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Upcoming Halloween Events in Sarasota

Sarasota is a fun city all year round, but when Halloween comes around, the city becomes a great place for events. With so many to choose from in the area, it's easy to get lost in the variety. Here are some of the top choices for your Halloween fun.

Second Crosley Halloween Gala at the Powel Crosley

On October 31st at 6:30pm the Crosley Supper Club will host the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe and you're invited to be a character in the story. Discover your fears and phobias, one by one as the story unfolds and the Ushers bring you through the house. The event will also include a grand buffet and plenty of excellent music. Tickets are $75 ahead of time and $100 at the door. This is a 21 and up event.

The Great Gatsby Halloween Ball

The Ivory Lounge will host the Great Gatsby Halloween Ball on October 26th at 10pm. This event will include an amazing part flashing back to earlier times with plenty of music and fun.

Pet Halloween Costume Contest

Dress your pet up and bring them out for the Pet Halloween Costume Contest hosted by Waggin Tails Grooming. This is the first year for the event and it will be all kinds of fun. First, second and third place winners will get Waggin Tails gift cards. The event will be held fall day from October 18th to...

Infographic - Birds Eye View in Sarasota Florida

Did you know that Sarasota, Florida is one of the top birdwatching spots in the country? This infographic shows some awesome facts about our feathered friends and why they picked our region to create their home.

Birds Eye View of Saratoga, Florida

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Infographic - Relocating to Florida Makes Financial Sense

This infographic shows some interesting facts about relocating to Flordia. Some data includes home appreciation, population, and the cost of living.

Relocating to Florida Makes Sense

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A New Restaurant Dedicated to Quality Coming to Sarasota

PDQ - Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/osseous/9340103305/MVP Restaurant Partners, LLC recently opened a new restaurant in Sarasota called PDQ. This fast-food restaurant chain is known best for its chicken tenders, but also serves sandwiches and salads. The PDQ name doesn't stand for Pretty Darn Quick, as you might think, but instead, it stands for "People Dedicated to Quality." The restaurant also serves fresh cut fries, malts and hand-spun milkshakes.

You can find this new restaurant at 5163 South Tamiami Trail near Rooms To Go. PDQ opened the first area location in 2011 and has expanded into 12 locations across Florida and North Carolina. The chain is set to open 14 more locations across Florida and Texas by the end of the year.

PDQ is known for serving fresh food fast from a menu including a variety of delicious options different from many other fast food chains. The menu includes:

  • Chicken Tenders meals
  • Spicy Buffalo Tenders Sandwich
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich
  • Grilled Turkey Breast Sandwich
  • Crispy Turkey Breast Sandwich
  • Fresh Cut Fries
  • Fresh Blueberry Coleslaw
  • Apple Slices with Toffee Dip
  • Crispy Chicken Salad
  • ...

Openings Across the Sarasota Scene

From new restaurants to the Sarasota Orchestra opening, plenty is happening throughout the area. Many new businesses are opening, along with art exhibits, schools, theater events and so much more. Here are some of the most significant openings happening across Sarasota.

Two Song Fests Start the Sarasota Orchestra Season

Marking the 65 anniversary of the Sarasota Orchestra, Song Fest 1 and 2 will feature plenty of great acts. Both of these events will provide great entertainment and will happen on September 19th and 20th at 5:30pm.

Song Fest 1 will feature the Sarasota Brass Quintet's performing Three Spirituals including "Nobody Knows", Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "The Battle of Jericho." While Song Fest 2 will feature the String Quartet's performance of "The Bullfighter's Prayer." Guest vocalists include Blythe Gaissert-Levitt and Jason Collins.

Tickets range from $29 to $37 with complimentary hors d'oeuvres starting at 4:30pm both days.

Private School Opens in Sarasota

The Selby School, located at 4405 DeSoto Road opened on September 16th. This school will serve disabled students in kindergarten and in grades nine through 12. The small class size and the ability to serve students needing help they cannot get at a traditional school is the best draw. Everything from reading to math and vocational training will be provided to help the students transition to an...

A Dairy Event Worth Celebrating

The Dakin Dairy Farm Festival will be celebrating its fifth year of Farm Tours, the Corn Maze and Birthday Parties on October 5th with a festival for everybody. The festival will start at 10am and last until 5pm, with all types of great events happening throughout the day. Co-sponsor Chick-Fil-A will help to make this a great event and something the entire family can enjoy.

5K & Kids Ranch Run

With the help of Fit2Run, the festival will feature a 5K run around the ranch. All runners can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and they will receive a free pint of Dakin Milk, along with fruit for participating. The first 40 adults and all participating children will receive a keepsake trophy or a participation medal.

Registration is open and costs $30 for adults and $15 for kids. Registration includes entry into the 5th Birthday Celebration attractions after the race. Half the registration fee will be donated to the Harvest House Transitional Centers and the first 100 to register will receive a free t-shirt.

Mac & Cheese Cook Off

Two Mac & Cheese cook offs will be held, one for individuals and one for restaurants....

Oktoberfest Coming to Sarasota Soon!

Oktoberfest is one of the favorite events of many and it's about that time of year again. Geier's Sausage Kitchen will host the event from Thursday September 26th to Saturday September 28th. This event will feature excellent food, great entertainment and so much more.

If you want to get the most out of your Oktoberfest celebration, Geier's 31st Annual Oktoberfest is the place to be. The event will kick off at 11am every day and run until 6pm. With three full days of fun, you can come out and enjoy Live Traditional German Music, free raffles, European gifts, free German Beer, bratwurst, knockwurst and so much more. This is a free event.

About Geier's Sausage Kitchen

With a long history of creating some of the best sausage you will find. Geier's is well known for both sausages and lunch-style meats. They use traditional recipes and have created a tradition lasting more than 60 years. Moving to the United States in the mid-sixties, the owner Karl Geier opened the first German sausage company in the area. It didn't settle in Sarasota until the eighties, but has since been found at 7447 South Tamiami Trail.

Geier's provides both retail and wholesale products and continues to be one of the best European Sausage Kitchens in the world. They import items all over the world including England, Germany, Hungry, South Africa, Poland and many other countries. Some of the categories for the meats they produce...

Finding the Right Neighborhood For Your New Home

We've all heard the expression, "Location, Location, Location," and it's about more than just the home itself. Choosing the right neighborhood for your new home makes a huge difference. The wrong area could make it hard to settle into your new city, harder on the children and may not provide everything you've hoped it would. Here are some tips to help you choose the right neighborhood for your new home.

Research the Area

It all starts with your own research. If you're lucky enough to find a real estate blog with plenty of information about the area you're moving to, it will be much easier to find the right place. However, if you can't find this type of site, you may have to scour the interne looking for the best school district, amenities and more.

Working and the Commute

Some workers don't mind driving an hour to work if it means their children can go to a better school or they can live where they really want to live. Others, prefer a very short commute. Make sure you figure out how far away from work you want to be before you start looking for a new home in a specific neighborhood.

Restaurants and Entertainment

We all love going out for a meal and we all need entertainment options. Choosing a neighborhood making it easy to get to the restaurants and entertainment you prefer makes settling in much easier.

Parks and Rec Facilities

If you or your children love outdoor activities and sports, living near a park or recreation...

A Secret Found in Sarasota, Florida

lido_beach_300Unless you've done your research or you're a local in Sarasota, you may have never discovered the Lido Beach area. Crossing over Ringling Causeway and past Bird Key and Coon Key, you will find St. Armands Circle. This area is home to many upscale shops and locals refer to it as the Rodeo Drive of Sarasota. As you keep going west, you will discover a three-mile stretch of beautiful beaches called Lido Key.

Lido Key is home to three beaches with the main one called Lido Beach. It's about a half-mile to the west of St. Armands Circle and provides over 3,100 feet of beachfront. Visitors can enjoy a heated swimming pool, plenty of parking, secluded shore area and more.

The park in the area provides plenty of nature trails for hiking and enjoying everything the area offers. With sandy-soil found throughout the coastal ridge and plenty of Australian pines, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The northern part of the beach provides an area full of birds and other wildlife.

Lido Beach used to allow nude sunbathing, but that stopped in the late 1980s. It's illegal now, but it still happens. The location of Lido Beach is 400 Ben Franklin Drive and visitors can enjoy all three beaches:

  • Lido Beach
  • South Lido Beach
  • North Lido Beach...