Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Venice Beach Party

venice.gov.com/calendarofevents


Venice Beach Party

Fifth Third Bank presents the Venice Beach Party! This event is back for its third year! A fun-filled day of beach, friends, music and food! 

Location: Venice Public Beach
101 The Esplanade South
Venice, FL 34286

Parking: A free shuttle will travel from downtown to the beach and back. See map below.

Band Schedule:
2:45pm -4:15pm Sarasota Steel Pan Band 
4:45pm – 7:45pm The Shindigs

Thank you to sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Venice Gondolier Sun, Culligan, Sharky's On the Pier, Aquaholic Charters, Venice Wine and Coffee Company, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 92.1 CTQ, Premier Community Bank of Florida, Gulf Shores Realty, Lueanne Wood, Gulf Coast Medical Group, Gulf Breeze Apparel and Venice Center for Independent & Assisted Living

*Please no pets or coolers





Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179














Snook Haven: Restaurant is feature Exhibit at Venice Museum & Archives

Suncoast Lifestyles, www.yoursun.com, September 5, 2018


Snook Haven, as always, sits alongside the Myakka River on the far east end of Venice Avenue.

The place has had various incarnations through the years, however.

Snook Haven's storied history will be the focus of an exhibit, opening Oct 8, for the 2018-19 season, at the Venice Museum & Archives.

The title will be "Snook Haven:  The History of Movies, Mischief, and Music on the Myakka."

These days, Snook Haven is a family restaurant with tables indoors and out.  In fact, it has a relatively new, longer name:  Snook Haven Restaurant and Waterfront Park.

People sit by the water and watch alligators drift past.  They listen to live music, including banjos played by a 30-year old society of people who plunk along together at the water's edge.  They rent canoes and fish.  And they enjoy a new Sarasota County park there.

As the title of the exhibit indicates, though, Snook Haven was not always what it is now.

A few generations ago, Snook Haven was a wild and wooly Florida roadhouse at the end of a land-and-a-half wide gravel road that cut through a jungle.

Movies were made there a long time ago, too, because the scenery available made making a movie there less expensive than going to the jungles of Africa, which appear similar.

Among the tales told about Snook Haven (perhaps the exhibit will get to the truth) is that monkeys escaped from movie sets and took up residence in Sarasota County decades before the place became popular with snowbirds.  There are stories told about killer turtles too.

The Venice Museum & Archives is located at 351 Nassau Street.




Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179












Friday, September 14, 2018

Braves to open new North Port Stadium March 24 vs Rays


heraldtribune.com, August 30, 2018 
Spring training finale will mark debut of Sarasota County complex
NORTH PORT — The Atlanta Braves will play their first spring training game at the new south Sarasota County complex in the West Villages at 4:05 p.m. next March 24 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
That will be the final spring training game the Braves play in Florida next spring. The team will play the remainder of its Grapefruit League home games at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, ending their 22-year run at the Disney World complex.
The Braves will open their spring training schedule on the road Feb. 23 against the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie before returning for a Feb. 25 home game in Central Florida against the Washington Nationals.
The new $100 million ballpark in the West Villages, built with a combination of funding from the Braves, North Port, Sarasota County and the state, is expected to feature 6,500 fixed seats, with the ability to accommodate another 2,500 general admission patrons on the berm and concourse.
The overall facility will include 6½ practice fields, 55,000 square feet of clubhouse and fitness center for the Braves along with multipurpose fields and public space that can be used for special events by North Port and Sarasota County.
The complex will operate year-round with extended spring training for minor league teams, Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League.

The March 24 game is currently being packaged along with 2020 spring training season tickets, which can be purchased at the Braves Preview Center in Cornerstone Plaza at 14906 Tamiami Trail, on the south side of the road, just west of Sumter Boulevard.
Individual tickets for the inaugural game will go on sale later this year.
For more information call 941-413-5000 or email springtraining@braves.com.

Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Smithsonian Magazine's Annual Museum Day Sept 22, 2018


www.ringling.org/events/museum-day

Part of the Family Program

The Museum of Art and Circus Museum, including the Tibbals Learning Center will be free of charge on Saturday September 22, 2018, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! Come as a family to explore paintings and sculptures in the Museum of Art, participate in a scavenger hunt through the Circus Museum, and enjoy the grounds and Playspace all together!
Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning Center: Walk the wire, squeeze into a clown car, be amazed by the world’s largest miniature circus, and learn about Sarasota’s rich circus heritage.  Be sure to check out the current Circus Poster Gallery exhibition, 250 Years of Circus in Print.
Hey Kids! Pick up a self-guided scavenger hunt in the Visitors Pavilion that will lead you through the Circus Museums and teach you what life was life under the big top!
Museum of Art: Built by John and Mable Ringling to house their collection, the galleries feature paintings and sculptures by Old Masters. Friendly docents are available in the galleries to guide your experience and answer questions.
Hey Kids! Pick up a Museum of Art activity guide in the lobby. This guide will introduce you to fun activities and games you can play at different works of art!

Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




West Villages Realty LLC
19503 S West Villages Pkwy
Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
Venice, Florida 34293
Office: 941-460-3179





Wednesday, September 5, 2018

9/11 Memorial Ceremony

city of venice.gov/calendar of events



  • Date:09/11/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location:Patriots Park
    800 Venetia Bay Blvd.
    Venice



    Annual ceremony to remember the victims and fallen heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.
    Lion Rampant Pipe and Drum Band, invocation, presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem and reflections from local and state officials, first responders and Gold Star parents; guest speakers. The memorial ceremony will conclude with a benediction, taps and the singing of "God Bless America."
    All are invited. Bring chairs.
    A hand-crafted, numbered, limited-edition 9/11 Memorial Medallion will be available for a $35 donation at the ceremony.

    Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
    REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




    West Villages Realty LLC
    19503 S West Villages Pkwy
    Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
    Venice, Florida 34293
    Office: 941-460-3179






    Monday, September 3, 2018

    Battle of the Bridges Rowing Regatta



    City of Venice.gov/calendar of events


    Battle of the Bridges Rowing Regatta

    • Date:09/15/2018 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Location:Venice Historic Train Depot
      303 E. Venice Ave.
      Venice


      Traveling 5000m through the heart of Venice on the Intracoastal Waterway, athletes will have to use their strength, skill and teamwork to maneuver boats under 3 bridges. You can join the excitement along the Legacy Trail or Venetian Waterway Park.
      The Battle of the Bridges Regatta is a USRowing sanctioned event, so Rules of Rowing will be used to ensure a fair, safe, and fun regatta.
      Battle of the Bridges is open to High School and Master Programs.  
      Free to all spectators!


      Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
      REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




      West Villages Realty LLC
      19503 S West Villages Pkwy
      Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
      Venice, Florida 34293
      Office: 941-460-3179











      Northport Commission to hear update on Warm Mineral Springs Master Plan

      Herald Tribune, August 31, 2018

      NORTH PORT — The city of North Port is planning for the future of the 83-acre park surrounding Warm Mineral Springs.
      While public input will be taken through meetings tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18-20, the North Port City Commission will be updated at a Sept. 6 special meeting on the project, as well as review a draft of the proposal to nominate the structures for the National Register of Historic Places at the park that were first put in place for the 1959 Florida Quadricentennial.
      The structures have deteriorated from lack of maintenance. The cost to renovate or restore them has been estimated anywhere from $2.4 million to $2.9 million.
      The city put the structures on its first historic register in March 2017, and has been working with the state historic preservation office to have them included on the national register.
      The springs themselves, the site’s centerpiece, were listed on the state register in 1977.
      The structures, designed by architect Jack West, a member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, were built in the late 1950s as part of a 21.6-acre “springs activity center” for the quadricentennial.
      Two of the structures, a sales building and restaurant and spa building, are joined by a covered walkway, or pergola, and are considered by some as one site.
      At 10,345 square feet and 225 feet long, it approximates the depth of the hourglass-shaped springs.
      City officials have gone back and forth over the best way to handle renovation and restoration of that part of the complex.
      The third building, a cyclorama, was considered by the City Commission to be the obvious jewel of the site, when the local historic register was created.

      The Warm Mineral Springs cyclorama is one of an estimated 30 left in the world and only three in the United States. Two of those, in Atlanta and Gettysburg, depict Civil War battles.
      The North Port cyclorama tells the story of Juan Ponce de Leon’s exploration of Florida, in search of the Fountain of Youth.
      The buildings operated as a tourist attraction from March 1960 to 2000, before being temporarily closed.
      The springs reopened for swimming in 2014.
      All that is detailed in the draft application to the National Register of Historic Places.
      The city has owned the springs since September 2014, when it purchased Sarasota County’s interest in the facilities. It pays $48,280 a month to operate the park and receives all revenue from admission sales.
      An archaeological background report, prepared by Tampa-based Janus Research for the Sept. 6 meeting, notes two sites. The springs itself, which is hourglass-shaped and has a burial site located 42 feet below the surface, on a ledge, is the main one.
      A second site, a sandy ridge about 650 feet south of the springs, appears to be a place that stone tool maintenance occurred — based on the size and number of small stone flakes uncovered in shovel tests.
      The city hopes to develop the adjacent 60-plus acres for other recreational use through the master plan.
      Interested?
      • The North Port City Commission will receive an update on the Warm Mineral Springs master plan process at a special meeting which starts at 1 p.m., Sept. 6, in commission chambers at North Port City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd. For more information on the park, visit cityofnorthport.com/visitors/visit-north-port/warm-mineral-springs-park.



      Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
      REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964




      West Villages Realty LLC
      19503 S West Villages Pkwy
      Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
      Venice, Florida 34293
      Office: 941-460-3179