Archive for July, 2007

07/1/2007

The New 100

What makes someone powerful in Sarasota? In our egalitarian, results-oriented community, the key element is this: They get things done. They do that in a number of different ways. Some have a lot of money and use it wisely. Some have a job they fill—or enlarge—with talent and dedication. Others have amazing personal style and […]

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07/1/2007

Natural Selection

A sturdy diminutive of the celebrated Southern magnolia tree, the “Little Gem” (Magnolia grandiflora) is a great choice for dense, low-maintenance hedges in full sun and moist soil. And the creamy-white flowers, which bloom through the heat of summer, emit the same sweet, citrus scent as their full-size cousins. Related Articles: Natural Selection Natural Selection […]

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07/1/2007

Upstairs, Downstairs

At Cork and The Bottle Shop, the first grace note sounds soon after you’re seated. It’s in the butter. Whether you choose the informal cafe/brasserie/bar downstairs (The Bottle Shop), where the butter might be alive with the tang of fresh orange, or the more formal restaurant upstairs (Cork), where the butter might owe its pop […]

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07/1/2007

Looking Into Our Eyes

The eyes are the windows to our soul—and, sometimes, to the state of our general health. Vision abnormalities can be harbingers of other problems, including diabetes, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, blood disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. But trouble seeing can also indicate serious problems with, well, the eyes. According to the American Foundation for the […]

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07/1/2007

Summer Events

ART Galleria Silecchia. Continuing on view at the Palm Avenue gallery through July 5 are works by mixed media painter Cary Henrie. Opening July 6 to run through Aug. 2: an exhibition of abstract paintings and sculpture in aluminum by Paul Tamanian, followed by a show highlighting the blown glass forms of Hiroshi Yamano, Aug. […]

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07/1/2007

Homefront

GAZEBO KNOWS And what’s a beautiful outdoor dinner without beautiful outdoor furniture? Gazebo silhouettes by Ethan Allen offer classic Southern hospitality in convenient patio furniture form. Made of hand-crafted, hand-woven wickerlike vinyl, the Gazebo line is durable enough to withstand the elements and beautiful enough to dress up interiors—not to mention patios, poolsides and other […]

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07/1/2007

Real Estate Gossip

Neighborhood Watch Camp Heron Lagoon When the Heron Lagoon Club and Lodges was built as an upscale fish camp right after World War II, advertising for the seasonal beachfront rentals on Siesta Key touted “cypress paneling, adequate ventilation and foot showers.” Today, the six-and-a-half-acre neighborhood just south of Sanderling Club—these days known simply as Heron […]

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07/1/2007

Made in Sarasota

Collage artist Robin Bowman is a Pisces, but she swears that has nothing to do with her subject matter: beautifully realized fish collages in fabric and ceramic tiles that she creates in her Lakewood Ranch home studio. The collages, made from up to 20 different brightly colored fabrics layered, hand-stitched and embellished with beads, depict […]

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07/1/2007

One Great Room

Lanny and Donna Julian whipped up a cozy kitchen for their custom home that seamlessly blends country charm with 21st-century amenities. They wanted the kitchen to flow right into the family room so Donna could interact with family and friends as she cooked. And they wanted it comfortable, with ample lighting and work space. The […]

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07/1/2007

Sarasota’s Design Trends

Hip renovators take note. Today’s wallpapers are unique and often startling statements of style, from retro-psychedelic designs to Zen-like wilderness prints and three-dimensional wood, leather and fabric wall panels. Talk about your modern hang-ups! Flavor Paper is a New Orleans company that creates one-of-a-kind vintage and contemporary wall coverings. Shown here is party-ready Pleasure Dome […]

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07/1/2007

History Lesson

Carolyn Van Helden is active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and her mother, Lyde Jones, can trace her family back to Jamestown (a walk-in closet filled floor to ceiling with her meticulously organized genealogy research backs her up). It’s no wonder, then, that the moment Van Helden saw the 82-year-old, Mediterranean-style home in […]

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07/1/2007

Critic’s Choice

There’s no rest for the wicked—or, thankfully, for those of us in Sarasota who love theater. The 2006-2007 theater season was the most jam-packed yet, with close to 60 productions on our main stages, and just weeks after it finished, several theater groups began staging summer productions. Before we settle into our seats for the […]

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07/1/2007

Boy & the Hoods

It’s Friday the 13th, perhaps not the most auspicious day for newly elected member Kelly Kirschner, 32, to get sworn in as a Sarasota City Commissioner. The ceremony is at noon, but first he has other business to attend to. He has an appointment with the city attorney, and there are various stops to be […]

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07/1/2007

Sarasota’s 10 Best Florida Getaways

If you’re a golf aficionado who likes chilling with the guys, the Guilt-Free Golf package at Amelia Island Plantation is for you. This Jacksonville-area resort boasts 72 holes of championship golf, dozens of tennis courts and pools, a spa, eateries galore and a range of accommodations—from the swanky beachfront hotel to private villas. The package […]

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07/1/2007

The Social Detective

We’ve been Palm Beached. After a season so packed the social columnists had to clone themselves, I think it’s official. You’d think the nonprofit donors’ market would start bottoming out. But people keep showing up, and the money keeps rolling in. There were two or three A-list fund raisers every day for months: auctions, galas, […]

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07/1/2007

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? A white-on-white fitted tank dress by Nicole Miller, white patent high-heeled BCBG peep-toe pumps, creamy pearls and a shell-embellished bag from my own line of accessories, Believe Fashions. It’s a line of accessories that you can buy at a show in an office or a restaurant. It’s like a moving boutique, […]

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07/1/2007

Mr. Chatterbox

Kitty Carlisle Hart was a part of our lives for so long it’s hard to believe that she’s finally gone, at age 96, just several months after performing at a nightclub in New York. Still doing club dates at 96! It boggles the mind. They should make her the patron saint of retirement towns everywhere, […]

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07/1/2007

Guilty Pleasures

Come now, you can’t expect me to be above reproach all the time, can you? Truth be told, my stern demeanor conceals a secret love of things that don’t quite make the honor roll in the arts, similar to my illicit love of peanut butter on almost anything (well, not well-ripened Brie, perhaps, but only […]

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07/1/2007

Shopping

Explorer’s Notebook: VENICE ISLAND Despite remnants of Italian architecture, Venice is the closest you’ll come to an Old Florida beach town—more relaxed than neighboring cities, but just as attractive to shoppers. They come for the chic boutiques and galleries lining Venice Avenue, a charming boulevard that leads right to the shore. When it’s time for […]

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07/1/2007

From the Editor

Why settle for one paradise when you could live in two? That’s the theory that sends so many Sarasota snowbirds off on their annual summer migration. After all, we can’t have enough life in our all-too-brief span here, so alternating between two different but equally idyllic settings is a brilliant way to expand and enrich […]

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