Archive for July, 2006

07/1/2006

See Clearly Now

Freedom has many definitions. To someone who’s been wearing glasses since elementary school, it may have little to do with the land of the free and the home of the brave. Susan Haggard, 43, began wearing glasses when she was nine years old. At 15, she got contact lenses. "Remember the hard kind, the ones […]

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07/1/2006

One Great Room

Before Dianne Belk and her husband, Larry Calder, retired, they searched the country for active arts communities. In Sarasota they found a varied cultural bill of fare and a warm welcome from groups they now champion (the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Ringling School and the Sarasota County Arts Council among them). But few homes seemed architecturally […]

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07/1/2006

Line in the Sand

For a community that takes pride in trumpeting our cultural riches, we seem plagued by a strange condition. I refer to our architectural amnesia, which prevents our leaders from attempting to preserve our architectural heritage, including the few remaining examples of the internationally renowned Sarasota School of Architecture. For a time, it was fashionable to […]

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07/1/2006

Made in Sarasota

From the street, Beth Surdut’s home near Southside Village is pure Old Florida. Confederate jasmine clambers over the trellis that leads up a tiny garden path to the front porch, and bougainvillea blooms abundantly in the shady side garden. Get closer, however, and unusual items appear-two diminutive statues of the Hindu monkey demigod Hanuman flank […]

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07/1/2006

Summer Events

On Exhibit The Divine Miss B This grand painting by Alfred Stevens portrays a Who’s Who of 1889 Parisian society. But we recognize only one of the people, making us ponder the temporal nature of "celebrity." The figure who stands out is Sarah Bernhardt, painted in the white costume she wore in Victor Hugo’s Ruy […]

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07/1/2006

Real Estate Go$$ip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SERENE SYLVAN LEA Sylvan Lea, just east of I-75 and a mile north of Bee Ridge Road, has narrow, winding streets beneath a thick canopy of oak trees. Hawks, owls and other wildlife habituate this private community, which is sheltered from winter winds and delightfully shaded from summer heat. Architectural styles are eclectic, […]

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07/1/2006

Homefront

JUST SIT RIGHT BACK Soon, many residents of Palmetto’s RivĂ© Isle will be able to embark on idyllic boating excursions simply by stepping out of their own back doors. The 255-acre gated island community, currently being developed along the Manatee River, will offer 157 home sites with private docks prime for exploring inland waterways or […]

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07/1/2006

Southern Comfort

Age: 58. Design experience: Graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in 1971, while working for Jacobson’s on St. Armands. Bought Whitney Design & Associates [with John Griggs] in 1984 and will become president of ASID Florida West Coast Chapter this fall. Style defined: Usually more simplified. I am a Chanel suit. Every home […]

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07/1/2006

Simple Seven

1. Kick it up a notch. The basic charcoal grill where you’d occasionally burn a few hot dogs is passĂ©. Outdoor cooking options have grown up. Today’s lanai or patio can hold a complete kitchen stocked with everything you need to whip up a gourmet meal. You need equipment for cooking, chilling food and drinks, […]

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07/1/2006

Summer Pleasures

Summer is the season for dining out. On steamy Southwest Florida evenings, who wants to hang over a hot stove? Even a fabulous outdoor kitchen positioned next to an azure pool can’t summon the reluctant chef. And, best of all, we have our restaurants to ourselves! Last year, a friend’s summer holiday plans fell apart […]

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07/1/2006

A Seasoned Performance

After 30 years of practicing law in New Jersey, Jerry Finn has returned to his first love: theater. Finn, 74, and his wife, Terri, founded the Banyan Theater Company in 2002 to bring to Sarasota "more sophisticated, literary, even challenging" works during off-season summer months. Now the Banyan does 50 performances of three plays in […]

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07/1/2006

Urban History

The first thing to know about the house Ernie and Loretta Ritz built is that it is a trompe l’oeil masterpiece of un-Americanized Mediterranean style. The second thing to know is that it’s located above Bacco’s restaurant on Lemon Avenue in Sarasota, directly across from Whole Foods Market. Amid the dust of downtown renovation and […]

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