Downtown Venice Art Festival

By | March 1, 2016

Downtown Venice Art Festival

Visit historic downtown Venice this weekend for the 15th annual art festival with 150 of the nation’s most talented artists lining the Avenue with a broad spectrum of glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, delicious food vendors and much more. Afterwards spend time strolling up and down both sides of Venice Avenue and the adjacent streets, Miami Avenue and Tampa Avenue with a full range of fun stores, clothing … Read More! »

The Sarasota County Fair

By | February 29, 2016

From March 18th through the 27th we will be celebrating the 80th year of the Sarasota County Fair. The 2016 fair features agricultural exhibits, animals, great entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, comedy shows, music and spectacular rides by Belle City Amusements. This year’s fair will have something for everyone to enjoy! The fair takes place at Robarts Arena on Fruitville Road. Hours are Fridays from 2-11pm, … Read More! »

Apollonia Mediterranean Grill

By | February 27, 2016

Apollonia

We have been talking about dining at Apollonia since it opened at The Shoppes at University Town Center over two years ago and finally got around to it this past week. It took over the restaurant formerly occupied by Urban Flats and it didn’t take too many cosmetic changes to adapt to the space. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We were seated inside at a table next … Read More! »

Home Prices Are Rising in Sarasota

By | February 25, 2016

The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee report that the end of 2015 witnessed record breaking sales for both Sarasota and Manatee counties. January sales reflected the expected seasonal dip as a result of reduced buying activity during the holidays, even as median prices continued to rise. For the month of January, Sarasota County experienced a slight 1.2 percent rise from last year in total sales for single … Read More! »

21st Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival

By | February 2, 2016

Siesta Key Craft Festival Poster

The 21st annual Siesta Key Craft Festival is happening this weekend, February 6th & 7th from 10am-5pm. Eclectic displays of original crafts, functional art and unique affordable gift items will be on display and for sale along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road. This event features some of the finest crafters in the country including many from throughout Florida. Patrons can explore a full spectrum of craft art media … Read More! »

The Circus is Coming to Sarasota

By | January 31, 2016

Circus Sarasota is preparing for their upcoming winter show “Red, White & Bello”. These performances are acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and provide great family entertainment that is one of the most fun things to do in Sarasota! Driving south on I-75 at University Parkway you’ll see the Big Top behind the University Town Center Mall. For tickets and more information visit CircusArts.org

The Rosemary in Sarasota

By | January 29, 2016

The Rosemary

Downtown Sarasota has a new option for bistro dining. The Rosemary in Citrus Square is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving traditional and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on healthy options prepared with fresh ingredients from regional farms. We recently had a group of 50 there for dinner and everyone raved about the food, service and ambience. George Armstrong (formerly of Treviso at The Ringling Museum) reports … Read More! »

Sarasota and Manatee Counties Have Record Year for Real Estate Sales

By | January 28, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that the year 2015 was one for the record books in real estate sales for both Sarasota and Manatee counties, closing out the year with an all-time record of 20,691 in combined closed transactions, 1,302 sales above last year’s numbers. There were 1,671 combined sales in both counties in December 2015, 28 percent higher than November, but down slightly from … Read More! »

North Venice Jetty

By | January 27, 2016

My husband and I have lived in Sarasota for decades and had never been (by land) to the Venice Jetty’s! What a shame! It is such a great place-old Florida at its mostly undisturbed finest. We parked in the large county parking lot and paid a visit to the North Jetty Fish Camp which is a little bait and food store right on the banks of the Jetty. … Read More! »

February in Sarasota

By | January 26, 2016

Valentines Day

With our winter season in full swing, the calendar is full of many different events in Sarasota. Here are just a few for you to consider: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Feb. 4-7th 32nd Annual Greek Glendi Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Feb. 4-15th Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair Feb. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood … Read More! »