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July
26

Wagner Realty Supports the Bradenton Police Department's  Bradenton Blue Foundation With Its 5th Annual Golf Classic

Bradenton, FL  July 26th – On Friday, October 7, 2022, Wagner Realty will host its annual Golf Classic at Tara Golf and Country Club in Bradenton.  The Golf Classic has raised vital funds for the Bradenton Police Department's Bradenton Blue Foundation, a non-profit created to support officers and our community with funds for specialty training, technology, safety equipment and community outreach. 

"This has become such an important community event," notes David Eckel, Wagner Realty's President and owner, adding "supporting our local law enforcement is so important. The Golf Classic is a wonderful opportunity for like-minded people to enjoy a great day on a premiere golf course, all to benefit our men and women in blue and the greater Manatee community." 

Every year, more than 70 businesses support  the Golf Classic through sponsorships and/or donated auction items. "The generosity, time and effort of everyone involved, is just incredible," notes Natalie Russell, event organizer and company Operations Manager. Businesses – large and small, and individuals have enthusiastically supported The Wagner Golf Classic to support the Bradenton Blue Foundation.

Sponsorships are available as low as $100, and auction item donations are appreciated.  To purchase golf tickets, sponsorships and/or participate in auction bidding visit www.Wagner2022GC.givesmart.com or scan QR code. For questions, please contact Natalie Russell, Operations Manager at 941.727.2800.

July
4

Wagner Realty Celebrates the 4th of July Parade, Island Style

Anna Maria Island, FL, July 5, 2022 –Wagner Realty along with island locals and guests came together on July 4 to celebrate the nation's birthday and Independence Day. Guests arrived early outside the Anna Maria Island office Along with chairs, coolers, and water toys, families were fully attired in decorated in red, white and blue. While waiting for the parade, the Wagner staff handed out water bottles with koozies and cups, beads, candy, glow bracelets, and festive fans to the crowd. 

"It was so nice to see the smiling faces of families here in our great community, and especially our young ones" notes Natalie Russell, Wagner Realty's Operations Manager, adding "we want to thank all our guests who sat with us outside our office to enjoy the festivities."

As one of the oldest real estate companies in Manatee County, Wagner Realty began operations in 1939. Wagner Realty is locally owned and operated and is one of the largest real estate companies in the region. Every year, for more than 23 years, Wagner Realty has been voted "Favorite Real Estate Company" by readers of the local newspaper.

Pictured: Lucas and Ralph Martinez, Lucky Schmidt, Vera McGill

April
25

Sarasota: One of the Best Places to Visit in Florida

Sarasota

Lauded by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 place in Florida to visit, Sarasota truly stands out. Whether you're looking for Sarasota homes for sale or at neighboring Bradenton homes for sale, you'll have the chance to enjoy all the amenities this sun-soaked community offers. Our real estate agents are excited to show you more.

Replete with natural wonders and fascinating Florida history, Sarasota excels in more ways than one. As you explore, you'll encounter striking architecture, some of the best restaurants on the East Coast, and more than a few examples of the things that make Florida unique.

With sister city Bradenton adjoining it – just 25 minutes away from downtown – residents of either one can boast they are right in the midst of two of Florida's most desirable cities. Miles of quality beach and Florida vacation getaways like Longboat Key and Holmes Beach await.

Let's take a closer look at some of the unusual attractions in Sarasota:

  • The John N. & Mable B. Ringling Museum of Art – 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
    The John N. & Mable B. Ringling Museum of Art is located on the former estate of circus magnate John Ringling. Established in 1927 and including 21 galleries of art and antiquities from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, it spans 66 acres. In addition to the Museum of Art, you can visit the Circus Museum commemorating the history of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

  • Siesta Key – See Website for Location Details
    Siesta Key may just be the #1 place in Florida to enjoy the soft sand and glittering surf of the Gulf of Mexico. This barrier island is known for Siesta Key Public Beach, where the fine white sand is cool all year around. It also features a number of secluded spots where you might spot a dolphin.

  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens features two campuses giving visitors the opportunity to see an array of air plants from all over the world. The facilities are deeply connected with the traditional land stewardship of Florida's native people and are open all year long except on Christmas Day.

  • Mote Marine Lab & Florida Research Aquarium – 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Mote Marine Lab & Florida Research Aquarium is one of the crown jewels of Florida's tireless efforts to uncover secrets of the Atlantic. Researchers here nurse injured marine life back to health while gathering data that helps humans and the environment. You may have the chance to see manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and many others. The rays are among the most popular at the aquarium.

  • Save Our Seabirds1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    While you're learning more about the unique Florida ecosystem at Mote Marine Laboratory, you can take a two-minute walk to Save Our Seabirds, an animal hospital that rescues, rehabilitates, and then releases ill and injured Florida wildlife, especially birds. You can visit with and learn about the birds, including the facility's permanent residents, with the help of experienced scientists and caregivers.

  • Saint Armands Circle – See Website for Location Details
    Located on the island of Saint Armands Key, just across from Sarasota, Saint Armands Circle is a lively shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Under the watchful eye of the famous John Ringling statue, you can discover more than 130 boutiques and specialty shops, including many you won't find anywhere else. Connected to the mainland by two bridges, it's a world away from the hustle and bustle.

Inspired to turn your visit to Sarasota into a move? Contact us to find out more or get started.

December
20

The Greiner Group of Wagner Realty Provides Truckload of Support to the Humane Society of Manatee County

BRADENTON, FL, December 17, 2021 – Each year as the holidays approach, Sandy Greiner's thoughts turn to local animals in need. Sandy is a Broker Associate with Wagner Realty, and leader of The Greiner Group, a team of six REALTORS who work out of the company's Corporate Office on Cortez Road.  "A few years ago, I decided to throw a holiday party with a purpose" says Sandy, "so I provide food for our folks and ask them to provide food and supplies for the Humane Society of Manatee County (MCHS) . This year's party was held on December 14th and the donations from our holiday get-together filled the Manatee Humane Society's truck!"

This year, the Humane Society of Manatee County reached a milestone of 50 years of providing exceptional care for the animals in our community. As a 501(c)(3), this not for profit animal welfare organization is considered the lead animal welfare agency in Manatee County. The organization operates a no-kill shelter, the Second Chance Adoption Center located at 2515 14th Street W. and a veterinary clinic / high volume spay and neuter clinic at 2415 14th Street W. in downtown Bradenton.

Each year the Second Chance Adoption Center rehomes more than 1,000 dogs and cats through their comprehensive rehabilitation and adoption program. Many of the animals that enter the adoption program are medically challenged or have behavioral challenges. Each animal in the adoption center receives the highest quality care, medical care and behavioral assessment and training to complete the rehabilitation process resulting in a successful adoption into a new loving home.

"We are sincerely grateful to Sandy Greiner, The Greiner Group, the staff and agents at Wagner Realty" said Rick Yocum, Executive Director of Humane Society of Manatee County, adding "our shelter depends on the year-round compassion and commitment of our community and I'd encourage those interested in supporting the Humane Society to go to www.humanemanatee.org for more information."

Sandy Greiner can be reached by calling 941.794.2246, by email at sandygreiner@wagnerrealty.com or on the web at SandyGsBeaches.com.

 

PHOTO ATTACHED

Pictured from L-R: Nakita Llyenko (MCHS Shelter Division), John (Volunteer),  Sandy Greiner (Broker Associate/Wagner Realty)  Rick Yocum (Executive Director/HSMC)

December
8

Wagner Realty Celebrates Another Successful Year With Holiday Brunch at the Bradenton Country Club

Wagner Realty Celebrates Another Successful Year With Holiday Brunch at the Bradenton Country Club

Bradenton, FL  December 8, 2021 – Each year as the holidays approach, Wagner Realty invites agents, support staff and affiliate partners to gather for a wonderful brunch at the Bradenton Country Club. This year, the company held its holiday celebration on December 6th with more than 150 in attendance, celebrating their successes and enjoy each other's camaraderie.

 "Despite the many challenges, 2021 was a momentous year," notes David Eckel, Wagner Realty's owner and principal broker, adding "we want our agents and staff to know how grateful we are for all of their hard work."

January
17

Plan Ahead for These Sarasota Events

Sarasota Events

If you live in Sarasota, FL, you're lucky to experience the area's amazing weather, abundant recreational opportunities, and countless family-friendly destinations. You'll also find numerous special events that cater to nearly every interest, whether you're a baseball fan or are searching for the perfect antique.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following events coming to Sarasota in 2022:

  • The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Feb. 12, 2022 - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 
    The Simon & Garfunkel Story is an immersive, concert-style theater show that tells the story of the folk-rock duo using a full live band and state-of-the-art video projection and lighting. It takes you through their history, starting with their beginnings as Tom & Jerry and culminating with "The Concert in Central Park" in 1981 with over half a million fans. Along the way, you'll be treated to such hits as "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Mrs. Robinson," "Homeward Bound," and more.

  • Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: The Celery Fields, Second Mondays - Feb. 14, and Mar. 14, 2022 - Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240
    Join bird experts Peter Brown and Kelley Berkey on a Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walk in The Celery Fields. The 400-plus acre site is owned by Sarasota County and is on the Great Florida Birding Trail, so you're likely to see many species along the way. Over 200 species of birds have been identified at The Celery Fields. Walkers and bird-watchers should meet at the Raymond Road Boardwalk and then proceed on the walk.

  • The Sarasota FL Antiques Show - Feb. 26-27, 2022 - Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you love antiques, you won't want to miss The Sarasota FL Antiques Show, where you'll be able to shop inside in an elegant, comfortable atmosphere. Over 50 national and regional exhibitors will have smaller wares displayed in showcases and larger pieces such as furniture attractively arranged so you can appreciate them up close. You'll be able to see and buy fine antiques as well as decorative and fine arts from ancient times to the 20th century.

  • 33rd Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival - Feb. 24-27, 2022 - Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 610 Airport Ave. E., Venice, FL 34285
    You know an event is going to be fun when it's been an annual event for over 30 years! Head over to the Venice Airport Festival Grounds for the 33rd Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival. The festival put on by the Italian American Club of Venice has live entertainment, carnival rides, and of course fantastic food! Be sure to stop by after looking at Venice homes for sale.
     
  • Baltimore Orioles MLB Spring Training - starting Feb. 26, 2022 - Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237
    When Major League Baseball starts spring training in 2022, they'll have 15 teams playing in Florida's Grapefruit League and taking advantage of the area's great weather. Teams include the Baltimore Orioles, who play their home games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Games offer a fun, relaxed way to see your favorite MLB players, as well as some promising minor leaguers who are trying to break into the major leagues. 

Contact us if you'd like to see Sarasota homes for sale or Bradenton homes for sale. Established in 1939, we've earned a reputation for providing professional, personal service. We live and work in the community and would love to help you with your real estate transactions. 

November
1

Plan Ahead for the Englewood Beach Waterfest

Englewood Beach

Southwest Florida is known for its gorgeous waterfront, and what better way to enjoy that waterfront than at the Englewood Beach Waterfest? Whether you live in the area or are in town to look at Englewood homes for sale, this event is a must-see. Last year's event was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but the festival is back and better than ever for November 18th - 21st, 2021. Here are the other key details about each of the activities at the festival.

  • Powerup Pre-Race Party: 260 Maryland Ave., Englewood, FL 34224
    The Powerup Pre-Race Party kicks off Englewood Beach Waterfest on November 18th. It is scheduled for 5 - 10 pm at The Lighthouse Grill. There's a cash bar, and guests can choose dishes from a special pre-race menu. You can also listen to live music, meet some of the drivers who will compete over the weekend, and chat with other fans. 

  • Waterfest Block Party: 262 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood, FL 34223
    The Waterfest Block Party is another great way to get excited about the upcoming water sports competitions. It takes place on Friday, November 19th, between 5 and 9 pm at the Englewood Shopping Center. There will be food for sale, delicious drinks, and live music to enjoy. Throughout the evening, the race boats will parade through the shopping center, giving you the chance to see them up-close. 

  • OPA Racing World Championships: Beach Rd., Englewood, FL 34223
    This is the highlight of Englewood Beach Waterfest! The OPA Racing World Championships are scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, and Sunday, November 21st. The gates at Englewood Beach will open at 9 am both days, and the races begin at 10 am.

    The OPA Championships bring numerous powerboats to the water off the coast of Englewood. You can watch them power along at incredible speeds over 150 miles per hour. There are various purses they compete for throughout the day. For example, in previous years, the drivers have competed for a $10,000 Geico Triple Crown Purse. In 2019, there were 75 boats overall. A similar number is expected for 2021. Races should conclude around 4:00 pm each day.

    You can purchase Waterfest tickets online for $20 per person or pay $25 per person at the gate. Tickets are for both days and include parking and bus transportation to Englewood Beach. Children under 12 get free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.

  • The Family Conservation Center: Englewood Beach
    The Family Conservation Center along Englewood Beach will also be open during Waterfest. Here, you can learn about sea creatures, including horseshoe crabs, sea turtles, coral reefs, alligators, and various birds. 

    The Family Conservation Center also hosts a number of fun kids' activities. Kids can have their faces painted, help build a boat, create sand art, or go on a sea-themed scavenger hunt. There's even a photo booth where you can snap a memorable photo with your favorite sea creature.

  • Cantina and Food Court: Englewood Beach
    There will be several tents on the beach throughout Waterfest. These tents will serve as a food court where local restaurants will prepare various seafood and regional dishes. There's also an on-site bar serving beer, wine, and the signature Raceday Cocktails. 

Life on the water is something to celebrate in the Englewood area. If you're looking at Bradenton homes for sale or Sarasota homes for sale, we recommend stopping by for this annual event. Our real estate agents would be happy to help you find the perfect home nearby. Contact us to learn more about our services.

October
11

Celebrate the Arts at These Upcoming Festivals

Craft Shows in Sarasota

Fall in Florida brings many exciting activities. While people up north are hunkering down for the winter, here, we're enjoying slightly cooler weather and gearing up for the busy season. From now until the summer returns, there's no shortage of things to do. 

This time of year, when they're not busy helping clients find their dream homes, our real estate agents enjoy visiting local craft shows on the weekends. Whether you're an art enthusiast or just looking for something fun to do, we recommend paying a visit to these upcoming events. 

  • Sarasota Rocktoberfest: JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    This is so much more than a craft festival! Sarasota Rocktoberfest will feature tons of live music, huge glasses of beer, and plenty of mouthwatering Oktoberfest-themed food, including smoked sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels, roasted meats, and more. The event runs from October 15th to 17th, and admission is free! You'll also have the chance to shop at the marketplace, which features a wide selection of art, crafts, and fine products. 
  • Downtown Venice Art Festival: 100 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
    The town of Venice is vibrant, beautiful, and filled with historic charm. The Downtown Venice Art Festival will feature more than 100 notable artists from across the nation. Here you'll find everything from painting to jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics, mixed media, and more. The festival will be held on November 6th and 7th from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission is free. While you're in the area, you'll want to take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Venice homes for sale
  • 32nd Annual St. Armands Art Festival: 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The St. Armand's Art Festival has been named one of the best art festivals in the country. It features over 175 artists and craftsmen displaying their original work. Here you'll find sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, oils, watercolors, pottery, and more. The festival is scheduled for November 13th and 14th from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission is free. Since St. Armands Circle is so close to some of the best Sarasota homes for sale, you'll also want to make sure you leave enough time to take the scenic route home. 
  • Siesta Key Crystal Classic: 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242
    A bit of a different way to view art, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic gives you an opportunity to get a close-up view of sand sculptures created by 24 professional artists from around the world. While you're there, you can also enjoy sand sculpting lessons and demonstrations, live bands, and a bar tent. You also won't want to miss the Vendor Village, which will have over 70 retail vendors and 6 food trucks. The event will take place from November 12th through November 15th. 
  • Acrylic Painters USA Curated Exhibition: ArtCenter Manatee 209 9th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    If you've been exploring Bradenton homes for sale, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with ArtCenter Manatee. They host a variety of art shows throughout the year, including the upcoming Acrylic Painters USA curated exhibition. This event will be held from October 26th through November 19th, and admission is free. 

Now is the perfect time to find your dream home in Florida, and the agents at Wagner Realty are here to help! Contact us today to learn more and get started with your homebuying journey.  

August
2

Events and Festivals Happening This August

Sarasota Events

In August, the calendar may be moving toward fall, but summer fun is still going strong around Sarasota and Bradenton. Join our real estate agents for some good times at these exciting local events and festivals taking place this month.

  • NBP Rec Days - Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235
    Have you joined the kayaking craze? Maybe you want to pass your love of fishing on to your kids. NBP Rec Days are a great opportunity for the whole family to try various water-based activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, and sailing, right by Sarasota homes for sale. Fishing licenses are required for those who choose to participate. Dates are Saturday, August 14, and Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fees are $10 per person, with a maximum of $35 for families of five or more. Kids aged 6 and under are free.

  • Majesty of Rock - CoolToday Park, 18800 W. Villages Pkwy., Venice, FL 34293
    It's a marriage made in rock 'n' roll heaven when Majesty of Rock performs at CoolToday Park, right down the street from Venice homes for sale. Frontman John D'Agostino leads the group of talented musicians through a selection of tunes from iconic classic rock bands Journey and Styx. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, but you'll probably spend most of the night dancing away. Music starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. General admission tickets are $12.

  • World Series of Comedy - McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34236
    Cap off a day of viewing Bradenton homes for sale with a night of laughs. The best of the best are competing in the World Series of Comedy, with 40 comedians appearing in four days. Your vote will help decide who moves on to the finals. Festivities run from Thursday, August 12, through Sunday, August 15. Visit the website for showtimes. Tickets are $25.

  • IQuest: Playing Around with Science - The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 - 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    Prepare the kids to go back to school by sneaking some learning into their fun. At IQuest: Playing Around with Science, the award-winning game designer gives tips on creating games that incorporate scientific know-how. After playing science card games, participants will try their hand at designing their own games. IQuest takes place Saturday, August 14, from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. The $8 admission includes a slice of pizza and a beverage.

  • Plantation Wine Festival - Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, FL 34293
    Enjoy a relaxing afternoon sampling a variety of wines in the lush surroundings of the Plantation Golf & Country Club, which opens its doors to the public for the Plantation Wine Festival. As if the wine wasn't enough, the club chefs are preparing a sensational assortment of food to dine on as well. The event will be held indoors in air-conditioned comfort, where you can look out over the beautiful greenery, colorful flowers, and serene waterways. The festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 29, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for club members and $35 for non-members. 

Are you buying or selling a home around Bradenton or Sarasota? It doesn't have to get in the way of your summer entertainment. Contact us at Wagner Realty and let us handle the hard stuff.

July
5

Sarasota County's Centennial Celebration

Sarasota County Centennial

Happy birthday, Sarasota County! We love calling this area home and are excited to celebrate this occasion. Sarasota County was formed on July 1, 1921, but the celebration is lasting all month long, and then some! Join our real estate agents in celebrating the centennial with these exciting events and activities taking place around Sarasota homes for sale.

  • Venice Museum & Archives - 351 Nassau St. S., Venice, FL 34285
    What was Sarasota like during its formative years? Take a visual tour with Celebrating a Centennial: The Origins of Sarasota, a current exhibit at Venice Museum & Archives. Photos tell the story of Sarasota's origin and development, along with the specific role played by Venice. While you're there, check out the other exhibits that give a fascinating glimpse of architecture, nature, and other features of the area. Celebrating a Centennial runs through January 12, 2022. Hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and admission is free.

  • The Ringmaster's Wife - Senior Friendship Centers, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Sarasota served as the home of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Ringmaster's Wife turns the spotlight on Mable Ringling, wife of John Ringling. An authentically dressed presenter will share Mable's first-hand perspective behind the scenes of "The Greatest Show on Earth." Light refreshments will be served and former mayors of Sarasota will be on hand for a meet-and-greet. The presentation takes place on Thursday, October 21, from 9 a.m. - noon. Admission is free.

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale - Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241
    Sarasota's natural beauty is one of the biggest draws for residents and visitors. Beautify your own home with purchases at the Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale. The annual event is held by the IFAS Extension of the University of Florida to promote sustainable gardening. This year's event will have some added flair as part of the centennial celebration. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 9, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission is free.

  • Sarasota County Auto Tours 
    Learn the backstory behind Sarasota's top landmarks with Sarasota County Auto Tours. This new app, offered by the Sarasota County Centennial Committee, provides travel directions and audio narration that allow you to explore these points of interest at your own pace. Eight tours are available, each with its own specific focus. Areas covered include Bayfront, Downtown, and 5 Points, and Phillippi. Download the free app at Google Play for Android or the App Store for iPhone. 

  • Avenue of Art - Burns Square, 543 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    What does Sarasota mean to you? In conjunction with the centennial, founders of the iconic Chalk Festival are sponsoring the Avenue of Art. Participants of all ages are filling the sidewalks in Burns Square with paintings that depict their vision of Sarasota County. Stroll the area any time of day or night to view these personal works of art. A QR code that displays information about the artist and the painting is being added to each completed work. The project will remain on display until September 30, prior to the Chalk Festival's "Spirited Festivities" over Halloween weekend. Budding artists can apply on the website. Donations of $10 for adults and $5 for students are welcome.

Ready to be a part of Sarasota County's next 100 years? If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Wagner Realty to get started.

December
4

Press Release: Wagner Realty Celebrates Support with Presentation of Golf Classic Flags to Bradenton Police Department

Flag PresentationBRADENTON, FL, December 4, 2019 – Recently Wagner Realty celebrated their support of the Bradenton Police Department and the Bradenton Blue Foundation with a presentation of flags from the recent third annual Wagner Realty Golf Classic at Tara Golf and Country Club.

The Wagner Realty 2019 Golf Classic was a great success, bringing in more than $25,000 to benefit The Bradenton Blue Foundation and our local community.  More than 70 businesses and over 100 individuals joined forces to raise vital funding for the Bradenton Police Department and the Bradenton Blue Foundation, a non-profit created to meet the unbudgeted needs of police officers and our community. "The generosity, time and effort of everyone involved, is just incredible." notes Natalie Russell, event organizer and Wagner Realty Operations Manager. "We sincerely appreciate the outstanding community support of our men and women in blue and the Bradenton Blue Foundation, noted David Eckel, Wagner Realty's President and owner, adding "events like this one enhance the quality of life for everyone who lives, works and visits Manatee County."

PHOTO ATTACHED: L to R – Assistant Chief Paul McWade, Lou Merucci (Vice President of the Bradenton Blue Foundation), Detective Jeff Beckley, Michele Britton (President of the Bradenton Blue Foundation), Assistant Chief Josh Cramer, Natalie Russell (Wagner Realty Operations Manager) & David Eckel (Owner, Broker and President of Wagner Realty).

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September
27

Press Release: Wagner Realty Supports the Bradenton Police Department's  Bradenton Blue Foundation With Its Annual Golf Classic

Bradenton, FL, September 27, 2019 – On Friday October 11, 2019, Wagner Realty will host its third annual Golf Classic at Tara Golf and Country Club. The Golf Classic has raised vital funds for the Bradenton Police Department's Bradenton Blue Foundation, a non-profit created to support officers and our community with funds for specialty training, technology, safety equipment and community outreach. 

"This has become such an important community event," notes David Eckel, Wagner Realty's President and owner, adding "supporting our local law enforcement is so important. The Golf Classic is a wonderful opportunity for like-minded people to enjoy a great day on a premiere golf course, all to benefit our men and women in blue and the greater Manatee community."

Proceeds from the Wagner Realty Golf Classic have helped the Bradenton Police Department make incredible strides in our community. "The funds from the Golf Classic enhance everything from school safety with purchases of gun safes, ballistic gear, and entry tools for School Resource Officers, to assistance in funding for two new K-9 police dogs, trained in apprehension and narcotics detection" notes Rose Hedberg, Administrative Coordinator for the Bradenton Police Department. The Golf Classic funding has also helped the department purchase new lightweight high mobility vest plates for the SWAT Team, so they can work with increased stamina without sacrificing protection.

Funding also supports "Honoring the Badge" and other holiday events that allow officers to donate gift cards, food, and toys for underserved families. "These events are incredibly important. They give kids in need a happy Christmas and enhance the bonds between law enforcement and citizens." Rose adds, "I have to say, no one puts together a better golf tournament than Wagner's Natalie Russell. She's created a world class event, right here in Bradenton, and we're so glad to be a beneficiary from these efforts."

More than 70 businesses are supporting the Golf Classic through sponsorships and/or donated auction items. "The generosity, time and effort of everyone involved, is just incredible," notes Natalie Russell, event organizer and company Operations Manager. Businesses – large and small, and individuals have enthusiastically supported The Wagner Golf Classic to support the Bradenton Blue Foundation. The show of support is evident when one sees the current list of supporters:

Mobile Bidding Sponsors: Bradenton Herald, HomeBridge Financial Services, NDC Construction Company, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Workforce Business Solutions

Hole Sponsors: Anytime Fitness Parrish, Bank United, Benderson Development, Blalock Walters, Bradenton Blue Foundation, Bradenton Police Department, Bridgely Key, C&M Road Builders Inc., Delta Media Group, Donna Bucher & Cheryl Carson, HomeBridge Financial Services, Mission BBQ, Najmy Thompson Attorneys, Residents of River Isles, St. Stephens Preparatory School, Stearns Bank, TDS Construction, WR Title Services

Putting Green Sponsor:  Cramer & Messer Families

Event Sponsors: Bridgely Key, Lancaster & Eure, Manatee Apparel Graphics, Pearl Insurance, Personal Touch Dry Cleaning, Ring Power Cat, St. Stephens Episcopal School

Hole in One Sponsor: Cox Chevrolet

Beverage Cart Sponsors: Oyster Bar Restaurant, Barnes Walker, Boyd Insurance, Superior Asphalt, Inc., Stearns Bank, Rental Network Software, TDS Construction.

Golf Cart Sponsors: , All American Home Inspections Inc., Apex Office Products & Furniture, Tom Brown, Sr., Cohen Investment Management Inc., Marc Eberhardt, Polly Gaar, Diane Gallagher, Cindy Greco, Iva Fadley-Dane & Jon Patella, Ed Kinkopf, Legal Shield, Mike Carter Construction, The Melnick Collection, RE/MAX Alliance, Rose Schnoerr, Ken Swan, T & T Shell, Margaret Watson, Willis Smith Construction, Cynthia Wonnacott,

Additional sponsors and auction items are still welcome and can be arranged by calling Natalie Russell at 941.727.2800 or emailing wagnergolfclassic@gmail.com

ABOUT WAGNER REALTY

As one of the oldest real estate companies in Manatee County, Wagner Realty began operations in 1939. David C. Eckel purchased the company in January 1995 upon the death of Dick Wagner, the company's founder.  Before moving to Florida, Mr. Eckel was president and stockholder of one of the largest real estate companies in New York State, ranked among the 50 largest real estate companies in the USA.

Wagner Realty is locally owned and operated and is one of the largest real estate companies in the region. Every year, for more than 20 years, Wagner Realty has been voted "Favorite Real Estate Company" by readers of the local newspaper. The company serves the entire Sarasota/Manatee region with more than 220 agents in eight offices. Wagner offers global reach as well, through its membership in The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a broker network serving every US state and more than 50 countries. Wagner agents help buyers and sellers worldwide.

Wagner has attracted an impressive group of agents and managers, including brokers who owned another brokerage, were past presidents of the local Realtor Associations, or served as past Vice Presidents of the Florida Realtor Association. New agents who join Wagner enjoy comprehensive training, and experienced agents find the company a refreshing and productive place to call "home."

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Press Contact:

PressContact@WagnerRealty.com

941.727.2800

March
11

Press Release: Third Annual "Everything Buffalo" Draws a Record 1,700 to Robarts Arena

Buffalonians Gather to Enjoy Hometown Food, Music and Friends

SARASOTA, FL, March 11, 2019  -- The 3rd Annual 'Everything Buffalo' event exceeded expectations once again this year, selling out a month in advance of its February 27th show date. The show sold out last year too, so Full Moon Promotions founder and Wagner Realty Agent Tim Mitten moved the event to a bigger venue, but this year ticket sales were even more brisk than last year, and "Everything Buffalo" sold out again.

"The Buffalo community is tight-knit" notes Mitton, "and people love this event. It is truly "Everything Buffalo" – from the food to the entertainment." Mitton adds "I share the Buffalo Spirit of the attendees and am proud to have lived, worked and played in the City of Good Neighbors for fifteen years."

Sponsorships grew this year as well, with sponsors including: Florida Blue and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, forming a unique alliance specifically for 'Everything Buffalo' and joining Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as the two new top event sponsors. Additional sponsors include Wagner Realty, Largo Capital, LifeStorage, Manning & Napier, Hunt Mortgage, Cool Today, Bank On Buffalo, Lawley Insurance, Pro-Motion Notions, next-mark, WES Electrical and more. "With more than 35 sponsors participating and incredible year-over-year growth, we had to move the event to Robarts Arena, making this the largest Buffalo-themed event in Sarasota history. We are thankful for the support of our sponsors, who see the value in reaching Buffalonians and our community.

For Details and Pictures of past events: 'Everything Buffalo

 

ABOUT WAGNER REALTY

As one of the oldest real estate companies in Manatee County, Wagner Realty began operations in 1939. David C. Eckel purchased the company in January 1995 upon the death of Dick Wagner, the company's founder.  Before moving to Florida, Mr. Eckel was president and stockholder of one of the largest real estate companies in New York State, ranked among the 50 largest real estate companies in the USA.

Wagner Realty is one of the largest real estate companies in the region. Every year for over 20 years it is voted "Favorite Real Estate Company" by readers of the local newspaper. The company has more than 220 agents in 8 Manatee and Sarasota county offices. Wagner is locally owned and operated, with global reach through membership in The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a broker network serving every US state and more than 50 countries. Wagner agents help buyers and sellers worldwide.

Wagner has attracted an impressive group of agents and managers, including a number of brokers who owned another brokerage, were past presidents of the local Realtor Associations, or served as past Vice Presidents of the Florida Realtor Association. New agents who join Wagner enjoy comprehensive training, and experienced agents find the company a refreshing and productive place to call "home."

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Press Contact:

presscontact@wagnerrealty.com

941.727.2800

January
24

National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Art Classes in Manatee & Sarasota

Sarasota Art Class

Painting, music, theater, sculpture—there's no end to the types of art you can be inspired by. Our REALTORS® count themselves lucky to live in the Sarasota/Manatee area, where inspiration is never hard to find. 

This January 31st is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. In honor of the occasion, we're happy to share some of our favorite local art classes, studios, and creative spaces in the Manatee and Sarasota areas.

  • Ringling School of Art Continuing Studies - 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
    Take your art to a whole new level when you sign up for a class at Ringling School of Art Continuing Studies. These classes are designed for a multigenerational audience and all types of backgrounds. Their classes are broken up into three complementary programs including Studio and Digital Arts, Osher Lifelong Learning at Ringling College, and Englewood Art Center.
  • Art Center Manatee - 209 9th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Founded in 1937, Art Center Manatee is one of the oldest arts organizations in the Bradenton area. In addition to providing gallery and exhibition space to artists of all kinds, they offer classes in everything from drawing, painting, and photography to jewelry, glass, and pottery. For artists, it's always a welcoming and nurturing space, with numerous Bradenton homes for sale nearby. 

  • The Artful Giraffe - 1861 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Representing a community of more than 300 local artists in every conceivable medium, The Artful Giraffe is a wonderful place in Sarasota to discover new art and to display your creations. Mere minutes from Sarasota homes for sale, the Artful Giraffe also hosts 20 to 30 art classes every month in their state-of-the-art pottery studio that holds 25 students. 

  • Arts A Blaze Studio - 8111 Lakewood Main St. #107, Bradenton, FL 34202
    Arts A Blaze is a pottery painting studio that caters to artists and crafters of all ages and abilities. Best of all, no appointments needed. Just walk in, pick a project, and start creating! And with these Lakewood Ranch homes for sale nearby, your next inspiration is never far away. 

  • Renaissance School of Art - 4600 Pine Harrier Dr., Sarasota, FL 34231
    Renowned artist and illustrator Vladislav Yeliseyev founded Renaissance School of Art alongside with his wife Marina and daughter Polina in 2009. It quickly gained a reputation as a great place to learn about art hands-on. Plus, it sits right around the corner from these beautiful Sarasota homes for sale. Renaissance School of Art offers a range of programs in painting and drawing and represents an incredible opportunity to take your art to the next level. 

  • Island Art League - 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    A handful of Holmes Beach art lovers founded the Island Art League in 1989. What started as a small band of like-minded artists has grown to become a celebrated art resource in Holmes Beach. Within walking distance of many Holmes Beach homes for sale, the Island Art League offers everything from a large exhibit and gallery space to classrooms, photo labs, and even an art library and picnic grounds. 

  • Sarasota Clay Company - 1733 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234
    The Sarasota Clay Company is a clay workshop, gallery, and studio near these Sarasota homes for sale. They offer classes for all ages and abilities in hand building, wheel throwing, and sculpture, plus a full line of ceramic and kiln supplies for all your pottery needs. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Florida. Our little corner of Florida offers great opportunities for fun, adventure, and creativity year-round!

January
6

Festivals Coming to Manatee & Sarasota Counties this Month

Festivals in Sarasota

Winter is once again upon us, and that means it's time to enjoy some of the most popular annual festivals throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. From fine wine to art, music, heritage, and family fun, there's an upcoming festival to suit every interest. Our REALTORS® know local fun, and we've got the details on 7 festivals to visit in Manatee and Sarasota Counties in January 2020.

  1. Forks & Corks – Jan. 23 – 27 – 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234
    If you've lived around Sarasota homes for sale, then you already know that our area is home to an amazing collection of restaurants and wineries. The Forks & Corks festival is a celebration of the local culinary scene, with four days of fun at Sarasota and Manatee dining spots. There will be a reception in the scenic courtyard of the Ringling Museum, along with tastings of wine from around the world and classes on making wine.

  2. Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival – Jan. 11 – 12 – 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    With free admission and a scenic location at JD Hamel Park, the Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival is an excellent opportunity to explore the work of local artists. The park will be transformed into one huge outdoor art gallery, showcasing the work of both local and national artists. Shop for paintings, jewelry, mixed media, glass, sculptures, ceramics, and more.

  3. Native American Indian Festival – Jan. 24 – 26 – 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237
    Founded by the late, local artist and educator Rex Begaye, the Sarasota Native American Indian Festival is a celebration of our area's Native American heritage. Learn about the culture and history of Native Americans in the Sarasota area at the 13th annual edition of this popular local festival. There will be opportunities to shop for one-of-a-kind Native American crafts, hear stories, sing songs, and dance to traditional music.

  4. Seafood & Music Festival – Jan. 17 – 19 – 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    The fun at JD Hamel Park continues with another exciting weekend at the Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival. General admission is free, with plenty to see, hear, and taste throughout the weekend. Enjoy seafood from legendary local dining spots, and listen to live music all weekend long. In between meals and shows, you can shop at the bustling marketplace filled with art, food, and more.

  5. Manatee County Fair – Jan. 16 – 26 – 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto, FL 34221
    It's easy to enjoy family fun close to Palmetto homes for sale, thanks to local events like the Manatee County Fair. The fair features rides, live entertainment, tons of great food, and fun for all ages. Learn more about local agriculture and heritage, with a packed schedule of events spread over 11 days.

  6. Music on Main – Jan. 10 – 8100 Lakewood Main St., Bradenton, FL 34202
    There's always a celebration from 6-9 PM on the first Friday of each month at Lakewood Ranch with Music on Main, a free concert series and block party for the public! In January, The Reality Band will be taking the stage and showcasing their Jamtronica & Reggae music stylings. There's always plenty of food vendors and beer trucks to keep the party going! Plus, proceeds from the event benefit a different non-profit in the area each month. Be sure to stop by after checking out Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. Please note that for January, the event will be on the 10th. 

  7. 17th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival – Jan. 25 – 26 – St Armands Cir., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Every January, St. Armands Circle turns into a free art gallery for the public to enjoy. During the 17th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival, over 200 artists from around the world will be displaying their works of art along the Boulevard of Presidents and St. Armands Circle. Meet the artists and ask about their creations or ask them to commission an original piece just for you! 

When you call Southwest Florida home, the festival season never truly ends. Contact us to make this vibrant area your home.

December
27

Ring in the New Year at These Manatee & Sarasota Events

Sarasota New Year

There are a ton of fun New Year's events to enjoy in the Manatee and Sarasota areas this year. Whether you're looking for family fun, a formal event, live music, or just one big, local party with all of your friends, there's a New Year's Eve event with your name on it. Our REALTORS® are ready to welcome 2020! Learn about some of the local events with our guide to just some of the great New Year's Eve events in the Manatee and Sarasota area.

  1. 2020 EPIC New Year Party - Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Ring in the new decade with 22N, an awesome high energy band that will have everyone on the dancing floor. When the band takes a break, DJ EMP will be spinning Top 40 hits to keep the party going. You'll love the huge dance floor! Party tickets for 2020 EPIC New Year Party include valet to the red carpet, paparazzi, bottomless bubbly all night, full open top-shelf bar, catered appetizers by Acropolis Greek Taverna and Star Thai & Sushi & Desserts, midnight celebration and much more. Plus, you can save $10 with the following case sensitive promo code: wagner. 

  2. Sarasota New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop – Main Street, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236
    Participate in one of the most time-honored New Year's traditions, the Sarasota New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop, with a special Florida twist. Enjoy a carnival atmosphere perfect for families, along with local food, drink, a full bar, live music, and a spectacular fireworks display to close out the evening. Many Sarasota homes for sale are right around the corner from the festivities.

  3. New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens – 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Enjoy an elegant, black-tie New Year's Eve experience with New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens, and ring in the new year in style. This event features a little bit of everything, with unique tropical light displays, a delicious four-course, sit-down dinner, and live entertainment throughout the evening. When the clock strikes midnight, you can cap off your evening with a fantastic view of the fireworks over Sarasota Bay.

  4. Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert – 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Head for the Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert for music, dance, and so much more. With a full symphony orchestra and tons of talented dancers, the Salute to Vienna has been a local New Year's Eve staple for more than 20 years. Make this Sarasota tradition a part of your celebrations! 

  5. New Year's Eve Docksider – 509 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285
    Searching for New Year's excitement and waterfront fun close to Venice homes for sale? Visit the New Year's Eve Docksider and celebrate your favorite holiday as only Florida knows how. Settle in for a relaxing, laid-back New Year's celebration on the docks, with fantastic food and live local music. 

  6. Decades Rewind – 1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL 34285
    Celebrate past decades as you ring in a new one at Decades Rewind, a music-filled New Year's Eve party that's sure to have you on the dance floor. The fun starts early in the afternoon, with music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. As the evening progresses and midnight draws closer, you'll enjoy music from the 80s and 90s. If you're looking for an all-day party to celebrate New Year's, this is the place to be.

  7. The Waterfront at Caddy's - 801 Riverside Dr. E, Bradenton, FL 34208
    Ring in the New Year on the waterfront at Caddy's with Irish bagpipers at 7 pm, DJ Pezz at 8 pm and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! Pull up your boat and enjoy a one of a kind waterfront dining experience and an incredible view near Bradenton homes for sale.

  8. Roaring 2020 New Year's Eve Party – Grove, Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
    Welcome the year in style and dress in your best 20's attire when you attend the Roaring 2020 New Year's Eve Party at GROVE! The perfect place to celebrate the New Year close to Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. Enjoy hors d'oeuvre's, carving station and a premium open bar all included with the price of your ticket. The cost per person is $119.95 plus applicable tax and gratuity. 

Is finding a new home at the top of your New Year's resolution list this year? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Manatee and Sarasota areas.

November
8

Holiday Event Guide Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Holiday Event Guide

We may have sand instead of snow, but Manatee and Sarasota Counties still transform into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Our REALTORS® have put together this holiday event guide to make sure your family enjoys a season filled with cheer!

  • Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5K — Nathan Benderson Park 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 4235 | Dec 07
    Get a running start on the holiday season with the Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5K. The entire Christmas-themed lakeside course is open for runners and walkers so anyone can cheerfully attend. There will be snacks, refreshments, awards, and even a finish line with a forecast for a 100 percent chance of snowfall! Don't worry, the nearby Lakewood Ranch homes for sale you visit are only covered in sunshine.
  • The 12 Dolls of Christmas — Stone Hall 502 Third Ave W., Bradenton, FL 34205 | Dec 9 & 10
    Grab the kids and settle in for a new Christmas show. The 12 Dolls of Christmas holiday musical tells the story of a family Christmas pageant where twelve dancing dolls magically come to life. A fun show for kids of all ages, stop by Stone Hall after you walk a couple of Bradenton homes for sale.
  • An Old Florida Christmas — Manatee Village Historical Park 1404 Manatee Ave E., Bradenton, FL 34208 | Dec 15
    An Old School Florida Christmas celebrates old-fashioned holiday traditions by bringing the community together for music, food, crafts, and more. Stop by and pick up a few gifts from the many local heritage craft vendors. If you're hoping to unwrap a new place to live this year, we recommend you take a few hours to visit some Palmetto homes for sale just across the river.
  • A Night Before Christmas — GT Bray Park 5502 33rd Ave Dr. W., Bradenton, FL 34209 | Dec 14
    Santa will make a quick stop at GT Bray Park to make sure every little boy and girl updates him on their Christmas list. Bring your children down to the A Night Before Christmas event, which will feature hayrides, face painting, and even snow! Just a short drive from Anna Maria Island homes for sale
  • A Taste of Chanukah – Music and Food Festival – Philippi Estate Park 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231- December 22nd 3:00PM - 6:00PM
    Enjoy 3 hours of fun for the whole family with Kosher food and live entertainment near Sarasota homes for sale. A Taste of Chanukah includes many of the area's best Kosher caterers, a graffiti wall and photo booth, a laser light show, face painting, magicians and live music with DJ CJ Koenig. Plus, the whole family will love the Skyriders Trampoline Show. Don't miss out on this fun event!  
  • Harmony for the Holidays — Historic Asolo Theatre 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234 | Dec 21 &22
    One great aspect of the holiday season is that the airwaves are almost always filled with beautiful Christmas music. If you can't get enough of these yuletide tunes, buy a ticket for Harmony for the Holidays at the Historic Asolo Theatre. The Duchess Vocal Trio give their creative take on Christmas songs new and old. End a day browsing Sarasota homes for sale, with this concert.
  • A Christmas Carol — Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 | Dec 28 
    Enjoy the magic of the holidays with the whole family when you attend Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. This stunning show will be in town on December 28th and is a holiday tradition featuring a timeless score. While you're in town, check out the Lido Key homes for sale
  • It's a Wonderful Life a New Musical - Manatee Performing Arts Center 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton FL 34205 | December 5-22
    See the 1946 film come to life on the stage when you get tickets for It's a Wonderful Life A New Musical. The show runs from December 5-22, giving you plenty of time to get the family together for a trip to the theater. Plus, you can enjoy looking at Bradenton homes for sale prior to the show. 
  • Sledding with Santa (Lakewood Ranch) - Lakewood Ranch YMCA 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd 
    Bradenton, FL 34211 | December 6

    A free event the whole family will love close to Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. Sledding with Santa is the perfect event to kick off the holiday season and will have real snow! Gather the whole family for a fun day of sledding and holiday treats. 
  • Chanukah Celebration - Lakewood Ranch Main Street 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 - December 22nd - 5:00PM - 8:00PM
    Join Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch for its Annual Chanukah Celebration on Main Street right around the corner from Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. This festival features a Grand Lego Menorah & Chanukah Gelt Drop! Enjoy Falafel With Yoav, Kosher BBQ, Kona Ice Truck, Jeff the Juggler, Face Painting, Doughnut Decorating, Hot Latkes Music, Dreidel Moonbounce and More! Admission is free. Nominal food fees to apply.

For more help finding the perfect Sarasota or Manatee County home to spend your next holiday, contact us!

November
1

Plan Ahead - Craft Shows for the Holidays

Craft Shows in Manatee County

Even though there's no snow in sight, the many holiday craft fairs returning to town are making it feel a lot like Christmas. Our REALTORS® are excited to complete our shopping lists by visiting a handful of the spectacular holiday craft fairs in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. If you're looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for that special someone, head to one of these festive fairs.

  • Art & Design Show Sarasota — Robarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237 | Dec 6 — 8
    The historic Sarasota craft show returns! Art & Design Show Sarasota makes its way back into the Robarts Arena for visitors to find gifts for the serious art collectors in their lives. The preeminent destination for everyone from interior decorators and art enthusiasts to those who appreciate a great looking piece of décor for their home, Art & Design Show is free to enter. Browse the street fairs located just outside of the venue too and consider making appointments to browse the Sarasota homes for sale in the area.

  • Mixon's Harvest Craft Fair — Mixon Farms 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton, FL 34208 | Nov 23
    Harvest Festival Craft Fair at Mixon Fruit Farms is the best way to kick off harvest season. This free event features more than 60 unique vendors, live entertainment, delicious food, and chances for you to win exciting prizes. Fun for the whole family, kids can make crafts while you cross a few items off of your shopping list. If you'll be in the area looking at Bradenton homes for sale, making an entire afternoon of the event by touring the farm after you're done at the craft fair.

  • Bradenton-Sarasota Home + Holiday Show — Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221 | Nov 15 – 17
    Have you got your eye on a few Palmetto homes for sale? Then head over to the Bradenton-Sarasota Home + Holiday Show and pick out a few pieces of décor as an early holiday gift for yourself. This is the ultimate one-stop-shop for anyone looking for great gifts. The art show will showcase fine masterpieces that are perfect for the art lover in your life. The event will also feature wine tasting for adults and a kid zone full of fun activities.

  • Atomic Holiday Bazaar — Municipal Auditorium 801 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 | Dec 14 – 15
    Do you have someone on your holiday gift list that isn't easy to shop for? Then stop by the Atomic Holiday Bazaar for delightful irregular goodies! This indie craft fair not far from Lido Key homes for sale has unique items on display. They've recently expanded their selection, so be sure to visit the Bay Front Room to view more items.

  • Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts 2019 — Lido Beach 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 | Dec 7 – 8
    Located close to many Longboat Key homes for sale, head over to Lido Beach and watch the beach transform into an outdoor gallery. Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts 2019 is the perfect opportunity to stock up on handmade art from local artisans. Give one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list when you attend this holiday festival. 

  • Holiday Gift Expo & Cookie Fest — Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221 | Dec 1
    What's better than a holiday craft show? A holiday craft show with cookies! Not far from Parrish homes for sale, be sure to head over to the Bradenton Area Convention Center on December 1 for the Holiday Gift Expo & Cookie FestGet locally made gifts for those on your list and holiday cookies for you to enjoy while shopping.

Are you looking for a place to keep all of your new crafts and décor? Contact us today, and we'll help you find a great home in Sarasota or Manatee County.

October
25

Pumpkin Patches to Explore for National Pumpkin Day

Pumpkin Patches Manatee & Sarasota

Get started on your Halloween festivities early by celebrating National Pumpkin Day on October 26th. Give in to your pumpkin obsession by picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve, eating pumpkin-flavored foods, and participating in fun-filled activities for the whole family at these great pumpkin patches and events around Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  

  • 28th Annual Pumpkin Festival — Hunsader Farms 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211 
    There's nothing quite like an afternoon at Hunsader Farms. Their exciting Pumpkin Festival returns this October and just so happens to have an event date on National Pumpkin Day. Join your family, friends, and our REALTORS® for a fun-filled day of live music, games, pony rides, crafts, activities for kids, a petting zoo, face painting, zip lining and, of course, plenty of delicious farm-fresh food. This event lasts from 9 am until 5 pm, so there's ample time to stop by after browsing Lakewood Ranch homes for sale.

  • Rubber Duckie Contest and Race — Jiggs Landing Outpost 6106 63rd St E, Bradenton, FL 34203
    Trade in your pumpkin for a rubber duck when you attend the 1st Annual Rubber Duckie Decorating Contest and Race. Drop off your decorated duckie before 10/31 where the best decorated duck will win a prize. Then come back and watch them race on November 2, at 2:00 PM down the Braden River. The event is the perfect excuse to check out nearby Bradenton homes for sale
  • Pumpkin Splash — Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex 2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota, FL 34239
    Splash into the harvest season at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex. Their Pumpkin Splash event has floating pumpkins ready for kids 12 and under to swim to and pick. Although there is plenty to do in the area when viewing Sarasota homes for sale, this event does require prior registration. Also, little ones under the age of 5 must be supervised at all times. 


  • 31st Annual Pumpkin Festival — Fruitville Grove 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240 
    The 31st Annual Pumpkin Festival is carving yet another year of fun into their long history. Enjoy this free event in between your appointments to walk Sarasota homes for sale. The event features a petting zoo, playground, fun photo ops, and special Halloween-themed contests. On National Pumpkin Day, there will be live music, a children's costume contest, and a performance by the Torres Family Circus with the Globe of Death.


  • Pumpkin Patch Express — Florida Rail Road Museum 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish, FL 34219 
    All aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express at the Florida Rail Road Museum! Treat your children to an exciting ride after you've spent the morning looking at Parrish homes for sale. The Pumpkin Patch Express and Pumpkin Patch Caboose will take you to a patch where children can pick their own pumpkins. There are other activities throughout the afternoon as well, including hayrides and crafts!


  • 43rd Annual Pumpkin Patch — Jesse P. Miller School 4201 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209 
    Their 43rd Annual Pumpkin Patch at the Jesse P. Miller School will be open on National Pumpkin Day for young ones to explore. Not only can you pick a great gourd, but proceeds from each pumpkin will be donated to community charities and scholarships. The event lasts from 10 am until 9 pm, so there's no reason to rush through your Bradenton homes for sale visits.


  • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze — 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd N, Plant City, FL 33565
    Get your pumpkin and corn maze fix when you venture slightly out of Bradenton and Sarasota Counties to the Fox Squirrel Corn MazeThe festival features plenty of fall fun for the whole family and is a short drive from Plant City homes for sale. The corn maze is open until October 27th on weekends only. Take your whole family to pick a pumpkin and see how long it takes you to get out of the maze.

After you've picked the perfect pumpkin, it's time to pick the perfect home. Contact us to view our best homes for sale in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

September
9

Fall Festivals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Fall Festivals Manatee

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year along the Gulf Coast. You can be sure everyone will be taking full advantage of the cooler weather by getting out and active! Our REALTORS® are here with the return of these family-friendly fall festivals around Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

  1. Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival — 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL 34211 | Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    In its 28th year, the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is a way to spend a fall afternoon after shopping Bradenton homes for sale. Over a dozen live shows will take place as well as a craft show, chainsaw sculptor and juggler. A petting zoo, pony rides, corn maze, face painting, playground, and butterfly experience keep kids entertained while mom and dad enjoy food galore!

  2. Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival — 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240 | Oct 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    The Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival takes place every weekend in October. After touring beautiful Sarasota homes for sale, bring the whole family for live music, costume and pie-eating contests, a petting zoo, playground and so much more! Their Farmer's Market and Pumpkin Palace are open rain or shine. This means just about any weekend is a perfect opportunity to attend the 31st Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival!

  3. Suncoast Food & Wine Fest 2019 — 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 | Nov 9
    The Suncoast Food & Wine Fest is ready to raise a glass to its 18th year! Spend the afternoon sampling tasty food from the best restaurants in Manatee County and sip on fine wines while supporting the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch. Proceeds from this festival go directly to the charities of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Take a much-needed break from walking Lakewood Ranch homes for sale and visit the Suncoast Food & Wine Festival to celebrate the harvest season with kindness and generosity.

  4. Fall Kids Fest — 1100 US-41 Bypass S, Venice, FL 34292 | Sept 14
    If you're looking for a great indoor activity, attend the Fall Kids Fest at AMF Bowling as you get ready to schedule showings for Venice homes for sale. All kids 15 and under can bowl and rent shoes for free for their first hour with adults receiving a discounted rate as well. They're also discounting their tasty treats, offering $2 hot dogs, $1 cookies and soft drinks, and only $14 for a whole pizza!

  5. Bayfest — 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, FL 34216 | Oct 19
    Anna Maria homes for sale put you close to one of the coolest fall festivals of the year. Bayfest presents a fun-filled day during their 19th annual free street festival. A classic car show will display over 100 amazing vehicles while five great bands perform live music from 10 AM to 9 PM. There will also be plenty of food, refreshments, arts and crafts vendors and even a kids zone for the little ones. Take a quick stroll down Pine Avenue and enjoy the cool fall weather in Anna Maria.

  6. Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Festival — 948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 | Nov 15-18
    We may not have fall leaves and a chilly breeze, but what we lack in Northern autumn hallmarks we make up for in Southern charm. Once you've completed your search for Siesta Key homes for sale, check out the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival. You'll be blown away by the intricate detail and larger than life features of these amazing san sculptures. Grab your ticket and spend the weekend on the beach marveling at these impressive creations.

Looking for a great home in Manatee or Sarasota Counties to settle in for the fall? Contact us today, and we'll help you with your search!

April
1

Mark Your Calendar: 5 Spring Festivals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Spring Festivals Sarasota & Manatee Counties
When's the last time you spent the weekend enjoying the sun and exploring the fun found around Sarasota and Bradenton? Our REALTORS® encourage you to get out and get involved in the many fantastic weekend events that fill our coast with rich arts and culture. Celebrate our gorgeous weather and vibrant communities by attending one of these five great spring festivals happening in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Mark Your Calendars for These Great Spring Festivals

  1. Village of the Arts Artwalk Weekend – 1017 12 Ave W., Bradenton, FL 34205 | April 5-6
    The first Friday of every month kicks off the Village of the Arts Artwalk Weekend. Take a stroll through the Village's galleries and shops, stopping to admire the wonderful works of art that our talented area artists bring to life. Pick out a few pieces to take home or learn more about these creations from the artists themselves. Close to Bradenton homes for sale, the Village of the Arts Artwalk Weekend is a can't miss event every month!

  2. The Sarasota Chalk Festival – Burns Square, S. Orange Ave at S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | April 5-7
    Who doesn't have fond memories creating murals along the sidewalk of their childhood homes? Head out to the Sarasota Chalk Festival and watch as skilled artists turn Pineapple Avenue into a canvas for dazzling creations. These breathtaking masterpieces, just a quick walk from Sarasota homes for sale, will fill your weekend with inspiration and awe. Be sure to visit at night as they light the street with votive candles and offer wine tastings to create a truly romantic experience.

  3. The Sarasota Film Festival – 322 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | April 5-15
    World-class cinema can be found just across the bay from Longboat Key homes for sale. The Sarasota Film Festival returns for its 20th year to showcase ten days of fantastic independent films. As one of the top film festivals in North America, residents and visitors of Manatee and Sarasota Counties are given an excellent opportunity to laugh, cry and be entertained with amazing stories from around the world.

  4. Main Street Live – 420 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 | April 13-14
    Right across the Manatee River from spacious Palmetto homes for sale is Bradenton's biggest block party. Come on out to Main Street Live in Bradenton this April and bring in spring with music from Reverend Barry & The Funk. Old Main Street will be closed to traffic as vendors, food trucks and live music fills the street. Join us and rock the night away as we dance and dine under the stars.
     
  5. Sarasota Veg Fest – Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237 | May 4
    Trust us — even the pickiest eater in your family does not want to miss the Sarasota Veg Fest. Celebrate healthy lifestyles, delicious food, and eco-friendly living at this free spring festival in Sarasota. Not too far from the Siesta Key homes for sale you've been dreaming of sits the Sarasota Fairgrounds which will host this second annual event. Sample delicious foods from more than 150 veg-friendly and vegan vendors, learn how to make healthy diet choices and enjoy live music and entertainment. There is even a Veggie Kids Zone full of arts, crafts, and activities for children. Guest speakers, raffles, fitness classes, and food demonstrations are also ripe for the picking at this great green gathering.

Contact Wagner Realty today to learn more about other spectacular springtime festivals happening around Sarasota and Manatee Counties. 

December
18

5 Spots in Sarasota to Ring in the New Year

Sarasota New Years Eve Spots2018 is almost here, and our REALTORS® in Sarasota know just how to celebrate. If you're still free on New Year's Eve, it's time to make plans for an unforgettable evening. 

Here are five of our favorite ways to ring in 2018 right here in Sarasota: 

  1. NYE Party at the Municipal Auditorium
    One of the biggest and most popular parties in Sarasota, this all-inclusive bash benefits charity and features top-shelf liquor, bottomless champagne, live music, appetizers, valet parking, and other VIP perks. We're actually sponsoring this year's event, which will fill out the historic Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Get your tickets now to take advantage of early prices for the "Best NYE Party in SRQ".

  2. Pineapple Drop & Fair on Main Street
    Downtown Sarasota gets tropical every year for a unique NYE tradition: the Pineapple Drop. But before you look up at midnight to watch the illuminated fruit on Lemon and Main, you can spend all day with the family at a big outdoor New Year's Eve Party. Carnival rides, games, three stages of live entertainment, dozens of local food and drink vendors, and more will fill Main Street from 2 pm onward. Grab the kids for an all-day celebration, or come after dark to drink and dance the night away with your favorite adults.

  3. Fireworks Show at Marina Jack
    This year, Marina Jack and the City of Sarasota will work together to produce a midnight fireworks show over the marina and bay. Grab a seat at one of two four-course dinners at the restaurant (which overlooks the water), or spend midnight on the water itself, with a four-hour dinner cruise that boards at 8 pm. The celebratory cruise will include a delicious buffet, champagne toast, and live music. No matter how you spend the evening, the fireworks show is sure to dazzle.

  4. Speakeasy at the Powel Crosley Estate
    Want to ring in 2018 like it's still 1928? Come to the famous Powel Crosley Estate for a New Year's Gala and After Party that will be roaring all night long – or at least until 1 AM. The waterfront mansion will transform into a speakeasy-style party venue, complete with card games, live jazz, dancing under the stars, and a classic and delicious meal straight out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Get glamorous and channel your inner flapper for an unforgettable New Year's Eve.

  5. Glamour at the Selby Gardens
    If you're looking for something formal and fancy, why not spend the evening among the flowers? Our friends at the gorgeous Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are hosting a black-tie New Year's Eve "experience" among their tropical plants and festive holiday lights. The evening will include hors d'oeuvres, a four-course dinner, and live music and dancing. Of course, it all ends with a champagne toast at midnight and a fantastic view of the fireworks over Sarasota Bay.

After you experience our night life, don't forget to check out all our beautiful Sarasota homes for sale. Our agents are always ready to help you find the listing of your dreams. Contact Wagner Realty today to get started on your search for a new home in the new year.

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