Archive for June, 2002

06/1/2002

Iron Man

Amidst the ringing of hammers and showers of glowing embers, in a steel-and-concrete heat-trap in Sarasota’s industrial district, George Snowden practices an ancient craft. The third-generation master blacksmith and proprietor of Gulfshore Forge fashions wrought-iron banisters, railings and gates for clients who wait more than six months for one of Snowden’s ethereal, one-of-a-kind creations. "It […]

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06/1/2002

A World of Their Own

Memory fails us all sometimes. (Quick, what did you have for dinner last night?) Over time, our memory lapses multiply, a medical fact of life we that we attribute to eroding brain cells and simple aging. Eventually, short-term memory may be all but lost, so we cling to that which was comfortable-the good old days. […]

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06/1/2002

Events

Hot Tickets Art Ringling School’s Selby Gallery continues its "Multiple Visions" series dealing with the history of art making in Sarasota, June 28-July 26 (opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 28). This show (curated by longtime Ringling instructor Moe Mitchell) centers on the work of Ringling faculty members over the school’s 70-year history, including Richard Oxley, […]

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06/1/2002

Ask the Experts

Q I’ve recently started collecting Bakelite jewelry. How do I clean the pieces? Mid-century antiques dealer and store owner Jack Vinales answers: Welcome to the club. I have 17 Bakelite radios in my home collection and not a day goes by that I don’t sell a piece of Bakelite in my store. Clean your jewelry […]

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06/1/2002

To be Young and French

Few things are perfect, but Maison Blanche, a new French restaurant within the Four Winds Beach Resort on Longboat Key, comes pretty close. The restaurant is the work of Pascal Feraud, 28, and Moroccan-born Jose Martinez, 38, both fresh from a restaurant of the same name at the top of the Theatre des Champs-Elysées in […]

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06/1/2002

The Art of the Interior

After nearly 60 years in the art and illustration business, Jeremiah Goodman has never been busier. His highly skilled architectural renderings of the homes and apartments of famous people recently appeared in Architectural Digest, he had a one-man show in California last month, and he’s in the seemingly endless process of redecorating and rearranging both […]

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06/1/2002

Understanding Arthritis

It’s happened to everyone. Spend too much time on the tennis court or jogging and you feel the pain a few hours later. Maybe your knees tighten, or an elbow swells. If you’re lucky, you’ll pop a couple of pain relievers and feel fine. At worst, you’ll have to forgo a day of exercise to […]

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06/1/2002

Golf Therapy

I thought I was going to golf school, so the equipment on the practice tee confused me. There were soccer balls, strange contraptions of PVC, full-length mirrors, blocks of wood and strips of surgical tubing. Three days later, I was relieved that I’d been tied up only once. Despite the huge popularity of golf here-60 […]

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06/1/2002

Age of Elegance

Since the days of Bertha Palmer and Mable Ringling, Sarasota has been known as a town of elegant, independent and influential women. Accomplished, impeccably dressed and believers in old-fashioned good manners-the kind that spring from true consideration and respect for others-these ladies define a style that is fast vanishing today. With the enduring beauty that […]

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06/1/2002

Homefront

The New Retirees In the 30 years that Gary Roberts, owner of Bamboo Building & Development, has been in the building industry, he’s also seen retirees’ homes transform from tiny and simple two-bedroom bungalows to ultra-luxurious megahomes. Two recent trends stand out: "With their new, active lifestyles, retirees are asking for separate yet adjacent spaces […]

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06/1/2002

Open-Door Policy

Steven and Sharon Katzman comprise one of Sarasota’s most design-conscious couples. He’s a photographer whose work, whether it’s about tent revivals or prizefighters, shows a fascination with light, dimension and space. She owns Ioptics, where fashionable customers come to find eyeglasses that mesh function, structure and beauty. The couple collects art, spends vacations in galleries […]

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06/1/2002

Street Talk

Does money count any more? Not once but twice recently, Sarasota voters stunned the “experts” who preach that “money talks” and that money would decide both the strong mayor vote in the city and, a week later, the county-wide extra-mill referendum for our schools. The Chamber of Commerce and its big business buddies like Sarasota […]

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06/1/2002

Real Estate Gossip

RITZ REDUX Residences at the Ritz-Carlton were snapped up so quickly that many would-be buyers had to take a back seat and keep their fingers crossed. But now some original buyers are putting units on the market-about a dozen, at press time. Michael Saunders urges buyers to move quickly. "Interest is extremely high," she says. […]

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06/1/2002

The View from Mount Dora

I find myself thinking more and more about retirement these days. It used to be some way-in-the-future thing, a sort of end-of-life countdown. So many things would happen to me before then. Well, they’ve all happened. I had the boring job; I bought the series of increasingly expensive houses;, I put the little bit of […]

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06/1/2002

That Florida Flavor

If you’re among those travelers choosing to stay closer to home lately, you’re in the right state. From the Panhandle to Key West, Florida is filled with adventures and attractions. And with crowds at their year-round low, now is the time for residents to enjoy what makes this state so famous. Our editors sampled three […]

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06/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox

Ogled by hundreds of amazed spectators, 92 of Sarasota’s cutest pugs gathered at Five Points for the fifth Annual Pug Parade. To the strains of "Who Let The Dogs Out" the little darlings waddled around the park, tongues hanging out, led by Grand Marshal Jessie, the hero search-and-rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero. Jessie […]

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06/1/2002

Retirement, Sarasota-Style

We do retirement differently in Sarasota. I knew that even before we began working on this issue, which has a special focus on retirement; but it really hit home a few weeks ago when I was invited to lunch by friends who have recently moved to the Sarasota Bay Club, one of that new breed […]

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06/1/2002

Sarasota’s Best Doctors

Alexis Simendinger, the White House correspondent for National Journal magazine, was in Sarasota for a board meeting at her alma mater New College of Sarasota, when she got an urgent phone call. Her mother had been diagnosed with a rare adrenal tumor and needed immediate medical attention. Right after the meeting, Simendinger went online, putting […]

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06/1/2002

The Little White House

John Ringling once dreamed that St. Armands would be the site of a Presidential vacation White House on St. Armands Key. Now, there is a white house of distinction on nearby Lido Key-the little white beach house of Joni Bergs, 45-year-old fashion model and Florida manager for Juliana Collezione, a line of upscale women’s clothes. […]

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