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Christmas in July

By | July 14, 2014

Christmas in JulyChristmas in July returns to Historic Downtown Venice on Friday and Saturday, July 18 & 19th
If you haven’t been to the Island of Venice lately… now’s the time to make it a day trip.
Bring your shopping bags because with over 50 retail stores and restaurants participating in the big sales, gift baskets and giveaways, you’ll be sure to find something to jump start your holiday shopping 6 months early. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be out on the Avenue to welcome all shoppers to the downtown area. Free Trolley Rides from 11-4pm. The Dynasty Dance Club Performers will be putting on a show as well.

For more information visit www.venicemainstreet.com

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Lawn Bowling in Sarasota

By | July 12, 2014

Sarasota Lawn Bowling ClubThe Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club has been around since 1927 and is conveniently located near downtown Sarasota at 809 North Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41) right next to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. They have an international membership with many Canadian, English and Scottish bowlers. Bowlers from Eastern USA combine with local residents for an active winter season in Sarasota. This includes home and away matches with other Florida clubs, invitational tournaments and many local events. Bowlers of all levels of experience are invited to join in the fun and summer is a great time to give it a try.

There are open bowling sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 AM. For beginners this exciting outdoor sport is easy to learn and they offer free lessons. The only requirement is to bring flat soled shoes. No partner is needed.

For more information call 941-316-1123

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

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Don’t Miss the Final Weekend of “The Price” by the Banyan Theater Company

By | July 10, 2014

Banyan Theater CompanyThis weekend through July 13th brings to close “The Price” written by Arthur Miller. “The Price” is the story of two brothers: one a successful surgeon who walked out on his family demands to pursue personal success, the other a policeman who sacrificed his education and career as a scientist to care for his invalid father. The brothers harbor a lifetime of jealousy and anger toward each other. They reunite after an estrangement of 16 years to dispose of their deceased father’s belongings. The furniture, which is highly desired by a comic 89-year-old antiques dealer, comes to represent the brothers’ past and provide the occasion for them to confront their feelings about each other, their father, the family and their own lives. “The Price” was produced by the Banyan Theater Company in 2003 to great public and press response.

“… one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written. It is superbly, even flamboyantly theatrical …” —NY Times

“… a challenging, gripping and moving drama.” —Variety

The show is performed at The Jane B. Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. For ticket information you can visit the box office or call 941-351-2808. For further information on this or other upcoming performances visit their website at www.banyantheatercompany.com.

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

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The Hob Nob Drive-In in Sarasota

By | July 4, 2014

Hob Nob SignThe Hob Nob is an institution in Sarasota that has been around since the 50′s. Located at the corner of Highway 301 and 17th Street, this open air diner has retained its historical charm. Lots of black and white checkerd tile and chrome seats with red vinyl. It’s a casual, friendly atmosphere and almost always bustling with activity. Recent renovations included roll down shades for rainy days and heaters for our few winter days.

Hob Nob Drive In They have all the old fashioned diner food: burgers, fries, milkshakes, etc. plus alot more. We were in the mood for hot dogs and onion rings with a cold beer after a day at the beach. This was the perfect spot! We sat at the counter and were amazed at how much food was coming out of that little kitchen. The servers are friendly and efficient. There are no frills here but it’s a fun place to stop in for a bite. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Check out the menu at http://www.hobnobdrivein.com/menus.html

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

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Sarasota History Alive – Webb Clearing Plow

By | July 1, 2014

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webb-clearing-plow_medIn January 1917, Henry C. Webb applied for a patent on a specialized plow. The African American resident of Bradenton had devised a machine for cutting the palmetto roots that were a major impediment to road construction in this part of Florida. As described in the March 15, 1917 edition of the Sarasota Times, the plow “is coupled onto the rear of a large tractor engine, and the way that it goes through the roots is good to behold.” The clearing plow incorporated three cutting surfaces. A vertical cutting disk (#13 above) was the first instrument to cut the palmetto. It was followed by a vertical blade that cut through the above-ground plant and curved down and back (#14 and 15) just ahead of the V-shaped horizontal blade (#16) that severed the palmetto roots several inches below the ground’s surface. The roots and stems could then be easily removed and burned. The Times reported that the plow opened a path nearly five feet wide while the tractor moved at its high speed of four miles per hour. The journalist estimated that it would have taken fifty hands with axes to do the same amount of work in that time.

Webb’s invention came at the right time. Travel between communities was difficult at best. Auto and wagon wheels sank into the sand “roads” during the dry season and mired in water-logged sand in rainy periods. As a result of efforts of community leaders who advocated “good roads,” in March 1915 voters approved a $250,000 bond issue for 34 miles of hard surfaced roads. Clearing palmetto roots by hand made road construction a time-consuming process.

The U.S. Patent Office patented Webb’s clearing plow on May 15, 1917. In “One Man’s Family” A.K. Whitaker, grandson of early settler William Whitaker, recalled that his father, who had helped fund the development of the plow, purchased the first successful model and lent it for the clearing of World War I airfields in Arcadia in the spring of 1918. When that work was completed, A.K. Whitaker and a friend, both recent graduates of Manatee County High School, worked with the plow on the construction of the first paved road between Sarasota and Venice. They initially set up camp near Osprey and then moved with the project to the Nokomis area before leaving for college.

Whitaker wrote that the work was “hard, hot, dusty and dirty…. Up at five – breakfast – clean up camp – at work by seven – a sandwich for lunch – work until five – a bath in the nearby creek – supper – by dark into bed under mosquito bars to keep from being eaten alive.” He and his friend Donald Beck worked with the tractor and plow; other crews hauled dirt by mule team, set wood forms for the concrete curbs, brought hot asphalt in Model T dump trucks, and spread the asphalt by hand. Whitaker’s tractor and Webb plow were used for the duration of the road’s construction. Although the road was only nine feet wide and passing cars needed to move one set of wheels off the road to proceed, users were so impressed by the improved roadbed they nicknamed it the “Velvet Highway.”

Whitaker learned later that the Orange State Motor Company had obtained a manufacturing license from Henry Webb and sold the plow until it became obsolete with the production of large caterpillar tractors with heavy duty scraping blades.

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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Summer Beach Runs on Siesta Key

By | June 29, 2014

SK summer beach runOn Tuesday evenings throughout the summer the Manasota Track Club sponsors summer beach runs at Siesta Key Beach. The kids’ race starts at 6:30pm followed by the adult race at 7:00pm. This is a great way to get out and enjoy the beach and summer fun. You don’t even have to run…I’ve seen many walkers and moms with kids in strollers join in.

They have different races and themes throughout the summer. For more information visit their website at www.manasotatrackclub.org.

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.
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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Blu Mangrove Grill in Palmetto

By | June 27, 2014

Blu Mangrove Grill

Blu Mangrove GrillBlu Mangrove Grill is located in the marina at Riviera Dunes in Palmetto just north of downtown Bradenton on the Manatee River. They are open for lunch and dinner and offer both indoor and outdoor patio seating. Even on the warmest of days the patio is comfortable with umbrella tables, fans and misters throughout.

Blu Mangrove Grill TableThe menu features smoked infused cuisine featuring hardwood grilled favorites cooked low and slow over hickory and apple wood with a selection of steak, chops, fowl and fresh seafood. In addition there is a wide variety of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches and even a kid’s menu. They have a full bar and regularly offer drink specials and happy hour. Service was prompt and attentive.

We are always on the lookout for a good waterfront dining spot and found this one to be really enjoyable so if you’re in the area check it out!

For more information visit their website http://www.blumangrovegrill.com/

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

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July Events in and Around Sarasota

By | June 26, 2014

Happpy 4th of July

Happpy 4th of July

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 1-6th Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Sarasota Suncoast Offshore Racing
July 1-6th “At the Hop” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 1-31st Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Historic Asolo Theater
July 1-31st Louis Cabot Photography Exhibit Longboat Key Longboat Key Center for the Arts
July 1,8,15,22,29 Summer Beach Runs at Siesta Key Beach Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
July 4th Viewing Fireworks in Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Magazine
July 4-5th Village of the Arts Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 7th Casey Key/Nokomis Drum Circle Manasota Key Nokomis Beach
July 7th Meet The Sky Observational Astronomy Siesta Key Zevents
July 9th Learn to Lawn Bowl Sarasota Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club
July 10th HD at the Opera House “Aida” Sarasota Sarasota Opera
July 11-12th Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 12-13th Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament Siesta Key Dig the Beach Series
July 12th Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
July 12th Naturally North Port Farmer’s & Craft Market North Port North Port Farmer’s Market
July 13th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
July 16-31st “Marvin Gaye, Prince of Soul” Sarasota Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
July 17th American Idol Live Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
July 17-31st “The Sty of the Blind Pig” Sarasota Banyan Theater Company
July 18th Christmas in July Venice City of Venice
July 19th Snooty’s Birthday Bash Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 19-20th Vintage and Collectibles Fair Sarasota Visit Sarasota
July 25th Friday Fest – Come Back Alice Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
July 26th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 26th Arts & Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
July 27th 3rd Annual Mystic Fair Sarasota Mystic Fair
July 29-31 Florida State DanceSport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales Strong in May

By | June 25, 2014

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The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of May which show the early summer started as hot as the spring in Sarasota County for property sales, with exactly 1,100 closed sales reported in May 2014 – 747 single family homes and 353 condominiums. The figure was slightly lower than April’s total of 1,195, and also slightly lower than last May, when 1,127 closings were reported in the My Florida Regional MLS system. The first five months of 2014 remain ahead of the scorching pace of 2013, an historic year for property sales in the county with the second highest number of sales in SAR’s 91 year history.

“Sarasota County real estate is such an amazing success story in the past two years, particularly coming from where we were in 2010,” said Sarasota Association of Realtors ® President Peter Crowley. “I think this is a tribute not only to our home market, which is one of the best in the nation, but also to our collective group of SAR brokers and agents who have truly upped their game. We emerged from a tough environment and are now leading the pack.”

Click here for the full press release http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/May2014Stats14062335206.pdf

 

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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Why Florida is the Best State

By | June 24, 2014

FloridaAs a Florida Native, I definitely agree with the article, “23 Reasons Florida (Yes, Florida) is quite possibly the Best State In America.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/florida-best-state_n_4981731.html.

I’m not sure if my reasons are completely the same, but I do believe it! The best part…you can visit most of these places on a day or weekend trip from the beautiful Sarasota area!

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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