Our April issue is our Women's Travel Issue. Since it seems like everyone is traveling right now, this is a great issue to check out some news on new travel experiences - here and around Florida. Our WCW this month is Megan Howell, founder and CEO at Second Heart Homes in Sarasota, an organizations that compassionately works with the homeless. Also in this issue: Calendars, The Hermitage, great recipes and more

Our April issue is our Women's Travel Issue. Since it seems like everyone is traveling right now, this is a great issue to check out some news on new travel experiences - here and around Florida. Our WCW this month is Megan Howell, founder and CEO at Second Heart Homes in Sarasota, an organizations that compassionately works with the homeless. Also in this issue: Calendars, The Hermitage, great recipes and more


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APRIL 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Megan<br />

Howell, MS<br />

Executive Director<br />

and Founder:<br />

Second Heart Homes<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Travel Feature:<br />

Tiny House Rentals<br />

■ Happening this month<br />

at The Hermitage<br />

■ Dining In:<br />

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APRIL 20<strong>23</strong><br />

contents<br />

EARS<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

Louise M. Bruderle<br />

Email: westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

Contributing Writer<br />

Carol Darling<br />

Contributing Photographer<br />

Evelyn England<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Kimberly Carmell<br />

Assistant to the Publisher<br />

Mimi Gato<br />

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35<br />

YEARS<br />

Feel the need to get away? Check out our<br />


A Philadelphia Family’s<br />

life and contributions to<br />

American History<br />

If you like history, especially the kind with a powerful<br />

and interesting narrative of courageous people,<br />

you’ll enjoy the latest exhibit at the Museum of the<br />

American Revolution in Philadelphia.<br />

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New Sarasota Travel Trend:<br />

Tiny House Rentals<br />

Usually with hotels, bigger is better as travelers want<br />

suites, balconies, eat-in kitchens, large pools and<br />

beach access. A “Tiny House” vacation rental may<br />

seem contrary to best practices. That is, until you<br />

actually see them.<br />

p18<br />

Devon Horse Show & Country<br />

Fair, May 25-June 4<br />

It’s definitely a “horsy” event for professional riders of all types,<br />

but also an enjoyable experience for non-equestrians as well.<br />

From the elegant art of dressage to hackney carriages to the<br />

high-flying jumpers, there’s a lot to take in at the Devon Horse<br />

Show & Country fair held every year in Devon, PA.<br />

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WCW Mailing Address:<br />

P.O. Box 819<br />

Sarasota, FL 34<strong>23</strong>0<br />

email:<br />

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website:<br />

www.westcoastwoman.com<br />

west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

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

live and/or online<br />

9 healthier you: The Renewal Point<br />

11 focus on the arts: Sarasota Orchestra<br />

13 happening this month:<br />

The Hermitage’s Artist Retreat<br />

Travel-related Recipes<br />

from around the Globe<br />

DoubleTree by Hilton is sharing the official<br />

bake-at-home recipe for the brand’s popular<br />

chocolate chip cookie. Check out the other<br />

recipes we have from around the world.<br />

p26<br />

15 open for business: Monarch Dance<br />

Studio Opens In Bradenton<br />

16 west coast woman: Megan Howell,<br />

MS, Executive Director and Founder -<br />

Second Heart Homes<br />

18 travel: Tiny Houses New hotels in<br />

Florida to check out<br />

20 travel: Florida Hotels News & Specials<br />

22 travel: Devon Horse Show &<br />

Country Fair<br />

<strong>23</strong> travel: Can Spontaneous Travel make<br />

us happier<br />

24 travel: American History through<br />

a Philadelphia Family’s story<br />

26 dining in: Travel-related recipes<br />

28 healthier you:<br />

How electronics affect sleep<br />

30 What is Craniosacral Therapy?<br />

■ on the cover: Megan Howell, MS, Executive Director and Founder of Second Heart Homes.<br />

■ Image: Evelyn England.<br />

APRIL 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Megan Howell<br />

Megan Howell is the Executive Director of Second<br />

Heart Homes. This one-time waitress at Patrick’s saw<br />

a homeless man one night and made it her mission to<br />

engage, meet him, and make sure he was okay.<br />

From that auspicious moment of kindness came<br />

the inspiration to open Second Heart Homes, a nonprofit<br />

“dedicated to providing permanent housing<br />

to those with mental illness who have experienced<br />

or are at-risk of homelessness,” according to their<br />

website. The “mantra” of her organization is dignity,<br />

Megan Howell quality of life and self-sufficiency.<br />

Photo by Evelyn England Second Heart Homes works with some of the<br />

most chronically homeless in Sarasota and Bradenton and offers them<br />

support and encouragement while preparing for a new life of no longer<br />

being homeless. It’s a labor of love, skill and compassion. Read how she<br />

and her team do it all in this issue.<br />

Congratulations are in order<br />

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters won the Siesta Key<br />

Chamber of Commerce 2022 Large Business<br />

of the Year back in January of this year.<br />

CB’s has been a member of the Siesta Key<br />

Chamber since the late 1970s and this is<br />

their first time winning this award. According<br />

to co-owner Aledia Tush (whom WCW<br />

profiled), “When my husband Lee and I purchased<br />

CB’s back in 1976, we never dreamed<br />

of this award. So much of our success is<br />

due to our community support, a staff team<br />

led by manager, Doug Forde, who cares<br />

about every single customer, and to our<br />

son, Mason Tush, III, whose innovation and<br />

boldness have helped us make tremendous<br />

Aledia and Mason Tush<br />

leaps. I am humbled, proud, and grateful.”<br />

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters is the largest on the water Bait & Tackle Shop<br />

in Sarasota. Congratulations, Aledia!<br />

And congratulations to Harvest<br />

House who, on March<br />

1, officially opened its new<br />

Life Enrichment Campus<br />

(LEC). “We have built a place<br />

where love is louder, and the<br />

light is brighter. For decades<br />

to come, the LEC will be a<br />

symbol of breaking barriers<br />

to human prosperity,” says Erin Minor, Harvest House CEO.<br />

The facility is Harvest House’s first infrastructure expansion dedicated<br />

to wrap-around support services. For more about Harvest House,<br />

visit harvesthousecenters.org<br />

Girls Incorporated’s Celebration<br />

Luncheon April 20<br />

Girls Inc. of Sarasota County has announced that<br />

Claudia Cardillo, Renee Phinney and Cynthia<br />

S. Howard will be honored at its 33rd Annual<br />

Celebration Luncheon on April 20 at the Sarasota<br />

Municipal Auditorium. Luncheon chairs are Dr.<br />

LaShawn Frost and Kay Mathers.<br />

The Girls Inc. Visionary Award is a board-nominated<br />

award designated to honor those who not<br />

only believe in the mission of the organization,<br />

but also see the larger vision for the organization<br />

in the community and region. Girls Inc. is recognizing<br />

Claudia Cardillo with this award.<br />

Claudia is a long-term supporter and board<br />

member at Girls Inc. and was instrumental in<br />

helping to set up businesses processes with<br />

experience from her career working at Ricoh International, Lenox China<br />

and Johnson and Johnson until her retirement.<br />

Additionally, Claudia has supported Girls Inc. as a Champion for Girls<br />

donor and volunteered her time for 8 years on the board of directors as<br />

vice chair of the board and chair of the development committee.<br />

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

Phinney and Cynthia Howard. The She Knows Where She’s Going<br />

Award recognizes individuals who are role models for women and girls<br />

in our community, have been supportive of Girls Inc. and its programs,<br />

and have demonstrated commitment to community activities, professional<br />

organizations or non-profit work that demonstrates a belief in<br />

contributing to others.<br />

Renee Phinney is a partner and vice president of sales at Palm Printing<br />

where she’s worked for 30+ years. Renee’s career has been focused<br />

on building relationships and partnerships with local businesses,<br />

including more than 15 local nonprofits. Renee has a long history of supporting<br />

local non-profits like Girls Inc. and is a big believer in inspiring<br />

women to take on leadership roles.<br />

Cynthia S. Howard, a Florida native, retired two years ago from the<br />

law firm of Fergeson Skipper, where she was a legal assistant with over<br />

40 years of experience in the legal field. Cynthia serves as co-chair of<br />

the Advisory Council for Safe Children Coalition Achievers Program<br />

that empowers youth to set and achieve their goals in their educational<br />

and personal lives. She serves on the executive committee of the Sarasota<br />

NAACP and is a liaison with the local Black newspaper, Tempo News,<br />

by contributing stories about events in the community.<br />

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

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

to a middle school student, and the Strong, Smart, and Bold<br />

Leadership Award will honor an outstanding member of the Girls Inc.<br />

high school program.<br />

Sponsorships are now available and individual tickets are available<br />

at girlsincsrq.org or by calling 941-366-6646.<br />

More WCW in the News<br />

Meg Lowman, Executive Director of the TREE<br />

Foundation and founder of Mission Green, has<br />

been awarded The Explorers Medal for 20<strong>23</strong><br />

from The Explorers Club, a multidisciplinary,<br />

professional society dedicated to the advancement<br />

of field research, scientific exploration<br />

and resource conservation.<br />

Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National<br />

Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by<br />

the Wall Street Journal, Lowman, known as<br />

“CanopyMeg,” pioneered the science and exploration<br />

of the eighth continent — forest canopies.<br />

Over 45 years, she has designed the toolkit for<br />

arbornauts: slingshots, ropes, hot-air balloons,<br />

walk ways, and construction cranes for wholetree<br />

exploration, not just the forest floor. The<br />

award ceremony takes place this month in New York City.<br />

Lowman is a fierce advocate for big trees and endangered forests.<br />

“We must save our eighth continent if we are to save ourselves,” she<br />

says. Her recent successes include creation of a UNESCO Man and<br />

Biosphere Reserve surrounding a Malaysian canopy walkway, and<br />

partnership with Coptic priests in Ethiopia to save the country’s last<br />

remaining church forests.<br />

Meg Lowman<br />

photo credit Carlton Ward Jr.<br />

Each year, The Explorers Club bestows five major awards in different<br />

categories. The Explorers Medal has previously been given to individuals<br />

such as Jane Goodall, Sir Edmund Hillary, and James Cameron who<br />

described the Medal as “… the Academy Awards of Exploration.” This<br />

year is the first time since 1914 that all five awards have been won or<br />

shared by women.<br />

The TREE Foundation was founded in 1999; the Mission Green<br />

initiative was founded in 2020. Learn more at treefoundation.<br />

org or mission-green.org.<br />

Louise Bruderle | Editor and Publisher |<br />

westcoastwoman@comcast.net<br />

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

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

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out &about<br />

Special Events<br />

On April 19, Josh Provides will<br />

host its 5th annual Interactive<br />

Dinner & Auction at Michael’s On<br />

East. Guests can take part in silent<br />

and live auctions and cook their<br />

own gourmet meals, guided by<br />

Michael’s co-owner Phil Mancini<br />

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▼<br />

The Women<br />

Contemporary<br />

Artists Members<br />

Spring Exhibition<br />

Women Contemporary Artists<br />

present the WCA Annual Art Exhibit<br />

at Art Center Manatee, 209 9th St.<br />

West, Bradenton. The exhibit will be<br />

on display from April 25-May 19.<br />

The public is invited to the opening<br />

reception to meet the artists on April<br />

27, from 5-7 pm. There is no fee for<br />

this event.<br />

The event will showcase the work of<br />

the WCA whose membership includes<br />

painters, photographers, sculptors,<br />

ceramicists, printmakers, mixed<br />

media artists, fabric artists and more.<br />

Event info: www.artcentermanatee.<br />

org. For more info on WCW, visit www.<br />

womencontemporaryartists.com.<br />

▼<br />

Mote Marine<br />

Laboratory &<br />

Aquarium<br />

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium<br />

has on exhibition, “Voyage to the<br />

Deep,” presented by Flying Fish.<br />

The interactive exhibition will be on<br />

display until May 21.<br />

“Voyage to the Deep” is based on<br />

Jules Verne’s famous 1870 novel,<br />

“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The<br />

exhibition brings to life the deep-sea<br />

adventures of Captain Nemo, his fantastical<br />

Nautilus submarine and the<br />

mythical world he inhabited.<br />

Visitors will have the opportunity to<br />

join in the undersea odyssey. Guests can<br />

climb aboard the five-part interactive<br />

Nautilus submarine, which includes<br />

a bridge, control room, salon, living<br />

quarters and engine room to explore.<br />

The exhibition’s educational content is<br />

approachable for all ages, and it covers<br />

topics such as marine life, submarines<br />

and various maritime archaeology.<br />

Through a collection of settings<br />

and props, guests will imagine they<br />

are submarine captains. Visitors can<br />

take up the controls at the helm, peer<br />

through the periscopes, crank the propeller,<br />

test out the bunks and explore<br />

Captain Nemo’s Cabinet of Curiosities<br />

full of wonderful marine specimens.<br />

This indoor, “underwater” playground<br />

includes speaking tubes, a squidthemed<br />

slide, puzzles and an Atlantis<br />

Performance stage, creating a one-ofa-kind<br />

visitor experience.<br />

Tickets and visitor information:<br />

mote.org/visit.<br />

▼<br />

Musica Sacra<br />

Next up is Magnificat by John<br />

Rutter and other smaller works. The<br />

concert is on April 17 and conducted<br />

by Dr. Robert Parrish. Tickets and Info:<br />

www.musicasacrasarasota.org.<br />

▼<br />

Venice<br />

Symphony<br />

Next up is<br />

Fairytales and<br />

Flutes, April<br />

21-22, with Jim<br />

Walker. The<br />

season finale<br />

features one<br />

of the greatest<br />

flute players of<br />

our time. Jim<br />

Walker, former<br />

principal flute of<br />

the Los Angeles<br />

Philharmonic,<br />

solos on Mozart’s<br />

Flute Concerto<br />

in G Major, John<br />

Williams’ The<br />

Face of Pan and<br />

Mancini’s<br />

Pennywhistle Jig. William Walton’s<br />

The Wise Virgins Suite, based on<br />

the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach,<br />

music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping<br />

Beauty and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer<br />

Night’s Dream round out the concert<br />

and season.<br />

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

▼<br />

Sarasota Ballet<br />

Program 7 runs April 28-29 at the<br />

Sarasota Opera House. Divertimento<br />

No. 15. Choreography by George BalanchineMusic<br />

by Wolfgang Amadeus<br />

Mozart. The Four Temperaments with<br />

Choreography by George Balanchine<br />

and Music by Paul Hindemith. Western<br />

Symphony Choreography by<br />

George Balanchine Music – American<br />

folk tunes arranged by Hershy Kay.<br />

Tickets: www.SarasotaBallet.org or<br />

call 941-359-0099.<br />

▼<br />

Artist Series<br />

Concerts of Sarasota<br />

Feder Duo, Cheryl Losey Feder,<br />

harp, and Abraham Feder, cello, will<br />

perform on April 9, 4 p.m. at Temple<br />

Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

Losey and Feder began their orchestral<br />

careers on the same day in 2008 as<br />

they both assumed principal positions<br />

in the Sarasota Orchestra. He introduced<br />

himself as she was tuning her<br />

harp, and the rest is history. He is now<br />

assistant principal cellist of the Detroit<br />

Symphony and she a sought-after soloist,<br />

chamber musician and recording<br />

artist. They return to Sarasota for a<br />

program of music for harp and cello,<br />

including their own transcriptions of<br />

music by Bach and Johann Strauss, Jr.<br />

The Lunch & Listen Series spotlights<br />

gifted young artists in concert<br />

at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:15<br />

p.m. Canadian cello sensation Cameron<br />

Crozeman with Meagan Milatz,<br />

piano, close the Lunch & Listen Series<br />

on April 27 in a program inspired by<br />

composers’ vacation trips.<br />

Visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or<br />

call 941-306-1202.<br />

▼<br />

Choral Artists<br />

▼<br />

Women Contemporary Artists present the WCA Annual Art Exhibit at Art Center<br />

Manatee on display April 25-May 19. Image: Marjorie Sayer - “At the Beach” Event<br />

info: www.artcentermanatee.org<br />

The Choral Artists of Sarasota<br />

has Bach Du Hirte Israel, höre (Shepherd<br />

of Israel, hear us) Cantata, BWV<br />

104 and Mozart Requiem, K.626: Passages<br />

of life expressed through the<br />

beauty of majestic choral music: Bach’s<br />

pastoral setting of the Twenty-third<br />

Psalm paired with Mozart’s Requiem,<br />

a poignant and dramatic contemplation<br />

of eternity.<br />

Guest artists: Adelaide Boedecker,<br />

soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, alto;<br />

John Kaneklides, tenor; William Socolof,<br />

bass. Held on April 16, 7 p.m., at<br />

Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm<br />

Avenue, Sarasota.<br />

For tickets, visit www.ChoralArtists<br />

Sarasota.org or call 941-387-4900.<br />

La Musica<br />

Coming up:<br />

• Fireworks: April 11, 7:30 p.m.<br />

Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. Sarasota<br />

Opera House. Enjoy string playing virtuosity<br />

in a series of Baroque masterworks.<br />

The second half of this concert<br />

picks up where the previous Festival<br />

program ended, following the development<br />

of the string octet into the 20th<br />

century with the powerful Octet by<br />

George Enescu.<br />

Performers: Wu Han, piano; Chad<br />

Hoopes, Paul Huang, Kristin Lee,<br />

James Thompson, violins; Matthew<br />

Lipman, Milena Pajaro-van de<br />

Stadt, violas; David Finckel, Keith Robinson,<br />

cellos<br />

Selections include: Telemann Gulliver<br />

Suite in D major for Two Violins<br />

from Der Getreue Musik-Meister;<br />

Telemann Concerto for Four Violins in<br />

D major, TWV 40:202; Tartini Sonata<br />

in G minor for Violin and Continuo,<br />

“Devil’s Trill”; Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia<br />

in G minor for Violin and<br />

Viola and Enescu Octet in C major for<br />

Strings, op. 7<br />

• Grand Friendships: April 15, 5 p.m.<br />

Pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m. Sarasota<br />

Opera House. As a tribute to La<br />

Musica’s co-founder and longtime<br />

Associate Artistic Director Derek<br />

Han, Wu Han has designed a program<br />

that explores the musical friendships<br />

between composers Johannes Brahms,<br />

Antonin Dvorak, and Harry Burleigh.<br />

Throughout music history, composers<br />

have consistently turned to chamber<br />

music as the medium through which<br />

to convey their deepest feelings and<br />

most personal thoughts, and this program<br />

is no exception.<br />

Performers: Wu Han, piano; Chad<br />

Hoopes, Kristin Lee, violins; James<br />

Thompson, viola; Keith Robinson, cello<br />

▼<br />

Selections<br />

include:<br />

Burleigh Southland<br />

Sketches for<br />

Violin and Piano;<br />

Brahms Piano<br />

Quartet no. 3 in<br />

C minor, op. 60;<br />

Dvořák Piano<br />

Quintet in A<br />

minor, B. 155,<br />

op. 81<br />

• Grand Statements:<br />

April<br />

8, 7:30 p.m.<br />

Pre-concert<br />

talk at 6:45 p.m.<br />

Sarasota Opera<br />

House. The<br />

opening concert<br />

of the 20<strong>23</strong><br />

Festival begins<br />

with one of Beethoven’s<br />

finest<br />

trios ever written<br />

at that time and closes with Mendelssohn’s<br />

beloved Octet in E-flat major.<br />

Performers: Wu Han, piano; Chad<br />

Hoopes, Paul Huang, Kristin Lee,<br />

James Thompson, violins; Matthew<br />

Lipman, Milena Pajaro-van de<br />

Stadt, violas; David Finckel, Keith<br />

Robinson, cellos<br />

Selections include: Beethoven<br />

Piano Trio in G major, op. 1, no. 2;<br />

Strauss Sextet for Strings from Capriccio,<br />

op. 85; Shostakovich Prelude and<br />

Scherzo for String Octet, op. 11 and<br />

Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major for<br />

Strings, op. 20.<br />

https://www.lamusicafestival.org/<br />

festival/concerts-events.<br />

The Sarasota<br />

Orchestra<br />

Masterworks: A Hero’s Life on<br />

April 1-2 at the Van Wezel with Carlos<br />

Miguel Prieto, conductor; Gil Shaham,<br />

violin; Sarah Gibson – Virginia<br />

B. Toulmin Foundation Commission.<br />

Korngold – Violin Concerto and R.<br />

Strauss – Ein Heldenleben<br />

• Great Escapes: Sounds of Spring.<br />

April 12-15. Michelle Merrill,<br />

conductor<br />

• Pops: Broadway Bound on April<br />

21-22 at the Van Wezel. William<br />

Waldrop, conductor. Carmen Ruby<br />

Floyd, vocals<br />

• Chamber Soirées: Schumann and<br />

Brahms on April <strong>23</strong>, Holley Hall.<br />

Schumann – Märchenerzählungen<br />

(Fairy Tales) Brahms – Piano Quartet<br />

No. 3.<br />

• Discoveries: Musical Postcards<br />

on May 13, Sarasota Opera House.<br />

Joseph Young, conductor | Bokyung<br />

Byun, guitar<br />

Villa-Lobos – Bachianas Brasileiras<br />

No. 9; Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez;<br />

Mendelssohn – Symphony No.<br />

4 (Italian).<br />

For information, visit www.Sarasota<br />

Orchestra.org.<br />

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Sarasota Orchestra’s Free Parks<br />

Concerts showcase musicians of the<br />

Orchestra in a chamber music setting.<br />

Capacity at the outdoor venues is limited.<br />

Admission is free, but register to<br />

reserve a space at SarasotaOrchestra.<br />

org. Next up: G.T. Bray Park Amphitheater<br />

with Sarasota Brass Quintet on<br />

April 30. Information: Sarasota<br />

Orchestra.org.<br />

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Designing Women<br />

Boutique<br />

Next up in their Salon Series 20<strong>23</strong>:<br />

Know Your Bench on April 12, 11:30<br />

am-2 pm. Featuring Dana Moss Circuit<br />

Court Judge Sarasota County,<br />

Maria Rhule Circuit Court Judge Sarasota<br />

County and Andy Mchugh Circuit<br />

Court Judge Sarasota County. Held at<br />

Designing Women Boutique, 1226 N.<br />

Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $25.<br />

Visit designingwomensrq.org.<br />

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Sarasota<br />

Art Museum<br />

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling<br />

College presents Richard Benson:<br />

The World Is Smarter Than You Are,<br />

on view through May 7. Benson was<br />

an American photographer, printer,<br />

and educator. Organized by the Philadelphia<br />

Museum of Art, The World<br />

Is Smarter Than You Are is the first<br />

in-depth survey of Benson’s own<br />

photography.<br />

The exhibition includes approximately<br />

100 works that convey Benson’s<br />

exploration of photographic processes,<br />

his embrace of technologies old and<br />

new, and his deep empathy for his<br />

human subjects as well as the objects<br />

and environments they have built. Including<br />

prints from the late 1960s until<br />

shortly before Benson’s death in 2017,<br />

the exhibition traces his ever-evolving<br />

quest for prints.<br />

Benson was a gifted and celebrated<br />

teacher, was also a beloved professor<br />

and dean at Yale University. The Sarasota<br />

presentation of the exhibition<br />

includes a selection of artworks on paper<br />

by 10 notable artists who studied<br />

and worked with him at Yale: Dawoud<br />

Bey, Lois Conner, Jen Davis, An-My<br />

Lê, John Lehr, Andrea Modica, Arthur<br />

Ou, John Pilson, Caitlin Teal Price, and<br />

Sarah Stolfa.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum is located at<br />

1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information:<br />

SarasotaArtMuseum.org.<br />

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Art Galleries<br />

From April 1-28, Art Uptown Gallery<br />

will feature bronze sculptures —<br />

“Emotions in Motion by James Gabbert.”<br />

The human body has its own<br />

language. James captures the beauty<br />

and emotion of the human form in<br />

motion to provide the viewer the<br />

opportunity to share that emotion or<br />

to complete the story it inspires.<br />

Meet the artist at the First Friday<br />

public reception on April 7, 6-9 p.m.<br />

Gabbert will also be at the gallery on<br />

April 8 from 11-5.<br />

Art Uptown Gallery: 1367 Main Street<br />

gallery. Info: www.artuptown.com<br />

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Sarasota Orchestra’s Harmony<br />

Gallery has a Bonnie Childs Exhibition<br />

titled: Tropical Birds in Paradise.<br />

Childs is a self-taught watercolor artist<br />

living and working in Venice. Her<br />

work is inspired by the environment<br />

that flourishes on the Gulf Coast. She<br />

paints vibrant Florida tropical birds<br />

– a representation of the paradise she<br />

feels grateful to call home.<br />

Exhibit dates: April 4-May 12. Public<br />

reception: April 20, 5-6:30 pm.<br />

The Harmony Gallery is at Beatrice<br />

Friedman Symphony Center at 709<br />

North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free<br />

and open to the public. Visit www.<br />

sarasotaorchestra.org.<br />

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APRIL 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 7

out and about continued<br />

At Art CenterSarasota through<br />

April 29:<br />

• Solo Exhibition: “Jeanne Guertin-<br />

Potoff” showcases new, mixed-media<br />

artwork. Their broad range of diaphanous<br />

color fields evokes a profound<br />

sense of depth. The artist creates this<br />

dimensionality with her unique layering<br />

technique of collaged, transparent<br />

tissue and bursts of acrylic color.<br />

• Solo Exhibition: “Rebecca Zweibel”<br />

Features a variety of sculptural<br />

and functional ceramic vessels with<br />

gestural, colorful, and intimate surface<br />

designs.<br />

• Solo Exhibition: “Karen Arango”<br />

presents the artist’s latest series of community-focused,<br />

documentary photographs.<br />

These explore the personal stories<br />

of local Hispanic individuals, and<br />

their battles with mental health and the<br />

mental healthcare system.<br />

• Juried Show: “Large-Scale Works”<br />

showcases art that make a big impact,<br />

both visually and physically. Mary<br />

Davis Wallace, the public art planner<br />

for the City of Sarasota, will jury<br />

this exhibition. www.artsarasota.org.<br />

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At The Ringling<br />

The Ringling has Gods & Lovers:<br />

Paintings and Sculpture from India.<br />

On a smaller, much more intimate<br />

scale, The Ringling’s recently<br />

opened Gods & Lovers: Paintings and<br />

Sculpture from India in the Center<br />

for Asian Art’s Pavilion Gallery provided<br />

a rare opportunity to get up<br />

close to works from the 16th, 17th and<br />

18th centuries from a variety of cultures<br />

in India (along with a few much<br />

older pieces from John Ringling’s<br />

original collection). You do want to<br />

get close, to study the details of these<br />

“miniatures,” many originally intended<br />

for elite patrons to browse in privacy<br />

and designed as book leaves and<br />

such. On view through May, 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

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

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

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Sarasota<br />

Contemporary<br />

Dance<br />

SCD closes its 17th season with a<br />

comeback of its “Evolving/Revolving”<br />

showcase in which the company<br />

revives previously staged works to<br />

expand and deepen their meaning<br />

into evening-length performances.<br />

For RECLAIM, SCD’s striking work of<br />

“Jehanne” returns to the stage, studying<br />

Joan of Arc’s strident and powerful<br />

cultural influence in the Hundred<br />

Year’s War, accompanied by live<br />

music with original composition by<br />

Mark Dancigers. This work honors the<br />

human SPIRIT by demonstrating the<br />

resilience that has taken the company<br />

to this point and will continue its forward-motion.<br />

Dates: April 27-30.<br />

All performances will be held at the<br />

Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center<br />

for Performing Arts. Additionally, SCD<br />

will be offering Virtual Tickets Friday -<br />

Sunday at the same dates and times.<br />

Tickets: www.sarasotacontemporarydance.org<br />

or by calling Box Office<br />

at 941-260-8485.<br />

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Theatre<br />

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At Manatee Performing Arts Center:<br />

• Driving Miss Daisy. This Pulitzer-winning<br />

play was<br />

the most successful play<br />

to be put on in the Bradenton<br />

Kiwanis Theater<br />

and is returning to bring<br />

this heartfelt tale to more<br />

audiences. Dealing with<br />

race relations in the<br />

south, unlikely connections,<br />

and the passage of<br />

time, Driving Miss Daisy<br />

follows the relationship<br />

between the widowed<br />

72-year-old Daisy Werthan<br />

and Hoke Colburn,<br />

the African American<br />

man hired to be her<br />

chauffeur. Runs April<br />

5-<strong>23</strong>.<br />

• Andrew Lloyd Webber’s<br />

Sunset Boulevard. Based<br />

on the Billy Wilder film,<br />

the musical version of<br />

Sunset Boulevard is a tale<br />

of faded glory and unfulfilled<br />

ambition. Andrew<br />

Lloyd Webber’s Tony<br />

Award-winning masterwork<br />

of dreams and<br />

desire in the land called<br />

Hollywood includes the<br />

lush, swelling standards “With One<br />

Look,” “As If We Never Said Goodbye”<br />

and “Perfect Year.” Runs April<br />

27-May 14.<br />

Box Office: 941-748-5878. Manatee<br />

Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue<br />

W., Bradenton. Tickets: www.manateeperformingartscenter.com.<br />

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<br />

has Dreamgirls which chronicles one<br />

fictional Motown group’s rise from<br />

obscurity to superstardom. Through<br />

gospel, R&B, smooth pop, disco and<br />

more, Dreamgirls explores themes of<br />

ambition, hope and betrayal, all set in<br />

the glamorous and competitive world<br />

of the music industry. Runs through<br />

April 9.<br />

Closing the season is “Big Sexy: The<br />

Fats Waller Revue.” Thomas Wright<br />

“Fats” Waller was an American jazz<br />

pianist, composer, singer and comedic<br />

entertainer. His Harlem stride piano<br />

style influenced the sound of modern<br />

jazz piano. Tunes include “Ain’t Misbehavin,”<br />

“Honeysuckle Rose,” “Lulu’s<br />

Back in Town,” “Your Feet’s Too Big”<br />

and “The Joint is Jumpin’.” Jacobs will<br />

direct. Show runs April 19-May 28.<br />

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

visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

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Art Uptown Gallery will feature bronze sculptures —<br />

“Emotions in Motion by James Gabbert.” They’re at 1367<br />

Main Street gallery. Info: www.artuptown.com<br />

Asolo Rep has Chicken & Biscuits<br />

runs through April 13. This new<br />

play introduces us to the Jenkins<br />

family, as they gather to celebrate<br />

the life of their beloved and recently<br />

deceased father and grandfather, the<br />

Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an<br />

unexpected guest reveals a secret,<br />

they all discover that nothing brings<br />

a family together like a big side of<br />

drama. This new Broadway comedy<br />

explores family, the joy of reconciliation,<br />

and the power of love.<br />

• Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual<br />

Help runs through April 22. Take<br />

a trip back to 1973 with the Irish<br />

Catholic O’Shea family in this boisterous<br />

and moving new memory play<br />

introduces us to young Linda, as she<br />

recalls a week she’ll never forget.<br />

When Linda’s mother instructs her to<br />

tell her sister about the birds and the<br />

bees, things quickly snowball into a<br />

potential crisis after the conversation<br />

is overheard by the parish priest.<br />

Secrets are unintentionally revealed,<br />

and a quick-witted group of women<br />

realize what really matters as they<br />

work to protect their family reputation<br />

and each other.<br />

Tickets: asolorep.org.<br />

Asolo Conservatory has Love’s<br />

Labour’s Lost, April 7-<strong>23</strong>. By William<br />

ShakespeareDirected by Jonathan<br />

EpsteinShakespeare surely had a way<br />

with words, but his characters have<br />

difficulty reconciling words with<br />

actions. The King of Navarre and his<br />

friends swear to avoid women. That’s<br />

easier said than done when the gorgeous<br />

Princess of France and her<br />

ladies arrive at court. This Shakespearian<br />

cascade of adventure features a<br />

forest chase, lovers lost and found, and<br />

an ending full of hope for true love.<br />

For more information, visit asolorep.<br />

org/conservatory.<br />

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The FST Cabaret series has Reel<br />

Music by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca<br />

Hopkins, and Sarah Durham<br />

runs through June 25. The Last<br />

Match by Anna Ziegler is a fast-paced<br />

play diving into the intense world<br />

of professional sports. Set during<br />

the semifinals of the U.S. Open, The<br />

Last Match follows Sergei Sergeyev,<br />

an up-and-coming Russian<br />

phenom, and Tim Porter, a great<br />

American superstar in the twilight<br />

of his career, during one of the most<br />

important matches of their careers.<br />

Plays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab.<br />

• In their Stage III Series, they have<br />

Paralyzed by Etan Frankel that runs<br />

through April 21. Leigh and Lee<br />

are two strangers who have little in<br />

common besides their names—she<br />

is a Type A statistician and he is an<br />

aggressive former athlete. But the<br />

discovery of a mysterious suicide<br />

note in a hotel bathroom sets their<br />

lives on unexpected paths that go<br />

anywhere but according to plan. Paralyzed<br />

tells a striking story of guilt,<br />

personal responsibility, and the<br />

power of forgiveness.<br />

Visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org/<br />

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At Venice Theatre:<br />

• April 28-May 14: Death<br />

of a Salesman by Arthur<br />

Miller. This Pulitzer and<br />

Tony Award Winner tells<br />

the story of Willy Loman<br />

who made his living<br />

riding on a “smile and a<br />

shoeshine.” About to lose<br />

his job and haunted by<br />

missed opportunities and<br />

a troubled past, he continues<br />

to chase his elusive<br />

American Dream while<br />

his wife struggles to help<br />

him.<br />

• The Brothers Doobie<br />

will perform on April 17<br />

at 7:30 p.m., Venice Community<br />

Center. Inspired<br />

by the Doobie Brothers<br />

superior song writing, The<br />

Brothers Doobie delivers<br />

powerful harmonies and<br />

a fun-filled high-energy<br />

performance covering a<br />

catalog of Doobies hits<br />

spanning both the Johnston<br />

and McDonald eras.<br />

• 50 Years After: A Tribute<br />

to the Woodstock<br />

Generation is on April 30<br />

at Venice Community Center. Featuring<br />

South Dakota Rock and Roll<br />

Hall of Fame artists Uncle Zeek. With<br />

music by Jimi Hendrix, The Doors,<br />

Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and more.<br />

Tickets: venicetheatre.org.<br />

Key Chorale<br />

American Roots: CSN Crosby,<br />

Stills & Nash Folk Rock featuring The<br />

Lubben Brothers is on April 22, 4 p.m.<br />

and Sunday, April <strong>23</strong>, 5 p.m. Key Chorale<br />

Chamber Singers explore the 30<br />

year discography of the folk rock group<br />

Crosby, Stills & Nash, and other artists<br />

known for their intricate vocal harmonies<br />

and timeless melodies.<br />

Tomorrow’s Voices Today, High<br />

School Choral Festival is on May 15.<br />

Celebrate the power of choral music<br />

through an inspired performance by<br />

more than 200 singers of all ages, from<br />

high school students to seniors. This<br />

intergenerational choral festival has<br />

inspired countless high school students<br />

by encouraging music-making<br />

at the highest level.<br />

Tickets: keychorale.org.<br />

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House and Garden<br />

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Upcoming events presented by the<br />

University of Florida/IFAS Manatee<br />

County Extension:<br />

• April 11—Food Waste Prevention<br />

& Composting. According to Project<br />

Drawdown, reducing food waste is<br />

the #1 l action individuals can take to<br />

mitigate climate change. This class<br />

is being held during Food Waste Prevention<br />

Week to bring awareness to<br />

the problem and to provide strategies<br />

everyone can implement to reduce<br />

food waste including prevention and<br />

composting.<br />

• April 14—Plant Propagation for<br />

Beginners. Join UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Master Gardener Volunteers and<br />

learn how plant propagation is a great<br />

way to get more plants for the price<br />

of one. Methods covered include<br />

collecting and starting seeds, stem<br />

cuttings and division. This will be a<br />

hands-on class.<br />

• April 18—Grafting & Air Layering.<br />

Join UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture<br />

Associate Professor Dr.<br />

Andrew Koeser and Residential Horticulture<br />

Agent Alyssa Vinson for an<br />

introduction to grafting and air layering.<br />

The class will be hands on.<br />

• April 20—No Stem Left Behind. Join<br />

UF/IFAS Extension for a conversation<br />

about how to get the most out of<br />

your backyard garden. Carrot greens?<br />

You can eat ‘em, Sweet potato vines?<br />

You can eat ‘em. They will discuss<br />

planting and care of common Florida<br />

vegetables and fruits along with their<br />

nutritional benefits and recipes.<br />

• April 21—Native Plants for Florida<br />

Yards. Adding native plants to your<br />

landscape has numerous benefits,<br />

from conserving water to attracting<br />

more birds and butterflies to your<br />

yard. Native plants can provide enormous<br />

beauty and new levels of enjoyment<br />

to your outdoor experiences.<br />

Learn which plants will do the best in<br />

which conditions.<br />

• April 29—Spring Plant Sale. Native<br />

plants, pollinator plants, wildflowers<br />

and more. Proceeds go to the operation<br />

and maintenance of the Master<br />

Gardeners’ Educational Gardens and<br />

Greenhouse, and to support Master<br />

Gardener educational and outreach<br />

programs.<br />

Located at the UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Manatee Office, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto.<br />

Visit sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu.<br />

ensembleNewSRQ<br />

Featuring this season’s final<br />

co-commission, “WAVES,” by Sebastian<br />

Currier (a Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

fellow). Based on the eponymous<br />

novel, The Waves, by Virginia Woolf,<br />

this work for soprano, small ensemble,<br />

and electronics, reflects the thoughts<br />

of different women and girls—from<br />

a young child to an 80-year-old<br />

woman—ultimately representing just<br />

one woman’s life unfolding over a single<br />

day. “WAVES” is paired with Anna<br />

Thorvaldsdottir’s “Entropic Arrows,”<br />

and “firn,” the second work of enSRQ’s<br />

season exploration of Yaz Lancaster’s<br />

music. April 18, 8 p.m.<br />

For tickets, visit www.ensrq.org.<br />

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At The Van Wezel<br />

A sampling of upcoming shows:<br />

• Mean Girls – April 11-16. It’s the musical<br />

from book writer Tina Fey, composer<br />

Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin<br />

and director Casey Nicholas.<br />

The story of a naïve newbie who falls<br />

prey to a trio of lionized frenemies.<br />

• Cats runs April 18-20. CATS tells the<br />

story of one magical night when an<br />

extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for<br />

its annual ball to rejoice and decide<br />

which cat will be reborn. Original<br />

score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, original<br />

scenic and costume design by<br />

John Napier, all-new lighting design<br />

by Natasha Katz, all-new sound<br />

design by Mick Potter and new choreography<br />

by Andy Blankenbuehler.<br />

• Tom Jones: Ages & Stages Tour will<br />

take place on May 13.<br />

Pre-show dining is available through<br />

Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is<br />

located inside the theatre. Reservations<br />

can be made on VanWezel.org or<br />

through the box office.<br />

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Art Classes<br />

Registration continues for Art Center<br />

Sarasota’s 20<strong>23</strong> adult education<br />

season, which runs through April and<br />

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8 WEST COAST WOMAN APRIL 20<strong>23</strong>

healthier you<br />

Feeling Good About<br />

Aging<br />

Our age is more than just a<br />

number. It is a combination<br />

of factors – some we can<br />

control and some we can’t.<br />

For example, we can’t control our determinant<br />

genetics or what accidents may<br />

befall us (that is, unless you knowingly<br />

participate in high-risk activities), but we<br />

can control our lifestyle choices. Regardless<br />

of your age, there are steps everyone<br />

can take to maximize their health and<br />

wellbeing. “Even in middle age, making<br />

long-term lifestyle choices is beneficial,”<br />

says UCI Health geriatrician Dr. Sonia<br />

Sehgal. “The sooner we adopt healthy<br />

lifestyle habits, the greater the benefits.”<br />

“Quitting smoking, eating better,<br />

controlling stress, and exercising daily are<br />

key building blocks to healthy aging. It’s<br />

important to establish positive habits as<br />

soon as possible.”<br />

Is “midlife crisis” a real thing?<br />

In a word yes.<br />

People often refer to the proverbial<br />

“midlife crisis,” a term introduced<br />

in 1965 by a Canadian organizational<br />

psychologist and defined as a period of<br />

psychological distress that affects some<br />

people in middle age. This can occur in<br />

our 40s to our 60s. It’s a time when people<br />

may assume different life roles than<br />

they expected. Some become caregivers<br />

for aging parents. For both men and<br />

women, hormones fall… for men this is<br />

usually a slow, but sure, decline; for women<br />

it can be a cataclysmic fall. Children<br />

grow up and become independent adults.<br />

And loved ones accumulate health issues<br />

that may be life-limiting.<br />

This is a great time to renew investment<br />

in our own health – focusing<br />

specifically on preventive measures to<br />

ensure that the future is a long, vibrant<br />

and healthy one. For patients at The Renewal<br />

Point, we focus on the Four Cornerstones<br />

of Healthy Aging – Hormone<br />

Balancing, Detoxification, Nutrition, and<br />

Physical Conditioning.<br />

· Hormone balancing improves sleep,<br />

mood, weight control, cognition, cardiovascular<br />

health, strength, bone health,<br />

sexuality, vitality, serenity and more.<br />

· Toxins steal our health. Metals toxins,<br />

environmental chemicals, and biological<br />

toxins are ubiquitous in our environment.<br />

Everyone is exposed to toxins at<br />


different levels (depending on the air,<br />

water, and food) and everyone’s body<br />

handles them differently. At The Renewal<br />

Point we can run panels to see if<br />

toxins are interfering with your health.<br />

Then, if needed, we can develop a plan<br />

to clear them from your system.<br />

· Nutritional deficiencies contribute to<br />

cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and<br />

overall poor health. Finding these deficiencies,<br />

then correcting them, are keys<br />

to living a longer, healthier life.<br />

· Physical conditioning is a must as we<br />

age. But what kind of exercise is appropriate<br />

for us in our 60s and 70s, especially<br />

when we have developed wear and<br />

tear over the last half century? At The<br />

Renewal Point we apply a combination<br />

of Physical therapy/Physical conditioning<br />

program aimed at an individual’s<br />

goals and over-all physical condition.<br />

If you are experiencing symptoms,<br />

disease, and/or a mid-life crisis that is<br />

holding you back from living the life you<br />

imagine, no matter your age, we are here<br />

to help! We use state-of-the-art assessment<br />

methods that allow us to find and<br />

target the root of the problem and restore<br />

your health and wellbeing. For more information<br />

we encourage you to visit our<br />

website at TheRenewalPoint.com or<br />

call our office at 941-926-4905.<br />

—————————————————<br />

Dr. Watts, MD, ND, MSNM is an expert in<br />

Integrative Medicine. With over 25 years<br />

of experience in hormone balancing,<br />

a Board Certification in<br />

Integrative Medicine,<br />

a Post-doctoral Certification<br />

in Metabolic<br />

Endocrinology, and a<br />

Fellowship in Anti-<br />

Aging, Regenerative,<br />

and Functional Medicine,<br />

Dr. Watts has put<br />

together a Hormone<br />

Balancing Program that<br />

has helped thousands<br />

of patients renew their<br />

love and vigor for life.<br />

Dr. Dan Watts<br />

MD, ND, MSMN<br />

The Renewal Point<br />


4905 Clark Road, Sarasota<br />

Phone: 941-926-4905<br />

www.TheRenewalPoint.com<br />

Congratulations Girls Inc of Sarasota on receiving the<br />

Pillar of Inspiration Award from National Girls Inc!<br />

Thank you for all you do for girls everywhere!<br />

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out and about continued<br />

features more than 100 classes, workshops,<br />

and open studio sessions.<br />

Classes are offered Monday through<br />

Saturday and cover a diversity of topics,<br />

including painting, photography,<br />

sculpture, mixed-media, drawing,<br />

and pastel and taught by more than<br />

25 art instructors.<br />

To register and for more information,<br />

visit www.artsarasota.org or<br />

call 941-365-2032.<br />

Art Center Sarasota has its Summer<br />

Art Camp 20<strong>23</strong> offering 10<br />

weeks of creative fun through<br />

August 4, 9:30 am-3 pm, Mon-<br />

Fri. For creative kids ages 6-10 and<br />

emerging artists ages 11-15. Registration:<br />

www.artsarasota.org.<br />

Local History<br />

Manatee Village Historical Park<br />

has Living Off the Land: Florida’s<br />

Pioneering Efforts to Make a Living.<br />

The exhibit explores the various ways<br />

settlers in the mid-1800s through the<br />

early 1900s took advantage of readily<br />

available natural resources of the land<br />

and sea.<br />

As Manatee County developed<br />

during the Pioneering Period (1830-<br />

1918), a number of commercial activities<br />

grew out of the environmental<br />

realities people moving into the area<br />

built upon. One of the earliest brought<br />

fishermen who set up seasonal camps<br />

along our shores. These fishermen<br />

set up semi-permanent Fishing Ranchos<br />

where they caught and prepared<br />

schools of mullet and other fish for<br />

Cuban markets.<br />

In the 1840s, when the first waves<br />

of American expansion into the area<br />

started, sugar production became a<br />

major economic engine. At its peak,<br />

there were over a dozen sugarcane<br />

plantations established within the<br />

Manatee River area. By the mid-1800s<br />

and early 1900s, Florida’s population<br />

was growing along with its economic<br />

prosperity. With the development of<br />

steamship lines, connected to the first<br />

railroads, local businesses began to<br />

send products to ports and destinations<br />

around the nation and throughout<br />

the world.<br />

Living Off the Land: Florida’s<br />

Pioneering Efforts to Make a Living<br />

will be available on-site at Manatee<br />

Village Historical Park through<br />

November, 2024.<br />

Manatee Village Historical Park is<br />

located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East<br />

(SR64) in Bradenton, Florida. For more<br />

information, call 941-749-7165, or visit<br />

www.manateevillage.org.<br />

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Art Around<br />

the State<br />

At The Dali: the shape of dreams<br />

through April 30. The Shape of<br />

Dreams explores 500 years of<br />

dream-inspired paintings from the<br />

16th to 20th century, demonstrating<br />

how artists throughout time have<br />

depicted a profound yet universal phenomenon<br />

of human experience — the<br />

dream. The exhibition will examine<br />

how Western artists have depicted<br />

dreams for very different audiences<br />

throughout time, exploring the continuity<br />

and disconnections between the<br />

past and present.<br />

The exhibition features a selection<br />

of art on loan from American institutions,<br />

including the National Gallery of<br />

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Art, Detroit Institute<br />

of Arts,<br />

The New Orleans<br />

Museum<br />

of Art, Saint<br />

Louis Art Museum,<br />

Hirshhorn<br />

Museum<br />

& Sculpture<br />

Garden, Chicago<br />

Art Institute<br />

and Metropolitan<br />

Museum<br />

of Art. Several<br />

works from<br />

The Dalí’s permanent<br />

collection<br />

are placed<br />

in dialog with<br />

these works.<br />

The exhibition<br />

includes some<br />

reproductions to ensure visitors can<br />

experience the essential images to our<br />

curated story of dreams.<br />

Drawing on the irony that dreams<br />

are an intense visual sensation most<br />

often taking place when the eyes are<br />

closed, the exhibition inspires questions<br />

about the very nature of reality<br />

and encourages viewers to examine<br />

dreams through different lenses —<br />

psychological, religious and metaphysical.<br />

Works by Frida Kahlo, Paul<br />

Delvaux, Pat Steir, Philip Guston, Max<br />

Beckmann, Lodovico Carracci and<br />

Odilon Redon, many of which are<br />

monumental canvases, address manners<br />

of representation and consider<br />

how the waking world influences the<br />

dream. The exhibition seeks to understand<br />

how these artistic expressions<br />

shape the imagination.<br />

Information: thedali.org.<br />

Selby Gardens<br />

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

has Seeing the Invisible at its Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus. The most<br />

ambitious and expansive show to date<br />

of contemporary artworks created<br />

with augmented-reality (AR) technology,<br />

the exhibition launched last<br />

year at 12 botanical gardens around<br />

the world. Selby Gardens is one of<br />

four inaugural sites that will continue<br />

to host the show for a second year,<br />

through September 20<strong>23</strong>. Six new<br />

garden and museum sites will join the<br />

global exhibition in October.<br />

Seeing the Invisible features works<br />

by more than a dozen internationally<br />

acclaimed artists, including Ai Weiwei<br />

of China, El Anatsui of Ghana, Isaac<br />

Julien CBE RA of the United Kingdom,<br />

and Sarah Meyohas of the United<br />

States. At Selby Gardens’ Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus, the show’s 13<br />

AR works are installed in carefully curated<br />

locations throughout the 30-acre<br />

preserve. Visitors engage with the art<br />

through an app that can be downloaded<br />

to a smartphone or tablet.<br />

Seeing the Invisible is the first exhibition<br />

of its kind to be developed<br />

as a collaboration among botanical<br />

gardens around the world. The same<br />

commissioned artworks are placed in<br />

outdoor settings at the participating<br />

institutions, creating parallels and<br />

contrasts between them. The AR nature<br />

of the exhibition has allowed for<br />

the creation of expansive, immersive<br />

works that engage with existing features<br />

of the natural landscape, going<br />

beyond the limitations of what is possible<br />

with physical artworks.<br />

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For more information visit www.<br />

selby.org.<br />

UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County<br />

April 18—Reclaim Your Yard from<br />

Mosquitoes (webinar) Program will<br />

cover general information, the mosquito<br />

life cycle, and what works & what<br />

doesn’t in protecting yourself from<br />

mosquitoes.<br />

In this program you will learn about<br />

the life cycle of mosquitoes found in<br />

Florida and what you can do to reduce<br />

mosquito breeding sites around your<br />

home. Reducing breeding sites is critical<br />

to lowering the number of mosquitoes<br />

and protecting yourself and your<br />

family from bites. Instructor: Carol<br />

Wyatt-Evens, Extension Agent, Chemicals<br />

in the Environment, UF/IFAS<br />

Extension Sarasota County.<br />

• April 26—Biorational Pesticides:<br />

Eco-Friendly Pest Control (webinar)<br />

This program will discuss biorational<br />

pesticides- what they are, how they<br />

can be used, and their advantages and<br />

disadvantages as pesticides.Biorational<br />

pesticides is a term that covers<br />

a broad range of low environmental<br />

impact substances or products typically<br />

derived from natural or biological<br />

origins. This includes biological pesticides<br />

as well as synthetic biorational<br />

materials. Learn about the products<br />

that can provide control of pest problems<br />

while also being environmentally<br />

safe. Class instructor: Carol Wyatt-<br />

Evens, Chemicals in the Environment<br />

Agent, UF/IFAS Extension<br />

• April 28—Beneficial Insects in the<br />

Florida Landscape (webinar) Common<br />

beneficial insects found in the<br />

Florida urban landscape and their role<br />

in the ecosystem.<br />

With an estimated 12,500 insect<br />

species in Florida, one could easily get<br />

overwhelmed when trying to identify<br />

backyard insects, an amazing and<br />

important part of the ecosystem.<br />

Insects are pollinators, predators,<br />

decomposers, and detritivores. These<br />

are the ‘good bugs’, that serve as<br />

nature’s best (and cheapest) pest control<br />

as well as major players within our food<br />

system and recycling of organic matter.<br />

In this webinar, we will cover insect<br />

identification and feeding behaviors.<br />

Learn how to use integrated pest management<br />

strategies in support of a beneficial<br />

insect and a healthy ecosystem.<br />

Register only at ufsarasotaext.<br />

eventbrite.com. For more information,<br />

call 941-861-5000.<br />

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The<br />

Venice<br />

Farmers<br />

Market<br />

Runs<br />

April – September:<br />

Saturdays<br />

from 8 a.m.<br />

to Noon.<br />

Fresh Florida-grown<br />

produce,<br />

delicious<br />

baked items,<br />

wild-caught<br />

seafood,<br />

artisan<br />

handmade<br />

food items,<br />

homemade pickles, kettle corn, local<br />

honey, gourmet prepared food to<br />

eat, and don’t miss our wide array<br />

of green space vendors offering<br />

tropical plants, potted herbs, citrus<br />

trees and fresh-cut flowers, creative<br />

art and crafts, live music and much<br />

much more.<br />

The Venice Farmers Market at City<br />

Hall, 401 W. Venice Avenue, is one of<br />

four non-profit community markets<br />

under the Friends of Sarasota County<br />

Parks donates proceeds after operating<br />

costs back to the local community.<br />

www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org/.<br />

La Musica has “Grand Friendships: on April 15—a tribute to La Musica’s co-founder<br />

and longtime Associate Artistic Director Derek Han with La Musica Artistic Director<br />

Wu Han, piano; Chad Hoopes, Kristin Lee, violins; James Thompson, viola; Keith<br />

Robinson, cello. www.lamusicafestival.org/festival/concerts-events<br />

At The Straz<br />

▼<br />

▼<br />

On April 14, Straz Center for<br />

the Performing Arts in Tampa<br />

enjoy “Broadway’s Best Hits” an<br />

extravaganza featuring musical hits<br />

from Broadway’s best known and<br />

most loved shows performed by artists<br />

Elona Krasavtseva and Helen Avramenko,<br />

both from Ukraine and now<br />

performing in the US.<br />

The show also features New York’s<br />

rising star Vitaly Volodin. The cast includes<br />

musical direction by Alex Nakhimovsky,<br />

the 2019 winner of the<br />

Global Music Awards who has signed<br />

on to direct Broadway’s Best Hits live<br />

band and backdrop the vocals. For<br />

tickets, visit www.strazcenter.org.<br />

At Bookstore1<br />

Sarasota<br />

April 8—The Fun Widow’s Book<br />

Tour: A Reading and Conversation<br />

with Bestselling Author Zoe Fishman.<br />

From the author of Inheriting<br />

Edith comes a brave new novel about<br />

the intersection of art and grief and the<br />

tragic loss of her own husband in 2017.<br />

Mia used to be fun. She was the<br />

class clown; a member of the mile<br />

high club; the mom who made her<br />

sons giggle with her bad British accent<br />

and well-placed tickles. But three<br />

years after the death of her husband,<br />

there’s no time for that. She’s the only<br />

parent they have.<br />

Now, her memoir is out and she has<br />

to promote it. But how to sell herself<br />

when her heart is still broken? And<br />

so her three best friends —Chelsea,<br />

Rachel and George_organize her book<br />

tour in their respective hometowns.<br />

With her father Ira on deck for the<br />

boys, Mia sets off on a week-long journey<br />

to San Francisco, Chicago, and<br />

Atlanta: her hometown.<br />

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However, Mia’s not just going for<br />

herself. Armed with her trademark<br />

agenda, she plans to fix her friends’<br />

lives as a means of repayment for all<br />

they’ve done. And reluctantly visit<br />

Judy, her new stepmother, because she<br />

has to--not because she wants to. But<br />

even the best agenda is often rendered<br />

useless by reality, and Mia realizes<br />

that the stories she’s been telling herself<br />

are just that. Stories.<br />

If she can rewrite who she is now by<br />

revisiting who she was then, maybe<br />

she can reignite the flame in all of<br />

them. This is a free event, but registration<br />

is required. More information and<br />

RSVP here: www.sarasotabooks.com.<br />

• April 22 and April 29—Local Author<br />

Book Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br />

outside in the breezeway at. Local<br />

authors will be signing books. Authors<br />

and their works will be announced<br />

at: www.sarasotabooks.com.<br />

• April 19 at 11:00 a.m.—The Short<br />

and Satisfying Book Club led by<br />

Georgia Court. The Short and Satisfying<br />

Book Club is for those looking<br />

for a shorter read that is ripe for discussion.<br />

April’s selection is The Hour<br />

of the Star, Clarice Lispector’s final<br />

masterpiece.<br />

About Hour of the Star: Narrated by<br />

the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this<br />

brief, strange, and haunting tale is the<br />

story of Macabéa, one of life’s unfortunates.<br />

Living in the slums of Rio<br />

and eking out a poor living as a typist,<br />

Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Colas,<br />

and her rat of a boyfriend; she would<br />

like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she<br />

is ugly, underfed, sickly and unloved.<br />

Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness,<br />

and yet he cannot avoid the realization<br />

that for all her outward misery,<br />

Macabéa is inwardly free. She doesn’t<br />

seem to know how unhappy she should<br />

be. Lispector employs her pathetic<br />

heroine against her urbane, empty<br />

narrator—edge of despair to edge of<br />

despair—and, working them like a pair<br />

of scissors, she cuts away the reader’s<br />

preconceived notions about poverty,<br />

identity, love and the art of fiction. In<br />

her last book she takes readers close to<br />

the true mystery of life and leaves us<br />

deep in Lispector territory indeed.<br />

A fee of $13 is required for participation.<br />

This includes a copy of Hour of<br />

the Star to be picked up at Bookstore1<br />

and the book club meeting.<br />

Bookstore1Sarasota, 117 S. Pineapple<br />

Ave., Sarasota. Registration for<br />

all book clubs: www.sarasotabooks.<br />

com/bookclubs, or call 941-365-7900.<br />

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focus on the arts<br />

Get Ready to Dance!<br />

The Music of Motown Featuring Crystal<br />

Monee Hall Comes to Sarasota in May<br />

There’s nothing quite like the<br />

music created by the artists<br />

of Motown Records in<br />

the 1960s, a decade during<br />

which the beloved label<br />

churned out over 100 chart-topping hits<br />

from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin<br />

Gaye, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and<br />

others. More than 60 years later, the songs<br />

of Motown continue to captivate music<br />

lovers of all ages and walks of life.<br />

“You hear a Motown drum riff, you hear<br />

the horn sounds, and you know exactly<br />

where you are; you’re in a particular<br />

time and place,” says vocalist Crystal<br />

Monee Hall. “It’s iconic in R&B<br />

and soul music. Somehow, there<br />

is a heft and a very strong reality,<br />

and then a levity to it, too. It’s light<br />

and fun, but we’re talking about an obsessive,<br />

never-ending love, and we’re doing<br />

it with a smile on our face and a wiggle in<br />

our hips. I think only music can do that,<br />

and Motown does it like nobody else.”<br />

Hall has fond childhood memories<br />

of watching her parents dance to these<br />

timeless tracks on vinyl in their family<br />

home. As she prepares to perform these<br />

songs alongside Sarasota Orchestra in a<br />

program titled Dancing in the Street:<br />

Music of Motown, the sheer impact and<br />

lasting effects of Motown have become<br />

even clearer for her.<br />

“It’s all still fresh, and it all still feels<br />

good,” she says. “The music is all about<br />

love, one way or the other. The themes<br />

are incredibly universal, so everybody<br />

gets it; no matter what age you are, what<br />

race you are, what region you’re from,<br />

the music really communicates their<br />

feelings.”<br />

Hall’s mother was also a singer, and her<br />

love of music started early on, when she<br />

sang gospel at church. She continued with<br />

choir throughout high school, but also<br />

developed a love for literature and eventually<br />

decided to pursue a career teaching<br />

English at a high school near her hometown.<br />

However, she quickly grew restless<br />

and longed to be on stage herself.<br />

“I could not stop singing,” Hall remembers.<br />

“I taught for about a month. I<br />

resigned, went to New York, and started<br />

auditioning. I took the first gig I got,<br />

which was on a Disney cruise ship. I replaced<br />

Jennifer Hudson. Of course, this<br />

was before she was Jennifer Hudson.<br />

We were all kids.”<br />

That Disney cruise ship gig lasted a<br />

year, until Hall landed a spot in the cast<br />

of RENT, which is when she says her life<br />

as a New York City artist “really began.”<br />

Today, Hall enjoys a thriving, dynamic<br />

career as a singer, songwriter, actress and<br />

instrumentalist, but it hasn’t come easily.<br />

“As women, we’re sort of conditioned<br />

to make ourselves small and to walk into<br />


Crystal Monee Hall<br />

rooms with apologies. That’s something<br />

that I have had to get over in my artistic<br />

career and to just sort of lean into the fact<br />

that I have something to say and something<br />

to offer, and that it is not only my<br />

right but my responsibility to take up all<br />

of the space,” Hall says. “That’s been essential<br />

for me, as a performer, just in general.<br />

As a woman artist, as a Black artist,<br />

as a queer artist, as all of the things …<br />

just to be unafraid and to walk into the<br />

room knowing that what I have to offer<br />

is something that nobody else can offer.<br />

What you got is cool, there’s nothing lacking<br />

in it. Tell yourself that every day, and<br />

you will believe it.”<br />

Sarasota Orchestra will present Dancing<br />

in the Street: Music of Motown featuring<br />

Crystal Monee Hall in its annual<br />

Outdoor Pops concert, May 5 and 6 at the<br />

Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Hall encourages<br />

audience members to “get ready to<br />

have a party” with smash hits like “Ain’t<br />

No Mountain High Enough,” “I Heard It<br />

through the Grapevine,” “My Girl,” and<br />

more. Hall particularly enjoys singing<br />

Diana Ross’ “Touch Me in the Morning,”<br />

a song that she says she wouldn’t have<br />

initially chosen.<br />

“It’s such a beautiful challenge, and<br />

I’ve gotten to the point where I love, love,<br />

love to sing that song every single night,”<br />

she says. “Also, Stevie Wonder is my legend<br />

and icon. I get to sing ‘Superstition,’<br />

which is cool because most of the time,<br />

the boys get to sing that one.”<br />

About the Concert:<br />

Dancing in the Street: Music of Motown<br />

featuring Crystal Monee Hall, is on May<br />

5 and 6 at the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium.<br />

Tickets available online and through<br />

the Box Office. Call (941) 953-3434<br />

or visit SarasotaOrchestra.org<br />

— Contributor: Chelsey Norris<br />

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happening this month<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

Greenfield Prize Weekend is April 14-16<br />

The Hermitage Artist Retreat<br />

(Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director<br />

and CEO) in collaboration<br />

with the Greenfield Foundation,<br />

presents the 15th year of the<br />

Hermitage Greenfield Prize Weekend,<br />

April 14-16, culminating with the Hermitage<br />

Greenfield Prize Dinner on<br />

Sunday, April 16.<br />

This event – celebrating 20<strong>23</strong> HGP<br />

winners Lorenzo ‘Rennie’ Harris<br />

(Dance & Choreography) and Sandy Rodriguez<br />

(Visual Art) – will also feature<br />

musical performances, including a<br />

selection from last year’s HGP recipient<br />

Angélica Negrón. Additional performers<br />

and guests will be announced at a later<br />

date. Tom and Sherry Koski serve as<br />

Co-Chairs for this year’s gala dinner,<br />

with Honorary Co-Chairs Steven High<br />

(Executive Director, The Ringling Museum<br />

of Art), Nate Jacobs (Founding Artistic<br />

Director, Westcoast Black Theatre<br />

Troupe), Virginia Shearer (Executive<br />

Director, Sarasota Art Museum), and<br />

Iain Webb (Director, Sarasota Ballet).<br />

The events begin on Friday, April<br />

14th at 5:30pm at the Asolo’s Cook<br />

Theater in the FSU Center for Performing<br />

Arts with “Aleshea Harris<br />

Presents,” featuring newly commissioned<br />

work from playwright, theater<br />

maker, and 2021 Hermitage Greenfield<br />

Prize winner Aleshea Harris.<br />

Her critically acclaimed plays include<br />

Is God Is, What to Send Up When It<br />

Goes Down, On Sugarland, and Brother,<br />

Brother. Described by The New York<br />

Times as “a rarefied theatrical intelligence,”<br />

Harris’ work seeks to honor the<br />

tragedies of the past and present while<br />

allowing for a potential hope to come.<br />

Then, on Saturday, April 15th, the<br />

Hermitage presents two events on its<br />

Manasota Key campus honoring the<br />

distinguished recipients of this year’s<br />

prize. Both artists will receive six<br />

weeks of residency time as Hermitage<br />

Fellows to develop their projects, as<br />

well as a $30,000 prize to support the<br />

work. “Sandy Rodriguez: Putting Sarasota<br />

on the Map,” begins at 2pm in the<br />

Hermitage Palm House (indoors) and<br />

showcases the work of this year’s visual<br />

art recipient, Sandy Rodriguez.<br />

She will be joined by two jurors<br />

from this year’s selection process,<br />

renowned multidisciplinary artist<br />

and Hermitage alumna Anne Patterson<br />

and Creative Capital President<br />

Christine Kuan, Rodriguez will show<br />

examples of her work which often<br />

use topographical representations to<br />

merge societal issues past and present<br />

and discuss her process, including<br />

using hand-processed, locally sourced<br />

materials for pigments.<br />

The celebration continues on the<br />

Hermitage Beach at 6pm with “Rennie<br />

Harris: Street Dance Pioneer,”<br />

a conversation with the first-ever<br />

Hermitage Greenfield Prize recipient<br />

in dance and choreography, Lorenzo<br />

20<strong>23</strong> Hermitage Greenfield Prize<br />

Winner - Dance - Rennie Harris<br />

2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize<br />

Winner - Aleshea Harris<br />

‘Rennie’ Harris, alongside jurors Joseph<br />

V. Melillo (Executive Director<br />

Emeritus, Brooklyn Academy of Music)<br />

and Charmaine Warren (founder<br />

of “Black Dance Stories”).<br />

Melillo has been a longtime friend<br />

of the Hermitage and was the first<br />

member of the Hermitage’s esteemed<br />

National Curatorial Council, and Warren<br />

is a celebrated dance writer and<br />

historian. Rennie Harris has dedicated<br />

his life and his company, Rennie Harris<br />

Puremovement, to preserving and<br />

celebrating hip-hop culture through<br />

workshops, demonstrations, and public<br />

performances and has revolutionized<br />

the relationship of this quintessentially<br />

American art form’s relationship<br />

to the broader dance community<br />

in the process.<br />

2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Table<br />

20<strong>23</strong> Hermitage Greenfield Prize<br />

Winner - Visual Art - Sandy Rodriguez<br />

2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize<br />

Winner - Angelica Negron<br />

“One of the most thrilling aspects<br />

of the Hermitage Greenfield Prize<br />

is bringing three cycles of winners<br />

to Sarasota in one exciting weekend<br />

of events and programming,” said<br />

Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO<br />

Andy Sandberg. “Considering we<br />

awarded two prizes this year to celebrate<br />

a milestone season, this means<br />

we have four unique disciplines of<br />

HGP recipients represented at once<br />

with the brilliant talents of Aleshea<br />

Harris in theater, Angélica Negrón in<br />

music, Sandy Rodriguez in visual art,<br />

and Rennie Harris in dance.”<br />

With the exception of the Hermitage<br />

Greenfield Dinner on April 16th, the<br />

events on April 14th and 15th – like all<br />

Hermitage community programs – are<br />

free and open to the members of the<br />

public (with a $5/person registration<br />

fee). Registration is required for all<br />

events at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

About the Hermitage<br />

Artist Retreat:<br />

Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary<br />

Season, the Hermitage is a non-profit<br />

artist retreat located in Manasota<br />

Key, Florida, inviting accomplished<br />

artists across multiple disciplines for<br />

residencies on its beachfront campus,<br />

which is on the National Register of<br />

Historic Places. Hermitage artists are<br />

invited to interact with the local community,<br />

reaching thousands of Gulf<br />

Coast residents and visitors each year<br />

with unique and inspiring programs.<br />

Hermitage Fellows have included 15<br />

Pulitzer Prize winners, Poets Laureate,<br />

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellows, and<br />

multiple Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar<br />

winners and nominees. Works created<br />

at this beachside retreat by a diverse<br />

group of Hermitage alumni have gone<br />

on to renowned theaters, concert halls,<br />

and galleries throughout the world.<br />

Each year, the Hermitage awards the<br />

$30,000 Hermitage Greenfield Prize<br />

for a new work of art, the newly announced<br />

$35,000 Hermitage Major<br />

Theater Award for an original theater<br />

commission, and the Aspen Music Festival’s<br />

Hermitage Prize in Composition.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

About the Hermitage<br />

Greenfield Prize:<br />

The Hermitage Greenfield Prize is<br />

a fifteen-year partnership between<br />

the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the<br />

Greenfield Foundation. Rotating between<br />

the fields of music, theater, and<br />

visual art, this prestigious national<br />

prize seeks to bring into the world<br />

works of art that will have a significant<br />

impact on the broad as well as<br />

our artistic culture. The Hermitage<br />

Greenfield Prize is awarded annually<br />

and includes a Hermitage Fellowship,<br />

as well as a $30,000 commission for a<br />

new piece of work to be created within<br />

a two-year time frame. A residency at<br />

the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota<br />

Key (Sarasota County, Florida),<br />

provides valuable time and space in<br />

which to conceive and complete the<br />

work. Past winners include Angélica<br />

Negrón, Music (2022); Aleshea Harris,<br />

Theater (2021); Helga Davis, Music<br />

(2019); Martyna Majok, Theater (2018);<br />

David Burnett, Photography (2017);<br />

Coco Fusco, Visual Art (2016); Bobby<br />

Previte, Music (2015); Nilo Cruz, Theater<br />

(2014); Trenton Doyle Hancock, Visual<br />

Art (2013); Vijay Iyer, Music (2012); John<br />

Guare, Theater (2011); Sanford Biggers,<br />

Visual Art (2010); Craig Lucas, Theater<br />

(2009) and Eve Beglarian, Music (2009).<br />

For information, visit HermitageArtist-<br />

Retreat.org, or call (941) 475-2098, Ext. 2.<br />

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Lifelong dance<br />

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finding good rental space for<br />

their specialized classes. For almost<br />

ten years, she had followed<br />

her instructor all over Manatee<br />

County to different studios.<br />

“About a year ago, I started thinking<br />

about creating a studio and the idea just<br />

grew,” said Strange. She enlisted the help<br />

of her dance instructor, Bonnie Gray,<br />

and local realtor Kris Kesling-Hays and<br />

started looking for a suitable studio. The<br />

trio found a space located at 862 62nd<br />

Street Circle East, just off of I-75 and renovations<br />

began. Of course, as long as she<br />

was designing a space from the ground<br />

up, Strange wanted to fill it with all of the<br />

amenities that dance and dance-related<br />

businesses need to thrive.<br />

For dancers, that means actually starting<br />

at the ground. Strange had danced on<br />

a sprung floor before and knew that her<br />

studio had to have one. The new space<br />

now boasts a world-class floor of suspended<br />

maple made by O’Mara Sprung Floors<br />

of Flint, Michigan. This floor is not only<br />

strong enough for percussive dance, but<br />

soft enough for the “give” that all dance<br />

styles prefer. “We also had to install a new<br />

air conditioning system that will protect<br />

the floor,” said Strange.<br />

The studio has wall-mounted ballet barres,<br />

a wall of mirrors, a professional sound<br />

system, and a smart television. A kitchenette<br />

and dressing room are available.<br />

The Monarch Studio is operated by a<br />

new local organization, the Dance Alliance<br />

of Bradenton. The Alliance is made up<br />

of a group of dance and fitness educator<br />

entrepreneurs who will share the space. It<br />

has an umbrella website, www.danceallianceofbradenton.com,<br />

with individual pages<br />

for each member. Gray is the program<br />


director of the<br />

Alliance. She has<br />

been teaching<br />

dance in southwest<br />

Florida since<br />

1982 and in Bradenton<br />

since 2001.<br />

Gray explained<br />

that dance is a<br />

great form of exercise for adults. “In addition<br />

to the cardiovascular benefits, dance<br />

works the whole body, increases flexibility<br />

and supports cognitive ability. Best of all,<br />

it’s fun. You don’t have to worry about coordination<br />

or rhythm, anyone can dance.”<br />

A semi-retired stage performer, Gray and<br />

her company “That’s Dancing! Dance Education<br />

for Adults,” offer classes in Broadway-style<br />

tap and jazz, hula and Polynesian<br />

classes, Balletone Fitness and Hot Hula<br />

Fitness. Home to the award-winning Starfire<br />

Dancers and Aloha Stars, the Monarch<br />

Studio also hosts the Diva Dance Program<br />

which will be offering adult classes. Other<br />

dance and fitness educators are expected<br />

to hold classes at the studio soon.<br />

In addition to day and evening, classes, the<br />

Monarch Studio is available to the public<br />

for events, small parties and private gatherings.<br />

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APRIL 20<strong>23</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 15

Megan<br />

Howell, MS<br />

She’s the Executive<br />

Director and<br />

Founder at Second<br />

Heart Homes.<br />

Their mission is “to revive<br />

the dignity of the homeless<br />

and mental health community<br />

through housing, support,<br />

and love” through eight<br />

locations with 49 beds<br />

across two counties —<br />

and it’s working.<br />

16 WEST COAST WOMAN APRIL 20<strong>23</strong>

Just about every sentence<br />

Megan speaks<br />

comes with phrases<br />

like, “meet them where<br />

they’re at ” and “love<br />

them for who they<br />

are.” These are words spoken<br />

about those experiencing homelessness<br />

coupled with mental health challenges.<br />

There’s no clinical talk, no “big picture”<br />

discussions about society’s failures, no finger-pointing.<br />

Instead, empathy informs her work and<br />

her organization’s unique one-on-one approach.<br />

Years ago, while working as a waitress<br />

at Patrick’s (while also attending college),<br />

Megan saw a homeless man one night<br />

and made it her mission to engage, meet him<br />

where he was, and make sure he was okay.<br />

Megan’s face lights up recalling the time<br />

when he told her he was ready to change and<br />

walked her to her car. He had “fallen through<br />

the cracks” for 25 years, but her daily connection<br />

with him kept him going.<br />

From that encounter, she envisioned assisting<br />

more homeless individuals. As with<br />

most nonprofits, hers started small in 2016<br />

by subleasing housing and offering “care coordination”<br />

as she calls it. A business mentor<br />

suggested a more sustainable model, so in<br />

January 2020, Second Heart Homes became<br />

a nonprofit and now has eight houses (five<br />

for men; three for women) with 49 beds total<br />

spread across two counties.<br />

This is a new organization, but one dealing<br />

with an old problem: homelessness, but<br />

their approach is what makes Second Heart<br />

Homes so different. “Our high-touch, tailored-services<br />

approach is unique because<br />

it provides both short-term and long-term<br />

housing and care that revives dignity, establishes<br />

stability, and teaches independence,”<br />

says their website.<br />

“We provide housing, case management<br />

support, skill building workshops and arts<br />

integration. Clients come to us based on their<br />

commitment to address their mental and<br />

physical health, remain sober and achieve<br />

personal goals toward self-sufficiency with<br />

healthy routines and hobbies. It is impossible<br />

to address these realms when you are homeless,”<br />

says their website.<br />

Beyond offering a supportive environment,<br />

Second Heart assists in a myriad of<br />

ways. Some need help with insurance. One<br />

man needed help getting his benefits restored.<br />

Another had his right to vote restored.<br />

Fourteen are employed. And in one touching<br />

example, a man was finally able to reunite<br />

with his father after 20 years.<br />

They’ll also learn practical things like<br />

computer skills, but also interpersonal skills<br />

and how to take better care of themselves.<br />

Their website notes that three clients are now<br />

enrolled in college or trade school.<br />

Homelessness and being at-risk are the criteria<br />

followed very closely by “a commitment<br />

to addressing their issues,” she explains. And<br />

it’s never a handout - always a “hand up,”<br />

Megan explains. They teach life skills and<br />

they monitor and manage constantly, she explains.<br />

“Stay as long as you wish if you follow<br />

the rules and pay your fees,” she states.<br />

The goal is to prevent chronic street homelessness.<br />

Clients come in often battered by<br />

the rough experience of living on the streets.<br />

Through Second Heart they gain and achieve<br />

stability through supportive housing. Care<br />

plans are individualized, Megan explains.<br />

The “Catch 22” for many is you can’t get a<br />

job without providing an address or place<br />

where you live. And you can’t get a place to<br />

live without an ID. And possessions? The<br />

constant moving about on the streets means<br />

things are stolen, lost or left behind thus they<br />

have almost nothing.<br />

In one home, which is decorated in a<br />

charming ‘60s motif, one woman is off to<br />

work soon and another is headed to an appointment.<br />

Later into our interview, another<br />

woman arrives back from her job. The home<br />

is spotless and they’re expected to keep<br />

things clean and manage their own space.<br />

Rooms are cozy with a bed, closet, dresser<br />

and TV. Megan gets to know them all, knows<br />

their schedules and chats with them to see<br />

how they’re doing.<br />

As for those eight properties operated<br />

by her nonprofit, none receive city, state or<br />

county funds. Support comes completely<br />

from donations - foundations and individuals,<br />

“making the community part of the solution,”<br />

as she puts it.<br />

A recent art auction fundraiser helped to<br />

fund another home which will be for women<br />

in Manatee County. “We raised $56,000 that<br />

evening to help us open our eighth home,<br />

provide therapy services, provide laundry<br />

detergent, toilet paper, day planners, work<br />

shoes, new mattresses, job training, case<br />

management, birthday cakes, and, of course,<br />

love,” Megan wrote on Facebook.<br />

With that additional property, Second<br />

Heart is now able to serve 49 people. Megan<br />

notes it is estimated there are 200 homeless<br />

women in our community.<br />

Along with seemingly endless compassion<br />

comes incorporating art into Second Heart.<br />

Megan explains that, “Local art and nature<br />

make our supportive housing feel better than<br />

a house and more like a boutique home with<br />

a support system.”<br />

Ringling students will help with new murals<br />

called “super graphics” inside the homes.<br />

“Art is not a luxury,” says this former origami<br />

teacher, “it’s for everyone.” Megan visited<br />

over 30 types of housing and came up with<br />

her own vision including art. She mentions<br />

Paul Sykes of Art Avenue who hosted a reception<br />

and auction last year that generated<br />

$50,000 for Second Heart Homes and who has<br />

also helped with some of the art.<br />

Second Heart Homes has a staff of five (including<br />

Megan) along with three full-time care<br />

managers and Director of Operations, Athyna<br />

Smith. Megan no longer needs to reach out to<br />

people on the streets. In fact, over 70 nonprofits<br />

reach out to Second Heart Homes wanting<br />

to place clients needing housing.<br />

The nonprofit has a board that includes<br />

Sarasota County Court Judge Erika Quartermaine,<br />

former Herald-Tribune opinion<br />

editor Tom Tryon, businessmen David Lyons<br />

(chairman), David Welle and Jim Doyle, and<br />

businesswoman Claudia Barnett. It’s a board<br />

she says, “that goes above and beyond the<br />

call of duty.”<br />

Megan has a Masters in Psychology. A<br />

self-reliant person, she has gotten by working<br />

multiple jobs - gigs like working at music<br />

festivals and teaching origami and, of course,<br />

being a waitress.<br />

She herself experienced homelessness<br />

as a child. Her mother and brother, who is<br />

autistic, had to leave a situation involving<br />

domestic violence. It was something they<br />

experienced briefly, but it no doubt left its<br />

mark on Megan as she watched her mother<br />

get her brother the right care. “People wanted<br />

to give up in him. She [her mother] read<br />

about speech therapy and taught him how<br />

to speak.” He earned his diploma and has<br />

worked at a store ever since. That experience<br />

taught Megan that, “maybe there’s a different<br />

way,” of working with people, adding she got<br />

that from her mother.<br />

And that story at the beginning of this article<br />

about Megan working with that homeless<br />

man? Due in large part to her efforts, a man<br />

who had been homeless for 25 years became<br />

a homeowner in 2020.<br />

STORY: Louise Bruderle<br />

IMAGES: Evelyn England<br />

More about Second Heart Homes<br />

There are many ways you can get involved.<br />

You may want to donate items, but what helps<br />

most and offers the most flexibility for Second<br />

Heart are donations.<br />

Donation made to Second Heart Homes at<br />

FlanzerTrust.org will be matched (up to<br />

$500). For information, visit secondheart<br />

homes.org/ or call 941-201-9353.<br />



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Usually with hotels, bigger<br />

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suites, balconies, eat-in<br />

kitchens, large pools and<br />

beach access. So the concept<br />

of a “Tiny House” vacation rental<br />

may seem contrary to best practices.<br />

That is, until you actually see them.<br />

Off a forgotten side street on Stickney<br />

Point Road is a row of Tiny Houses<br />

in bright Lifesaver candy colors that are<br />

accommodations that you can rent. You<br />

could easily miss this location since it’s<br />

on a small offshoot off Stickney Point<br />

on what’s called “Avenue A.”<br />

First, the location on Stickney Point<br />

is convenient. You get a running start<br />

on the crowds heading to Siesta Key<br />

and the beaches. Tiny House Siesta<br />

offers 13 homes including one double<br />

wide and one single wide. Once inside<br />

you might see a sitting area, a kitchen<br />

area, TV, bathroom to the back, and, in<br />

some units, a ladder to the “upstairs”<br />

which is where you sleep. But this isn’t<br />

the way they all are - they’re unique in<br />

their configurations which also makes it<br />

interesting and fun to choose.<br />

Some also have a front deck or back<br />

patio area. Each unit is on wheels, but<br />

they’re not mobile homes in the traditional<br />

sense as the ceilings are higher<br />

than you expect and they’re kitted out<br />

with modern day conveniences, but<br />

with a retro look.<br />

The Flamingo Tiny House is one of<br />

the smaller units with one bedroom,<br />

one bath and sleeps two and was once<br />

occupied as a permanent residence.<br />

The master bedroom is in a loft that<br />

has a full set of stairs for access. The<br />

house features double burner cooktop,<br />

large refrigerator, toilet and shower,<br />

fully stocked and functioning kitchen,<br />

awning windows, futon couch and flat<br />

screen TV. It also has internet access,<br />

air conditioning, cable TV, a grill and<br />

there’s a patio.<br />

A bigger unit stands out not just for its<br />

bright red color, but for its quirky interior.<br />

The Red Lifeguard Stand Tiny House<br />

as it’s called, has two bedrooms and<br />

one bath and sleeps four-five with two<br />

queens and a futon in the living room.<br />

Enter through the bright red, lifesized<br />

replica of a Siesta Key lifeguard<br />

stand, and you’ll see two stools beneath<br />

a surfboard-shaped breakfast bar. Pass<br />

through the living room, which is decorated<br />

with just a touch of beach-kitsch,<br />

and enter the galley kitchen with an<br />

induction stovetop.<br />

Dine inside at the table for two,<br />

or outside under the patio umbrella<br />

with seating for four. Slide the bright<br />

red barn door aside and check out the<br />

the full-size bathroom (all units have<br />

regular plumbing) with rainfall style<br />

shower head.<br />

On the second level (reached by either<br />

stairs or a ladder), you’ll find two queen<br />

sized beds, each on opposite sides of<br />

the home. For an April rental, the rate is<br />

@ $220 per night and that includes tax<br />

and cleaning fee. (Be sure to check their<br />

website for up to date rates.)<br />

On the larger side, The Starfish unit<br />

has two bedrooms and two baths and<br />

sleeps seven and can best be described<br />

as a modular rancher. It has an open<br />

kitchen, dining room and living room.<br />

Amazingly, it has a king bed in the<br />

master bedroom, twin bunk beds in the<br />

second bedroom and a pullout sofa in<br />

the living room—and two full baths,<br />

too. As a bonus, there’s private, fencedin<br />

outdoor seating.<br />

As part of your stay, Tiny House Siesta<br />

provides all linens and bath towels,<br />

starters for toilet paper and paper towel<br />

and travel-size bath gel and shampoo.<br />

This can be your launchpad for not<br />

just Siesta Key, but also south to Spanish<br />

Point, Myakka State Park, Venice<br />

and more. North is Sarasota and its<br />

array of attractions and gazillion dining<br />

options, but Siesta Key really has everything<br />

you need.<br />

Why do people choose them? They’re<br />

very cool looking inside and out is my<br />

first impression and you feel like you’re<br />

in a hip camper, but don’t have to deal<br />

with the fuss.<br />

Exterior looks can be deceiving since<br />

they are surprisingly spacious inside<br />

with their windows, skylights and elevated<br />

ceilings.<br />

If you’re someone who will be out a<br />

lot and you’re not in need of the traditional<br />

hotel experience, this is for you.<br />

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Here’s news on Hotel openings,<br />

tips and specials<br />

Opal Collection adds Four Coastal Properties in Florida<br />

Opal Collection recently added four more properties<br />

to its portfolio of Florida hotels and resorts: The Atlantic<br />

Suites on the Ave in Delray Beach; The Capri<br />

Inn in Naples; The Lucie on Hutchinson Island; and<br />

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other Florida properties in the Opal Collection, these<br />

four additions are located on the coastline, thus offering<br />

sunrises or breathtaking sunsets.<br />

The Atlantic Suites on the Ave is located just one<br />

block from the Atlantic Ocean on iconic Atlantic<br />

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a sanctuary for a family retreat or distraction-free<br />

homebase for an extended stay with ocean views and<br />

residence-style accommodations.<br />

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels<br />

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels offers close<br />

proximity to Walt Disney World theme parks<br />

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The magic is calling this season with a<br />

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including EPCOT International Festival of<br />

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Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels guests<br />

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The Resort offers complimentary daily<br />

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Travel + Leisure Magazine<br />

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The magazine has listed Orlando as number 8 in its<br />

“18 Cheapest Places to Travel in 20<strong>23</strong>” feature. They<br />

mention the expense of Walt Disney World and Universal<br />

Orlando ($100 for a one-day ticket), but adds<br />

that there’s plenty to see and do in Orlando.<br />

They have a “things to do in Orlando for free” article<br />

that includes places like Disney Springs (located<br />

within Walt Disney World), where you don’t have to<br />

pay to visit.<br />

Universal Orlando’s CityWalk offers plenty to see<br />

and do steps from the theme parks. Go for a stroll<br />

in Lake Eola Park. Birdwatch along Shingle Creek<br />

Trail. Browse art at CityArts. See vintage cars in Old<br />

Town in Kissimmee. Hike in the Tibet-Butler Preserve.<br />

Head to Cocoa Beach. Unwind in Kraft Azalea Garden<br />

located in Winter Park, just north of Orlando.Check<br />

Out International Drive and Icon Park. Attend the<br />

Thursday Night Market. Go on a Florida-style safari<br />

on Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Hunt for murals in the<br />

Mills 50 District. See the City from the Orlando Urban<br />

Trail— from Lake Highland Park to Mead Botanical<br />

Garden in Winter Park.<br />

Stop and smell the roses at Harry P. Leu Gardens.<br />

Take a free brewery Tour at Ivanhoe Park Brewing,<br />

Deadwords Brewing Company or Brewlando.<br />

Watch a Free Movie in the Park at À La Cart<br />

Orlando which features classic movies on Mondays,<br />

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They’ll also have 20 dining options<br />

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Devon Horse Show & Country Fair<br />

May 25-June 4<br />

For equestrians and non-equestrians alike<br />

The Dixon Oval comes alive<br />

with show jumping<br />

and other events at the<br />

Devon Horse Show<br />

The competition is top notch<br />

and a beautiful spectacle<br />

of rider and horse<br />

It’s definitely a “horsy” event for<br />

professional riders of all types and<br />

manner of horse and carriage. From<br />

the elegant, precise and demanding<br />

art of dressage to the bygone day of<br />

hackney carriages to the dashing and daring<br />

do of the jumpers, there’s a lot to take<br />

in at the Devon Horse Show held every<br />

year in Devon, PA.<br />

And what if you’re not a “horsy” person?<br />

Well, you’re in for a delightful experience<br />

that would convert and enthrall anyone<br />

who has never mounted a horse. The Devon<br />

Horse, timed for Memorial Day weekend,<br />

offers two weeks of events to enjoy<br />

a delightful setting and to view beautiful<br />

animals that perform amazing feats of<br />

graceful movement.<br />

But it’s also a country fare serving<br />

old time treats like lemon sticks and tea<br />

sandwiches. They also offer their famous<br />

French fries, pizza and ice cream—all the<br />

real deal and not the poor quality stuff you<br />

may find at a ballgame. You can even opt<br />

for fine dining with wine.<br />

The grounds of the fairground are converted<br />

into a little village, in shades of their<br />

trademark baby blue and white, with shops<br />

made to look like old time storefronts. Shop<br />

for horse-related gear, but also beautiful<br />

clothing, traditional items for the home,<br />

artwork and much more. Plus, as an added<br />

bonus, they let you walk the stables and<br />

meet competitors from around the world.<br />

Oh, yes there’s also a competition.<br />

The Devon Horse Show has in-hand,<br />

jumpers, hunters, carriages, and gaited<br />

events. Since 1896, the Devon Horse Show<br />

is the oldest and largest outdoor multibreed<br />

horse competition in the United<br />

States. Over the two-weeks, competition<br />

move from younger riders to professionals<br />

- many who compete on the circuit and<br />

sometimes at the Olympics.<br />

The internationally recognized show<br />

plays host to athletes and enthusiasts<br />

across the disciplines of hunter/jumper, equitation,<br />

show jumping, saddle seat, coaching,<br />

carriage driving, sidesaddle, breeding<br />

The grounds are converted into<br />

a little village with shops<br />

made to look like old time storefronts<br />

and much more.<br />

And the events are categorized as amateur<br />

or professional, youth and adult.<br />

I have a preference for the jumpers and<br />

I’ve stood at the rail and watched these creature<br />

huff and puff right by me as their rider<br />

carefully lines them up for the next jump. It<br />

is a true thing of beauty seeing 1200 pounds<br />

of horse glide in silence over rail that is eight<br />

feet high with a rider on its back.<br />

You can also get under cover in the<br />

grandstands for very reasonable prices and<br />

stay out of the sun and also avoid those<br />

occasional spring showers.<br />

There are various events all day and into<br />

the evening such as their Dog Show on May<br />

25 and the colorful Ladies Day on May 31<br />

(get out those big hats).<br />

Devon is located about 40 minutes from<br />

Philadelphia Airport and is in the heart of<br />

what is called “The Main Line” where you<br />

can easily enjoy lots of attractions including<br />

Longwood Gardens, Brandywine Museum<br />

of Art, Valley Forge or any number of<br />

festivals and farmers’ markets along with<br />

beautiful late spring/early summer weather.<br />

Get tickets by calling 610-688-2554<br />

or at devonhorseshow.net. Profits go to<br />

the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair<br />

Foundation, which supports the Bryn<br />

Mawr Hospital.<br />

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There are lots of dining options<br />

including al fresco<br />

on the grounds<br />

Ladies Day is one of the<br />

most popular events<br />

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22 WEST COAST WOMAN APRIL 20<strong>23</strong>

Can Spontaneous travel<br />

make us happier?<br />

While some travelers plan<br />

their vacations weeks or<br />

even months in advance,<br />

reveling in anticipation of<br />

the next getaway, others<br />

book their trips spur-of-the-moment, avoiding<br />

planning stress altogether.<br />

So, how does the average American<br />

prefer to travel? Are we spontaneous travelers,<br />

ready to pack our bags at a moment’s<br />

notice? Or are we meticulous planners who<br />

leave nothing to chance? A recent study*<br />

offered some surprising insights.<br />

Spontaneity is the ultimate<br />

expression of freedom<br />

Being spontaneous means living in the<br />

moment and doing what feels right in<br />

an instant versus planning everything in<br />

advance. In fact, from a psychological<br />

perspective, being more spontaneous promotes<br />

overall well-being and happiness.<br />

Emma Kenny, one of Europe’s leading<br />

psychologists, explains: “One common<br />

stress is the decision making involved in<br />

the holiday planning process. This is why<br />

forgoing the methodical organization that<br />

so often goes hand in hand with a planned<br />

holiday and instead choosing to enjoy an<br />

impromptu break can be so liberating.”<br />

Spontaneous travel forces us to live in the<br />

“here and now,” freeing us from both daily<br />

stresses and worry about the future. And<br />

while packing a bag and getting on a plane<br />

for a new destination may undoubtedly<br />

seem scary, it’s a worthwhile step to take:<br />

“[It] creates a ‘can do’ attitude and will<br />

remind you of the limitless possibilities<br />

that are out there. And because you have<br />

no clear set agenda, or plans, every step<br />

you take will involve a sense of adventure<br />

which is truly freeing,” say Kenny.<br />

Americans are increasingly<br />

choosing spontaneous travel<br />

The study revealed that 77% of responders<br />

consider themselves spontaneous<br />

travelers, and nearly half (46%) said that<br />

booking a spontaneous trip felt more exciting.<br />

Americans are also increasingly booking<br />

trips to destinations they know nothing<br />

about, suggesting that spontaneous and<br />

flexible travel may be the new travel norm.<br />

In fact, 56% of participants admitted to<br />

arriving at an airport without a fixed destination<br />

and booking their getaway on the spot.<br />

Between travel restrictions, PCR tests,<br />

pre-travel forms, and<br />

quarantine regulations,<br />

the last two<br />

and a half years have<br />

made spontaneous<br />

getaways virtually<br />

impossible, imposing<br />

a high level of planning<br />

and organization<br />

on all trips. Travelers<br />

had little to no room<br />

for impulse decisions.<br />

Skyscanner’s Global<br />

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Expert Laura<br />

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impact of the pandemic<br />

and ever-evolving travel restrictions<br />

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travel with three fourths of US respondents<br />

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years have made them want to<br />

be more spontaneous.”<br />

What’s more, being spontaneous and<br />

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most searched ‘destination’ for US travelers<br />

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because users are finding enticing roundtrip<br />

deals for as little as $49 on domestic<br />

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Tips for booking a<br />

spontaneous trip<br />

Skyscanner offers these tips using their apps.<br />

■ Go everywhere. If you’re traveling<br />

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So if the goal is to get out into the<br />

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■ Find a spontaneity buddy. Birds of a<br />

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can take practice because it means letting<br />

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Want to learn more about the benefits of<br />

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A Philadelphia Family’s life and contributions to<br />

American History<br />

More than 100 Historic Artifacts tell the story of James Forten’s Life and Family<br />

If you like<br />

history, especially<br />

the<br />

kind with a<br />

powerful and<br />

interesting narrative<br />

of courageous<br />

people, you’ll enjoy<br />

the latest exhibit<br />

at the Museum<br />

of the American<br />

Revolution in Philadelphia.<br />

At the Museum,<br />

they call it, “starting<br />

with a thread”<br />

meaning they find<br />

a strand of a story<br />

and then weave it<br />

into a bigger story.<br />

The Forten family,<br />

displayed in all its finery in<br />

this exhibit, is like a beautifully<br />

woven quilt.<br />

The Museum of the American<br />

Revolution, opened to<br />

the public on April 19, 2017<br />

(the 242nd anniversary of<br />

the first battles of the war,<br />

at Lexington and Concord,<br />

on April 19, 1775), is a newer<br />

museum in the city and<br />

unique in that it focuses on<br />

James Forten (1766-1842) was<br />

born free in Philadelphia – just a<br />

block from where the Museum now<br />

stands.<br />

the period in American history<br />

centered around the American<br />

Revolution.<br />

It’s an important period<br />

for the obvious reasons, but<br />

one with many layers and<br />

complexities as the museum<br />

eloquently outlines and explains. The<br />

story of free Black Philadelphian James<br />

Forten and his remarkable family, from<br />

the Revolutionary era through the Civil<br />

War and Reconstruction, is covered and<br />

displayed in over 100 historical objects -<br />

some loaned by his descendants.<br />

The special exhibition, Black Founders:<br />

The Forten Family of Philadelphia,<br />

opened during Black History<br />

Month, runs through Nov. 26, 20<strong>23</strong> and is<br />

included with regular Museum admission.<br />

Black Founders explores the Forten<br />

family’s roles in the Revolutionary War,<br />

business in Philadelphia, and the abolitionist<br />

movement from 1776 to 1876,<br />

including their roles in helping to start<br />

both the American Anti-Slavery Society<br />

and the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery<br />

Society in 1833.<br />

During those 100 years, the family also<br />

took an active role in defending voting<br />

rights and civil liberties for African Americans.<br />

The exhibit focuses on three generations<br />

of the Forten family, from James<br />

Forten and Charlotte Vandine Forten to<br />

their children and grandchildren, who<br />

supported the Union cause during the<br />

American Civil War.<br />

Poster advertising for Black soldiers<br />

to enlist in the Union Army.<br />

A historic Bible (c. 1838) owned by the Forten family, on loan from<br />

Atwood “Kip” Forten Jacobs, James Forten’s great-great-great-greatgrandson.<br />

The exhibition features historical<br />

artifacts, works of art, textiles, and documents<br />

from nearly 40 lenders and the<br />

Museum’s own collection. Rare historical<br />

objects on loan from descendants of the<br />

Forten family include a family Bible that<br />

has been passed down through generations<br />

of the Forten family and become<br />

a “living artifact” as births, deaths, and<br />

marriages are recorded.<br />

The exhibit also has videos, audio<br />

experiences, and tactile interactives,<br />

including a partial recreation of James<br />

Forten’s sail-making workshop that<br />

visitors can step inside to discover<br />

replica tools and a workbench like those<br />

used by Forten. You’ll also find a scale<br />

model of the Royal Louis, the privateer<br />

ship that Forten served aboard in 1781,<br />

as well as a touchable cannon from the<br />

1700s. You can even try on clothing like<br />

that worn by 18th-century sailors, similar<br />

to what James Forten wore as a teenaged<br />

sailor during the Revolutionary War.<br />

At a listening station, visitors will<br />

hear the music of Francis Johnson,<br />

James Forten’s friend and the first<br />

African American composer to<br />

publish his compositions. The music<br />

Nathan Alford Tate portrays James Forten.<br />

is performed by pianist Steven Page,<br />

multi-instrumentalist B.E. Farrow,<br />

vocalist Candace Potts of the Jeremy<br />

Winston Chorale, and the Chestnut Brass<br />

Company, and includes “The Grave of a<br />

Slave,” a poem written by James Forten’s<br />

daughter Sarah L. Forten that Francis<br />

Johnson set to music.<br />

Also featured in the exhibition is<br />

a recent painting, titled “Brave Men as<br />

Ever Fought,” by nationally renowned<br />

historical artist Don Troiani, which<br />

depicts a 15-year-old James Forten<br />

looking on as Black and Native<br />

American troops in the ranks of the<br />

Continental Army’s Rhode Island<br />

Regiment marched west through<br />

Philadelphia on September 2, 1781.<br />

What makes the Museum so unique<br />

and enjoyable is its ability to add<br />

more to narrative of the American<br />

Revolution through personal stories<br />

and unique artifacts. Everything is easy<br />

to understand and suitable for all ages.<br />

James Forten’s and his family’s story add<br />

immensely to the texture and richness of<br />

our understanding of that transcendent<br />

period in US history.<br />

Exhibit Info:<br />

Black Founders is located in the Museum’s<br />

first-floor Patriots Gallery. Tickets<br />

can be purchased at AmRevMuseum.<br />

org, by calling 215.253.6731, or at the<br />

front desk.<br />

About James Forten<br />

James Forten (1766-1842) was born<br />

free in Philadelphia – just a block from<br />

where the Museum now stands – and<br />

heard the words of the Declaration<br />

of Independence read aloud for the<br />

first time on July 8, 1776. Of the more<br />

than 500,000 people of African descent<br />

living in the United States at the time,<br />

more than 90 percent were enslaved;<br />

James Forten was part of a small, but<br />

growing, population of free people of African<br />

descent.<br />

At just 14 years of age,<br />

Forten joined a privateer ship<br />

to fight for American independence<br />

during the Revolutionary<br />

War. He was captured<br />

and held captive on a prison<br />

ship for seven long months<br />

before being freed during a<br />

prisoner exchange. He later<br />

became a successful business<br />

owner, philanthropist, and abolitionist,<br />

and raised a large<br />

family with his wife Charlotte<br />

Vandine Forten.<br />

Visiting Philadelphia<br />

When to go? Spring is a perfect<br />

time as is fall. Summer<br />

often draws visitors to places of historical<br />

impact particularly due to the nation’s<br />

birthday in July, but also the kids are out<br />

of school so it gets busy.<br />

Philly draws lots of people to the Independence<br />

Mall area for a slew of great<br />

reasons: the sheer history that took place<br />

in the 18th century and its priceless symbolic<br />

objects and places: The Liberty Bell,<br />

Independence Hall, Ben Franklin’s many<br />

footprints, Carpenter’s Hall, First and<br />

Second Banks of the United States, the<br />

Betsy Ross house, Quaker Meetings houses<br />

and their historical burial grounds - to<br />

name a few.<br />

Many sites are being refurbished so<br />

check in advance as to hours of operation.<br />

Like any big city, it can be overwhelming.<br />

Doing a bit of reading ahead of time about<br />

colonial Philadelphia also helps.<br />

There are loads of restaurants, pubs<br />

and takeaway places of every type and<br />

price point in what is called Old City<br />

which is near the Mall. As for hotels, I<br />

have stayed at the Hotel Monaco twice<br />

and find it to be the perfect place to<br />

launch a visit. But, make sure you get a<br />

room the overlooks the Mall - you won’t<br />

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— STORY: Louise Bruderle<br />

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dining in<br />

Travel-related Recipes from around the Globe<br />

F Česnečka (Garlic Soup)<br />

Česnečka (Garlic Soup) T<br />

F Galatoire’s Shrimp Remoulade<br />

Galatoire’s Shrimp Remoulade T<br />

Recipe courtesy of Galatoire’s Restaurant, New Orleans. Shrimp remoulade is in every<br />

New Orleans cook’s arsenal of favored dishes. This is the restaurant’s most popular<br />

dish and most frequently requested recipe. The sauce is best made a day in advance<br />

and refrigerated, then all that’s left to do is toss in the shrimp, plate and serve.<br />

According to Czech lore, Česnečka (garlic soup) will cure just about anything, even<br />

the common cold. It certainly tastes rich and comforting. So, if you feel under the<br />

weather, make a big pot of this simple soup of broth, potatoes, garlic and cheese to<br />

help you feel better.<br />


4 thick slices rye bread, cut into large<br />

pieces<br />

1 Tbsp olive oil<br />

2 Tbsp butter<br />

1 C yellow onion, diced<br />

6 cloves garlic, minced<br />

8 C low sodium chicken or beef broth<br />

2 lg potatoes, peeled and chopped<br />

1/2 tsp salt<br />

1/4 tsp pepper<br />

4 oz Emmental or Swiss cheese, cut<br />

into 1/2-in cubes<br />

2 Tbsp dill, chopped<br />

2 Tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped<br />

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bread pieces on a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil,<br />

tossing to coat. Bake until deep golden brown, about 9 minutes. Set aside. Place butter<br />

in a medium pan over medium heat; add onions and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently,<br />

until translucent and softened, about 3 minutes; add broth; bring to a boil over high<br />

heat. Add potatoes, salt and pepper; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender,<br />

about 20 minutes. To serve, place croutons and cheese cubes in individual soup bowls<br />

and ladle soup on top; garnish with dill and parsley.<br />

Prep time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 32 minutes. Makes 4 servings.<br />


3/4 cup chopped celery<br />

3/4 cup chopped scallions (white and<br />

green parts)<br />

1/2 cup chopped parsley<br />

1 cup chopped yellow onion<br />

1/2 cup ketchup<br />

1/2 cup tomato puree<br />

1/2 cup Creole mustard or any coarse,<br />

grainy brown mustard<br />

Mince the celery, green onion, parsley, and yellow onions in a food processor. Add the<br />

ketchup, tomato puree, Creole mustard, horseradish, red wine vinegar, paprika and<br />

Worcestershire. Begin processing again and add the oil in a slow drizzle to emulsify.<br />

Chill for 6-8 hours or overnight.<br />

Correct seasoning with additional horseradish if desired after the ingredients have had<br />

the opportunity to marry.<br />

In a large mixing bowl, add the sauce to the shrimp and toss gently to coat. Divide the<br />

lettuce among six chilled salad plates.<br />

Divide the shrimp evenly atop the lettuce and serve.<br />

Serves 6.<br />

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish or<br />

to taste<br />

1/4 cup red wine vinegar<br />

2 tablespoons paprika<br />

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce<br />

1/2 cup salad oil<br />

48 jumbo shrimp, peeled, boiled and<br />

chilled<br />

1 small head iceberg lettuce, cut into<br />

thin ribbons, washed, drained & dried<br />

F DoubleTree Signature Cookie<br />

DoubleTree Signature Cookie T<br />


1/2 pound butter, softened (2 sticks)<br />

3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated<br />

sugar<br />

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar<br />

2 large eggs<br />

11/4 teaspoons vanilla extract<br />

1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon<br />

juice<br />

21/4 cups flour<br />

1/2 cup rolled oats<br />

1 teaspoon baking soda<br />

1 teaspoon salt<br />

Pinch cinnamon<br />

22∕ 3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet<br />

chocolate chips<br />

13/4 cups chopped walnuts<br />

DoubleTree by Hilton is sharing the official bake-at-home recipe for the brand’s popular<br />

chocolate chip cookie, so at-home bakers can enjoy it at home.<br />

The warm chocolate chip cookie welcome is synonymous with DoubleTree hotels<br />

worldwide, and travelers look forward to receiving one, fresh from the oven, upon<br />

their arrival. More than 30 million are consumed every year, and the DoubleTree<br />

chocolate chip cookie even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments<br />

aboard the International Space Station. Copycat recipes have been shared online<br />

for years, but only now has Hilton released the official version to create at home.<br />

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed<br />

for about 2 minutes.<br />

Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds,<br />

then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl.<br />

With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for<br />

about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix.<br />

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.<br />

Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with<br />

parchment paper about 2 inches apart.<br />

Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to <strong>23</strong> minutes, or until edges are golden brown and<br />

center is still soft.<br />

Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.<br />

Cook’s note: You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there’s no need to thaw. Preheat<br />

oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about<br />

2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.<br />

Makes 26 cookies<br />

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happening this month<br />

Forks & Corks<br />

Food and Wine Festival<br />

April 18-24<br />

Support local independent<br />

restaurants and “Eat Like A Local”<br />

It was 20 years ago that the Sarasota-Manatee<br />

Originals (“SMO”)<br />

was founded: a collaborative of<br />

independently-owned and operated<br />

restaurants and culinary innovators<br />

committed to uniting the energies of local<br />

restaurants and celebrating the food and<br />

friendship that is indigenous to our Gulfcoast<br />

dining experience.<br />

Today the Originals are over 60 restaurants<br />

strong and provide diners with unique local<br />

flavor from the northern tip of Anna Maria<br />

Island down to the southern beaches of Venice,<br />

and every neighborhood in between.<br />

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

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

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

restaurants, highlighted by an esteemed<br />

cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers<br />

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

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

celebrations of the year.<br />

The 16th Annual Forks & Corks<br />

Food and Wine Festival<br />

The Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival,<br />

hosted annually by the Sarasota-Manatee<br />

Originals, returns to Florida’s Suncoast<br />

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

from popular University Master Classes,<br />

to an enticing Virtual Auction and a bountiful<br />

selection of Food and Wine Experiences<br />

from which to choose. The Festival’s signature<br />

event, The Grand Tasting, sold out in<br />

January in under one minute. Foodies and<br />

fun-seekers are encouraged to make reservations<br />

now, as seats are filling quickly!<br />

The 20<strong>23</strong> Festival will offer many opportunities<br />

to participate, and for visiting vintners<br />

and SMO Members to showcase their<br />

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

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

Festival, presented by Audi Sarasota<br />

and Suncoast Porsche, is made possible<br />

by generous sponsors, donors, SMO<br />

business partners, wine distributors<br />

and importers.<br />

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


AUCTION (April 18-<strong>23</strong>)<br />

The annual Food and Wine Auction features<br />

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

winery tours and tastings, and one-of-akind<br />

dining and party experiences made<br />

possible by generous donations from wineries<br />

and friends of Sarasota-Manatee Originals.<br />

The Auction will open for previewing<br />

on Thursday, April 13 with real-time bidding<br />

April 18-<strong>23</strong>.<br />

■ SMO FOOD & WINE<br />

EXPERIENCES (April 20-22)<br />

An array of “Food and Wine Experiences”<br />

will be available during the Festival, including<br />

Winemaker Dinners, unique food-andwine<br />

pairings, special menus and more - offered<br />

at participating Member Restaurants.<br />


(Saturday, April 22)<br />

Led by panels of wine industry professionals,<br />

Master Classes are always a festival<br />

highlight. This year’s classes will present<br />

a rare opportunity to learn about wines<br />

from those instrumental in crafting them,<br />

accompanied by a guided tasting. Classes<br />

are held in Michael’s on East Ballroom and<br />

attendees also receive complimentary admission<br />

to an Open House wine tasting at<br />

Michael’s Wine Cellar that afternoon.<br />


(Saturday, April 22)<br />

Forks & Corks partners with area retail<br />

wine shops each year, giving the public an<br />

opportunity to sip and shop while meeting<br />

visiting winery principals.<br />


(Sunday, April <strong>23</strong>)<br />

After a two-year hiatus, SMO is thrilled<br />

to see the return of The Grand Tasting,<br />

which takes place in The Ringling Museum<br />

Courtyard. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot<br />

of pent-up demand for this event and it<br />

sold out the moment tickets went on sale.<br />

Mark your calendar for the next sale date –<br />

Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 7pm.<br />


(Monday, April 24)<br />

Open exclusively to wine retailers and hospitality<br />

professionals, the Trade Tasting gives<br />

local wine buyers the opportunity to meet<br />

visiting winery owners and winemakers.<br />

About Forks & Corks<br />

and Where to Get Tickets<br />

Forks & Corks is the Original’s main<br />

annual fundraiser, bringing critical marketing<br />

dollars to the organization to<br />

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

restaurants -while also providing<br />

an impactful opportunity for its Member<br />

Restaurants to highlight their product offerings<br />

and engage with the community’s<br />

locals and visitors.<br />

Details on the festival and tickets to<br />

Forks & Corks events are available at Eat-<br />

LikeALocal.com Follow @941Originals<br />

on Facebook and Instagram for updates.<br />


The 16th Annual<br />

Culinary Celebration<br />

APRIL 20-24, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


Three days of wine and food festivity thoughtfully presented by<br />

our Member Restaurants! These events will include wine dinners,<br />

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

and more throughout our Gulf Coast community. Many winemakers<br />

or winery principals will be in attendance.<br />


The Master Classes are a highlight of the Festival each year!<br />

Led by panels of world-renowned industry experts, these engaging<br />

wine seminars are designed for those who want an educational<br />

experience accompanied by guided tastings. This year’s classes<br />

will present a rare opportunity to learn about wine with those<br />

instrumental in crafting them. Seats are filling quickly!<br />


Our virtual auction promises a swank collection of lots featuring rare<br />

and exquisite wines, winery tours and tastings, and special dining<br />

and party experiences made possible by generous donations from<br />

wineries and friends of Sarasota-Manatee Originals. Preview the<br />

auction beginning April 13, with real-time bidding from April 17<br />

at 8AM to April <strong>23</strong> at 3PM.<br />

Visit eatlikealocal.com<br />

or scan the QR code to<br />

learn more!<br />

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The 2011 Sleep in America Poll<br />

from the National Sleep Foundation<br />

included questions about<br />

the use of electronics before bed.<br />

The survey found that roughly<br />

four in 10 Americans bring their cell<br />

phone into bed when trying to fall asleep.<br />

This behavior was particularly common<br />

among adolescents and young adults<br />

between the ages of 13 and 29. Additionally,<br />

six in 10 respondents claimed to use<br />

a desktop or laptop computer within one<br />

hour of going to bed.<br />

Tempting as it might be to use your<br />

computer or phone before bed, studies<br />

have shown these devices can interfere<br />

with sleep by suppressing the production<br />

of melatonin , a natural hormone released<br />

in the evening to help you feel tired and<br />

ready for sleep. This leads to neurophysiologic<br />

arousals that increase feelings of<br />

alertness when you should be winding<br />

down instead.<br />

Why Do Electronic Devices<br />

Keep You Up?<br />

The biological clock in healthy adults follows<br />

a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle. When<br />

the sun rises in the morning, your body<br />

produces cortisol, a hormone that makes<br />

you feel awake and alert. As daylight fades,<br />

the body releases another hormone, melatonin,<br />

that produces feelings of sleepiness.<br />

Electronic back-lit devices like cell<br />

phones, tablets, readers, and computers<br />

emit short-wavelength enriched light, also<br />

known as blue light. Fluorescent and LED<br />

lights also emit blue light, which has been<br />

shown to reduce or delay the natural production<br />

of melatonin in the evening and<br />

decrease feelings of sleepiness. Blue light<br />

can also reduce the amount of time you<br />

spend in slow-wave and rapid-eye movement<br />

(REM) sleep, two stages of the sleep<br />

cycle that are vital for cognitive functioning.<br />

Children are particularly vulnerable to<br />

sleep problems stemming from electronic<br />

devices that emit blue light. Numerous<br />

studies have established a link between<br />

using devices with screens before bed and<br />

increases in sleep latency, or the amount<br />

of time it takes someone to fall asleep.<br />

Additionally, children who use these devices<br />

at night often do not receive enough<br />

high-quality sleep and are more likely to<br />

feel tired the next day.<br />

Certain types of household lighting can<br />

also affect melatonin production at night.<br />

One study found that bright bedroom<br />

lighting can decrease the nocturnal production<br />

of melatonin by as much as 90<br />

minutes compared to dim lighting.<br />

In addition to causing sleep problems,<br />

blue light can also cause retina damage.<br />

Unlike blue light, red, yellow, and orange<br />

light have little to no effect on your circadian<br />

rhythm. Dim light with one of these<br />

colors is considered optimal for nighttime<br />

reading. Portable e-readers like the Kindle<br />

and Nook emit blue light, but not to the<br />

same extent as other electronic devices.<br />

If you prefer to use an e-reader such as a<br />

Kindle or Nook, dim the display as much<br />

as possible.<br />

Tips for Using Technology at Night<br />

Avoid using computers, smartphones, and<br />

other blue light-emitting devices in the<br />

hours leading up to bedtime. However, this<br />

may not be an option for certain people,<br />

such as those who work or study at night.<br />

If you need to use one of these devices in<br />

the evening, the following strategies can<br />

help you sleep longer and better.<br />

• Decrease Your Daytime and Nighttime<br />

Electronics Use. Using electronic devices<br />

for long periods during the day can negatively<br />

impact sleep too, especially among<br />

adolescents. Common effects include<br />

shorter sleep duration, longer sleep onset,<br />

and more sleep deficiency. Talk to your<br />

teenagers about excessive electronics exposure<br />

and, if need be, impose restrictions<br />

on their daily use.<br />

• Establish a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: A<br />

regular bedtime that ensures an adequate<br />

amount of rest is essential for healthy<br />

sleep. The hour before bed should consist<br />

of relaxing activities that don’t involve devices<br />

with screens.<br />

• Make Your Bedroom a Screen-Free Zone:<br />

While a lot of people prefer to keep a television<br />

in their bedroom, watching TV before<br />

bed is generally discouraged due to the<br />

negative effect it can have on your sleep. In<br />

fact, we recommend removing all of your<br />

electronic devices from your bedroom –<br />

and encourage your kids to do the same.<br />

• Keep the Bedroom Lights Dim: Light intensity<br />

is measured in a unit known as lux.<br />

Some studies have shown that normal indoor<br />

light levels of 100 lux or more can suppress<br />

melatonin production and interfere<br />

with your sleep-wake schedule. Dimmer<br />

indoor lighting affects your melatonin production<br />

to a much lesser extent.<br />

• Use Nighttime Mode: Many cell phones,<br />

tablets, and other portable electronic<br />

devices are equipped with a “nighttime<br />

mode” that is easier on the eyes before<br />

bed. As one study noted, the most effective<br />

nighttime modes reduce blue light emissions<br />

and decrease the display’s brightness<br />

setting. You should manually dim the display<br />

if your device does not automatically<br />

adjust the brightness in nighttime mode.<br />

• Invest in Some “Blue Blocker” Glasses:<br />

You can purchase orange-tinted eyeglasses<br />

specifically designed to shield your eyes<br />

from blue light emissions. This may not<br />

be ideal, especially if you don’t like wearing<br />

glasses, but some studies have found<br />

them to be very effective. Blue light blocking<br />

glasses are relatively inexpensive, and<br />

you should be able to find a decent pair for<br />

less than $100.<br />

SOURCES: National Library of Medicine,<br />

Biotech Information, National Institute of<br />

Neurological Disorders and Stroke and Centers<br />

for Disease Control and Prevention<br />

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head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse<br />

issues, death, divorce and other emotional<br />

issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma<br />

by shortening fascia to isolate the energy<br />

coming into the body from that trauma.<br />

Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility<br />

and range of motion, organs becoming<br />

less efficient and with parts of the brain and<br />

spinal cord becoming stressed.<br />

To keep the brain functioning, the body<br />

transfers some of your functional work play<br />

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting<br />

in less energy to make it through each<br />

day. As we age, the accumulation of all the<br />

tightened fascia, from every major trauma<br />

in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our<br />

body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,<br />

mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,<br />

as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.<br />

How Craniosacral<br />

Therapy Works<br />

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe<br />

place, with gentle holding techniques, that<br />

engages your body’s ability to self correct,<br />

reorganize and heal itself with the release<br />

of some of that tightened fascia during<br />

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist<br />

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.<br />

As the fascia releases, pain begins to<br />

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,<br />

organs begin functioning better and<br />

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns<br />

the energy it borrowed at the time of each<br />

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in<br />

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave<br />

from my first session not feeling better.<br />

Short Leg Syndrome<br />

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one<br />

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened<br />

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome<br />

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom<br />

of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube<br />

that encases the spinal cord into the lower<br />

and upper back, the neck, the cranium and<br />

The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened<br />

fascia (connective tissue) shuts down<br />

energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome<br />

by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up<br />

by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to<br />

the spleen (an important part of your immune<br />

system) and the small and large intestine. With<br />

the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns<br />

to these organs.<br />

the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and<br />

neck problems can originate from the fascial<br />

stress in the sacrum.<br />

Releasing this sacral stress increases energy<br />

in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and<br />

the chakras as well as releasing major stress<br />

in the upper part of the body.<br />

Cause of Shallow Breathing<br />

A great majority of the clients who come to<br />

me for various problems are also shallow<br />

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm<br />

restricts the depth of breathing by restricting<br />

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium<br />

and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm<br />

restriction, the client immediately<br />

starts breathing deeply and energy is restored<br />

to the pericardium and the heart.<br />

Shoulder blades that are cemented to the<br />

body also restricts how much the rib cage can<br />

open and thereby also restricting depth of<br />

breath. Without proper breathing, your cells<br />

do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especially<br />

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

and COPD as well as shallow breathing can<br />

benefit when the fascial stress is released.<br />

Specialized Training<br />

to work with Brain<br />

Dysfunctions<br />

Just as the body physically gets stressed from<br />

physical and emotional trauma, the functioning<br />

of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For<br />

our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic<br />

production of craniosacral fluid which performs<br />

the important function of bringing nourishment<br />

to all the cells in the brain and spinal<br />

cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic<br />

wastes given off by those same cells.<br />

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these<br />

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these<br />

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is<br />

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,<br />

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid<br />

plaques from the brain. If the drainage<br />

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed<br />

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of<br />

your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry<br />

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,<br />

Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?<br />

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received<br />

training in working with the brain, can reverse<br />

that stress on the brain that eventually can<br />

result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all<br />

know, the proper functioning of the body is<br />

dependent on a healthy functioning brain.<br />

Babies and Children can benefit<br />

■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a<br />

difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics<br />

for an ear infection and as a result developed<br />

c-diff. His development came to a stop.<br />

At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started<br />

to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,<br />

he was unable to answer questions and his<br />

communication skills were very poor. Leo<br />

had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in<br />

his body and physical activities such walking,<br />

jumping and climbing were difficult for him.<br />

Beginning with the first session with Terry,<br />

he began showing improvement and with each<br />

following session. Everyone from his teachers<br />

to his grandparents noticed an increase in his<br />

■ “I was in awful pain and the<br />

MRI showed 2 pinched nerves<br />

and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.<br />

My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.<br />

After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to<br />

advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went<br />

for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”<br />

■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for<br />

Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging<br />

(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/<br />

pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”<br />

physical strength, as well as improvements in<br />

comprehension, speech and communication<br />

skills. For the first time, he started participating<br />

in class lessons and interacting with his<br />

classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on<br />

getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at<br />

age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.<br />

■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old<br />

baby boy from recent hospitalization into<br />

the first series of healthy bowel movements<br />

when seemingly nothing could help. Our son<br />

was able to latch onto the breast and for the<br />

first time completed his feeding. He was much<br />

calmer after working with Terry.<br />

■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have<br />

been carrying around for 15 years or more.<br />

I left his office table with more energy than I<br />

have had in years.”<br />

■ “I began working with him because I was<br />

dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of<br />

emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized<br />

how much stress can cause damage to<br />

your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was<br />

a big help.”<br />

Terrence Grywinski<br />

of Advanced<br />

Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049<br />

Testimonials from Clients<br />

SOURCE:<br />

■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral<br />

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger<br />

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues<br />

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy<br />

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility<br />

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part<br />

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