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College Football is Back

By | September 24, 2013

College Game Day

College Game DayWhen the calendar changes from July to August I always feel that twinge of excitement because I know college football is just around the corner. Saturdays are started off with ESPN College Game Day followed by the constant stream of announcers calling plays, fans questioning the calls, screaming and cheering for teams, and a general good time is had by all.

Since Sarasota is not home to a major university that has a football team, local fans who want to be with their fellow alumni head out to local establishments to gather in their favorite colors and cheer for their “Boys of Fall”.

Check out the information and links below to see where your favorite team can be seen around town.

Florida State University
Games are watched at:
Geckos on Hillview (1900 Hillview) or
Geckos on Clark Road (5585 Clark Road)

University of Florida
Games are watched at:
Evies Tavern on Bee Ridge

University of Miami
Games are watched at:
Serendipity Racquet Club
3600 Torrey Pines Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34238

University of South Florida
Games are watched at:
Evie's Tavern on University
5897 Whitfield Avenue
Sarasota, FL 

University of Central Florida
Games are watched at:
Harry's Sports Bar and Grill
6606 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL

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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | August 26, 2013

Friday Fest ViewOne of the great free events that is held during the summer months is “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. September 20th will be the last show for the season. This is an outdoor concert that takes place on the lawn on the south side of the building right on Sarasota Bay. To me there is nothing better than some great music, good food and watching the sun go down over the water.

onenightrodeoThe band featured in September is “One Night Rodeo”. An American contemporary country band founded in Bradenton, FL, ONR is composed of Cory Hildreth (lead vocals, keys, guitar, and mandolin) and Duane Allison (bass guitar, vocals). Thirteen years and over 2,000 performances in their career has prepared ONR for their own launch into Country music stardom. Opening for superstars such as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Montgomery Gentry is nothing new to this group of seasoned musicians who worked long and hard to get here.

One Night Rodeo most recently won the Great American Country and Music Nation’s Next GAC Star competition. The band released their first single and video, ‘Alive and Living’, which has maintained its spot in the Top 20 Country Countdown on GAC TV, and currently remains on the Independent Music Network charts.

Food and drink vendors with a great variety to choose from line the lawn so all you need is a chair or blanket to enjoy the evening. The event starts at 5pm but arrive early if you want a primo spot for the concert. Hope to see you there!


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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | July 27, 2013

Friday FestThe Reggae Band Impulse will perform at Friday Fest at the Van Wezel on August 16th from 5-9:00pm. This is a free event that takes place on the lawn overlooking Sarasota Bay. Food, drink and other vendors will be onsite so just bring your chair or blanket and enjoy some great music and good eats. This is the last Friday Fest event of the summer so don’t miss out!

A Friday Fest favorite, Impulse will provide a refreshing dose of reggae, zouk, and pop calypso which will set your weekend off on the right foot! The Island Foot!  Get your dancing shoes on because these guys know how to get the crowd moving with their energetic stage presence and pulse driving rhythm!

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Florida’s Premier Beach Volleyball Tour is coming to Siesta Key

By | June 26, 2013

Dig the Beach

Florida’s Premier Beach Volleyball Tour is coming to Siesta Key July 13-14, 2013.

Whether a participant or spectator, you’ve got to love the lifestyle…
Beautiful Beach, Beautiful People and the Best Volleyball on the West Coast.

Visit the Dig The Beach website for registration and additional information Click Here .

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Tree Umph Adventure Course in Bradenton

By | May 16, 2013

Tree Umph SignLooking for a break from the sun and a great family adventure?  There is a different type of local family fun for all ages.  Tree Umph! Adventure Course is located at 21805 State Road 70 in Bradenton.  East of Interstate 75, with loads of space for your big adventure!  Featuring wobbly bridges, hanging nets, bungee swings, swinging logs, foot bridges, Tarzan ropes, ZIP lines and more.

Tree Umph

Kids (from 7 years) and Seniors alike can enjoy an adventure course activity.  Check out this link to their website to see what they have to offer, check out the courses and plan your family adventure today!


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Sarasota Ski A Rees Water Ski Show

By | April 25, 2013

Ski-A-ReesDon’t miss the season’s final performance by the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team coming up on Sunday, May 12th at 2:00pm.

Founded in 1957, the Ski-A-Rees have been putting on water ski shows in Sarasota Bay each year. They compete in state and regional competitions and over the years have come home with many awards.

The Ski-A-Rees Stadium is located on Ken Thompson Park adjacent to Mote Marine. Their shows are free but they do pass a hat for donations to cover their expenses.

If you haven’t seen one of these shows it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Sarasota!

For more information visit their website at www.skiarees.com.

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Balloons are Coming to the Ranch

By | March 21, 2013

Balloon Festival

Balloon Festival

Lakewood Ranch is proud to host the Florida Wine and Balloon Festival, April 4-7, 2013, at the Premier Sports Campus. Proceeds of the event benefit charitable children’s programs in our community.



April 4th: Winemaker Dinners, 6:30pm at locations in and around the Sarasota area.

April 5th: Balloon Glow Dinner, 6:30pm under an elegant tent at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

April 6th: Grand Tasting & Brunch, 11am – 1:30pm; Charity Auction 2pm under an elegant tent at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

April 6th: Cigar Dinner featuring Maduro cigars, food stations, balloon glow and live music, 6:30pm under an elegant tent at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

April 6th: “Up In Smoke” Maduro Cigar Bar, Port & Brandy, 10pm at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

April 7th: “Sip and Soar” 1-4pm under an elegant tent at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

The general admission portion of the Balloon Festival grounds will be open Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sunday at 10 a.m. Hot air balloons ascend into the sky at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. The public is invited to watch the launch of the balloons at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tethered balloon rides will be available Saturday and Sunday in the general admission section of the Festival grounds, weather permitting. Enjoy continuous live music, arts and craft vendors, gourmet food trucks, kid zone and balloons.

For more information visit www.floridawinefest.org.

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Sarasota Film Festival

By | March 20, 2013

Sarasota Film Festival 2013Entering it’s 15th year, The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 200 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. This event brings the best new and veteran independent filmmakers together with local programs that showcase our idyllic Gulf Coast community.

The Festival begins on Friday night, April 5th with the opening night film and party beginning with the actors and filmmakers walking the red carpet. Events and film showings continue each day through the closing awards ceremony on Saturday, April 13th and the Student Cinema Showcase on Sunday, April 14th.


For more information and the full schedule of films and events visit their website.

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Just Opened – Sarasota Museum of Art

By | January 22, 2013

DSCF3955Historic Sarasota High welcomes the Sarasota Museum of Art and
Renowned Stick Sculpture Artist Patrick Dougherty!!!

We’ve been waiting and waiting for the new Sarasota Museum of Art aka
SMOA to open in old Sarasota High School building.  For years driving
by the historic school we’ve peeked over to see how far up the ‘fund
raising thermometer’ has shot up.  I’ve always wanted the chance to
peek inside this beautiful school which very much resembles my school
in Ohio.  We’re now seeing big progress in the creation of our future
art museum and there’s all kinds of activity
going on…

As in classic Sarasota style, there’s been a kickoff to the new
museum.   Renowned Stick Sculpture Artist Patrick Dougherty has been
invited to spend 3 weeks in Sarasota to drum up awareness.  He’s been
creating a massive structure of crepe myrtle branches and twigs at the
entrance to our new SMOA.  An enthusiastic group of volunteers has
been commissioned to work on the sculpture.  At the same time docents
are performing tours of the first floor unveiling the plans for our
new community art center.  Guess who has been a frequent visitor?
Yes, me..
I took a tour of the ‘works in progress’ and school and was it ever
informative.  There was an opening Bash which sold out with 650
tickets in record time…  It appears everyones excited for
what our Sarasota art community has in store!

As for our visiting artist, Patrick Dougherty has been constructing
his twig and stick installations nationally for decades.  He resides
in North Carolina but travels alot to places of interest to create his
site specific structures.  It’s been quite interesting to watch the
project come together and it’s clear to see he’s drawn much attention
to the grounds of historic Sarasota High.  Thank you Patrick!

As for the future of SMOA, 22 million is needed to start the actual
project and so far over 15 million has been raised.  Construction
cannot start until the goal has been met and Patrick has us well on
our way.  The Ringling College of Art and Design will spearhead all
operations of our new Sarasota gem..  Along with the new museum there
will be classrooms for continuing studies that will be open to the
public!  There will also be studios for resident artists.   I was
lucky enough to get a special sneak peek of the new building scale

Like building a nest, the stick sculpture is seemingly parallel to all
the hard work that has gone into bringing a wonderful new art resource
to our community.  Maybe I enjoy this because my passion and
livelihood is helping nice folks find a nest in Sarasota!  Stop by and
visit, you’ll be happy you did!  To read more about this project visit
www.sarasotamuseumofart.org or see more of Patrick Dougherty’s work below:



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Just for Fun and FREE Around Sarasota

By | December 13, 2012

Recently my husband and I were talking about how great the Sarasota area is and how much we have to do around town.  Since the holidays are here and we are all spending so much for gifts, travel and holiday activities, I thought I would share this great list I found for free (and some not so free) activities in our beautiful area…Enjoy!


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