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.

Lecture: Creating Sarasota County


Dr. Frank Cassell speaks by Zoom to the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club, Sarasota-Manatee on the formation of Sarasota County.

Creating Sarasota County


Dr. Frank Cassell discusses the Creation of Sarasota County with the members of the Lakewood Ranch History Club by Zoom.


The concert features Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto arranged for piano and string orchestra. It will be performed with soloist Joseph Kingma, first-prize winner of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition. Also included on the program will be Gustav Mahler’s “Adagietto” from his Fifth Symphony.

Celebrating America’s Music

An all-American music program will open the series on February 16, featuring works by African-American composers Jessie Montgomery, Scott Joplin and William Grant Still in celebration of Black History Month. George Gershwin’s “Lullaby” and Arthur Foote’s “Serenade for Strings in E Major” will also be performed. Foote’s serenade was premiered at the 1893 World Exposition in Chicago.

For 2021, the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota will present two concerts with audience in attendance, sharing the joy of live music in a beautiful and safe environment. Since its inception, the orchestra has performed at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota with its soaring architecture and resounding acoustics.

“We are thrilled to be back together making music and looking forward to playing live concerts for our audience. The concert experience will be a little different, but they will be thrilled by the depth and passion of our music-making,” said Robert Vodnoy, music director. “Every aspect of the concert experience has been revamped in careful compliance with safe social distancing practices. The Church of the Redeemer has installed a new, highly effective HVAC system. Audiences will be limited in size to allow for social distancing, and wearing a mask during the concert will be required. The one-hour concerts will be performed without intermission.” Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online or at the door.


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.

Historic Central Cocoanut Walking Tour

Join the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation on Sunday, November 15th for an exclusive small-group, masked walking tour of one of the City of Sarasota’s most architecturally and culturally diverse neighborhoods.

Your tour guide will share fascinating glimpses into the history of the neighborhood, the lives of those who shaped it, and point out significant architectural elements that define each style over the passage of time.

The Central Cocoanut National Historic District features homes from just about every decade, from the late teens through mid century. As a community with the kind of rich heritage that can only be created slowly over time, architectural styles range from Frame Vernacular, Bungalow, Mission, Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean Revival, to Masonry Vernacular and Ranch.

Select from multiple tour times throughout the day, bring your reusable water bottle and hat, and enjoy some socially-distant learning!