South Florida Museum Weekly News: Upcoming events, programs and more, July 16, 2014

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Saturday, July 19, 10am – 2 pm

Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash, Arts & Wildlife Awareness Festival – Outdoor Festival is FREE / Museum Admission is Half-Priced for the Day!

Snooty is an extra special manatee who sets records every day for how long we know manatees can live. So to celebrate his record-breaking 66 years, South Florida Museum is throwing him an extra special Birthday Bash this Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10 am until 2 pm presented by Mosaic. The celebration will be full of fun activities for the young and young at heart! Family-friendly games and activities, entertainment, wildlife awareness opportunities and food vendors will be available throughout the event. Free treats, cookies and drinks will be available for children (while supplies last). Admission to the outdoor Birthday Bash in the Spanish Plaza, the Museum’s North parking lot (by the Manatee River) and on 10th Street will be FREE, while General Admission to the Museum’s inside galleries, Aquarium, and Planetarium will be reduced to $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and up), and $7 for children ages 4-12 (children under 4 and Museum Members are always free).

Event Participants, Festivities and Details

At this year’s Birthday Bash, visitors can participate in fun games and activities, learn about environmental preservation, interact with wildlife and arts organizations from all over the area, and of course wish Snooty a “Happy Birthday!” You may enjoy entertainment and performances from “The Garbage Men” band and the “Cortez Main Hatch Motleys” sea shanty singers.  There will be a misting station and inflatable slide, all the fun games you’ve come to love, as well as a temporary tattoo station and balloon twisting, and everything thing else the young and young-at-heart could hope for!

Mote Marine Laboratory will be on hand with the Mote Mobile Exhibit, as will Mosaic with the Mosaic Express educational experience and a fun Fossil Dig pit. Also planning to offer opportunities for fun and learning are Busch Gardens, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders, Bishop Animal Shelter, Sea to Shore Alliance, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Manatee County Natural Resources Department, Florida Maritime Museum – and many more! Suncoast Food Trucks will offer several yummy food options, as will the A-OK Hot Dog Wagon, along with free cupcakes and treats from Flowers Bakery, free cookies, and free apple juice from Tropicana while supplies last. Free samples will also be offered by Blue Bell ice cream.

The events will culminate with the noon presentation of Snooty’s birthday cake (of fruit and veggies), along with the crowd singing Snooty “Happy Birthday” in the Aquarium and in the Spanish Plaza Courtyard. The Birthday Song will be led by Jackie Barron representing presenting sponsor Mosaic. That will be followed by the presentation of the Annual Birthday Card Contest award winners. Judging occurred last Monday, July 7 and was conducted by Sarah Hammock, Summer Science Camp Director at the South Florida Museum, Carrie Yearwood and Leah Witt, Museum supporters, and  Toni Whitt, Education Editor for the Bradenton Herald (pictured left, from left to right). First, second, and third place awards will be given in multiple age categories.

Performance and Presentation Schedule

Weather permitting, “The Garbage Men” band will be playing at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm in front of the Museum on 10th Street West near the Spanish Courtyard Plaza entrance. The Spanish Courtyard Plaza features various presentations throughout the Festival, including the “Cortez Main Hatch Motleys” sea shanty singers performing in the Plaza at 11:15 am & 1:15 pm, the crowd singing happy birthday to Snooty at Noon, and the announcement of Snooty’s Birthday Card Contest winners at 12:15 pm. The “Cortez Main Hatch Motleys” will also perform for paid guests in the Great Hall at 2 pm. There will also be a special “Snooty Photo Booth” set up from 10 am – 2 pm where guests can take pictures with a giant “Snooty” poster or have us take your picture and tag yourself later on Facebook!

Aquarium presentations will run continuously from 10 am – 2 pm with paid Museum admission. Planetarium presentations are also included in Museum admission. Perfect Little Planet will play at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Passport to the Universe will play at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Tickets are required for Planetarium shows (no additional cost); please pick up your ticket in the Planetarium Lobby. Seating is limited; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get Involved Online! 

Attendees can follow the festivities and get all the information they need on the Museum’s mobile webpage at Visitors can share their birthday wishes, pictures, and memories of Snooty on our Facebook page at you can use #Snooty66 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to wish Snooty a Happy Birthday and keep up with event details. Additionally, fans who aren’t able to join the festivities in person can follow along online from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm at the “Snooty’s 66th Birthday” event on (free registration is required). Visit Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash Page for more details on Snooty’s 66th Brithday Bash, Arts & Wildlife Festival or call 941-746-4131, ext. 0. 

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Community Leaders and Notables Compete to Raise Awareness about the Care and Feeding of Manatees at the Museum

John Annis, John Horne, Megan Jourdan, Art Ross, Johnette Isham, Jennifer Gans, Jackie Barron, Thomas Tryon and Lynne Lineman participated in Tuesday’s “Lettuce Eating Contest”


The South Florida Museum invited some of the best and brightest community personalities to join us in spreading the word about Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, and manatee rehabilitation care at the Museum, with “Snooty’s Lettuce Eating Contest.” On Tuesday, July 15th at 11 am, five “celebrity” competitors pitted their appetites against Snooty’s – “head to head” of lettuce, that is. Competitors were judged on style, quantity eaten and personality.

In what the Museum hopes was the “First Inaugural” Lettuce Eating Contest, the competitors were: John Annis, Senior Vice President of Community Investment for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; John Horne, Owner of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar; Johnette Isham, Executive Director of Realize Bradenton; Megan Jourdan, Health Educator and Media Liaison for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County; and Lynn Lineman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.


Art Ross, announcer for the Bradenton Marauders, provided color commentary and moderated the event. Jackie Barron of Mosaic (presenting Sponsor of Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash), Museum supporter Jennifer Gans, and Thomas Tryon, Opinion Editor for the Herald-Tribune, judged the competition under the guidance of Marilyn Margold, the Museum’s Director of Living Collections and the event’s Official Manatee Eating Consultant and Referee. 


The competition was tough, indeed. Johnette Isham brought along cheerleaders from her staff to help lead her in chants like, “Don’t just EAT like a manatee, BE a manatee!” She was given the “Wild Style” prize for her enthusiasm and lettuce-throwing antics. John Horne had the assistance of a few special cocktails from his own Anna Maria Oyster Bar to help wash down the lettuce – with assistance from his wife and “manatee care specialist” Amanada Horne who hand-fed him his lettuce throughout the competition. He also offered the judges samples of his lettuce-drinking cocktail, as well as gift cards to his restaurant as special incentives. He took home the “Snooty Style” award for his eating style and appetite. John Annis was also not above a bit of bribery – slipping each judge a $20 bill before competition began. Judges rebuffed the attempted bribery, but Mr. Annis still earned the “Table Manners” award for his clean and deliberate methods.


At the other end of the table, Lynn Lineman and Megan Jourdan were more quiet – but with an extra dose of intensity. Mr. Lineman brought his own salad dressing in a spray bottle to help coat his lettuce as he gulped it down. He was polite enough to also share a few spritzes with Megan Jourdan, seated to his right. This kindness earned him the “Miss Congeniality” award from the judges. Finally, Ms. Jourdan’s determination won her the big prize. She abstained from bombastics and bribery, while chomping her lettuce with what the judges could only refer to as “great stealth.” For her diligence, Megan Jourdan took home both the “Manatee Appetite” and “Overall Winner” awards. Congratulations and many thanks to Megan and all of the competitors!

The Museum hopes “Snooty’s Lettuce Eating Contest” will help to raise awareness for the Birthday Bash this Saturday and for manatee care at the Museum. Manatees in the wild and in rehabilitation eat up to 8-10% of their body weight EVERY DAY in vegetation. That’s a lot of greens. The South Florida Museum currently houses Snooty, along with Ace and Myakklemore, two rehabilitation manatees. These three manatees combined may eat up to 75,000 pounds of lettuce and vegetables this year at a cost of $75,000. That’s a lot of “green.” 


The Museum is currently raising funds to help with manatee care through “Carrie’s Match for the Manatees.” A generous donor, Carrie Yearwood, offered $40,000 in matching funds to benefit manatee care at the Museum. She wanted to challenge our community to help feed and house these gentle creatures. Another donor added to her match, raising it to $50,000 to help the Museum raise up to a total of $100,000 for manatee care.  

I invite you to join me in supporting Snooty and the Manatee Care Program at the South Florida Museum so that other people can have memories as wonderful as mine.” 

                      ~ Carrie Yearwood

If you are a fan of Snooty and the rehab manatees, please consider making a gift today – it will be doubled! 

  • $30 – Buy a case of lettuce for the Manatees
  • $75 – Buy Snooty’s lettuce for a day
  • $100 – Buy all Snooty’s lettuce and veggies for a day
  • $250 – Feed Snooty, Ace and Myakklemore for a day
  • $500 – Feed Snooty for (almost) a week
  • $1,000 – Fresh, clean water for the manatees to swim in for a week

Please click here to make your tax-deductible gift.


If you would like to Double Your Good, click here to donate now or visit us online for more information here. Contact Martha Wells for more information at [email protected] or 941-746-4131, ext. 35.

There’s Only One More Week for Your Child to Experience Summer Science Camps!

The Museum’s final week of Elementary and Middle School Camps are still taking enrollments – REGISTER NOW!

This year the South Florida Museum is offering camp for students entering grades 6-8! We offer camps for students entering grades 2 – 5 and concurrent weeks of camps for students entering grades 6 – 8, each week with a new and exciting theme! Camps take place Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. Snacks are provided but students must bring their own lunches. More information about themes and pricing is provided below. Scholarships are available for middle school students. Contact Sue McCarthy at 941-746-4131, ext. 13 for more information.

Week 6 (July 21 – 25): Planets, Planets Everywhere! – Scientists are finding new planets orbiting other stars every day! These extra-solar or exo-planets come in all sizes, some even resemble our own earth. Travel around our own solar system, Milky Way galaxy and universe in the Bishop Planetarium for a truly “out of this world” experience!

Week 6 (July 21 – 25): Eagles, Panthers, and Bears, Oh My! -Explore Florida’s animals while working as a group to construct a unique 8′ x 4′ replica of Florida, molding these animals and others into 3 dimensional relief and merging them to form the shape of the state. This dynamic project will be displayed temporarily on the grounds of the South Florida Museum for the public’s enjoyment.


Contact us about scholarship opportunities! Registration requires a $50 non-refundable deposit per session selected, and will be accepted by mail (check or credit card) or fax (credit card) only. A registration form and medical release form are required. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis.

South Florida Museum Members qualify for the Member rate. Members enrolling more than one camper also enjoy a reduced rate for additional campers.

Museum Member Camp………………$180/session  

Member Additional Camp…………….$155/session 

Non-Member Camp…………………...$225/session

The Museum will accept checks (made out to ‘South Florida Museum’) or Visa/MC. Full payment for camp session is due by the first day of camp, but will be accepted at time of registration. Full refunds will be made if the Museum cancels a session. Camp fees, less your non-refundable deposit, will be refunded if you cancel 30 days prior to your camp session

Financial Assistance may be available to help subsidize fees. Registration forms are available online – click here for elementary levelclick here for Middle School Level. For more information or to register for camp, please contact Sue McCarthy directly at 941-746-4131, ext. 13.

Join us Next Week for 
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
with Musical Performance by “Matt Waldon & Friends”
The South Florida Museum is pleased to present Film Fridays, our exciting film program presenting the best movies you’ve (n)ever seen – most Fridays at 6 pmDon’t forget to join us early for our selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Please note: the theater may be cold, sweaters or jackets are recommended.  

“Music & Movies” – most Fridays, July 11 – September 19 with music at 6 pm and screenings at 7 pm. 


Enjoy watching your favorite American musicians on the big screen in these intriguing and insightful documentaries that will have your toes tapping and fingers snapping! Everyone from Elvis to Neil Young to the Ramones are featured in these rollicking portraits of American musical excellence.  Join us early for LIVE MUSIC presented in partnership with Realize Bradenton, the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.


Museum Members – $3

Non-Members – $5

Paid reservations required; please RSVP by clicking here or call us at 941-746-4131, ext. 17. 

Please arrive promptly: Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale.

Remaining Films in the series:
July 25 – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)
Music Performance by Matt Waldon & Friends.

August 1 – Muscle Shoals (2013)

Music Performance by David Smash.

August 8 – Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

Music Performance by The Glee Club.

August 15 – The Last Waltz (1978)

Music Performance by The Billy Rice Band.

August 22 – Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970)

Music Performance by The Wright Band.

August 29 – Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

Music Performance The Other Ryan Willis.

Sept. 5 – Shut Up and Sing (2006)

Music Performance by Brooke Bonderer Band.

Sept. 12 – End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003)

  Music Performance by Tony Tyler Band.

Sept. 19 – Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

Music Performance by Intuit.

For full detailed listings and reservations, click here.


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In This Issue:
Snooty’s Birthday Bash is Saturday!
Snooty’s Lettuce Eating Contest
Summer Camps
Film Fridays – New Series!
Birthday Bash Hours & Info
Museum Store
Program Calendar
Snooty Cam
Museum Hours
Museum Awards
Museum Affiliations

Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash, Arts & Wildlife Awareness Festival
Hours and Info
Outdoor Festival Information:
Saturday, July 19th
10 am – 2 pm
Rain or Shine
Half-Priced Admission:
Saturday, July 19th
10 am – 5 pm

Adults – $9
Seniors (65+) – $8

Children (4-12) – $7 
Children 3 and under – Free with paying adult
Museum Members – Free
Active Military / Florida Teachers – Free with proper ID
Entertainment Schedule:
10:30 am – The Garbage Men band
perform on the Museum Lawn
11:15 am – The Cortez Main Hatch Motleys sea shanty singers perform in the Spanish Plaza
Noon – Sing Happy Birthday to Snooty in the Spanish Plaza (or in the Aquarium with paid admission)
12:15 pm – Birthday Card Contest Winners are announced in the Plaza
12:30 pm – The Garbage Men band
perform on the Museum Lawn
1:15 pm – The Cortez Main Hatch Motleys sea shanty singers perform in the Spanish Plaza
2 pm – The Cortez Main Hatch Motleys sea shanty singers perform in the Great Hall (with paid admission)
Aquarium Schedule:
(included with paid admission only)
Manatee Presentations –
continuous from 10 am – 2 pm
Touch Tank Presentations –
continuous from 10 am – 2 pm
Additional Manatee Presentations –
2:45 pm & 3:45 pm 
Additional Touch Tank Presentation –
3:15 pm
Planetarium Shows:
(included with paid admission only – limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis)
Perfect Little Planet – 
10:30 am, 12:30 pm,
2:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Passport to the Universe – 
11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm
(No DaVinci Combo Tickets are available on Saturday, July 19th.)

For more info, call 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit

Pick up Your Snooty Merchandise at the Museum Store!

The Museum Store offers a fantastic selection of Snooty t-shirts, mugs, postcards, and even mints! Plus, Snooty’s Memory Book is a great way for fans and families to learn about Snooty’s life and history – and to recall their own stories about Snooty from throughout the year! Stop by the Museum Store to pick up your Snooty souvenirs for his big 66th Birthday Bash this Saturday!

And of course, don’t forget to browse all of the great adult and children’s apparel, games, toys, and astronomy, history and science accessories that you’ve come to love.

The Museum Store is open during all normal Museum hours (see above), no admission required.

For more information or to place an order, call the Store at 941-746-4131, ext. 28, email [email protected] or visit

Events & Programs Calendar
Click here to view our upcoming calendar of events and programs. Call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for more information.
Upcoming July Program:

Wednesday, July 23, 7 pm

“Summer Sun and Stars with Sam” 

Join us for our exciting live star talk
Stelliferous Live, this month with special guest presenter Samantha Sprague, the Museum’s Curator of Education. Stelliferous Live takes place the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium. This month, we’ll take a look at the upcoming month’s night skies and discuss special topics in summer astronomy. Tickets are $2 for Museum Members, $4 for Non-members. Click here to RSVP. 

Click here for a full schedule of public program events and for more information or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for info or to RSVP for any program.

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Watch Snooty via the Snooty Cam

Check on wild manatees released from the South Florida Museum and other rehabilitation facilities at

Hours and Info
Current Museum Hours:
Monday through Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
 (Open Mondays in July)
2014 Admission Prices:

Adults – $18
Seniors (65+) – $16
Children (4-12) – $14
Children 3 and under – Free with paying adult
Museum Members – Free
(click here for details)
Active Military / Florida Teachers – Free with proper ID
Combo Tickets are also available for the South Florida Museum and the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, click here for more information.

For more info, call 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit

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South Florida Museum Memberships and Affiliations:



Staff List – 
Click name to email or call us at 
(941) 746-4131
Brynne Anne Besio 

Executive Director, ext. 18
Jack Balkan
Facility Director, ext. 26

Marilyn Margold

Director of Living Collections, ext. 20 

Jeff Rodgers

Planetarium/Education Director, ext. 22 

Martha Wells

Development Director, ext. 35

Matt Woodside

Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, ext. 37


Tiffany Birakis

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, ext. 16

Ellen Ferraro

Visitor Services Manager, ext. 29

Susan McCarthy

Program Coordinator, ext. 13


Scott Odell

Maintenance Technician, ext. 50

Annual Fund Manager, ext. 11
Jessica Schubick
Communications Manager, ext. 14

Curator of Education, ext. 31 
Administrative and Development Coordinator, ext. 17

Kris Williamson

Museum Educator, ext. 12

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