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University Town Center Mall Opening Soon

By | October 1, 2014

University Town Center Mall

October 16, 2014 is the big day!

University Town Center Mall

If you are wondering what stores are going to be at the new Mall at University Town Center like I have, here is a link to view the complete list! http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/complete-list-of-stores-at-mall-at-sarasota-s-university/article_45c7e672-3db7-11e4-a576-0017a43b2370.html I can hardly contain the excitement that all these new stores will bring! How do you feel?

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September in Sarasota

By | August 27, 2014

Sept 2014

Sept 2014

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 Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 1st Canes Classic 5K Bradenton Bradenton Runners Club
Sept. 2nd Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 4th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 5th “Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night!” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Assn.
Sept. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 6th The Manasota India Festival Palmetto Gujaratia Association of Manasota
Sept. 6-7th Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 11th Lakewood Ranch Remembers 9-11 Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Sept. 12th Friday Night Free Music with Melanie Massel Venice Venice Main Street
Sept. 12th Burns Square “Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night!” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Assn.
Sept. 12-15th “Dames at Sea” The Musical Bradenton Manatee Players
Sept. 13th Parrish En Plein Air Parrish Parrish Arts Council
Sept. 13th Kids Make Your Own Gum Event Sarasota Children’s World
Sept. 18th Main Street Live Bradenton City of Bradenton
Sept. 19-22nd Southwest Florida Fall Classic Figure Skating Ellenton Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club
Sept. 20th Yoga on the Terrace Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 21st Battle of the Best BBQ Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Sept. 26th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 26-28th 31st Annual Oktoberfest at Geier’s Market Sarasota Geier’s Sausage Kitchen
Sept. 27-28th National Public Lands Day Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 27th Mixon’s Art & Craft Festival Bradenton Mixon’s Fruit Farm
Sept. 27th 4th Annual International Beer Festival Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo Club
Sept. 27-28th Suncoast Gun Show Palmetto Suncoast Gun Shows

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Summer Beach Runs on Siesta Key

By | June 29, 2014

SK summer beach runOn Tuesday evenings throughout the summer the Manasota Track Club sponsors summer beach runs at Siesta Key Beach. The kids’ race starts at 6:30pm followed by the adult race at 7:00pm. This is a great way to get out and enjoy the beach and summer fun. You don’t even have to run…I’ve seen many walkers and moms with kids in strollers join in.

They have different races and themes throughout the summer. For more information visit their website at www.manasotatrackclub.org.

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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30th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Coming Soon!

By | June 1, 2014

Suncoast Super Boat

Suncoast Super BoatThe 2014 Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival will start on June 28th and continue until the big race day on July 6th. As far back as I can remember, one of the things I enjoyed when I visited my parents in Sarasota in the summertime was the boat parade. This still takes place but the festival has grown to a 9 day event which has a variety of activities all leading up to the big race on Sunday, July 6th. Here is a list of what has been planned for this year:

Saturday June 28th           Aqua Plumbing & Air Grand Prix Golf Tournament

Sunday June 29th             Car Show

Boat & Personal Watercraft “Fun Run”

Tuesday July 1st             “A Nautical Night of Giving” Fundraiser

Wednesday July 2nd          “Fleming’s Fan Fest” with Local Race Teams

Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

Thursday July 3rd            Festival Parade of Boats

“Boats by the Bay” Downtown Block Party

Friday July 4th              Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular!!

Saturday July 5th            Powerboats by the Bay

Motorcycle Freedom Ride

“Miss Super Boat Grand Prix” Bikini Contest

“Meet & Greet Who’s In The Drivers Seat”

Sunday July 6th              Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race

For detailed information on all of the events visit their website at http://suncoastoffshore.org


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Final Waterski Show for the Season

By | April 23, 2014

Sarasota Ski A Rees

Sarasota Ski A ReesIf you haven’t seen the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees waterski show, your last chance for this season is coming up on Sunday, May 4th. The show takes place at Ken Thompson Park on Lido Key on Sunday afternoons during the winter season at 2:00PM. The show is open to the public and no admission is charged but they do take donations at the end of the performance. If you’ve never seen this show it’s worth checking out!

For more information visit their website at http://www.skiarees.com/.


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Oscar Scherer State Park Winter Concert Series

By | March 31, 2014

Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park“Florida Civil War History Music” on Saturday April 5th 1:00-4:00pm.  This winter concert series features Brian Smalley with his CD “Chicken Pigs” which is a play set in Florida during the American Civil War. Often called a “Cracker Opera”, this is a historical fiction with a cast of twelve and set to music.  Brian is truly an entertainer with his high energy and engaging guitar performance .  Cost is $5 pp plus the normal entrance fees.  Hot dogs, water and ice cream will be available for purchase.

Oscar Scherer State Park is located in Osprey at 1843 South Tamiami Trail. For more information call the park at 941-483-5956.

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26th Annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts

By | February 27, 2014

Anna-Maria-Island-2014-posterAnna Maria Island is once again home to the Annual Springfest and Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts.  This event is being held the 2nd weekend of March and will attract artists and art lovers from all over the country.  Come visit this quaint barrier island and enjoy great art  as well as food, music, great people watching, and an abundance of sunshine.  Stroll around and visit the different booths that will showcase many types of artwork, including clay, photography, jewelry, graphics, water colors and sculptures, just to name a few.

The Springfest will be held on March 8th and 9th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at City Hall Fields, Holmes Beach.

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24th Annual Historic Homes Tour

By | February 20, 2014

24th Annual Historic Homes Tour

24th Annual Historic Homes TourThe Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is proud to present the 24th Annual Historic Homes Tour on Sunday, March 2nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the historic Laurel Park neighborhood. The public is invited to celebrate Sarasota’s rich architectural heritage by touring 10 significant yet diverse structures.

Tour-goers will learn about the unique history of each home. This year they are featuring one of the few residential properties designed by Dwight James Baum, the internationally known New York architect, along many other wonderful houses designed by Thomas Reed Martin, including one built for him and his family in the Mediterranean Revival Style so popular in the 1920’s. This year’s tour also includes a ‘hard hat’ tour of the Center for Architecture Sarasota where an installation of archival images and plans for future development will be on view.

While enjoying a self-guided walking tour through the Laurel Park neighborhood visitors will see antique cars provided by the Model “A” Restorers Club/Antique Automobile Club of America that reflect the period of the homes. Free parking will be available at the Crissy Galleries 640 South Washington Boulevard, and at the Friendship Center at 1899 Brother Geenen Way. Tickets may be purchased in advance for a donation of $20 on their Web site; www.historicsarasota.org ; the day of the event, or at any of the locations listed on their site.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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Winter Season Farmer’s Market

By | January 27, 2014

Fresh Vegetables

Fresh VegetablesDuring the winter season in the Sarasota area there are quite a few farmer’s markets that happen on weekends. The Phillippi Farmhouse Market takes place on Wednesdays between October and April from 9am to 2pm at the Phillippi Estate Park, just a little south of Sarasota on 41.

Over 40 vendors offer produce and plants from local growers and producers, as well as prepared foods, specialty and sustainable items, and Florida agriculturally-related products. Food and produce vendors at the Phillippi Farmhouse Market are required to be growers to support the market’s mission of promoting local agriculture. The market is easily accessible from US 41 and has plenty of free parking and live entertainment.



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The Manatee County Fair

By | December 19, 2013


manatee-county-fair-logo-The Manatee County Fair is a wholesome community tradition. Packed with an endless variety of things to see, do and eat, the fair truly has something for everyone. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Great Outdoors!”

This year’s fair features exciting exhibits and vendors, livestock shows and
auctions, competitions, a thrill-packed midway, a variety of great entertainment
and, of course, fair food — all packed into ten days and nights. Come celebrate
Manatee County and the warmth of the community.

The ten day fair will be held January 16-26th at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto, Florida. The City of Palmetto is located in Manatee County on the northern banks of the Manatee River and is approximately 40 miles south of Tampa, and 15 miles north of Sarasota with convenient access to Interstate 75 from S.R. 64 and S.R. 70 in Bradenton and Interstate 275 from U.S. 41 and U.S. 301 in Parrish. For hours and admission visit the website at www.manateecountyfair.com.


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