July 31, 2018

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Foodie Favorites

I leapt at the opportunity to try brand-new Summer House recently, a casual but sophisticated "transitional steakhouse with a seafood attitude," according their own words.  The newest venture from the owners of fellow Siesta Key restaurants The Cottage, The Hub Baja Grill, and the Beach Club, Summer House is so beautifully designed and well executed--from the menu to the light fixtures--that it has quickly become a must-see (must-eat!) on Siesta.

You can read my full review of this delectable dining experience here.

Summer House | 149 Avenida Messina | 941.260-CORK | summerhousesiestakey.com

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Illustrious Illustrations

We are fortunate to have right in our own backyard one of the best illustration programs in the country, at Ringling College of Art & Design.  Professor Octavio Perez has his illustrations on display this summer at a must-see exhibit right on Ringling's campus at the Patricia Thompson Gallery.  

The whimsical exhibit of illustrations will be on display through September 14th.  Click here to view the college's full exhibition calendar.

Ringling College of Art & Design | 2700 N. Tamiami Trail | 941.351.5100 | ringling.edu

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Proper Permitting

Navigating a major home repair or renovation can be difficult, stressful, and scary.  Add in permitting, and you have another layer of stress!  Luckily, Sarasota County recently laid out a very easy-to-understand guide for the permitting process.  You can view the entire guide right on my blog by clicking here.

Sarasota County Permitting | 1660 Ringling Boulevard | 941.365.2200 | scgov.net

Sweet Summer Shows

Our well-stacked summer theater programming continues into August with several fantastic options at multiple area theaters.  Take a look at what is on the stages of Sarasota this month!

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The Summer Cabaret Series at Florida Studio Theater went back in time for its third show, which plays until August 19th.  The Swingaroos host an evening of musical classics from the first half of the 20th century, highlighting music from Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, and many more that you might not even know (or recall) was originally from a movie musical.  The vocals and jazzy swing music will get your toes tapping while you enjoy dinner and wine at this dinner-theater cabaret.  Highly recommended -- you can get your tickets here, and don't forget: the Cabaret series runs in both the summer and winter every year so if this sounds like fun to you, become a subscriber!

Dog Days Theater at the Asolo continues this month with The Turn of the Screw.  A ghost story from the middle of the 19th century leads viewers on a journey through the unexplained when a governess moves to an idyllic country home to care for two orphaned children and soon realized they are not alone. For tickets and information, visit the website here.

The Players Centre has a wide variety of shows this month, but I am especially excited about their performance this Friday, August 3rd at 7:00pm of James & the Giant Peach. The Roald Dahl classic is the story of young James, who, when commissioned by his aunts, cuts down a local fruit tree.  The protesting tree drops a giant peach, which James rides on the adventure of his life, meeting all sorts of friends along the way.  Great for kids and adults alike, you can purchase tickets for James & the Giant Peach  here.