Archive for July, 2007

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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