Hurricane Ian can’t stop Venice Theatre party

Hurricane Ian can’t stop Venice Theatre party

Venice Theatre’s annual volunteer appreciation party was not canceled due to Hurricane Ian. Instead, Venice Theatre staff members moved forward with a party in the parking lot, the damaged – but far from destroyed – 1926 theatre building serving as a dramatic backdrop.

Approximately 300 partygoers enjoyed food from Brew Burgers and relished the chance to see each other, view the state of their beloved theatre, and listen to plans about the theatre’s hurricane recovery efforts.

Executive Producing Director Murray Chase welcomed the crowd with a megaphone since no electricity was available on site. He then passed the horn to Board President Laura Kopple who told the volunteers, “You are what keeps us alive.”

Addressing the group after Kopple was General Manager and Director of Diversity Kristofer Geddie who thanked volunteers for all of their messages of concern and offers to help after the storm assuring them, “We will need lots of help!” He also explained that before volunteers could assist with cleanup and repairs, the employees from SERVPRO will need to finish their work to make the theatre safe for re-entry. SERVPRO’S large truck has been parked at the theatre since the company was called in days after the storm to assist with clean up and water mitigation. A team of about 40 workers is at the theatre daily.

Development Director Eric Watters made a lively speech about how donations of all sizes will be crucial to rebuild the main stage Jervey Theatre as well as keep the theatre in operation until that challenging job is completed. He singled out one fundraiser in particular, presenting an award to 13-year-old Delaney Lockwood for raising over $700 in three hours with her neighborhood lemonade stand. The Venice Theatre student actor has been involved with the theatre from a young age, performing with Watters in A Christmas Carol and in many other shows. Lockwood said in a social media post, “All money will be donated to Venice Theatre to help with rebuilding after Hurricane Ian. This is where I was introduced to and fell in love with theatre. This theatre and the people here have given me valuable experiences and opportunities and supported me in so many ways. This is just one little way that I can try to show some support back.” Watters challenged the rest of the volunteers to step up to give and raise money in their own ways. Although the theatre is well-insured, millions must be raised to cover what the insurance policies cannot.

Chase took back the megaphone to acknowledge Deputy City Manager James Clinch who was there as a representative of the City of Venice, but also as a volunteer actor and father of student actors Eli and Cora Clinch. Also on hand were Gulf Coast Community Foundation President and CEO Mark Pritchett, City of Venice Vice-mayor Nick Pachota, and John Bryant from Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors. The company has been working with Venice Theatre for the past three years on renovations to its main building, Technical Arts Center, and Arts Education Center. Bryant spoke to the challenges of rebuilding the Jervey Theatre, assuring everyone that the job was possible and highlighting it as an opportunity to rebuild the space better, bigger, and stronger.

Until the Jervey Theatre is repaired, Venice Theatre’s team is working on a plan to use its other spaces on campus for presenting shows. Its Arts Education Center will be re-purposed into a 128-seat “thrust” theatre which should be ready in November. The 90-seat Pinkerton Theatre on the west side of the main building is expected be ready for use in January 2023 once all water is removed and electricity is restored.

The theatre will announce a revised 2022-2023 schedule in the coming days. Community members interested in donating to the theatre’s hurricane recovery may do so at www.venicetheatre.org/donate.

About Venice Theatre
Venice Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 Tampa Ave. W. in Venice, FL. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre offers a wide range of education and community engagement programs for children, teens, and adults.

Information and photo provided by Venice Theatre.

Welcome, Restorative Medical Center!

Welcome, Restorative Medical Center!

Thank you, Restorative Medical Center and Christina Parker, MSN, NP, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! The Center is your guide to optimal health. They will go over your history, symptoms, listen to you and view your labs from a functional point of view. Functional Medicine wants your labs in a certain zone that helps your body function properly, to the highest levels.

The Center has been offering Functional Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement since 2012 and focuses on five main areas: Hormones, Nutrition, Detoxification, Mind and Body. If there is an imbalance in one area it will ultimately affect the other areas and cause disease. Let the experts at Restorative Medical Center look at your hormones, vitamins, genetics, thyroid, gut health, and develop a partnership for you to have the health you desire. They will work with you to correct and find balance in all five of these areas.

About Christina Parker, MSN, NP
Christina Parker, MSN, NP received her Masters in Nursing from Graceland University in Independence, MO in 2010. She holds her Autonomous Practice license. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Institute of Functional Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging. Christina trained in Functional Medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy at Sajune Institute of Restorative & Regenerative Medicine, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Peptide therapy, Pellet therapy, PRP/Stem Cell therapy from the American Academy of Anti-Aging. She integrates traditional medicine with functional medicine for optimal health for ages birth and beyond. CLICK HERE to read more.

706 The Rialto
Venice, Florida 34285
941-625-0304
help@restorativemedicalcenter.com
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Welcome, EmmaTrang Beauty Lounge!

Welcome, EmmaTrang Beauty Lounge!

Thank you, EmmaTrang Beauty Lounge, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! The Beauty Lounge is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Venice in the historic San Marco building. EmmaTrang has 20 years of running a salon business in South Jersey. Her new location in Florida, which opened in 2022, offers top-quality beauty services featuring her exclusive brand of eyelash extensions, eyebrow artistry, permanent makeup and skincare services. 

230 Tampa Ave. West
Venice, Florida 34285
941-587-3386
info@emmatrang.com
emmatrang.com

Welcome, Shirley St John!

Welcome, Shirley St John!

Thank you, Shirley St John, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! Shirley is a singer who performs live in a variety of venues throughout the region. Her song selections intertwine familiar favorites from the 1940s, all the way through the 2020s. Dare to Dream, Shirley’s first album, sold out in just a few months after she recorded and released it during the height of the pandemic. Passionate about connecting with audiences of all ages, Shirley enjoys performing at events including weddings and birthday parties, public venues such as the Centennial Park Gazebo, as well as clubs, restaurants, churches and pubs. 

Contact Shirley St John
stjohnjustdoit@gmail.com
(317) 909-8580
www.shirleystjohn.com

Welcome, Patriot Pack & Ship!

Welcome, Patriot Pack & Ship!

Thank you, Patriot Pack and Ship, for joining Venice MainStreet! Opening in 2022, Patriot Pack & Ship is the go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing and business service needs of the residents and businesses of Nokomis, Florida. Its team of dedicated, professionally trained experts understands the meaning of Super-Star Customer Care—they focus on saving you time and money by ensuring you get the right products and services at the right price—in a single, quick visit.

253 S. Tamiami Trail
Nokomis, FL 34275
941-217-7295
info@patriotpack76.com
www.patriotpack76.com

Venice: Resilience is our number one strength! 

Venice: Resilience is our number one strength! 

Please see Venice MainStreet’s home page for links to disaster recovery information and for ways you can help: VisitVeniceFL.org

We have seen the community come together, yet again, to help those in need after the devastation of Hurricane Ian. In historic downtown Venice, we saw the catastrophic losses to some of our iconic buildings and beautiful landscapes, but were fortunate to see the majority of buildings weather the storm well and businesses reopening quickly. Before even our local grocers were open, restaurants and food vendors sprang open to help feed residents without power and a means to get or cook food.

Sarasota County Government and the City of Venice worked tirelessly to clear debris and dangers so business owners could return to their properties and assess damage. As more electricity was restored, businesses have opened and business owners are helping one another with different needs. Encouragement and embraces are felt throughout downtown as stores welcome patrons back.

It is a time like this, that I am reminded why the missions of main street organizations are so important. We specialize in building strong inclusive communities and help revitalize districts by working together with a network of businesses, nonprofits, and community members. We celebrate our character and history; we preserve our local charm through strategic focus on the core principles of economic vitality, design, promotion, and organization. 

Our Venice community knows how to support our locals and help businesses survive interruptions, and as your local community-based economic development organization, Venice MainStreet asks you to do so again. As our new normal emerges post-Ian, you can shop local, dine local, share your favorite stores and restaurants in social media posts, and help spread the word about your favorite products or merchandise unique to Venice. Every little bit helps! Donate to one or more of our many local not-for-profit organizations, as they also rely on revenue like businesses and need your support as well. We will emerge stronger and more resilient than ever!

Our downtown gateway sign is new and improved!

Our downtown gateway sign is new and improved!

Venice MainStreet installed a new and improved digital sign at the Gateway Arch entrance to historic downtown. Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The City of Venice, and Venice MainStreet funded the new sign. Thank you to our sponsors and to Rothco Signs & Designs Inc. of North Port for the installation.

Photo caption: (left to right) Ed Lavallee (City Manager City of Venice), Mark Pritchett (CEO Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Nick Pachota (Vice Mayor City of Venice), Tracy Silver (Board Chair Venice MainStreet), Kara Morgan (CEO Venice MainStreet), Jon Thaxton (Senior Vice President for Community Investment Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Rachel Denton (Marketing and Public Relations Associate Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Ricky Simpson (Director of Public Works City of Venice)

2022 Children’s Halloween Parade

2022 Children’s Halloween Parade

Halloween is quickly approaching and Venice Area children are picking out their costumes to show off in the Annual Children’s Halloween Parade, Monday, October 31, at 4:30pm in Centennial Park. The parade down West Venice Avenue will begin promptly at 5pm led by the Lions Club of Venice float and members.
 
The Venice Lions Club has proudly sponsored this event for 60+ years. More than 500 children are expected to receive candy treats from its members. Following the brief parade, children will be free to trick or treat for more goodies at participating locations along the avenues.
 
It is an event for all ages and fun for the whole family. Venice MainStreet and its partners are delighted to support this annual event- a showcase for our downtown.
Thank you, Brand Realty & Associates, for joining!

Thank you, Brand Realty & Associates, for joining!

Venice MainStreet is excited to welcome Brand Realty & Associates as a Business Partner! Brand Realty has served the Venice area for over 30 years. Its mission is to build long-lasting relationships with its clients. With professional and detail oriented service approach, their goal is a problem-free transaction from start to finish be it buying, selling, renting, or managing a property. Their real estate agents and brokers work in collaboration with one another to offer clients an unmatched level of service. 

SPECIALIZING IN:
– Finding buyers the best location and home for the money
– Competent seller representation
– Rental search and negotiation
– Complete property management

CONTACT BRAND REALTY & ASSOCIATES:
256 Nokomis Avenue South #3
Venice, Florida 34285
brandrealty@outlook.com
(941) 480-0601
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