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Festive Holiday Events This Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Holiday season is here! Get in the festive spirit all weekend long throughout the Suncoast! Fill your calendars with these great community events. Click on the links below for more information!


 

Holly Days and Mangrove Lights 2017

Dates: Thursday, December 14th & Friday, December 15th

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Historic Spanish Point (337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Cost: $12 per adult | $10 per senior | $5 per child (ages 5-12) | FREE for members

 

Cinematic Celebrations: Elf

Date: Friday, December 15th

Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Ringling Museum Courtyard (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota)

Cost: $15 per adult | $10 per child (ages 6-17)

 

Holiday Pops Concert

Dates: Friday, December 15th & Saturday, December 16th

Times: 7:30 pm (Friday) | 3:30 pm or 7:30 pm (Saturday)

Location: Venice Performing Arts Center (One Indian Avenue, Venice)

Cost: $25-$42 per person

 

9th Annual Gingerbread Festival

Dates: Friday, December 15th - Sunday, December 17th

Times: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 9:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Westfield Sarasota Square Mall (8201 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Cost: $1 per person

 

Frosty 5K

Date: December 16th

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Twin Lakes Park (6700 Clark Road, Sarasota)

Cost: $40 per adult | $30 per child (ages 18 & under)

 

Marty's Toy Drive

Date: Saturday, December 16th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Pirate City (1701 27th Street East, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE with donation

 

National Wreaths Across America Day

Date: Saturday December 16th

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Sarasota National Cemetery (9810 State Road 72, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE

 

Winter Arts and Craft Show

Date: Saturday, December 16th

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Venice Community Center (326 South Nokomis Avenue, Venice)

Cost: FREE

 

Storytelling with Santa and the Christmas Fairy

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Powel Crosley Estate (8374 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Cost: $32 per adult | $17 per child (ages 3-12)

 

Taste of Chanukah

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Phillippi Estate Park (5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)
Cost: $5 per person

 

Chanukah Klezmer Festival

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Centennial Park (200 West Venice Avenue, Venice)

Cost: FREE

 

6th Annual Spectacular Community Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Congregational United Church of Christ (3700 26th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE

 

Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a very happy holiday season in the Suncoast!

 

Veterans Day 2017

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

The brave men and women who have served in the United States military are truly our nation's finest. It is important to remember and honor the sacrifices they have made to protect our country and the freedoms we enjoy. Help us celebrate our United States veterans this weekend for VETERANS DAY! There are numerous special events occurring throughout the Suncoast communities for us to take the necessary time to thank all of our United States veterans.

4th Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veterans' Day Breakfast

Date: Friday, November 10th

Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Location: Sahib Shriners (600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota)

Cost: $25 per person

 

Anna Maria Island Veteran's Day Parade

Date: Friday, November 10th

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: City Hall to City Pier Park (Pine Avenue, Anna Maria)

Cost: FREE

 

Manatee County Veteran’s Day Parade

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Manatee County Fairgrounds (1303 17th Street West, Palmetto) to Sutton Park (1036 6th Street West, Palmetto)

Cost: FREE

 

Sarasota Veteran’s Day Parade

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Downtown Sarasota (Main Street)

Cost: FREE

 

Veterans' Day Observance and Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Patriot’s Park (Venetia Bay Boulevard, Venice)

Cost: FREE

 

4th LBK Annual Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Longboat Key Bank of America (500 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key) to Temple Beth Israel (567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key)

Cost: FREE

 

Veterans Day Mass

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Sarasota National Cemetery (9810 State Road 72, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE

 

Flerlage Real Estate Group thanks all of our local Suncoast veterans along with those throughout our nation for their service and dedication to our country.

 

Family Fun Community Events This Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

As the year winds down to a close, many areas of the country see less community events occurring. That just isn't the case in the Suncoast, though! With beautiful weather year round, residents throughout the Suncoast are able to enjoy incredible family-friendly events all year round! You can never get bored in these fantastic communities with all the happenings taking place. Fill up your agenda this upcoming weekend with these fun events!

 

 

13th Annual Festival of the Skeletons

Dates: Friday, November 3rd & Saturday, November 4th

Times: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Friday) & 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Village of the Arts (1113 12th Street West, Bradenton)

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Village of the Arts. Enjoy delicious Mexican food, live entertainment, skeleton crafts, a memorial fence, and more.

 

SandBlast

Date: Saturday, November 4th

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Manatee Public Beach (4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach)

Help support Keep Manatee Beautiful and honor America Recycles Day during this great fun-raiser! The annual SandBlast is a day long sand sculpting competition. Enjoy family fun activities and marvel at the spectacular creations.

 

Wild About Nature Fall Family Festival

Date: Saturday, November 4th

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Bay Preserve (400 Palmetto Avenue, Osprey)

Come to this great annual event filled with outdoor fun. There is something for the whole family with kayaking, tree climbing, boat rides, games, arts and crafts, live music, workshops, face painting, food trucks, and so much more.

 

Taste of Manatee

Date: Saturday, November 4th

Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk)

Spend a day on the riverfront as you enjoy food from some of the area’s finest restaurants and incredible live entertainment.

 

Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest

Date: Saturday, November 4th

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

Satisfy your cravings with delicious bacon bites from local restaurants and samples of 60+ craft beers while enjoying live music, family activities, and more.

 

30th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival

Dates: Saturday, November 4th & Sunday, November 5th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (daily)

Location: Downtown Venice (West Venice Avenue)

Marvel at the incredible work of 150+ artists and find some unique pieces to decorate your Suncoast home.

 

Sarasota Medieval Fair

Dates: Saturday, November 4th & Sunday, November 5th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm (daily)

Location: Sarasota County Fairgrounds (3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota)

Travel back in time and enjoy medieval rides and games, live entertainment, jousting, artisan marketplace, food and libations, and so much more.

 

Frightful Fun in the Suncoast this Halloween!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Eeeek! Halloween is finally here! Find incredible Halloween festivities throughout the Suncoast! With haunted houses, trick or treating, live music, activities and games, costume contests, and so much more, everyone in your family is sure to have a frightfully great time this Halloween!

 

BOO Fest

Date: Friday, October 27th

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Cost: FREE!

"Frightful Fables" Haunted House

Date: Friday, October 27th

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: Lakeside Pavilion at SCF Venice (8000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice)

Cost: $3 per person

 

The Blood Jam Music Festival

Dates: Friday, October 27th & Saturday, October 28th

Time: 7:00 pm - 2:00 am (daily)

Location: Central City Lounge (1945 17th Street, Sarasota)

Cost: $15+ per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

 

Boo Run 5K

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 8:30 am (Race starts)

Location: Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Cost: $35 per adult, $10 per child (ages 12 & under) | Register HERE!

 

Pet Costume Parade

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: Downtown Sarasota (Lemon Avenue & First Street)

Cost: FREE to spectators, $8 per participant | Register HERE!  

 

Main Street Live! Halloween Party

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

Location: Old Main Street, Bradenton

Cost: FREE!

 

Ghost Tours

Date: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: Historic Spanish Point (337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Cost: $15 per adult, $5 per child (Members); $20 per adult, $15 per child (Non-members) | Purchase tickets HERE!

 

Spooktacular

Date: Sunday, October 29th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Shelby Gardens (900 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE for Members; $20 per adult, $10 per child (Non-Members)

 

Children's Halloween Bash

Date: Sunday, October 29th

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: The Italian American Club of Venice (1375 Ringling Drive South, Venice)

Cost: FREE!

 

Halloween Safe Treats for Kids

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key

Cost: FREE!

 

Community Trick or Treat Stroll

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Village of the Arts (1113 12th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE!

 

Fright Night

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota

Cost: FREE!

 

The Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a frightfully fun and safe Halloween!  

 

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

 

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