Bertha Palmer and her family in Sarasota

A Zoom lecture with Powerpoint presenting the influence of the Chicago socialite and women’s rights advocate who came to Sarasota in 1910 and transformed the sleepy little village.

Traveling Library Show

The Sarasota County Master Gardener Volunteers are presenting a Traveling Library Show at each of the county libraries. Appearing monthly at the following libraries. The title is “Who we are and What we do”: explaining various topics and themes in support of the Sarasota County Extension Programs
May Fruitville Library and Osprey Public Library
June North Port Library
July William Jervey Library Venice
August We take a break…
September Francs T. Bourne Venice
October Selby Public Library
November Shannon Straub at SunCoast College North Port
December is Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood
SAVE the DATE for our Sarasota County Master Gardener Volunteer 16th Annual Plant Sale October 9th, 2021 a Centennial Program

Venice Museums Day

May 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

 Free Admission

Come celebrate the history of Venice and those institutions that preserve and interpret it. Venice Museums Day is a chance to visit the Venice Museum @ Triangle Inn, The Lord-Higel House, and the Venice Train Depot.

A free trolley shuttle will take visitors to all locations to experience history in fun ways. This event is put on by the City of Venice, Division of Historical Resources, Venice Heritage, Inc., and the Venice Area Historical Society. Thanks to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, this event is free to the public.

World of Chucko in WONDERLAND a Springtime Special

A wonderful comedy variety program for Children of all ages!
Chucko the All American Clown and his Live cartoon character friends, Patri-Tot, J-P Theron, and Grandma Pearl, with seasonal themed MUSIC by Miss Noriko present a new twist on Alice in Wonderlands journey!


Englewood’s annual Lemon Bay Fest is from February 6 – 13.  Download brochure HERE

Things are going to be a bit different this year.

Most of our programs are presented virtually at We have an interesting offering of programs about the history of Englewood and the surrounding area.

At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, we are having an outdoor showing of “Cracker: The Last Cowboys of Florida,” a documentary film by Victor Milt, at the Dearborn Street Plaza, 348 W. Green St., Englewood.

At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13., the drive-in movie on Dearborn Street Plaza is “Patrick Smith’s Florida: A Sense of Place.”
Throughout the week of Lemon Bay Fest, Feb. 6-13, we will have a “Still Life Cracker Fair: Photo Display” at each library location. You can also stop by anytime during the week to pick up a clue booklet for the Lemon Bay “FestQuest: Photo Scavenger Hunt.” Complete the quest by taking photos around the area and submitting them to be in the running to win a special prize.

I think the thing I will miss the most is the lemon dessert contest, but we are trying to recreate a bit of that with our “Lemon Bay Dessert Submission.” Submit your recipe for a favorite lemon dessert to be published digitally and a limited number of copies will also be printed for distribution at the libraries. We are trying to bring everyone a bit of Lemon Bay Fest while keeping us all safe and healthy.

— LYNDA CITRO Englewood Charlotte Library

Betty Intagliata Lecture Series Fall 2020: The New Generation of Suffragists


November 17, 2020: “The New Generation of Suffragists Who Carried the Ball Over the Goal Line.”

Phyllis Vogel, Program Chair, League of Women Voters, Sarasota.

(Link will be posted when presentation is available for viewing.)

The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series: Theme for 2020:  “Women Get the Vote.”  The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was proposed on June 4, 1919 and became part of the Constitution on August 26, 1920.

Sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS).  Permanent funding for the Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation.