Archive for April, 2013

04/1/2013

Florida Wine and Balloon Festival: High Times

By Kay Kipling The Florida Winefest, which has raised funds for children’s charities for more than 20 years, has now morphed into Florida’s only wine and balloon festival, with 20-plus hot air balloons waiting to rise this month above the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch. It’s a rare opportunity to take to the beautiful […]

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04/1/2013

Insider: In Town: John Guare

Tony-award winning John Guare says he’s addicted to writing plays. Playwright John Guare has won Tonys and Obies for works including The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation and Two Gentlemen of Verona. More recently, he took home Sarasota’s Hermitage Artist Retreat Greenfield Prize, enabling him to work on his newest play, Eddie […]

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04/1/2013

Foodologist: Leigh Growney of The Short Giraffe

Baker Leigh Growney of The Short Giraffe keeps her treats little but yummy.

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04/1/2013

Shooting Blanks: Florida’s Concealed-Carry Gun Laws

Reporter Tony D’Souza takes aim at Florida’s lax concealed-carry gun laws.By Tony D’Souza | Photography by Fred Lopez If you Google “Sarasota concealed carry course,” as I did shortly after the Sandy Hook school shooting, the link that pops up is the website of Sarasota’s Armed Citizens League. Click on it, and immediately you know […]

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04/1/2013

Party Girl: Animal Rescue Coalition Gala

Veronica Pastore reflects on unconditional love at the Animal Rescue Coalition gala.The hottest accessory of the night at the ARC gala in February? A red plastic LED bracelet. The bracelets dangled from all the most fashionable wrists at the Animal Rescue Coalition’s annual “Best in Show” event, and served as entry into a raffle for […]

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04/1/2013

Shopping: Fired Up

By Carol Tisch 1 Get creative with the Napa Valley collection of fire pit tables with mix-and-match tops, bases and tile by the Outdoor Greatroom Company ($1,599). American Grill & Hearth, 2881 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 925-3985. 2 Fireside chats are elegant and comfortable with the all-weather Canberra Surf & Sand collection by Tommy Bahama. Swivel […]

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04/1/2013

Insider: Sports and Media Picks

SPORTS: USA Hockey Nationals The men’s and women’s nationwide ice hockey tournaments come to Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex during the last two weeks of April. Games are free for spectators. Mature competition: The tournament is divided into age groups: Men’s 50-and-over and 60-and-over (April 18-21); women’s 30-and-over, 40-and-over and 50-and-over (April 25-28). Divisions: Players […]

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04/1/2013

Home of the Month: Villa Solstice

An iconic Sarasota mansion comes on the market for the first time. The wood paneled study in Charles and Kim Githler’s home has the mellow, well-cushioned feeling of great power and wealth. It’s the kind of place where important decisions are talked over and confidences are exchanged. Just ask John Boehner, Newt Gingrich and Rudy […]

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04/1/2013

Mr. Chatterbox: April 2013

They say that aging is an adventure meant to be savored and enjoyed. We’ll quickly destroy this ridiculous myth. Bad news, readers. I think they’re trying to get rid of me here at Sarasota Magazine. Oh, I can’t prove it, but the signs are everywhere. I don’t seem to have my special parking place anymore […]

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04/1/2013

The Keeper of Egmont Key

As the island’s only resident, Tom Watson works to preserve its past—and protect its future, which is under siege from the sea.By Beau Denton | Photography by Everett Dennison Every 15 seconds, the lighthouse on Egmont Key completes a rotation, reminding everyone in the area—commuters crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, residents at home around Tampa […]

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04/1/2013

Sarasota’s Best: Grouper Sandwich

By Megan McDonald Is there anything more quintessentially Sarasota than a grouper sandwich on a perfect spring day? We don’t think so—so we made it our mission to find the best one in town. Here are the results, with help from our 5,800-plus Facebook fans and judges: food blogger Megan Greenberg, food writer Abby Weingarten […]

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04/1/2013

Meals on Wheels

Cooper Levey-Baker searches out the best food trucks in the area.

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04/1/2013

Health Report: April 2013

By Hannah Wallace April is National Autism Awareness Month In public discussion, autism is most frequently associated with the diagnosing and nurturing of children with the condition. However, adults with autism face their own set of challenges, especially those whose primary caretakers—often their parents—have become unable to care for them, due to age or illness. […]

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04/1/2013

Hot Dish: Yummy House’s Clams with Ginger and Scallions

By Judi Gallagher Scoring a reservation at the new Yummy House may take you a month, but once you know the secret—go in person to make a reservation—you’ll enjoy a Chinese circus of flavors. Be sure to try the ginger clams. Delicate, sweet and in the shell, they rest in a glistening sauce with ginger, […]

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04/1/2013

Who’s In Store: Dianna Allaman of Tortoise and Pearl

By Carol Tisch Every day is a love-in at Dianna Allaman’s Tortoise and Pearl, a Burns Court refuge for those who eschew cookie-cutter clothes, gifts and home accents in favor of a hippie aesthetic. The New Jersey native describes her artisan wares as a “collection of things I love, whether vintage or handmade.” Indeed, she […]

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04/1/2013

From the Editor: The Truth About Flipper

By Pam Daniel “Mom, please don’t write about my petting that baby manatee,” Kate said. “I don’t want to get arrested!” She’s all too aware of the hazards of having a mother who’s a writer, from rude rebuffs on deadline day (“Stop calling me! I’m trying to write!”) to a cold and calculating way of […]

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04/1/2013

Shopping: Patio Posh

By Carol Tisch Design knows no boundaries since classic indoor furniture styles have moved to the great out-doors. With new offerings from mid-century modern to Spanish Revival, French Provencal, British Colonial and more, you can extend your favorite indoor decorating themes to the pool and patio. But don’t let these posh looks fool you: Everything […]

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04/1/2013

Beggar the Dolphin: Loved to Death

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04/1/2013

Restaurant Review: Jack Dusty at The-Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

By John Bancroft | Photography by Chad Spencer Here’s the very first thing you need to know about The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota’s new restaurant, Jack Dusty: It would be a shame, if not a crime, to pass up the local caviar starter ($21). Imagine a chilled black oblong platter on which are seated two perfect little […]

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04/1/2013

Fashion I.Q.: Q&A with Makeup Artist Stephen Moleski

By Heather Dunhill Bradenton-born Stephen Moleski has grown into a celebrity make-up artist with clients including Kim Kardashian and Nichole Scherzinger and his own eyelash line, Smoke and Mirrors Beauty. He recently shared some tips at a class at Molinari Models & Talent on Palm Avenue. Q. Whose look do you especially admire? A. Sofía […]

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