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December Events in Sarasota

By | November 30, 2011

 

The year is coming to an end but there’s no end to the number of fun things to do in the Sarasota area! Check out just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of December:

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Dec. 1st Eddie Herr International Youth Tennis Tournament @ IMG Academies Bradenton Eddie Herr Tournament
Dec. 1-31st Tram Tours of Groves and Wildlife Refuge Bradenton Mixon Groves
Dec. 1-31st Heritage Holidays at Historic Spanish Point Osprey Spanish Point
Dec. 2nd Holiday Night of Lights at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle
Dec. 2-4th American Craft Show Sarasota Sarasota Craft Show
Dec. 3rd Downtown Holiday Parade Sarasota Holiday Parade
Dec. 5th Live Music at Oleary’s Tiki Bar Sarasota Oleary’s Tiki Bar
Dec. 6th Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles Sarasota Van Wezel
Dec. 7th “The Last Romance Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Dec. 9th Swinging Under the Stars Jazz Concert Venice Jazz Club of Sarasota
Dec. 10th Free Shredding Event Sarasota SRQ Document Shredding
Dec. 10th Two on Tap Bradeenton Manatee Players Theatre
Dec. 10th Porsches in the Park at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle
Dec. 10th Barefoot Beach Bazaar Nokomis Sarasota County Parks
Dec. 13th “Miracle on 34th Street Sarasota Van Wezel
Dec. 14th Phillippi Farmhouse Market Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
Dec. 15th “Happy Birthday Ludwig” Sarasota Sarasota Chamber Orchestra
Dec. 15-19th Art Sarasota Holiday Fair Sarasota SeaFair
Dec. 16-27th Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 17th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia Antique Association
Dec. 19th 25th Annual Boat Parade of Lights Sarasota Boat Parade
Dec. 19th Liberace’s Christmas Special Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Dec. 20th Lego Builders Club Englewood Elsie Quirk Library
Dec. 21st Third Friday Art Walk at Towles Court Sarasota Towles Court
Dec. 22nd Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 29th Open Mike Poetry Venice Jacaranda Public Library

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Sarasota History Alive 8th Edition

By | November 29, 2011

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Sarasota History Alive 7th Edition

By | November 17, 2011


With all the fuss these days about post offices being closed down and the price of stamps going up, I’m glad some places where we used to pick up our mail, or had items shipped, are still here and are a class-act. Our Federal Building was a post office back in the 1940s until a new one was constructed next door in the 1960s. The Federal Building is on the National Register, and we are saluting her today in our video. Click here to find out more.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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Sarasota – A Video Tour

By | November 16, 2011

It’s amazing what you can find online! One of our agents recently stumbled upon a really great video that captures the essence of our Sarasota lifestyle. It’s hard sometimes to get to know an area when you’ve never been there in person, but the World Wide Web really has made the world a little bit smaller.

Here’s the video. I couldn’t say it better myself!

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What’s HOT in Sarasota this Week!

By | November 11, 2011

Sometimes, locals take for granted that we “know” where to live, where the best investments are, best restaurants, best neighborhoods, and where we would move to – if we were going to move.

This week in “what’s hot” – I want to highlight the Palmer Ranch area. Palmer Ranch is comprised of roughly 10,000 acres, originally owned by one of Sarasota’s most influential founders – Bertha Honore Palmer. Just minutes to world famous Siesta Key, Palmer Ranch offers a myriad of cultural activities, shopping and restaurants, and one of the best school districts in Sarasota. I also have to mention how close it is to the Legacy Trail, which is 10.6 miles great for walking or biking and extends from inside Palmer Ranch all the way to Venice.

For every type of discriminating buyer, there is an equal number of neighborhoods in Palmer Ranch offering everything from gated communities like Turtle Rock, Silver Oak, TPC at Prestancia and Deer Creek to Single Family homes, condos, townhouses, coach style homes and maintenance free villas – which some call care-free living at its best.

If golf is your game – check out the deals that are available in TPC at Prestancia, Silver Oak or Country Club of Sarasota. If tennis is more your style, the above communities will work too, or check out some of my favorites like Village Walk, or Stoneybrook.

The best part about Palmer Ranch is that there is a little bit of everything for everyone. Prices for Palmer Ranch real estate range from $60,000 for a one bedroom, one bath condo all the way up to $1 million.

Florida’s Gulf coast has something for everyone – let Jay and Danielle Ratwani help you find your perfect retreat to paradise today! Email us at Danielle@SarasotaHomesNow.com or visit us on the web at www.SarasotaHomesNow.com

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Sarasota History Alive 6th Edition

By | November 10, 2011

Harry Ben Rigby platted out his La Plaza Subdivision in 1925, and completed his unique enclave of Spanish Eclectic structures in 1926. They were perfect for him to house his family, and his Sarasota Real Estate Exchange office in their home, on the corner of Alta Vista and Osprey Avenue.

The other structures were meant to be affordable seasonal rentals and places for investors to stay while planning their dream homes. This was all great until the real estate market bottomed out, not long after their completion. Harry was forced to sell in 1930, and hunt and fish for food to feed his family. These structures stand as a reminder of what affordable houses could look like, even today.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill at Island Park in Sarasota

By | November 5, 2011

Welcome to our waterfront tiki bar complete with a huge palm-frond covered deck and waterfront tiki bar! O’Leary’s has been around for years and is situated right on Sarasota Bay overlooking the water on Island Park in Sarasota. The restaurant is quite casual with window service only. It has waterfront picnic tables and is dog-friendly.

O’Leary’s features a guitar player (at least every time we go there) singing beach tunes. The energy and setting is great, the beer and wine is priced ok, and the food is, well, what you’d expect for window service. O’Leary’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and dinners usually run between $6-12. A pitcher of domestic beer is around $9. They have a full bar too.

We love O’Leary’s for its casual, waterfront atmosphere and because it is, unfortunately, one of the few remaining waterfront restaurants still around. Don’t forget, many people bring their dogs because it is very dog-friendly, so come and walk Island Park and settle in for some tunes at O’Leary’s, enjoy some average food and a great Sarasota waterfront lifestyle-if only for an hour or so. Oh yeah, you can come by boat as well but docking is limited and is adjacent to Enticer Watersports where they rent jet-ski’s and power boats, etc. O’Leary’s is calling your name and is located at 5 Bayfront Dr. on Island Park near Marina Jack’s in Sarasota.

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Sarasota History Alive 5th Edition

By | November 3, 2011

In honor of the 4th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival, we are doing an encore presentation of our video when the festival was gaining ground to become a very popular venue for our community. It has grown exponentially, and has overcome some hurdles to once again grace downtown’s Burns Court area on South Pineapple Avenue this weekend. Hope to see you there!

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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November Events in and Around Sarasota

By | October 28, 2011

 

Fall festivals, art shows, new theatre productions, music and more! It’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the activities happening in the area during the month of November:

 

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Nov. 1st Artist Series Concert – Jessica Mathaes, Violin Sarasota Historic Asolo Theatre
Nov. 1-30th Get Lost in the Maze Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
Nov. 1-30th ‘That’s Life, Again’ at the Goldstein Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Nov. 3rd ‘Now and Then’ Chamber Soiree Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Nov. 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Nov. 4-7th Sarasota Chalk Festival Sarasota Chalk Festival
Nov. 5th 24th Annual Downtown Venice Arts Festival Venice Art Festival
Nov. 5th Sarasota Blues Festival Sarasota Sarasota Blues Fest
Nov. 9th Courthouse Square Concert Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 10-14th Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Siesta Key Crystal Sand
Nov. 11th Veterans Day Parade Sarasota City of Sarasota
Nov. 12th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market with Chef Brady Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 12th Pioneer Day at the Park @ Crocker Memorial Church Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Nov. 12th Benny Kimsey’s Bluegrass Picnic at Turtle Beach Siesta Key Turtle Beach Bluegrass
Nov. 12-13th 23rd Annual St. Armands Art Festival and Sidewalk Sale Sarasota St. Armands Circle
Nov. 12-13 and 19-20 Sarasota Medieval Fair Sarasota Sarasota Medieval Fair
Nov. 15th New College Fall Chorus Concert Sarasota New College of Florida
Nov. 17th Get Down Downtown Street Party Bradenton City of Bradenton
Nov. 19th Cortez Village Folk Art Festival Cortez Cortez Village
Nov. 19th Holiday Music Magic Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 19-20th Harvest Festival and Craft Fair Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Nov. 20th 5th Annual Children’s Reading and Art Festival Sarasota The Children’s Garden
Nov. 23-26th Sarasota Six-A-Side Festival Lakewood Ranch Sarasota International Cricket Club
Nov. 26th Venice Holiday Parade Venice Ciry of Venice
Nov. 30-Dec. 7th Holiday Festival of Trees Sarasota Powel Crosley Estate

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Sarasota History Alive 4th Edition

By | October 27, 2011

Rosemary Cemetery is burial place for many early Sarasota citizens, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs including Scotsman John Hamilton Gillespie. We like to show this video during this time of year to set the mood for All Hallows Eve.

The cemetery was set aside in plat “Town of Sarasota”, filed on July 27, 1886.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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