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“The New Deal” at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | December 1, 2015

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson“The New Deal” comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Tuesday, December 1st at 8:00pm. One of Britain’s leading comedians and former television host, Craig Freguson will bring his tour to Sarasota. After writing feature films, starring in TV shows, and hosting the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, he has taken to the stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him live! Tickets $20-$35

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Compliments SRQ Magazine

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Holidays in North Port

By | November 30, 2015


PoinsettiaThe North Port Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring the annual Poinsettia Parade to be held on Saturday, December 12th at 5pm. The Poinsettia Parade is recognized as one of the City’s signature events attracting thousands from the community to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s theme is “Candy Canes & Carols” and features an evening of song and pageantry.  Floats adorned with poinsettias, decorated vehicles and walking groups will follow the one mile route beginning at the corner of Greenwood and North Port Blvd. and travel north to Appomattox Blvd. Sunset is approximately 5:36pm

Santa will make a special appearance escorted by North Port Fire Rescue. Parking and viewing will be along North Port Blvd.

North Port Poinsettia Parade


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So Much to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

By | November 12, 2015

Sarasota PanoramicIt looks like it will be a nice Florida fall weekend and there is no shortage of things to do in our town. Here are just a few of the events happening this weekend in and around Sarasota.

St. Armands Art Festival – Sat & Sun  St. Armands Circle
Collegiate Tennis Tournament at Lakewood Ranch AC – Sat & Sun  Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic
Chalk Festival in Venice – Sat & Sun  Chalk Festival
Crystal Classic Sandsculpting on Siesta Key – Sat & Sun  Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Lakewood Ranch Art Show & Sale – Sat  Lakewood Ranch Town Hall
Longboat Key 60th Anniversary – Sat 5-8pm (fireworks at 7:30)  Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce
Holmes Beach Arts & Crafts Festival – Sat & Sun TNT Events
Sarasota Medieval Fair – Sat & Sun  Sarasota Medieval Fair

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Downtown Venice Art Fest

By | November 6, 2015

Venice Art FestSettled along West Venice Avenue in Historic Downtown Venice, the 28th year of the Venice Art Fest adds to the ambiance of this unique town. More than 150 of the nation’s most notable artists will exhibit their work, ranging in mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings to sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and more during this weekend community festival. Festival patrons and art collectors alike can meet and visit with their favorite artists, view and purchase original works, or commission custom pieces.


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Sales Stay Strong in Sarasota Real Estate

By | November 5, 2015

REMAX Sold Sign

REMAX Sold SignProperty sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties were somewhat slower in September 2015, but the drop off from August was expected after an unprecedented six month run of record-setting closings. In addition, the start of fall 2015 looks a lot like the same time last year, but with one major exception. Single family home median sale prices in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have risen sharply over last year at this time, once again reflecting the law of supply and demand as single family home stocks dwindle.

According to the Realtor ® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, overall property sales in September 2015 stood at 1,608 for the two counties – 927 closings in Sarasota and 681 closings in Manatee. Sarasota County fell short of the 1,000 level for the first time since February, ending the record of six consecutive months over 1,000 – something that has never happened before in Sarasota County.

The overall regional sales compared to 1,709 sales in August 2015, or a 5.9 percent drop, but were slightly higher (1.8 percent) than last September’s sales of 1,578. The August to September sales drop was almost identical last year, with a small decline from late summer to early fall. However, if the recent trend continues, October 2015 could see another sales surge, as the last four years has seen marked improvement in the number of closings as winter residents and visitors returned to the market.

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

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Ringling International Arts Festival

By | October 13, 2015

RIAFFor four extraordinary days in October (the 15th through the 18th), artists and audiences from across America and around the world come together at The Ringling to experience the phenomenon that is RIAF! Hailed for its “progressive program that would rival anything in New York or London” (TimeOut London), the Ringling International Arts Festival is your chance to explore and embrace the vibrant and exhilarating world of contemporary music, theater, and dance. RIAF 2015 presents seven compelling perspectives on beauty, innovation, and artistry by performers representing the many and varied cultures of Asia. Plan now to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be-missed opportunity!

For more information visit The Ringling Museum of Art

The Ringling is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota

Compliments SRQ The Magazine

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September in Sarasota

By | August 24, 2015

September 2015

September 2015


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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Sept. 2nd Classic Car Show @ Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 3rd Art After 5, Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 3-13th “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Sarasota The Players Theater
Sept. 4th Live From Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Sept. 4-5th Village of the Arts ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Sept. 4-6th 69th Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Regatta Network
Sept. 5th 12th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 5th Literacy Amongst the Trees Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 5th YMCA Dance Party Sarasota Sarasota YMCA
Sept. 6th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key
Sept. 7th Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 7th 3rd Annual Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 9th Nokomis Drum Circle Casey Key Exploring Venice
Sept. 10th Balanchine Millepied – Film Sarasota Sarasota Opera
Sept. 12th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota
Sept. 12th “Comedy Lottery” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 12th The Goldtones Venice The Venice Theatre
Sept. 12-13th Rockin Wings Festival Sarasota Spotlight Events
Sept. 17-30th “The Secret Garden” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 18th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 18th Music & Movies: Lou Reed’s “Berlin” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Sept. 18-19th Garden Fest Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
Sept. 19th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 20th Around the World, Chamber Soiree 1 Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Sept. 24th Concert In The Grove Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Sept. 23-24th Carmen Ciricillo @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Sept. 26-28th Oktoberfest at Motorworks Brewing Bradenton Motorworks Brewing

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Venice Celebrates Christmas in July

By | July 14, 2015

Christmas in July  2015Don’t miss out this weekend as the Chamber of Commerce in Venice sponsors “Christmas in July”.  Join over 55 merchants and restaurants in celebrating the non-season!

Enjoy sales, specials, and prizes… that’s right, PRIZES! Of course, Summer Santa will be enjoying the holiday with us… and the TROLLEY will be back for all to enjoy! The trolley will be a free service thanks to all of the participating merchants and restaurants. So make that list and check it twice… even if you’re the only one on it.

The event is held right in downtown on Venice Avenue from 10am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday (July 17th and 18th). For more information call the Chamber at 941-488-2236.


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June in Sarasota

By | May 26, 2015

Sunshine Graphic

Sunshine GraphicSummer begins and school’s out so it’s a fun time to take in 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 June:

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June 1-14th Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Various Savor Sarasota
June 1-3rd Mens and Womens NCAA Golf Championships Bradenton
June 1-21st Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 1-30th Public Ice Skating Ellenton Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex
June 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 5th ArtWalk in Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 5th “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
June 5th Downtown Bradenton Ghost Walk Bradenton Realize Bradenton
June 6th 3rd Annual Dairy Day Festival Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
June 6th World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 9th to

August 11th

Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
June 10th Think & Drink Science: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 12th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
June 12-14th Skyway Film Festival Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
June 13th ArtCenter Manatee Summer Open House Bradenton ArtCenter Manatee
June 13-14th St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 13-14th Public Sports and Social Impact Festival Bradenton 1Team.Global
June 16-30th Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 18th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 19th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 20th Sarasota Stand Up Paddleboard Races Siesta Key SUP Sarasota
June 20-21st Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice
June 20th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
June 26th Film Friday “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 27th to

July 5th

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
June 28th Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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January in Sarasota

By | December 26, 2014

JanuaryKick 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. 2nd “Live From Downtown Sarasota

It’s Friday Night”

Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Jan. 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 3-4th 58th Annual Orchid Show & Sale Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 3-4th 9th Annual Coquina Beach

“Winter Fest”

Bradenton Beach Florida Fairs & Festivals
Jan. 3-4th Venice Antiques Show Venice Allman Promotions
Jan. 4th “Hanging in the Hammock”

Florida Song Writer’s Festival

Bradenton Linger Lodge
Jan. 8-11th Thunder by the Bay

Motorcycle Festival

Sarasota Thunder by the Bay
Jan. 10-11th Buckler’s Winter Craft Fair Palmetto Buckler Craft Fair
Jan. 11th Joy of Jazz Free Concert Venice Jazz Club of Sarasota
Jan. 11th Jewish Food Festival and

Health Fair

Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 11th 28th Annual Circus Ring of Fame


Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 14th 5th Annual “Looking Into The Crystal Ball” Sarasota Friends of the Selby Public Library
Jan. 15-25th Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Jan. 17th 12th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota Wilde Automotive/Sarasota YMCA
Jan. 17th 9th Annual Trails Hike at

Oscar Scherer State Park

Osprey Florida State Parks
Jan. 21st Brown Bag Book Lunch Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Jan. 23-25th Sarasota Bayfront Boat Show Sarasota Bayfront Boat Show
Jan. 23-25th 17th Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs and Festivals
Jan. 24-25th 12th Annual St. Armands Circle

Art Festival

Lido Key
Jan. 24th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 25th Suncoast Concert Band Concert Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
Jan. 25th 45th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser

Collector Car Meet

Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club
Jan. 30th Riverview High School Kiltie Band


Sarasota Riverview High School Kilties
Jan. 31st 21st Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Jan. 31st Gasparilla Piratefest Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 31st 8th Annual Grand Ovation Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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