Here is what’s happening on the Key for December

Arts on the Horizon and Local Events courtesy of Siesta Sand,

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FREE YOGA Mon-Wed.-Fri.-Sat. 9am. Classes held between blue and green lifeguard station. Call 941-320-6693 to register or


NIA Tues. & Thurs., 9a.m., Siesta Public Beach(yellow lifeguard chair). Contact Kathy Oravec at 941-724-9719 for more info  or  check website:


SUNSET FUSION – Every Mon & Wed, 45 minutes before sunset. Beach access #4. For additional info and to register online go to:



Every Sunday  about an  hour before sunset.  South of the main pavillion.  You can particpate or watch this weekly gathering dance, hoop, play the drum or other musical instument and enjoy the spectacular  Siesta sunset.



Every Sunday from 8am – 2pm in Davidson’s Plaza in the Village. 5124 Ocean Blvd.  Produce, Plants & Flowers, Music, Art, Organic Skincare, Italian Olive Oil, and Freshly Prepared Foods. Listen to live music while you shop.


On The Beach…


This race is sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club and chip-timed. Enjoy a post-race party with music, a holiday-themed costume contest, raffle prizes, holiday photo-op, food and beverages. Proceeds benefit Summer in the Parks’ Adopt-A-Camper scholarship program. Go to for more info. To regisger, go to:


8:15am Timed Run, 8:20 – 1 mile fun walk. This event was established to honor the life of Andrew Monroe. Proceeds benefit senior soccer players at Riverview High School in Sarasota.  Senior, girls and boys, soccer players have the opportunity to receive scholarships through an essay process.  Deadline for reduced rate:  December 22, 2015. For more information or to sign-up for the race, go to:

Around the island…
DECEMBER 11 (FRI) 6-9PM: GALLERY NIGHT: The Gallery on Siesta Key will host an evening of  holiday cheer with Hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  Artwork will be available for purchase for that special someone.  Come mingle with the artists and locals for an inspirational evening.
DECEMBER 20 (SUN) 6PM: FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSIONS & CAROLS CONCERT:   St. Boniface Episcopal Church, located at 5615 Midnight Pass Rd, on Siesta Key, is offering free concerts through April 2016.  The St. Boniface Parish Choir will be featured for this concert. For additional information, you may call: 941-349-5616 or go to their website:


DECEMBER 22 (TUES) 7PM: JAZZ VESPERSThis service is a collaboration between musicians George DeJong and Susie Wills. George formed his company, Innerwave Music in 1999 and has been performing on the Suncoast of Southwest Florida for the past 16 years. He played with Herman’s Hermits from 1990 to 2003 and traveled the US & beyond. Susie has worked in performing arts most of her life and Christian ministry for the past 10 years. The service will be held at Siesta Key Chapel, 4615 Gleason Avenue, Sarasota. For information and directions, call 941-349-1166.



Off island…


December 9 (WED) at 11:30 a.m. there will be a free Archaeological Walking Tour of Phillippi Estate Park, focusing on the Phillippi Flake Scatter and the Prodie Shell Midden in the park.  Sarasota County Historical Resource’s archaeologist will lead the walking tour and discuss the pre-history of the area.  The Prodie Shell Midden dates approximately between 400 A. D. and 800 A. D. and represents the Manasota encampment.  For more information, please call 941-316-1309.


Phillippi Farmhouse Market, Sarasota County’s only mid-week farmers market features local fresh produce, prepared foods, artisans with handicrafts and live music.  Fido is welcome on leash and vendors put out bowls of cool water for their canine friends.   There is ample parking each Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Join in the fun and support local agriculture.  For details, call 941-316-1309. 5500 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231


Free historical tour each Wednesday promptly at 10:00 a.m. of the Edson Keith Mansion.  A knowledgeable docent will walk you through the 1916 Italian Renaissance home explaining the various features and discussing the early days of Sarasota’s history.





Mega Mingle:  Entrance Fee: $10 for non-members, $5 for members.The Sarasota Chamber will host the Mega Mingle. Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. There will be drawings, lite bites and business card exchanges. For more info, call the Chamber: 941-955-8187. See website for more information. 


DECEMBER 9 (WED) 9:30AM: PLANT ID QUIZ / PART 4: Pot Luck Luncheon and Raffle. Includes tour of SGC gardens where the plants are grown. Entrance Fee: $5 for non-members, Free for members. For more info, call 955-0875 or go to their website:


We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.



Arts on the Horizon!

Compiled by Jaye Clements

Sarasota is the Florida “Cultural Coast” for many reasons… SRQ offers a collection of performing arts including a ballet, performing arts halls, theaters, operas, orchestras and a variety of galleries, art centers, and many music & art festivals.  We boast many outdoor art exhibitions, some include beautiful gardens. Many parks, including our Bayfront are dotted with amazing works.  If you have a few extra days to spend fill it with some of our Arts! Here are a few highlights for December…

December 1 at 10:30am – Collecting Recollections: William “Bill” Taggart, Circus Historian at the Ringling Museum.

December 2 at 8pm – Hall & Oates at the Van Wezel – Hall of Famers and number 1 Duo in music history coming to Sarasota. Hall and Oates

December 3 from 6pm to 8 – Wine, Dine & Pine at Selby Gardens.

December 3 at 8pm – Kenny G an Award-winning saxophonist, at the Van Wezel

December 3 from 5pm to 8 – Downtown Christmas Walk in Venice

December 3 from 5:30 to 9 – Holiday Splendor at the Ringling Museum – bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots!

Dec 3, 10, 17 from 5pm to 8 – Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan at the Ringling Museum

December 4 at 7:30 Downtown Abbey at the Sarasota Opera House – free preview screening of the first hour of Downton Abbey Season 6, with special guest Alastair Bruce, host of The Manners of Downton Abbey.  An award-winning hit drama returns for a sixth and final season of interlaced stories centered on an English country estate.  Quartetto Gelato

December 4 – Holly Holiday Party Dec 4 5 to 8pm T Spanish Point – every Thursday & Friday they will be open until 8pm for lights, decorations and music.

December 4 from 6pm to 9pm – Yesterdayze perform for Music on Main! Free concert at Lakewood Ranch.

December 5, The Bradenton Blues Festival takes place at Riverwalk by the Manatee River in Bradenton. The Line up:

11am to 11:40 – Girls with Guitars

11:55am to 12:55 – Super Chilkan and the Fighting Cocks

1:10pm to 2:10 – Larry Garner

2:25pm to 3:25 – Mike Zito and The Wheel

3:40pm to 4:40 – Joanna ConnorRick Estrin

4:55pm to 6:05 – Rick Estrin and the Nightcats

6:20pm to 7:35 – Janiva Magness

In between Acts – In Laymen Terms

December 5 & 6 – Circus Art Classes open to Adult & ages 16 & up… Silks – beginner – $20/class & FLYING TRAPEZE – open level… beginners welcome – open $40/class. Acrobatics, Jugging, wire walking are among the ongoing classes, with varying levels. Call for more information or view online.

Circus Arts Classes, Call (941) 556-5486. SAILOR CIRCUS ARENA located at 2075 Bahia Vista Street Sarasota, FL 34239

December 5 & 6 – Quartetto Gelato “Exotic Flavors” at the Historic Asolo Theatre  – presented by the Artist Series Concerts.

December 10 at 8pm – Women of Ireland – Celtic Angels – Christmas themes with a Celtic twist. Laymans Terms

December 11 & 20 from 7pm to 9 – Free Friday Night Concert in Venice at the Gazebo! Lady Katt & The Howlin’ Doggs…

December 20 at 7:30 – Holiday Brass and Voices at the Asolo.

Dec 26 to 29 – Sailor Circus Holiday Celebration – Sailor Circus Arena.

December 18 & 19 – Sarasota Ballet presents John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker at the Van Wezel.

December 18 to 30 from 6pm to 9 – Lights in Bloom at Selby.

Janiva MagnessDecember 23 at 7:30 – Charles Dickens – A Christmas Card at the Van Wezel.

Dec 28 – Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker at the Van Wezel.


Axiom-Brass at AsoloCeltics Angels Christmas