Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota Aug. 6-12

The Players celebrate 90 years, two art exhibits open, a charity trunk show and more.

By Kay Kipling August 6, 2020


My Garden, by Duncan McClellan.

Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens

Aug. 8-Sept. 20

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg present the third annual summer glass show at Selby’s downtown Sarasota campus. This exhibit features nature-inspired glass work created by McClellan and his studio artists, in the Tropical Conservatory, the Museum of Botany & the Arts and throughout the gardens. Works are for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Selby. Learn more at

SaRtQ Collaboration Reception

Aug. 7

Artists from SaRtQ present an exhibition (online and in person following CDC guidelines) with the SPAACES Foundation, 2087 Princeton St., starting with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.; the show then continues on view Aug. 13-15. Local actor Marcus Cruz will also perform an interactive art experience on Aug. 7. More info at [email protected].

That’s Entertainment: The Players 90th Birthday Celebration

Aug. 7

This slightly delayed—and now online—celebration of 90 years of shows presented by The Players Centre features video clips of favorite performers and numbers from the past, starting at 6:30 p.m.; it will also honor several people who have been integral to the community theater over the years. Admission is $19.29 (a nod to the year the company was founded), and you can sign up at

 The Exchange Charity Trunk Show

Aug. 7 and 8

After being closed for two months earlier this year due to COVID-19, consignment shop The Exchange presents a trunk show featuring Swarovski crystal gifts and accessories, including signed and numbered pieces, from the collection of artist Isabella Adams, sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Sterling silver jewelry for sale, too; check out

Suffragist Saturday

Aug. 8

Sonia Pressman Fuentes, a co-founder of the National Organization for Women and a lawyer, public speaker and feminist activist, speaks with Florida Studio Theatre artistic staff at 4 p.m. virtually over Zoom, part of this month’s wrap-up of the long-running The Suffragist Project marking 100 years since women won the right to vote. Free, but make a reservation at or by calling (941) 366-9000.

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