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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12/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox’s Sarasota Vacation Guide

Since this is our annual Visitor’s Issue, I was told by the "People Upstairs," i.e., our sales staff, that I had to come up with the town’s top 10 tourist attractions, and that they better include a lot of advertisers. Well, you know me. I will not be intimidated. So I’ve come up with another […]

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12/1/2002

High Art

Southwest Florida’s natural beauty and ever-shifting light attract artists-and art lovers-from around the world. As a result, we have a rich concentration of galleries and several outstanding museums. Many of these galleries are concentrated in the downtown area, a situation that creates marvelous walking tours. The first Friday of every month, Palm Avenue galleries extend […]

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12/1/2002

Be Their Guest

In Sarasota, three things are certain: death, taxes, and houseguests. According to U.S. Travel Data Center, over one-third of travelers spend vacation time in the guest rooms of friends and family, and anyone who lives here would say that estimate is low. Yet how much attention have you given to your visitors’ home away from […]

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12/1/2002

Information, Please

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Police/Fire/Medical Emergency 911 HOSPITALS Sarasota Memorial 917-9000 Bon Secours-Venice Hospital 485-7711 Doctors Hospital of Sarasota 342-1100 Manatee Memorial 746-5111 Blake Medical Center 792-6611 TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION The following airlines directly serve the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport just off north U.S. 41. Most international lines listed in the phone directory’s Yellow Pages operate from Tampa International […]

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12/1/2002

The Sporting Life

The Florida Gulf coast is an angler’s playground, rife with game fish and charter captains eager to introduce you to your first rolling tarpon or mahi dolphin catch. Sarasota also has ample opportunities to view our coastline by sea, whether your tastes run toward the adventurous (as in windsurfing) or the sedate (as in sailboating). […]

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12/1/2002

Luxury Lodgings

You’ll find a variety of accommodations for your Sarasota holiday. The resorts that rim Sarasota’s barrier islands promise balmy, sub-tropical breezes, unlimited water sports and relaxing rope hammocks slung beneath swaying palms. On the mainland, you can choose from stylish hotels to national chains that provide real value and roomy spaces perfect for the entire […]

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12/1/2002

Beach Magic

For many, the beach is the epitome of comfort, a warm cradle of sugary sand where you can soak up the sun until your body collapses into absolute calm. Most summer days, the beaches are strewn with vestiges of childhood: plastic shovels and sand pails, miniature floats and flip-flops the size of small teacups. Other […]

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12/1/2002

Events

At press time, a collaboration including SARASOTA Magazine was in the works to bring a central cultural ticketing kiosk to Southgate Plaza. Many of the organizations whose events are listed here will participate in this convenient new option for concert and theatergoers. Stop by the kiosk to find out more. December 2002 Through Dec. 8: […]

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12/1/2002

A Healthy Holiday

Sarasota is an exotic mixed bag of adventures that draws millions of visitors every year, but year-round residents know there’s a price to pay for living in paradise. For example, our sublime sub-tropical weather is a prime breeding atmosphere for pesky fire ants and spectacular lightning storms. Our seductive waters are a boater’s dream, but […]

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