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April in Sarasota

By | March 27, 2015

April 2015

April 2015

The winter season is winding down now so it’s a great time to enjoy 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 April:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
April 1-4th PAL Sailor Circus Sarasota Circus Arts
April 2nd Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
April 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch.com
April 3-4th Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Sarasota World Class Rowing
April 4th Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt & Games Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
April 4th 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mar Vista Longboat Key Grouper Sandwich.com
April 9th Courtyard Swing Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 10th “Live From Downtown Sarasota It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
April 10th Full Moon Concert featuring Rev. Barry & Funktastic Soul Sarasota Friends of Myakka
April 10-12th 7th Annual Fiesta on Siesta College Sand Volleyball Tournament Siesta Key Fiesta on Siesta
April 10-12th 23rd Annual Venice Sharks Tooth Festival Venice Sharks Tooth Fest
April 10-19th Annual Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 11th DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta Bradenton Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
April 11th Celebration of Pets Fest at Sarasota Fairgrounds Sarasota Celebration of Pets
April 11-19th Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 16th “Main Street Live” Bradenton Bradenton Main Street
April 17-19th 32nd Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Show Management
April 18th 6th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 18-19th St. Armands Fine Art Festival Lido Key ZAPP Events
April 19th Sarasota Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park Osprey Friends of Oscar Scherer Park
April 24th Music in the Park at Riverwalk Bradenton Realize Bradenton
April 25th Suncoast Blues Festival Sarasota Suncoast Blues Festival
April 25th Sidewalk Astronomy at Riverview High School Planetarium Sarasota Sidewalk Astronomy
April 25th Hernando DeSoto Heritage Grand Parade Bradenton Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
April 26th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 27th Venice Concert Band – Season Finale Venice Venice Concert Band

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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Cirque du Chill this Weekend

By | March 26, 2015

cirque du chill

Don’t miss the 8th annual BMW of Sarasota Chillounge Night at Selby Gardens this Saturday, March 28th from 7-11:30pm .  Experience the Circus and Selby Gardens as You Never Did Before. Chillounge Night is teaming up with The Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions to bring Cirque du Chill – an epic and dynamic circus arts presentation. Cirque du Chill will feature spectacular entertainment by world-renowned circus artists that will be unlike any Chillounge Night experience yet to date.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., 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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Venice Sharks Tooth Festival

By | March 22, 2015

Sharks Tooth

Sharks ToothThe City of Venice in Sarasota County has been named the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World” because of the millions of shark teeth that wash up on our sandy white beaches. The Sharks Tooth Festival takes place each Spring against the back drop of Venice’s best shark tooth hunting beach, where fossil collectors from around the Southeast display and sell sharks teeth and other prehistoric fossils. More than 100 artists from around the State market their original work.

Sharks Tooth FestivalThe festival will be held at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds on April 10-12th this year. Food vendors will serve up delicious dishes from seafood to BBQ. Live entertainment is on stage throughout the Festival. Children are entertained with such events as the Sharks Tooth Scramble and Mote Marine’s hands on exhibit. All proceeds of the festival benefit Special Olympics Florida-Sarasota County. 

For more information, visit their website at www.sharkstoothfest.com.

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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Conde Nast Traveler: Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island has 5th-best beach sand in the world!

By | March 19, 2015

Coquina Beach

Coquina BeachCoquina Beach on Anna Maria Island has the best island beach sand in the United States and the fifth-best in the world, according to the Conde Nast Traveler.

“Coquina Beach, on the southern end of Anna Maria Island, is the opposite of South Beach: It’s laid-back, bordered by towering pines, and boasts perfect, unspoiled sand as fine as powder,” the website said. “It’s also the longest stretch of sand on Anna Maria — uninterrupted, but for remnants of old piers jutting out into the water.”

The results are based on a survey of Conde Nast Traveler readers.

Here’s the complete “Top 10 Island Beaches for Perfect Sand:”

1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia.

2. Cayo de Agua, Los Roques, Venezuela.

3. Cocoa Island, Maldives.

4. White Beach, Boracay, Phillippines.

5. Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island.

6. Shoal Bay East, Anguilla.

7. Vamizi Beach, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique.

8. Kaihalulu Beach, Maui, Hawaii.

9. Playa Falmenco, Culebra, Puerto Rico.

10. Playa Negrita, Vieques, Puerto Rico.

 

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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Great Italian Restaurant in Sarasota

By | March 17, 2015

Mona Lisa portrait

Mona Lisa portraitHidden in The Meadows of Sarasota is a little gem of a restaurant call Mona Lisa. I had the occasion to dine there recently with family and will definitely return. This is a small, quaint spot in the Shopping Village within The Meadows neighborhood. There are about 12 tables with white tablecloths inside and several more on an outside patio overlooking a lake. It’s a very casual and comfortable setting.

Mona LisaThe food is not your run-of-the-mill Italian. I ordered one of the specials which was Seafood Sambuca which consisted of shrimp and scallops in a Sambuca cream sauce over linguini pasta…delish! All entrees come with your choice of house or ceasar salad , a side of pasta with your choice of sauce and fresh bread. Other dishes at our table were grilled salmon, tilapia with white wine and lemon and veal piccata and everyone was pleased with the quality of the food. The service was very attentive even though it was a busy night. They really do make you feel like they’re glad you’re there. Beer and wine are available.

Even though this is a small family operated restaurant they seem to be well known in the area. We were there on a Tuesday evening and it was busy with several groups waiting. I’d definitely suggest making a reservation if you go and I highly recommend that you try it next time you’re in the mood for an authentic Italian meal.

For reservations call 941-377-6562 or visit their website for menus and other information at www.monalisasrq.com.

 

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

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Sarasota Jazz Festival

By | February 27, 2015

Jazz Club of Sarasota

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

http://www.jazzclubsarasota.org/jazz-festival.html

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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March in Sarasota

By | February 25, 2015

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

More Information

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

Art Classic

Venice ArtFestival.com
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.

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Manatee County Heritage Days

By | February 21, 2015

Manatee County Heritage DaysMarch 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.

For thirty-six years, the Manatee Heritage Association has sponsored Heritage Days. Originally a week in length, Heritage Days grew to nine days, and in 1995, Manatee Heritage Days expanded to a month long event. The activities are as varied as walking tours and concerts. Events take place throughout Manatee County in many different communities. Through these events at area historical sites, participants will experience the pioneer lifestyle and learn how Manatee County has grown and developed.

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.

View the Event Flyer

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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Siesta Key Named #1 Beach by Trip Advisor

By | February 19, 2015

siesta-beach

Crescent Beach on Siesta Key

 

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!

“White Sands”
Beautiful Quartz sand that’s cool to the touch even on the hottest summer day. Arrive early and stay late!

“Siesta Beach voted #1 in the Country!”
Trip Advisor users have voted Siesta Beach #1. Well deserved for this eight mile stretch of talcum powder sand and Gulf water beauty.

To see all the reviews and ratings visit http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches

 

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.

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Annual Historic Homes Tour in Sarasota

By | February 18, 2015

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

Sarasota Alliance for Historic PreservationThe 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!

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