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Spirit of America The Observer

American heritage is alive and well, captured locally in vibrant ‘Slice of Americana’ photos.

INSIDE: A calendar of Fourth of July events Photos by Michael Eng and Heidi Kurpiela


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Celebrate Your Independence Observer serves up from Aging ‘Slice of Americana’

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A curious park-goer hopped up from her seat at a nearby picnic table to get a better look at what I was doing. There I was, camera stuck to my face as I knelt over a slice of homemade apple pie atop a red-andwhite checked gingham picnic blanket. Sweat beaded and rolled into my eyes, as I furiously clicked frame after frame — MICHAEL capturing all angles ENG of the dessert. “Whatcha doin?” the park-goer asked. “I’m taking photos for a newspaper cover,” I replied. “Oh,” she said, obviously still puzzled. “Why?” “It’s called ‘Slice of Americana,’” I said. “It’s photos of all things American.” Then, she got it. And, hopefully, you do, too. For our annual Fourth of July special section, A&E Editor Heidi Kurpiela and I turned our lenses on Sarasota and Manatee counties in a monthlong search for anyone and everything that depicted American life and lifestyle. In that time, we captured more than 30 images throughout the region. We were humbled by the extraordinary people we met

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along the way: a famous cowboy (page 5), a jazz legend (page 18), Olympic ice skaters (page 8), a charter boat captain (page 12) and many more. New ideas seemed to pop up at every turn, giving us many more options for future editions. We hope these photos enhance your holiday weekend and bolster your pride not only as an American but also as a resident of the Sarasota/ Manatee region. From the pastures of the East County to the city life of Sarasota to the beaches of Longboat Key, the area contains both iconic scenes as well as images uniquely ours. And as you plan your Fourth of July weekend, make sure you peruse our calendar on pages 14 and 15. This comprehensive guide contains every patriotic party and fireworks display in the area and should provide you with plenty of options. Also, be sure to check out this year’s “Slice of Americana” photo contest winners on pages 26 and 27. We asked readers to submit their own photos depicting our theme through our website, YourObserver.com. More than 5,500 votes decided this year’s winner. Finally, we hope you have a safe and wonderful time celebrating Independence Day with friends and family. Happy Fourth of July! Michael Eng is the executive editor for The East County Observer. Contact him at meng@yourobserver.com.

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Dick Reese’s father opened Reese Chevron Auto Service on Main Street in downtown Sarasota 57 years ago.

Barbershop singer Don Geers has been a member of Sarasota Chorus of the Keys for 25 years. Up until a few years ago, the 78-year-old bass was a member of the Bobcats Barbershop Quartet.

VFW Post 12055 member Frank Royer presented the colors during the groundbreaking ceremony of a veterans memorial park at San Marco Plaza in Lakewood Ranch. The park should be completed by Veterans Day weekend.

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Easily the East County’s most famous cowboy, Hub Hubbell, aka Old Hub, has made a career of Western-style performance for more than 50 years. And, despite his age — 91 — he can still perform a variety of rope tricks as well as trick shots, both with his rifle and pistols.

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U.S. figure-skating partners Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig gave East County residents quite the thrill earlier this year when they finished 10th in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

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Truck Series racer Steve Darvalics gets comfortable in the driver’s seat just seconds before hitting the track at Desoto Super Speedway in the East County. The track will host its Crash and Bash event July 3.

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veNiCe Golf & CouNtry Club. Beautiful 4BD/3.5BA home with panoramic view of signature hole. Featuring volume ceilings, crown molding, large bedrooms, solar heated waterfall pool & spa. $5,000 credit toward buyer’s closing cost. $634,900 Carol Palmeri, 941-504-8548

New PriCe! Voted Best Condo in Sarasota! Water & Sunset Views and located in the heart of Downtown Sarasota. Upgrades include: porcelain tile, Italian cabinets & granite counters in the kitchen. Fabulous Amenities! Pet friendly. MLS# A3913817. $509,900 Call Tracy Seider, 877-301-1930.

Deer Creek. Immaculate 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath home. Spacious split floor plan, updated kitchen with granite countertops. Wood burning fireplace. Study/Den has a closet and could easily be a fourth bedroom. Oversized pool & lanai with privacy. MLS# A3927709. $439,000 Call Tracy Seider, 877- 301-1930.

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uNiverSity Park CC. 7303 Windemere Ln - $419,000. Lakefront 3 BRs + den, 2592 SF home on cul-de-sac. Masterfully redone inside & out. Designer decorated. Salt water pool w/ pebble tec surface. Spacious lanai & larger caged pool area. Marcia McLaughlin, 941-316-6539

veNiCe Short Sale. A must see contemporary custom 3BR/2BA home on 5 acre estate w/mature oak trees. Unique artistic features, expansive open design overlooks serene atrium. Enjoy large lanai & patio in a private, natural setting. Easy access to I-75 off Jacaranda. $399,000 Dennis Kotaska, 941-308-3781.

riverS reaCh. 1539 Ormond Ter - $379,900. Lakefront Neal home. Designer decorated & upgraded throughout! With 4 BR/3 BA, 2548 spacious SF, a LR, formal DR, open FR to the kitchen w/ casual dining. Incredible lake views w/ an oversized patio area, making swimming an absolute delight. Marcia McLaughlin, 941-316-6539

Short Sale. 4 bedroom + den, 3 bath home with 2nd floor bonus room, a 3-car garage, and large screened porch and extended patio. Lots of upgrades in this 3000 sq.ft. newer home located on a lakefront corner lot. $299,900 but offers welcome! Roxanne Foley, 941-315-0066

briNG your boat! 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage condo on saltwater canal with private dock. No bridges to the bay. Features high ceilings, fireplace and a huge lanai overlooking the water. Seconds from Siesta Key beaches. $295,000 Mike Bridges, 316-6530

DeeP water mariNa. No matter the size, there’s a dock waiting for you and your boat in Southbay. Pristine 3 bedroom home with saltwater pool, wood floors, 2474 sq. ft. and yacht club amenities for only $279,000 Chris Bernstein, 356-0124

6520 GraND PoiNt ave. - $259,900. Short sale. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, plus den/office. Great room styling plus gourmet-sized kitchen and lake views. Call Kathy Hart at 941-586-3390, or call 24/7 Info Line at 942-747-9000 and enter VP#3368.

PeriDia Golf & CouNtry Club. 4122 Murfield Dr. E. Rutenberg patio home overlooking golf course. 3 bedroom, 2 bath with 1828 sq. ft. plus 200 sq. ft. glass enclosed, A/C lanai. Totally updated, freshly painted inside & out. $259,000. Linda Quintero, 941-730-1592.

PeriDia iSle. 4043 E. Caddie Dr. Patio home overlooking lake. Updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath plus Den with 1,530 sq. ft., 23x8 glass enclosed lanai, 12’ ceilings in great room/kitchen. Freshly painted inside & out. Possible Annual Lease, $249,900. Linda Quintero, 941-730-1592

aweSome lake viewS from the privacy of your own deck. Features two spacious bedrooms, two baths, inside utility room, 24 hour security, and one car garage. Racquet Club, with amenities to satisfy the most discerning buyer. 1726 Starling Dr. $219,000 Judy Falkenthal, 941-321-3118

North Port. One of a kind 3BD/2BA home, 20,000+ sq. ft. lot on canal. Expansive plan with custom upgrades. Built-in media center, granite counters & stainless steel appliances in kitchen, spa & walk-in shower in master. Great indoor & outdoor living. $209,900 Dennis Kotaska, 941-308-3781

North Port. Sabal Trace 2BR/2BA/Den villa. Features beautiful lake view from your private pool & patio. Upgraded finishes & window treatments. Tropical style furnishings negotiable separately. Enjoy gated, maintenance free living close to shopping & dining. $187,900 Dennis Kotaska, 941-308-3781

445 S. Palm ave. #3 - $139,900 Location, location, location! 2 bedroom, 1 bath downtown condo just steps from Marina Jack’s and a quick bike ride to St. Armand’s. Call Kathy Hart at 941-586-3390, or call 24/7 Info Line and enter VP#3973.

2111 Jo aN Dr., SaraSota - $84,900. Neat retreat 5 minutes from the beach! 3 bedroom, 2 bath split floor plan with nearly 1,400 sq. ft. under air. Huge back yard. Call Kathy Hart at 941-586-3390, or call 24/7 Info Line and enter VP #2725.

DuPlex lot. Englewood. Cleared 13,000 SF land, little prep work required. Zoned RMF-1, central water & sewer, no deed restrictions, fences allowed. Only 2 miles from Manasota North Beach. $2,500 credit toward buyer’s closing cost. $75,000 Charles Palmeri, 941-504-8428.

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Diana Meiers has been selling an American classic — the hot dog — outside of the University Parkway Home Depot for nine years. “I sell as many as I can,” she says, laughing.

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Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteers Jackie Williams and Cyndi Seamon mark a nest at 6:30 a.m. on the north end of Longboat Key.

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45 acre ranch. 1000 ft on Manatee River. Raise cattle & horses, kayak, canoe and fish without leaving home. 3,700 SF home, 5Br/4Ba plus 3Br/2.5Ba guest house. Includes barn, stable and fenced pastures. Potential in this property. $1,690,000 Charles Palmeri, 941-504-8428.

l’elegance. Corner unit with two bedrooms plus Den, 3 full baths, Beautifully updated and turnkey furnished. Amenities include beach side, Olympic size pool and spa, secure parking, clay tennis courts, fitness center. 1800 Ben Franklin Drive $895,000 Judy Falkenthal, 941-321-3118

priced to sell. Wonderful Casey Key get-away. Key West style cottage with Bay views, new boat dock and deeded beach easement across the street to deep sandy beach. Lovely large decks in front and back to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets. 708 Casey Key Rd. $849,000, Nick Herron, 941.350.5035

direct baY front. 5th floor corner end unit with full bay views. 2,580 sq. ft. This 4 bedroom, 4 bath, plus den features large kitchen, 2 balconies, 2 master suites and water views from 3 bedrooms. Offers a heated pool located steps from private beach. $724,900 Mike Bridges, 316-6530

hammocks. 3784 Eagle Hammock Dr $677,900. Incredibly designed & decorated with updates throughout. 3 bedroom + den, 3 bath, 3138 SF custom home! Salt water pool/spa & gorgeous lanai with preserve beyond! Marcia McLaughlin, 941-316-6539

no bridge to baY. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath estate sale on deep saltwater canal in Longboat Key village. Directly across the street from beautiful beach. Convenient to shopping. $619,000. No reasonable offer refused. Bridget Spiess, 941720-6304

spectacular water views! Gated golf course community. Former model home with over 200k in upgrades. 3BR/3BA+Office and 3 Car Garage. Luxurious master suite. Vanishing edge infinity heated pool & spa with outdoor kitchen. MLS# A3927604. $575,000 Call Tracy Seider, 877-301-1930.

2 bedroom furnished siesta keY condominiums. Excelsior, a Gulf to Bay condo with 1550 sq. ft. - $410,000. Vista Hermosa with pool and greenbelt views - $239,000 Both have terrific rental income potential. Chris Bernstein, 356-0124

universitY park cc. 7318 Windemere Ln - $408,000. Fabulous home on cul-de-sac. Private preserve in a tropical backyard. Very special lanai with a waterfall pool. Totally updated. Granite, raised panel cabinets, new appliances. Marcia McLaughlin, 941-316-6539

800 n. tamiami trail, #1002 $385,000. Elegantly inviting downtown retreat with world-class amenities! Open floor plan, fully furnished. Call Kathy Hart at 941-586-3390, or call 24/7 Info Line and enter VP#3602

lakefront. Soaring ceilings accent this 4 bedroom, 3 bath pool home with separate den and 3 car garage. Energy efficient upgrades & professionally landscaped lakefront lot in Summerfield Bluffs. Just listed at $382,000. Roxanne Foley, 941-315-0066

2.8 cleared acres. Sumter Blvd, North Port. Zoned RMF-15, approved for 40 units, 355 ft. road frontage, no wetlands, area of newer homes, close to school, shops and I-75. Reduced to $360,000 Charles Palmeri, 941-504-8428

8224 villa grande ct., sarasota - $282,900. Perfect floor plan with a location to match! 3BD/2BA townhome with over 2,100 s.f. and custom décor throughout. Call Kathy Hart at 941-586-3390, or call 24/7 Info Line and enter VP#4063

5855 midnight pass, #611 - $279,900. Enjoy Siesta Key lifestyles in this 2 bedroom, 2 bath waterfront condo located across from the world-renowned Siesta Key sands. Call Kathy Hart at 941-586-3390, or call 24/7 Info Line and enter VP#3542.

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start Your julY 4th with a great bang for Your buck! Enjoy complete privacy overlooking both the lake and lush preserve. Three bedrooms, two baths, garage, inside utilities and 24 hour security. 1724 Starling Drive. $239,000 Judy Falkenthal, 941-321-3118

venice. Venetian Falls. Tuscan style 2BR/2BA/Den villa. Features spacious plan, volume ceilings, newly upgraded kitchen & custom window coverings. Backs up to beautiful preserve for privacy. Clubhouse, fitness center, pools, billiards & bocce court for active lifestyle. $225,000 Dennis Kotaska, 941-308-3781

whY retire? So you can enjoy “The Cascades Lifestyle”. Swim, play tennis, workout, socialize and then come home to enjoy your maintenance-free home. 2 bdrms & large den. You’ve worked hard and this is your reward. Drastically reduced to $199,900 MLS# a3916013. Call Barbara Katz, 941-504-1884

whitfield estates. Updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home across the street from Sarabay Golf and Country Club. 2 car attached garage plus extra 10 x 20 detached storage/ workshop area out back. Also features a lovely inside Florida room and a tropical seating area outside. $189,900. 372 Lantana Ave. Call Debbie Smith for details, 941-400-8847

lakewood ranch. Imagine living steps from schools, shopping, parks, & more. Come home to a quiet tree lined street & relax in your 3 bdrm + Den home w/the most beautiful pool/spa on the street. Set on an oversized private lot. Light & Bright, lots of easy care tile, volume ceilings. “Bank Approved” Short Sale price previously at $182,000. Paul dukor, 941-809-7653. MLS A3922195

north port. Exclusive Walker-built 3BD/2BA home features spacious plan with volume ceilings, crown molding, solid surface kitchen counters & upgraded cabinets. Immaculate and move-in ready. Centrally located close to shopping & dining and priced right to sell. $176,900 Dennis Kotaska, 941-308-3781

1190 lampp drive - $164,900. Oversized intersecting canal-front lot located 5 minutes to Manasota Key beaches! Adorable Florida cottage w/1502 s.f. included. Call Kathy Hart at 941-586-3390, or call 24/7 Info Line and enter VP#2202

lake views & ground floor unit. Immaculate, shows like a model. 2BD/2BA spacious split floor plan. Amazing location - close to downtown. Resort style amenities. Value priced to sell quickly. Motivated seller. MLS# A3917638. $159,900. Call Tracy Seider, 877-301-1930

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CRYSTAL CRUISES SAVINGS Great deals available for luxury cruises aboard the elegant ships of Crystal Cruises worldwide. • Save an additional $500 off Mexican Riviera Cruises. Book by July 31. • 2 for 1 and free air plus an extra $500 offer per person on Canada/New England. • Up to $1000 per person “As You Wish” shipboard credits on all Crystal Cruises. • Free business or economy air on most 2010 and all 2011 cruises. Call about these and many more special offers available now!!

CRUISE SALE Book your next Princess cruise during our special one month sale June 15 to July 15. Our VIP sale offer includes reduced deposit and onboard amenity booklet valued at $325. Ask about special group departures. $100 will confirm your cruise.

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Highlighting our annual group departure Aug. 14. This tour takes you from the thriving capital city of Dublin to timeless Strokstown House Famine Museum, Connemara, Galway, Kilarney’s mystical lakes, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and a special farewell dinner at the famous Abbey Tavern. Price includes deluxe & first class hotels, many meals, extensive sightseeing, VIP World Travel host and much more. All for only $1,895.

Great news! From Jan. 232 – March 20, 2011, kids age 17 and under sail FREE* when traveling with two full-fare Guests in the same stateroom on select 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles! Enjoy the beauty of Baja California and the Mexican coasts on a voyage filled with unmatched Disney entertainment, legendary service and magic made for everyone of every age. Book now through July 31, 2010. Call for details.

Join our annual Holiday group cruises. 10 days – Nov. 23-Dec. 3 Thanksgiving Holiday Cruise on the ms Zuiderdam includes the Panama Canal. Prices starting at only $1,393 • 14 days – Dec. 22-Jan. 5. A Southern Caribbean Holiday on the ms Prinsendam includes a gala New Year’s Eve at sea. Prices starting at only $3,338 BOTH cruises INCLUDE roundtrip motorcoach transportation between Sarasota and Ft. Lauderdale.

The Banff and Jasper National Parks, home to the majestic Canadian Rockies. World-renowned resorts and the most spectacular scenery in North America. These inspiring settings feature snow-capped peaks, rushing rivers and pristine wilderness. 8 day tours starting from $1,649. Exciting 9 days Canadian Rockies by Train starts at only $2,399. Call for dates and details.

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Dow n tow n Bl oc k Party an d Pow erboats on Main Street — T he party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight with live entertainment, food, vendors and a powerboat display. T he party is sponsored by the Downtown Sarasota A lliance. 9289002.

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Sun c oast Super Boat Gran d Prix Boat Rac e — T he race takes place in two heats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Lido Beach and New Pass with live, flag-to-flag coverage on T V and radio. T he race awards ceremony will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Sarasota Municipal A uditorium. Go to suncoastoffshore.org.

Primrose Sc hool ’s Red, White an d Bl ue Cel ebration — Students at Primrose School at Lakewood R anch T own Center will don red, white and blue attire during the school’s Fourth of July celebration at 4:30 p.m., at the school, 9127 T own Center Parkway. Parents and families are invited to celebrate patriotic pride with their young ones. Call. 3736363.

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Meet an d Greet Who’s in the Driver’s Seat — T his event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hyatt R egency Sarasota. R ace teams and special guests will sign autographs and provide giveaway items for guests. $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

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San dbar Firew ork s Spec tac ul ar — Celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and family fun. VIP seating is available under the beach pavilion. T his year’s event will feature the new Sandbar Special Events Pavilion, which will be open at lunch time. Fireworks begin after dark at approximately 8:45 p.m. at the Sandbar R estaurant, 100 Spring Ave., A nna Maria. 778-8710.

Mar Vista Firew ork s BoomBoom on the Bay — Mar Vista Dockside R estaurant & Pub will kick off the Fourth of July weekend with a fireworks show. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. A VIP table is available for $25 per person, which includes two drinks. T he event is co-sponsored by Moore’s Stone Crab R estaurant, T he Longboat Observer, Cannons Marina and the Longboat Key Club and R esort. 383-2391.

Pow erboats By The Bay — T he event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 2 and July 3, at Centennial Park, and features live entertainment by R ixon, Soul Purpose and 421. A dmission is free.

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Riverhouse Reef an d Gril l — T his restaurant will host its second Fourth of July celebration beginning at 6 p.m. at the restaurant, 995 R iverside Drive, Palmetto. Live music and more. Cost is $75 per person. R eservations required. Call 729-0616.

The Worl d’s Largest Offshore Party — Starts at 8 p.m. in the Hyatt R egency Sarasota ballroom with live entertainment by My Friend Scott. T ickets are $15. 371-8820.

SATUrDAY, Jul y 3 LONGBOAT KEY The Col on y Beac h & Ten n is Resort Beac h Party, Barbec ue & Firew ork s Show — T he kids’ parade begins at 3 p.m.; a barbecue buffet begins at 6 p.m.; games on the beach, including the area’s largest egg toss will begin at 7 p.m.; and the fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. at T he Colony Beach & T ennis R esort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $45 for adults and $30 for children, tax not included. T he event is open to the public. R eservations are recommended. 383-5558.

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An n a Maria Isl an d Privateers Fourth of Jul y Proc ession — T his annual Fourth of July parade will march through all three towns on A nna Maria Island. Floats and units must be staged by 9:30 a.m. T he parade begins at 10 a.m. on Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. A fter the parade, a party will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Café on the

Beach, 2200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Winners of the Privateers scholarships will be announced. 780-1668. Music on Main —Lakewood R anch will host its monthly Music on Main concert from 6 to 9 p.m. on Lakewood R anch Main Street. In addition to live music, enjoy food, beer and wine. Lawn chairs and pets welcome — no coolers. For more, visit www.LWR mainstreet.com. DESOTO SUPER SPEEDW AY C RASH AN D BASH — Celebrate the Fourth of July with an action-packed night of racing beginning at 7 p.m. at Desoto Super Speedway, 21000A S.R . 64 E. Events include school bus figure 8s, boat trailers, puck race, enduro, demolition derby, flag pole race and skid car race. Fireworks will close the show. Cost is $20 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. 748-3171. Beac h House Restauran t Firew ork s Ex travagan z a — Celebrate the Fourth of July early with this annual party and fireworks show. VIP seating is available. Fireworks begin after dark at approximately 8:45 p.m., at the Beach House R estaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. 778-8718.

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will feature a barbecue and runs throughout the day at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken T hompson Parkway, City Island. Call 388-2355. N in th An n ual St. Arman ds Boat Show — MarineMax of Sarasota sponsors this annual show, which features the latest boating technology. T he event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, at St. A rmands Circle Park. Call 388-1554.

SUN DAY, Jul y 4 Longboat Key Freedom Fest Fourth of Jul y Cel ebration — T he celebration will begin at 9 a.m. at Bicentennial Park with a patriotic parade of parents, kids and pets. Get into the spirit by decorating your bikes, wagons, pets and faces. T hen, continue the festivities with games, food and fun. 3832466.

MA NAT EE COUNT Y C ity of Pal metto In depen den c e Day Cel ebration — Celebrate Independence Day along the Palmetto riverfront with live entertainment, rides and games, food for all tastes and fireworks from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at R iverside

Fl ag Fest Sarasota — T he festival runs from 4 p.m. until midnight and features live entertainment on two stages, carnival rides, street performers, games, face painting, pony rides, car show and free kids’ events. For more, visit flagfestsarasota.com. A Tropic al Fourth of Jul y Cel ebration at Sel by Garden s — Festivities start at 6 p.m. with live music by Yesterdaze, children’s games, prizes for the best patriotic attire and a community fireworks display along the bayfront. Cookout fare and drinks will be available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. T ickets are $15 for members, $18 for non-members and children 11 and under get in free. For more, visit selby.org or call

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L ittl e Book w orms Fourth of Jul y Ex travagan z a —Little Bookworms in Lakewood R anch will host a celebration just for kids at 2 p.m., at 8111 Lakewood Main St. Suite 103, Lakewood R anch. T he event will include patriotic story time, games, a bounce house, face painting and more. Call 9073808.

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Siesta Key Firew ork s — Fireworks start after sunset and are best seen from anywhere along the beach, from Stickney Point R oad to Siesta Key Village, as well as from the north bridge. Free parking is available at all beach access points. St. Boniface Church, at 5615 Midnight Pass R oad, will have parking for $5. Bring beach chairs, towels, food and drinks — no glass or personal fireworks are allowed. VIP packages available. 3493800.

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Firew ork s at the Bayfron t — Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Viewing is available at Bayfront Island Park, City Island and Bird Key Park. A cash donation for the Florida Center or diapers, wipes, books or toys for newborns through children 8 years of age are requested. 371-8820.

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Festival Parade of Boats — T he Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival will kick off the Fourth of July weekend with T he Festival Parade of Boats, which starts at 7 p.m. T he parade begins at U.S. 301 and will head west down Main Street to Gulfstream Avenue. It is sponsored by Suncoast Charities for Children. 371-8820.

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Kyle Baber, a 2008 graduate of Sarasota High School, visited the Waffle Stop diner during a recent trip home. The 20-year-old seaman is currently based near Seattle.


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Third baseman Tyler Strong is a tough competitor on defense for the Heritage Harbour-based Cal Ripken Manatee All-Stars.

Nestled among the native Florida palm and pine trees is truly one of the best beach front estate parcels available on Longboat Key with total privacy, cooling breezes and gorgeous views. Four charming, old Florida income producing cottages are scattered throughout the grounds. MLS A3925019

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$3,895,000 Longboat Key home on 1.2+ acres w/131’ of bay front and additional buildable lot Beautiful direct bay front estate property consisting of over 1.2 acres and 131’ on Sarasota Bay . This charming Spanish style home w/brick paver courtyard entry and fountain is set within a secluded “old Florida” tropical garden paradise with gorgeous views of the Bay, Sisters and Jewfish Keys. MLS A3918193

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$1,995,000 Magnificent, 3 BR, 10th floor, Gulf & Bay view’s at the Water Club Spectacular, unobstructed views from every room of the Gulf, sunsets and bay. 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 3054 sq. ft. residence with walls of glass off the spacious living room, private balcony with miles of fabulous views, eat-in chef’s kitchen and a master retreat with private balcony. MLS A3919048

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$1,695,000 Beautiful, private, very special, soft contemporary Longboat Key residence This home includes a chef’s kitchen with vaulted and beamed ceilings, skylights, travertine and wide plank oak flooring, gorgeous cabinetry and beautifully landscaped grounds and pool area. Pella impact windows and doors, salt water swimming pool, hot tub, spa and dock. MLS A3916440

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$1,395,000

Hannerle Moore 440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228

PH 941.387.7300

FX 941.296.7722

HannerleMoore@michaelsaunders.com

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Despite residential development of much of the East County’s land, cow pastures are still a common sight along many of the area’s thoroughfares.


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Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch also operates a successful sod farm, which it uses to grow grasses not only for residential and commercial use but also athletic fields and golf courses.

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s ’ t s a o C f l u The G

r e i m e Pr Sports Facility!

• Corporate & Charity Events • Paintball • Fitness Center • Martial Arts Classes • Birthday Parties • Pro Shop • Full Service Snack Bar • Ice Dreams Arcade (Casino-Style) • Ice-skating - Public & Class • 2 NHL Size Rinks - Leagues Available • Indoor Soccer & Football Members of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key recite the Pledge of Allegiance before each of their meetings.

‘Cheap Skate’ on the 4 thof July from1-3pm

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elite Figure Skating Programs, Camps & events HOME OF THE 2010 US OLYMPIC PAIR FIGURE SKATERS

• World Renowned Olympic Coaches • Ballet Lessons • Off Ice Classes • Summer Figure Skating Camp

elite Hockey Skating Programs & events

HOME OF HOCKEY INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY PROGRAM

• Fred Eaton’s Elite Training Camp & Summer Hockey Camp • Adult and Youth Hockey Leagues

Fitness Center Workout for All Ages • Barbara Fitzpatrick Certified Personal Trainer • Brian Smith Certified Massage Therapist

Call or go online for schedule, programs & details

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East County Cub Scouts Tyler Miley, Caleb Brunger and James Rivera found safe haven from an ominous thunderstorm inside the cafeteria building at Camp Flying Eagle. Every year, the historic venue hosts a Cub Scout camp that attracts hundreds of Scouts from throughout Florida.


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The Florida Railroad Museum preserves a part of Florida’s history that dates back to the 1860s. Today, guests tour a variety of locomotives, including the BEDT 12, PORTER 0-6-OT. Dr. Ed Ryan donated this steam locomotive to the museum in 1982.

In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, Sarasota’s Sky King Fireworks becomes one of the busiest retail outlets in the area. Employee Tori Devine spent the weeks leading up to the big weekend tagging each explosive in the shop.

Three-year-old Nate Williams takes a rest from the monkey bars inside Island Park’s playground.

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Bobby Jones Golf Club is a 45 hole municipal facility named for the legendary Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., who personally dedicated the facility on Sunday, February 13, 1927.

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Marilyn Chayka photographed this sunset in November 2008 on Longboat Key’s beach.

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SLICE OF AMERICANA

Featuring Sarasota’s Finest Properties

Linda A. Page Voted “Best in Client Satisfaction” 2006, 2007 & 2008 as seen in SARASOTA Magazine

CONTEST WINNERS

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Luxury Waterfront, Golf Course and Downtown property specialist with 30 years experience in this marketplace.

Beau Ciel

Once again, we asked, and you responded. For our second Fourth of July photo contest, we asked readers to submit photos they thought best exemplified a “Slice of Americana.” We received more than 20 entries from all three of our coverage areas — Longboat, East County and Sarasota — each capturing a perfect patriotic moment. In the voting portion, registered users submitted more than 5,500 votes to choose our winner. Competition was fierce, but in the end, our top three winners were clear.

FIRST PLACE — 2,041 VOTES

Uniquely Creative – Remarkably Private – Dramatically Beautiful

‘Generations of Patriotism’ — submitted by Tracy Ohlman, East County

Dramatic Bay, City and Yacht Harbor views and fine luxury living in this intimate building of only 44 exquisite residences. Exceptional services and amenities include: private elevators; 24 hour concierge; tropical pool and spa deck; media, fitness, conf/dining & club rooms. Room service and boat docks available through unique arrangement with Hyatt Regency.

NEW LISTING. Rarely available 3,135 s.f. “C” floor plan (www.BeauCiel.net). Exquisite finishes and wonderful design and with separate family and living rooms both with water views. Wet bar, wood floors gorgeous! $1,329,000

SHORT SALE. Unbelievable price for this 2,335 s.f., 2 bed/2 1/2 bath “B” plan. Marble and wood floors, 2 terraces. City lights and Bay views from premier downtown Bay front building. ONLY SHORT SALE IN BUILDING. $749,000

A real Florida feel with tropical pool views, quality finishes, beautiful wood floors, custom built -in in living room and great floor plan. See “B” plan (www.BeauCiel.net) INVESTORS: Purchase with annual tennant in place. $895,000

5 sold or pending this year! Call the Beau Ciel expert! Visit www.BeauCiel.net for photos, plans and details.

Plaza at Five Points Penthouse

Cool elegance in this 4,200 s.f. Penthouse with fabulous Bay views and another 1,200 sq. ft. of private out door living on huge terraces including your own spa and Summer Kitchen. Naturally, only the finest finishes have been used. Sophisticated living spaces include living and family rooms, informal and formal dining rooms and even a billiard room. $2,750,000

361 South Boulevard of Presidents

Capture the pure magic of this waterfront Yachtsman’s Paradise. Over 6,000 s.f. of living space and another 1,800 s.f. of rec-room/storage and a four car garage. A 50 ft. dock and lift on sheltered sailboat water - steps from St. Armands Circle and the Beach - make it a perfect location. Exquisite features and incredible views are just the start of this gated dream home. Offered below market for quick sale. $3,495,000

Water Club

Lawrence Pointe

University Park

University Park

Exquisite taste & quality describe design features in this 9th fl., 3 bed (or 2 bed w/den) Brighton overlooking the Gulf of Mexico & exquisite sunsets. Enjoy the Gulf view and expansive terrace. Inviting Living and Dining area, wall to wall sliding glass doors, furniture quality built-ins and custom design features. Master suite features private terrace, his and her baths, a 12’ x 15’ fitted closet and a sitting room which can double as an office or den. $1,995,000

8318 Grosvenor FULLY FURNISHED AND DECORATED Former Model. 4,160 S.F, 2 story golf course, 4 bd, 5 bath, built in office. exceptional outdoor living with summer kitchen, fireplace, Pool & spa. Game and media room (complete with Billiard table and flat screen TV). $1,695,000

In our winning photo, Ellie Ohlman, Miss Lakewood Ranch 2010, and a veteran representing Manatee’s Operation Troop Support, collect donations in front of Ed’s Tavern at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. “This picture represents a ‘Slice of Americana’ because it demonstrates patriotism and the American spirit through actions rather than words or appearance,” says photographer Tracy Ohlman. “Ellie is one of the most community-minded, true-blue American girls I know. She truly holds our country in her heart. She volunteers for many of the local organizations and is always looking for ways to become more involved in our community.”

GORGEOUS DIRECT BAY VIEWS from most rooms and nearly 3,000 s.f. 3 bed/2.5 bath, 3 terraces and 2 covered parking. Corner floor plan with windows on 3 sides. Huge Master Suite, lots of storage, new appliances. Gated with Bayfront pool, garden BBQ area, club room and resident manager. Mid rise - 1 pet welcome. Next to Ritz. $795,000

Custom built by Anchor Homes in private preserve setting. 3,084 s.f., 3/3 plus den, split plan. Re-surfaced heated pool & spa, tile flrs, 10’ sliding doors, exceptional storage, large kitchen w/center island pristine. $599,000

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SECOND PLACE — 1,782 VOTES

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LONGBOAT KEY ON SOUTHWEST FLORIDA’S GULF COAST

‘Mini Miss America’ — submitted by Mike and Danielle Hartley, East County

All Here. All Yours.

Mote Ranch residents Mike and Danielle Hartley submitted this photo of 14-month-old Addy decked out in red, white and blue. “As a member of the next American generation, she is learning to appreciate the freedoms American service men and women fight to protect every day,” Danielle Hartley says.

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THIRD PLACE — 749 VOTES

$169* $264*Thurs-Sat

‘Little Patriot’ — submitted by Amanda Morris, Sarasota

Maybe it’s the clear Gulf waters on our white-sand beach or the private balconies in our recently renovated rooms and suites. Maybe it’s our championship golf, soothing Island House Spa, Tennis Gardens, or full-service marina. Whatever it is, it’s all here. And it’s all yours.

Sarasota resident Amanda Morris shared this photo of Ansley Morris, then 2, proudly waving her American flag during an old-fashioned Fourth of July parade.

HONORABLE MENTION — 609 VOTES

‘Lil’ Miss Independence’ — Submitted by Debbie Tudor, East County

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East County resident Debbie Tudor submitted this photo of her adopted daughter from China, Hope. LB26678 ObserverHPAd.indd 1

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Celebrating the land of the free. On Independence Day, Mosaic gives thanks for the bounty of freedoms our great nation provides. We also salute farmers for the bountiful harvest that is too often taken for granted. It is our business and our honor to provide farmers across America with the crop nutrients they need to help feed the world.

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