Archive for December, 2002

12/1/2002

A Showman’s Mansion

The Cà d’Zan, John and Mable Ringling’s ode to Venice on Sarasota Bay, was at one point one of the most famous houses in America, widely photographed and published. Then it was almost lost to us. A decade or so ago, the once-sumptuous mansion was a shambles, the result of benign neglect and even a […]

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12/1/2002

The Second Home Phenomenon

The love story begins with a passionate three-day weekend. Parting is tearful, but plans are made to get back together for two weeks, maybe three. Soon visits last a month, even two. Regular vacations are followed by entire seasons spent together; but still, it is not enough. Finally, when you can no longer stand the […]

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12/1/2002

Welcome to Sarasota

Far below us, the Gulf of Mexico glinted in the late-afternoon sun and dive-bombing pelicans flashed through the air like silver streaks. But inside the Radisson ballroom, all eyes were focused on the platter the server was bearing to the judges’ table. From a bed of flaky pastry rose a lofty mountain of shimmering custard, […]

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12/1/2002

Fête of the Arts

Sarasota’s cultural cup overflows. The city is known for its long-established artistic tradition and as the home of some of the best cultural organizations in the state. That means something inspiring, entertaining or both is happening just about every night of the year, at a variety of venues and price points as well. To accommodate […]

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12/1/2002

Shopping the World

The term global economy has a unique meaning in this part of Florida to shoppers both serious and recreational. It means you can get just about anything in the world you want. Right here. You’ll be amazed at the international variety alluringly displayed in boutiques and department stores on the barrier islands and on the […]

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12/1/2002

Greetings from Florida

I blame eBay. I mean, sure I love souvenirs. Who doesn’t? But then it got weird. As a kid I remember riding down I-95 on family vacation, face pasted to the window as we passed 200 miles of billboards for South of the Border, bugging the folks until they were ready to claw their eyes […]

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12/1/2002

The Element of Water

Water. Earth’s life-giving element. Precious resource. Water tumbling over river rocks and cascading into clear pools fascinates the eye and captivates the senses. Waterfalls excite while tranquil ponds inspire reflection. Water compels us to create and imagine. And some will pay spectacular sums to capture its essence and possess its beauty-right in our own backyards. […]

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12/1/2002

The Call of the Wild

I’ve never heard a panther cry, but my late grandmother said it’s a terrifying sound, part shriek and part wail. "It makes your blood run cold," she’d whisper, fixing us with a rheumy squint. "Like hearin’ a murder, way off in the woods." The big cats whose nocturnal screams shattered my grandmother’s sleep and put […]

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12/1/2002

Magnetic Attractions

Like many visitors to Southwest Florida, you may overindulge your first day at the beach. If so, take a day to nurse that tender burn and visit some of our more shaded attractions. Sarasota’s adventures boast little of the mechanical wizardry that defines Central Florida’s theme parks, but they easily compensate in thrills of the […]

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12/1/2002

A Taste of Paradise

Seattle sips coffee, Bostonians bake beans. Texas is the place for chili, and everybody knows that the only place to eat an oyster po-boy is New Orleans. We have a different claim to culinary fame-key lime pie. The "key" refers to the Florida Keys, those tropical barrier islands where this unique fruit flourishes. You’ll find […]

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