Archive for December, 2005

12/1/2005

How may I assist you?

Beth Price, concierge supervisor of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota’s swank eighth-floor club level, is a whirlwind of efficiency. Hard-to-find theater tickets? No problem. Dinner reservations? Piece of cake. Likewise with car rentals, boarding passes, where to go Latin dancing or even arranging a last-minute memorial Mass. For twin six-year-olds who were taking a holiday pastry class, […]

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12/1/2005

Lap of Luxury

Beautiful, sparkling water has an uncanny power to inspire and soothe the human spirit, and our miles of sun-drenched waterfront have lured residents and visitors to Sarasota for generations. But you don’t have to live on the water to enjoy the refreshing and restorative qualities of a pretty water view. See how some Sarasota homeowners […]

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12/1/2005

Shopping for Art

As a curator for museums and a consultant to collectors, for almost 30 years I’ve had to judge the quality and value of art. In museums, galleries and private collections, I’ve sorted through the bad, the good, the better and the best. Whenever I look at a work, I consider how this new object measures […]

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12/1/2005

Alone at Last

Isn’t it amazing the way the luxury market has exploded over the past several years? This magazine is a perfect example. Look at the price of the diamond earrings on page such-and-such ($30,000). Or the car a couple of pages later ($320,000). But I suppose both make perfect sense, as they are being sold to […]

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12/1/2005

Higher Math

How can something so square be so hip? Easy, or at least easy-looking, when designer and client agree on modern geometry. In this case, the simple square and three easy colors-red, black and gray-chart the course for a stylish downtown loft at the brand-new Courthouse Centre. Owner Mark Sarason saw designer Lance Licciardi’s work in […]

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12/1/2005

Room at the Top

It happens all the time. You’ve just moved to Sarasota. You’ve bought one of those $2 million condos downtown, the kind on the second floor with no view. Let’s say you’re a couple in your 50s, early retirees or still running some business up North. You love Sarasota. It’s beautiful and there’s so much going […]

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12/1/2005

Siesta Key

While locals might wish they could keep it their little secret, the word is out: Siesta Key’s beaches are acclaimed worldwide for their dazzling white sands and silky smooth texture. In fact, this sugary stuff has even been sold on eBay. But Siesta Key is not just about beaches. This eight-mile-long, lushly beautiful barrier island […]

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12/1/2005

Stay Awhile

It’s nice to have a place to lay your head-even better when that place has a spa, gourmet restaurant and high-speed Internet access. Whether you’re spending the days relaxing at the beach or browsing the shops, luxurious accommodations are close at hand, ready quench your thirst, cool your sunburn and fluff your pillow. Sarasota has […]

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12/1/2005

Art City

Thanks in part to John Ringling, who built his museum in 1927 and then filled it with an impressive Baroque collection, Sarasota continues to attract more and more artworks and their admirers. Paintings, sculptures and other artifacts from around the globe are on display throughout the city and help inspire local creative types to make […]

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12/1/2005

Lido and Longboat Key

It’s not just their proximity to the sunsets, quiet neighborhoods or miles of waterfront in every direction that pull people westward, these barrier islands are famous for their world-class restaurants and posh, walkable shops, which happen to go great with a morning on an exclusive golf course or a sun-drenched day at the beach LIDO […]

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12/1/2005

The Fab 52

1. Visit Selby Botanical Gardens to admire its remarkable collection of tropical orchids, then take your own orchid home from the plant shop. These beautiful plants with long-lasting blooms are surprisingly easy to grow, and the volunteers will help you determine which species fits your skill level. (Dendrobiums or phalaenopsis, anyone?) 811 S. Palm Ave., […]

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12/1/2005

Venice and Englewood

One of the earliest planned cities in the United States, Venice is known for its charming historic downtown district, scenic parks and spectacular beaches. Venice has long been favored as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of contemporary city life; the people who vacation and live here choose the area for its graceful ambiance, […]

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12/1/2005

Curtains Up!

It’s not called the Cultural Coast for nothing. Sarasotans earn their reputation for excellent performing arts by collectively treading the boards, tickling the ivories and rolling the cameras nearly every day of the year. And there’s no shortage of eager audiences clamoring for the shows. Professional ballet, theater and opera companies-as well as award-winning community […]

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12/1/2005

Time Out

In this annual Visitors’ Issue, you’ll find everything you (or your guests) need to make a holiday memorable, from our insider’s guide to attractions and diversions to our hand-picked list of 52 things-one for each week of the year-that every Sarasota visitor and resident must do. But sometimes the best thing to do on a […]

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12/1/2005

Got Game!

It’s easy to get caught up in the area’s relaxing pursuits, but people itching for exercise and competition don’t have to go far. With water sports aplenty and golf courses galore, Sarasota invites athletes by land or by sea to find out who can hit the longest drive, catch the biggest fish-or the biggest air. […]

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12/1/2005

Events Calendar 2006

DECEMBER 2005 Through Dec. 29: Asolo Theatre Company presents A Christmas Carol. 351-8000. Through May 31: Season of Sculpture exhibition continues along the bayfront. 331-2008. 1-11: Oliver! onstage at Players Theatre. 365-2494. 2: Holiday Night of Lights on St. Armands Circle. 388-1554. 2-4: American Craft Council Show takes place at Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center. […]

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12/1/2005

Downtown

In downtown Sarasota, sailboats dot sparkling waters just steps from bustling sidewalks lined by outdoor eateries, contemporary office buildings, hotels and residences, distinctive boutiques and galleries, movie theaters and performing arts spaces. Intimate parks and plazas delight with the surprise of a colorful fountain, an award-winning work of art or the promise of a quiet, […]

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12/1/2005

SARASOTA’s 10 Best Seafood Sensations

Bouillabaisse at the Beach Bistro is a delirious experience in Florida island food and has been a culinary obsession of proprietor Sean Murphy since he established his award-winning culinary cottage on the Gulf 20 years ago. Hearty, fragrant, and oh so rich, this soup is a seafood connoisseur’s grand indulgence, with lobster tail, jumbo shrimp […]

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12/1/2005

Getting and Spending

We realize it’s the weather and the beaches that brought you here. And who could resist the exquisite, quiet pleasures of shelling, reading a thriller under a beach umbrella or floating on your back in the Gulf while the sun makes sparkly diamond patterns on the blue-green water? But come on-we know you really want […]

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12/1/2005

From the Heart

It was a hot, hot day in May 2000 when Tony D’Souza arrived at a Muslim village in the north of the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire. All 700 villagers set down their tools and crowded around the young Peace Corps volunteer. In the chief’s courtyard, D’Souza sat on a stool and, according to […]

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