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.)

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

Family Fun Guide

Ultimate Family Fun Guide

Make this your best family summer ever, with our guide to top camps, cool adventures, arts, crafts and more.

05/06/2016 By Ilene Denton, Heather Dunhill, Tony D'Souza, and Cooper Levey-Baker

On the Homefront

Introducing Three New East County Neighborhoods

Home builders get busy in Indian Lakes, Provence and Legacy Estates at Palmer Ranch.

05/06/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 9 Things to Do: May 5-11

Josephine opens at Asolo Rep, Siesta Beach amateur sand sculpture contest, Pickin’ Picnic and more.

05/05/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Things to Do With Kids: Road Trips

A variety of fun excursions await just north of Sarasota. Here are a few of our faves.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Things to Do With Kids: Let Off Steam

Exactly where to cool off in that hot summer heat.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Things to Do With Kids: Make & Create

Channel your inner Picasso with these fun, creative experiences for little ones.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Keith and Linda Monda Donate $500,000 for New Ringling Gallery Space

The Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art will help The Ringling present new works by contemporary artists.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

My New Hometown

Steel Sculptor Pamela Olin Moves to Sarasota

Pamela Olin goes to the dogs—the Southeastern Guide dogs, that is.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Modern Times

Four Must-Have Midcentury Modern Pieces

This month: A sale of the century—20th century, that is—at Center for Architecture Sarasota.

05/02/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Things to Do with Kids: Nature & Outdoors

From boat tours to a children's garden to the drum circle, nature is front and center in Sarasota.

05/01/2016 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Things to Do With Kids: Arts & Culture

From theater to the circus to the planetarium, we've got the ultimate arts and culture roundup for kids.

04/29/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: April 28-May 4

The Van Wezel presents Chris Isaak and comic Billy Gardell, Sarasota Ballet’s season-closing performances, tango fusion quintet and more.

04/28/2016 By Ilene Denton

You Do What?

Charlotte Osterman Designs Prints for Top Clothing Designers

Sarasota's Charlotte Osterman designs prints for designers like Diane von Furstenburg, Rachel Roy and more.

04/27/2016 By Ilene Denton

Almost Paradise

Meet HGTV’s 2016 Ultimate Outdoor Award-winner

Sarasota landscape architect David Young takes top honor in HGTV’s 2016 Ultimate Outdoor Awards competition.

04/25/2016 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

New Developments are Rising Every Day

New developments on Casey Key, Golden Gate Point and east Manatee County; and a report on AQUA

04/22/2016 By Ilene Denton

TV Alert

Watch the WEDU Public TV Segment on Sarasota Keys

Those downtown Sarasota pianos made a homeless man an international star.

04/21/2016 By Ilene Denton

The Weekend Starts Now

Your Top 9 Things to Do: April 21-27

Beatnik bongo jazz at Fogartyville, previews begin for the Asolo Rep’s Josephine, comedian Brian Regan at the Van Wezel and more.

04/21/2016 By Ilene Denton

Circus Days

Circus Arts Conservatory Goes National

Circus Sarasota gets invited to the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

04/21/2016 By Ilene Denton

Travel

You'll Find Nature at Its Most Majestic in Blowing Rock, Boone and Linville

Hikers and rock climbers will delight in the options available to them in the Blowing Rock area.

04/18/2016 By Ilene Denton