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LWRWC Sails on the Marina Jack II

by MONIKA TEMPLEMAN, LWRWC Publicity Co-chair
MJboatOn Wednesday, June 17, 2015, approximately 50 members from the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club boarded the Marina Jack II, an impressive 96’ luxury cruise vessel, for a fabulous narrated sightseeing lunch cruise through the inter-coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico.

On this gloriously sunny day in Sarasota, the ladies enjoyed outstanding views and savoured delicious cuisine, enhanced by the delightful company of so many friends. Fun and friendship was evidenced by the sounds of laughter and happy chatter, as the ladies swapped stories about summer travel plans, family excursions and upcoming Women’s Club events.

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The narrated Sightseeing Lunch Cruise featured an enjoyable voyage through around Lido and Bird Key along with areas past the Ringling Bridge into north Sarasota Bay. Throughout his narration, the Captain shared fascinating information about the breath-taking area we are blessed to call home.

He explained that the John Ringling Causeway Bridge is a landmark that extends from mainland Sarasota to Bird Key.  Extending about 65 feet high off the bay, the John Ringling Causeway Bridge has lanes for cars as well as bikers, walkers, and runners.   Finished in 2003, this bridge is expected to last at least 75 years and was built at a cost of around $68 million.

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We also learned that John Ringling and his brother, Charles, were very instrumental in the development of Sarasota. In 1927 Ringling moved the winter Ringling Circus headquarters to Sarasota, where he and his wife, Mable, had been spending winters since 1909. Property was bought from the city the city government and circus shows were premiered during the winter.

Mable and John bought bay front property and built a 30-room house that was completed in 1926. The mansion, named Cà d’Zan, was inspired by the Venetian Gothic palaces. Later the Ringlings built a museum to house their extensive art collection.

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The captain also pointed out other key landmarks, including Sarasota’s famous purple colored crown jewel, the world renowned Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. We also got an up close look at the gorgeous waterfront homes, including Jerry Springer’s sprawling four bedroom, five bathroom long-time vacation residence on Sarasota, Florida’s Bird Key.

Members dined luxurious in splendor on a delicious buffet featuring Tomato Basil Chicken Breast, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, fresh grilled Salmon with Saffron Cream Sauce, Tossed Salad with Dressing, Rolls and three decadent dessert ( double layer chocolate cake, caramel buttercream cake and key lime pie.)

PhyllisThank you to Event Co-Chairs, Phyllis Fox and Lenoire Bredt, for coordinating a wonderful, fun-filled adventure that made us feel like we were dining in paradise.