Events Alert: 3 Not-to-be-missed happenings at New College

by | Nov 6, 2010 | Arts, Bike from Laurel Park, Culture, Education, Events, Laurel Park Management

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Have you visited your friendly local liberal arts college lately? New College of Florida, located just off Tamiami Trail near Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, and within an easy bike, bus, or car ride from Laurel Park, hosts a large variety of events open to the general public. Included amongst upcoming offerings is the latest in the Archaology Lecture Series “Dialogues with Florida’s Past,” a good old-fashioned New England Clambake, and a performance of John Cage’s Song Books. Laurel Park Management encourages you to come on out, support Florida’s finest academic institution, and take advantage of world-class culture at your doorstep.

“New College of Florida is a national leader in the arts and sciences and is the State of Florida’s designated honors college for the liberal arts. Consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report,Forbes and The Princeton Review, New College attracts highly motivated, academically talented students from 40 states and 25 foreign countries. A higher proportion of New College students receive Fulbright awards than graduates from virtually all other colleges and universities.” (source)

Dialogues with Florida’s Past

“Dialogues with Florida’s Past” seeks to engage the public in a discourse that will draw upon Florida’s archaeological heritage as we address contemporary concerns. It is organized to pair an archaeologist with a scholar from another discipline. Although each speaker comes to the dialogue with a different frame of reference, each shares a research or occupational interest in the topic at hand.

November 10: Archaeology and Climate Change
Dr. Kenneth Sassaman, University of Florida
Dr. Frank Alcock, New College of Florida

All programs take place at Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Programs are FREE, but due to limited seating reservations are highly recommended. Contact the New College Events Office at (941) 487-4888 or email

Old Fashioned New England Clambake

On November 10, 2010, the New College Foundation presents the 32nd Annual Old-Fashioned New England Clambake on the New College Bayfront, beginning at 6:30 pm.  This annual fundraiser supports the College and its many programs and scholarships.   The title sponsor is Northern Trust Bank, with Julie and Phil Delaney as chairpersons.

The event features music by Daniel Paul Fugazzotto and a special drawing for dinner and cocktails for 20 at College Hall, the former Charles Ringling Mansion.  The menu includes lobster, clam chowder, barbequed chicken and ribs, corn on the cob, salad bar and dessert, along with beer, wine and a cash bar.

Tickets are priced at $125 ($70 tax-deductible).  Patron tickets are $300 and include recognition at the event.  For reservations, call the New College Foundation at 941-487-4685.

New Music New College: John Cage’s Song Books

New College of Florida’s cutting-edge series of contemporary music presents its 12th season beginning in the fall of 2010. Once again, Director Stephen Miles has put together a varied and compelling program for New Music New College, featuring some of the most innovative musicians of our time, coupled with performances featuring New College students.

Demo/discussion: Friday, November 12, 3:30 pm, College Hall (free)
Concert: Saturday, November 13, 3:00 pm, College Hall
Concert: Sunday, November 14, 3:00 pm, College Hall

Cage’s Song Books (1970) are ranked among his most important works, employing the full range of his techniques and methods – from surprisingly simple songs, fully notated, to electronically-processed vocal sounds and theatrical actions. In this performance, six soloists will perform simultaneous recitals, moving from location to location in College Hall, inviting the audience to follow the music, the performers and their imagination. This is NMNC’s first production of the Song Books since its landmark performance at the Ringling Museum in 1998.