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: April 12-18

The Sarasota Film Festival opens, Wynonna Judd comes to the Van Wezel and more.

04/12/2018 By Ilene Denton

Note This

Illustrator John Pirman's Home Designs Featured in Sarasota MOD Shop

A set of five notecards features iconic Sarasota School of Architecture designs.

04/10/2018 By Ilene Denton

First Look

National Magazine to Showcase $15 Million Siesta Key Home in Upcoming Feature

Elle Décor spent two days photographing at the Flamingo Road residence.

04/05/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 10 Things to Do: April 5-11

Ballet superstar Misty Copeland, “Jersey Boys,” a Jungle Jam at Big Cat Habitat and more.

04/05/2018 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Antiques Roadshow Comes to Sarasota April 12

The long-running PBS show will tape three episodes at the Ringling Museum’s Ca d’Zan.

04/03/2018 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Tiny Home Festival Comes to St. Petersburg April 7-8

Tour more than 25 tiny homes, skoolies and converted vans.

04/02/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: March 29-April 4

Music in the Park at the Bradenton Riverwalk, "Warhol: Flowers in the Factory" continues at Selby Gardens and more.

03/29/2018 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Joel and Gail Morganroth Donate a Record-Breaking $15 Million to Ringling College of Art and Design

Their gift will endow a chair in the college’s newest major, Virtual Reality Development, as well as help fund capital projects, equipment, scholarships and the new Sarasota Museum of Art.

03/28/2018 By Ilene Denton

Heat Index

Five Great Kayak Trips

A paddle pro shares best places to go.

03/28/2018 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Highest-Priced Residential Sale to Date in 2018 for Either County is on Longboat Key

The Gulf of Mexico Drive home sold for $6.8 million.

03/26/2018 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch: Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club

Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club offers attractions old and new.

03/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: March 23-28

Motown the Musical, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell and more.

03/22/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: March 15-21

Sailor Circus Spring Show, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones at Selby Gardens, and more.

03/15/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: March 8-14

Daughtry comes to the Van Wezel, the Jazz Festival continues and more.

03/08/2018 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Gardens in Paradise Tour is Set for March 17

Upcoming garden shows include Bradenton in Bloom and more.

03/06/2018 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Scott McGillivray Brings New DIY Network Show to Sarasota

In Buyers Bootcamp, he transforms two local homes.

03/06/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: March 1-7

A World of Jazz, the Suncoast Blues Festival, ArtSlam in downtown Bradenton and more.

03/01/2018 By Ilene Denton

Road Trips

For Old Florida Island Idyll, Head to Boca Grande

Boca Grande—that idyllic Old-Florida town on Gasparilla Island south of Englewood—retains its small-town charms while the rest of Southwest Florida has burgeoned around it.

03/01/2018 By Ilene Denton

Exit Interview

14 Amazing Objects in the Ca d'Zan Mansion

Outgoing curator Ron McCarthy shares his favorite parts of the Ringlings' Italianate home.

02/28/2018 By Ilene Denton