Archive for June, 2003

06/1/2003

Playing it Safe

Nineteen years ago, when this publication was called Clubhouse, Bruce Butler made our list of the top club tennis players in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Back then, writer Jim Brown declared him the quickest mover and best volleyer of any in the top 10. At the time, Butler was 61. Today, Butler is 80 and […]

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06/1/2003

Staying Alive

Anthropologists say that a society has moved from savagery to civilization when it attains two benchmarks: It begins to value its elderly and to create art. That makes Sarasota, with its artistic energy and enormous population of seniors-who not only get respect here but in many ways run the show-very civilized indeed. But much as […]

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06/1/2003

Real Estate Gossip

Those Who Think Young Sarasota has long been touted for pristine beaches, cultural richness, world-class eateries and boating par excellence, but the latest accolade comes from a cosmopolitan couple from Great Britain. The twosome seeks a beachfront condo on Siesta Key because, they say, "this place is terribly young and obviously full of fun." Marcia […]

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06/1/2003

Working Like a Dog

Our relationships with animals have evolved from the days when we used them only for food, clothing or beasts of burden. But animals still work for us. Only in this era, they are working in more mysterious-and some would say, spiritual-ways. Scientists have proven that animals-through just the simple act of touching them-can bring down […]

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06/1/2003

Ask the Experts

Q. In Pompeii I fell in love with those faded, ancient frescos. Can I enjoy this kind of art in my home without having it applied permanently to the wall? A. You can indeed own a fresco that you can take off the wall when you move. Asuncion de las Heras, co-owner of Design O’Fresco, […]

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06/1/2003

Hot Tickets

Music For 39 years now the Sarasota Music Festival has been enlivening our summers with chamber music and hearty student/faculty exchanges; this year’s concerts include Artist Showcase events at Holley Hall, June 5, 12 and 19; free student concerts, also at Holley, June 8, 12, 14, 19 and 20; and performances at the Opera House […]

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06/1/2003

Lost in Space

Time has that way of healing. It’s been five months since Columbia. I have two daughters, Erin, 6, and Kelly, 4, and I take them to space shuttle launches. It’s our special getaway, just me and the girls. Late bedtimes, mega-snacks, unlimited playing at the official NASA Visitor’s Center, the motel room quickly looking like […]

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06/1/2003

Ready to Wear

Photo No. 1 Jackie Cully creates another beautiful design on silk. Her African-inspired motifs have graced the labels of Liz Claiborne, Bill Blass and Oscar de le Renta. Cully teaches at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and sells her wearable art at private gatherings. $185 and up. (2737 Horseshoe Court, Sarasota. 379-6681). Photo […]

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06/1/2003

Stingray Shuffle

PROLOGUE Uh-oh. Lenny slipped me LSD. That can be the only explanation. It’s been nonstop hallucinations. Which normally I don’t mind, but you wouldn’t believe how it complicates trying to cross U.S. 1 against heavy traffic. I must have stepped off the curb and headed back about fifty times now. I think I’m in the […]

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06/1/2003

Material Girls

Not all art is of the "don’t-touch" variety. For artists in the field of wearable art, the human body is a canvas and a room of one’s home is a frame to fill with custom color and design. Seeking objects of desire for your body or your home to wear? Meet 10 designing women who […]

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06/1/2003

Restaurants with Range

Thomas Harvey may be cooking in a small town, but the 33-year-old chef and owner of Galileo is definitely poking his fork into the wider world of culinary trends. For example, every weekend he welcomes a shipment of Georgetown Farm Piedmontese Silver beef so customers can try what foodies in New York and California are […]

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06/1/2003

Vulgar in Versace

One of my major concerns about current-day life concerns the rise of the fashion designer. Who cares? That "who are you wearing?" has become the "must-ask" question on red carpets around the world is not a step in the right direction. A beautiful woman should appear as if by magic, not with a list of […]

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06/1/2003

Senior Spirit

Today’s 65-and-up crowd is made up of the healthiest, most active seniors in history. Never before have so many people older than 65 been alive; and 75-year-olds are the fastest-growing segment of our country’s population. National studies and books such as Successful Aging and Aging Well (the longest and most complete look at adult development […]

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06/1/2003

Good for Business

According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), pets in the office create a more productive work environment and reduce absenteeism. Of all the companies polled, 100 percent agreed that having two-legged, four-legged (and even some no-legged) critters about relaxed employees and contributed to a much more stable atmosphere. Here […]

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06/1/2003

Made in Sarasota

Randy Lassalle always had a special place in her heart for art. Even as she pursued a career in advertising in Baltimore and New York and busied herself with her two children (now 12 and 13), she attended classes in everything from batik to jewelry making. Eventually, however, Lassalle found her way to the talent […]

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06/1/2003

Homefront

*Hometown Feeling There’s a cozy, homey neighborhood where kids can play in the park and cycle on the streets, and you don’t have to go back to the 1950s to find it. U.S. Home’s Heritage Harbour, located at the corner of Interstate 75 and State Road 64, backs up against the Manatee River and promises […]

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06/1/2003

Homes on Parade

Every year I come back to my house after the Parade of Homes ready to sell: to just paint the place, call a realtor and move onto something bigger, more glamorous and full of technical innovations or luxury amenities that my homebuilder never dreamed of 27 years ago. I’d love two dishwashers, an enormous laundry […]

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06/1/2003

Street Talk

Politics after Dark It’s always after dark when the real political junkies start to gather in a back room of Elections Supervisor Kathy Dent’s office. A half-dozen computer monitors on a table along one wall stare blankly with blue screens of death as the candidates, their handlers, sitting elected officials, reporters and even a few […]

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06/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

Who knows what the future holds, but as for now, the war seems to be going fine; and I, for one, am wondering when we can start visiting this place, this strange country of Iraq. Under Saddam it was very difficult. They had a $350 visa fee, plus, you had to take an AIDS test. […]

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06/1/2003

Of Birds and Birdies

The reception committee wore red caps and feathers. They lined the narrow road leading to Serenoa Golf Club and, despite an approaching car and a flock of golfers putting on the green beyond, the committee of six sandhill cranes stood their ground like an honor guard at a parade. These residents were clearly on home […]

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