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.)

Home Tour

Glass Stars in a Striking New West-of-the-Trail Residence

Peek inside the home of Ian Collins, CEO of Novum Structures, which creates glass-glazed elements for buildings around the globe.

03/01/2016 By Ilene Denton Photography by Eastep Photography

Stamp of Approval

Ringling Grad Creates Coastal Bird Stamps for U.S. Postal Service

Ringling graphic design alum Tyler Lang was tapped to create a series of postcard stamps for USPS.

03/01/2016 By Ilene Denton

Animal Planet

Disney's Wild Africa Trek is Fun for the Whole Family

Behind-the-scenes experiences create indelible family memories at The Happiest Place on Earth.

03/01/2016 By Ilene Denton

News

Joseph Volpe Joins the Sarasota Ballet

Former Metropolitan Opera head Joe Volpe steps into an interim Sarasota Ballet position

02/22/2016 By Ilene Denton

Home Tour

Home Tour: Atomic Mod in Laurel Park

A Laurel Park home gives the classic ranch house a decidedly modern twist.

02/22/2016 By Ilene Denton

East Meets West

Dazzling Ringling Center for Asian Art Opens

East meets West at the newest addition to the Ringling Museum complex.

02/18/2016 By Ilene Denton

Great Sarasota Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Watch: Historic Sapphire Shores

New vitality for the grand old museum-area neighborhood.

02/17/2016 By Ilene Denton

V-Day Cheat Sheet

Valentine's Day in Sarasota: Where to Dine Out

Tips for the most romantic meal of the year.

02/11/2016 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Cedar Cove Home Sells for $5 Million

A Cedar Cove home was the top residential sale in Sarasota County in December 2015.

02/08/2016 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Greg McDaniel Mentors African-American Teens Through Gamma Xi Boule

Gamma Xi Boule mentors teenagers of color.

02/01/2016 By Ilene Denton

Routine

Local Notables Share Their Favorite Breakfasts

Here's what a congressman, an imam, a gospel singer and more eat for breakfast.

01/25/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker and Ilene Denton

Out East

Restaurants at the Ranch

Dining out is a popular Lakewood Ranch activity; here are 12 great restaurant options.

01/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

Out East

Nine Reasons to Love Lakewood Ranch

For more than 20 years, a new city has been rising to the east. Here are nine reasons to celebrate that right now.

01/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

This Month's Top Real Estate Sales, Big Deals, Neighborhood News and More

This month's notable neighborhood and real estate news.

01/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

Trending

New Design Rules for Modern Kitchens

Local designers share their tips for creating eye-popping yet functional kitchens.

01/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

Crushing On

Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse Co-Chair Joyce Hart Shares Her Current Interior Design Loves

Joyce Hart, who's co-chairing the 2016 Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse, shares her favorite home and decor trends right now.

01/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Watch

The Landings is One of Sarasota's Hottest Neighborhoods

Developed in the '80s and '90s, The Landings has both single-family homes and condos of every kind.

01/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

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01/22/2016 By Ilene Denton

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Stephen King, John Grisham Take Center Stage at Manatee County Library Foundation Fund Raiser

Authors Stephen King and John Grisham appeared at a fund raiser for the Manatee County Library Foundation in Bradenton last night.

01/20/2016 By Ilene Denton

My New Hometown

New College’s Emily Saarinen is Saving Florida Butterflies

The NCF professor continues her research into using genetics to save certain Florida butterfly species from extinction.

01/18/2016 By Ilene Denton Photography by Jennifer Soos