Wine Walk to Ca’ d’Zan

When: Mar 28, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: Ca’ d’Zan
Price: $125 ($110 for members)

Stroll The Ringling estate, taste fine wine and delight in delicious food pairings and entertainment inspired by the world’s finest wine regions. The second annual Wine Walk to Ca’ d’Zan is a self-guided wine tasting tour along the drive to John and Mable Ringling’s historic mansion overlooking Sarasota Bay. Your passport to the Ca’ d’Zan includes a commemorative wine glass, swag bag and an opportunity to participate in a silent auction for incredible items including a five-day trip for two to a 15th Century castle in Tuscany, Italy (airfare and lodging included).

“Jerusalem,” Sarasota Opera

When: March 19, 2014 @ 8:00PM – 10:00PM
Where: Sarsaota Opera
Website: http://www.sarasotaopera.org/index.aspx

An epic tale of warriors, family rivalry and jealousy evolves into a story of forgiveness. Based on Verdi’s earlier opera, “I Lombardi alla prima crociata,” Verdi’s Jérusalem abounds with rousing choruses, beautiful ensembles and exciting arias. Jérusalem will be the 30th installment of the Verdi Cycle, and an experience you won’t want to miss.

Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica 2014

When: March 7 – April 18
Where: Selby Gardens – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Website: http://www.selby.org/events/rainforest-masks-costa-rica-2014

Centuries ago when the natives of Boruca, Costa Rica needed a way to protect themselves against invading conquistadors, they turned to their native environment for help. Balsa and Cedar trees were abundant. So they began carving ornate, menacing masks with malevolent spirits, known as Diablitos, to scare away any would-be conquerors.

The March 7 opening will also mark the 10th anniversary of this enormously popular exhibition. Visitors to Selby Gardens’ Museum of Botany & the Arts will be astounded by the newest collection of hand carved masks from these talented Costa Rican craftsmen! This year’s exhibit and sale boasts a collection of nearly 300 brightly colored and fanciful masks that reflect the native flora and fauna of the Central American country, as well as the evil spirit masks