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October in Sarasota

By | September 30, 2014

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
Oct. 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Events
Oct. 3-4th Sahib Shrine Circus Sarasota Circus Arts
Oct. 4-5th Downtown Sarasota Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Oct. 4th Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 4-5th 26th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest Sarasota Fruitville Grove
Oct. 10th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
Oct. 11th Chef at the Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 12th 12th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off Sarasota Morton’s Market
Oct. 15-18th 6th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Oct. 17th Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Association
Oct. 17th Taste of St. Armands Lido Key St. Armands Circle Assoc.
Oct. 17-18th 14th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest Anna Maria Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 17-19th Sun Fiesta Venice Sun Fiesta 2014
Oct. 18th 2014 Top Dog Show Sarasota Dontes Den
Oct. 18-19th Desoto Pumpkin Festival Arcadia Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 18-19th 8th Annual Hungarian Festival Sarasota Hungary Foundation
Oct. 18-25th Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival Bradenton Hunsader Farms
Oct. 24-26th Dragon Boat Festival Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival
Oct. 24th Boo Fest Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch.com
Oct. 25th 3rd Annual Sarasota Book Fair Sarasota Art Center Sarasota
Oct. 25-26th 24th Annual Buckler’s Craft Fair Bradenton Buckler Craft Fair
Oct. 26-27th Pumpkin Patch Express Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Oct. 30th 16th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest Sarasota Humane Society of Sarasota County

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!

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Big Cat Habitat

By | September 9, 2014

BigCat

BigCatLIONS, TIGERS, BEARS and all for a good cause! Recently we visited the Big Cat Habitat and Gulfcoast Sanctuary located in Sarasota, located at 7101 Palmer Road, Sarasota. ( http://bigcathabitat.org/) The sanctuary is home to many large cats, including Brutus, the 1100 pound (and still growing) Liger. A real site to see. There are goats, llama, emu, many birds, monkeys, bears, donkey, buffalo and even a giraffe! As a Sarasota native, I had no idea such a wonderful place existed. We will go back again and again.

The Habitat is a great place for all ages. They are open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. There is a demonstration with some of the animals in an air-conditioned building at 2 pm daily, otherwise you may roam around at your leisure. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children. The fees go towards taking care of the animals. Parking is free. They only take cash, but do have an ATM on premises. Head over to see some really beautiful and happy animals and learn a lot of information about the animals, their habitat and what we can do to help in their future.

 

Brenda’s background in strategic planning, marketing, prospecting, and sales give her an advantage when searching for the right properties for her clients. By truly listening, addressing concerns, and taking her clients through every step of the process, she ensures her buyers get what they want. Brenda’s clients trust her and with her efficient and straight-forward approach, enjoy working with her on this important decision.

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Venice Farmers Market

By | September 5, 2014

Venice Farmers Market

Venice Farmers MarketDid you know… that Downtown Historic Island of Venice has a Farmers Market every Saturday 8am-Noon -rain or shine. Start off your weekend right by making it a destination trip for all your fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood- get there early because they do sell out fast, homemade baked breads, flowers/plants, locally roasted coffee, crafters, soaps, and more. Then grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants and stroll the avenue of many shops to choose from. You can bring along and walk your 4 legged furbabies too if you don’t want to leave them home.  Visit www.thevenicefarmersmarket.com for more information.

 

As an experienced Realtor, Cheryl believes in “client first” philosophyl She prides her services on accessibility, attention to detail, effective listening and communication skills, awareness of meeting her client’s needs and has the tools to explain the buying process whether you’re a first time home buyer, a move-up buyer, relocating or an investment buyer.

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CONGRATS TO VENICE!

By | September 3, 2014

Venice City of the Gulf

 

Venice City on the Gulf

CONGRATS TO VENICE FOR BEING NAMED #17 of 20 SAFEST CITIES TO LIVE IN FLORIDA!

Venice Pier

What are the safest cities in Florida? Safe Choice Security consulted the 2012 FBI Crime Statistics report to get the lowdown on the 20 safest cities to live in Florida. The City of Venice came in at #17.

Venice is centrally located on the southwest coast of the state in Sarasota County and has a population of 21,000. Featured on the list of safe cities, Venice boasts of a large population of snowbirds, miles of beautiful beach, a breathtaking pier, recreation, shopping, dining, entertainment and more. With its attention to health, safety, the environment and emergency preparedness, it is no surprise that it is one of the safest cities in Florida.

 

As an experienced Realtor, Cheryl believes in “client first” philosophyl She prides her services on accessibility, attention to detail, effective listening and communication skills, awareness of meeting her client’s needs and has the tools to explain the buying process whether you’re a first time home buyer, a move-up buyer, relocating or an investment buyer.

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REALLY GOOD BARBECUE!

By | September 1, 2014

Hickory Hollow BBQ

Hickory Hollow BBQWell I couldn’t have said it better myself than this writer for Ticket Sarasota. My husband and I visited Hickory Hollow last week in search of barbecue that rivals that of his favorite in Atlanta, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Well we found it at Hickory Hollow. Very casual atmosphere, great service with friendly wait staff that help each other out when busy. We had a really pleasant time and a great meal. So, it’s in Ellenton. The next time you head to the outlet mall, plan a visit. I hear the crab cakes are exceptional. We are saving those for our next visit. Read more about it here… http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2014/08/25/hickory-hollow-bar-b-que/

For more information visit their website at http://www.hickoryhollowbbq.com/

They are located in Ellenton at 4705 US Highway 301 N.

 

Brenda’s background in strategic planning, marketing, prospecting, and sales give her an advantage when searching for the right properties for her clients. By truly listening, addressing concerns, and taking her clients through every step of the process, she ensures her buyers get what they want. Brenda’s clients trust her and with her efficient and straight-forward approach, enjoy working with her on this important decision.

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Sarasota Manatee Heart Walk Coming in September

By | August 29, 2014

sarasota manatee heart walk

sarasota manatee heart walkOn Saturday, September 2th0, join more than 12,000 people expected to attend the American Heart Association’s 2014 Sarasota/Manatee Heart Walk at Payne Park. As the signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association, the Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. There will be one-mile and three mile walk (or run) routes, vendors, activities and more. Combining fitness and philanthropy, this annual walk raises funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of Americans. This year’s fundraising goal is $160,000.

Payne Park is located at 2050 Adams Lane in Sarasota

Pat Ditton is originally from the UK. In 1994, she moved to Sarasota where she and her husband purchased a motel on beautiful Siesta Key. Along with her family, she ran the motel for five years. In 2002 Pat got her Real Estate License. She has been with RE/MAX Alliance Group since 2004. Pat has first hand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and is able to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you through your relocation, making it a smooth and stress free experience. She provides outstanding service wherever you are relocating from, whether it be a full time residence or vacation home.

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September in Sarasota

By | August 27, 2014

Sept 2014

Sept 2014

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

More Information

Sept. 1st Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 1st Canes Classic 5K Bradenton Bradenton Runners Club
Sept. 2nd Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 4th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 5th “Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night!” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Assn.
Sept. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 6th The Manasota India Festival Palmetto Gujaratia Association of Manasota
Sept. 6-7th Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 11th Lakewood Ranch Remembers 9-11 Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Sept. 12th Friday Night Free Music with Melanie Massel Venice Venice Main Street
Sept. 12th Burns Square “Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night!” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Assn.
Sept. 12-15th “Dames at Sea” The Musical Bradenton Manatee Players
Sept. 13th Parrish En Plein Air Parrish Parrish Arts Council
Sept. 13th Kids Make Your Own Gum Event Sarasota Children’s World
Sept. 18th Main Street Live Bradenton City of Bradenton
Sept. 19-22nd Southwest Florida Fall Classic Figure Skating Ellenton Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club
Sept. 20th Yoga on the Terrace Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 21st Battle of the Best BBQ Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Sept. 26th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 26-28th 31st Annual Oktoberfest at Geier’s Market Sarasota Geier’s Sausage Kitchen
Sept. 27-28th National Public Lands Day Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 27th Mixon’s Art & Craft Festival Bradenton Mixon’s Fruit Farm
Sept. 27th 4th Annual International Beer Festival Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo Club
Sept. 27-28th Suncoast Gun Show Palmetto Suncoast Gun Shows

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!

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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68th Annual Labor Day Regatta on Sarasota Bay

By | August 25, 2014

Sarasota Sailling Squadron

Sarasota Sailling SquadronSailing is the name of the game when the Sarasota Sailing Squadron puts on its 68th Annual Labor Day Regatta, its biggest event of the year. The 3 day event is attended by sailors from ages 8 to 80, both from the U.S. and Canada and it draws about a thousand visitors each year.

Activities include five separate race courses, live music, barbeque, refreshments and awards ceremony. Register your boat and take part for $60 – $100. It’s free for spectators. The event takes place on City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway.

For more information visit: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/8375 or call 941-388-2355.

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Back to School Splash Bash

By | August 22, 2014

SplashThe Lakewood Ranch location of the YMCA will be holding its annual “Back to School Splash Bash” on Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  Some of the fun activities are:

Giant Wild Rapid Slide
Inflatable Slip N’Slide
Pool Games & Prizes
Dunk Tank
Speed Pitch Game
Decorate a Back Pack

This is a free family event, food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information visit their website at http://www.manateeymca.org/branches/lakewood-ranch/110-back-to-school-splash-bash.html

 

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales Stastics

By | August 21, 2014

House Upward Graph

House Upward GraphThe Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of July which show property sales in Sarasota County almost reached the 1,000 level for the fifth straight month in July 2014, falling just short at 928 closed transactions. In the county’s history, only once has such a five-month hot streak been accomplished – from March through July 2004 – falling just short this year and in the 2005.

The breakdown for closed sales in July this year was 643 single family homes and 285 condos sold, according to figures released by Florida Realtors ®. Closings were off 11.4 percent from last month (June), when they hit 1,048, and down about 4 percent from July 2013, when there were 969 closings.

Sales the first seven months of 2014 remain ahead of the near record sales pace of 2013, an historic year for property sales in the county with the second highest number of sales in SAR’s 91 year history. The first seven months of 2014 saw 6,875 sales, compared to 6,786 last year at this time.

To read the full press release visit: http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/SARJuly2014Stats140821113558.pdf

 

Joe Cleary is a Broker Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group. He is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a certified Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Call Joe with any real estate questions you may have toll free at 877-814-1233!

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