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 30-June 5

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week and the Sarasota Music Festival begin, and more.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Essential Intelligence

USRowing Nationals Returns to Sarasota

Fifteen hundred elite high school rowers from across the country will descend on Nathan Benderson Park this month.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

And They're Off!

Free One-Mile Beach Runs Begin This Month

Hundreds of families turn out for the free weekly one-mile fun runs.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Grand Hotels

The Don CeSar Recalls a Romantic Era

The "Pink Palace" is a wedding cake of a resort hotel that has towered over St. Petersburg Beach since 1928.

05/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 23-29

Memorial Day at the Myakka River Blues Festival, Patriotic Pops at CoolToday Park and more.

05/23/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 16-22

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s ‘70s Soul Party at Ed Smith Stadium, a jazzy Garden Music concert at Selby Gardens and more.

05/16/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Manatee Rare Fruit Council’s Annual Rare Fruit Tree Sale is May 19

More than 5,000 trees will be available for purchase.

05/15/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Events

“Unbuilt Rudolph” Exhibit Opens at Center for Architecture Sarasota

The exhibit runs through June 15 at CFAS’ McCullough Pavilion.

05/15/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 9-15

Sarasota Orchestra plays Ed Smith Stadium, Harvey Milk Festival returns and more.

05/09/2019 By Ilene Denton

Home View

What $335,000, $730,000 and $7.4 Million Will Buy You in Sarasota

In the market for a new home? We've got options.

05/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 2-8

"Sweeney Todd" comes to the Asolo Rep, Gauguin Nights at Selby Gardens and more.

05/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Best of Sarasota 2019

Our Editors' Picks for the Best New Restaurants, Shopping and Services in Sarasota-Manatee

We celebrate the best in dining, shopping, the arts and attractions.

04/30/2019 By Susan Burns, Cooper Levey-Baker, Megan McDonald, Kay Kipling, Ilene Denton, and Giulia Heyward

Top Sale

A Longboat Key Mansion in Regents Court Sells for $7.5 Million

The beachfront estate is the highest MLS sale on Longboat in five years.

04/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Posy Power

Meet Floral Manager Jerry Bonvissuto—and Learn How to Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

Bradenton snowbird Bonvissuto is a volunteer in the fall and winter and a full-time floral arranger for a couple with a 35,000-square-foot, 300-acre grand estate in the spring and summer.

04/29/2019 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

New Models in Lakewood Ranch, the Preserve at West Villages, The Founders Club and More

Real estate industry news and notes.

04/29/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: April 25-May 1

Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota party, Rosanne Cash and Whoopi Goldberg at the Van Wezel and more.

04/25/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 18-24

A mega-Easter egg hunt at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Boz Scaggs and Alan Cumming at the Van Wezel and more.

04/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design

Standouts From the High Point Furniture Market

We asked interior designers to scout out five faves from the mother of all furnishing fairs.

04/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Events

Step Inside the Umbrella House and Cocoon House April 20; the “Other” Round House April 27

The tours are presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation.

04/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A $5.1 Million Country Club Shores Home Tops 2019 Longboat Key Sales

The bayfront residence went under contract just one month after listing in January.

04/16/2019 By Ilene Denton