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RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL KILTIE BAND

By | June 1, 2012


The RHS Kiltie Band in Sarasota, FL is a traditional Scottish band honoring Sarasota’s Scottish heritage. The band members wear kilts (MacDonald Clan), tartans, spats, and real horse-hair sporans! The world-famous Kiltie Band celebrates over 50 years of proud existence and traditionally boasts over 300 band members and also has a long list of travel and performance destinations that include several appearances at the Rose Bowl and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades! The band also has been to Ireland on several occasions for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Fiesta Bowl, Scotland, Disney World, Disney Land, NFL halftime performances, presidential inaugurations, and much more! The band has over 35 straight superior ratings, the highest rating a marching band can receive, at their annual marching band contest! Off-season, the bands perform on-stage around town during concert season. When I was a Kiltie in the 80’s, it was more prestigious to be in the band than it was to be on the football team! Take in a half-time performance on a Friday night at the RHS Ram Bowl for the upcoming football season that begins in late August!

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GOODBYE ANNA’S Sandwich Shop in Siesta Key Village We Will Miss You

By | May 31, 2012

It was sad to walk over to Anna’s Sandwich Shop in the Village on Siesta Key to see the yummy deli had closed over the weekend. I remember going to Anna’s, I believe, where the Daiquiri Deck is now when I was just 7 years old (I am 42 now!!)! The location then was an old wood frame house with high ceilings built in the 1920’s and was just awesome! The shop must have moved three times since then around the Village. It is hard to believe that over 41 years ago, Anna’s was born and invented the world-famous ‘Surfer Sandwich’ consisting of heaps of ham, turkey, thinly sliced cukes and Anna’s famous (never duplicated mustard/mayo mixture) sauce! YUM! Anna’s hasn’t left the key completely and is still in the Southbridge Mall near Stickney Point Rd. They also have two other locations…one near the World of Beer on University Blvd. in north Sarasota and another location on Orange Ave. near downtown. So long Village Anna’s…we’ll miss you but will see you again here in the Village…I just have a feeling….

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Sarasota History Alive 28th Edition

By | May 31, 2012

In 1921 hurricanes were not named, but the one in October of that year left a lasting impression on those who experienced it. Beginning with rain on Saturday, October the 22nd, the storm left the Sarasota bayfront a shambles by Tuesday. As shown in this photo, the storm lifted the Seaboard Airline Rail tracks from the dock serving several fish houses and dropped them over the sea wall onto Gulf Stream Avenue not far from City Hall at the foot of Main Street.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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June Events in Sarasota

By | May 29, 2012

Summer begins and school’s out so it’s a fun time to head to the beach or take in 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 June:

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June 1-14th Savor Sarasota Sarasota Savor Sarasota
June 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood Ranch
June 1-17th Reel Music @ Goldstein Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
June 2nd World Ocean’s Day Family Festival at Mote Marine Aquarium Sarasota SRQ Magazine
June 2nd Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
June 2-17th “Fanny Brice, America’s Funny Girl” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
June 6th Historical Society of Sarasota County Trip to Warm Mineral Springs Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
June 6th Buskers on St. Armands Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 7th “Beauty Meets Brazil” @ Holley Hall Sarasota Sarasota Music Festival
June 7th Author James Swain “Dark Magic” Sarasota Bookstore 1 Sarasota
June 8th Yesterdaze – Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 9-10th 11th Annual St. Armands Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle
June 9th The Ultimate Tribute to Rod Stewart Sarasota Sarasota Car Museum
June 11-15th Rolex Girls Junior Golf Championship at The Concession Golf Club Lakewood Ranch American Junior Golf Association
June 13th Kid’s Summer Beach Run Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
June 13-30th Das Barbecu @ The Keating Theatre Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
June 14-17th “Taffetas” Summer Sizzler Series Sarasota The Players Theatre
June 15th Third Friday Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
June 16th “Virtuosic Wonder” @ Sarasota Opera House Sarasota Sarasota Music Festival
June 16th Sarasota Sports Festival @@ Payne Park Sarasota Sarasota Sports Festival
June 16-17th 20th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice Art Festival
June 19-22nd Summer Circus Spectacular 2012 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 21st Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 23rd Arts & Crafts at Mixon Fruit Farms Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
June 24th Car Show – Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Lakewood Ranch Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix
June 29th Festival Parade of Boats – Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Sarasota Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix
June 30th 10th Annual St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association

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Sarasota History Alive 27th Edition

By | May 24, 2012

Sarasota War Memorial

The Sarasota Bay Post of the American Legion built the memorial at the center of Five Points. Designed by area architect Clare C. Hosmer, the memorial incorporated a flagpole placed there in 1917 to honor the Sarasota men who had answered the call to war earlier that spring. The parade for the flagpole dedication began at the Woman’s Club (now Florida Studio Theater on Palm and Cocoanut), proceeded to Main Street, east along Main to the railroad tracks (Lemon Avenue) and back to the center of Five Points. Sarasota’s band led the parade and the Red Cross auxiliary carried the flag.

In the spring of 1954, the war memorial was moved down Main Street to the Bay Front Park because the State Road Department had declared it a traffic hazard. Fourth of July festivities at the park included a rededication of the memorial, a concert by the Booker High School band and a chicken dinner.

Click here to view a short video on the Sarasota War Memorial.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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Sarasota History Alive 26th Edition

By | May 3, 2012

Today, we are honoring the Kensingtion Park historical marker that was installed yesterday. The entire text reads:
After World War II, Sarasota experienced an influx of new residents, creating a housing boom.  Martin Paver, retired from his business in New York, was on a pleasure cruise in 1949 when he and his wife Mildred docked in Sarasota to buy supplies.  He fell in love with the charming city, decided to make it his home, and invited his sons Paul and Stanley to join him in land development.  Their first venture was Paver Park, built near the downtown area.  Based on its success, Paver Construction Company purchased a 400+ acre dairy farm from Charles Schmid in 1955 for a larger project, Kensington Park, conveniently located near the Bobby Jones Golf Course.
 
Kensington Park, named for the area where the Pavers had lived in Great Neck, NY, was developed in 1956.  Billed as “total living”, it was one of the first fully sustainable developments in Southwest Florida with its own water and sewage system.  The water was so delicious that townspeople were allowed to freely tap it to take home.  Modern single-family homes were built in a landscape of winding, concrete streets, many named for family and friends.  Homeowners included young families, military retirees, and retired professional baseball players.

Emphasizing Sarasota’s climate and year-round activities, an advertisement promoting Kensington Park stated that it was “not a dream or a ‘someday’ promise but an actual reality.”  The heart of Kensington Park, its community center, proved this statement to be true as it offered something for everyone.  Residents enjoyed the Olympic size pool where the “Aquabelles”, a women’s synchronized swim team, performed and where swim meets were held.  Residents also used the shuffleboard courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds.  The indoor clubhouse was the site for card parties, square dances, civic meetings, and stage plays.  The most popular annual event was the community luau.

Kensington Park reflected the guiding principles of Paver Construction Company: “Build better than the building codes require and create a place where you would like to live and raise a family.”  In 1962 Good Housekeeping magazine awarded Kensington Park with a citation for “Good House Building and Excellence of Architectural Design, Land Development, and House Planning.”  The Paver family continued to build residences throughout the county, becoming an integral part of Sarasota’s development history.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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Waterfront Dining in Cortez

By | April 27, 2012

Last week the Sarasota Herald Tribune did a story about the fishing village of Cortez in West Bradenton. This is a small community on the east side of the Cortez Road bridge to Anna Maria Island which has been a base for commercial fishermen for many years. Since we love to find great restaurants on the water, we decided to check  it out.

There are several restaurants in the village: The Cortez Kitchen, Star Fish Company and the recently opened Swordfish Grill which we decided to try. They have a large area of outdoor seating right on the bay complete with a modified tiki bar. The menu has a good variety with an emphasis on fresh fish  as you would expect.

They bring in fresh Florida oysters from Apalachicola and have them served raw or cooked in many different ways. I’m told they raw oysters were quite good. I ordered the crabcake sandwich which was a pleasant surprise as they are made inhouse and the predominant ingredient was Crab! The fresh catch was mahi and you could order it prepared any way (grilled, blackened, fried). Marty enjoyed it grilled and served on a ciabatta bun.

They have a full bar and great selection of beer so if you’re looking for a place to spend an afternoon or evening on the water check it out. We were glad we did!

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May Events in Sarasota

By | April 25, 2012

 

Our spring weather is perfect so it’s a fun time to take in 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 May: 

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May 1st The Needle Exhibit Venice Venice Archives
May 2nd The Buskers at St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
May 3rd Art After 5 at the Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
May 4-6th Sunshine State BMX Association Florida Cup Series Sarasota Florida BMX
May 4th Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 4th Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 5th Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
May 5th 36th Annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpturing Contest Sarasota Siesta Key Village Association
May 5-6th Sailfest Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Youth Sailing Program
May 5th Cinco de Mayo and Taste of Latin America Festival Sarasota Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce
May 10th Riverview Kiltie Band Spring Concert Sarasota Kiltie Band
May 11-12th Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Sarasota Ritz Carlton
May 12th Old Miakka Farmer’s Market Sarasota Crowley Nature & History Center
May 13th 7th Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Sarasota Selby Gardens
May 16th “The Emmanuel Point Ships: Florida’s Earliest Shipwrecks” Sarasota New College of Florida
May 17th Get Down Downtown, Old Main Street Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 19-20th Pro & Amateur Disc Golf Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Sky Pilots Disc Golf Club
May 19th 85th Annual WWII at Venice Army Air Base, Static Air Show Venice City of Venice
May 19th Mainly Art, Old Main Street Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 19-20th  9th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair Sarasota Art Festival.com
May 19th Heatstroke and Hot Rod Hoedown Bradenton WSLR.org
May 24th Opening Reception @ Art Center of Sarasota Sarasota Art Center Sarasota
May 26th Venice Brew Bash, Import and Craft Beer Festival Venice Venice Mainstreet
May 27th A Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day Parade Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 28th Sarasota Memorial Day Parade Sarasota Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau
May 28th Myakka Blues Festival Venice Snook Haven
May 28th Salute to Veterans Concert Sarasota Sarasota County Parks

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Sarasota Hosts the 30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show

By | April 24, 2012

This past weekend Marina Jack was host to the 30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show. Boat enthusiasts were treated to hundreds of different boats as well as all the new boating gadgets.  Whether you are a fisherman, day cruiser, or yachtsman there was a huge selection to check out.  Boaters love the water, dogs, island music, delicious food and cold beverages. All of which could be found at the show.  The weather held out and was a perfect day to stroll up and down the docks and take in all the spectacular boats.  Every time we attend an event like this we are reminded of what an incredible town Sarasota is and how lucky we are to live and boat here!

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March Sales in Sarasota Hit 7 Year High

By | April 18, 2012

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the March sales statistics. Here is what they reported:

The Sarasota real estate market saw sales climb to a seven-year high in March 2012, with 831 properties changing hands during the month. Not since September 2005 has the local real estate association seen sales at that level. In addition, pending sales (which represent properties that went under contract during the month) reached the highest level in 12 month, another good indication that the current market surge will continue in the next few months.

“This is amazing news, and our local brokers and agents should be extremely proud of all their hard work and diligence, helping buyers and sellers make their dreams come true,” said SAR President Laura Benson. “The strength that the Sarasota market has demonstrated in the past few months has been remarkable, and I’m looking forward to a continuing resurgence in local real estate. Property sales drive so many other elements of the local economy, and that means more jobs, higher salaries, and a better overall community.”

In addition to the high level of sales – 596 single family homes and 235 condos sold – the median sale price for both categories hit a high for the year in March. The median sale price for condos was $192,000, a level not seen since May 2011, and was 11 percent higher than last March. Single family was at $174,900, a level not reached since June 2011, and 9.8 percent higher than last March. The reason for the price resurgence is likely tied to the lower number of distressed property sales. The total number of distressed sales, foreclosures and short sales, fell to only 32 percent from 37.4 percent in February 2012 – a three-year low.

Pending sales continue to soar, which signals a likely continuation of a high number of closings in the next 60 to 90 days. A total of 1,191 properties went under contract in March 2012, a level not seen since last March.

Another positive sign was the drop in the available inventory of homes on the market. The number fell to 4,463 from February’s total of 4,588. The level is close to the decade low figure of 4,408 in August 2011, and the combination of high sales and low inventory has dropped the months of inventory to eight-year lows.

Not since 2004 has the market seen a figure of 4.8 months of inventory for single family homes and 6.7 months inventory for condos. Lower inventory and higher sales normally result in greater competition for available properties, which tends to push prices up.

“It’s great to see that we’ve come so far from the days of 2008, when the months of inventory hit 25 months for single family and 40 months for condos,” said Benson. “The real estate agents who stuck with it through those difficult months are certainly glad they did, now that we’ve turned the corner.”

Single family home prices are now 21.4 percent higher than the low of the market reached 13 months ago, while condo prices are almost 30 percent higher than the low point.

Currently, only 701 properties for sale in the MLS are distressed listings (short sales and foreclosures), or roughly 15 percent of the market. In February 2012, the figure was 740 (16 percent of the market), and in January 2012 it was 812 (17 percent of the market). If this percentage continues to trend lower, we could begin to see median sales price increases going forward.
“The Sarasota market appears to be leading the nation into a new, dynamic period in real estate,” noted Benson. “While no one can predict the future, certainly all the vital signs of the economy have been moving in the right direction for many months, so I’m very hopeful we will see continued growth in our area.”

Click Here for the Press Release and Statistical Charts

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