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 5 Things to Do: May 17-23

Battle of the Garage Bands at Historic Spanish Point, Ari and The Alibis plays Selby Gardens and more.

05/17/2018 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

New Homes in West Villages, Founders Club and The Islands on the Manatee River

News and notes from the real estate industry.

05/17/2018 By Ilene Denton

High Points for Style

Design Takeaways from the Spring High Point Furniture Market.

From the Romanza Interior Design team and London Bay Homes.

05/17/2018 By Ilene Denton

Downtown Update

The Rosemary District Continues to Grow

Twenty-eight residential and commercial projects are on the books, half already built, in just three years.

05/16/2018 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Longboat Key Bayfront Residence, Acqua Vita, Sells for $7 Million

It’s the highest price paid for a bayfront home on the key in 10 years.

05/16/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 10-16

The Sarasota Orchestra plays Ed Smith Stadium, Art Center Sarasota’s Beaux Arts Ball, Harvey Milk Festival and more.

05/10/2018 By Ilene Denton

Oh, Baby

A Lakewood Ranch Mom’s Baby Nursery Goes Viral

It was the No. 1 viewed nursery of 2017 on the website Project Nursery.

05/03/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 3-9

Tony Danza at the Opera House, Sand Sculpting on Siesta Beach and more.

05/03/2018 By Ilene Denton

Top Sales

Late April Sees Record-Breaking Residential Sales on Lido, Longboat Key

Three beachfront properties go for $7 million, $5.4 million and $5 million.

04/30/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 26-May 2

Ragtime opens at the Asolo Rep, Yanni visits the Van Wezel, Siesta Fiesta and more.

04/26/2018 By Ilene Denton

Lean on Me

Finally, LGBTQ Seniors Have Support for Issues of Aging

Finally. LGBTQ seniors have support for issues of aging.

04/26/2018 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Gail Clifton Teaches Therapeutic Horseback Riding to People with Special Needs

Clifton was the executive director of the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) for 17 years.

04/26/2018 By Ilene Denton

Memory Lane

Home Tour: A Hollywood Casting Director Replicates Her Family's 100-Year-Old Cottage

Lora Kennedy—whose hits include Wonder Woman and Argo—has fond memories of her grandparents' Bradenton Beach vacation home.

04/26/2018 By Ilene Denton

One Day

A Day in the Life of Sarasota Farmers Market's Phil Pagano

Navigating downtown’s farmer’s market with executive director Phil Pagano.

04/26/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 10 Things to Do: April 19-25

Sarasota Magazine’s Best of Party, Shakespeare outdoors at Selby Gardens, Silk Road with Yo-Yo Ma and more.

04/19/2018 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

The Modern Show Returns to Center for Architecture Sarasota May 4-5

Modern furniture and art, home tours, lectures and a cocktail party are part of the annual event.

04/16/2018 By Ilene Denton

Checking In

The New Art Ovation Hotel Partners with Ringling College

Paintings and sculpture by the art school’s faculty and alumni fill the hotel’s walls.

04/16/2018 By Ilene Denton

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