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: May 25-31

Idina Menzel at the Van Wezel, Memorial Day parade and concerts, Myakka River Blues Fest and more.

05/25/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: May 18-24

Frankie Valli at the Van Wezel, a free Joys of Jazz concert in Venice, a musical tribute to Bob Dylan and more.

05/18/2017 By Ilene Denton

Village of Cortez

New “Cracker Cottage” Community Proposed for Historic Cortez

Plans for Hunter’s Point Resort & Marina have been unveiled.

05/17/2017 By Ilene Denton

Gardening

Eight Summer Classes to Sharpen Your Plant-Care Skills

How-to workshops at Selby Gardens, Historic Spanish Point, Crowley Nature Center.

05/17/2017 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Where to Live on St. Armands, Lido and Longboat Keys

Looking for a home on one of these beautiful keys? Here’s some inside info on neighborhoods to browse—and some of the neighbors, too.

05/15/2017 By Robert Plunket, Ilene Denton, Susan Burns, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Neighborhood Guide

What to Do on St. Armands/Longboat Key

Hit the beach, meet some manatees, admire outstanding architecture, sample some culinary treats and share our circus history.

05/15/2017 By John McCarthy, Ilene Denton, and Abby Weingarten

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 11-17

Sarasota Orchestra plays at Ed Smith Stadium, the Harvey Milk Festival, Family Day at the Ringling and more.

05/11/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 4-10

A world premiere musical at the Asolo Rep, the inaugural Venice Seafood & Music Festival and more.

05/03/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

April's Top Sale: $6 Million for a Harbor Acres Estate

The 6,000-square-foot home took a year to build.

05/01/2017 By Ilene Denton

Preview

The Modern Show Returns May 12-13 to Center for Architecture Sarasota

A modernism art show and sale, walking tour, Lego building party for kids and more.

05/01/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: April 27-May 3

FST’s Comedy Lottery, Sarasota Ballet presents a Jerome Robbins classic, SARTQ’s print party and more.

04/27/2017 By Ilene Denton

Tiny House

Tour a Historic Burns Court Bungalow

This pint-sized home has outsize appeal.

04/26/2017 By Ilene Denton

Tiny House

Home Tour: A Historic Burns Court Bungalow

This pint-sized home has outsize appeal.

04/26/2017 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Why I Care: Gene Rose Feeds the Homeless

An encounter with a homeless man caused Gene Rose to start volunteering at the Salvation Army.

04/26/2017 By Ilene Denton

Liquid Highways

Can a New Ferry and Water Taxis Help Reduce Our Growing Gridlock?

Can a new ferry and water taxis help reduce our growing gridlock?

04/26/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 13 Things to Do: April 20-26

Our big, big Best of Sarasota party (you won't want to miss Selby Gardens' huge announcement!); Jazz in the Ballpark; Kinky Boots at the Van Wezel and more.

04/20/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: April 13-19

World Circus Day at The Ringling, an Easter egg hunt at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, David Sedaris at the Van Wezel and more.

04/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 12 Things to Do: April 6-12

Shakespeare at Selby Gardens, Sharks Tooth Festival, Sailor Circus and much more.

04/05/2017 By Ilene Denton

Passover Alert

Beyond Matzo

A sampling of area restaurants offering matzo ball soup, potato kugel and more for Passover.

04/03/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Golden Gate Point Condo is the Top Sarasota Sale for March

The Grande Riviera penthouse sold for $4.35 million in 30 days.

04/03/2017 By Ilene Denton