Archive for February, 2004

02/1/2004

Gardens in the Sky

Going into your garden can be extremely relaxing, even when it’s a tiny haven 100 feet up in the air. Just ask long-time gardening enthusiasts John and Sue Michel, who turned an ordinary 10-foot by 20-foot patio into a lush rooftop terrace at their new Library Mews townhouse in downtown Sarasota. Hundred-year-old Chicago bricks and […]

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02/1/2004

Balancing Act

"A lot of people think it’s a fictitious family," says Tino Wallenda, a third-generation member and head of the Flying Wallenda troupe. "They’re surprised to learn we ever really existed." But the Sarasota-based family of circus aerialists is as real as its well-known tragedy, when a seven-person pyramid came crashing down Jan. 30, 1962, in […]

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02/1/2004

In the Swing

If you fly into Sarasota Bradenton Airport during the winter months, you’ll notice a big advertisement in the lobby for Oak Ford. Oak Ford’s also advertised in local newspapers and other publications. The trouble is, many golfers skip over the ads with their eyes because the last thing they need is another car. Yes, golfers […]

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02/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

When Bob Blanchette began working with acrylic furniture, he soon was staying up all night, so immersed in projects that his wife had to phone and remind him to come home. Eleven years later, Blanchette’s passion has simmered down to an absorption that keeps him happily creating seven days a week in the workshop of […]

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02/1/2004

Beating the Clock

"There’s only so much time in a day," Dr. David Shoemaker of Sarasota’s Center for Sight says from a cell phone as he waits to board a flight to Los Angeles, where he’s attending a medical conference. Like many doctors, the ophthalmologist works between 80 to 100 hours a week, and he is wearily acknowledging […]

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02/1/2004

Where Are You, Paul Wellstone?

I miss liberals. After living in Minnesota for more than 20 years, I miss the pitter-patter of Birkenstocks, the vegan potlucks, the scent of patchouli, and the campaign fund raisers where people in earth-toned sweaters swill 3.2 beer and argue for the right of 14-year-olds to vote. It’s difficult not to get nostalgic about such […]

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02/1/2004

Bliss on the Beach

The nation’s No. 1 tennis resort has always focused on good food as much as it does on good tennis. That’s why on any given night, The Colony’s Gulf-front dining room will be filled almost equally with vacationers and locals. You’ll often know which is which. Locals don’t bring children; they consider The Colony a […]

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02/1/2004

Street Talk

Noisemaker MOTHER LOVE Manhattan’s Janeen Pernigotti makes the Sarasota architectural scene. Janeen Pernigotti’s raging red hair and outrageous fashions make her impossible to ignore. But the sassy 35-year-old and her firm, MOTHER, are also getting attention for her dazzling design of The Backlot, a futuristic arts, entertainment and education destination planned for the corner of […]

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02/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Art Center Sarasota. Sumi-e, ink paintings from the Sarasota Chapter of Sumi-e Society of America, and an invitational show of Artists of Sarasota continue through Feb. 7, with a Beauty in Stone sculpture exhibition also on view Feb. 2-7. Coming up Feb. 13 to run through March 14: the Winter Members’ Show. Information: 365-2032. […]

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02/1/2004

Ask the Experts

Q. I saw Venetian plaster walls in a model home I toured recently. Now I want them in my dining room. What exactly is Venetian plaster, how expensive is it, and is the treatment permanent or can I paint over it years from now? A. Surface artist Kevin Walsh, a Venetian plaster master with much […]

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02/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

Those of us with elderly parents in tow are certainly learning one of life’s hard lessons-if you live long enough, sooner or later, you need someone to take care of you. Until a generation or so ago, it was the children. In fact, in places like Ireland and China, couples always had an extra daughter […]

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02/1/2004

Lead On, MacDuff

Just before my father Dik Browne’s death in 1989, his little Scottish terrier puppy, MacDuff, came to live with my wife Carroll and me at our home on Siesta Key. MacDuff was a tiny thing, jet black with a large, blocky head that seemed too big for his body. When he would curl up in […]

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