MAR
19

41st Annual Crow’s Nest Limerick Contest Results

1st $100 GC

Sweet Mary went down to the Jetty
Arm in arm with her new man Big Eddy.
They both gazed at the moon
When he kissed her she swooned
Should she tell him her name was once Eddy?
Suzanne Williams, Venice

 2nd – 5th $25 Gift Certs

Old Pat feasted on whiskey and brie
While his young wife sipped her green tea
A vegan and a manic
She ate strictly organic
He buried her down by the sea
Buck Huber, Venice
My view of the beach is so fine
And the sun on my face is divine
But at the end of the day
At Crow’s Nest I say
The best part of it all is the wine
Leigh Ann Gross-Wilson

There once was a tourist from Duluth
Sharks’ teeth he came to Venice to sleuth
A stranger in the distance
Approached with assistance
But his offering wasn’t a tooth
Melissa Smith, Venice

The ladies knew him as “Pat the Bore”
It had been years since he had a score.
Then a Medicare grant
Did his penile implant
Now they know him as Pat d’Amour
Buck Huber, Venice

Other Semi-Finalists: Karen Ellefson, John Smolenski, Buck Huber, Rico Diamandi, Judy Dees, Melissa Smith, Isabelle Eyman, Michele Wilkinson, Debra Gorham, Beverly Polk, Leah Howell, Cindy Mize, Mary Abbruzzese, Barbara Feltquate, Leigh Ann Gross-Wilson, Elizabeth LaFlamme, Vikki Lovino, Sheryl Crumpton, Lori Kecskes, Kelly Casiere, Ryan Tilley, Sam Hunter, Suzanne Williams
 
These are submitted by the public and judged by the public on St Patrick’s night. They do not necessarily represent opinions or views of the Crow’s Nest Restaurant. 
 
CONTACT PERSON:  Matthew Green, 941.484.9551  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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FEB
23

St. Patrick's Day Celebration and LIMERICK CONTEST 2017!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 2017

Crow’s Nest

Annual Limerick Contest—the ORIGINAL !!

Calling all rhymers!!  The 41st Annual Crow’s Nest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is here!  Entries for The Annual Limerick Contest will be accepted beginning March 1st.  Entry deadline is March 15, 2017 at NOON.

Up to 30 finalists will be selected by the Crow’s Nest for final judging by the lively crowd in the Crow’s Nest Tavern on

Friday, March 17th after 9 pm.  Darryl O’Lawhorne will entertain and preside over the judging.  All day on the 17th, The Crow’s Nest will also be serving Traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Lamb Stew and of course some ‘Irish Beverages’.

Winning limericks will receive a $100.00 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificate for 1st Place and $25.00 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificates for 2nd through 5th Place.  Official rules and entry forms are available at the Crow’s Nest or online: www.crowsnest-venice.com.  Limerick entries may be mailed to or dropped off at 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, FL  34285, faxed to 941.485.9154 or emailed to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enclosure: 2017 Entry form

 

Contact Person: 

Matt Green 941.484.9551

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1968 Tarpon Center Drive

Venice, Florida 34285

www.crowsnest-venice.com

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JAN
19

LIVE MUSIC at THE CROW'S NEST

Crow’s Nest continues 40 year tradition of Live Entertainment

For over 40 years The Crow’s Nest has enhanced the cultural scene in Venice by presenting live entertainment in its TAVERN. In February 2017 the following entertainers will be appearing on Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30 pm. (Check our website www.crowsnest-venice.com for up to date schedule).

Darrell Lawhorne – Longtime Crow’s Nest performer and a great ‘entertainer’, Darrell generally appears Thursday and Saturday evenings and is infamous for his 11 pm set.

Bob Comeau – This mellow talented musician and extraordinary guitarist has been pleasing CN patrons for years with soft rock favorites. February 3, 17

Howlin’ Bob – Tourists and locals alike love Bob’s riffs and classic rock covers from Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffett, Eagles, James Taylor etc. February 8,

Bob Teesdale – our new and most requested Piano Man! Mondays February 6 , 13, 20

Sean Phillips- This golden voice entertainer was former bass player for Frank Sinatra Jr, the Drifters and Coasters. Feb, 1, 10 & 15.

Tim Wechgelear – Saratoga Springs NY star and talent make his winter trip to excite Sarasota area live music fans! February 23 and many nights in early March

John Puckett – The Crow’s Nest new shining star! Wed. Feb. 22

Jay Heath – See Jay and his saxophone every Tuesday in February!

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NOV
01

Treasure Hunt and Poker Run Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    October 31, 2016

‘Treasure Hunt’ & Poker Run raises over $7500 for

Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club of Venice

The Crow’s Nest, as part of their 40th anniversary celebration, held a boating event, a ‘Treasure Hunt & Poker Run’ on Saturday October 29,   Over 30 boats (100 boaters), kayaks SUP’s entered and cruised the waters of Venice seeking clues to find the Treasure and collecting cards for the best Poker Hand.  Entries fees, sponsorships, a silent auction, raffle and event proceeds for a total of $7561 went to the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club in Venice. 

Event Winners:

Boat Treasure Hunt:  1st Rick Schattauer 2nd Cory Justice  3rd (tie) Patricia Walsh and Tyler Morgan

Boat Poker Run: 1st Anna Sadlo 2nd Mike Wackelin 3rd Charles Hines

Kayak & Paddleboard Poker Run: 1st Penny Donald 2nd Marti Wagley 3rd Robert Westmacott

Besides the Crow’s Nest, other major sponsors of the event were Marine Max of Venice, and Freedom Boat Club.   Roberts Insurance Group was the Games Sponsor. Herald Tribune was Media Sponsor.

Checkpoint sponsors were: Allegiance Tactical Promotional, Aquatech Pools, Boat US., Caldwell Trust, Joyner Family Insurance, SEATOW Venice, POP’s Sunset Grill, Venice Print Center,


Numerous prizes were awarded at the post event party at The Crow’s Nest.  Silent Auction &Prize donors included RNDC & Foley wines, Signature Wines, Unfiltered Unfined Wines, Gold Coast Eagle, Best Catch Charters, Plantation Golf & Country Club, Pelican Point Golf & Country Club, Sail Venice, YMCA of Venice, The Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Dana Tyler Jewelry, Tampa Pasta, Captains Landing, Ciao Gelato, Island Life Hammock, Ruth’s Chris, Allegiance Tactical, West Marine, Old Venice Pub, Outback, Venice Olive Oil, Cheney Brothers, Sysco Foods, Applebee’s, Starbucks, Johnson Brothers, Edward Don



Contacts:

Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant

Steve Harner

941.484.9551 

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Boys & Girls Clubs

Michael Doyle

Vice President of Advancement

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

941-366-3911, ext. 135

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OCT
28

40th Anniversary Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 31, 2016

Crow’s Nest celebrates 40th Anniversary November 6 –November 12

            In October of 1976 Steve Harner saw an ad for “Space for lease above marina suitable for restaurant”.  He called, took one look at the location at the Venice south jetty and knew it was the spot!  Ignorance and youth blinded Harner to the pitfalls of the situation which had discouraged other prospective tenants.    .  Along with Janis Payne and partners Larry LaRocca and Harp Harner, Steve forged ahead anyway, leasing the 2nd floor space 40 years ago in October of ‘76.  10 weeks later the Crow’s Nest opened with 45 seats.   Tarpon Center Marina acquisition in ’81, major renovations in ’89, ’00 and ‘13, as well as continuous updating are the result you see today. 

            Harner has remained active in the marina & restaurant operation and been active in the community, thanks to a dedicated staff including several family members.   Harner has served in leadership positions on numerous boards including the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice Foundation and State College of Florida. 

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary the Crow’s Nest is featuring events and specials from November 6 through November 12, 2016.

food & drink specials 

 $4.00 cocktail of the day

 $4.00 appetizer of the day ( some old flashbacks will be featured)

 $4.00 wine by the glass of the day

$40 Prix Fixe Lunch for 2 – Every day at Lunch select current and old menu favorites will be offered for $40 for 2 including dessert & beverage.

$40 - 3 course Prix Fixe Dinner including wines! –.  Old favorites like Island Grouper and Savannah Seafood Stew will be among the items featured.

$40 Wine List – Our award winning Cellar List will feature a special list of Wines for $40

$4.00 Peel & Eat Shrimp!  Every day at Happy Hour (4-6pm)

TREASURE CHEST Drawings every day with Grand Prizes drawn November 14

Each visitor every day gets an entry into our Daily Drawing for a $40 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificate and the Grand Prize drawings on November 14th.  Grand Prize: A $400.00 Crow’s Nest Gift Card.  2nd to 6th prize: $40 Gift Certificates to downtown Venice shops.

Other 40th Anniversary Events

On October 29 a Treasure Hunt & Poker Run Cruise –for boats, kayaks, SUP’s,jet skis was held with proceeds benefiting the Robert & Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Contact person:

Steve Harner  941.484.9551  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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OCT
18

‘Treasure Hunt- Poker Run’ at Crow’s Nest to benefit Robert & Joan Lee Boys and Girls Club of Venice.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2016
‘Treasure Hunt- Poker Run’ at Crow’s Nest to benefit
Robert & Joan Lee Boys and Girls Club of Venice.

To kick off a week long 40th anniversary Celebration, the Crow’s Nest will host a ‘Treasure Hunt & Poker Run’ (an on the water boating-kayak-SUP event) on October 29, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm. All Entry Fees and event proceeds will go entirely to the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club in Venice. Numerous sponsors have joined the event including major sponsors Freedom Boat Club and Marine Max of Venice.

The ‘Treasure Hunt & Poker Run’ is a fun boat-kayak-SUP rally (not a race) involving a 2-3 hour cruise of local waterways. Boats of all sizes are welcome. Cruisers will need their wits to follow clues to find the ‘Treasure’ and will also collect cards at various locations on the water trying for the best poker hand. Prizes will be awarded at the Post-Cruise BBQ & Party which will feature tropical music, fun & games.

Boaters can participate by making a charitable contribution of $100 per boat (up to 4 people), $25 per Kayak or SUP (1 person) to the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club in Venice. With entry boaters receive tickets to the post race party and an event participation award. Additional tickets to the event are $25 per person. For entry info contact Brad LaRoche at the Crow’s Nest Marina or Matt Green at the Restaurant 941.484.9551 or visit www.crowsnest-venice.com.

Contacts:
Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant
Brad LaRoche, Dockmaster
941.484.7661
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or Steve Harner Owner
941.484.9551
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Boys & Girls Clubs
Michael Doyle
Vice President of Advancement
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
941-366-3911, ext. 135
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SEP
20

Crow's Nest Reopening 9/23!

September 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crow’s Nest Restaurant & Tavern RE OPENS

FRIDAY September 23 @ 11:30 am

The Crow’s Nest Restaurant reopens this Friday September 23 at 11:30am after annual maintenance closedown. 

Current HOURS

LUNCH  11:30 am – 3 pm ( 4:30 pm on deck) Monday through Saturday

DINNER  5 pm – 10 pm Monday through Saturday

                        11:30 am – 10 pm Sunday with a light menu available until 3 pm

TAVERN  11:30am – 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday and

until Midnight Thursday -Saturday.

A couple of promotions continue:

Tuesdays are “Cellar Wine Nights”!

Continuing through October, Tuesday will be Cellar Wine NIGHT at the Crow’s Nest.  Our Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ Winning Cellar list will be on sale!  The 1000+ selections on our Cellar List will ALL be 25% off!!!  An opportunity to try some great wines at fantastic prices – many less than retail and FLORIDA LAW allows you to take home what you don't finish!

Monday’s are “Prime Rib Nights”

Venice’s BEST Seafood Restaurant also serve great USDA Choice Steaks & Chops.  On Monday Nights through October enjoy Herb Roasted Prime Rib, value priced at $19 (10 oz) and $25 (14 oz)

The Crow’s Nest Marina is open daily 6:30am -6pm for fuel sales, live bait, dock rental, electric boat, SUP & kayak rental, and Ships’ Store sales.

View menus and make Reservations online at www.crowsnest-venice.com

Contact persons:

Steve Harner, Owner

941.484.9551  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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14

Crow's Nest Restaurant 40th Anniversary Treasure Hunt and Poker Run

‘Treasure Hunt- Poker Run’ to kick off 40th anniversary Celebration at Crow’s Nest

To kick off a  week long 40th anniversary Celebration the Crow’s Nest will host a ‘Treasure Hunt & Poker Run’ (an on the water boating-kayak-SUP event) on October 29, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm.  All Entry Fees and event proceeds will go entirely to the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club in Venice. 

The ‘Treasure Hunt & Poker Run’ is a fun boat-kayak-SUP rally (not a race) involving a 2-3 hour cruise of local waterways.  Boats of all sizes are welcome. Cruisers will need their wits to follow clues to find the ‘Treasure’ and will also collect cards at various locations on the water trying for the best poker hand. Prizes will be awarded at the Post-Cruise BBQ & Party which will feature tropical music, fun & games.

Boaters can participate by making a charitable contribution of $100 per boat (up to 4 people), $25 per Kayak or SUP (1 person) to the Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club in Venice.  With entry boaters receive tickets to the post race party and an event participation award.  Additional tickets to the event are $25 per person.   

For sponsorship and entry info contact Brad LaRoche at the Crow’s Nest Marina or Matt Green at the Restaurant 941.484.9551 or visit www.crowsnest-venice.com.

         


Contacts:

Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant

Brad LaRoche, Dockmaster

941.484.7661 

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or Steve Harner Owner

941.484.9551

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Boys & Girls Clubs

Michael Doyle

Vice President of Advancement

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

941-366-3911, ext. 135

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MAY
07

$10 Business Power Lunch

The Crow’s Nest boasts VENICE'S BEST BUSINESS LUNCH!

The Crow’s Nest has always valued the time and budget of its business lunch customers.  Along with the prompt, friendly table service, The Crow’s Nest waterfront view and upscale atmosphere will impress guests

FEATURING:

     The POWER LUNCH 

     available Mondy through Friday, 11:30 to 3:00 P.M.

CHOICE OF TWO from EXPRESS -OR- ONE from HAND CRAFTED

EXPRESS: Our Famous Clam Chowder/Soup du Jour/Garden Salad/Caesar Salad/Waldorf Chicken Salad with House Chips

HAND-CRAFTED: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad/Deli Sandwich with House Chips/Chef's Entree of the Day

$10 including fountain Coca Cola products, iced tea or coffee

Contact person:

Steve Harner  941.484.9551  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MAR
18

40th Annual LIMERICK CONTEST Results!

40th Crow’s Nest  Limerick Contest Results

1st  $100 GC   

Does election day weigh on your mind?

Are you worried you’ll be left behind?

Don’t you be a schmuck

Make friends with Canucks

Cause our passports could soon be declined!

Kelli Matthews Venice,

2nd – 5th  $25 Gift Certs

My brains what keeps me young at heart

But my body is falling apart

Be that as it may

I'll sip Jamison and pray

That when I fall from this stool I just fart

Deborah Allmon RN

There's a rich man from Siesta Key,

At the Crow’s Nest he flirted with me,

Though he can't get a thrill,

Without taking a pill

I now live in his beach house for free!

Terri David Venice

St Paddy's Day was just beginnin’

With folks wearing green and all grinnin’

Hangin out at Crows Nest

With the best of the best

Hopin  their limerick be winnin’

Jeanne Goodman Venice

If it comes to Hillary or Trump

The Bull versus the Frump

I’ll take the ballot

If that’s what you cal’ it

And use it to wipe my rump

Buck Huber- Venice

Other Semi-Finalists: Mary Frances Abel, Glenn O’Cock, Dan Moskey, Judy Garver, Kelli Matthews, Suzanne Williams, Ginny Keller, Rick Abel, Roger Golden, Terri David, Gladys Murdock, John Thorne, Stewart David, Sally Fiehrer, Rod Jeanne Goodman, Leah Howell, Don Giffels, Charles Berkoff, Paul Powers, Deborah Allmon, Rod Whitney, Donna Whitney, Margie Simcox

These are submitted by the public and judged by the public on St Patrick’s night. They do not necessarily represent opinions or views of the Crow’s Nest Restaurant. 

CONTACT PERSON:  Steve Harner, 941.484.9551  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FEB
29

40th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration and LIMERICK CONTEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 2016

Crow’s Nest

Annual Limerick Contest—the ORIGINAL !!

Calling all rhymers!!  The 40th Annual Crow’s Nest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is here!  Entries for The Annual Limerick Contest will be accepted beginning March 1st.  Entry deadline is March 15, 2016 at NOON.

Twentyfinalists will be selected by the Crow’s Nest for final judging by the lively crowd in the Crow’s Nest Tavern on

Thursday, March 17th after 9 pm.  Darryl O’Lawhorne will entertain and preside over the judging.  All day on the 17th, The Crow’s Nest will also be serving Traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Lamb Stew and of course some ‘Irish Beverages’.

Winning limericks will receive a $100.00 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificate for 1st Place and $25.00 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificates for 2nd through 5th Place.  Official rules and entry forms are available at the Crow’s Nest or online: www.crowsnest-venice.com. Limerick entries may be mailed to or dropped off at 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, FL  34285, faxed to 941.485.9154 or emailed to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enclosure: 2016 Entry form

 

Contact Person: 

Matt Green 941.484.9551

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1968 Tarpon Center Drive

Venice, Florida 34285

www.crowsnest-venice.com

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FEB
29

OUR 40TH YEAR!

February 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crow’s Nest begins 40th year - 1976-2016

 

            In 1976 Steve Harner saw an ad for “Space for lease above marina suitable for restaurant”.  He called, took one look at the location at the Venice south jetty and knew it was the spot!  Ignorance and youth blinded Harner to the pitfalls of the situation which had discouraged other prospective tenants.    .  Along with Janis Payne and investors Larry LaRocca and Harp Harner, Steve forged ahead anyway, leasing the 2nd floor space in October of ‘76.  10 weeks later the Crow’s Nest opened with Harner in the kitchen, Janis Payne out front and 2 employees.   Tarpon Center Marina acquisition in ’81, major renovations in ’89, ’00, 2013 and continuous updating are the result you see today. 

            Along with a dedicated staff including his wife Cheri who is General Manager, daughter Jessica, son-in law Matt and Cheri’s’ son Brad, The Crow’s Nest is truly a family run establishment.   Steve Harner has remained active in the marina & restaurant operation and has also been active in the community.  He has served in leadership positions on numerous boards over the 40 years including the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice Little League, Miss Venice Fastpitch, Venice Foundation, State College of Florida and is currently President of the Sarasota Manatee Originals, an organization of over 50 independent restaurants who encourage diners to “Eat Like a Local” 

To celebrate its’ 40th Anniversary The Crow’s Nest is planning numerous events for the entire year. The 40th Crow’s Nest St. Patricks Day Celebration and Limerick Contest is in March.   More details to follow.

 

Contact person:

Steve Harner  941.484.9551  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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JAN
16

Forks & Corks Winemaker Dinner

January 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crow’s Nest Hosting Wine Dinner featuring Argentina’s Catena and El Enemigo Wineries

As part of Sarasota-Manatee Originals annual food & wine event “Forks & Corks”( http://www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks)
The Crow’s Nest will be hosting Argentina’s most respected wineries; Catena and El Enemigo on Friday January 29, 2016. Pablo Piccolo, US Export Manager will be the winery representative.

Chef Tony Bellanca will be preparing a 5 course meal to pair with the wines featuring the Bordeaux style Nicolas Catena Zapata 2010 rated 95 points by Robert Parker and Gran El Enemigo, a cabernet franc based wine. Weather permitting the dinner will be on the outside deck of the Crow’s Nest. The cost is $125 all-inclusive and space is limited to 24 guests who may register online at http://www.crowsnest-venice.com/restaurant-tavern/events/event/487-catena-and-el-enemigo-winemaker-dinner

The Crow’s Nest is in its 40th year and is the proud recipient of The Wine Spectator magazine “Best of Award of Excellence” since 2004 and the only restaurant between Tampa & Naples with that honor.

Contact person:
Cheri Harner 941.484.9551 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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JUN
23

Summer at the Crow's Nest

Summer Promotions at the Crow's Nest

“Savor Sarasota” continues thru Labor Day

           

The popular Visit Sarasota event in early June was a big hit again and we’ve decided to extend it through the summer 3 course Prix Fixe at Dinner for $29 and $15 at lunch – several options changed frequently allowing our Chef to be extra creative!

Prime Rib Mondays

Prime Rib Mondays". Though recently voted Best Seafood by local publications, we are also known for our beef options.   Join us every Monday night this summer when we serve slow cooked Herb Roasted Prime Rib (USDA Choice)  always value priced

Tuesdays are “Cellar Wine Nights”!

Starting in June, every Tuesday night throughout the summer will be Cellar Wine NIGHT at the Crow’s Nest.  Our Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ Winning Cellar list will be on sale!  The 1200+ selections on our Cellar List will ALL be 25% off!!!  An opportunity to try some great wines at fantastic prices – many less than retail and FLORIDA LAW allows you to take home what you don't finish! 

Contact Person: 

Steve Harner 941.484.9551

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1968 Tarpon Center Drive

Venice, Florida 34285

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MAR
18

Limerick Contest Winners

2015 st. patrick’s day

39th annual LIMERICK CONTEST

1st Place - $100 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificate

Snowbirds help Venice to thrive

So we need to keep them alive

We love em all dearly

And welcome them yearly

We just wish they’d learn how to drive

                                      Jack Nelson, Venice

2nd – 5th PLACE - $25 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificates


Well, Venice continues to grow

Downtown crowds keep my car going slow

When you're ready to dine,

Find the end of the line

But at least, thank The Lord, there's no snow!

                        Roger Golden, Venice

To Viagra and Levitra and Cialis

Lets all raise our most revered chalice

For without a mid-mast

Our sailing days past

So toast the revitalized phallus

                        Lee Bartel, Venice

Government emails are to be kept

A law that most employees accept

Deleting emails with fervor

On Hillary’s server

Is that criminal or just inept?

            Mike Williams, Hackensack, MN

There once was an Irish lad named Larry

Made a bet with his girlfriend sweet Mary

He would run at full tilt

In only his kilt

When the wind blew up it was scary

Sam Hunter Venice

Other semi Finalists: Paul Powers, Mick O’Neill, Kathleen Cornelia, Beth Gehring, Marie Naples, Mike Pezley, Shirley McMillan, Alice Keilly, Carol Sullivan, John Burton, Carl Armbruster, Jean Ekowicki, Pam Avallone

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MAR
03

Live Music 6 Nights Per Week This March!

Crow’s Nest continues 38 year tradition of Live Entertainment with 6 nights per week in March!

For over 38 years The Crow’s Nest has enhanced the cultural scene in Venice by presenting live entertainment in its TAVERN.   Our Upcoming entertainment schedule Monday thru Saturday in March @ 8 or 8:30.

Tim Wechgelaer –   Tim is a versatile musician playing fiddle, mandolin and guitar.  This is the Saratoga Springs NY entertainers’ exclusive Florida appearance.    Appearing March 4, 5, 6 ,10 & 11 @ 8:30pm.

Darrell Lawhorne – Longtime Crow’s Nest performer and a great ‘entertainer’ Darrell will remind you how great it is to go out and see live entertainment.

Appears  March 3, 12, 14, St Patricks’ ( featuring Irish favorites & will also emcee Limerick Contest) 17, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Bob Comeau – This mellow talented musician and extraordinary guitarist has been pleasing CN patrons for years with soft rock favorites.  March 13, 27.

Jimmy Bones – Tourists and locals alike love Jimmy’s friendly down home demeanor.  Always a fun evening listing to him on guitar doing pop hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  March 20.

TJ Hitt – This Venice native and member of the 2000 VHS State Football Championship Team makes his Crow’s Nest Debut.  March 18, 24.

Bain Beakley – A recent addition to the CN lineup, Bain has built a lotal following.  March 7, 25.

Monday nights at 8 pm in March will feature ‘Piano Men’: Tim Goodman -  March 2, 16.   Bob Teasdale – March 9

and Rod Keiser, March 23

Contact persons:

Steve Harner, Owner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

941.484.9551

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FEB
25

St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Limerick Contest

Crow’s Nest

Annual Limerick Contest—the ORIGINAL !!

          Calling all rhymers!!  The 39th Annual Crow’s Nest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is here!  Entries for The Annual Limerick Contest will be accepted beginning March 1st.  Entry deadline is March 14, 2015 at NOON.

Twenty finalists will be selected by the Crow’s Nest for final judging by the lively crowd in the Crow’s Nest Tavern on

Tuesday, March 17th after 9 pm.  Darryl O’Lawhorne will entertain and preside over the judging. 

Winning limericks will receive a $100.00 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificate for 1st Place and $25.00 Crow’s Nest Gift Certificates for 2nd through 5th Place.  Official rules and entry forms are available at the Crow’s Nest or online: www.crowsnest-venice.com. Limerick entries may be mailed to or dropped off at 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, FL  34285, faxed to 941.485.9154 or emailed to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enclosure: 2015 Entry form

 

Contact Person: 

Steve Harner 941.484.9551

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1968 Tarpon Center Drive

Venice, Florida 34285

www.crowsnest-venice.com

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DEC
28

Crabmeat Thompson Playing the Nest

For immediate release: Crabmeat Thompson to perform at the Crow’s Nest in Venice.

Contact: Crabmeat Thompson (302) 378-1327; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Crabmeat Thompson plays and sings original songs and stories, and has shared a stage with Larry Luv, the Pointer Sisters, Tiny Tim, Steve Forbert, John Sebastian,  the poet Charles Bukowski, and Roscoe the Wonder Horse.

            A native of the tiny state of Delaware, Mr. Meat has performed in Florida at Sloppy Joe’s, Venice’s  Crow’s Nest and The Wild Turkey in Sebring, while gigging all over the US and Canada. His song “Hot Springs,” was on the playlist of Dr. Demento for years, and also made a fan of Colonel Bill Royal of Warm Springs, FL, Willy’s Royal’s dad.

The Delaware Arts Council has twice awarded Thompson Fellowships for his folk music, and his original recordings, ranging from sensitive to “barroom” to children’s music and even some jazz and World creations, are available from www.crabmeat.net or from Amazon.com, iTunes, and various vendors.

Crabmeat has a wide repertoire of songs, ranging from comments on the environment to political topics to material based on his travels or his career as a college teacher, all done with his trademark sense of humor. In addition, his musicianship on guitar, voice, and other instruments is superb and he always develops a rapport with any audience. Crabmeat Thompson is an excellent performer!

Mark Ellis, WVUD FM.

“I owe a lot to my spiritual mentor Larry Luv,” says Crabmeat, who ran for president on the Lettuce Party ticket in 2000.  “Without his inspiration I may not have been abler to pen such poignant tunes as “You’re the Reason God Made Alcohol,” “Poodles from Hell,” and “She’s Havin’ Bigfoot’s Baby.”

Gary Mullinax –Wilmington  News-Journal (Apr 17, 2013) puts it like this:

Here's the way Jerry "Crabmeat" Thompson's mind works south of that boldly bald dome and somewhat north of the devilish goatee. The singer-songwriter is invited to perform at this summer's annual Chicken Festival. He wants to write a song for the occasion. He gets to thinking about chickens, which leads him not to eggs or drumsticks but to the Guatemalan truck drivers who will deliver poultry to the event.

"I think I've realized one of my life's goals," he said happily. "I was able to put 'Chichicastenango' in a song."

That's the Guatemalan town many of the truck drivers come from. He is known to most of his fans simply as Crabmeat. He says he got the name as a teenager when he was designated by his friends to toss three paper bags filled with scraps from a seafood meal into a roadside dumpster in Dewey Beach. The waterlogged paper gave way, "coating me with the juice of many pounds of seafood and beer." With only one set of clothes for the weekend, "I toughed it out, to the jeers of my peers, who stuck me with the handle 'Crabmeat.'

MORE PRESS… Hi, Crabmeat, Your song, "One Ton Tomato" is a hit on my garden talk show. It is used as 'bumper music' on Saturday mornings and has raised some eyebrows! Thank you for your humor and wit. Kenn Alan, Host Home Grown Tomatoes Radio Ken Alan - 101.FM, Birmingham, AL (Jan 22, 2010).

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Animals, Vegetables, and Mineral Springs; Spiritual Beer; Save the Bays; Down on the Ant Farm; Glory; Shop Until You Drop; South of the Moon; Crabmeat for Kids; Birthday Trampoline.

            MOST are available from iTunes or Amazon.

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Cellar Wine Sale Underway!

December 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Annual Cellar Wine Sale begins at The Crow’s Nest

The Crow’s Nest Restaurant Annual Cellar Wine Sale runs December 1st through Sunday, December 14th. The Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence” Wine List numbers over 1100 selections making it one of the most extensive in SW Florida.   Every year the Crow’s Nest, “Venice’s Waterfront Landmark since 1976,” conducts the sale to move inventory and encourage wine lovers to try something new and different at prices reduced from 10-40%.   Many wines cost less that retail!  View the entire list at www.crowsnest-venice.com  Consumption is on premise only, though Florida law allows guests to take unfinished bottles with them

           

Venice’s Crow’s Nest honored by the Wine Spectator magazine with its ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ for 2014.

 

            The Wine Spectator magazines Annual Restaurant Awards designated over 3,800 wine friendly restaurants in 3 award categories.  The Crow’s Nest, an award winner since 1995 was honored this year with the “Best of Award of Excellence”, the only restaurant so designated between Tampa & Naples/Bonita Springs and one of just 572 in the USA.

According to the Wine Spectator, the Best of Award of Excellence…was “created to give special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. These lists display either vintage depth, with vertical offerings of several top producers from major regions, or excellent breadth spread over several winegrowing regions. These wine lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation.”   The moderately priced Crow’s Nest Cellar Wine List features 1100+ selections from around the world including over 40 ½ bottles and 20 larger format selections.  A continuously changing menu of 30 wines are served by the glass

The Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant opened in 1976 and has been operated by the Harner Family ever since.  

Contact:  Steve Harner, Proprietor

941-484-9551

www.crowsnest-venice.com to view the Cellar List.

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In the Kitchen with the Crow's Nest

Here are two videos of the Crow's Nest cooking up a couple signature dishes!

 

 

 

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