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.)

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Your Top 8 Things to Do: April 25-May 1

Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota party, Rosanne Cash and Whoopi Goldberg at the Van Wezel and more.

04/25/2019 By Ilene Denton

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Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 18-24

A mega-Easter egg hunt at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Boz Scaggs and Alan Cumming at the Van Wezel and more.

04/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design

Standouts From the High Point Furniture Market

We asked interior designers to scout out five faves from the mother of all furnishing fairs.

04/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Events

Step Inside the Umbrella House and Cocoon House April 20; the “Other” Round House April 27

The tours are presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation.

04/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A $5.1 Million Country Club Shores Home Tops 2019 Longboat Key Sales

The bayfront residence went under contract just one month after listing in January.

04/16/2019 By Ilene Denton

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Your Top 9 Things to Do: April 11-17

The Sarasota Film Festival continues, a free downtown family arts fest, Second City at the Van Wezel and much more.

04/11/2019 By Ilene Denton

Ringling Inspires

The Ringling Gives 100 Million Thanks for the Completion of its $100 Million Campaign

Funds raised have transformed the museum complex.

04/08/2019 By Ilene Denton

Return to Tuscany

Home Tour: Peek Inside 'The House of Beautiful Sunsets' on Manasota Key

A timeless, elegant design for a Gulf-to-bay vacation home.

04/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

The Fourth Quarter

Photojournalist David Burnett’s Ringling Museum Exhibit Turns the Lens on Senior Athletes

Burnett has captured senior athletes in Alabama, California, New Jersey, upstate New York, at a boxing gym in Brooklyn and at the Huntsman Senior Olympics in Utah, and at the National Senior Olympics in Las Vegas, where 20,000 people competed.

04/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

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Your Top 9 Things to Do: April 4-10

Sarasota Film Festival and Chalk Festival return to downtown Sarasota, Free Day at the Ringling Museum and much more.

04/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

Big Deal

Wow! A $1 Yard Sale Find Turns Out to Be Worth $30,000

A volunteer at The Exchange bought the rare Gio Ponti glazed bowl for just a buck.

04/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

The Ringling Hosts Blossoms Garden Party April 13

The soiree celebrates the legacy of Mable Ringling’s rose garden.

04/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Ritz-Carlton Tower Residences Penthouse Sells for $5.4 Million

An all-cash deal for the luxury condominium tower.

04/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Jane Watt Harnessed the Power of Collective Philanthropy to Create Impact 100 SRQ

Watt has seen membership soar to 107 women, each of whom contributes $1,000 annually.

04/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

Taylor Morrison Breaks Ground on The Heights, Bonaire Rises on Longboat Key and More

News and notes from the real estate industry.

04/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

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Your Top 4 Things to Do: March 28-April 3

Free Music in the Park with Passerine and more.

03/28/2019 By Ilene Denton

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Your Top 5 Things to Do: March 21-27

Cirque des Voix under the Big Top, Five Centuries of Florida History festival and more.

03/21/2019 By Ilene Denton

Historic Real Estate

Burns Court Bungalow Renovation Plans Unveiled

The bungalow at 442 Burns Court raised concerns when it was partially demolished.

03/20/2019 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design

National ASID CEO to Discuss Sustainable Design at Ringling College

His talk will focus on the impact of design on human health and well-being.

03/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

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Your Top 6 Things to Do: March 14-20

Disney’s "The Lion King" roars into the Van Wezel, WBTT presents a love letter to Aretha Franklin and more.

03/14/2019 By Ilene Denton