5K runs to festivals fill weekend

For local real estate, SarasotaMOD highlights schedule

Blue Pagoda, Vicotr Lundy
The Blue Pagoda - This 1956 design by Victor Lundy will be on the SarasotaMOD tour this weekend.

There are many events starting this weekend. There are veteran’s day celebrations, festivals, plays, 5K runs, improv, expos, sidewalk sales, a master’s sand sculpting competition, comedy, concerts, a medieval fair, benefits, water ski shows: the list goes on. I will list some of these at the end of this article. But one that pops out in real estate is the annual SarasotaMOD, a celebration to modern architecture in Sarasota. Friday through Sunday you have the opportunity to see some of what makes Sarasota a great location to review the works of some of the best architects at SarasotaMOD.

This year we celebrate Victor A. Lundy, a famed 93-year old modernist architect and one of the early Sarasota School of Architecture leaders. His creation of the motel in Mineral Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This motel was constructed in 1958 and expressed Lundy’s intention as a building that symbolized the fountain of youth. Its unusual shape won the 1958 special award the American Institute of Architects.

His local accomplishments will be on tour this weekend. He designed the Blue Pagoda building for the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. This building constructed in 1956 will be on the Trolley Tour of Victor Lundy’s Iconic Architecture. Tickets are available now online for the tour with guide Christopher Wilson. Other Lundy architectural feats on the trolley tour include the Waldman building, St. Pauls’ Lutheran Church, its Fellowship Hall, South Gate Community Center, Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church and the Murray Homes building. The trolley tours are at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Real estate editor for the Herald-Tribune, Harold Bubil, will be the guide for the for the second trolley tour that will also start at 1 p.m. both days. This tour will showcase some of the buildings designed by famed architects Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell. Rudolph was honored in 2015 at SarasotaMOD.

The acrobats on skis, Ski-A-Rees, perform their last show of the season this Sunday.

There are self-guided tours and tours of Rudolph’s Umbrella House and Hiss Studio, designed by Edward Seibert and built by Philip Hiss. On Friday meet Victor Lundy at the Blue Pagoda near the Municipal Auditorium on Tamiami Trail where the official proclamation for Victor Lundy Week will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. Lundy will also be available Saturday night with dinner under the stars at the Umbrella House starting at 7 p.m. As of this writing there is one seat remaining for this event limited to 40 guests. There are also opening and closing parties on Friday and Sunday, respectively. SarasotaMOD is in its third year and is a partnership of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and The Sarasota Museum of Art.

Weekend opera, plays, musicals

If you are in town for SarasotaMOD and have some downtime, here are a number of events that may interest you, starting with two daily performances running through Sunday:

  • Don Pasquale, Sarasota Opera House: This comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti about greed and lifelong happiness of marriage and inheritance.
  • Assassins, Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton: This controversial Tony Award winning musical tours history through its violent assassinations.
  • The Wiz, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Sarasota: This musical is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s, The Wizard of Oz. It runs through November 19 with a limited number of seats remaining.
  • Young Frankenstein, The Players Centre for Performing Arts, Sarasota: One of Mel Brooks’ most humorous movies for the live stage is presented through November 20.
  • Book of Days, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Sarasota: Also running through November 20, these drama actors in training take on Lanford Wilson’s Book of Days, a murder mystery set in Dublin, Missouri.
  • Get Out of Dodge, play, Venice Theatre, Venice: The third performance running through November 20 is set in Idaho and portrays the challenges of a suburban New York woman who transitions to small town life, with some humorous moments.

Weekend events starting Friday

There are plenty of single day and other events this weekend worth looking at, starting with the Veteran’s Day celebrations on Friday:

  • Veterans Appreciation Day, St. Armands Circle
  • Veterans Day Parade, Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key
  • Hein Jung & Grigorios Zamparas, matinee series, Living Lord Lutheran Church, Lakewood Ranch
  • Siesta Key Crystal Classic, sand sculpting competition, Siesta Key beach: November 11-15
  • Chalk Festival, Airport, Venice: November 11-14
  • Pavement Music Festival, Airport Fairgrounds, Venice: November 11-14
  • Cirque Ma'Ceo, equestrian circus arts, Airport Fairgrounds, Venice: November 11-14

Saturday only

  • Customer Appreciation Expo, Robart's Arena, Sarasota
  • 5K Fun Run, Airport Fairgrounds, Venice
  • Fiesta Italiana, Adventure Park, Lakewood Ranch
  • FST Improv, Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota
  • Laugh Your Paws Off, Larry Miller comedy benefit, Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Saturday and Sunday

  • Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale, St. Armands Circle
  • Annual Art Festival, St. Armands Circle
  • Sarasota Medieval Fair, Fairgrounds, Sarasota
  • Todd Murray's Croon, artist series concert, Historic Asolo Theatre, Sarasota

Sunday only

  • Ski-A-Rees, water ski show, Ken Thompson Park, City Island
  • A Tribute to America's Veterans, Riverview Performing Arts Center

I hope you are able to really enjoy some of the events this weekend and support our veterans on Friday. I have two new listings last week, residences on Longboat Key that are worth looking at. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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