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CIRCUSEXPOSURE Elizabeth Siegfried's photo exhibit offers a behind-the-scenes peek at Sarasota's circus culture. NIKI KOTTMANN BLACK TIE REPORTER

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lizabeth Siegfried was expecting dust and cobwebs when she set out to clean her family’s cabin 10 years ago. What she found instead was a tattered cardboard box addressed to a woman she never met — who was about to become a big part of her life. Inside the box was 16 mm film shot by her grandmother, Elizabeth Chapin, in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. In the reels, Siegfried found footage of Chapin in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., at the family camp in Oxtongue Lake, Ontario, Canada, and, to her surprise, at the winter home of the Ringling Bros. circus. It was the summer of 2006, and Siegfried had been visiting her sister in Sarasota for the past decade. But she had no idea her grandmother had frequented the same town as a young woman. The film, mostly black and white, but some in color, showed scenes from the back lots of the Ringling Circus during a time when these spaces were open to the public before performances began. Circusgoers can be seen stroking elephant trunks, gawking at bowing horses and having stare-downs with colorful

clowns. These snapshots, Siegfried says, offer a look at this community of outsiders that come together as a family at the circus. The more photos she saw, the more Siegfried noticed an artistic instinct that she believes might have skipped her mother’s generation. As a photographer herself, Siegfried decided that Chapin’s eye for the perfect picture was too good to keep to herself. So, over the course of the next six years, she sent the reels to a company in New Mexico called Film to Video that transposed all of the forgotten film into digital video files. She then downloaded the files and used editing software to carefully examine each reel, frame by frame. Once she picked her favorites, she converted them to still images, making sure to maintain the iconic color and saturation of the circus. In 2010, she used the images to start a card company called Cards Without Words. “By capturing that moment, you can really study what’s happening in the background, whatever wardrobe is being worn, and you can look at the faces,” she says. “You can capture something you really can’t capture with a still camera — those sort of in-

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between times that a film can’t really get.” But starting the card company wasn’t enough. Siegfried, who lives in Sarasota for half the year, wanted to use the images to help Sarasotans experience their town’s cherished circus in its prime, so she showed the collection to Priscilla Brown, program director for Phillippi Estate Park. Brown, who had been looking for a Florida artist to exhibit work in the Edson Keith Estate for its 100th anniversary celebration in November, says the collection was a perfect match. The mansion was built in 1916 — right before the boom of the Ringling circus in the 1920s. Brown says these images will offer attendees a look at one of the go-to pastimes of the Keiths and other Roaring ’20s-era Sarasotans who loved to have a good time. “I had never seen back-lot pictures of the Ringling circus,” Brown says. “It was a glimpse into a lifestyle I had never heard about. I was fascinated by it.” A FAMILY AFFAIR

Siegfried learned through family lore that, though she was not a photographer by trade, her grandmother carried her camera everywhere. Chapin enjoyed shooting film of the people she loved and the places she went. It is likely, she gathered, that Chapin got her passion from her father, who was an amateur photographer until he was paid to travel around the world twice to take photos for National Geographic. Chapin died four years before Siegfried was born, but she says this project has helped her get to know her grandmother in an intimate way.

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“Working through this, I really felt as though she was right there with me,” Siegfried says. “I see this whole thing as a collaboration — a cross-generation collaboration with my grandmother. I feel very close to her as a result of that.” ARTISTIC BACKGROUND

Siegfried loved her Kodak Brownie camera as a kid. While studying English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1973, she fell in love with photography during her senior year. It was too late to switch majors at that point, so after graduation she decided to pursue her new passion at the Maine Photographic Workshops. There, she did a six-month residency and “lived and breathed” photography, until she eventually starting considering herself a photographer — a job title that started in 1982 and continues today as a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine. One thing that’s stayed consistent throughout her 35-year career, including her upcoming exhibit, is her fascination with historical images. “I’m obviously an old-fashioned person at heart,” Siegfried

says. “I love the old. I love nostalgia.” BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE

Like any artist, the exposure that comes with doing a large-scale exhibit was enticing to Siegfried. But she had another, more personal connection, as well. Siegfried grew up having circus-themed birthday parties. She and her friends loved seeing the elephants, clowns and stiltwalkers perform for the crowd, and she’s still in awe of the complexity involved in hauling a production from one city to the next. She hopes that by exposing people to what the circus used to be, she can help them appreciate what it is today. She thinks the nearly 50 images in the exhibit will remind people of what makes the circus alluring: An escape from the fast-paced modern lifestyle. “People have become so sophisticated in what they like, and their attention span is so short, they need more and more glitz,” she says. “I’m drawn to this. The costumes were amazing, and there’s a simplicity to it that I think we’ve lost as time goes by.”

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Above: A Ringling Bros. clown shows off before a performance. The majority of the color images in Siegfried’s collection are believed to have been shot by Chapin in the 1940s because color film wasn’t invented until 1935. Right: One of the five sequences that will be on display at the exhibit shows a stilt man reading before a performance. A sequence is what Siegfried calls a larger image composed of multiple smaller images.

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‘GREAT ESCAPES I: BREAKING BAD’ 7 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail $38 Call 953-3434. The Sarasota Orchestra presents an evening of music dedicated to misunderstood monsters and good guys gone bad. Hear songs from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Frankenstein” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Also runs Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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SATURDAY CIRCUS BY THE SEA 2 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Free with admission Call 388-4441. Mote Marine and The Circus Arts Conservatory collaborate for a celebration of arts and culture. Sailor Circus students will perform, and guests will have a chance to mingle with the performers and learn circus skills of their own.

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GIVING HUNGER THE BLUES ... ROCKS 5 p.m. at Kelly’s Live, 2525 S. Tamiami Trail $10 Call 210-3605. This annual charity concert expands to include performances by six area rock and metal bands at Kelly’s Live. DOO WOP SPECTACULAR 7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail $50 to $77.50 Call 953-3368. Doo Wop Spectacular features classic performers, including Charlie Thomas’ Drifters.

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A SIP OF SUNSHINE Inaugural beer festival highlights Florida brews, live music and food. IF YOU GO A+E MANAGING EDITOR

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So when Tuchman, Lambert and Nikki Logan Curran came up with the idea to host their own craft-beer festival, they wanted it to reflect their love for the local beer community. They wanted something different. The co-organizers, who compose Suncoast Festivals, will host the inaugural Sip the Sunshine Craft Beer Festival from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Nathan Benderson Park. The festival will feature more than 100 beers from 50 exclusively Florida craft breweries, food from seven local chefs and live music — headlined by Grammy Award-winning band Blues Traveler. Proceeds will benefit the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Tourism’s Beer Science program. “Five years ago, there were fewer than 40 breweries in the state of Florida,” he says. “Today, there more than 200, and they’re making some of the best beer in

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For the Ditchfieds, love of music is a family affair. MARTY FUGATE CONTRIBUTOR

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Musical talent seems to be hardwired into the Ditchfield family’s DNA. They began their career singing Christmas carols at an outdoor church pageant. People loved what they heard, and before long, they were officially The Ditchfield Family Singers. Over the years, they’ve entertained thousands at their annual Opera House Christmas concert and at performances nationwide. On special occasions, three generations of Ditchfields sing onstage. We spoke to Stephen Ditchfield about how they got so far.

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How did you become the Ditchfield Family Singers? You don’t sit down one day and say, “Let’s form a family singing group.” It grows out of who you are. My wife, Bernice, and I both had musical upbringings. We gravitated to making people happy with singing. My dad took us to see “The Sound of Music” in 1965. I saw a family who loved each other, sang together and made beautiful harmony. That’s when the dream was born in my heart.

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Jaws dropped, I assume? No, we jumped right into it. We put some stuff together from “The Sound of Music” and songs that I’d been doing in the restaurant, and we did our first show in 1996. From that, our popularity grew. In 2000, we rented the Opera House and did our first annual Christmas show for the whole community. This year will be our 17th. Your show has grown. Are the singers ever overpowered? No; Bernice and I make sure of that. Everybody’s individual talent always shines through. About half of our family singers are accomplished soloists; the other half prefers to sing harmony in the background. Our four grandsons grew up to be really

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What’s your touring schedule like? We do 75 to 100 concerts every year. We can’t always do the same thing, so we’ve developed different themes. We’ve done a “Best of Broadway” concert, a patriotic concert and music from the Frank Sinatra / Tony Bennett era. But we started with Christmas, and it’s always been one of our favorite things.

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RIAF offers fresh take on classic instruments JUNE LEBELL MUSIC CRITIC

I asked a rhetorical question in a recent column: What is music? I was taught that music is organized sound. Anyway, that’s what they said in olden times. What Eighth Blackbird, a group of extremely talented musicians (Nathalie Joachim, flutes; Michael Maccaferri, clarinets; Yvonne Lam, violin; Nick Photinos, cello; Matthew Duvall, percussion; and Adam Marks, piano), presented at the Historic Asolo for the Ringling International Arts Festival was certainly organized. They played it from their iPads, varying interestingly in size from smartphone to tome, so it was written out and organized by a composer for performance as written. Some, like Robert Hornstein’s “Conduit” and Timo Andres’ “Checkered Shade” were vaguely tonal, with “Conduit” traversing, ascending scales built loosely around a root tone. Others, “By-by Huey” by Ted Hearne and Jacob Cooper’s “Cast,” were harder to decipher but went more to the emotions than the intellect. The playing, in every case, was brilliant, but the material became monotonous and lacking in meaning. If you’re a flutist or clarinetist, or a pianist who’s interested in a prepared instrument, it’s fascinating to hear new sounds painted by composers who are trying hard to invent something differ-

ent. But what does that sound mean? What does it do? Bach was a brilliant technician. He could bend a four-part fugue in different directions so that, on paper, it was an intricate mathematical puzzle. But Bach had heart. Even without knowing his crab canons were crawling in every direction, you feel emotion; you’re punched in the gut by what he has to say. The only punch I got out of this concert was a big yawn. I also felt I was missing an important part of the presentation. Each composition was

based on a piece of art, but we didn’t get to see any of it. Yes, there were infinitesimal photos of the works included in the program, but they weren’t interactive, and they didn’t light up (as described, after the fact, by members of the ensemble) or give any sense they belonged to the music. It was like being left out of half the production. John Williams, Aaron Copland and Philip Glass have music for films, but their music stands alone without the movie that inspired it. The four works we heard in the program, titled

incongruously, “Hand Eye,” needed visual aids. Or something. Something more than great playing and what amounted to tricks of the trade to get us involved in the goings on. RIAF seems to fall short these days when it comes to its musical presentations. They lack the sparkle and the passion of the dance and theater productions it presents. Eighth Blackbird is a young, vivacious, talented group of musicians but again, the music they offered was, I’m sure, much more interesting to play and analyze than to hear.

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Eighth Blackbird brought a fresh approach to its use of classical instruments. But while the performance was inventive in skilled, it lacked in presentation.

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Featuring: From Darkness Arise; Klegg; Chronologic; Frostfang; Jack Mantra; Cruel Curses, and Drastic Fall. Kelly’s Live, 2525 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Tickets: $5 advance; $10 at the door or $5 w/donation of non-perishable food items Call or e-mail for ticket information: 941-548-8723 / Kaylacongdon113@gmail.com

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Belle Canto Benefit Concert | November 5, 5PM Cool Jazz w/ the Red Hot Belles and the Michael Ross Quartet First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota Tickets: $15 advance donation @ www.firstsrq.com/music/fine-arts-series or $20 at the door. Call or e-mail for ticket information: 941-400-2152 / Info@bellecanto.org

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Betty Callaghan with cancer survivors Margie Semonick, Jane Trinci and Patty Virgilio

Moffitt Sarasota Luncheon Friday, Oct. 14, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Benefiting Moffitt Cancer Center

6 PM – 8 PM TRICK OR TREATING – DJ WITH GAMES & PRIZES FOR THE LITTLE ONES FACE PAINTING TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL® Free masks for children 12 and under. (While supplies last.)

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4th Annual Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch

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The Ritz Carlton Golf Club Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Racquets for Rescues Tennis Tournament

Tennis Tournament 1:30 Registration, Tournament begins at 2:00 at The Lakewood Ranch Country Club 5:00 Evening begins and Dinner at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club Includes Tennis, Prizes, Dinner, Live Music, Dancing, 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction

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n The solemen for the 2016 Wine Women & Shoes Signature Luncheon were revealed and put into teams at the Solemen Reception Thursday, Oct. 13, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Sponsors and loved ones gathered to celebrate the 60 men, who will act as ambassadors, escorts and servers to the women at the luncheon Nov. 18. Michael Klauber introduced three white wines from La Favorita vineyard in Tokaji, Hungary that made their American debut at the event: Hárslevelű “Arioso,” 2015; Muscat “Vivace,” 2015 and Furmint “Allegro,” 2015.

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n A little birdie told us that last year at the SPARCC Amazing Raise — Raise the Roof Party, many female competitors reported the challenges left them sweaty and not looking their best for the after-party. Organizers decided that this year, they would offer a makeup touch-up station at Michael’s On East. Anne Casanova, cosmetic department manager and makeup artist at The Met, offered the complementary service. SPARCC supporters celebrated three weeks of fundraising, culminating in the main event, The Amazing Raise, Saturday, Oct. 15, at Michael’s On East. More than 360 people attended the afterparty, and though the total numbers from the night are still being calculated, $61,361 was raised throughout the three weeks leading up to the event.

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The Black Tie scene has lost one of its stalwart patrons, volunteers and true gentlemen, John Hunter. Often seen alongside his wife, Janet, at almost every charity event at the check-in table, John was always seen smiling ear to ear and often full of delightful conversation. The Hunters are longtime supporters of the Circus Arts Conservatory, La Musica, Community AIDS Network and, more recently, the Florida Poodle Rescue. John and 9-yearold black poodle rescue, Oliver, were featured on the runway at last season’s Designing Women Boutique fashion show, “An Evening at the Moulin Rouge.” His smile and good soul will be missed by many and especially on these pages.

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n Team ACS (American Cocktail Society), a fundraising team for the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, held its A Date for Goodness Sake Bachelor Auction Thursday, Oct. 13, at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Cliff Roles and Lulu emceed, and 14 local men acted as bachelors and represented a particular charity and came with their own package that was given to the highest bidder. Some packages were worth more than $1,000 and featured date-night activities, such as two Orioles spring training game tickets. Highlights included a secret Superman, Christian Grey impersonator and solo opera performance.

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Art Center Sarasota 90th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, Oct. 16, at Michael’s On East Benefiting Art Center Sarasota

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PLANET TRUNK SHOW OCTOBER 20 - 21 10AM - 6PM

PLANET DESIGNER LAUREN GROSSMAN AND ASSISTANT ELLEN LESELROD WILL BE PRESENTING SEVERAL NEW FABRICATIONS AND MANY NEW FABULOUS STYLES; FEATURING WASHABLE VEGAN LEATHER JACKETS, VESTS AND PANTS.

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Charity Pumpkin Games • Pony rides • Colossal Corn Maze • Corn Cannons Face Painting • Rock Climbing Wall • Power Jump Butterfly Experience • Children’s Train Ride • Fresh Produce • Pumpkin Pie Fresh Roasted Sweet Corn • Swamp Buggy Rides MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: BUFFALO COUNTRY BAND - ALL DAYS WATCHING WENDY BAND - OCT 23, 30 SOUTHERN EXPRESS BLUEGRASS - OCT 29 BOB AND TOM THE BAND - OCT 22, 23 SWEENEY FAMILY BAND - OCT 29, 30 MR HARLEY - ALL DAYS MEAN MARY - OCT 22, 23

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t was hard to navigate the Michael’s On East ballroom Saturday, but for good reason. The venue was packed to the brim with supporters of Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center, who came out to cheer on the 20 teams of eight participating in the Amazing Raise. Dubbed “A Unique Sarasota-Style Scavenger Hunt,” the event consisted of an afternoon of challenges to raise money to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It all started at 5 p.m., when the horn sounded and teams set out in chauffeured vans to locations determined using clues on their Scavify apps. The app featured 31 photo challenges and six trivia questions that quizzed competitors on everything from SPARCC to “I Love Lucy” knowledge. The after-party, AKA ‘Raise the Roof Party’ gave attendees the chance to watch footage of the challenges and cheer on their favorite team before welcoming the competitors to the venue. Everyone enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and attendees had the chance to donate to SPARCC by purchasing tickets to play an interactive video game called “Catch Challenge” by Blue Pony. Players had to grab the most coins in order to receive the most points, and there were prizes awarded to the player at the top of the leadership board at the beginning of every hour. After the teams arrived around 8 p.m., the SPARCC Sirens were awarded first place in team fundraising, and Da Fruit Crew of Albritton Fruit Company Inc. was awarded overall challenge winner. From Sept. 24 to Oct. 13, SPARCC Director of Development Mary Ellen Mancini sent emails to teams, challenging them to reach certain fundraising goals. The SPARCC Sirens raised $13,850 and won the majority of the email challenges, and Da Fruit Crew won the most clue-related challenges the day of the event. Once the winners were awarded their medals amid a rainstorm of purple confetti, attendees took to the dance floor to show off their moves.

John Karl Albritton, Sarah Albritton, Heather Messenger, Miles Messenger, Charlene Parrish, Jake Bayles, Lee Ann Albritton and Johnny B. Albritton, of winning team Da Fruit Crew, pose after receiving their medals.

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PARTICIPANTS Saturday, Oct. 15, at Michael's On East | Benefiting SPARCC

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