Longboat Key, Florida | December 24th, 2019 Each month throughout the year, Sarasota offers arts and culture specials particularly in and around its downtown area. Heading onward to 2020, let’s celebrate the New Year looking at these unique cultural happenings that all contribute to the vibrant lifestyle that draws residential property buyers to our city.
Van Wezel’s Golden Season
The Van Wezel Performance Hall is marking its 50th anniversary with an exciting lineup in its 2019–2020 season that began in August. Coming into the New Year, Van Wezel presents the multi-awarded quartet Il Divo on January 5; comedians Steve Martin & Martin Short, Jan. 23; and singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth, in concert Jan. 30. February’s Van Wezel headliners include Frankie Valli &The Four Seasons, Feb. 9; Mandy Patinkin with Diaries in concert, Feb. 16; the Beach Boys on stage Feb. 18; and Michael Feinstein, with songs of Gershwin in “Who Can Ask for Anything More,” Feb. 20.
More stars follow as Paul Anka renders an evening of Frank Sinatra music on March 11; and songwriter David Foster performs with special guest (and new wife) Katharine McPhee on March 22. Next in line are The Pointer Sisters, April 2; Jackie Evancho, April 3; Johnny Mathis with his “The Voice of Romance” tour, April 16; and Chris Botti, April 19. In the summer months, Van Wezel brings back its Friday Fest free outdoor concert series. Hosted at its Bayfront lawn, this event from 5 to 9 p.m. features various local bands, as well as food trucks, beverage vendors, and summer sunsets over Sarasota Bay.
Palm Avenue First Friday Walks
This monthly first-Friday event is based primarily on the two blocks between Cocoanut Avenue and McAnsh Square along a stretch of about 400 meters along Palm Avenue. Set 6–9 p.m., it offers more besides the wares for sale and display at Palm’s art galleries, antique shops, and fashion stores. Palm’s First Friday Walks also present live music performances and delectable cuisine in several restaurants plus the high-quality services of salons on the avenue. The following monthly themes of this event for the 2020 first quarter provide hints of what to expect from it next year: January 3, “An Evening on Palm;” February 7, “Romancing the Arts; and March 6, “A Taste of Palm Avenue.”
The Place for Art
The charming Towles Court on Adams Street in east downtown Sarasota is the scene of this seasonal event. Held every third Friday of every month from October to May, it is hosted by the 19-member artist’s colony, Towles Court Art Association. Art aficionados love attending this event which has been ongoing since the mid-1990s. Besides art pieces from painters, this Towles Court event is also a local showcase for potters, spinners, and other art disciples.
It likewise features live musical performances that this December featured renditions from the popular duo Latin Rendezvous. This event is held 5–9 p.m., notably set amid a charming neighborhood with lush native flora and old Florida houses.
These happenings comprise only a short listing of the winsome and festive events that help shape life in Sarasota. As we move forward in 2020, expect our Judy Kepecz-Hays team to share more of the elements vital to the interest of residential property buyers and sellers in Sarasota. On this note, we wish Happy Holidays to one and all!