Archive for December, 2001

12/1/2001

Rosemary is for Remembrance

Today’s developers build such amenities as golf courses and stately clubhouses to attract residents, but back in the 1880s, when the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company was trying to lure pioneers to Sarasota, it had to provide more basic facilities-including a modern graveyard. In 1886, the company established Rosemary Cemetery, and in 1903 they donated […]

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12/1/2001

Sarasota Charitable Register

In this season-and especially in this year-we’re keenly aware of how fortunate we are to live in a community with such a spirit of caring and compassion. Sarasota is known far and wide for its generous support of those in need, and for the quantity-and quality-of its charitable organizations. These groups offer help and support […]

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12/1/2001

The Seat of Culture

The legendary designer Billy Baldwin distilled interior design to its basic elements: "Something to sit upon, put upon, and gaze upon." True, but there’s often more to interior design than meets the eye. Consider, for example, the chair, which was celebrated this fall in a Sarasota fundraiser. More about that later; let’s begin our examination […]

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12/1/2001

Fountain of Youth

In 1955, Sam Herron Jr. and his father-in-law Fred Daley bought Warm Mineral Springs and about 1,000 acres of surrounding cattle pasture. Flowing from an underwater cave in North Port, the springs maintain a year-round temperature of 87 degrees, and many people swear the water heals arthritis and other ailments. Herron wasn’t convinced the water […]

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12/1/2001

Real Estate Gossip

As waterfront disappears and prices add another zero, neighborhoods near the bay are becoming more desirable. Call it "next-best-thing thinking," or simply runoff from the waterfront wellspring. In any case, Cherokee Park is seeing huge sales for modest homes. On North Drive, for example, homes offering a mere 2,874 square feet and 2,274 square feet […]

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12/1/2001

Suite Dreams

Sometimes a design flaw can inspire a stunning interior redo. That’s what happened when Anne Folsom Smith was asked to make over a master bedroom suite. She walked into the room and was stopped in her tracks-literally-by a structural defect. "A massive wooden beam ran the length of the bedroom," Smith recounts. "This thing was […]

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12/1/2001

Birds of a Feather

When my friend Robin and I met at the lake for lunch, we were joined by a third party. As we spread a tablecloth and laid out the food, we noticed a wood stork resting in the grass nearby. To our surprise, rather than flying off, it came over to investigate. We were thrilled. Although […]

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12/1/2001

Help for the Holidays

Here’s a compound word destined to make holiday meal planning and seasonal entertaining a gift: takeout. It’s working for me, now that I’ve gotten over my galley-slave guilt and learned to lean on local gourmet takeout sources for the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza season. You can find everything from tapas to turkey dinners with all […]

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12/1/2001

State of My State

We were down in Boynton Beach. It was a Tuesday morning book club meeting, and I was giving a talk to about 50 retirees, mostly from the Northeast. A few minutes into the program, a cell phone went off in the audience. Then another. Soon, cell phones were beeping and chirping everywhere. It was Sept. […]

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12/1/2001

Ask the Experts

Q. I want to make a grouping of family photographs in a wide white hallway, sort of like a gallery. What’s the most effective way to do it? Nancy Ebel-Collum, ASID, of Nancy Ebel Interior Design answers: I would unify the collection with frame and mat consistency. One classic approach that works is to select […]

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12/1/2001

Street Talk

SEASON OPENER Showfolks Circus, another “Sarasota only” tradition, marks the official beginning of the holidays for us. All the acts perform free to benefit the Showfolks Club of Sarasota; it’s different every year, but in the best years, you’ll see youngsters trying to impress the many circus producers from around the country who scout the […]

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12/1/2001

The Greatest Clown on Earth

Circus clown Bello Nock has been receiving lots of attention lately, both because of his starring role in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and because he was chosen the world’s best clown by Time Magazine. But Sarasotans have followed the career of this native son, now 33, for a long time, ever […]

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12/1/2001

Saints Alive!

At the Sarasota Senior Friendship Center’s health clinic, Dr. Albert Resnick and nurse Barbara Stuart are scurrying in and out of exam rooms, trying to keep up with all the patients filling up the waiting room. In many ways their hectic day is no different than that of any doctor and nurse with a practice […]

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12/1/2001

Made in Sarasota

When a car accident temporarily sidelined interior designer Paddy Dugan some years ago, she bought a few plates and poured out her pent-up energy with paint. Dugan used the painted china at a dinner party in November and was inundated with Christmas orders from friends. By January, she had expanded to painting on tiles and […]

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12/1/2001

The Doula Difference

Three years ago, Coreen Wilde was enthusiastically awaiting the birth of her first child. The 34-year-old Sarasota resident, who normally has the blood pressure of a teenager, had little reason to worry. She’d begun to experience some bloating, a few headaches, even breathlessness; but with only 10 weeks left to go, she attributed all that […]

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12/1/2001

Tropical Holiday

Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy have lived in a gracefully sprawling modern home on the bay on Siesta Key since 1971. They raised their son and daughter there, and now their island residence is Holiday Central for two sets of young parents and six grandchildren all under the age of five. In sharp contrast to their […]

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12/1/2001

Homefront

Island-Style Holidays   Robb & Stucky design consultant Tre Michel says island-style interiors are the perfect backdrop for the holidays in Sarasota, "where sand is our winter white stuff." Island-style furnishings like the Tommy Bahama collection are in high demand this season, with white-washed "island" looks of the past being replaced by darker woods with Asian […]

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12/1/2001

Mr. Chatterbox

You better not cross me these days. I’ve turned into a holy terror. Uh-oh, bad choice of words. Let’s just say that ever since we went to war, I’ve turned into an extremely disagreeable and short-tempered person whose priorities have been turned upside down. Like this phone call I got this morning. It was one […]

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12/1/2001

Orphans of the Storm

When Tropical Storm Gabrielle blew through last September, downing trees and power lines, hundreds of baby squirrels were blown from their nests as well. Graphic designer Gigi Scott Ortwein, a former art director of SARASOTA Magazine, found two of them-eyes still shut-snuggled in a nest in her back yard after the storm passed. A lover […]

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12/1/2001

A Tiny Treasure

If you’ve lived in Florida as long as I have, you sure get fussy about the Caribbean. We’ve got great beaches here, plus wonderful restaurants (which you won’t get sick from) and more than enough to do. Why go to San Juan and fight that horrible traffic? Why go to St. Thomas and fight those […]

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