Archive for February, 2006

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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02/1/2006

Essential Oils

The epicenter of the blossoming Rosemary District has moved off Central to Fifth Street, where architects mix with Ringling students and cool octogenarians who demand good coffee, strong conversation-and upscale extra-virgin. After Kelly and Bill Kary opened the Sarasota Olive Oil Company in 2004 on Central Avenue, they often went for java at Sarasota Coffee […]

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02/1/2006

Swan Song

At 77, confined to a wheelchair with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Marge Sokol’s birding days are behind her. But this intrepid adventurer, who, with her late husband, Bob, spent more than 25 years in search of new species, has a new catch-the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sarasota Audubon Society. The Sokols retired to Longboat […]

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02/1/2006

Street Talk

Fat City Dining off the beaten track with Bob Ardren. There’s no more universal food than bread wrapped around something-what we call sandwiches. Be they breakfast, lunch or dinner, a snack in between or a survival ration to keep you fortified or even keep you alive, sandwiches are a recurring element in most of our […]

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02/1/2006

Hot Stuff

We knew Southwest Florida was hot, but we didn’t know how hot until we read Marty Ambrose’s "You Sexy Thing" in this issue. Romance and mystery novelist Ambrose takes a light-hearted look at how women are redefining middle age, especially in our steamy, tropical region. From vampy versions of Samantha in Sex and the City […]

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