+ What a novel idea
Ringling College of Art and Design held their annual Evening at the Avant-Garde, Saturday, March 23, on its campus. Each year, guests are encouraged to partake in the chosen theme by being creative and dressing up. This year’s theme was “A Novel Idea” which brought a variety of favorite book characters to life thanks to the crafty and creative minds of those who attended the evening’s event. Some of the most popular costumes included characters from The Great Gatsby, Mary Poppins, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. One group even showed up with name cards on with numbers and shades of gray — a tribute to the popular book series, "50 Shades of Grey."
Dr. Larry and Pat Thompson’s anticipated costume reveal did not disappoint as the couple showed up in style — in a horse-drawn carriage! Dr. Thompson dressed up as Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Thompson was Dr. John Watson.
Those who attended enjoyed listening to live music by Goodbyeddie, having their pictures drawn by Ringling students, bidding on auction items and enjoying a lovely dinner. See more photos of the event online and in next week’s Observer.
+ Rocking night
More than 500 guests ventured out to The Concession Golf Club for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 3rd annual Firefly Gala Saturday, March 23. The evening, chaired by Ariane Dart, kicked off with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction. However, guests were eager to get to the main event: a live concert by Pat Benatar and her guitarist husband, Neil “Spyder” Giraldo. The couple rocked out for more than an hour, featuring hits “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Invincible.” See the video below for highlights from the concert.
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19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
23 A Wink and a Smile
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
25 "Jazz at Two" with the Kevin Celebi Quartet
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
25 The Sarasota Ballet presents Program 7 | Johan Kobborg, Alina Cojocaru & Friends
A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.