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.)

Real Estate

Downtown Sarasota’s Newest Luxury Condo Project Offers a Sneak Peek—Virtually

Bayso Sarasota is the second residential tower to come to the Quay District.

03/25/2020 By Ilene Denton


Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse Closes

The 25th annual showhouse was to run through April 12.

03/24/2020 By Ilene Denton

Making Connections

Grandparenting in the Time of COVID-19

How are you connecting with your little ones at a social distance?

03/24/2020 By Ilene Denton

Book Report

What We're Reading: Books Getting Us Through These Uncertain Times

Our editors suggest some good reads.

03/23/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota: March 12-18

The Manhattan Transfer headlines the Sarasota Jazz Festival, Keith Lockhart conducts the Sarasota Orchestra, Garden Music at Selby Gardens and more.

03/12/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: March 5-11

A free Jazz in the Park concert, Josh Groban plays the Van Wezel and more.

03/05/2020 By Ilene Denton

Play Ball!

For Baseball Fans, Spring Training is the Happiest Time of the Year

Take us out to the ball game.

03/04/2020 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

The Showhouse Must Go On

A last-minute relo for the 2020 Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse, opening March 15.

03/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Upcoming Garden and Architectural Walking Tours

It’s springtime, and several events await.

03/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Living History

The Powel Crosley Estate Invites You to a Historical Open House

It’s only the fifth such tour in the estate’s 91-year history.

03/02/2020 By Ilene Denton


Flashback: Joseph Janney Steinmetz, the Man Behind the Camera

Few chroniclers of middle-class life in the mid-20th century are as acclaimed as Steinmetz.

03/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Scouting Report

Eight Players to Watch This Spring Training Season

These players are going places.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Play Ball!

CoolToday Park, Florida's Newest Spring Training Facility, Is Generating Plenty of Buzz

The only MLB spring training park in the nation to be open year-round, CoolToday is already hosting public events throughout the year.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton


For the Feduccia Family, There’s No Team Like the Orioles

"It’s peace and harmony; the ball park is the one place where everybody gets along."

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Play Ball!

Ed Smith Stadium Is the Friendliest Park in Florida's Grapefruit League

It’s a banner year for the Baltimore Orioles as they celebrate 10 years of spring training at the stadium.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Booster

Baseball Is a Religion for Pirates Bradenton Booster Club Prez Mike Roteman

The Pirates Bradenton Booster Club is the only one in Major League Baseball that uses an all-volunteer group to serve as ushers, greeters and program hawkers.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Play Ball!

LECOM Park Has Plenty of Old-School Charm

“LECOM Park is unique in terms of the history,” says Bradenton Marauders general manager Craig Warzecha. “It really has the perfect blend of old-school baseball charm with modern amenities.”

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: Feb. 27-March 4

Southwest Florida Heritage Festival at Crowley Nature Center, Mote’s Savage Seas exhibit opens, Les Miz at the Van Wezel and more.

02/27/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota: Feb. 20-26

MLB spring training kicks off, John Fogerty at the Van Wezel, and lots more.

02/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

New Downtown Sarasota Apartment Complex, BOLD Lofts, Launches

The 97-unit apartment complex adjoins the BOLD Cowork building on Fruitville Road.

02/18/2020 By Ilene Denton