Third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony shines bright
One of the patrons wore a Santa hat adorned with Christmas lights.

Third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony shines bright

The holiday spirit drifted through the hearts and streets of downtown Sarasota as patrons awaited the lighting of the Christmas tree in Five Points Park on Thursday, Dec. 29. This year, the third annual lighting ceremony planned by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association was well-attended…

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Yoder’s restaurant provides the Amish food experience
An artistic display in Yoder's Amish Village showing visitors traditional clothing and transportation.

Yoder’s restaurant provides the Amish food experience

All photos Eileen Calub/Catalyst. On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, dozens of customers lined up in front of Yoder’s Restaurant and Amish Village, eagerly awaiting one of their famous baked pies or a coveted seat inside the old-fashioned restaurant. Year after year, particularly in the…

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Sarasota celebrates Small Business Saturday
Aside from children's school uniforms, Children's World also houses a plentiful supply of toys and games.

Sarasota celebrates Small Business Saturday

During Thanksgiving, moments of gratitude and family-time are sprinkled in throughout a multiple-day binge of consumerism. Large corporations, through the retail holiday Black Friday, have included a national spending spree within the traditional cornucopia. This post-turkey feast of material gluttony has recently skyrocketed in popularity,…

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First Comedy Friends improv show of the year: coming soon
Corinne Leavengood, Olivia Siegel, Charlie Leavengood and Erin Everdale (left to right) had a dance off.

First Comedy Friends improv show of the year: coming soon

There’s no conglomeration of students more rowdy on campus than the Comedy Friends, or, according to third-year Olivia Siegel, the Comedy ‘FREAKS!’ The Comedy Friends is an ever-evolving group of students who get together weekly to play improv games. Their goal: to laugh, to play…

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Siesta Key Crystal Classic festival brings in over 65,000 attendants
photo courtesy of StudioF.com and Siesta Key Crystal Classic Melineige Beauregard and Adrius Petkus after winning peoples choice and first place in the team division for their work "Alice Down the Time Hole."

Siesta Key Crystal Classic festival brings in over 65,000 attendants

This year the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival brought in over 65,000 attendants, surpassing attendance rates since the festival’s inception eight years ago. Sand sculptors take part in this competition not only for the title, but because the sand on Siesta Key…

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Annual medieval fair returns to the Sarasota Fairgrounds
Performers dressed in medieval costumes.

Annual medieval fair returns to the Sarasota Fairgrounds

With its warm climate and thriving opera scene, it is no surprise that Sarasota remains a popular destination for snowbirds, in search of a place with no winter coats or income taxes. Each November, though, the city also becomes a destination for those in search…

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Fats, Freaks and Queers: Photography by Shoog McDaniel
McDaniel's work captures the way that body fat moves and rolls.

Fats, Freaks and Queers: Photography by Shoog McDaniel

All photos courtesy of Shoog McDaniel. With almost 50,000 Instagram followers, Shoog McDaniel has made a name for themself posting ethereal photographs of individuals who inhabit what McDaniel calls “marginalized bodies.” By featuring individuals who identify as queer, People of Color (POC), trans, non-binary, disabled…

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Outdoor photography exhibit “The FENCE” comes to Sarasota
A wide shot of "The FENCE" at Nathan Benderson Park.

Outdoor photography exhibit “The FENCE” comes to Sarasota

All photos Cait Matthews/Catalyst. As November comes into full swing in Sarasota, so does “The FENCE,” an annual photography exhibit that is open to submissions from anyone. This year, the self-proclaimed largest outdoor traveling exhibit in North America inhabits a stretch of fence at the…

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Artpool hosts a Boo-tiful show
Williams poses in front with the fashion models.

Artpool hosts a Boo-tiful show

“Every show that we do is super themed, but this one is out-of-the-box crazy,” Marina Williams (‘06), owner of Artpool and New College alumna, said, referring to the annual Halloween Costume Bash ART pARTy that took place on Oct. 27. Williams opened Artpool, a vintage…

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