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Ringling International Arts Festival

By | September 15, 2016

Ringling Museum Night

Ringling Museum NightOctober 13- 16, 2016

With daring audacity and riveting virtuosity, performers from across America and around the world are coming to Sarasota for the most innovative, inventive, and exhilarating RIAF yet.   From the “down under” antics of Australian acrobats, to the “over the top” brilliance of internationally-acclaimed musicians, actors, and dancers, the 2016 Ringling International Arts Festival is your opportunity to experience the outrageously sublime, the profoundly surreal, and even the hilariously catastrophic.

With affordably priced performances – all presented in three theaters within walking-distance proximity, you can park the car once and enjoy the entire day. Lunch and dinner are available on-site.

Included with your RIAF performance ticket:

Enjoy free admission (with purchase of RIAF performance ticket) to Museum of Art and the Circus Museum. (Fri-Sat, Oct 14-15, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Sun, Oct 16, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Lounge on the Lawn – Share Lite-bites and Libations (FRI, OCT 14, 3:00-7:30 PM; SAT, OCT 15, NOON-7:30 PM; SUN, OCT 16, NOON-5:00 PM)

After-hours Jazz (FRI & SAT, OCT 14-15, 9:00-10:30 PM)

Enjoy Many Performance and Save!

Purchase 7 RIAF productions and SAVE 20%
Purchase 4–6 RIAF productions and SAVE 10%

Purchase Tickets online, in person or by calling 941-360-7399

For more information visit Ringling Museum of Art

 

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Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show

By | August 31, 2016

Home Show

Don’t miss the Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show being held at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds from September 16 through 18th. This home show event is designed for homeowners who are in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. The show includes home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. Plus with the exhibitors’ special, show-only deep discounts, you have a fantastic opportunity to shop, compare and save all under one roof – in a fun, interactive environment!

Think about that for a moment: you could spend days searching the internet for contractors, then setting up appointments and meeting them at your home. Or you can spend an afternoon getting to know selected home improvement professionals until you find the right one for your project. Saving you time – and money!

With a combination of new products and expert advice from the pros, get inspired with countless ideas on enhancing your home’s comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value.

Best of all, admission is free!

So whether you are a new homeowner, or someone who has lived in your home for years, anyone with an interest in updating, enhancing, or creating a new look or amenity for their home will enjoy this event.

For more information visit Home Show Florida

 

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For Live Music Head to the Blue Rooster

By | August 29, 2016

Blue Rooster

Blue RoosterFor live entertainment and some of the best bands around town, head to the Blue Rooster on Fourth Street between Lemon and Orange. Open every day but Sunday and Monday for dinner, this is the place for good southern comfort food and a fun atmosphere. The Blue Rooster menu features New American Southern fare which takes simple, locally-sourced base ingredients and transforms them into true blue southern comfort cuisine with a down home twist.They have a full bar with happy hour specials from 5-7 pm daily. On Sundays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm they have a Gospel Brunch complete with a southern buffet featuring live gospel plus traditional and contemporary spirituals!

To view the full lineup of music click here.

Blue Rooster is located at 1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota FL
Telephone 941-388-7539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.blueroostersrq.com/music

 

 

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September in Sarasota

By | August 26, 2016

Sept 2016

Sept 2016

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Sept. 1st Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 1-25th “The GiGi’s” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 2-3rd Village of the Arts ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Sept. 2-4th 70th Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Regatta Network
Sept. 3rd Tampa Bay Labor Day Soccer Tournament Lakewood Ranch Chargers Soccer
Sept. 3rd 13th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 3-4th 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 3-5th Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 5th 4th Annual Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 7th Classic Car Show @ Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 10th Literacy Amongst the Trees Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 10th “Viva Sarasota” Latino Festival Sarasota Spotlight Events
Sept. 10th The Manasota India Festival Palmetto Manasota India Fest
Sept. 11th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key SkiARees.com
Sept. 11th Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service Bradenton Riverwalk
Sept. 12th Tapas & Taps Bradenton Darwin Brewing Company
Sept. 15th “Sylvia” Love & Laughter Unleashed Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 16-18th Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Sept. 17th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 17th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota SarasotaFarmersMarket.org
Sept. 23-25th Fisherman’s Village Pirate Festival Punta Gorda Fisherman’s Village
Sept. 23rd Friday Fest – Dr. Dave Band Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 23rd Antiques, Arts & Crafts & More Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Sept. 24th 32nd Annual Siesta Key Triathlon Siesta Key Sarasota YMCA
Sept. 24th Museum Day Live Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 24th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota
Sept. 30th Bobby Slayton @ McCurdy’s Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

 

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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | August 1, 2016

Friday Fest 2016The Van Wezel Friday Fest FREE Outdoor Summer Concert Series for 2016 brings the best local bands to the Sarasota Bayfront. With great music, food and fun, come spend an evening with us on our bayside lawn, soaking in the soothing sounds and setting sun.

Coming August 26th at 5:00pm Rebelheart will perform! Showcasing a contemporary blend of Country music, Sarasota’s own, Rebelheart’s talented musicians have been performing locally, generating a strong following by playing some of today’s best-known Country hits.

Click here Friday Fest for more information.

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August in Sarasota

By | July 29, 2016

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Aug. 2-7th Florida State Dancesport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance
Aug. 3-21st “The God of Isaac” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 4th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 5th Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Aug. 5-6th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 5-6th ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Aug. 6th Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 6-7th Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
Aug. 8-15th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 10-21st “Bell, Book & Candle” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 11th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Aug. 12th Free Concert in Centennial Park Venice Venice Main Street
Aug. 13th Music on the Porch Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Aug. 13-14th Train Excursions Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Aug. 13th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society
Aug. 15-20th Shark Days at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
Aug. 17-21st John DeBoer – Stand Up Comedy Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 19th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Pups at the Point Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Aug. 26th Rebelheart at Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 26th Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village Sarasota Historic Downtown Village
Aug. 26-28th Big Cat Habitat Animal Sanctuary Sarasota Big Cat Habitat
Aug. 27th Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Aug. 27th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques

 Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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Wheat + Water Italian Kitchen in Bradenton

By | July 20, 2016

Wheat + Water

Wheat + WaterWe visited Wheat + Water with a group of friends recently and found it to be more than your run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. Located in the Beall’s shopping center on SR70, it is convenient to Lakewood Ranch and I-75. We had some excellent pasta dishes and great service.

Wheat + Water presents the great flavors of Italy using only the finest ingredients from Italy and the United States. Their Chefs prepare food fresh daily which include versions of the classic Italian dishes inspired from the various regions of Italy. The pasta is imported from Italy or made fresh depending on the sauce that is used for the dish. Soup and sauces are made fresh in-house. The menu features artisanal cured meats and choice aged steak and chops that are char-grilled to perfection.

They also serve regional craft beers and inspired hand crafted cocktails. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, happy hour from 4-6:30pm daily. Online reservations are accepted.

Ph: 941-216-3562 | 7303 52nd Place East Bradenton, Fl

Visit their website at http://wheatpluswater.com

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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix and Festival

By | June 30, 2016

Boat RacesStarting on June 25th and running through July 4th Sarasota will be home to many events included in the Powerboat Grand Prix and Festival. From the opening golf tournament, car show, fishing tournament, downtown block party and boat parade to the boat races and fireworks on July 4th there will be lots to do in and around Sarasota.

The funds raised by these events support Suncoast Charities for Children which provides services that impact over 8,000 children, teens and adults with special needs and their families each year. It’s a great cause as well as a great time for our town.

For a complete schedule of events click here.

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Home Prices and Inventory are on the Rise

By | June 28, 2016

Median-home-prices-riseThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that the housing data for May reveals that inventory numbers are rising along with the mercury for the Sarasota and Manatee two-county area, likely the result of sellers taking advantage of rising prices. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is up 15.3 percent from May last year, and up 20.2 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory is also on the rise in Sarasota County, up 33 percent, while Manatee County experienced a 17.4 percent increase year-over year.

The continued decline in the number of distressed property sales (foreclosures and short sales) really shows the recovery and health of our market. In May, only 5.1 percent of closed sales were distressed, compared to 15.8 percent for the same month last year, fast approaching the historic average of about 2 percent. Distressed sales for single family homes in the two-county area represented only 5.9 percent, and distressed condo sales were only 3.5 percent. At their peak a few years ago, 48 percent of all sales were distressed.

To view the full press release and statistical charts visit Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee

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July in Sarasota

By | June 26, 2016

American Flag 1

American Flag 1

Celebrate our nation’s independence this month by getting out and enjoying all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of July:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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July 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
July 1st “Live from Downtown” First Friday Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
July 1-4th Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
July 1-2nd Summer Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 1-30th Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling.org
July 2nd Bradenton Marauders vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs & Fireworks Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
July 3rd Siesta Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
July 4th Fourth of July Fireworks 26th Anniversary Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 4th 5th Annual Fourth Festival Palmetto City of Palmetto
July 5-26th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
July 6-31st “The Roommate” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 7th Learn to Bowl @ Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club Sarasota Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club
July 9th ReptiDay at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota
July 13-24th “Cyrano De Burgershack” Sarasota The Players Theater
July 13-31st “How I Got Over” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
July 14-16th 8th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 15-16th Christmas in July Venice Venice Main Street
July 22nd Free Friday Night Music Venice City of Venice
July 22-23rd “The Wiz” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
July 23rd Antique Flea Market Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 23rd Snooty’s 68th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 23rd Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
July 23rd Antiques, Arts & Craft Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
July 23-24th 5th Annual Mystic Faire Sarasota Mystic Faires
July 29th “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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