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Lighten Up Your Suncoast Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Keep your home looking fresh and airy all year round by lighting up your living space. Feel like you are living in a cloud, bathed in that bright Suncoast sun every time you step through your front door. Follow these 5 home owners tips for creating a lighter living space today!

 

White paint. Instantly brighten up the space (and make it appear larger) by adding fresh coats of white paint. Look beyond the walls and consider lightening up the hardwood floors as well.

 

Declutter. Open up your space and let more light in by minimizing the amount of stuff you have sitting out. Spaces get lighter with smooth lines. Remove clutter from surfaces, minimize furniture, and add hidden storage systems throughout your home.

 

Mirrors. Mirrors have long-since been a go-to trick for opening up a space. Create the illusion of more space by adding mirrors. Along with wall mirrors, consider mirrored back splashes or accessories, such as trays, glass top tables, or crystal decor.

 

Light linens. Create a cozy, breezy spot for you and your family by adding airy curtains and crisp white throws and pillows throughout the space.

 

Grays and blues. Add some subtle pops of color throughout your home with soft shades of gray or blue.

 

For more handy Home Owners Tips, check our our http://www.experiencevenice.com/!

Fall Festivities this Weekend in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Fall is officially here and Halloween is fast approaching! Get in the seasonal spirit with fun community events planned all weekend long! Find some incredible pumpkins, catch a "scary" movie, take a hayride, stock up on candy, and so much more throughout the Suncoast at this fabulous Fall events! Happy Fall from the Flerlage Team!

Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular

Date: Saturday, October 14th

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Ed Smith Stadium (2700 12th Street, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE with non-perishable food item donation!

Enjoy a family fun event with Halloween games and activities, costume parade around the bases, and screening of Monsters, Inc. on the outfield big screen!

 

26th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Date: Saturday, October 14th

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Hunsader Farms (5500 County Road 675, Bradenton)

Cost: $10 per person | FREE for children 12 & under

Check out all the fall festivities on the farm! With arts & crafts, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, hayrides, pumpkin games, scarecrow displays, live music, and so much more, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

 

29th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest

Dates: Saturday, October 14th & Sunday, October 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Fruitville Grove (7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE!

Come to Fruitville Grove this weekend for pumpkin painting, mini train rides, pony rides, and more! Find fantastic Halloween decorations for your home as well.

 

Oktoberfest in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Proust!! Celebrate the start of October the best way possible…….at an Oktoberfest Celebration! See the Suncoast transform into Bavaria this weekend at these fun, fall festivities!  

 

 

MGB 3rd Annual Oktoberfest

Come to Mandeville Beer Garden (428 North Lemon Avenue) on Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm! Enjoy the outdoor beer garden and keep your stein filled with one of the 11 German beers on tap. Get a free soft pretzel if you come dressed in your finest dirndl or lederhosen!

 

Oktoberfest

The British Open Pub (367 Jacaranda Boulevard) is becoming German for the day on Saturday. Come to the large festival tent from noon until 10:00 pm for live German music, games and prizes, dancing, food, beer, and more! Admission is $5 per person.

 

Oktoberfest Celebration

Feel like you are in Munich at Mr. Beery’s (2645 Mall Drive). Enter fun contests like the costume contest or stein hoisting contest. Dine on authentic German food. Enjoy great live music by Petra and Teresa. The fun begins at 3:00 pm on Saturday.

 

 

Happy Oktoberfest from the Flerlage Real Estate Group!

Celebrate Sarasota this Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Living in Sarasota is pretty great! With beautiful weather and natural surroundings, endless cultural and entertainment venues, strong sense of community, fantastic amenities, and so much more, Sarasota is an incredible place to call home. Celebrate your favorite hometown this Saturday at two incredible local events that showcase some of the best things our community has to offer!

 

A Taste of Downtown Sarasota

Date: Saturday, September 30th

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Opera House (61 North Pineapple Avenue)

Cost: $65 per person. Purchase tickets HERE!

Enjoy delicious dishes from your favorite downtown restaurants as you sip on assorted craft beers and specialty cocktails. This great annual Sarasota tradition allows you to sample the best food our city has to offer while mingling with other members of the community. Proceeds from the event support the Sarasota Youth Opera, who will be performing during the event. Participating Restaurants include: The Bijou Café | Brick's Smoked Meats | Cafe L'Europe | Clasico Sarasota | Currants Restaurant | Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. | El Greco Mediterranean Café | Five-O Donut Co | H2O Bistro | Jack Dusty | Louies Modern | The Melting Pot | Michael's On East | Nancy's Bar-B-Q | Nothing Bundt Cakes | The Rosemary | Selva | Sift Bakehouse | Sweet Mom Italy | Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill | AND More!

 

 

Sunset on the Bay

Date: Saturday, September 30th

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Van Wezel Bayfront Lawn (777 North Tamiami Trail)

Cost: FREE!

Celebrate a Sarasota sunset on the bay! Enjoy an evening with Sarasota friends and neighbors! Learn more about “The Bay Project” and all the incredible projects and plans in the works for Sarasota’s Bayfront. Treat yourself to delicious food and beverages from Chefs2U Restaurant & Catering | Gold Coast Eagle Distributing | J&J Barbecue | Jerry’s Hot Dogs | Kona Ice | Mattison's | Sofrito Mama's | TCBY | Uniquely Organics. Enjoy live entertainment by Yesterdayze and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Take in a breathtaking sunset along Sarasota’s bayfront.

 

 

 

If you are interested in Buying your dream home in the incredible community of Sarasota, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

 

Photo by Paul Martin

 

Transition Your Outdoor Spaces from Summer to Fall!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

With cooler temperatures, Fall is the perfect season to enjoy your home's outdoor living spaces in Florida. Spruce up your Suncoast patio, porch, loggia, or backyard this autumn and create the perfect cozy spot for you and your family to enjoy time outside. Focus on these design elements to transition your space from summer to fall.

 

 

COLOR. Use neutral colors as your overall base for the outdoor area. This allows you to easily transition between all of the seasons of the year. Switch out those beachy, bright hues of blues and greens, which are perfect for Florida summers, with oranges and reds that evoke the stunning colors of fall.

 

FURNITURE. The weather in the Suncoast allows residents to enjoy just as much time outside as inside. Your outdoor furniture should be just as comfortable as that inside your home since you can utilize the space year-round. Consider versatile, comfy pieces such as daybeds, outdoor swings, hooded chairs, and chaise lounges. Think about materials such as wicker, metal, and dark woods that are more seasonally appropriate in fall.

 

LIGHTING. The days get shorter as the year progresses so make sure you add some lighting to your outdoor living spaces. String bulbs, lanterns, and chandeliers can all add a beautiful ambiance to the space.

 

ACCENTS. Additional design elements can keep you nice and cozy outside this fall. Add hanging curtains to the space that can blow beautifully in the breeze. Put some throws on the furniture to cuddle up in on chillier nights. Keep your feet warm with an outdoor rug. Although the nights will stay relatively warm throughout the season, consider adding an outdoor fireplace to the space for some extra comfort. It will quickly become your family's favorite spot to gather at the end of the day.

 

 

 

Resource:  House Beautiful

 

 

Assessing Damage After Hurricane Irma

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Hurricane Irma caused much damage throughout the Suncoast area. Our hearts go out to all of the families in our communities and throughout Florida as life transitions back to normal in the wake of the storm. Although the storm has passed, it is important to continue to stay safe and aware of your surroundings. If you are returning to your Suncoast home in order to inspect for damage, remain cautious and follow these recommendations:

 

  • Avoid any objects or trees touching power lines.

  • Stay far away from puddles that are close to electrical sources.

  • Wait until you get word from city officials to drink tap water and make sure that the sewage system is running properly.

  • If anything in your home is wet, turn off the main fuse box before unplugging appliances.

  • Check your refrigerator for spoiled food, if your home has power.

  • Do not place any storm debris in the street or by utility meters and storm drains.

  • Be careful when handling anything that runs on electricity or gas.

  • Take photos of any damage inside or outside of your home.

  • Drive with caution throughout your neighborhood and city.

  • Continue to listen to the radio or check with local authorities for any updates on disaster relief efforts.

  • Let your family know that you are safe.



Resource: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

 

Events to Check Out This Weekend in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

After a short work week, the weekend is going to be here before you know it! Not sure how to spend it? There are numerous community events planned throughout the weekend. Check out our recommendations for ways to spend your upcoming weekend in the beautiful Suncoast!

 

 

 

Literacy Under the Trees

Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Cost: FREE park admission with donation of gently used book or by presenting library card!

Celebrate International Literacy Day at the beautiful Oscar Scherer State Park. This is the perfect weekend event for families. Enjoy story time with local authors, literary activities, book signings, and a book swap for all ages.

 

A Taste of Downtown

 

Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Opera House (61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota)

Cost: $65 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Come enjoy delicious bites from Sarasota’s best restaurants at the 4th annual Taste of Downtown. Dine on tasty dishes paired with craft beers, fine wines, and specialty cocktails on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House. Participating restaurants include Bijou Cafe, Brick's Smoked Meats, Cafe L'Europe, Clasico Sarasota, Currents at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Duval's Fresh Local Seafood, El Greco Mediterranean Cafe, H20 Bistro at Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Kahwa Coffee Sarasota, Louies Modern, Mattison's City Grille, The Melting Pot, Michael's On East, Nancy's Bar-B-Q, The Rosemary, Selva Grill, Sift Bakehouse and Five-O Donut Company, Tsunami Sushi, and many more. All proceeds from the event benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera, who will be performing.

 

Snooty Memorial Open House

 

Date: Sunday, September 10th

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: South Florida Museum (201 10th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE admission!

Snooty the manatee was a beloved resident of the Suncoast area for 69 years. Come remember his legacy at the South Florida Museum. This day of remembrance and celebration will include a visual tribute to Snooty in the Bishop Planetarium, special hands on memorial projects, and visits to the Manatee Rehabilitation Program.

 

Fins, Flippers, & Friends!

 

Date: Sunday, September 10th

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota)

Cost: $75 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Support the Sea to Shore Alliance at their 5th annual fundraiser. Enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres while listening to live entertainment by Trevor Bystrom and John & Cheryl Moody. Check out the silent auction filled with incredible trips, prizes, and items. Learn more about life in our oceans during the presentations by Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, Executive Director of the Sea to Shore Alliance, and keynote speaker Dr. Randall Wells, Director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. All proceeds from this event help protect the manatees, North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles and their habitats in our communities.

 

 

There is always something fun happening in the communities of the Suncoast. Come make this thriving, active area your home! If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Sarasota area home, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.    

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credits: MySuncoast and Sea to Shore Alliance  

 

 

Fun Community Events this Labor Day Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Labor Day Weekend is Here! That means plenty of time for grilling out, relaxing on the beach, and spending time with family and friends! Looking for something unique to do over the long weekend? There are many opportunities in the Suncoast! Check out these great community events for you and your family to enjoy all weekend long!

 

71st Annual Labor Day Regatta

Dates: Saturday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 3rd

Location: Sarasota Bay

Come to the oldest and largest regional sailing event in the entire Southeast! Since 1946, the Sarasota Sailing Squadron has been hosting this incredible annual event. Watch hundreds of competitive sailors from across the United States and Canada compete. Along with the 5 separate race courses and numerous age divisions to watch, there will be delicious barbeque, fun live music, and so much more! Want to compete? Register HERE!

 

9th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival

 

Dates: Saturday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 3rd

Location: Downtown Venice

Stroll through beautiful Venice as you find some of the best arts and crafts you can find! Talented artisans will be selling a wide variety of handmade goods, including ceramics, jewelry, metal works, paintings, and more. There will also be a great Green Market for you to stock up on lovely flowers and delicious food.

 

Venice Triathlon

 

Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Location: Downtown Venice

Cheer on the participants in the Venice YMCA’s annual triathlon as they make their way from Sharky’s on the Beach throughout downtown Venice. Triathletes of all ages are welcome to participate. This year also features a Splash N’ Dash for the younger athletes. There is still time for you to be active this Labor Day weekend and compete! Register HERE!

 

 

The Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!  

 

 

 

Suncoast Home to Top School Districts!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

The public school districts in the Suncoast are some of the best in all of Florida!! Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list 2018 Best School Districts in Florida! The website analyzed several key factors regarding academics, athletics, extracurriculars, resources, and more from data collected by the US Department of Education as well as student and parent reviews.

 

When all the results came in..........3 school districts in the area were found to be the best of the best! Find out how the Suncoast districts ranked below!

 

#6 Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

#14 Charlotte County Public Schools | 1445 Education Way, Port Charlott

#21 Manatee County School District | 215 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

 


If you are interested in Buying a home within one of these top school districts, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

Don't Miss the 61st Annual Englewood Pioneer Days!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Englewood is the place to be this month! Enjoy the best family-friendly fun now through Labor Day at the 61st Annual ENGLEWOOD PIONEER DAYS! There are incredible events planned every weekend. With exciting contests and tournaments, dance parties, car shows, parade, and incredible community festival, there is something for everyone at the Englewood Pioneer Days! Click on the links below for details on all of the events!

 

Saturday, August 19th

 

Little Miss and Mr.  Englewood Pageant

  • Time: 9:00 am (Registration) | 11:00 am (Pageant starts)

  • Location: Lemon Bay High School Auditorium (2201 Placida Road)

  • Cost: $3.00 per person | FREE for participants & children under 5

  • Registration Form

Sunday, August 20th

Family Bowling Tournament 2017

  • Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm OR 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Location: Englewood Bowl (299 South Indiana Avenue)

  • Cost: $100 per team of 4 (includes 3 games, shoes, and balls)

  • Registration Form

Saturday, August 26th

Chalkfest 6.0

  • Time: 8:00 am (Sign in) | 9:00 am (Chalking starts)

  • Location: Dearborn Street

  • Cost: FREE

  • Open to artists of ALL ages

Kids Shipwreck Party

  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Location: Tringali Center (3460 North Access Road)

  • Cost: FREE

  • Open to children ages 9 to 15

Sunday, August 27th

8th Annual  Michael O'Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon

  • Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am (Check in) | 8:15 am - 10:15 am (Lines in water)

  • Location: Tom Adams Fishing Pier (1400 Beach Road)

  • Cost: FREE

  • Registration Form

The Englewood Historical Tour

  • Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Locations: Englewood Area History Museum (1394 Olde Englewood Road) | Lemon Bay Garden Club (480 Yale Street) | Lemon Bay Historical Society (416 West Green Street) | Old Florida Outdoor Center (463 West Dearborn Street)

  • Cost: FREE

Tuesday, August 29th

Sing-a-Long

  • Time: 7:00 pm

  • Location: Green Street Church (416 West Green Street)

  • Cost: FREE

Saturday, September 2nd

Cardboard Boat Race

  • Time: 9:00 am (Registration) | 11:00 am (Race starts)

  • Location: Indian Mound Park (210 Winson Avenue)

  • Cost: FREE

  • Registration Form

The Shipwreck Dance

  • Time: 5:00 pm

  • Location: Pioneer Park (300 West Dearborn Street)

  • Cost: FREE

The Taste of Englewood

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Location: Pioneer Park (300 West Dearborn Street)

  • Cost: $5 or less per dish

Sunday, September 3rd

The Diaper Derby

  • Time: 2:00 pm

  • Location: Lemon Bay Woman’s Club (51 North Maple Street)

  • Cost: FREE

  • Contact Terry at (941) 474-3520 or powellmema@comcast.net to reserve spot

Open Car Show

  • Time: 2:00 pm

  • Location: 300 block of West Dearborn Street

  • Cost: FREE (Pre-registration) | $5 (Day of registration)

  • Registration Form

Monday, September 4th

Englewood Pioneer Days Parade

  • Time: 9:00 am

  • Location: Begins Englewood Center Parking Lot (200 South Indiana Avenue) ends at the corner of Old Englewood Road & Stewart Street

  • Cost: FREE

All Corvette Car Show S

  • Time: After Parade

  • Location: 300 block of West Dearborn Street

  • Cost: FREE (Pre-registration) | $5 (Day of registration)

  • Registration Form

 

*Sunday, September 3rd - Monday, September 4th*

 

PIONEER DAYS FESTIVAL

  • Times: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Sunday) | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (Monday)

  • Location: Pioneer Park (300 West Dearborn Street)

  • Cost: FREE

 


The Flerlage Real Estate Group hopes everyone has a fun time at the 61st Annual Englewood Pioneer Days!

 

Images Credit: Englewood Pioneer Days

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