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Ponies Under the Palms Mustang Show

By | October 15, 2018

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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.

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October in Sarasota

By | September 24, 2018

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The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out:

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Oct. 3rd Phillippi Farmhouse Market Sarasota Farmhouse Market
Oct. 4th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Oct. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 5th First Friday Gallery Art Walk Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Oct. 5-7th Gem & Jewelry Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
Oct. 6th 4th Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ Lakewood Ranch Music Compound
Oct. 6th 24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Oct. 6-28th 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest Sarasota Fruitville Grove
Oct. 7th Top Dog Show @ Van Wezel Sarasota Top Dog SRQ
Oct. 13th Jaguar Concours de Elegance Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 13th Flower Show Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
Oct. 13th Sidewalk Astronomy Bradenton Sidewalk Astronomy
Oct. 13th 13th Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale Sarasota UF Extension
Oct. 13-14th Hungarian Festival Sarasota Sarasota Hungarian Festival
Oct. 13-28th 27th Annual Hunsader Farms

Pumpkin Festival

Bradenton Hunsader Farms
Oct. 14th 19th Annual Firehouse

Chili Cook Off

Sarasota Morton’s
Oct. 19-21st Sun Fiesta Venice Women’s Sertoma Club
Oct. 19-21st Coin Show Sarasota Sarasota Manatee Coin Clubs
Oct. 20th 21st Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Oct. 20-21st St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 20-21st Arcadia Fall Rodeo Arcadia ArcadiaRodeo.com
Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28th Pumpkin Patch Express Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Oct. 26th Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 26-27th Sarasota Celtic Music Fest Sarasota CeltoberFest.org
Oct. 27-28th UTC Fine Art Fair Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Oct. 31st Fright Night on St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association

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Homes Sold Quickly in August

By | September 20, 2018

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that August 2018 numbers show an increase in closed sales, inventory and new listings in the Sarasota and Manatee housing market. With pressure from rising prices, the median time to contract is down across both counties.

This month, there were 1,898 reported closed sales in Sarasota and Manatee, a 4.3 percent increase from August 2017. The condo market continues to improve with a 10.1 percent increase in Sarasota sales and a 26.9 percent increase in Manatee County. As for single-family homes, Sarasota sales decreased by 1.2 percent and Manatee sales increased by 0.2 percent.

Compared to last year, August 2018 reported fewer pending sales. In the two-county condo market, total pending sales increased by 6.6 percent. Single-family homes showed a decrease of 12.8 percent for total pending sales.

The median time to contract decreased across the two counties. Sarasota condos decreased by 1.3 percent to 76 days on the market, while Manatee condos decreased by 16.1 percent to 47 days on the market. As for single-family homes, both counties reported a median 44 days on the market, a 2.2 percent decrease in Manatee and a 12 percent decrease in Sarasota.

Median sales prices also continue to rise, year-over-year. Sarasota single-family homes increased by 9.9 percent to $283,488, while Manatee increased by 3.2 percent to $296,000. Condo prices in Sarasota increased by 9.1 percent to $232,950 and Manatee increased by 3.8 percent to $190,000.

The condo market continues to shine with a jump in new listings, or the number of properties put on this market this month. Sarasota condo new listings increased by 11.4 percent and Manatee condo new listings increased by 8.2 percent. Single-family home new listings increased by 4.5 percent in Manatee County, while Sarasota single-family home new listings only increased by 0.3 percent.

With more listings comes more inventory. The overall inventory is up by 1.2 percent, compared to last year’s two-county area totals. Sarasota single-family home inventory increased by 3.2 percent to 2,595. Manatee single-family home inventory decreased by 2.7 percent to 2,050. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 5.1 percent to 1,425, while Manatee condo inventory is down by 1.5 percent to 801 available properties.

The Sarasota and Manatee County market favors the seller, as noted by the current month’s supply of inventory. Single-family homes in Sarasota and Manatee are both at a 3.9-month supply, a 2.6 percent increase in Sarasota and a 4.9 percent decrease in Manatee. As for condos, Manatee County decreased by 7.7 percent to a 3.6 month’s supply and Sarasota is at a 4.1 month’s supply, a 4.7 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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Art Ovation Rooftop Bar

By | September 11, 2018

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perspective-rooftop-poolThe new Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota is now open and one of the many unique features of the hotel is their rooftop bar, Perspective, which has an upbeat and laid back atmosphere. The bar is adjacent to the hotel’s pool where they were setting up for some live music when we visited recently. We found it to be a great spot for drinks and light bites and perfect for watching the setting sun. They have numerous umbrellas so you can get out of the sun and still enjoy great views of Sarasota.

The service was prompt and super friendly.  They have a full bar lineup with several signature crafted cocktails. We had Sunset Through the Skyspace and Flowers on the Wall. Both were unique and tasty. Since we were early in the evening we decided on an appetizer Chicken Quesadilla which was served piping hot and delicious. Check out the full menu here: Perspective Menu

Art Ovation is located at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue. The Palm Avenue Garage is right behind the hotel for convenient parking.

Art Ovation Hotel Map

 

 

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Master Gardener Plant Sale

By | September 6, 2018

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Master GardenerDon’t miss the 13th annual Master Gardener Plant Sale by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. This is a FREE family-friendly fall gardening event featuring sustainable gardening education, landscape problem diagnosis, and thousands of plants for sale, plus an open house highlighting all UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County has to offer.

Date:  October 13, 2018

Time:  8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location:  UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Twin Lakes Park, Green Building
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota 34241

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Master Gardeners Chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, which supports Master Gardener education outreach programs in Sarasota County. Purchases may be made by cash or check.

Plant Sale: Find your right plant, for the right price!

EdFest Open House: See all that Extension has to offer you!

For more information visit UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

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Condo Market in Sarasota and Manatee

By | August 27, 2018

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CondosThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that July inventory fell short, but sales continued to climb year-over-year. The condo market is strong with more pending sales and new listings this month.

In July 2018, Sarasota and Manatee County reported 1,885 closed sales, a 10.3 percent increase from last year. In Sarasota County, condo sales increased by 11.4 percent to 341, and single-family homes increased by 3.1 percent to 704. As for Manatee County, condo sales increased by 10.1 percent to 218 and single-family homes increased by 19.2 percent to 622.

Pending sales represent the number of properties that went under contract this month. Across both counties, pending sales increased in the condo market but decreased for single-family homes. In Manatee County, condo pending sales are up by 18 percent, while Sarasota condo pending sales are up by 6.6 percent. As for single-family homes, Manatee County is down by 1.2 percent, while Sarasota is down by 1.8 percent.

July brought more condo listings, but fewer single-family homes were added to the market when compared to last year. New listings in Sarasota condos increased by 5.6 percent and Manatee condos increased by 18 percent. As for Sarasota single-family homes, new listings decreased by 7.5 percent and Manatee decreased by 14.7 percent.

July’s overall inventory is down from last year. Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 4 percent to 2,605, while Manatee single-family homes decreased by 5.3 percent to 2,045. Sarasota condo inventory decreased by 1.9 percent to 1,431, while Manatee condo inventory is down by 0.2 percent to 849 available properties.

Median sales prices stay on the rise, year-over-year. Sarasota single-family homes increased by 8 percent to $280,750, while Manatee increased by 3.2 percent to $309,500. Condo prices in Sarasota increased by 8.3 percent to $232,000 and Manatee increased by 20.8 percent to $199,250.

Sarasota and Manatee County are both in a seller’s market, a reflection of the current month’s supply of inventory. Single-family homes are depleting the current inventory at an estimated 3.9 months, a 4.9 percent decrease in Sarasota and a 9.3 percent decrease in Manatee County. As for condos, Manatee County decreased by 4.9 percent to a 3.9 month’s supply and Sarasota is at a 4.1 month’s supply, a 10.9 percent decrease from last year.

To read the full press release or to view the statistical charts click here.

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September in Sarasota

By | August 24, 2018

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This month marks the beginning of the fall season. Here’s just a sampling of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of September:

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Sept. 1st 15th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 1-23rd “Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 1-2nd 10th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 1-2nd 72nd Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Sailing Squadron
Sept. 1-3rd Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 1-3rd Tampa Bay Labor Day Soccer Tournament Lakewood Ranch Chargers Soccer
Sept. 6th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 7th First Friday Gallery Walk Sarasota PalmAvenue.org
Sept. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Events
Sept. 8th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota SarasotaFarmersMarket.org
Sept. 8-9th “A Hole In the Head Gang” Wild West Train Robbery Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Sept.12-16th Dennis Blair @ McCurdy’s Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Sept. 13-30th “Anne of Green Gables” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 14th Friday Fest – Dr. Dave Band Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 14-16th Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Sept. 15th Life’s A Beach Triathlon Siesta Key Sarasota Triathlon
Sept. 15th A Taste of Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Opera
Sept. 15th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 20th Ladies Night on the Circle Lido Key St Armands Circle Assn.
Sept. 22nd Museum Day Live Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 22nd Arcadia Antiques Fair Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
Sept. 22nd Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Ellenton Bradentucky Bombers
Sept. 23rd Bradenton Blues Brunch Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Sept. 25th National Public Lands Day Various National Environmental Education Foundation
Sept. 28th Beer Garden Bazaar Night Market Bradenton Motorworks Brewing

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International Coastal Cleanup

By | August 14, 2018

Coastal Cleanup

Coastal CleanupThe ocean supplies the food we eat, the air we breath, the water we drink. It’s our planet’s life support system. And it’s at risk. Pollution is changing the basic chemistry of the ocean. Overfishing is damaging fish stocks. The trickle down effect is huge: people’s livelihoods, the food on our plates, the health of our planet, and the entire eco-system, all in danger. But you can make a difference.

Join volunteers from around Sarasota County to collect trash polluting our waterways. This is an Ocean Conservancy initiative which began in 1986. More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 500,000 volunteers during the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Registration will open in August 2018.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit Sarasota County Government

 

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New Dining Option at Whole Foods

By | August 7, 2018

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Whole Foods Brasserie LogoWhole Foods just opened recently at University Parkway and Honore Avenue (near UTC) in Sarasota. The grocery part of the store is set up like you would expect but in the front corner they have a café named Brasserie Honore. It is a French themed menu and a very casual space. There are quite a few tables and a bar with beer and wine service. All of the food is prepared behind the bar.

Whole Foods MusselsWe checked it out and were able to take advantage of their Happy Hour (4-7 pm) which offers a $2 discount on beer, wine, personal pizzas and burgers if you sit at the bar. They feature several beers from local breweries. The menu has selections that would be good any time of day from Toast & Egg in the morning to Main Courses for dinner. I ordered the Moules-Frites (mussels served with black truffle fries) and my husband ordered a Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich.

I wouldn’t call this fine dining but it was certainly good food and convenient to grab a bite before shopping…you don’t want to grocery shop hungry!

 

 

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