1. Show Off Your Star Qualities with ‘Be A Neal Star’

    Neal Communities has been busy at work filming local residents at Grand Palm, Central Park and Villa Palmeras for their chance to “Be a Neal Star!”

    Participating Neal Communities residents are being filmed by a professional crew explaining why they adore their Neal Communities home and why they love living at Neal Communities!

    Neal’s contest offers those competing and submitting a video, a chance to win big with $6,000 in prizes!

    Think you’re an ideal homeowner? Are you ready to shine with STAR-quality attributes? Submit a 1-3 minute short video by April 25th.  Voting opens to both Neal residents and non-residents on Monday, May 5th and closes at NOON on Friday, May 23rd.

    To Enter to Win, Simply follow these 3 steps:

    1.Register here

    2. Submit a 1-3 minute YouTube Video submission, plus two photos on www.beanealstar.com

    3. Encourage your family and friends to sign-in to www.beanealstar.com and VOTE for you between May 5th – May 23rd.

    Following the close of voting, a panel of judges will be selecting FOUR contest entry winners based on number of votes received and shining star-quality attributes displayed.

    Want to see the entries so far? Click here: http://beanealstar.com/all-entries/

  2. Food, Fun, and Floorplans! Join us at River’s Reach this Weekend!

    Have you been searching for a new home convenient to things but in a place where you can get away from it all? Serenity. Tranquility. Reality. You can find it all at River’s Reach.

    Tucked away in a private community with gated entries and nestled next to a tributary of the Manatee River, you’ll find the one and only River’s Reach.

    River’s Reach has 15 different floorplans to choose from, ranging in size from 1,772 square feet of the Freshwater 2, to the spacious Harmony II at 3,117 square feet. And with over half of the community dedicated to a preserve area, there is never a lack of things to do.

    Take the canoe or kayak out for a day of sun and fishing, play a competitive game of sand volleyball, get your sweat on in the fitness center, or read a book while the kids play at the playground. Take a break from the hustle and bustle you’re your community gathering area located next to the pristine resort-style pool and spa, and outdoor entertainment area with a gas grill.  It’s the perfect place to cook out or entertain friends outdoors.

    This weekend, on Saturday July 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., we invite you to join us for our new model grand opening event. There will be food, fun, and floorplans as we showcase two new models you can tour. This is your chance to get a first peek at two new spacious and inviting single-family homes.

    You won’t want to miss our Starlight model, one of our most popular plans.  With 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, and a 2-car garage, this home has so much to offer. Spacious bedrooms, over 2233 sq. feet of living space, large closets, and so many other features that will make this house a home. Our design gallery provides an exclusive service for Neal customers to create a home that will perfectly fit your lifestyle.

    The second model, the Sweetwater II, has never before been modeled and it is one home you must see! A large 2,447 sq. feet of living space, with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2-car garage make up this beautiful Florida home. From your first step into the home, you will see why it is easy to fall in love with this plan.

    Both models are nestled in the quiet, “Old Florida” setting of River’s Reach, and offer residents a home worth bragging about.

    River’s Reach residents enjoy the best of both worlds, close to amenities and the city, but far enough away to enjoy the peaceful natural settings Florida has to offer.

    Be sure to visit us at 1517 Hickory View Circle, Parrish Florida this weekend from 11-2 to view these models. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, barbeque lunch, a magician and live radio remote!  RSVP today on our Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you there!

  3. Have some Fun this Month!

    The Gulf of Mexico is lined with beautiful beaches and has so much to offer Neal Community residents!

    If you are beach-goer, don’t miss the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. Held on May 4 near the Pavilion, this event is free and open for anyone to compete in. Read more about it.

    Foodies will love the 3rd Annual Food and Wine on the Pine event which features more than 30 wines, independent restaurant owners, and craft beers. Come eat, drink, and be merry!

    Fishermen and women can participate in the 82nd Sarasota Sports Fishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament held May 12-June 17. The $100 entry fee will benefit The Suncoast Charities for Children. Cast a line and join in the fun!

    If you are beer enthusiast don’t miss the Venice Brew Bash featuring great bands and well, beer! For only $30 dollars, you will have unlimited beer tasting, but you must be over the age of 21. This will be held from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. on May 25.

    Don’t forget about Memorial Day! May 26 from 6p.m.- 9p.m. a Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day Parade will take place at Lakewood Ranch. Come for the music, food, drinks, parade, and fun! And certainly come to honor our troops.

    There’s so much to do and so little time. Make the most of your May by attending these events and more.

  4. April Events- Get Ready for Some Fun!

    They say April showers bring May flowers, but we think April will bring some fun in the sun!

    Neal Communities is fortunate to be located in the beautiful gulf community Sarasota, with white sandy beaches and pristine blue waters nearby.

    If your family is looking for something to do this month, check out some of these events happening near you!

    April 5-14:  15th Annual Sarasota Film Festival. If you are hoping for a celebrity spotting, you can look forward to this event. Actress Mariel Hemingway, director Peter Bogdanovich, actor Griffin Dunne and more will be in attendance. For more information, visit this website for details. 

    April 6: If you are an avid runner or just someone who enjoys helping the greater good, there will be a Run/Walk for the Turtles. This race takes place on Siesta Key Public Beach by the Mote Marina. Registration begins at 6:30 am. All fees benefit the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program.  More details can be found here.

    April 12-14: If you are a fan of good food and music, the Rhythm and Ribfest is the place for you. Located at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, live music, fun, and food will be bountiful.  Visit the website for more information.

    April 13-21: The Sarasota Open USTA Championship Tournament brings the top tennis players from around the world to Sarasota . For ticket and more information visit the website.

    April 29: 10th Annual Ride the Beaches event will take place on Sharky’s by the Pier. Riders can select to bike 65 or 35 mile and will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Contact Sharky’s for more information.

    All these events and more can be also be found on The Escape to Sarasota website. Which event will you and your family be attending this month?

  5. Fun in February: Upcoming Community Events

    It’s hard to believe February is in full swing!

    Being a Floridian has its many perks, including warm weather in February.  With no such thing as the Winter Blues, why not get out and experience some of the things the Gulf Coast has to offer?

    We’ve put together a list of some events we found taking place in February. For a complete list or additional information, check out the escape to Sarasota website.

    Circus Sarasota- The annual Circus Sarasota will be ongoing in the month of February and will take place under the Big Top at Tuttle Ave and 12th Street. Last year, Sarasota’s own, comic daredevil Bello Nock, made an appearance. Here’s more information.

    Florida State Fair- Step right up! The Florida State Fair has food and fun for all ages. This event takes place on Feb 7th at the fairgrounds in Tampa. Find more information here.

    Greek Festival- It’s all Greek to me.  Feb 14-17 check out the Greek Festival at the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. Admission is $4 and traditional food and festivities, including Greek music and dancing will keep you entertained. Find more information here.

    Exotic Car Fest- For the car enthusiast out there, check out the Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Feb 23. Ferraris, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini’s and more will be on display for your enjoyment.

    Living in a Neal Community puts you in a prime location to live and enjoy all of the wonderful things the Gulf Coast has to offer.

    Which event are you looking forward to in February?

  6. Host a Winning Party For the Big Game

    Whether it’s the food, commercials, the half time performance, or the game itself, the Big Football game this weekend  has a little bit to offer everyone.

    If you find yourself hosting a party for the big event this year, check out some of these pointers to throw a Heisman-worthy event.

     1.    Decorations

    The options are never ending when it com

    es to decorating for the big game.  Consider table runners, table clothes, plates, and napkins, with footballs or the field design. Some stores even sell football shaped bowls, mugs, and cups that can be used as well.  Consider decorating in the colors of the team you are rooting for, or even in both teams’ colors. Guests can chose to sit on the side that best represents their team.

     2.    Games

    Games can make the Big Game even more fun,. If there will be kids at your party, consider making a football shaped piñata that’s filled with candy.  To make a piñata, check out this YouTube video. If you happen to live in warmer climates, venture outside for a friendly game of touch football.  But if you don’t want to miss the game or halftime show, play trivia with questions that all center around the past games. You could create categories such as Commercials, Half Time Performers, and Game Time and quiz guests’ knowledge in those areas.

    3.    Food

    Who doesn’t love the foods associated with parties?  You can find tons of great ideas for appetizers, main courses, and desserts online. Some of our favorites were Pig(skins) In a Blanket and Frank’s Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip . If you plan on serving alcohol, we thought this list of beer ideas was brilliant from RealSimple.com. They suggest serving  “The Raven”  beer to represent the Baltimore Ravens, and the beer titled  “49er Red” to rep San Francisco.

    Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it! Hosting parties doesn’t have to be a lot of work, but they should always be a lot of fun.

    What are some creative things you decorating with, cooking, or playing at your  party?