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Early Settlers on Bee Ridge

By | April 7, 2014

early-settlers-bee-ridgeToday the name Bee Ridge generally brings to mind a seven-lane highway of vehicles speeding between U.S. 41 and I-75. It hasn’t always been that way. The original Bee Ridge was a high ridge of land bounded roughly by Phillippi Creek, Cow Pen Slough, and Bee Ridge and Clark roads. It was home to wild bees and some of Sarasota County’s earliest settlers. Two of the several families who shaped the frontier Bee Ridge community were the Rawls and Tatum families. One well-known link between these families was Luara Fedonia “Aunt Donie” Redd. Born on the Manatee River, she and her parents, the Rev. Isacc Red and Elizabeth Brown Red, moved to the Fruitville-Bee Ridge area after the Civil War. While still a teenager, she met and married Sebring Rawls.

A decade later Rawls died and his widow, left with five young children, married William Harve Tatum in 1885. After several years they moved their growing family (eventually there were 13 children) to a site off Proctor Road, behind the present Sarasota Baptist Church. By the end of the century they had a four-room, two story house with porches and detached kitchen. One bedroom upstairs housed the boys, and the other, the girls. Heat during the winter came from a wood-burning fireplace. Firewood was a daily necessity for cooking, and a Tatum daughter remembered splitting wood by moonlight. She also remembered the once-a-week floor scrubbing with washing powder and sand. The scrub brush was made from palmetto fans stuffed through holes in a board and cut to an even length. They used brush brooms made from gallberry branches tied together to sweep the yard. Preventing the accumulation of grass or other burnable material reduced the threat of fire to early homesteads.

Making a living was a time-consuming effort for all members of the Rawls/Tatum family at that time. The homestead produced much of its food after they cleared and plowed the land. A vegetable garden grew not far from the house. Cattle, fenced in next year’s corn field, fertilized and churned up the soil. Sweetening came from the yearly sugar cane crop. One of the Rawls sons later described helping grind the cane before going to school. A large pot over an outdoor fire was used to boil the syrup. Home-grown fruits included grapes from an arbor on the north side of the house, citrus, guavas, pineapple and bananas. Rice grew on the wetter land. Meat came not from a neighborhood store, but from hunted deer, turkey or wild hogs. The hogs also provided meat and casings for sausage and fat for making soap. Hunters in the family could sell alligator hides or heron and egret feathers to J.V. Turner on Main Street in Sarasota.

For staples and goods not produced at home, the Rawls/Tatum family typically shopped in the village of Manatee. Traveling by ox cart for the overnight trip, they often carried such items as potatoes, grapes and syrup to trade or essentials such as coffee, salt, and flour.

During the school year, the children learned their lessons either at home or in a one-room building on the Hawkins farm, across Proctor Road from the Tatum home. During the limited free time, a favorite swimming place was nearby Bonnet Hole Slough. Tatum daughter Agnes Lowe later described swimming in a long dress with petticoat and drawers below the knees. Bathing suits were not part of the family wardrobe when she was a child. Family tradition, which lasted for several generations, was camping in the woods or along the Myakka River around the Christmas holiday. One of Aunt Donie’s granddaughters remembers Roman candles, fireworks and tree decorations. There was no less celebration while camping than there would have been at home, and with several dozen extended family members camping, it was a family reunion as well.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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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Sarasota Open

By | April 3, 2014

Sarasota Open TennisNow in its seventh year, the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club is the site of the hottest tennis action on the west coast of Florida as it plays host to the 2014 Sarasota Open USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Tournament, April 12–20. Bigger and better than ever, the well-established and popular event sets in motion nine days of challenging tournament action, outsider entertainment and dining, and a line-up of exciting promotional events. A tournament for tennis enthusiasts and sports fans alike, the $100,000 prize purse, the intimate, world-class setting of the Tennis Gardens and the allure of Sarasota’s renowned tennis community draws top-ranked players from around the world as they vie for championship status and a shot at a wild card entry into the French Open (Roland Garros). A new line-up of daily entertainment, “theme” days and the addition of the Paragon Art Festival will round out the experience for attendees at this year’s tournament. Luxury, tented suites with seating for ten will be available offering private televisions and access to a semi-private bar. The Sarasota Open Player’s Party takes place at a luxury private residence in Downtown Sarasota on April 14th. John Isner, #10 ATP Singles player and top ranked American player, along with Tennis Hall of Fame coach, Nick Bollettieri, will be in attendance to greet the crowd.

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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Some Enchanted Evening Under the Stars

By | April 2, 2014

Venice SymphonyA musical performance by Venice Symphony Pops Orchestra and SCF Music Students will be held Saturday, April 5th at the State College of Florida Campus at  8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice.

My husband and I have attended this event for many years and its always been an enjoyable evening with friends and family to listen to a magical, enchanting musical evening and watch a spectacular display of fireworks afterwards.  We do bring our lawn chairs, a picnic basket filled with goodies and cooler of drinks to just relax and enjoy. There is an admission but it does support the scholarships for the local college. For more information and event ticket prices, visit: www.SCFfoundation.net

As an experienced Realtor, Cheryl believes in “client first” philosophyl She prides her services on accessibility, attention to detail, effective listening and communication skills, awareness of meeting her client’s needs and has the tools to explain the buying process whether you’re a first time home buyer, a move-up buyer, relocating or an investment buyer.

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Sailor Circus

By | April 1, 2014

Sailor CircusSailor Circus 65th Anniversary Show

Mar. 27- Apr. 5

Known as the “Greatest ‘Little’ Show on Earth,” the Sailor Circus Academy is America’s oldest youth circus, offering after-school training for kids ages 8 to 18. It marks its 65th anniversary with a patriotic-themed show saluting veterans and their families. Cost is $16 for adults and $12 for children.

Sailor Circus Arena at 2075 Bahia Vista Street

http://circusarts.org/about/performancescs/

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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Oscar Scherer State Park Winter Concert Series

By | March 31, 2014

Oscar Scherer State Park“Florida Civil War History Music” on Saturday April 5th 1:00-4:00pm.  This winter concert series features Brian Smalley with his CD “Chicken Pigs” which is a play set in Florida during the American Civil War. Often called a “Cracker Opera”, this is a historical fiction with a cast of twelve and set to music.  Brian is truly an entertainer with his high energy and engaging guitar performance .  Cost is $5 pp plus the normal entrance fees.  Hot dogs, water and ice cream will be available for purchase.

Oscar Scherer State Park is located in Osprey at 1843 South Tamiami Trail. For more information call the park at 941-483-5956.

As an experienced Realtor, Cheryl believes in “client first” philosophyl She prides her services on accessibility, attention to detail, effective listening and communication skills, awareness of meeting her client’s needs and has the tools to explain the buying process whether you’re a first time home buyer, a move-up buyer, relocating or an investment buyer.

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Sarasota Naval Militia

By | March 29, 2014

sarasota-naval-militiaMore than a year before the United States entered World War I; Sarasota began to organize a naval militia division. In March 1916 an announcement in the Sarasota Times invited young men to meet at the Sarasota Yacht and Automobile Club to become part of the Florida Naval Militia. By that time, the U.S. Navy Department had begun to provide equipment, uniforms, rifles, tents, and boats to states for the formation of such groups. These would provide already-trained men when and if the United States entered the European war.

Within a month nearly sixty men enlisted in the group, making Sarasota the nation’s smallest city (population approximately 2,500) to form a military unit from its own population. Warren F. Purdy, with twenty years of active and reserve military experience, commanded the group. Initially, the militia held weekly drills upstairs over Turner’s store on Main Street. In May, Governor Park Trammel approved the application for the militia and on June 16, 1916, Capt. John Bland administered the oath of allegiance to each of the members and the Third Division of the First Battalion of the Florida Naval Militia was established in Sarasota. Along with participating in weekly drills, the men underwent physical examinations and measurements for uniforms and were vaccinated for typhoid and smallpox.

The local militia increased their drills to twice a week to prepare for two weeks in July on a Navy-sponsored training cruise, but threat of war with Mexico prevented any ships from being freed for such training. In August the men’s uniforms arrived, having been sent by steamship from New York. According to the Times, each man received three white work suits, one white dress suit, one navy blue undress suit, one navy blue dress suit, jerseys, knit caps, leggings, a black silk ‘kerchief, and two white woolen blankets.

That same month the militia acquired an armory. The Sarasota Yacht and Automobile Club had fallen on financial difficulties and failed to maintain interest payments on the loan for their building. Located on the northwestern end of Gulf Stream Avenue and with a long dock into the bay, the building was made available for the militia. Its thirteen rooms and basement provided needed space for equipment, recreation, and drills. (The militia is shown in front of the Yacht club in the above photo).

On April 4, 1917 the United States entered the war. The next day the Red Cross Auxiliary of the Sarasota Woman’s Club sponsored a patriotic meeting at the Virginian Theater of Main Street in honor of Sarasota’s naval militia. Patriotic speeches and songs filled the evening. Within hours Lt. Purdy received orders for the militia to report to the Charleston Naval Yards. On Easter Sunday morning, April 8, the city’s churches met for a joint Easter service at the Virginian. The Times reported a mixture of patriotic support for the militia and the country’s war efforts and the more traditional Easter message. That afternoon, large crowds gathered in the rain to see the militia off at the Seaboard Air Line train depot on Lemon Avenue near Main Street.

For the next year and a half, the Sarasota community supported its men in the war effort. After the Armistice was signed, all but one of the more than 250 men who had enlisted returned home.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

 

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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April in Sarasota

By | March 26, 2014

AprilThe 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: 

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April 2nd “Bring   It On: The Musical” Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aopril 3-5th “Legacy” Sailor Circus Performance Sarasota Circus Arts
April 4-5th Florida   Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships Sarasota World Class   Rowing
April 4-6th DeSoto Seafood Festival Palmetto Seafood Festival
April 4-13th Sarasota   Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota   Film Festival
April 4th Sarasota Orchestra Presents Beethoven’s   Fifth at Neel Performing Arts Center Bradenton Sarasota Orchestra
April 5th Rare   Fruit Tree Sale Sarasota Tropical   Fruit Society of Sarasota
April 5th Sarasota Museum of Art, Free Docent Led   Tours Sarasota Ringling   College of Art & Design
April 6th All-American   Family Day and Concert at Ed Smith Stadium Sarasota Baltimore Orioles
April 7-30th Bird Naturalist Program at the Celery   Fields Sarasota Sarasota Audubon Society
April 10th Courtyard   Swing Sarasota Ringling Museum
April 11-13th 22nd Annual Sharks Tooth   Festival Venice Sharks Tooth Fest
April 12th Kids   Day at Payne Park Sarasota SRQ Kids Day
April 12-13th Hunter Jumper Spring Concours Horse Show Venice Fox Lea Farm
April 12-20th Sarasota   Open Tennis Tournament Longboat Key Sarasota Open
April 13-14th The Baby Boomer Comedy Show Venice Venice Theatre
April 15th Sarasota   International Dance Festival “LIFTED” Sarasota Sarasota International Dance Festival
April 16th Food Truck Rally at Bishop Nevins Academy Sarasota SRQ Kids Day
April 18th Third   Friday Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
April 18-19th 5th Annual Suncoast BBQ Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 20th Spring   Music Series – The Venturas Sarasota Selby Botanical Gardens
April 26-27th 36th Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Art Festival.com
April 27th Earth   Day at Oscar Scherer State Park Osprey Friends of   Oscar Scherer
April 27th Siesta Key Drum Circle Siesta Key Simply   Siesta Key
April 28th Venice   Concert Band Season Finale Venice Venice Concert Band
April 29-30th Sir Frederick Ashton Festival Sarasota Sarasota   Ballet

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

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Lake of the Woods of Jacaranda

By | March 21, 2014

Lake MeredithLake of the Woods of Jacaranda is a cluster of residential communities in East Venice surrounding a 35-acre natural body of water, Lake Meredith. While the community located between Center  Road and U.S.  Route 41 was first developed in the late 1980s, most of the homes were built in the mid 1990′s.

Lake of the WoodsThe two entrances off Venice East Boulevard connect to Lake of the Woods Boulevard which winds through the community, in a large circle.  This boulevard, with street lights and lined with sidewalks, mature oaks and palm trees offers attractive views of lakes, ponds and Mediterranean-style homes.  Many of the homes are adjacent to the large nature preserve.  The proximity to undeveloped land brings lots of wildlife into the community.  It’s not unusual to see river otters, bobcats and foxes traveling through backyards, and osprey fishing in the ponds.  Wood stork, white ibis and sandhill cranes are also frequent visitors to these neighborhoods.

The community developed in stages with some of the earlier builders going bankrupt, but the community was eventually completed by Neal Communities which built the final set of homes.  There are currently about 875 homes in several different neighborhoods each operated by one of three homeowner associations, all of which operate under one master umbrella homeowner association.  Most of the homes are 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch-style homes with 2-car garages.  One neighborhood, Grassy Oaks II, has the added feature of maintenance-free yards for a modest additional HOA fee.Grassy Oaks

All of the interconnected neighborhoods share the use of tranquil Lake Meredith, nature trails, bike paths and a large playing field.  If you’re a biker or jogger, this community is next to a Sarasota County-owned paved pathway that wanders along three beautiful lakes.

The attractive community center includes tennis courts, a swimming pool and a large rec room for activities and social functions, including monthly coffee get-togethers, and themed parties such as Margaritaville, St. Patrick’s and Cinco de Mayo events.  Nearby amenities include five public golf courses within two miles.  The library is an easy bike ride away and all the restaurants and stores of south Venice and the Gulf beaches are close by.

While some of the homes in this attractive Venice Florida community sell in the $100′s, most of the homes sell between $200,000 and $400,000.  If you seek an appealing community in Venice Florida with an attractive environment, mature trees and HOA low fees, you should definitely consider Lake of the Woods of Jacaranda.

If you would like to know more about Lake of the Woods of Jacaranda homes or about other Venice or Osprey communities, I’d be happy to answer your questions at any time.

To learn more about Venice area golf, waterfront and other Venice Florida real estate offerings, including those in Nokomis, Osprey and Manasota Key, Contact Me for more information.  For an immediate response, call me today at (941) 724-3352.

Bob is a 25 year veteran in Real Estate in both the Indiana and Florida markets who feels that this is the greatest job in the world-helping people find their dream home. He has adapted to an ever changing real estate environment while utilizing his years of experience for the future.

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Live Music Venues in and Around Sarasota

By | March 18, 2014

Live MusicOur little Gulf Coast area has so many activities.  Outdoor, Indoor, Water sports and sporting events.  One of my favorite things to do any day of the week or weekend is see some live music.  We have some great live music venues around.   From Sarasota to Tampa, no matter what type of music you’re in to, there is something for you.

Check out what they say at the Herald Tribune about the best venues around… http://www.ticketsarasota.com/slideshow/top-20-concert-venues-from-sarasota-to-tampa/

Brenda’s background in strategic planning, marketing, prospecting, and sales give her an advantage when searching for the right properties for her clients. By truly listening, addressing concerns, and taking her clients through every step of the process, she ensures her buyers get what they want. Brenda’s clients trust her and with her efficient and straight-forward approach, enjoy working with her on this important decision.

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Manatee Heritage Days

By | March 6, 2014

Manatee Heritage DaysThe 35th Annual Manatee Heritage Days will take place all month long with quite a variety of activities. Historical sites and organizations will celebrate the community’s heritage by providing opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the past. Reenactments, special exhibits, lectures, open houses and family programming are highlight of events.

Most events are free, though some require a reservation or admission fee. For general information about Manatee Heritage Days, call 741-4070. To see a full list of events, visit tinyurl.com/pqbvjcg.

 

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

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