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So Much Sarasota December Entertainment

01 Dec 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings

Enjoy the Entertainment of the Season in Sarasota

The holidays are a great time to take in a performance with friends and family. Sarasota is never at a loss for interesting shows to see, and we’ve got some great ones coming up in December. Here are my top picks – hope to see you in the audience!

The Van Wezel is knocking it out of the park this month with some big star power. On Dec. 3, Grammy winner Leann Rimes makes her debut at the theater. Her “Today is Christmas Tour” is sure to put you in a festive mood!

Fans of the quartet 98° get to enjoy its premiere at Van Wezel this year, too. On Dec. 11, hear Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre put on their “98° at Christmas” tour.

There’s nothing like the Nutcracker during the holidays. The Sarasota Ballet will put on its uniquely Sarasota twist on the classic with “John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker” at Van Wezel on Dec. 15 and 16.

Rounding out a spectacular December at Van Wezel is “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” on Dec. 21. This national tour combines the circus, a Broadway musical and a family show into one holiday-themed performance with 20 acts and 300 costumes.

There’s lots of buzz around town about Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “Evita,” which is running in December. The musical about Eva Perón includes a score inspired by Latin, pop and jazz music and hits such as “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”

For other takes on the Nutcracker, there are a couple more options in town. The School of Russian Ballet will present the Nutcracker at the Sarasota Opera on Dec. 10, and The Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet will present its version at the opera on Dec. 17. With lots of Nutcrackers to choose from, you won’t want to miss incorporating the classic into your holiday traditions!

Florida Studio Theatre has some exciting shows playing during December as well. “Mack the Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook” is part of the theater’s winter cabaret collection, as is “Blue Suede Shoes,” with rock n’ roll hits from the 1950s. FST is also presenting the musical “Once,” a show about a Dublin street musician and the young woman he meets, sure to be a powerful performance.

The popular Ringling by the Bay event on the campus of The Ringling museum is back with Big Night Out, a Latin funk and Motown dance band that’s performing on Dec. 18. Sit near the water, enjoy the sounds of the band and you might even be inspired to get up and dance!

There’s so much to do in Sarasota this December – you may run out of days to do it all! See you out there, enjoying all of the entertainment of the season!

It’s Stone Crab Season

03 Nov 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Sarasota Happenings

Take Advantage of Stone Crab Season

I can taste it just thinking about it – delicious, buttery stone crab! The stone crab season started October 15 and runs until May 15. Have you had any yet? If you haven’t, it’s time to get on it!

Whether you like them hot or cold, with butter or mustard sauce, here are the best places in the area to get stone crabs:

With all of these options, you have no excuse. Get out there and eat some stone crab! It’s the perfect way to enjoy Sarasota and the season!

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Fall Fun on St. Armands Circle

04 Oct 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, St. Armand's Circle

There’s So Much to do This Fall on the Circle!

Fall is a busy time in Sarasota, with something going on every night throughout the city. Some of the most exciting events coming up are right on St. Armands Circle. Read on to learn about my favorites. See you on the circle!

Sun Coast Jaguar Club Concours d’ EleganceLions and tigers and jaguars, oh my! This automobile show puts the spotlight on the elegant Jaguar automobile. A host of Jaguars will be on display at the event, from early vehicles to new models. Come to St. Armands on Oct. 14 to see Jaguar after Jaguar, right in front of your eyes.

St. Armands Boat ShowLove the boating life? Check out all the newest, most exciting boats at this thrilling boat show. On Oct. 21 and 22, boat dealer Cannons Marina will bring its boats to the center of the circle. You’ll be able to see new Grady-White Boats, Yamaha motors and so much more.

Fright Night on St. ArmandsBoo! From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, the circle turns spooky. From ghostly decorated store fronts to statues dressed in Halloween garb, everything turns upside-down for this holiday celebration. The highlight of the night? The Sarasota High School drama department’s performance of Michael Jackson’s smash hit “Thriller” at 8 p.m. for all to see. It’s an annual tradition you just can’t miss!

Ferraris on the CircleIf Ferraris are more your speed, head to the circle on Nov. 4 to see over 75 Ferraris compete for the best of show award. Join droves of people who come to take a closer look at these classic Italian sports cars.

It’s all happening on St. Armands Circle!

Southgate Mall: What’s New and What’s On the Way

16 Sep 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, Siesta Key
It’s been so exciting to watch the renovation and construction at Westfield Siesta Key . The mall (which, if you’ve been here a while like me, you may still call Southgate Mall) is undergoing quite a transformation into a lifestyle and entertainment center.
If you haven’t been lately, you’ll definitely have to find a rainy day and enjoy everything the mall has to offer. Here’s the scoop on what’s new and what’s soon to open at Southgate Mall:

Since it started screenings, there’s been a buzz around town about CinéBistro . Have you been? What did you see? What did you eat? What did you drink? I keep hearing conversations just like that. The food is delicious, and what a treat it is to kick back and relax in the plush theater seats and enjoy a fun flick.  

Southgate Mall’s prime location makes it a great spot for a gym. Now we’re lucky to have an LA Fitness at the mall with personal training and several fitness classes. You can work out and then meet friends for dinner, without having to drive anywhere!

Speaking of dinner, there are some enticing new options at the mall in that department. Metro Diner made its entry into Sarasota with its new location at Southgate Mall. The casual diner-style restaurant serves comfort-food favorites like chicken pot pie, meatloaf and grilled cheese.

Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen is the latest culinary addition to the mall scene. It just opened at the end of August and already it has built up a lot of interest. The new restaurant is part of the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, which runs Brio Tuscan Grille. You may have been to one of the group’s restaurants at Sarasota’s other much-talked-about mall – University Town Center. At Southgate Mall, Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen is serving brunch, lunch, dinner, wine and cocktails. Give it a try and tell me how you like it!

There’s more in the works for the mall’s restaurant selection, too. Construction just started on Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar , which the company says will open soon. I’m looking forward to sampling from the restaurant’s extensive menu, which includes salads, soups, pastas and, of course, flatbread!

It won’t be long now –  Lucky’s Market  will open this fall at Southgate Mall. The sought-after grocery store focuses on organic products, local items, bulk food and more. It’s a real boon for the mall, and I say we’re lucky to have it.

Summer is Sarasota’s Most Fun Season!

29 Jun 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Downtown, Sarasota Happenings, Siesta Key

You Can’t Beat Summer in Sarasota

There’s a certain laid-back atmosphere that starts in Sarasota as soon as summer hits. We’re right in the thick of it, and there’s no better season to experience all the fun this special place has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Read my top picks for summer fun, and then get out there! (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)

Dance, Hum, Relax to the Beat

You’re probably more familiar with Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as an entertainment venue for big touring acts and Sarasota Orchestra performances. But during the summer, the grounds outside Van Wezel transform into an exciting outdoor concert site. The Friday Fest at Van Wezel free summer concert series brings a host of local bands to the lawn with thousands of people showing up to enjoy food and drink vendors and the music. Bring your lawn chair, sit back and listen!

Fireworks – In the Air and On the Water

The Fourth of July in Sarasota is unique. Sure, we have some of the best firework shows around to mark our nation’s Independence Day, but we also have thrilling powerboat races. The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival is in its 33rd year this time around and you won’t want to miss it. People come from around the state to take part in race festivities that start on June 24 and continue through July 4. The actual race dates are July 1 and 2, so you’ll want to mark those days down on your calendar. See you out there!

Splish Splash

One of Sarasota’s treasures, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, is hosting Splashin’ Saturdays this summer. It’s a chance for kids to experience the new Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden with water slides, games and more. Bring your favorite kid to Selby for a morning of fun, Saturdays through July 15. You’ll enjoy the calming breeze of the banyan trees, too!

Run Like the Wind

What better way to take advantage of living near the No. 1 beach in the world than to participate in Summer Beach Runs at Siesta Key Public Beach? On Tuesday nights from now until August 8, adult runs and kids’ one-mile fun runs will be hosted right there on the crystal sand. On your mark, get set, go!

The Show Must Go On

If all this outdoor activity is making you perspire, it might be a good idea to take things inside for a performance at Asolo Repertory Theater or Florida Studio Theatre. Asolo is hosting the inaugural season of Dog Days Theatre this summer. The company will perform the British play “Relatively Speaking” from July 11 to 30 and the stage adaptation of “Double Indemnity” from August 8 to 27. FST is hosting The Jersey Tenors until July 16 and the Improv Festival from July 13 to 15, which is sure to be a great laugh. Just because it isn’t peak season in Sarasota doesn’t mean you can’t catch an excellent performance!

I hope you relish in the season of summer in Sarasota. There’s truly no other time like it, so make every day count!

The Vue and The Sarasota School of Architecture

13 May 2014 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate

Last week, two of my passions melded: architecture and real estate.

The Sarasota Architecture Foundation members were invited to “Meet the Architects” of the new Vue Sarasota Bay and Westin Hotel. Dan Wolfe, partner, and Igor Reyes, lead project architect, of Coral Gables Architect firm: Nichols Brosch Worst Wolfe & Associates gave us all the insight.

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While Dan Wolfe introduced us to his firm and their accomplishments, Igor Reyes gave us “his heart”. To be asked to build a statement hotel and residential tower in a city with their own school of architecture was, at first, rather daunting to Igor. He reviewed and studied our very own designs and was determined to pay tribute to the Sarasota School.

The contemporary design of the Vue with its floor- to- ceiling windows, free flowing rooms and expansive terraces that create a seamless integration of interior and exterior living and will fill the units with natural light while showcasing the panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. It’s a stunning building and promises to be an vibrant place to live.

I loved it when Igor talked about the site location on the northwest corner of US 41 and Gulfstream Blvd. “All roads in Sarasota eventually lead to this site”…it’s the entry to Downtown Sarasota, as well as to the iconic Ringling Bridge leading to St. Armand’s Circle and Lido, Bird and Longboat Keys.

The Vue will be a 18 story building with 140 residential units ranging from 1,645 to 3,415 sq. ft. Each unit will have 2 car parking and private elevator foyers. Priced from $800,000 to $3.4million.

Each residence will have access to the amenities of the 250 room Westin Hotel next door including fully staffed spa, cafe, restaurant and the rooftop lounge overlooking downtown Sarasota and the Bay.

To learn more about Vue, please click here to view the website, or contact me for a personal tour.

Marcia Salkin (941) 376-6121, marciasalkin@michaelsaunders.com, www.LuxuryRealEstateInSarasota.com.