Sarasota and Her Islands Introduces ’30 Days of Opening Nights’

SARASOTA, Fla., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Sarasota and Her Islands — captivating travelers’ imaginations along southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast — unveils “30 Days of Opening Nights” this fall in an atmosphere of cultural indulgence and creative abundance. From serenades at the splendid symphony and flying-high amusement to sculpting the inner artist and nibbles of heavenly gourmet, “Opening Nights” abound as Sarasota celebrates the commencement of the season. Featuring the eccentricity of “The Greatest Show on Earth” and the “Finest White Sands in the World,” Sarasota and Her Islands offers “Opening Night” accommodation rates starting at $179 per night*, through Dec. 20, 2005, and encourages visitors to pop a cork to celebrate opening season with complimentary champagne at participating hotels*.

30 Days of Opening Nights cultural experiences include:

Nov. 20-27 “Mirandolina” Performance Asolo Theatre Company

Nov. 20-30 “Harmony Gallery” Exhibit Beatrice Friedman
Symphony Center

Nov. 20-Dec. 20 “Laughing Stock” Performance Asolo Theatre Company

Nov. 20 “Cops” Performance Venice Little Theatre

Nov. 23, 30 Paint Me A Story S’Platters
Children’s Program

Nov. 20-Dec. 20 “Enchanted April” Asolo Theatre Company
Performance

Nov. 20, 27 Handz-On Family Program The John and Mable
Ringling Museum of Art

Nov. 25-Dec. 11 “Heritage Holidays” Tours Spanish Point

Nov. 25-Dec. 20 “A Christmas Carol” Asolo Theatre Company
Performance

Nov. 26 Outdoor Art Show Painted Lady Victorian
House

Nov. 27-28 “Red, Hot & … Blue” Venice Little Theatre
Performance

Nov. 29 “smARTalk” Artists Banquet Venetian Golf and
River Club

Nov. 30 “Twilites” Performance Florida West Coast
Symphony

Dec. 1 “Casual Classics” Florida West Coast
Performance Symphony

Dec. 2 “Concert Lites” Performance Florida West Coast
Symphony

Dec. 3 “Enchanted Evenings” Florida West Coast
Performance Symphony

Dec. 5 Youth Orchestra Concert Florida West Coast
Symphony

Dec. 9 Monty Alexander Trio Sarasota Opera House

Dec. 9-11 “Masterworks” Performance Florida West Coast
Symphony

Dec. 10 “Home for the Holidays” Florida West Coast
Concert Symphony

Dec. 14 “Salon Soiree” Concert Florida West Coast
Symphony

Dec. 16 Towles Court Art Walk Towles Court, Downtown
Sarasota

Hotels offering special “Opening Nights” rates with complimentary bubbly at check-in include Lido Beach Resort (800-441-2113), Longboat Key Club (800-237-8821) and The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort (800-4-COLONY).

From browsing eclectic artwork and indulging in extravagant cuisine to mingling with artists and dancing to eccentric tunes, Opening Nights attendees indulge in activities appealing to all senses. Home of the famed Ringling Museum (and whispers of circus history), endless miles of sugar white shores and captivating culture, Sarasota and Her Islands are diversely comprised of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice, Manasota Key, Englewood and North Port.

To celebrate “30 Days of Opening Nights” on Sarasota and Her Islands, call (800) 522-9799 or visit http://www.sarasotafl.org/ .

* Rates based on availability. Blackout dates apply. Tax and gratuity not included.

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