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Jan 02

North Trail's Museum of Art & Whimsy's Cookie Party a Success!

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2017 Cookie Party A Huge Success!

Sep 24

North Trail's Asolo Rep Partners With Seasons 52

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Asolo Repertory Theatre announced a partnership with the new Seasons 52 restaurant in The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, set to officially open on Thursday, Oct. 16. Seasons 52 selected Asolo Rep as its charity partner and will present the theater with a $2,500 check on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at a special pre-opening luncheon hosted for Asolo Rep's patrons at the restaurant.

Original article published September 24, 2014, by SRQ Daily.

Jan 09

North Trail's Growler's Pub Live Team Trivia

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Live Team Trivia at Growler's Pub

Growler's Pub located at 2831 N. Tamiami Trail hosts a FREE "Live Team Trivia" every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

Free Pizza for each team every week!!    2-6 players on a team.   Please, no electronic devices.

Dec 14

North Trail's USFSM to Host Florida Creativity Weekend

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The Florida Creativity Coalition announced the 10th Annual Florida Creativity Weekend in March will likely be larger than ever.    The event will be held at the University of South Florida - Sarasota Manatee campus March 1st and 2nd, 2013.     

More than 200 participants are expected to attend the conference for a mix of education, improvisation and creative stimulation and will include corporate heavyweights such as Disney as well as local groups from the Florida Studio Theater and USFSM.

USFSM leaders are taking the new partnership seriously for the sake of both the conference and the campus.    "We intend to spark the expansion of creativity, and innovation directed to educators and students," saidUSFSM Associate Professor Stephen Rushton.   "By igniting their creativity, our society will gain solutions to problems helpingus to move more competitively into the future."

Dec 12

North Tamiami Trail Based iTNSarasota Names New Board

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ITNSarasota Announces 2012-13 Board Officers

ITNSarasota (located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail) a nonprofit organization providing rides to seniors who no longer drive and adults with vision impairment, has named board officers for the fiscal year 2012-2013. Caroline Chamblis, executive director, announced the new Chairman of the board is Scott Carpenter, the president of cPR Brand Associates; Vice Chairman is Michael Juceam, the owner of Right at Home; the Secretary is Rosenda Calloway, the district travel manager at AAA; and the new Treasurer is Thomas Cramer, a partner at Suplee and Shea. 

Oct 12

Ringling International Arts Festival on the North Trail

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Amongst a dapper crowd enjoying the cocktail perusing, the 4th annual Ringling International Arts Festival kicked off last night at a special reception titled RIAF Inspires and a few words from Steven High, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art’s executive director. High christened the festival as the commencement of artistic open season in Sarasota, and amidst framing it as a modern contribution to the creative community, he highlighted the essence of the festival’s ambition, referencing the Art of Our Time initiative and praising the creative leadership of the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Further information on the initiative may be viewed in our current publication, but it aims to celebrate the performative arts by living artists profoundly influencing culture. The closing of his words marked the opening of the Mertz Theatre doors for RIAF’s initial performance of A Wooden Tree from the Mark Morris Dance Group. 

A Wooden Tree is making its East Coast debut at the festival, and the performance is set to music and words by Scottish artist and humorist Ivor Cutler. The dance premiered in Morris’ hometown of Seattle earlier this month. The 85-minute program includes Cutler works titled Cockadoodledon’t, Beautiful Cosmos, Rubber Toy and I Got No Common Sense, as well as such classics as Canonic ¾ Studies, Silhouettes and Grand Duo. The costume design is by Elizabeth Kurtzman and the lighting design by Michael Chybowski. A splash was made in our local media this week when it was announced the Festival’s artistic director and famed dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov was scheduled to perform the new creation. Baryshnikov was considered a bit of a prodigy when he began studying ballet at the age of 9, and after defecting to Canada to pursue opportunities in western dance, he cemented his legacy as one of the premier ballet dancers through his work with the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, among others. His presence was certainly a highlight of the performance, and even at the age of 64, his body control and command of expression was impeccable. While last night was the only scheduled performance including Baryshnikov, the Mark Morris Dance Group will have another three performances, including one today at 5pm. Following last night’s performance, a special dinner was hosted in the Museum of Art south galleries for 330 guests. The incorporation of the museum’s facilities is inducive to the greater exposition of art that seeks to chaperon patrons through the many facets RIAF brings to the table. For the dedicated attendants, opportunities to view events range from the museum’s courtyard and Skyspace to the multiple theatres. For a list of artistic participants, show times and ticket availability, which are reportedly running short, interested parties can visit

Original article published October 11, 2012, by SRQDaily.

Sep 26

Free Admission to North Trail's Ringling Museum on Saturday

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Free is always good, especially when it comes to museums.

Thanks to Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, you can get free admission (for two people) to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Saturday (Sept. 29).

To get your free Museum Day pass (only good for two people per household, per address),, fill out the online submission form, your ticket will be emailed to you, print it out and bring it with you.

The Ringling Museum is at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.

Original article published September 25, 2012, by Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Sep 13

North Trail Events: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre for Charity

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Not only is Tim Wilkins a funny man (have you heard his Obama impression? It’s the best in the biz), he’s a charitable guy.

The Sarasota-based comedian is devoting each night of his Sept. 20-24 shows at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, located at 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, to a different charity.

Aug 28

Van Wezel's Varied New Season on the North Trail

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As she prepares for her fifth season as executive director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Mary Bensel is in something of a celebratory mood.

With attendance of 101,240 last season and gross sales of $5.79 million, the Van Wezel topped Venue magazine’s list of all performing arts halls in the country with 2,000 or fewer seats. In Florida, competing against much larger halls like the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and the David A. Straz Center in Tampa (both of which have multiple theaters), the Van Wezel ranked fourth in gross sales.

Aug 03

North Trail Sarasota: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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Joseph’s Coat is a Skyspace created by internationally renowned artist, James Turrell.  The permanent installation at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art on North Tamiami Trail is a “gathering place” for contemplation, sustained experience, and conversation. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24’ square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience. At sunrise and sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space.  In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. No matter when you enjoy the Skyspace (sunrise, sunset, during the day, rain or shine) you will have a unique experience.

Sunset Hours May 31 through September 28 
Every Thursday and Friday