August 31, 2019

I have had a pleasure-filled summer. My two granddaughters were with me for their annual 3-week visit and attendance at Sarasota Opera Camp and The Players Summer theater camp. Both put on inspiring performances full of enthusiasm and talent. The end of July was filled with the joyous wedding of my eldest son, Stephen, to the beautiful Dana at a Napa Valley Vineyard resort. Great fun with family, old and new.

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The gods were with us again as hurricane Dorian changed direction and missed us.  A sigh of relief all around and deep concern for those areas devastated.  Find legitimate platforms to aide those in the Bahamas and other stricken areas.

I hope your summer was full of joy, enrichment and rejuvenation…


Still Savoring

Savor Sarasota normally runs for one week at the beginning of summer, but many local restaurants have elected to carry the special prix-fixe, multi-course lunch and dinner menus for just $16 and $32 per person through until the end of Summer. Some of my favorites--like Beulah, Captain Brian's, and Ophelia's on the Bay--have extended the deal all the way to the end of September! Treat yourself to a wonderful meal at one of these fine restaurants.

You can find a full list of all restaurants who have extended Savor Sarasota here.

Places on Palm

While the Towles Court Art Walk is still suspended until Season begins in October, the Palm Avenue Art Walk still proceeds even throughout the summer. Next Friday, September 6 from 6-9pm, bring a friend to Palm Avenue to check out the artsy corner of downtown and finish the evening at Caraguilo's for a yummy Italian bite without ever leaving Palm.

Also in the area, DeMarcay is rising right above the galleries. This new 39-residence condo development has its sales center right on Palm Avenue so you can stop in and see what is up and coming in the neighborhood in coming months.

Mindful Matters

My older brother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This debilitating disease affects 1 in 10 adults over the age of 65 and an estimated 5.8 million people.

Sarasota's Roskamp Institute is devoted to understanding causes and finding treatments for brain disorders, and in their effort to educate the masses about Alzheimer's, they are hosting the 3rd Annual Grey Matters Symposium on September 27th from 11am to 2pm. The symposium features keynote speakers from The Roskamp Institute, research updates, and an interactive question & answer panel. I've sponsored this event, which is very poignant to me right now, and would love to see any of you there. You can find out more about this event here.