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: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

The World Rowing Championships continue with a Sunset on the Bay party at the Van Wezel and lots, lots more.

09/28/2017 By Ilene Denton

One Cool Pool

A New Anna Maria Home Makes a Splash

Trust us, you don't want to miss this pool.

09/27/2017 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

CineBistro to Screen Met Opera Live in HD Broadcasts Starting Oct. 7

Ten Metropolitan Opera productions will air live, with additional taped rebroadcasts.

09/27/2017 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design Awards

Meet the Winners of Our 2017 Interior Design Awards

Meet the winners of our 2017 Interior Design Awards.

09/27/2017 By Ilene Denton

Building a Day

Great Florida Architecture in Your Inbox

Center for Architecture Florida's daily newsletter will feature some iconic Florida work.

09/21/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Sept. 21-27

World Rowing Championship opening ceremonies, a Venice beach party, the Sarasota Orchestra season begins and more.

09/21/2017 By Ilene Denton

Gardening

Is Your Yard Suffering Post-Irma Blahs?

A Sarasota Garden Club volunteer offers advice on how to bring it back.

09/19/2017 By Ilene Denton

Gardening

Fall Plant Fair Season Beckons

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events.

09/19/2017 By Ilene Denton

Irma

Social Media App Nextdoor Kept Neighbors Connected During Hurricane Irma

In times of crisis, the Nextdoor social media app brings Sarasotans together.

09/14/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Sept. 14-20

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, the Sarasota Opera’s Taste of Downtown and more.

09/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Irma

Updates on Selby Gardens, Mote and Historic Spanish Point After Hurricane Irma

The Sarasota area is slowly coming back to life after the wildest weekend we can remember. We checked in with three cultural institutions to see how they fared.

09/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Sept. 7-13

Tony Bennett at the Van Wezel, Young Guns of Country and more.

09/07/2017 By Ilene Denton

Good Neighbors

Arlington Park Comes Together for Porchfest

The second annual free event will feature 40 bands performing on front porches around the neighborhood.

09/06/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

The Year’s Highest Priced Residential Sale in Sarasota County?

It’s $9 million for a Gulf-front Sanderling Club property on Siesta Key.

08/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Free Family Day with Selby Gardens, Florida Studio Theatre and Sarasota Opera; Mote’s full moon kayak trip and more.

08/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 24-30

Reggae at the Van Wezel, a chalk fest in Englewood, Singin’ in the Rain and more.

08/23/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Lighthouse Point Sees Its Biggest Sale in Five Years

A waterfront mansion in the gated Longboat Key community goes for $4.5 million.

08/23/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 17-23

The Greatest Show on Earth screens at the Opera House, a Woodstock Revival at the Sarasota Farmers Market and more.

08/17/2017 By Ilene Denton

Trail Mix

That Big New “Sold” Sign on North Tamiami Trail and 14th Street?

The vacant lot across from Whitaker Gateway Park eventually will be a mixed condo-retail complex called Whitaker Lofts.

08/17/2017 By Ilene Denton

Preview

MOD Weekend to Honor Architect Tim Seibert

The fourth annual midcentury modern architecture festival is Nov. 10-12, 2017.

08/16/2017 By Ilene Denton