The Sarasota Jazz Festival is coming up on March 1st through March 7th. Sponsored by The Jazz Cruise and Sarasota County Tourist Development revenues, this year’s line-up includes pianist and composer Dick Hyman with saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Peplowski and vocalist Kitt Moran; the Freddy Cole Quartet; vocalist Karla Harris, performing a live debut of “A Tribute to Brubeck” with the Ted Howe Trio; the Sarasota Jazz Project; and jazz violinist Doug Cameron.
This year’s festival also includes the free “Jazz in the Park” kickoff concert at Phillippi Estate Park and the popular Jazz Trolley and Pub Crawl. Evening concerts are at 7:30pm.
For more information visit their website at
Spring is here and our weather is outstanding so get out and enjoy the area. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of March:
|Date||Event or Activity||Location||Click Link for
|March 1st||6th Annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta||Sarasota||Sarasota Invitational|
|March 1st||Mixon Fruit Farms Annual
Orange Blossom Festival
|Bradenton||Mixon Fruit Farms|
|March 1st||Coquina Tides Art & Craft Show||Bradenton Beach||Sunshine Artist|
|March 1-7th||37th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival||Sarasota||The Jazz Club of Sarasota|
|March 6th||Music on Main||Lakewood Ranch||LakewoodRanch.com|
|March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th||Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show||Lido Key||Ski-A-Rees|
|March 7th||9th Annual Sarasota Springfest||Sarasota||Springfest|
|March 7th||24th Annual Island Heritage Day||Anna Maria Island||Anna Maria Island Historical Society|
|March 7th||Bluegrass Picnic at Turtle Beach||Siesta Key||Turtle Beach Bluegrass|
|March 7-8th||36th Annual Train & Model Railroad Expo||Palmetto||Real Rail|
|March 7-8th||14th Annual Downtown Venice
|March 11th||Kids Day at the Phillippi Farmhouse Market||Sarasota||Farmhouse Market|
|March 12th||“Courtyard Swing” at the Ringling||Sarasota||Ringling Museum|
|March 13-15th||87th Annual All-Florida Arcadia Rodeo||Arcadia||Arcadia Rodeo|
|March 13-22nd||79th Annual Sarasota County Fair||Sarasota||Sarasota Fair|
|March 14th||4th Annual Irish Celtic Festival||Lakewood Ranch||Lakewood Ranch Community Activities|
|March 14th||12th Annual Firefighters Rib Cook Off||Sarasota||Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund|
|March 14-15th||27th Annual Springfest Fine Arts and Crafts Festival||Holmes Beach||Anna Maria Island Art League|
|March 14-15th||Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival||Sarasota||ArtFestivals.com|
|March 15th||11th Annual Corvettes in Venice on the Isle||Venice||Venice Florida Corvettes|
|March 19th||Ringling by the Bay||Sarasota||Ringling Museum|
|March 21st||Great American Clean Up and Keep Sarasota County Beautiful||Sarasota||Sarasota County|
|March 21st||Bradenton Dragon Boat Festival||Bradenton||Dragon Boat Festival|
|March 21-22nd||11th Annual Sarasota Folk Festival||Osprey||Sarasota Folk Festival|
|March 22nd||Tour de Parks||Venice||Legacy Trail Friends|
|March 227-29th||Annual Desoto Heritage Seafood Festival||Palmetto||Desoto Seafood Fest|
|March 27-31st||PAL Sailor Circus||Sarasota||Circus Arts|
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.
March 1-31, 2015 the 36th annual Heritage Days celebration will focus on our county’s history. All month long, historical sites and organizations throughout our county will celebrate our community’s heritage by providing opportunities for our area’s residents and visitors to experience the past. Reenactments, special exhibits, lectures, open houses and family programming will highlight the month’s events.
Attached is a schedule for events. Most are free, though some require a reservation or admission fee. For specific information about an event, please call the number listed on the schedule. For more information about the Manatee Heritage Days, in general, please call (941) 741-4070. Join with us in this countywide celebration of our community’s past.
Trip Advisor has just named Siesta Key the number one beach in the USA. Those of us who are lucky enough to live in Sarasota have always known our beaches are the best but it’s nice to get this confirmation.
Here are just a few of the recent comments by Trip Advisor visitors:
“Pristine beach that never seems to end. Photographer’s dream. A place in the sun that warrants returning again and again.”
“The Nicest, Whitest, Sugarly Powdered Beach in the US!” Siesta Key is by far, the best, most sought after beach anywhere! There is no driving on the beach like there is on the east coast. The sand doesn’t dirty your feet and clothes, and it is 99% quartz, so it doesn’t stick to you. Almost year round temperatures make this a must do for couples, seniors, families, or Spring Break. Its safe, quant, charming, and always a “return to again and again” destination. A tip for all those planning to visit- there aren’t really any hotels on Siesta Key. Those desiring to come a week or more need to rent a condominium from a real estate office. Rates really drop after Easter, and its a great time to visit!
Born in New York, Matthew was raised on Siesta Key and has lived in the Sarasota area for over 30 years. He’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been a licensed mortgage professional for over 12 years.
The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is proud to present the 25th Annual Historic Homes Tour on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the historic Laurel park neighborhood. The public is invited to celebrate Sarasota’s rich architectural heritage by touring 12 significant yet diverse structures in one of the first downtown neighborhoods established in 1925.
While enjoying a self-guided walking tour visitors will see antique cars provided by the Model ”A” Restorers Club/Antique Automobile Club of America that reflect the period of the homes.
Free parking will be available at the Senior Friendship Center at 1899 Brother Geenen Way and Crissy Galleries 640 South Washington Boulevard and the Woman’s Exchange 539 Orange Avenue. Tickets may be purchased for a donation of $20.00 on the Alliance’s Web page, www.historicsarasota.org or onsite the day of the tour in the parking lot of the Woman’s Exchange 539 Orange Avenue.
Prior to the day of the event, tickets are also available at the following locations:
• Davidson Drugs-1281 S. Tamiami Trail, 5124 Ocean Blvd. and 6595 Midnight Pass Road
• Sarasota Architectural Salvage-1093 Central Avenue
• Main Street Traders-1468 Main Street
• Sarasota County Historical Society-1260 12th Street
The Sarasota Garden Club is volunteering to help the Alliance on the day of the tour. They will be selling tickets to their upcoming Gardens in Paradise Tour; for more information Click here.
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!
A notable mention from a new Venice resident/client that we have locally here is a volunteer based Audubon Society. They wanted me to mention what a joy it was to spend a few hours enjoying the outdoors and learning about all the different species of birds that we see everyday. Also to mention that the Audubon is celebrating 50 years, known internationally to bird photographers and is open to all visitors from dawn to dusk every day of the year.
The Rookery island’s deep lake is small enough so that from the shaded pavilion benches even without binoculars you can get a clear view of the birds. It’s common this time of year to see Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Anhingas, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Glossy Ibises, Green Herons and more busily building their nests, courting, incubating eggs and raising their chicks. Optimal times to see or photograph the most birds are early morning or late afternoon. You are welcome to picnic here also. Contributions are accepted to support their work including bringing hundreds of students to the Rookery each year. It’s located at 4002 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL. Call 941-496-8984 or visit www.veniceaudubon.orgAs 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.
This Saturday, February 7th from 8am to 12pm there will be a free signature event for the region to celebrate community and the recreational assets of Bradenton Riverwalk and the Manatee River.
Featuring powerboat racing, jet-ski racing, world champion BMX, Frisbee dog and extreme pogo shows, food festival and kids zone and a fireworks spectacular from America’s “first family of fireworks,” Zambelli!
For more information visit http://www.bradentongulfislands.com/riverwalk-regatta/
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.
St. Barbara’s annual 4 day Glendi….a Greek Festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Enjoy the hospitality of the Greek community, and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village. Festival hours Thursday through Saturday 11am to 9pm. Sunday Noon to 8pm.
For more information visit their website at www.stbarbarafestival.org
I’ve been seeing ads for Kacey’s Seafood for several months and this weekend we decided to give it a try. The food is what makes it worth the trip. The restaurant is in a strip mall on Fruitville Road just west of Honore Avenue. It’s a small casual space with about 20 tables inside and a few outside on the sidewalk.
We were warmly greeted and there were several parties ahead of us but we were seated within 15-20 minutes. Not bad for 7pm on a Saturday night in season! The menu is mostly seafood and the prices are very reasonable. Service was prompt and friendly.
We had a cup of the lobster bisque as an appetizer and for dinner I tried the shrimp and grits which were delicious…not too spicy but full of flavor. My husband ordered the Shrimp Kacey which was a generous portion of marinated and grilled shrimp served with a black bean cake. Everything was well prepared and served piping hot. It looked like the seafood baskets were very popular with shrimp, fish, fries, hushpuppies, etc.
They do serve beer and wine and open for lunch and dinner daily. We’ll definitely return to Kacey’s.
Check them out at 4904 Fruitville Road, Sarasota FL 941-378-3644