Frank Lloyd Wright Bus Tour - Florida Southern College
November 9, 2014 - Tickets are $75.00 each, and includes bus transportation from Sarasota and lunch in one of the historic buildings.
(photo credit: Florida Southern College)
Drive By Gem
What’s not to like about a traditional home from the 1950s? Yes, that was the heyday of the Sarasota School of Architecture, but for those without the minimalist tendencies, a conservative ranch home was in order. This one is near the Trail, but is shielded from the noise of traffic with large trees and greenery. Take some time this coming weekend to go out and explore – the weather has been perfect for that.
The SEASON doesn’t normally begin 'til January or February here in Sarasota, but there is so much happening in town, history-related, I thought I’d better list a few of our upcoming events taking place at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, 1260 12th Street in Pioneer Park, between N. Trail and Cocoanut Avenue.
Tuesday, Nov. 11th - 7:00 p.m. Conversations at the Crocker - "Challenges to Our Local Environment, Past and Present" Guest panelists include: Former County Commissioner, Jon Thaxton – 4th generation Floridian, Becky Ayech – Civic Environmental Organizer and now sustainable farmer, Glenn Compton – Chairman of ManaSota-88 and Venice H.S. Science Teacher for 30 years. Moderator – Julie Morris, Assistant V.P. for Academic Affairs at New College and Environmentalist. FREE to members, $10.00 for non-members.
Saturday, Nov. 15th - Designer Tag Sale at the Crocker Church from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Get there early, these are gorgeous items, gleaned from our favorite designers and decorators, and this sale only happens every two years.
Sue Blue will be narrating a two hour, downtown Historic Trolley Tour that Saturday, leaving the Crocker Church at 10:00 a.m. You’ll need a reservation! $25.00 per person. Call Linda at 364-9076.
Enjoy Halloween weekend!
Pretty as a Picture
This is the last home that was developed by Phillip Hiss in Lido Shores. It shows off how elegant and simple Sarasota School of Architecture structures were planned. They were timeless in their design and brought the outdoors inside in dramatic ways. Back in mid-century Sarasota, fences and property walls were almost unheard of. Reason being; the Gulf breezes at night would envelope the area and people with sleeping porches and large swaths of glass sliders could let the breeze cross-ventilate their homes. Air-conditioning was not yet available, and attic or window fans helped circulate the air. Guess we’re all spoiled today by the AC gods.
(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)
Postcard of the Week
For many years, the old Imperial House was a great spot for dining and entertainment at the corner of DeSoto Road and U.S. 301. It even had a pond out back with a deck that encircled part of it – a very romantic walk on a moonlit night was in store after a good meal. The signage in this postcard depicts it after Morrison’s took it over. Now it is a gas station with storage units adjacent to it; unremarkable at best.
(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources, Rex Carr Collection)
Historical Society's 25th Annual LeBarge Tour
The Historical Society of Sarasota County is hosting its 25th Historical Cruise and Tour of Sarasota Bay on the LeBarge tour boat on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00pm. The cruise will feature narration by popular local historian John McCarthy. Guests can expect a complimentary continental breakfast and a cash bar at noon.
Tickets are $40 per person. A VIP pass is available for $50 which provides early boarding and a complimentary beverage from the bar (limited to beer, wine and soda). Reservations are a MUST.
For more information, contact Linda Garcia; Monday-Friday from 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m., 941-364-9076, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Park Day is November 6th
Mayor Higel calls for suspension of all work except building park
Unless some very modest community has beat us to it and then neglected to let the world know of its achievement, Sarasota is to have the first homemade people’s park. The idea of extending the present popular road-building day plan to secure the improvement of a tract of land for a park purposed by James E. Moore, has been seized upon with avidity and unanimity. In another column will be found Mayor Higel’s official contribution, in the shape of a proclamation setting aside Thursday, November 6, as Park Day, with the purpose in view of making this an annual event in Sarasota’s history.
Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar
Today in 1883, Everett J. Bacon (pictured on left) was born in Williamsfield, Ohio; finally settling in our town permanently in 1917. During his five terms as Mayor (1921-31) Sarasota had one of its most fevered growth periods. Payne’s Terminal and the Main Street Pier were developed. The city annexed property to expand from one square mile to seventeen. And in the ultimate “sweetheart deal,” Andrew McAnsh was allowed to build the Mira Mar Hotel with a guarantee of ten years with NO TAXES, free water, and free lights.
(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources, Dorothy Toynman Collection)
Who was I?
The winner of our last contest was Peggy Cockerill. Congratulations!Now I am going to be quasi-difficult with you. I am a wooden building that is showing wear now, but nevertheless, I represented new development near Sarasota Bay back in my day. Please note my pecky-cypress structure. Two fine lasses saw to it that I was built to compliment the area and provide a place for my nearby residents to congregate. Your task it to give my original name; not what I became later. Who was I?
Click here to submit your answer, as well as view the correct answer to the last challenge.
(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)
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Ain't Life Grand?
Okay, don’t start with me! I can hear you now – “What’s today? Hump Day.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that. Don’t be a bully!
For those of you that have been in Sarasota for a few decades, you surely will remember Hack Swain – the “Magician of the Keyboards.” I bet you even called WSPB to request a song, or went see him ‘live’ in many evening venues around town. This poster was created by Sid Smith a native Sarasotan who was a very successful poster illustrator, and an accomplished artist. Hank’s son, Mike has this example hanging in his studio where he is preserving vintage 16 and 35mm film so it can be digitized and saved for future generations.
(image credit: Swain family collection)
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: Larry, I remember Sarasota as I was employed by the then Palm Tree Playhouse in the 50s. I loved the theatre and the town itself. Met several circus performers as their quarters were there then, including Hester Ringling Sanford, herself. In fact as an actor I played opposite her in several productions that were directed by her son Stuart Lancaster, also the artistic director. I worked there four seasons. Many days off I'd go to Siesta Key to swim and to Longboat Key for special meals in a small shack restaurant; just before crossing the bridge onto the Key.
I remember visiting Hester at the Ringling Estate where she lived many times for tea and conversation. We were good friends. I remember her taking me up to the attic (a long huge place) and showing me all the Ringling costumes. What a treat. I met Chuck Burnes while he was working as a clown for Ringling still a good friend.
"Celebrate Circus," commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the Sailor Circus, Sarasota County’s highly regarded circus education program for teenagers, will be the theme of the ninth annual style show of the Venice Area Historical Society. The event will be held Thursday, December 11, 2014, 11 AM, at the Plantation Golf and Country Club. Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs, world famous circus aerialists and leaders of the Circus Arts Conservatory, umbrella organization to the Sailor Circus, will be honored.
The Society’s past president Sue Chapman is chairing this popular sell-out event. The show is expected to have an attendance of 350. Vee Chilulli-Garry will coordinate an array of “what to wear to the circus” fashions in circus colors of red, yellow, and blue, from Venice MainStreet shops. There will be basket and 50/50 raffles. Tickets are $40, a portion of which is tax-deductible, and are available at Sandy’s Designer Clothing, J & G Jewelers, Collectors’ Gallery, and Venice Stationers.
This year, the event proceeds will benefit the Venice Area Historical Society’s “Preserve the Venice Depot’s Circus Train Heritage” project, with a goal of completing the railroad car exhibit at the historic Depot campus with a circus performers’ coach car.
For more information: email@example.com or leave a message at 941-412-0151.