Posted by admin on January 25th, 2009
When you go the Sunset Royale website you will notice we have added a new page under About Siesta Key called Sarasota Culture. When Nann and I first explored Sarasota almost 20 years ago, we noticed this community was different from other Florida communities we had visited. Certainly the beach on Siesta Key was spectacular and the community was friendly and diverse. We noticed the art galleries, similar to what we had seen in West Palm, Tampa, Miami and Naples. Museums such as the Ringling were a nice find usually only found in larger cities and the Van Wezel Performance Hall on the Bay was an outstanding addition for the community and the waterfront. Access to Sarasota by vehicle or airplane was easy and, in fact, delightful when arriving at SRQ airport. Sarasota with its islands was certainly picturesque, peaceful and easily offered us a variety of eateries allowing us access to most of our favorite cuisines, but it also had something else. While driving through this community on the Gulf, we noticed a building by the Van Wezel called the Sarasota Garden Society, learned of Selby Gardens and Mote Marine and experienced the wild nature of Florida while visiting Myakka State Park. All of these finds gave us a very comfortable feeling for Sarasota. What really caught our attention was the culture that had existed in the community for quite some time. The community had an entrenched local following of the arts with decades of support to live theater, opera, symphony and ballet. Now, twenty years later, we find ourselves living in this community, encouraging travelers and visitors (including some who seem rather young) to our city and publishing on the website the information on our arts community along with easy access to the upcoming performances scheduled for the seasons. Visit, attend and enjoy.