Back in 2010 when you went to the Venice Farmer's Market, you'd be lucky to find 10 vendors. Thankfully in 2011, Linda Wilson decided to take on the challenge of creating an experience that visitors and locals would look forward to and frequent weekly as part of their regular excurions into downtown. But what exactly did this former manager of an Engineering and Design Department know about creating a successful market? Honestly, nothing! However with her common sense, lots of research and sheer determination she figured it out.
Today, the market is thriving, not just surviving with between 38 - 44 unique vendors, musical entertainment, several awesome activities and creative special programs. One such program is "Venice Youth, Blooming and Growing" where children have the opportunity to build their businesses right in front of our eyes. These budding business entrepreneurs have to meet special requirements, maintain good grades, have a homemade product or talent and be under 18. Beginning on June 11, The Venice Farmer's Market is sponsoring their first Young Entrepreneur, Emmarose Larson. Emmarose is the Principal Baker and Sole Proprietor of Crazy Creations of Venice.
Venice is known for their beaches, sunshine and multiple activities but don’t forget about our world-class restaurants! Starting on June 1st you can take a culinary adventure around town without breaking the bank! During Savor Sarasota, you can enjoy a 3-course meal for lunch for $15.00/pp and for dinner $29/pp. Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar is an intimate, bistro-style restaurant featuring American cuisine with fine wine and a full bar. They are offering their Savor Sarasota specials all the way through June 30th, check out their menu here.
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Maestro Ken Bowermeister, music director and conductor of The Venice Symphony since 2009, will be retiring his post after the 2015-2016 season. Maestro Imre Palló guest conductor during the 2014-2015 season will be come interim conductor starting in 2016.
Recognized today as an outstanding cultural organization in the South Sarasota County area, the Venice Symphony's recent growth is greatly due to Bowermeister's leadership. With Bowermeister's departure, the Venice Symphony will be venturing upon a new journey with the next individual to lead the orchestra until a permanent conductor is found. Born in Hungary, Imre Palló began studying music at an early age with the support of his godfather, composer Zoltán Kodály. Part of his music education involved studying with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music.
The Venice Farmer's Market and Venice MainStreet will be holding the scavenger hunt of all scavenger hunts on Saturday August 1. This fun event is open to children of all ages, and will take place throughout downtown starting at 8:30am and will conclude at 11:30. The first 100 participants to check in at the Gazebo in Centennial Park will receive a goody bag and a map. Along with way children will use their spy maps, clues and various learning events, plus get have a "Touch a Truck" experience along the way.
The downtown merchants are celebrating "Christmas in July" on Friday and Saturday with lots of sales, prizes and specials! Free Trolley Rides, Merchants on Miami are having a tropical Christmas, merchants in the KMI are serving cookies and punch. Santa and Mrs. Claus will on hand for a mid year check in and you'll want to register to win one of 6 gift baskets totaling more than $1000 filled with awesome goodies from participating downtown merchants, activities take place both days from 10a - 5p.
Saturday Morning kicks off with a fabulous selection of vendors - local Farmers, Fisherman, Craftsmen, Bakers, Artists and others gather at the Venice Farmer's Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It's a weekly celebration of the best of Venice and during this time of year, they are open from 8am - 1pm.
Bring the whole family down to the Venice Art Center - it's Free Family Fun! Arts and Crafts, face painting, food drinks and musical instruments provided by Rhythm Inlet for the kids to try. All activities at the Venice Art Center take place from 10am - 1pm.