The Baltimore Orioles will host "Arts in the Ballpark," a series of arts and entertainment events for the public at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota beginning this fall. With free and low-cost offerings featuring family-friendly concerts, hands-on activities, and even a holiday ice show, the series will appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests.
"The Orioles are excited to present the 'Arts in the Ballpark' series to the Sarasota community as part of our 'Orioles in Sarasota 365' initiative," said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. "Hosting major, public events in addition to baseball at Ed Smith Stadium has been the Orioles' goal since the stadium renovation was completed in 2012. Our community partners in this endeavor have embraced that vision and applied their creativity to shaping affordable family events the public will love."
Fans are encouraged to visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota to view the complete schedule and to check back regularly as additional events are expected to be added. The schedule so far includes:
Play Arts!, October 26, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: A family day of free, fun, hands-on activities to celebrate expanded arts education in Sarasota County schools. The event is being held in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools and The Kennedy Center.
Ice on the Diamond - A Holiday Celebration, December 20, 7:00 p.m.: An ideal holiday outing for families, this professional ice-dancing show will be presented on a specially engineered ice rink on the stadium's main field.
All-American Family Day & Concert, April 6: A day of free activities designed for the whole family to honor returning military veterans. The day will begin with a ceremony honoring veterans, then attendees will enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family. An exhibition softball game will take place on the Ed Smith Stadium main field featuring local veterans squaring off against Sarasota celebrities. Families can cap off a full day of fun with a free concert by a nationally known music group. Part of The Patterson Foundation's Legacy of Valor campaign honoring veterans and their families, the event is in partnership with Booker High School, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Goodwill Manasota and Sarasota Military Academy.
Sarasota Orchestra's Spirit of America, May 10, 7:00 p.m.: The Sarasota Orchestra closes its 65th season with a celebratory outdoor Pops concert featuring Molly Cherryholmes, a Grammy-nominated violinist, vocalist and songwriter.
About Orioles in Sarasota 365
Through Sarasota 365, the Orioles and OriolesREACH - the ballclub's charitable arm - demonstrate the club's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club's southern home goes far beyond baseball.