Remember how much fun you had last year when NUANCE performed their “Salute to Ragtime?” We’ll this year (March 6, at 7:30 p.m.) they’ve got another educational and entertaining program for us titled, “A Trip to Berlin…Irving!” Baibe Vegners, vocals and Dan Wascoe, piano will treat us to an evening of up-tempo tunes and ballads as well as some little known information and photographs of the most American of composers–who wasn’t born in the country!
We also have a new performer this month, Mr. John Schmid, who is the founder and director of “Common Ground Ministries,” an organization based in Ohio that focuses on prison ministry through music. John has a country western style, mixed in with some gospel and folk, Johnny Cash was a big influence. We’re happy that John was able to get us on his busy schedule while he was passing through Sarasota. You can listen to this music on his website, www.johnschmid.org.
Greetings everyone! Chef Chris Mandzik here … I hope everyone had a wonderful February. With the help of my team I have rolled out the updated Special Function Dinner menu and I hope it is to your liking.
We have our “Chef’s Table” dinner event coming out this month, and I hope it is a great success. The Dining Services management team has worked hard on this and I hope you take advantage of it as it is one more option for your dining pleasure. The “Chef’s Table” menu will change every month to incorporate seasonal menu items, as well as new food trends in the industry.
That’s it for now, and as always thank you all for your comments and suggestions; they are all taken to heart!
The first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, is on March 5 this year. Chaplin Moffett will have ashes for anyone who would like to have their forehead marked.
B.I.L.L. Series News
On Tuesday, March 4, we welcome Marc Newman, A.K.A. “MYSTER HISTORY.” This is Marc’s first time presenting at Bay Village and your BILL Committee is very excited to welcome him as he has a very unique presentation for us, “Unheard of American Legends: Heros and Heroines.” You read the details about this in your February Vibes, so we hope you will join us at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium!
Currently, from Sarasota Adult & Community Education (ACE), we have Evadne Mela as a guest lecturer teaching an interesting class titled “Generations.” It will continue each Monday morning through March 24, from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Also from A.C.E., we are very happy to welcome back Bob Clementis for another “Foreign Affairs” series. Bob has taught this here many times and since it revolves around current world news, it is a different discussion each time. This begins on Wednesday, March 12 from 9:30-11 a.m. and runs for five weeks. BY THE WAY- if you have never been to one of Bob’s classes, give it a try!
Our next DVD series from the Teaching Company is titled, “The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders.” This is taught by Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University, Dr. Michael Wysession, who will introduce you to the Earth’s most outstanding geological destinations. Each class is about ONE UNIQUE place, so the lectures don’t “build” on each other. This way, you can come to the ones that you’re interested in and do all your learning in one evening! Just a few examples of lecture titles include, “Santorini- Impact of Volcanic Eruptions”; “Mount Fuji- Sleeping Power”; “Great Blue Hole- Coastal Symmetry in Sinkholes”. We hope you find this series fascinating! It begins on Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll show the first 12 lectures and see how everyone likes it!
SPRING Has Sprung!
Even though we certainly didn’t suffer the lousy winter the rest of the country endured, we certainly had some chillier than normal stretches of cold and wind over the past three months! So, we thought we’d offer some extra day trips and outings that involve being outside this spring!
On Sunday, March 31, we’re headed to see the “SKI-A-REES,” who perform near Ken Thompson Park, every Sunday. They have bleacher-type seats and the show is free to attend! Check out the photos on their website to see the photos of the show they put on each week at www.skiarees.com. We’ll also have lunch on the patio at Marina Jacks.
We invited bird enthusiast Owen Comora back to speak at Bay Village. On March 31, he will present, “Birds of Southwest Florida” at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. We are going to visit the celery fields again with Owen as our guide. That trip was extremely well-received last year. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “bird watcher,” you’ll enjoy the opportunity to see the celery fields park! They have a boardwalk-style walkway and pavilion that goes out over the fields, making it easy to view the abundant wildlife! We spotted about 20 different species last year. Save April 16, on your calendar if you’d like to go. We’ll have lunch at Yoders following!
In May, we have rented out the WHOLE BOAT at Mote Marine Explorer’s so we will be the only “Mote Marine Explorers” on the cruise. Save May 7, on your calendar if you’d like to join us. We’ll head to The Old Salty Dog for lunch following. If you’ve never been, it takes place on an “easy to board” pontoon boat. This is not only a beautiful cruise through the bay, it’s educational as we have a marine biologist with us who will narrate and drag a net through the bay and see what creatures we catch! It’s a mini-marine biology course!