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Celebrate Sarasota's water oral history at annual screening Jan. 29th

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Bringing Sarasota’s Past to the Present
Sarasota's Water Oral History Project Annual Screening presented by
Sarasota County and New College of Florida

Please join us in taking a step back in time with a screening of videos showcasing oral histories as told by local area residents

When: January 29th at 6 p.m.; screening starts at 6:30 p.m.

Where: New College of Florida in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.

Refreshments will be served.

Meet the Oral History Subjects:

Lily Mae Martin: Born in 1925, Martin grew up in the turpentine quarters in Laurel and is among the last remaining members of that generation in the community.

Dr. Kellie Dixon: Georgia-born, she came to Sarasota in 1978, and she has worked at the Mote Marine Laboratory as a scientist ever since. She started as a volunteer. Dixon eventually earned the position of program manager of Mote's Chemical and Physical Ecology group, soon after earning her doctorate in Chemical Oceanography.

Boyce Blackmon: A native Floridian, Blackmon moved to Sarasota County in the mid-1960s and started a successful contracting business in 1965. Currently he is semi-retired and living in Myakka.

Beverly Fleming: She grew up on Boca Grande Island before moving to Sarasota when she was 17. From 2000 to 2006, she owned and operated an art gallery in Towles Court Artist Colony where she were show her own and other local artists' work.

Tito Gaona: A trapeze artist, he was born in Mexico and spent is childhood summers in Sarasota with his father. After traveling the world, Tito settled down in Venice, where he is now the owner and founder of the Flying Trapeze Academy.

To view all the videos and read all the transcripts of the interviews created by the Sarasota Water Oral History Project, visit