The new waterfront venue Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens will open on Oct. 1, and Michael’s Events and Catering is now taking calls to book weddings and private events there, the company said. The new venue is being marketed by Michael’s as a “complete transformation of the Gerden’s ‘Great Room on the Bay’ overlooking Sarasota Bay.” A release from Michael’s boasts 4,800 square feet of space, a contemporary feeling with organic natural tones to match the garden setting, and theatrical lighting and design featured to accommodate event requests, as well as indoor seating for 300 guests and up to 450 guests for standing receptions. “This room has been designed with 40 years of catering experience in mind,” said Michael’s co-proprietor Philip Mancini. “The opening of the transformed space will certainly revolutionize luncheons, galas, weddings and corporate events in Sarasota.” For more information, contact Amy Donnellan, newly hired to handle weddings and private events at the venue, at 941-366-0007, ext. 238, or