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31st Annual Greek Glendi Festival

By | January 23, 2015

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church MapSt. 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

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

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Kacey’s Seafood and More

By | January 20, 2015

Kaceys Seafood

Kaceys SeafoodI’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.

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

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

http://www.kaceysseafood.com/

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

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Sarasota New Year’s Eve Party

By | December 30, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New YearNew Years Eve is right around the corner, so dress to the nines for the Inaugural New Years Eve Charity Party at the Municipal Auditorium. This Red Carpet experience offers an all Inclusive evening consisting of: Valet, Champagne Bar, Top Shelf Liquor Bar, Appetizer & Dessert Stations, Two Bands, DJ, Dancing, Visual display and Midnight Ball drop.

Individual tickets can be purchased in advance online for $125 or $150 at the door. For more information visit http://sarasotanewyearseveparty.com

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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New Year’s Eve Fireworks On The Bay

By | December 30, 2014

Fireworks New Years

Fireworks New YearsThe 4th Annual New Years Eve Fireworks Celebration at Marina Jack will be bigger and better than ever. Stay landside and enjoy a variety of entertainment and menu options at Marina Jack on New Year’s Eve along with a sparklingmidnight fireworks show. Or climb aboard the Marina Jack II and cruise for a four-hour celebration dinner cruise, complete with party favors, live music and watch the fireworks on Sarasota Bay. Either way you are sure to have a sparkling New Year. Call Marina Jack 941-365-4232.

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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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

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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

Induction

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 ArtFestival.com
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

Concert

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!

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

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New Dining at the Mall at University Town Center

By | December 22, 2014

University Town Center Mall

University Town Center MallSarasota has a tremendous variety of dining options and now with the newly opened Mall at University Town Center we have quite a few more including: The Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Seasons 52, Brio Tuscan Grille, The Capital Grill, Sophie’s, Mandarin Express, Antie Anne’s Pretzels, Rise Pies Handcrafted Pizza, Starbucks and Smoothie King. There are even more scheduled to open in the coming months: Burger & Beer Joint and Yo! Sushi.

If you’re looking for a fun outing…check out the new mall and try one of these new restaurants for lunch or dinner.

For their location and more information visit the mall’s website at http://www.mallatutc.com/dining_entertainment

 

 

Missy Cleary is a Sales Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group in Sarasota. A long time Sarasota resident "living the dream" on the suncoast. Contact her to find your piece of Paradise today!

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Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

By | December 18, 2014

Lights in Bloom
Lights in Bloom

Lights in Bloom

Selby Gardens dresses up in millions of colorful holiday lights in this holiday tradition. Bringing a Florida spin to the idea of a “winter wonderland”, the lights and the vintage toys and games bring out the kid in all of us as we wander through the gardens sipping on hot chocolate.This year’s event runs from December 19th-23rd and 26th-29th from 6-9:00pm.

Selby Gardens is located at 811 South Palm Avenue. Visit their website for more information http://selby.org/event/lights-in-bloom/2014-12-19/

 

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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Circus Ring of Fame Induction Ceremony

By | December 16, 2014

Circus Ring of Fame
Circus Ring of Fame

Circus Ring of Fame at St. Armands Circle

One of the most fascinating things about the history of Sarasota is our connection to the circus. Since John Ringling wintered here and his home is one of the artistic treasures in our town, there are many related events and sites to see. One of these is the “Circus Ring of Fame”  St. Armands Circle on Lido Key.

The “Circus Ring of Fame” annually recognizes those persons who have made a significant contribution to the circus. This year will mark the 28th anniversary of this time honored tradition. Members to be inducted in 2015 will be circus notables who have been elected to the prestigious Circus Ring of Fame. The new members are scheduled for induction January 11th. The inductees will also make a public appearance a day earlier at the Sailor Circus arena where they will participate in a free-wheeling panel discussion trying to unravel the puzzle as to how one best entertains the public.  Up to date information and schedules for the Ring of Fame activities will be included on the Rings web site at http://circusringoffame.org

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

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Sarasota Named in Top 10 Places for Baby Boomer Home Purchases

By | December 11, 2014

Baby Boomers

Baby BoomersIn an article just published by the National Association of Realtors reports that metro areas with a lower cost of living and sunnier weather are poised to see an increased number of baby boomers moving in and buying a home as some delay retirement and remain participants in the labor market, according to new research.

NAR analyzed current population trends, housing affordability and local economic conditions in metropolitan statistical areas1 across the U.S. to determine housing markets most likely to see a boost in sales from leading-edge baby boomers2. Boise, Idaho and Raleigh, North Carolina were identified as top standouts for baby boomers for their solid job growth, share of self-employed workers and affordable home prices.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says Florida and Arizona cities attract many baby boomers. In addition, the share of men and women working after their 65th birthday has increased3, setting the stage for elevated baby boomer buying activity in metro areas with a dynamic local economy, adequate housing supply and a lower cost of living.

“A broadly improving economy and rebounding home prices are giving baby boomers the opportunity to sell and move to support their retirement lifestyle. Furthermore, our research identified cities movers are gravitating to while still remaining in the workforce as a business owner,” Yun said.

NAR’s research reviewed 100 metro areas that have lower state taxes, solid job market conditions, and strong migration patterns (on a percentage basis) of baby boomers moving to that particular area to determine which housing markets are likely to see a boost from this generation. Cost of living, housing affordability and inventory availability were also considered.

The top markets positioned to see an influx of baby boomer homebuyers are (listed alphabetically):

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Denver
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Phoenix
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Other markets with strong potential for attracting baby boomer homebuyers include:
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Dallas
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Riverside, California
  • Tampa, Florida

“These metro areas are attractive to baby boomers because of their housing affordability, lower tax rates and welcoming business environment,” says Yun. “With baby boomers working later in life, these factors will likely play as much of a deciding role of where boomers eventually retire as will areas with a warm climate or variety of outdoor activities.”

According to a NAR generational study of homebuyers and sellers released earlier this year, baby boomers represented 30 percent of all buyers, had a median household income of $92,400 and bought a home that cost $210,0004.

NAR also recently analyzed current housing conditions, job creation and population trends to determine the best markets for aspiring, leading edge millennial homebuyers. Visit www.realtor.org/millennials to find out more about millennials and homebuying.

To view the full article visit http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2014/12/nar-identifies-top-metro-areas-poised-for-uptick-in-baby-boomer-home-sales

Missy Cleary is a Sales Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group in Sarasota. A long time Sarasota resident "living the dream" on the suncoast. Contact her to find your piece of Paradise today!

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Christmas Theater in Venice

By | December 9, 2014

A Christmas Carol“A Christmas Carol” will be performed at the Venice Theatre on December 18 – December 21st. A festive annual tradition at Venice Theatre now in its 15th year, this musical version of Dickens’s classic tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he reflects on his past, present and possible future. Will he find the true spirit of Christmas in time?

Special day-time performance for students and teachers on Friday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. Contact Kristofer Geddie for more information and to reserve seats at kgeddie@venicetheatre.net or 941-488-1115, x247.

Venice Theatre is located at 104 W. Tampa Avenue

For more detail visit their website: http://venicestage.com/a-christmas-carol-2/

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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