Archive for February, 2008

02/1/2008

A Tarnished Gem

The sunlight glitters off the waves as if every one of them were tipped with diamonds. The seagulls cry as they flap overhead. The clear sky soars high above like a crystal-blue dome. But down below, every ripple of the water carries a load of trouble. This is Sarasota Bay today, a 52-square-mile gem whose […]

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02/1/2008

The Social Detective

Does anybody know how much toe shoes for a ballet company cost, or why Sarasota absolutely needs to be a major dance town along with everything else we do? One answer came at the end of November at the opening night of the Sarasota Ballet. It was magical. Truly. Anybody who doubts that ballet here […]

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02/1/2008

Fashion Statement—Micki Gager

What are you wearing? A Dior-inspired corseted evening gown by Carol Lin, gold sequined sandals by Nina, a rope of Biwa pearls and amethyst earrings. How would you describe your style? A little quirky, a little Diane Keaton. As I’ve gotten older, I like more classic looks. A St. John knit always looks great. Since […]

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02/1/2008

Mr. Chatterbox

I’m getting more and more curious about that fence they’re planning to build along the border, because it seems that my Mexican next-door neighbors have just built a fence to keep me out. I can’t imagine what their problem is. Maybe Pee Wee kept running into their yard. Maybe it was me sunbathing in my […]

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02/1/2008

Back to School

While our local colleges are building a national reputation, few of their designs get a passing grade. Webster tells us that “campus” is derived from the Latin word for a flat place, a field. Sounds military, doesn’t it, evoking the regimented layout of a Roman legion’s camp rather than the traditional environs of colleges and […]

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02/1/2008

Shopping—Upper Main Street

Upper Main Street Sarasota is beginning to shine. The potpourri of mom-and-pop shops we know and love has been re-energized with an influx of under-the-radar boutiques, hip cafés and coveted national brands. The most happening spot: where Lemon and Main form Pineapple Square. That’s where Brooks Brothers and Sur La Table now link upper and […]

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