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Circus Sarasota Kicks-Off Their Season With A New And Spectacular Circus Troupe

SARASOTA, FL – Circus Sarasota’s 2013/2014 is bigger, bolder and even better than ever before… The season kicks off with an avant-garde circus troupe that is not only new to Sarasota, but also making their debut on U.S. soil, Vague de Cirque – a unique and interactive troupe, who come straight from Quebec and feature stunning acrobatics, aerobatics and circus artistry masterfully intertwined with both music and comedy. Presented in an intimate venue, this up-close-and-personal circus arts experience will be held at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, in a quaint, boutique-style circus tent – complete with cabaret-style seating – just outside of Costco. Shows are scheduled for three consecutive weeks, every Friday through Sunday, from November 15 – December 1, 2013.

“We are dedicated to promoting the circus arts throughout our community, and Vague de Cirque is a real winner,” said The Circus Arts Conservatory Co-founder and CEO, Pedro Reis. “Circus Sarasota is extremely proud to present this uniquely entertaining circus troupe for their debut performances in the United States. It’s a one-of-a-kind circus experience that everyone will definitely enjoy!”

The Vague de Cirque shows, which are about 2 hours in length with intermission, are inspired by the European circus of the 1940’s and are designed to mesmerize audiences with an unexpected, interactive storyline that intermittently crosses from reality into the magical world of circus artistry. The amazing performance includes eight of the world’s finest acrobatic performers, who will ooh, aah and entertain with everything from hand vaulting and human towers to group juggling, Chinese pole, teeter board, Russian barre, and that’s not all! There will be mind-blowing contortion, swinging rope and trapeze too! All of the performers have spent a life-time training in gymnastics or the circus arts and many have performed with world-renowned groups like Cirque du Soliel and other magnificent productions, all around the globe. “This is truly a performance like no other, and with the intimate venue and up-close interaction, one that certainly shouldn’t be missed,” said The Circus Arts Conservatory Managing Director, Jennifer Mitchell.

Performances will be held each Friday, November 15th, 22nd and 29th at 7 P.M. On each Saturday, November 16th 23rd and 30th at 2 and 7 P.M. and each Sunday November 17th, November 24th and December 1st Prices are $35 for Adult ticket and $18 for Child ticket and can be purchased by calling The Circus Arts Conservatory Box Office at 941-355-9805, or on-line at www.CircusArts.org.  at 1 and 5 P.M.

Weekend calendar: June 13-19

“Wallenda — Beyond Belief Viewing and Street Party”: Mattison’s City Grille, Main Street, Sarasota

Mattison’s and Circus Sarasota will host the second annual “Wallenda — Beyond Belief Viewing and Street Party — from Sarasota to the Grand Canyon” 7-11 p.m. June 23. The public can view Nik Wallenda crossing the Grand Canyon live on the Jumbotron video screen. The street party is on Lemon Avenue between Main Street and First Avenue and will feature a variety of circus performances by international circus artists and youth performers from the Sailor Circus. Hands-on family-friendly circus activities including balloon making, face-painting, low wire walking, street vendors, prize drawings, live auction, live music and more. The event is free and open to the public. The fundraising event supports Circus Sarasota. VIP tickets are $100 and include a reserved seating area near the main stage and a special menu with wine. VIP tickets are limited, advanced purchase is required. Information: 941-355-9335 or www.mattisons.com or www.circussarasota.org.

Circus Sarasota offers some tricks for Summer Spectacular showcase

Circus fans have a new way to mix history and thrills of live performance at the Ringling Museum of Art.

Master Trick Roper and bull-whip artist Texas Jack Fulbright performs in Circus Sarasota’s 2013 Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. PHOTO PROVIDED BY CIRCUS SARASOTA

During the annual run of Circus Sarasota’s Summer Circus Spectacular in the Historic Asolo Theater (June 18-Aug. 3), the Ringling Museum is offering a $5 admission to audiences who also visit the Circus Museum and its large collection of memorabilia.



Circus Sarasota Appoints Managing Director and Hires Be Creative Studios as Marketing Partner

June 3rd, 2013
Jennifer Mitchell has been promoted to Managing Director of Circus Sarasota, a newly created position to support the incredible growth of this local non-profit organization. Read more

The Patterson Foundation Launches Legacy of Valor Campaign

Yearlong campaign honors veterans through community partnerships leading up to the spring 2014 dedication of Patriot Plaza

SARASOTA, Fla. (April 5, 2013) – The Patterson Foundation kicked off its Legacy of Valor campaign today, highlighting 17 community-driven partnerships that honor veterans and their families, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom.

The Legacy of Valor campaign is an extension of The Patterson Foundation’s first-of-its-kind partnership with the National Cemetery Administration to construct Patriot Plaza, a ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery. The yearlong series of Legacy of Valor partnership events – which include a variety of experiences from luncheons and exhibits honoring veterans to themed street art and film festivals– begin this month and culminate during the spring 2014 dedication of Patriot Plaza.

“The Legacy of Valor campaign honors and salutes veterans and their families for the sacrifices they make in order to secure our freedom,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The enthusiastic response we received from community partners was overwhelming, and we hope every person in our community can find opportunities to participate through their time, talent and treasure.”

Through Legacy of Valor partnerships, community entities are collaborating with each other to create and build upon existing activities and events to educate, build enthusiasm and focus the community to honor and support veterans and their families. The Legacy of Valor community partnerships touch many aspects of our community, including arts performances for veterans and their families, educational programs to teach community youth about our nation’s history and the contributions of veterans, and services such as providing needed home repairs for veterans.

To enhance these collaborations, The Patterson Foundation is investing up to $1 million in the Legacy of Valor campaign.

“It is so special to see such support and a spirit of collaboration in our community honoring those who have done so much for our country,” Jacobs said. “Our goal through the Legacy of Valor campaign is to encourage our community to use Patriot Plaza following its dedication to continue to honor veterans for generations to come.”

To learn more about the Legacy of Valor campaign and Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery, please visit patriotplaza.thepattersonfoundation.org.

About The Patterson Foundation The Patterson Foundation believes that through communications, technology, and financial innovations, improvements may be achieved that transcend any single issue, entity, or geographic area. The Foundation provides resources to facilitate, expedite, and share methods, techniques, and tools, joining with others in creating new realities. For more information, please visit www.ThePattersonFoundation.org.

Circus Sarasota & Jersey Mike’s Subs Team Up for Month of Giving in March

“Day of Giving” March 27

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 21, 2013 – Circus Sarasota, & the Sailor Circus Program are joining forces with local Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout Sarasota for the 3rd Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. The campaign will culminate in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 27.

During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Circus Sarasota, & the Sailor Circus Program at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant. Then on Wed March 27, a special nationwide celebration, “Day of Giving,” will take place at all Sarasota Jersey Mike’s locations to benefit 86 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.

On that day, area residents are invited to come in to a local Jersey Mike’s restaurant and enjoy a delicious sub meal. All area Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate 100 percent of the day’s sales to Circus Sarasota’s youth training program, The Sailor Circus. For more information on our charity partners, please visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog.

Circus Sarasota’s youth training program: The Sailor Circus

“The Sailor Circus of Sarasota, Florida is thrilled to be chosen by Jersey Mike’s Subs for the Month of Giving,” said Joan Leonard, Administrative Director, of the Sailor Circus Program. With this partnership we are able to continue serving the youth of Sarasota by providing a safe environment to learn life skills through the exciting tradition of the circus arts. The Month of Giving allows us to provide our program to students whose parents cannot afford after school specialty programs. Together with Jersey Mike’s we are able to teach our students the importance of community and giving back to the community that one lives in.”

Participating Sarasota Jersey Mike’s Restaurants:

  • 3820 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota
  • 8210 Tourist Center Drive, University Park

Last year’s Month of Giving campaign raised nearly $858,000 for 74 different charities nationwide. Since 2010, Jersey
Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised more than $5 million for worthy local charities and distributed
more than 500,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

“I would like to extend a personal invitation to come in and enjoy a Jersey Mike’s sub during our Month of Giving in
support of one of your local charities,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company
when he was only 17 years old. “The opportunities to give are all around us so we hope this March you will join us to
make a difference in someone’s life.”

For more information about Jersey Mike’s Subs Month of Giving please visit: http://www.jerseymikes.com.

About Jersey Mike’s
Jersey Mike’s, a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 750 locations open and under development
nationwide, has a long history of community involvement and support. Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey
Mike’s serves authentic East Coast-style subs on fresh baked bread – the same recipe it started with over 50 years ago.
The company’s mission is to bring its customers the highest quality, freshest made sub in the industry and give back
to the communities in which it operates. A store locator and franchise information for Jersey Mike’s can be found at

Let’s Run Away to the Circus!

When asked if I wanted to take a trapeze class while on a girls getaway to Sarasota Florida, without hesitation or really even much thought, I exclaimed “Yes!” What could be more fun than flying through the air, ideally with grace and strength? I recruited my friends Dawn and Robin (my adventurous partners in crime: see What Happens in Vegas…). Circus Sarasota offers a few different circus-type classes, and we were quick to sign up.

First, we took the Aerial Gym class. The description read that hoops are used, suspended about two or three feet off the ground. We thought the class sounded fun – we just didn’t realize how hard it would be! The five us in the class used the steel hoops as support in various Pilates- and yoga-type moves – plank, bridge, even downward facing dog. The most fun, though, was when we balanced our chests on the hoops, used our arms for leverage and swung, swan-like (maybe?!), through the air. My favorite move of the class, though, was (Wo)Man in the Moon – we balanced on our thin steel hoops, bending and shaping our bodies until we conformed to the hoop’s curve. In the pose, I felt graceful and limber – all I needed was a sparkly outfit and I would’ve been set!