Archive for May, 2006

05/1/2006

Best Face Forward

When Sandra Washington, director of Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, was in high school, her mother gave her a copy of a teen beauty magazine to encourage her to "always be proud of myself, always take care of myself." Washington, now 59, has applied what she calls "being particular about my appearance" to her community as […]

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05/1/2006

May Events

THEATER CROWNING GLORY Can Crowns, a musical about African-American women and their church hats, top the Asolo’s runaway hit from last summer, the all-time best-selling Menopause the Musical? Time will tell, but at the very least one expects the show’s rousing gospel music to raise the roof of the Mertz Theatre. The show, adapted from […]

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05/1/2006

Urban Adventures

Inside this issue, you’ll find the 230 places, people and adventures our readers named the best of Sarasota for 2006. They cover a lot of territory, from beachfront restaurants to country club golf courses out east. But one part of Sarasota is adding new shops, restaurants and experiences so rapidly, we decided it needed a […]

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05/1/2006

What a Ride!

The item: 2006 Bentley Continental GTC, the long-awaited convertible version of 2003′s popular GT. Prices weren’t released at press time, but expect a range in the $200s. The 560-horsepower, 12-cylinder engine produces speeds of more than 190 mph, for an eye-catching, roof-optional ride that puts the wind in your hair, and everyone else in the […]

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05/1/2006

Wild at Heart

Sometimes it’s soft and quiet, the sun turning an early morning mist into an orange fog and silhouetting motionless stands of slash pines. At other times the sun rises in a bright festival of magenta-tinged clouds gathering over Lake Okeechobee. However it begins, a morning at the Babcock-Webb wildlife preserve is always magical. Dew-covered dragonflies […]

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05/1/2006

Tried and True

Design experience: Started at 16. I went to work for Sloan [in Connecticut], then Lord and Taylor, then I went out on my own. On building a room: I’m probably a frustrated architect. Even before we put fabrics and furniture in, I see if I need space above the windows to do window treatments, or […]

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05/1/2006

A Coastal Cottage in the Sky

Decorating with blue and white can make you feel a little bit closer to heaven. The color scheme is airy, ethereal, the essence of sky and sea. Indeed, blue and white might just be one of the world’s earliest expressions of a global economy; references to blue and white Chinese temple porcelains, Central Asian ikat […]

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05/1/2006

On the Rise

In a town filled with artists, what makes these five special? First, they’re not only talented, they are committed to showing their work-you will see more of them in the future. Second, painting is back in a big way, and four of them are reinterpreting that art in bold new ways, while the fifth uses […]

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05/1/2006

One Great Room

When Kerry Orcutt moved to Silver Oak on Palmer Ranch, she wanted to build a network of new friends. Outdoor entertaining had been a big part of her life in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and she was determined to create a home that functioned for parties inside and out. Orcutt joined several newcomer organizations and used […]

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05/1/2006

The Social Detective

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not so easy to make it in this town. Turns out, as they say in the cops, not everything in Sarasota is about money, social position or real estate after all. Take me, for instance. You’d think that someone who’d once been married to the Barley Baron of Britain, owned […]

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