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Siesta Key Sunsets

By | June 24, 2011

Siesta Key Sunset

Each evening before sunset Siesta Key begins to buzz. Families, tourists, and locals emerge from their places with their kids, dogs, and cold drinks and start to head west as if they are being called by the sun to say good-bye for the day.  As we make our journey to our favorite spot on the beach the cool sea breeze and the last bit of days sun touches my skin and I can’t help start to unwind and relax.  On the beach groups gather, children and dogs play in the water, and couples hold hands to watch the magnificent big orange ball make its plunge into the crystal clear water. As the sun says good bye for the day people raise their glasses to toast the beautiful day they just spent on Siesta Key, wave goodnight to the sun, or look in awe at the beautiful sight they have just seen.  It doesn’t matter how many times in the 29 years that I have lived here the sunset still takes my breath away.  As we walk back to the cottage I am thankful for another beautiful day on Siesta Key and can’t wait to do all again tomorrow.

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Venice Theatre

By | June 23, 2011

The Venice Theatre located on tropical Venice island offers two
theatres packed with a wide variety of entertainment. Whether
it’s classic musicals, comedies or retro singing groups such as Paul
Revere and the Raiders, The Venice Theatre provides
eight shows a week during the season with early shows and traditional

The Venice Theatre offers a variety of subscriber options. Flex-Pass
allows you to pick your own shows or get a full subscription which
saves you more than 15% off single ticket price. You won’t ever miss a
show because it’s sold out. Best of all you are given first priority
in seat selection with guaranteed renewal of your seats year after year.

Venice theatre main stage productions.
The Dixie Swim Club
September 27 – October 16, 2011
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
A funny and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. Five
Southern women, who met many years ago on their college swim team, get
together every August at a beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Free from husbands, kids and work, they drink, swim and enjoy their
long-time friendships.  Described as Steel Magnolias meets Same Time Next

Big River
November 1 – 27, 2011
Music by Roger Miller
Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
This epic musical sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible
Huck Finn helps his friend Jim escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio
River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and
heartwarming. Propelled by an award-winning score from country music icon
Roger Miller, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical
celebration of pure Americana.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe
The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
January 10 – 29, 2012
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
The longest-running musical revue ever! Featuring nine powerful performers
and nearly 40 of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll and R & B songs ever recorded.
Exploring the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined, Smokey Joe’s
Cafe isn’t just great music – it’s compelling musical theatre.

The Music Man
February 14 – March 11, 2012
Book, Music & Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
There’s trouble in River City when fast-talking traveling salesman Professor
Harold Hill bursts into this small, quirky Iowa town. Winner of five Tony
Award in 1957, this perennial favorite has stood the test of time.

Stand by Your Van (World Premiere!)
April 3 – 22, 2012
By Anna Reynolds
See a show – win a truck! This interactive play about competitive hysteria,
will-power and a pickup truck has six different endings!  Its
“touch-the-truck” competition is reminiscent of the popular dance marathons
of 1930s America. Who will be the last one standing?

Driving Miss Daisy
May 8 – 20, 2012
By Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry’s sentimental comedy spans 25 years in the lives of a stubborn
Southern matriarch and her proud chauffeur.  Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer
Prize for Drama and adapted into an Oscar-winning film.

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Siesta Key – Lunch at The Hub

By | June 19, 2011

Our first dining experience as Siesta Key summer residents was at The HubThe Hub is located in the Siesta Key Village at the corner of Canal and Ocean Blvd.

  We sat outside on their large porch overlooking the Village.  It was fun to watch all the happenings in the Village while we listened to live music performed by an acoustic guitar player.  Almost immediately we were swept into the relaxed feel you get on Siesta Key.

The menu was filled with many delicious choices; it was tough decision but in the end I chose the fish tacos and Joe chose the chicken burrito. Both were served with black beans and rice and both were out of this world!  If you are looking for a great meal and atmosphere stop in at The Hub, you will not be disappointed!!

For more information and menus visit The Hub’s website at

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A Siesta Key Summer

By | June 14, 2011

Welcome to Siesta Key Village

Siesta Key is known for its beautiful world famous white beaches, crystal clear water, and as a vacation destination to millions around the world.  This summer we have rented a cottage with our two sons in the Siesta Key Village for a month as sort of a staycation and are living the Siesta Key lifestyle. 

Each morning we awake to a “sleeping village” (which stays quiet until about 11) where joggers, people with their dogs and pedestrians take in the peaceful morning.  The cool sea breeze can be felt from the Gulf of Mexico just a few hundred yards away.  We start the day with either a run on the beach or stroll with our dogs through the quaint streets of the Village.  What we have learned is this very famous Siesta Key is really a humble and friendly place; and yes very laid back.  People say hello as they pass you by, wave from their bikes, and are in real hurry to get anywhere, but rather are taking time to sit back and enjoy the laid back lifestyle.

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American Pickers Visit Sarasota

By | June 10, 2011

Everyone’s favorite history buffs recently came to sunny Sarasota to pick the Big Cat Sanctuary and Ringling Bros. circus stuff from a collector who’s been collecting for 60 years!
Click Here To Watch The Full Episode of American Pickers on the History Channel:  American Pickers Visit Sarasota

(… in related news, see how this Booker High wrestler trains for matches: with his furry 400-pound friends :)

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By | June 7, 2011

Lifestyle Magazine features contemporary art, artists, galleries and art festivals. In the May (Summer Issue) just released the top 25 small artistic cities were revealed.

Sarasota FL, having long been known as a cultural destination, has climbed from the 2010 No.11 position to the No.5 spot this year!

Just another “great” reason to call Sarasota, FL home.

For more information and to sign up for a “Free” American Style Newsletter visit:
American Style Magazine

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Golfing in Sarasota

By | June 5, 2011

Enjoying the game of golf at Prestancia, a well known private club in the Palmer Ranch area of Sarasota, Florida.

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Tournament Players Club in Prestancia was founded in 1985.  It has been the host club for eight Chrysler Cup Tournaments and five American Express Invitational’s Champions Tour events. There are two courses within the golf club.  The Stadium Course is a par 72 and was designed by a Floridian named Ron Garl.   This course is very open with generous landing areas.  The Stadium Course is a Member and guest favorite.  The second course is known as the Club Course. This course was designed by Robert Van Hagge and has many challenging doglegs, water areas and sand traps.  I myself have first hand knowledge!  It is said to be more difficult even for the toughest competitor.  TPC offers a variety of membership packages which are designed to meet all your membership needs.  Members of TPC may send guests and business associates to enjoy a round of golf which is unmatched by any other area clubs.  Let’s play someday.

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Rothenbach Park

By | June 3, 2011

Rothenbach Park (about 3 miles east of the interstate on Bee Ridge Road) is no dump… that is to say, it’s not a dump anymore :) Touted as one of Sarasota’s greenest parks, Rothenback Park sits on the site of what was once the Sarasota County Landfill, now capped and landscaped into gorgeous open vistas, bike paths under old-growth oak canopies, and family picnic and playground areas.

Like most of Sarasota’s parks, Rothenbach park is designed with both families and adults in mind. There are two great playgrounds for the kids, clean-and-green pavilions for lunchtime, and approximately five miles of paved recreational trails that meander through the oaks.

Park Map

Rothenbach Park was founded on the principle trash can be turned into treasure. All the materials used in the park are environmentally friendly and designed with nature in mind. The park is quiet, beautiful, and easy accessible by the public.

The park is also home to the Sarasota R/C squadron, a cadre of remote-controlled airplane enthusiasts. This squadron is a private club, but for the reasonable fee of just $75 a year, you can join the fun and games and fly to your heart’s content.

Oh, and make sure you keep an eye out for the Rothenbach Park deer while you’re here – they’re famous!

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Siesta Named #1 Beach in America!

By | June 2, 2011


#1 Beach in America

I told you so, I told you so….  I’m embarrassed but with just cause. My last story informed you that Siesta Key Beach was named the #2 beach in the country and how I knew it was time to vote again!  On my behalf, I did say that to all of us who know and are lucky enough to visit Siesta Beach it will always be the #1 beach to us…

In this morning’s Sarasota Herald Tribune, Ms. M.C. Coolidge said it
all and she hit the nail right on the head. Read this, it’s a keeper!

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Siesta Named Best Beach in America!

By | June 1, 2011

Siesta Beach is the number one beach in the 21st annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (also known as “Dr. Beach”), Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research.

If you haven’t seen our beaches here in Sarasota, you’re missing out. Siesta Beach or “Crescent Beach” as locals call it has the finest, whitest sand around. This is due to a very high quartz content. Our gulf waters are clean and clear and rarely do we get more than a gentle rolling surf. This makes it quite inviting to swimmers of all ages. Recreation on beach is plentiful as the beach is wide and flat which makes it ideal for volleyball or just having a stroll.

The beach has all the amenities including showers, bathrooms, snack bars, shaded picnic areas with grills, playground and even tennis courts. Public parking is free so if you visit during the winter months arrive early as the lot tends to fill up quickly.

For a video tour of our beaches visit here:

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