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June in Sarasota

By | May 29, 2016

June HelloSummer 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 1-30th Public Ice Skating Ellenton Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex
June 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 3rd ArtWalk in Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 3rd “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
June 3rd Downtown Bradenton Ghost Walk Bradenton Realize Bradenton
June 4th World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 4th Family Night at the Museum Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 4th 3rd Annual Dairy Day Festival Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
June 7th to

August 9th

Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
June 9-25th Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 10th Think & Drink Science: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 10th Friday Night Free Music Venice City of Venice
June 10th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 11-12th St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 12th Pop’s Orchestra at Patriot’s Plaza to Celebrate Flag Day Sarasota Patriot’s Plaza
June 16th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 17-19th Bradenton Boat Show Bradenton Bradenton Boat Show
June 18-

July 30th

Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 18-19th Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
June 19th Fathers and Fenders Car Show Sarasota Fathers and Fenders
June 20th “Rock the Docks” Concert Sarasota Marina Jacks
June 25th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
June 25th to

July 3rd

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
June 25th 6th Annual Shrimp & Lobster Fest at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
June 26th Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix

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Real Estate Prices and Inventory in Sarasota Continue to Rise

By | May 24, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

Real Estate Up GraphApril’s housing statistics show that our current trend is continuing as inventory of available properties rose in both counties. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is up 8 percent from April last year, and up 14.2 percent in Manatee County from last year. Condo inventory is also on the rise in Sarasota County, up 25.5 percent from last year, while Manatee County experienced a 19.8 percent increase year-over-year.

The months’ supply of inventory in the two-county area remains in the range of 4.5 to 5.4 months’ inventory this year, compared to a range of 4.2 to 4.5 months at this time last year. This statistic reflects the time it would take to sell all the active listings on the market at the current month’s rate of sales. Six months is traditionally considered the benchmark for a balanced market; anything higher is considered a buyer’s market and anything lower is a seller’s market. So while the months’ supply is on the rise, it is still a seller’s market. However, the rise in inventory is very encouraging sign that we are returning to a balanced market.

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Summer Circus Spectacular

By | May 22, 2016

Summer Circus Spectacular

It’s time for the 2016 Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater! This onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Opening Week Special, June 15-18 – All seats are $10

Wednesday, June 15 @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, June 16 @ 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Friday, June 17 @ 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 18 @ 2:00 PM

June 21-July 30 – Adults /$15, Children 12 and under/$12

Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00am and 2:00pm
Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 5:00pm

For more information or to purchase tickets online visit the Ringling website by clicking here:  Summer Circus Spectacular

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Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 17, 2016

savor sarasota

savor sarasotaWe look forward to this event every year. From June 1st through the 14th many of our local restaurants prepare special menus and deals so it’s a great time to try some new ones or visit some old favorites around town. Click the link below to see all of the restaurants participating and what menus they are offering. In previous years some have even extended these deals throughout the summer so check it out!

Savor Sarasota

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May in Sarasota

By | May 17, 2016

May 2015

May 2015Many of our seasonal residents have returned north so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of May:

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May 1st Ski A Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
May 1-28th “Driving Miss Daisy” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
May 2nd Rolling Renegades Roller Derby Sarasota North River Rolling Renegades
May 5th Riverview High School Kilties Concert Sarasota Kiltie Band
May 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 6th “Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 6th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
May 7th Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
May 7th 44th Annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
May 7th Food and Wine on Pine Anna Maria FoodandWineonPine.com
May 7-8th Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair Sarasota CraftFestival.com
May 12th Taste of Historical Walking & Food Tour Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 14th Triple Play at Ed Smith Stadium Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
May 14th Sidewalk Astronomy Holmes Beach Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
May 14th Annual “Bike with the Mayor” Venice City of Venice
May 16th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 18th International Museum Day Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 21st Mainly Art at RiverWalk Bradenton RiverWalk Bradenton
May 27th Friday Night Live Venice City of Venice
May 28th Venice Brew Bash Venice Brew Bash
May 28th Antique Fair of Arcadia Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques
May 28-29th Laxpalooza Lacrosse Tournament Lakewood Ranch Laxpalooza
May 30th Mamorial Dat at Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota Patriot Plaza
May 30th 4th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival Venice Myakka Blues

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12th Annual Pioneer Day in Arcadia

By | March 7, 2016

Arcadia Pioneer Day

Arcadia Pioneer DayThe DeSoto County Historical Society will hold their Pioneer Day celebration on Saturday, March 19th from 9am to 3pm at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park in Arcadia. This event showcases the history and heritage of southwest Florida. There will be demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts, vintage automobiles and antique engines, a hands-on children’s area with a fossil dig, music, traditional foods, barbeque, legendary characters, animals, games and Florida authors and artists.

For more information about the Historical Society visit their website at:

http://www.historicdesoto.org/PioneerDay.html

 

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Movie Night at Nathan Benderson Park

By | March 3, 2016

The Croods

The CroodsEnjoy a screening of “The Croods,” the first movie night of the Free Family Moonlight Movie series! The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime. Sponsored by The Sarasota Film Festival in partnership with the Nathan Benderson Park and Nathan Benderson Park Community Foundation, don’t forget to bring your picnic baskets, blankets and chairs and be ready to have a great family fun night! Sunset: 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Food: Popcorn, water, soda and candy will be available for purchase.

Nathan Benderson Park, Regatta Island, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle in Sarasota (located just south of the University Town Center Mall).

For more information click here.

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Downtown Venice Art Festival

By | March 1, 2016

Downtown Venice Art Festival

Downtown Venice Art FestivalVisit historic downtown Venice this weekend for the 15th annual art festival with 150 of the nation’s most talented artists lining the Avenue with a broad spectrum of glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, delicious food vendors and much more. Afterwards spend time strolling up and down both sides of Venice Avenue and the adjacent streets, Miami Avenue and Tampa Avenue with a full range of fun stores, clothing shops and restaurants.

The festival is March 5th and 6th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free.

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The Sarasota County Fair

By | February 29, 2016

Sarasota Agricultural Fair

From March 18th through the 27th we will be celebrating the 80th year of the Sarasota County Fair. The 2016 fair features agricultural exhibits, animals, great entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, comedy shows, music and spectacular rides by Belle City Amusements. This year’s fair will have something for everyone to enjoy!

The fair takes place at Robarts Arena on Fruitville Road. Hours are Fridays from 2-11pm, Saturdays 12-11pm, Sundays 12-10pm and Monday to Thursday from 5-10pm.

Admission Prices:
Adults: $8
Senior Citizens (55 and over): $4.00
Active Military: $4.00
Children: ages 6-17 $4.00
Children 5 & under: FREE

Sarasota County Fair 2016For a complete schedule including all the entertainment click here.

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Apollonia Mediterranean Grill

By | February 27, 2016

Apollonia

ApolloniaWe have been talking about dining at Apollonia since it opened at The Shoppes at University Town Center over two years ago and finally got around to it this past week. It took over the restaurant formerly occupied by Urban Flats and it didn’t take too many cosmetic changes to adapt to the space.

Apollonia BarThe atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We were seated inside at a table next to the front windows which are large sliders that open when the weather permits as was the case for us. They have a generous bar area as well as a few outdoor covered tables.

Our server greeted us promptly and we ordered a glass of wine from their extensive list of wines by the glass. I ordered the Gyro Platter which consisted of rotisserie spiced lamb with rice pilaf, grilled vegetables, tzatziki and pita bread. My husband ordered the grouper Florentine. We were pleased with the quality of the meals, presentation, and felt the prices were very reasonable.

If you’re in the mood for a little Mediterranean food I would recommend this restaurant. Check out their website for more information.

 

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