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■ Arts News
Ever Onward Season 27
October 2 • 4:00 pm • Sarasota Opera House
Violin phenom Alexander Markov unites with his
parents for classical favorites performed by the
“first family of violin.” Alexander and his electric
gold violin are joined by Key Chorale and the
Booker High School VPA Choir for his original
November 15 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater
An extraordinary genre-crossing quintet of
classically trained musicians with Sarasota roots,
SYBARITE5 takes listeners on a musical journey
of staggering breadth and depth in a concert that
Blake Pouliot & Simone Porter, violins
December 6 • 7:30 pm • Sarasota Opera House
Sparks fly when these two astounding young artists
come together for an evening of duo magic that
includes works by Strauss, Beethoven,
December 13 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater
Combining three members of the St. Louis
Symphony and two of the St. Louis region’s finest
jazz musicians, The 442s is an acoustic ensemble
that breaks down barriers between jazz, classical,
folk, and pop. This concert features holiday
favorites and original compositions.
January 10 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater
Named one of the greatest string quartets of the
last 100 years, the Grammy-nominated Dover
Quartet is one of the most in-demand chamber
ensembles in the world. Their program features
works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME
featuring the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio
and Bharat Chandra, clarinet
February 28 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater
Olivier Messian’s moving masterpiece, Quartet for
the End of Time, was composed in a German WWII
prisoner-of-war camp. Captured in the early days
of the the war, Messian wrote this mystical work for
fellow prisoners to perform.
MICHELLE CANN, piano
March 7 • 7:30 pm • Historic Asolo Theater
Winner of the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence
recognizing extraordinary Black and Latinx
musicians, Michelle Cann’s program includes
repertoire by Florence Price.
VIVALDI AND MENDELSSOHN
May 9 • 7:30 pm • Sarasota Opera House
Four superstar concertmasters from American
orchestras share the role of soloist in Vivaldi’s
iconic Four Seasons, and all four will perform
Mendelssohn’s String Octet together along with
four other artists.
Visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org for our complete concert schedule.
This project is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes);
The Exchange; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; and Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.
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West Coast Woman Luz Corcuera
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There’s a delightful revelation in our profile of
Luz Corcuera, the CEO at UnidosNow, when you
hear her tell about how some of her programs
grow. First some background: UnidosNow’s
mission is stated as “Empowering Latinos To
Achieve Their American Dream” and thus Luz
and her team work a lot with young people.
For many Hispanic/Latino families their children
are often the first in the family to attend
and graduate from college. Many of the young
people who go through UnidosNow indeed go
off to college, but also reach back and help the
next class of high school graduates as mentors
or volunteers. And all those young people in turn help acclimate their
families in many ways from language to technology.
UnidosNow’s mission is to “elevate the quality of life of the growing
Hispanic/Latino community in the Manatee and Sarasota region
through education, integration and civic engagement” which is enough
to keep anyone busy and Luz is certainly that, but it’s also so enjoyable
to hear how each generation helps the next in the tight-knit Hispanic/
I hope you enjoy reading about how UnidosNow has been empowering
families for the past ten years - and the woman who makes it
all happen. “When UnidosNow engages, be assured that Luz is gently
guiding for excellence. Her forthright integrity inspires what’s possible
in every way,” says Debra M Jacobs, President/CEO of the Patterson
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• All Faiths Food Bank received over $83,000 in support of BackPack
and Summer Programs.
In support of the BackPack Program:
• $28,917 from the Heritage Oaks Golf and
Country Club FitWeek event
• $20,000 Isermann Family Foundation
• $5,000 from MLB Players Trust
• $5,000 from The Venice Golf and Country Club Foundation Grant Fund
In support of Summer Programs:
• $25,000 from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
The BackPack Program provided nutritious snack bags to students
over the weekends and school breaks and Summer Programs that
provided access to food to families and children this summer. For more
information visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.
State Street Eating House + Cocktails recently participated in an
invitation-only Celebrity Chef Dinner culinary event, hosted at Pops
Sunset Grill in Nokomis. Sponsored by the James Beard
Foundation, the event featured some of the best chefs in
the country, including State Street’s own executive chef,
At the waterfront establishment, Wolforth and her colleagues
dazzled the 200+ ticketholders with courses that
showcased a survey of styles and cuisines. Notable James
Beard Foundation award winners at the event included
Martin Rios from New Mexico, a three-time finalist for
Best Chef in the Southwest; Rabii Saber of Four Seasons
Resort in Orlando, a 2019 semifinalist for his pastry work;
and Justin Aprahamian of Milwaukee, a frequent finalist for and onetime
winner of the national Best Chef award.
For State Street’s offering, Chef Wolforth created a special agnolotti
pasta dish, a branch of the repertoire she’s uses at State Street eating
House. For Wolforth, the opportunity to work side by side with such
distinguished colleagues gave her an opportunity to talk shop with esteemed
colleagues. “As chefs, we all kind of operate in our own bubbles
where we’re concerned about our restaurant’s sourcing, menu, personnel,
et cetera,” says Wolforth, “so to get a chance to spend time with chefs
I admire on top of cooking for a cause is really fulfilling for me. In my
mind, this is what cooking is all about.”
Proceeds benefited All Faith’s Food Bank and the James Beard Foundation
Transition Sarasota is a non-profit
organization and part of the greater
Transition US movement. They’re
committed to developing “community-driven
solutions for our local
food system.” They serve Sarasota,
Manatee Counties and surrounding
areas by gleaning crops from partner
farmers and growers, harvesting
produce that would have been laid
to waste, but instead feeds hungry
They have donated an amazing
58,290 pounds of fresh produce
so far in 2022. That is enough to Transition Sarasota
provide over 155,000 six-ounce servings of fresh vegetables or fruit to
those in need. Gleaned blueberries, for example, were donated to All
Faiths Food Bank and a small amount was donated to a youth shelter in
Joyce Norris is Transition Sarasota’s Executive Director and we hope
to feature them when the weather turns agreeable and volunteers are out
there gleaning. For now, learn more at https://www.transitionsrq.org.
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The 17th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, “Advancing
Climate Solutions,” will bring the community together to discuss
sustainability priorities on November 1. Expert speakers will provide
up-to-date information on several different sustainability topics including
carbon sequestration, regenerative agriculture, water quality,
equity, climate change, and more. Visit exhibitor booths to network with
businesses and community groups to help build a better future for our
all sectors and walks
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Circus Arts Conservatory & The
Ringling: Summer Circus Spectacular
continues through August 13.
Some of the circus world’s most exciting
acts are in the annual show - a
longtime partnership of the Circus
Arts Academy and The Ringling.
The lineup for the Summer Circus
Spectacular includes a wide range of
acts, including duo lyra, adagio, hand
balancing/contortion, rolla bolla,
and more. Show times are 11 a.m.
and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays,
and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Tickets are $18/adults, $12/children
12 and under.
To complete their circus experience,
Summer Circus Spectacular
patrons can enjoy access to the Circus
Museum on the day they attend
a show for just an additional $5. Go
to Ringling.org or call the Box Office
St. Armands Circle’s Sunset Yoga
is is on the inner circle, and will
run through the end of September.
Yoga enthusiasts can relax, stretch,
and gaze at a sunset while enjoying
a nice workout. Attendees should
bring their own yoga mat and block.
The class will be led by Liana Sheintal
Bryant. Breathe: A Sunset Yoga
Series will be held on August 28 and
September 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. and
is free for the public. For directions,
more information, and to RSVP, visit
the Facebook event page, https://
The St. Armands Circle Business
Improvement District has a Summer
Concert Series. Residents and
visitors are invited to enjoy this free
monthly series featuring various jazz
performers. Bring lawn chairs and
blankets for a family-friendly, jazzy
trio of shows featuring:
• JAC of All Trades -
Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Big Band Concert –
Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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At The Bishop
On exhibit: Illumination: Seeing
Beyond the Shell. A shell can be
many things: a mollusk’s protection
against a predator, a piece of jewelry,
a makeshift spoon—it can even be a
calcium supplement or an alternative
to limestone mining to help fight
climate change. But what happens
when you take a closer look?
With Illumination: Seeing Beyond
the Shell, The Bishop continues the
celebration of its 75th Anniversary
Year of Light with the photography
of Scott Odell who is not only a local
photographer, but also a member of
the Museum’s Staff.
This exhibition of macro photography
literally takes a closer look at the
shells in The Bishop’s permanent collection,
showing what happens when
you take an object and view it in a
completely different way.
These images are the fortuitous
result of the Museum’s temporary
closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Odell originally began his work
with the idea of having an online
exhibition where visitors to The Bishop’s
website could continue to view
items from the permanent collection
The Bishop Museum of Science
and Nature, 201 10th St. West,
August 9 and August 25 — Disaster
What would you do if basic services
were cut off, like electricity or water,
or if you had to suddenly leave your
home? This class will offer tips and
ways to prepare for unexpected
disasters, such as hurricanes. Learn
how to assemble an emergency supply
kit and other ways to prepare for
emergencies. Register for this event
only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.
Instructor: Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo,
Sarasota County family and consumer
sciences agent. For questions
or further information, call
941-861-5000. Register: https://
• August 17 — Healthy Homes
Learn different ways to manage the indoor
environment quality of your home,
and how to manage pests and mold.
Register for this event only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.
Instructors: Dr. Maria Portelos-Rometo,
Family and Consumer
Sciences agent, UF/IFAS Extension
Sarasota County, Carol Wyatt-Evens,
Chemicals in the Environment agent,
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.,
and Alia Garrett, Sustainability Outreach
Coordinator, UF/IFAS Extension
For details or to register, call
941-861-5000 or at https://www.
• August 18— Be a Weather Watcher
with CoCoRaHS (webinar)
Learn how to join one of the most successful
weather monitoring teams in
the world. They’ll walk you through
the registration process and tell you
what to expect as a volunteer weather
watcher. Sarasota County residents
may qualify for a free rain gauge after
registering to volunteer at cocorahs.org.
register for this event only
• August 20 — Rain Barrel Workshop
If you want to purchase a rain barrel,
you will need to do so before the
class. Barrels will not be for sale the
day of the class. If you plan to purchase
after the class, contact email@example.com
During this class you will learn how
the use of rain barrels can conserve
water, save money by reducing the
use of potable water in landscapes
(lower utility bills), and reduce
stormwater runoff by storing and
diverting runoff from impervious
surfaces (like roofs). Practical tips on
the construction and installation of
rain barrels will be provided. Register
for this event only at ufsarasotaext.
Rain barrels will be available for
pickup until 11:30 a.m. the day of the
workshop. If you would like to take
home a rain barrel(s), complete your
purchase by 12 p.m. August 19, by
clicking the green “tickets” button.
Only barrels purchased prior to that
date and time will be available for
pickup after the workshop.
• August 22 — Energy Upgrade
This 1-hour workshop is where you’ll
learn energy-, water-, and cost-saving
strategies at home. Attendees will
receive a free Do-It-Yourself Energy
Saving Kit (one per household) that includes
ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs,
WaterSense faucet aerators, a smart
power strip, weatherization materials
and outlet insulating gaskets, and
other items so you can start saving.
Attendees will also learn our low
and no-cost tips, which combined
with kits can save up to $560 per
household per year on energy costs.
Advance registration required. Register
for this event only at ufsarasotaext.
• September 6 — Shared Spaces:
Creating Your Edible Garden
Learn tips to create your very own
veggie garden. This webinar is ideal
for someone interested in learning site
considerations for creating a shared
space like a community garden or
school garden. Register for this event
only at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.
There will be a brief time for questions,
too. Registration is recommended.
Educator: Mindy Hanak, Community
and School Garden Coordinator,
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County.
Learn more about community and
school gardens in Sarasota, http://
• September 6— Wild Sarasota:
Hummingbirds of Florida (webinar)
Take a virtual walk on the wild side...
of Sarasota, with Dr. Katherine Clements,
ecology and natural resources
educator. Learn more about these tiny
but tantalizing birds which are a wonder
to behold. Register early at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.
For questions or further information,
Sea Turtle Nesting
Season is Here
is Here! Sea
Oct. 31 on
nests in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Sea turtle nesting season takes
place through Oct. 31 on Southwest
Florida beaches. Mote Marine coordinates
with county, state and federal
efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly
loggerheads, since Sarasota
County hosts the highest density of
loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.
Data show that nesting by loggerhead
turtles declined and then rebounded
in recent years, while green
turtle nesting — although very low in
numbers — has increased.
On nesting beaches, light from
waterfront properties can disorient
nesting female turtles and their
young, which emerge at night and
use dim natural light to find the sea.
Also, beach furniture, trash and other
obstacles can impede sea turtles and
their young. While Mote documents
turtle nests, the best thing you can do
to help is to refrain from using artificial
light while on the beach.
Here are some tips to keep beaches
• DO stay away from sea turtle nests
marked with yellow stakes and tape,
and seabird nesting zones that are
bounded by ropes.
• DO remain quiet and observe from
a distance if you encounter a nesting
sea turtle or hatchlings.
• DO shield or turn off outdoor lights
that are visible on the beach from
May through October.
• DO close drapes after dark and
stack beach furniture at the dune line
or, ideally, remove it from the beach
• DO fill in holes that may entrap
hatchlings on their way to the water.
• DON’T approach nesting turtles
or hatchlings, make noise, or shine
lights at turtles.
• DON’T use flashlights, head lamps
or fishing lamps on the beach.
• DON’T encourage a turtle to move
while nesting or pick up hatchlings
that have emerged and are heading
for the water.
• DON’T use fireworks on the beach.
• DON’T walk dogs on any Sarasota
County beach other than Brohard
Paw Park in Venice. There, dogs must
be leashed or under voice control, according
to county ordinances.
Report stranded sea turtles and
marine mammals. Mote Marine
Laboratory’s Stranding Investigations
Program responds 24 hours a
day seven days a week to reports of
sick, injured and dead marine mammals
and sea turtles for animals
in Sarasota and Manatee County
waters. Live animals are brought
back to Mote’s Dolphin and Whale
Hospital or Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
Hospital for treatment and the deceased
animals undergo a detailed
post-mortem examination so that
we may learn more about the natural
history of these animals and evaluate
long-term trends in mortality.
Within Sarasota or Manatee County
waters, if you see a stranded or
dead dolphin, whale or sea turtle,
call Mote’s Stranding Investigations
Program, a 24-hour response service,
If you see a stranded or dead manatee
anywhere in state waters or a
stranded or dead dolphin, whale or
sea turtle outside of Sarasota or Manatee
counties, call the FWC Wildlife
Alert hotline at 1-(888) 404-3922.
At Mote Marine
Mote Aquarium has an exhibit
from National Geographic.
SHARKS: On Assignment with
includes large-scale images that
highlight the work of National Geographic
Explorer and award-winning
photojournalist, Brian Skerry.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 7,
2022. The exhibition strives to raise
awareness about the status of sharks
around the world. Visitors can
dive into the ocean depths to swim
alongside tiger sharks, great whites,
oceanic whitetips and shortfin makos
while learning about each species’
habitat and threats they face.
Additionally, they’ll get a glimpse
into National Geographic’s ocean
National Geographic Explorer
and award-winning photojournalist
Skerry has spent more than
10,000 hours underwater exploring
the world’s oceans with a camera
to show why sharks need to be protected
and appreciated as integral
species within the ecosystem. The
exhibition will include large-scale
images and videos—all highlighting
Skerry’s passion, skill and life-long
commitment to conservation of the
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out and about continued
Elling Eide Center
Join docent Norman Burr on a
90-minute trek through their historic
grounds. Walk through the arboretum
and learn about rare, interesting,
and exotic plants. Norman will discuss
the geologic history of Florida
and how plant life evolved. He will
also share the history of the inhabitants
of the Elling Eide Center from
pre-history to today.
Then, venture inside and see Elling
Eide’s personal collection of Asian
art and artifacts. Arboretum Tours
are held every Tuesday/Thursday
of every week. Register at www.ellingoeide.org
for the Arboretum Tour
and their other events. Elling Eide
Center, 8000 South Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Admission: $5. Tour is 2
hours with 60 minutes of the tour is
outside and 30 minutes of the tour is
of the inside of the Eide Center.
Lots of Fun
The Palm Avenue First Friday
Walks in downtown Sarasota gives
art lovers a backdoor peek without
the hustle and bustle of the crowds
but with the cool breeze and moonlight
sky the evening brings. The
event is held the first Friday of every
month, running 6-9 p.m. The next
ones are on August 5. Info: https://
Start your Saturday with a sunrise
stretch at The Sarasota Farmers
Market. They offer free, weekly
sunrise yoga to downtown Sarasota.
Participants meet at the Mermaid
Fountain in Paul Thorpe Park, near
the Intersection of Pineapple and
Lemon Avenues. Enjoy Artful Movement
with Bianca, a 45-minute guided
practice accompanied by a playlist
to match the intention.
Starting at 7 a.m., participants
will enjoy a gentle yoga flow suitable
for all ages and levels. The weekly
45-minute yoga practice will focus
on movements that foster inner and
For information, call 941-225-9256 or
Friday Fest is BACK! The Van
Wezel Friday Fest events are an outdoor
concert series that provides the
community with free events to September,
showcasing the best of local
bands from Sarasota and Bradenton.
Friday Fest brings together a wide
variety of talented artists along with
food trucks and drink stations on the
Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful
Our Friday Fest lineup includes:
• Big Night Out - August 12
• Jah Movement - September 16
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
has Flora Imaginaria: The Flower
in Contemporary Photography
through September 25 at the Downtown
The Flower in Contemporary Photography,
will feature a spectacular
bouquet of flower imagery drawn
over the past
the show will
well as for
70 prints by some 50 photographers
from around the globe will be featured.
Their varied work will be displayed
both inside, in the Museum of
Botany & the Arts, and outside in the
Gardens, providing visitors a unique
encounter with art in the context of
nature. Many of the images to be seen
here have never previously been featured
in a major exhibition.
The Van Wezel Friday Fest events are an outdoor concert series that provides the community
with free events to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and
Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food
trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Next
up: Big Night Out - August 12.
Sarasota Art Museum has
Katrina Coombs I M(O)ther Threads
of the Maternal Figure through
October 2, 2022. Katrina Coombs (b.
1986, Jamaica) has a passion for fiber
and an understanding of the sensitivity
of threads and fabric, which she
uses to bring forth unique designs
and sculptural forms. Coombs’ works
are inspired and guided by a quest to
deepen the spiritual, emotional, and
psychological understanding of the
numerous conflicting roles that have
been attributed to women in contemporary
State of the Art 2020: Constructs
runs through September 11, 2022.
State of the Art: Constructs is an exploration
into how contemporary art
– produced all across the country including
regions outside traditional art
centers – reflects the present moment.
■ Sarasota Art Museum is at the
Ringling College Museum Campus,
1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Art Uptown Gallery will be celebrating
its 42nd summer with “Summer
in the City,” an exhibit of new art
by its 25 local artists. The mediums
included are paintings, photography,
sculpture, glass works, pottery and
jewelry. Meet some of the artists on
August 5 from 6-9 p.m. at the First
Friday public reception at the gallery
and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhibit runs through August 19.
■ Art Uptown Gallery is located at
1367 Main Street, Sarasota. Call 941-
955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com.
Art Ovation Hotel has an ongoing
series of art displays by six international
artists and organizations
that will run through September 6,
2022. The six new exhibits include
Tribute to Andrés Valerio; Ana
Albertina Delgado: The Human
Mysteries and the Indifference of
the Universe; Alexander Solotzew:
Life in Colors; Peter Jacob Christ:
Disappearing Signs of Life; and The
Rainer Hildebrandt Collection:
Original Painted Slabs from the
Berlin Wall, as well as The Florida
Watercolor Society (FWS)’s 2021-
2022 Traveling Exhibition.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the
works at their own leisure or can request
a guided tour for a deeper understanding
of the artists and their works.
■ Art Ovation Hotel is located at
1255 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota.
Join Jewish Democrats for a Sip
and Schmooze event with guest, Tom
Edwards of the local School Board.
This is the 2nd fundraiser hosted by
the Sarasota County Democratic Party
Jewish Caucus. Join like-minded
friends for complimentary light bites
and soft drinks. Cash bar will be available.
It’s 5-7 p.m. at Tamiami Tap, 711
S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota. Cost is $36
for members, $40 for not yet members.
RSVP is a must at SrqJewishDems.org.
Contact for questions is mail@SrqJewishDems.org.
At The Ringling
On exhibit is “As long as there is
sun, as long as there is light.” Selections
from the Bring Gift and The
Ringling Collection of Modern and
Contemporary Art. The exhibition
runs through Aug. 13, 2023, in the
museum’s Searing Wing.
Highlights include minimalist
work by Anne Truitt and a monumental
work on canvas by Gene
Davis, both artists affiliated with
the Washington Color School, an art
movement during the 1950s to 1970s
in Washington D.C., made up of abstract
Additional work represent a generation
of prominent artists who work,
or have worked, in abstraction, including
Clement Meadmore, Jules
Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca
Salter, Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko
Yamaguchi, among others. Also on
view are sculptures and paintings
of her first
Rhodnie Désir: Conversations in
the Ringling’s Monda Gallery. In
her multidimensional choreographic
career, dancer/choreographer Rhodnie
Désir created BOW’T TRAIL, a
in which she has conducted research
throughout the Americas since 2015.
Her work included visits to countries
such as Martinique, Brazil, Haïti,
Canada, Mexico, and the United
States to immerse herself within the
African and afro descendant cultures
and rhythms generated from
the ingenuity of her ancestors since
the Slave Trade.
The Ringling also has Eleanor
Merritt: Remembrance, running
through Aug. 21. The exhibition celebrates
the life and artwork of Merritt
who was a volunteer at The Ringling
for many years as a docent and board
member. She also served as president
of the Venice Art Center and was
active in other arts organizations as
well. Eleanor died in 2019 leaving a
legacy of art and public service.
This exhibition is dedicated to her
spirit and creativity and represents a
small sample of a significant body of
work the artist created over her long career.
The exhibition highlights her creative
use of materials, movement between
figuration and abstraction, and
her commitment to women’s rights.
Arriving in Sarasota in the 1980s,
Eleanor exhibited widely in Florida.
Her final exhibition in 2017 at the
Arts & Cultural Alliance celebrated
her 60 years of painting. In 2013, she
received national recognition with
an exhibition at the Houston Museum
of African American Culture.
And there’s Ballroom Florida:
Deco & Desire in Japan’s Jazz Age
on view to September 25. This exhibition
celebrates a recent gift of
six paintings from Mary and Robert
Levenson by Enomoto Chikatoshi
(1898–1973) and a photograph by
Hamaya Hiroshi (1915–1999) depicting
the women of the Florida and
its chic décor. The exhibition is augmented
with loans that elaborate on
themes that define this group of artworks:
Art Deco design, the exotic,
and elegant pleasures.
Metadata: Rethinking Photography
from the 21st Century is on
view until August 28. This exhibition
explores new paradigms for understanding
the ecology of the photographic
image. The term “metadata”
is used to describe the information
that travels with a digital image file
but is unseen within the image itself.
The Ringling also has “The world is
just so small, now: Works on paper
from The Ringling’s Collection of
Modern and Contemporary Art” on
view through October 23.
The exhibition’s title, The world is
just so small, now, is borrowed from
the first stanza of a poem by Brazilian
artist Abraão Batista. Bringing
together additional prints, watercolors,
and drawings by artists working
on paper, the exhibition highlights
the medium as fundamental to the
Assembled from The Ringling’s
collection of contemporary works
on paper, most of the pieces are on
display for the first time since their
recent acquisition through purchase
or donation. Shown along with these
are several rarely seen lithographs,
woodblocks, and a relief print on
glass acquired between the early
1960s and late 1990s.
This exhibition is located in the
Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery
for Contemporary Art and features
the work of Abel Barroso, Abraão
Batista, Romare Bearden, Sandra
Cinto, Francesco Clemente, Elisabeth
Condon, Mary Beth Edelson,
Leon Hicks, Corita Kent, Hung
Liu, Jason Middlebrook, Ibrahim
Miranda, Duke Riley, John Scott,
David Alfaro Siqueiros, Cauleen
Smith, Linda Stein, Howie Tsui, and
The John and Mable Ringling
Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.,
Sarasota. Info: www.ringling.org.
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) has
its Summer Cabaret Series.
Here’s what’s on:
• Smoke & Mirrors Begins August
3. Hamilton Orr will stop at nothing
to get what he wants. A top Hollywood
director, Hamilton comes up
with a deadly scheme to gain control
over a multi-million-dollar film. He
just needs to persuade the movie’s
screenwriter, Clark, to get onboard.
And make sure that Barbara, his
wife, plays her part. When his plot
doesn’t go as planned, Hamilton
comes face-to-face with the wily
local sheriff, Leroy.
• New York State of Mind: All the
Hits of Billy Joel With the Uptown
Boys. Begins August 9. With more
than 40 years of cumulative work
on some of Broadway’s biggest hits,
The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich
songbook as a way to share their stories
of life, love, and trying to make
it in New York City. Whether you’re
a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue
or just a casual listener, The Uptown
Boys have something to satisfy
everyone. Featuring such hits as
“Only The Good Die Young,” “For the
Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and
many more you know and love.
FST Improv has:
• The More You Know – August 6 only
• We’re Doomed — August 13, 20,
and 27 and,September 3, 17, and 24
• Thank You for Being a Friend
– September 10 only
Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N.
Palm Avenue, Sarasota. (941) 366-
9000 | FloridaStudioTheatre.org
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Venice Theatre has Godspell
running August 4-7. Book by John
Michael Tebelak; music and lyrics
by Stephen Schwartz. Based on “The
Gospel According to St. Matthew.
Directed by Kelly Duyn with music
direction by William Coleman and
choreography by Vanessa Russo.
Prepare ye for the timeless tale of
friendship, loyalty and love based on
Stephen Schwartz’s first major musical
theatre offering. Venice Theatre
is at 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice. Info:
At The Van Wezel
Jerry Seinfeld will return to the
Van Wezel on September 30. His
latest Emmy nominated Netflix projects
include “Jerry Before Seinfeld”
and “23 Hours to Kill” along with the
highly acclaimed web series, “Comedians
in Cars Getting Coffee.”
This extraordinary archive was created
by Orlando-based photographer
Jimm Roberts who embarked on a 20-
year mission to interview these exceptional
individuals and document
them in their studios and working
Seinfeld has also starred in, written,
and produced movies (“Comedian,”
“Bee Movie”), directed and produced
a Broadway hit (“Colin Quinn Long
Story Short”), and wrote two best-selling
books (“Is this Anything?” and
“Seinlanguage”) and a children’s book
(“Halloween”). Seinfeld recently announced
his upcoming film Unfrosted
and continues to perform both nationally
• With ten multi-platinum albums and
16 Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is hailed
as one of the most popular rock acts in
the world. Their newest tour, FOREIN-
GER: THE GREATEST HITS, comes to
the Van Wezel on November 17.
They’re responsible for some of
rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring anthems
including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As
Ice,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,”
“Feels Like the First Time,” and the
worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know
What Love Is.”
FOREIGNER’s lineup also includes
noted Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson,
Michael Bluestein on keyboards, guitarist
Bruce Watson, Chris Frazier
on drums, and guitarist Luis Carlos
• Also at the Van Wezel, LEANNE
MORGAN’s stand-up comedy routine
comes to the VW on Sarasota on
October 16. Morgan’s comedy has
landed her at the Just For Laughs Festival
in Montreal and has brought
her development deals for her own
sitcom with ABC and Warner Brothers,
writer/producer Matt Williams
(Rosanne and Home Improvement),
TV Land and now with Sony Television.
Her fan base continues to grow
with her relatability as she discusses
everything from being a housewife,
sharing Jell-O recipes to having a
Tickets can be purchased at www.
VanWezel.org, by calling the box office
at 941-263-6799. Pre-show dining
is available through Mattison’s at the
Van Wezel which is located inside the
theatre. Reservations can be made on
VanWezel.org or through the box office.
The Sarasota Farmers Market
is open on Saturdays with normal
hours of 7 am-1 pm, rain
or shine. http://www.
org/ (941) 225-9256
Venice Farmers Market
has more than 40 vendors
on Saturdays, many
based during the week in
Venice, Englewood and
other areas of Sarasota
County. Held at Venice
City Hall, 401 W. Venice
Avenue, Venice. Call (941)
445-9209 or visit https://
The Newtown Farmer’s
Market is open from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every
Friday and Saturday. The
market is located at Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Park, at the corner of
Cocoanut Avenue and
Dr. Martin Luther King
The Farmers Market
at Lakewood Ranch is
now at Waterside Place.
Their Farmers Market currently
has about 60 vendors and went
this past summer from a seasonal
market to a year-round event.When
the market transfers to Waterside
Place, taking up space all along Lakefront
Boulevard and Kingfisher Lake,
more than 80 vendors will line the
street.The Farmers Market will stick
to a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot on Sundays.
The Ronald A. Balducci Playground
is open during regular park
hours (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), but hour-long
closures at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.
allow crews to clean playground
Only electric boat motors are authorized;
gas motors must be raised
to indicate they aren’t in use. (This is
in accordance with Sarasota County
Operating hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
through Halloween, then 6 a.m.-6
p.m. through March 30, and variances
on closing time (such as for NBP’s July
3 fireworks) are by permit. Follow the
park at NathanBendersonPark.org.
At The Baker Museum: True
Likeness. True Likeness presents
contemporary portraits from diverse
makers in a variety of media including
video, photography, painting,
collage, installation, sculpture,
printmaking and drawing. These
artists, some familiar, others more
on the fringe of the art world, hail
from all over the United States. Their
own identities, and those presented
through their works, provide a snapshot
of who we are as a country. Runs
through September 25.
Armands Circle’s Sunset Yoga is on the inner circle, and will
run through the end of September. Yoga enthusiasts can relax,
stretch, and gaze at a sunset while enjoying a nice workout.
Attendees should bring their own yoga mat and block.
Also on exhibit: Recent Acquisitions:
2019 – Present. The Baker Museum’s
permanent collection has grown
steadily over the past two decades
in both breadth and quality within
the museum’s clearly defined scope,
which encompasses American, Latin
American and European art from
the 1880s to the present day. This exhibition
presents over 50 works that
have been added to the permanent
collection since 2019. Runs through
The Baker Museum: https://
Artis—Naples is at 5833 Pelican Bay
Blvd, Naples, FL. artisnaples.org
At the Boca Raton Museum of
Art: Art of the Hollywood Backdrop:
on exhibit through January
22, 2023. This exhibition of scenic
backdrops, made for the movies
between 1938 and 1968, is a celebration
of a popular art form that
had almost been forgotten; and it
is now time to acknowledge the
authorship of the painting of Mount
Rushmore, Ben-Hur’s Rome, the Von
Trapp Family’s Austrian Alps, and
Gene Kelly’s Paris street scene.
The concept for Art of the Hollywood
Backdrop had its genesis with
the February 9, 2020, broadcast of a
CBS Sunday Morning program with
Jane Pauley. This program called attention
to the effort to preserve the
scenic backdrops that had laid rolled
up in the basement of MGM studios.
The exhibition celebrates Hollywood’s
masters of illusion and
perspective, who have received
little recognition for their talent or
applause for their essential role in
making film magic.
• Bonnie Lautenberg: Art Meets
Hollywood is on exhibit through
August 21. Complementing Art of
the Hollywood Backdrop is an exhibition
of photographs by Bonnie
Lautenberg who pairs iconic artworks
with stills from Hollywood
movies released the same year
the artwork was made. She sometimes
chooses the artwork first and
searches for a connection to that
year’s film, or reverses the process
to find an artwork that relates to
the movie. This exhibition runs
the gamut of film and art. The first
work is a pairing of a movie and
painting both made in 1928, Rene
Magritte’s The Lovers and The Mysterious
Lady starring Greta Garbo.
The Golden Age of Hollywood is well
represented by such pairings as The
Philadelphia Story with
a Stuart Davis painting
once owned by Lautenberg’s
with the downstairs
exhibition that includes
a backdrop created for
1952 film Singin’ in the
Rain, Lautenberg’s work
connects a work by Yayoi
Kusama with a still from
Boca Raton Museum of
Art: Visit the Museum at
501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton,
At The Dali: Running
through October 30,
2022, is ‘the visit,’ by
yamandú canosa. The
Visit presents the work
artist Yamandú Canosa
(born 1954). Through
the exhibition, Canosa
creates a contemplative
dialogue between Surrealism
art. In the words of the
artist, “The exhibition is
intended as a visit that
contemporary art pays to the house of
Surrealism. One of the great legacies
of the surrealist movement is its aesthetic
complexity. This is confirmed
by its permanence in today’s art. Surrealism
is about an attitude, not aesthetic
formulas: it is a way of looking
at and relating to experience”.
The meditative installation explores
Salvador Dalí’s environment
in Port Lligat, Spain, where Dalí
lived and worked throughout his
lifetime. The works relate the viewer
to the horizon, while alluding to the
Bay of Port Lligat: the beach, the Tramontana
wind, Dalí’s house and the
island of Sa Farnera. Canosa’s installation
also incorporates the Dibujos
ciegos (Blind Drawings), a series of
performative works on paper created
through a drawing process that elaborates
on surrealist practices.
The exhibit includes new and previous
notable works by the artist,
including paintings, drawings and
photographs, plus a small selection
of related Salvador Dalí works from
the Museum’s renowned collection.
A portion of the Museum’s Hough
Gallery will be transformed into a
dramatic installation designed by
the artist specifically for the Museum.
The Artist Enclave of Historic
Kenwood in collaboration
with Creative Grape has “3 from
Kenwood” a photography exhibition
through August 31.
Creative Grape at 3100 3rd Avenue
North in Historic Kenwood teams
up with the Artist Enclave of Historic
Kenwood to present an exclusive
photography exhibition featuring
works by fine art photographers
Rich Pollin, Lisa Presnail, and Luci
Westphal. This exhibit features 36
works focused on the intersection of
street life, wildlife, and urban themes
in the heart of the neighborhood.
For information: https://www.
More about the photographers: In
2014, the St. Petersburg City Council
unanimously approved an Artist Enclave
Overlay District in the Historic
Kenwood Neighborhood. The special
distinction allows a limited amount
of commercial activity to take place.
Artists can create artwork, teach students
and sell their creations from
their own homes. These special accommodations
encourage a thriving
arts community. Only two of these
special artists’ overlays exist in St.
On September 21, Forty Carrots
has its annual Speakers Event. Free
and open to the public, it’s a virtual
educational event featuring experts
in the field of early childhood education
Presented by Community Foundation
of Sarasota County, this
20th anniversary presentation is
“THRIVERS: The Surprising Reasons
Why Some Kids Struggle and
Others Shine” featuring Dr. Michele
Borba. Our kids are the smartest on
record, but also the loneliest, most
stressed, risk averse, and depressed.
It’s why we must rethink our parenting
so they can thrive in an anxious,
uncertain world. The good news is
that thrivers are made, not born.
In this thought-provoking session,
parents, caregivers and educators
will learn seven traits that science
says matter most in happiness and
success (even more than IQ and
grades) and help kids thrive both
now and later. This session will offer
hands-on tools to raise successful,
self-reliant, and less-pressured kids
who thrive in school and life. Register
now at https://fortycarrots.com/
Wine Women & Shoes is back
November 17-19. Wine, Women features
an over-the-top signature luncheon
at the Ritz-Carlton including
fabulous wines, stunning stilettos,
shopping, and a not-to-be-missed
fashion show. Visit https://www.
At the Elling Eide Center:
• September 10: John Balaban,
author and translator.
• September 26, 11 a.m.: Dr. Yanning
Wang, Associate Professor of
Chinese, Florida State University
Register for upcoming events on
Just for Girls’ Annual Awards
Showcase Event returns on
November 4, 2022, at IMG Academy
Join them as they celebrate Honorary
Girl (and JFG alum) Marianne
Barnebey, and give thanks to Gail
Hannah for her years of service as
President of the Manatee County
Girls Club Foundation, Inc.
Sponsorships for this event are
available. Call Samantha Daggett at
941-777-0707 x3204 or email Events@
Be sure to send season
schedules for 2022 to
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Asolo Rep Holds
for Koski Center
On June 23, Asolo Repertory Theatre officially
opened the first phase of its Koski
Center expansion with the cutting of a red
Asolo Rep leadership, campaign committee members and supporters “Cut the Ribbon,” Asolo
Rep style! Campaign Committee member Larry Haspel, Campaign Co-chair Ann Charters,
State Representative Fiona McFarland, Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards,
Production and Operations Director Vic Meyrich, Managing Director Linda DiGabriele,
Board President Carole Crosby, Campaign Co-chair Margaret Wise, Campaign Committee
member Debbie Haspel, and Campaign Committee member Bob Baer. Photo by Cliff Roles
The festivities included remarks from
Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald
Edwards, Managing Director Linda DiGabriele,
Board President Carole Crosby,
Campaign Co-chairs Ann Charters and
Margaret Wise, and Production and Operations
Director Vic Meyrich. Broadway
performer Ann Morrison christened the Coville
Rehearsal Hall by treating attendees to
The opening completes the first phase
of Asolo Rep’s Staging Our Future Capital/
Endowment Campaign, which includes
new spaces vital to the organization’s
strategic plan for expanding educational
and community enrichment programs and
more. The new facility features a super
rehearsal hall, lobby, and large conference
room, among other spaces.
This phase will complete necessary renovations
to the existing Koski Center buildings,
providing additional rehearsal space,
classrooms, studios, physical therapy
facilities, artistic offices, and a dedicated
on-site suite for costume fitting, construction
and storage. The Koski Center is
located on Tallevast Road in Sarasota.
receives two, million
dollar gifts to their
Charlotte “Flo” Singer Johnson loved art.
She and her real estate investor husband,
Floyd C Johnson, were both artists. Flo was
a writer and painter known for her bold colors
and flowing shapes. She was a member
of the ArtCenter in the 1970s and 1980s,
taking classes and exhibiting her work.
Though Flo died in 2012, she returned to
ArtCenter Manatee in 2022 in the form
of a million dollar gift to the Center’s new
building campaign through the Floyd C. and
Flo Singer Johnson Foundation, a private
foundation focused on enriching the human
experience through targeted funding of the
arts and the environment.
Also donating a million dollars to
ArtCenter Manatee’s building campaign
is the Manatee Tourist Development
Council (TDC). Led by Executive Director
Elliott Falcione, the TDC is dedicated to
promoting this area, and all the many assets
in Manatee County, to both domestic
and international visitors.
“These gifts put us closer to our goal
and the reality of breaking ground this
year. We are extremely grateful for these
two gifts and for the commitment our
community has shown in supporting the
Center’s building campaign,” said Carla
Nierman, Executive Director of the Center.
For more information about the building
campaign or to take a tour of the current
Center, contact Carla Nierman, Executive
St. Pete Arts Alliance
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Back for ARTWALK
After almost 2 ½ years, a pandemic and a
driver shortage, the St. Pete Arts Alliance
(SPAA) has contracted with Star Trolley
to reinstate trolley service for patrons of
St. Pete’s Second Saturday ArtWalk. A
branded white trolley is now moving art
enthusiasts around to over 40 ArtWalk
venues from 5-9pm.
ArtWalk originated over 25 years ago
when gallery owners developed “Gallery
Walk” to drive business for the downtown
area by offering opportunities for the public
to meet artists and see them at work. Held
once a month, patrons easily strolled from
one gallery to the next. With the increasing
number of artists, studios, and creative
businesses, they saw the emergence of
five distinct arts districts that were not
within walking distance of each other.
A trolley service was added in 2012 to
facilitate the distances between venues
and prior to COVID, led to around
4,000 visits to studios and galleries every
month. Over 200 artists greeted their
guests in some 40 studios and galleries
with 20+ ArtWalk stops.
Join the Central Arts District, EDGE
Business District, Grand Central District,
Warehouse Arts District, Uptown Arts
District and downtown Waterfront District
every Second Saturday of the month.
UpcomingArtWalks are on August 13 and
September 10. Studios and galleries stay
ArtCenter Manatee building rendering
open late and
You can find
a listing, trolley
route and map of
one week prior
to each ArtWalk
New Sarasota “Cross
The Hermitage Artist Retreat has announced
the launch of the Sarasota Cross
Arts Collaborative, made possible with
support from the Koski Family Foundation.
This initiative is designed to give frequent
performers and company members
from leading Sarasota arts organizations
a chance to expand their artistic practice
from ‘performer’ to ‘creator.’
Each year, the Hermitage will award
Cross Arts Collaborative residencies to artists
from two selected partner institutions.
This new program is designed to inspire
and encourage generative work created by
some of the best and brightest in the local
performing arts community.
Artists are invited by their respective
organizations to submit proposals for consideration;
finalists are then submitted to the
Hermitage for consideration, and recipients
are selected in consultation with past and
current members of the Hermitage’s National
Curatorial Council. Recipients receive two
weeks of uninterrupted time at the Hermitage
Artist Retreat each summer to develop
a new generative project, and the work is
then shared with the Sarasota community in
a free public program the following fall.
In the inaugural season of the Hermitage
Cross Arts Collaborative, this honor has
been awarded to Tsebiyah Mishael Derry,
a frequent collaborator with Florida Studio
Theatre, and Derric
Gobourne, Jr, a performer
with deep roots
at Westcoast Black
The final selection of
artists was overseen
by Emily Mann, an
Emeritus member of
the Hermitage Curatorial
Council and the Tony
Artistic Director of
the McCarter Theater
Jersey). A free public
the work Derry and Gobourne
is planned for
the fall of 2022; details
will be announced at a
While the Hermitage’s
program brings artists
from across the country and around the
world to create work on its beachfront
Manasota Key campus, the Hermitage also
seeks to enrich the growing arts scene in
Sarasota, as showcased by performing arts
institutions such as Florida Studio Theatre
and Westcoast Back Theatre Troupe.
“We want to offer this one-of-a-kind
opportunity to some of the leading artists in
Sarasota, by creating space for a talented
performer to focus on being a generative
artist,”said Hermitage Artistic Director and
CEO Andy Sandberg. “We know there are
actors, dancers, musicians, and performing
artists working amidst our circle of frequent
collaborators who have passion projects
waiting in the wings. This could be an
actor writing a play between production
contracts, a cellist composing a symphony
after rehearsals, a dancer yearning to expand
into the choreographer’s space – or
someone looking to work across an entirely
new genre. This residency is designed for
an artist who is hungry to expand their
creative practice and explore a new ‘hat’
within the arts and entertainment space.”
The selected artist from Westcoast Black
Theatre Troupe, Derric Gobourne Jr., plans
to use the time to develop a new music
short film. Tsebiyah Mishael Derry, the
selected artist from Florida Studio Theatre
will use the time to create an experimental
theatrical work weaving together her own
poetry, songs, and more.
After their time in residence, the Hermitage
will collaborate with the selected partner
institutions to bring a public program to
the Sarasota community to highlight Derric
and Tsebiyah’s work. Hermitage programs
like these are free and open to the public
with a $5/person registration fee. Due to
capacity limitations, registration for all
Hermitage programs is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
For more information about the Hermitage
and upcoming programs, visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
Sarasota Ballet School
a New Rendition of
While it may be summer, The Sarasota
Ballet School has announced a brand-new
production of The Nutcracker for December
2022. The production will be performed
by The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company,
and students from The Sarasota Ballet
School, The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory,
and Dance – The Next Generation.
Backdropped by the historic Sarasota
Opera House and set to Tchaikovsky’s
magical score, this production will feature
enchanting sets and an array of costumes
created by the internationally renowned
ballet designer Peter Farmer, whose creations
have transformed the stages of The
Royal Ballet, The Scottish Ballet, and The
Australian Ballet among many others.
The Nutcracker will be directed by Risa
Kaplowitz, faculty member of The Sarasota
Ballet’s Margaret Barbieri Conservatory,
with additional choreography by Dierdre
Miles Burger, Christopher Hird, Lindsay
Fischer, and Addul Manzano.
The Nutcracker will be the first true fulllength
ballet in The Sarasota Ballet School’s
repertoire. To purchase tickets, visit www.
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Sage’s Summer menus and Michelin Guide comes to Florida
cuisine and crafted cocktails in
downtown Sarasota, recently launched
their seasonal menu for summer, which
includes a number of new entrees,
appetizers and cocktails.
The culinary team, led by executive
chef Christopher Covelli, has continued
to honor the restaurant’s mission of
offering a global culinary experience by
frequently introducing new menu items
that demonstrate French, Italian and
“We are pleased to offer guests a diverse
menu using seasonal ingredients,”
said Covelli, co-owner of Sage Restaurant.
“Summers in Sarasota get very
humid, so we’ve created new dishes that
will satisfy diners with robust flavors
but won’t leave them feeling heavy.”
Some of the new seasonal entrees
include zucchini blossoms stuffed
with mirepoix, red onion, zucchini and
yellow squash over a curry honey yogurt;
pickled peach salad with Boursin
cheese, basil-ginger pistou, Fresno
chilis and mixed greens; pan seared
foie gras with blue corn and foie tamale
and a pipian rojo gelato; steamed hake
in a banana leaf with cilantro chutney,
roasted tomatoes and turmeric rice;
and grilled Spanish octopus with nuoc
mam and pickled watermelon over
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crispy farro, among others.
The new seasonal cocktail list offers a
number of creative alcoholic beverages
crafted by Sage Restaurant bartenders,
including the Vitamin Bee, Mare Azul
and Monday Motivation, among others.
To view the entire seasonal menu, visit
Sage is open Tuesday through
Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday
through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. To
make a reservation, visit SageSrq.com
or call 941-445-5660.
“The launch of the MICHELIN
Guide in Florida is fantastic
news for our state,” said Dana
Young, VISIT FLORIDA President and
CEO. “Our cuisine is a huge part of who
we are and what we offer to visitors.”
The inaugural edition of the MI-
CHELIN Guide includes Miami and
Orlando with inspectors finding 14
One-MICHELIN-Star restaurants and
a Two-MICHELIN-Star restaurant.
“As you can see, Miami and Orlando
have very much to offer to international
food and wine enthusiasts,” said Gwendal
Poullennec, International Director
of the MICHELIN Guides.
Two-MICHELIN Star Restaurant
(comments are by Michelin Inspectors)
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami,
led by Director of Culinary Operations
Alain Verzeroli, received two MICHE-
LIN Stars. Here’s what the inspectors
had to say about it:
“The menu offers both tasting portions
and large plates; but go with the seasonal
prix fixe. The bread basket is a lovely
opener, arriving in advance of such
thrilling bites as a seared sea scallop with
toasted spices. The Design District setting
bears all the beloved hallmarks with its
counter and open kitchen.”
(comments are by Michelin Inspectors)
Ariete (Miami, Contemporary cuisine)
“Chef Michael Beltran’s Coconut Grove
mainstay is immediately welcoming with
a menu that weaves together Cuban and
French influences to dazzling effect.”
Boia De (Miami, Contemporary cuisine)
“A neon-pink exclamation mark that
glows above the front door is impossible
to miss. Surprising is certainly an apt
descriptor for Chefs Luciana Giangrandi
and Alex Meyer’s distinctive and impressive
Cote Miami (Miami, Korean cuisine/
“Owner Simon Kim and his team know
what they’re doing in this highly stylized
Korean steakhouse, which almost feels
like a temple to beautifully marbled
and aged beef, much of it on display in a
The Den at Sushi Azabu Miami
(Miami Beach, Japanese cuisine/sushi)
“Tucked away in the Stanton
South Beach hotel through Sushi
Azabu’s dining room and behind
a sliding door is this intimate
temple to sushi. Fish flown in a
few times a week is treated and
dressed minimally, often with
just a single brush of nikiri.”
Elcielo Miami (Miami,
“The menu offers diners a taste of
traditional Colombian cuisine presented
in a modern and dramatic
manner. Colombian-born Chef
Juan Manuel Barrientos’ culinary
artistry has garnered international
fame, with various locations,
including Washington, D.C.”
Hiden (Miami, Japanese
“This spot is indeed hidden in the
thick of bustling Wynwood. Chef Shingo
Akikuni sticks to tradition, sourcing
most of his product from Japan — beautiful
slabs of tuna, sweet botan ebi and
generous portions of uni are highlights in
a tasting menu that never feels stuffy or
Le Jardinier Miami (Miami, French
“Stylish from head to toe, this dining
room is a celebration of the seasons. The
menu is a study of vibrant tastes and
smart compositions that pack big flavor
minus the heaviness.”
Los Félix (Miami, Mexican cuisine)
“This is cooking that sends guests on a
gustatory trip — at the hands of servers
who are armed with ample information
about the provenance of each ingredient.
Recent highlights have included hearty
pork cheek carnitas with myriad salsas
and snapper crudo topped with shavings
of jicama and avocado aïoli.”
Stubborn Seed (Miami Beach,
“Stubborn Seed is sexy and sleek with
its industrial chic décor and glass-fronted
display kitchen. Chef Jeremy Ford
brings the heat, and his ambitious and
brashly creative cooking is best enjoyed
by way of the tasting menu.”
The Surf Club Restaurant (Surfside,
“Located within the elegantly restored
landmark, now in league with the Four
Seasons, The Surf Club is a prime location
for Thomas Keller’s first Florida
venture. Sauces are what this team does
best, starting with the scallop crudo with
buttermilk-basil dressing; followed by
the brilliantly reimagined Maine lobster
thermidor with sauce Américaine.”
“At the Four Seasons Resort
Orlando at Walt Disney
World; this steakhouse also
flaunts a decidedly Spanish
accent. Kick things off with
ace tapas before indulging
in a main dish, like flame-kissed ribeye
with tamarind-ancho sauce.”
Soseki (Orlando, Fusion/sushi)
“This tiny operation with Chef Mike Collantes
at the helm is an ideal illustration
of a contemporary meal expressed by
way of an omakase. A laser-like focus on
local Florida produce results in a menu
that changes monthly.”
Kadence (Orlando, Japanese cuisine/
“The omakase opens with hot dishes and
cool sashimi. This is food that’s free-spirited,
yet manages to honor the classic
methods. Pacing is on point in sashimi
like hamachi and hirame. Nigiri, like
snapper with lemon and sea salt, will
have you yearning for more.”
Knife & Spoon (Orlando, Steakhouse)
“This iteration from Chef John Tesar
inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande
Lakes, is the picture of plush. Care and
skill are the hallmarks of this team, as
they turn out contemporary steakhouse
fare woven with seafood.”
––– ––– COCKTAILS AWARD–– ––––
The Guide announced two special
awards. Sommelier of the Year, presented
by Wine Access, was awarded to
Victoria James and her team at Cote
Miami. The Exceptional Cocktails
Award was awarded to Ruben Rolon
and his teams at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Miami and Le Jardinier Miami.
The 2022 Miami and Orlando restaurant
selection will join the MICHELIN Guide
selection of hotels, which features unique
places to stay in Florida and around the
world. Visit the MICHELIN Guide website
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happening this month
The Hermitage Artist Retreat
and Sarasota Opera present
A Film Screening and Discussion August 26
at The Sarasota Opera House
he Hermitage Artist Retreat has a
new program presented in partnership
with Sarasota Opera featuring
the work of Hermitage Fellow Hilan
Warshaw, a filmmaker and musician whose
work focuses on the lives and works of some
of music’s most influential figures. The film
screening and discussion will take place on
Friday, August 26 at 6pm at the Sarasota
Hermitage Fellow Hilan Warshaw’s films
explore the lives and minds of great composers,
delving into the often controversial
passions and experiences that informed
some of music’s most influential masterpieces.
Blending documentary, narrative film
techniques, and his own musical background
as a violinist and conductor, Warshaw’s internationally
broadcast films shine a new light
on musical and operatic creators including
Wagner, Schoenberg, Berg, Bach, and Mahler.
He is currently the video director of the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s on-demand
Classical Series. For this program on August
26, Warshaw shares excerpts from his films
and discusses the close relationship between
the art forms of cinema and music. (Complete
artist bio below.)
“We are excited to partner with Sarasota
Opera as we introduce Hilan Warshaw to
the many classical music appreciators in
our region,” says Hermitage Artistic Director
and CEO Andy Sandberg. “We are proud to
support new musical voices and multidisciplinary
artists, and Hilan’s extraordinary
talent as a filmmaker in the field of classical
music seemed like the perfect opportunity to
collaborate with our friends at the Opera as
he shares his gifts for cinematic and musical
storytelling with our community.”
This event is one of many Hermitage programs
and collaborations planned throughout
the season, spanning Sarasota County
and the surrounding region — all free to the
community (with a $5/person registration
fee).The Hermitage is the only major arts organization
in the Gulf Coast region exclusively
committed to supporting the development
and creation of new work across all artistic
disciplines. Since the start of the pandemic,
the Hermitage has offered more than 100 live
outdoor artist programs, free and accessible
to the members of our community.
Venues have expanded beyond the Hermitage’s
beautiful beachfront campus to include
outdoor locations throughout Sarasota
County and beyond, including Marie Selby
Botanical Gardens, Bay Park Sarasota, Booker
High School, Conservation Foundation of the
Gulf Coast, The Ringling Museum, Sarasota
Art Museum, Boca Grande, and more.
New and ongoing collaborations have
included Asolo Repertory Theatre, ASALH,
Embracing Our Differences, EnsembleNew
SRQ, Florida Studio Theatre, New College of
Florida, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota Opera,
Urbanite Theater, Venice Theatre, Westcoast
Black Theatre Troupe, and more.
Unlike most Hermitage programs, this
event will be held indoors at the Sarasota
Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.
Capacity for this event may be limited to
accommodate safe social distancing, so early
reservations are recommended. Admission
is free with a $5 per person registration fee.
Registration is required at HermitageArtist-
Bio for Hilan Warshaw
Warshaw is a
film director and
writer. His television
Song, In the Key
of Bach (PBS-
Hermitage Fellow Hilan Warshaw
the Darkness, and
Mahler in New York. Since September 2020,
he has been video director of the Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra’s on-demand Classical
Series. His essays about music and film have
been published by Cambridge University Press,
McFarland Press, The Wagner Journal, and
Wagner Spectrum. He has taught film courses
at Western Carolina University and Barnard
College, and has been a panelist and lecturer
at Yale, Hofstra, BU, and NYU, among others.
In addition to his own films, other television
writing credits include A Workshop for
Peace (PBS-WNET), commissioned by the
United Nations. Additional editing credits
include Shadows in Paradise: Hitler’s Exiles in
Hollywood, In the Key of G, and the miniseries
Great Conversations in Music, all broadcast on
PBS stations and internationally. He holds
a B.F.A. (Film and TV) and M.F.A. (Musical
Theater Writing) from NYU’s Tisch School of
the Arts, and studied orchestral conducting
at Mannes College of Music and the Aspen
Music School. Visit OvertoneFilms.com
Also at The Hermitage:
“The Latest from Terry Guest” is on Friday
August 19, 6:30pm. Hermitage Fellow Terry
Guest, playwright of Urbanite Theatre’s
recent acclaimed production of At The Wake
of a Dead Drag Queen, returns to Sarasota to
share his latest work. This funny, vital, and
raucous new work is a “Pageant on White
American Memory” and explores several of
our country’s most consequential families
through a wickedly contemporary lense.
Join the Hermitage for a sneak peek at
a new play by the playwright whose work
has been described as “breathtaking” with
“indelible scenes” (Chicago Reader). Note:
The content of this play not be suitable for
children. Presented in partnership with
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Urbanite
Theatre. Registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
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mission is to “Elevate
the quality of life of
the growing Hispanic/
in the Manatee and
integration and civic
Their results can
best be seen at
their recent Future
100 per cent are
going off to college.
critical,” Luz states.
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Luz is Spanish for “light.”
And as executive director
of the forward-thinking
she lights the way for
Hispanic and Latino
youth desiring to get a
college education and achieve success in life.
But Luz would be too humble to consider
that compliment and would insist instead it’s
a team effort at her nonprofit though there are
just four staffers including herself at Unidos-
Now which is located in the Glasser/Schoenbaum
Human Services Center in Sarasota.
From their website: “UnidosNow’s mission is
to elevate the quality of life of the growing Hispanic/Latino
community in the Manatee and
Sarasota region through education, integration
and civic engagement.” Since inception,
UnidosNow has served over 3,000 low-income
Hispanic/Latino students and their parents
through their elementary, middle, and high
school-based programs and parent leadership.
Simply put, Luz and her staff want to “empower
Latinos to achieve their American
Dream.” The path to that American Dream is
education and that’s what UnidosNow nurtures,
encourages and guides young people towards
while raising up their families who may
have never had a college graduate, let alone a
high school graduate in their family.
Education, Luz says, is one of the most
important things for a child to attain. It can
lead to “Integration into the fabric of the community…it
gives you a seat at the table.” The
commonly use “melting pot” analogy she feels
isn’t quite accurate. “Don’t lose your identity;
add your identity,” she explains, preferring the
analogy of a “fruit salad” with its many colorful
and unique ingredients.
Based on 2020 Census figures, the Hispanic
population in Sarasota County runs about
10% while in Manatee County it’s closer to
17%. It’s the fastest growing minority group
in the country. And Luz points out that those
official numbers undercount many who the
Census didn’t reach. In the past 10 years
those numbers have grown by 370 percent.
“They come alone, then reunite with family,
while others have planted roots,” she
explains. The majority, she notes, are not
Mexican workers. Instead, theirs is a diverse
group from Central America, South America,
Mexico and other places.
UnidosNow was founded in 2010 by Kelly
Kirschner and attorney CJ Czaia (both current
board members) who wanted to create opportunities
for the Hispanic and Latino communities
they felt were underrepresented in
the community. Kirschner was UnidosNow’s
first Executive Director. He approached Luz to
be the next ED, but she declined due to other
Prior to UnidosNow, Luz had leadership
roles with numerous organizations, including
Healthy Start Manatee and the Florida Department
of Health in Manatee County, where
she developed and oversaw diverse community-based
initiatives to empower underserved
and at-risk populations, while also building
community partnerships across sectors, according
to the UnidosNow website.
UnidosNow continued and had two more
executive directors until they approached Luz
again and she accepted and came on board in
2016. One of her goals was to have the organization
“go deeper, not broader” and include not
only elementary age and middle school children,
but also the families of all the children
and adults in the UnidosNow program making
it multi-generational. “Education is critical,”
Luz often states but so is involving the family.
Luz came onboard with those goals knowing
it was “the perfect organization to give back
to” since she herself had an excellent education.
Luz grew up in Peru with seven siblings.
Her parents were well-educated and stressed
higher education for their children. Luz emigrated
to Canada and practiced as a psychotherapist
for 16 years before moving to Florida
in 2000. She holds master’s degrees in Pastoral
Ministry and Psychology.
Luz and her husband Luis have two daughters,
Mariella and Daniella. Mariella is an electrical
engineer working in Luxembourg who
went to Duke University on a full scholarship.
Her other daughter lives in Canada and has an
MBA and JD also from prestigious schools and
has talked to UnidosNow students about her
experiences in getting a scholarship and, how
as a minority, you have to prove yourself. Luz is
also a grandmother of two.
Can there be anyone better suited to run
UnidosNow than someone who knows firsthand
the cultural and social challenges of
integrating successfully into a new community?
Luz understands their struggles, but also
knows there is reward for hard work. A 501(c)
(3), UnidosNow has one fundraiser a year. The
rest comes through grants, foundation and
donations—also Luz’s responsibilities.
One who knows Luz well is Susie Bowie, Executive
Director, Manatee Community Foundation.
“Luz Corcuera is trusted by many in
our community. Her knowledge and track record
of supporting and advocating for Hispanic
Latino students is exceptional. Luz’s unique
ability to share information with people in a
way that helps them understand the truth in a
situation and how they can help have made a
difference beyond what we can ever quantify
in a grant report,” she shares.
UnidosNow’s results can perhaps best be
seen at their recent Future Leaders Academy
graduation where 100 per cent are going off
to college. Hector Tejeda, a Harvard-educated
businessman, ran UnidosNow for a while
and he created the Future Leaders Academy.
UnidosNow assisted college-prep Future
Leaders Academy students in accessing over
$8 million in post-secondary scholarships and
educational grants for the 2021-2022 class.
“With our Future Leaders Academy, we are
empowering our leaders of tomorrow to create
circles of opportunities for generations to come
through college preparation, leadership training,
and community service.”
She explains that the UnidosNow goal is
“…to inspire young people…to visualize and
reach their full potential, leading our community
to be the best it can be for everyone.”
Students have gone on to prestigious schools
like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Princeton,
Cornell and Yale.
During the school year, 24-25 students
are coached and mentored, but the number
reaches close to 200 when parents and grandparents
are factored in. Parents, Luz says,
“are inspired by their children.” They often go
with their children to visit campuses And the
kids, Luz notes, inspire their parents to pursue
other opportunities. Parents have the opportunity
to acquire English language skills,
understand how the U.S. education system
works, connect to community resources, and
become ambassadors in the community.
The impact of guiding a young person and
inspiring them to go to college or pursue their
dreams cannot be understated. They may go
to college, but they raise up their family as
well. “For first generation Latinos, this is a big
achievement. The kids become better versions
The important thing Luz explains is to
“dream big,” adding, “It’s important for them
to choose a place that’s a good fit and for some
that may mean being closer to family.”
“Dreams are dreams,” she says with a
smile, and UnidosNow has found the “secret
sauce” she says of how to make that happen.
If you want to learn more, visit https://
www.unidosnow.org/. Luz is also available
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t a resort
— a man and two women
plus an instructor — are
gathered by the pool
going over notes and
reviewing their lessons.
They’re from various
places in the U.S.—two
from the Atlanta area and
one from Sarasota—but
with a common goal:
learn to feel comfortable
in the water and thus
enjoy swimming, floating
or simply being in the
water. It’s part bookish,
part hands-on, but always
at a deliberate, gentle
pace with no pressure, no
coaching and no laps of
This is Miracle Swimming’s
approach — a carefully
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system to teach people to
feel comfortable in the
water. It’s held at resorts
versus at pools at
community centers or
places like the YMCA
to add to the relaxed
vibe that permeates
the learning at Miracle
“You have to be
Melon Dash, the owner,
founder and veteran
teacher of Miracle
“Comfort is a big part
of the experience
from the water being a
the depth being a
comfortable level and
most importantly the
comfort of being able
to be yourself as you
learn,” she explains.
“And fun,” Melon’s
shouts from across the
pool where she is starting
the pool part of the
There’s a strong mindfulness component
to Miracle Swimming that could be
summed up in, “Don’t think too much,”
Smiling faces means another successful “graduation” on the Essentials class for these three students.
L-R Noah, instructor Theresa, Eni and Anne. Note the smiles as well as the fact they’re in deep water.
Melon Dash is the creator of
Miracle Swimming. She’s a
nationally ranked U.S. Masters
swimmer and holds a Master’s
Degree in Education.
as Melon calls it. As
humans, we tend to
fear what we don’t
know and fear can
sometimes lead to
panic. The three
of this five-day program are anything
but fearful. They are relaxed, smiling
— almost elated — to experience the
Melon created a tether and PVC attachment for each student which ensures
that the student never drifts and thus keeps them feeling safe.
water for the enjoyable experience it can
be without any mental hindrances.
Most of us love the water — swimming,
diving, wading or just floating. But
some have a fear of the water that keeps
them from getting into the water past the
shallow end. It can be an intense fear;
for others it’s an inconvenience when
on vacation or taking kids or grandkids
to the water or pool. Some simply have
little experience in the
water and thus are not
comfortable. And more
than a few would like a
way to overcome that
fear, but not necessarily
with swim lessons.
Melon, an experienced
instructor, in 1983
created what she calls
“The 5 Circles Teaching
Method.” She created it
because she saw her students
with survival than mastering
strokes. With this
novel new approach
she also opened Miracle
Swimming School for
Adults. Since then thousands
by taking her classes according
to her website.
Melon is a nationally
ranked U.S. Masters
swimmer and holds a
Master’s Degree in Education.
her you find yourself
talking more about
mindfulness which is
that’s how her program
works. You have
to be mindful of your
thinking, your fear,
your breathing. Put
another way, you
learn to be in control
in the water by being
peaceful in the water.
Melon has offered
the program in places
like Dublin, Ireland,
England, and closer
to home in West Palm
Beach in Florida, but
also Palm Springs and
Chicago. She has 65
who also offer her program around the
Melon now teaches the advanced
classes so Theresa is leading the beginner
class today that consists of two
women and one man (yes, it’s co-ed).
Anne, a Sarasota resident, calls Miracle
Swimming’s methodology “a gentle approach”
and indeed it is. Students spend
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as much time out of the pool as in. Eni,
who hails from North Carolina, appreciates
the individualized approach.
Every consideration is given to keeping
students relaxed and feeling safe. No
one is rushed if they’re not ready. There
are no “musts” or “have to’s” and no testing
and no competition. Ever refining her
teaching, Melon created a tether and PVC
attachment for each student. The tether
hooks the swimmer to a set of plastic anchors
that attach to the side of the pool.
This is to ensure that the student never
drifts and thus keeps them feeling safe.
A sense of safety is what’s it’s all
about and is the core of the thinking
behind Miracle Swimming. Thus no “get
in the pool and start kicking” or “you’re
doing that all wrong” dialogue. Theresa
leads the entry level Essentials 1 class
and says, “When you’re ready, try this
move” as she demonstrates how to briefly
turn your face into the water. They all
do it in their own way as much as they
want. After that, she asks them, “What
would you like to do next?”
One of the students, Noah, is from Atlanta
and admits she’d always be the one
to watch the kids whenever she was at a
pool. She’s been around water, but wanted
a “sense of confidence.” She likes
the class because it “speaks to the fears
adults have” and has already signed up
for the second stage of classes.
Eni, another student, admits he
“never had the opportunity to swim.”
He’d go on vacations and dip his legs
in the water, but wanted to feel comfortable
in deep water. He’d see others
swim and admire how graceful they
were. He did his research thoroughly
before choosing Miracle Swimming. He
found many classes filled with kids and
thought, “This is not going to work.” He
read about the program back in 2015
and when his wife took it, being that he
called “the guinea pig,” and decided if
she liked it he’d take it. And he did.
For Anne, who, lives in Sarasota, she
signed up for Miracle Swimming to “feel
safe and enjoy the water without fear.”
She had enjoyed water sports as a youth
and used to be comfortable in the water
and wanted to regain that sense of being
The program is five consecutive days
and sometimes they’re in the pool for an
hour or more after having instruction on
land. The water is intentionally warm to
make it more relaxing and they do their
exercises in the shallow end of the pool.
A once-a-week typical swim class would
never have the same results.
In informal, poolside classes students
learn things like buoyancy and center of
gravity, and each has a workbook they
use every day before heading into the
pool. According to Melon, “Other programs
don’t speak to the mental aspect
Watching them on this last day of the
five-day program, judging by the smiles,
it seems they have all enjoyed the
confidence they’ve gained and will take
Story: Louise Bruderle
They offer a variety of classes from beginner
to more experienced, but most
start with Essentials 1 which is the entry
level class. Students learn to overcome
the fear of putting your face in, putting
your head under, sinking, running out
of air, and losing control. Students can
move on to move advanced classes if
they want to to address deep water, being
in the ocean and jumping off a boat.
The essentials do not include strokes.
Melon explains that, “Strokes are for
efficiency, not safety.” She adds that the
Essential class “Teaches the essentials
of swimming, including how the water
works. It’s not about motion. You spend
time in both shallow and—as you become
ready— deep water. The ability to
rest in shallow water paves the way for
movement that’s natural and comfortable.
Confidence builds and you become
curious to try it in the deep. All that’s
required is your full presence.”
Location: Jamaica Royale,
5830 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota
Schedule: Monday 9-noon and 3-6;
Tuesday 9-noon; Wednesday 9-noon
and 3-6; Thursday 9-noon and 3-6 and
Offered again in Sarasota on
September 19-23, October 17-21 and
Migraines, Foggy Brain and
Lack of Concentration
Sight and Eye Problems
Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Shallow Breathing
Digestive and Constipation Issues
Leaky gut and Autoimmune problems
Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Depression
Concussions, Brain and Spinal Cord Health
Mobility and Energy Issues for Seniors
T. Grywinski specializes in difficult issues with great success
How Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing
“Doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists and chiros
gave me little relief. Terry relieved my pain, after all these years!
He has also helped four of my other friends. The man is an angel,
with a gift from God....thank you Terry!!”
“After 3 sessions, I had more range of motion and mobility in my
neck, shoulders and hips. I was getting to the point where walking
and moving was difficult. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my
shoulders, my voice is stronger and my energy is greatly increased.
I feel much calmer and more grounded!!”
“I no longer feel physically sick each morning. No gastroenterologist
or physician has ever properly diagnosed my mucus build up until
now. As well as bringing about healing in my gut, he released an
incredible amount of tension in my upper body.”
“The question is where has he been all my life? Terry is a true healer
and if you are serious about being well, you are in luck.
He is effective and lovely.”
advanced craniosacral therapy
Terrence B. Grywinski
B.A., B.Ed., LMT MA6049
25 Years of Experience
See full page explanation of Craniosacral Therapy and
how it can help you in another section of this issue
Downtown Sarasota • 941-321-8757
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Discovery Tours SRQ
Discover Sarasota Tours offers
fun, entertaining, interactive,
and informative air-conditioned
trolley and van tours of interesting
places and stories that shaped
Sarasota’s cultural past. They offer
many different daytime, nighttime,
or holiday trolley tours exploring the
history, culture, and unique aspects
During hot summer months,
morning tours run in “Dolly The
Trolley,” their new 31-seat trolley,
and afternoon tours run in “Vanna
White,” their 9-passenger high-top
van. Both vehicles are enclosed and
Tours run year-round, but during
the hottest months of the summer,
they don’t run all tours every day,
Scoop Some Scallops this Summer
and “Cook Your Catch”
Scalloping season is underway at
Crystal River and Plantation on Crystal
River and they’re offering guided
and non-guided scalloping deals. Guided
scalloping package rates start at $949 (see
website for details) for mid-week stays for
two guests and includes:
• Two-night stay in a garden or water view
deluxe room, patio room or golf villa
• Guided scalloping tour including mask,
snorkel and fins with one of the area
• Souvenir bag with mesh scalloping bag,
scallop recipes and water
• Chef-prepared cook-your-catch from the
day’s harvest (scallops or fish) for lunch or
• Breakfast daily
Scalloping is like snorkeling, but with the
simple addition of a mesh bag for storing
the harvest. Most scallops can be found in
the shallow grass flats of the Gulf of Mexico
so check the calendar. If there is a
date not listed, email them at info@
Trolley and van embark
from Trolley Cottage, a 1930s bungalow
at 1826 4th Street, with free
on-site parking behind the Breakfast
House off Fruitville Road.
• Murder Mystery Trolley: Who
Killed The Circus Queen? On
August 13 and 27 and September
3, 10, 17 and 24, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
• Haunted Sarasota: August 19 and
September 2, 8-9:30 p.m.
• City Sightseeing Tour: August 27,
10 a.m. and 1p.m. and September
that range anywhere from three to
six feet deep.
Only two to three inches in
length and located inside a fanshaped
shell, the scallops can be
easy to spot with their 30-40 bright
blue eyes. Once daily scallop limit
has been reached, they can be prepared
by the hotel for a cook-yourcatch
If guests choose not to book a
scalloping package, the can still
have their scallops cooked. The chef
at West 82° Bar & Grill will prepare
guests’ shucked scallops during
lunch or dinner.
The eco-friendly Plantation on
Crystal River is surrounded by the
natural springs of King’s Bay and
more than 25,000 surface acres of lakes
and rivers, as well as wildlife refuges and
state parks. On site, the Plantation features
a full-service family-oriented dive and
tour operation marina, 18-hole golf course,
9-hole executive course and an Aveda spa.
rent a pontoon
or Jon boat, relax
by the riverfront
enjoy a game
of croquet, or
hire a guided
Suggestions for September:
Art of Living Retreat Center –
Art of Living Retreat Center is an Ayurvedic
wellness, yoga, meditation and getaway
that offers an immersive and transformational
wellness experience for travelers
through various retreat programs and
workshops, yoga and meditation classes,
outdoor activities in nature, Ayurvedic spa
treatments and cuisine, and more.
Situated at a height of 3,700 feet and
spread over 380 acres, Art of Living offers
a serene and rejuvenating wellness journey
surrounded by nature, where guests can
relax and renew.
Why September: With September being
National Yoga Awareness Month, wellness
travelers and yoga lovers can celebrate all
month long at Art of Living. Features open
spaces and outdoor activities, yoga and meditation
against scenic backdrops and expert
instructors, as well as a variety of different
retreats and guest speaker programs. www.
he first phase of the Delta
Sky Way at LAX is now
open to customers — nearly
18 months ahead of schedule.
And when LAX customers visit
the new Delta terminal, they’ll
have more than just a streamlined
check-in experience and
new facilities to look forward to.
The new Delta Sky Club at LAX,
located on the departures level
NoMo SoHo - New York, NY
NoMo SoHo is a 26-story, 264-room hotel
set in the heart of SoHo. The neighborhood,
which is known for its fashion, design,
art and culture is the epicenter of creative
up-and-comers, in addition to housing
established brands, well-known artists and
cultural icons. Every room comes with 10-
foot, floor-to-ceiling windows that feature
panoramic views of the city skyline. The hotel
is also home to the famed NoMo Kitchen,
offering a rustic American menu with global
influences, and Nina’s x Liquid Lab, a new
concept in nightlife.
Why September: New York Fashion
Week returns from September 8-12 at Angel
Orensanz, located just 15 minutes away
from NoMo SoHo. Visitors can get a first
glance at the latest outfits from leading fashion
Atlantis Paradise Island
Atlantis Paradise Island, the iconic
oceanside resort, offers a vacation for any
type of traveler, from luxury accommodations
in The Cove and Michelin star chefs
at NOBU and Olives to the family-friendly
Aquaventure waterpark with 11 swimming
pools and nine waterslides. The resort is
also home to the world’s largest open-air
marine habitat, where over 50,000 marine
animals from 250 species make their home
in natural ocean-fed environments.
Why September: With cooling temperatures
and thinning crowds, the fall is an
ideal time to visit the Caribbean.
Yep, There’s a Museum of Sex
prime choice in NYC for
besties looking for a beach
party with an unconventional
twist, the Museum of Sex
in NYC offers a vibe like no other.
The evening could start with a
group stroll through the permanent
collection spanning from a Picasso
to King Edward VII’s favorite sex
chair, followed by a walk through
the Kaleidoscope tunnel and rides
on the bucking bronco.
Next comes an adventure in the
bouncy castle of breasts before enjoying a
forty-five-minute complimentary champagne
bottle service, while Rupaul reads you
everyone’s sexual fortune. Tickets cost $65
and include a bride-to-be swag bag with a
veil and sash, a special VIP area in the museum’s
Super Funland Bar, and 15% off all
retail store purchases. There’s a minimum
of five people per party. Bookings are available
via the museum’s website.
Delta Sky Club News
between T2 and T3, features premium
design and awe-inspiring
views and promises to offer an
unparalleled lounge experience
for customers with Club access.
Also at Delta, customers
can experience Seattle’s new
Arrivals Facility at
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Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing
CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically
Clients come to me because they are in physical
pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as
for chronic headaches and migraines.
Pain and stress caused by
Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases all
our muscles, organs, brain and spinal cord.
Whenever fascia shortens any place in the
body, the entire network of fascia creates an
increased tension affecting the functioning
of our physical body as well as our organs,
our brain and spinal cord.
Our body is the history of every major
trauma we have experienced physically and
emotionally beginning with birth issues, falls,
head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse
issues, death, divorce and other emotional
issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma
by shortening fascia to isolate the energy
coming into the body from that trauma.
Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility
and range of motion, organs becoming
less efficient and with parts of the brain and
spinal cord becoming stressed.
To keep the brain functioning, the body
transfers some of your functional work play
energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting
in less energy to make it through each
day. As we age, the accumulation of all the
tightened fascia, from every major trauma
in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our
body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,
mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,
as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.
The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe
place, with gentle holding techniques, that
engages your body’s ability to self correct,
reorganize and heal itself with the release
of some of that tightened fascia during
each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist
engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.
As the fascia releases, pain begins to
decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,
organs begin functioning better and
with less stress on the brain feels, it returns
the energy it borrowed at the time of each
trauma resulting in an immediate increase in
your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave
from my first session not feeling better.
Short Leg Syndrome
Eighty-five percent of my clients have one
of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened
fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome
on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom
of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube
that encases the spinal cord into the lower
and upper back, the neck, the cranium and
The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened
fascia (connective tissue) shuts down
energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome
by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up
by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to
the spleen (an important part of your immune
system) and the small and large intestine. With
the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns
to these organs.
the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and
neck problems can originate from the fascial
stress in the sacrum.
Releasing this sacral stress increases energy
in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and
the chakras as well as releasing major stress
in the upper part of the body.
Cause of Shallow Breathing
A great majority of the clients who come to
me for various problems are also shallow
breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm
restricts the depth of breathing by restricting
energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium
and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm
restriction, the client immediately
starts breathing deeply and energy is restored
to the pericardium and the heart.
Shoulder blades that are cemented to the
body also restricts how much the rib cage can
open and thereby also restricting depth of
breath. Without proper breathing, your cells
do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especially
people suffering from bronchitis, asthma
and COPD as well as shallow breathing can
benefit when the fascial stress is released.
to work with Brain
Just as the body physically gets stressed from
physical and emotional trauma, the functioning
of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For
our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic
production of craniosacral fluid which performs
the important function of bringing nourishment
to all the cells in the brain and spinal
cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic
wastes given off by those same cells.
Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these
metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these
metabolic wastes into the lymph system is
absolutely necessary. Research has shown,
that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid
plaques from the brain. If the drainage
is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed
in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of
your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry
affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,
Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?
A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received
training in working with the brain, can reverse
that stress on the brain that eventually can
result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all
know, the proper functioning of the body is
dependent on a healthy functioning brain.
Babies and Children can benefit
■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a
difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics
for an ear infection and as a result developed
c-diff. His development came to a stop.
At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started
to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,
he was unable to answer questions and his
communication skills were very poor. Leo
had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in
his body and physical activities such walking,
jumping and climbing were difficult for him.
Beginning with the first session with Terry,
he began showing improvement and with each
following session. Everyone from his teachers
to his grandparents noticed an increase in his
■ “I was in awful pain and the
MRI showed 2 pinched nerves
and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.
My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.
After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to
advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went
for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”
■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for
Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging
(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/
pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”
physical strength, as well as improvements in
comprehension, speech and communication
skills. For the first time, he started participating
in class lessons and interacting with his
classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on
getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at
age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.
■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old
baby boy from recent hospitalization into
the first series of healthy bowel movements
when seemingly nothing could help. Our son
was able to latch onto the breast and for the
first time completed his feeding. He was much
calmer after working with Terry.
■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have
been carrying around for 15 years or more.
I left his office table with more energy than I
have had in years.”
■ “I began working with him because I was
dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of
emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized
how much stress can cause damage to
your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was
a big help.”
B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049
Testimonials from Clients
■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,
B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral
Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger
Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues
as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy
provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility
issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part
of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral
brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him
to work at a cellular
level and with brain
for more information,
■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured
my back. I found Terry online. I can say
with complete joy that was the best decision
I made in the history of my back pain. I have
sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly
and never have I had such a healing in
my entire body.
After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive
home with no pain or discomfort in my entire
body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of
moving freely and that is completely new. I’m
advanced craniosacral therapy
so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his
sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity
in healing my body. I will see him when I return
■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months
in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25
years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great
deal of release and relief in areas that have
been problematic. I have been seeing him over
the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usually
after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”
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travel news continued
Rush My Passport
AAA has teamed up
to offer exclusive
rates to AAA members
on expediting services for
U.S. passports and global
travel visas. This new
service is available to all
AAA members nationwide
starting this summer.
Currently, the Department
of State (DOS) is processing passport
applications in 8-11 weeks for routine processing
and 5-7 weeks for expedited. While
these speeds are an improvement over the
last two years during the pandemic, they
could still present a challenge for many international
travelers. And according to the Department
of State, the DOS has processed
approximately 14 million fewer passports in
the last two years than they would normally
in non-pandemic times.
By teaming up with RushMyPassport, a
subsidiary of Expedited Travel LLC, AAA
Travel now provides turnkey passport and
travel visa concierge services to its members
nationwide. This allows members to simply
go online to the dedicated ordering website
to obtain their vital travel documents and
receive exclusive AAA discounts on expedited
leverages its technology
to create personalized
application packets and
customized checklists to
ensure each application
is done correctly the
first time. Their online
walks users through the
entire process stepby-step,
making it easy to use and understand,
while eliminating the confusion and
common errors that often arise by doing it
yourself. Passport advisors are available via
phone, email, or chat to provide personalized
support when and where it is needed.
Other important benefits include full
tracking visibility to keep individuals up to
date on their application status. Plus, AAA
members can also select various add-on services,
including Passport Protection (lost/
stolen/damaged passports), Passports Cards
(wallet sized cards as a secondary ID), and
Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits.
This comprehensive service offering
combines personalized service, support,
fast processing and more for simplicity and
added peace of mind.
For more information, visit: AAA.com/
Travel Tips from TSA
• Start with empty bags. Airline
passengers who pack for
travel with empty bags are
less likely to bring prohibited
items through a TSA checkpoint.
Check for prohibited
items by using the “What Can I
Bring?” page on TSA.gov.
• Know before you go. Plan to
arrive at the airport in plenty
of time to check in, check bags,
and complete security screening
in time to avoid stressful
sprints to the departure
gate. At the TSA checkpoint, have a valid
ID card readily available and follow the
liquids rule of 3.4 ounces or less, except
for hand sanitizer, which has a temporary
12-ounce limit in carry-on baggage.
• Contact TSA for help if there are
questions or concerns. Those who are
preparing to travel and may have special
circumstances, considerations or general
questions about airport screening can get
live assistance by tweeting questions and
comments to @AskTSA or via Facebook
Messenger, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10
p.m.; weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to
7 p.m. You can also call the TSA Contact
Center at 866-289-9673.
• Enroll now in TSA PreCheck to “Travel
with Ease.” By enrolling in TSA PreCheck,
airline passengers can avoid removing
shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops and light
jackets at the TSA checkpoint. Most new
enrollees receive their known traveler
number within five days, and membership
lasts for five years. Nationally in April, 94%
of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less
than 5 minutes at the checkpoint.
Hilton Summer Road Trip Hacks for
With experts predicting
summer travel season
ever, Hilton has some tips to
help travelers make the most
out of their stay, their budget
and their time.
• Tip No. 1: Consider a hotel
that includes a hot breakfast
Booking a hotel that includes
breakfast takes away the stress
of mornings. At Tru by Hilton,
guests will find a new offering –
an automatic, hands-free pancake maker that
magically turns batter into a golden-brown
pancake with the wave of a hand. This joins
Hampton by Hilton’s make-your-own Belgian
waffle machine, a longtime guest favorite.
For families, the added convenience
of breakfast included allows guests the
flexibility to have their morning meal the
way they like it – whether heading down to
enjoy a quick bite while waiting their turn
to shower or grabbing a plate and bringing
it back up to their room. Plus, it satisfies
the need to go to a restaurant, eliminating
travel and wait times vs. dining out while
on the go.
• Tip No. 2: Bring your pet on the road
According to a recent Hilton survey, 55% of
Americans who are pet owners are likely
to travel with their pet this summer. People
are spending more time with their pets
than ever before – and while taking a trip is
exciting, leaving behind the beloved family
pet is not.
Hilton has pet-friendly brands such
Canopy by Hilton, Embassy Suites by
Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by
Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by
Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton across
the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, through
Hilton’s partnership with Mars Petcare,
guests can access expert advice and tips
via online chat or phone, tailored to reduce
stress and make the travel experience more
seamless from planning through hotel stay.
• Tip No. 3: Book a suite or connecting
rooms to give your family some space to
spread out. After a day on the road, families
crave space and Hilton’s brands such
as Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hampton Inn
& Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by
Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton – feature
guest rooms with separate living and
sleeping areas that allow the whole family
to spread out during their travels. This can
come especially handy for families – or pets
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Plus, budget-savvy travelers know that
dining out for every meal adds up quickly,
especially with a large family or group.
Home-like accommodations feature
fully-equipped kitchens featuring full-size
refrigerators, cooktops, microwaves and
cookware that allow guests to make their
own meals on the road, saving time and
For more information, visit stories.hilton.
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• San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is a
week-long festival on the San Diego Bay. It
includes chefs, artisans, winemakers, and
talent from all around the country. The festival
is taking place from November 9 - 13,
2022. Location: Embarcadero Marina Park
North, 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego.
Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of
domestic and international wineries, the
celebration of craft beer and spirits, local
culinary legends and nationally recognized
celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on
the stunning Embarcadero. https://www.
2022’s Best Summer Travel Destinations
With nearly 80% of American
travelers planning trips during
2022, the personal-finance website
WalletHub released its report on 2022’s Best
Summer Travel Destinations.
WalletHub compared 100 metro areas
across 43 key indicators of budget- and
fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from
the cost of the cheapest flight to the number
of attractions to COVID-19 cases.
• The average flight to a popular summer
destination costs $356, lasts 3 hours and 34
minutes and has 0.3 connections.
• The Los Angeles metro area is the most
attractive destination on the West Coast and
the Washington, D.C. metro area is the most
attractive destination on the East Coast.
• Florida and Texas are home to the most top
summer destinations in the U.S., each with
at least two metro areas in the top 15. Oppositely,
New York and California have the largest
numbers of the most unpopular summer
destinations, each with two metro areas.
• The Wichita metro area has the lowest
nightly rate for a three-star hotel room,
$36, which is 4.6 times less expensive than in
Santa Rosa, the metro area with the highest
To view the full report, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-summer-travel-destinations/3792
• NYC Wine & Food Festival, hosted by
The Food Network takes place October
13 - 16, 2022. Just four days long and over
50,000 attendees, it is definitely an event
you don’t want to miss. In the city where
dreams come true, chefs and wine experts
from all over the world make their
way here to show the world what they
have to offer.
There are private dining experiences,
wine tastings, live entertainment, and
more. It is one of the biggest food celebrations
America has to offer. Proceeds from
the event go to God’s Love We Deliver and
Food Bank For New York City to help fight
against food poverty and food insecurity.
Celebrate With Us, https://nycwff.org/
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(L to R) Finance Director Kim Wilder, Clerk & Comptroller
Angel Colonneso, and Courts Director Lori Tolksdorf
standing with the 2022 Best Practices recognition of
excellence certificate in front of the Best Practices wall
of fame at the Historic Courthouse.
■ At the Florida Court Clerks and
Comptrollers (FCCC) summer conference,
the FCCC Best Practices
Committee awarded the Manatee
County Clerk of the Circuit Court
& Comptroller with a Recognition
of Excellence in each category of
the FCCC’s Best Practices in Excellence
According to FCCC, the Program
was established last year as an
opportunity for Clerks to receive
Recognition of Excellence certificates
for completing assessments that
evaluate the acceptance of specific
best practices. Additionally, the purpose
of each Best Practice category
is to provide guidance to Clerks and
Comptrollers statewide and assist in
achieving consistency in interpretation
of the law and in practice.
This year, the categories expanded
from seven to 12. As a result, the
Clerk & Comptroller’s office received
recognition in all 12 categories: Bail
Bonds, Compliance Services, Confidential
Judicial Records, Eviction,
Evidence Storage and Destruction,
Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult
Injunction, Guardianship Audits,
Marriage License, Public Records
Requests, Recording Fundamentals,
Requests to Redact Exempt Personal
Information and Service of Documents
by Clerks for Pro Se Litigants.
This recognition demonstrates
the Clerk & Comptroller’s high
standards in the areas of courts,
public records, and recording. Outgoing
FCCC President and Manatee
County Clerk of the Circuit Court
& Comptroller Angel Colonneso
accepted the certificates on behalf of
the Clerk & Comptroller’s office.
In addition to this recognition,
earlier this year, the Clerk &
Comptroller’s Finance department
received the Triple Crown medallion
from the Government Finance
Officers Association (GFOA) for the
second year in a row for its excellence
in the areas of governmental
accounting and financial reporting.
For more information about the
Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit
Court & Comptroller, visit www.
■ The Van Wezel Foundation
announced that Julie Schwartz has
joined the Foundation as director of
development. Schwartz is responsible
to the Foundation
with more than 20
years of experience
renowned arts and
worked at Carnegie
Hall in New
York as a senior
responsible for the strategy and implementation
for the replacement of
the Hall’s enterprise software system
which is used for artistic planning,
repertoire management and organizational
Prior to that position, Schwartz
was director of development services
for Carnegie Hall’s advancement
programs. In addition, she has
held project manager positions at
the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
and senior development positions at
The Clark Art Institute and Boston
■ The Renewal Point has added
Ann Angelastro, IV Infusion RN,
to its team. Ann obtained her RN
degree in 1990 and began working as
a Critical Care RN at the Open Heart
Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger
Medical Center in Danville, PA.
Over the next 7 years, she rotated
between other ICU specialties within
the hospital, including Trauma,
Pediatrics, and Emergency. In 1997
she moved to Sarasota where she
worked in the Open Heart ICU at
Sarasota Memorial. It was in 2010
that she found her passion as an IV
Since that time, she has worked
for several Home Health agencies,
specializing in IV Infusions and
Venipunctures. Additionally, she
has trained many other nurses in IV
Infusion over the years.
■ Bentley Goodrich Kison P.A. is
expanding its practice and has announced
that former Assistant State
Attorney Ashley Gaillard has joined
the firm. Gaillard will concentrate her
practice in commercial litigation.
working in the
a number of
international locations for the Mattin
Group, based in Brussels. She also
served as legal analyst for The Heartland
Initiative in Washington, D.C.
After earning a B.A. cum laude
and a M.A. in International Business
from the University of Florida,
she received her law degree from
Georgetown University and a Masters
of Law from Institut D’etudes
Politiques in Paris. She is active in
the Sarasota County Bar Association
and the Judge John M. Scheb American
Inn of Court.
Bentley Goodrich Kison is a
commercial litigation law firm serving
Southwest Florida. The firm is
known for its team of attorneys who
have extensive litigation and dispute
■ New College Foundation
recently named Alison Gardner as
its board chair. Gardner works with
Sage Wealth Advisors as a consultant
that, she was
a senior vice
Gardner has served as a member of
the New College Foundation’s board
of directors since 2018.
Gardner has spent more than 35
years in the investment industry and
as a finance analyst at Celanese Corporation,
after stints at both U.S. and
international publishing firms.
The New College Foundation
is the philanthropic organization
supporting New College of Florida.
Its board of directors include: Alison
Gardner, chair; Raymonda Burgman
’91, first vice chair; Dan Stults ’77,
second vice chair; Larry Geimer,
treasurer; George Quarterman, secretary;
and Janene Amick, Beverly
Bartner, Esther Barazzone ‘64, John
Bean, Francine Blum, Susan Burns
’76, Margee Ensign ’73, Lori Ferguson,
Karin Gustafson, Renee Hamad,
Glenn Hendrix ’76, Sue Jacobson,
Christine Jennings, Adam Kendall,
Charlene Lenger ’78, Charles Raeburn
’64, Sharon Landesman Ramey
’65, Mary Ruiz ’73, Jack Schlegel,
Henry Smyth ’76, Monica Van Buskirk,
and Nancy Winship.
For more information about the
New College Foundation, call 941-
■ Art Center Sarasota ’s board of
directors, recently added photographer
Barbara Banks to its board.
Banks operates a commercial
Sarasota and is
by clientele in
across the U.S.
Barbara Banks “WORKER,”
was commissioned by the Sarasota
Art Museum and is a site-specific installation
of portrait photographs of
the individuals who lent their talents
to remake the historic Sarasota High
The imagery celebrates a class of
people who often remain invisible.
“Worker” seeks to make visible the
invisible, to put a face to the labor that
resulted in the museum. Banks is currently
represented by State of the Arts
Gallery, Sarasota. For more information,
Art Center Sarasota’s board of
directors includes Carolyn Benedict-Drew,
Chair; Michael J.
Shelton, Vice Chair; Phil Baker,
Treasurer; Howard Davis, Secretary;
and Barbara Banks, Ramsey Frangie,
and Ned Norris.
Art Center Sarasota www.artsarasota.org
■ Forty Carrots Family Center welcomes
new Board of Trustee members
Valerie Dall’Acqua, Realtor,
Premier Sotheby’s International
Realty and Joleen Searles, founding
partner of Searles & Gornitsky. They
will both serve three-year terms
supporting Forty Carrots’ mission of
nurturing healthy child and family
development and preventing child
abuse, neglect, and other childhood
Current officers include Board
Chair Susan Travers, nonprofit
fundraiser, volunteer coordinator
and event planner, Treasurer Ben
Jones, Managing Director with Mariner
Wealth Advisors; and Secretary
Tammie Sandoval-Badger, Principal,
Other board of trustee members
remaining: Kevin Cooper, Dawn
Doughty, Jag Grewal, Jackie Griese,
Karimu Hill-Harvey, Chris Jarmul,
Eric Kaplan, Bob Lewandowski,
Jeff Reynolds, Alan Ross, Susan
Sakhai, Kevin Stencik, CEO Michelle
Kapreilian (ex-officio) and trustee
emeriti Kim Githler, Stanley Kane
(deceased), and Jeff Steinwachs.
■ Sarasota Memorial Healthcare
Foundation announced that Stacey
Corley will join the organization
as President on September 6, 2022.
May he will
serving as Vice
at Ringling College of Art and Design
where she has led multiple capital
campaigns and worked closely with
the College’s President.
She originally joined the organization
in 2012 as a Senior Development
Officer, becoming Assistant
Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy
in 2014 before moving into
her current role.
Prior to joining Ringling College,
Corley served as Associate Director
for Development for Florida State
University Foundation/The John and
Mable Ringling Museum of Art. She
also worked 10 years for Bristol-Myers
Squibb in various roles including
Senior Hospital Business Manager.
In the community, she has held
leadership positions with multiple
local and national organizations
including Ringling College Library
Association, Association of Fundraising
Professionals, Junior League
of Sarasota and is a member of
Sarasota Women’s Alliance.
■ Melissa “Mel” DeLuca Rivera,
and her husband and business
partner José Rivera, are professional
barbers at their locally owned and
operated Mel’s Old City Barbershop
at 2116 Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota.
They opened the shop more than a
year ago after a family vacation in
Siesta Key and determined the market
area was ready for a new, highly
specialized and customized service
Mel Rivera is a licensed cosmetologist
and barber, and José is a
licensed barber. They are trained in
all facets of men’s hair care while
creating current and fresh designs
and fades and traditional men’s haircuts
and shaves on the head, face,
and neck along with color styles. To
receive a Florida barber’s license, the
Riveras each completed 1,200 school
hours and passed a highly specialized
With five years in business, the Rivera’s
original shop in St. Augustine,
FL. is flourishing with several barbers
as Mel’s Old City Barbershop at
1797 Old Moultrie Road.
The two Rivera owned and
operated barbershops each feature
1,000-square-feet of space with
private, customer service areas and
traditional barber chairs, sinks,
equipment, methods, and technologies
along with a specialization
in hot lather shaves and hot towel
treatments, chair massages, and a
complimentary coffee bar.
“We cater to all ages, so dads
and sons can come on in and
join us for an old-fashioned
barbershop experience, and more,”
said José Rivera. For information,
call 904.415.9700. Visit https://
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Lido is my beach…not
literally, but sometimes
I do have it all to myself.
Like when a storm is
coming and the beach
would be empty. Cool air sweeps
down and black clouds threaten
from the east.
But that all meant I had a good
hour of solitude. Unless you count
the birds. Lots of birds. There’s a
skimmer colony that gathers on
North Lido. They’re distinctive
with their orange and black beaks
and trim tuxedoes. Or maybe for
their graceful swoop or skim of
the water as they find food.
Then there are the terns with their
inquisitive looks and bad “comb
overs” who move en masse if you
in turn (no pun intended) move
suddenly. I try to bother neither
flock and we co-exist in this brief
peaceful time of beach-sharing.
Less popular than its more storied
beach to the south, Lido Beach
has the classic white white sand,
but not the crowds. Smaller in
scale, it also has dunes and often
And for a brief while, it’s mine.
▲ Hard to get a bad image of Lido Beach. Its golden sunsets and wavy sea oats
welcome you across white sand to the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico.
▲ Storms clear the beach, but make for solitude — until the rain comes in.
▲ Birds chill
terns in their
▲ It’s a place for big sky which is rare in Sarasota, dunes and solitude -
all best found pre-storm or very early in the day.
Terns stay in their flock, but move en masses as you approach,
yet somehow decide to walk with you.
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Cool and cooling drinks for summer
> Cranberry Tequila Cocktail
In a pitcher over ice, combine the
cranberry juice, lime juice, tequilla,
and simple syrup.
Stir until cold and pour over ice in a
Top with a splash of seltzer water and
garnish each with a lime wedge, a
mint sprig, and a few fresh cranberries.
To make the simple syrup: In a small
saucepan, combine equal parts honey
and water and mix well.
Add a few sprigs of rosemary.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until honey is dissolved.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Prep time: 10 Minutes Yield: Serves 4 to 6.
On hot summer days, why not take
the two most traditionally cooling
ingredients, watermelon and cucumber,
and combine them with
mint and lime juice to make an ultra-refreshing
drink? The seltzer is
a perfect finish, but you can also add
a glug of vodka and call it a cocktail.
For a slushy treat, freeze the watermelon
chunks before blending.
Cranberry Tequila Cocktail O
In a blender, combine the watermelon, cucumber, water, sugar, lime juice, and mint
leaves. Blend on high until the mixture is very smooth and liquid. To serve, fill a cup
three-quarters full with the watermelon mixture, then top with a splash of seltzer.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
For a cooling, sweet-tart sipper with plenty of kick,
look no further than this Spiked Strawberry Lemonade,
bolstered by Trader Joe’s Kentucky Bourbon
Some with alcohol; some without
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup fresh lime juice
3/4 cup blanco tequila
¼ cup Honey-Rosemary Simple
Syrup, more to taste
Lime wedges, mint sprigs, and
fresh cranberries, for garnish
> Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler
Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler O
2 ¼ pounds peeled watermelon,
cut into large chunks
½ medium cucumber (6
ounces), peeled and cut into
1 ½ cups water
¼ cup granulated sugar
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons packed fresh
> Spiked Strawberry Lemonade
Spiked Strawberry Lemonade O
2 Strawberries, rinsed and
1 1/2 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
3-4 oz. Strawberry
1 TJ’s Lemon, sliced into
Muddle 2-3 mint leaves and
a strawberry in the bottom
of an old fashioned glass.
Fill glass with ice. Add bourbon,
3 ounces strawberry
lemonade and a squeeze
of a lemon wedge and stir.
Taste and add more lemonade
if desired. Garnish with a
strawberry and a fresh lemon
wedge and serve.
This boozy sangria recipe was made
for wiling away warm evenings on the
patio as summer winds down…
1/3 cup Cane Sugar
2 TJ’s Yellow Peaches, pitted and
1/2 pound Strawberries, hulled
and halved (quartered if
berries are very large)
1 bottle Petit Reserve Central
1/2 cup Pierre Duchene Napoleon
French Brandy VSOP
> Peach Rosé Sangria
Peach Rosé Sangria O
Gently combine peaches, strawberries, and sugar in a large pitcher. Let sit 10 minutes.
Add rosé and brandy to pitcher and stir. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Serve over ice and garnish each glass with fruit from the pitcher.
> Smoky Jalapeño Hibiscus Cooler
Smoky Jalapeño Hibiscus Cooler O
This recipe is a great alternative to both sugary and alcoholic drinks.
Spice Glass Rim: (optional)
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 cup orange juice, unsweetened
1 small lime, juiced
1/4-1/2 small jalapeño, sliced
(depending on heat preference)
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 12-ounce can hibiscus flavored
sparkling water, unsweetened*
1 large or 6 small ice cubes
• Orange, lime slices • Jalapeño slices
• Hibiscus flowers
Create a spice glass rim with two 12-ounce glasses by running lime halfway along edge
of each glass. Mix sugar, cinnamon and paprika together in small saucer. Press each glass
into spice mixture to coat rims. Allow to dry for a few minutes before adding liquid to
glasses. Or use plain glasses.
Place orange juice, lime juice, jalapeño and smoked paprika in blender. Process for 1-2
minutes until well blended.
Place ice cubes in each glass. Divide blended juice mixture between each glass.
Top each glass with half of hibiscus flavored sparkling water.
Garnish with orange, lime and jalapeño slices and hibiscus flowers, if desired.
*May substitute hibiscus flavored sparkling water with sparkling water flavor of your choice.
Makes 2 servings (1-1/4 cups each). Per serving: 40 calories
The spicy sweetness of ginger
pairs beautifully in a tart lemonade,
softened with red berries
that lend a pretty pink shade and
sweet flavor. With only a touch
of agave nectar, the berries offer
the bulk of the natural sweetness
to compliment lemons in this
thirst-quenching beverage, which
is as beautiful as it is delicious.
Serve it over ice in pitchers at parties,
for a picnic on a sunny day or
keep it in the fridge for a healthy
hydration option during the week.
> Ginger Pink Lemonade
2 1/2 cups water
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
2 Tbsp. agave nectar*
Ginger Pink Lemonade O
3/4 cup sliced raspberries or
strawberries (fresh or frozen)
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
(6 medium lemons)
Place water, ginger, agave nectar, berries and lemon juice in the container of a blender.
Process for a few seconds until smooth.
Transfer to a pitcher and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve over ice.
*May substitute honey or maple syrup.
Makes 4 servings (1 cup). Per serving: 50 calories
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Gulf Coast Community
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support the causes most important to them
“Our Board has approved over $36 million
in grants to strong nonprofit organizations
this past fiscal year,” noted Mark Pritchett,
president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community
Foundation. “This latest round of grants includes
many donor legacy funds which will
honor those individuals and the causes that
were important to them.”
Some of these donor legacy fund grants approved
by the Gulf Coast Board were made to
support incredible community projects and
causes. These grants included:
• $150,000 to support Phase 2 of The Bay
Park. Supported by the unrestricted endowments
of donors who left their legacy with
Gulf Coast, this grant will include shoreline
restoration and enhancements inspired by
the Water Quality Playbook. Donor funds:
Frank and Elsie Bushroe Charitable Fund;
Gould Family Trust Foundation; Mildred
F. Currie Charitable Fund; Jarrett Family
Fund; Betty Jane Helle Endowment Fund;
and Carl A. Savickas Charitable Fund. This
highlights Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s
continued support of The Bay Park in
over $1 million.
• $125,000 to Greater Sarasota Chamber
of Commerce CareerEdge. Supported
by the Gould Family Trust Foundation and
Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s own
endowment, this grant will help to continue
the CareerEdge program. CareerEdge was
established in 2010 by Gulf Coast’s workforce
and business innovation initiative, and
to date has raised over $14.5 million to support
education and workforce development
in the region.
• $50,000 to Education Foundation of
Sarasota County. Supported by the Gould
Family Trust Foundation and Gulf Coast
Community Foundation’s own endowment,
this grant will help launch “Project Wayfinder,”
a curriculum aimed at supporting
students as they consider post-secondary
“The most powerful form of philanthropy
is when a donor leaves a legacy gift that is
flexible and can be used to support a variety
of causes,” shared Senior Vice President for
Philanthropy Kirstin Fulkerson. “This allows
Gulf Coast to deploy the funds in a way that
will have the greatest impact.”
Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.
Donors of Distinction
Grants $90,000 to
Donors of Distinction (conceived by the
leadership of Designing Daughters) held
its 2021-2022 Grant Ceremony at Gold Coast
Eagle Distributing. Representatives from 22
local nonprofits were in attendance and received
grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.
Altogether, $90,000 was donated.
(L-R) Grant Co-Chair Britney Guertin, BOD Chair
Jane Thompson, Grant Co-Chair Angie Vara
Mothers Helping Mothers Received 5,000 -
Nominated by DD Member America Jones
“After two years, Donors of Distinction
was able to give back and donate grants, and
$90,000 of grants at that. It’s an honor to have
led this organization from 2020 to 2022, and
we couldn’t have done it without the support
of the community,” said Megan Micale,
president of Donors of Distinction. “We were
joking that we need a tissue sponsor with all
the happy tears. It was just wonderful to be
together, award and recognize so many local
nonprofits and look toward the future.”
A list of the nonprofits includes:
• Faces of
• The Twig Cares
• BBBS of Sun Coast
Boys and Girls Club
of Sarasota and
• Meals on Wheels
• Project Pride
• Sertoma Kids
• Blaze of Hope
• Bridge A Life
• SMART Riders
• Satchel’s Last Resort
• St. Jude’s
• Tidewell Foundation
• Dancing with Clayton
• Operation Warrior
• Sarasota Medical
• Mothers Helping
• The Mark Wandall
Gulf Coast Community
Foundation helps Wellfield
Park get a renovation
Gulf Coast Community Foundation approved
a $60,000 grant from the Venice Endowment
Fund to support field renovations
at Wellfield Park in Venice. This partnership
between the City of Venice, Sarasota County
Government, and Gulf Coast Community
Foundation will allow for the restoration of
both Soccer Field #2 and the Letson Stadium
Venice City Council members supported
moving forward with this important project,
approving a $142,200 budget amendment to
appropriate funds for the City’s portion of the
work. This amount includes Gulf Coast Community
According to Mark Pritchett, president and
CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation,
“The redevelopment of the soccer and football
fields will allow generations of families
to enjoy the beautiful park safely for many
years to come.”
In the partnership, the City will be responsible
for turf replacement and pest control
treatment. According to Assistant City Manager
James Clinch, “This partnership project will
benefit two major youth sports organizations
and hundreds of families in our community.”
Sarasota County is responsible for sand,
soil, laser grading, and all labor and onsite
supervision and coordination of the projects.
Total project cost is $162,200. “This important
collaboration will support generations
to come and benefit kids in our community,”
said Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and
Natural Resources Director Nicole Rissler.
Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.
Solutions to Avoid Red
Tide Expands Healthy
Ponds Collaborative into
Building on a successful program that helped
more than two dozen Sarasota County communities
bolster (and beautify) their stormwater
retention ponds, Solutions to Avoid
Red Tide (START) has secured a $100,000
grant from Charles & Margery Barancik
Foundation to expand a regional “Healthy
Pond Collaborative” (HPC) initiative into
by Red Tide
The Manatee version will be a partnership
with START and the Manatee County Department
of Parks and Natural Resources that
will in combination with the Sarasota County
effort now cover all ponds flowing into the
Sarasota Bay Watershed. This is a major step
forward in the attempt to reduce the flow of
excess nutrients in stormwater into our waterways
that lower water clarity needed to
restore the health of our seagrass beds and
feed harmful algal blooms like red tide.
According to START, stormwater contributes
65% of the nitrogen into local waterways,
which feeds red tide and causes
other damage to water quality and wildlife.
You may call them lakes, but the more than
6,000 bodies of water in Sarasota County are
all manmade and only operate at 40% to 60%
efficiency in removing the excess nutrients
that contribute to water pollution.
This new collaboration will help more
neighborhoods upgrade their ponds and
cost-share the improvements. It also will
create and distribute a step-by-step pond
enhancement guide, host educational focus
groups, and do follow-up monitoring of pond
enhancements. A very successful pilot pond
program funded by a grant from philanthropists
Ed Chiles and Elizabeth Moore helped
enhance over a half-mile of pond shoreline in
Manatee County communities last year.
This unique effort and collaboration is helping
to establish state-wide and national models
that can be recreated in other communities.
There are more than 10,000 ponds in Sarasota
and Manatee counties. Of these, the majority
are classified as wet detention ponds.
These water bodies temporarily store water
before releasing it downstream by canals,
ditches, and pipes to federal- and state-regulated
waters. All the creeks and bayous that
drain into the bays of Sarasota and Manatee
counties have too much pollution to meet
water quality standards.
Three of the most common symptoms of
unbalanced ponds are: the loss of land associated
with pond erosion; frequent algal blooms;
and the loss of once abundant wildlife.
Over the past several decades, pond management
has often been reduced to monthly
chemical applications to kill undesirable
aquatic plants and algae living in and around
the ponds. The HPC utilizes better practices
to treat ponds and educate homeowners and
associations on how they can maintain their
ponds in the future.
These actions are activities inspired by
Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Community
Playbook for Healthy Waterways
For more information, visit www.barancikfoundation.org.
Sisterhood for Good
Awards Family Promise
of South Sarasota County
with $3,000 Grant
Family Promise of South Sarasota County
(FPSSC) has received a charitable $3,000
grant from the Sisterhood for Good toward
our Home Goods Pantry. The parent(s) of all
children FPSSC serves earn 200% or less of
the Federal Poverty Level.
Sisterhood for Good Grant 2022
Since the pandemic and rent inflation
crisis, local housing insecure families have
required a greater depth and broader scope
of services to achieve permanent housing.
FPSSC’s primary goal is to provide local families
with at least one minor child who are in
a housing crisis with the means to achieve a
permanent address and lasting financial independence.
The typical family served consists
of a single parent and her 2 children.
The parents are our local 911 operators, grocery
clerks, preschool teachers, nail technicians,
and Certified Nurse Assistants.
Jennifer Fagenbaum, Executive Director
of Family Promise of South Sarasota County
stated, “Due to the rising cost of rentals
and lack of affordable housing, local families
often do not have the financial capacity
to purchase essential household items,
such as baby wipes and various such paper
goods, cleaning products, personal hygiene
products, laundry products, etc. FPSSC can
purchase these products from one of its partners,
Restore Global, for about 10 cents on
the dollar. As such, a grant in the amount of
$3,000 will provide a tremendous benefit to
the local Open Doors families that come to
FPSSC’s Home Goods Pantry.”
For more information, visit https://www.familypromisessc.org
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