Archive for January, 2005

01/1/2005

Your Unofficial Guide to the Sarasota Film Festival

Don’t worry if you don’t know a key grip from a klieg light. No movie star achieved stardom overnight, and the only real difference between them and you is a good stylist and a lot of bodyguards. Fortunately, all it takes to be a star and get past the velvet rope during the Sarasota Film […]

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01/1/2005

Mr. Chatterbox

It’s the lucky town that has a unique sightseeing experience. I’m talking about things like the voodoo tour in New Orleans or driving by the homes of the stars in Los Angeles or going to see the mummies in Guanajuato. Sarasota has never really had anything like that (although the mummies come closest). We have […]

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01/1/2005

Tiny Turtle

The Florida box turtle is a footloose wanderer, always on the go. Its life is spent roaming the fields, forests, and seasonal wetlands. Although primarily a land dweller, it’s drawn to the moist woods bordering ponds and streams, and it loves to bask in shallow puddles to cool off. An equal opportunity omnivore, it snacks […]

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01/1/2005

A Load of Luxury

When Cinderella slaved over her stepsisters’ laundry, her surroundings were anything but luxurious. For real-life women, the situation hasn’t been much better. Even when scrubber and clothesline turned into automatic washer and dryer, the equipment in years past was an afterthought, placed in a dingy area of the basement or garage where it competed for […]

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01/1/2005

Things We Love

NO CLOSET IS AN ISLAND Now referred to as the "dressing suite," today’s once-humble closet comes equipped with every luxury to ensure a stress-free start to your day. Check out this center island from the National Closet Group’s Siena Collection, which gives you a place to arrange your jewelry and store shirts. Some islands have […]

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01/1/2005

Sarasota’s 10 Best Desserts

The Ritz-Carlton’s semi-cooked mango cake does chef Stephane Cheramy proud. (Not surprising, since he was the sole pastry chef honored at the Ritz-Carlton chefs’ dinner in Washington, D.C. recently.) His mango-filled sponge creation, topped with edible gold leaf "Ritz-Carltons" stamped into chocolate, rests beside a dollop of braised mangoes-a tart yet sweet complement to icy […]

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01/1/2005

Street Talk

Best Bite If you’re a fan of paté, don’t miss a new menu item at downtown Sarasota’s popular Bijou Cafe. Billed as an appetizer, the Bijou’s trilogy of patés is substantial (and rich) enough to serve as a tasty lunch or a light dinner entrée. Three (obviously) different paté selections are featured in each serving. […]

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01/1/2005

Hot Tickets

Art Galleria Silecchia. Continuing through Jan. 6: an exhibition highlighting glass artist and sculptor William Morris and Russian-born painter Yuri Gorbachev. Opening Jan. 7 to run through Feb. 23: a show featuring works by Native American clay and bronze sculptor Roxanne Swentzell, British Columbian wood and bronze sculptor Richard Hunt, and new bronzes by Glenna […]

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01/1/2005

Hey, Big Spender!

Details make the difference, so why wear off-the-rack? This season the poncho is in, and made to order in cocoa cashmere with marvelous mink tassels. St Armands’ Dream Weaver will craft a coat or any couture covering to your sublime specifications. Lead time: Two months. $2,500-$15,000. 388-1118. Trump the diamond tennis bracelet. Instead, sport a […]

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01/1/2005

A Sea Change

I remember the first time I saw Longboat Key. It was 1967, and my family had just moved to Florida. Dad and Mom crammed us four kids in the back of our Pontiac and took us on a Sunday drive down Longboat Key. Except for the short finger avenues of Country Club Shores, where small, […]

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01/1/2005

Islands in the Stream

This is a tale of two islands, each enjoying the best of times when so much else of Florida has succumbed to what many believe are the worst of times-the age of development, the epoch of uncontrolled growth, the season of condominium-crowded coastlines. Snead Island and the larger Terra Ceia are two old Manatee County […]

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01/1/2005

Motorcycle Diaries

Off to see his son, Wilson, in Santa Fe, photographer J.B. McCourtney traveled on his Triumph Bonneville some almost forgotten trails through our country’s past. The result: a two-week odyssey amid vanishing outposts of America, and images that remain, ghostlike, after you turn the page. Pic No. 21 U.S. 19, Northern Florida. On a motorcycle, […]

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01/1/2005

Seduced by Citrus

There’s a reason why a plump, succulent orange is front and center on Florida’s official license plate. Citrus is big business in this state-$9 billion annually. But there’s more to our love affair with Florida’s favorite fruits than money. For generations of new residents, an orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime tree in the back yard […]

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01/1/2005

From the Editor

I remember driving down to the Everglades in the ’60s with my best friend and her parents to visit a Seminole Indian camp. My friend’s father, a Fort Myers native, knew some of the Seminoles and had even learned their language. I’d like to report that I seized the chance to meet some of the […]

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01/1/2005

Fun at the Beach

Why do tourists come to Sarasota? Why did many of us move here in the first place? Why do friends elsewhere envy us our life here? The beach, that’s why. Yes, of course, our arts and culture, good education, growing business opportunities and a delightful climate all contribute to the strong attraction our community offers. […]

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01/1/2005

Neighborhood Watch

Strolling through The Meadows The Meadows was way ahead of its time when British developer Taylor Woodrow created it in the late 1970s. One of the region’s first master-planned communities, it embraced nature and achieved aesthetic harmony with winding streets, wooded trails, vast expanses of green space and groundbreaking underground utilities. Today, the north Sarasota […]

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01/1/2005

Warm Front

Wendy Ross has confidently predicted the weather for ABC affiliate WWSB-TV for nearly a decade. But the atmospheric conditions in her very own living room defied explanation. "This was the room we walked by but never used," says Ross. "No matter how we entertained, the living room was totally avoided. Guests looked in, but they […]

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01/1/2005

Homefront

Aiming Sky high A major player has a new role in the Sarasota real estate market. Sky Real Estate Co., founded a year ago by Brandyn Herbold and Chad Roffers, has become part of the Sotheby’s International Realty franchise network. The company will now do business as Sky Sotheby’s International Realty. Says Roffers: "Sotheby’s is […]

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01/1/2005

Churches of Cholula

Like most people who love Mexico, I have my favorite town. And, no, it’s not Cancun (although Cancun can be a lot of fun.) And, no, it’s not San Miguel Allende, either, where all the rich Americans live. It’s not even Merida, which is so exotic that one theory says the indigenous people there are […]

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01/1/2005

In the Swing

If Dionysus could have joined a golf club, it would have been The Oaks, a perfect place to indulge in wonderful golf, gourmet food, vintage wine, and the warm company of wonderful members and guests. Located off U.S. Route 41 in Osprey, The Oaks is one of the most expensive clubs in our area; and […]

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