Archive for June, 2007

06/1/2007

Small Pleasures

Tapas, or “small bites,” originated in Spain, where they remain a wildly popular way to make a meal. There they can be as simple as a bite of cured ham wrapped around a cube of cheese or as complicated as a slice of cold omelette. The point is to have a nibble that accompanies an […]

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06/1/2007

Rules of Renovation

Nationwide, the single largest source of complaints to consumer and licensing agencies is home improvement contractors. But whether the job you want done is installing hurricane protection, redoing your kitchen, or a renovation of your entire home, you can dramatically reduce your risk of getting stuck if you follow some basic rules. Figure out ahead […]

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06/1/2007

Changing Your Shape

Sculptors can find a hidden David in a block of marble, shape a thinker from a lump of clay or create the face of Balzac by filling a mold with bronze. There’s a grab-bag of techniques; the act of creation stops when the sculptor decides to stop. (Art, as they say, is never finished, only […]

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06/1/2007

June Events

On Exhibit Touched by an Angel In this 17th-century painting by Dutch artist Karel Du Jardin that hangs in the Ringling Museum, golden-haired angels provide water and direction to Abraham’s wife, Hagar, and her son, Ishmael, who are lost in the wilderness. Du Jardin has created an idealized and theatrical scene on canvas with nearly […]

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06/1/2007

Homefront

WORK IT Kick off the summer entertaining season in style with new cabinets from Design Works at West Florida Distributors. The Design Works Studio features a wide selection of premium and designer cabinets, from traditional to contemporary, ready to transform your kitchen and bathroom into functional showplaces. A complete source for luxury cabinets as well […]

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06/1/2007

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH All-natural Venetian Golf & River Club. Golfers and nature lovers may have discovered their perfect neighborhood in Venetian Golf & River Club, located off Laurel Road in north Venice. With a meandering 18-hole championship golf course designed by Chip Powell and a 70-acre nature park on the Myakka River with canoe launch and […]

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06/1/2007

Designing Mind

STIRRING IT UP Every kitchen needs: A gas range, because if you want to cook like a chef you want to cook with gas; granite countertops because they look beautiful, are timeless and require very little maintenance; and a commercial dishwasher, because it has boosters that run cycles in two and a half minutes. It’s […]

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06/1/2007

One Great Room

Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner and her husband, Tom, fell in love with the duplex penthouse for sale in The Promenade on Longboat Key because of its great light, Gulf views and spectacular sculptured stairway. But most of the furniture was included in the sale, and it took Barbara’s trained eye to envision the formal interiors in […]

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06/1/2007

Dreams Come True

Just a year or two ago, some of the region’s most luxurious new communities were still cattle ranches with hundreds of acres of pastureland and old Florida landscapes dotted with native cypress and live oak trees. To developers and builders participating in the 2007 Parade of Homes—co-sponsored this winter by the Home Builders Associations of […]

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06/1/2007

Rediscover the Ringling

A headline in a recent issue of the London-based culture magazine Apollo called the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art “The Greatest Art Museum on Earth.” Circus impresario John Ringling would have loved the hyperbole, not to mention the allusion to his Greatest Show on Earth. But while the Ringling may not be ready […]

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06/1/2007

A Visit from Sister Wendy

If you’re lucky, you’ll fall in love during your lifetime. Maybe even more than once, and often when you least expect it. I just did. Internationally renowned art commentator, historian, author and television host Sister Wendy Beckett came to visit my husband and me in Florence, Italy. Truth be told, it was incidental that I […]

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06/1/2007

Drive Time

The large hunk of colorful metal grabs my attention even before the door closes behind me at the Pro Golf store off Bee Ridge Road and Tuttle Avenue. Golf junkies don’t need much to spike adrenaline levels, so as I make a beeline for a rack filled with drivers, I figure these square-headed monsters might […]

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06/1/2007

Top Doctors

Let’s face it, when it comes to staying healthy, an apple a day just won’t cut it. Whether you’re a Southwest Florida newcomer or just a newcomer to your insurance company, tracking down a local doctor who meets your needs—and the needs of your healthcare plan—requires a thorough search. “Sarasota has excellent physicians,” says Intercoastal […]

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06/1/2007

The Social Detective

I am not a fan of The View. So what was I doing at the Ritz one day last March when Herald-Tribune columnist Marjorie North, ABC anchor Linda Carson, cable talk show host Annette Scherman and the Education Channel’s general manager, Leanne McIntire, all sat on sofas in the ballroom and pretended to be Barbara […]

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06/1/2007

Fashion Statement Zoe Cassavetes

Spotted at: The Sarasota Film Festival 2007 Filmmakers’ Tribute Dinner at the Longboat Key Club. What are you wearing? A black silk corseted tulip dress by Brian Reyes, ankle-wrapped, hardware-studded Marc Jacobs heels and a gold chain dotted with tiny green gemstones and diamond studs. How would you describe your style? I like minimalist, not […]

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06/1/2007

Mr. Chatterbox

Annette Scherman has peaked. Yes, after years of being one of Sarasota’s most distinctive personalities, she had now officially climbed her Everest. I refer, of course, to her Community Video Archives luncheon. It’s changed over the years from a somewhat modest event honoring rich philanthropists to a major civic pageant in which once a year, […]

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06/1/2007

The New Kids in Town

Somehow, in the midst of constant chatter about the state of downtown Sarasota, several new condominium buildings have risen, apparently serenely, above the fray. And, to be honest, they are pretty good citizens. What’s more, they’re not carriers of the dreaded Med-Rev disease, our architectural acne. One of the most controversial of these, 1350 Main—famous […]

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06/1/2007

Shopping Whole Foods Market Center

First Street, Whole Foods Market Center Luxury shopping in a compact square. First Street’s Whole Foods Market Center proves that good things do indeed come in small packages. With the nation’s yuppie natural foods emporium as its anchor, this tiny new retail district is steps from downtown’s upscale condos, opera house, theaters and Main Street. […]

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06/1/2007

From the Editor

One of the best assignments I’ve ever had was calling the wives of the winners of our “Sarasota’s Hottest Husbands” contest this month to tell them the happy news. I knew the wives would be surprised and delighted to learn that their nomination was a winner, but when I talked to Joanne Willaredt I got […]

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