A nearly native Floridian, Ilene Denton has lived in Sarasota since her senior year in high school. Besides her long journalism career, she had a 10-year stint as deputy director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (Ask her about some of her backstage shenanigans sometime.)

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Jan. 10-16

The Righteous Brothers and Air Supply at the Van Wezel; "La La Land" in concert; A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Asolo Rep and lots more.

01/10/2019 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Watch

Nature Rules at Venetian Golf & River Club

A snapshot of real estate activity in the popular Venice community.

01/10/2019 By Ilene Denton

Gardening ABC’s

Ringling Museum Bayfront Gardens Workshops Set for January and February

Learn to fertilize the environmentally right way on Jan. 12; growing roses in Florida on Feb. 9.

01/07/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse Debuts Jan. 20

“It will not be boring, I promise you!”

01/07/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Jan. 3-9

Jay Leno, Itzhak Perlman, Something Rotten! and more.

01/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Taste the Tropics

Mad for Mangoes? Plant These Trees and Enjoy Them All Year

Will Wright, chairman of the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, gives us his best tips.

01/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Antiques Roadshow Taped at The Ringling to Air Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 and 11

The museum hosts an advance screening Jan. 15.

12/31/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Sailor Circus Big Top Holidays, "On Your Feet!" at the Van Wezel and more.

12/27/2018 By Ilene Denton

Making History

Saved From the Wrecking Ball, a Classic Bay Shore Road Home Is This Month’s Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse

The Etowah Hagan-Jackson House was built in the 1920s.

12/26/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Dec. 20-26

Lights in Bloom opens at Selby Gardens, last chance to see "The Music Man" at Asolo Rep and more.

12/20/2018 By Ilene Denton

Plant Sale Preview

Selby Gardens Holiday Tree Bromeliads Go on Sale Jan. 10

The holiday tree is on display starting Dec. 18.

12/18/2018 By Ilene Denton

Building History

Conversations at the Crocker Continues Jan. 8 with “Owning a Historic Home”

The Historical Society panel discussion will feature a realtor, a historic salvage expert and an architect.

12/17/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Dec. 13-19

A night of klezmer with Itzhak Perlman, WBTT’s "Black Nativity" and more.

12/13/2018 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Casey Key Notches Its Highest Sale of the Year

A North Casey Key Road Gulf-to-bay estate sells for $6.1 million.

12/10/2018 By Ilene Denton

Gardening

A Venice Couple’s Thai-Inspired Garden Wins International Attention

The tropical oasis is anchored by fountains, spirit houses and statuary of Buddhist and Hindu gods.

12/06/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Dec. 6-12

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, Brian Wilson’s Christmas show at the Van Wezel and more.

12/06/2018 By Ilene Denton

One Book

Author David Grann Talks About Killers of the Flower Moon

The best-selling nonfiction murder mystery about mass killings in the Osage Nation in the 1920s is Sarasota County’s 2019 One Book.

12/04/2018 By Ilene Denton

Tickled Pink

Everything You Need to Know About Flamingos

Does anything say “Florida” more than the flamingo?

12/03/2018 By Ilene Denton

Insider's Guide

Your Guide to Sarasota Beaches

See some famous beaches

11/30/2018 By Ilene Denton