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June in Sarasota

By | May 30, 2017

June Flowers

June Flowers

Summer begins and school’s out so it’s a fun time to take in 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 June:

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June 1-14th Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Various Savor Sarasota
June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 2nd First Friday Art Walk at Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 3rd Suncoast Dragon Boat Festival at Nathan Benderson Park Sarasota Suncoast International Dragon Boat Festival
June 3rd 3rd Annual Dairy Day Festival Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
June 3rd World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 7th Lance’s Cruzin to the Hop Car Show Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 8-24th Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 9th Friday Night Free Music Venice City of Venice
June 9th US Rowing Youth National Championships Sarasota Bradenton Gulf Islands
June 9-11th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
June 10-11th 16th Annual St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 12th Bradenton Marauders Home Game vs Tampa Bradenton Marauders Schedule
June 13th

August 8th

Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota Parks & Recreation
June 13th

July 29th

“InrediBello” Hair Raising Circus Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 14th Think & Drink Science: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 16th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 17-18th Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
June 17th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Match Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
June 21st Lunch & Learn “Domestication of the Modern Dog” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 24th

July 4th

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
June 24th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia FL Antiques
June 25th Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix
June 26 – July 1st Shark Days at Mote Lido Key Mote Aquarium
June 30th Grand Prix Festival “Boats on Main” Downtown Block Party Sarasota Boat Parade

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Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 17, 2017

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Savor-Sarasota-2017

Sarasota is known for having the #1 beach in the USA but we also have the highest concentrations of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida. During Savor Sarasota (June 1-14th) you can enjoy multi-course meals from the Sarasota area’s famed eateries for just $16 per person for lunch and $32 per person for dinner. And with a spread from Peruvian to French and every flavor in between, you’ll taste your way around the world in no time.

This event is quite popular so be sure to call and make reservations. There are so many choices that you can’t dine at all of them in the two week period but it’s a great time to check out a few. Most of the restaurants participating will have their menu posted on the website so you can check it out ahead of time. Not all are offering a lunch menu so check the website before you plan to visit. To see the list of restaurants, chef profiles and menus as well as other information visit the website at www.savorsarasota.com.

 

 

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Dining at The Coolinary in Sarasota

By | May 9, 2017

The Coolinary

The CoolinaryThe Coolinary was recently voted “The Best Restaurant Redesign” by Sarasota Magazine. The second-story Main Street space has housed a French restaurant, a Creole eatery, a Belgian beer joint, Irish pubs and more. None has looked as sexy as The Coolinary with its romantic bar, whimsical lighting and comfortable mod seats. Ask for a table by a window, where you’ll enjoy Hungarian-inspired cuisine and a rare elevated view of downtown.

The Coolinary InteriorWe visited the restaurant recently and were pleasantly surprised with the neat décor, fabulous cocktails and food that was top notch! The menu consists of the freshest and tastiest vegetables, fruits, and homemade products. Including jams, chutneys, honey, dairy products, cheeses, fish and seafood, and free-range meats. It is a huge part of their core values to exclusively use GMO-free, hormone-free and no artificial ingredients in any of their products. They also have several vegan options. Check out the menu at The Culinary Menu.

They are open Tuesday through Sunday with happy hour from 4-6pm. If you’re looking for a new dining experience downtown I recommend a visit to The Coolinary. They are located upstairs at 1359 Main Street in Sarasota.

For reservations visit their website (thecoolinary.com) or call 941 312 4773.

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May in Sarasota

By | April 24, 2017

May Calendar no year

May Calendar no year

Many of our seasonal residents have returned north so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of May:

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May 1-27th “Dearly Departed” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
May 2-31st “Older Than Dirt” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
May 4-21st “Fences” Venice Venice Theatre
May 5th Main Street Live Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 5th “Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 5-6th May Sidewalk Sale Venice City of Venice
May 5-28th “Beatsville” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
May 6th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
May 6th Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
May 7th Waterski Show (Last of Season) Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
May 12th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
May 12-13th Orchestra in the Outfield Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
May 13th Bradenton Farmers Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 13th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay.com
May 13th Annual Rose Festival Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota Rose Society
May 16-21st “Once on this Island” Venice Venice Theatre
May 19-21st Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
May 20-21st Dig the Beach Volleyball Classic Siesta Key Dig the Beach
May 20-21st St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival Lido Key Paragon Events
May 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 27th Antique Fair of Arcadia Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques
May 27th American Youth Cup III Rowing Regatta Sarasota American Youth Cup
May 27th Venice Brew Bash Venice City of Venice
May 28th A Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day Parade Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
May 29th Memorial Day at Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota Patriot Plaza
May 29th 4th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival Venice Myakka Blues
May 29th Annual Memorial Day Concert Sarasota Sarasota Concert Band

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Sarasota Ski-A-Rees

By | April 18, 2017

ski a rees pyramid

ski a rees pyramidIf you’ve never been to a Ski-A-Rees waterski show you are missing out on a unique event in Sarasota. The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees was Founded October 30, 1957 and is incorporated as a non-profit organization. Membership in the organization is open to youth interested in learning about and developing skills related to water skiing and water safety, and to adults who desire to educate, coach and supervise these youth.

In 1958, Sarasota’s burgeoning community of 35,000 contracted with Cypress Gardens to present a special water-ski show for the Sarasota County Pageant. This event prompted the interest in presenting local water-ski shows. Realizing that outstanding talent was available in Sarasota, the Charter members of the Ski-A-Rees requested the City assist them in obtaining property for the purpose of promoting water skiing as a form of recreation and entertainment. The City responded favorably. With the continued support of the City of Sarasota, the Ski-A-Rees have been able to present weekly water ski shows that have become a Sarasota tradition for over 50 years. The shows are during the winter season on Sunday afternoons at 2pm and there are only three left this year (April 23 & 30 and May 7). Check it out at 1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

http://www.skiarees.com

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Orchestra in the Outfield

By | April 11, 2017

Sarasota Orchestra in the Outfield

Sarasota Orchestra in the OutfieldJoin the Sarasota Orchestra on Friday, May 12th or Saturday May 13th for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Baltimore Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. Winning Pops selections, vocals by fan favorites and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs.

Tickets from $15 will be sold by the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium
Online, phone, and in-person at (941) 893-6300 or Orioles.com/Sarasota.

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April in Sarasota

By | March 25, 2017

April Calendar

April Calendar

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 1st Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Regatta Sarasota World Class Rowing
April 1-3rd Annual Desoto Heritage Bottle Boat Regatta Palmetto DeSoto Historical Society
April 1-9th Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 2nd Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 6th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
April 7-9th 25th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 7-9th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
April 8th EGGstravaganza! Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
April 8-9th 15th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
April 9th Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 11-15th PAL Sailor Circus Sarasota Circus Arts.org
April 14-15th 8th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 15th My Hometown Fest! Sarasota EventBrite.com
April 15th Main Street Live Bradenton Bradenton RiverWalk
April 15th World Circus Day Sarasota Ringling Museum
April 15th 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
April 15-23rd Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 19-30th “Dearly Departed” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
April 21-23rd 35th Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 22nd Keep Sarasota County Beautiful! Various Sarasota County
April 22nd Sarasota Earth Day Celebration Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
April 23rd Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
April 27-30th “Beatsville” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
April 29th DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade Bradenton DeSoto Historical Society
April 29-30th 38th Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta
April 30th 15th Annual “Ride the Beaches” Venice Island Sharky’s

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The Easter Bunny is Coming to Sarasota Jungle Gardens

By | March 15, 2017

Jungle Trails & Bunny Tails

Jungle Trails & Bunny TailsThe Easter Bunny and his friends have been very busy getting ready for Sarasota Jungle Gardens’ annual “Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails” event. They are bringing 40,000 candy-filled Easter Eggs to Jungle Gardens for children to find in this one-of-a-kind Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14. Another Easter gift is that all children’s admissions are half off the regular admission price for this special event!

This year’s event features Egg Hunts at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Guest should bring their own baskets. Other exciting activities include the Bird, Reptile and Wildlife Wonder shows, a petting zoo with animals new to the Gardens, live bunny interactions and many other fun, family-friendly events. Photos with the Easter Bunny and face painting are available for purchase. As always, guests will be able to enjoy up-close interactions with animals and nature, including hand-feeding free roaming flamingos.

For the Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails event, Sarasota Jungle Gardens (3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34232) is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. During this one day event, admission is free for children three and under; $6.50 for children 4-16; $17.99 for adults and $16.99 for senior adults before taxes. Other offers cannot be combined. For more information visit http://www.sarasotajunglegardens.com or call (941)355-5305.

Jungle Gardens

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Calling All Tennis Fans

By | March 11, 2017

Sarasota Open Tennis 2017

Sarasota Open Tennis 2017The Sarasota Open Tennis Championships are coming next month on April 15-23rd. The venue has moved from the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center to the United Tennis Club located at 4511 Bay Club Drive in Bradenton. This is the 10th year of the tournament which attracts some of the top players on the tour as well as some up-and-comers.

I have been to this tournament in several venues over the years and it’s always a great time. You have the opportunity to get up close to the players, coaches and fellow tennis fans. The weather is always great this time of the year so get out and enjoy a day at the Sarasota Open!

United Tennis Club

General and ticketing information can be found at www.sarasotaopen.com

Ticketing and Event Schedule: Men’s Singles and Doubles
Men’s Single Main Draw : 32 Players
Men’s Doubles Main Draw 16 Teams

Saturday April 15th (Opening day of Qualifying rounds)
Kids Day: All children under the age of 18 are admitted free of charge (General Admission Only)
Matches begin at 10AM
No night matches scheduled for this day.

Sunday April 16th (2nd day of Qualifying Rounds)
Matches begin at 10AM
No night matches scheduled for this day

Monday April 17th ( Main Draw Begins)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM
*Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Player’s Party 6PM
*Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Pro-AM (United Tennis Club)

Tuesday April 18th (Main Draw Rd of 32)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Wednesday April 19th (Main Draw Round of 16)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Thursday April 20th (Main Draw Quarterfinals)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Friday April 21st (Main Draw Quarterfinals)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30PM

Saturday April 22nd  Main Draw Semi-Finals)
Matches begin at 11AM

Sunday April 23rd Main Draw Finals
Matches begin at 1PM

Sarasota Open Women’s Invitational (Schedule TBD)
Matches begin Thursday April 20th, 2017

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EggsTRAordinary Cafe

By | March 6, 2017

Eggstraordinary

EggstraordinaryThere’s a new breakfast and lunch spot in town that we have visited a couple of times already. Eggs-TRAordinary Café is located in the southeast corner of the intersection of Bee Ridge and Cattleman in Sarasota. They are open 7am to 3pm daily.

We are always on the lookout for good places for Sunday brunch and found this a couple weeks ago. It’s located in a strip center and recently expanded so the dining room is good sized and can handle quite a few diners. The ambience is casual coastal décor with light colors and well lit. The serve breakfast and lunch at any time and the menu features a good variety of selections.

We had omelets which were generous and tasty with sides of bacon, hash browns and toast. We returned over the weekend for lunch and I ordered a wrap with tarragon chicken salad and homemade chips. The chicken salad was really tasty and fresh and was large enough to share.

If you are in the area and looking for a nice place for breakfast or lunch check it out. They also have a location in Nokomis. Here’s a link to their website for more information or to see the menu: EGGS-TRAordinary Café

 

 

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