Take Flight

Aviation Tour Brings Rare World War II-Era Planes to Venice

This is your chance to view or even fly in a B-24 bomber or a P-51 fighter.

01/17/2020 Photography by Collings Foundation By Rachel Suwak

Flashback

Flashback: Pavarotti at the Van Wezel, 1978

Pavarotti sang at the hall in 1978 and again in 1980.

01/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Paying tribute

Newtown Alive, School System Partner to Honor an Education Pioneer

The organizations plan to commemorate Dorothye Smith, the first African-American principal to be hired at an integrated Sarasota County school.

12/20/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

The Artists' Way

The Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous

For decades, visual artists have lived, worked and dreamed in Sarasota. The legacy they’ve left us is irreplaceable.

12/02/2019 By Kay Kipling

Flashback

Flashback: Fishermen at The Bay Island Hotel

The three-story, 65-room hotel on the north end of Siesta Key welcomed visitors from 1912 all the way up to the early 1950s.

12/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Education

Sarasota County Schools, Newtown Alive Partner to Honor Dorothye Smith

Smith was the first African-American principal hired within the integrated school system in Sarasota County.

11/06/2019 Photography by Staff

Flashback

Flashback: Sailor Circus, 1952

Sailor Circus began as a Sarasota High School gym class in 1949.

10/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: At Sea With the Ringlings

Ringling used to take potential financial investors on pleasure cruises along Sarasota Bay.

10/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Events

Selby Gardens Will Host 'Newtown Alive' Program

The panel discussion and Q&A will look back at Sarasota's black history.

09/17/2019 By Staff

Meetings

Next Council of Neighborhoods Meeting Will Take Place Sept. 13

The focus will be the benefits and economic impacts of historic districts and historic designations.

09/11/2019 Photography by Staff

Flashback

Flashback: Westgate Publix, 1956

When it opened on April 3, 1956, it was the very first Publix in either Manatee or Sarasota counties—and the 34th in all of Florida.

09/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

History Buffs

A Sarasota Duo's Historical Experiences Educate and Entertain

Offering everything from live events to a podcast, Compass Rose will lead you down a rabbit hole of Sarasota history.

08/30/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Flashback

Flashback: The Longboat Key Ritz-Carlton

The luxury hotel, dreamed up by circus impresario John Ringling, was never fully realized.

07/31/2019 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Celery Fields, 1930s

The rich muckland in east Sarasota has been important agriculturally and ecologically for more than 100 years.

06/30/2019 By Kay Kipling

It's Lit

Bookstore1 Sarasota Wants to Celebrate Walt Whitman's 200th Birthday With You

The local bookstore's staff will be reading Whitman's seminal Leaves of Grass aloud tomorrow—all day along.

05/30/2019 By Giulia Heyward

History

Flashback: Sarasota's Sun Debs

Starting in 1949, young, single women in Sarasota (14-24) could be selected to pose for photographs the city used to tout its beaches, both locally and nationally.

05/30/2019 By Kay Kipling

Architecture

I.M. Pei Left His Mark on Sarasota

The architect, who passed away this week at age 102, designed the dormitories at New College of Florida.

05/17/2019 By Megan McDonald

Festivals

Rosemary Square to Host 'Overtown Heritage Day' and Grand Opening Celebration on May 19

The day will feature performances, speakers, food and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rosemary Square's new mixed-use development.

05/06/2019 By Staff

History

Flashback: Nokomis Beach Pavilion

Sarasota County’s first beach pavilion was built in 1954.

04/29/2019 By Kay Kipling

Get Out Your Weber

How to Conquer a Classic Florida Dish: Smoked Mullet

History rarely tastes this good.

04/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker