Archive for November, 2002

11/1/2002

Gala Gowns

If the extravagant fashions in our season preview have you wanting to see more, here’s a primer for what trends are hot this season on Sarasota’s party circuit. According to Sally Schule of Saks Fifth Avenue, "We’re really back to pretty dressing, and I think that’s going to be around for a while." Defining the […]

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11/1/2002

Events

Books Sarasota again shows its affection for books and authors with the Sarasota Reading Festival, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2 downtown. There’ll be the usual food tents, book appraisals and storybook characters roaming Five Points, along with panel discussions, book signings and children’s activities. Among the authors scheduled at press time: crime queen and king […]

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11/1/2002

The First Colonists

Not too many years ago, buying Florida real estate could be iffy. During the Roaring ’20s, that "era of wonderful nonsense," real estate agents with slick hair and slicker sales pitches fleeced wide-eyed speculators time and again, validating the claim that a fool and his money are easily parted. A popular joke of the time […]

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11/1/2002

Where’s the Art?

In the atrium of City Hall on March 8, 2002, the city of Sarasota honored the late Ken Thompson by dedicating a three-dimensional glass sculpture in memory of the longtime city manager. Luma Cloud, by Ray King, is composed of hundreds of laminated glass squares suspended on cables over a reflecting pool, creating a cloud-like […]

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11/1/2002

Courtyards and Conversation

As anyone who knows them will tell you, Caren and Dick Lobo are a can-do couple. And since their marriage in 1984, they’ve discovered that houses are something they can do especially well. In New York, Chicago, Miami, and now Sarasota, among other places, they’ve completed eight personal residences, seven offices, and five investment properties, […]

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11/1/2002

Bookstore Heaven

I found myself in Sarasota again the other day for a book signing. I had arrived early after driving up from another bookstore in Fort Lauderdale the day before, my 59th stop of the current promotional tour. This night would be the 60th. I had some time to kill, so you’d think the last place […]

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11/1/2002

The Eagle’s Tale

The eagle sat in her eyrie, a brush pile atop a dead cypress, and scanned the surface of the lake that lapped close to the foot of the tree. Several hundred yards offshore, a small fish rose to investigate a floating insect. It lingered, and that was its undoing. An osprey saw it, and snatched […]

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11/1/2002

Studio Portraits

Art of Palms He may be French Canadian, but David Landry’s medium-and work environment-is pure Florida. Crepe myrtles and oaks shade the sprawling garden and Cracker cottages he shares with his girlfriend and manager, Germaine Delaney, a parrot named Tango and eight cats. It’s Landry’s "Imagination Zone," the Nokomis studio and home where he transforms […]

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11/1/2002

Divine Comedy

When Brenda Ferrari-better known as Etta May, the Queen of Southern Sass-came to Sarasota to do five nights of stand-up at McCurdy’s Comedy Theater, she came straight from the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport to the club, which is in a rundown strip center along the North Tamiami Trail. The parking lot was what you might expect on […]

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