January Brings Thunder by the Bay to Sarasota
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With the dawning of the New Year comes great promises for changes you intend on making or steadfast traditions you plan on keeping. Thankfully, we live in an area ripe with events to keep our calendars full of interesting and fun things to do. When you live in Sarasota, there’s no room for boredom! This might be the year to try out that new restaurant you’ve had your eye on or maybe you plan on incorporating a visit to a local farmer’s market to assist with your healthy food preparations. If you have visitors this year, consider treating them to one of Sarasota’s great arts and crafts festivals, or check out some of the architectural history found in the area. Whatever your goals may be for 2016, we hope your year begins and ends on a high note. We will be here every week reminding you of all the great happenings that you won’t want to miss. Here’s to another great year living in paradise!
Jan. 2-3, 2016, Orchid Expo, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
What is sure to be a spectacular showing of some of the finest orchids in the state will be happening the first weekend of January. Sarasota Orchid Society presents “An Explosion of Orchids” featuring one of Florida’s largest exhibitions of these delicate flowers. This is a unique experience to gather with orchid aficionados from all over, who will share tips and insight into growing the most beautiful orchids found on the planet. Vendors and growers will be on hand with beautiful floral displays and orchids with their related products available for purchase. The Sarasota Garden Club and Selby Botanical Gardens will have representatives onsite as well. The festivities kick off on Saturday at 11:00 A.M.
For a full itinerary of the weekend’s events, please visit: http://sarasotaorchidsociety.org/event/2016-orchid-expo/.
Jan. 7-10, Thunder By the Bay, Downtown Sarasota
Get ready for the roar and thrill of Thunder by the Bay, as thousands of motorcycles will descend on Sarasota for four days of jam-packed music, bikes and charity. Sarasota comes alive for this event, and has seen attendance increase dramatically over the eighteen years it has been the host city. The first event starts at 8:30 A.M. on Jan. 7 at a Sporting Clay Tournament being held at Knight’s Trail Ridge. Partner up with friends or go it alone to see who has the best shot. A “Born to be Wild” kickoff party will be taking place Thursday evening at Sarasota Ford featuring whiskey, wine, vodka and beer tastings, a silent auction, and live music. One of the highlights of the weekend will be the Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s tractor trailer display of 2016 motorcycles, which will be available for free demo rides. Other weekend events include a charity bike ride, live music, bike shows, contests, street vendors and more. Come on down for a great concert or to take in the spectacle of thousands of new and vintage motorcycles. You’ll want to be a part of the action as events will be taking place in various downtown locations. For more information, please visit http://www.thunderbythebay.org/schedule/full-schedule/.
Jan. 9, Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship 5K Walk/Run, Siesta Key Public Beach
Registration begins at 6:30 A.M. on Saturday, Jan. 9th for the third annual Andrew Monroe Memorial Scholarship Run, in honor of Andrew Monroe, a Sarasota teen tragically killed in a car accident in 2011. Andrew loved soccer and proceeds from the event go toward a scholarship in his name that will assist a Riverview High School student who also plays soccer. Come on out to Siesta Key and participate in this worthy cause while getting your exercise in. For run times and more information, please visit http://www.andrewmonroe.com/registration.html.