Archive for May, 2004

05/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

Marina Isetta Duval grew up in a 400-year-old villa filled with art and antiques in Albisola, an Italian Riviera town famous for its ceramic techniques. Now, in a Nokomis house converted to a studio and filled with some of those antiques and plenty of her own pieces, she teaches the ancient ceramic techniques of her […]

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05/1/2004

Song-and-Dance Man

Gordon "Red" Bates started calling square dances in 1952, mainly to lure girls from a nearby junior college to his all-male Springfield College in Massachusetts. "It worked good," he says. "Then I started making money at it." At one point, Bates, now 75 and a winter resident of Englewood, earned more calling dances than he […]

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05/1/2004

Mad over Meat

Call it the luck of the draw. Although 35 million cows are slaughtered for human consumption every year in the United States, at the time, only 40,000 were being tested for disease-less than one percent of that total. It was in that less than one percent of test samples that a single Holstein dairy cow […]

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05/1/2004

Spectacular Staghorns

Over 50 staghorn ferns, extraordinary in size, shape and variety, cast the spell of the tropics in Ann and Tony Swain’s backyard-dangling from oak trees, perching on benches and lining garden paths. Several have grown to over six feet wide. "It’s a relaxing hobby," Swain says, "because they are not work intensive, yet they add […]

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05/1/2004

Your Architect, Your Ally

Any good carpenter will tell you: Measure twice, cut once. An architect might put it this way: Think twice, build once. Think twice before building a home without consulting an architect, that is. This isn’t ego talking; it is sound advice for anyone about to embark on the dream of designing and building a home-or […]

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05/1/2004

Tasty Traditions

Driving down the cluttered, charmless South Tamiami Trail, you’d never guess that once you turn off onto Vamo Way you’ll find the pretty little oasis that’s Roessler’s restaurant. This longtime local establishment is a serene sanctuary of tender foliage, a pond, birds, even an arching bridge that leads to a romantic white gazebo that’s the […]

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05/1/2004

Homefront

Luxurious Outdoor Living Brian Phipps, president of A. Phipps Design, and his wife Laurel, owner of Laurel Phipps Interiors, have designed many upscale homes on Longboat Key and in the Sarasota area, as well as in Palm Beach and Naples. So Phipps knows what he’s talking about when he says that outdoor living spaces have […]

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05/1/2004

In The Swing

When Sarasota golfers hear the name Prestancia, it strikes a special chord, similar to a New Yorker hearing Sutton Place mentioned. Both are very special, both very posh. The streets are not paved with gold at Prestancia, but they sure weave through a wide expanse of scenic acreage, where gorgeous homes are neighbor to even […]

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05/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Art Center Sarasota. On view through May 3: the Sarasota North County Public Schools Art Show. Opening May 11 (reception 5-7 p.m. May 13) is the Spring Members Show, which continues through June 5. Information: 365-2032. Venice Art Center. Continuing through May 14: The South Sarasota County Public Schools show. Coming up May 17 […]

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05/1/2004

Word of Mouth

In our June edition of the Sarasota Magazine online newsletter, the following information appeared: Now through June 27, get 25% off your wine when you order dinner at The Colony Dining Room at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort at 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. 383-5558. Also, the restaurant is offering some $25 […]

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05/1/2004

A Perfect Fit

When Shirley Seidman decided to downsize from her nearly 4,000-square-foot Sarasota home, she despaired of ever finding a suitable space for her beloved antiques and numerous collections. Every condo and villa she looked at oppressed her with narrow hallways, low ceilings and dark rooms. And then she drove through Palm-Aire Country Club for one last […]

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05/1/2004

Tamiami Tales

A couple of years ago, a newspaper reporter called me for comment about a stretch of U.S. 41 in Sarasota and Bradenton being designated a "Florida Scenic Highway." This was odd for two reasons: the unscenic nature of the road, and that the media was calling me for comment on anything. In this case, however, […]

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05/1/2004

The Next Battleground

Sarasota doesn’t take change lying down. Just ask the folks at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., the Miami-based firm that helped the city develop the new master plan that’s meant to transform downtown into a pedestrian-friendly place where residential, commercial and retail development happily co-exist. After working in 250 different communities, members of the firm say […]

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05/1/2004

Ask the Experts

Q. What does it mean to ebonize a piece of furniture? A. Designer Wilson Stiles is partial to ebonized pieces and collects them. He advises: "When you want drama and contrast from wood pieces but don’t want to obliterate the grain, ebonizing is a fine solution. "You ebonize wood when you apply a black, translucent […]

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05/1/2004

Street Talk

Noisemaker HIGH NOTE Voice coach Kristen Conn adds to the Sarasota music scene. Audiences sometimes mistake Kristen Conn, the slim, 29-year-old director of the Sarasota Youth Opera, for one of her students. But once Conn sits at the piano and the first pure notes of the choruses ring out, there’s no doubt who’s in control. […]

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05/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

The news that the Summerhouse restaurant might be torn down for condos came as a terrible shock to the community. We can live without that eyesore that became John Ringling Towers; and sure, Sarasota High School has great sentimental value but it isn’t really that unique as a building. But the Summerhouse! Get out the […]

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05/1/2004

Enter the Dragonfly

Sometimes you find things in the darndest places. We rotate two potted ficus trees between our lanai and the outside deck every two weeks to make sure they get enough fresh air and water. During one such exchange, this green darner dragonfly hitched a ride on one of the trees into our lanai. The green […]

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05/1/2004

School Spirit

In days gone by, two or three institutional buildings were the heart of any town: the city hall, the police station and the school. In most cases, these buildings were close to each other, sometimes grouped around the town’s central square; and along with religious structures, they defined the history, character and ambitions of the […]

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05/1/2004

The Best of the Best

Every year, we ask you what you love about living here. And every year, you deluge us with answers, offering thousands of choices in 80 different categories from best pizza to most free fun, reminding us how much there is to celebrate about our sunny corner of the earth-and alerting us to pleasures we hadn’t […]

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05/1/2004

Our Favorite Things

Before you start reading about this year’s winners in our annual "Best of the Best" competition, let me congratulate you on winning some accolades of your own. New York’s MRI, the nation’s largest media research firm, recently surveyed our subscribers; and they tell us that our Southwest Florida readers are the most affluent of all […]

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