Saturday, September 13, 2014



Pierian Spring Academy has just mailed their schedule of courses for 2014-2105.  With ten locations in the area including Lakewood Ranch, Sailor Circus Arena and Florida Studio Theatre, they offer the most courses for the least amount of money.  For a complete list of classes and an opportunity to register on line click here

The SARASOTA Institute of Learning has been selling tickets to its very popular Music Series as well as the equally popular Global Issues lectures and seminars held in the city and on St. Armands Circle.  In fact, due to popularity and regular sell-out, the Music Series featuring Nationally  known personality June LeBelle had to move from its Holley Hall location
to Church of the Palms at Bee Ridge and Lockwood Ridge Roads, and it will still be a sellout.For a complete list of Music Monday and Lecture series click here.

The Longboat Key Education Center's Fall program runs from late October through December. Classes ranging from Yoga to movies to books to Mah Jong to lectures with several opportunities to attend throughout the week.  The yearly schedule is posted here.

The SARASOTA COUNTY Technical Institute located south on Beneva has already begun a full schedule of fall classes, but you are welcome to join at any time.  Arts, awareness, games, travel, cooking, do it yourself, home and garden and all sorts of history classes are just a small sample that awaits you by clicking here and going to their website.

FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE announced their classes with an email this week.  They will be announcing the 2014-15 schedule today and I will share that with you next week.  For information on classes and a first look at what you'll be seeing starting next month click here.

Looking for some delicious BBQ, and find CHOO CHOO too far away, look no longer.  Roberta and I made a discovery last weekend based on recommendation of friend ...Alday's BBQ & Catering.
Alday's is located on the corner of Beneva and Bahai Vista on the side of a gas station.  Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 Alday's is a sweeter tasting version of Choo Choo.  Featuring ribs, pork, beef, chicken, steaks and fish fries with sides of cole slaw, baked beans or potato salad.  Their hours are 11-7 during the weekend.  It is well worth the ride.  Scrumptious! Alday's has a second location at 7305 53rd Ave. which is west of ESR70 in front of a BP station. For a menu and pricing click here.

Along with culture, restaurants and continuing education, SARASOTA has some wonderful shopping opportunities; especially if you are contemplating adding some pillow accessories or covering an old piece of furniture with quality designer fabrics at wholesale prices. 

BOCA BARGOONS, on the corner of First and Orange, has dozens of fabrics to choose from.  And all are at reduced end bolt prices.  If you can't find it, they will get it for you from their nine other Florida locations. It's worth a trip even if not in the market.  There are sales and markdowns every week. Their easy to navigate web site will you an idea of types of materials available. Click here to learn more about Boca Bargoons. Thursday's Herald had their latest sale ad, a 50%off on many items.

Once you've selected the material only a few miles away is AIDAN'S UPHOLSTERY at 2068 17th Street just east of 301.  Adain and her husband are magicians when it comes to pillow making or reupholstering your furnature.  They are also quite reasonable, reliable and when not overwhelmed with business, quick to respond. Adain's is a family business owned by Aidan and her husband. To learn more about this remarkable company click here.

My Sarasota person making a difference this week is Bea Friedman whose guidance, leadership and monetary contributions have made the Sarasota Orchestra one of the finest in Florida, if not the United States.  Her role as supporter of the orchestra extends far beyond financial.  She has been a member of the orchestra's board, although never its chair, since 1981, and her Beau Ciel condo serves as both gathering spot and rehearsal hall during the Sarasota Music Festival, the orchestra's annual three-week celebration of young musicians. 

In addition, she has supported the Asolo Repertory Theater, the now-closed Flanzer Jewish Community Center and several women's leadership.  But at 94 and still going strong the orchestra continues to be her truest passion.

TELEVISION ALERT...Tonight (Sunday), Ken Burns latest documentary begins a seven night run from 8pm-10pm on PBS.   Old time photographs, Paul Giamatti voice-overs, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin are all featured in this 14 hour saga about the political dynasty that produced two presidents, one very important First Lady, and the New Deal.  In black and white, Burns creates a fascinating biography that feels more like a movie than a television series.

Now playing at Burns Court is a continuation of The Trip, an English movie featuring Rob Byrdon and Steve Coogan recreating their roles and heading south to Italy.  Though beautifully photographed with magnificent scenes of the country and with six meals where most of the action takes place, I found it a total bore.  Playing as well ON-DEMAND, it was not worth the $6.99 spent for two days. 

If you are looking for a good movie this weekend, I hear The Drop starring James Gandolfini in his last role is terrific.

JIM'S RANT......this week The Ringling Museum discontinued their Docent program on Free Monday.  I do not claim to know the rationale behind this decision, since the Docents are volunteers and there are several available on Monday.  I should know from my own experience at Treviso.  Several came in for lunch on that day and never once did I hear a complaint about giving tours to the hundreds who came for free day.  John Ringling would roll over in his grave on this one.

Thanks again to Tracy.  I promised a feature this week on our trip to Athens Ga. with her family, but space did not permit. Next week......JIM
Congratulations to Christain Stoinev for making the finals of America's Got Talent.  Though falling short, he did SARASOTA proud.

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