Archive for May, 2005

05/1/2005

Pitchy Perfect

Like most of us, my opinion of American Idol fluctuates wildly. Sometimes it’s a guilty pleasure, sometimes a waste of time. Many of my more sophisticated friends consider it the nadir of pop culture and a textbook example of what’s wrong with America-celebrity worship, instant fame, a bill of goods, a cynical ratings ploy, an […]

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05/1/2005

The Best of the Best

Our city has been in the national news a lot lately, but we didn’t need those glowing articles in The New York Times or Money magazine or other big-shot publications to tell us what we’ve known all along: Sarasota really is the best of all possible small cities. We editors are all longtime Sarasotans who […]

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05/1/2005

French Accents

Barbara Steen and Jim Thomas loved the concept of escaping Illinois winters, and they were thrilled to find a lovely pool home on a lake in University Park within their price range. But Barbara took just one glance at the dated interior and knew she couldn’t live there. "The kitchen had nothing going for it," […]

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05/1/2005

Dream Boats

"It was to have been a quiet evening at home. Home is the Busted Flush, a 52-foot barge-type houseboat, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale." So begins The Deep Blue Goodbye, the first in Sarasota author John D. MacDonald’s series of mystery novels featuring Travis McGee, the knight-errant hero whose base of operations is the boat […]

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05/1/2005

The Perfect Blend

The brass plaque to the side of the welcoming red door at Nina and Jay Richardson’s charming Bradenton home says everything the couple wants to express about their house and their lifestyle over the eight years since they wed. The home is named "Dovetail." "Our lives, our families and all our belongings just seemed to […]

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05/1/2005

Sole Survivors

The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society tells us there are 26 bones and 33 joints in the human foot, more than any other part of the body. Our feet carry adult weights of 100 pounds or more and allow us to tread myriad ground surfaces, run at lightning speed and leap to heights of […]

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05/1/2005

Pure Gold

In 1947, just five names appeared in the city directory of people living on the 22-acre peninsula now called Golden Gate Point. Today, with more than 400 seasonal and permanent residents and a flurry of luxury high-rise construction, this postage stamp-sized plot is helping change the skyline of Sarasota. But it wasn’t always so. Just […]

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05/1/2005

Sarasota’s 10 Best Art Adventures

SUITE SOIREE. The enterprising Artist Series of Sarasota brings a mix of concerts featuring light opera, piano duets and more to town. Our favorite: Evenings Around the Steinway (concerts held at private homes, sometimes including champagne and dessert), which have attracted a devoted following, as have the five-concert Recital Series and the light-hearted Themes and […]

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05/1/2005

Cheap Thrills

For many, college teaches the valuable skill of managing time. You need to make time to attend class, time to study, time not to study and, of course, time to eat. As a recent graduate of New College of Florida, I can attest to the importance food played for me and my friends in college […]

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05/1/2005

Made in Sarasota

As a teen-ager in his native Eaton, Ohio, Nathaniel Smelser set up a woodworking shop in his dad’s garage and would spend all night there teaching himself finishing techniques. "I loved the creativity of it," he remembers. "You have an idea and when you’re finished, your idea is tangible." Once Smelser started selling the tables […]

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05/1/2005

Real Estate Go$$ip

Neighborhood Watch The Opulent Oaks Originally part of the winter estate of Bertha Honore Palmer, grande dame of the Chicago Palmer Hotel family, The Oaks is an exclusive country club community of elegant, oversized traditional homes that stretches across Tamiami Trail in Osprey. The heavily wooded west side has great bayfront estates, while on the […]

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05/1/2005

Beautiful Dreamer

Blissful Bower Yves Delorme of Paris’ new Bleuet pattern features delicate flowers on crisp white Egyptian combed cotton percale. Pillowcases feature hand embroidery. Queen fitted sheet, $144; flat, $180; duvet cover, $310. Standard shams, $144/pair. Shown here, boudoir pillow in contrasting Rose Blue pattern, $130/pair; the Euro sham is in the solid blue Elysee pattern, […]

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05/1/2005

May Events

In Town Going Deep Many people first learned about Dennis Lehane through the film version of his book Mystic River, but Lehane was always focused on being an author, especially during his days studying creative writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. He’ll speak at his alma mater’s commencement this month and will also be […]

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05/1/2005

Hoppy Days

The Eastern Lubber grasshopper can be found anywhere in Florida and can grow to be more than three inches long. It feeds on a wide variety of plant life and can be destructive if it congregates in large numbers. If alarmed, the insect spreads its wings, hisses and secretes a foul-smelling froth. This fine specimen […]

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05/1/2005

Homefront

Click and Chat Have pertinent questions about real estate, and need them attended to now? Abode Real Estate Company has the answer: a real-time online customer chat service on its Web site, www.abodesarasota.com. "The live chat technology is a first for Sarasota real estate companies," says David Barr, president of the company he founded in […]

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05/1/2005

Ask the Experts

I’m in a quandary about how and where to display my large collection of 70 teapots. Would my extra large laundry room be appropriate? Interior designer Diane Machise says you have a lot to consider with that many pots, so she’s ready to pour on the advice. "You could display all the teapots in one […]

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05/1/2005

Art of the New

It’s a brave and bittersweet time for Moe Mitchell, who simultaneously turns 70 and bids farewell to Sarasota after 42 years spent teaching painting at the Ringling School of Art and Design. A fixture on the local arts scene since 1959, when he graduated from Ringling, Mitchell is known for his enthusiasm for art and […]

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05/1/2005

Hot Seat

This being the "Best of the Best" issue, our interview is with Michael Saunders, the most influential unelected person in the community. A native, Saunders has a long perspective and deep love for Sarasota. Q: Looking back on your long business career in Sarasota, what surprises you the most? A: That there aren’t more people […]

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05/1/2005

Things We Love

Fine feathered feeder For the gastronomically pampered bird, this copper-topped wooden gazebo feeder is beautiful and functional, a combination not found in every bird feeder. Its fly-through design makes it easy to view a greater number of feeding birds at one time. The 20-inch version retails for $200; the 18-inch version sells for $130. Both […]

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05/1/2005

Right Now

Ciao, Siesta Since opening in Siesta Village in 2002, Max Lazzari’s Maximo has combined Mazzari’s native South African and Italian roots for eclectic cuisine. Late last year, he added the Safari Bar, which draws young people searching for an alternative to the loud throngs that crowd the village on weekend nights. Now he’s even placing […]

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