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New Year’s Eve at the Beach

By | December 19, 2015

New Years 2016

New Years 2016The Beach House Restaurant on Anna Maria Island will host their Annual New Year’s Eve Party and Fireworks Show starting at 8pm.

Guests are invited to celebrate in style either indoors or on the deck or by reservation in the South Pavilion overlooking the Gulf. The world-class fireworks show launches from the restaurant’s south beach. Music and entertainment will be provided by DJ Chuck Caudill. Tables under the pavilion are $125 include valet parking, holiday linens, party favors, and a champagne toast.

The Beach House Restaurant is located at 200 Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach

Compliments SRQ Daily


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“The New Deal” at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | December 1, 2015

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson“The New Deal” comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Tuesday, December 1st at 8:00pm. One of Britain’s leading comedians and former television host, Craig Freguson will bring his tour to Sarasota. After writing feature films, starring in TV shows, and hosting the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, he has taken to the stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him live! Tickets $20-$35

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Compliments SRQ Magazine

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Holidays in North Port

By | November 30, 2015


PoinsettiaThe North Port Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring the annual Poinsettia Parade to be held on Saturday, December 12th at 5pm. The Poinsettia Parade is recognized as one of the City’s signature events attracting thousands from the community to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s theme is “Candy Canes & Carols” and features an evening of song and pageantry.  Floats adorned with poinsettias, decorated vehicles and walking groups will follow the one mile route beginning at the corner of Greenwood and North Port Blvd. and travel north to Appomattox Blvd. Sunset is approximately 5:36pm

Santa will make a special appearance escorted by North Port Fire Rescue. Parking and viewing will be along North Port Blvd.

North Port Poinsettia Parade


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December in Sarasota

By | November 25, 2015


With Thanksgiving behind us the holiday season is in full swing in Sarasota. There are many of activities and events to choose from. Here are just a few:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

Dec. 1-31st Holly Days and Mangrove Lights Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Dec. 3rd Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 4th 37th Annual Holiday Night of Lights Lido Key St Armands Circle Association
Dec. 4th Tree Lighting and Poinsettia Festival North Port City of North Port
Dec. 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Dec. 4-5th Holiday Lights Spectacular Sarasota Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Dec. 4-5th A Village Christmas Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Dec. 5th 4th Annual Bradenton Blues Fest Bradenton Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec. 5th The Venice Christmas Boat Parade Venice Venice Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 5th 20th Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade Sarasota Sarasota Holiday Parade
Dec. 6th “Seasonal Sparkles” Sarasota Diversity Sarasota
Dec. 6-13th 42nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree Sarasota First Baptist Church
Dec. 8-20th Dickens at the Crosley Sarasota Powell Crosley Estate
Dec. 11th Holidays Around the Ranch Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Dec. 12th Porches in the Park Lido Key St Armands Circle Association
Dec. 12th Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade Anna Maria AMI Privateers
Dec. 12th 30th Annual Sarasota Christmas

Boat Parade of Lights

Sarasota Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 12th 18th Annual Manatee River Holiday

Boat Parade

Bradenton Holiday Boat Parade
Dec. 13th Gamble Plantation Christmas

Open House

Ellenton Inside Florida
Dec. 15th Winter Showcase Concert of the

RHS Kiltie Band

Sarasota RHS Kilites
Dec. 18-20th 5th Annual “Snow Fest Sarasota” Sarasota Snow Fest Sarasota
Dec. 18-30th Selby Gardens “Lights in Bloom” Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 21st Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 26-29th Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory
Dec. 31st “Main Street Live” New Year’s Eve Bradenton City of Bradenton
Dec. 31st New Year’s Eve Downtown Sarasota Sarasota New Years Party

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So Much to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

By | November 12, 2015

Sarasota PanoramicIt looks like it will be a nice Florida fall weekend and there is no shortage of things to do in our town. Here are just a few of the events happening this weekend in and around Sarasota.

St. Armands Art Festival – Sat & Sun  St. Armands Circle
Collegiate Tennis Tournament at Lakewood Ranch AC – Sat & Sun  Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic
Chalk Festival in Venice – Sat & Sun  Chalk Festival
Crystal Classic Sandsculpting on Siesta Key – Sat & Sun  Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Lakewood Ranch Art Show & Sale – Sat  Lakewood Ranch Town Hall
Longboat Key 60th Anniversary – Sat 5-8pm (fireworks at 7:30)  Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce
Holmes Beach Arts & Crafts Festival – Sat & Sun TNT Events
Sarasota Medieval Fair – Sat & Sun  Sarasota Medieval Fair

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Downtown Venice Art Fest

By | November 6, 2015

Venice Art FestSettled along West Venice Avenue in Historic Downtown Venice, the 28th year of the Venice Art Fest adds to the ambiance of this unique town. More than 150 of the nation’s most notable artists will exhibit their work, ranging in mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings to sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and more during this weekend community festival. Festival patrons and art collectors alike can meet and visit with their favorite artists, view and purchase original works, or commission custom pieces.


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Sales Stay Strong in Sarasota Real Estate

By | November 5, 2015

REMAX Sold Sign

REMAX Sold SignProperty sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties were somewhat slower in September 2015, but the drop off from August was expected after an unprecedented six month run of record-setting closings. In addition, the start of fall 2015 looks a lot like the same time last year, but with one major exception. Single family home median sale prices in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have risen sharply over last year at this time, once again reflecting the law of supply and demand as single family home stocks dwindle.

According to the Realtor ® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, overall property sales in September 2015 stood at 1,608 for the two counties – 927 closings in Sarasota and 681 closings in Manatee. Sarasota County fell short of the 1,000 level for the first time since February, ending the record of six consecutive months over 1,000 – something that has never happened before in Sarasota County.

The overall regional sales compared to 1,709 sales in August 2015, or a 5.9 percent drop, but were slightly higher (1.8 percent) than last September’s sales of 1,578. The August to September sales drop was almost identical last year, with a small decline from late summer to early fall. However, if the recent trend continues, October 2015 could see another sales surge, as the last four years has seen marked improvement in the number of closings as winter residents and visitors returned to the market.

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

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Mr. CB’s Boat Club in Sarasota

By | November 4, 2015

Mr CBs

Mr CBsI just stumbled upon this great deal and wanted to pass it along… Mr. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters is a clothing store, bait store, all things fishing store, boat rental store and they now have a boat club. Members can join the boat club and get UNLIMITED BOAT RENTALS-Any boat, any time (according to their brochure). They have pontoon boats, center consoles, bay boats, deck boats, and runabout boats ranging in size from 17 feet to 27 feet.

How does the boat rental work? Typically beginning September 1st and running through about January 31st, you can join the club for either $1,000 which gets you unlimited HALF DAY rentals + Tax and fuel or join for $1,500 and receive unlimited FULL DAY rentals + Tax and fuel. There are, of course, a few excluded days in there around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but where in Sarasota can you join a rental club for five months so inexpensively! Give it a try and I’d opt for the full day rental! Mr. CB’s is located just over the Stickney Point Bridge on Siesta Key at 1249 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, 34242. (941)349-4400. Give them a call or stop by!

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November in Sarasota

By | October 26, 2015

November Cornicopia

November Cornicopia
With cooler fall temperatures, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that the Sarasota area has to offer. Here are just a few of the many events going on around town during November:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

Nov. 5th Music at the Point Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Nov. 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Nov. 7th Ferrari’s On The Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 7-8th 27th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Nov. 7th Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Association
Nov. 6-7th Festival of the Skeletons Bradenton Village of the Arts
Nov. 6-8th Sarasota Orchestra “The Emperor” Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Nov. 7-8, 14-15, 22-22nd Sarasota Medieval Fair Sarasota Sarasota Medieval Fair
Nov. 12th Holiday Nights at Ca d’Zan Sarasota Ringling Museum
Nov. 14th Symphony on the Sand Anna Maria Island Symphony on the Sand
Nov. 14-15th St. Armands Circle Fall Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 14th Neighborhood Toy Store Day Sarasota Children’s World Event
Nov. 14th Festa Italiana Lakewood Ranch Festa Italiana
Nov. 13-17th Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition Siesta Key Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Nov. 17th Riverview High School Kilties

Fall Concert

Sarasota RHS Kilties
Nov. 9-16th Sarasota Chalk Festival Venice Chalk Festival
Nov. 14th Antiques, Art and Collectibles Fair Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Nov. 21st Venice Blues Festival Venice Venice Main Street
Nov. 21st Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 19th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Nov. 21st Mixon’s Harvest Festival Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Nov. 21-22nd Sarasota Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Festival.net
Nov. 25th Casey Key/Nokomis Beach Drum Circle Casey Key The Buzz of Venice
Nov. 25th Main Street Live Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 28th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
Nov. 28th Christmas Craft Fair Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 28th Light Up Siesta Key Village Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association

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“Back to Our Roots” at Selby Gardens

By | October 22, 2015

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical GardensMarie Selby Botanical Gardens is featuring the historical exhibit “Back to Our Roots” about its founders during October and November as part of the Gardens’ year-long 40th anniversary celebration.

The exhibit pairs stories of the people who built Selby Gardens’ collection of epiphytic plants alongside beautiful displays of the tropical plants like orchids and bromeliads that they researched. “Back to Our Roots” is on display in the Gardens’ conservatory Oct. 16 – Nov. 15.

The collection notably recognizes Dr. Calaway Dodson, the Gardens’ first executive director, and Dr. Carlyle Luer, the personal physician of Marie Selby and an avid botanist. Both men helped build Selby Gardens, transforming the Bayfront property into a world-renowned botanical garden. They both took part in field expeditions and established the Gardens’ commitment to research and conservation.

“Back to Our Roots” is included with regular admission to Selby Gardens. For a full calendar of all events hosted at Selby Gardens, and to purchase tickets to events in advance, visit www.selby.org, or call 941-366-5731.

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