Archive for April, 2004

04/1/2004

Saving the Cityscape

When was the last time a new social services building made an architectural statement, here or anywhere? As a rule, these structures express their function in deadly dull form. Seldom do they lift the spirits of the casual observer, the employee or the beneficiary of the services dispensed within. It may be that the agencies […]

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04/1/2004

And So Went Sarasota

In 1979 Sarasota was still very much a circus town. True, the winter headquarters were now down in Venice but circus people were everywhere. You could still see retired Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz shopping at Publix. But as the century drew to a close, so did the circus’s presence here. That all began […]

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04/1/2004

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER HORSE PLAY Erika Lane has a whacking good time with polo. When she was just four years old, Erika Lane’s parents sat her atop a horse, and by the age of eight, she was competing in show jumping. She started playing at the Sarasota Polo Club five years ago, and today the diminutive 25-year-old […]

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04/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

As you can see by the accompanying photos, the Pug Parade is on the verge of getting out of hand, cute-wise. This year there were well over 100 entries and the costumes boggled the mind. Best in parade went to Pudge as Donald Trump. He is owned by Mike and Crissy Smith of Brandon and […]

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04/1/2004

A Big Win

Loud, animated and never, ever, at a loss for words-that’s how sports fans all around the nation describe basketball commentator Dick Vitale. And the TV dynamo brings the same vociferous enthusiasm to any conversation about the new home that he and his wife, Lorraine, just completed in Lakewood Ranch. "I pinch myself every time I […]

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04/1/2004

Twenty-five Years Later

Where were you 25 years ago? In this 25th anniversary issue, we ask that question of 25 Sarasotans, who range from world-famous celebrities to obscure retirees; and their answers tell the story, not only of their own lives, but of our evolving city. Some were born here; others struggled to cross oceans, borders and ferocious […]

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04/1/2004

Letter from the Publisher

Twenty-five years ago, this magazine was born. Its purpose then was the same as its purpose now: to give the Sarasota area a monthly chronicle of our community’s life. In the past 25 years we’ve documented, as well as participated in, the dynamic change that this community has experienced. And you’ve been with us all […]

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04/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Plum Door Gallery. Home Is Where the Heart Is, featuring paintings by Debbie Dannheisser, continues through April 10. Also on view: work by Patricia Gawle, Zoe Von Averkamp, Elizabeth Van Riper and Ellen Kaiden. Information: 362-0960. Tampa Museum of Art. CrossCurrents at Century’s End: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Corporate Collection ends April 11. […]

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04/1/2004

Star Bites

Silver Cricket, a chic downtown establishment formerly serving Asian fusion meals, has repackaged itself as a gourmet tapas bistro. I stress the "gourmet" word in the restaurant’s self-description, because this is a place where beauty and originality of presentation are just as important as culinary ingredients. If we eat with our eyes, we are eating […]

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04/1/2004

Camelot on Siesta Key

Bob Boulette builds home for a living. So when he asked his wife Donna Hart what kind of house she wanted him to construct for them, she jokingly replied that she had always wanted to live in a castle. A year later, in true knightly fashion, Boulette carried his wife over the moat and working […]

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