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-laé 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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11/1/2005

Stage Magic

Real estate agent Charlotte Hedge tried for six months to sell the 1920s waterfront sea captain’s house. Narrow hallways and small rooms made it difficult, because "people couldn’t visualize what to put in these nooks and crannies and little rooms," she says. So Hedge tried a hot new marketing tool: She had the house professionally […]

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11/1/2005

The Kindest Cut

Half a century ago, husbands passively stood by as their wives endured unnecessary hysterectomies to prevent further pregnancy-then the only legal option for female sterilization. Later, when legislators approved tubal ligation, women once again bore the burden of invasive surgery, although a partner’s vasectomy most certainly would have involved far less cost, recovery time and […]

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11/1/2005

One Great Room

When Dr. Richard and Judy Baise built their two-story Southern-traditional Beneva Oaks home in 1984, Cook’s Custom Cabinetry designed and installed the kitchen. That was four young grandchildren ago. Recently, responding to their expanded family and growing entertaining needs, the couple asked owner Ron Cook and his wife/business partner, Margaret, to whip up a bigger, […]

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11/1/2005

A Tropical Thanksgiving

For sun-drenched transplants and visitors, Thanksgiving in Sarasota begs a tropical adjustment to tradition. We asked the hospitality experts at the Ritz-Carlton to fashion the perfect Florida-style Thanksgiving, and they assembled a feast of flavors, served against a sunset, Gulf-front backdrop at the idyllic Members Beach Club on Lido Key. The menu, created by the […]

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11/1/2005

Before & After

Catherine Kerr’s clients, Mary and Andy Schleiffart of Michigan and Siesta Key, loved their pretty new house in a quiet Osprey neighborhood. But the décor of the bedrooms put them to sleep. So how does a decorator transform ho-hum into happy and hospitable? Kerr called on color. "The bedrooms in this house looked identical to […]

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11/1/2005

In the Garden

Of all the seasons in a Florida gardener’s life, none may be quite so pleasant as autumn. At last a mellowed sun has replaced summer’s white heat. Late afternoon fog rolls in from the Gulf, the scent of wood burning wafts through the crisp evening air, and daylight hours are still sufficient to make gardening […]

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11/1/2005

Up & Coming

Nov. 3 A dinner for 250 VIPs at the home of Charles and Kim Githler, prepared by chef Roy Yamaguchi and his culinary dream team, kicks off this two-day event, which continues the next day at the Ritz-Carlton with speakers including Steve Forbes, Wall Street Digest publisher Donald Rowe, Bob Stovall and other financial and […]

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11/1/2005

Real Estate Go$$ip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Gracious Granada With its historic designation and narrow, Spanish-named streets, Granada is one of Sarasota’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods. Bounded by Bay Road, Almeria, Flores and Siesta Drive, the pretty little enclave has eager buyers elbowing each other out of the way. Manicured lawns and romantic walled courtyards surround cottages and bungalows […]

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