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August in Sarasota

By | July 28, 2011

  1. We’re in the dog days of summer but there are still plenty of things to do around town so don’t miss out! Here’s just a few of the events and activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of August:

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Aug. 1-14th Beyond Bling – Voices of Hip-Hop in Art Sarasota Ringling Museum
Aug. 2nd Sarasota Slam Billfish Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 2-28th Our Son’s Wedding Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 3rd Summer Beach Run Venice Sarasota Parks
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Aug. 5th Live from Downtown Sarasota – It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
August 5th A Midsummer Night’s Stroll Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 6th Sri Lankan Drumming and Dance Troupe Sarasota Dance Troupe
Aug. 6th Ready, Set, Grow Fair Sarasota United Way of Sarasota
Aug. 7th Bradentucky Bombers vs. South Florida Roller Girls Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 10th think+drink(Science) The Naked Universe Series Bradenton South Florida Museum
Aug. 10-31st I Do! I Do! Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Aug. 11-28th Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun Sarasota Banyan Theater Company
Aug. 12th Friday Fest at Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 12-28th The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Venice Venice Theatre
Aug. 12th One Night Rodeo Band Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 13th Ranger Led Kayak Tours @ DeSoto National Memorial Park Bradenton DeSoto National Memorial
Aug. 13th Caroline Rhea @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 16th Bradenton Marauders Home Game Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 16-28th Dynamic Duets of the 70’s Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Aug. 17-21st American Youth Circus Festival Sarasota American Youth Circus
Aug. 19th Third Friday Art Walk in Towles Court Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Celebration of Brewing at Morton’s Gourmet Market Sarasota Morton’s Market
Aug. 20-21st Hunter Jumper Horse Show Venice Fox Lea Farm
Aug. 27th Sarasota Beer Festival Sarasota Florida Beer Festivals
Aug. 27th The Fabulous Independent Film Festival Sarasota Film Festival

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Summer: Siesta Key Style

By | July 14, 2011

As a Siesta Key Village resident for the summer we have fully immersed outselves in the Key lifestyle. Morning strolls, the beach in the afternoon, all followed by a walk to the magical sunset has been our daily pattern.

Our teenage sons have found the Key routine as well. Each morning we head to CB’s Saltwater Outfitters to get bait for their morning fishing. They head out to the old fishing pier each morning and return several hours later with tales to tell of the folks they met and a detailed report of the morning catches. A quick bite for lunch at the Pita Pit and a lazy summer day nap fills their afternoon. As soon as the first hint of dusk arrives, they load up gear for sunset fishing. They again gather at the pier with fellow fishermen and take in the beautiful evening. After the sun goes down they come home to drop their poles and head to what has become a nightly routine of ice cream at Big Olaf’s, a Siesta Key tradition.

All of us truly understand why people from all over the world travel to Siesta Key to vacation and make memories!

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Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key

By | July 11, 2011

Outdoor dining is great anytime of the year and we were reminded this weekend while on Longboat Key. We stopped in at Mar Vista which is on the north end of the key on Broadway just before you cross the bridge to Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. This restaurant is one of three owned by Ed Chiles (son of our former Governor Lawton Chiles) which include the Sandbar in Anna Maria and the Beach House in Bradenton Beach. All are waterfront locations but Mar Vista is the only one on the Bay side of the Key.

At Mar Vista you can dine inside which is an old home dating back to the early 1900’s or outside either on the patio or under the shade trees. We opted for the latter as there is a great view of the water from there and fans to keep you cool.  I ordered one of the daily specials which was a Caribbean Grouper Wrap with a side of fruit which was wonderful and Marty had the Flounder Poboy; both were fresh and tasty. Seafood is their specialty but they have plenty of variety on the menu including tropical drinks if you’re in that vacation state of mind.

If you’re on Longboat Key and looking for a great casual spot for lunch or dinner check them out: http://marvista.groupersandwich.com/

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Everybody Loves a Parade!

By | July 5, 2011

As part of the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival each year the city of Sarasota hosts a boat parade down Main Street. For the 27th year people from throughout the area as well as some regular out of towners line the street from Highway 301 down to Gulfstream Avenue to take in the festivities. This year there was a block party preceeding the parade with live music, food vendors and lots of people watching.

I have attended several times over the years but didn’t realize its scope. We watched from Five Points toward the end of the route. This parade has something for everyone: motorcycle police,

military color guard,

police department, fire department,

Coast Guard, the Mayor of Sarasota and other elected officials followed by many of the boats in town for the race on Sunday. 

If you haven’t been to the boat parade before it’s a fun event so mark your calendar for next year during the last week in June.

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July in Sarasota

By | June 30, 2011

Celebrate our nation’s independence this month by getting out and enjoying all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of July:

 

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
July 1st Downtown Sarasota First Friday Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 1st Village Art Walk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
July 1-2nd Sarasota Stars & Stripes Celebration Sarasota Players Theatre
July 1-2nd Grand Prix Festival Powerboats by the Bay at Centennial Park Sarasota Suncoast Offshore Races
July 1-3rd Beatlemania Now Bradenton Manatee Players
July 2-3rd 9th Annual St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle
July 3rd 27th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race Lido Beach Suncoast Offshore Boat Races
July 4th A Star Spangled Tropical July 4th Celebration 2011 Sarasota Selby Gardens
July 4th Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular !! Sarasota 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th Siesta Key Community Fireworks Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 5th Summer Beach Run Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
July 7th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
July 8-11th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
July 9th Summer Arts & Crafts Fair Venice Venice Community Center
July 9-10th Flea Market & Collectibles Fair Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 10th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
July 12th 2nd Annual Kid’s Art Exhibit Bradenton Art Center Manatee
July 15th Friday Fest 2011 – Yesterdayze Band Sarasota Van Wezel Auditorium
July 16th Snooty’s 63rd Birthday Bash Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 20th Summer Beach Run Venice Summer Beach Runs
July 21st Get Down Downtown Bradenton Realize Bradenton
July 21st Island Nights Venice City of Venice
July 22nd Friday Night Live Venice Venice Main Street
July 23rd Psychic Fair Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 30th Downtown Farmer’s Market Sarasota City of Sarasota

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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
matinees.

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
Year.

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 http://www.thehubsiestakey.com/

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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.

For more information: http://www.siestakeyvillage.org/

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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 :)

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110218/ARTICLE/102181037

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