That is the headline on page 2 of the Sarasota Tribune on March 3, 1935. Articles written by Charlotte Townsend and William A. Cook detail a life of hard, back-breaking work balanced by feelings of satisfaction for a job well done.
The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is proud to present the 25th Annual Historic Homes Tour on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the historic Laurel park neighborhood. The public is invited to celebrate Sarasota’s rich architectural heritage by touring 12 significant yet diverse structures in one of the first downtown neighborhoods established in 1925.
Our next newsletter will come out on February 18th, obviously too late for Valentine’s Day. So, we at Sarasota History Alive would like to wish you a very happy one. And, by all means, let this serve as a reminder to make your plans, get the chocolates, and other goodies ready for the big day. If you procrastinate, you might only find a poor selection, and you don’t want to be in the dog house.
Your editor stopped by the Sarasota High School "Old Building" on Monday to see first-hand what was happening with the restoration of the 1926 Collegiate-Gothic structure. Though he couldn't enter the 'hard hat' area, the work being done was visible from outside the chain-link fencing.
Residents of Sarasota have long speculated about the origin of the name. A plausible sounding daughter Sara was invented for explorer Hernando de Soto, who landed in the Manatee River in 1538, complete with a tragic love story to dramatize a 1916 “Sara de Soto” pageant. The pageant became an annual week-long celebration climaxed by a circus parade, and declined when the Barnum & Bailey winter camp moved to Venice in 1960. A more recent speculation is that the name may have meant Point of Rocks or Place of the Dance, but the truth may be more interesting.
Christmas Time in Florida (1952) is the tune, and we at Sarasota History Alive want to wish all of our viewers a joyous Christmas season, and a very Happy New Year. The little boy in the video, who is enjoying toys and cars, is none other than your editor. Ahhh, soft flannel P.J.'s...
Christmas comes but once a year, and it is never too early to wish you a Merry Christmas. For all our non-Christian friends, we wish you a happy and spiritual time of year, whatever your beliefs or non-beliefs may be.
We at Sarasota History Alive (Larry Kelleher, Lee Gaines and Jane Kirschner) would like to wish you a peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. Please drive safely, enjoy your family and friends, and offer thanks for all the things you are grateful for. We’ll see you in a couple of weeks.