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Ponies Under the Palms Mustang Show

By | October 15, 2018

Mustang Car

Mustang CarIf there’s one great thing for a Mustang fan living in the southern parts of the country it is many car shows are planned through the fall and winter months that keep the hobby going while the northern states have everything buttoned up in the garage for the winter. One of Florida’s popular shows is the annual Ponies Under the Palms Mustang & Ford Show in held on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. This year marks the 27th annual event and it will be held on Sunday, November 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The show features Mustangs of all years and Ford-powered vehicles like Falcons, Thunderbirds, Fairlanes, and even a Ford GT supercar or two. Ford car and truck owners can enter their vehicles for popular vote-style judging, awards, and prizes. Details are available at www.mustangclubofwestcentralflorida.org. The event is open to the public for viewing and there are multiple stores, restaurants, and more for show attendees and visitors to shop or grab a bite to eat.



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Millie’s Restaurant Cafe

By | October 8, 2018


millies-tea-2_medMillie’s has been a staple in Sarasota for over 20 years serving the after-church, and daily business crowds. They are open 7 days a week from 7am to 2:30pm. On Wednesdays they are open from 3-5pm for afternoon tea (reservations required) and also available for private tea parties for special events (birthdays, showers, book clubs, etc.). In addition to all this they offer catering as well.

We have been there for breakfast and lunch at various times over the years and you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. The food is always fresh and delicious! To view the menu click here.

Millie’s is located at 3900 Clark Road. For more information or to make a reservation give them a call at 941-923-4054.

Millie's Front

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October in Sarasota

By | September 24, 2018




The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out:

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Oct. 3rd Phillippi Farmhouse Market Sarasota Farmhouse Market
Oct. 4th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Oct. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 5th First Friday Gallery Art Walk Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Oct. 5-7th Gem & Jewelry Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
Oct. 6th 4th Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ Lakewood Ranch Music Compound
Oct. 6th 24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Oct. 6-28th 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest Sarasota Fruitville Grove
Oct. 7th Top Dog Show @ Van Wezel Sarasota Top Dog SRQ
Oct. 13th Jaguar Concours de Elegance Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 13th Flower Show Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
Oct. 13th Sidewalk Astronomy Bradenton Sidewalk Astronomy
Oct. 13th 13th Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale Sarasota UF Extension
Oct. 13-14th Hungarian Festival Sarasota Sarasota Hungarian Festival
Oct. 13-28th 27th Annual Hunsader Farms

Pumpkin Festival

Bradenton Hunsader Farms
Oct. 14th 19th Annual Firehouse

Chili Cook Off

Sarasota Morton’s
Oct. 19-21st Sun Fiesta Venice Women’s Sertoma Club
Oct. 19-21st Coin Show Sarasota Sarasota Manatee Coin Clubs
Oct. 20th 21st Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Oct. 20-21st St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 20-21st Arcadia Fall Rodeo Arcadia ArcadiaRodeo.com
Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28th Pumpkin Patch Express Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Oct. 26th Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 26-27th Sarasota Celtic Music Fest Sarasota CeltoberFest.org
Oct. 27-28th UTC Fine Art Fair Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Oct. 31st Fright Night on St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association

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Art Ovation Rooftop Bar

By | September 11, 2018


perspective-rooftop-poolThe new Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota is now open and one of the many unique features of the hotel is their rooftop bar, Perspective, which has an upbeat and laid back atmosphere. The bar is adjacent to the hotel’s pool where they were setting up for some live music when we visited recently. We found it to be a great spot for drinks and light bites and perfect for watching the setting sun. They have numerous umbrellas so you can get out of the sun and still enjoy great views of Sarasota.

The service was prompt and super friendly.  They have a full bar lineup with several signature crafted cocktails. We had Sunset Through the Skyspace and Flowers on the Wall. Both were unique and tasty. Since we were early in the evening we decided on an appetizer Chicken Quesadilla which was served piping hot and delicious. Check out the full menu here: Perspective Menu

Art Ovation is located at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue. The Palm Avenue Garage is right behind the hotel for convenient parking.

Art Ovation Hotel Map



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Master Gardener Plant Sale

By | September 6, 2018

Master Gardener

Master GardenerDon’t miss the 13th annual Master Gardener Plant Sale by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. This is a FREE family-friendly fall gardening event featuring sustainable gardening education, landscape problem diagnosis, and thousands of plants for sale, plus an open house highlighting all UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County has to offer.

Date:  October 13, 2018

Time:  8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location:  UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Twin Lakes Park, Green Building
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota 34241

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Master Gardeners Chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, which supports Master Gardener education outreach programs in Sarasota County. Purchases may be made by cash or check.

Plant Sale: Find your right plant, for the right price!

EdFest Open House: See all that Extension has to offer you!

For more information visit UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

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September in Sarasota

By | August 24, 2018

September 2018

September 2018


This month marks the beginning of the fall season. Here’s just a sampling of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of September:

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Sept. 1st 15th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 1-23rd “Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 1-2nd 10th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 1-2nd 72nd Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Sailing Squadron
Sept. 1-3rd Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 1-3rd Tampa Bay Labor Day Soccer Tournament Lakewood Ranch Chargers Soccer
Sept. 6th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 7th First Friday Gallery Walk Sarasota PalmAvenue.org
Sept. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Events
Sept. 8th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota SarasotaFarmersMarket.org
Sept. 8-9th “A Hole In the Head Gang” Wild West Train Robbery Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Sept.12-16th Dennis Blair @ McCurdy’s Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Sept. 13-30th “Anne of Green Gables” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 14th Friday Fest – Dr. Dave Band Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 14-16th Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Sept. 15th Life’s A Beach Triathlon Siesta Key Sarasota Triathlon
Sept. 15th A Taste of Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Opera
Sept. 15th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 20th Ladies Night on the Circle Lido Key St Armands Circle Assn.
Sept. 22nd Museum Day Live Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 22nd Arcadia Antiques Fair Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
Sept. 22nd Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Ellenton Bradentucky Bombers
Sept. 23rd Bradenton Blues Brunch Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Sept. 25th National Public Lands Day Various National Environmental Education Foundation
Sept. 28th Beer Garden Bazaar Night Market Bradenton Motorworks Brewing

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New Dining Option at Whole Foods

By | August 7, 2018

Whole Foods Brasserie Logo

Whole Foods Brasserie LogoWhole Foods just opened recently at University Parkway and Honore Avenue (near UTC) in Sarasota. The grocery part of the store is set up like you would expect but in the front corner they have a café named Brasserie Honore. It is a French themed menu and a very casual space. There are quite a few tables and a bar with beer and wine service. All of the food is prepared behind the bar.

Whole Foods MusselsWe checked it out and were able to take advantage of their Happy Hour (4-7 pm) which offers a $2 discount on beer, wine, personal pizzas and burgers if you sit at the bar. They feature several beers from local breweries. The menu has selections that would be good any time of day from Toast & Egg in the morning to Main Courses for dinner. I ordered the Moules-Frites (mussels served with black truffle fries) and my husband ordered a Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich.

I wouldn’t call this fine dining but it was certainly good food and convenient to grab a bite before shopping…you don’t want to grocery shop hungry!



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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel

By | July 31, 2018

Friday Fest 2018 Rebel Heart

Friday Fest 2018 Rebel Heart

Summer is in full swing and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall continues to host Friday Fest  which is a free outdoor concert series. On August 17th from 5-9pm the band Rebel Heart will be performing. This is a fun event on the south bayside lawn where you can bring a chair, blanket or whatever to sit on. Many vendors are available for food and drink purchase. Outside food and drinks are not permitted.

Rebel Heart’s music features some of today’s most popular country songs, mixed with a healthy dose of hits from pop, rock, dance, and the blues. Rebel Heart’s 5-piece band puts on a high-energy, powerful and melodic country rock act that is a must-see!

The bayside lawn is the perfect spot to enjoy a Sarasota sunset so come out and join in the fun!

For more information visit: http://www.vanwezel.org/boxoffice/rebel-heart/

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August in Sarasota

By | July 24, 2018

August Calendar

August Calendar

There are so many things to do in paradise this month. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of August:

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Aug. 1-4th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota SarasotaSlam.com
Aug. 1-5th Florida State DanceSport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance
Aug. 2-4th 6th Annual Summer Cabaret Festival Venice Venice Theatre
Aug. 3rd Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Aug. 3rd Live Music in the Park Sarasota Cafe in the Park
Aug. 3-5th Tampa Bay Comic Con Tampa Tampa Bay Comic Con
Aug. 4th Art Making at the Children’s Welcome Center Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Aug. 4th Aquapalooza Sarasota MarineMax
Aug. 4th Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 4-5th Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
August 4th 4th Annual Manatee County-Wide

Pet Adopt-A-Palooza

Palmetto VolunteerMatch.org
Aug. 4-5th ReptiCon Sarasota ReptiCon.com
Aug. 5th Very Merry Jerry Day Sarasota WSLR Sarasota
Aug. 7th Final Kids Summer Beach Run Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 8-19th “On Golden Pond” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 9-26th “Newsies” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Aug. 11th Tiki Fest Punta Gorda Fisherman’s Village
Aug. 16th Venice Wine Walk Venice Venice Calendar
Aug. 17th Rebel Heart @ Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 17-19th Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
Aug. 18-28th 62nd Annual Englewood Pioneer Festival Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Aug. 21-31st “Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 21-26th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 25th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 25th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society

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A Day in Englewood

By | July 17, 2018

Farlow's Logo

Farlow's LogoWe recently took a day trip down to Englewood as we had never had an occasion to check out the town. Since we arrived close to noon we found a great lunch spot called Farlow’s On The Water. The owner, Keith Farlow, grew up in the Caribbean and you can find dishes on the menu that have that influence. His wife has a passion for Southern cooking so there is also a southern twist on the menu like fried green tomatoes. All of the food is made fresh daily and the herbs used are grown in their garden right at the restaurant. We ordered the fish tacos and a grouper sandwich which were well prepared and delicious. You can check out their menu here: http://www.farlowsonthewater.com

Farlow's WaterfrontFarlow’s participated in the Savor Sarasota promotion in June and has extended that special menu through July so you can have a multi-course lunch for $16 per person and dinner for $32 per person.  They have inside and outside dining and a cozy bar with a great selection of specialty cocktails. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

After lunch we headed over to historic Dearborn Street. On the first Saturday of every month they have a car show called Cruisin’ On Dearborn. The event actually doesn’t start until 5pm but cars arrive much earlier to get the best spot. There are many quaint shops and restaurants along the street and it’s just a fun place to stroll around. They frequently have events on Dearborn Street so check out this website to see what’s happening now: https://oldeenglewood.com


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