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May in Sarasota

By | April 24, 2017

May Calendar no year

May Calendar no year

Many of our seasonal residents have returned north so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of May:

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May 1-27th “Dearly Departed” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
May 2-31st “Older Than Dirt” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
May 4-21st “Fences” Venice Venice Theatre
May 5th Main Street Live Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 5th “Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 5-6th May Sidewalk Sale Venice City of Venice
May 5-28th “Beatsville” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
May 6th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
May 6th Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
May 7th Waterski Show (Last of Season) Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
May 12th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
May 12-13th Orchestra in the Outfield Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
May 13th Bradenton Farmers Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 13th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay.com
May 13th Annual Rose Festival Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota Rose Society
May 16-21st “Once on this Island” Venice Venice Theatre
May 19-21st Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
May 20-21st Dig the Beach Volleyball Classic Siesta Key Dig the Beach
May 20-21st St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival Lido Key Paragon Events
May 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 27th Antique Fair of Arcadia Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques
May 27th American Youth Cup III Rowing Regatta Sarasota American Youth Cup
May 27th Venice Brew Bash Venice City of Venice
May 28th A Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day Parade Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
May 29th Memorial Day at Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota Patriot Plaza
May 29th 4th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival Venice Myakka Blues
May 29th Annual Memorial Day Concert Sarasota Sarasota Concert Band

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Sarasota Ski-A-Rees

By | April 18, 2017

ski a rees pyramid

ski a rees pyramidIf you’ve never been to a Ski-A-Rees waterski show you are missing out on a unique event in Sarasota. The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees was Founded October 30, 1957 and is incorporated as a non-profit organization. Membership in the organization is open to youth interested in learning about and developing skills related to water skiing and water safety, and to adults who desire to educate, coach and supervise these youth.

In 1958, Sarasota’s burgeoning community of 35,000 contracted with Cypress Gardens to present a special water-ski show for the Sarasota County Pageant. This event prompted the interest in presenting local water-ski shows. Realizing that outstanding talent was available in Sarasota, the Charter members of the Ski-A-Rees requested the City assist them in obtaining property for the purpose of promoting water skiing as a form of recreation and entertainment. The City responded favorably. With the continued support of the City of Sarasota, the Ski-A-Rees have been able to present weekly water ski shows that have become a Sarasota tradition for over 50 years. The shows are during the winter season on Sunday afternoons at 2pm and there are only three left this year (April 23 & 30 and May 7). Check it out at 1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

http://www.skiarees.com

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Crab & Fin Restaurant

By | April 15, 2017

Crab & Fin

Crab & Fin

One of the gems of St. Armands Circle for a great dining experience is Crab & Fin. We dined there last week for a family birthday and were very happy we did. The restaurant has a great location right on the circle and has both indoor and outdoor dining available. Valet parking is available and I highly recommend it as the area is always busy and parking is limited.

Crab & Fin Outdoor Dining

From the moment you enter and speak with the host/hostess you can tell they know their business. We had a reservation and were promptly seated in the dining room and quickly greeted by our waiter for the evening. The menu features pristine & unique seafood from around the world coming from ecologically responsible fisheries who promote only sustainable seasonal or aqua cultured varieties.  NONE of the seafood offerings are farm raised. There are other things on the menu (beef, chicken, etc.) but it’s hard to pass up the seafood.

crab & fin pineappleThe four of us each ordered a seafood dish (Scottish Salmon, Domestic Black Grouper, Ciopinno) and none were disappointed. After dinner they brought out a warm chocolate lava cake with ice cream for the birthday girl and then a beautiful tray of dark chocolate dipped pineapple slices. What a treat!

After dinner a stroll around the circle is always fun. Between the shops and people watching it makes for a fun evening. If you’re looking for a great spot for fresh seafood you have to check out Crab & Fin!

For reservations call (941) 388-3964 or visit their website at http://www.crabfinrestaurant.com/

 

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Orchestra in the Outfield

By | April 11, 2017

Sarasota Orchestra in the Outfield

Sarasota Orchestra in the OutfieldJoin the Sarasota Orchestra on Friday, May 12th or Saturday May 13th for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Baltimore Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. Winning Pops selections, vocals by fan favorites and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs.

Tickets from $15 will be sold by the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium
Online, phone, and in-person at (941) 893-6300 or Orioles.com/Sarasota.

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April in Sarasota

By | March 25, 2017

April Calendar

April Calendar

The 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 1st Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Regatta Sarasota World Class Rowing
April 1-3rd Annual Desoto Heritage Bottle Boat Regatta Palmetto DeSoto Historical Society
April 1-9th Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 2nd Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 6th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
April 7-9th 25th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 7-9th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
April 8th EGGstravaganza! Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
April 8-9th 15th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
April 9th Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 11-15th PAL Sailor Circus Sarasota Circus Arts.org
April 14-15th 8th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 15th My Hometown Fest! Sarasota EventBrite.com
April 15th Main Street Live Bradenton Bradenton RiverWalk
April 15th World Circus Day Sarasota Ringling Museum
April 15th 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
April 15-23rd Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 19-30th “Dearly Departed” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
April 21-23rd 35th Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 22nd Keep Sarasota County Beautiful! Various Sarasota County
April 22nd Sarasota Earth Day Celebration Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
April 23rd Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
April 27-30th “Beatsville” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
April 29th DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade Bradenton DeSoto Historical Society
April 29-30th 38th Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta
April 30th 15th Annual “Ride the Beaches” Venice Island Sharky’s

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Inventory of Single-Family Homes and Condos on the Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | March 23, 2017

Housing Market Up

Housing Market UpThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee just reported that the combined inventory of single-family homes and condos in the two-county area reached 8,557 in February, the highest number since April of 2012. The number of single family homes for sale in Sarasota County is up by 15.1 percent from February of last year, and is up by 6.5 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory also increased from last year with Sarasota County up by 24.3 percent, while Manatee County was up by 1.6 percent.

Inventory has been rising in each county for nearly twelve months, resulting in an increase of month’s supply and bringing the area even closer to the benchmark of a balanced market of 5.5 months. In Sarasota County, the month’s supply of condos reached 6.2, indicating a buyer’s market, while single family homes are at a 5.1-month supply. Manatee County is at a 4.9-month supply for condos and a 4.6-month supply for single family.

To read the full press release and view the statistical charts click here.

 

 

 

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The Easter Bunny is Coming to Sarasota Jungle Gardens

By | March 15, 2017

Jungle Trails & Bunny Tails

Jungle Trails & Bunny TailsThe Easter Bunny and his friends have been very busy getting ready for Sarasota Jungle Gardens’ annual “Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails” event. They are bringing 40,000 candy-filled Easter Eggs to Jungle Gardens for children to find in this one-of-a-kind Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14. Another Easter gift is that all children’s admissions are half off the regular admission price for this special event!

This year’s event features Egg Hunts at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Guest should bring their own baskets. Other exciting activities include the Bird, Reptile and Wildlife Wonder shows, a petting zoo with animals new to the Gardens, live bunny interactions and many other fun, family-friendly events. Photos with the Easter Bunny and face painting are available for purchase. As always, guests will be able to enjoy up-close interactions with animals and nature, including hand-feeding free roaming flamingos.

For the Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails event, Sarasota Jungle Gardens (3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34232) is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. During this one day event, admission is free for children three and under; $6.50 for children 4-16; $17.99 for adults and $16.99 for senior adults before taxes. Other offers cannot be combined. For more information visit http://www.sarasotajunglegardens.com or call (941)355-5305.

Jungle Gardens

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Calling All Tennis Fans

By | March 11, 2017

Sarasota Open Tennis 2017

Sarasota Open Tennis 2017The Sarasota Open Tennis Championships are coming next month on April 15-23rd. The venue has moved from the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center to the United Tennis Club located at 4511 Bay Club Drive in Bradenton. This is the 10th year of the tournament which attracts some of the top players on the tour as well as some up-and-comers.

I have been to this tournament in several venues over the years and it’s always a great time. You have the opportunity to get up close to the players, coaches and fellow tennis fans. The weather is always great this time of the year so get out and enjoy a day at the Sarasota Open!

United Tennis Club

General and ticketing information can be found at www.sarasotaopen.com

Ticketing and Event Schedule: Men’s Singles and Doubles
Men’s Single Main Draw : 32 Players
Men’s Doubles Main Draw 16 Teams

Saturday April 15th (Opening day of Qualifying rounds)
Kids Day: All children under the age of 18 are admitted free of charge (General Admission Only)
Matches begin at 10AM
No night matches scheduled for this day.

Sunday April 16th (2nd day of Qualifying Rounds)
Matches begin at 10AM
No night matches scheduled for this day

Monday April 17th ( Main Draw Begins)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM
*Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Player’s Party 6PM
*Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Pro-AM (United Tennis Club)

Tuesday April 18th (Main Draw Rd of 32)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Wednesday April 19th (Main Draw Round of 16)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Thursday April 20th (Main Draw Quarterfinals)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Friday April 21st (Main Draw Quarterfinals)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30PM

Saturday April 22nd  Main Draw Semi-Finals)
Matches begin at 11AM

Sunday April 23rd Main Draw Finals
Matches begin at 1PM

Sarasota Open Women’s Invitational (Schedule TBD)
Matches begin Thursday April 20th, 2017

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EggsTRAordinary Cafe

By | March 6, 2017

Eggstraordinary

EggstraordinaryThere’s a new breakfast and lunch spot in town that we have visited a couple of times already. Eggs-TRAordinary Café is located in the southeast corner of the intersection of Bee Ridge and Cattleman in Sarasota. They are open 7am to 3pm daily.

We are always on the lookout for good places for Sunday brunch and found this a couple weeks ago. It’s located in a strip center and recently expanded so the dining room is good sized and can handle quite a few diners. The ambience is casual coastal décor with light colors and well lit. The serve breakfast and lunch at any time and the menu features a good variety of selections.

We had omelets which were generous and tasty with sides of bacon, hash browns and toast. We returned over the weekend for lunch and I ordered a wrap with tarragon chicken salad and homemade chips. The chicken salad was really tasty and fresh and was large enough to share.

If you are in the area and looking for a nice place for breakfast or lunch check it out. They also have a location in Nokomis. Here’s a link to their website for more information or to see the menu: EGGS-TRAordinary Café

 

 

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Sarasota and Manatee Home Sales in January

By | March 2, 2017

Balanced Real Estate Sales

Balanced Real Estate SalesThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee just reported that recent data produced by Florida REALTORS® for our two-county area indicates January 2017 to be off to a solid start to this season’s sales.

Inventory has been increasing in the two-county area each month since September. The result of higher inventory is that we are very near the balance between a seller’s and a buyer’s market. January also saw an increase in both year over year and month over month in the number of properties that went under contract during the month.

Inventory in the two-county area increased by 17.9 percent over January of last year. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 27.1 percent, while single family was up 20.8 percent. In Manatee County, condos were up by 11.4 percent and single family by 10.9 percent.

New pending sales in the month increased. The combined county pending sales reflect an 8 percent increase from January of 2016.

Median prices for Sarasota single family homes increased to $250,000, while Manatee single family increased to $279,000. With fewer homes available to purchase below $200,000, largely because of the decline of distressed properties available for purchase, we can expect median prices to continue to rise.

Condo median sales prices rose to $239,900 in Sarasota and to $175,000 in Manatee. Closed sales in the two-county area are up by 11.6 percent from January 2016 for condos. Meanwhile, single family home sales in Sarasota and Manatee showed an 8.2 percent decrease. Collectively, distressed sales experienced a 51.8 percent decrease from last year, while traditional sales (nondistressed) experienced an increase of 3.5 percent, making a healthier market.

The months’ supply of inventory indicates a more balanced market, with an increase across the board. Sarasota condos are at a 5.9-month supply, surpassing the threshold of a balanced market at 5.5 months, while single family homes are at a 5-month supply. Manatee County condos are at a 4.8-month supply and single family at a 4.5-month supply of condos.

To read the full press release and view the statistical charts click here.

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