November 30, 2018

Christmas Commotion

There is never a dull moment around the holidays in Sarasota. Here are some of the exciting things our community has to offer in the upcoming weeks.

Handel's Messiah by the Sarasota Chorale Society. This afternoon, Church of the Palms hosts the Sarasota Choral Society for the performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah. Seating is first come, first served and goes quickly!Saturday, Dec 1, 4-5:30p

The Annual Christmas Boat ParadeWatch highly decorated boats cruise by from the bayfront of downtown Sarasota. Prime viewing spots: Marina Jack's, Centennial Park, and Bayfront Park. Saturday, Dec 8, 6p

Deck the Halls at Ca D'ZanIf it has been a while since you've visited the Ringling, the holidays is a great time to go back. A two-story tall, absolutely spectacular Christmas tree adorns the living room of the Ca D'Zan. Children can spend hours spying interesting ornaments on the massive tree. Throughout Dec. and every Art After 5

Singling Christmas Tree at First Baptist. Right in the heart of downtown on Main Street, a 25' tall singing Christmas tree is celebrating its 45th season of bringing holiday cheer. Join over 130 singers and live orchestra for this classic Sarasota Christmas concert. Multiple shows, Dec 2-9

Chanukah Hooplah

There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Chanukah this December in our area!

Chanukah on Main St in Lakewood Ranch. This free event will feature a gelt drop, live bubble show, plus food for purchase.Tuesday, Dec 4, 6p-12a

Temple Sinai's Chanukah Service & Dinner. Join Temple Sinai for an uplifting service with traditional melodies, followed by a dinner of all the holiday favorites. For cost and reservations, contact Friday, Dec 7, 6-8:30p

Taste of Chanukah Food & Music Festival.  This afternoon festival located at Phillippi Estate Park will feature fun and flavors of Chanukah, with activities like face painting, a laser light show, and some of the area's best caterers showing off fantastic Jewish holiday cuisine. Sunday, Dec 9, 3-6p

2nd Annual "Jewish Christmas." Enjoy--what else?--Chinese food and a movie (Disney's Up) on Christmas Day at Temple Beth El in Lakewood Ranch. Tuesday, Dec 25, 5-7:30p

Your purchase this holiday season can support local artists, galleries, and our entire art scene.

Your purchase this holiday season can support local artists, galleries, and our entire art scene.

Give from the HeART

Support our cultural community this holiday season by giving one-of-a-kind surprises by local artists or giving the gift of experience. Give with heart, and give with art!

Local Luxuries. You can support local artists by shopping Sarasota galleries, such as Art Uptown, for local-made sculptures, paintings, ceramics, and more. Acclaimed Ringling College of Art & Design has a gallery store, featuring artwork of students and alumni of the school. I highly recommend taking a look in Madeby Gallery and supporting the endeavors of Ringling's prestigious pupils.

Entertaining Experiences. What do you get the friend or family member that seems to already have everything? Give the gift of an experience. Tickets to any one of our amazing performing arts centers is a great way to support the arts in Sarasota. A few ideas coming soon this season: Music Man at the Asolo Rep, Hairspray at The Players Theatre, the fun dinner-style Winter Cabaret series at Florida Studio Theatre, or the holiday spectacular put on by the youth circus at Sailor Circus Big Top Holiday. (See below if you would like more information on the Sailor Circus!)

Artist Acquaintance

This month on  Culture Coast with Kathryn Parks, a bi-weekly video series I underwrote in partnership with the Arts & Cultural Alliance, Kathryn spoke with the Creative Director of the Sailor Circus, Jared E. Walker. Mr. Walker works with this unique youth circus to help teens and kids soar in the circus world. I invite you to watch the interview below.

Every segment in the series can be found on the Arts & Cultural Alliance's YouTube page or my Facebook page.