Archive for June, 2006

06/1/2006

The Sophisticates

If there were any doubt that Sarasota is a stone’s throw away from big-city dining, two new restaurants show how close we’re getting. Both The Rustic Grill and MT’s would be equally at home in Manhattan, Chicago or D.C., and they’re upping the ante for the rest of the field. Even before it opened, people […]

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06/1/2006

Homefront

SERENE SERENATA Serenata Sarasota is a brand-new, garden-style community centrally located at the intersection of University Parkway and Tuttle Road, just west of I-75. Residents enjoy convenient access to the beaches, entertainment venues, golf courses and the local airport. The gated community spans 18 acres of lushly landscaped grounds encompassing a resort-style pool with spacious […]

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06/1/2006

Made in Sarasota

Lynda Kiansten was browsing a hobby store with a friend when a loud crash startled shoppers. Someone had broken a plate. "Lynda, there’s your favorite sound," her friend quipped. That’s not far from the truth. Kiansten is a mosaic artist who creates one-of-a-kind tables that serve as art, travelogue, photo album and furniture all in […]

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06/1/2006

Mr. Chatterbox

The strangest thing happened at this year’s film festival, the one thing nobody thought would ever happen–the movies were better than the parties. True, they were a mishmash of various treats and oddities, but one sensed a guiding hand behind their selection. It was as if a refined sensibility were overseeing the whole thing–refined, yes, […]

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06/1/2006

June Events

MUSIC FESTIVAL FINALE The 42nd season of the Sarasota Music Festival, running through June 17, may be longtime artistic director Paul Wolfe’s last, but staffers say Wolfe doesn’t want them-or audiences-to get too sentimental about it. He’d rather they focus on the future of the festival (which starting next year will be led by veteran […]

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06/1/2006

One Great Room

Beverly and Tom Porter purchased their dream home on Longboat Key two years before Tom planned to retire, then handed interior designer John Hargreaves a long list of requirements. This would be a home for comfort and laid-back entertaining, set amid an eclectic blend of elegant French antiques. And it would have no formal dining […]

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06/1/2006

Sweet Shots

Ah, to the Good Life. Or, better yet, the Golf Life. In interest of full disclosure, I played The Concession, Ritz-Carlton Members Club and Founders Club only as a personal favor to the editors at SARASOTA Magazine. I didn’t want to do it, as I recall. Hesitated. Wavered. Asked to renegotiate. Polled family, friends, neighbors […]

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06/1/2006

Before & After

Life’s transitions can be difficult. But they can also peel away layers of individuality to reveal amazing inner strengths. As Abita Mullen was recovering from breast cancer, going through a divorce and relocating from Philadelphia to Sarasota, she decided to throw caution to the winds and decorate her new home in Three Oaks, an east […]

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06/1/2006

The Five-Star Lifestyle

Let’s face it–we want it both ways: personal amenities in hotels and resort amenities at home. This spring’s 2006 Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Home Builders Associations of Sarasota and Manatee counties, proved that interior architecture for resorts and year-round homes have become inextricably intertwined, with differences fast disappearing in the million-dollar-plus category. The […]

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06/1/2006

Design Dynasty

Age: 30 Design experience: Three years working professionally with my mother [30-year Sarasota designer Bonnie Lancaster] at Lancaster-Humma-White Studio, the oldest design studio in Sarasota. What Mom taught me: I’d come here after school and help organize the library and file paperwork. My mother always wanted to share what she was doing creatively with me. […]

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06/1/2006

Shore Patrol

For almost 20 years, Will and Sally Collins patrolled Casey Key, marking and protecting sea turtle nests. They walked the shores every day from mid-May through November, looking for "crawls," the telltale tracks of a turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs. "In the old days, we’d verify it ourselves, dig down and touch the […]

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06/1/2006

The Social Detective

Before I was a suspense novelist with a cop series of my own, I just wanted to be Art Buchwald. Back in the day, Art hung around Vineyard Haven with a cigar in his mouth, and all he had to do was cough up a few words a week for the world to listen. Writing […]

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06/1/2006

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH BACK TO NATURE AT SILVER OAK Silver Oak, in the 10,000-acre master-planned community of Palmer Ranch, features million-dollar Mediterranean homes overlooking 115 acres of lakes and nature preserves. It has attracted a former U.S. senator, a sports star, a famous author, the owners of several popular Sarasota restaurants, physicians who enjoy the proximity […]

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06/1/2006

Winds of Change

Andrew got our attention, but even though it reduced much of Dade County to crinkled metal and splintered wood, the storm fizzled out by the time it passed over Southwest Florida. Besides, that was 14 years ago, and many of today’s residents weren’t living here then. But in 2004, hurricanes started sweeping through Florida again-Frances, […]

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06/1/2006

In the Swing

No matter what private or public club I visit in our area, when the round is over and I’m eavesdropping on other players sitting at nearby 19th-hole tables, as is the golf writer’s job, almost without fail I’ll hear a golfer ask someone, "Have you played Waterlefe?" I understand why golfers get excited about this […]

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06/1/2006

Assassin!

Like most Americans, I first heard about John Wilkes Booth back in the third grade and haven’t given him much thought since. He was on that list of Presidential assassins, those troubled young men who take out their frustrations and psychological problems on the ultimate authority figure and have caused the country so much grief. […]

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06/1/2006

Top Doctors

Primary care physicians create continuity in health care. As your "family doctor," they deliver recurring, preventive care, document medical history and monitor health risks through time. They advise through life’s cycles and crises. And as gatekeepers, they guide their patients to specialists, therapists and other care providers. The dilemma in our growing Sarasota-Manatee community is […]

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06/1/2006

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER BEHIND THE SCENES Writer Llywelyn Tudor Jones comes full circle at The Players Theatre. Born in London in 1968 and raised on Longboat Key, Llywelyn Tudor Jones absorbed every moment of his father, Alun’s, performances at The Players Theatre in the ’70s. “I remember how safe the theater seemed,” he says. “Going to watch […]

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06/1/2006

Mixed Blessing

It has become too customary lately to describe new projects in Sarasota’s downtown with the glib "good news, bad news" moniker. The unfortunate truth is that almost nothing that has happened in response to the new master plan is without signifcant drawbacks. In general, the good news relates to the immediate effect of some of […]

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06/1/2006

What if they just keep coming?

When it comes to hurricanes, I’ve always been an alarmist. It probably started with watching the Wizard of Oz as a little girl in Illinois. After seeing Dorothy and Toto fly around in that dark twister, I made, "And please, God, don’t let there be any tornadoes," the standard closing of every bedtime prayer. Moving […]

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