Brian Gurl and Friends Celebrate America This Month | Venice Gondolier Sun
Brian Gurl and his friends know how to celebrate Memorial Day as well as anyone.
This year of all years, Memorial Day is a holiday that requires advance planning for a most special celebration.
Social distancing is still the smart thing to do and most theaters and restaurants have removed seats and tables, meaning if you don’t order tickets early, they’ll likely be gone.
This has been the case at the Asolo, the Broadway Palm and the Venice Theater. This is even truer for The Players, which left its nearly 700-seat theater last year and performs primarily at the Bazaar at Apricot and Lime in Sarasota in a much smaller space.
This is good news after having had so many dark theaters for months. But Americans are survivors. We survived a controversial election, seen pandemic numbers drop a bit as pharmaceutical companies produced vaccines in record time. I think about 50% of Americans have been vaccinated by this point and hopefully by the end of the summer those who want the vaccine will likely have received their vaccine.
The bad news is that there are still too many people who do not seem to understand the seriousness of this pandemic and that it is not a hoax. This is real and the more people who are vaccinated, the less chance there is of getting the infection and the faster things can get back to sort of normal.
There is a lot of evidence that the vaccine works and also a lot of evidence that the masks work.
This has been the first year that goodness has known how long there have been virtually no cases of the flu. And despite this, flu shots are nowhere near as effective as COVID-19 injections. Maybe the masks are working. Think about it when planning your Memorial Day celebrations.
Brian and his friends will be performing at the Players Circle Theater at the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers. The performances take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 28; 7 p.m. Saturday May 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday May 30.
Due to social distancing, which remains necessary as the pandemic continues, there will be three performances of this all-American classic concert before Monday, but none on Monday, the traditional holiday weekend picnic day.
Think of hot dogs, hamburgers and for the kids, decorated bike shelves.
Do children always do this? In the Bronze Age, when I was little, it was always fun to do. We used crepe paper, but these days there are even more options for kids who put their cell phone and iPad aside for a while.
As for the concert, while Brian and his friends will be in classic red, white and blue, singer Michelle Pruyn of Venice gives it a special all-American touch. She sang “God Bless America” at the White House with Lee Greenwood. For this concert, she will perform it with Brian on piano – with Valerie Gillespie on woods and David Pruyn on drums.
The fact that the Shell Factory is a popular road trip destination from here makes it all the more special, and for many, perhaps the first mini-vacation destination in a year – and no need to. spend the night, which a lot of people are still not ready to do. risk.
Brian and his friends will deliver the heart and soul to this special holiday which will hopefully continue the healing process this country needs after this year’s controversial election and too many episodes of violence.
Songs featured include “This Land Is Your Land”, “This Is My Country”, “American Trilogy” by Elvis Presleys, “Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John, an exciting jazz rendition of “American Patrol” by Glen Millers and , of course, “God bless America. “
It’s time to celebrate the good the Founding Fathers of this country did and the unique country they created for us, including a Constitution that has the unique ability to protect us from ourselves. If only more people would read and study it.
What if only people could stop hating people who are different. Somewhere I read that in Dade County schools 72 languages are spoken. I applaud the efforts of these people to try to maintain their family heritage and wish I had learned more German from one of my grandmothers, but having a common language is important for every country, especially the one with a population as diverse as this one.
As schools and libraries are closed, we can all think about the diversity that makes us stronger, but also the need to be more accepting of our differences.
This is yet another thing we manage to do here in Venice and I would love other places to learn from the caring and generous people of all races, religions, colors and interests who have settled here. Perhaps it is the legacy of the circus presence that has brought so many people of such diverse cultures here for some 33 years. Imagine speaking 12 languages like famous circus artist Tito Gaona does.
As a performer on The Greatest Show on Earth for much of his life, Tito learned many languages because his fellow performers came from all over and they all looked for each other when needed. If an artist had a serious accident, everyone helped pay for doctors and treatment. What they did for each other was better than what any insurance policy does for anyone these days.
I think this had an influence on the people of Venice during the years of this city’s greatest growth, from the mid 60s to the mid 90s when the Ringling Brothers and the Barnum & Bailey Circus wintered here. The circus arrived in the winter of 1960.
As we go through another period of great growth, I hope the legacy of caring and giving is not lost.
This is what made people not request refunds for tickets for shows canceled last year and what inspired so many volunteers to help so many diverse organizations such as Our Mother’s House, Habitat for humanity, The Salvation Army, and those wondering VABI (region of Venice Beautification Inc.) who have made Venice the most beautiful city in America through their gardening expertise. Thank you, Bob Vedder, for those early hanging baskets and his friends and fellow VABI members for going beyond that.
Thank you to Friendship Center volunteers who deliver meals to the elderly and infirm, but go above and beyond to ensure these people receive extra help when they need it. They don’t just drop off meals, they get to know people and when they notice someone is not doing so well they can let someone know.
As for Habitat, I have lost track of how many homes have been built just in the Venice area for people who otherwise might never have been able to afford a home. It is an incredible gift.
And the divers and others who remove debris from the water and beaches left by careless boats and others whose parents never taught them to clean up after them.
Now that the sea turtle season has begun, it is even more important to keep beaches free of chairs, sandcastles, and miscellaneous garbage that can disorient or damage a nesting sea turtle or (later in the season). ).
This is especially important for those who have come more recently to protect what our early settlers and John Nolen and others created for us. Most of us have found something here that we lacked in the north or the west or wherever we came from. Cherish it and be careful what you want to change.
For tickets for Brian Gurl’s Memorial Day Show, call 239-800-3292 as soon as possible due to social distancing, tickets are limited. Tickets cost $ 25 and $ 35 per person.
The Players Circle Theater at the Shell Factory is located at 16554 North Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers. Visit: playerscircletheater.com.