We spent February 18 and 19, 2020, in Sarasota with our friends Janis and David from Maine, and their wonderful labradoodle Annie. We started with a tour of Ca’ d’Zan, the Venetian Gothic home of John & Mable Ringling. Ca’ d’Zan means “House of John” in the dialect of Venice, Italy, and is part of The Ringling, a complex of art and circus museums. It is a beautiful facility, and one we hope to see again.
We toured Sarasota on a trolley to see more sights, including Ringling College, Asolo Theater, Selby Library, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Selby Gardens, Sarasota Opera House, Art Center Sarasota, and Sarasota Symphony Orchestra.
We attended a lecture put on by the Sarasota Institute of Lifelong Learning (SILL). The speaker was Hedrick Smith, talking about wedge economics, his description of the wealth gap in the USA today. A lot to think about.