<br />

coastal towns of Boothbay, Camden, Islesboro<br />

Island and Bar Harbor. Families will<br />

bike in Maine’s Acadia National Park, hike<br />

for views of the sprawling coastline and sail<br />

across the waves on a 1935 schooner. Lobster<br />

is of course included.<br />

North Carolina - Blue Ridge Mountains<br />

Guests will hike, bike and paddle through<br />

rolling countryside to view waterfalls and<br />

rich forests that cover the southeastern Blue<br />

Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. During<br />

a two-night stay on the sprawling 8,000-<br />

acre Biltmore Estate, guests will tour the<br />

historic mansion and explore the grounds<br />

by bike or on foot.<br />

Returning Favorites<br />

Popular for <strong>2022</strong> Include:<br />

Alaska - Kenai Fjords National Park<br />

This family adventure on Alaska’s Kenai<br />

• LGBTQ Westwater Canyon Extended<br />

Rafting Trip - Aug 22-25 <strong>2022</strong><br />

This extended 4-day has added time to<br />

relax, bond and get into the slow-time of<br />

river life within an affinity group space.<br />

For queer and/or trans identified folks<br />

wanting to enjoy being in an inclusive<br />

community space while enjoying some<br />

whitewater, this is the perfect trip.<br />

See: https://www.bikeraft.com/affinitybased-trips/lgbtq-westwater-canyonrafting-trip/<br />

For more details on Holiday’s Affinity<br />

Trips see: https://www.bikeraft.com/<br />

affinity-based-trips/.<br />

travel news<br />

Peninsula begins with a scenic train ride<br />

aboard the Alaska Railroad. Kayak the waters<br />

of Resurrection Bay alongside seals,<br />

sea otters and puffins. Guests hike the<br />

panoramic vista of Exit Glacier and Harding<br />

Icefield and get up close and personal<br />

with orcas and humpback whales on a<br />

private nature cruise of the Kenai Fjords.<br />

Costa Rica - Arenal Volcano National Park<br />

Families explore two of Costa Rica’s<br />

national parks. Guests will ride through<br />

forests and pastures by horseback to reach<br />

postcard-perfect views of Arenal Volcano.<br />

They will venture into the dense vegetation<br />

of Arenal National Park in search of<br />

screeching toucans, endangered poison<br />

dart frogs and curious spider monkeys;<br />

learn to surf in the Pacific Ocean and boat<br />

through the mangroves of the Sierpe River.<br />

Montana - Glacier National Park<br />

The Wild West history of this UNESCO<br />

World Heritage Site comes into focus as<br />

families hike and raft through Montana’s<br />

Glacier National Park. The distinctive<br />

accommodations and delicious regional<br />

food are complemented by the awe-inspiring<br />

grandeur found in one of America’s<br />

most celebrated but often overlooked<br />

national parks.<br />

For more information, visit activeadventures.com<br />

and austinadventures.com.<br />

SRQ Breaks 1 Million<br />

Passenger in First<br />

3 Months of <strong>2022</strong><br />

For the month of March, 442,846 passengers<br />

traveled through the Sarasota<br />

Bradenton International Airport, a new<br />

record for the most passengers served in a<br />

single month. This is a 59.5% increase over<br />

passengers served in March 2021. Passengers<br />

traveling through the airport year-to-date<br />

total 1,085,500 compared to 564,066 year-todate<br />

for 2021, an increase of 92%.<br />

The airport has responded by increasing<br />

aircraft fuel storage, expanding the screening<br />

checkpoint, adding additional parking<br />

lots, and opening more food and beverage<br />

concessions. For <strong>2022</strong>, they expect to break<br />

ground on over $150 million in construction<br />

projects including a new 5 gate terminal.<br />

Also at SRQ, Allegiant Air started nonstop<br />

service to Austin, TX (AUS) on April 14. The<br />

newest airline, Breeze Airways, will start<br />

service at SRQ with nonstop flights to Hartford,<br />

CT beginning June.<br />

18 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

dining in<br />

Travel to other countries via their cuisine<br />

Okay world-travelers, take to the kitchen and experience classic<br />

dishes that have a surprising twist.<br />

Begin a meal with this<br />

twist on a traditionally<br />

French confection, featuring<br />

a tangy center<br />

of feta, fresh tomatoes<br />

and basil. Be sure to<br />

spread the filling gently<br />

or use a piping bag<br />

to prevent damaging<br />

the meringue cookies.<br />

F Tomato-Feta-Basil Macarons<br />

Tomato-Feta-Basil Macarons T<br />

F Frango Na Púcara<br />

Frango Na Púcara T<br />

Savor this slowcooked<br />

chicken<br />

entrée from Portugal.<br />

Customarily<br />

prepared in a púcara,<br />

a traditional<br />

clay pot, you can<br />

substitute any covered<br />

baking dish.<br />

This recipe comes<br />

from the city of<br />

Alcobaça on Portugal’s<br />

west coast.<br />

COOKIE:<br />

3/4 Cup almond meal<br />

3/4 Cup confectioners’<br />

sugar<br />

2 lg egg whites<br />

3/4 Cup water<br />

3/4 Cup sugar<br />

COOKIE: Preheat oven to 340°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a<br />

damp kitchen towel on counter. Place almond meal and confectioners’ sugar in medium<br />

bowl; stir to combine. Place one of the egg whites in another medium bowl and beat<br />

with an electric mixer until firm shiny peaks form.<br />

Spoon into almond mixture, folding in gently to combine. Place remaining egg white<br />

in a medium bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Set aside.<br />

Place water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Place over medium low heat,<br />

stirring frequently until sugar has dissolved. Continue to boil until mixture reaches a<br />

temperature of 245°F on a candy thermometer. Very gradually pour sugar syrup into<br />

egg white, constantly beating with an electric mixer until shiny peaks form. Add almond<br />

mixture; gently fold in.<br />

Spoon mixture into a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and form 24 small<br />

disks about 2 inches across, leaving an inch of space in between. Let stand at room<br />

temperature 20 mins. Bake for 12 mins. Remove from oven and, leaving macarons on<br />

parchment paper, move paper to damp kitchen towel. Let cool to room temperature.<br />

FILLING: To make filling, place feta, cream cheese, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper<br />

in a small bowl, mashing with a fork to combine. Stir in tomatoes. To assemble, spread<br />

mixture thinly between 2 macarons.<br />

Makes 12 servings.<br />

3 slices bacon<br />

1/4 Cup unsalted butter<br />

3 stalks celery, chopped<br />

1 med onion, diced<br />

3 Tbsp flour<br />

6 Cup low-sodium chicken broth<br />

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium high, turning occasionally, about 10 mins. Transfer<br />

to paper towels to drain; cool; crumble and set aside. Reserve bacon drippings. In a<br />

saucepan, melt 1 T reserved drippings and butter over medium; add celery and onion<br />

and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 4 mins.<br />

Sprinkle with flour and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth and<br />

bring to a boil, whisking until incorporated. Add potato and asparagus stalks; season with<br />

salt and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer 20 mins., then remove from heat; cool 5 mins.<br />

Working in batches, purée mixture in a blender until smooth; transfer to a clean pot.<br />

Place skillet with remaining drippings over medium high and add mushrooms and<br />

asparagus tips; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms give up their liquid, 5–8<br />

mins.; season with salt and pepper. Add mushrooms, asparagus tips and half-and-half to<br />

purée and simmer over medium low for 10 mins. Ladle into bowls; garnish with bacon.<br />

Makes 4 servings.<br />

FILLING:<br />

2 Tbsp feta cheese<br />

2 Tbsp cream cheese<br />

2 Tbsp basil, finely chopped<br />

Few drops lemon juice<br />

Salt and pepper to taste<br />

2 med ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely diced<br />

F Cream of Asparagus Soup<br />

Cream of Asparagus Soup T<br />

Delight in the delicate<br />

flavors of spring<br />

with a creamy soup<br />

of fresh asparagus,<br />

mushrooms and a<br />

garnish of crumbled<br />

bacon. Asparagus<br />

is best enjoyed<br />

during its short<br />

growing season (April<br />

through June).<br />

1 med potato, peeled and diced<br />

1 lb fresh asparagus, tips set aside and<br />

stalks chopped<br />

8 oz mushrooms, sliced<br />

3/4 Cup half-and-half<br />

Salt and pepper to taste<br />

6–8 lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces<br />

2 cloves garlic, crushed<br />

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard<br />

Pepper to taste<br />

1 Cup smoked ham,<br />

cut into 1/4-inch cubes<br />

4 med tomatoes, skinned,<br />

seeded and diced<br />

Rub chicken pieces with garlic and mustard; sprinkle with pepper. Chill 1 hour. Preheat<br />

oven to 375°F. Place chicken in a Dutch oven or lidded casserole; add ham, tomatoes,<br />

mushrooms and onions; drizzle with olive oil; add wines and brandy. Cover and bake 50<br />

mins.; remove lid and continue baking 30 mins. more or until chicken is golden brown.<br />

Serve with roasted or mashed potatoes, rice or crusty bread.<br />

Makes 4 servings.<br />

Your meal ends with<br />

this moist, incredibly<br />

fragrant dessert<br />

topped with an orange<br />

blossom whipped<br />

crème fraiche.<br />

Italy is the seventh<br />

largest producer of<br />

pistachios, grown<br />

in Sicily where trees<br />

flourish in Mt. Etna’s<br />

volcanic soil.<br />

TORTA:<br />

1/3 Cup flour, plus<br />

additional for dusting<br />

1/2 tsp baking powder<br />

Pinch of salt<br />

7 oz pistachio paste<br />

1/4 Cup sugar<br />

8 Tbsp unsalted butter,<br />

room temperature<br />

2 Tbsp honey<br />

3 lg eggs<br />

2 Tbsp Amaretto liqueur<br />

1/2 Cup pearl onions, peeled<br />

1 Cup button mushrooms<br />

1/3 Cup olive oil<br />

1 Cup dry white wine<br />

1/2 Cup port wine<br />

1/3 Cup Macieira Royal Brandy<br />

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line bottom of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment;<br />

grease and flour pan, including parchment. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking<br />

powder and salt; set aside. In another bowl, cream together pistachio paste and sugar<br />

with paddle attachment on low. Add butter; increase speed to medium and beat until<br />

light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Drizzle in honey, beating continuously. Add eggs one<br />

at a time, beating after each addition until completely combined. Beat in Amaretto.<br />

Add flour mixture; beat until just combined. Pour into prepared pan; smooth top with<br />

a spatula. Bake 25 mins; let cool 20 mins. before removing ring. Cool cake completely<br />

before serving.<br />

PANNA ACIDA: Whisk together crème fraîche and orange-blossom water until it just<br />

begins to get stiff; refrigerate.<br />

HONEYED ORANGES: In a frying pan, melt butter and sugar over medium until butter<br />

begins to foam and brown. Add orange rounds; cook about 1 minute or until edges just<br />

begin to caramelize. Add honey and pinch of salt, swirling pan. Remove from pan and<br />

either serve immediately or cool to room temperature before serving.<br />

PLATING: Top cake with the chopped pistachios and dust with confectioners’ sugar.<br />

Serve with a side dollop of panna acida and honeyed oranges.<br />

Makes 8 servings.<br />

F Pistachio Torta<br />

Pistachio Torta T<br />


8 oz crème fraîche<br />

1 tsp orange-blossom water<br />


2 Tbsp unsalted butter<br />

1 Tbsp sugar<br />

3 oranges, peeled and cut into 1/4-in rounds<br />

1/3 Cup honey<br />

Pinch of salt<br />

PLATING:<br />

1/2 Cup roasted shelled pistachios, chopped<br />

Confectioners’ sugar<br />

SOURCE: Viking Cruises. https://www.vikingrivercruises.com/<br />

cruise-destinations/index-v2.html<br />

<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 19



Close-to-Home Savings for Sunshine State Families, Couples<br />

As travel resumes,<br />

Florida residents in<br />

need of a break are<br />

finding an array of<br />

discounts and special offers this<br />

summer at some of the state’s<br />

most spectacular resorts and<br />

destinations. In addition to being<br />

easy on the wallet, these offers<br />

give families plenty of room<br />

to spread out, relax and enjoy<br />

outdoor adventure and spacious<br />

accommodations. Here is a summery<br />

sample of available offers<br />

stretching from the Atlantic<br />

shoreline to Gulf coast beaches.<br />

Fenway Hotel – Dunedin<br />

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek<br />

Margaritaville Beach House Key West<br />

Epicurean Hotel – Tampa<br />

This South Tampa boutique,<br />

food-focused Epicurean Hotel,<br />

is a member of the Autograph Collection<br />

of Marriott International, Inc. The<br />

137-room property is offering Florida<br />

residents up to 30% off* room rates,<br />

along with two complimentary glasses<br />

of house wine or beer.<br />

Rates start at $216 per night and the<br />

offer is valid through Dec. 31, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Overnight guests may enjoy a craft<br />

cocktail at EDGE Rooftop Cocktail<br />

Lounge, dinner at the hotel’s signature<br />

Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar, a treat<br />

from Chill Bros. scoop shop, or pay a<br />

visit to the award-winning Bern’s Steak<br />

House, right across the street.<br />

Guests can have a massage or facial<br />

from Evangeline full-service spa or<br />

experience a class in the state-of-theart<br />

culinary classroom known as the<br />

Epicurean Theatre. For information or<br />

reservations, call (855) U-AWAKEN (829-<br />

2536) or visit EpicureanHotel.com.<br />

*Proof of Florida residency required at check<br />

in. Tax is additional. Blackout dates may apply.<br />

Fenway Hotel – Dunedin<br />

Fenway Hotel is a historic, Jazz Age hotel<br />

that has 83 standard rooms and suites,<br />

a resort-style pool, the HEW Parlor &<br />

Chophouse, and Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar. Rates<br />

start at $199 per night and Florida residents<br />

may receive up to 20% off* room<br />

rates, as well as two complimentary<br />

beverages, and bike rentals for two to<br />

explore downtown Dunedin. Package is<br />

valid until Dec. 31, <strong>2022</strong>. Fenway Hotel is<br />

a member of the Autograph Collection<br />

of Marriott International, Inc. For more<br />

information or reservations, call (727)<br />

683-5999 or visit FenwayHotel.com.<br />

*Proof of Florida residency required at check<br />

in. Tax is additional. Blackout dates may apply.<br />

The Karol Hotel – Clearwater<br />

The Karol Hotel is centrally located in<br />

Feather Sound between Clearwater,<br />

St. Pete and Tampa, and is the first<br />

member of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio<br />

in Pinellas County. The Karol Hotel is<br />

offering up to 20% off room rates and<br />

two complimentary<br />

cocktails at their Vantage<br />

Rooftop Bar overlooking<br />

Tampa Bay.<br />

Florida resident<br />

rates begin at $209.<br />

The boutique hotel<br />

features 123 guest<br />

rooms and suites, the<br />

K Club Bar & Bistro,<br />

a combined 7,340<br />

square feet of event<br />

space, and an outside<br />

pool and fitness center.<br />

Promo Code (F9L). Book this online<br />

offer HERE. TheKarolHotel.com.<br />

*Proof of Florida residency required at check<br />

in. Tax is additional. Blackout dates may apply.<br />

Margaritaville Beach House<br />

Key West – Key West<br />

The recently opened (Nov. 2021)<br />

Margaritaville Beach House Key West<br />

offers Florida residents an offer of up<br />

to 30% off, in addition to its all-new<br />

Summerzcool package with up to 25%<br />

off a three-night or more stay, including<br />

a $100 credit to the property’s signature<br />

Tin Cup Chalice Bar & Chill restaurant<br />

per stay.<br />

Sitting oceanfront along Smathers<br />

Beach, the property offers 186 suites, a<br />

lagoon-style pool, and lounging hammocks<br />

throughout the grounds. Exclusive<br />

amenities include poolside entertainment,<br />

daily refreshments, a 24-hour fitness<br />

center, kids’ activities, lawn games,<br />

and easy access to beachfront fun.<br />

The resort is just one mile from Key<br />

West International Airport, and provides<br />

complimentary shuttle service to the<br />

airport, Duval Street, and the Downtown<br />

Seaport Harbor. For more information<br />

or to make a reservation, call 305-292-<br />

9800 or visit MargaritavilleBeachHouse-<br />

KeyWest.com.<br />

*Subject to availability. Cannot be combined<br />

with other offers. Not valid for groups or other<br />

contracted rates. Offer excludes taxes, gratuities,<br />

and resort fees. Summerzcool offer requires<br />

a minimum of a three-night stay. Offers<br />

valid for stays June 1-Sept. 30, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Plantation on Crystal River –<br />

Crystal River<br />

The Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded<br />

by the natural springs of King’s<br />

Bay and pristine lakes and rivers, as well<br />

as wildlife refuges and state parks. The<br />

Plantation features a full-service marina,<br />

18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive<br />

course, dining, inviting accommodations,<br />

and plenty of outdoor lawn space<br />

for personal yard games. Guests can enjoy<br />

manatee snorkeling tours, as well as<br />

guided scalloping tours for the summer<br />

scalloping season.<br />

From July 1 through Sept. 24, Florida<br />

residents can enjoy a 10% discount on<br />

best available room rates*. Rates during<br />

this timeframe begin at just $119. For<br />

more information or to make reservations,<br />

call (800) 632-6262 or visit PlantationOnCrystalRiver.com.<br />

*Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.<br />

RumFish Beach Resort by<br />

TradeWinds – St. Pete Beach<br />

RumFish Beach Resort by TradeWinds<br />

on St. Pete Beach is offering Florida residents<br />

15% off* the best available rate,<br />

Sunday through Thursday, until Dec. 26,<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, with rates starting at $239. A visit<br />

to the TradeWinds always includes lots<br />

of value-added items with the Resort<br />

Amenity Fee (additional), including the<br />

all-you-can-ride High Tide Slide (located<br />

at Island Grand), Surf WipeOut and<br />

Zing Ray Zip rides, beach cabana for<br />

two, Wi-Fi, self-parking, fitness<br />

center, campfire s’mores,<br />

Touch Tank Experience, and<br />

beach games, such as volleyball,<br />

bocce ball and cornhole.<br />

There are also tennis courts,<br />

mini-golf, a Family Pirate<br />

Show (Tuesday and Saturday<br />

nights), Magic Show (Monday<br />

and Friday nights), Dive-In<br />

Movies, and paddleboats<br />

along the waterway at Island<br />

Grand. TradeWindsResort.com.<br />

*Offer price is for two adults. 13% tax<br />

applies. Rates and dates subject to<br />

change, based on availability. Minimum<br />

night stays may be required. Promotion<br />

cannot be combined with any other special<br />

offers or discount. Blackout dates may apply.<br />

Must show valid Florida ID at check-in.<br />

Wyndham Grand Orlando<br />

Resort Bonnet Creek –<br />

Orlando<br />

Located five miles from Walt Disney<br />

World Resort with complimentary<br />

shuttle service, Wyndham Grand Orlando<br />

Resort Bonnet Creek is offering<br />

a Florida Resident Rate of 20% off. The<br />

resort offers five pools, two lazy rivers,<br />

eight hot tubs, 18-hole putt-putt, jogging<br />

trails, fitness center, and nearby championship<br />

golf.<br />

A 10-acre lake and spa add the right<br />

amount of tranquility and serenity.<br />

Whether staying in a deluxe guest room,<br />

family bunk bed option, or an expansive<br />

suite, all accommodations feature a<br />

55-inch flat-screen LG LED 4K Ultra TV,<br />

high-speed internet, mini refrigerator,<br />

Keurig coffee maker, and more.<br />

Guests can fuel their fun at five different<br />

dining outlets – from seafood, sushi<br />

and sophisticated cuisine, to casual<br />

poolside fare and contactless in-room<br />

delivery. For more information or to<br />

make a reservation, call (407) 390-2300<br />

or visit WyndhamGrandOrlando.com.<br />

*Subject to availability. Valid Florida ID required<br />

at check-in. Cannot be combined with<br />

other offers. Not valid for groups or other contracted<br />

rates. Offer excludes taxes, gratuities,<br />

and resort fees.<br />

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travel feature<br />

The Karol Hotel in Clearwater<br />

Great place to launch a visit to St. Pete and Tampa<br />

Guest Room<br />

• OTHER<br />


IN ST. PETE:<br />

• Carillon Park Nature<br />

Preserve—Situated<br />

directly across<br />

from the hotel, this<br />

sanctuary is ideal for<br />

morning and sunset<br />

walks. Watch for<br />

turtles, fish, and alligators<br />

as you wander<br />

along the boardwalk,<br />

which loops around<br />

the entire lake.<br />

C<br />

onsider that you’ve<br />

seen most of the<br />

sights in our area<br />

and you want to head<br />

north and across the<br />

Bay to the St. Petersburg area<br />

and visit museums, attractions<br />

and try some new restaurants and<br />

experiences. Rather than drive the<br />

Skyway numerous times, consider<br />

decamping in the area.<br />

There’s a newish hotel called<br />

The Karol that sits in Feather<br />

Sound which may not ring any<br />

bells, but it’s north St. Pete, but<br />

gets a Clearwater address. Still<br />

not sure where it is? It’s east of the<br />

St. Pete Airport (BTW, there is no<br />

airport noise) and has views of Old<br />

Tampa Bay and the Tampa skyline.<br />

The Howard Franklin Bridge<br />

nearby gives easy access to Tampa<br />

attractions including Ybor City and<br />

the many museums there, though<br />

truthfully, St. Pete has lots to offer.<br />

The Karol Hotel is named for<br />

the hotel developer Fred Bullard’s<br />

wife, Karol (she’s the blonde bathing<br />

beauty, a former Miss Florida<br />

and local “weather girl” seen in<br />

images around the hotel) and her<br />

namesake extends throughout<br />

the property from the K Club Bar<br />

and K Club Bistro, down to the<br />

Princess K Ballroom.<br />

The Karol opened March,<br />

2020, unfortunately in the thick<br />

of the COVID outbreak, but has<br />

been busy since then as we have<br />

emerged and are getting back to<br />

life. Everyone loves new hotels<br />

and this one - in the reviews - is<br />

consistently commented on as<br />

being bright, cheerful, and with a<br />

nice staff. After arriving, I’d have<br />

to agree. Cool colors that suggest<br />

sky and water plus lots of white<br />

are the design trends these days<br />

and why not? This is Florida after<br />

all, but psychologically, it’s very<br />

uplifting<br />

The 123-room hotel is part of<br />

the Marriott Bonvoy Portfolio<br />

Collection and, depending on your<br />

room choice, offers views of St.<br />

Pete or Old Tampa Bay— the latter<br />

of which I would recommend.<br />

Rooms are bright and cheery<br />

with marble floors in a spacious<br />

bath that includes bathrobes and<br />

a magnifying mirror. Another nice<br />

touch: an espresso coffee maker.<br />

These are little things, but things I<br />

like in a room.<br />

The restaurant is downstairs<br />

and it’s the K Club Bistro serving<br />

local seafood and an assortment<br />

of other items. The K Club Bar is<br />

on the other side of the ground<br />

floor and it has that clubby dark<br />

wood look. My favorite spot was<br />

the Vantage Rooftop Bar, though<br />

you won’t be standing on a rooftop<br />

per se - more like a breezy bar<br />

with one side open and pointed towards<br />

a great view of the area and<br />

Tampa. I just wish it was open on<br />

more sides because it really was a<br />

nice place to order light bites and<br />

drinks. They also have a swimming<br />

pool and a fitness center. Around<br />

the hotel you’ll find local art.<br />

The Karol is a AAA Four Diamond<br />

hotel located conveniently<br />

three miles from St. Pete-Clearwater<br />

International Airport and<br />

twelve miles from Tampa International<br />

Airport if you have family or<br />

friends joining you.<br />

• ROOMS<br />

They offer city or bay views. I had<br />

a “Classic Two Queen with City<br />

View” but I would go for the view<br />

of the Bay. On their website, a<br />

search for a room Friday, May 13<br />

to Monday, May 16 is $253/night<br />

for a Classic King. For $287 you<br />

get the same room, but with a view<br />

of the Bay.<br />


• Outdoor Pool<br />

• Fitness Center<br />


• K Club Bar & Bistro<br />

When friends tip you off with a<br />

“they have good food”<br />

comment, you’re off<br />

to a good start. K Club<br />

has woodsy tones and<br />

is not formal, but not<br />

too casual. They have<br />

a patio available in<br />

nice weather. Sample<br />

menu offerings:<br />

appetizers: fresh<br />

oysters, shrimp cocktail,<br />

house-smoked<br />

fish (Faroe Islands<br />

salmon), New Orleans<br />

oysters. Entrees:<br />

roasted chicken, filet<br />

mignon, maple-glazed<br />

pork chops and<br />

braised short ribs. The<br />

ribs were great.<br />

Seafood: grouper<br />

champagne (also very<br />

good), shrimp and<br />

grits, cedar planked<br />

salmon. They also<br />

have three pasta<br />

dishes. They offer<br />

signature cocktails:<br />

daiquiris, mules, mai<br />

tai and a refreshing<br />

lavender lemonade.<br />

The rooftop bar<br />

offers smaller portions<br />

of the dinner entrees<br />

as well as filet tartare,<br />

a cheese and meat<br />

board, hummus and<br />

more. They pour local<br />

craft beers and wines.<br />

It’s climate-controlled. Try their<br />

Happy Hour.<br />

• THINGS TO DO:<br />

• St. Petersburg:<br />

The Museum of Fine Arts has<br />

“Women’s Work A Survey Of<br />

Female Photographers” running<br />

through September 11, <strong>2022</strong>. This<br />

a wonderful museum to visit and<br />

a personal favorite for its beauty<br />

and the depth of its collection.<br />

The Dali is also a wonderful<br />

museum that is in contrast to the<br />

MFA, as it is modern looking plus<br />

it’s dedicated to Salvador Dali<br />

alone with a collection of over<br />

2,400 work by the Spanish Surrealist.<br />

I’ve had many great lunches<br />

there inside and out.<br />


Mazzaro’s Italian Market offers an<br />

endless display of gourmet food,<br />

fresh baked goods, wines and a super<br />

takeaway counter. Order and<br />

enjoy and take some home with<br />

you - make this your last stop on<br />

the way back to Sarasota and be<br />

sure to bring a cooler bag (or two).<br />

Vantage Rooftop Bar<br />

K Club Bar<br />

• Clearwater<br />

Marine Aquarium<br />

is home to numerous<br />

rescued and<br />

rehabbed marine<br />

animals, including<br />

the star of the movie<br />

Dolphin Tale. Encounter<br />

great white<br />

pelicans, stingrays,<br />

sharks, and otters.<br />

• TAMPA:<br />

• The Florida<br />

Aquarium<br />

• Glazer Children’s<br />

Museum<br />

• ZooTampa at<br />

Lowry Park<br />

• Empower Adventures<br />

Tampa Bay<br />

• Busch Gardens<br />

• Tampa Museum<br />

of Art<br />

• SPECIAL<br />


There’s a Florida<br />

Resident Friends<br />

& Family Rate that<br />

offers up to 20% off<br />

room rates and two<br />

complimentary cocktails<br />

at the rooftop<br />

bar. Use promotional<br />

code: F9L<br />

• GETTING<br />

THERE<br />

GPS says about an<br />

hour via the Skyway<br />

Bridge<br />

• FINAL NOTE:<br />

Be sure to get those<br />

Marriott Bonvoy<br />

PointsMarriott Rewards.<br />

Marriott Bon-<br />

K Club Patio<br />

voy is the 5th best hotel rewards<br />

program, according to WalletHub<br />

research. Some of the Marriott<br />

Bonvoy rewards program’s biggest<br />

strengths include points worth an<br />

average of 1 cent apiece, lots of redemption<br />

options and few earning<br />

limitations.<br />


2675 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater<br />

Reservations: 1-833-928-1437<br />

https://www.thekarolhotel.com/<br />

STORY: Louise Bruderle<br />

22 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 23

What about Women’s<br />

Travel Groups?<br />

It’s a good alternative to traveling alone<br />

Helping Children Diagnosed With Epilepsy<br />

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can strike<br />

ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. In fact, 1 in<br />

26 people will have a seizure during their lifetime.<br />

The stigma and social isolation; the uncertainty of<br />

when the next seizure might occur; and the fear of<br />

SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) are the<br />

frightening realities for many families in our community.<br />

JoshProvides pulls back the curtain on epilepsy, through<br />

community awareness, education, offering a monthly<br />

Epilepsy Support Group, and providing seizure<br />

detection & alert devices, transportation assistance and<br />

assistance with medical services. Our families are NOT<br />

defined by their disorder…they are warriors who will<br />

overcome these obstacles thanks to your support!<br />

Mission: To improve the quality of life for those<br />

living with epilepsy or other seizure disorders.<br />

(800) 706-2740 | JoshProvides.org<br />

Editor’s Note: There are a number<br />

of women’s travel groups out there.<br />

This is just one, but they have been<br />

around for quite a while. In future<br />

issues, WCW will explore other travel<br />

groups for women with different<br />

itineraries, styles and features.<br />

A<br />

s with many successful businesses<br />

the Women’s Travel<br />

Club started as idea born from a<br />

need. Women wanted to travel and see<br />

the world but didn’t always have someone<br />

to travel with.<br />

Women’s Travel Club offers women<br />

only tours. Their small group tours<br />

encompass everything from short<br />

getaways to adventure travel. They welcome<br />

members from all over the world,<br />

but most are from North America.<br />

Women of all ages travel with them and<br />

most join their tours as solo travelers.<br />

The small group, women-only tours<br />

consist of 10 to 15 women per tour and<br />

are lead by a Women’s Travel Club tour<br />

leader. The tours offer inclusions that<br />

women enjoy, including sightseeing,<br />

shopping, cuisine and wine.<br />

The Women’s Travel Club offers tours<br />

for the women traveler, from the very<br />

active to the more relaxed. Tours are<br />

experience-intensive with exceptional<br />

inclusions.Women join these tours because<br />

they “don’t have anyone to travel<br />

with. Their husbands are busy, or their<br />

friends are not interested or (don’t)<br />

have the money to travel.” Women-only<br />

travel companies report that most of<br />

their customers are 40 to 70, with a core<br />

group in their 60s. Many are married.<br />

Depending on the company, trips range<br />

from outings in the U.S. to international<br />

excursions to exotic adventures.<br />

Sample Trips coming up:<br />

March 18-23, 2023 —<br />

Argentina with Buenos Aires<br />

and Iguazu Falls . Get to know cosmopolitan<br />

Buenos Aires, home of the<br />

tango, before experiencing wonders of<br />

a different kind at the Iguazu Falls, the<br />

largest waterfalls system in the world,<br />

on this six-day Buenos Aires to Iguazu<br />

Falls Tour<br />

March 7-17, 2023—Antarctic<br />

Expedition Cruise and enjoy<br />

views of dramatic ice formations,<br />

humpback whales swimming alongside<br />

the ship, leopard seals diving beneath<br />

your Zodiac, penguins sliding off<br />

icebergs into crystal waters, or giant<br />

petrels soaring above the crackling sea<br />

March 2023 — Chile with Easter<br />

Island This seven-day Santiago<br />

to Easter Island Tour takes you from<br />

the sophisticated capital to the mysterious<br />

islands, two of Chile’s most popular<br />

destinations. Enjoy modern-day city life<br />

interwoven with history in the capital,<br />

drink in the culture of Valparaiso, then<br />

head to Easter Island aka Rapa Nui i<br />

December 10-18, <strong>2022</strong> —<br />

Christmas Markets River<br />

Cruise. Enjoy the festive atmosphere<br />

from Prague to Vienna and all along the<br />

legendary Danube on a river cruise vacation.<br />

Guided sightseeing in each city<br />

and experience centuries-old Christmas<br />

markets in Vienna, Regensburg,<br />

Nuremberg, and Prague. Highlights include<br />

a guided visit of the Benedictine<br />

Abbey in Melk, a wine tasting, fun beer<br />

tasting, and a visit to Hradcany Castle<br />

grounds in Prague.<br />

April 17-24, 2023—Tulip<br />

Time River Cruise. Set sail for<br />

destinations in Holland and Belgium.<br />

On this garden-and nature-themed<br />

Tulip Time cruise, visit Keukenhof near<br />

Lisse, Antwerp’s Botanical Gardens, and<br />

small, hidden-away private gardens in<br />

Amsterdam.<br />

If you are new to traveling solo and<br />

not sure where to begin, connect with<br />

them at info@womens-travel-club.com<br />

or 1-844-749-0725. View available tours:<br />

http://www.womens-travel-club.com/<br />

tours.html<br />

24 WEST COAST WOMAN <strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

your healthier health you<br />

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing<br />

CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically<br />

Clients come to me because they are in physical<br />

pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as<br />

for chronic headaches and migraines.<br />

Pain and stress caused by<br />

shortened Fascia<br />

Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases all<br />

our muscles, organs, brain and spinal cord.<br />

Whenever fascia shortens any place in the<br />

body, the entire network of fascia creates an<br />

increased tension affecting the functioning<br />

of our physical body as well as our organs,<br />

our brain and spinal cord.<br />

Our body is the history of every major<br />

trauma we have experienced physically and<br />

emotionally beginning with birth issues, falls,<br />

head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse<br />

issues, death, divorce and other emotional<br />

issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma<br />

by shortening fascia to isolate the energy<br />

coming into the body from that trauma.<br />

Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility<br />

and range of motion, organs becoming<br />

less efficient and with parts of the brain and<br />

spinal cord becoming stressed.<br />

To keep the brain functioning, the body<br />

transfers some of your functional work play<br />

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting<br />

in less energy to make it through each<br />

day. As we age, the accumulation of all the<br />

tightened fascia, from every major trauma<br />

in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our<br />

body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,<br />

mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,<br />

as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.<br />

How Craniosacral<br />

Therapy Works<br />

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe<br />

place, with gentle holding techniques, that<br />

engages your body’s ability to self correct,<br />

reorganize and heal itself with the release<br />

of some of that tightened fascia during<br />

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist<br />

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.<br />

As the fascia releases, pain begins to<br />

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,<br />

organs begin functioning better and<br />

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns<br />

the energy it borrowed at the time of each<br />

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in<br />

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave<br />

from my first session not feeling better.<br />

Short Leg Syndrome<br />

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one<br />

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened<br />

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome<br />

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom<br />

of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube<br />

that encases the spinal cord into the lower<br />

and upper back, the neck, the cranium and<br />

The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened<br />

fascia (connective tissue) shuts down<br />

energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome<br />

by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up<br />

by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to<br />

the spleen (an important part of your immune<br />

system) and the small and large intestine. With<br />

the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns<br />

to these organs.<br />

the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and<br />

neck problems can originate from the fascial<br />

stress in the sacrum.<br />

Releasing this sacral stress increases energy<br />

in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and<br />

the chakras as well as releasing major stress<br />

in the upper part of the body.<br />

Cause of Shallow Breathing<br />

A great majority of the clients who come to<br />

me for various problems are also shallow<br />

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm<br />

restricts the depth of breathing by restricting<br />

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium<br />

and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm<br />

restriction, the client immediately<br />

starts breathing deeply and energy is restored<br />

to the pericardium and the heart.<br />

Shoulder blades that are cemented to the<br />

body also restricts how much the rib cage can<br />

open and thereby also restricting depth of<br />

breath. Without proper breathing, your cells<br />

do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especially<br />

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

and COPD as well as shallow breathing can<br />

benefit when the fascial stress is released.<br />

Specialized Training<br />

to work with Brain<br />

Dysfunctions<br />

Just as the body physically gets stressed from<br />

physical and emotional trauma, the functioning<br />

of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For<br />

our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic<br />

production of craniosacral fluid which performs<br />

the important function of bringing nourishment<br />

to all the cells in the brain and spinal<br />

cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic<br />

wastes given off by those same cells.<br />

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these<br />

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these<br />

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is<br />

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,<br />

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid<br />

plaques from the brain. If the drainage<br />

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed<br />

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of<br />

your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry<br />

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,<br />

Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?<br />

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received<br />

training in working with the brain, can reverse<br />

that stress on the brain that eventually can<br />

result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all<br />

know, the proper functioning of the body is<br />

dependent on a healthy functioning brain.<br />

Babies and Children can benefit<br />

■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a<br />

difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics<br />

for an ear infection and as a result developed<br />

c-diff. His development came to a stop.<br />

At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started<br />

to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,<br />

he was unable to answer questions and his<br />

communication skills were very poor. Leo<br />

had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in<br />

his body and physical activities such walking,<br />

jumping and climbing were difficult for him.<br />

Beginning with the first session with Terry,<br />

he began showing improvement and with each<br />

following session. Everyone from his teachers<br />

to his grandparents noticed an increase in his<br />

■ “I was in awful pain and the<br />

MRI showed 2 pinched nerves<br />

and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.<br />

My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.<br />

After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to<br />

advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went<br />

for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”<br />

■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for<br />

Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging<br />

(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/<br />

pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”<br />

physical strength, as well as improvements in<br />

comprehension, speech and communication<br />

skills. For the first time, he started participating<br />

in class lessons and interacting with his<br />

classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on<br />

getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at<br />

age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.<br />

■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old<br />

baby boy from recent hospitalization into<br />

the first series of healthy bowel movements<br />

when seemingly nothing could help. Our son<br />

was able to latch onto the breast and for the<br />

first time completed his feeding. He was much<br />

calmer after working with Terry.<br />

■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have<br />

been carrying around for 15 years or more.<br />

I left his office table with more energy than I<br />

have had in years.”<br />

■ “I began working with him because I was<br />

dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of<br />

emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized<br />

how much stress can cause damage to<br />

your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was<br />

a big help.”<br />

Terrence Grywinski<br />

of Advanced<br />

Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049<br />

Testimonials from Clients<br />

SOURCE:<br />

■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral<br />

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger<br />

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues<br />

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy<br />

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility<br />

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part<br />

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral<br />

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him<br />

to work at a cellular<br />

level and with brain<br />

dysfunctions.<br />

Call 941-321-8757<br />

for more information,<br />

Google Advanced<br />

Craniosacral<br />

Therapy.<br />

■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured<br />

my back. I found Terry online. I can say<br />

with complete joy that was the best decision<br />

I made in the history of my back pain. I have<br />

sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly<br />

and never have I had such a healing in<br />

my entire body.<br />

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive<br />

home with no pain or discomfort in my entire<br />

body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of<br />

moving freely and that is completely new. I’m<br />

advanced craniosacral therapy<br />

so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his<br />

sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity<br />

in healing my body. I will see him when I return<br />

next year.”<br />

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months<br />

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25<br />

years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great<br />

deal of release and relief in areas that have<br />

been problematic. I have been seeing him over<br />

the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usually<br />

after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”<br />


<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 25

you’re news<br />

Appointments<br />

■ Rita Lowman, a banking executive<br />

in the Tampa Bay area for<br />

over four<br />

decades,<br />

has joined<br />

the board of<br />

directors of<br />

regionally<br />

based Caldwell<br />

Trust<br />

Company, a<br />

wealth management<br />

Rita Lowman<br />

company in Venice with a presence<br />

in Sarasota and the central Gulf<br />

Coast area.<br />

In announcing Lowman’s<br />

appointment, R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell<br />

Jr., CEO/president, praised<br />

Lowman’s all-around record of<br />

accomplishments, which encompass<br />

business sectors as well as<br />

community causes. “Rita’s experience<br />

with banking issues, combined<br />

with her financial expertise<br />

and passion for serving nonprofit<br />

institutions, makes her an ideal fit<br />

and very welcome addition to our<br />

board,” he said.<br />

Lowman began her banking career<br />

45 years ago as state administration<br />

executive for NationsBank/<br />

Bank of America and has blazed<br />

trails ever since—especially for<br />

women—up to her most recent<br />

position as president of Pilot Bank.<br />

Having managed over 20 acquisitions<br />

during her career including<br />

the Nations Bank-Barnett Bank<br />

merger in 1997, she brings valuable<br />

experience in the areas of mergers<br />

and acquisitions, branding and<br />

community involvement.<br />

Lowman has been honored<br />

multiple times with a mix of awards<br />

that cross boundaries between<br />

business and volunteer sectors.<br />

In 2017 she was elected as only<br />

the third woman in the 130-year<br />

history of the Florida Bankers<br />

Association to serve as its Chair. As<br />

a member of the FBA’s executive<br />

board of directors, she contributed<br />

her skills to its government<br />

relations council, where she served<br />

as Chair. She provided similar services<br />

as past chair of the American<br />

Bankers Association’s executive<br />

board of directors and its government<br />

relations council.<br />

Lowman also chaired the Florida<br />

School of Banking at the University<br />

of Florida, American Cancer Society<br />

Cattle Baron’s Ball, American<br />

Heart Association Go Red, American<br />

Cancer Society Tampa Bay<br />

Council and the Centre Club.<br />

Besides Caldwell Trust Company,<br />

she is a current board member<br />

of Southeastern U.S. American<br />

Cancer Society and Tampa Bay<br />

Bowl Association. She previously<br />

served on executive boards of directors<br />

of the Tampa Bay Chamber<br />

of Commerce and the St. Petersburg<br />

Chamber of Commerce<br />

Lowman’s community service<br />

has seen her named as 2020-<strong>2022</strong><br />

chair of the Tampa Bay Bowl and<br />

serving on its board of directors<br />

from 2013 through present day.<br />

In <strong>2022</strong> she was honored as<br />

Gracepoint’s Guy King Mental<br />

Health Champion. She was also<br />

the recipient of the 2021 Dottie<br />

Berger MacKinnon Woman of<br />

Influence Award and the 2019<br />

Outstanding Leader of the Year as<br />

president of Pilot Bank, both presented<br />

by the Tampa Bay Chamber<br />

of Commerce. The Girl Scouts of<br />

America honored her in 2019 with<br />

its Women of Distinction award.<br />

Previously, in 2018 she was named<br />

as Tampa Bay Business Journal’s<br />

Business Woman of the Year. In<br />

2018 and 2019 the Tampa Bay Business<br />

Journal named Lowman to<br />

its prestigious list of Power 100. In<br />

addition, her book From the Farm<br />

to the Board Room was selected<br />

among the top Business Books of<br />

2017 by Richter Publishing.<br />

Caldwell Trust Company is an<br />

independent trust company chartered<br />

in the state of Florida, with<br />

offices in Venice and Sarasota.<br />

■ Ringling College of Art and<br />

Design welcomes Dr. Phyllis<br />

Brown as Director of the Osher<br />

Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)<br />

at Ringling<br />

College,<br />

located on<br />

the Ringling<br />

College of Art<br />

and Design<br />

Museum<br />

Campus.<br />

Phyllis<br />

brings more<br />

Dr. Phyllis Brown<br />

than 30 years<br />

of experience in higher education,<br />

a strong vision for leadership in the<br />

field of education, and a passionate<br />

commitment to lifelong learning.<br />

Phyllis has held key leadership<br />

positions locally with the Manatee<br />

Literacy Council, Friends of the<br />

North Sarasota Library, and the<br />

State College of Florida, Florida<br />

Heritage House. Most recently she<br />

served as associate dean/campus<br />

director for the School of Professional<br />

and Continuing Studies,<br />

Springfield College in Tampa,<br />

Florida. She also led undergraduate<br />

studies at Goddard College,<br />

Plainfield, Vermont and Port<br />

Townsend, Washington. Prior to<br />

Goddard, she served as assistant<br />

professor of education, School<br />

of Education, Lesley University,<br />

Cambridge, Massachusetts.<br />

A native of Rhode Island, Phyllis<br />

graduated from the University of<br />

Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts<br />

degree in history; earned a Master<br />

in Management of Human Services<br />

from Brandeis University, Waltham,<br />

Massachusetts; and a Doctorate in<br />

Education from the University of<br />

Massachusetts, Amherst.<br />

OLLI at Ringling College is one<br />

of 125 Osher Lifelong Learning<br />

Institutes in the country, offering<br />

quality education for students age<br />

55 or better. To learn more about<br />

OLLI, visit www.OLLIatRingling-<br />

College.org.<br />

■ Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation has announced the<br />

promotion of Jennifer Johnston<br />

to Director of Community<br />

Leadership, and welcomes Dr.<br />

Kameron Partridge Hodgens as<br />

she joins the community leadership<br />

team to serve side by side<br />

with Johnston as a Director of<br />

Community Leadership.<br />

Johnston has served on the<br />

community<br />

leadership<br />

team since<br />

2017, working<br />

with Senior<br />

Vice President<br />

for Community<br />

Leadership<br />

Jon Thaxton<br />

on initiatives<br />

Jennifer Johnston<br />

fueled by<br />

research-driven Regional Scans.<br />

She leads the Here4YOUth Mental<br />

Health initiative together with<br />

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.<br />

Johnston’s background is in<br />

public health, and she received her<br />

Master of Public Health (M.P.H)<br />

from University of North Carolina<br />

at Chapel Hill.<br />

Dr. Kameron Partridge Hodgens<br />

joins Gulf Coast from The Glasser/<br />

Schoenbaum Human Services<br />

Center where<br />

she served as<br />

the CEO|Executive<br />

Director<br />

since 2014. In<br />

her role, she<br />

was responsible<br />

for the<br />

management<br />

Kameron Partridge<br />

Hodgens<br />

of the five-acre<br />

campus that<br />

houses regional nonprofit partners,<br />

fundraising efforts for the<br />

sustainability of the organizational<br />

mission, vision, and values, as well<br />

as overall strategic planning. She<br />

received her Masters and Ph.D. in<br />

Lifespan Developmental Psychology<br />

from University of Alabama at<br />

Birmingham.<br />

Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.<br />

■ Muffy Lavens is the new Press<br />

and Public Relations Director and<br />

part of the Van Wezel’s marketing<br />

team.<br />

Muffy joins<br />

the Van Wezel<br />

following an<br />

almost decade<br />

long career<br />

in public<br />

relations and<br />

marketing.<br />

A New York<br />

Muffy Lavens<br />

University<br />

graduate, she began her PR career<br />

at a boutique agency in the city<br />

before moving to the Suncoast for a<br />

position with Feld Entertainment.<br />

Most recently, Muffy held the role<br />

of media relations manager at<br />

Southeastern Guide Dogs.<br />

Most recently, Maldonado<br />

served as the director of education<br />

and community engagement at<br />

the Van Wezel. Prior, she held arts<br />

and education positions at Asolo<br />

Repertory Theatre here in Sarasota<br />

and Manhattan Theatre Club and<br />

New Amsterdam Theatre in New<br />

York City.<br />

Maldonado will continue the<br />

Foundation’s 30-year partnership<br />

with the Van Wezel and continue to<br />

underwrite popular, philanthropic<br />

educational programming that<br />

serves more than 50,000 students,<br />

teachers and families annually,<br />

while creating a lifelong learning<br />

program for the new Sarasota Performing<br />

Arts Center.<br />

■ The Van Wezel Foundation<br />

has announced the promotion of<br />

Suzanne Hudson-Smith to the<br />

newly created position of director<br />

of leadership<br />

and legacy<br />

giving. Hudson-Smith<br />

will<br />

be responsible<br />

for the strategic<br />

growth<br />

of legacy and<br />

planned gifts<br />

Suzanne Hudson-<br />

Smith<br />

to advance<br />

fundraising<br />

goals in her new role.<br />

Hudson-Smith joined the<br />

Foundation team in 2020 as associate<br />

director of leadership gifts<br />

where she has been instrumental<br />

in managing the expansion of<br />

Foundation proposals and public<br />

funding grant opportunities while<br />

cultivating relationships with new<br />

donors increasing support for<br />

the Friends Society and Annual<br />

Giving program. She acquired her<br />

certified fundraising executive<br />

certificate in 2013 and is currently<br />

working to attain the chartered<br />

advisor in philanthropy credentials<br />

to create opportunities for deeper<br />

conversations for legacy gifts that<br />

honor donor passions around the<br />

performing arts.<br />

Hudson-Smith’s previous<br />

positions have included executive<br />

director of the Jacksonville Public<br />

Library Foundation, director<br />

of development for the historic<br />

Florida Theatre, vice president<br />

of development for WNIN<br />

Public Media for PBS/NPR and a<br />

corporate background with Frito-<br />

Lay Community Relations.<br />

Accolades<br />

■ Temple Sinai honored Elana<br />

Margolis at the March 25 Rhythm<br />

& Jews Erev Shabbat Service with<br />

a tribute by Laura Freedman, Director<br />

of Early Childhood Education,<br />

Bethany Leinweber, Director<br />

of Youth Education, Outreach &<br />

Engagement, and Andrea Eiffert,<br />

Program Director.<br />

Laura spoke about Elana’s<br />

successes during her eight years<br />

as vice president of membership.<br />

As a reflection of her accomplishments,<br />

the sanctuary was<br />

filled with many congregants and<br />

the recent new members who<br />

were given a special blessing by<br />

Chazzan Cliff Abramson. The evening<br />

included the sounds of the<br />

Bruno Trio along with Chazzan<br />

Abramson.<br />

Elana has been a vital part of<br />

the growth of Temple Sinai as she<br />

always welcomes and encourages<br />

new members on a regular basis.<br />

She has been involved with all<br />

aspects of life in the synagogue,<br />

including her years as co-president.<br />

As outgoing vice president of<br />

membership, she was presented<br />

with gifts and a memorial book<br />

with photos and individual statements<br />

about how important she<br />

has been.<br />

Elana is a lover of all things<br />

Micky and Minnie Mouse, so Minnie<br />

Mouse ears were worn. She has<br />

also handed out M&Ms at special<br />

occasions so M&Ms were distributed<br />

at the end of the service.<br />

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<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2022</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 27

dining out<br />

Sushi, steaks, traditional and non-traditional sushi and more for the whole family<br />

I<br />

I<br />

happen to love sushi -<br />

the classic version - so<br />

I guess that’s being a<br />

sushi snob. Anyway, I’ve<br />

also had the California<br />

rolls, the rolls with cream<br />

cheese, avocado or jalapeño,<br />

etc., and they’re nice, but I go<br />

for the classics. As an aside,<br />

I have only one friend who<br />

will partake of classic sushi<br />

with me - the rest - well, it’s<br />

not their thing, let’s just say.<br />

But I think they’d all like what<br />

Kona Grill has to offer.<br />

Kona Grill, Inc. is based<br />

in Scottsdale, Arizona and<br />

serves American cuisine,<br />

sushi, and cocktails. The<br />

company started in 1998 and<br />

owns and operates around 40 restaurants<br />

in 23 U.S. states, as well as three<br />

international locations. This Kona<br />

Grill is at the UTC Mall in Sarasota<br />

behind SAKS.<br />

To start, they have a whole page of<br />

drinks including eight sakes as well as<br />

sake flights, but they also have cocktails<br />

and Margaritas. There’s a great selection<br />

of beers including Sapporo (the<br />

oldest beer brand in Japan, founded in<br />

1876) which always complements fresh<br />

fish so well.<br />

They’re playful with the appetizers,<br />

entrees and sides. Where else can you<br />

get miso mashed potatoes? Sounds<br />

delicious, actually. Or seared sea bass<br />

sliders. The latter come with furikake<br />

(a Japanese seasoning typically made<br />

with toasted sesame seeds, nori, salt<br />

and sugar), miso aioli, pickled veggies,<br />

King’s Hawaiian rolls, cucumber salad<br />

and russet chips ( $ 19).<br />

As for the entire menu - it’s long and<br />

quite a read, deciding to go seafood or<br />

meat or a combination of the two. For<br />

sushi there’s the Bama roll that has<br />

crab salad, cream cheese, jalapeño,<br />

tuna, avocado, soy paper, smelt roe and<br />

spicy motoyaki mayo ( $ 20). I’d call it<br />

sushi playfully reconstructed.<br />

Leaning more traditional are the<br />

crunch, spicy tuna rolls with cucumber,<br />

tempura crunch, togarashi (a spicy<br />

powdered assortment of dried chili<br />

peppers and other seasoning), spicy<br />

motoyaki mayo and eel sauce ( $ 16).<br />

And there are steaks, Korean-style<br />

ribs, their own version of the poke<br />

bowl, sashimi and traditional sushi<br />

rolls with yellowtail, salmon, smelt roe<br />

and more.<br />

Atmosphere? It’s like a dressed up<br />

sports bar with large screen TVs over<br />

the bar and large booths and tables<br />

elsewhere. Compared to traditional<br />

sushi places there are no women in<br />

kimonos offering hot towels, but show<br />

of hands, how many need that (though I<br />

Kona Grill<br />

again, in the minority, liked it)?<br />

To make sushi palatable and user-friendly<br />

to more, Kona Grill caters<br />

more to the American palate without<br />

neglecting traditionalists like me. It’s<br />

smart and the sushi I had was really<br />

good like the yellowtail sashimi ( $ 12- $ 19)<br />

which is such a palate-pleasing dish<br />

that must be super fresh with just<br />

a little bit of brine and a little bit of<br />

sweet. This buttery yellowtail, paired<br />

with a cold Sapporo, was delicious and<br />

a great start.<br />

I ventured off the grid with avocado<br />

egg rolls with honey-cilantro dipping<br />

sauce ( $ 17) which I chose because they<br />

were one of their most popular items<br />

on the menu. Avocado lovers will no<br />

doubt like the crispy dough brimming<br />

with creamy goodness and nothing<br />

fishy about this dish.<br />

Next time I will try the popular New<br />

England-meets-Vietnam Lemongrass<br />

Clam Chowder ( $ 13) and the Seared<br />

Seabass Sliders ( $ 19) both of which,<br />

sadly, they were out of.<br />

For entrees can you guess? I had<br />

the Yamada plate which was tempura<br />

sea bass, crab salad, avocado, cucumber,<br />

soy paper, sweet and spicy sauce<br />

and fried wonton slivers ( $ 18) and the<br />

crunchy spicy tuna rolls with tuna,<br />

cucumber, tempura crunch, togarashi,<br />

spicy motoyaki mayo and eel sauce ( $ 16)<br />

which was quite good.<br />

The menu has flavorings from Korea,<br />

Japan, New England, California as well<br />

as classic diner food like mac ’n cheese.<br />

Their signature Surf & Turf gives you<br />

a Kona specialty or traditional roll; a<br />

choice of a filet, New York strip or a big<br />

island ribeye. And it comes with green<br />

beans and miso whipped or crispy<br />

garlic fingerling potatoes ( $ 39).<br />

Happy Hour is Monday - Friday 2pm<br />

- 6pm and Monday - Thursday 9pm<br />

- Close. Food choices include sushi<br />

rolls, sashimi, sliders, lettuce wraps<br />

and fish tacos.<br />

Reviews online rave about their<br />

Power Lunch, a three-course lunch for<br />

$<br />

19 available every Monday-Friday from<br />

11am-2pm. They promise to get you<br />

served and on the road in 45 minute.<br />

Includes an appetizer, a main and a<br />

brownie to go.<br />

If you read them, Kona Grill gets<br />

good to very good reviews pretty<br />

consistently.They’re open for dine-in,<br />

delivery or takeout and they offer lots<br />

of kids’ food.<br />

Desserts? Carrot cake, butter cake,<br />

coconut rum cake, brownies and coffee<br />

bread pudding. Not a bit of sushi<br />

there for sure.<br />

At Kona Grill, they’ve gone against<br />

convention and definitely “played with<br />

their food” to not only offer the classics,<br />

but also clever variations on Japanese<br />

food. East meets west with spicy tuna<br />

rolls and the California roll both under<br />

one roof. Or is it American food with an<br />

Asian twist? Either way, it’s good.<br />

STORY: Louise Bruderle<br />


Kona Grill Sarasota<br />

150 University Town Center Dr.,<br />

Suite #150 Sarasota<br />

Dine inside or out,<br />

depending on the weather<br />

Phone: 941-256-8005 Visit KonaGrill.com.<br />

HOURS: <br />

<br />

A Picasso<br />

roll - spicy<br />

yellowtail<br />

mix,<br />

avocado,<br />

yellowtail,<br />

jalapeño,<br />

cilantro,<br />

togarashi,<br />

sriracha<br />

and yuzu<br />

ponzu<br />

BrunchSaturday & Sunday:<br />

9:30am-2pm<br />

Dining Hours:<br />

Monday-Thursday: 11am-11pm;<br />

Friday: 11am-12am;<br />

Saturday: 9:30am-12am<br />

Sunday: 9:30am-10pm<br />

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Winehive for<br />

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