South Florida Museum Weekly News: Upcoming events, programs and more, Wed, May 28, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 7 pm
Join us for our Monthly Live Star Talk with Jeff Rodgers




Definition – full of stars


Join us for our exciting live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium. Stelliferous Live takes place on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium. Each month, we’ll take a look at the upcoming month’s night skies, then enjoy a discussion about current events in astronomy. Past topics include the Higgs Boson, the search for extrasolar planets and the future of space exploration.



Museum Members – $2

Non-Members – $4

(children 16 and under are FREE)


Paid reservations required; please RSVP online here or call 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. 



Sponsored in part by


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 


Reception this Thursday!
Coffee: The World in Your Cup
in the Museum’s East Gallery
Join us for the Exhibition Reception
Thursday, May 29 at 5:30 pm



South Florida Museum presents Coffee: The World in Your Cup, an exhibition that tells the story of one of the world’s most widely traded commodities and how it has affected cultures, economies, and environments across the globe. Now on view from through August 29, 2014, Coffee explores the environmental and social impacts of the coffee industry and recommends ways for consumers to make socially and environmentally responsible coffee purchases at the grocery store or in a coffee shop. 


The Exhibition Reception will include a free coffee tasting, the DaVinci’s Gelato food truck featuring a selection of gelato varieties including a scrumptious espresso flavor (for purchase) and live music in a delightful coffee house / bistro setting. The reception is free to Museum Members and $5 for non-members (click here to RSVP). Visitors will be welcome to browse the exhibition and speak with Museum staff about the exhibition and related upcoming programs. Light refreshments will be provided in addition to a cash bar. 


Learn about the impacts of caffeine, the world’s most commonly-used drug, on your body, discover coffee’s early controversial reputation as a “revolutionary drink,” and consider the culture that surrounds coffee in the twenty-first century. Photos, maps, text, selected artifacts, audiovisual presentations, and hands-on demonstrations help visitors explore the fascinating world behind the coffee we drink. 


Coffee: The World in Your Cup has been organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington. 


Join us for the Coffee Exhibition Reception:  
Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

(Free for Museum Members / $5 Non-members)
Click here to RSVP or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17




Film Fridays Screening this Week – Mansfield Park (1999)
Friday, May 30 at 6 pm
 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.  


Current Series: “Recycle, Remake, Reboot” – Storytellers have been reusing material for centuries, retelling the same narratives and revisiting the same characters in oral traditions, written word, theater, and, yes, in filmmaking. This series examines the stories that we choose to tell time and again – from adaptations of classic literature to reboots of popular film series and remakes of earlier classics. Join us to see the same old stories evolve in new and wonderful ways. 


This Week’s Film:

Mansfield Park (1999) Rated PG-13, 112 minutes. This effervescent retelling of one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known novels features wonderful performances and intriguing insights into her often staid characters. At 12, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt’s husband, Sir Thomas. Fanny is soon possessed of beauty as well as a keen mind and must learn to negotiate the romantic politics of Georgian England.



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.


Future Films in the Series:  

June 6: Star Trek (2009) Rated PG-13, 126 minutes.

June 13: No Film Fridays screening this week.

June 20: The Magnificent Seven (1960) Not Rated, 127 minutes. 

June 27: The Wizard of Oz (1939) Rated G, 102 minutes. 

(Click here for more information and reservations.)  


Sponsored in part by


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 


Special Film Fridays Program Next Week
Star Trek (2009)
Friday, June 6, 6 pm
The Museum is excited to welcome Michael McBride, Local Captain of the U.S.S. Venus of Region 2 Starfleet Command, to help us bring full Trekkie (or Trekker, if you prefer) fun to next week’s screening of Star Trek (2009). 
In addition to our regular Film Fridays film screening, this event will include display tables with Star Trek materials, photos and models, as well as a costume contest and trivia questions before the film begins. Join us early in your favorite Starfleet garb to help us celebrate Star Trek culture!

There will be multiple costume awards categories for “official” uniforms through fan shirts and other gear. The film will begin a little later than usual to allow time for trivia and prizes. Come prepared to geek out to the reboot of stories from our favorite Starfleet crew. 


Star Trek (2009) Rated PG-13, 126 minutes. The franchise that spawned millions of Trekkies (or Trekkers, if you prefer), finds new life. In this new classic, the fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. Their unlikely partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before.



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.


Sponsored in part by


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 


Get a ‘Sneak Peek’ at The Mall at University Town Center
and Support the Museum
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
(the night before the center opens)

Tickets: $100 each – 
100% of the ticket price will benefit the South Florida Museum 


Be the first to shop at The Mall at University Town Center! 

The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota will be western Florida’s newest retail development.  Ten local non-profits, including the South Florida Museum, will benefit from the Sneak Peek of The Mall at University Town Center with 100% of the ticket sales going directly to the organization of your choice. Tickets are $100 each (fully tax deductible) and may be purchased from the Museum by calling Laurie Voight at 941-746-4131, ext. 17.


Taubman, in conjunction with Benderson Development is developing the 880,000 square foot, two-level enclosed regional shopping center, opening to the public October 16, 2014.  Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillard’s, the Center is located at the S.W. quadrant of I-75 and University Parkway, the most heavily traveled interchange in the trade area. For more information about The Mall at University Town Center, visit them online by clicking here.


Other participating non-profits include: All Faith’s Food Bank, Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota, Circus Arts Conservatory – Sailor Circus, Florida Studio Theater, The Food Bank of Manatee, Girl’s Inc., The Manatee Players, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and Nate’s Animal Rescue. For more information about the Museum’s sale of these limited “Sneak Peek” tickets, click here.


The evening will include: 

  • Continuous Entertainment
  • Complimentary Food and Beverages throughout the Center
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Receive a $20 gift card from The Mall at University Town Center upon check-in!
Contact Laurie Voight for tickets and information at
or 941.746.4131, ext 17.

(Tickets are nearly gone and are expected to sell out quickly.)



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In This Issue:
Stelliferous Live tonight!
Exhibition Reception Tomorrow
Film Fridays
Special Star Trek Screening
Tickets to Sneak Peek of The Mall at University Town Center
Museum Hours
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
Program Calendar
Museum Store
Volunteer Central
Snooty Cam
Museum Affiliations

Hours and Info

Current Museum Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
 (Closed Mondays until 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


2014 Certificate of Excellence Winner
Have you rated the South Florida Museum on TripAdvisor yet?Click here or the image above to visit the Museum’s TripAdvisor page and read our reviews – or submit your own! 


Events & Programs Calendar
Click here to view our upcoming calendar of events and programs. Call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for more information.
Upcoming June Programs:
Saturday, June 7, 4 – 8 pm: Food Fest! 
Sweet, savory, chewy, delicious…food is so good! Celebrate and explore the scents and tastes of your favorite foods and maybe some new ones you have never tried! Learn to cook like a chef in Disney’s Ratatouille  and then create your own recipe using healthy ingredients with the help of a real-life chef. Bon Appétit Click here to for more information.
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Wednesday, June 11, 7 pm – “Is There Anybody Out There? The Continuing Search for Extraterrestrial Life With Jeff Rodgers” Five years ago, Jeff presented the very first think+drink (science) program. The topic? The search for E.T. Half a decade later, extraterrestrial life still hasn’t been found. But we have made remarkable strides in the discovery of planets around other stars and refined our ability to detect the chemical signatures of life. We’ll talk about why Jeff thinks life should be plentiful, how we can best go about searching for it, and why actually finding it might be tougher than we thought. 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.


Get Your Summer T-Shirts at the Museum Store!

The South Florida Museum Store offers a great selection of t-shirts for Snooty fans, Museum lovers, and anyone looking for a fun, cool summer top! Stop by the Museum Store to browse all the styles and colors. 


And of course, don’t forget to browse all of the other great adult and childrens’ apparel, games, art, 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  


Volunteer Central

Current Museum Volunteer Needs:


Museum Docents – Would you like to lead curious learners across time and place to reveal the secrets of early Florida? No experience necessary. We will train you in Museum content, learning techniques and crowd control. Must have desire to work with children and adults and be able to climb stairs and stand for extended periods of time. Hours are generally M-F 9:45 am to 12:30 pm. Volunteers may choose any days and times that fit their schedule.


Aquarium Manatee Care – Volunteer manatee handlers assist staff with general husbandry care and support for the Aquarium’s resident (Snooty) and rehabilitation manatees. Duties include food prep, creating environmental enrichment devices, assisting the dive spotter and feeding the manatees. May include participation in animal transportation and physical exams as well as plant collection.


Office Support – Assist in the fulfillment of Museum memberships or in the archiving and organization of marketing materials and data. The desire to work with computer-based programs or paper filing and archiving, attention to process and detail are needed. Available days and times range Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers may choose the days and times that fit their schedule. 


For more info, contact 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or [email protected].


For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Museum, click here


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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


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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