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. 2-3rd||28th Annual Venice Consumer Expo||Venice||Venice Chamber of Commerce|
|Oct. 3-4th||29th Annual Taste of Manatee||Palmetto||Taste of Manatee|
|Oct. 3-4th||26th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest||Sarasota||Fruitville Grove|
|Oct. 9-11th||9th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest||Bradenton||Gulf Coast Ribfest|
|Oct. 10th||The Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest||Sarasota||Beer Boats and Bacon|
|Oct. 10th||Chef at the Market||Bradenton||Realize Bradenton|
|Oct. 10th||2015 Top Dog Show||Sarasota||Donte’s Den|
|Oct. 10-11th||24th Annual Hunsader FarmsPumpkin Festival||Bradenton||Hunsader Farms|
|Oct. 13th||Walking Historical and Food Tour||Bradenton||Taste Dining & Travel|
|Oct. 15-18th||7th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival||Sarasota||Ringling Museum of Art|
|Oct. 16th||Taste of St. Armands Circle||Lido Key||St. Armands Circle Association|
|Oct. 16th||Live from Downtown Sarasota It’s Friday Night @ Towles Court||Sarasota||Downtown Sarasota Alliance|
|Oct. 16-18th||Annual Sun Fiesta||Venice||Venice Main Street|
|Oct. 17th||15th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest||Anna Maria||Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce|
|Oct. 17-18th||Desoto Pumpkin Festival at Veterans Park||Arcadia||Sarasota Pumpkin Festival|
|Oct. 23-24th||35th Annual Sahib Shrine Circus||Sarasota||Sahib Shriners|
|Oct. 24th||18th Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market||Cortez||Florida Maritime Museum|
|Oct. 24th||Sidewalk Astronomy||Lakewood Ranch||Sidewalk Astronomy|
|Oct. 24-25th||St. Armands Boat Show||Lido Key||St. Armands Circle Association|
|Oct. 24-25th||21st Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival||Sarasota||American Craft Endeavors|
|Oct. 24-25th||Pumpkin Patch Express||Parrish||Florida Railroad Museum|
|Oct. 31st||Safe Treats Halloween in Siesta Key Village||Siesta Key||Siesta Key Village Association|
|Oct. 31st||Fright Night on St. Armands Circle||Lido Key||St. Armands Circle Association|
|Oct. 31st||Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest||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!Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.
A Welcome Addition to Gulf Gate!
As a huge Gulf Gate fan I am always excited to try a new place when it opens up. This past weekend I had the opportunity to try some food from Solorzano’s Pizza Café on Superior Street and it was over-the-top delicious.
We ordered Chicken Parmesan sandwiches that were out of this world, the chicken is so tender that it melts in your mouth, the sauce is very flavorful, but the best part is the homemade hoagie roll, it is perhaps the freshest bread I have ever had. The sandwich is large so it big enough for two. We also ordered a pizza that was cooked to perfection. Next time you are in Gulf Gate stop by Solorzano’s and treat yourself to some yummy Italian treats!
The Table Creekside Restaurant on Phillippi Creek in Sarasota, FL is where Joe and Missy go when we have an anniversary or other special dinner date! It is easily our favorite upscale place to eat complete with a water view! This centrally-located restaurant is located on the banks of Phillippi Creek in a converted old house built in the mid 1950’s.
The Table features a super and pocket-friendly Happy Hour daily from 4:00-6:30 with awesome drink specials and tapas food including the not-to-be-missed Bacon Jam Flatbread. For dinner, the specials of the day are out of this world with some very risqué dishes that the chef’s pull off with ease. The wine list is extensive but not expensive and the wait staff is excellently trained and attentive! Dinners range between $20-$45+ each.
Located on US41 at: 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Hours: Open at 4pm M-S and Sunday brunch begins at 11am. Make sure to call for reservations (941-921-9465) and come by boat too!
Our Students Know it All!!!
As a long time resident and Realtor in the Sarasota area, I am ask by many how our Public Schools rank. ‘How are the schools in this town?’… ‘Can we find a good school for our children if we move here?’… ‘Our children are grown, but for resale value we’ve wondered how your schools are?’…
The latest statistics for national grade, according to college entrance testing (ie. SAT, ACT) show us a leading the way! The Sarasota Herald Tribune publish an annual list of schools and their rankings for the year as well and our schools historically do well! It’s official however that our students are ‘tops in the nation’! Many proud parents out there too!
I’m happy about all that we have to offer here and it’s no doubt, growing up in a city so full of art, culture, sports and abundance of nature that we produce students so talented! As proud ambassador for Sarasota, we can maybe all say we score well in the ‘quality of life’ class…
.. read more from this posting published by the Sarasota Herald Tribune..
As of today there is a new dining option for breakfast and lunch in Lakewood Ranch. Karen and Malcolm Ronney (former owners of McAllister’s on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch) have opened The Granary in th Ace Hardware/Crowder’s Plaza on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. We had the good fortune to attend their soft opening last week and here’s what we found.
The ambience is rustic and comfortable with exposed brick, soft lantern lighting, rustic wood tables. The menu features traditional favorites with a modern twist. I ordered the “french toast sandwich” which was french toast with apple slices, brie and caramel in the middle. It was really good, the apples were nice and tender as they grill them along with the toast. My husband ordered the “ranch hand omelete” which was stuffed with all the meats (sausage, bacon and ham), diced red pepper, topped with hollandaise sauce, chopped tomatoes and scallions. It was delicious as well. The coffee was good too and they have quite a few hand-crafted selections as well as the set up to get a cup to go if you like.
They have beer, wine and bubbles, desserts and catering available too. They are open 7 days a week: Monday – Friday from 7:30am-3pm; Saturday & Sunday from 8am-3pm.
To check out their menu visit The Granary.
Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.
The Sarasota Manatee Board of Realtors just released the sales figures for July which show the pace of property sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties continued at a record annual rate, with 1,974 closings, up 23.5 percent over last July’s combined total of 1,600 for the two-county region. If the final five months of the year continue at this pace, 2015 will end with the highest number of sales in the region’s history.
Sales in Sarasota County hit 1,174 in July, only 9 sales below the June total and once again near the all-time record of 1,224 set in April of this year. Manatee County saw total sales of 768 in July, below the June figure of 875, but well above the July 2014 total of 672.
Sales levels in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have been at historically high levels for several months after a record-breaking 2014. Median sale prices have also been trending upwards year-over-year. For Sarasota County, the July 2015 single family median sale prices were at $219,500, down slightly from last month’s figure of $230,000, but up about 9.2 percent over last July’s figure of $201,000. Manatee County was at $250,000, again down slightly from June but up 8.7 percent in over last July. However, for condos, Sarasota County saw median prices drop to $190,000 from last July’s figure of $205,000, while Manatee County was up 18.3 percent over last July at $152,000. Condo prices in Sarasota County have tended to fluctuate month to month more than single family.
To read to full press release and statistical charts by county visit:
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
|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||SkiARees.com|
|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 FL.com|
|Sept. 10th||Balanchine Millepied – Film||Sarasota||Sarasota Opera|
|Sept. 12th||Sarasota Farmer’s Market||Sarasota||SarasotaFarmersMarket.org|
|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|
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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The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that falling inventory didn’t hold back the real estate market in June 2015, as sales continued to push into near-record territory and median sale prices rose in both counties.
Total June sales again topped 2,000 for both counties combined (2,058), pointing toward another potential record-breaking year in 2015. Sales in Sarasota County hit 1,183 in June, one more than in May and 12.9 percent higher than last June. Manatee County saw total sales of 875, above the May figure of 827 and about 24 percent above last June’s level.
Sales levels in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have been at historically high levels for several months, and median sale prices have also been trending upwards. For Sarasota County, the June 2015 single family median sale prices were at $230,000, up 17.9 percent over last June, and at $253,700 in Manatee County, up 3.6 percent in over last June. For condos, Sarasota County recorded a 7.7 percent price rise to $210,000, while Manatee County was up 4.9 percent at $155,000.
To read the full press release and statistical charts visit Realtors Association Sarasota and ManateeSusan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.