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Volume 53 No. 11

Grapevine Communications A Story About Teamwork Lori Uzzo


Holiday Spirit-Makers Two Must-Attend Events Sure To Get Your Holiday Spirit In High Gear Sue Cullen


The "Ho Ho Ho" of Holiday Collectibles Ryan G. Van Cleave


Rowlett Magnet School Attracts the Giving Spirit Steven J. Smith


Auld Lang Syne Tyme Sue Blue


Our business is a team sport. We play hard to ensure that all our clients come up with a win.


~ Angela Massaro-Fain President, Grapevine Communications


Local and International Companies Team Up with Grapevine Communications to Sprint Ahead of the Competition.


It’s also a story about relationships, community and family. Throw in creativity, hard work and determination, and you get the full-length feature: how one couple took a team approach to helping local and international businesses succeed across widely diverse industries. Step into the advertising, marketing and public relations agency’s Lakewood Ranch offices, and you quickly see the wall-to-wall results: more than 80 Addy awards, industry accolades, charity recognition and, hung this year, the 2010 Frank G. Berlin, Sr., Small Business of the Year Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. “Of course we’re thrilled to be recognized by the Sarasota Chamber and we’re proud of our award-winning work,” says Grapevine President Angela Massaro-Fain. “But more important are the solid results and business successes we help our clients achieve, even in this challenging business climate. That’s the true prize for us.”

Going for Gold Those victories are legendary among the clients who say they appreciate the firm’s commitment to their business. Take a look at long-time local homebuilder Lee Wetherington Homes (LWH). After four decades in the community, LWH maintains its edge as a leader, currently building in several local communities, including the ever-

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expanding Lakewood Ranch. Grapevine supports their success with a full range of services, from advertising to new marketing strategies such as Microsoft� TAG, which lets smart phone users scan their advertisement or model home sign and go to the builder’s website instantly for a virtual home tour.


Another long-time client, Blalock Walters, trusts the Bradentonbased law firm’s 90-year track record to Grapevine. Grapevine created and managed the transition to the firm’s new brand

Before identity, implements its

active public relations program, produces its marketing collateral, and designs its website and advertising. The firm also recently added After Microsoft TAGs on the back of every attorney’s business card. Scan the TAG with a smart phone, and you can download all of that attorney’s contact information, enabling the swifter, simpler communications today’s professionals expect.


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Crossing the Bridge for Siesta Key Dining Susan Cullen


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3rd Annual Sugar Bowl Show of Shows 11-06 2:00 pm The Venice Community Center. Hosted by the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, and Knights of Columbus. Benefits the Financial Assistance Program of Catholic Charities of Sarasota & Manatee Counties. Tickets: $20/941.497.5422/


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Snooty’s Gala 11-06 7:00 pm South Florida Museum. Black-tie affair pays salute to Manatee County’s most famous resident and the event’s namesake, Snooty the manatee. The annual fundraiser supports the museum’s educational programs. Tickets: $150/941.746.4131, ext. 14/

All Faiths Food Bank Bowls of Hope 11-07 11:00 am Phillippi Estate Park. Select a handmade bowl and sample three soups from 42 local restaurants. Tickets: $25/941.379.6333/

USF Brunch on the Bay 11-07 11:30 Powell Crosley Bayfront. Benefits Brunch on the Bay Endowed Scholarship Fund. Enjoy an afternoon of food, entertainment and good friends. Tickets: $100/941.359.4737/

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UCP’s Gathering of the Goddesses Luncheon - Black & Bling 11-08 10:30 am Michael’s On East. Celebrate sisterhood and friendship while raising funds to support United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee. Tickets: $75/941.957.3599/


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Pines of Sarasota Foundation’s The Wit and Wisdom of Aging Luncheon

St. Armands Art Festival

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Great Teddy Bear Run 11-14 11:00 am Sarasota Fairgrounds. Enjoy a police-escorted parade with bears riding on back of the bikes, then a barbecue dinner, chinese & silent auctions, 50/50 drawing, judged bike show, motorcycle rodeo, live music and vendors. Benefits H.I.S. K.I.D.S. By the Sea. Tickets: $15/941.918.8400

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a high-energy fashion show produced especially for Planned Parenthood by Marsha Panuce. Tickets: $60/941.365.3913, ext. 1124/

Junior League of Sarasota’s Merry Marketplace 11-18 to 20 Robarts Arena. Shop a variety of quality area merchants from the Southeast and beyond! Tickets: 941.953.5600/

AJC’s 2010 Civic Achievement Award Dinner 11-18 6:00 pm Michael’s On East. This event will be honoring Matt & Lisa Walsh. Benefits the American Jewish Committee.


Tickets: $175/941.365.4955/

The Hermitage Artist Retreat “Artful Lobster” 11-20 11:00 am Hermitage beachfront. Featuring an authentic New England lobster bake, artful prize drawings, life auction, music and campus/studio tours. Tickets: $125/941.475.2098/

Home for the Holidays...Mrs. Palmer Returns 11-20 3:00 pm Historic Spanish Point. Welcome back the “Legendary Lady” with food and drink from a selection of fine restaurants. Tickets: $40/941.966.5214/


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November 2010

Join us February 11, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton as we celebrate 50 years of outstanding achievement.

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December 17-23 & 26-27 6 - 9 pm

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A Tropical Holiday Celebration

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2010 2011 S E A S O N

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Community Concert at 1:30 PM Admission is $15 Evening Performance at 6:00 PM Tickets range in price from $25 - $75

Post Concert Dinner backstage of the Opera House immediately following the evening performance. Admission is $150 Seating is limited.

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Join the chamber ensembles of the Sarasota Orchestra as they perform the music of the masters in the intimacy of Holley Hall.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUDWIG - Thursday, Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. All Beethoven concert in celebration of the great one’s birthday

DON QUIXOTE - Thursday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m. Strauss puts to music the classical tale of the man of La Mancha.

BY THE NUMBERS - Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. Mendelssohn composed his endearing Octet when he was just 16. • Subscriptions available for these three Chamber Soirees from $60. • Come early and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.

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Dream Makers Ball 11-20 6:00 pm Hyatt Regency, Sarasota. Enjoy cocktails, a gourmet dinner, life auction and music by The Bone Shakers.

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The American Cancer Society

Black Tie Optional. Benefits The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Tickets: $250/941.366.3911/dreammakersball. com

You can help make everyone a little more comfortable this holiday season.

19th Annual Super Sunday Ford Mustang & Shelby Show 11-21 10:00 am St. Armands Circle Park. Take a stroll back in time, or enjoy the present, viewing some of the most pristhe state of Florida! Open to the public.

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Wine, Dine & Pine – The Selby Gardens Associates 11-30 5:30 pm Marie Selby Botanical

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Gardens Great Room by the Bay. Trees, wreaths and centerpieces decorated by local artists, celebrities and gardens supporters; silent auction, wine and cheese, live music. Benefits Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Tickets: $25/941.351.7980/

Save The Date: 12-1 to 5 Designing Women Boutique’s Fashion Week 12-03 The Florida Center for Child & Family Development’s Festival of Trees, Lights and Holiday Gifts 12-04 New College Foundation Library Association’s Mistletoe Ball 12-19 Jewish Family Children’s Services of Sarasota-Manatee Gala “Celebrating Silver”

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1. Geisha sand sculpture by Siesta Key master sand sculptor Brian Wigelsworth 2. Andrew McKenna Lee 3. Historic Spanish Point

CULTURE MATTERS 4. Englewood Art Center




he entire Sarasota region is full of arts and cultural delights! In this month’s Culture Matters we are heading south, highlighting upcoming events in the southern part of Sarasota County.

The Hermitage Series at the Historic Asolo Thursday, November 4, 2010 The Hermitage Artist Retreat is expanding its artist series through a new


partnership with the Historic Asolo Theatre. Seven programs are scheduled for this premier Hermitage Series that will feature literary artists, including poets, playwrights and authors, and musical composers. Composer Andrew McKenna Lee will be the first artist to be featured this year. He will speak about his work as well as perform. Lee’s pieces have been performed and presented at some of the world’s major concert halls and festivals, and he recently had a solo performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Why it matters: The Hermitage Series at the Historic Asolo is a part of the Hermitage “give-back” program that requires artists in residence to provide two, public programs during their six-week residency. Ticket price is $5 to cover theater expenses. Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition Thursday, November 18 through Sunday, November 21, 2010 The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition will make its debut in Sarasota County this November. See more than 20 of the best master sand sculptors from all across the country create wonderful works of art from the “Worlds Finest,

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est Sand”™ on Siesta Key Beach, benefitting Mote Marine’s sea

is the only museum exhibition in the world built inside of a prehistor-

turtle rescue projects. The Siesta Key Crystal Classic will have

ic shell mound. The estate’s pioneer era buildings are a connection

many activities for families to enjoy, including an amateur sand

to a more recent time, the colorful gardens of Mrs. Potter Palmer

sculpting competition, live music and vendor exhibits from a va-

delight the senses. Home to the area’s largest Butterfly Garden,

riety of local artists.

Historic Spanish Point is also a destination for nature lovers.

Why it matters: The inaugural Siesta Key Crystal Classic is expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors throughout the State

“Florida’s Best” Exhibition at the Englewood Art Center

of Florida to Sarasota County. A portion of the proceeds from this

Through Friday, December 3, 2010

event will benefit Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle conserva-

This juried exhibition showing at Englewood Art Center’s Lorang-

tion and research program.

er Gallery will feature 2-D and 3-D original artwork showcasing the beauty of Florida. The opening reception will be held Sunday,

Mrs. Palmer Returns

November 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why it matters: Englewood Art Center includes two gallery

Mrs. Palmer Returns on November 20, 2010 for a fun holiday

spaces, three classrooms, pottery studio, a lending library and

soiree on the lovely grounds of her former estate now known as

a gift shop. A division of Ringling College of Art and Design, the

Historic Spanish Point. From 3:00 to 6:30 pm you will enjoy fine

Art Center is a nonprofit organization that works year round to

foods from members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals; Euphe-

bring together adults and children interested in visual arts to pro-

mia Haye, Libby’s Café + Bar, Michael’s On East, Sharky’s On

mote knowledge, appreciation, and development of visual arts to

The Pier, and Siesta Key Oyster Bar. Festive beer and wine by

southern Sarasota and Charlotte counties in Florida.

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, lively music acts, and the games of the Palmer Challenge will make for a great adult evening. This

This is a merely a taste of a few upcoming events and by no

fall fundraiser will also include a silent auction and raffle.

means an exhaustive listing. Want to see more events? Head over

Why it matters: By supporting Historic Spanish Point you will be

to for additional events, artist profiles and infor-

helping to preserve a “Window to the Past.” Historic Spanish Point

mation about Sarasota’s exciting season of arts and culture.

Create a Lifetime of Memories Give the Gift of Mote Membership Gift Memberships start as low as $50. �� �� �� ��

Unlimited admission for one year Free or discounted admission to over 100 aquariums and zoos across America Discounts at the Gift Shop Discounts on youth programs and special events

Your membership supports Mote research, conservation and outreach programs. Join today or give a gift membership. For more information visit or call (941) 388-4441, ext. 373


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Designing Women invites you to our Designing WomenBoutique Boutique invites you to our 6th Annual Fashion Week

“Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson!” Join cocktails, andfeaturing cuisine featuring Join ususforfor cocktails, couturecouture and cuisine a runway show a ofDesigning Designing Women Boutique fashionsinvites modeledyou by our own Women Boutique to our runway show of Designing Women Boutique fashions Sarasota beauties. The evening will also include a performance by ‘Spotlight Kids’ and a fabulous dinner to honor

modeled by6th our own Sarasota beauties.Week The evening will Annual Mary AnnFashion Robinson

“Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson!” also include a performance by ‘Spotlight Kids’ and a Sunday, December 2010 fabulous dinner 5th, to honor 5:30 p.m. Michael’s on East

Mary Ann Robinson

1212 Eastand Avenue Southfeaturing a runway show Join us for cocktails, couture cuisine Sarasota of Designing Women Boutique fashions modeled by our own Sarasota beauties. The eveningFabulous will also include a performance Fashionably attire Sunday, December 5th, 2010 Valet Parking available by ‘Spotlight Kids’ and a fabulous dinner to honor RSVP to Designing Women Boutique by Friday, November 19, 2010

Mary Ann Robinson 5:30 (Reply Card p.m. Enclosed) Michael’s on East

Sunday, 1212 December East Avenue 5th, South2010 For Sponsors and Patrons 5:30 p.m.

Sarasota On behalf of DesigningMichael’s Women Boutique, Gloria Moss invites you on East to a very special VIP Reception 1212 East Avenue South Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Sarasota Fashionably Fabulous attireBlvd. Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Valet Parking available Fashionably Fabulous attire Sponsored by Harris Private Bank Valet Parking available RSVP to Designing Women Boutique by RSVP to Designing Women Boutique by Friday, November 19, 2010 Friday, November 19, 2010 (Reply Card Enclosed)

For Sponsors and Patrons

For Sponsors and Patrons On behalf of Designing Women Boutique, Gloria Moss invites you to a very special VIP Reception On behalf of Designing Women Boutique, Gloria Moss Tuesday, November 9, 2010 invites you to a very special VIP Reception Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Tuesday, November 9, 2010 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Harris PrivateRingling Bank Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Blvd.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Harris Private Bank

Calendar of Events for Fashion Week


Wednesday, December 1, 2010: Salon Luncheon - Dorothy Loud: Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show Sponsored by Atlas Financial Services

Silver Sponsors Beatrice Friedman Flora Major Lynn Morris Carol Phillips

Thursday through Saturday, December 2-4, 2010 Trunk Shows Lana Shelden Giftware and Pearls T. Georgiano Shoes and Accessories Marilyn Richey Jewelry with a Past Mixon & Wiggins Fine Foods Sunday, December 5, 2010 Style Show and Gala Dinner “Here’s to You Mrs. Robinson” Tribute at Michael’s on East

Board of Trustees

Event Committee

Event Co-Chairs


Jewel Ash

Victoria Leopold

Jean Weidner

Gloria Bergman

Flora Major


Susan Callahan

Ida Zito

Diane Roskamp

Heather Clark

Margaret Wise

Vicki Hornberger

A Special Thank You to:


Michael Klauber

Sen. Bob Johnson

Vivian Kouvant


Holly Logan

Pamela Day, Business Development Director

Jewel Ash

Carolyn Michel

Marcy Gilroy

Lynn Morris

Victoria Leopold

Gloria Moss

Shelley Lister

Carol Phillips

Flora Major

Jackie Rogers

Lee Peterson

Christine Sandrib

Orion J. Marx

Jocelyn Stevens

Gloria Moss

Annie Sundeen

Carol Phillips

Becki Taylor

Mary Ann Robinson

Jane Thompson

Jackie Rogers

Lauren Walsh

Ed Schaye

Jean Weidner

Valerie Terris

Brian Wiggins

DWB’s dedicated corps of Volunteers Laura McCabe, Executive Assistant

Bronze Sponsors Warren and Margot Coville Prelude to the Classics by Marcy Gilroy Rickie Paley Sheila and Jules Rose Valerie Terris Gil and Elisabeth Waters Table Sponsors Mary Ann Robinson Designing Daughters Patron Sponsors Jewel Ash Wendy Feinstein Sandy Greenberg Dr. & Mrs. Richard Heibel Diana Lager Flori Roberts Ed Schaye Betty Schoenbaum Molly Schechter Jean Weidner Margaret Wise Ida Zito


Ambassadors Guild Designing Daughters Committee Dawn Klee, Creative Design Group

Ida Zito Pamela Day (Ex Officio)

Event Line : 941.544.7612

Sponsors as of Oct. 15, 2010


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He’s baaack. The Artful Lobster will be returning to the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Saturday, November 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The popular fall event will feature performances from two Hermitage artists: poet Thomas Sleigh and classical guitarist and composer Andrew McKenna Lee. The event will also have a live auction including two one-week vacations in a beautiful Swiss home; an in-

Tickets for the

credible sailing vacation on a 50’ yacht with captain and cook; two special dinners, and

event are $125 and

other surprises. Catered by Michael’s On East, the luncheon will feature delicious Maine lobsters, corn on the cob, steamers, ribs, chicken, steak, New England clam chowder all

$250 for sponsor-

cooked to perfection by Phil Mancini and his staff and served under the shady canopy

level. To purchase,

of the Hermitage banyan.

call 941-475-2098 “The Artful Lobster is the only event this year that takes place on the Hermitage campus. That means it’s your best opportunity to tour the entire campus which is rarely open to the public,” said Executive Director Bruce Rodgers. The dress is beachy-casual, the live music is laid-back, and it’s a perfect time to enjoy a gulf breeze, superb food, good friends, old-Florida architecture, and support America’s only full time artist community directly on the beach. In the short five years that the Hermitage has been in full time operation, it has quickly become one of America’s premiere artist communities. The Hermitage attracts writers, painters, poets, playwrights, composers, choreographers, and other primary creators from all over the world. These mid-career artists come by invitation only, an honor bestowed by a national committee featuring America’s most esteemed directors, curators, and arts leaders from institutions such as the John F. Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, the University of Iowa International Writing Program, and the George Eastman House / International Museum of Film and Photography. The Artful Lobster not only supports the expenses to maintain the five historic Florida buildings on the campus (no easy task in this environment), and to bring major artists to the community, who are required to perform two free programs in the community during their six-weeks in residence. These programs take artists into schools from elementary through university; they participate in the Hermitage Artist Series at the Historic Asolo Theatre; and the Hermitage has collaborated with virtually every cultural organization in Sarasota County in theater, music, and visual art, with free programs for their audiences. The Hermitage is a truly unique, national organization serving American and international artists and sharing these special people with all sectors of the Sarasota County community. What better way to support the effort than to spend a delightful afternoon with good food, great friends, at a secluded patch of the Gulf of Mexico?

or go on-line at hermitageartist fundraising-events.


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hile sitting in the foyer of one of our beloved cultural institutions the other evening, I saw a

gentleman nod to a gaggle of chattering, well-dressed,




enhanced women and say to his companion, “Now there are The Real Housewives of Sarasota.” I must say, Poodle, Sarasota is blessed by an inordinate amount of secondtier socialites who would be a particular kind of perfection on that show. I know right now a few of you are doing the casting in your very clever imaginations, aren’t you? Let’s all nod in agreement on several of them. Bravo TV, your next Real Housewives franchise

You want an education that challenges your child                                                                               *Ranked in the top 1 percent of public and private schools nationwide by the prestigious Cum Laude Society

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awaits you. Are you listening? Unlike Marjorie North, who told me she is not going to show favoritism in her new Style column regarding the charity events she is chairing, I am going to start off with arguably the most fabulous event of the fall, The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s The Artful Lobster, which I am chairing. There, I said it. All modesty aside, it is a magnificent afternoon on the Gulf-front campus of the historic Hermitage on Manasota Key. Huge, glorious lobsters from Michael’s On East, mingling with artists in residence Andrew McKenna Lee - Composer / Performer, Tom Sleigh – Poet, Christopher Still – Painter, and Robert Blake - Photographer and bidding on extraordinary experiences such as trips to Switzerland to stay in an

Bored with your walls? No need. Do your walls do nothing but hold up your roof? Wouldn’t a beautiful stream

artist’s home, a behind the scenes tour of

or majestic mountain look great over the

cultural NYC, and a trip to Art Basel Miami,

TV or in the foyer or across from your bed?

accompanied by a curator are just a few of

A still life in the kitchen to calm, a sunset

the things to do that afternoon. A few of the

in the bath to inspire, a masterpiece in the

many sponsors are board chair Caroline

bedroom to... you get the picture.

Andrus and husband Dyck, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SCENE Magazine.

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November 2010

Bringing together the crème de la

Courtyard and dancing to the sounds of

crème of Sarasota and Manatee Counties is

Double Vision, guests will also be able

no easy task, it’s a territorial thing, Poodle,

to participate in a drawing for a stunning

but USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Brunch on the

diamond and topaz ring and pendant from

Bay does it every year with a sell out crowd

Jess Jewelers. Top sponsors are Northern

of almost 1,000 education supporters. They

Trust Bank, CS&L CPAs, and Jeanie and

have raised almost three millions dollars

Sandy Kirkpatrick.

since the inception of this powerhouse

Success breeds success and that’s

event. Chair Lisa Krouse, FCCI Senior

what happened with this year’s sold-out

VP and fashionable clotheshorse, along

Sarasota Orchestra’s Season Opener P-



Zazzing Brunch. Last year’s first-time event

Director, Barb Lewis have put together a

was such a huge hit. This year the musical

veritable never-ending feast with delights

brunch is welcoming the new season with

from Michael’s On East, Mattison’s, Marina

a repertoire ranging from classical jazz to

Jack’s, Libby’s, Pattigeorge’s, and Sarasota

Motown to Van Morrison. Orchestra board

Bay Club, among many others. USF

president, Marsha Panuce shared with

Regional Chancellor, Dr. Arthur Guilford

me the highlight of the event will be a very

and lovely wife, Lynn, along with board

special tribute to the life of the late Virginia

chair, grande dame Elizabeth Lindsay

Toulmin, immediate past board chair and

will welcome the throngs, attired in a sea of

a stalwart and fervent supporter of the

navy blue blazers and Lilly Pulitzer shifts to

organization. This year’s chairs are Bunny

the historic Powel Crosley Estate on the USF

and Mort Skirboll, Larry Benson, and

campus to celebrate the expansion of USF

Jerry Waterman. Jazzy sponsors are Lee

into North Port and the upcoming addition

and Bob Peterson, Roy Adams, Gerri

of WUSF studio to be housed on campus.

Aaron, Bea Friedman, and Jules and

Sponsors are WG Mills, FICPA, Manatee

Sheila Rose, among many, many others.



Healthcare System, Jackson Hewitt, and SCENE Magazine.

A mimosa reception will kick-off Planned Parenthood’s High Tea at High

With a wicked twinkle in her eye, the

Noon in the Van Wezel Grand Foyer, as

Humane Society of Sarasota County’s Hot

hundreds of guests fight for their place

Dogs and Cool Cats Murder Mystery Gala

in the Michael’s On East high tea buffet

chair, Dr. Anne Chauvet told me about a

line and wind around the fashion show

“fun and frisky” whodunit created by Bob

runway, always a bit of a feat. This year’s

Plunket and Robert Turoff. Lots of familiar

chairs, Kathy Bush, Mindy Mast, and

people will be playing key roles in this 1930s

Carol Williams have decided on a circus

Award show murder caper. I love the attire

theme and Circus Sarasota’s star clown,

– cocktail to creative “black” carpet and

Karen Bell will be performing her comic

Anne is wearing something to blend in with

magic. Marsha Panuce will once again

the décor of the red, black, and gold décor.

produce the always entertaining fashion

Is this in effort to better hide the evidence?

show featuring Dream Weaver, Oh My

Smart lady, that Anne.

Gauze, Addison Craig, and L. Kids. Nancy

The premiere event of Bradenton’s

Reinheimer is the major sponsor and

social season is South Florida Museum’s

other sponsors include the Paver Family

Snooty’s Gala, this year chaired by the


delightful duo of Helen King and Jeanie

Margarete van Antwerpten.




Kirkpatrick. Starting with cocktails in the

Under an elegant tent on Caspersen

Planetarium Lounge, followed by dinner

Beach at Sharky’s on the Pier, Children

under the moonlight in the glorious Spanish

First’s Flip Flops & Fashion Luncheon will

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have you kicking off your shoes and frolicking in the sand. Chairs Jamie Becker, Leslie Jones, Donna Pachota, and Jackie Rolfes have put together an afternoon of fashions from The Barefoot Contessa, L. Boutique, L. Kids, and SunBug. Major sponsors are Apisdorf Foundation, Macrae Family Foundation, SunTrust, and DOCS. Asolo





Series, chaired by Katherine Harris, Lee Peterson, and Margaret Wise kicks off this year around the pool at the waterfront home of longtime Asolo supporter and former board chair, Stanley Kane. Celebrating the opening production of Bonnie and Clyde, the event will take you back to the legendary 1930s and the time of prohibition and covert parties, though I am assured outlawed drinks will be served by machine gun toting waiters. The always supportive Matthew Bower and PNC Wealth Management is a series sponsor. Hmmm, the Wit and Wisdom of Aging?

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I’m glad there is something to look forward to when I start to age in, ahem, several years. The Pines of Sarasota Foundation luncheon, chaired by Kimberly Bald and Heather Clark, will feature speakers Gwen MacKenzie,



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different life roles. Bob and Joan Geyer, Harllee and Bald, US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and Medallion Homes are a few of the high profile sponsors. Breakfast with Santa, a poinsettia sale, and a Mistletoe Mingle ladies party are all part of the Junior League of Sarasota’s Merry




extravaganza. Co-chairs Crystal Burkhart and Liz Reuth, promise that Robarts Arena will be transformed into a holiday wonderland of unique gifts and holiday treasures. Charlie Ann Syprett, who is co-

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the Grand Opening Gala of the Cancer Support Community’s state of the art new building in Lakewood Ranch is the biggest moment in their history. Formerly known as The Wellness Community, after a merger with Gilda’s Club they are now celebrating their new name and their new home – a gold standard green building with an optimum healing environment for anyone affected by cancer. Jaymie Klauber of Fête and Phil Mancini of Michael’s On East are collaborating to present a menu of organic and local healthy foods. A compelling photographic exhibit of the Faces of Hope


might be a bit depressing, but that is

You want the best for your child.                      

not the case with Annelies by composer

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will be a highlight. Alfred and Adela Rose are honorary chairs. It would seem that a full-length choral work based on The Diary of Anne Frank





tells me. It doesn’t hurt that Mr. Whitbourn is adorable and brilliant. While the work is

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heart breaking, it is also very Broadwaylike in a shocking, but light way. The Key Chorale Benefit Luncheon, co-chaired by Gerri Aaron and Ina Schnell, at Hyatt Regency Ballroom will feature the renowned British composer as he tells of the daunting challenge he faced setting this iconic text to music. Musical sponsors are Marcia and Michael Corrigan, The Charles and Lillian Huisking Foundation, and Alisa and Ernest Kretzmer. Picture the French Riviera boardwalk, circa 1920 and now place it at the Longboat Key Club and you’ve got Girls Inc.’s La Plage Bleue Beach Ball chaired by Monica Barth, Keren Lifrak, and Caren Patterson. Lounging by your beach cabana listening to the New Cats perform, while sipping your very favorite cocktail, your worries of the day will just slip away, says GI’s Community Relations Director, the darling and dynamic Kay Mathers. Look for special performances from a group of GI synchronized dancers, not swimmers, and the Lazy Fairy Improv Troupe. Presenting

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Sponsor is Mary Ann Robinson, always passionate with her patronage. Another chance to devour Michael’s On East lobster is at New College’s 32nd OldFashioned New England Clambake. Always a favorite event and always sponsored by

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old guard Northern Trust Bank with Phil and Julie Delaney as chairs, this event is an opportunity to see those normally living the luxe life with names like Keating, Wise, Peterson, and Moss, in their jeans, though still perfectly coiffed, and standing in the buffet line for ribs and corn on the cob. Other not to be missed events include Historic Spanish Point’s Heritage Holidays kick off - Mrs. Palmer Returns with chair Kathy





School’s 60th Anniversary Gala chaired by Rebecca Icely; Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Harlem Nights 2 chaired by Mary

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Ann Robinson and Eleanor Merritt Darlington; National Philanthropy Day Luncheon chaired by Jennifer Berges Meyer and Amy Sankes; UCP’s Gathering of the Goddesses with head Goddess,


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Maker’s Ball chaired by Tom and Kristy Cail; and the YMCA Foundation’s Donor Appreciation


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Roberts as YMCA First Citizen. Whew! There is just too, too much for all of us to possibly do this November. Which seeand-be-seen events do you think our Real Housewives candidates will choose?

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A STORY ABOUT By Lori Uzzo It’s also a story about relationships, community and family. Throw in creativity, hard work and determination, and you get the full-length feature: how one couple took a team approach to helping local and international businesses succeed across widely diverse industries. Step into the advertising, marketing and public relations agency’s Lakewood Ranch offices, and you quickly see the wall-to-wall results: more than 80 Addy awards, industry accolades, charity recognition and, hung this year, the 2010 Frank G. Berlin, Sr., Small Business of the Year Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. “Of course we’re thrilled to be recognized by the Sarasota Chamber and we’re proud of our award-winning work,” says Grapevine President Angela Massaro-Fain. “But more important are the solid results and business successes we help our clients achieve, even in this challenging business climate. That’s the true prize for us.”

Going for Gold Those victories are legendary among the clients who say they appreciate the firm’s commitment to their business. Take a look at long-time local homebuilder Lee Wetherington Homes (LWH). After four decades in the community, LWH maintains its edge as a leader, currently building in several local communities, including the ever-



Local and International Companies Team Up with Grapevine Communications to Sprint Ahead of the Competition. expanding Lakewood Ranch. Grapevine supports their success with a full range of services, from advertising to new marketing strategies such as Microsoft� TAG, which lets smart phone users scan their advertisement or model home sign and go to the builder’s website instantly for a virtual home tour. Another long-time client, Blalock Walters, trusts the Bradentonbased law firm’s 90-year track record to Grapevine. Grapevine created and managed the transition to the firm’s new brand Before identity, implements its active public relations program, produces its marketing collateral, and designs its website and advertising. The After firm also recently added Microsoft TAGs on the back of every attorney’s business card. Scan the TAG with a smart phone, and you can download all of that attorney’s contact information, enabling the swifter, simpler communications today’s professionals expect.

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� Global Positioning Then consider the story of Pro-Link Global, a boutique law firm specializing in immigration documentation and management services for corporations in more than 120 countries. Andrea Elliott, Senior Foreign Counsel and Partner, of Pro-Link Global called Grapevine to request a high-end, stylized marketing brochure for a strategic international meeting. Of course, Grapevine was up to the task. The challenge? A project that would typically take four to six weeks from start to finish had to be designed, printed and shipped in less than half that time. The race was on. First, Angela briefed the Grapevine staff of account executives, copywriters and designers, who immediately started brainstorming. Over the weekend, the staff gathered to solidify the concept. The next two days were spent refining marketing copy, designing mock-ups and gathering photos. Only three days after the initial request, Pro-Link Global received initial concepts for review and approval. Once the client approved a final concept, the Grapevine staff executed the design in record time. From there they partnered with one of Grapevine’s incredibly talented vendors, who scored major points by printing, binding and shipping a brochure rich in advanced technologies and materials (such as duplex paper stock, clear foil embossing and die-cuts) in only one week. “Typically, a project like this would have taken two weeks in production alone,” says John Fain, Grapevine’s Executive Vice President and Partner. “There’s no way we could have pulled this off without the dedication of our staff. We all came together to conceive and produce a spectacular piece in an astoundingly short time frame. The collaborative relationships we have with our vendors assisted us in meeting a challenging print deadline.”

“In today’s world, speed, flexibility, education and precise implementation are key. You have only one chance to be first, and being first can bring extreme market growth,” says Grapevine President Angela Massaro-Fain, who is a sought-after expert and guest speaker on new marketing technologies at colleges, radio talk shows and business groups. One example is Microsoft® TAG, which connects almost anything in print to information, entertainment and interactive experiences via a smart phone. TAG gives you instant access to information, and we all know that information really is power. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Microsoft as one of only 50 full-service advertising agencies across the country implementing TAG technology,” says Angela. TAGs can be displayed anywhere - print ads, flyers, posters, packaging, websites, clothing… the options are almost endless. When you scan a TAG with the free TAG Reader app on your smart phone, it opens a webpage, displays a message, plays a video or dials a number automatically, among other features – revealing unlimited potential to interact with your customers in a whole new way. To find out how you can create a custom TAG marketing package that keeps your business out in front, contact Grapevine at 941-351-0024.

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Two must-attend events that are sure to get your holiday spirit in high gear By Sue Cullen


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Just because our winter holidays don’t involve cold days, hot fireplaces and pristine (in theory, at least) blankets of white snow doesn’t mean we don’t have our own ways of getting into the Christmas spirit. Sarasota is home to two stellar holiday events that are unique to our city. Both are family friendly and moderately priced, leaving some extra cash for those last-minute stocking stuffers.

The Holidays at the Crosley - Festival of Trees transforms the beautiful Mediterranean-style mansion into a wonderland of lights and delights with some 50 festively decorated trees along with gingerbread houses, musical performances, afternoon tea, wine tastings and scenic boat rides on Sarasota Bay. A long-standing Sarasota tradition, the Singing

Christmas Tree, is part concert, part theater,

part spectacle and all about the true meaning of Christmas. Performed at the First Baptist Church in downtown Sarasota by church members, traditionally accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra, the 30-foot-tall lighted tree holds between 125 and 140 singers. Nine public performances are expected to attract between 9,000 and 10,000 attendees this year. The Festival of Trees at the Powel Crosley estate, tucked on 60 bayside acres next door to the John Ringling estate, had its beginnings 14 years ago following Manatee County’s purchase of the property, according to Natalie Gundrum, a long-term board member. Gundrum, and other preservationist-minded citizens, saw the potential beauty of the 11,000 square foot mansion, known as Seagate, and the grounds commanding sweeping vistas of Sarasota Bay. Unfortunately, the estate was overgrown and the buildings in tremendous disrepair. “I used to walk by it every morning, and you could hardly get to the house. The grass was up to my waist. You couldn’t use the outside staircase. It was in a shambles,” Gundrum said. “It really was an eyesore, but it could be so beautiful. I wished I could get my hands on it, and lo and behold I did.” Thus launched a 14-year effort to raise funds to restore the 21-room, 10-bath main residence and grounds and now the carriage house, which is situated southwest of the main house. The estate was built by Powel Crosley in 1929 for his wife, Gwendolyn, as one of the wealthy industrialist’s many retreats. In its early days, it boasted a swimming pool, yacht basin and a dock for seaplanes. The house itself is a reflection of Crosley’s inventive bent including innovations like steel framing clad in cast stone. During the festival, guests are encouraged to tour the house, enjoying its famed architectural features, including the circular tower and its teak-paneled study with 360-degree views. One room will be dedicated to informing visitors about the house and Crosley’s legacy as an industrialist and entrepreneur, according to Anna Pohl, who is helping organize the festival.

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Board members will be available to answer questions, and attendees can learn about the remarkable Crosley’s contributions to the modern age, including his love of automobiles and quest to produce an affordable car for the American people, which led to a highly-successful auto parts business. He also was the father of such staples of today’s society as affordable radios for the home. Crosley also operated the most powerful radio station in the nation, WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later owned the Cincinnati Reds. This year’s festival will be Dec. 1-8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Area interior designers, florists and schools contribute decorated trees, wreaths and fireplace displays. Powel Crosley’s bedroom will be filled with trees decorated by local schoolchildren, Gundrum said. Tree sponsorships are open until Nov. 22. Although beautiful, the event has much more to offer than just festively-decorated trees. Local culinary schools and bakeries donate elaborate gingerbread houses for display in a separate room along with an all-white Christmas tree decorated with chocolate. Last year, a large gingerbread replica of the historic Crosley mansion and carriage house was on display in the main room. The replica was baked and assembled by the Old Heidelberg Pastry Shop on State Street in Sarasota, Gundrum said. Musical performances will be held at various times throughout the festival, and the Manatee County Historical Park is donating a croquet set for the grounds,

Another do-not-miss infusion of Christ-

Pohl said, for those who want to enjoy a December game—just because we can.

mas spirit Sarasota-style comes courtesy

Admission to the tree festival is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

of the First Baptist Church. The majestic white church and accompanying campus

Also, afternoon tea is served at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Zest of Sarasota is supply-

is a Main Street landmark. Every year since

ing a traditional menu of homemade items, including lemon curd from owner

1974, the church has created a Singing

Nina Arico’s Meyer lemon tree, scones, Christmas cookies and tea sandwiches.

Christmas Tree performance featuring be-

Cost is $25, which includes admission to the festival. Reservations are recom-

tween 125 and 140 church members who

mended and may be made by calling Zest at 924-2535.

pack themselves into a 30-foot tall, 25-foot wide Christmas tree to sing classic secular

New this year are private holiday lunch parties in the pavilion by the bay. “It’s a

and spiritual holiday music. The tree has 12

pretty view,” Pohl said, “and you can also see the house.” Reservations may be

tiers including the angel on the top along

made by calling Zest.

with a front row for singers who are unable to climb up the tree, said Rev. Dan Crac-

The Manatee Players will be giving musical performances of Christmas classics

chiola, the church’s director of music. An

every day at 7 p.m. with additional performances Saturday and Sunday at 1

orchestra accompanies the singers.

p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. They may be reserved by calling 748-5875 and include festival admission.

In addition to the tree filled with light and faces, each year’s performance has a

Wine tastings and boat rides on Sarasota Bay require no reservations. The wine

theme and is punctuated with flying angels,

tastings begin at 5 p.m. and include light hors d’oeuvres with a $10 admission.

appearances by Mary and the baby Jesus

Boat rides aboard the 40-passenger “Sea Dragon” catamaran depart from the

and some acting, Cracchiola said. This

Crosley boat basin at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. for $8 per person.

year’s story is loosely based on the Book of Job, but set in modern times.

Proceeds from the festival will be used to complete the restoration of the carriage house, which will include office space, dorm residences for the Powel Crosley

“The tree is not a preachy thing,” he says,

Theatre’s visiting actors and the three-car garage.

“but the birth of the Christ child and what Christmas is all about is what we try to convey to people.” Aiming for a mix of contemporary and traditional music, the program generally begins with secular favorites like “I’ll


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Be Home For Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride” sung by an ensemble of about 20 people. That portion of the program is capped with attendees joining in to sing “The 12 Days of Christmas.” The audience is divided into sections and each assigned a portion of

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five golden rings or a partridge in a pear tree. “People will pick the section they want to sit in based on what part of the song they want to sing,” Cracchiola said. While that is happening, the choir is moved onto the Christmas tree, usually without anyone noticing. “You could drive a truck on stage

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and don’t want to hear the same things.” This year following 10 performances —

to attend — the tree will be packed aboard a ship and sent to Wiesbaden, Germany. There 90 choir members will perform Dec. 18-20 for U.S. troops at the International Baptist Church. “We’re going to Germany to sing to the troops who can’t come home,” Cracchiola says, adding there are four military bases in the area. The only other time the tree has been out of Sarasota was for a series of performances in a church in England in 1995. Tickets are $10 per person, and the performance is not recommended for children under four. For the best seats, people are encouraged to come to the Family Life Center at the church on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Tickets also are available after Nov. 6 at the church’s FirstSarasota office, 1671 Main St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Who’s dreaming of a white Christmas now?


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“Ho Ho Ho”

of Holiday

Collectibles By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Linda Harbin’s brass tree with vintage ornaments. Jean Trammell’s Santa Collection. Photo by Tristan Wheelock. Peggy Wilhelm’s Santa. Consuelo Okdie’s handmade ornament featured at the White House. 52

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ith December being just around the corner, many

to her artistry, too — in fact, she’s had four of her handmade orna-

families will be digging into attics, the far backs

ments appear on the White House Christmas tree! She might not yet

of closets, and the hidden recesses of garages

be a household name among holiday collectors (along the lines of

to uncover holiday decorations. It’s part of the

glass ornament maker Christopher Radko, or central Florida’s own

holiday experience, after all. Putting up a tree (or menorah or Kwan-

Staci Ann “The Ornament Girl” who can’t keep up with the demand

zaa kinaras). Sticking lights up all over the house. Spraying fake snow

for her ribbon and designer fabric wonders) but give Consuelo some

on the windows to hide the view of palm trees.

time. Her ornaments are beautiful enough to be the showstopper of

Sure we all love the end-of-the-year holiday season, but for

any collection, so her name will be well-known soon enough.

some, this time of the year can’t come quickly enough. Take Peggy

For those who are interested in starting their own holiday collec-

Wilhelm, for example. She’s been collecting Santa figures since the

tion, it’s actually pretty easy. Vintage and antique stores (like Jett’s An-

1960s and “has hundreds” of them, mostly given by friends, relatives,

tiques in Englewood or Fabulous Finds at Pines in Sarasota, often just

and coworkers. In short, every Santa on the many shelves of her

called “The Pines”) sometimes have wonderful pieces that are heir-

stunning Sarasota waterfront home has a story attached to it. “It’s all

loom quality. The cheapest option, though, is to comb through estate

about the memories for me,” she says of the many Santas that range

and garage sales. There are more misses than hits with this tactic, but

from a trio of pricey Tom Clark versions to one carved out of wood

as Linda Harbin of Citrus Springs says, “I have a nativity set with plastic

to a pair of exceptionally jolly figures her son gave her that are both

figures and a cardboard stable dated 1959 — $2 at a garage sale.”

clearly hawking Pepsi products. “My hope is that my grandchildren

You won’t find gems at that price at any thrift or vintage store!

will one day share them and enjoy them for many years, too.”

“I’ll share my secret for collecting vintage Christmas orna-

But Peggy’s not alone in her holiday collecting. Dozens of other

ments,” confesses Linda Harbin, who first started collecting orna-

area residents have the collecting bug too, such as Jean Trammell,

ments in the late 50s. “My most precious and my oldest ones came

who not only collects Santas, but angels and holiday houses, as well.

from thrift stores. I start looking in mid-November each year, and

As a youngster, she made her own ornaments with paper loop chains

return to check for ornaments weekly through mid-January. This is

and popcorn strings. Soon after, she discovered Woolworth’s and

the time when people unpack their holiday decorations, and often

started buying a few collectibles each year. “My favorites were al-

they give away pieces that they no longer want. Sometimes in a big

ways Santa Clauses,” she says fondly. “The small ones in the red felt

bag of ornaments I’ll find an amazing paper-thin, hand-blown glass

fuzzy suit with the glossy black plastic belt and shiny white boots that

one hidden, just waiting to be found.”

were always falling off and getting lost.” Today, she has more Santas

Whether you’ve got a Mickey Mouse baby ornament, hand-paint-

and ornaments than she knows what to do with, but she’ll never

ed glass balls from the 1950s, a clay Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

forget the one that got away — a copper-colored artificial Christmas

your child made in third grade, or a Radko Nutcracker figurine, stor-

tree. “It was perfect!” she says wistfully, always the collector.

ing and keeping them safe is relatively easy. Keep them cool and dry,

Self-admitted hoarder, Scott Anderson, Gift Planning Officer for

explains Linda Harbin. “That means no attics, garages, or basements

the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, says, “I have antique orna-

where the heating and cooling create condensation and rust. First wrap

ments from Europe and still have an ornament made for me by a

each one separately in acid-free white tissue paper, then put them in

relative of mine for my first Christmas. But what I mostly collect is

a box or container with a separation between each one. Never wrap

Christmas in the City.......hundreds of pieces..... it’s a sickness! I also

them in plastic bags or bubble wrap, cardboard or newspapers — they

have a village by Department 56 of A Christmas Story.... remember

all contain acid that will damage the paints, caps, and insides of orna-

the movie? All pieces are from Cleveland buildings, and where is my

ments. Store the protected ornaments inside your home in a closet or

hometown..... Cleveland.” But even more unusual about his holiday

other safe area. Also remember not to wash them with soap and water,

collecting, says Anderson, is that “I am Jewish”!

or use any type of cleaner on them. Just dust them carefully.”

Consuelo Okdie of Spring Hill doesn’t just collect ornaments

Holidays are really about bringing family together, and having

— she makes them. “A good ornament is one that stands out from all

your own collection of holiday collectibles can help hold those mem-

the others,” she says about her creative process. “It’s one that draws

ories for a lifetime and beyond. The smile on Peggy Wilhelm’s face

you to it and captures your attention.” She’s got a strong Florida in-

as she tells the story behind her favorite Santas says it all.

fluence in her work, having included palm trees, turtles, and bright Gulf coast colors in some of recent pieces. Clearly others are drawn

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Rowlett Magnet School Attracts the Giving Spirit By Steven J. Smith

The Mittens Program allows for sponsors to fund a particular Christmas need or family wish.

The Mitten Program allows families to be “adopted” for the holidays. Here’s how it works. First, a faculty member or school parent will recommend a needy family. Next, a letter will go out to that family, inviting it to participate. If the family agrees to take part, it will list its requests. Mittens Program volunteers note the requests, write them out on little mittens, and pin them to a clothesline. Each mitten represents a particular holiday need or wish. 54

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s its name might suggest, Rowlett Magnet School attracts some pretty special people — especially around the holidays. Unlike most elementary schools that offer the three “R’s,” Rowlett, now in its eleventh year, places specific emphasis

upon the visual and performing arts — such as dance, drama, chorus, boys choir, and violin — as well as communication. “Communication involves technology,” said Brian Flynn, the school principal. “One program in particular provides each fifth-grader with their own laptop computer, which they utilize as part of their training in the learning process.” Flynn said that a “magnet” school is so named because it is designed through its curriculum to attract all kinds of students — which Rowlett does — from all over Manatee and Sarasota counties. “That way we get our diversity, both racially and socio-economically,” he added. “The arts is our magnet. It’s the theme — the curriculum — that attracts students to come here.” That curriculum has spawned a plethora of innovative programs such as the Kid’s Bank (a fully functioning bank run by students), Kid’s Talk (a Rowlett TV productions program run by the students), Rowlett’s Shorts (short films written and produced by the kids), and Rowlett Stars (a TV show produced by the students featuring talent and school events). Odyssey of the Mind, another Rowlett activity, is an international competition that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. The idea is that they work in teams, which helps them learn how to cooperate with one another and respect different ideas. They then compete with their solutions at the regional, state, and world levels. Flynn said he frequently hears encouraging words from upper schools that enroll Rowlett alumni. “They tell us how happy they are to have our students,” Flynn said. “A lot of our children go to Lee Middle School, which also has an arts/communications theme like ours. Some of our children also go to the Sarasota School for the Arts, and a number that go to the Manatee School for the Arts.”

Rowlett has also created a powerful and influential organization called the Rowlett Family Association (RFA). “A lot of schools have PTOs and PTAs,” Flynn said. “We have a different way of doing it, where we have about 30 committees — all with their own chairs — and they do various activities from fundraising to feeding the needy families we have here. Sometimes families will approach us themselves and say that they’re going through rough times.” Flynn said those families are usually chosen through a teacher referral. Over $120,000 has been raised from the school community each year, which helps support these and other school-sponsored programs, such as a year-round effort called Families Helping Families. Children are asked to bring in various food items for needy families — perhaps those with language barriers — whose kids attend the school. These items are collected and then distributed to families in dire straits. “At one time last year we were feeding over 100 people that are related to the Rowlett family, either as students or siblings,” Flynn said. “And that’s all done by parents’ donations. It’s a really successful program.” The school also offers a unique, three-pronged program at Christmastime that helps struggling families make ends meet. It all started with K-Kids — originated by the Kiwanis Club — as an after-school enrichment program that gets kids

The Snowman Project, along with the Mittens

involved in community service. Just a few of these projects

Program, assures families will get much-needed

have included making cards for Easter Seals, collecting money

help over the holidays.

for hurricane victims and cleaning up trash around campus. That effort has in turn spawned the Mittens Program and the Snowman Project, which both serve needy families during the holidays. “K-Kids is amazing,” said Lori Bower, a school parent and a co-chair of the Mittens program. “Kids go out into the

“K-Kids is amazing,” said Lori Bower, a school parent and a co-chair of the Mittens program. “Kids go out into the

community to visit retirement homes and entertain the folks

community to visit retirement homes

there. They also go out and collect food for the indigent, or

and entertain the folks there. They also

for our troops overseas. The Snowman Project, which was started by K-Kids, arranges for Christmas trees for families

go out and collect food for the indigent,

that can’t afford one, as well as gift cards for food.”

or for our troops overseas. The

The Mitten Program allows families to be “adopted” for the holidays. Bower added that she and fellow parent Beth Grogan initiated the Mittens Program, which goes “hand-inhand” with the Snowman Project. “The Mittens Program is new this year,” Bower said. “We put mittens on the snowman, if you will. K-Kids and the RFA are coming together to enlarge

Snowman Project, which was started by K-Kids, arranges for Christmas trees for families that can’t afford one, as well as gift cards for food.”

the program and help even more families.” Bower added that

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faculty members, concerned families, and local businesses fund the Mittens Program. Here’s how it works. First, a faculty member or school parent will recommend a needy family. Next, a letter will go out to that family, inviting it to participate. If the family agrees to take part, it will list its requests. Mittens Program volunteers note the requests, write them out on little mittens, and pin them to a clothesline. Each mitten represents a particular holiday need or wish. “It’s very discreet,” Bower said. “When we have teacherparent night, or any kind of school event, we put out our

Rowlett students Kyle Wampler and Mackenzie

clothesline full of little mittens. Family A might have 10 mittens

Grace star in a recent production of H.M.S.

set out. You can come and pick as many as you like. Maybe


Child A, a little girl, wants a baby doll or needs some clothes. We provide her sizes. Families or faculty members at the event will see the mittens and pick as many as they can afford to sponsor. Then on a certain day they’ll provide us with the items, which we’ll wrap for the family.” Bower added the programs utilize businesses operated by school parents. For example, if a parent owns a butcher shop, that parent will be asked to donate a ham. “It’s amazing how many people come forward,” Bower said. Our faculty and parents do a great job of helping out, especially in our Mittens Program. If they can afford to get one baby doll for a little girl, great. If they can afford to get a baby doll and a bike, then maybe they take two mittens. People help as much as they can.” Grogan said the RFA is “thrilled” to be working with K-Kids in its effort to help needy families. “We know what a difference our families make here at this school and as parents it breaks

Alana Kelly and Coraline Glover celebrate

our hearts to think some children may have to go without at

Hispanic Heritage Month at Rowlett.

Christmas time,” Grogan said. “We want to make sure the families here will all have a special Christmas that will leave the children filled with the magic and wonder of this special time of year.” Grogan added the RFA is looking outside the school for anyone who wishes to contribute to their effort. “We’d love it if everyone could be a part of this unique opportunity,” she said. “We can almost guarantee it will touch your heart as much, if not more, as it will touch those you are reaching out to.” What more could you expect from a “magnet” elementary

The Rowlett Boys Choir serves as a musical ambassador for Rowlett Magnet Elementary

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reputable upper schools? If you would like to make a difference in a child’s life this holiday season, contact either Lori Bower via e-mail at or Beth Grogan at



school, that nurtures students who “attract” the attention of

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harming town, awesome mountain views, great golf, fun people and a fabulous private club. These are my best memories from my recent trip to Waynesville, NC. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, Waynesville may be small, but it has lots of big things going on. The new owners of The Gateway Club invited me to their upscale, private club. Housed in a building steeped in local history, the club provides a venue for social and business connections that pair traditional Southern hospitality with state-of-the-art amenities. The inviting lounge was brimming with people chatting and connecting with one another. The food was outstanding and the service on par with some of the best restaurants anywhere. The Clubs’ many other amenities include a ballroom built in 1927 by the Masonic Order in which they host grand events, private meeting spaces, full audio/visual technology, catering and design services, concierge services, and “clubs within the club” - wine, sports, theatre, dancing, classic movies and more for members to enjoy, learn, and connect. The Gateway Club is also the local “arts gateway.” Throughout the building, local artists work in a wide variety of mediums and techniques. These exhibits rotate during the year and the works are available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds supports local art students through scholarships. So, if your travels take you to the amazing Smoky Mountains, be sure to stop at The Gateway Club in Waynesville and tell them your friends at SCENE sent you! Art O’Neil is the Club’s General Manager and Patrick Tinsley is the Director of Food & Beverage. Ron Milton,

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Auld Lang Syne Tyme

By Sue Blue

e think of a new year as a new beginning; our chance to start anew. As the old year of 1885 began to draw to a close in Scotland the immigrants of the Ormiston Colony probably had the coming new year in mind as they boarded the steamship, Furnesia, in Glasgow, on November 18. Although there was much sadness at leaving family members and old friends behind, they were eager to land in a new world and begin their lives in new homes. They experienced a very rough Atlantic crossing but the miseries of that journey were almost forgotten as they spent three exciting days in New York City before boarding a smaller steamship sailing to Fernandina on the northeast coast of Florida. The trip across the state was made by railway car to Cedar Key. The date was December 18 and they still had not reached their destination – the brand new city of Sarasota. Why did the Scots choose Sarasota as their destination? The events which led to the decision to leave their home land had begun at least three years before. The State Placed on the West corner of Main

of Florida sold land to speculators (the homesteaders called them “land grabbers”) and

Street at Gulf Stream Ave. by the Coun-

developers began offering large tracts of land at ‘bargain prices’. A group of Scottish

ty Historical Commission, the Florida

businessmen formed the Florida Mortgage and Investment Co., purchasing almost all of

Board of Parks, and the Sarasota County Historical Society, this marker points out the site where our 1885 Scottish Colonists landed in Sarasota.

what we know as the City of Sarasota today, and began selling these Florida “estates”. The colonists of Scotland were all from middle class families. The men owned their own businesses and had been successful. But at that time they felt trapped in an untenable situation. Great Britain was expanding its empire and constantly waging war. As British citizens, the Scots were called upon to fight and die in the wars and support the army and navy with exorbitant taxes. Advertisements placed by the Florida Investment Company were quite tempting. Sarasota was described as being “...a wonderful new town, on Sarasota Bay...small but very modern, in the most beautiful section of the entire state of Florida”. So they sold their property in Scotland and set sail for the new world. Fifty-one men, women and children waited at Cedar Key to be transported to that shining new city of Sarasota. They were told that a shipment of lumber needed to finish their homes had not arrived and...please be patient...they would be on their way very soon. Christmas came and went. It must have been a very sad and frustrating holiday. The colonists decided to take matters into their own hands. They chartered a sidewheel steamer and landed in Sarasota Bay on December 28. There was no sign of a town anywhere. The pioneers who lived in scattered settlements across the county came to help carry the colonists and their belongings ashore. Among the “natives” were Whitak-

The John Browning clan from Paisley, Scotland, remained in Sarasota and helped to build a successful town.


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ers, Crockers, Abbes, Tatums, and Tuckers; names which we still associate with Sarasota today. These pioneers taught the colonists to fish with nets and bake bread in a deep pan over an open fire. They opened their homes, offered them shelter and a place to sleep.

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The steamship Furnessia, carried the 1885 Scottish Colony across the Atlantic from Glasgow to New York City.

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shovels and clearing trees. The colony was declared a failure. Among the few that stayed were the Brownings. Sarasota is much indebted to the members of this

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family, in particular, for they helped to build that promised shining city. New Year’s Day, 1886, was the last



celebration the original colonists had together. The ladies unpacked the linen tablecloths and spread them over planks placed on trestles. They set their fine china on these makeshift tables. The settlers came with fish and game. One of the Scots had been given a large plum pudding before leaving Glasgow and this was sliced paper thin so that everyone could taste a piece. The plates were “heaped full”. Cuban rum and Sarasota’s “dynamite moonshine” toasts were made. Probably more than a few choruses of “Auld Lang Syne” were sung. In the coming New Year of 2011, let’s borrow a sentiment from the Scots, remember our “auld acquaintances” and “tak a cup o’ kindness yet for auld lang syne”. (Lyrics of Auld Lang Syne borrowed from Robert Burns.)

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his holiday season, many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate the fortunes and opportunities that have come our way. Beginning with the carving of

Helping Others This Holiday Season

our Thanksgiving turkey, families will join together in rituals and traditions of their culture and religion. Jews will light the eight candles of the Menorah recounting the miracle of Chanukah,

believes that the key to serving the community is inclusiveness,

the Festival of Lights. Christians will attend Christmas Eve Mass

respect and empowering people to make positive life changes.

commemorating the birth of Jesus. African-Americans will re-

Our motto...When You Can’t Do It Alone defines the helping

affirm community with the lighting of seven symbolic candles

hand that JFCS offers to everyone seeking support.

for Kwanzaa. Each of these festivals and holidays embrace the family and provide a spiritual connection that strengthens our

Celebrating 25 years of providing hope and healing, JFCS does

entire community.

not do it alone! We are indeed fortunate to live in a generous community that rallies and responds to the needs of others.

But what do the most vulnerable people in our community have

JFCS has an active corps of more than 300 volunteers that

to celebrate this holiday season? The isolated, homebound wid-

serve as Mentors, Tutors and Friendly Visitors providing sup-

ower who recently lost his wife? The single mother who works

port and encouragement to at-risk youth and isolated seniors.

two jobs to support her children? The family who is on the brink

Donations from business partners and individuals provide im-

of homelessness due to unemployment? The child who comes

portant funding to support agency programs. And local foun-

to school hungry? The wife who is overwhelmed by her care

dations, government funders, Jewish Federation and all three

giving responsibilities? These are not invisible members of our

United Ways annually allocate significant grant funding to en-

community...they are neighbors who have hopes and dreams,

sure that JFCS can offer counseling and safety net programs

but little to celebrate. And they turn to JFCS for help, during the

to community residents.

holidays and throughout the year. As you prepare to celebrate the holidays with loved ones, take JFCS was founded in 1985 by a compassionate group of volun-

a moment to count your blessings. And then ask yourself, what

teers and professionals who recognized the importance of pro-

can I do to help others? I invite you to join the friends of JFCS

viding a full range of social services to our community. Guided

who donate canned goods to our food pantry, purchase Chanu-

by the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world,

kah and Christmas gifts for needy children, visit an older adult in

JFCS provides comprehensive counseling and social services

a nursing home or become a volunteer. Together, we can help all

to all people in our community who face life’s challenges. JFCS

members of our community realize their hopes and dreams.

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And Then There Was One began to become

national environs of SOBE, Florida crime writ-

a reality.

ers continually offer up stories of sun-faded

Gussin’s background in family medicine and

noir, orange pulp served freshly squeezed.

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

medical research helps gives this taut novel

If you’d like to get a fine sampling of some

This month’s first

an emotional truthfulness that strikes home.

of Florida’s best crime writers, Florida Heat

featured writer is

It’s easy to get heavy-handed when dealing

Wave might be just the thing to give you a

Longboat Key res-

with issue of biracial families, child abuse, and

new appreciation for noir and hard-boiled

ident Patricia Gus-

kidnapping, but Gussin manages it skillfully

tales, Florida style. Just don’t read it with the

sin’s fourth book,

throughout. If you like James Patterson, Rob-

lights off — some of these storytellers really

a suspenseful tale

ert Dugoni, or David Baldacci, you’ll probably

have a way with giving readers a scare.

entitled And Then

enjoy And Then There Was One, too.

Classics Revisited

There Was One (Oceanview Pub-

Florida’s long been

This month’s clas-

lishing, 2010, $25.95).This novel shows how

known as a haven

sic book to revisit

a seemingly blessed biracial family of five —

for crime writers,

is Neil Postman’s

pediatric psychologist Katie Monroe is mar-



Amusing Ourselves

ried to a former Yankees catcher, and they

reputation has ta-

to Death (Penguin,

have three nine-year-old triplet girls — can

pered off some in

2005, $15). This

quickly fall into ruin and despair. It all starts

the past few years,


to go wrong when their three kids head into

you wouldn’t know

edition of the pro-

a movie theater with a cousin, but only one

it after seeing native

phetic work of so-

of the triplets emerges. To find the missing

Floridian and former prison chaplain Michael

cial commentary has an insightful forward by

girls, both parents deeply examine their own

Lister’s new book, a collection of crime sto-

his son, Andrew, that tries to imagine his fa-

pasts for clues while Jackie, the remaining

ries entitled Florida Heat Wave (Tyrus Books,

ther’s (who died in 2003) response to today’s

girl, suffers survivor’s guilt for insisting that

2010, $27.95). This fast-paced group of

world of IM’ing, emails, text messaging, and

she see a different movie with the cousin,

stories includes work by such authors as

Tivoing. Then and now, this book seeks to

leaving the other two alone. Katie, too, is tor-

Alice Jackson, Raven McMillian, Tom Corco-

understand and explain the effects that elec-

mented by guilt and anger. Were her children

ran, John Lutz, John Dufresne, and Carolyn

tronic media have on us and our culture. It

abducted by one of the child abusers she

Haines, among others. Even if you don’t rec-

also asks the question: “Television has ha-

put away through expert court testimony?

ognize every name in the table of contents,

bituated us to visual entertainment measured

Was the culprit someone from the baseball

you’ll quickly be swept up into the dark high-

out in spoonfuls of time. But what happens

world that her husband had wronged? The

ways and hot swamps and dismal tourist at-

when we come to expect the same things

family’s ties are strained to the limit by this

tractions that provide settings for these cap-

again from our politics and public discourse?

terrifying crisis.

tivating crime stories.

What happens to journalism, education,

Gussin explains that the idea for this story

In the introduction to this edited collection,

and religion when they too become forms of

emerged as she drove down Route 41 and

Lister explains a bit about what makes this

show business?”

saw a woman pushing a double stroller

project so compelling:

While the ideas and arguments are high-pow-

while another child walked alongside. The

A place like no other...Florida’s diversity is

ered, Postman is a storyteller at heart, which

walking child looked a lot like the two in the

only matched by its diverse populace. And

makes this an eminently readable book for

stroller, who seemed to be twins. “Why was

those that write about it—as this anthology

people who want to gain new perspective on

one walking while the others were being

will so convincingly demonstrate. This di-

our noisy, digital world. This book is a must-

pushed?” Gussin thought. Then she mused,

versity lends itself to a rich, varied crime fic-

read for people who want to better under-

as good writers are wont to do: “What would

tion tradition. From the pine-tree lined rural

stand the role of technology in our lives and

happen if two of identical triplets were ab-

highways of North Florida through the tourist

how it has profoundly shaped our future.

ducted, leaving only one?” And just like that,

traps of Central Florida to the tropical, inter-


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From Down-Home to Fine Fare, It’s All on the Key! By Susan Cullen From Café Gabbiano in the Village to Ophelia’s at the far southern tip, Siesta Key proves to be more than just a destination for snowy white beaches and tourist-style revelry. Noshing on upscale bar fare while quaffing beer on a hot November day is one of the many reasons to live or visit here, but when your taste buds are demanding something a bit more sophisticated, you’ve still come to the right place. Siesta Key has your cravings covered. If you like the sensuous feel and Old World ambiance of an authentic Italian wine cellar, Café Gabbiano’s carefully crafted interior and alfresco spaces reflect owner Peter Migliaccio’s native Ischia. The menu is spiced with traditional veal and pasta dishes from the southern end of the boot, and carefully-selected boutique wines enhance the décor and the palate.

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When romance means light and airy surroundings and a dropdead-gorgeous waterfront view, Ophelia’s on the Bay delivers. Known as a “special occasion” destination, even a weekday dinner feels like a celebration. Crafted with a Continental flair, the menu offers dishes like braised lamb osso buco perfumed with rosemary and white truffle essence and served with lobster


studded potatoes. Just remember that drooling over your food is not so romantic, though understandable. Maybe you’re looking for some good old fashioned down-home flavors. Blu Smoke Island Grill will pull you in from a Village stroll with the hickory and apple wood aromas from its Southern Pride smokers. A whole pig is roasted every Sunday, and $5 pulled pork sandwiches are served from noon until 5 p.m. “We do smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, chicken wings and fish,” says Matthew Diveley, who owns the restaurant with his father, Ken, “but our menu is 50/50 smoked and non-smoked items.” In addition to an all-day happy hour, Blu Smoke has music every evening and offers a late night menu on weekends featuring noshes from the regular menu. The Blu Cheese Chips and Fried Calamari show why the restaurant is more than a Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 10:30-2pm

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barbecue joint. The chips are house fried and draped with a blue cheese sauce sparked with a tangy balsamic reduction, and the calamari is kicked up with a spicy sweet chili sauce.

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For even more dining delights, the area just off the south bridge holds many opportunities for the peckish. If your culinary fantasies include a trip back


in time for glam dining a la AMC’s Mad Men, then Miquel’s French Continental cuisine should satisfy. Dishes





reminiscent of the heyday in fine dining, including such classics as Caesar salad and 22-ounce Chateaubriand for two.

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“Not many places do Dover Sole any

manager. “The whole fish comes out and

more,” says Dan Garcia, Miguel’s general is deboned at the table.” Other




appetizers of escargot in garlic butter, brandy and fines herbes, Coquille St. Jacques with silky scallops in white wine and cream surrounded by fluffy, eggy Duchesse potatoes and, of course, French onion soup. Miquel’s serves an early bird menu between 5 and 6 p.m. year round with 16 entrée choices that include appetizer, salad, vegetable du jour and dessert for $15.95 to $18.95. “We’ve been doing that for 27 years,” Garcia says. “It’s hands down the best early bird special in town.” Also in the neighborhood, Javier’s Restaurant and Wine Bar offers dinner with a Latin flair. “We’re a South American restaurant; also Peruvian American,” says Mary Arana, who owns the restaurant with husband Javier. “I’m the American. My husband is the Peruvian,” she quips.


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The menu reflects their successful union with south of the border flavors in a Peruvian-style surf and turf of grilled beef tenderloin and shrimp skewers dressed up with a cilantro chimichurri sauce and a seafood paella-style dish of shrimp, scallops, fish, mussels and calamari in a fresh ginger tomato sauce. “We do feature our South American

True Mixed Media They paint with sauces; they sculpt with cheese…their canvas, a gently warmed plate.

tapas,” Arana says. “We find people are really enjoying trying different things, and

At Café Baci, we call these

they can try them in smaller portions.”

artisans “Chefs” and feature

Javier’s has an extensive selection of hot

their masterpieces daily.

and cold tapas. A refreshing ceviche of Pacific corvina (flown here from Peru) is prepared with lime juice flavored with red onion, cilantro and aji pepper. Clayton’s Siesta Grille may be slightly off the beaten path, but its varied menu and convivial atmosphere have the restaurant

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buzzing even on a Wednesday night in slow, slow September. “We’re a casual fine dining seafood house,” says owner Clayton Thomas, “but some of our favorite items are not seafood items.” One of the restaurant’s best sellers is the braised boneless beef short ribs slow simmered in a Madeira shallot sauce. Well-loved lamb “lollipops” served with roasted eggplant puree and tzataki reflect Chef Dimitri Xinidis’ Greek heritage. A relatively new stone oven has made pizzas so popular Thompson says he wishes they had installed one twice as big. Still, seafood reigns with Macadamia Crusted Grouper, Trout “Almondine” and Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos. “We encourage customers to try something different. I tell them if they don’t like it, we’ll get them something else,” he says. “We’re a fun place. I think food and fun go hand in hand.” Couldn’t agree more.


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Thunder on the Bay 2011 Kick-Off & One-Year Anniversary Celebration Saturday, November 20, 2010, 5:30- 7:30 Join Blu Smoke Island Grill and Bar and Suncoast Charities for Children as we celebrate! Giving back to the community is very important and dear to our hearts. Proceeds from the evening will support Suncoast Charities for Children who have been serving local children with special needs since 1985. For more information visit:


INTRODUCING CHEF KENT We are pleased to welcome Chef Kent to our team. Chef Kent has refreshed the menu at Blu Smoke Island Grill and Bar. The menu showcases classic American cuisine, featuring hand-cut premium beef, daily fresh seafood, smoked infused specialties and BBQ prepared low and slow over a blend of oak, hickory and fruitwoods. A new late night menu has been developed, served 10pm-close. We will also be offering a series of wine tastings, winemaker dinners and community events. Enjoy casual, fine dining on our patio or in our air conditioned dining room. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. Large parties welcome and private catering available. Happy Hour All Day Every Day! Live Entertainment daily.

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Are you confused about whether you or your daughter need

• Most women can stop Pap smear screening at age 65-70.

a Pap smear and if so, how often? I do not have all the answers, but let me try to clear up some of the confusion.

Let me explain a few things about these guidelines stat-

These guidelines are endorsed by the American Congress of

ed above. Researchers found that most cervical disease

Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American

went away without further treatment in adolescents, which

Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP).

explains why we start cervical screening at a later age now. Adolescents should still see a health care provider if

Is it really that important for women to get their Pap smear?

sexually active to discuss sexually transmitted infections

The incidence of cervical cancer has decreased by more

and birth control. Regardless of whether you need a Pap

than 50% in the last 30 years, due to widespread screening.

smear ever year, women should see a health care pro-

So who is getting cervical cancer? Well, mostly people who

vider for a clinical breast exam, pelvic exam and any other

are not getting their cervical cytology screening. Over 50%

health maintenance that is indicated based upon your age

of people diagnosed with cervical cancer each year have

and risk factors.

never had a Pap smear and another 10% had not had one in the last 5 years.

In addition to the Pap smear, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines will greatly impact cervical cancer preven-

So now that I have convinced you how important it is to your

tion. There are currently now 2 vaccines approved by the

cervical cytology screening, let me tell you some basic facts

FDA against HPV-related diseases. The vaccines are ap-

about it....

proved between the ages of 9 and 26 but the ideal time to vaccinate is between ages 11 to 12. It is most effective to

• Age to start Pap smears is 21, regardless of when you

vaccinate prior to the onset of sexual activity. One vaccine

become sexually active;

is approved for males between ages 9 and 26 to prevent genital warts. Studies are ongoing regarding vaccinating

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women over the age of 26.

other year if they are normal; We know as gynecologists that most women dread their an• Women 30 and over need a Pap smear every 3 yrs if they

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As a neurologist, I’m often asked how I can work in

is younger (often women of childbearing age) and

a field were many diseases have, in the past, been

its nature is unpredictable. Again, Parkinson’s dis-

thought of as untreatable. I usually respond that this

ease is another progressive disease where patients

is what I enjoy: the challenge of helping a person and

frequently fear ultimate loss of mobility and ability

their family manage a disorder and seek new ap-

to swallow. For all these conditions, dealing with

proaches and treatments. I am fortunate to be prac-

a person’s fears, while offering new treatment and

ticing at a time where translational research (taking

management options so they can enjoy as much

laboratory discoveries and translating them to new

of there lives as possible, is an integral part of my

clinical treatments) is a focus, and at the Roskamp


Institute where community neurology practice can blend with enthusiastic researchers. This setting of-

It’s the struggles of patients dealing with these dis-

fers hope and synergy that promotes the discovery of

orders that we experience everyday in the clinic that

new treatments for that will finally overcome the many

generate the continued desire to better understand

prevalent neurologic conditions that impact our local

what is happening in our laboratory models of these


diseases and indeed helps drive the direction of research. Perspective as a clinician can give guidance

The focus of the research at the Institute has been in

to experimenting with new treatments. For instance,

the past predominately Alzheimer’s disease, however,

several of the diseases I treat show great inflamma-

I am excited the Institute has broadened the scope of

tion that cause the brain degeneration and we focus

the research and clinical opportunities for the treatment

on many new ways to treat this “neuroinflammation” at

of other neurological diseases such as Multiple Scle-

the Roskamp Institute.

rosis and Parkinson’s disease. The Roskamp Institute clinical staff is made up of highly trained professionals

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who are motivated and passionate about the care they

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provided to patients and the research to identify new

the opportunity to participate in pharmaceutical spon-

therapeutic treatments, and cures for these debilitating

sored research trials or basic science studies. It’s this


combination of involvement of our local community, assisting with testing future medications, and generat-

I treat and help manage people with Alzheimer’s

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Disease as it most usually slowly progresses rob-

me to this remarkable facility.

bing a person of their memory and their loved one of their life partner. By contrast, the challenges of

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As you age, the morning joint pain and stiffness of ar-

son. For the knee sufferer, it may not always result in

thritis often previously relieved by an aspirin or over-

the need for a total knee replacement. A partial knee

the-counter anti-inflammatory medication may begin

resurfacing will often do. This requires only an over-

to persist until later in the day. If you are an arthritis

night stay in the hospital and usually just a cane for

sufferer, you are just one of 23 million Americans who

two weeks. Most of my golfers are back on the links in

suffer from the same disease. The problem often de-

a month with a partial knee resurfacing and relatively

velops over time. It may be due to a “wear and tear”

pain-free. Partial knee resurfacing now represents 30%

condition such as overuse injury or repetitive move-

of my knee practice.

ment or due to developmental disorders. Nonetheless, pain and stiffness are two of the hallmarks of arthritis.

Hip replacements too have come a long way from what they used to be. The new anterior supine intermuscu-

Conservative treatments such as medications, external

lar hip replacement that we are now doing reduces

aids (like a cane or crutches), nutraceuticals (such as glu-

the chance of dislocation and usually provides for a

cosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate), injections di-

quicker recovery with less spent in the hospital. Most

rectly into the painful joint with a cortisone preparation or

importantly, NO muscles or tendons are cut. There are

a hyaluronic acid preparation, bracing, exercise, rest and

minimal to NO hip precautions and it is clearly mini-

ice, and weight control all play important roles in relieving

mally invasive. Additionally, it is much more accurate

some of the symptoms of arthritis and get you on your

in adjusting leg length equal to the other leg. It allows

way back to that active lifestyle you wish to maintain. But

you to sleep in any position from the first night on. It

sometimes conservative treatment is not enough.

affords easy implant positioning and sizing verification during surgery with the use of fluoroscopic imaging. It

Despite the above remedies, simple everyday tasks

preserves healthy muscles and tissue and may often

may continue to be painful. A good night’s rest may

be through a shorter incision. In addition to less tis-

be prevented due to the pain. Seemingly irreversible

sue damage, there is frequently less blood loss. Most

deformity may develop. Chronic inflammation may not

patients with arthritic hips are candidates for this pro-

improve with rest or medication.

cedure, but not all. It currently represents about 70% of my hip replacement practice.

Do not live in pain! You have options. Although high-


impact activities such as running and jumping should

Dr. Ronald White practices at Kennedy-White Or-

not be continued, lower impact activities such as long

thopaedic Center, 6050 Cattleridge Blvd, Sarasota.

walks, golf, and doubles tennis are certainly within rea-


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Upon entering the theater, we immediately encountered a cave-like opening that inextricably drew us into the mournful, cursed world of the

The Players opened its 81st season with this Tom Jones and Harvey

play. The set was divided between The Broken Compass — a seedy dock-

Schmidt musical classic that has charmed audiences for more than half a

side tavern — and the dock itself, which bleakly stretched out to a craggy,

century. And it’s easy to see why. Laden with the timeless themes of young

unforgiving seascape lit by the searchlight of a lonely lighthouse — the

love, lost innocence, and the temptation to seek what’s always just “be-

perfect scene for an invasion of tortured spirits and pirate ghosts.

yond that road,” there’s something in this show for everyone. Sprinkle in

In Myroup’s adaptation, Captain Victor Van Decker, the Dutchman,

such beautiful songs as “Much More,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “They Were

is allowed to bring himself and his ghostly crew ashore one day per de-

You,” and the ageless “Try To Remember,” and you’ve got an evening of

cade. Complications arise when Van Decker and his loyal boatswain Ma-

theatre that simply can’t miss.

roon Muldoon fall in love with mortals Princess Regatta and Anastasia

The plot is deceptively simple. Two fathers, Hucklebee and Bellamy

“Queenie” Dupree. Toss in the devilish imp Scratchman who, with the aid

(ably played by Doug Nelson and Jason Kimble) conspire to induce their

of his band of nefarious pirate spirits is constantly seeking to extend his

children, Matt and Luisa (Craig Weiskerger and Trina Rizzo) to fall in love by

immortality by stealing mortals’ souls, and you’ve got a ghastly, ghostly,

pretending to feud. To further insure the success of their scheme, they en-

garish gaggle of gruesome ghouls, guaranteed to garner a great time for

gage a worldly rogue (Greg Wiegers as El Gallo) and a gypsy-like band of

the whole family.

traveling players (Bob Fahey, Bill Sarazen, and Anna Trinci as Henry, Mor-

Cast notables included the handsome and talented Jacob Fricke as

timer, and the Mute respectively) to stage a moonlight abduction of Luisa

Captain Van Decker, Brandon Farlin in a Ronald Coleman-like turn as Mul-

in which Matt will emerge the hero. Initial success melts away like spring

doon, Kenzie Balliet as a lovely Regatta, Kaitlyn Terpstra as a spirited and

snow under the blazing heat of day once the parents’ plot is unveiled.

effervescent Queenie, Elaine Levin-Smith as the macabre and diabolically

What follows is a series of life lessons to which we all can relate. Trina Rizzo’s Luisa was a joy to watch, displaying the angelic voice

funny pirate ghost, Mary Read, and Jack Rabito as the justice-dispensing Davy Jones. This show was definitely rated “Arrrrrggghhhh!!!”

and compelling stage presence of an accomplished performer. Anna Trinci gave an inspired, understated performance as the Mute, and Craig

Greater Tuna

Weiskerger’s Matt achieved rueful dimension in the play’s second act as he

Greater Tuna is a hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town,

underwent some of life’s cruel hardships. Greg Weigers’ El Gallo was just

where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic

fine, and Bob Fahey and Bill Sarazen made for a fun Henry and Mortimer,

band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two perform-

despite several missed comedic opportunities along the way. Scott Keys’

ers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they

direction, though paced a bit slow at times, showed the respect and love

depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, children and animals.

for this musical that it so justly deserves. Congratulations, Players Theater,

I saw the original production at Circle In The Square Downtown in

for a job well done!

New York, so I took my seat in Venice Theatre’s MainStage with the bar

Upcoming shows for the Players Theater include Oklahoma, Mame, Big: The

set high. The indelible images of Jaston Williams and Joe Sears portraying

Musical, Rumors, The Producers, and Victor Victoria. For more information,

that entire town is a fond memory I hold dear to this day. Even though Mur-

call them at (941) 365-2494, or visit them on the Web at

ray Chase (who inexplicably kept his moustache, even for the female char-

VENICE THEATRE The Flying Dutchman

acters he portrayed) and Allan Kollar didn’t quite hit the dizzying heights of Williams and Sears, it was an enjoyable romp nonetheless. This play works much better in a smaller theater than Venice The-

Like Bloody Mary, the Headless Horseman, and the Boogeyman, the

atre’s vast MainStage. Perhaps they should have switched with The Fly-

Flying Dutchman has earned his place in modern folklore as captain of an

ing Dutchman, playing in the smaller Pinkerton Theatre, which also would

ill-fated ghost ship, doomed to sail the oceans forever. Trouble is, even

have benefited from playing in a larger space.

though the legend has found its way into an opera by Richard Wagner and

Be on the lookout for the following shows on Venice Theatre’s 2010-2011 sea-

an 1826 play by Edward Fitzball, no definitive version has ever been done

son schedule: Rabbit Hole, Ragtime, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, and Always,

of the story. Until now, at the Venice Theatre.

Patsy Cline. For more info, call the box office at (941) 488-1115 or log on to

Writer/director Ronald Krine Myroup has fashioned a spooky, funny, campy, and thoroughly entertaining version of the tale filled with maritime

magic, and a multi-generational cast of veteran actors mixed with some


up-and-coming teens in a so-called “Generations” offering on the theater’s

Sunday in the Park With George

Pinkerton Stage.


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One of Stephen Sondheim’s most difficult and problematic musiNovember 2010

cals, Sunday in the Park With George relates a fictionalized story of famed


pointillist painter Georges Seurat and how he painted his masterpiece, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Like his version of Seurat, Sondheim has often been criticized for being overly cerebral and inaccessible — for having, as the show’s lyrics put it, “no life in his art,” and a propensity to write tunes that are not “hummable.” And perhaps no Sondheim show puts that assertion to the test more than this one. Yet, director Rick Kerby and his talented cast handily overcame that obstacle, and more. Steve Dawson, as Seurat (and, in Act II, his greatgrandson, George), effectively communicated an artist’s most challenging conflict: how to use extremely technical methods to create a work of art that emotionally moves its audience. Dawson was no doubt aided by the

Get your tickets to upcoming performances you won’t want to miss. Ragtime November 2 – 28 / Venice Theatre / 941.488.1115 Winner of multiple Tonys, Ragtime is a soaring musical about life in the early 1900s.

fact that he himself is an accomplished artist, having graduated from the

Legally Blonde

Ringling College of Art and Design. His portrayal, enhanced by a wonderful

November 7 / Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall / 941.953.3368

singing voice, showed that no matter how dysfunctional his character was in relating with people in everyday life, he could genuinely connect with them through his art.

The hilarious MGM film is Broadway’s new smash hit musical, and now it is coming to the Van Wezel.

La Cenerentola

Marie) brought a touching vulnerability that made you hope against hope

Through November 10 / Sarasota Opera / 941.366.8450 The magical score for this delightful opera will win you over as Cinderella

that she would find the happy ending that simply wasn’t in the cards. And

wins her prince.

she sings like an angel. For me, she gave the evening’s most compelling

I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change (Mainstage)

Dianne Dawson, as Seurat’s muse Dot (and, in Act II, her daughter

performance. Kudos also to Meg Newsome whose depictions of Seurat’s mother in Act I, and an art critic in Act II, nearly stole the show. Her duet

November 10 – January 2 / Florida Studio Theatre (FST) / 941.366.9000 A musical joyride through the phases of love, from the first stages of

of the song “Beautiful,” with Steve Dawson was worth the price of admis-

romance, to marriage, parenthood and beyond.

sion. Keep your eyes peeled for such upcoming Manatee Players offerings as Nunsensations, Oliver, Hairspray, Guys & Dolls, Shout, and Singing in the Rain in

The Wanderers (Cabaret Series) October 13 – January 1 / Florida Studio Theatre (FST) / 941.366.9000 Harmonious and dynamic, from the Four Seasons to the Beatles!

their 2010-11 season. Call the box office at (941) 748-5875.


THE GOLDEN APPLE DINNER THEATRE The Merry Widow One reason this wonderful old operetta keeps coming out of the cedar chest is because it is such a consistent crowd pleaser. And that fact

November 12 – 14 / Sarasota Orchestra / 941.953.3434 In a thrilling program of short, colorful works, the Orchestra and guest artist prove their virtuosity. From Ravel to Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Barber, this fastpaced concert will feature passion, delight and mastery.

was never more evident than in this sparkling revised version, penned by

Irving, George & Aaron, Inventing the American Sound

director Robert Ennis Turoff.

November 20 / Sarasota Orchestra / 941.953.3434

Turoff’s adaptation truncated the story to a manageable two acts, but kept the essential plot intact: Madame Tanya Novasna (Corrine Bach) is a wealthy widow pressured by Baron Lipoff (B.J. Wilkes) to marry Prince

The music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland is known as the “American Sound.” Featured will be Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Berlin’s Blue Skies, and excerpts from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Danilo Danilowitsch (Dan Hoffman) in order to keep her vast assets in their


financially strapped country. It seems the widow and the prince once had

Through November 14 / Manatee Players / 941.748.5875 The Nunsense Vegas Revue takes the sisters on a brand new adventure. What follows is the most feather-filled, sequin-studded, fan dancing Nunsense show ever!

a brief, earlier relationship before she married her late husband, and now the prince prefers to spend his time chasing women at Maxime’s. What follows is a touching lesson in the meaning of true love. The supporting cast, in addition to the gentlemen listed above included Berry Ayers (Raymond de la Fosse), Heidi Davis (Baroness Natasha Lipoff), Erik Emerson (Nasch), Cliff Roles (Charles Derval), and Cara Herman (Countess De Chassis). They all acquitted themselves admirably, but the crown jewel of the evening was Corrine Bach in the title role. Ms. Bach’s spine-tingling soprano voice mesmerized the audience at every turn, especially with a truly memorable rendition of the classic “Vilia” in Act Two. Let’s hope we see a lot more of her on the Sarasota theatre scene! Coming up at The Golden Apple is a revival of the popular musical revue, I Still “Heart” New York, running Nov. 3 to Jan. 2. Reserve your seats now by calling the box office at (941) 366-5454.

Bonnie & Clyde, The New Musical November 19 – December 19 / Asolo Repertory Theatre / 941.351.8000 This vibrant and stylish new musical features a thrilling score that combines rockabilly, blues and gospel music.

Mame December 2-12 / The Players / 941.365.2494 Based on the novel “Auntie Mame” by Patrick Dennis and the play “Auntie Mame” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.

Modern Greats December 3 & 4 / Sarasota Ballet / 941.359.0099 Choreographed by one of America’s great choreographers, Twyla Tharp. November 2010

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scene | locally SHAPING OUR COMMUNITY STUART J. ROTH HONORED BY LAKEWOOD RANCH COMMUNITY FUND The Board of Advisors of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund announced that Stuart J. Roth was the recipient of the Sixth Annual C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award. Mr. Roth, President and CEO of The Center for Faith and Freedom (CFF) in Lakewood Ranch, was selected for this honor due to his genuine commitment to the community through his personal investments of time, energy, and

Photo credit: Maria Lyle Photography

resources. The Center for Faith and Freedom provides chari-

a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The event’s present-

table agencies with modern communication tools that help

ing sponsor was State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The

them deliver their messages. At the core of CFF is Salt & Light

following companies were honored: Ambo Foods LLC, Innovation

Productions, a professional multi-media production company

Award; Phoenix Ink Corp., Green-to-Gold; L-3 Communications,

that creates original programs at no cost to these organiza-

Aviation Recorders, Export Excellence; and MyGreenBuildings

tions providing them increased awareness in the community.

LLC, Entrepreneur. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota re-

ceived the John J. Cox Community Partner Award sponsored by Halfacre Construction and The Bank of Commerce; and Dan Bai-


ley, an attorney with the law firm of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz


& Getzen, received the Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award,

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. received a nearly $2 mil-

sponsored by Sun Hydraulics Corp.

lion grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant, which will be utilized over


a four-year period, will enable Coastal to treat the physical as


well as behavioral challenges impacting individuals dealing with

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee

mental illness and substance abuse issues. The grant is part of

has been selected as the Agency of the Year from the Alliance

an unprecedented push under the Affordable Care Act to help

for Children and Families. Rose Chapman, LCSW, president and

prevent and reduce chronic disease, and promote wellness by

CEO of JFCS accepted the award at the 2010 Annual Conference

treating behavioral health needs similarly to other health condi-

held in October in Milwaukee, WI. One of three recipients of this

tions. Coastal Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and

prestigious national award, JFCS was selected because of its ex-

addiction prevention, treatment and intervention services in Sara-

cellence in board participation and support, impact of advocacy

sota, Charlotte, DeSoto and Lee counties.

efforts, and innovative programming. Peter B. Goldberg, president and CEO of the Alliance, said “An inspiration to its peer or-


ganizations, JFCS is innovative and strategic in its daily execution


of its mission.” The Alliance for Children and Families is a national

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Sarasota County announced winners of the 2010 Hall of Fame Awards in


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membership association of over 340 nonprofit human service providers in the United States and Canada.

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PLYMOUTH HARBOR THE PLACE TO PURSUE PASSIONS Betsy Bagby’s eyes light up when conversation turns to the Sarasota Opera, her favorite of Sarasota’s many performing arts organizations. The arts have been a lifelong love for Betsy and supporting the young singers of the youth opera brings her joy. It was important to Betsy that when she retired, she would still be active and near a vibrant arts and cultural center. Plymouth Harbor’s proximity to downtown Sarasota makes it easy for her to pursue her passions for volunteering and attending performances whenever she wishes. And with so many neighbors who actively volunteer with other organizations, charities and civic organizations, she always feels right at home. Plymouth Harbor may be located at the center of Sarasota, but our residents are the heart of the community. When quality of life, smart planning and freedom to pursue passions and new interests are top priorities, Plymouth Harbor is the wise choice. Call us today for a tour of our award-winning campus, luxury accommodations and amenities.

Sarasota’s First Choice in Continuing Care Retirement Communities 700 John Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, Florida 34236 (941) 365-2600 • A Not-For-Profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). OIR #88039

November 2010  

November 2010