Brrr! Things To Do When the Temp Drops

The Floridian version of winter has arrived, but worry not! Sarasota is jam-packed full of things to do, whether it is an 85 degree beach day or a 45 degree “wintery” day. Here are some to-dos for these few weeks while there is a chill in the air:

Gauguin’s  Tahitian Women Under the Palms

Gauguin’s Tahitian Women Under the Palms

Gauguin at Selby Gardens

If you are visiting us from up north, it might be safe to leave your jacket at home, but for the longtime Floridians, bring a sweater and head out the the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where the third installment of the Goldstein exhibition series launches on February 10th, showcasing the essential role of botanicals in the works of Paul Gauguin. Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise features ten of the artist’s original dramatic woodcut prints and wood engravings together with lush, tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens.

Knights at The Ringling

This exhibit features over 100 objects of European Knighthood from the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, including full suits of armor, helmets, swords, and other weaponry. What better way to appreciate the now (even when it’s 50 degrees!) than to harken back to a time where men wore steel in all seasons and there was no outdoor plumbing! On loan from Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy, the Knights will only be on display until mid-April, so head to The Ringling on the next chilly or rainy day for some 14th century fun.

Martin Walker, Author of the Bruno series, will be at Bookstore One Friday, Feb 1 at 3pm.

Martin Walker, Author of the Bruno series, will be at Bookstore One Friday, Feb 1 at 3pm.

Meet Your Favorite Authors at Bookstore One

Downtown Sarasota’s Bookstore One is full of exciting events this month: Author of the Inspector Bruno series, Martin Walker, will be here this Friday at 3pm for a chat and signing. (If you like intellectual mysteries, then let me highly recommend this series, set in France.) If mysteries aren’t your genre of choice, not to worry. Other special events this month include a couple poetry events; novelists like Kristina McMorris, Sally Fernandez, and Karen Rose; as well as a Q&A session with Sarasota’s City Planner, Steven Cover; even football legend Reggie Williams stops by Bookstore One this month for a chat! Intimate gatherings like this are what makes our town special, so take advantage of our wonderful access and head out to one of the many excellent events this month at Bookstore One.

Emerging Artists at Fogartyville

After you finish meeting Mr. Walker at Bookstore One, grab a downtown meal and head to Fogartyville for the Emerging Artist Showcase, which opens this Friday at 8pm. The opening night will feature both visual and performing artists and tickets are only $5 to attend, so come out and support the alternative arts landscape of Sarasota.

It is never too cold for a book & a blanket on the beach.

It is never too cold for a book & a blanket on the beach.

…Or Just Keep it Simple.

Up north, they might curl up with a good book next to a fire. In Florida, bring your blanket and a beach chair and get cozy with your current read right on our white sands. Warm or cool, hot or cold, reading at the beach never goes out of style.