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.)

Architecture Events

Center for Architecture Presents October Architecture & Design Month

Building a Day e-blasts, weekly architectural trolley tours and more.

09/20/2018 By Ilene Denton

Gardening

Mark Your Calendars for these Fall Plant Events

Plant fairs, classes, workshops and more.

09/20/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Sept. 20-26

Jerry Seinfeld at the Van Wezel, Laura Benanti at the Opera House, a Historic Spanish Point Ghost Tour and more.

09/20/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 4 Things to Do: Sept. 13-19

Van Wezel Friday Fest, $7 Saturdays at Mote and more.

09/13/2018 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sarasota Breaks Ground at Quay Sarasota

The luxury condominium tower is the first project going up in the downtown waterfront development.

09/13/2018 By Ilene Denton

Artful Reads

Three New Books Highlight Architects with Sarasota Connections

Victor Lundy, Max Strang and Addison Mizner are the subjects.

09/07/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Sept. 6-12

A tribute to the Queen of Soul, Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch and more.

09/06/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 4 Things to Do: Aug. 30-Sept. 5

Reggae fest at Benderson Park, Blue Rooster gospel brunch and more.

08/30/2018 By Ilene Denton

Gifts Guide

Three Recent Mega-Gifts Signal a Seismic Shift in Sarasota's Philanthropic Landscape

2018 has been the year of giving generously.

08/29/2018 By Ilene Denton

Yap!

Motorworks Brewery Goes to the Dogs—for a Good Cause

The Animal Network hosts a Yappy Hour extravaganza at the brewery every third Sunday of the month.

08/29/2018 By Ilene Denton

Historic Preservation

Ringling Museum Dedicates Restored Ca’ d’Zan Reflecting Pool

Funds for the restoration were donated in honor of Ron McCarty, retiring Keeper of the Ca’ d’Zan.

08/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 4 Things to Do: Aug. 23-29

Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged at FST, a Back to School Bash at Music Compound and more.

08/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

Preservation

A 1936 Siesta Key Cottage Finds a New Home at Triangle Ranch

The pecky cypress cottage, originally slated for demolition, instead will become a river camp.

08/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

History Lessons

Free tours of Hermitage Artist Retreat Set for Sept. 7, 14 and 21

The historic Manasota Key campus will open to the public for these rare one-hour tours.

08/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Events

Fifth Annual Sarasota MOD Weekend Celebrates Paul Rudolph

Tickets are on sale now for the midcentury modern architecture festival Nov. 9-11.

08/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 4 Things to Do: Aug. 16-22

Remembering Ricky Nelson, Paws at the Park at Ed Smith Stadium and more.

08/16/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Aug. 9-15

A free outdoor movie at Benderson Park, Rob Schneider at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, drumming at the Ringling Museum and more.

08/09/2018 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Gulf-front Siesta Key Estate Sells for $5,675,000

It’s the third highest residential sale in Sarasota County this year.

08/06/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Aug. 2-8

Two new plays at FST and Urbanite Theatre, a YMCA Back to School Bash, Selby Library celebrates 20 years and more.

08/02/2018 By Ilene Denton

Ringling Museum

Ca d'Zan Curator Ron McCarty Says Good-Bye

The longtime curator of the Ca d'Zan will retire Aug. 31.

07/30/2018 By Ilene Denton