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Sarasota History Alive 17th Edition

By | February 1, 2012

In 1907 Dr. Wilson purchased the home located on the southeast corner of Ringling Boulevard and South Orange Avenue from Edgar Ferdon, a local architect. The house was not only the Wilson home, but also Dr. Wilson’s medical office. He and his wife Fannie (the daughter of Sarasota pioneer C.L. Reaves) had two sons who were born in the home.

The Wilson house, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was saved from demolition in 2004 and moved to its present location of 4012 Honore Avenue at Urfer Family Park.

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February Events in Sarasota

By | January 27, 2012

Our winter season is in full swing. Take 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 February:

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Feb. 1st Drum Circle at Nokomis Beach Nokomis Nokomis Beach Drum Circle
Feb. 3rd Riverview High School Kiltie Marching Band Wind Ensemble Performance Sarasota RHS Kiltie Band
Feb. 4th 18th Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Feb. 4-5th 18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival Siesta Key Arts Festival
Feb. 5th Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Season Opening Water Ski Show Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
Feb. 9-12th Greek Glendi – A Greek Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 9-20th The Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 10-26th Circus Sarasota Sarasota Circus Sarasota
Feb. 11-12th 3rd Annual Downtown Bradenton Crafts Festival Bradenton Art Festival
Feb. 14th An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Feb. 14th Valentine’s Day at the Beach Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
Feb. 16th Get Down Downtown Street Party Bradenton City of Bradenton
Feb. 16th Ringling by the Bay – Yesterdayze Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 18th Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Feb. 18th 5th Annual Bradenton Beer Festival Bradenton City of Bradenton
Feb. 18th Sarasota Succulent Society Plant Sale Sarasota Sarasota Succulent Society
Feb. 18-19th 30th Annual Cortez Fishing Festival Cortez Cortez Village
Feb. 18-19th 24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota Art Festival
Feb. 19th Joy of Jazz Concert Venice Jazz Club of Sarasota
Feb. 23-26th Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 25th Side by Side “Thrill of a Lifetime” Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Feb. 25th Celebration of Pets Fest at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Sarasota Escape to Sarasota
Feb. 25-26th Venice Antiques Show Venice Antique Shows
Feb. 25-26th Lido Tides Arts and Crafts Show Lido Key Art Fair Schedule
Feb. 27th Monday Night Movies – “A Beautiful Mind” Sarasota Historic Asolo Theatre
Feb. 29th Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Sarasota History Alive 16th Edition

By | January 25, 2012

This week we explore a Mediterranean Revival structure designed by architect Dwight James Baum as the Broadway or El Vernona Apartments. It became part of the Broadway Complex that Owen Burns developed in 1926. Today it is know as the Belle Haven. The complex consisted of the El Vernona Hotel (later John Ringling Hotel, the Broadway Apartments, the Sarasota Times Building, and Owen Burns Realty Office (later Karl Bickel’s home). Now only two of the four buildings are left, but they are still magnificent.

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Sarasota History Alive 15th Edition

By | January 18, 2012

Today, many people look at the Marina Jack restaurant and boat docks and think they have always been here. Not so…They are just beyond where the Scots landed and built our first pier. It wasn’t much at first, and it has evolved over the years to become the park and marina we have today.

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Sarasota Real Estate Statistics for December 2011

By | January 12, 2012

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of December. They report that for the full year 2011, property sales of members of the Association jumped by 8.2 percent to 8,224, achieving the highest level since 2005. The surge in sales was accompanied by stabilization in the median sale prices, which now stand at $155,925 for single family homes and $156,800 for condos over the full year, and have not fluctuated much for the past 12 months.

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Sarasota History Alive 14th Edition

By | January 11, 2012


Southside School opened its doors to 170 students January 11, 1926, one of several schools built in Sarasota County’s land boom of the 1920s. These schools included two richly ornamented Mediterranean Revival style elementary schools along the new Tamiami Trail, Southside and Bay Haven. They were inspired by Italian and Spanish Renaissance architecture, and both were the work of Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott, who also designed the Gothic Revival style Sarasota High School. Southside featured open hallways around an interior courtyard, a barrel tile roof, and separate arched portals to boys’ and girls’ playgrounds. On opening day, Southside School was located south of the city limits in the center of what was called “South Side School Subdivision” created in 1925 by the Board of Public Instruction.

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Sarasota History Alive 13th Edition

By | January 4, 2012

Established in 1899 the Sarasota Times was the only newspaper at the turn of the century in Sarasota. It moved from its original location on 241 Main Street to 1216 1st Street in 1926. For most of its life, the publication was run by an enterprising woman named Rose Wilson. Her husband, C.V., passed away, and she was faced with producing a weekly newspaper, selling advertising and producing the content.

By 1923 Rose made the difficult decision to sell the paper to L.D. Reagin who in turn chose to relocate the Times to the building that stands today at 1216 1st Street. The building is currently home to Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant.

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Sarasota History Alive 12th Edition

By | December 28, 2011

Just before Christmas, Santa Claus jumped out of a plane and landed in a Sarasota family’s backyard! This goes to show he doesn’t always shimmy down a chimney to deliver good cheer – in this case yummy candy canes.

Santa took footage of his own jump and we are happy to present it for you to experience what it is like for him during his hectic season. Every now and then, the reindeers need a break; in this case I think they were being fitted for new shoes. To boot, the magic sled needed some overdue maintenance. So, what is a dedicated North Pole resident to do?

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January Events in Sarasota

By | December 27, 2011

 

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:

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Jan. 1st Penguin Island at Mote Marine Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
Jan. 4th Shake, Rattle & Roll at the Goldstein Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Jan. 5th BB King Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Jan. 6th Film Fridays “It Happened One Night” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Jan. 6th Thunder by the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival Sarasota Thunder by the Bay
Jan. 8th High Tea Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Jan. 10th Love Sung in the Key of Aretha Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Jan. 11th Town Hall Lecture Series Featuring Laura Bush Sarasota Ringling College Library Association
Jan. 12-22nd Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 14-15th Coquina Beach “Winter Fest” Anna Maria Island Fairs & Festivals
Jan. 14th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’ Market Bradenton Bradenton Farmer’s Market
Jan. 14th Pioneer Days at the Lord Higel House Venice Friends of Lord-Higel House
Jan. 18th Munchtime Musicales Free Concert: Hoffman & Kock Flute & Guitar Duo Sarasota Sarasota Concert Association
Jan. 20th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Jan. 21st 9th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota New Balance Ringling Bridge Run
Jan. 21-22nd 5th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice Venice Craft Festival
Jan. 22nd Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Camp Bradenton Pittsburgh Pirates
Jan. 22-Feb. 19th 17th Annual Jewels On The Bay Home Tour Sarasota Designer Showhouse Sarasota
Jan. 24th ABBA The Concert Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Jan. 24th Hemingway at the Crosley Bradenton Powel Crosley Shows
Jan. 27th Chinese New Year Cultural Celebration Bradenton South Florida Museum
Jan. 27-29th Made in America Sarasota Sarasota Ballet
Jan. 27-29th Fifth Annual Sarasota Indian Festival Sarasota Indian Festival
Jan. 28-29th Winter Arts Festival at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 31st Super Senior Grand Prix Tennis Tournament University Park SRQ Tennis

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Sarasota History Alive 11th Edition

By | December 21, 2011

If by chance you are getting a little weary with the many jingles that are played throughout the season, we have the cure for that. How about putting a local ditty in your repertoire? It was produced by Hack Swain and to this day it is a favorite – we just added some great photos for your enjoyment.


 

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