When Thunder by the Bay roars into its new home in Lakewood Ranch in January the free event will feature a headlining performance by Blue Oyster Cult, the rock band responsible for such timeless hits as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You.” Blue Oyster Cult is still led by founding lead guitarist, singer and songwriter Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Eric Bloom, who have thrilled fans with regular touring since the release of the band’s self-titled debut album in 1972.
The “Rockin’ & Ridin’ at The Ranch” Festival will be held at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch on January 7th & 8th (10:00 am until 10:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sunday).
In addition to two days of live music, there will be numerous other attractions at the motorcycle festival, which is making its debut at Lakewood Ranch following 18 years in downtown Sarasota. Thunder by the Bay raises funds for host Suncoast Charities and its partners to help people with disabilities and special needs.
FREE PARKING AND ADMISSION!!!
Lots of Vendors – Bigger Demo Displays – Food Court Area
Comfortable Festival Seating Under The “Big Top”
“Taste of Thunder” Area – Featuring Craft Beer, Wine, & Spirits – $10 for 5 tastings (Hours 1:00 p.m. til 4:00 p.m.)
People’s Choice “Light Up The Night” Bike Show – Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
18 Class Bike Show – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For more information visit Thunder By The Bay.
Kick off the new year by enjoying 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 January:
|Date||Event or Activity||Location||Click Link for
|Jan. 5-8th||Thunder by the Bay
|Sarasota||Thunder by the Bay|
|Jan. 6th||Music on Main||Lakewood Ranch||Lakewood Ranch|
|Jan. 7th||Sidewalk Astronomy||Holmes Beach||Local Group of Deep Sky Observers|
|Jan. 7-8th||Annual Orchid Expo||Sarasota||Sarasota Orchid Society|
|Jan. 7-8th||10th Annual Coquina Beach
|Jan. 12-15th||Fun in the Sun Miniature Show||Venice||MiniaturiaUnlimited.com|
|Jan. 12-22nd||Manatee County Fair||Palmetto||Manatee County Fair|
|Jan. 13th||Full Moon Concert||Sarasota||Myakka River State Park|
|Jan. 14th||All Trails Hike||Osprey||Oscar Scherer State Park|
|Jan. 14th||Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market||Anna Maria Island||Thieves Market|
|Jan. 14th||14th Annual Ringling Bridge Run||Sarasota||Wilde Automotive/Sarasota YMCA|
|Jan. 14th||29th Annual Circus Ring of Fame
|Lido Key||St. Armands Circle Association|
|Jan. 14-15th||5th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival||Sarasota||Paragon Art Events|
|Jan. 14-15th||Venice Home Show||Venice||Venice Home Show|
|Jan. 15th||Temple Sinai’s 9th Annual Jewish Food Festival||Sarasota||Temple Sinai|
|Jan. 16th||Ringling by the Bay||Sarasota||Ringling Museum|
|Jan. 20-21st||Venice-Nokomis Rotary
25th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival
|Venice||Venice Nokomis Rotary|
|Jan. 20-22nd||Bradenton Boat Show||Palmetto||Bradenton Boat Show|
|Jan. 20-22nd||Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show||Sarasota||Home Show Florida|
|Jan. 21st||Classic Antique Car Show||Lido Key||St. Armands Circle Association|
|Jan. 21st||Barefoot Beach Bazaar||Nokomis||Sarasota County Parks|
|Jan. 21-22nd||19th Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show||Sarasota||Fairs and Festivals|
|Jan. 27th||47th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser
Collector Car Meet
|Lakewood Ranch||Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club|
|Jan. 27-28th||Suncoast Blues Festival||Lakewood Ranch||Suncoast Blues Festival|
|Jan. 28th||Gasparilla Piratefest Parade||Tampa||Gasparilla Piratefest|
|Jan. 28-29th||14th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival||Lido Key||ArtFestival.com|
|Jan. 30th||Venice Concert Band Winter Concert||Venice||Venice Performing Arts Center|
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Looking for a great casual waterfront restaurant? The owners of the popular Gecko’s restaurants purchased the Marker 4 restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf Marina recently. The decor has been updated but they retained the large tiki hut for that tropical feel. It is situated in the center of the marina so a great spot for boat and people watching.
Many of our favorite dishes from Gecko’s are on the new menu along with many more with an emphasis on fresh seafood. They have a full bar and daily drink specials. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
If you’re looking for a fun spot on the water check them out…you’ll be glad you did!
To get directions and/or view the menu visit their website.
The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that total closed sales are up by 8.7 percent from November 2015 for single family homes and condos in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Single family homes showed the most improvement from last year, with a 10.5 percent increase in the two-county area, while condos also increased by 4.5 percent.
Inventory also showed improvement from November of 2015, with a combined 12.6 percent increase in the two-county area. Single family home inventory in Sarasota increased by 10 percent, while Manatee
experienced a 6.4 percent increase. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 28.6 percent and Manatee County increased by 12.1 percent.
New pending sales have been on the rise since September of this year. Sarasota County condo new pending sales increased by 39.8 percent from last year and single family by 24 percent. Single family home new pending sales in Manatee increased by 25.1 percent, while condos increased by 8.4 percent
The months’ supply of inventory has also been on the rise since September, slowly moving toward a balanced market (6-month supply). Sarasota single family homes are at a 4.4-month supply and condos are at a 5.4-month supply. Manatee County single family homes are at a 4.2-month supply and condos are at a 4.2-month supply of condos.
When comparing to 2015 prices, the median sales price for single family homes increased in both counties. Sarasota single family homes experienced a 15.8 percent increase to $265,000, while Manatee increased by 3.3 percent to $279,000. Condo median prices were down slightly from last year, with
Sarasota decreasing by 1.3 percent to $196,500 and Manatee decreasing by 1.9 percent to $160,500.
To read the full press release and statistical charts click here.
The Island Players Theater on Anna Maria Island is in the midst of their 68th season and will be presenting “Moon Over The Brewery” opening on January 12th and running through the 29th. The play was written by Bruce Graham and directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland. It’s a story about Miriam, a full-time waitress and part-time painter who would enjoy male companionship, but her precocious teenage daughter, and Randolph, her imaginary friend, have managed to drive away all suitors. Can Warren, the new mailman, succeed where others have failed?
This is an intimate theater experience as there are 143 total seats and not a bad seat in the house! Plan to visit for a memorable evening of outstanding entertainment.
Monday through Saturday, 9AM-1PM for information and ticket sales and 1 hour before all performances for “Will Call” only. All tickets will be held in “Will Call” at the box office for pickup. Tickets are $20.
The 2017 Sarasota Polo season begins Sunday, December 30th. Below are dates for public matches, which are held every Sunday through April 9th. Gates open at 10 a.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m.
New this season, the club will host matches on the last Friday of the month at 3 p.m. Gates for these games open at 2 p.m.
Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information visit sarasotapolo.com.
Jan. 8, 15, 22, 27 and 29th
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 24 and 26th
March 5, 11, 12, 19, 26 and 31st
April 2 and 9th
The Sarasota Polo Club is located in Lakewood Ranch at 8201 Polo Club Lane.
The Chanukah holiday will again be celebrated on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street, where Chabad of Bradenton will host their annual Chanukah Extravaganza on Tuesday, December 27th from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Chabad will build a Giant Sock Menorah and kindle the menorah at 6:00 pm. This will be followed by a PowerSkip Show from Fight or Flight productions, Chanukah music, Falafel with Yoav, Kosher BBQ sponsored by Bogey’s, and Kona’s Ice Truck! Chanukah activities at this event will include Chanukah Art, Orit’s Doughnut Decorating, Face Painting, Judah Maccabee Meets, Dreidel Moonbounce, Hot Latkes, Raffles, and more.
This event is co-sponsored by the Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Socks may be dropped off at The Chabad House located at 5712 Lorraine Road in advance or brought to the event to benefit the homeless of Manatee County.
For more information, call 941-952-3030.
The Sarasota Concert Association’s free Music Matinee Series continues its 2016-2017 season with trumpeter Aaron Romm and Steinway artist Avis Romm, piano, Wed., Dec. 21st at noon, at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Their diverse program features standard trumpet, opera and swing pieces, including works by J.N. Hummel, Rafael Mendez, Harry James, Mozart and Ravel. “Audiences can also expect to hear a holiday carol or two,” says Aaron Romm, adding, “I take on several roles in this concert, and Avis masterfully takes on the role of the entire orchestra!” Not bad for a free concert!
The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center is located at 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Don’t miss this wonderful holiday concert with the Venice Chorale on Friday, December 16th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Music selection will include The Nutcracker Suite, Hallelujah Chorus, a sing-a-long and a very special guest conductor. Tickets cost $22-37 with student tickets always 1/2 price and group discounts available. There is a free concert talk open to all, at 6:15 pm. For tickets, visit thevenicesymphony.org, call 941-207-8822 or come by the Venice Performing Arts Center box office at 230 S. Miami Ave., Suite 3 in Venice.
It’s time for the annual “Holidays Around the Ranch” for all to enjoy. This year the event is scheduled for Friday December 9th on Lakewood Main Street from 6-9pm. Children and adults alike will stand in awe at the sight of Santa Clause as he makes his grand entry in his beautiful white, horse drawn carriage, decorated in white lights and garland. Join the Dickens Carolers as they sing carols around the fountain leading up to the lighting of the spectacular tree. Florida children can experience outdoor skating on the acrylic rink. East County Observer will be offering sugar cookie decorating, and the popular choo choo express will once again whirl children around the big lit tree. In the bustle of it all be sure to have the children stop at the Community Activities table to make an ornament. Sip on hot cocoa, and egg nog from our many street vendors while enjoying the annual line up of stage performances by many local dance and music studios.