Archive for May, 2003

05/1/2003

The Ultimate Opera

I’ve always been in awe of people who were born loving opera. They obviously have more cultured genes than I do. Like most of us, I squirmed though my first several operas as a teen-ager and young adult. I couldn’t follow the plots, the music was not of the sort I was used to, and […]

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05/1/2003

Tea Time

It’s Sarasota’s most delicious secret: Afternoon tea. British afternoon tea (as compared to the heavier meal of high tea) dates back to 1830, when the Duchess of Bedford began enlivening her afternoons with a proper cup of tea. By the Victorian era, tea time was a fashionable custom, as ladies and gentlemen gathered to enjoy […]

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05/1/2003

Final Curtain?

Like many Sarasota theater lovers, I was shocked a few months ago at the news that Florida State University planned to move the FSU/Asolo Conservatory of Actor Training, lock, stock and greasepaint, up to Tallahassee. It hit me-as well as the current students and others connected to the Conservatory-hard. When I first moved to Sarasota […]

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05/1/2003

Made in Sarasota

The coffee table in Al Glass’s Siesta Key house is a marble disk on industrial balloon tires. Glass calls it his "drink-and-drive" coffee table. A little robot stands sentinel before the fax machine in Glass’s office, its job to prevent overflowing papers from spilling on the floor. Even the pushpins on the bulletin board are […]

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05/1/2003

Ask the Experts

Q. What’s an interesting wall color or faux finish for a living room decorated in the ultra-modern idiom? I’m tired of these chalky white walls but I can’t think of an alternative. Laura Jackson of Home Resource responds: Modern design is a trend right now and a lot of people are experimenting with the style […]

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05/1/2003

In the Swing

EXECUTIVE SWEET The morning after a late night of dinner and drinks, a golfing buddy and I were in no mood to play a regulation championship golf course. And it was too cold to fish. Tired and perplexed, but wanting to tee up the ball, we decided to play Village Green Golf Club, an executive […]

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05/1/2003

And the Winners Are…

For the official winners of our 2003 "Best of the Best" readers’ poll, turn to page 70 in this issue. There are 80 different categories on the ballot, from "Best Waterfront Restaurant" to "Best Thing that Could Happen Here in 2003," and we’re always impressed that so many of you complete the whole thing. All […]

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05/1/2003

Best of the Best

After nearly a quarter century of covering this town from top to bottom, we’ve learned a thing or two about the best Sarasota has to offer. We know we have Sarasota’s best readers, and you’re eager to help us tell the rest of the world what’s best about our city, from dining and shopping to […]

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05/1/2003

Make Mine Medieval

Susan Dunbar called upon 25 years of experience in events planning when organizing her at-home wedding on Dec. 29, 2002. "We didn’t have money for a grand affair," explains the 48-year-old bride, who had been single for 27 years when she met Andre Desmeules, 42. He is French-Canadian and owns a custom tile company. She […]

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05/1/2003

Breathe Naturally

As the rate of asthma cases increases, so does the search for "complementary and alternative" medicine to treat the condition. CAM encompasses everything from dietary restriction to herbs to acupuncture, and while there is little scientific evidence to support its efficacy over modern medicine, its use is growing by leaps and bounds. Researchers at the […]

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05/1/2003

Good Medicine

Medical science changes rapidly these days, and what was standard practice a week ago, can change overnight as researchers discover yet another advance. Doctors are running to keep up. For example, Dr. Lee Mitchel, the Sarasota gastroenterologist who uses the brand-new capsule endoscopy-the "camera pill" that takes pictures of the small bowel-reports that there’s already […]

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05/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

As war clouds settled over Sarasota I decided that perhaps it was time to go to church. But which one? St. Martha’s was out of the question; the Pope’s views on U.S. policy-he doesn’t like it-would have made me too uncomfortable. Those poor priests must be going nuts preparing their homilies. The Boss wants it […]

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