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Gecko’s Sports Bar Newest Location

By | April 5, 2018

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gecko-s-grill-pub-stickneyThe Original Gecko’s was established by Mike & Mike just down the street in 1992. Their newest location embraces their heritage of being known for hosting great game watching parties, family celebrations & award-winning Happy Hours. Located just south of the Stickney Point Bridge and 41 at the Gateway to Siesta Key, Gecko’s Stickney Point offers a spacious, newly renovated Sports Bar, fresh, locally sourced fare, American Pub food with a Gourmet Twist, a full bar, Barrel fresh Wine on Tap, and a patio with outside seating.

Sunday - Thursday (11 a.m. - Midnight)
Friday & Saturday (11 a.m. - 1 a.m.)
6606 South Tamiami Trail,  Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941.248.2020

Visit their website at www.geckosgrill.com for other locations, menus, etc.


			

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April in Sarasota

By | March 20, 2018

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 5th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
April 6-8th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
April 6th Moon Over Myakka Concert Series Sarasota Myakka River State Park
April 7-8th SailFest Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Youth Sailing Club
April 7-8th 16th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
April 8th Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 13th Free Music Friday Night Venice City of Venice
April 13-15th 26th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 13-22nd Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 14th Beach’N Food Truck Festival Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
April 14-22nd Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 15 & 29th Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
April 16th Ringling By the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 18-30th “Soul Man” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
April 20-21st 9th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 20-22nd 36th Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 21st Mainly Art at Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
April 21st World Circus Day Celebration Sarasota Ringling Circus Museum
April 21st Sarasota Earth Day Celebration Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
April 25-29th DeSoto Heritage Festival Bradenton DeSoto Historical Society
April 27th Music in the Park Bradenton Bradenton RiverWalk
April 27-30th “Gloria” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
April 28-29th Florida Scholastic Rowing Regatta Sarasota World Class Rowing
April 28-29th 39th Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta
April 29th 16th Annual “Ride the Beaches” Venice Island Sharky’s

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Cannon’s Steakhouse and Tavern

By | March 17, 2018

Cannons SteakhouseThere’s another great steakhouse in Sarasota…Cannons in Gulf Gate is a cross between high-end cuisine and the causal dining atmosphere of a neighborhood tavern. This place is on par with steakhouses such as Ruth Chris and Morton’s for a much more reasonable price. The staff is exceptionally friendly and the entertainment is great.

The menu has something for everyone! They offer steaks, prime rib, one-of-a-kind salads, mouthwatering hamburgers and sandwiches, chicken & fish. Portions are large and sides are definitely shareable. You must try the orange cake for dessert…a Florida favorite!

They are open Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30-9:30pm with happy hour until 6:30 (beer and wine). They are located in Gulf Gate at 6540 Superior Avenue. Call for reservations at 941-924-7171.

For more information or to view the menu visit their website.

 

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Siesta Fiesta Coming Soon

By | March 14, 2018

Siesta Fiesta

Siesta FiestaDon’t miss this fun art and craft show on Siesta Key coming the weekend of April 28 & 29th. This is the 40th year of the show. Stroll along the beach while enjoying fine art and handmade crafts from 200 of the nation’s most talented artists and crafters. Showcasing an extensive collection of work ranging from life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more, this show truly has something for anyone. Complete with an additional green market, this spectacular show also features plants, body products, and tasty dips.

For further details visit ArtFestival.com.

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March in Sarasota

By | February 20, 2018

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 1-11th Florida Strawberry Festival Plant City Florida Strawberry Festival
March 1-4th 24th Annual NMRA Nitro Spring Break Shootout Bradenton NMRA Bradenton Motorsports Park
March 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
March 2nd Moon Over Myakka Concert Sarasota Myakka River State Park
March 3rd Anna Maria Island Heritage Day Anna Maria Anna Maria Island Heritage Society
March 3rd Suncoast Blues Festival Sarasota Suncoast Blues Festival
March 3-4th Sarasota Bradenton Home Show Palmetto Sarasota Bradenton Home Show
March 3-4th Downtown Venice Art Classic Venice ArtFestival.com
March 7-10th 39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival Sarasota The Jazz Club of Sarasota
March 8th Brown Bag Concert Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
March 4,11,18 & 25th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
March 8-11th 90th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo Arcadia Arcadia Rodeo
March 9th Music in the Park Bradenton Bradenton Riverwalk
March 10th Mixon Fruit Farms Annual

Orange Blossom Festival

Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
March 10th 6th Annual Irish Celtic Festival Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
March 10-11th 5th Annual Spring Fine Art Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
March 11th 12th Annual Corvettes in

Venice on the Isle

Venice Venice Florida Corvettes
March 11th Suncoast Concert Band Performance Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
March 16-25th 82nd Annual Sarasota County Fair Sarasota Sarasota Fair
March 17th Gardens in Paradise Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
March 19th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
March 21st Farmhouse Market

at the Phillippi Estate Park

Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
March 23rd Legacy Trail 10th Anniversary Celebration Venice Legacy Trail Friends
March 23-25th Cirque Des Voix Sarasota Key Chorale
March 24-25th 9th Annual Downtown Sarasota Springfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs & Festivals
March 26th Spring Concert Venice Venice Concert Band

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Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo

By | February 13, 2018

Arcadia Rodeo

Arcadia RodeoThe Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is held annually in Arcadia, located in DeSoto County. First held in 1928, it is Florida’s longest running and largest rodeo event. The rodeo has evolved from its pioneer beginnings (when competing cowboys and ranchers matched their skills for the entertainment of local audiences) to a national sport drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation.  Cowboys who compete for purses and points are aiming for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo: the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas.

The schedule of events are Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. Their are no finals. All contestants compete for money and points for the whole weekend. The order of event will stay the same but the stock and contestants change each day.

Arcadia Rodeo Barrel Ride

 

The event runs from Thursday, March 8th through Sunday, March 11th. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. Shootout performs at 1:00 p.m. Mutton Bustin at 1:30 p.m. Rodeo action starts at 2:00 p.m.

 

My kids still talk about going to this event when they were very young so if you haven’t been I encourage you to check it out!

For more information visit ArcadiaRodeo.com

 

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Circus Sarasota Performances Coming in February

By | January 31, 2018

Circus Sarasota Ovation

Circus Sarasota Ovation

Circus Sarasota boasts an impressive roster of international artists pushing human boundaries and leaving audiences awestruck. This year’s performance, titled Ovation, honors the legacy of the circus arts and those who have impacted the artform. Included in an international lineup of all-stars are Russian quick change masters the Smirnovs, unbelievable hand balancers Duo KVAS, and Swiss juggling master Kris Kremo. Also featured in the show are the tempting tricks of the Juju tight wire act, Sylvia Zerbini and her masterful horses, AJ Silver and his laser-sharp lasso act, Italian clown Luigi Folco and Portuguese rola bola artist Dany Daniel. Completing the cast are those daring young men and women on the flying trapeze, The Flying Cortes.

Circus performances start on February 9th and continue through March 4th at the Big Top located behind the UTC Mall behind Dillards.

SAVE TIME! Purchase your tickets ahead of time Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Circus Box Office, 2075 Bahia Vista St. Big Top Box Office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 140 University Town Center Dr. 34243  Beginning February 9 – March 4th, the Big Top Box Office will be open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. until one half hour after last show begins.

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February in Sarasota

By | January 23, 2018

February Hearts

February Hearts

With 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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Feb. 1st Brown Bag Concert Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
Feb. 1st Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Feb. 2nd “Wild About Art” Sarasota Sarasota Audubon Society
Feb. 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood Ranch
Feb. 2nd Riverview Kilties “Sousa Concert” Sarasota Riverview High School Performing Arts
Feb. 3rd 4th Annual Bradenton Area

Riverwalk Regatta

Bradenton Bradenton Events
Feb. 3rd 11th Annual Grand Ovation Lakewood Ranch Ovation
Feb. 3-4th 52nd Annual Orchid Show Venice Venice Area Orchid Society
Feb. 4th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees.com
Feb. 4th 4th Annual Sarasota Music

Half Marathon

Sarasota Sarasota Half Marathon
Feb.5th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 8-11th Wings of Freedom Tour Venice Collings Foundation
Feb. 8-11th 34th Annual Greek Glendi Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 8-19th Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 9-11th 55th Annual Shell Show Palmetto Sarasota Shell Club
Feb. 9-28th Circus Sarasota Winter Performance Sarasota Circus Arts
Feb. 10th Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Rays
Feb. 10-11th 30th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Feb. 11th 30th Annual Antique Collector

Car Show

Venice Venice AACA
Feb. 14th Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
Feb. 14th “Say I Do Again” Siesta Key & Venice Visit Sarasota
Feb. 17th Pittsburgh Pirates 9th Annual Pep Rally Bradenton Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 17-18th 36th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez Cortez-Fish.org
Feb. 22-25th 30th Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 24-25th 9th Annual Sarasota Invitational

Rowing Regatta

Sarasota Sarasota Invitational
Feb. 24th Health & Wellness Expo Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Feb. 24th Le Marche’ Bohemien Sarasota Sarasota Downtown Merchants

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Oak & Stone for Pizza & Beer

By | January 16, 2018

Oak & Stone

Oak & Stone

Oak & Stone restaurant features craft beer and artisan pizza. We had occasion to dine there for a casual night out recently and were happy to find this great spot in the University Parkway/Honore Avenue area of Sarasota.

They have created a place that is suitable for a boys night, a date night, or a family dinner with a warm and welcoming space for all ages. There is an open air kitchen, dining room, full bar, and a variety of seating options including an outside patio area outfitted with gas heaters for this cooler weather, billiards table, corn hole and large screen TV’s with the latest sporting events.

Oak & Stone PizzaTheir artisanal wood-fired pizzas are the star of the menu…handcrafted with dough that undergoes a 36 hour fermentation process with triple filtered water and topped with sauce that will keep you coming back for more.  Whether you are partial to B.Y.O.P. (build your own pie) or selecting one of the many custom craft pizzas. The standard tavern fare is elevated with options such as Sticky Porter BBQ Sliders, Pretzel Crusted Tuna Sashimi, or Triple Cheddar Pale Ale Mac. Fresh offerings such as delicious salads and hummus plate round out the menu. We opted for the BBQ chicken pizza to share along with a salad and this was plenty for two.

Oak & Stone BeerYou can’t forget the beer as Oak & Stone boasts the largest RIFD technology self-serve brew wall in the region, with 56 taps of golden beer goodness that you can pour by the ounce. Showcasing local and American craft breweries. The great thing about this is that you can try a sip before choosing a beer to accompany your meal.

The next time you’re in the mood for a casual night out check out Oak & Stone!

 

 

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Anna’s Deli Siesta Key & Sarasota

By | December 30, 2017

Anna's Deli

Anna's DeliOne of the mainstays in casual dining in Sarasota is Anna’s Deli. They have been around since 1971 and currently operate two locations: one on Siesta Key and one in the University Park area of Sarasota. They are consistently winning “Best Of…” awards in Sarasota.

They do have your typical deli fare but what sets them apart is their specialty sandwiches. I stopped in for lunch recently and had their famous “Surfer” sandwich which features thinly sliced turkey, ham and cucumber with swiss cheese and their special sauce. This is served on your choice of bread which is always fresh. The sandwich easily feeds two people and at around $8 is a real bargain!

The restaurants are open from 10:30am to 4:00pm daily. You can eat in or take out from either location. To view the menu and locations visit www.annasdelis.com or call 941-349-4888.

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