Our Hanukkah celebration will be on Friday, December 8th in our health center conference room. We have new volunteers leading our Jewish services now so we thank them in advance for organizing Hanukkah and the other services throughout the year. Our Annual Christmas Open House is on Thursday, December 14th, at 4:00 p.m. in the dining room.
Chef Sean and our dining services staff have a mouthwatering menu planned and we have entertainment by the Shelly Torman Jazz Trio in the rotunda.
We are expecting over 200 people again this year, but don’t worry if you wind up sitting outside the dining room, you’ll be treated to Christmas classics with Don Bryn on piano and Sarah Combs, vocals.
We’ll welcome in the New Year on Sunday, December 31st, in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. We are turning the room into a speakeasy again (anyone remember the password? You’ll need it again. Hint: it has something to do with what year we are celebrating) and welcoming the Kit Moran Band!
Brian Gurl and Katherine Alexandra return on Thursday, December 7th, at 7:30 p.m.
Your favorite “dynamic duo” is returning to the Bay Village stage! Katherine Alexandra was born and raised in Russia and is now a proud American citizen. Katherine is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory Of Music – Summa Cum Laude – in piano performance and a winner of several international piano competitions. Katherine is also a superb legit vocalist and a beautiful pop singer – also considering herself to be a crossover artist. Katherine sings adeptly in four languages!
Brian Gurl is a true crossover pianist if there ever was one. A classically-trained pianist, Brian is fluent in jazz, boogie-woogie, ragtime, blues, pop, Latin, rock, Broadway and nearly every genre imaginable – both vocally AND pianistically. Brian has garnered rave reviews from critics nationwide – including renowned pianist Roger Williams – for his stunningly powerful and imaginative musical arrangements. His wildly creative renditions of A Rhapsody In Gershwin, Eleanor Rigby, Old Man River, Malaguena and Flight Of The Bumble Bee are consistent showstoppers. See You There!
By Petra Mueller
The busy and joyous season of Christmas is upon us and it is important to take care of your own health. Walking, biking, swimming outdoors, walking stairs indoors, using the equipment in the Wellness Center and taking exercise classes should be part of your daily routine. Making your own presents for friends and family is a wonderful and creative way to have fun. On December 7th, you will have the chance to make your own Tervis Tumbler. Bring your own designs or get ideas in the store and create your personal tumbler. On Saturday, December 23rd, I will teach a Christmas themed Masterclass at 10:30 am in the auditorium, followed by refreshments. December 30th is your last chance to get the Ringling Bridge Walk in for this year. We are planning breakfast/lunch at Millie’s Restaurant after the walk.
B.I.L.L. Series News
Our current DVD from The Teaching Company is titled, “The Geography of our National Parks.” Part One ends on December 19th.
On December 26th, at 7:30 p.m. we have a special DVD, good that’s fitting to show at Christmas. The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival ceremonies go back 600 years to 1340 to Queens College in Oxford, England. Legend has it that a medieval scholar, lost in study while walking in the forest, was attacked by a boar. He slew the beast with the only weapon he had, a philosophy book, and bore the beast’s head back to college for a triumphant procession. This pageant came to symbolize the light of the Christ child coming into the world. It is a treasured Episcopal tradition that never fails to move the hearts and touch the souls of all who see and hear it.
In January we have our next class from Adult and Community Education, “Foreign Affairs,” with Bay Village favorite Bob Clementis. The first class is January 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium. If you haven’t been to a class with Bob, his topics are usually centered around the goings-on in the Middle East and are discussion based. This is a six-week class.
Our recent class, Amish Customs by JB Miller, was very popular AND well-received. Thanks for attending!
Also from A.C.E., we advertised an Art Appreciation class taught by Kevin Costello at Mattisons. A few asked why students had to pay as our classes that take place at Bay Village are free. Because it was happening off campus, we are considered outside students and have to register and pay.
From the Dining Services Director
A Friendly Reminder, we will not be taking orders for special party platters for delivery on Christmas Day, December 25th. Please place your order by Friday, December 22 for delivery on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24. Also Chef Sean and his culinary team will be creating a special menu for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. No special function dinner orders will be taken on those days. I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the entire Dining Services staff, to wish each and every Resident a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Day Trips and Travels
LOTS of holiday-themed outings this month beginning with two annual concerts. On Wednesday, December 6th, “The Singing Christmas Tree” is at Sarasota Baptist Church and is in its 44th year. Next is the Ditchfield family’s concert, “Christmas Joy” at Sarasota Opera House on Saturday, December 9th.
On Monday, December 11th, we are headed back to Riverside Tours in Palmetto for another boat trip on the Manatee River to downtown Bradenton and the festive holiday displays and lights that are along the water. We had a fantastic time doing this last year, so if you didn’t get to go, here is your chance! We’ll enjoy dinner afterward at Riverhouse Reef, which is also on the water!
We rented a whole trolley from SRQ Trolley on Tuesday, December 12th! You will visit some of Sarasota’s neighborhoods that really go “all out” on decorations and lights! We’ll have dinner at Madfish Grill prior.
On Wednesday, December 20th we’re headed to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for another “Cirque” show. Last year, we saw Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy (the group was awestruck by that production). This year, we’ll enjoy Cirque Dreams: HOLIDAZE. Holidaze features 20 astonishing acts and over 300 costumes. Check out the reviews and to see some excerpts of what you’ll see this evening at www.cirqueproductions.com. We are going to have dinner at the Mahaffey’s gorgeous atrium overlooking Tampa Bay!
Have A Great Time!