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Sarasota YMCA Masters Swim Team

By | January 30, 2017

US Masters Swimming Logo

US Masters Swimming LogoSarasota has so many quality programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. The Master’s swim team is no exception.   The Masters program has been in Sarasota for over 15 years and in that time they have created a wonderful environment to go and get a quality workout while meeting some of the friendliest and most interesting people. There are 4 different practice times offered each day and there are three different practices offered based on ability. Practices are held at the Potter Park YMCA in Palmer Ranch.

YMCA Sharks Pool

For more information visit the website at www.sharksmasters.org

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February in Sarasota

By | January 28, 2017

February Events

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Feb. 2nd Brown Bag Concert Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
Feb. 2nd Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Feb. 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood Ranch
Feb. 3-4th Shake, Rattle & Soul Fest Sarasota Shake, Rattle & Soul Fest
Feb. 3-5th 54th Annual Shell Show Palmetto Sarasota Shell Club
Feb. 4th Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta Bradenton Bradenton Events
Feb. 4th Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Rays
Feb. 4th 23rd Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Feb. 4-5th 51st Annual Orchid Show Venice Venice Area Orchid Society
Feb. 7th 14th Annual Anna Maria Jazz Fest Anna Maria Island MySuncoast.com
Feb. 9-12th 33rd Annual Greek Glendi Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 9-20th Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 9-26th Circus Sarasota Winter Performance Sarasota Circus Arts
Feb. 11-12th 29th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Feb. 11-12th 23nd Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival Siesta Key ArtFestival.com
Feb. 12th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees.com
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. 16-19th Wings of Freedom Tour Venice Collings Foundation
Feb. 18th Pittsburgh Pirates 8th Annual Pap Rally Bradenton Pirates Facebook
Feb. 18-19th 35th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez Cortez-Fish.org
Feb. 20th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 20th Orioles Spring Training @ SpringFest Sarasota MLB Orioles Springfest
Feb. 23-26th 28th Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 25th A Taste of Mixon’s Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Feb. 25-26th 7th Annual Sarasota Invitational

Rowing Regatta

Sarasota Sarasota Invitational
Feb. 25th Le Marche’ Bohemien Sarasota Sarasota Downtown Merchants

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The Beach House Restaurant

By | January 26, 2017

Beach House

Beach HouseEd Chiles, owner of the Chiles Restaurant Group, remodeled the interior of the Beach House last year and we visited over the weekend. The new décor is now a more upscale beach atmosphere with a large central bar facing the Gulf of Mexico. Even the menu is not your typical beachfront fare.

The BeachHouse Interior

There is a good variety with many dishes that have locally sourced ingredients which is their focus these days. We snacked on the smoked fish dip which was quite good and then ordered seafood dinners; mine was grouper tornedoes topped with spinach, sundried tomatoes and a lemon caper sauce over risotto. My husband ordered a mixed seafood plate with scallops, shrimp and grouper. Both were excellent.

Beach House Deck

The outdoor deck of the restaurant is currently under construction but they still have plenty of outdoor tables for dining. If you haven’t ever been to the Beach House or haven’t been lately, I recommend you check it out as the food is delicious and the view can’t be beat…that is unless you visit one of the sister restaurants; the Sand Bar on Anna Maria Island or Mar Vista on Longboat Key. All three get five stars in my book!

For more information visit http://beachhouse.groupersandwich.com.

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Thunder by the Bay Coming to Lakewood Ranch

By | January 1, 2017

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thunder-by-the-bayWhen Thunder by the Bay roars into its new home in Lakewood Ranch in January the free event will feature a headlining performance by Blue Oyster Cult, the rock band responsible for such timeless hits as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You.” Blue Oyster Cult is still led by founding lead guitarist, singer and songwriter Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Eric Bloom, who have thrilled fans with regular touring since the release of the band’s self-titled debut album in 1972.

The “Rockin’ & Ridin’ at The Ranch” Festival will be held at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch on January 7th & 8th (10:00 am until 10:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sunday).

In addition to two days of live music, there will be numerous other attractions at the motorcycle festival, which is making its debut at Lakewood Ranch following 18 years in downtown Sarasota. Thunder by the Bay raises funds for host Suncoast Charities and its partners to help people with disabilities and special needs.

FREE PARKING AND ADMISSION!!!

Lots of Vendors – Bigger Demo Displays – Food Court Area

Comfortable Festival Seating Under The “Big Top”

“Taste of Thunder” Area – Featuring Craft Beer, Wine, & Spirits – $10 for 5 tastings (Hours 1:00 p.m. til 4:00 p.m.)

People’s Choice “Light Up The Night” Bike Show – Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

18 Class Bike Show – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information visit Thunder By The Bay.

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January in Sarasota

By | December 30, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New YearKick 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. 5-8th Thunder by the Bay

Motorcycle Festival

Sarasota Thunder by the Bay
Jan. 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 7th Sidewalk Astronomy Holmes Beach Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 7-8th Annual Orchid Expo Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 7-8th 10th Annual Coquina Beach

“Winter Fest”

Bradenton Beach Winterfest
Jan. 12-15th Fun in the Sun Miniature Show Venice MiniaturiaUnlimited.com
Jan. 12-22nd Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 13th Full Moon Concert Sarasota Myakka River State Park
Jan. 14th All Trails Hike Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Jan. 14th Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market Anna Maria Island Thieves Market
Jan. 14th 14th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota Wilde Automotive/Sarasota YMCA
Jan. 14th 29th Annual Circus Ring of Fame

Induction

Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 14-15th 5th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
Jan. 14-15th Venice Home Show Venice Venice Home Show
Jan. 15th Temple Sinai’s 9th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 16th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Jan. 20-21st Venice-Nokomis Rotary

25th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival

Venice Venice Nokomis Rotary
Jan. 20-22nd Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
Jan. 20-22nd Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Jan. 21st Classic Antique Car Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 21st Barefoot Beach Bazaar Nokomis Sarasota County Parks
Jan. 21-22nd 19th Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs and Festivals
Jan. 27th 47th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser

Collector Car Meet

Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club
Jan. 27-28th Suncoast Blues Festival Lakewood Ranch Suncoast Blues Festival
Jan. 28th Gasparilla Piratefest Parade Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 28-29th 14th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival Lido Key ArtFestival.com
Jan. 30th Venice Concert Band Winter Concert Venice Venice Performing Arts Center

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Dockside Waterfront Grill in Venice

By | December 28, 2016

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dockside-waterfront-grillLooking for a great casual waterfront restaurant? The owners of the popular Gecko’s restaurants purchased the Marker 4 restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf Marina recently. The decor has been updated but they retained the large tiki hut for that tropical feel. It is situated in the center of the marina so a great spot for boat and people watching.

Many of our favorite dishes from Gecko’s are on the new menu along with many more with an emphasis on fresh seafood. They have a full bar and daily drink specials. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

If you’re looking for a fun spot on the water check them out…you’ll be glad you did!

To get directions and/or view the menu visit their website.

 

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“Moon Over the Brewery” at The Island Players on Anna Maria Island

By | December 22, 2016

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moon-over-the-breweryThe Island Players Theater on Anna Maria Island is in the midst of their 68th season and will be presenting “Moon Over The Brewery” opening on January 12th and running through the 29th. The play was written by Bruce Graham and directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland. It’s a story about Miriam, a full-time waitress and part-time painter who would enjoy male companionship, but her precocious teenage daughter, and Randolph, her imaginary friend, have managed to drive away all suitors. Can Warren, the new mailman, succeed where others have failed?  

This is an intimate theater experience as there are 143 total seats and not a bad seat in the house! Plan to visit for a memorable evening of outstanding entertainment.

Regular Show Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. The Box Office is open 10 days before opening night,
Monday through Saturday, 9AM-1PM for information and ticket sales and 1 hour before all performances for “Will Call” only.  All tickets will be held in “Will Call” at the box office for pickup. Tickets are $20.
For more information call (941) 778-5755 or visit The Island Players.

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Sarasota Polo Season 2017

By | December 18, 2016

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sarasota-poloThe 2017 Sarasota Polo season begins Sunday, December 30th. Below are dates for public matches, which are held every Sunday through April 9th. Gates open at 10 a.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m.

New this season, the club will host matches on the last Friday of the month at 3 p.m. Gates for these games open at 2 p.m.

Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information visit sarasotapolo.com.

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 27 and 29th

Feb. 5, 12, 19, 24 and 26th

March 5, 11, 12, 19, 26 and 31st

April 2 and 9th

The Sarasota Polo Club is located in Lakewood Ranch at 8201 Polo Club Lane.

 

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Chanukah Celebration

By | December 14, 2016

chanukah

chanukahThe Chanukah holiday will again be celebrated on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street, where Chabad of Bradenton will host their annual Chanukah Extravaganza on Tuesday, December 27th from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Chabad will build a Giant Sock Menorah and kindle the menorah at 6:00 pm. This will be followed by a PowerSkip Show from Fight or Flight productions, Chanukah music, Falafel with Yoav, Kosher BBQ sponsored by Bogey’s, and Kona’s Ice Truck! Chanukah activities at this event will include Chanukah Art, Orit’s Doughnut Decorating, Face Painting, Judah Maccabee Meets, Dreidel Moonbounce, Hot Latkes, Raffles, and more.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Socks may be dropped off at The Chabad House located at 5712 Lorraine Road in advance or brought to the event to benefit the homeless of Manatee County.

For more information, call 941-952-3030.

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Sarasota Concert Association Free Music Matinee

By | December 12, 2016

concert

concertThe Sarasota Concert Association’s free Music Matinee Series continues its 2016-2017 season with trumpeter Aaron Romm and Steinway artist Avis Romm, piano, Wed., Dec. 21st at noon, at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Their diverse program features standard trumpet, opera and swing pieces, including works by J.N. Hummel, Rafael Mendez, Harry James, Mozart and Ravel. “Audiences can also expect to hear a holiday carol or two,” says Aaron Romm, adding, “I take on several roles in this concert, and Avis masterfully takes on the role of the entire orchestra!” Not bad for a free concert!

The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center is located at 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Concert Association

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