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It’s Time for First Friday on Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Lakewood Ranch Main StreetTomorrow is the first Friday of the month and you know what that means…Music on Main on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

If you didn’t already know, the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. Lakewood Ranch holds on free concert on Main Street. Each concert features a different style of music and benefits a different local non-profit organization.

Tomorrow’s concert features Wild Ginger, an energetic 5-piece top 40’s dance band! On the other end of Lakewood Ranch Main Street you’ll find Sound Action Productions DJ Eric Martin spinning today’s most popular tunes.

Make sure to bring a chair and enjoy the show!

 

 

 

And remember, if you love Lakewood Ranch as much as we do then we’d love to help you find the perfect Lakewood Ranch home. Below are the latest Lakewood Ranch real estate listings. Please contact us if you’d like to see any of these homes.

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,738 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,579 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,323 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,668 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,754 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,148 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  4. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,317 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,800 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,040 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2012
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  6. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,575 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,273 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1

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(all data current as of 3/29/2017)

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MacAllister’s on Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Macallisters Lakewood Ranch Main StreetThere is always a good reason to stop by MacAllister’s on Lakewood Ranch Main Street, the only authentic Scottish Tavern in Florida. You can relax and kick back for the daily happy hours of $3.99 martini’s or the weekly activities such as trivia night on Wednesdays. Bring the family to enjoy a wonderfully prepared meal with a Scottish flair or perhaps a night with friends at the bar where you can enjoy a special Scottish treat. MacAllister’s offers 60 whisky malts from different Scottish country side distilleries.

You can dine indoors or outdoors. It’s your choice.

The 5,500 square foot tavern is set up to give you an immediate feel for Scotland and the history it represents─ golf memorabilia, stonework, tartan plaid, murals of scenic castles and antique paintings. The owners, Malcolm & Karen Ronney emigrated from Scotland to Sarasota and are incredibly grateful for the patronage of MacAllister’s.Macallisters Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Stop by for their Scottish influenced specialties:  fish & chips, steak pie, Braveheart burger and salmon BLT.

MacAllister’s is located at 8110 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.


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Remember, if you love Lakewood Ranch as much as we do then let us help you find the perfect Lakewood Ranch home! Below are the latest Lakewood Ranch real estate listings. Please contact us if you’d like to see any of these Lakewood Ranch homes.

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,738 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,579 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,323 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,668 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,754 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,148 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  4. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,317 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,800 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,040 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2012
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  6. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,575 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,273 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1

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(all data current as of 3/29/2017)

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Labor Day Weekend in the Sarasota Area

Labor Day in SarasotaWhat to do Labor Day Weekend in Sarasota?

Labor Day was originally organized back in 1882 to celebrate the American workforce and the contributions it has made to the United States economy. Over the years many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a great excuse to travel or play outdoors. The Manatee, Sarasota and surrounding areas have plenty to offer this upcoming Labor Day weekend. Here are a few highlights:

Downtown Venice Craft Festival – On Sept 1st and 2nd, walk down Miami Avenue and meet some of the nation’s finest artists while appreciating or even purchasing their displayed work at the 4th annual downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival. It’s starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. Admission is free. Come see a variety of crafts that will amaze you- stained glass, handmade jewelry, paintings, photography, personalized products for your kids and even your pets, and much more. Come with an appetite too. Freshly made kettle corn will be available.

Marauders – Two final home games will be held on Labor Day weekend: Saturday and Sunday at McKechnie Field. On Saturday experience Tobacco Free Florida when the Marauders will go tobacco-free inside the park and educate kids on the dangers of tobacco use. Afterwards stick around for fireworks presented by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing immediately following the 6:30pm game. Or come early to Sunday’s game (10am) and plan on baseball-breakfast combo special with $1 tickets and $5.00 for all you can eat pancakes and sausage breakfast!

56th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days Parade This year’s theme: “Hats Off To Englewood!”  The parade will be held on Monday, September 3, starting at 9 am. You can catch the parade at Old Englewood Road through to  Deerborn Street. Pioneer Day offers more than just a parade. Englewood’s entire weekend will be filled will all kinds of activities during their Pioneer Day Festival such as the usual Cardboard Boat Race, Little Ms/Mr Englewood, Englewood Idol, and the Diaper Derby. The Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fishing Derby will be held that weekend as well. Englewood is approximately one hour north of the Sarasota/Manatee area.

Traditional Canes Cross Country Classic – For those who feel like moving on Labor Day rather than opting for resting on your day off, sign up for the 20th Annual Canes Cross Country Classic 5K & 1 Mile Fun run taking place on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton. The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m., and the 1-mile at 9:00 a.m. This classic is open to all ages and abilities with awards and door prizes. This event is supported by Bradenton Runner’s Club and Road Runners Club of America.

Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Ed’s Tavern on Lakewood Ranch Main Street to host their annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show this Sunday, August 26th from 11 am – 3pm. There will be trophies, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and other special drawing with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Hope to see you there!

Lakewood Ranch Car Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We LOVE living in Lakewood Ranch! Below are the latest Lakewood Ranch real estate listings. If you’d like to see any of these Lakewood Ranch homes contact us at 941-465-9206. We’d be happy to show you around…

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,738 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,579 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,323 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,668 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,754 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,148 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  4. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,317 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,800 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,040 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 2012
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  6. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,575 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,273 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1

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Bark in the Park Night at McKechnie Field in Bradenton

mckechnie fieldDogs and baseball go perfectly together. You might be thinking hot dogs and you are right they do go perfectly together however what about your pet dog? Now is a good time to find out at the Bark in the Park Night at Mckechnie Field. This furry full filled event is hosted by the Bradenton Marauders on August 17, 2012, at 6:00 pm

The Marauders will be facing off against the Jupiter Hammerheads. Bring your dog (on a leash please) to the ballpark with a $2 donation to the Humane Society of Manatee County.Your donation will help make a difference for those abandoned homeless and neglected furry friends.

 

McKechnie Field is located at 1611 9th St West, Bradenton FL


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Remember, if you love Bradenton then let us help you find the perfect Bradenton home! Below are the latest Bradenton real estate listings. Please contact us if you’d like to see any of these Bradenton homes.

  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,740 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,140 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  2. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 728 sq ft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 0
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,439 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,725 sqft
    Year built: 1981
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  4. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,195 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,500 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 0
  5. 3 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,737 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.36 ac
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 918 sq ft
    Year built: 1969
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 0

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It’s Never Too Late to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Hurrican ErnestoWhile it turns out the Hurricane Ernesto will not have an impact on the Sarasota area (other than possibly some waves in the Gulf), both Ernesto and Tropical Storm Debbie earlier this summer are good reminders that it’s never too late to prepare for hurricane season…even here in Sarasota. According to experts the tropical storm season which typically lasts through November 30 is pretty tame this year. But still 12 named storms have been predicted and 7 have the potential to form into hurricanes.

If you have not done so yet, it is recommended you and your family put together a Home Emergency Supply kit. You can use a big Tupperware bin or some other form of waterproof case. Items to include but not limited to are listed below.

  • WATER: It is recommended that you pack one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking including sanitation.
  • FOOD:  Due to a possible power outage you will need non-perishable items to last up to at least three days. Do not forget a manual can opener!
  • Several flash lights. (FYI- glow sticks work great to ease the kid’s fears.)
  • Battery operated radio (do not forget the extra batteries).
  • First aid kit
  • Pliers or wrench in case you need to shut off utilities
  • Wet wipes and garbage bags
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Local maps
  • Whistle or loud noise maker: This is in case you need to signal for help.

In addition, be sure to always stay informed and have a plan.

Back to School Tax-Free Holiday

florida tax free shoppingIt’s that time of year again! Shopping for back to school supplies and clothing can be stressful. However this year the 2012 Florida Legislature passed and the Governor approved a tax-free period that states:

“No sales tax shall be collected on the sale of clothing, wallets, or bags, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags, having a sales price of $75 or less per item, or on sales of certain school supplies having a sales price of $15 or less per item for the period beginning 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2012, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on August 5, 2012.”

 

Here is a quick guideline to help you understand what the tax free holiday covers:

Any article of clothing that is wearing apparel: Not to exceed $75.00 per item

  • all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates),
  • Items intended to be worn on or about the human body.
  • NOTE: does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.

School supplies: Not to exceed $15.00 per item

  • pens,
  • pencils,
  • erasers,
  • crayons,
  • notebooks,
  • notebook filler paper,
  • legal pads, binders,
  • lunch boxes,
  • construction paper,
  • markers,
  • folders,
  • poster board,
  • composition books,
  • poster paper,
  • scissors,
  • cellophane tape,
  • glue,
  • paste,
  • rulers,
  • computer disks,
  • protractors,
  • compasses,
  • calculators.

Misc.: Not to exceed $75.00 per item

  • wallets,
  • handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags

Of course just like any holiday expect long lines but well worth the savings and time!

5th Annual East County Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil

Lakewood Ranch Shrimp Boil

Got Shrimp?

Don’t miss the 5th Annual East County Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil this Saturday, July 14th at the Polo Grill and Bar located on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

There’s no wonder why this event has been sold out the past 4 years with expert chefs Tommy Klauber and Spyder Broussard cooking up an amazing buffet that includes crawfish, corndogs, bbq brisket as well as oysters, gumbo, and of course, shrimp! Not only that, but there will be live music by the Gumbo Boogie Band so be ready to dance!

This family friendly event on Lakewood Ranch Main Street will go from 6:30 – 10:30, but make sure to reserve your seat quick as this event will sell out!

East County Fish Fry & Shrimp BoilLakewood Ranch Shrimp Boil
Polo Grill and Bar
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 782-0899



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If you’d like to live the Lakewood Ranch lifestyle and need help finding a home…let us help! Below are the latest Lakewood Ranch real estate listings. Please contact me if you would like to see any of these Lakewood Ranch real estate listings…

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,323 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,668 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  2. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,754 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,148 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  3. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,317 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,800 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  4. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,575 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,273 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,621 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,108 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 1

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(all data current as of 3/29/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Upcoming Fireworks in Sarasota and Bradenton!

fireworksSit on any beach in Sarasota or Bradenton next week and you will be sure to see several firework shows. Bring a cooler, a beach chair, some glow sticks for the kids and sparklers. Then sit back and enjoy the shows after sunset. Here are a few locations if you want to get a closer look.

Monday July 2nd, 2012

Longboat Key: The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant will kick off the festivities with the 4th annual “Boom Boom on the Bay” located at 760 Broadway St. Longboat Key. Come by car or by boat (marker #39).

Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

Bradenton: See the fireworks explode over the Gulf of Mexico right from the beach at the Beachhouse Restaurant during their 19th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza along with a special VIP dinner and a fabulous party. 200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach. Call 941-779-2222 for reservations and info. Of course, you can always go to Bradenton Beach with your beach chair and blanket and enjoy the fireworks for free!

Bradenton: Enjoy Marauder’s Baseball and Fireworks after the game at McKechnie Field, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday July 4th, 2012

Anna Maria Island: The 26th Annual Sandbar Restaurant Fireworks Spectacular is at the north end of the island at 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a buffet, specialty drinks, beer, wine, party favors and music for a table of 8 at $1000. You can also just show up on the beach in front of the Sandbar and enjoy the fireworks for free!

Bradenton: Pier 22’s Annual Fourth Of July Fireworks Celebration & Pig Roast starts at 6:00 pm at Pier 22 Restaurant on the waterfront in downtown Bradenton. Live music by Shotgun Justice from 6-10pm, A Pig Roast and FIREWORKS along the Manatee River.

Bradenton: The Old Main Street Party runs from 4 – 10 p.m. Closed to vehicles starting about 2:30 p.m., there will be live music and vendors along old Main Street. Fireworks display over the Manatee River at dark.

Siesta Key: 22nd Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party. Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, so viewing is good from just about anywhere along Siesta Beach.

Venice: Fireworks are fired from the south Venice Jetty in the Venice Beach area and there are a number of good vantage points: anywhere along Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, or from a boat on the Gulf of Mexico or Intracoastal waterway.

 

Buskers on St. Armands Circle

Buskers on St. ArmandsSt. Armands Circle has a charming European tradition on the first Wednesday of each month when the Circle comes to life with an entertaining evening of live visual and performing arts.

Street performance or busking is the practice of performing in public places, for gratuities, which are generally in the form of money and edibles. Busking dates back to antiquity, and occurs all over the world.Buskers on St. Armands

Performances can be just about anything that people find entertaining. Performers may do acrobatics, animal tricks, balloon twisting, card tricks, caricatures, clowning, comedy,live statues, contortions and escapes, dance, singing, fire eating, just to name a few! You never know what to expect on St. Armands Circle.

A family friendly event the first Wednesday of every month!


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St. Armands Circle is one of the most popular areas in Sarasota.  Below are the most recent real estate listings in St. Armands Circle. Please contact me if you would like to see any of the St. Armands Circle real estate listings below.

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 4,315 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,000 sqft
    Year built: 2012
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 0
  2. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,729 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 1
  3. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,869 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,600 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  4. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,928 sq ft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 1
  5. 3 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,550 sq ft
    Lot size: 36,959 sqft
    Year built: 2019
    Days on market: 1

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(all data current as of 3/29/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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