Best One Man Band On Siesta Key – Sarasota Florida

Best One Man Band In Siesta Key – Sarasota Florida. Why hire a whole group when a one man band can do it all? You can find and book the best one man band in Siesta Key – Sarasota, Florida named Siesta John aka John Sollazzo.

About The Music… (How such a full sound is generated) ​All of Siesta John’s music is played in ‘real-time’, as you hear it. NOTHING is pre-recorded. A Yamaha PSR keyboard provides the drums, bass-line, musical style and tempo from it’s 100 embedded musical styles.

Chord changes on the KBD (to match what I’m playing on the guitar) are made in real-time using MIDI foot pedals, which duplicate the lowest octave on the keyboard. What it comes down to is that I am playing the keyboard with my feet. Vocal harmonies are voiced using a second microphone routed through a Digitech Vocalist Performer, a 20+ year old piece of equipment! Music is performed LIVE…Nothing is pre-recorded and covering artists such as; Buffett, Eagles, Zac, Garth, Drifters, and many more.

Live Music for; Parties, Events, HOA’s, Condo Gatherings, Markets…playing songs you like, and songs you forgot you liked!

You can catch Siesta John twice a month at the Siesta Key Farmers Market held year round on the beautiful tropical paradise barrier island of Siesta Key. The market is held in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

You can reach Siesta John at 502-439-9658 or is email at john.sollazzo@gmail.com Or go to his website to book your next gig www.SiestaJohn.com

Best Handmade Ceramics In Siesta Key- Sarasota Florida

Best Handmade Ceramics In Siesta Key- Sarasota Florida. We must include Luna-tiques at the top of the list. So how did Lynne Ostroman and Michael Newman create Luna-tiques Ceramics?

They share the following with us.

We began our journey with clay in 2002 when we returned to the USA and Sarasota after 17 years spent in the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos Islands. After exploring different artistic pathways though various classes, ceramics became the one we both instantly enjoyed.

Clay has allowed us to express ourselves with our hands and the intimacy of actually touching the material is like no other medium. The clay surface has become our canvas and a way to express our personal impressions of the surrounding environment. How we interpret what we see around us. The 3 dimensional form allow one’s eyes to travel around the shape and one’s hand to feel the surface with all its texture.

We began by taking pottery classes with Ann Darling at her studio in Sarasota. Over the years we studied with a series of teachers and mentors at Penland School of Crafts, NC; La Meridiana, Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy; Greenwich Pottery, NYC; St Pete Clay/Morean Center, St. Petersburg, FL and Ghost Ranch, NM.

Our inspiration comes from tropical island memories, present day life in our home, and studio compound in Osprey, Florida. Living and working on the same patch of land has given us the energy to focus on our work. The sea, the sand, the vegetation, the sky…..they all speak to us. We love mid-century modern design and architecture and those passions also influence our work.

We travel on occasion and try to return to Dominican Republic at least twice a year. Our home studio practice occupies most days as we continue to experiment and evolve. We are full time artists and parents of two Jack Russell Terriers. Our 28 year old daughter is currently working in NYC as costume coordinator on TV series Gotham, as she seeks her dream of being a costume designer.

We have chosen to sell our creations weekly and exclusively at Siesta Key Village Farmers Market. We especially enjoy the interaction with our patrons who come from all over the globe to visit famous Siesta Key. Its quite humbling to know our art lives in faraway places like Iceland, Australia, South Africa, Brazil as well as all over North America and Europe.

Most our pieces are truly one of a kind. We like to refer our work as “Functional Art”. We hope that our pottery has a place in your everyday life and provides a function whether it be only as thing of beauty or an object of daily use.

You can find Lynne and Michael every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Village on the beautiful paradise island of Siesta Key, Florida.

The Best Gourmet Mushrooms On Siesta Key

The Best Gourmet Mushrooms on Siesta Key come from The Mushroom Guy, Bill Nelms. Are you looking for an engaging guide through the world of fungi? Then you need to talk with Bill Nelms aka The Mushroom Guy.

Bill sells a variety of gourmet mushrooms, maitake to shiitake, crimini to Portobello, oyster to lobster mushrooms, and morels to chantelles.

Bill brings to the job his experience as a chef in the Philadelphia area, where he once made pasteries for the world-renowned Le Bec Fin Restaurant. He also has worked as a chef in Martha’s Vineyard as well as Fort Meyers Beach, Florida.

When his brother married into a family that had a mushroom company, they ask Bill about selling mushrooms in the Sarasota area. That opportunity turned Nelms into a fungi whiz. “I researched and found out how good these mushrooms are,” he says.

And by good, Nelms means from a gourmet standpoint as well as nutritional and medicinal value. First, some of the mushrooms offer tastes you wouldn’t expect, such as the lobster taste of the lobster mushroom and the steak like taste of the maitake (also known as Hen of the Woods)

Then there are the health benefits. The maitake is used by some to treat cancer, as is the chaga mushroom tea he sells. “Chaga tea is one of our best sellers,” Nelms says. People report that the tea has helped them sleep better, given them more energy, and aided with digestive issues.

The majority of the mushrooms Nelms sells are grown indoors at a facility in Fort Pierce, Florida. However, Nelms also carries morels, which are foraged in the wild, as well as lobster mushrooms, which are shipped overnight from the state of Washington. The lobster mushroom variety sells out quickly at the markets, Nelms explains.The cremini is popular as well.

Some people resist eating mushrooms because they know only the bland white variety from supermarkets. However, those mushrooms are usually wrapped in plastic, killing their taste. Nelms explains. It is better to get them fresh and uncovered.

It is also important to know how to cook them. Nelms favors roasted mushrooms, evenly cut and with just a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, for 20 minutes in a 375 degree F oven. He also conjures up mouth watering images of mushroom bisque soup, Portobello mushrooms, stuffed with crab imperial, topped with raspberry jam and horseradish. He encourages customers to cook their mushrooms to get full nutritional benefits.

The Fun Mushroom Guy, Bill Nelms makes the rounds at local farmers’ markets, including the Siesta Key Farmers Market

5104 Ocean Blvd, in the Village of Siesta Key, Florida every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. You may also check his website for addition information:  www.TheMushroomGuy.com

Siesta Key Seashell Little Piece of Paradise

One of our vendors, Jeanne Heere has an incredible talent. Jeanne calls her business “Little Piece of Paradise.” She searches for sea shells on our sugar white sand beaches of Siesta Key and recreates beautiful art. Jeanne moved to Sarasota in 1981 and fell in love with the beach and began looking for shells. She first started doing shell mirrors in the early 80’s and sold by word of mouth.

In 2012 Jeanne gave up the corporate world and was looking for a less stressful life and started doing shell crafts again. She found the Siesta Key market a perfect place to market her artwork since all the shells are hand picked from the local beaches.

Each item is handcrafted with shells Jeanne finds herself on Siesta key. She has a wide variety of hand crafted art pieces for you to enjoy! Her creations include mirrors, frames, wooden crosses, driftwood crosses, bikini star magnets, nite lights, treasure bottles, wine glass charms, lamp finials, fan pulls, and letters and other hand crafted shell treasures. Custom orders are also available!!

What about this Shell-Rimmed Mirrors?

Perhaps the only thing more beautiful than a single shell is a collection of them. To balance the composition of this heavily adorned mirror and simplify the process of arranging the shells, work in layers. I arrange the largest shells on the mirror frame first, then, working from largest to smallest, fit shells into the remaining spaces until the frame is covered.

Jeanne first, group the shells by size. Position the largest shells at even intervals around the frame, then fill in with the next smallest shells. One at a time, pick up each shell and glue it down. Layer on smaller shells until even the tiniest areas are covered.

You can find Jeanne Heere seashell art every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market from 8:00am to 1:00pm located in the Siesta Key Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. Stop by and say hello. There are many vendors and live music for your listening enjoyment. Have breakfast on the island, visit the Siesta Key Farmers Market and then head to our voted #1 beach to enjoy your day.

Wood Artwork On Siesta Key, Florida

Wood Artwork On Siesta Key, Florida. Growing up in New York I first fell in love with the world of artworks through my first art teacher opening my eyes to the world of abstract art. Once I was introduced to Dali and Escher I knew I wanted to be an artist but I need to be unique.

 

I really first started with graffiti and designing labels for clothing or music album covers and car decals but this was just a taste of what’s to come.

I knew I wanted to leave the dreary over cast weathers of NY so the second day after I graduated high school I started my epic journey down south with only $500 and a dog and ended up in Sarasota. As soon as I put my feet in siesta sand I knew I was home and instantly fell in love with it’s environment. Soon after I started to find my new ways of artwork.

I started with palm tree carvings, personalized calligraphy, and even airbrush but it was a Halloween weekend when I was doing my favorite thing, pumpkin carving, when I thought I can do this with wood! I have ALWAYS been fascinated by woods and how they age and their maneuverability ever since a kid and when I realized I can work with both ideas I couldn’t sleep the same anymore. Endless ideas started rolling and I made my first artwork for my little boys room which might still be my favorite.

For the past two years I have been practicing my craft at home to finally have the product you see today. As I mentioned in the beginning I always try to stay unique and each artwork is one of a kind in many ways. Each one is a one of one due to the reclaimed woods I use.

Each wood will have many imperfections and knots/dents due to their source. Many of my woods are pallets and those have so many stories to begin with. My process starts with tracking down my woods and then the tedious process and breaking them apart and then a lot of sanding. Lots !!

Once I’m done with my sketching of the image I then do my cutting one board at a time with an array of blades for detail and then put everything back together like a puzzle. Once it’s all arranged and to my liking I begin my paint/stain process I have created. I use a large array of paints and use an even larger collection of stains to create a stunning creation on wood. I try to create a wood look that mimics rare woods like rainbow eucalyptus or magnolia but even cooler. Steller Wood!

I then finish them off with the ultimate coolest finishing touch, accent all of my art works with battery powered LED lights and remote-controlled. It gives the artworks a second dimension at night. Being that it’s battery powered you can hang these anywhere! No wires or outlet to find. The remote has 8 modes and even a timer as well.

Most of my artworks are sea life inspired simply because I love boating and doing them and also it is very popular down here but half of my work are custom orders. From team logos to businesses the material is truly endless. I’m proud to say I have artworks scattered across almost half of our nation now. For me there’s still nothing more awesome to see your artwork hanging on their wall and they love it.

I am living and working here in Sarasota with my amazing wife and my 3 year old boy Camden and our family dog Angus. We’re also expecting another baby boy in September! We also both work at The Cottage on Siesta Key where we get to meet people from all over and it’s a great field for me to showcase my artworks at the bar I bartend at. Like bartending at your own art gallery. Not bad!

You can find me and my “Wood Artwork” every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market from 8am to 1pm located in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. My website www.stellerartworks.com

Where To Buy The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil On Siesta Key

Where To Buy The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil On Siesta Key? Welcome to Olive Branch and more, a different way to taste Italy! My name is Pino and my family and I moved from Italy to Sarasota in 2012. We’ve been doing various farmers markets since 2012 in the Sarasota,Tampa,and Fort Myers area.

My family and I return every summer to our region Puglia, Italy where we come from, to ensure the quality of our superior Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In the great Castel del Monte area, in the centre of Italian Mezzogiorno, the tradition of a family keeps going on: their deep love and care for olive trees is vital for the production of “green gold”, the extra virgin olive oil, a natural product created on the red soil of Apulian Murgia, thanks to the shining sun and the preservation of the stone, ancient secret of former times. After over one century, in order to continue an old tradition that is still alive, several generations defended and protected Tenuta Levante oil mills.

From tradition to innovation, going through the quality certification of the Apulian “green gold” cultivation and production entire process: the refined extra virgin oil. All of our oil is made using hand selected olives for the first cold pressing. We only use one kind of olive, the Coratina Olive, which is typical of our area, and it s full of antioxidants and polyphenols; our olive oil is not blended, it’s monivarietal and does not burn at high temperatures.

In addition to our oils, we offer six different varieties of balsamic vinegars from Modena. We also offer a variety of delicious spreads, made in Abruzzi, a region in the South of Italy, and three mixed Spice packs: Spicy Garlic, Garlic Rosemary, and Tuscan Pesto.

In addition, we sell Rustic Bread, baked by a local bakery. Most of our breads are vegan, and they all are natural, GMO free and no preservatives. We love to talk food with our customers and having all these products gives us the possibility to suggest, teach and improve our customers cooking skills.

I have attended a five year cooking school in Italy, and I love to share my recipes, witch we offer with many of our items.

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You can find us every Sunday from 8am to 1pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Village of Siesta Key, Florida located at 5104 Ocean Blvd.

Please contact us at your convenience should you have any questions. We look forward seeing you very soon.

Where To Buy Affordable Tunisian Towels

Where To Buy Affordable Tunisian Towels? The Siesta Key Farmers Market is a great spot to buy these incredible towels. The market is open every Sunday from 8am to 1pm on the beautiful tropical island paradise of Siesta Key, Florida.

The Fouta Spa is the home of a traditionally hand loomed Fouta towels! Both Isabella and Michael, have been importing their unique product for over seven years here in America, working exclusively with Artisanal Weavers in Tunisa.

The Fouta Spa booth with Isabella and Michael Crider will have hundreds of towels for your viewing and purchase. Who is The Fouta Spa? Let’s share a little bit about them. Their goal is to ensure the integrity of this centuries old, eco-friendly and hand loomed unique product. Though many have tried, particularly in Turkey and India ( China is getting there too … ) the time honored tradition of looming and natural dyes has proven impossible to duplicate.

Fouta towels have become the standard of excellence for decencies throughout the Mediterranean (In Turkish Baths), in Europe and now in America. Thanks to its absorbency, durability (Tight Woven) and versatility they are the new generation of bath, beach and pool towels.

Home of the original “Fouta” towel, where tradition meets luxury. All of our 100% cotton, hand loomed “Fouta” towels are traditionally hand made in Tunisia, as they have been for centuries.

Thanks to their extraordinary durability and versatility, the “Fouta” has emerged as the new generation of beach and bath towels, here in America and Europe!

Eco friendly and tight woven, the more you wash them, the softer and the more absorbent they get! AKA “Hammam” or Turkish spa towels, they have been used in Turkish baths around the world for generations.

Though many have tried, particularly in India and Turkey, the time honored tradition of “looming” has proven impossible to duplicate.

Come visit us all year long at the Siesta Key Farmers Market every Sunday 8am to 1pm at 5104 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key Village and begin living the eco friendly Fouta lifestyle.

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“Love my Foutas and hope to purchase a few more when in Siesta Key next year. My sis loves hers too!”
Wren S – Siesta Key,FL

“I bought several foutas at the Minnesota state fair this year. I bought the typical size as well as the smaller and one large square. I love them and I am finding more uses all the time!” 🙂 – Katie L. Minnesota

“I had a guest this weekend who LOVED your towels! See you this weekend in Dunedin! – Tracy Lynn