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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!


North Port: 2nd Safest City in Florida!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

White, sandy beaches, endless entertainment attractions, perfect year round weather, and stunning recreational facilities are not the only things drawing home buyers to Florida. Another is the state’s commitment to safety, especially in its larger cities.


Home security website SafeHome recently analyzed safety throughout the state and ranked communities based on the data. When the results came back…...NORTH PORT was named the 2nd Safest City in Florida!!


To find their rankings, SafeHome examined 54 cities within the state with a population of at least 50K. Each community was given a Safety Score, which was calculated based on data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the U.S. Census.


North Port received a Safety Score of 85.53! Along with being the 2nd safest city in the state, it ranked within the Top 25th Percentile of Safest Communities in the entire United States!!


Are you ready to call North Port home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale! Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today to make your dreams a reality!

7 Ways to Add Elegance When Selling Your Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Help your Suncoast home stand out from the crowd by adding elegant touches throughout your home! A more expensive looking home will increase buyer interest and help you get a higher price! Here are 7 tips to make your home look more elegant and expensive when selling!


1. Choose an elegant paint color. Painting is your first step to prepare your home to sell. It can instantly make your home look fresh and clean. Choose neutral colors that will appeal to a wide variety of home buyers. Add some elegance by adding colors with a slight sheen to them.

2. Declutter. Clean and declutter all rooms in your house. Once they are decluttered, you can choose a single focal point for each room to highlight the space and unique architectural features.

3. Remember Small Details. Fixtures can easily date a room. Update light, plumbing, and other fixtures throughout your home to add some instant style.

4. Invest in Kitchen Appliances. The kitchen is often one of the most important rooms for homebuyers. Make it a major selling point in your home by purchasing stainless steal or brightly colored appliances that are often found in higher end homes.

5. Update Window Treatments. Replace all dated window treatments. Choose neutral or bold colors and avoid patterns. Focus on drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades for elegance. Make sure that your treatments let in the maximum amount of light.

6. Add Crown Molding. Classic details like crown molding can add elegance to your home.

7. Purchase a new Garage Door. Curb appeal is vitally important when you sell your home. Your garage door takes up a large portion of the outside of your home. Although this is a more costly upgrade, it does offer a good return on investment and adds elegance to the outside of your home. Invest in new garage doors




Interested in Selling your Suncoast home? Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today!

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42nd Annual Venice Holiday Parade!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

After filling yourself with a delicious turkey feast this Thanksgiving, it's time to get in the holiday spirit! There is no better way to do that in the Suncoast than at the Venice Holiday Parade!!! Head to beautiful downtown Venice on Saturday, November 25th, for the 42nd Annual City of Venice Holiday Parade! Kickoff the holiday season at 5:00 pm with great festivities throughout downtown. Pre-parade highlights include food and beverage vendors, live musical entertainment, games and activities. Then, enjoy 120+ local organizations, schools, companies, and more as they celebrate the holidays in the parade. Stick around after the parade for the lighting of the downtown holiday decorations! The best part.....admission to all this festive fun is FREE!


The Holiday Parade starts at the corner of Park Boulevard and West Venice Avenue at 7:00 pm. The route continues down Venice Avenue before turning on Nokomis Street and then onto Turin Street West. The parade concludes at the Venice Community Center (326 Nokomis Avenue South). Find your perfect spot along the route!



Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and festive beginning to the holiday season!!


5th Annual Venice Blues Festival!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Come listen to America's best blues musicians at the Venice Blues Festival! Head to ‚ÄčMaxine Barritt Park (1800 Harbor Drive South, Venice) this Saturday, November 18th for this 5th annual

music fest. The talented artists performing are from all over the country and represent the unique blues styles from their areas. Do not miss this favorite community event! Doors are open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Dance the day away to incredible live musical performances and enjoy delicious food and beverages.



Music Lineup

11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Cece Teneal (Orlando, FL)

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm | Tommy Z (Buffalo, NY)

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm | Eliza Neals (Detroit, MI)

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm | Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones (Dallas, TX)

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (San Francisco, CA)


Ticket Information

General Admission Tickets | $30

--Open seating (Bring your own chair)

VIP Tickets | $125

--Special seating in VIP Tent, Beverages & Food included, Artist photos

Children 12 & under | FREE

Purchase Tickets HERE!  



The Flerlage Real Estate Group hopes everyone has a rockin' good time this weekend in beautiful Venice during the 5th Annual Venice Blues Festival!!

Image Credit: Venice Blues Festival

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.



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.


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!



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



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



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