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Onward to Selby Gardens

Although I have lived in Florida for 17 years now, there is so much to see and do here,  that I have years of things to do and places to see in front of me.

Recently, I spent a lovely day at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida.  It’s one of those places I drove by often, thinking to myself, “I really should go there sometime.”  Last month I finally had the opportunity.  And I’m so glad!

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a treasure!  You can meander its pathways through various gardens or join a guided tour, which is what my companion and I did.  We strolled through a variety of plants, trees, bamboo, and so many others.  In the couple of hours we were there, although we saw much, there was more we could have seen, had we made a longer day of it. One of the loveliest parts of the morning was just sitting on a park bench overlooking the bay, while workers set up for a wedding nearby.  What a relaxing way to pass the time!

There is much more to Selby Gardens.  Besides hosting private events, there is a research facility which studies, among other things, orchids and bromeliads.  They also have school programs, events, and classes for the public.  This week is a “Tropical 4th of July”, featuring reggae music, food, and fireworks, plus activities for children.  Their website is very informative and I urge you to visit it to see photos, get more detailed information, and learn about the resources they offer!

We’re Off to the Symphony… Again!

Our final field trip as a fifth grade class is this Thursday, and I am excited!  Once again, we’ll be boarding the big yellow bus and heading to Sarasota‘s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall aka the Big Purple Cow.  The color was suggested by the widow of Frank Lloyd Wright, at least according to wikipedia.

Those of us on the Gulfcoast of Florida are blessed to have such a vibrant arts community in Sarasota.  And one of the benefits we enjoy is the yearly Sarasota Symphony Concert put on just for the elementary students of Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  Pieces are chosen specifically for this young audience, giving them a taste of how music creates moods, tells stories, and can evoke emotional responses.

When my students take their purple seats on Thursday, they will be surprised to hear music that is familiar to them.  Perhaps they heard a snippet of a piece in a commercial for beef, perhaps a melody will remind them of a movie score they’ve heard.

It’s days like these that make me cherish my role as their teacher.


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