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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