Episode 34

Published on:

22nd Dec 2018

034 Christmas in Sarasota 2018

As Christmas Day is just around the corner we took a quick break from the hustle and bustle of last minute real estate deals to check out some of the local holiday events around Sarasota this week!

This is DEFINITELY NOT an all encompassing ultimate guide to the holiday events around town, just a few of our favorites and a few new events we may try out.  There are plenty of event calendars and holiday guides on the web to help you plan out your festivities in Sarasota.

Neighborhood Light Displays

SRQ Trolley - Annual Holiday Tour of Lights

Runs through December 30th
Pickup Times – 6:30PM Tour and 8:30PM Tours
Pickup is outside the Regions Bank (Burlington Coat Factory Lot)
4041 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236
The corner of Cattleman Rd and Bee Ridge Rd.

Cedar Hollow, Sarasota
Just south of Fruitville off of Honore on Camus Street.

Colonial Oaks
Head south on Honore and take the 3rd exit from the roundabout on Colonial Oaks.

Colonial Gables
At the corner of Bee Ridge and Woodmont Drive. Leaving Colonial Oaks to Cattlemen, turn right and head south on Cattlemen to Bee Ridge. Turn right on Bee Ridge then on Woodmont.

Walk-through Light Displays

Hunsader Farms
5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211

Dec. 21, 22, and 23 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost: Admission-$10 (cash only)
Kids 5 and under-FREE
Parking is FREE

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
900 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Dec. 20 – Jan. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $20/members
$7/Children ages 5 – 12
FREE/Kids under 5
Groups of 25 or more – $20 per person

Other Events

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL

A live Nativity scene including live animals: camels, donkeys, goats and other animals. Dec 21 - 23 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Adults $18
12 and under $8
Active Military and Veterans receive free admission.

Siesta Key "Santa Stumble" Pub Crawl
SKOB, Gilligan's Island Bar, Daiquiri Deck and 3.14 Pi.

Dec 26 from 9 p.m. to close

"Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan" on the grounds of the Ringling Museum
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Dec 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Free for members and included with "Art After Five" admission.

Grace Community Christmas Festival
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

Dec 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - the musical
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail , Sarasota, FL 34236

Sat Dec 22, 6:30 p.m. - Sat Dec 22, 9:30 p.m.

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Shelley & Ed!


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About the Podcast

Selling Sarasota
Welcome to Selling Sarasota Podcast! In every episode Shelley lays the smackdown on misinformation and delivers key insights into local real estate. Shelley Panas is a REALTOR® with Century 21 Beggins Enterprises in Sarasota, Florida.

About your hosts

Shelley Panas

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Living in Paradise! After running a successful company in Colorado Springs I decided that although mountains are beautiful, it was time for beaches. I relocated to Florida and joined the highly successful team at CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises -- the #1 C21 in Florida! I love it here! There is always something new to experience. At the end of the day, it is so nice to hop on my bike and head to the beach. The feel of sand squishing between my toes, listening to the waves crash on the shore while watching the sun paint the sky beautiful shades of gold, red and purple as it set is the perfect way to end my day. So I ask, why just come visit when you can stay?

I believe there is something profound in owning a home. This is your personal place to dream big dreams, relax in comfort, and be with the ones you love. I became a REALTOR® to help people have a better life.

We started our podcast in 2018 after Ed spent most of 2017 developing ideas for launching a podcast, only he didn't like any of the show topics he was testing. To test his audio gear he started "interviewing" me about my work in real estate. Needless to say, these test recording sessions became very silly very quickly and that's we realized we had our show. Ed brings his technical expertise in web development and digital marketing to complement my skills and experience in real estate to the show.

Edward Panas

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I have been a huge fan of podcasts since before they were even called "podcasts"! I remember listening to talk radio shows as far back when I was a kid through my college years. My frustration was always with getting a good signal or catching my favorite shows when they aired. When "Internet radio" shows started in the early 90's I used to listen to streaming shows from college & public radio stations, but connection speeds were limited. When podcasting started in 2004 I knew this was going to be a significant change in audio entertainment. As my weekly listening time increased over the years my interest in starting my own show grew as well.

I started kicking around the idea of starting a podcast shortly after moving to Florida in 2014, so in 2017 I joined Florida Podcaster Association in Tampa and learned how I could start my own show. As Shelley mentions in her bio, my ideas all sucked. (She says it much nicer than this.) I either lost interest very quickly or the ideas were just plain bad. She agreed to work with me testing out my new gear and audio production skills talking about her work in real estate. We were having so much fun doing these practice recordings we realized that this was our show. After a few months of learning about audio production and working out our content plan, we launched Selling Sarasota Podcast at PodFest Multimedia Expo on February 9th, 2018!