My Three Sons Return!
Join us on Thursday, September 28th, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium as we welcome back the barbershop quartet “My Three Sons” (dad Stephen and sons Nathaniel, Michael and David) to the Bay Village stage!
Part of the renowned Ditchfield Family Singers, Sarasota’s own “Von Trapps” we like to say, this award-winning quartet always brings a packed house and a standing ovation!
The youngest member of My Three Sons was 9 when they fist started performing here many years ago!
Like jazz and ragtime, the Barbershop Quartet is one of the few American musical art forms and My Three Sons performs it beautifully!
To hear music samples and read the full biographies of our performers, visit their website: www.ditchfieldfamilysingers.com. Arrive early for the best seats! We always have a packed house when the Ditchfield family is performing!
SECOND CHANZE BAND Performs
This is the first time this dance band is performing here, so we’re excited about that!
They play hits of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s and were founded in 2014 by Al Dominguez, who graduated from Jersey City State College in New Jersey and majored in music education and trombone. “Second Chanze” (yes, that’s the correct spelling) is dedicated to keeping great music alive.
Vocalist Kim Sobbe plays a dozen instruments besides providing the vocals for “Second Chanze”! She moved here recently from Minnesota, where she had been performing around the Twin Cities for years.
Drummer David Morin graduated from Berkeley College of Music and is known as “Mr. Rhythm” after playing with the Naval Recruit Training Jazz Band. He has performed with many professional jazz bands over the years.
If you would like to hear music samples and read some reviews, visit their website at www.secondchanze.com. See you on Thursday, September 7th, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of great music you know and love, and yes, the dance floor will be open!
By Petra Mueller
On September 14th at 9:30 a.m., we will offer “Games by the Pool” with some water aerobics, kickboard races, basketball in the pool and various games on the pool deck. Come join us, work up some sweat and (after showering) jump in the pool to cool down. We’ll have a juice bar and assorted baked goods available to reward you for getting up early and heading for our beautiful pool!
A tour of the Historical Venice Train Depot is on the schedule for September 26th, where we will have our own guide telling the story of the train coming to town many years ago and what that experience was like. Lunch is next at Sharky’s on the Pier on their outside deck so we can enjoy glorious views of the Gulf.
Cooler weather calls for a Ringling Bridge Walk on September 30th, followed by breakfast at Millie’s Restaurant, which is always a favorite.
B.I.L.L. Series News
In September, we continue our summer of Rick Burns’ documentaries about New York. A reminder that the DVDs are a bit longer than our usual one-hour class, between 100-120 minutes. The DVDs are also listed as having closed captions. There are no closed captions.
Our next class from Sarasota Adult and Community Education will be a four-week class titled: “Mennonites, Amish and the Pinecraft Community.”
Sarasota has a vibrant community of Amish and Mennonites, many of whom are identified by their distinctive garb, riding their three-wheelers along Bahia Vista Street in the Pinecraft neighborhood. Have you ever wondered what they believe and why some of them have retained their unique customs over the years? This class will explore the historical developments of Amish and Mennonite beliefs, as well as current customs and practices.
Class is taught by J.B. Miller and is held on Wednesdays beginning October 18th from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m in the auditorium.
Day Trips & Travels
It has been a few years since we visited The Cat Depot. Monday, September 18th is the day and we’re leaving at 12:30p.m.! We’ll go for lunch at Lola Tartine, a great French restaurant in the Rosemary District and then it’s on to the Depot. If you have never been there, the cats and kittens have free reign of their “houses“instead of being in small cages like a usual shelter, so visit as many kitties as you wish! They also have a donation box set up, so if you want to bring a few dollars for them feel free.
We’re also headed back to Antoine’s, for another fantastic dinner! They specialize in Belgian and other European food and according to their website they were named one of the top 7 restaurants in Florida. Wow! Join us on Tuesday, September 12th for that! The bus departs at 4:30 p.m.
Labor Day, observed on the first Monday in September, became a federal holiday in 1894. The day recognizes the contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, who celebrate with picnics and parties.
Try Something New!
Join us in the craft room on Monday, September 25th, at 4:00 p.m. for PIZZA and PAINTING with Catherine Thomas!
Cathy describes her painting parties as “FUN ART, NOT FINE ART,” meaning anyone can participate and you don’t need any special skills or talent. Everyone will paint the same picture in this 2-hour class.
Cathy creates a relaxed, fun environment; it’s more of a social get-together than art class. Cathy discovered painting later in life after the tragic loss of her teenage daughter in 2012, as she found painting to be quite therapeutic. She would like her students to uncover their “hidden artist” and have fun while doing it! Everything is provided for the students as far as supplies go, as well as a pizza dinner and drinks. Just bring yourself to class … with a smile, of course!
This is our first time holding a class like this, so if you enjoy it, or you didn’t get to participate this time, we’ll certainly have Cathy back.