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 6 Things to Do: July 20-26

Snooty’s Birthday Bash at the South Florida Museum, Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, the Bradentucky Bombers and more.

07/20/2017 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

Margaritaville Moves to Bradenton

Jimmy Buffett’s laid-back island lifestyle is coming to the west Bradenton development of Harbour Isles.

07/14/2017 By Ilene Denton

Luxury Living

Which Local Zip Codes Are Among Florida’s Priciest?

Here’s a hint: Think waterfront.

07/14/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 13-19

SoulRCoaster plays Selby Gardens, the Improv Festival returns to FST and more.

07/13/2017 By Ilene Denton

Mad for Mangos

Recipe: Mango Chutney

Just in time for mango season, a treasured family recipe from retired USFSM Chancellor Arthur Guilford.

07/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

The Best Things to Do With Kids in Sarasota-Manatee

Your ultimate family fun guide.

07/11/2017 Edited by Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 6-12

Splashin’ Saturday, a summer art market at the Englewood Art Center and more.

07/06/2017 By Ilene Denton

Circus Days

Circus Arts Conservatory Goes to Washington

It stars in the 50th anniversary Smithsonian Folklife Festival through July 9.

07/05/2017 By Ilene Denton

Old Florida Flavor

Kick Back and Relax at These Waterfront Restaurants

These eight spots are filled with Old Florida flavor.

06/30/2017 By Ilene Denton

Just Listed

On Longboat Key, a $14.75 Million Beachfront Mansion Goes on the Market.

Villa Sena sits on two acres on the Gulf of Mexico.

06/29/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: June 29-July 5

Fourth of July fireworks, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, Kevin Nealon at McCurdy’s and more.

06/29/2017 By Ilene Denton

Global Good

Sarasota Friends Adopt a Tanzanian Children's Home

A group of Sarasotans have raised thousands of dollars to help homeless children in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.

06/28/2017 By Ilene Denton

"Why I Care"

Susan Jones Helps Ease Hunger

Jones and her husband have made the food bank a philanthropic priority for 20 years.

06/28/2017 By Ilene Denton

Gardening

Five Free Summer Gardening Opportunities

Courtesy of the Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability program.

06/28/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: June 22-28

Diana Ross returns to the Van Wezel, Shark Days at Mote, a new exhibit at The Ringling and more.

06/22/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: June 15-21

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, a Circus Sarasota send-off, Father’s Day at Oscar Scherer State Park and more.

06/15/2017 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design Awards 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Announcing Our 2017 Interior Design Awards Competition!

The competition is open to area design industry professionals; winners will be published in the October issue of Sarasota Magazine. But hurry! The deadline to submit is July 14.

06/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: June 8-14

The Sarasota Music Festival opens, summer family beach runs start, Bello Nock premieres his summer circus show at the Historic Asolo Theater and more.

06/07/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Bird Key Home is Sarasota County’s Priciest Residential Sale of 2017

The Mizner-influenced estate sold for $6.35 million on June 1.

06/06/2017 By Ilene Denton

Offers They Couldn't Refuse

Seaward Development Buys Out Tiny Downtown Condo Building

The price was right for former owners at downtown’s Versailles.

06/01/2017 By Ilene Denton