Happy Valentine’s Day
We’d like to take a moment to wish all of our residents Happy Valentine’s Day. We hope your holiday is filled with love and sweet treats! We have a treat for everyone in the dining room tonight. Popular guitarist Alex Peerson will provide romantic music to dine by from 5-6:30 p.m.
By Peter Mueller
February will give you the chance to get ready for our upcoming “Walk around Florida.”
Participation in Wellness Classes, Lectures and Outings as well as workouts on your own will add up to miles, which we walk around Florida. The walk is starting in our own town, Sarasota and the kick-off date is March 1.
You can record your activities on the back of the calendar in March and then turn it in the end of the month.
During our “Walk,” we are having special speakers, outings to places near and far, historical and recent.This will give you a chance to get to know the State of Florida and its history better.
Try a new class during this time or do an extra activity to get extra miles.
The first lecture is on March 3 at 10:30 a.m. by Jeffrey Lahurd. He is a well-known Historian in Sarasota and will talk about the landing of the Scot Colony in 1885 through the Real Estate Boom in 1920.
More Great Music!
The Weintraub Duo was rescheduled from November to Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. These Eastman School graduates always aim to please. Jason, English Horn and Oboe and Nancy, piano, put on an educating and entertaining performance each time they appear.
First time performers, Girl & Gurl will take the stage on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Joey MacDonald (Girl) and Brian Gurl (Gurl), have a high-energy, multi-faceted, colorful show for you with familiar tunes and some comedy and drama thrown in for good measure.
B.I.L.L. Series News
Our current DVD series from the Teaching Company is “The American Revolution.” This is taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo. Has there ever been a more unlikely war than the Revolution that won America its independence? Why did thirteen colonies, with nothing resembling a unified and trained army and no Navy to speak of, believe that they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? Join us for this fascinating series and find out! The final class in this series is April 28.
We are happy to report that we have Tom Callaghan returning on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. to present “ISLAM”. Since we are in the midst of the 6-week course on Islam with David Tschantz, it will be interesting to compare the two classes. Please note that we are taking a break from BILL Video Series on Feb. 17 for the cello performance!
The Book Shelf
Yes, “the Boat” was an eight-man racing shell, “the Boat” was nine young men who competed and achieved rowing glory in the early mid-1930’s on the University of Washington crew team. Yes, these young men won gold at “Hitler’s Olympics: in 1936.” “The Boat” was something bigger, greater, more ethereal than anything or any individual on the team.
In this true story of Joe, one member of the team, you will revisit the hardships of the Great Depression, the struggle just to survive growing up in Sequim, Washington. A rowing scholarship would allow Joe to study engineering at the University of Washington, leaving behind a hard scrabble existence.
If you know about the sport of rowing as I, the book will open you to the knowledge as well as drawing you into a suspense-filled tale of nine young men from disparate backgrounds who learn to compete as one. They finally get “the Swing” in race after race until “the Boat” wins the ultimate challenge in Berlin. Maybe we will be ready to cheer as Sarasota becomes a world-class rowing venue!
Reviewed by Jean Morrill
Chef Chris here. Another beautiful winter in Florida. This is my family’s second and we definitely made the right decision moving here. January’s Chef’s Table was another success. The next one will be in March, so be on the lookout. My team and I have been working hard to streamline the dinner line in order to serve the entrées faster, and we have succeeded. I hope this is noticed and appreciated, as it is good for everyone, resident and staff alike. We have some exciting chef’s specials and theme nights planned and are watching industry trends.
As always, your questions and comments are all taken to heart.
Drum Circle Distillery Tour & Lunch!
We are working on a trip out to Siesta Key to visit “Drum Circle Distillery”! They make the popular new Siesta Key Rum, which you can find at Total Wine if you want to try it. We will enjoy a behind-the-scenes 40-minute tour to see each step in the rum-making process. At press time, it is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27. We are waiting for confirmation of that date, so if it changes, the new date will be on the flyer you receive in your mailbox.
Before our tour, we will have lunch at “Bonjour French Cafe” on Siesta Key.