Pioneer Days 2017

July 2017

The theme for this years Pioneer Days Parade and Festival is Beach Party Englewood Style.  Even though the event is three months away preparations are underway to ensure another spectacular Festival.

Nominations for the Grand Marshall are currently open,  Deadline for Grand Marshall Nominations will be on August 1st and the announcement for Grand Marshall will be on August 4th.

August 19. Little Miss / Mr Englewood Pageant will be held at the Lemon Bay High School Auditorium.

August 20.    Family Bowling Tournament to support the moving of the Green Street Church.




August 26.
   Chalkfest 6.0   Hosted by the Englewood Arts Center the event will be held in the middle of downtown Dearborn Street.


August 26.     Kids ShipWreck Dance.  Kids 9-15 will enjoy dancing and pizza with the sounds of great music provided by DJ with a PA.

August 27.     Michael O’Donnell Fish-A-Thon at the Tom Adams Bridge for kids up to 12 years of age.

August 27.     Historical Tour Around Englewood conducted by the Englewood Historical Society.

August 29.    Green St. Church Sing Along.

Sept. 2 .          Cardboard Boat Races at the Indian Mound Park.

Sept. 2.        Shipwreck Dance & Taste of Englewood.   Shipwreck Dance held at Pioneer Park starting at 5 pm.  Bring chairs and blankets.

Sept. 3.         Diaper Derby offered by the Lemon Bay Women’s Club, located at the corner of Maple and Cocoanut in Olde Englewood.

Sept. 3.        Pioneer Days Festival & Open Car Show.   Pioneer Days Festival at Pioneer Park on Dearborn St.  Sunday September 3, 2017  12-8pm   Monday September 4, 2017  8-3pm.

Sept. 4.        Corvette Car Show.

For more information check out the official website :



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April 2017

Bay Heights Park

Work has been completed on the changes and renovation on the Bay Heights Park, located on S. McCall Road across from the hardware store.

Charlotte County has has provided new covered areas for those who enjoy an outdoor picnic with more than adequate car parking on the north side of the park. The parking lot has been leveled and is paved.

A single boat ramp has also been built and adequate parking for trucks and trailers are provided in the south area of the park.

Once you are in the water it is a short haul to the inter-coastal waterway.

Restroom facilities are a new feature that has been added to the park.


 Mary Brown’s Diner






Long awaited, Mary Brown’s Diner opened and was an immediate success. It would seem that everyone in Englewood has been waiting for the former Dairy Queen to finally decide what it was going to be and from the start the place was packed. It did not seem like there was any need to inform the residents that there was a new chicken place in town, the last one being a KFC that closed many years back.

Mary Brown’s is open at 9 a.m. for breakfast and currently closes at 8 p.m, although the closing time may change depending on the amount of traffic. Although the main thrust of the diner is chicken, but they also serve Fish & Chips, Hamburgers, Skillets, Omelettes and much more.

Fortunately there is plenty of parking in the adjacent lot.



Pick up is available at the counter as well as the drive through.




Ole Time Cafe


The Ole Time Cafe is back in business with new owners.  Breakfast and Lunch is available under the big oak tree.




Mermaids Cafe.


The Mermaids Cafe on downtown Dearborn St. is moving to a new location just east of this facility.


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February 2017

February Cruisin’ on Dearborn Street

Cruisin’ on Dearborn Street is a monthly event held on the first Saturday of the month.  Being mid season for our “snowbird” friends from up north, it was not surprising to see plenty of out of state cars on display.  The event seems to be getting bigger and bigger each time I attend and while we there a number of cars left and were immediately replaced by others looking to show off their pride and joy.


For a look at other cars that were on display, arriving or departing I have set aside a page in the website  This link will take you to the home page.   Once there, you will be guided to the cruisin’ page  or you could use this link to take you there directly.

 Lemon Bay Fest.

The Lemon Bay Fest was held on Friday, February 4th to Saturday February 11. The week long event is a celebration of the history of Englewood and in that vein there were walking tours of the historic section with guides provided by the Southwest Historical Organization of Resources and Education (SHORE).  Talks and information on a variety of subjects, such as shell collecting and displays, Identifying common birds in SW Florida, films on Patrick Smiths Florida – A Sense of Place – and “Cracker” – The Last Cowboys of Florida, Cooking Demonstrations, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico and many other topics. The final day of the Fest was the Cracker Fair, held at Pioneer Park and featured entertainment on the stage, a Lemon Dessert contest, food vendors, games for the kids, artists and more.

Restaurants in Englewood.

We have a couple of new openings in the area, one being Robs Pizzeria and the other is the Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass.

Rob’s Pizzeria is located in Merchants Crossing and offers Dine In, Delivery or Takeout service.  Although Rob is well known for his hand spun pizza platters they also also serve Italian Dinners, Subs, Salads, Calzone’s and Stromboli’s.
The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass is located in the Marina at 260 Maryland Ave. The new owners have done a wonderful job of renovating the Stump Pass Grill, as it was formerly called, and now has a much larger seating capacity. An on site smoke house prepares smoked salmon, smoked baby back ribs, pork and chicken. An excellent selection of fish is also on the menu,

New On Line Auction.

A new online auction made its debut last month with more offerings in the near future.

To be transported to the site CLICK HERE;

Auctions50 Dave Weller Auctioneer License Numbers: AB3143 AU4716



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January 2017

Farmers Market Expands.

Each time I visit  the Farmers Market I am amazed at the growth over the past few years and the quality and diversity of the products offered.

The market is available from October to May and is located in Pioneer Park next to Mango’s restaurant and has now spread across the street to the north side of Dearborn Street and also to the parking area of the EARS store,

In addition to a vast array of vegetables and fruit there are a lot of other choices to be had including:
Indian prepared dishes:
Seafood – loved the crab claws spread out on the ice:
Organic products:
Hot sauce, jams & jelly. bakery items (get there early – they sell out):
a sea of tomatoes and delicious fruit.

Updates on Dearborn Street.

The row of renovated stores are still vacant, however there are quite a few changes worthy of note.
The Ole Time Cafe, famous for its breakfast and lunches under the branches of the big oak tree, is once again up for sale. In the same general area is Earth Treasures, who are relocating to 207 Miami Ave. in Venice.  Their last day on Dearborn St. will be Jan. 26.

Just west of the Old Florida Gallery & Outdoor Center are a couple of buildings, one is Past Revisited – a new business featuring restored furniture, the other one is available for rent.
The facility formerly occupied by Mystic Sea is also available for a new tenant, so all in all there are a lot of changes happening downtown.

Internet Auction in Englewood.

An internet auction site featuring quality items is now available in the Englewood area.

Check out their items and get in on the action.  CLICK HERE


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October 2016


A Boeing / Stearman proudly stands on the flight line at Buchan Airport on the 8th of October ready for a host of admirers to come and see the workmanship required to build and maintain this magnificent aircraft. Hurricane Mathew was churning up the east coast of the state and the outer bands had not invaded this area yet, so it was a beautiful day – cloudless with light winds to cool everyone off. To view other aircraft that were in  attendance at the Annual Buchan Airport Breakfast Fly-In CLICK HERE

Friends for the Advancement of Musical Education  


 Over the past ten years this group has donated over
$150,000 worth of musical instruments to local schools.

This years event will be held at Pioneer Park on Dearborn
Street on November 11 & 12. For more information check
out their website at


Eat some Artful Lobster.


The  Hermitage Artists Retreat at the Middle Beach will be the location of the Artful Lobster luncheon on Saturday November 12th starting at 11 am.
Paul Mancini and the catering staff of Michael’s on East expertly prepare all your favorite lobster bake dishes along with clam chowder and a delicious signature drink, Calypso music and a performance by Mezzo-Soprano Carla Dirlikov Canalis provide entertainment in this fabulous setting. An auction rounds out the event. Every dollar raised goes to the Hermitage mission to nurture creativity, preserve Florida history, protect native ecology, and serve our Gulf Coast communities.
For tickets go to http://www,
The Hermitage Artist Retreat is located at 6660 Manasota Key Road.


farmers-market8-11-2011-1Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is now open from October through May and, in addition to Florida grown fresh and organic produce,  bakers, Florida wild caught seafood, a market butcher, cheese, gourmet food artisans, tropical plants, orchids, coffee, tea and much more.



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August 2016

Lemon Bay High School



High School is back in session for another school year, but this year is different. The new buildings are completed after a $40 million construction project and now the students can move completely across campus without going outside into the weather.  The classrooms have all the most up-to-date training aids at the teachers disposal, a great  gymnasium,  weight room, cafeteria and theater just to name some of the features.

Open Studio.

Open Studio





The Open Studio is located at 380 Old Englewood Road and provides a number of workshops designed around healthy living. Classes and workshops are provided for  a variety of subjects such as Healing Arts (Yoga, Tai Chi, & Massage) , Visual Arts (Pottery. & Weaving) , Cooking & Nutrition (Vegetarian & Organic), Gardens.  A Juice bar is also located on the premises;

You can check out more information at info@the open studio,org

Sea Turtles.

Turtle sign





We are passed the mid-point of the sea turtle nesting season and both Boca Grand and  Manasota Key are reporting record number of nests this year, For more information about shore birds and sea turtles please look at our section about them on the website. Click this link to be taken there.


Blue Lagoon a

The Blue Lagoon has closed its doors and sold all the restaurant items. According to the owner  of the restaurant the owner of the building has other plans for the site. Best of luck to Bob and Peggy Laigle,



Egg & I

The Egg and I has reopened for breakfast and lunch and has a drive through window  for coffee on the go. Located on Placida Road, south of Lemon Bay High School. Check out their website.


On August 27th the annual Chalkfest is held downtown on Dearborn Street.  Kids (of all ages) get to exhibit their talents with chalk on the sidewalks. Below are some pictures of the talent. Chalkfest

 Chalkfest 1

 Chalkfest 2

 Chalkfest 3

If you missed this year’s event mark your calendar for next year, the kids will love it.








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June 2016

In this blog I have decided to bypass the usual updates to Englewood business and do a little promotion for a change. A few years back Dearborn Street was fortunate to have a great boutique “At Home with Style” run by owner Jottie Taylor.

Then the building she was located in was sold and required a move to Venice. Jottie has since closed “At Home with Style” and is concentrating on travel (recently a tour of Asia with her husband Eric).

Jottie’s daughter, Angelina Assereto, lives and works in Los Angeles as an actress. The business is one of the toughest to break into and Anglina has had roles in a number of films and T.V. shows. She has 13 years under her belt so far and is sharing her promo film with us, Never Give Up, which is sent off  to various Hollywood executives during the pilot season. Angelina definitely has the confidence and determination to make it in this highly competitive business and I hope you will enjoy this short film.

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March 2016.

Updates of Interest.

I plan on keeping people abreast of the changes to the restaurants within the area, new openings, closings and moves to other locations.

A & B Restaurant

A & B Restaurant.

Located a few blocks north of Dearborn St at 264 N Indiana Ave., A & B was formerly the Sunrise Cafe at Lemon Bay Shopping Center.

A & B is open Sunday & Monday 7 – 2 pm.
Closed Tuesday
Wednesday through Saturday 7 – 8 pm.

Wide variety of entrees with specials on Wednesdays through Saturday. Wednesday – Italian night, Thursday – Greek night. Friday – All you can eat Fish Fry, Saturday – BBQ night.

Joe Maxx

The New Joe Maxx Cafe

Located at 450 West Dearborn Street in the heart of downtown.  Mike Avey and his partner opened up the coffee shop recently and have been warmly welcomed to the area.

Joe Maxx was started in Ohio and is starting to branch out to other areas. In addition to brewing Espresso’s, Cappuccino’s, Latte’s and brewed coffee they also serve iced coffee’s teas.



The Ephesus has moved the facility previously occupied by The Cove.

This new location at 8300 Wilshire Drive (off Gasparilla Road) offers both indoor and patio dining is a definite improvement over their previous one.

Cuisine is authentic Turkish. Gyros, Hummus, Tabouli, Baklava, Kebabs and Falafel. Hours of operation:  Monday – Saturday  4 – 9 pm.



Formerly Patricks on Boca Grande   Noys has taken over the facility previously occupied by the Pig and Whistle British Pub and then Smokehaus.

Noys serves Asian, American and Sushi cuisine. Have heard good things about their Thai food.

Hours of operation: Monday closed,  Tuesday – Sunday   Bar open at 4 pm.   Dining room open 5 – 9 pm

New Listing For 3 Bedroom Luxury Home in Rotonda.

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Another Day in Paradise

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2 - Kitchen dining small

Living room looking out to the pool.            Kitchen eating area with patio and pool

To get more information about this property and others visit this site:

Art shows downtown.

I have been providing free promotion of the artists when they are doing their show in the area. It would seem that over the years the threat of plagiarism or copying the works of art, real or imaginary, has made it more difficult to take pictures of the events so I regret that I will no longer display art shows on this website.















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November 2015

Buchan Airport Fly-In 2015.

Grummon on final1941 Grumman Amphibian on final approach to Buchan Airport

On October 10th we celebrated another breakfast fly-in at the Buchan Airport. The weather cooperated as per usual and the fly-in was a success with many aircraft flying in from various parts of Florida.

Fly-in 01

Arriving early I was able to get a good parking space since there is lots of room with guides to assist you to a space.

To see more of the Buchan Airport fly-in use the following link to take you to the Fly-in appropriate page of the website.

Halloween Safe Walk.

Trick or Treat 18

The annual Halloween Safe Walk was a roaring success.

I heard a couple talking about their impressions of the event and stated that last year they thought the event had run it course, but this year was an extravaganza.

We sat outside a “soon to be open” coffee shop on the north side of Dearborn and just watched the kids walk by.

Click on the following link to view the pictures taken at the Halloween Safe Walk.
Next month’s blog will discuss a number of restaurants that have moved to different locations and a number of new coffee shops that will soon be open.





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August 2015

Changes on Dearborn Street.

The Old Hardware Store, built by Mr, Ziegler around 1919, has new ownership and also a new purpose in life. The new owners had no intention of maintaining a hardware store, instead they had plans of opening a museum, or housing the CRA, without changing the  character of the building. This did not work out.Old Hardware StoreSo a change of plans was put into effect and the result was an art gallery in one half of the store and the other half being the kayak and paddle board section. The art gallery houses selected works of local artists while the kayak and paddle board handles sales and excursions. Your guide has over 20 years of service with the State in the Parks and Recreation division and will ensure that you have a memorable trip.

Visit the website of the Old Florida Gallery and Outdoor Center by clicking on this link.

The Mermaids Cafe has replaced CoffeeMermaid Cafe
with Kathy, who have returned to the Pacific Northwest for a climate more to their liking. My understanding is that their intentions are to expand the coffee and ice cream  sections to include a deli and bakery.

Do not have a anticipated date for the modifications.
Fence gone

The fence is finally down. It’s been a long time in coming but the newly renovated building will soon be the home to some new tenants. The building used to be the home of the Art Alliance and At Home with Style and is located just east of the Old Florida Gallery and Outdoor Center. The pile of gravel to the right of the picture will be spread and then the pavers, on the left, will be laid.  Should look nice.  I will update as I find out who is leasing space.

Earth Treasures
Directly across the street is Earth Treasures, who have replaced the former tenants, a barber shop. They sell sharks teeth, gems, minerals and figurines.

Stop in and browse.


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Pioneer Days are upon us once again. For a complete list of all the events click on the following link. Click here.
Another event that is upcoming has been started in a number of cities with great success and the Englewood Chamber of Commerce is bringing that same formula here. Over 25 of  the local restaurants have signed up with the Chamber of Commerce to provide you with a culinary experience without breaking the budget.

Lets Eat

                             September 25th  –  October 8th

Check out the web page associated with this event. Click here to be transported to the appropriate page. You could also review previous posts where we have listed the majority of Englewood restaurants and their locations.  Enjoy the post and the events.









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