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January in Sarasota

By | December 14, 2018

January Oranges

January Oranges

 

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

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Jan. 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 4-6th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
Jan. 5th 6th Annual Health Expo Sarasota Richard’s Foodporium
Jan. 5th Orchid Show & Sale Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 12th Sidewalk Astronomy Bradenton Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 12th Moon Over Myakka Concert Sarasota Friends of Myakka River
Jan. 12-13th 23rd Annual Anna Maria

Islandfest Arts & Craft Show

Anna Maria Sunset Blvd. Promotions
Jan. 12-13th 6th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
Jan. 13th 32nd Annual Circus Ring of Fame Lido Key St. Armands Circle
Jan. 17-27th Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 18-20th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Jan 18-20th 4th Annual Sarasota Music & Seafood Festival Sarasota SeafoodFestivals.com
Jan. 18-20th Native American Festival Sarasota Native American Festival
Jan. 19th “Decades Rewind” Venice Venice Performing Arts Center
Jan. 19th Fun in the Sun Miniature Show Venice MiniaturiaUnlimited.com
Jan. 19-20th Venice-Nokomis Rotary

26th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival

Venice Venice Nokomis Rotary
Jan. 19th Venice Farmer’s Market Venice City of Venice
Jan. 20th Jazz in the Park Venice Centennial Park Events
Jan. 21st Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Jan. 26th Gasparilla Piratefest Parade Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 26th Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Jan. 26-27th 15th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle
Jan. 27th Temple Sinai’s 11th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 27th 49th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser

Collector Car Meet

Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club
Jan. 28th 1927 Historic Train Depot Tour Venice City of Venice

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Roessler’s Restaurant

By | December 7, 2018

Roessler's Restaurant Sign

Roessler's Restaurant SignRoessler’s restaurant in Sarasota has been family owned and operated since 1978. Originally, as the Flight Deck at the Venice Airport and then moving to their Sarasota location in 1985. Situated on nearly three acres of manicured gardens and a beautiful lake with a bridge and gazebo, Roessler’s is one of the most romantic restaurants on the west coast of Florida.

Roessler's Grounds

 

We had the pleasure of going there for a special occasion birthday dinner. It’s located off S. Tamiami Trail 2033 Vamo Way and you wouldn’t even know it’s back there from the road.

 

They are open at 5pm Tuesday through Sunday for dinner only. The menu features many of the standard dishes expertly prepared. They also do several tableside prepared desserts for a special treat! It was definitely a fine dining experience with impeccable service. If you haven’t been there I highly recommend it.

Check out their menu at RoesslersRestaurant.com

To make a reservation call 941-966-5688.

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Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens

By | November 29, 2018

Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens lights up the holiday season with Lights In Bloom. Over one million lights will illuminate the garden and walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, radiant rainforest butterflies, dragonflies and more. The tropical holiday paradise includes nightly visits from Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), children’s arts and crafts activities and games, plus live entertainment from SoulRCoaster and The Hydramatic. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar. The Selby House Cafe will also be open with its full menu. In its 15th year, Lights In Bloom has become a tradition for residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season in Sarasota.

$20 Members; $25 Guests; Children ages 5 – 12 $7; Kids under 5 Free
Groups of 25 or more $20pp

TROLLEY WILL BE AVAILABLE 5:30 – 10 p.m. from Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way
)

For more information or to purchase tickets visit: https://selby.org/events/event/lights-in-bloom-2/

 

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Sarasota Manatee Real Estate Update

By | November 27, 2018

The Sarasota Manatee Realtor Association reports that compared to last year, the market statistics report more closed sales, inventory and a general rise in median prices in October 2018.

Year-over-year, combined closed sales in the two-county area increased by 8 percent. The condo market improved with a 27.3 percent increase in Manatee County and a 10.3 percent increase in Sarasota. Manatee single-family home sales increased by 14 percent, while Sarasota single-family home sales decreased by 2.1 percent.

In Manatee County, pending sales for single-family homes increased by 2.8 percent, while condos decreased by 3.6 percent. Pending sales in Sarasota County decreased by 4.7 percent for condos and by 6.3 percent for single-family homes.

Median prices for Manatee single-family homes increased by 4.2 percent to $298,000, while Sarasota decreased by 3.2 percent to $270,000. Condo prices in Sarasota increased by 4.4 percent to $233,745 and Manatee decreased by 1.9 percent to $191,250.

Aside from a decrease in the Manatee condo market, new listings increased year-over-year. For single-family homes, new listings increased by 12.5 percent in Sarasota and by 5.1 percent in Manatee. Condo new listings increased by 1.7 percent in Sarasota and decreased by 4.9 percent in Manatee.

Inventory is up by 6.1 percent, compared to last year’s two-county area totals. Sarasota single-family home inventory increased by 12.8 percent to 2,866, while Manatee single-family homes increased by 0.5 percent to 2,092. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 6.9 percent to 1,624, while Manatee condo inventory is down by 2.4 percent to 810 available properties.

With month’s supply of inventory falling under 5.5 months, a sellers’ market remains. Single-family homes in Sarasota increased by 10.3 percent from last year to a 4.3-month’s supply. Manatee single-family homes sit at a 3.9-month supply, a 7.1 percent decrease. As for condos, Manatee County decreased by 14.6 percent to a 3.5 month’s supply and Sarasota is at a 4.6 month’s supply, a 6.1 percent decrease from last year.

Monthly reports are provided by Florida REALTORS® with data compiled from My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. To view the full press release and statistical charts, visit www.MyRASM.com/statistics.

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December in Sarasota

By | November 23, 2018

 

With Thanksgiving behind us the holiday season is in full swing in Sarasota. There are many of activities and events to choose from. Here are just a few:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Dec. 1st The Venice Christmas Boat Parade Venice Venice Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 1-2nd Bradenton Blues Festival Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Dec. 1-2nd Siesta Key Seafood & Music Festival Siesta Key Paragon Events
Dec. 1-16th “A Christmas Carol” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Dec. 1-30th Holly Days and Mangrove Lights Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Dec. 2nd Ybor City Cigar Heritage Festival Ybor City Cigar Festival
Dec. 3rd “The Gift of Music” Venice Venice Concert Band
Dec. 6, 13 & 20th Celebrate the Season Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Dec. 6th Annual Christmas Walk Venice City of Venice
Dec. 7th 40th Annual Holiday Night of Lights Lido Key St Armands Circle Association
Dec. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Dec. 7-8th A Village Christmas Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Dec. 8th Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade Sarasota Sarasota Holiday Parade
Dec. 8th 33rd Annual Sarasota Christmas

Boat Parade of Lights

Sarasota Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 8-9th 3rd Annual Holiday of the Arts Lido Key Paragon Events
Dec. 13,20,27th Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 14th Holidays Around the Ranch Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Dec. 14th Winter Showcase Concert of the

RHS Kiltie Band

Sarasota RHS Kilites
Dec. 15th Porches in the Park Lido Key St Armands Circle Association
Dec. 15th Sidewalk Astronomy Bradenton Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Dec. 17th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 19-30th Selby Gardens “Lights in Bloom” Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 21st North Port Farmer’s Market North Port City of North Port
Dec. 27-30th Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory
Dec. 31st “Main Street Live” New Year’s Eve Bradenton City of Bradenton
Dec. 31st New Year’s Eve at Selby Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens

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Morton’s Gourmet Market

By | November 6, 2018

Morton's Market Front

Morton's Market FrontRight in the heart of Southside Village, Morton’s Market has been a tradition in Sarasota for over 50 years. This full service specialty food store has something for every occasion. From the Gourmet-to-Go with entire meals prepared for you to your everyday grocery items, they have it all.

It’s not a restaurant in the traditional sense but they have many prepared items such as salads, soups, sandwiches, sushi, pizza and even a hot food bar! In addition there is a meat counter, bakery, produce department and cheese shop. If you’re in need of the perfect gift they have gift baskets and gift cards readily available.

The market is open 7 days a week and hours vary by day and department so check their website for the current times. They have an additional location right in the heart of Siesta Key Village as well.

Morton's Siesta Market

Morton’s Gourmet Market is located at 1924 South Osprey Blvd. in Sarasota and Morton’s Siesta Market is located at 205 Canal Road, Siesta Key

For more information or place an order visit their website at Morton’s Market

Morton's Market Logo

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Current Real Estate Market Statistics for Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | October 20, 2018

When Hurricane Irma made its path toward Sarasota and Manatee County in September 2017, sales stalled in both counties due to limited business days surrounding the storm. After last year’s irregular report, this September showed significant improvement in new listings, pending sales and overall closed sales.

Compared to last year, combined closed sales in the two-county area are up by 7.6 percent. The condo market improved with a 7.5 percent increase in Sarasota sales and a 12.5 percent increase in Manatee County. As for single-family homes, Sarasota sales increased by 3.6 percent and Manatee sales increased by 10.7 percent.

More properties went under contract this month, compared to last year’s stall, with a 31.8 percent combined increase. Condo pending sales in Sarasota county increased by 40.5 percent, while Sarasota single-family homes increased by 28.8 percent. In Manatee County, condo pending sales increased by 32.8 percent, while single-family homes increased by 39.9 percent.

As for new listings, the combined totals increased from last year by 36.5 percent. Single-family home new listings increased by 50.5 percent in Sarasota, while Manatee experienced a 31.7 percent increase. Condo new listings increased by 19.5 percent in Sarasota and by 29.4 percent in Manatee.

Notably, median prices continue to rise. Manatee single-family homes stayed at $295,000, while Sarasota increased by 3.7 percent to $280,000. Condo prices in Sarasota increased by 7.4 percent to $236,248 and Manatee increased by 2.8 percent to $186,575.

Inventory is up by 2.7 percent, compared to last year’s two-county area totals. Sarasota single-family home inventory increased by 6.7 percent to 2,583, while Manatee single-family homes decreased by 0.8 percent to 2,002. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 4.2 percent to 1,463, while Manatee condo inventory is down by 3 percent to 774 available properties.

According to current month’s supply of inventory, the market continues to favor the seller. Single-family homes in Sarasota and Manatee are both at a 3.8-month supply, a 2.7 percent increase in Sarasota and a 5 percent decrease in Manatee. As for condos, Manatee County decreased by 12.8 percent to a 3.4 month’s supply and Sarasota is at a 4.2 month’s supply, a 6.7 percent decrease from last year.

Monthly reports are provided by Florida REALTORS® with data compiled from My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. For comprehensive statistics dating back to 2005, visit www.MyRASM.com/statistics.

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November in Sarasota

By | October 18, 2018

November 2018

November 2018

 

With cooler fall temperatures, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that the Sarasota area has to offer. Here are just a few of the many events going on around town during November:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Nov. 2nd Day of the Dead Festival Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 2-4th Sarasota Boat Expo Sarasota SarasotaBoatExpo.com
Nov. 2-11th Cine-World Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Society
Nov.   3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Nov. 3rd 2018 Wild About Nature Festival Osprey Conservation Foundation
Nov. 3rd 16th Annual Ferrari’s on the Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 3rd 19th Annual Original Mullet Smoke-Off Terra Ceia Island Terra Ceia Village Improvement Assn.
Nov. 3-4th 31st Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18th Sarasota Medieval Fair Sarasota Sarasota Medieval Fair
Nov. 9-12th Sarasota Chalk Festival Venice Chalk Festival
Nov. 9-12th Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition Siesta Key Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Nov. 9-18th Englewood Beach Water Fest Englewood Englewood Beach Water Fest
Nov. 10th 8th Annual Beer, Boats & Bacon Sarasota Beer, Boats & Bacon
Nov. 10th 17th Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Festival Lakewood Ranch SuncoastFoodandWineFest.com
Nov. 10th Symphony on the Sand Anna Maria Island Symphony on the Sand
Nov. 10-11th 30th Annual St. Armands Circle Fall Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 11th Sarasota Veterans’ Day Parade Sarasota VetFriends.com
Nov. 15th Riverview High School

Kilties Band Concert

Sarasota RHS Kiltie Band
Nov. 17th 17th Annual Art Show and Sale Lakewood Ranch Creative Arts Association
Nov. 17-18th Sarasota Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Festival.net
Nov. 17th Sidewalk Astronomy at Riverview High School Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Nov. 18th 27th Annual Ponies Under the Palms Lakewood Ranch EventBrite.com
Nov. 18th Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota SuncoastConcertBand.org
Nov. 19th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Nov. 24th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
Nov. 24-25 Seafood & Music Festival Lakewood Ranch SeafoodFestivals.com
Nov. 30th-Dec. 2nd Bradenton Blues Festival Bradenton Realize Bradenton

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Ponies Under the Palms Mustang Show

By | October 15, 2018

Mustang Car

Mustang CarIf there’s one great thing for a Mustang fan living in the southern parts of the country it is many car shows are planned through the fall and winter months that keep the hobby going while the northern states have everything buttoned up in the garage for the winter. One of Florida’s popular shows is the annual Ponies Under the Palms Mustang & Ford Show in held on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. This year marks the 27th annual event and it will be held on Sunday, November 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The show features Mustangs of all years and Ford-powered vehicles like Falcons, Thunderbirds, Fairlanes, and even a Ford GT supercar or two. Ford car and truck owners can enter their vehicles for popular vote-style judging, awards, and prizes. Details are available at www.mustangclubofwestcentralflorida.org. The event is open to the public for viewing and there are multiple stores, restaurants, and more for show attendees and visitors to shop or grab a bite to eat.

 

 

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Millie’s Restaurant Cafe

By | October 8, 2018

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millies-tea-2_medMillie’s has been a staple in Sarasota for over 20 years serving the after-church, and daily business crowds. They are open 7 days a week from 7am to 2:30pm. On Wednesdays they are open from 3-5pm for afternoon tea (reservations required) and also available for private tea parties for special events (birthdays, showers, book clubs, etc.). In addition to all this they offer catering as well.

We have been there for breakfast and lunch at various times over the years and you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. The food is always fresh and delicious! To view the menu click here.

Millie’s is located at 3900 Clark Road. For more information or to make a reservation give them a call at 941-923-4054.

Millie's Front

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