Archive for November, 2005

11/1/2005

Mr. Chatterbox

Well, I just got back from the Florida magazine convention. My 20th year. And while you may find this impossible to believe, I was once again passed over for a prize! And you ought to see what won. I felt like Jessica Simpson watching that awful, pouty, overweight Kelly Osborne being chosen Prom Queen. How […]

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11/1/2005

Coastal Cuisine

Island-spirited but sophisticated, Pattigeorge’s has a dream location, on the water right in the center of Longboat Key. The sun porch dining room offers a view of the bay, pleasure boats, mangrove islands and birds. No wonder it’s a perennial favorite with seasonal visitors and locals who want a Florida-feeling eating experience. Owner/chef Tommy Klauber […]

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11/1/2005

Disney Deluxe

I’ve always felt so sorry for rich people at Disney World. For once, their money won’t do them any good. They still have to endure the lines, the traipsing from one "land" to another, the confusion as to what to do next or where to eat or where the high-end shopping is. The poor upper […]

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11/1/2005

In the Swing

Serenoa is a public course, ideal for the average resident or visitor who just wants to golf once a week for the fresh air and exercise and is not interested in joining a posh private club. This golf course only measures 6,333 yards from the blue tee markers, 6,035 from the white tees, 5,232 from […]

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11/1/2005

Street Talk

NOISEMAKERS Deep Freeze Those goofy guys on The Freezer are enlivening local TV. Craig Worsham and Nick Ribaudo are spicing up blab TV with a half-hour weekly talk show called The Freezer. Worsham, a director of national commercials who moved here from Los Angeles, is the straight man; Ribaudo, a 1989 Pine View grad, is […]

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11/1/2005

Objects of Desire

Each year when the holidays arrive, they bring our way a special gift: the American Craft Council’s annual Florida show. The Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center throws its doors wide to accommodate the more than 10,000 people expected to browse the sometimes simple, sometimes elaborate creations of more than 200 jury-selected artists from across the […]

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11/1/2005

Great Outdoors

RITZY RETREAT With expansive marina views and top-drawer service, the casual Bay View Bar & Grill at The Ritz-Carlton may be Sarasota’s best-kept secret. After a few of the "No Stress" cocktails, you might even think about reserving a suite. The tropical smoothies are tasty and exotic, and you must share a Bay View Sampler, […]

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11/1/2005

Death of an Art Dealer

On a Saturday morning in May of this year, I sat down in my living room with a glass of juice to read the newspaper. On the front page a headline proclaimed, "Documents detail scene of horror inside gallery." I knew at once what scene of horror that was, as would almost anyone who had […]

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11/1/2005

Top Twenty!

"I don’t know much about art," the old saying goes, "but I know what I like." So much variety exists in Sarasota’s jam-packed arts scene this season that almost everyone, no matter what their tastes, can come away satisfied. But faced with such a wealth of opportunities, making choices can be daunting, even for experienced […]

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11/1/2005

Homefront

POSE, FIDO, POSE From polo ponies to the annual Pug Parade, Sarasotans love their pets. Artist Meg Fitzpatrick says Floridians are clamoring for paintings of their furry or feathered friends to hang next to other family portraits on their walls. Fitzpatrick creates commissioned paintings that go well beyond a standard sitting. Before they set up […]

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11/1/2005

On the House

The Asolo Theatre Company had a mega-hit on its hands last summer with Menopause the Musical, drawing more than 45,000 people-mostly women of a certain age-during its 15-week run and keeping house manager Ed Folts very busy indeed. "People came from all over the state to see it," he says. "Some brought their whole neighborhoods." […]

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11/1/2005

Spirit Divine

Maria Baker listens to the Spirit, because the Lord has been there for her through plenty of difficult times. So when she and her granddaughter, Char-laĆ© Shorter, boarded a SCAT bus five years ago, she believes the Spirit inspired a passenger who had noticed the young girl’s graceful form to tell Baker about a program […]

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