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. Boca New staff member and club expansion plans!

     The Boca Royale community is growing and so is our family as we welcome experienced General Manager, Ian Fetigan to the Boca Royale Golf & Country Club team!

    With more than 20 years of successful, hands-on management experience in the hospitality, non-profit, and private country club industries, Fetigan brings a wealth of knowledge to the Boca Royale team in all areas and will be an invaluable asset in our expansion and enhancing an already thriving club.

    The Boca Royale community will be expanding over the next few years. New staff, new dining menus and a perfectly manicured golf course are already setting Boca Royale apart as one of the finest golf and country clubs in the region with a reputation for delivering a quality, Florida lifestyle.

    Neal Communities is building homes within Boca Royale and offers homeowners a variety of new home options at Boca Royale. The builder offers single-family homes from its Cove and Signature Series, and paired villas from the Coral Series. Homes range in size from 1,434 square feet to 3,262 square feet. Homes are nestled amidst existing and established oaks and preserved land.

    Located right off of 776, Boca Royale has access to shopping, beaches, and entertainment. For more information about the community and country club, please go to www.bocaroyale.com or call 941-475-6464.

     


  3. A Night to Remember

     

    A few weeks ago John Neal Homes hosted a very special Realtor® event celebrating the opening of their newest model home in the Haddington neighborhood of Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch. Homes start in the $400’s and up in this community depending upon your lot and upgrades. Their new Palmavera model offers a spacious, refreshingly open floor plan that overlooked a small lake.

    Inside the spacious kitchen, John Neal Homes had brought in the celebrity Chef Tommy Klauber, and his staff from Polo Grill and Fête Catering and Ballroom, located on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

    The honored guests enjoyed a wine tasting with about eight various wines to try from Michael’s Wine Cellar. An array of hors d’oeuvres from Fête Catering, were served. From Moll’s Mac & Cheese Balls to hand picked Mini Blue Crab Cakes with a sweet chili dipping sauce; each appetizer was to die for.

    While guests toured this stunning home, John Neal was available to answer any questions about the property and the available upgrades. Meanwhile, Chef Tommy Klauber, demonstrated how to make his Sarasota Seafood Pan Roast.

    This surely was a night to remember! Good wine, good-looking food, gorgeous homes and great cooking skills.

     

     


  4. Fall Into Some Fun This Month!

    Fall is officially here. Many of us fill our homes with delicious fall fragrances …pumpkin anyone? And if we are lucky, the weather will get cool enough for us to turn off our overworked AC’s and open our windows to breathe in the crisp fall air.

    Luckily, it’s also a great time to stay busy and find plenty of fun activities near you. Sarasota might not have colorful leaves this fall, or ANY fall for that matter, but it does have a lot to offer! And thanks to the gulf coasts’ year-round warm weather, you can enjoy spending extra time outside this month.

    If you are looking for a fun date night, kid friendly event, or just something new to do, consider one of these events.

    The lovely neighborhood of Lakewood Ranch is having Music on the Main the first Friday of each month (October 4). From 6-9 p.m. stop in for beer, wine, food, face painters, balloon twisters, caricature art, and music too of course. Bring your chairs and unwind after a long week while listening to live music.  Parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

    Elephants, lions, acrobatics, daring stunts, delicious foods….yep, the circus is coming to town! The Sahib Shrine Circus will be held at the Sailor Circus Arena from October 4-5 for three shows only. Click for more information on show times and tickets!

    Southside Village Oktoberfest is your chance to stuff yourself with delicious German foods, listen to German music, sample beers, and dance. Get down there on October 5th at the corner of Hillview and Osprey Avenue in Sarasota. Music starts at 5 sharp, so don’t be late.  Pretzels, sausages, and fun are waiting.

    For car enthusiasts, take a ride right on down to St. Armand’s Circle Park for the Auto-Rama 2013.  You’ll get a look at what is coming in the future from car manufacturers from 10am-4pm on which date???

    If you still haven’t gotten into the fall spirit, this is the event for you. Hayrides, bonfire, scavenger hunts, and so much more are taking place at the Pumpkin Patch Party at St. James United Method Church. Pick out a pumpkin and get inspired by these Jack-o-lantern ideas! If you’ve never carved a pumpkin before, check out this video.

    Here are a few more events near you to check out.

    The 3rd Annual International Beer Festival will take place October 26th on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Unlimited samples of more than 100 craft beers are yours for the taking.

    That very same day, the Florida Blues and Music Festival is taking place featuring some impressive headlining acts. Tickets have already gone on sale so don’t wait to buy yours (link to where tickets are sold) and don’t forget to bring a chair.

    With so many things to do, you can really fall in love with your community this autumn. Take advantage of the cooler weather and all of the fun things to do near you!

     


  5. August Adventures- Things to Do Around Town

    Summer is coming to an end, but before the kids go back to school, there is still plenty of fun to be had.  Living near the Gulf Coast, what are some things you enjoy doing? Whether your answer is fishing, hiking, listening to live music outdoors, crafts, or even enjoying an adult beverage, there is something for you to enjoy this month. Why not try something new?

    Do you love to fish? Do you think you could out fish others? The Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament is your chance to put your skills to the test. Visit the link to get an entry form and more info.  The tournament takes place August 6-10.

    Help get your kids excited to go back to school by taking them to the Back to School Splash Bash at Lakewood Ranch YMCA Pool and Pavillion on August 24. This event is free for kids up to 13 and will offer music, slip and slides, a dunk tank, pool games, prizes, water balloon fights and so much more. Don’t forget your suit and a towel! Interested? Visit this link for more information.

    If you don’t have kids, there is still fun to be had on August 24 at the Annual Sarasota Beer Festival. Admission is $35 at the door (or $20-30 in advance) and includes unlimited sampling of over 100 imported and craft beers, and live music. Bottoms up!

    If you are always looking for something to do on a Friday night, have you ever checked out the “Live from Downtown Sarasota, it’s Friday Night?” Every Friday, locals gather to socialize, listen to live music, and check out local entertainers, street performances, and musicians. When you live somewhere as beautiful as the Gulf Coast, what could be better than enjoying some time outdoors meeting new people and appreciating great weather?

    Have you done your back to school shopping? If your children are in need of new notebooks, pencils, backpacks, or glue, don’t forget to get all your supplies early! If you live in Sarasota, find this list of schools for more information on lunch menus, bus routes, school supply lists and more.

    Don’t forget about Florida’s tax free weekend taking place from August 2-4. This applies to books, clothing, and footwear (75$ or less) and school supplies (15$ or less). For more information, visit this link! Don’t miss out on your chance to save money on back to school supplies.

    Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still plenty of things to do.  What activities will you participate in before school starts?

     

     


  6. Red, White, and Boom

    The Fourth of July is a holiday filled with fireworks, food, and fun and Sarasota offers locals so much to do, no matter your age or interests! Have you made plans for the holiday? Consider trying some of the fun events happening around your community.

    The Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix takes place from June 29-July 7th and offers entertainment for all! A golf classic, car show, boat races, poker tournament, fireworks, live music, delicious food and so much more. This year’s festival parade will honor hometown hero Nik Wallenda, who was the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a high wire. Watch a clip of this here. This is one event you won’t want to miss.

    On the breathtaking Longboat Key, pre-fireworks can be enjoyed on July 2 at the Boom Boom on the Bay. Fireworks will begin after dark.

    Anna Maria Island will be setting off fireworks over the Gulf right behind Beachhouse Restaurant located at 200 Gulf Drive N on Bradenton Beach. They start after dark but grab your spot early!

    If you are looking for a place to burn off the calories you’ve consumed in hot dogs, hamburgers, and apple pie, don’t miss the 7th Annual Firecracker Run. It takes place July 4th at the Morgan Family Community Center at 6207 West Price Blvd, and begins at 7:30 a.m. Find more information on registration here.

    Are you planning on staying home for the holiday? Or setting off fireworks of your own? While it’s always best to leave it to professionals, there are safety tips you can follow to lower the risk of injury.  The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission put together a list of safety tips you should follow if you will be shooting off your own fireworks. Considering an average of 200 people have to visit the E.R. around the holiday, we highly suggest you follow the tips closely!

    And for those who just can’t wait, here’s a sneak peak of last years fireworks.

     

    Share with us you plans for the holidays! Where will you be watching fireworks? Whatever you decide to do this 4th of July, we hope you have a safe and fun holiday with your loved ones.


  7. 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.


  8. 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?


  9. Spring into March Events Around You

    Spring is just days away and for some, spring break is just around the corner.  For those of you staying home for the holiday, Sarasota and surrounding areas have a lot to offer!

    Check out some of these events happening around you.

    March 8- Yeehaw! The annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is taking place at the Rodeo Arena in Arcadia.  Come see how long these cowboys can stay on their bulls, barrel races, and bareback riding.  For ticket information, visit http://www.arcadiarodeo.com/.

    March 9- Chill lounge Night takes place in downtown Sarasota along Palm Avenue. The street is blocked off and turned into an outdoor nightclub/lounge with live music and lighting.  All proceeds benefit the United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee.

    March 15-24 The 77th Annual Sarasota County Fair will take place at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Plan on staying all day, and eating a lot, because this fair has tons of delicious foods, games, and activities for all ages.  Visit the website for more information and directions.

    March 16- St Patty’s day is a pot of golden fun, especially at the Irish Celtic Festival taking place at Central Park in Lakewood Ranch.  Scavenger hunts, parades, foods, and music will make this a day to remember! Find more information here.

    March 23- Hop your way down to Lakewood Ranch for the EGGstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2-13. Rumor has it the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance and there will be a petting zoo and face painters there as well.  The festivities begin at 9:30 am. Find more egg-cellent information here!

    What events will you be attending in March?


  10. 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?