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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