Old time-y receipts are fun to look at but….

Here at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, we love to see old receipts. Here’s one from a Bradentown (that’s what it was called in 1911) grocer: Continue reading

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Ken Thompson and the Making of Modern Sarasota: Conversation at the Crocker

Anyone intrigued by the recent and turbulent history of Sarasota will want to be in the audience at the Crocker Memorial Church on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 when historian Jeff LaHurd and real estate/architecture expert Harold Bubil engage one another in a lively conversation about Ken Thompson, Sarasota’s longest-serving city manager and the man responsible for moving Sarasota into the modern era.

This non-elected public servant had an unorthodox style achieving progress and it will all be revealed at this Conversation at The Crocker which starts at 7 p.m. The event is free to members of the Historical Society and $10 for guests.

“Ken Thompson was appointed city manager in 1950 and guided the community for the next 38 years,”

said LaHurd, whose latest book is about Thompson and his influence on the development of Sarasota. “It would be difficult to find anyone in Sarasota’s history who exerted such an influence on this community. Waldo Profit called him the architect of modern Sarasota and Bruce Franklin, president of the ADP Group once remarked when Thompson was city manager, it did not take 10 years to get a project completed.”

LaHurd’s research found Thompson to be a man of integrity and above reproach in all his business dealings. “He was a brilliant Renaissance man who enjoyed flying, sailing, and creating art,” continued LaHurd. “With Ken Thompson, the buck stopped on his desk and he was capable of making far reaching decisions. At a time when segregation was the “law” of the land, Thompson de-segregated the public library and Bobby Jones Golf Course with a telephone call to the manager of each. As an important person in Sarasota’s history I rank Ken Thompson with John Hamilton Gillespie, Owen Burns, Bertha Palmer and John Ringling.” You’ll want to know more, so be in the audience on Tuesday, April 8 at the Crocker Memorial Church. Bring your questions and any memories you have of Ken Thompson to share.

Conversations take place at The Crocker Memorial Church and proceeds help to maintain the Bidwell-Wood House (1882, Sarasota’s oldest private residence) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). The Crocker Memorial Church is located at 1260 12th Street in Pioneer Park, Sarasota, one block off North Tamiami Trail at 12th Street. Chairs of Conversations at The Crocker are Lynn Harding and Marsha Fottler. Docent-led tours of the two buildings are available and the gift shop is open before each Conversation event. For more information call  364-9076.

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Nothing like an Earlye Musicke Consort

Sarasota Earlye Musicke Consort to serenade us in the Crocker Church Tuesday April 1 at 7pm

Nothing like an Earlye Musicke Consort to start off the beautiful month of April!

An early musical instrument

This is a viol de gamba!

The Sarasota Earlye Musicke Consort is a group of musicians which have been in existence since 1993. The musicians gather to practice in the Crocker Memorial Church and praise its fine acoustics.

Members of the Consort are seniors who have many years of experience playing all the different sizes of recorders. Also included in the group, is a viol de gamba player.

The Consort has graciously invited us to attend a melodious, costumed thank-you concert for the members of the Historical Society on Tuesday, April 1, at 7pm and hope all can come!

The literature played represents music from the 1300s to music currently being composed for recorder groups. Charlotte Trautwein is the music director and is a retired music professor from North Dakota State University.

Programs presented by the Consort are varied and descriptions of the instruments and commentary about the music played are shared at each performance. This year’s theme is “Exploring 800 years of Music.” The Consort will be wearing Renaissance costumes to enhance the presentation.

Please come to this thank-you concert for the members of the Historical Society on Tuesday, April 1, at 7pm. Members free; $5 donation requested of guests.

For more information about the Consort, contact Charlotte Trautwein at jnctrautwein@verizon.net.

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Springing Forward: Did you?

Did you remember to spring forward today? Just a friendly, vintage reminder!

Write your Congressman, 1918 versionThe best reason to love DST in Sarasota? Enough time to get to the beach and watch the sunset!

To read more about the history of Daylight Savings time, click here.

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Batter Up: How & Why Sarasota Became a Baseball Town

Baseball fever has gripped the Sarasota area for years, beginning around 1923.  Baseball has helped to shape Sarasota’s identity as a spring-training tourist destination and has had a significant impact on growth, politics, real estate and culture of both the city and county.

1923 Baseball Magazine

Image courtesy of legendaryauctions.com

Come learn how and why we became linked with professional baseball when three baseball experts gather for a lively Conversation at The Crocker on Tuesday, March 11, starting at 7 p.m. at the Crocker Memorial Church.

The Conversation features journalist and baseball fan Charlie Huisking; Sarasota Herald-Tribune sports writer Doug Fernandes; and author and baseball historian Ray Sinibaldi. This event is free to Historical Society members and $10 for guests.

Everyone is encouraged to wear a baseball-theme shirt or team logo cap. Bring your own memories of baseball in Sarasota and share photos. There will be baseball snacks for all and after the panel discussion, Ray Sinibaldi will be signing copies of his book,  Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota.

Batter Up is part of a series of community dialogues called Conversations at The Crocker. Organized by the Historical Society of Sarasota County and sponsored by SARASOTA Magazine, these events highlight specific aspects of Sarasota’s past and examine pivotal events and people.
Conversations take place at The Crocker Memorial Church and proceeds help to maintain the Bidwell-Wood House (1882, Sarasota’s oldest private residence) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). Chairs of Conversations at The Crocker are Lynn Harding and Marsha Fottler. Docent-led tours of the two buildings are available and the gift shop is open before each Conversation event. For additional information, contact Linda Garcia, Site Manager, M-F 10am til 2pm at 364-9076.
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2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Gilbert King to Speak

The Sarasota Authors Connection, the Historical Society of Sarasota County, and the Friends of Selby Public Library will host an author talk/book signing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King on Monday, February 24, 5:45 p.m., at the Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.

Devil in the Grove by Gilbert KingMr. King won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his second book, Devil in the Grove, an account of the infamous 1949 “Groveland Boys” case in Groveland, Florida.

“Mr. King has an amazing story to tell about this book, a story every author should hear,” says Sarasota Authors Connection member Liz Coursen. “When I learned he was coming to Sarasota in February, I decided we should host an event for him, and he was kind enough to say yes to the invitation.”

Liz asked the Friends of the Selby Public Library and the Historical Society of Sarasota County to be co-hosts for the program. “It is a natural fit. It’s Florida history, it’s books, it’s the Pulitzer Prize going to a very nice, very hard-working author. Plus, former Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall plays a pivotal role in Devil in the Grove, and right now the Florida Studio Theatre is offering the one-man play Thurgood as part of its winter repertoire—it’s perfect! This will be a community effort and we will have a great event!”

For more information, contact Liz Coursen at 941-706-2463 or lizinsarasota@yahoo.com

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Speaking to God in Different Voices: Conversation at the Crocker

How did diverse religious groups influence the early growth and character of Sarasota?

Sarasota Methodist Episcopal Church in Sarasota, 1893

The village of Sarasota’s earliest church was chartered in 1891 as the Sarasota Methodist Episcopal Church. Manatee Village circuit rider Rev. E. F. Gates brought recently ordained Rev. William B. Tresca to be founding minister.

The congregations that pioneers of the Sarasota area established became civic and social centers in addition to places of worship and their importance increased as the little villages evolved into organized towns, cities and counties. People looked to their churches for spiritual support that also enriched social lives and fostered educational advancement.

Four experts in church history gather on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Crocker Memorial Church (1260 12th Street, Pioneer Park) to engage the audience in a guided conversation about the historically significant churches that had a major impact on the development of Sarasota before 1930.

Speaking to God in Different Voices is part of a series of community dialogues called Conversations at The Crocker. Organized by the Historical Society of Sarasota County and sponsored by SARASOTA Magazine, Conversations at The Crocker events highlight specific aspects of Sarasota’s past and examines pivotal events and people.

Crocker Memorial Church dates from the first days of the 20th century

Crocker Memorial Church, where our Conversation will take place, dates from 1901 and was originally located at what is now Tamiami Trail and Bee Ridge Road. It served a minimum of three different congregations and continues, in the 21st century, as a community meeting place, a locale for wedding and other celebrations, and a venue for classes, clubs, and public and private events.

Leading this conversation is Kim Sheintal, author of the book Jews of Sarasota-Manatee. Sheintal came to Sarasota in 1971 and has served as president of five local Jewish organizations. She is president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida  and serves on the board at Temple Emanu-El.
“There are upwards of 200 churches just in Sarasota and our collective church heritage is impressive,” said Sheintal. “There is too much information for a single Conversation so we are focusing on churches and synagogues established before 1930. We will cover as much as we can and what we don’t get to will be another Conversation next year. I hope people in the audience will share memories about churches and synagogues in Sarasota because that is the way that history is accumulated and documented. Each time I present a lecture on my book, I learn something from the audience and I’m sure that will be the case with this Conversation.”
Joining Sheintal on the stage will be Ohio native Ted Cover. He moved to Sarasota in 2000. Cover is the Historian/Archivist for St. Martha’s Church and his other avocations include model railroading, history of technology and history of the Sarasota area.
Also on the stage will be Treva Robinson who moved to Sarasota in 1964 and joined First United Methodist a year later. After several volunteer assignments, she joined the staff in 1970 as membership secretary and later church secretary. She retired last year with a vast storehouse of knowledge.
Also contributing to the Conversation will be Dr. Carl Stockton, Professor of History and Academic Dean emeritus, University of Indianapolis. He is active with the National  Episcopal Historians and Archivists, the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the Ecclesiastical Historical Society. He is a writer and reviewer for historical journals and is President of the Sarasota Association of Campus Ministry.

Conversations take place at The Crocker Memorial Church and proceeds help to maintain the Bidwell-Wood House (1882, Sarasota’s oldest private residence) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). This event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday February 11  and is free to Historical Society members; $10 for guests. Chairs of Conversations at The Crocker are Lynn Harding and Marsha Fottler. At 6pm, join us for docent-led tours of our campus and to shop at the gift shop before each Conversation event. For additional information, contact Linda Garcia, Site Manager, at 364-9076.

Historic photo from the Sarasota County Archives.
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Family comes to aid of historic structure.

Historic Crocker Church in Pioneer Park, Sarasota FL

The Kwenski Krewe: (left to right) Kendell Kwenski, Kay Kwenski, Norma Kwenski, Brent Kwenski and Montana Kwenski. The family provided the funding for handrails at the historic Crocker Memorial Church (1901) which is curated by the Historical Society of Sarasota County. The gift was made in memory of Brad Kwenski, Norman’s husband the the dad and grandfather of Kwenski family.

The family of Norma Kwenski, a member of the Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County, responded to a need at the Crocker Memorial Church (1901) by donating the funds to provide hand rails to the porch of the de-sanctified church building in Sarasota’s Pioneer Park.

These new handrails provide additional safety for people come to the Crocker for monthly member programs, for weddings, and for community social and civic meetings and public events that are held at the Crocker year round on a continuing basis.

“I mentioned to my children about the need for handrails on the porch and they suggested we make a family gift of the funding in memory of my husband Brad who loved history and loved this community,” said Norma Kwenski. “It gives us all such great pleasure now every time we’re at the Crocker and we see people using the handrails. It’s made a real difference and my husband would be thrilled to know he is being remembered for a role in historic preservation and in keeping these historic places alive and in use.”

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Learn about Sarasota’s history from the water.

Nothin’s more fun than messin’ around on someone else’s boat, while learning history!

le barge and passengers

Grab a seat, enjoy the Bay, hear some local stories, and help the Historical Society preserve Sarasota’s past!

The Historical Society of Sarasota County is hosting our 23rd Cruise and Tour of Sarasota Bay on the LeBarge tour boat on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm. The cruise will feature narration by Harold Bubil, Real Estate Editor of the Sarasota Herald Tribune and a Sarasotan Extraordinaire, for the past 56 years. He will focus on Continue reading

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On the Street where you Live: Conversation at the Crocker

Bob Plunkett to moderate January's Conversation at the Crocker on Jan. 14 2014sion at the Historical Society of Sarasota County

Author and real estate junkie Bob Plunket leads a Conversation at The Crocker about how various neighborhoods developed in Sarasota on Tuesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at The Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street in Pioneer Park, Sarasota.

A lively and informative discussion about the history and development of significant neighborhoods in Sarasota. You’ll learn a lot and get to voice your own opinion on places to live – then and now.

Sarasota officially became a real estate destination in1885 when 60 people from Scotland, who had purchased land in this area from the Edinburgh-based Florida Mortgage and Investment Company, arrived on an uncharacteristically chilly December day at what is now lower Main Street excited to establish neighborhoods and a town. They were soon disappointed with the mud road and wood huts they saw.

Then it snowed…

… Want to know what happened next? Then be sure to be in the audience at the Crocker Memorial Church (1260 12th Street, Pioneer Park) on Tuesday, January 14 when a small group of gabby researchers talk to one another and to you about the development of significant neighborhoods in Sarasota. The event is part of the series Conversations at The Crocker and is presented by the Historical Society of Sarasota County (HSOSC). The event is free to Historical Society members and $10 for the general public. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Conversation leader is Bob Plunket, who has been writing about Sarasota’s people and places for over 30 years. His articles currently appear regularly in SARASOTA Magazine and The Observer, plus national publications such as Barron’s.  “After owning eight different houses in Sarasota over the years,” he said, “I’m obsessed about all the amazing neighborhoods in Sarasota where you can own, rent, and be foreclosed in. And the history of all of these neighborhoods is entirely fascinating from the street names to the famous people who lived in them. For instance, do you know why there’s an Ocean Boulevard on Siesta Key when the city isn’t near any ocean? Turns out the street was named after Captain Louis Roberts’s wife, whose given name was Ocean Hansen. Roberts was an early developer of Siesta Key and had a hotel on the island that he expanded from his house.”

Joining Bob Plunket will be  Dr. Clifford Smith, Senior Planner, Historic Preservation, City of Sarasota.  Also on the stage will be Margi Baskerwille Nanny. Along with her former husband Jerry King, they developed Centergate. King was one of the Sarasota’s top real estate developers of the 1960s to 1980s and with his family developed Southgate, and several and several other neighborhoods that will be discussed.

On The Street Where You Live is the fourth event  this season in Conversations at The Crocker, a series now in its second successful year. Conversations at The Crocker events are organized and produced by the Historical Society of Sarasota County (HSOSC) with support from SARASOTA Magazine. Conversations at The Crocker events highlight specific aspects of Sarasota’s past and examine pivotal events and people who have influenced Sarasota today.

All Conversations take place at The Crocker Memorial Church and proceeds from this panel discussion series help to maintain the Historical Society’s two heritage properties at Pioneer Park – the Bidwell-Wood House (1882, Sarasota’s oldest private residence) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). Docent-led tours of both buildings are available an hour before each of the Conversations at The Crocker events. The Gift shop is also open prior to Conversation events.  Chairs of Conversations at The Crocker are Lynn Harding and Marsha Fottler. President of the Historical Society of Sarasota County is Howard Rosenthal. Site Manager is Linda Garcia.  For additional information about Conversations at Crocker,  contact Linda Garcia at 364-9076

 

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The “art” of High Tea: Literally!

The Historical Society of Sarasota County hosts Light Chasers, a plein art artist group, in Pioneer ParkThe Historical Society’s High Tea & Paintings Off Easel in the Crocker Memorial Church on Sunday, Jan. 12th from 2 to 4 in the afternoon is always an artistic affair, and even more so this year!

Plein Air Artists will be painting outside while we sip tea inside. Artwork may be purchased off the walls or “off easel.” This group of artists from Light Chasers, says leader Terry Mason, are dedicated to using their talents to help local non-profits.

Most of the paintings that will be for sale are in an affordable size that makes perfect home decor, hostess gifts, and remembrances of your loved ones’ and visitors’ time in Florida.

The theme for this year’s event is “Tea & Flowers” and guests will each receive flower cards, donated by hostess, for the third year in a row, Judy Alexander. In addition to the art sales, there will be a Silent Auction during the event and music will be provided by Sal Garcia. Be sure to wear your best hat!

Last year’s High Tea was a sell-out so get your reservations now, by calling the Historical Society, at 941-364-9076, Monday through Friday from 10:00 – 2:00. Tickets are $25.00 per person and all monies raised go towards the maintenance of two of Sarasota’s oldest buildings, the Bidwell Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901).

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Gift Ideas that won’t be returned!

Holiday gift ideas from the Historical Society of Sarasota CountyIf you haven’t found just the right gift for a loved one this holiday season, may we suggest….

  • An activity you can do together, or they can do with others: the Historic Downtown Trolley Tour on Saturday, December 14 has seats available.
  • Another wonderful event is our High Tea & Paintings Off Easel in the Crocker Memorial Church on Sunday, Jan. 12th Plein Air Artists will be painting outside while we sip tea inside. Artwork may be purchased off the walls or “off easel.”
  • Giving them the gift of a new interest with one of our classes. Here’s the 2014 Class Calendar, and the details on each class are here.
  • If you’re giving (or getting!) the newest iPhone, add in one or all 3 of our Know Your iPhone classes. These classes sold out this fall, so reserve your spots asap! Here’s the 2014 schedule.
  • More gift-shopping: our Gift Shop in the Kitchen at the Bidwell-Wood House, open 10 to 2 Monday through Friday. Local artists, crafters, and authors have filled us to the rafters with unusual, local, handmade goods for your gifting (or getting!) pleasure!

We won’t tell if you decide to gift yourself with one of our choices… And remember, these make lovely Happy New Year gifts as well…

As always, for more info and to do your gift-giving where your purchase helps the Historical Society, call our Site Manager Linda Garcia at 941-364-9076 Monday- Friday from 10am to 2pm.

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Circus Circus! December’s Conversation at the Crocker!

Deborah Walk,  Curator of the Ringling Circus Museum, invites three famous circus friends to sit and chat about performing, rehearsing at winter quarters and much more. Hear insider stories about circus luminaries and how they influenced the development of Sarasota and Venice while thrilling audiences all over the world.

Circus Circus, the December 2013 Conversation at the Crocker, by the Hisotrical Society of Sarasota CountyDeborah Walk, Tibbals Curator of the Circus Museum and Curator of Historical Resources at the Ringling Museum, takes to the stage at the Crocker Memorial Church on Tuesday, December 10 for a conversation with three famous circus performers who will share insider stories about life under the big top. Joining Walk will be Jackie LeClaire, Karen Bell and Mary Jane Miller for a evening of thrills, chills and circus recollections that will leave you breathless.

This Circus Circus! event, organized and presented by the Historical Society of Sarasota County (HSOSC), takes place on Tuesday, December 10, starting at 7 p.m. at the Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street (Pioneer Park) in Sarasota. HSOSC members admitted free; guests, $10.

In 1942, Mary Jane Miller’s friends coaxed her to answer an ad in the Herald-Tribune that announced  Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus was looking for girls for the season.  Against her mother’s wishes, Mary Jane went to the Winter Quarters and tried out. Tuffy Genders, aerial director of the show, was reluctant to audition her because of her young age and lack of experience. But, he asked Mary Jane to climb a flexible metal ladder 40 feet high. He watched her quickly scramble to the top, hang on by one hand and wave to him.  She was hired, went on the road and the rest is history. Mary Jane spent 13 seasons with Ringling. She performed nearly every type of circus act – elephants, flying act, iron jaw (hanging by your teeth), even handstands on the top of the Wallenda’s Roman Ladders act. Mary Jane also appeared in the 1952 Cecil B. DeMille movie The Greatest Show On Earth. Her stories are priceless and she’s anxious to share them with Conversation guests on December 10 at the Crocker Memorial Church.

Jackie LeClaire

Click to visit Jackie’s web site

Jackie LeClaire has delighted and amazed audiences for almost seven decades. His first salaried position was as a clown in partnership with his father on tour with the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. At 18 he became an aerialist for a while before returning to clowning. But, Jackie kept up his trapeze skills and was a double for Cornel Wilde in the film, The Greatest Show on Earth. Jackie LeClaire has traveled the world making people laugh. He was inducted into the International Clown Hall of fame in 1966 and in 2002 he was inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame on St. Armands Circle. Although officially retired, Jackie continues spreading joy through programs such as Laughter Unlimited. In 2010 Jackie LeClaire was chosen by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art as Circus Celebrity of the Year.

Karen Bell has been performing around the world as a clown for 28 years, beginning with an eight-year tour with Ringling Bros. Circus. She is a well-respected circus performing clown and a ‘producing’ clown for Ringling, Karen has created material for herself and other clowns who perform in the show. Karen has been a featured lecturer at the World Clown Annual Conference twice, the only female clown to be featured. She moved to Sarasota to work with Circus Sarasota’s outreach program, Laughter Unlimited in 2005. She develops humor-based interventions for senior citizens living in nursing facilities.

Deborah Walk is the Tibbals Curator of the Circus Museum and Curator of Historical Resources; she oversees the exhibition programs at the Circus Museum as well as the archival program.  She was head of the team that supervised the construction and installation of the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center, which opened in 2006. Deborah is a past president of the Society of Florida Archivists and Beta Phi Mu (National Honor Society for Library and Information Science): Gamma Chapter.  She is a past member of the State Historical Records Advisory Board and past chair of the Sarasota Historical Commission. She is Secretary for the board of directors of Circus Sarasota, advisory board member at HSOSC and incoming president of the national Circus Historical Society.

Conversations at The Crocker is an annual series of interactive programs focusing on various aspects of Sarasota’s past. Sponsorship of Conversations at The Crocker is provided by SARASOTA Magazine.

For more information about Circus, Circus at Conversations at The Crocker on December 10, call Linda Garcia, Site Manager at HSOSC, at 364-9076 Make plans to join the conversation.

It’s the next best thing to running away to join the circus.

Poster from the 1920s promoting the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Credit: The Granger Collection, New York
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Historical Society

Happy Thanksgiving from the Historical Society of Sarasota CountyIn 1863 Thanksgiving became our third national holiday alongside Washington’s birthday and Independence Day.

NPR’s audio report on recreating a Thanksgiving dinner in the style of 1863.

Boil a tender, nice piece of beef — any piece that is clear from sinews and gristle; boil it till it is perfectly tender. When it is cold, chop it very fine….

Be thankful that Thanksgiving dinner is easier to cook now than in the 19th century, when the Bidwell-Wood House was built.

Ham, cole slaw, peach pickles, oysters, chicken pie, tomato catsup, and stewed prunes were the norm.

The Food Timeline: Thanksgiving

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Sounds of the Holidays Tuesday Dec 3

sharon scottSOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAYS, featuring inspirational music, carols and spirituals will fill the historic Crocker Memorial Church on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd at 7:00 P.M.

This FREE concert for historic music lovers is open to the public and features internationally known voices including:  Sharon E. Scott, Sarasota’s own Mahalia Jackson, Bill Schustik – America’s Troubadour, Tyrone Aiken, whose stage credits include The Voice of Audrey 2 in  “Little Shop of Horrors TYRONE HEAD SHOT 112313National Tour” and Ozanda Gray, Jr. recently seen in the Asolo’s Artist Series, “Sounds of Christmas Concerts”  and currently working with the West Coast Black Theater Troupe.

The New York Times wrote of Sharon…”she is a performer of size and vocal quality that overwhelms the stage…and is a pyrotechnic personality with all the dazzle of a Fourth of July fireworks display.”

bill s cropBill Schustik has performed worldwide and even enjoyed singing for three Presidents at the White House.

A “Love Donation” will be greatly appreciated by this talented gathering of voices.

The Historical Society feels extremely lucky to have them assemble under our historic church roof. For more information, please call the Historical Society at 941-364-9076.

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