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.)

Sneak Preview

The Junior League's Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes Takes Place Feb. 22 and 23

Six stunning residences, from the midcentury Round House to the 1917 Higel House, are on this year’s tour.

02/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

Fountains of Youth

Want to Look and Feel Great Forever? Follow These Five Tips for Youthful Aging

Keep moving, stretch your soul, protect your skin, get your shut-eye and focus on balance.

02/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

Lean on Me

Finally, LGBTQ Seniors Have Support for Aging Issues

In Sarasota County, where more than a third of the population is 65 and older, the demand for services for the aging is high. But it’s a crisis for LGBTQ adults in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

02/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Travis Tritt at the Van Wezel, “Knights” exhibit opens at the Ringling Museum and more.

01/31/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

2019 Parade of Homes Kicks Off Feb. 16

More than 100 model homes will be open for touring in six communities.

01/31/2019 By Ilene Denton

NEST

A Historic Venice Estate Hits the Market

The House of Land and Sea is up for sale for $2.489 million.

01/25/2019 By Ilene Denton

Life of the Party

How to Plan the Ultimate Party

One party can change everything.

01/25/2019 By Ilene Denton, Giulia Heyward, Cooper Levey-Baker, and Michael Riedel

Life of the Party

14 Party Venues with Pizzazz

Our area is full of places to host your gathering.

01/25/2019 By Ilene Denton

Set the Stage

Catering Captain Tracey McCammack on How to Make a Party Stand Out

If you’ve been to a party catered by Michael’s on East in the past 25 years, you’ve met Tracey McCammack.

01/24/2019 By Ilene Denton

Unity Awards 2019

Meet the Winners of Our 2019 Unity Awards

We’re a closer, brighter place thanks to the winners of our 2019 Unity Awards.

01/24/2019 By Susan Burns, Cooper Levey-Baker, Isaac Eger, Kay Kipling, Megan McDonald, and Ilene Denton Photography by Everett Dennison

Weekend Planner

Your Top 9 Things to Do: Jan. 24-30

Jerry Lee Lewis, Gladys Knight, FST’s gripping new production, an Art Battle and more.

01/24/2019 By Ilene Denton

Unity Awards

Pam Fazio Goes to Bat for Manatee County’s Special Olympics Athletes

Fazio oversees more than 300 athletes age 8 to 70, coaching bocce, bowling and swimming, and training potential new coaches across Southwest Florida.

01/24/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Scott Hamilton on Living Strong with Cancer

The Olympic Hall of Fame figure skater headlines the 10th annual Tidewell Hospice Signature Luncheon Feb. 8.

01/21/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Jan. 17-23

Pilobolus returns to the Van Wezel, Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven and more.

01/17/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Jan. 10-16

The Righteous Brothers and Air Supply at the Van Wezel; "La La Land" in concert; A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Asolo Rep and lots more.

01/10/2019 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Watch

Nature Rules at Venetian Golf & River Club

A snapshot of real estate activity in the popular Venice community.

01/10/2019 By Ilene Denton

Gardening ABC’s

Ringling Museum Bayfront Gardens Workshops Set for January and February

Learn to fertilize the environmentally right way on Jan. 12; growing roses in Florida on Feb. 9.

01/07/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse Debuts Jan. 20

“It will not be boring, I promise you!”

01/07/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Jan. 3-9

Jay Leno, Itzhak Perlman, Something Rotten! and more.

01/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Taste the Tropics

Mad for Mangoes? Plant These Trees and Enjoy Them All Year

Will Wright, chairman of the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, gives us his best tips.

01/03/2019 By Ilene Denton