Reflections: A History of Sarasota County

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Sarasota County, Venice Heritage is presenting the 2003 movie “Reflections: A History of Sarasota County” at the William H. Jervey, Jr., Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL 34285,

The Ringmaster’s Wife…..Mable Ringling: Her Life and Times

Free Event: Join us for a Sarasota County Centennial Celebration from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Senior Friendship Centers, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Downtown Sarasota.
9:00am – 12:00pm Sun Coast Blood Centers bus will be here for blood donations at your leisure.
9:15 – 9:45am Light refreshments & Meet & Greet former Sarasota Mayors.
9:45 – 10:30am In a costumed presentation of Mable Ringling our presenter will share the stories, in words and pictures of her life and times, in the early part of the 20th Century, when she was the woman behind the man who ran, “the greatest show on earth.” Did you know she was the first president of the Sarasota Garden Club?
10:30am – 10:45 am Q&A with Mable, your chance to connect first-hand with the past.
10:45am Stroll the walking paths, view an historic marker as you walk to Lukewood Park all on the same campus, home to Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain. Built in memory of Mable Ringling, John Ringling’s wife. Your opportunity to pose for photos with Mable & former Sarasota City Mayors. (Bring your camera or phone.)
Lukewood Park is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation District.

Sarasota Centennial City Tour

Step back in time aboard our air-conditioned trolley with Sarasota’s first newspaper publisher Rose Phillips Wilson (played by Kathryn Chesley), to learn about the city 100 years ago as we celebrate its Centennial. This 90-minute Centennial City Tour explores neighborhoods, buildings, and people that were pivotal to Sarasota’s historical development as well as its current state as one of Florida’s most interesting artistic and cultural communities. COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van.

Tour ticket includes FREE Parking!

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.

Garden Dialogues 2021: Sarasota & Bird Key, FL

Register Now for an exclusive insider’s tour of a trio of Modernist gems by DWY Landscape Architects (DWYLA) in Sarasota & Bird Key, Florida.

Start the day at the Citrus Avenue Residence, a natural oasis in downtown Sarasota tailored to the owner’s active lifestyle. At the heart of the site is the courtyard, where a covered porch steps down into the pool garden. The long southern exposure of the courtyard is densely planted to mask sight lines from large multistory houses across the street, and a vibrant Barragán-esque accent wall with a scupper spillway circulates water to muffle the road noise.

Then enjoy the views of Sarasota Bay while eating a boxed lunch at this Sarasota city park.

Next move to the South Warbler Lane Residence on Bird Key. The seasonal homeowners desired to experience the outdoors and the natural amenity of the oceanfront property as part of their daily routine. The landscape architecture programmed the outdoor spaces to enhance the owners’ overall quality of life. Among the unseen details that support this aesthetic experience is an irrigation system that runs on collected rainwater.

Finally, conclude the day at the Mourning Dove Drive Residence. DWYLA completed the initial landscape design more than a decade ago. When new owners purchased the house, DWYLA was brought in to update the hardscape and landscape and implement some design elements that were excluded from the original installation.

All events will be subject to local guidelines on gatherings. Face coverings will be required at all events and need to be provided by the attendees. Events have been planned to optimize social distancing. Attendance is limited to 25 people, not only to maximize the safety of those attending but to promote an intimate learning experience. If this event needs to be postponed to comply with local ordinances, registrants will be notified directly.

Lecture: Creating Sarasota County

PARTNER EVENT – MEMBERS ONLY

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

Sarasota Centennial City Tour

Step back in time aboard our air-conditioned trolley with Rose Phillips Wilson, our first newspaper publisher, to learn about Sarasota 100 years ago as we celebrate its Centennial. This 90-minute Centennial City Tour explores neighborhoods, buildings, and people that were pivotal to Sarasota’s historical development as well as its current state as one of Florida’s most interesting artistic and cultural communities. COVID-19 protocols in place.

Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van.

Tour ticket includes FREE Parking!