Elling Eide Center Tour
We’ve got tickets for a free tour of the Elling Eide Center for Feb. 19th for a 90 minute FREE tour. If you aren’t familiar, The Elling Eide Center is a private research library and nature preserve overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Dedicated to the study of classical Chinese literature and art, the Center fills a unique role in the cultural and scholarly landscape of its beautiful location.
Bequeathed by Sarasota resident Elling Eide, the 72-acre waterfront preserve brings together Old Florida and new modern architecture. Sarasota architect Guy Peterson, FAIA, designed the Center’s research library, which shares the landscape with a rich assortment of native and exotic plants.
The Center’s collection, amassed by Eide over six decades, contains comprehensive library holdings and special collections of rare books, manuscripts and artwork that represent a significant new resource for Asian Studies scholars. Following our tour, we will have lunch at Mattisons!
Cynthia Sayer Returns
We are happy to report that banjoist Cynthia Sayer returns on Thursday, February 28th, at 7:30 p.m. AND she is bring her “Hot Jazz Trio” this time!
Multi-award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as one of the top 4-string banjoists in the world today. Praised for her “drive & virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia enchants audiences with her electrifying, swing-based performances and captivating stage presence wherever she appears.
Sayer first rose to international prominence as a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band, all the while exploring her wider musical interests and playing with such legendary jazz, popular, and roots music artists as Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Andy Statman, Les Paul, Marvin Hamlisch, Wynton Marsalis, and, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) ), as well as with leading contemporaries such as Vince Giordano, Scott Robinson, Wycliffe Gordon, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Charlie Giordano (with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), Anat Cohen, and several symphony orchestras including The New York Philharmonic,
THIS IS A “DO NOT MISS” concert! Arrive early for the best seats!
B.I.L.L. Series News
In February, we will be finishing up our popular series on Benjamin Franklin on February 19th. Thank you for the positive comments we received!
On Tuesday, February 26th, we present “Rebuilding the Panhandle” with Jeremy Wharton in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
Building contractor and a co-owner and business partner of Revolution Contractors, Jeremy Wharton, has been on the scene since a few days after Hurricane Michael landed, and has many home clean-up and rebuilding projects Destin to Tallahassee, the bullseye of Michael’s landfall. He reports on the unprecedented destruction, clean up and rehabilitation and how the residents of this “Forgotten Coast of Florida” are coping.
Jeremy is a graduate of The College of Charleston, an experienced entrepreneur in residential home building, upgrades and modernization and restoration, with a wealth of hands-on experience in the construction trade.
Noah Waddell began playing the piano shortly after his 7th birthday. For the first few years, he looked forward to his weekly lesson, but it was simply an extracurricular activity among his many other interests. In 2011, Noah discovered his amazing God-given gift after winning a competition and started to practice regularly.
Noah’s “Concert for the Kids” at the Big Arts on Sanibel Island raised over $30,000 for the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. NBC and Wink News featured a story showcasing his talents as a child prodigy who gives back to the local community. After winning a concerto competition at 12 years old, Noah made his orchestral debut, performing as a soloist with the Tampa Bay Symphony. In addition to performing, Noah has won numerous piano competitions including his first international piano competition in 2014. Noah is a 10th grader at Crosspointe Academy and enjoys a variety of activities, including tennis, basketball, fishing, and pickleball.
Noah has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical young performer not afraid to take risks. He is serious and sensitive with an innate musicality rarely found in an artist of his age. Join us on Thursday, February 7th, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium!
by Petra Mueller
During the first full week on February we are welcoming Marian Vento back to teach Strength and Balance Classes and Lindo Bruno for the SPLASH class. Please pay attention to the changed schedule for that week. A little competition is always fun, so we are offering a trip to the Mini Golf Course Smuggler’s Cove on Friday, February 15th. You can win a variety of prizes!
Church of the Nativity is having its 15th Annual Flower Festival and English Tea on Saturday February 23rd and we are planning to take you there. They are offering a concert as well and we staying to enjoy the Grand Musicale.
February is Heart Health Month – watch out for signs of problems: Shortness of breath when you exert yourself or when you lie down. Fatigue and weakness. Swelling in your legs and ankles. Reduced ability to exercise.