The 8th Annual Sarasota MOD Weekend kicked off it’s 3 day Festival on the evening of November 12th 2021 with an Ultra Hip Tropical Soiree catered by Tiki Go Go. Chef Kelley Hawks, Chef Tom Hawks and their Tiki Go Go crew created a sensational Opening Night Party under the giant Banyan Tree in front of what once was Hiss Studio on Lido Shores. It was the perfect setting to celebrate the legacy of Phillip Hanson Hiss. The Sarasota MOD Weekend chooses a different person each year to highlight their vision and works connected to the modern architecture movement that became the Sarasota School of Architecture. Phillip Hanson Hiss was considered a primary catalyst of this modern architecture movement in Sarasota. Hiss was a design leader as well as a civic and educational leader for the local community. Both his cutting edge forward thinking, paired with his strong sensitivity to climate and environmental concerns gave birth to innovative sustainable contemporary architectural design. Great examples of this are found among the many groundbreaking Mid Century Modern Homes located on Lido Shores. It was a magical evening in front of the Hiss Studio and the Umbrella House to celebrate origins of Architecture Sarasota, the newly formed single entity uniting for the first time both (SAF) Sarasota Architectural Foundation with (CFAS) Center For Architecture Sarasota.