The Origin of the Name Sarasota

By | October 7, 2016

Residents of Sarasota have long speculated about the origin of the name. A plausible sounding daughter Sara was invented for explorer Hernando de Soto, who landed in the Manatee River in 1538, complete with a tragic love story to dramatize a 1916 “Sara de Soto” pageant. The pageant (scene pictured above) became an annual week-long celebration climaxed by a circus parade, and declined when the Barnum & Bailey … Read More! »

Roni’s Café in Sarasota

By | October 4, 2016

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Roni’s Café is a great little family operated restaurant in Sarasota just east of Tuttle Avenue on Bee Ridge Road. We are frequent diners for brunch after church on Sundays and like the quality of the food, cleanliness of the space and the friendly service. The menu features your normal breakfast and lunch dishes as well as quite a few Mediterranean items. This past week we were on … Read More! »

Pumpkin Festival

By | September 29, 2016

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One of the great things about Fall is the number of festivals happening all over town. The Pumpkin Festival at Fruitville Grove has long been a favorite and it’s now in it’s 28th year! It starts this year on Saturday, October 1st and runs every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) through the 30th. There are many fun activities including: Crafters Pony rides Hayrides Live music Moon bounce Mini-Train ride … Read More! »

October in Sarasota

By | September 26, 2016

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The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Oct. 1st National Fossil Day Bradenton South Florida Museum Oct. 1st 2nd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ Lakewood … Read More! »

Sarasota Real Estate Update

By | September 23, 2016

Red Upward Graph

The Sarasota Manatee Association of Realtors reports that sales of distressed properties in the two-county area continued to decline in August, down 53.9 percent from the same month last year. Distressed sales in August comprised only 5.8 percent of total sales compared to 12.8 percent last August. Closed sales of single family homes and condos combined are up only slightly, 1.8 percent ahead of last August. But a closer look at traditional … Read More! »

The Lazy Lobster of Longboat

By | September 20, 2016

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While having a week of “staycation” on Longboat Key this week, we had dinner at the Lazy Lobster. Initially we chose the restaurant because it was one of the few that were not closed for vacation during this slow time of the season on the Key. We did not make a reservation as things didn’t seem to be too crowded during the week with traffic being very light … Read More! »

Ringling International Arts Festival

By | September 15, 2016

Ringling Museum Night

October 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, … Read More! »

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 … Read More! »

Real Estate Statistics for July in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | August 29, 2016

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee report that median sale prices for condos and single family homes continue to increase in both counties. Sarasota County single family homes are up 10.5 percent from 2015 to $242,500, while Manatee County experienced an 11.7 percent jump from 2015 to $279,250. Year over year, condo median sales prices rose 7.9 percent from 2015 to $205,000 in Sarasota and 21.9 percent to $185,250 in Manatee. … Read More! »

For Live Music Head to the Blue Rooster

By | August 29, 2016

Blue Rooster

For 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 … Read More! »