What’s new … beyond the bridges

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By Jane Bartnett

Welcome to October. The fall and winter seasons begin, the days grow cooler, and the pace in our small corner of the world begins to pick up. There’s been a lot going on around town during the late summer months and, as the weeks go by, there will be more to come.

If you’re a fan of Pizza N’ Brew on Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key, which was once known as City Pizza, and you find yourself strolling in downtown Sarasota, be sure to check out the newly opened Pizza N’ Brew at 1507 Main St.

Meanwhile, Traphouse Seafood & BBQ opened to rave Facebook and Yelp reviews at 2045 Bahia Vista, in Saba Plaza, in the space once occupied by the Blue Moon Grill, across from Panera and Starbucks.

It’s a brand-new outpost for traditional southern seafood low country boils with shrimp, snow crab, lobster, and fish, along with barbecued ribs.

Chef Yamani Fanon, a Memphis native who comes to Sarasota from Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the talent behind this popular new eatery.

In Gulf Gate, the Rebellion Night Club at 6523 Gateway Ave. rocks every night from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. A big new sign on the building just went up in late August.

Rebellion bills itself as the area’s “hottest upscale night club that will revolutionize Sarasota nightlife.”

Featuring dancing, live music and top DJs, the new club is the place to go with friends for a night out. Enjoy the club’s full bar, table service, craft beer and shaken cocktails. Along with Rebellion’s contemporary decor, there are 15 flat-screen and a jumbo HDTVs, an advanced sound system and lighting system, as well as exclusive VIP seating and bottle service.

If you’re feeling lucky, check out the billiards and gaming section. 

Visit rebellionnightclub.com or call (941) 217-5010.

October is the month for ghosts, goblins, candy and pumpkins. That said, should you find yourself in the market for a new Halloween costume the Spirit Halloween store near Publix in the Gulf Gate Shopping Center, 6535 South Tamiami Tr., awaits. Enter into this magical land and discover a great selection of “boo-ti-ful” costumes, decorations and more.

And if you’re on the hunt for that perfect pumpkin, be sure to visit to the Fruitville Grove Farm Market’s 33rd annual Pumpkin Festival. A great place for the whole family, the festival is on every weekend during the month of October, at 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. This family-owned, local working farm is open to the public seven days a week and it’s a great place to find local farm-fresh produce and products. Visit its Facebook page for times and more details.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow comes to life on the grounds of the Sarasota Polo Club in Lakewood Ranch with a live two-hour theatrical performance presented by the Players Centre that includes an appearance by the headless horseman (on a horse of course), Friday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

(photo by Julio Aguilar)

For tickets, visit theplayers.org. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The address for the Sarasota Polo Club is 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota.

Selby Gardens will also get in the Halloween spirit on Halloween day, Sunday, Oct. 31, when it hosts Selby Spooktacular, at 1534 Mound St., in downtown Sarasota, from 10 a.m. to noon. Young children will enjoy trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating and there will also be fun activities for older children. Kids of all ages should come in costume. Visit selby.org for tickets.

Finally, on Halloween night head over to the 13th annual Fright Night on St. Armand’s Circle. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

Children will be able to trick-or-treat throughout the circle. To learn more, visit starmandscircleassoc.com.

Jane Bartnett
Author: Jane Bartnett

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