Archive for December, 2005

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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