Ecologically informed guidebook for southern Florida is a landmark success


¦ “An Ecotourist’s Guide to the Everglades & the Florida Keys” by Robert Silk. Foreword by Clyde Butcher. University Press of Florida. 216 pages. Trade paperback, $16.95. Because Robert Silk is both knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, there was a good chance his book would be a success. Add the long years of experience Mr. Silk has had sharpening […]

Large spice bins can add big flavor to kitchen collections


Why not collect food-storage antiques? Food had to be specially prepared to last during the centuries before ice boxes and refrigerators. Long hours were spent smoking, pickling, drying and canning foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables were available only “in season.” Ice boxes were used in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first electric refrigerator was made in 1911, and by […]


THE FIND: A Fostoria American pattern muffin tray Bought: GoodLife Super Thrift, Atlantis II Shopping Center, 6228 S. Congress Ave. (at Lantana Road), Lake Worth; (561) 530-4920 or superthrift.com. Cost: $6. The Skinny: Yes, Fostoria’s American pattern, first made in 1915, is pressed glass. But it falls under the Elegant Depression-era category simply because it is of superior quality glass […]

Few things are more precious than a happy memory


It was nearly 50 years ago, but I remember one meal clearly. Uncle Bob removed the lid from the Fostoria sugar bowl and added two or three spoonfuls of sugar to his matching glass, and stirred vigorously. Then he added another. An inch of sugar stood in the bottom of that glass and I laughed. The things we remember. The […]


Lemon Bay Playhouse to hold auditions The Lemon Bay Playhouse will hold open auditions for “Exit Laughing” at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24, and Monday, July 25, at the playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The show was written by Paul Elliott and will be directed by Peter Ivanov. The script calls for four women and one man and the […]

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. Tai Chi for ArthritisNoon-1 p.m.Monday and Wednesday OngoingFee: $45 multi-class package; $7 perclassInstructor: Sharon Fultz Tai chi has been demonstrated by more than 30 medical studies to improve health for […]

Naughty, Naked Magic

Two Aussies with nothing to hide delight in all things taboo

When Christopher Wayne was a boy practicing magic tricks in Australia, he wanted to look like a traditional magician. He didn’t have a top hat, but he’d throw a bed sheet over his shoulders as a pretend cape. Now that he’s an adult and a professional magician, he performs his magic in the nude. “The dry cleaning bill is very, […]

Attorney Guy Emerich receives 13th Legal Elite honor

For the 13th consecutive year, Guy S. Emerich, a director at Farr Law Firm, has been recognized as one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine. The list recognizes the top tier of attorneys practicing in the state as chosen by their peers. Mr. Emerich is also a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame. He is Florida […]

House Hunting:

17156 Seashore Ave., Port Charlotte

If you can’t live at the seashore, then live on Seashore Avenue, where this house offers sailboat access to open water via Alligator Bay with 80 feet of seawall and a 6,000- pound boat lift in your backyard. The open floor plan with vaulted ceilings greets you through a French door entry. The bright Florida room with a wall of […]


THEATER Peter Pan – By Venice Theatre’s SummerStock program July 21-Aug. 7. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. A weekday matinee starts at 1 p.m. July 29. $27 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children. 140 W. Tampa Ave. Venice. 488-1115 or venicestage.com. How I Got Over: A Tribute to […]