February Events in and around Siesta Key 2009

Hopefully February won’t be as cold as January was this year, Brrrrrrrr. But our snowbirds (at least the ones I hang with) have loved the “cool” weather telling me about how it was 50 degrees below zero in IA before they left to come down here, or that the snow at their daughter’s house in RI was up to the top of the front door. Regardless, I shivered this January and look forward to a warmer February. Here are some of the many cool things you can do while you’re here:

On Siesta Key:

15th Annual Siesta Fiesta Craft Fair
Saturday, Feb. 7-Sunday, Feb. 8, 10am -5pm in the Siesta Key Village

Tai Chi on Siesta Beach every Monday, 15 minutes before sunset. Meets on the beach at the public beach access #5. Looks like fun and usually attracts a lot of people. Maybe I should join in instead of just sitting and watching the sunset. Hummmmm.

FREE YOGA on Siesta Beach: every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am to noon at the Siesta Key Public Beach. Call for info: 941-320-6693

Siesta Key Farmer’s Market, every Sunday 7am to noon at the Davidson parking lot in the Siesta Key Village.

“Everyone Gets a Kiss” Valentine Stroll in Siesta Key Village. Friday, Feb. 13.  6 pm – 9 pm. For info: 941-349-3800

Say I Do Again–Siesta Key Beach, Renew your marriage vows this Valentines Day. Saturday, Feb 14, 6-8 pm at Siesta Key Beach. Call for Info:  941-861-5000. This is sponsored by Sarasota Parks and Recreation and I understand they’re doing this at the Venice Beach also. The phone number above can give you that info as well.

While you’re strolling around the Village, stop into Bliss and check out the clothing line to the right of the store.  The “Sunshine Everyday” line is by my neighbor, Sandy Norton.  Words like “Laugh Everyday”, “Run Everyday” “Pray Everyday”, “Dance Everyday” are on the front of these shirts and other items.  They make a perfect gift for anyone (hint…Valentine’s Day!).  You can find Sandy’s work at ww.sunshineeveryday.com.  

Around Town:

For all you SHAKESPEARE fans (such as I), the American Shakespeare Center On Tour is performing “Hamlet” on February 3 and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” on February 4 at New College. Tickets are free but you have to call for reservations: 941-487-4155. Both performances take place in the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center begin at 7:30 pm.

Another SHAKESPEARE show, “A Winter’s Tale”, opens January 23 at the Asolo Rep Theatre.  www.asolo.org

Florida State Fair: February 5-16 in Tampa at the Fair Grounds. www.floridastatefair.com

GWIZ: Titanic exhibit ends Feb 8. I highly recommend it. Check out my blog for review.  www.gwiz.org

MOTE Marine Laboratory: HALF PRICED AFTERNOONS…all general admission tickets are half-priced between 3pm and 5pm through the end of February. Always wonderful stuff going on. Mote Marine Laboratory, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota 941-388-4441 www.mote.org

Ringling Museum: the Kimono exhibit ends Feb 8. But more exhibits start this month.  www.ringling.org

Want to help out the Make A Wish Foundation? Go to Canvas Cafe for lunch every Wednesday through Feb. 25, 2009. They’re located at 239 S. Links Ave. Sarasota. Call for more info: 366-2233 or just show up.

The last day of the Sarasota Indian Festival is Feb 1 at Oscar Sherer Park. 9am-6pm. For more info: 941-924-2784.

The last day of the St. Armand’s Circle Arts Festival is Feb 1 from 10am to 5pm

Palm Grove Quilt & Craft Show & Sale: Palm Grove Mennonite Church, Wednesday, Feb. 04, 2009 – Saturday, Feb. 07, 2009. Wednesday-Friday 8AM-5PM; Sat. 8am – Noon  Palm Grove Mennonite Church, 1087 Beneva Road, Sarasota, 941 955-2187

Smooth Jazz on St Armand’s Circle. http://www.starmandscircleassoc.com

21st Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts  (www.Artfestival.com)  Saturday, Feb. 21- Sunday, Feb. 22 from 10am-5pm Downtown Sarasota, Main Street between Orange and 5 Points

Winterfest at the Phillippi Estate Park  Large arts and crafts show featuring artists from around the country. Saturday, Feb. 21 – Sunday, Feb. 22;  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For info: 941-861-5000

Bayfront Boat Show at Marina Jack’s. Jan 30-Feb 1; noon-7 Friday; 10-7 Saturday, noon-5 Sunday and FREE to the public. Check out the boat show website:  http://www.yachtworld.com/sarasota-yacht/sarasota-yacht_22.html

Dog Festival: Everyone with dogs loves to go to the Venice Dog Beach. We haven’t been. The idea of bringing home a wet dog in my car is not that appealing BUT, I’m bound to try it out anyway. If you’re a dog owner you’ll have to go to Fido Fest (dog festival) at Woodmere Park in Venice on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 12 -2 p.m. Woodmere Park is located at 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd. in Venice. For more info: 941-861-5000

Another dog event is the Sarasota Pet Fest on February 22nd, 11am-4pm.  Sponsored by Animals by Nature, the festival takes place at the Grand Slam Plaza (outside the store), 1100 North Tuttle Avenue across from Ed Smith Stadium.  For more information www.animalsbynature.com.  Look for my neighbor, Sandy, and her Sunshine Everyday booth.  She’ll have her “Wag Everyday” and “Purr Everyday” t-shirts, along with some others. 

Do you own a Ferarri or like to look at them? Then check out “Ferraris on the Circle“, the Florida Region of Ferrari Owners Club show/festival. Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 am, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. For more info: 941-388-1554

History Day in the Park sponsored by the Historical Society of Sarasota County is held at Phillippi Estate Park on Tamiami Trail, Sunday, Feb. 8, 10:00 am. Located at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. For more info call: 941 366-1323

Selby Library has some events going on. Call the Friends of the Library for a schedule at 941-365-5228.

Sarasota Polo: Sundays, 11am-3pm. Call 941-907-0000 or http://www.sarasotapolo.com. The Polo games are a “must-go-to”. You’ll be surprised at how fun it is…not only the game but the activities going on around the game and the tailgating.

Lure Makers Art: Past and Present:  This sounds interesting. It’s an art exhibit, at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, that examines the history of fishing lures by exhibiting lures from the 1890s along with the contemporary work of Jan Cummings. How cool.  Through February 15th.  www.southfloridamuseum.org

For all of you art lovers, New MCC Fine Art Gallery Hosts Society of Artists Exhibit through Feb 19.  Call for info: 941-752-5225 or www.mccfl.edu.  There are plenty of other art venues, galleries on and near Main Street in Downtown Sarasota, the statue of the kiss at the corner of Ringling and Tamiami Trail, Historic Burns Square Artist’s Market on Saturday’s, and then this list of the arts (theatre, music, visual): Asolo Repertory Theatre,  Art Center Sarasota, Florida Studio Theatre, Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota Arts Council,  Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Other things to do: Selby Gardens, Historic Spanish Point, Crowley Museum.

Busy Fall Weekend On and Around Siesta Key Oct 31-Nov 2, 2008

I like fall festivals.  So I thought I’d write about what’s happening around town this weekend: Halloween weekend.  There seem to haunted houses set up everywhere you look and I’ve mentioned them in past posts so lets move on to the more family friendly events:

Remember…Siesta Key has their annual Trick or Treat event in the Village on Friday.  It starts at 3pm and ends at 6pm.  Apparently all the merchants with balloons by their doors are handing out candy to young ones.  Our neighbors are taking their boys to the Siesta Cove neighborhood across Midnight Pass from the Catholic Church.  I was told the neighborhood has their own celebration and in previous years the streets have been packed with trick or treaters of all ages. 

Get up early and drive around for yard/garage/estate sales.  They seem to be the thing this time of year.  I never get there early enough so I miss out on the “good stuff”.   I did pass by one in the spring that was just getting underway on a Friday and got a double-tiered end table for $2.  One leg was wobbly so I folded up a match book cover (with out the dangerous stuff attached) and slid it into the gap.  It doesn’t wobble any more.  I’m proud of that find.

Jungle Gardens has a “Creatures of the Night” party on Friday from 6-9pm.  Check out their website: www.sarasotajunglegardens.com

The Sarasota Blues Festival is Saturday Nov 1 at Ed Smith Stadium starting at 11am.  www.sarasotabluesfest.com

On Saturday, Nov 1, Sunnyside Village, located at 5201 Bahia Vista St., will hold its Holiday Bazaar from 10am-3pm.  My boys’ 4H club will be holding their bake sale at the Bazaar.  Hope ya’ll make an effort to come out and support us.  We’re new to this club (since we’ve only lived here a year), but I understand the pumpkin bread goes really fast.  Our young bakers are making extra this year hoping it will still be available to afternoon shoppers.  We’ve baked Tollhouse cookies.  Yum!  We have the afternoon shift so if you come out ask for me.  I’d love to meet my readers.  The phone number for directions is 941-371-2750.

Farmers’ Markets: Sarasota on Saturday, Siesta Key on Sunday.

Artists’ Market: Starting Nov and running every Saturday through May, this market will be held at the corner of PIneapple Ave and Laurel Street in downtown Sarasota from 10am-4:30pm.

If you’re a Florida resident and have proof (like a driver’s license) you can get into Historic Spanish Point FREE this weekend.  Call 966-5214 for more info.

Feel like driving to Venice?  Then try the Art Fest, both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.  Admission is FREE and it’s located in the historic part of town.

And, there’s always the beach.  We have some friends coming to town for the weekend to celebrate their son’s birthday so we’ll be on the beach Sunday.  Happy Birthday, Tomas!

Have fun and thanks for reading my blog.

Siesta Key Farmer’s Market

Today was the first day of the Siesta Key Farmer’s Market.  We waited with anticipation all week and then forgot about it until we headed through the Village on the way to the beach for our usual Sunday morning beach outing.  So we stopped in.

It’s located in the Davidson Plaza and at this time of year there were parking spaces, although when we got there it was almost over.  It starts at 7am and ends at noon.  We saw bread vendors, soap makers, olive oil, organic herbs and vegetable plants, crafts, crab cakes, some veggies and a pirate.  It looked like it had been successful because there were vendors closing up early (as sign that they had sold out).  We’ll make it earlier next week.  The Farmer’s Market is supposed to run every Sunday but their website doesn’t give a time length that I could find, i.e., “through the Fall”, “all year long”, or anything like that.  Hopefully it’ll be around for a long time.  I like the one in Sarasota but I’m lazy on the weekend and don’t like leaving the Key if I don’t have to, so I hope this grows to be a big deal.

Check out their website: www.siestafarmersmarket.com