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Our May issue has a profile with Deborah Robbins Millman, CEO at the Lemur Conservancy Foundation. Features include a look at the Lemur Conservancy Foundation - it's history and mission, Good News Dept., Calendars, You're News, Travel News, Sarasota Orchestra, Tiffany at Selby Gardens, and recipes for World Cocktail Day —cheers!

Our May issue has a profile with Deborah Robbins Millman, CEO at the Lemur Conservancy Foundation. Features include a look at the Lemur Conservancy Foundation - it's history and mission, Good News Dept., Calendars, You're News, Travel News, Sarasota Orchestra, Tiffany at Selby Gardens, and recipes for World Cocktail Day —cheers!


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<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Robbins Millman<br />

Executive Director,<br />

The Lemur Conservation Foundation<br />

Also in this issue:<br />

■ Good News Dept.<br />

■ Mental Health and Exercise<br />

■ Dining In: World Cocktail Day<br />

■ Tiffany Treasures at<br />

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<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

contents<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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In the Merry Month of May…<br />

Focus on the arts<br />

Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty<br />

in Nature is at Selby<br />

Gardens through June 25,<br />

<strong>2023</strong> at the Downtown<br />

Sarasota campus<br />

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Here are our columns:<br />

n Out & About: includes<br />

fundraisers, concerts, art exhibits,<br />

lectures, dance, poetry, shows<br />

& performances, theatre, film,<br />

seasonal events and more.<br />

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

appointments and promotions,<br />

board news, business news and<br />

real estate news.<br />

Dining in<br />

World Cocktail Day is May 13…<br />

Try these drinks for inspiration<br />

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west coast<br />

WOMAN<br />

Healthier you<br />

Mental Health Benefits of<br />

Exercise —Whether you<br />

want to alleviate stress,<br />

sharpen your brain, or boost<br />

overall happiness, here’s how<br />

moving your body can help<br />

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departments<br />

4 editor’s letter<br />

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

live and/or online<br />

9 happening this month:<br />

“Clowns Like Me”<br />

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

13 focus on the arts:<br />

Tiffany at Selby Gardens<br />

15 good news, too:<br />

Sarasota Memorial Hospital<br />

16 west coast woman: Deborah Robbins<br />

Millman, Executive Director,<br />

The Lemur Conservation Foundation<br />

18 feature: Lemur Foundation<br />

20 more good news department<br />

24 you’re news<br />

26 dining in: World Cocktail Day is May 13<br />

28 healthier you:<br />

Mental Health Benefits of Exercise<br />

30 travel news<br />

■ on the cover: Deborah Robbins Millman, Executive Director, The Lemur Conservation Foundation.<br />

■ Image: Louise Bruderle<br />

<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2023</strong> WEST COAST WOMAN 3

just some<br />

thoughts<br />

Louise Bruderle<br />

Editor and Publisher<br />

West Coast Woman<br />

Deborah Robbins Millman<br />

I felt I was back on safari (photographic) in Kenya<br />

when I hit the road to visit this month’s WCW, Deborah<br />

Robbins Millman at the Lemur Conservation<br />

Foundation in Myakka City. You head west— as in<br />

west where Fruitville Road ends — then a bit further<br />

west where asphalt ends, and then you’re in deep<br />

sand that makes even an SUV twist and turn unless<br />

you go very slowly.<br />

But instead of big game, I experienced the small<br />

creatures known as lemurs who have made Sarasota<br />

their home for years. Make that, Sarasota has made<br />

lemurs their home as their ancestral home, Madagascar,<br />

makes them at great risk for extinction.<br />

The Foundation has an experienced, seasoned leader in Deborah. She<br />

Deborah Robbins<br />

Millman<br />

Photo: Louise Bruderle<br />

“has more than 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit management, strategic<br />

development and animal advocacy” according to her bio, including<br />

10 years at The Humane Society of Sarasota County.<br />

She gave me a personal tour of the area in the conservancy where<br />

the lemurs live and, it seems, where they do a lot of playing, which was<br />

meaningful to experience given how many protections are in place to<br />

make sure they stay healthy.<br />

For now, the conservancy does not offer visitor access, but that might<br />

change so follow them and support their work at www.lemurreserve.org.<br />

Sad to Hear that…<br />

Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert,<br />

who has been involved in Sarasota County politics<br />

for 30 years and served in both the Florida House<br />

and Senate, died April 5.<br />

Nancy’s entry to electoral politics came in<br />

1988 when she won a seat on the Sarasota County<br />

School Board and served one term. Nancy was<br />

elected to the Florida House of Representatives in<br />

1998 and served through 2006, and was elected to<br />

the Florida Senate in 2008, serving through 2016.<br />

She mostly served and represented areas of south<br />

Nancy Detert<br />

Sarasota County, including Osprey and Venice<br />

A Republican, Nancy was elected to the Sarasota<br />

County Commission in 2016 and subsequently<br />

re-elected in 2020. She served as vice chair in 2017 and chair in 2018, in<br />

addition to being vice chair this year.<br />

Out of all her awards and accolades, the bill Nancy was most proud of,<br />

according to her bio, was a bill that extends foster care from age 18 to 21. The<br />

Senate President named it the Nancy Detert Caring and Compassionate Act.<br />

Nancy moved to Florida from Chicago in 1978 with her husband and<br />

three sons, and she founded and ran Osprey Mortgage Co. 25 years. In<br />

addition to her three children, Nancy has nine grandchildren. Kids have<br />

lost a strong advocate in Nancy. We’ll miss her compassion and wit.<br />

All Faith For Bank Leader Retiring<br />

All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank will retire by the end of <strong>2023</strong>. In<br />

her 11 years at All Faiths, Frank has led the organization to rethink and<br />

re-envision the food bank to ensure that ending hunger extends beyond<br />

the traditional “food in – food out” model and targets underlying causes<br />

to end hunger before it begins.<br />

With her board of directors and leadership team, she launched a new<br />

mission and rebranding of the organization in 2018. She also helped<br />

create the foundation for All Faiths’ fundraising<br />

program, including the Campaign Against<br />

Summer Hunger, which provides food to students<br />

and their siblings during the summer<br />

months when schools are closed (see below).<br />

While Frank has been considering retirement<br />

since 2020, a triple-header of crises – the<br />

pandemic, the resulting economic impacts,<br />

and Hurricane Ian – caused her to pause her<br />

plans. In late 2022, with professional and<br />

volunteer leadership in place and the organization’s<br />

new strategic plan being implemented,<br />

she decided it was time to begin preparing<br />

for her next chapter. To learn more about All<br />

Sandra Frank<br />

Faiths Food Bank, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org<br />

And Speaking of<br />

All Faiths Food Bank…<br />

On March 26, All Faiths Food Bank held its annual Walk to End Summer<br />

Hunger, the kick-off event for the 10th annual Campaign Against<br />

Summer Hunger, which supports efforts to feed area schoolchildren –<br />

and their siblings – when they do not have access to free or reduced-cost<br />

meals and pantries at school.<br />

More than 500 community members participated along with All<br />

Faiths staff, board members, and volunteers. $900,000 had been raised<br />

from investors – including the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation<br />

and Gulf Coast Community Foundation – to serve as a match for all<br />

donations made by the community.<br />

Nearly 50% of Sarasota County and 100% of DeSoto County students<br />

rely on free and reduced-cost meals at school. The summer months can<br />

be especially difficult for the children of families struggling to put food<br />

on the table, as they lose access to these meals as well as school pantries<br />

that provide nutritional assistance during the school year.<br />

You can contribute matching funds through May 15. Last year,<br />

approximately $2 million was raised. With this support, All Faiths was<br />

able to provide more than 35,000 students and siblings nearly 2.5 million<br />

nutritious meals, through 333 programs and partners.<br />

“While summertime should be a wonderful time for area children<br />

and their families, there are approximately 40,000 children in our<br />

community who are at risk of hunger this summer,” said Frank. To learn<br />

how you can help feed children this summer, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.<br />

From this month’s Good News<br />

Column<br />

While high school students typically associate Spring Break with trips,<br />

fun and relaxation, 50+ teens recently joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota<br />

and DeSoto Counties for the 9th Annual Alternative Spring Break<br />

(ASB) on March 13-17, and dedicated hundreds of hours of community<br />

service to 12 local nonprofit organizations.<br />

ASB is a free, annual opportunity<br />

offered by BGCSDC<br />

for all Sarasota County high<br />

school students to experience,<br />

discuss, and understand<br />

community issues in<br />

a meaningful way while earning<br />

community service hours.<br />

“Connecting with<br />

like-minded peers to make<br />

a positive impact in our<br />

community is the best way<br />

I could possibly spend my<br />

spring break. Our generation is the future of this country. We must pay it<br />

forward and give back to the community that built us,” said Sierra M., in<br />

the 11th grade at Riverview High School.<br />

Projects included; packing and distributing food for local families in<br />

need with All Faiths Food Bank; prepping horses for classes at Prospect<br />

Riding Center, assisting with a 100th birthday celebration at Senior<br />

Friendship Centers, organizing a car wash for family and youth transport<br />

vehicles at Children First, and park beautification activities at various<br />

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources sites.<br />

“I loved attending ASB! I was able to volunteer at new places around<br />

the community and make new friends. I can’t wait to come back next<br />

year,” said Olivia B., a Sarasota High School 10th grader.<br />

Other community partners who benefited from student volunteer<br />

efforts included Cat Depot, Easterseals Academy, Harvest House, The<br />

Pines of Sarasota, and Salvation Army of Sarasota County.<br />

To learn more, visit bgcsdc.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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your healthier health you<br />

Craniosacral Therapy Can Be Life Changing<br />

CST treats the whole body physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally and energetically<br />

Clients come to me because they are in physical<br />

pain such as neck, back, pain and TMJ as well as<br />

for chronic headaches and migraines.<br />

Pain and stress caused by<br />

shortened Fascia<br />

Fascia (strong connective tissue) encases all<br />

our muscles, organs, brain and spinal cord.<br />

Whenever fascia shortens any place in the<br />

body, the entire network of fascia creates an<br />

increased tension affecting the functioning<br />

of our physical body as well as our organs,<br />

our brain and spinal cord.<br />

Our body is the history of every major<br />

trauma we have experienced physically and<br />

emotionally beginning with birth issues, falls,<br />

head trauma, car accidents, childhood abuse<br />

issues, death, divorce and other emotional<br />

issues. Our body tries to minimize each trauma<br />

by shortening fascia to isolate the energy<br />

coming into the body from that trauma.<br />

Shortened fascia results in pain, loss of mobility<br />

and range of motion, organs becoming<br />

less efficient and with parts of the brain and<br />

spinal cord becoming stressed.<br />

To keep the brain functioning, the body<br />

transfers some of your functional work play<br />

energy (7:00 AM-10:00 PM) to the brain resulting<br />

in less energy to make it through each<br />

day. As we age, the accumulation of all the<br />

tightened fascia, from every major trauma<br />

in life, begins to restrict every aspect of our<br />

body’s functions resulting in pain, loss of mobility,<br />

mis-functioning organs, loss of energy,<br />

as well as our brain losing some its sharpness.<br />

How Craniosacral<br />

Therapy Works<br />

The Craniosacral Therapist creates a safe<br />

place, with gentle holding techniques, that<br />

engages your body’s ability to self correct,<br />

reorganize and heal itself with the release<br />

of some of that tightened fascia during<br />

each session. As the Craniosacral Therapist<br />

engages your body, you will feel fascia releasing.<br />

As the fascia releases, pain begins to<br />

decrease, range of motion and mobility improve,<br />

organs begin functioning better and<br />

with less stress on the brain feels, it returns<br />

the energy it borrowed at the time of each<br />

trauma resulting in an immediate increase in<br />

your energy levels. Rarely does anyone leave<br />

from my first session not feeling better.<br />

Short Leg Syndrome<br />

Eighty-five percent of my clients have one<br />

of their legs pulled up 1/2 to 1 by shortened<br />

fascia. The tension from short leg syndrome<br />

on the sacrum (5 fused vertebrae at bottom<br />

of the spine) is transferred up the dural tube<br />

that encases the spinal cord into the lower<br />

and upper back, the neck, the cranium and<br />

The physical stress in bodies caused by shortened<br />

fascia (connective tissue) shuts down<br />

energy flows to certain organs. Short leg syndrome<br />

by ½ to 1 in (where one leg is pulled up<br />

by shortened fascia) shuts down energy flow to<br />

the spleen (an important part of your immune<br />

system) and the small and large intestine. With<br />

the release of that shortened fascia, energy returns<br />

to these organs.<br />

the brain. Headaches, migraines, TMJ and<br />

neck problems can originate from the fascial<br />

stress in the sacrum.<br />

Releasing this sacral stress increases energy<br />

in the bladder, sex organs, kidneys and<br />

the chakras as well as releasing major stress<br />

in the upper part of the body.<br />

Cause of Shallow Breathing<br />

A great majority of the clients who come to<br />

me for various problems are also shallow<br />

breathers. Fascial stress in the diaphragm<br />

restricts the depth of breathing by restricting<br />

energy flow to the lungs, the pericardium<br />

and the heart. With the release of fascial diaphragm<br />

restriction, the client immediately<br />

starts breathing deeply and energy is restored<br />

to the pericardium and the heart.<br />

Shoulder blades that are cemented to the<br />

body also restricts how much the rib cage can<br />

open and thereby also restricting depth of<br />

breath. Without proper breathing, your cells<br />

do not get enough oxygen. Everyone, especially<br />

people suffering from bronchitis, asthma<br />

and COPD as well as shallow breathing can<br />

benefit when the fascial stress is released.<br />

Specialized Training<br />

to work with Brain<br />

Dysfunctions<br />

Just as the body physically gets stressed from<br />

physical and emotional trauma, the functioning<br />

of the brain is also affected by fascial stress. For<br />

our brains to remain healthy, we need dynamic<br />

production of craniosacral fluid which performs<br />

the important function of bringing nourishment<br />

to all the cells in the brain and spinal<br />

cord as well as cleansing all the metabolic<br />

wastes given off by those same cells.<br />

Once the craniosacral fluid cleanses these<br />

metabolic wastes, efficient drainage of these<br />

metabolic wastes into the lymph system is<br />

absolutely necessary. Research has shown,<br />

that at night, craniosacral fluid cleanses amyloid<br />

plaques from the brain. If the drainage<br />

is inefficient, then the brain is being bathed<br />

in a toxic slurry. How does 15 or 20 years of<br />

your brain being bathed in a toxic slurry<br />

affect you: senile dementia, Parkinson’s,<br />

Alzheimer’s and other brain dysfunctions?<br />

A Craniosacral Therapist, who has received<br />

training in working with the brain, can reverse<br />

that stress on the brain that eventually can<br />

result in those brain dysfunctions. As we all<br />

know, the proper functioning of the body is<br />

dependent on a healthy functioning brain.<br />

Babies and Children can benefit<br />

■ Our little boy Leo, four years of age, had a<br />

difficult birth and at 7 months was put on antibiotics<br />

for an ear infection and as a result developed<br />

c-diff. His development came to a stop.<br />

At 3 years, with the help of an OT, he started<br />

to walk and talk. In spite of the improvements,<br />

he was unable to answer questions and his<br />

communication skills were very poor. Leo<br />

had very poor muscle tone, a lot of stress in<br />

his body and physical activities such walking,<br />

jumping and climbing were difficult for him.<br />

Beginning with the first session with Terry,<br />

he began showing improvement and with each<br />

following session. Everyone from his teachers<br />

to his grandparents noticed an increase in his<br />

■ “I was in awful pain and the<br />

MRI showed 2 pinched nerves<br />

and stenosis. I scheduled surgery.<br />

My daughter suggested Craniosacral therapy.<br />

After only 2 visits the pain was reduced to<br />

advanced craniosacral about 80% and therapy I canceled the surgery. I went<br />

for a 3rd visit and I am about 90% better.”<br />

■ “Simply Amazing! One visit was all it took for<br />

Terry to relieve 85% of my year long, nagging<br />

(sometimes severe) neck/shoulder tightness/<br />

pain!! My breathing improved tremendously.”<br />

physical strength, as well as improvements in<br />

comprehension, speech and communication<br />

skills. For the first time, he started participating<br />

in class lessons and interacting with his<br />

classmates. Terry has made a huge impact on<br />

getting Leo to a place a little boy should be at<br />

age four. We cannot thank Terry enough.<br />

■ Terry’s treatment helped our 6 week old<br />

baby boy from recent hospitalization into<br />

the first series of healthy bowel movements<br />

when seemingly nothing could help. Our son<br />

was able to latch onto the breast and for the<br />

first time completed his feeding. He was much<br />

calmer after working with Terry.<br />

■ “He was able to relieve tension that I have<br />

been carrying around for 15 years or more.<br />

I left his office table with more energy than I<br />

have had in years.”<br />

■ “I began working with him because I was<br />

dealing with anxieties, depression and lots of<br />

emotional pain inside and out. You don’t realized<br />

how much stress can cause damage to<br />

your body, mind and soul. I can say Terry was<br />

a big help.”<br />

Terrence Grywinski<br />

of Advanced<br />

Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049<br />

Testimonials from Clients<br />

SOURCE:<br />

■ Terrence Grywinski of Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,<br />

B.A., B.ED., LMT #MA 6049. Terry has specialized in Craniosacral<br />

Therapy since 1994 when he began his training at the Upledger<br />

Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues<br />

as a “gifted healer”, Terry’s intuitive sense and healing energy<br />

provides immediate and lasting relief from injury, pain, mobility<br />

issues as well as dysfunctions of the body and the brain. Part<br />

of Terry’s ongoing education, he has completed 4 craniosacral<br />

brain and peripheral nervous system classes which enables him<br />

to work at a cellular<br />

level and with brain<br />

dysfunctions.<br />

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■ “On a recent vacation to Siesta Key, I re-injured<br />

my back. I found Terry online. I can say<br />

with complete joy that was the best decision<br />

I made in the history of my back pain. I have<br />

sought many modalities and visit a CST regularly<br />

and never have I had such a healing in<br />

my entire body.<br />

After 3 sessions, I made a 16-hour drive<br />

home with no pain or discomfort in my entire<br />

body. Unbelievable. My body has a sense of<br />

moving freely and that is completely new. I’m<br />

advanced craniosacral therapy<br />

so grateful to Terry for his knowledge, for his<br />

sensitivity to my needs and his kind generosity<br />

in healing my body. I will see him when I return<br />

next year.”<br />

■ “I am a snowbird who spends 7 months<br />

in Sarasota. I have had back problems for 25<br />

years. Terry’s techniques have led to a great<br />

deal of release and relief in areas that have<br />

been problematic. I have been seeing him over<br />

the years when my body says ”it’s time”. Usually<br />

after a few sessions, I can tell a huge difference.”<br />

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out &about<br />

Volunteers Needed:<br />

JFCS offers a variety of volunteer<br />

opportunities. Contact Carolan<br />

Trbovich for more information at<br />

ctrbovich@jfcs-cares.org.<br />

Volunteers are needed for the following:<br />

• Savvy Seniors Program – Volunteer<br />

needed to develop and implement<br />

a program titled Savvy Seniors<br />

that pairs high school seniors with<br />

senior citizens to increase their<br />

knowledge of iPads.<br />

• Aging Services Volunteer/Group<br />

Facilitator – Volunteers needed to<br />

work with Aging Services staff to<br />

help facilitate an online caregiver<br />

support group. Volunteers will be<br />

trained by Aging Services staff to<br />

facilitate this group.<br />

• Administrative Assistant Veteran<br />

Services - Assist director with<br />

scheduling, veteran call routing, and<br />

greeting veteran walk-in appointments<br />

with case managers. Sending<br />

emails, Stand Down Planning.<br />

• Ignite Ambassador - Work collaboratively<br />

with Outreach Specialist to<br />

promote the Ignite Fatherhood Program<br />

to organizations and partners<br />

in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte<br />

Counties.<br />

• Camp Mariposa Volunteer Mentor -<br />

Provide a place for kids to have fun,<br />

build confidence and learn critical<br />

life-skills to help manage feelings<br />

and practice self-care and to offer<br />

campers positive choices in life<br />

and to connect campers with ongoing<br />

support and resources to meet<br />

needs that are identified.<br />

• HR Assistance - Assist with filing<br />

and data entry.<br />

• Receptionist – Answer phones,<br />

transfer calls to proper extensions,<br />

and answer the door for deliveries<br />

and visitors.<br />

• Facilities – Assist facilities with<br />

various tasks such as landscaping,<br />

paint touch-ups, and small general<br />

maintenance duties.<br />

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Chamber Event<br />

The Greater Sarasota Chamber<br />

has Kim Richmond, Director of 26<br />

West Entrepreneurship Center,<br />

as the keynote speaker at the <strong>2023</strong><br />

Women at Work Luncheon on May<br />

11 at Michael’s On East.<br />

Richmond will be presenting on how<br />

to be fearless - five ways to conquer<br />

self-doubt and imposter syndrome<br />

and achieve even more. Attendees will<br />

learn how to think about themselves<br />

and their accomplishments differently.<br />

Whether they are a veteran in their<br />

industry, just starting out, or considering<br />

a career change, attendees will<br />

gain insights and tangible techniques<br />

that they can use to conquer self-doubt<br />

and be the best (women, executive,<br />

mom, partner) every day.<br />

The Sarasota Chamber encourages<br />

not only business leaders but the<br />

entire community to attend Women<br />

at Work Luncheon. Not only will attendees<br />

hear from Richmond, but<br />

attendees will enjoy a champagne<br />

reception and have the opportunity<br />

to network with other women business<br />

and community leaders.<br />

Register early at Sarasota<br />

Chamber.com.<br />

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Fun Raisers<br />

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The Circus Arts Conservatory<br />

(CAC) has a new event, for<br />

supporters as well as new<br />

fans while benefiting its<br />

youth education programs.<br />

WONDERBALL, featuring<br />

twice Grammy Award-nominated<br />

electronic dance music<br />

(EDM) artist and music<br />

producer, Steve Aoki, is on<br />

May 12 in the Sailor Circus<br />

Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St.,<br />

Sarasota.<br />

During Aoki’s set, professional<br />

aerial artists will perform<br />

high above the floor,<br />

while stilt walkers and other<br />

circus artists will weave<br />

among the guests.<br />

Opening up for Aoki is<br />

DJ Peter DiCaro. His styles<br />

include House, Tech House,<br />

Tribal and EDM. During<br />

DJ DiCaro’s set, students<br />

from the CAC’s Sailor Circus<br />

Academy and Booker<br />

Middle School and Sarasota<br />

High School magnet programs<br />

will perform.<br />

This is an all-ages welcome<br />

event; alcohol and bar<br />

service will be available to<br />

guests ages 21+. Guests can choose<br />

from several ticket levels, from tables/<br />

lounge pods for 10-12 to floor standing<br />

(dancing) only. Guests are encouraged<br />

to dress in their flashiest clubwear.<br />

The immersive concert experience<br />

begins in the Sailor Circus Arena<br />

at 8 p.m. Tickets: CircusArts.org or<br />

call (941) 355-9335.<br />

Sarasota Alliance For Historic<br />

Preservation Board invites the public<br />

to dine in the Grand Foyer of the<br />

Van Wezel on May 6, from 4-8 p.m.,<br />

when Mattison’s caters dinner during<br />

the Heritage Awards program, with<br />

Master of Ceremony, John McCarthy.<br />

Following honoring Sarasota’s<br />

history and architectural heritage,<br />

dessert is served at sunset on the Terrace.<br />

Tickets for members are $135,<br />

nonmembers $150. Checks may be<br />

mailed to Sarasota Alliance For<br />

Historic Preservation, PO Box 1754,<br />

Sarasota, FL 34230 or visit www.<br />

eventbrite.com.<br />

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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 through May 19. There is<br />

no fee for 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 />

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Mote Marine<br />

Laboratory &<br />

Aquarium<br />

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium<br />

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

Deep,” an interactive exhibition will<br />

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Reclaiming Home, Contemporary Seminole Art runs<br />

through September 4 at The Ringling. Image by Hulleah J.<br />

Tsinhnahjinnie (Taskigi/Diné [Navajo]/Seminole<br />

be on 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 />

Guests can climb aboard the fivepart<br />

interactive Nautilus submarine,<br />

which includes a bridge, control room,<br />

salon, living quarters and engine<br />

room to explore. The exhibition’s educational<br />

content is approachable for<br />

all ages, and it covers topics such as<br />

marine life, submarines and various<br />

maritime archaeology.<br />

Through a collection of settings<br />

and props, guests will imagine they<br />

are submarine captains. Visitors<br />

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

peer through the periscopes, crank<br />

the propeller, test out the bunks and<br />

explore Captain Nemo’s Cabinet of<br />

Curiosities full of wonderful marine<br />

specimens. This indoor, “underwater”<br />

playground includes speaking tubes,<br />

a squid-themed slide, puzzles and an<br />

Atlantis Performance stage.<br />

Tickets: mote.org/visit.<br />

Venice Symphony<br />

The Venice Symphony in partnership<br />

with Atlanta Braves Spring<br />

Training will present the fourth<br />

annual Patriotic Pops Concert and<br />

Fireworks at CoolToday Park on May<br />

27 at 7:30 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm.<br />

Parking is free and shuttles are available<br />

from the lot to the stadium.<br />

Purchase tickets at the CoolToday<br />

Box Office, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway,<br />

Venice and at ticketmaster.com.<br />

Music Director Troy Quinn will lead<br />

the orchestra in a concert of beloved<br />

American music including “The Star<br />

Spangled Banner,” “God Bless the<br />

USA” and the “Armed Forces Medley.”<br />

Other highlights include music from<br />

Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein<br />

and John Williams and “A George M.<br />

Cohan Overture.” Vocalists Liberty<br />

Voices will accompany the orchestra.<br />

A spectacular fireworks display will<br />

follow the concert.<br />

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

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Artist Series<br />

Concerts of<br />

Sarasota<br />

Vivaldi and Mendelssohn—Rimma<br />

Bergeron-Langlois, Nikki<br />

Chooi, Jun Iwasaki, Emerson<br />

Millar, violins is on May<br />

9, 7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota<br />

Opera House. Superstar<br />

concertmasters from four<br />

American orchestras share<br />

the role of soloist in Vivaldi’s<br />

iconic Four Seasons. Mendelssohn’s<br />

beloved String<br />

Octet sees all four together,<br />

with four additional artists,<br />

performing the masterpiece<br />

Mendelssohn composed<br />

when he was only 16.<br />

• Viola Royale with Paul<br />

and Steven Laraia, violas,<br />

is on May 14, 4 p.m. at First<br />

Presbyterian Church, 2050<br />

Oak Street, Sarasota.<br />

The sultry alto voice of<br />

the string family gets its<br />

moment in the spotlight in<br />

this program by the Laraia<br />

brothers, both world class violists.<br />

Paul is with the Grammy Award-winning<br />

Catalyst String Quartet and has<br />

been acclaimed by The Strad for his<br />

“eloquent” and “vibrant” playing.<br />

Steven is with the Boston Symphony<br />

Orchestra, having begun his career<br />

as principal violist of the Sarasota<br />

Orchestra. Their program features<br />

music by composers who played the<br />

viola, including a viola quintet by<br />

Mozart where they will be joined by<br />

several Sarasota Orchestra colleagues.<br />

Visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or<br />

call 941-306-1202.<br />

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UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County<br />

May 9—EcoWalk: Unique Preserves<br />

of Sarasota County - Sleeping<br />

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

Sarasota County educator for<br />

a leisurely stroll through beautiful<br />

and environmentally sensitive lands<br />

that have been preserved in Sarasota<br />

County and learn more about what<br />

makes these areas so unique and<br />

important, the plants and animals<br />

that inhabit them, how to be watershed<br />

wise, and the management<br />

issues faced when trying to preserve<br />

these lands for future generations.<br />

• May 22—EcoWalk: Meditation in<br />

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

an exploration of finding peace within<br />

nature. Many traditions use some form<br />

of meditation, focus, contemplation,<br />

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

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

Wear comfortable, loose clothing<br />

and bring water and a portable chair<br />

or blanket to sit upon for stops to sit<br />

along the trail. Instructor: Dr. Katherine<br />

Clements, UF/IFAS Extension<br />

Sarasota County ecology and natural<br />

resources educator.<br />

For questions or information, call<br />

941-861-5000. Register at ufsarasota<br />

ext.eventbrite.com.<br />

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At Designing<br />

Women Boutique<br />

On May 10, 11:30 am-2 pm , their<br />

Salon Series <strong>2023</strong> continues with:<br />

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Anti-Aging Integrating Eastern and<br />

Western Medicine, featuring Dr.<br />

Derrick DeSilva and Jackie Rodgers,<br />

House of Hilt plant based skin care.<br />

Featuring Barbershop a cappella student<br />

performance.<br />

Tickets: designingwomensrq.org.<br />

Designing Women Boutique, 1226 N.<br />

Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

Bishop Museum<br />

of Science and<br />

Nature<br />

In the field of engineering, human<br />

achievements receive the most recognition,<br />

but Eco Engineers, the new<br />

temporary exhibit at the Bishop<br />

Museum of Science and Nature,<br />

shifts the spotlight to the flora and<br />

fauna that shape ecosystems with<br />

their own engineering feats.<br />

The exhibit pays homage not only<br />

to furry friends like beavers, but<br />

also to plants like red mangroves<br />

and live oaks that leave an indelible<br />

mark on the landscape. The exhibit<br />

is divided into three zones, including<br />

the land, water’s edge, and sea<br />

sections. Giant photos of the featured<br />

species fill the space, creating<br />

an immersive environment.<br />

A selection of photos bring each<br />

species to life, with the largest photos<br />

measuring about 3 by 6 feet. The<br />

coral photos, lent to the Bishop by<br />

the Coral Restoration Foundation,<br />

will stun visitors. 3D elements, like<br />

corals and a beaver skull from the<br />

museum’s collections complement<br />

the photos and text.<br />

Eco Engineers runs through Sept.<br />

3. Bishop Museum of Science and<br />

Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton,<br />

bishopscience.org.<br />

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Choral Artists<br />

Coming up is American Fanfare<br />

on Tuesday, July 4, 4:30 p.m. at<br />

Sarasota Opera House. Join Choral<br />

Artists of Sarasota and the Lakewood<br />

Ranch Wind Ensemble as<br />

they celebrate who we are as Americans<br />

and what Freedom means to<br />

us through beloved American songs.<br />

Experience choral fireworks and<br />

rousing Sousa marches.<br />

For tickets, visit www.ChoralArtists<br />

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

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The Sarasota<br />

Orchestra<br />

Discoveries: Musical Postcards<br />

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

Joseph Young, conductor with<br />

Bokyung Byun, guitar. They will be<br />

performing Villa-Lobos – Bachianas<br />

Brasileiras No. 9; Rodrigo – Concierto<br />

de Aranjuez; Mendelssohn – Symphony<br />

No. 4 (Italian).<br />

For information, visit www.Sarasota<br />

Orchestra.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<br />

Are, on view through May 7. Benson<br />

was an American photographer,<br />

printer, and educator. This exhibit is<br />

the first in-depth survey of Benson’s<br />

own photography.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

The exhibition includes approximately<br />

100 works that convey Benson’s<br />

exploration of photographic processes,<br />

his embrace of technologies old<br />

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

human subjects as well as the objects<br />

and environments they have built.<br />

• Also on exhibit is A Beautiful<br />

Mess: Weavers & Knotters of the<br />

Vanguard, on view through June<br />

25. From micro artworks the size of<br />

your hand to mammoth, room-sized<br />

installations, the 11 women artists<br />

represented in A Beautiful Mess push<br />

the boundaries between craft and fine<br />

art, taking the art form to new heights<br />

both conceptually and physically.<br />

• Stephanie J. Woods: my papa<br />

used to play checkers runs May<br />

28-September 17. In her first solo<br />

museum exhibition, Woods presents<br />

new multidisciplinary works inspired<br />

by her firsthand experience of<br />

West Africa and with themes focusing<br />

on transatlantic cultural continuity<br />

and memories.<br />

There will be an Artist Talk with<br />

Stephanie J. Woods on May 27 at<br />

Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium<br />

in the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi<br />

Elona Lobby. Preview Stephanie J.<br />

Woods’ exhibition my papa used to<br />

play checkers before hearing the artist<br />

speak about her artistic practice,<br />

including her use of material language,<br />

photography, and the creation<br />

of the term, “moving audio photography,”<br />

to describe her video works. She<br />

will also discuss her collaborations<br />

with poet Laura Neal and sound artist<br />

Johannes Barfield.<br />

Sarasota Art Museum is located at<br />

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

SarasotaArtMuseum.org.<br />

Art Galleries<br />

The newest artists at Art Uptown<br />

Gallery will be featured in the May<br />

exhibit, “Unique Differences” showcasing<br />

their original paintings. Meet<br />

the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong<br />

Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at<br />

the First Friday public reception on<br />

May 5, 6-9 p.m.<br />

All four award-winning artists are<br />

local, full-time residents of Sarasota.<br />

The exhibit runs through May 26. In<br />

June, Art Uptown Gallery will present<br />

“Small Works Show,” showcasing<br />

small framed pieces of their original<br />

art. Meet the artists at the First Friday<br />

public reception on June 2, 6-9 p.m.<br />

The exhibit opens on May 27 and<br />

runs through June 30.<br />

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St.,<br />

Sarasota. Info: 941-955-5409 or<br />

www.artuptown.com<br />

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At Art CenterSarasota: The Sarasota<br />

County Schools North County<br />

Spring Art Show features artwork<br />

from students in the northern part<br />

of Sarasota and includes all of the<br />

Sarasota County public and public<br />

charter schools in that area and runs<br />

May 8-20.<br />

Annually, more than 1500 pieces<br />

of artwork from young artists in<br />

grades K-12 are hung in the galleries<br />

and enjoyed by hundreds of families,<br />

students, artists, and visitors. This<br />

unique and longtime partnership<br />

allows students to visit and experience<br />

seeing their work displayed in a<br />

professional setting.<br />

Art Center Sarasota supports<br />

the show with two annual awards<br />

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for high school students.<br />

Award-winning seniors are<br />

celebrated with an evening<br />

award ceremony to highlight<br />

their accomplishments, and<br />

the Art Center stays open late<br />

for two nights for families to<br />

come and view the artwork<br />

after hours.707 N. Tamiami<br />

Trail, Sarasota, www.<br />

artsarasota.org.<br />

Key Chorale<br />

Key Chorale has its season<br />

finale, Grace The Spirit<br />

of Aretha with Westcoast<br />

Black Theatre Troupe on<br />

May 8. This high energy celebration<br />

of the “Queen of Soul”<br />

includes songs from the 1973<br />

Grammy Award-Winning<br />

album Amazing Grace and<br />

her most famous R&B classics.<br />

keychorale.org.<br />

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At The<br />

Ringling<br />

The Ringling has Gods & Lovers:<br />

Paintings and Sculpture from India.<br />

The exhibit provides a rare opportunity<br />

to get up close to works from the<br />

16th, 17th and 18th centuries from a<br />

variety of cultures in India (along with<br />

a few much older pieces from John<br />

Ringling’s original collection). On<br />

view through May, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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• Reclaiming Home, Contemporary<br />

Seminole Art runs through September<br />

4. This group exhibition marks<br />

The Ringling’s first presentation of<br />

contemporary art by Native American<br />

artists with ancestral, historical, and<br />

present-day connections to Florida.<br />

An imperative step toward establishing<br />

a meaningful relationship<br />

with the Native American artistic<br />

community, Reclaiming Home will<br />

highlight the breadth and depth of<br />

the artwork by Seminole, Miccosukee,<br />

and mixed-heritage artists from<br />

Florida with the important work by<br />

internationally-recognized artists.<br />

The exhibition will expand the conceptual<br />

framework of Native American<br />

art made in Florida today and<br />

provide a fuller understanding of the<br />

complexities of issues within the art<br />

of the Seminole diaspora.<br />

The John and Mable Ringling<br />

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

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

At The Hermitage<br />

May 5—Bess Wohl conversation<br />

at Urbanite Theatre’s Modern Works<br />

Festival. Sarasota audiences will<br />

remember Wohl from the recent production<br />

of Grand Horizons at Asolo<br />

Rep as well as the in-process showing<br />

of selections from Camp Siegfried<br />

on the Hermitage Beach prior to its<br />

recent run in New York at Second<br />

Stage Theatre. This Tony Award-nominated<br />

playwright and returning Hermitage<br />

alumna will discuss her works<br />

and career at Urbanite Theatre, 1487<br />

2nd St., Sarasota.<br />

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• May 12—“Black Women in our<br />

Collective Culture” with Delita Martin<br />

and Imani Perry, two acclaimed<br />

Hermitage Fellows who share a common<br />

subject: redefining the role and<br />

representation that Black people and<br />

Black women occupy in our collective<br />

Steve Aoki<br />

headlines the<br />

Circus Arts<br />

Conservatory’s<br />

May 12 fundraiser,<br />


— Photo by Aldo Carrera<br />

culture. Combining various creative<br />

practices such as collaging, drawing,<br />

painting, printmaking, and sewing<br />

techniques, Martin has been exhibited<br />

both nationally and internationally.<br />

Author of seven books including<br />

South to America: A Journey Below<br />

the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand<br />

the Soul of a Nation, Perry is<br />

the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African<br />

American Studies at Princeton<br />

University. Registration required at<br />

HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Held<br />

T Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota<br />

Key Road, Englewood.<br />

• May 19—Hermitage Sunsets@<br />

Selby Gardens: “Cello on Point”<br />

with Karen Patterson, Hermitage<br />

Alumna and cellist. From classical to<br />

jazz to spirituals, her work celebrates<br />

cultural diversity, the dynamic<br />

beauty of artistic expression, and the<br />

strength of community. Registration<br />

is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

Held at Selby Gardens at<br />

Historic Spanish Point, 401 North<br />

Tamiami Trail, Osprey.<br />

• May 26—“Moved to Music: Violin<br />

on the Bay” with Rebecca Crenshaw<br />

and Mazz Swift. The ability of music<br />

to elevate our moods, build community,<br />

and express big ideas is central to<br />

the work of these musicians and Hermitage<br />

Fellows. Swift’s style encompasses<br />

a wide range of established<br />

genres as well as unique improvisational<br />

techniques Mazz has created.<br />

Rebecca Crenshaw balances the skillsets<br />

of modern rock-folk performance<br />

with a pedagogical and yoga practice<br />

to create a holistic experience rooted<br />

in creativity.<br />

Registration is required at Hermitage<br />

ArtistRetreat.org. Held at The Van<br />

Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.<br />

• May 31—VIRTUAL PROGRAM<br />

– Hermitage Artists and Thinkers<br />

Series “Stewing with Zora Howard”<br />

with Hermitage Fellow and Pulitzer<br />

Prize Finalist Zora Howard. As the<br />

generations of Tucker women convene<br />

in the kitchen to prepare a meal for a<br />

large gathering later that day, it begins<br />

to emerge that “the secrets we keep<br />

from our mothers eventually become<br />

the secrets we keep from ourselves.”<br />

Presented on Zoom, Hermitage<br />

Programs Director James Monaghan<br />

is joined by Howard to explore how<br />

food and its preparation contain<br />

generational memory. How<br />

have historical and economic<br />

trends shaped the<br />

societal role of the Tucker<br />

family? Registration required<br />

at HermitageArtist-<br />

Retreat.org.<br />

Theatre<br />

At Manatee Performing<br />

Arts Center:<br />

• They have Andrew Lloyd<br />

Webber’s Sunset Boulevard<br />

through May 14. Based on<br />

the Billy Wilder film, the<br />

musical version of Sunset<br />

Boulevard is a tale of faded<br />

glory and unfulfilled ambition.<br />

Lloyd Webber’s Tony<br />

Award-winning masterwork<br />

of dreams and desire in<br />

the land called Hollywood<br />

includes “With One Look,”<br />

“As If We Never Said Goodbye”<br />

and “Perfect Year.”<br />

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• They also have the Annie<br />

KIDS Show on May 6.<br />

Annie KIDS is equally full of pluck<br />

and positivity. This adaptation of<br />

the Tony Award-winning musical<br />

follows little orphan Annie as she<br />

searches for the parents who left<br />

her years ago on the doorstep of an<br />

orphanage run by the cruel Miss<br />

Hannigan. Despite Miss Hannigan’s<br />

evil plans, Annie’s enduring optimism<br />

leads her on a heartwarming<br />

adventure through NYC.<br />

• DraMature Presents “A Hollywood<br />

1940’s USO Radio Musical.” Travel<br />

back in time with DraMature to the<br />

1940’s era of Bob Hope, USO tours,<br />

and radio plays. This show is filled<br />

with songs, skits, and old-fashioned<br />

commercials and family-friendly<br />

fun. Dates: May 9 at 2 p.m. and May<br />

10 at 7 p.m.<br />

• The Penguin Program is a musical<br />

theater production that cast artists<br />

ages 8 and up with disabilities in<br />

all roles. This individuals (Artists)<br />

get assistance from on-stage peers<br />

(Mentors).<br />

• Penguin Players (ages 23 and up)<br />

perform May 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.<br />

• Penguin Project (ages 8-22) perform<br />

May 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.<br />

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

Performing Arts Center, 502 Third<br />

Avenue W., Bradenton. Tickets: www.<br />

manateeperformingartscenter.com.<br />

Florida Studio Theatre presents<br />

the World Premiere of Visit Joe<br />

Whitefeather by award-winning<br />

playwright Bruce Graham. It’s the<br />

1970s in Beaver Gap, Pennsylvania, a<br />

small town with a problem. Tourism<br />

has declined and its doesn’t look like<br />

there is any hope on the horizon.<br />

When a new resident joins forces<br />

with the bewildered city council, they<br />

devise a plan to rename the town to<br />

honor a dead, Native American war<br />

hero who had never visited the town<br />

before. It’s a plan so wild and insane<br />

that it just might work. Visit Joe Whitefeather<br />

is in FST’s Gompertz Theatre.<br />

Visit Joe Whitefeather is inspired by<br />

real events. In the 1950s, a small town<br />

formerly known as Mauch Chunk,<br />

Pennsylvania, was renamed after Jim<br />

Thorpe, the first Native American to<br />

win a gold medal for the United States<br />

in the Olympics. The idea to rename<br />

the town after the late athlete came<br />

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from civic leaders’ efforts to strengthen<br />

the local economy. Today, Jim<br />

Thorpe is a popular tourist destination<br />

in the Pocono Mountains.<br />

Visit www.floridastudiotheatre.org/<br />

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe<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<br />

piano style influenced the sound of<br />

modern jazz piano. Waller realized<br />

his dreams at an early age: he began<br />

playing the piano at the tender age<br />

of 6 and became a professional keyboard<br />

player at 15. In 1922, by the age<br />

of 18, he was a recording artist. Nate<br />

Jacob’s original tribute to this oneof-a-kind<br />

artist and composer of over<br />

400 songs is not to be missed. Tunes<br />

include “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Honeysuckle<br />

Rose,” “Lulu’s Back in Town,”<br />

“Your Feet’s Too Big” and “The Joint<br />

is Jumpin’.” Jacobs will direct. Show<br />

runs through May 28.<br />

Tickets: call 941-366-1505 or<br />

visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.<br />

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Asolo Repertory Theatre has<br />

Man of La Mancha, May 10-June 11.<br />

Considered by many to be one of the<br />

best musicals of all time, MAN OF LA<br />

MANCHA is brilliantly reimagined<br />

with a contemporary urgency by<br />

celebrated director Peter Rothstein,<br />

who immerses us in Miguel de Cervantes’s<br />

retelling of Don Quixote and<br />

his quest. The winner of five Tony<br />

Awards, including Best Musical, and<br />

featuring a soaring score, including<br />

“Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)”<br />

and one of theatre’s most beloved<br />

songs, “The Impossible Dream,” this<br />

classic musical celebrates the power<br />

of theatre, the bravery of holding<br />

strong to our dreams, and the resilience<br />

of imagination.<br />

Tickets: asolorep.org.<br />

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At Venice Theatre:<br />

• To May 14: Death of a Salesman<br />

by Arthur Miller. This Pulitzer and<br />

Tony Award Winner tells the story<br />

of Willy Loman who made his living<br />

riding on a “smile and a shoeshine.”<br />

About to lose his job and haunted<br />

by missed opportunities and a troubled<br />

past, he continues to chase his<br />

elusive American Dream while his<br />

wife struggles to help him.<br />

• VT’s Pinky’s Players present Keep<br />

a Song in Your Heart on May 19-21.<br />

Pinky’s Players is a Venice Theatre<br />

community engagement program<br />

- with heart - that gives adults with<br />

intellectual and developmental disabilities<br />

a chance to experience the<br />

delight of performing on VT’s Raymond<br />

Center Stage. The theme of<br />

this year’s show is Memories of the<br />

Lawrence Welk Show.<br />

Tickets: venicetheatre.org.<br />

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Urbanite Theatre has its Modern<br />

Works Festival, May 3-7. Back for<br />

the fourth time and returning to an<br />

in-person experience, the Modern<br />

Works Festival is a playwriting contest,<br />

reading festival and celebration of<br />

women in theatre. See all three finalist<br />

readings and become eligible to vote<br />

on the festival-winning playwright.<br />

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd Street,<br />

Sarasota. Tickets: (941) 321-1397 or<br />

visit www.urbanitetheatre.com.<br />

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happening this month<br />

“Clowns Like Me”<br />

Shines Spotlight on<br />

Mental Health<br />

May is<br />

Mental Health Awareness Month<br />

Each year,<br />

the month<br />

of May is<br />

nationally<br />

recognized as<br />

Mental Health Awareness<br />

Month. Healthcare<br />

experts throughout the<br />

country take the opportunity<br />

to bring attention<br />

to the nation’s overall<br />

mental health crisis and<br />

the resources available<br />

to assist. This year, a<br />

local man is bringing the<br />

awareness campaign a<br />

little closer to home for<br />

Sarasota and Manatee<br />

Counties.<br />

In his world premiere<br />

one-man show “Clowns<br />

Like Me,” Sarasota actor<br />

and storyteller Scott<br />

Ehrenpreis tells his profound<br />

story of living with<br />

mental illness to a local<br />

audience. Spectators are<br />

in for a performance that<br />

will make them laugh,<br />

cry and leave thinking differently about the<br />

stigmas tied to mental health. “Clowns Like<br />

Me” will debut at the Cook Theatre at the<br />

FSU Center for the Performing Arts on<br />

May 18-28.<br />

The show reveals the enlightening,<br />

heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting true<br />

story of Ehrenpreis’ personal journey as<br />

he struggles against OCD, bipolar disorder,<br />

Asperger’s Syndrome, social anxiety and<br />

depression. Ultimately, Ehrenpreis reveals<br />

that being on stage gives him the power,<br />

even for just a couple hours, to step into the<br />

light and leave the shadows of his mental<br />

health struggles behind.<br />

It takes courage to step on stage and<br />

tell a personal story – especially one about<br />

facing mental disorders and illnesses. The<br />

talented Ehrenpreis has always enjoyed<br />

being on stage and talks opening about this<br />

during this “Clowns Like Me” performance.<br />

He earned a B.F.A. in performance from<br />

Ohio University. He recently performed as<br />

part of the ensemble cast in “Network” at<br />

the Florida Studio Theatre. He also has taken<br />

the stage in various other performances<br />

in Sarasota, including performances for<br />

Theatre Odyssey.<br />

Those in the community that have heard<br />

developmental script readings have said<br />

that the performance is powerful.<br />

“I was deeply moved by the severe internal<br />

and emotional struggle that a person<br />

with a mental health issue faces,” said<br />

Susan Loesel of the Doll-Loesel Foundation,<br />

one of the show’s sponsors. “If this<br />

performance helps only one other person<br />

or one family who is struggling, then it will<br />

be a great step forward. It offers hope and<br />

understanding for everyone involved.”<br />

This will be the first production by Lifeline<br />

Productions, which is led by<br />

Scott Ehrenpreis’<br />

world premiere one-man show<br />

“Clowns Like Me” May 18-28<br />

Ehrenpreis’ father, Joel<br />

Ehrenpreis, and Jason<br />

Cannon, chief creative<br />

officer. Lifeline Productions<br />

formed last year<br />

with a mission to present<br />

artistic programs,<br />

including theatrical,<br />

artistic and musical<br />

performances, to foster<br />

a broader awareness of<br />

mental illness and help<br />

fight stigmas attached.<br />

“We want to use the<br />

power of storytelling<br />

to take you inside the<br />

minds of those who<br />

struggle with mental<br />

health disorders and<br />

offer an enlightening<br />

and entertaining experience<br />

that leaves you<br />

walking away feeling<br />

differently about mental<br />

illness,” said Ehrenpreis’<br />

father, Joel.<br />

The debut of “Clowns<br />

Like Me” comes at a<br />

time when the nation<br />

is struggling with a mental health crisis.<br />

The American Psychological Association’s<br />

2022 COVID-19 Practitioner Impact Study,<br />

released in November 2022, showed the demand<br />

for mental health treatment, including<br />

for anxiety disorders, depression and<br />

substance abuse, continued to increase for<br />

the third consecutive year. An estimated 6<br />

in 10 practitioners reported they no longer<br />

have openings for new patients, while on<br />

average, psychologists are being contacted<br />

every month by more than 15 potential new<br />

patients seeking care.<br />

Lifeline Productions Inc. has been able to<br />

secure a series of community partners from<br />

the mental health space, including NAMI of<br />

Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Compeer,<br />

The Florida Center for Early Childhood and<br />

many others. Information about these partners<br />

will be made available at each show<br />

for anyone seeking information.<br />

“The show puts a spotlight on the conversation<br />

about mental health in our community,”<br />

said Colleen Thayer, executive director of<br />

the local NAMI affiliate. “I had the opportunity<br />

to listen to a developmental script reading<br />

and the story is a powerful and important<br />

one for people to hear. It was incredible.”<br />

Sponsors of the show include Michael<br />

Saunders & Company, Hoyt Architects, the<br />

Community Foundation of Sarasota County,<br />

the Here4YOUth Mental Health initiative<br />

(a joint initiative of Charles & Margery<br />

Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation), the Sarasota Southside<br />

Rotary, the David, Adrianne and Jordan<br />

Rubin Fund, The Melissa Wides Foundation,<br />

the KBR Foundation, the Dina Wirt Trust,<br />

the Doll-Loesel Foundation and more.<br />

Tickets are $20 and are on sale at<br />

ClownsLikeMe.com.<br />

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out and about continued<br />

Summer Camps<br />

Sarasota Youth Opera invites<br />

young people between the ages of 8<br />

and 18 to explore the world of opera<br />

through its annual Summer Camp.<br />

The camp runs on weekdays from<br />

June 12 to June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4<br />

p.m. with a one or two-week session<br />

available for children aged 8 to 10. The<br />

camp takes place at the Sarasota<br />

Opera House. Tuition fees vary<br />

according to age and session with<br />

tuition assistance available. The program<br />

is designed for all skill levels<br />

with no audition required. Registration<br />

deadline is May 15.<br />

The camp will take place at the Sarasota<br />

Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple,<br />

Sarasota. For information, visit sarasotaopera.org<br />

or call 941-328-1329.<br />

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At The Van Wezel<br />

A sampling of upcoming shows:<br />




• Tom Jones: Ages & Stages Tour<br />

will take place on May 13.<br />

Pre-show dining is available<br />

through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel<br />

which is located inside the theatre.<br />

Reservations can be made on Van-<br />

Wezel.org or through the box office.<br />

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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<br />

land 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<br />

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

brought fishermen who set up seasonal<br />

camps along our shores. These<br />

fishermen set up semi-permanent<br />

Fishing Ranchos where they caught<br />

and prepared schools of mullet and<br />

other fish for 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<br />

is located at 1404 Manatee Avenue<br />

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

more information, call 941-749-7165,<br />

or visit www.manateevillage.org.<br />

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Selby Gardens<br />

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens<br />

has Seeing the Invisible at its Historic<br />

Spanish Point campus.<br />

The most ambitious and<br />

expansive show to date of<br />

contemporary artworks created<br />

with augmented-reality<br />

(AR) technology, the exhibition<br />

launched last year at 12<br />

botanical gardens around<br />

the world. Selby Gardens is<br />

one of four inaugural sites<br />

that will continue to host<br />

the show for a second year,<br />

through September <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Six new garden and museum<br />

sites will join the global<br />

exhibition in October.<br />

Seeing the Invisible features<br />

works by more than<br />

a dozen internationally acclaimed<br />

artists, including Ai<br />

Weiwei of China, El Anatsui<br />

of Ghana, Isaac Julien CBE<br />

RA of the United Kingdom,<br />

and Sarah Meyohas of the<br />

United States. At Selby<br />

Gardens’ Historic Spanish<br />

Point campus, the show’s<br />

13 AR works are installed in<br />

carefully curated locations<br />

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<br />

in outdoor settings at the participating<br />

institutions, creating parallels<br />

and contrasts between them. The AR<br />

nature of the exhibition has allowed<br />

for the creation of expansive, immersive<br />

works that engage with existing<br />

features of the natural landscape, going<br />

beyond the limitations of what is<br />

possible with physical artworks.<br />

For information, visit www.selby.org.<br />

At Bookstore1<br />

Sarasota<br />

PoetryMic introduces you to a varied<br />

group of talented poets that live in<br />

and around Sarasota.<br />

• May 7, 2-3 p.m—PoetryMic with<br />

Jack Massa and Lois Betterton: Readings<br />

of Original Poems by Local Poets.<br />

Jack Massa has a BA from New College<br />

of Florida and an MFA in Creative<br />

Writing from the University of Massachusetts<br />

at Amherst. As an author of<br />

speculative fiction and poetry, his interests<br />

include ancient civilizations, magic<br />

and mysticism, quantum physics, space<br />

science, and artificial intelligence.<br />

Lois Betterton grew up in Yonkers,<br />

New York and now reside in Sarasota’s<br />

Historic Rosemary District. She began<br />

reading and writing poetry as a young<br />

child and has embraced the written<br />

word all her life. She founded The Word<br />

Show poetry group in 2012 in Sarasota<br />

that showcases local, free range,<br />

organic Poetry at Blvd Cafe in the<br />

Rosemary District. In the loft at Bookstore1Sarasota,<br />

117 S. Pineapple Ave.<br />

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

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

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Book clubs:<br />

These meet in person in the loft at<br />

Bookstore1 at The Mark, 117 South<br />

Pineapple Ave.<br />

• May 9 at 11 a.m.—May’s pick is A<br />

Rage in Harlem, a ripping introduction<br />

to Coffin Ed Johnson and<br />

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On May 19, Hermitage Sunsets@Selby Gardens presents<br />

“Cello on Point” with Karen Patterson, Hermitage Alumna<br />

and cellist. Registration: HermitageArtistRetreat.org.<br />

Grave Digger Jones, who patrol New<br />

York City’s roughest streets in Chester<br />

Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem<br />

Detectives series. A fee of $16<br />

is required for participation. This<br />

includes a copy of A Rage in Harlem<br />

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

book club meeting.<br />

• May 10 at 2p.m.—The Poetry Book<br />

Club’s May selection is American Melancholy,<br />

a new collection of poetry<br />

from Joyce Carol Oates, an American<br />

literary legend, her first in 25 years.A<br />

fee of $18 is required for participation.<br />

This includes a copy of American Melancholy<br />

to be picked up at Bookstore1<br />

and the book club meeting.<br />

• May 17 at 11 a.m.—The Short and<br />

Satisfying Book Club led by Georgia<br />

Court will explore A Woman’s Battles<br />

and Transformations by Édouard<br />

Louis, a portrait of the author’s mother<br />

by the acclaimed writer of the<br />

international bestsellers The End of<br />

Eddy and History of Violence.<br />

A fee of $20 is required for participation.<br />

This includes a copy of A Woman’s<br />

Battles and Transformations to be<br />

picked up at Bookstore1 and the book<br />

club meeting.<br />

• May 23 at 11 a.m.— The Banned<br />

Book Club’s May’s pick is The Awakening<br />

by Kate Chopin, the daring<br />

story of a woman’s search for personal<br />

freedom that was so controversial in<br />

1899 that it ended its author’s career. A<br />

fee of $10 is required for participation.<br />

This includes a copy of The Awakening<br />

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

book club meeting.<br />

Registration for all book clubs: www.<br />

sarasotabooks.com/bookclubs, or<br />

call 941-365-7900.<br />

Walking Tours<br />

This one is at The Ringling’s Arboretum<br />

on May 29. This walking tour<br />

led by volunteer guides will introduce<br />

you to interesting botanical specimens<br />

on the estate while providing a<br />

historic overview of the development<br />

of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum<br />

has been accredited at Level II<br />

through ArbNet and there are over<br />

2350 trees within the arboretum representing<br />

native, exotic, historical,<br />

and culturally significant trees.<br />

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Garden Tours are available<br />

Saturdays, Sundays,<br />

and Mondays and take<br />

place entirely outdoors.<br />

It is 90 minutes in length<br />

and covers approximately<br />

1 mile. Bring bottled water,<br />

and wear appropriate footwear,<br />

preferably closed-toe,<br />

sunblock, and hats. There<br />

will be a maximum of 10<br />

participants per tour. Tours<br />

are subject to weather<br />

conditions. Tickets will be<br />

available 30 days prior to<br />

each tour. Go to www.ringling.org/events.<br />

Art Around<br />

the State<br />

The Boca Raton Museum<br />

of Art has Whitfield<br />

Lovell: Passages is in<br />

South Florida at the Boca<br />

through May 21. The tour<br />

continues across six states<br />

throughout the American<br />

South and the Midwest.<br />

This is the largest exhibition ever presented<br />

of Lovell’s work that focuses<br />

on lost African American history,<br />

and raises universal questions about<br />

America’s collective heritage. Lovell’s<br />

interest in spirituality, healing,<br />

and ritual, together with his use of<br />

reclaimed and found objects, aromas,<br />

music, and sound, has long informed<br />

his practice which investigates the<br />

circularity of life. bocamuseum.org/<br />

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• Tampa Museum of Art has Identity<br />

in the Ancient World on view<br />

through March, 2025. Today, we recognize<br />

various expressions of identity,<br />

such as personal, social and national<br />

identity. Certain frames of identity<br />

are well-defined or fixed, others are<br />

based on personal choice or may<br />

change over time. Think of economic<br />

class and social status, education and<br />

profession, culture and nationality.<br />

Also, language, lifestyle, musical<br />

preference, personal companionship,<br />

political allegiance or religion. These<br />

frames of identity may invoke a sense<br />

of belonging or form exclusive alliances.<br />

They may also provoke feelings of<br />

marginalization, even policies of segregation.<br />

Or, they may create demands<br />

for acceptance and equal treatment.<br />

This exhibition engages the public<br />

to reflect upon the differences and<br />

similarities between the ancient world<br />

and our contemporary society. Some<br />

themes the visitor may encounter include<br />

masculinity and femininity, intimacy<br />

and ethnicity.<br />

In the ancient world such expressions<br />

of identity could not always be<br />

articulated explicitly because the terminology<br />

for voicing thoughts about<br />

personal, cultural and national frames<br />

of identity often did not exist. That is<br />

not to say that Egyptians or Persians,<br />

Greeks or Romans did not experience<br />

a sense of belonging to a certain group<br />

sharing a cultural, linguistic and historical<br />

heritage. They recognized biological<br />

differences between men and<br />

women, and they believed that certain<br />

social roles belonged to the different<br />

genders. Ancient societies were unambiguously<br />

patriarchal and hierarchical,<br />

with certain political rights held<br />

as privileges of well-defined classes.<br />

Others were excluded – such as enslaved<br />

persons, peasants, women and/<br />

or resident aliens (even when living<br />

in the same country for generations),<br />

who had little or no rights.<br />

Tampa Museum of Art, Cornelia<br />

Corbett Center, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza,<br />

Tampa. tampamuseum.org/<br />

• Best In Showdogs in Art is at The<br />

MFA through August 6, <strong>2023</strong>. The<br />

MFA curators (and resident dog-lovers)<br />

have collaborated on an exhibition<br />

linking their disparate areas of<br />

expertise and media across time and<br />

space with a unifying theme—in this<br />

case, our beloved canine partners.<br />

Humans and canines have been<br />

co-evolving for over 30,000 years,<br />

developing a rich and complex set of<br />

relationships that is revealed through<br />

works of art. Working exclusively from<br />

our collection, our curators have chosen<br />

their favorite works that memorialize<br />

this special relationship.<br />

From ancient times through contemporary<br />

times, dogs have been constant<br />

companions. They have assisted<br />

by hunting and guiding, supported<br />

through their steadfast loyalty, and<br />

amused with their energy and antics.<br />

This small focus show—drawn entirely<br />

from the MFA Collection—highlights<br />

the ways dogs have been represented<br />

throughout the history of art.<br />

Also on display is Shashin Japanese<br />

Photographs From the Meiji Era, 1870-<br />

1900. Runs through July 23, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Although photography was invented<br />

in 1839 in France, shashin—the Japanese<br />

word for photograph— was not<br />

fully introduced in Japan until the<br />

mid-1860s. Learning the craft from<br />

European photographers, Japanese<br />

photographers were quick to embrace<br />

the ambrotype, albumen, and cartede-visite<br />

processes. Most opened<br />

studios in the 1870s amid stiff European<br />

competition, but by the 1890s,<br />

Japanese photographers dominated<br />

the market.<br />

While many Japanese studios<br />

adopted the earlier conventions established<br />

by European studios, photographers<br />

like Kusakabe Kimbei<br />

(1841–1934) incorporated subtle variations<br />

in content which underscored<br />

the movement toward modernization<br />

prevalent in Meiji-era Japan (1868–<br />

1912). Discovering a new approach to<br />

present local subjects to a primarily<br />

foreign audience, his meticulously<br />

hand-painted genre images reflect a<br />

dynamic merging of the subject matter<br />

and artistic sensibility of Japanese<br />

woodblock prints with photographic<br />

technology. Ogawa Kazumasa (1860–<br />

1929)—a pioneer in photomechanical<br />

color printing—produced lusciously<br />

colorful botanical works that emphasized<br />

the artistic merits of photography.<br />

Ambrotype portraits housed<br />

in handmade kiri-wood boxes—a<br />

uniquely Japanese presentation—<br />

served as personal mementos of loved<br />

ones. Later, cartes-de-visite made images<br />

of family and notable personalities<br />

accessible to everyone.<br />

This selection of photographs showcases<br />

the skill and innovation of Japanese<br />

photographers working in Japan<br />

from 1870–1900. Comprised of almost<br />

50 works from the MFA Collection,<br />

early Japanese photography served a<br />

multitude of functions including mementos<br />

for remembrance, collectibles<br />

for tourists, and furthered the notion<br />

of photography as an art.<br />

The MFA is located at 255 Beach Dr<br />

NE, St. Petersburg. mfastpete.org<br />

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focus on the arts<br />


Women Play Key Roles in Annual<br />

Sarasota Music Festival<br />

Sarasota Orchestra has always been<br />

ahead of the curve when it comes to<br />

having women musicians in leadership<br />

positions. From 1971-1997, at a<br />

time when female Concertmasters<br />

were rare, the Florida West Coast Symphony,<br />

(as it was then called), was led by longtime 1st<br />

violinist Anita Brooker. In 2013,<br />

Estonian conductor Anu Tali assumed<br />

the role of Music Director<br />

of Sarasota Orchestra, becoming<br />

one of only a handful of women<br />

at the helm of a full-time American<br />

orchestra.<br />

Sarasota Music Festival,<br />

a program of Sarasota Orchestra,<br />

has continued that trend,<br />

with women comprising a large<br />

percentage of the extraordinary<br />

faculty who arrive in Sarasota<br />

each June from every corner of<br />

the music world. This year the<br />

Festival, which runs from June<br />

5-24, boasts 38 gifted faculty<br />

artists, of whom 17 are women.<br />

Some of them, like Julie Landsman,<br />

former Principal Horn of<br />

the Metropolitan Opera, are<br />

longtime faculty members, having<br />

come to Sarasota to teach<br />

and perform for decades.<br />

Others, like the extraordinary<br />

violist Yura Lee, the Harlem<br />

Quartet’s violinist Melissa White,<br />

and flute soloist Jasmine Choi,<br />

are joining the Festival faculty<br />

for the first time in <strong>2023</strong>. Together,<br />

they bring a depth and<br />

breadth of experience that is<br />

unrivaled in the classical music<br />

world. The beneficiaries of that<br />

extraordinary pool of talent are<br />

the 60 pre-professional music<br />

students who vie for the chance<br />

to be among the Festival fellows<br />

each summer, studying and performing<br />

with their musical idols.<br />

The classical music world has<br />

changed dramatically over the<br />

past decades, and women now<br />

comprise more than 50% of most<br />

major symphony orchestras.<br />

That shift accelerated with the<br />

advent of “blind” auditions in<br />

the 1970’s, as musicians began<br />

competing for positions behind<br />

screens so that the committee<br />

judging them had no idea of their<br />

gender. It didn’t take long before<br />

the ranks of women in major<br />

orchestras began to swell, as it<br />

became clear to everyone that<br />

women played every bit as well<br />

as their male counterparts did.<br />

Hornist Julie Landsman was a rarity in 1985<br />

when she won the position of Principal horn in<br />

the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the first female<br />

brass player in the Met Orchestra’s history.<br />

She went on to a 25-year career at the Met and<br />

became a teaching legend at the Juilliard School<br />

in New York. In 2012 the International Women’s<br />

Brass Conference awarded their Pioneer Award<br />

to Landsman, recognizing “women who have<br />

been pioneers in the top levels of brass performance,<br />

breaking down barriers and living their<br />

lives effecting change for those who have followed.”<br />

She has been inspiring young hornists at<br />

the Sarasota Music Festival since 1994.<br />

Joining the Festival for the first time in <strong>2023</strong> is<br />

internationally renowned violist Yura Lee, who<br />

is a true “A-List” celebrity in the viola and violin<br />

Julie Landsman<br />

Yura Lee<br />

Melissa White<br />

Jasmine Choi<br />

world. She won the Debut Artist of the Year prize<br />

at the “Performance Today” awards given by National<br />

Public Radio when she was only 12 years<br />

old, and has gone on to win top prizes at multiple<br />

international competitions performing on both<br />

violin and viola. She is in high demand as a soloist<br />

and chamber musician, and has performed<br />

with major orchestras across the<br />

U.S., Europe, and Asia.<br />

Another newcomer to the<br />

Festival faculty in <strong>2023</strong> will be<br />

the Harlem String Quartet’s<br />

violinist Melissa White. Her<br />

performances with the Harlem<br />

Quartet have been hailed as<br />

“bringing a new attitude to<br />

classical music, one that is<br />

fresh, bracing and intelligent”<br />

(Cincinnati Enquirer). One of a<br />

new generation of classical musicians,<br />

she has forged a career<br />

performing as soloist with orchestras<br />

across the world, but<br />

has also branched out to embrace<br />

other genres, performing<br />

with several pop artists including<br />

Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Alicia<br />

Keys, and Lauryn Hill.<br />

The Festival’s announcement<br />

that flutist Jasmine Choi would<br />

join the faculty this summer<br />

stirred tremendous excitement<br />

among flutists across the country.<br />

Choi is a Festival alumna<br />

who was a Fellow in 2003. She<br />

went on to win positions as<br />

principal flute of the Vienna<br />

Symphony and associate principal<br />

flute of the Cincinnati<br />

Symphony, before turning her<br />

attention to solo performing<br />

and recording. She is among<br />

the next generation of classical<br />

artists forging a strong presence<br />

on social media where she connects<br />

with flutists worldwide.<br />

These extraordinary women<br />

and the rest of the remarkably<br />

talented Festival faculty offer<br />

the young pre-professional musicians<br />

who attend the Festival<br />

a window into not only the most<br />

traditional career paths as a<br />

soloist, chamber or orchestral<br />

musician, but also into the<br />

myriad new paths being charted<br />

by gifted young 21st century<br />

artists. They offer we lucky<br />

Sarasotans the opportunity to<br />

hear them perform and teach in<br />

person, as the Festival presents<br />

not only 9 concerts, but also<br />

daily masterclasses over the<br />

course of the 3-week Festival,<br />

all open to the public. The masterclasses provide<br />

an extraordinary window into the lives of<br />

the fellows as they strive to perfect their craft,<br />

and into the careers of the outstanding faculty,<br />

as they share the wisdom gained through years<br />

of professional performing.<br />

For more information, visit sarasotaorchestra.<br />

org or call 941-953-3434. Do not miss the<br />

opportunity to be moved and amazed by these<br />

and other extraordinary women of the Sarasota<br />

Music Festival as they bring their gifts and<br />

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focus on the arts<br />

Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature<br />

On view at Selby Gardens through June 25, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Marie Selby<br />

Botanical<br />

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The<br />

Pursuit of Beauty in Nature<br />

as the <strong>2023</strong> installment<br />

of the Jean & Alfred Goldstein<br />

Exhibition Series, running<br />

through June at the Downtown<br />

Sarasota campus.<br />

The exhibition will showcase<br />

the creativity and innovation of<br />

the American artist and designer<br />

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-<br />

1933), who founded Tiffany<br />

Studios and served as the first<br />

design director of Tiffany &<br />

Co., the renowned jewelry and<br />

silver firm established by his<br />

father, Charles Lewis Tiffany<br />

(1812-1902).<br />

Louis Comfort Tiffany was<br />

one of the most influential<br />

American artists and designers<br />

of the late 19th and early 20th<br />

centuries. He was closely associated<br />

with Art Nouveau, an<br />

international style of art and<br />

design characterized by organic<br />

line and natural form.<br />

Tiffany began his career as<br />

a painter, but later turned his<br />

attention to decorative arts,<br />

particularly stained glass, for<br />

which he became best known.<br />

His work as an artist and designer<br />

was part of his life-long<br />

goal, which he described as<br />

“the pursuit of beauty.”<br />

His unique aesthetic was based<br />

on his belief that inspiration for art<br />

and design should be found in<br />

nature. The rich hues that<br />

distinguished his stained<br />

glass and other decorative<br />

arts were<br />

drawn from the<br />

colors of plants,<br />

especially flowers<br />

and fruits. To<br />

realize his creative<br />

vision, Tiffany employed a team<br />

of skilled designers and craftspeople,<br />

who translated his ideas<br />

into beautiful objects of almost<br />

every artistic and decorative<br />

medium. The team included<br />

several talented women,<br />

who contributed to every<br />

aspect of glasswork,<br />

from initial design to<br />

final product. Tiffany<br />

encouraged<br />

his team to look<br />

to nature – from<br />

dragonflies to daffodils<br />

– and to interpret it<br />

imaginatively.<br />

Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in<br />

Nature will be the first exhibition of<br />

its type to be presented in a botanical<br />

garden, a particularly appropriate<br />

setting in which to highlight the connection<br />

between Tiffany’s work and<br />

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stained-glass windows and lamps will<br />

inspire stunning horticultural displays<br />

in the Tropical Conservatory and<br />

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These kaleidoscopic displays<br />

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with light, color, and material<br />

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experience that blurs the line<br />

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Accompanying the horticultural<br />

displays will be examples of Tiffany’s<br />

work, in various media, on<br />

view in the Museum of Botany &<br />

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collection, this group of lamps,<br />

vases, and other objects will be<br />

used to tell the story of Tiffany<br />

and his firm, which revolutionized<br />

glassmaking and elevated the status<br />

of American decorative arts at<br />

home and abroad.<br />

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explain their innovative methods<br />

of manufacture, and to emphasize<br />

the significant role of the designers<br />

and craftspeople who helped<br />

Tiffany to achieve his objective of<br />

furnishing complete, coordinated<br />

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highest quality, all reflecting the<br />

beauty of nature.<br />

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Behavioral Health Services At SMH<br />

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation<br />

recently received a $1,000,000 grant<br />

from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.<br />

The grant will support inpatient and<br />

outpatient programs at the new state-ofthe-art<br />

Cornell Family Behavioral Pavilion<br />

at Sarasota Memorial (SMH) including<br />

a new intensive outpatient program for<br />

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The new 95,000-square-foot Cornell<br />

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expanded<br />

and centralized<br />

care for people<br />

of all ages. One<br />

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intensive outpatient<br />

program<br />

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year, there were<br />

close to 1,000 adolescent<br />

admissions<br />

at SMH’s<br />

existing facility<br />

representing<br />

nearly half of all<br />

admissions there.<br />

“We are so<br />

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generous grant<br />

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Healthcare Foundation<br />

president<br />

Stacey Corley. “Community<br />

support is<br />

critical especially for<br />

those who may forego<br />

treatment due<br />

to lack of resources<br />

or who are unaware<br />

that help is available here at home.”<br />

The new IOP will serve teens ages 13-17<br />

in need of a higher level of care to help<br />

manage their condition—sometimes as a<br />

transition from a psychiatric hospitalization<br />

or as a step up from more standard<br />

outpatient therapy. The four-to-six-week<br />

program will be held after school, using<br />

evidence-based, creative and fun therapeutic<br />

interventions in a group therapy<br />

format. It will assist in strengthening a<br />

behavioral health continuum of care for<br />

youth in our community.<br />

“Presently, we have an IOP for adults,”<br />

said Terry Cassidy Sarasota Memorial’s<br />

Behavioral Health Services executive director.<br />

Since implementing the program<br />

in 2019, we have reduced the readmission<br />

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rates from 15% to less than 3%. We aim to<br />

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The Cornell Family Behavioral Health<br />

Pavilion is on schedule to open late this<br />

fall. The modern facility will have private<br />

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light, and other design elements that<br />

help reduce stress and promote recovery.<br />

The first floor will have therapeutic spaces<br />

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outpatient treatment and counseling<br />

programs.<br />

“There is a growing need for behavioral<br />

health services in the community and a<br />

lack of funding to support it,” says Charles<br />

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and CEO Teri A Hansen. “Many patients are<br />

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Robbins Millman<br />

She’s the Executive<br />

Director of<br />

the The Lemur<br />

Conservation<br />

Foundation which<br />

is “…dedicated to<br />

the preservation and<br />

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Okay, so these<br />

button-eyed,<br />

cute little<br />

creatures have<br />

something to do<br />

with species extinction?<br />

Yes, they’re<br />

the world’s most endangered mammals due<br />

in large part because their natural habitat<br />

in Madagascar is shrinking as a result of<br />

deforestation.<br />

Enter The Lemur Conservation Foundation<br />

(LCF) which is “…dedicated to the<br />

preservation and conservation of the primates<br />

of Madagascar through managed<br />

breeding, scientific research, education,<br />

and art,” and they do that in Myakka City.<br />

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Visiting their location takes you out to the<br />

Florida of days gone by—past the cattlefields,<br />

sod farms, plant nurseries and older ranch<br />

homes — to a secluded and quiet, almost<br />

Jurassic Park like location with vast spaces,<br />

high fences, large enclosures and tall trees.<br />

The Foundation recently cleaned up from<br />

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Myers area and took down some 60 trees<br />

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the cleanup is complete, the lemurs live<br />

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freely, but with fencing to protect them from<br />

other creatures as well as keep them from<br />

drifting off. In total, LCF has some 130 acres<br />

in total with animals living in approximately<br />

20 of those acres.<br />

Madagascar has suffered extensively<br />

from deforestation, and it’s the only place that<br />

lemurs live, making them the world’s most<br />

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development and has worked with animal<br />

advocacy nonprofits. Deborah was also an<br />

award-winning journalist and vice president<br />

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A good part of Deborah’s career has been<br />

in animal advocacy, locally with the Humane<br />

Society of Sarasota County which she<br />

ran for a decade, overseeing its conversion<br />

to a no-kill facility.<br />

Most recently, she spent eight years with<br />

the Humane Society of the United States,<br />

in different locations including five years<br />

in Cape Cod, then in Fort Lauderdale. “Everything<br />

fits together,” she reflects, adding,<br />

“I’ve been lucky - I’ve loved every job I’ve<br />

had.” And, she’s always loved animals, had<br />

pets growing up, and her dog often comes to<br />

work with her.<br />

We walked from the Foundation’s office<br />

to the animals’ locations. In the open,<br />

there’s plenty of room for the 54 lemurs who<br />

live at LCF to move about and climb - much<br />

as they would do had they been born in<br />

Madagascar. March was “baby season” and<br />

they’re cautiously saying three babies, including<br />

twins, were born. That’s the result<br />

of nine lemur pairs chosen for breeding.<br />

The Foundation's managed breeding<br />

program follows recommendations from<br />

the Association of Zoos and Aquariums<br />

Species Survival Plan. It’s a carefully curated<br />

process that involves working with other<br />

nonprofits who have lemurs to ensure gene<br />

diversity. The Lemur Conservation Foundation<br />

protects 16 species of lemurs.<br />

LCF is unlike other animal attractions<br />

like Jungle Gardens or Big Cat Habitat. For<br />

one thing, they’re a nonprofit, managed<br />

breeding and research center. For another,<br />

too much activity can stress the animals.<br />

But aligning the public with the Foundation’s<br />

goals is also vital.<br />

“It’s imperative - critical - that people<br />

know what we do,” Deborah states, but<br />

visiting for now is limited, something she’s<br />

found people accept. She adds that her<br />

board of directors are, “very savvy” because<br />

they have an endowment to cover their operations.<br />

LCF, she explains, relies 100% on<br />

private, corporate and individual donors as<br />

well as foundations.<br />

When not out in the open, running, playing<br />

and climbing, the lemurs are running<br />

through an elaborate network of caged tunnels<br />

that take them to their enclosures where<br />

they go to eat and sleep. Interestingly, their<br />

enclosures have toddler toys - sleds, swings<br />

and the like, to entertain them. They’re<br />

curious, cute and cuddly-looking, but not<br />

suitable as pets. They can also bite and<br />

scratch and need room and again, they’re an<br />

endangered species that lives in groups but<br />

the scientific term is “a conspiracy.”<br />

Deborah and her staff of 8 (another 4 are in<br />

Madagascar) have multiple responsibilities<br />

in addition to the care of the animals. This<br />

includes education—informing the public<br />

and students—as well as research in which<br />

scientists can come to study free-range lemur<br />

colonies under natural conditions.<br />

LCF also has a presence in the SAVA Region<br />

of northeastern Madagascar, where<br />

they work with conservation partners and<br />

communities bordering protected lemur<br />

habitats. LCF's Conservation and Research<br />

Director, Dr. Erik Patel, spends 2-3 months<br />

there overseeing things along with 3 staff<br />

members. Programs there are in Anjanaharibe-Sud<br />

Special Reserve (ASSR) and Marojejy<br />

National Park, together spanning 320<br />

square miles of mountainous rainforest.<br />

In addition to losing their natural habitat<br />

in Madagascar, the animals are pushed out<br />

by farming and yes, some are hunted and<br />

eaten. To help curtail those issues, LCF has<br />

created fish farming so the local population<br />

can eat other forms of protein. In the spirit<br />

of cooperation, LCF also offers medical<br />

services for people there including prenatal<br />

care and assists other agencies. For example,<br />

providing fuel efficient stoves can mean using<br />

less wood and preserving the rainforest.<br />

And then there’s their art program. Lemurs<br />

are incredibly photogenic and The<br />

Lemur Conservation Foundation has an art<br />

collection which includes lemur-themed<br />

work by artists Jean Blackburn, Craig<br />

Rubadoux, Judy North, Joseph Santore,<br />

Barbara Sandler, and Alexis Rockman, as<br />

well as LCF founder and artist Penelope<br />

Bodry-Sanders.<br />

Future plans at the Foundation call for<br />

a new habitat building, a vet clinic and a<br />

quarantine space. The reason they have so<br />

much acreage is to act as a “buffer” to development<br />

which Sarasota is experiencing in<br />

great numbers.<br />

Loss of a species is tragic enough, but also<br />

causes serious collateral problems. For example,<br />

lemurs carry pollen on their fur and<br />

they’re “seed dispersers.” Saving them saves<br />

the lives of other animals as well.<br />

Still, you may ask what’s the big deal if<br />

a species doesn’t exist anymore? “We’re<br />

all connected,” Deborah explains. “People<br />

say, oh they’re so cute, but to lose a species<br />

is a tragedy.”<br />

Deborah feels strongly we are, “stewards”<br />

with a responsibility to not let animals die<br />

off. “We owe it to the Earth to maintain what<br />

we inherited from our parents.”<br />

Of her role at LCF and the role it plays as<br />

stewards she states, “It’s a great opportunity<br />

to makes a difference, plus it’s awesome to<br />

see them up close.<br />

STORY & IMAGES: Louise Bruderle<br />

Note: Penelope Bodry-Sanders incorporated<br />

the nonprofit in 1996 and is the visionary<br />

and founder of the Lemur Conservancy<br />

Foundation which is now in its 27th year.<br />

Please find an accompanying article in this<br />

issue with a detailed look at the Foundation’s<br />

history.<br />



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get to know<br />

The Lemur Conservation Foundation<br />

Founded in 1996 by Penelope Bodry-Sander,<br />

their mission is to save and protect endangered lemurs<br />

Inspired by the work of Dr. Ian Tattersall (Curator<br />

Emeritus, Division of Anthropology Professor<br />

Emeritus, Richard Gilder Graduate School<br />

American Museum of Natural History) and<br />

alarmed by lemurs’ spiraling decline, museum<br />

educator Penelope Bodry-Sanders incorporated<br />

a nonprofit in 1996.<br />

Originally named the Lower Primate Conservation<br />

foundation, the reserve’s initial 40 acres<br />

were purchased in 1997 and Bodry-Sanders set<br />

up camp - literally - on the grounds.<br />

Within four years, a nine-acre forested lemur enclosure<br />

was opened on land in Myakka City. An<br />

office and research center soon followed. The<br />

initial 11 lemurs from the Duke Lemur Center arrived<br />

at their new home in 1999.<br />

In 1998, Penelope<br />

retired from New<br />

York’s American<br />

Museum of Natural<br />

History after<br />

serving over 18<br />

years in a number<br />

of capacities, but<br />

primarily as education<br />

coordinator<br />

for the museum’s<br />

international<br />

Founder and former<br />

education travel<br />

LCF executive director,<br />

program. She continues<br />

her AMNH<br />

Penelope Bodry-Sanders<br />

affiliation as a field<br />

associate in the Division of Anthropology.<br />

Her biography, African Obsession: The Life and<br />

Legacy of Carl Akeley, about the legendary<br />

hunter-turned-conservationist, was published in<br />

1991 and again in 1998. An Explorers Club Fellow<br />

since 1989, she received an Audubon Together-<br />

Green Leadership Fellowship in 2010.<br />

Penelope’s own path to conservation was anything but<br />

conventional: she was Dominican nun and an actress/<br />

singer on and off Broadway before she founded LCF. Today<br />

she makes paintings that celebrate animals undervalued<br />

or loathed, mostly hyenas, lemurs, and invertebrates.<br />

She envisioned a comprehensive conservation initiative<br />

where art complements science, research dovetails with<br />

education, and a breeding program in the United States<br />

provides a safety net for native lemur populations, supporting<br />

conservation programs in Madagascar. Penelope<br />

served as LCF’s executive director until 2010.<br />

In 2000, LCF welcomed its first transfers, two critically endangered<br />

mongoose lemurs. A year later, the foundation<br />

partnered with University of Miami anthropologist Dr.<br />

Linda Taylor to host its first field-school program for college<br />

students.<br />

The mongoose lemurs produced the first infant at the<br />

Myakka City reserve, Alejandro, born in 2002.<br />

On the education front, the foundation saw the publication<br />

of Ny Alay Ako (Ako the Aye-Aye), the first in a series<br />

of children’s books in Malagasy and English written by the<br />

late Dr. Alison Jolly and illustrated by Deborah Ross. The<br />

Ako Project became the cornerstone of LCF’s conservation<br />

education programs in the United States and Madagascar.<br />

LCF continued acquiring land in Myakka City, adding<br />

roads, ponds, lemur shelters, and a second forest habitat.<br />

At the same time, LCF funded a new museum and interpretive<br />

center for the Tampolo Reserve in Madagascar.<br />

Capping its first decade, LCF earned certification from<br />

the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as a certified<br />

related facility.<br />

The Lemur Conservation Foundation mission is “...the<br />

Lemurs have room to climb<br />

trees and live in a similar way<br />

to their native and also<br />

sub-tropical Madagascar<br />

To feed or to seek refuge,<br />

lemurs have safe access to<br />

enclosures through tunnels<br />

preservation and conservation<br />

of the primates<br />

of Madagascar through<br />

managed breeding, scientific<br />

research, education,<br />

and art.”<br />

Two ring-tailed lemurs<br />

who live on the reserve<br />

A large island nation<br />

(bigger than California or<br />

France) off the southeast coast of Africa, Madagascar is<br />

one of the world’s hottest biodiversity hotspots, and the<br />

only place where lemurs are found naturally.<br />

From LCF’s office in the SAVA region of northeastern<br />

Madagascar, staff work with conservation partners and<br />

communities bordering protected lemur habitats. Our<br />

work focuses on Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve<br />

(ASSR) and Marojejy National Park, together spanning<br />

320 square miles of mountainous rainforests. Dr. Erik<br />

Patel, LCF’s Conservation & Research Director, manages<br />

our field conservation programs, traveling to Madagascar<br />

twice each year.<br />

Nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ASSR<br />

spans 108 square miles and is home to at least 11 species<br />

of lemurs, including critically endangered indri and<br />

silky sifakas, which are one of the rarest mammals in the<br />

world. LCF established Camp Indri in ASSR as an ecotourism<br />

destination.<br />

LCF is leading lemur conservation efforts in the SAVA region<br />

in the following ways.<br />

• Overnight student fieldtrips to the rainforest<br />

• Educating Madagascar’s next generation of<br />

conservationists<br />

• Fish farming training<br />

• Reducing dependence on lemur bushmeat hunting<br />

• Reforestation<br />

LCF offers fish farming training<br />

to the people of Madagascar<br />

LCF also offers fuel-efficient stoves<br />

to help reduce deforestation<br />

• Restoring lemur habitat<br />

• Fuel-efficient cook stoves<br />

• Decreasing dependence on the rainforest<br />

• Public health initiatives<br />

• Providing voluntary family planning<br />

• Ecotourism infrastructure<br />

• Camp Indri, ASSR’s only established campsite<br />

• Forest monitoring<br />

• Removing lemur bushmeat traps<br />

• Lemur population surveys<br />

• Improving estimates of silky sifaka population size<br />

Although stunningly rich in biodiversity, Madagascar<br />

is also exceptionally poor in almost every<br />

quality-of-life measure tracked by the United Nations<br />

and World Bank. Population is exploding, and<br />

most Malagasy live on less than $1 per day.<br />

Poverty and political instability have undermined<br />

Madagascar’s environmental management. Slash<br />

and burn agriculture, selective logging of precious<br />

wood (rosewood and ebony), and fuel<br />

wood harvesting has accelerated deforestation<br />

and erosion, which in turn has altered<br />

microclimates, leading to droughts,<br />

forest fires, and soil degradation. Bushmeat<br />

hunting of lemurs has also increased<br />

in recent years due to a lack of alternative<br />

protein sources in rural villages as well as<br />

the emergence of a commercial bushmeat<br />

trade. LCF conservation programs<br />

on the ground in Madagascar are helping<br />

to protect lemurs and their habitat.<br />

Scientific study is central to the Lemur<br />

Conservation Foundation’s mission. Accredited<br />

by the Association of Zoos and<br />

Aquariums (AZA), the 130-acre Myakka<br />

City Lemur Reserve encompasses fenced<br />

forests where many of the resident lemurs<br />

range freely. This habitat invites authentic<br />

behaviors, enabling scientific research<br />

and field training programs.<br />

In addition to independent research, professors<br />

regularly bring students to Myakka<br />

City for intensive field schools incorporated<br />

into for-credit courses at their<br />

universities. At LCF, students can observe<br />

lemurs in a controlled but natural setting,<br />

allowing future primatologists to gain valuable firsthand<br />

field experience.<br />

Lemurs are Madagascar’s most famous and recognized<br />

ambassadors, but they are the most endangered group<br />

of mammals on the planet. With 98% of all lemur species<br />

considered threatened with extinction, Madagascar embodies<br />

all of the drivers of the ongoing biodiversity crisis:<br />

habitat destruction, overexploitation, pollution, invasive<br />

and introduced species, and climate change.<br />

Lemurs act as an umbrella species. By protecting lemurs,<br />

we protect large habitats that support countless plants<br />

and animals that are found only on Madagascar.<br />

Lemurs are a window into our evolutionary past. They<br />

provide scientists with compelling clues about our earliest<br />

primate ancestors, the evolution of human intelligence,<br />

and how we came to differ from other species. To<br />

better understand ourselves, we must first have a better<br />

understanding of lemurs.<br />

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.<br />

lemurreserve.org .<br />

Lemur Conservation Foundation<br />

P.O. Box 249<br />

Myakka City, FL 34251<br />

(941) 322-8494<br />

STORY and IMAGES: Louise Bruderle<br />

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Barancik Foundation awards $ 250,000 grant<br />

to Boys & Girls Clubs<br />

Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation<br />

recently awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of<br />

Sarasota and DeSoto Counties a $250,000<br />

grant to support staffing across the organization.<br />

The grant will also support efforts<br />

to improve the recruitment and retention<br />

of quality team members to ensure<br />

maximum impact and stability for<br />

the youth and families they serve.<br />

A strained labor market coupled<br />

with pay and benefit constraints has<br />

presented challenges in recruiting<br />

quality staff for the critical youth<br />

mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota<br />

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are currently hundreds of open positions<br />

for childcare professionals in<br />

Sarasota County along with a teacher<br />

shortage, which has increased the<br />

pressure to be competitive and resourceful<br />

in recruiting local talent and, in particular,<br />

youth development professionals.<br />

With this grant from Barancik Foundation,<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and<br />

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their efforts to sufficiently staff all six Club<br />

locations and programs, while also;<br />

• Furthering efforts to increase compensation<br />

and benefits for both full and<br />

part-time staff to remain competitive in<br />

the current environment.<br />

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to bolster recruiting outreach and<br />

Ms. Maxine’s art room<br />

attract quality youth development professionals.<br />

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Neal Communities Donates to<br />

Teen Court of Sarasota<br />

Neal Communities, a southwest Florida<br />

homebuilder, made a donation in the<br />

amount of $2,000 to Teen Court of Sarasota,<br />

Inc. The donation includes two components.<br />

The first was a $1,000 Outreach<br />

level sponsorship of the Annual Scholarship<br />

Awards Dinner, which was held on<br />

March 8 at Michael’s on East. The event<br />

celebrated the accomplishments of the<br />

past year and honored the valued youth<br />

and adult volunteers that participate in<br />

Teen Court programs.<br />

Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. scholarship recipients at the<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.<br />

The other $1,000 is earmarked to provide<br />

a total of 10 mental health counseling<br />

sessions for teens who are struggling with<br />

issues such as depression, anxiety and<br />

emotional trauma. Teen Court of Sarasota<br />

offers private counseling sessions with a<br />

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)<br />

free of charge to program participants in<br />

both North and South County. For many,<br />

these sessions result in improved overall<br />

mental and behavioral health as well as<br />

improvement in school and home.<br />

Heather Todd is the executive director<br />

of Teen Courts of Sarasota which provides<br />

students ages 8-18 with educational youth<br />

development activities that are<br />

designed to meet the specific<br />

needs of at-risk youth and student<br />

volunteers. In an attempt<br />

to make the community safer by<br />

reducing juvenile delinquency,<br />

all youthful participants become<br />

engaged in activities tailored to<br />

confront the many challenges<br />

facing youth in Sarasota County.<br />

Teen Court of Sarasota offers<br />

educational classes and intervention<br />

services that transform the lives<br />

of young people and help them become<br />

active participants in finding solutions for<br />

problems that impact their community.<br />

Senior Residents of Bay Village of Sarasota<br />

Donate to Wilkinson Elementary<br />

Senior Residents of Bay Village of Sarasota<br />

recently presented Wilkinson Elementary<br />

with $6,905 as a result of a “Warm<br />

Weather Clothing Drive.” The funds will<br />

be be used by Wilkinson to purchase uniform<br />

shirts and hooded sweatshirts to<br />

give to students in need of warmer clothing<br />

on colder days.<br />

Bay Village and Wilkinson Elementary<br />

established a partnership in 2019. The<br />

partnership has resulted in on-going<br />

projects, such as monthly Pen Pal letters,<br />

annual Pen Pal picnic, Student Chorus<br />

performances, collaborative science projects,<br />

fund raiser for teacher’s classroom<br />

supplies and other.<br />

Neal Communities makes donation<br />

to Healthy Teens<br />

Neal Communities has made a $10,000<br />

donation to Healthy Teens. This is the<br />

second consecutive year that Neal Communities<br />

has donated $10,000 to assist<br />

the youth program.<br />

Healthy Teens provides health and life<br />

skills education and mentoring to hundreds<br />

of local youth between the ages of<br />

11 and 25 each year. The organization is<br />

dedicated to empowering youth to make<br />

positive, healthy decisions<br />

for their success<br />

and wellbeing,<br />

providing them with<br />

the knowledge and<br />

skills needed to make<br />

informed choices<br />

about their physical,<br />

mental and emotional<br />

health.<br />

Healthy Teens’ flagship<br />

Teen Health Educator<br />

Program trains<br />

local youth ages 14<br />

to 18 to serve as peer<br />

educators and mentors<br />

to help empower<br />

at-risk youth in the<br />

community. Previously trained teen educators<br />

over the age of 18 serve as Young<br />

Selby Gardens supports “fast track” classes<br />

offered by CareerEdge<br />

Eighteen community members have graduated<br />

from tuition-free training for in-demand<br />

local jobs in the construction trades<br />

thanks to donors to the campaign for the<br />

Master Plan at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’<br />

Downtown Sarasota campus.<br />

With an investment of $100,000 from<br />

the campaign for its Master<br />

Plan, Selby Gardens<br />

supported two “fast track”<br />

skills-training classes offered<br />

by CareerEdge, the<br />

workforce development initiative<br />

of the Greater Sarasota<br />

Chamber of Commerce.<br />

Most of the 18 participants<br />

had received job offers before<br />

they completed the<br />

training—including one who<br />

now works full-time for Selby<br />

Gardens.<br />

“Our Master Plan is estimated<br />

to have an economic impact in our<br />

region of more than $78 million,” said Jennifer<br />

O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby<br />

Gardens. “Investing in this innovative workforce<br />

training partnership with CareerEdge<br />

and the Sarasota Chamber is keeping more<br />

of that impact and its long-term benefits her<br />

e in the Sarasota community. It’s a model<br />

that could be replicated at other projects in<br />

our region to ensure that more of the jobs<br />

they create are filled by local citizens.”<br />

The training classes were facilitated<br />

by CareerEdge through its “Bridges to<br />

Careers Program.” Training was provided<br />

in a compressed timeframe and during<br />

Adult Leaders and support the current<br />

Teen Health Educators.<br />

The funding from Neal Communities will<br />

be used to help expand the program into<br />

Sarasota County, building on the existing<br />

work developed in Manatee County over<br />

the past decade, said Jonathan Evans, executive<br />

director of Healthy Teens.<br />

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visit NealCommunities.com. For<br />

Four local teenagers who are part of the Healthy Teens program<br />

in Manatee County stand next to a Neal Communities banner. Neal<br />

Communities donated $10,000 this year to assist the youth program.<br />

more information about Healthy Teens,<br />

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Ten local residents graduated from a CareerEdge training<br />

class in the electrical trade funded by the campaign for Selby<br />

Gardens Master Plan.<br />

evening hours, so participants could continue<br />

to earn a wage during the day. The<br />

students also received training in life and<br />

career skills and employability. A unique<br />

feature of the Selby Gardens-funded<br />

classes was the opportunity for students<br />

to be considered for employment by subcontractors<br />

working on the Master Plan<br />

project site for construction management<br />

firm Willis A. Smith Construction.<br />

The most recent fast-track class focused<br />

on the electrical trade. The training<br />

was customized to meet the current<br />

needs of local employers, and all 10 graduates<br />

earned their Level 1 Electrical Apprenticeship.<br />

One future electrician from<br />

the class, O liver McNeal, began working<br />

for Selby Gardens’ Facilities team while<br />

he was still participating in the training.<br />

McNeal is now a full-time facilities coordinator<br />

at the Gardens as well as a Level 1<br />

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All Faiths Food Bank’<br />

Successful Walk to End Summer Hunger<br />

On March 26, All Faiths Food Bank held its<br />

annual Walk to End Summer Hunger, the<br />

kick-off event for the 10th annual Campaign<br />

Against Summer Hunger, which supports<br />

efforts to feed area schoolchildren –<br />

and their siblings – when they do not have<br />

access to free or reduced-cost meals and<br />

pantries at school. The Walk is intended to<br />

raise awareness of the issue of child hunger<br />

as well as rally support for the Campaign.<br />

This year’s event, which<br />

took place at Nathan Benderson<br />

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The capacity for the event<br />

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Faiths staff, board members,<br />

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After check-in and light<br />

refreshments, participants<br />

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Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank,<br />

and then <strong>2023</strong> Campaign cochairs<br />

Clare Segall and Lisa Keverian-Press<br />

encouraged everyone to stay involved in the<br />

effort to end hunger for area children. They<br />

also announced that $900,000 had been<br />

raised from investors – including steadfast<br />

lead investors Charles & Margery Barancik<br />

Foundation and Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation – to serve as a match for all donations<br />

made by the community. CoreSRQ<br />

Fitness Manager Eric Hoskins warmed up the<br />

crowd and then the Walk began.<br />

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the table, as they lose access to these meals<br />

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assistance during the school year.<br />

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nearly 2.5 million nutritious meals,<br />

through 333 programs and partners.<br />

“While summertime should be a wonderful<br />

time for area children and their<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Campaign Against Summer Hunger co-chairs Lisa<br />

Keverian-Press (left) and Clare Segall (right) – with CEO Sandra<br />

Frank (middle) – announce the $900,000 challenge match.<br />

Photo by Nancy Guth<br />

families, there are approximately 40,000<br />

children in our community who are at risk<br />

of hunger this summer,” said Frank. “We<br />

are thrilled with the turnout for the Walk<br />

to End Summer Hunger, grateful to the<br />

Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community<br />

Foundation and all of our investors<br />

for the generous match, and hopeful that<br />

our generous community will – once again<br />

– step up in the fight to end child hunger.”<br />

Since 2014, All Faiths Food Bank’s Campaign<br />

Against Summer Hunger has served<br />

as the community’s strongest line of defense<br />

against child hunger. More than $14<br />

million has been raised over the past decade<br />

in support of the Campaign.<br />

To learn how you can help feed children<br />

this summer, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.<br />

Art Sale at LWR Raises over $ 1800<br />

On March 11, Lakewood Ranch Women’s<br />

Club and LWR Art League cosponsored a<br />

Charity Art Sale held at LWR Townhall to<br />

benefit Sarasota Association of Riding<br />

Therapy (SMART) and Save The Children -<br />

Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.<br />

The fundraiser featured artwork donated<br />

by award-winning Art League artists<br />

and offered for sale at reduced prices. In<br />

just over two hours, the art sale raised<br />

over $1800 to donate to both charities.<br />

100% of the proceeds will benefit the<br />

two 501(c)(3) charities. SMART, is a LWRWC<br />

adopted local charity dedicated to enhancing<br />

the physical, emotional, and cognitive growth<br />

of children and adults with special needs, including<br />

children with autism, PTSD veterans, and<br />

human trafficking victims, through quality educational<br />

and therapeutic horseback riding and<br />

carriage driving programs. SMART suffered over<br />

$100,000 in damage from Hurricane Ian, but fortunately<br />

all the SMART therapy horses survived.<br />

SaveThe Children - Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund provides<br />

life-saving services to Ukrainian children, in<br />

response to the plight of 7.5 million kids who are<br />

Pictured L-R: Ann Sledz, LWRWC <strong>2023</strong> President, Mary Ellen<br />

Slenker, LWR Art League President and Event Co-Chair,<br />

Monika Templeman, LWRWC and LWR Art League Publicity<br />

Chair and Event Co-Chair, and Tannis Limp, SMART Volunteer.<br />

in danger of physical harm, emotional distress,<br />

and displacement due to the unlawful invasion of<br />

Ukraine. The fund is used to help Ukrainian families<br />

meet their basic needs such as food, medicine<br />

and shelter and help Ukrainian children get access<br />

to education and psychosocial support.<br />

The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club is a notfor-profit<br />

service club with about 350 members,<br />

founded to improve the quality of life in our community<br />

and foster friendship among its members.<br />

For more information, visit www.lwrwc.org.<br />

Forty Carrots Family Center’s Generations of<br />

Change expansion campaign<br />

Forty Carrots Family Center’s Generations<br />

of Change expansion campaign reached<br />

a milestone as it breaks ground on a new<br />

building for Mental Health and Parenting<br />

Education services. Since 2020, Forty Carrots<br />

has increased child and family mental<br />

health services over 70%, and the expansion<br />

will allow for a 100% increase in Mental<br />

Health and 30% in Parenting Education<br />

services over the next several years.<br />

“The need for Forty<br />

Carrots’ prevention,<br />

intervention and<br />

treatment services is<br />

critical and timely in<br />

the face of increasing<br />

hardship in our<br />

community. Over the<br />

past 30 years, Forty<br />

Carrots has grown<br />

exponentially, serving nearly 5,000 clients<br />

annually. Expanding our Parenting Education<br />

and Mental Health services and our<br />

unique approach to partnerships allows<br />

us to serve all families efficiently and<br />

broadly, regardless of ability to pay,” said<br />

Susan Travers, Forty Carrots Board Chair.<br />

The Generations of Change expansion<br />

includes a new 6900 sq ft building on<br />

Forty Carrots Campus Expansion Rendering Cattlemen Road<br />

1.72 acres at 1350 Cattlemen Rd. It offers<br />

a Child and Family Therapy Center with 6<br />

therapy rooms, intake office, waiting area<br />

and Parenting Education Center equipped<br />

with flexible capacity with moveable wall<br />

and observation capabilities, virtual program<br />

rooms, administrative offices, and<br />

program staff workspaces.<br />

The addition of the Cattlemen campus<br />

allows for the expansion of early education<br />

services and administrative offices in<br />

the existing buildings on S. Tuttle Avenue.<br />

The Visionary Circle along with a group of<br />

Forty Carrots donors together have committed<br />

$7.5 million toward the $10 million<br />

campaign goal to encompass increase in<br />

services, financial sustainability, and the<br />

building. www.FortyCarrots.org or call<br />

(941) 365-7716.<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs’ teens dedicate<br />

spring break to 12 nonprofits<br />

While high school students<br />

typically associate Spring<br />

Break with trips, fun and relaxation,<br />

50+ teens recently<br />

joined Boys & Girls Clubs of<br />

Sarasota and DeSoto Counties<br />

for the 9th Annual Alternative<br />

Spring Break (ASB)<br />

March 13-17, and dedicated<br />

hundreds of<br />

hours of community<br />

service to 12<br />

local nonprofit organizations.<br />

ASB is a free, annual opportunity<br />

offered by BGCSDC<br />

for all Sarasota County high<br />

school students to experience,<br />

discuss, and understand<br />

community issues in a meaningful<br />

way while earning community<br />

service hours.<br />

“Connecting with like-minded<br />

peers to make a positive<br />

impact in our community is<br />

the best way I could possibly<br />

spend my spring break.<br />

Our generation is the future<br />

of this country. We must pay<br />

it forward and give back to<br />

the community that built us.”<br />

- Sierra M., Riverview High<br />

School, 11th grade.<br />

Projects included; packing<br />

and distributing food for local<br />

families in need with All<br />

Faiths Food Bank; prepping<br />

horses for classes at Prospect<br />

Riding Center, assisting with<br />

Car wash for family and youth transport vehicles<br />

at Children First.<br />

a 100th birthday celebration at Senior<br />

Friendship Centers, organizing a car wash<br />

for family and youth transport vehicles at<br />

Children First, and park beautification activities<br />

at various Sarasota County Parks,<br />

Recreation & Natural Resources sites.<br />

“I loved attending ASB! I was able to<br />

volunteer at new places around the community<br />

and make new friends. I can’t wait<br />

to come back next year!” - said Olivia<br />

B., Sarasota High School, 10th grade.<br />

Other community partners who benefited<br />

from student volunteer efforts included<br />

Cat Depot, Easterseals Academy,<br />

Harvest House, The Pines of Sarasota, and<br />

Salvation Army of Sarasota County.<br />

“The 9th annual Alternative Spring<br />

Break exceeded my expectations. This<br />

was one of the best groups I have had the<br />

pleasure to work with. Thank you to the<br />

many community partners who collaborated<br />

with us to make it a huge success.”<br />

- Geoffry Gilot, BGCSDC Senior Teen Activities<br />

Coordinator.<br />

To learn more, visit bgcsdc.org.<br />

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you’re news<br />

Accolades<br />

■ The Government Finance Officers<br />

Association (GFOA) has recognized<br />

the Manatee County Clerk<br />

of the Circuit Court & Comptroller<br />

(Clerk) for its exemplary financial<br />

reporting for the fiscal year ending<br />

September 30, 2021, with a series of<br />

financial reporting awards.<br />

The Clerk has been awarded the<br />

Triple Crown Medallion for the<br />

third year in a row, the highest recognition<br />

in governmental accounting<br />

and financial reporting. Moreover,<br />

the Clerk has been awarded<br />

a Certificate of Achievement for<br />

Excellence in Financial Reporting<br />

for its Annual Comprehensive<br />

Financial Report (ACFR) and Port<br />

Authority Annual Comprehensive<br />

Report and a Popular Annual<br />

Financial Reporting Award for its<br />

Popular Annual Financial Report.<br />

The GFOA has awarded the<br />

Clerk’s office the Certificate of<br />

Achievement for Excellence in<br />

Financial Reporting for the County’s<br />

ACFR for the 43rd consecutive<br />

year. An impartial panel judged<br />

the County’s ACFR to determine<br />

whether the Clerk’s office met the<br />

program’s high standards, including<br />

demonstrating a constructive “spirit<br />

of transparency and full disclosure”<br />

that clearly communicates the information<br />

that users need to assess<br />

the financial health of the County<br />

government themselves.<br />

The Clerk’s office has also received<br />

the Popular Annual Financial<br />

Reporting Award for its Popular<br />

Annual Financial Report for the<br />

24th consecutive year. The Popular<br />

Annual Financial Reporting Award<br />

is a prestigious national award that<br />

recognizes conformance with the<br />

highest standards for preparing<br />

state and local government Popular<br />

reports.<br />

The Clerk’s office has also been<br />

awarded the Certificate of Achievement<br />

for Excellence in Financial<br />

Reporting for its Port Authority<br />

Annual Comprehensive Report for<br />

the 29th year by GFOA.<br />

Angel Colonneso is the Manatee<br />

County Clerk of the Circuit Court<br />

and Comptroller. The reports<br />

are available for viewing at www.<br />

manateeclerk.com. For information,<br />

contact their office at (941)<br />

749-1800 ext. 6122.<br />

Appointments<br />

■ The Sarasota law firm of Syprett<br />

Meshad has added Madeline<br />

Salamone to its litigation team as<br />

an Associate<br />

Attorney.<br />

Salamone is<br />

a member of<br />

the Florida,<br />

New York,<br />

and Georgia<br />

Bars, as<br />

well as the<br />

Sarasota<br />

Madeline Salamone County Bar<br />

Association.<br />

She will serve the firm’s clients<br />

across all practice areas, and offers<br />

a special background in sports law<br />

and college athlete advocacy.<br />

Prior to joining Syprett Meshad,<br />

Ms. Salamone worked as a sports<br />

attorney and college athlete advocate<br />

representing college athletes<br />

on matters concerning eligibility,<br />

scholarship appeals, abuse and<br />

mistreatment, transfer, and mental<br />

health issues. Her career has also<br />

included educating and consulting<br />

on matters relating to name, image,<br />

and likeness (NIL) within the NCAA<br />

and working for a litigation firm in<br />

New York City.<br />

Salamone’s professional background<br />

in sports and her athlete<br />

advocacy has led to her becoming<br />

a leading voice for NCAA reform,<br />

college athletes’ rights, and NIL<br />

issues. She appeared on ESPN’s<br />

SportsCenter in 2022 to discuss<br />

changes to the NCAA transfer portal<br />

rules in college football, and was<br />

featured in a 2021 documentary<br />

“Vice Versa: College $ports, Inc.,”<br />

which addressed the ongoing efforts<br />

by many to reform the NCAA.<br />

Salamone also hosts a podcast<br />

“Speaking of Athletes,” which<br />

address issues within college sports,<br />

especially those affecting athletes.<br />

She is frequently sought out by<br />

journalists, media, and others for<br />

comment and advice concerning<br />

issues within college athletics and<br />

the NCAA, as well as developments<br />

in legislation related to college athletes.<br />

To learn more, visit smrl.com.<br />

■ Aimee Cogan, CFP, a Managing<br />

Director, Financial Advisor at<br />

Morgan Stanley’s Sarasota Wealth<br />

Management office, has been<br />

named to Barron’s list of “America’s<br />

Top 1,200 Advisors: <strong>2023</strong> Stateby-State.”<br />

The “Barron’s Top 1,200<br />

Advisors” is a select group who are<br />

screened on a number of criteria.<br />

Among factors the survey takes<br />

into consideration are assets under<br />

management, revenue produced<br />

for the Firm and quality of service<br />

provided to clients.<br />

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management<br />

provides access to a range of<br />

products and services to individuals,<br />

businesses and institutions,<br />

including brokerage and investment<br />

advisory services, financial and<br />

wealth planning, cash management<br />

and lending products and services,<br />

annuities and insurance, retirement<br />

and trust services.<br />

■ S-One Labels & Packaging has<br />

announced Sharon Beeman as<br />

its new Vice-President of Global<br />

Sales. She has<br />

over15 year<br />

experience<br />

in the flexible<br />

packaging<br />

sector. Joining<br />

the S-OneLP<br />

family in 2018,<br />

Beeman has<br />

focused on<br />

Sharon Beeman transforming<br />

regional technical<br />

sales in the realms of films,<br />

primers, coatings, and cutting-edge<br />

capital equipment within the digital<br />

printing industry.<br />

Sellers, who was approved by the<br />

Manatee County School Board in<br />

December, began her new duties on<br />

Monday, January 9, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Beeman has garnered top sales<br />

accolades, including the MVP<br />

award from 2020 to 2022 and has<br />

surpassed sales goals year-overyear<br />

since joining S-OneLP. Before<br />

making her mark at S-OneLP, she<br />

was a regional sales manager at<br />

Cosmo Films and a sales representative<br />

at Navis Films. Discover more<br />

at sonelp.com.<br />

■ Sarasota Opera has announced<br />

that Cameron Maxwell has been<br />

hired as the new Youth Opera<br />

Coordinator.<br />

Maxwell<br />

will be the<br />

administrator<br />

for Sarasota<br />

Youth Opera<br />

programs and<br />

performances<br />

and will also<br />

be the liaison<br />

Cameron Maxwell<br />

to the parents<br />

and community.<br />

Sarasota Youth Opera is now<br />

working towards the Youth Opera<br />

Summer Camp to be held this June.<br />

Maxwell has a variety of experience<br />

with music and theatre both<br />

as a performer and stage director.<br />

She received her BA in Theater Arts<br />

from Flagler College. After college,<br />

she worked in the development and<br />

marketing department of St. Johns<br />

Cultural Council, an arts agency<br />

aiding arts and cultural organizations.<br />

She was active in creating<br />

grant proposals, newsletters and<br />

managing their performance venue.<br />

Maxwell previously discovered<br />

her passion for working with children<br />

in the arts when she co-founded<br />

a summer camp with neighborhood<br />

kids. SarasotaOpera.org.<br />

■ The Bay Park Conservancy, a<br />

$200 million project on 53 acres on<br />

Sarasota Bay in downtown Sarasota,<br />

has a new CEO. She is Stephanie<br />

Crockatt, who<br />

previously ran<br />

a nonprofit<br />

park system in<br />

Buffalo, New<br />

York. Crockatt<br />

replaces<br />

Founding<br />

Bay Park<br />

Conservancy<br />

Stephanie Crockatt<br />

CEO A.G.<br />

Lafley, who<br />

had overseen the project — on a<br />

volunteer basis — since 2019. Lafley<br />

will stay on through the transition to<br />

maintain the project’s momentum.<br />

Crockatt, in the first permanent<br />

position, will be responsible for<br />

building out the park, a public-private<br />

partnership with the city of<br />

Sarasota. The Conservancy has<br />

been responsible for designing and<br />

developing The Bay. Once open,<br />

the nonprofit’s duties will shift to<br />

operating, maintaining and programming<br />

the park.<br />

To support BPC operations,<br />

maintenance, programming and<br />

endowment, Crockatt will partially<br />

focus on bringing in funding. She<br />

will report directly to BPC Board<br />

Chair Jennifer Compton while also<br />

working closely with the BPC Executive<br />

Committee, board and staff.<br />

Crockatt comes into the role<br />

with development and fundraising<br />

experience as the former executive<br />

director of Buffalo Olmsted<br />

Parks Conservancy, the first U.S.<br />

nonprofit to manage and operate<br />

an urban park system made up of<br />

six Olmsted-designed parks over<br />

850 acres.<br />

She held that role for nine years,<br />

during which Crockatt secured<br />

park maintenance funding, annual<br />

fundraising from private donors,<br />

millions of dollars in capital<br />

support and a foundation gift that<br />

ensured sustainable conservancy<br />

operations. Crockatt also helped<br />

complete more than 50 capital<br />

restoration projects.<br />

The park’s first phase, a 14-acre<br />

area, opened last October. This<br />

May, development of the next<br />

14 acres will begin. That phase<br />

alone is estimated to cost $65<br />

million with the entire park costing<br />

between $175-200 million. It’s estimated<br />

to take eight to 10 years to<br />

complete. Funding for the park is<br />

approximately 50% public, derived<br />

from a tax increment financing district<br />

in the downtown area around<br />

the park, and 50% private funding<br />

and grants.<br />

■ The Players Centre have hired<br />

Thayer Greenberg as their new<br />

Director of<br />

Education for<br />

the education<br />

branch of the<br />

community<br />

theatre, The<br />

Players Studio.<br />

Greenberg<br />

is a graduate<br />

of Booker<br />

Thayer Greenberg<br />

High School’s<br />

VPA theater<br />

program, holds a degree in Educational<br />

Arts Administration from<br />

the University of Massachusetts<br />

Amherst, and is pursuing a Masters<br />

in Organizational Leadership.<br />

Greenberg has worked in a<br />

variety of educational and theater<br />

settings in Chicago and New York.<br />

Back in her hometown ofSarasota<br />

for the past four years Greenberg<br />

has served as the Middle and Upper<br />

School Theater Teacher and Director<br />

for the Out-of-Door Academy.<br />

■ The Pickleball Club, private<br />

pickleball complex featuring<br />

12 indoor pickleball courts and<br />

various amenities coming soon to<br />

Lakewood Ranch, has added Noel<br />

Quevreaux as general manager for<br />

the Lakewood Ranch location.<br />

Quevreaux brings over 45 years<br />

of experience in racket sports to the<br />

organization. Most recently, she<br />

served as the general manager of<br />

the Missouri Pickleball club. Prior to<br />

that, she was the owner and manager<br />

of Sunset Tennis Center. During<br />

her time there,<br />

she constructed<br />

the first<br />

dedicated indoor<br />

pickleball<br />

courts in St.<br />

Louis.<br />

Located at<br />

1300 Sarasota<br />

Center Blvd.,<br />

Noel Quevreaux<br />

The Pickleball<br />

Club will be a<br />

private pickleball complex featuring<br />

12 indoor pickleball courts with a<br />

tournament-level outdoor surface,<br />

an outdoor activity center, constantly<br />

rotating “Food Truck Alley”,<br />

Pickles Café, Dink’s Pro Shop, permanent<br />

nets, and a HEPA filtered<br />

air-conditioned environment for<br />

avoiding those harmful UV rays and<br />

inclement weather conditions.<br />

The Club will feature PlaySight<br />

video technology for live streaming<br />

and recording for training purposes,<br />

tournament grade pickleball courts<br />

and luxurious locker rooms. For more<br />

information, visit TPCLWR.com.<br />

Board News<br />

■ Goodwill Manasota has announced<br />

its <strong>2023</strong>-2024 board of<br />

directors. Steve Boone is the board<br />

chair. New to the board this year are<br />

James McClure and Laura Ritchey,<br />

who join directors Xtavia Bailey,<br />

Betsy Benac, Rich Cautero, Debbie<br />

Douglas, Rod Hollingsworth, Eric<br />

Kaplan, Laurie O’Loughlin, Rob<br />

Morris, Allen Weinstein, and Brad<br />

West (chair emeritus). McClure is<br />

a senior vice president and senior<br />

wealth strategist with Northern<br />

Trust. Ritchey is currently the COO<br />

at Radial, Inc., a leader in e-commerce<br />

solutions for brands.<br />

In the coming year, some of the<br />

priorities to be addressed with the<br />

board’s input and guidance will<br />

include strengthening community<br />

collaborative efforts to maximize<br />

impact, aligning the organization’s<br />

operational footprint with the<br />

growth in its territory to continue<br />

to serve those communities and<br />

upskilling its own workforce and the<br />

community. Visit experiencegoodwill.org<br />

or call (941) 355-2721.<br />



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dining in<br />


1 ½ oz. rum<br />

1 oz. fresh lime juice<br />

¾ oz. orange curaçao<br />

¾ oz. orgeat syrup (recipe below)<br />

¾ oz. dark rum, for floating<br />

1 orchid, for garnish<br />

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a cocktail<br />

shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a<br />

rocks glass over crushed ice. Top with dark rum.<br />

Garnish with orchid.<br />

Makes 1 drink.<br />


Makes approximately 1 ½ cups<br />

1 ½ cups sliced almonds<br />

¾ cup water<br />

1 cup sugar<br />

5 drops orange blossom water<br />

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Spread the almonds<br />

on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until<br />

lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool. Crush<br />

the almonds using a food processor or rolling<br />

pin. Transfer the almonds to a medium bowl. Add<br />

the water and let stand for 3 hours. Strain through a<br />

sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl, squeezing<br />

the cheesecloth, in order to extract all the liquid.<br />

In a medium saucepan, combine the almond liquid,<br />

sugar and orange blossom water. Cook over<br />

medium heat, stirring until the sugar is completely<br />

dissolved. Remove from the heat. Store, covered, in<br />

the refrigerator for up to 1 month.<br />


2 ½ oz vodka or gin<br />

1 ¼ oz grapefruit juice<br />

Combine the vodka, grapefruit juice, simple<br />

syrup, and 1 basil leaf in a cocktail shaker with<br />

ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini<br />

class. Garnish with the remaining basil leaf.<br />

Makes 1 drink.<br />

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World Cocktail Day is May 13<br />

½ oz simple syrup<br />

2 fresh basil leaves<br />

Try these drinks for inspiration<br />

Grapefruit-<br />

Basil Martini<br />

Mai Tai<br />

Shanky’s Whip<br />

Cold Brew Coffee<br />

Stambecco<br />

Amaro<br />


1 Part Gin<br />

1 Part Stambecco Amaro<br />


1 Part Shanky’s Whip<br />

4 Parts Cold Brew Coffee<br />


The Butterfly<br />

Cannon Blue<br />


2 ounces Butterfly Cannon Blue<br />

Tequila<br />

7 ounces Sparkling Grapefruit Soda<br />

Grapefruit slice to garnish<br />

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a high ball glass over ice.<br />

Top up with sparkling grapefruit soda<br />

and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.<br />

Makes 1 drink.<br />

Shake over ice. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel. Makes 1 drink.<br />

Shake with ice and serve in a chilled martini<br />

glass. Garnish with a few coffee beans.<br />

Makes 1 drink.<br />

The Butterfly<br />

Cannon Blue<br />

This drink is infused with prickly<br />

pear and clementine plus a natural<br />

blue color extracted from beets.<br />

The vivid blue color of the bottle<br />

is actually the color of the Tequila.<br />

And surprise: It turns pink when<br />

combined with mixers like soda,<br />

tonic, or a squeeze of citrus juice.<br />

Butterfly Cannon is produced in<br />

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Destiladora del Valle de Tequila<br />

and is infused with prickly pear<br />

and clementine — with an unusual<br />

natural blue color, it adds a little<br />

drama to the drink as it changes<br />

color when a mixer is added.<br />

Stambecco Amaro<br />

Stambecco Amaro is a delicious<br />

Italian Amaro distilled in a bespoke<br />

copper pot still and infused with<br />

luxury Marasca cherries, bitter citrus<br />

peel, local Italian mountain herbs and botanicals. Stambecco takes its name from<br />

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Alps near the distillery.<br />

1 Part STARLINO Rosso Vermouth<br />

Twist of Grapefruit Peel<br />

Shanky’s Whip Cold Brew Coffee<br />

Shanky’s Whip is a combination of Irish spirits and aged pot still whiskey,<br />

blended with the natural flavor of vanilla and infused with caramel. All these<br />

flavors combined make a deliciously smooth and creamy drink which can be<br />

enjoyed on its own over ice or mixed in a cocktail.<br />

The origins of the word “cocktail” have been long<br />

been debated. The first written mention of “cocktail” as<br />

a beverage appeared in The Farmers Cabinet, 1803 in the<br />

United States. The first definition of a cocktail as an alcoholic<br />

beverage appeared three years later in The Balance and<br />

Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York) May 13, 1806.<br />

Traditionally, cocktail ingredients included spirits, sugar,<br />

water and bitters, however, this definition evolved throughout<br />

the 1800s, to include the addition of a liqueur. In 1862 Jerry<br />

Thomas published a bartender’s: guide called How to Mix<br />

Drinks; or, The Bon Vivant’s Companion which included 10<br />

cocktail recipes using bitters to differentiate from other drinks<br />

such as punches and cobblers.<br />

Cocktails continued to evolve and gain popularity throughout<br />

the 1900s, with the term eventually expanding to cover<br />

all mixed drinks. In 1917 the term “cocktail party” was<br />

coined by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri.<br />

With wine and beer being less available during<br />

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cocktails became more popular due to accessibility,<br />

followed by a decline in popularity during the late 1960s. The<br />

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style of mixology which mixes traditional cocktails and other<br />

novel ingredients.<br />

In the modern world and the Information Age, cocktail recipes<br />

are widely shared online on websites. Some cocktails, such as<br />

the Mojito, Manhattan, and Martini have become staples in both<br />

restaurants and pop culture phenomena.<br />

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Reduce stress. One of the<br />

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exercise is stress relief. Working up a<br />

sweat can help manage physical and<br />

mental stress. Exercise also increases<br />

concentrations of norepinephrine,<br />

a chemical that can moderate the<br />

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Boost happy chemicals.<br />

Exercise releases endorphins, which<br />

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Improve self-confidence.<br />

On a very basic level, physical fitness<br />

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that is, self-worth.<br />

Enjoy the great outdoors.<br />

Exercising in the great outdoors can<br />

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can lessen the likelihood of experiencing<br />

depressive symptoms.<br />

Prevent cognitive decline.<br />

As aging and degenerative diseases<br />

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Alleviate anxiety. The warm<br />

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Exercise can help in addiction recovery.<br />

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travel news<br />

With many luxury and ultra-luxury<br />

cruise lines expecting a record<br />

number of passengers this summer,<br />

first-time cruisers are being offered<br />

top tips on making the most of their experience.<br />

Planning for a first-time cruise can<br />

be overwhelming. Panache Cruises offers a<br />

first-time cruising tips to ensure everything<br />

is smooth sailing.<br />

The luxury cruise industry is soaring,<br />

with record-breaking bookings suggesting<br />

<strong>2023</strong> could be the biggest year yet. More people<br />

than ever are considering switching up<br />

their usual holiday plans in favor of sailing<br />

the open seas. However, cruising is unlike<br />

land-based trips, and the extent of choice<br />

and information available often daunts holiday<br />

makers when booking and embarking<br />

on their first journey afloat.<br />

Ahead of saying bon voyage and sipping<br />

cocktails in front of the breathtaking ocean<br />

views, first time cruisers are encouraged to<br />

pre-plan their trip, carefully select their accommodation<br />

on-board and pack efficiently<br />

for their trip.<br />

Here are some tips:<br />

• Considering booking through a specialist—Consulting<br />

with a specialist cruise<br />

retailer will massively benefit first-time<br />

cruisers because they have detailed knowledge<br />

of all the different service offerings.<br />

By offering a personalized service, they will<br />

take time to get to know ‘hopeful cruisers’<br />

too. They will establish what best suits<br />

their taste and preferences in order to find<br />

the best ship for them. Cruise specialists<br />

have extensive knowledge of the industry<br />

and will be able to take the stress and hassle<br />

out of the finer elements. They can also<br />

assist with advance onboard bookings, like<br />

shore excursions and dinner reservations,<br />

so there is less to worry about on arrival. A<br />

specialist cruise agent will also book your<br />

flights (if needed) and any hotel stays at the<br />

Top eight tips for your first-time cruise<br />

start or end of your holiday.<br />

• Consider a ‘no fly’ cruise—<br />

Most first time cruises are<br />

unaware that many popular<br />

destinations could be served<br />

from ships that leave their<br />

local port. This negates the<br />

need to take a flight to join<br />

the ship. This has many<br />

advantages and takes a lot of<br />

stress out of the experience. Where long-haul<br />

flights are required to join a ship, always consider<br />

the effects of jet-lag. It is always sensible<br />

to arrive in your departure port a day early<br />

to help minimize the effects of long-haul<br />

travel. Even when taking short-haul flights,<br />

many people choose to arrive a day or two<br />

early to explore the port of departure and the<br />

surrounding area. Similarly, many people<br />

often extend their trip to explore the final<br />

destination on their cruise itinerary before<br />

flying home.<br />

• Pre-plan your trip—Organization is key<br />

to making the most of a cruise trip, so<br />

travelers are strongly encouraged to plan<br />

in advance. Those who book early will be<br />

the first to receive information and can<br />

get ‘first dibs’ on certain things. A range of<br />

activities and attractions will be on-board,<br />

so try pre-booking excursions and speciality<br />

dining reservations beforehand. If this is<br />

not possible, most cruise lines will also have<br />

a phone ‘app’, calendar, or planner which<br />

lists everything going on, thereby allowing<br />

people to get ahead of the game.<br />

• Research the cruise line—Different cruise<br />

lines offer very different onboard experiences,<br />

from entertainment to dining. For<br />

example, Oceania Cruises is the world’s<br />

leading culinary and destination-focused<br />

cruise line. While some lines offer resort-style<br />

ships full of activities like mini<br />

golf and arcades, others are traditional and<br />

more relaxing. Different cruises will attract<br />

different people, so cruise goers should<br />

think carefully about the experience and<br />

vibe they want.<br />

• Study cruise ports beforehand—Unlike<br />

mainstream cruise lines, many shore-excursions<br />

are included with luxury and<br />

ultra-luxury cruise lines, which is great for<br />

‘new to cruise’ customers. Nonetheless, it<br />

is still important to research and book in<br />

advance. Cruise line tours can sometimes<br />

be expensive when not included in the fare,<br />

so don’t be afraid to research the ports and<br />

explore independent tours if this is the case.<br />

For more adventurous cruise goers who<br />

are keen to avoid the crowds, researching<br />

the ports beforehand is key. Find out if there<br />

are buses or local transport in the area to<br />

help with DIY independent tours. Always be<br />

mindful of the ship’s departure time however<br />

when wandering off into unfamiliar areas.<br />

To minimize risk, first-time cruisers might<br />

want to only book tours that are organized<br />

by the cruise line as these are guaranteed to<br />

return before the ship is due to depart.<br />

• Pick a suite carefully—Travelers should<br />

think carefully when booking their stateroom<br />

or suite depending on specific needs.<br />

The location should be an important consideration.<br />

Families should consider what<br />

facilities would be most convenient for<br />

them to be near. The suite will be ‘home’<br />

for the duration of the trip, so cruisers<br />

should think about what is important to<br />

them.Those people on longer itineraries or<br />

who envisage spending significant time in<br />

their cabin should think about upgrading<br />

to a larger suite with a dining table, larger<br />

balcony and perhaps even their own butler.<br />

• It’s all included—First time cruisers risk<br />

being stung by the additional onboard<br />

costs of cruises which always appear less<br />

expensive up front. However with luxury<br />

and ultra-luxury cruises many onboard<br />

items are included in the ticket price including<br />

all drinks, WIFI, shore excursions,<br />

speciality restaurant reservations and<br />

gratuities / tips. Always price up the ‘total<br />

cost’ of the cruise when making comparisons.<br />

The cheapest prices can often be<br />

deceptive and seldom represent the best<br />

value. Consequently, first time cruisers<br />

should consider all-inclusive options to<br />

better manage supplementary costs. Given<br />

their all-inclusive nature, luxury cruise<br />

lines such as Oceania, Azamara, Silversea<br />

and new cruise line Explora Journeys are<br />

worth a closer look. It’s the cost to get off<br />

that counts, not the cost to get on.<br />

• It’s not stuffy on-board—Most cruises<br />

tend to have a relaxed dress code. However,<br />

don’t let that stop you from dressing up<br />

in the evening when going out to dinner.<br />

There may also be an event with a theme, so<br />

research the cruise itinerary beforehand.<br />

— SOURCE Panache Cruises<br />

Coming to an<br />

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Top 10 tips to stay safe while solo traveling<br />

Panache Cruises’ has these 10 safety<br />

tips for solo travelers:<br />

• Inform people of location—Before<br />

going away make sure to let friends and<br />

family know of the trip and make sure to<br />

keep them updated with any changes to the<br />

itinerary. Keep in regular contact and turn<br />

on live location so someone at home knows<br />

where you are at all times.<br />

• Create an emergency plan—Be prepared<br />

for emergencies by knowing where the<br />

local hospital, police station and other<br />

useful spots are in each city. Learn key<br />

phrases such as ‘I need help’ or ‘Ring for an<br />

ambulance’ in the local language as well as<br />

the emergency phone numbers.<br />

• Protect valuables—It’s a good idea to not<br />

pack anything of<br />

sentimental value<br />

and only bring along<br />

what is really necessary<br />

– like a credit<br />

card, local currency,<br />

passport and a mobile<br />

phone. Keep these<br />

hidden in a secure<br />

bag out of sight at all<br />

times.<br />

• Protect against<br />

crime—Solo travelers<br />

should stay safe<br />

from local crime and tourist scams by<br />

researching the destination beforehand.<br />

Read up on travel guides, blogs, news sites,<br />

and talk to others who have visited the area<br />

to learn about any potential risks.<br />

• Book solo accommodation—Booking<br />

shared accommodation such as hostels<br />

poses more risks than booking a solo room.<br />

Many travel providers now make sure to<br />

include smaller rooms or cabins for those<br />

who are holidaying alone, such as Oceania<br />

Cruises, but it’s a good idea to book ahead<br />

early to get a spot.<br />

• Choose accommodation with caution—<br />

Check the hotel or hostel is in a safe location<br />

and close to public transport and restaurants.<br />

Travelers should also check the<br />

accommodation’s check-in timings to not<br />

spend time waiting around in an unknown<br />

environment.<br />

• Travel Insurance—Travelers are advised<br />

to protect themselves from unforeseen<br />

events by getting travel insurance. Trip<br />

cancellation and interruption insurance<br />

can help recover damages from issues such<br />

as weather and natural disasters. Medical<br />

insurance can cover unexpected costs,<br />

while luggage insurance can help recover<br />

losses from theft or delays.<br />

• Study the local language—Tourists are encouraged<br />

to learn the local language not just<br />

to enrich their travel experience but also to<br />

keep themselves safe, especially when visiting<br />

less popular tourist destinations.<br />

• Be respectful of local culture—To reduce<br />

vulnerability and avoid drawing attention,<br />

travellers should dress appropriately to<br />

respect the local culture. Some countries<br />

may require hair to be covered up and not<br />

too much skin to be on show.<br />

• Never tell strangers they are traveling<br />

alone. Solo travelers should never share<br />

too much with strangers else risk making<br />

themselves become a target. Instead of<br />

telling someone they are solo traveling, let<br />

them know that friends are just waiting up<br />

ahead or back in the hotel room.<br />

— SOURCE Panache Cruises<br />

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million contract will build Concourse A,<br />

which will include a separate entrance,<br />

TSA screening and concession facilities.<br />

That, in addition to a previously<br />

approved escalator and utilities upgrade<br />

package of $17 million, plus a future second<br />

expansion to bridge the new concourse<br />

— bringing with it three more elevated<br />

gates, a new baggage handling system and<br />

improvements to the existing Concourse B<br />

— represents a $100 million investment.<br />

Meanwhile, site prep is underway on<br />

airport property along University Parkway<br />

at Old Bradenton Road on the first of<br />

several phases of parking expansion that<br />

will eventually culminate in a vertical<br />

parking structure either on the current<br />

short-term lot or on land nearby.<br />

The work is in anticipation of the need<br />

to facilitate continued growth of SRQ in<br />

the wake of COVID-19. Rick Piccolo, the<br />

airport’s president and CEO, anticipates<br />

4.5 million passengers traveling through<br />

SRQ this year. When all the work is complete,<br />

he said the airport could accommodate<br />

upwards of 8 million or more per<br />

year. By comparison, in 2018 the airport<br />

served 1.8 million passengers.<br />

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open for business<br />

HAPPY<br />

HOUR<br />

New Monarch<br />

Dance Studio Opens<br />

In Bradenton<br />

4-7 Daily<br />

Lifelong dance<br />

student and arts<br />

enthusiast Winifred<br />

Strange had seen<br />

firsthand the problems<br />

that dance teachers have<br />

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 />

For more information, visit www.<br />

danceallianceofbradenton.com or email<br />

info@danceallianceofbradenton.com.<br />

mattisons.com<br />

941-921-3400<br />

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