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If you’re looking for a fun day trip with a good excuse to sip a little wine, here are two Florida wineries to test your palate.

Rosa Fiorelli Winery

Natives of Sicily, this family-owned and operated winery just east of Bradenton, offers an array of award-winning Muscadine wines, tours, events and more.

Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery

This certified green winery and vineyard uses all locally grown grapes, fruits, and vegetables in all of its unfiltered wines…and… the bottles are 100 percent recycled.  The property is also designated a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and it has been rumored to host some ghosts.  (It’s TRUE!)  Spirit orb walkabouts are offered for five or more on Saturday nights or by reservation while wine tastings and tours are available daily.

October 15 – 18

Ringling International Arts Festival

The Arts Season commences with more than one hundred performers from the U.S., Central and South America, the Middle East, and Europe.

Enjoy four days of Dance, Jazz, Comic Puppetry, World Music, a touch of Circus, and even an Intergalactic Space Adventure on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art and the F.S.U. Center for the Performing Arts.

Event Schedule: http://www.ringling.og/events/series/ringling-international-arts-festival

October 31

Fright Night on St. Armands Circle

Make reservations or take you chances finding a seat at a sidewalk cafe or eatery with a balcony to enjoy the sights of costumed families strut their stuff with four legged friends as they wander in stores handing out treats.  At around 8:00 pm Sarasota High’s Zombies and Ghouls perform to the beat of “Thriller”!

November 1

Ferrari’s on St. Armands Circle

Over 75 Ferrari owners will be showing their rides from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Circle Park.  Admission free

November 7

“Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night

The 2014 – 2015 Season kicks-off on the first Friday of every month where street performers take center stage on Main Street, at Five Points Park and Palm Avenues from 6 to 9 pm.

November 10 – 17

Sarasota Chalk Festival

This year, chalk will be flying in VENICE where 500 national and international artists hit the pavement on Miami Avenue and two other downtown locations.  Parking and shuttle will be available at Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds and the east end of Airport Avenue.

November 14 – 18

Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition

Twenty master sculptors will compete in paired teams for over $25,000.00.  To be held daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Siesta Public Beach.

November 15

Venice Blues Festival

Legendary Chicago Bluesman, Mac Arnold will be performing at Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Drive, South, Venice.  He and others will be mixing it up from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.



Posted September 4, 2014 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

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Watch Out for Sea Turtles Coming Ashore   Leave a comment

Loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles regularly nest on Florida beaches… from March through October. All three are federally protected and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission will heavily fine anyone tampering with a nest or turtle.

A female digs her nest in the sand with rear flippers and lays approximately 100 leathery ping-pong ball-size eggs. After covering, the eggs are left to incubate from 45 to 60 days with hatchlings emerging from April through November.

Commission experts say one way to help sea turtle hatchlings is to turn off or shield home or business lights that face the ocean. Hatchlings may confuse artificial (nighttime lighting) with the sparkle of seawater, and often go in the wrong direction when leaving the nest. Hatchling deaths occur from dehydration, cars, fire ant attacks or raccoons.

PLEASE report anyone disturbing a sea turtle nest. If you see a dead turtle, or one that is being harassed or injured, call the commission’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922.

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Posted March 21, 2012 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

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