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.)

Why I Care

Retired Attorney Steve VanderClay Befriends Those with Mental Health Challenges

Compeer currently connects volunteers with 42 people with mental health challenges.

02/28/2018 By Ilene Denton

Gardens in Paradise

Sarasota Garden Club's Garden in Paradise Kicks Off This Month

The Flower Streets show off their finery at this annual tour.

02/28/2018 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch: Plantation Golf & Country Club

At Plantation Golf & Country Club, it’s about community—and golf.

02/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

The Great Outdoors

Lavish Landscapes for Living in Paradise

Here in paradise, the best place in the house may be outside.

02/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Feb. 22-28

Midori, Ballet Hispánico, Toni Dove, Spring Training starts and more.

02/22/2018 By Ilene Denton

One Cool Pool

Anna Maria Residence Nominated for Mies Crown Hall Prize

Designed by Halflants + Pichette, the home was featured on the cover of Sarasota Magazine last October.

02/19/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 9 Things to Do: Feb. 15-21

Barry Manilow at the Van Wezel, Orioles Sarasota Springfest, Thunder by the Bay and lots, lots more.

02/15/2018 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch: Historic Eagle Point Club

Its past makes Eagle Point Club an enduring community.

02/09/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Feb. 8-14

Andy Warhol at Selby Gardens, Circus Sarasota opens and more.

02/08/2018 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Junior League Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes, A New Architectural Trolley Tour and More

A look at upcoming home and garden events.

02/08/2018 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Will Reeve to Headline Tidewell Hospice Luncheon Feb. 9

The ESPN contributor, son of actor Christopher Reeve, will focus his talk on caregiving.

02/01/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Feb. 1-7

Balletboyz at the Van Wezel, a water circus in Ellenton, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits and more.

02/01/2018 By Ilene Denton

Take It Outside

Three Gorgeous Outdoor Kitchens

And tips from the experts on how to create your own.

01/25/2018 By Ilene Denton

Street Dogs

Dr. Nan Rosenberry Brings Help to Homeless Pets

A 2014 survey of the homeless population in Sarasota County found that 20 percent have pets.

01/25/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Jan. 25-31

The Cleveland Orchestra, Sarasota Highland Games, lots of dance and more.

01/24/2018 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Winning Looks from the Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse

The Showhouse, in Granada Park, is Jan. 21-Feb. 18.

01/23/2018 By Ilene Denton

Design Trends

What’s New in Interior Design in 2018

“We’re back to embracing the natural beauty of things,” says Ashton Woods’ national director of design studios.

01/22/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Jan. 18-24

Taste of St. Armands, Moon Over Myakka, two new plays at FST and more.

01/18/2018 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 9 Things to Do: Jan. 11-17

Renee Fleming, Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera at the Van Wezel; Shakespeare in Love at the Asolo Rep and lots more.

01/10/2018 By Ilene Denton