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 June 30-July 6

Powerboat races, fireworks and more for a busy Fourth of July weekend.

06/29/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: June 23-29

Suncoast Powerboat Grand Prix Festival kickoff, Kids Rock at Lakewood Ranch, Urbanite Theatre and more.

06/22/2016 By Ilene Denton

Mod Squad

The Butterfield House Joins 3 Iconic Modernist Homes on North Siesta Key

Sarasota School of Architecture enthusiasts have one more reason to look to north Siesta Key’s Bayou Louise neigh-borhood as a hotbed of modern architecture.

06/22/2016 By Ilene Denton

Heat Index

Pet Portraitist Nancy Colby is an Advocate for Animals

The North Port-based artist travels with her cats to art shows around Florida.

06/22/2016 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Sapphire Shores Notches a Top Sale

A South Shore Drive residence in the museum area sells for $4.5 million.

06/17/2016 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

New Developments in Downtown Sarasota and North Venice

Risdon on 5th in the Rosemary District breaks ground; DR Horton opens model in Toscana Isles.

06/17/2016 By Ilene Denton

Spirit of Sarasota

Announcing the Winners of the Spirit of Sarasota Architecture Awards

Sarasota Magazine sponsors competition in conjunction with biennial AIA Design Conference.

06/17/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 11 Things to Do: June 16-22

Louie Anderson at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, Summer Circus Spectacular, Maks & Val of Dancing with the Stars and more.

06/16/2016 By Ilene Denton

Dollars and Cents

"The Best Investment I Ever Made"

Top executives reveal their finest financial bets.

06/13/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: June 9-15

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, Splashing Saturdays at Selby Gardens and lots, lots more.

06/09/2016 By Ilene Denton

Swat!

You Can Win the War Against Mosquitoes in Bromeliads

Advice from Selby Gardens’ horticulture director on eradicating the pesky mosquitoes that live in the tropical plants.

06/03/2016 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

News From the Architecture, Design and Development Community

Sarasota Design Conference, an award for Wicked Smart Homes, Esplanade Golf & CC at Lakewood Ranch opens its amenity-rich Wellness Center.

06/03/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 11 Things to Do: June 2-8

Sarasota Music Festival opens, Mote’s World Oceans Day Family Festival, Savor Sarasota and lots, lots more.

06/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Young at Harp Uses Music to Raise Money for Children's Hospitals

Young at Harp raises money for children’s hospitals

05/31/2016 By Ilene Denton

Beachfront Bargain

How to Find a Beachfront Home on the Cheap

Chasing the elusive $325,000 vacation condo on national TV.

05/31/2016 By Ilene Denton

WEEKEND PLANNER

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 26-June 1

Myakka River Blues Festival, Venice Brew Bash, a 150th birthday party for John Ringling and more.

05/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

Top Sales

Siesta Key Beachfront Parcel and Longboat Key’s New Aria are the Latest Mega-Sales

The latest high-end residential real estate news.

05/19/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: May 19-25

Blues, Brews & BBQ; Mind Games, a Pool Moon Party and more.

05/19/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 12-18

A celebration of Asian arts, the Harvey Milk Festival returns to Five Points Park, a cool modern furniture sale and more.

05/12/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Summer Camp Sampler

There are dozens of good local summer camps; here are five of our faves.

05/10/2016 By Ilene Denton