Summer Term: May 13-July 2

OLLI Tours Return

It’s summertime and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Ringling College wants to make the learning easy and adventurous. Our summer term includes more than 40 single-session courses, presentations, movies, and hands-on programs.

We have also planned trips to local attractions and a tour to St. Petersburg, Myakka City, and even the high seas.

Tours are open to OLLI members and non-members. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  
Take a look at our line-up, and join us for these one-of-a-kind experiences.
And, away we go!

Please note there are no refunds on any fee-based tours.

Week 1

MISS Shark Scientist Experience
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 10 am-1 pm (please arrive by 9:30 am)
Meeting location: Centennial Park Boat Ramp, 1059 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
All trips are weather-permitting. Maximum guests six. 
Fee: $30 • OLLI Gold or Silver membership required  

Join members of the MISS (Minorities in Shark Sciences) team for a day of shark research. Guests will have an opportunity to participate in various field-based skills such as identifying sharks, measuring their size, taking a muscle biopsy, observing a long-line deployment, and inserting an identification tag for future research. In addition, you will learn about MISS research and witness firsthand how these scientists are changing the face of shark science. Don’t miss this extraordinary adventure!

Participants should wear clothes and shoes they don’t mind getting wet or dirty. 

Note: All participants must sign a waiver. To review the waiver before registering, go to www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org Under Program click Tours.
Download waiver here


Myakka Elephant Ranch
Date: Thursday, May 16
Time: 11:45 am (please arrive by 11:30 am)
Meeting Location: 4450 Verna Bethany Road, Myakka City
Fee: $20 • OLLI Gold or Silver membership required  

For something completely different, join us in Myakka City for an unforgettable Elephant Encounter. During an hour-long educational session, you will learn about the challenges elephants face and the efforts that conservationists are making to protect these magnificent animals. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and touch the elephants. This one will have you talking for days!

Closed-toe shoes must be worn.

Note: All participants must sign a waiver. To review the waiver before registering, go to www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org Under Program click Tours.
Download waiver here


Week 2

Highwaymen at City Hall  
Guided tour with collector Roger Lightle
Date: Monday, May 20
Time: 10-11 am
Meeting location: Cultural Heritage Exhibit in the City Hall atrium, 1565 1st St., Sarasota

Free Admission • Pre-registration required
Join us at City Hall for the Florida’s Highwaymen exhibition. The Florida Highwaymen emerged in the 1950s in the agricultural communities of Fort Pierce and Gifford, Florida. They were prolific painters who sold their artwork from the trunks of their cars during the post-World War II boom because they were unable to exhibit through traditional means due to racial barriers.


Newtown Alive Tour 
Date: Thursday, May 23
Time: 10 am-12 pm (please arrive by 9:45 am)
Point of departure: Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Fee: $30 • OLLI Gold or Silver membership required  
Seating capacity: 28

Join us for a guided, interactive tour showcasing the history of Sarasota’s earliest African-American pioneers and one of its oldest neighborhoods. Travel the same route they took to integrate the world’s most beautiful beaches. Meet local trailblazers and enjoy music and songs. An uplifting journey awaits you!

This tour takes place on an air-conditioned bus.


Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy
Guided tour with the Founder, Marietta Lee  
Date: Wednesday, May 23
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
Meeting location: 2121 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Free Admission Pre-registration required

There’s a lot to see at the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, and during the guided tour with the founder Marietta Lee, you’ll hear firsthand why she created a museum dedicated to the creative human spirit that raises the importance of whimsical art. This unique museum showcases a collection of light-hearted paintings, sculptures, stained glass, and artworks in a range of mediums.


Creative Liberties Tour and Hands-on Workshop
Date: Friday, May 24
Time: 1-3 pm
Meeting location: 901 Apricot Ave., (across from the Bazaar on Apricot and Lime). The tour location has ample parking.
Fee: $20 • OLLI Gold and Silver members and General Public 

Come and explore the 25-plus artist studios created by Creative Liberties. Meet the visionaries behind this idea to provide affordable studio space for artists to create, support each other, and exhibit their work. Talk to the artists and learn about their work. As a bonus, you will learn new art techniques when you create a unique collage with one of our resident artists. You’ll get to take home your collage and memories made through art.


Week 3

MISS Shark Scientist Experience
Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: 10 am-1 pm (please arrive by 9:30 am)
Meeting location: Centennial Park Boat Ramp, 1059 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
All trips are weather-permitting.
Maximum guests six. 
Fee: $30 • OLLI Gold or Silver membership required  

Join members of the MISS (Minorities in Shark Sciences) team for a day of shark research. Guests will have an opportunity to participate in various field-based skills such as identifying sharks, measuring their size, taking a muscle biopsy, observing a long-line deployment, and inserting an identification tag for future research. In addition, you will learn about MISS research and witness firsthand how these scientists are changing the face of shark science. Don’t miss this extraordinary adventure!

Note: All participants must sign a boat waiver. To review the waiver before registering, go to www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org Under Program click Tours. 
Download waiver here


Architecture Tour

Date: Wednesday, May 29
Time: 10 am-12 pm 
Point of departure: The Trolley Cottage at 1826 4th St., Sarasota (Free parking) 
Fee:  $30 • OLLI Gold or Silver membership required  
Seating capacity: 20

Sarasota is home to an amazing architectural legacy. On this 90-minute guided tour, guests will visit some outstanding examples of architecture and design, with tours featuring three of the city’s distinctive styles: Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco, and Mediterranean Revival.

We will visit historic neighborhoods and explore the Sarasota School of Architecture, structures and architects, periods, styles, and history of significant buildings.

Note: This tour runs in a comfortable air-conditioned trolley to allow travel down the narrower streets in Burns Court and other downtown neighborhoods.


Week 4

All tours are open to OLLI members and non-members. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note there are no refunds or exchanges on any of the tours. 

St. Petersburg Tour Tuesday, June 4
Registration fees include roundtrip bus transportation and museum/gallery admissions. Lunch is not included in the fee. You will have time for lunch on your own at a local restaurant.   

Imagine Museum and Duncan McClellan Gallery 
Roundtrip Travel Time: 8:45 am-4:30 pm (Return time is approximate)
Please Arrive by 8:30 am for an 8:45 am departure.
Departure and return site: Ringling College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  
Fee: $105 (both sites) • OLLI Gold and Silver members and General Public. 

Imagine Museum
Date: Tuesday, June 4
Time: 10-11:30 am  
Our visit will include a comprehensive docent-led tour through the entire museum. You will gain a deeper understanding of the artists, their inspirations, and the techniques behind their creations.
Floor 1: American Masters of Contemporary Glass Art
Floor 2: International Masters of Contemporary Glass Art

Duncan McClellan Gallery
Date: Tuesday, June 4
Time: 1:45 -3:30 pm The Gallery in itself is a work of art. You’ll marvel at the transformation of a 7,800-square-foot former fish and tomato packing plant into a beautiful, multi-functional space that’s a meeting place for glass artists. The sculpture garden and the hot shop are a must-see!


Week 6

Summer Circus Spectacular
Date: Thursday, June 20

Time: 11 am-1 pm
Meeting Location: Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Fee: $20 • OLLI Gold or Silver membership required  

The Ringling presents, in collaboration with the Circus Conservatory of Sarasota, a fantastic, jaw-dropping, fun-filled show for the entire family. The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages.


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