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Art Ovation Hotel October 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Poetry.

We attended an art reception at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota.

First, we got a signature lemon lavender cocktail:

Then we got some nibbles:

While we imbibed, we listened to music:

And perused the art:

Before checking out Dragonfly Cafe:

Where middle schoolers (wearing lavender and raspberry berets) were using ancient typewriters to craft impromptu poems for passers-by:

But the biggest delight

Of our visit to Dragonfly Cafe that night?

Not a single smart phone in sight.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - October 3, 2018

Now that is my kind of café! Love the old typewriter, Nancy.

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

It’s a fun way to get kids to play with words . . . instead of their phones!

2. Rainee - October 3, 2018

Sounds wonderful!

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

Very pleasant evening. The hotel is new and features “cultural” events most nights of the week . . . including art and music lessons for guests staying at the hotel. Pretty cool.

3. Kate Crimmins - October 3, 2018

That’s unbelievable!

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

I saw one or two guests scrolling through their phones, but the kids were too busy typing poems “the old fashioned way” to bother with electronic devices.

4. joyroses13 - October 3, 2018

Sounds like a great place!! I love Sarasota. Went there a lot to visit relatives when I was younger. Fond memories.

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

Sarasota is a great little city ~ with lots of fun stuff to do. Fond memories are the BEST!

5. Joanne Sisco - October 3, 2018

I love that they were using old typewriters. I have a niece who became enamoured with a typewriter she found at a flea market. After she managed to find a new ribbon for it (!!) she started sending me letters by mail. It was wonderful … until the novelty of it eventually wore off after a few months 🙂

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

There is a simple elegance to typewriters . . . as long as you never mis-type!

Joanne Sisco - October 3, 2018

Yeah – like that’s ever happened 😉

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

Of course not!

6. Ally Bean - October 3, 2018

Those old typewriters bring back memories. Not so much of using them, but of the clickety-clack of the keys as you typed. Your evening of cocktails and poetry sounds fun.

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

I remember going from a manual typewriter to an electric . . . to a self-correcting ribbon . . . to a memory typewriter . . . to a word processor . . . to a computer.

Each step along the way ~> WOW!

7. anotherday2paradise - October 3, 2018

Lovely, Nancy. Poems crafted on an old typewriter sound wonderful. 😍

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

The kids had fun creating mini masterpieces from three words pulled from a jar by the patrons. Ours needed to have one of the words defined ~ dulcet.

I immediately thought: “The dulcet tones of the dulcimer . . . “

anotherday2paradise - October 3, 2018

Very good, Nancy. A very sweet instrument.

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

Speaking of instruments . . . have you been playing your piano since returning from your extended travels?

8. rivergirl1211 - October 3, 2018

How lovely! But do tell, that lemon lavender cocktail sounds wonderful!

nrhatch - October 3, 2018

Like a refreshing lemonade with floral overtones.
And . . . potent! 😀

rivergirl1211 - October 3, 2018

Sounds like my kind of drink!

nrhatch - October 3, 2018


9. roughwighting - October 4, 2018

You had me at lemon lavender cocktail! The rest was icing on the cake. What a great night. I LOVE Sarasota. xo

nrhatch - October 4, 2018

It’s a pretty cool little city! And it was a cool cocktail . . .

10. Debra - October 4, 2018

I relaxed just reading about this lovely outing, Nancy! No smart phones! Incredible! What a special day!

nrhatch - October 4, 2018

I loved watching them write poems “the old fashioned way.”

11. L. Marie - October 6, 2018

Sounds like a great day! That cafe looks very inviting.

Some of the art reminds me of the old TV test patterns. 😀

nrhatch - October 6, 2018

Yes! TV test patterns ~> slightly wavy and out of focus.

12. Val Boyko - October 6, 2018

How I love that! Thanks for sharing Nancy. Its good to be back and reconnect❣️

nrhatch - October 6, 2018

Good to have you back!

13. Tiny - October 7, 2018

I love those smartphone free zones, but they are getting more rare by day.

nrhatch - October 8, 2018

Smartphones are ubiquitous. It’s nice when people put them down long enough to connect face to face.

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