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A Day in Englewood

By | July 17, 2018

Farlow's Logo

Farlow's LogoWe recently took a day trip down to Englewood as we had never had an occasion to check out the town. Since we arrived close to noon we found a great lunch spot called Farlow’s On The Water. The owner, Keith Farlow, grew up in the Caribbean and you can find dishes on the menu that have that influence. His wife has a passion for Southern cooking so there is also a southern twist on the menu like fried green tomatoes. All of the food is made fresh daily and the herbs used are grown in their garden right at the restaurant. We ordered the fish tacos and a grouper sandwich which were well prepared and delicious. You can check out their menu here: http://www.farlowsonthewater.com

Farlow's WaterfrontFarlow’s participated in the Savor Sarasota promotion in June and has extended that special menu through July so you can have a multi-course lunch for $16 per person and dinner for $32 per person.  They have inside and outside dining and a cozy bar with a great selection of specialty cocktails. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

After lunch we headed over to historic Dearborn Street. On the first Saturday of every month they have a car show called Cruisin’ On Dearborn. The event actually doesn’t start until 5pm but cars arrive much earlier to get the best spot. There are many quaint shops and restaurants along the street and it’s just a fun place to stroll around. They frequently have events on Dearborn Street so check out this website to see what’s happening now: https://oldeenglewood.com

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The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival

By | June 27, 2018

Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre

The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival is coming to Florida Studio Theatre in July on the 12th, 13th and14th – that’s THREE days of non-stop comedy coming your way. Troupes are coming from all over the country – and from as far away as France and Spain – all ready to bring their best spontaneous hilarity to the Gulf Coast.

Featuring not one, not two, but an unprecedented THREE headliners – Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Impro Madrid (Spain), and Impro Theatre (LA) – one for each day of the Festival. Plus, several returning favorites including North Coast (NYC), Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX), ImprovBoston (Boston, MA), STACKED (Chicago, IL), and Available Cupholders (Austin, TX).

Click the link below for the full Festival lineup. Passes and workshops are all available for purchase at the link below, or by calling the FST box office at 941.366.9000.

Florida Studio Theatre

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July in Sarasota

By | June 19, 2018

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:

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July 1-28th Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling.org
July 1-4th Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
July 3rd Charlotte Stone Crabs Minor League Baseball & Fireworks Port Charlotte Charlotte Stone Crabs MLB
July 3rd Fireworks on the Lake Sarasota Nathan Benderson Park
July 3rd Bradenton Marauders Baseball Game & Fireworks Bradenton Bradenton Marauders MLB
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
July 4th Fourth of July Fireworks 25th Anniversary Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 4th 6th Annual Fourth Festival Palmetto City of Palmetto
July 4th “Patriotic Spectacular” Sarasota Choral Artists of Sarasota
July 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
July 6-7th Summer Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 6, 13, 20, 27 “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Selby’s Splashing Saturdays Sarasota Selby Gardens
July 7-8th Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament Siesta Key Dig the Beach
July 8th Siesta Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
July 12-14th 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 14th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex Ellenton Bradentucky Bombers
July 20-21st “The Little Mermaid” Bradenton Manatee Performing Art Center
July 21st Christmas in July Venice Venice Main Street
July 25-28th Shark Days at Mote Lido Key Mote Aquarium
July 25th

August 11th

“Rockin’ Down Fairytale Lane” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
July 27th “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
July 28th Antique Flea Market Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 28-29th 8th Annual Mystic Faire Sarasota Mystic Faire
July 28th Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market

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Capital Grill at UTC

By | June 14, 2018

Capital Grille Outside

Capital Grille OutsideI had the pleasure of dining at Capital Grille last night and took advantage of their Savor Sarasota menu which was a great deal and an excellent dining experience. The ambience is very classy with low lighting and many booths which create an intimate experience. They also have a cozy bar and an outdoor patio. The regular menu is what you would expect for a fine dining evening but I have to say it’s worth it because of the quality of the food and service.

We started out with drinks and were not rushed to order. The wait staff is very attentive without being intrusive or pushy. Once we did order the first course came out quickly and to order. We had the wedge with bleu cheese & smoked bacon and the Caesar salad with Grana Padano croutons. They were both plentiful and tasty.Capital Grille SteakCapital Grille Salmon Main courses we had were the 8oz. filet mignon and seared citrus glazed salmon with Marcona almonds & brown butter…both were excellent. Side dishes come out family style to share and the quality there was also good. Dessert choices on this special menu were a flourless chocolate espresso cake and classic crème brulee…YUM!

Even though Savor Sarasota only lasts for two weeks during the summer for most restaurants I would still go to Capital Grille for a nice date night. If you haven’t been I highly recommend it!

Capital Grille is located at the University Town Center Mall. You can make reservations through Open Table on their website below or call them at 941-256-3647. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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June in Sarasota

By | May 22, 2018

Beach June 2018

Beach June 2018

 

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 1st Free Live Music in the Park Sarasota Cafe In The Park
June 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 1-2nd First Friday Art Walk at Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 1-10th “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
June 2nd World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 2nd “Snooks” Adams Kids Day Anna Maria Island AMI Privateers
June 4-23rd Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 5th – August 7th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota County
June 5-10th “Tony & Tina’s Wedding” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
June 7, 14,   21 & 28th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 8-10th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
June 9-10th 17th Annual St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 9th Music on the Porch Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
June 9th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Match Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
June 12th

July 28th

Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 13th Think & Drink Science: “Pests and Pollinators” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 16-17th 26th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
June 17th Selby Gardens Music Series Sarasota Selby Gardens
June 17th Father’s Day at Florida Railroad Museum Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
June 18-24th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Marauders Schedule
June 18-23rd AACT World Fest Venice Venice Theatre
June 22nd Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 23rd Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia FL Antiques
June 23rd

July 4th

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix

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Summer Circus Spectacular

By | May 15, 2018

Circus Spectacular 2018

Circus Spectacular 2018

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will be happening June 12 through July 28th at the Historic Asolo Theatre. The circus will amaze and dazzle you! This show is an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

For complete performance information and to purchase tickets visit: www.ringling.org/events/summer-circus-spectacular

The Asolo Theatre is located on the grounds of the Ringling Museum at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota across from the airport.

 

 

 

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The Serving Spoon in Sarasota

By | May 8, 2018

The Serving Spoon

The Serving Spoon

The menu is extensive and everything is homemade and delicious. They have loads of options with generous portions. The menu has the usual and not so usual options. Gluten free pancakes, quinoa power bowl, omelets as well as burritos. They also have bakery items such as scones, muffins and breads.

The Serving Spoon is everything you want in a breakfast place!

The Serving Spoon LocationThey are located at 1825 S Osprey Avenue

Phone  (941) 388-7235

 

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May in Sarasota

By | April 19, 2018

May 2018

May 2018

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 1-26th “Soul Man” Sarasota Westcoast Black Theatre
May 1-27th “Ragtime” Sarasota Asolo Reperatory Theatre
May 1-31st “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
May 3rd Riverview Kiltie Band Spring Concert Sarasota Riverview Kilties
May 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 4th “Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 4-5th Hurricane Expo Venice City of Venice
May 5th Main Street Live Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 5th Siesta Key Sand Sculpting Contest Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
May 5th Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key Skyway Corvette Club
May 5-6th 2nd Annual Seafood & Music Festival Venice SeafoodFestivals.com
May 6th Waterski Show (Last of Season) Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
May 11-12th May Sidewalk Sale Venice City of Venice
May 11-12th Orchestra in the Outfield Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
May 12th Bradenton Farmers Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 12th Annual Rose Festival Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota Rose Society
May 15-20th “Stuart Little” Venice Venice Theatre
May 19th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
May 19-20th Dig the Beach Volleyball Classic Siesta Key Dig the Beach
May 21st Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 26-27th St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival Lido Key Paragon Events
May 26th Antique Fair of Arcadia Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques
May 27th A Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day Parade Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
May 28th Annual Memorial Day Concert Sarasota Sarasota Concert Band

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Venice Seafood & Music Festival

By | April 10, 2018

Venice Seafood & Music Festival

Venice Seafood & Music FestivalThe 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival to be held May 5-6, 2018 in Centennial Park.  Hours are Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm. General admission is free. VIP Tent admission is $130 that includes an open raw bar serving raw oysters, steamed snow crab, steamed peel-and-eat shrimp and an open bar serving premium drinks, all in a private tent with a dedicated service staff. The tent’s location enjoys optimal viewing of the live music performances.  VIP tickets are available thru EventLive (Click Here).

The event is created, as are all good meals, thru incorporating and blending the finest ingredients.  You’ll find all food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) prepared fresh onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters.  Foods will be accompanied by a delicious assortment of side dishes, desserts and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

While enjoying your meal and drinks, be caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents.  Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. The final ‘seasoning’ will be a walk through a small marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.

So mark your calendar for a weekend of delicious food and drinks, music and shopping at the 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival, and enjoy the shops and businesses of downtown Venice!

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April in Sarasota

By | March 20, 2018

April Flowers

April Flowers

 

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 5th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
April 6-8th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
April 6th Moon Over Myakka Concert Series Sarasota Myakka River State Park
April 7-8th SailFest Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Youth Sailing Club
April 7-8th 16th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
April 8th Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 13th Free Music Friday Night Venice City of Venice
April 13-15th 26th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 13-22nd Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 14th Beach’N Food Truck Festival Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
April 14-22nd Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 15 & 29th Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
April 16th Ringling By the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 18-30th “Soul Man” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
April 20-21st 9th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 20-22nd 36th Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 21st Mainly Art at Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
April 21st World Circus Day Celebration Sarasota Ringling Circus Museum
April 21st Sarasota Earth Day Celebration Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
April 25-29th DeSoto Heritage Festival Bradenton DeSoto Historical Society
April 27th Music in the Park Bradenton Bradenton RiverWalk
April 27-30th “Gloria” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
April 28-29th Florida Scholastic Rowing Regatta Sarasota World Class Rowing
April 28-29th 39th Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta
April 29th 16th Annual “Ride the Beaches” Venice Island Sharky’s

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