Archive for February, 2006

02/1/2006

In the Swing

I chose to visit University Park Country Club for two reasons: (1) I was curious to see just how good a golf facility it is, considering Golf Digest magazine gave it a four-star rating and Florida Golf News named it the No. 1 course in Southwest Florida; and (2) I wanted to check out a […]

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02/1/2006

Girl Scout Treat

A new building makes two statements. The first pertains to the vision of the owner; the second speaks to the skill of the architect. Ideally, the statements are in harmony. And they are at the new regional headquarters of the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. The building, set in a beautiful site at the intersection […]

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02/1/2006

BAD TIDINGS

It’s a scenario that plays itself out at least once a year in Southwest Florida: You take your family out for a boat ride on a pleasant day, but within minutes the excursion turns into an all-too familiar maritime horror story. Eyes began to water, chests feel congested and shoals of dead fish float ominously […]

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02/1/2006

Shall We Dance?

Some parties just seem to have more going for them than others. Take this year’s annual CAN Dance, sponsored by the Community AIDS Network. It’s in a category all by itself, with an electric atmosphere, professional dance partners, and a grand ballroom competition in which six local celebrities vied for a trophy to the cheers […]

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02/1/2006

The British are Coming

Longboat Key diners sulked when creative chef Steve Horn and his energetic wife, Maureen, retired from their popular restaurant at the Centre Shops (Maureen’s Palm Grille) and decided to sell real estate instead of cooking on it. Thankfully, the restaurant didn’t shut down. Instead, it’s been purchased by a British couple, Richard and Elaine Sawyer, […]

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02/1/2006

HOMEFRONT

LOOKY LOO No more playing it safe in kitchen and bathroom designs, says Lisa Klempner, showroom manager at Hill’s Showcase of Designer Plumbing. "The savvy customer is adventurous and creative. They no longer want what everyone else has," she says. Klempner advises filling bathrooms and kitchens with lots of color-especially with fancy glass vessels and […]

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02/1/2006

Wired

"Life is on the wire. The rest is just waiting." -Karl Wallenda By Peter B. Gallagher It was a sunny, breezy, eerie, Florida autumn afternoon out on Longboat Key. Sweat-stain hot but sweater cool, depending on where I was standing. In the low western sky, Venus was shining in the daytime. On earth, seagulls were […]

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02/1/2006

You Sexy Thing

Hot. Sultry. Seductive. These are all words that could describe Southwest Florida-and the mature, sexy sirens who are making this area their home. Whether they’re happily married, forever single or somewhere in between, they’re part of a movement afoot in our culture today, a whole new attitude toward aging that says 40 is the new […]

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02/1/2006

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? A black and white Jessica McClintock gown and Chinese Laundry black sandals with rhinestone buckle. How would you describe your style? Classic, but I definitely pay attention to the trends and mix in some vintage pieces. Where do you go to school? I’m a junior at Vanderbilt, headed to get a […]

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02/1/2006

In the Bag

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Louis Vuitton. It was in Neiman Marcus in Dallas, and I was 12 years old. "Holy moly," I said. "That is the ugliest luggage I ever saw." It was an awful brown color with little designs all over it, and I couldn’t imagine anybody actually buying it. […]

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02/1/2006

Sarasota’s 10 Best Spots to Tie the Knot

Celebrate your union at one of America’s most important historic houses, the Cà d’Zan, John and Mable Ringling’s Venetian bayfront mansion. The Cà d’Zan Terrace, an 8,000-square-foot verandah of variegated marble overlooking the water, accommodates up to 250 for sunset (or moonlit) ceremonies and receptions. For more intimate ceremonies, Mable’s Rose Garden fits up to […]

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02/1/2006

Ranch Dressing

Realtor Kevin Vale and interior decorator David Harlan had just sold their home in the summer of 2004-the second of two major house renovations they’d undertaken together-when they came upon a 1950s ranch on a charming West-of-Trail street and immediately fell in love. "We really didn’t want a new project so soon, and we certainly […]

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02/1/2006

Runaway Bride

Twelve Sarasota friends ran away to the tiny hillside town of Barberino Val d’Elsa, Italy, late last September to orchestrate the marriage of Sarasota’s Lee Morse, a feature film and national commercial producer, and independent film producer Tom Garrett. Under the bright blue sky of a Tuscan Indian summer, the friends spent a week eating […]

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02/1/2006

February Events

IN TOWN PHYLLIS GEORGE Crowned the 50th Miss America in 1971, Phyllis George has been on the go ever since. She’ll be sharing life lessons from her latest book, Never Say Never, at the Junior League of Sarasota’s Legacy Luncheon on Feb. 27 (tickets are $75; call 485-8142 for more information); we caught up with […]

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02/1/2006

Made In Sarasota

One of Erik Wiklund’s most prized possessions is a woodworking tool called a plane, which was made by an 80-year-old Japanese master blacksmith from iron that was fired in the 1700s. Framed photographs of other tools by the same blacksmith hang on Wiklund’s bedroom wall. When he touches the worn metal grooves of one of […]

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02/1/2006

Days of Heaven

Barely 15 miles from Sarasota, Myakka City exists in another world. It has always been a country place-rolling hills, pristine oak hammocks, grazing cattle, pickup trucks with gun racks and rebel flags. But its ranches are vanishing, and along with them a part of Florida’s soul. "There’s not going to be any rural Sarasota or […]

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02/1/2006

Real Estate Go$$ip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SPARKLING SAPPHIRE SHORES Sapphire Shores, meandering along the bay south of the Ringling Museum, is one of Sarasota’s oldest established neighborhoods. In this highly sought-after part of town, historically significant homes from the 1920s abut brand-new multimillion-dollar waterfront mansions. Homeowners are an eclectic group of retirees, students, young families, politicians, attorneys, doctors and […]

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02/1/2006

In The Garden

A contemporary Casey Key garden that is seamlessly in tune with the strong geometric forms of the modernist house it surrounds recently earned landscape architect David Young an Award of Merit (the only one in the residential category) from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Young says the minimalist garden, in […]

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02/1/2006

One Great Room

Donn Osmon and Barbara Nelson wanted to update their seventh-floor Longboat Key condominium, built in 1994, with transitional furniture, contemporary accents and happy colors. They commissioned Pamela Hastings, A.S.I.D., to creatively furnish an area for relaxing, entertaining, and displaying paintings and art glass. Hastings and Nelson established a palette of raspberry, red, emerald and blue […]

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02/1/2006

Designing Mind

Design experience: 40 years as president of Dorothy Draper & Co. Draper made interior design a profession in 1925 [when] there were no designers [or] schools of interior design. She went on to do enormous projects. My style: Think of large spaces and bold color. I believe that neutrals are soft aqua blues-beiges and whites […]

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