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April in Sarasota

By | March 13, 2019

April Flowers

April Flowers

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 1-20th “Noises Off” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
April 1-28th “Love Sung in the Key of Aretha” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
April 4th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
April 5-14th Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 5-7th DeSoto Seafood Festival Bradenton DeSoto Seafood Festival
April 5-7th Sarasota Chalk Festival Sarasota Chalk Festival
April 5-7th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
April 6-7th SailFest Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Youth Sailing Club
April 6-7th 17th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
April 7, 14, 21 & 28 Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 7th Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 7 & 28th Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
April 8-17th International Chamber Music Festival Sarasota La Musica
April 11-20th PAL Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary

Spring Show

Sarasota CircusArts.org
April 12th Free Music Friday Night Venice City of Venice
April 12-14th 27th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 13th Beach’N Food Truck Festival Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
April 15-21st Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 15th Ringling By the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 20th Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
April 26th Music in the Park Bradenton Bradenton RiverWalk
April 26-28th 37th Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 26-28th A Journey Through India Sarasota Ringling Museum
April 27th Sarasota Earth Day Celebration Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
April 27th DeSoto Grand Parade Bradenton DeSoto Historical Society
April 27-28th 41st Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta
April 29th 17th Annual “Ride the Beaches” Venice Island Sharky’s

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Grove Restaurant in Lakewood Ranch

By | March 6, 2019

Grove

GroveAfter the departure of the Polo Grill at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, a new restaurant is now open in that renovated space. GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom is the newest offshoot of PIER 22, the award-winning waterfront destination headed by restaurateurs Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell. A fine-casual restaurant, GROVE specializes in a wide-ranging selection of house-made meals served in several distinct dining areas giving guests a choice of cuisine and scene.

The restaurant draws its name from the sown acres of great evergreen that have long provided an idyllic existence for those living and visiting the Lakewood Ranch area. The pine found in the logo embodies elements of their values including heart, balance and spirit. GROVE is reimagining an immersive dining experience, using quality fresh ingredients along with innovative cooking methods to inspire, nourish and wholly satisfy their guests.

The patio area was expanded and is a popular spot in addition to a much larger bar area. They have an extensive happy hour menu which is available every day from 3-7pm.

They are accepting reservations online on their site through Open Table or you can call them directly at 941-893-4321.

To view the menus visit: http://www.grovelwr.com

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March in Sarasota

By | February 21, 2019

March 2018

March 2018Spring is here and our weather is outstanding so get out and enjoy the area. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of March:

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March 1-31st Manatee Heritage Days Manatee County Manatee Village
March 1-10th Florida Strawberry Festival Plant City Florida Strawberry Festival
March 1-3rd 25th Annual NMRA Nitro

Spring Break Shootout

Bradenton NMRA Bradenton Motorsports Park
March 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
March 2nd Parrish Heritage Festival Parrish Parrish Newsletter
March 2-3rd Sarasota Bradenton Home Show Palmetto Sarasota Bradenton Home Show
March 2-3rd 30th Annual Arts & Crafts Show Lido Beach Fairs & Festivals
March 2-3rd 18th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic Venice ArtFestival.com
March 3-9th 40th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival Sarasota The Jazz Club of Sarasota
March 3,10,17,24 & 31st Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
March 3-10th 91st Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo Arcadia Arcadia Rodeo
March 7th Brown Bag Concert Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
March 9th 7th Annual Irish Celtic Festival Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
March 9-10th 6th Annual Spring Fine Art Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
March 15th Moon Over Myakka Concert Sarasota Myakka River State Park
March 15th Music in the Park Bradenton Bradenton Riverwalk
March 15-24th 83rd Annual Sarasota County Fair Sarasota Sarasota Fair
March 16th Gardens in Paradise Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
March 17th 13th Annual Corvettes in

Venice on the Isle

Venice Venice Florida Corvettes
March 18th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
March 18th Spring Concert Venice Venice Concert Band
March 20th Farmhouse Market

at the Phillippi Estate Park

Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
March 22-24th Cirque Des Voix Sarasota Key Chorale
March 23-24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Springfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs & Festivals
March 24th Suncoast Concert Band Performance Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
March 24th Legacy Trail Tour de Parks Venice Legacy Trail Friends
March 31st Deveraux Kaiser  

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Sarasota Jazz Festival

By | February 18, 2019

Sarasota Jazz Festival 2019

Sarasota Jazz Festival 2019The 39th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival is coming March 3-9th. Hosted by the Hyatt Regency Hotel, this week is loaded with a variety of concerts and events. Right in the middle of the festival week is one of the most popular events of the Jazz Club season – The semi-annual JAZZ TROLLEY AND PUB CRAWL! Get ready to ride one of five trolleys to a dozen downtown area locations to enjoy many local jazz favorites. In addition there will be concerts, movies and even a theater workshop at various times and locations around Sarasota.

More detailed information about the schedule and tickets are available on the Jazz Club’s website at: SarasotaJazzFestival.org

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Mandeville Beer Garden

By | February 14, 2019

Mandeville Beer Garden Logo

Mandeville Beer Garden LogoWe recently discovered Mandeville Beer Garden in Sarasota. It is a child and dog friendly restaurant, ensuring that the whole family enjoys the unique atmosphere. The garden dining area boasts outdoor games including ping pong and corn hole and a child friendly play area. Making it a great place for the whole family to drink, dine and have fun!

The bar features 30 taps and over 150 bottled beers. They have a great food menu too with many options: appetizers, salads, hot & cold sandwiches, German food, desserts and even a kids menu.

Mandeville Beer Garden

If you’re looking for a fun place for a casual night out, give Mandeville Beer Garden a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Hours are:
Tuesday 5PM-11PM Trivia
Wednesday-Thursday 11AM-11PM
Friday-Saturday 11AM-1AM
Sunday 11AM-9PM

They are located at 428 N. Lemon Avenue in Sarasota.

Phone: 941-954-8688

Check them out on the web at www.mandevillebeergarden.com

 

 

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Greek Glendi Festival Coming Soon

By | January 31, 2019

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It’s time for the 35th annual Greek Glendi Festival at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Sarasota. This festival is something we look forward to year after year. There is constant entertainment (music, dancing, etc.), great Greek food of all types, raffles and vendors with unique items for purchase.

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

The festival runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm and on Sunday from 11am to 8pm. Admission on Thursday is free, other days admission is $4 and kids under 12 are free. No pets are permitted.

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Map

 

The church is located at the intersection of Lockwood Ridge Road and Tallevast Road and there is plenty of parking available.

For more information visit their website at www.StBarbaraFestival.org or you can call the Church at 941-355-2616.

 

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February in Sarasota

By | January 17, 2019

 

February EventsWith our winter season in full swing, the calendar is full of many different events in Sarasota. Here are just a few for you to consider:

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Feb. 1-3rd Wings of Freedom Tour Venice Collings Foundation
Feb. 1st Riverview Kilties “Sousa Concert” Sarasota Riverview High School Performing Arts
Feb. 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood Ranch
Feb. 2nd SAS Member Photography Exhibit Sarasota Sarasota Audubon Society
Feb. 2-3rd 53rd Annual Orchid Show Venice Venice Area Orchid Society
Feb. 3rd Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees.com
Feb. 3rd Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo Club
Feb. 3rd 5th Annual Sarasota Music

Half Marathon

Sarasota Sarasota Half Marathon
Feb.4th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 7th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Feb. 7-10th 35th Annual Greek Glendi Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 7-18th Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 8-10th 56th Annual Shell Show Sarasota Sarasota Shell Club
Feb. 9th Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Rays
Feb. 9th 5th Annual Bradenton Area

Riverwalk Regatta

Bradenton Bradenton Events
Feb. 9-10th 31st Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Feb. 10th Backyard Concert Series Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Feb. 14th “Say I Do Again” Siesta Key & Venice Visit Sarasota
Feb. 14th Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
Feb. 15-28th Circus Sarasota Winter Performance Sarasota Circus Arts
Feb. 16-17th 36th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez Cortez-Fish.org
Feb. 21-24th 30th Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 22-24th 10th Annual Sarasota Invitational

Rowing Regatta

Sarasota Sarasota Invitational
Feb. 23rd Health & Wellness Expo Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Feb. 23rd Le Marche’ Bohemien Sarasota Sarasota Downtown Merchants
Feb. 23-24th 18th Fine Arts Festival of

Manatee County

Bradenton Bradenton Riverwalk
Feb. 25th Monday Night Jazz Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre

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Chef Rolfs New Florida Kitchen

By | January 8, 2019

Chef Rolfs New Florida Kitchen
Chef Rolfs New Florida KitchenEarlier this year Chef Rolf took over the former Roy’s Restaurant space on Siesta Drive and opened his New Florida Kitchen. Many people in the area are familiar with Chef Rolf at the former Saltwater Café in Venice. At the New Florida Kitchen they are serving up fresh locally sourced prime seafood in a sophisticated coastal setting. Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen ™ is family owned and operated and they take pride in offering a fine dining experience in an elegant environment. We recently took our dine out group there for dinner and they did a great job serving the 32 of us in a private room setting. They offered three different menus to choose from and all the food was excellent! As an added bonus Wednesday was Ladies Night and each received a free martini…can’t beat that!
Having trained primarily in Switzerland, Chef Rolf adds a European twist to many of the menu items, using the finest ingredients. Numerous magazines and culinary experts have recognized Chef Rolf with awards for cuisine and wine expertise. A Member of the state agriculture promotional campaign, “Fresh from Florida,” and this is EXACTLY what you’ll find in Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen ™
Chef Rolf’s New Florida’s Cooking Show is a local 30 minute cooking show airing on SNN TV in Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte counties, Florida. The show airs Monday-Friday at 11:00 am Celebrating its 9th season, the show spotlights local businesses, supports non-profit organizations and promotes local events.
Open 7 days a week; Monday through Saturday for dinner only and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. They are located at 2001 Siesta Drive, Suite 100 in Sarasota (location of the former Roy’s Restaurant next to Fleming’s). Call for reservations at 941-806-6820 or visit their website at ChefRolf.us.

Chef Rolfs

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St. Armand’s Winter Art Festival

By | December 26, 2018

St Armands Circle Art Festival

St Armands Circle Art FestivalOne of the things I love about Sarasota is the many arts and crafts festivals we have during the year. One of my favorites is the St. Armand’s Winter Art Festival. There will be over 175 artists and craftsman displaying their original artwork.  Pottery, oils, watercolors, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture.  This show is ranked in the top 50, out of 10,000 shows held each year in this country! This year’s festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 20 & 21 from 10am until 5pm…don’t miss it!

We’ll be enjoying some great weather in January and St. Armand’s Circle is a great place to hang out, shop, eat and enjoy some people watching. For a store directory visit www.starmandscircleassoc.com.

 

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January in Sarasota

By | December 14, 2018

January Oranges

January Oranges

 

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

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Jan. 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 4-6th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
Jan. 5th 6th Annual Health Expo Sarasota Richard’s Foodporium
Jan. 5th Orchid Show & Sale Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 12th Sidewalk Astronomy Bradenton Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 12th Moon Over Myakka Concert Sarasota Friends of Myakka River
Jan. 12-13th 23rd Annual Anna Maria

Islandfest Arts & Craft Show

Anna Maria Sunset Blvd. Promotions
Jan. 12-13th 6th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
Jan. 13th 32nd Annual Circus Ring of Fame Lido Key St. Armands Circle
Jan. 17-27th Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 18-20th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Jan 18-20th 4th Annual Sarasota Music & Seafood Festival Sarasota SeafoodFestivals.com
Jan. 18-20th Native American Festival Sarasota Native American Festival
Jan. 19th “Decades Rewind” Venice Venice Performing Arts Center
Jan. 19th Fun in the Sun Miniature Show Venice MiniaturiaUnlimited.com
Jan. 19-20th Venice-Nokomis Rotary

26th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival

Venice Venice Nokomis Rotary
Jan. 19th Venice Farmer’s Market Venice City of Venice
Jan. 20th Jazz in the Park Venice Centennial Park Events
Jan. 21st Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Jan. 26th Gasparilla Piratefest Parade Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 26th Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Jan. 26-27th 15th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle
Jan. 27th Temple Sinai’s 11th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 27th 49th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser

Collector Car Meet

Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club
Jan. 28th 1927 Historic Train Depot Tour Venice City of Venice

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