Thunder by the Bay Coming to Lakewood Ranch

By | January 1, 2017

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When Thunder by the Bay roars into its new home in Lakewood Ranch in January the free event will feature a headlining performance by Blue Oyster Cult, the rock band responsible for such timeless hits as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You.” Blue Oyster Cult is still led by founding lead guitarist, singer and songwriter Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and lead singer, guitarist and songwriter … Read More! »

January in Sarasota

By | December 30, 2016

Happy New Year

Kick off the new year by enjoying one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of January: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Jan. 5-8th Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival Sarasota Thunder by the Bay Jan. 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Jan. 7th … Read More! »

Dockside Waterfront Grill in Venice

By | December 28, 2016

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Looking for a great casual waterfront restaurant? The owners of the popular Gecko’s restaurants purchased the Marker 4 restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf Marina recently. The decor has been updated but they retained the large tiki hut for that tropical feel. It is situated in the center of the marina so a great spot for boat and people watching. Many of our favorite dishes from Gecko’s are on … Read More! »

Real Estate Market Update for Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | December 22, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that total closed sales are up by 8.7 percent from November 2015 for single family homes and condos in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Single family homes showed the most improvement from last year, with a 10.5 percent increase in the two-county area, while condos also increased by 4.5 percent. Inventory also showed improvement from November of 2015, with a combined 12.6 percent increase … Read More! »

“Moon Over the Brewery” at The Island Players on Anna Maria Island

By | December 22, 2016

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The Island Players Theater on Anna Maria Island is in the midst of their 68th season and will be presenting “Moon Over The Brewery” opening on January 12th and running through the 29th. The play was written by Bruce Graham and directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland. It’s a story about Miriam, a full-time waitress and part-time painter who would enjoy male companionship, but her precocious teenage daughter, and Randolph, … Read More! »

Sarasota Polo Season 2017

By | December 18, 2016

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The 2017 Sarasota Polo season begins Sunday, December 30th. Below are dates for public matches, which are held every Sunday through April 9th. Gates open at 10 a.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m. New this season, the club will host matches on the last Friday of the month at 3 p.m. Gates for these games open at 2 p.m. Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 … Read More! »

Chanukah Celebration

By | December 14, 2016

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The Chanukah holiday will again be celebrated on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street, where Chabad of Bradenton will host their annual Chanukah Extravaganza on Tuesday, December 27th from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free. Chabad will build a Giant Sock Menorah and kindle the menorah at 6:00 pm. This will be followed by a PowerSkip Show from Fight or Flight productions, Chanukah music, Falafel with Yoav, Kosher BBQ sponsored by … Read More! »

Sarasota Concert Association Free Music Matinee

By | December 12, 2016

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The Sarasota Concert Association’s free Music Matinee Series continues its 2016-2017 season with trumpeter Aaron Romm and Steinway artist Avis Romm, piano, Wed., Dec. 21st at noon, at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Their diverse program features standard trumpet, opera and swing pieces, including works by J.N. Hummel, Rafael Mendez, Harry James, Mozart and Ravel. “Audiences can also expect to hear a holiday carol or two,” says Aaron Romm, adding, … Read More! »

Venice Symphony Holiday Concert

By | December 10, 2016

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Don’t miss this wonderful holiday concert with the Venice Chorale on Friday, December 16th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Music selection will include The Nutcracker Suite, Hallelujah Chorus, a sing-a-long and a very special guest conductor. Tickets cost $22-37 with student tickets always 1/2 price and group discounts available. There is a free concert talk open to all, at 6:15 pm. For tickets, visit thevenicesymphony.org, call 941-207-8822 or come by the … Read More! »

Holidays Around the Ranch

By | December 6, 2016

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It’s time for the annual “Holidays Around the Ranch” for all to enjoy. This year the event is scheduled for Friday December 9th on Lakewood Main Street from 6-9pm. Children and adults alike will stand in awe at the sight of Santa Clause as he makes his grand entry in his beautiful white, horse drawn carriage, decorated in white lights and garland. Join the Dickens Carolers as they sing carols … Read More! »