Things To Do

Ringling Museum of Art

By | August 18, 2011

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is one of the many treasures in Sarasota. We had been years ago but recently visited again and it just reaffirmed that this is a great place to live, work and play.

The art museum houses many pieces of world class art and the docents there are very knowledgeable. It was interesting to hear the background of how John Ringling collected the pieces and especially how the museum came to be. There is always something new as they frequently have traveling exhibits.

The Ringling’s home on the property, Ca’ d’Zan was built in 1925. The mansion was built in the Venetian Gothic style of architecture and is 36,000 square feet with 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. You can tour the entire home and plan to spend some time on the terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay. The view is magnificent!

The Circus Museum on the property has been there for many years and is a must for children of all ages. The Ringling’s personal rail car is on display here along with lots of the history of the circus in Sarasota. The Tibbals Learning Center was recently added to the museum which houses the World’s Largest Miniature Circus of the Howard Brothers Circus Model. Howard Tibbals created this replica of the circus over a 50 year period and it’s really amazing to see. The second floor of this building documents the history of the circus complete with memorabilia and artifacts.

We had such a great visit that we were there until they closed at 5pm and decided to have a bite at the restaurant in the Visitor’s Pavilion. Treviso is open for lunch and dinner and they had a summer special running which included dinner for two (2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts) plus a bottle of wine all for $39. That was a deal and the food was terrific! Even if you’re not visiting the museum it’s a great spot for a night out.

We’re so glad we live here and can take advantage of the arts, culture and many dining options in Sarasota. If you haven’t been in awhile, I highly recommend a visit to Ringling!

 

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“Shop for a Cause” at Macy’s in Sarasota

By | August 11, 2011

On Saturday, August 27, 2011, Macy’s will host its 6th annual “Shop for a Cause” benefiting charities nationwide. The Riverview High School (RHS) Foundation will be selling tickets for $5 each. When you shop with these tickets on that date you will receive 25% off on all regular, sale and clearance merchandise throughout the store. And, you will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary.

To purchase tickets contact any RHS Foundation member or visit their website at www.RHSFoundation.org. This is a great way to support our local school while getting some big savings!

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August in Sarasota

By | July 28, 2011

  1. We’re in the dog days of summer but there are still plenty of things to do around town so don’t miss out! Here’s just a few of the events and activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of August:

Date

Event or Activity

Location

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More Information

Aug. 1-14th Beyond Bling – Voices of Hip-Hop in Art Sarasota Ringling Museum
Aug. 2nd Sarasota Slam Billfish Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 2-28th Our Son’s Wedding Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 3rd Summer Beach Run Venice Sarasota Parks
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Aug. 5th Live from Downtown Sarasota – It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
August 5th A Midsummer Night’s Stroll Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 6th Sri Lankan Drumming and Dance Troupe Sarasota Dance Troupe
Aug. 6th Ready, Set, Grow Fair Sarasota United Way of Sarasota
Aug. 7th Bradentucky Bombers vs. South Florida Roller Girls Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 10th think+drink(Science) The Naked Universe Series Bradenton South Florida Museum
Aug. 10-31st I Do! I Do! Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Aug. 11-28th Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun Sarasota Banyan Theater Company
Aug. 12th Friday Fest at Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 12-28th The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Venice Venice Theatre
Aug. 12th One Night Rodeo Band Sarasota Van Wezel
Aug. 13th Ranger Led Kayak Tours @ DeSoto National Memorial Park Bradenton DeSoto National Memorial
Aug. 13th Caroline Rhea @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 16th Bradenton Marauders Home Game Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 16-28th Dynamic Duets of the 70’s Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Aug. 17-21st American Youth Circus Festival Sarasota American Youth Circus
Aug. 19th Third Friday Art Walk in Towles Court Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Celebration of Brewing at Morton’s Gourmet Market Sarasota Morton’s Market
Aug. 20-21st Hunter Jumper Horse Show Venice Fox Lea Farm
Aug. 27th Sarasota Beer Festival Sarasota Florida Beer Festivals
Aug. 27th The Fabulous Independent Film Festival Sarasota Film Festival

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New Waterfront Dining in Bradenton

By | July 23, 2011

We were happy to discover a new restaurant located right on the bank of the Manatee River in Bradenton. Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar has just been open a couple of weeks but judging by the crowd last night, people have already discovered this great spot for dining or just having a drink.

There is a dining area under cover with tables around a large bar as well as outside tables with umbrellas. Almost all of the seats have a view of the water. They are well prepared if the occasional rain shower rolls in as the restaurant has roll down plastic walls with windows to keep you dry. Even in the heat of the afternoon we were kept cool with the many fans fitted with misters. 

They are open for lunch and dinner and the menu has lots of variety so there is something for everyone. During happy hour (3-6pm) there are drink specials and bar bites at very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is very relaxed…it was like being on vacation for an afternoon!

Adjacent to the restaurant is a thatched roof tiki hut with another bar and lots of seating. They maximized the water views with bar/railing and stools all along the riverfront. If you’re up for an activity, there is a sand volleyball court and they have “cornhole” games set up between the restaurant and bar. And for the sports fan there are a number of big screen tv’s mounted in the tiki hut. Live bands perform every evening. It’s just a fun place so check it out if you’re in the area…you won’t be disappointed!

The location is just north of SR64 (aka Manatee Avenue) on 7th Street East next to the Manatee Landings Marina. If you prefer to come by boat they are at MM24 and have plenty of docking space.

 

 

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Summer: Siesta Key Style

By | July 14, 2011

As a Siesta Key Village resident for the summer we have fully immersed outselves in the Key lifestyle. Morning strolls, the beach in the afternoon, all followed by a walk to the magical sunset has been our daily pattern.

Our teenage sons have found the Key routine as well. Each morning we head to CB’s Saltwater Outfitters to get bait for their morning fishing. They head out to the old fishing pier each morning and return several hours later with tales to tell of the folks they met and a detailed report of the morning catches. A quick bite for lunch at the Pita Pit and a lazy summer day nap fills their afternoon. As soon as the first hint of dusk arrives, they load up gear for sunset fishing. They again gather at the pier with fellow fishermen and take in the beautiful evening. After the sun goes down they come home to drop their poles and head to what has become a nightly routine of ice cream at Big Olaf’s, a Siesta Key tradition.

All of us truly understand why people from all over the world travel to Siesta Key to vacation and make memories!

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Everybody Loves a Parade!

By | July 5, 2011

As part of the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival each year the city of Sarasota hosts a boat parade down Main Street. For the 27th year people from throughout the area as well as some regular out of towners line the street from Highway 301 down to Gulfstream Avenue to take in the festivities. This year there was a block party preceeding the parade with live music, food vendors and lots of people watching.

I have attended several times over the years but didn’t realize its scope. We watched from Five Points toward the end of the route. This parade has something for everyone: motorcycle police,

military color guard,

police department, fire department,

Coast Guard, the Mayor of Sarasota and other elected officials followed by many of the boats in town for the race on Sunday. 

If you haven’t been to the boat parade before it’s a fun event so mark your calendar for next year during the last week in June.

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July in Sarasota

By | June 30, 2011

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 forMore Information
July 1st Downtown Sarasota First Friday Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 1st Village Art Walk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
July 1-2nd Sarasota Stars & Stripes Celebration Sarasota Players Theatre
July 1-2nd Grand Prix Festival Powerboats by the Bay at Centennial Park Sarasota Suncoast Offshore Races
July 1-3rd Beatlemania Now Bradenton Manatee Players
July 2-3rd 9th Annual St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle
July 3rd 27th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race Lido Beach Suncoast Offshore Boat Races
July 4th A Star Spangled Tropical July 4th Celebration 2011 Sarasota Selby Gardens
July 4th Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular !! Sarasota 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th Siesta Key Community Fireworks Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 5th Summer Beach Run Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
July 7th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
July 8-11th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
July 9th Summer Arts & Crafts Fair Venice Venice Community Center
July 9-10th Flea Market & Collectibles Fair Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 10th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
July 12th 2nd Annual Kid’s Art Exhibit Bradenton Art Center Manatee
July 15th Friday Fest 2011 – Yesterdayze Band Sarasota Van Wezel Auditorium
July 16th Snooty’s 63rd Birthday Bash Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 20th Summer Beach Run Venice Summer Beach Runs
July 21st Get Down Downtown Bradenton Realize Bradenton
July 21st Island Nights Venice City of Venice
July 22nd Friday Night Live Venice Venice Main Street
July 23rd Psychic Fair Sarasota City of Sarasota
July 30th Downtown Farmer’s Market Sarasota City of Sarasota

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Venice Theatre

By | June 23, 2011


The Venice Theatre located on tropical Venice island offers two
theatres packed with a wide variety of entertainment. Whether
it’s classic musicals, comedies or retro singing groups such as Paul
Revere and the Raiders, The Venice Theatre provides
eight shows a week during the season with early shows and traditional
matinees.

The Venice Theatre offers a variety of subscriber options. Flex-Pass
allows you to pick your own shows or get a full subscription which
saves you more than 15% off single ticket price. You won’t ever miss a
show because it’s sold out. Best of all you are given first priority
in seat selection with guaranteed renewal of your seats year after year.

Venice theatre main stage productions.
The Dixie Swim Club
September 27 – October 16, 2011
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
A funny and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. Five
Southern women, who met many years ago on their college swim team, get
together every August at a beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Free from husbands, kids and work, they drink, swim and enjoy their
long-time friendships.  Described as Steel Magnolias meets Same Time Next
Year.

Big River
November 1 – 27, 2011
Music by Roger Miller
Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
This epic musical sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible
Huck Finn helps his friend Jim escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio
River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and
heartwarming. Propelled by an award-winning score from country music icon
Roger Miller, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical
celebration of pure Americana.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe
The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
January 10 – 29, 2012
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
The longest-running musical revue ever! Featuring nine powerful performers
and nearly 40 of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll and R & B songs ever recorded.
Exploring the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined, Smokey Joe’s
Cafe isn’t just great music – it’s compelling musical theatre.

The Music Man
February 14 – March 11, 2012
Book, Music & Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
There’s trouble in River City when fast-talking traveling salesman Professor
Harold Hill bursts into this small, quirky Iowa town. Winner of five Tony
Award in 1957, this perennial favorite has stood the test of time.

Stand by Your Van (World Premiere!)
April 3 – 22, 2012
By Anna Reynolds
See a show – win a truck! This interactive play about competitive hysteria,
will-power and a pickup truck has six different endings!  Its
“touch-the-truck” competition is reminiscent of the popular dance marathons
of 1930s America. Who will be the last one standing?

Driving Miss Daisy
May 8 – 20, 2012
By Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry’s sentimental comedy spans 25 years in the lives of a stubborn
Southern matriarch and her proud chauffeur.  Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer
Prize for Drama and adapted into an Oscar-winning film.

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Rothenbach Park

By | June 3, 2011

Rothenbach Park (about 3 miles east of the interstate on Bee Ridge Road) is no dump… that is to say, it’s not a dump anymore :) Touted as one of Sarasota’s greenest parks, Rothenback Park sits on the site of what was once the Sarasota County Landfill, now capped and landscaped into gorgeous open vistas, bike paths under old-growth oak canopies, and family picnic and playground areas.

Like most of Sarasota’s parks, Rothenbach park is designed with both families and adults in mind. There are two great playgrounds for the kids, clean-and-green pavilions for lunchtime, and approximately five miles of paved recreational trails that meander through the oaks.

Park Map

Rothenbach Park was founded on the principle trash can be turned into treasure. All the materials used in the park are environmentally friendly and designed with nature in mind. The park is quiet, beautiful, and easy accessible by the public.

The park is also home to the Sarasota R/C squadron, a cadre of remote-controlled airplane enthusiasts. This squadron is a private club, but for the reasonable fee of just $75 a year, you can join the fun and games and fly to your heart’s content.

Oh, and make sure you keep an eye out for the Rothenbach Park deer while you’re here – they’re famous!

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June in Sarasota

By | May 30, 2011

 

Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the beaches, cuisine and culture of Sarasota while the winter crowds have gone north. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of June:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

June 1st Pickleball at Woodmere Park Venice Sarasota County Parks
June 2nd Sarasota Music Festival: Artist Showcase – Holley Hall Sarasota Sarasota Music Festival
June 3rd Live from Downtown: It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
June 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 3-4th Village of the Arts Art Walk Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 5th World Ocean Day @ Mote Marine Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 6th “Monster’s Ball” Monday Night Movies Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 8-12th Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 9th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 10-11th 10th Annual St. Armands Craft Festival and Sidewalk Sale Lido Key St. Armands Circle
June 11th Morton’s Annual Big Cheese Tasting Sarasota SRQ Magazine
June 16th Island Nights Venice City of Venice
June 18-19th 19th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice Art Festival
June 18-30th Marilyn: Forever Blonde Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 19th Annual Recital: School of Russian Ballet Bradenton School of Russian Ballet
June 24th Girls Night Out – Women’s Resource Center Sarasota SRQ Magazine
June 25th – July 4th Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Sarasota Suncoast Offshore
June 26th Grand Prix Festival Car Show – Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Suncoast Offshore
June 30th Grand Prix Festival Parade Of Boats – Main Street Sarasota Suncoast Offshore

 

Every Saturday morning throughout the year there are Farmer’s Markets in the downtown areas of Sarasota, Venice, and Bradenton and on Sundays in the Village on Siesta Key. These are great events to shop for local produce and goods. Some have live entertainment as well. For more details click on the location below: 

                                             Sarasota

                                             Venice

                                             Bradenton

                                             Siesta Key

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