32nd Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

December 9, 2017

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December 9, 2017

Marina Jack: Sarasota Bayfront

2 Marina Plaza
SarasotaFL 34236

United States

The 32nd Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday December 9, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park.

The Parade route has been expanded by an additional turn marker at the southwest side of Bay front Park. All boats must now pass approximately one third of the Sarasota Bay side of Bay front Park within a few yards, to be considered for judging. The Bay front Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of island near the fountain. The VIP viewing area has been moved to the Marina Jack’s fuel dock to allow additional space for spectators. This will improve spectator viewing from Bay front Park considerably. The SNN 6 local news staff will be covering the event throughout the evening at several areas throughout Marina Jack.

There is no entry fee for boats registering for the parade. Each parade participant will receive a commemorative gift. Vessels must be over 21 feet.

Entries will be judged in 4 categories including:
Private (P1): 21-35 ft
Private(P2): 36ft and over’
Corporate (C1): 21-35′
Corporate (C2): 36′ and over.

Cash prizes, awards and trophies will be awarded at a ceremony at Marina Jack’s fuel dock at 8:30pm following the parade.

All Proceeds Benefit Suncoast Charities for Children, Inc.

Downtown Sarasota Tree Lighting Celebration

November 30, 2017

Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota

1331 1st St
SarasotaFL 34236

United States

Downtown Sarasota’s Tree Lighting will take place at Five Points Park from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and music and photos with Santa!

Presented by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association

Music and dancing to boot at Sarasota County’s country bar

Two-Step over to The White Buffalo Saloon for line-dancing fun

True confession – I cannot dance and I strongly dislike country music. So one would assume that Sarasota’s most popular line dancing establishment, The White Buffalo Saloon and I would be destined to clash. But it was my friend’s 30th birthday party and I like her, so I slapped on some jeans and a smile and joined the party. And as much as I’d like to say that I had a secret dancing skill that revealed itself amongst The Electric Slide or that I suddenly understood the allure of Garth Brooks, neither phenomenon occurred.

What did happen that fateful night was that I danced my heart out, smiled until my cheeks hurt, and am anxious to go back and make a further fool out of my uncoordinated self.

Not just for Cowboys

Before I went to The White Buffalo, I expected it to resemble the out-of-town bar visited by Ren and friends in Footloose, where red boots and whiskey were the norm. While it is absolutely the place to don your favorite boots (bonus points if they are paired with a sun dress or cutoffs), it’s not solely a cowboy dive.

The establishment is laid out in that tables and the bar are shaped like a horseshoe with a massive dance floor in the center. Care to dance? Jump on in. A bit more timid? Just watch as you enjoy your moonshine, of which there are three varieties on the menu. There are so many dancers that a shy novice with two left feet – yes, me – can join the group and give it her all without feeling like she’s being watched. Or judged.

Newbies Welcome

I found myself trying to remember how to grapevine from that aerobics class I took in college. Many of the dancers are new, but many more are good. Really, really good. Personally, I can watch people dance all day, admiring their coordination and wishing for just a smidgeon of rhythm. They are not only amazing, knowing the routines to dozens and dozens of routines, but I found they are enthusiastic to help the newbies like me. Tips on steps were consistently thrown my way, helping me to get at least not fall completely on my face. And because of this infectious enthusiasm, I am planning on going back. Soon. But this next time will be intentionally planned for Thursday night, because that’s lesson night.

On Thursday and Friday nights, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The White Buffalo becomes a novice line dancer haven – the dance floor fills with dancers of all levels, from beginners to experts, and instructions for the various routines are announced and demonstrated.

Inexpensive Thrill

All of this is free for all participants, providing they spend at least $5 on food or drinks. So if you’re one who may need a little liquid courage to dance in front of people, they have that option covered. Or if you dance so much that you work up an appetite, take a break and enjoy a bite of laid back Southern fare. The full menu features burgers, nachos, wings, salads, and fried pickles. Eat up and burn it all off on the dance floor.

In addition to line dance lessons, the schedule at The White Buffalo, found on their website, boasts couples dance, Friday night dance party, drag queen bingo, and weekly live music. I haven’t taken my kids, but there are families of all sorts present. And that seems to sum up the place. People of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels having some good old fashioned fun, listening to music and dancing along. And maybe some red boots and whiskey thrown in for fun.

Liz Sandburg

Upward Notes

941Magazine looking forward to doing an interview with Natalie Helm from Upward Notes in the near future. Until then here is a brief look at what to expect from this amazing group of classical musicians.

Upward Notes is an ensemble based in Sarasota, FL that takes music out of the concert hall and into rarely served parts of the community. We focus on inspiring and bringing attention to organizations who may not have access to classical music. This includes, but is not limited to, the homeless, Parkinson’s and Dementia patients, addiction centers, underserved youth, veterans, and even shelter animals.

This all began last year with a few informal events that turned into huge successes. Upward Notes was featured on Fox News, PEOPLE magazine, the Herald-Tribune, and many online news blogs after performing for a local animal shelter.

During this coming season, we will be providing one free concert each month to non-profits in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. We have already planned events with children, Dementia patients, Parkinson’s patients, animal shelters, and addiction centers.

In the past, this has been a 100% volunteer based organization. However, we want to expand our community reach which means more venues, more concerts, more planning, and much more time. Our goal for the 17-18 season is at least 8 concerts. Each concert costs around $250 for us to provide. Your donation will go towards supplying 1-4 musicians per concert, new and creative musical arrangements for various instruments at each program, and promotional materials to help get our name into the community!

If you would like to donate for a specific concert or specific cause, we would be more than happy to make that happen! Upward Notes