With more than half a century of history behind its name, Sarasota Lanes has seen generations of locals bowl its alleys, with progeny making sly, crouching approaches to the same lanes their parents did years ago. The tradition continues at the alley?s 36 lanes with automatic scoring, far superior to counting on the fingers and toes of fellow players. The alley's snack bar refuels bowlers with succulent chicken wings, burgers, pizzas, and drinks. At the pro shop, bowlers can gear up for future lane domination with balls, bags, and accessories.
Helmed by Patricia Valenti, a certified personal trainer and Bikini Pro athlete, Evolution Fitness Club helps members sculpt their physiques daily from 6 a.m.–midnight. The club’s friendly workout facility teems with opportunities for running, lifting, and pounding one’s chest to indicate a dominant social status or demonstrate a new dance move. As their feet trace low-impact circles on an elliptical trainer, exercisers can wrap their minds around a favorite program on a nearby television. Fitness machines overlook Main Street, letting gym-goers wave at friends below or cheer on growing grass from the edge of a cushy bike seat. Infrared saunas invite steam-free sweltering, and hot showers wash away the aftermath.
Experienced instructors at The Pilates Body & Gyrotonic Studio empower musculature with workouts on machines and mats that stretch bods, decompress spines, and calm minds. Pulleys help to align spines, improve posture, and elevate Lilliputians to eye level in a reformer class, which focuses on the forms of up to four clients per session. Beginners attend the level 1–2 class and ease into training methods that move at a pace as gentle as a young Bambi. More experienced practitioners challenge limbs in the faster-moving level 2–3 class. Up to 10 students who practice at any level can embark on a padded mat-based adventure that aims to advance balance and coordination, or incorporate gyrotonic methodology during fusion classes that combine the movements of dance, yoga, tai chi, and swimming into a streamlined arrow that targets the cardiovascular system.
Every six months, Artista’s doors swing open to the public for an evening of performances, in which the art academy’s instructors showcase their students’ progress via dance recitals, art exhibits, and theatrical performances. This semiannual open house reflects the academy’s mission to foster a vibrant, supportive community of artists.
Most of Artista’s classes cater to young learners: tumbling classes teach the fundamentals of gymnastics, for instance, and an acting class helps teens perfect basic acting skills, such as how to ace auditions or cry on command to avoid doing the dishes. There are courses designed to enrich adults, too, such as fitness sessions and BYOB painting classes. Regardless of the subject, instructors keep classes small to ensure individual attention and can tailor their lessons to suit students of all levels.
A towering wine rack spans an entire wall and glimmers with more than 1,000 bottles. Across the room, a lineup of nitrogen-regulated Enomatic machines dispenses samples from 80 wines to be sipped, swirled, and theatrically spit while reclining on a leather sofa, or while sitting at the long wooden bar. Small, shareable plates populate Sarasota Vineyard's menu in the forms of cheeses, roasted olives, and prosciutto-wrapped figs, ideal for pairing with wines or barley pops from a list of 20 beers.
Over two weekends, the Sarasota Medieval Fair relives the European Middle Ages with a slew of rides, games, food, and live performances that hark back to the storied era. Performers cloaked in colorful period garb ring in this year’s theme, Peasants' Revolt, with more than 75 daily shows set up across 11 stages and a replica of King Arthur’s only trapezoidal table. After an opening-gate ceremony each morning at 9:45 a.m., full-contact jousting matches and German bagpipe acts gallivant in front of audiences as belly dancers and acrobats display flexibility-testing feats.