What's up, Joey? Suncoast weekend recap March 3rd

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SARASOTA, Fla. - Each Monday I always judge the success of my weekend by how well-rounded it was. This weekend, I took in some art, some dancing, some local celebrities, and a little Mardi Gras fun.

Yeah, I’d say it was a good weekend.

The Suncoast was treated to a special exhibit of nature’s beauty this weekend with The Ringling Museum’s 4th Annual Ringling in Bloom. The four day exhibition brought a little mother nature into the walls of The Ringling, as floral arrangements were paired with existing pieces in the gallery.

“I think it draws people who wouldn’t normally come,” says floral designer Becca McFadden. “Or maybe it draws people who always come and they get to see the paintings and the different perspectives.”

A familiar face to Sarasota coffee lovers, Mandy Spirito from Perq Coffee Bar took home top honors at Florida Brew Battle in Tampa last week. Mandy was the winner in the coffee brewing challenge taking first prize.

“I’ve been in coffee since I was about eighteen,” says Spirito, 28. “So it’s kinda my life in a weird way.”

Anyone who’s tried one of Mandy’s concoctions at Perq Coffee Bar would be hard pressed to disagree.

Sarasota Ballet offered a triple bill this weekend. One of the highlights was a world premiere by principal dancer Ricardo Graziano called Before Night Falls.

Easter Seals Southwest Florida danced the night away at Design & Wine Friday night. A small but lively crowd filled Dolphin Aviation’s airplane hangar, all for a great cause.

And this weekend saw the beginning of Mardi Gras celebrations. John and Mary Ellen Mancini threw a pre-Fat Tuesday party with traditional New Orleans food and drink and beads, beads, beads.

As always, if you spot any hot spots around town, snap a photo and send it to pix@mysuncoast.com