Archive for December, 2011

12/1/2011

Insider: People

David Grain’s private equity firm, Grain Management, employs 27 people here and he’s raised more than $100 million to support its operations. But he’s managed to keep a low Sarasota profile—which will be harder now that he’s been appointed to President Obama’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Grain is the wireless communications expert on the council. […]

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12/1/2011

Highlights

Dec. 1 The Ringling Museum grounds are alive with music, shopping, luminaries and more for the annual Holiday Splendor event, to benefit Toys for Tots. 6-9 p.m. 359-5700 ext. 5705. Dec. 2, 3, 4 The first of departing conductor Leif Bjaland’s farewell concerts with the Sarasota Orchestra takes place at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Accommodations

IT’S THE LAST THING YOU SEE BEFORE YOU DRIFT OFF TO SLEEP and the first thing that greets you in the morning: your hotel room. And whether you’re looking for a starlit sky and the soothing sound of waves or a shining cityscape and 24-hour dining, Sarasota’s lodging services have it all. Fresh off the […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Beaches

SARASOTA’S BEACHES ARE LEGENDARY—varied, dramatic, entertaining and infinitely beautiful. And now wide, safe Siesta Beach, with its winter-white sand, has been named the best in the country, according to “Dr. Beach,” beach expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman. Our beaches have also inspired the many artists and writers drawn here over the years. Consider yourself not […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Arts & Entertainment

SARASOTANS OFTEN BOAST ABOUT OUR PERFORMING ARTS SCENE—and with good reason. Our professional theater, ballet, orchestra and opera companies frequently win raves from New York critics, while some of our many community theaters have won international recognition. We’re also home to some outstanding  local dance, choral and film programs. For professional theater, take your pick: […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Galleries & Museums

COMBINE SARASOTA’S STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY AND OUR LONGSTANDING ARTISTIC POPULATION, and you get our visual arts scene, a vibrant array of works—and people who know how to appreciate them. The world-famous John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts is the hub of it all. Down the road at Ringling College of Art and Design, galleries […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Attractions

THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories are highlighted at the South Florida Museum and can be experienced firsthand at […]

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12/1/2011

Only in Sarasota

Is there a Sarasota visitor or resident who hasn’t thrilled to petting a gator at Jungle Gardens? Alligator attractions used to dot the state, but this is one of the few places where you can still get up close and personal with Florida’s archetypal reptile. Just remember: They’re cute when they’re young; later, not so […]

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12/1/2011

Mr. Chatterbox

Guess what? I got hair extensions! And they’re pink! This happened at Key to the Cure. The girl who installed them said it was the hardest hair extension she’s ever had to do. The first problem was to find some hair to extend. But I must say—the end result is fabulous, even if most people […]

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12/1/2011

From The Editor

We editors like to think of ourselves as overworked and overstressed, especially this time of year when we’re working on multiple program books and special projects as well as our fat, peak-of-the-season issues. But our façade of frantic martyrdom cracked a bit when our president walked into the editorial office the other day. "Where is […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Attractions

ATTRACTIONS Sharks, orchids, clowns, tigers, Conquistadors, world-class art and more await your discovery. THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories […]

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12/1/2011

The Sound of Silence

In the age of the iPhone, quiet is elusive. Sometimes the only way to relax is to go off the grid: no TV, no cell phones, no Internet. This fall, I found a perfect place to do that—right here, in our back yard. Residents and visitors have long recognized the allure of Myakka River State […]

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