The COVID-19 pandemic may limit what you’re able to do in the Bradenton and Sarasota area this fall, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with sitting at home all the time and watching TV. In fact, there are some dynamic in-person and virtual events that may be of interest to area seniors. The in-person events are set up with certain safety protocols, such as distancing and wearing masks. The virtual events give you a chance to enjoy some of your favorite activities while staying at home. Here are more details on three types of fall events and activities in Bradenton and Sarasota that seniors may enjoy.
1. Pick produce (and arts items and prepared foods) at farmers markets. Unlike other areas of the country, the height of Florida’s farmers’ market season is actually in the fall and winter, not the summer. In fact, many of the farmers markets in Bradenton and Sarasota shut down in our hottest months. This month, the downtown Bradenton Farmers Market recently reopened. The massive Sarasota Farmers Market was among the first in the area to reopen after the pandemic started—it normally stays open year-round The Beach Market at Coquina Beach will start up yet again in November. All of these markets are outdoors. Check their websites for specific dates and times, and go early to avoid crowds.
2. Check out what’s happening at the Senior Friendship Centers. This gem of an organization is devoted to helping seniors physically, mentally, and economically. (Check out our previous article about its Telephone Reassurance Program for more details.) Although its activities were halted during the beginning of the pandemic, it has now reopened and offers a wide array of activities, from ceramics to writing to bingo and much more. The Senior Friendship Centers also provides healthy meals to seniors. Contact them for more details.
3. Don’t forget about the arts. One thing that draws many people to the Bradenton and Sarasota area is the multitude of arts activities located here. Whether you enjoy plays, concerts, art exhibits, or other forms of creative expression, you’ll find them here. Although some arts venues are still closed for now as the pandemic develops, others have been able to set up special activities for the public. The following article from Visit Sarasota outlines various virtual and in-person arts events in our area this fall and winter. Always double check to make sure event dates are not changed due to the pandemic.
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