Archive for December, 2006

12/1/2006

A Serious Storyteller

In the December issue of SARASOTA, Paul Schneider tells the story of his most recent book, Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America. It’s the tale of a fleet of 400 Spanish conquistadors who began their expedition in Southwest Florida in an attempt to conquer the Gulf coast of North […]

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12/1/2006

December Calendar of Events

December Through Dec. 10: Historic Spanish Point Heritage Holidays. 966-5214. Through Dec. 10: Players of Sarasota present The Sound of Music. 365-2494. Through Dec. 31: Plaid Tidings onstage at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454. Through Jan. 4: Asolo Repertory Theatre presents The Plexiglass Slipper. 351-8000. Through Jan. 6: Musical revue Over the Rainbow onstage […]

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12/1/2006

Fame and Fate

I hope and pray I never become famous. I could handle the mass adulation part pretty well. I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I would know just what to do with Barbara Walters, paparazzi harassment and that awful Cojo person criticizing my clothes. What I couldn’t handle would be all those books people […]

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12/1/2006

Destinations

Sarasota has been dubbed the cultural coast because of its arts scene, but theaters aren’t the city’s only entertainment venues. Destination shopping is a pleasurable pursuit, and the region abounds with seductive retail diversions that are just as engaging as the best concerts, movies and plays. Fabulous finds await in nooks and crannies along back […]

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12/1/2006

Brutal Journey

On a warm April morning, on a rising tide, the greatest survival epic in American history began just a few miles from Sarasota. This was nearly 500 years ago, in 1528, and a small fleet of Spanish ships was working its way along the low, green coast of Florida, looking for the opening to the […]

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12/1/2006

27 Ways to Heaven

Thanks to visitors and residents with a taste for the good life, Sarasota enjoys an ever-evolving and dizzyingly delicious restaurant scene, from much-awarded landmarks serving classic Continental and New American cuisine to hip little bistros where the food is as cool as the Cosmo-drinking crowd. Creative chefs and entrepreneurs from all over keep elevating the […]

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12/1/2006

A Wave of Luxury

Forget the trophy wife (or husband), the sexy car and the professional show-kitchen. These days, a swimming pool provokes equal envy—and comes with appreciably lower maintenance costs. Status pools are the hot new frontier in luxury home design, providing dramatic water views for Sarasota’s growing population of landlocked multimillion-dollar abodes. Homes in prestigious new communities […]

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12/1/2006

Beachy Keen

The new wave in beach house design is directly attributed to Diane Keaton’s love nest in 2003’s hit movie Something’s Gotta Give. Three years later, writer/director Nancy Meyer’s directive (make the viewer feel the sand right outside the door) has inspired cool new color schemes and furniture—plus a cult following of consumers (and professionals) who […]

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12/1/2006

From the Editor

At a recent wedding, I overheard the mother of the bride tell someone, “Now, you may think I’m prejudiced, but I honestly believe they are the most beautiful couple I’ve ever seen.” Sarasota, and just like the bride’s doting mother, I insist that my intimate attachment to the object of my affection hasn’t clouded my […]

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